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When Life Gives You Lemons...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

... Make lemonade right? That's how the saying goes? Well, if that's the case, I've made so many gallons of lemonade I could put Country Time out of business. emoticon

But I don't want to make lemonade anymore. I want things to go the way I have planned, or the way they SHOULD go. I have been consistent with my half marathon training, tracking my food, and just having all around good SP days. So why am I not losing weight? Is it possible to put in the miles I put in, and fuel my body for those miles, and still lose weight? I'm beginning to think not so much.

What I do know is that I'm so very sick of this. If I felt good while being at this weight, I'd ignore it, as I have before. But I'm not feeling good. I feel like I did before I took the step to really lose weight. My clothes don't fit. I don't want to get dressed. When I have to wear something other than yoga pants and t-shirts, I find the loosest thing I can that still looks good. I refuse to buy bigger clothes when I know I used to fit in what I have!!!

But I don't know what to do. I started thinking about when I first joined SP. What did I do all those years ago to lose weight. It seems like a lifetime ago, and yet, has it really been 5 years since I started my journey??? Back then, I ate between 1200-1500 calories. My workouts weren't as high impact as they are now- Walk Away the Pounds videos compared to marathon training. I've considered eating very low again, but when I do that my runs suffer. So, back to the question at hand, is it possible to lose weight while in training mode?

I know this has been a jumble of rambles, but I think I need to put it all out there. I'm already feeling a little better. I was tempted to start a whole knew SP page. Start as if this is my first time. I think that might be extreme. emoticon But I will adjust my ticker to the number I saw last, and I'll put in my most recent measurements, and maybe I'll see what other "new beginning" changes I can make.

Current Stats:
Weight as of Tuesday Sept 4th
164.6 ( emoticon )

Measurements as of August 6th (I've been afraid to measure since)
Bicep 12 3/4
Chest 33 1/2
Waist 30 1/2
Abs 32 1/2
Hips 41
Thigh 24 3/4

I have a four mile run tomorrow. Friday is a rest day, but I might MAYBE do some yoga. And Saturday I have 5 miles.

My typical week will return next week and looks like this-
Sunday- Rest
Monday- 3 miles
Tuesday- Cross train, either yoga or kickboxing
Wednesday- 4 miles
Thursday- 3 miles
Friday- Rest
Saturday- 6 miles

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CASSIE-O 9/6/2012 9:22AM

    You can do it. I"m starting to get back into everything now as well. I"m starting slowly and working back up to everything.

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RUNNING2LIVE 9/6/2012 7:24AM

    You can do it! You will persevere. It's tough, but you are tougher.

That said, it might be worth checking your thyroid. Your TSH might be borderline. I used to work out like a fiend and I would eat about 1500 and I wouldn't see losses and I'd be so drained of energy. I started having thyroid issues when I turned the big 3-0.


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Three Months Behind and Three Months Forward

Monday, July 23, 2012

It's been months and months since my last blog. And what do I have to show for it? Not a whole lot! Well... that's not exactly true. I have thousands of pictures :) It's been a busy 3-4 months for me. A quick run down would tell you that I pushed and rocked the workouts until we went on our cruise in May. I felt great and had a fabulous time. Scott and I were active every single day and I truly believe that even with the many food options that we took advantage of, I did very well. We came home and kept busy with other smaller trips and a month after the cruise, I went to Las Vegas with Scott for a conference and met my SP Bestie Roxanne. Again, we walked all over town, no less than 6-8 miles every day, we shared meals and had some bikini time at the pool. The last couple weeks have been somewhat stressful with mini-jobs coming up for me and almost nonstop company. I blame that on the way I have felt in addition to seeing 165 on the scale :( I never stopped working out, and with the exception of some seriously poor choices last week, I was eating right.

Last week I got back to logging my food and saw a 3 pound difference. I know at least a pound or two was water weight, but it's still something. I was a little more relaxed over the weekend, but still logged everything, and even went on a 14 mile bike ride with Scott!! I feel myself gaining control of my life again and it is good! I have 95 days until Soaring Wings Half Marathon and I feel more unprepared now than I did my very first year I ran it. Like I said, I have been working out, but not doing much running. It's been 110 every day here with heat indexes higher than that. I've been so busy, which causes crazy exhaustion so the thought of getting up early before the sun comes up hasn't been appealing. Not that it matters because it's still at least 80 at 5:00am. So I've done other stuff.
I can't do other stuff anymore. I HAVE to run. My official training starts in about two or three weeks. Usually by then I have run at least a few long runs ranging from 6-9 miles. At this point, I'll be thrilled to get up to 6. No Excuses right?

I want to feel the way I did on my cruise but won't have time for a lot of strength training. So my plan is to do planks and dips after each run. And if, in my day, I can fit in some other stuff I'll do that. But I'll be running 5 days a week for training, and I treasure my off days too much to add another 30-60 minutes workout.

In addition to all that, my regular running buddy has been having knee trouble and won't be doing that half marathon with me. I didn't want to run it by myself, and the thought of NOT running it made me sad. So Scott and I compromised. I'm going to do my best to run faster, and he said he would slow his pace. (Last year he got a sub-two! ... and that was with a bum ankle...) So when I train, I'll be training for speed too. I'm not a speed runner. Wish me luck!

I believe I am now all caught up. I'd like to post my weekly runs if I can remember. I'm not sure if I'll do it for the week coming up, or the week I have done. I guess I can start now with this week. It's basic training for now.

Monday-Friday: 3 miles each day, with planks and dips at the end. However, I would love to push for 4 on Friday.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

R.FRANKLIN 7/25/2012 3:43PM

  There not much i can comment on - its all stuff we have talked about. And you have done great this year!! I have no idea what the scale is doing....which makes me think scales should be thrown out the window for good sometimes. As for the race...as long as you can stick to your plan - you will be prepared! you have the mental determination, and thats HUGE!! I didnt realize Gwen wasnt running with you - Im proud of you for still doing it without her!!
Hugs - keep us posted on your progress!

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The Best Kind of Results

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I bought these shorts almost 4 years ago shortly after I had originally reached my goal. In all my ups and downs they never fit quite perfectly. They were always a bit tight around my waist, and would ride up between my legs. I am so thrilled to say that last week when I put them on THEY FELT SO GOOD! I'm happy to wear them now instead of making myself wear them because it's too hot to wear anything else. There are no rolls or pudge hanging over the top of the waist band. When I run they don't ride up quite so much. I have a feeling that might just be a fact of a runner's life. Big thighs. But maybe not.

The is the best kind of progress. The scale hasn't gone down. In fact, it has hit 160 again. But I can ignore that because the shorts I bought when I weighed 150 fit better NOW than they did THEN!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/24/2012 10:14AM

    looking great

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RUNNING2LIVE 3/22/2012 12:49PM

    p.s. - you look fabulous!

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RUNNING2LIVE 3/22/2012 12:38PM

    Rubbing thighs happen no matter what size for a lot of us, myself included. I use these kind of running shorts, they rock and I NEVER have issues. They NEVER ride up and your legs never get irritated. http://www.amazon.com/Moving-Comfor

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CASSIE-O 3/8/2012 3:15PM

    This is great. You are so inspiring for me!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/8/2012 8:32AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are looking very taught and trim!

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~KARA~ 3/8/2012 7:33AM

    I think everyone has some rubbing while running from time to time. Also depends on the shorts you wear. Your inspiring me to get back into running it totally transforms your body and burns great calories. Plus I am loving getting outdoors and away from everything for my workout.

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HEATHERANN421 3/7/2012 11:02PM

    lol Thanks Kara! I don't feel like they do really either, but my inner thighs still rub together. I just don't know if that's an area I can fix. :)

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~KARA~ 3/7/2012 8:37PM

    Thats great! You look toned and healthy. Celebrate your success you deserve it : ) (btw your thighs don't look big)

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Finally Some Progress!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Friday I finally got under 160 for the first time since who knows when before Christmas. I decided to reinstate my ticker. I went with the weight I had logged on my computer from before Christmas which was 161.2. I was actually 163 by New Years, most of which was probably bloat. Friday I was 158.6! It was nice to see. While I have my ticker goal set for 155, I won't be surprised if I don't get there. I'm doing major ST right now and I rarely lose weight when I do that. So as long as I see my measurements go down I'll be happy enough. I measured Saturday and I think a few were a little different. I still have a hard time knowing if I am pulling the tape the same as last time or putting it in the same place. Sometime I just want to mark on my body with a sharpie! :)
The real teller will be how I look and feel in that stinkin bikini I bought. I haven't taken pics in a while. Sooner or later I'll get the courage to put it on again. Maybe in a couple weeks when I measure again.
Until then, I'm still pushing!

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CASSIE-O 2/1/2012 3:20PM

    Good job on progress!

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SUNFLOWERS4ME 1/30/2012 2:16PM

    LOVED the sharpie remark! I do pretty good at waist and hips but measuring my thighs or arms...depends on how much I need a win as to where I measure! LOL. Hang in there, before long you will be rockin' that bikini!

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RUNNING2LIVE 1/30/2012 9:02AM

    With all your hard work you'll surely get there! :) emoticon

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother.

I realize my posts haven't been very encouraging lately. I am working on that. I really am. I suppose my blogging here is more for me and I shouldn't worry about it. But even if it's just for me I don't like to be a downer.

I was really looking forward to today. It's been two weeks since I started a regular routine. I've worked so hard. So very hard. I thought for sure I'd see results.

The only results I saw were my measurements being up. At first I was frustrated and then I got angry and even more determined. Now I'm just sad. No one should work this hard and not see positive results.

I won't let it stop me. But geez, it's just not fair.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIBBYFITZ 1/30/2012 12:03AM

    Same, same! Sitting between 69.8 and 71.8 for the last 18months. Despite lots of work! But I know my body shape has changed, I am due to do measurements for my 2 year anniversary in a couple of weeks. I expect a reduction but same as you, VERY frustrating at times!
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I wish there was an icon that says "We can do it!"

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CASSIE-O 1/18/2012 10:18AM

    Blogging should be you for. It helps get the emotions out! You can do it...keep with it!

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2MILESADAY 1/13/2012 12:50PM

    You are not a downer! We all go through this and it stinks! It feels like all that work and nothing, what is the point!! Never give up on you! You are so worth it!
Kara Mia

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CRISTHIANE 1/13/2012 12:45PM

    Not all posts need to be encouraging. Some people need to know they aren't the only ones struggling so I thank you for your post! Things WILL get better though! For all of us struggling! emoticon

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