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Elvis is Alive 5K results (and Pictures of the King!)

Friday, August 06, 2010



Last night I RAN, let me say that again, I RAN my second 5k, and this time I didn't stop at all - my first one I had to walk for a minute, but this time I ran it all, and the awesome part of that is that my best friend came into town to run it with me, and it was her FIRST 5k, and she RAN the whole thing too!!!

I am SO very proud of us!!! It gives me chills just even thinking about it!!!

This was the 13th Annual Elvis Is Alive 5K, which is a non-competitive event and takes place on Chicago's lakefront. The race benefits Girls On the Run, a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.

After getting fully dressed in our Elvis attire, which my best friend sewed that day, and our iron-on "E" letters, we took the train into the city. We then took a cab from the train station, but with President Obama in town the traffic was so bad that we hopped out of the cab and walked/ran to Grant Park so we wouldn't be late.

We started off in the front of the pack - normally only the fastest runners start off in the front corral, but if you were dressed head to toe as Elvis, as we were, you could get the honorary place at the front. I have to admit, I was scared to be up front. I am a slow runner, and I knew the people would blow past me, and the fast runners were ready right behind the Elvises! But my best friend Cheri wanted to be up front (better chances of getting on the evening news, lol) so I did it. It wasn't as scary as I thought, everyone was very nice and we kept our pace. It was a perfect night for a run, lately the Chicago weather has been very humid but it cooled down a bit and there was a nice breeze. The run was along the lakefront, so the view was gorgeous. I didn't think I would finish without walking as the other 5k I did was in the morning and so it wasn't as hot out, and this time I WAS dressed as Elvis, but I did it! I ran the whole thing with my best friend at my side! How cool is THAT!!!

My sister, Kris, and her boyfriend Ben ran it too and my sister made us all capes to wear. She also pinched my butt as she passed me, and her boyfriend didn't pass me until the end, so that made me feel like I was sort of in shape :)

This was a fun run, so it wasn't timed, but my finish time was right about 40 minutes, about what I did last time. I am so proud!!! There were a LOT of people walking, more than I've ever seen, and I think it might have been the heat, but we kept on going! People cheered us along the way saying "Go Elvis!" Cheri was even dancing AS she was running toward the end, and she didn't want it to end, she was having so much fun.

There was a great after party with peanut butter and banana bagels and Goose Island beer. I danced my butt off, and pushed "start" on my HRM and burned 250 calories dancing alone! We also entered the Elvis contest, and while we didn't win, we got lots of cheers.

Also I ordered an XL shirt in my race packet as I signed up a few months ago, and it is WAY too big! I'm now officially a Large!

Then since we had time we walked back to the train station, a workout in itself as well!

I had so much fun and am so thankful to my best friend Cheri for coming into town to run this race with me, and for my sister Kris for inspiring me to run. I am hoping to make a trip out to Kansas City to run a 5k out there with Cheri!

I thank the Lord for giving me the strength to finish and thank all of my Spark friends for your continued love and support!!


Before the race (I'm on the left)


Us practicing our moves beforehand (I'm on the left)


Waiting for the train (I'm on the right)


Right before heading onto the start corral!


Elvis has LEFT the building!


Running with the Elvises


Running with the Elvises


Running along the Chicago lakefront


The finish line!


High five!


After the race (I'm on the left)


After the race with Elvis


After the race drinking our beers


Entered in the Elvis costume contest




Me with my cape on, trying to get the crowd to cheer (and my arms don't look too bad here!)

  
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MEMEEMEEE 8/23/2010 8:45PM

    That looks like so much fun!

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BKNOCK 8/14/2010 8:22AM

    Awesome blog, thanks for sharing it!

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MINDYJ1 8/12/2010 11:39PM

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MADDEELOU 8/12/2010 8:18PM

    Very, very cool. Congratulations!

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DONNAORLENE 8/12/2010 7:47PM

    WOW!!! That's fantastic!! Good for you!! Such determination proved you to be stronger than you thought! And what a great friend you have to come and share this with you! You are blessed and you are a blessing!

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DEE107 8/12/2010 4:40PM

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sounds like a blast and glad you did well you FINISH great job

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CALIMAN1 8/12/2010 3:37PM

    Y'know, I actually came to your page to read another of your blogs, but this one caught my attention and it is sooooooooooo joyful...you make me want to run to the bathroom, slick up my hair, shake my pelvis and go run around the park! Seriously, this is a wonderful blog and I am very happy that you, your friend and your family had such a wonderful time.....

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IHEARTK 8/12/2010 11:41AM

    This looks like so much fun!! Never thought I'd say that about a race... Congratulations on doing it and having a great time, too. You both look awesome!! emoticon

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SKFEREBEE 8/9/2010 3:49PM

    What a blast!!!!!!!!!!

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SLUMBERINGLOTUS 8/8/2010 9:38PM

    That is just awesome. I love the pics and am so proud!!!! I just love this!!!! That is such a fun idea. Was there walking allowed? Maybe I could do a walk/jog thing if we had something fun like that in the area.

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THEABSURDEXTENT 8/8/2010 2:21PM

    Amazing! You're making me super excited to run my first 5k. It looks like you guys had an incredibly fun time. Congrats!

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PELESJEWEL 8/7/2010 10:07PM

    emoticon LOVE this blog!! You look so happy!! Congrats on 1) Running the entire race 2) Swimming in an XL..hah! It's official, our gal is a size LARGE!!!3) You look FANTASTIC!

You look like you are ready to take life by the balls! emoticon YOU GO GIRL!!

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LYNNA7499 8/7/2010 8:56PM

  Great costume!!!!! Love the cape!!!! Congrats on a successful race!!! emoticon emoticon

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 8/7/2010 8:40PM

    That looks like it was so much fun!!! Love it when you get to just let loose and have a little fun!

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CM_GARDNER78 8/7/2010 6:00PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!! emoticon Love the pictures!!! Looks like it was an awesome time!! You should be so proud!!! emoticon

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MARY1618 8/7/2010 11:34AM

    WooHoo,So glad you could have a blast doing a race. It looked like a lot of fun and dressed as Elvis! The pic's are great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEYMOORE 8/7/2010 10:48AM

    Yay for you!!!! That is so exciting and I'm so proud of you! You go girl!!!!!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 8/7/2010 2:53AM

    I am so proud of you and you had fun doing it too made it all that much easier I bet!

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YATMAMA 8/6/2010 10:41PM

    Woooooooooohooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! I am SO proud of you!!!! The photos were a blast. Thank you for sharing them!!

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JAN1031 8/6/2010 10:10PM

    way to go girl, so proud of you. I still have to walk during my 5K run but one of things days I'll do it just like you. You are doing great..
Blessings,
Janis

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PEPPERLEAH 8/6/2010 9:19PM

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TEMPEST272002 8/6/2010 8:40PM

    Way too much fun! Congrats on running the 5K. You looked great!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 8/6/2010 6:57PM

    Woohooo..congrats!

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STARDUSTD 8/6/2010 5:32PM

  emoticon job emoticon the whole way! emoticon emoticon emoticon It looks like you had a load of fun with your friend as well.

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/6/2010 4:43PM

    That race looks AWESOME!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 8/6/2010 4:40PM

    That is cool. It looks like you had a blast. Congrats on running it and with your time. Keep running.

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KARVY09 8/6/2010 4:39PM

    Awesome job! It sounds like such a fun race! You look great!

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RR1_RR1 8/6/2010 4:38PM

    Who doesn't love Elvis..afterall- he's the KING! I didn't know he was working out these days emoticon emoticon

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LAGREBE 8/6/2010 4:33PM

    WooHoo! Well done!

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KITHKINCAID 8/6/2010 4:31PM

    You look FANTASTIC! This looks like so much fun. I'm getting there. Looking forward to race season NEXT year. I think I'll sign up for a few. We might have to meet up to run one together!

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HAMMLIN 8/6/2010 4:24PM

    That is so awesome! love the sideburns too!!!

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LOSE 8 LBS. IN AUGUST PLAN & REWARDS

Monday, August 02, 2010

I joined a spark team whose goal it is to lose 8 lbs. in August. Since I average one measly pound a week, I thought this would be a great challenge to try to double my weight loss, especially since it's my birthday month!

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Starting weight: 230
Goal weight: 222
8/4 Goal: 228 (70 lbs. GONE!)
8/11 Goal: 226
8/18 Goal: 224
8/25 Goal: 223 (25% of total body weight, 75 lbs. total)
9/1 Goal: 222

emoticonDIET:
emoticonStaying in the SP range for me. 1410 - 1760 cal. daily
emoticonTracking all food, even on the weekends.
emoticonGetting all my freggies in.

emoticonMOTIVATIONAL:
*Blog daily accountability blogs
*Visit motivational spark pages for inspiration. Read inspiring blogs

Fun Goals:

ELVIS RUN - Lose 70 lbs. (228)

BDAY LUAU BASH: Lose 75 lbs. and wear a tube top and look good! (223)

Fitness:

emoticon Work out EVERY day for 20 minutes
emoticonFinish C25K Training
emoticonRun 2nd 5K
emoticonFinish 15 days of the 30 Day Shred, alternating days.
emoticonReach 1,000 Fitness Minutes

8/1 – Heavy cleaning – 60 min. cardio - DONE!
8/2 – 30 Day Shred (Day 1) - DONE!
8/3 – C25K training (W9D2)
8/4 – 30 Day Shred (Day 2)
8/5 – 2nd 5K
8/6 – Run/30 Day Shred (Day 3)
8/7 – Strength class
8/8 – C25K training (W9D3) – Finish!
8/9 - Zumba
8/10 - 30 Day Shred (Day 4)
8/11 - Run
8/12 - 30 Day Shred (Day 5)
8/13 – Run/30 Day Shred (Day 6)
8/14 - Strength class
8/15 - 30 Day Shred (Day 7)
8/16 - Zumba
8/17 - 30 Day Shred (Day 8)
8/18 - Run
8/19 - 30 Day Shred (Day 9)
8/20 – Run/30 Day Shred (Day 10)
8/21 – Workout in the Park!
8/22 - 30 Day Shred (Day 11)
8/23 - Zumba
8/24 - 30 Day Shred (Day 12)
8/25 - Run
8/26 – Birthday workout of choice! (yoga?)
8/27 – Run/30 Day Shred (Day 13)
8/28 - Strength class
8/29- 30 Day Shred (Day 14)
8/30 - Zumba
8/31 - 30 Day Shred (Day 15)

emoticonREWARDS

Fitness Goals:

emoticonWork out EVERY day for 20 minutes – Sushi night with hubby!
emoticonRun 2nd 5K – running this with my best friend is reward enough!
emoticonFinish C25K/Reward: workout top from the shop at my gym
emoticonFinish ˝ of the 30 Day Shred Reward: Date Night out at the movies - no kids
emoticonReach 1,000 Fitness Minutes: new book

Weight Goal:
emoticonLose 8 pounds/Reward: Hair makeover! New consultation and hair cut

  
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THEABSURDEXTENT 8/8/2010 2:18PM

    i love you goals/plans. :)

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DZINE4KING 8/5/2010 8:54AM

    Wow....great plan! So detailed! Way to go! You are an inspiration...70 pounds gone! Wow!

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YATMAMA 8/3/2010 9:09PM

    Awesome plan you have. Go get 'em, kiddo!!!! *applause*

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IHEARTK 8/3/2010 1:38PM

    You always have the most motivating goals/ plans/ rewards. It's a good thing this isn't school... I'd be in sooo much trouble for always copying your ideas!! Thanks and Good Luck!
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CARILOUIE 8/3/2010 8:04AM

    I love your goal rewards.
August is going to be super!

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HOOPDANCER 8/2/2010 11:47PM

    Hi. I just joined the lose 8 pounds in August team too. From reading your blog I see we have some fitness goals in common. I look forward to hearing about your successes!

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PEPPERLEAH 8/2/2010 10:08PM

    I have no doubt that you will meet your goals, and leave them in the dust! What a great plan you have in place! And I KNOW emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 8/2/2010 9:22PM

    Wow! You got everything all planned out!!!! You can do it!!!!!!!!

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SLUMBERINGLOTUS 8/2/2010 7:24PM

    wowwwww great plan

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BGOOCH56 8/2/2010 6:33PM

    You have spelled everything out you have a very clear picture so I have no doubt you will rock the challenge.

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THEEXERCISER 8/2/2010 6:08PM

    You have great goals set up for yourself. I know that you can do it!!!

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MICHELLEXOX 8/2/2010 5:43PM

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Awesome! I'm doing C25K and JM 30 day shred as well.

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KITHKINCAID 8/2/2010 5:32PM

    Not only do I believe that you're going to do this, but I think you're going to KICK IT IN THE PANTS!!! Woo!

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July Progress Report

Monday, August 02, 2010

July Progress Report:

Start weight: 234
End weight: 230 (this was my Goal for the month)
Weight lost: 4 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 27.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 68 lbs.

Measurements: I’m going to take these tomorrow morning and post.

Grade for the month: A+ emoticon

FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

emoticonI am on week 9 of C25K and can run for 30 minutes straight!

emoticonI am starting to feel abs of “steel” where my love handles used to be!

emoticonI was busy with board meeting stuff for a whole week and couldn’t run and felt itching to get back out there!!

emoticonI reached 1,000 fitness minutes!!! I realized on 7/22 that I only had 290 fitness minutes but worked my butt off to reach 1,000 minutes in July anyway!

NON-SCALE VICTORIES:

emoticonWearing my green dress, my husband couldn’t stop looking at my legs and complimented me right and left. It felt good!

emoticonI have been splitting my food and snacks. Meaning if I have a sandwich, I may only use half of a flatbread or piece of bread, and half of a piece of cheese instead of the whole thing, and I don’t miss that extra stuff! Cuts the calories in half! I also split Yoplait yogurt, the high calorie version and spread it out into 3 different snacks.

emoticonI made popcorn at the request of my husband and daughter one night for a movie night, but I didn’t have any more calories left to the day, so I resisted the popcorn! And I know it was good because I made it!

emoticonMy legs are getting stronger and firmer. I feel strong!

emoticonArm sweat

emoticonTurning down the crispy chicken on McDonald's Bacon Ranch salad - the bacon and the ranch are enough, thank you very much.

emoticonMy neighbor saying "Hey, you look great!"

emoticonSeeing my abs start to emerge

emoticonLooking at my own Spark page inspires me!

emoticonI like how I look in my sexy undies!

emoticonI got rid of my old grandma panties!

emoticonI have a bag-full more of clothes to give away!

emoticonI made an order of Pad Thai stretch four ways! Measured a serving for me for dinner, for my husband, and the next day had brought the rest for lunch, but it was too much! Had half for lunch leftover, still another serving left. In the past I have eaten that whole THING for dinner!

emoticonMy beloved Coach watch is now floating down a good inch ˝ from my wrist instead of being tight on my wrist like it used to be (but I “made it work”!)

emoticonI turned down a pre-made ice cream cone! Hubby thought he was being sweet by having two cones waiting, one for each of us, to relax and settle down. However, I had just finished an hour long workout, looked at the cone and said “no way”! He was slightly reprimanded, but it was very sweet of him to think of me.

emoticonHad the nerve to TRY ON a running skirt. Didn’t purchase, but I didn’t look entirely terrible in it either.

emoticonTurned down stuffed pizza. Ate a healthy sandwich instead, made at home.

emoticonFit into a size LARGE workout pant from JC Penney, and a size LARGE shirt!!!! I was so shocked that the XL was falling off of me!!!! And my rear looked quite good in them, if I do say so myself!

emoticonI ordered a healthy salad at the restaurant when going out, and asked for no fried onion strips on the salad AND balsamic dressing! Boo yah!

emoticonI went to the gym late at night this month (9:15 p.m.) and early in the morning (6 a.m.) (both firsts for me) I went to the gym at 9:15 to get my C25K run in before they closed at 10! I was one of the only people there.

emoticonFace sweat.

emoticonMy wedding set that hasn’t fit me in TEN years FITS!!! Comfortably I might add.

emoticonNo PMS weight gain!

emoticonThings I’ve learned:

It’s good to have a balance. This month at the beginning of the month I had too much laziness due to vacation, and then a stressful week at work where I didn’t get time to workout. But I wanted to make my 1,000 fitness minutes, so I pushed at the end of the month. But it was very difficult to get those minutes in. I’ve learned that although I may be busy, or on vacation, I need to take time to move every day. Then it will just all add up and help to become even more of a lifestyle.


  
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PEPPERLEAH 8/2/2010 10:10PM

    Do you know what a success and inspiration you are?!!!!!

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CATHERINEL66 8/2/2010 4:52PM

    This is a terrific list! Good for you - you made a lot of good choices here! Way more than 4 lbs worth -- though losing 4 lbs is no small achievement either! WAY TO GO!

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SHERLYN-WILL 8/2/2010 4:49PM

    I have so many things to "HIGH FIVE" YOU on! YOU being you is my first one!
What an inspiration you are. I especially love some of the details you share.. hubs looking at you legs... so kewl! No more granny panties.. (that in itself make you feel sexier!)
Way to go on the Lg size workout clothes... darn right your butt looked good!
So tickled your wedding set fits! That is a "jewel" I think on this journey!!

Keep that hubby lined out that is just too sweet that he thought of you but "what was he thinking" LOL

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LOOZINITNOW 8/2/2010 4:09PM

    Wow! That is some amazing progress this month! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SERENITY44 8/2/2010 1:54PM

    Great job! What awesome progress!! ^_^

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KITHKINCAID 8/2/2010 1:46PM

    Way to go - you totally rocked it out this month!!!

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TEMPEST272002 8/2/2010 1:11PM

    I'm so impressed with you! Congrats on meeting that 1000 fitness minutes! I know you had to work hard to meet that goal. Love your list on non-scale victories... especially getting rid of the granny panties! Snort! I've noticed this month that my hipster undies have turned into full-fledge grannies, coming over my belly button. Time for some new undies for me too!

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CARILOUIE 8/2/2010 12:45PM

    I love it!!!! Super job!!!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 8/2/2010 12:38PM

    Great job. I too made a schedule for myself this month. One of my personal goals is to stick to that schedule.

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Be Back Soon, Honey. Went Out Running.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010



So this morning I woke up at 4:30 AM. Now I typically sleep until 6:30, 7:00. Sometimes I do get up at 6 a.m. if I want to get a morning workout in. But 4:30? This was just ridiculous. I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't. I've never gone to my gym before work, it's just always seemed easier to workout at home if I am going to work out in the a.m. But...the kids were asleep, my husband was asleep, and today was my running day. Today was the day I was going to finish Week 8 of C25K.

In my sleepy state I briefly thought that perhaps I should go to the gym. I quickly swatted that idea away, willing my body and mind to please, please, GO BACK to SLEEP.

But God had other plans for me this morning. I realized that if I got my morning run in I could spend some much needed time with my wonderful husband and kids. I could go straight home from work, something I haven't done on a Wednesday for a long time.

So, after about 30 minutes of staring at the wall, up I went, into the shower (yes, I know only to shower again, but I couldn't go to the club looking like I did, my hair is like a porcupine when I wake up in the morning).

I left hubby a post it note on the computer that simply said "Be back soon, honey. Went out running." (And felt like such a cool athlete just WRITING that!)

I was at the gym by 5:45 a.m.

But I DID IT.

I DID IT with the other committed, hard-bodied runners at my gym.

I DID IT among the pack of boot camp gym rats who whooshed past me at an alarmingly fast speed.

I DID IT even though I hadn't had my morning coffee.

I DID IT although after 5 minutes I could tell it was going to be a hard run for me.

I DID IT although my shuffle kept giggling against me and the cords kept falling out of my ears.

I DID IT even though I am bloated in my mid-section right now thanks to that time of month and felt like I was running with a tire around my belly.

I DID IT even though I'd rather be sleeping.

And I realized that I LOVE THIS.

I love the arm sweat, the face sweat, the feel of the soft track under my feet, the many windows around the track with the first signs of morning movement, birds, sky, grass.

I also discovered that running around the track at 5 a.m. is a good natural blow-dryer for my hair.

I finished my 28 minute run (the last day of Week 8!!) with a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down, stretched, showered and was home by 7 to make breakfast for my family and relax before work.

It's been a great morning!

Now onto work.

I'll leave you with my favorite lyrics of the day, courtesy of Missy Elliot from her song "Lose Control" feat. Ciara and Fatman Scoop.

"I’ve got a cute face
Chubby waist
Thick legs in shape
Rump shakin both ways
Make you do a double-take
Planet rocka show stoppa
Flow proppa head knocka
Beat spalla tail droppa
Do ma thang..."

  
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FLYSOHIGH 8/21/2010 3:08PM

    I absolutely love this blog! I am gonna keep this particular blog open in my web browser so when I can always look at it and feel this amazing energy and inspiration!!!

Thanks so much!!!!

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STARINTHESKY 7/29/2010 11:16AM

    That was so awesome! I felt so good getting up early and going to the gym, but 4:30?!!!!!! Ay ay ay ay ay!! That's eeeeeaaaarrlllly!! Many kudos to you. I used to get up at 4:45am for a 5:15am boot camp class. That was HE-double hockey sticks! It was disaster for me when it came to my emotions. I even WALKED OUT of work one day when I got into an argument with my boss! Let's just say I did NOT take that class again lol! Love that Missy Elliot reference at the end. You go, girl!!!

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PEPPERLEAH 7/28/2010 11:53PM

    You totally ROCK!

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YATMAMA 7/28/2010 10:22PM

    That is BEYOND awesome. I am SO proud of you!!!!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 7/28/2010 10:11PM

    I've told you before how you warm my heart.
Ditto
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P.S. Thanks for the map. I have printed out and it is my new motivation tool.

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MOMTO6PLUS2 7/28/2010 1:21PM

    YOU DID IT! And you are a cool athlete, indeed :)

You inspire me!

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KITHKINCAID 7/28/2010 1:10PM

    Wow. You're Superwoman. Enough said! :)

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 7/28/2010 1:01PM

    Awesome job. So proud of you and I'm sure that your family is also.

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WYND10 7/28/2010 12:44PM

    That is an awesome note! Way to go!!! :)

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COLT2008 7/28/2010 12:41PM

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/28/2010 12:35PM

    Thanks everyone!!

I try to run 3x a week, but some weeks I only make it twice. Bad weeks I only make it once, like if I have a busy project at work. But I am determined to finish C25K before my next 5K which is on Aug. 5, so I can't skip any days!

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SLUMBERINGLOTUS 7/28/2010 12:17PM

    That is just TOO TOO awesome. I am smiling from ear to ear reading that. How many days a week do you run?

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BROOKDOESLIFE 7/28/2010 11:55AM

    Awesome! I totally know the feeling. I feel great when I run first thing in the morning. It gives me a huge boost for my day.
Way to go!

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HAMMLIN 7/28/2010 11:55AM

    way to go!!! thats awesome!

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SPENCERB123 7/28/2010 11:34AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/28/2010 11:22AM

    emoticon Look at you go!

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SHERLYN-WILL 7/28/2010 11:15AM

    Way to go... you athlete you!


Love the song lyrics...
perfect fit for how I feel too..

Keep on runnin'

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REBECCA1354 7/28/2010 10:57AM

    Good for you for doing it!!!!

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Goal to Reach 1,000 Fitness Minutes in July!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The past 3 months I have reached 1,000 fitness minutes and this month I've been so busy with work that at the end of the month, on 7/22, I only have 290 minutes under my belt. There is a challenge at the DONE Girls team to reach 1,000 fitness minutes and I initially thought, oh, well, not gonna make it, it's too late.

But then I thought. Could I do it?

I decided that I CAN get to 1,000 fitness minutes in July, although at this point, on July 22nd, I only have a piddly 290 minutes.

Here's how I'm gonna do it:

I am going to plan on walking or going on long bike rides with my family, either all together or a combination of minutes, to equal an average of 2 hrs. on Saturday, 7/24, Sunday, 7/25 and Saturday, 7/31. This equals a total of 360 minutes., which combined with my existing 290 minutes is 650 minutes.

Then my C25K workouts equal 40 minutes each. I'm going to do that on Friday, 7/23, Monday, 7/26, Wednesday, 7/28 and Friday, 7/30. This equals a total of 160 minutes, bringing my total up to 810 minutes for the month.

So 810 minutes minus 1,000 equals 190 minutes left to reach my goal. I have 3 remaining days that aren't slotted for my family outings/exercise or C25K.

So 190/3 = 63 minutes a day for the 3 remaining days.

To fill this time I plan to do Jillian Michael's The Shred (20 minutes) in the morning, and then walk 3 miles with Leslie (43 minutes) at night. Or vice versa, but either way, it's gonna get done!

The hard part is going to be today - since I've already obviously missed the morning workout I'm going to need to get a good hour (and 3 minutes) in. I may do a long hourish Leslie tape, not sure I can do both The Shred AND walk 3 miles all in the same sitting. Plus I have a class tonight and need to clean for an out of town guest, so time will be at a premium.

Whew! Let's see if I can reach this goal!!


  
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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 7/24/2010 2:57PM

    What an awesome plan. And I'm needing to tell you that I am stalled right now in C2K BUT I am hopeful to turn around. I am having to tread water and this moment in time. I have too many irons in the fire. When that happens to me I concentrate on maintaining so that I don't lose ground.

I am determined. I have learned not to give up when demands become too much. I take timeouts knowing that I will rejuvenate the effort.

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HAMMLIN 7/23/2010 12:56PM

    Go go go! You can do this!

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COLT2008 7/23/2010 1:07AM

    With determination and your plan emoticon!


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RED_WRITINGHOOD 7/23/2010 12:11AM

    You are definitely kicking booty girl!!! Congratulations!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/22/2010 11:26PM

    Thanks everyone for your support! Got my time in tonight :)

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CARILOUIE 7/22/2010 8:52PM

    You have such a great plan to make it - you can do it!

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YATMAMA 7/22/2010 6:47PM

    I have NO doubt that you will reach your goals. Hurray for YOU!!!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/22/2010 5:56PM

    Whew is right! But you can do it emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 7/22/2010 5:41PM

    Sounds like a great plan to get those minutes in. It's going to be tough, but it is doable. Other suggestions for your 3 unscheduled days... raking, gardening, mowing the lawn, painting - you can log all of these as cardio. Taking the family swimming is another great summer option. BTW, you may want to adjust your "calories burned" for the next 10 days. You'll need to eat more while your burning so many calories.
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2BTHINMAMMA 7/22/2010 5:04PM

    such determination and great planning! you can do it!! as for tonight try doing your cleaning as a workout (sparks fitness tracker has it on there!).

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/22/2010 2:07PM

    You sound determined enough to just make it!

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WYND10 7/22/2010 1:47PM

    You can absolutely do it, and imagine how much like a rockstart you'll feel like once you get there! Woo hoo! Let's do it!

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KITHKINCAID 7/22/2010 1:01PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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SKFEREBEE 7/22/2010 12:54PM

    You certainly are dedicated! Go for it! emoticon

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KAYLAP101 7/22/2010 12:51PM

    i have faith in you! you can conquer any goal you set your mind to!

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STARINTHESKY 7/22/2010 12:50PM

    How inspirng! You can do it!!!

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