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Day 135 - Icky McIckerston (And up 1lb)

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Well, guys, I'm still out of the exercise game.

This is feeling less cold than flu.

Still, I'm more concerned about not being able to run in the race on Saturday than with recovery. I'm so TIRED of not getting out for my run. I probably could run, if it weren't cold and rainy outside which would only make me sicker in the long run.

-sigh.-

So, anyway, I'm up a pound - though that's probably due to all the canned soup and aspirin.

Icky.

So, here's to hoping this clears up quickly!

Who's with me in wanting to go take a nap right now?

zzzzzzz

  
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JENGOJENGO 11/1/2012 12:46PM

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REVIVED 11/1/2012 12:13PM

    I've been fighting off a cold myself. Do you take emergen-C? I find that really helpful. I've been super unmotivated recently. Haven't worked out in like a week! I don't know what it is. I don't even miss it that much. But I know once I get up and do it, especially running, I love it again so I just have to make myself do it. I'm gonna run today. No ifs ands or buts.

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REFFIE1 11/1/2012 10:53AM

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Take it easy, and rest up. I would take a nap but I have an annoying cat who has just discovered his inner siamese yowl! emoticon

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Day 132 - Is it bad to not mind weighing 195?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Good morning ladies and gents!

Welcome to Monday - and it's very early where I am. Going to send thoughts out to all of you in Hurricane Sandy's path - stay stafe, dry, and happy! (In that order.)

I already did a brief blog about the 5K on Saturday. Not too disappointed in my time, especially considering that the race started off with a massive hill AND ended with a massive hill. (And I don't train on hills!) Also amazingly proud of my brother who kicked ass at 29 minutes. Someday maybe I'll be able to outrun him! Then again, what he has in speed, I have in distance :-P

So, at the Club last week I had a thought:

I wouldn't mind not losing another pound.

Is that terrible?

I'm down 30 pounds from where I started. I'm doing things like running 5Ks which is not something I ever thought I could do. I'm down a pants size, feeling more confident, and certainly looking better than I did before.

So, when I think "how would I feel if I never get past 195?" - I can't help but think I might be okay with that. Is that bad? I mean, does that mean I'm giving up hope?

My goal weight is 165. That's thirty more pounds. I've just got to remind myself that I've already lost 30, I can certainly lose 30 more - they're just going to take more work and dilligence than the first 30, I guess.

What do you guys think - is it silly to allow myself to think, "Huh, 195 ain't so bad!" ?

  
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DEBBY4576 10/30/2012 5:15PM

    I agree with a couple on here, that you have achieved loving yourself. It's up to you to decide whether you deep down want to lose more or not. I don't know your frame size, or if you have any blood pressure or diabetic problems. Can only say, if you look and feel this good now, can you imagine actually how you will feel if you do reach your goal weight?

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/29/2012 7:16PM

    If you are healthy and happy and feeling good - enjoy that. If there is more to accomplish and you choose to go for it, then you can do that. This is your life and your choices. Do what works for you and keeps you in a good place, mentally and physically.

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/29/2012 1:26PM

    You look amazing and I can feel your spirit soaring!!!! I really don't think that stoopid scale matters anymore. We are winners with or without the next 30lbs. However, I think we can band together and get the next 30lbs off.

I wanna sexy Halloween costume. Is that to much to ask for?

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CNTRYGL1 10/29/2012 1:20PM

    I always feel that same thing when I get below 200. This isn't so bad...then I try on a bathing suit and remember why I want to lose 30 more! emoticon You are doing amazing girl! And there is nothing wrong with being happy with your accomplishments!

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EMMAJANEVER 10/29/2012 11:27AM

    I weighed 208, and got down to 196 and stayed there for ever, over a year. And I was very complacent with that weight. Then with the help of sparkpeople I lost ten pounds - and I am so excited that I look forward to losing more, no matter how slow!!!

My point is don't accept this- keep working hard! If you feel this good now just think how much more confident and powerful you will feel with each pound, each success!!! Good luck!


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SWIMBIKERUN2006 10/29/2012 11:01AM

    If you are healthy...and happy where you are, then there's no reason not to stay there! Our country is so vain in the messages that are sent about what is an "acceptable" weight and/or look. Keep up the fitness & enjoy life!

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REFFIE1 10/29/2012 10:36AM

    I think the secret to beating the weight thing is to first accept and love yourself at any weight. Therefore, I think it is fantastic that you totally accept yourself at 195 pounds. I think self-acceptance will probably help you lose some more weight anyhow because you won't be stressing out or obsessing about pounds lost. The fact you are getting out and running races will keep you active and healthy. emoticon

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TERRI8819 10/29/2012 9:43AM

  I don't think it's silly at all! I think it's great. I am kind of in a similar situation. I'm 41, I lost 40 lbs. which has put me at 191. I have been stuck here for little over a year. I started exercising around February to break my plateau. It hasn't worked. What sticks out in my mind is the fact that I haven't gained anything back. Do I want to lose more? Of course. Would I be happy if I stayed here forever? Absolutely. Why? Because I know how it could be. Maybe you and I have discovered a secret. That is, being fit and healthy is more important, and easier to maintain than being "skinny".

I've learned that one of my biggest obsacles was trying to lose weight. When I obsess, it gets harder. When I plateau, I get discouraged. Then, I gain it all back and then some. I finally realized that whatever I do, I have to do it FOREVER. So, what's better...Living like this (doable) and being 191, or trying harder to lose another 20, 30 whatever lbs. only to gain it all back in a year when I realize I can't eat, exercise, whatever like that forever.

So, I say go ahead, be happy with 195. If it's easy to maintain, and your healthy and feel good that's GREAT! If you lose more, good for you, but if not then that's okay too!

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POMATOJUICE 10/29/2012 8:41AM

    I've felt that way before, too. Right now, I'm almost back to the same size I was when I got married. (I won't know for certain until this one blue chinese shirt fits. I didn't weigh myself back then)

But I have thought... "Hey, I lost a lot, that's pretty good, right? I'm looking good now!"

The thoughts of being happy where I am don't last all that long, though. :P Before too long, I remember that my legs can totally look better, and that I can have a smaller waist measurement, etc, and I decide to push forward.

To reach the ideal BMI, I would have to lose another 70 lbs! I don't aspire to be the ultimate BMI weight. I am not really sure what weight I would be happy to settle down at, though. For this challenge, I decided 150 would make 100 lbs, therefore it was a good, round number. That's still heavier than I was in college, but is that the good weight? I don't know! :D I may just settle down wherever I'm at once I get like 2+ months of 0 losses, because I'm a total slacker like that. (I hope that doesn't happen soon though! :P )

I think your running is incredible! You've acheived a state of fitness that I can't even fathom, since I can't even imagine running in general :P Everything you've worked for so far has paid off in some really awesome ways, but it'll be up to you to decide where to stop, and where you will be able to continue to be healthy and happy.

(I'm still totally jealous of your Legends of the Hidden Temple costumes! I want to do something dorky and fitness related in a costume!)

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JGRAY76 10/29/2012 7:42AM

    Good for you on all fronts, running 5K's, down pants size, weight loss, etc. You have it all working and it would be a shame to stop now.



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Day 130ish - Go Blue Barracudas!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Just to give you guys a quick heads up - yesterday's 5K time was 37:30. No better, but not much worse than the last race.

Also - there was another team from Legends of the Hidden Temple with the same outfit (which is insane since there were like eight different teams to choose from!)

My brother's time was 29 minutes, which was flipping awesome.

  
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POMATOJUICE 10/29/2012 9:12AM

    Those costumes- SO FULL OF WIN!

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LALMEIDA 10/28/2012 7:58PM

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REFFIE1 10/28/2012 7:33PM

    Wow, I am impressed with you finishing a 5K. Excellent! emoticon

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REVIVED 10/28/2012 6:22PM

    Awesome! 37 minutes is better than me so far. I think I'm around 40. Will time myself again this week.

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/28/2012 5:58PM

    Congratulations on your race!!! Maybe one day we'll be those runners that obsess over times but for now, I am always just in awe that people enter these things and finish them. I hope you can use the gold helmet to catch the positive beams I'm sending to my dear running friend!

Spark Cheers (oh and Congrats to Bro-- show off! lol!)
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Day 129 - All I wanna do is eat....

Friday, October 26, 2012


Freaky 5K, funky scale, and back to basics.

  
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POMATOJUICE 10/29/2012 8:48AM

    My husband gets weirded out when I watch video blogs around him, so I had to wait to catch up on this one! :X

All I want to do is eat, too! I wonder if there's a basics bootcamp team we can all b*tch in. It seems like everyone is struggling with food this month!

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/28/2012 4:21PM

    I think it is great that you stopped to make sure the lady that fell was okay to the detriment of your time. Good Karma!

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BECCABOO127 10/27/2012 11:21AM

    It is great to go back to basics every once in a while. It helps to keep you on track.

For example, I had to start counting carbs. I drink juice and eat tiny See's "little pops." They are so tiny; you don't think that it has much of anything in it. Well, one tiny little pop has 18 grams of sugar! That is a little under a serving of garbanzo beans, and at least the beans have fiber which will slow down the release of insulin in your body. Who knew? And let's not even get started on juices!

Anyway, by paying attention to the things that "don't count" in our minds, I have decreased my blood glucose from 366 to 187 two hours after eating dinner. Whew!

Candy jars are hard dealing with at work, especially with a nice receptionist. :)

Hang in there as you are doing great, and that small gain may just be water weight anyway. That's the normal ups & downs of your bod.

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OLIVIANIGHT 10/27/2012 4:30AM

    Yay for going round the slow people instead of pushing them out of the way! But yeah they should totally go to the back.
Good luck with the 5k, let me know how it goes.

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Day 128 - Just a Quote

Thursday, October 25, 2012

So, it's a short blog today, unfortunately.

Plans are to go for my three mile loop over lunch, have a Chipotle Veggie Bowl as a reward, and then coast into this weekend's 5K.

I'm currently reading John Bingham's book - 'Running For Mortals' and I'm only into the first chapter and I've already had some fantastic moments of laughter and introspection. I really hope if reading books about potential hobbies appeals to you guys, that you'll consider this one for your next read.

Still, there was a great quote to start the book:

Is is not a miracle that I finished, it is a miracle I started at all.

Doesn't that just sum up EVERYTHING.

We work hard and persevere every day toward our goals. Sometimes we look at that as the hardest part. I'd agree with the quote: We prepare and train and practice every day as we search for ways to put health and fitness into our lives; but, what was hardest was finding the courage and strength to start. To make the decision that YES today I will go out and run. YES today I will plan what I will eat and stick to it. YES today is the day I will be kind to myself and accept my victories alongside my shortcomings!

Today I'm going to revel in the fact that yet again I take one running step out on my run and I start. I may not finish as fast or as far as I dream to - but at least I start.

What are you guys going to start today?

  
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BECCABOO127 10/27/2012 11:23AM

    Fabulous quote and great blog about it!



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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/25/2012 12:23PM

    I love this quote!!!! I got my run and swim in early. Now, I am 4 hours early for race packet pick up because I hope to win a super-size bag!!! I know it's a little crazy but, what the heck I'm a runner and it doesn't get any crazier than that to me.

Chipotle treat will be well-earned!

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COOP9002 10/25/2012 10:50AM

    Well said.

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REFFIE1 10/25/2012 9:59AM

    You are an inspiration! Let us know how the 5k goes. Best of luck this weekend! emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/25/2012 9:22AM

    The hardest step always the first one but a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Make Today a Great Day!

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