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My First Virtual 5K

Monday, April 23, 2012

I recently completed the SP 5K rookie running program. I didn't jog the whole 5k on my last day, though I probably could have, because I did jog the whole 5k my next time out running.

I signed up for a virtual 5k. I was prepared to take walk breaks. I had my interval timer set for 3 - 13 minute jogging/2 minute walking intervals. I figured I would keep jogging longer than my planned intervals, knowing that I can jog for at least 20 minutes without stopping. But I wanted to have the timer set just in case. I feel the most pressure to walk in the beginning of my routine, later on, I feel warmed up and in a groove. When the first timer buzzed, I briefly considered walking, but realized there was no need to stop. My legs weren't threatening to give out and my breathing was steady. I kept going.

I was sure I would need to stop after my second jog interval (28 minutes jogging.) About halfway through that interval, I found myself going up a slight incline. I felt like The Little Engine that Could. I kept looking at the crest of the hill - telling myself to just get there and it's all downhill after. Responding with "I think I can, I think I can..." As I passed the crest of the hill, there was a moment of joy, I think I might have started jogging a bit faster. When my timer buzzed, marking that 28 minutes had passed, I knew I would finish without stopping.

I ran through that 2 minute walking interval and 4+ minutes into my next jogging interval - and I finished my 5k in 34 minutes and 37 seconds without walking!

Had I not been approaching an immense hill I would have kept jogging... I need to find a longer route!

It feels AMAZING!



Summer Gain

Monday, September 12, 2011

I was on a roll but I let summer derail me. Not one bit of formal exercise and horrible food choices. I managed to maintain for most of summer but these last few weeks have really gotten me - to the tune of a 5 pound gain. Not much but still backwards. I am so thankful for the start of the school year and a few hours of child-free time. Iíd call it me time, but in actuality very much of that time will be spent, as usual, doing housework. In the midst of laundry, dishes, litter boxes, vacuuming, volunteering at schoolÖ I WILL make time for plenty of exercise and more checking in on SP.

The Plan
finish 5K training
Zumba like crazy
SP bootcamp challenge
yoga once a week

some pictures to compare to in a few weeks


Loving Me the Way I Am

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

My Declaration of Independence from a Negative Self Image.
I am not a swimsuit model. I am 5í3Ē with funky legs and man shoulders. I have no waist and no butt to speak of. I need to accept that I will never be a swimsuit model, but I am healthy and I take care of my body. So I will start there, I love myself for taking care of me the healthy way, and I will take care of myself and learn to love my healthy body even if I donít have that hourglass figure I want so much. And will remind myself of the things I do like about myself.

I have hips (thanks to my children!)
My belly is the flattest itís been in 10 years
I have great hair
My eyes are a cool color
I have strong, long finger nails - even after years of biting

Well itís just a start, but I will get better at it with practice.

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SUCCESS68 11/17/2011 8:12AM

    Great blog. Amen. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/6/2011 11:29PM

    That was absolutely fabulous for all the right reasons - honest, real, and honoring you.


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RAINCHIIK 7/13/2011 11:13PM

    Good for you on focusing on the positives! And YES you do have great hair! Love the cute, short 'do. :) Wish I had nice fingernails. Mine nailbeds are flat, and the best I can do is keep them filed and short.

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MONIQUE138 7/10/2011 4:56PM

    Confidence is the best thing you can develope cause lord knows I didn't have it. You are who you are so LOVE IT!! emoticon

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HEALTHY1JESS 7/6/2011 11:00AM

    emoticon blog! We all have to be thankful for (and proud of) all the cool, amazing things our bodies can do for us each day and the wonder of the small (or large, jiggly, and dimply) beauties we each possess...there's some stuff I wouldn't mind changing if I could wave a magic wand, but really, I've been in this body for 30 years, and it's done me pretty well so just like you, I want to take care of it!!!
Have a beautiful day and keep Sparkin' us all on!

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 7/6/2011 9:43AM

    It is so easy to see the negatives in ourselves and we often forget the postive!

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U8MYRAMEN 7/5/2011 5:23PM

    Feel good about yourself!!

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    emoticon That's a great start! And it's inspiring!

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JUSTKD 7/5/2011 2:20PM

    It's a great start so far!

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I can see the Finish Line

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Before anyone gets upset by that title let me make it clear that I know this is NOT the end of my journey - merely the end of this phase. I have 8 pounds to lose and I need to start thinking about the changes I'm going to need to make to stop losing weight. What?!?!? Crazy. I did do some practice maintenance over the past couple of weeks - lol. This "practice" came about because my hubbs expressed a concern that I wouldn't be able to stop losing weight. So I increased my portion sizes a little and added a few more servings of whole grains (not things made with whole grain flours) and sure enough I stayed right at 138 for 2 weeks
That fact that I'm content with is that I'm fueling my body the right way now and I'm giving it the exercise it needs to keep in shape, I'm not going to waste away. I'm sure I'll need to make a few adjustments and it will be yet another learning experience - I might gain a little, but I'm on top of it. Or I could plateau right here for a few months but I know I'm making healthy choices and I will continue to get healthier and stronger.

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QTLIONESS13 6/30/2011 10:32PM

    That is so awesome sweetie!!! I am so happy for you! Keeping up the good work and you are an inspiration!

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HEALTHY1JESS 6/30/2011 6:36PM

    Wow. This is exciting!!! I am so happy for you and your hard work, and I will be so thrilled when I'm where you are. What a great, happy, healthy place to be!

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The UV Project- Week 3 - Report

Monday, June 20, 2011

The UV Project- Week 3- 6/14- 6/20

Take care of YOU!!
You work, go to school, take care of kids, relationships, friends, fit in workouts, etc.. but how often do you take time out for yourself? This week- focus on "you" time, and do some thing for yourself that YOU love to do.
~~I spent the weekend at the lake. Our family has a cabin that we can use and itís the most relaxing vacation Iíve ever had. I played games with the kids instead of worrying about laundry and dishes. I went swimming and fishing. Good stuff.

Fruits and Veggies:
This week, try making a new meal using only fruits and veggies! Take a picture or post a recipe and share with the rest of us!
~~ I failed on this one. I only took what I had to the cabin and while that included fruits and veggies it was nothing new - happy fresh salad.

Burn baby, BURN! Rack of those fitness minutes by pushing cardio to the max. Get that heart rate pumping. Report back next week with minutes dedicated to cardio!
~~ I didnít meet this challenge. Sure I swam and went for a walk while I was at the lake, and I did my jogging while I was at home, but I kind of took it easy this week. I only worked out 3 of my 6 planned cardio days and only 2 of those days were very intense.

In addition to your regular ST routine- this week you gotta really work that core. Stream a new video, grab a fitness magazine and kill it!
~~I did do some new ST this week and though it wasnít very core focused there was a lot of stability ST so core was involved - Iím pleased with my ST this week!

Overall I had a really mellow week, but I think I needed to under do it this week. I started out normal - with a couple pretty intense runs but I took my cross training days off and I skipped my 3rd run for a swim instead. Iím ready to pick it up again but it was nice to have a rest. However in the future when I decide to have a rest week I will make better food choices. I didnít fuel my body right and I would have had a really miserable time trying to perform if I hadnít already planned on taking it easy. More on that in another post.
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