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I Tackled the Beast

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Last night I met with a new running group and although it wasn't the scheduled route they did the Ravenel Bridge. I could've gone with the 3 or 4 people who decided to take another route but I wanted to hang with the cool kids so to speak and decided to "try" the bridge.

The run to the bridge is about a half mile alone. So I did my 5 min warm up walk and got to running. The base of the bridge was ok. I was set to do an 8min run, 3m walk, 5 min run then repeat. I got most of the run at the steepest part of the incline. I persevered and just blanked out. I just started counting beems that go endlessly up into the night.That's how I get through the runs. I focus on a point off a distance and just hold it in my visual grip until I get to it. Then I focus on a point further off. It works. Trust me, if you are a new runner, try it. A guy I didn't know passed me but not before patting my back and saying "You're doing great", that lifted my to go a little further. I got in most of the run before I had to walk. I planned to count 4 beams and get to running again but before that happened my walk interval w as here.

I got all the way up the bridge before the folks in my group started passing me on their way back down. Everyone was going their own distance so I don't know if they did the whole bridge or not. I kept going until the decline came on the other side. I turned around. By this time my C25K was over. A feeling overwhelmed me. I wanted to run. So as Forest Gump stated "I WAS RUNNING!" I ran and I ran, and I ran. It felt great. I realized I was on an endorphin high. I started passing walkers and leaving them. Trust me, for me it's a big deal. I am the essence of Turtle Power. Sure, the awesome declien helped but my breathing was stable and I was running faster than normal. I felt strong. I felt awesome. By the time I got to the base of the bridge the run leader had caught up. He asked was I ok and I said yes as he and another guy passed me. I didn't care. I just felt really good. The air felt good. I was sweating but not really hot, not cold. I was just in a zone.

I finally made it back and most of the group was there waiting. I was one of the last but not the last. Some runners went farther than others and weren't back. I bid everyone farewell after speaking for a few minutes. They told me I did great, especially for the first time. I thanked them then went home feeling the first taste of personal victory and savoring the thought that there was so much more to come. emoticon

Stay Sparkalicious!

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NANCYBOAT 2/9/2012 8:07AM

    That is **GREAT**!!!!!

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ANGELONE11 2/8/2012 8:25PM

    Wow! emoticon That bridge is really long and steep and if you did that HATS OFF TO YOU!! emoticon Before you know it, you will be able to run the entire bridge!!!

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Beauty and The Beast

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Today Kai and tackled the bridge which I admirably call "The Beast" Why? Just look at it taking into account the incline:

Beautiful huh? But damn, if it's not a beast to climb. I only did half and my trip back and forth was 2.7 miles. My calves were killing me. I need to walk it at least twice a week to get used to it. Eventually I would like to run it with my running group. They run it every Sat at 6am. I already get up and meet the Newbies group at 8am for our walk to run program. We are on week 5 where we have to do 6min run/1min walk intervals 4xs. Yesterday I did my C25K W5D1 which was 5min runs with 1min walks. Tomorrow is day 2 which is 8min run, 5min walk, 8min run with 5min each warm up and cool down. So far I have 7 miles done for the week. Slowly but surely I am getting it done.

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MRSBLAK27 2/9/2012 10:42AM

  Your Killing Em either way....

so proud of you

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COOL_CHARLOTTE 2/2/2012 12:56PM

    You Rock!! What a beautiful place to fulfill your accomplishment!!

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NATPLUMMER 2/2/2012 10:07AM

    Beautiful!! Sounds like you are doing great!! Just take it slow and you'll be running that bridge both directions :-)

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Hi Everybody!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'm still alive! lol

Still on this journey. Bumps on the road but you know me, I WILL NOT GIVE UP. EVER! I have been away from SP for a few reasons. Maybe I will blog on that sometime next week. Briefly here's some tidbits:

-Just trying not to focus on weight but health.
- Trying to slowly incorporate eating clean.
-Finished my associate in Information Systems. Still in school for the bachelors.
- Oh and I am training for that 5k. I have the Divas Half Marathon lined up in late May. Only doing the 5k, I am NOT up to half marathon level yet. I plan to do a 5k before that. I am in the middle of c25k training, week 5 to be exact. First time I got this far. I have to thank my running group Black Girls Run to thank for that. I go running with the girls a couple times a week.

Well that's about it for now. Like I said I will try to post a blog on the main reason I have been MIA from SP. I missf you ladies, you all know who you are. I miss my 40 by 40 girls too. Hey, MzBlake (it's been a long time, forgive me if I spelled your name wrong. If anyone wants to connect on FB you can look me up Yolanda Tolton, just remember to mention you're from SP. On Twitter now too! Yolanda@Nu_Journee. Lazy but I got a blog too: Need to update that soon too! lol

Well ladies, that's all I have time for right now. Stay Sparkalicious.

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MRSBLAK27 2/9/2012 10:40AM

  Hey Lady,

so glad to hear from you...

was wondering where you went, but I realize sometimes you have to step back to get yourself in order.

life can be so crazy sometimes.
I'm not on FB or Twitter just barely keeping myself above water with SP lol

ps... lovely pic

still doing fit an now 40 lol

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2012 11:59AM

    Sounds like you're doing great and definitely looking great!!

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MONIQUE138 2/1/2012 8:14AM

    Hey welcome back. I have joined the BlackgirlsRun website and I receive emails but I really don't see many group runs in NYC. I live in the Rockland County area of NY and they definitely don't have any groups there I wish they did. How do you go about starting one on your own? Glad your still on the journey and wish you much success. emoticon

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DREENAMT 1/31/2012 9:14PM

    Hey welcome back! Looks like you are doing great -- what a stunning photo!

(SP Class of September 13-19, 2009 leader)

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Still In the Game

Friday, May 20, 2011

I haven't been very active on SP since early April. A lot was going on. I sometimes struggle with balancing it all. While I took care of life and all its going on, SP took a back seat but I am back!
So what has Yolanda been up to?

I am happy to report that during the beginning phase of my SP breakup I did Phase 1 of the SBD and lost 7.5 pounds. That put me in Onderland! I planned to keep up with it but a lot of unexpected financial strains came up for the month. Funds have been tight and my healthy shopping suffered too. Buying a lot of fresh food, particularly produce can be hard on the pocket especially when the rest of the clan aren't trying to eat what you do and you have to improvise and buy something seperate for them too. Although I wasn't as cautious I still made sure not to snack a lot on junk or eat late at night. f I went somewhere like Burger King I still ordered a whopper jr with no mayo or cheese. Stuff like that. So thankfully I am still at 198.4. Best thing is I went to the doctor on like 3/29 and then back on 4/26ish, something like that. Per their scale I lost 11 pounds, same scale used! AND my A1C has dropped to 7.9%. Healthy and goal is 6-7.0%. That would me I have control of my diabetes. Plus my blood pressure was good and my cholesterol was normal which is usual for me anyway. I go back in July. Would love to get my A1C down to at least 7.5 if not 7.0 by then.

I also haven't worked out in a month. Sadly I haven't been to my Zumba class in three or so weeks because my son's baseball games were on that day and he started playing later games at 7:30 which means I coulnd't make it to my 7:00 class at all. I so can't wait to go back next week. They lost in the first round of the playoffs this past Tuesday which was disappointing.

I started putting it all back together this week. I started counting points again and getting back to total healthy eating. Doing good with that. Exercise is starting back next week. Plan to start my C25k training again. Don't know if I need to start back from week 1. Will try to see if I can pick up on week 3 and take it from there. I have been wondering if maybe I was working out too much prior to April and I really don't know what to do and what not to do. I really like running, Zumba, Turbo Fire and I really want to do CEX again. But trying to put it all in could be too much. Maybe working out 350 min or so a week was why my body was resisting. I don't know. So bottom line I gotta come up with some type of plan and build from there.

Sigh, next week was suppose to be my trip to Jamaica but we had to cancel it. Trip was already paid for so we are trying to see if we can either get a refund or reschedule for another date which is what I want to do. We really just decided this was the best thing to do last week. I was on the cusp of my down a size goal, I think. I did buy a white dress for the white party in a LB size 14. The 16 was too big but in Old Navy I couldn't fit their 16 so who the hell knows if I went down a size which was my goal. All I do know is that I have become less weight obssessed in the last few weeks and more health obsessed. Using the word obssessed for lack of a better word. I just want to be healthy and fit and I don't feel the need to put a number on that right now.

Still want to be Fit by 40 which is now less than two months away (DOB 7/19) but fit doesn't mean a number on the scale or the size of my dress, right? Right now I know I will focus at least on these two things to get fit by 40:

1. Continue to get A1C down towards 7%.
2. Complete 5k training

If I get down in size, sure that would be awesome but as long as I feel good and like what the doctor says when I walk out that office 7/26 is cool with me.

Stay Sparkalicious!

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TOTALREDO2013 6/20/2011 2:36AM

    Sorry about the trip, and hope you were able to get some exchange. Hope to see you around soon.

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    Congrats on your weight loss!!!

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NOMOEXCUSES13 5/27/2011 5:40PM

    You have been missed and I'm glad you're back on! Sorry to hear about the cancelling of the trip but hopefully you can reschedule! Congrats on making it to Onedurland girlie! You are going to keep going because I can tell from your blog that you are ready to be healthy! Hope you have a great weekend and trust me I know all about those games for the kids and no workout takes some practice but it will all fit together soon!!! XOXOOXOOXOOXOXOX

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LBDB001 5/25/2011 9:10PM

    Glad you're back!! Missed You :-). Yeah, I've been taking a step back from so much exercise myself the last couple of weeks. I think that might be my problem to, doing to much exercise and my body tripping about it :-). I'm right with you, I want to feel and look healthy at whatever number on the scale that might be for me :-). I'm also loving your hair, it is really, really pretty!
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BEAUTYFUL-1 5/23/2011 11:15AM

    I'm so happy for you. Looks like good news all around. Congrats on your accomplishments -Getting that A1C under control, losing 7.5 pounds, and maintaining even when food circumstances aren't ideal. Glad to see you're doing well. I'm sending you a Sparkmail

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SHARMIKA04 5/23/2011 12:11AM

    Wow you did have a lot going on. I don't understand why healthy foods cost so much. It's why I buy in bulk with frozen veggies. I like fresh fruit better than the canned stuff so I can only buy fruit like when I have the extra money.

Congrats on the 7.5lb lost. That must feel great. I can't wait til I reach my 10 pound mark.

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MRSBLAK27 5/21/2011 2:06PM

  Hey Lady,

Happy your back, and it looks like you've been dealing with things in a positive manner. So in my book your a winner, it's hard out here trying to balance home & health....

I know you'll come up with a plan to incorporate all that you want to do, maybe do 2-3 things for 2wks then switch it up so your body doesn't resist the work.

Ps..I like your goals too it's not always about the number.

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DOINME4LIFE 5/20/2011 6:50PM

    Glad you're back!!

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WALKT30 5/20/2011 5:14PM

    Glad to see you are back. I missed your posts. I am so jealous , but happy to hear that you are under the 200lb pound mark. I am still in the 200 lb club. I am maintaining, but I am like you have some financial difficulties and just cannot purchase fresh fruits and vegetables every week and other things for my family like I had been. i think that the stress is getting to me because I find that I am snacking more. I am trying not to go over board but it's hard. I find myself just wanting something ice cream or something sweet or chocolate to make it all better momentarily. The good thing is that I have continued to exercise and get my Zumba in. I even did my first 2hr Master Zumba class. I surprised myself. I made it through. I enjoyed it and did not need oxygen like I thought that I would. I still want to get some of that exercise motivation like you had.
Glad to have you back !!!!!!

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HEALTHYONE2008 5/20/2011 5:02PM

    emoticon going on the doctors visit and getting the #'s down.
I also hope that you will be able to reschedule your trip. emoticon

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DIVA14K 5/20/2011 3:40PM

    You still did good even though you were going through things. And your in One der land. emoticon I hope you can take your Healthy self to Jamaica.

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NATPLUMMER 5/20/2011 3:02PM

    11 pounds is fabulous!!! So is getting your A1C down!!
Good luck with restarting the C25K. See how it goes and go back if you have to.
Healthy and fit is a great goal to aspire to!!
I hope you can reschedule your trip to Jamaica.

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Okay. Maybe I Can Lose Weight

Friday, April 15, 2011

Been having issues losing weight since this journey began in January. I have struggled with my weight since becoming a diabetic although my onset was not weight related and doctors consider me what they call Type 1.5. Only reason I am determined more of a type 2 and not 1 was age. I was 31, too old to be called Type 1 but I was at a healthy weight, active and now insulin dependent which are things generally associated with a Type 1. Confused yet? No need to be, let me go on with my story.

Anywho, I have struggled with my weight. Constantly going up even when attempting to go down. I lost a net 5 pounds since January despite hours of workouts and eating healthy. I was starting to get concerned that I might have the double whammy. Diabetic with Thyroid issues. My mom has an underactive thyroid and has taken medication since her late 30's. She used to be a svelte little chica. I had to put my high school boy-friends in check looking at her, lol. I was started to get concerned that I might have it too.

What changed my mind.? Well since I did like Lebron and took "my talents to South Beach" on Monday and I am now clocking a 4.4 pound lost. IN FIVE DAYS! I knew I lost on SBD years ago but didn't stick with it. At the time I was clocking a 3 hour round trip work commute living in Dumfries/Woodbridge but working in Sterling, VA (DC Metro area for those who are not familiar with the area). I didn't have the energy to plan and prepare meals. I had a stressful job that I loved but I didn't have much to give to anything once I finally made it home at night. I now see with some better preparation I could have really succeeded and maintained. Hey, I was only like 156 at that time.

Right now I am on day 5 of 14 of phase one. I am an extreme nibbler but I haven't succumbed not once! It all has been right in front of my face: Krispy Kreme donuts, muffins, fried chicken, potato chips, fruit (can't have any for 14 days), and Reese's cups on several occasions and I am a pb freak! Get this for all that know me, I have been around my number one obsession emoticon and not tasted a one! That is like major miracle. Only thing I haven't been around and need to stay away from is my other major trigger: pizza. I always say I will have one piece but it never happens, even when I prepare a salad with it. Its also cool not having to count anything. Calories, fat grams, points. I love my WW and still tracking on their website until I decide if I want to stick with it or just switch to SBD. Part of me doesnt' want to give up on it. Hey, I lost 40 pounds on WW once! It's freakin' awesome.

I am determined to keep up the good work, add my workouts back in (yep, all those pounds and no exercise). I am hoping I can get a total 10 pound lost by day 14. Even a total 8 would make me oh so happy. Obviously it's not just about eating less or working out. It's about what you eat too and how you eat it. I am feeling good and hoping with those pounds I can get down a size so I still make my late May goal- to be down a size by my trip to Jamaica. By my scale that would also put me back in onderland. I have never been over 200 unless late in pregnancy and post pregnancy on the way down. Been in 200s since last September and determined it only a point in my destination to going back DOWN!

So bottom line, thank the Lord, I don't have thyroid issues and although it has proved difficult to lose weight as an insulin dependent person, it can happen. I am not doomed. Just knowing these two facts is the best thing to happen to me since I started this lifestyle change early this year.

Stay Sparkalicious and enjoy your weekend!

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SHARMIKA04 4/18/2011 10:57PM

    That is great news! Having thyroid problems is a pain in the butt. I believe I do have thyroid problems but yet my doctor keeps saying I don't have any. Losing weight is really hard for me too. So glad the SBD is working out for you.

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AMSMITH81 4/16/2011 10:36PM

    Sounds so much like my story..... Although, never skinny, I didn't have any major weight issues until I started my 3 hour commute in SC (by the way, I did live in DC and worked in VA. Great in the morning...not so great for the evening commute). Anyway, ergo the 30 pound weight gain (2nd baby too). I did it so I know you can do it too... Ironically it's these last 8 pounds that's kicking my butt, but I know these Carolina girls can do it!!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/15/2011 8:03PM

    You are doing an awesome job!
Congratulations on 4.4 pounds in 5 days!!! That is freakin' fabulous!!!!!
I think you stand a great chance of hitting onederland by the time you leave for Jamaica.
Have a fabulous weekend :-)

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LBDB001 4/15/2011 7:23PM

    Glad to see those numbers are moving down!! You'll be a size down in no time, you keep this up :-)
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DOWNTOWN02 4/15/2011 7:21PM

    HEY LADY! :) :) thanks for sharing this blog! I know you can do it! workout hard...and add in some strength training and those lbs will melt off..and congrats on no mickey dees! thats a big accomplishment..i share your obsession of pizza though. I can't just have ONE slice. I am an all or nothing girl!

keep up the hard work.. LOVE YOU!

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NOMOEXCUSES13 4/15/2011 6:36PM

    You got this girl! Southbeach worked for me too but I ended up stopping. I had lost close to ten pounds in two weeks but I started having dizzy spellls and my hubby insisted i quit. I am glad that it is working for you. just goes to show that everybody is different. Hmmmmm diabetes is a very confusing thing...I have no idea what Type 1 or Type 2 is but I should probably educate myself on it since so many of my family members have had it....As for your Jamaica goal...No worries mamacita...You are going to hit that goal in is my major obsession too....sigh...haven't had it in a loooong time....well love...I am wishing you a great weekend full of nutritious choices and awesome workouts!!!!

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PUNZIE73 4/15/2011 6:00PM

    Yay! I'm a nibbler too! (My auntie calls me Niblit) I just like to sample everything! But it's good to know that making those choices have helped! I'm trying to keep my sweet tooth at bay, thanks for showing me it CAN be done! Keep up the great work! By the way, how come I didn't know you were a VA girl?

Hopeful in Richmond

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