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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Okay, I did it. I got up (even after hitting snooze) and did a full 24 mins of fitness before work today. Good thing, because I only had a light snack of watermelon and a fiber one bar during my shift of nine hours. By the time I got home, I only had time to eat and feed my sister and the animals and get to church for lighting practice. I just got home and it's 9:50 and I have to track my "other goals" and hit the sack.

Gonna shoot for another day of early fitness tomorrow, but I have my meals all planned. Trying to eat my best tomorrow since I run Saturday morning and this time will be considerably warmer. I would really like to beat my last race time, but with warmer temps come slower times in general and if last night was any indication, I'm in BIG trouble.

All the other emails and sparking will have to wait till tomorrow night and Saturday or Sunday evening. Thanks for being patient with me!

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MIMIKK7 6/4/2010 11:03PM

    Get some emoticonand I wish you the best of luck with your race! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/4/2010 2:11PM

    I wish you great success with your race tomorrow!

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BE_STRONG 6/4/2010 6:51AM

    I am so excited for you. Good luck on Saturday. All you can do is try your best. Just think about this... You are competing against your own time on Saturday. Now think back 6 months to when we started this journey. In your wildest dreams did you ever think that you would be in your second running race (and actually running!). You have come so far and even if your time does go down, you know that factors that are contributing to it. You are doing so awesome. During your race, take some time and enjoy the race itself and all that you have accomplished to get that far. You are an inspiration!

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    Have a good rest- you deserve it!

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NELLIEC 6/3/2010 11:30PM

    Sounds like your days are pretty long!

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GLUECIPHER 6/3/2010 10:57PM

    Good Luck!

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Back on Track - I hope - And I Feel Good

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Got to make this short, it's almost eleven and I have to work tomorrow. Gonna try and get that up and at 'em fitness streak going again. Getting regular fitness has been an issue for me these past 5-6 days, but tonight I got in a good 3 mile run, alg=beit a little slow. Hopefully my time will be better Saturday for the 5K. I'd like to beat last time, but I'm sure the temperature will be higher, so my time may not be as good.

Nutrition was never horrible, but not as good as I like it to be. Today was back on track. Maybe now I can really buckle down on the fitness untill vacationa and the next new onslaught of hurdles to overcome.

Stay focused Spark friends...I need you all to kick me in the butt now and then. THANKS!!!

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BE_STRONG 6/3/2010 7:46AM

    You can do it! I hope you got your streak started again.

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    Here's a kick... emoticon I decided to use a racket instead of my foot! I'll bring out the racket when you vacation! Can't wait to find out your numbers on Saturday, but you're right...warmer temps= harder to run in!

Nighty night!!!

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PAMAPPLE 6/3/2010 12:03AM

    I admire your dedication to getting back on track again. I've been going over my calorie limit nearly everyday since the holiday weekend... Aargh! It's hard not to eat when you're craving things with sugar. I'll try drinking more water.

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Happy Memorial Day - Remember Our Fallen

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day everyone - its been a busy one, but I did get to get some enjoyment in and got my fitness - no problem! I had to be a church early today for lighting ant that was from 7AM til 12:30PM. Kind of put a halt to the AM fitness, but that's okay, I got to play with the dogs in the pool....it was kind of off and on, but certainly well over a half hour! I forgot what a workout swimming can be when you aren't just floating! It was a welcom change and with the heat index in the upper 90's, runniung was pretty much out of the question.

Had a big dinner - a WHOLE 6 oz filet mignon....but lots of grilled veggies (which I made with lowfat dressing marinade).....1/3 of a large baked potato and a HUGE salad with some homade low fat ranch.
Besisdes all that, I had some veggies w/hummus to snack on this afternoon, eggbeaters w/spinach on an english muffin for breakfast and lots and lots of watermelon.
I wound up a little low on carbs and calcium for the day, but everything else was in range (but a little higher than I like). Since I actually went over in carbs by a couple yesterday, I guess today will balance that out. Just one more day and I can get back to my stricter regimen, but all in all, I think I'm doing pretty good.

Tomorrow is still supposed to be hot, with a little rain, so after work I'm probably get in a little more swimming, but just to be on the safe side, I need to at least get a good ab workout in before work and maybe some arms if they aren't too sore from the swimming.

Later in the week it is supposed to cool off - yeah! I'd like to get in one more long run before the race on Satuurday. Okay, got to be up in 8 hrs.....everyone else have a beautiful holiday - and take time to remember our fallen. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!!

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TEXASG-MA 5/31/2010 10:35PM

  Glad you had a good day. Swimming sounds so good. Can't wait until I can start again. Saw many flags on many graves today. Freedom is far from being free. So little people realize that those brave men and women gave their lives so they could live the way they do.
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LKEITHO 5/31/2010 10:15PM

    Congratulations on sticking to your ranges today! I wish I could say the same. But as you say, back to the normal routines tomorrow!

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BE_STRONG 5/31/2010 5:09PM

    I love to swim and we haven't gotten our pool up yet. It sounds like you had a great day. :)

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PAMAPPLE 5/31/2010 10:58AM

    Your diet sounds ideal for losing weight and your running goals sound great for your upcoming race! Way to keep SPARKING! emoticon emoticon

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TEAPOT57 5/30/2010 11:18PM

    Hi So glad you were able to enjoy today and have some fun.
Are you Catholic when you say lighting what do you mean? Especially from 7AM
to 12:30 pm.
Well you have a nice day tomorrow despite having to work. That's retail for you.
Sounds like you had a very tasty dinner, and breakfast.
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    So true...our freedom is not free! Hope your Memorial day is a good one!

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Aahhh, The Week-End (Sort Of)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Well, the week-end is here, and it's been a busy week - trying to fit in the fitness gets harder and harder, and I don't know why except the weather and outside chores may be biting into my efforts. It's ten (almost) now and although I don't have to be at work until 11Am, I plan on getting up by 6:00 or close to there to get in an early morning street run before work. I NEED a good long run! Only been getting in short 1-2 mile runs with a little bit of speed work....really haven't done a C25K session all week.

Nutrition is going okay. Had a couple of days on the high side, but still well under my max, and a couple of days I was short a point or two, especially on the fats end. TOM's here, so I really don't want to weigh-in, since my weight has been stagnating anyway and now I'm feeling bloated.

Got a pair of (new/used) 10 lb hand weights....that will help with upper body strength...still would like to take on a pushup challenge, but I'm nowhere near ready.

This weekend at work is our busiest weekend of the year, so I'll be pretty much running with that all weekend, except of course Sunday, and then I do lighting at church and my little sis will be over and I imagine the three of us will do some sort of BBQ. I really want to find time to do a couple of personal projects sometime this weekend too....wish me luck....I promise to catch up with you all - one day soon!

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PAM1864 5/30/2010 9:42AM

    Have a wonderful & emoticon weekend. You Just need it after your busy week. emoticon


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MIMIKK7 5/30/2010 12:18AM

    Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend! emoticon emoticon

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LKEITHO 5/29/2010 10:29PM

    Sounds like you're keeping busy this weekend! I hope it is a great one!

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NELLIEC 5/29/2010 4:31PM

    You can't count the outdoor chores as part of your exercise? I do, since they aren't year-round exercise that I regularly do.

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BE_STRONG 5/29/2010 8:53AM

    Good job getting your run in right away. That way with your busy weekend you will have your fitness done and nothing can get in the way. I hope that all your plans and enjoyable ones for the weekend. Have fun!

I'm going to try to get back in the habit of exercising a bit in the morning once school is out. Right now, I've been able to juggle it all and it is working for me. I'll have to come up with a plan to hold myself accountable in the suumer.

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TEAPOT57 5/28/2010 11:17PM

    You are getting in exercise a few miles is good. Do you add in your chores especially mowing the lawn to your fitness minutes?
I am up to eight pound weights, my husband has some ten pound one's they seem lighter.
I am losing my muscles tone in my arms and stomach. I pray that I am able to start working out soon.
You have a wonderful weekend. emoticon emoticon

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Pushing Through

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I don't know if it's just recovering from the migraine or the heat or a combination of the two, but I'm really having a tough time getting back into the fitness thing....especially running. It's supposed to be cooling off a bit, so I'm hoing to get a couple of good longer runs in yet this week. Today was the first day I really got in all my fitness, 20 mins this morning and another 15 tonight. I'm going to try to get to bed in a couple of minutes and do it again tomorrow. Work starts at 8AM instead of nine, but as long as I'm out of bed by 4:30, I should get in a pretty good session in the am. Tomorrow night I have lighting practice for church, so I need to get in the half hour or more in the am.

On top of needing to get back in the fitness swing, I'm having to make myself eat more. Fruits and veggies sound appealing, but carbs and fats are low. Missed both today, not by alot, and I did get my calories, protein, fiber and only short twelve calcium out of one hundred.

On a good note, my sis seems to be in a better mood....and when she is happier, the world is a nicer place. I also fixed the toilet so we saved a plumber trip charge and I fixed the coffe pot, so she can cancel her order for the $48.00 carafe. She had some guys out to open the pool - yeah, swimming soon....but there was a problem with the pump. They were able to get it going, but we don't know how much life is left in it. It's twenty -two years old now and to replace it is beaucoup bucks.

Gonna take another load of clothes down to the mission tomorrow after work and try to find a pair or two of capris that will fit. I'm pulling off the size 10's now without unzipping them (oh, so sad, and the were so cute - sarcastic). I'm going to have to break down and buy a couple of new bras too, but I can live with that.

Altogether, I'm down from tight 12's to a comfortable 8 (in most items). One size down I could make do with most of the items and just wear them a little big, but now, most have to go. Good thing I've always been a big devotee of resale shops.

Gonna hit the hay now and try to get that workout in tomorrow morning. I never thought I'd say I'll be happy for some cooler weather, but were trying to save on electric to NO AC just yet! That pool is mighty cold, but I may hit it sooner than later.

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SPARKIE1964 5/28/2010 10:42PM

    You're doing great & may just need a break from it all. Tomorrow is a new day. I'm inching into 10's (still a bit tight). My goal is to hit 8 which you're already it. You have achievedd much already....Have a sparkling weekend!

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PAM1864 5/28/2010 3:35AM

    emoticon on your weight loss. You are doing emoticon Size 8 is emoticon. Wow!!! You are getting into fitness lifestyle. Keep it up!!! emoticon

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MERRYLYN 5/27/2010 10:55PM

    Thanks for stopping by my page.. so fun to hear from you.
Also fun to read this blog.... sorry about the headache and the hard time getting back into running.. hope that improves with the weather. Glad your sis is in a better mood.. hope it lasts.
Isn't it a hoot to pull those pants down without opening them?? emoticon An expensive hoot, but a hoot none the less..
I love the resale shops.. my dil and I spent some time there last Tu while waiting for her car to be repaired.. We had a blast.. and I found the cutest little black dress with beads on the front.. for some as of yet unknown special occasion. They say everyone needs a little black dress.. and this one didn't break the bank. It looks like new..how fun.
I know you will get back on track because you have such determination and have come so far already. One of these days it will just come together again.
Have fun strutting those size 8's!! emoticon

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BE_STRONG 5/27/2010 9:39PM

    Size 8 emoticon You go girl! You are kicking some major butt. Good for you.

The humidity just broke here today. I hope you feel some relief. For me, it isn't the heat, it's the humidity that has been getting to me. I'm sure you'll find a big difference in your running, but give your body time to adjust. We went pretty much from winter to summer in much time.

Good luck in your run.

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 5/27/2010 12:09AM

    Sounds GREAT to be pulling those size 10s down!!! CONGRATS!!!

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KUTEY504 5/26/2010 10:35PM

    congrats on your weight loss. You have been doing a great job. Keep it up. You can do it

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TRACYFABULOUS 5/26/2010 10:29PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. You know you CAN do this. You have already accomplished so very much. Good for you!

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LKEITHO 5/26/2010 10:28PM

    Congrats on the smaller sizes! Hope the rest of the week is great!

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