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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Well, the build up leading up to my first 5K is over. I think it'd be easy to call it a day and say, "I did the 5K, good enough." But I need to set new goals immediately and keep the momentum going!

So I'm going to finish C25K this month, and hopefully will be running the full 3.1 miles before November 1. I've signed up for ANOTHER 5K on November 1 called the Superhero 5K, where runners are expected to be in costume! Woo hoo! Sounds like a lot of fun. I only wish more of my friends were adventurous enough to try it with me. So far it's a no go, which surprises me. It's not like I'm so fast that they should worry about looking stupid or whatever.

Someone asked me, "Are you training for a marathon?" And I had to laugh at that, because never in a million, billion years would I think to answer yes to that question at any time in the past. Even now, 26 miles seems like torture, something completely impossible.

But when perusing the race board on Cool Runnings, I found an awesome half-marathon on the NH seacoast in November, which is one of my favorite places in the world. I've often said I'd love to bike the seacoast, but I'm always afraid of all the crazy drivers who don't share the road with cyclists. Now I see an opportunity to do something active next year and to keep me motivated. So right now I'm going to set the goal of completing a half marathon in November 2010.

Now, I don't even know that I'm going to like long-distance running, so we'll see how I do with my next few 5Ks and then 10Ks before I commit to this, but it's nice to have something in my sights!
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I still haven't gotten my reward for 249 pounds: the new running shoes. I'm going to go tomorrow! I'm EXCITED!

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RAINTHIEF 10/2/2009 2:48AM

    That is awesome and it is great that you are eager to set your next goals to keep going!

A Superhero 5K - I am so jealous!!

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GRACEISENUF 10/1/2009 8:34PM

    You are setting goals and then moving forward...IT IS WORKING! It is also motivating others, like ME! :)

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HOSTALADY 10/1/2009 7:05PM

    The very best to you and your wonderful goals you challenge yourself with. You are well on your way.
Really excited for you!

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ZIRCADIA 10/1/2009 4:12PM

    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOO on setting your half marathon goal!!!!!!!! :D I am confident you will achieve it. :D Also excited for you getting new running shoes. Rock on!

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JKSTEIN123 10/1/2009 2:44PM

    You go! You are right about setting new goals. I have to set some new ones for myself. I completed the adventure race and now I feel lost. Like the day after Christmas. Nothing to plan for in the future.

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DESERT_BIRD 10/1/2009 2:24PM

    You are such an inspiration...Amazing progress! You make me want to run...maybe when I get some more weight off it won't hurt my hips so much. Thank you for sharing!


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CASADESPONGE 10/1/2009 1:57PM

    WooHoo!! You're such an AWESOME inspiration! I'm sure you can do anything you set your mind to!

I lived on the Vermont/New Hampshire state line and always wanted to go to the coast but never made it. We usually go back twice a year to visit Mom...one of these days we'll just have to go.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/1/2009 1:32PM

    That is just fantastic!! I found myself at basically the same place after running my first 5K...it was kind of "what do I do now???". I really wanted to keep up the training pace! I'm also planning on a half marathon in 2010. When I was at the Disneyland 5K, I was so envious of all the runners doing the 1/2 so I decided right then and there that I would do it the next year, even if it meant walking part of it!

But first a 10K or two...LOL

Keep up the awesome progress! You are so rockin' this thing out!!! Have fun getting fitted for your shoes - I'm going to do that myself in a couple of weeks and can't wait!

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/1/2009 1:28PM

    AWESOME goals lady!! I am sooo proud of you and everything you do is just so motivating! You are on a roll!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 10/1/2009 1:01PM

    You are doing so great! Keep following your dreams AND your goals. YOU CAN DO IT!

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CURVYCASEY 10/1/2009 12:38PM

    What a great goal! I am rooting for you!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/1/2009 12:23PM

    That's a great goal to have! You can totally do it, if you decide you like distance running anyway.

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DRAGONFLY1974 10/1/2009 12:17PM

    Once your base mileage is up, you might consider that full marathon! I know I got up to 9 mile runs and it became a goal and now a reality I'm training for. I'm running my first full marathon in April.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/1/2009 12:14PM

    OMFG I'm so inspired by you! A half marathon, you totally rock it girl! I'm just hoping to get through my 5K without life flight having to be called on my behalf :) You're doing so great, you haven't even completed the program and already have done your first 5K. You are a force to be reckoned with. I might have to think about training with you for that half marathon. Would certainly keep me going, that's for sure if that was looming in the distance!

Go get those shoes! I really need to do that sometime, but finances hinder me a bit at this time, especially with Christmas right around the corner *eek!*. I'm so proud of your progress, you are really doing great. Keep on keepin on my friend!!!

-Melissa *hugs*

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STINA6584 10/1/2009 12:12PM

    Sounds like a great goal!

A half marathon still seems scary to me. I decided I want to do a Sprint or Olympic distance triathlon in 2010!

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September Recap & October Goals

Thursday, October 01, 2009

September was a great month, especially given I had a vacation in it and a 5K race! But I lagged in the C25K program and amping up the fitness minutes and strength training. It's clear that my goals for October need to be fitness related. I feel better when I exercise, but why is it I hate to go to the gym after a long day at work?


-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days
1225 fitness minutes
11,190 calories burned
Ran 3/4 mile at a time

-10 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1570 fitness minutes
11,587 calories burned
Began strength training
Ran 1.5 miles at a time

-8 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
6 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
1215 fitness minutes
10,831 calories burned
Continued strength training
Ran 2 miles at a time


-Continue to track everyday
I did this! I tracked all my food in New Orleans, although I didn't calorie count. I did keep myself accountable to what I ate. This is my most powerful tool in weight loss.

-Lose 8-10 pounds
WOOHOO! Today I stepped on the scale and lost another pound, which means I did it! 8 pounds lost for the month, which is great considering I was on vacation and didn't work out as much as I should have. Bringing me to...

-Increase fitness minutes
Big boooo to me on this one. I actually did worse this month than in any month I've been on SP, which is a huge fail. I chalk it up to longer hours at work and having my husband injured, which means no more tennis/basketball sessions for a little while. Obviously this needs to be my goal for October.

-Increase strength training/Start strength training at gym
I did increase my strength training, which wasn't much of a goal given I was doing practically NONE beforehand, but I didn't venture over to the strength machines at the gym. They are just so intimidating, and whenever I DO get to the gym, I always figure I should get on the elliptical because I can burn the most calories that way. GRR.

-Be consistent with C25K
I wasn't. I won't lie. Fail here.

-Focus on water intake and breathing exercises
It was so easy to drink water at the beginning of my SP journey. Wonder why it's so difficult now? Still need to work on this and concentrate on my breathing while running.

-Don't blow it during the New Orleans weekend
I clearly didn't blow it. YEAH! More info on this, see my NOLA report card: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo


-Run and complete Komen Race for the Cure 5K
My greatest acheivement of the month. I ran the race in under 45 minutes, which was my goal, and only walked for about a half mile of it. I did way better than I thought that I would! For more details, see my 5K blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

-Explore local markets/farmstands
Yum. I love the farmers' market. So glad I made this goal! I got fresh kale, bok choy, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini. So delicious and inexpensive too! Going to another one this weekend!

-Make treats count! Less packaged junk, more homemade goodies!
Definitely did this. My chocolate/sugar cravings are almost nonexistent (except when people are shoving cake in my face... grrr) but I ate homemade stuff and kept the packaged junk to a bare minimum.

-Continue to track everyday
-Lose 8-10 pounds
-Increase fitness minutes to 1600+
-Start strength training at gym and home strength training 3x per week
-Finish C25K and do more runs outside
-Complete the Superhero 5K (Nov. 1), beat my last time, do it without walking
-Drink 10 glasses of water per day; breathe while running and stretching
-More healthy cooking at home, less eating out

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TRAVELNISTA 10/1/2009 3:14PM

    I love this type of accountability! emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 10/1/2009 11:31AM

    These are great goals. don't be afraid to ask someone at the gym about any of the machines that intimidate you. It's likely that if someone from the staff is not available, another person working out will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you... they'll get to show off a little hehe.
8 pounds in a month is fantastic, you've been consistently losing 8-10 the past few months! That's a huge accomplishment, you should be so proud! I'm sure October will be great!

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FITTGRRL 10/1/2009 10:11AM

    emoticonseems like you are hitting your weight related goals every month, that is awesome! don't lose your momentum! emoticonStay strong!

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September Measurements

Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's that time of month again... measurements! I had put them off due to vacation, but I did them yesterday again. Post-5K I'm still at 246, but a lot of it is due to high sodium (Chinese food, fries, and other crappy snacks) and being in the high ranges the last few days (finally went grocery shopping yesterday post-NOLA; we were eating take out and at families' houses last week). Getting serious starting today. I need to get as rigorous with the cardio as I was in August and start eating around 1400 instead of 1700.

Body Part - June - July - August - September

Waist - 46 - 43.5 - 41 - 39
Hips - 53 - 50.5 - 49.5 - 48.5
Neck - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5
Thigh - 32 - 31 - 30 - 29
Upper Arm - 16 - 16 - 15.5 - 15

Inches lost since August: 5
Waist - 2
Hips - 1
Neck - 0.5
Thigh - 1
Upper Arm - 0.5

Inches lost total: 17
Waist - 7
Hips - 4.5
Neck - 1.5
Thigh - 3
Upper Arm - 1

VERDICT: Wicked.

Still losing about the same inches per month! And below a 40-inch waist! Nice!

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BETT2U 10/1/2009 10:56AM

    I love that you are so realistic and upfront with yourself. I am taking a lesson here. I have printed out your blog so that I can write down my own measurable results over the last month. Thanks for being so freakin' inspiring.

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TRAVELNISTA 9/28/2009 8:56PM

    Wow 7 inches in your waist so far! In fact all of the inches lost are great. Keep up the FANTASTIC job you are doing. emoticon

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THREADBENDER 9/28/2009 4:37PM

    Great job!! You might want to measure your calves too. That loss around the waist is such a great health measure!

I could never get my high leather boots zipped up because of chunky calves. While getting ready for winter, I tried those boots on the other day....they zip all the way to the top!! Now I don't have to wear really long skirts over those boots. emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/28/2009 12:26PM

    wooo wooo! Keep it up! Greattt progress!!!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 9/28/2009 10:29AM

    Awesome!!! Anytime the numbers go down it's a Winning Situation!! Keep on workin it!!!


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MOMMAROLEMODEL 9/28/2009 10:19AM

    Amazing progress-- way to go!

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JKSTEIN123 9/27/2009 8:05PM

    It just goes to show the scale isn't everything. Good job!

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GOODGETNBETR 9/27/2009 5:36PM

    Congrats on all your progress and for doing a 5K! emoticon Just a heads up, you may not be seeing all the results you'd like due to calorie restriction. I'm a guy at 206 and need to eat a minimum of 2100 cals/day, and that's if I'm sitting behind a desk. Check out this link, it was an eye opener for me that you can eat like the thinner person you want to be and not starve yourself in the process of getting there. http://www.fat2fitradio.com/bmr/>Good luck and keep up the good work!

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GRACEISENUF 9/27/2009 5:17PM

    Great progress! emoticon

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I Did it! I Ran my First 5K!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Well, the day came at last. I ran my first 5K! My official time was 44:49, a 14:26/mile pace, but since this was a charity run/walk, there were a mix of walkers and runners. For some odd and unknown reason, one of the volunteers allowed the walkers to skip a 1/2 mile loop and when I got back from it, there were all walkers blocking my way. Grr! So honestly, I think I could have finished it in 42-43 minutes if I didn't have those obstacles!

Here's me goofing around before the race in the hall.

And here's me pre-race. I know I don't have full body shots up on SP but man, seeing this photo, I look a LOT different than I did four months ago.

Finally, here I am post race! A lot more flushed! It was not a hilly course, thank goodness, but there were some setbacks... the walkers, as I mentioned before. And the fact that it got a ton warmer/sunnier than I thought it was and I was wearing black. Oh and that 1/2 mile loop that was covered in rocks and bird poop!

One of the most gratifying things about the race was running along people supporting their friends and family fighting (or who have fought) breast cancer and watching the survivors (some of them 60+) run with me. The energy was electrifying! And there were runners who were bigger than me doing a really terrific job. I wanted to yell "Go Fat Runners' Club!" but obviously I didn't, cos you know, uh, they wouldn't get the joke, not being on Sparkpeople and all.

My husband didn't run due to his knee injury, but he was there at the start with the mayor of Boston and he got his photo taken with him. At the end of the race, he said he was surprised by my time and was expecting me to come in around the 50:00 mark and hugged me and told me how proud he was of me. Happy birthday, hun!!!

I did walk for probably 1/4 of the course, and that's all right, considering I never officially finished Couch to 5K. I'm addicted to road races now and next time I'll pick one that is runners only. My new goal is to run the whole way without stopping and of course, to beat my time! And no, I didn't come in last either. There about 200 people behind me.

I have to thank everyone here at SP who has pushed me along. My amazing Sparkbuds who give me comments, goodies and positive energy every day; the members of the C25K Group; my crew in the Fat Runners Club; and all the people who wrote such amazing comments on my blog "But I'm Too Fat to Run!"

I started running at 275 pounds and I ran a 5K at 244 pounds. There's no limit to what I can do!

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IMSMILEY88 9/25/2010 5:01PM

    I had to read about your first 5K, too. You did it a little later than me - mine was on Sept 11th. And, you beat me! emoticon My time was 46 mins 30 secs. That's ok, though. I'll get faster... just you watch! emoticon

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FITMAMA1984 9/30/2009 11:00AM

    Congrats!!! You did great! I'm so proud of you!

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DESERT_BIRD 9/29/2009 5:54PM

    Congratulations! I am so proud of you...YOU ROCK!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/29/2009 12:43PM

    You are absolutely AMAZ-A-ZING!!! I'm so proud of you!!!!!!!

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BETT2U 9/29/2009 9:50AM

    Keep rockin' it, sista! emoticon

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HEALTHYSASSY 9/28/2009 4:45PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THREADBENDER 9/28/2009 4:34PM

    Congratulations on a great finish! You are looking great!! emoticon

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 9/28/2009 4:17PM

    wow!!!! I am sooooo proud of you!!!! You are awesome. Your time rocks!!! Great job!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 9/28/2009 10:32AM

    Great Job!!! I'm so proud of you!!! You're right.......your limitless now........Go for it!!!


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MOMMAROLEMODEL 9/28/2009 10:18AM

    Way to go-- you looked amazing and you finished the course-- I am so proud of you! Can't wait to see the next one that you do!


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HOSTALADY 9/28/2009 10:14AM

    I am so very proud to know you here on SPARK. You truly are an inspiration to so many of us. Thanks for sharing the pics and blog with all of us. I really enjoyed reading your journey through your first race. You did an amazing job of it girl. I am just so thrilled for you and what you have accomplished.
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STINA6584 9/28/2009 9:52AM

    Great job girl! I am so proud of you!!!!

Seeing everyone's recent 5K results has got me so excited for mine in a couple weeks!

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SPIRITRUN 9/28/2009 8:16AM

    You had a beautiful day for it and it looks like you had a ball! You should be very proud of your accomplishments. I just finished C25K and we have a 5K Breast Cancer Charity run next weekend. I can't wait either! I hope the rain leaves town before then!!!

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GONE2THEDOGS 9/28/2009 8:08AM

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I had no doubt you would do great! Way to go!

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TRAVELNISTA 9/27/2009 10:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You did it! You completed the race and look at the weight you have lost so far. I am so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEENEE_BEANZ 9/27/2009 10:17PM

    Karvy - you are a hugh inspiration. I can't wait until I do my first real race... (I mean as opposed to beating my time/mileage on the treadmill).

Congrats big time!

When my best friend did her 5K last year with some friends for a children's hospital in Richmond, VA, she threw a party afterwards and gave them all 'gold' medals. You should have one in your spark goodies from me today!

You GO Girl!

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TIME4AFITME 9/27/2009 8:33PM

    Way to go ! I am so proud of you that is a great accomplishment! emoticon emoticon

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COURTNASTY82 9/27/2009 6:33PM

    way to go! it just goes to show that we can do anything we put our minds to! you're awesome.

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GRACEISENUF 9/27/2009 4:49PM

    Just got back today from my vacation.....what a great post! Congratulations on an outstanding accomplishment!!! The pics of you are so GREAT! They tell the story of your determination my friend!

I'm glad to be back to SP...lots of great food and fun but I NEED the nutrition tracker! LOL Put on a few pounds but I'm hoping it's partly water retention.

Congrats again......YOU DID IT! emoticon

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AMYLEE76 9/26/2009 11:01PM

  That is so awesome! I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work!

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TIFFANYFRIIS 9/26/2009 10:28PM

    Woo Hoo! How great are you? I am walking the Light the Night in Boston for Luekemeia and Lymphnoma. I have to get up a little in my c25k before I can run a race but I can't wait! After seeing your pictures, I wish I was there with you!
Congrats! You did it! Woo Hoo! emoticon

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BETHSHEALTH 9/26/2009 9:57PM

    That's so cool. I'm proud of you too, although I'm sure your husband being proud means more, lol. You are doing GREAT!

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JERIBERI1 9/26/2009 6:37PM

    Congratulations -- that's fantastic!!!!

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BIKERCHICK74 9/26/2009 6:03PM

    WAY TO GO!!

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TAMTAM64 9/26/2009 5:39PM

    YOU ROCK!! :)

Keep on running - you are doing GREAT!


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RUN2MYDREAMS 9/26/2009 5:09PM

    emoticon You inspire me to go further! Thank you for the motivation my friend!
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DIZZY85 9/26/2009 4:24PM

    Congrats on the first 5k!!! They are really addicting, and so is running! That's an awesome time for your first one!!!!! SO PROUD :D

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ANGELLACOLE 9/26/2009 3:01PM

    I also did my first 5K today - but I walked in mine. Hooray for firsts!

Congratulations on your success!

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ROBINSON_CMR 9/26/2009 2:53PM

    Awesome! Congratulations...thank you for being proud of your accomplishment!!!

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VANILLABEAR 9/26/2009 2:44PM

    That is so wonderful! What a gratifying experience and such a worthy cause. I will sign-up for my first 5k next year. Good for you!

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FURBALLDTH 9/26/2009 2:42PM

    congratulations!!! You must be thrilled. emoticon emoticon

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BHSKITTYKATT 9/26/2009 1:58PM

    congrats so much!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

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WISLNDR 9/26/2009 1:38PM

    You look so great!! I was thinking about you all morning; I'm so excited for you!!

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BEYONDTHESEA43 9/26/2009 1:20PM

    *Inspired* emoticon

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CASADESPONGE 9/26/2009 1:18PM

    WTG!! I told you that you'd TOTALLY ROCK!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/26/2009 1:16PM

    Even though I've said this about 50 times to ya, I am so so so so so proud of you girl!! hehe. You did so fantastic and I know that next time you will be able to run the whole thing! && you won't have obstacles in your way like walkers! : ) You are such an inspiration to everybody here at spark and this only adds to that inspiration!

Way to go!

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JKSTEIN123 9/26/2009 1:01PM

    Way to go! I love it! You are able to do anything you set your mind to! WaaHoo!!

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MOONANGEL23 9/26/2009 12:59PM

    Great job! You'll always remember your first one, it's a great experience! emoticon

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HECTORJESUS 9/26/2009 12:56PM

    Way to go Karvy...I am running my first on Oct 31..working at it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHICAT63 9/26/2009 12:55PM

    Karvy, most important you did it !!!! No matter how, isn't the greatest feeling to finish a race either be a 5K, 10K or a streanous power walk. You're doing great, it's all good. emoticon

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EMILYBCRUZ 9/26/2009 12:49PM

    Karvy Karvy Karvy! This brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud of you. You are such an inspiration to me and I swear if I would not have read that infamous blog I would never have even pushed myself to do this. Thank you and congrats on your 1st 5K!

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SFTBLENGNRGRL 9/26/2009 12:47PM

    Raising a carrot stick to your success! Congratulations! I hope you keep going.

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MRS_TOAD 9/26/2009 12:46PM

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment! Revel in your success!

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Magic Bar. Cream-filled Cupcake. Peach Scone. Custard Cookies.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

OMG, you guys. Have you ever had one of those days when things that are completely and totally bad for you are just accosting you at every turn? That's today. I think I've been lucky recently in that I've definitely lost my extreme sweet tooth and haven't been very tempted by cakes, cookies, etc. My cravings for sugar have definitely subsided.

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Until now.

I have an EXCELLENT cafeteria at work, and I'm lucky that they provide healthy choices with a little logo displaying that they are low in calories, fat and sodium. So usually I get something that's delicious, but still very healthy. So this morning I was going for my two eggs with a few homefries, one of my favorite breakfasts, when the "Breakfast Item of the Day" stares at me.

A fresh Cranberry Peach Scone drizzled in icing sugar. And it was hot out of the oven and the sugar was melting and oh-so-gooey on the plate.

And I resisted. Go back to my desk. But the guy who sits next to me DID NOT resist. No, of course not. He brought the delicious scone back to the office so that we could all smell it, with peachy baked steam wafting throughout.


So lunch. I planned to get a veggie burger and a side salad. So I order it at the grill and start talking to a co-worker while I wait. And she's just getting salad bar, so I talk and walk with her as she fills her plate up. And then makes her way to the desserts. Now usually, the dessert bar doesn't tempt me. It's usually just a few sad looking cookies and brownies. I mean, I'm sure they're good, but I know what they taste like, so it's not like a huge thing.

Then it stares at me. The Magic Bar. The single bakery item that caused me to put on the Freshman 15 (or 30) in college. They were legend, and we couldn't wait for Fridays when they'd be on the menu. Coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch, marshmallow, all in a butter drenched graham cracker base. Ugh. I actually reach for the tongs for a second, then stop.


Coworker goes and pays for her food and I get my veggie burger and add a delicious roasted brussel sprout side salad. But then I have to pass those desserts on the way to the cashier.


What it was was two perfect white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies and in the middle was this custard frosting. Holy god, it looked delicious. And darn it if I didn't start reaching for those tongs again...

Until I saw....

Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting Injected with Strawberries and Cream. Next to it was a Chocolate Cupcake with Fudge Frosting Injected with Raspberries and Molten Chocolate.

OMG. What the heck is going on? Had I fallen into a alternate universe?

Then I realized that I had been smart. I knew my veggie burger and salad would cost exactly $4. So I had brought $4 downstairs. All those tempting sweets could tempt away because without that extra $1 I wasn't getting them!

A good trick to remember in the future!


As you might notice in the comments, it is also a coworker's birthday, and the chocolate raspberry molten chocolate cake has made it to my office..... OMG!


I decide to take a long bathroom break in the hopes that the cake is eaten by the office vultures before I return. Instead, I return to a piece of the cake next to my computer.


I take a tiny bite of the cake. You know what? I had idealized it. It was WAY too sweet with WAY too much frosting. I throw the rest away.


"Anyone want seconds? There's so much cake here." Many coworkers comply. I think I'm over it now.

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CARRIE1948 9/28/2009 10:53AM

    Smart move to only go to the cafeteria with the right amount of money.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/28/2009 10:27AM

    I got a sugar headache just reading those dessert descriptions...

Well done, staying on track!

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 9/28/2009 10:13AM

    Way to go and yes I think we all have those days. I too am glad that I finally got rid of that sweet tooth craving!

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CATH5109 9/27/2009 6:09PM

    Wonderful description of the whole temptation process. Good for you. I have a sweet tooth also, as well as a salt tooth and a fat tooth. Learning to deny myself the instant gratification, for something even better, my health, is hard work. Sounds like you've got some good back up plans in place.

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SFTBLENGNRGRL 9/26/2009 12:46PM

    Your office sounds like my office. You can't not partake of the office goodies. I totally understand and I hope the next time the goodies come to my office I will remember your blog and resist.

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THREADBENDER 9/26/2009 9:08AM

    What a funny and honest post!! We all have been there. I have to admit that I had a small turtle sundae w/ fat free frozen yogurt yesterday....the only one I've had all summer. We used to go for sundaes on summer Sunday evenings, but not this year since dh and I are both watching our food intake.

You know what....it wasn't as good as I remember, and I crashed from the sugar high a couple hours later.

But the other funny thing?....I dropped a pound this AM and have lost an additional inch at the waist and hips since I last measured. Guess the sundae pushed me off my plateau! emoticon

Best wishes for race day!!

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STINA6584 9/25/2009 10:00AM

    Great job resisting the temptations. We had cake for 3 co-workers 10 year anniversary yesterday. I took a piece, and I ended up eating the actual cake part, but the frosting was TERRIBLE. It was whip cream frosting, and it was coffee flavored. EW! The fact that it was gross definitely saved me many many calories yesterday/

A white chocolate macadamia nut cookie though? That would have killed me.

Thankfully more often than not I don't crave sweets, I'm more of a salty, fatty craver.

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TRAVELNISTA 9/24/2009 10:26PM

    OMG, you are killing me. emoticon I am reading your Blog and now I want every single item you described. You are a stronger person than I am. I only read about what you saw. you saw them with your very eyes and smelled them right there in person.

emoticon to go for you for abstaining from those goodies. Me, I am on my way to my freezer to pull out one of my frozen bananas before I eat my computer screen.

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HOSTALADY 9/24/2009 9:26PM

    I am so proud of you and you should be of you too! You handled that experience with perfection. You are in it for the long haul and that's all there is to it.
I have lost my sweet tooth thank goodness.

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GIZZIEWALNUTS 9/24/2009 9:06PM

    This reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Elaine ends up screaming at the co-workers about all the celebration cakes. If people are too intent on pushing food on you, I find a good way to shut them up is to take a piece and store it for "later." You're thus involved in the celebration, no baker has hurt feelings, and no one needs to know that later you throw it away or give it to the husband.

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ZIRCADIA 9/24/2009 4:38PM

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!! :D GREAT WORK!

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COURTNASTY82 9/24/2009 4:10PM

    way to resist all of that temptation...and having a few bites of cake? no big deal...if we denied ourselves everything that wasn't technically "healthy", we would surely not succeed...at least i know that's how it is for me!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 9/24/2009 4:00PM

    I'm sitting here wishing I could have been there to cave!!! Holy Macaroni! I'm craving sweets today, I'm hoping it's just AF around the corner and nothing more than that. I want to work where you work...hahahah,...but glad I don't :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/24/2009 3:26PM

    wowwww way to go at resisting all those delicious treats! You have more will power than I do, that's for sure. ESPECIALLY w/ the scones--that right there would have killed me LOL. I loooooooove scones. AMAZING job resisting temptation though, you rock!!!!

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SWEETSWEETPEA 9/24/2009 3:24PM

    You are a very strong person! Keep up the great work it is paying off and showing! WOO HOO!

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DRAGONFLY1974 9/24/2009 3:23PM

    Awesome job resisting the temptation! MY boss has peanut butter cookies on her desk and peanut butter is forbidden in my house as my husband is fatally allergic so I'm drooling...UGH!

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ISHIIGIRL 9/24/2009 3:05PM

    good for you! I have had the same problem lately with Cocoa Puffs and Poptarts. did you know that a poptart (just one) has 200 cals? I thought it was for the whole package, but it's only one pastry, yikes! I wish I would have read it better before eating two whole pastries. Like you said, what was I thinking, anyway! I HAD no will power! Want to lend me some of yours? Way to go, I know with that kind of willpower you will reach your goal!

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KARVY09 9/24/2009 3:00PM

    Nope, it was made by the cafeteria....


It's Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting Injected with Raspberries and Molten Chocolate.

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JCARDINAL 9/24/2009 3:00PM

    Congrats for your willpower! I would never have been able to resist all that. Something would have found it's way to my plate.

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KARVY09 9/24/2009 2:53PM

    OH MY GOD.

Just as I posted that....

"Hi all-
Today is M's birthday. In approximately 5 minutes our assistant will be coming down with a cake. So please hide this email and say nothing to him...but please join in the celebration! There's enough cake for all!"



PS- Please let it be carrot cake!

Comment edited on: 9/24/2009 2:54:43 PM

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EMILYBCRUZ 9/24/2009 2:50PM

    LMAO! I definitely have days like that. They generally start to happen around Christmas time. People are baking or cooking treats at home every day and for some reason they always seem to feel compelled to bring the leftovers into the office.

But your experience seems a bit extreme... I don't know how you said no to ALL of that yumminess! Impressive!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 9/24/2009 2:45PM

    You are so smart!! Good Job. I'd have totally caved!!!

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