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Mid-month assessment

Friday, October 16, 2009

I set some goals for myself at the beginning of the month. They were: to lose 3 kilos, to run up a hill that I had only been able to walk up and to run 10K under 60 minutes.

So how am I doing now that half the month has gone by?

I have lost 0.5 kilos so far in October, that 1 kilo weight gain I had in the beginning of the month threw me for a loop, that's for sure. But I'm on the right track again, I just feel it.

I managed to run up that hill within a week of setting up this goal and the victory tasted, oh, so sweet! Now when I run I don't even think about this hill, no trepidation, no worries. I just do it. I am still tired when I reach the top, but not more so than that I'm still able to do sprints a minute later.

How about my 10K time? Well, I haven't been able to run a 10K since setting this goal up. I have been doing 8K consistently 4-5 times a week (my time for this distance is 48 minutes right now, obviously there's room for improvement!), but this coming Sunday I plan to head out to the lake where I do my 10K runs. The time to beat is 67 minutes at the moment. Bleh, that's embarrassing. I want to be under 65 minutes next time.

I started a new workout program, though, and I'm so excited! It's the Insanity workout and so far I like it! Yesterday I did the Fit Test and today I did the Plyometric cardio circuit, and I can see myself keeping up with this for the whole 60 days.

I've also re-assessed my nutrition. I had a calory target range of 1200-1400, which I think was way too low considering I was burning about 4000 calories a week. With the addition of the Insanity workouts my calories burned should increase considerably and I don't see how such a low calory intake could sustain me. So, I raised it to 1400-1700 calories. I was having trouble hitting my calories even with the lower target range, I have NO idea how I'm going to be able to hit it now that it's even higher. Considering that I'll be working out twice a day some days (I won't give up the running, obviously!) I'm going to need more protein to help me with muscle recuperation. Maybe a protein shake? I will look into this. Anyway, it's almost 9 pm and I've only managed to eat about 1000 calories and I'm not an evening snacker - you do the math. Sigh.

Well, all in all, I think I'm doing allright; I had hoped for more weight lost at this point and to have knocked off a few minutes of my 10K time, but I still have time. Now I just need to go to the kitchen and figure out what to eat. I'm SO not hungry. How many grapes do I need to eat to get 400 calories? emoticon

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MARKAMURKA 10/26/2009 12:38PM

    Thanks for the add. I've found a comment of yours on a page and saw we're in similar shoes.
You're doing great. Your 8k time is not that bad, really, and you run a lot so in no time you'll get your endurance up. With exactly the same pace you'll have a 60minutes 10k or a 2.18 HM time. And pace also improves, only slowes than endurance.
If you log in your fitness tracker you'll get how many calories you burn in an average week. Then you also has to change your burned calories on your start page at "goals". SP will recalculate your range.

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SKYEDOLPHAN 10/17/2009 8:27AM

    Awesome job Minna!!!!!!!
As you know I also have a very hard time getting my calories where they should be.
As other have stated Almonds are a great help , I also do the performance plus protein bars ( good for protein and carbs) I make a smoothie with LF vanilla yogurt fresh blueberries, blackberries and strawberries a little skim milk and add a protein powder to it..... I really utilize the shakes as I can just grab it and go... I also grab the fiber one bars and Emerald's 100 calorie nut packs whenever they are on sale I stock up and hide them in the house, and will leave a box in the car for those days when I am non stop. HTH

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BIRDRIPLEY 10/16/2009 5:20PM

    Minna, what you have accomplished. Stand on a mountain & be proud (so to speak). but , waht is this Insanity Workout & where do I find it?
Congrats, you GO GIRL!

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LEMICHA 10/16/2009 3:59PM

    I think your doing an awesome job on your fitness!!! YEP!!! I sometimes have trouble with my food intake. I have found that keeping certain things in stock help those last minute uptakes. Bananas, mandarines, avocado's, raw cashews and almonds. You can make a cream with raw cashews and then add more water to make a milk. Then add eggs and then throw it into a pan. It makes the most awesome tasty scrambled eggs and picks up the protein easily! It also doesn't separate like cows milk! Good luck!

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FITSPIRATION 10/16/2009 3:33PM

  Minna you are doing great! Remember it isn't always the scale that moves, I bet your legs are toning and slimming from running and I bet you are losing inches. Measure! Or perhaps some clothes are fitting bigger? As for the food that is a good choice to go for protein. Do you like Greek Yogurt? It tastes fabulous with some honey. Protein shakes are great with fruit mixed in. Peanut butter has protein. Gosh I am just here thinking what you can eat. Almonds are healthy high in calories and very good for you. Just have to count them. I also stumbled on something called Shakeology. BeachBody.com has it, check it out, pricey but it's getting great reviews. I just cam across someone on Spark who is starting it. Will get back to you on that. Well Good Luck, keep pressing, you are ahead of scedule so far and I Believe you will be thinner and happy for the coming holidays.

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Conquering the world one hill at a time

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I'm a very competitive person. I regard it as a strength and as a weakness. My competitiveness makes me give that extra effort in almost everything I do, once I've committed to it.


The downside is that it can get ugly. My friends stopped wanting to play racket ball with me, knowing that I would fight to the last drop of sweat to beat them to pulp and that I didn't accept a loss very gracefully. Thankfully I rarely lost. emoticon

Competing against myself has always been a whole other ball game. These past few years (since getting pregnant with my first) I've allowed myself to succumb to excuses why I won't do this or that, why I need to put off exercising a few weeks (or months). Partly it's been laziness, but the major reason has been that I've been afraid to lose. If I don't get into the game, then I can't lose, right?


I've been selling myself short for too long and it's time to commit myself to the game again. Whole-heartedly. With the intention of winning. Because this time it's not a game of racket ball, or knowing that I can beat that fit-looking dude swimming laps next to me.

This time the game is about my life. My quality of life and that of my children's. It's about getting healthy, staying healthy and leading an active life with my family. And about setting a good example to the kidlets; that it's important to eat well, to move lots and to have fun while doing it, so that they don't have to face weight problems in the future.

Today I feel like I won a set point (am I taking the racket ball references too far? emoticon ) . One of my October goals was to run the whole way up a hill. This hill, let me tell you... It's horrible. It's over a mile long. It's steep enough to make cars groan while they try to accelerate. It's taken me over a month to go from walking up the whole way, to running intervals and then today... today I ran. The whole way.

And I reclaimed a part of my old self. The part that doesn't give up. That sees an obstacle and gives her all to beat it. That doesn't complain and moan about it being too hard or too cumbersome and just GETS IT DONE.

I feel pretty darn good today. And I have already chosen the next hill to conquer.

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FITSPIRATION 10/7/2009 8:01AM

  Good for YOU! I love the analogy about the cars groaning. LOL.
I think it's good that you are competitive!!! I wish we could get together and race. Then we'd just be pushing each other. I race my 10 year old and my goal is to smoke him... He says I have gotten faster. Don't know if you have a camera but I would love to see a picture of your Hill then we could name it. Like Lil Everest or Goliath. And kudos to you for conquering it! Keep up the good work~
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SALDABA6 10/6/2009 8:26PM

    Wtg Minna I am so very proud you are getting some of your old self back. You are doing so very well and where are you for the LOOW for october HUhHUH?????

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SALDABA6 10/6/2009 8:26PM

    Wtg Minna I am so very proud you are getting some of your old self back. You are doing so very well and where are you for the LOOW for october HUhHUH?????

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SALDABA6 10/6/2009 8:26PM

    Wtg Minna I am so very proud you are getting some of your old self back. You are doing so very well and where are you for the LOOW for october HUhHUH?????

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LEMICHA 10/6/2009 8:25PM

    emoticon Awesome watching you bloom!!

Comment edited on: 10/6/2009 8:38:22 PM

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LEMICHA 10/6/2009 8:25PM

    YAY! Your blogging on here... LOL emoticon
What a fantastic effort! Running all the way... WELL DONE!!!!!!
I know you can do anything that you set your mind to.
XXX kram! emoticon

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Great start - my first plateau

Monday, October 05, 2009

It must be karma; as soon as I outlined my October goals, and enthusiastically went about my exercise and diet regime, that's when I hit my first plateau. A one kilo weight gain in tis last week and I can't help but groan. And by that I obviously mean swear like a sailor for the next 5 minutes or so.

Previously this kind of setback might have derailed me from my goals, but not this time. Nope, not going to happen. I will just have to shake things up a bit. Instead of running today I will do a workout DVD, maybe the 30 day shred. I've been doing a LOT of running lately, so I'm sure my knees will thank me for the change of pace.

I do see a definite improvement in measurements and that is what's going to sustain my belief that I CAN do this. My clothes are too big and now I don't feel disgusted when I see myself in the mirror. This is a BIG deal for me. I am the queen of self criticism. To actually give a nod of approval to something I see in the mirror, well, HEUREKA!

No time like the present, right? The kids are parked in front of a TV each (I never claimed to win any Mommy Of The Year Awards!) so I am going to do my workout now.

And I will NOT beat myself up over that one kilo gain. I've done everything right, I know I have and I am not going to second guess every single thing I've done this past week. This kilo will be gone sooner rather than later.

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SKYEDOLPHAN 10/5/2009 8:25PM

    Good for you Minna!!!! look at the positive the tape measure is going down not up!!!
1 kilo is nothing and it will go back down. After my last week ( did very little or very light workouts due to my knee injury) I missed Zumba for the whole week first time in 7 weeks! and I actually lost 1lb 2 oz.. I was shocked specially due to the emotional BS going on and the stress eating. so I am now a firm believer that the body needs to have a change up sometimes to restart itself.. I am sure this week you will lose that 1 kilo.....

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LOSLUWOM 10/5/2009 12:29PM

    You are definitely on the right track. Just don't give up. Look at the progress you have made so far.

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    get you!

i love the positive attitude - the way your jeans fit is the best measure, after all, we don't wear the scales round our necks!


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SEKSUNSHINE 10/5/2009 7:43AM

    That's the attitude. That's OK, TV is a wonderful babysitter at times, and I'm run a day care! LOL!!! You will do fine. I'm stuck at the moment as well, maybe it's the change in weather. That's what we'll blame it on!

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JODANGEROUSLY 10/5/2009 6:54AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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FITSPIRATION 10/5/2009 6:50AM

  I know exactly how you feel. When this happened to me I pulled out my measuring tape and realized it isn't all about the scale. I mean if I didn't have a measurement number to be happy about I would've went mad! lol emoticon Just keep it up. I think one thing is for sure this time for us, no quiting, no giving in until we are fit and thin. :o)

Love ya.

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CLADY326 10/5/2009 3:53AM

    You got it SISTER!! Change up your workout routine. Surprise your body with a new or different workout. Throw a kink in it's chain, LOL!!

Boy I can't wait until I can look in the mirror and not be utterly disgusted with what I see. So you are right on track in my book. And if your clothes are feeling loose, then you are definitely on the RIGHT TRACK!! Girlfriend!!

You GO GIRL!! Work that frustration OUT and the one KILO, well that will be a thing of the PAST!!


Hugs, Anna

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NUOVAELLE 10/5/2009 3:14AM

    Now, that's the spirit! When you know you have done everything right, there's no need to get disappointed. I noticed your ticker and realised that we have almost the same weight goals. And apart from that we're next-door (or should I say next-country?) neighbours. So allow me to add you as a friend and watch your progress. Nice work so far. Keep it up. emoticon

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October goals

Thursday, October 01, 2009

One of the Spark Teams I belong to has a thread about setting goals for October and I have been thinking about this for a couple of days. There are so many things I would like to see happen this month, many of them are personal, some relate to the kids or us as a family.

I think it would be good for me to get them down in writing, somewhere where I can go back and look at them easily, so that's why I decided to put it in a blog post. My first one here on SP! I already have two blogs on Wordpress and I suck at keeping them updated so I have really resisted adding a third blog to nag my conscience.

Well here goes:

1)What do you want to accomplish in October for YOU?
* I want to lose 3 kilos.
* I want to be able to run up a hill that's been taunting me for ages.
* I want to be able to run 10K under 60 minutes.

2)What challenges do you forsee that you will have to overcome in order to achieve these goals?
* Injuries

3)What will you do to make success in these goals easier?
* Focus on the little victories along the way; savour each minute I shave off my 10K time, celebrate each additonal step I run (and don't walk) up that hill.
* Listen to my body better and be more careful to prevent injuries.

Well, those are my weight loss and sports related goals.
Onward and upwards!

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FITSPIRATION 10/1/2009 11:06AM

  Seeing is believing. There is a motivational speaker named Zig Ziglar and he has a quote I love "You can't hit a target you can't see." Good luck on your goals, keep them before you and you will be reminded daily and proud when you see them come to pass! Thanks you inspired me to set some goals for October too!

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CANDOIT54 10/1/2009 8:55AM

    Good luck with your goals for October. You can do it. emoticon

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JACKIE4019 10/1/2009 8:55AM

    Awsome goals. Good Luck

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/1/2009 8:15AM

    This is great! 1st blog? It will get in your blood and you won't be able to stop yourself.

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JENNNVA 10/1/2009 7:59AM

    Great job!! Best wishes for a successful October!

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SEONAG 10/1/2009 7:46AM

You sound so very organized! I am sure you can accomplish your goals witht that attitude.

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FITKAT2010 10/1/2009 7:44AM

    Very well written. Thank you!

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