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My First Spinning Class

Friday, September 28, 2012



Yesterday, I took my first spinning class. So, listen...here's how it all went down, folks.

Last Saturday, our city had a Wellness Palooza (super cool...I LOVE to see cities really focused on health, but that's beside the point) and I stopped by the Urban Cycle booth. Apparently, they are the ONLY spin studio in Bloomington, IN. This is so strange, considering Bloomington is a Mecca for cyclists. Ever seen "Breaking Away"? Yeah...that's HERE. Literally. Filmed in Bloomington. Indiana University has Little 500 every year, which is a huge bike race and it's a pretty big deal.

Anyhow, I met one of the spin instructors at the booth and he was so passionate about his class and so kind to us (like we'd been friends for years) and not at all judgmental or snobby. And suddenly it hit me that he was the perfect man for a dear friend of mine! I texted my friend immediately and said, "I found the perfect man for you."

After some Facebook magic, I managed to alert the instructor to the fact that I'd be bringing my friend with me to class on Thursday, while simultaneously getting my friend to pay for me to attend the class. Ha! Genius.

Yesterday, my buddy picked me up and we were off. We were both very nervous...obviously, friend was more nervous than me. Instructor was very professional (and very cute, btw). Friend was super impressed. I sincerely hope it works out for them because they really seemed to hit it off (we stayed after for about 10 minutes just chatting).

OK, the class. *SIGH* The class. It was like nothing I ever experienced before. SWEAT. Let's just say my wicking shirt never wicked so much! Holy MOTHER, that was hard! But also fun! I think??? There were a lot of special moves, like jumps and 3rd position, that my body simply isn't ready for yet (I didn't know it was possible for quads to burn that way!) but I never quit. Not once.

My bike kept on wobbling during the standing portion. I assumed it was because I was the heaviest one in the class, so the bike couldn't handle my weight. I told Instructor about it afterwards and he said, "NO NO NO! This bike is not stable! I'm so sorry!!! I should have noticed that! I feel terrible!" OK, well...that made me feel better. Haha.

When all was said and done, we burned 1,000 calories in one hour. Ok, hold up here....we need to repeat that. WE BURNED 1,000 CALORIES IN ONE HOUR!!!!! A THOUSAND!!!!!!! Are you freakin' kidding me?!?! Friends, I have found a way to train for tri during the winter and lose weight! Ding ding ding! I TOLD you it was possible!!!!!

So, I'll be shelling out $99 soon to buy an unlimited monthly pass. And, although the class times are not the *most* convenient for my schedule, I will find a way to go about 3 times per week. I'll add some swimming to my weekly routine and some weights at home and I think we're good to go for a few months. I think it best to give the old body a rest from running after my half marathon and stay off my ankle, drop some pounds and let it heal all the way.

One downside...nether region is super sore today. Might be TMI, but it feels like I had marathon sex all night and it's the saddest feeling in the world to realize that the pain is NOT from that! Haha. Maybe spring a few extra bucks for some padded bike shorts? Yeah...I think so.

  
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IRONBLOSSOM 10/2/2012 12:12PM

    I've taken spinning classes 3x now. The first time I hated it, the second time I felt lost, the third time I LOVED it. I learned how to use the rpm meters (an actually helpful instructor, go figure!) used a gel seat (SO important!) and could feel how much stronger my legs were than the previous two times. I'll definitely be back!

I highly recommend the gel seat though, 100% worth it.

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-SHOREIDO- 10/1/2012 8:36PM

    Thanks so very much for sharing your journey! Good job!! Your writing skills are motivation at it best!!!
Good job and Thank You again!!

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OPTIMIST1948 10/1/2012 7:51PM

    My gym canceled the spin classes because they couldnt pay for the upkeep on the bikes. Its a small gym and super cheap for me ($5 month) so I'll never switch, but when I read stuff like this I wish I didnt have economic handcuffs! Then I remember this is the largest pool in the area so that's nice.

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IN102WIN 10/1/2012 6:16PM

    Cool!!! I wanted to join a spin class at gym last Friday but I was really scared and no one was really helpful. I think I'll look for another class!!! You've made it sound fun!!!

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EARTHTONED84 10/1/2012 1:41PM

    I am so happy to hear you loved the class!!! It IS nothing like I've personally ever done...the amount of sweat that comes out of your body and the natural high you have after you completed it and kicked ass is totally worth the fight to get there!!!! I am soo happy for you!!!!!!! You'll have to keep us updated about your Friend and the Instructor!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 9/30/2012 12:02PM

    1000 calories? Hmm . . . all righty then! Making a list:

find spinning class
padded bike shorts
google spinning to find out what jumps and 3rd position are.

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BESSHAILE 9/30/2012 8:24AM

    That is so cool!

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SOXFANNH 9/29/2012 6:15PM

  I LOVE Spinning! Try getting a $10 gel seat from Walmart, it makes all the difference. I'm glad you enjoyed it and can rest your ankle after your HM. Good luck with your training, before you know it you'll be jumping and burning even more calories!

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-SHOREIDO- 9/29/2012 4:04PM

    Great Blog......thans for sharing your up & downs whereever you may do them : )
Seriiously, it was a good write and informative.
Just one question and I could have missed this, which gym was offering the $99 pass? I think you found a good deal : ) Good job!! Let me know if you can so I can check here in south NJ.
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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/29/2012 8:56AM

    I'd love to take spinning, but don't know of a place close by.

Hooray for you in finding a way. I know all about working your schedule around making time for fitness.
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PRINCESSCHUBBIE 9/29/2012 7:54AM

    1000 calories an hour, wow, that's emoticon . Sounds like padded shorts would be good for the next class. LOL.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 9/29/2012 7:09AM

    Invest in the biker shorts - so. worth. it. So glad you found spinning. It's a great way to get some cardio in.

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GOING-STRONG 9/28/2012 11:24PM

    Glad you enjoyed your spinning class. I do spin class twice a week. You won't need padded shorts... just give it a couple of weeks and you will be tough!
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DINAOREILLY 9/28/2012 10:28PM

    OMG - I laughed all the way through your BLog...so funny...I have not yet had the courage to take a spinning class - they scare the heck out of me...but 1000 calories is MAJOR motivator to try....WOW...impressive and as for the nether region pain....:-) you had me howling with laughter....hugs sweetie...you are going to make...I know you will emoticon

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MOM-MOM8 9/28/2012 10:01PM

    emoticon work! emoticon

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KIPPER15 9/28/2012 9:55PM

    I have been wondering about spinning but the schedule locally dosen't fit mine right now. Maybe later. Glad you enjoyed it and that it will fit your plan. emoticon

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BUSYMOM911 9/28/2012 9:09PM

    Thanks for giving a review of spinning. I was wondering myself about it. Love to try it, especially if it is burning that much!

Hope all is working out for your friend. Nothing like finding "the one".
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PROUD-GRANDMA 9/28/2012 8:31PM

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JUNEAU2010 9/28/2012 8:08PM

    I have yet to try spinning, but I know it has a dedicated following! Good for you!

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HAPPYGIRL1000 9/28/2012 7:39PM

    emoticon Good for you for trying something new! I've never been to a spinning class at all, so I am very impressed. I can't believe you burnt a thousand calories in an hour, that's insane and wonderful! AND you played matchmaker to boot LOL!

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PATTOMMC3 9/28/2012 7:39PM

    Hope it works for you! I love biking but have never tried spinning....it's a thought for the future!

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ISABELLE31 9/28/2012 5:26PM

    Sounds like you found something awesome! Good for you!

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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 9/28/2012 4:38PM

    Hahaha.... I always have to wait a couple days between bike rides for the same reason! emoticon

Way to go for making it through the whole class emoticon

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FALLNTENN 9/28/2012 4:30PM

    emoticon plan for training and losing weight.

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JMARIES51 9/28/2012 3:56PM

    I admire your spunk and energy. Sounds like spinning could be addictive.
Hope things work out for your matchmaking business. just teasing.

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LOOKSLIKELILY 9/28/2012 3:07PM

    Spinning sounds like something I should definitely look into! It's great you've found a winter training method to see you through.

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PEGGYO 9/28/2012 2:53PM

    way to go

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/28/2012 2:18PM

    I love spinning. I had the same problem with the seat & could'nt afford bike shorts. So I went to Wal Mart & bought a gel bike seat cover, worked great.

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CAROLZ1967 9/28/2012 2:05PM

    I did a class once and found it challenging too. Definitely burned a lot of calories! But I thought it was fun too. Padded shorts do help! :-)

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NILLAPEPSI 9/28/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon I emoticon your blogs, too!! I am totally addicted. I emoticon your candidness & honesty.

With great respect to the pain you may be feeling, I have to say that I was cracking up laughing at the last paragraph. emoticon I think I'd be making a trip to the sports-wear store before your next spinning class.

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JIM12490 9/28/2012 12:50PM

    good luck with the spinning. I love my time on the bike.

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GUITARWOMAN 9/28/2012 12:25PM

    Wow! 1,000 calories!

Good for you!

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LINDAKAY228 9/28/2012 12:12PM

    I've never tried spinning although I've though about it, but I have heard that it does burn massive amounts of calories! There is only one place in my small town that does now offer spinning classes and I may try it sometime.

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JENNNY135 9/28/2012 11:52AM

    Spinning is such a great cross training for us runners. So glad you enjoyed it. As a person who was ridden over 100km for two days (Ride for Cancer), you definately need bike shorts. I even wore two at a time. The female parts down there go numb atleast they did for me whenever I spin.

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EMMAEKAY 9/28/2012 11:52AM

    HAHAHA, oh my god, this whole blog was LOL-funny. Thanks for that.

Spinning is some SRS BSNS! But it's also a LOT of fun and a huge challenge. You're gonna love it and the instructor sounds like he'll make it a great time.

The saddle-soreness will go away with time as your body gets used to the abuse. I don't use padded shorts or a seat cover anymore, but I really needed them at first. The first time I tried Spinning I went without any kind of "padding" and my ... hoo-ha... kinda, sorta felt like it fell asleep! It was hilarious.


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REGILIEH 9/28/2012 11:30AM

    I am so addicted to your blogs!!! Love them! Love them! Love them!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 9/28/2012 11:17AM

    Excellent, Leah! You continue to impress me every blog post!

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FROMNEBRASKA 9/28/2012 11:09AM

    Do you use a HRM during your workouts?

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LANEE24 9/28/2012 11:07AM

    lol! Love your blog! "Let's just say my wicking shirt never wicked so much!"... that had me rolling! I've always wanted to try spinning, but I'm nervous about it... the class itself and the funds for it :/ But, I must say that 1000 calories sounds fantastic! Keep us posted on how your classes go!!!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/28/2012 11:05AM

    That does sound like fun - minus the butt issues, of course! I have been wanting to try spinning, but my knee makes me nervouse, and the doctor told me biking is not good for it... but it is much stronger now, and I may give it a try! I'll never know unless I do it!

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KRICKET4 9/28/2012 10:57AM

    All I remember from spin class is that I kept sliding off the seat... It is a great workout though. Glad you enjoyed it.

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LEB0401 9/28/2012 10:54AM

    HAHAHA!

From personal experience, the first spin class I took was torture on my butt bones. Couldn't sit right for a week! So I bought a $20 gel pad for the seat. By the time I took my 4th class the cushion was hurting more than the seat was... So my advice is to wait a couple classes before you invest in padded gear. My instructor said the bones will develop caluses that allow you to bike without hurting. Plus those padded pants look like diapers! Not hot.

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CHSHULER89 9/28/2012 10:42AM

    Awesome!!! I figured you would like it!!! emoticon emoticon ! Hard work, but so worth it!! I love it! That's part of how i have been losing the wt since march. I still can't run cause i still have these pesky shin splints. Spinning is such a kickbutt workout! It's given me some of my great leg strength and now on weds a sculpting class with it! My schedule lets me do at least 2 days, i wish i could do 3. Rock on! Enjoy! Good luck with your friend,too!

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VICKYMARIEC 9/28/2012 10:41AM

    Hahahaha..thanks for the great laugh!

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NEWSGIRL2177 9/28/2012 10:32AM

    LMAO at that last part! Awesome.

I squealed when I saw this blog because spinning is something that's been on my list to do for a while, but I've been chicken about it because of my size.

Sounds like you had a great time and it clearly sparked something for you. This makes me want to try it, too!


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KBRADFORD88 9/28/2012 10:20AM

    You haven;t been wearing padded shorts emoticon OMG! Go right now and buy some immediately. I even bought a padded gel seat to take to class! So worth the cost.

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REMEMBER2BME 9/28/2012 10:19AM

    Sooooo cool. I have not done spin class for years and year. I remember I was doing step at the time so I thougt i was in good shape. i went to spin class and it totally knocked me on my rear. GREAT JOB!!!! You of course must purcase bike shorts though. They are very expensive but so very worth it and last well.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/28/2012 10:18AM

    Wow! WOW! emoticon

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I Know What I Want Now

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Well, I'm now 5 chapters in to "The Triathlete's Training Bible" and I still stand by my review that it is one of the most helpful books I've ever read and it could not possibly come at a better time for me. Biggest lesson so far: It's time to start using my head and training smarter.

I am now on Day 4 of no exercise at all. Surprisingly, I still hope to meet my 2,000 September Fitness Minutes goal. Truthfully, I've been doing very little moving in general the past few days, as I'm working on some hardcore recovery from my ankle issues this past weekend, as well as healing from a sustained period of about a month of what I now recognize as over-training.

Found a great quote this morning:

"During the hard training phase, never be afraid to take a day off. If your legs are feeling unduly stiff and sore, rest. If you're at all sluggish, rest.
Whenever you're in doubt, rest."
--Bruce Fordyce, nine-time Comrades Marathon champion from South Africa

Right now, my body feels wonderful! If it could talk, it would be thanking me with tears for the rest that I've given it.

I do have a workout class scheduled for tomorrow, which is my first ever spinning class. I'm pretty excited for that class...and also terrified. Haha. I'm sure it will be an interesting blog recap for you at least!

My ankle feels great! I wouldn't run on it today...or tomorrow, for that matter. But I feel confident that it will be OK for running the race on Saturday. This makes me so happy!

To avoid disappointment, though, I fully expect my tendinitis to flare up after that race (as it has with every long run for the past month) and I'm willing to give it as long as it needs after this race to heal up.

In terms of training for my half marathon, I am going to play it by ear. I was advised to try a 10-mile run at least once in the weeks leading up to the race. It just depends on my ankle and how it feels. I've resigned myself to the fact that I might not be able to get 10 miles in before my half. And that's OK. I still believe I can finish the race on October 20th and, well, my ONLY goal for that race is crossing the finish line.

I've also been eating to hunger at this point, with no worries about losing any pounds. I've tracked my food but not always stayed within my SP calorie range. I really am not worried about that right now. I'm more worried about balancing my carbs and protein and trying to find a calorie threshhold that makes my body feel energized. I have got to stop being hung up about numbers and do what feels right for my body. If my daily intake ends up being 2200 calories per day (with as many healthy and whole choices as possible, obviously...this is not a free-for-all), then so be it. I have not yet found a place where I feel satisfied or energized. This is troubling, but I know I will work it out with time.

I intend to go back to consistent workouts next week, but won't be working out every single day like I was before. I am going to consciously build in rest days. It doesn't mean I won't be working harder...I'll just be working smarter.

I've also come to a decision regarding the weight loss vs. training debate. It comes down to this one question: What makes me happiest? (aka: What do you WANT?)

You know...losing weight would be so awesome. Strike that...WILL be so awesome. But I LOVE what I'm doing with swimming, biking and running. The three disciplines fit so well together and they are so good for the body. I read in my Triathlon Training Bible that running, biking and swimming work almost every single muscle in your entire body!

Each of the disciplines does something different for me (running brings that endorphin high, swimming brings a deep calm and tranquility and biking builds my strength). I can't drop any of them and be happy. I want them all. So...I'm taking them all. But...I will systematically and precisely rotate my training to focus on specific elements of improvement in each discipline while generally maintaining fitness in the other two. This way, I won't just blow all my energy on all three and burn out.

What this means is...I've had to look really deep into myself and be OK with the idea that doing this will bring me joy and I have to be OK with the number on the scale, no matter what that is (or isn't).

But here's the beautiful part of all this...I really do believe I can have it all. Call me a dreamer if you will...but I actually think it is possible to train and see my body change...but in a much different way than I imagined.

I asked my spinning instructor about this because he has PROMISED I'd lose weight if I bought an unlimited pass and came to spinning 4 days/week. (I mean...it IS a perfect winter workout when I can't cycle outside!) He said this and I thought it was really helpful:

"I am not an expert in exercise science. I specialize in Dietetics, but what Dietetics did teach me is that if you workout heavily (anaerobically), you will gain muscle, which, in turn, will increase your basal metabolic rate. Thus, your body will need to utilize its energy stores (usually fat) for energy. With that said, your weight may stay the exact same, but your fat percentage can and will change, if a routine is adhered to.

With that said, please do throw away your scale. Instead, stick to a good routine that combines aerobic training (like spinning) with anaerobic training (resistance training). Your clothes will fit much better and, in fact, this is a better check to FAT loss than a scale, as muscle is much more dense than fat."

So, there you have it. Things I already knew...presented to me in a different way and I finally believe it.

And, if you think about it, how long can a body possibly cling to its fat when said body is burning 5,000 calories per week consistently and being fed healthy and whole foods as fuel over a period of years? At some point, that fat will be gone. Will it be as quickly as I might like? Probably not. But, from where I stand right now...I don't even care.

The other day when my friend asked me what I want, I told her I wanted to weigh less. She didn't believe me. She thought there was more. She countered with this question: "If you could do Ironman at this weight, would you be happy with that?" Well...OF COURSE! Who WOULDN'T be happy with just FINISHING Ironman????

Well, there's my answer. And it was right there in front of my face all along. Sheesh.

  
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SHANTRA 10/4/2012 9:44AM

    One of the things I have found the most difficult is the fluctuations on the scale when you start working out. I think you have achieved a terrific balance because it looks so natural. Way to go!

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EARTHTONED84 10/1/2012 2:02PM

    What a great blog. I am facing the same decision of weightloss or training for a tri. I completely agree with what you said about balancing carbs with proteins and staying active with aerobic exercises and strength training. Lately I have been feeling super hungry too and all I can do is just make the best food choice available to me. There are some times when all I want to do is eat bread. It's gross but I am in the process of training myself to look at other forms of nutrients and drinking a crap ton of water too :P I am going to have to go get that book.

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DR8561 9/28/2012 5:15PM

    I learn so much from you! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4HIM 9/28/2012 1:22PM

    WAY. TO. GO!
SO happy you've found your decision, Leah.
That's all that matters... and you will find success in your choices - I have NO doubt about that!
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ROB704 9/28/2012 11:00AM

    great blog!

And the whole fat/muscle v weigh thing is a struggle - when you think about most of the messaging around this is about weight, not fitness. I'm going through it now - my weight is changing very slowly but I'm losing inches and wearing clothes I haven't in years. And I feel stronger than ever.

It screws with the brain!

Well done, well written, and just cuz I haven't mentioned it in a while - You ROCK!

Keep it up!

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CLUTTRELL8 9/28/2012 10:52AM

    I LOVE this blog!! : ) I could read it again and again. It's very inspiring. Besides the fact that I spy the spinning class every time I'm at the gym with curiosity and hesitation and wanted to know what you think of it... I'm so inspired by your attitude about getting fit and healthy and not worrying about 'that number' on the scale! Way to go! And thanks for sharing it! emoticon

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NDKARIKARI 9/27/2012 9:53PM

    AWESOME blog! You are super inspiring. You always make me want to retry something that I did in the past. I am seriously considering heading back to the swimming pool!

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REGILIEH 9/27/2012 9:50PM

    I am amazed with a family you have the time for all you invest in your diet and exercising, I am envious! Oh, and you have a job too, you are definitely superwoman. emoticon ALL!

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GODIVADSG 9/27/2012 3:02PM

    Spinning has always helped my cycling and running and it is fun!! Get ready to work... just like running and swimming it requires small steps first! Enjoy your sweat today... it does a body good!! emoticon emoticon

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LSPIZZA 9/27/2012 2:25PM

    You go!

I was not able to lose weight and train for triathlons or my half marathon. I needed the fuel to train. And there has to have been muscle gained as I have out on some weight but am the same size.

And I never finished a 10 mile run while training for my first half marathon. And I fininshed it officially in 2:39, but I had to stand around 12 minutes for a bridge to open and close (Murphy's law, ya know!). So I figure I met the goal of under 2.5 hours if I subtract that 12 - even if the offical race time won't.

I have another half to do in less than 3 weeks - no bridge in this one.:) But I don't think its happening since my foot is healing very slowly and more than 2.5 - 3 miles running makes it hurt and then I start limping. I think I will wait to try when I am really healthy.

I wish you all the best!

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FITFOODIE806 9/27/2012 1:31PM

    love! love! love! So glad you came to this realization. I think you are gonna LOVE spinning.

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PATTISTAMPS 9/27/2012 1:01PM

    You are amazing! I can almost hear your body singing from here!

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EBURGITE 9/27/2012 11:42AM

    proof, again, that most of this battle is in our minds!!! how we think about things is paramount to winning! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 9/27/2012 11:39AM

    There's being smart and then there's working smart. My 1st Tri training program was
1) Do something every day. Take 2 Nonconsecutive days off per week.
2) Do something DIFFERENT than you did yesterday.
3) Make sure you can comfortably complete the mileage.
4) Do a brick workout 1x per week. Choice of sports, but biking and running is traditional.

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LINDAKAY228 9/27/2012 10:49AM

    I'm glad that you've found something special in each of the 3 disciplines. Being at peace with yourself and feeling you are doing the most you can for your mental and physical health is so much more important than a number on a scale. And those rest days are definitely so important too!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/27/2012 1:39AM

    emoticon You're doing great! I really like your attitude. You will go far with it.

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/26/2012 11:36PM

    You are definitly looking at your body as the amazing machine that it is. We have to give it what it needs for it to give back!

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GOING-STRONG 9/26/2012 11:06PM

    What a great revelation! Now you have purpose, goals and a plan! Yay!

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JMARIES51 9/26/2012 11:01PM

    Wonderful and you sound so happy. That is how it feels to me.

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DONNA5281 9/26/2012 10:53PM

 
You now know what you want to do. Good for you!

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/26/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon Excellent decision!!!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/26/2012 7:58PM

    Now that you know what you want, go get 'em, tiger!! emoticon

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ISABELLE31 9/26/2012 7:42PM

    I love how introspective you are--it always leads me to think more about my thoughts and actions, too. :) I also love that you have surrounded yourself with people and resources that provide you with feedback--and that you accept the feedback even if it's not what you want to hear.

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JUNEAU2010 9/26/2012 7:38PM

    Sheesh indeed!

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LYDDIECAT 9/26/2012 7:31PM

    Yay for rest days! I was having an issue with my foot all spring and summer, but not resting it a lot. Along came the beginning of the school year (I'm a preschool teacher) with all its stress and long hours and I cut back on my workouts some, just because life was getting in the way,. With all the extra rest, my foot is healing up fast. It seems so simple looking back on it, but without that hiccup in my workout schedule, I'd probably still be suffering with a sore foot.

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    Great insights! emoticon

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SPARKL3 9/26/2012 5:14PM

    It is SO important to discern what it is that we really and truly want. Go for it!

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35ANGELS 9/26/2012 4:49PM

    emoticon Good luck this weekend.

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AUSFAM 9/26/2012 4:30PM

    Wish you the best on your journey! Figuring out 'what you want' is the first step toward happiness!!!

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MARATHONDAD 9/26/2012 4:15PM

    couldnt agree with your decision more!!!!! I knew you would figure it out and good for u

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DIANNEMT 9/26/2012 3:37PM

    Good for you!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 9/26/2012 3:19PM

    Awesome. It's amazing how much we already 'know' -- it just takes one thing to make it click!

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LEIGHWOMAN 9/26/2012 3:06PM

    Having just trained for and finished my first triathlon, kudos to you for trying some new things!

One thing though, in regards to what your spinning instructor said and the "fat stores." If you're eating the wrong food, you will never burn fat. I was burning 6000 calories per week and not budging on the scale. My clothes weren't changing on me much either. I went to a naturopathic nutritionist and she put me on a paleo based diet, because we found out that my body was taking all carbs and sugar that I was eating it and spiking my blood sugar to burn only sugar for hours on end. Once I cut them out, the training got easier, I was more energized, satisfied on less food, and the weight just fell off.

I'm not saying you have the same issue, but I'm a firm believer that yes, you can have it all, but use the tools that are available to you. I think if you aren't seeing results, it would be worth at least talking to a nutritionist to find out if there is something in your body that's working against you, as there was in my case.

Just a suggestion. It sounds like you have a really good grasp on what you're doing, but I thought I did, too.

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HFAYE81 9/26/2012 2:55PM

    Awesome!!! Thanks for the keeping us posted, I love reading your blog!!! I can't wait to hear about spinning class! emoticon

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GOSPARK45 9/26/2012 2:46PM

    Sounds like a great plan. It also makes me feel better about laying off a couple
days when I just felt tired and a little sore. I felt lazy about it, but just didn't have the energy. I think my body just wanted some rest. So thanks for reinforcing that. I'm glad you're resting your leg. Here's hoping everything goes smoothly from now on. Like anything ever goes SMoothly, oh well.
Good luck, we're rooting for you.

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FITORFATNURSE 9/26/2012 2:45PM

    I agree! The scale frustrates me to no end. I know I've been working my behind off but the scale has barely budged. HOWEVER I can tell I've lost fat all over, esp. in my abdomen. My clothes feel looser, I can tell I've lost when I look in the mirror, other people have noticed. I love seeing the results, it gives me motivation to continue to be healthy. And p.s you CAN have it all!! never give up emoticon

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ESCHLETZ 9/26/2012 2:43PM

    You have a way with words. I've 'known' a lot of this stuff in the past too, but never really believed or fully understood it. The way you've put it makes it so much clearer. Thanks for sharing.
Good for you for listening to your body and allowing it to recuperate. And good luck on your marathons!

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KIPPER15 9/26/2012 2:42PM

    Being healthy at any weight is the most important thing you can do for yourself. If you are not happy, you will not be healthy. Pretty simple. Glad you are doing what makes you happy. It will all work out. (God's plan works always, ours work sometimes). Patience is a key factor too. I have a magnet on my fridge (one of many), that says God grant me patience, but hurry up. You will do this. emoticon emoticon

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    Awesome blog! I'm so happy you have set your mind to what you want and are working to get it. emoticon emoticon

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Difficult Choices and Healthy Balance

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

So, I finally picked up "The Triathlete's Training Bible" by Joe Friel (which has been sitting on my night stand for a few weeks now). Truth be told, I hadn't even glanced at it because I felt a) overwhelmed by the wealth of information within b) a little bit unworthy to call myself a real triathlete and read a real book about training for said sport and c) a little prideful that I already had a good workout plan and system going for me. I reasoned I could pick up that book when race season comes around again and I actually need specific tips on certain aspects of racing.

After my annoying dizziness episode and two days of headache, I decided that enough was enough. I obviously have miscalculated something and I NEED help figuring out how to balance my training with my diet. Also, I need to know the truth about where weight loss fits into all of this...and, sadly, I have heard from more than one very credible source that it doesn't.

The book starts out with a quote that is pretty darn appropriate right now for me.

"Many dedicated endurance athletes don't need to be told what to do - they need to be told what not to do." - Scott Tinley, Professional Triathlete

I only got through one chapter before my eyes refused to open again. But, I will tell you right now that this first chapter (Chapter 1 Smart Training) touched on every single issue I've been having lately. It was as if the author had been watching my past month of effort and knew exactly what to correct. Crazy! It kind of makes me think I'm not the first overzealous brand new triathlete to hit the circuit and that brings me a small level of comfort. Haha.

In general, the entire first chapter discussed the fact that multisport training is like a puzzle, with the swim, bike and run training being the individual pieces (along with diet, rest and recovery and a few other pieces)....and the athlete's ultimate racing goals/desires being the overall picture. Just as you wouldn't attempt a 5,000 piece puzzle willy nilly without a specific plan of attack, you can't expect to train for triathlon without a detailed and focused plan.

The key to this chapter was that a training philosophy of emphasizing the least amount of the most specific training brings continual improvement. There was also quite a bit of information about moderation and rest.

Even with the details all worked out, an athlete must always keep the big picture in mind and stay focused on what they are working toward. So...what am I working toward? It hit me that this is what my friend meant at lunch the other day...what do I WANT?

Clearly, I am at a point where I need to make a choice between whether I want to focus on losing weight or focus on training. But I can't do both and expect my body to be at it's peak performance. I hate to admit this (but it's certainly no surprise to anyone) but my eyes were finally opened to the fact that I've been overtraining. I hate that. It's not like tons of my friends haven't been telling me this and I haven't been ignoring them completely. I don't know why it's so embarrassing to admit, but it just is. Also, I really love what I'm doing...so it's kind of tough to think about limiting or pulling back. But, there again, it's the BIG PICTURE that needs to be in my mind if I'm going to do this right.

Choosing between training and weight loss is something I have been avoiding...because I just didn't want to face this truth. I don't want to make that choice. However, it's a choice between two healthy options - lose weight or train for tri. I mean...that's a pretty sweet dilemma to have, as far as dilemmas go. Let's keep things in perspective here! My dilemma USED to be 3 Hard Shell Taco Supremes or a Mexican Pizza? And we all know the answer to that one, right? ALL OF THEM. Haha.

Seriously, though...you expect training to be hard work. You expect weight loss to be hard work. But you don't expect the hard work to come in the form of forcing yourself to exercise less or making a choice between two healthy options to find the MOST healthy for your own body.

So, I'm taking some rest time...because my body really needs some recovery time. I have ONE workout planned for this week...a spinning class on Thursday night that my friend already paid for so I'm going. For the rest of the week, I'm laying low, babying this ankle, eating as much as my body tells me it needs and sleeping as much as I can. As for my 10k this Saturday, we'll see how my ankle feels. If I can't run it, I'll walk it. If I can't walk it, I'll quit. A 10k race is not worth losing any momentum I could use toward my half marathon in 3 weeks. Although I realize this may be stupid, I AM running my half. It's the pinnacle of everything I've done this entire season and I will not quit that. Call me a stubborn ass, but that's just the choice I've made. I don't expect a fast time at all. And I'm fine with walking most of the half if I need to as well. But I will finish that one. If it takes me 5 hours, I will do it.

We all make our own choices. Some are wise. Some are risks. With everything, there's a balance. A balance of fitness and rest. A balance of smart and stupid. A balance of safety and risk. And we're all learning every day where that balance is for our own bodies.

Even facing difficult choices, I am so happy with where I am at right now. I wouldn't trade this new life for anything. In comparison to where I was last year, this is like paradise. To actually CARE about my body and think about what is best for it is kind of a new thing for me. All beginnings are rocky. But there will be a smooth path eventually. I have to believe that right now. It's really the only thing that keeps me moving.

  
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SUSIEMT 11/4/2012 3:21PM

    I hope those that read you regularly and have had the same dilemma read and understood what you said. You can lead a horse to water but sometimes they don't see themselves in that same situation. I am so glad I finally got to read this blog. You still rock girl! WooHoo to you!

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 10/4/2012 6:52AM

    Leah its it something amazing that you have come to a point that youre having dreams bigger than just losing weight which a year ago was prolly your biggest dream not even realizing there were other dreams inside you? It was a strange feeling when I got to the point that I didn't care if I lost anymore and was more interested in focussing on running.

Your dreams continue to inspire me to dream bigger and reach for any goal I find that may interest me.

We are all here to cheer you on as you reach for your goals.

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FIRECOM 10/3/2012 11:15AM

    Just the word "triathalete" makes me dizzy. Very good blog and I thank you.

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ONCEASANDBROOK 10/2/2012 11:05AM

    I'm so glad to have found this entry! I'm really at the beginning of things, but it's really because I've overtrained in the past and have felt weight loss *and* training slip through my fingers. I have to remind myself that it's going to be a journey, and that committing long term may mean taking things slow and being good to myself. I hope that next year, I'll be in your shoes now!

Good luck with your ankle, your 10k, and your newfound clarity! I'll be following along. :)

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SLENDERELLA61 10/1/2012 5:38PM

    Best wishes for finding the right balance for you! Great blog. Absolutely deserving of the Popular Blog Award. Good going. And I appreciate your attitude, too. I'll be achieving my first HM on Nov 18. I expect to run most of it, but I'll walk if I need to, just as you suggest. -Marsha

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SHAZG321 9/30/2012 2:54PM

    WELL DONE! GOOD WORK

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LYNSEYS06 9/30/2012 10:36AM

    I enjoyed this blog very much! emoticon

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HEARTSTOPPER 9/29/2012 5:30PM

   
Good luck!



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THESLIMMERME1 9/29/2012 2:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon that you have a new perspective of things - emoticon emoticon

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MOTIVACTION2 9/28/2012 10:18PM

    Good luck!

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NESARIAN 9/28/2012 9:58PM

    You've come along way, baby! It has been fun to watch your growth during your process. emoticon

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THEIS58 9/28/2012 3:27PM

    So right. Thanks for sharing this. I learned this the hard way too.

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EARTHTONED84 9/28/2012 11:41AM

    Wonderful blog! What you discussed here is what I have been wondering...if it is possible to train seriously for a tri AND lose weight. Thank you for this earnest blog and I will definitely go and get that book to take a peek too. I think I will be making this same kind of decision very soon. I hope your spinning class went well too!!

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SLFGOLF 9/28/2012 1:02AM

    Great blog! I'm sure it wasn't easy to face, but in all things - moderation, even training and exercise. The rest will do you good.

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KARRENLYNN 9/28/2012 1:00AM

    Thanks for sharing, sounds like you have the right attitude. Good Luck





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SHADOWROSE45 9/27/2012 10:54PM

    Good attitude

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NKOUAMI26 9/27/2012 10:46PM

    Rest is always good.Good luck
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KAPELAKIN 9/27/2012 8:39PM

    As Nigel Tufnel says "It's such a fine line between clever and stupid, isn't it?" Same with training! FWIW, Slow Carb has allowed me to train and lose at the same time, so it's not impossible, at least at the HM level.

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JSTETSER 9/27/2012 4:36PM

    You are so right about balance!

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KRISTENMBATT 9/27/2012 3:16PM

    Yes, that is definitely a much better dilemma than the taco or mexican pizza dilemma! Ha ha! It's awesome to see how far you have come!

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MNWILDCIN 9/27/2012 12:47PM

    Thanks for sharing!
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AMARILYNH 9/27/2012 12:47PM

    No need to be embarrassed - over training becomes to most runners sooner or later. If you happen to be a type A it will almost certainly be sooner. Best of luck to you with the half marathon - stay safe!!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 9/27/2012 12:15PM

    It is difficult to balance rest with activity. I have a personal struggle with this. Thank you for sharing such important insights. emoticon emoticon

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/27/2012 11:53AM

    Great attitude, great thinking! Keep moving forward! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 9/27/2012 11:50AM

  It looks like you have a very clear view of your situation and are now enabled to make the best choices for you - congratulations! I wish you the very best on you half marathon.

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COACHMOMMY 9/27/2012 11:25AM

    I was going to comment on your weight loss dilemma before, but since I'm no expert on weight loss or exercise, I decided not to. After I read this blog, I just wanted to give you some encouragement! I lost 46 lbs. in 7 months almost 2 years ago and have been maintaining (mostly!). The only exercise I did while loosing was walking about 3 miles, 2-3 times a week (and an occasional long hike). I started a C25K training class after I had lost the weight and then started running pretty regularly after that (certainly not at your level, but 3-4 miles). I didn't loose much after that, but I'm positive that running was my "key to maintenance". It's still my main form of cardio!

So keep up the good work!

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DOTTY7267 9/27/2012 11:03AM

    Thank you - I had to learn the hard way as well, when I trained for my first 1/2 marathon.

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SANDYCRANE 9/27/2012 9:51AM

    Great blog, a real eye opener. emoticon

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FARIS71 9/27/2012 9:34AM

    As usual you rock. I am training for a half in Decmeber and need to keep in mind the balance needed to do that. I sometimes wonder if I will ever be satisfied - like once the half is done, what next? Will there always need to be a what next? I know it's important to have things to work toward, but will I be able to work toward maintenance? And you're right - these are awesome questions to be pondering instead of what super sized value meal I want. emoticon

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JLEMUS1 9/27/2012 8:29AM

    The ying and yang...balance is a good thing!!

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1935MARY 9/27/2012 8:08AM

    Great job. You are right. you have to find the balance in everything, emoticon for it to work.Instead of calling it quits on running the race, sit it aside for now . Maybe later down the road it too will become a part of your balance.

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BLOOMING52 9/27/2012 7:55AM

    Thank you.

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AJB121299 9/27/2012 7:40AM

    good job

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JO28352 9/27/2012 7:37AM

    Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you've reached the right decisions for yourself and your body. emoticon

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MANILUS 9/27/2012 6:54AM

    You have found the wisdom that comes from a rare place, training OR losing weight are the options.I learned that one the hard way!

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ON2VICTORY 9/26/2012 10:07PM

    Sounds like someone has really received some well earned wisdom. Good for you. Thanks for the inspiration

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MIDROAD 9/26/2012 11:48AM

    I just love your blogs. You write so well! Thanks for inspiring us all!

Blessings to you and yours,
Jeannie

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CZEIDMAN 9/26/2012 10:51AM

  Those are very tough choices. Hoping that your ankle holds up.

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DAISYBELL6 9/26/2012 8:05AM

    It seems that you have weighed your options and are making the best decision you can for you, your body and your health. Kudos to you! emoticon

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CLUMBOY 9/26/2012 7:13AM

    excellent thoughts. think of how much your mind has developed on this journey. very inspiring.

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MCFERRET 9/26/2012 6:38AM

    It sounds like you have done your research and are making good choices for YOU! WTG! Keep listening to your body and stay strong.

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JMARIES51 9/26/2012 12:51AM

    I was so happy to read your blog today. When you were talking about the dizziness, I was really wondering if you were over training or under eating. There can be so many reasons for a person to feel dizzy so I hope you find the right balance, and I am sure you will end up stronger physically and losing weight, all at the same time.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/25/2012 11:36PM

    I'm glad for you! And that book sounds good. Go for it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/25/2012 11:31PM

    I was overtraining in the summer (and not eating enough!) and I wasn't losing weight that had crept up on me so I started upping my calorie range and eating more protein (thanks to you!) and I started to lose again. I think that you have to give your body enough fuel to have the most efficient machine working for you.

In the past month, I took a necessary break from training for races and I've lost a few more pounds, have been maintaining my weight fairly easily. Running for me gives me a goal, gives me motivation to improve. It is a balance to find how to fuel your body and your workouts, and lose weight... I lost the bulk of my weight before I found running so I don't know from personal experience... But I think that you're doing the right thing, listening to your body and friends and if something isn't working, change it. Experiment. Try new things. Eat more protein, eat less protein, drink more water. See what works. Find the balance.


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Fort4Fitness THIS WEEKEND!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

I am SO tired today. I am SO hungry today. I don't know, guys...this training/diet mix is so difficult to figure out. I did all the math and I know what SparkPeople tells me I need to eat daily to meet my weight loss goals. But then there is this whole other world of hunger when you are burning 5,000 calories per week with endurance sports. I've had headaches and been dizzy (yesterday, walking with my sister and my niece, I almost fell over on the trail because a spell of dizziness hit me). My hunch is...I need to eat more. Quite honestly, at this point, the exhaustion and headaches are so annoying, I am almost OK with maintaining my weight for awhile if it means I can FEEL better.

So, as I was laying around lethargically trying to figure out how I'd make it a whole other 1.5 hours to my kids' bedtimes, I suddenly was jolted awake because I remembered....

IN FOUR DAYS, I GET TO GO TO FORT WAYNE AND MEET MY SPARKPEEPS!!!!!

My lovely roommates this weekend will be:

RUNFOR3POINT1 (the artist formerly known as MOM2IAN)



SNEVIL1



ABSOLUTZER0



I can't even tell you how excited I am right now. All three of these are so dear to me and we've never even met face to face. Just kept in touch via SP, text and e-mail. You'd think I'd be nervous to "meet new people", but I don't think it will feel that way at all. It will be like a bunch of old friends that haven't seen each other for awhile.

I'm also pretty excited because it's my first race longer than 5k. Right this very moment, I'm nervous because I'm currently back in the boot (merely a self-imposed cautionary measure...NOT doctor ordered). Something is wrong with my ankle again...but what the hell is new? I'm actually getting pretty damn sick of this crap. But...just a bit longer and I can work on getting into perfect shape.

So excited so excited so excited!!!!!!!!!!!

  
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ADAPTINGANNIE 6/11/2013 9:29AM

    Thanks for sharing. Hope that "getting into perfect shape" is happening. Sounds like you are very goal-oriented. emoticon

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FRABBIT 12/7/2012 4:21PM

  great blog!

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GOSPARK45 10/17/2012 5:06PM

    You have to sometimes tell SP how much you are exercising. Go to your fitness tracker page, then click on Fitness Setup near the top of the page. Then fill in your weekly fitness minutes. Now it should adjust your calories to give you enough energy for your workouts.
Hope this helps. I had to do this twice so far.

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MISSLISA1973 10/15/2012 7:04AM

    Sorry I missed it... how did you do?

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FATHINSN 10/10/2012 6:55PM

    Awesome! I hope you had great fun there :D (by the time I post this, you probably already post another blog about the trip and meeting the SP buddies, hehe)

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/9/2012 9:38PM

    Have a great time!

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/1/2012 12:42AM

    have fun

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JADE465 9/30/2012 12:48PM

    This is a pretty awesome blog.

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    I'm sure you will do emoticon

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DEFININGMYSELF 9/29/2012 5:44PM

  When you are burning that many calories exercising, you need plenty of good fuel. I had the same situation once. I felt so weak that you probably could have knocked me over with a feather. More good fuel was my answer. Hopefully it will be yours too. Have fun this weekend.

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NELLBELLA26 9/28/2012 9:20PM

    That's pretty awesome! Spark love! Have a great time! emoticon

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RUNGRL2013 9/28/2012 1:40PM

    emoticon for the race--enjoy! Please watch for dizziness, headaches, etc-- these are messages from your body that must be paid attention to. You're a winner no matter what emoticon !!!

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SPARKL3 9/28/2012 8:53AM

    Can't wait! Can't wait! Can't wait!!!! emoticon

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    emoticon What an honor to have your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 9/27/2012 9:42PM

    Maybe you should re-evaluate your eating plan. You may not be getting the proper foods for your exercise program. I find that my diet is constantly changing according to my activities and I have been doing fairly well with this. Not eat enough is the worse thing you can do for yourself

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EOWYNRUSS 9/27/2012 8:24PM

    Boy, do I know what you mean. I practice judo. Judo is a killer workout, it's aerobic exercise and builds muscle. However, when the workout is over, I am so huungry I feel like I could eat an entire cow. Same thing happens when I am just working out doing cardio and strength training every day. The hunger is insane. I am ravenous all the time. What I do (and this may or may not work for you) is protein load to combat this. I eat my normal calories, then add some extra of pure protein. Maybe an extra helping of meat or soy, an extra egg at breakfast, even cheese or greek yogurt help. I think you are right, your body needs more calories. Give yourself an extra allowance of maybe 100 a day, then 200 a day, etc. Until you find a calorie amount that works and still allows you to lose weight. Good luck.

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LEEKA5 9/27/2012 4:02PM

    Listen to your body, it sounds like it's desperately trying to get your attention. Would it be so bad to maintain for a little bit and settle everything down before you go downward again? You have, after all, the rest of your life to do this and live life at the same time, but it won't do to derail yourself at this point.

You know your body better than anybody else - what's it telling you?

Otherwise, have a good trip and visit with your sparkpeeps. I hope your ankle holds out for you.
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NEWTINK 9/27/2012 9:24AM

    Sorry for your recurring ankle issues ... I think you will have a wonderful weekend and remember that if your diet plan is causing health issues it is time to change diet plans. It wont do you any good to be sick and tired all the time. emoticon emoticon

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SLFGOLF 9/27/2012 1:03AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Enjoy!!

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AJB121299 9/26/2012 10:40PM

    enjoy

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CAROL494 9/26/2012 8:57PM

  Take care! Have a great time.

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MAMA_CD 9/26/2012 7:02PM

    Hope you're all better soon

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    Congrats & have fun!

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MOUSE39 9/26/2012 6:47PM

    Have fun in the Fort! I grew up there and miss it most of the time.

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SH9719 9/26/2012 6:00PM

    I had a similar weakness spell last night after 2 hours of hard workout and probably not enough fuel since breakfast. I ate a quick turkey burger and hummus on a small pita to get some carbs in my system. I felt a lot better after that and was able to finish the day with a 1.75 mile walk with the dogs. (Their request not mine.) I was hoping I could get my son to do the duties, but no his boss was taking them out to a $100 a plate tasters dinner the night before they left for Hawaii on businesss. So I walked the dog and finished the day eating corn on the cob and blueberries in greek yogurt. There is not justice.



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EVERYBITE37 9/26/2012 5:37PM

  Cool blog!!! Hang in there.!!! Hope you have fun in 4 days!!

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OPENESS 9/26/2012 4:44PM

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PMFISH 9/26/2012 4:24PM

    I have found I great horrific migraine headaches if my back is out of alignment. I see my chiropractor and receive immediate relief with an adjustment. Enjoy your visit with your peeps and hope you feel better soon.

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  Hang in there and have a wonderful time with your spark friends.

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ORODEO73 9/26/2012 1:33PM

    sounds like lots of fun. Have a good safe time

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  Good Blog

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 9/26/2012 1:04PM

    I think listening to your body is a good idea and the dizziness is prolly due to needing more fuel. I am so excited for and jealous of your meeting sparklers! I hope you all have a great time and easy on your ankle!

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NKOUAMI26 9/26/2012 12:24PM

    Good for you! Have a wonderful weekend

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DOTTY7267 9/26/2012 11:18AM

    You'll do great! Enjoy your run.

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JO28352 9/26/2012 11:14AM

    With the weekend just ahead, hopefully that will help you get through the "now". Hang in there and have a wonderful time with SP friends!!! emoticon

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RUFFIT 9/26/2012 10:09AM

    Have fun!! Moni

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/26/2012 9:49AM

    I'm not sure how long it takes for SP to re-adjust your cals. I've seen my ranges go up as I exercise more. Maybe go to the main message boards with your questions. The answers are sure to benefit many.

Have a sparkling day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LICHAL 9/26/2012 9:39AM

  congrats! sounds like fun!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 9/26/2012 9:31AM

    That sounds exciting!

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My Weekend In Facebook Statuses

Sunday, September 23, 2012

In case you didn't know, I'm extremely Facebook active. Thought it might be fun for you to see my weekend, solely through Facebook statuses:

SATURDAY

ZOMG, you guys!!! Ran 6.05 miles this morning with no ankle issues at all! Now...tapering for Fort 4 Fitness next Saturday. WOO!

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Happy 10th birthday, Anika! You have been a diva from the moment you were born. You always loved to sparkle and you still do. But now you have also found your strength and are learning to believe in yourself. You are not only drop dead gorgeous, but you have the most empathetic heart. You are fabulous and you love others. You love to learn and you love to teach. What an amazing young lady you are!

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It is ridiculously beautiful outside today!!!! Also, I'll be honest...I have never been SO thrilled to go into a taper week. This old body is, frankly, exhausted. Been working so hard...definitely going to enjoy this little break.

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Counting down the hours till I can lay down and go to sleep (5). Also counting down the days to Deep Tissue/Sports massage in Austin (25).

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Good thing I've got like 500 calories left cause I'm about to destroy this rainbow birthday cake! ;)

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Up at 6:30am on Saturday to run 6 miles. Up at 6:30am Sunday to bike 12 miles. This is getting ridiculous...who the hell is this crazy lady that has taken up residence in my body????

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Best part of having a spa/makeover birthday slumber party? Getting to tell young girls that they are stunningly beautiful and definitely as pretty as a supermodel. ♥

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OK, I absolutely can't wait 3 weeks. I am DESPERATE for a decent sports massage and I need it soon. So that means it has to be cheap. Like $30-$40. Please tell me this is possible. Someone. Please.

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SUNDAY

Awww no bike ride today. Running buddy wasn't feeling well. It's ok with me. I declare today a REST DAY..........except for hiking. heheheheh

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Alright....so this is how it's gonna be, huh??? One great run, then a week or two of recovery, icing, non-weight bearing and supplemental workouts of swim and bike to stay conditioned?

OK, fine. It's not the most desirable training plan and not your traditional half marathon prep...but there are a mere 3 weeks left and then I can completely revamp my entire training strategy, building in as much time as necessary for complete healing and weight loss.

Not the way I envisioned this racing season going...but I'll take what I can get. One thing is for sure...when I cross that finish line on October 20th, I might possibly be in a world of hurt...but it will be my greatest physical accomplishment of all time.

Until next year. ;)

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Skyped with my Dad tonight. Just heartbreaking. The man needs a hug but there is no one to give him one. He's never been so vulnerable with me and it kind of tears up my insides. It's an awful thing to grow old and find that you are going to probably die alone. I had a sudden moment of thankfulness for Scott Drichel and it hit me...THIS is why you work hard to save a marriage. Because, no matter how hard it is now...when you're 67 and the kids are grown up...who will be by your side then? Wow.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KRYSTALLA 9/24/2012 11:45PM

    Nice posts.

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KIPPER15 9/24/2012 9:14PM

    good posts emoticon

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DONNA5281 9/24/2012 3:25PM

 

I love what you wrote! Good luck on your half marathon.

So, sorry to hear about your dad.

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KBRADFORD88 9/24/2012 2:37PM

    I too have become a facebook addict. Is there a recovery program? emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 9/24/2012 1:22PM

    You are a really fun and funny person, and serious too... and seeing all of that in this post is like you have opened real self to me! I love the slumber party post, and I feel deep sadness for your dad. Mostly, I feel like you are someone I'd like in real life! Have a GREAT day!

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ON2VICTORY 9/24/2012 1:14PM

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RUNRAYRAYRUN 9/24/2012 12:29PM

    You've had a busy weekend! Keep up the good work. Hope you do well on your half marathon!

Sorry about your dad..that's one thing I fear when I get old, being alone. I visit alot of older ladies in my church that are widows, I even have a dear friend who just turned 90 and living alone! I'm working on my relationship with my son now so later in life I won't regret it.

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GUITARWOMAN 9/24/2012 12:23PM

    Creative perspective!

You are so right about your marriage! It is a hard world out there and not one should be alone.

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MANDERS1105 9/24/2012 11:00AM

    This is awesome. It's funny how we can literally describe our life/day in small blubs like that!


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LINDAKAY228 9/24/2012 10:30AM

    Great posts! I understand what you mean about your dad. My ex husband and I divorced in 1989. In recent years we've become friends, although by no means best friends. He's older than me and will be 71 in December. he's alienated most of his family. I'm the only one he really has now to help him at times. It's so sad because he came from a large family and we have 5 kids but he is very grouchy and outspoken at times and has driven people away over the years. He is not like that with me anymore but I'm sad that I'm the only one he has left to help him. Working with elderly and disabled, I see many like that. It's so sad.

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ISABELLE31 9/24/2012 9:37AM

    Great posts. :)

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/24/2012 7:01AM

    Love my facebook :) sounds like you had a nice weekend!

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/24/2012 4:43AM

    Great Blog (and great facebook posts, that I've been following as well).

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REGILIEH 9/24/2012 2:30AM

    Where do you find the time to do all you do? Facebook can be extremely time consuming. WOW! Wife, mother, daughter, marathon runner, swimmer, biker, massager, sparker, blogger, facebooker, superwoman!

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CHARTHESTAR 9/24/2012 1:14AM

    wow is right!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/24/2012 12:52AM

    Fun--I tend to read and comment on other people's Facebook posts more than posting my status. Sounds llike a busy weekend!

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TERID816 9/23/2012 11:56PM

    I love FB too! I started out just as a way to see what my (then) young children were so involved in - now hardly a day (or hour) goes by that I'm not getting an update!

So sorry for your dad! My DH (of 25 years) and I had the honor of having his parents with us for the last 4 years of his Dad's and last 6 of his Mom's lives. They were together for 60+ years. It was hardest on her to be left behind!

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 9/23/2012 11:47PM

    Very nice blog. I am not active on face book, but I enjoyed your post.
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Regina

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