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Do You Really Want My Opinion?

Friday, January 13, 2012

My oldest sister (I'm the youngest of 3) is thinking about joining WW with a friend. BTW, she's been talking about it for 6+ months and there's always been an excuse. She's a little taller than me and has never really had a weight problem (that's been the privilege of me and DS#2, although we've both had 3 children and DS#1 didn't have any children).

Anyway, she just turned 60 and she's probably about 30 lbs. overweight. She's been asking me about WW since I had success with it. I'm really skeptical that she'll stick with it because 1) she's been "putting it off" for months, so I don't think she's ready to commit 2) her husband is a cheapskate and has a big problem with her paying for this (believe me they can afford it) and 3) the friend she's going with will probably not stick with it. 4) she's looking for an easy way and we all know there's nothing "easy" about loosing weight and changing your habits.

Not wanting to go into a huge back story on my sister, but I'm trying really hard to give her positive reinforcement about joining (leaving out my skepticism), but I don't want to flat out say "you should join, it's great" because then it's my idea. I'm sure you get the picture. Anyway, I told her last night (after she asked my opinion several times @ DD#2's basketball game - hello trying to watch a game here). WW is great, but you have to be committed because it's a lot of money and it doesn't work if you don't "work" the plan. I also said, you need to go even if your "buddy" stops going (this I can attest to because my niece and DS#2 stopped going and I continued until I became a Lifetimer).

Anyway, does she really want my opinion or is she looking for someone to make up her mind?! We'll see, she's supposed to go Saturday!!

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SHARBEAR100 1/13/2012 7:01PM

    I wish her luck! As you know, she has to find the inspiration within herself. Don't you wish you could just make people do what's good for them sometimes?

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MANDALORE 1/13/2012 11:23AM

    i know my mom uses ww, and has lost 60lbs so far she stuck with it and played it right!

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Back on Track!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Today was my "official" weekly weigh in and I lost 1.2 lbs. I'll take it! Considering I only need to loose 4.8 lbs. to get back to where I want to be (2 lbs. below WW goal), that's huge. All I've done this past week is get my eating back in control (still need to work on portions, but I stopped eating so much crap) and continue my exercise.

On that front, I've done pretty well also. I calculated my run distance before I went out yesterday so I would know for sure how far I had ran (take that hubby!). I'm pleased to say that I ran the entire 3.4 miles, albeit slow! My goal is to be able to run a 5K by June in under 36:00. June will be the anniversary of my first 5K! I ran that race last year in 37:37 and my PR was 36:28. My average for my 6 5K's was 37:13. I know, you're impressed with my math!

To accomplish this goal, I've been working on first increasing my distance. Now I need to increase my speed. I have to say for whatever reason, I'm getting slower. Right now I have to shave off around 3 min. to get my time to get under 36 min. That's huge, but I think I can do it. I really haven't been working on speed, so I know when I start concentrating on that, it'll get better. I'm also going to run the hills and do some strength training (not doing so well with this!).

On a side note - DH is really killing this running thing. He's doing 3.1 in under 34 mins. His first 5K he was 39+. I try not to compare (he's 6'5" after all and I'm 5'7"), and I'm really impressed and proud of him, so I try not to be jealous!



The Worse Football Weekend Ever!

Monday, January 09, 2012

I am born & raised in Georgia, but my parents are from Western PA - need I say more! I'm a huge Falcon & Steeler fan (I love me some NFL). My biggest dream would be that they play each other in the Super Bowl! My girl's always ask who I would root for and I always say the Falcons because I'm a Georgia girl! Well that dream is over this year. Nothing worse than the Steelers loosing to Tebow and the Broncos, (huge Tebow hater because he's a Gator! I also like college football!) except maybe the Falcons just not showing up! I also wanted New Orleans to loose (very badly) and the Bengals to win. So, every team I rooted for lost!

Oh well, at least DD#2's basketball team won Thursday & Friday, so they're on a streak!

Even with football & basketball, I did my weight DVD on Friday (which I hate - need to find another one or I'm going to stop) and ran on Saturday. I used my new stopwatch and was real excited about my time. I thought I had increased my run to 3.4 miles, but when DH got home that night he asked me where I had ran and then he corrected my math and I only ran 3.2 miles (nice of him huh!), so my time wasn't great, but I did increase distance and I did run the whole time. So I'm still working on my goal to lower my PR 5K time.

The sun is going in and out of the clouds right now, but it doesn't look like it will be raining when I get off work, so I'll go for a run today. The weather has been really warm (67 right now), but humid and rainy. Tomorrow & Wednesday a cold front will come in after the rain, so I guess I shouldn't complain!

Happy Monday!


I am a New Year statistic

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Well I hate to admit it, but I'm a statistic! I've let myself go rouge over the holidays. I think I have managed to put on the obligatory 5-7 lbs. I had an extra 2+ going into my vacation and have managed to put on about 5 more. I've been eating nothing but junk and lots of it! Thankfully DD#2 has had to run for basketball so I've kept up the running, but she only has to run 2 miles, so I've been doing about 2 miles instead of my normal 3.1. I guess anything is better than nothing, but I've been struggling with the 2. I know most of this is due to my, crappy diet.

I've really enjoyed spending the holidays with my family, but I'm actually looking forward to going back to work on Tues. I need my routine. So, I'm going to try not to stress over it. What's done is done. I was looking forward to a New Year and not having to loose weight, but it's good timing to get back on track and have a goal or "resolution".

So on Tuesday morning I will get on the scale for my official weight and get my plan in motion to get back to goal. I'm also going to work on improving my running. My next 5K is not until March (unless I find one earlier) so I want to improve my time.

Therefore, my official resolutions or 2012 goals:

Back to goal by loosing 7 lbs. (appx.)
Improve 5K race time to under 36 min. (PR so far is 36:28) by increasing distance & doing strength training 2-3 times a week.

Today I'll watch a little football (go Falcons), finish taking down the Christmas decorations (not as much fun as putting them up) and try to eat right (not doing so great so far, I ate the left over Chinese for lunch and am eye balling the brownies). Tomorrow is supposed to be real cold, but we're going hiking and then back to work on Tuesday.

Happy New Year and here's to 2012!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2012 2:27PM

    Yeah, you made it a year longer than me before hitting the "normal" holiday season. Nonetheless, I scared myself badly enough with November that December I maintained! Still have to work off the November gain, though... and looking at a year ago and now, not so far off!

Here's to 2012... we can do this! We KNOW how much we want it, how good it feels. Let us Make it So!

- Barb emoticon

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Is Shopping Considered Cardio?

Friday, December 16, 2011

I guess I'm like a lot of people during the holidays, I'm struggling to eat right and exercise. My weight has crept up a little the past couple of weeks, but I'm still within 2 lbs. of my goal (although now I'm 1 lb. above goal instead of 2 lbs. below - so I've gained about 3 lbs.).

Running is my cardio of choice. The last 8+ months, I've managed to maintain running at least 2-3 times a week. Last week I went twice and this week only once. Any free time I've had, I've gone shopping. Last Friday I went for 3 hours, Saturday for 4 hours and Sunday we had our big family party. Monday shopping (and rain) and Tuesday I finally got to run. I used my new shoes and it felt great, but Wednesday was work late, pick up DD#2 from basketball and Christmas cards. Last night was DD#2's basketball game and tonight its a Girl Scout thing with DD#3.

DH has been working a lot of hours, but he managed to get in 2 runs this week (when he worked evenings), so I didn't have him to motivate me. He works this weekend, but I'm determined to run Saturday (either before or after more shopping - I should finish up!) and probably go on a hike Sunday morning and be ready for Live Nativity rehearsal Sunday late afternoon. DD#2 will get another running log on Tuesday for basketball over the holidays, so that will be some motivation!

Sounds like a lot of excuses to me, but I swear shopping has to be considered cardio because I'm exhausted when I get home!

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JERZGURL_NAN 12/16/2011 11:03AM

    Well I certainly think so - especially since we are often wearing or carrying a heavy coat - handbag and additional packages along with all the additional walking. I have a desk job, so all that activity is definitely a workout for me. I know that I come home in a sweat - that must be an indication - right??
Merry Christmas & God Bless

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