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Going to Have to Work Harder

Friday, August 06, 2010

Ahhh, what a 10 hour sleep will do for you! I feel much better today... like 75% vs 35%.

I hate feeling sick. I've been edgy, sniffly, achey, moody, and just not on top of it for the last few days. My 8-mile run was on Monday and haven't done any major exercise (just some walks at lunchtime) since then. I feel soft! I hate it! I wanted to go to kickboxing so badly last night, but I started seeing spots and felt so weak and I resigned myself to a quick healthy dinner and an early bedtime.

Luckily I didn't gain weight this week. Still at 181-182. It's OK. But I know I've gotta work harder to meet my goal.

I revisited my goal and had a big wakeup call. I hadn't reset it since 190 lbs. If I want to lose 2 lbs per week (I always set this as my goal even if I'm fine with losing 1 lb, because I know the formulas are far from precise) and I'm burning 3000 calories a week, I'm at 1200-1550; at 4000 burned, it's 1260-1610. Not a huge difference. At 190 lbs, my range at 4000 calories burned used to be 1400-1750. It's a big hit and I wonder if it made that big drop when I crossed into "overweight" territory.

Oy. 1200 just seems so low when you've been so comfortable at 1400-1600 for so long! At my old range, it was easy to fit in dessert and extras. No more. So I'm going to slowly adjust downward and start trimming some of the extras here and there. Today I'm going to do some hill treadmill work at the gym just to get back into it and hopefully this weekend will spell some nice walks and runs.

I've come so far, but I don't want to get comfortable. I want to see the 170s, the 160s, and maybe even the 150s this year.

  
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JUSTLIKEALICE 8/9/2010 10:38PM

    So glad you are feeling better!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/9/2010 6:07PM

    I adjusted my data on Spark recently too and it took me into the 1200 - 1600 range and I've had such a tough time on those numbers! LOL You wouldn't think that 100 calories would be that big of a deal, but it has definitely caused a mind-shift for me away from being able to do the "extras" as you mentioned.

Way to go on listening to your body and getting some rest!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/8/2010 8:10PM

    I read this today and it helped me get serious with myself. I haven't down adjusted my calorie range in a long time. I had been at 1500-1700 for a long time and I think I need to be 1300-1500 realistically. It is harder to cut back this time, because I feel like I eat healthy amounts, but I know that there are places I can cut back ( a little cheese here, a little bread there)
You will be in the 170s in no time!

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LISAW/3 8/6/2010 5:38PM

    My range on Spark had always been 1200 to 1550.
Now that I am maintaining, my calorie range has increased from 1350-1750! It has been a challenge for me to work within that new range.

But, make sure you take into account how much running and exercise you get in! Make sure you get enough fuel to get through your workouts!

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CATHERINEL66 8/6/2010 3:35PM

    Yeah, my range has been 1200-1550 since I started spark. If I burn off more calories with extra workouts, I consider it a bonus. It's pretty lean, but do-able. If I gave up my fake butter I could eat more ... but those calories, and my olive oil calories are really important to my quality of life, LOL!

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MAKALANI22 8/6/2010 2:35PM

    Eesh, I've been going through the same thing with my calories ... it's HARD to get down to 1200! Portion sizes is what I'm working on, because I know that 5 meals a day is what works for me.

You got this. Focus on healing today... we need you 100%!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 8/6/2010 2:04PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. You've rocked it this far and I'm sure you'll still do awesome in the new range.
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XHOOSIERLOSER 8/6/2010 1:56PM

    Yeah I hear ya! I always felt 1200 was about the min for any diet, but I guess that was when I was 240 - 260. Ugh, but thanks for the reminder!

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ANDIEJZ 8/6/2010 1:27PM

  I hoard my calories till later in the day. So I'm not as hungry when I get my cravings (afternoons/evenings). I try to keep some for an after dinner treat, because that's my weakest time of the day....bored and eat cuz I'm bored.

Feel better soon and we're with you Baby!

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_TRIXIE_ 8/6/2010 1:27PM

    Oh hon, I know. I hated changing my tracker after the tri. There was no way I could continue to burn that level of calories but I didn't want to extend my goal date. I was stunned as I say my daily range drop to 1200. It's just not feasible for me. I've come A LONG WAY from the days of 2000+ cals, but 1500 was just perfect for me. I finally caved and pushed back my goal date. It will have to do.

I'm glad you listened to your body and skipped the gym last night. Sounds like you needed a LOT of sleep. I'm glad you're feeling better, just in time for the weekend! :)

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YOOVIE 8/6/2010 1:18PM

    RIGHT ON! LETS GET TO THE 170'S!

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REDRUNNER82 8/6/2010 1:14PM

    So jealous of your ten hours! Obviously your body needed it.
Re: calories - don't aim for 1200, just aim for 1500 for a week, then take it lower week by week if you feel comfortable. It's a range for a reason so don't let that low number freak you out! It's good that you know you need a kick in the pants - knowing is the first step!

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OREOSMILE 8/6/2010 1:05PM

    I watch those shrinking calories in the nutrition tracker with trepidation as well. So far, I'm doing great sticking to the higher end of the range, but I know that one day I may have to get more strict with those calories and thinking about what food choices will be like if I'm limited to 1200 per day is kind of depressing! I like my snacks and little treats!

You continue to inspire and amaze - I have utter faith that you will be in the 150's soon!

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TEAM-SARAH 8/6/2010 12:26PM

    I'm sorry you've been sick. You can't feel bad about resting though when you need rest. You'll have more energy and be better able to kick butt next week! You know you could always work out more instead of eating less.

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SASXONTHEMOVE 8/6/2010 12:26PM

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......sleeeeeee
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KITHKINCAID 8/6/2010 12:15PM

    Yeah for feeling better this morning!!!

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KNITTINGFROG 8/6/2010 12:07PM

    1200...welcome to my world :S

You have been so diligent so far, I am sure you will manage...dessert and all!

Hope you get back to 100% really soon...

(and yep, that's my intended bouquet....the colours are just so happy!!!!!!)

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KAYLAP101 8/6/2010 11:39AM

    your such an inspiration!
keep up the hard work! your doing fabulous!

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SARABETH_60 8/6/2010 10:58AM

    Remember - the lower your calories, the slower your metabolism.

Sounds like you're doing great, you have a plan, and you've come a long way. My unsolicited advice? Focus on your health and the rest will follow.

I envy you that 10 hours of sleep!!

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MERISSA1315 8/6/2010 10:47AM

    Sleep is good. I have gotten myself on a schedule to reset my goals every month so that way I'm up to date with what my intake and burn should be. I had the shock once and vowed never again.

Good luck!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/6/2010 10:43AM

    Glad you got some good sleep, it's amazing how we overlook sleep as an important factor in the fitness equation. For the rest, like Toronto_Grrl says, not even worried. You've shown how good you are at coming up with delicious, nutritious, calorie efficient meals. Can't wait to see the food blogs you come up with now. :)

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BLK2010 8/6/2010 10:37AM

    I so know how you feel. I have been in the comfort zone for the past year and slacked. I decided I can't do this anymore. I feel soft too. I vowed earlier bed times so I don't miss the am workouts. My body is loving the extra sleep, now I just have to get motivated to get up. I feel I am in summer vacation mode too like the kids! I hit the 180's and no more!

Your body did need the sleep so you can get better. Once your back and feeling good, you'll kick it up a few notches! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/6/2010 10:28AM

    Kristina you have come such a loooooong way!! I have every bit of faith in you that you'll see those 150s! You work so hard ! Taking a few days easy is OK! Every day of your life is not going to be perfect- which u know!! It's just not realistic. And you weren't feeling well !!!! That doesn't mean u should feel soft!!! Take it easy girl! Relax and don't push yourself if u still feel icky.

You're not getting comfortable- u just haven't felt yourself and that's ok !!!


Hugs!!!

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ATTACKFATCAT 8/6/2010 10:27AM

    It stinks that you've been feeling so crummy. Your body definitely needs the extra rest, so don't feel bad about taking it. If you give your body time to recover, you'll bounce back a LOT faster!

You've definitely got the right attitude about having to drop down your calorie range. Shaking your body out of it's comfort zone might just be the thing to do to see the scale drop. Definitely do it slowly so you don't see a drop in energy levels! emoticon

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/6/2010 10:11AM

    Hang in ther e- you have a plan - put it in place...! GO YOU!

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JBMT08 8/6/2010 10:09AM

    You can do this girl!!! Just slowly adjust downward! it takes a little more effort every day. I am starting over since giving birth a little less than a month ago. My goal is to start "fresh"...not dwelling on what I accomplished before pregnancy, b/c that was a while ago. DO IT GIRL!!! you will see 150s before you know it! emoticon

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FITGRL124 8/6/2010 10:08AM

    Keep up the hard work! I'm sure that you'll figure out the right food combinations for you!! Take care of yourself...sounds like you're sick. emoticon

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PPCM_SURVIVOR 8/6/2010 10:07AM

    Hope you start feeling better soon.

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STORMTMB 8/6/2010 10:05AM

    Keep up the great work. Be sure to make the food adjustments slowly and build up your work-out strength again gradually too! Glad the rest did you some good. Have a great weekend.

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WALEB1002 8/6/2010 10:00AM

    you can do it!

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/6/2010 9:59AM

    You'd be surprised how much food you can fit in that lower range! Adding a few more veggies to meals to "bulk" them up usually does the trick without adding many more calories. I know you can do this - psssht, I'm not even worried. Look how far you've come already - you're amazing!

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-JENSSPARK- 8/6/2010 9:59AM

    Keep up the amazing work! You'll figure out the right food combinations for you and then you'll really start to see those results.

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SAMSPARK1 8/6/2010 9:59AM

    Me too, need to work harder. It just doesn't happen on it's own does it...unfortunately!!!!!!!!!!!! A new day today for me...again, but trying! I want more of this weight off before my trip to Disney! And then of course to keep it off!

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The T Ride

Thursday, August 05, 2010

OK, so here is my commute home yesterday.

It was sweltering in the train station waiting for the subway home and finally when a train pulls up, a lot of people get out, so I'm like "sweet!" figuring I'm gonna get a seat which I needed because I WORE HIGH HEELS TO WORK ALL DAY! You might not think this is a big thing, but for someone who is formerly obese, wearing 3-inch heels all day long with minimal pain is a huge victory.

Well, by the time I let the elderly people sit, there are like two seats, next to this woman who has one bag on each seat. I'm indignant, and being Type-A, I basically just sit on half the seat, figuring the lady will get the hint and move her bag.

"You're sitting on my f***ing back, you f***ing c***!"

Um, overreaction? So I finally get a look at her and say, "Excuse me, there's no need to curse at me. You're taking up three seats on a commuter train at rush hour." But by the time the words escape my mouth, I realize my mistake, because not only is this chick belligerent and rude, but...

She's not wearing any pants.

No, she wasn't wearing a really short dress or skirt. She just was wearing a t-shirt and pink cotton panties. Oh crap. Because you really can't argue with a crazy person. So I get up and this guy gives up his seat and basically I take out a magazine and pretend I'm engrossed in it while she spews a ton of curses, racist language and jibberish.

Of course, nobody thinks to um, call the conductor? Or press the emergency button? Even though a crazy person is threatening to "cut a b**** up"?

Now she's moved onto talking about the Bible and the relative merits of Fahrenheit vs Celsius and her American citizenship and it becomes clear she's got a pretty good vocabulary. She's also got perfect makeup, nice jewelry and bags, and you'd think she'd be a normal person except for the high decibel rantings. And you know, the fact that she's not wearing pants.

I think about moving to the next train car, but it's packed and I'd have to jump over a dozen people and cause more of a scene, so I figure I've acheived relative anonymity again with respect to crazy lady. But before I know it, she suddenly decides the three seats she's commandeering aren't worth the hassle anymore and she jumps up and stands right in front of me. Since I'm seated, that means her panties are like inches from my face. Oh Lord.

So here's what's racing through my mind... If I have to get off the train before she does, I'm in trouble because I'll have to ask her to move out of my way. And it's clear she doesn't take kindly to requests to move her personage or personal items.

Thankfully, she gets off a stop before me, not before yelling, swearing and throwing some elbows. And then all of a sudden, everyone on the train is all chatty about what a loon she was. Grown men are laughing and shaking their heads. I'm shocked that none of them could see how badly that could have gone. Nobody thought to call a conductor or press the emergency button. She could have pulled a weapon out of one of those bags or punched me in the face before I realized not to talk to a crazy person.

Not to mention that mental illness and/or the drug addiction that addled her brain is just a sad, sad thing. Not really something to laugh about.

Sometimes I wonder about the state of the world...

  
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CARMINACG 8/11/2010 4:25PM

    Oh my gosh...I cannot even tell you about the crazy things I have encoutered when I lived in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Seriously screwed up, but somehow if you can find a small bit of humor in the 'incident' it wont jade you to much the next time you have to ride the T durring rush hour!



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MBSHAZZER 8/9/2010 12:50PM

    HOLY SMOKES!!! that's crazy! I could totally see myself screwing up the courage to be assertive and have just that same situation happen!

I remember I once got off the bus with an older woman. As soon as we were off the bus, she lifted up her skirt and peed. It splashed all over my legs. I was soooooooo grossed out and didn't ride the bus for a LONG time after that!

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KITKA82 8/9/2010 12:45PM

    Sorry you had to deal with that-- that's why I hated riding the train in my area. Nobody made eye contact, and when you look up you are guaranteed to have some nasty man gazing at you...

Anyway glad things did not get violent. I was once waiting at a station where two guys grabbed their female "friend" by the arms and legs and swung her back and forth over the edge of the tracks. No one said or did anything. I would hate to think that no one would help me out in a dangerous situation. What happened to "Do unto others..."?

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 8/8/2010 6:33AM

    Yiiiiikes. I love me some MBTA, but it's stories like that that always tweak me out. I've seen more than a few nuts on the red line......

So glad she didn't throw a punch or a knife - sorry you had to deal with this!!

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MENACE79 8/7/2010 8:53PM

    sorry, don't know why that happened!

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MENACE79 8/7/2010 8:50PM

    let me guess - green line?

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MENACE79 8/7/2010 8:50PM

    let me guess - green line?

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HOGFAN79 8/6/2010 4:16PM

    Your rights things could have been worse!

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SEESTARS 8/6/2010 3:40PM

    Gotta love Boston! You've got a great story telling style. Hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend.

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/6/2010 1:47PM

    Uh...the no pants routine...how I know it well! As a Paramedic (my former job and now just part time volunteer work) I have encountered this type of lady also and your right it's not funny how they end up this way but so many people in EMS and society in general just use humor to get "through" the bad situation-otherwise it's too sad...and it is but seriously no pants....a little funny......a little (only because she had perfect makeup!)

An as a former urban city paramedic (Hartford, CT and Richmond, VA) - I assure you someone most likely ended up calling about her- I can not even count the number of times I found myself searching in alleys and subways for a "check the welfare" call!

Hope your next commute is better and yea for wearing the rockn' shoes!!!! emoticon

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ASIAMORA 8/6/2010 1:40PM

    What a story.

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JBMT08 8/6/2010 10:11AM

    Sounds like a typical ride on the subway in the city, LOL

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SAMSPARK1 8/6/2010 9:02AM

    OMG!! That's crazy!!

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MESEATURTLE 8/6/2010 4:23AM

    emoticonthat sure is crazy!!!

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KATHLOW 8/6/2010 3:53AM

    that must've been scary! Isn't it funny how the more people there are, the less someone feels obliged to help you! i've always thoght that was the strangest psychological phenomenon ever. Glad you're ok!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 8/6/2010 1:18AM

    Yeah, that's definitely blog of the day. You deserve a gold star or something. Glad it ended well and everything's okay.

- Josie

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SHELLYK972 8/5/2010 11:00PM

    wow.. What an experience.. you just reminded me of an older lady that works out at my health club... she wears a t shirt and black pantyhose with white underware underneath.. that's it.. When she does abs, she lays down on her back with her legs straight up in the air so you can see her underware... YUCK!!!

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THINWITHIN18 8/5/2010 10:54PM

    Okay, you win my vote for blog of the day!

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SLY_REDUX 8/5/2010 10:32PM

    Now, you see, that kind of thing would never happen to me. I wear granny panties.

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LLBEAN75 8/5/2010 10:09PM

    First, i'm so glad you are okay!

Second, when her panties were an inch from your face, I literally laughed out loud and spit some of my beverage out of my mouth towards my computer screen.

Third, which line were you riding? I almost always rode the red line and didn't see crazy stuff like that. But that green line, that's a whole 'nother story :)

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CARILOUIE 8/5/2010 9:11PM

    I absolutely cracked up when I read she wasn't wearing any pants. I would have been scared out of my mind, but the no pants thing is hilarious.

One of my favorite sayings in times like these is "it takes all kinds." Hope tomorrow's commute isn't the same!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/5/2010 7:42PM

    I am really surprised nobody got help but you know the Boston police have been riding the T undercover a lot lately because there has been a lot of pervs and theft. You are right, she could have easily turned violent and you have to wonder where is her family or someone who takes care of her? She could be assaulted walking around with no pants on.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/5/2010 7:30PM

    Oh...the things you don't get to experience when you live in a town without a subway! So glad whack-job didn't go totally postal on ya!

That is QUITE the experience!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/5/2010 7:12PM

    wow.

that's all.

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XHOOSIERLOSER 8/5/2010 7:09PM

    No wonder you are under the weather today! That kind of excitement can take years off a person's life - literally! Glad you survived, and hope you are feeling better.

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_TRIXIE_ 8/5/2010 6:58PM

    LOL Lori. Too funny.

Yikes. Glad she got off the train before you did. What a freaky experience!

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KIMMAS82 8/5/2010 6:54PM

    Ohmygod!! I can hardly believe that is a true story!!! No pants?!?!?!?!?

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KEAMOM1510 8/5/2010 6:17PM

    Wow, glad you're okay. What an experience.

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ABETTERBECKY 8/5/2010 5:47PM

    OMG - what a day on the T! Hope your evening is better - though I see you are sick on a status update - feel better! The crazies really make this world more interesting don't they? I live in Philly and we see so many nut jobs in the Er.....makes for an interesting day for sure!

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MAMADELIGHT 8/5/2010 5:37PM

    OMG, I didn't know that was you!

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LAURIETAIT 8/5/2010 5:13PM

    Sounds like an adventure you could have done without. I'm sure it was very scary while it was happening. Unfortunately the mentally ill are the invisible souls (until they start a rant on the subway) in our society. It's an illness that makes everyone uncomfortable and there are very poor supports and treatment programs for people suffering from mental illness. As well, the very narure of the disease causes it's victims to avoid treatment. It's sad. On the up side you have a story to tell that will captivate and entertain your friends. I think you just need a little distance from the event to allow you to get over the trauma of it. You write well and with great humour. I hope you letting your sense of humour shine through in RWC. emoticon

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TCROSSBAR 8/5/2010 4:50PM

    ...Does no pants = crazy?
MaaaaaaaaAn. Why did nobody TELL me this?!? It explains so much.

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SUNRISE14 8/5/2010 4:48PM

    When we run into people like that we need to remember before the day is over we could snap and end up even worse. How would we want people to treat us? We have several in the town i live in that talks to door to open and talks to trees . God only knows what has happen that causes this woman to be outraged and out of control. You handled the situation the best you could i'm sure but the others should have took a minute to say a silent prayer for this poor lady. Thank you for sharing things like this happen everyday in our lives it might be drug related but you are right it could have ended verrrrrrrrrry baaaaaaaad! Thankful you made it home! emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 8/5/2010 3:22PM

    You said it girl!

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KYMMC3 8/5/2010 3:19PM

    OMG! I really can't say anything else. No pants???? oh my!

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JBOWDOIN02 8/5/2010 3:03PM

    I'm soo happy you are okay, but what is wrong with people? I'm always the first to call 911 if I see an accident on the side of the road, or if a fight is breaking out. Some people laugh at me and say, "someone else probably already called," but you know what, your story proves that they probably didn't. It's sad.

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BLK2010 8/5/2010 2:27PM

    Glad you were ok... No kidding aobut calling the conductor. I have to admit, the way you told me the story, I was cracking up. Ever think of writing a book? emoticon

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JESSSPARK 8/5/2010 2:18PM

    wow reminder to self: check for pants..

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MAKALANI22 8/5/2010 2:01PM

    whoa man. whoa. life is crazy!

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IMSMILEY88 8/5/2010 1:16PM

    Glad to hear you arrived home OK! Sounds like a scary situation. (And, I love the way you tell stories!)

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LADYSNOWFALL 8/5/2010 12:42PM

    Consider it an adventure full of adrenalin and a harrowing escape! You are the Indiana Jones of the Train! Go Kristina!

Seriously, I get where you're coming from. Just chalk it up to lesson learned. And, don't ever talk to anyone on the train without pants. NEVER EVER. I'll remember that too.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/5/2010 12:35PM

    I have a heart for people that are not all there and it is probably because I worked in a nursing home. This week at my gym there was a guy ranting and raving about how he couldn't go to work because he needed a new bag. He is in a wheel chair and has some problems. He is always going around our skyways singing very loudly.... so he is not all there. But it is nothing to laugh about. There were people laughing behind his back and it made me very upset. So I feel for this woman and hope that she can get some help.

And I am also glad that nothing happened to you since she was so mad.

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-JENSSPARK- 8/5/2010 12:30PM

    That is creepy/scary! Of course, it's pretty par for the course as things go with people. Everyone is afraid to do anything when things turn ugly. I'm so sorry you had to deal with that.
I wish we had rail here, but these stories and the stories I hear from my friend in SF that rides BART really make me glad sometimes for the safety/peace/quiet of my own car.

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WYND10 8/5/2010 12:27PM

    Holy crow. I am very glad you weren't hurt or accosted beyond getting yelled at...I don't even know what I would do in a situation like that...

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TEAM-SARAH 8/5/2010 12:21PM

    Oh boy...that's the big city for ya. Crazy people on the public transit are completely ignored because people are way too afraid of the scene that would be caused by reacting to them in any way. People mostly laugh I'm sure because they're incredibly uncomfortable. Nothing about it is really funny. Perhaps people don't view some insane pantless lady as much of a threat, but I personally think the crazy people are the most terrifying out there. They have NOTHING TO LOSE by just stabbing you in the face because you looked at them wrong or because they want your sandwich. It is not funny, it's really sad and pretty much goddamn terrifying. Sorry that happened to you. I would've definitely jumped off onto another train.... waited for a less full one or something. Insane!

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HEAVENSSHADOW 8/5/2010 12:17PM

    I'm sorry, but the only thing I'd be able to think about with a crazy lady's panties in my face would be "I hope they're clean....please don't fart, please don't fart...."

Sounds like a schizophrenic/manic disorder. Scientifically, there seems to be more of those closer you get to the inner city. Weird huh?

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CALLIKIA 8/5/2010 12:17PM

    Okay, first of all...SO glad you came out of that unscathed. I have to agree, I don't know people really know what to do when they're actually in the situation. I think we rush to, "Is she putting me on?" and I think from time to time people think crazy people are harmless, when they SHOULD be really concerned.

Second of all, that was an excellent retelling of that story! I nearly peed my pants with the "you'd think she'd be a normal person except for the high decibel rantings. And you know, the fact that she's not wearing pants."

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ATTACKFATCAT 8/5/2010 12:12PM

    Wowza. That sounds like a custom blend of crazy. Glad your OK!

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KITHKINCAID 8/5/2010 12:11PM

    As I'm reading this blog, I get a text from my boyfriend that reads: "I just saw a guy peeing on a poster and his shoes at the bus stop" - I LOVE city life! Good lord. All the crazies come out in the nicer weather. Makes me long for winter just a little.

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SEATTLESIMS 8/5/2010 12:11PM

    Wow!! that was a memorable train ride!! Glad it turned out Ok.. or as OK as it could have been worse, like you said!!


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July '10 Recap, Aug '10 Goals

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

July whizzed by!
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So while July was a fabulous month for fitness minutes and exercise and feeling leaner and stronger, it was by far the worst month for weight loss. I bet I lost inches though, so I should probably break out that tape measure. Time to make the most of the rest of summer, huh?

RECAP RESULTS:

JULY:
-3 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (skipped July 4th)
2,680 fitness minutes
18,273 calories burned
Continued gym circuit training and home DVD strength training
7-mile and 8-mile runs!


JULY GOALS:

-Lose 5+ pounds this month. This will put me at 179 and will mark 100 pounds lost since starting SparkPeople on 6/3/09.
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Well, this didn't happen. I lost 3 lbs this month and I'm at 181. I'm fine with this. I feel like I'm thinner and I gained muscle. I'm firmly in a Size 12 now and feeling terrific! While I'd love to lose 5 lbs per month, if I'm doing pretty much everything right and it's coming off slowly, I'm OK with that.


-2000+ fitness minutes
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Smashed! 2,680 for the month. Wow. I know a lot of that was low-impact stuff like walking, but still! I did Kickboxing/Zumba every week except last week and kept to a schedule of 3 runs per week. I'm looking forward to my rest day today!


-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
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Week 1: 5/7 days met; Week 2: 6/7; Week 3: 4/7; Week 4: 6/7; Week 5: 2/3


-One long run per week and increase long run mileage to 8 miles
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I did a 7-mile run and an 8-mile run this month and blogged about them!


-Work on my 30 by 30 List
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Got the broker's license, started making some new recipes, got the dress of my dreams and read about 5 books! Going pretty well, but there is still a lot to do!


-Work on my running memoir
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I did this at the beginning of the month, but it's seriously stalled since going back to work in mid-July. But I'm still plugging along!

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AUGUST GOALS:
These goals are going to be very similar to July, because things are pretty much the same!

-Lose 5 lbs
-2,000+ fitness minutes
-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
-One long run per week and increase mileage to 9-10 miles
-Kick butt at my Beatles-themed 4.2-mile race!
-Focus on arm and ab strength training and getting toned
-Work on 30 by 30
-Work on RWC

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PREVIOUS RESULTS:

This is long, but I like to keep it all in one place, hence this footnote...

JULY '09:
-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

AUGUST '09:
-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

SEPTEMBER '09:
-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

OCTOBER '09:
-8 pounds
25 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1765 fitness minutes
10,163 calories burned
Continued strength training 2x per week
Ran 3.1 miles at a time

NOVEMBER '09:
-7 pounds
26 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range (not counting Thanksgiving)
Tracked 29 days
1635 fitness minutes
13,006 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 5K outside without stopping!

DECEMBER '09:
-7 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range (not counting Christmas)
Tracked 29 days
1925 fitness minutes
14,819 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill without stopping

JANUARY '10:
-6 pounds
29 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1,845 fitness minutes
14,926 calories burned
Continued strength training (circuit training and EA Sports Active) 4x week
Ran 4.75 miles on the treadmill without stopping

FEBRUARY '10:
-6 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
2 days above calorie range (not including vacation)
Tracked 21 days (due to vacation)
1,170 fitness minutes
10,711 calories burned
Strength training lagged; maybe 1-2x week
Running on hold due to injury

MARCH '10:
-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,330 fitness minutes
16,313 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 4.25 miles outside

APRIL '10:
-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days (did not calorie count Easter or NYC)
2,065 fitness minutes
13,907 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Running lagged due to injury

MAY '10:
-5 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,285 fitness minutes
19,433 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 6.5 miles outside

JUNE '10:
-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (tracked meals and not calories while in Pittsburgh)
2,450 fitness minutes
15,376 calories burned
Turned to gym circuit training and at-home abs as a form of strength training
Ran my first 10K race

  
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TEAWONDERFUL 8/5/2010 7:49PM

    Looks like a great plan. Sounds like you are doing great. Keep it up.

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PPCM_SURVIVOR 8/5/2010 11:54AM

    Great Goals!!!

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ANDIEJZ 8/5/2010 10:27AM

  Kick butt, Baby!! Luv your goals and may steal some of them...

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WYND10 8/5/2010 9:23AM

    Fantastic goals! You continue to be an inspiration to me. Thank you.

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ANEWKIRBIE 8/5/2010 1:13AM

    I love those goals, they are simple enough to remember but challenging enough to keep your body guessing. Great job Karvy!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 8/5/2010 1:02AM

    WOW! you look great, and you are doing such a wonderful job! and not only that, you know how to organize stuff. i really need to set more goals and keep track of the, i set goals and then forget about them. grrrrr. emoticon

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SUNSHINE084 8/5/2010 12:34AM

    Wow you are definitely a tracker... Maybe you need to up your intensity through your workouts... our bodies adapt to the same routine. You are doing great. Try something new.

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HOSTALADY 8/4/2010 7:35PM

    Absolutely FABULOUS Lady! We will meet our goals this year!
You are doing AWESOME!

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BAMBOO70 8/4/2010 3:01PM

    You are doing well! I like the idea of summing everything up - I might have to do that as well. Have a great day :).

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SUPERFAN99 8/4/2010 11:17AM

    Great update. Your page is so inspiring!

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SARABETH_60 8/4/2010 8:40AM

    You are doing super - and you've already lost a lot of weight, and so you know the rate of loss will slow. I'm amazed at the amount of activity you manage to squeeze into your months - and envious. You're an inspiration!!

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GRACEISENUF 8/4/2010 1:21AM

    What a recap...you are a winner my friend!
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DJS-DEBBIE 8/4/2010 12:23AM

    You are doing great!

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ALLISON145 8/3/2010 5:52PM

    You're doing a great job - keep it up!!

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-Allison

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CALLIKIA 8/3/2010 5:10PM

    Whatever the pounds you are firming up and thinning out and looking fantabulous! Keep it up and you'll send summer out with a whistle (the ones being directed at you by strange men that are creepy, yet oddly satisfying)!
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-JENSSPARK- 8/3/2010 5:01PM

    You're doing such an amazing job. I know you've had to have lost inches this month! I loved seeing the recap of the last year...seeing where you started and how you progressed each month. It makes me want to really focus on what I do each month so I can look back later on and see my progress.



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WE_PA_FIT 8/3/2010 3:12PM

    those are impressive July numbers!!!!!! weight loss may seem like it's going at a slow pace but in all other areas you are FULL speed ahead!!! August just may surprise you! and we all anxiously await for the 100 LB LOSS BLOG!

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SUNNYWBL 8/3/2010 2:50PM

    I'm exhausted just reading about that year's worth of activity! But Kudo's to you for continuing to put one foot in front of the other!


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PAPER_WINGS18 8/3/2010 2:22PM

    Girl you have had such outstanding results in all the previous months, so pshhh to July and the 3 lbs.! Your other months more than make up for it, and look how much you've changed in a freakin' YEAR!!! Good God! You are my super hero! What should we call ya??? Karvelicious??? Bahahha.

WAY to GO on all your accomplishments! You certainly have a lot under that belt of yours! love love love ya!!

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REDRUNNER82 8/3/2010 2:13PM

    July DID go so fast! A great month for you and another great one coming up! Go get em!

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CINNAMONGURL06 8/3/2010 2:02PM

    AWESOME!!! Enough said.

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PINKCOCONUT 8/3/2010 1:52PM

    My hero!


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CHICAT63 8/3/2010 1:42PM

    You rocked those fitness minutes in July, muscle does weigh more. You're shrinking that's for sure. You will get to losing 100 pounds for sure & I'm here with ya !!!!! emoticon emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 8/3/2010 1:23PM

    I love seeing your recap. You had a terrific month! You are going SO strong and are motivating and inspiring me... and others! I hope you have a terrific August. Man, it is hot, and it'll be nice when fall comes - which isn't until mid-October here in Texas. emoticon

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JENELOPE 8/3/2010 1:05PM

    Great post! I loved seeing how far you've come!

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NAVYNURSE 8/3/2010 1:03PM

    WOW girl you really have your goals in the right place. SO CLOSE to 100 pounds that is amazing. WAY TO GO. You can do it this month!!

The beatles theme run sounds great. Wish I could do it!!

How do you log your zumba???

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NUBODY4ME 8/3/2010 12:55PM

    good job on ur July recap and ur going to work right thru August! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 8/3/2010 12:53PM

    Awesome goals!!! Good luck!
~Ang

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/3/2010 12:51PM

    August is going to be smoking hot in more ways than one! You go girl!!!!

(Imma running to catch up with ya but you are hard to catch! LOL)

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/3/2010 12:30PM

    wow what a year!!

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/3/2010 12:26PM

    WOW - you are doing it! YOu keep inspiring me! Have a great week!

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HELLOKITTN 8/3/2010 12:23PM

    I'm curious what kind of hit your body fat % took. You achieved rock star status in my book, chica! I'm hovering between 179-181 right now too, we will see those 170's in August :-)!!!

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ANNE7X7 8/3/2010 11:51AM

    Wow!! You kicked some serious butt in July, and it looks like you are setting yourself up for the same in August! Based on your fitness minutes and days you stayed within range, it's almost certain that you lost more than that, but you build lots of muscle! Way to go!!

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LISAW/3 8/3/2010 11:47AM

    You did a great job with your July goals and you've got a great list for August to keep you going! Way to go with those long runs!

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LADYSNOWFALL 8/3/2010 11:46AM

    I think I'm going to go back and re-read RWC towards the end of the month when it cools off outside to get inspired to start running again. I decided to put running off for the summer so as to adjust to the climate change (smart?). The heat really isn't bothering me now, but I'm not trying to run in 90 degrees (or higher!).

You are doing so awesome!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 8/3/2010 11:31AM

    You're rockin' it girl! Sometimes it's not about the pounds. Good luck with your August goals!

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AFITJULIE 8/3/2010 11:10AM

    Looking great girl! I'm been MIA for a bit just due to some life surprises but I'm still around. Been sticking with the strength training. Doing "buddy" training with my husband and I LOVE IT!!

Way to keep at your healthy life...Thanks for contiuing to inspire me!!

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ATTACKFATCAT 8/3/2010 11:09AM

    You rocked the cardio & almost all your goals for July! emoticon Congrats on meeting most of your goals, & with this kind of momentum, I'm sure you'll slam out the August ones too!

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BLK2010 8/3/2010 11:09AM

    Your doing a faboulous job!

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JEKRUNS 8/3/2010 10:48AM

    Wow, you did so well, and are so focused! I'm right there with you trying to move down through the 170's, I've been stuck at 179 for weeks, then last week moved down to 177. I feel thinner though and am also now easily wearing 12's. I think its adding more strength and being consistent in running. Thanks for updating and having such a positive and encouraging outlook on your journey. I can't wait for your memoir!

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KNITTINGFROG 8/3/2010 10:42AM

    Woohoo! What a month!!

I really hope to get my act together and follow in your inspirational footsteps...your blogs keep me motivated (if not on track)..and by the looks of it is has that effect on everyone who reads you!!

Keep up the good work!!

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THREADBENDER 8/3/2010 10:39AM

    You're doing great, Kristina. Keep in mind that weight loss slows down as you get closer to goal....persistence and patience is key. Being under 30 will help you out there.

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ELLENT124 8/3/2010 10:38AM

    You've inspired me to set realistic goals and see them through. Seeing your success in writing is amazing! Way to go!

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STORMTMB 8/3/2010 10:17AM

    Awesome! The results follow your tremendous effort! Keep up the great work.

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    Very good blog thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/3/2010 10:09AM

    You did awesome!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 8/3/2010 10:08AM

    Sounds like you're doing great!! Even though it was a 3 pound loss for the month, you said it yourself... you killed it on the fitness! :) You've got a lot to be proud of and the scale is still movin in the right direction! I am sure you'll make up for it by exceeding your goals for August!

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8 MILES BABY!

Monday, August 02, 2010

One of my goals for July was to get up to 8 miles, and today I did it, albeit a couple of days late. I used the Map My Run app for my iPhone and it was awesome. Thank God for my DH, who puts random apps on my phone that I never think of! I think it accurately tracked my mileage and pace.

Here is a photo of the beach where I do my weekend runs.



Pretty, huh? I love my beach. I love the New Hampshire seacoast.

I woke up and decided to fuel on fruit! I had Weetabix (a cereal from the UK that's kinda like shredded wheat but basically disintegrates in milk) and skim milk with strawberries, banana and a nectarine. Yum. I started out at about 7:45 am, and it was a cool weekend so I thought it'd be OK, but I was surprised that there was NO breeze and I was HOTT (the two "ts" make it really hot!) No lie though, the first 4 miles were tough.

I took a brief water break and snapped a photo.



Oh yeah, sweat city. But the water fountains were working! YAY! So I filled up THREE times. I think it made all the difference! I forgot my Clif Shots at home so I brought a Luna Bar in case I needed fuel. But I didn't need it.

On the way back, the breeze was AMAZING. Oh, it felt so good! I got in a really nice groove and went with it. I could feel myself getting blisters, which I never really had a problem with before. I think I need to get some better moisture wicking socks for my longer runs. But I pushed through!

When I got home, I drank a ton more water and Gatorade Zero and had grapefruit and watermelon. And then I had Chinese food for lunch. OMG, it was so nice to have a real meal that wasn't the healthiest thing on the menu.

This summer has been fantastic, not just because the weather during the weekends has been amazing and I've felt so happy being outside and MOVING.

And I feel so... light.

Here is a photo from July 4, 2009 possibly one of the worst photos ever taken of me...



Ugh. But I'm owning it. That was where I was at that point. And that is OK.

So for July 4, 2010, I wore a similar outfit. I had to tie the shirt up in back and it was still falling off of me. Here's the photo that my husband snapped...



Still not the best photo IMO, but you can tell that it's a summer of happiness, levity, and motion! And the positivity is showing all over.

Do it. Make August great!

  
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KYMMC3 8/5/2010 3:25PM

    Wahoo!!! Good for you and that run. And you LOOK so WONDERFUL!!!!

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PPCM_SURVIVOR 8/5/2010 11:51AM

    What a great run! I wish I lived closer to the beach... and those photos...you look so happy now :) emoticon

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SUGIRL06 8/5/2010 11:32AM

    Congrats on the 8 miles!!! I just love running at the beach. The boardwalk is my favorite place to run definitely. And you are doing awesome! I love that you wore the same/similar outfit to compare!!! Amazing!
~Ang

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YINYANGSJM 8/5/2010 1:50AM

    Great job on the 8 miles!!! What beautiful scenery you have to look at while you run. Much better than staring at a tv or a wall while on the treadmill :). What a difference a year makes! You look so much happier and healthier now. I have to say that everytime I see your profile pic of you in the purple dress with that smile on your face it makes me smile too! Have a great rest of the week and weekend.

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SHELLEY81 8/4/2010 2:50PM

    Hurrah to your 8 miles! I am at the 4 mile mark and am working up to a 10K on September 18th. I had such a horrid run this morning with my entire left leg, lower back to ankle cramping up and i had to walk/hobble home bah. I read your bad run log and this blog and both have motivated me to keep on chugging. Friday is a new day, till then, lot's of stretching and foam rolling! emoticon

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FITFUNKYMAMA1 8/4/2010 10:28AM

    that is super awesome!!!I have no idea how long 8 miles actually is but I know I haven't even worked myself up to do 5k yet.Going to though.
Looking great lady!!!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 8/3/2010 9:39PM

    I love this blog!! You have come so far! SO- was the fruit good fuel for the run????
I love those runs when you feel so accomplished!

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CALLIKIA 8/3/2010 5:12PM

    EIGHT MILES!? OMG! That is amazing and wonderful and beautiful and triumphant and fantabulous and a million other wonderful things! (BTW - I want those legs!! Gimme! ;) )

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ERINTHEROCKSTAR 8/3/2010 4:04PM

    8 Miles!!??!! Holy Crap that's Awesome!!!! Good Job!!! I hope to get there some day too!! And Holy Crap with the pics too - you look amazing!!! Congratulations!!!!

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CHANCE0719 8/3/2010 2:59PM

    WOOHOO for 8 miles!! Wow - I'm jealous you get to run by the water! Great idea taking a photo with a similar outfit - you're doing great and you look fantastic!

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LOREENYK 8/3/2010 2:47PM

    You're doing GREAT! I can see your collar bones! And 8 miles is AWESOME!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Cheers, Loreen

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/3/2010 2:25PM

    What a great place to run at!!! I also love my DC runs and enjoy all the great scenery!
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Way to go on the 8 miles!!! Whoohoo!!!!! I have found with my very delicate chafes at everything skin that the best thing to prevent blisters is deodorant....I rub it all over my feet and it really helps a lot!

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MAKALANI22 8/3/2010 2:20PM

    LOOK AT YOU!!! you are phenomenal! EIGHT miles??? dang girl! you're rockin! congrats!

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DESSALENA 8/3/2010 2:12PM

    Awesome job!! Congrats on all you success and good luck with all your goals!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 8/3/2010 2:02PM

    All I can say is that you are just freaking awesome man. Keep up the fantabulous work and I look forward to seeing what's next!

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CHICAT63 8/3/2010 1:54PM

    Such a major difference in the photos what a difference in a year makes, incredible Kristina. Great blog and the beach awesome.

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/3/2010 1:51PM

    DOOOOD ... how did I miss this blog? Gah you look awesome! Even sweaty from running you look so happy - I love it! What a difference between the two pictures as well - so proud of you!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 8/3/2010 1:46PM

    HECK YEAH!!!!

Way to go girl!!!

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_TRIXIE_ 8/3/2010 1:41PM

    Just awesome. Not only on the 8 miles (which is amazing in of itself!) but for the whole journey you've taken. Your 2010 pic looks so amazingly happy, which makes me grin like a crazy lady for you.

Keep it up!

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KIMMAS82 8/3/2010 1:33PM

    8 miles!!!! Congrats!!! What a change you've made!!

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IMSMILEY88 8/3/2010 1:27PM

    You have a beautiful beach! I need to take photos of my new weekend lake, but I only catch glimpses of it between houses while I'm running.

Congrats on the 8 miles!!! My goal is to get where I can run 2 miles this month. Actually, I need to get up to 3 so I can do my first 5K on Sept 11th. I think my longest run to date is 1.25, though I might have made 1.5 the other day - wasn't tracking.

And, you look wonderful and it is amazing at what you've done in just a YEAR! Congrats!!! You have worked HARD and deserve it. emoticon

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ADKONKLE 8/3/2010 1:24PM

    8 Miles wow. After finishing C25K I thought well maybee someday I will turn that into a 10k, after I get better at the fives, but as you are proving with a spark some support and a good run we can go so much farther. So maybee that 10K will be next spring. And dare I say it... a half could be on my Horizon as an ultimate goal?

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XHOOSIERLOSER 8/3/2010 12:13PM

    What a difference you have made in one year - I was going to type "what a difference a year makes" but the year didn't do it! YOU DID! Such a commitment and such awesome results! Congrats, and congrats again!

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NICOLE12-01 8/3/2010 11:04AM

    AWESOME job on the 8 miles!
I'm trying my best to "own" my before pictures. Sometimes I look at them and I'm proud of how far I've come, but mostly when I look at them I feel so sad that I was ever there and that I just exsisted for so long intead of LIVED. BUT, I'm working on it!

August will be a GREAT month! :)

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ROOT4HOME 8/3/2010 10:45AM

    Love it!! WTG on the wt loss & the 8 MILES!!! You have an AMAZING spirit, Kristina!! emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/3/2010 9:57AM

    Nice Job!!! Keep on rockin'!

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ADRIBURTON 8/3/2010 9:55AM

    I love your smile on the 2010 pic! Such a look of satisfaction!
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JBOWDOIN02 8/3/2010 9:24AM

    You look great!!!! I still can't believe how far you run. I hope to be at that point some day. You truly are an inspiration!!!! Thank you.

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MBSHAZZER 8/3/2010 9:21AM

    WHOOO!!!! Honestly, I keep forgetting that you have been at this just over a year... you have made such huge progress! Not only physically, but athletically and mentally too! Fantastic!

Great job on the 8 miler. You are in striking distance of being ready for that HM!

In FL, there are no refreshing breezes! But last year, I went on vacation to the Jersey Shore (NOT Seaside, LOL! Snookie wasn't invited!) and it was hot running north along the boardwalk. But when I turned around, there was a COLD breeze and MAN!!! Did it feel awesome! So glad to hear you are enjoying the seaside running!

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/3/2010 9:00AM

    Wow! You have come so far! Be proud of that! You inspire me! Thanks for sharing!

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SUZEQ09 8/3/2010 8:29AM

    Way to go for 8!

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STEPHANON 8/3/2010 8:13AM

    The transformation is amazing! If someone had walked up to you on July 4, 2009 and told you that this time next year you'd be running EIGHT MILES at one time, you'd probably have thought they were crazy. But here you are doing it! You should be so proud of yourself. You totally rock. Congrats!

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ANNE7X7 8/3/2010 7:51AM

    Wow! What a transformation!!

Congrats on the 8 miles! That is my longest distance yet too, and I am pretty nervous about the double digits coming up soon!!! But if you can do 8, you can do 10, right??

You are so inspiring! Woohoo!!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 8/3/2010 7:42AM

  AH! You're fracking awesome!

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MAMADELIGHT 8/3/2010 7:25AM

    8 miles?!?! Whoa Baby.....

You are HOTT STUFF.

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GERMANPICKLE 8/3/2010 6:07AM

  fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!

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ANGELICA254 8/3/2010 4:54AM

    That smile says it all! Be very proud of yourself, you are doing a great job. And what a lovely beach. I envy you that possibility!!!

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KATHLOW 8/3/2010 4:41AM

    great job! That beach looks amazing - i probably would stop running just to stare at it...

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NIGHTPOET00 8/3/2010 3:58AM

    Your running beach is beautiful, and so is the smile on your face in your latest photo! Way to go on the 8 miles.

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HELLOKITTN 8/3/2010 12:21AM

    I'm utterly in love with dual layer socks. They hug and nurture my tootsies through the longest runs and have been blister free for awhile. I also used to sprinkle gold bond on my feet before puttin the socks on which seemed to help too.

Great job good lookin!

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LISAW/3 8/3/2010 12:17AM

    Congratulations on your 8 miles! That is AWESOME!
My doctor (who is also a long distance runner) suggested that I put glide on my feet before I put on my socks. I just bought the glide yesterday and I am going try it out on my run tomorrow.

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SNAPPY_MOM 8/2/2010 11:48PM

    8 miles! That is so great. Also, the before and after pictures are really a transformation. You have put in a lot of work, and should be very proud of your awesome results!

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-JENSSPARK- 8/2/2010 11:15PM

    Congrats on the 8 miles!!! That is great. The pictures of you...wow. You're rocking this!

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FLOREAL 8/2/2010 10:46PM

    aMAzing! WTG girl! 8 miles is awesome!

I would have never connected you with that first picture!! Congrats on all your success!

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HOSTALADY 8/2/2010 10:35PM

    You've come a long way with so many things in your life and I am so happy for you. Congrats on your 8 mile run today that is totally AWESOME! The beach is beautiful how fortunate that you have such beauty to run with at the beach.
Great photos and thanks for sharing.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/2/2010 10:24PM

    Congratulations Kristina! 8 miles! Color me impressed!! I am also glad to see I am not the only woman who sweats a lot with running. You look awesome on the beach and I am glad you got some breeze on the way back.

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RAINTHIEF 8/2/2010 9:46PM

    You are just glowing!

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ABETTERBECKY 8/2/2010 9:27PM

    Hello Rock Star - nice to meet you! Loving your place in NH - such a great get away place!

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LINDAKETCHIE 8/2/2010 9:26PM

    how awesome! what an inspiration to us all!

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CARILOUIE 8/2/2010 9:24PM

    Eight miles!!!! YAAAAHOOOOOOOO!!!!

What a difference a year makes... holy moly!

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Chillaxing

Sunday, August 01, 2010

So happy right now! This summer has been so warm and good and there is totally a huge difference from last summer in energy, confidence and happiness! I ran 10K yesterday and felt so great and I'm going to take on 8 miles tomorrow morning.

Yesterday I had a "bad" day but only ended up 250 cal over. I still had a -750 deficit for the day. Awesome! I'm totally finding balance and loving it. Tomorrow I will have another "bad" meal of Chinese food, but will LOVE it after 8 miles!!!

August goals up on Tuesday!!!

  
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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/3/2010 2:26PM

    Great job with staying consistent and not being to rigid!!!! emoticon

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ABETTERBECKY 8/2/2010 9:28PM

    Chillaxing is the best thing to do in the summer :) Enjoy your time!

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LADYSNOWFALL 8/2/2010 3:13PM

    Go Kristina Go!

You're doing awesome even when you have a "bad" day. And, in that case, is it really a "bad" day?

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REDRUNNER82 8/2/2010 1:24PM

    Go girl!!! The first time I ran 8 miles I gorged on Chinese afterward too :)

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CHANGINGMORGAN 8/2/2010 12:03PM

    WHOO! You are awesome. Lovin' on the balance!

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JENN26POINT2 8/2/2010 10:05AM

    Congrats on the 10k. What was your time? I have a 5k coming up and I can't wait... actually, I have like 8 coming up. lol

Enjoy your week!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/2/2010 9:43AM

    And to think, we still have two more months of summer to go! WOO!!!!

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IMSMILEY88 8/2/2010 8:12AM

    I'm so glad you are having such a wonderful summer. You do really seem to be 'smooth sailing' right now. You are doing terrific!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 8/2/2010 8:09AM

    Glad you had such a wonderful weekend! :) :)

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/1/2010 11:50PM

    Enjoy your chinese food - you deserve it!

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HOSTALADY 8/1/2010 10:10PM

    You definitely have it all going on spark friend and under control for you. YOU GO GIRL and ENJOY!

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SUNRISE14 8/1/2010 9:52PM

    Watch the bad days at the restraunts they can kill your good days! I had 3 bad days in july because it was my birthday and i gained 1.6 lbs for the month. Besides those days i adveraged 1200-1300 calories a day! I wasn't happy ! Good luck on your run! I can't exercise like you do so it probably won't hurt you! emoticon

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CANDYXPERT 8/1/2010 8:53PM

    I also had a "bad" day food wise but I did 2 workouts and blasted almost 700 cals! I'm learning!

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STORMTMB 8/1/2010 8:12PM

    Enjoy your "bad" foods and your great runs! Have a great long weekend!

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/1/2010 7:31PM

    Great job on the running. Here's to making the most of the rest of the summer! Woo HOO you!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 8/1/2010 6:54PM

    You are quite inspiring, girl. Way to go on the 10k. :)

- Josie

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    Congrats on the 10K run! emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/1/2010 6:26PM

    Sounds like you're having a great time! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 8/1/2010 6:21PM

    Isn't it great how you can pretty much eat whatever you want within reason when you exercise. Enjoy the chinese food.

Summer has been beautiful here as well...79 today and clear skies.

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 8/1/2010 6:16PM

    WooHooooo!! You go girl emoticon

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NOTBLUSHING 8/1/2010 5:57PM

    Yippee! Loved this!

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MBSHAZZER 8/1/2010 5:50PM

    Glad to hear you are having a wondeful weekend!

Yesterday, my planned 4.5 miler turned into 9.5 miles (don't ask!). Anyway, we were going to this "Taste of Miami" thing, so I was glad to have made "room"... anyway, to make a long story short, they oversold the tickets and I didn't get to eat ONE STINKING MORSEL! So disappointed. We had mediocre sushi instead.

So.... ENJOY that Chinese food! Have an eggroll or something for me!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/1/2010 5:48PM

    rock on, Kristina!!

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CAT5599 8/1/2010 5:37PM

    Love the word "chillaxing"!

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