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1st 10K tomorrow

Saturday, October 29, 2011

And originally my mother was going to come down and spend the night so she could watch the kids while my husband took me to the race and cheered me on.

Mother nature decided to throw a monkey wrench in those plans. While its not snowing in my area, it IS snowing up my mom's way. (She lives over the MD/PA line) So unless something changes she will not be coming down tonight.

But the race is still on for me. Now the plan is for hubby to take me to the metro station... from there I'll ride down to the start of the 10K.and just do it..and call them when I'm ready to be picked up.

And I decided to do the sign..but simplify it. It will say:

For my kids
-62 lbs
1st 10K

I had hoped to get my hubby to take pictures, but it he won't be there then I'm going to have to take my own or take none at all. I'll check my race/water belt and see if it can hold my camera in addition to a cell phone (since I'll have to call hubby to get him to pick me up when I am done and at the metro station...

  
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DRB13_1 10/30/2011 1:50AM

    Even though Mom and DH won't be there, know WE are cheering you on every step of the way! We are proud of you!

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/29/2011 3:50PM

    Good luck with you race! You're gonna be great!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/29/2011 2:00PM

    You're gonna do awesome! Have tons of fun.
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Too self-serving or not?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm thinking of doing something for the Marine Corps 10K... but I can't decide if its being justifiably proud of myself or too self-serving... hehe

I will be running with the OAR (Organization for Autism Research) team and wearing their singlet. But I was thinking of making a sign to put on my back saying -62 lbs w/ Weight Watchers and running.
(and maybe "This is my first 10K") -- and technically I'm rounding up since I'm at 61.8 but hey...

I am proud of my accomplishment.. and I'd love to have other people see it and maybe be inspired. (And heck, there is a part of me that figures I'd *definitely* get in some pictures that way.. lol)

But it does feel a tad self-serving.. selfish even. Bragging. But is that the old me talking -- the one who tried as hard as possible NOT to be noticed.

Thoughts on this would be gratefully received.

  
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BECCABOO127 10/28/2011 1:11PM

    I would mention it. You would help to motivate others, too! Congrats on participating with OAR! That is fab!

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RUTHANNE100 10/28/2011 10:09AM

    Honestly--I say why not? You've worked so hard, and have every reason in the world to shout it to the world. I know it will be an encouragement to others!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/27/2011 12:26PM

    I think you deserve to do it -- and you are right, someone might be inspired.

The pictures won't hurt either - funny huh? I bet before you lost weight you shunned pictures...

SO CELEBRATE! have your kids help you make the signs...

I can't WAIT to see the pictures :)

~Irish

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RUBY_TUESDAY21 10/27/2011 11:53AM

    I say go ahead and brag! You have a right to be proud of what you've accomplished. :)

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Goal musings (kinda rambling)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Goals of all sorts.

I haven't done so well on my October goals. I've tried one or two new recipes, but not the 1 a week that I had planned for. And the cleaning? LOLOLOLOL yeah, its a nice goal, but my follow-thru hasn't been so good. And I may or may not hit 1200 fitness minutes. (I'm over 900 right now...and the Marine Corps 10K is this Sunday, so... I dunno.. its in the realm of possibility I guess.)
That said I am not feeling like a "failure" like I would in the past. I'm doing my best -- even despite an awww [expletive delted] week I had awhile back. It was like the spark dimmed but didn't go out. And THAT is definitely a victory.

Yearly goals... at the beginning of the year I had set two health related goals: to end the year weighing less than I had at the beginning of the year. On 1/4/11 I weighed 221.8... as of this past Tuesday I weighed in at 191.4. So that goal is met. My second health related goal was to rack up at least 10,000 fitness minutes in the year. I didn't work out yesterday at all but despite that I'm at 9,898 for the year. So I will *definitely* make that goal, easily. (and wonder now if I should change it/up it??)

I like having goals...but I've learned against setting weight goals with a deadline. For instance awhile back I *had* been averaging 5 lbs/month....so I had hoped by the time MCM rolled around that I'd be at -75 lbs down. Well, -61.8 isn't shabby by any stretch of the imagination!!

But.. my birthday is 7 weeks away. (Dec 13) Its not a milestone or anything - I just turn the answer to life, the universe and everything. (Geeky reference! LOL) But I'm wondering if I should try hit a certain weight/lbs lost by that time. Not that I'd beat myself up or consider myself a failure if I didn't get it..but just as something to shoot for. You know?

Why not. I think I'll shoot for a modest 1 lb a week. If I achieved that (or greater) I'd be at 184.4 -- which I can tell you right now would be simply AWESOME because I'd be at 29.8 BMI for my height.. over weight VS the obese I am now and *morbidly* obese I was at my heaviest.
I'm trying to decide what if anything I'd like to get myself if I hit the goal... I'll have to ponder that.

As far as ultimate weight goal.. well, the range for my height at least as far as weight watchers is concerned is 124 to 155 lbs. I have never in my life (expect maybe pre-puberty lol) been as low as 124. I can't even begin to imagine it. The first time I did weight watchers I got down to 135.

I've decided to set my official weight watchers goal at 153, because that would be a little over 100 lbs (I want that 100 lb charm for one thing!), but then after maintenance was over I'd like to maybe get a bit below that.. how much lower I'm not sure. 140? maybe 135 again? My primary care physician doesn't think I could get that low..but I am sorta wanting to prove him wrong.

We'll see how it goes.

  
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SUNNYDAZE9 10/28/2011 9:14PM

    I like your rambling. That is how I feel at times, too. Great news on making yours goals and setting more.

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KKINNEA 10/27/2011 2:20PM

    I'm having the same kind of October. Your yearly goals are in good shape though! Ah, a Douglas Adams reference :)

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JENN26POINT2 10/27/2011 1:44PM

    HEY! We share the same birthday!!! I'm aiming for 14 lbs lost before then. I didn't realize that was only 7 weeks away! EEK!

My goal is to be below 200 by 12/13/2011. I think we can both do it.

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JANESSMI 10/27/2011 11:57AM

    Nice write up of how you are feeling and where you are at.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/27/2011 11:16AM

    lol @ following the mom honor code - yes all moms are honor bound to act as if we have the answers. And as a librarian (YOU) I'm sure there is a librarian's code as well... after all, I remember very well as a child being told by my mom "well, that one stumped me, let's ask the librarian"... You are double doomed lol

I like your insights - and I am wishing you (in advance) a very happy birthday!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

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PIXIEMOM13 10/27/2011 10:58AM

    LOL No, I don't think I'll have the answers to anything -- unless you count "I don't know" as a valid answer. :D

Though as a mom I am honor bound to at least ACT like I have all the answers.

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KJDOESLIFE 10/27/2011 10:52AM

    Happy early 42nd birthday. ;) Hopefully that means you wake up that morning with all the answers, right?

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Take Your Measurements, they matter!

Monday, October 24, 2011

I wish I had taken my measurements from the very beginning, really I do. I also wish I had taken more measurements (as in more points on my body)... but what I did is still QUITE inspiring and amazing to me.

(Is it okay if you inspire yourself?) Let me answer that... #$%# tooting it is! If you can't inspire yourself you can't be proud of yourself...and while having other people inspire you or be inspired by you is all well and good when all is said and done the first person that has to be proud of you is YOU.
To switch pronouns briefly... I'm in the one doing the work, I'm the one who is hardest on myself... so I darn well BETTER be my own first, best cheerleader!

I am going to share my measurements... one note of explanation -- I've always called that outhanging part of my belly my "pooge" -- and yes, I measured it. I hated it and I darned well wanted to be aware of how much of it I was getting rid of!

I started on June 15. 2010.... but my first measurements weren't until August 10, 2010.
Upper arms: 16 inches
Bust: 49 inches
waist: 43.5 inches
Hips: 49.5 inches
Pooge: 51 inches
Thighs: 29 inches

Fast forward to today:
Upper arms: 13 inches (-3 inches)
Bust: 42 inches (-7 inches)
waist: 38.5 inches (-5 inches)
hips: 43.75 inches (-5.75 inches)
Pooge: 44 inches (-7 inches)
Thighs: 25 inches (-4 inches)

In addition I took measurements of my forearms, calves, neck and wrist.. I also started taking the measurement of my bra band -- and all of those have changed from the first time I took their measure.

Sometimes the scale is a lying piece of crud...but these? They tell another story.

  
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FUZZYBEEZ 4/27/2012 3:19AM

    Thank you for this post. I was always wondering if I was right in the way I meassure, and no I'm not consistant with meassuring, but thanks to blogs like this I plan to start my meassuring over again and keep better track. I have a upper pooch and a lower pooch so will meassure both I think.

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JCBURROW 10/24/2011 10:04PM

    Oh, I so agree with you! My local Sparkers didn't do measuring until a long time after they started being healthy and regretted that they hadn't started earlier. As soon as I got serious, they encouraged me to take measurements right away. We enjoy our monthly measuring "parties." It is exciting to cheer each other as the inches melt away.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/24/2011 3:42PM

    numbers can lie... and numbers can prove... just depends on which numbers you choose (wow.. didn't even mean to rhyme that one lol)

GREAT JOB - way to keep the motivation up - and the inches off!

~Irish

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KKINNEA 10/24/2011 3:38PM

    Indeed, and a great story!!

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Cute story and NSV

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Some of my CAMO crew buddies heard this one last week, but I thought about it and it bears repeating.

My usual routine on Tuesdays is to put the kids on the bus, drive home (the bus picks them up and drops them off at daycare), and then go out for a run before my 10am weight watchers meeting.
The usual running route I take is a 2.91 mile loop from our neighborhood, around a local lake, skirts by the kids school and then to home.

As I'm rounding the corner from their school on the road to home (I am on the sidewalk), I see the kids bus coming up the road. I waved -- not sure if they were still on the bus, or perhaps the bus driver dropped them off and got another load of children.

And the next day (last week), the bus driver's aide tells me that my son said "There goes Tracy Lynn Day. That's my mommy. She is running and exercising."

So I may have to stick to that route on Tuesday mornings because it just gives me an extra "oomph" and makes my day to see my kids like that...and have them see ME being an example of good health.

I had another thing that happened this morning... a definite NSV (nonscale victory)... there was a new member in my Weight Watchers meeting and as she glanced back at me (still wearing my running capris and WDF race tank top and asks "Are you a runner?"
and I nodded yes.

and didn't feel like a phoney.

  
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KKINNEA 10/12/2011 1:07PM

    Both of these things are too awesome!! Made me grin from ear to ear!

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KJDOESLIFE 10/12/2011 8:44AM

    Yay! It must feel really good to be such a good example to your children. That's very cool. And hooray for being a runner!

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AIMEESINGS 10/11/2011 11:40PM

    awwww :-) Definitely a cute story! and yay for looking like a runner!!

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ANNERBEES 10/11/2011 11:18PM

    This is great! And I love how you want to be the example to your kiddos!! And that is huge that you proudly acknowledge that you are a runner. I am still working on that one....... emoticon

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FIT-AT-50 10/11/2011 8:31PM

    Thanks for sharing. You just made me smile. I got fit at 50 and wish that I would have done it in my thirties to make my younger boys proud... though they are quick to tell me now how proud they are of their Mama with muscles. :-) It is amazing how our children motivate us, isn't it?

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