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Day Sixty-seven - Not So Tired Now - 3/9/10

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Oh, my goodness, I am in complete and utter shock and amazement! What a difference a day can make.
Yesterday was tough, I woke up tired, was tired all day, still did my D1W4-C25K and had probably some of my worst times yet. It was a real struggle, but I finished. Had a lot to do (so what's new, right) and for the third day in a row, didn't get around to tracking my nutrition untill this morning (always scary). I LOVE THIS PROGRAM!!! Even though I've had late commitments that have involved eating - and mostly at places I haven't chosen and couldn't plan too well for, I managed to stay within all my nutrition limits all three days! emoticon

Today, the plan was to do some catching up and preparing for yet another 5 day stretch of craziness. I still had to go back to last weeks tracker and copy everything for the first week of the March challenge - quite a time consuming tasks - I really eat alot!!! In the middle of all that I noticed that I had gotten a spark mail message, but I figured I could read that when I got done with entering all that food and adding up all my points for the week....so I finally finished and went to my spark mail and the results for February were in....

I started checking the week three and week four total points and exercise points and I really did well! I made the top three in each catagory, except one, which with the schedule I keep was completely satisfactory in my book! THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH TO ALL OF MY SPARK FRIENDS, for not letting me quit and encouraging me so much to stick with it - even when I couldn't do everything i wanted to perfectly! You have all taught me so much! I've always been quick to quit when I'm not meeting my own expectations(which I often set unrealistically high). While I was going over all that in my head, I got another spark mail message, so I opened that one and....it said "YOU WON!!!" I think I was in shock, and maybe still am a little...I just kept going back and forth between the two messages trying to figure out how that could be!?!?! But, it really is true, all those little goals, whether I achieved them to perfection or not....I did my best and they really added up!

I still am awed, amazed, shocked, honored and very, very grateful!!! There were so many tough competitors out there! You all were amazing, yet in the same breath, you were encouraging, inspiring and I know I could not and would not have been able to do this without each and every one of you. Thank you all for teaching me just how far I can go when I push beyond what I believe to be my own limitations and for being able to accept my limitations as being good enough.

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P.S. I'm not so tired now!!! emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME9 3/11/2010 3:44PM



Oh, I am so proud of you, my friend. Congratulations for setting out to do this and accomplishing what you strived for! You have worked hard and you have earned this! Relish in it and hold onto this feeling, sweetie!!!!!

HERE'S A BIG, BIG HUG FOR YOU!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FYRESHAMEN 3/10/2010 6:36AM

    emoticon on your successes!! You've earned them!! Looks like all the good nutrtion you've been practicing has paid off. To be able to go 3 days without tracking and STILL stay in your parameters...I'm not sure I could do that! emoticon

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PAM1864 3/10/2010 1:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon. You deserve it. Great going!!! Keep it up!!!Beautiful award emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 3/9/2010 6:10PM

    That is just so wonderful. I am really proud of you and it's so cool to have such a motivated Spark friend to keep me challenged! You go girl...wait 'til they see what you can do in March!
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NELLIEC 3/9/2010 3:56PM

    That's wonderful!!! How exciting!

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MIMIKK7 3/9/2010 2:48PM

    You are truly an emoticonwoman!!! emoticonon all of your accomplishments! You have been so dedicated and all of your work has paid off. emoticon emoticonNo stopping you now! Keep sparkling my dear emoticon!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congrats! You earned it! Now keep it going! You are an inspiration to me! emoticon

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Day Sixty-six - I'm Soooo Tired - 3/8/10

Monday, March 08, 2010

Not sure what is wrong with me today. I woke up tired. I was dragging all day. My run made me even more tired and now it's just past nine and I'm EXHAUSTED. Have a list of stuff I need to do, but sleep has moved right to thte top of it all.

Maybe that will help me get it together tomorrow. Night all.

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PAM1864 3/10/2010 1:23AM

    Yea your body needs rest, so don't worry when you become tired or lazy. Take rest and sleep.

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MIMIKK7 3/9/2010 9:51AM

    Get some much needed emoticon! You deserve it. You are a hardworking woman! emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 3/9/2010 8:49AM

    Gee I hope you got the rest your body needed and today will be a better day! Have a great day and I hope you get all you need done! emoticon

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FYRESHAMEN 3/9/2010 5:46AM

    We all have days like that. Don't sweat it. Hope you slept well and have a emoticon day today!!

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WINNINGSPARK 3/8/2010 10:28PM

    Night and sleep well.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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BE_STRONG 3/8/2010 10:17PM

    Listen to your body. Get some rest tonight and your to do list will, unfortunately, still be waiting for you tomorrow. Hope you get your energy back. emoticon emoticon

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Day Sixty-five - Time is Getting Away - 3/7/10

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Okay, home from church and just getting a few minutes to stop and blog...I missed two days in a row and I feel bad because I hadn't missed a day since I started SP until now. Life just got hectic, what's new, and with trying to eat and work and clean and get in fitness plus all of the other commitments, I guess one day I didn't have time and the other, I just plain forgot.

Today is busy too, it's 11:30 already and hopefully it will stop raining soon. Supposed to meet my running buddy at 3:30 to run and thn go to a benefit spaghetti dinner at 6:00. Work tomorrow and my ladies group tomorrow night. Tuesday is my day off this week, so hopefully I will have a little more me time and if the weather holds, will start week four of C25k OUTSIDE. If not, it's back to the dreadmill.

Went with friends to see a community theater group play lasst night , and of course, that meant going out to eat. They chose Culvers and I was careful all day to stay on the light side so that I could eat something with them. I was tempted to go for the green beans as a side and almost ordered them, but I was pretty sure that I was good enough to have fries. As it turns out, when I got home and tracked, I stayed within all my limits altho.ugh the protein and carbs were a little low and fat was at the higher end of the scale. The point is that I was okay in all three areas and today is just another challenge.

Got to get moving though. Need to clean the kitchen, catch up some studies, spend some time with sis so she won't feel deserted when I leave again today for the run and dinner, wash the workout clothes and probably 10 or 20 other things that just won't get done. emoticonOh, well, just got to keep doing the important stuff and enjoying life and being the best me that I can be.

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Oh, yeah, today I wore my low rider jeans to church with a tank top that is short enought that it doesn't quite tuck inwith a flowered jacket. Kind of cool, no muffin top when I'm standing...and just a little roll when I sit (notice the key work roll (not plural!!!) emoticon emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 3/7/2010 10:59PM

    What a wonderful feeling to be able to go out to dinner with friends and stay on track...Those sexy jeans were worth every bit of your work...Have a great week...
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NELLIEC 3/7/2010 7:56PM

    I could say there is a benefit to being "handicapped." I try not to commit myself too much, but just take one thing at a time!
Seriously, you seem to have a veeerrrrryyyy busy life! But it does seem that you are coping!

May God bless you!!!

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ANGELFMABV 3/7/2010 6:40PM

    You darn did wore me out just reading this one. You are a busy lady! Keep up the good work and take care of yourself! emoticon

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FYRESHAMEN 3/7/2010 6:39PM

    emoticon Your ceaseless energy never fails to awe and inspire me! Sounds like you were a hottie at church today - you GO girl!! All your hard work is paying off, that's SO emoticon! Keep up the emoticon work!!

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BE_STRONG 3/7/2010 4:41PM

    That is so emoticon that you got to wear your jeans. Don't get too upset about not getting to work out. You'll get back in the routine tomorrow. Just take it one day at a time.

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    Woohoo on wearing that outfit!!! Must have felt great! CONGRATS!!!

Have a GREAT run today!!!

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LKEITHO 3/7/2010 1:15PM

    Have a great day! Enjoy the run later!

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AHEALTHIERME9 3/7/2010 1:11PM

    WOOHOO!!!!! Lorraine, you are wearing low-rider jeans!!!!! You go, woman!!!

Listen, do not beat yourself up if you aren't able to do every single thing on your list... Remember, it's about progress, not perfection. And you are living life, which is what having and spreading your spark is all about!

You have formed great, healthful habits, and you now know a lot more about strategies and goals and nutrition and fitness than you did before. If you just stay consistent and keep leading a healthful lifestyle, you are going to be right on track. So do what you need to get done, you busy woman you, and we will be getting ours done, too, and we'll meet up again sometime this week if we don't chat before then!

I've missed you, by the way!

Keep shining, my friend! You are doing great! The low riders prove it!!! emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 3/7/2010 12:48PM

    emoticon on that little singular roll!
I got tired just reading what all you have planned let alone the things that won't get done. I know what you mean about the time. The day is almost half over already and none of it seems done here! Great job with staying in your range at Culvers. Have a great day!

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MIMIKK7 3/7/2010 12:47PM

    emoticonyour a busy woman!!! emoticonon looking good in your low rider jeans! emoticonstaying within your calories and being able to eat out. Very cool. You rock! Keep rolling... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day Sixty-two - WOOHOO, Feeling so FREE! - 3/4/10

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Aaahhhhh. I had no idea that this could feel so good. It is a positively beautiful day here in northern Illinois. The most incredible blue skies, not a cloud to be seen. It is a tad brisk, but once you're running you don't feel it. Personally, I love the heat of summer and don't have much use for temperatures below 60F, but I could change my mid on that one. Right now it's 41F and I just got back in from my first road run....WHAT A JOY! I had my MP3 and did week three of C25K - mapped out the distance in the neighborhood to just over what I was doing on the dreadmill (since that's on a small incline) and got out and did it! Without the 5% incline, I went about 10% farther in the same time. Now I've got to work on setting my watch / pedometer to my running stride and on coming up with my own training music mix. I am using one from the internet which is a little new agey for me, but has a good beat to move to , so for now, until I get more techy, it will do. Came home and entered my times and distances, and after eliminating the warm-up/cool down times, I was moving at a good clip, right around 12 1/2 min miles.

I would have loved to go farther, but my sis has an insurance adjuster coming over and my task list has suddenly gotten quite large (appointment was made 2 days ago - he'll be here within the hour). I still get to do my cross training cardio and weight training today and hopefully the weather holds thru the weekend. I'd love to get in two more runs in the sun beofre the weather turns!

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AHEALTHIERME9 3/11/2010 3:48PM


Keep running... it's doing your spirit so much good! emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 3/5/2010 10:26PM

    Way to go on your trek outdoors! You're inspiring me to give it a whirl one of these days. Just did my first run on treadmill & lasted a mere 10 minutes....Can't imagine what it must feel like to breathe in the fresh outdoors..Keep at it...

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PEEPERS54 3/5/2010 7:19PM

    Man are you ever determined. Sounds like with all your cardio, and running your weight will just melt off. I think I have done well to do my treadmill twice a day. But as weather warms up I hope to be able to walk outside too, run, well don't know about that. I was never a very good runner, even in school. But I have been challenging my self some what on treadmill, been jogging some, lo! I walk alot of times at night, and the other evening my husband shot his eyes around at me, like hey, your running on that thing. Which I just recently started trying to actually run on it. But reading your blogs as well as others is really keeping me motivated too! So thanks!

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MIMIKK7 3/5/2010 12:54PM

    emoticonon your first outdoor run! That is emoticon! I have started doing my walks outdoors with my music and I am really loving it. I have even, to my surprise, started doing little sprints while I walk. Feels great! emoticonon your running. emoticon

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PAM1864 3/5/2010 5:53AM

    I a really feeling jealous when I hear everyone running outdoors. Its must be so good to enjoy your run as well as nature. Its very hot here and not allow to walk or run. I am held inside this luxurious prison. Sparkpeople is the only enjoyment for me. I am waiting for the vacation to run from this country.

emoticon for all that talk. I am always happy for my friends.

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BOVEY63 3/4/2010 1:16PM

    emoticonon the run.

I also prefer lower temps when working out. This morning it was 20 degrees when I walked to the post office and will be in the mid to upper 30s by the walk home for lunch. Much better than upper 70s and 80s in the summer.

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    WOOHOO!!! It is SO much better outside! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time out there!!! Yeah, I'm worried about running in the warm air...that's gonna be a tough one!
I don't know what else to say but YAY YAY YAY! Sounds like it was a GREAT run!!!

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EKKING 3/4/2010 12:42PM

    That's great that you got in your first outdoor run and loved it! Reading everyone's blogs about running ALMOST makes me want to run. Almost... :)

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Day Sixty-one - This Time It's For ME! - 3/3/10

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I've lost wieght before, even kept it off for a couple of years. It's not something I can't do, or don't know how to do. But it's something I guess I didn't believe I deserved.

This time is different. So very different. No vacation to get into a swimsuit for, no wedding dress to fit into, no Army weight standards to meet. No, this time it's for me. More than ever, even more than when I began this journey on Spark. This time it's for me.

I started Spark on Jan 2nd of this year. It wasn't a New Years resolution. I just got tired of my sister and I telling each other how we needed to lose some weight and I was hating the way I had to camoflage the rolls of fat when I dressed. I knew the numbers on the scale were continuing to rise daily and I had just quit looking at how much. I don't know how I found Spark...I still attribute it to being a gift from God. He knew exactly what I needed, and I will be eternallly grateful.

Only this program would have kept me going and brought me this far. Farther than I had ever imagined. As it turns out, my sister still hasn't decided to come on board...still eats all the same old junk in addition to the healthy foods that I prepare. I certainly didn't sign on for any fitness or exercise stuff, but, now it's such a part of my life that I actually get cranky when something or someone gets in the way of my fitness plans.

Today, I was sooo excited about starting week three of the C25K...and with a real live running buddy to boot. I really wanted to start yesterday, but it was my day off and I'm trying to learn to follow instructions, so I did some circuits and woke up ready to hit the road. My buddy, however, had other errands and appointments that would keep her from meeting me until almost 6 tonight. I looked forward to that run all day, with apprehension because I've not pushed the consistent run time that far, but none the less, I was ready to go. Finally, at 7pm she called to say we wouldn't be able to do our road run until Sunday. Needless to say, I was VERY disappointed. The weather was beautiful today and I could have gotten a good long run in at any time, but had waited for her...and now she was not coming.

This is just one of those situations that, two months ago, would have sent me to the freezer for a big bowl of ice cream and then to bed early...and I was tempted, but then I thought, this isn't about her, and I made the decision not to run earlier. This is for me. I want to feel good. I want to lose weight. I want to dig out fromunder this layer of fat. I want to run this race! So, as much as I dreaded it, I trudged on down to the basement, stretched, and got my butt onto the dreadmill. I was really scared about the rotations on week three...they are the longest of the run lengths and there are not shorter runs in the rotation. I got thru the warm up still not feeling as energetic as I normally do at that point, but I kept going...and I did it! I even got in a mile in just over 13 mins. I would never have believed I could do it! It's not a great time, but it's respectable and I still have over two months to finish preparing for the race. My whole goal was to be able to do the race in a respectable time (under 40 mins and preferably closer to 35). I can do this. I really can. Even in the face of disappointment, I can march through and get it done. One more load of baggage gone - and that was a heavy one!

This time, yes, it's for me. I want it. I'm earning it. I deserve it and I WILL GET IT DONE, only this time, because it IS for me, I will cherish it all the more and I will keep it (off). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAM1864 3/5/2010 5:39AM

    emoticongoing. emoticon emoticon you inspire me.
Instead of feeling frustrated you switched to treadmill, that's great!!!
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PEEPERS54 3/4/2010 10:39AM

    Soo many times things seem to get in our way, stressful situations sometimes. At first It was a chore for me to get on treadmill each day, but now, its just a regular routine of mine, not soo bad. But I have always tried to watch my intake of food. But as I have gotten older, its slipped up on me, a pound here, and a pound there. But this time, I have gotten really serious that I am getting rid of these extra pounds. I will be 55 in Dec, and I want to stay active and as healthy as possible for my age. But I haven't had a buddy or partner to actually exercise with. Altho I do have girlfriend, whom we communicate each and every day, but shes doing biggest looser at hospital where she works. So we have managed to motivate each other. I live in Ky, and she lives in Missouri, but I have made some friends here on this Spark Site also, that have helped me.
But wanted to Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and your right, you make muscle, which I need muscle, especially in my arms I think. I have lost more inches than weight thus far, but my weight has shifted, for the better.
But you sound determined, and you will do this too, this time as you said, for yourself, only for yourself. Good luck!

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MIMIKK7 3/4/2010 9:18AM

    emoticonon doing this for you! emoticonYou handled the situation with such grace and poise. The majority of people probably would have just called it a night and waited till the next day to do the run. What a HUGE accomplishment for you!! What an inspiration to me and other SP!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 3/4/2010 12:47AM

    That is just awesome. I guess that's why we connect - because I started this journey for me also. I'd had enough and wanted it to be different. And here we are!!!! You handled that awful disappointment with such grace and determination. Good for you. I hate that when I postpone something for me to do it with somebody that ends up canceling. But you just ran anyway and didn't let it ruin your day.
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AMYSTRONG 3/4/2010 12:11AM

    Way to go! It's outstanding you did your run anyway and for you. You're an inspiration and I wish you great success and growth on your journey.

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    Yeah! You did it on your own! There's nothing more frustrating than an exercise partner canceling on you! But you didn't let it get you down. That's a HUGE step! You exercised without her! Great job!!!

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