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Spring 5% Challenge here I come!!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Today was the first day of the Spring 5% Challenge. I have updated th background on my SparkPage, revised my goals and logged my weigh-in.

Now to refine these goals.

1. I have scheduled my day so that cardio, meal planning and me time are all included.

2. I have created a menu for the week and tried to make it as healthy as possible.

3. I have rejoined the gym and my water aerobics class.

4. Strenghth training is done 3 times a week with 2 workout buddies.

5. I will log all food and exercise daily. This is critical for success.

6. I will restart the running program and follow through.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 3/26/2014 7:36AM

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PERSISTANT123 5/9/2011 8:33PM

    WooHoo! Here we go! We are going to have lots of fun!

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ANNESYLVIA 5/9/2011 6:35AM

    emoticonIt is a great idea to revise any plan time to time. It helps you focus and meet any new needs that may have arise. And including your nutrition and exercises is smart too. It keeps them on your priority list instead of an afterthought.

Good Luck!

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1BEARWIFE 5/8/2011 4:00PM

    Terrific planning. BTW..........I would just love to come sit by that beautiful, restful pool you have on your page!

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KINSBAILE 5/8/2011 11:55AM

    That's awesome! Great plan!

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    WTG! Great blog!!

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MNABOY 5/8/2011 12:01AM

    You are on top of all points, a true lead=by-example leader. Thanks

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Down another pant size!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I noticed that my jeans have been getting lose lately. The other day I went to take them off and forgot to unzip and unbutton them (must have thought I still had sweats on). I couldn't believe it when they slipped right off. emoticon This is me emoticon in my old jeans!

So today DH and I went to WalMart and I tried on a pair of jeans. I couldn't believe what size I could comfortably fit into. Size 16W!! And they are a perfect fit. I really can't remember the last time I fit into anything lower than an 18. It has been at least 14 years. What an amazing feeling. So I bought 2 pair!! What a great feeling. When I got them home, I immediately put one of the new pair on. I felt, dare I say it, slim.

Today 16W's, tomorrow (or in the next couple of weeks) 16 regulars!! Slender me here I come.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/4/2011 6:07AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep going!

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CALIKIKI 3/14/2011 11:31PM

    Woo hoo! Yay you!

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KINSBAILE 3/14/2011 10:48PM


Keep up the GREAT freakin work! :)

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PERSISTANT123 3/12/2011 12:36AM

    emoticon emoticonI am so jealous of you ... well maybe not jealous, but wishing I was where you are. I am struggling not to gain any more inches so I can wear the 18's that I got at the Goodwill. You are doing an AWESOME job! emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/12/2011 12:37:09 AM

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ANNESYLVIA 3/11/2011 8:03AM

    emoticonon your weight loss.


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ACROSONIC 3/10/2011 4:21PM

    Isn't that great! I just got into 16w's a few weeks ago, still loving it.

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1BEARWIFE 3/10/2011 1:59PM

    Oh wow! What a victory!! I especially love the part that you just pulled down your jeans without unbuttoning or unzipping them! Way to go, Girlfriend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/10/2011 8:44AM

    emoticon great job

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GRANDMA1951 3/10/2011 8:28AM

    What a gret feeling. Thanks for sharing since it gives the rest of us incentive. We can all do this. Keep up the good work.

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LOSE4LIFE47 3/10/2011 1:10AM

    Congratulations for the loss! Keep up the good work.

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I think I know why am I doing this.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

A SparkFriend recently changed her goal weight and logged all of her reasons why she changed her goal. I am so happy for her and also just a tad bit jealous. She got me to thinking why I started this lifestyle change (hate the word diet with a passion) journey. Just why do I want to lose weight??

Besides the obvious reasons of weight loss, better health and clothing (ooo the clothing) there are also other reasons. I hate not being able to try a new exercise or sport and worry about whether I will be able to breath. Do I need to bring my inhaler or will I be OK? Self-confidence is another reason. Why is it, that no matter how hard we try, we let others judge us by size. When I tell people how much I have lost and they asked how much I weighed (some people are just to nosy) they are amazed at what I used to weigh. I then they have the balls to say something stupid like "I'm sorry. I didn't know."

Now, what has been holding me back. A number of things and most are nothing but excuse now that I think about it. Granted, I had bronchitis in December. That does not explain January, February and part of March. So what do I need to do to get back on track.

I need a plan and a schedule. Right now I have so many things going on, I don't know which way is up. I need to sit down and schedule my day and then go from there.

Here are my goals for the next 2 days.
1. Sit down and schedule my week (1 week at a time).
2. Be sure to include 90-120 minutes of exercise a day - no matter what. Family will just have to understand that my health has to come first.
3. Make sure that I schedule Spark Time in as well.
4. Blog my plan and schedule within 2 days.

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ANNESYLVIA 3/11/2011 8:10AM


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FUTUREHOPE49 3/9/2011 5:54PM

    Sounds like great goals to me! emoticon

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LUCYSRAIN 3/9/2011 12:56PM

    My own father did that to me once, I told him I had lost 30 pounds and he asked me what I weighed then did the math....his reply was "you mean you weighed over 200 pounds!"

Shame on those people!

Anyway your plan sounds Great!

You, I, We can and will reach our goals emoticon

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1BEARWIFE 3/9/2011 10:59AM

    Great start to an organized life. Let me know how it works! emoticon

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/9/2011 10:39AM

    Great goals!!

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YOOVIE 3/9/2011 10:12AM

    OMG I totally feel you. The other night ON A DATE the guy was pushing me to tell him what I used to weigh and instead of being proud of how far I havecome, I didnt want to say anything.

We're gonna totally make this happen!!!

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ONENEL 3/9/2011 7:07AM

    emoticon For me I also need a plan- and a backup plan for when things get hectic.
And yes, others who do not deal with weight issues (even those that do), have no idea what it is like, everyone is different. My plan is to show them all that I can do it!!! Not by a diet but by a lifestyle change. emoticon

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I have found that some people who have never struggled with weight have no idea what an insult is to an overweight person. I'm trying to learn to not take comments like that painfully. I have the problem that when I get comments as I lose weight like "looking" or "you're really looking" I take at as an insult and thing, so what was I before...just three months ago?!? It's rough to deal with!

You can get back on track!! We're all here to support!! Put yourself first! emoticon

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MNABOY 3/8/2011 11:14PM

    GO FOR IT! YOU WILL DO IT! You are a leader and we will follow your example.

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I ran tonight . . . I think?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I almost didn't work out tonight. For some reason I just didn't seem to have any energy. My get up and go seemed to have got up and went - when I wasn't looking! First I wasn't going to even stop at the gym. Then my DH dropped me off - but I told him to wait - maybe I forgot my locker combination. Damn, I remembered it after all. Oh well, there went all of my excuses. Changed and got onto the treadmill.

I warmed up for 5 minutes and then started my 5K Your Way Rookie program. The first 2 running intervals went fine. Got a little winded, but that is to be expected. The 3rd interval I almost wimped out - but I stuck it out. Half way through the last 1-minute running I am sorry to say, I wimped out. Finished the last 30 second walking and then did a 5-minute cooldown. But I ran and it didn't kill me! emoticon

Finished up the evening with 15 minutes on the stationary bike and 15 minutes of water aerobics. emoticon emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 2/26/2011 4:44PM

    Terrific! I am sure this is to be expected from rookie runners. So, in my book you did well, especially from someone who did not even feel up to it. I can hardly wait to see what you can do when your mind is into it!


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RAINBOWFALLS 2/26/2011 10:54AM

    Great job getting it done.

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1BEACHWALKER 2/25/2011 2:54PM

    Good for you!! emoticon Don't give up the fight-in the battle of the bulge we are all soldiers! emoticon

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PERSISTANT123 2/25/2011 1:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou did it ... and you did more than you thought you could. So what if you wimped out for the last minute --- YOU RAN!

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GINTEX 2/25/2011 11:05AM

    I just checked out the 5K Your Way program. Looks good. Thanks for sharing about it. I just might use it to get ready for a 5K on March 5.

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HEATING1 2/25/2011 8:29AM

    Good job running--I can't run and sometimes I want to but I have bad knees, bad ankles and asthma. Triple whammy for running!! Glad you made yourself workout--sometimes it is for the best!

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DRC2009 2/25/2011 6:32AM

    Some days are like that, we don't feel like exercising, but we eventually do and it feels good. It sounds like you exercised about 30 minutes. Burned a few unwanted calories. Good for you! emoticon

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MELBBART 2/24/2011 11:05PM

    I bet you don't regret putting int the effort after you're done. Good work, keep it up!

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SISTAOSCA 2/24/2011 10:59PM

    I am notorious for making excuses like that when I go to the gym. Oh, I forgot my headphones, I can't work out without music so time to go home! Good for you for sticking it out!

And I bet you feel awesome too. I love that feeling. :) emoticon

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TYBEWALLACE 2/24/2011 10:37PM

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Running shoes and other stuff

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Even though I didn't seem as busy today as yesterday, I still accomplished quite a bit. Almost didn't accomplish anything though. Woke up with a massive migraine and no OTC meds to help. Thank you Denis for being a love and going and getting me some or I would still be in bed. Didn't have breakfast though and that hasn't happened for 6-8 months. Broke my streak. emoticon
Went to work, got a lot accomplished there. Then went with DH to pick his hearing aid up. He has been so nervous about this. Got to the doc's and you should have seen his face. He couldn't believe how much he has been missing the past 10 years. Sounds he had taken for granted or had not heard were amazing. He couldn't believe it when he heard another patron at a local restaurant clear across the room.

Talked to a friend while at water aerobics tonight about the 5K challenge. The first thing she asked was if I had a good pair of running shoes. Well . . . I have an OK pair of running shoes. I know that I will definitely need a good pair of shoes, but investing that much and then not following through would be foolish. To add to that, the nearest place that sells them, and know what they are talking about is 73 miles away. (One of the pitfalls of living in a small rural community.) So I will have to think about this very seriously.

I have reworked my workout schedule to accommodate my 5K Your Way Challenge schedule. Tomorrow I will start running. Should be interesting.

Logged my fitness and my nutrition, blogged and now I am off to get some emoticon

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RONIREDD 2/24/2011 7:34PM

    I agree with the others ... get new shoes! I actually wish I hadn't waited so long to do it.

And trust me, we'll keep you runnin! emoticon

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TYBEWALLACE 2/24/2011 6:18PM

    I hope you felt better when you woke up this morning.... I have to commend you on running, hopefully one day I will get there too....

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RAINBOWFALLS 2/24/2011 5:39PM

    I wish I could run - bad foot. You will need those running shoes. emoticon

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ACROSONIC 2/24/2011 2:39PM

    The shoes are important. While you are out of town buying them, take advantage to treat yourself to something there that you can't do where you live.

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PERSISTANT123 2/24/2011 2:30PM

    I say get the new running shoes. Then when your body wants to call it quits, you'll look at those new running shoes and know you can't stop! You can do this!

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MUNCHIE718 2/24/2011 8:23AM

  I have migraines, too. Yuck! Congrats on doing the 5K challenge. Getting a pair of running shoes might help to motivate you to stick with your program. I think they are especially important if you have any knee or ankle pains to begin with. I think it's fine to start your program with the running shoes you have until you get a chance to get to the store to be fitted. Good luck!

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ILIKECACTI 2/24/2011 7:50AM

    Good for you for starting to run! I tried c25k last year, but quit half way through it. I've been thinking about running since then, but I just can't start. So props to you for doing it!

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HEATING1 2/24/2011 6:51AM

    Just start slow and really consider getting a good pair of running shoes--even if you just go and get an opinion on what to wear and then get it somewhere cheaper, you should get an expert opinion on what shoes to wear

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ELASTI-GIRL 2/24/2011 3:18AM

    Good luck with your training plan!

I would highly recommend purchasing a new pair of shoes as soon as possible, despite the inconvenience and cost. Many a running plan has been sidelined by injuries that would easily have been avoided by proper footwear. Shoes should be changed every 300 miles and you should be fitted for the right type of shoe, depending on pronation, which involves talking to a sales rep who knows what to look for. If you are running in cross-trainers, improperly fitted shoes, or old shoes, you will injure.

I know it's a costly investment, but the investment is you. And running is overall a very affordable way to be fit compared to other sports and fitness classes.

I wish you all the best in celebrating your fitness goals :)

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