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Week 5 Day 3 of my C25K multiples! The dreaded 20 minute run CONQUERED!!!

Saturday, February 05, 2011


Well, I made it. I survived my 20m run, not once, not twice, but 4.5 times!!! That's right. 90 minutes total of running today! I'm stoked! But get this. Since I was working so hard I decided not to do my 10.6 route. I took another cut off which I thought would end up giving me around 9.5 - 10. Smart huh? Uh, not so much. It ended up being LONGER, not shorter! So I finished with 2 hrs 54 minutes and 10.82 miles! LOL but the joke was on me!

Oh well, emoticon here I come!!

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TEKRU1 2/5/2011 10:52PM

    That is awesome - I may just have to add you to my most admired yet most hated list. Keep it up, Sherriff!

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MGJARVI 2/5/2011 6:56PM

    HOLY COW Tammy! You are doing sooo awesome!! Oh, and remind me to NOT have you map MY routes! LOL!!

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SAPPHIRE99 2/5/2011 6:25PM

    emoticon Go Tammy! Go Tammy!

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DEBSZOO74 2/5/2011 5:48PM

    emoticon You're awesome!!!

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-THINQ- 2/5/2011 5:31PM

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PIXIEMOM13 2/5/2011 4:09PM

    That is so awesome. I stalled out on week 4 of the c25K, then got I might have to backtrack to week 3...

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MARIAND123 2/5/2011 4:06PM

    Awesome. you are doing great. ARe you planning on doing an organized run anytime soon?

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January 2011 - a month of new experiences and goals met.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I am declaring the month of January to be a huge success. Iíve been working hard since August to make changes but the holidays kicked me in the butt a little. Combine that with the shorter days and colder temps and it wasnít looking too good for me. I knew I had to do something about it and since so many of my BLC friends were talking 5K, 10K and Ĺ marathons, I decided to give running a shot. That was huge for me since Iíve NEVER enjoyed running. Biking I love but with snow and ice and sub zero temps, my bike is not an option right now.
My first day of C25K, I ran on the indoor track and absolutely hated it. Iím truly an outdoor person. I NEED the sunshine and fresh air. Put me on a treadmill and the clock stands still. Put me outside and I can go for hours without realizing it. I invested in some YakTraks, and some UA and gave outdoor running a shot. IíM HOOKED!!! I still canít believe it but itís true. Not only that but my seasonal depression is totally under control AND Iím losing weight. January is usually my worst month for both SAD and weight gain. Not this year. But thatís not all! Isn't it funny how much being a part of the BLC opens us up to things we wouldn't have tried, or even known about before.

In January alone, Iíve:
* found I love green smoothies
* become a (gasp!) RUNNER!!!
* ran 10.6 mile twice this month
* researched barefoot running, chi running and Vibrams
* EXCEEDED 1500FM by 193 minutes for the month of January
* covered nearly 90 miles on foot with my C25K program
* discovered Wii Zumba
* lost nearly 8 pounds

I'm sure there's more but all that in one month as a result of being an active member of BLC15 is pretty amazing!

My goals for February are:

1500FM monthly
100 miles on foot monthly - I hit 89.65 in January.
7 hours sleep nightly
64 oz water daily
stay within my calorie range 6 days a week
Post daily
Track daily
Lose weekly
Get out of the 170s

Iím currently in Week five of my C25K multiples and I'm running, rather wogging, anywhere from 5.5 -10.6 miles each time I'm out. My total WL for January was 7.8 pounds. I'd like to match that for February. The past two weeks have been losses under 1/2 pound so I'm going to have to step up my game to accomplish that goal. If I stick to my list, I think I can do it.

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    Tammy, I don't think you can do it I know you can!!! Thanks for being so supportive, encouraging, and inspiring to your team. We all love ya!

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LYNNIE63 2/4/2011 12:55AM

    TAMMY!!!! Look at you go!!! So Proud of you and for all of your accomplishments. Congratulations!!!
I'm with you on being outdoors too...something about the fresh air, the sunshine and the scenery.
emoticon Here's to February!!
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AJSCHROM 2/3/2011 2:54PM

    Great job in Jan!!!!! You can so reach all your goals in Feb!!!! You are on FIRE!!!

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TEKRU1 2/3/2011 1:53PM

    emoticon You are on FIRE! Keep up the good work!

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Doing Something Right! And it feels SO good!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

After dinner out two weekends in a row and hopping on the scale the morning after both only to find NO CHANGE!!! I am finally feeling like I've figured this whole weight loss thing out. And let me tell you this, it's a GREAT feeling!

I'm eating what I want, realizing when I'm full, allowing myself to splurge on special occasions, pretty much living a normal, HEALTHY life! My body is strong, my waistline and I are getting reacquainted, I'm learning to not only work freggies in to my diet but also to enjoy them.

My mind is in a happy place. My body is in a healthy place. I'm taking the high road and coming out on top. I'm nearly half way to goal and I'm actually beginning to believe this is doable! Yes, I still stumble, but when I do, I don't give up. I pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on my path. This is no longer just a diet to me. This is a lifestyle. After nearly 15 years of dieting and failing, I'm now living a happier, healthier lifestyle that just happens to be putting me in progressively smaller pant sizes. Ben and Jerry's has found it's way back into my freezer but it isn't disappearing anywhere near as fast as it use to. Four pints is no longer gone in four days. I can have a sample to feed a craving, without it turning into a whole pint affair. My carb addiction is a thing of the past. My sugar addiction is under control.

Are you noticing a pattern here? Look at the number of times I typed my or I. I have taken ownership of MY lifestyle, MY choices, MY health, MY happiness, even MY slip ups. It's all good!

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FITLIKENIC 10/17/2010 11:02PM

    WooHoo! You are doing FANTASTIC, AND learning that taking care of YOU is PRIORITY Number ONE!

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SMALLERSHEEP 10/17/2010 4:47PM

    Tammy, that's awesome! THAT sounds like the blog of a future maintainer!! WHOOT! WHOOT!

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SWEETMNTHING 10/17/2010 12:29PM

    Congratulations, Tammy! You are doing great! I'm still not at the place where I can keep Ben and erry's or any type of ice cream in the freezer and not have it be totally gone by the end of the day, so believe me when I say that is no small feat. Maybe someday, in the meantime I just dont keep it in the freezer at all. You are such an inspiration!

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B-N-ME 10/17/2010 10:28AM

    emoticon job! Your are right, it's not a diet, diets is a lfestyle change!
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Smiling yesterday? Not so much.... LOL!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I got a little too ambitious yesterday. I did the same ride from the day before PLUS I added one of my regular, hill filled routes. My ave mph dropped from 12.5 to 11.4 due to the hills I added. I was determined to do 2 hours, when I headed out. Following a tough ride with a tougher ride may not have been such a good idea. You have no idea how many times I thought of shortening my route but every time I hit a point where I could, I blindly went on. I ended up racking up 28 miles in 2 hours 24 minutes. By the time I hit the last 4 miles I was whipped! My legs were burning. My arms and shoulders were SO weak I could barely hold myself up. I kept sinking into my shoulders and having to remind myself to sit up and engage my abs. My cool down walk was very ouchie! My legs were SO tight and SO sore! It much have been comical to see me walking so gingerly. My stretch session felt SO GOOD! Surprisingly, I'm not sore today. I even put in a 38 minute walk already and I'm planning on some ST and floor exercises later tonight. (gotta log my 90 minutes!)

The best part of the ride is it did MORE than negate my 5 course dinner last night. DH took me out to celebrate my birthday, which is today. 10/10/10 How cool is that?

My mom called to wish me a Happy Birthday and she asked if I felt any older. I told her if I could knock down a 21 1/2 mile ride on Friday and a 28 mile ride yesterday, I wasn't too worried about turning 49. I feel younger today than I did 10 years ago. I'm certainly more fit.

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/11/2010 5:28AM

    emoticon on the job well done

and late HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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BYEBYEFAT2 10/10/2010 11:04PM

    GREAT JOB Tammy! And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! That is really an awesome accomplishment!
Isn't it a wonderful feeling, to be getting older in years, and feeling younger at heart and in body? I turned 50 this year, and feel the same....younger than I have in years! And we can thank all the good things we've chosen to do, by choosing to take care of ourselves in mind AND body, for giving us such a wonderful, rewarding feeling.
Wishing you the best, always! Keep at it; keep turning back the hands of time.

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Let me just say BLC is the BEST SP thing that's happened to me and BLC14 is the best round ever! I've had my ups and down along this journey, that, so far, has taken me from 197 to 174. I've gone from being a couch potato who could barely squat down and get back up again, to a healthy, active, fit person who now knocks down 20+ miles on her bike, like it's nothing. When I first started riding at the start of my journey, 6 1/2 miles in 32 minutes left me sweaty, sore and tired. Just yesterday, I headed out for a "short" ride. 1 hour 44 minutes and 21.6 miles later, I was pulling into my driveway again ~ WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE! Hills that use to kill me are nothing now, but the best part is, hills that made me panic, NOW, I'm ABLE TO RIDE UP!!! Last summer, I rode my bike to and from work one day, on a road that includes massive hills. My thought was to ride it daily for the summer. That lasted all of ONE DAY! I could barely move for days after. I had to walk up several of the hills because I just couldn't make them on the bike. That same road,... those same hills, ... are now the LAST STRETCH of every ride I take, and I ride them with ease. I still have 31 pounds to go but now I know I will get there. I'm sure I'll still struggle from time to time, but my friends here at SP, esp. my BLC friends, will be there to pick me up just as they have been for the past 5 rounds.

Laughter is the best medicine and friends are the prescription.

Oh yeah, and the OUTLAWS will be wearing GREEN Next week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and these two are just for you, Mel! emoticon emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 10/9/2010 9:45AM

    Over 20 miles on your bike! FANTASTIC! I agree with YOU, Spark and the friends here, esp on the BLC challenges have helped me more than the years I spent trying on my own~

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MGJARVI 10/9/2010 8:45AM

    Oh, you are SO going DOWN!!
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I'm right there with you, BLC has really given me the push to do this! I *KNOW* that I would NEVER have done this alone!! HUGS!!

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45ANDFIT1 10/9/2010 8:28AM

    Congratulations - you are such an inspiration!

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MABELL1WFTX 10/9/2010 7:10AM

    What determination and inspiration. You have done wonderful. I see you reaching your goal in the not too distant future. Just keep everybody informed through your BLOGs so we can all celebate with you and draw from your success. It is so great to read a positive BLOG and hear from someone with great aspirations. You will make it to the end of your goal. It is a foregone conclusion.

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HUMLADY1 10/9/2010 6:20AM

    Thanks for creating this inspirational blog!!

NBC's Biggest Loser finale for the 2009 season was my "push-over-the-edge" "get-off-the-couch" "get-movin'" moment. Since then I lost 47 pounds, 30 of which I've regained. But for me, it's different. It's been different since I found SparkPeople. Because even though I've fallen off the wagon, I KNOW what to do now. And I am working on a challenge I've created for myself to get back into "accountability mode." Every day when I spin the wheel, whatever my points are, I set that number of goals to do on SparkPeople. - Today, I have to do five goals! (I'm looking forward to getting 50 points on the wheel!!!! LOL)

So, thank you, for being my reminder TODAY why I started this journey in the first place!!


ations on persevering on your journey and accomplishing what you have. I KNOW the work/resistance/perseverance that went into this!!

~~Jocelyn Newton~~

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