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Keesler Mini-Tri

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hey oh!

I have a bad habit. I sign up for races, and then I do not train for them. This is the second time I have been at Keesler during the fall timeframe. The first time I did this race was 4 years go. It was a 200yd swim, 6mi ride, and 2mi run. My times were: 4min swim + 2.5min transition, 23 min ride + 1min transition, 18:30 run= 48:06)

Today's race was 200yd swim, 9.2mi bike, and 2mi run. There was a lot more people this time around, and I thought being in the Athena division (women above 150lbs) would give me an edge on the competition, and I'd be able to place.

Well, as the Lord would have it, I did not place. It was a little frustrating, but this time around... I kind of trained. And by kind of, I mean... I haven't swam at all since I've been at here, the only riding I've done is 30 min of spin class the last few weeks, and running--well that Ct5K has definitely worked in my favor (as opposed to the last triathlon I did in HI)... I cannot say what my goal times were, although while I was on the bike, I definitely wanted to finish my 2miles in less than 22 minutes.

Times according to my HR monitor (official times won't be out for about a week)...
4:25 swim + 4min transition, 16:56 first lap/17:58 second lap +1:38 transition, 9:42 first mile, 9:39 second mile = 1hr 4min total time. Glad my run went well, especially since I was thinking, "don't forget to stretch before starting the run" and I totally forgot to stretch. So when I grabbed the water at the turnaround I walked a little to stretch out.

In the end, I didn't get a trophy, I got a T-Shirt too big (size L-- and it's white w/black lettering :/), but I met some cool people, reunited with some random faces I've seen around the gyms, had someone take pics of me (and her husband), and... I'm really stoked with the overall performance. I felt like I felt 4-5 years ago when I was doing triathlons--before the baby, before the amelo.

Thanks Jesus.

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ALPINESALLIE 9/12/2011 7:18PM

    Wow Bren! I'm so proud of you! That is great, and even if you didn't get a fancy trophy, at least you did it! That is just awesome! I wish we were closer by each other and we could do one together! =) I definitely think I'll have to try a triathlon one of these times cause it seems so intense, and at least you put your own Bren-spin on it! How long are you in MS for? Are you heading back to HI before permanently moving?

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ALLISON145 9/11/2011 11:35AM

    Great job!!

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JANEZAP 9/11/2011 6:25AM

    way to go!!!! i have 'complete a triathlon' on my list of things to do before i die :) need to improve my swimming and cycling first tho haha

hope your not to sore tomorrow! well done you should be proud of yourself you did great woo hooo!!!!

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CINDYTW 9/10/2011 9:57PM

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Skinny Pants!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

You know, they always say that the scale is not your friend...and I of all people should know that, especially having been in the Bod Pod so many times, and especially after my last trip--even though I weighed a little more than when I did after being wired shut, I had lost lots of pounds of fat...

So I have this pair of fantastic grey cotton pants that I bought from Banana, on clearance, shortly after being cut free from surgery. So I was skinny. And then I started eating...and my waist was not so skinny. For whatever reason, I opted to bring them with me on this trip...because I figured one way to tell if I was getting skinnier, would be because those pants would fit me.

Tonight during Zumba (we had a sub, she was crazy all about the Latin music...different than our normal teacher, but I still got worked!)...I noticed my side profile seemed a little thin (even though when I look down standing, my tummy still seems the same size) I thought, "Hmm... I should try on those skinny pants..."

After my shower... I slipped on the skinny pants, and buttoned them! I didn't even have to lay down to button them ;)

So indeed folks. Though the scale might not budge, your body composition changes. Don't go by weight alone. (I'm looking forward to going home, and hopefully taping myself to see if I've lost some inches around various bodyparts).

G'night and ALOOOOOHA!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/8/2011 6:49PM

    So happy for you! emoticon
Well, you motivated ne to go try on some stuff and IT ALL FIT! These are nice work clothes that have been too tight (or just plain didn't fit!) for a while.
So I have to agree, since I don't seem to be losing weight at all!... and I don't think I look smaller. But somehow the body is changing. And I really needed that motivation today.

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ALPINESALLIE 9/8/2011 12:46PM

    You go girl! I'm super proud! I think every woman has a pair of those skinny pants. I have a pair too from when Josh and I were dating (they're Mudd brand.) Thanks for the motivation too cause I think sometimes when the scale doesn't move, I tend to loose that motivation cause it feels like you're working so hard.
Anyhow, Keep it up lovely! You go girl! You are gorgeous! XOXO!

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CINDYTW 9/8/2011 9:00AM

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A new day...

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Today was my first attempt on "getting back on track" after the glorious weekend of eating, working out, laughs and fun... and it was an okay attempt.

Eating wasn't the best, but it would have been okay if it wasn't for Marie's amazing orange cinnamon rolls (clocked in at 400cal/pc--good thing I only have one, and have two more for the next two days)...and that Reese's Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup (can't wait til all THOSE are out of my freezer!). Although, dinner was good after my workout class, had some turkey spaghetti sauce with sliced zucchini to act as pasta. Surprisingly, it tasted really good. I cooked up some ground bison at my friend's place, I think I'll be adding it to some zucchini, guacamole, probably some sweet potato chips...

Tomorrow's a new day. I'm looking forward to the challenge, and going to bed at a decent time tonight, since my HUGE test is over with. Another HUGE test next week...but tonight is an easy night. :)

G'night all. Remember, every choice is new... just because you make one bad choice doesn't mean the rest have to follow!



Sunday, September 04, 2011

Well, I've just finished my 6th week of Ct5K. And I've gone from doing 1.5miles in 17 minutes, to jogging the entire thing in 14:39... an impressive accomplishment I might say so myself.

Although, I have to say that really, for me, this Ct5K workout has been awesome. I'm an overachiever. I'm a pusher. I just, muster through things. I push myself too hard, too fast, and hurt myself or get burnt out or mad.

So I needed to get back into running, slowly but surely. It was a perfect time to break in my vibrams...and I've been wearing them running through this whole thing. They don't work too well in Zumba...but they're pretty good in circuit training class, and step or FX 45.

This weekend I flew to Fayetteville, NC to see my old friend Marie (from college). I have no idea what I expected out of this weekend, but it has turned out into quite a fun time! Between driving to the beach on Saturday, having some Texas Roadhouse today, and tomorrow morning trying her orange cinnamon rolls... I am seriously blessed to have friends like her. PLUS we worked out Sat/Sun so I was able to finish my Ct5K workouts for the week.

She also introduced me to Jack3d. It's a thermogenic (=energy booster). There's lots of debates about those things, but today's workout was gonna be hard (do 2.5 miles without stopping!) so I thought I'd try a little to see how it'd do. One scoop, in about 6oz of water. Let me say, I think it definitely gave me that extra boost I needed. My cardio was being pushed during the run, but my legs weren't giving out like they normally do... so needless to say, I'm impressed with the product. We'll see how it pans out for the rest of my time in MS. She's deploying at the end of the month... so she gave me the rest of her tub (huge blessing, usually costs about $28/tub).

And, she might have brought out the wine connoisseur in me! Haha. She also introduced me to Fondue style eating (Sat night), and gelatto (this afternoon).

Indeed, I am richly blessed!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/5/2011 4:54PM

    Sounds like a fun time with a good friend. Life flies by, and keeping friendships alive is all about investing in them!
So glad you are having such an awesome weekend, and still managing to workout!
Enjoy and travel safely.

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CONRADBURK 9/5/2011 2:06PM

    I had to look up Vibrams in Wikipedia. I didn't realize they were a shoe brand.
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CINDYTW 9/5/2011 11:24AM

  emoticon Glad you had an awesome trip! I have great memories of C25K! Just when youi think you can't, if you follow it you find out you really CAN!

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Win some, you lose some

Thursday, September 01, 2011

You know when you work out hard, and sometimes, you just wanna eat MEAT?

Well it happened to me today. Since the gym cut out Core Class (6-6:30), it gave me an opportunity to jump into the Zumba class (starts at 5:30)...but I was pretty shot after doing was still nice to shake my booty, even if I had the wrong shoes on. Needless to say, afterwards I did some upper body weights...and by the time I was done, all I could think about was eating RED MEAT.

You have to understand, red meat is a rarity in my life since my jaw surgeries. I can't chew things that are hard, or very usually red meat falls by the wayside. On occasion I can enjoy a nice medium rare filet fact I have a favorite place in Hawaii I like to go to...but here in MS, it's slim pickings (plus the time!). So I headed to my little Korean good. Beef Bulgogi (no white rice for me thank you!), plus some kimchee cucumbers, and some picked daikon...MMMmmm. Perfect.

So I got my red meat fix, went a little over (ok, like 400 calories over) on my count today...but I ate mostly clean...a huge accomplishment since I really wanted one of those Reese's Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups I have in my freezer... I stayed away. Today at least.

Now I gotta stay on track through the 4-day weekend. I'm going to visit a friend in NC, and I'm hoping to 1) keep eating well (to include making smart choices at restaurants/airport), and 2) work out Fri/Sun/Mon.

What are your weekend plans?

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/4/2011 4:44AM

    yyum yum! Bulogi and Korean side-dish vegies.
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CONRADBURK 9/2/2011 9:24AM

    You are such a carnivore! I love it! I always cut my meat in very small pieces to make it easier to chew. Hope you have a great weekend!
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BRENDARK 9/2/2011 12:39AM

    Hahaha, thanks girl. I'm exited to check out this health food store down here...but it'll wait until I get back from my trip... hoping for some coconut milk ice cream :D

Read on a stream that agave is no bueno, plus read in a SP article... guess I'm gonna have to eat my grapefruit all alone :/

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CINDYTW 9/2/2011 12:12AM

  emoticonThink of all the crap that is in those ice creams...look at the chemical-laden ingredients!

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