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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Since 'announcing' that I am going to run a 5K in October I have been met with support and kind words here on Sparkpeople. Everyone has been fantastic and telling me that I can do it and wishing me luck. In real life people haven't been so supportive. I have only told 4 people because the reactions so far have been:

My mum: Oh...That's great dear (changes subject, but to her credit she did buy me running shoes)
Mum in law: You want to run how far by October? (then looks at me like I'm crazy)
Boyfriends friend: Why would you want to do that?
Boyfriend: Ok, if you want to...

I realise that these people don't understand what I am feeling or why I want to do this but I was hoping for a bit more excitement and support. I'm going to run a 5K for goodness sake! This is a big deal considering I have never been sporty. I have found something I like and want to do and I'm just not being met with as much support as I would have hoped.

I don't have any real life friends who want to get fit and want to get into running, so I have no one to talk to about this except my wonderful Sparkfriends. I'm hoping that once I run it I will get more support. Until then I'm on my own. Just me and my Sparkfriends, the people who understand how I'm feeling and what I'm going through.

This has made me realise what a vital resource Sparkpeople is for the thousands of people like me who has little to no support or understanding. No one likes being different. In my life I'm now different to everyone else around me. On Sparkpeople I am surrounded by so many people who are just like me. I fit in here. As much as I pride myself on not caring about fitting in, I like to fit in. Who doesn't?

So, thank you my Sparkfriends for being supportive and enthusiatic. Thank you for believing in me. And thank you for understanding!

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AMLYST 8/29/2010 7:42PM

    I feel SO bad for you that you don't have the support that you need from the people that mean the most to you. However, on a positive note, the fact that you're even telling people about your goal should give you more motivation to stick with it. That is something I REALLY thought about prior to announcing on Facebook my plan to start training for a half marathon. Don't let others' reactions get you down. The ones who don't think of it as a big deal are probably the ones who have never ran and don't realize how great of an accomplishment it is!

Keep your head up, Girl!

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HOPEFULANGE 8/29/2010 6:58AM

    Wow 5K!!! That'll be something to be proud of! LOL - your mom's reaction is too funny. Sorry you're not getting the support you're looking for at home, but I guess people do need to be in the same frame of mind to really understand. emoticon on making a goal that's completely acheivable. emoticon of Luck!

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FRANKLYAMUSED 8/29/2010 6:29AM

    SparkPeople is a great place for support!!

And you can/will run the 5K!

We will want to see the happy photos as well!


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COURAGE40 8/29/2010 5:59AM

    I believe in You! emoticon

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

So the party last night was great...Until the boyfriend had a wee too much to drink. I spent most of the night up with him as he expelled a nights worth of food and drink. Not pretty, not fun and now I'm super tired from being up waaaaaaaaaay past my bedtime and still waking up early. I was good at the party. We had dinner beforehand (Japanese, I had squid skewers, sticky rice balls, seaweed and seasame and a couple of pieces of sushi. Sounds like a lot but the portions were very small) but I did pick at some bar food out of boredom at the pub. I had 2 drinks but since they were over 2 hours and I had eaten I was still good to drive so I was the sober driver. The rest of the night I drank water and I had half a sparkling apple juice.

The boyfriend wants Burger King for breakfast. I'll either see if I can make a healthy option there (doubtful) or stop at the fruit shop on the way home and have cereal and fruit. We all know what I should do...

I have no idea whether or not I will be exercising today. I'm very tired and I have work today, but I may go for a short walk after work. We have a big booking in and no extra staff so I will be running around anyway!

On the bright side the clothes I wore last night fit really well and I felt awesome! The top I wore usually looks good but it was a little looser then normal which was nice. It is meant to be a bit flowy so it looked right!

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MAGGIENCALI 8/28/2010 6:43PM

    You are such a good girlfriend. I have to admit that I was usually the one that was "praying to the porcelain god". But that was a long time ago. That's great about your party clothes. Have a great week!

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BUBBLEJ1 8/28/2010 6:12PM

    Nope not fun at all. I had just as much fun just having 2 drinks during the night and feeling fine!

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RRP546 8/28/2010 6:04PM

  not fun being drunk

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Running - W1 D3

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Today was hard. Less motivation + looooong walk/run yesterday meant that I really had to push myself to keep going. I know I shouldn't run on consecutive days when I'm new, but having that extra day off when I was sick really messed my plans up. Just this once shouldn't hurt... I hope!

Anyway, like I said it was harder and I was definatly ready to have get it over with. But I did it and now I'm sitting at home (in bed because thats where my laptop is and its soooooo cozy) doing some thinking. I'm thinking about my sore, tired muscles that have been pushed this week. I'm thinking how I like how it hurts. It doesn't hurt in a bad way, just a 'hey, we did something new this week' way. I like it. It makes me feel like I have accomplished something. Even if the scale won't move and I do cave and have a bowl of ice cream (don't shop while on a binge!!!!!!!) I can feel that I have worked hard.

I'm going out tonight for the boyfriends surprise birthday drinks. He thinks he is going out with his friend. Little does he know that his friend and I have been chatting and plotting and when they get to the bar I will be there along with a couple of his friends. I think it will be a nice surprise! Now we just have to get him there. According to his friend he is very resistant about going out and has said that if he does go out he wants to go to a specific bar, unfortunatly not the one the party is at! Why oh why can't he just be compliant? Just this once? I'm going to be sober driver, so I will have a glass of wine at the most and stick to water for the rest of the night. I'm not going to eat at the bar, greasy bar food is not going to help me!

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BEANPOD77 8/28/2010 6:26AM

    Hiya BJ...Job well done...You had a plan and you wanted to stick to it..In my (limited) running experience I have noticed there are definitely runs that are better than others. It is truly 80% mental. One marathoner told me, " it's not your body that gives up, it's your mind" You got through it , and that's a huge accomplishment. Hope you are feeling better?
Hope the surprise birthday gathering came together? Sounds like fun..
Have a great weekend and make sure you give yourself some breaks in running..walking, biking or strength training are great alternates emoticon

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Next weeks plan

Friday, August 27, 2010

Another week draws to a close.

I have lost nothing this week. Not a gram. I know my bad day can't have helped, but come on people! Next week, must loose, no matter what. For my sanity if nothing else. I know I have made progress because my clothes fit better, but for better or worse I am counting on that number on the scale to tell me that my efforts are paying off.

Classes start back on Tuesday. Because Tuesday and Friday are uni days and I have to get up at 6am just to make it to class on time (8am classes can bite me) I will be taking these days as rest days for the rest of semester. No way am I getting up at 5am to work out, that isn't happening, and on Tuesday I don't get home til after 6 and it is dark.

The plan for next week is as follows:

Sunday - 3km walk
Monday - 4km walk + W2 D1
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 5km walk
Thursday - 4km walk + W2 D2
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 4km walk + W2 D3

Week 2 calls for 2 minutes running, 1 minute walking, then repeat 5 times for a total of 15 minutes. Like I said last week, I can so anything for 15 minutes! The way I'm looking at it is last week I had to run for 7 minutes a day, this week it is 10. Thats only another 3 minutes! I can do it!

Providing I don't get sick everything should work out just fine!

AND I'm going to print out my running timetable and stick it to my front door so that it will remind me to get it done. I am also going to do a sort of gold star reward system. Every run I do I will put a sticker on the timetable next to the week. If I do all my runs in a fortnight (6 stickers) I can buy myself something running related, like a new top or something. I work well with rewards and star charts. And I have heaps of stickers from teaching.

Eating wise I have the following goals:

Within ranges
Limit junk food to once every couple of days. A mars bar once a week? Fine. Once a day? Not OK!
Get better at eating breakfast again. I was slacking on this last week!

Wish me luck everyone, and I wish you all luck with your goals for next week!


I have news and stuff to say etc

Friday, August 27, 2010

First things first, if I successfully complete the next 2 weeks of my C25K I'm 'allowed' to sign up for the 5km race of the Auckland Marathon. I say allowed because I cleared it with the boyfriend because we share the money but he wouldn't have said no or anything. He is really supportive of my wanting to be a runner. The 5k is at the end of October, and if i stick to my C25K timetable like glue then I should be in my last week and able to run most of the race. And I won't be running for time or anything, just to finish and to run my first race. I'm super dooper excited, but very peeved that I don't get a tshrit. They are for people running 10km or more :( Maybe next year!

Secondly, I have noticed that this time around (I have tried running before) I am doing much better and it isn't as hard. I credit this to a good diet this time and also not rushing into it. Last time I just ran with no plan and was really hard on myself. This time I made sure I could walk easily first before adding in running intervals. Having that base of cardio fitness instead of no cardio fitness has made things a lot easier. Running is by no means a walk in the park, but it is easier this time.

Thirdly, I wore my new running threads today. Sooooo much more comfortable then my 5 year old trackies and whatever tshirt I could find. And I felt like a pro :) Can't wait to get some more stuff. I've never had a hobby before so buying stuff for a hobby is new and exciting for me!

End of right now time. Thanks for listening

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AMLYST 8/27/2010 9:12AM

    That is awesome that you're feeling so good this time around! I think the best advice, and you already know it, is to ease into it. You will definitely be ready to do your 5k by the end of October! I'm training for my first half-marathon scheduled for Oct 17, and I'm only up to running 6 miles right now (I have 7.1 to go by then . . . EEEEKKKK!)


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