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Getting closer to 5K

Thursday, August 12, 2010

For two days in a row I've jogged 2 miles, with 1/4 mile warm-up and cool-down walks for a total of 2.5 miles. I've been getting up earlier because of the heat to keep at it. This is taking some will-power on my part because I REALLY want to sleep in.
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The heat is a blessing in disguise. School starts next week and I'll have to get up earlier anyway. I'm just getting used to the schedule a week ahead of time. I'm hoping as the heat goes down, my jogging distances will go up without any problem. I've switched from tracking time on C25K to tracking distance. I think I'll claim I'm at week 7 through the 2.5 mile mark. I plan to increase by 0.25 mile each week, so I'll be at week 7 for two more weeks. Then I'll be in sinc with distance increments on C25K. I still can't believe I'm jogging two miles!
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ASMPP1 8/13/2010 5:40AM

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"Do...or do not. There is no Try." - Yoda


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LOSINGITALL4ME 8/12/2010 1:59PM

    Wow! You are doing fabulous.

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/12/2010 12:43PM

    YOU ARE DOING AWESOME! KEEP IT UP! GO YOU! HAVE AN AWESOME THURSDAY!

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STACYSMILES 8/12/2010 12:12PM

    That is emoticon!! Keep up the hard work!!
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MUSICMOMOF2 8/12/2010 11:09AM

    You are doing great!! Keep up the great work!

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Phineas and Ferb

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Last week was a little disappointing as far as exercise went. I only worked out on two days, which is better than none, but not as much as I hoped. A migraine early in the week slowed me down a bit, then it tried to come back later in the week. I also had two extra work shifts. The extra money is nice, but I feel like the house falls apart when I'm gone so much. I also lose time for exercise. On the up side, my eating has been much better. Even when I splurge a little, I haven't gone overboard.

Yesterday, I rested. I must not have slept too well. I was grumpy and felt exhausted. I laid around all day and watched TV with the kids. We watched some Phineas and Ferb. I love that show! Yes, I'm 42 and I still love cartoons. Those two characters and their friends believe that they can achieve anything; and they do it all in one summer day. We grown-ups here on Spark People need some of that self-belief. I can and I will live this healthy lifestyle and get in shape!

I guess I have some of that. I've grown to believe that I can jog a 5K. I'm working up to the first 2 miles. I jogged for 26 minutes today, which is almost 1 3/4 miles for me. Tomorrow I start week 7 of couch to 5K. I've also found a 5K to sign up for in October. This goal has been great to get my mind off the scale. I don't plan to step on one until September sometime, but I may need to do some shopping before that. My work pants look silly. I still can't believe these pants used to be tight on me. Now they almost look like clown pants. Good problem to have, isn't it?

Thank you Spark People and Spark Friends for helping me come so far and for helping me stick with it!!

  
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ASMPP1 8/13/2010 5:43AM

    emoticon a great problem, indeed!

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ALLISON145 8/10/2010 11:58PM

    Don't forget to give yourself the credit for all of your hard work - we are here to cheer for you, but you are the one controlling your portions and moving your butt!

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-Allison

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STACYSMILES 8/10/2010 3:57PM

    WooHoo!! You have so many things to be thankful for.. A great family, clown pants, learning from cartoons, work, weight loss, exercise, and your emoticon attitude!!!
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MUSICMOMOF2 8/10/2010 12:27PM

    Yay for clown pants!!! emoticon That is always a great problem to have! As for still liking cartoons, I'm the same way even though we haven't been watching the PBS shows since June. I love Dinosaur Train, Super Why and yes, even Sesame Street. I had a day a while ago, that I was tempted to watch it even though the boys weren't here. Sad, right?! Anyway, keep up the great work and yes, you need to go shopping. Woo Hoo!!

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TLROYER 8/10/2010 12:20PM

    You are doing so good. I'm so impressed that you can job that long! Keep up the good work. Try to stay cool and dry today! Terry

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Someone Noticed!

Friday, August 06, 2010

I worked another extra shift yesterday. It hasn't been too bad lately. One of the techs came up to me whispering, "Can I ask you a question? How much weight have you lost?"
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I calmly explained that I don't get on the scale a lot, but my last measurement was 20 pounds. She was excited for me and congratulated me.
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That sure made my day. I know I'm thinner since my clothes are baggy. My hubby and kids are great at cheering me on. I love when someone else notices, however. That's not the reason I'm doing this, for others to notice. It's just a nice "pat on the back" when they do. My father-in-law recently asked also, and we know how often they notice things. emoticon

So, today I'm feeling pretty good as I get ready for work. Now, if I can just figure out which baggy clothes to wear...
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ALLISON145 8/9/2010 10:53PM

    Very exciting! I need nicer coworkers - the guys are great, but the girls (the heavy ones anyway) was starting to get catty. Instead of "You look great!" it's "You're clothes are hanging off you, it looks awful." LOL. Oh well.

-Allison

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TLROYER 8/6/2010 8:28PM

    That is exciting! Congrats on your 20. It's nice when people start noticing and saying something. It's great you have such a supportive family too. Have a great weekend. Terry

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/6/2010 6:55PM

    AWESOME! That had to be great! Keep up the great work - but I think it could be time for some new clothes...

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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/6/2010 2:21PM

    emoticonNothing like that to put a little more 'spark' in your step! Keep up the great work!! emoticonHope your migraine is gone today!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/6/2010 1:31PM

    That is awesome!! It is amazing how great it makes you feel when someone other than family notices. Have an awesome Friday!!

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SUZIAND 8/6/2010 12:27PM

    RAWR!!!!

That is an excellent feeling!!! I'm so proud of ya!!!


/hugs,
Suz :)

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AMORRISON19 8/6/2010 11:54AM

    Congrats!! That is always a good feeling when someone mentions your progress :) Keep it up, and you'll be needing new clothes soon! emoticon

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STACYSMILES 8/6/2010 11:49AM

    Good for you!! emoticon Keep on Sparking!

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Heat Wave

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I've looked at the forecast for the coming week, and I am NOT looking forward to the impending heat. I guess it will inspire me to start getting up earlier to get outside for my jogs before the heat sets in. I'll have to do that anyway as the school year starts. I really don't want to push the stroller with my twins while I jog, although that will add some great resistance to the routine.

Today I did C25K week 6 day 2. I did two 11 minute jogs. The humidity slows me down, but there was a nice breeze while I was out. I found out that my friend can't make the 5K on Labor Day, so I won't be signing up for that one. I work the night before, so it would have been difficult to get enough sleep and get to Omaha in time for an 8am start. There are a couple of possible 5K events in October on weekends that I don't work. Much better set-up and more time to train.

Hubby is still healing, but doing great. We've accepted that we probably can't get another camping trip in because of his hernia repair. We may be able to do a few bike rides in the area. Mikey (my 14 y/o), and I pull the twins behind our bikes already, so Brian won't have that stress. I'll have him check in with his doc to see when we can start bicycling again.

Oh well, I'm procrastinating. I have four kids to register for school today and I'm not looking forward to the paperwork or writing the checks. Good news is that I've got all the school shopping done, clothes and supplies!!
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ALLISON145 8/5/2010 11:18AM

    Oddly enough our school system here had us register at the tail end of last year, so we don't have any extra paperwork... just open house 2 days before school starts. Oh, and a home visit by the teacher for our 3 year old. Fun fun! We don't have supplies yet though, and I'm guessing the 8 year old needs new clothes again...she's growing like a weed!!

-Allison

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/4/2010 10:27PM

    I registered my kids online today too - so I can relate. Great job on the running. I hate this heat too - I am SOOOO looking forward to the Fall! Have a great rest of the week - its already 1/2 over! Woo hoo.

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/4/2010 4:11PM

    You are doing great on the running! Keep up the great work! And it's great to hear that Brian is healing well. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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STACYSMILES 8/4/2010 2:56PM

    Way to be organized for school! emoticon It's hard to believe that summer is coming to an end, but the heat wave still takes over. Great job on staying focused on the exercise even in the heat!! emoticon emoticon

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HUSBANDANDDAD 8/4/2010 2:23PM

  School registration - add one more thing to the "not looking forward to that someday" list emoticon emoticon

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TLROYER 8/4/2010 2:06PM

    Wow, you are ahead of the game. We haven't gotten a thing for school yet. We did get them registered yesterday. For some reason, I thought it cost less than last year. That can't be! It looks like we will have a couple good days before the heat and humidity hit again. I'm about sick of this humidity. I went for a bike ride yesterday morning and I noticed that last year I rode 200 miles and so far this year, I've only ridden about 55. I was hoping to get in a bunch of riding this fall. I sure hope it cools down soon. Have a good day. Terry

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Back On Track

Monday, August 02, 2010

Well, I definitely need to get back on track with my food. July seems to have been a bad month for motivation for me to eat properly. With the Fourth of July and three birthdays, I found it necessary to eat the food I baked. Then I felt physically and emotionally weak. I also have a laid up hubby right now. He had a hernia above his belly button and it got repaired Tuesday last week. He's doing well, but really shouldn't lift anything or strain himself for a few weeks. I've also been running around getting ready for the school year, so maybe I should cut myself some slack. It has been pretty busy around here lately, even without swim team.

Although my eating hasn't been great, it hasn't been completely horrible either. I've just had more bad days than I really want. I have kept up with my exercise, at least three times a week with C25k and I've restarted lifting weights. I skipped a whole week the beginning of July. I'm thinking of rearranging my weight workouts. I'm pretty bored with what I'm doing. C25K is going great! I finished week 5 last week with a 22 minute jog on day 3. I've decided to try to follow the schedule "as is" with C25k instead of taking two weeks for each week. I've got endurance and walk to finish my 3 miles and extra every day I work out. I jog slowly for the long stretches, and need to extend my jogging times to get up to a full 2 miles of jogging first, then three. I may even sign up for a 5K on Labor Day. I'm still waiting to hear back from a friend who suggested it. I probably wouldn't jog the whole way, but we'll see. I still have four weeks to prepare.

Just thought I'd check in. Keep Sparking everyone!

  
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STACYSMILES 8/2/2010 1:10PM

    It seems that the days just fly by. I'm not sure where the summer has gone. Keep your head up and keep exercising!! Today is a new day, MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!! emoticon Take care of your husband and soon the kids will be back to school with a new schedule for you. emoticon

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AKELAZ 8/2/2010 12:56PM

    Sorry to hear about your hubbie but glad he's on the mend. You seem to have found some positive points about July - good for you. Hang in there and make August a better month emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/2/2010 12:36PM

    Glad to hear your hubby's doing well. I think we all lost some motivation in July. I was the same with the 4th, my birthday and anniversary, it made for a lot of over-indulging. Gladly I basically maintained my weight though. That's one thing - even when my eating isn't the best, I'm still working out every day! Here's to a great new month!!

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