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Friday, August 13, 2010

First of all, TOM is here which means I'm cranky and bloated and the scale is being mean...I've decided to ignore it and just pretend like it's any other day/week. Plus, my internal clock woke me up this morning before 7am. I'm praying for a nap sometime today! *lol*

Yesterday - I did go to my Zumba class. We ended up with a sub who worked a 45 minute non-stop class. It was insanely hard!! After I survived it, I went and got on the rowing machine, because I promised myself I would. I set it for the smallest workout again - 2000m - and promised myself 15 minutes, finished or not. I had to take a few breaks (okay, a lot of them), but I finished the 2000m in 14:14.6! Felt good considering last time I couldn't finish and only got 8 minutes in on the same machine. Rowing is hard, and I love it! You work your entire body on this machine and, yet, you don't have to use your feet! (Bonus for the bruise where my blister was, which felt a little sore in Zumba!) Today my hips are SO SORE, as well as my legs and arms being just plain good sore. Fun!

Arriving home I was greeted with the smell of a yummy pot roast recipe in the crock pot. Yum! I ate 2 servings because I was just SOO hungry! (Probably not good, but still within my ranges.) It was the perfect evening until Hubs brought Ethan home from football practice and I learned that we have to be in Parkersburg on Saturday for his scrimmage at 8:30am!

ACK!! I have my 5 mile training walk scheduled for Saturday, and I thought I'd just get up super early in order to get it done before the game. Guess THAT isn't happening. We have to leave the house at 7:30am in order to get there on time, and it will take me at least an hour to make sure everyone and everything is ready. (Have to pack food.)

So I have a decision to make.

A) Do my walk that evening, after it cools down...and pray it actually does cool down.

B) Do the 5 miles today. (This is likely not going to happen. I rowed last night so I could have that day of recovery on my legs beforehand. GRR!)

C) Do it Sunday. (This seems like the most likely plan B, if A doesn't work out. I could technically switch my rest day from Sunday to Saturday, and I only have to do 2 miles on Monday.)

If you'll notice, NOT on this list is to not do it. I love my son and I will not miss his first game, even if it's not a in-season game! I will work around the complication but I cannot give up on my training. The most important thing about this 5 mile training is gauging whether I can attempt the 6.2 of the 10k. If I feel like I can survive 5 miles (with a few more weeks of training) I can go ahead and sign up. I have to sign up by either the 23rd or 25th of August and the only question on my mind right now is -- 5k or 10k? So I will do the training, I just have to work around the complications being put in my way.

It's kinda strange how much easier it gets to overcome the roadblocks along the way. It used to just defeat me, not it's put me into plan mode! Hope it stays that way!!

EDIT: P.S. My baby made first-string offense at the Left Guard position! I'm SO proud!!!

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MERAINA 8/16/2010 8:53AM


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LINDAKETCHIE 8/15/2010 10:30PM

    Wow! I admire you so much! Will you be walking the 5 or 10K??
I am contemplating trying a 5K, but they say if you can't finish in 60 minutes, not to sign up. I can walk a little and jog a little and finish, but I don't want to sign up if i can't make it in an hour. Thanks for your blogs. You are very inspiring!

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CHANGEDIN09 8/15/2010 8:50AM

    That's why you have been and you will continue to be successful. Not making excuses and getting your workouts in no matter what. Congrats on your progress. Way to go.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/14/2010 9:45PM

    Sounds like you are really pushing yourself. Awesome!

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SIMPLYMARICRIS 8/13/2010 11:28PM

    I have no idea what a left guard is - but big CONGRATS to your son! emoticon

But I just am so loving your attitude, and how it proves that when our goals are clear, and our commitment strong, nothing can stop us from our goals - TOM, scheduling conflicts, family events - nothing is too impossible to work around. Flexibility is so key isn't it?

However far you go for your next race, you will either beat your distance or time, so maybe look at it that way - you will prove that you are indeed, a contender.

Cheers Chica,

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RAVENSONG37 8/13/2010 9:35PM

    No wonder you are the done girl of the day! You got this girl...plans A-C all sound great! GO Ethan!!! Go Esther!!

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JEREMY723 8/13/2010 9:18PM

    Great job trying so hard to fit in your walk around your plans!

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BEATLES34 8/13/2010 8:57PM

    yayy for your son! my little brother just made his football team too!

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BAYBELIEVER 8/13/2010 4:15PM

    Darn, life gets in the way too often! But you are right, it is so nice that we change to where the option isn't not to do it, but when to do it. Great to have that change happen in our lives. I think it is supposed to be cooler this weekend (at least here) so maybe there too?? Hope your training run well whenever you GET IT DONE!

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    Excellent job working around the challenges!! It gets easier and easier everytime. The important thing is you didn't let it put the brakes on your plan! You are important too!! KEEP IT UP!!

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CHICAT63 8/13/2010 12:52PM

    Woohoo Mama for your son. You can ajust and you will make it happen. Also a suggestion, while your son has football practices those stadium are a total killer workout (cardio and legs). Have a great weekend.

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SUGIRL06 8/13/2010 12:32PM

    You will figure it out! Have a good weekend!
PS. I vote for "try to do it Saturday and if its too hot you have to do it Sunday"

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    I'm sure you will get your walk in and I say go for the 10K. If you are already walking 5 miles 6.2 will be nothing and you still have lots of time to train.

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HPESCHKE 8/13/2010 11:25AM

  Always good to have a plan B and a plan C and sometimes a plan D.. especially when you have a child. It sounds like you had a hard work out yesterday, I think I would do the five miles either Saturday night or Sunday morning. Either way, get 'er done. Congrats for your son and I wish him good luck.

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BOGUSANNIE 8/13/2010 11:09AM

    TODAY lady!!! get it over with, if your legs can take it...
Tell your son congrats...he must be thrilled!

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DARACOX 8/13/2010 10:44AM

    Nothing ever goes exactly as planned. It sounds like you are flexible and not stressing about it and that's great. I would say do it today if your legs can handle it. If not, then do it Sunday! Either way you are miles ahead with your attitude! emoticon

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YOOVIE 8/13/2010 10:39AM

    DO IT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!

that way, if you have it out of the way, during the weekend, you can choose to get in another workout if you get the wild hair to do so!


ps congrats on being DGOTD!!!!!!

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CUATROMOMMY 8/13/2010 10:02AM

    Good luck with the decision. And HORRAY for not just giving up on the 5 miler!!!

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KARVY09 8/13/2010 9:30AM

    Yeah, doesn't sound like a huge complication to me! Do it in the evening or on Sunday and enjoy it! It shouldn't be a massive chore. And congrats on getting to Zumba despite your TOM and getting your groove on!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 8/13/2010 9:10AM

    If I were you, I would plan for switching the days, and if my chance it cools down and you have time to walk on Saturday then do it then. Don't stress yourself all day Saturday, enjoy your sons first game!

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NETTER61 8/13/2010 8:11AM

    Complication?? Phooey! Not with your attitude! It's just a slight detour that requires a few adjustments before you can reach your destination! Have fun at the scrimmage and enjoy your training walk!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/13/2010 7:54AM

    Well, good luck!

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The Every Day Struggles

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yesterday was rough. Like super hard. Like beat your head against the wall and not care what happens hard. Okay, well not all of yesterday, but the evening workout anyway.

Truth is, I was tired. T-I-R-E-D. I yawned through my 10-hour work shift and could tell my body was craving more fuel throughout the day than normal. (It was trying to keep me going, trying to stay awake!) And even though my physical body was tired, my mind and spirit were wired and focused. With all the wonderful compliments I've been getting lately, here and "in the real world," it's hard to say sleep. It's hard not to keep pushing, even through the blah of tired. So at 5:55pm I changed into my gym clothes and 5 minutes later was headed out the door for home...I mean the gym.

There was no internal mental struggle to go to the gym. It's become such a habit that I don't even think about it. Go to work, go to the gym, go home. Nothing much changes from day to day (except weekends, of course). I got there, tied my laces up and headed upstairs for the treadmill. I had to wait a few minutes for the RIGHT treadmill (yes, I have a favorite treadmill *lol*) but I simply did a couple laps around the indoor track until I saw Sweaty Runner Boy get off.

I got on (and tried to avoid the mass amounts of boy sweat he left behind - EWW!) and settled in for a good 3 mile walk, as scheduled in my training for the week...and then 2 and a half minutes in (I kid you not) I was begging for mercy. I was tired. I didn't want to do it. My legs were moving and I felt physically fine, but I was just DONE for the night. And that's when the hard work started.

I have these mental battles with myself that usually go something like this:

emoticon Screw this! I'm too tired!
emoticon What the crap? Come on! You're not "tired," that's just an excuse.
emoticon Maybe...but so what? I've worked so hard, don't I deserve a break?
emoticon Sure you do! And you'll get one...on Sunday.
emoticon But I'm sick of walking, and I think my blister hurts.
emoticon Are you kidding me? Really?? Uh-oh.
emoticon Hey, wait! No it is not! It's uncomfortable, yes...but it's not hurting. You can still walk on it and just keep a mental eye on how it's doing.
emoticon But I just don't want to...*pout*
emoticon I know you don't. Sometimes walking is boring...and you forgot your book at home. I'll make you a deal though...
emoticon A deal? Ooh...what is it?
emoticon Don't think about 3 miles anymore. It's really okay if you can't do it ARE tired. But just go as long as you can.
emoticon Okay...I guess that's alright...
*1.67 miles in*
emoticon OMG! It's SOOO hard! Why is it so hard?
emoticon Let's not think about "hard," let's figure out how to get through this for just a LITTLE bit longer, okay? I mean, you are halfway there already!
emoticon Yeah.'re right. So I guess when this thing cycles through the scan feature it equals about 2 one-hundredths of a mile.
emoticon That's good! Now let's just focus on getting to 1.69 then.
emoticon 1.69....1.69....1.69....169...169...169... Phew! There it is! Okay, let's get to 1.71 then.
emoticon You can do this! Just get to 2 miles...that's all I ask of you today!
emoticon Okay. Two miles. Yes. I can do that!
*2 miles in*
emoticon Good job! Can you do any more?
emoticon emoticon Yes...

3 miles and 59 legs were definitely worked out and while I still didn't feel great about the walk, I had done it. I could give myself a sticker later. And even though I knew I was supposed to row for 15 minutes after, I knew my body couldn't do it. I went through the same reasoning and realized it was a reason, not an excuse. So I opted out of rowing for the day and figured I'd either try to squeeze it in later this week, or I would just be happy with my 3 miles for the day. And because I knew it was ST night, and I didn't really want to do that either, I used my every-ready excuse-repellant:

If you don't do it tonight, you're just going to have to do it tomorrow...which will make your next day Saturday...the day of your 5 miles. Do you REALLY want to come to the gym after your 5 miler to do ST?....Uhm, no.

So I finished out with 60 crunches with the 4lb medicine ball and a full round of ST. And then I went home and ate and spent the rest of the night feeling strong, but still very tired.

I'm still very scared about my 5 miles on Saturday. I have to get up very early to do it because Ethan has a scrimmage all day in Parkersburg that day (still not sure of the time, but probably sometime after 11am at least), and because I can't complete this at the gym. The treadmills are set up for 60 minutes, because they don't want people hogging them for any longer than that...and I don't blame them! I would hate to see someone hogging MY treadmill for an hour and a half! Plus, I figure it's better for me to train for this road race by doing my long Saturday walks on...well, the road. (DUH!) I think the hills just about killed me last Saturday because I hadn't walked outside for a while.

So the plan is to map out the route using Spark's map route feature, and then check the satellite image so I can get an idea of where I should stop and turn around. I'm going to avoid the two major hills by the house, but other than that, it's on like Donkey Kong. I've decided that I will time myself only to see how long it took me, but I will not push myself to go super fast. The goal is endurance on Saturday, so I will simply remind myself to endure. If I need a break, I will take it. I will take some extra water with me to make sure I stay hydrated, and I will make sure that by the end of the 5 miles I can tell Hubs and the boys, "Mommy did it!"

Onwards and downwards (on the scale)!

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 8/15/2010 1:12AM

    Hahaha, that's EXACTLY how I do it!!

-Okay Vanessa, 40 minutes.

-Ugh, 15 in...and I'm soooo tired!!

-Okay, okay, do 25...and then try a different machine!, huh? How about 20, and then TWO different machines??

And the workout gets done :)


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LOVEAZ 8/13/2010 3:09AM

    Boy can I relate to the emotions of working out! Just a little more, I have to tell myself that all the time.

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LOSING107 8/13/2010 12:15AM

    Way to push through it emoticon emoticon

I have to tell that nagging voice to shut up so I can finish my workout quite a lot emoticon

And thank you so much for your compliment!

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TEAM-SARAH 8/12/2010 5:35PM

    Way to push yourself!! I know you'll do GREAT for your 5 mile on Saturday :)

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COMPASSLOST1 8/12/2010 4:02PM

    AWESOME that you kept going! It just goes to show you that this is SUCH a mental struggle more than anything else. You should be so incredibly proud of yourself for accomplishing what many people fail at.

Have a wonderful walk outside! I find that I prefer running outside compared to the treadmill. The treadmill is so boring! (And it cheats you! It propels you along! Grrrrrr.) The more you walk outside, the stronger you will be! Then the days you have to use the treadmill, it will seem like a breeze!


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HPESCHKE 8/12/2010 2:40PM

  I felt the same way yesterday. I didn't want to do anything. I am in the bootcamp challenge so I told myself I cannot skip my work out. I toned down my cardio for the day, but still did my 100 crunches and the bootcamp video. I am still feeling kinda tired today. I think it's just that this is only the first week of working out everyday and my body is not used to it. As I was doing my crunches yesterday I was telling myself "You can do it... You can do it". I made it through.

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CHICAT63 8/12/2010 2:21PM

    emoticon and it will be awesome, you are preparing yourself for it !!!!

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-JENSSPARK- 8/12/2010 1:39PM

    Congrats on sticking to it!

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AMARILYS85 8/12/2010 1:29PM

    OMG! I can so relate. I have similar mental struggles with myself when I'm really tired and I'm working out.

But the important thing is that you got it done. You should be really proud of yourself. Keep up your amazing work!

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ATROTTIER 8/12/2010 1:25PM

    Way to go!! fighting those internal voices is difficult! I have those ALL THE TIME, I guess it's part of our personal journey to just change the way we think or not just give in to the temptation to quit. You kicked BUTT girl!!! =)

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YOOVIE 8/12/2010 1:20PM

    don't forget to take the time to exercise and strengthen your motivation and determination. those are muscle groups too and you dont want them burnt out. Take the time to keep your motivation strong BEFORE it's starts taking a nosedive.

Blogging the way you do, which I love, is a great way. I am soooooooooo proud of you fighting for it. You fight every day!

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JUNESHOPE 8/12/2010 1:16PM

    We have soooo much in common, that it is funny reading your blog. I to, like music, I can actually hear the words to and sing with.

I love to write, which I am currently playing around with freelance writing.

And as far as getting healthy goes....this time is it.

keep it up, you're on top of the world!

Amilie emoticon

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CUATROMOMMY 8/12/2010 12:49PM

    Okay...first of all...we all hear those darn voices. Yep...I said it...the voices. Ha!

I also wanted to say that you are still a bad ass for getting in the 3 miles, abs, and be sure to pat yourself on the back for that.

I'm sure you will be recharged in time for the 5 miler.

Loving your blogs!


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SIMPLYMARICRIS 8/12/2010 12:29PM

    I love it! The internal dialogue on the treadmill - I don't always enjoy it myself unless I get one with a TV so I can watch Comedy Central.

But yes - you got through more than you thought you could when you started. And you have proven over and over how strong you are. 5 miles on Saturday? Shoot - makes me feel like a slacker. You totally have it, Esther. You know how to challenge yourself, and I can't wait to here how your weekend goes. emoticon

Thanks again too for all the support.

Ciao Chica,
Maria emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/12/2010 11:43AM

    Great blog!!! I think I go through the same process lately- just plain tired-in fact I have a 4 mile run to day and was going through the process and I almost had talked myself out of doing it- but you have inspired me to at least get out there and walk it if I feel too tired to run it.

Thanks!!!! Have a great day and I hope for both our sakes this extreme tiredness goes away soon!!! emoticon

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ARIANABLUE 8/12/2010 11:31AM

    your awsome... i love reading everything your write i think its becasue i can relate! Its awsome that you stuck it out and still went. YOu def have will power and self control!


tel me how things go on saturday!

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KIMMAS82 8/12/2010 11:00AM

    I had to laugh!! I had the same talk with myself on the treadmill last night!!! And because I totally hogged a treadmill last night for 88 minutes to complete my run!! It was WAY too hot outside to do it and it had to be one!! Luckily nobody works out in the evening at the gym in my office building so nobody was waiting for me to get off that machine!!!

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ERIN4771 8/12/2010 10:51AM

    i am loving your blog entries!!! it's nice to be able to relate to someone else who struggles, and goes thru the "mental talks" as well to power thru a workout.....keep up being the inspiring person you are!!!

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_TRIXIE_ 8/12/2010 10:46AM

    Way to keep pushing through and kicking the excuses to the curb. Extra bonus points for doing ST after the walk, too! Best of luck Sat with the 5 miles! You can do it!

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PRETTYMANDI 8/12/2010 10:09AM

    I need you to come talk me through my workouts! I haven't worked out or stayed under on my calories since Sunday! :(

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KARVY09 8/12/2010 10:08AM

    Love that the gym has become such a habit that your internal struggle happens when you are there, rather than before you get there.

I'm excited for you and your 5-miles this weekend. You will feel so accomplished when you are done!!!!


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JANISIRENE1 8/12/2010 10:04AM

    I have alomst the EXACT same inner struggle every time I am on a treadmill!!!! I think that is why I prefer to walk/run outside, then the only thing to pay attention to is the time...distance takes care of itself.

Great Blog!

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MSBLT82 8/12/2010 9:53AM

    good job!!

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BOGUSANNIE 8/12/2010 9:50AM

    LOL...great read!!!!
It's soooo true about the conversations we have with ourselves...the difference is most people stop...good for you for pushing through yet knowing your limits...

Well done !!!


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RAVENSONG37 8/12/2010 9:42AM

    I have the same thoughts when I'm running!! Good for you for pushing through that mental babble. Training on the road is brilliant and you may just notice beautiful things along your walk that you wouldn't see on the treadmill. One of my fav things about running outside is seeing what new flowers/plants/animals are along my way. You completely motivate me Esther. Thank you for doing what you're doing every day.

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HEAVENSSHADOW 8/12/2010 9:36AM

    Way to fight through the fatigue. Some days are just a lot harder than others! Good for you for working through it!


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Learning to Juggle

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Picture of the Day:

First of all, thank you to all of you for your outpouring of support and encouragement! It really means the world to me! I wish I could thank you all one by one, but ...well, I'd never get to the gym if I tried that! (We can't have that happening, now can we?)

This week has gone pretty well. The foot blister is healing well and I've been able to do my exercises on it. The elliptical is a bit of a pain, but otherwise we're good.

Last night I opted for a quicker workout than what I had planned, but for good reason. That little boy up there at the top? Yeah, that's my youngest son, Ethan. He was so bummed that I can't be at every practice, so when I found the opportunity yesterday to skip out of work a little early, I took it! I headed straight for the gym and instead of evening Zumba class (which doesn't start until 7pm), I just hopped on the elliptical and committed to do at least 30 minutes. It was a HARD 30 minutes on that blister, but I managed. I did my cool down around the indoor track, stretched and then rushed to the showers. Quick shower later, I was out the door and ready to surprise my boy! (His face positively LIT UP when he saw that I made it to practice!) I was able to watch the last half of the game and then take him out for pizza after. (Yes, I ate pizza...I had a low calorie day so I had the calories to do it. Still kinda wish I hadn't though! *lol* Oh, the mark of being a want to take the boy for pizza but you really just want a healthy dinner at home. And, in my case, you don't want to have to cook it! *lol*)

Tonight I'm here for the long haul. I'll be off at 6pm and should be at the gym by 6:50pm or so, depending on traffic. I've got at least an hour and a half tonight at the gym as I have planned an "easy" (my program calls them ALL easy walks...stupid liar!) 3 mile training walk, followed by 15 minutes on the rowing machine, and then a full set of ST. I recently added the leg machines to my ST routine to help the knee a little more. So far, so good! Once I feel like this latest increase in weight is too easy I'll start doing multiple sets before moving up in weight again. (Already lifting 50-80 on some of the lower body and ab machines, doing 30-40 on the arms.)

Just have to butt in (on myself) to mention that Hubs has been absolutely wonderful. Sure, there *MAY* have been a joke on Saturday about husbands packing lunches for their wives, but I never expected him to take it to heart. Yesterday he handed me a container of chili for my lunch. Today he made me a yummy healthy sandwich! He also made me breakfast BOTH mornings! (Sorry, girls...he's mine!)

Eating has been good lately (except for the pizza, of course). I've been adding back some more fruit and have been honestly craving veggies lately! I have 3 more gigantor zucchinis waiting for me at home, so I think this weekend I WILL be finding a great (healthy) zucchini bread recipe. And maybe get Hubs to make his, "Oops, I Forgot the Eggplant! Zucchini Soup" again. (If he can remember how!! *lol*) SOO good!

I have noticed that this week's lesson seems to be about learning to juggle. I had one coworker comment on how amazing I look, and another ask me why I've been ignoring her just today! I've been given additional responsibilities at work, added to football practice (a scrimmage this Saturday and then games start next weekend), and school coming up, in addition to the 10k training I'm doing right now... I told the first coworker thank you and the second that I'm overwhelmed recently. I'm trying to be present, consistent and adapt to changes as they come, but it's been a struggle to make sure all of my relationships remain 100%. (And, let's face family comes first!)

Learning...still learning...always learning...

Events I'm interested in right now:

9/4/10 - Charleston Distance Run - Charleston, WV - 10k Walk
10/2/10 - The Barkcamp Race - Bethesda, OH - 5 Mile Trail Challenge
10/10/10 - Dayton River Corridor Classic - Dayton, OH - 5k Walk*
10/16/10 - Auggie's 5k - Wheeling, OH - 5k Walk**
11/13/10 - Nick Caldwell Memorial - St. Albans, WV - 5k Run***

*A 5k with my Momma! (SNOWFLAKE57)
**Great cause! (SPCA)
**Need to see if there's a walk division for the 5k. Another great cause!

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BAYBELIEVER 8/11/2010 10:14PM

    You are doing an amazing job! And you are probably even becoming a better mom and co-worker, all because you are getting healthier. What a great side benefit!

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CBARRETT10 8/11/2010 7:46PM

  You are soooo focused and determined to make a difference with your lifestyle! You truly inspire me to step it up with my workout routines, I thank you. Great Mom emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/11/2010 7:40PM

    Yay! Auggies Walk! I am a little concerned that I might adopt another animal while we are there....I will need to be strong. Sounds like you are having a great week. LOL!!!! about the packed lunch...tooo awesome!

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TEAM-SARAH 8/11/2010 4:45PM

    Do the one on 10-10-10 because it's such a cool date :)
You're amazing and your blogs inspire me so much. I don't know how you do it. I seriously admire working moms sooo much in general but to try to change your lifestyle and get healthy and still juggle all of that... wow. just wow.

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BOGUSANNIE 8/11/2010 1:12PM

    HOLY COW!!! that's a lotta lotta!!! Good for you for taking time out for your son...I know I am guilty of missing soccer practices and games this summer all in the name of MY fitness...

You have so much on your plate...don't get TOOO overwhelmed now!



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_TRIXIE_ 8/11/2010 12:44PM

    I love reading your blogs. They are always filled with positive thoughts and motivation. Keep up the amazing work. I love seeing my friends succeed so far!

Keep it up!

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MERAINA 8/11/2010 12:39PM

    You are rockin' this!

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MAGPIE17 8/11/2010 12:36PM

    You're such a good mom! Making it to watch practice and taking him out for pizza afterwards, I'm sure you made his day! ;)

Balancing is difficult, especially when overwhelmingly busy, but you seem to be doing a pretty good job of it!

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51 Things Spark Taught Me - A Pound for Pound Wrap-Up

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So this little tidbit got tacked onto my race recap, only because they both happened in the same weekend....

Sunday was Weigh-In Day

Highest Weight: 466.6
SP Starting Weight: 416.2
Last Week: 369.2
Goal This Week: 366.0
Actual: 365.2
Weight Loss This Week: 4 pounds!
Total Weight Loss with SP: 51 pounds!!
Total Overall Weight Loss: 101.4 pounds!!!

So, finally, I'm going to give you:

51 Things Spark Taught Me

1. Honesty is refreshing.

2. People on the same path need your support as much as you need theirs.

3. Every day is a chance to make a better life for yourself!

4. Finding opportunities to eat right and exercise are never as hard as we make them out to be in the beginning.

5. Excuses are evil... and can be overcome or ignored.

6. It's important to recognize reasons from excuses. Injuries can hinder the long-term, and reasons talk you out of pushing them. Excuses? See #5.

7. "If I can do it, you can!" may be corny, but it's true!

8. The human body is astounding in its ability to heal and survive!

9. Even a 400-pound woman (who is now 365 pounds, thank you) can become an athlete.

10. Everyone's level of exercise is, and always will be different. I may never compete in a triathlon, and I might, I'll never know until I try...and I'm okay if I don't.

11. If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

12. Plans are great, but flexibility endures!

13. When in doubt, take a walk. Just go! Move! Even for 10 minutes!

14. You can do anything for 5 minutes...and eventually for 5 minutes more.

15. Increasing your exercise and "switching it up" are so important to keep things interesting. I'm hardly ever bored, and when I am, I switch it up again.

16. You can be your own personal trainer. The internet and Spark are amazing tools!

17. Always talk to your doctor, because you never know what kind of support, encouragement, and advice you're going to get from him/her.

18. You can eat anything you want, just not every day and not as much as you want.

19. That swelling in your ankles comes from salt. Salt may taste good, but other things taste better!

20. Switch out your Morton's salt for cracked sea salt, better taste and you use less!! YUM!

21. Learn to cook vegetables. Whatever your veggie, keep them on hand at all times. (I'm jonesing today cuz Hubs packed lunch and forgot a veggie! EEP!)

22. Balance means something! Balance your meals, your workouts, and your life for a better chance at success!

23. Having trouble staying on task? Set a month-long challenge, and keep starting it until you finish it. Exercise used to be a chore, until I did my 30 in it's become a habit! (Thanks SPUNKYDUCKY!)

24. Give what you take. Then again, give more.

25. Feel ignored and overlooked? What have you been looking at lately? Visit other pages and find some new friends...maybe someone out there needs more support than you do today.

26. Sometimes you have to say "can't"...but add a yet for now. (I can't run...yet. Maybe when my knees are stronger.) (Accepting this was super hard for me. I hate waiting for anything I want! *lol*)

27. Run, walk, or swim your own race.

28. If you're brave enough to try, start learning what the healthiest fattening options are at the local food joints. That way when things come up and someone wants a meal on the town to celebrate (or the kids just want to grab McDonald's) you can make the right choice in the moment and not feel overly guilty about it.

29. Moderation doesn't work for everyone, and not with everything. There are some things just better suited for special occasions, meaning a special trip to the store, than a regular seat in your freezer/pantry/fridge.

30. Fruit is a great dessert option!

31. Smoothies = yum! Top with some light cool whip and, well, see #30!

32. Sure, the journey is long, but if every week is something fun it doesn't seem like such a chore!

33. Setting goals is important...and HARD!

34. Fear of success is just silly. So is fear of failure. Healthy fear for safety is one thing, but fear of how others will view you is not your concern.

35. What's the saying, "I've never regretted a workout I did, only the ones I didn't do?" Not true. I've regretted a few in that I shouldn't have moved so fast, but I learned from every single one. I learn nothing from nothing.

36. It really is as simple as eat less, exercise more.

37. Drinking your water is KEY! A good week can be given or taken from my water intake.

38. You don't have to be skinny to go to the gym.

39. You will be questioned and stared at, but all by people who either don't understand or don't matter. Either explain and lead them to the light, or let them on their ignorant way.

40. A large shrinking body can look funny sometimes, but every rut is an area that was once a place where fat was and now no longer is. Rejoice in your divots!

41. You can't believe everything you read. Do research, make a reasonable judgement, and if it works for you keep doing it. If not, stop. If you still don't know, ask around.

42. Trying new foods = fun!

43. You don't have to follow "I've lost 50 pounds" with "I still have SO MUCH MORE to go."

44. You'll catch yourself doing #43 anyways.

45. Don't give up on those people who say, "I wish I could be thin" while eating a chocolate bar, unless they show you they are just not ready. Lead by example!

46. If you have a real craving, indulge. Try to do it on a day when you feel powerful. When I can logically think out how much I want of something vs. how many calories I have to spare, that's when I indulge...because I'M in control, not the craving!

47. Sparkies are great, especially in person!

48. Your blogs are for you and no one else. If they help others, great! Otherwise they are a tool to help you on your journey to discover who you are and what makes you tick.

49. Sweat will not kill you. (Though, yes, it will make your hair look like crap. But a skinny body with some jacked up frizzy hair will feel amazing, who cares about fly-aways when you feel strong and powerful? You will probably feel like you could kick anyone's butt who looked at you the wrong way anyhow!)

50. Admire yourself for a change!

51. Nothing, and I mean nothing, can take the place of the right frame of mind. Mental power is stronger than you could ever imagine!

*I'll add pictures later.*

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/16/2010 11:36PM

    "Rejoice in your divots!" I LOVE THAT! Congrats on your success I know there is more to come!

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LRSILVER 8/16/2010 7:07AM

    Thank you for sharing. So True. emoticon

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LYSERGICBLIS 8/15/2010 9:34AM

    ohmygosh... can I just hug you? lol
This is SO inspirational - especially when I'm debating whethere to go to the gym or not today (this is DAY 2, and I'm already lazy lol). Thanks so much for the candid, and honesty you dispose. emoticon

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CTTAGENT 8/14/2010 11:10PM

    I like your blog! So true, and real. Thanks

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AUNTB63 8/14/2010 8:46AM

    Inspiring info, thanks for sharing how you feel. I'm sure there are plenty of people at SP who can relate to some or all of your points. Congrats on your weight loose and best of luck to you (not that I think you need it) on your continuing journey to a healthy, happy lifestyle. emoticon

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CALCUN 8/13/2010 10:18PM

  Great stuff! Thank you!!

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KENNELQUEEN123 8/13/2010 8:10PM

  Thanks just what I needed for inspiration tonight.
Made me smile.

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DAVISMDAWN 8/13/2010 6:58PM

    OMG, you are both hilarious and motivating. I love it and keep up the good work!

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WINTERRAIN 8/13/2010 6:12PM

    Love this blog and number 38 took me a long time to believe!

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IMPERIODEE 8/13/2010 5:42PM

  i love this. thank you for sharing!

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COOLCUKE 8/13/2010 1:36PM

    this blog is FANTABULOUS! you go, girl!

my fave:

"49. Sweat will not kill you. (Though, yes, it will make your hair look like crap. But a skinny body with some jacked up frizzy hair will feel amazing, who cares about fly-aways when you feel strong and powerful? You will probably feel like you could kick anyone's butt who looked at you the wrong way anyhow!)"

"jacked up frizzy hair", lmao! love it!


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1BIGENGINEER 8/13/2010 1:18PM

    #34 & 38 are my faves. Thank you for the great advice and motivation, I definitely needed it!

And congrats on losing 100+!

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    Love it!

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NIC582 8/13/2010 9:56AM

    Congrats on 100+!!! And thanks for the insight and advice... it's going to come in VERY helpful as I am just starting!

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BEAOG2 8/13/2010 8:57AM

  Thank you. I'm knew to spark and this has given me great motivation

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MRSSIBRAT 8/13/2010 8:23AM

    This is great! Thanks so much for taking the time to write all these down!! Keep up the good are doing great!!

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    Bless you! Has anyone told you, you are awesome? Well you are emoticon

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SFGRUNNER 8/13/2010 7:11AM

    You're amazing! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!


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AJBOYER222 8/13/2010 12:31AM

    This blog makes me happy! It's exactly how SparkPeople makes me feel too, and I'm glad that so many of us are learning to change our attitudes and our lifestyles. We will succeed and we will be amazing! Thanks for the inspiration! And keep up the GREAT work!

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CLOUDA9 8/12/2010 11:32PM

    Filled with insight and inspiration! Thanks for sharing each and every one! emoticon

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MRSKS2009 8/12/2010 10:33PM

    Thanks for number 34. I needed someone to say that so bluntly!


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BRANDTSGIRL 8/12/2010 10:23PM

    Thanks for ALL 51 your quite the hero!

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LASHAE5 8/12/2010 10:20PM

    Wow this is wonderful..Thanks for sharing and I agree i need to keep this on the fridge...

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MERRY40 8/12/2010 10:14PM

    Terrific job! Great insight-thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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  Very encouraging. Thank you and keep up the good work! emoticon

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    This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us. You are awesome!!! emoticon

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    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticonLuba

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ONLYBETTER 8/12/2010 7:55PM

    Thanks for the inspirtation. I'm definetly gonna have my mom ready your blog! :) We are in it together to lose!

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RAIDERMOM2277 8/12/2010 7:20PM

  What a wonderful insight to this journey we are on.

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ANURSE2 8/12/2010 6:09PM

  Thanks for the inspiration!

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WARMINGTOZERO 8/12/2010 5:30PM

    They were all great, but I really liked no. 35. That's a very good point and I've never thought of it that way before.

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    Beautiful :)

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    We should make copies of this and keep it on the refrigerator. This is all so true. Good job.

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    Deffinitely a saver emoticon

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    Love this blog..

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    Wonderful Blog....Love your attitude! emoticon

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    I'm going to add this to my motivational poster. You are AMAZING!

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    Wonderful blog! Thank you so much for sharing!

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What an awesome blog, i love the points you are bringing across here!
Thank you, you have just pushed me to move a bit more!

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  Awesome! Thanks for sharing what you've learned.

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We Race for a Reason - Race Recap + Weekly Update

Sunday, August 08, 2010

FYI - This is LONG!

Yesterday I had Hubs drive me two hours north to Wheeling so I could "compete" in the Debbie Green Memorial 5k. So here's how it all went down...

First of all, the number of people was astounding! I did some calculations using the race results and there were over 1200 finishers (both runners and walkers). I picked up my race packet and then headed to the car to drop it off before the race. On the way back, I stop to retie my shoe (tied it too loose after I put my chip on) and as I'm getting back up I see Hollynn (SPUNKYDUCKY) run right by me. I turn to Hubs with the biggest smile ever and say, "OMG! That's totally her! I KNOW it!" Turns out it took her a moment and soon enough her and her Hubs were turning around to say hello. We hugged like we'd known each other forever and then introduced our men.

Hollynn and I pre-race.

Reflecting on the race all the way home, it meant so much to me that not only was it my first race, but it was my first time meeting a fellow Sparkie (other than my Momma, of course). She was so sweet and her husband was amazing. Attentive, interested, funny. It was a great experience! She gave me a lot of advice about not only the upcoming race, but about future races and promised she would be there to watch me cross the finish line. We spent about an hour pre-race just chatting away, getting to know each other, sharing our experiences, and having a blast! I didn't even have a chance to get nervous before we parted ways so they could head up towards the front where the runners should be and I fell back to the walking crowd.

I loaded up my iPhone with the TIKI mix (Thanks so much STAYFOCUSEDASH!) with one addition to start me off - La Roux's Bulletproof. Before we had even started, the older gentleman at the parking lot said to me, "You walk your own race out there and don't push yourself to do what anyone else is doing." So I kept telling myself "Walk your own race." And then we were off (after a small delay due to a small house fire on the course! EEP!).

Ready to Race.

The Start:
Sucks. Seriously dude. You're jammed in this huge crowd and you spend the first tenth of a mile or so trying not to step on people. Plus, they started us off with a friggin' huge hill. (WTF dude? *sigh*) Once we took the first turn people started to break up as the faster people headed ahead and the slower ones stayed back.

Mile One:
Like I said, it was hills like WOAH! First up half of it, then a flat patch to the right, then back up again, and up again, and then DOWN DOWN DOWN! I started noticing as we turned left after the downhill that my right foot was already getting a blister. "Oh, great!" I think. I also thought at this point of giving up. I was really starting to get frustrated with being passed by people who didn't seem to be having any trouble and I felt like even though I was keeping my steady pace that I was struggling more than usual. I thought, "I can just go home now...nobody has to know." But my Sparkie ahead of me would certainly know. And I would know. And then I put my arms back in the right position and pushed forward. "I don't care if I have a shoe full of blood at the end of this," I thought. "I am finishing. Period."

And then I take a left turn and I see one of those time clocks and it says 17 something and I think, "Holy crap! I'm going fast! Is that the mile marker?" Sure enough, I pass Ron Green (the race organizer and Debbie Green's brother) and he says, "Mile one! 18:10! Great job guys!" as I pass. 18:10? Okay...I'm doing great!!

Mile Two:
By the time we got to the water station, I was so friggin' happy to see them! I didn't hydrate enough beforehand and was parched. I didn't get a lot in my mouth because I did NOT want to slow down...and dodging paper cups kinda blows. I thanked the little boy holding the cup and proceeding to spill half of the cup down the front of my shirt! *lol* I kept pushing through. I remembered that I had been working out to this playlist before and I knew what my pace should be. I figured I was right on if not a tiny bit ahead. It was a really, really hard mile. I kept searching for the mile marker and not seeing it. I was cursing everyone in my head...and then we walked down a street full of homes where people were outside watching the race.

Out of the corner of my eye I see this very large woman sitting on her stoop, and I see her look at me and suddenly she starts clapping and cheering...and I knew it was because of me. I knew because she kept watching me and cheering and it made me feel like perhaps I was inspiring someone...and that always makes me push through.

Around the corner I see a race worker and he says 1.3 miles left. You guys are doing great! We turn back around the block and I hear a girl behind me go, "Oh my God! Thank God we're not last...I thought we were!" I realized then that I was not last...and that made me feel a little better. And then I saw the time marker at the second mile marker. 34:10. What the crap dude? I start doing the math in my head and realize that I've done the past mile in 16 minutes! OH MY! I am MOVING! This is an excellent pace for me...the best I've ever done, and when I did it last at that pace I really thought I was going to die! But I still had something left in me...and then my blister popped.

The Third Mile:
Yeah, walking on the right foot was really starting to get to me. It hurt a LOT. But I didn't care. I WOULD finish this race. It felt like it took forever. It was the longest mile of my life...and I kept going through the race course map in my head. When we took the next corner I realized that I was nearly there. I heard loud music and I knew that soon I'd be turning a corner to see the Finish line. I buckled down and got my second wind...and starting actually passing some people! *lol* I see the WesBanco building and realize we're almost there. And then I hear cheering! Off to the left are SPUNKYDUCKY and her husband cheering me on! LOUDLY! *lol*

I reached into myself and thought, "This is it...the final push." I could see the finish line and all I wanted was to cross it! I pumped my arms and legs up the final hill (WTF is up with the hills, dude? GRRRR!) and I pretend my foot is fine and after a bit I don't even really feel the pain anymore. And then I see that I'm about to cross that line and it says 57 something and I think...I've done it! I've done what I've come here to do.

And I pass the finish line panting like a dog on a 13 mile run. *lol* But I did it. And there's my Sparkie pulling me over to the water, cheering me on, telling me I've done amazing! (I only wish I could have seen her and her hubs cross that finish line.) "You did it!" she said. "You're done!" And I kept repeating that one word -- DONE...DONE.

Ron, Hollynn and I after our 5k!

So now for the final results:
471 661 28 Esther Hupp, 29*, Sandyville, WV 57:21 18:30

I was 661 out of 750 walkers.
I was 28th in my age class for women out of 34 (age 25-29).
My final time was 57:21 (though I'm not sure that's from when I crossed the finish line, but I'm not being picky).
And my pace time was 18:30...which is friggin' amazing for me!

So after I rehydrated with a couple bottles of water, we head down to watch the closing and (more importantly) see if we won the door prize trip to NYC! *lol* (We didn't win. :( ) There was a super long line for the free food for racers after, but it looked like nasty pasta, an icky salad soaked in some sort of oil, and pizza...and none of that looked a bit appetizing. Hollynn and Ron pulled out a big surprise when they brought out a cooler of yummy healthy food. *love* this! Totally stealing this idea for my next race! So instead we had turkey wraps and strawberries with our water. I just couldn't stop laughing -- this is a total Sparkie thing to do, bring your own food for after your race! *lol* So I snapped a picture...

Around 9:45pm, with the Hubs impatiently waiting to leave, I hobbled back to the car, changed out of my sweaty shirt and settled in for the long ride home only after checking on my foot. No real clue what happened, but it doesn't feel too good. Thankfully I brought the medicated bandaid and slapped one on immediately before heading home...then I lay back and let Hubs drive us the two hours home.

And for your viewing pleasure...or displeasure, actually...this is what my foot looked like when I got home.

Finally, because it's Sunday it's also Weigh-In Day.

Highest Weight: 466.6
SP Starting Weight: 416.2
Last Week: 369.2
Goal This Week: 366.0
Actual: 365.2
Weight Loss This Week: 4 pounds!
Total Weight Loss with SP: 51 pounds!!
Total Overall Weight Loss: 101.4 pounds!!!

I did NOT expect this! Usually when I work out super hard it takes my body a week to catch up...but I did have that gain last week. So there it 366...actually, I skipped that! Three hundred sixty five! Holy crap! I'm feeling pretty darn good about myself. I finished my first 5k. I've lost 100 pounds again and surpassed it. I've lost 51 pounds since April 18th, since starting SP! Ask me today and I'll tell you -- I totally rock!

Thank you Hubs!
Thank you Hollynn and Ron!
Thank you Spark Friends!

I can't WAIT to tell my kids when they come home here soon!!!

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SWEETSUGAR7 9/14/2010 12:03PM

Thank you for sharing your awesome story~

Keep up the good work~

It is better to vent and talk about everything it is like it sets you free and it feels good~

Have a great week


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LIFEISPURRFECT 8/14/2010 10:05PM

    What an inspiration! You rock girl ;) And congratulations on your first 5K emoticon emoticon

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LUV2HIKEAR 8/12/2010 9:22PM

    Way to go! Proud of you girl - you ROCK!!!


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PATTIQ1 8/12/2010 5:46PM

    GREAT JOB! and congratulations for your persistance and dedication!

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FAT_2_FAB 8/12/2010 3:22PM

    First, let me say I sat here in tears reading your blog. It's amazing how you can be so proud of someone you've never met, but your strength, courage, perserverance, determination, motivation (the list goes on and on) stretches for miles, and I can't tell you how happy I am for you. You did a great job.

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DEAJCOOK 8/12/2010 2:34PM

  After reading this I think I need to seriously consider doing a 5K! Awesome job, great perseverence! emoticon

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13-1GIRL 8/11/2010 4:37PM

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Great JOB!!! loved the bog!! you are doing AWESOME!! Are you addicted, when is the next 5k?? LOL !!woohooo!!

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SURCH1 8/11/2010 3:57PM

    What a wonderful feeling it is to finish your first 5K!!! Congratulations!!!

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KIMMYLOU2012 8/11/2010 3:20PM

    You are quite an inspiration. Keep on going, you are doing GREAT!!!! Nothing feels quite like crossing that finish line does it?

Congrats!!! Kim

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/11/2010 8:40AM

    You are awesome! That totally inspries me to do a 5k! I've been talking about it, but I keep putting it off, thanks for the inspiration!
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WONDERJUL 8/10/2010 1:13AM

    Loved reading about your experience. Way to go!!

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SBHPATRICK 8/9/2010 11:21PM

    Awesome blog about a wonderful accomplishment - congratulations!

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    What an awesome first race experience! I'm so proud and happy for you - and it is very cool that you got to hang out with a fellow Sparkie. Way to go Esther! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARTER3281 8/9/2010 8:31PM

    WOW! Congratulations on the race and your weight loss. You are inspiring. emoticon

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MIZCATHI 8/9/2010 8:00PM

    So inspiring, thank you so much for sharing your joys, triumph, and sweet agony!

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SIXTEES 8/9/2010 7:48PM

    You did the amazing thing - made a tear come to my eye!
And the 5K. I hope this might be me someday.
Good work.

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ELISADEL 8/9/2010 5:04PM

    So glad you enjoyed your first race!

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    woohoo ON THE 101 LBS LOST And 51 since April - You are absolutely amazing! You inspire me so much. (not that I want to add any pressure). Just incredible!

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BAYBELIEVER 8/9/2010 3:15PM

    Way to go! Wow! 18:30 per mile. That is awesome! And with hills and everything! You should be so proud...oh wait! You are! You go ahead, and you just keep celebrating and shouting it from the rooftops! I would!!

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MERAINA 8/9/2010 2:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy dance time! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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_TRIXIE_ 8/9/2010 2:22PM

    Way to go! I'm so proud of you!

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JRIMM4 8/9/2010 2:13PM


Really, really amazing rundown! Thanks for sharing, as someone who is not sure they'll ever take to running - I have to admit I've always been curious and you've allowed me to take a glimpse. Thanks!


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-JENSSPARK- 8/9/2010 2:11PM

    Congrats! You worked so hard and you deserve to feel great about your achievement! Awesome job on the race!!

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ATROTTIER 8/9/2010 2:01PM

    I'm so glad I found your blog because of Spunky who is on one of my teams and I always follow her inspirational blogs. Hearing your experience with your first 5K is getting me really pumped up for mine which is in like 6 weeks. I'm still training for it and I think your story has encouraged me to really keep on with my training because the 5K does sound intense but wonderful at the same time - I'm totally bringing my own food too! Thanks for sharing your experience - you did fantastic!!!! =)

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    Simply amazing. I am glad you finished and got to meet a new friend. Great job and great job on the weigh loss too!

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TEAM-SARAH 8/9/2010 1:04PM

    Oh my gosh that looks quite painful!! To think... you finished this race way comfortably under an hour AND with that painful blister! Wow... way to push yourself, I am soooo proud of you! Isn't it amazing what the atmosphere of the race does for your motivation? Already thinking about the next?? :)

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KARVY09 8/9/2010 12:43PM

    Girl, congrats on the 5K and your "badge of honor!" Your heel looks nasty, but hun, it's a badge of honor and you should totally wear it that way! I'm so happy you beat your goal and finished in under an hour. Isn't amazing what can be done?

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HARMONYBLUE 8/9/2010 12:35PM

    Congrats on finishing your first 5K. It sounds like and amazing experience. And losing 100 pounds and all you have accomplished so far on this journey, I am jealous you got to meet Hollynn and Ron! They seem super cool:)

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BOGUSANNIE 8/9/2010 10:23AM

    Awesome Work!!! Congrats to you on your first 5K!!! Remarkable, I am glad you didn't quit!

Congrats on your Total weight loss as rock!


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MARYANNGI 8/9/2010 10:05AM

    Congrats of finishing your 5k. emoticon emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 8/9/2010 6:18AM

    Amazing journey in every way - the race, the awesome progress since Spark, the optimistic outlook! You rock!

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    emoticon on your amazing accomplishments! You are doing emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/9/2010 2:47AM

    Absolutely phenomenal! You have something to be proud of, and how cool to end up connecting with SPUNKYDUCKY there, too?

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ERIN1128 8/8/2010 10:15PM

    You kicked a---! You're awesome!

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NETTER61 8/8/2010 10:10PM

    Oh, Esther! How proud we are of you!! And you have every right to brag and boast about these accomplishments! You have done such an awesome job!!! Congrats to you! Sure hope the blister heals quickly.

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PENGUITO 8/8/2010 9:16PM

    It was great meeting you & Shane! Hanging out with you guys was the best part of the day! Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments! emoticon emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/8/2010 8:55PM

    I feel like I relived the race reading your blog. I was exhausted after work today, so might get mine up tonight, tomorrow at the latest...yours is wonderful - totally worth the length to experience the race through you. Meeting you and Shane was our favorite part of the day, even better than crossing the finish line and I had tears in my eyes for you when you finished -I was so proud of you for working so hard! It was a perfect day.

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RAVENSONG37 8/8/2010 8:11PM

    You totally made me cry. I'm so proud of you Esther. Your foot is totally a war wound!!

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RAVENSONG37 8/8/2010 8:11PM

    You totally made me cry. I'm so proud of you Esther. Your foot is totally a war wound!!

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STARDUSTD 8/8/2010 6:26PM

  emoticon on kicking that 5K's butt! And on your amazing weight loss. emoticon emoticon I'm glad you realize how totally awesome you are. What an enjoyable blog to read!

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TRACYDUKA 8/8/2010 5:45PM

    YAY! You go lady! :D That's so awesome! :) I wonder what would prevent a blister in that spot? You might want to go to a running shoe store that specializes in 5k-marathons and they might have ideas, like certain socks, etc.

CONGRATS on the weightloss! That's beyond awesome. And you didn't share it with us in Awesome Adventurers! :) That's awesome. :)

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    WOW! I am amazed and impressed and am all misty-eyed for you! (Okay, actually crying...) I was sitting here working on some client stuff that is NOT adding up, is an undocumented mess, and is giving me a gigantic headache and then I popped into Spark and saw your blog post. Thank you for your honesty, your courage, and for being so real and positive! I would have been cheering like a freak for you if I could have been there!!


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KNOWMOREBBK 8/8/2010 5:00PM

    That is so wonderful!!! I am so proud of you! It almost chokes me up to see how much you have accomplished in such a short time!

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PRETTYMANDI 8/8/2010 4:49PM

    Go you! Go you go you go you!

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SHERRY528 8/8/2010 4:14PM

    Wow, Esther! It was SO FUN to "BE AT THE RACE WITH YOU!":-) We could feel just like we WERE! Thanks for such a good report-I can JUST IMAGINE what it was like crossing that FINISH LINE!
YOUR POOR FOOT, tho! Sure hope it's not hurting tooo bad today-but we know it is. Hope it eases soon and you just revel in what you did to get it. You're AWESOME---and to THINK that part of the reason those families of the children have it a lil' easier is CUZ OF YOU!!!
And to TOP IT OFF---100+ GONE and 50+ with SP---such fantastic timing for a REWARD for you! HUGS!!! Sherry

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MAMADELIGHT 8/8/2010 3:16PM

    WICKED AWESOME!!!! You did it, lady!!!

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MADDEELOU 8/8/2010 2:51PM

    Wow!!! You totally ROCK!! Congrats on the race and the weight loss. Over 100 pounds--incredible. It was a great race report. Thanks for sharing. Hope your foot is healing quickly.

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