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Vacation over!!!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Wow....having been off work since last Tuesday, I really found myself only being on the computer long enough to check email, log in my stats for challenges, and head back out! No blogging, no real updating...but it sure wasn't because I was lazy!

Last week, I gained 1.2 pounds at WW. I made a stupid mistake of having a "high-calorie" day the DAY before the weigh-in. I told my leader what happened, and she said, "normally I would be a bit worried, but knowing you, I'm not!" She always ends the meetings with "I will be seeing less of you (less weight) next week and hopefully more of you (more people)." I love that!!

I didn't go anywhere for my vacation, but just really caught up on a lot of things, including the yardwork, resting, cleaning, going to the gym more, visiting friends/relatives, etc.

I had a fantastic Memorial Day yesterday!! We brought a red rose to my mother-in-law's urn at my father-in-law's house and visited with him. He was so surprised by how much our baby has changed the last month! Of course, she was a charmer. We went to the park and put her in the baby swing...oh what fun! We ended up BBQ'ing at her godparents' house in the evening, but Melissa (my friend and Kaylee's godmother) is my fellow Weight Watcher who has been at lifetime for a while now (at least 6 months) and so the meal was very healthy, including grilled marinated chicken, corn on the cob, French bread, salad, orange and yellow peppers to snack on, and a Weight Watcher dessert (which I skipped on, though it looked yummy!).

I can't wait to weigh in after work today at 5...I am VERY optimistic about this! I have added a half-hour to my M-F workouts (my hubby is done with school for the summer...he is a I am going from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. now instead of just until 7 a.m.). Spinning started up again today (they take 1 week off every 6-week cycle to do maintenance). I joined both classes in the morning, so I now will be spinning M and W for 45 minutes (advanced class with upper body strengthening during) and T and Th for half an hour (novice class). Friday is the sun-up class, which is 20 minutes of spinning, followed by running around the track, followed by a 45-minute class of Pump-It, which is high-repetition weight lifting with the dumbbells and the barbell. LOVE IT! Which reminds me, I need to email for the signup!

Well, just letting myself (and you all) know that I am back, and more pumped about my weight loss and fitness journey than ever before!!

P.S. I have made my decision, that I will shoot for running a full marathon next year, though I am mainly only telling you all this for now.

Ciao! ~ Erin

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SCRAPPYLADYV 6/3/2010 12:31AM

    I'm hoping to get in more exercise this summer too! Running a full marathon would be awesome. I am hoping to walk a 1/2 next year.

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AMANDAEA129 6/2/2010 5:02AM

    You can definitely do the marathon next year!!! emoticon

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MADDEELOU 6/1/2010 11:57PM

    Wow! Sounds like a great work out schedule. Congrats on the marathon decision. emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 6/1/2010 1:03PM

    Your workout schedule is awesome! You're blessed to be able to have the energy to do spinning on top of running and weight lifting! You'll be doing that marathon next year! Keep up the good exercise and eating! emoticon

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5 things I will do...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I am part of a Biggest Loser challenge....the Pre-week challenge is to list 5 things on a blog that I would do to stay motivated during the 10 weeks of the Summer Challenge. Here goes:

1. Come to SP and read success stories, motivational stories, and post my feelings and thoughts in either a blog or a thread regardless of how I am feeling or doing. This will help me stay motivated more than anything else can!

2. Look at my progress so far, how far I have come from 10 months ago, and what I am able to achieve now, especially fitness-wise. This really helps me rather than looking at how many pounds I still need to lose.

3. Watch shows like The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels new show starting up soon, X-Weighted, etc., and work out while watching them.

4. Be a part of future fitness challenges, like the 5K on June 5, the 5K on June 6, and the 10 K on July 4. Keep myself in "training" mode.

5. Look at my "before" picture. Look at myself over 300 pounds. And say, "I'll never go that way again!!!"

I know that the last one is a bit like my second one, but it works for me!



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ILIKECACTI 5/26/2010 1:33AM

    hehe.... i work out while watching The Biggest Loser too :)

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RLHOTAN 5/25/2010 4:53PM

    Erin, those are wonderful! You are going to do wonderfully this summer challenge! Sounds like you have a great game plan!!!! Go Periwinkles!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 5/25/2010 4:40PM

    A great list of your motivators. Training for an event really helps to keep you focused on progressing in your workouts. Great job on your weight loss progress!!

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AMANDAEA129 5/25/2010 4:16PM

    Fantastic ideas!!! Thanks for reminding me to do this, as well, I'll post mine tomorrow:-)

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MADDEELOU 5/25/2010 4:15PM

    Sounds great! We are going to kick some serious booty (lose some too)! Go Periwinkles.

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TAKENTOOLONG 5/25/2010 4:04PM

    Great ideas!

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MEWRIGHT9585 5/25/2010 4:04PM

    You're doing an amazing job! Keep up the good work!! I'm looking forward to reading about the seeing your success this summer!
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My First 5K story....finally.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

So, this has been a crazy time for me and I have either been too busy working on the computer to take the time to write the story, or too busy with the baby, visiting relatives, and just being active that I just haven't taken the time to do this! There is an exception of last night, but that will be discussed in my next blog....

So, life got hectic before we even left. We had everything ready with the baby; I had packed a camera, banana, plenty of water, the cell phone, a carbohydrate snack for before or after the race, depending on how I felt. Then, when we went to pick his best friend (and my daughter's godfather, and husband of my partner in the race) up, he wasn't home yet. His son, Jordan, had to still pick him up from work. We knew we wanted to be on the interstate by 4:30 so I could be in line by 6 (when we were supposed to be lined up). The race was in Fargo and we live in Grand Forks, over an hour's drive w/o construction and the obvious fact that with so many runners in town for the marathon, it would most likely be super busy.

So, we ended up on the interstate at 4:45. I was nervous, but tried not to be. We got there, and Melissa (my friend who I raced and trained with) was late! She had already been in town for the race and had picked up my bib and packet. She did make it in time, but we ended up in the back of over 5000 runners. Crazy!!

Well, the race started at 6:30, and it took us 13 minutes to get to the start line. It was a chipped race, though, so we took our time! Not that we had a choice, being there were so many people!

The race was FANTASTIC! I can't wait to do it again next year, but I am planning on doing the Go Far Challenge, which is participating in the 5K on Friday, then doing the 10K, half-marathon, or marathon on Saturday. I am not sure which one I will choose to do, but I am hoping to do the half-marathon. I would love to do the marathon, but that may be overreaching!

So, the 5K...there were supporters and fans lining up on the side of the residential roads throughout the ENTIRE race. It was phenomenal, the amount of support we got! It was a bit hard to really run, since there were a lot of walkers in the race and you had to weave in and out of bunches of people, but it really didn't matter too much to me since I was just wanting to at least jog the whole 3.1 miles and not slow down. I did slow down once halfway into mile 2, but there was a Scottish man with bagpipes who then stopped playing to urge me to keep going, and that really got my fire going!!!

Seeing the finish line (which was the same as the start line) was so HUGE for me. The last 1/4 mile, I full on sprinted until I got to the line. I felt like puking the first minute after that, but I didn't care. I had such a runner's high after that race; it lasted a day after! I got a finisher's medal, a t-shirt, a runner's bag for the back, and a goodie bag! So much stuff, and it only cost $25 to enter the race! Now I know why Fargo's marathon and 5K are so highly rated in the country.

Now, my next 5K is on June 5! I actually work that day, so I will probably be running my 5K on my lunch hour. Crazy, right?!

I do have pictures that were taken of me by our friend, Justin, but I am waiting for him to send those to me. Once I have those, I will definitely be posting! I know that there is a picture of me running to the finish line, and a picture of me and Melissa with our medals emoticon

I will be posting another blog entry this evening about my NOT so great day yesterday and how I am back to being fully committed (I know, a day doesn't sound like a long time to be off track, but it was the DAY BEFORE MY WEIGH-IN at Weight Watchers)!!

ETA: I forgot to mention the times! My friend, Melissa (she has been a runner for 6 years now) finished in 29:14 minutes!!!! I finished at 36:45 minutes and I am so proud of that!

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FARGOCURT 5/26/2010 10:45PM

  I was that guy with the pipes. I am not Scottish just play the pipes. I am a back of the pack runner and know how much a "you can do it" helps.

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SCRAPPYLADYV 5/25/2010 4:46PM

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Can't wait to see the pictures!!

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CHARDISTER 5/25/2010 4:06PM

    Congrats!! I am doing the C25K training and hoping to run my first 5K soon.

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AMANDAEA129 5/25/2010 4:00PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Excellent job and great time for your first 5K emoticon emoticon

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RLHOTAN 5/25/2010 10:50AM

    Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!!! That is just phenomenal!!!! I am so proud of your accomplishment!!! Running on it's own is fun but when you get hooked on the racing it is even better! Good for you!!!!!

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MADDEELOU 5/25/2010 10:47AM

    Congratulations on your race! Sounds like a great experience. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5K day...To Be Continued...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wow, I am getting more nervous as the day goes on! Did I train enough? Will my endurance hold out? Will it be too hot? Did I eat enough today? Did I eat too much? Did I drink enough water??

Oy...and in 3-1/2 hours I will be running! Thankfully it is only for 3.1 miles. I have decided already that I will be training for at least the half marathon next year. If I can run 3 miles now, I can definitely strive for a higher goal! A part of me wants to do even more, to do a full marathon, but I feel that would be pushing too hard. Maybe I could do a half marathon next spring at the same place and then do a full marathon in the fall....maybe. I talked my husband into training to do the half marathon with me, but that was before he knew how long a half marathon was (he thought it was 6 miles).

I will definitely post another blog entry either tonight or tomorrow morning about how it went, and I'll make sure that my husband takes a picture and I will upload it! I'm sure I'll be super sweaty (78 degrees today in Fargo but VERY humid with thunderstorms on their way), but that will be okay...

Thank you all so much for your encouragement and the luck!!!

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NAVYNURSE 5/22/2010 6:07AM

    Your blog sounds just like my thoughts right before my first 5k in April. I ended up making a protein shake with milk and 1/2 banana about 1 1/2 hour before run time...then just went with about 8 ounces of water b/c I didnt want to have to pee the whole time. But, it worked out great and my next 5K is in june. I will do the same thing again.

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AMANDAEA129 5/22/2010 2:16AM

    I am sure you did awesome in your 5K! I am impressed by your future running plans, you can definitely accomplish a marathon if you keep training!!! emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 5/21/2010 4:48PM

    I've read that if you are only going to work out for no more than an hour, you only need to eat a serving of fruit within an hour of exercise. That's all you need to fuel your body. Drink 1-2 cups of water before your workout, maybe 1/2 hour to an hour before your workout so you're not sloshing.

You're doing great. You can do it!!!!

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ILIKECACTI 5/21/2010 4:48PM

    You're amazing! Right before your first 5K and you are thinking about even bigger goals to accomplish next. That's so great... keep it up! Can't wait to hear how today goes!!

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Yay!! Hump day!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ahh, yes...the day where I know my DVR is recording The Middle and Modern Family. The day that America's Next Top Model is recording, also. And I will watch none of them, until I have the time emoticon

I made a choice that was pretty hard to make this morning. I woke up at 5 to go to the gym, got up, and decided to go back to bed. Not long ago, I had the same decision to make and went to the gym anyway. I felt great about that decision, and I feel great about this decision. Why, you ask? Because I have 2 days before the 5K, and I have been training so hard, that I am starting to feel like my body is yelling at me! I decided to make today one of my days off (with the other being Friday even though the 5K is that day) from the gym.

The baby woke me up at 6:40, and I definitely felt better. My body is not as abdominal muscles aren't shrinking back in fear of me...all in all a good decision.

So, today I plan on walking the dog (not running) for my break, cleaning the grill and other outdoor furniture on my lunch hour while working a bit on a tan, taking the dog again on a walk this afternoon, and then I have company from 5-6 with the baby. After that, baby goes to grandma's, and I will be off to buy baby sunscreen and then spring clean a room or two in anticipation for the garage sale I am having Memorial Day weekend!

Boy, oh boy, I think I need to go to bed at 9 p.m. tonight! Very nervous and excited for the 5K. We found out that the weather is going to be 85 degrees and sunny that day, and that there won't be much wind at all. Beautiful, but a bit scary too with the heat. Well, good thing I am not doing the marathon!!

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PAMAPPLE 5/19/2010 3:16PM

    You've made good choices. Listening to your body is smart. Your body will thank you for it! Good luck on your 5K!

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ILIKECACTI 5/19/2010 1:34PM

    You totally deserve this day off! Take care of yourself. Good luck with the 5K... that's amazing!

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AMANDAEA129 5/19/2010 12:29PM

    Good luck with your 5K! From all my readings recently, taking a couple days off before a race is a good idea and listening to your body is a really good idea.

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JUST_SIMONE 5/19/2010 11:37AM

    I'm glad you were able to listen to your body and give it the rest it needs. There's definitely a fine line between pushing yourself and pushing too hard, and it looks like you've found the balance.

Good luck on your 5k!

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