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Not running yet, but I am jogging!!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hey everybody!!

So I have been reading some SPpl's blogs about them going for a run, or running a marathon, or a 5K, and I really wanted to try. So I have been trying slowly but surely, at night, in the elementary school yard across the street, and at first I couldn't even jog 15 seconds (I was counting in my head). So then I told myself, stop counting and just put your cell phone's stop watch on in your pocket (I push the button when I just start jogging my first foot fwd). Slowly, it went from 2min 16 seconds, to then 4min 24 seconds then 4 mins 47 seconds!! :D I was soooo happy!!!

But I have noticed that when I jog (I don't say run bc I consider running really fast, what I do is really slow, it's a jog) I don't go very far in distance, but my heart beats much faster. For instance, if I were speed walking, say in those 4 mins 47 sec I could walk a farther distance and my heart wouldn't be beating that fast. Can someone explain that to me?

Also, what do you do when the weather starts getting more chilly? When I jogged those 4.47 and I came in, I started sweating sooo much (I wasn't sweating outside really bc it was chilly here in Montreal a few days ago) but then I developed a sore throat. So how do you dress up to go jog/run without overheating yourselves and not under dressing yourselves?

Just wanted to thank you all for your inspiration!!! :) Thanks for inspiring me to 1. start walking faster and now, 2. start jogging. I hope that in the spring I'll be ready to start running :)

- Michelle :)

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PLIDC1 12/9/2013 3:04PM

    Hello! Have you heard of Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone? She has DVDs that lead the viewer in a walking-based fitness program. Use Google to look them up. I really enjoy them, and they will help you enjoy your walking, even in the cold months.
I am Patti, the new leader of the Spark team SP Class of July 28- August 3, 2013. Well, i took the title of leader, but you really are a leader in your accomplishments and involvement on SparkPeople. Please let me know how I can support you in reaching your goals.

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MARTHAFOCUSED2 11/15/2013 3:25PM


I tried to start running but was quickly winded 3 minutes. LOL.. but.. jogging at a slow pace while keeping my heart rate up and moving.. I last anywhere from 20-60 minutes depending on my energy level.. I think jogging actually burns more calories!


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RAINBOWSTAR13 11/7/2013 5:24PM


I can feel you on the running thing! Every time you do it you can do it a little bit better. Just takes consistency! Keep up the good work :D


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CALLMESALLYG 11/7/2013 4:58PM

    Even though you warm up while on your run, dress appropriately enough to keep you warm, but not too warm. Example, leggings under shorts/yoga pants, long sleeve thinsulate type shirt (bright color to be seen) under a workout shirt and maybe even a light jacket under that. Definitely gloves, although I prefer fingerless or the ones that are fingerless but you can pull the mitten up to cover your fingers and hat, earmuffs or headband to cover your ears. If you go with a warm headband, you can always pull it down around your neck if it gets too warm. Normally for me, if it's 50°F or above, I wear shorts and a workout shirt. When it gets to 30-50°, I go with yoga pants or leggings and shorts with a long sleeve under my shirt, hat and and gloves. Under 30° and I do leggings under long pants, long sleeve workout shirt, a jacket, hat and gloves. Also be sure to take precaution if you're doing night runs to make sure you're seen. Glowsticks, reflective gear or whatever. :) And yes, I did say when you RUN! I used to think the same thing, but then I did a local 5k here called the Santa Run, everyone's dressed as Santa, and as I was walking though the YMCA, someone looked at me as they said "I feel so out of place amongst all these runners!" And it clicked, as long as I am not walking, I am a runner! It doesn't matter how fast or slow I go! If I am pushing my speed enough to make me no longer at a walk, I am running, and that's what people who see you will think too! So guess what, you may think you're jogging, but everyone else sees you running! :) Way to go!!!

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CERTHIA 11/7/2013 4:18PM

    Good for you! I also just started jogging again recently :)

As for working out when cold; Dress in thin layers, breathing/wicking, warming (if needed), wind-stopping. Wear a turtleneck or use one of those versatile headband-"tubes" as a scarf. And remember gloves and and a hat/cap. Our muscles works much harder when we run than if we walk, even if we aren't going that fast. This is why the heart beats faster.

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LUANN7 11/7/2013 3:48PM

    way to go you are doing well. good luck to you!!

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FLAGLINDA 11/7/2013 12:31PM

    Hi Michelle I just wanted to say congratulations on starting running!! emoticon I don't run so I can really answer your questions. emoticon

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BANANAFANNAH 11/7/2013 12:27PM


I'm not an experienced outside runner, so I can't explain the heartbeating/what to wear, but I just wanted to say WAY TO GO!! I felt the same way when I read about other people going for runs. I wanted to be a runner sooo bad. I slowly built up endurance on the treadmill, and when I could barely go 30 seconds, I can now go a full 10 minutes -- also like you though, at a slooooow pace. Jogging. It's not nearly running. I hope to soon move outside, so if you find out about what to wear, definitely share it here, I'd love to know!


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End of the Leap Into Fall Fitness Challenge

Friday, November 01, 2013

Hi everyone!!
So the Leap Into Fall Fitness Challenge is ending on Sunday, and a part of this week's tasks was to fill out a questionnaire and we get bonus points for posting it in a blog, so here it goes!

1) What was your start weight? 334 lbs at the beginning of the challenge (Sep. 22 2013)

2) What was your end weight? Last week I was 326lbs, hoping it will go back down to 325lbs this week!

3) Did you reach your ending challenge weight? Not sure what is meant by this question. If it means did I reach the weight that I thought I would be at, at the end of the challenge: no - I thought I would have lost more weight within the 5 weeks. If it means did I reach my ultimate goal weight: no - I know it’s normal that I wouldn’t be at my ultimate goal weight within 5 weeks because my ultimate goal weight is more than 100 lbs away.

4) Did you reach your goals? So-so. I went back to see what I said my goals were in the “Start Here” post where we introduced ourselves and I had 2. First was to make healthy eating a daily habit of mine, and the second goals was to make fitness a daily habit of mine. It depends on the day – sometimes I have no motivation for fitness, so I don’t do fitness. If I feel a certain emotion, I might want something “bad” like chocolate or chips and I give in, but the SP nutrition tracker usually keeps me in line. Seeing what I ate throughout the day and seeing the amount of calories I have had sometimes stops me from eating something bad, but not always. So I am in the process of reaching them – it’s a day-to-day thing I think. I’m human and I might succumb to temptation at times.

5) If so, which ones did you meet? See answer to Question 4

6) If not, which ones did you not meet? See answer to Question 4

7) What did you struggle with? The TV commercials challenge! You probably remember me sending you an email explaining that I couldn’t do some exercises like the one minute plank or single-leg jumps/hops. But I was thankful that you were open to replacing them for exercises that I was capable of doing.

8) What did you do well on? I think my motivational board was nice looking! I’m proud of it and see it every day! I did well in the freggies challenge, keeping track of my nutrition on SP, the fitness exercises in 10’s.

9) What challenge did you like best? Creating the motivational board – I still use it and see it every day because I put it on my fridge!!!

10) Which challenge did you hate? Drinking half my weight in ounces; if I remember correctly, it meant that I had to drink 167 ounces which is approx. 5 litres! That’s like 2 and a half big bottles of soda.

11) How was your nutrition during this challenge? Pretty good! I tried to comply with the freggies minimum though there was a day I couldn’t help myself to any more freggies. I have been trying to keep up with the 5 freggies a day and this week has been approximately 3 or 4 a day.

12) What suggestions do you have on future challenges? I thought the challenge was done really well; you answered my questions in Spark Mails really quickly! I guess I would suggest to specify when explaining the fitness exercises, that if there is something you can’t do, to just send you a spark message. I guess I would also suggest that for the relay to not put a maximum of 3 exercises / person for each round; round 1 was slow.

13) Are there topics/threads that you wish were included and weren’t? More game-type threads; I always find them fun!

14) Did you have fun? YES!! Can’t wait for the next challenge I will participate in!

15) What did you learn about you? That I am perseverant! I was weighing myself every day at the beginning, and I was going up, then down, then up in weight. But I didn’t give up! I just hid my scale and decided to stick to weighing myself once a week. Also, I really wanted to walk away from this challenge at the beginning when I saw all the starting weights of everyone being in the 100s and 200s…I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do this challenge. But I sent you a spark mail and you said it’s going to be accessible for everyone, and it sure was! Thanks again Lynz!

Have a wonderful week-end everyone!!!

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LUANN7 11/2/2013 12:14AM

    good job on your challenge!!!

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Tough day so far

Monday, October 21, 2013

Good afternoon,

So this morning I went to see my GP for a general check-up. Yesterday, when I weighed myself I was 325.4, and I was sooo happy that I had lost weight! But, this morning, my doctor weighed me on his scale and I weighed approx. 327.7 or something (it was one of those scales that you have to move big squares over for each 50 lbs, and then for 10lbs, then for 1 lb..anyways it wasn't fully balanced - I was staring at the little arrow and ... ugh anyways, I figured ok, Sunday dinner, breakfast, blabla ok 2 extra lbs. but then he said "Ok, you lost weight, last time you came in you were 356 now you're 328, good".

Ok, I know I am overreacting probably (it's been a few hrs since I got home) but I am soooo disappointed in myself and him. Disappointed in myself bc how did I gain 3 lbs in less than 24 hrs. Disappointed in him for rounding UP - ok I know that mathematically, anything that it X.8, or x.6 .7 .9 should be rounded up to the next integer, but it just hurt. And the second thing is that he wasn't as happy as I thought he would have been to know that I lost a good amount of weight since the last time we saw each other which was in August and he has been repeating over and over for me to start being more active and careful as to what I eat. I've been taking his advice...I just wanted a bit more, I don't know, maybe a Congrats or something.

I hate the scale now. I think I'm gunna hide it in the closet until next Sunday for my challenge more hopping on it every time I pass by it

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    more power to you on your journey! Rooting for you!

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MADMANSMAMA87 10/22/2013 5:57PM

    It was probably just the scale! I wouldn't worry about it too much! You are doing great & are getting healthier & better every single day! Don't let a number get you down! You are so much more than a number! Keep up the great work:)


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CALLMESALLYG 10/21/2013 10:19PM

    I totally u.understand the frustration of the different numbers you get at the doctors office. I think all doctors scales are set at least 5lbs heavier.Lol When I last went to my doctor, we talked about my weight loss according to her chart, but I told her what MY numbers were. I felt it was important for her to know what my heaviest was, even though it was different than what she had, and what I weighed in at that morning at home. The reality is, we weigh our lightest usually first thing, but life starts right away so like eberkshire says, go by the number on your scale because that is what you use to measure your weight and next time, yell your doctor your numbers and be PROUD of your successes! As long as we are on this journey of getting healthy, we shouldn't be afraid of the scales anymore! We need to just be proud of our hard work and the strength that we gain on our healthy lifestyle journey.

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CHUBBYFENCER 10/21/2013 6:42PM

    You are writing as though 28 pounds isn't a significant amount of weight to lose! IT IS! You should feel darn proud of yourself because you worked hard to get where you are and you aren't about to give up yet!

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Just think, in the grand scheme of things, does a 0.3 lb difference really matter more than continuing to live a long and healthy life? Is that 0.3 REALLY the mark between a "good job" and a "bad job"?

Even though your doctor didn't throw confetti or congratulate you, it sounds like he WAS pleased that you took his advice! If you continue your weight loss trend, I'm sure he'll be even more happy the NEXT time you visit.

In the meantime, continue with all the healthy habits you've established. The scale is not the only way to measure health!

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EBERKSHIRE86 10/21/2013 5:00PM

    all scales are calibrated differently if you weigh in regularly on yours I would still go by that don't let it get you down I don't think I have ever weighed at home what they say I weigh at the doctors!

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JUSTME9898 10/21/2013 4:28PM

    Well I will say it. You are doing great! down 28 pounds, Think what that looks like. think about pulling the fat from the inside of chickens and not stopping until you had 28 pound piled on multiple plates. That's a lot of fat to get rid of.
The scale fluctuates 2-3 pounds just from what you have drank that day.
Yes, you are strong and great and doing the right things. AUGUST!!! that's only a couple of months ago.
CONGRATULATIONS! keep up the good work

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BRYANBABY3 10/21/2013 4:24PM

    congrats even at 328 that was a 28 pound loss. That is awesome. My guess is that you actually didn't gain three pounds it is different scales and you also have to take into account the amount of clothes being worn. When I weigh myself at home I am naked, but when I had to get a physical I was about 4-5 pounds heavier.

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Motivational Board

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a great week-end!
Here is my motivational board:

So I finally found a "before picture" of myself, and was shocked when I saw it. But then when I asked my mother to take a picture of me "now", and I uploaded it to my computer...I kinda got the same feeling from when I saw the "before" picture. I feel like nothing has changed, even though I know that I have lost weight - unless my scale is lying and my doctor's too...

Anyways, enough harping on the pictures, let's focus on the present and future!
so on my board I added some of my favourite saying from SP, the different "big" milestones I would like to reach by Dec 31 2014 / Jan 1 2015 (if possible/realistic), and little milestones that I can happily cross off once I reach them. In my mind, crossing them off more often (say every 2 weeks go down 2 lbs) will make me want to stay away from some temptations....because I plan on keeping this board on the side of the fridge!! not the front- it's a bit too big, but the side of the fridge shouldn't be a problem bc the freezer and fridge door are on the front of it, not the side!

Thanks for reading

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 10/19/2013 9:57PM

    I like how you titled it "Journey to Health" and I love the idea of having milestones that you can cross off as you reach them. Great job!

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LUANN7 10/19/2013 9:36PM

    great board. Hope you get to cross of many goals on it.

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GRACILU 10/19/2013 6:12PM

    Good idea

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My goals for the next little while

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Hello everyone!!
I will break my goals down into Short term and Long term goals, all this in the hopes that saying it out loud on SP will make me feel accountable to others and myself, but also because it is part of this week's challenge!

so here it goes :)

- lose 8 lbs
- get back to eating at least 5 fruits/veggies a day!
- write in my journal at the end of the day about anything I was stressing or worried about
- go swimming or play badminton at least once a week
- try to get closer to 10000 steps a day on my pedometer!!

ST: BEFORE DEC 31 2013
- lose 32 lbs (start 2014 in the 200's!!)
- keep up the exercise so that I don't have anymore burning rashes from by thighs rubbing against each other (sorry for the visual...but this really is painful and shameful)
- start thinking of a fitness class I would like to join for January 2014 (maybe "aquaforme"(French term) which is a type of aerobics that is done in a pool)

LT: DEC 31 2014
- if it is realistic and safe, start off 2015 by getting to One-derland!!!

That's it for now!! If I think of more, which I will probably, I will add more!! emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 10/7/2013 12:29AM

    I love the goals, they are great. You can do this, you are capable of anything you set your mind to.

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GLUCOZA 10/5/2013 11:50AM

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NDKARIKARI 10/4/2013 9:51PM

    great blog! good luck with your goals!
SO WITH YOU on thighs rubbing painful! Because of that I always have spanx or shorts under skirts and dresses :)

I think you have made some very good things in motion by coming up with these great goals!

best of luck with our challenge!

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CHUBBYFENCER 10/3/2013 5:37PM

    Keep going! You will get there! I hope the challenge inspires you and that we can see all your successes by the end of October.

And I am SO feeling you on the thigh issue. I started wearing cotton-spandex running pants (the ones that come down just past the knee) beneath all my skirts. That helps me a lot! Maybe the same product (or something similar) would help you?

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WHYTEBROWN 10/2/2013 8:29AM

    You've already competed the first step defining your goals and now all you have to do is work toward them. I have faith in you, just emoticon emoticon .

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    Good luck! You've got this :)

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AZLYN1983 10/1/2013 7:56PM

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JESSICACARVER 10/1/2013 7:46PM

    I am with you on the whole thigh thing. I have thunder thighs! These are all great goals and I wish you the best of luck!

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KHCHARMED1987 10/1/2013 5:18PM

    Love your goals!! emoticon

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MADMANSMAMA87 10/1/2013 4:00PM

    These are wonderful goals honey!
I know you'll get there!
Cheers to you being 199 pounds or less come January 1rst:)


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