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Friday, March 21, 2014

Why do I do this??
I love this place, I love checking in with all of you..
(Which has still been going on with feed reading, not really connecting..)

Maybe I'm full of myself and y'all couldn't care less about what's going on in my neck of the woods, but that doesn't matter. I've been writing for a long time when I felt like no one was reading, but recently I felt like I was getting more friends on here and perhaps being looked to as a motivator so I feel guilty, not just for my self, but for being a bad sparkfriend.

I am still not logging my weight, which I am pleased about.
Workitout100 is still something that I use on social media as a motivator, but I fell off the wagon.

The biggest news is that I had my March 5K last weekend and I ran the whole freaking thing!!.
I did not think I had it in me, but my buddy would not let me think that because she knew I did.
She is a very skilled runner and was a little alarmed by my breathing pattern at times.
During the race we discussed different things to help me manage my breathing because that is what always deters me for running outdoors, or running at all for that matter (I still love the elliptical, but really want to just stop the whole gym business and go for a run..).

Reaching the finish line was amazing, everyone was cheering, I got a major boost of energy and really ran into the finish (She says she could barely keep up at the end, but I think she was exaggerating..).
My husband and son came to watch.
I found them right after I finished so I was not able to watch them cheer for me as I ran.
I tried so hard to find them in the crowd as I ran my little heart out.

I've been trying to find pictures from the event, but haven't had much luck.
If I do I will share.

I have this before pictures..

And I have this after shot of me stretching with my son eating my post-run snack.

Never in a million years did I see this coming..
Sometimes, I hardly even recognize myself.

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BOBCATGIRL76 3/24/2014 10:37AM

    Way to go on the 5k Julie!!

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DEBADEAU 3/22/2014 7:52AM

    Running a 5k is such a great accomplishment! Such a great inspiration!

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KVIX13 3/21/2014 9:11PM

    Congrats on the 5K! What a great achievement, and example for your family!

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KABMPH 3/21/2014 6:19PM

    You look so beautiful! Congrats on doing so well at your 5K!!

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PS - I do miss you around here but understand that life gets in the way of connecting on SparkPeople!!

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DIANITAH 3/21/2014 5:49PM

    Congratulations on your 5K! That's a big accomplishment.

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part of my plan

Monday, February 24, 2014

so I've mentioned to a few of you about #workitout100, I'm thinking this is going to be a big part of my next phase of avoiding the scale and finding motivation in other ways.
I've been following them for a while, but just finally signed up yesterday.
I made a commitment to get some sort of exercise 100 days in a row
and I gotta tell ya, I AM PUMPED.
It all happened in a really cool way.

Like I said, I've been following for a while on facebook and instagram.. yesterday I used the hashtag in one of my pictures and the creator of the movement commented on my picture saying thanks for tagging, but have you signed up yet?
I know she wasn't being mean, but it got me thinking "Wow, she's right.. just got called out, I needed that, better go sign up."

So yesterday was day one for me.
We got all bundled up and tried my heart rate monitor for the first time.
I did have an incentive though, as we were running to my favorite coffee shop downtown.
It was only 2.5 miles round trip, but it was more than enough.. Then I spent the rest of the day cleaning my house like a madman. Being outside gave me some major spring fever and I got a major head start on my spring cleaning.

Remember, fitness doesn't have to be this all out charade.. cleaning and stretching counts. I marked my calendar and I will celebrate 100 days down on June 2nd! Tonight I will head to the gym like I typically do on Mondays, pool has been closed since my first attempt at using it last week and should re-open tomorrow, I think I'll break in my new lifting gloves tonight.

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AUGIE06 3/29/2014 5:37PM

    Hi, random commenter here; I did a search for WorkItOut100 on sparkpeople & this is one of the things that popped up in the search!! :)

So glad to have found a fellow warrior here on SP! My day 1 was 2/10/14... my cousin is good friends with one of the creators (Amanda), and my cousin was nagging me - in a nice way - to sign up & finally I did! :) LoL.

I've found the hardest part of it is the eating better. I've consistently been working out, even if it is just a walk around the grocery store or a yoga DVD but the food thing is something I've always struggled with. :(


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KABMPH 2/24/2014 3:10PM

    I hear an evil laugh when I read "part of my plan" emoticon

You go get em, girl!! emoticon

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    wow thanks for sharing. good luck on your journey. now you having me thinking its something i should sign up for

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Scale Break

Friday, February 21, 2014

....So I'm gonna shake things up a bit.
My only real goal right now is to hit ONEDERLAND by my 30th birthday at the beginning of July.
As of last week's weigh-in I am 14 lbs away from that..

With all of that being said, I really need to stop focusing on the number the scale shows me.
I will not log my weight until May 9th.
Yes, I am skipping 12 weeks worth of weigh-ins, but I'm going to train HARD.

Mostly because these are on my calendar:
March 15th UWO Shamrock Shuffle 5k
April 26th Neenah Glow Run 5k
May 17th Cellcom 5k
June 14th Bellin 10k

I play mind games.. I always have. In the past I would not take part in anything strenuous that would make my muscles ache near a weigh-in day out of fear that I would be retaining water which would show a higher weight, I don't like that this thought would deter me from doing things that would all in all give me much more results than the gratification of seeing a loss on weigh-in day.

For example.. I pinned on my first bib last weekend at the Freezin for a Reason 5K, I wasn't sore the day off, but I was the next 3 days, which I loved.. I like the burn, but my weight was up and it pissed me off.. Then the light bulb went off!

I still have some work to do to figure out my plan of attack, but I am just going to have to put the scale away for now and keep moving!

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KABMPH 2/21/2014 9:14PM

    Makes sense to me! Do you track food and exercise? You know what it takes to be healthy! Good luck and I'll be cheering you on those 5ks from the sidelines! Hmm, maybe I'll do one in April too!

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RAPUNZEL53 2/21/2014 6:01PM

  Good Luck!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

For a long time I would rationalize not buying anything nice for myself fitness related because I always assumed that it would be a waste of money and it would sit unused in the bottom of some drawer..

Well, today I bought a ton of stuff that I've wanted for a really long time and I didn't spend too much because I always go for the clearance racks!

..Wanna know my haul?? Of course you do!

Women's (no more menswear!!) Reebok wicking pullover for $20 org $50
Polar FT1 heart rate monitor & transmitter.. thought I got a deal, but really didn't for $60
Speedo swimcap.. the packaging says TYR, but its on clearance so not surprised for $7
Ipod Nano armband for $10 org $20.. still using a 1st generation has its perks!

Not pictured:
Wal-mart brand "athletic" swim suit.. everyday low price of $16
Harbinger lifting gloves for $15 THEY HAVE PINK ON THEM!!
Goofy green shirt for Shamrock Shuffle for $7

And not so much for fitness, but it should get my husband's heart rate up..
Sexy underthings from Victoria Secret.. walked in wearing a 42D left with 2 36D non-grandma looking bras

I'm really glad I decided to treat myself!
Time for a swim!!

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SUGARBUNNIE1577 2/18/2014 8:13AM

    My ex and I did the Shamrock Shuffle last year. If I made one mistake it was NOT working out outside to train. I spent a lot of time at the gym in the weeks before the 5K, but there's a BIG difference between working out indoors at 65 degrees and outside at 20 degrees with wind.

So there's my bit of wisdom... either get used to running/walking outside if you're not already, or pray for warm weather!

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KABMPH 2/17/2014 8:19AM

    Awesome! I don't have a heart rate monitor so I'm just as clueless as you are as to how to use them.

Just like I don't want to be the fittest person at the gym, I also don't need to be the trendiest. That said, it does feel better to look nice at the gym. I hope you enjoy your new stuff!!

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the hundred pound blog

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I took these 2 before pictures April 29th, 2011 never really thinking that I would be taking "the afters".

I recall standing in my kitchen making a base for me to set the camera on so the timer could take the images since I didn't want to tell anyone I was taking "before pictures". I'm wearing my self imposed "mom uniform" in these pictures too which makes me a little embarrassed since I looked like this on a daily basis. I wore this on the way to the hospital to deliver my son and never really took It off until it was time to go back to work. This look consisted of XXL maternity yoga pants and an XXL fleece. Seeing how it looks now compared to what I now look like makes me wonder what other people were thinking of me when they saw me out and about..

Fast forward to February 4th, 2014..

Days of ups and days of downs, but all in all 100pounds less of a person who now feels more whole than ever before.

Swimming in that fleece!!

For a real look at my silhouette I wanted to share these too since as a newbie sparker I was always curious about what the skin situation was like for other losers (Maybe I'll have the guts to show real skin once I'm closer to goal).

I know I will never have skin removal surgery so it is important to me to do what I can to tighten up so if you have any tips please share! I want to focus on losing another 25 pounds by July 5th, but more important that the number I would like to really focus on tightening up everything, mostly my core and bat wings.

I am the proud new owner of this awesome wicking wear (as well as this hot little body )and I gotta tell ya I am so happy I bought it and really pumped to keep using it more before it gets warmer.

In the winter I tend to think about only doing things indoors, but after yesterday I know that being active outside is possible and not as scary as I always imagined. I wore this yesterday while I ran my first 5k with a sparkfriend in real life! She is one of my newest friends on here, but the first that I've met in real life. We met a few months back for a nice introductory walk. She has set some awesome goals for herself in 2014 and I decided to tag along for her February 5k. Things are always better with a friend in my opinion. We walked/ran the 1st annual Freezin' for a Reason 5k and I had a blast. She beat her time from last month by 10 minutes and I got to wear a bib for the first time (My bib number matched our finish time of 49:13)

At the starting line.. already freezing.

At the finish line, after eating a cup of chili

So happy to have found a friend from the area to keep me motivated, all of you have been amazing friends to me! When I go on little spurts of spark inactivity remember that I am still thinking of you and cheering you on. I sneak peeks at my feed almost daily, but finding the time to interact has been taking a backseat, I'm really sorry about that, but know that I am still here even when I'm not.

Pretty sore today, not gonna hide it.. but I like the burn and I'm thirsty for more!

For all of those who want to quit or struggle with self-doubt.. here is a glimpse at my ride as far back as this time last year..

Yes, I took the scenic route, but I never wanted to commit to something that I wasn't going to do for the rest of my life. There were birthday celebrations, holidays, football parties, job changes and ugly times of plain ol' eating my feelings, but I kept going regardless of a gain.

It might not look like success on paper, but it sure does feel like it!

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GOOSIEMOON 2/16/2014 9:48PM


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KABMPH 2/16/2014 6:13PM

    You are amazing... Thank you for sharing your story! I'm proud to be your SparkFriend!

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OUATEONE2 2/16/2014 11:03AM

    Great Job! What an accomplishment and your chart is a great motivator for the rest of us in that even though it is not a smooth decreasing line emoticon you still can accomplish your goals. emoticon

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EABHA70 2/16/2014 10:55AM

    Wow! Congratulations! This is an amazing and inspiring accomplishment. And a reminder to those of us who do not always remember to take photos along the way...

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JACKIE542 2/16/2014 10:44AM

    Wow, you look great!! emoticon So nice that you found a friend too makes it so much fun. Good job going outside in that cold too, great workout clothes too. emoticon emoticon

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