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It was a great day for racing!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Though it didn't look that way at first. I woke up at 5 a.m., and before I even opened my eyes, I noticed the flashes of lightning. Moments later, I heard the rain hitting the roof and just groaned. I made my way to the computer to check the weather (and Spark People, of course), and it said that the rain was due to stop at 7 a.m. Okay, the race was starting at 7:30, and we all know the weatherman is always right. Well, today he was! I got to the race, checked in, went back to my car to stay dry, and lo and behold, at 6:55, the rain stopped. And the sun came out. My oh my, this was a good sign!

This was my first 10K in many, many years. Let's say 10 years. So I wasn't sure what to expect or how to feel. I knew I had trained well, so I figured I would do just fine. On my Spark Page, I put that my goal was to run it in less than an hour. My secret goal was to run it in less than 55 minutes, but I only told one person that. It was not a public goal.

Well, I surprised even myself with my time. I knew when I ran the first mile in less than 8 minutes that I was in for something great. I stayed strong, and I was so motivated by all the other runners who were pushing to do their best. My finishing time was 47:56, which I am so THRILLED with!

I am so happy today. I guess I know now that I have been a big slacker in all of my training, which was based on a race time of 55 minutes. Ha! I don't mind being wrong!!!

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SALDRU 5/31/2009 2:56PM

    I am so happy for you!!! emoticon

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SANDEE-SP 5/31/2009 2:46PM

    I was reading this blog thinking it was so funny that it was raining when I woke up at 6 and I had a race at the same time as you. I clicked through to your SparkPage and I ran the same race that you did. Not quite as fast though. Another thing that was funny is I am also registered to run the Reston Runner's Women't Distance Festival 5k in June. I ran it last year it was a lot of fun. What a small world. Fantastic job beating your goal time.


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CINELO123 5/31/2009 12:32PM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! That is awesome! What a good feeling (I'm sure) to beat your goal! emoticon

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Bronchitis and Binging Got the Best of Me

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

So I've been sick for the better part of a week. All I have done since last Friday is eat, sleep, and eat some more. You wouldn't think that someone as sick as I was would have the energy to binge, but I did, again and again. Now that I'm feeling better, I can so easily identify all of the reasons that I succumbed to this latest episode of emotional eating. I was in a weakened state because I was sick. I have been under a lot of pressure at work. I have been having some relationship issues. I have been pushing myself too hard at the gym since reaching maintenance. Yup, it all makes sense, but that didn't stop me from ruining my longest binge-free streak in recent memory -- it had been over three months. Oh well. Now I pick up the pieces and start fresh. Tomorrow I'm back on the wagon. Back to eating healthy, back to making good choices, back to participating with my Spark Teams. I've just got to shake this one off and move on. Five days of eating garbage will not be my undoing. It will be my motivation to do better, to treat myself better, to take better care of myself.

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    We all have had this happen and I hate to say we all will have it happen again. Don't stress, you can't change what has already happened. Get well and start again - we don't fail, unless we choose not to get up again.

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TRILLIUM22 5/21/2009 7:40AM

    Hope you are feeling better. I started to binge last night. I was tired and somehow I seemed to have stopped thinking. I did not do to much damage before I thought, whats this, eating when I'm tired. Why not go to bed. Duh.

As you said you need to pick yourself back up and just shake you head at the power of bad habits.

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ACACIAHSKY 5/21/2009 7:12AM

    Aww. I've been there and done that hon. You just have to remember every day is a new day an a new chance to be nice to your body!

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FITVISION 5/21/2009 1:28AM

    I'm sorry you've been sick :/

And that's all you can do, recognize and move on, and certainly DO take care of yourself!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/20/2009 11:38PM

    Yeah. Get back on that Grout Wagon! :-)

And if you don't, we'll all pester you until you do!

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I reached my goal weight!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A few days ago, actually. But I've been in shock and I haven't wanted to make a big deal about it. I finally realized that the reason I'm not shouting "WooHoo" all over Spark People is because deep down, I'm scared I won't be able to stay here. Iím scared that I will either gain the weight back or that I will not be able to stop losing weight. You see, until recently, I have been a professional dieter. I have spent the last 10 years of my life gaining and losing weight like it's my job. I've gotten pretty good at it too -- I'm almost convinced that it's my secret superpower, except for the fact that it's not a superpower at all.

So this goal weight that I have reached feels very random. I basically picked it out of a hat (well, the hat just happened to have a height/weight chart in it). Just within the past two years, I have been 30 pounds heavier and 20 pounds lighter than I am today, neither of which was healthy. I am scared to stand here and say, "Hey, look at me, I reached my goal weight. Mission accomplished!", because I donít even know where I am.

But, in the spirit of positive thinking and believing that true change really can take place, I am saying that I will try my best. I've thought about this long and hard, and I am pledging to myself that I will maintain this weight for at least one month. Consider it my May Challenge (one of many, of course).

Here goes nothing!

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FITVISION 5/3/2009 12:38PM

    Hey- I really appreciated your comment on my blog :) And Congratulations on hitting your goal weight! I'm getting close and I'm a little scared about the maintenance phase as well, but from the sounds of it you have all of the knowledge to do this and I'm sure you will do great. Good luck my fellow shredder!

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TURRRRA 4/30/2009 5:29PM

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment! Your thoughts sound completely normal and I understand your concerns. I wish you the best of luck maintaining your goal weight. I've heard that what helps many people maintain weight loss is picking a day once a week, same time, to weigh yourself regularly. It's kind of like a "weigh in" that keeps you in check. If you notice the weight creeping up, you can try a little harder to be extra healthy. Easier to catch it early on than later when it becomes tougher! Congrats again!

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BETSYBEACH 4/30/2009 3:10PM

    You are fun to be around at any weight.

WoooHooo!!! Let's celebrate a goal reached!

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SKINNYNANNY 4/30/2009 3:02PM

    give yourself a pat on the back! you reached a goal, whether you stay there the rest of your life or not, you did it! so congratulations! celebrate, but still practice all the healthy life style changes you have learned.
now, on to the next goal to celebrate!

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I tried to do a 10K training run this morning...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

...but I miscalculated. It shouldn't have been that difficult. I sat down last night to plan my route. I knew I would be running on a path that is marked every half mile. So I thought I would do 3.5 miles out and 3 miles back, noting my time at the 10K mark. This would leave me time for a good cooldown at the end. Now, to confuse matters, my starting point was at Mile Marker 17. So I got out a piece of paper, drew myself a picture with lines and arrows, marked Mile Marker 20.5 as the turn around, drew my arrow pointing back. For all of this effort, you would think I would have managed to plan out a proper run. But noooooo... What I failed to do was note the location of the 6-mile point so that I could then execute my precision method for the extra .2 miles -- just run an extra 2 minutes. What can I say -- life without a Garmin is painful.

It was only when I got to the end, the 6.5 mile point, still a half mile from home, that the lightbulb went off. Ooohhhhhh, I get it now.

So, no time recorded for my mock 10K this morning. Oh well, at least I had a good run.

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TRILLIUM22 4/29/2009 9:26AM

    Yes, Garmins do make all the calculations a breeze. They don't do the running for you though---you got the hard part done.

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SALDRU 4/29/2009 8:50AM

    You're right, at least you got a good run in.

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Back in the 130s -- again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I have been here so many times that I find myself wondering, will it stick? I always hear people say that one of the secrets of "naturally thin" people is that they have an upper weight limit, a maximum weight that they do not allow themselves to exceed. If they hit their self-imposed maximum, they make small adjustments in their diet or workout routines to bring themselves back down. I wish I could do that. I wish I could say that 140 is my maximum and that I will never again weigh more than 140 without taking immediate action. But I have been in this place at least 5 times in the last 5 years, and I haven't yet succeeded in holding myself to that.

Maybe the 6th time is the charm?

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SHININGTHRU126 4/14/2009 10:20AM

    It is the charm - each time is your charm, just take hold of it! It's totally up to you what you do. How bad do you want it?

If you want it, when you want it, you'll make it stick - no matter what.

Do it!

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SALDRU 4/14/2009 8:09AM

    It IS the charm. You're here with us now and we'll help you however we can - just ask.

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