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Run For Hope 5K Race Report

Saturday, May 07, 2011

MEZZOANGEL organized, planned, and did a beautiful job of putting on a fantastic inaugural Run for Hope 5K :o}

I brought my sister, Kathryn, with for many reasons. Sure, it was great to have a companion for the 4-5 hour drive from Grand Forks. Sure, I knew that our hostess was going to be busy for the event and so it would be great to have someone with me to hang at the Mall of America with when I showed up into town. Those were the secondary reasons, though. The biggest reason? To slip a 5K in the itinerary in between shopping at the Mall of America and shopping in Albertville. Because I love my sister, SO much, and I want to open her eyes to becoming the athlete I absolutely wholeheartedly KNOW she is. I'm not trying to have her follow in my footsteps. I am trying to show her the door to the possibilities of what she can accomplish if she set her mind to it. I am leading the horse to water, but I know I cannot make her drink. She must make that choice for herself.

I knew she was excited/a bit nervous for her very first 5K. She hadn't trained at all, and we were planning on walking the entire thing. I knew we could do just that, but I felt that during the downhill and flat areas of the race, I could maybe get her to jog a little to give her a taste of how she can be a runner.

When the race first started, it was clear there was a hill. I knew it would be tough, but you know what? I would rather have the hill at the beginning when I have more energy than at the end, when you just want it to be the finish line ;o}

The day was so perfect for a fun run/walk. The sky was clear, sun shining, 60-ish degrees, and hardly any wind, just a lovely cool breeze. Throughout the race, I almost made a game to see how I could have Kathryn run, by using either 20-second runs as goals, or using points to start running and to stop (like, let's start running at that mailbox and run until we get to the stop sign). It was so fun, and it was great seeing the potential in her. I loved seeing her smile of accomplishment, and how much fun we were having together.

My favorite part of the race? Getting her to sprint to the finish. And giving her a huge hug after. I am so proud of her, and I am hoping to talk her into run/walking the Fargo 5K on May 20 with me.

There was a breakfast given at Valley Natural Foods after the race for $4, and it was SO delicious!!!!! I loved EVERY bite (scrambled eggs, sausage, and pancakes with OJ).

My time was 53:54 and my sister's time was 53:55 (though I swear I had her finish before me). It wasn't my fastest race, but it was my favorite race to date, not only because it was my sister's first, but because a wonderful friend organized this for a great cause and I am so thankful to have been a part of it.

And, to be honest, the swag bag was the best I've seen, bar none. Bravo, MEZZOANGEL!!!!!!!!! Here's to the 2nd annual Run For Hope 5K next year!!!

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BETTERJULIA 5/10/2011 9:33AM


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XPHOENIX 5/8/2011 10:36PM

    AWESOME!!! YAY!! :)

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PARTICLEGIRL22 5/8/2011 10:04PM

    Great job on encouraging your sister in the right way! I know that soon you'll be racing each other to the finish!!

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LKEITHO 5/8/2011 10:13AM

    Great job encouraging your sister! Congratulations to both of you!

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CHICAT63 5/8/2011 8:01AM

    Totally awesome for your sister and you ! She is a Runner in training with a great mentor:)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 5/8/2011 7:24AM

    You rock my socks Erin! It was great having you both here, and I am also proud of your sister. She is braver than I was for sure. I'm glad you had fun and I look forward to seeing you in July!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/8/2011 6:16AM

    Your awesome for (secretly) encouraging your sister to get active. Way to go!

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-POOKIE- 5/8/2011 2:40AM

    emoticon I so want to do a race when Im back into running properly.

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CANNIE50 5/7/2011 11:56PM

    I love this blog. I enjoyed reading about how you encourage your sister and what a good running mentor you are, and what a good attitude you have. You and your sister are fortunate to have each other. I predict many shared races to come. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Update on my "condition" and a declaration of sorts...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I don't even know what to call it anymore. Polymenorrhea is the medical term, but I'll stick with having way too many danged periods.

I have been on my new pill for just over 2 weeks, and I started another period 4 days ago. I got to have 1 week off from nonstop bleeding and cramping. Fabulous! I'll admit, I was pretty pissed off yesterday morning. I am just so sick of it! That was when I went to the gym to run and spin my mad off.

I got home from the gym and Kaylee was already awake. Corey saw my face and asked what was up, and I crumbled. I cried while I told him that it had started again and I didn't tell him until then because I wanted it to go away and pretend it wasn't happening. I am just so frustrated by it.

I have to be on this pill for another month and a half before she will send me to the OB/GYN for the biopsy. I have been losing weight pretty steadily now, and I am thinking my metabolism has been helping me while I eat much better and stay in my ranges and working out. It just stinks that with everything else getting back to normal, I am still dealing with this, which of course brings its friends: Bloat, moodiness, horrible cramping (which I will be the first to admit kept me home this morning from the gym), nausea, dizziness, and struggling with being ravenous. All the protein and fiber in the world isn't touching the feeling of wanting to go to DQ and eating ice cream. Which I will not do.

My declaration: I will not let this take over my life like I let it this last month. I will continue on my path of good choices, and I absolutely WILL lose 5-7 pounds this month. Because not only do I want to, but I have the drive, I have the motivation, and I will put the time and effort in. I know what I NEED TO DO, and I will DO IT. I will JUST DO IT.

Yes, I am Nike this month. Because I said it before and I will say it again, I am DONE with the 160s. DONE.

P.S. My weigh-in at WW yesterday? I did it!!! I actually lose 0.2 pounds from last month's weigh-in, which is AWESOME! (161.2 in clothes at 5 p.m.'s meeting....for here, I am 159.2 as I weighed in the morning with no clothes...hehe).

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JENNIFERKCM 5/5/2011 12:53PM

    How frustrating! I hope they can find a way to help you regulate better. Love your can do attitude...because you CAN do it!

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THISISFORME924 5/5/2011 11:11AM

    Good luck to your battle! I have the worst cramps and my periods were never crazy and now they are... so I'm feeling you there!

Just remember that even when you don't want to work out that it really can help with the cramps. Its just hard to think that way when they cripple you.

Your amazing strong and will get through this too!

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PARTICLEGIRL22 5/5/2011 10:54AM

    I have an irregular cycle and when I had an IUD I bled nonstop for 5 months. It was horrible but I hated having to remove it because it was so dang expensive.

I give you so much credit for fighting those hormones and not letting them take over your life. I hope that the pill will start to regulate things more. Good luck.

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FRANNIEDID 5/5/2011 6:17AM

    I am so sorry you have to struggle with this, I know it is frustrating. Hang in there,you can do this and I can tell nothing will stop you!

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PRICANSTINA84 5/4/2011 8:05PM

    i'm sorry your period is being well... a B.... just stay on top of the doctor and like another post said, get a 2nd opinion if you don't think they are taking you seriously enough.

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    Winter of 2009, I had my period for about a month and a half straight, light bleeding every single d@mn day...I broke down as well. I hated my body for doing that to me! After all the bloodwork and tests, turns out it was NOTHING. There was NOTHING medically wrong with me, all my Dr. said was that "you must have missed a pill or not taken them correctly"...after 4 years of being on BC...ya, sure Doc....It finally went away, but I understand your frustration!!! It will all balance out and return to normal in time, keep your head up and definitely don't let it hold you back!

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LAURIE-RN 5/4/2011 4:16PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your irregular cycles - how frustrating that must be! Hang in there, we are all here for you. Congratulations on the .2 loss! I have no doubt that in the spirit of Nike - you WILL just do it!

Laurie emoticon

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MEGSFITNESS 5/4/2011 3:59PM

    Hang in there, hun. You're doing fabulous. I hope they figure out your sitch soon :(

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RAINEMARIE214 5/4/2011 2:15PM

    When my mom was just starting menopause, she was getting periods constantly. She'd literally bleed for like 2 weeks, have a week off, and then start over again. All the doctors kept saying it was just because she was going through menopause, but she was losing a lot of blood so she kept going to doctors. Finally they sent her for a biopsy because they thought maybe she had cervical cancer because she tested positive for a high risk strain of hpv. But the multiple biopsies she went in for came back negative. FINALLY, and I am not sure how, but the doctors realized she had uterine fibroids. She ended up having a hysterectomy.

Not saying that is what will happen to you - just that you really need to stay on top of it and if the doctors arent doing what you think they should be doing, go see another one!! Get a second or a third or even a fourth opinion or more! Your health is really important, girl!!

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-POOKIE- 5/4/2011 1:57PM

    I just remembered something that may be making things worse for you.

Hormones are stored in fat.

So losing a lot of fat, re-releases those hormones.

I had the most horrific periods for several months after I had lost around, um, 80-something lbs.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/4/2011 12:50PM

    Awesome about the weigh-in...!

Sorry to hear about your annoying periods, but you have a good attitude :)

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THEHONESTME 5/4/2011 12:47PM

    I'm sorry you are going through this, but I love your attitude. You hang in there -- FIGHT, GIRL!! You are winning, keep on winning!! emoticon

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    I HATE irregular periods. I have PCOS and it makes my cycle SO wacky…I’ve been off BC for just over a year and I’ve been pretty consistent in that I have my period for 4-6 weeks, then I don’t have another one for 3 months. Well…just when I was starting to count on that 5 weeks since my last period ended a new one started…with a vengeance! Normally I start out light and easy…not this time…it’s been terrible…I can’t keep up with it and the cramps have been insane…and I’ve never suffered from cramps for more than a day before. I am right there with you…I was pissed when I woke up Sunday morning to my period. It’s not fair! I just keep hoping that since it started out so strong it will taper off sooner than the “normal” 4-6 weeks…I don’t think I can take 6 weeks of this crap! I hope you get yours all figured out…sometimes being a woman stinks!

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ERICACEAE 5/4/2011 12:38PM

    I hear you and feel your pain - I'm also on a two week cycle for the past four months, after being constantly "on" for six months before that. My diagnosis was different - probably PCOS. I'm on cyclic progesterone to help treat it, which is currently causing the two-week cycles. The plan is that it will regulate to 28 days eventually but it's slow going. Fingers crossed. I wish you the best of luck in your treatment! You're doing the right things: keeping healthy and keeping on top of it with your medical team. Keep it up!

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LUCKYNAT 5/4/2011 12:38PM

    Have you had your hormones tested? Sorry you are having to deal with that!! You have your great attitude pulling you through and I am so proud that you went to the gym anyway! I bet you felt a little better after talking with DH. Oh the joys of life's curve balls. I hope they can tell you something next month.

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JENNY888 5/4/2011 12:16PM

    I love your enthusiasm and determination. emoticon

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BETTERJULIA 5/4/2011 11:59AM

    Great job on not letting this get you down! That would be soooo frustrating. Resist that DQ and focus on you and you'll make it!

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Cancun vacation pictures

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I will have more later as I get them from the photographer (our friend, and Kaylee's godfather, Justin):

In the airport waiting to head out...

View inside our hotel....

View outside from our balcony...

Water picture that I like in the ocean...

Hey, cabana boy....

The boys talked me into making this a bit more...risque, but this is my red dress so I had to post!

Me and my best friend, Melissa (she is Kaylee's godmother).

Me holding the iguana. I believe it cost me $2 to do this.

Me in the ocean. Beautiful!!! Oh, and the ocean is too ;o}

DH and I ...we had written Kaylee's name in the wall behind us...we missed her!

Us on the plane From? I can't remember, darn it. I am looking pretty happy, though, so I would say to Cancun.

I am kind of bummed because half of the pics I was trying to add on here were "too large" so I am thinking that the file size got too big for some of them because of the editing by Justin, our friend and photographer (who obviously has a keen eye with the camera!).

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LKEITHO 5/4/2011 10:09PM

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

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MEGSFITNESS 5/4/2011 4:00PM

    woo hoo :D great vacation :)

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JENNIFERKCM 5/3/2011 10:08PM


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    Glad you had a great time!! Thanks for posting the pictures.

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THEHONESTME 5/3/2011 9:15PM

    Beautiful pictures! You look amazing -- you're so tiny!!! Bet you wish you could have some of that Cancun weather again, huh? I sure do -- I actually heard the weatherman say we might get FLURRIES tonight! ARE you KIDDING ME!!! ugh!

Anyway, thanks for the vacation pics -- at least I know there is still such a thing as a sun! :)

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    Great photos!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/3/2011 2:39PM

    Looks like so much fun! emoticon

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LOSING107 5/3/2011 2:24PM

    Thanks for sharing! That looks like one awesome vacation!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/3/2011 2:16PM

    Great pictures! I love the water ones.... I miss the ocean.

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-POOKIE- 5/3/2011 2:00PM

    eee you look so lovely!

The photos are stunning, and your happiness is making me smile!

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MARTY728 5/3/2011 1:43PM

    emoticon I love the Carribean and it looks like you and your DH do also!

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AQUAPOWERS 5/3/2011 1:18PM

    Great pics....thanks for sharing!

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LCHADBOURNE 5/3/2011 12:57PM

    Great pictures! You look so happy and healthy! What a great vacation.

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HHI0901 5/3/2011 12:53PM

    Those pictures look GREAT!! I am jealous of the awesome photography - and you look SO SO good and so happy!

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ANNABANANNA3 5/3/2011 12:39PM

    Beautiful!!! =]

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SWEETNEENI 5/3/2011 12:20PM

    The red pic is just beautiful! Great pics!

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RAVENSONG37 5/3/2011 12:14PM

    Gorgeous photos!!! You can go to to resize your pics if you want.

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SEATTLESIMS 5/3/2011 12:14PM

    looks like fun, color me green with envy!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/3/2011 12:02PM

    Looks like it was a great trip and you look GORGEOUS!

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FITTINGIN130 5/3/2011 11:52AM

    Looks like so much fun! The vacation, too! You look great and most importantly, so happy!

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JENNSWIMS 5/3/2011 11:36AM

    One day I will have your courage and I will post bathing suit photos! What a wonderful trip.

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MEG_NOT_CHEF 5/3/2011 11:16AM

    Nice pictures! Love the red dress on you!

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BETTERJULIA 5/3/2011 11:02AM

    These are great! You look so fantastic!

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RUNTRILAUGH 5/3/2011 11:01AM

    Great pics!!!! Looks like fun!

That happened to me today, too. Weird, because they were just "normal" pics, taken at the same time as the ones that would post...

Oh well! Enjoy those memories!!!!! and thanks for sharing!

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MINENA1 5/3/2011 11:00AM

    WONDERFUL pictures!! Glad you had an amazing time.

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NNICHOLS46 5/3/2011 11:00AM

    amazing...looks like u had fun...

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My weekend....and fourth blog of the day! I'm on a roll.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

So, Friday was obviously not my best night. My weekend proved that Kaylee is fully immersed in her terrible twoness, but she is just too darned charming and cute and loveable too be upset with her :o}

Yesterday (Saturday), I got up with her (Corey gets up with her on Sundays). I took her out to bring a bag of clothes to donate to the Salvation Army (a benefit with a local hardware store a guy a graduated owns...). It was cold and rainy, but not too bad. She had fun walking in the store for a bit.

We went to Target next where she got a small cookie to eat and got to play with the balls (she loves cookies and balls at Target!).

Next up was waking DH up so we could go to the local Catholic church's Super Spring Sale. It was obviously picked over when we got there, so left empty handed. Walked a lot after that until the rain started coming.

Get this....she wouldn't take a nap. She usually plays in her pack-n-play for a few before falling asleep, but she cried this time, and cried and cried, and after 30 minutes I knew she wasn't going to nap. She went to the mall with my mom and sister, and DH and I got some errands done.

DH went out with his buddies, and I made Tuna Helper for me and Kaylee. I portioned three 1-cup packages for lunches this week before getting mine and Kaylee's bowls ready so I wouldn't be tempted to eat more than I needed to.

The rest of the night went pretty good because I kept her busy. I took her to Lowe's to see her godmother (she is a manager there) and that was fun. She went to bed early, at 8:15 because she missed her nap.

This morning, she woke up late...lucky DH. Well, half an hour late, but by her alarm clock standards, that is a lot ;o} Lucky for DH, I am a morning person and was up half an hour later to hang out with them. She acted tired around 10, so we put her down at 10:30 for a nap. The same thing happened as yesterday. When I finally gave up and went in to get her, she had a bloody nose, which is likely from the dry air, but I worry she banged her nose on the pack-n-play. Not a site for DH's eyes, who freaked out.

I headed out to the gym at about 11:30 since it had snowed out and had iced up some, so wasn't safe to run outside. I put in 4.25 miles since I knew that we were having turkey dinner at my mom's and I needed to be fully prepared so I wouldn't blow it so close to the WW weigh-in. I planned on eating X amount of food there since I was pretty sure I knew what she was making.

She had made turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes with cloverleaf rolls and butter, scalloped corn, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, candied/marshmallow covered yams, and baby carrots to much on. For dessert, she had put together fudge covered brownies, cheesecake with optional cherry topping, ice cream sandwiches, and vanilla ice cream with strawberries in sugar for the topping. Yeah.

I did awesome. Just awesome. I put what I wanted to eat on the plate, gave Kaylee half of my potatoes, turkey, green bean casserole, and corn, and also split an inch square of brownie, a sliver of plain cheesecake, and 1/4 of the ice cream sandwich with her. Never had I had such control in that situation before. I am feeling so empowered right now!

Kaylee had a great rest of her night, and we are learning to deal with the tantrums better. She may have hit her terrible twos, but we can't control that. All I can do is control my reaction to it and how I cope with it :o}

Tonight, I have put together my meal plan for the week up until I go out of town. That will not be AS planned (as far as what or where I am eating) but I will make the right choices for me. I am so close to 160, and I know I will bust through that number into the 150s, where I will stay. I no longer need to be in the 160s...I have been there since October!!! Time to say good riddance.

As for putting myself out there on FB on Friday, I feel better about what I did. The fact that I could be helping someone out there is good enough for me!

Here is to an amazing weekend, and a fantastic start to a new week. Happy Monday early!!!

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RAVENSONG37 5/3/2011 12:18PM

    You are so freakin awesome! I love your enthusiasm and the way you really praise yourself. Such a great example!

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RDARLING 5/3/2011 9:04AM

    Super job with Easter Dinner

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LKEITHO 5/2/2011 8:27PM

    Great job! Congrats!

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MARTY728 5/2/2011 10:57AM

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RASMUSSEN5 5/1/2011 11:12PM

    WAy to go girl! Your self control is amazing

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XPHOENIX 5/1/2011 11:02PM

    Ok, you just ROCK!! ((HUGS)) This is just awesome. LOVE your self control and the fact that you had what you wanted and felt satisfied! YAY for learning!!! WOO HOO!! XXOXOXOXOXOX

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Weekly plan for May 2-8

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Just to keep me accountable to myself:

~ Stay in my calorie range of 1200-1550 most days this week.
~ Work on portion control for days where tracking will be more difficult (when out of town Friday/Saturday).
~ Drink as much water as I can and work on tracking how much I am drinking, with the ultimate goal of 80+ a day consistently.
~ Less sodium, more potassium, more calcium, more fiber (already doing great on fat, carbs, and protein).


Monday: Spin and Sculpt.

Tuesday: Run 3 miles if pain-free plus ST.

Wednesday: Run 4 miles if pain-free.

Thursday Run 5 miles if pain-free plus ST.

Friday: Rest.

Saturday: Walk/Run the Run For Hope 5K in Minneapolis.

Sunday: Run 8 miles if pain-free.

For most days this week, walking as much as possible with Kaylee and/or the dog, especially when it is gorgeous out.

I will be out of town on Friday and Saturday with my sister staying with MEZZOANGEL (you rock!!) and doing her 5K, so that will be tougher to stay on track, but I will be watching my portions :o}

Yay to another great week! I know I can do it!!!

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COLD_GOLD 5/7/2011 10:34PM

    good job! hope all is pain-free

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CANNIE50 5/1/2011 9:42PM

    I hope you get all your runs in and that you are definitely pain-free!

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LKEITHO 5/1/2011 2:11PM

    Sounds like you have a great week planned. Have fun!

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