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#95 - Day 8: Tuesday (9/25) Check In.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

--> Water: 6 cups.

--> Exercise: After reading everyone's comments, I took a rest day. Not sure if this will last because honestly, I need exercise a lot more than I used to think.

--> Weight: 155lbs.

--> Sleep: Honestly, I didn't get much. Between my boyfriend snoring and the foster kitten playing in his cage, I'm exhausted today. Boo. Hopefully, tonight will be better.

--> Food: Breakfast, lunch, and snack were all the same as usual. For dinner, we had a Cheesy Velveta Box. I stuck to my portions. Honestly, I didn't feel like cooking nor spending the money to get take out.

--> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: 8.

After reading a lot of the comments left on my blog yesterday (thank you!), I took some time last night to think about things. Here's what I came up with:

1. My motivation is gone so being committed to my workouts have been tough the past few weeks.

2. My energy level is low which makes working out even tougher.

3. My run days are the ONLY days that I truly commit to. I get out there where I want to or not. I never miss them.

4. If I want to continue running, I'm going to have to do better. No more running on hard surfaces (grass or sand is better). I will have to ice, stretch, and foam roller every morning and afternoon. I may even do it before my runs.

5. My ST has been suffering here lately.

So, I'm going to have to be more focused. I'm going to have to recommit to running. I'm going to have to recommit to healing my shins. I think I might try this for a few days, and if things get better, then I will continue. If not, I will rest up until the week of the 5K.

With this comes the issue of ST. It's time to get back on track with that. So, tomorrow is dedicated to figuring out what needs to be done about that.

I'm not giving up. I can't and I won't. I've come too far to give up or to let lack of motivation and energy derail me. I'm stronger than I think. I can do this.

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DRAGONFLY02 9/27/2012 6:40AM

    Yay for the 155!!! I knew it would come back down.

It sounds like you got a lot of great advice for the shin splints. Being a non-runner, I'm not sure if this is advisable or not, but would you be able to go walking instead of running? Maybe that's not good since it's similar to running. Well, if you can't do walking/running for 2 weeks, how about focusing your exercise on a different set of muscles. Do some strength training or find some cardio that you can do that doesn't involve using your legs that much. Something to help keep the motivation there without hurting yourself more.

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SUGIRL06 9/26/2012 6:23PM

    Good plan!!! You definitely don't want to fall off the habit completely because then its that much harder getting back to it. Pick up some ST for now to replace your runs and then when your shins are feeling better, ADD in those runs with the ST!
PS. Have you looked at your sneakers as the cause of your shin splints?

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/26/2012 5:28PM

    Good for you. I think that your plan is a very good one. I hope you are able to feel better so you can get back to running, especially since you enjoy it so much.

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POOKASLUAGH 9/26/2012 4:34PM

    My therapist has me foam-rolling before my walks and runs now too. Not icing - that's only afterwards - but definitely rolling. Then after the walk/run, I roll, then stretch, then ice 20 on/20 off/20 on. It takes FOREVER but it's definitely helping, so I'll keep doing it. Most of the time anyway. :D

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#94 - Day 7: Monday (9/24) Check In (Advice Needed).

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

--> Water: 10 cups!

--> Exercise: I went for a run. 3.51 miles in 47 minutes. (Continue at the bottom.)

--> Weight: 156.4 lbs. I went up since Sunday's weigh in. I think it's because I went back for seconds at dinner as well as I only had 4 cups of water.

--> Sleep: I got 7.5 hours.

--> Food:

Breakfast: Luna Bar, Breakfast Essentials (1% milk), 1 0z of peanuts, and two servings of watermelon.

Lunch: 1 cup of soup, my salad, and two cuties.

Snack: Three slices of Sara Lee Honey Roasted Turkey, 1 orange bell pepper sliced, and 1/4 cup of Greek Yogurt with 1/4 tsp of Ranch mix.

Dinner: We had Japanese food last night. I got the junior chicken bowl. I ate it without any mayo sauce! Woo hoo!

--> Vegetable / Fruit Servings: 9.

Another good day for the most part.

I don't know if any of you are friends with Coach Nancy, but she's been training for a marathon for a few months. A couple of weeks ago, she had calf/IT band issues. This morning, I read her blog post about deciding to stop her training in order to let her injuries heal. Well, this has me thinking - my shin splints still have not healed. It's been about a month and a half, I believe, since the pain started. I've taken Tylenol, I'm stretching well, and I've used the foam roller (although not religiously). I wake up with the aching in my shins. Usually by mid-morning, I am fine.

Last night, I did run intervals (4 min. run/ 1 min. walk). During two of those intervals, I had a sharp pain, but it quickly went away. Not only that, my ankles hurt too. So, this has me a bit nervous about continuing with my running plan. I'm not really sure what to do. I don't know how long it takes for shin splints to heal. Honestly, I don't think going to the doctor is an option since my insurance doesn't cover much, and I am on a super tight budget.

In my heart, I don't want to stop running. This is the only exercise that I look forward to. I'm excited about this race, and I want to run at least part of it. However, I know my health is more important. So, any suggestions? I have 2.5 weeks until race day.


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  I think SPICEMWE gave great advice. Also what about your shoes? I find when my running shoes are getting past their prime I start feeling it in my shins. emoticon I understand not wanting to give up running. I love it! I'm not sure why I can't get myself back into it... Great work you are doing great!

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SPICEMWE 9/26/2012 11:18AM

    A break really helped my shin splints. I took a two week break and since I've been back to running I've had no shin pain since I've adjusted my gait. Stretching and icing helps a ton too.

Just remember RICE.


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POOKASLUAGH 9/25/2012 9:35PM

    Be religious about that foam rolling, it really does help! Stretch really well before running - my Airrosti provider says that your calves need to be stretched for 90 seconds each, not 30 like most stretches, and she has me doing certain kinds of hip stretches for three minutes on each side. Certain inserts can help in your shoes, if you know if you're rolling in or out on your foot. With shin splints, you're probably rolling in, so you would want inserts to make sure you don't roll in. Can you go into a running store and have them record the way you run? You can get a lot of info from them on how to help, without paying for a doctor.

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SUGIRL06 9/25/2012 6:38PM

    Maybe you just need to ease back or take a few days off. Make sure you give yourself a few rest days before race day. And like others said, a week off isn't going to derail your training!

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/25/2012 5:53PM

    I tried to push past pain a few years ago and it ended up hurting me. I'd say, as hard as it is, listen to your body. Maybe run slower? Or take a week off to see how you feel? I realize the race is coming up very quickly too. Sorry I have no real advice.


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    If you aren't in pain- like actual pain, just sore, I say keep going. BUT! Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate (RICE) regularly. Use that foam roller religiously, and STRETCH!!! You can stretch your shin area, and that's part of it. Also, look into your shoes, see if they're worn out. Make sure your gait is okay. If you have flat feet, arch support is crucial. If it really truly is shin splints, then a doctor would recommend two weeks of rest and then tell you to help build bone density, wear proper shoes and avoid hard surfaces, even terrain and running downhill, drink water and stretch. That's just my two cents. I used to get shin splints pretty bad because I would run on a hard road that sloped downhill then eventually came back up and leveled out. Needless to say, my shins, knees and ankles hated me. Good luck. Don't try to press through pain that's there. There's nothing wrong with taking a breather for health :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/25/2012 12:59PM

    I don't have any running advice since I don't run, but I say listen to your body, ya know? If you are hurting, then take some rest days, and maybe focus on a different type of exercise that doesn't hurt your shins/knee?

As far as weight goes, I've been trying not to put such an emphasis on it. I haven't been on a scale in almost two weeks. I think I need to just focus on my energy levels + how my clothes are fitting for now, as the scale drives me crazy. Maybe just weigh in once a week, like Fridays, to keep it consistent?! Just a thought!


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DRAGONFLY02 9/25/2012 12:28PM

    I don't know what to tell you about the running since I'm not a runner.

As for the weight, my weight does that a lot. Which is why even though I weight daily, I don't count my official weight except on my weekly weigh-in date. Just the other day, my weight went up 2 pounds and then this morning, it was back down again. I think it's just normal fluctuations. I say the sudden 2-pound "gain" is due to the extra water you drank and possibly your body didn't process all the food yet that you ate for dinner last night. Usually if I see a jump up in my weight and I've done decent with eating and exercising, I don't consider it a true gain.

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ASHESS85 9/25/2012 12:27PM

    I really think you should take a week off from exercise or maybe just do some light/slow walking if anything. I think your muscles need the rest. Try to stretch and drink as much water a possible if you are going to work out hard. I hope you feel better.

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MUFFIY831 9/25/2012 12:07PM

    I would say give it a solid week off. It's not going to derail your training and you'd still have a week+ to reassess and see if it's better. In the meantime, get religious about the stretching, foam rolling, compression socks, whatever you can think of to help. Good luck!!

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#93 - Day 6: Sunday (9/23) Check In.

Monday, September 24, 2012

--> Water: 4 cups. I wasn't really feeling water yesterday, but I managed to get in 4 cups though.

--> Exercise: Identical to the water topic, I wasn't feeling exercise either. I pushed it off until I finally told myself that it needed to happen. I got in ST - Tone it Up Arm Routine, 30 bicycle crunches (with weight), and a combo ( 30 left lifts with reverse crunches). I also took a 2.08 mile walk in 32 minutes.

--> Weight: I woke up to 155.2 lbs! (Loss of 1 pound.)

--> Sleep: I went to bed at 10:30PM and woke up at 7:10 this morning.

--> Food: Breakfast consisted of a Luna Bar, 1 0z of peanuts, and my Breakfast Essentials with milk. Lunch was a cup of soup, two servings of watermelon, and my salad (with beans!). For dinner, we had leftovers of the zucchini, squash, onion, potato, and chicken oven dish. It was good; however, I went back for seconds. It's ok though. I will do better!

--> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: 8!

Finally, my first GOOD weekend in a long time. I drank water. I ate out once; I stuck to my guns when it came to food. I got in exercise both days! emoticon

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TIMDEB 9/25/2012 3:55PM

  Keep up the good work especially even when you don't feel like it.

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DRAGONFLY02 9/24/2012 8:28PM

    Awesome job! And I'm so excited about the 1 pound loss!!! Go you.

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IMKFOX 9/24/2012 11:24AM

    Good for you, doing what you needed to do even when you didn't want to do it!
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CIPHER1971 9/24/2012 10:22AM

    Way to go

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WKLYTTON 9/24/2012 10:08AM

    emoticon Way to go !

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COMMUNITY10 9/24/2012 9:59AM

    nice work lady!

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#92 - Days 4 & 5: Friday (9/21) & Saturday (9/22) Check Ins.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I was going to get on last night to do my check in for Friday, but I decided to spend some time with my love watching football instead. emoticon

Here's how Friday went:

--> Water: 8 cups!

--> Exercise: No formal exercise. Instead, my boyfriend and I went to the mall and walked there. We stopped in to Dick's Sporting Goods, and my boyfriend talked about getting back into the gym! Ahh, this made me SO happy. I'm worried about his health as he's very overweight. So, we've made a plan. Since money is tight, we are waiting until I get paid again and then we are going to go check out some of the gyms. Also, later on that night, he talked about eating healthier. emoticon

--> Weight: Since I did exercise on Thursday night, I woke up to 157.2lbs which was a .4lb gain.

--> Sleep: I went to bed around midnight and woke up at 9:30 AM.

--> Food: Breakfast and lunch were the same as usual. When snack time rolled around, I wasn't hungry, so I didn't eat it. We ate dinner at the mall. I had Chinese Beef and Vegetables. It was good!

--> Vegetables/Fruit: 8 servings.

Here's Saturday's recap:

--> Water: 8 cups! This is unusual as I struggle to get 4 in on the weekends.

--> Exercise: I got up around 8:30AM to get a run in. It was a tough run. I guess I wasn't feeling it, and my shins were killing me. However, I didn't quit. I finished when I was supposed to. I don't know the details from the run because I paused my Endomondo (running app) to cross the street, and I forgot to turn it back on! emoticon I also did a lot of walking when we went for our errands.

--> Weight: I guess the mall exercise worked because I was back down to 156.6 lbs.

--> Sleep: I stayed up to watch the football games, so I didn't get to bed until after mid-night, but I woke up at 9:30 this morning.

--> Food:

Breakfast - I didn't get to eat my fruit as we were rushing to get errands done. However, I drank my milk and ate my peanuts and Luna Bar.

Lunch - I had a salad (minus the beans), 1 cup of soup, and two servings of Mandarin oranges.

Dinner - The boyfriend made a wonderful meal from the oven - squash, zucchini, potatoes, onions, and chicken baked together over rice. So good! The only thing I am a little worried about is sodium, but I did my best. He's used to just seasoning everything, but now, he watches what he uses since I'm trying to watch my sodium. Oh! And I had a half glass of Mango Strawberry Moscato in my Gamecock glass! Go Gamecocks! emoticon

--> Vegetables/Fruits: about 7 servings.

So far, I am doing really well this weekend. When my boyfriend wanted to get food out, I chose to make my own food at home. I have stuck to doing what's best for me. I hope that today (Sunday) is another healthy day! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

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DRAGONFLY02 9/23/2012 12:52PM

    Great job both days! And that's awesome that your boyfriend wants to join you in getting healthy. While my husband does fairly good in exercising with me and eating healthy foods, he also likes to eat his ice cream, pizza, and other junk. Not that I'm against indulging, he just eats more than I think he should. I think he needs to lose about 30 pounds, but he's happy with the size he's at and I don't want to push him. It needs to be his choice to lose. But I am happy when he does make healthier choices and hopefully my healthier lifestyle will rub off on him more.

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WINNIE1978 9/23/2012 12:38PM

    I am so glad your boyfriend seems interested in exercising and eating better. It is SO much easier to do this when the person you are with isn't tempting you with lounging around or eating stuff you shouldn't.

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GIANTMICROBE 9/23/2012 12:36PM

    Sounds like you did a great job! It's always nice when your significant other is on board. Mine is very supportive too. I read blogs all the time about other peoples' boyfriends or husbands trying to undo their hard work. Don't know how they put up with it!

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/23/2012 12:13PM

    Wow you are doing fantastic!! Glad your guy wants to get healthier! He's probably like "'she's doing so good I better get it together ;)" Hope you have an awesome Sunday!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIPHER1971 9/23/2012 11:56AM

    Great job, especially the water, I struggle at weekends with water too.

And good news on your boyfriend being inspired to emulate you emoticon

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#91 - Day 4: Thursday (9/20) Check In.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Here's how Thursday went:

--> Water: 6 cups. (At least I met my goal.)

--> Exercise: I ended up taking a rest day. I just couldn't do it. Not only was I not feeling well, I had to be at my Mom's earlier than usual which didn't leave much time for a walk and shower. Boo.

--> Weight: I weighed in at 156.8 lbs yesterday morning! Seeing this number really made me believe that I can achieve my monthly "weight" goal. I'm to be at 153 by the end of the month. If I don't make it, oh well. I just want to be closer than 160!

--> Sleep: My boyfriend is a HUGE NY Giants fan, so we stayed up until the game ended. Needless to say, it was after midnight that I finally got to sleep. I got about 6.5 hours; I slept good though!

--> Food (Not many pictures here):


Lunch - two servings of watermelon, salad (Iceberg lettuce, kidney beans, onion, bell peppers, 2 tbs of light Ranch, and tomato), Crystal Light, and a microwaveable meal. The meal was good, but a little too high in sodium for me.

Snack - Ranch mix (with Greek yogurt) and 1 red bell pepper.

Dinner - My Mom and I went to a Mexican restaurant. I did eat chips, salsa, and queso dip (darn!), but I did really well when I ordered. Since I knew I would be eating the chips and salsa, I had ONE crunchy beef taco and a side of refried beans. This is very unusual for me because usually, I get a HUGE thing of nachos, and I chow down on the chips. Not this time. I made a much better choice than I usually do, and I walked away full!

--> Vegetables/Fruit: About 10.

Another NSV was that when I joined my boyfriend at the bar to watch the game, I didn't order any soda, alcohol, or food. Part of me really wanted a Sprite (favorite!), but I said no. I was surprised!

I'm a little sad I didn't get exercise in but too much was going on. However, I'm proud of making better choices when I went out to eat.

I'm not sure if I will be posting this weekend. I really think I need to, but sometimes, there's just no time. My intentions are to blog this weekend, but we'll see. I may just do a big blog on Monday. Either way, hope every one has a happy, healthy weekend!

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DRAGONFLY02 9/21/2012 1:58PM

    Great job and don't stress yourself about the exercise. Life happens. But at least you made a great choice of not drinking or eating at the bar.

Personally, I gave up soda a few months ago and I'm so glad I did. I always hear about people losing weight when they give it up and I definitely fit that category. I'm trying to eliminate processed, chemical food from my diet, soda being one of them. It's amazing the difference it makes in how I feel and how much better I do losing weight. And I'm less hungry too.

Good luck for the weekend! I'm cheering you on.

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WINNIE1978 9/21/2012 1:57PM

    You are doing great!

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/21/2012 1:37PM

    You are doing really great, especially with Mexican food. I am hoping to go to a Mexican place tomorrow. I'll keep your discipline in mind. Don't feel bad about missing an exercise day, sometimes our bodies need to rest.

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DRKATZ 9/21/2012 1:32PM

    All of that is so awesome! You're doing so well and I'm so happy for you! Food is really where I struggle, so good-on-ya for saying no to NUMEROUS temptations! The exercise will come, but saying no is a great achievement! CONGRATS! (And thanks for all your support :)) emoticon

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CIPHER1971 9/21/2012 12:45PM

    A happy healthy weekend to you too and congratulations on another successful day.

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