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13.1 came and went... :/

Monday, October 15, 2012

So this weekend was the half marathon I was supposed to run in with the nurse from my school. Sadly, I didn't keep up with my running this summer and I did not sign up. As disappointed as I am with myself, I still went to cheer her on! She did awesome with an average of 11:32/miles. It is still on my bucket list to do one, I just need to get serious and train for one. As I watched from the side, it made me want to run! I feel somewhat guilty that I didn't but I am hoping for my motivation to kick in by early Spring.

As for everything else, I am back at the gym 4x a week still doing my thing. I could use more discipline (eating wise) on the weekends though. emoticon My goal is to be back at around 151 by Christmas (like I was last year!) and I know I can do it. I just need to stick with my calorie range and keep exercising. emoticon

Hope everyone has a successful week! xoxox

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 10/22/2012 1:35PM

    Hey don't feel bad...there will be PLENTY more chances to do it when you're ready! That's great that you went to support your friend :) You can do this. I'm always here if you want some encouragement, too!

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/19/2012 3:04PM

    let's hope next year brings you to marathon glory
best wishes, Sandra

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VERONICAVW_140 10/15/2012 1:37PM

    I hope this sounds encouraging. With being pregnant I was put on bed rest for the last two months of my pregnancy. TOTAL bummer! I really wanted to keep walking and be healthy for delivery. I gained about 10-15lbs extra from having to not be active anymore and just eating to pass time. Then when I was going into labor I got super excited because I thought, "Finally! I get to be active again!WOOHOO!" Low and behold, I ended up loosing a lot of blood during the delivery which is called Post Partum Hemoraging. This meant that I STILL had to be on bed rest after delivery! :( Well, when I went to see my doc for my 6 week check up she said I looked good and could return to normal activities. What actually ended up happening TMI ALERT I had a slightly prolapsed bladder. Which means my muscles down yonder were weakened because of the delivery and thus my bladder was slightly drooping. This means no running or jumping for a while. I LOVE LOVE LOVE having my daughter. I would do anything in the world for her but I do have to say that the pregnancy has left me feeling soooo down about physical activity. I wish I could go outside right now and run a mile just as fast as my legs would take me. I am clear to walk and lift light weights so you bet your bottom dollar that that is exactly what I'll be doing! But I told my husband that I never ever again want to take for granted being able to exercise at the drop of a hat. It is such a wonderful privilege to get to move and run and exercise the way that you'd like. I work in a physical rehab hospital where folks are trying to learn to walk again. Now that I'm going through this season in my life where I am restrained from exercise I see how awesome it is to be able to do it! So, take full advantage of being able to get out there and train! What a wonderful point you are in your life to be youthful and unencumbered by physical obstacles. Run a mile for me... emoticon

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13.1 I come!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

So today is the day. I am getting serious about tracking and making conscious effort to exercise instead of finding every excuse not to. The nurse at my school (who got me into running) had mentioned a half marathon that is happening in November. I laughed in her face. Me???....Run a half marathon??? I would die!! So before the last day of school she printed me out an "8 week training plan for a half marathon". I looked at it and actually thought about starting it many times.

What better day than today to begin ;). I must be crazy!! But I need serious motivation (maintaining a significant weight loss is much more difficult than I thought!) I need to start working out and stop being Miss Lazy. I will find every excuse not to exercise, (even as lame as "Welllllll I washed my hair today, I don't want to sweat :P) So today begins a 10 week program to a half marathon. Hey I thought a little over a year ago I would never complete the C25K -- and I did! So it just proves that if your mind believes, you WILL achieve..(or however that corny quote goes!) I decided to give myself 10 week instead of 8 to ease my way in. Tonight was my first run (it's about 4 runs a week) and it was 3 miles. I ended up running 2.87 (30 min) I think I tired myself out by running faster at times.

I just need to keep telling myself I CAN DO THIS..I CAN DO THIS! And who knows, maybe come November I will actually run the half marathon ;)

Thanks for reading Sparkies, I couldve never made it here without you..and Nurse Kathy of course! xoxxo

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MOONBIRD 7/20/2012 7:59PM

    You can do it! I am also running a half in November and I have started training early so that I can be as prepared as possible. I am excited/scared about it. Good luck with your training!

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MRS.CARLY 7/7/2012 10:19AM

    You CAN do this! What a great co-workers that you have! That was a very sweet thing to do to print that out and show that you CAN run a half marathon if you set your mind to it

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 7/6/2012 10:01PM

    That's awesome! You can totally do this. It will really help to have something like that to look forward to! Hope to hear updates on your journey! :)

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FITFOODIE806 7/6/2012 9:43PM

    I'm excited for you!! It's going to be fun!

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JOIE501 7/6/2012 9:37PM

    Thank you Sparkies for the encouragement ;) xoxox

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/5/2012 4:41PM

    Kathy is the nurse's name at my school too. :) How nice of her to find you a training program...and how awesome is it that you're doing it!

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EGALITAIRE 7/4/2012 10:17AM

    You can do it - you have the mindset. One day at a time.

If you believe you can or if you believe you can't, either way, you're right - Henry Ford.

Stay Strong

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NATIVE_ONE 7/4/2012 7:39AM

    Good luck with your marathon, and I agree, you can do this!

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/4/2012 4:56AM

    Great to see you have your Spark truly kindled. We will cheer you through sore muscles, bad hair days and the occasional blister! We might even have a water bottle or two waiting at the side of the road, whatever you need, just call!
I am being serious with my tracking too, my next goal is in sight and I'm fed up with self here's to wonderland, or onederland as Sparkers call it

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MAGGIEVAN 7/3/2012 8:33PM

    I am very glad you understand that motivation is not some sparkle that is coming from the outside and bless you. It is all inside of you and we need to just release it without thinking about it. If you really want to do it, you will. The battle is won or lost in the head.

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    You can so do this! It is SO much fun! You will try to psych yourself but don't - you will do so well! I didn't think I would make it, but if you keep at it - you will. I never got up to 10 mile runs a day, I just couldn't do it - I got up to 3-4 mile runs at a time and it was enough for me.

I have one I'm hoping to do November 4th and the Disney Princess one Feb 24th. :)

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Summer 2012...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Well school is out now...and I am finding it WAAAYY harder than last summer to get/stay on track! Between eating out and all the junk food cravings, this is definitely going to be a challenge. I at teetering at 165 and really want to knock off about 15 lbs to be my ideal weight.. Any tips? I am trying as hard as possible to track, also I need to work out an exercise schedule for myself. It is also extremely hard bc I am babysitting for the summer, which allows me to graze all day long. When I am in school I don't but now that I can eat whenever I want it is super hard! I know what I need to do, it is for some reason so hard for me to do it. I mean I did it last summer, what is the difference?! I need to stay motivated!! Thanks for reading my vent. Any suggestions can help.

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JOIE501 7/3/2012 8:06PM

    Thanks guys for the tips! I am going to try my best! =)

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ASHWILLDOTHIS 6/29/2012 9:07AM

    I'm feeling the exact same way. I know what i need to do but I have not been having the motivation or will power to stick with it. It sucks cause I'm like, "Ok, I did this before and I know I get results so why won't i do it and stick with it?" Your spark will come back :]

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RAINBOWCHOC 6/26/2012 3:42PM

    Grazing is hard to stop, I could munch all day if I didn't play the self discipline card. One thing I did when I stopped smoking many years ago was to put a small seedless grape between my lips and see how long it could stay there before I ate it. If you measure out the cupful it can last all day!
Make sure you drink plenty too, it IS the magic potion!
best wishes, Sandra

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/26/2012 1:33PM

    I've actually been finding it easier to stay on track since school has been out. I think the difference is that I'm not working, so it's easier to get a full night's sleep which helps my willpower, and to distract myself with fun things so I don't graze. I'd say focus on filling foods when you do eat (fiber, protein, healthy fats) and drink lots of water, and track your food if that works for you!

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Food, Food...and More Food

Monday, May 14, 2012

Well, last week is finally over!! For those of you that don’t know, it was “Teacher Appreciation Week” which somehow turns into “Man vs. Food Week” at my school. The parents are extremely generous and brought in goodies for us alllll week, starting with breakfast on Tuesday, lunch on Wednesday, dessert day was Thursday and Friday was lunch catered by the principal. Yikes! I can only imagine the damage I did. I was since conscious of the foods I ate, however, I feel super guilty for not even trying to track. It was only one week I let myself “go” for lack of a better word. I didn’t do so well this weekend but didn’t do horrible either. All in all, today is Monday and I am back to tracking and back to the gym.

I have a race coming up on May 28, Memorial Day, and it is my first 10k. So far I have run two races, one was a 5k and the other was a 5 miler, so I know this is my next race to tackle. A 10k is 6.2 miles and if I train enough, I have no doubt in my mind I will be able to finish (that is my goal…just finish!). I ran on Saturday afternoon for an hour, I didn’t calculate the mileage but I am guessing probably around 5ish or so miles. I walked here and there a few times, for a total of maybe 5-7 minutes. My goal is to run twice this week outside, besides the intervals I do at the gym. I can do it…I can do it….. ;)

As for my Biggest Loser Contest (that I do here at school…) I didn’t weigh in on Friday because I was scared of what I would see…so I will face the facts on Friday when I weigh in. Hopefully I have lost or even maintained from the last weigh in two weeks ago. I need to get this last 10-15 pounds off so I will be ready/feeling good for summer.

Well, that is my venting for the day. I hope all my Sparkies have a great week….

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/16/2012 3:59PM

    Life throws us these challenges from time to time. Learning to roll with them is the secret. we will all have times of excess and then we get back on the plan, exercise healthy eating and strictly no "dieting"!
Good luck with the race

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VERONICAVW_140 5/14/2012 11:25AM

    Goodluck with the weigh-in and the race! :)

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April Vacation 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Well, here I am on April Break. (I work in an elementary school for those of you that don't know.) It has been so difficult for me since Good Friday, almost a week ago, to get/stay on track with my calories. This always happens when I am not living on my normal Monday - Friday schedule. I honestly have no one to blame but myself. I sabotage myself in the worst ways, like making every excuse not to exercise, and every reason why it is absolutely okay to eat 3/4 of an Italian Cream Pie. Yikess! I am the only one to blame. However, I am very proud of myself for having two very successful gym trips this week (2.5 hrs each).

Today I have my Turbo Kick class that I take a the Rec Dept. It's 45 min and I swear the instructor is on speed, or maybe just Redbull ;) I like her alot, she has alot of positive energy, (which I need at 7:50 at night).
It really doesn't help my motivation this week that my sister and I got into a HUGE fight on Easter, (which happens often, she is bipolar). And of course my mother ALWAYS takes her side. So annoying! I swear I was born into the wrong family. Somehow everything is always MY fault, no matter what the situatin is. Ugh, so this week I hate them both. HAHA.

Let's see what else do I want to get off my chest.....

Oh yes, I tried a free CrossFit class this past weekend. VERY FUN! I fell in love and it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be, or maybe I am in better shape than I think ;) We used the rowing machines (which my gym doesn't have) and then did alot of interval things, 20 seconds each, then get back on the rower. Wall Squats, lunges, burpees, etc. I know alot of people that have got in serious shape by doing CF. I am talking like diesel status. As much as I would loooove to join, it is sooo expensive. I cannot justify paying $150 for 2 weeks of On Ramp Classes (to introduce the equipment/workouts) then it's $116 a month after that. Yikes! I don't think so. I am trying to save up for a house and I would rather see that money going in the bank. I can however still do alot of the workouts at home, or in my own gym (Planet Fitness). $21 a month is more my style.

I am going to finish digesting my lunch, perhaps go for a run and try a "sexy legs" workout I found on Pinterest ;) Have a good week/weekend. I am looking forward to my massage tomorrow to relieve some of this stress/tension I have this week.

MWAH Sparkies xoxox

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/13/2012 4:27PM

    I hope the family row blows over before long. It's not easy being with the family for holidays which are "supposed" to be pleasant.
I'm sure you will work off the tensions with the exercises. You certainly are in a good place!
best wishes for the rest of the month, may the second half be better!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/12/2012 6:04PM

    That is really expensive! I keep hearing about Cross Fit, but have yet to try it, mostly because my gym doesn't have it. It seems very intimidating though, and this is coming from someone who's tried a lot of different classes..

My April vacation is next week and I get what you mean about eating being harder to control when you're not in your normal routine. Can you try to eat like you normally would during the school week? That's what I'm going to try to do.

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VERONICAVW_140 4/12/2012 3:55PM

    Enjoy the rest of your break! :)

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GOLOPTIOUS 4/12/2012 3:24PM

    The CrossFit class sounds intense! I'm lucky, my gym has the rowing machines, but I'm not sure about a class that incorporates them. I'll have to check it out!

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