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two months...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I last weighed myself January 30, which is right around the time I started my new job! I think I've gained about five pounds in two months..... I lost complete control of what I'm doing. I still am vegetarian although not vegan like I was.. .. I haven't been juicing or blending which is a shame considering my brand new breville ikon and ninja blender my dad got for me for xmas!
I guess I could consider just changing that right now....I have a Dr appointment in the morning and I'm going to ask him if it would be OK for me to do a juice fast.

  
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can see the difference

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I looked at my profile in the mirror and could visibly SEE the difference of my weight loss. I am very, very excited to have gotten to 232.5. I felt so helpless over my weight for the past 10ish years and felt I would be fat, fat, fat and not be able to lose. I am losing weight very slowly and wish that it was faster. I have been working out 5-6 times a week since May (with a couple weeks off here and there) and notice that my muscles are looking very toned and defined on my legs. I couldn't be more pleased with my progress. I can't wait until I can go running in shorts and not feel self conscious. Right now I have some very nice capris and size XL in under armour is fitting me quite nicely. I believe that when I started, I probably couldn't have squeezed them onto my butt if I tried.
I started the sparkpeople walk to run 5k program and then decided to participate in a similar program from my local running store. We still have about six weeks left of our official training. When I decided to "see if I could run" in May, I could barely do a minute. It still had felt great to try. At this week's class, I jogged/ran at my own pace for the full .5 mile without stopping and at the end I was so proud, it was like I had accomplished a much longer distance. After reaching that goal, I got a little bit lazy and didn't push myself. :) I would like to run outside on a daily basis, but I just don't like the idea of not doing it in the gym. Maybe I'll gather the will to do it soon.
I am supposed to do a 5k at the end of the class with our whole team in a Halloween 5k. I will still have to decide whether or not to complete the 5k or not. I almost feel as though if I can't run the whole thing or take a super long time, that I will be discouraged. All I can do is consistently keep practicing and hope to see even more results. This Wed. we start running .75 and walking .25 x2 and I really hope I can do the .75. A few weeks after that, we will be doing a 1 mile, then walk a little, then another mile...until we get to running 1.25 I believe. I really hope that my body adapts and that I shed some weight to make it easier on myself to run. If I could lose 2lbs per week between now and the event, it would put me at 220. My goal weight is 170. At 220 I have 40% body fat. My core and muscles weigh in at 132. I would like to be 20 to 25% fat and then maintain that weight before deciding whether to drop a little more. My bone structure is very dense, like a male bone structure, according to a dental surgeon who removed some of my teeth previously. I do alot of strength training because I want my basal metabolic rate to be higher. I also love how muscular legs look. I do need to figure out how to better work on my arms. Right now I barely do anything to strengthen my arms.

  
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DIETER27 9/15/2012 6:46PM

  Your doing amazing! keep up the good work and you will reach your goals.......

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AASERA 9/15/2012 6:21PM

    You are doing amazing. Keep up the good work and you will definately reach your goals. Don't get discouraged, I know how it feels when you get that way. You have to set your mind to it and push through. I believe in you and you can run a lot longer than I can at this point. Be proud of what you have accomplished. As for strengthing your arms...this is what I do. I use resistance bands. Fairly cheap and a great way to start out. The have done wonders for me.

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Week 4 day One (done on 7-23-12)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

When I used to jog when I was younger i.e. 15-17, I actually ran barefoot. It was the influence of my lifelong martial arts training that caused this. I remember at a young age watching the adult class doing laps around the neighborhood with no shoes. I then also did jogs with no shoes as well.

Because of this, I was interested in learning more about the minimalist running shoes. I do hate the big feeling of the running sneakers that I've been using. I read several articles and decided to just try using some of my flat sneakers that I would normally have worn for Zumba to the gym. I started out at a few minutes on 6.2 and it felt great. I then did walking for 20 more minutes, elliptical for about 28 minutes, and then went back to treadmill to see if I still had energy for doing the joggng program. In the first 2 minute walk, 3 minute run session, I struggled to keep up for three minutes. I am only using about 4.5 for my endurance training wich I feel is super slow, but a start at least. I then walked for 2.5 minutes on my first round. I cheated a little I guess! The next rounds were easy for me, which is good because I've extended the length of the training program to fit my needs. emoticon
I had to find a sports bra to assist me in less motion for my figure. :) I was finally successful in finding a panache sports bra which comes in large sizes. I'm still 238 after two weeks at this weight, which I suppose is good for skipping a whole week then eating not so healthy during this time.
It would be so much easier on my body to run if I weighted 132 again like I did when I ran before... Maybe one day I can meet this goal. I just need to work on my nutrition because I spend hours at the gym.

  


Starting to see and feel a difference. Week 4 of rookie running program.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Last night at the gym, I decided to start with walking 30 minutes at 3.5 and then to do my circuit training. After doing this, I got on the treadmill and did 2 minutes of walking and then 3 minutes of jogging and did this until I reached 20 minutes. I will add one day onto this training plan and start my official week 4 at my next workout after my rest day. :) I was somehow scared of doing the 2 minute walk and 3 minute jog....After I realized that I could actually do it, I started to feel a sense of pride that I have actually been consistently working towards my goal of learnig to run again and of taking care of myself!!
Not many women would complain about this, but having a large chest makes it challenging to jog... so I'm also happy that after four weeks and some weight loss, this seems to be getting a little smaller!! Yay!!! Maybe soon I will be able to buy a sports bra that actually fits well! I've been having to wear one regular one and one fitness one over that!
I feel like using 4.5 jogging is really easy. At first in week one and two, I was using 5.5 to 6.0 for the jogging. However, I was out of breath by the end of one or two minutes. I'm trying to tell myself that no matter how slow I go, I am making progress and conditioning my body to jog or even run faster in my future! I feel such a sense of accomplishment that when I began this, I had a hard time with day 1. Now, I'm in week 4!!
One other note is that I've been trying to use a slight incline while jogging because I heard that using 2.0 emulates street running more due to the extra resistance. I'm only using .5, but hey, it's better than nothing! Now, I can't wait for my next training day to see if I can do all the repetitions! I am considering increasing the speed just a little bit. :)

  


felt amazing after workout!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

So, I pushed myself and went to the gym this evening even though I didn't feel like it. I decided that my body needs at least 10 to 20 minutes of walking at 3.0 to 3.5 to warm up sufficiently to do any jogging. I did 1.06 miles in about 18 minutes. I then took a short break and stretched and came back and did the running program for week two. I did a three minute walk at 3.0 then two minutes of jogging. I was running at 6.5 on the first jog session then decided that it would be more easily sustainable to me if I were to go at a slower pace. I'm not sure that 4.5 is really considered good or not, but for me it certainly wasn't too much of a strain at all. I did three cycles and on my fourth cycle I decided to run for as long as I could at 4.5 (well I guess it's slowly jogging, not running LOL). I first looked down and three minutes had elapsed. I was very proud of this. I then decided to just keep on going and going and went for nine whole minutes without stopping. I was so proud of myself for doing this!! I could feel the quad injury only slightly because I think it's almost 100% healed up. :) I feel like doing 9 minutes in a row was a huge accomplishment for me because I weigh as much as I do and I was basically sedentary for years! I felt a little piece of my old self return to me. When I was 15-16 I was happiest when I ran several nights per week. I lost weight and I believe I'm losing weight tonight as well. I've got to figure out the best thing to consume to fuel my muscle repair when returning from the gym. I have heard protein helps repair the muscles and helps them to develop larger, but I've got to do more research on this. I was feeling so down in the dumps today before I went to the gym. I was so surprised that I pushed through and did 55 minutes on the treadmill. :)

  
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BETH4780 7/1/2012 11:43AM

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GHOSTFLAMES 7/1/2012 12:25AM

    GREAT JOB KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. ONE DAY AND ONE STEP AT A TIME WE WILL DO THIS WE ARE WORTH IT. REMEMBER TO TRACK DAILY YOUR FOOD AND FITNESS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
TAKE CARE AND GOOD LUCK ON YOUR SPARK JOURNEY.
WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU IF YOU NEED ANYTHING AT ALL JUST ASK.

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