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Zumba Shoes, Renn Faire & some Outlook Changes

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a Spark-tacular weekend! I finally found a mesasuring tape & measured my body!

Unfortunately the Zumba Shoes I bought are a size too big. My feet kept sliding around in them. So I need to mail them back. I didn't decide yet if I want the same pair in a size smaller, or if I want to keep looking. So for now, I have to use my walking shoes again for classes! I am also still debating if I want to do Zumba twice a week or not. All of the classes are drop-in at the place I go to, so if I can't make it I won't lose any money. I could just find a video to do at home, but I haven't found one yet. I don't have a TV in the area I hang out in most of the time, so I would have to watch it on my computer screen or go upstairs to the living room with my parents. I need to stop putting off this decision so I can workout more!

I could do Zumba and/or Yoga at the Y if I join. I have to pay for a year program Membership. Then I would have to pay for each 8 week class. If I can't make it to the classes, too bad! I missed out. I wouldn't sign up until tax season anyway so.. I have some time to figure that part out.

I did a lot of walking this weekend. I went to a hayride last night & walked around Walmart a lot before that. I went to the Renn Faire, and I walked a lot! I saw a few shoes, but it was nice to walk around the whole faire without feeling rushed. Yesterday, I went to a local art fair. It was really refreshing to be outside for that as well. Seeing all of the amazing art made me want to draw and take photos again. So I busted out my old drawing bag & my camera. I went to Walmart last night to get the CR2 batteries for the 35mm camera. They were expensive! but hey - everything is expensive now so.. oh well.

So I lost 2 lbs so far in this fall challenge. I don't know how well I will do for the final weigh-in. I do want to do the best I can - but if I don't make it I know I won't be disappointed in myself. I have so much going on OUTSIDE of my healthy journey. There are so many changes I am making in my life outside of Spark. It is definitely tough, but I am doing the best I can right now. It is difficult for me to be single even though I feel it is the best for me right now. I have my family and a few friends supporting me, but it is still tough doing certain things on my own.

I did slack off a bit over the weekend with my calories - I went over 200 calories on Sat & Sun. But I am not upset. I still made some healthy choices. Unfortunately, I ate a bit too much one day and the other day I had hot apple cider. It was definitely worth it & hopefully I will still be the same weight or a bit less for the weigh-in this week. If I gained, then I know why! I am hoping I can keep pushing my exercise a bit harder this week. I feel a little bit sick - my ears and throat have been hurting me since Friday night. They don't feel any worse or better. I keep drinking a lot of water and tea. I hope to flush this out before it gets me really sick. I can still smell and breathe normally - so I am trying to enjoy that while I can! My cousin's wedding is this weekend, and I don't want to be blowing my nose because of a sinus infection!

I am starting to see myself differently yet again. When I make healthy choices in my diet, I feel better about myself instead of feeling stressed. If I don't feel like I ate enough in a meal - I analyze what about it could make me still hungry. Did I have enough veggies? Did I not eat enough earlier in the day? I try not to be upset & discouraged when I go to a restaurant that doesn't have a lot of healthy choices. The other day I went to a tavern famous for their roast beef. Obviously it wasn't my choice, but I didn't want to mope about it and make a big scene. I just joked around saying I would eat three roast beef sandwiches, two orders of fries, and six beers. There was nothing on the menu "I could have" except for the house salad. Instead of pouting, I just told myself I would eat something else when I got home. That is what I did!

Sometimes I wish I didn't have the gall-bladder-gone issues. I wish I could just go over calories sometimes. I wish I could have bacon, soup, red meat, fried foods, etc without it causing problems with my stomach. I see other people say "I ate a doughnut, and I am ok with it." I wish I could do that. If I ate a doughnut I would not be ok with it! Not because of the fat/calories... but because my stomach would hate me for eating that. I am still trying to be OK with my diet restrictions. For all I know, I will have to restrict my diet forever. Instead of being super upset about it, I am trying to embrace it. Many people in my real life don't understand why I say NO to cake and egg salad and pancakes. I don't say No because eating too much of that could make me fat. I say no because the rest of the day will cause me actual stomach pain!

I am still learning ME. Hopefully one day I will be more comfortable with all of my body quirks. Everyone has them - it has been a little under a year since I had my gall bladder out. Although I am still not 100% ok with my diet restrictions, in time it will get better for me. As long as I don't let it bother me, I will feel better about it!

Instead of looking at the negative aspects all of the time, I try to remind myself of the things I have accomplished so far.

-I am learning more about myself everyday
-I am a stronger person mentally & emotionally
-I am becoming a more Fit person
-I am dedicated to my weight loss journey
-I have lost 81 lbs so far and I will lose more
-I have support in many ways
-I am a happy, healthier 27 year old
-I will be at a healthy weight sooner than I know it
-I ran two 5K so far
-I am a generous, caring person

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! Let me know if you need any help or support. Hopefully I can give you some!

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/23/2012 1:49PM

    There are also Zumba games for the Nintendo Wii (and it might be for other consoles too). I have the first one, but I have to say, the intensity of that game does not compare to the actual classes. I feel like I work 300 times harder in the class for some reason. Plus, my instructor mixes up the dances each time, whereas the video/game is the same thing.

You must have some pretty severe restrictions from having your gallbladder removed. I had mine removed a few years ago, but my surgeon never really suggested any diet restrictions other than to avoid super-fatty and spicy foods whenever possible. I do have a lot of restrictions with PCOS though and my body loves to remind me when I've overdone it on empty carbs again. One night of extra carbs and sugar can make me tired, run down, irritable, and lazy. It's almost like a hangover. And I know I'll likely have to monitor that for the rest of my life. My mother just rolls her eyes when I refuse bread or potatoes with a meal because she just doesn't get it. It stinks, but just think of how much better you feel when you eat the better foods and let that help you. There are days I want something "bready" so bad but I can usually avoid it when I consider the cost financially and how I'm going to feel afterwards.

The single thing is tough. I'm in a relationship, but we live so far apart from each other that I really am on my own in terms of making any big decisions during the week, working on the house, etc. There are days where it stinks and I get stressed, down, overwhelmed, and really wish I had someone else around to shoulder some of it. But learning how to take life on your own is a skill that so few people really learn, and I know I am happier for it. I was very dependent until my last divorce, and while B and I are supportive of each other, I also know it's my life, my decisions, and the only thing stopping me from achieving my goals are my own choices.

Hope you are having a good week too!

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RACEWELLWON 10/23/2012 9:56AM

    Well , sounds to me like you have a healthy outlook on the situation- glad you took out your drawing utensils - creating is such a great release of energy to good use. SO , you went over a little , no problem - actually apple cider is probably one of the better choices you could have picked for your intestines. (Really) confirmed by Ty Bollinger - writer - Thinking Outside The Box - I understand that Gallbladder Diet is strick regiment ,same over here for kidneys but , like you said its better than being in pain everyday- Do they have a pool at the Y ? Water Aerobic -you'd be surprised how much you lose ! Hugs - Off to the Doctor today ? Keep your fingers crossed !

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LYNSEY723 10/22/2012 3:11PM

    Great blog!! Awesome reflections. You are doing great - and you will continue to do so!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/22/2012 1:42PM

    Great blog!

As someone with IBS, I know what you mean about your stomach hating you if you eat something it really doesn't want you to! emoticon

Good luck figuring out what your workouts will be. Any idea if the Y there does an income-based sliding scale? All the ones here do; maybe that is something to look into.



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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/22/2012 1:29PM

    Zuma Zumba Zumba have a dancing fun time Kimpy!!!

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I love seeing Spark featured on other websites I visit!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Thorsday everyone! hehe Thor =)

I get daily emails from the Krazy Coupon Lady. I don't check everyday, but I do once a week or so. I love the deals & coupons on there!

I noticed a random article called "Shed Pounds without spending a dime". When I read that, I thought to myself - "Hey, I do that with Spark!"
Then I opened the page and saw SparkPeople is featured!

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/style/shed
-pounds-without-spending-a-dime/

Goooooooo Spark! I love this website. Even though I say this all the time - I mean it more everyday! When people ask how I lose weight, I still tell them about Spark! I am so proud I am a part of this awesome community. I have come so far, and I can't go back! Thanks Spark!

If it wasn't for Spark - my whole routine would be different.
Tonight after work I am going home, making a sweet potato, going to Zumba, and then coming home to make the rest of my healthy dinner. Tonight I get to try out my new Zumba shoes!
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Who knows what I would be doing if I didn't stick with this website. Actually I do have an idea - I would probably be miserable because I haven't heard from any friends in a long time. I probably would be making some huge unhealthy meal or ordering chinese or cheesesteak with fries and mozz sticks from a local restaurant. All night I would be snacking and watching shows on the couch! I wasn't happy back then, and I am much happier now!

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I have come so far, and I will continue moving forward!

Have a great rest of the night everyone!


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KAI_ZEN 10/20/2012 12:32AM

    "I have come so far, and I will continue moving forward!" WOOT!
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"I wasn't happy back then, and I am much happier now!" Even better!
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ATTACKFATCAT 10/18/2012 10:59PM

    I hope you had fun with Zumba! How did the shoes work out? I did Zumba tonight too and was really into it the first 40 minutes or so. Then I started losing energy (I do a ST class before Zumba)...but I finished it, so yay for that!

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JAXMOMMY 10/18/2012 10:37PM

    Hurray You! Hurray Spark!

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RACEWELLWON 10/18/2012 6:21PM

    Right ,it does change your life. When I tell people about it , they look at me like I'm crazy. I am very grateful for Spark - friends , knowledge, support and encouragement all for free - what more can a person ask for ! Have fun tonight :) emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 10/18/2012 5:06PM

    That is awesome. I know what you mean about how Spark can change your life-it literally saved mine. I really do not know what I would do without it. Way to go on all the progress you are making!
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So many roles: Daughter, Friend, Co-worker, Tech Support, Chef, etc

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy Wednesday Spark!

On certain days, I feel happy knowing I have so many people that care for me. I love them too! Other days, I feel overwhelmed with all of the roles I have. I know everyone has different aspects of their lives also - but I just get so frustrated sometimes! When it gets too bad, I know I need to step away and regroup myself! Breathe and get past the tough times!

I love my Mom - she is my best friend. I am living at home with her & my Dad & the two dogs. I try to help out with cooking, cleaning, etc. My Mom works from home and uses her computer and a work laptop. We email throughout the day when we have the chance. She emails me and calls me occasionally with random computer problems. Sometimes she freaks out, and doesn't think before she emails me or calls me. She gets so stressed & she doesn't think before she acts. She called me before lunch saying her computer has a virus because she couldn't get into her e-mail or any other program on the computer. I told her to calm down, re-start and let me know if it works. She called back & said it was still not working. What she didn't tell me during the first phone call was that she couldn't type at all. I asked if the wireless keyboard battery died. She said "no, it can't be that!" I asked her to open Word and try to type because the internet has nothing to do with that program! She tried it & wow - it didn't type anything! I told her to get new batteries and let me know once she attempted to type again.

She emailed me saying: "YOU ARE A GENIUS - It was the batteries - yesssssssssss you are the best"

I am glad I helped her out, but I know she is still frazzled. Hearing her so stressed out makes me a bit stressed too. I used to be this way all of the time. I used to not think, and would just go nuts in my head! I still try to realize other people think differently. Other people assume & react super fast because that is how they are. As much as they say they will try to change, most people I know can't do it. I am trying to be ok with that & let certain things slide because I can't contol it! Just because I think a certain way, doesn't mean every one else does! Since I have changed so much, I definitely taught myself how to be more relaxed and open with every situation. I wish I could help others with this too, but unfortunatly I can't! All I can do is just be there for my friends and family the best I can!

I keep getting asked by people about how I stay so focused with my weight loss journey. I just do! I wish I could explain it, but I can't. There are days where I do slip and eat "bad food", but I always track! If I know I will feel guilty after eating something, I simply won't eat it at all.

I made spaghetti squash & low sodium turkey the other day - with carrots, celery, beans, hot peppers, ground turkey, diced tomatoes. I boiled the spaghetti squash & then cut it in half and baked for another 20 minutes. I brought some in to work for my lunch today and my co-workers kept commenting on how wonderful it smells. They can't believe how healthy the meal really is. I am glad it came out great!

Edit: Someone asked for the recipe for the squash. All I did was boil the spaghetti squash for 30 minutes in a big pot. Then chop it in half and put it on a big glass pan with an inch of water on the bottom - I baked it on 400 for 20 minutes. That was it! I didn't add anything to it except for the chili on top! For the chili, I fried up some ground turkey. then I added bell peppers, diced canned no salt tomatoes, carrots, celery, one chili pepper, low sodium kidney beans, and a lot of spices (garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper, chili powder). I cooked that for the whole time the squash was cooking! Nothing too crazy! I don't measure out any of the veggies that go in the chili. I didn't use any tomato sauce or packaged seasoning this time.

Anyways, I am feeling a bit better now. I went to the food store & Rite Aid on my lunch hour and did a lot of walking while shopping. I called my Mom to make sure she was alright & to make sure everything was ok with her computer. People need to vent sometimes, and I try to be their go-to person when I can. I just can't become too stressed with other problems when I have my own too!

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the day! My weekend is approaching fast woohoo! I may walk or jog tonight and ZUMBA tomorrow yippee!!! I get to try out my new zumba shoes & my new running shoes this week. Yes!



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JAXMOMMY 10/18/2012 2:16PM

    Yum! Thanks for that great idea! I know. My parents and my in-laws need me and my husband more and more. The thing is that I know none of them are dumb, but sometimes they just don't seem to think.... They call us without engaging the brain! But, gotta love 'em! You are an awesome woman!

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RACEWELLWON 10/18/2012 9:57AM

    Good for you - staying in good form and being a good ear for other people at still staying in control of you emotions - seems to be the key in a ton of situations - Your Mom appreciates , believe me . Those computers are not are generation , and we do tend to freak out. That dish looks Delish , nice job. emoticon

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TATTER3 10/18/2012 6:29AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/17/2012 7:48PM

    That looks really good, I will have to try spaghetti squash sometime. You are so great to have so much patience and take care of your Mom.

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/17/2012 7:06PM

    You are the best cook! That looks amazing and definitely something to try :-)

Have a great walk/jog!

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2HAMSDIET 10/17/2012 5:47PM

    I love that squash but I have never put the beans in it I will have to give it a try. emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/17/2012 3:47PM

    Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try that one sometime. Sounds good.
Take those new shoes for a good workout. Have fun.





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LIVINGFREE19 10/17/2012 3:23PM

    Love the attitude! You are so positive!
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ALICIALYNNE 10/17/2012 3:12PM

    Soooo, where's the recipe for the squash?

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Happy Tuesday! Believe in Yourself!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thank you for all of the lovely support on my blogs & Sparkpage! I forgot to post a picture of me after the race - so here it is. We got these neato Tech tshirts that I changed into after I ran! Woohoo!

I saw this awesome logo (see below). I really do think people should believe in themselves more! I know it definitely is hard - I used to think so poorly of myself.. One step at a time, Here I am! I still have a long way to go, but I definitely feel more confident in myself! You can too! One day at a time. One change at a time!

It has been pretty busy at work, so I haven't had a ton of time to write to everyone. It will definitely be hard for me once tax season starts & I don't use the computer much!

I haven't felt like eating sandwiches this week. I have been eating a Clif protein bar instead. They are ~270 calories.. so that is about the same as the bread & turkey & tomato I use Or the bread & PB. I don't know how healthy it is to actually eat these all of the time though. I am sure I will want another sandwich soon enough! I could bring tuna to work, but I never feel like opening the can & then mixing it with something & then finding a container & then making the sandwich once I am here haha. I could just eat it from the container.. I dunno! I will figure something out.

I get to try out my new Zumba shoes on Thursday - hopefully they work ok! They seem to fit fine.. I just haven't gotten the chance to jump around in them yet!

Hopefully everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!




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SIRENSONGS 10/17/2012 11:04AM

    What a great picture! You are simply glowing. :) I totally understand your lunch dilemma. Finding things to take to work that are healthy and easy can be tricky sometimes. I like those little cans of tuna that Clover Leaf makes that are already seasoned, so I don't have to mix them up with anything. Maybe you could try some of those?

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RACEWELLWON 10/17/2012 10:53AM

    I believe !! Thanks - babies got new shoes !! Have fun tonight , next week after I take my board I have a couple of question for you in regards to the 5K - hope you do not mind - see this is my first one not sure what to expect. K

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MCJULIEO 10/17/2012 10:14AM

    Note: There is nothing wrong with eating tuna by itself....just sayin'...

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KIMPY225 10/17/2012 9:29AM

    Thanks for all of the suggestions!
I used to make the sandwiches before I came to work, but then the fridge would smell, and I felt bad for my coworkers haha. Also the bread got a bit soggy. So I put the tuna in a better container instead. I also don't mix it with mayo - I wish I did cause those packs sound good! I don't eat any mayo anymore. I mix my tuna with dressing instead.



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ALICIALYNNE 10/17/2012 8:33AM

    You look so happy in that pic! And WOW, you can really see the difference in your face! Fantastic!

Someone else mentioned the little kits that have crackers, mayo and tuna in them. YUMMY! Definitely recommend!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/17/2012 7:34AM

    That is a great picture! I can see how much weight you lost--you look fantastic!

Thanks for sharing the "Believe in Yourself" logo. I need to have that stamped on me so I read it all the time.

Enjoy your Zumba shoes! I haven't tried Zumba because I'm afraid I'll make a fool out of myself. I think I'll give it a try soon.

Happy Wednesday!

Pattie

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EATVEGAN 10/17/2012 12:15AM

    You are looking so good! Thanks for the reminder to believe in ourselves. Why can't you make your tuna sandwich at home and eat it at work? I used to like them after they'd been in the frig for a while. Of course, I don't eat them anymore, not in my program. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/16/2012 9:47PM

    You are getting thinner by the week!

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COMEONMA 10/16/2012 9:14PM

    Love the picture!
One note, you can get little packs of tuna that come with lite mayo and crackers they are pretty good and come with a cup and spoon to mix it in. Really handy for work

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/16/2012 8:13PM

    You have a great week too.

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TATTER3 10/16/2012 8:02PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/16/2012 7:18PM

    What a pretty picture! You look great after a race! Lucky you! The clif bars are pretty filling. Are you eating a dairy product with it at lunch? ( I like cottage cheese or weight watchers string cheese).

I love your slogan...looks like a great thing to put on a cell phone home page!

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Happy Monday & my second 5K race results

Monday, October 15, 2012

First off - Man this weather is crazy! It was so cold Saturday morning & then yesterday it was gorgeous! Today it has been rainy and kind of warm. Crazy fall so far!!!

I had my second 5K on Saturday morning. I got up at 7:15am, and I wasn't tired at all. I was really surprised I was ready to move pretty fast! I was really nervous about it Friday night, but I didn't let myself get too worked up.

My ex left me a present on my car - hand & feet warmers. I didn't want to put the adhesive feet warmers on because I Didn't want to get any weird blisters or anything during the race. My feet actually weren't cold at all. I put the handwarmers in my stretchy gloves & I wore them for more of the race. I threw them out halfway during the race when I saw a trashcan because I wasn't as cold anymore. There were a lot more people at this race compared to my first one. There were a lot of teenagers who were just going to walk & not be timed.

The one thing that really made me feel funky was the cold air. It really hurt my throat during & after the race. I kept having to clear my throat the whole rest of the day! The park was really nice. First we went through the park, then up this very long hill. We went through a residential area for a half of a mile or so, and then this random trail showed up in between two houses. There was more park area back there. I wasn't really near anyone for most of the race. I randomly caught up to someone at the 2 mile marker. I kept trying to jog as much as I could. I would randomly have to stop & walk when it was too much. I kept doing this over and over for the whole race.

I wanted to get under 37 minutes, but as I was racing, my mind changed. All I wanted was to get it over with! I was feeling really emotional because that day was going to be my wedding. My whole life changed, and instead I was running a 5K as a single young woman. I didn't give up & I kept pushing myself. It felt like I was running for an hour. As I approached the finish line, I couldn't see the time too well. I just ran as fast as I could at the end! I saw the time was 36 Something - I was so glad I finished & I was under 37!!!

There were so many baked goods at the refreshment tables - it was so weird to see so many brownies, doughnuts, cookies etc. I ate a banana and then took an apple & protein bar with me. I also took two doughnuts & brought them for my parents. I saw other people with plates full of food, so I figured it would be ok to take 2 goodies for them. I wasn't even tempted to eat them- woohoo!

My official time was 36:36! I had to email the coordinator to find out where the times were posted. She just got back to me with the website!

First 5K 9/30: 37:37
Second 5K 10/13: 36:36

My legs aren't as sore as they were the first time I ran the 5K. They still hurt, but not as much! I am really glad! Hopefully as time goes by, I will recover faster & faster!

Some 5K Challenge updates: As of right now, I am at 169lbs. That is 81 pounds lost. I am still having a tough time with the lower calorie range. I am not really going over, but I am more frustrated. I eat less during the day, and then have to catch up more at night. I need to figure out how to get more veggies & fruits in!

Woohoo!
This work day flew by today because of the tax extension deadline. I offered to wait to take lunch until I was done processing returns. I didn't get to take lunch until 2:45! I went to Target and bought a thin rain coat with a hood & also a nicer trench coat to wear. I am going to wear it for my cousins wedding in 2 weeks if it is cold.

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week! Keep Sparking!



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ATTACKFATCAT 10/16/2012 5:37PM

    Congrats on getting another 5K under your belt...and you beat your previous time as well! It sounds like it could've been a rough day for you, but I'm so proud that you took that day and made it special in a different way. I mean, you were RUNNING...could you imagine doing that before you started getting healthy? You are a young, single, HEALTHY woman who loves yourself enough to take care of yourself and be happy. You have so many possibilities and so few people learn to love themselves like that. It's overwhelming to look at how much has changed from what you expected life to be like...but also be excited about what's to come for you emoticon

Also happy to hear you made good choices at the snack table...a lot of people would've been like "Look what I just did, I deserve a doughnut!" - me included, lol.

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PEPPYPATTI 10/16/2012 5:02PM

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/16/2012 8:50AM

    Congrats and great job!

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POMATOJUICE 10/16/2012 8:50AM

    The second one already.. wow! I'm glad you didn't end up a Kimpcicle! The handwarmers sound like a really nice gesture. I suppose after you get going, though, you don't notice the cold as much? the one I'm thinking about doing is Nov. 10th, and I have no idea what the weather will be like! I don't have that many options w/ exercise clothes, though, so I'll probably end up in a regular T-shirt and long sweats or something!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/16/2012 8:02AM

    WOOOHOOO!
Very proud of you for turning what had to have been an emotionally horrible time into something positive.
And HECK YEAH for cutting a full minute off of your PR!


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ROXYZMOM 10/16/2012 7:53AM

    Congrats on your new PR! That race was so therapeutic for you! You rose to the occasion, turned that date around and shined!

Good for you!!

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JAXMOMMY 10/15/2012 11:28PM

    I guess I missed something about the marriage and your ex.... But, glad you went ahead and ran your 2nd 5k and in such great time! Like others I am supposing your next 5k will result in 35:35! Congratulations!! Go Firecracker Go!

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MCJULIEO 10/15/2012 10:08PM

    Going for 35:35 next???!!! You can do it!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/15/2012 9:12PM

    I remember just reading about your first 5km. And now you have completed your 2nd. emoticon emoticon on your improved time too. Isn't it amazing how things change from our first to our second run. I am in my last week of training for my 2nd 5 km. It's hard work but I love the feeling of running... (Can't believe I wrote that)
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LIVINGFREE19 10/15/2012 8:06PM

    That is great that you are doing a second 5K!
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FAIRLIGHT914 10/15/2012 7:55PM

    I found this and thought I should share with you..

The mere fact that a person devotes time to running as opposed to countless other activities speaks to motivation, drive, and self discipline.

One could argue that a person's running philosophy, style, and level of commitment all reflect one's personality; therefore, running is metaphor for life. Here's why:

When you run...

Run hard. Anything worth doing is worth doing right.

Run hard even if no one is looking. Remember, it's for you.

Run hard especially if no one is looking. It is the true test of your character.

Run intervals even though they hurt and seem unnatural. Do the extra work necessary to get to the next level.

Run through the summer. Run through the winter. Run all year. Consistency is the key to success in everything.

Run alone often. Know thyself.

Run with others sometimes. It keeps you in touch with others who live the same metaphor as you.

Run against yourself and your own times. Excellence is your own race, one you pursue for yourself.

Sign up and pay early. Committing to do something is often reason enough to see it through.

Get up and run even if you don't feel your best. Even a bad day of effort is a day of effort, and your performance may even surprise you.

Remember, your sport is many other sports' punishment. "Fun" and "achievement" are individually defined. Do what works for you.

Run just for you. Most other folks won't get it, and you'll eventually quit trying to explain. Your sport, your vocation, your career, your religion, your life - should all be chosen by you and done for you.

When you run and whether you realize it or not, you bear your soul to the world. Perhaps more importantly, you confirm who you are to you. So, in running and in life, be true to yourself.


YOU DID IT!!!!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/15/2012 7:46PM

    emoticon on your second 5K and for pushing through the emotions and physical challenge! I'm so impressed with your determination. Best to you!!! You're doing a great job. emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 10/15/2012 7:12PM

    Great Job - you are an inspiration for me - I bet it was cold - you are right weird weather. I am sorry, that had to be emotionally hard for you. You are very strong - it was nice to get the gloves - Hugh? He was thinking of you. A mask - I see runners over here with those masks on - maybe that will help. You did a good thing bringing your Mom and Dad a plate , how very thoughtful. I am so happy and proud of you that you are not letting emotional baggage keep you from your goals. You Rock !! Hugs K emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 10/15/2012 7:06PM

    emoticon good job on the 5k sorry about the day being a mentally bad one in other ways but the thing is is YOU did! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/15/2012 6:34PM

    First of all...Congratulations on your race!!! That is awesome. Based on your times, I'm guessing your 3rd 5k time will be 35:35!

Second, you may have exercise induced asthma in cold weather...that might be what is causing your throat to feel tight and feel like you need to clear it afterward. Just a thought...I could be wrong. If it keeps bothering you, particularly in cold weather, you doctor can help with that.

Third, I didn't realize you were originally planning on getting married last Sat. I don't know the reason for the change in plans, but I'm really glad you did something good and healthy for yourself that day. What a great way to take care of yourself.

Congratulations on all your progress.... you are doing great!!!!

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