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Checking In - 5/3/10

Monday, May 03, 2010

Okay, I just can't count the days anymore......This is supposed to be a lifestyle change so I might as well quit counting them now.....what, am I going to entering "day Three thousand five hundred and ninety three" in 10 years???????

Anyway, it's now just after 10:00, a couple of minutes stretching this morning in front of the mirror while I got ready and some tricep work with the conditioner bottle while I brused my teeth and did makeup (it's a big full conditioner bottle from Costco). That's all the time I had and get to work at 7AM. Tomorrow will probably be the same. I got 10 minutes in before my womens group this evening and the rest when I got home after I took out the garbage and recycle for pick up tomorrow. Only five minutes of running - but that was speed work, mostly to start getting used to it and get my heart rate up before strength training.

All my eating was okay, a little higher in the fat area than I like, but they always have treats at my community group and I refuse to not eat anything. I had the fat to be eaten and I don't do it every day and I didn't go over, so, I won't lose a pound today....what's new? I even got in all my fiber and calcium, so all in all an okay day for being so busy. Would like to have had more fitness time, but I got a solid half hour in. That's my personal goal 1/2 hour a day someway somehow.,.,.plus I got in the extra tricep work this morning, so I guess three days in and I'm still doing okay. WOO HOO!!!

Now 10:15 - BEDTIME! Sorry, will have to spark with you all tomorrow.

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TEAPOT57 5/4/2010 10:34PM

    How you do it all is beyond me with the hours you work and all your other actives. Its no wonder you don't hop out of bed when the alarm goes off in the morning.
I would love to just have a job again and be able to exercise when ever I want.
Keep up the good work I know you want come in last on the race with all the hard work you have put into it.
You enjoy your days off after tomorrow. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/4/2010 9:50AM

    You make a good point about the counting days. I started it to encourage me to keep on blogging but I probably don't need that encouragement any more. I am almost at a year ~ I think I will stop on Day 365.

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    Way to squeeze in the exercise while you're busy! I need to adopt that...especially with my strength exercises. I have skipped them before when I don't have much time. If I split them up...I'm good to go :) See- your blog helped someone :)
Have a GREAT Tuesday!

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BE_STRONG 5/4/2010 6:09AM

    Strength training with a conditioner bottle? Good for you. Not a minute wasted. I would have never thought of that.

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TEAPOT57 5/3/2010 11:41PM

    Well I hope you still blog once in a while I enjoy reading your blogs. So how do you track your calicum and fiber?
You are doing great getting your exercise in .
Keep up the Great work you are doing.

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Day Onehundred-twenty one - Fitness report - 5/2/10

Sunday, May 02, 2010

So this is my nightly blog - fitness accountability you know. Forgive me in advance if these get monotonous, but I need to do it to get myself back to a higher level of fitness activities.

Yesterday I ran, so today should have been my strength training day. The 5K race is this coming Saturday and it's my first and I'm already nervous....why? Anyway, at church today one of the other gals who is running asked if I wanted to meet here today at four at the park to run, so, scratch the strength training....I'm going for a run. We did 2.5 miles right about 12in mies...and that's with the hills, and then walked another mile at a pretty brisk pace. I think I am beginning to learn why they tell yiu to take a day off and alternate between running and ST.....I woke up this morning feeling fine, but by the time we hit the trail there was a knot in my left quad which eventually worked itself out just in time to develop one on the right. I'm betting I will feel them both tomorrow.

All my nutrition was good - a little low on calcium and fiber, got 85% or better on those and today is the first day in over a week I didn't get them.

Tomorrow is all about the stretching and ST. I don't know if I will be able to get any good long runs in before Saturday, but I think I'm about as prepared as I'm going to be at this point and now it's more about taking care of my legs untill then.

Now, it's 9:20 and I have to leave for work at 6:30 and I would like to get in a least 10-15 mins or stretching and light weights before work....wish me luck....if I don't, I'll have to do it all when I get home tomorrow night at 8:30!!!

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ANGELFMABV 5/3/2010 6:50PM

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LKEITHO 5/3/2010 8:53AM

    Sounds like your training and nutrition are both doing really well! Don't sweat the 5K - you're ready and you're going to do great!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/3/2010 5:48AM

    Not monotonous ~ I agree with Jen!

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TEAPOT57 5/2/2010 11:16PM

    If the blogs help you then you just keep doing them it's what works for you. I am afraid if I did a blog all it would be is my problems with my health. Between surgeries and allergies. I am so tried of all of this I guess I was healthy for to long from 1993 till 2009 maybe some minor things once in a while but nothing like what I have been dealing with since last August.
Well any ways this is your blog you keep right on blogging you are commited to it seeing you never miss a day.

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    Good luck getting your stretching in tomorrow morn! You can do it!!!

Don't worry about your blogs getting monotonous! I'm going to need it to keep me motivated!!!

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Day one-hundred twenty Pt II - A Good End of the Day to Start Off May

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Well, like always, I put alot of expectations on myself...and other people, but I tried to step back a few times today and realize that EVERYTHING needn't meet my expectations. That's not so easy for me, but I'm getting better. Got some of the yard work done, but just as I was going to get the back mowed, my sister decided that it was too wet....(we have a rider - does it really matter?) But instead of being bent on getting it done before my run, I used the time to clean out my purse and start on the car and prep stuff for dinner so it would be nearly ready when I got back from my run.

She left in the late afternoon for mass, and I picked up my friend, who I think was really hoping I'd forgotten the run, and we headed off to the trail. The were just a couple od droplets and I think I'm getting a little more used to the hills. She made it to mile marker one, but her ankle was giving her issues, so we walked a few steps and then I showed her where she could cross over the lake on a little bridge and I could meet her on the other side after she had a few minutes to rest her ankle, then we ran the rest of the way in. Actually she stopped at the 1.9 mile mark to walk back and I went on to tackle the big hill again and then turned around to walk back to her and then walk to the car together. I'd like to do one more longer run before the race next week-end, but we'll see. I know I need to give my legs a rest, especially my thighs, so they aren't so sore.

Well it's 9:20 and I'm headed off to bed. Need to be at church at 7AM for lighting run thru.

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LKEITHO 5/2/2010 7:08PM

    Congrats on getting in a great run!

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BE_STRONG 5/2/2010 2:58PM

    Great job getting that run in even when your running buddy couldn't do it.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/2/2010 5:33AM

    Great job getting the run in!

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Day One hundred-twenty - Four Month Review - 5/1/10

Saturday, May 01, 2010

So, I got up early today, got some stretching in and started on the days chores....some extra cooking, some cabinet cleaning, and a few things I just wanted to do, like getting a playlist on my MP3 player for running. Have I ever mentioned that I am NOT technically inclined??? Just getting a couple of songs I wanted in the mix downloaded required forty five minutes and a phone call to my little sister to help me! Big sis, in the meantime is feeling lonely and needy today, and has been insisting that "you need to see this" "you need to see this" and its some absolutely unneeded interruption on T.V. that I have NO interest in. Anyway, the stress level was starting to build for no good reason, and I DO have playlist #1 done and think I need to take sometime to recenter before I get outside to do the yard. (Sorry for the venting!)

Okay, I've been at this four months now and I have to admit, this past month the weight loss has really slowed down even though I'm trying to get in as much fitness as I can and I'm being meticulous about measuring and tracking. It's really started to bother me, so I figured this is a good time to sit back and take a good look at the BIG picture, so here we go!!!

1/2/10 / 5/1/10

Weight = 177 / 148
Waist = 37 / 31.25
Hips = 43 / 49
Thigh = 25.5 / 22.75
Upper Arm = 12.5 / 10.5
Calf = 14.75 / 14
Hip to Waist = .86 / .79
Body Fat = 37 / 29

Ahhhh, yeah, that's why I'm doing this! Now I feel better!!! The weight loss may be slowing down, but I computed the percent of body weight lost - 16.5% (WOW!) and then the percent of body fat lost - 22.5% (WOOHOO - YEAH!). I guess that is telling me that even though the pounds are not falling off as fast as I would like them to, I am, in fact losing body fat and gaining in muscle....I guess I can live with that. This really is about being healthier and not all about the scale. Glad I took the time to slow down, sit down and look at the big picture.

Now I'm ready to get back to work....got to finish chores before I pick up my friend to go run!

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MERRYLYN 5/1/2010 10:37PM

    Doesn't success look beautiful and have a wonderful scent? emoticon
And doesn't it feel wonderful?
I have never had swift weight loss.. it feels like it was an ounce at a time and often nothing for forever. But, when you write it down like you did we can see that we have made progress and if we hang in there we will reach out goal.
I think you have done a marvelous job and you are moving faster than I have been able to.... keep up the good work.
Venting on paper is good... it doesn't harm anyone and it gets it out of your system.

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    Wow! What a great way to put it in black and white! That's a big percentage! You've done great! Hope your run goes fabuloso!!!

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TEAPOT57 5/1/2010 9:01PM

    Well I think your weight loss is excellent and your measurements are even better. You should be very proud of yourself. Keep up the good work so glad you measured yourself and saw the difference.
You will make your goal with the determination you have. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Only in four months you have achieved this.

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NELLIEC 5/1/2010 5:54PM

    Was it that your big sis wanted attention -- or did she honestly think there was something interesting. Perhaps a discussion of whatever SHE thought was interesting might have satisfied her -- or maybe not.

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BE_STRONG 5/1/2010 3:33PM

    Way to go looking at the big picture. I'll bet you will feel better after you get your exercise in. Hope the rest of your day goes better.


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DJS-DEBBIE 5/1/2010 2:54PM

    You are doing great!!

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Day One-hundred-nineteen - C'mon MAY! - 4/30/10

Friday, April 30, 2010

April has been a tough month. Wieght loss has slowed to a near standstill and finding a balance that is good for my lifestyle is tough but I'm not giving up. I've made some really good progress since the first of the year. Now I just need to keep it up. I don't want this to be a few months program and then back to same old same old and see the weight come right back.

I think I need to sleep on this. It's after 10 and even though I'm off tomorrow, I want to try to get up at a decent hour and get a workout in. Running (supposedly) with a running buddy tomorrow afternoon. It's going to be in the seventies, and that will be the warmest weather I've run in to date.

Also have a couple of challenges I'm working on for a spark team - part of the balance issue... cleaning out my purse and my car this week-end. I think I'll do better after a good nights sleep. Rain forcasted...think I'll open the windows. I usually sleep well with the rain and storms. I'll try to get caught up with everyone tomorrow!


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DJS-DEBBIE 5/1/2010 2:54PM

    I am working on the organization, too! I have 2 weeks before my internet class starts and I have to get ready...

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    I'm so with you!!! Ready for May!!! Let's make May a GREAT month!

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RE2BAH 4/30/2010 11:48PM

    Yes, you are right to work on little things to get your life more organized. Take stock of your nutrition and fitness and you will see progress!

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LOUNOBLE 4/30/2010 11:30PM

    Believe in yourself first and formost!! The weight will come off - sometimes not as fast as we would like, but it will come off. Good to hear that someone else sleeps well during storms - I sleep like a baby during them!! You have a GREAT weekend!!!

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