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I just kept going

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I was so proud of myself Tuesday. While I have been running intervals for a hour a few times a weeks since the middle of January and getting just under 5 miles in, so I really didn't think I was ready for what came next.

When I set out for my run that morning I had this absurd idea that I was going to run 5 miles. I haven't ran 5 miles without a walk break in almost a year. And two years ago, other than when I ran a 5K race, it was my everyday running distance. 5 miles everyday before work, it's what prepared me for my day.

I know, what's your point...I ran 5 miles without any walk breaks in 57:31. Miles 1 and 2 where comfortably hard. Mile 3 I thought there is no way I am going to be able to run 5 miles. Mile 4 wasn't much better, but my legs did stop burning a little. By mile 5, it was like I was given a new set of legs, not only was it my easiest mile but it was also my fastest mile.

1 mi 11:36 min/mi
2 mi 11:18 min/mi
3 mi 11:20 min/mi
4 mi 11:36 min/mi
5 mi 11:10 min/mi

I guess I really wasn't giving my body enough credit these past few weeks. But it is game on now!!!

I just registered for a 10K on March 22 in Raleigh emoticon

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MAESTROSHASHA 2/20/2014 9:47AM

    That's Awesome!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 2/20/2014 8:38AM

    That is awesome!!!!! Nice work! And you did it in great time, too.

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BOOCH6 2/20/2014 7:56AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this ! I've wanted to get back to exercising, but don"t like the thought of starting slowly. Your blog inspires me to have patience ! I'll start today with a long run/walk. Thanks again for sharing !

- Barb

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Food accountablity...

Friday, February 14, 2014

I am going to try something a little different. I am going to start a photo food journal. I will take a picture of every meal and every snack each day and at the end of the day I will post the pictures along with my daily nutrition totals, includes areas where I met, was under or over my goals.

I have never done something like this before, I do periodically post pictures of healthy meals on my FB page and I usually get a lot of friends and family wanting me to cook for them emoticon

I just want to see if a photo journal will help me visualize how much I have eaten each day.

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GOLFGMA 2/15/2014 7:44AM

    Go for it! It will be an interesting challenge and I hope it works for you! emoticon

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LEKESHIA35 2/14/2014 3:27PM

  i think that is a great ideal bc when can see what you are putting in your body.

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ASK_STRATMAN 2/14/2014 2:55PM

    Nice plan! Good thinking.

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MAESTROSHASHA 2/14/2014 2:19PM

    Interesting/cool idea!

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This week has me frustrated

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I know it's hormonal, it happens every month. But that doesn't change the fact that I have had two days of a nonstop food orgy. I feel so miserable and bloated, and just plain angry at myself. This month is a little harder, I'm not working and I am still stuck living in a hotel, so I have nothing to do that can keep me busy and my mind off of food.

I am still exercising. After running most of my 5K on Saturday and only taking a couple very short walk breaks after a large hill, I decided instead of finishing my 5K training I would start my 8K training. Monday's workout was 4.04 miles of intervals for 50 minutes, 5 min warm-up followed by five 7:1 intervals and a 5 min cool-down. Followed by a nine minute .62mile walk back to the hotel (14:40 pace). Yesterday's was 60 minutes on the elliptical with varying resistance levels. And it's looking like the TM and strength training today.

I did get some good news on the house. The were able to get the electricity ran to the house, hooked up, and turned on. The water is supposed to get hooked up and turned on today. But that is probably as far as it is going to get this week with this winter storm pending. We have come to the agreement that once the new heat and central air is hooked up, the back deck built and the handrails put on the two porches he will get the certificate of occupancy and we can move in. They will just work on the house while we live in it, and I will get to help. This will give me something to do with my time so I feel productive.

That is a lot of my problem too. I like to work, I want to work, I need to work. But I haven't worked since I quit my job on December 20th in preparation of my move. Friday will be nine weeks. I need some human interaction, other than my BF and our furbaby. Don't get me wrong, I love them both but neither of them are big talkers. I need to be around more people, I need more human interaction. I am a talker and I love being around people and socializing. That is why I have always worked retail and customer service.

Once we get settled in, our landlord, he is really great, has offered to put me in contact with one of his golf buddies to get me a job. He thinks I need to work at his buddy's car dealership, selling cars. We will see.

Thanks as always for letting me rant.

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/12/2014 10:26AM

    I understand your frustration with food... I sometimes find myself in the same place...especially when I have TOO much time on my hands, which has happened quite a bit lately with school being cancelled so many, many days due to weather.. however, I can't continue to allow that to be an excuse for losing self control... instead I must get myself back on track and keep on keeping on!

We've got this!! Good luck with the job search!

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A much needed day of relaxation

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Started yesterday off with my first 5K of 2014, and I wasn't even worried about my time. I neglected my running for quite some time and now just trying to get back into it for one reason...I love to run!!! Which was a good thing, the course was beautiful, it was through a residential area surrounded my pines, winding roads and full of rolling hills and houses to absolutely die for. I did have to walk a couple of times, but only for a driveway or two then I was back to running. My finishing time 34:54. And I couldn't be happier!!!

The rest of the day was amazing too. My BF and I drove out to the Outer Bank of NC. It was amazing!!! I had never seen the ocean before, and while it could have been warmer it was absolutely breathtaking. I even got to see dolphins jump in the intercoastal waters in the Roanoke Sound. I just wish I could have gotten some pictures, we were driving on the bridge and there was no where to pull off. But I was promised a dolphin watching tour as soon as it warms up a little more. We also stopped and walked on the beach and collected shells, but again it will be a lot more fun when it warms up a bit. Figure we will go back in April before it gets real busy.

Now time for some pictures.

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/12/2014 7:06AM

    Wow ... great time on your run! Sounds like a wonderful day. I hope that you don't get too much snow today.

emoticon Stay warm emoticon


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GOLFGMA 2/10/2014 8:48AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day all around! BTW, great run! Thanks for the photos. Makes me yell "Hurry Spring"! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/9/2014 9:39AM

    Beautiful even without the sunshine.... thanks for sharing!!!

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What a great day!!!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Yesterday started off with an awesome workout at the Y. 30 minutes of upper and lower body strength training. 40 minutes of intervals on the TM (3.03 miles), 30 minutes of resistance intervals (level 4 & 7) on the upright cycle (7 miles) all followed by 36 lengths of the pool, I swam 900yds or a little over a 1/2 mile, it took somewhere around 40 minutes to complete. I was more focused on getting the 36 in than how long it took.

Next came the hard part. I have my food tracker set up so it is based on my calories burned each day. My base is 1200-1550 but yesterday I needed to eat 2,314-2,664 calories to meet my body's needs. I have started trying to eat as clean as I can most of the time which makes hitting higher calorie ranges very difficult. And if it wouldn't of been for my BF bringing dinner home last night I would have not even broke the 2,000 calorie mark.

Speaking of the BF bringing home dinner last night, he did good. Well as good as you can for Taco Bell. Him bringing food home all started because I woke up the other night to make him dinner. Usually I try to stay awake, sacrificing my sleep, because my body still wants to get up before 6am and he doesn't get home until midnight, and I don't get to bed until 1. But I was exhausted and went to bed at 8 and set my alarm for 11:30 so I could get up and start his dinner. When he realized that I woke up just to make his dinner he was upset with me. He said he appreciated the gesture but I was never to wake up just to make him dinner again. So that is where the Taco Bell comes in last night. He brought me home an Chicken Cantina bowl, he figured he was safe with that one. And as always he asks me if I want a taco, and as always I say no thank you. And he then pushes the tacos until I eat one. Last night when I said no thank you, that was the end of it.

I would have preferred not to have eaten that late at night, but I knew I had a lot of extra calories. I will have to work on him with that one next, not bringing me food home at midnight to eat.

Today me exercise is going to be pretty easy, 60 minutes on the elliptical and core exercises. Since there is no way I am going to be able to do much more than that. My body is screaming this morning.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! emoticon

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PIGGYWAY 2/7/2014 10:15AM


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    I have found that some light exercise will stop the body's screaming!

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