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Me? Running a 5K? Let's do this!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I made the decision last night to do something completely out of my comfort zone. Enter a 5K (a bit over 3 mile) run!

I know that none of you know me personally, but I'm sure you can identify with my hatred of running. I think it came from 4th grade when we had to do a 600m run and I came in second to last place (after the girl who had an injury so had to walk most of it) and was teased by my classmates. Since then, I've never run outside unless I'm catching a bus or something. I've run on treadmills a bit, but even then I'm loathe to lift my feet up off the ground.

It's the kick I need, and it's for a good cause, the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: bit.ly/komen5k I've got a bit over 3 months to get into shape for the run, because I want to actually RUN the race without stopping. I know I'm not going to break records for speed, but to the able to accomplish this goal would be nothing short of amazing.


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IFNOT2_RETURNS 6/18/2009 1:37PM

    Congrats on your decision. Have you already visited: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2
/2_3/181.shtml for the program?

Can't wait to hear about your progress.

Comment edited on: 6/18/2009 1:37:29 PM

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3LITTLEBIRDS 6/18/2009 12:28PM

    Thank you for your e-mail! I know you can do this run... you know how I know? Because I just did it and if I can do it ANYONE can! If you need any help or have any questions please feel free to ask.

Also, make sure you post your progress here so that those of us who are interested may follow along on your journey!


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SARANGEREL 6/17/2009 1:25PM

    Great goal and attitude! I can relate to school runs in gym class. From 6th grade to 12th we had to run a mile twice a year and I was always among the last few runners, now I am training to be a runner. We'll show them!! Good luck!

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    A wonderful goal- I admire the sound of your determination! I am walking the Susan Komen in September (Central Park). Thank you for sharing.

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5 Pounds in Two Weeks!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

YES! I can do this.

It'd be brilliant if I could keep up the 2-3 pound per week loss though I know you usually lose more at the beginning of a weight-loss program. I feel as though this time can be different, and I can actually sustain the loss. Yesterday I only ate a bit over 1300 calories and was not hungry at all, so I'm going to try to keep up the healthy snacks and gum in between meals because it seemed to work amazingly well!

This time, I'm on a three-month "wellness program" that is a pilot program started at my doctor's office, so I check in with a Medical Wellness Couch once a week. I can't help but think it's a little namby pamby: she brings up lots of self-esteem issues that I think I got over once I graduated from high school. Would I like to be thinner? Sure. Do I hate myself because I'm fat? No. But it's a good push in the right direction to be forced to check in every week.

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 6/16/2009 10:16AM

    Poly kala!!! Keep up the good work!!!


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KNITTINGFROG 6/16/2009 10:11AM

    Excellent news then !

As for the overly keen doctor on the self esteem front: i find it very positive that they intend on addressing those issues, but good for you if it does not apply...one fewer thing to get under you belt...GO YOU!

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My Biggest Challenges

Monday, June 15, 2009

It's coming up on two weeks of being conscious of what I eat and do (the "FastTrack" stage), and so far I feel motivated and ready to do this long term. I've lost 3 pounds already, and I'm confident that I can do more if I just up the exercise program.

THE GOAL: 80 pounds by Spring 2010. I know I actually need to lose more than that, but to be under 200 pounds for the first time since freshman year of high school would be absolutely amazing.

THE OBSTACLE: My biggest pitfall will be staying on track after overindulging. I need to realize that it is going to happen, but it doesn't mean that I'm a failure and the whole healthy lifestyle is worthless. A lot of times, I'll go to a party and eat four slices of pizza and think to myself, "Geez, I blew it, I guess I'm going to have to start all over again." And it's weeks or months of unhealthy living until I get back on track again. Instead, I need to say, "This hasn't been the best day, but I'll make up for it tomorrow." Getting off track shouldn't be an excuse to eat more and exercise less because it is "pointless."

FRAMING IS KEY: These two weeks were great in that I had two days where I did eat beyond my goals, giving into nachos and dessert, but I'm still here, where in the past I would have used it as an excuse to quit. It's about framing. I could put it two different ways.

I could say, "Two days over my calorie goals in two weeks is pretty good: that's like 85% on track!" OR
I could say, "I can't believe I went over 2000 calories twice. I'm never going to be able to stick to this.

1. My health. I don't want to have high blood pressure and be at-risk for heart attack anymore. I want to live a long life, and fast fixes are just not worth it.

2. Appearance. I've sat idly by and bought larger pants everytime I gained weight. Here's been the progression: "Oh, a 14 isn't too bad... well, you can still get 16 in the regular section... hmm, at least 18 is the lower-end of plus-sized..." Well, now I'm a 22, and I want to be able to buy things that I like and that are fashionable. I don't want to be the only one on the bus with an empty seat next to her because someone would rather stand than be "squished."

3. Fitness. I want to run a mile without stopping, without feeling winded. I want going out for a walk, doing yoga, playing tennis, to be natural and second-nature to me.


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MISTTIQUE 7/6/2010 7:48AM

    Me too, re: going back to your first post. I wanted to see how you started. I've got to get started, I've been playing around for 6 months and done nothing so I have to do something and I'm looking for how others do it.... thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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2BEEFIT 5/28/2010 11:38AM

    I went back to your first post..look at you now!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/24/2009 8:04PM

    3. Fitness. I want to run a mile without stopping, without feeling winded. I want going out for a walk, doing yoga, playing tennis, to be natural and second-nature to me.

Look how far you've come love!!! These were your initial goals and now you are going to be RUNNING a 5k!!!! You are so freaking awesome! : )

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KNITTINGFROG 6/16/2009 8:47AM

    emoticon Sounds like a good start and an excellent attitude!

We started the same week, so I hope we can celebrate together goals achieved along the way and eventually toast reaching our goal weights!

Next party you go to, why not bring healthy snacks? Also, I find that looking at a slice of pizza / other treat in terms of "is it nice enough for me to blow 200+ calories (or appropriate number)?" actually helps...

Keep it up, you are doing well!


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NGCHILD 6/15/2009 10:18AM

    GREAT attitude!! I also want to be under 200 in 2010! We CAN do this!!

Have a fabulous Monday!!

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