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5K Your Way Rookie Running Program!

Monday, June 04, 2012

I joined the 5K Your Way Rookie Running program today and I also went for my first walk/run! It was so much fun and I felt comfortable with the pace I was going as well as the time/distance. During week 1, you walk for 4 minutes and then jog for 1 minute, and then repeat three more times. I am so excited to be doing this and I finally want to complete this program and be able to run my first 5K in just eight weeks from now! I'm taking it very easy and making sure I give myself enough a day off after each run, and do something else on those days instead. I'm also going to focus on stretching thoroughly after my workouts because I don't want to get shin splints this time!

Also, I am now on week 2 of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth challenge, and it's going very well so far! I haven't had any sugar in two days now and I'm not having any cravings for it either. It'll be interesting to see how my body will respond during the next couple of weeks! This week, I have to choose three sources of sugar I usually reach for when I get a craving, and then eliminate them from my diet for the next few weeks. My sugar triggers are ice cream, chocolate (and all kinds of sweets) and chocolate pudding (an odd choice, you might think, but I actually used it to satisfy my cravings for chocolate and stop eating it so much - and now it has become a problem and I eat it way too often so I need a break). I'll update you guys with more info later on!

OH AND BY THE WAY! I need to brag one last time! I lost three more pounds this week which means I'm down to 164.5 pounds!!! WOO HOO!

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KRISZTA11 6/5/2012 3:25AM

I agree with you about taking it easy: there is no need to push hard, you will get stronger every week anyway, and by being patient you decrease risk of injuries.

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IUHRYTR 6/4/2012 11:55PM

    You are doing a emoticon job. Your results are impressive and inspiring. Push forward and believe you will continue making emoticon progress. -- Lou

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DMANN104 6/4/2012 11:03PM

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All good news! Good for you!

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CAMAEL100 6/4/2012 5:30PM

    Well done on the sugar, weight loss and the 5k rookie training. I have completed the 5k training and it is a great feeling being able to run a 5k! Keep up the good work.

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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge: Week 1 DONE!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Week 1 is done! I learned so much. Here's a copy of my post on the challenge message boards:

I am now done with week 1 of this challenge! I have been cutting back on sugar but I haven't eliminated from my diet yet (I saved that for the upcoming weeks). I have tracked everything I've eaten and I also wrote down my thoughts about where and why I had a sugary treat and how it made me feel. I came up with some healthy substitution ideas as well!

Here's what I learned this week:
- I usually crave something sweet after lunch and especially after dinner. I need to come up with healthier alternatives that also satisfy my sweet tooth.
- I have been using sugary treats as a reward and a way to celebrate success. I have also been using it as a safe thing to turn to when I feel anxious and nervous, something to calm my nerves. I associate ice cream, for example, with having a good time and relaxing. It seems as though all my worries disappear for a while when I'm eating something sugary. So, mostly, it's all emotional. I am an emotional eater so this overcoming this is a big challenge but I know I can do this.
- I learned that I should NEVER let myself get too hungry between meals as it makes me crave something sweet!
- I should not store unhealthy foods (especially sugary treats) at home.
- I should always keep healthy options at hand!!
- I also found out that it's a lot harder to say no to sugar or unhealthy foods in general when someone else is offering it to you or when you're at a party.

I did learn A LOT this week! Now I'm looking forward to moving onto week 2 and cutting out sugar for a couple of weeks. It'll be interesting to see how my body will respond :)

Here is a list of healthy substitution ideas I plan on using over the next few weeks:

- Greek yogurt (without added sugar!!) with honey/nuts/fruit/berries
- Peppermint tea with lemon
- Water with freshly squeezed lemon and some mint leaves and lots of ice
- Soft serve banana ice cream (just frozen bananas put in a blender for a few minutes)
- Smoothies packed with fruit and berries
- All fruits, berries and veggies
- A banana cut in half with a teaspoon of cocoa powder (sugar-free) sprinkled on top
- Home made fruit sorbet

Wish me luck! Week 2, here I come!

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IUHRYTR 6/4/2012 11:52PM

    Terrific insights, Annie, and a workable plan to overcome the sweet tooth. I know you will overcome. -- Lou

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PASKALINI 6/3/2012 2:14AM

    I think your sweet treat substitutes sound GREAT! Cant wait to hear how week 2 goes for you :)

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CANES4EVER63 6/2/2012 7:26PM

    Awesome realizations, they will definitely help you in the long run! I also love your alternatives! Your water with lemon and mint sounds amazing! I'll have to try that! I bet that would make a great smoothie too! Hmm. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow! I have so much mint in my garden that I don't know what to do with!

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KRISZTA11 6/2/2012 6:30PM

Your week 1 sounds great - good luck to week 2!
The healthy alternatives you listed sound delicious.

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Dreaming of running

Thursday, May 31, 2012

For about a year now, I've had this reoccurring dream about running. In my dream, I am fit and strong and I'm running and running for miles on end without getting the least bit winded. My body is toned and fit, nothing jiggles, my legs don't hurt. I just feel completely calm and at peace with myself and the world. It's such a wonderful feeling! My feet barely touch the ground as I run through different landscapes. I feel like I could go on forever!

Last night, I had this same dream again. I was running in the rain. I remember feeling so incredibly free as the rain poured down on me and hit my face. I remember what it sounded like when my sneakers hit the wet pavement as I ran through the city, strong and fit.

Every time when I wake up from a dream like this, I feel incredible. I feel like my body is telling me to keep on moving towards my goal and to get fitter and healthier. I definitely want to become a runner, I've known that for a while now but I have been ignoring what my mind is trying to tell me. I've been meaning to start the Couch to 5K Challenge for a while now, and now I feel it's the right time. I want to challenge myself to make my dream of becoming a runner come true!

(By the way, week 1 of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge is going well! I have made some eye-opening discoveries. Week 1 will be over on Saturday and I'll share my insights with you then. Then it's on to week 2 and eliminating sugar from my diet for a few weeks. I'm excited to see how it'll go!)

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PASKALINI 6/1/2012 2:32AM

    SO I totally agree with IUHRYTR. I started out by walking. Just walking for miles. Then one day I decided on a stretch of back street to see if I could jog. I DID IT! I jogged the whole length of the block. Then I wanted to die so I walked some more. Later I jogged that length and some more and I realized I needed a little more structure. I joined Sparkpeoples walk/jog a 5 k your way program and I haven't stopped since! I now walk/jog (mostly jog) 5k 3 times a week. Best part is on my rest days in between I WANT to run!!! I miss it and I get fidgety waiting for the next day when I can run. I cross train by riding my bike and I don't have a car so I ride my bike everyday anywhere I need to go to. BUT I just feel so amazing when I get home from running that I can't wait to do it again. I don't want to hurt myself though(which I have in the past) and so I only allow myself every other day. I think you should absolutely do it. You will feel amazing! You start out slow at first but every time you go out you can jog a little further than last time I absolutely used to jog to the next telephone pole the next drive way just like IUHRYTR said and now I smile when I pass the entire street where I could only jog to 2 telephone poles. I hope you do it and I hope you love it! I never thought I would say this but I LOVE being a runner! WHO AM I!? Have a great day!!!

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IUHRYTR 5/31/2012 11:34PM

    I met a man a few years ago who had been overweight but vowed to get in shape. His wife bought him a matching sweatpant/sweatshirt outfit with a stripe down the sides. He bought running shoes and started out. The first day he ran half a block. The next day he ran half a block plus a telephone pole. Then it was past a fire hydrant. Eventually he could run around the block by taking the small goals of making it to a tree or driveway, etc. When we met he was running five miles a day and had lost considerable weight.

He took the same approach to pushups. the first day he did three, got up to five, then 10, 15, 20 and eventually did 50 military type ones where he pushes up, claps his hands then goes down.

Maybe you could start as he did, run a short distance, what you can, at a slow jog, then every time out aim for the next tree, the next telephone pole, etc. I know one day you will certainly feel the rain on your face as you speed through the woods. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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CHRISTINA791 5/31/2012 6:29PM

    This was absolutely lovely. emoticon

A couple months ago I was running through a forest with just the sound of my breathing, my feet, and the rain. I remember thinking that it felt like I was in a dream, and how happy I was that I slogged through learning to run to get to that point.

Good luck with your running journey!

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KRISZTA11 5/31/2012 6:21PM

    You should give it a try!
The first 1-2 weeks were hard for me, but when I got used to it...
It really does feel so good as in your dream!
And I'm a slow runner, nothing fancy ; )
All you need is a good plan and persistence.

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CANES4EVER63 5/31/2012 5:52PM

    You should definitely get into running. I LOVE it! I run at least a 5K once a week, although I'm going to start running twice a week. I need to prepare myself for 5Ks that include hills and I don't want to incorporate hills on the treadmill. The only way to work around this is to increase my endurance! You can totally do the C25K, and once you start, you'll never look back!!

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DMANN104 5/31/2012 5:48PM

    You should try it! I have always wanted to be able to run, but was always too afraid to try. I have just recently gone out for a couple runs/jogs, and they weren't too bad!

Don't be afraid to at least give running a try! (Also you can find lots of help here at Spark if you need it!)


PS - I checked out your Sparkpage - congrats on the weight loss!! emoticon

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ILOVEJIM851991 5/31/2012 5:45PM

    Good luck on your goals

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SHELBEY74 5/31/2012 5:28PM

    How funny. I have that dream too! I've been thinking the exact same thing, that maybe my body is telling me it's time to start running.

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Feeling less anxious and a lot more confident!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

So it's been three days since I started my internship and I have to say I'm really loving it so far!! After the first day, my head was spinning with all the information and new things to learn and my anxiety levels were through the roof, but now I already feel like I'm getting the hang of it and I really love meeting new people and learning new things!

My co-workers are so sweet and nice, and I feel like I've been a part of that group for a long time instead of just three days. Today I felt relaxed and confident, and my anxiety seemed to have disappeared! I have been doing a lot more yoga and relaxation exercises/meditation now that I started work because I know it usually helps relieve the anxiety - and it's really working this time.

This is a big step for me. I'm forcing myself outside of my comfort zone and challenging myself to evolve and turn into a stronger, more confident version of myself! My life used to be controlled by anxiety and always feeling like I wasn't good enough, but things are changing. I feel stronger and my self-confidence is on a whole new level! I know I still have a long way to go but I'm getting there. One step at a time.

So that's my quick little update. Things are going well; I've been staying within my calorie range and working out a lot this week. My new job is going well and I love it (despite the fact that my poor little feet are sooooo sore after a long day of staying on my feet all the time) and I have a feeling this next month is going to teach me a lot about myself and about the hotel industry as well.

I hope everyone else is having a good week!! :) Thank you guys for always being there for me. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

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UWDAWG 5/31/2012 7:59AM

    So glad you're loving the new job!! I have an anxiety disorder that gets worse during stressful times, I'll even have panic attacks. But I found what helps is to egg my anxiety on and stare it in the face. It is just a feeling, it cannot hurt me. And every time I do something and tell my anxiety to "shove it!" I feel stronger and stronger.

You are doing great!

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LRBIRT 5/31/2012 7:46AM

    Congratulations on your job!

I have a lot of anxiety myself and I have noticed that the more I do towards making myself feel better, the more that kind of nervous energy melts away.. be Proud of yourself because it is a tough mindset to shake!!


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KRISZTA11 5/31/2012 1:56AM

    I'm glad you enjoy your new job!
Take good care of your legs!
Walking is better for blood circulation than standing.

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IUHRYTR 5/30/2012 8:27PM

    You are becoming a stronger person every day you handle the day's stress and anxiety. This is another step toward continuing to build self-confidence that you can do whatever you want to do -- including reaching your weight loss goal. You're doing great, Annie. emoticon -- Lou

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KICKINGIT@56 5/30/2012 7:30PM

    Glad to hear that the job is working out. The great thing about stepping out of your comfort zone is that it starts a chain reaction which spurs you on to learn and try more new things.

If you are going to be on your feet a lot I would recommend not only a comfortable pair of shoes but also a pair of good support stockings. They have some that are very sheer and look like regular pantyhose. They will save you from developing those awful spider veins.

God bless


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Started work today!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Today was the first day of my one-month internship as a hotel receptionist at a local hotel called Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone. I was so nervous at first!!!! As someone who has been suffering from anxiety and even panic attacks and is very nervous in new and challenging situations, things like this usually freak me out BIG TIME. But this time I was able to remain calm and not let my nerves get the best of me!

It was very exciting though. I've never worked at a hotel before so everything there is all new to me. I'm a first year student at a local college majoring in hospitality and hotel management, and we all must do at least a month of interning at a hotel during our first year of studies. My first day went well but I have to say there were so many things to learn and to memorize that my head is still spinning!! I feel like I don't remember anything they taught me.

My co-workers seem really nice and I felt more than welcome to join them. That also made me feel more relaxed. I think that once I get the hang of it, I'll like it even more! I especially like talking with foreign visitors and I love love love that I finally get to use and practice my English!

All in all, a very good first day. Right now it's all very overwhelming (I'm the type of person who needs time to adjust and get used to changes) but I just need to stay calm and not let my anxiety get in the way. I'll do just fine! I might not know how all things work just yet but I'll get there soon :) I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

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PASKALINI 5/29/2012 5:40AM

    It's so funny that I am so EXCITED FOR YOU!!! It's great and I hope you have a fantastic time with your internship. I loved when I had a job where I got to see and speak to NEW PEOPLE everyday. Things rarely get boring when you have a flow of new people coming through all the time. Enjoy yourself and don't let the anxiety get to you. You've got this!

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IUHRYTR 5/28/2012 11:45PM

    Sorry for the double post. The site is acting up tonight. Have fun in your internship. -- Lou

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IUHRYTR 5/28/2012 11:38PM

    For someone interested in meeting people from across the country and the world, a hotel receptionist position seems a natural fit. People want to come to your hotel and have a good time, clean rooms, etc., but their first impressions, other than the building itself, are of the staff they first meet. Your enthusiasm should be welcome by your guests. I know you will have a successful internship. emoticon -- Lou

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WALKINGRED 5/28/2012 7:53PM

    How exciting! I am a big believer in internships- it's so nice to have opportunities to explore new fields and organizations. Best of luck to you in the next month, friend!

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CANES4EVER63 5/28/2012 4:34PM

    That's awesome! I'm very similar and get really anxious about new situations - it also takes me a long time to adjust to a new environment! I'm glad everyone seems really nice and I hope it's a great experience for you!! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 5/28/2012 4:18PM

    emoticon to your successful day #1!

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