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Day 241: Running is my Valentine

Friday, February 15, 2013

Heppy belated Valentines day, everyone!

This year was the first year that I refused to think of February 14th as Singles Awareness day. I'll be honest, it took some effort to avoid the inheirent bitterness that comes with being single on the most popular day about romantic love in our country.

I took a different perspective yesterday. Yesterday was all about loving me. I wore my favorite shirt, put on some jewelery (which I rarely wear) and just took care of myself. I tried to remember to smile all day. I tried to think consciously about my own happiness. I started my day as my own valentine.

The work day was long, not gonna lie. Though, it was productive. It was good.

By 5:15 I had to leave and go to meet up with the runners. After 30 minutes to go less than six miles I finally got there. I wore pink. I wore a smile. I decided to challenge myself. There were two options for this 'romantic' valentines day run - 4 miles or 6. For a moment, a brief moment, I considered doing 4. After all, it was 3 mile Thursday, I should stick to my plan?

I have never, never been so glad not to stick to plan.

I knocked out the 6 miles with the help of a very patient Full-Marathon trainee in just over an hour. 1 hour 04 minutes. Seriously!

I'm so proud.


After that run when I sat in my car and looked at my watch and saw how far I'd gone, thought about how I felt, and realized that I'm SURE I could have kept going - let me tell you, Running became my valentine.

Running gives me the most amazing gifts, too! It makes me strong. It makes me confident. It introduces me to the most amazing people. Running inspires me. Running gives me more reasons to love myself than any other person could. Best Valentine ever.

Someday, when I'm a confident runner - when I'm sure I won't struggle to complete a distance, I'll be there, in the back, with people like me now. I'll be there hanging with them so they won't be alone - just like that trainee did with me last night.

I'm feeling inspired.

This morning the scale graced me with 185.7.
Today I've also been graced with sunshine.
Today is a good day.

I hope you all are having as beautiful day as I am.

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SIMONEKP 2/17/2013 11:57AM


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JAHINTZY 2/15/2013 1:24PM

    That is awesome, I'm proud and happy for you :)

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COOP9002 2/15/2013 1:17PM

    Nice job on your progress and the attitude.

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POMATOJUICE 2/15/2013 12:18PM

    Hooray! I'm glad you had a great day yesterday. I think Valentine's day is mostly there to make the single people feel like crap, and make the people in fresh relationships pressured to buy stuff, srsly.

No comfort at all, but: My V-days aren't very romantic at all! The Husband treats it like another day off. He buys me flowers because he says he has to, or it means he is a bad husband. Then he spends the rest of the day yelling at his computer. (Because you know, it is terribly upsetting when a pack of champion IMPS steamrolls you and you have to pay a durability fee). Then sometime in the evening, he asks what's for dinner, and refuses to go out because it'll be too crowded. lol

Still, I ate a crapton of Italian food last night,and it was totally awesome for the first 30 min! lolololol

I'm so happy to hear that you got a fantastic run in, though! I think it's awesme that there was someone there to encourage you. I'd like to think that some day, I could be that motivating for someone else. When there are people like that around, humanity feels a little less hopless! I'd love to maybe one day be able to help someone else like that.

So, I am proud of you too! Way to go! 6 miles is cray cray!

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ONMYMEDS 2/15/2013 11:22AM

    I would say you are well on your way to being a confident runner. Nice job!!

Just know, there will be days where ANY distance will be a struggle. But, even my worst day of running was a BETTER day because I ran.

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ADARKARA 2/15/2013 11:07AM

    That's awesome!!! Way to go!!! (And honestly, married people don't always have very romantic Valentine's Days, I watched Swamp People and bought spatulas at Bed Bath and Beyond, lol)

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Day 239: Take a good, hard look

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Well, guys, last night's weigh-in was as crappy as I expected.

After one month away from the Club I've maintained. Yep. No loss. No gain. Just sat flat.

I'm going to take one second to complain. I don't understand how I can not lose any weight when I literally track everything that goes into my mouth 12 out of 14 days a week. I read labels. I consider what I have budgeted. I keep within my ranges. More than that, if the BodyMedia armband is to be believed I burn, on average, 2500 calories a day. Even if I eat 2000 calories a day that's STILL a deficit (and I'm not eating 2000)...


I did get a fantastic piece of thought last night.

I already know what I need to do in order to be successful.

In fact, I already have mealplans.

I think it also comes down to getting more -daily- activity minutes. Maybe 90 minutes in one day isn't enough to make up for fifteen on another? So, the plan is two-fold.

First, I'm going to look at my three most successful weeks during the first six months and I'm going to 1) make a shopping guide out of them and 2) see what my minutes were. I was doing less in terms of distance then; but, I was also doing more in terms of days. So, this will give me a target. It may turn out that I just have to do short runs every single day of the week with a long day on the weekends to keep my mileage up.

I'll let you guys know what my plans are :)

Alright, time to get some real work done.

Hope you guys have had a better month than I have!

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CHRISTINASP 2/14/2013 4:39AM

    The other side of it is that you did not gain.
Sounds like you're doing a lot of things right. The only thing to work on now is... Patience! :)

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 2/13/2013 11:12PM

    Your determination is so inspiring. Don't get discouraged by minor plateau! It's your long term body testing you to see if you really want this and what you will do to maintain it. Great success is in your future! I am your number 1 fan and can't wait to get the updates.

Nite nite

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REFFIE1 2/13/2013 12:17PM

    Everyone hit plateaus especially when you have less to lose. Glad you are still tweaking things and are really motivated to succeed. emoticon

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POMATOJUICE 2/13/2013 11:54AM

    That sounds like a really good idea! I should go back and look at what my first two month's food was like. I know I am doing a lot more, activity-wise now than I was then, so there's not much I can change there. (I can start a second round of P90X.. noooo! The soreness!... I probably should... -..- )

I think food-wise, though, there's probably a lot I can take from my mealplans those days. Heck, I was able to look back 3 years and see what I was eating then when I fell off the wagon! Some of those days were good, and others were hilarious, because I was tracking all sorts of stuff I'd NEVER eat now. :X

Edit: I was also going to mention: If you still have trouble after that, it may be time to play with your macronutrient ratios! IE: If you're currently doing about 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fat, it might be time to try to bump protein up to 50%, carbs down to 30%, etc. It all depends on whether your body has a hard time letting go of things like bread, or if your downfall is eating thick slabs of fat on steaks, or whatever :P

Comment edited on: 2/13/2013 11:56:15 AM

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LIVELAUFLUV 2/13/2013 9:39AM

    Sorry you are disappointed with your weigh in. Just remember it's just a number, and it only reflects your weight at a certain time and place, not the effort you are putting into your healthy lifestyle! It sounds like you are doing everything right!

Keep up the great work!


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Day 238 : Reward for 5 Mile hill Repeats

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile!

What more do you need. I mean, really?


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REFFIE1 2/12/2013 12:24PM

    Well, that answers the "Where's the beef?" question in an old TV commercial. Obviously, it is driving around town for all to see! Cute! I have seen that weiner in my town too! emoticon

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POMATOJUICE 2/12/2013 11:05AM

    heh heh heh heh.

You typed "weiner."

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Day 237: Head cold and Eight Miles

Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome to Monday.

A monday where I woke up an hour and a half before my alarm due to sinus pressure. That's right, I have a nasty headcold. It started yesterday with the nasty feeling that's in that weird spot between the back of my throat / under my nose. Now it's pretty much all through my sinuses. The thing that sucks is that when I get sinus pressure my teeth hurt. I don't know why, it's just the hand I've been dealt.

Yesterday, however, was the best run I've had to date. I skipped out on Saturday's group run because it was in the blackhole of my Pittsburgh knowlege (Oakland) and it was going to be freezing. With a forecast of 22 degrees for Saturday and 45+ on Sunday - well, my choice was an easy one. I had intended to do six miles, per my training plan and I guestimated my distance. When I finished I checked my Garmin and found that I'd really done 7.74 miles! The best part? I felt STRONG. I'm also not sore today. At 93 minutes that puts me on pace for about a 2:30 half-marathon pace. I'm stoked.

In terms of weight I've stalled out. I sit currently at 185 and I know what I'm doing wrong. Let's start with Chipotle. Then add in copious candy from the jar at work. Then don't track anything for three days. Yeah, I know. I don't eat badly ALL The time - but, when I do it I apparently do it really well. I will say it's kind of disheartening to think that 1800 calories and a run mileage around 20 in a week is enough to keep me sitting at 186-188.

For the first time I'm actually doubting that I have what it takes to get down to 160.

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POMATOJUICE 2/12/2013 11:00AM

    You and I are in a really similar rut right now with food problems. A few days of doing really great.. a few days of doing really badly! It comes down to the desire to want to eat... whatever... is currently stronger than the desire to stay in calorie ranges and lose weight. It's a hard truth, and I'm working on accepting it right now and getting over my current desire to eat fun stuff.

I think part of it has come down to thoughts like.. "Why not have a donut? You know.. This is the start of month 12. That means I haven't eaten a donut in like a year! Wow! Maybe it IS time for a donut!"

When a few months ago, my thought process was more like..

"Donut.. wow. That's a lot of calories. I don't think I want that. It's not worth it to have the donut and then have to skip some other food somewhere else. I could eat SO MUCH MORE of something healthy and still stay in ranges."

But now I'm all like "DONUT DONUT DONUT. Oh crap. I'm out of calories. Well, I can't just skip dinner. Whatevs!"

I don't know why I've gotten to this point. It sucks! We both know exactly what we need to do, food-wise. We both know exactly WHY we aren't progressing quite as quickly. I think part of it is burn-out, too. After so long of eating healthily, it makes all our bad habits seem not that bad after all this time.

I dont' have a magic solution, but when I find one, I'll let you know :P I just ate a handful of mike& ike's that my brother left on the counter while thinking.. "Yeah, I should probably get on the bike"


As for your teeth hurting.. All the stuff in our faces is crammed pretty close together. Maybe inflammation from the sinus infection is pressing on some cranio-facial nerves? I'd try an alieve or some other anti-inflammatory, and see if it helps. Can't hurt!

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SIMONEKP 2/12/2013 9:34AM

    You can do it, just get back to it. I'm planning to start running in the spring. I signed up for my first 5K in April, plan to walk/jog the event. I feel your pain with the sinus problems, I have the same issues.

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REFFIE1 2/11/2013 5:09PM

    Forgive yourself for a couple of indiscretions. You will be back on track in no time. Think how far you have come. emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/11/2013 2:10PM

    You have what it takes, just take it one step at a time. The menu modifications and shifts in snacking behavior don't take hold overnight. Never Give Up!

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BEANIES_MOM 2/11/2013 10:05AM

    Don't doubt yourself, you have made remarkable progress! I have a loooooooonnnnggg way to go to get down to 160 but I still aspire to it and I do see it as possible just not immediate. emoticon

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WILSON1926 2/11/2013 9:27AM

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Day 233: I have a pain in my rear

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Well, I've survived the week thus far.

Monday I did nothing but walk.
Tuesday was 5 miles of hill repeats.
Yesterday was my Cross Training Class
Today is 3 mile Thursday.

My butt and hips feel soooo sore.

So, on Tuesday night's hill repeats we ran up and down the hill 5 times. I was slow and appreciative of the faster runners who tolerated my presence. I was in the back with the rest of the 11 - 13 minute pacers. We're on repeat number 4 and of the six of them I started with five of them gave up. Well, that just lit a fire under my ass and made me HAVE to do repeat number 5. I may be slow, but I'm no quitter! I was so inspired by the girl behind me. She was probably a 15 minute pacer and all of 5 foot nothing. She was a little heavy, but she NEVER quit. Really, she inspired me.

In other news now I sit at 187 - that's two pounds up from my low of 185. I don't care, I'm just going to keep on keeping on.

Alright, time to kick work's butt!

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SKEETOR 2/8/2013 12:37PM

    Your hill experience reminded me of one time when I was working out with a really fast runner who said running hills was the best way to increase your time. So we were running up this steep hill and he said "No, you have to run your FASTEST!"....I was running my fastest! emoticon
You're doing GREAT! emoticon

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POMATOJUICE 2/7/2013 12:02PM

    you have a pain in your rear..


Sorry, I had to :X

I'm glad to hear that you are stubbornly hanging in there, though! And seriously? Go go chick behind you!

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REFFIE1 2/7/2013 11:09AM

    Exercising is such a pain in the butt! Let's kick it! emoticon

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FARRAH511 2/7/2013 10:05AM

    Wow emoticon No pain, no gain... but listen at your body, you may need some rest...

Have a Marvelous Day!


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