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Race Report

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Yesterday I ran a treadmill 5-K. I'm doing this every couple weeks and expect to see slight progress each time. It's hard going though, man!

My previous time was 36:43. This time was 36:01. So that's progress. But... I would so love to get closer to 30 minutes. During the run, I feel like I'm working about as hard as I can. I mean, I don't want to finish the thing and croak, you know? So I guess making gradual improvements is about as good as it gets for now!

I only took one walk break. And I could've done without it except my nose was running like mad. I walked for about a minute and a half.

The rest of the time I was running at a 5-5.5 pace. I felt like 5.2 was my comfortable pace, but I finished the last 5 minutes at 5.5. I had a drill sergeant in my head giving me some tough talk: DO YOU WANT TO BE FASTER OR NOT?!

My first "real" race (with other people! outside!) is end of April. My goal is to beat my best official 5-K time, which was 33:11.

So I'll continue training, making progress.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 3/3/2014 11:40AM

    emoticon That's a decent amount or time to shave off!

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PIPPIDY 3/2/2014 1:11PM

    emoticon Races are SO MUCH FUN (especially the themed ones)! I'm just starting to work on my timing as well. It's hard to push yourself, but you sound like you've got a GREAT plan! emoticon emoticon

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IAMBIZI 3/2/2014 12:45PM

    That is awesome! you are doing great! good for you!
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JACKIE542 3/2/2014 12:08PM

    I did a 5k walk today and tried to improve my time. I am still a slow poke, so I guess I will will keep trying.
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SUSIE505 3/2/2014 11:11AM

    Oh you inspire me I want to do a 5k this summer. Would like to run it but will settle for power walk. With my weight and bad knee it will be more like a really fast walk. emoticon

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Texas Roadhouse Blues

Saturday, March 01, 2014

We went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner last night with two other couples. I was mildly stressed about it all day. What the heck can you eat at a place like that without blowing your calories for the day??!?

I checked out their menu online. I contemplated eating a side salad and feeling bitchy about it while everyone else ate a meal. I realized if I skipped my afternoon snack at work (a healthy muffin), I could "afford" a few more calories for dinner. So, my planned meal was salmon. If I ate slightly less than half of the salmon, with two veggie sides, and one light beer, I'd still be under 1300 calories!

Let me tell you it was tough getting through my afternoon at work with NO SNACK. I never ever ever do that! I always have some kind of healthy snack. So instead I drank a lot (no, not that kind of drinking!). Water, tea, diet soda, sparkling water..... I was starving!

One of the couples was running late, so we ended up eating around 8:00, which is really late for me and my husband. It ended up I split the salmon dinner with my sister. AND I SKIPPED THE 230- CALORIE DINNER ROLLS. (I've had them before and they are soooooo good! But 230 calories?! No way!)

So the evening was a success. And we had a great time!

Yes, it does feel obsessive to overanalyze food like this and be sooooo careful. But, being not careful is what made me fat! Now, knowledge is power. Foods that I used to think weren't too bad are shockingly bad. The caesar salad at Texas Roadhouse is 1030 calories!!!!! Good Lord! No wonder we have an obesity epidemic in this country.

But it does suck to feel like you can't go out and eat like a normal person. I don't want to feel deprived either. So last night was a good compromise.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 3/3/2014 11:43AM

    Great solution to reduce calories while eating out. It's nice that chain restaurants have the data available so you can check beforehand. I remember excitedly eating my free pastry from Panera only to find out it had more calories than my soup and bread emoticon

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JACKIE542 3/1/2014 11:46AM

    Good job, this is what I had to do when I go out, you did great!! emoticon

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IAMBIZI 3/1/2014 11:22AM

    WEll done! I am really proud of you for doing this the way you did, well done!
have a great day. The salmon was the healthiest choice and they have good side veggies!
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THETURTLEBEAR 3/1/2014 10:48AM

    I have done the same thing - and I don't think it's terrible. I think that by doing it repeatedly, it helps it become more second nature to avoid "costly" choices when dining out.

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KALIGIRL 3/1/2014 10:01AM

    Last night was an emoticon success!
You must feel fabulous on working out a plan and not only sticking to it but enjoying a wonderful evening with friends.
Here's to the power of knowledge and your use of it for your health!
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Triathlon: Done!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tonight I finished the last of my biking miles for my indoor month-long triathlon. WOOHOO!!

I started off the month doing a 3-day rotation (swim, bike, run), and finished the swimming portion mid-way through the month. Thank God, cuz I really was not a big fan of the whole swimming scene (see previous blog). Once the swimming laps were done, I turned my swimming days into biking days. I would have finished the biking miles a few days ago, but then with the party last weekend, I skipped two biking days. So I finished my last run last night and finished my biking tonight!

I'm so glad I signed up for this! It gave me some extra motivation to keep working out -- and actually work out MORE than I had been -- and do OTHER workouts. I tried swimming! I biked more! I was mostly running and walking, and this made me branch out. Hurrah! Can you tell I'm pumped up?!

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/28/2014 10:58AM

    Great job!

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KALIGIRL 2/28/2014 8:00AM

    Love it!
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KNYAGENYA 2/28/2014 7:24AM

    That's wonderful. I am so jealous.

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IAMBIZI 2/27/2014 9:35PM

    awesome!
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Party Preps

Friday, February 21, 2014

I've had so much fun today getting ready for our luau tomorrow. And I've gotten so much done! Shopping, cleaning, some food prep.

Not everything has gone well. I discovered two leaks in our sunporch, which led to some unplanned, non-party work. Then I decided I could use this giant decorative bowl filled with shells and blue marbles that has been up on a shelf in the basement for many years. Perfect decoration for a luau, right? I just wanted to rinse everything off because it was dusty. So I set the whole thing in the kitchen sink, filled the bowl with soapy water and went to do something else. My son came along and attempted to slide the bowl an inch or two in the sink, and it shattered! Marbles, shells, glass... some of it went down the garbage disposal. That led to a lengthy clean-up as well. Thank God he didn't cut himself! I, on the other hand, after shooing him out of the way (he felt so bad for breaking it!), proceeded to clean up and cut my finger. Nothing dreadful. Eventually I got the marbles out of the disposal and everything all cleaned up. That was not fun.

So... what do with all those marbles and shells, now that my big bowl was gone? I just love how this turned out:



The shells went into a beachy display in our entrance:
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Now I'm pretty much exhausted and about to hit the hay. I'll have more pre-party jobs to take care of tomorrow before party time!

~~~ Aloha ~~~

  
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IAMBIZI 2/22/2014 11:47AM

    sorry about the glasss bowl, ugh about the disposal! and about your poor finger!
have fun at your party!!!!!!
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THETURTLEBEAR 2/22/2014 10:14AM

    Wow - you turned those lemons into lemonade!

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KALIGIRL 2/22/2014 8:19AM

    Perfect!
Sounds like a great beginning to a wonderful party!

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KNYAGENYA 2/22/2014 6:37AM

    I hope you have fun.

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EVIE4NOW 2/21/2014 11:18PM

  Don't get so tired you don't enjoy your luau. Have fun!

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Feeling Groovy

Friday, February 21, 2014

Greetings, Sparklers!

I haven't blogged for a whole week! No reason, really. Just busy, I guess, and nothing to say! LOL.

I've been doing really well with my eating and working out. I've lost 7 pounds since the start of the year, and then the weight loss really slowed. Some of my friends and family members say stuff like, "You don't need to lose anymore!" I appreciate hearing that, in that it tells me I appear to be a normal, healthy weight. However, for myself, I want to lose more. I know how pudgy I still am (they don't), and so I continue to work on losing 10 pounds or so.

Since my anemia issues are a thing of the past (mostly), my running is going MUCH better. This makes me soooo happy! Before I started taking iron, it was such a struggle to run! I had no stamina. And I thought it was just me, just part of getting older. Whew! Am I glad that turned out to not be the case! Now I am increasing my pace and mileage gradually. I'm doing speed training once a week. It's SUCH a great feeling to set goals and achieve them!

This weekend, we're having some friends over for a luau. We are all SO SICK OF WINTER, we decided to pretend we're in Hawaii. I had good intentions of doing party prep all week so I wouldn't FREAK OUT in the 24 hours leading up to the party. Alas, I have done almost NO prep so far! So tonight I need to do the shopping. Tomorrow I'll be making food and cleaning the house. Yeah, totally doable. I've relaxed a lot about entertaining in recent years. My house doesn't have to be perfect. I don't need to serve 20 different foods and drinks. Enough is enough. I'm not Martha Stewart. I'm a working mom. So... yeah. It should be fun! I'm excited to finally wear my grass skirt!

Aloha!
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JACKIE542 2/21/2014 9:37PM

    Sounds fun, have a groovy time emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 2/21/2014 9:10PM

    Have a great time.

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IAMBIZI 2/21/2014 10:25AM

    Oh this sounds like fun!!!!!!
Have a great time and I love your attitude.
Nice to wake up to this morning!
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JUJUMILLER 2/21/2014 9:29AM

    People are never satisfied are they?
My family did the same thing to me:
"You need to lose weight"
And when I did, they said:
"You're going to lose more weight? You look fine."
Really people!
I agree with you, if you need to lose more, then go for it. Bathing suit season is right around the corner!

Ok, rant over! :)

Enjoy your party. Great idea!

ALOHA!


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TRYINGHARD54 2/21/2014 9:19AM

    Have fun with your party. :-)

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