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Twas the Night Before...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

My first ever 5k. Nerves had been running strong all week. It had been a week full of family/life/weather craziness.

My 12yo had her friend birthday party...bowling. What was supposed to have been an easy thing for me (no cleaning, everyone meeting there, etc..) ended up being thwarted because ALL the friends said they needed rides and ALL showed up at my home. (to be honest my 12yo probably offered to take everyone!) We had to take two cars, drive everyone there and then drive them all home. ARGH!!!!!

We got home around 8:30 and I started to gather things around for our 5k. 15minutes after walking in the door the lights went out and the house was PITCH BLACK! Kids were all in various parts of our home and they started freaking out. My dh and I grabbed our cell phones and went out to the front to see if it was just our home or the neighborhood. It was the neighborhood.

My husband quickly gathered candles and flashlights while I gathered the kids up and calmed my youngest.

To be honest I was irritated. I wanted to be all ready for the 5k and get to bed early since we were waking up at 6am. But instead we made a inconvenient experience turn into a Positive one.

My daughter had a friend stay after the party. We grabbed my laptop and put in a movie (thankfully it was fully charged for the two of them) My skinny-mini daughter was freezing. She had to cuddle under a blanket and then her friend layed on top of her using her as a pillow. I have to admit I thought, "Great she's going to be so cold tomorrow for the run with the expected temperature and rain."

My oldest son's girlfriend was here and my mom was visiting from two hours away. We put a lit candle on the table and my 17yo, his girlfriend and my mom played Chutes and Ladders with my 8yo and 4yo and then continued with Memory, Dora version.

My little one didn't last long with the game and she wanted to play with a birthday balloon that was hanging on the wall for my mom's birthday (that same day). My husband and I ended up playing volleyball and soccer with her and that balloon.

What a wonderful experience it was!!! If the lights hadn't gone out we would have all been in our own "zones" doing our own things. Two of my other kids were gone at friends' homes and the lights came back on before I stumbled to bed around 11pm. Thank Goodness! I was thrilled to be able to set my alarm for 6am and that I wouldn't have to rely on my extremely low battery operated cell phone to do the job.

Just this morning my 4yo came up to me and said, "I hope the lights go back off today. That was a lot of FUN!"

  
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JCDUBEA63 3/18/2012 11:30PM

    Sounds like an awesome night!!! Simple nights are the best when spent with family!!

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OPTIMIST1948 3/17/2012 6:58PM

    My son likes to play "power outage" for the same reason. Thanks for sharing.

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GOLDENGLORY 3/17/2012 6:19PM

    While I wouldn't want to be without power all of the time, I like them sometimes just for the reason you were talking about... it gives my children and me a chance to reconnect without all of the electronic toys we tend to focus on instead of spending time together. Even better for you was the power coming back on before you had to go to bed so you were able to finish getting ready for your 5K and have your regular alarm clock available to help you wake in the morning. Glad for such a positive outcome!

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MISSG180 3/17/2012 4:50PM

    A power outage can be such a fun adventure! I'm glad yours turned out so well.

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Rain, Rain Go AWAY!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I live in the Pacific Northwest and our weather this week has been CRAZY!

Beginning on Sunday we had dumping rain, moments or a mixture of snow and a bit of hail. As the night approached the winds picked up. Monday the winds were destructive! Huge trees snapped in half, street signs knocked down, our basketball hoop blown over, and MUCH more. Add to the wind...more RAIN. Monday night, early Tuesday morning we had SNOW which as it warmed up turned back to .... more RAIN!

Yesterday...RAIN! Today...DUMPING RAIN!

I know with living in the NW rain is expected but we usually don't have this kind of rain at this time and what's making it worse is the temperatures are COLD, much colder than normal.

In TWO days time, exactly at this same time, I'll be lining up with my daughters and, who knows how many, strangers to walk/jog my first official 5K. As I look outside my window it is dark, gray, WINDY, and, yes, DUMPING RAIN! The weather for Saturday shows more showers, no sun and a low of 37.

Never being an outdorr adventurous girl (I got up to 325 from staying inside with hot cocoa, donuts, candy and a good book on these kind of days NOT doing a 5k) I don't have the right gear!

I'll make do. I'll be cold, I'll be wet but I will DO IT!!! I'm sure after experiencing it I'll be on the hunt to find weather appropriate workout clothes.

If you have knowledge in this department PLEASE share!

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Krista

  
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SCOUTMOM715 3/16/2012 11:54PM

    The weather is crazy here in WI too. We usually have plenty of snow this time of year, but weather has been pretty nice, snow is gone, temps have been in 60's & 70's. I hope the sun peaks out for your 5k tomorrow, but if not, enjoy the moment and the accomplishment of completing it and doing it with your daughters!! Have fun!! emoticon

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35ANGELS 3/16/2012 11:23AM

    I live in B.C. and we are having crazy weather too. It's horrible, kids have spring break, and can't even get out of the house andplay. lol

Good luck on your 5k Hope you have a dry one.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/16/2012 9:43AM

    Best wishes in staying dry. I hope you figure out how to make yourself as comfortable as possible. I hope that there is a bit of a dry patch for you to run in.

It is so fun to watch you moving forward and getting your goals.

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HELENTORTOISE 3/16/2012 6:53AM

    Krista, I was just thinking about you doing your 5 K tomorrow. Wishing you well, enjoy it with your girls whatever the weather! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JCDUBEA63 3/16/2012 12:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hope that sun shine on ur 5K !! We have had a lot of rain too !! Of course our weather isn't as cold!! Good luck Krista!!

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BETHYSMAMA 3/15/2012 12:23PM

    Another from Tacoma area. Ack trying to get out and with kids has not been a dry experience

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/15/2012 12:09PM

    Ah, I feel your pain! I am doing a 5K this weekend as well in Tacoma, and I expect it will be a wet one. One thing lots of people do in the rain is to take a big (clean) garbage bag and cut holes in it for their head and arms; you can wear your regular running gear and wear the garbage bag to keep relatively dry. You can do it--get out there and have FUN in spite of the weather!

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MOMOFBOYS 3/15/2012 11:36AM

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I live in ND so I understand the cold although our winter has been unseasonably warm this year. In fact it is supposed to be in the mid 70s tomorrow! I am so proud of you for not turning and running the other way even though you know it is gonna be cold and wet!! Wear layers! You will do great!! emoticon

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Nerves Have Set In

Sunday, March 11, 2012

As I mentioned yesterday I signed up for a 5k. Although I've been to the town where the 5k is being held I had no idea the exact location. Today we took the 30 minute drive as a family to scope things out.

I printed the map and we were able to locate the starting point (which is also the finishing). We drove the course and that's when the nerves started hitting. In the description it says it's a flat course. True, it is, for the most part. But at, about, .5 mile in it starts going uphill on a bridge that crosses a river. It's quite a rise, then descent. Since the route finishes the same way it starts that means towards the end it's the same but in reverse.

Driving 3.1 miles seems MUCH further than when I walk it outside and on the treadmill. I was a little bit concerned with the territory we covered.

I'm going to try and not let my nerves show. My daughters are doing this with me so I have to be the all-confident, all-knowing Mom so that they will not be any more nervous than I'm sure they already are.

I pulled up the results from last year. The slowest jogger/walker did the 5k in 54 minutes. There were about 75 5k'ers. (More for the 10mile segment). I'm hoping what they say is true, that during a race environment you actually go faster!

It's also amazing to see how the kicked up nerves is revving up my food cravings and desires to eat and binge! I'll probably feel this way all week so I need to stay vigilant on staying the course. To top it off, my newly turned 12 yo daughter is having her friend party Friday night. Thankfully not at our house but it's NOT what I want to be doing when I have to leave the house at 6:45 the next morning.

Okay, DEEP BREATH!

This is part of the journey. Growth and Challenge! I will not become the stronger person by hybernating in my home. That's what I've been doing for the past 44 years and look where that got me! I chose the name Overhauling-Me not just to represent the weight I'll be losing but to represent ALL that I need to improve.

Overcoming my fears WILL make me stronger and will help me be a better parent...Leading by example.

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Krista

  
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SRBULLARD1 3/14/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon I know you can do this!

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SOULWOMAN 3/13/2012 1:30PM

    You will do it!! Overcoming nerves/fears is part of the process and makes the accomplishment that much more worth it!

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MISSG180 3/12/2012 5:27PM

    Keep going! You're doing great!

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MOMOFBOYS 3/12/2012 12:33PM

    emoticon I understand your nerves but you can do this! Just go and do your best and then pat yourself on the back! You rock!!!

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 3/12/2012 11:51AM

    Very normal to get nervous. Keep training and don't worry about your time. Just set your focus on finishing!

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MOM23ES 3/12/2012 11:27AM

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Ok so maybe there is no trophy but I am sure when you are done you will feel like you got one! I think I would go walk it once and that would rid me of a few of the nerves and hopefully just leave the excitement.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 3/12/2012 10:54AM

    Deep cleansing breath...you can do this. You will be so pumped when you get there, I promise! 5k's are so fun, everybody's in a great mood. Just relax and have fun with it :) We're all right there with you :)

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FEISTYOWL 3/12/2012 10:31AM

    You will do great - no matter what your time is! It's so much fun to be there with other people. My first 5k ended up being almost a trail run, which I was not prepared for - I didn't scope it out like you did. So you're already ahead a little bit!! I read somewhere to walk uphill and jog the downhills - saves a little energy.

You can totally do this and have fun too! It's so great you signed up for this!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/12/2012 10:27AM

    You can do it. I know it will go fine. I admire that you are trying.

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KARENDEE4 3/12/2012 9:21AM

    You can do it!!

I was nervous at my first 5k. I also had more hills than I am used to but I was able to finish faster than I thought I could.

At the end I ran really hard (for me) and almost felt bad at the finish line but I was able to catch my breath.

People were cheering me on at the finish. I also got some congrats from people I don't even know. I was 260 pounds at my first 5k.

Don't worry about being last! You are racing for you.

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FITMARY 3/12/2012 7:31AM

    I agree with FreeTheGoddess! I bet you are going to be great! Hang in there! Hats off to you for getting yourself going!
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JCDUBEA63 3/12/2012 12:46AM

    emoticonKrista!! Maybe actually walking it before race would help!! Good Luck Krista!!! I know u will do well!!

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FREETHEGODDESS 3/12/2012 12:36AM

    Relax! You are over-thinking this. You are gonna do just fine. I did my first first 5K race back in September and had an awesome time. My time was 47 minutes and a third of the race had a moderate uphill progression.

It is normal to have some butterflies about the race but, let them be because of excitement and not self-doubt. I walked 5K on my treadmill 3 times before doing the race and knew that I was capable of walking it within an hour. Once I was there, I got caught up in all the excitement and actually jogged, off and on, through the whole race beating my at-home time by 10 minutes!

Completing that race gave me an incredible feeling of strength and pride. Crossing that finish line was like winning a gold medal at the Olympics. It was one of the best days of my life and I did it weighing 250 lbs! I am pretty sure I was the heaviest person there but, I wasn't the last to finish and to go from barely being able to walk more than 10 minutes 5 months earlier to completing a race was a miracle to me.

You are gonna do just fine. Remember to have someone take photos for you, especially of you crossing the finish line. WooHoo! Have fun!!!
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I Just Did It!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I just signed up for my first official 5k!!! It is being held next Saturday, March 17th, and is at a town 25min away.

My 12 and 13 yo daughters are signed up too. The three of us will be setting our first 5k time. A time that we'll be able to improve on as we get stronger, fitter and healthier! We're still preparing for our Sprint Tri in July and this will be great training for us!

This morning I woke up early and did a 5k on my treadmill. I broke my previous time of 55:38 by 2 minutes. Today's time, 53:38. I did it HIIT style and was able to jog a few minutes at 3.8mph and, YES, even at 4.0! That's a first for me!

Not sure how my outdoor, crowded 5k will compare to my treadmill 5k but I'm looking forward to finding out.

Now to commit to and sign-up for more races to keep me focused on my goals for 2012!

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Krista

Today is Day 67. Took a peak at the scale. 281.8 Down 35.2 since January 3rd. Add the 8lbs from 2011 and I'm down 43.2 from my all time high of 325!

  
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FEISTYOWL 3/12/2012 10:28AM

    You are doing great!

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FREETHEGODDESS 3/12/2012 12:40AM

    You Rock Girlfriend!!! You can totally do this!!!
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MISSG180 3/11/2012 9:55PM

    Go you!!!

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KOBER9999 3/11/2012 9:58AM

    You Go Girl! There's no stopping you now! You and your girls will have a memory that will last a life time. Enjoy the time with them! Keep Sparkin'! You are such an inspiration! Congratulations!

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FITMARY 3/11/2012 9:48AM

    WOW! That's so inspirational! I've got to get going. You are leaving me in the dust. GO FOR IT!!!

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CHICAT63 3/11/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon that is so awesome ! You will do great I am sure, congrats on the pounds down keep it up emoticon

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.DUSTY. 3/11/2012 4:50AM

    emoticonWhat a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

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MOMOFBOYS 3/10/2012 10:46PM

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JCDUBEA63 3/10/2012 9:52PM

    emoticon emoticonI need to get busy and sign up for 1 too!! Awesome that u are doing this with ur daughter!! Have fun!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/10/2012 5:44PM

    Next week I've got 2places to be. But it would be fun to try a 5 k so close.

You are doing awesome. Keep moving forward.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/10/2012 5:37PM

    You and your girls will have a great time! Way to go with the training!

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NEHAHKOO 3/10/2012 5:23PM

    Awesome! Glad to hear you are going to a 5K. I wish you best of luck and loads of fun. emoticon

Just a note of caution though about training for a 5K run on a treadmill. Most treadmills have a shock absorption feature to lower the impact of your body with the treadmill. Back in the good old days when I was a cross country runner I know the amount of impact on your body varies on your feet to knees. The amount of absorption depends on the ground itself.

Grass - Large amount of absorption
Dry Grass - Medium amount of absorption
Dirt - Lite amount of absorption
Concrete and asphalt - No absorption

If it is concrete or asphalt your body might be in for a shock. Be careful and don't hurt yourself. And had lots and lots of fun!

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JUST_ONE_STEP 3/10/2012 5:16PM

    You are doing so great. Be proud!

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Two More Non Scale Victories

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Last night I needed to run to the store to get spiral notebooks for my high school boys and stock up on some healthy food for me. My little 4yo wanted to come. I hesitated taking her because it was 7:45 and she was already an exhausted mess. But I was game, the healthy me has A LOT more patience and energy to deal with that.

After finishing up the shopping, which, by the way, my little one did great, we headed back out to the car. SHOOT! Someone parked TOO close to me. I hate that. In the past I've had someone climb in and back the car out for me (if they were a driver) or would have climbed in from the other side and tried to climb over to the driver seat. I was able to open the passenger side to have my little one climb in but, dangit, her carseat was behind the driver seat.

#1 NSV - I was actually able to open my driver door open a crack and squeezed myself in!!!

#2 NSV - Once in the car, with the driver door closed, I was actually able to turn completely around in the driver seat to buckle up my 4yo.

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Okay, small NSVs but the times I haven't been able to do either of those have mentally beaten me up and left me feeling embarrassed, devastated and unworthy.

Can't wait to see how tight of space I can shimmy through as the weight continues to drop!

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Krista

  
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NOTGIVINGUP49 3/14/2012 10:10PM

    emoticon So glad you are not just focusing on the number on the scale! There are so many other achievements besides that scale. emoticon

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YARAAMON 3/10/2012 4:33AM

    that's lovely emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/9/2012 12:03PM

    woot! I love those moments.

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KARENDEE4 3/9/2012 9:36AM

    I love it! I am so glad you shared that one. I love NSV's!

You are shrinking!

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JCDUBEA63 3/8/2012 10:56PM

    emoticon emoticon I had a moment similar to thar and it really makes u feel good!! Not to mention putting on shoes or fitting in the tub!! Woo hoo Krista u are doing this!! I know u feel so good about urself!! Look out spring challenge!!

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SCOUTMOM715 3/8/2012 9:51PM

    emoticon for NSV's!! So happy for you! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/8/2012 7:23PM

    Those are AWESOME NSVs! Congratulations!

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DELHSI 3/8/2012 6:16PM

    To me those are HUGE NSV! I know what you mean about when people park to close - I mean really! Same thing, I have another driver get in and back up for me but the self-humiliation and embarrassment would beat me up also. I haven't had the 'close parker' in a while so I don't know if I'm able to squeeze yet but I did make it into a restaurant booth without having to squeeze and it was a great feeling!

Great job!!

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CHICAT63 3/8/2012 4:31PM

    emoticon totally awesome !

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FITMARY 3/8/2012 4:30PM

    You are rockin' it!!!
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ROCKINROBIN523 3/8/2012 3:23PM

    That's fantastic...congratulations on your victories!!! I know exactly how you feel. My first non-scale victory was not having a gap in my towel after a shower. :-)) Way to go!

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CARRIEDD 3/8/2012 2:59PM

    Way to go! Having that extra energy is an amazing feeling! I love this NSV's!!!!! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 3/8/2012 2:46PM

    Yay! What an inspiration - you are doing great!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/8/2012 2:27PM

    Great job on being a mom and being able to get through the door.

Good for you for noticing the NSV. emoticon

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_JODI404 3/8/2012 2:11PM

    Really great NSV's!!! Yay! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 3/8/2012 1:56PM

    Yeah for NSV's! I had that happen to me a couple of weeks ago. Thank goodness for NSV's!

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