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What are plateaus for?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I remember struggling with those last 10 pounds when I became a WW lifetime member, but I don't really remember a plateau. Maybe I have just blocked it from my mind.

About 10 years ago, I made another serious attempt to get back to my (newly revised) GW. I did well at first, then hit a year-long plateau. At about the same weight I'm at now. I got frustrated, stopped attending meetings . . . and well, we all know how that turned out. Back to my starting weight all those years ago plus some.

I have been on a plateau for a year now. And I got to thinking today just what that plateau has taught me.

Oddly enough, I think it's teaching me to be happy with myself. Yes, this is my happiness blog week apparently. It's on my mind.

Sure, I get down on myself sometimes. I get frustrated sometimes. I want to change what I see sometimes.

I never really stopped to think about what this plateau has been teaching me til today. And I realized that the happiness has outweighed the frustration. That I've learned that I can maintain my weight, with hard work and focus -- and that is a comforting thought. Because when I do get down to my GW, I know the hard work doesn't stop. It never stops. It will never be easy.

This plateau is teaching me to be happy NOW, today, not someday when _____ (you fill in the blank). It's teaching me that I am not a number -- I am so much more than a number.

I am a runner; something I never thought I would be. I am a teacher. I am a motivator (no, you don't have to be tiny to be a motivator -- nor do you have to be pollyanna. You just have to be real). I am a person who is worthwhile no matter what some scale might say.

I have a document that I downloaded some time ago that is a series of essays. I have put it in on my Kindle, and I read an essay every morning. They are motivational essays. Guess what today's essay was?

Finding happiness in life.

And I wanted to share with you the magic formula:

Your thoughts lead to your emotions which lead to your actions which produce your results.

To use that formula, ask yourself Who do you have to be (thoughts/emotions) and what do I have to do (actions) to have (results) happiness in my life?

Powerful stuff, people. This was part of a package I bought from www.eatingforenergy.ca/ . No, I don't get paid anything for passing this along. Yes, I actually think the price is a bit inflated.

But you know what? It's also something I turn to again and again. If you are interested in raw foods, I definitely think it's something to consider. I've tried a few other packages, but this is the one I use a lot. But I'm not trying to sell you anything, truly, this just happened to be what I read this morning, and it was so powerful and so in line with my thoughts, I knew I had to pass it along.

So my final thoughts on my plateau? As frustrating as it can be and is sometimes, I also think just maybe it is prepping me for the second half of my life. To live it more fully and with more happiness. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

And if you're maintaining your GW and happy, we still want to hear from you!

  
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DEE797 10/7/2010 7:00AM

    Great blog! I have also been at a plateau for quite a while now. Hadn't thought about it teaching me to maintain. Lots of things to think about. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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TEMPEST272002 10/6/2010 10:52PM

    Another great blog! Learning to be happy as-is and to have gained confidence in your ability to not regain the weight, those are huge strides forward. Wonderful!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 10/6/2010 11:59AM

    Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom's with the rest of us. I too know that eventually a plateau is in the works so I will be prepared to allow myself happiness with who I was, who I am at that point, and how far I have gone. Also, thanks for the link I have actually been wanting to research eating raw.

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HALFFAST 10/6/2010 10:48AM

    I love reading your blogs Judy- You are so well-written and always seem to post about the same sort of things that I think about. I agree with what everyone before me said, and as far as breaking the plateau I would go with what Palmtreegirl said- big breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner. Have a great day!

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DAYHIKER 10/6/2010 10:29AM

    I gotta agree with you (usually!). Do you remember when, for a brief happy time, WW gave out a nice little folder full of stuff for losing The Last Ten Pounds? I sure wish I'd held onto it! I've been up and down them enough. emoticon

And, yes, I did read that an exercise bike is good for bad knees. The elliptical made it hurt--bummer.

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FRECKS96 10/6/2010 10:09AM

    Love it! And the second blog I've read this morning with a similar message.

Keep up the great work!

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DESERT_BIRD 10/6/2010 10:08AM

    I've been at about the same weight for a year and I feel the same way. If you aren't happy where you're at right now, you won't be happy at GW. Great blog!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/6/2010 9:50AM

    Having a happy week is a good thing!
I've been at a plateau for months; I'm glad my body is maintaining while I'm busy doing other things to it, like forcing it to run. I've been eating more fuel when I need it, and so no loss resulting from the extra energy expended. But my body needs it to handle the assault. So I'll happily take the plateau. If nothing else, my body is adjusting to being where it is here and now. As you said, the battle is never over. But if you take care of yourself, it's sustainable.

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PALMTREEGIRL1 10/6/2010 9:48AM

    What a great blog! You got me to thinking.....thoughts, actions, results - doesn't that seem too simple?

A word on the plateau - have you tried loading your calories in the morning, less for lunch and even less for dinner - that usually breaks me through.

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KEAKMAN 10/6/2010 9:46AM

    "This plateau is teaching me to be happy NOW, today, not someday when _____ (you fill in the blank). It's teaching me that I am not a number -- I am so much more than a number."

What a fantastic lesson! We live in such a dissatisfied world - we don't like how we look, we don't like our weight, our hair, our noses, our boobs, our house, our job, our schools, our government, and on and on.

Rarely do we stop to be happy. To enjoy what we have and where we are.

What a great blog.

And you are most DEFINITELY a motivator!!

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Is anyone actually happy at their GW?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I'm hoping to hear from people that are!

I wrote a blog some time ago wondering if I'd be happy at mine. This isn't the first time I've lost a significant amount of weight. I remember being happy for a while, but then the weight crept back on and all the struggling began again.

That isn't what I want this time.

I know that no one can be happy all the time, and I do consider myself to be a fairly happy person most of the time. Even not at GW. I have one buddy who isn't at her GW, but damn close, and she is happy most of the time. That's what I want.

The woman I hung around with at the race this weekend is at her GW. She's a lifetime member of WW (like me, only I'm not at goal) and really all I've ever heard from her is how she's not happy cause she's up a few pounds. For a year and a half. But she's at goal! And she's maintaining that goal!

And almost all the lifetime members I happen to know in my meeting don't seem particularly happy, even tho they're maintaining their weight.

This is part of the reason I stopped looking at my weight even tho I continue to go to meetings every week and still WI. This is why I don't have a scale. Because even tho I usually use the number as motivation one way or the other, the back and forth of this plateau was simply driving me crazy.

Yes, I was a bit afraid to stop watching. Yes, you can tell by your clothes. But the problem with that is you could gain 10 lbs before you actually no longer fit into your clothes -- and I certainly didn't want to do that. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be happening.

When I went swimming yesterday, there were 2 other women there older than me. Both were wearing skirted swim suits. Both were quite thin. I kept thinking what's with the skirts?

I could understand if you're laying around a beach. My thighs are not my best feature. But you're swimming. You're working on making/keeping those thighs strong. I don't wear a skirted swimsuit for exercise swimming.

So even more than wanting to be at GW, I want to be happy. Now. With what I am. No matter what the scale says. I think that's probably one of the keys to maintaining your weight.

And if you're at GW, maintaining, and happy, we want to hear you loud & proud!

  
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GEODAWG 10/7/2010 8:36AM

    The last time I weighed 140, I thought I needed to lose 20 more pounds! When I look at pictures of myself at that weight I look positively skinny! So I think if I ever get below 165 I will be delirious with happiness. However, even tho I need to loose at least ten pounds to get to my best BMI, I don't feel unhappy or down on myself as much as I did in January. Why? Because I keep moving and I feel better. My posture is much better; I hold in my abs! I can hold pigeon 10 minutes! (This holding a pose strengthens your joints according to my instructor.)

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JKDUBS 10/6/2010 2:59PM

    I am still a few pounds over my *new* goal weight - which I raised because I AM happy here, and decided I really didn't need to get down to the original goal weight I had chosen. Yes, there are things I'm working on improving, like muscle tone, but I don't think I need to lose much more weight. Plus I am healthier than I have ever been! And come to think of it... probably happier than I've ever been too! If I could just win the lottery, I'd be all set. ;-)

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BAILEYS7OF9 10/6/2010 2:36PM

    Depends on which goal weight! I had goal weight w/ was recommended by SP and no, I was not happy there, I wanted to lose more. Then I found my 'happy weight' which the link to is on my page and I got there and was okay for a bit, but still wanted more!

I have been at 105-107 for the last year now and I am very happy here but I also want to firm up some loose ends still. I know that I might get flatter in this process and increase the weight due to muscle and I'm okay with that.

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HALFFAST 10/5/2010 4:58PM

    I have been maintaining (plus/minus 5 pounds) my goal weight for about 18 months now and HECK YEAH! I'm happy :) There are definitely ALWAYS things to work on (flatter tummy) but as far as weight goes, I'm perfectly happy!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/5/2010 4:01PM

    I am almost to my goal and I have asked myself that same question, will I be happy when I get there? Heck Yeah, I'm gonna be HAPPY. I guessing most people aren't happy because now they are at the destination, now what do you do???? I've been enjoying the journey thus far, and I am sure I can find another course to set my sights on once I get to goal. A half-marathon is prob in my futre, heck, maybe even the full marathon, who knows. We just have to remember to always work on a goal, whether it's fitness related, career related or developing a new talent. Goals give us something to strive for. The sky is the limit, reach for the stars.
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MZSLYDE01 10/5/2010 11:48AM

    I figure if you can't enjoy the process than don't bother. It's not always that way because things happen but 95% of the time I am happy with trying to live healthy weather I am at a proper GW or not. It's the process that is so much fun and I think we should have fun and be happy no matter what part of the journey we are on. GRANTED I don't always show that but this blog made me remember that's what it's all about - So thank you for this blog today. I needed to hear it.

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MOMGABE 10/5/2010 9:09AM

    Well, I'm not at goal weight so I'll have to officially answer your question when I get there. However, I am starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin. I understand your concern about regaining the weight. I have done it many times. I, too, monitor my weight regularly just to make sure I don't get complacent and start heading in the wrong direction.
I hope you hear from lots of people who are at GW. I am interested in their responses.

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KEAKMAN 10/5/2010 7:47AM

    Like Jeanne, I'll let you know when I get there.

I have a sister who is a year younger than I am who is at her goal weight. She works her butt off to keep it there. And she looks great. Best of all, she likes, no, she LOVES who she is and how she looks. She doesn't stress about one meal, she doesn't panic about one pound. She lives her life and keeps her goals in mind. She is amazing.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 10/5/2010 7:30AM

    When I get there next year, I will answer your question.
:) I will wait to hear your answer first because I know you will be there soon!
:) Jeanne

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DAYHIKER 10/5/2010 6:28AM

    In all my years in the weight loss "industry" I don't think I ever met a woman who didn't think she "needed" to lose "just" 5 more pounds!! Overall happiness is not really related to goal weight or even money though both of those things can make life easier. emoticon

My you were blogging with the chickens this morning, girl!! emoticon

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Off track? Back to the basics!

Monday, October 04, 2010

If you're a long time SP person like me, when was the last time you looked at your goals? I'm talking bout those goals you can track online here. The "other" goals.

If you're still ticking them off, great job!

I know for me, they'd kind of fallen by the wayside. In fact, I don't think I'd looked at that page in months. I certainly wasn't ticking anything off.

We think we've got it. We think we know what to do. We think we're so over having to track and check things off.

And if you're doing great, that's great and you're right.

But if you're struggling -- well, something's gotta change, right? And maybe it's time to get back to the basics.

I know for me it was way past time. Since starting my kitty litter challenge (haven't missed a day in over a week AND checking it off), I have made sure to clean up my other goals page and visit it every day.

Not only that, I've begun to track my water with my app. I usually get plenty of water, but there are times that I am low, and there I times I think I've made my goal but I don't think I actually hit it.

I know how hungry I get when I'm thirsty. So I'm tracking that again. So there is no guessing. And when I'm hungry and I don't think I ought to be, water is almost always the first thing I reach for.

Sometimes we just have to go back to school for a while. When was the last time you revisited your basics? Which basics are most important to you? Do you check off your goals regularly, or have you forgotten how to get to that page?

  
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HALFFAST 10/4/2010 7:06PM

    Great blog! I have been on SP since 2008 but only just noticed that "other goals" page about a month ago, LOL!

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JKDUBS 10/4/2010 6:21PM

    You're right! I used to track my water every day and I haven't done it in ages! And I've had a few days where I think... why am I so thirsty? Did I drink enough water today? So simple, but we forget!

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HEYRED221 10/4/2010 2:38PM

    I look at them every day, but every few months I do change them.

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FRECKS96 10/4/2010 9:56AM

    It seems like the start of October has brought out a lot of re-Sparking and back to basics thinking. Something we could all stand to do on a regular basis. I have been using my other goals, but I think I need to re-work them to make them more in line with what I would like to be doing.

As always, thank you for the timely reminder! Have a great week!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/4/2010 9:52AM

    Yes, I am getting back to basics myself. Your blog reinforced that already-made decision. Have a great day.

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DAYHIKER 10/4/2010 9:22AM

    That's me...I was so busy and chained to my canner this summer that I let too many things slide! I have completely regrouped for Fall and am feeling very SPARKY! emoticon

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PALMTREEGIRL1 10/4/2010 9:21AM

    Back to basics for me, too! Thanks!

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KEAKMAN 10/4/2010 9:13AM

    I recently re-thought my goals and made them more in line with what I am trying to do. It helps to see them there every day and know that if I don't do them, I get no ribbons and medals - and I really hate seeing my streak broken because I missed ONE day!

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SHEILA1505 10/4/2010 8:57AM

    I stopped tracking as a priority a couple of months ago when I went to learn to Scuba dive - and have paid the price. Eyeballing portions and choices just doesn't cut it!

So it's back to basics for me and pump up the intensity - but I must admit that other goals have fared better - I am so accountable regarding household stuff and work that I am really chuffed with myself.

Hugs

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GINNAR 10/4/2010 8:34AM

    Thanks for writing a good reminder. I know I have let these fall by the wayside. Time to get back with it!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/4/2010 8:15AM

    funny you should write this, today is a back to basics day for me! emoticon

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So what's next?

Sunday, October 03, 2010

One of my goals for this year was to run a 5k. Now I've run 2.

So what's next? I'd already been thinking about attempting a 10k sometime next year. I thought I even had it all picked out -- I like to plan far in advance! -- but now I'm not so sure.

There's one called the Hairy Gorilla on Halloween (there's a 10k & a marathon). It's run in a local state park. Apparently volunteers dress up, there's a graveyard -- in short, even tho I'm not really that into Halloween, it sounds like fun.

But oh yeah, I'd actually have to run it. Trail running. I think that might be a bit much for the first one. Especially considering I kept thinking to myself as I was pushing myself along that last mile yesterday: you really want to do something that's TWICE as long as this? REALLY? Where is that finish line already anyway?

So I've been looking around for something maybe in the early spring. Something maybe a bit easier. Haven't found it yet.

But a new spark buddy just started up a Bridge to 10k team, so I've joined that! It's a step in the right direction.

And I've been toying around with the idea of a half marathon by/during my 50th birthday (that is, during the year I turn 50, no actually on my birthday, which is in February so I don't think I want to be running a HM anywhere near here in the middle of winter!).

I'm still not really sure about it. Despite yesterday's race results, yes, I am still a slow runner -- a penguin & proud of it, dammit! So just the sheer time of it -- the thought of actually running (probably running & walking) for multiple hours is really daunting.

But the idea just won't go away.

I've even picked the HM. And told DH about it.

The Hershey HM. Will run for chocolate! PA is so lovely, and I've never been there in the fall, and it's a drivable distance. Of course, DH's work schedule is always so wonky, usually so busy around then . . . but hey, it's what I want for my 50th birthday (even if it's half a year after it). Hey Kate, wanna go visit your mom in the fall in a couple of years?

But who knows? So much could happen between now & then.

Probably my most immediate goal is to join a local running group sometime soon. Altho I keep saying it & keep putting it off.

Oh, I didn't get a picture (too busy rehydrating) but wanted to share the image: the woman who ran the race yesterday in a black dress with a pink ribbon pattern & gladiator sandals! I don't know how she did it. My feet would've been a mess and I would've been freezing.

So there -- you really can do anything you set your mind to, even run a race in a dress & sandals!

  
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TEMPEST272002 10/3/2010 8:09PM

    I think running a HM in your 50th year is an amazing, inspiring goal! I absolutely, 100% believe you could do it!

As to the trail run race... well, running on trails is definitely different from running on the road. I think you'd really enjoy it - mostly because I LOVE it! But then trail running & halloween are two of my favourite things! It sounds like it will be a blast, with people dressing up.

For me, trail running is a completely different experience from road running: the way my feet strike, the muscles used, dealing with variable, often slippery, terrain, being constantly mindful of danger spots (branches, roots, rocks, mud) etc. If you decide to sign up for the race, try to train on trails to prepare... and don't wear your fave shoes to the race because they'll come out muddy!

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JKDUBS 10/3/2010 10:00AM

    Good for you running two 5Ks! I still need to pick one and go for it. Intimidating! Probably how you're feeling about the 10K! But my opinion is that if you can teach yourself to run the 5K, you can teach yourself to run the 10K too. :) And aiming for the HM for your 50th year sounds like a fabulous idea. What a great present to yourself. Imagine how proud you will be!
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HALFFAST 10/3/2010 9:10AM

    I would be interested in doing the Hershey Run for Chocolate with you, and we are in the process of moving to PA :) The halloween 10k sounds like so much fun too but I definitely don't think I'm ready either for trail running! I wanted my first 5k to be this Halloween but with the move I don't think it's gonna be possible. Looks like a turkey trot on Thanksgiving will be my first :)

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KEAKMAN 10/3/2010 9:03AM

    mmmm, chocolate!

Sounds like fun - keep me updated.

Maybe you can find an 8K? There aren't as many of them as there are 10Ks, but that's "only" 5ish miles so a good step between the two.

Here you go....this will help get you started on your way to finding a road runners club...

http://www.runningin
theusa.com/Club/List.aspx?State
=NY

(Are you still walking on air after yesterday? I still get this big old silly grin on my face when I think about your time!)

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FRECKS96 10/3/2010 8:58AM

    You can do whatever you set your mind to. And I'd totally run for chocolate with you!

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BESSHAILE 10/3/2010 6:51AM

    Yes. I like the running for Chocolate image... do they have a guy in a truck up ahead hodling out giant hershey's kisses? LOL

I like the idea of joining the running group, best. I know you'll do the HM in your 50th year.

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DAYHIKER 10/3/2010 6:47AM

    Dang, woman, you make me want to run again! emoticon I believe you'll be doing a 10k next spring if not a half! But I agree that a trail run on your first 10k does not sound like a good idea.

Did you follow the couch to 5k schedule or something else?? emoticon

Cindy

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SHEILA1505 10/3/2010 6:01AM

    Well done! Congratulations
Run for Chocolate sounds a good one - but I certainly won't be joining you - I still don't run :))

Hugs

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Eat like you're racing (long & race report)

Saturday, October 02, 2010



Hmm, how is it I actually look better in my swimsuit than my racing getup?

Yes, it was a tad chilly this morning. Which is perfect for running. I should've went with my capris rather than these tights, but OTOH, these tights have a zippered back pocket -- the capris have a pocket, but it isn't zippered.

I have a short sleeved top on under the long sleeved top (it was about mid-40s when I left). While I didn't need the long sleeved top while running, I sure needed it afterwards. It was still breezy & cool!

I have had a number in mind for a while. I've been doing a lot of visualizing for this race. Visualizing the start under clear, cool blue skies; visualizing the course -- which I really don't remember much of, but I tried -- maybe I've got to start trying to walk it; and visualizing crossing the finish line with my number on the clock.

I even wrote out some affirmations this morning with my number.

Quite frankly, I haven't trained hard because my right leg still has some weirdness going on and I don't want to injure myself. I've still trained, just not hard and no speedwork. So I didn't really think I could achieve my number.

Running for me is still damn hard. When I'm not in a race (you'd think I'd run 100 instead of 2, right?) I definitely don't run as fast. When I got to the first mile and saw 12 minutes on the clock, I thought for sure that I wouldn't get my number. But I didn't give up.

I kept repeating all my mantras in my mind. Focus. What you believe, you achieve. Make it count. I touched my "Imagine, believe, receive" ring which I was wearing. At times I slowed down. At times I speeded up. I only walked at the one water stop (last time I didn't even stop for water).

And when I crossed the finish line? I saw my number! Truly, I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure it was lost at that first mile marker. At the start of the last mile, I was like seriously? Another mile? And I kept thinking thru most of the last mile where is the damn finish line? Am I there yet?

Yet when I crossed that finish time, the clock read 35:02. My official chip time was 34:02!

My number was 35.

My first race, on the same course, was 41:02 or some such (what is it with those last couple of seconds?).

I'm not sure I really shaved a whole 6 minutes off my time -- this time I started in the middle of the pack, not at the end. And it was about 30 degrees cooler.

But no matter the reason, I AM so pleased! And somewhat in shock, frankly.

So never forget: what you believe, you can achieve.

I did hook up with my WW buddy, altho she went to the back of the pack to start out. We found each other afterwards, too, and went to the vegetarian expo. Everyone there seemed quite impressed that we'd just run a race!

So here our my few tips:

1. Don't bob and weave at the start. I did that the first time; I've since read that it's pretty much a waste of energy.

2. It's more important to hydrate well the day before than the day of (tho of course you should still hydrate the day of). I made sure to get 10 glasses of water/herbal tea on Thursday & Friday.

3. Do the work. I may never be fast, but I take it seriously. I train. I look at training plans -- then do my own thing. Cause that's what I do. But it seems to work for me. But I don't decide a week before I'm going to run a 5k. I plan. Does that sound like something else we know?

Oh, I suppose I should say a few words about the title.

I ate really clean for the couple of days before the race. I usually eat fairly clean, but I stepped it up a notch. Last night, for instance, I had a few points left over. I was considering some rice pudding -- fairly low in points, not really that bad for you.

But then I decided no. I need really good food to fuel my race. I chose to have a big bowl of cut up banana, kiwi, and apple. Seems to have worked for me! I had an apple for dessert the night before. I just kept thinking what do you need to fuel your race?

We need to think that way when we're not racing, too! Which I know isn't easy. And it doesn't mean I don't indulge sometimes, too. I had one of the vegan cupcakes I made for DH's birthday this week -- but I both ran & swam that particular day, AND walked the dogs.

And finally, cause this is getting to be a book -- which is a perfect segue to my next topic -- my husband surprised me with a Kindle when I got home! He told me beforehand that he had a surprise for me.

You could've knocked me over with a feather. I had no idea. I'd been trying to decide whether or not to buy one before our trip to Hawaii. I prefer real books, but it will definitely save a lot of space when traveling!

I can read books on my Ipod, but it is awfully small for comfortable reading.

He doesn't make these kind of grand gestures real often, but boy, when he does, he does it big! We have pretty much always traveled for our anniversary rather than exchange gifts (it's our 25th coming up) & I figured Hawaii was a pretty good present; I definitely wasn't expecting a present at all.

So remember, what you believe, you achieve. 2 years I couldn't run half a mile, let alone a whole mile!

  
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HEALTHY4JEANNE 10/5/2010 12:06PM

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I missed a couple of your blogs, so I had to back to see how you did on Saturday.
I am so proud of you. 6 minutes off your original time 2 years ago. That is awesome!
I hope to get superior results like that when I do the tri again!
And what an awesome gift of the kindle from the husband. I love when my husband rises to the occasion and surprises me. Although a trip to Hawaii!!!!!! That would be great!
I am very proud of you my friend.
:) Jeanne

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/4/2010 7:00AM

    AWESOME, we tied, that was my number last week, and I've been training. You totally rocked. Glad you had a great time, next year look out Hershey. I'm proud of you and I know you are proud of yourself. Yeah !!!!!! emoticon

P.S. You look GREAT in your race gear.

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DDHEART 10/2/2010 10:10PM

    First off....you look marvelous darling!!!! I love the look of a runner in running gear.....all the fashion and all that is not at all part of the picture for me...I see a serious runner who is prepared to go out there and do it! I seem to remember you telling me many months ago that you weren't a runner....pish posh...you are a runner and can be proud of your improved time no matter what the reasons. And isn't it wonderful that your husband took this moment in time to make such a super gesture....BTW....in this pic, I do not see short legs or any of the imperfections that we have talked about in the past...hmmmmm...see it's back to my belief that when you are feeling good about yourself and what you have done or are about to do....THAT is what shows...not the other stuff. Congrats on a great run and your cool gift oh and your anniversary with a pretty darn nice guy!

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FRECKS96 10/2/2010 9:44PM

    Congrats!!! You did amazing today!!! It really was a perfect day for a run.

Enjoy your new toy!

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HALFFAST 10/2/2010 8:57PM

    I am so proud of you! You did absolutely fantastic!!!!! I'm actually beaming while sitting here just imagining what it must have been like out there. I wish I could have ran it with you! Way to go! Seriously I mean it- WAY TO GO!!!

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EDWINA172 10/2/2010 8:55PM

    WOW! Great time on your race. I love the line, "what you believe, you achieve." I'm gonna' borrow that one! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy (early) anniversary. You rock!

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DAYHIKER 10/2/2010 6:16PM

    Awe.Some!!! I am impressed!! Congratulations on that new Kindle! What a great gift! emoticon

~Cindy

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KEAKMAN 10/2/2010 4:13PM

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I am soooo proud of you Judy! What a stellar time for your 5K! Sub-11:00 miles is stellar. You are truly a real runner - and a RACER! (just curious, any idea where you placed in your age bracket?)

And congrats on your Kindle. Enjoy it, and make sure you give your DH lots of thank you kisses!! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/2/2010 4:03PM

    Congrats! Well done. And I hope you love the Kindle as much as I do. They add new books daily to the free list. And I now have 365 on mine! Plus, there are something like 16,000 free ones! You forget it's electronic and not a book as you get into the reading. Again, congrats and have a blast with the Kindle.

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