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It was a good day for working out

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It was nice enough to run outside tonight but my mind told me to head to the gym so I did just that. I jumped on the treadmill and started my second week of training runs. At first I started out at a slooow jog. By the end of the session I was pushing myself faster and longer.

When I hit a mile I cheered and almost hit the woman next to me so she could see I'd improved my time by one minute. I didn't ... I let her finish her run in peace. I rejoiced though!!

It was a good day for working out. My legs are sore and I love that.

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SGRAY478 3/31/2013 5:11PM


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ENDUROVET 3/29/2013 11:53AM

    Yeah, I loved our tandem workout w/trainer Bill yesterday, even though my shoulders are sore today! Can't beat that feeling... emoticon

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KAB7801 3/28/2013 11:03PM

    Don't you love your accomplishments! Congrats

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A picture is worth a thousand words. 5K Race photo's (Then to Now)

Friday, March 22, 2013

As you'll see, there is a marked difference in my body shape and fitness.

1st 5K back in 2010

2nd 5K also in 2010

3rd 5K in 2011

1st 10K in 2011

4th 5K in 2012

5th 5K in 2013

6th 5K in 2013

I am registered for another 5K in June and then a Dirty Girl 5K in October. If money permits I will register for at least two more 5K's this year. I've also reserved a spot for a Dirty Girl race in February of 2014.

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PURPLE180 3/22/2013 5:07PM

    I AGREE, there is a big difference. You look so happy, my favorite picture is the one with the tutu, too cute! Keep running my dear emoticon ....keep running. emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 3/22/2013 4:08PM

    Great pictures! I LOVE the tuto photo!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/22/2013 3:59PM

    Way to go, you're AWESOME!

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KITHKINCAID 3/22/2013 3:55PM

    You are doing SO great. Love all those photos and that smiling face!

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325 to 205!! ... What does Doc have to say?! ... 30 or 50 more?!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My weight stalled, again. I've been bouncing around the same five pounds for about three months now. *FRUSTRATING*

Doc's office pinged me about a month ago to remind me to have my adrenals tested again. I had to wait and save the money for the cost of test and consultation to review the results. These tests aren't cheap kids!!

Cortisol levels will muck up your weight loss along with other fun stuff on the inside and I've been treating my adrenals for the better part of two years. I've tested multiple times and the results, this time, show a marked improvement but that support is still needed.

Prior to my consult with Doc I emailed him the facts about my diet and workouts which included a list of questions. On average I consume 900 to 1200 calories a day. On average I strength train three days a week with each session lasting 30 minutes. I've recently added back cardio (C25K) three days a week with a maximum of 45 minutes.

Doc agreed that the strength training was an excellent addition and to keep the cardio limited to 45 minutes on my off ST days. My system does NOT process high amounts of cardio well, as in, I'll gain weight. It happens regardless of what the "other professionals" tell ya. *FACE/PALM*

He asked if I'm hungry all the time based on my calorie intake to which I replied no due to all the protein and natural fiber I take in. He asked what I generally eat to which I listed my proteins and veg ... no push back from him. As I suspected, he asked if I ever "cheated" and I answered, yes. Gotta tell your doctor the truth boys and girls! I told him before it was once a week and now it's down to once a month. He wasn't surprised by the admission based on the average numbers but admitted even those cheat episodes would NOT stop the weight loss. *THANK YOU*

In the end, he is concerned that we are missing something. As he said, you can't consume that little, burn that much and NOT drop the lbs. Again, *THANK YOU!*

My latest assignments:
+ Stay the course with the adrenal support
+ Have a digestive test completed - that involves a stool test (this one will make three)
+ Thyroid test ... a full panel to be ordered by my General Physician.

The last two tests are super expensive and with a looming job lose it might take a hot minute for me to save those funds. *SIGH*

I'm down a total of 125 lbs, on another plateau but fitter and healthier than I've been in my 42 years of life. I'll fight the good fight and continue to push forward on this wellness journey of mine.

I was a little surprised that Doc mentioned that I only need to drop another 30 lbs. In my mind I have it more like 50 lbs. I guess I'll reevaluate when I get to his number and see what I see. Admittedly, 30 sounds a heck of a lot better than 50! I'd either weigh 175 or 155 ... well, I won't worry my little head over this number now. I got me bigger things to dwell on.

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MISSB8604 3/22/2013 12:27PM

    Great plan! It's always better to see what you're dealing with!

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MANLEYSANDY 3/21/2013 8:08PM

    You work very hard to keep a good attitude and to stay the course. I think it is very vindicating to know that something on the inside just is not working right. I think if your doctor tells you 30 pds, then you are golden. I decided a few years back that I just was not going to maintain the lighter side of my weight, around the 150's and I have chosen to stay at the higher end which is between 177-169 and my doctor said 169 was fine. So, I need to get back there, because of high blood pressure. We are all such a slave to that number but look at how healthy you are, and your confidence is amazing! I think you are a SUPERSTAR! Keep up the amazing journey!

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ENDUROVET 3/21/2013 7:16PM

    Geez, that reminds me to reschedule my bloodwork & U/S...
(Endo dr wanted to see me in Dec, w/stress of hearing etc I just didn't want to deal w/it; what if I got some bad news?) I know that's PPP (p!ss poor planning) on my part, but I'm to a stage where I'm ready to take full responsibility for my own health care w/all that entails - yeah, quit glopping up your comments & do my own blog post ;-) !!!
But overall I can't tell you how much of an inspiration you are to me, darlin'!
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/21/2013 6:52PM

    I'm so glad you're consulting with your doc... SO many people don't. Things so9und good, glad to hear you're still pressing on!

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READY4CHANGE81 3/21/2013 6:50PM

    You're doing so awesome! :) 30 more pounds isn't too far away!!!

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 3/21/2013 6:27PM

    You have done emoticon

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The Biggest Loser 5K - Sacramento, CA

Monday, March 18, 2013

I climbed out of my comfort zone this past weekend and traveled out of town so I could participate in a race. I NEVER thought I'd do that but now that I've broken that barrier there's no telling what will happen. HA!

My fitness friend and I left Friday afternoon to travel to Sacramento. We didn't want to leave home at 4:30 a.m. on race day and we wanted to have a bit of girl fun too.

We found the Fleet Feet Sports with relative ease that afternoon and picked up our race bib, timing chip and shirt. After the pick up we made our rounds in the store and I touched and admired EVERYTHING. They even had a boutique shop adjacent to which they gave us a coupon that I used. Shiny new things were bound to be mine and at a discount!

I wondered back to the Fleet Feet store to try and find a belt that would hold my cell phone, key and ID while out running the streets. While there I ran into Dan from The Biggest Loser, season five. He and his mom were in town as the "celebrities" for the race.

Me and Dan

He really is a great guy; very down to earth and happy. We didn't talk much, he was shopping for new shiny stuff for his marathon the next day. I finally found and purchased a belt! I used it during the 5K and adore it.

Race Day! We were up and out of the hotel room by 6:00 a.m. I had peanut butter, water and coffee to get me through. I noted that my fitness friend is NOT a morning person, HA! No worries, I kept my chatter down and she perked up when the sun came up.

There were 2,000 participants for the race. It was clear that everyone was so excited to be there. The volunteers were amazing! And I do mean amazing!! This was one of the best organized races I've been too and everyone had a smile on their face the whole time.

We started at 8:00 a.m. sharp and the course took us through part of Old Sacramento and looped around from there. There were a couple of inclines that I wasn't expecting but didn't stop me at all. Our weather was cool and dry for the entire race. There were three sections on the course where they had music playing and one of those was a live band. At each mile marker they had inspirational quotes on banners that really spoke to ya when you were moving on by. The volunteers to cheer us on where again wonderful and throughout the course. Lots of high fives, shout outs and cheers.

I used the race as a training day so ran/walked the entire thing. It seemed like my running parts always came up when there was an incline ... FEEL.THE.BURN!

My fitness friend wanted to do the intervals with me which made me nervous. I suspected all along that she was quicker than I am when it comes to running and that proved to be correct. At each running interval she would take off like a rocket and I'd plug along behind. Of course, my recovery time was a lot quicker than hers and she admitted she doesn't know how to pace herself.

We began the race outside Raley Field and ended the race inside the stadium. When we neared the end I told my friend just book it and not look back to which she did. I finished strong and felt good!

Me at post race...

After the race we walked around to take a look at vendors and watch others cross the finish line. Many participants were first timers and just oozed with happiness. *LOVE*

While walking around I ran into Jackie, season five, contestant and mom to Dan. It is clear that she and Dan are committed to a healthy lifestyle and have stayed fit even after their time at the Biggest Loser ranch.

Jackie and Me

Finisher Medal:

All the professional photo's taken during and after the race will be emailed to us and downloadable for free. Seriously, how cool is that! That email should be rolling in later this week and I'm looking forward to seeing what shots they took of me.

This was the first Biggest Loser race in Sacramento and if it happens again next year, I'm there! I'm not a hug supporter of the actual show for many reasons but I am a supporter of activities that gets us and keeps us moving.

I'm looking forward to great race season and improving my time.

I placed 30th
Overall Placement 187
Chip Time 48:50.3
Logged a 15:45/M

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HOPEFUL199 3/21/2013 8:52PM

    How fun.

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ENDUROVET 3/20/2013 2:04PM

    Congratulations! I've got to pick out a timed event to challenge myself soon...

Yep, I was discouraged when my feet grew VERY sore pounding the pavement in DC in my Nike Frees. The Asics helped a lot, but I haven't taken them to the track yet. They were always my best-loved shoes, getting me thru 5 half-marathons. Don't know if my feet will hold up to doing that again, but there's always 5 & 10K's!

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TRENTDREAMER 3/20/2013 8:06AM

    Congrats on participating and finishing (on so many levels)

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SGRAY478 3/18/2013 10:03PM

    Way to go!!! So glad to hear C25K is going well! And way to rock those inclines!!

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MANLEYSANDY 3/18/2013 7:30PM

    Awesome job and you look amazing!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/18/2013 7:09PM

    OMG, that's SO exciting and I'm so glad you had a good time! Dan and Jackie are scheduled to be at the one here too. I signed up the minute I was able. I registered my kids for the fun run as well. I can't wait!

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GIGI4AUSTIN 3/18/2013 7:03PM

    So cool! Congrats on your race! So exciting!

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Non-Scale Victory!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Reading. Coffee. Breakfast. Run. Relax. Now that's a perfect way to start a Saturday morning.

Today was the day to start running so I strapped on my kicks and grabbed my iPod. I decided to start the C25K program again but this time I would run outside instead of the treadmill. That meant blocking out all the old fears. The first of many NSV today.

Once outside, totally gorgeous out by the way, I started day one of the program. During the first running interval I came up on a woman walking her dog and I had no fear. We smiled at each other and exchanged a cheery good morning. I felt free! Yo, a NSV for sure.

I was anticipating some real struggles due to not running for a year or more. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised how well it went. My legs and feet felt great. My lungs burned only when I pushed my speed but other than that they felt great too. It didn't take long at all to recover from the running intervals as well. All NSVs!

During this run I listened to a podcast for C25K but learned that I could download the 5K101 App that allows me to listen to my own music during the program. Oh ya, I did that immediately when I got home.

I am excited! It feels great to accomplish so much and discover what progresses I've made over time.

On an unrelated note:

Here's a photo of one of my Zumba groups. I'm at the top right corner in the green tank.

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TRENTDREAMER 3/11/2013 11:27PM

    "During the first running interval I came up on a woman walking her dog and I had no fear. We smiled at each other and exchanged a cheery good morning. I felt free! Yo, a NSV for sure. "
* You have no idea how happy reading this makes me, given what you've said in past blogs about this. emoticon emoticon

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SGRAY478 3/10/2013 11:08AM

    So excited for you! Isn't amazing too see how much struggle in your life was due to fear and feeling like something would be "too much"?!

I did so much better with my running when I could do it in the great outdoors as opposed to staring at a wall. You can change your route, see awesome wildlife and find other kindred spirits out on the trail!

And I love how happy you look at Zumba!

Rock on lady!

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PURPLE180 3/9/2013 4:24PM

    Well done my dear emoticon . emoticon on running again, the weather is getting nicer so I will have many more outdoor runs. Lately I have been running on the treadmill (which I hated at first) but I think it has helped me increase my time and distance for sure. I am sooooo proud of you for conquering your fears. I was fearful of what others would think about me when they saw me running but after a while I could care less, hey most of them needed to be running right along with me. emoticon Have a FABULOUS weekend. emoticon emoticon

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IDICEM 3/9/2013 1:19PM

  It's amazing how different trendmill and outdoor training are. Congrats on the C25K goal. You can make that happen!


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