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Clean Slate Mondays

Monday, June 14, 2010

I have a friend on SparkPeople, DEFTERA, who is so named because it's the Greek word for Monday. I was drawn to her profile when I started at SparkPeople due to my rudimentary knowledge of Greek and I was like "Why would anyone want 'Monday' as their username?" But she wrote about Monday as being a day she loved because it was a fresh start, the slate completely wiped clean, and a new chance to shine.

I liked this. I don't think it means that we should view every week as a write-off because we can start again on Monday, but I like the idea of the fresh start that Monday represents.



So another week. Another start. I have a bit of the post-race blahs. Not too bad, but any runner knows that there is a sense of "Now what?" after a race is over and all the training is done. Even after a spectacular result, it's sometimes hard to believe that after all that hard work and anticipation, it's only one day and only one event.

But I can't stay blah too long... Summer is starting!

And it's time to run for the love of it. I've got just one race scheduled this summer: a 4.2-mile evening run in August that is Beatles-themed and ends in a big BBQ. Sounds perfect. Jon will be running this with me and finally we will have a race together!



So yes, I will still run and I will still try to get a "long" run in each week, but I'm going to hold back on developing a bonafide half marathon training plan until well into summer or until I feel like I need the structure. It's one of the reasons I chose to run my half marathon in chilly mid-November instead of September. Summer is mine.

Summer is mine for running.

Summer is mine for biking.

Summer is mine for working on my muscles.

Summer is mine for reading novels (both trashy and of educational value).

Summer is mine for long evening walks.

Summer is mine for a mojito and some meat and veggies on the grill.

Summer is mine for feeling and being triple digits of poundage lighter.

I still believe in momentum though. I often get asked for "secrets of success" and I believe that one of them is momentum. I'm always moving. I'm always on the lookout for something different. I'm adding new foods and activities to my repertoire. I never feel bored. So despite not having a Serious 10K Training Schedule, I'm still going to be fit and active and happy and I'm going to work on some of those more recreational items on my 30 Before 30 List ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2957594
). There's a lot to accomplish!

So Monday. Kristina is a 10Ker. Clean slate, but not completely, because I have so much to be proud of... And so much ahead.

  
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BASKETLADY6 6/29/2010 8:17AM

    I like the Clean Slate Monday thought! We all need a clean slate sometimes.

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THINSPARKLE 6/19/2010 8:47PM

    LOVELY MONDAYS!

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CINNAMONGURL06 6/17/2010 4:09PM

    What a great perspective. I usually totally dread Mondays! Not because of my weigh in or because I went nutz on the weekend but because it is usually a very hectic day for me. I am going to make it a point to try harder to like Mondays after reading your blog.

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CARILOUIE 6/16/2010 9:06AM

    i love love love summer!!!!

Your list of summer looks something like mine. I opted not to find a summer job because this summer is MY summer.

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ZIRCADIA 6/15/2010 8:25PM

    OH MY GOSH - I WANT TO DO THAT RACE WITH YOU!!!!! It sounds SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!! :D Where do you live? Far far away I'm sure. HAHAHA :D Anyway - I'm doing my half in September... :P haha. So I guess summer is my time for hot weather running beatdowns. ;) THANK YOU for the comment on my blog - it's really not the time commitment of tracking it's the principle of the thing. I want to be able to listen to my body and rely on being true to my physical feelings. UM. YEAH. Not working. So why be as stupid as other people who do something that is obviously not working or good for them because of the "principle of the thing". There's not realllly anything inherently BAD about needing to track your food. I can do this. :P *HUGS* Thanks for the support!

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CLALIZ 6/15/2010 3:54PM

    Clean slate - what a great thought. I like your list - and yes summer is yours!
well mine too, gotta go move!!!!

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FUNFROG79 6/15/2010 1:24PM

    Great post! Thanks for sharing it! I like Mondays too for the same reason. The Beatles run sound fun! emoticon

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MISTYMOVIN 6/15/2010 12:58PM

    Great summer plan! A Beattles race would be really fun. I'll be doing the Crabfest 5k in September.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/15/2010 12:47PM

    My kids always thought I was nuts because I would love "Mondays" over ending "Fridays" LOL

GREAT blog!

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RAVENSONG37 6/15/2010 12:36PM

    WooHoo!! I love the idea of Monday being the fresh start...Mondays are my long days in training for my half marathon so sometimes it's easy for me to dread them!

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IMSMILEY88 6/15/2010 12:13PM

    I love your post! Run for fun!!! And, thanks for all of your inspiration. I, too, feel like I'm going with momentum right now.


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STINA6584 6/15/2010 11:19AM

    A Beatles themed race?! How cool! I am totally jealous :) (Maxwell Silverhammer is my dog's namesake.)

I loved this blog! It actually made me really think about the idea of running for the love of running. I feel like somewhere in the last 6 months this has gone into hiding for me. In a lot of ways running became a chore. Of course, I think that has more to do with other life circumstances than the actual act of running though. Thank you for the reminder that I do love running and that is why I do it!


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LLBEAN75 6/15/2010 10:46AM

    This was such a great blog! I like to think of every day as a clean start. No matter how much I messed up the day before, I have the chance to make every day fabulous as soon as I wake up. Usually just eating a solid and healthy breakfast puts me right back on track!

I totally feel you on the post race blues. BUT having another race to focus on will help you get over them! Go girl!

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FITGRL124 6/15/2010 9:10AM

    You rock!!!! emoticon

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MAIA2011 6/15/2010 8:55AM

    Simply put, you rule! The Beatles run sounds fun! Are you going to dress up?

Maia

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KJENKS85 6/15/2010 8:07AM

    Great work! You are very inspiring, girl! I heart Mondays too. Not because I come completely undone Friday-Sunday, but because it is so freeing to start fresh on Monday.

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JAMARCIL 6/15/2010 7:39AM

    It sounds like you are going to have one fabulous summer!!! The Beatle race sounds GREAT, what an idea! Run for the fun of it, I like the sound of that. emoticon

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 6/15/2010 7:37AM

    yay!!!! SUMMERTIME!!!!!!!

you're so motivational, girl. Its great that you have such attainable goals that are designed to simultaneously live your life :)

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MERALO 6/15/2010 4:58AM

    I'm also always changing my routine, my meal plans, the recipes I use...I never get bored and I'm always moving - it's the long-haul that matters, not the little stumbles along the way.

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ALIMESSA 6/15/2010 4:46AM

    Great blog...enjoy your summer!! You've come a long way...you deserve it!

Keep up the great work!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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PAPPHEM 6/15/2010 12:55AM

    Sounds like a well deserved and great summer plan!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/15/2010 12:43AM

    Oh yeah--sounds like a plan to me, enjoy!


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HOSTALADY 6/14/2010 11:54PM

    Enjoy as you do ~ you are so deserving with all you do!

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Here's to a wonderful and active summer!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 6/14/2010 10:37PM

    The evening run sounds like a ton of fun! I like your attitude about Mondays and summer. It's my favorite season emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 6/14/2010 9:24PM

    I love Mondays too, especially in regards to this lifestyle change. Mondays bring order back to our lives mostly and for me it starts another week as a Sparker. It is full of possibilities!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/14/2010 8:54PM

    It sounds like you have many things to look forward to this summer including saying goodbye to at least 2 more little lbs! Congrats on the 10K. AWESOME! Can't wait to cheer you on as you continue to live life active and healthy!

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REDRUNNER82 6/14/2010 8:47PM

    My herb windowbox has a ton of mint in it and my only thought is: MOJITOS!
Totally get your "now what" feeling after the race... I had to create a new plan with a whole new spreadsheet after I finished my half marathon. It definitely helps to stay in the training mindset even though you're not actually training!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/14/2010 7:48PM

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Nothing looked like a mojito so I gave you a pina colada instead, pretend it is a mojito in a coconut!! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 6/14/2010 7:18PM

  Here's to Summer emoticon living it, loving it and making the most of it emoticon

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STEPHANON 6/14/2010 4:51PM

    Awesome attitude; awesome blog!

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CHICAT63 6/14/2010 4:25PM

    Summer is great to achieve different goals or a change or activities. Hey, if you can move & groove you can lose and you are definate proof of that. If throughout the summer you discover a new hot spice or recipe be sure to let me know. emoticon emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 6/14/2010 4:04PM

    Kristina you LOVE running. Heck yeah! You don't need a training schedule to keep you running! If you wanna keep upping the mileage, you will. If you don't feel like it yet you really don't have to until the fall. Enjoy the summer! Next year if you decide you're up for the marathon it'll be a little different, so enjoy this!

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WEEZBUG82 6/14/2010 3:45PM

  Love me some Summer! :D Cheers to making the most of it!

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LADYBUGRUNNER 6/14/2010 3:45PM

    I just love this blog!!!

emoticon Happy Monday sweetie!!!

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HKBATEMAN228 6/14/2010 3:40PM

    I LOVED this--apparently I was just looking at Mondays all wrong!! Work that clean slate!!
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MBSHAZZER 6/14/2010 3:32PM

    What a great way to look at Mondays! The worst for me is getting up for my Monday morning workout. Once I have done that, though, it's like, "WHOO! 8AM on Monday and I've already done something productive this week!"

I like your plan for the summer, and I think it will be easy for you to stay motivated and on-track... especially with a half marathon in November. Very clever actually... you may not have to start training now, but you certainly can't get too far off track!

You have really nailed the "balance" issue that I truly believe is the key to long-term success!

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.TARA. 6/14/2010 3:29PM

    Love your summer list!!! You have such an amazing attitude towards life and it is absolutely contagious!
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NIELSENSLADY 6/14/2010 3:26PM

    Gonna be a lotta sweatin goin on! emoticon

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SUSANAT2 6/14/2010 3:26PM

    Love this blog...I love that you have outline sort of for things you like do to do over the summer...makes me think about making mine....Thank you for being so positive...and a 10K under your belt...amazing.... emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYN1213 6/14/2010 3:26PM

    Absolutely awesome!!! I, too, believe momentum is my key to success. It is much easier to keep the ball rolling than it is to have to restart it!!! Sometimes I slow or redirect my focus and sometimes it feels like I am going uphill a bit, but I must keep moving! The gravitational pull alone will propel me closer to my goals! Keep moving it girl! Summer is yours! Now, take it!

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GRACEISENUF 6/14/2010 3:26PM

    There is alot to be said for variety....never boring! Your summer plans sound wonderful.

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CREATINGAMANDA 6/14/2010 3:25PM

    Cheers to summer!!!

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JESSSPARK 6/14/2010 3:25PM

    Ah summer... I really need to stop teaching classes during it. Cause summer is mine... to deal with whiny students just doesn't have the same ring as mojitos! :)


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MOCOHOLO 6/14/2010 3:24PM

    I love this blog!!! Happy Monday to you!!

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BURKEBRIZ 6/14/2010 3:24PM

    I am so glad you talked about the post run blahs...I didn't get what it was or why I keep beating around what to do next. I do feel like I need to do something else!! As much as I love the weeks I have my kids, those are also the weeks I don't run. So, I look forward to next week when it's a no excuse not to run week!

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Market Square Day 10K

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today was the Market Square Day 10K in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was my first 10K and everything I said was going to happen today did!

I started out with a good breakfast of oatmeal, flaxseed, raisins and brown sugar made with almond milk. It did the trick and filled me right up. The night before, I had a delicious and high-carb chicken, spinach and ricotta calzone. Mmm! I hadn't had a calzone in ages.

There was a lot of good omens for this one. Friday night I found a $10 bill on the street! I joked that it was $10 for my 10K! My foot, which I'd stepped on weird at kickboxing on Thursday night was completely fine. I slept well the night before. We found the perfect parking space with no problem.



Not a great photo, but here is me at the start line. It was threatening rain and about 60 degrees and humid. I wore orange so that my husband could find me in the crowd! We walked around the downtown area for about 20 minutes to start. I felt like a local (we go to Portsmouth a lot in summer) so I bypassed the lines at the port-a-potties and went to the park bathroom to pee in private. Hehe... I drank a lot of water over the last couple of days!

Before I knew it, it was start time! Woohoo!



The race was super crowded to start with 1,730 runners weaving in and out down the main streets of downtown Portsmouth. There were no markers for minute-mile estimates so I "runner profiled" and stood near runners who looked serious enough but were RWC (running while chunky) like me. It worked out pretty well!



That's me at the half mile mark. I planned to start out slowly, but the crowd amped me up and passed the 1 Mile marker at 10:44. It was a flat mile, but I knew I needed to slow down if I was going to last the whole race!



I spotted Jon again at about 1.5 miles and waved! I hit Mile 2 at 21:03, so I was still going pretty fast at this point. I was happy to see frequent water stops since I didn't really know how many there would be. Mile 3 was at 32:16! So I believe I ran 5K in under 33 minutes, a new PR!

After this point, I stopped paying attention to the time setups at the mile markers. Why? Because the hills started. Now, I hadn't believed Portsmouth to be very hilly, but Miles 4-6 were more uphill than downhill and I slowed down considerably. I was still feeling good though. Just like on my practice runs, I had great stamina until about 45 minutes into the race. I brought a Clif Shot with me that I planned to gulp down with some water at that point, but surprisingly this is when the water stops were sparse and I didn't want to risk not being able to swallow the gel all the way down. So I didn't fuel during the race.

The crowd was great though. Loved seeing people drinking mimosas and bloody marys in front of their houses. Portsmouth knows how to party! Some of them had their sprinklers on for us, but thankfully, it wasn't that hot, so I didn't run through them.

My strategy was just to keep running the whole time so as not to lose momentum, even though I was considerably slower on the hills. In my crowd (I ran with the pretty much the same 10 runners for the last half of the race), some people opted to walk uphill and sprint downhill. It worked for some who finished ahead of me, but others, as I suspected, I never saw again.

From Mile 5 to 6, I wondered when the hills would end, but I was confident that I would finish in under 1:15:00 like I had hoped, so I kept trucking. Finally, at the 6 Mile marker, it was all downhill. OMG, I moved during that last 0.2 miles! I thought I had a chance of finishing 5 minutes ahead of schedule! In the end, my time was 1:10:45, so I did it!



They called my name at the end too! They call out names at random, so it was cool to be called. I guess it helped that there weren't as many people who finished at the same time as me! Jon was caught a little offguard again ("I wasn't expecting you so soon!") but he nailed the shot that I wanted. So finally, a photo of me at the finish.

As soon as I crossed the finish line, the rain started to fall! Ooops, didn't mean to spoil it for the rest of you, but I guess it was MY race. Hehe!



Yes, I repped SparkPeople at the race. And yes, it was just a coincidence that my running shoes, heart rate monitor watch and t-shirt are all orange!

So in the end, I ran a 11:24 minute mile. I finished 1532/1730 and 218/254 in my age division. Much further from the bottom than usual! I was elated!

Thanks to all of you who believed in me, supported me, and encouraged me. And special thanks to Kathi (WISLNDR) who ran her first 10K in Wisconsin at the exact same time as me! She did great too!

Just 154 days until I come back to Portsmouth to run the Seacoast Half Marathon!

  
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IMSMILEY88 9/25/2010 5:15PM

    Since I started (back) with C25K on June 1st, this is one of your first posts I read. I love it!

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CMKOBE 6/22/2010 12:24PM

    Great job!

You're almost not RWC anymore...how about RWFC? Running while formerly chunky?

Great inspiration.

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Congratulations on running your 10K!
Good luck in meeting and even exceeding all your goals.
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SUGIRL06 6/19/2010 9:50PM

    That is awesome!! Way to go!!! Love the orange gear (my favorite color!) Where was your fuel belt? Was this before you go it or just didn't use it? Definitely need water with those gu packs!
~Ang

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ONEHOBIT 6/18/2010 10:01PM

    Congrats on the run. Having lived in Portsmouth myself reading your blog made me a bit homesick for the seacoast, the wonderful people but not the weather... emoticon

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TRIGRAMPS 6/18/2010 11:36AM

    Great job and DH did a good job with the pictures! Good luck on the Marathon. --Sam

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ANGEL7912 6/18/2010 9:35AM

    Great job!!! So inspiring for me. I just ran my first 5k in June and am now training for a 10k. Thanks for sharing gave me HOPE emoticon

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LOLOBEAR1 6/17/2010 1:50AM

    You are such an inspiration! Congrats on the 10k!

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KOME42 6/16/2010 5:59PM

    This is so awesome and so inspiring. Nice shirt btw. Haha. Great job! :)

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/16/2010 3:14PM

    Just saw this blog!

Such an uplifting read today, thanks!!!!

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KATHLOW 6/16/2010 6:37AM

    I know I'm late but congratulations nevertheless! You rule...

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LUCKYONE60 6/16/2010 12:57AM

    Wow, this is so great and so inspiring. LOVe your photos. Thanks for taking the time to share with us. Keep up the good work!

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ON2VICTORY 6/15/2010 9:08PM

    Seacoast Half? , Now I REALLY want to go! I wonder if the Rusty Hammer is still downtown? they have the BEST onion rings and clam chowder anywhere IMHO!.

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ON2VICTORY 6/15/2010 9:05PM

    WOW, loved the pics, I was stationed in Portsmouth at the old Air Force Base (PEASE AFB) in 88-90. I loved it out there, havent seen that area since and miss it dearly. That is an awesome race you did. Woo Hoo 2 U!!

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DARKTHOR 6/15/2010 6:54PM

    You did marvelous! That looks like a super fast time to me!

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FITNESSFOODIE 6/15/2010 6:19PM

    Great job on your run! emoticon

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CYBER12 6/15/2010 5:01PM

  What a wonderful thing to be able to do that. The shirt looked great. Keep up the great wook.

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ELLEBE725 6/15/2010 4:43PM

    Congratulations!!

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RUNNING4MYLYF 6/15/2010 4:08PM

    Awesome!!! :)

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STINA6584 6/15/2010 11:23AM

    Congrats! Sounds like you had a truly amazing race!

As always, you are such an inspiration!!!

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WYND10 6/15/2010 11:04AM

    Congratulations!! :)

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AHAUNTEDPOET 6/15/2010 10:29AM

    That sounds like an amazing experience... Congrats and "keep on truckin'!"

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BLUEFLAME84 6/15/2010 10:14AM

    Congrats! You're so inspiring! I just ran my first 5k- I hope I can get to your level soon! Good job!!! (Ps- I love Portsmouth!)

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FITGRL124 6/15/2010 9:08AM

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MAIA2011 6/15/2010 8:59AM

    TOTAL sweetness! Great job! Woo Hoo!

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MAMADELIGHT 6/15/2010 8:26AM

    Awesome!!!! We are bound to run the same race soon.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/15/2010 7:18AM

    I love orange! Congrats on your accomplishments!

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NANASAMM 6/15/2010 5:07AM

    Congratulations! Your thumbs up pic is great and you don't even look tired. emoticon emoticon

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ROZELL99 6/15/2010 2:58AM

  Congratulations

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MUSTBHEALTHY 6/15/2010 12:56AM

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Great blog. I'm still only half way through c25k and thought 5k's would be enough for me but reading stuff like this makes me want to do more.

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CINABEE 6/15/2010 12:34AM

    Congrats you did it great blog! emoticon

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GAILSFITNESS 6/15/2010 12:05AM

  inspirational!

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LUSHON 6/14/2010 11:25PM

    Way to go! What a wonderfully inspiring blog!

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SPARKANN 6/14/2010 11:07PM

    Hurrah for you!!! emoticon

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BIBLIOMANE40 6/14/2010 10:23PM

    My bestest lives in Portsmouth! I'm going to visit her in a couple of weeks. I just love the area. Sounds like you did a remarkable job! Congrats to you and best of luck on your next race!

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AFITJULIE 6/14/2010 9:17PM

    congrats. you did great and you look so happy!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/14/2010 9:00PM

    Kristina, I LOVE the pic of you at the end, thumbs in the air and completely elated! I can feel that feeling! WHOOO-HOOO for you! Amazing time - you rock!

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NEKOPIE76 6/14/2010 8:56PM

    Great job!! I too am going to do a half marathon this year ... October 25th. You are going to ROCK it!!!

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WEMINICH 6/14/2010 8:44PM

  Wow!!!

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CLALIZ 6/14/2010 8:30PM

    I am sooo happy for you that you had a great first 10K! I am looking forward to mine after reading about yours!
You are soooooo inspiring and want to let you know how much I enjoy reading about your running journey, I want to be like you! emoticon
great job on PR!!! emoticon emoticon

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BIRD2020 6/14/2010 7:33PM

    You're awesome! emoticon

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TMBTTLES 6/14/2010 6:50PM

    Great Job! Very inspirational! Have a great week!

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    CONGRATS! emoticon

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    You are so inspiring!!!!!!!! Way to go. emoticon emoticon

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LAURENSL4488 6/14/2010 6:01PM

    Congrats! Thanks for the inspiring blog too!!! emoticon emoticon

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JSFORSELL 6/14/2010 5:57PM

    right on!! Inspiring and you looked great!!

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WESTCOASTGIRL1 6/14/2010 5:21PM

    Way to go! emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MANDA_MICHELLE 6/14/2010 3:54PM

  yay awesome job!!!!

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What's Going to Happen Tomorrow

Friday, June 11, 2010

emoticonI'm going to run my first 10K.

emoticonI have an idea of the time I'd like to finish in (1:15:00) but no matter what happens, I'm going to smile and be proud of myself.

emoticonWhy? Because less than a year ago, running was the #1 item on my "can't" list and tomorrow I will be running 6.2 miles. Because almost a year ago, I gasped on the treadmill running a 14:30 minute mile for 60 seconds and wondered if I would ever move it from the CAN'T column to the CAN column.

emoticonI'm going to know that I have Sparkers in my corner thinking of me, especially Kathi (WISLNDR), who is doing her first 10K at the exact same moment in time as me and April (AMKRUNNER) who will also be rocking out her 10K!

emoticonI'm not going to psyche myself out. I'm going to get enough sleep tonight so that I can perform my very best and have a filling dinner and breakfast. I'll be well hydrated because I'm on my 10th cup of water today!

emoticonI'm going to think of my favorite running divas here on Spark and how they inspire me every single day.

emoticonI'm going to use the race time to enjoy my surroundings since we're technically not allowed headphones (I might sneak them anyways....)

emoticonI'm going to rock my best "sweaty victory" look for the camera! I'm going to wear bright colors so my husband can find me in the crowd!

emoticonI'M GOING TO RUN MY FIRST 10K!

  
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CMKOBE 6/22/2010 12:20PM

    Awesome. I'm right behind you. Literally. :)

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HIMELISSA2007 6/16/2010 11:32PM

    What a remarkable feat. You are doing great and you will do great at the marathon!!!Have lots of fun doing it!!!Best wishes. emoticon

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TGRMORRIS 6/16/2010 2:14PM

    Good luck. I to am in my first years of running too. I have never done something in all my life that I am more proud of. Great job and enjoy tomorrow's race. emoticon

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TMBTTLES 6/14/2010 6:43PM

    Woo Hoo!

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    WooHoo! Way to go!!! emoticon

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STYLELADY1 6/13/2010 10:47PM

    You go, Girl! Best of luck!
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ANNESCHWARTZ 6/13/2010 10:07PM

    go,go,go! emoticon

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DREAMSOFSHOES 6/13/2010 9:59PM

    Good luck! Running a 10K is a huge health achievement! emoticon

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EDWINA172 6/13/2010 9:29PM

    Good luck and have fun!

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MARISSA3950 6/13/2010 7:17PM

  good luck and have a great time at your race!

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LYNMEINDERS 6/13/2010 5:29PM

    GO GIRL.....I hope to join in something like this one day as well....

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RALEESHA87 6/13/2010 4:48PM

  great job, hopefully i get to tht point

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RENIDAY1 6/13/2010 2:59PM

    Super!! emoticon

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SOPHIETR 6/13/2010 1:30PM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work, God bless you!!

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    You rock !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRJJ2004 6/13/2010 8:56AM

    That's awesome!! You go girl!

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    Go get em, girl! You`re fantastic!! emoticon emoticon

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TRABOLD8567 6/13/2010 2:38AM

  Hope it was great!!

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EMSSBEARS 6/13/2010 2:30AM

    Good luck and have fun.

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 6/13/2010 1:15AM

    Good for you! It's a real accomplishment to just finish a 19K let alone have a plan for the time you will finish in. That can be your benchmark time too, since if you keep doing them, you will only get better.
Good luck and have fun!
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NACHOSMAMA 6/12/2010 8:17PM

    I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. Rock it out!

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MARGARITTM 6/12/2010 8:15PM

    Good for you - can't wait for the results! Keep us posted.

You Rock!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 6/12/2010 8:14PM

    That is awesome!

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KSW1963 6/12/2010 7:44PM

    I'm thinking about starting to train for a 10K soon. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 6/12/2010 7:40PM

    Hope you had a great time! How did it go?!?!

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SWIRLYG 6/12/2010 5:42PM

    Hey way to go! My girlfriend just completed her first ever 5K two weeks ago for a benefit run, so proud of her too. You're right too, no matter what time you get just completed it. There's no way to gauge improvement until you do it for the first time at least, right?

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SWIRLYG 6/12/2010 5:42PM

    Hey way to go! My girlfriend just completed her first ever 5K two weeks ago for a benefit run, so proud of her too. You're right too, no matter what time you get just completed it. There's no way to gauge improvement until you do it for the first time at least, right?

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SWIRLYG 6/12/2010 5:41PM

    Hey way to go! My girlfriend just completed her first ever 5K two weeks ago for a benefit run, so proud of her too. You're right too, no matter what time you get just completed it. There's no way to gauge improvement until you do it for the first time at least, right?

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SWIRLYG 6/12/2010 5:41PM

    Hey way to go! My girlfriend just completed her first ever 5K two weeks ago for a benefit run, so proud of her too. You're right too, no matter what time you get just completed it. There's no way to gauge improvement until you do it for the first time at least, right?

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SWIRLYG 6/12/2010 5:41PM

    Hey way to go! My girlfriend just completed her first ever 5K two weeks ago for a benefit run, so proud of her too. You're right too, no matter what time you get just completed it. There's no way to gauge improvement until you do it for the first time at least, right?

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SWIRLYG 6/12/2010 5:41PM

    Hey way to go! My girlfriend just completed her first ever 5K two weeks ago for a benefit run, so proud of her too. You're right too, no matter what time you get just completed it. There's no way to gauge improvement until you do it for the first time at least, right?

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BILLY4225 6/12/2010 4:10PM

    Have a fabulous time. Your a winner!

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JANWHOSOEVER 6/12/2010 3:19PM

    You go girl! Congratulations on your milestone. There is nothing you can't do - only things you haven't done yet.

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BUSYWIFE09 6/12/2010 2:51PM

    I'm sure is was AWESOME! Way to go you! Thanks for the inspiration for someone who just started C25K...someday maybe I'll get there too!

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DELGADITA69 6/12/2010 2:16PM

    Good Luck! The best to you. emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/12/2010 11:45AM

    Get it girlfriend! Awesome job in training for this HUGE endeavor that you're about to cross off your "to do" list. Congratulations are certainly in order to you. Cheers!

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KINISUE 6/12/2010 11:22AM

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/12/2010 11:14AM

    You are most likely done already, so I'm just going to say Way to go! I'm so proud of you for turning a Can't into a really big humongous CAN!!! (Wish I could change the font size to better reflect...I'm thinking something along the lines of 48 pt. at the minimum.) LOL

It's funny because I haven't really stopped to think about it, but we haven't been on this journey alone for even a second...how awesome is that?!?!?! Wish I could be there at the finish line to give you a big ol' sweaty hug...but just know I've been thinking about you and sending good vibes all the way from the West Coast!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 6/12/2010 11:12AM

  good luck!

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CATHY49 6/12/2010 11:12AM

    Way to set goals and live up to them. I go through that psych yourself out time everyday. Once I get my workout clothes on get down on the treadmill, I know I am set. I am not a quitter, and I know once I am there I will do my workout. I feel great when I finish, and then I do my Spark People workouts. I feel great for the day that I have done something just for me! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/12/2010 11:05AM

    Thought about you while running this morning, hope everything is going well with your race-can't wait to hear the report!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/12/2010 10:57AM

    I hope you have a great race!!

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MESEATURTLE 6/12/2010 10:46AM

    Go for it babes!!!Enjoy it!u give me hope and inspiration!

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PURPLEROSE6 6/12/2010 10:29AM

  great

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PITTACHICK 6/12/2010 9:37AM

    As Oprah says "this i know for sure" you will do well and finish no matter what the time.....enjoy your victory :)

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TANCEY1 6/12/2010 9:25AM

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DIVADELICIOUS 6/12/2010 8:59AM

    Rock it Girlfiend! So proud of YOU! emoticon

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ROZELL99 6/12/2010 8:33AM

  Good luck

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LINDABENEDICT 6/12/2010 8:21AM

    SUPER !!!!! All the best on your run !!!!!

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OK, I May Have Just Eaten the Best Convenient Meal Ever

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lean Cuisine Szechuan Stirfry with Shrimp (they have a chicken variety too if you're squeamish about the shrimp)

PLUS

Half a bag of Birds Eye Steamfresh Broccoli, Carrots, Snap Peas and Water Chestnut microwaveable veggies

MIX THEM TOGETHER.

OMG!

I ate it before I took a photo... Sorry! It was so good! And it filled a whole 10-inch plate!
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I do this a lot when Lean Cuisine is on sale or I get to Trader Joes and grab a few meals. I will "bulk it up" with extra microwave veggies. It makes it look like a huge meal! TJ's has an awesome Chicken Vindaloo bowl I like to add sweet peas to and sometimes I'll put a corn in a rice dish, etc.

Yes, there is sodium, but usually no more than a sandwich. This meal had 730 mg of sodium. Since my breakfast and dinner is usually fairly clean, I usually do OK with a sodium-filled lunch if the rest of the day is clean eats.

CALORIES: 300
CARBS: 51
FAT: 2
PROTEIN: 15

  
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HEALTHYSASSY 6/16/2010 9:10AM

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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CORINNAW71 6/14/2010 10:33AM

    Great idea to bulk it up with more veggies. Ususally when I finsh a Lean Cuisine I still feel hungry. I'll have to try that!

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GRACEISENUF 6/14/2010 12:37AM

    I am going to try that one.

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REDRIDER68 6/11/2010 9:06PM

  great suggestion, never thought to do that.

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PSSN4FITNESS 6/11/2010 3:18PM

    I have really got to get on the Lean Cuisine thing. I will go out and buy it ASAP! emoticon

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AUNTIE65 6/11/2010 2:37PM

    Love the idea of bulking up the meal with the vegi's! I have often cooked extra vegies to have on the side, but I like that idea!!

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JOYINRUNNING08 6/11/2010 2:30PM

    NOMNOMNOM. :)

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PRINCESSNURSE 6/11/2010 2:22PM

    Yummy!

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STEPHANON 6/11/2010 12:26PM

    Love me some Trader Joe's.

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SUZEQ09 6/11/2010 9:11AM

    Sounded delish! Quick thinking to bulk it up with the added veggies. Those steamfresh are awesome. I keep them to do with dinners for the fam.

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RUNNINGNP2B 6/11/2010 9:08AM

    That sounds amazing!!! Definitely going to try that one, thanks for the info!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/11/2010 5:07AM

    That is a great meal, glad you enjoyed it. I ate Kale for the first time ever today, still prefer Silverbeet but has much less salt!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 6/11/2010 2:33AM

    Great ideas. I'm making my grocery list tonight for the week. I'll add that to my plan.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/10/2010 10:41PM

    KARVY09, I Love your blogs, you make everything a bit more interesting and exciting too! Thanks So Much!!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/10/2010 10:34PM

    What a great idea! Vegetables are my hero and this is a great way to extend a meal! Thanks for sharing.

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LINIS_THIN 6/10/2010 8:52PM

    so sorry you now have to SWALLOW THE CAMERA!!!!

mouth watering right now!

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LISSOME 6/10/2010 6:32PM

    That sounds amazing! And definitely a great way to get in a few servings of veggies right along with it. Thanks for the tip!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/10/2010 5:57PM

    What a great idea with bulking it up! I can't eat the ready-made meals anymore as I am dairy free, but I could make my own version... thanks for the inspiration!

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NINJALINDA 6/10/2010 5:49PM

    I had the Lean Cuisine Sesame stirfry with Chicken for lunch today & it was awesome too! I'll have to look & see if I got the shrimp one you had (just recently stocked up - they were on a killer sale)...maybe that could be lunch tomorrow. YUM!

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MBSHAZZER 6/10/2010 4:36PM

    Wow!!! Those are some great stats! I like what you do with the addition of the veg. My complaint about those frozen meals is that they are so small - gone in 2 bites! Glad you enjoyed!

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TEAM-SARAH 6/10/2010 4:26PM

    Are you a "salty sweater"? At my marathon training clinic there was a registered dietician talking about how the recommended sodium level isn't right for everyone. Some people sweat out a lot more salt than others. I Definitely do... my workout clothes will have extremely noticeable white lines on them when they dry. So when ya run as much as we do, and maybe if you're a salty sweater you may need to replace these sodium levels at a higher rate than others! Something to consider when you think about eating or not eating lean cuisines. Might be a great idea for lunch if you've got a run or other hard sweat planned for the evening! I remember I used to really like lean cuisines but they taste really bland to me now. I haven't had one lately and not felt like I was just settling. I never thought to beef it up with a bunch of veggies though. GREAT meal plan in a pinch!

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TIGERJANE 6/10/2010 4:04PM

    great suggestion!

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SWEETLEXIE520 6/10/2010 3:39PM

    Wow! That sounds great - what a good idea!!

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LIMELITESHINES 6/10/2010 3:24PM

    nom. I miss rice . . . just sayin. Sounds fabulous!

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KAISERSOZE 6/10/2010 3:17PM

    Now that is a great idea! I like Lean Cuisine for the quickness but I'm usually hungry and need something else. This is perfect! Thanks for the tip!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 6/10/2010 3:14PM

    Om nom nom nom... :)

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ADAMARIE50 6/10/2010 2:51PM

    I will definitely try that one! emoticon

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LISALIVING1980 6/10/2010 2:43PM

    I do the same thing with smart ones....I'll add veggies or sometimes a half a cup of white rice. Makes it more filling! I'm gonna have to try that lean cuisine, never had it! :)

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WEIGHTING4BABY 6/10/2010 2:39PM

    great idea!

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YOOVIE 6/10/2010 2:35PM

    mmmmmmmmmmmm

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MSAEBARRON 6/10/2010 2:29PM

    Sounds awesome!! How is the sodium for the meal? I stopped buying Lean Cuisines almost a year ago because of sodium levels.

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KITHKINCAID 6/10/2010 2:13PM

    I do that too! Brought home some leftover Applebee's the other night and spiced it up for round 2 with a bunch of frozen veggies. It was great! And filling!

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CAMANDMAYASMOM 6/10/2010 1:52PM

    I LOVE the Lean Cuisine Szechuan Stirfry with Shrimp, but have never thought to add half of a bag of frozen veggies before. Will definitely have to try that next time! I have added a cup of broccoli to other dishes, but the whole bag of the stir fry style veggies sounds a lot better! Yummy! thanks for the tip!


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CINCYDORA 6/10/2010 1:48PM

    Good call. Veggies in prepared lunches are pretty sad so I like to add my own, even if it's only a handful of baby spinach. And I'm a big fan of TJs frozen food. They taste so much better than what I typically find in the grocery.

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TRAVELNISTA 6/10/2010 1:46PM

    emoticon why didn't I ever think of that. I never eat those meals because I am still hungry. How simpler could it be to add additional frozen veggies.

Great idea!

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SASSAGAIN 6/10/2010 1:45PM

    Mmmmmmm! sounds drool worthy

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/10/2010 1:45PM

    Man...I'm hungry now after reading some Life's Tasty Adventures (Therese's "other" blog) and now yours...and it's an hour til my lunch time! I'm hoping my AM snack kicks in soon or I quit coming across good sounding eats on others blogs! LOL

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MELICHACHA 6/10/2010 1:43PM

    TJ's meals are the BESTEST!!!!

Also: If you have yet to try Lean Cuisine's new steamer bags for one, get thee to the store PRONTO!!!! I had the whole wheat penne with chicken in a balsamic thing yesterday and it was outstanding (and felt like a LOT of food for just 300 calories).

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SUGIRL06 6/10/2010 1:42PM

    That sounds yummy! I never buy frozen veggies. I should really start!
~Ang

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SAMSPARK1 6/10/2010 1:41PM

    Sounds great!

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CHICAT63 6/10/2010 1:41PM

    Great suggestion, I am always on the look-out for quickie meals or when you have no leftovers in the fridge. I just love those microwable veggie steam baggies, funny it's my non veggie eating hubby that discovered them for me.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/10/2010 1:38PM

    I just finished eating and now I'm hungry again-that just will not do!!! Think I'll copy my daughter and go eat a carrot... emoticon
I'm going to have to try that though-it sounds MAAAAHVahlous!

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KYMMC3 6/10/2010 1:37PM

    oh!! I'll have to try that with chicken!

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STARGIRL66 6/10/2010 1:37PM

    That sounds awesome! I really like to bulk up a meal with some veggies. Lean Cuisine's are really good for the most part, but I did not enjoy my Medittereanean Salmon yesterday. I think I'll stick with buying salmon fresh.

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CHELSERS79 6/10/2010 1:33PM

    ohh, I am excited to try this. And I love your idea of bulking up meal with veggies.

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STORMTMB 6/10/2010 1:32PM

    Sounds good! And good for ya, too!

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BURKEBRIZ 6/10/2010 1:31PM

    Great idea! I just had the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer Orange Zest Chicken and it was DELIGHTFUL! Adding a bunch of snow peas to it would have been a fantastic idea!

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The Right to Bear Arms

Thursday, June 10, 2010



Hehe, nah, not a political statement, that's for sure!

No, I don't want bear arms or massive guns or whatever you want to call them, but I would like to make sure, as I approach 100 lbs lost that I don't get bingo wings or pterodactyls or those flippy flappy bits that I see starting.

But I lovingly referred to myself as a "cardio ho" yesterday evening. I love getting my heart rate up! Burning calories is what has brought me success this year. But I know this next year, I've gotta tone up!

So last night, I took TEAM_SARAH's suggestion and did a little circuit training. 10 minutes of lunges with weights, 10 minutes stair stepper, 10 minutes arm and shoulder work, 10 minutes treadmill sprints, 10 minutes crunches, 10 minutes more stairs, 10 minutes rowing machine.

I heard that "wahwah" noise in my head when I got on the shoulder press and had to drop the thing like 80 lbs down from the last guy in order not to hurt myself. But yes, in the immortal words of Gwen Stefani, "I'm just a girl in the world." Still, that's no excuse for my wimpiness!

I was spent at the end of that hour! But my heart rate monitor said I only burned 413 calories. Usually if I do straight cardio, I can get up around 600-700 in a hour at least.

Easy Kristina. It's not all about the calories. It's not all about the calories.

IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE CALORIES.

Thank you.

I want as STORMTMB referred to them "Michelle Obama arms." Yes. By the way, isn't is awesome that our First Lady has stronger arms than the president? OK, he doesn't wear a lot of sleeveless dresses so I can't really properly judge, but man, she may want to dilute the power of the second amendment, but GUNS GUNS GUNS.

So please, challenge me to keep up my strength training, especially the arm work. My legs are getting naturally strong from running, but arms and core are another story. Even if I can do some flys and bicep curls before bed, it'll help. I need to be able to do this without Jillian on my TV. I should do this while watching my summer television. (Wipeout! Top Chef!)

Let's get killer arms this summer!
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Tonight is a short run (2-3 miles) and kickboxing. Tomorrow is a rest day because Saturday is 10K DAY! Woohoo!
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GUNS!

  
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NAMASTE26 6/23/2010 9:35PM

    I love it! My workout buddy and I use Michelle Obama (who we lovingly call "Mo") as our buff-arms inspiration, haha! Before starting a particularly rough strength routine, we pump each other by chanting "Mo, mo, mo!" emoticon

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MISTYMOVIN 6/13/2010 10:40AM

    Love Strength Training. And it's GREAT for burning fat. Muscle burns calories at rest, ST burns calories after you work out for more than TWICE as long as cardio does.

And it gives shape and tone to women. Don't be afraid to lift heavy, you will not bulk up! It will tighten you up!

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ANNEMARIE001 6/12/2010 10:11AM

    My friend calls her's "batwings". Regardless of what they're called I do not want them! Upper body strength training and don't forget the skin cream.

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EMLG11 6/12/2010 7:41AM

    I'm with you on this one. Lover her arms, know I can't quite get to her shape but still try to focus on doing lots of arm work. I think I just saved an email at work on how not to get bat wings. If I can find it I will link it in for you to check out.

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XHOOSIERLOSER 6/11/2010 7:01PM

    Too late for me, the arm flab flies out behind me like a cape when I jog - but I still pray it will tighten up some. Let's pump it up!

PS I thought SURE you were going to go with a transition to the right to BARE arms - which I myself am hoping toearn!

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ALIMESSA 6/11/2010 6:41PM

    I had only been doing cardio until this past week...started the P90X on Monday...definitely want to tone my arms and core/abs...so, I'm with you...let's get some GUNS and possibly even a little 6 pack this summer! WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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CHARLIE215 6/11/2010 6:07PM

    Try vinyasa or ashtanga yoga - it's very good for the core and arms

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JMYATES57 6/11/2010 2:17PM

    Start doing some pushups (start with the girlie kind and work your way up to regular ones).... it'll strengthen your core AND your arms all at the same time! :) Can't wait to see pics of your GUNS one day ;)

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RUNNINGNP2B 6/11/2010 9:09AM

    I'm saying that mantra with you Karvy. Ugh. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE CALORIES!

And what a great arm role model, First Lady looks hot!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 6/10/2010 11:49PM

    I'm really working on upping my ST too. I tried this Body Pump class at my gym that was awesome! A full hour of ST synchronized to rockin' music. I have bat wings as I call them--loose skin under my arms that I HATE! I'm hoping with a lot of ST they won't be so bad. emoticon

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NINJALINDA 6/10/2010 5:52PM

    I used to be a cardio junkie...but I'm truly a convert now - ST 2-3x weekly. Once I started to SEE the changes in my body, I was hooked. Keep going with the ST, you'll see it too!

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BOOTS1221 6/10/2010 3:44PM

    wooo hottie MOBAMA! I'd love those arms.. those are @ss kickin arms.

whenever i think of "the right to bear arms" i think of larry the cable guy's "the right to bare arms" with his sleevless redneck shirts on lol! he's my hero...

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RAVENSONG37 6/10/2010 3:23PM

    You are so funny! I love your blogs! Keep up the awesome work!!

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WYOWILDDEE 6/10/2010 2:58PM

    You go girl!!! You can have those arms too!

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ELLIEW22 6/10/2010 2:19PM

    I'm a cardio junkie, too. I want to see the calories burn burn burn. That's how I lost my weight. I had a steady schedule of cardio, but only did strength like once or twice a week just making up my own routine. I do know that it's important to do strength, so therefore I pledge to do 2-3 times a week of a good strength workout. I think it's awesome that the first lady has great arms like that. Everyone should really look up to her as she sets a great example. Yay for guns, the arm kind, that is. emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/10/2010 2:09PM

    You can do it -- u are a warrior ya know!! U have proved u can do anything you set your mind to ! Have you done planks? I freaking hate those and only last like 10 sec holding em, so my goal by the end of these 8 wks is to improve those. Bah!

Pretty soon you will have first lady guns!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/10/2010 2:08PM

    Love Lady O's arms! Those are the only guns I agree with

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CALLIKIA 6/10/2010 2:03PM

    More lean muscle = less flab and more fat burning. I want M.Obama arms too! That lady has the most beautiful guns!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/10/2010 2:02PM

    Yes, nice scalped arms look very nice! It is hard when you are a cardio junkie (I am too....) but weight lifting is VERY important and will help you in the end.

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SUGIRL06 6/10/2010 1:54PM

    Awesome job! My recommendation is this: Jackie Warner. I do her Total Body Circuit DVD and I LOVE it. I've used my heart rate monitor with it and burn about 600 calories when I do it! Half the time, I have to stop and catch my breathe or my reps are slower than hurts cause I just cant' keep up! Its cardio and weights all in one. Also, I do the group power classes at my gym. Same idea. Lots of reps with low weight (although Jackie tells you to up the weight which is good too!) and moving quickly gets the heart rate up and those calories torched! Otherwise, I'm with you. Weights = boooooring. I need to find fun ways to do them or I never would! Good luck with this! And I call them grandma arms cause that's what my grandma has! LOL!
~Ang

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 6/10/2010 1:54PM

    I am a cardio girl too and I know that its time to add toning too, but I just can't get myself to do it. So I am proud of you for working on those muscles. I love Michelle Obama fit arms :)

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KYMMC3 6/10/2010 1:40PM

    Put some 5-8 lbs weights near your tv or computer. When your watching tv or reading blogs get some arm workouts in. I have a set on my computer, so while I catch up on blogs and posts, I am doing some shoulder or biceps workouts!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/10/2010 1:35PM

    Ahh-that Kristen person a few comments down-my goodness!! I love the blog-its that arm thing that had me bumping weights against each other and smushing fingers this morning-lol! No coordination at all over here! I've always had saggy arms-time to get them a little less so-my kids will be disappointed, they like it when mommy's arm skin starts swinging emoticon-that sounds worse than it is-lol! The summer of guns!!

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JOPAPGH 6/10/2010 1:20PM

    I know the post is mainly arm centric, but that core work you mention will really help you running.

I just started the 100 push up challenge. Enjoy the ST!

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KARVY09 6/10/2010 1:17PM

    Bingo wings = One of my DH's "Britisms" (i.e. awesome phrases from the UK)

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BURKEBRIZ 6/10/2010 1:06PM

    From the MMers team, I have been doing 100 pushups (75 wall and 25 modified) and 100 crunches (25 reg, 25 reverse, 25 ea side oblique) for a couple of months now for the exact reason you mention...I know I will have some loose, stretched out skin issues, but I TOO want Michele Obama arms. Fitness Magazine actually did a story on how she does it: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/work
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I am a total arms, shoulders, chest and back person--for me and for the man of my choosing--so this is key for me! I am happy to cheer you on and learn what is working for you!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/10/2010 1:03PM

    Oh goodness - love the picture!!! Yes...our summer motto should be GUNS GUNS GUNS! :-)

I'm in...sorta. LOL Kidding...I'm in for working the arms this summer! No, really, I am!!!

This blog couldn't have been more perfect timing by the way. As you know, tomorrow is making my summer plan day and now, because of YOUR inspiration, I will make sure I don't neglect the arms in favor for strength that will improve my running...because as you know - arm pump influences our speed and you can't pump if all the flab causes too much wind resistance! :-)

(oh goodness - i'm punchy...lack of sleep, too much caffeine and a good run high - Lord have mercy on my coworkers!) emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 6/10/2010 1:02PM

    My arms are my least favourite features, so I totally hear you! You did some hard core work yesterday! Keep it up!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/10/2010 12:59PM

    This makes me want to reinstate my push up challenge which hasn't been on my radar for well over a month. When you're ready I'll buy 2 tickets to the gun show. :)

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BURGHGIRL 6/10/2010 12:56PM

    ST rocks!!! BTW...love the term bingo wings....never heard that one before! And remember, more muscle increases your metabolism!!!!!!

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HOGFAN79 6/10/2010 12:56PM

    You are doing and looking so good. I wished I had your will power. I like ST more than cardio. I need to keep it up!

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CAROLYN1213 6/10/2010 12:53PM

    Oh, my gosh girl! You are going to love the results of weight lifting! I've never been a cardio-ho! But I love the title!!! I love weight lifting. Here are a few things that keep me racking the plates, muscle burns fat (calories) for up to 5 hours after a workout!!!!! Cardio cannot do that! Muscle gives your smaller body a sexier shape! Hello! We lose muscle every year and have to eat fewer and fewer calories every year to keep up with that metabolic inbalance, if we are not actively building muscle! And, my favorite, I HAVE to eat enough to build muscle and lose fat!!! Work it girl!!! Work it!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/10/2010 12:47PM

    Oh man, what images are in my head now, thanks for that laugh!

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I'm with you, love-love-love cardio and have to force myself to do ST for the same reason. I want to ditch the 'bingo arms' (great description!) and not have quite so many parts that jiggle when I jog!


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CHICAT63 6/10/2010 12:44PM

    Duly noted we will be checking up on you - ST wise !!!! I know we tend to push aside ST and do more cardio it is equally important. emoticon for your 10K

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1BIGDREAM 6/10/2010 12:43PM

    It is not about the calories burned during the time you are strength training--it is about the extra calories muscle burns when you aren't even exercising! Definitely, it is so worth it to do strength training--it might be even more important than cardio. Seriously.

Have fun!
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EMBBEAR 6/10/2010 12:37PM

    Good for you to realize what your workouts are missing! The first time I made it to my "goal" weight on SP I didn't do any weight training because there was no way to track the calories burned on the fitness tracker. I was obsessed with numbers! I only wanted cardio so I could have those giant red numbers gleaming back at me on the cardio equipment. But, after I hit my goal I was still just as squishy as I had ever been! Keep that ST up!

AND keep this in mind, one pound of MUSCLE burns 30-50 calories of fat just to maintain itself while one pound of fat burns only 3. That's why fit people have raging high metabolism. So in a way it is about the calories!

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ALISONF2 6/10/2010 12:36PM

    Yes, I need to start toning up, too. I used have a personal trainer and I loved it. I could feel myself getting stronger and I could see results, but then it just got to expensive and I had to give up my trainer. I figured it was ok because I could do it all by myself, but that was back in January and I haven't lifted a weight since! And once again, I can see a difference, only this time it is not good :(

Where do you work out? I belong to Bally's and I don't like it!

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CHARLENERAE12 6/10/2010 12:34PM

    Ooh, ooh, me too! I want killer arms this summer! I've only lost 20-lbs ish (halfway point) and I already have flippy flappy bits. Ugh. So from one cardio ho to another - Let's Do This Thang!

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STORMTMB 6/10/2010 12:32PM

    I love the visual of the President and First Lady comparing arm strength. Maybe we could get them to arm wrestle. Best 2 of 3? I know who I'd bet on. (Michelle - and YOU!)

Tina

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TEAM-SARAH 6/10/2010 12:32PM

    Strength training will improve your running :) Even if you aren't burning lots of calories DURING exercise, building the muscle will enable you to burn more calories overall. I think its like 50 calories to maintain a pound of muscle vs 2 for a pound of fat. PLUS the weight you're losing will actually be more fat and not muscle pounds! And you will FEEL stronger and see your body start to change its shape. Maybe get your body fat % tested at the gym so that you can check your progress that way. If you aren't losing as much weight right away, don't get discouraged. It's probably just made the shift to some muscle. Keep with it. And I recommend yoga. Really right now that is ALL I am doing for strength training. I find weights and all that jazz super boring. Kinda like when I used to be able to suffer the elliptical and treadmill, but I moved on. I used to be able to do boring machine worksouts and light weights but I need to strength train AND be doing an activity I enjoy. Otherwise ya know... I'll never stick with it!

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GERMANPICKLE 6/10/2010 12:27PM

  wicked sense of humor!
Even if the pres wore dresses, I'm sure Michelle could show 'em up!

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SAMSPARK1 6/10/2010 12:26PM

    I too need to get strength training but am a cardiojunkie like you!

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STARGIRL66 6/10/2010 12:26PM

    Bingo wings, lmao!!! Love your blogs emoticon

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RACHEL_MAC 6/10/2010 12:22PM

    I saw tremendous changes in my body when I shifted my focus from all-cardio to mostly weights. Now I never work out longer than 45 min at a time--EVER!--and I have taken off about 10 lbs of fat and replaced a lot of that weight with muscle. I can eat more food without gaining weight, I feel stronger and healthier and tighter and tinier, and I look sooooo much better now than I did before. I'm a huge proponent of weight training, lifting HARD and working it out :) Try a more traditional weight routine--the one you were doing sounds more like cardiovascular weight lifting. If you do small sets--10-12 exercises per set with very heavy weights--you'll spike your heart rate more so than if you do 10 min of each weight-bearing exercise. If you keep your rest to 30 sec to 1 min between sets, you can get some of the benefits of HIIT cardio training along with strengthening and toning. Good luck! And keep up the great work!

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TALLYCAT13 6/10/2010 12:18PM

    omg, my day just got better picturing the prez in a sleeveless dress and pearls....awesomeness.

and I'll trade you some of my ST love for some cardio-ho-ish-ness. Deal?

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MOCOHOLO 6/10/2010 12:16PM

    Love this blog!!! Your enthusiasm is so contagious!! Let's all go to the gun show!

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CRISPINI 6/10/2010 12:14PM

    LOL @ Pres O in a sleeveless frilly dress! Hehehe.

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PINKCOCONUT 6/10/2010 12:13PM

    Ya know what? ME TOO!!! I am not a fan of my hamhocks and I've been trying to work on them more but I have a really hard time getting any strength training in AND cardio in, hence why I'm a circuit training freak.

Maybe we can figure out a happy-median and work on it together!

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SLEEPYDEAN 6/10/2010 12:11PM

    In the last month and a half since joining SP I have noticed a big change in my arms. I now look in the mirror and say my arms are awesome! Except, they were never really my problem area (except when I see myself in pictures and think my arm looks like it is taking over my entire body for some reason). But, I was never any good at lifting more than 10-20 lbs on the shoulder press and those type of machines at the gym. My shoulders are always in knots, so I tend to shy away from upper body exercises, because I am always in pain afterwards.

Best of luck in your new fitness motivation!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 6/10/2010 12:09PM

  I want bazookas!

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