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Hectic, But Happy!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The last few days have been extremely hectic, but in a good way. As such, this blog is going to be a bit disjointed, so bear with me.

Friday, we went on a dinner cruise to celebrate our 1st anniversary, and it was amazing. I found that I was really good when it came to food and dessert, but when they offered the free drinks upon boarding and the free bottle of champagne? Weee.... I added it all up at home and was shocked the day only came to around 1900 calories. Whatever, I'll take it!

I had a lunch meeting on Friday at an Italian chain that doesn't publish its nutritional info (how lazy is that these days?). So I ordered an eggplant panini, ate a little salad and a bread roll extremely slowly, and when the panini came it was enormous: like it could be considered three entire sandwiches when cut into triangles. No wonder it doesn't publish info! I ate maybe three-quarters of the smallest triangle and wrapped up the rest. So the guy in the meeting says to me, "Wrapping up food is such a girl thing!"

What? How sexist is that? I answered "Really, I always thought about it as a saving it for later thing." I wanted to say more, but I kinda wanted this guy to generate some business for me so I bit my tongue. I'm getting better at that!

We went surfing this weekend in the crazy waves (the aftermath of Hurricane Bill) and I busted up my knee a bit (totally worth it!). I tried running 25 minutes of C25K yesterday, but the knee was acting up after so I opted to bike instead. Overall I'm feeling good about my fitness levels, but I know I could be doing more. But couldn't we all?
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Work got crazy after I got back from surfing and it's been nonstop since, and I find I am loving it. I've been drafting contracts, handling real estate deals, and working with clients. I also do crappy boring temp work over at the big company which is soul crushing and makes me glad I'm not doing that full-time anymore. I know that having a happy outlook on life is what is making this whole lifestyle change easier for me. When I regretted grad school, couldn't find a job, and wallowed instead of taking initiative, making poor food choices was so much easier. Now it's just part of the big picture. I'm rehabbing my body, my career, EVERYTHING.

Yeah, I'm going to struggle a bit while I spend every day learning about what makes my career and body tick, instead of taking the easy way out with boring, but well-paid work and delicious, but damaging food, but life's short, and I'm going to spend it hectic but happy!

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CHELSEYG29 8/26/2009 12:00AM

    I love the blog and how you summed it up by stating you know you are going to struggle for a bit. So true and such a positive attitude about it. Your doing amazing!

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TRAVELNISTA 8/25/2009 9:40PM

    emoticon Running and surfing. That is impressive. Keep up the pace!

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GRACEISENUF 8/25/2009 8:37PM

    I was so inspired after reading your running blog that I actually gave it a try. I learned it will take time but the most important thing that I learned is that I definitely need a sports bra! LOL Fortunately I didn't give myself a concussion!

Surfing sounds fun too...actually the way you describe your lifestyle....IT ALL SOUNDS GOOD! , minus the sexist co-worker. emoticon

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BUTTAPECANB 8/25/2009 6:30PM

    I'm so loving your blog. It's very inspiring. You have a great attitude about life which i wish emoticon would rub off on me.


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HOSTALADY 8/25/2009 5:38PM

    You are doing great and loving life and embarrassing your new way of life. You keep on keeping on! You are doing it and that is huge. Enjoyed your blog!

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SPEEDWACER 8/25/2009 4:59PM

    Free booze is my kryptonite. I can resist cake. I can resist potato chips. Sometimes I can resist beer if I have to pay for it. If it's free, no chance.

Yeah, we had a good surf day last week as a result of Bill. It was so awesome that businesses were closing for the whole day just so everyone could surf.

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NIKLOW 8/25/2009 4:55PM

    I'm loving your attitude in this blog! Awesome job for keeping it all together. Keep up the great work!

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Everybody Has Those Days...

Friday, August 21, 2009

[Cue Miley Cyrus. Nah, actually, leave her out of this. The day speaks for itself!]

Yesterday was just about an exercise in futility. With a great beginning and ending.

I woke up feeling refreshed and happy, and figured, I'll go to work early and take a long walk along the harbor before work and watch the sunrise. The stars were still out when I started, and the sun slid up from the horizon and bathed the city in a warm glow. I sat there with my coffee and paper and really enjoyed the summer morning. New England is amazing in summer.

Another great thing I had planned for yesterday was leaving work at 3 p.m. to go running, Week 6 of Couch to 5K.

But of course, I left my keys at home. My husband works on the other side of the city and had a lunch meeting, so we couldn't meet up at lunch to get the keys. So I needed to stop by his office before I could go home in the afternoon.

Then I get better news! The place where I work has brought in an amazing sushi chef to prepare sushi in the cafeteria. Holy smokes! I come back with a great dish of stuff and start nomming away. It's delicious. Then that last piece of tuna nigiri stares me in the eye. I'm kinda full by this point, but I'm one of those people who feels it would be a shame to throw away a good piece of sushi.

Eh, what the heck? Down the hatch.

Bad sushi. I knew it as soon as I took the bite, but it was too late to spit it out at that point.

My stomach churned for the rest of the day. I don't know if it was psychological or what, but I felt horrible. I got out of work and started walking across town to get my keys when the skies opened up, drenching me, soaking everything. Dripping, I trundle onto the subway, and finally make it to the keys.

"See you later for the BBQ," he tells me. Hmm, oh! I'd forgotten all about the farewell BBQ for a friend who's moving to California. I wanted nothing but sleep at this point, but I knew I had to go. Back on the train to home. The rain miraculously stops at this point and it is sunny and muggy. The train also stops. For 15 minutes, for no discernible reason.

And the bus ride is not without its mishaps. No AC, screeching brakes, jolting stops. I think to myself "Please don't barf up a plate of sushi on a public bus," over and over again. God is good, and I get home at 5 p.m. puke-free, two hours after I left work. Definitely no time for a run (even if I didn't feel like crap) and no time for a nap either. I pick up the husband from the station and sit in traffic for 45 minutes, until we're finally there.

It's great to see everyone. The night is cool and beautiful, with a gorgeous sunset. My stomach has enabled me to turn down beer, wine, margaritas, but my friend hands me a sugar-free ginger ale, which I'm eternally grateful for. It helps so much, and once I eat some food I feel a lot better, but make positive choices. And we're laughing and reminiscing under the twinkling sky.

I think to myself, what a weird day. But it's the beginning and the end that counted. It began and ended with stars.

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WCYNTHIA 9/7/2009 10:59PM

    I love your blogs! They're so insightful...uplifting and thought-provoking. I wish you continued success on your journey. Peace.
Cynthia emoticon

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    They're right! Your blogs are so awesomely easy to read. Paints a picture!

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BEYONDTHESEA43 8/29/2009 12:11AM

    Okay, so seriously- while reading your blog I zoned out and thought I was reading a really good book. Then I finished it and realized it was a blog, but you are a fantastic writer, I must say!!

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MUSLIMAH05 8/24/2009 5:25PM

    I'm thinking your an excellent writer... definitely one of those days... emoticon

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/24/2009 3:30PM

    Wonderful story of your day!!! I'm so glad it at least started and ended well for you! You had the best of intentions! Too bad you didn't get that run in. emoticon Well, there's always tomorrow. Life is CRAZY sometimes, isn't it?! emoticon

I love sushi too! emoticon

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ALEXEMMY1 8/23/2009 9:17PM

    I love the way you managed to weave the story with a positive spin...way to go!!

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CHARLETAMC 8/22/2009 2:09AM

    Now that's one for the books. Hopefully you had all your bad luck for the remainder of the year in one day. emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/21/2009 5:26PM

    Sounds like you had quite the day, for sure!! But you came away from it all with a perfect perspective...it began and ended with stars and seeing the sun come up and go back down. And that IS what counts!

Glad that you can pretty much laugh about the craziness of the day and STILL make positive choices! Oh - if I only had that willpower at times! LOL


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KIERSTENELLA 8/21/2009 4:06PM

    Thanks for sharing the experience. I'm glad that you were able to focus on the day starting and ending with stars. I've never tried sugar free ginger ale... I'll have to track some down.

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THREADBENDER 8/21/2009 2:17PM

    whoa...those kind of days take up so much energy! Maybe it wasn't cardio, but you certainly put the energy into the day. Hope your weekend is smooth as silk!!

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    Wow, it does sound like one of those days. But, I learned something about you too. You must be a very committed person to hang in there while feeling so awful. Committed to acheiving your fitness goals, to your job for not heading home after lunch, and to your friends for risking car sickness and rush hour traffic to say farewell. That's a sure recipe for success! I hope that you have a great day today. TGIF. :-)

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SPEEDWACER 8/21/2009 11:34AM

    I'm one of those people who can't say no to sushi, so I would have done the same thing.

I'm also one of those people who locks herself out of the house frequently. I'm just in habit of locking the door when I go out, so one day I was taking out the trash while I was baking some muffins, locked the door behind me without realizing it, and had to hop the neighbor's fence so I could break into my house and save my muffins.

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BRONWYN85 8/21/2009 9:29AM

    Wow! Sounds like you went through a lot yesterday. Glad to hear that you ended on a positive note though. Sometimes that can make all the difference!

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    How could a day not end on a good note when topped by sugar free ginger ale? I LOVE ginger ale. Today is payday, and methinks I need to buy some sugar free ginger ale.

You know, you inspire on MANY levels!



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KARVY09 8/21/2009 9:23AM

    That's what I was thinking too!!! I didn't get violently ill, so maybe it was... I just think it's hilarious that I've eaten supermarket sushi and been fine, but I get sick from the renowned sushi chef. So weird!

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DRAGONFLY1974 8/21/2009 9:23AM

    Awesome job on staying positive through that!

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SLARTYB 8/21/2009 9:21AM

    Sorry - I couldnt help smiling - sounds like that last piece of sushi was your karmic warning not to eat too much!


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"But I'm Too Fat to Run!"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I like to call myself the jiggly runner, the fast fatty! I love the looks of skinny people in the train station on the escalator, staring in amazement as I quickly bound up a flight of 50 steps!

I'm 256 pounds and 5'6", which is morbidly obese (9 more pounds lost and I will be merely "obese," hooray). Last week I ran a little over a mile on the treadmill. I'm signed up for my first "live" 5K in a little over a month, which I'm hoping to complete in an hour or less. I don't win medals for speed, but I do run longer and faster than many people that I know.

When people question me about Couch to 5K (C25K) and how a big girl like me can do it, they inevitably state:

"But I'm too fat to run! Maybe I'll try later when I lose some weight..."

I've been fat for an entire lifetime, but I'm not waiting until I lose weight to run. Running is going to help me shed these pounds. A coordinated running program keeps me on a tight schedule, and the 5K looming on the horizon is incentive enough to make me want to finish in style.

Are you too fat to run?

Well, first of all, everyone should get the advice of their doctor before starting an exercise program. I may be a big girl, but I'm considerably young (28), and (knock on wood) I have no other health concerns such as athritis, diabetes, hypertension, etcetera.

Also, I can run longer than some of my skinny friends, so some might consider me a "fit fatty." It's important to note that large size does not necessarily indicate "extremely unfit" and small size does not always equate "super fit." These are misconceptions that skinny people, in their neverending quest to subjugate the fatties (kidding, kidding) have propagated to make them feel better about their Olive Oyl physiques.

If you are fit to run, here are my Top 3 reasons for trying C25K:
1. You will lose weight.
2. You will develop fitness, stamina, and balance.
3. You will impress yourself.

So if you've decided to take the plunge and start running, here are my thoughts for running while obese:

1. C25K is hard but rewarding.

I'm not going to lie to you. It will be harder for you as a obese person to run this program. Duh. We are carrying more weight and most of us haven't run in a very long time (if at all). I had an irrational fear of lifting my foot off the pavement for a very long time, and it's very easy to psyche yourself out. But you can do it. And when you run for a prolonged amount of time after finding it difficult to run for one minute in the first week, it's a huge rush!

2. It will take you more than 9 weeks, most likely.

C25K is officially a 9-week program, but I estimate that 90% of the people who finish do not finish in 9 weeks. Life happens, and we might have to skip a week and go back. Or Week 4 might be busting your butt, and you need to repeat it. It's inevitable. AND IT'S OK.

3. You do not have to run a 12-minute mile.

I consider "running" to be anything where you cannot physically continue at that pace without lifting one foot fully off the ground before placing the other one in its place. Depending on your stride and fitness level, this could be anything from 3.5-5.0+ miles per hour. You're not training for speed, so don't worry about it. Run at a pace that is comfortable. It is much better to complete a 5-minute run at 4.2 mph than to fizzle out in the middle at 5 mph.

4. People will watch you... mostly in amazement.

You're a big person. You're running. Given the general stereotype of a runner, you're an anomaly. It is OK. Most of the time, people will be watching you because they are inspired and amazed at your abilities. I've gotten so many supportive comments from surprised people who watch me run. A woman who must have been no more than 120 pounds who was walking on the treadmill saw me stopping and starting and complimented me and asked what I was doing. I told her about C25K and she said she was going to try it herself.

Other times, people will be close-minded and thinking "Look at that fatty run!" Listen, you're overweight and people can be cruel. I'm sure you know this by now. If you were sitting on the street corner eating a Twinkie, a passerby will probably think or say "You eat that Twinkie, fatty! Put on that weight!" If you were sitting on the corner eating a rice cake, someone will probably think or say, "You eat that rice cake, fatty! Lose that weight!" It's a no-win situation. It was my lot in high school, and it was probably yours as well.

Defy expectations. Run for yourself.

5. Get your gear.

Get a pair of bike shorts or tight spandex pants. It is by far the easiest thing to run in and keeps those thighs from rubbing together while you run. It is way easier than trying to run in a pair of sweatpants. Ladies, purchase the tightest sports bra you can find because you don't want those puppies to bounce more than necessary.

6. Enjoy the run!
Plot out new routes, find a running partner, switch up music and songs, and take it at your own pace. See what works for you!

As always, let me know if I can help you in any way!

Happy trails,
Kristina xx

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COACHMIKE22 11/11/2012 9:01PM

  I'm brand new on SparkPeople, and this blog caught me eye. I struggle with the C25K program. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who's struggled with the timeline on the program. I have been trying to run, but right now it's mostly walking. I'm a 41 year old male, and I'm 6' tall and 340 pounds. My lungs feel really good, but I struggle to get moving as the knees, back, and legs burn out quicker than my lungs. I've done 6-7 5k's this summer, and I've completed them all. I've yet to be able run more than I walk. Thanks for the motivation that someday I'll get there.

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SUSIESHINES 10/11/2012 6:12PM

    Thank you for this. I'm starting Couch25k tonight and I'm having anxiety. I haven't run in over 17 years. Your post has made me feel a little more confident.

I'm also from Mass. I'm North of Boston.

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ARLINGTONJW 8/16/2012 3:43PM

    Great blog post. Exactly what I was looking for today. Thank you.

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NIKKANOODLE 7/26/2012 1:38PM

    I loved this and really needed to read it today on my second day of week one when I'm thinking I am too fat for this program. Thank you so much for posting :)

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NEWMEINTWENTY14 5/24/2012 11:59AM

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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CHERRY666 4/5/2012 5:38PM

    Excellent post!

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    I am starting this program today! Right now as soon as I get my fat tushy off this chair and I wouldn't even have known about this program if it weren't for you! Thank you! emoticon

Well.... I did it! For a minute I thought I was gonna die but I did it! emoticon

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NJTEACHER21 5/12/2011 12:11PM

    Just read this for the first time. What a phenomenal message! I'm also a bigger guy and have always been considered a fit fat guy. I just started the program and at first I was gasping, but after I finished, I felt AWESOME. Thanks for the motivation!

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MEGHARRIS1 2/26/2011 7:28AM

  That was awesome and inspiring! Thanks

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EDDYMEESE 1/28/2011 8:13PM

    Hi, Kristina-what a great blog. I, unfortunately, stopped running after getting heckled. I continued to run...but halfheartedly and eventually gave up and gained back 15 pounds. For a while I hid out on the trails and vowed never to run out on the streets. The most ridiculous thing is that I was on a 13 mile training run, half-way through training for the Portland Marathon...and I let a couple of teenage boys who yelled at me, "you're gonna have to run faster than that, fat ass" get me down. Now I'm at that point where I'm SCARED to go run because my last run, believe it or not, was a 16 mile trail run. I just can't bear to go out there KNOWING that I'll barely make it half a mile :( I'm quite honestly coming up with every excuse NOT to run. I've had this mental block for so long now...I'm working on fixing it. At least I'm THINKING about running, again...now I just need to go lace up my shoes, lol...

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TECHGIRL22 1/24/2011 6:00PM

    Karvy09, you gave me the courage to start the c25K program. I finished and am now starting the bridge to 10K program! Thank you for sharing your story and sparking others! emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/19/2011 3:09PM

    This is a fantastic, inspirational, and motivating blog! I am brand new to running and this answered several questions I had and put my mind to rest about others.

Thank you!

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PECADO1 11/27/2010 3:44PM

    Ok... I guess I must be crazy because at 300lbs this and bike riding are all I can think about lately. I'm intrigued by it and I really need something in my life for me. Thank you for the inspiration. I guess my only concern at this weight are stress fractures. I will take any advice I can get at this time.

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LUVNY199 9/10/2010 10:44AM

    Thank you for this blog. It has helped me as I get through the C25K Program.

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GMINYARD 8/19/2010 11:29AM

    Love the blog. I often let my fear of what I think others are saying or thinking get me down. Thanks for the inspiration to keep on working.

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NAGIGIRL 8/5/2010 2:36PM

  You are quite inspirational!

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NIMMYT 7/21/2010 2:49PM

    Wow. Just wow!

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MEGMENZY 7/2/2010 12:45PM

    You never stop amazing me with your blogs! Keep them coming!

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MEGMENZY 7/2/2010 12:45PM

    You never stop amazing me with your blogs! Keep them coming!

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MEGMENZY 7/2/2010 12:45PM

    You never stop amazing me with your blogs! Keep them coming!

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PATRICE603 6/20/2010 10:35AM

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HTAYLOR1021 6/14/2010 10:20PM

    Thanks for this info. The c25k is something that I have been thinking about trying for quite some time, but I have always hesitated due to my weight. It really helped hearing your personal experience.

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JOYOUS924 6/3/2010 2:47PM

    Thanks I needed this reminder! Why weight?!

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BONIEKATIE 5/30/2010 5:46PM

    I have battled with similar fears but decided to go for it anyway. I am writing about my journey on my blog at http://2f2r.blogspot.com/

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NATURALSTYLE 5/27/2010 5:29PM

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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SHEL151 5/21/2010 11:44AM

    Great post. You are so right. I started with the C25K and ran my first half marathon last October. Just keep on moving!

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ESTHERC 5/19/2010 6:49PM

    I love this! Thanks so much for the pointers and the encouragement. Congratulations on your weight loss thus far.

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IBEGINAGAIN 5/19/2010 11:38AM

    What is C25K?

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JBMT08 5/19/2010 9:12AM

    This is awesome!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!

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AMORA55555 5/18/2010 7:03PM

    This is really motivational. THANK YOU!

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When I started the weight loss program that initially got me started on this journey (it was a mock of Biggest Loser for the campus here), one of my workout partners and I termed our running as "floppy walking".

She and I, though MUCH smaller than we were then (and MUCH faster) still joke about floppy walking.

Floppy walking is better than no walking/running!!

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MELBINNC 5/13/2010 9:38PM

    This is just what I needed to read- thanks!

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JUICYBABY 5/10/2010 11:52AM

    This has got to be the most informative blog I have read in a very long time. It is very helpful. I have copied and pasted it to a Word document and printed it out to have on hand at all times. Thank you so much. . . .

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    I love this. I am a college student and only the skinny people run. I run at night to avoid glares. Although I haven't managed to run continuously, I run a block, walk a block. Is this ok? What can I do to run better?

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    I love this. I am a college student and only the skinny people run. I run at night to avoid glares. Although I haven't managed to run continuously, I run a block, walk a block. Is this ok? What can I do to run better?

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TRINADUBYA 3/2/2010 6:54PM

    You mentioned the thing that scares me the most and has kept me from doing this: the comments or stares I might get if someone sees me running. But you're absolutely right that we all get comments and stares anyway, so I might as well do something good for myself while I'm getting them. I start tomorrow morning.

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AUCAT76 2/25/2010 11:07PM

    This is a great post! I am a runner in a past life (not really, just about 50 lbs less ago) I started C25k in August and actually completed two 5ks this fall by jogging/walking. I am an overweight 56 year old with hypertension and asthma. I took a break from C25K due to a bout with bronchitis, but I am amazed how much better I am doing since I lost about 15 lbs with Spark.
It is so funny to see much younger folks at the gym walking so slow on the treadmill. I too get the stares! Keep up the running:) I tell people I am trying to outrun assisted-living, LOL.

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TATER75 2/23/2010 9:25AM

    I am so glad that I stumbled on this blog. My thoughts, your words. I am so terrifed of starting to run. Thank you for this inspiration!

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SOOTHINGGLOW 2/12/2010 10:09AM

    Thank you for writing this blog and inspiring me. It has given me the push that I need to get started. There is a runner inside me if you look under all the layers of fat! I tried the C25k program several years ago and gave up. I have gained 100 lbs since then and I fear being able to run now. However, I know I can do it, even if I start with 30 seconds a day...

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    This is so completely awesome. You're hilarious, and inspiring.

(i'm adding you. hope you don't mind.)

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FOXYROXY13 2/5/2010 2:34PM

    I have been hearing a lot about the C25K program and am considering giving it a try. Not sure where I'm gong to run yet but I'll figure it out ^_^

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TEEJAY2009 2/5/2010 2:21PM

    Awesome post!

Like others here, I have been toying with the idea of taking up running. At 353 lbs, I'm more than a little intimidated and worry about its impact on my knees. But I think if I start slow I should be okay. I have done short interval runs before and I love the exhilaration I experience! :)

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KBRINEY86 1/27/2010 2:42PM

    Great blog! When you started running, did you deal with getting sore throats? I don't know if it is just because my lungs are not conditioned, but when I run it makes my throat feel raw and ends up making me stop sooner than overall fatigue would.

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MRS243 1/22/2010 9:40AM

    OMG!!! I love this blog! Thanks so much for wro\iting it. It cracked me up and picked me up reading it.
I am currently 228lbs and just did W1D1 last night. I panted and sweated and had to take a 30 sec break 3 times, but I completed it. I will probably do week 1 twice just to help build endurance. I am really looking forward to tomorrow.

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JENELOPE 1/19/2010 3:30PM

    Is it possible to favorite a blog entry? Because I think I'd like to bookmark this and come back to every time I feel discouraged about running. I started C25K last Tuesday at 230.5 pounds. I know I'm going to be stuck on week 1 for a little while, because I haven't managed to run a full 60 seconds yet. BUT I ran for part of every one of those intervals. It's tough feeling so winded and slow and out of shape, and I feel self-conscious about running with all of those younger jock-looking people on the community center indoor track. On the other hand, I feel good when I'm finished (God bless endorphins!) and I can "hear" the fit woman inside me encouraging me to keep going. Your entry answered so many of my concerns!

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AUGGIE0627 12/16/2009 8:38AM

  I'm overweight, and VERY well endowed in the boob department. I FINALLY found Enell bras. They make a sports bra that works. I can't recommend it highly enough. I cannot run without it.

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HISTOMOM 12/9/2009 11:23AM

    Thank you so much...you have just inspired me to START BACK UP my C25K program!! I took 4 months away from it due to having to have shoulder surgery...but you have given me my motivation back!!!

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    This is great!! I had to go back and read this from your current blog on running, part 2! I've been playing with the idea of running for awhile now and I come back to the same excuse or reason not to.... I'm too fat or I have to get skinny before I can run. You totally rock. You've managed to ease some of my insecurities.

And I must confess, okay, yes, it's bad, I have been guilty of judging a less than skinny person when I saw them running, and thinking, "poor guy/gal, trying to run with so much weight on them". And now I'm thinking, poor me! They're out there doing it, running, absolutely nothing "poor" about that!

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SARA1SCHOM 12/8/2009 1:02PM

    This is awesome!! I've just been working up the courage to start running and it's great. Thanks for putting this together!

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August Measurements

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dinner at Grandma Grease's tonight, which went right through me. I ate more than I wanted to (top of the range) but good in comparison to what I'd normally eat over there. That TOM plus an icky tummy meant I put off running until tomorrow morning. Still, 3 days at the top of the range right before weigh in makes me anxious, so I decided it was a good night to do my monthly measurements!

Body Part - June - July - August

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

Inches lost since July: 5.5
Waist - 2.5
Hips - 1
Neck - 0.5
Thigh - 1
Upper Arm - 0.5

Inches lost total: 12
Waist - 5
Hips - 3.5
Neck - 1
Thigh - 2
Upper Arm - 0.5

VERDICT: Awesome

I can really feel it around my waist, and my stomach too, though I REALLY want to lose it around my thighs more than anything to make it easier to run!

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BYEBYE130S 8/24/2009 11:55AM


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MRSAKINS2005 8/20/2009 12:12AM

    Great job...that is totally awesome.

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THREADBENDER 8/18/2009 7:23AM

    Great job with the "inches shed"!! emoticon

Funny how our bodies let us know that those old greasy foods are no longer welcome. But I guess that's a good reminder for us.

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KNITTINGFROG 8/18/2009 5:05AM

    AWESOME indeed!!!!! Well done you!!!!!!!!


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BETHSHEALTH 8/17/2009 10:40PM

    Good call to do the measurements. My TOM always affects my weigh in so will have to remember to measure then too.

Way to Go!!

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SARANGEREL 8/17/2009 10:19PM

    Keep it up girl! emoticon

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LETHALTOY 8/17/2009 10:09PM

    Good job! emoticon

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LINNLAT 8/17/2009 10:09PM

    Awesome! You're doing great! You go girl!

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Our Anniversary, NOLA Wedding, and The Race!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Anniversaries and Weddings...

This weekend marked my husband's and my 1st wedding anniversary! I can hardly believe that it was a year ago. It's been a good and crazy first year, and I love him so very much, and every day I'm more and more sure that he's the best person in the world for me. Kind of sad we're no longer "newlyweds," anymore!

It was a hot and beautiful weekend, and we were going to go out for a meal together, but we decided to go to the beach, grill outdoors, and just chill out. I did pretty well with my food choices, but had a few indulgences (pina colada, vanilla-frosted cake). I'm becoming more and more OK with the idea that the indulgences are not going to kill me in moderation. We're going on a dinner cruise on Friday, so that will be our romantic evening!

Also, a good friend of mine got engaged a couple of months ago, but hadn't set the date. Well, now she's set the date, for September 19, 2009! WHAT? She's crazy, so it's not completely unexpected. Surprisingly, I'm not irked at the inconvenience of BEING A BRIDESMAID in a Southern wedding with one month's notice, but extremely excited to have a trip to look forward to next month. We'll spend most of the time in New Orleans and the wedding will be in Mobile, Alabama. NOLA is one of my favorite places in the world and I haven't been there in over 7 years, so woo hoo!


This week at work should be less crazy (no overtime), which means I'm restarting Week 6 of Couch to 5K after a week's absence. I'm so incredibly grateful to be chosen to be one of the co-leaders of the C25K Group. I want to spread the word that obese people can start a running program! Running has absolutely changed my life and my expectations of what I can and cannot do with my body. Just a little over a month until my first 5K. I'm so excited!
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AMYMAYO1 8/24/2009 8:29PM

    i like your writing style. it's kinda like SATC'S CARRIE BRADSHAW but about being the fat girl. i work in new orleans. it's still hot and humid in september so be prepared.

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GAELENEC 8/19/2009 8:21AM

    Hey! Email me, I live right in between Mobile and New Orleans!!!

It's a great area, really. I've been here for ten years from Canada, and love it.

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    Hi! I ran across your blog on the C25k board. Happy 1 year anniversary! It sounds like you had a great day. I'm just starting W3 this week. Can't wait until 6 weeks. I totally agree with you about spreading the word that obese people CAN run. I was thinking to myself just yesterday that if I can run at this weight, just think how far I'll be able to go when I'm at my goal weight. Very exciting thought. It sounds like you'll make a great co-leader of the C25k group. Good luck to you.

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/17/2009 12:21PM

    yay congrats on the 1 year anniversary! :) That is fabulous.

And you definitely have the right attitude about little indulgences. I would definitely have to say a 1 year wedding anniversary calls for just a little bit of indulging in cake! That does not happen every day :) So way to go!

Also, you are so stinkin' positive w/ this "fat people can run" thing and I just loooove it! :) so THANK YOU.

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 8/17/2009 10:26AM

    Xronia Pola!!! May you have many more beautiful years together!


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WISLNDR 8/17/2009 9:23AM

    Happy Anniversary! The wedding trip sounds like a lot of fun!

You have already spread the word to me about running. It's still not my favorite activity but I do it more and more just to impress myself!! It's getting easier. I'm even thinking about (just thinking now, not planning on) the idea of participating in some sort of organized race. Ya never know . . . .

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ALOHAEV1 8/17/2009 8:35AM

    Happy Anniversary!!! This is just the beginning...

NOLA is coming around, although slowly and you will have a great time celebrating an unexpected milestone. Sometimes the last minute weddings become the best.

C25K...one step at a time, good for you for restarting.

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