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So you are what you eat!

Monday, August 10, 2009

I learned everything I needed to know....I know how to eat right, now....I don't need to write down what I eat....I run 4 days a week, I don't have to watch what I eat...........
Why am I not loosing any weight????

So....It turns out that It is really easy to fool yourself into thinking you are eating right! I was sure that I was skilled enough to do it on my own....NOT! I didn't loose any weight in 2 months even though I was training for a half marathon. I stopped logging my food after I had gone on vacation and I figured that I had learned enough and I didn't have to write everything down anymore. took me 2 months but I finally realized that I wasn't loosing any weight. I knew that the only thing I was doing different was not logging my food.
So...I started back the other day....and I am already seeing results!
I figure I won't have to do this forever...But I do have another 20 pounds to loose. So I write things down for a couple of months and then I can move into maintain mode!!!

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DWEINBEL 8/11/2009 7:43AM

    I know! I feel your pain, sistuh! I am in the same boat. I got so caught up in the eat healthy thing that I was eating too much of the right things.

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BIOFOOL 8/10/2009 10:39PM

    Amen Sister. I think logging food has been my biggest key to success. Keep it up and that last 20 pounds will come off.

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JANLEEW 8/10/2009 9:25PM

    Oh yeah, I'm sort of in maintenance but I still log all my food, both so I don't gain, and so I don't lose any more. Keep moving and tracking!

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SCHICK66 8/10/2009 6:48PM

    I thought I could do it myself too. but I was so surprised how much I was really eating. emoticon

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BUBBLES1541 8/10/2009 6:34PM

    I know what you mean! I have to log in everything I eat in order to keep tabs. Good luck!!

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do your thighs eat your shorts?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

As I run...My thighs completly consume my shorts! So every 1/4 mile I have to fix my shorts...not easy to do while running.
So...I have a product endorsement...The running Skirt! I thought it was goofy at first, but after I ran with it the first time..I was hooked! The skirt addresses a few embarrassing things that happen while running. First is the thigh consumption...the skirts has a running short underneath the skirt so your thighs can feast all they want and the skirt conceals it...keeping you looking cute and not like you are wearing a diaper. The other main concern for me is unflattering sweat marks. I had already started wearing only black shorts, because the last time I wore gray..I looked like I peed on myself. The skirt I can buy in any color because the overlay of the skirt conceals any sweat marks!

This blog may come off as a little shallow...I am sure you are thinking, "why do you care what you look like while you run?"

But, for me, running takes focus and confidence. So anything that makes me feel better about myself gives me the confidence to go out and conquer that run! And if I am not worrying about fixing my shorts...I can focus on that final mile!

So go get your skirt on!

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DWEINBEL 8/11/2009 7:45AM

    Here's my new thing: chafing thighs. Ow! Its from my thighs eating my shorts and then eating each other.

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SAMSPARK1 7/15/2009 11:23AM

    Oh yes, I think I will have to try and track down some of these for me!

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KRICKY 7/15/2009 10:27AM

    Hey--it's not shallow, it's a fact of life! The less I have to focus on other things, the more I get into my "Zone!"

I have a cute Nike running skirt (Academy for $10...woo hoo!) and I do enjoy it. I have gotten used to actually wearing a pair of tightish bike shorts underneath whatever I'm wearing. It's kinda like guy's boxer briefs--there is NO way these can give you a wedgie because they come all the way down your legs AND it keeps my tummy in and non-wiggly when I'm running.

I'm glad you found something to help with this annoying problem!


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LEILASNO 7/15/2009 10:22AM

    Amen sister!

I have not tried the skort yet but I love the idea. Right now I actually wear tighter fitting athletic pants or capris cause my thighs rub so much I'm getting chaffing :( (sorry for the TMI!)

When I get to the point where I can wear shorts, I'm going to try the skorts. Thank you for the tip!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/15/2009 9:45AM

    I read your title and immediately scream yes1 It made me smile and yes I love skorts too, when I lose enought to wear them again. For now I will stick to my Navy blue sweat pants and keep walking away what I can and water jogging the rest.

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I'm not as crazy as I thought!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I am a very impulsive person, always leading with my emotions! So when a friend of mine told me that her brother had challenged us to run a half marathon....I said yes! Then I started to really think about it! 13 miles is more that 4 times longer than I had ever run before. I have just barely gotten a 5k under my I Insane! My husband definitly thought I was...mostly because he knew I would sign him up too!
And he was right...I said yes, so I signed up. My husband and I are registered for our first Half New Orleans! My Hometown! The pressure is on...I have to start really have to start training!
I printed out a training seemed pretty daunting when I looked at it all at once. So I started to break it down and look at it only 1 week at a time. I can do that!
And you know what....I really can do it. After my run tonight...I really believe that I can do the half marathon. Tonight, I put my ipod on, set my Nike+ and hit the streets with my husband. It was a beautiful evening and we both were feeling great! We ran the furthest we had EVER run! We completed 5 miles in 56 minutes! It is a lot slower than my 5k pace....but hell...its longer too!
I am not going to put any pressure on myself to run any particular pace...My goal is to run to the finish! And now I know I can!

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KRICKY 6/24/2009 10:18AM

    I think you'll do great! When I did my 10k, I was bummed that I was at the back of the pack, but I was proud of myself for finishing. I didn't think I was ever going to be able to do something like that.

I think y'all will have an AWESOME time and heck--you're going to burn a lot of calories during the race, so you can go out on the town and PARTY! I was SO drained after my race though, so don't over-do it.

It's good to have a big goal in the future to keep you out on the road!

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JANLEEW 6/14/2009 5:08AM

    Hooray for you. You are courageous, brave and determined. You are so right, the pace is not what is important in training or necessarily in the run itself. Keep going. I know you will do your best and have fun too!


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MICHELLEFROST 6/13/2009 11:06PM

    emoticon thats the spirit putting in the practise now will pay off later!!! you can it!! keep it up!!

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-CHERYL- 6/13/2009 10:52PM

    great positive attitude. I am so proud of you!!! keep me posted how you do in the 1/2 marathon. I am not quite there just yet. Whew!!! you are doing great!!

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I ran to College!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

There is a line in Forrest Gump that sums it up..."I ran to get where I was going, I never knew it would get me anywhere"
He said that when running got him a scholarship to play football in college. Well, I didn't get a scholarship to play football....but I did, FINALLY, have the confidence and the courage to go back to college! And I owe it all to running.

January 1st started like it does for many people who are fighting with their weight! I was going to lose weight, I was going to change my life, blah blah blah! I didn't want this to be like every other failed attempt! I had to figure out a new game plan!

That is when I stumbled upon Spark! Its also when I decided to try to run. Now, when I started, I couldn't even run for 5 minuteswithout stopping. But, I liked it. So I joined the Begining Runners Club on Spark and I was inspired by people's stories of finishing their first races! So that is what I decided I wanted. I wanted to feel that sense of accomplishment! It was a goal that was concrete and very attainable. So I started training. I had a new fire in me! It was empowering!
Each day I set a new goal...longer distance, faster time..etc. Every goal I reached pushed me to do more. The amazing side effect was that the weight was falling off! People asked me what I was doing to lose weight...I said I was training for a race!
May 16th came and I was a bundle of excitement! Not only was it my first race....But for the first time in a very long time....I was finishing something!
After that I started thinking about other goals I wanted to set.... a 10K, half marathon, finish college!
Yes....I needed to finish college! It was my only regret in life! I had quit to have children and work while my husband finished his degree. I had tried to go back a few times...but life always got in the way. So, I realized if I didn't do it now...I may never do it!
I was off of work this past Friday, so I got up the nerve and drove to the community college near my house. I had thought very hard about what I wanted to do. I was in college working towards a biology major....But now, I didn't see myself doing anything in that field. I do love to be creative, and I had done some t-shirt design work for my son's highschool...So I registered for an associates degree in Graphic Design!
So I am now a college student again! I feel amazing! I can't wait to complete my new goal!
Thanks SparkPeople....Thanks all you runners out there...Thanks Forrest Gump..haha..

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KRICKY 6/8/2009 11:28AM

    This is a very inspiring blog!! I know what you mean about the running--because that was me too. I couldn't even run 1 minute without feeling like I was going to pass out, and I just completed a 10k--1 hour and 24 minutes of running!

I found like you, that the more I'm changing physically with the goals I'm able to meet, the more it's changing me mentally and I'm WAY more positive about things.

It's AWESOME you decided to go back to school. Many people don't ever make the choice to do that, but you did!


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OH_HAPPY_DAY 6/1/2009 11:26AM

    That is fantastic!! You can do anything you set you mind to!! When do your classes begin?

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MIEKA91 5/31/2009 11:39AM

    Congrats to you! I cant run for two minutes- but that`s definitely a goal to have for myself. Im glad that you decided to go back to college. Im 18 years old-soon to be 19 and college is the beswt thing that ever happened to me. I haven't even graduated college yet, but the longer I stay the better off I will likely be in the long run. Its a good thing if you want it to be!


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I finished my first race!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I ran my first 5K this weekend! I trained for 4 months....going from not being able to run 1 mile, to completing 3.2 miles in 31 minutes!
I was really anxious the night before. My husband kept asking me why I was so nervous, he kept reassuring me that could do it, That we run the same distance 3 x's a week. He didn't really understand what this race signified for me. I had FINISHED something!
Finishing what I start is NOT one of my strong points. I never finished college, My house is not fully decorated, dieting....etc.
But this was going to be had to be different. If I couldn't finish this, then I could never expect to lose weight. So I trained, learned about running, ate well and enlisted the support of my family and friends. The day finally came....Race Day! I had worked so hard....and it was worth it. The race was hard, but wonderful. I was left with such a feeling of accomplishment!
I am definitly hooked on races....I have started searching for my next race!

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KETCHENUP 5/18/2009 1:03PM

    Way to go Cher, big congrats!


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KRICKY 5/17/2009 8:57PM

    Congrats! I'm sorry that we didn't find each other! And 31 minutes?! Holy cow! I wish I could run that fast. I've been good to get it under 40.

I'm doing a 10k in about 3 weeks!

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MARALEE3 5/17/2009 8:10PM

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That is a great time for your race and you should be so proud of yourself that is a great accomplishment.

Oh you have the running/race bug emoticon

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KIPSTER52 5/17/2009 7:46PM

    Way to go girl.
I bet we will soon be reading you finished a half marathon

Congratulations on you accomplishment

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