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BLC20 - A New Beginning!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Yes, a new beginning! Why? Because I am at my lowest weight in 6 years and I am still losing! FINALLY!! I began my journey 1/3/11 at 198. By 1/1/12 I was down roughly 12-15 pounds. As of today I am down over 30 pounds and I am securely in the 160s for the first time in 6 years. In fact I am 1 pound LESS than I was then! For the first time in the past 5 years I really believe I CAN and WILL do this! My goal for this round is to securely enter the 150s and hit 155 by New Year's Eve.

What is making the difference this time? A number of things.
* I am currently training for my 2nd and 3rd HM of the year, which will be back to back in two and three weeks.
* I have adopted a much cleaner way of eating.
* I have figured out how to realize when I am full and to STOP eating when I reach that point, no matter how good the food may be.
* Someone made a very nasty comment to me about being in the 170s for so long and it was just the kick in the butt I needed to get the heck out of them once and for all.
* For the first time in 11 rounds, not only did I not gain between rounds, I actually LOST!
* I finally feel like I own this journey!
* I am wearing clothes I haven't worn in nearly 6 years and it feels so great, it's motivated me to get in to even smaller sizes!

It feels so amazing to finally feel like I can see the goal of this long journey I've been on. It's had it's ups and downs and MANY plateaus but I haven't given up and I just keep getting better!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/18/2012 5:46PM

    You are a remarkable inspiration! I know that you can do it! emoticon

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ZACEVETOB 9/18/2012 5:07PM

    emoticon I vote you to be next iron woman emoticon

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JECKIE 9/18/2012 7:31AM


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    I'm SO proud of you for sticking with it and for continuing to inspire and lead others while you were struggling with your own ups and downs and L-O-N-G plateau!!! I knew you could do it and I know I can too! Thanks so much for sharing!! :) Here's to the 150's for you and the 190's for me!!


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STEPH-KNEE 9/17/2012 9:46PM

    Such an inspiration, I love it! :D emoticon

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CAROL494 9/17/2012 9:35PM

  Congratulations on your accomplishments! emoticon

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FITAT50 9/17/2012 9:35PM

    I am SO happy for you!! Keep going girl, you own this round! emoticon

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Before, before, before and AFTER BLC19!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

As a result of BLC19 I am down 7.4 pounds and 6.25 inches. Not huge numbers but the toning has made a huge difference.

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ANDREA963 9/13/2012 11:15AM

    You look so energetic!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/31/2012 1:58PM

    You like fantastic!

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PINKHOPE 7/26/2012 2:21PM

    Looking GOOD!

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FITAT50 7/26/2012 7:15AM

    BIG difference! You look great!

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SMILESHINE81 7/25/2012 9:29PM

    Great results Tammy!

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RIVERNANNA 7/25/2012 6:52PM

    You look like you lost more than 7.4 pounds! I guess toning really makes a difference. emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/25/2012 6:55:55 PM

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TEKRU1 7/25/2012 4:03PM

    Lookin' good!

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/25/2012 12:29PM

    SUPER huge difference - GREAT JOB!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 7/25/2012 11:54AM

    Hot Mama! And you look at peace!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/25/2012 11:43AM

    Lookin' hawt Mama!

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AMARILYNH 7/25/2012 11:38AM

    You look great!! emoticon

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ERNOINACTION 7/25/2012 11:31AM

    Great progress. Way to go!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

With 5 1/2 weeks left to BLC19, rather than beginning to coast, I am refocusing my attention and adjusting my plan so I can continue to see postive changes in my health and weight.

I have signed up for back to back half marathons, 9/30 & 10/7 and began my training plan last night with a 6.75 mile run in 89 minutes. I have located 5 5K races locally between now and then, the first of whcih is this weekend. I will be running 3-4 days a week and averaging 16 miles/week to begin with. On my off days I plan to get back to biking and kayaking, as well as incorporating ST. My ultimate goal for my back to back HMs is to finish both of them in under 3 hours and at least one of them in 2:45 or less.

One thing I've noticed as I age, (I'm currently 50) is that I can no longer jump right up from a squatting position without the aid of my hands pulling or pushing me up. One of my goals for the next 5 1/2 weeks is to change that. It's not that my legs are weak. My running proves different. It's simply that I have lost teh strength in the muscles for that particular movement. Considering all the knee trouble I've had all my life, and subsequent surgeries, this is just an activity I haven't really focused on. Well I'm focusing on it now.

On the diet front, I have recently incorporated the clean eating concept in to my lifestyle and I will continue to do so, focusing on fruits and veggies, since that has always been my weakest link.

While I have lost 13 pounds so far this year, I am not satisfied with that. So far I have never been able to get below 170 and stay there for any length of time. My WL focus will be on finally changing that. When I began my journey, several years ago, I was just shy of 200 pounds. I got stuck in the 180s for quite some time and the same has been true for the 170s. Well I've overstayed my welcome and will be moving on down the line to the 160s and then the 150s and ultimately somewhere between 138 and 145. Can I do it this year? I'd like to say yes but I'd also like to be successful so I'm not going to focus on the ultimate goal. Instead, I'm going to take it a step at a time. Right now that step is 160ville.

So there you have it, my goals and plans in a nutshell. Sounds simple enough, but we all know that saying and doing are two different things. Rather, for me they have been. I'm about to change that!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/15/2012 2:41PM

    I admire your goals and your resolutions. I think you can do it. Yes, it's so easy to get stuck but you seem to have done a splendid job of waiting it out and not losing your focus.

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ANDREA963 6/12/2012 11:50AM

    Tammy, You're doing great. And your goals sound right on. I like the small step goals. You are running your way out of the 170s this round! Great job!


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THETURTLEBEAR 6/11/2012 11:00PM

    You WILL do this. I have one question: why do you want to jump up from a squat? Just for the hell of it? emoticon

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AELI2468 6/11/2012 4:11PM


Even though you are there to support the team as our cappie- we are here to support you too!

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AMARILYNH 6/11/2012 2:12PM

    Slow and steady wins the race - stay focused on exchanging not so healthy habits for healthy ones and you'll get there!! I vote we ALL concentrate on healthier eating, consistent ST and cardio - that will get us what we are looking for - top notch health and vigor!!

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My BLC19 Goals

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Let's get the worst part out of the way first.

Not pretty, I know, but that's about to change. (In my defense, that's an Enell sports bra I'm wearing and it's TIGHT!)

Ok, enough excuses. I'm pleased with my results from last round but I'm ready to strive for more specific goals than just losing inches and pounds. It's time to reclaim my waist line. I found it last spring and kept it til early November when some personal issues got the better of me and I drown my sorrows in all things NOT GOOD! Now I'm totally pissed at myself for losing ground and I'm ready to take back my toned body again.

My goals for BLC19 are:
1) lose the flab off my mid section
2) eat MUCH cleaner and healthier than I ever have before
3) not allow personal issues to take over
4) become reacquainted with ST
5) conquer INSANITY
6) get back into yoga and reclaim my flexibility
8) train for another HM
9) see if I can achieve a sub 30 5K
10) unclutter my house

How will I accomplish these goals? By breaking them down into smaller goals and reassessing my progress every two weeks.

So by Week Two I will have:
* begun INSANITY
* got my weight down to 174
* tackled at least one room in my home and blasted every inch of it until it's spit shined and sparkles
* completed one 10 mile run in 2:15 or less
* set aside two days a week to my yoga practice
* begin exploring new options for whole foods

Week Two - Revisiting my goals

I have fallen way too short of most of my goals.
* Haven't yet started Insanity.
* Although I haven't tackled one room and blasted it, I have done a good once over through several rooms and plan to conitue on that effort tonight. It's a slow but sure process and I am making some headway.
* Haven't set aside two days for yoga.
* The weather has not been cooperating for my 10 miler but I did finish a 4 miler in 45 minutes flat, which was excellent for me!
* I have been exploring many new options for whole foods and will continue to do so. I am finding it challenging to come up with meal ideas that my family will like but I refuse to give up on the whole food option for myslef, no matter what. I have noticed that it isn't easy to find much variety locally, other than the expected fresh fruits and veggies.
* My weight was down to 175 last Saturday but TOM and IBS combined to bump the scale back up again and as of today I'm exactly the same as I was last week. 177.2

What I've learned from all this.

I HAVE to take control and stop allowing life to get in my way. I need to plan and carry out a true - set in stone - exercise plan. Now that my HM is behind me, I haven't really set a new plan into effect but if I want to change the way I look and feel, I need to be proactive! I also need to continue to look for whole food options and recipes and plan ahead for meals away from home. I don't want to come back here in two weeks and find I am still at square one. The changes start today!

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RIVERNANNA 7/23/2012 3:00PM

    Wow! I feel like I am looking in a mirror when I read what you are thinking and doing and how you struggle to stay on track. I too have found that life gets in the way. Your thoughts and plans are a great help to me, so I will now make some plans for the coming weeks and start fresh. Thanks for the inspiration.

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CKENTFIELD 5/1/2012 10:38PM

    WAY more ambious than I. But I have faith that YOU will accomplish your goals. Your just that kinda gal.

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FITAT50 5/1/2012 9:19PM

    You've done it before, you know you can do it again emoticon

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-THINQ- 5/1/2012 5:06PM

    YES YOU DID!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

GOOD JOB, posting your 'real' fbs! i hope they will help both of us to meet our goals this round!

ps can i copy your entire lists? ...only, i'll have to move Declutter My House to the Top! of the top list, lol !

Teamster!!Lizzy ,'=^D

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FENWAYGIRL18 5/1/2012 4:24PM

    emoticon Your very brave for putting up the pictures , I give you tons of credit for that!

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My Second Half Marathon - Not what I expected

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

After months of training, planning and prepping to meet 3 of my Sheriffs - Marilyn, April and Sarah - in Lake George, NY
for my second HM, let's just say it wasn't at all what I had been hoping for. Thankfully having the three of them there with me helped me get over the disappointment of a less than stellar race experience. We had a wonderful time together which eased the blow of my race experience.

We woke to fabulous race weather. Comfortable temps, sunshine and a light breeze. PERFECT! We all slept well and felt ready to tackle the hilly course.

I was off to a great start (according to Marilyn I was running a 9 minute mile to begin with) but by two miles out I was praying for a porti potti. Marilyn caught up with me just before the 3 mile mark when I was forced to walk til I finally found a porti potti just a bit further down the road. I thought I would be fine cuz usually once the runners trots have hit and been relieved, I'm good to go. I could still see Marilyn when I came out and kept her in view for the next 4 miles, when another wave hit me and I had to stop again. Apparently that's when Sarah passed me cuz when I was a 1/2 mile or so from the turn around, I met first Marilyn and then Sarah, headed back. I was confident I could catch up and finish with them but I was hit two more times, once so bad that I was forced to walk for 4 miles between porti pottis and I was just about to chance stepping off the road and hoping not to be noticed when I finally saw another one. By the time I was 2 miles out and had hit the last porti potti I was so disgusted with my run that I barely ran after that. I finished in 3:07, which was 10 minutes over my runkeeper time from last year. I was shooting for 2:45 and I think I could have done it if it hadn't been for my bowel issues. I was so discouraged!

This is my mile by mile time.

Mile 1 - 11:02
Mile 2 - 12:32
Mile 3 - 14:40 - first pp stop
Mile 4 - 13:15
Mile 5 - 12:57
Mile 6 - 13:00
Mile 7 - 13:57 struggled because I needed the pp
Mile 8 - 14:45 second pp stop
Mile 9 - 14:09 struggled because I needed the pp
Mile 10 - 15:33 forced to walk
Mile 11 - 15:58 forced to walk
Mile 12 - 16:41 forced to walk to final pp stop
Mile 13 - 15:18 At this point I figured I needed better than a 7 minute mile to break 3 hours and I knew that was impossible.

The majority of the second half of the race I fought with cramping and feeling like I was going to lose it. And as if that wasn't bad enough, somewhere around the 10 mile mark, I stepped wrong on the rough road surface and felt a pain shoot through my ankle. Thankfully I was able to walk it off and today it seems just fine. In fact the only real soreness I have is in that shin. At first I thought it might be from the hills but it's only one leg and same one that suffered the ankle issue, so I'm thinking rather than spraining my ankle, I may have just pulled something in that lower leg instead. Most likely because I have been working on strengthening my ankles throughout my training, so it held up and the weaker area took the brunt of the injury.

Sucks, huh?

All was not lost however. I learned a few important lessons from all this, so although I'm still ticked with my run and my resulting time, I was able to take away a few positives from it.

First, I can run faster than I imagined I could and I'm anxious to see what I can do in my next 5K. Judging from my first three miles, it looks as if I could have pulled off a sub 30 5K, esp. without the porti potti stop! Something I NEVER imagined I was capable of, esp on such a hilly course.

Second, I think it's time to stop putting my head in the sand and talk to my doctor about the possibility that I may be suffering from IBS.

Third, I am very anxious to run another HM ASAP just to prove to myself that I can do it and be proud of the resulting time!

Fourth, I know that everyone has a tough run eventually and I guess I'm fortunate to get it out of the way early in my running career and to go forth from here knowing I can conquer even the worst variables.

So although it wasn't the HM I was hoping for as I trained over the past 4 months, I survived and I'm anxious to prove to myself that this was the freak, not the norm.

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LILPAT3 5/9/2012 11:18AM

    You finished and given the circumstances...many people would not have finished. You probably need to be checked for IBS if this type of occurance is common. Sure is hard to run, bike, swim, etc. when you have cramping and such problems. Hang in there. I bet you will own the next race.

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GREYLOCKES1 5/3/2012 9:29AM

    Great job of finishing. Luckily I have never had that issue( IBS) but of my 20 half marathons I have had plenty that I did not do as well as i had planned. Embrace this race it will give you a much deeper appreciation of the ones that meet or exceed your goals. Watch what you eat the day before and of your races. It may just be a combination of food and nerves,Too much caffeine and or sugar can cause those issues but a doctor will be better at determining that.

Good luck and keep running.

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-THINQ- 5/1/2012 5:15PM

    I agree with Nic; and we're ALL PROUD of you for finishing!, with problems like that i might have quit before the tenth mile, if not before that!
I hope you have help from your doc too; i've had ibs and it is awful even when you're NOT exercising!

You ROCK !!, Shammy Cap'n!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 5/1/2012 3:24PM

    emoticon YOU finished, THAT counts! No beating yourself for things beyond your control... you still battled it out and have a second HM under your belt!

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SADIESUE09 5/1/2012 3:09PM

emoticonSorry to hear you didn't do as well as you planned. Congrats for fininshing though especially having the trots like that. My stomach acts up a lot and it's not fun trying to do anything when it's like that.

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