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Weekly recap and results!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I had a great week this week. Work was very stressful, but I managed to eat healthy 95% of the week, cook most of my meals at home, and get some good exercise in. Overall, I'm proud of the way I handled myself this week and stayed on track.

I'm currently training for the Portland half-marathon. I've decided my goal is to just finish. I'm going to try and train as if I'm going to run the entire thing, but in reality, I know it will be a run some/walk a lot endeavor. I got some good runs in this week along Portland's waterfront, and even shaved 3 minutes off of my previous 5k time. That's progress!

I also signed up for Crossfit this week. My jump start classes start on August 20th. Twice a week for 4 weeks, myself and 5 others in my class will be at the mercy of a trainer. I'm both excited (because I see the results people have had with Crossfit), and also super nervous. The nerves are all "can I do it?", "will I look like an idiot", "will people think I'm weird". I'm always like this with new social situations - but I've invested a lot in this program and know that it is a necessary step in my continued journey.

Eating paleo is going very well. I love not having to count calories and only worry about the quality and types of food I'm consuming. I really haven't missed sweets or refined carbs. I did have a couple of cookies and some dark chocolate Wednesday night - but I plan to let myself have a little treat on occasion. After all, that's part of living, and everything is ok in moderation.

Ok - time for weight loss results!

Beginning weight (3/2011): 257 lbs
Last week's weight: 235.6 lbs
This week's weight: 230.4 lbs
Weight lost this week: -5.2 lbs
Total weight lost: 26.6 lbs

I'm super excited about the loss this week - I worked hard for it! A lot of that may be water weight, but glad to see it gone. I can almost taste crossing that 30lbs lost threshold again. When I get back over that hump I am NEVER going back!

This week, I hope to lose 2 lbs, get a 5 mile run in as part of my half training, and weight train 3 times.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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CBAILEYC 8/12/2012 9:13AM

    That was a great week! Three minutes off your time is fabulous! Seriously!
Well done on all your successes. Here's to keeping it up and taking it off!
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PDQ1203 8/12/2012 7:22AM


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    congrats on the loss! I'm also training for my first half marathon and I'm stealing your goal of just finishing. Good luck with your training :)

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A great weekend...

Sunday, August 05, 2012

This has been a great weekend for me being focused on being healthy. I'm on day 4 of eating Paleo and loving it. This morning's breakfast was scrambled eggs and pork chops with a cherry and pear balsamic reduction. This evening, I'm going to plan my menu for the week and go grocery shopping.

Yesterday I walk/ran 3 miles on the riverfront in the morning. It was super hot, but I felt amazing afterward. I've got to remain focused on running in order to successfully complete the Portland Half-Maraon in October. I've been trying to figure out a goal for the half - what time should I aim for, etc. I read a really great article this week that put me at ease a little. It said, "for your first half-marathon, your goal should be to just finish." I think I'll go with that goal :)

Last night I wend to the gym and did 3.0 miles on the elliptical in 35 minutes. Today, I took a 2 mile walk down around the waterfront, and then laid a blanket in the grass and soaked up some sun. I'm planning on going to the gym later tonight for a round of upper body strength training.

I'm so thankful I've gotten my focus back. I'm already starting to feel better and am much more motivated. I'm sure that my weighin on Friday will reflect all for the work and focus I plan on putting in the upcoming week.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend! Remember - you can't change yesterday, but you can focus on the here and now, which directly affects your tomorrow. Keep sparking!

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CBAILEYC 8/6/2012 10:46AM

    That is a great goal for your first Half! You will be successful!
Wonderful attitude as well. Sounds like you had a fun weekend and are working your plan. I like it!

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PARAN0RMAL 8/5/2012 6:30PM

    sounds like you're making excellent progress! keep up the great work!

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A return to me...

Thursday, August 02, 2012

So I've been away from SparkPeople for about 3 months now. Life, vacation, summer... they all got in the way of the momentum I had going. In this three months, I've ate lots of bad food, drank lots of cocktails, and somehow only managed to gain around 8 lbs back. It's time for me to get back on track, get motivated, and continue on my journey.

I also have a large goal coming up on October 7th, I will be running the Portland Half-Marathon. I started my training plan this week, but I am very nervous about being ready in time. I have several friends coming to town to run as well. It should be a great time, but realistically at this point, my goal is to just finish. I believe that will be an accomplishment in itself.

For August, I am working on getting back into a groove with the gym on days that I am not running. I also am planning a pantry purge this weekend and grocery shopping for healthy things. I don't have a lot of bad food around the house - my problem as of late has been eating out. I need to do more cooking at home in order to control portion, ingredients, and money spent.

Specific goals for August:

- Stick to my half-marathon training plan
- At least 30 minutes in the gym on non-running days
- Limit eating out to 2 meals per week
- Lose 8lbs by September 1st. This is ambitious, but I believe that a lot of what I have gained in the past 3 months is water weight and will shed quickly.

That means, a month from now on September 1st, I should weigh in at 226lbs.

Keep on Sparking everyone!

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TURBOMEL 8/3/2012 10:04AM

    It sounds like you have made a strong plan for yourself. Stay focused! You can do it!

print off your blog and put your plan on the fridge - then you will see that reminder everyday

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PUDGYNOMORE 8/3/2012 9:30AM

    I was wondering where you were! You can do this, you've already proved it. The scary thing about 8 lbs in three months is what it would mean in a year or two for your particular body.

When I first started the 17 day diet I kept thinking Hey...this is working soon I will be able to eat anything that I want. Of course I can eat anything that I want any time but pay the price.

Now that I'm on cycle 4 (cycle 3 during the week) it's more about what makes my body feel good. When I have a cheat meal I'm way more conscious of what it is that I'm putting into my body. I don't want to have to deal with the headaches and bloating ever again that were once a way of life for me. emoticon

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CBAILEYC 8/2/2012 4:26PM

    So glad to see you 'back'! I'd been wondering how you've been. Sounds like you've fared better than I have LOL but we're both back on the right track!
Here's to great choices, consistent efforts and eating, and being ready for the PHM in October!

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A good week...

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I had a relatively good week. My food consumption was right where it needs to be save a couple of splurges (that's what life is about though, right?). On the days I had a little splurge, I compensated with the exercise to bring everything into balance.

The weather here in Portland is finally starting to change. We're supposed to have our first longer stretch of rain-free days this week. I'm hoping to take advantage of the improved weather and return to working on my running speed and stamina.

Here are the results of this week's weigh-in:

Starting weight: 257.0 lbs (Feb 2011)
Last week's weight: 226.6 lbs
This week's weight: 224.6 lbs
Weekly lost: -2.0 lbs
Total lost: 32.4 lbs

I'm definitely content with the 2 lb loss. Slow and steady is the name of the game.

Have a great week Sparkers!

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TWOSWEET504 5/8/2012 8:07AM

    Congrats Honey on The 2lbs Lost...I'm so very excited for you!!

You Are On The Right Track Keep It Up & Crossing Fingers For Long Rain Free Days!!!

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PUDGYNOMORE 5/6/2012 7:51PM

    34 pounds since February is fantastic! Way to go.

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KNITTINGNAN 5/5/2012 11:22PM

  Wow!!! You are trying to get back to 180 pounds and I think I captured your 180 pounds!!!!! I'm trying to get down to 140. It's harder when you are my age and lack the energy and motivation to exercise. Tracking my food hasn't been hard at all and I am losing just from decreasing my portion sizes. It's got to be a relief to crawl out of that cubicle where you were working, which would be an incentive to improve your health. Good luck to you.

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I'm not together... but I'm getting there...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"There's a boy I know... he's the one I dream of. Looks into my eyes... takes me to the clouds above."

That boy is myself, or at least the "me" that I dream of being.

I haven't been on Sparkpeople in almost a whole month. I could be really disillusioned about a wasted April, but I won't be. The past cannot be changed. It can only inform the here and now. The here and now is where the future lives.

I read a quote the other day that really put things in perspective. "A year from now you'll wish you had started today." There have been stressors in my life that I have let derail me over the last few weeks. I can choose to continue to let these things dictate my life, or I can work harder for balance.

I have realized I need to put myself before everything else. This includes my job. I see others around me who have balance. There is nothing preventing me from giving myself this balance except one thing - myself. I have to give myself the time needed for self improvement before I give any of my time away to other things.

I need to give myself the gift of consistency. I need to use the gym to destress like I once did. I need to fuel my body with healthy things. I need to look beyond food as a means for comfort, reward, and stress relief.

I've maintained myself in the mid 220s during April. On my journey so far since March 2011, I've lost over 30lbs. Although I've had great success, I'm still not content and am still not at my destination. I must regain momentum and move forward.

I only have one simple goal for May. Hold myself accountable to the "me" I dream about. This requires setting aside the time needed for self improvement and taking care of me first.

I'll be back on Spark more frequently from now on. I've learned that it helps motivate and inspire me. It also helps me be disciplined and accountable.

I'm not together... but I'm getting there.

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SUZIEQ1961 5/2/2012 3:14PM

    Seems like a lot of people are in the same place...including me. March and April weren't great but I maintained. Problem is, maintaining where I am is NOT where I want to be. So good luck to everyone who is inspired to make May great. Each and every one of us has it within ourselves to do it. Just BELIEVE!!!!

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TWOSWEET504 5/1/2012 2:53PM

    Hey My Honeybun...You know I'm here for you!! And I know exactly what you are talking about Ive learned and trying to change that when life gets you down dont run to food just RUN!! So I'm trying to change my mind frame this is 90% mental & 10% physical!!

We can be accoutnablity buddies as well because you know I'm trying to kick your butt lol!!! I'm here for you no matter what!! Enough with the muchy stuff Lets Kick Some BUTT!!!


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COREY195 4/30/2012 11:15PM

    I joined in January - But I Finally got it going in April-remember to check-in to SP everyday even if that's all you do for your health. Thanks for the blog. emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/29/2012 4:09PM

    "A year from now you'll wish you had started today."
Thank you for this powerful quote. Congrats on your lost 30 lbs. May you never find them : )

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CBAILEYC 4/29/2012 9:56AM

    I could have written the majority of this blog myself! March and April were not stellar for me. I'm hoping May will be better - I'm not expecting miracles, but I am expecting an honest effort from myself. I expect the same from you now. We can do this - together and separately, we can.
You are worth the effort. I believe in you.

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BYTHEGRACE 4/29/2012 1:30AM

    Good for you with the positive self talk..."it is your path and yours alone...many can walk with you, but none can walk it for you"...we are watching and cheering you along!...keep going!!!

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