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Thighs

Monday, July 19, 2010

I find it rather odd that I can spend hours each week running and biking and being quite happy with my thighs and what they're able to accomplish, but I spend two days on vacation at the pool with a petite family friend and I feel like a blob.

I can easily leg press my body weight, "wall sit" longer than any of the students in my sports class, outswim most of my friends, but then still feel the need to wrap my towel around my waist as I head into the showers when these tiny girls in their tiny suits walk by me.

Intellectually I know I should be happy, and 95% of the time I am. I guess the other 5% of the time I'm still a work in progress.

And really, if I'm ever going to get rid of the tan lines from my cycling shorts, I need to lose the towel.

  
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GONE2014 8/31/2010 11:55AM

    I hear you.

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CFMOSS 7/21/2010 2:51PM

    i will confess that i know exactly what you are talking about. my legs do me good...except for the past couple days when i've been poopy, i've been running more than i ever have in my life and my legs keep on trekking; in bodysculpting my legs keep on going and then i look in the mirror and all i can see....so thank you legs for being strong and muscular. Keep up your good journey Nancy.

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LIZZYP609 7/20/2010 7:27AM

    First, good to see you blogging on Spark again! 2nd, You worked very hard to get those strong thighs! Be proud!

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HUMBLEDAISY 7/20/2010 1:07AM

    During the last summer olympics, I heard an interview with one of the women's cycling team from the US. She said she got where she was because of her butt! (Meaning it was the muscle working the hardest when she went up hills!) I really liked that she knew all her parts were there for a reason and I've been trying that myself when I look at my arms.

As for the skinnies, I figure I can always sit on them. ;)

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COCOABUTTASAKI 7/19/2010 11:28PM

    Its hard too be around the tiny girls. But I have just come to the conclusion that I dont want to be part of the itty bitty titty committee and love being a little bit thicker. Its still hard when I see the little girls tho... i guess we both need to work on that!

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KAREN42BOYS 7/19/2010 10:29PM

    i think it's great that you've become aware of this. the disconnect. it sounds like you have strong powerful beautiful legs. take pride!

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KAREN42BOYS 7/19/2010 10:29PM

    i think it's great that you've become aware of this. the disconnect. it sounds like you have strong powerful beautiful legs. take pride!

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LILPAT3 7/19/2010 10:18PM

    Be proud of them...you grew them! I too have large thighs and well defined. I used to worry about them but since I have started doing triathlons and looking at some other thighs, well let's just say I am happy. emoticon

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SASKATIA 7/19/2010 9:54PM

  It's hard when you want to be proud of your strong body, but then see the model types and wish you were them.

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Looking Ahead

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I'm at my pre-holiday weight, so that's pretty encouraging. It would be a little nicer if I'd actually lose a pound or two, but I know it'll happen in time, so I'm trying to be patient.

I've started getting warmed up for my triathlon training. I'm debating a few 20 week programs to get ready for my main race in September, so for now I'm just building up some base cardio conditioning. For the last two-weeks (and most of the past year) I've been doing seven hours of cardio each week, and now I need to start increasing that a little bit each week so that I can get to the 11-12 hour per week start time for the training program with out dying.

Fortunately, my body is fine with the seven hours. It's just fitting it into my schedule that is proving to be difficult. So, that's all the more reason to practice fitting it in now, so that when it really matters it'll just be routine.

I've moved a lot of my computer time to BeginnerTriathlete.com, but I'm having trouble letting go of the tracking here at SparkPeople, and I'm not sure why. I track my workouts at work through MobileFit -we have contests at the Y that use the points in that program for water bottles, Tshirts, etc.

I track my workouts at BeginnerTriathlete because it's really set up for what I'm doing - it totals my workouts according to swim, bike, run, strength, etc. and provides bar graphs so that you can see if your training is getting lopsided, etc. Do I really need to do that at SparkPeople too?

Apparently I do.

  
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HUMBLEDAISY 3/11/2010 7:14PM

    I also think it's hard to figure how to use the Spark stuff for triathlons. The set up seems to think that I'm working out to much when I'm doing the bare minimum for tri training. Do you divide your week up into swim, bike, run/lift weights or do you have another set up? Good luck!

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CFMOSS 1/18/2010 7:28AM

    Well I'm glad that you still benefit from sparkpeople because we benefit from you too. I'm amazed at your triathalon focus - I get tired just thinking about the road ahead of you and yet I find it so inspiring. I will admit I want to hear how your journey is progressing because you do indeed have a journey ahead of you and I'm sure it will have uphills and downhills. I also know that there are so many hours in a day and getting your body into the shape which a triathalon demands is time consuming. Here's to figuring out how to make good choices on the road you are on and hopefully keeping us updated/posted on the progress. Support and encouragement to you today.

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BLABBERMOUTH2 1/17/2010 10:59PM

    Nancy, I think it's so cool that you are doing a triathlon this year. AWESOME! To answer your question...no, you probably don't need to duplicate your work on both sites. That being said, I, for one, would be very upset if you dropped off Spark completely. I think you would miss your old friends, and we would certainly miss helping you stay motivated through this long process you are going to be going through.

You have to do what is best for you. I think that you could still stop and post a blog every now and then to keep us updated if you chose the other site for now.

Good luck with the triathlon and making your decisions.

Pam

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December Goals

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December should be interesting! My biggest issue is going to be making sure I get in all my workouts around the holidays. I'd love to lose a few pounds this month, but if I maintain, that'll be great.

I've had in the back of my head that it would be nice to end 2009 having lost 50 pounds, but I may have to be happy with 45.

So, for December:
1.) Drink more water. I've been drinking more calories over the last 6 weeks or so, and I need to stop.

2.) Plan meals ahead of time. We do a good job when we're home, but we could pack better choices for the car when we travel. I still plan to eat some bad food when I'm out of town, but I plan to balance it with exercise and good choices the rest of the day.

3.) More weight training.

4.) I slacked a little on my fitness minutes in October and November, which means that reaching my year-end goal of 20,000 may be pushing it a little. I'm not ready to give up yet, since it's possible, but I'm not going to beat myself up if I fall short.

Happy Holidays everyone!

  
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BLABBERMOUTH2 12/7/2009 6:35PM

    emoticon on your December goals, Nancy. Sorry this is a little late, but I'm playing (and losing) a game of "catch up." Good luck with your goals. They are very doable. Also, congratulations on your 45 pounds gone. emoticon

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NANCY-160 12/4/2009 7:28PM

    I did really good with my November goals. There were a few days that I could have done better, but overall I'm happy.

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JMO070163 12/4/2009 7:18PM

    that is very good planning ahead seems like when you put down on pen and paper is much easier that way.wish the best for you and hope you accomplish your goals your halfway there.

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GOODGETNBETR 12/2/2009 9:27AM

    Congrats on losing 45 pounds this year, that huge!! Best luck reaching your new goals.

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LIZZYP609 12/2/2009 7:44AM

    Love to see your goals every month!!
How did you do with your November goals (this would be the voice of accountability speaking LOL).
I am with you though, maintain is the goal for December!!

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November Goals

Monday, November 02, 2009

Setting my November goals seemed to be a lot harder than I anticipated. I'm still not sure that this is the final version, but it's a start.

I made a tally chart that has a total of 40 activities that I need to finish in November. I'll do more than one on most days, so I'll still have some days off and some days to do what I want.

1.) My strength training equipment in the basement: I've been neglecting my strength training. The weather has been so nice, it would have been awful to be closed up in the basement without even a window. But, it's November now, so I need to get moving. (8-upper body, 8-lower body)

2.) I signed up for my Rev3-Cedar Point triathlon. It's a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run (1/2 Ironman distance). My official training calendar doesn't start until April, but I want to be in good enough shape that I can follow the Intermediate schedule for swimming and running. I'll be doing the beginner schedule for biking. Even if I could handle more time on the bike, my butt doesn't want to! (6-swim, 7-run, 5-bike)

3.) I was doing a good job of taking some fitness classes, and I didn't do that much in October. Some activities (lunges, side plank, push-ups, etc) get left out when I don't go to classes. I do them on my own, but I quit when I want to :) In class, you look silly when the whole class is looking down the row at you during the side plank and you're not doing it (although that's a bad example, because I'm awesome at the side plank -I just forget to do it). (Other/classes-6)

I also reviewed my weight loss goals, mostly because of the triathlon. I signed up for the Athena competition (it's the heavyweight classification for women over 150 lbs.). I think 160 is a realistic goal for next summer (I'm 189 right now). I really want to get there by June so that I can eat well and just maintain during the hardest part of my training. If I can keep losing a pound a week, I'll get there. 170 was my old goal, but I think I want to try to get that extra 10 pounds off. I'll be a lot lighter on the bike this way.

OK November, here we go...

  
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HEALTHYWIFIE09 11/3/2009 9:30PM

    I love your goals!!!!

Look forward to this time next month congratulating you!

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BLABBERMOUTH2 11/2/2009 12:16PM

    Wow, Nancy. You have really challenged yourself for November. emoticon

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LIZZYP609 11/2/2009 7:22AM

    WOW!! You go girl!! Good luck on your goals. I have no doubt you will accomplish them!

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Decisions, Decisions...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Well, now that my half-marathon is a thing of the past, Iím looking to 2010 and setting some new goals. The two things that have caught my eye so far are the ďIndy MiniĒ, a half-marathon in the spring, and a half-Ironman in Sandusky, OH next September.

The half-marathon alone probably isnít enough to make me want to get out from under the covers this February when itís cold and windy. The half-Ironman has a three-hour bike Ė not to mention that Iíd have to buy/borrow a bike since mine doesnít meet their guidelines (no hybrids, road bikes only). And, the hardest part of the training will be in July, when itís hot and humid.

The good part about the half-Ironman is that I can do the swim. To do a tri that is any shorter really doesnít challenge me at the swim or the run. And, I can do the run, although doing it after a three-hour bike ride really is a different story. But, I guess thatís the point. If I thought it would be a walk in the park, it really wouldnít be worth my time.

I also think the half-Ironman would help me get back to focusing on losing some weight. Iím losing, but Iíve been getting kind of lazy about my calories and food choices. Iíve been content with any loss. But, the triathlon will take about seven hours. I will want to be closer to my ideal weight for that!
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CFMOSS 10/15/2009 8:23AM

    You're amazing. I still haven't gotten up the courage (and the timing being right) to run (walk) a 5K. There's one this weekend which is in the afternoon (which is usually much better timing wise than the AM), but I now have guests coming in the late afternoon which is enough to scare me away and on and on and on... So, I admire your commitment. Keep up the good work and track those calories even if you don't wanna:)

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BLABBERMOUTH2 10/13/2009 11:42PM

    Wow, Nancy. Way to go on goal planning. I can tell that you have been thinking about this a lot. emoticon job and good luck.

Pam

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LIZZYP609 10/13/2009 10:13PM

    You go girl!! LOL I am sure you will do great for which ever you decide!

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