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I did my first 5K!

Friday, November 26, 2010

I did the Turkey Trot yesterday and had soooo much fun! I was a little nervous because I've only done that distance on my treadmill. It's easy to keep an even speed when you don't have a choice :) I also heard that there was going to be around 3,000 people. I'm not big on crowds, so I was really starting to second guess whether or not I was going to be OK with this. Oh, and to top it off, it was 38 degrees and raining. YIKES! I was with 2 of my very good friends, one of which is also Sparkie (WCTLFAN). There were so many people, but as the walk started, it all thinned out and I was a lot more comfortable. We kept a really good pace and we were at the turn around before we knew it. I think it helped that we talked non-stop! As we got closer to the end, we noticed that we were just about the last few people. I had no intentions of finishing first, but I really didn't want to be last. So we picked it up a bit and then we saw it... the finish line. We did a "time check" because my goal was to do it in an hour. We were about out of time, so we actually ran the rest of the way. I was so excited to cross that line. Time check - 61 minutes, ugh, so close. But I finished and we had a great time and we're definitely doing it again next year. I checked the results today on the race and my official time was 1:00:33 so I guess I did the race in an hour after all! I already have my eye on a few 5K's I plan on doing next year. I love this new life of mine!

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ISLANDBETH 12/6/2010 5:30PM

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!! That is one of my goals, too! Thank you for the inspiration!

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KUEENKAREN 11/29/2010 12:09PM

    Congrats on your 1st 5K, that's awesome!

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KARENOSB1 11/28/2010 3:27PM

  We signed up as a family to do the Turkey trot also! My kids to run, and me to walk. Great fun even though it was cold and rainy! I still wonder about the how the guy that ran barefooted feet felt at the end???? My daughter wants us to do the New Years Race at the peninsula next.

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MRSSMITH622 11/27/2010 8:57PM

    I am so proud of you. I thought of you Thursday morning!

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MOMZADUCK 11/27/2010 4:09PM

  Way to go!!! I'm so proud of you. I'm doing my first on December 18. We didn't have a "turkey trot", but will have a Reindeer Run.

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KASSAY25 11/27/2010 12:06PM

    Congrats on your first race! I guarantee there will be plenty more to come, these events are indeed very addicting. emoticon

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MADEMCHE 11/27/2010 11:55AM

    Way to go, so happy for you! What an accomplishment!

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NPDSLEUTH 11/27/2010 10:36AM

    Wow -- now THAT is something to celebrate! Congratulations!!!

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GRNEYEDMOMMY 11/26/2010 7:47PM


Be careful...they're addictive! LOL

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JENJEN331 11/26/2010 7:26PM

    good job!!! keep it going! emoticon

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BREEZEMO 11/26/2010 7:23PM

  Congrats!!!! You'll see next year that it'll be a bit easier than the last....keep going, who knows maybe you'll be jogging or running it in no time! I know because I did it. I do the 5k Run-4-The-Cure with my new inspiring friends every fall!
Surround yourself with fit, happy, healthy people and Live well!
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DKELLEY35 11/26/2010 7:20PM

    Way to go WooHoo!

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MYOWNHERO 11/26/2010 7:15PM

    WOW! Congratulations, that is quite a wonderful accomplishment!

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What a great way to start a Friday!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I had a doctor's appointment Friday morning at 8am, it was a check up for my asthma. I go about every 6 months to make sure I'm maintaining with the med routine. So, I was there May 19 and saw the physicians assistant, who I love! She's very personable and just really puts you at ease. I don't know about anyone else, but I hate going to the doc simply because I have to step on that dreaded scale. Well, not so much anymore... So of course, the first thing they do it put you on the scale, and I was actually excited, can you believe that? I couldn't wait to find out what my weight was the last time (6months ago) I was there. So I go in to see the PA and we discuss all my meds and she's commenting on how my blood pressure is VERY good (it's always just been "ok"), my resting heart rate is really good, and then I asked her to look up my weight from my last visit. According to their scales, I've lost 60 lbs in the last 6 months! I actually started to cry... I don't know if it was because of the loss, or because she was so genuinely happy for me. She was so happy that she went to find my doctor to tell him. They were both in the room with me saying how wonderful it was and asking me how I did it. Of course all the credit went to SP and I couldn't tell them enough about it! I told them about the Turkey Trot I'm doing Thursday and my Doc is a big bicyclist who does races and puts together fundraisers all over the county for "Livestrong." He was really psyched about me doing the "trot." You know, you think you're doing all the right things, but then to have it validated by 2 health professionals, really makes you feel great! Except for the fact that now, I have to have a bunch of bloodwork done to see how my body's doing internally. You know, cholesterol, electrolytes, all of my "levels" and such. I never "consulted a heath care professional" before I started my jouney, so now they just want to get everything checked out. I'm sad that I can't put 60 lbs lost on my spark page, but you know what, I'm super close and I've worked hard to lose the weight I have with spark people and I'm really proud of myself. I never thought I'd make it this far! It really was a great way to start the day!
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KUEENKAREN 11/22/2010 12:34PM

    I'm confused. Clearly you've lost 60lbs, your Dr. has documentation that you lost 60lbs, so why can't you put 60lbs lost on your spark page? I say be proud of your 60lbs and claim them all, you deserve it! Congrats and keep up the great work!
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HOLLYBELLE77 11/21/2010 7:08PM

    Congrats girl! I'm proud of you! You're such an inspiration!

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PROMISE2DESIGN 11/21/2010 4:52PM

    That is AWESOME!!!!! Thank you for sharing your experience. We are equally as proud of you for losing 60 pounds. And we know better how much effort you put into losing that 60 pounds. You rock Sista! Have a Healthy Holiday!!! emoticon

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MOM4407 11/21/2010 3:43PM

    Girl you know what you have done. We are proud of you. I am glad you saw the doctor before your Turkey Trot because then you will be more at ease of the race.
Way to go.

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DARBOYMOM 11/21/2010 3:15PM

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MRSSMITH622 11/21/2010 3:11PM

    That is incredible! I am so proud and happy for you!

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TEMPEST272002 11/21/2010 12:48PM

    Wow. It really hits home when the health care professionals are giving you kuddos! You have done an amazing job with losing the weight & getting fit!

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-POOKIE- 11/21/2010 10:16AM

    You are doing so wonderfully, be proud of YOU|R achievements, yes SP helps and I know I wouldnt have achived without it, but dont play down the awesome effort, commitment and guts it took to do this for yourself.

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ZACKSMOM7 11/21/2010 8:52AM

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Questions and Answers (thanks MAMADWARF)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

4 Places you have lived:
Fairview, Pa
Erie, Pa
Indiana, Pa
Clymer, Pa

4 Movies you have watched more than once?
Anything Horror
P.S. I Love You
Gone in 60 Seconds
It's a Wonderful Life (my favorite)

4 Jobs you have had:
Customer Service for a furniture company
Counselor for teenage girls
Counselor for teenage boys
Case Manager at a hospital

4 Places you have been that your remember vividly:
Vancouver, British Columbia
New York City
The Pacific Rim in Seattle
Florida with my girlfriends

4 favorite foods:
French fries
Any and ALL bread
Ice cream

4 favorite foods since sparking:
Cottage cheese
Pizza - Lean Cuisine

4 Unique things others may not know about you:
I'm afraid of "things that go bump in the night"
I have 6 tattoos
I avoid grates on the sidewalk
I like odd numbers

4 Lessons that were hard for you to learn:
That good things doesn't always happen to good people
That I can't always fix everything all the time
That my kids will not always need me like they did
In order to have something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.

4 favorite TV shows:
The Office
Modern family
The Big Bang theory
Rules of Engagement

4 places you would love to be right now:
At the comedy club
On a cruise

4 things you hope to accomplish in the next 4 months:
Lose 30 more pounds
Survive the Holidays
Complete a 5K in less than an hour
Really get serious about my strength training

Share your answers with me if you have time. I am always interested in learning more about you!

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PROMISE2DESIGN 10/25/2010 11:52AM

    Thank you for sharing! Have an AWESOME week! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/24/2010 7:57PM

    I just watched PS I love You for the first time yesterday. Great movie! I was also amused by your liking odd numbers. I've always thought it strange that I dislike the number 8. I have no idea why... it's just distasteful somehow. I was wondering what to blog about tonight - so I'll answer your questions. emoticon

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MRSSMITH622 10/24/2010 6:52PM

    Wow. I have alot to say here. 1. I heard how awesome hallowboo is and I am jealous you went! Did you scope out some great pics for our fierce pics by then? We always go the last week of June/first eek of July: my daughter's dance school sells weekday tickets for $15/ so when we get there, if you we are still tight maybe I could mail you tickets if you wanted (and you wouldn't be creeped)

2. Did you just post that T.O.P.s best loser of the summer pic? You look great! I don't remember it from before.

3. One of your favorote foods is icream: you should try 90 calorie snickers icream bars. They are TO DIE FOR! Alos, I love asparagus!

4. We call grates and man-holes shark tanks or electric eel tanks.

5. The lesson of bad stuff happens to good people is the hardest thing for my husband to accept. I had a terrible childhood and learned there are times in life that you just have to survive through.....but eventually the sun comes out. This makes me stronger than most during difficult times.

I loved this entry.

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Ugghhhh, this is making me sick... literally!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

With all the commotion that's been going on around me, between my brother's wedding, the kids getting adjusted to school and a slight bit of chaos at work, MY life feels like it's been put on hold. Nothing has made me happier then to be a part of my brother's wedding... nothing is more satisfying than to see my kids growing up and starting their education...and the chaos at work... I can totally do without. Unfortunately, the combination of all of this has left me a bit drained emotionally and in my case, as some of you may know, it has manifested itself as the plague. When you have big events like this, you seem to be in a constant state of motion. I've been "running" since last week and I guess my body's like "OK, we've had enough, STOP!" When I didn't listen it took over and shut it down for me.

I haven't worked out since LAST Thursday (10 days ago) which is making the C25K sooo much easier to accomplish. I'm so stuffed up and congested, I can't taste my food, which has actually made cottage cheese much more appealing, but overall has made it difficult to want anything at all. If I've wanted anything to eat, I've been craving McD's french fries which is totally NOT cool! I had it all set in my mind to get back on the treadmill today and really make this weekend count, didn't happen. The plague has been downgraded, but now I'm coughing up chunks of lung... fabulous... which just made me go back to bed. Spending 3 hrs in the sunshine at the kids soccer games sounded like a great idea. I didn't account for the wind chill factor and, despite the fact that I had a sweater on, was turned into a popsicle. I 'm sure that was a good move for my asthma! Well, the kids won their last games, everyone went home with trophies and mama got her McD's french fries (don't judge they were the tastiest damn things I've eaten all week)!!!

I really haven't "fallen off the wagon" , but I haven't exactly been the driver either. It's bumming my out that I haven't worked out and my food hasn't been stellar (although I have stayed in range). I have an excellent dinner planned tonight and my food for tomorrow is all ready to go. I really need to get back on that treadmill and make a go of it, even for 30 minutes. I know a lot of my sparkfriends haven't been feeling well either, and I hope you are all on the mend as well. WCTLFAN, I apologize in advance for Monday night! I hate being sick!

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SJC831 10/16/2010 12:56AM

    How are you doing now? Hope all is going well and you've recovered. Have an awesome weekend! emoticon

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PROMISE2DESIGN 10/12/2010 8:46AM

    Get well soon! emoticon

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JEWELS571 10/11/2010 8:25PM

    I hope you are fully recovered soon! Spend a little time on the treadmill, it will help you get better faster, but don't over do it too quickly!

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HOLLYBELLE77 10/9/2010 9:10PM

    Considering my breakfast came from McD's a couple days ago, I think it's safe to say you won't be judged for the fries! :) Hope you feel better soon! When I'm so busy that I don't have time for me anymore, I usually come down with some funky illness which I've learned is my body's way of FORCING me to slow it down a little and take some much-needed "me" time. Don't jump right back into heavy exercise either. Take it easy and work your way back up.

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MAMADWARF 10/9/2010 6:23PM

    I hate being sick too and have luckily avoided it so far. Listen,you need to rest when you need it. MCD fries wont kill you by having them once. sounds like you are doing ok when it comes to food. I would give it one more day or two then go for a little walk, even if its 5 minutes. You are not going to be able to do what you were able to before so just start slow and do what you can. Stop kicking your own butt: You are sick!

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WCTLFAN 10/9/2010 6:19PM

  I am so sorry you have to endure that nasty sickness! That bites! Unfortunately, it appears as though I have not had a good week either. Despite my efforts to burn more calories, my scale indicates I gained 2 lbs this week. I have worked 3 hours doing outside yard work today, 3.5 hrs of yard work yesterday (trying to get everything ready for winter). Multiple BL workouts Wed and Thrs. I just do not understand why I have gained. I, too, need to apologize in advance for Monday's weigh-in. I have contemplated not going, but deep down in my heart, ignoring the reality of a gain, is not taking responsibility for it and totally defeats the purpose of a TOPS support group. So, despite the gain, I am still planning on going. It is sooooo hard to face. I completely understand if you can't make it on Monday, you certainly don't want to spread the germs.
I hope you get better soon. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers that you recover soon! Take care of yourself! emoticon

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I need some help...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Can anyone offer advice on how to get motivated to do strength training? I have no problem with my other exercises, but when it comes down to that exercise band or dumbbells... hell no! I don't know why. It's a not a big deal, it's a lot less strenuous, I don't know what it is. It is staring at me every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on my fitness page and one again Monday went by and nothing was done. HELP!
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MRSSMITH622 10/3/2010 8:09PM

    I ahve no idea. I do it twice a week for 20 minutes and that is it. =)

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STEPHLYNNB 9/29/2010 11:15AM

  Take your dumbells and do them while you are walking on the tredmill. That way you are killing two birds with one stone...you can't go anywhere while you are walking the tredmill

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FIZZYBALL 9/28/2010 10:25PM

    I dont do much ST but I find that i do more when I have my weights with me while watching tv.

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TEMPEST272002 9/28/2010 10:19PM

    Until 4 weeks ago, I avoided ST too. I'm not sure why either because I was doing 2000 fitness minutes/month in cardio - so it wasn't exercise avoidance.

I decided to sign up for the Official Bootcamp Challenge and made a COMMITMENT to myself that for just 4 weeks, I would do the ST and then I'd re-evaluate. The first week was really hard to get into. The 2nd & 3rd easier. By the 4th I was just as hooked on the ST as the cardio. Go figure.

I think the trick is to start small but be consistent. Why don't you commit to doing only 3 ST exercises per session this week, 4 the next week, 5 the next? If you know it's only going to take you a commercial break, you'll be more likely to follow through. It's the habit that needs to be established. Once you're doing them, it's easy to say - well maybe one more.

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SILLYRICHIE 9/28/2010 7:57PM

    You know, I found it motivating to let SparkPeople generate my workouts (I input what equipment I had), and then every day that you see it in your exercises - if you don't do it you don't check it off. For some reason, checking off things you've done is kind of rewarding or something...at least for me :)

Good luck with your strength training, and like everyone else said - keep us posted if you find something that works! I really like the suggestion above of buying pretty weights too - that's excellent! :)

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WONKAONESHOE 9/28/2010 7:55PM

    Keep your weight training stuff near the tv, and do your workout while you are watching your favorite show. Find a way to keep your mind occupied, and it will breeze by.

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WONKAONESHOE 9/28/2010 7:54PM

    Keep your weight training stuff near the tv, and do your workout while you are watching your favorite show. Find a way to keep your mind occupied, and it will breeze by.

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ERRANTMAGPIE 9/28/2010 4:37PM

    Listen to awesome music, or an audiobook, while you do it? I'm trying to get back into strength training, too. (My de-motivator is that the gym I was using was across town, and then I injured myself using the equipment at too high a weight or something, and now I'm just kind of putting off getting re-started.)

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ADRE20 9/28/2010 4:08PM

    My advice is to buy pretty wieghts and such...seriously! I know it sounds crazy and I generally don't choose attractiveness over cost and quality of an item, but when it comes to exercise stuff I do. I didn't think I would ever get into the routine of strength training, but I went to the store anyway and found a very fun colored stability ball. I was soo excited to use it because it looked fun. Then I got an awesome orange resistance band and it had the same effect. If your equiptment looks fun then you'll want to use it!

It sounds silly, but it worked for me!


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POECHI 9/28/2010 2:12PM

    I hate some of the arm exercises such as bent rows.... I can't even tell you. However, lately , I've had some success breaking things up throughout the day (10 squats waiting for the toaster, etc.).

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HOLLYBELLE77 9/28/2010 2:02PM

    Can you start out with something simple, like walking and holding onto weights? Or even get the image of weights out of your head and use cans of soup or something. Other than walking, I actually prefer working out with hand weights. Then again, I always have to be the odd one. :)

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SANDHSMOM 9/28/2010 1:44PM

    Take your bands or hand barbells and put on your favorite movie. Do you moves while watching. If you have seen the movie before you do not have to pay as close attention to it and therefore are less likely to be distracted from the exercises, but it will also give you something to look foreward to. I don't know if this will help but it is an idea.

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-POOKIE- 9/28/2010 1:43PM

    *laughs* if you find out, share with me as well! I really cannot get myself into it.

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CMA444 9/28/2010 1:38PM

    If you can figure out what will motivate you to do strength training let me know. I do very little (if any) strength training. No problem getting a great cardio workout, but I've been avoiding the strength training.

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