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SERIOUSLY - I can't fuel a race body with potato chips, LOL!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

June 5, 2010 = Race Day.

When I registered for the 5K race yesterday I felt like I had been injected with energy & excitement. I did have one freak out moment ... what size shirt to order. Yup, apparently registering for my first 5K doesn't get the butterflies going but ask me what size shirt I'd like to order causes all kinds of head drama. Hilarious!

Last night I headed to the gym, this is typical behavior for me after work, BUT due to the new boost of energy and excitement I stayed a bit longer and workout out a bit harder. WHAT?! Yeah, that's right - I was on FIRER. Tonight is step class - YES!

I chuckled a few times yesterday because I kept having this crazy compulsion to tell everyone who crossed my path, "Hi, I registered for a 5K Race today, isn't that fabulous?!" I did tell my mom. When I told her there was an OMG that's great reaction and then a pause. She then, with great enthusiasm, asked if I was running now. It was sooo very cute.

So will I run/jog the 5K, likely not. I am the type of person who can trip, stumble and then fall over a penny on the ground. I don't need to go splat at my first race. Plus, my knees, my knees! HA. I will attempt to jog a little bit of the course though.

Anyway! I've been planning in my head all my different workouts up to race day. I even had dreams about being in the race last night.

Ooh, ooh, with this deadline I also put down the chips last night and turned my back on them. I can't fuel a race body with chips - AGAIN, HILARIOUS!!! It worked though and I'll take it.

I also need to call my girl and go shopping - I must look amazingly cute going across that finish line - so we have to look at a new outfit for race day.

Now, if I could just get someone out there to take my picture crossing the finish line and chanting my name!


Me & a 5K Race .... WHAT?!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Me and a 5K Race .... WHAT?!

It dawned on me (out of the blue) as I sat with my cup of hot green tea reading the Spark blogs I subscribe to that I am not familiar with how long a 5K Race is in miles. A few clicks later the internet tells me that it's 3.1 miles. WHAT?! REALLY? A few more clicks on the internet and I find out that Alameda has a 5K race happening on June 5 AND the registration is still open. WHAT?!

NEWS FLASH: I registered! It's gonna happen - June 5 @ 8:00 a.m.

I have a print out of the course which will help me get ready. I am going to do a few test runs to see how long it takes me and then set a goal for my race time. Oh, I am SO very Excited!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TSEWARD 5/14/2010 6:27PM

    Hot dog, just found your 5K announcement...appreciate the details, you answered all my questions. You will do this with energy to spare!


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MNNICE 5/12/2010 5:46PM

    I amazed myself by running my first 5K at age 56. It was a goal I set and I was just stubborn enough to meet it! Congrats! You will do it!

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LDSMALL 5/12/2010 2:50PM

    How very exciting!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats on registering!!! That's the hardest part!!

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LILPAT3 5/12/2010 2:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Having something to challenge you and to look forward too is so very helpful!

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Yup, I'm hungry ...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Yup, I'm hungry. WHAT? What's going on here? Oh, that's right . . . I'm stressed. Well, isn't that just a kick in the teeth. It dawned on me, as I looked in the frig and cabinets for the THIRD time, that I think I'm hungry but what I really am is stressed.

This waive of emotion has been brought on by a medical insurance company and their underwriting process. My husband's application has not been a problem but mine has apparently. Before they will approve my application they want a third party medical provider to come out draw blood, urine, blood pressure, and document my height and weight. (insert evil laugh here)

I called and spoke directly to an underwriter and after she recovered from her own discomfort she admitted that I'm being asked to do this because my height and weight has raised a red flag with the company - it's tough being a fatty. It was not a big surprise to me.

I likely won't pass the requirement ... my weight is all over the board but I can dream. I might be excepted if I pay a higher premium but that remains to be determined.

After I spoke to the underwriter the third party clinic called my office to set up the appointment. I'm sure she was relieved to reach me, I was avoiding her like most people must avoid collection calls (insert evil laugh here). I put her off until May 21 @ 8:30 a.m. in hopes I can come close or meet the weight goal of 231 by then.

With all that I became instantly stressed, which caused me to "patrol" the kitchen. Luckily I know the signs, nothing was consumed but two glasses of water. I have step class tonight so I can sweat out some of the stress. I'll be able to mentally process this latest development on my 20 minute walk home. Until the 21st all I can do is eat well, think good thoughts and workout - the rest is up to a higher power.

Since I started with blog my hunger has left, I'm now exhausted (insert yawn here). This is also what happens when I come down from a stress situation. Knowing this helps me not avoid the gym - it will pass as soon as the music starts.

Keep on sparking and love yourself - you are fabulous and a ray of sunshine!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DESERTFLOWER8 5/12/2010 1:48AM

    Wow..I think it is absolutely aswesome that you were able to work yourself through this! Cos isn't that the very battle that all of us who have reached these weights have fought in our pasts and lost? It is that VERY thing that you did tonight, that is going to see you through to your goal here. You conquered the beast..congratulations!!!

nd I have alreaady commented previously on my utter disgust at the state of medical affairs in this country, so I will leave that alone. Suffice to say, I am entirely sympathetic and empathetic to your predicament. (((Hugs)))

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DIVALOUNGER 5/12/2010 1:18AM

    Sleep, stretch, breathe, love yourself!

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RENA1965 5/11/2010 9:41PM

    If your scanning cupboards for something to eat and don't see anything healthy as a decent snack. Stress and boredom alert, finger rule if you have to search for something and are critical and doesn't hit it your not hungry..
Just make sure you don't have anything junk in there- to say bingo to...

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TX-STEPH 5/11/2010 8:26PM

    Cobgrats...realizing the problem is the biggest step!!! Keep your head up...you can do this!!!

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Eating out at the Macaroni Grill - Fabulous

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Just back from a dinner out at the Macaroni Grill, we were celebrating a birthday. There was so much giggling and oh the food was just fabulous. It was a great night out!!!

I really wanted to stay within my calorie range today so I went armed with how many calories I had left in my bank for the day and hoped for the best. The universe was on my side tonight and I listened. Out of a group of 12 people my menu was the only one with a nutrition guide in the back ... I picked it off the table at random. The pressure and anxiety melted away.

I picked the "simple salmon" meal which came with: Salmon, asparagus, broccoli, and grape tomatoes all for 420 calories, 5 grams fat, sodium at 770, carbs at 6 - I also ordered a side of asparagus to round it out. It was all done on the grill, with the exception of the broccoli which appeared to be steamed. It was the perfect portion and oh so tasty!!!

I kept the menu with the nutrition guide because I wanted to be armed with the facts when they started talking desserts. Glad I did! One dessert alone - the one I would have ordered was almost 1900 calories. Yeah that's right .... WHAT?! The one with the least calories was still at 220 calories but I couldn't have it due to it having dairy in it. I skipped all together. I even skipped the two offers to "just try a bite."

Happily, I stayed within my calorie budget. Happy, happy dance!!!

Knowledge really is power.

Side note: I almost got a salad too but when I looked at the nutrition break down the house salad was 320 calories and the Caesar was 260. First, I was shocked that the house salad had more calories and second, a tiny salad isn't worth that many calories. Not tonight anyway.

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MRSSTRONGE 5/11/2010 11:13AM

    Awesome! I love when menus have nutritional information on them... it makes it so easy to make a wise choice! I'm excited about that becoming the norm in a few years. Congrats on a successfull dinner out and for staying on track!

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SINCEKINDER 5/9/2010 1:36PM

    You are doing an awesome job! emoticon You deserve the Happy Dance. emoticon

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I'm celebrating

Friday, May 07, 2010

What? Could it be? Why Yes, it was a small weight loss today! I did a happy dance and Almost woke my husband to tell him but thought better of it - that would have been rude. LOL!

I still smile like I swallowed the Canary when I see where my ticker is at. Yup, mental happy dance just happened, again.

To celebrate I am doing the following:

I packed a lunch - measured and weighed - instead of going out for my favorite salad
I am taking a bit of a walk this afternoon - getting fresh air and sunshine is a good thing
I am walking with my husband tonight - at least 60 minutes - before we go shopping
I am in charge of food on Sunday for the monthly party we have - there will be more fruits & veggies than chips & dip this month and sparkling water with lemon shall be the drink of the day
I am also putting myself on notice - giggle more and stop being so mellow dramatic

Today I celebrate!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SINCEKINDER 5/9/2010 12:26AM

    I love your attitude and the way you celebrate. You go girl!

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TSEWARD 5/8/2010 8:28PM

    Positive and refreshing! Love the giggle more.

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