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8 Month Body Makeover Week 5 Training Log

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Week 5 Training Plan: 10/1-10/7

Monday, 10/1: Rest Day

Tuesday, 10/2: Medium Run + ST [5 mi run + Stage 1/Workout A #6]
Actual: Ran 5 miles in 53 minutes (10:36 minute/mile pace). Did Workout A #6. I'm up to squatting with 75 pounds and doing one set of "real" pushups. Progress!

Wednesday, 10/3: Rest Day

Thursday, 10/4: Short Run + ST [3.5 mi run + Stage 1/Workout B #6]
Actual: Ran 3.6 miles in 36 minutes (10 minute/mile pace). Did Workout B #6.

Friday, 10/5: Rest Day

Saturday, 10/6: 10k Race
Actual: Great race! Ran 6.2 miles in 57:45, which is 9:18 minute/mile pace. It was 34 degrees at the start--chilly! My goal was under :60 and I was thrilled with the result. Leapfrogged with a woman who really inspired me to run faster. The end was all downhill and I was flying!

Sunday, 10/7: Medium Run + ST [5 mi run + Stage 1/Workout A #7]
Actual: Rest Day. Decided my body needed a few days off after the tough effort I put into the 10k race on Saturday.

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JIBBIE49 10/2/2012 5:28PM

    Love ur effort.

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MEXGAL1 10/2/2012 10:49AM

    good outline...go for it!

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8 Month Body Makeover Week 4 Training Log

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 4 Training Plan: 9/24-9/30

Monday, 9/24: Short Run + ST [4 mi run + Stage 1/Workout B #4]
Actual: Ran on the treadmill for 40 minutes (3.5 miles? Not sure--didn't look). Did Workout B #4 and it went quickly. Next workout will increase to 3 sets.

Tuesday, 9/25: Rest Day

Wednesday, 9/26: Long Run [9.5 mi run]
Actual: Ran 10.4 miles in 116 minutes (11:09 min/mile pace) with 3:00/:15 run/walk interval). My legs are dead now, but I felt pretty good during the run.

Thursday, 9/27: Short Run + ST [4 mi run + Stage 1/Workout A #5]
Actual: Ran 3.1 miles in 35 minutes (11:15 min/mile pace) and did Workout A #5. Up to 3 sets now, which is a lot harder than the 2 sets I was doing. Got a good workout today!

Friday, 9/28: Rest Day

Saturday, 9/29: Medium Run + ST [6.5 mi run + Stage 1/Workout B #5]
Actual: Ran 6.28 miles in 64 minutes (10:11 minute/mile pace). Didn't do strength training because the Y was closed (and I realized I needed to not do ST two days in a row), so I'll do it on Sunday.

Sunday, 9/30: Medium Run + ST [6 mi run + Stage 1/Workout A #6]
Actual: Ran 7 miles in 84 minutes (12 minute/mile pace) and did Workout B #5 for ST.

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BEECHNUT13 9/23/2012 2:27PM

    Busy busy!

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KATIEGARCIA2 9/23/2012 12:38PM

  Good for you!

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LEFTHANDLUKE 9/23/2012 12:25PM


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8 Month Body Makeover Week 3 Training Log

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Week 3 Training Plan: 9/17-9/23

Monday, 9/17: Rest Day

Tuesday, 9/18:
Goal = Long Run Day [9 mi]
Actual = 9.82 in 1 hour, 59 minutes (12:07 minute/mile pace) with a 3:00/:30 run/walk interval. Felt fabulous! Thought I was doing about 13 min/miles, yet lo and behold I was going a lot faster. There was a little chill in the air -- just right for running!

Wednesday, 9/19: Rest Day

Thursday, 9/20:
Goal = Medium Run + Strength Training [5 mi + Stage 1/Workout B #3)
Actual = Ran about 6 miles in 69 minutes. Then accidentally did workout A #4 instead of Workout B #3. Whoops! I'll have to do B twice. Well, that just means lots and lots of squats!

Friday, 9/21: Cross Train
Actual = 40 minute walk.

Saturday, 9/22: Rest Day
Actual = 60 minute walk on the treadmill at 4% incline and ST Workout B #3. Increased my weight and felt like I worked myself hard.

Sunday, 9/23: 5k Race
Actual = 3.1 miles in 28:02 (9:02 min/mile pace). My goal was to finish in under 30 minutes. This was a PR--woo hoo!

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MIRAGE727 9/16/2012 5:02PM

    You've got an excellent plan going! Congrats on rockin' your new life! Thanks for sharing! Stay strong, stay focused, and embrace the journey!

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I've Arrived! (Pic)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

At 131.5 pounds, as of today I'm technically within my maintenance range (of 128-132) for the first time. This is my monthly photo, the first one that shows the "new me":

I'm not quite to my magic number of 130, and given that I'm slowly shifting into maintenance mode, it might still be awhile until I get there, even though it's only a pound and a half. I'm actually expecting to bounce up a bit, now that my muscles are storing glycogen from the weight training program I just started.

But that kind of mental back-and-forth is a relic of my weight obsession during this weight loss process. Now that I'm transitioning to maintenance, I'm trying to remember that the reason why I wanted to lose the weight is so that I could LIVE more fully, and that involves more than going into emotional contortions over my weight! Not that monitoring the scale isn't important for weight management--if you've read my blogs on maintenance planning you know I take it very seriously.

But what I want to do is keep my eye on the prize: being (and staying) healthy and fit. And I'm there! Today I ran 9 miles and LOVED it. Tonight I'm preparing a crock pot full of steel cut oats for healthy homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal. Tomorrow I'm a parent volunteer at my kids' running club. Tomorrow night I'm making roasted root vegetables for dinner. The day after that, I'm chaperoning a field trip which I never would have been able to do before because I wouldn't have been able to keep up. Before I go, I'll run 6 miles and I'll lift weights for 40 minutes. I have a meeting this weekend with a friend, but instead of going out for coffee and donuts, we're going to go on a walk-and-talk instead.

It feels so amazing to have the energy to take the stairs two at a time, or to charge up a hill when I'm running, or to hop up on the counter to reach something from a high cupboard (yes, I'm 5'3"!). Just the everyday bounce in my step is such a gift, along with the positivity, can-do energy, and extra boost I have every day. Back when I was 196.5 pounds, everything felt like an effort or a struggle, like I was swimming upstream all the time. I'll never let that happen to myself again; this new life I lead is too precious.

The change in my habits and my outlook is what means I've arrived in my new "home." Life has changed, and it feels good. So good! That I know.

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THRASHEJ 9/17/2012 11:19AM

    Yes, it is true that if you've never been fit before you don't know how miserable it is to be overweight and out of shape. That helps a lot when it comes to maintaining. I like being able to take stairs two at a time without even a huff, sprint after my kids (and catch them!) without a second thought. I love teaching my kids the importance of being out and active every day. Out of shape people don't know what they are missing, literally.

You really look awesome! You are truly an inspirational story and have a great attitude. I hope you are getting some ripped muscles to go along with that skinny bod! :)

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KAPELAKIN 9/16/2012 6:08PM

    Congratulations, you look fantastic!

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BEECHNUT13 9/15/2012 8:21AM

    Yay, Peri! You look great, and you sound like you're really enjoying living your life to the fullest. You deserve this! :)

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SNUZSUZ 9/14/2012 10:40AM

    Wow! That is awesome!

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KENDAL0525 9/14/2012 10:02AM

    So awesome! Congrats! Hey - how do you make those side by side photos. I would love to start doing that but have no idea how.

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BELLEFAITH42 9/14/2012 9:19AM

    So inspiring. I loved your quote on the DailySpark today. It is my motivation for moving forward! Thank-you! emoticon

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TIFFANYACHING 9/14/2012 7:28AM

    Inspirational, great to hear that you and your kids are getting so much joy out of what you've achieved, keep up the good work!


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MARTHAWILL 9/13/2012 8:25PM

    So very terrific. Well done. Thanks for the inspiration.

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TLOVESC1125 9/13/2012 11:25AM

  How great! You have given me the motivation that I needed for today to keep plugging away towards my weight loss goals. Thank you.

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MJZHERE 9/13/2012 11:01AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/13/2012 9:55AM

    You look terrific! Mega-congrats!

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TINAJANE76 9/13/2012 9:52AM

    Many congratulations on getting into your maintenance range! I look forward to continuing to cheer you on!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/13/2012 6:42AM

    emoticon You look great! This is your new life and home! Hang about for a while... say... the rest of your life... and savor those things of which you speak.

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COSMICWATCHER 9/13/2012 5:19AM

    awwww! incredible! your body is amazing! and you can wear shorts too! keep it that way!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/13/2012 5:13AM

    Ah I feel so inspired and determined right now!

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SWEDE_SU 9/13/2012 4:54AM

    fantastic! just look at the list of things you can do now! emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 9/13/2012 2:36AM

    emoticon on both your achievement of goal and your new mindset which will stand you in good stead in maintenance.

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EWL978 9/13/2012 12:40AM

    Congratulations!! Gives me hope to continue on!!!!

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NPA4LOSS 9/12/2012 11:59PM

    emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your success story with us. It gives us all hope for continuing on this journey! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 9/12/2012 11:53PM

    Just post it and be proud--it will be another incentive.

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ROOSTER72 9/12/2012 11:51PM

    Great blog. Welcome to maintenance!

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SASSY_N_CLASSY 9/12/2012 11:43PM

    congrats on arriving!!! I hope to be pretty much about where you are one day. that said I can only imagine the state of flux you are in mentally, which you articulated very well. I never even thought about what it would be like to actually reach the goal. I think that actually kind of scares me a little but to know that shifting from weight loss to maintenance is a struggle for someone else is comforting. Good on you for posting about it and good on you for getting out there and living life!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/12/2012 11:22PM

    emoticon to your new home!


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SUNPANTHER 9/12/2012 11:15PM

    Congratulations! Well done on the mental gymnastics too, to focus on your overall wellbeing. Sometimes a little untangling is in order, but you've done it! And 9 miles...just wow. My running goal (to be met in about a year) is to run 1 hour (about 10ks) 5-6 days a week.

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8 Month Body Makeover Week 2 Training Log

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Week 2 Training Plan: 9/10-9/16

Monday, 9/10: Short Run + ST [35 min run + Stage 1/Workout A #2]
Actual: Ran 3.1 in 31:30 on the treadmill and completed ST workout in 25 minutes. Still adjusting what the right baseline level of weights is for each exercise. Felt GREAT after my run and overall not as tired & not as much of the "heavy limbs" effect after the ST.

Tuesday, 9/11: Rest Day
Actual: .75 mile slow jog with my kids' running club.

Wednesday, 9/12: Long Run [8 mi]
Actual: Ran 8.97 in 118 minutes [13:09 min/mile pace], using a 2:00/:25 run/walk ratio. Shooting for a slow pace of 13:30 but went a bit faster than that. Felt GREAT and could have gone longer (as it was I accidentally went farther than I meant to).

Thursday, 9/13: Rest Day

Friday, 9/14: Medium Run + ST [5.5 mi + Stage 1/Workout B #2]
Actual: Ran 4.97 miles in 52 minutes [10:27 mile pace] using 4:00/:22 run/walk ratio. Felt GREAT! Weight workout doesn't feel as challenging as it should. Still figuring out which bars/equipment to use at the gym.

Saturday, 9/15: Rest Day

Sunday, 9/16: Medium Run + ST [4.5 mi + Stage 1/Workout A #3]
Actual: Ran 6.28 in 66 minutes [10:30 mile pace) using 4:00/:15 run/walk ratio. Felt like I was flying--such a fun run. I even outran my dog, who had to be cajoled into keeping up with me at the end. ST is fewer reps now and more weight. Feels good to be upping the effort.

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JIBBIE49 9/10/2012 12:45AM

    My adult children do the P90X work out so it does work if you keep at it.

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DIET_FRIEND 9/9/2012 10:11PM

    Looks like you have made a lot of progress! Keep on sparking!

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