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Thirteen Months Progress

Friday, May 28, 2010

Well, this was my first month in maintenance. I started and ended this month at 145.1. Well, that sure sounds like I maintained, doesn't it? But actually, I gained about 5 pounds due to 4 over-eating days (in a row) around Mother's Day, then spent the rest of the month losing it again!

Otherwise, it was a roller coaster of a month. I didn't get to the gym as often as I should or wanted to, but the stress of work really took its toll on me. I worked at my desk during my lunches so I didn't have to work late or bring work home because I wanted to enjoy my evenings with my family. But that meant sacrificing my lunchtime work-outs. I feel like I've become more out of shape and less toned this month and I NEED to get back to the gym.

BUT, on the other hand, I did 2 5Ks this month. A great 5K for Race for the Cure- it was the most I'd ran without walking and I achieved a PR! Then a disappointing 5K this past weekend (whole separate blog on that!). But I did both of them.

We are going to be on vacation for an entire week visiting with family the first full week of June. We won't have internet, so I'll be without Spark. My plan is to keep a food journal to keep me honest and I can enter the info when I get home. I already mapped out a few different walk/run courses from Spark and the house we are renting has a pool. I'm hoping to get some exercise in and I can track that in my journal as well. It will be a challenge, but I know I can do it!
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I also just signed up for my first 10K for July 3rd. That means I have just over a month to get back in gear and get in some serious training. I also need to get myself fitted for some real running shoes. I am hoping that will make a difference, too!

Thirteen months down, the rest of my life to enjoy!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/2/2010 5:14PM

    Awesome! So what that you gained and lost...all that matters is at the end of the month that you ended up close to where you started, right? :-)

You are going to have an awesome vacation and I know that if all else fails and you don't have time for "organized" exercise, you will get plenty just running after the kids! Don't forget that running around being a mom is great exercise in and of itself!

Woohoo on signing up for a 10k! I run mine on Saturday and I have found that I like the slightly longer distances more than I thought I would. And just think - it will be another PR (so what if it's your first...that's the best one because no matter what it will be PR!).

Have a blast and we'll miss you while you are without internet!

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DOLLY_37 6/2/2010 9:36AM

    Good for you! Very exciting to be in maintenance mode. Have a great time vacationing with family emoticon

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SUGAR208 6/1/2010 4:07PM

  Great job..I actually saw you running on Sunday !!! I was heading over to St. Clares. Anyways, you look great and are an inspiration! Good job and keep it up!

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SKPOEM 5/30/2010 12:22AM

  Sounds to me like you are on the right track!

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TEACHEROF4TH 5/29/2010 12:56AM

    Way to go with maintenance Lisa! Sounds like what you're describing is "real life." You're doing a great job, so keep that effort going! And enjoy those new running shoes when you get them!

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GODDESSOFHOME 5/28/2010 8:36PM

    I am so happy for you that you are at your goal and staying there. I look forward to sharing your maintenance status in the next few months. Keep up the hard work, they say maintenance is harder than losing! You are an inspiration!

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VEDDIE78 5/28/2010 7:08PM

    I think you're doing awesome. Maintenance has gotta be tough. I think anyone born "skinny" and stays that way throughout life does exactly what you've done this month. I think most normal weight people fluxuate 5-6 pounds all the time.

That is so great that you have your vacation mapped out and a plan in place. Being able to deal with vacations are a part of life! Good job!

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5K Evaluation and Results

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

So, I ran/walked another 5K this weekend. It was more of a "fun run" than I had been involved with before. No one could tell where the starting line was or where the course went. I knew when I signed up that there were no timing chips, but I anticipated a large timing clock. I didn't see one anywhere, so as the run started, I looked at my watch (regular watch, not digital) and made note of the minute hand.

Five minutes into the run, I was ready to stop and go home. I knew the run took place at the park, but assumed it was on paths or trails. No. The first part was on the grass. It was unmowed, bumpy, uneven grass. Then it shifted to a local farm where we ran on the tractor paths. Part was smooth, part was uneven, part was weedy, but it was covered in... rattlesnake holes. There were even signs telling us to watch out for rattlesnakes. I spent the entire run looking at my feet making sure I did not trip and fall. The course was also made up mainly of switchbacks. I'm okay with an out and back course, but we must have made at least 4 tight u-turns! Those turns, combined with the bottleneck, really slowed me down.

Just as I crossed the finish line (also the start line), I saw the miniature timing clock. 35:15. I checked my watch after I crossed the finish line and (using the minute hand only) figured I was somewhere in the 34 minute range. Considering the course and the fact I spent more time watching my feet, I can't complain. (My PR is 33:57).

So, the bottom line is that I am not a fan of "cross country" running. I did not feel comfortable with the uneven terrain. I also know I need to avoid the true fun runs, or least go with a different mindset. But after seeing a lot of parents and kids running together, it has made me more excited to find a kids run that I can do with my 4.5 year old!

Every run is an experience that I learn from. This 5K was no different!
Now, I just need to sign up for some runs this summer!

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APPLEANDI 5/26/2010 6:54PM

    That's a great time...especially if you walked some of it~

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MS_MANDA 5/26/2010 3:55PM

    I would have turned around and ran the hell back to my car when I saw the rattlesnake signs lol. Good job toughing it out even though its not what you expected or wanted out of a 5k emoticon

Also... what state do you live in? It kind of sounds like the middle fo nowhere, & I live in NH so thats saying alot lol

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GINNIE535 5/26/2010 1:36PM

    Sounds like you were really roughing it out there! And you made it through pretty quickly great job!

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KARVY09 5/25/2010 10:04AM

    Congrats on the 5K! Cross-country running definitely takes some getting used to but it can be fun if you have a good (not too holey!) course!

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GODDESSOFHOME 5/25/2010 8:22AM

    That course sounds killer, your ankles must be sore! I love the idea of running with the kids, my two are signing up for a kids run next month, I can't wait!

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Maintaining vs. Gaining

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I have been at my goal weight for about 2 months now. Not a long time, I know, but it's a start. After I hit my goal weight, I continued to lose a few pounds because I was still in "weight-loss" mode. I updated my Spark info and it recalculated my calories to a higher range. That makes sense, but I had a hard time meeting even the lower part of my new range!

So, I've been trying to shift my thinking from "weight-loss" to "weight maintenance." That is HARD! And I think I've been doing it wrong. I've been allowing myself extra treats rationalizing that they now fit in my calorie range. Or that I deserve it after losing 60 pounds in a year. BUT, I need to remember those treats are what got me to be overweight and unhealthy in the first place. For myself, I need to go back to what worked for me to lose the weight in the first place. I need to give my body those extra calories in a healthy way, not in sweets or fried foods.

My wake-up call that I wasn't doing a good job maintaining my weight was when I got on the scale this morning and it was 5 pounds higher than it was 4 days ago! Now, I know exactly where I went astray: date night with ice cream, Mother's Day brunch with cheesy hashbrowns and brownies, take-out Chinese high in sodium and a birthday dinner with to-die-for-cupcakes. Now, I don't necessarily think any one of these meals was awful- it was the fact that I ate all of them in a four day period!

I have also felt "off" the past few days. I have not slept well for the past few days and I have felt distracted and unfocused. I have found it difficult to concentrate at work. Plus, I am either fighting off an oncoming cold or dealing with allergies from all the blooms.

Regardless, I am hoping that the five pound increase on the scale is not actual gain, but maybe water retention or bloating from the insane amount of sweets! Maybe it is related to the lack of sleep. I don't know and it may be an actual gain that I will have to lose. We shall see.

But at least I have maintained my exercising and will continue to do so. Today is actually my first of six personal training sessions my husband got me for my Spark-iversary. I've worked with this trainer before and I know this work-out will kick my butt! Just what I need to get back on track and focus!

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SKPOEM 5/12/2010 5:15PM

  It's a good sign that you still keep track of your weight, even as you are in maintenance mode. You keep that up and, from what I've seen, you'll keep the weight off...

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GODDESSOFHOME 5/12/2010 2:40PM

    You are really on top of things, staying constantly aware. It is a good place to be right now, so you can stop the bad habits in their tracks! Keep up the good work, and enjoy your new workout!

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PSYCH2LOSE 5/12/2010 2:29PM

    Sorry! As the meal planner in the house, your blog helped me realize that I haven't been offering the smartest choices either! Stress at work is burning me out, and take-out food (and sweets) are SO much easier to throw together after a long and difficult day. That will change. Expect some smarter meals ahead...and keep up the fabulous work!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/12/2010 12:39PM

    You are so right! If you are craving or missing one or two things, sure, go ahead and have a reasonable portion. But most days, add more healthy foods to that healthy losing lifestyle you have learned. More dairy, more lean protein, more whole grains, more fruit/veggies are good. Nuts (1T to 1/4 cup) is one thing I rarely had while losing that I enjoy in maintenance.

Best of luck with shifting into that maintenance mindset. I, also, found it a very difficult shift. But life at goal is so worth it. You can do it!! -Marsha

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ALPOPLUP 5/12/2010 12:25PM

    some good advice, stop it now

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BLAZINGPHOENIX 5/12/2010 12:24PM

    I never thought about the difficulty that mind-set could create! I hope you continue to do the healthy habits you've learned here though. And good job to your hubby - that was an awesome gift!!!

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Recent 5K- decisions, decisions

Monday, May 10, 2010

If you've followed my comments over the past week, you already know that last Monday, I dropped a 10 pound weight on my toe at the gym. My big toe bruised instantly, but fortunately it wasn't broken! But of course, the first thought that came to my mind was how was I going to run the 5K on Saturday? I couldn't even walk without wincing in pain!

I made it through the week wearing wide-toed shoes and not applying pressure to the top of my toe. Fortunately, the pain was centralized to the top of my toe. Walking did not hurt, it was the pressure from my shoe on my toe that hurt. As the week went on, my toe felt better, but my running shoes still hurt my toe. I decided on Friday that I would still go to the 5K, but would walk it if I needed to.

On Friday night as I was getting my gear together for the next morning, I had an idea. What if I wore a different pair of shoes to the 5K? I have several pairs of athletic shoes, but none of them are "running" shoes, nor I had I ever run in them before. I tried on my running shoes- it hurt my toe just to walk in them. I tried on a pair of my regular Nikes- it didn't hurt to walk. So, I was left with a decision to make. Do I wear the shoes I know I can run in, but they hurt my injured toe or do I try to run in shoes I have never run in before?

Well, I took the plunge and wore my regular Nikes. Not only was I able to walk without pain, but I was able to run! I finished the 5K with a personal best time of 33 minutes 57 seconds! I wish I could make these shoes my "new" running shoes, but by the end of the run, my other toes were feeling squished.

This was the best I've felt running. It was the "easiest" 5K that I have done. I don't know if the course was "better", if the weather was "better", or if I was "better," but it felt great! I have struggled with enjoying running since I began last November and have faltered in my training efforts since I just have not enjoyed it. But this past weekend made me hopeful that I could begin to enjoy/love running like so many other people do!

All I know is that I am going to keep trying. I've got another 5K at the end of the month. Hmm, I wonder which shoes I'll wear?


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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/19/2010 11:58AM

    Way to go on setting a PR with an injured toe and different shoes! Awesome!!!

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MCMOMMAOF3 5/10/2010 9:52PM

    There is a chance you changed your running stride to accommodate your toe. So maybe it is the stride and not the shoe. Great job on your run! Glad to hear you had fun too!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/10/2010 7:34PM

    Wow! You really overcame adversity and relied, wisely, on your own judgment. Good for you! Way to go! Keep up that running. -Marsha

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TEACHEROF4TH 5/10/2010 7:31PM

    Awesome job Lisa! Way to go with your personal best time! I hope your toe heals quickly, and in the mean time, sounds like your victory has nurtured your inner-runner!
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One Year Spark-iversary

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sometimes I can't believe that it has been a year. A whole year since I joined the gym and actually started going regularly. A whole year since I started eating healthier and staying with my calorie range. A whole year since I've been active with Spark, Spark teams, and Spark friends.

So much has changed in one year. But here are the highlights:
- lost 60 pounds
- lost 29 inches (neck, bust, waist, hips combined)
- lowered BMI by 9.4 (from obese to healthy range)
- lowered my body fat percentage by 18.03% (I am currently at 20.1%)
- lost 5 clothing sizes (now wearing 8s)

But one of the best things is that I met my goal. I reached my goal weight!

Now I am going to spend the next year working on my overall fitness. I want to continue to work on my cardio and endurance as well as my strength training. And of course, to make sure I stay within my goal weight range.
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But, I am most thankful for my increased energy to play with my kids and my improved self-confidence!
Thank you for all the support from my Spark Friends and my husband (who bought me some personal training sessions for my Spark-iversary!)

Keep Sparking!


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WE_PA_FIT 5/3/2010 9:45AM

    It can be done!!! U R an example and inspriation to many-- and most especially your children. Way to go! Wish you continued success!!

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SOPHIKKO 5/3/2010 9:21AM

    I'm late but happy anniversary and congrats on all of your success! WOW!

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DOLLY_37 4/30/2010 9:51AM

    WTG you are a HUGE inspiration for me, you look wonderful and I now have the feeling that I can do this too! emoticon

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SKPOEM 4/29/2010 10:39AM


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MRE1956 4/29/2010 8:24AM


Keep up the good work! (I just had mine, but I've had issues and am recovering from them.)

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JAQUILLIN 4/28/2010 7:34PM

    You are awesome and have inspired me. GREAT job!

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