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T-9 days until half marathon training starts!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

First of all, I need to blog a lot more! It really gets me charged up and motivated, thinking, and evaluating what I need to work on.

So, I have been doing a modified C25K to 10K, to the half marathon training based on when the HM is (October 9, 2010, in Fargo). That day will be starting on July 1st! Eek! I am running every other day during my modified training (to have that rest day) but there were a couple of days I had to do 2 days in a row. The first was doing the training on Thursday and Friday, since I had to work on Saturday and I am doing the first part of the training on the treadmill at the gym, and the gym is only open 7:30-3:30, with me working 8-5 and watching the baby on my lunch hour.

The other day is going to be today. Yesterday, I did a brisk 5-minute walk (4.0 mph) followed by running at an average speed of 5.3 mph (woohoo!). That was my first time running the entire time without stopping to walk ONCE! There was one time where I thought it would be nice to walk, but when evaluating how I felt physically, I realized it was only a mental thing since my breathing was good, my gait felt smooth, no pain at all anywhere, and I actually felt strong (this was minute 18). That was really empowering to me to be able to push through that mental barrier I was having and to realize it could be done! I felt so AWESOME afterwards!!

Today is the day I join the Grand Forks Red River Runners Club. They meet every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the local YMCA and have 2 separate groups, the regular runners, who will be running 5.2 miles today, and the beginners (me) who will be running/walking for 3 miles. I really want to join up and be running with likeminded people. Also, this group helps you train for the marathon starting in January, so that is FABULOUS! Also, reading back in their blog, they do have other people come in to talk with them over the course of the training (including other accomplished runners and people who talk about what shoes to wear, etc.). The guy who mentioned this to me is someone I spin with most mornings and I thank him for pointing me in the right direction!!

Now, as for my reevaluating my priorities...Recently it was brought to my attention that I may have been overdoing it fitness-wise, and I agree to a point. The main priority for me is to lose weight and become fit/healthy, but also to race in the future. I also do NOT want to ever injure myself. So, I took out the elliptical machine completely from my fitness regimen. From now on, I will remain as active outside the gym as possible (mowing lawn, walking dog, walking baby, swimming, etc.) and at the gym I will continue with my training for the HM as set by coolrunning.com and I will continue to spin 4-5 days a week. I just love spinning and the people I spin with too much to discontinue that. I am, however, lightening up on the intensity. I will talk with the instructor beforehand so she is aware of why I may seem like I am *lagging* a bit when they want us to look like we're going to hurl any minute....

I have to admit this week was really tough for me. I took an extra rest day from the gym on Sunday so I could let my muscles recuperate, but I also had 2 days where I went over my points/calories, though not by tons. I was thinking I should be eating more than I was, but now I am realizing that what I was eating and doing was working for me and my weight loss, but I really feel like I am about to hit a plateau, so maybe last week and this week will shake it up a bit. I think I gained a bit this last week, but at least I know what I did to cause it!

I plan on blogging most days to document how I am doing with my training and my eating, and just to connect with you all since it means so much to me to have your support and encouragement!!

Check ya later ~

Erin

  
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AMANDAEA129 6/23/2010 4:51AM

    Awesome job with the running! And great pace!!! I think your plan is good, getting injured would be awful. emoticon

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MOVINITMORE 6/22/2010 1:15PM

    Hey,

I always enjoy reading your blogs. I think you will still see results with that plan it sounds good. I am working more on my Running & Strength training this past week and slowed up on the other cardio I was doing. (Arch trainer & Ellipical)
When you did your training and didn't stop was that a 5k or a 10k you did at that speed without stopping? emoticon job!!
Good luck with weigh in tomorrow. I hope we are #1 again that is so emoticon that we have done that two times. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Cardio/strength/training regimen for week of June 20-26

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sunday, June 20:
REST DAY (plan on walking with dog and baby, but that is it).

Monday, June 21:
Training: Run for 25 minutes. emoticon

Other:
1. Cycle and Sculpt (30 minutes of spinning followed 15 minutes of upper body weights while spinning). emoticon

Tuesday, June 22:
Training: Run 3 miles (30+ minutes)

Other:
1. Spinning (30 minutes).
2. Abs Class (15 minutes). emoticon

Wednesday, June 23:
Training: Rest day since I ran yesterday.

Other:
1. Cycle and Sculpt (45 minutes; see Monday). emoticon

Thursday, June 24:
Training: Run 28 minutes.

Other:
1. Spinning (30 minutes).
2. Abs (15 minutes). emoticon

Friday, June 25:
Training: Rest day.

Other:
1. Spinning/Pump-It (25 minutes of spinning followed by high-repetition barbell and dumbbell strength training for 45 minutes).
2. Ab class (15 minutes). emoticon

Saturday:
Run 30 minutes. emoticon

ETA: I took out all elliptical time to reduce cardio to start...will reevaluate spinning in a few weeks.

  
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ZORBS13 6/19/2010 5:26PM

    You're overdoing it on the cardio. There is no need to do 2 types of cardio in 1 day. Your goal is to train for races, right? You should focus on running, 3 or 4 days a week, cardio cross train maybe on the same days you do ST but not spin AND elliptical, read up on HIIT ...since as a beginner, I wouldn't recommend HIIT and running.

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RLHOTAN 6/19/2010 1:14PM

    You seem to have a lot planned for this week. I am training for a half marathon in October and had a bunch of different classes scheduled along w/my training runs. My trainer looked over my schedule and had me cut out a lot. I fear you may be over doing it. You don't want to burn out or worse, get injured. If it is a race you are training for that should be your major focus and you should only cross train on a non-run day. You should also be careful doing too many different workouts in one day. I was told to do one cardio and twice a week ST in addition to my runs. Please be careful. If you can, sign on to the spark roadrunners team page and inquire about your plan. I know one of the SP coaches is on regularly and she can def. give you more input.

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AMANDAEA129 6/19/2010 4:27AM

    Wow - that is an awesome plan. emoticon

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SROUS1340 6/18/2010 1:07PM

    Great plan Erin, you go girl! emoticon

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Why can't I see what others are seeing?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

First, I want to say that I am very proud of myself for what I have accomplished over this past year. I had many bumps in the road along the way, and only fully 100% committed myself to truly becoming healthy and losing weight about 6 months ago. This, of course, is relating to food. I am a complete gym rat, and absolutely LOVE to sweat, so I have never had a problem with being active when trying to lose weight. It is the food that seems to haunt me. You would think that I am pregnant with the cravings I get!

But, to move onto the reason behind the title of this blog. For the last month, people around me have been noticing my weight loss (I am now down to 183.8 from 281 after giving birth to Kaylee). They say, "Wow, you're getting skinny!" and then I invariably say something along the lines of, "Thanks, but I have a ways to go.." which is probably not the smartest or most appropriate thing to say (I get so flustered when someone compliments me, though). Then, they usually ask me how much more, and I say 30 -50 pounds depending on how I look, and then they look shocked, as if there is nowhere near that amount of fat left on my body.

See, this is where I should feel happy that I look apparently this skinny to others, but it's definitely not that way when I look in the mirror, or see a picture of myself (like one I saw this weekend from the baby shower). I still look horrible!!! My stomach is starting to hang, with all those icky stretch marks....That really is the spot that I stare at when I look at myself. It is so hard to wear clothes right now. I am in a size 12 jeans (yay!), but I have a muffin-top look when i wear jeans that fit me now because my midsection is refusing to get smaller!

I mean, I have been working hard to lose fat, and also working on my core and abs. Hmmmm....maybe I should take my measurements today and see where I am at. It's not that I have hit a plateau, because I haven't! I mean, in the last 3 weeks I am down 10.2 pounds, but I think I need to turn my mind from negative to positive in this.

What kills me is that I am so happy with my progress, it's just that when I look at myself, I don't see that progress as much. Anyone else feel this way?

I had my husband take a few pictures of me just now...maybe this will help...





Here is a picture of me on September 27, 2009 (4-generation picture):

  
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AMANDAEA129 6/17/2010 4:54PM

    Wow, you look fantastic!!! I know accepting compliments can be hard, but you just have to stop yourself after you say "thanks." With practice it gets easier. Keep telling yourself what an amazing job you have done. Eventually, you will believe it emoticon

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MEWRIGHT9585 6/15/2010 10:06PM

    You've done an amazing job getting to where you are now...and you deserve recognition for that accomplishment...but you also have bigger goals in mind for yourself...and that deserves recognition as well.

Take joy in the fact that you have made huge strides...and look forward to the results that you really want. We are always our own worst critics...which is a mixed blessing to say the least.

Keep it up!! You look great!

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MEWRIGHT9585 6/15/2010 10:06PM

    You've done an amazing job getting to where you are now...and you deserve recognition for that accomplishment...but you also have bigger goals in mind for yourself...and that deserves recognition as well.

Take joy in the fact that you have made huge strides...and look forward to the results that you really want. We are always our own worst critics...which is a mixed blessing to say the least.

Keep it up!! You look great!

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TRIP2HAPPINESS 6/15/2010 6:03PM

    You look Amazing! Everytime your feeling down or that you don't look the way you pictured yet, remind yourself how far you have come and how great you've done. emoticon

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BUGGYS 6/15/2010 4:53PM

    When I lost a bunch of weight a few years ago people said the same thing to me even though I knew I had a ways to go...with all the compliments I started to indulge a little bit here and a little bit there until the weight cme back so listen to yourself first and if you feel you need to lose more weight, so be it and just say "Thank you" to those who notice a difference...you have come so far and do look great!

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WILD22 6/15/2010 4:00PM

    I do know how you feel. After I had my 2 children 14 1/2 months apart I lost the baby fat as well as my own. I lost 75lb and looked pretty good. I too saw all my trouble spots. I never knew what to say when someone complimented me either. It is almost as if I was embarrassed to be as big as I was in the first place. In truth I was. I did end up gaining 30lb back and have since lost 20of it again. I think the problem is I never learned how to love and accept myself through the whole process. Look at your before and after pictures and allow yourself to be proud of your accomplishments. You need to love and accept yourself. You have come a long way! Be proud. You look fantastic. Keep up the incredible work. You are an inspiration emoticon

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SHANNONK1222 6/15/2010 2:44PM

    I think you look amazing! Keep up the great work!!

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GOOFYGIRL48 6/15/2010 2:43PM

    I know exactly how you feel! (and btw - your progress is so amazing - you do look like a totally different person!).. I was just talking about this with my sister. I have lost a lot of weight, and I know I have, and I am glad for it, but when I look in the mirror - I see all the trouble spots: the muffin top, the thick thighs, the flabby arms. I have 11 pounds to go, but I am sure I will need to keep going, cause 10 pounds is not going to make the difference!
We have thought of ourselves as fat for so long, it is hard to see how much better we look! We just see the problems - we just need to change our focus to the positives instead of the negatives!
You have done an incredible job! Just look at your before and after pictures in this blog on a regular basis! It's undeniable!
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MARENAMOO 6/15/2010 2:09PM

    Only you will know when you feel comfortable with your weight loss. You are the one that will stay motivated to get there. Maybe if someone asks you how much more - you don't need to give them an amount - you could just say when I feel comfortable in my clothes - or when things are more toned. That will give them an idea of what you are aiming for.

As to looking at your progress - I think pictures and measurements will show you how far you have come. Sometimes the visual is best.

Congratulations on your progress so far and good luck with your remaining goals.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/15/2010 2:05PM

    I have always heard that the belly fat is the last to go. Hang in there..... you are doing great! You can tell by the pictures!

Next time someone notices your weight loss, stop and say "Thank you, it has been hard work"! Leave it at that... it is hard to not add another comment because of what we are feeling about ourselves. But you are doing awesome so go ahead and take that compliment... you deserve it!

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ANDI571 6/15/2010 1:39PM

    I lost 60 pounds years ago. I always said, just 10 more pounds. People would tell me how good I looked, and I would say just 10 more pounds. My daughter used to say, "Just say thank you, mom." Now after gaining 30 pounds back and struggling to get them back off, I look at those pictures and think, man I looked good, what was I thinking.

So from someone who has been there, look in that mirror and say, Man you look good. emoticon

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-POOKIE- 6/15/2010 1:32PM

    I have now dropped 169lbs, and people are saying similar things, then I say "wellllllll.... not at a normal BMI yet" as if I am putting aside the huge accomplishment.


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FEMALEWRITER 6/15/2010 1:31PM

    I do. I also don't think I've lost much (40lbs), even though people around me compliment on how great I look. And I too have a sagging belly that is just ugly to look at. Hubby says I'm beautiful though, so he makes this journey a little easier for me.

Anyway, I hope you're able to find more positive than negative things to focus on.

Take Care!

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RAVENSONG37 6/15/2010 1:30PM

    You look like 2 totally different people from your before pic! No wonder people are noticing!! I think you are making great progress! I have noticed that sometimes it takes our minds awhile to catch up to our bodies! Also, after just having had the baby, your skin is probably extra stretchy in the belly region. I believe if you continue to work on your goals, you will notice the changes you want to see. Fat doesn't leave our bodies all over...sometimes you notice it in one place and then a while later you see it shrinking somewhere else! Keep up the great work!

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SROUS1340 6/15/2010 1:15PM

    Stay positive. I'm down to my last 20 lbs and all of it is around my middle. I think I just have to work harder to burn that sucky viseral fat, I keep visualizing my belly as a furnace burning away the fat that doesn't belong.

Good luck, keep going. You are doing great, you'll get there!

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Monday, best day of the week!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Does that sound crazy? Yes...it may just be. But, I have found that the structure of getting up at 5 a.m. and going to the gym, coming home at about 7:30, walking my daughter to daycare, walking back home, starting work at 8, having my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks at specific times of the day, so STRUCTURED makes me happy. It is just so much easier.

I am rarely on during the weekends, and since starting SP I have come on to log everything in but otherwise not on the computer. This weekend was no exception as I was super busy. First, on Saturday I drove 2-1/2 hours north with my 11-month-old daughter, my mom, and my grandma to go to a baby shower for a cousin. So much fun, but I knew there would be a crazy amount of temptations. Just in case, I brought with 4 apples (not that I would need that many, but maybe someone else would want?), Teddy Grahams (cinnamon, honey, and chocolate), and a couple of bananas along with water. Sure enough, the moment we were in town, my grandma needed to stop to eat (she has diabetes). She said my food "didn't suit her" so we had to stop. That's okay since I knew Kaylee (my daughter) would love being in a restaurant. Well, when I said I would like water to drink and nothing else, you would think I had thrown an egg in my grandma's face! She made a few comments and then offered half her plate of food to me. I just knew that right afterwards we would be going to the shower and there would be food there. Why buy food, then? Besides, not much for healthy on THAT menu....

So, we then went to the shower. Just as I suspected, there was a huge cake on one table, and various food items including veggie pizza, ham and turkey on buns, homemade cream cheese mints, punch, chips and dip, homemade pickles, and a huge fruit bowl. I had 2 cups of fruit to fill me up, 1/2 cup of punch, 2 pickles, 2 bites of veggie pizza, 5 of those small mints, and 1/2 piece of cake.

So, I let myself have a bit of a treat, but I still made sure I was within my points for WW!! It was my rest day, too, for the gym. Normally, I would really have felt like running or working out, but I am now really committed to doing what I have written out ahead of time, no less and no more, since I don't want to overdo it and injure myself.

Yesterday, I really kept myself busy so I wouldn't eat out of boredom. I started out the day by going to the gym and doing my training of running/walking. Then, I walked the dog, and afterwards we brought the baby to visit her great-grandma. After that, I had Taco Bell (2 Fresco tacos), which were so good and only 6 points for both!! Then, I brought Kaylee with my sister to the Grand Forks Art Fest and we walked around that for about an hour, very fun! Then, went home (after bringing baby to her grandma's) and walked the dog followed by mowing the lawn, weed whacking, and raking it. Yay! I love getting that done. Did the grocery shopping after, and went to bed. Long day, but fun, and my eating went great.

Wow, so that was the whole synopsis of my weekend....I sure do ramble, don't I? I got up this morning, went spinning for 45 minutes and did abs for 15 minutes followed by 60 minutes on the elliptical machine, and I am spent! I plan on working on the landscaping in my yard during my lunch hour and taking the dog on a few walks during the day. This evening? Not sure yet, but I am sure we will at least go for a long walk. I AM weighing in tomorrow, so gotta keep active! I am hoping for a 3-pound loss this week, but would be happy with 2.

Well, I should get back to work! Ciao ~

Erin

  
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RLHOTAN 6/14/2010 8:02PM

    Good for you for staying on track! Routines are great! Structure is great! And, planning ahead is so very important! Keep up the good work!!!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 6/14/2010 2:57PM

    nice job, Erinbear. You are an example of commitment and positivity. Grandparents are so funny--the way they act regarding healthy eating! It really is funny! Have an awesome week!


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-POOKIE- 6/14/2010 1:17PM

    Well done staying on track in the face of temptations! Its hard work for sure!

I love my routines as well, so much easier to stick with things during the week.

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Plan Ahead Exercise Goals (June 13-20)

Friday, June 11, 2010

This was an idea borrowed from a fellow Sparker, RAVENSONG37 (who is an AMAZING athlete, and I am so inspired by her!). I will also update this as the week goes by on what I actually did versus what I was supposed to do (to keep me accountable).

Sunday, June 13:
Training: Run 3 minutes, walk 2-1/2 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 2-1/2 minutes, run 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, run 5 minutes. emoticon

Monday, June 14:
Training: None (Rest day).
Other:
1. Cycle and Scult (30 minutes of spinning followed 15 minutes of upper body weights while spinning).
2. Abs class (15 minutes).
3. Crossfit Elliptical (60 minutes). emoticon

Tuesday, June 15:
Training: Run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes.
Other:
1. Spinning (30 minutes).
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Wednesday, June 16:
Training: Off (rest day).
Other:
1. Cycle and Sculpt (45 minutes; see Monday).
2. Abs class (15 minutes).
3. Elliptical (60 minutes).

Did not do Cycle and Sculpt/Abs as had hurt my back, but went to gym on lunch hour to complete the elliptical for 45 minutes. emoticon

Thursday, June 17:
Training: Run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 8 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes.
Other:
1. Spinning (30 minutes).

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Friday:
Training: Off (rest day), but ended up doing tomorrow's training in anticipation of not being able to go to gym tomorrow due to working 8-5 and using lunch hour to take care of daughter while husband has a 'rest'.

Other:
1. Spinning/Pump-It (25 minutes of spinning followed by high-repetition barbell and dumbbell strength training for 45 minutes).
2. Ab class (15 minutes).
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Saturday:
Training: Run 10 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 10 minutes. (done yesterday)
Other: None (rest from gym). emoticon

  
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RLHOTAN 6/12/2010 3:22PM

    Your plan sounds great! Good luck!!!

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MOVINITMORE 6/11/2010 7:57PM

    Great job!! I like to write my out also keeps me focused.
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BURGHGIRL 6/11/2010 6:47PM

    Great idea to preplan. I may have to start that after vacation!

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RAVENSONG37 6/11/2010 4:37PM

    I like it! Great plans!

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