Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Well, "fall" is underway and the schedule doesn't slow up, it just changes. I am still maintaining, but just this week, have cut back on the amount of time that I spend diligently tracking everything I eat and do and even read on Spark. I am doing well, I believe with eating and not tracking everything....I've check at the end of the day a couple of times and one day I was just a couple over on carbs and the other, I was just a couple grams low on protein, but other than that, I've managed to stay on track very well. I am still adjusting my calorie range, it seems that every mile I add to my weekly training adds way more than the hundred or so calories that I burn. In the past month, I've lost 2 more pounds and my body fat percent has not gone down, so I am going to have to eat a little more protein I think and get in some more strength training.
Got a new "toy" too. Bought a new scale...digital...and it not ony gives weight and body fat %, but also water(hydration) percent, muscle percent, bone mass and calorie goal to maintain based on ht. weight, age, and the other percents that it tracks. According to the scale, I should be at around 2100 calories...I think I'll end up around1800 -1900 or so if my activity stays the same, but I'll just steadily keep increasing untill I remain the same weight for a month, then probably back off by a little during the cold months as I am pretty sure that I will be less physical in the winter....maybe not...time will tell.
Tomorrow is a day off from work so going to the course to train. Our last run was definately not as good as the first. Actually 6 mins slower!!! Of course that was in the afternoon, when it was warmer, after spending the day at the fair eating not so good for me "fair food". Hopefully tomorrow will be better. The local park district is giving away FREE seven day trial memberships through the end of the month, so I'm going to go take advantage of that and see what the facilities are like. I may need to use some ...even on a pay as you go basis to keep the momentum through the winter. I also need to get the Driver's License redone and get to the library for a new card. Lighting practice tomorrow night at church. It'll be good to hear our worship team...we have Rush of Fools leading worship last week at church...they were really wonderful, but it's just not quite the same.
Hours at work have really picked up and then the fall ministry schedule has kicked in at church, so it seems that life has gotten even busier...if that is possible, or maybe it just seems that way since the days are getting shorter. Best news though is that there is a job opportunity which just might be coming available and as far as I know at this point, it would be a PERFECT fit for me. It is nothing at all for sure right now though, so all I can do is what I am doing now and wait to see what transpires, Just keep waking up each day and trying to do the right thing....
Well, got studies and reading to do and have to get sis up early for court. Hopefully it will have stopped raining and I can get in an hour or so run while she is at court then get home, finish laundry, cook and eat before practice.
Keep Sparking everyone....the journey never ends, the scenery just changes.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Well, one lesson that I am still trying to learn is BALANCE! I have always tried to bite off more than I can chew (figuratively, in this case), and when it comes to my schedule, I am still doing it. Last night, I had three different functions that "I should have" attended. One was a training session at church - which I passed on, but will be doing tomorrow night, the second was a job transition support group which I normally attend on Tuesday evenings and the third was a women's group that meets once a month, which I haven't been to in a couple of months....and, depending on the feedback I get from my ladies group, I may be juggling the job transition group and a ladies group that I facilitate on Tuesdays for some months to come....probably alternating weeks. I'm hoping that the ladies will be open to switching to Wednesdays or everyother Wed preferably.
After this weekend, it was so easy for me to get right back on track eating wise. Why can I say "no" so relatively easily to food, but not in other areas of my life???
Well at least I'm learning, to some extent, to get my rest. Work is at 7AM tomorrow and I need to get in some fitness. It's not quite 9:30, so off to bed I go, up at 4:30-4:45 and try to get some ST in....off work at 1PM, and then a run and a shower before the training class at 7PM a half hour away. Home by 10PM and then close the next day. (That should leave time in the morning Friday to catch up the finances and get out a resume or two before work). Then Saturday morning volunteering with the church at the home of a person who has a terminal disease and needs some fall projects done....training run in the afternoon. Sunday is church. Usually go at 9Am, but may sleep in and do 11Am - 12:30ish, Finanacial Peace from 2:30 - 5 and another annual worship and prayer event at the big church (1/2 hour away) at 6-8PM. I think I'm off next Thursday untill a commitment in the evening from 7-10:30. AI've manage to keep up with hhhhh, a chance to breathe. At least I've managed to keep up with my food, logging, and trying to stay in touch with my Spark friends.
Say it with me now, "NNNNNOOOOOO!!!" "N-N-N-N-N-O!"
Monday, September 06, 2010
All in all, I had a fantastic weekend. Busy, but very, very good. Had to work on Friday and Saturdy nights at work - and that messes up my sleep schedule, and then I had to work today during the day and missed out on a friends BBQ, which may have been a blessing in disquise, since I really did overindulge this weekend with the food. Since I reached my goal (any number under 140), I have hovered between 135.5 and 137.5 - once or twice hitting 138 for a day, but I've stayed quite consistent. However, I've been at the lowere end of that range for the past week or two and Friday, was at 134, so I decided that it would be okay to cut myself a little slack for the weekend....and I did. Actually, Friday and Saturday, I stayed well in all my ranges, but Sunday, went to Giordano's and had THREE pieces of the veggies stuffed crust pizza...the third piece was a small one, but I finished all three. Those did put me over - would've been okay if I had stopped at two, but, well, I went knowing that I would probably blow it and I did - by 350 calories that day. Then today, I made pretty healthy choices all day....in fact was with in all my ranges except carbs and calories (I was over by 100), that was all in the pie w/ice cream for dessert....could've have only 1/2 serving, but again....knew I wouldn't and now I am back on track so, no harm. Less than 500 calories over is nothing that I can't balance out this week. Especially since I am increasing the distance and intensity of my runs in preparation for the 5K in Oct.
Which leads me to my GREAT NEWS OF THE WEEKEND!!!!!!! Went out to the course to train with a new running buddy. She is a bit younger than me (well, no, alot-17 or 18 years-younger), but she wants to run this race with me, so we went out there to train. Started off at a pretty good pace, or so I thought. I wasn't wearing my phone so I didn't have cardio trainer to guide my pace, just tried to stick with her, she is a tad faster and she was kind and didn't get too far ahead, I was tempted a couple of times to stop and walk, so I know that the pace was faster than I have done on THE HILL, but I stuck it out. It was a brisk morning, and when we got there the welcome center hadn't opened, so we didn't even get to hit the restroom before we started off. The is a porta potty at the top of the one mile hill, and by the time we hit that spot, it was all I could do to keep running and every little incline after that seemed to really drain me more, but when we finished the course, it turns out that we ran a total of 3.5 miles in 33:29 - that's a 9:31 pace with splits of 10:08, 9:40 and 8:51. That puts the 5K time at just under 30 mins.... !!! I was really hoping to do this run in under 30. It would be my first official run under 30, but when I saw that course and tried to run it the first time or two, I was pretty darned certain that wouldn't happen barring a miracle. Well, I'm here to tell ya! Miracles DO happen. I still have almost four weeks to train, and I'm going to be as smart as I can about this. That would just be the highlight of my whole year healthy living wise, if I am able to do that again on race day.
As it turns out, the young lady that I was running with is also from my home (San Antonio) which I didn't know until we were talking about goals, and I mentioned that I wanted to run the Rock N Roll Half in San Antonio next year for my first. She then told me that she grew up in San Antonio and is thinking she might like to run that one too!!!
Now, as if life could get any better, CVS was having a sale on my foundation makeup and when I went there to pick some up - with an additional coupon off to boot, it turns out that they had my favorite face powder that I ahve used for the past 35 years or so (untill this past year or two when they first stopped selling my color and it was only available in translucent which I have to then mix). In fact, even that has gotten hard to find and I have had to resort to ordering from on line. BUT, LO AND BEHOLD.....TWO containers of my color in stock!!! I bought both!
Church was incredible as always, even though I was there for 6 hours doing the lighting, it was powerful, uplifting and due to the holiday weekend - no Financial Peace class that afternoon.... Today was BBQ with the sisters afer work and now it's late and I really need a long run in tomorrow morning before work at 11AM.
Hope everyone else had as marvelous a weekend as I did. I could have done better on the program, but now is the time to refocus and put my heart and soul into this next goal. Wish me luck -
Best to you all, my friends!!!!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
When I first started out on this journey back in January, I really hadn't given it alot of thought. In fact, I had only talked about wanting to lose a few pounds with my sis that I live with and even that was more in passing as it was a desire we had both expressed, yet hadn't acted on.
To this day, I don't know how I stumbled upon Spark People. I have just come to believe that it was somehow a gift from God.....and the rest is history. But, the story continues. Even though I reached my goal almost two months ago, I am still here and will be for a long time to come. There are so many other goals that I want to go after, and I want to be able to give back, in whatever way I can, the help and encouragement that was so generously given to me. Way back then, if anyone had told me that I would have dropped 40+ lbs and would be running 5&10K races and starting to train for a half-marathon, I would have thought they were out of their minds. But, that is exactly what has happened by using the Spark tools and resources and with ALOT of help and encouragement from all my Spark Friends and Chris Downey and his wonderful Spark Staff. I will be forever grateful for the precious gifts they have given me. I am continuing to try to eat cleaner and increase my protein without increasing my fats. I am trying to tone more and reduce my body fat without losing any more weight. I am working on applying the principles that I learned in my weight loss journey to getting my financial life in order and in my search for a new job/career and keeping a balance in my life. There are just so many things I want learn and ways I want to grow, and I find that the Spark Program seems to fit with them all and helps me to work toward accomplishing these new goals without abandoning the ground I've gained in other areas.
I can't help but be excited by the prospect of each new day, new goal and new adventure and I want to share that with others...and every day, it seems that I have more and more opportunities. It's been evident for sometime now that I've been losing weight, but the past month or so, as the losses have stopped but I continue to work on core strength and toning, people are asking at least 2-3 times a week what I've been doing. I tell them about Spark People and healthy eating and goal setting and running and walking and my story and today alone, I was able to share with a couple of ladies at church what and how I've accomplished the goals I have so far.
Tonight, I even got word that a friend of one of my running buddies is wanting to start running longer distances...she does mainly 5K's, so we are going to start training at least once a week together. First for the 5K on Oct - the one with all the HILLS and then on increasing our distances in preparation for a 10K before the end of the year. I'm so excited to have someone to share this special race with! WOOHOO-this is awesome! I've got two other friends at work set up with C25K on their respective MP3's/IPOD's and have CD's of the program for another friend from church who wants to start the program.
I am certainly no expert and there are many, many, many, more people here on Spark that have accomplished greater feats and are MY heroes and heroines, but as long as I have breath, I will continue to tell people how Spark has changed and continues to change my life. Most exciting is that I will get to share and celebrate with them as they embark on their own journeys to be the best they can be. What a joy, a privilege and an honor! I just can't say it any other way... ... !!!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Aahhh, tomorrow is Sunday...my favorite day of the week. Church in the morning and then a quick trip to Staples for printer/copy paper (great sale going on), then some strength trainingin the afternoon before Financial Peace University.
Today was pretty low key, especially for a work day. Went to see some friends run in a 5K ... I never went to a race that I wan't running in, and they really appreciated that I was there to cheer them on at the start and finish and to snap some pictures. There were a lot of good vendors there to, so I got some information and some samples of GU and Sport Beans to check out on one of my longer training runs coming up. I hate spending that kind of money for stuff that may or may not work for me or that I don't like, so it's cool that I get to try them free.
I even took a 45 min nap this afternoon. That is something that I NEVER do, but it seemed to make the late shift at work a LITTLE more bearable. Got home and had a bite of cheese, since my fat intake was low and now I'm heading off to bed after a quick peek at the new Dick Pond's (athletic store) catalog.
Keep Sparking Everyone
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