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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ahhh I actually had an entire post written up and then I hit a button and it all went away! Nooooo!

Anyway, I know I haven't had time to check in here lately and I'm definitely not going to have time this coming week. My eating hasn't been great, it's been terrible at times but mostly just... okay. Not bad, not good, just kind of neutral. I haven't had much time [or desire, let's be honest] to track everything. I ate way too much pizza last night and spend the last 12+ hours feeling uncomfortably full [still am], including a horrible night's sleep and back pain. I *have* kept up with my running, so that's good, but I haven't been doing much of anything else. I'm looking to just maintain a weight around 177 for the month and then I will focus on getting back to losing once things settle down.

I was dogsitting for my godmother last week which was fun [and got me a little extra exercise, but not too much because the dog is 13 years old], and I had her car so I got to run around and do errands that are usually too far for me. I went to Trader Joe's for the first time since moving here over a year ago, and got a ton of cheap, healthy things like soy yogurt and watermelon [it was half the price of my grocery store's! And I didn't have to carry it all the way home!] but I also got some things that aren't so healthy, like cookie butter, Joe-Joe's, and soy ice cream. It turns out that I'm better at portion controlling ice cream than cookies, who would've thought? It's probably because nobody sells vegan ice cream around here so I wanted to make it last as long as possible.

Anyway, most of the week wasn't full of terrible food choices, just eating too much of stuff. But yesterday, I ordered pizza [and breadsticks] because I didn't want to deal with the dirty dishes in the sink [but then ended up washing them anyway while I waited for the pizza to be delivered, go figure!]. Just a small pizza with pineapple, olives, and carmelized onions. Nothing too bad. Except for the fact that I ate almost the entire thing. Oops. I don't know why, either! I definitely said after a couple slices, "Okay, I'm full now, I should stop." But then I'd pick up another slice ten minutes later. And another. I blame myself for not thinking to put the pizza in the fridge right away [out of sight, out of mind works WONDERS with me]. Oh well, lesson learned and all that.

Friday is my brother's wedding and I've been super busy helping the bride get everything done in time. That's what I'll be working on for the next few days, as well. I'm excited for the wedding but this week is super busy because of it! Tomorrow and Tuesday, I'll be working on finishing up favors/the guestbook/other stuff with Laura [the bride] and our moms. Wednesday is the rehearsal dinner [I still have no clue what I'm going to wear!], Thursday I have to take my aunt to a doctor's appointment and get my nails done, and then I'm spending the night at my mom's. The wedding's Friday morning, reception's in the afternoon and then I don't know when or how I'm getting home. And I will probably just collapse into bed once I do!

On top of this, my online "book club" sort of thing has started reading my favourite author, finally, and I keep getting pulled into lengthy discussions throughout the week because I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH AND JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT THEM FOREVER. [ markreads.net/reviews/category/torta

I was hoping to lose a few more pounds before the wedding because the dress I'm wearing is snug... it looks good on me, but it's definitely a bit too tight in one tiny spot so that's not awesome. But instead, I've gained a few pounds so now I'm worried it won't fit at all! I know that I'm super bloated from yesterday's pizza extravaganza, though, so if I keep an eye on what I eat for the next few days my body should go back to where it was last week. That's just hard to do while I have so many other things going on! Thankfully, I have today to myself [we had planned on doing wedding stuff today as well but Laura had to work] so I think I'll do some meal planning and prepping for the rest of the week. Including a huge, delicious salad made with veggies from the CSA that my godmother gave me! And a visit to the gym. I haven't been since last Saturday and I need it back in my life!

Okay, I guess I should get out of bed and actually get started on these things. Including facing the scale so I know exactly how much work I have ahead of me for the week. It'll be a miracle if I have time to get on SP and catch up with everyone's blogs and adventures this week, but I plan to be fully back next weekend. At least for a few days, until I go house-sitting at my mom's [where I will have a car AGAIN, yay, but I also have to paint a bunch of rooms in her house...]. Things will calm down in October, I swear. I've got nothing coming up in October. So... see you then?

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BHSKITTYKATT 9/17/2012 4:39PM

    I've never had cookie butter. Now that I know it exists, I'm intrigued. Darn it!

Pizza is my number 1 weakness. I can put away an entire large pie in one sitting if given the chance! It's always just one more slice...and then just one more...one more....

Congrats to your brother and his bride! I'm sure the dress will fit. Just try and carve out a few minutes (on the bus, before bed, whenever) to make a quick plan between now and the wedding. Cutting carbs will help you slim down fairly quickly in the short-term...it usually isn't sustainable long-term, but to slim down a bit by Friday it will likely do the trick. Cut sodium, too, since that brings out the bloat monster!

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BILL60 9/17/2012 8:36AM

    Busy schedule. Don't know about you, but in my case it never slows down.

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CHRIS3874 9/16/2012 2:23PM

    Don't be too hard on yourself- we are all entitled to our failings (G-d knows I have had moe than my fair share LOL). Tomorrow is another day. I just wish I could still run - maybe one day I will again.

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THELOVELYBIRD 9/16/2012 1:55PM

    I REFUSE to let myself buy cookie butter. I always see it at TJs and want it SO badly, but I know I'd totally binge on it! I'm living vicariously through you. Someday soon I'll have to try it and then give it away to my roommate or something. Or better yet, maybe someday soon I'll have a better grasp of self-control around cookies!

Sounds like you had a pretty productive week!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/16/2012 11:42AM

    soooo sorry about that! I had spun 25 points and did the blog and that disappeared! had to respin? 5 points? goo figure!!!

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5k and start of the month measurements

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Okay, I wrote a really long post about today's 5K on my off-site blog, which you can read here: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com/2012/09/
To summarize, however: I finished it in 33:53, came in 14th out of 29 in my division [which shocked me!], and am really happy with my results. I learned a few things to change for my next 5K and I've got a training plan all set up for the coming month. I'm excited!

Since it's the beginning of the month, I took my measurements this morning as well. Losses are as follows:
waist: 1 inch
hips: 1 inch
thigh: 1 inch
arm: 0
neck: 0.5 inch
belly: 0.5 inch

My body fat percentage also went down to 25% from 25.6% last month, per www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/ho
[but that estimate may be off by 1 or 2% so it might not really be any change].

I love these results!

Weigh in tomorrow and that's looking gooooood. This week was MY week!

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BILL60 9/2/2012 7:34AM

    Now, make every week "Your Week".

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KELLY122581 9/2/2012 3:39AM

    LOVE your off-site blog post!!! Also - adorable sneakers...will be a pity when you have to replace them!

We are opposite. I am definitely a morning runner, and all the races here seem to be in the afternoon. 2PM seems to be a running trend, and I was really worried about it because in normal life, I'm nearly dead at 2PM... but the race atmosphere helped increase my energy. Seems like it did the same for you in the morning!

I also know what you mean about the music. I pulled my headphones out for the last 25% of the race... they had local community bands playing music, and there were people shouting (encouragement, i guess) from the sidelines at me, and I couldn't hear any of it because of my headphones.

I'm still crazy impressed with your time! Have to say that again. haha. I just signed up for another race next weekend (on a whim) and I'm hoping to break my last time.... but that means getting under 37 minutes. Maybe I should use your tactic and start out in a higher pace group :-)

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MIDNIGHTER1 9/2/2012 1:21AM

    You go girl. Good for you. emoticon. Celebrate that. Good luck on your weigh in. Love the enthusiasm.

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12 hours until the 5K!

Friday, August 31, 2012

The countdown is on! I went this evening to go pick up my race bag.

I also got this free shirt which is made of super awesome wicking fabric [which is great because all of my running/wicking shirts are too small still so I've been wearing non-wicking cotton t-shirts]

[this shirt also makes my boobs look huge and I'm not sure why]

There was also a coupon for 15% off at a local running store [with no expiration date!], which is great because I'm going to need new running shoes soon. I emoticon race swag.

Also, I put a pink streak in my hair to celebrate!

I haven't dyed my hair any funky colours in about a year because of the continuous job search, but I figured this was okay because 1) I didn't bleach it first, so it's barely noticeable and it'll fade quickly and 2) I'm dyeing my hair [my regular red] next week anyway. And I have no upcoming job interviews so, yeah, whatever. As long as it's out by my brother's wedding, it's okay.

Anyway, in 12 hours, I should be almost done with the 5K! Exciting! Okay, time to go get my stuff together for the morning [I still haven't decided what shirt to wear, oops! I don't want to wear the race's shirt because that's too mainstream and also, it clashes with my running shorts/shoes]. And then in bed by 10:30 and awake at 6:30 so I have time to have breakfast and digest it before the race at 9:30 [I really can't run with any food in my stomach because I get awful cramps, but I also can't run without eating breakfast because I get lightheaded, so I have a three hour gap that I've carefully decided on after weeks of experiments].

I may or may not get to update right after the race. Tomorrow's actually really busy after the 5K, what with the Doctor Who premiere, my mom taking me out in the afternoon, and visiting my aunt later. If nothing else, I'll try to pop in for a quick status update with the race results.

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BILL60 9/1/2012 8:33AM

    Enjoy your 5K.

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PJBONARRIGO 8/31/2012 10:11PM

    Woohoo! Enjoy your loot and the 5K run :-) emoticon

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one mile: conquered

Thursday, August 30, 2012

So today at the gym, I decided to see if I could run a full mile without stopping to walk. I know, I'm running a 5k on Saturday but I've been doing training with run/walk intervals and plan on doing that on Saturday as well. But today, I just wanted to see how long I could run without sticking to the intervals. Because of the interval training, I have set times to stop running instead of just "when my body feels like it" and I'm curious as to where I actually stand, regarding how far I can run without stopping.

And I did it. 9 minutes, 12 seconds. I probably could've gone faster, and I also could've kept going for longer, but I didn't want to push myself too hard. I still had my regular training to do, and I don't want to wear out my legs before Saturday's race. I'm not going to attempt running full miles on Saturday, it did use up a lot of my energy and made the rest of training harder. But it's nice to know that I am able to do it, and this will mean I'll be able to run a full 5k without walking in October as long as I keep up with training. Speaking of which, I finally found a running plan to bridge the gap between running intervals and running a full 5K:

For the rest of the time today, I did 4:1min run/walk intervals and they went really well, so I'm probably going to do those intervals on Saturday. Today's 5K time on the treadmill: 31:55.

The next ~36 hours will be spent resting my legs so that I'm all ready for Saturday morning! This means lots of relaxation and watching the second half of season 2 of Community. And a quick bike ride to the stadium tomorrow evening to pick up my race stuff and inquire if there's going to be a place for gear drop-off, etc. [Necessary since I don't have a car to put stuff in and nobody's coming to cheer me on, so if there's no gear drop then I need to figure something else out!]. But mostly: relaxation!

Have I mentioned how excited I am yet? I think my friends are excited too because that means I'll stop talking about running all the time [for a couple days at least... and then it's onto training for October's 5K!]. Haha.

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AMANDA4YHVH 9/2/2012 9:15AM

    Congrats! This is one of my goals too. emoticon
Good luck in your emoticon

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BILL60 8/31/2012 8:34AM

    Good luck on Saturday!!

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BETHS60 8/31/2012 8:03AM

    Good job on running the mile! emoticon

It takes courage to take on a challenge like this. Best of luck for the race. I'm rooting for you.

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KELLY122581 8/31/2012 4:49AM

    I'll be cheering you on from Belgium too!

And I agree! Awesome mile time!!! good luck! Rest up those legs :-)

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SKAHONEY4U 8/30/2012 8:48PM

    I will be cheering you on from DC! Also great job on that mile run! I don't think I have ever ran (run? me fail english? that's unpossible!) a mile that fast, even when I was swimming varsity in high school! Probably due to asthma, but still!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I logged into sparkpeople today to see a number I had been counting towards-- not my sparkpoints or anything, but something with much more significance.

I've logged into sparkpeople for the last 183 days straight! Exactly half a year. And although sparkpeople counts December as my anniversary marker, this really shows it. I created the account in December but then didn't do anything with it for nearly 3 months. But that day I came back, February 28th, was the day I fully committed to a new lifestyle. And I haven't looked back.

So, happy 6 months to me!

On another note, I got an email update about Saturday's 5K-- so far, only about 300 people have signed up for it. I love it! This means that I have a very good chance of either winning a prize [ha yeah right!] or coming in dead last [but I think there will be some walkers so I don't think that's likely?]. Either way, it's amusing to think about. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS RACE THOUGH. It's all my friends have heard about for a couple weeks now.

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KELLY122581 8/30/2012 6:16AM

    Good luck on your 5K! You'll do great no matter where you place :-)

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BILL60 8/29/2012 8:44AM

    Good luck on your 5K and congrats on your anniversary.

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DANE02 8/28/2012 11:19PM

    Congrats on your 6 mo anniversary! Wish you much success in the 5K

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