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#110 - Holidays.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I had a blast hanging out with family; plus, the food was great too!

I did well on Thanksgiving. I got up early, worked out, drank my water, and stuck to eating until full (not too full!). So, my first Thanksgiving on this journey went well. I wish, though, that I could say that the rest of the weekend went that way too. Black Friday shopping (all night and into the wee hours of the morning) messed me up. It's always a tradition for my family to get some caffeine (soda) and go wait in the lines for great deals. However, I did not realize that I needed a plan. No sleep, dehydrated (I took water, but I lost it in the car somewhere), and tradition brought me down. I ended up eating a full meal at midnight. I knew I didn't need it, but I ate it anyways. Due to that, I allowed myself to go downhill the rest of the weekend - splurging, eating crap, no water, and no exercise. This has led to a 3 pound gain. (I did manage to NOT drink a soda although I was craving it!)

This weekend is now in the past, and it's up to me to either choose to get back on track or allow my habits to continue. I've decided to get back on track, but I am not sure if I just want to maintain or continue trying to lose weight. Today will be a day of not only water, healthy eats, and exercise but also working on a new plan for the next four weeks until Christmas.

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TIMDEB 12/9/2012 2:34AM

  Had a great thanksgiving

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BREW99 11/29/2012 2:43PM

    So glad you had a nice day. Mine did too and thankful to have gotten out for a hike after dinner. Hooray! Next few weeks I'm still planning but there are going to be some major changes from last year.

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/28/2012 9:15PM

    Since I started this Journey to Health in Nov 2009, I haven't ever gotten to January and said, "oh, I wish I had splurged more during the holidays" --- but before that I sure started plenty of years saying, "I wish I hadn't eaten so many sweets for the past few months!" Building healthy habits is my goal, so I try to keep up with those habits during the holidays as well. Can't see just stepping off the path I've chosen because the calendar (and other people) say it's a HOLIDAY! My focus is keeping on keeping on ... And then I won't be regretting my choices come January. Try it ... You might be pleasantly surprised! emoticon

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WALKING_WONDER 11/28/2012 3:23PM

    Glad you had a nice time! I think that with the holidays here, you're best goal is maintaining versus trying to lose. If you can do that, than you've done better than many over th holidays. Plus if you maintain, you won't feel bad if you don't lose weight. just a thought! Keep us posted!

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CHODGES83 11/27/2012 4:46PM

    Brush the crumbs off and start again.

You got this!

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SBRAN833 11/27/2012 11:27AM

    Thanksgiving was also a good time for me too... didn't eat "too" much and got a lot of exercise in! First time for everything ...!! :) But the weekend is over, now it's time to buckle down and remember these days will pass regardless, might as well make them count :) Think how great you will feel for summer!! :) have a great week, my friend!!


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DRAGONFLY02 11/27/2012 8:43AM

    I hear ya', it can be hard to stick to your healthy eating during certain times, especially traditions like that. But good for you for recognizing what you did and making the decision to get back on track. Think of it this way, it's better to be healthy once-in-awhile then not at all. And if that's appealing and you continue to focus on how great you feel when you are healthy and remember how badly you feel when you're not healthy, then your once-in-awhile happens more often. That's how it has been with me. I've been doing this for over 4 years now. While that is a LONG journey and much, much longer than I wanted it to take when I started, when I look back, I'm happy for not giving up completely. And I know that every time I took a step forward, it was once step closer to a healthier me. Yes, I've back-slid several times, but if I visualize my journey as climbing a mountain, I'm still closer to the top than I would have been if I never made any changes. And that appeals to me.

As for your trying to decided between losing or maintaining, my suggestions is why not try maintaining for awhile. It's the holiday season and instead of struggling each time you mess up, give yourself a break. I'm not suggesting to indulge and ignore everything, but give your mind a break. This time of the year can be stressful and struggling with your choices might just add to the stress and that can add pounds. Some people might disagree with me, but I do the same thing for myself a couple times a year. It just gives me a chance to regroup, replan, and focus on other areas of my life. I still keep up with eating healthy as much as I can and exercising. I just don't focus as much on the weight loss during my breaks. I keep an eye on the scale so I don't suddenly put on 10 or 15 or 20 pounds as I don't want to undo my hard work. I try to keep my weight within a 5 pound range and it just helps me out. Sorta like working on a difficult project at work and taking a vacation at the end. We need those breaks so our mind/body/soul to rest up and be ready to start again. I also saw this article recently and I thought it was great advice:
ff-before-you-lose-it/?hpt=he_t5 Sorry, I can't add links here. But check it out anyway.

Hope you have a great week!

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C8TSON 11/26/2012 3:02PM

    I still think you did great. The fact that you exercised ON Thanksgiving is wonderful! I wouldn't worry so much about the other stuff. I mean, I know it's frustrating to get off track, but just recognizing it is a great step in the direction of getting right back to it. I just commented to my hubby this morning that this is the first holiday season I haven't just taken the option of trashing my body. Usually when the holidays start, I feel that it's my excuse to eat how I wish because there's always a new year right around the corner. I don't want to face that again, and I can tell you don't either. emoticon

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CIPHER1971 11/26/2012 2:18PM

    Well done for catching it so fast. Last time I fell off the wagon it took me ages to get back to it.

My plan for the next 4 weeks it to carry on the way I have been for the past few weeks, counting calories, sticking to my range, doing exercise and drinking water.

Have a great day

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POOKASLUAGH 11/26/2012 1:15PM

    I'll bet some of that gain is a food baby that you will get rid of pretty quickly. Don't feel guilty for what's happened - just look forward and head to your next goals, okay?

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/26/2012 11:22AM

    I always try to focus on maintaining during the holidays instead of weight loss. For me it takes off the stress. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Sorry that you had a bad weekend though.

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FITNAPTURAL 11/26/2012 11:13AM

    We had a similar experience! Thanksgiving I got up and went for a run at a park nearby and made my own healthy meal. It was all downhill for Black Friday through yesterday. I didn't work out and I ate anything with sugar in my house lol. The bright side is that I got new work out clothes and a bunch of things! I haven't weighed yet but I'm sure I'll see a gain. My plan for the next few weeks is to stay positive, track a few days a week, and get in my work outs regularly. We can do this! emoticon

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#109 - Update.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Since my last blog, I have been trying very hard not to binge/overeat. I'm happy to say that I have stopped TWO binges before they've happened. The last two days, my boyfriend and I have decided to work out at the gym after work. I get off at 4:30PM, and he gets off around 6PM which leaves about an hour and a half with nothing to do. (A little background: this used to be my time to exercise before my boyfriend decided to go to the gym. Sometimes, I still work out during this time on his rest days.) In the past, when I would not workout, this would be the toughest time for me because for some reason, I wanted to eat. Chips, candy, left overs, etc. Anything that I could get my hands on. I knew that this could be a problem since I had to wait to workout.

Instead of going home and setting myself up for possible failure, I made a plan before I even stepped into the door. Why? Because at work, my mind was already working against me. I kept thinking "Oh! That pasta salad would be yummy! Eat that!" With thoughts like these, I knew that if I went home without a plan, I'd be in trouble.

Before I left work, I made a list of activities I could/needed to do. For example, check the mail, feed my cats, unload the dishwasher, spruce up the house, etc. In addition, I "checked" myself: "Am I really hungry, or do I just want food for pleasure?" Deep down, I knew it was really just for pleasure. However, I did think ahead of time - in the case that I was truly hungry, I could eat an orange and a 100-calorie pack of almonds.

This, my friends, worked. I accomplished my list instead of turning on the TV and chowing down on food I didn't need. In fact, I did not even eat my "approved" snacks! I'm not saying that this will work every time, but I am going to continue to try it. In all reality, this journey is a mental game. When you don't feel like exercising, it's because your mind has determined that you are "too tired" to do any activity. Your body is capable of exercising whether you THINK so or not. Same with eating.

On another note, even though I've done well in regards to binges, I am up to 155 lbs. (I was at 152.8lbs.) Part of this, I know, is because of the not-so-great food choices I've made as well as it is about to be that time of the month. So, I am going to keep working at it.


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BESTSUSIEYET 11/19/2012 9:37PM

    I am a huge fan of PLANNING! Good job recognizing danger times and making a plan to combat them! That before-dinner time is tough for me, too ... Which is why for a long time that was my key gym time. Now that I've had to move to a gym much further from the house, I usually go earlier in the day. But taking a walk after work helps most days.

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WIFEALF 11/12/2012 2:10PM

    You can do this hang in there be strong...Hugs

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CIPHER1971 11/8/2012 5:15PM

    Well done - great plan and awesome carry through

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POOKASLUAGH 11/8/2012 5:14PM

    That time of the day is the hardest time I think! They say your blood sugar crashes right around then, so that there's a reason you crave that stuff. :/

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GIANTMICROBE 11/8/2012 12:43PM

    Love love love it!!!

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CHODGES83 11/8/2012 11:31AM

    To paraphrase Jamie Lee Curtis:

Keep making good choices!!

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C8TSON 11/8/2012 10:53AM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you for making a plan! It seems like you are really listening to YOU instead of the temptations all around you. That is awesome! When you can really self-evaluate, you know you are making good progress. emoticon As for the slight fluctuation in pounds, don't worry so much. As women, we can fluctuate up to 5-10 pounds within just one day! WOW! You are doing great! emoticon emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 11/8/2012 10:38AM

    awesomeeee for avoiding the binges! That's great, Sam! :) It is SO hard to talk myself out of a binge, so I am very impressed you were able to occupy your mind and not give in. Woo hoo!!

Happy to read an update from you! :) It sucks that the holidays are upon us... That is usually my downfall and I end up gaining all I've lost. If I can lose a little more by December, and then maintain through the holidays, I'd be one happy girl! Let's do this!

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COMMUNITY10 11/8/2012 10:15AM

    You have a great ability to see where you don't do so well or where you have the most temptation and you are able to think ahead and change it! I know those few pounds will drop soon, you're very dedicated!

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DRAGONFLY02 11/8/2012 10:15AM

    Awesome job on avoiding 2 binges. Sounds like you have a great plan in place that is working well. Good for you.

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#108 - A Binge?

Friday, November 02, 2012

Last night, I sort of had a binge, but I also had a victory.

I went to my Mom's for dinner. It's our "Girls' Night" that her and I do every Thursday. We eat dinner, and we watch our favorite shows. Yesterday, I texted her that I had a craving for spaghetti, so that's what she made for dinner. The problem: My first "serving" was more like a serving and a half. Afterwards, I went back for seconds. (This time it was more like a serving.) I wasn't exactly happy with myself, but sometimes, you are hungry. I wasn't overly full after eating it all, so I didn't stress too much.

Insert problem #2 - As if I was already full from dinner, I decided "Hey! Let's have some ice cream, Samantha!". Yep. It happened. A big bowl of vanilla ice cream and sprinkles. I am a little upset about this one because well, I knew I was full, and I didn't need it. Honestly, I barely eat ice cream.

After eating the ice cream, I was like "Oh! I want some french fries!". So, on the way home, I had every intention to stop by Wendy's to get french fries, but I didn't. I said "No." Did I want them? Yes. Did I need them? No. This was a pretty big victory for me.

This morning, I've been thinking about my "mini-binge" (although celebrating my victory too!). I think I've realized why I felt the need to eat:

1. I haven't been getting enough sleep. Exercise has exhausted me which is great, but sometimes, I wake up not feeling as though I am 100%. Secondly, my sleep time has been cut short because I am making up hours at work for the holiday season.

2. I'm not 100% happy. I don't like my job, and money stresses me out. Not only that, I have been dealing with some added stress lately.

Sleep and emotions. They sort of got the best of me last night. I don't like it, but today's a new day filled with opportunity. Plus, I plan on making a trip to the gym tonight for some much needed exercise.

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TIMDEB 12/9/2012 2:37AM

  Thanks for sharing

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BREW99 11/6/2012 3:53PM

    Don't you hate these kinds of days? Guess we are all working through our issues... If you find out how to correct binges, let me know.

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/2/2012 9:01PM

    Lack of sleep is a known cause of over-eating! And I personally find a direct correlation between a poor night's sleep and my desire to eat constantly the next day. I don't have a suggestion for the job situation, but do heartily encourage you to make 8 hrs of sleep/night a high priority!

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LESLIES537 11/2/2012 5:07PM

    That was a great victory! Woohooo!! Don't worry about the binge, it happens to the best of us! Keep up the hard work and dedication! emoticon

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C8TSON 11/2/2012 3:40PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you have this struggle. I almost think I can relate to you on this one. Sometimes I believe that "just because it's the weekend" or "just because I had a rough day" I can eat whatever I want. I don't, however, know the source of those feelings???? This is something I am still trying to figure out.

Have you ever watched a little kid eat? Well, when you can finally corral them to the table to eat, they eat a couple of bites, say they are full, and wanna get up and run away to go play again. I TRULY believe that our bodies were made to be hungry to "get by" and eat a little here and there and that is why you see this in little kids. Somewhere along the way though, we often lose this trait, and who can blame anyone? I mean, they always have the ridiculous commercials/billboards/etc that have enticing pictures of food--I am such a sucker for those by the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon How crazy! It's a social norm to "finish what is on your plate." Unfortunately in the culture in which we live, at restaurants they pile those plates up so much, you barely know your food is on a plate! Additionally, if celebrating in your life looked anything like it did in my growing up life it looked something like this: "You got straight A's! Let's go get a burger to celebrate!" "Hey it's your birthday! Eat what you want!"

I have probably rambled way too much, but I say it for this reason: Culture, the environment in which we are raised, advertisements everywhere you look, food celebrations for EVERY. Single. thing. These are some of the reasons people struggle. I don't think you are abnormal or alone in any way shape or form. And I don't believe that what you are saying needs to be minimized either. I think it is something you need to be aware of, but I believe that you can overcome it. I mean, you proved it when you drove right on past those french fries... emoticon

You have made such huge strides and accomplishments! emoticon Be proud of those things! I don't know how much of a visualizer you are, but one thing I always try to do, is draw a picture in my mind. Behind me, I imagine a very dark place (I imagine it dark because it was so bad, I don't want to shed any light on the bad and make it a temptation. ie smoking, eating fast food for my ENTIRE diet, sky high blood pressure). In front of me, very close to me, I imagine something very beautiful--this can be whatever you see as beautiful. emoticon Sometimes reflecting on the bad you have come from and looking at what is wonderful and good and right within your reach, can really help you out. I hope this is helpful! And hopefully not too terribly long of a response! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 11/2/2012 2:48PM

    Let me know when you figure out how to stop one! I ate about 20 "fun" sized candy bars emoticon

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SPICEMWE 11/2/2012 2:06PM

    Glad you're able to celebrate your victory despite the minor setback. We all have bad days/nights or in my case weeks. You're doing a great job and I know that you'll be able to pick yourself up and learn from the experience.


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PAPER_WINGS18 11/2/2012 1:43PM

    I wish I had some advice on stopping a binge, but honestly it doesn't sound like you even binged to me. Did you overeat since you were full? Probably. But a binge to me is when you keep shoveling cr@p in your mouth, feeling so full you're going to vomit(or feel like it). So you ate a larger serving of pasta than you intended, and then ate some icecream? No big deal. It would have turned into a bigger issue had you stopped and got the french fries, then got home and ate more cr@p, despite not being hungry. You did all the right things girly! I am proud of you. :)

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SBRAN833 11/2/2012 1:38PM

    Oh boy do I know about binges!!?! ((Sorry this may get long)) .. but I love your attitude about the new day of opportunity and your gym trip later :)

First off, congrats on that victory over the fries!! Best feeling in the world is saying NO when it's something that sounds so good at the time, but you kept your goal in mind, and it was obviously more important to not have them fries. So congrats again on that.

Second, go ahead and have the foods that sound good, have and enjoy that time with your family. A diet should be considered more of a lifestyle change. That doesn't mean we are starving for the foods we are craving most, because then we over indulge at times which can lead to more binges ... so for the future: (and drinking a big glass of water before any meal seriously helps)

1.) Moderation ... though in moderation :) A good starting place is to take whatever it is that your "eyes" are hungry for, and put half of that back before you sit down and eat it. (I mean obviously don't eat it then put it back LOL)
2.) SLOW DOWN while eating. Chew and enjoy the flavors, the conversations, the whole experience of eating. It takes up to 20 mins for our brains to realize that we're full. Which leads me to the next ...
3.) Listen. If for a second we hear that, "uffdah, I'm getting full" ... make a conscious effort to stop; put the fork down; have a huge glass of water; and then if you feel you need whatever is left, then eat it, but I can almost guarantee you'll box it up and take it home. :) **this is a HUGE battle won for me this past month**

After a binge, I drink as much water as possible to help my body break down all the foods I consumed, but I don't dwell on it. It may be a little set back, but we didn't gain it in a day from eating one too many helpings of spaghetti at a dinner, so we won't lose that in a day either. All we can do is make conscious decisions to over come these things... it gets easier. We just have to slow down and listen. Keeping our long term goals in mind.. Losing weight isn't just about the physical changes, a lot of it has to do with rerouting our brains as well!

Keep up the amazing work!! emoticon

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CIPHER1971 11/2/2012 1:03PM

    Grats on your victory, when I binge I tend to count it as a day off and just let my body decide for one day what it needs

Take care

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POOKASLUAGH 11/2/2012 12:47PM

    I have no advice on stopping a binge. Mostly I try to stop them before they get started, by using small bags of chips, or not bringing certain foods into the house, but sometimes, they just happen. You did manage to say no, which is a good thing! It's not like you at 6000 calories at one sitting (there are people who binge that way!!). Don't beat yourself up - just get back on track, you can do it!

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DRAGONFLY02 11/2/2012 12:13PM

    I did the binge thing earlier this week. I was right in the path of Hurricane Sandy and was stuck in the house from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Thankfully all we got at my house was mostly very, very high winds, which I hardly slept all night Monday night because the noise kept me awake, plus my EMT husband was working in the storm and I was home alone with the kids. Surpisingly, we never lost power and nothing major was damaged, although friends of mine that live a couple miles away lost power and still don't have it back. Anyway, mu husband wanted me to go to his parent's house and stay there, but they live an hour away and are in bad shape. It wasn't that he wanted me to be there to help them, he wanted me there to have them help me with the kids. But honestly, I feel more stressed at their house as they tend to make things more difficult with my kids than easier, so I convinced him to let me stay home. Anyway, being cooped up in the house during a hurricane meant eating a bunch of junk for a couple days. And it affected me as the scale went up for the next couple days, but it's back down again, thank goodness, as I've been extra careful since then.

As for stopping a binge? Well, I'm not always able to do so, but when I'm struggling with not allowing myself to eat, I try to remind myself how I feel afterwards or find something else to keep me occupied. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. If I do binge, I try not to beat myself up. I just tell myself that it's the past and I need to look at the future and keep trying and working hard.

Sorry to hear about your stress, emotional stuff, and lack of sleep. I hope things turn around soon. I get the job thing, I'm in that position right now. Anyway, I hope a trip to the gym helps lift your mood and de-stresses you some.


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WANNAGORUNNING 11/2/2012 11:48AM

    Your blog today sounds a little like mine yesterday. It's frustrating when you have a love for food, that you know you shouldn't eat too much of. :) Congrats on your victory too! It feels good when you can finally say "no" to something that you really want, but do not need.

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YOBOELI 11/2/2012 11:28AM

    That is great we all need that moment when we eat what we want and how much we want. Congrats on the not getting any french fires that is a huge victory for you. Keep pushing hard and have fun at the gym tonight. emoticon emoticon

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#107 - November Goals.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

emoticon Happy Halloween, everyone! emoticon

Please be careful tonight!


October Review -->

Not the best month. I took about 2-3 weeks off this month due to shin splints and lack of motivation. I'm not proud of this. However, I am proud that I turned it around. I will say that I reached my weight loss goal of 152 lbs this month! Woo hoo!


November is here, and it's time to work. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. No more excuses. No more giving up. It's time to make some serious progress. Here are my goals for November:

1. Do one plank a day.

I'm not good at planks, so this is a great way to improve as well as to work my entire body especially my core.

2. 30 miles total for walking/running.

Right now, I'm doing about 24 miles in a month. I was doing about 36 miles when I was training for my 5K. I want to work my way back up to that number.

3. 90 minutes of ST a week.

I started going to the gym. Last week, I managed to get in about 3 days of ST (20-25 minute sessions). This month, I want to do 4 days of ST (20-25 minutes each). Two days will be devoted to lower back, quads, and calves. The remaining two days will be dedicated to chest, biceps, tricpes, and upper back. I will pick two days randomly to do abs.

4. 20 minutes of cardio per day.

For each day that I exercise, I'd like to get about 20 minutes of cardio. Thursdays might be a little less since I workout in the morning, so time might be tight. We'll see.

5. No soda.

Soda is tough. Sometimes I can go weeks without it, and sometimes, it's all I crave. So, I will attempt to go an entire month without soda!

6. At least 4 cups of water a day.

This one is a big deal for me. During the week, I have no problem getting 8-10 glasses of water in, but the weekends are my biggest struggle. For some reason, I just can't seem to drink my water like I should, so this will be a challenge.

7. No more snoozin' in the morning.

It's nothing for me to hit snooze 5-6 times in the morning. However, with the holiday season fast approaching, I need to get to work early to make up that time (I don't get paid holidays). Plus, I read an article that said hitting the snooze only makes you more tired. For the next month, it will be one alarm. That's it.

8. My weight loss goal is to be at 149 lbs by the end of the month.

That will mean that I have 30 days to lose 3.8 pounds.


November will be my month. I'm not going to let it pass me by. It will be productive. It can be your productive month too. Just remember to make every exercise session count.

"So again I urge you: anytime you consider blowing off that workout for a million reasons, think twice. #makeitcount.
...embrace the 'me time.'
...remember that not everyone is able.
...not everyone has the opportunity.
...not everyone can #makeitcount."

-EatDrinkBreatheSweat blog

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TIMDEB 11/3/2012 5:25PM

  Good you got what you got done emoticon

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CHODGES83 10/31/2012 11:52AM

    Congrats on meeting goals. Your November plan looks great!

Keep Pushing!

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C8TSON 10/31/2012 11:42AM

    emoticon Glad to see you back! Your goals seem to be very realistic, attainable and challenging! emoticon emoticon

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CIPHER1971 10/31/2012 10:26AM

    Well done on reaching your October goal, and it is good to know I am not the only person who hits the snooze multiple times

Have a great day

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SBRAN833 10/31/2012 10:02AM

    Sounds like you have a GREAT plan set up!! :) You will dominate November :) and those three pounds ... psssh, you'll surpass that, I'm sure!! :) Working out in the morning is definitely one of my "needs improvement" areas. But I'm proud of you that you reached your 152 goal!! I'm always here if you need motivation :)

Lets make November a no excuse month!! :)

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SPICEMWE 10/31/2012 9:59AM

    Great goals!! You are going to rock November!!


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DRAGONFLY02 10/31/2012 9:43AM

    I was just thinking about you this weekend and wondering how you were doing! Congrats on reaching 152, that's awesome. Sounds like you have a great plan in place for November.!!


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#106 - My First 5K.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Friday night, I was a bundle of nervous energy. I worried about my broken/bruised toe, and if I should just walk the 5K. My shins holding up were also a big concern. I started doubting that I could even do this race. These doubts and worries really set in the next morning at 7am.

I tried to push those fears out of my mind as I got ready that morning. My boyfriend saw it all over my face, and he gave me a pep talk. I don't know if you've ever seen the movie "Remember the Titans", but it's my absolute favorite. He "pushed" my shoulder and said "strong side", so I replied "left side". It got me to giggle and release some of those nerves.

Anyways, my warm up was walking to the race because we were right down the street. I did a little stretching while the 12K runners started. My sweet boyfriend gave me some advice: "Go your pace. Don't worry about anyone else. You can do this! I know you can! I'm so proud of you already!"

Cocky and I!

My boyfriend, Cocky, and I.

Ready to do this!

Ok, maybe I was still a little nervous!

At 8:30 AM, the gun went off, and it was time to go. I found my stride quick, and I ended up finishing the first mile in less than 10 minutes. I kept running along until mile two where I walked for about a minute (due to a hill) then it was back to it. By the time I looked back up, I was at the finish line. The race flew right by me. Not only did I finish the race, but there were a LOT of firsts/good things:

1. I ran MOST of the race (except for 1 hill - the map mentioned only one hill, so by the third, I was tired).
2. I ran a little over two miles non stop. Say wha?!!
3. I ran the first mile in under 10 minutes.
4. No shin or toe pain!

So many emotions were felt that morning. In fact, everything seems like a dream. I still can't believe I did it. Me. The girl who doesn't run, and who weighed 174lbs at one point in her life. I've never had such drive before. Heck, I still can't believe I almost ran the entire thing. It's mind blowing.

The professional photographer didn't snap a photo of me crossing the finish line, so this will have to do.

Here's how I did:

- Chip time: 35:43 (NEW PR!)
- Gun time: 35:58
- Pace: 11:35 (Woo hoo!)
- 341st place out of 659 5K run/walkers.
- Division: 13th/24
- Sex: 173rd/416

I'm so proud of these results. I had an amazing first race. Now, on to sign up for another one!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

COUPONS0216 10/28/2012 11:32PM

    AWESOME job, WTG! You did great!
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WIFEALF 10/28/2012 1:27PM

    good job..look so skinny good for you!

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ON2VICTORY 10/23/2012 4:34PM

    WTG! You RAWK! Fantastic times on your run...

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SBRAN833 10/22/2012 1:23PM


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    Yay! Work it, girl!

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  emoticon emoticon I'm so happy for you! Your first 5K experience reminds me a lot of mine. I am glad you enjoyed it. You had a great time especially considering that includes 3 hills that you weren't expecting. Running is more mental than physical isn't it? So happy for you!

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RSPAPRIL281 10/18/2012 7:37PM

    OMG wow wow wow...Girl you are on fire!!! emoticon emoticon Awesome job I'm so proud of you!!!

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LESLIES537 10/18/2012 5:56PM

    That is SO completely AWESOME!! Be proud, my friend! You ROCKED that race! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRAGONFLY02 10/18/2012 10:42AM

    For some reason I didn't get the email about this blog and realized I hadn't seen anything from you in a few days, so I came here to check!! WOO-HOO!!!! You did amazing, especially for your first 5k!! I am so proud of you.

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MAD*DREAMER 10/17/2012 10:10PM

    Awesome job girlie! emoticon

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BIKECHIC1 10/17/2012 10:06AM

    Way to go...that's amazing, you did it!!

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TIMDEB 10/16/2012 6:49PM

  Awesome! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 10/16/2012 12:57PM

    Way to go!!! How exciting!

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SPICEMWE 10/16/2012 10:41AM

    I knew you could do it! You did a great job and looked fantastic while doing it!

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HEARTS116 10/16/2012 8:55AM

    WOW! Way to go!
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GIANTMICROBE 10/15/2012 6:49PM

    That is FRACKIN AWESOME GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CANES4EVER63 10/15/2012 3:36PM

    That's awesome! WAY TO GO!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/15/2012 3:20PM

    WOW! You did absolutely fantastic!!! That's so great! I love all the pictures, and like I commented on one already, you look tiny! You look so good. And I love the pictures of Cocky - I used to have a Gamecocks cup for the longest time (I spent my childhood in Columbia). :D

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WINNIE1978 10/15/2012 12:44PM

    Awesome!!! All that hard work paid off!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 10/15/2012 12:23PM

    Awesome!! I am so happy for you!! Way to go girl!

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C8TSON 10/15/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon!!! So proud of you for accomplishing your goals and much more! You are a GREAT inspiration!!! emoticon

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CHODGES83 10/15/2012 12:07PM

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I have a huge grin on my face right now, I'm so excited for you. Great Job, pal!

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