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PLS (Paul Lacoste Sports) Training

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I should say that I am not an avid "blogger." My true talent is found in spoken words, at which I excel. Anyhow, I was talked into participating in the PLS 12 week program - heard all kinds of fantastic things... I signed up and as the beginning was approaching, I was just too excited to begin. After all, I really do love working out. Sunday came and I showed up for the weigh-in and initial measurements. I don't know any numbers as I wanted it to be a surprise for myself at the 2 week weigh in.
Picture the Great Wall of China with a face and a voice...that's Paul. This man is giant...and someone I would NEVER want to go toe to toe with! Paul was very motivational in his presentation to the groups (5am and 6am groups). He really seemed like a guy who cares about helping people become healthy, whether it be weight loss or maybe just stepping up your game.
Monday, September 2, 2013 - Day 1...fitness test! I got up to get there at 5am on my first vacation day from school (Labor Day). I thought I was supposed to be OFF on labor day! emoticon Ha...got there about 7 minutes early and that was too late...first sign of trouble. AHH! The fitness test included some sprinting, squatting with weights, pushups, situps, and a 1 mile run. My real failure, in my opinion, was the run. That sent me straight to the lowest group...dangit. Nonetheless, running has NEVER been my strength. Throughout the fitness test, I seemed to stay on his radar and managed to mess up 4 times total, one including asking a question to a girl that earned me a "you are getting on my nerves" from Paul. Oh man...I really dreaded going back for day 2. I have never been down about a workout...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - Day 2...the workouts begin. Keep in mind; I am in the lowest group. The first rotation included the gauntlet...jogging around the track twice and burpees. Now...I have done burpees before...they are in no way new to me. However, it's a little different with a giant guy yelling at you to move your ass (not to me individually). Following this is treadmills...this is the station in the rotation that Paul monitors...all I knew is that I wasn't stopping on that treadmill, even in death. emoticon Then we went to the "turf room" or what I know as the Parisi room. It was difficult because we had to do these drills where we dragged the plates with our feet while we were on the ground. It killed my knees. Next, was the weightroom. Now we're in business...my specialty! I got through 5 machines and they called time...the day had ended. Oh dang! One girl called me a beast because she followed me on the machines and had to lower the weights on the stacks from 50 and 60 lbs to 20 and 30 lbs. I also discovered that my knees were completely raw from the turf. I survived without getting yelled at...phew! Maybe this won't be so bad after all...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - Day 3
Today, I was ready to go. I had some people to talk to as I warmed up on the track...finally! emoticon I ran into a friend who was also coaching with the PLS team. She did the cyclefit portion of the day. When we were assigned to do the bikes first, I knew it was going to be a decent day! Thankfully, this is another place I am knowledgeable! Shortly after, I was doing free weights in the turf room...only biceps and triceps today. Then we did some tire flipping and several jumping jacks.

I bought stuff for my knees last night. They are bandaged up and I am really having a tough time walking because the skin in so raw. It won't stop me from being great though. Just stay off Paul's radar and I'm good. Btw, he genuinely does want to help people; his methods are a little SCARY, but all in all...he's a pretty good guy.

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PATSYB7 9/5/2013 5:48AM

    Good for you! I personally don't like the yelling kind of workout leaders. Keep up the good work!

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First Binge Day Sunday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ok, you'll lose it when I told you what I ate yesterday! I started the day off with Krispy Kreme! For lunch - Five Guys and for dinner - Taco Bell! MMMMM!!! I totalled a little over 4,500 calories! Ohhh...I had Reese's Minis too! Delicious! I have lost approximately 5 lbs. in the first week. Today, I was back to the norm. I had eggs and turkey sausage for breakfast. I tried to ride my bike tonight, but the tire was flat! I accidentally broke the valve on the inner tube, because I'm new with that kind of bike (presta valve). I am taking the bike in tomorrow to get a new inner tube. The plus is that I have learned to take off the tires and change the inner tubes on the tires! Yey!!!

Week 2 has officially started!



4-Hour Body

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I'm starting a new program tomorrow. It's called the 4-Hour Body. When it comes to eating only one type of food, I'm usually skeptical. However, this is not a lifestyle diet for me. My 10 year class reunion is quickly approaching - one month away...yikes! I think that this should be an interesting 30 days...Tomorrow I will post my measurements, images, and my first video blog...

Tomorrow is emoticon

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RANDIHEATHER 7/18/2011 1:52PM

    Thanks! I've been doing well on it so far...the calorie count is low...while watching my protein!

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FIGURE_1 7/17/2011 12:32PM

    Good luck!

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SABERTOOTHS62 7/15/2011 7:48AM

  I'm curious to see how this turns out for you. Go girl! :-)

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Feelings of being ignored

Sunday, August 15, 2010

It is silly I guess, but I feel like people ignore me. I feel as though I really don't matter to most people. When I try to be part of a conversation, people either talk right over me as though I'm not there or laugh/make a smart remark about what I said. Ya wanna know what's really lame? When I comment on other peoples' facebook pages, most of the time people ignore it...but when someone responds also (maybe to the same status), their comment is responded to. Several times I have deleted what I've said, just because I never become part of the conversation...it's as though I never said anything. It happens at work too...I even find it happening on this site sometimes. I could be in the middle of a conversation with someone and another person walks up and starts talking right over me, thus taking the person I was talking to somewhere else and once again...what I was saying goes unsaid... It really hurts my feelings when I ask a question that gets ignored. Do I really not count? Is what I'm saying really not important?

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JUDITH1654 8/23/2010 12:45AM

    That's happened to me so many times, I know exactly how you feel. Know what I do? Walk away and shake the dust from my feet. Most people don't know how to truly listen and I think that is what happens - they're not really listening to you, just thinking about what THEY want to say. Don't even give those people a second thought. It's not worth the energy. I've learned to become my own best friend and the few that I allow into my inner circle show and reciprocate respect. You'll find them, too.

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DMURPH409 8/17/2010 12:10PM

    I'm right there with you! Same thing happens to me... I'm not exactly a social butterfly, but when I do have something to add to a conversation it's as though I was speaking a foreign language. Recently I posted on my Facebook account a few pictures of my a year ago compared today and added that I've lost 38 pounds so far. Do you know how many of the 100+ friends commented on the pictures... ZERO!! None of my so called 'friends' could even fake a 'great job' or 'way to go'. I got nothing!!! When I posted them here on Spark, at least I got 4 or 5 comments. I'm at the point now where I'm in this for the betterment of A number 1... ME. I'm getting healthy for myself... not to impress others. If others don't find me interesting enough to talk to... I say screw it! You're not alone in this battle Randi, don't forget that! Best of luck to you!!

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CINNAMONGURL06 8/17/2010 11:22AM

    I have to agree with everyone else- it happens to all of us- sadly though some of us more than others. Growing up, my sisters were the "queens" of making me feel small. Whenever we had a family gathering and everyone would tell stories or jokes and it would come time for me to say something they would either cut me off or cut me down and like you, I would just "wither away" and feel hurt.

As I became an adult, there are still people that have done this to me- friends, co-workers, etc. But, the difference is that I am learning (still doesn't work for me everytime) to not be pressed down by this people. A lot of times, the people that do this are unhappy and/or overcompensating for something that is missing in them- so it makes them feel "bigger" to dig on someone who they can see has a good heart and/or is just a generally all around good person (we are easy targets).

Basically, you have to get to a point of loving yourself (one of the reasons we are all here) and realize that you are of value and worthy to be loved/respected by friends, family, who ever- and any people that don't fit into that bill- can be eliminated from your life. You shouldn't continue to surround yourself with people who don't add to your life- finding like-minded people that appreciate all your finer points- is much healthier.

Just know that you aren't alone. Take care and feel free to vent to me any time you need. I know how much encouragement and support on Spark means to me, and it makes me feel good to return the favor. Have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon

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DOGMOMMY 8/15/2010 10:27PM

    I hear you, and totally know what you are talking about. I don't have any stellar words of wisdom, but I just wanted to let you know that you aren't the only one who feels this way. I think what helps me is finding a few close, true friends. I stopped wasting my time on all the fake relationships and focused on the few that truly matter to me, the people who do listen and care about what i have to say.

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RANDIHEATHER 8/15/2010 5:57PM

    Thanks for the really kind comments. I didn't realize there were others who felt the same way. The only reason I haven't deleted facebook is because I like the way I can sync it with my phone and get phone numbers, etc. Other than that, if someone ignores me, I delete them now. Silly as that sounds, but it is almost my way of saying...yeah screw you too. Sometimes people come back and ask why I did it and I tell them exactly why. Oh well. I've come to learn that a lot of things need to be done alone. I would LOVE to have someone to do these 5ks with, but the fact remains that no one really wants to and those who say they do never commit. I will continue to grab my iPod, running shoes, and confidence...head out to the events and get in my own world with hopes of beating my previous times. I'm trying so hard to get people locally to run with me, but unfortunately, the MS Gulf Coast team doesn't have a lot of response. I am usually a positive and upbeat person who hates to see others down. I do whatever I can to make others feel better about themselves. Hell, I've actually gone to the movies alone, because I didn't have anyone to go with. It was a matinee...I'm thinking about doing this again...it was kind of nice by myself I think. haha

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AMAS92568 8/15/2010 1:03PM

    There is some really good advice in the previous responses. I really like the one about finding a smaller team in which you can really be a participant. This has helped me.

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MOMMYHOUSEWIFE 8/15/2010 11:00AM

    I almost burst into tears because there's finally someone out there that understands the same ignored feelings. I'll be adding you to my small group of SparkFriends. I have no advice. only understanding. emoticon

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COOPAH 8/15/2010 9:25AM

    Sorry did you say something?.....jk

I feel the same way. I have had the same thing happen to me, I think it happens to us all. At least I hope it does or WTH is wrong with me now!


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TAMLKING 8/15/2010 8:07AM

    People can be so incredibly rude. I've had it happen to me as well, and I've gotten to the point where I will interrupt them and say "excuse me, we were talking".

I typically don't feel like people really notice me, either. I tend to be quiet and soft-spoken, but I'm not timid or shy. Ignore the rudeness, there are plenty of people out there that think you are super special!

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MEL_UNRAU 8/15/2010 7:44AM

    Oh, sweetie! I am so sorry. I feel that way too sometimes. I am such a shy person IRL that when I do try and make conversation with people, it seems like people are shocked to hear my voice and don't know what to say to me. I don't believe in telling fibs and so perhaps am a bit socially inept... but I hate feeling ignored and it happens all the time. I am truly sorry that you feel that is happening here on SP. This is one of the few places that I don't feel ignored. I am so sorry. I agree with Helen, finding a smaller team to be a part of might be a good idea, so you are a face with a name, not just a number...


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RANDIHEATHER 8/15/2010 2:25AM

    Thank yall for the kind words. I do have the confidence to stand up for myself, which is why I am also a b*tch in some peoples' eyes. I just get tired of feeling like a weird outcast. The stuff online bothers me because it just piles onto being ignored in person...ya know? I talk all the time to some people...I guess it's cause I don't really have anyone to talk to. I don't have that close group of friends or even a close friend. I try to stay in touch with people who live nearby...but it doesn't seem to work out. Even my close friends (when I was in college) don't even have time for me anymore...oh well...maybe it's self pity?

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    I totally understand what you are saying! I read an article once that talked about women becoming "invisible" after turning a certain age and I found that to be very true! Used to when I said something, EVERYONE really listened and payed attention, now it's like I don't even exist! And that is SO rude for someone to talk over someone else that is already talking! HA! I don't know what to do about it either! Hate that it's happening to you but glad to know it's not only me!!!! emoticon

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STEPPNSTRONG 8/15/2010 2:17AM

  I've noticed you! Feeling ignored really cuts to the core - your self-worth is given a body blow. Standing up for yourself when someone cuts in on a conversation can be difficult if you're not confident too - pointing out that someone has been rude can often feel rude in itself.

As far as the online world - try to take that with a grain of salt. I know I leave things onscreen, ready to get back to, get sidetracked with the family, it hits bedtime & I shut down without even looking at what was left undone. Around here, in particular, there are SOOOOO many people, the numbers are ridiculous!!! Maybe find a really small team that suits you, somewhere that you're not part of "the masses".

Take care sweetie.

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My name is Randi and I'm a Taco Bell-aholic...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Everyday I pass the delicious Taco Bell to work! As I drive by, I think about the chicken quesadilla with that jalepeno sauce of happiness. The cheese rollup, so basic and so cheap, yet so good! Nachos Bellgrande with that mouthwatering cheese and refried beans, with tomatoes and those chips and meat all mixed together on one plate! Soft tacos, hard tacos, and, crunchraps - oh my!!! Will I ever go to Taco Bell to pass on these yummy meals when I could have the fiesta menu? NO!!! So, as my weight loss journey continues, I will remain a non-customer of Taco Bell emoticon, but one day we will meet again for a victory dinner...just one... emoticon

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COOPAH 8/15/2010 9:27AM

    Have you ever considered working as an ad exec for taco bell...you sure got my mouth watering lol

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    "Hi Randi" emoticon Ur blog has me cracking up!! Taco Bell can be so bad...BUT there are times if you must that you can chose wisely....however...if you don't trust yourself than by all means stay away! I used to love their spicy chicken tacos but they don't seem to be on the menu anymore...and if I have a craving, I allow myself 1 bean burrito....not to much damage done with just one....Good luck!!! emoticon

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SALINA78 3/9/2010 7:11PM

    Now you made me want some Taco Bell. LOL!

but, I have found that getting from the Fresco menu every so often does help my cravings for Taco Bell.

And, my name is Salina and I am a Taco-Bell-aholic.
Always have been. LOL!

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JENNYBETHIN 3/2/2010 9:47PM

    All hail the mighty Taco Bell! Unless you have taco fever... I too suffer from the TB love!

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AMAS92568 2/20/2010 1:08PM

    You're funny! It hard on us when they make it so convenient.

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SUSAN_SPG 2/19/2010 3:51PM

    ugh. You and David can have it. lol

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JEFFREYSG 2/19/2010 12:58PM

    I'm not tempted by fast-food much any more but I do have to admit Taco Bell is my favourite. I have to make sure I don't shun it however or I run the risk of over-indulging in it. in one fateful breakdown. For me the secret is to make sure I have enough calories in the day saved up. I'm surprised how much less I eat at Taco-Bell now than back when I didn't care how I ate.

Either way, keep up the good way and make sure you do what works best for you. Cheers mate!

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JKLPRIME 2/19/2010 12:45PM

    Oh I here ya! I had one of their bean burritos the other night, non fiesta, and it was heaven. Normally I don't even like bean burritos and would have gone for a mexican pizza and nachos but that would have been 1000 calories! Anyway, good job staying away from it - taco bell is oh so tempting :)

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