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Relay for Life Recap

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I'm so excited to report that I totally exceeded my personal goal of walking a half-marathon (13.1 miles) at the Relay for Life event this past weekend (7/31-8/1).

I walked a marathon (26.25 miles!) instead!!!! emoticon emoticon

I even ran mile 19-20 at 12:30am!

It was a fantastic event and I had a wonderful time really getting to know some of my teammates while supporting a really worthwhile organization at the same time.

I even won a few prizes - the theme for this year's Relay was "Carnival for a Cure," so each team participating had to have a little carnival style game at their tent area. One team had a spin-the-wheel game, where I won a bbq apron complete with tools.


There were some theme laps, one of which was a funny hat lap, thus the hamburger hat I'm wearing. It was just too perfect with the apron.

I also wanted to share the luminaria I made for the luminary ceremony, as well as give a shout out to Mikiio for so generously donating to my fundraising page. It was a really moving ceremony for me this year, especially after losing a good friend from college to cancer-related infection in November 2009.


It was beautiful to walk around the track and have the darkness lit up by so many people's memories and well-wishes
(thanks to Eileen Shattuck for the photo).

All in all, awesome event and I am so proud of myself for totally exceeding my goal ( and having only one tiny blister on my left 4th toe as a reward).

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RSWIFE 8/4/2010 8:55PM

    Congratulations! What a wonderful way to support the fight against a horrible disease.

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SCRAPHAPPY94 8/4/2010 9:20AM

    What a wonderful time! We don't do theme laps here - that sounds kind of fun. The luminaria ceremony is one of my fave things about Relay. Congrats on blowing your challenge out of the water!

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_VALEO_ 8/4/2010 2:40AM

    Congratulations on exceeding your goals!
You look so cool with your apron and hamburger hat, really sounds like a fun and great event.

Thanks for sharing your photos and for your luminaria!

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Euro Challenge Wk #4 - Le Marché Challenge

Friday, July 30, 2010

Market shopping list (Monday):
Berries! Beets!


Market shopping list (Wednesday):
Peaches! Honey! Cheese! (for cheese challenge)


I forgot to bring my own bags both times, however emoticon I do take back all my berry baskets and return the glass jar from my honey purchases though. I'm still being green!

Mmmmmm, love me some market fresh produce! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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DRSUNSHINE1 7/30/2010 6:57PM

    I've just been eating the berries on their own - the raspberries and 2 blueberries are gone already! I'm going to have to look up more beet recipes apparently :)

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_VALEO_ 7/30/2010 2:32AM

    Oh that's a lot of berries! Are you going to make smooothies or pie with them? emoticon

I usually eat my beets as a cold starter dish (of course, they are cooked before).

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DRSUNSHINE1 7/30/2010 1:51AM

    That sounds delicious! I would love the recipe.

We've just been roasting them and eating w a little olive oil, salt and pepper. I had never tried beers until 2 wks ago when we got them in our CSA share.

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SCRAPHAPPY94 7/30/2010 1:25AM

    Our market is on Saturday and I plan to be there for sure. One of my favorite things about the summer. Do you have a favorite beet recipe? I made ginger orange beets last night and they were sooo yummy.

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30 Day Shred - Day #1

Friday, July 30, 2010

So, I got the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred dvd from Netflix today and I'm making today Day #1 for completing 30 days of Level 1.

It was challenging, but not super-tough. I didn't take any breaks and actually probably need to use heavier hand weights, as I only used 5lbs and I use 10lbs at Jazz with no problem. I thought it was a great workout for only 20 minutes and I can easily see myself making it a part of my daily workout. I think that adding in the strength training is really going to make a difference for me.

Thanks for your comments on my blog from yesterday - I was feeling really down on myself and the process and definitely appreciate your support. Today was better - I talked to a few of my friends in person about the frustration I've been having and was able to get some additional support and affirmation that I'm doing the work and will see the changes I want to make. One friend echoed my frustrations in thinking on her own weight loss journey and we were able to be frustrated together, which is always helpful (in small doses!) The other friend offered to switch up our workouts together, as she is the person I go to Jazz with the most. I think we're going to try an aqua aerobics class at a pool that's really close to the Jazz studio for a change of pace. I've done aqua aerobics before, so it is familiar enough to me to feel comfortable, but different enough to hopefully stimulate some progress. Plus, it will just feel good to get in a pool - I haven't done a water workout in so long!

So, all in all, good day. Hope yours was just as good!
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_VALEO_ 7/30/2010 2:07PM

    You are much better shape than I. I found Day #1 pretty tough!
As soon as I can, i want to complete the 30 Day Shred.

I love aqua aerobics. It's a good thing to try new routines, I am sure it is going to stimulate some progress.

Good luck for tomorrow!



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I Feel Stuck

Thursday, July 29, 2010

So, earlier this week I felt like I was making progress and staying on or near my [readjusted] goal line. Not so much today. Both yesterday and today I have felt like I'm making choices to not eat when I am bored and otherwise really stay on top of my eating with little to no results on the scale.

I have been fluctuating between the same 3-4 lbs for the last several weeks and its getting frustrating. I want to hit my next milestone and get to my goal reward of a new workout outfit. I told myself yesterday that it would happen this week, but its definitely getting frustrating to realize that I last hit a milestone in JUNE....it's practically AUGUST - thats almost eight weeks of little to no progress - in terms of seeing numbers go down, feeling "smaller" or feeling like clothes are fitting differently or noticing any other physical changes that aren't associated with a scale (ie, face thinning out, more toned muscles, etc). I don't feel like anything has changed in the past month to month in a half and if anything (like pictures taken of me last weekend), I feel like I have stepped backwards. There is one picture in particular of me standing on a deck with a dessert in my hand that makes me look just as fat as I did when I started out. I need to remember to untag it on Facebook - it makes me feel bad about myself.

I'm getting worried that Jazzercize isn't doing it for me anymore in terms of an exercise. I still sweat like crazy and feel like I'm working when I go, but maybe I'm just adapted and not working as hard as I think I am, since I've been going since January and have had lots of time to get used to doing that workout. This makes me sad, because I like going - I like the workout, I like the people, I like the music. But I'm not totally convinced that its moving me toward my goals as much as I want it to.

Which then makes me think I need to be looking for -another- new, different workout. And that makes me tired. I don't really want to go to another new place and learn new people and habits all over again. So, to try to not have to do that, I'm going to try just adding in more strength training, which honestly, I have been neglecting. We do some strength training at Jazz, but its not a full workout that is dedicated to just strength. Maybe if my muscles are better calorie burning machines even when I'm not working out, I'll be burning that much more efficiently.

*sigh*

I just want the numbers to go down and to hit more of my milestone goals!

I know I've made a lot of progress already and that this is just a phase and I will continue to move on my journey and eventually get to my goals. Sometimes I just get impatient with trusting the process and not trying to hurry. Something I need to keep working on.

  
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KENP22 7/29/2010 4:52PM

  keep plugging along. maybe mix up the exercise routines, add variety.........it will pay off

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SCRAPHAPPY94 7/29/2010 10:05AM

    I agree it might be time to change workouts at least for a little while. I've had to take a break from Zumba. It's seemed to help.

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JUSTHEATHER2011 7/29/2010 6:17AM

    Well, at least I have pretty cool company in this boat. emoticon

Same 3-4 Lbs between me & a major goal-sigh.

I'm right there with you on the strength training issue...must commit, but keep making excuses. emoticon

I know for me part of it is the summertime...all the fun food/drinks/parties emoticon ahem...

anyway, I like you will re-commit this week (starting Sunday @ a conference, which is @ my house, so no I'm not making excuses emoticon) I will commit to doing every. day. of my strength program. Are you with me?

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SIERRA924 7/29/2010 12:57AM

    I feel like im stuck every few weeks lol try spicing things up and see what your body thinks of it!

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Dawn to Dusk Paddle Recap

Monday, July 26, 2010

So, I ended up completing 5 laps around Ross Island with the team - over 5 hours of paddling, working out to roughly 30-ish miles.

#1 Must get what is lovingly referred to by all my teammates as a "butt pad." I am so glad I took a beach towel with me and was able to fold it up to give a little squish to my backside. Since I've lost all my padding back there, my bony bottom was rubbing on the hard bench quite nicely until I got smart and used the towel.
#2 This was probably one of the most physically demanding challenges I have ever participated in. There were definitely many times that I wanted to give up and leave, but being with my teammates and hearing them complain a little, then re-energize themselves really gave me the boost I needed to keep going.
#3 If we ever do this again in the future, there MUST BE some kind of music on the boat while we're paddling. I don't know if I can take hearing 20+ women singing "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey again - though, it did make the time go faster to sing along.
#4 My team has come such a long way in terms of event-day snacks brought by everyone to share. We used to bring chips, cookies, candy, etc. Yesterday, we had so many blueberries, bananas, strawberries, nuts, seeds, veggies and healthy dips that we were joking all day about it. "No no, we really need MORE blueberries - we don't quite have enough." It's awesome to see so many people making healthy positive choices.
#5 We raised over $5000 for clean drinking water projects with Blue Planet Network. We were able to designate our funds to go to a project in Cambodia to help supply 160 people, mostly schoolchildren, with safe, clean drinking water. They already had $10,000 pledged to this project and just needed the last $5000 to make it happen. It makes me feel so good to know that I was able to be a part this.
#6 I was not sore at all today except for 5 minutes this morning right after getting out of bed. After stretching for a few minutes and getting in a hot shower, I felt fine. Which is amazing to me, because I was super-sore on the boat yesterday. The human body constantly amazes me in what it is capable of achieving.

So, amazing event - glad I participated, glad that it's over. My bottom is definitely glad!
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On to Relay for Life next Saturday and my goal of walking a half-marathon! After completing this event, I know I can reach that goal with no difficulties!

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_VALEO_ 7/27/2010 1:56AM

    Awesome! You did it!!! Congratulations!

Will be thinking of you on Saturday.

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SCRAPHAPPY94 7/26/2010 10:27AM

    Congrats! That's very exciting.

How far is a half marathon? I hope your Relay is great.

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YOUNGCASS 7/26/2010 2:43AM

    Wow you just keep going!! Congratulations on your accomplishments and it is great to see another truly motivated person! Planned exercise events are great to keep you motivated to exercise to be in shape for and to have a healthy social outing especially while raising money for good causes!
Don't push yourself too hard - your body will let you know by pain as it is a protective mechanism to deter you from continuing. You are truly motivated and motivating - don't stop! (believing!)
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