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Weights and Measures Week 2

Monday, January 17, 2011

Weight 1/17/11: 175.8lbs (TOM came to visit today)

Measurements: (current/previous/change)
Waist: 33.5 in / 33.25 in / +0.25 in
Chest: 34.25 in / 34 in / +0.25 in
Hips: 43 in / 43.25 in / -0.25 in
Bicep: 11.5 / 11.5 in / 0 in
Forearm: 10 in / 10 in / 0 in
Thigh: 25 in / 25.25 in / -0.25 in
Calf: 16.5 in / 16.5 in / 0 in
Body Fat Percentage: 41.4% / 41.4% / 0% change via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale

Overall, I'm pretty happy. TOM came to visit this morning and has given me quite the wallop.......Started my run for my 5K training and could only get through a little more than half of it......and then I literally felt like I was going to fall over. NOT exactly the safest thing to do on a treadmill........

Anyways, about that 5K training......it has been an absolute rush! I know, 3 miles doesn't exactly constitute a huge distance, but I'm training in a different way than ever before. I always trained for mileage before. But this plan calls for intervals of time. And the recovery interval is only 1 minute. The first week was 5mins running/1 min walking, 5/1, and 6/1 - all 5 times. The second week was 7/1, 7/1, and 8/1 - all 4 times. This week is 9/1, 10/1, and 11/1 - all 3 times. After 19 minutes, I had to quit this morning - the first time. I was a little disappointed. Decided to eat breakfast and try again before I go to work this afternoon.

Anyways, the 1 minute recovery time has really tested me. I finally catch my breath at about 54 seconds, and then it's time to do it all over again. It's trying and difficult, but I've done it. I've done it every time. Every single time. That's exhilarating. Hence, the rush. I will let you know if I get through today's scheduled run. Either I will or the cramps will win. Hopefully, my cramps will succumb..... emoticon

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/17/2011 8:36PM

    You are doing fantastic! Such determination that you have. Yay, you! BTW - 3 miles doesn't exactly constitute a huge distance????? In my book it is to a huge distance! Be proud of yourself. I am proud of you and all your effort.

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Weights and Measures keep the world accountable...

Monday, January 10, 2011

...Or maybe just me. ;)

Weight 1/10/11: 174.6lbs

Waist: 33.25 in
Chest: 34 in
Hips: 43.25 in
Bicep: 11.5 in
Forearm: 10 in
Thigh: 25.25 in
Calf: 16.5 in
Body Fat Percentage: 41.4 via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale

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NIMAWEYGH 1/17/2011 12:42AM

    Gal I will be jumping for joy if I ever get my measurements to where yours are. What ever your goals are I just know your going to get there.

I am emoticon you on.

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Built-in External Motivation

Saturday, January 08, 2011

This year is shaping up to be full of built-in motivation

First of all, the hubby has just reconnected with an old college buddy of his within the last week. This particular buddy has invited us out to his house for the weekend in February. I already know I'm going to be extremely self-conscious while we're there. Why? Because he is rich. Coming from my background growing up (which was very poor), I am always self-conscious around people of means. And then, by extension, I wonder if the hubby feels bad about not attaining the same status or income. *As a side note, we are not rich or poor. We are in a very good place, and I know this!* All that to say, I don't want to feel more out of place than I have to. It's a good reason to work hard.

Secondly, I have my 5K race in March. Obviously, I want to be ready. And just so I feel confident, I want to be extra-ready. I will accept no excuses from myself, especially since there are several of you to whom I'd have to answer. I do NOT want to let you down. You're the best cheerleaders ever! The least I can do is show up and be the best I can be, right?

Then there's May. Remember that friend of the hubby's? The same one we are visiting in February? Well, he's getting married on Memorial Day weekend, and the dress is "black tie." Which means formal gown for me. Which means my body is going to be "highlighted." I LOVE to dress up. I love gowns....just look in my closet. ;) I want to be able to ROCK a gown for this event.

Finally - so far, at least - there is a week-long training event held for engineers every year. The hubby has had the opportunity to attend several in the last several years. I have had the opportunity to go with him. :) So while he is learning, I get a little vacation. This year it's back in Orlando at an amazing resort. While there is no guarantee that the hubby will be going, IF he does, I want to be able to rock a bikini like I did the LAST time it was in Orlando (my bikini pic on my front page).

I wrote this list so that I can come back to it when my motivation is flagging. I want to be able to say to myself: "Jenn, THIS is why you need to keep working. THIS is why you need to track your calories. THIS is why you need to run/weight-train/etc." What are your motivators?

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-SEVEN- 1/9/2011 7:02PM

    Yes ma'am! Excellent motivators for you this coming year! I haven't defined mine yet.... last year was easy, and I met my goal, but I need to get organized this year yet!
Make it happen, Jen!! emoticon

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DISPATCH91 1/9/2011 9:41AM

    Way to go, girl I know you are going to rock that marathon.

I wouldn't worry about that rich friend, he may have money but you don't really know what problems and stuggles that may lie underneath.

You are a positive, fantastic, hard work lady. You know what you want and how to get there and you are doing it.

hugs, hugs, hugs

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/8/2011 3:12PM

    Can't wait for JASR - it will be great to see you again!

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LYNNANN43 1/8/2011 1:06PM

    2011... The Year of Big Events!!!

How fun to be able to get dressed up and ROCK those outfits! I'll be expecting a lot of pics from you this year:D emoticon

I gather that your 5K in March is Just a Short Run? If so, I'll get to meet you live and in person! emoticon

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So here's the plan.......(subject to change :p )

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Confession time: I have never run a 5K RACE.....I've gone the distance, but never a race. I always chicken out. I'm afraid of not making it, of coming in last, of people laughing at me, etc. Last year a friend was going to run one with me at Halloween, and then she said she couldn't do it.....which left me alone, and again, I was too scared. Who'd have thought? Me, a coward? Ugh! Anyways, all that to say, I have signed up for a 5K in March - Just a Short Run. I have paid my money. My friend is slated to run with me again. However, even if she doesn't, there are several sparkers who are going and will hopefully make a good support system - at the very least in my head. emoticon

Why the confession? Because my plan for the new year revolves around achievements, not weight lost. I assume (maybe inaccurately) that the weight will follow suit if the achievements are met. We'll see (hence the subject to change). My goals are:

1) To FINALLY complete a 5K race. Just a Short Run is March 26, and I have already begun training. I am following an 8 week program so that I will have extra time at the end to maybe run the actual course. Also, it gives me a little bit of leeway for scheduling and such.

2) To complete 20 push-ups in a row by the time JASR rolls around. And yes, I mean real ones. I can currently do 4-6 in a row.

3) To complete 100 crunches/sit-ups in a row. This I am giving myself just till the end of the month to do as I can currently do ~46.

Also, I am re-"vamping" (pun intended) my reward system. There are some things on that list that I just don't care about and other things I'd like to add. So within the next couple days, my front page will be updated. I am going to keep the rewards tailored to weight lost just so that it is easier to gauge.

And that's it. That's my plan so far.....

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-SEVEN- 1/6/2011 8:41AM

    I love it! You can do it- don't hold back! The choice to succeed is yours! emoticon

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ANYA_ONION 1/5/2011 10:17AM

    Re-vamping, hahahaha! Good one! You can do anything you set your mind to; I know you'll do fine come race day!
emoticon emoticon

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HPTHATBME 1/4/2011 5:00PM

    Those are great plans! You can do the 5K even alone, I just know it!!

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BAM0827 1/4/2011 11:26AM

    If it's OK with you, I'm going to steal your push-up and crunches goals. I have to see how many of each I can do to set dates, but I think it would be good for me to have something like that!

Also, you will do fine in any 5K race you do. Really, no one looks at others. I figure the really good ones are up front and they don't see me anyway. It's a real sense of commraderie out there at a race, everyone wanting just to do it. Even if you come in last - you're still ahead of all those sitting on their couches! You can do it!

I'll see you at JASR

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Reflections, Plans......and goal by 6/15/11?????

Saturday, January 01, 2011

OK, first off let me apologize if you have been overloaded with analyses of the prior year or resolutions or plans for the coming year. It's just so EASY to take stock at this time of year. It's even built in to the festivities. Everyone wants to know what your resolutions are or if you had a good year. Alas, I am joining the fray.


Overall, 2010 was a great year. It had to be. It didn't have a lot to live up to as 2009 was kind of crummy. Brian and I had a rough start at the very beginning but after ~March, we have gotten closer and closer and have logged 2010 as the best year we've had as a couple! Not too shabby. :)

We also decided to try for children this past year. While that dream has not been realized at this time, it marks a huge change in my personal thinking as well as a shift in focus from us personally and selfishly to an entity that is going to take everything we have to care for it.

I started a new job back in January. I have better hours, better pay, and amazing coworkers. There's not a whole lot more to say there.

Another HUGE change is that I started therapy. Up through March of 2010 I was taking an antidepressant. Back in January I started therapy with a psychologist. While my depression isn't "cured," it is better managed. I am happier and emotionally healthier than I have ever been.

2010 was a good year in every way but my weight. With my job change, I am no longer running my butt off (literally). In the first 6-8 months of 2010, I gained 20-30 lbs. That's insane. Absolutely nuts. I DID start in the right direction several weeks ago.......which brings me to 2011.....


1) I will CONTINUE with therapy. It's the best thing to happen to me. I have decreased the frequency, but I'm definitely NOT ready to be "finished" yet.

2) I will CONTINUE losing weight. I will get down where I want to be. Time to resume the weekly blog check-ins. They got derailed when I got sick, and then, I'm not sure......but look for one Monday!

That's it. Nice and short and sweet. No huge plans for big changes. Just keep on keeping on. I'm in a very good place right now, and I want to stay here.

Oh, and I figured out that if I lose 1-1.5 lbs per week, I could be at.....wait for it......GOAL (again!) by 6/15/11!! Just in time for bikini season. Now if I could just convince Brian we need a vacation......

Who knows? Maybe by staying on track there may be a little one in our future after all?

May God bless you all abundantly in the new year.

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DDUNKIES 1/2/2011 9:11PM

    you have a FANTASTIC plan for 2011 i wish you nothing but the best- donna

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DISPATCH91 1/2/2011 11:06AM

    You have made some very attainable goals and I know you are going to look good in that bikini even if it is in the backyard by a blow up pool.

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CHUBBYMUMMY09 1/1/2011 10:25PM

    That sounds like a healthy plan for the year - something attainable and practical (as well as AWESOME!!!).

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JUNETTA2002 1/1/2011 10:15PM

    Awesome job at having a plan.

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