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"But you have no goals!"

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I had a reality check yesterday.

For months now, I have been coasting. No food tracking. Way less water drinking. Giving myself more "freedom" with food choices because I have been running more miles weekly. Lurking on Spark with an occasional status update or "I like this" button click.

I stepped on a scale yesterday for the first time since June. I've gained 6-7 lbs. Yes, I know it is not completely terrible but it is heading in the wrong direction. I guess I haven't been at a plateau for the past year as I've thought. I am heading back up if I continue this way. My pants have been fitting differently. Not tight but different. So the weight gain explains it. I knew this but denial likes to step in and throw her arm around my shoulders for a friendly hug while telling me I am doing a great job.

Anyway, I joined a new gym. My old gym had a total of 9 treadmills--4 of which were ancient and rickety. Those made a lot of noise when a 175 lb women ran on them. But worst of all was the 20 minute time limit. The machines were actually set at 20 minutes with a 2 minute cool down. If there was a waiting list (which 85% of the time there was) you had to get off and put your name back on the list. Very annoying. All summer I have had no need for a gym because I prefer to run outside. But the weather has taken a nasty turn and because I have asthma, cold weather running is difficult. Rain and wind doesn't help.

So I have been looking for a gym to just basically run at when the weather is cold and nasty. I found one that is very reasonable. I went in to sign up knowing that I would get the sales pitch for the extra classes or personal training or nutrition guidance--none of which I can afford. So as I was filling out my questionnaire, I left most of it blank. When the trainer (aka as salesperson) came over to look it over with me he exclaimed "but you have no goals!"

He is right. I don't. Don't get me wrong. He figured out pretty quickly that he couldn't sell me anything and let me just sign up and go on my merry way so I was happy with that. But I have been thinking about it ever since. I don't have any goals. And because I don't have any goals, I just do whatever thinking that it is enough. Obviously that hasn't been working.

So here are my goals until the end of the year:

Track food again.

Get back into drinking the water and stop taking sips of my husband's soda. All those "sips" add up.

Continue my exercise intensity--this area is not a problem presently. Add some more ST.

Lose 15 lbs (the 6-7 lbs I've gained plus a little more)

Now it's out there for all to see.


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NATURALROCKS 11/6/2012 4:18PM

    I spent a few months with that "friend" called denial as well! I am now back on track. You can do it emoticon

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STSCOTT11 11/6/2012 3:23PM

    Coasting...cruising is often what happens along the way.
I got through it ALL THE TIME.
Left unattended it can be like a run away TRAIN. lol
Glad your taking the reigns and getting things ON TRACK.
Keep sparkin.

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KIBAISREADY 11/3/2012 8:15PM

    emoticon emoticon . LET'S FINISH THIS YEAR OFF STRONG GIRL!

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TEMPENATIVE 11/3/2012 7:09PM

    I like your goals. I like that you got out of the high pressure sales pitch, one of the more annoying things I try to avoid at all costs. Hope the new gym works out for you! Im the opposite, I live in AZ, so my outside weather has just arrived!

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KKINNEA 11/3/2012 5:46PM

    I hear that - when I fall off tracking, I always think I'm doing better than I really am. You've got those goals, and they'll carry you through the tough (on healthy living) holiday season into 2013!

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/3/2012 12:14PM

    emoticon I've always found having a concrete goal brings things more into focus. Goals give us direction to travel instead of just sort of aimlessly wandering around, never really getting anywhere.

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/3/2012 11:49AM

    That's a great start with some smart goals. Good luck with them : )

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GODDESSOFHOME 11/3/2012 10:27AM

    Now you have goals! Way to go!

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THECRAZYMANGO 11/3/2012 10:23AM


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First half marathon experience

Monday, May 07, 2012

I usually don't blog but I wanted to write down some of my thoughts about the half marathon so that I don't forget.

The race was this past Saturday. The weather was great. It started off in the low 50's with a projected high of 62. It was also emoticon In other words, great running weather for me. The race didn't start until 10 AM and I think I would have preferred an earlier start of 8 AM. I was up since 5:30. Not because I had to drive far or anything but I couldn't sleep anymore. I was ready to go and see if I could do this.

I run races with a friend who is faster paced than I am so we start together but always with the understanding that she will run her race and I will run mine. We just meet up again at the finish.

So we start. There are just under 600 people. I am hoping for 2:30. Not sure if it will happen. My longest trainging run was 12 and it took 2:19. But then I was doing 3 mile loops around the neighborhood: stopping home after each one to get a drink, wipe my face and stretch my quads.

In the 2nd mile, I find myslef running with another lady and we introduce ourselves. We ran miles 2 to 10.5 together. I am feeling great. Water/gatorade stations are nicely placed. Running with someone and making small talk helps pass the miles. I usually do my long runs with no music for 3/4 of it. I save the music for end for a special boost when I am lagging so it was nice to talk with someone.

It was an out and back course, so we got to cheer for the frontrunners after they reached the turn around. We ourselves reached the turn around at 1:08. I was thrilled to be headed back.

Things went smoothly until 10.5 when I started to cramp in one of my feet. Walking made it worse so I kept on running and eventually it wore off. Then I started to have troucble with my lower back and behind. All my muscles were so tight and painful. I had to stop and stretch several times. Somewhere in the 11th mile, I decided that I had to walk/run. I was disappointed to be sure. People I passed before were now passing me.

As I got closer to the finish. the race volunteers were great. I was joking and calling out "are we there yet?" and everyone was very encouraging. I almost caught up to the lady I was running with but when another spasm in my back started, I had to walk again for a bit so I never did get to see her again. I wanted to thank her. She had an awesome race because she said her best time was 2:36. She had to finish in less than that because she finished before me and my time was.....drumroll,please....


When I saw 2:22 and counting on the clock, I just pulled out something deep within me and gave it my all. I have never been so happy to finish in all of my life. It was tough at times but worth it.

I was a little cranky and out of it after the race. People were asking me when my next one was and all I could do is snort and roll my eyes.

But now that I have had some time to process it all, I probably will do another. It might not be this year though but I would do it again.

One thing I did learn is that I wasn't happy with having my longest training run stop at 12. For me, I think I should have started a few weeks earlier and overshot the distance by a mile or two as to be better prepared for those last tough miles.

Anyway, I am proud of myself. emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 5/8/2012 1:00PM

    Great job!!

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GOLOPTIOUS 5/8/2012 11:28AM

    Great job!!

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2BOYSANDAGIRL 5/8/2012 3:54AM

    WOW!!!!! I'm totally impressed!!! I want to run a Half like that!!! I have ran 2 before but my goal time this one is 2:30 which for me means I need to take of 24+ minutes. I want it bad and it is not unitl November, so maybe I really can!!!! Loved your story!! It was GREAT and I am so proud of you!!!!! emoticon

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KAYZAKCX 5/7/2012 11:10PM

    Nice job!!! I did my first HM a year ago and don't think I'll ever forget it. It was so much fun and such a challenge.

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PASTAFARIAN 5/7/2012 9:10PM

    Congrats - that's a great time. But I'm curious which HM it was. A 10am start is very unusual.

12 miles is plenty for a training run for a HM. Even 10 miles is fine. But the important thing is that at the end of it, you should feel like you can run those additional miles; you should feel good! If you don't feel that way, then running the extra mile(s) isn't going to help. It's just going to make you feel like crap! Instead of building you up, it's going to wear you down.

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ERICADAWN1986 5/7/2012 8:43PM

    Way to go! I'm signed up for my first so I love hearing about other people's experiences with it.

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I can't believe it!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

I was at Target today without any kids....yeah, it happens once on blue moon. emoticon

I decided....just for see how close I was to fitting into a size 10 pants. I thought FOR CERTAIN that they would be snug or hard to button. Boy was I wrong (and this is one time I am glad I was. They fit!!! I mean flat out struggling to zip, no sucking in the gut. Nope, they fit. It was all I could do not to tell other shoppers about my victory. Really. I contemplated telling the girl at the fitting room counter.

"No, I don't want these pants. But it's not because they don't fit...because they do...they really fit. See the tag? Size 10. And they fit me. Yep,that's right!"

IDK when I wore a size 10.

How about .....NEVER!!!!! emoticon emoticon

I settled for yelling "I'm a size 10!!!!" In the car. emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/14/2012 10:44AM

    emoticon awesome!

The first time that happened to me I developed a new habit...I started going to all the clothing stores just to try on clothes in the new size and get the same reaction. My coworkers all wondered what I was doing at lunch to come back with a huge grin on my face!

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NINETOZE 1/13/2012 10:02PM

    Yea!!! Great for you! Congratulations. Maybe a shopping spree is in your near future.

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ANNEV2012 1/13/2012 8:54PM

You gotta LOVE how that feels... emoticon

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PCASEY7 1/13/2012 8:50PM

    I also just fit into a size 10 - WOOHOO!!

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BEENIE76 1/13/2012 8:50PM


That is awesome!! I've done the exact same thing and it IS really hard not to go tell other people in the store.

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SPIFFDEB 1/13/2012 8:47PM

    What a great feeling!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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Note to self

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yo, self! Get back on the ball. There are two things you need to accomplish today. Just two. Is that too much to ask? I don't think so.

1. Drink your water. Simple. You've been slacking and you're feeling it. I know you are.

2. Stop grazing. Stop eating off the kid's plates. Stop putting things in your mouth while you're cooking. That's how the weight comes creeping back on. Only eat when you have prepared a plate and can sit down.

Enough said. Now do it before I slap you upside the head. emoticon

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TINKSMOM1 12/13/2011 8:25AM

    well done! I'd listen to yourself if I were you! emoticon You can do it! emoticon

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FITFABJENN 12/13/2011 7:57AM

    emoticon Awesome! I'd listen to you if I were you!

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/13/2011 7:41AM

  We ALL need notes to ourselves like this from time to time!
Thanks!!! emoticon

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CAT609 12/13/2011 7:15AM

    Here, here! I am with you! I need to post your note to self so I will listen to it also. I love it. Keep up the good work. We can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BD3269PM 12/13/2011 7:11AM

    Great note to self! I do this all the time. Enjoy your day emoticon

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really? 17 lbs?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I just realized that I am 17 lbs from goal weight. Really? It's just that if you look at my big saggy tummy, it feels like it should be more. I'm not trying to be stick thin. I'm just trying to get down into the healthy BMI range. 159 would be at the top end of the range so in my mind--155 sounded good. I wonder though, if I should re-adjust my goal? emoticon emoticon emoticon

I guess I'll just shoot for the 155 and see what happens. My saggy tummy is depressing though. I try not to look at it when I am bending over. LOL I guess that's what happens when you've stretched all that skin out.

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MOTIVATED@LAST 10/20/2011 11:01PM

    Well done on your progress so far!

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JONICACALDWELL 10/20/2011 9:18PM

    No worries, do the 17 and see how you feel!

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WYO_CASEY 10/20/2011 7:56PM

    Almost there! I bet your belly gets better the longer you're at your goal weight. Great job!

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