80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
LOTUSFLOWER's Recent Blog Entries

June Progress Report

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Start weight: 236
End weight: 234
Weight lost: 2 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 23.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 64 lbs.

Fitness minutes: 1,050 – I reached the 1,000 minutes mark again this month!! emoticon

Miles: 48 miles, up from 43 miles last month. emoticon

Plateau – I broke through my “siesta”! emoticon


2 inches off my hips! emoticon

Grade for the month: B+. My goal was to lose 4-6 lbs., and I only lost 2 due to my “siesta”. I couldn’t give myself an A for that, although my non-scale victories and fitness accomplishments do outweigh the weight.

Fitness accomplishments:

• I ran my first 5K! (details in blog)
• I am on week 7 of C25K and can run for 25 minutes straight!
• Incorporated strength training into my program and feel stronger!
• I actually want to work out and run, and FIGHT to do it. I make sure I leave work on time, and am firm w/ my husband. Of course I want to go home to my family, but 2-3 days a week doesn’t kill them to lose me for an hour.

Non-scale victories:

• We had Totino’s Pizza one night because it was just “that” kind of night and I only had half, and I added broccoli and carrots to the top of it to make it healthier!
• My husband told me that my legs were getting “boney”
• The t-shirt size I requested at the 5k was sold out (2x, the size I was when I registered for it), so I was given an XL – and it fit PERFECTly!
• I won’t eat a sandwich unless it has spinach on it – lots of spinach!
• I was able to fit back into a size MEDIUM shirt that my best friend gave me over 10 yrs. ago!
• I broke through a plateau, ahem, I mean PARTY, SIESTA, FOREVER!
• Have had numerous compliments! My husband said to me one morning “Man, you are lookin’ skinny!”
• I realized I hadn’t updated my heart rate monitor since I purchased it and went to update my weight and I had lost 20 lbs. since purchasing the monitor (for my 40 lbs. lost reward) at the beginning of 2010.
• There was sweat on my shirt after working out – I’m not an easy “sweater”, so to me this is a victory!
• I am putting myself first. I can’t be there for my family if I am obese and unhealthy. The reward will pay off later.
• But I am learning to savor all of the small moments, holding my daughter, dancing the baby, it all counts and it’s all good!
• I realized that I’ve lost the equivalent of two of my 3 yr. old daughter! 64 lbs., baby!
• I’m starting to lose my double chin and see “chin bones”
• My feet are getting a smaller! I don’t need a wide width anymore and have gone down ˝ a size.
• Better sex
• I bought a size Large dress because it was on sale, didn’t try it on until I got home, and it FITS! I could wear it now!
• Started the Shred by Jillian Michaels. I bought it before I got pregnant with my second daughter and have been too intimidated to start them back up again.
• I wore a sleeveless shirt to work on casual Friday, and I brought a shrug to wear over my shirt – now usually I would have worn the shrug IN the car, coming OUT of the car and through the lobby, into the elevator, going to work because I don’t like showing my arms, despite the fact that it is 90 degrees and humid out. But this day I left my shrug in my purse and didn’t put it on until after I was at my desk, I walked to the kitchen, put my lunch away, my co-workers saw me and I was NOT embarrassed, insecure or in any way uncomfortable!
• I had to return a dress that was a size 18 and get the 16 instead.
• I packed a “healthy bag” for my vacation and snacked only on healthy foods and also worked out while on vacation.
• I bought the most comfortable, cutest dress and on a 92 degree day, I wore it to work. (I never wear dresses or skirts for that matter to work). One of my co-workers and good friend was gushing about how great I looked and even snapped a picture of me. She, who is a fitness trainer and very fit, said she was jealous of me and wanted to go home and change!

A picture of me in the green dress that my co-worker and friend took of me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PELESJEWEL 7/10/2010 12:25PM

    Look at you in your awesome green dress! You look so cute & proud! Yay you! emoticon

Ok - how great did I just feel when I read your bog? Several of the same things happened to me - my first 5k shirt turned out as an XL and I was like, uh who's shirt is this? But guess what, it fit perfectly. I love that shirt!! I also wore a sleeveless top for the first time ever & rocked it. Yay for us!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/10/2010 12:41:44 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMFAN 7/8/2010 10:57PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
DELPHYNE 7/6/2010 10:24PM

    Wow. It sounds like you are doing awesome! Way to go!


Report Inappropriate Comment

    You make me so absolutely happy and thrilled for you. emoticon You are simply delightful and I love, just love, that you "get this" healthy lifestyle frame of mind. You are not waiting 10 or 20 years to try to bring about change, you are doing in RIGHT NOW and you will enjoy the next 10 or 20 years in so many ways by not being self conscious, or sitting on the sidelines, or not wanting to speak up at the PTA meeting or not thinking of yourself as a leader, or wishing you could look like that, or wear that, or knowing your hubby loves you but wishing you felt more desirable.

Anyways, your blog is great. I had to work to choose my favorite parts.

1. Your husband saying your legs are bony. How much fun is that???
2. That you saved a shirt for 10 years until it fit.... It's nice to know that I'm not the only person who will save a piece of clothing for years because I love it and want it to fit.
3. I like your move over to the unselfconscious side of the room.

Oh yes, I think there might be one correction; "I am putting myself first. I can’t be there for my family if I am obese and unhealthy. The reward will pay off later. " I think they are benefiting NOW. Look at how great you feel, how playful you are, how much you laugh and feel so positive. Don't forget the side benefit they get from exposure to good food and good choices. unhealthy. The reward will pay off later. -

I'm looking forward to reading July's summary. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IPATRICIA 7/6/2010 6:50PM

    Your working it. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IPATRICIA 7/6/2010 6:22PM

    Well, what can I say to that. emoticon emoticon emoticonYou rock!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAZIAH 7/6/2010 3:07PM

    emoticon You are just rockin it!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LITTLEBUTTON09 7/6/2010 3:03PM

    How awesome!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SERENITY44 7/6/2010 3:03PM

    Congrats on all your magnificent progress! Fantastic work!! ^_^


Report Inappropriate Comment
SKFEREBEE 7/6/2010 2:28PM

    emoticon on breaking through your siesta! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WYND10 7/6/2010 2:22PM

    Woo hoo!! You go girl! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
YATMAMA 7/6/2010 2:19PM

    You rock, you little dynamo!! God is so good!!!



Report Inappropriate Comment

    You are doing awesome!!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADYLEIGH 7/6/2010 2:05PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
LOOZINITNOW 7/6/2010 1:37PM

    You are a true inspiration!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KITHKINCAID 7/6/2010 1:35PM

    I love your "Non-Weight" victories. You're amazing! :)

Comment edited on: 7/6/2010 1:35:28 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
CECE0330 7/6/2010 1:25PM

    Wow! What am amazing month! I've celebrated many of those little victories myself lately (in fact I'm set to run W6D3 today of the C25K) and I just recently decided it's OK to leave the house in a sleeveless shirt. emoticon I like how you did a recap at the end of the month, because sometimes those little victories are easy to overlook. Here's to an equally fabulous July!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARINTHESKY 7/6/2010 1:23PM

    WOW! GREAT BLOG!!!! You are doing emoticon!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAN2124 7/6/2010 1:19PM

    You're doing great and having amazing breakthroughs! Keep up the great work and attitude! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

You'd better be running...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My sister shared this quote with me and I love it SO MUCH. It inspires me as I'm in my 7th week of C25K, with no more intervals, just straight running.

If I can do it, YOU can do it!


Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death.

It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle...

when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ALOFA0509 7/10/2010 12:31PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
PEPPERLEAH 7/2/2010 9:22PM

    That's great! I am going to print that out and kep it close by. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Report Inappropriate Comment
YATMAMA 7/2/2010 12:52PM

    I love that!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRAVELGRRL 7/1/2010 8:40PM

    I'm going to remember this quote when I slog through my week 2 of C25K! Tell your sister, THANKS for sharing!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COLT2008 7/1/2010 12:24AM

    emoticon I love this!! What a motivating way to keep moving.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THINWITHIN18 7/1/2010 12:21AM

    Love it! Thanks for the reminder to just keep moving.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SGRAY478 6/30/2010 9:40PM

    Haha. Great quote!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RED_WRITINGHOOD 6/30/2010 7:23PM

    Love it! Great quote!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARINTHESKY 6/30/2010 3:47PM

    Yay! Need to put this on my wall somewhere!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADYLEIGH 6/30/2010 1:32PM

    Fantastic Notion!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KITHKINCAID 6/30/2010 1:21PM

    That is a GREAT quote :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
WYND10 6/30/2010 12:38PM

    Love this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARACSJ 6/30/2010 11:18AM

    I love that quote too! Good job on the C25K program!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Houston, We Have a Problem...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I was PMSing SO badly last night and ate the following:

1 triangle of brie cheese and a few crackers –OK, HEALTHY SNACK emoticon
1 babyel cheese wedge – OK, I’VE HAD ENOUGH CHEESE emoticon
1 mini Dove chocolate ice cream bar – WHAT AM I DOING? emoticon
1 container of Skinny Cow Strawberry ice cream – MORE ICE CREAM? emoticon


I actually put a tablespoon of chunky peanut butter INTO my ice cream AND added strawberry sundae sauce. emoticon

And to top all of that goodness off, I had 2 glasses of wine. emoticon

What is going on?

Today was my weigh in day and somehow all of this mess hasn’t made it to the scale – yet.

The only good thing was that I worked out and walked 3 miles w/ weights, so I actually had a calorie deficit of about 100 calories after all was said and done.

But I wanted to blog about it to remind myself, and others, that we all have our "off" days, "bad" days, whatever you call them, you have two choices.

1. Let it defeat you.

2. Go on as if nothing has happened, and continue along the path to health.

It all evens out in the end. If we let days or nights like this sabotage our efforts, then we really are taking 3 steps back. But if we continue on, one foot in front of the other, we will truly reach our goals.

Oh, and remember to drink lots of water along the way.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

And ok, a little coffee can't hurt things.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEMPEST272002 6/25/2010 3:17PM

    I'm so glad you liked them! Very satisfying when you're craving cold, gooey, peanuty, chocolaty yumminess!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOTUSFLOWER 6/25/2010 11:00AM

    TEMPEST I made the frozen peanut butter balls and they are FANTASTIC!!!!! Thank you for passing that information on!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
YATMAMA 6/24/2010 12:05PM

    Keep on keepin on, sis. We all stumble. It's when we wallow instead of moving on that get us in trouble.


Report Inappropriate Comment
WCATAP 6/24/2010 5:58AM

    Great blog. Sorry it's that tom. I can't wait until that blessed day when this curse is gone. To add insult to injury, all my friends were early birds and have been curse free for years. I am 50 and still going strong. How old are you? I'm glad you posted your eating habit last night. It helps us to know we are all the same.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANHUDAK 6/23/2010 10:19PM

    This just put me back in the right mind set. I try too hard to be perfect and then feel as though I am constantly letting myself down. This reminded me that it is ok to have those days and that the important thing is not let it discourage me from reaching my goals. I am very inspired by by what you have achieved already. I wish you the very best and I will be following along your journey hoping to maybe have some of my own successes along the way.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEMPEST272002 6/23/2010 5:22PM

    Sounds like we crave the same things during PMS week. I have a note on my calendar to make Frozen Peanut Butter Treats (see sparkrecipes.com)for PMS week - kind of a preemptive strike, so to speak. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare & 50 cal/serving means I can budget for 4 or 5 servings if need be! So yummy my hubby is always asking me to make it! Given your binge list, I think you'd find it really satisfying too. Sometimes I add a tbsp of no-sugar strawberry jam if I want it super sweet.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOOZINITNOW 6/23/2010 3:34PM

    Don't forget the 80/20 rule! You are doing great!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    For whatever reasons sometimes these things just sneak up on us and a wild hair gets grown.....Maybe that water can help flush it all away. You are right in how much progress we have all made in this area though; it has to be put into the past and we move ahead. On that note, good JOB Lotusflower.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADYLEIGH 6/23/2010 2:31PM

    There must have been something about yesterday. I went to dinner with a friend intending on having a salad and ended up splitting half-price nachos and a margarita to wash it down with. I have a hard time passing up a deal. But I will heed your wise words of wisdom and move forward, my water bottle is at the ready. Thanks for the motivation/inspiration.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/23/2010 2:17PM

    Great attitude!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KITHKINCAID 6/23/2010 1:50PM

    We've all had 'em sister - glad to see you came out the next morning on the right side of the binge!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKFEREBEE 6/23/2010 11:29AM

    What's important is to have a higher average of good days emoticon than bad days emoticon. No one is perfect and if they say they are they're lying! emoticon And I definitely agree w/ you about the coffee emoticon...one cup a day is necessary to my well being, followed by water the rest of the day. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARINTHESKY 6/23/2010 11:17AM

    Awesome! That's the key. Just move forward! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DUSTEDTWIN 6/23/2010 11:07AM

    LOVE IT!!! I too had a "problem" day yesterday... I ate 3 servings of vanilla wafers, a whole snack bag of popcorn, and had my first Coca-Cola in 3 months. The whole time I was eating the vanilla wafers I was having the same internal dialog. But fortunately yesterday was VERY heavy on the exercise :)
Good job admitting it and not beating yourself up over it! You are FABULOUS, lady!!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Turning a Plateau into a PARTY!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Ok, so I am stuck. In a dreaded plateau, the very word plateau sounds defeating to me. It is a negative word. I looked it up in the dictionary, and the definition is:

1. Period during training when no observable progress is being made.
2. A relatively flat highland.
3. A temporary or more permanent leveling off in the recovery or rehabilitation process.

Wait, there was one word of hope there. TEMPORARY. Yes, perhaps I can't see the progress being made, but it is there, somewhere, hiding and lurking, waiting for me to have the strength to endure this dreaded valley and come out a slimmer me.

I think what has really made me so mad and frustrated is that these past weeks have been the BEST weeks of my program. I mean, if someone was handing out gold stars for performance, I would have gotten several. I stayed within my calorie range and tracked it - even on the weekends! I worked out above my typical level AND I ran a 5k. I mean, what else do I have to do??

SO I am going to stop. Take a deep breath. And regroup.

I am officially renaming the Plateau. It is now called A Break, A Party, A Siesta. This is a perfectly normal thing and my body has to adjust. I am going to have a little party with my body, I am going to work out, I am going to eat right, I am going to have a little healthy party while my body decides to accept these changes I am putting it through. I think it will come around to my side, eventually.

Perhaps a little glass of wine will help. emoticon emoticon emoticon

And I'm also going to make a few tweaks during this happy, healthy party. From what I've read about these, ahem, BREAKS, is that the best single word of advice is to make a change. Not to make the mistake of doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result (Ben Franklin's definition of insanity).

Here are the changes I am going to make in the next few weeks:

1. Zig-Zag Calorie Intake (or Calorie Cycling) emoticon emoticon
Zig-zagging, or calorie cycling is the process of varying daily calorie intake, while maintaining the same weekly intake. Instead of consuming (for example) precisely 1800 calories each day - you can mix it up. Eat 1500 calories one day, and 2100 calories the next. This can be as simple as halving then doubling a portion size, or adding a post-workout shake into the plan. Just keep your body guessing.

2. Strength Training - 3x per week. emoticon emoticon
If you are not doing this as part of your program or lifestyle, then it's time to start. Working your muscles will help to strengthen bone tissue, increase lean mass, and ultimately boost metabolic rate.

3. Change Your Exercise Routine - Adding a gym class and maybe swim emoticon
So you go walking a lot? Then try jogging, or swimming, or cycling -- anything that will change the way your body is working. If you are doing low intensity cardio work, then try some high intensity exercise.

4. Alter Macro-nutrient Intake - I am going to try less carbs. emoticon
Although it sounds complicated, once again, the idea is to change what you are eating. If (for example) you are eating a moderate diet that is higher in carbs - try eating less carbs and more protein. There is no need to get super-technical over the whole thing. If you have a carbohydrate snack every day at morning tea time - change it to a protein snack. Whatever you are doing consistently - try mixing it up a bit.

5. Change Meal Frequency - Plan snacks, no unplanned eating. emoticon
If you are eating three square meals a day - start adding snacks in between (which may mean reducing the portion size of the main meals). Eating often is an old and common style of eating - once again, you are trying to boost your metabolic rate.

I am also going to chill out and stop obsessing. My body just needs to realize that it is the guest of honor at this party, and gladly accept the gift of a thinner me.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LINIS_THIN 6/12/2010 5:53PM


I think the prob with your awesome week is that you are replacing weight in fat with weight in muscle... hence no change!

Do you have clothing that was tight but now loose?? Best way to prove something is happening!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WCATAP 6/10/2010 2:47PM

    Wow congrats on the break/party. Good idea. Our bodies respond so funny at the very times we think they should show progress. Keep the good progress and mindset.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNNA7499 6/10/2010 9:46AM

  What a great way to look at your plateau!!! I think you have such a great attitude. Most people just throw in the towl. But not you - you take a plateau and turn it into a party :).

Good luck and hopefully you can bust through this plateau full steam ahead!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Oh woe!! Body siestas just don't seem right when you've had one of your best ever weeks.I am the Queen of Plateau so I can truly empathize. All and any of your approaches will kick things up a bit, you know your stuff. There are some great articles to read on SL if you que up Plateau. We already know the stuff but it really does help if you can't help but be down a bit.

Strength training is excellent of course but also Sparks 10 minute videos work more than one muscle group and I found them to be very effective and not time consuming. When you do lose, your reward will be exhilarating. You are 1/2 way there. That's why you are in a siesta mode, you are soon over 50% to your goal.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 6/9/2010 8:49:58 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
GLITTERGIRL69 6/9/2010 8:05PM

This party is great! I love your blog. Full of wonderfu;l advice. You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS_MANDA 6/9/2010 5:14PM

    It's all about your attitude... loving this confidence!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKFEREBEE 6/9/2010 3:39PM

    I think I'm going to join your party. My body is telling me I'm working out too much & it is not having the desired affect on the scale. Your suggestions fall right in line on what I've been pondering the last couple of weeks. Let's Party the Summer away...and the pounds! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMFAN 6/9/2010 3:14PM

    Great blog! Good for you changing it up and celebrating the inevitable! Have a great party I am there with you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEMPEST272002 6/9/2010 2:36PM

    Great blog! This is why you inspire me!

emoticon Let's celebrate how far we've come and how healthy we feel!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAMMLIN 6/9/2010 2:28PM

    Ive read about the zig-zag calorie idea too! Way to go for celebrating in the midst of a hard time!!! Its a good illustration of still having joy in the middle of a hard time!

Report Inappropriate Comment
4ME_4LIFE 6/9/2010 2:14PM

    Very impressed with your ability to push through this. I've been there and it is rough, but let's celebrate healthiness with a party! I love it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HHILDE99 6/9/2010 2:10PM

    You have a wonderful attitude and plan for this break! You will be off this break in no time! I'm so inspired by your positivity in this difficult break time. Keep up the great work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARVY09 6/9/2010 2:08PM

    This is a great example of the attitude to have during a plateau! Awesome tips!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KITHKINCAID 6/9/2010 2:00PM

    Yes, yes, yes. Perfect solution to the "Siesta" :) Like I said in my blog about the dreaded P word - once my brain has had time to catch up with my body, we will move as one again in the downward direction. You just have to be patient with it, let it sink in and sink into it, and then voila! - you start moving again.

Congratulations on all your MAJOR accomplishments over the past few weeks. You are doing SPLENDIDLY!

Hugs and High Fives!!! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GETFIT2LIVE 6/9/2010 1:46PM

    I like your attitude toward this little (ahem) break--look at it as a party, use it as an opportunity to change things up and before you know it, your body will get the message and let go of that weight it is holding onto.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOHNHARNEY 6/9/2010 1:42PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
YATMAMA 6/9/2010 1:28PM

    Sounds like your plans are all effective ones!! Allow your body time to adjust to the changes you've been making.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOOZINITNOW 6/9/2010 1:28PM

    I'm going to part with you! Say no to the plateau!!!! I love the changes you have laid out. Great plan!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARINTHESKY 6/9/2010 1:26PM

    Love your enthusiasm!! What a great way of turning what you feel as negative into a positive! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

My first 5k! (Pictures)

Monday, June 07, 2010

Total time: 39:31
Pace: 12:45 per mile
Place: 1408 out of approx. 1700 timed runners
Calories burned: 665

I did it! I ran my first 5K!!!! Thanks to SparkPeople and the Couch to 5K program!

I have been sick with a cough and so each time I breathed in I had to cough, so that wasn’t helping me. BUT I ran the entire thing; I only stopped once to walk for about 30 seconds.

My longest training session prior to the race was Friday night, and I ran for 20 minutes straight. I am on Week 6 of the Couch to 5K program, I haven't graduated yet (but will), however I still finished the 5k in about 39 minutes, so I doubled my time. So I pushed myself, and I’m a bit sore from it, but I did it!

Me, my daughter Lucy and my sister Kris before the race

I was so nervous the night before the race, I wanted to do everything right. I had a healthy dinner of protein with some carbs (chicken kabobs and rice) and made sure I drank lots of water in the days before the race. That morning I had a simple breakfast of cereal with a banana. I also had a half cup of coffee. I prayed to have the strength to finish the 5k.

As we lined up the sense of excitement was so strong, I just knew it was a special thing I was doing, and that I had worked so hard for this! I didn't know what was going to happen, but I knew I was going to give it my all. My sister snapped a picture of us and then the whistle blew.

Me (right) and my sister Kris (left) before the race, taken from her cell phone.

The first 1/2 block or so was hard, to get into the mental frame of, I AM going to run 3.1 miles. So I stopped thinking of it like that. I stopped looking at all the fit people running in front of, and WITH me, and behind me, I realized that I WAS one of these fit people, I belonged here no matter my size or the number on the scale. I was in the ZONE.

The course was awesome and was held at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. All proceeds from the races went to benefit the zoo. We ran past the baseball fields for MILE 1, then onto running through the zoo to be greeted by cheering crowds (including my cousin and her husband) and flamingos onto MILE 2, then the hardest part for me was MILE 3, which was a little boring and run on a gravel paved path to the finish line. I think MILE 3 got to me mentally because I could see how far we had to go (it was in a straight line) and then all of the runners returning, so it FELT long to me. This is when I had to stop and walk for a bit.

Flamingos in Mile 2

My sister Kris ran with me the whole time, even though she normally runs at a faster pace. This helped me so much; her support has been really awesome. Before each mile marker she would call it out to me. Before the finish she pointed out the finish line and then even stopped to take a picture of me as I ran toward the finish! Running through the zoo past the animals really kept me distracted and entertained at the same time.

I was so proud of myself for running this 5k, my first 5k! I still can’t really believe I actually DID it. My training has paid off, and my weight loss and new lifestyle have as well. My sister told me that the girl in that picture at the finish line couldn’t have been me a year ago – this is a NEW girl – leaner, stronger and more confident. THIS is a girl who will capture her dreams and hold them captive. THIS is a girl who is DONE being a fat girl, and onto being the girl she was meant to be!

Me running to the finish line (I'm in the grey pants)

After the race they had lots of munchies (popsicles, bagels, bananas, oranges, apples). I had an orange Popsicle and it really hit the spot! After that I got professionally stretched out by ATI Physical Therapy. It was complimentary to the runners and it felt so good!

Me, my sister Kris and my daughter Lucy after the race

I ran into a good friend of mine that ran the race as well, we didn’t even know that we were both running in this particular race, and we work out at the same health club and talk about training, so it was a crazy coincidence. It was great to see him!

Me and my friend Tom

Then I changed out of my sweaty clothes and got to spend time with my family and walked around the zoo, had a picnic we brought from home, and I even rode the carousel with my 3 yr. old daughter Lucy.

Me and Lucy on the carousel.

Afterward I relaxed pool side (baby pool side) with the kids.

The 5k course map.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LYNZEKM 7/10/2010 11:36AM

    yay! congrats!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PELESJEWEL 6/22/2010 8:59PM

    Congratulations!! Good for you! You did great! I'm in week 9 of my 10 week long C25k training. My first 5k is on July 3rd. What's next for you? Another 5k? emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IILAAD65 6/10/2010 2:14PM

    I just signed up for my FIRST 5K in August - also for United Way. YOU have given me hope that I can do this!!!

I can run for 20 minutes - but 40??? Any advice???

Report Inappropriate Comment
COLT2008 6/8/2010 9:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Congratulations, you rock!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    This is such a great happy story; a whole day of celebrating wonderful treats in life. You worked so hard for this, what an accomplishment and you are only getting started. Just think what a positive impact all of this is having on Lucy. She'll be wanting to run races with you in a few years.

Applause, applause, send praise vertically. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULACOLLINS 6/8/2010 11:37AM

    How wonderful!!!! What an inspiration--thanks for sharing your journey with me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ECLECTIC_ME 6/8/2010 9:17AM

    You are very inspiring!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Way 2 go!!!!! Congrats!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMFAN 6/8/2010 12:19AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MADDEELOU 6/8/2010 12:04AM

    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEPPERLEAH 6/7/2010 11:52PM

    You are so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations to you!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on finishing your first 5k. You're time was great too.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPUNKYDUCKY 6/7/2010 6:57PM

    Congratulations on running your first 5K! I am very excited for you because I know what a wonderful feeling of accomplishment this is! Whoo-hooooO!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KELSCATT 6/7/2010 6:20PM

  Congrats to you!!! awesome!!!!!!

must be such a feeling - you rock!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LITTLEZEWSKI 6/7/2010 6:10PM

    Love this! Good for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    That's awesome! I just ran my first 5k, too, with the helo of c25k and Spark!! It feels to good!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOOZINITNOW 6/7/2010 4:52PM

    I'm so happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
-POOKIE- 6/7/2010 4:49PM

    emoticon I can't wait to be here! You look like you had a blast!

Report Inappropriate Comment
YATMAMA 6/7/2010 4:43PM

    I am SO proud of you!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAMMLIN 6/7/2010 4:42PM

    wow! way to go!!! You did SO GOOD!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SSDCQUINCY 6/7/2010 4:23PM

    Way to go and congrats for running your first 5K. Inspiring!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GODSCLAY47 6/7/2010 4:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Awesome job!!! Ejoyed the pics!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAHKC917 6/7/2010 3:39PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
TEMPEST272002 6/7/2010 3:20PM

    I really enjoyed looking at your pics, thanks for sharing them. I love what your sister said to you. She's being a great support to you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MISS-GETS-FIT 6/7/2010 3:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Girl, you are awesome!! Congrats on your first 5k!!!! And great pictures -- memories forever!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUTTERFLYBLUE67 6/7/2010 3:03PM

    Awesome pics, awesome race. I am so happy for your happiness and new found you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERLYN-WILL 6/7/2010 2:57PM

    Loved the pictures. CONGRATS on running that whole thing!
You can really see your weight loss. You are your sis are so cute! See ur little girl lost her tooth...
Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IPATRICIA 6/7/2010 2:56PM

    That's what I can VICTORY. Well Done. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKFEREBEE 6/7/2010 2:41PM

    Sorry about the double post. Computer is acting up...

Comment edited on: 6/8/2010 1:20:57 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKFEREBEE 6/7/2010 2:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Sounds & looks like your first 5K experience was fun & fantastic! Hope my first one in the fall is half as good...

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Congrats Girl! You know there is so much stuff on here that I could congraulate you on but I'd be here all day! Can I just say that I love how you are getting it in and I am MOTIVATED by your motivation. Keep up the fantastic work and congrats again on the 5K! What a great accomplishment! Keep rocking it out baby! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAARAMA 6/7/2010 1:55PM

    Congrats on running your first 5K !

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOTUSFLOWER 6/7/2010 1:55PM

    Thanks everyone! I got motivated to start running first in a Mommy Boot Camp I was in at my gym, we had to run as a part of that and it KILLED me. SO, I decided to conquer that and wanted to be better at it. Then I found the Couch to 5K team here at Spark that uses the program found at coolrunning.com. If I can do it, you all can do it!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KT-NICHOLS-13 6/7/2010 1:55PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I finished my first 5K race on Saturday - my official time was 49 minutes and 34 seconds. I was able to jog most of the race but did have my walking moments.

emoticon You are fabulous!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KITHKINCAID 6/7/2010 1:43PM

    Woohoo! This is so amazing. I LOVE the Lincoln Park Zoo - and I totally saw the signs for the run this weekend. Hopefully I can do that race next year!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GLORY63 6/7/2010 1:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_ROODIE_ 6/7/2010 1:41PM

  Way to go!!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISALIVING1980 6/7/2010 1:40PM

    WOW..congratulations!! I can only run a mile before my shins hurt and I feel like a lung is gonna pop!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
2GOVEG 6/7/2010 1:40PM

    Congratulations! My goal is to be able to run a 5k by the end of summer, but I have never run a mile at once! I am so scared that I haven't started, so I'm already a week behind. How did you get motivated to start running?

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 Last Page