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Who Am I?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thank you for all of the sweet words after my last post. At the end of my personal training session yesterday, my trainer suggested I weigh myself using the gym scale. Keep in mind, I had my sweaty gym clothes on, had a hard 30 minute work out plus 30 minutes on the treadmill, and had eaten breakfast. Anyway, he told me to close my eyes, and a couple seconds later told me I had lost 4 lbs.


This was quite an eye opener, and a reminder that the number on the scale fluctuates and cannot be trusted by itself. I told my personal trainer that I wanted to do another print out of my information (BMI, etc.) and take my measurements with the tape measure again, because I'm going to rely on that. I can only imagine though - if the scale says I lost 4 lb. under those circumstances, can you imagine the loss first thing in the morning, after bathroom, before breakfast, with no clothes?! That's exciting.

I have one more class in a couple of hours before my spring break starts. I am going to continue my schedule with the gym and my internship, and filling the gaps with studying and catching up on school work. Basically, I am taking an entire day for each class to outline, quiz myself, and otherwise prepare for finals. This weekend I'm taking a break, and will hopefully get to use next weekend for the same thing. If not, I can use those extra two days for catch up.

Why did I title this entry "Who Am I?" As my personal trainer and I were discussing good classes for me to try out, I found a flyer for a 6 week, hour long boot camp starting next week. For $99, I can get my butt kicked twice a week. So now, here's my new gym schedule:

- Monday - Abs class, 30 minutes cardio
- Tuesday - Boot Camp
- Wednesday - Class or Strength Training, 30 minutes cardio
- Thursday - Boot Camp
- Friday - 30 minutes cardio, 30 minutes with personal trainer

It combines several things I'm working on - training for my 5k, strength training, getting in more personal training (this makes it cheaper, so I can do it more times per week with the boot camp). And I can still take classes.

I hardly recognize myself. I think I can officially say that I am addicted to getting fit, building my endurance, and rocking my body!

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STRINGS58 3/11/2011 6:22AM

    This is great!! You are changing your focus and it has more direction, more purpose and the qualifiers of success are more real! emoticon
Thanks for your support too. I have needed it more than I realized.

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MPALMER15 3/10/2011 10:24PM

    emoticon We have a boot camp less than a mile from the house, but I am considering a gym membership instead. Hubby thinks it's funny that I made it all the way to goal without joining a gym. Now that I am maintaining, I find that I want the variety and time away by myself to focus on me. I hope you enjoy your boot camp. It sure looks like crazy fun!
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TREP13 3/10/2011 1:49PM

    You can do it!!!! I hope you write a blog about your upcoming boot camp experience. I'm curious to know what it's like.

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Looking Forward

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Last week I weighed myself for the first time in about a month. I was SURE I was going to lose weight because I was working out so hard, and tracking my food.

I gained 1.6 lbs.

Yes, I notice my clothes fitting better. Yes, I notice the toning. Yes, I notice my endurance improving.

For some reason, I was still bummed.

In the same week, I had to cut back on the personal training because my free sessions expired. We can only afford one time a week for me to go. From now on, the plan is for me to follow this schedule:

Monday - 30 minutes cardio + abs class
Tuesday - 60 minutes cardio (elliptical + 5k training)
Wednesday - 30 minutes personal training + 30 minutes cardio
Thursday - 60 minutes cardio (elliptical + 5k training)
Friday - 30 minutes cardio + class (I'm thinking Zumba or BodyPump)
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - Rest / possible 5k training

I decided to skip the gym last night, so tonight I'm going to work really hard. My shins were bothering me from the weekend (LOTS of standing, walking, jogging, and no icing), but I'm going to hop right in tonight.

I saw some pictures that someone posted when we went out for a friend's birthday. I looked at myself and thought, "Ew." Why can I not get these thoughts out of my head!? I mean, I'm making progress! You can't necessarily see it on the outside just yet, but my clothes are getting looser. I wish my stomach and face would hurry up and shrink.

Next week is Spring Break, and I can definitely tell that I need the break. I'm slacking in my school work, and I'm feeling just downright sad/depressed and highly unmotivated. I was off my meds this weekend (forgot to pack them for out of town) and that is a big part of it. But I have also been feeling "off" for a couple weeks now. I finally shared that with my husband and my mom. I burst into tears for absolutely no reason yesterday. It's difficult because those close to me really don't understand depression/anxiety. I share a close bond with my sister-in-law, and so I can talk to her about it, but I don't feel comfortable sharing all of it. Plus, she's got her own family and life, and I don't want her worrying about me.

I need to hop off and get some studying done before class. Until next time!

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STRINGS58 3/9/2011 10:49PM

    Please, Please love yourself!! If you are seeing beneficial changes, those are the real changes. The scale measures gravitational pull, not fitness. My weight is so easily affected and it's just fluid, fluid, and it's temporary, temporary!!

emoticon yourself emoticonall that work!!! YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS even if the scale is hiding it from you emoticon
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MPALMER15 3/9/2011 10:30AM

    emoticon That 1.6 pounds could be lots of things: sodium, hormones, low fiber. Don't let it de-rail you.

Your workout schedule looks great. Don't worry about the trainer. I did my entire journey without ever setting foot in a gym or talking to a trainer. Just keep moving and watch your nutrition and you will get to your goal. I would also look for other ways to add additional fitness to your day. If you feel great after a workout and think you can go longer, do it! If you get the opportunity to take a walk in the afternoon and you've already been to the gym, jump at the opportunity! Finding ways to add more movement to your day will help you to stay moving even when you don't feel like doing intense gym sessions.

Now that you have all of this movement scheduled into your day, make sure that your nutrition ranges are set right. I use the Calories Burned Weekly box to ensure that I am eating enough to fuel my workouts.

One day you will look in the mirror and find that your face and stomach have shrunk. Amazingly it seems to happen overnight. Everyone has their own threshold where they get to a magic number and all of a sudden everything looks better and people around you start noticing all the time. Just keep working at it because when you do hit that magic number, you are going to be giddy at your reflection. It is well worth all the hard work and sacrifice.

Hope this helps. Have a fun and fit week and keep moving!

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PMFISH 3/8/2011 10:44PM

    Clothes fitting better, feeling more fit, more endurance - girl that is what you want! - you should feel elated. Muscle weighs more than fat and that is a fact.

When did you have your last blood work? Sounds like your hormones might be out of sorts. Don't know what type of meds you are on, but any change can put your system off.

Hope the break gets you rejuvenated! Positive thoughts coming at you! emoticon

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ANGIESDIET2 3/8/2011 3:05PM

  I feel your frustration too, but I had to come off my meds. because I couldn't stay awake and always felt over medicate. Now things seem to be much better and I wish the same for you.

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Running Woes?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Last Wednesday, I tried to run/walk on the treadmill at a 1%/3% incline prior to my time with the personal trainer. This was after a two week break from running. I typically run for 60-90 seconds on the lower interval, and two minutes on the higher level. This is based on what my trainer said would be a good way to start out. After a few intervals, my shins and calves started to bother me. Also, I was having some pain on the outside of my left foot (think outside of my pinky toe down the length of my foot). I quickly lowered the incline and played with how long I was running. When nothing was improving the pain, I stopped the treadmill and jumped on an elliptical.

I talked with my trainer, who recommended going to a local running store to have my feet evaluated. As it turns out, I tend to pronate, and the shoes I bought a couple months ago don't offer enough support. An hour later, I had my new Asics and a renewed commitment to running (I was pretty frustrated and disappointed that morning!).

Due to my internship / school / in-laws visiting for the weekend, today was the first day I could make it to the gym. I stretched before my run and did a 5 minute warm-up. I was able to do the run for 90 seconds and the walk for 3 minutes for the half hour I had allotted. I varied my running speed between 4.0 and 4.7 mph, depending on how I was feeling. Oh, and I took out the incline - just stayed at 0 the entire time.

When I was finished, I noticed I still had the pain along the left side of my foot. It also started (slightly) on the right foot. My calves were feeling the burn, and my shins became a little sore towards the end, but it was no where NEAR the pain I felt in my shins last week. I'm really happy about that!

I came home and promptly iced my shins and popped some ibuprofen.

With all of that being said, I'm wondering about a few things that I'm hoping you all can help me with:

1. Should I be mindful of the length of my stride during the running interval? I noticed a shortened stride when I ran at 4.2 mph and a longer one at 4.7 mph. Could this be playing a part in the burning calves / foot pain?

2. Any idea what is causing the foot pain?

3. Can I expect minimal shin splints as a part of starting a running program? Or should I be able to run with NO shin splints?

I know some of this is just getting past the pain (like the burning calves), but I feel like this is harder than it should be. Any advice runners can give me would be greatly appreciated!

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ALIKATE17 3/2/2011 2:55PM

  I feel your pain -- I have chronic shin pains, that I at first though was a stress fracture, but after months of healing, it has come back again almost immediately after making progress with my running. Running seems to be what works best for my workout routine, so I think it's time I go to a doctor to check it out. Good luck and if I learn something about shin problems and running, I'll report back!

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ANGIESDIET2 2/28/2011 3:54PM

  My knees are always the problem when I try to run, they always give me a fit which really stinks because I enjoy running more than walking.

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KTKATRINK 2/28/2011 11:06AM

    In a way, I feel like it's almost harder on my muscles to run slower. You definitely used different muscles at 4.2 mph than at 5.5 or 6 mph. I even notice it if I warm up at 5 mph. It's almost harder on my muscles to go slower. It's a difficult balance of getting it right for your lungs and right for your legs.

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STRINGS58 2/27/2011 10:04PM

    I joined the chi running team and have read halfway the through the book, but I have an Iliotibial band problem that I hadn't had before.
The shin splint issue -- as far as I know, people massage those, but I'm not an expert. If your runs are short, these would seem unreasonable, but I've injured myself (calf) on the first takeoff stride.
I should think that your comfort would give you information about your stride.

I hope you get more answers!

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KKKAREN 2/27/2011 5:15PM

    I'm afraid I can't help with your questions, I'm an outside walker. I don't have too many problems doing that.

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A Little Down

Monday, February 21, 2011

I made some bad choices over the weekend. I'm trying not to be so hard on myself, but after SUCH a good few weeks, it's hard not to feel very disappointed in myself. I guess I need to look at the bigger picture, and the positive things as well:

- I went a solid three weeks before slipping up

- I am entitled to a break every now and then

- I did make some good choices

- I am starting fresh today

I have a personal training session at 11am and plan to do some cardio before and after, so I'm definitely back in the gym today. I've got my iPod all charged up and ready to go, and my new gym clothes laying out.

I hope you all have a GREAT week! Thanks for listening.

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BADAMS86 2/24/2011 11:13AM

    What a positive Pollyanna you are, and rightly so! You have done great, and we can't beat ourselves up for faltering from time to time. That would simple be counterproductive! Keep up the good work!

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UNBIASED 2/22/2011 5:53AM

    You did not slip up. You took a break. You are entitled to that every once in a while.

I have been sick for a week which meant more food and no exercise. Funny enough i didnt gaina single pound because my food choices were actually good. lol!

The most important thing is after a break get back on the wagon.

I believe in your zeal and ability to accomplish your goals. emoticon

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STRINGS58 2/21/2011 10:30PM

    3 weeks is emoticon and it means emoticon! You seem to be modulating any rigid thinking which is very important. You'll get started again and have another streak! emoticon emoticon

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GIBSETTE 2/21/2011 11:41AM

    Wow, way to go on staying positive! Have a blast at the gym & I'm sure you'll feel amazing after your personal training session! Keep your head up! Today's a new day! emoticon emoticon

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MPALMER15 2/21/2011 10:58AM

    We all have those days. Learning to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep on moving in the right direction......those are just lessons for the journey. Have a fabulous Monday. It sounds to me like you already have some awesome, Sparky plans!


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My mom was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis when I was five years old. Back then, she required a neck brace, oxygen, and wheelchair. Now, she goes without all of those things. In fact, she has used her experience as an MG patient to help start support groups all over the state of Florida. She also is an active board member for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.

For these reasons, I am participating in the MG Walk in Jacksonville, Florida, which is being held on March 19th. I also have a fundraising goal of $1,000.

The MG Walk is being held to raise awareness and to raise money for research. This is the first year for the MG Walk, and it is being held in multiple locations throughout the country.

My dear SP friends, would you please consider donating to this amazing cause? Even $5 would help me reach my goal. Every little bit counts!

To donate, please visit my page:


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MPALMER15 2/15/2011 3:21PM

    Wow! What an inspiration your mom is! I donated on your page. It's not much, but I hope it helps you reach your goal.

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