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#16 - "Actually, I Can."

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

My awesomeness of today:

*I ate within my calorie, protein, sodium, and fat ranges.
*I have 282 calories left.
*I went to the gym.
*I did some mean strength training today! emoticon
*I RAN FOR 32 MINUTES STRAIGHT which is probably about 2.3 miles!!!!!

I am feeling good about today. While I was at work, I wasn't feeling super, so I wasn't sure if I was going to go to the gym. I got on SparkPeople, and I became motivated. After a hard strength training, I didn't want to jump on the treadmill, but I did, and I reached awesomeness. I mean if I would not have pushed myself, I would have never had this awesome of a day.

Hope everyone else had a super day too! Push yourself. Afterwards, you will be glad you did! :)

  
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CUOGHI 8/11/2011 2:04PM

    Great way to push yourself. 32 minutes is great! I hope to get there too! emoticon

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KAYPRIME 8/10/2011 4:41PM

    wow! I am going to have to use you as my motivator for when I'm tempted to skip a day of work outs.

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BEFITANDHAPPY 8/10/2011 12:38PM

    CONGRATS on an awesome day! Man, I hope I'll be at that 32 minute mark soon! Become a better runner is the best feeling in the world :) We got this!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/10/2011 11:17AM

    Thanks for the comments! I really rely on you guys! I love that I can come on here and get the support I need. I told my boyfriend last night about this personal record, and all he said was "cool". It hurt my feelings, but I am so lucky to have Spark friends like you guys! Thanks!

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FITMARY 8/10/2011 10:45AM

    And THAT'S why we love Spark People!
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ALYCENPHOENIX 8/10/2011 9:58AM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Wow you have amazing stamina!! emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 8/10/2011 8:41AM

    Thanks ladies! I really appreciate the comments! :)

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MISSCONSISTANCY 8/10/2011 8:39AM

    that's so emoticon!! way to go girl!!

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BECCAJ98 8/9/2011 11:53PM

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KNH771 8/9/2011 10:48PM

    emoticon Hitting all your nutrition goals can be tough!

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BAILEY12787 8/9/2011 8:53PM

    Wow!! I'm impressed by 32 minutes running straight....Fantastic, keep it up!

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#15 - Anything is Possible as Long as YOU Believe YOU Can Do It!

Friday, August 05, 2011

I had planned to go to the gym this morning at 5am to run before my Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi class at 6am. I hit the snooze button (boo!), but I made it to the gym at 5:30am. I wasn't really feeling it until I put the ear plugs in and started jamming to some awesome music. "30 minutes. That's it." I thought. So I start walking. I keep increasing the pace until I start running. So, I told myself "five minutes then walk". Forget that! I just ran 25 minutes which is almost TWO MILES! Me?! The girl who could barely run the mile in 15 minutes in high school! I had only been working on my running for about two weeks now, and I was able to run for almost two miles in 25 minutes! I can't even believe it. I just kept going. I don't know how. Maybe because I wanted it. :)

I feel like I could have ran more, but the class started at 6am. I didn't want to miss my FAVORITE class of the week. Haha. I'm still so very proud of what my body has managed to do. It's a beautiful thing, and honestly, even if I don't lose the weight I want, I'm going to continue this thing called running just because it's that awesome! :)

As for weight, I only lost .2 lbs. (Boo) BUT WHO FREAKING CARES?!?! I JUST RAN FOR 25 AWESOMELY AMAZING MINUTES!!!!!!!!

Hahah. Yay!


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KAYPRIME 8/10/2011 4:40PM

    congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment. I am working my way up to running as well. For now, I walk my dogs to and around the park. I hope to make that a run soon enough!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/9/2011 9:35AM

    Thanks, ladies! I am loving all the support! :)

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LETYAK 8/8/2011 6:21PM

    awesome job!!! its the best feeling in the world! i am soo proud of you!

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MISSCONSISTANCY 8/8/2011 4:05PM

    that's so great!! contrats!! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 8/6/2011 9:54AM

    Thanks, Leslie! :)

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LESLIES537 8/5/2011 4:42PM

    Wowsers!!! That's completely AWESOME!!! Good job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 8/5/2011 11:51AM

    Thanks, Becca!

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BECCAJ98 8/5/2011 11:04AM

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CHANGINGSAM 8/5/2011 10:31AM

    Thanks, Helen! It feels great! Haha. Don't worry about your run! You will do awesome too! Have fun on your trip. :)

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HELENKATHLEEN5 8/5/2011 10:25AM

    That's so awesome! You are also awesome for waking up even earlier to get a run in BEFORE your class! I have to run for 25 min on Sunday, and I'm nervous for that. Plus I'm going out of town so I'll have to find a trail to run on there.
And I love your last paragraph (I JUST RAN FOR...). That's the attitude to have! Keep it up!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/5/2011 9:26AM

    Thanks, Rose!!!! :)

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MEMORIES7 8/5/2011 9:25AM

    you CAN do it ! emoticonRose

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#14 - It sucks sometimes, but it is worth it!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

"You treat life like a picture, but it's not a moment that frozen in time. It's not gonna wait till you make up your mind at all." - Rascal Flatts, "Feel like Today"

I was on the treadmill yesterday, and this song came on while I was running. I decided to focus my thoughts on the words instead of on me running. This verse hit me like a ton of bricks. Life is not waiting on me to make up my mind on anything. It's not wondering if I will ever get my masters or start exercising. It's up to me to treat today as if it were my last.

I read Yoovie's blog yesterday, and I was appalled at all the people who message her with their excuses about why they don't exercise. I feel like they need to hear this song. She nor life itself can make them exercise, only they can. Only when they are truly ready.

I ended up running like crazy yesterday. I broke my time from last Thursday. In total, I ran 40 minutes. Last Thursday, I was only able to run about 33 minutes.

Warm up: 3 minutes.
Run: 5 minutes.
Walk: 2 minutes.
Run: 6 minutes.
Walk: 2 minutes.
Run: 5 minutes.
Walk: 2 minutes.
Run: 8 minutes.
Walk: 2 minutes.
Run: 5 minutes.
Walk: 2 minutes.
Run: 5 minutes.
Walk: 3 minutes. (I was getting tired. Ha.)
Run: 6 minutes.
Cool down: 5 minutes.

I RAN for 40 MINUTES TOTAL. ME! (I only walked for about 20 minutes!) I was a little bummed that I did not run for 15 minutes like last Thursday, but I just was not feeling it. However, this is still an accomplishment!

Although my body is still tired and sore at times, I feel like it is getting stronger, and I like that. emoticon

  
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CHANGINGSAM 8/4/2011 12:18PM

    Thanks Yoovie!! :)

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YOOVIE 8/4/2011 12:10PM

    HIGH!FIVE!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/4/2011 11:53AM

    Thanks Becca! :)

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BECCAJ98 8/4/2011 11:49AM

    Great job!!!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/4/2011 11:45AM

    Thanks ladies! Keep up your wonderfulness too! :)

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CITYREVGIRL 8/4/2011 11:42AM

    Congratulations! And it's always hard getting into a routine, but wonderful when you can feel that you are getting stronger by the day! Keep it up, girl! emoticon

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BEE4357 8/4/2011 9:46AM

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Congratulations and keep up the hard work!


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#13 - It was a GREAT day!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Today, I have a very successful day both in regards to eating and exercising. emoticon

Eating: I only had about 1,282 calories for the day! My range is between 1,200 - 1,550 calories, so I definitely did a great job. However, I would like to do better when it comes to eat at lunch. I had a bowl of macaroni and cheese. I would like something a little healthier, but it will come!

Exercising: When I arrived at the gym, I had a migraine, so I was not really up to doing too much. To be honest, I did not want to do the class. I jumped on the treadmill and walked. I walked at 4.3 mph with an 8.0 incline. Needless to say, I was a little tired after that. So, I took about a ten-minute break, and I went to get ready for the Step class. However, the girl who teaches it was sick, so we improvised and did a Spinning class instead. When I heard this at first, I was about to walk out of the gym and call it a day. I mean I had already met my goals for the day. However, I stayed. I gave the Spinning class a try. It was hard, but the teacher was great! She was always cheering us on. Plus, this class was refreshing because it was different. So, I am thinking about replacing a Step class with a Spinning class just to give myself a little more variety!

Overall, I am so proud of myself for trying the class when it was so much easier to call it quits. Plus, I have already met my 930 calories that I needed to burn for the week. I burned about 946 today! I am also pretty happy that I was able to stay within my calorie range!

Hope you had a wonderful day too! emoticon

  
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CHANGINGSAM 8/4/2011 9:44AM

    Thanks, PARKFYRE1!

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PARKFYRE1 8/3/2011 1:55PM

    Nice job You're kicking butt!

Look into Tai Pei Chicken Egg Rolls...super easy, and only 120 calories per roll. I do them for lunch quite a bit and 2 is pretty filling, 3 is a hearty lunch. Even at 3 thats only 360 cals!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/2/2011 3:23PM

    Thanks, Rachel! :)

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RACHELE8973 8/2/2011 3:18PM

    Great job! That is so awesome that you made the decision to try something new! You never know!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/2/2011 8:20AM

    Thank you for the comments! :)

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CCSDESTINY 8/2/2011 7:09AM

    That is awesome! Congrats on such a powerful and successful day! The outcome for this one is most definitely 100% due to your dedication!
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BEFITANDHAPPY 8/1/2011 11:37PM

    Congrats on a good day! I love reading happy blogs :) Good luck with everything girl--you got this!

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#12 - A Compliment Goes a Long Way!

Monday, August 01, 2011

So, I know that my last blog I was a little upset that I had not any weight after the very long week of exercising. However, I weighed in on Sunday (my official weigh in day) only to find that I lost a pound. To that, I am very happy. (At least it is something!)

I am happy that I lost that one pound because it is a small victory. I had been working hard all week, and I have been eating pretty well. So, I know that it wasn't my fault that I had not lost anything. (Darn you, water retention!)

Anyways, this weekend, I had just come home from the gym, taken a shower, and was about to fix me something to eat when my boyfriend turned me around for a kiss. He rubbed my back for a second, and then he said "Babe, I really notice a difference." Wow. That made my day complete. I had a feeling that I was losing too, but that evil scale was lying to me. (Ha!) It felt so nice to hear it from someone else. In fact, all week, he has been saying things like that. He said he noticed it in my thighs too! Of course, this boosted my motivation and self-esteem. It was nice. :)

Like a few of you have said on my past blogs, it is not always about what the (evil!) scale says. Sometimes, it is what your body (slimming down) and the people around you say!

Hope you have a wonderful, healthy day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CHANGINGSAM 8/3/2011 2:16PM

    Thanks! :)

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PARKFYRE1 8/3/2011 1:58PM

    Nice job! I notice on my wife when she starts to lose as well. I think it is attractive just when a gal is trying, regardless of the results! Keep on keepin on...its a long race!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/1/2011 10:52AM

    Thanks INTOTHEJAM2, DMILLMAN, and ALYSES for the comments! The support is very much appreciated! :D

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NU_ME_SOON 8/1/2011 10:45AM

    AWW COMPLIMENTS ARE THE BEST. PEOPLE JUST DONT REALIZED HOW THE LITTLEST THING THEY SAY CAN MAKE SOMEONE DAY. iF SOMEONE SAID THAT TO ME I KNOW I WOULD BE SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR. KEEP UP YOUR GOOD WORK. DONT WORRY ABOUT THAT DARN SCALE BECAUSE IT CAN MAKE A GOOD DAY TURN BAD IN A MINUTE. LET YOUR FEELS AND YOUR BODY BE YOUR MOTIVATION. IF YOU AND OTHERS CAN SEE THE CHANGE, KEEP IT GOING. GOOD JOB ON THE ONE POUND. THAT IS ONE STEPPING STONE TO MANY MORE TO COME.

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WALKING_WONDER 8/1/2011 10:23AM

    I love it when other people notice my weight loss - especially my 97-year-old grandmother-in-law. She's always telling me. I've also noticed it in my jeans and undies and bra. It's a great feeling when you can see/feel the loss!

Good job, and keep up the great work!!!

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INTOTHEJAM2 8/1/2011 9:55AM

    I completely agree! Compliments are great, and you can often tell more in your clothes than on the scales! Congrats :)

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