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How I did on my June goals (better late than never, right?)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I was going through my blogs and saw this and basically said "oops!" So, I better go through and we'll see how I did!


~ Track what I eat every day and strive to stay within my points for Weight Watchers every day, or use activity points if needed. ~ This was accomplished! I rarely used activity points, but they came in handy if I wanted to treat myself!

~ Focus on less fat, less meat, more veggies, fruits, and whole grains! ~ Big time accomplished!!!

~ Continue drinking at least 8 glasses of water, more on days I run. ~ Done!

~ Try a new recipe every week to shake it up! ~ Okay, this I did NOT do! I will look at doing this soon.

~ Continue what I am doing now with spinning Monday through Friday and elliptical Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. ~ Done, though I am dropping down to 2 days a week to go in line with my training.

~ Add in the C25K training program Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (though I have run a 5K, I haven't formally trained. This training will take me until August 2 before I start training for a 10K). ~ DONE!!!

~ Strength training Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1/2 hour each time (circuit on Monday and Wednesday with Nautilus, and a Pump-It high-repetition barbell and dumbbell class on Friday). ~ DONE, and still doing!!

~ Lose 10 pounds (seems high, but this is always my goal every month). ~ Done ~ I actually lost 12.4 pounds during the month of June!

~ Run/walk 15 miles a week ~ Killed this! :o}

~ Put away $1000.00 in savings for the summer months that my husband doesn't get paid (high school teacher). ~ Saved $1550!

Okay, overall happy with my goals being met! I will have to come up with July goals (though a bit late) soon.

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HEAVNLIVN 7/15/2010 3:59PM

    Holy Cow girl! You are rocking on! SOOOO inspiring! Great great work. Cant wait to see whatchya got fer this month!


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MADDEELOU 7/15/2010 3:22PM

    You are doing awesome! And extra congratulations on the savings. I teach to and choose to spread my pay out so I still get paid in the summer. I don't know if I could be so disciplined. WooHoo! You Rock!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 7/15/2010 3:17PM

    Great job!! You totally rocked June!!
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ILIKECACTI 7/15/2010 12:25PM

    way to go!! impressive goals! can't wait to see what your july goals are :)

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A nothing day, with dresses yesterday!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Well, I am doing it! Today is a COMPLETE rest day, no ST, no running, no cross training, no nothing! Well, I am walking my dog a few times, but that is mandatory, according to her :o}

One of the leaders of a challenge I am in has been very good about talking to me on overtraining, and I thank her for that as that is eventually getting me to where I truly need to be with my training. I am one of those people who feels the need to give it their all; especially in a challenge like this. I also am at the point where I feel I need to put that much more work in to lose pounds than I needed to when I was 250. I am in the "not sure what I am doing" weight zone since I haven't been under 180 since I was about 14-15!!!

Yesterday, I went to JC Penney's and tried on shirts and dresses. The shirts don't look quite right yet, since my belly is my "blech" area still (and I think it will always be because of the pregnancy and the weight I carried there for so many years). But, the dresses looked GREAT on me! I tried on 2 little black dresses (VAVA-VOOM!) which I rocked (surprisingly) and then a little strappy dress that had a tropical theme for it. Unfortunately for that dress, my chest area is too big and droopy for it LOL.

Also, the dresses were size 12 and they were all loose on me! WAHOOOOOOO!!!!! I can't BELIEVE I am getting close to a size 10 dress!!

P.S. Does anyone but me feel that their tummy and boobs really are NOT cooperating with weight loss???? I have been seriously having talks with myself about having something done with both once I am done losing weight (well, seriously my boobs, maybe not the tummy, since I do have upper back pain from the size of my boobs and since I had the baby they're even bigger!! Oy). I wish I had lost some of my chest with this for my tummy, I know only so much can be done with that. Oh, well!

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MOVINITMORE 7/16/2010 8:22AM

    Wow WHAT A FEELING on the dress in a size 10...Hard work is paying off!!!

Seems like for me things are changing but that tummy thing is going to be the last to go. I have already decided once the weight is gone Boob job here I come!!!!

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-POOKIE- 7/15/2010 1:11PM

    I am super excited to be fitting into smaller sizes, but my tummy is wobbly and frankly my boobs are saggy, but I do like how I look in these smaller sizes!

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ILIKECACTI 7/15/2010 12:23PM

    first of all.... CONGRATS on the size 10!!!

i'm only at the beginning of weight loss, but it seems like my legs are shaping up, my thighs and arms are getting more toned and smaller, but my belly and boobs have not yet changed much. and i'm afraid that since my boobs are big, they will just get more saggy when/if they get smaller. after i have kids and finish breastfeeding, i am considering getting a reduction/lift (beacuse no matter how much weight i lose, i doubt my boobs will get too much smaller)- my genetics just are not in my favor there. anyway, i have no solutions, but i understand!!

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SROUS1340 7/15/2010 10:09AM

    Sweetie, I've lost 30 lbs and have no butt anymore, my belly is still a size larger than my legs and looks to my eyes like it hasn't gotten smaller at all. I know that isn't true because I've lost 2 sizes, but still. As far as the boob thing, I went up to a DDD (didn't even know they made that size), but down around the measurement. Pregnancy does change your body forever (from my perspective). My experience with the tummy is it is the last to go, the very last. The boob thing has probably changed, haven't you gone down in sizes of clothing? Just not what you were expecting!

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MADEMCHE 7/15/2010 10:06AM

    A size 12 almost size 10 is amazing! You are doing so great. And almost at your goal! As to the surgery I might weight until you are at your goal weight until you make the final decision, you might be surprised and the last 20 pounds in all boob! Another thing is shopping at stores that actually realize you have a chest. There are some great online sites that have dresses that are specifically for large chested people. Maybe you just need to find a different dress maker. But if they cause you pain that is another story. Just wanted to say congrats on how good you are doing!

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Today's run

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Uff dah!!!

As in my previous blog, I missed this morning's run due to thunderstorms. So, I decided to go on my lunch hour at 2:40 p.m.

I'll tell you what: That was the LONGEST, most grueling run I have EVER done. I am so proud of myself for not walking at all, but that 4.15 miles just about did me in! It was 80 degrees out, VERY windy (20-25 mph), VERY sunny with minimal shade (silly me for choosing a route with barely any trees), and very busy with cars (I took main roads).

Not only did I finish that 4.15 miles, I finished it in 40 minutes, so I was able to take my dog on her usual 1-mile walk, though it was sure a sore walk! I also got a sunburn on my face and arms. Geezalou! I need to make sure from now on that I get up early to run!

That all being said, I sure feel happy knowing I am taking tomorrow off from any activity beyond walking my dog :o}

P.S. Thanks to BLEIGH711 for really making my day with her comment on my previous blog...I don't realize sometimes that I can be motivating and/or encouraging to other Sparkers, and being told that makes me happy and more motivated myself! I was actually contemplating not running at all today before I read that comment.

Also, thank you to ILIKECACTI and SHRINKINGSIMONE for commenting, too! I am thinking that I will absolutely do the 10K on Saturday :o}

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RLHOTAN 7/15/2010 8:35AM

    Good for you! Don't forget your sun screen!!! Even in the morning!!!

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MADEMCHE 7/14/2010 7:02PM

    Way to go! That awesome! A 10 minute mile and a decision to do a 10K in one day is very, very inspirational! You rock!

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ILIKECACTI 7/14/2010 6:20PM

    Way to go!! That's great! I'm excited that you chose the 10K... very inspiring indeed :)

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MADDEELOU 7/14/2010 6:13PM

    Congratulations! I would rather run hills in the shade than flat ground in the sun. The heat and humidity really get me.

Way to Go!!


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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/14/2010 5:48PM

    Oh my I am super impressed!! I was just thinking the other day about how I don't know if I could muster the energy to run on my lunch break...period! And here you are doing 4+ miles!!! I am in awe of you!!!! Way to go!

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LAUROCHKA 7/14/2010 5:38PM

    Well done on your run.
I let the weather here put me off this morning as I woke to the rain on the window but your blog reminds me that the feeling afterwards is almost always worth the effort.
Well done!

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Just some random blathering...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Today is a rough one all around so far. My alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. for me to get up and run, but there was a wicked thunderstorm going on. Reset it for 5:30 a.m. and the same thing happened. I resigned myself to either taking today off and running tomorrow instead or running at some point today (either my lunch hour or after supper). At 6:30 a.m., we heard a "THUNK" and my baby started wailing. We ran into her nursery to find that she had somehow jumped or climbed out of her crib and we do not know HOW she landed (though we think head or back). After a few minutes, she calmed down, and we inspected her. No sign of trauma, no bruising, no goose eggs....everything moving well with no wincing. I brushed and combed her hair to see if that would hurt (and to look for any injuries). Nothing...she took the brush and tried to brush her own hair!

So, I have been spending the morning trying to figure out what to do to prevent this from happending. We did figure it out (we can't do the toddler bed yet; she is so young and would just not sleep in it...she would be exploring like CRAZY).

So, running today. Not looking forward to it. I like to get it "done with" bright and early in the wee hours of the morning. There is a method to my madness of crawling out of bed at that time! But, I absolutely love running. It's the mental part of it that can slow my motivation a bit, especially now that I am running 4 miles most days (with a 5-miler coming up on Saturday).

Also, I am becoming impatient with my weight loss. It is almost as if the first part of my weight loss was easier because I had so far to go that I didn't think about the end of the road at all. I am getting so much closer to my initial goal weight of 155 (with a reassessment of my goal weight after that)'s just that I want to BE there already!!! I know my journey does not seem to have been that long (since July 2009) but I have been overweight since I was 12, and I surpassed my lowest "documented" weight at 180 (I am now 174).

A bit off and on topic, but I got an email talking about a 5K/10K to benefit a young woman with medical bills. This race is an hour out of town, and is only $15 to sign up. A part of me wants to do the 10K SOOOOOO bad, but I have only run 4.25 miles at the most at one time, not the 6.2 miles of the 10K. Then a part of me says, "Well, just walk when you need to!!" Not sure...I am waffling a bit on it! It would be nice to get a 10K in before August (I am doing one on August 17). I do also have a 5K coming up July 31st....I am just chomping at the bit about this 10K on Saturday, though. Any thoughts from my fellow Sparkers on this?

Well, I better get back to work....and stop my rambling/blathering :o}

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RLHOTAN 7/15/2010 8:44AM

    Very glad to hear your daughter is ok!!! I always dreaded that happening! They make "tents" to go over the crib to prevent kids from climbing out!

You know what? See how your 5 mile run goes. If you notice on many marathon and HM training guides they don't have you actually hit the miles required to run the event. Some guides have training for a HM end at 10 or 11 miles. I truly never understood why! When is the race? do you have time to get to 6 miles before it? Keep in mind you should increase your miles 10% each week! If you can stay w/in those limits I'd say give it a try! You can always walk if you get tired. No one said you had to win the race!!!

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JJNEWMAN 7/14/2010 10:03PM

    So glad to hear you daughter is ok. My daughter did the same thing at 15 months. I didn't think she was ready for a bed yet so to prevent the "jumping" out of the crib we researched to see what was available. I found that they make something called a crib tent. You place it over the crib and it zippers up and its all mesh. Check it out online. It really gave me piece of mind until she went into a bed! Toward the end she figured out how to unzip it.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/14/2010 9:07PM

    I'm reading this after your other post - so I'm glad you decided to do the 10k because I totally would have encouraged you to just go for it! You never know what you can do until you try! :-) Even if you end up walking some of it - so be it! Just go into it with the goal to finish. Way to go! Glad that your baby girl was okay! That is so normal for kids to start climbing out of their crib before they ever should be. LOL

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BLEIGH711 7/14/2010 1:43PM

    First, I am glad to hear your daughter is doing fine. I'm sure that was just the jump start your heart needed this morning...Ugh! And I totally agree with the feeling of dread about the run after your normal schedule was thrown off. I am such a creature of habit, it stresses me out when things get off track. I feel great when I'm done, like I know you will, but leading up to it is a drag.
Now I definitely think you should go for the 10K. You have already proven that you can do a 5k and then some. Why not keep making progress? So what if you have to walk here and there...I'm sure you will surprise yourself. I so want to start running but have been scared. I'm starting C25K next week. I've kept up with your blogs and you have definitely become one of my running motivators. So keep it up...and Go For It!

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JUST_SIMONE 7/14/2010 12:26PM

    I'm glad your daughter is OK!

I can relate to your impatience about wanting to be at goal already. I have those thoughts too, and then I remind myself that this doesn't end when I reach goal. I've been stuck in the 180's since...April? And only some of that stuckness is due to medical issues. Some of it is a mental block.

I haven't run a 10K or even a 5K, but I say if you can run 4.25 miles, go for it with the 10K!

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ILIKECACTI 7/14/2010 12:15PM

    wow... crazy morning! glad your daughter is ok. i say do the 10K, not that I have any experience in this whatsoever, as i am just starting c25k myself, but why not? you can walk if you need to, and this would be a good trial for your 10k shortly after that. but that's just my opinion :)

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Training for week of July 11-17

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday, July 11:
Training: Run 4 miles emoticon

Monday, July 12:
Training: Run 4 miles
Other: ST for 30 minutes. emoticon

Tuesday, July 13:
Training: Run 3 miles.
Other: None (other than walking dog) emoticon

Wednesday, July 14:
Training: Run 4 miles.
Other: None. emoticon

Thursday, July 15:
Training: Rest day from training. emoticon

Friday, July 16:
Training: Run 3 miles.
Other: ST/abs.

Saturday, July 17:
Training: Run 5 miles (oh, dear Lord).
Other: None.

There is no spinning this week (6 weeks on, 1 week off per their schedule), which I think will be a good break. After this week off, I will sign up for T/Th class instead of all 5 days, so I don't overdo it especially now that my training is really amping up!! I am running 23 miles this week! Almost a marathon...holy moly how do people run a marathon?? One day, I will get there.

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RLHOTAN 7/12/2010 8:22PM

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be careful. I think it is so great you are doing so well! But, I think you are over doing it a bit. You need to have COMPLETE rest days as well so your body can repair itself. Your schedule shows you are running 6 out of 7 days and there is no time for your body to repair the tears you will inflict on your muscles as you run and as you ST. I do understand you may feel that if you stop you won't make any gains, but believe it or not, your body makes tremendous gains while at rest and healing. It is the rest period that lets the muscle fibers heal which is what makes the muscles stronger. Trust me when I tell you you don't want to end up w/an injured knee or calf, or hip. Take a rest day. It will not hurt your progress. It can only help!

This is an article about the importance of rest days for runners.

Comment edited on: 7/12/2010 8:41:32 PM

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ILIKECACTI 7/12/2010 10:11AM

    Wow! Good luck this week :)

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