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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Well, I've used my new BodyBugg for 2 full days now. I'm still learning about it on their website, but so far so good.

Yesterday I ate 1588 calories and burned 2575, so I had a deficit of 987. Today I ate 1451 and have only burned 1943 so far (and it's almost 11pm) so I need to get up and moving for the next hour!

I think I'll put some music on and dance away emoticon

I really am enjoying being able to have an accurate method to show what I burn and to be able to see that I need to move more. I think it will really help over time.

I can't wait til it's been a whole week and I can really see how well it works and hopefully see a loss on the scale!

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EMILY1244 10/11/2010 2:47PM

    I have had my Bugg since February 2010, and it has helped me lose 70 pounds! I LOVE it. Once you get the hang of it, and know how to use all the information it gives you, it will be an invaluable tool for you! Since you just got it, if you have any questions, just ask me, I would love to help you if you need it! Good luck!

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LLTS01 10/11/2010 10:27AM

    LOL- this thing will definitely keep you moving.

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LALAFLOWERS 10/11/2010 9:10AM

    I loved mine.. and yes, it did help me on the scale. I've been toying with getting a resubscription to mine... because the scale as inched up more that I would like, and I have been having a hard time getting it going where I want again.

Have fun playing games with yourself!

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NLMARSHALLJX 10/11/2010 8:55AM

    I've been interested in one of those for a bit now. Let me know how it goes and I might get one too. It looks like you really benefit from it. Keep up the great work!

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/11/2010 8:08AM

    Good for you! glad you're liking it!

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LEAH57 10/11/2010 7:47AM

    Another NoVA sparker with a Body Bugg! Do you find it accurate? I don't trust what the machines say at the gym, so I don't count those calories at all, I figure they're off by at least 10 times what they say I burned. At least that way, I won't over-estimate the calories of my workout.

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NANFACEMIRE1 10/11/2010 5:59AM

    I am glad you got your body bugg and are really enjoying it. I know you like gadgets and this is a really helpful one. It will be very motivating for you because you want the numbers to be good each day. I think it is great. Love you, Mom emoticon

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YAFENELRA 10/11/2010 3:17AM

    What in the world is a BodyBugg??

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AVEARE 10/10/2010 11:40PM

    These things always seems so great on Biggest Loser - definitely keep us posted about how you like it!

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JUST_SIMONE 10/10/2010 11:32PM

    I used a bodybugg for about 6 months and found it incredibly helpful. I learned that a full day of some activity burns more than a sedentary day followed by an intense workout at the gym. Intense workouts are great for cardiovascular health, but moving a little throughout the day is fantastic for burning calories.

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GYPSIILUV 10/10/2010 11:04PM

    Please keep me posted, I've been thinking of getting one.

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The 2nd Annual Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K-a NOVA Sparkers team run

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Today was a great day for a race! The weather was cool and comfortable and the scenery was beautiful! We went to Reston Town Center and met at the fountain.

They had a HUGE pumpkin there:

We debated whether to get in the runners wave or the walkers/joggers wave and decided on the latter. Off we went! I tried my best to keep up with Monica and Louisa, but they were too fast for me! I continued on doing intervals of running and walking. There sure were a lot of hills! I joked that I felt too heavy with all the gadgets. My Android phone with my RunKeeper App on one arm, BodyBugg on the other, foot pod on my shoe, Garmin watch on one wrist.

As I went along by myself all of a sudden Mary came up and we stayed together until the end.

Here we are on our way to the finish line!

I went to look for Lisa to get her picture as she came across the finish line. I was standing, camera ready while a lovely voice was singing, "I Will Survive". Then she stopped singing and announced that some very special runners were headed to the finish line. Last but not least, Lisa and Dawn literally danced their way through the finish line with the crowd cheering. It was awesome!

Here we are afterwards-minus a couple people that left before we got pics :-(

I fell far short of my goal time, but I had a blast! I just need more races and practice to get my time up there. emoticon to Monica and Louisa for their emoticon finish times! You gals ROCK!

This pic leads to a funny story:

We went to breakfast after the race to La Madeline. While sitting there, I had forgotten that my Runkeeper posts automatically to my Facebook when I save my run. I didn't realize what havoc tall buildings do to a cell phone signal. My normally quite accurate RunKeeper had me running 7.8 miles (I did 3.2) in 34 minutes (I did NOT run it this fast) and had me averaging 9.8 mph with a 6 minute mile pace! LOL. Then it posts that I beat my personal best time, duration, distance, elevation (289 feet!), etc. We all were laughing so hard and as congratulations and well dones came through on my FB comments, I wrote that I did so well that I ran the course twice and that the expresso in my morning iced coffee must have really made me strong! Monica said I had a super cape on and Louisa said they tried hard to catch up with me. What a laugh that was considering I could never in my dreams run that fast!! Good thing I had my Garmin on to get an accurate picture!

Afterwards we enjoyed the Octoberfest and some shopping.

Thanks to all of the NOVA team that came! You guys are awesome!

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REBARH 1/2/2011 5:37PM

    emoticonI like your photo of the enormous size pumpkin. I have never seen one that huge before. I can relate to your situation about the signal interferences. It has happened to me when I had participated a 5 K race in a city of tall buildings. Keep up the good work on your races. emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 10/11/2010 1:04PM

    emoticon JOB CARLA! I'm so proud of you!!!

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SAPPHIREAURA 10/10/2010 9:14AM

    Thanks for posting the awesome pictures!!! I was scared go to complete this 5k. I knew that I wasn't gonna have a good jog/walk time, but I am EXCITED and PROUD that I finished. I honestly can't wait to do another one.

Are u doing the turkey trot?

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SAPPHIREAURA 10/10/2010 9:14AM

    Thanks for posting the awesome pictures!!! I was scared go to complete this 5k. I knew that I wasn't gonna have a good jog/walk time, but I am EXCITED and PROUD that I finished. I honestly can't wait to do another one.

Are u doing the turkey trot?

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GBOOMER 10/10/2010 5:26AM

    It was fun running the race with you and the others. I had never run with a team before. Maybe next time I'll be able to stick around for pictures and breakfast!

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3CHIHUAHUA 10/10/2010 2:29AM

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LLTS01 10/9/2010 10:58PM

    Thanks for the great post, the beautiful pictures and the wonderful company- and the chuckles provided by M&M. Tell them they make me smile.


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CAROL3SAN 10/9/2010 9:08PM

    I'm glad you guys had fun! From your pictures I can tell it was a beautiful day. emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 10/9/2010 9:00PM

    Oh Carla, What a great blog and what a great time you had with your Sparkers. That was hilarious what happened with the signals and the messages to FB. Good to you for finishing the race and being such a part to a great things. Your pictures are really good. Thanks for posting them. I love you, Mom

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SPARKPIXIE 10/9/2010 8:24PM

    Great pictures, Carla! You look great!

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/9/2010 8:09PM

    Way to go!! Sounds like you had a great time and ran a great race!! Good for you!!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/9/2010 8:06PM

    You did great Carla, I am always in awe on what you have accomplished with running, You go girl!

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The need for speed

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Well, this Saturday is The Anthem Great Pumpkin 5k. I'm trying my best to run it in 32 minutes or less, but that seems quite far reaching at the moment!

I practice and practice and the best time I can get is a 12 minute mile which would be 4 minutes shy. Tonight I had a 15 minute mile, which is going backwards, LOL.

I really want 32 minutes or less so I can qualify for the Carefirst National Half Marathon in March 2011. LLTS01 reminded me it doesn't have to be *this* race. We can do plenty of other races before then to qualify, and she's right. I just wanted it for this one.

A year ago I would have never, ever imagined me running, heck I rarely walked (for exercise I mean). I have trouble believing I want to train for a half marathon next year, but that's my goal and I WILL get there. Maybe not in time for that HM, but I will get there next year :-)

I owe a lot to my NOVA Spark friend runners for all the help and tips. I so enjoy you all and the friendships we have made. I can't wait to see you all on Saturday at the race!

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REBARH 1/2/2011 5:15PM

    emoticonShoot! I think 12 min. A mile is fantastic timing. Your timing is better than mine. As many 5k's that I have participated in the past, I have never been able to race quicker than 15 min. A mile. Good luck on your next 5k race. emoticon

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LLTS01 10/7/2010 1:21PM

    emoticon I know we will be running that half in March, Mark my words!
I am soooo excited about Saturday. Picking up our packets tomorrow.

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DIGISCRAPPY 10/7/2010 8:44AM

    Go Carla... you can do it! emoticon

I'm so bummed that I won't be running with you guys. I had hoped to be trained and up-to-speed so that I could be shooting for qualification, too, but alas... maybe next year.

Hopefully we can get everyone up and out early enough to come cheer you guys on!

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/7/2010 8:22AM

    Good for you!! You should be very proud of yourself!!! Have a great day on Saturday!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 10/6/2010 11:32PM

    I would love to see you win this one. You work so hard at it. Let us all know how it comes out.

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DEBSZOO74 10/6/2010 11:06PM

    I'm no runner, but I think a 12 minute mile is great! I'm thinking about registering for my very first 5K, but it's next month. Do you think there's any way that I could be ready by then? I don't the first thing about any of this as far as training, what to eat/not eat before a race, or even what to wear.
Good luck on Saturday! I'm sure you'll do great!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/6/2010 10:08PM

    I am so impressed

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LEAH57 10/6/2010 10:06PM

    sorry I won't be able to cheer you all on at the race on Saturday. Hope you all have FUN!!!

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Happy Sparktoberfest!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

We just started our Rootin' for Ruby 2nd annual Sparktoberfest Challenge!

Last years Sparktoberfest was my first challenge so this challenge holds a special place in my heart since it's when I first got to know the Ruby-Lites.

The Ruby challenges are emoticon We have so much fun and they are so motivating. We have fun teams and they are a great way to get to know people. We have daily mini challenges related to fitness, nutrition, good habits and just getting to know, support and motivate our teammates.

I am team captain of the Bit O'Honeys. We will rock this challenge!

My goals for this challenge are:

To continue to track each day (good or bad)
To get at least 90 fitness minutes daily
To bury at least 5 pounds in the Bit O'Honey Graveyard

Thanks to all the team leaders who make our challenges possible and so much fun! We couldn't do it without you all!

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REBARH 1/2/2011 4:45PM

    emoticonI like the name of your team. I think it is great for you to celebrate your team's success on completing their goals. Good luck with your team for this year 2011. emoticon

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YAFENELRA 10/4/2010 5:02PM

    And I know you will do exactly that at the graveyard!!

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CAROLJ74 10/4/2010 9:50AM

    I love the Ruby-Lites and all of the Challenges! We are going to have a blast this challenge! Great blog! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 10/4/2010 8:00AM

    Nice blog. Good luck with your team...........I love these challenges too.

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AVEARE 10/4/2010 12:32AM

    Good luck on your challenge! I like things like anniversary challenges and other times on Spark that come with some happy spark memories (like when an article on Halloween candy that I remember helped me a lot last year pops up again).

I think tracking food is so key to our weight loss - I have been better about tracking all my days (good and bad too!) lately and it has really helped. Have a great week :)

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LLTS01 10/3/2010 9:52PM

    Good luck!!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/3/2010 9:42PM

    Yes, Don't we all become great friends to those we don't know as well, all while we are losing weight and getting healthy, I love sparktoberfest time on Ruby

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10TOES 10/3/2010 9:41PM

    I am on the Sweet tarts team! Good luck!!

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NOVA Sparkers

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Today was a very small yet very nice NOVA Spark meet up! There was only 4 of us this month but we had a nice time chatting and then looking around a few stores in Fairfax Corner.

Monica and I won't tell Mary and Louisa what we did when they left emoticon

I'm sorry Simone was sick and everyone else was otherwise busy. We missed you! Only one more week until our Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K! I hope everyone's ready. We will have a great time at the race and the Octoberfest afterwards!

Beth, congrats on your awesome time at your 1st 5K today!!! Great job.

We talked about meeting one weekend and walking from George Washington's home across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to National Harbor and then shopping and having lunch there. That's the route of the WW Half Marathon so it will be a LONG 13 mile walk! With the weather getting cooler it will be really nice.

Hope to see more of you next month.

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REBARH 12/31/2010 7:42PM

    emoticonAfter reading this post makes me want to join your Nova Sparkers team. Unfortunately, I live waaaay to far in the deep south to be able to attend your meetings, races, etc. Good luck with your team! emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/3/2010 9:04AM

    Once soccer season is over I should finally be able to make one of these meetings. I have no excuses if you do the walk since you will walk past my house.

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    The walk sounds awesome!

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LLTS01 10/2/2010 11:00PM

    Ok- spill the beans. LOL

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/2/2010 9:59PM

    Speaking as someone who has met sparkfriends in person, I know you must have had a blast, cause I sure had a blast when I met you! Not forgetting the rest of you from Virginia either my beautiful ruby lite homies! LOL!

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LMSTRAW 10/2/2010 9:52PM

    You folks are fantastic!
Go, Virginia!

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FITCHICK421 10/2/2010 9:26PM

    I am really hoping to be able to come in November. Crossing my fingers nothing pops up to keep me away.

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