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#80 - Foam Roller.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Just because I am obsessed...

This isn't my number, but the organization posted this photo on their FB page yesterday. A wave of emotions kind of ran over me. I still can't believe that I am signed up for a 5K run. A run? Me? The girl who used to hate running. Heck, I can't even believe I signed up for a 5K to begin with. I'm so excited and nervous all at the same time. It seems like all I think about is the 5K! Ha.

Anyways, I FINALLY motivated myself to do some ST last night. It was tough, but I'm hoping that once I get back home and get into a routine, I will be able to work on incorporating ST in my routine.

Also, I tried foam rolling last night. I did my calves which really hurt my shins. However, it felt so good. I couldn't figure out how to go my inner shins which is where all of my pain is, so I just rolled it across the area as hard as I could. Oh my. I was laughing and almost crying because the pain was intense. However, after I was done, I got ready for bed, and I had no pain whatsoever while I walked. I even woke up this morning feeling much better. So, best believe I will be laughing and almost crying tonight with the foam roller. Haha. Oh! And I did the neck massage with the roller, and it was pure heaven. emoticon

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SPICEMWE 8/30/2012 10:22AM

    That's fantastic. There are a bunch of Youtube videos on foam roller techniques. You should check them out. :)

I'm not sure if I'm more excited about my 5K or yours!?

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MARVEEME 8/26/2012 9:22AM


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    You're going to be great in your 5K! However- you make the foam roller sound a little scary though. Way to go getting that ST in! I swear that is the hardest.


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JEANNINEMM68 8/22/2012 4:25PM

    Glad that you are so excited for the race and I am glad that the roller worked. keep at it.

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POOKASLUAGH 8/22/2012 1:42PM

    I literally have bruises on my IT band from doing the foam roller on them two days ago for the first time. Yikes! It really does hurt at first, but from experience I've discovered that after a week or so, the pain lessens, and it gets easier. Thank goodness!! The fact that your calves were so tight is probably a good sign of what's happening when your shins, and once they loosen up, hopefully the pain will go even MORE.

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CHODGES83 8/22/2012 10:16AM

    You'll do great! Keep pushing!

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MUFFIY831 8/22/2012 9:08AM

    Yay! Great job!

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SUGIRL06 8/22/2012 9:04AM

    So excited for your 5K! I was never a runner and have a marathon on my schedule. Whaaat??? You can do this!!!

And I love "The Stick" (massager also). Amazing how perfectly it rolls out the pain!

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#79 - Update.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

So, this morning, I woke up to a beautiful surprise - 158.8 lbs! I am finally in the 150s, and I love it! I can't even believe it! Honestly, this is the push I needed in regards to eating. I'm usually good about exercising, but my eating has been so so at dinner time. I've adopted the "well, I worked out today, and there is half a month left to reach my goals, so I will just eat whatever tonight." That logic runs over to tomorrow night and so on. Last night, I ate about 1-1.5 servings of spaghetti my Mom made, and I left it at that. No second helpings for me.

I've been staying at my Mom's since last Monday. She just had surgery on her wrist (carpel tunnel), so dinners have been kind of hectic. It's been a lot of eating out and foods I don't usually eat. I know I can offer to cook a healthy meal, but she's picky. Ha. So, I am doing my best with food.

Although food has been shaky subject, my exercise has been pretty good. I took the guy's advice (from the running store), and I backed down a bit in regards to the 5K training. Last night, I walked/ran two miles. I'm going to stick with that for a couple of weeks and then go up to three miles. A mile doesn't feel like enough. I will have to say that I believe I bought the right shoes. Last night's run was pretty much pain-free. My shins did pretty well up until like the last half mile, so I was really surprised! I'm in love with my shoes, and I am in love with running. I like pushing myself. Honestly, running is pretty much all I talk about right now (to the boyfriend). Haha. I am pretty sure he's tired of hearing about it.

My shins have been hurting since I woke up, but I'm about to start working with my foam roller tonight (thanks Pooksaluagh!). I hear it's going to hurt, but that it'll be worth it. I can't wait for the day that my legs won't hurt at all before, during, and after my runs. I think I will fall even more in love with running!

Lastly, I'm having a difficult time with strength training. Honestly, all I want to do is run (told you I'm slightly addicted, ha). I know the importance of ST, but I just don't want to do it. I've signed up to do the "Sparkpeople Official Spring into Shape Bootcamp". This has six videos that are all less than 15 minutes. I've only done two, and I started last Thursday. I'm not really interested in Body Rock right now because I feel like some of it I need equipment for, and I don't have the money. So, any suggestions on ST?


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AWESOMEKATY 8/24/2012 9:19AM

    There are always going to be obstacles but I'm glad you're willing to face them! Keep up the good work and take everything in moderation and you'll be fine :)

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CHODGES83 8/22/2012 10:04AM

    I like yoga, esp after running. It really helps stretch me out. I'm terrible about ST. I'll do it for awhile, but I'd rather just do cardio.

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DRAGONFLY02 8/22/2012 7:59AM

    I did just think of a ST thing to do. If you like challenges or structured type of exercising, like the C25K thing, try the 100 push-up challenge ( I've been doing this and I like how it builds me up slowly to doing more and more push-ups. Last night I did 92 over 6 sets ranging from 10 - 15 push-ups per set. When I started, I could only do about 6 push-ups total. And if you have an IPhone or Droid, there is an app for this, which is what I'm using. It shows what you are doing each day and even has a timer for your rest time between sets. And then at the end, it asks if the push-ups were too easy, just right, or too hard and then adjusts for the next day based on what you selected. I was struggling at the end last night, so I picked too hard. Next time I do them, they will probably have me do 92 total again and keep me at that stage until I say they are just right. Anyway, it's definitely building up the strength in my arms. I do need to find more STs for my legs and core, but this 100 push-up challenge is one ST thing that I've been able to keep doing consistently. And best of all, I don't need any equipment.

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DRAGONFLY02 8/22/2012 7:45AM

    Great job on the weight loss. I've been in the 150s for a few weeks now too. It feels so good to be out of the 160s and I'm loving how some of my clothes are fitting me now. I don't know about you but once I get below the XX9 (159) number, that's when I truly feel like I'm in the next weight range and it motivates me work harder to hit the next range.

I'm so glad the new running shoes are working. I know I've heard from many people that getting the right shoes helps. I've tried to do a Couch to 5k training twice now, but with 2 toddlers at home and my DH and I working opposite schedules, it's hard to get running in. And it's just not that fun running while pushing 50+ pounds of kids in a jogging stroller. Maybe in a couple years when they're a little older and can bike ride while I jog.

I'm with you on the ST thing. I know how important it is and I love how I feel when I start building muscle, but I have a hard time keeping up with it. Wish I had some advice for you, but I don't. I'd like so hear other peoples thoughts though.

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COMMUNITY10 8/22/2012 7:34AM

    Amazing! Keep up the great work!!

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COUPONS0216 8/21/2012 9:04PM

    Congrats on the weight!!!
ST equipment like resistance bands and dumbells are pretty inexpensive. Walmart has a pack of 3 bands with varying resistance for 10.00. Ross, and TJMAXX usually have a pair of dumbells for anywhere from $ 6-10 depending on the weight. ST helps with my power on my runs.
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RWILSON19 8/21/2012 5:30PM

  Keep going your almost there! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/21/2012 4:23PM

    If you read (a fellow SP who has lost a sh!t ton of weight!), she just wrote a blog a few weeks ago about creating a homemade foam roller that she said helps her out w/ her running! Check it out!

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MUFFIY831 8/21/2012 3:52PM

    Fantastic on the loss!! As for the soreness, be sure to stretch and hydrate after EVERY.SINGLE.RUN. Seriously, makes a world of difference. There's the foam roller (totally my new boyfriend) and there's also a foam roller stick that's a little less intense (like this one -
=family). Then after your run and your rolling, throw in some push-ups and ab work while you cool off. Every little bit helps.

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ALLIEALLIE2 8/21/2012 3:23PM

    emoticonblog!! You make me want to run!! emoticon
So glad you are now in the 150's!!! emoticon

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ASHESS85 8/21/2012 3:18PM

    See, hard work pays off! Great job!

As for ST...I'm right there with you. It's just so boring! Maybe you could incorporate yoga?

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FITNAPTURAL 8/21/2012 2:55PM

    Congrats girl! I've been running 3 days a week since mid-June (I think) and it's definitely getting less painful lol. I try to drink lots of water and stretch. I'm also having trouble getting my ST in. I don't have any ideas yet but when you get there let me know! emoticon emoticon

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WALKING_WONDER 8/21/2012 2:42PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! WOO HOO!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 8/21/2012 2:31PM

    Woohoo for the 150s!! I admit, I'm slightly jealous, and can't wait to meet you there in the 150s! :D Hopefully soon! And yay for a decrease in pain! I hope the foam-rolling helps. I did my IT band yesterday and my legs are actually bruised today, haha! I'll be waiting a day or two before I do it again. At least I was able to identify which parts of my body needed work!

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CAROLYN_ROSE 8/21/2012 2:09PM

    Congrats on hitting the 150s!!! Must feel wonderful! And I'm glad to hear the new sneakers are working out!

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PHATPAT18 8/21/2012 2:07PM

    Congrats on hitting the 150"s. You must feel real good about yourself. emoticon

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#78 - New Running Shoes!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ahh! Thank you all so much for suggesting I find a running shop in my area! It was great getting tips and finding new shoes. He had me run in three different shoes, and these are the ones I chose:

They are from Saucony. They are light weight which is why I bought them. The other two were a little heavier. He said that the full leg pain was probably from form as well as not having enough support under my arch. Last night, I took them on a 2.05 mile walk, and my leg pain was gone. It felt so good to walk again without pain. I will have to say that the shins still hurt (not as bad though!), but I think they will have to heal before I am completely free of pain. So, Tylenol, icing, stretching, and massaging are going to be my friends over the next few weeks.

He gave me some tips on my running form as well as some stretches that target the calves. He was great!

He did, however, say that he thought I should ease up on the running. He thought I was putting too much stress on my legs with the running. He suggested I back off to just walk/run a mile for now and work my way up. I have mixed emotions are this, so I'm not sure what my plan will be. I like my 5K walk/runs. I guess I will see how today goes with the new shoes.

On another note, as I said in my status, I am down ten pounds (finally!) from my starting weight this morning! So, as my reward, I decided to make my new shoes the present for such awesomeness. Haha. I'm so ready to get into the 150s now! Ahhh!


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SPICEMWE 8/30/2012 10:20AM

    Congrats and what an excellent reward!

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WINNIE1978 8/18/2012 4:29PM

    Yay for new running shoes!!! I started out with a pair of Saucony shoes but had to return them because they were causing ankle pain... I think they were giving me a little too much support. I hope they continue to help with the shin pain!

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JEANNINEMM68 8/17/2012 8:33PM

    Yeah for being down 10lbs. That is awesome. You have the same brand of sneakers that I have. They work great for me. keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 8/17/2012 7:41PM

    You can always work back up to where you're running now. Running stores are the best, aren't they? I can't wait to get fitted for new shoes!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/17/2012 12:03PM

    Hooray on the 10 lbs! Way to go!! Great the new shoes are working out for you. I hope your leg pain goes away soon. Happy running! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/17/2012 11:06AM

    I ran in Sauconys before my current New Balances...they were nice and cushiony. Have fun in them, and congrats on being down 10lbs!!

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COUPONS0216 8/17/2012 9:50AM

    AWESOME news about the weight. Your new shoes rock! Glad you found a pair that works, take it slow and have fun!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/17/2012 9:41AM

    Woo hoo! You will be in the 150s in no time! 10 pounds DOWN!! That's HUGE!! Go Sam, go Sam! :D

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MEMEME75 8/17/2012 9:38AM

    New running shoes rock! Glad you found a pair that work well for you!

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#77 - Another Running Blog.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hey all! Sorry for all the running blogs. I'm just trying to get ready for my 5K race in October! So excited!

Anyways, just an update on the shin splints. Per a SP friend's advice, they told me to work on my form; she said I may not be releasing my muscles every time I push off the ground. So last night, I tried what she said, and it worked! I had no pain while I ran or during the walk breaks. So, thank you so much for that advice, CNTRYGL1!

Even though that helped, I still woke up this morning with that annoying achy feeling in my legs and parts of my shins are tender. So, I am hoping ice, Tylenol, stretching, and the foam roller will help this go away. I really don't want to quit running. I'm also thinking about trying to stay off the pavement as much as I can. I think it's too hard of a surface right now. Lastly, I am hoping to get my new shoes (or at least get fitted for them) this week. It's really a goal of mine to make this happen very, VERY soon.

So, I ask of my fellow runners - is it safe/healthy for me to continue to run with shin splints? On my off days, I am doing circuits and walking. Do you think that is ok too?


Monday: 5K Run/Walk ----> DONE!
Tuesday: Circuits and 5K Walk
Wednesday: 5K Run/Walk
Thursday: Circuits and 5K Walk
Friday: 5K Run/Walk
Saturday: Busy day at work
Sunday: Rest day or light walk

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SPICEMWE 8/30/2012 10:24AM

    I've started to focus on landing towards the front of my foot and it's helped a ton. Also making sure to keep my feet almost underneath of me (if that makes sense) has also helped.

Don't forget to stretch before and after, drink plenty of water, and icing your shins afterwards will help a ton too.

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SUGIRL06 8/17/2012 8:26AM

    Oh I hate shin splints! I had them when I first started because the sneakers I was wearing were bad. I've also heard landing more forefoot (rather than heel) helps. Is that how you changed your stride? Sounds like you have it figured out anyway!

I say if they aren't too bad, then keep working on your form and keep running. I they are so painful that it is interfering with your workouts, then maybe you should rest them a bit! I hope you feel better soon!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/16/2012 10:23PM

    I get shin splints juts from walking fast. :( Blah. Sorry i am zero help, but I hope you get some answers! Are there maybe some resources on stretching here on SP??

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WINNIE1978 8/14/2012 7:43PM

    Sorry I can't help since I've never really had to deal with shin splints. I hope you can figure out what is causing them though and correct it.

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JEANNINEMM68 8/14/2012 5:23PM

    Hmmm good to hear that your shins are getting better. That was my problem too maybe I will try again and adjust my form this time.

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/14/2012 12:52PM

    I used to get shin splints too, but I changed how I ran and now it's not a problem for me either

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/14/2012 12:31PM

    Great that the advice helped you during the run and hope the pain goes away soon. You are doing really great!

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#76 - A Little Sad.

Monday, August 13, 2012

So, the one of my best friend's had her wedding this weekend. Let's just say I am glad it's over. I'm very happy for her, but man was it stressful. Not only that, my boyfriend's family is in town this weekend, so we had to do lots of cleaning. Lastly, my boss's mother died last Thursday, so I have been juggling a lot. I did the best I could since Thursday in regards to eating and exercising.

Good things from this weekend:
1. I danced for three hours at the reception. It was a nice way to get exercise, release some stress, and have fun.
2. I was running around like a crazy lady all day yesterday in regards to the wedding. Ha. It was all good.
3. I ended up having a good time. :)

Not so good things:
1. I ate like a pig at the bachelorette party.
2. I didn't get my water in, and I am feeling it this morning. I've got a headache (not from alcohol - promise).
3. Stress, stress, stress.

My boyfriend was also in the wedding, so while the bride and groom were taking photos, we sneaked over to a cute little spot and took a photo since we were all dressed up. I was looking at it this morning, and my heart just saddened. I really don't look like I have dropped ten pounds. I don't know. I just think I look gross. In all honesty, every morning and night, I look in the mirror, and I say something that I like because I need to be proud of where I am now. I need to love my body regardless of the size, shape, and weight. However, I couldn't with this photo.

Anyways, enough being sad about the photo. I have 5K training starting this week, and I'm pretty excited! I have a little less than two months to get ready for the 5K, and so it is time to get busy!

Monday (today): 5K walk/run
Tuesday: circuits and 5K walk
Wednesday: 5K walk/run
Thursday: circuits and 5K walk
Friday: 5K walk/run
Saturday: Work (This is exercise to me. Ha!)
Sunday: Either rest day or just a light walk (30 minutes or so)

Hoping to go get fitted for running shoes this week. My shins have been killing my throughout the weekend which is a little scary. emoticon Hopefully, they will heal soon especially after I get new shoes.

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CHODGES83 8/15/2012 11:06AM


Love that you're doing the 5K. I always feel great after I jog, like I could conquer the world. I hope you get that feeling too!

Shin splints are a b!tch. I have two friends that get them. They both swear by a simple little exercise in which they trace the alphabet with their toes pointed.

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 8/14/2012 10:30PM

    Great little waist, nice blemish free arms and a girl that wears spiffy dancin' boots! Are we looking at the same picture lady??!!! OH if we could only see ourselves the way others see us.


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HELENKATHLEEN5 8/14/2012 12:55PM

    You look awesome! It sure is hard to get to the point of loving your body regardless, but kudos to you for realizing how important that is and working on it!

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C8TSON 8/14/2012 10:17AM

    I think you look pretty in the picture! I understand it can be depressing at times--I was in a funk all last week. But one thing to keep in mind is that you ARE doing something about your health! That is worth more than anything!!! emoticon emoticon

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AWESOMEKATY 8/13/2012 8:28PM

    I'm sorry you're bummed about the picture but I think it's absolutely adorable! And dancing is a lovely way to burn calories! Glad you had fun at the wedding but also have fun relaxing now that it's over haha!!

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WINNIE1978 8/13/2012 8:09PM

    I'm sorry the picture made you sad, but you look great. emoticon

I hope your shins feel better soon.

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POOKASLUAGH 8/13/2012 6:38PM

    I completely agree with MNGIRLIE - you look beautiful in that picture. I know how you feel, though. The pictures of me after my sister's wedding in May helped propel me forward a lot for a time, helped me to really get motivated to lose the next little bit. :) Maybe you can turn that picture into determination!

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MAERETH 8/13/2012 1:59PM

    It's so hard to see the change in yourself. You look great in that picture :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/13/2012 1:52PM

    Great photo of you two! That is such a pretty color on you. :-) And don't be so hard on yourself. We are our own worst critics, lady. You look great, and should feel PROUD of what you have accomplished!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/13/2012 1:36PM

    You look really pretty. Don't be so hard on yourself. :-)
Sounds like a very busy, stressful time for you. I hope it settles down soon.
Good luck with the 5K training, you'll rock it!

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MNGIRLIE 8/13/2012 1:30PM

    Aww you look beautiful in the photo and I'm not just blowing smoke! Sometimes it's hard to see how far we've come when we look at ourselves with a critical eye. Keep at it and you'll get there.

Time to move on from the wedding weekend! :)

I was just telling another friend that an old coworker of mine used to complain of shin pain all the time when he ran. i suggested he try out the vibram five finger shoes. He did and LOVED them. And... like magic he stopped having shin pain.

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