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New Challenges Add Spark!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I'm all set for 12 weeks of the newest BL Challenge here on SP. Looking forward to motivating my SP friends, and hoping to get some from them when I'm having a tough day. I know that I am challenging myself by setting a goal of 10 lbs down in 12 wks...but that is less than a pound per week. If I go with the calorie burning marathon plan with Jeff Galloway, then I should achieve this goal. I need to tread carefully into all of this though as I pulled some kind of muscle (for all I know it could be a joint issue) and I cannot risk serious injury...for the sake of my goal in late October, and for the sake of participating in each and every BL challenge.

I learned a lot in the last challenge. I found out that I could set a crazy goal like 3 miles per day for 4 days and actually do it. I learned about Clean Eating. I learned about lemons in my water to reduce water retention. And I learned all of that in less than 12 wks since I wasn't in the entire challenge. Being armed with this knowledge has helped me to set new goals and find different ways to motivate myself. I am ever grateful.

Let the challenge begin! I'm a 'loser' and proud of it! emoticon

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REAL_FOOD 4/23/2009 10:33PM

    I'm so very glad that joining the BLC was such a positive experience for you. I was on Spark a while before finding BLC, and, while it was good, it just wasn't GREAT. Now that I have a supportive team of people who are focused and committed, it has made all the difference for me.

You're doing fantastic with all of your goals. Keep it up!

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Long Runs on Warm Days

Monday, April 20, 2009

Yesterday was definitely a warning shot for me. As the weather warms up (and stays that way), I need to be prepared for long runs. I can't run without water. I'll end up with a lingering headache that makes me grouchy. And I need to make sure I have enough lightweight and run appropriate attire handy. I did wear a short sleeved shirt (no ball cap) and my socks and shoes...but the heavy sweatpants really weighed on me. I burned just over 900 calories (go me!) but did not see any good news on the scale today. I did after my Friday run...but I am dealing with 'woman issues' that show up when they please (ah the joys of cranky bodies pre-menopause). It has truly been my worst enemy this month.

Bring on the wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, and H20! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


The Scale Moves...and So Did My Caloric Range

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I was wondering if I needed to make a change. SP gave me a helpful reminder when I had good news to input into my weight tracker today. If you lose a significant amount (i.e. 10-15 pounds) then you need to ensure that you go and update the tracker so that you can see if your caloric range/calorie burn per week changes. Sure enough, it did!

I think that I will be okay, but I think that I will definitely have a little less wiggle room. If I want to enjoy a low cal treat after dinner, then I have to be a little more mindful of my snack choices. Before, I had more wiggle room with both. Now, if I am going to vary my caloric intake to keep the metabolism furnace lit...I have to really mind my p's and q's.

I think that I will find that removing processed foods almost (if not) entirely will help me stay in the new range. I need my whole grains at breakfast, but I am willing to give them up or significantly reduce them later in the day. I need it to start my day.


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RKANE17 4/16/2009 7:55AM

    Good luck with your new calorie goals! And Thanks for the reminder about checking the calorie intake after significant weight loos.

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Taking Inventory and Changing It Up

Monday, April 13, 2009

I've hit a plateau. This happened to me before. In order to not lose motivation, I am taking inventory. I am journaling my food and water. I am exercising. But I need to see where I can make changes (if they are needed). I'm working very hard to change my lunch food because Lean Cuisine/Smart Ones/Healthy Choice are so high sodium. The other small amounts in my other foods were fine...but the processed lunches pushed me over where I wanted to be. Today, I brought in a measured portion of a vegan pasta dish that DH and I ate late last week. I'm stopping and thinking about adding sodium when recipes call for them. I need to have a replacement handy if the flavor must be there.

Also, while I think that I am burning calories as I should...I think my body is in an exercise rut. I have to admit...I have gotten so bad about getting my ST. Very bad. I do my cardio, stretch, and call it a day. I need to be strong too. I am seeing that in my tummy, triceps, and backs of my thighs. With less than 12 wks until swimsuit weather, I need to get this in a few times a week.

I did a few weeks of Jillian Michaels, and then I stopped. I think she might help me break my plateau again. I should try her again for a few weeks to see if the scale moves. Plus I would get my ST and cardio in one no way to overlook it or not get it done.

Even though I have just under a month before officially preparing for the marathon, I am keeping the running in my routine. I need to have it on my habit list.

I'm hoping that, by looking at all aspects of what I am doing now, then some change can happen and I'll get that motivation again.



Motivation Needed

Thursday, April 09, 2009

I've got some angst. Here I am, 23 lbs down...with 27 lbs to go (based on the goal SP set for me). I know that I have come so far. I will keep going. But with two different goals (weight loss and marathon training)...I am worried that I will get frustrated. I don't know if my weight loss will stall because I am training. It doesn't help that the scale is stuck right now. I've been in that place before and I have seen it move again. But reading about others who are training for events and not losing makes me second guess myself. Two different types of goals, butting heads with one another. I don't know if what I am doing will be enough to keep my weight loss goals in motion...or if I'll be stuck until the marathon is over. emoticon

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RKANE17 4/9/2009 9:02PM

    1st off congrats on the 23lbs weight loss!

I would've thought that training for a marathon one would lose weight because of the intensity of the workouts to build up to being ready for the marathon. I wish I knew more on the subject of marathon training but since I have never done it I don't know what to advise. Good luck with your training and I'm sure you'll be at your goal weight soon enough.

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BECKIEB08 4/9/2009 3:01PM

    If you have lost 23 pounds already, you are obviously a very motivated person. I doubt that you will have no trouble going the extra mile to reach your goal. There is no shame in marathon training. I think it is wonderful what you are doing, and I wish I could do it myself. Just hang in there.

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