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Trying to make sure I stay MAD

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Motivated & determined, that is.

I've berm feeling bloated all week & last night got a case of the munchies after dinner. I used my rewards to deter myself from giving in too much. I knew after last week's gain, & with TOM imminent, I was unlikely to see great results at the scale today.

So I kept it to just half a serving of pretzels when I would have been happy to chow down on the entire bah.

I actually did do well at the scale today, which surprised me because I just feel fat &, of course, there's that darn TOM again. I didn't lose everything I gained, but I did lose a lot of it. I'm unlikely to earn a reward next week either - I don't usually have 2 big losses in a row. OTOH, the week after TOM is usually better.

I really want my next reward! I know I need to keep focused & not get lenient just because I had a good week.

So I rewarded myself in another way: I allowed myself to shop at Marshalls before I did my grocery shopping today. I didn't even buy anything, altho it was a close call on a few items. I've decided that I won't go clothes & shoe shopping unless I've lost weight that week. I really wanted to go last week & was quite frankly po'd that I couldn't because I'd gained.

Seriously, there is just no reason in the world why I can't get to my GW.

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BESSHAILE 9/10/2011 11:13AM

    ooooo - singing my song sweetie - there's absolutely NO reason.

Hope you're mad today. and thank you for stopping by the blog.


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TEMPEST272002 9/9/2011 8:48AM

    It's so frustrating getting that scale to move. Perseverance will win out in the end. Hugs.

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BARBIETEC 9/8/2011 3:54PM

    hehehe MAD! I just what!! :)

congrats with the weight loss!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/8/2011 3:43PM

    Stay MAD, love your acronym. You'll get there.

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NATPLUMMER 9/8/2011 1:11PM

    Yay for a loss!!! Yes, the week after TOM is usually better so I'll keep my fingers crossed for next week.

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How does this LSD plan look?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Ok, looked thru about 4 different HM plans to finalize my own plan. I'll be using the runner's world smart coach app, but modified my long runs to this:

Week 1: 5 miles
Week 2: 6 miles
Week 3: 7 miles
Week 4: 4 miles
Week 5: 7 miles
Week 6: 8 miles
Week 7: 9 miles
Week8: 4 miles
Week 9: 9 miles
Week 10: 10 miles
Week 11: 12 miles
Week 12: 5 miles
Week 13: Showtime!

So I have an easy week each month, then pick up where I left off. A little leery of weeks 10-11, but then again you probably shouldn't sign up for a HM if you're not willing to test yourself!

Keep in mind the longest race I've done to date is 8 miles & I had runner's knee for the first time afterwards that sidelined me for a week & a half. But since then I've done run/walk intervals & been ok.

I joined the 13.1 & 5% challenge teams today. 13.1 for obvious reasons & the 5 % challenge because more than one spark buddy has sung its praises & lord knows I'm willing to try most anything.

And a brief note to all the kind people here & in RL who have suggested that my body is at its happy weight - it's quite clear that my body may be happy, but I am not. 130 lbs is hardly an unreasonable GW for a 5'1" woman. At that weight I will still certainly be on the heavier size & I'm ok with that. But 142 lbs for my height is just not a healthy weight.

Funnily enough DH told me I'm getting bony when he gave me a back rub this weekend. He also said the money I STILL have to pay to WW (which is my main motivation for getting to that GW) is worth it. Which was very sweet of him & I did appreciate it. I know he loves me no matter my size & never reproaches me when i'm heavier, but I also know he likes the eye candy when I'm thinner.

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/7/2011 2:19PM

    I like it

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LEONALIONESS 9/7/2011 12:07PM

    I don't think you need to go all the way to a 12 on your LSD.
The longest run I did for HM training (before I started marathoning and just treating HM's like training runs!) was 10. Most plans top out at a 10.

I think you'd be better suited to stopping at 10 and doing a longer taper.
One week of taper with your first half seems to be not enough. Especially if you're running 5 on that "taper" week. But that's just IMO.

If you can do 10, you can do a half. An extra week of taper = a better race with fresher legs. Take it or leave it, though! :)

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TEMPEST272002 9/7/2011 11:02AM

    Glad hubby is being supportive. Only you can decide what GW is appropriate. I'm totally impressed with the HM plan, though totally unqualified to make any judgement at all on it. I've seen your determination in action & I can't wait to read that HM race report I know you'll write.

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NATPLUMMER 9/7/2011 10:00AM

    I like it!! Of course, I'm no expert.
I think my body is at it's happy weight...but my mind doesn't agree, either.
Yes, DH does love you :-)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/7/2011 8:41AM

    Great training plan, I'm using the Hal Higdon method. Only 64 more days til my showtime. And I know we aren't happy with our weight, we arent asking for the unreasonable, my scale is not budging for some reason. Everyone says I'm fine where I'm at, but I'm with you, I'm not so happy. It's tough and I guess I am learning to like beating my head up against a cement wall, lol. I'm not gonna give up though and I know you won't either. Let's just focus on our mileage and eat clean and hopefully the scale will move, in our favor of course. Hang in there, I'm feeling frustrated right along with ya, but somethings gotta give, right?????????????? Until then, we just keep working it.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/7/2011 8:21AM

    Good luck with your plan. I don't know enough to comment. emoticon
And good luck with the 5% team, sometimes finding the right support system makes all the difference!

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I hope my WW leader is right

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

She thinks summer is the hardest time of year, despite the fact that fall/ winter is packed full of holidays. The holidays don't effect me too much . . . being Jewish helps, not working helps too. Would you believe I have not 1, but 2 packages of Hershey's kisses that I had planned to bake with still sitting in my kitchen from last year, totally untouched? I never opened them since I didn't bake the cookies I'd planned to; if they'd been opened they most definitely would've been gone by now.

All I know is I spent most of the summer at a weight I'm not happy with. I don't binge, I don't slack off on exercise, I always track my food. I must admit to being envious of spark buddies who've shared similar struggles to mine who have achieved great success this summer. I've tried what they've tried & it hasn't made a difference . . . for me.

But fall/winter means the return of wearing jeans. Maybe that will help give me that extra little nudge.

The trees have been dropping leaves already for well over a week. Before I know it the view outside my window will be bare again & I'll be spending way too many hours raking.

I got to thinking about my second HM (I know, I know, the first one is still 3 months away!) & suddenly realized I'll be doing all these long runs deep in the heart of winter. Seriously, just what was I thinking?

Sorry to be a Debbie downer today. Maybe it's the truly dreary weather. I'm mushroom picking daily here!

Still so much to be grateful for:

No flooding where we live!
I CAN run!
No fires where we live!
I didn't have to endure austin's heat wave this summer!
I'm going to Miami & hopefully key west in a little over a month!
I have a treadmill for these rainy days (tho yesterday I ran in the rain anyway)!
I have a roof over my head!
I have plenty healthy food to eat!
I've got my 4 fur babies who make me smile every day!

What's your gratitude list?

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DDOORN 9/6/2011 10:53PM

    Couple of days of rain down here...BUT: It dries out tomorrow! ...going to LOVE hitting the Silver Comet trail tomorrow morning 1st thing! :-)


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DISPATCHER04 9/6/2011 10:06PM

    Good job! Sometimes the Dreads get you down. But the Counting Your Blessings works pretty effectively to ward them off like a Patronus on Dementors. emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 9/6/2011 3:23PM

    Since we became Sparkfriends, I've always admired how you stick to your program and keep on track so well. You're one of those people I look at and think, "Wow, how does she do it?" You are living healthy, no matter what the scale says!

Gratitude: a loving family, a home I love that will be paid for in 5 more years (God willing), clean fresh water whenever I want it, a job I enjoy, beautiful flowers, cooler fall weather.

Comment edited on: 9/6/2011 3:49:49 PM

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XFITSTRONG 9/6/2011 12:50PM

    Half the summer was a bomb for me, but I got my head screwed back on straight the 2nd half. I tend to do better in the fall. I think I am more apt to want to exercise to warm myself up when it is cooler. Holidays don't mess with me too much. I am not all that into cooking or baking and I have a family who are not big eaters and are very picky... so it is easy to avoid the goodies. Great gratitude list! I know I am thankful that a job I enjoy that pays me very well and is very good to me.

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PATTYCAKE17 9/6/2011 12:41PM

    I guess if you're into outdoor sports the summer can be a blessing, but I'm not, soooooooooooooooo I love the weather as it gets cooler because the fluid retention goes way down with the temperature. So knowing that, I'm going to make the most of this fall and winter season. emoticon emoticon

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RATFINKROB 9/6/2011 12:18PM

    I am the opposite. I put weight on during the winter. I spend a lot more time outside during the summer and don't feel like eating big meals when it's hot. The winter makes me want to eat and snuggle under a cover.

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NATPLUMMER 9/6/2011 10:39AM

    It might be time to get rid of those kisses if you aren't going to use them soon. emoticon
Not losing when others do really does suck!!
You can do some of your long runs on the treadmill if necessary.
What a nice gratitude list.

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JAMGIRL8 9/6/2011 10:28AM

    I struggled this summer as well. It's too hot, too muggy, too something. I guess all seasons are like this. Not sure about winter, I get to hide in sweaters and hibernate. That is exactly what I do, hibernate!

I am grateful for my awesome hubby who helps take care of our sweet daughter.
A forgiving God
A roof over my head and Sparkpeople along with my Sparkbuddies!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 9/6/2011 9:48AM

    Every season has issues. I think winter is just as bad as summer, maybe wore. I have to make more effort to move as much. Pulling on shorts and runners in the summer becomes struggling into cold gear, wool socks, gloves, hat ... you get the picture.

Oh and the icicles in my beard!

Weight Watchers seriously underestimates the Holiday season. They look at it as Thanksgiving to New Year. WRONG! It starts at Halloween and runs to Super Bowl ... that's three full month. If you're a baseball fan add the playoffs and make it four months!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/6/2011 8:41AM

    I have been stuck this summer too. I'm like you, I've done everything right, just not seeing the weight come off, what the heck? But a least we are doing our bodies good... feeding it healthy and exercising. Hang in there, we will get there. We Can Do It and We WILL !!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/6/2011 8:34AM

    Ah, the dreaded fall and winter which funny enough, are my fitter months. I think most of us let the summer charm us into a live and let live attitude, or is that just me?

My gratitude journal would include:

My SparkFriends (you included!)
A healthy relationship with my husband
My two furbabies
My part-time job
My new appreciation for exercise
The roof over my head, food in my cupboards, and a reliable heating system

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/6/2011 8:30AM

    Your list sounds great! I have to work on mine.
Maybe it's time to revisit your goal weight and think hard about whether or not it's realistic. I've just about come to terms with the fact that I will live my life with some pudge, no matter what I do.

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LUVS2WIN67 9/6/2011 8:29AM

    I really struggled this summer. I didn't do really anything that was beneficial to myself. But I am moving forward.
Everyday is a blank page and only "I" am writing on that page. I am writing a story of success and you can too.

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The journey to 13.1 starts with 2

Monday, September 05, 2011

Today I officially started my HM training - it's 3 months away. I'm using the Runner's World smart coach app, only I still need to sit down & tweak it because the longest run is 10 miles & i'd like to work up to 12 miles.

I like the app because you can put in a recent race time, how often you run each week, your typical mileage, & when your race is. Not only will it tell you when & how often to run, it will tell you what type of run to do and at what pace.

Except I'm still failing on the pace . . . today was an easy 2 miles supposedly at 13:30 mm, only my pace was a bit under 12 mm. I know, I know, 12 mm aren't exactly fast - but since I'm not fast you'll have to excuse me for enjoying not being able to run as slow as I'm supposed to.

But the journey to 13.1 miles really began long before my easy 2 mile run today. It was built up step by tiny step, with every time I went further or faster than I thought I could. It's been a slow - literally - 2 1/2 yr in the making, from the decision to try C25K, to my first 5 k 1 1/2 yrs ago, and so on & so forth on & on thru weeks of running & ever longer races. Slowly, cautiously building up my running endurance, bevause I'm a slow, methodical person. Cautious to a fault sometimes.

I hope to continue to share my journey with you.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 9/6/2011 9:52AM

    good for you!

It can be a lot of work!

I just finished my first time through 20 miles on my way to 26.2 on 5 November in Savannah. (Actually will do 26.2 in Baltimore on 15 Octobeer as a training run.)

When I passed the 13 mile mark, I guesstimated the next 0.1 and I was able to claim a PR half marathon time -- even if it doesn't go into the books.

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NATPLUMMER 9/5/2011 8:42PM

    I think getting up to 12 miles is a good idea. I don't care what the training programs say. I find it hard to go as slow as I'm supposed to for Galloway, too. No worries.

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 9/5/2011 4:38PM

    Slow and steady is a good thing. I had a great conversation with a woman at a recent 5k. She had the most beautiful pace and gait. She told me she's trained on a treadmill for years and kept that steady pace even when she does an outdoor run or race. She looked fantastic, was over 50 like me and said she's never injured herself and plans to be a runner for many years to come.

I applaud you, though for exceeding the 13mm pace. You'll find your body's own comfort zone. I believe that the training guides are good but they have to be able to apply to a generalized group of people. You're right to tweak it to fit your own style and pace.

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XFITSTRONG 9/5/2011 3:57PM

    Can't wait to hear about it! You will be awesome in your HM!

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Sweet temptations, indeed!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

My HM training doesn't "officially" start til next week. But I headed to the park for a long run today anyway. I actually concentrated on slowing down, because my slow run pace is supposed to be 13 mm, but I can't seem to run that slow even with the walking breaks. Which is very ironic considering my first race I averaged 13 1/2 mm, and I thought that was really hard! I'm using the nike+ sensor, tho, so there is some wiggle room for what it reports.

I did 5 miles. I'm planning to use the runner's world smart coach program, but I need to sit down & modify it because the longest run is only 10 miles & i'd like to work up to 12.

Afterwards I went to the farmer's market, which is either winding down - only 3 more weeks emoticon or showing the effects of Irene. There was a bus there selling baked goods. I went for a look-see, but in the end I remained MAD (motivated & determined) & didn't buy anything. I was really sad that none of the plum tomatoes looked good . . . I was so looking forward to some.

I did but a cantaloupe, which Simba proceeded to eat thru the rind right to the fruit while I used the bathroom. It's still edible & mostly there, but I couldn't leave it out to ripen up!

I used the perfect food bar as my pre & post-race snacks it was some deliciousness. But at 300 calories really a meal replacement, not a snack. I had half before my run & half afterwards. They're pricey, but you can see them at www.perfectfoodsbar.com/ . I thin they were actually on sale when I bought them . . .

I keep telling myself I'll get something decadent after a run someday and that someday I'm going to have a hot fudge sundae . . . yet it's so hard to work that stuff into my weekly plan.

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XFITSTRONG 9/4/2011 2:55PM

    Good for you! Just enjoy the smell of the baked goods... That's good enough! Looking forward to hearing how the HM training goes.

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    I can't wait till I can run longer distances.

Jake would do the same thing to a cantaloupe.

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NATPLUMMER 9/3/2011 11:03AM

    Yay for a long run!!!
The problem with farmer's markets is that you can't always count on finding what you want.
I'll treat you to a hot fudge sundae after the Vegas HM.

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