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2 more seconds off my time!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

So I'm down to 12:25 average pace. I'm running about 2.67 miles. Well I am running intervals (running, brief periods of walking) ...however the slower intervals are becoming very small and I'm running longer. I am really excited about this! I never thought I would be able to do this or even enjoy it. I still won't call myself a runner after all that, but I am pretty close!

Nonscale victories:
Running for longer periods of time.
Running at a faster average pace.
Eating small portions at the work potluck.

I give thanks for:
My sparkfriends - they are the best!!!!
Randy & Cameron. They are my supporters, but also my motivators - I am determined to set a good example for both.
Whiskers and GusGus.

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CINDYSDAY 11/21/2012 10:14AM

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

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SPARKCHANTAL 11/21/2012 9:23AM

    well you sure lapped me!

happy thanksgiving!

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LRSILVER 11/21/2012 4:44AM

    You are doing great. Keep it up and you will surely succeed. Have a great thanksgiving.

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PEPPYPATTI 11/20/2012 10:43PM

    Woo Hoo! That is so awesome that you can run longer! You are doing great!
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SURVIVOR61 11/20/2012 8:50PM

    OJ, You are doing great! emoticon Don't slow down, just take and add another lap when you are ready. That's what I'm doing. How ever I did go over board and have to back off for a few days. But I didn't ease off completely. I did get blessed with some excercise equipment., so I have gotten to add some rowing and step aerobics to my routine I actually over worked my lower legs, but I have to walk with a cane due to nerve damage. I just have to remember to take it slow.

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Cat Wisdom

Monday, November 19, 2012

I've been running busy all day. Work was crazy and stressful. Thankfully when I got home Randy was willing to go for a walk with me and it helped burn off some steam. I also had a Mary Kay training event to go to which turned out to be fun. Then I had to run to the store to get some stuff to prepare for tomorrow's potluck at work.

I am now home and trying to catch up on sparking. Of course my cat in his infinite wisdom, has decided that I've been entirely too stressed and absent. He has forced me to take a moment for the important things like snuggling him of course, lol. And every time I go to type, he puts a hand up over my arm. Its been about five minutes and he's finally conceded to letting me type with him in my lap.

My life keeps getting busier and busier. I need to start getting organized and start planning things. I've fought it long enough, but I think it would greatly reduce some of my stress. I'm going to try meal planning and schedule planning. We'll see how I do.

Nonscale Victories:
Plasma Processor asked me if I lost weight today.

What I'm thankful for:
Whiskers, for forcing me to relax and enjoy the important things (like cat snuggles lol).
Randy supporting me and my walking efforts.

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LOLAINSC 11/24/2012 12:51PM

    Very wise indeed. I learned long ago that any time the cats cease to be the center of my universe, they will be quick to remind me that my priorities are messed up, and it is time to make the universe right again.

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CINDYSDAY 11/21/2012 10:19AM

    emoticon It sounds like you are doing great!

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SPARKCHANTAL 11/21/2012 9:28AM

    my sunshine, mimi and georgie (when he's in, anyway) also remind me that THEY are much more important than any old paperwork i have on my desk! and they make sure my rate of progress doesn't reach breakneck speed, lol.


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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/20/2012 7:59AM

    awesome planning ahead really helps

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LRSILVER 11/20/2012 4:52AM

    Good luck with your planning. WTG!

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GDY2SHUZ 11/19/2012 11:15PM

    emoticon I like your planning. Glad Randy and the cat are being so helpful. emoticon emoticon

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Rose Colored Glasses

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I was re-reading my sparkpage and one of my vows was to keep a positive outlook on every thing! I don't think I've completely abandoned this but I want to re-focus on it!

First of all, thanks to all my sparkfriends for keeping my weigh-in in perspective to me. I feel ungreatful and I am greatful that I lost .4lbs last week!!! A loss is a loss! If that had been one of you, I would be jumping up and down with joy for you, and telling you that is an accomplishment. I need to do the same for myself.

With Thanksgiving approaching, I have decided I need to re-examine my goals and really focus on what they are. Later on today I plan on doing another vision collage. I will try to post it later. Maybe I'll do multiple. :)

With that said, its time to do some fitness.

Things I'm proud of:
-Planning ahead to ensure success!
-Trying to have a positive influence on my family's health.

Things I'm thankful for:
-Randy. When I told him my weigh in result, he was like, "Honey, you're doing great! You've been rocking it out the whole challenge."
-Cameron. In his 13yr old wisdom, he looked at me and said, "Its not a loss!"
-A goodnights sleep.

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CINDYSDAY 11/21/2012 10:16AM

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CANDOK1260 11/20/2012 11:52AM

    I'm thankful for you and your wonderful blog

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-AMANDA79- 11/18/2012 7:27PM

    Folks who push too hard too fast and let themselves get down over small things often gain their weight back. Believe me, I've been there. This isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.


Don't you dare apologize for posting on my page! I love it!

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PEPPYPATTI 11/18/2012 6:45PM

    You are doing fantastic! And it is good for Randy to notice. Kids never do-lol!
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JESSICA_STULTZ 11/18/2012 11:04AM

    Woo hoo! I agree.. a loss is a loss. No matter how big or small, you are still getting closer to your goals with ever ounce lost. Don't let yourself get down on a gain or stall either though. The persistence in you is what is important. Never give up. This is a lifestyle change.. and sometimes change needs some getting used to. Hoping your next weigh in is just as good (if it's not better!)

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TKOVACH1 11/18/2012 10:54AM

    You have been doing an awesome job and I know you will continue because all your Spark friends and teammates believe in you. Have faith in yourself that your are awesome and can accomplish anything you set your mind to. emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 11/18/2012 10:51AM

  wow you have a great support team there great job keep up the good work

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Less Than Stellar Weigh In

Saturday, November 17, 2012

So I've been knocking off 2lbs a week on average during the challenge and this week I knocked off .4lbs. emoticon I'm not going to let this weigh in get to me though because I went out last night for the first time in forever and consumed a large amount of alcohol. I'm only disappointed that I didn't do better for my team.

Last night was not part of my new healthy lifestyle plan but it was a lot of fun. I went out with some co-workers, my boss and Randy. Went to the country bar that I first met randy at that I haven't been at forever. I danced my butt off. So at least I got in a lot of exercise.

However I gotta buckle down now considering I have 3 thanksgivings in the next week to visit!!!! And I still plan on losing weight through it, even if it ends up being only .4lbs!!!

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CANDOK1260 11/18/2012 8:53AM

    hey one week weightwon;t hurt the team happy you have a great time

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-AMANDA79- 11/18/2012 12:32AM

    I was going to say what LOLAMOM2 said!

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LRSILVER 11/17/2012 6:30PM

    A loss is a loss. Never feel bad when you are losing. Have a good week.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/17/2012 4:36PM

    awesome to hear you had a good time

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LOLAINSC 11/17/2012 11:49AM

    Hey, it's not a gain! We do have to loosen up a bit and have a little fun on special occasions or we would come to resent our healthy lifestyle and be unable to stick to the program forever. Just remember special occasions last one day or they cease to be special.

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PEPPYPATTI 11/17/2012 10:12AM

    So glad to hear you had a great time! My weight in was not stellar either-lol. My son left to move down to Atlanta yesterday-can we say Emotional Eating-lol!

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DMEYER4 11/17/2012 9:33AM

  good luck

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Shaved 17 seconds off my pace.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today I went out for a run (well run/brisk walk intervals) and shaved 17 seconds off my pace. Yesterday I was at an average 12:44 min/mi and today I was at 12:27! It's not fast but I was faster than yesterday and that's all that matters. I felt the "high" afterwards too.
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My running mantra today:

Today's Proud Moments:
-Running at a faster avg. pace

Things I'm thankful for:
-My health especially in this season where many people are currently sick.
-Waking up to my cat snuggling in bed with me. It was a nice start to the day.
-Feeling so motivated 2 months into sparkpeople. I hope I can continue on with this momentum through the holidays.
-The weather holding out long enough to allow me to continue to run outside.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LOLAINSC 11/16/2012 12:16PM

    You are doing so great! Aren't you glad you committed yourself to a healthier lifestyle and decided to take definite steps in the right direction?
The younger you start, the better.

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PEPPYPATTI 11/15/2012 8:56PM

    Way to go! That is awesome! emoticon emoticon

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