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C25K Completed!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I officially completed Couch to 5K on Saturday! I was able to jog without the stroller and it was a nice cool morning. I jogged 3 miles in 43 minutes, which puts me faster than a 15 minute mile. I went out early today, another beautiful morning, and jogged my 3 miles in 43 minutes, so that wasn't a fluke. I still plan to keep jogging 3 miles, hopefully 3 times a week. Looking at the weather, I'll have to elliptical on rainy days. I did that last week, and I managed to jog three days, elliptical twice, and go on a bike ride one day. I'm pretty sure last week was my first six day exercise week.
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Now I just need to sign up for a race. The "Free to Breathe" race in Omaha works with my work schedule, Mary's volleyball, and Mikey's football schedule. I think the family will enjoy being on the riverfront. They have orders to cheer me on.
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The exercising is going great; the eating needs work. I had ice cream sundaes three times this weekend. Instead of me being a good influence on Hubby, I allowed Hubby to be a bad influence on me. Sunday night, Mikey (my oldest) helped me stop. He reminded me all the progress I've made and didn't get me more like I had asked. What a good kid! He even reminded his dad that he wouldn't start feeling good until he started eating good. Yep, he's a smart kid too!

Well, I'll try not to beat myself up too much about the ice cream. I know I need to get back on track. I work this weekend, and I always bring my food. It's funny. I used to eat all the snacks at work. Now, I do better at work than I do at home. This is my weekend where I work 10.5 hour shifts, so the exercise may fall off on Fri - Sun. I'll just be sure I work out Mon - Thurs. Monday's exercise is almost done (still have to do weights), so I'm doing great so far.

Have a great week everyone and keep moving!

  
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ASMPP1 9/13/2010 10:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon A little is okay at times.

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STACYSMILES 9/13/2010 7:48PM

    What GREAT Progress!!! Way to go! Don't be too hard on yourself about the treats, you are doing the right things. emoticon

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KE11YJAE 9/13/2010 12:55PM

    Congrats on finishing the program! And good luck with getting back on track! You can do this!

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MOM-OF-SIX 9/13/2010 12:47PM

    Thanks for the encouragement! I forgot to mention how the ice cream itself seemed to be telling me to stop. The last batch had that chocolate stuff that hardens on it. I was desperately trying to scrape out every last piece of chocolate out of the bowl. It came free suddenly, splattering ice cream and chocolate all over my neck, chest, ear, and arm. Lesson learned, I guess.
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As for new goals: The first one will be an actual race. After that, I'm going to read up about Bridging to 10K. The Corporate Cup race in Omaha is huge, and it's a 10K. I can't do that this year. It's this weekend and I work, not to mention, I'm only at 5K right now. That gives me a year to prepare though.
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MUSICMOMOF2 9/13/2010 12:09PM

    You are doing such a great job, so don't let the few "treats" worry you. Keep up the great work!

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SATRADER 9/13/2010 10:35AM

    Great job finishing the program! emoticon
I'm on week 8 so almost there! Ran 2.5 miles again today and it was easier than it was on Friday so I can see progress. My first race will be the Race for the Cure on 10/3. Should be ready by then!

don't beat yourself up too much about the ice cream. Indulgences are ok so long as you get back on track!

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ALI_CAT 9/13/2010 10:09AM

    Congrats on finishing the program! I raced a 5K on Saturday (I'm not done with the program yet though) but it was fun to see the progress that had been made.

Keep up with the running and set new goals for yourself. The biggest challenge I've heard is people who finish the 5K and then stop. Either challenge yourself to an 8K or work on improving your time.

Fantastic job and a huge high five!

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A Beautiful Morning for my First 3 Mile Jog

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I did it!! I actually did it!! I completed my first three mile jog; and I did it WITH the twins in their stroller! I still can't believe I've made it to week nine of C25K. When I'm walking, I'm at a 17-20 minute mile. When I'm jogging, I'm at a 15-15.5 minute mile. I think that's pretty good for a 42 year old mother of six who's still carrying some extra weight.

I'm noticing my increased fitness level. Saturday morning, hubby and I went on an exercise walk over the pedestrian bridge into Omaha. I slowed down for him, he's still not consistent with exercising, but I'm happy to go with him whenever he wants. It was a beautiful morning and I loved that it was too early for tourists. There were just a lot of walkers, joggers, and bicyclists getting in their workouts. For Brian, it was a strenuous walk. His heart rate increased and it was a good workout for him. For me, it felt like a leisurely walk, and I was talking the whole way, no sweat, no real increase in my heart rate. I was glad to be out with hubby walking and I enjoyed the walk very much, but part of me wanted to start jogging across the bridge. emoticon

Monday, we went up to Carroll, IA to check out the bike trail around Swan Lake. We took the whole clan. This trail turned out to be more difficult than we expected. It was very hilly. Brian's not in shape, and I have to pull one of the twins behind my bike in a kid trailer. We ended up walking up quite a few of the hills. Even the kids had to walk up the hills. Oh well, now we know, and Brian thanked me for the hard workout. The kids thought it was like a roller-coaster, especially the twins in their trailers. I did make it up one of the last hills and was determined not to stop. I huffed past Brian, he was walking. He commented later when he caught his breath that he wanted to shout out, "Show-off!"
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ASMPP1 9/11/2010 7:17PM

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ALLISON145 9/10/2010 6:20PM

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!

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SHELLKAYE 9/8/2010 7:58AM

    How awesome. Keep it up. My advice is to spend as much time outdoors doing these things, because before we know it Winter will be here. Take care.

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KE11YJAE 9/8/2010 12:24AM

    Great job! Especially including the family!

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STACYSMILES 9/7/2010 9:18PM

    What Fun!! It nice to be able to get a workout in and be with family. Keep it up and everyone will have healthy habits for life. YOU are a emoticon!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/7/2010 7:55PM

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

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TLROYER 9/7/2010 6:21PM

    Great job! I can't believe how good you are doing. Three miles is awesome. You are almost there! Keep up the good work.

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Half way there!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The overall goal I've set for myself is to lose 50 lbs before my 43rd birthday (June 8, 2011). That would put me at 150 lbs. I don't weigh myself frequently since I'm one of those "slowest losers". I went to my doctor's office and weighed in yesterday:

175
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Although the four pounds lost in two months gets a little frustrating, it is still a loss and I am half way to my goal. I love how my ticker looks, with my marker at the halfway point.

I just have to keep sparking, keep moving, and keep eating right and I'll make my goal.

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MOMMY_MIMI 9/10/2010 9:07AM

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Love those milestones!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 9/3/2010 7:06PM

  Great Job!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/2/2010 12:54PM

    Way to go!!! That is awesome!!! Keep up the great work!!!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you!!

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JNPRGR8T 9/2/2010 10:51AM

  That's great, keep up the good work and focus on your goal

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SONO4U 9/2/2010 10:46AM

    Yea!! Keep up the hard work and persistence! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 9/2/2010 10:27AM

    Congratulations on being halfway there! Although it is discouraging to not lose more, I've always been told that it's better to lose it slowly - it stays off better. Good luck on the rest of your journey.

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Size 16, Without the "W"

Friday, August 27, 2010

I finally went shopping for new work pants. I only have one pair left that don't look like clown pants on me now. All those clown pants used to be tight on me! I went into CJ Banks like I normally do and tried on the 16W and a few 14W. A few almost worked, but were still kind of big in the legs, so I went next door to Christopher & Banks. I was able to get a pair of 16 pants on and they looked good. I tried the 14 also in the same style, and got those on. The 14 being a little too snug and not comfortable to move in, I decided on the 16. I went back to CJ Banks to tell my friend who works there. We both did a happy dance at that point. During the happy dance I noticed some size X shirts on sale. Size X seemed possible now if size 16 pants worked! I bought two size X shirts, not 2X, not 1X, but X!!! (Envision happy dance again.)

I realize I'm still at that awkward size at the big end of regular sizes, small end of plus sizes. I don't plan to replace my entire wardrobe yet, nor do I have the money to do so. I'm just so happy to see progress. I don't weigh myself often because it can really hurt my motivation. Doing Couch to 5K has given me a goal other than weight loss on which to concentrate. I know I'm making progress because of my clothes. I do plan to weigh myself in September, probably after my work weekend. I always eat well at work since I bring all my own food. I can't remember the last time I got into any of the candy at work.

I just wanted to share my good news.
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CMPEARL 9/1/2010 9:27AM

    I remember my first 'minus W' moment...I did a total happy dance in the dressing room LOL It's such a wonderful feeling to know all of your hard work is paying off! Congrats and keep it going!!!
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ALLISON145 8/30/2010 11:30PM

    You and me, lady - we're at the awkward size together!! Let me know if you figure out how to best dress us, because I'm not having a lot of luck...either things look baggy and frumpy or tight-ish and roll-y. Oy!

Hey, beats the heck out of just plain big though, right?? Yay for you!!!

-Allison

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CHANGINGFOREVER 8/27/2010 3:19PM

    AWESOME!! I remember when I couldn't wear Lane Bryant anymore!!! I walk past it now saying I am to little for that!! YEAH ME! Mind you I went from as size 20 being tight to a size 8. (I have tried a 6 on but they are too tight)

You can do it! Enjoy the excitement....doing the happy dance with ya!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/27/2010 12:38PM

    I remember that point. I was always shopping at Lane Bryant, even though I was at the low "plus-size" range. Their clothes just fit me better. I still have moments when I think that I still need extra large in tops when I don't. Enjoy the victory!!!!

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STACYSMILES 8/27/2010 11:26AM

    That is emoticon!!! Skinny girl here you come! Keep up the GREAT Work!! emoticon

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TLROYER 8/27/2010 11:06AM

    That is great news! Congrats. It's so exciting to go down a size (or 2). Keep up the good work.

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LOSEFAT912 8/27/2010 10:48AM

    That's FABULOUS!!! Congratulations on the weight and inches loss!! It sure is nice to put on smaller clothes!! Keep up the GREAT work!!

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LITTLELORIT 8/27/2010 10:48AM

    Congratulations! This is one of the best ways to tell if you are losing weight

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Rumor has it...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I live in a small town in Iowa. I love living here. It's interesting to me how word gets around quickly in small towns.

I've been jogging for a few months now and have built up my distance to 2.5 miles of actual jogging with a warm up walk and cool down walk added on. I jog in my neighborhood and repeat the 1.5 mile loop since the hills get pretty bad beyond that point. I've also been getting up earlier since school started and have been jogging while a lot of people are heading to work.

People are noticing. Two days ago, at my daughter's volleyball practice, a mom asked me if I'm jogging. She said that someone saw me and mentioned it to her. She also said, "Good for you!" It's nice to get more encouragement.

Yesterday, at my daughter's volleyball practice, another mom asked me about my jogging. She said she heard I was training for a marathon.
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Wow! That rumor got bigger quickly. I'm sure the look on my face was priceless. I'm hoping to do a 5K in October. I can see training beyond that for a 10K. Lots of people who started Couch to 5K end up running longer distances. One thing at a time. I just thought it was funny how my story got more interesting so fast.

  
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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/26/2010 6:29PM

    Grew up in a small town. Now I live 2 hours from there, but it still amazes me at all they already know when I go back to visit! Keep them talking, Girl!!! emoticon

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KE11YJAE 8/26/2010 5:53PM

    Keep up the good work!

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STACYSMILES 8/26/2010 2:05PM

    Small towns are famous for that...Way to GO!!! Keep up your energy and running!! emoticon

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CHANGINGFOREVER 8/26/2010 1:53PM

    isn't it great living in a small town. That is why I get up at the crack of dawn (before actually) and go jogging. I don't want everyone and their brother seeing me running. I caught my neighbor looking out the window one morning and it freaked me out.

Oh..I also get up early cuz I don't know when hubby will be home from work in the evenings and i know I can get my exercise in for sure in the morning! I have done 5 5k's this summer...you can do it! (first summer I have ever run)

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TLROYER 8/26/2010 1:35PM

    That is so funny. It's good to have people noticing the 'good' things though. Have fun on your marathon!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/26/2010 1:22PM

    It is funny how word spreads and when it does it completely changes. Keep up the great work!

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STORMY96 8/26/2010 9:56AM

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