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Started Running - Feeling Great - Weight not off yet :(

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ok so I started running officially for my 1/2 marathon training on June 20th. Mind you the last time I did any type of long distance running was when I was in high school so yep it has been a very long time since I have run.
I am very lucky that I have a new neighbor who was a running trainer using the Jeff Galloway method - run walk ratios -short runs and a long run weekly. This type of trainer is GREAT for the newbie runner.
I just finished my 9.19 km run today -long run at 8 minutes running and 1 minute walking. If you would have told me I would be doing this 4 months ago I would have thought you were crazy.
Now I love running - feel great - asthma (yes that's right I have asthma) is doing fantastic.
Here's the thing though the scale has hardly budged??
I am feeling very toned, notice my legs,butt and thighs are getting really strong and slim but yet the weight not coming off.
This is what brought me back to spark people. I decided I need to check out my nutrition and track my protein compared to my carbs.
I can't do eggs or milk due to allergies, and I don't do red meat but will eat chicken and fish.
I noticed in just 2 days of tracking I am not eating enough of protein so now my challenge is to find those protein high foods to add in my daily meals.

I know the weight will eventually come off and the journey is worth every step so this is why the encouragement from the community is so important.
Those "you go girl" and "high five" really does make my day and motivates me.

I will try to track my progress daily on this blog and share my newbie running experiences. All comments - tips and feedback are very welcome.

Keep smiling and fighting the good fight

Karen from Canada emoticon

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SKILL133 8/27/2014 10:49AM

    You go girl! :) You are doing awesome! I know I'm in awe!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/21/2014 4:19PM

    Don't just go by the scale. Track your measurements, too. If you are getting slimmer but not lighter, then that means you are swapping muscle weight for fat weight and that is a GOOD thing.

Also, remember that one of the physical adaptations that allows you to run endurance distances is that the body begins to store more glycogen in the muscle. It also stores extra water in the muscle with that glycogen because it is needed to metabolize the glycogen quickly. Again, this is GOOD weight.

Finally, the body gets stronger through the process of breaking down (the workout) and rebuilding (the recovery). Recovery is an inflammatory process that involves swelling and extra fluid in the tissue. Again, a GOOD thing because otherwise the body continues to break down. Undercutting recovery in the name of scale weight loss (i.e. dehydrating yourself, depriving the body of required nutrition) is not good for your running. Getting extra sleep is also important here too.

So it is actually difficult to lose a lot of weight when training for endurance distances, but that's not to say you are not improving your body composition. The scale can't tell you where the pounds are coming from.

Adding some weight training to the mix will help, too.

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UKNOWITNOW 8/21/2014 2:53PM

  emoticon That muscle you have been building will start burning those calories soon. emoticon

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Back from Mexico and proud of myself- worked out 3 times and ate healthy.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I had a great time in Mexico, the hotel is fantastic -Azul Sensatori in Mayan Riviera- 5 star .
I worked out 3 times in the gym, which was fantastic - equipment all new - and very clean.
I ate very healthy with omelets in the morning and yogurt. I can't get over how some people just gorge themselves when they go to an all inclusive. Lots of yummy treats but people have no concept of eating in moderation.
I tried a small chocolate pancake 1 morning and a waffle - it was so unsatisfying when you are use to protein.
The restaurants were very nice and even had gluten free options in the Mexican restaurant which shocked me.
I am not much of a drinker however the drinks I did have were fruity and high calorie so that is were I got my calories - but the working out really helped keep me on track.

I went to the gym today - I find it so hard to drop this weight - I REPEAT GETTING OLDER AND SLOW METABOLISM SUCKS!!

I am sticking to it though, hubby still doing the contest at work, and I want to get back to my size 8 where I feel great and comfortable - for me that is between 155 and 160 (thank god i am tall).

I posted 2 photos - oddly enough we didnt take many because we were having such a great time - wish i tooked more because this is one of the nicest resorts I have ever stayed at.

I have to start tracking my fitness and calories again on here - it does make a difference when you monitor everything.
Glad to be home - just wished it was warm and sunny not cold and gloomy :(

Oh well - here are some photos and I also posted 2 on my page.

our room was fantastic

this photo shows how the stairs are lite up at night

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YAMINOKODOMO 3/26/2011 11:27AM

    I know this is late but... WELCOME BACK! LOL I am glad you had a great time and the pics of the hotel are beautiful! I went to mexico two years ago and I had such a great time. Such a beautiful place.

Great job on tracking and exercising!

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_FITMAMA 3/20/2011 1:39PM

    Congrats on staying active while on vacation! Looks like a beautiful place.

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RORYLYONS 3/17/2011 4:30AM

    Just looking at these makes me want to go and have some fun in the sun. Good for you staying on track while on your trip. emoticon emoticon

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SOKKERNUT 3/16/2011 10:20AM

    You tall people sux! emoticon You are lucky you are tall. I am only 5'2".

emoticon on staying on track while on you vacation MOST ppl can't do that. I have seen ppl gorge when everything is included, moderation moderation moderation.

The pictures look awesome YOU LOOK GREAT!

Yes, I totally agree getting older makes it ALOT harder to lose the weight BUT WE CAN DO IT. KEEP IT UP.

Your friend Maria from Texas.

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JILLWILSON2102 3/14/2011 4:53PM

    Beautiful. The tub looks like fun! emoticon

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PATTYFMFL 3/14/2011 12:09PM

    Just got back from Mexico a few weeks ago! I wanna go back!

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Hubby wants to lose 35 in 12 weeks!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Yep his officially weigh in at work is tomorrow, he wants to lose 35lbs in 12 weeks an average of 3lbs a week, and he is turning 48 on Feb 27, you know what ? He will will do it.
He plays hockey twice a week so now with working out (which we are both heading off to any moment) and our healthy eating he will do it.

I, on the other hand, want to be between 150 and 155 so say 20lbs total, no time limit set, I just want to get there and maintain.
At that weight I am comfortable and a size 8. If the weight is higher but i fit into that size, fine by me I know that muscle is dense so as long as I feel good.
Health wise so far so good.

As many of you know it takes awhile to get into a routine so thankfully I have my #1 supporter Brad on board with our healthy lifestyle. Together we will face the challenges of our mid to late 40's happy and healthy.

Now for the fun stuff - found these photos and had a chuckle hope you enjoy them as well emoticon

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SOKKERNUT 2/22/2011 1:46PM

    Good Luck to both of you, I know you say your hubby can do and he will BUT YOU WILL TOO!

Thanks for those pictures they were adorable!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 2/22/2011 12:01PM

    um, it's not fair that men can lose weight faster--they really can can't they?? i believe it that he can lose the weight he husband is dropping his weight like crazy right now...not fair how easy it is! but i feel happy for him!

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JILLWILSON2102 2/22/2011 11:35AM

    It really is so nice to have a partner on board. Way to go!

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PAULAMARIEF 2/22/2011 9:45AM

    That's great that you will have added support from your husband jumping on the band wagon with losing weight. You are so fortunate to have him be supportive. I only dream of that! Maybe because my guy is 8 years younger! It's showing on him, but he's in denial and/or it doesn't bother him, lol. Yes, being my wonderful age of 46 definitely has many different ways of showing up on my body! So we work harder and we also realize life is short and how much we want to stress on different things. So I'm so glad you are looking forward to vaca and can't wait to see your pictures.

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ARMSPORTS 2/21/2011 9:33PM

    Good luck! My wife and I are of similar age so we know all too well the trials and tribulations of pursuing fitness as the big "five-o" approaches! You will be successful if you support each other every step of the way.

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Getting old sucks - Metabolism slow down that is :P

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Oh how I envy my youth, just for the metabolism of course.

Isn't it a cruel joke that at the time we don't appreciate it and how easy the weight came off . Now at the age of 45 it takes twice as long to lose half the weight- yes isn't it just grand getting older emoticon

I am not stressing though, vacation time is in 2 weeks I am steady as it goes watching my food and trying to work out whenever possible. Of course it would be fantastic to be down another 5 lbs but I won't let that damn scale rule me. emoticon

My hubby informed me they started a weight loss challenge at his work, therefore he is also on team healthy. It is great to have his support and I am in the process of now checking out some new recipes - because frankly chicken breast can get pretty boring.

I am going to end my blog with some photos from my last trip to Playa Del Carmen - March 4th ladies - countdown is on:)

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_FITMAMA 2/26/2011 8:02AM

    Yah the whole metabolism thing does suck! And BTW, love the blue hat!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 2/22/2011 12:00PM

    i am so jealous! i love playa del carmen--and those pictures make me want to go back right now!
i hear you on the metabolism thing...but i can tell you it's possible to rev it up!...mine is finally back and i think running better than i was 20.....but it took me over a year to get if i can maintain it until my old age

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SPARKCHARISE 2/21/2011 3:00PM

    Definitely harder in my 40s! I also noticed my first 15 pounds came off easily. Now I am SLOW but steady at 2 pounds a week. Vacation is a huge motivator! I have another 2 months before Mexico. Looking forward to some tropical pics from you!

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/21/2011 11:48AM

    How exciting! Can I come with you guys emoticon lol

My boyfriend also has a little p90x challenge with HIS coworkers and friends so I know exactly what you mean, so much easier to have our guys on bored emoticon

Your vacation is right around the corner! Before you know it the day will arrive!

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JILLWILSON2102 2/21/2011 10:51AM

    Yup, it totally sucks. But vacation is worth the effort!!! emoticon

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MONARCHCT 2/21/2011 8:52AM

    AT 59 when I first started SP, I had to totally revamp my eating...esp the portion size. I've adjusted pretty well & find that these smaller portions & fewer calories actually are enough to keep me from being hungry...but there is not much room for emotional eating or comfort foods. And talk about slowed down running is, of course, slow. But running 5 miles only burns a little over 300 calories for me!!! Getting older is not for sissies! Good luck on your is definitely do-able & worth it.

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SOKKERNUT 2/20/2011 9:11PM

    Yep that metabolism slows down when we hit our 40s worst part for us women it gets worse after 50s! :(


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COOKIEGRANNY 2/20/2011 3:04PM

    I know how you feel!! I am 47 and I can see such a huge difference since I turned 40. So frustrating! However, you are GORGEOUS!! BTW, my husband and I went to Playa Del Carmen for our honeymoon (that was 2003). We LOVED it! I'm glad I don't have such a close deadline coming up, as you do, but you look great! Don't stress! Have a great trip!

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IONA72 2/20/2011 3:04PM

    Yes I def notice that slow metabolism, it is so much harder to lose now :(
Love your photos, you both look great.


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1 Month until the sun - and oh no a bathing suit -yikes

Friday, February 04, 2011

What did i state in my first blog of the year - oh yeah that i wanted to be healthy - of course murphys law hits and low and behold got a head cold that turned into a sinus infection.
On antibiotics now - but getting brutal headaches from the pressure -ugh.
Again many have it much worse than me so just taking in 1 day at a time with my meds and i will heal quickly.

Hubby and I booked a vacation for March 4th - Playa Del Carmen - 5 star resort - woo hoo
I am not going to pressure myself into trying to drop tons of weight by then because that leads to stress and end result end up gaining weight with cortisol.
So i am going to go to the gym, continue to eat healthy food in small portions - 5 meals a day - and try to remain at least 90% clean eating.

Drinking water - again the hardest part for me, and yes it would help my infection - i am going to get some of those tetley tea infusions - no perservatives or artificial ingredients and i really enjoy the taste --no powders or aspartame in them. If you haven't tried them they are really quite good.
Abit more expensive but of course all things good for you generally are.

I have dropped 2lbs so far and will continue as stated earlier to stay on track.
If i am down another 8 or so by March 4th yeah me, if not oh well i will survive, enjoy my vacation and cancel my sports illustrated swim suit cover until next month emoticon

Hope all is well with everyone - and have a great weekend.

Now here are some funnies to make your day :

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    i soooo want to go to playa del carmen----how are you feeling now?---sorry behind on your blog

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SPARKCHARISE 2/8/2011 8:19PM

    Nice work and good attitude! I'm taking my first cruise at the end of April. Mexico. The thought of a bathing suit was exactly what I needed to jump start my spark after losing it to the stress of a total house remodel. I'm back on track and halfway there. Stay positive and stay warm. It's flippin cold up here in the North!!

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/7/2011 1:31PM

    lol I love the pictures you put up!

Hope you are feeling better!

Yay to ther vacation! My boyfriends bday is on march 3rd so we are trying to think of a getaway around that time too, nothing as wonderfully awesome as yours, but at least a little something to have some time away from home! Hope you guys enjoy!

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SOKKERNUT 2/5/2011 2:25PM

    U R DOING GREAT! Keep it up. emoticon

I am the opposite I have no problem downing water what I have problem with is eating right! :( I know I will drink the water for you and you eat the good meals for me! Wish it would work that way.

Thanks for the funnies they just made my day!

Maria in Texas.

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_FITMAMA 2/5/2011 11:47AM

    Just what the doctor ordered..... a vaca @ a 5 star hotel and some vitamin D!

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PAULAMARIEF 2/4/2011 11:40AM

    Ooooh lucky girl, vacation sounds great. Feel better and I'm sure you'll be able to keep the shoot with Sports Illustrated!

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