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Three Things I Have Learned from the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program

Friday, September 30, 2011

Week 5, day 1 of the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program is now complete.

Three things I have learned while attempting to move beyond being a walker and become a walker/jogger:
1) 5K is a long way.
2) 3 minutes is a long time.
3) You can do more than you think you can

Item 3 is because I have read with great admiration the posts of those on the team who post that they jogged for six minutes thinking, 'Wow! I could *never* do that.' Well today something happened to my interval timer and it got stuck with about 20 seconds left on my jogging interval. I thought I was running for a very long time, but that brings me back to item 2: I *always* think I'm running for a very long time. AND and I have been *sure* that my interval timer was stuck before, when of course it was running perfectly well. So this time, I just kept happily running (OK, I was sucking air, but I was running). It wasn't until I reached a traffic light and had to stop that I checked the timer, and sure enough - it was frozen.

I have no idea how long I actually ran, but it was longer than the three minutes I took to be my max. I finished out the rest of my 5K going back to my prescribed 3 minutes of walking followed by 3 minutes of running, but now I know: I can do more than I think I can.

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JEFALLEN 10/1/2011 5:36AM

    I liked your "3) You can do more than you think you can." I have found that is true in most aspects in life. You are doing great!

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Weight Loss Goals for 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

An admirable team goal set by the SP Class of January 4-10, 2009 is to blog about our goals and progress. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to blog here or elsewhere, but here goes.

When I started my weight loss journey last year, I only had to lose 10 lb. I actually got down to within 4 pounds of my goal. Then I went on vacation. Then I lost control. I found myself then with 15 pounds to lose. The only good thing I can say about this is that I didn't give up. I came back and restarted my weight ticker after I had lost a few of those pounds. (It is not updated honestly at this point in time!)

My weight loss goal is simple: Lose those last 7 pounds and keep them off. Forever.

I plan to do this by:
- Staying within my calorie range each day
- Walking 10K steps per day
- Getting support

With regards to getting support SP has been invaluable to me for this. I cannot tell you how much it warms my heart to get words of encouragement and 'goodies' from my fellow Sparkers. I know that when I tell you all that I 'failed' at maintaining my weight over the holidays the only thing I will hear back are words of support and encouragement. So here I go again. 7 lb to go!

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    Krysia, I have no doubt you'll make it! You have a great plan and an even better "I can do it" attitude. Spark-On!

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RAZZAMA_TAZ 1/6/2010 9:24PM

    Good for you gettin back in the game! I cant wait till im down to my final 7 pounds too! Got a long way to go but im sure i'll get there! Keep up the good work!

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MRYTYLER 1/5/2010 5:25PM

    I think some of us have been there before. This time we can do it. Good luck.

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JUSTME75 1/5/2010 4:34PM

    As far as support goes you have come to the right place. Ask us and we can help you all of us on here are willing to help. emoticon We are all here for the same reason and sometimes we fall off the wagon, we dust ourselves off & get back on. It sounds like the holidays did that to you. Been there and done that!

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JUSTME75 1/5/2010 4:28PM

Krysia, you are at the right place to blog. I am glad to see you did indeed loose 8 lbs and you have 7 more to go. You have the right plan and I know you can loose the other 7 more. Keep up the good work! It is all downhill now..... emoticon

~ Cathy ~

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I'm amazed how many steps 10,000 per day actually is!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I'm an avid exerciser. I dance, I walk, I take circuit training classes, I take the stairs (and I work on the 9th floor!). I never felt the need for a pedometer because I was *sure* I had that covered with my other activities.

Hah! What a surprise when I purchased a pedometer on a whim. Turns out a fairly rigorous dance or step workout is only about 5000 steps. After a great workout I was only half way to my daily step goal! What an eye opener. I'm finding that most days I really have to work to get those 10,000 steps in.

I am now a pedometer convert. If I'm up, it's clipped on! It's a great reality check.

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CESAU5679 10/8/2009 4:09PM

    LOL! I know what you mean. I wish I had one with a belt because it doesn't clip on all my clothes...

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Tough Weekend

Monday, October 05, 2009

Spent the weekend away from home. So much of my advanced planning was just too difficult to stick to. I was *very* good at the breakfast buffet - just fruit and a bowl of cereal - but THEN - lunch out with friends struck. Actually even that was pretty healthy: grilled fish, veggies, salad, boiled potatoes - but it was a lot. And THEN - dinner - that's where I fell apart: dinner with a group meant no special orders. The sandwich came with french fries, so I ate them. All of them. They were delicious. Also had a (delicious) beer. And who was it that bought fudge? Not me - but I sure did eat it!

Eating 5 meals out just proved a little too much for me. I did not resist the bread that I was not expecting to be on my plate.

I got a fair amount of exercise - lots of walking.

I need to do better on my self control when it comes to eating.


Been trying to lose 10 lb for the better part of a year

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I find it very sad that I am a member of both the 'Spark Team SP Class of January 4-10' AND '50+ Members with less than 10 pounds to lose'. Shouldn't I have lost those 10 lb already since it's been 9 months? But no, here I am, only 3 pounds lighter than when I started.

Despite this, I remain determined. Because during this year I was down to where I only had 4 pounds to lose, I can and will do it again. Every time I goof up, I learn a little something more about myself.

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CSDAYS 9/8/2009 1:46PM

    Keep at it. We increased our workout time from 30 min to 45 and that seemed to start us going down again. Less in more out! emoticon

Keep with it is the secret. I know you will do it!
The only person stading in the way of my success is me!

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