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Update, roaring 20's pics and we planted a garden!! And things actually GREW!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hey there old (and new friends)! I havenít forgotten about you, I swear. Life has just been so busy. But in good news, it is slowing down. This past weekend my family and I took the time to do just that; SLOW DOWN. Every weekend for the last several months has been jam packed with rushing from place A to place B with no down time at all. This past month has been filled with lots of scouting events, camping trips and a huge party that we threw for our friends. A very awesome 1920ís themed murder mystery party. Honestly, the best night of my life, I swear! We are already planning the next one! Here are a few pics from the evening.

Me trying to bring back the fingerwave

Me and my amazing mobster husband

Now everything is winding down. We decided to go into the holiday weekend with very few plans. I started the week thinking about how this weekend would be a great time to jump back into running as I havenít done very much of it since doing Insanity for that month and this weekend was the date of the marathon I had planned on being my second, but I took the time to rest and recuperate instead. I started out feeling a little sad about that, but I will have more. My family could not handle my training schedule this winter and spring and that is ok. I donít need to be wonder woman. I have plenty of time to get out there and hit the pavement and train for another this year. After my 5 minute pity party, I decided my sole goal of the weekend we to spend an hour on the hammock with my husband and I did just that. Goal met! We had a few cookouts, drank a few too many adult beverages with friends, swam in the pool, did some minor gardening and did a lot of relaxing. It was a glorious weekend. I hope everyone had a great weekend, too.

This past month, since my last update, Iíve been sticking with P90x fitness wise. I havenít been running, but made that a conscious decision to give my ankles and knees a break after the disaster that was Insanity. I did work in a few small 2 mile runs the last few weeks, but not enough to bring my base back up. I have a 3.5 mile race on Thursday so it will be interesting. Iím definitely not expecting a PR by any stretch of the imagination.

Nutrition wise Iíve been doing ok. The 80% rule of eating healthy just doesnít work for me, though. I maintain the same weight, which is great, but Iíve noticed that since losing all this weight any sodium or alcohol I consume leaves me so bloated for days. Iím going to make a concentrated effort to eliminate alcoholic beverages (this oneís been tough this month Ė a lot of entertaining and parties) and limit my sodium (which hasnít been that bad but can use improvement). Iíve also been making an effort to make a vegetarian meal for our family once a week. Last week I made baked falafels and they were a huge hit! Also, we planted a family garden for the first time! Today is the 6th day since seeds have been in and I was surprised with this little cucumber guy this morning! Iím so excited to eat and can all of the fresh produce this summer!

My little helper

My first sight of the cucumbers!

So, thereís my update. I have about a month until our family vacation and while I donít expect to lose very much weight between now and then, Iím definitely going to be more strict with my food intake and workouts to visit my family being the best me I can be and undo the damage from the large amounts of light beer, vodka and lemonade that I drank this weekendÖ

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ME_HERE_NOW 5/30/2012 6:05PM

    have fun in the garden, glad to hear the update, sounds like you are getting closer to a balance btwn spark/fun/family, love to hear it! :)

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BMCKEOW1 5/30/2012 2:12PM

    Looks like you guys had a great party. It's always a good thing to remember to slow down and just relax. It helps you reset to take on the next challenge.

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 5/30/2012 7:39AM

    You look great - glad you had such a good weekend. I love your new little cucumber!

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NUOVAELLE 5/30/2012 2:13AM

    This party must have been great! And you definitely look great, too!
Congratulations on your garden! Growing your own vegetables can be so rewarding and can really give you the best-flavored vegetables you've ever tried! Because they simply contain your effort, your work and your care!
I like your positive attitude. Keep it on and have a beautiful summer!
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CHIFANG130 5/29/2012 6:17PM

    You look fabulous, darling... just like how they'd say it in the 20's. I haven't had a alcohol drinks ever since April 2010. I just look at it being the liquid calories and I don't really intend to add that to my calorie intakes. So nice the garden is going along nicely. Keep up the good work!!!

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CHANGINGSAM 5/29/2012 4:28PM

    I'm glad you were able to get some rest this weekend! I love the photos of the party and the garden too!

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BAILEYS7OF9 5/29/2012 4:08PM

    I love the pic's! I've always wanted to do a roaring 20's party! What fun.

I'm jealous of your garden too! I need to go buy my couple of plants of herbs and such.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 5/29/2012 2:06PM

    Down time is good :) I'm training for a Mud Run (5K) in October and am so excited!

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NATPLUMMER 5/29/2012 12:51PM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Love the pics!! You guys look great!
Yay for cucumbers :-)

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Iím not Insane

Monday, April 30, 2012

So, I gave Insanity another fair shake. This time it wasnít just 2 weeks after running my first marathon, during which I really strained my IT band and alternated limping and running the last 6 miles (ie, WAY too soon) and I gave it my full commitment for 3 weeks.

After 3 weeks I decided it is just not for me. Iím not insane enough to finish Insanity. And that kind of makes me sad. Iím someone who likes to finish what I started. I wanted to do this program as I truly thought it would help me strengthen my core and hip flexors and build up my cardio in a way different than running, but that would help me in the long run (pun totally intended).

Could I finish it? Absolutely. Itís not that hard. I mean, itís hard, but itís not impossible. I burned a ton of calories (between 550 and 750 each day). I sweated up a storm and felt great doing it. I had fun doing the workouts. It mixes up a lot of the same moves, but I challenged myself and had a good time. I didnít even mind the insane amount of repetition. There is not a large variety in the workouts to begin with and rotating the same few over and over each week had not started to bother me at all.

Hereís the thing, I feel no change. I donít feel stronger, I donít feel faster, my cardio is not improved. I can do the workouts easier than when I started, but I canít run as long without taking a break which was my ultimate goal. I actually feel worse. My ankles feel weak and donít even get me started on my shoulders. I went for a ďfunĒ run, an extra workout, one night and had to stop after 2 Ĺ miles because the pain in my shoulders from swinging was unbearable. I was in severe physical pain. I run with pretty good form, minimize the arm movements, keep my core strong, etc and I felt like there was a raging inferno inside each of my shoulders. The amount of pushups wasnít a big deal, itís doing them daily, with speedÖitís just not for me. I started feeling broken down. I guess Iím just not meant to leap around the room every day.

Iím not a quitter. I really wanted to do this and finish it with flying colors and a tighter body. Heck, Iíll admit it, I wanted that darn T-shirt! But Iím not going to be stupid. I decided to swallow my pride and go back to what I know works and what I love. I want to run, thatís my exercise passion. I am going to do it smarter this season, like I had said before. Iím not just going to run. Iím going to find a better balance with lots of core, leg and strength training work. Honestly, P90x gives me all that I need minus the running so Iím just going to make a plan involving it both and stick to that. When I complete it, Iíll by my own darn T-shirt! I might not earn theirs, but Iím definitely going to earn my own by being smart and not setting myself up for failure or injury.

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KATYMACK 5/29/2014 10:47PM

    It is kind of comforting to hear someone else had the same issues I did with Insanity. I did like the workout and from my personal experience, I saw huge results in the 3 weeks that I did it, but what it was doing to my body as far as my knees and ankles went, was not a good enough reason for me to continue. I didn't want to do any more damage that what I felt I had already done, so I stopped....I didn't care for P90X (something about Tony Horton grated on my nerves, haha). I haven't found anything I have liked so I gave up and am back at square one. I will be searching for something new to try and hopefully I will find it, but right now I will just walk. It is easy and I can do it anywhere. You have done a great job and are such an inspiration!

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BMCKEOW1 5/9/2012 1:13PM

    Hey it's not for everyone. That's why I love trying different workouts. To see what works for me and what doesn't. I'm working on running right now, it's not my favorite and it's hurting my ankles a bit, but I'm gonna stick it out a little while longer and see if I just need to get over the hump or if it's time to try something else.

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STELA731 5/3/2012 7:43PM

    I was thinking of trying Insanity or P90X and after much review decided to go with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. I started it this week and it's way too soon to give you a full review, but it is a 90 day program. Her approach is to rest the muscles that you worked at least 48 hours, though. Each dvd has 4 circuit trainings and there are 2 dvd's you use for two weeks. Day's 1 & 4 are front of the body workouts, days 2 & 5 back of the body, days 3 & 6 cardio only, and day 7 rest. Same workouts for 2 weeks, then the dvd's get progressively harder with added intensity. I think this is the best approach. I'm running a half marathon this Sunday and decided to start the program anyway even though I'm supposed to be tapering, and while I'm a little sore, I'm not dying. I will not be doing the day 5 dvd though because my hamstrings are a little more sore than the rest of my body and I don't want to be dying.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/3/2012 5:29PM

    There is nothing wrong with listening to your body. Insanity is just that...insanity. You put your body through so much and I don't think it's uncommon for one to suffer an injury. The infamous IT Bandit hit me last year, too. It was not a pretty sight. Yes, make your own t-shirt. Too bad they don't have t-shirts that say how awesome you are. You've already earned that one!

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CANNIE50 4/30/2012 8:38PM

    Good job, runner - way to listen to your precious body. I like your attitude.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/30/2012 7:55PM

    That's an excellent attitude to have about the whole thing. SO many people, I'm sure, finish that thing regardless of pain or injury, or anything else. Your going to do great with whatever plan you choose to do!

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GREENSCRAPCAT 4/30/2012 11:47AM

    Thanks for sharing! I have a friend who swears by Insanity and to hear from the "other side" is great. I have not done it, and I got half way through P90X and had to quit. It was just too intense and yes, I had to listen to my body.

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ON2VICTORY 4/30/2012 11:39AM

    you sound like me and my relationship to Crossfit. The plus side is that after 2 months of it over the winter, my fitness was pretty good. the downside is that because it is so intense, it is hard to sustain it. Also, one thing that i didnt like about it (hence my non-compliance with the program) was that, like your program, was an everyday thing or close to it. Intense programs like that seem to forget that your gains are made when you are allowed to recover, not in the tearing down process. If you are always in the tearing down process, which is what the workout does, you are in a state where you never seem to get on your feet, get your balance, and feel good about what you are doing.

In a word, it fosters overtraining.

You never go wrong with giving yourself rest days. When it comes to working out, I have found that it is better to feel like I could have done more, but didnt, rather than wishing I had quit 5 minutes ago.

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BLACKJACK67 4/30/2012 11:21AM

    An honest review of what's good for you and what maybe isn't the best thing is awesome. The same thing that's the BEST for someone, just doesn't work out for someone else.

Gotta be true to thyself!

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CHANGINGSAM 4/30/2012 11:18AM

    I am proud of you for sticking with it for a few weeks. Insanity is no easy task. Ultimately, I feel as though there will come a time when finishing Insanity will become a goal for you. After getting to where you want to be with running, maybe that will be the best time. So, I wouldn't feel too bad about it. Listen to your body. Stick with what you love right now. Eventually, you'll be back at it.


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Long overdue update and Comfort is Evil!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I thought Iíd drop in and give you guys a super quick update on whatís been going on and whatís been keeping me so busy and, wellÖnot here.

First things first, my appologies. I am still here, still going strong and Sparking on. I have been ridiculously crazy busy at work and at home and just havenít had the time to spend online. I can assure you, while I am not here every day or every week supporting my friends on here, I am thinking of you often. I am still cheering for you and when I do have a free minute I am trying to pop on here to catch up a little. I can also assure you I am doing my best to continue to live a healthy lifestyle and make improvements in my body, both mentally and physically.

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to run 2 marathons this year. My husband wanted to run and train with me and do a half and then a full in the fall with me. I started running and training, but our family schedule (we are very involved in boy scouts and cub scouts, plus kids sport and dance schedulesÖitís pretty nuts) quickly proved to be near impossible to get long runs in. I kept with my training plan, minus the long runs and focused on speed and distances shorter than 5 miles and strength training on non running days. I mixed up my workouts and made them fun. But I had no goal, no drive; nothing pushing me forward other than tiny personal things like running a sub 8:30. (Made my month!) Iíd done the distances, Iíd reached my goalsÖIíd gotten comfortable. And comfortable, my friends, is a double edged sword.

Iíll admit, I have been struggling with chocolate lately and the holiday season (I'm talking Christmas still people... Man I've been gone a while!), which came so quickly after the ďletdown and recoveryĒ of the completion of my first marathon. They say you get the post marathon blues and I didnít really buy it as I was riding the high of it for so long. I still think of the sheer joy on that day and am so proud of my accomplishment but there was definitely a sort of lull in momentum. Iíve gained about 6 lbs since the marathon due to not spending enough time focusing on my health, enjoying a few too many holiday goodies and drinks and not making the time to exercise everyday and I had gained 5 over the course of the summer while marathon training (all that running made me so hungry! I guess that is very common). All in all, not too bad. Since the beginning of the year, I have gained and re-lost the same 5 lbs. My downfall is sugar right now; sugar, stress, lack of time and focus and comfort.

We all want to reach a point in our lives where we are comfortable in our own skin; with our size, our appearance, our hair, styleÖthatís everyoneís dream, right? Wouldnít it feel great to wake up in the morning and just love yourself and know that whatever you put on will look great and feel great and you never have to worry about putting on a smile because you are just so happy being you? I know, Iíve been there, too. But Iíve come to learn that with comfort comes slacking. Iím not talking about ďsitting down and eating a heaping bowl of bacon and macaroni and cheese followed up with a pint of Ben and JerryísĒ but more of a ďhey, that extra 400 calories today wonít kill me Iím happy where I am and donít have xyz lbs to lose anymoreĒ, the "dude, I'm tired and don't want to get out of bed an hour early to workout. I don't NEED it" and the ďdonít worry about eating that cookie, you lost the weight once you know you can do it.Ē Comfortable, itís not all itís cracked up to be.

So, what is causing all this stress? If you are easily bored, you might want to skip this part. OK? Youíre still here? Well, donít say I didnít warn you. Iíve been highly involved in my work since early last spring when I was informed that the company I work for was preparing for a huge merger with an overseas company/customer/competitor/friend. I was able to juggle it all; family, work, exercise, training, until after the marathon. We signed on the merger a few days after the race and I just hit a wall. I was tired, I was sore and my job was even more demanding than usual and there was an added level of stress as this merger wasnít resulting in us being the controlling force we had always been. While this was going on, I was also very involved in a more in-depth than usual sales tax audit and a bank audit. Because of the merger, weíve had 3 year ends in a 4 month period (one of which is moving fiscal to calendar)(man my life is so glamorous, lol) and since our fiscal year end I have been battling with new financial auditors who are auditing 3 year ends, the opening balance sheet, the saleÖeverything. FOR MONTHS. Oh yeah, and I also had the bright idea to update our budgeting and financial reporting software in the midst of all this crazinessÖnot the best idea. AnyhooÖhopefully this will all be coming to a close in the next few weeks and I can breathe a little more freely. And stop turning to dark chocolate chips and baking to cope with my stress. My skin and waistline will thank me!

So, that brings us all to today. Last week, I decided to stop being comfortable. I was uncomfortable living comfortably. This came after 2 weeks with almost no exercise. I hadnít gone that long without exercise since starting on this journey more than 2 years ago! I was tired, I was run downÖI quit being me. I took a few days off from work (while auditors were still there, but I got over the guilt), spent time with my family just being together. That gave me the mental clarity that I needed to make a huge change. I immediately took all my measurements and set myself up for a challenge.

So, Iím putting running on a short hiatus. Running is so important to me. I give it so much credit in losing weight and becoming healthy. I love to run and really enjoy the time I spend doing it. But, my body is comfortable running. It is comfortable in my routines and itís not going to change that on its own. I looked back through pictures of me over the last year and a half, while at different weights and different stages of health and to me; I looked the best while working my way through P90x. I wasnít at my lowest weight, but I looked great and felt great after completing it. Iíve also been reading a lot about improving in running and different forms of cross training as I want to attack my next marathon differently (much more strength and core training! Running alone will get you to the finish line, but strength training will get you there stronger and faster. I missed that part last time). Iíve read a lot about Plyometrics and decided to commit to the Insanity program 100%. I started it before, but it was much too soon after the marathon and the fact that I didnít strength train as I should have while training for the big day made my recovery much longer. My legs and core could not handle it at the time. This time, Iíve spent the last several months with a good base running schedule and have worked in a lot of P90x and Insanity workouts for cross training so I know I will be successful.

I love that feelingÖknowing I can do it. ďChallenge accepted!Ē to quote the great Barney Stinson. But more importantly, I love knowing that I will see results. That is so important.

So, Iím almost done week 1. I have to say, I am so uncomfortable. My body is using muscles that just donít get touched while running. And I have to say, I LOVE IT!

Iím back!

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BMCKEOW1 4/16/2012 3:59PM

    Way to go on getting back to it. You've come such a long way, remember that when work and everything else is crazy. Your health is worth it, don't forget to try and get a little you time in there between all the crazy running around.

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ME_HERE_NOW 4/14/2012 6:16AM

    congrats on tweaking your program to make health and fitness a priority again, i think we all go thru the burn out phase throughout the journey, it's rising above it after a rest that separates you from the herd my friend, keep rockin mama!

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NUOVAELLE 4/12/2012 1:57AM

    Glad to see you back! You've been pretty busy and overstressed, we can tell! You're right, "comfortable" can be dangerous! Thankfully, you recognized the signs of the danger coming and you're back on track.
Good luck with your new challenge!

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KELLYGIRL1977 4/11/2012 9:47PM

    Awesome blog, glad you have found some new drive~you've come so far!! I to love strength training, just trying to re-lose a few more pounds so I can feel comfortable in my classes again(I know, it's ironic, but I just can't do it yet)

Bravo for making a plan!! Keep sparkin sista! emoticon

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 4/11/2012 6:34PM

    You sound like you are on track. You obviously needed to take those days off and regroup. Good luck in your journey, emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/11/2012 6:17PM

    I was glad to see that you wrote a blog! It sucks that you've been so stressed, but it sounds like you have a plan! Spark on friend!

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CANNIE50 4/11/2012 5:10PM

    Great blog. I agree that comfort is over-rated. I have found, in my experience, that strength training makes a BIG difference in running, especially running longer distances. I am glad to read that you basically audited your health, and are now making the necessary corrections - good for you.

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HSMOM2FOUR 4/11/2012 4:57PM

    Love seeing you back in my friend feed!!
I totally agree with you about comfortable being a double-edged sword. I got too comfortable after losing 70 lbs... and regained almost 30 before buckling down again. Gotta keep that drive alive!!

So what do you love about P90X? I've heard a lot of people recommend it, but haven't looked into it much... Would love to hear more about it!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 4/11/2012 3:56PM

    I was pleasantly surprised to see the email from SparkPeople that you had posted a blog! I've tried P90X, own the DVD set, and hope to be fully engaged in it soon. My 2-year-old won't allow me to exercise freely at home (she has to be crawling on me and under me) so I have to wait just a little while longer before doing the whole series.

Maintenance and comfort are HARD. I wish you all the best!!

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ERINMCGEE 4/11/2012 3:55PM

    i love that you are making an effort to step out of your comfort zone and continually striving for healthy goals. we all have those stressful times in our lives but health and fitness must always be a priority too. way to go, i love being uncomfortable too!

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    Rockstar! I'm also doing plyo training for my first half and full later on this year (although the half is sooner rather than later - I should be a little more consistent with those runs... haha). I'm excited to see your excitement.

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Why Maintenance is a bad, bad might want to read this one.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

These last several months have been crazy, busy, fun, exciting, scaryÖA LOT has gone on. The last 9 months I have been deeply entrenched in a very large merger at work, which finally became public knowledge and finalized a few weeks ago. I spent the majority of that time also juggling my time training for running my first marathon, my family and friends, a busy cub scout program/summer camp and the whole Womanís World magazine thing. Iíve had a lot on my plate and with logging so many miles each week I was able to relax a little bit on my calories. I needed to eat more and I let myself eat things that I wouldnít normallyÖlike brownies. emoticon And beer. emoticon I was just more relaxed and less focused on nutrition being 95% clean. I didnít go hog wild or anything, but I was just comfortable. If I made a batch of brownies, Iíd have a half and know it was going to be well spent on my next run. That comfortable balance kept me at the same weight all summer, give or take 5 lbs. Iíd swing from 160 to 165 and back all summer long.

Now, wellÖthe marathon training is over and the merger is all signed sealed and delivered and we are working even harder than before towards a new future. The anxiety and stress from the 5 minutes of fame from the magazine article has come and gone. And while Iím still extremely busy at work and with life I took some down time this past month to relax a little and just be. Iím mostly happy with my size so I just enjoyed being for the last month, without worry and stress of my next run, my splits, my meal before a run, if I body glided enough, if I was wearing the proper gear, had enough fuel with me, enough sleep each night, my calorie intake, my carbs vs fat vs protein ratios, etc.

It was a very welcomed break.

But now, this break is still hanging on. Iím feeling softer, more tired and less motivated to jump out of bed in the morning to get my sweat on. My warm bed has won more days than not this past week and a half. I did attempt to jump back in to a vigorous routine about 2 weeks after the marathon, was gung ho with Insanity for a week and was feeling better, but I went out for my first run post marathon and really struggled. My IT band was sore and couldnít handle it. I ended up walking almost 2 miles of a 6 - 7 mile run and most of the running was interrupted with stretching breaks to try to loosen it up. I think the jumping around like a lunatic and all of the squats/squat jacks followed up by jumping back into running was a little bit too much. So, there I wasÖ.injured on the sidelines and back to being comfortable.

I took a week off to rest. And I settled back into the ďcomfortableĒ. It was my sonís birthday so I had a half of a piece of cake, not a whole one like I would have before or would have liked, but a half. I had a half of a cupcake twice this past week, too. I still did the right things, though. I made lasagna for my family, but made myself marinara with a small amount of turkey sausage and whole wheat pasta, skipped the garlic breadÖbut did have a few glasses of wine. Iíd like to just tell myself ďHey, Iím just maintaining. Thatís great! Iím living my life, making adaptations to enjoy food with family and friends, blah, blah, blahÖĒ All that stuff that you always hear maintainers say.

But thatís just it. Iím maintaining. And itís not good enough, franklyÖit sucks.

The act of maintaining is, by definition: to keep in an existing state (as of repair, efficiency, or validity) : preserve from failure or decline. Yeah, thatís all hunky dory, but how do you keep up the drive for success if you donít keep striving for improvement. I donít want to stay in this existing state; I want to continue to try to be the best me I can be. Maintenance is not good enough. Maintenance is making me comfortable and comfortable leads to being lax. Being laxÖwell friends, thatís how I ended up here in the first place. See the cycle? I read recently that even 100 extra calories each day leads to a 10 pound weight gain in a year. 100 calories a day, thatís a tablespoon of chocolate chips to fill that chocolate fix or one slice of cheese or that yummy flavored cream in my coffee this morning or that one extra apple because Iím feeling extra hungry! I know Iíve been having that little bit extra and then some. And while the scale hasnít shown it yet, I know itís just a matter of time. Itís time for action, nowÖbefore it gets out of control.

So today, when I had the conversation with my sleepy and warm self in bed, we decided that today was the day to jump back in. Iím starting over. A new me, new goals, new plan (well, the same plan, but new page). Iím starting a new journey. Iíve already lost the weight to bring myself to a healthy weight. Iíve gotten fit and Iíve maintained it for about 9 months now. Now I want more. I want to lose more, lift more, run more, LIVE more. And I will!

Starting today my action plan is this:
1) I used to keep a spreadsheet of my weekly weight, I started a new page, with a new goal. I know I can reach it.

2) I am going to log my food 100%. I had great success with this and it made me see what I was doing right and wrong so, I usually do little spot checks, but incorporating this back into my daily routine will make me more aware and accountable.

3) Starting tomorrow, the level headed me will win over the warm, sleepy one. I will go back to daily workouts and kicking some major butt.

4) I am going to go back to measuring my food portions. Especially my half fat ice creamÖmuch to my dismay. Iíve kept up with measuring a lot of things, but the ice cream has been a rough estimate for months.

5) Iím going back to monthly measuring. I havenít gained too much in fluff, but itís there. My 8ís are getting tighter and I really donít want to go up a size so measuring will keep my eye on the prize.

6) Iím going to try to find more time to SparkÖIím going to have to work hard on this one. My plate is still very, very full, but Iím going to try my hardest.

7) Iím going to enlist an accountability partner. I think this part is harder than losing the weight when I was morbidly obeseÖI donít NEED to lose it so itís easier to make excuses. Iím enlisting my husband to join me. We are signing up for a Tough Mudder in the spring and it would do us both a lot of good to be as strong, fit and healthy as we can be.

8) Iím going to start running for fun again. No planned mileage goals to meet, but work up my base to a good level and go for weekly long runs. If I want to run 9, Iíll run 9, if I want to run 13, Iíll run 13, but Iím going to do it for fun.

Iím happy, Iím excited. Iím DRIVEN and inspired to make a change. Iím prepared. Iím ready.

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ID_VANDAL 10/25/2011 1:51PM

    You are an inspiration! Good blog, I really enjoyed reading it and I agree with you on maintaining being a bad word!

Thanks for putting that thought into my head!

Good luck getting to the new you!



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ME_HERE_NOW 10/21/2011 9:50PM

    i am glad i am not the only one who is enthusiastically fluffy :P i am still getting busy, but yes, lax eating and a relaxed hot summer, pants def a lil tight...with the cooler weather i have been able to go harder/longer again, still waiting for it to take a dent out of the damage done, tryin not to stress about it tho and just keep enjoying moving my body and keep trying to get my eating in line...aah choc chips, cheese slices, you read my mind :P

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SREED16 10/20/2011 10:08AM

    Way to keep motivated Leela! You will accomplish all you set out to do!

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DITZYCHICK 10/19/2011 8:49PM

    ABSOLUTELY LOVING your new found motivation!!! I agree with you...the "maintenance" word for me leads to lax habits as well. I knew when I made the commitment to this journey that I was committing for life. And that's exactly what I'm doing...Committing not only for but to life, to be the best me I can possibly be!!! I'm really happy to have read your blog and to see how excited and motivated you are. Only good things can come of it!!!

emoticonRaise those water glasses...Cheers to our health!!!

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CANNIE50 10/19/2011 4:06PM

    Thank you for this honest and insightful account. I am wondering if you have running partners, and any races between now and the Spring? Maybe a couple 5k or 10k races, with goal times attached, to spur you on over the holidays and the cold mornings? I hope these suggestions are not annoying. You know far more about successful weight loss than I do, but I do find it helps to have some extra reasons for running.

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BMCKEOW1 10/19/2011 3:40PM

    Sounds like your on the right track. Tough Mudder is coming here next summer and I think I'm going to do it. It looks like so much fun. Really excited about it, only problem is it's about three week before my wedding. Still I think it could be worth it.

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JAMIEHORN20 10/19/2011 3:19PM

    I stumbled on your blog, and wow, what a great read. I'm going through these exact ups and downs right now, and have been struggling with maintenance for a while now. It's been that much harder since I'm dealing with an injury that's left me unable to run or workout for 5 weeks.

Thanks for your thoughts...they put into "ink" exactly what I needed to hear!

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FITFRANNIEK 10/19/2011 1:32PM

    I'm in the same exact spot. I've been unhappily maintaining for the past year. Every time I try to kick back in I get side tracked by life. So the past 3 weeks I've been logging EVERYthing I eat Mon-Friday workign up to Monday-Sunday. I just decided today that I needed to track exercise too. I used to be so diligent! what happened?! so here I go again.. unhappily maintaining, but happily working towards a new goal. Good luck in yours!!

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FORMERNONRUNNER 10/19/2011 12:42PM

  So true, for me, it's been very easy to loose weight, I've lost the same 15 pounds, over and over and over again. This time I want to stay there. I've also found food tracking to be very helpful for me. Good luck to you!

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JENN26POINT2 10/19/2011 11:06AM

    Great blog! I don't think it'll be long before you're back in the swing of things.

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REEKU731 10/19/2011 9:57AM

    Fabulous blog and I think lots of people can relate - its hard to maintain and still feel like you're reaching goals! I can't wait to see what you do with all your plans! They sound fabulous!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 10/18/2011 10:18PM

    I love your honesty & openness :)

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CATHOLICCORGI 10/18/2011 8:37PM

    Thank you for your honesty!

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_CYNDY55_ 10/18/2011 7:31PM

emoticon emoticonfor A great Blog about Maintenance.....I did Need to Read this emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEBJANET 10/18/2011 7:12PM

    You are absolutely right on target about maintenance. I have always been able to lose the weight, but the staying there never has happened. Thanks for the great blog.

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JONICACALDWELL 10/18/2011 6:23PM

    There is never enough warning for this. I actually think maintaining is harder than losing weight. ( Said with experience, I've lost 100, gained 50 back, lost 10...)

I recently read that once you've lost the weight you are only able to eat 80% of the calories recommended for someone of your weight, height, age, sex & activity level. That was a blow to the old ego. So we've done all of this work and never can eat like a "normal person" ever again.

I wish you luck and hope others take to heart what you wrote. emoticon

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KKINNEA 10/18/2011 5:48PM

    Awesome! October seems to be a good month to do this sort of thing. I've gotten a little pokey after my marathon too - the first 7 miles I did on the treadmill were dreadful but my 12 miles outside were only a little tough.

We can do it - even if it is cold outside!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/18/2011 5:11PM

    Great blog!! It's always nice to start fresh no matter what the reason was as to why we took a break to start with. Just in the last few days I've started fresh too and gotten back to basics and can already feel a difference inside me, both mentally and emotionally and for me, those 2 parts are what make me progress or sideline me. Sounds like a great plan you have! Can't wait to hear how it all goes for you!

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BRANDI.FEY 10/18/2011 4:48PM

    Technically, I could be in "maintenance" mode, too, since I'm at a very healthy weight and all. But I know that if I look at it that way, I'll get too comfortable. That's why I'm really focusing on my running and ST. My weight is fine, but my body still needs some work.

Good luck with your goals!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 10/18/2011 4:40PM

    Love your blogs - no exception here. Great plan and I just bought a heart rate monitor that is driving me to do more, better, faster. I just have to get my weekend eating under control...

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NATPLUMMER 10/18/2011 4:30PM

    emoticon Excellent goals!!

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ON2VICTORY 10/18/2011 4:28PM

    I could have written this.....

you captured my thougts.

I feel like, frankly, I have been in a state of mental shutdown. I did manage to run a half about 27 days after the marathon and did ok but im just "maintaining" alot of the oooorah drive is not there. like you, i am putting together an action plan to keep going forward.

hang in there!

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WELSTEACH 10/18/2011 4:24PM

    Maintenance is a bummer. Without goals, there is no focus. You have done the right thing. New goals, new focus. When those are made, strive for more.

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My list of things to improve/remember for the next marathon/training

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I love lists. It's no secret. I wanted to organize my thoughts for my next marathon and training so that I could go back and read this and make improvements. Hopefully it can help someone else, too. Though everyone is different.

1) I need to increase my sodium over time, not at the last minute. I was lacking in the sodium department, barely sweat during the race but my feet swelled up from the day beforeís attempt at balancing my sodium levels resulting in nasty blisters and losing toe nails. No biggie, toe nails are for sissies anyway, but DUDE do those blisters hurt. Figure it out.

2) Relax. You did it once, you will be able to do it again. No worries, just enjoy it.

3) Enjoy the last month of long runs. Try to think of them as quiet time and just be in the moment instead of being a ďDoubting LeelaĒ and thinking that you wonít be able to do it.

4) Donít loosen up on the strength training. Find a better schedule and make the time to keep up with strength training. Your core, back and shoulders really will thank you and your arms wonít lose some of the tone you worked so hard to get.

5) Eat more the night before. Mess around with different carb loading dinners early in the training. Your Subway sub really just wasnít enough to keep you going on the big day and Gu and Gatorade can only do so much without making you really nauseated by mile 20.

6) Donít listen to your husband when he tells you to dress warmer. I donít care if itís 30 degrees out, you will be warm enough once you are moving and by mile 10 you will be regretting your decision to wear sleevesÖevery time. I donít care how cute he looks when he suggests it or that he is just looking out for you and you find that sexyÖitís not the time to listen to anyone else.

7) Pace, pace, pace. You want to improve your overall time, not your half time. Save yourself for the hard part, the last 10 miles.

8) Try eating a banana on the super long runs. That way you know you can when you really want one.

9) Vary the training. You want to get faster; train faster and train smarter.

10) Skip the Ipod on some runs. Just focus on you, your body, your breath, your reasons for running and your journey you have taken to get to where you are today. Zen like.

11) Try not to go crazy when you taper. Your knee doesnít really hurt more when you actually arenít even running much. Your ankle isnít going to just break while walking across a room. You probably donít even need to freak out about stubbing your toe like you didÖyou can not protect your feet like they are Fort Knox and those aches and pains are just your mind messing with you. Relax.

12) Try not to bite everyoneís head off when you taper. Try not to get irritable and cranky while dealing with so many emotions: amped up, excited, want it over with, just want to get out and run but shouldnít, never want to run again from trainingÖtry to RELAX.

13) Remember to smile like no oneís business when you cross that finish line. You can do it.

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ID_VANDAL 10/3/2011 8:02AM

    Great list - I'll be watching you succeed and following your success!!

Thanks for the inspiration!



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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/2/2011 12:23PM

    Great list! I never knew there were so many things to think about before I became addicted to running. I have learned so much through research and people here on Spark. Every run is a learning experience! Good idea to make a list to be able to reflect upon.

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ELYMWX 9/29/2011 12:31AM

    Loving the list!

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CANNIE50 9/28/2011 10:28PM

    Great list - my favorite is #11. Think about professional athletes who depend on their body and performance for their livelihood and have to perform in front of hundreds of thousands or millions of people - no wonder they earn such an obscene amount of money, what pressure. I have been known to tell myself when stressing before a race: "um, it's not like you have scholarship or endorsement on the line here, missy - just simmer down and get a grip". My only caution to you, and it is probably something you are already well aware of, is to not do any sort of strength training during your taper week because you don't want those little muscle fibers meandering around in your blood stream (unfortunately, I found this out the hard way). I agree, though, that S.T. makes a significant difference in running. You are very impressive and your next marathon will be even better than the last one. Oh, one final thing, I have a friend who gets pedicures with black nail polish before marathons because, as she says, "most of them will be that color when I am done, anyway". Run on, runner girl!

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    An awesome list to keep in mind! :)

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/28/2011 6:59PM

    what a great list! way to observe and learn from your experience to improve the next go round. again, i am so impressed with the awesome work you have done to get to where you are today! savour the moment! :D

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CYNDERROSE 9/28/2011 5:45PM

    Good list, and it sounds like you have a great plan.

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LCHADBOURNE 9/28/2011 4:25PM

    A note on the sodium that I just posted to KKINNEA's wall:
"I'm pretty sure that I over did it on the sodium too late before the race. I usually try to eat really low sodium, but wanted to up my sodium before the race to try to reduce leg cramps as I really cramped up on my 20 mile long run and had read that sodium is important for muscle recovery and cramp prevention while distance running. However...I should have just tried not to eat so low sodium over the longer course of time as when I do have too much for my body to handle my feet always swell up. I knew that, but didn't really think that they would while running. Now I know better for next time. I wouldn't worry about it. It was just a note to remind me not to be so cautious next year."

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KJDOESLIFE 9/28/2011 4:10PM

    Great list and great job on your marathon!!

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KKINNEA 9/28/2011 3:45PM

    So much good stuff in here. Blisters = sodium balance? Wish I knew that a few weeks ago - I'll just hobble around in my flip-flops in MN cold for a few weeks. Also, the thing with your husband - so hear that!!

I'll try to keep all this in mind for Sunday...

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ON2VICTORY 9/28/2011 3:40PM

    boy that really rings a bell for me. I have been compiling a laundry list of woo hoos and boo hoos that I did during the race and while I was training. lots to be learned but threre WILL be a round two!

great job on your race, your time was really impressive!

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NATPLUMMER 9/28/2011 3:22PM

    Great list of things to keep in mind.

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DLEDBETTER11 9/28/2011 3:19PM

    Sounds like you've learned a lot - a regular pro. You know - I'm still working on the whole relaxing during taper thing emoticon

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DANDRAS 9/28/2011 3:06PM

    Thanks so much for the tips and ideas I have done 4 1/2 Marathons and I am looking to do my first FULL in March of 2012. I am looking forward to the experience!

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