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I'm DONE!!!! ....What an awesome Day!

Friday, July 16, 2010

I don't even know where to start. I've been MIA for exactly 20 days now....One day, I just stopped tracking my food. What happened? I don't know. Maybe it was a busy schedule (lame excuse), maybe I just plain got lazy (worse)....but maybe I wanted to see how I could survive on my own.

I had been with SparkPeople for 6 months and have learned so much about food, exercising, motivation, commitment, persistence, and the list goes on. I've followed some amazing SparkFriends on their journeygetting some awesome inspiration for keep going on my own journey. So after 6 months, was I ready? It happened from one day to another...no planning, no fretting, no fear! I was 2 lbs away from my goal, which by the way, I had adjusted a couple of times. My original goal was to get down from 170 to 137. Once I reached the goal, I felt I wasn't ready yet and in order to keep tracking, SparkPeople "made" me adjust my goal weight. How cool would it be to be in the 120's? I can't remember ever been that low...at least not in my adult life.

Today, I was selected to be the Done Girl for the Day!!!! I received so many comments on my page and I'm truly humbled. I never saw myself as being motivational to anyone. Thank you everyone!

It also happens to be the day that I reached my goal weight!! Again!! That's right, after 20 days "on my own" I still managed to lose 2 lbs! I didn't try to lose any weight. My goal was to maintain. I weigh myself quite frequently just to make sure I'm not going the wrong direction.

Oh! There's more! Today, is also the very FIRST day that I'm wearing size 2 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) jeans!! WHAT?!?! When did this happen? I started at a (tight)10-12 and now I'm wearing size 2? No, I'm not a size 2 person. I'm really not. My pants might be, but I'm not. When I think of a size 2 person, I picture a really skinny, no curves kind of person, and that's not me. I bought the jeans on sale and didn't know they were size 2...the Gap sizing kinda confused me :-) 26/2, who woulda known..hehe. They were tight, but I could zip them up. With pretty much my entire wardrobe not fitting me anymore, I almost forgot how tight clothes feel. Today, I put on the jeans...wiggled a little, and decided to finally pull off the tags. Good thing that jeans strech a little when you wear them for a bit!

I'm done with so many things....done being a fat girl, done coming up with excuses for not workout out, done not including enough fruits and veggies in my diet....done, done, done!!!

Though I may be at my goal weight, I'm not stopping.....I will continue to make healthy choices as much as I can. Though I know that ice cream, beer, and wine will occasionally (ok, maybe not so occasionally in the summer) will be part of my diet. I have learned how to enjoy certain things in moderation and will strive to maintain.

I'm definitely NOT done working out. I love it! I love running! I love the feeling I get after a good workout, even if it's short. I love to sweat!!! That's right! I want to tone up my arms and thighs more...and my tummy, too. I know I may never be perfect. What is perfect anyway? But including exercise as part of my life is very important!

Thank you SparkPeople and SparkFriends for helping me get to this point in my life! It's amazing what we can accomplish!

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SAGE150 7/26/2010 11:56PM

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Super excited for you! Best of luck in maintenance mode!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 7/16/2010 1:17PM

    Wow! You really are a DONE girl. Woohoo for maintenance!

Yay, Ellie!

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KSHAGGY 7/16/2010 12:21PM

    Congrats that is fantastic! You are awesome! It is people who have done it successful that give me the motivation to get it done too!


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KARVY09 7/16/2010 12:17PM

    Congrats DGOTD! You're awesome! And Size 2 jeans!!!!

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My first 10K

Monday, July 05, 2010

July 4th marks the day I ran my first 10K. I had signed up for the race when I was still "in my workout groove", so to speak. About 2 weeks before the race, my schedule got out of order. Due to changes at work, I had to re-shift my schedule a little to get my workouts in (see last blog). During this time, my food intake had worsened a bit, too. I was also approaching some kind of a rut....in fact, I am guilty of not logging my food for the past week!!! Will follow up with a blog on that. This blog is not for feeling guilty, ashamed, confused, tired, frustrated. NO! This one is to actually give myself a pat on the back. Yep, that's right!


Though I didn't follow a particular training schedule, I sort of had my own...sorta kinda. I did read up on tapering off workouts, in particular running in the week leading up to the race. I also rested 2 days prior, ate some pasta the night before, pretty much avoided alcohol and caffeine, too. I did have my pre-running jitters...especially it being my first 10K, the longest distance I would have to run, ever.

The morning of, I woke up earlier than planned (5:15AM). This allowed me to take a shower even though I wasn't planning on it since I'd get all soaked and sweaty anyway...but I had to be my full self for this run, so a shower was in place. Followed by an oatmeal breakfast at 6AM.

I was only planning on draggin my sister along so that she could take pictures and hold my car keys, but both my husband and son were up and ready to support me, too! Off we went...about an hour and 15 minute drive to the beautiful town of Foxboro, MA and the home to the Gillette Stadium. That is where my race was going to start and end. My unofficial team of running girls, most of which I had only met on that day, were pumped and ready to roll...

(that's me on the far right)

Here I am...ready to rock!

Almost 3,000 people lined up at the start and off we went. I decided to run without musice....I wanted to be in tune with my surrounding...wanted to savor my run to the fullest. The run started outside of the stadium and went around town. Water stations were at every mile...I passed the first two...didn't feel the need for water yet. But I did take advantage of them almost all of the other times. What I learned = Running and drinking doesn't work well. I wasn't about to stop either. So I just took a sip...thenpoured some over my hands and splashed my face. This gave me a bolt of enery every time!

The run was fairly flat, with one slight incline...nothing bad really. The crowd was quiet...everyone seemed very focused. There were some spectators lined up on the course....What a great feeling to be rooted on by complete strangers! Thank you so much!

I tried to pace myself, but didn't really know how fast I was going. I kept glancing at my watch and estimating the mile markers.

Then, finally I saw the stadium, but it seemed to take forever to actually reach it! Nonetheless....I was running into the stadium through the tunnel and picking up the pace to make a triumphant finish at the 50 yard line!!! I heard my name and town called as I was approaching the finish line. Woohooo!!!

Totally filled with adreline, I was sooo happy and proud of myself to have finished the race. I even surpassed my time...I was hoping to do it under an hour and finished in a whopping 52:44!!!! I was 34/299 in my age group and 667/2966 overall. I must say it was definitely a competitive crowd of runners, but I'm so happy for each and everyone of them. Great job everyone!

So there! I did it! I couldn't have done it without all the inspiration I have received from SparkPeople and Spark Friends! This year has been full of accomplishments for me. For the first time in a long time, I was able to do something for myself! SpearkPeople is so much more than just losing weight, it truly is a journey of self discovery! Who would have thought that I'd get to like to exercise.....to RUN!!!! Everyone here deserves a pat on the back for making the decision to change your lifestyle. We've all begun the journey to self-discovery....to find out what were truly are made of. Everyone can achieve what they set their minds to - all you need is dedication, believe in yourself, and just keep at it!

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PELESJEWEL 7/16/2010 2:22PM

    Congratulations!! You look fantastic, how awesome to have a girl running group! What a great milestone for you! Now on the a 1/2 marathon?? emoticon

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NAVYNURSE 7/6/2010 12:06PM

    LOVE IT...you are so amazing. ONe of my friends from our running group here in KS actually ran that one too. AMAZING...:)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/6/2010 8:20AM

    Great pic at the finish! emoticon

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CUBANJELLY 7/6/2010 8:03AM

    You go girl! Sounds awesome!

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Like it or not - time to reshuffle

Monday, June 21, 2010

First things first, I've been a little MIA lately. Had some "reorganization" going on at work and, honestly, VERY glad I still have a job. However, not only are my hubby and I working for the same company...now we are working in the same department. Yikes! Talk about 24/7 interaction. I do think we work great together. In college, we took some of the same classes due to the same major. Some professors tried to split us up during group work or presentations. They knew we'd be too powerful together..haha. We've been working for the same company for 2 1/2 years and have done well. But sometimes we both feel like we see each other maybe a tad bit too much. He is my best friend, and has been for almost 12 years!! We've been doing everything together, but every healthy relationship needs some away time from each other. So gym and salsa lessons have been my "away" time :-) He's got his soccer, btw.

Anyhow, now that I have a new boss, I won't be able to head to the gym every day and definitely not for too long. Lunch workouts were great for me. I work full time and have a 2 1/2 year old son, so not too much free time for me, plus it's a great way to break up the day. Now, I have to be more creative with my workouts. I still want to get a workout in at least 5 times a week....no matter how short or how many calories burnt. Every workout counts! Though I might not have a plan in place yet, here are my ways to get a workout in:

- Gym at lunch 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes
- Run outside at lunch if weather is good--30 minutes
- Run at home option 1: if I get up before 5:30AM and am not dragging too much
- Run at home option 2: after work, before or after dinner depending on what need to get done
- Pilates: 20 minutes 2X week
- Salsa lessons: 2 classes, 80 minutes total
- Zumba: 1-2 times a week
- Crunches and Push-Ups: 2-3 times a week

There! Now I just need to hang them on my fridge or at work so that I have a reminder.

In a way, this is a good way to shuffle up my workout routine....it needed it anyway. What I'm excited about is doing mixing in AM, Lunchtime, and PM workouts.

I'm running a 10K in 2 weeks, so I need to be in good shape! :-)

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SAGE150 6/21/2010 3:11PM

    Good for you for looking for a way to make your schedule fit you and what you know to be best for you. I, personally, used to like to wake up to Pilates before work. I would feel relaxed and ready to start my day plus, hey, toning; it doesn't get much better than that.

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    Sounds like you have some great ideas as to how to sneak in a workout. That's awesome you still have your job, but like you said YIKES! 24/7 with the hubby. Hopefully you both will be able to get your alone time in on a daily basis. I love my husband dearly, but sometimes he drives me crazy when he's home all day with me and the girls.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/21/2010 12:27PM

    A 10K, cool. I am going to try a 10K in October. Good luck in juggling your workout schedule, I'm sure you will find a combination that works for you.

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KARVY09 6/21/2010 9:18AM

    Good plan! Good luck on the run-up to your 10K!

And I'm glad you still have a job too!

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"There is no such thing as bad weather...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

...it's the clothing that's bad. "

This is what I learned from my mom today. She is visiting for two weeks and while I haven't been able to take time off work to spend with her, I decided to work from home today so that at least I could at least offer my company.

It's also been a rainy day today and I had hoped to go for walk with my mom during my "lunch break". But the weather just didn't seem good enough and no umbrellas in the house. I waited all day for it to stop.

So finally late afternoon we thought the rain was light enough and we set out. That's when she told me that there is no such thing as bad weather, but only bad clothing. Come on, how many of you are turned off by bad weather....not wanting to go outside when it's raining? I'm guilty.

I tried a different route and didn't even realize that a particular park was within walking distance if you take short cuts (mental not for future runs). We walked to the park, then around the lake, then back...at total of about 1.5 hrs and 3.3 miles.

On the way back, we picked up a little 4 legged follower. Not sure who the dog belonged to, but she followed us for a few blocks, crossing roads and no owner to be found. I was a little nervous about her being hit by a car, and happened to see a police cruiser parked not to far away, so I walked towards the cruiser and the dog sort of listened enough to follow. Hopefully, the owner was found.

It was a nice walk on a rainy day! Glad it didn't keep me inside today. If you've got the right clothing on, anything can be fun.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/20/2010 9:28AM

    Your mom is a wise woman, glad you got out and enjoyed the weather. You were meant to rescue the four-legged follower.

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    I'm guilty too! Great job on getting out there in not so perfect weather and enjoying a walk with your mom!

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lots of driving, graduation, eating out and salsa

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My day started at 5AM today. My sister graduated from college, so my husband, son, and my mother (who is visiting from Germany) had to make a 3 hour ride to Maine. I anticipated an even longer day since I thought my mother-in-law would be coming, too, but she bailed.

I knew that we'd be gone practically all day and had to eat out somewhere, at least for one of the meals. Made a stop at Tim Horton's to have a bacon, egg and cheese on an english muffin. I just "had" to have it. There is no Tim Horton's in NH, and I do miss it. I later found out that it only came to 310 calories, so not too terribly bad.

Graduation was good. I graduated from the same school, so being on campus was kind of like a trip down to memory lane. Since there was a chance of a rain, graduation was held inside at the Health and Fitness Center. Wow, what a feeling that was being there...seing all the exercise equipment, thinking that I should have used them MUCH more than I had at the time.

Afterwards, we drove to another town for lunch and stopped at Red Robin. I thought it was going to be hard to eat healthy there, but we didn't have many choices and it was my sister's pick (after Olive Garden, but the wait was too long). Indeed, healthy eating choices are very sparse on the menu. I ordered a lettuce wrapped burger. It came with a side salad and fries. I was psyched about how the burger had turned out. Totatlly didn't need the bun and saved myself at least 200 calories. I also didn't have any of the junk to go on top of it, so just meat, lettuce, tomato, and onion. The side salad was mainly lettuce with some onion and tomatoes and a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. I was very satisfied with my lunch and didn't have even one french fry. I was so proud of myself for not having eaten them even though they sitting right in front of me. Calories for my lunch were just under 500.

A quick stop at Starbucks for a Skinny Vanilla Latte (130 cals). Hey, it was another 3 hours driving back. I had plans for the evening and did not want to be tired.

So, I've been taking salsa lessons for 3 months now, and every month or so the dance studio holds a salsa social. Today was going to be only my second salsa social and it is so much more terrifying than classes as you have to dance with people at various levels and you have to be able to read their cues. Yikes!

It ended up being a very fun social. First, I have taken a few more classes since last time, so I went in with a little more confidence (which, by the way, is only in my head..hehe). Second, I knew a few more people from my class who were there, so I didn't feel all alone and awkward. I danced quite a bit...with at least 8 different guys. My brain had taken a leave of absense for this dance. It seemed that, other than the basic steps, everything else had gone away and I could not remember even what I had learned in my class 3 days ago. Oh man! I'm sure the long day in the car didn't help. I still managed to have the right attitude. Smiled and kept going, even if there were times where I had really no clue about what the guy wanted me to do. I definitely need to learn more steps and practice, practice, practice. My classes are only once a week, so by the time next week rolls around I have a hard time remembering what we did.

I'm really glad that my weight loss so far helped me gain the confidence to go out and try a partner dance. Dancing with guys I didn't know - doing a dance I am not really comfortable doing yet as I still don't know a lot. Just to be clear - I'm not doing to find a man...I already got one :-) Married for almost 7 years now!! Hehe. But he's not into dancing and is more into soccer. So he's got his sports and I got my dancing.

Anyway, sorry for the long ramble....I'm tired and will probably have to get up in a few hours as my wonderful toddler is an early riser. But I did have a good day!

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FITNTRIMTIFF 5/16/2010 1:27PM

    Glad you had a great day :)

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VALLOUGH 5/16/2010 11:06AM

    This is so great! I am wowed by your roadtrip food choices and your ability to deal with your Red Robin meal. Nicely, nicely done. I still am amazed that Red Robin is all over-- I lived about a mile from the original one and thought that it was just in Washington State. Geez. And good call on the latte-- 130 calories is a fine snack.

I love the idea of salsa dancing. I've been thinking that I might take dance classes as a reward for hitting my goal weight-- I've always loved dancing but never took a class.

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YOGAGIRLNH 5/16/2010 9:18AM

    My husband & I went to Maine yesterday, too. Went to Portland Head to take some photos, and had lunch at Beale Street BBQ (I love their beef brisket). Ate the brisket, left the bread.

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RD03875 5/16/2010 1:56AM

    Sounds like you did good on your road trip!

There is a Red Robin in Maine?? Where? I live almost on the Maine/NH border by Freyburg.

Good luck with your dancing.

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CINDYMCD1 5/16/2010 12:22AM

    I'm glad you had a good day and great job on watching those calories.! It soounds like you still ate well! Salsa dancing sounds fun! Is that a little like Zumba only with a partner?

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