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People trying to encourage me when I'm on the trail

Friday, March 29, 2013

I felt like throwing this out there just because this has become more frequent now that more people are on the trails.

So I'm about 235 lb. I literally just can't lose weight. I've been eating healthy, working out, doing strength training and I've lost 5 lb this year. That being said, I've gotten stronger and I can now run a little faster and a little longer.

This past week I've had a lot of people who think they are doing me favors, The perky marathon runner who comes by and screams, "Woo! You can do it!", "You've got this!" and the like, the old people who congratulate me for being able to run for an hour and everything in between.

I feel like I need to wear a shirt that says, Yes, I am fat, but no, I'm not out of shape.

Anyone else feel like they need to wear a shirt like that? It's a little uncomfortable sometimes because I'm out there and I'm doing a 13:23 pace and feeling like a rock star because I used to be @ 15 min mile just a month or two ago and when I have all these people come out and try and encourage me I feel incredibly out of place.

Today I did about 6 miles though. I'm excited for Sunday's 11 mile run. That will be my longest duration by about 1/4 of a mile.

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BILL60 3/30/2013 6:54PM

    I'm one of those who encourages anyone who I come across, be they out of shape or in shape. I'm just happy to see them out there with me. They, often times, return the encouragement.

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FAVALL 3/30/2013 9:52AM

    Accept all of the positive energy that the world sends your way. Use it to remind you to pat yourself ont the back for what you have accomplished. As for not loosing weight, check out Sherry's inspirational blog series. She outlines some changes she made to her program that turned the corner on her trend.

Enjoy your journey on the road to health.

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HARMONYAGAIN 3/30/2013 8:59AM

    I would say that they are impressed by you.
You are out there in charge of your journey and making it happen. That is impressive.
Perspective is everything. emoticon

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CROUCHINGGNOME 3/29/2013 10:17PM

    Trying to Lose- That does suck! Sorry!

Ale- Yeah, I guess I just get self conscious if I'm the only one they encourage because I know I don't look healthy. I work at a gym so I get that pretty often, one of the personal trainers always looks at me like he's disgusted. I don't eat cupcakes all day, I swear!

Kbehnke- Thanks. :) I don't start to feel daunted by my runs until I have to do more than 7 miles at a time. I do it slow but at least I finish! I'm trying to keep under 14 minute mile for the longer runs now.

You brought up a good point though, I can try encouraging them right back.

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GREENGENES 3/29/2013 10:12PM

    Yes, I don't understand that either. I'm hesitant to say anything to people I know,let alone complete strangers.

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KBEHNKE81 3/29/2013 9:23PM

    You're doing better that I am on the mileage. Keep it up.

Don't be too hard on the people who are trying to encourage you. I'm guessing they mean well, especially if they see you sticking with it day in and day out, and may have been where you are at one time. How about if someone says something, give them a high five or thumbs up or even "you too!" I wonder if they wish someone would encourage them, too.

Anyway, I'd say you ARE a rock star for trimming your time and logging those miles.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/29/2013 9:22PM

    At least they aren't doing you like people are doing me now!! I keep being told to stop because I've lost enough and I'm making them look bad!! Like my journey is all about them!

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ALESHAWALKER 3/29/2013 9:15PM

    I'm that way but I really like to be left alone in general (hence I'm an accountant by profession... haha). It may not be that you're out of place but it just may not be your personality type. I absolutely hate it when I go to my old gym and see my old trainer who tries to encourage as well... just leave me alone people! I prefer training alone and feel embarrassed when people seem to be watching me....

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10 miles in 2 hours 25 minutes!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hey guys!

I'm still running. I've probably gone about 160 miles so far this year- is that good?

I'm really starting to notice an improvement. I was struggling to keep at a 15 minute mile pace a few months ago and that was on a treadmill.

This past Saturday I ran a 10 mile race and I kept about a 13:30 pace and it was on an incredibly hilly road. I had my runkeeper app going and after I completed it I got a notification that it was the longest duration, distance and elevation to date and I've been going with Runkeeper since 2011.

I had someone who was working the event say that he saw me pass the starting line and he wasn't sure if I could make it, then he saw me run the loop at the 5 mile mark and I made it at about 1 hour 10 minutes and he said he still wasn't sure I would make it. He came up to me after the race to say how impressive it is that I could keep up my pace more or less for the entire time- The 2 hours 25 minutes was clock time and I haven't found out my chip time yet... I had to use the bathroom at 5 minutes until start and of course there was a line so I was a late starter.

I haven't lost much if any weight this entire year but I'm not going to let that stress me out. I'm down maybe 3 lb this year but if I lost no weight and lost 1 minute 30 seconds from my run time. I'll take it!

I'm about half way through my half marathon training program. Tomorrow I'm going to buy the entry for another half marathon or two. I'm addicted now. I hope when I'm a little old lady I can have 100 medals!

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STAY39 3/13/2013 8:02AM

    That's awesome! Good for you for running so much! I know how hard it is! I hope I can do a 10k someday soon. It's better to focus on your fitness goals than the scale. Hopefully the sale will catch up eventually but at least you are fit and active and doing so much more for your health than the skinny girl who lays around on the couch! Best of luck. Keep up the good work!

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ANGELA76H 3/13/2013 12:11AM

    Great job! That is awesome!

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CROUCHINGGNOME 3/12/2013 10:09PM

    Thanks. :)

And Hill- Yeah at this point I'm just accepting I won't be under a size 10 and I would rather be an athletic size 14 than a weak 10. lol

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HILLSLUG98239 3/12/2013 6:46PM

    That is awesome! That's quite an accomplishment.

Is 160 miles good? Heck yeah! You're well ahead of a lot of other people. And it sounds like you're getting healthier, even if you're not losing pounds. Isn't that the important part?

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Training for my first Half Marathon!!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Hey everyone!

I know I haven't been posting much lately but I'm still keeping the spark alive!

I was wondering if anyone has any advice or encouragement for me. My biggest fitness goal so far is to complete a half marathon! The race day is May 5th, 2013 and I believe you have to keep at least a 13:45 pace so you don't get picked up by the shame van, I'm not trying to go too fast but as long as I finish and get my finishers medal I will be one happy camper!

I know I need to drink a lot of water and that eating a few bananas daily will help. I'm trying to do squats/lungs and other strength work daily because I figure I can come at this race from all angles- trying to lose a few pounds, increase lung capacity, trying to strengthen my legs and trying to strengthen my mind to know I can do this!

I think I can do about 4 miles an hour, I know it's not -amazing- but at least it's a start! My goal for January I think will be to be able to continually do that 4 miles an hour, and maybe in a few weeks I'll increase that treadmill time to try to do longer periods at that pace before I start the training program in early Feb.

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    Bill- I will get some road experience later in the training- there's a 5 mile loop at a park I frequent but right now I work at a gym so it's easy access vs. a 30 minute drive so with my schedule I know I'm more likely to train and improve with a treadmill vs. waiting for the few times a week I can make it to the park.

Sleepy- Good to know! I'll have to check out the coconut water. Where do you buy that? Whole Foods?

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SLEEPYDEAN 1/4/2013 11:33AM

    Sticking to the training plan as much as possible will be key. And yes bananas are great for potassium but I also swear by coconut water for its electrolytes and potassium. I have very little soreness after my long runs thanks to downing some. My favorite is Zico Chocolate flavor.

I did my first half in November 2010 and last September I ran my 10th one. They are addicting!

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BILL60 1/4/2013 7:33AM

    Sounds like a plan. Why treadmill? Even id the weather is bad, you need to get a sense of running outside. Good luck!!

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WINDSURFNERD 1/3/2013 12:38PM

    emoticon you've committed to a great first HM helped me discover my inner athlete and I know you will too!! Enjoy the training and don't forget to post a race report so we can all share your victory!

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Coconut oil- a must for everyone!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

I don't normally post something to endorse any product but I must tell you all about coconut oil. You should google it, seriously, It helps for weight loss, for a hair conditioner, for bruising, as a mild SPF, as a lotion, it helps HIV patients, there is literally a list as long as my leg of all the benefits of this product. I buy the cheaper stuff from Trader Joes and it is a 16 oz bottle of organic virgin coconut oil for $7. We bought two of them, one for eating and one for the body.

I can't say scientifically how great this stuff is without all the proper tests and etc, but what I WILL say is this, it is supposed to give you a steady stream of energy and when I take some in my coffee or otherwise and then I work out or jog afterwards I have this shock of energy that lasts for a few hours and it only started after I began using this product.

My weight was only going down a little bit, this week I was down nearly 4 lb and I didn't do anything different besides starting to use coconut oil daily.

My mom's weight was around the 160s and she couldn't get it lower no matter what she did and today after using it for a week she is finally at 158.

I had a huge bruise on my leg from a spinning bike and I bruise easily and my bruises last a long time but after rubbing coconut oil on it, it will easily be gone in a week.

I know it's kind of a ramble but if you aren't aware of the benefits of coconut oil you should look it up, it's a miracle product.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOHN217 5/11/2012 3:28AM

  The blog and data is excellent and informative as well.

]coconut oil

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    Wow I'm glad so many people came out to agree! KKLennert: It is technically a trans fat but it's like a "healthy" trans fat. It is good for you, you can look at google and they have a ton of info on different websites. It's amazing!

TRCIAM: It depends on how much you like, At first I did only about a teaspoon and then added a little more from there. It can make it a little greasy because it stays on the top. A weird benefit of that though is my lips have never been softer.

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GOPINTOS 4/29/2012 8:19PM

    I too love using it!!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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KSMGLASS 4/8/2012 6:24PM

    I absolutely love coconut oil!!! I use only organic refined, think it tastes the best!!!I have to check out the info about SPF never heard of that one, but am sure interested. I had some dry patches on my arm not sure if it was psoriasis applied and it disappeared. PLus have been giving a bit for my cats gums and thinking it is helping!! Great stuff! emoticon

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TRCIAM9 4/8/2012 1:10PM

  Thanks for the blog! I'll have to try some.

How much coconut oil do you put in your coffee? Does that make your coffee taste greasy at all?

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KKLENNERT809 4/8/2012 12:23PM

    It sounds great but isn't coconut oil one of the "bad" fats for your health? In the same catagory as trans fats? emoticon

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CYNDI2012 4/8/2012 11:45AM

    Thanks for the feedback! You often hear of products that are supposed to help, but hearing from another Spark friend that it actually does work adds validity for me. I'm gonna try it this week too!

Have a wonderful day!

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BOXER-MOM 4/8/2012 11:17AM

    I will add that this is also an AMAZING product to add to your dogs diet!!!! :)

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Life is good!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I haven't posted a blog in a while so here's my update!

I started working at TWO gyms! La Fitness and a Ballys. I've been doing things I never expected, if you asked me years ago if I thought I would work at gyms I would have laughed in your face.

I think I'm down about 15 lb since late January and as of two weeks ago I was down at least 12".

I'm pretty happy with things and I love the work atmosphere. Today I was walking around work and three personal trainers were playing hockey on the carpet. It's just goofy fun and I feel like I'm part of two big work families now.

My current short sight goals are to be down another pound this month, with "that" time starting and only 2 days left I don't know if I can make it but I am definitely going to try!

My other short sight goal is to be back to 224-ish by early May, That way I will be at my lowest weight of the last 3 years by the time that I get to my anniversary of when I started my "for real" weight loss in 2009.

My brother's wedding is in late September and if I lose about 2 lb a week I will be in Onederland in time to pick out a dress for the wedding!

I know I can do this especially since I'm at the gym 6 days out of the week and we always go to the beautiful trail near the house that stretches from Washington DC to the airport here in Pittsburgh.


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