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Here's to a successful 2010!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I have to admit to stealing this idea from a spark friend, but I think it's great and will be really good for me. She said something like, "What will I want to have accomplished at the end of 2010 to consider the year a success?" Here are some of the things I want to accomplish in 2010:

1. Run at least two half marathons, a 10K, and several 5Ks over the year. Get a PR in each distance at least once during the year.
2. Get my weight down below 140 lbs. and keep it below that once I get there.
3. Strength train at least 2X per week and do a cardio workout at least 4X per week most weeks of the year.
4. Take swimming lessons.
5. Pick a mini-triathalon in 2011 and start training for it.
6. Put together a plan for the career change I want to make in 2011.
7. Get and keep my entire house clean enough for company at any time.
8. Cook dinner at least 3 times per week. (Pathetic, I know! But I rarely cook!)

That seems like enough for now. These are not "New Year's resolutions." They are goals that I hope will keep me focused and on track. I understand many of these are big challenges, but I will make plans to help me achieve each goal during the next few weeks and will post them here. I hope having it in writing will keep me motivated. And I hope any of you reading will keep me honest and kick my butt if I lag in anything!

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DHAZ09 12/12/2009 12:02PM

    These are excellent goals to strive for. You can do it!

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LAB-LOVER 12/11/2009 6:32AM

    Wow! Great goals! Long ago and far away I used to teach swimming and might still have some of my books if you want them. I'll have to dig in the attic! #7 is pretty terrifying -- I know that I couldn't do it! But we CAN be ready for company on short notice -- a couple of hours to pick up and vacuum ALL that dog hair!

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Recover and restarting

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I had a hysterectomy yesteday, so I will be unable to workout for a while. I will try to take a walk tomorrow to see how it feels, but I will have to start slow. I'm looking into doing the fat flush diet/cleanse for 2 weeks while I recuperate since I can't really workout during that time. My surgeon thought it would be fine since it has enough calories and nutrients. It should help me determine what my food allergies and sensitivities are too. I'm also thinking about maybe doing couck to 5k again with a faster running speed, or maybe the FIRST training method, along with strength training once I'm ready for those things. I have my fingers and toes crossed that my recovery is swift and I can start working out soon!

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LAB-LOVER 12/1/2009 5:25AM

    You're doing great, but can't wait until you're ALL recovered!

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DMPRIDER 11/25/2009 12:37AM

    Sorry to hear about your surgery. Take it slow and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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CJROMB 11/24/2009 11:44PM

    Look at you all full of plans. When's your NEXT Half you Rock Star, You? :)

I'm sorry about the UTI. I didn't see an appropriate goodie for that. Heehee.

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MAMADELIGHT 11/24/2009 8:29PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Take care!

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I'm back!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

I really haven't been gone, but I haven't blogged in 6 months. While I haven't made much progress in losing weight in that time, I haven't gained either. What I have made progress with is my running. Back in June I was struggling to get back up to running for 30 minutes after having slacked on my running in China. Now I have finished two more 5Ks, each time acheiving a PR, and my first 10K, finishing in a respectable time of 1 hour 10 minutes. I am now training for a half marathon with my inspiring friend Lab-Lover. If it wasn't for her I'm not sure I'd even still be running now. Yesterday we ran 8 miles and covered a total of 9.13 miles. It's amazing to me how far we've both come. Doing this is so much easier with a friend. I've also turned my niece into a runner in the last 6 months. In late October we ran a 5K together, her first, and she came in second in her age group for females, winning a certificate for a free pair of shoes from the New Balance outlet. It was amazing. I am so proud of her. So now I run with Lab-Lover, my niece Rachel, and my friend Alice. I love it, and I love being a runner. I'm amazed that I'm running outside in 30 degree weather, and with a cold. I would have said someone who did that was crazy. Now I'm doing it! It feels great to have committed to something and to actually be following through with it and seeing results in terms of increased endurance. I am a very different person than I was this time last year. I'm 20 pounds less, physically fit when I had no fitness whatsoever, and full of self-esteem. Also, my cholesterol has come down from 217 to 197 points. It is so exciting to see results like these. They will keep me going and inspired.

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TRIGIRL0821 12/11/2008 11:23AM

    Great work - and thanks for sharing it with us...motivate, motivate, motivate.

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LAB-LOVER 12/8/2008 6:42AM

    Thanks for the sweet compliments -- here's to ANOTHER PR this weekend!
You are doing GREAT!

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CAROLISCIOUS 12/7/2008 10:57PM

    What a great blog about how you are doing. Such wonderful accomplishments. Hold your head high and be really proud of yourself! I'm proud of you, too!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's a little over two months later. I haven't been doing great, so progress has slowed, but there has been progress. Today is June 17, 2008. Here they are:

Chest: 35 (-1)
Bust: 40.5 (-1.5)
Waist: 35.5 (-1.5)
Hips: 37.5 (-1.5)
Neck: 13.5 (-0.5)
Wrist: 6 (no change--shocker!)
Upper arm: 12 (no change)
Upper thigh: 20 (-1)

Yay! Even little changes are a move in the right direction. Onward!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CJROMB 6/18/2008 9:17PM

    Hey, this is ALOT of change! You know, the slower you lose it, I hear the less likely it is to come back. You're making habit changes, right? It's for life, not for the moment. Savor it. Heehee.

Also, I need your email addy if you want the playlist. I gotta send it through regular email cuz it's a .pdf. 91 songs, 6.1 hours, something like that. Obviously I don't listen to the WHOLE thing, but it's a fun list to move around back and forth. I'm always adding to it as well.

Hope you're doing okay. I haven't been on here so much. I'm sick of my own moping, and I'm certain no one else wants to hear about it anymore. We're working on adjusting. I'm sure I'll be okay in another day or so now that the real separation has happened and she's back in Germany.

How're your teens?

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I took the plunge

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I finally took my measurements. Today is tax day, April 15, 2008. Here they are:

Chest: 36
Bust: 42
Waist: 37 (this is strange since I am wearing 30" waist jeans and they are big on me)
Hips: 39
Neck: 14
Wrist: 6
Upper arm: 12
Upper thigh: 21

Hopefully these will all move downward soon!

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LILLIAN364 4/16/2008 9:48AM

    Where do you measure chest?

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