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My NEW Challenge Blog - BLC 15 - Day 2

Saturday, January 08, 2011

What did you Accomplish Today?
I did 2 miles on the treadmill.
I did 5.07 miles on the stationary bike.
I also ate the food that was on plan.

What areas could still use some work?
Not eat the serving of M&Ms I had today (wash, rinse, repeat ;) )

Give yourself a Grade and Try to Beat that Tomorrow!


My NEW Challenge Blog - BLC 15 - Day 1

Friday, January 07, 2011

What did you Accomplish Today?
I did a 10 minute Coach Nicole Cardio Kickboxing workout and 2 miles on the treadmill.
I also ate the food that was on plan.

What areas could still use some work?
Not eat the serving of M&Ms I had today

Give yourself a Grade and Try to Beat that Tomorrow!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EVER-HOPEFUL 1/8/2011 6:37PM

    are m&mīs a problem or more your treat for doing so well in other areas?still think a A- love not a B you are too hard on yourself.keep up the good work

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    Try half a serving next time? :-)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/8/2011 8:33AM

    sounds more like an A- to me if the m&mīs was the only thing you wouldnīt do,lol

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JO88BAKO 1/7/2011 9:04PM

    Sounds like you had a good day. Congrats! I over did it on the bike and I'm really sore tonight. Good luck on you BLC 15. I'm doin it also. Which team are you on? I'm on Onyx Outlaws. Love the show. This will help with the challange. Have a good one!

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Delicious Eats

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I have to say, when you eat food that tastes good (not food that you think will make you feel good temporarily yet leaves you feeling ick and ugh when it is all over), it makes such a difference.

I like the Eating Well recipes an awful lot, but don't prefer the higher calorie recipes they sometimes feature.

I saw a link to a Food Lover's Cleanse on Epicurious and I'm trying it out. It really doesn't deprive you of much. You are supposed to not worry about calories, but it all seems very sensible. I would not otherwise attempt it if something was remiss. I'm supposed to cut back on my wine and up my water. I'm trying. I could easily see eating this way pretty regularly and being content with it. Some dishes I just won't make because they are complex or the ingredients are not easily available. More the ingredients than complexity as I love to cook and bake.

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CHARLIE215 1/30/2011 10:11PM

    I checked the cleanse out - it looks really delicious, apart from the beets :)

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DEE797 1/2/2011 6:23PM

    Interesting...keep us posted on how it works for you.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/2/2011 3:22PM

    lat us know how you get on.

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Potomac River Running 2011 New Year's Day 5k

Saturday, January 01, 2011

My first race in nearly 8 months. Wow. Had a cuppa joe, bagel with a little Smart Balance, and made sure I had all I'd need (most especially the knee brace!)

Wore my DryMax socks, Asics Gel Nimbus 11s, my fave black running skirt, and layered a wicking short sleeved shirt under a long sleeved lime green wicking shirt. Nice and comfy. Brought my freebie running gloves from my Frederick Running Festival event. They came in handy. I did not feel like I needed a hat or cover the ears or anything.

Pretty well organized and marked. I did not wear my Garmin. I did wear my HRM. For such a quick event I did not think the Garmin was a must have item. Thankfully I did bring my water bottle b/c I thought they might not have water on the course. And I was right. Even a few sips would help me, so I was fine to carry it.

Most of the course took us up and down a portion of the WO&D trail. My first time running on it. Not bad! I focused on controlled breathing and reminding myself that I had trained to run the whole I better not dare stop to walk. I did pull back a little between miles 1 and 2 because I knew I had to be flying and not realizing. And of course not having the Garmin I was flying blind. It was okay.

I kept the TM at 0 incline during my training, so of course the few inclines we encountered caused me to slow just a little.

I finished, per my HRM (which I started when I crossed the padding), at 35:35 and burned 639 calories. My best official 5k time yet. About an 11 minute mile. I've been averaging a 12 minute mile during my training, so I think that is pretty respectable for race pace emoticon

No knee quandries, so I am pretty pleased about that. I stretched a little before and then stretched afterward.

What's next? Hmmm...I'll have to look around. I did mention to my husband that I might pick up a training plan for either and 8k or 10k.

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DEE797 1/2/2011 6:25PM

    emoticon emoticon YOU GO GAL!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/2/2011 3:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticongo for it.

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2010 in Review

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Some good things happened this year.

1. I met my goal weight
2. I ran a 10k (all of it)
3. I started and finished a half marathon
4. DH qualified for a fabulous grant and started grad school
5. My kids had no serious injuries (minus the stitches in the youngest son's chin) or illness
6. I got a job that allowed me to bid farewell to a horrible commute

Some bad things happened this year.

1. We lost my father in law to COPD
2. I wound up injured and out of running for 5 months

Despite the bad bits of the year, I do find comfort in knowing my FIL is at peace. He was so lost when my MIL passed away 2 yrs ago. So while we miss him, he is at lasting peace and I find comfort in that. And while being out of running at such an emotionally charged time was at times hard, I was greatful for my patience and respect for healing and having any chance of coming back to the sport. Meeting my goal weight definitely put a silver lining in it. I had to do PT and, in the process, picked up ST, and that finally helped get me over the hump to reach my goal.

As a result of my injury, I am coming in just under 1000 fitness minutes short...but I'll take it. In less than 2 yrs time, I racked up 13,000 fitness minutes. That is a nice number!

I am not sure what 2011 will bring for me. It could be a year of some really solid 5ks. I could get adventurous. I just want to keep moving. And moving. And if I want to keep moving, I need to continue in a smart way. I could throw caution to the wind, and that might feel exhilarating...but it could sideline me again. It's not worth it. So I'll continue making good food that keeps me on track, and keep moving and burning those calories. You'll find out how it's all going the same time I do. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEE797 12/31/2010 6:16PM

    emoticon on the good things that have happened this past year and emoticon for the loss of your FIL and your injury. Wishing you success in the coming year.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/31/2010 4:45PM

    emoticonhave no time to answer now.will try to come back again emoticon

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    At least the good things outweighed the bad. Sometimes we need the bad to appreciate the good in our lives.

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