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Paying It Forward And Getting It Back

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's amazing how much support you can get from all sorts of sources if you just tell people what you're trying to do!

Last year I decided to take up running and run a 5K race. Having never ever ever ever ever been a runner or considered myself even vaguely athletic, the very thought of it was intimidating. I picked a race date that was months away from my training start date because I just couldn't conceive of being able to run that distance.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the race...

As I took things at my own pace and ran week after week I found that I was exceeding my own expectations even in training runs. My first goal was just to finish the race with only 1 minute of walking. Then I put a time limit on that and decided to finish in less than 35 minutes. Soon I realized I'd be able to do it without the walk time so I dropped that. By the time the day of the race rolled around I'd brought my goal down to running the whole thing in less than 30 minutes.

I had a great support system for this. A work colleague is a triathlete and providing great running tips and support along the way. She did a couple training runs with me before the race, gently pushing me to push myself. Then on race day she ran the race with me and acted as my pace car getting me to the finish line in 30:06!

Having someone to support me that way and be there for encouragement through the race was invaluable to me. And now it's my turn to pay it forward!

Another friend at work has just embarked upon the couch to 5K program and we've signed up to do the SF Marathon 5K component at the end of July! I'm excited to be that support and encouragement for someone else now! And I'm also excited to do the race again now that I have one under my belt and will have all those newbie jitters out of the way (I'm sure I'll still be dying of nerves but at least I'll know what to expect and that I've done it before!)

Since the 5K is 5 weeks away and I've set a goal of 1lb/wk for weight loss, I'm also going to set the goal of being down 5 lbs by race day.

The best part? While I'm helping a friend meet her goals, I'm getting support and encouragement right back in the form of a workout buddy and a kick in the butt. It's a win/win!

Me, red-faced and proud, after running the 5K last year.

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ALM0226 6/27/2012 8:15PM

    Awesome!! I have the Watermelon 5k that I do every year on the 4th of July and that was because a girlfriend made it her goal that I adopted along the way to show her support....We've been doing it now for 6 years :) I'm more of a 30-32 minute jogger because I really don't train for it....and most years I'm just a weeeee bit hung over....lol.....but it is great when you can be AND have a support buddy!!

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A Thousand Words...

Monday, June 25, 2012

I'm sure you've heard the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" but the other day I realized that what's NOT in a picture can say a heck of a lot too.

I was taking some time to get familiar with the Spark People site, scanning around at blogs and success stories and trying to keep my motivation up. I noticed that many people posted pictures of themselves along their weight loss journey and I thought this was a great idea. I started scanning around on my computer for a recent picture of myself to use as the "before" shot and it wasn't long until I noticed a pattern.

I'm obscured in almost all of my picturess.

In every photo either the shot was taken from the chest up, I'm standing half behind someone or something or the picture is taken from a flattering angle, like from up above. I had never considered myself to be someone to hide from the camera but as I flipped through photo after photo of my head just peaking out from behind something I realized that's exactly what I've been doing. I finally found a picture from some hiking I did in Death Valley last Thanksgiving and posted that.

The photo search has given me new resolve. Of course I need to embark on this journey for my physical health, but I'm just now realizing how much help my emotional health needs too.

As the weeks pass and I watch myself reach my goals I will be looking forward to seeing myself emerge in my photos and in my life as the confident woman I always thought I was.

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DRPINK 6/27/2012 3:43PM

  I hear ya! I've been having delusions of "smalleur", when seeing my picture is a rude awakening that it is time I do something about it!

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STINASTEW 6/25/2012 8:35PM

    That is one of my goals!! To be able to take a full body shot & be okay with it...not thinking "eww, gross!" I'm the same way. Although I know of a few full body shots, I tend to shy away from the camera in that aspect as well! Good luck! :)

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ALM0226 6/25/2012 7:33PM

    I can empathize with you. I always thought I didn't shy away from the camera until I tried to find pictures of me as well......NONE...ZERO....all the ones I found were me tucked behind my kids or friends where you could only see my head.

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The Beginning.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

It's time for a change so I'm giving this a try! I've struggled with my weight my entire adult life and while I've never been obese, I've been getting closer and closer as I get older. Since I hit my 30's I've noticed the difference and it's a lot harder to lose the weight. I recently calculated my waist:hip ratio and found that at my current measurements I'm at high risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure and all that other nasty stuff. I've done Weight Watchers off and on for the last 5 or 6 years and I've been trying to get back into it since the new year but just haven't had the motivation. Maybe I need a change?

So this is it! I'm putting my foot down and giving this a go! I've recently started taking Krav Maga classes once a week and I'm going on a short jog twice a week with the hopes of adding on distance as I go.

My real demon though, has always been food. And that's where I'm hoping Spark People will come in. With the mobile app and barcode scanning I'll have no excuse to not track what I'm eating. Watching the calorie tally for the day really makes me think twice about whether or not I really need a snack. "Hmmm, is the satisfaction I'm going to get from these Goldfish crackers really work the calories?"

My goals are pretty simple. I want to lose 35 lbs at about a pound a week, so I should be hitting my goal around Feb 2013. Another major goal is for me to get my waist:hip ratio down below 0.8, which is associated with low risk of weight-related health issues. If my hips stay the size they are, that means losing 3 inches from my waist....but I think I can do better than that! And my final goal is a fitness one. Living in the Bay Area, I've always watched the famous Bay-to-Breakers race but never participated. Next year, I'm running it! It's a 7 mile (12K) run across San Francisco and I think it'll be the perfect way to mark all that I hope to achieve in the next year.

Wish me luck!!!

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DRCLANKY 6/23/2012 7:24PM

    Thanks for the encouragement!!

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BECUZITZTYME 6/23/2012 6:38PM

    Great to hear you have a plan! You'll get it done.

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