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Working towards the Turkey Trot!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A few days ago, I set a goal: to participate in and complete the Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning this year. It's a fund raiser for the American Red Cross, and gives me 6 months to get prepared.

Today, I started. I decided to do the Couch 2 5k program, but didn't feel like I was able to do 60 seconds of jogging at a time. So, I added a week of 30 second jogging interspersed with 90 seconds of walking. The plan suggests a 20 minute limit. It took me 23 minutes to complete my loop and return home. AND I DID IT!

I completed my time briskly walking 90 seconds, jogging 30 seconds. Repeat. I'm sure my 270# self looked ridiculous! BUT I DON'T CARE! This is about me and my goals. If the last 4 months has taught me anything, it's that I don't have room in my head for worrying about what OTHERS think about me. I just need to work on what I think of myself. And I'm doing that.

Also... took my monthly picture.

January front

January side

May front

May side

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CCASKEY37 5/10/2012 9:53AM

    You're making good progress. I wouldn't bet against you completing that 5 K. It makes for a good goal for you.

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    3G1rls4me - I live in South East Washington. Our Red Cross holds the Turkey Trot along the Columbia River each year on Thanksgiving. :)

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MENNOLY 5/9/2012 6:44PM

    You are doing great! You look great too! Good luck on your 5 K. I am starting to train for my July one now. I really enjoyed my first one. emoticon emoticon

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3G1RLS4ME 5/9/2012 2:11PM

    where is the turkey 5k? your looking thinner good job :)

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Setting a goal!

Monday, May 07, 2012

I want to be able to RUN the Turkey Trot 5K fundraiser in November. emoticon Two years ago, I got a fool's notion to sign up for the March for Babies and do a 5K with friends.... despite being 300# and completely out of shape. Needless to say, I did not finish. I'm a lot of things, but I am NOT A QUITTER. This has bugged me for 2 years.

I'm averaging 2.5 miles a day (in 30 minutes) on the elliptical. I can walk a mile briskly with zero issues. I lift weights 3-4 times a week. I'm down nearly 40#. My body is stronger than it has every been. It's time to rev it up.

So I'm going to start the Couch to 5K program and see what I can accomplish. emoticon This isn't just about being ABLE to jog... this is about getting my mind to accept that I CAN jog. This is a mental thing for me. I'm giving myself 6 months to train (I refuse to run a 5k in 115* heat for the first time).

Regardless of where my weight is at, I want to do this. So.... setting a goal, making up my mind, and gonna start doing the work.

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    Woo hoo!! I am currently on week 6 of the Couch to 5k program, and I really like it. I've found myself repeating a couple of the weeks/workouts when I didn't feel ready to move on, and that's been working out pretty well for me. I hope you like it!

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MENNOLY 5/7/2012 3:02PM

    emoticonEven if you walk a portion of it you will feel such a great feeling of accomplishment. emoticon

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SBNORMAL 5/7/2012 2:36PM

  All is possible through training. You will be running a 5k in no time.

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Shocked and happy!

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Two quick things...

First, I hit a yard sale this morning, and picked up a few clothes in smaller sizes. I was happy because the clothes were in excellent condition (most with tags still on) and great bands. I bought a pair of cute capris in a size 20 and told my husband "I will probably get into these at the end of summer". Got them home and tried them on.... I can get them buttoned and zipped NOW! They are too tight to be attractive, but it won't be long! For reference..... I wore a 22/24 outfit the night I graduated from High school!

Second, we stopped at the mall today to have my wedding set sized. It slides off too easily and I've been afraid I'll lose it. It's a size 7 1/2, and I expected to size it to a 7. Nope! A 6 1/2 fit great! A whole size on my ring finger in 4 months! (Actually a little more, because I didn't wear it a good chunk of last year because it was too tight.)

I am reveling in these non scale victories. Woohoo!

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CANDOK1260 5/5/2012 10:14PM

    great emoticonon your non scale victories.

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How I measure my success

Friday, May 04, 2012

I re-started this journey 4 months ago. Weighing 308#, I was tired of it, and set about formulating a plan for change. I've spent the last 4 months educating myself and putting my plan into action. And I've learned a lot. But one thing I've learned has surprised me. You see... every goal I set for myself reflected a number on the scale. Every. Single. One.
Goal #1 - get under 300#
Goal #2 - lose 70# in 2012
Goal #3 - Reach ONEderland
Goal #4 - Reach goal weight
See what I mean? All about the scale.

3 months ago, a friend emailed and told me that my journey had inspired her to join a gym and get into shape. She was SLIGHTLY overweight to begin with. Today I met her for lunch, and she looks FANTASTIC! Seriously... tiny, fit, beautiful. Wearing a size that I can only dream of. And you know what? SHE was inspired by ME. SHE said she admired ME. SHE complimented MY success. How is that possible? Yes, I've lost 39# since January 3rd. But I'm still 269#. Not exactly the model of health and fitness.

I thought about this all day. I realized that I was measuring success simply by the scale. My friend reached her goal weight in the last 3 months, and in my mind that somehow made her more successful than me.

But is she? Really? She overcame her challenges and worked hard. So have I. She makes choices every day about how much to move, and what to eat. So do I. She's lost 21#. I've lost 39#. We've both gained muscle, lost fat, increased our self confidence, and worked to make long-term changes in our lives. How am I less successful than her? Because of a number on the scale? That's just stupid.

Tonight I bought a pair of size 22/24 pants that fit perfectly. 4 months ago, I was wearing a 30/32. That means that I have been successful in making progress! I AM SUCCESSFUL. Here's the truth people: this journey continues as long as you're breathing. Whether you're at goal weight, your highest weight, or somewhere in between. It's not over until it's over. It's about the choices you're making TODAY that deem you successful or not. Not about the choices you made yesterday.

I am just as successful as my beautiful, sweet, size 0 friend. And I'm going to be this successful tomorrow, too. And the day after. And the day after that one. I know I'll have days that feel like failure. But I'll pick myself up, dust myself off, and get back on much track. And to me, THAT is success.

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MENNOLY 5/5/2012 10:07AM

    emoticonfor you! You are doing great and you are successful! 39 pounds in 4 months is outstanding. I bet you feel better too. I'll bet you have more energy and fewer twinges in the joints. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CCASKEY37 5/5/2012 7:33AM

    You have the right attitude. Sometimes we get a little hung up on the number on the scale even when ALL the other evidence tells us we are successful. KEEP IT UP and you will be happy with yourself no matter what the scale says.

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MOMMA-MOOSE 5/5/2012 6:48AM

    I love your blog, and your attitude. You are so right.

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OBIESMOM2 5/5/2012 2:35AM

    not only are you just as successful, YOU ARE JUST AS BEAUTIFUL!

I'm going to keep telling you that, because it's TRUE and it's very important for you to believe it; see the beauty in you...the rest of the world does.

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2BFREE2LIVE 5/5/2012 12:46AM

    You my friend are 100% correct. It is a journey that lasts a lifetime and a lifetime of making the right choices.
You are a success today and will be tomorrow and a success story yet to be told when you reach your final goal, keep up the good job of being motivated not only by others but what your doing everyday that is what makes the difference.
Your on the right track so keep this great positive attitude each and every day.
You will reach many mini goals along your journey and I will be cheering you on all the way to the finish line.

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 5/4/2012 11:10PM

  emoticon You go, girl! emoticon

Today is the 1st day of the rest of YOUR LIFE!

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