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Party Is Over - Back to Business...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I had a blast the last week with visits and visiting family and friends. I didn't get to the gym or on my treadmill. I was so busy. I did enjoy 5 cookies over the holiday (yes, I counted them - they were delicious!) I actually bought a chocolate fountain and took it to two parties. I only enjoyed one chocolate covered strawberry! My weakness was red wine. I love it with a nice dinner.

But, my company left this morning so it is "back to business" - the business of being healthy through exercise and healthy eating.

So, right after they left I hopped on my treadmill and ran a Runners World 10K using my iFit Module. I ran it in 61 minutes. I am training for my third Half Marathon at Disney World in January. I am going to try to beat my PR - 2 hours, 6 minutes. I am going to volley the Runners World 10k and Half Marathon trainings for the next couple of weeks leading up to the HM. I am also planning on running the Baltimore Half Marathon map - it is a really hilly run and great for speed training. I am not sure if I will be able to run outside before the HM, it is in the 30's here. I do not tolerate the cold weather very well and do not like to run if it is under 50 degrees.

I had mixed emotions over the past week if signing up for this Half Marathon was a good idea. I knew training would be harder, due to the cold weather. I did not consider how busy I would be between work and the usual holiday hustle and bustle. Now that I have my schedule and "space" back and have run a 10K, I feel better about my decision. It did motivate me to hop right back on the wagon! And, I am really excited to check out the new "Fantasyland" in Disney with my husband, mom and dad. I am running the Disney Family 5K with my husband and mom the day before the HM. My husband confided that he keeps running 5Ks with me in hopes of starting to enjoy running. If Disney doesn't do it, nothing will! My mom has run several marathons and now runs everyday just for fun. We are all going to stick together for this race. I would love to see my dad run or walk it - no such luck.

Anyway, sorry if I rambled - must be the endorphins from the run! I am going to sneak out of work early and hit the gym for quad work on my way home tonight.

Hope you are having a great week!

Oh, I pondered on this quote on iFit...

Why choose to fail when success is an option.- Jillian Michaels

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KAREN_NY 12/31/2012 12:10PM

    Less than 2 weeks to go -- so excited for you!!! And such a family affair too! You are so undaunted by the hills -- love that.

Wishing you the happiest new year indeed!

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SABLENESS 12/26/2012 9:10PM

    Likewise back to business and still figuring out how to do it all. I'm SO glad I don't go back to work till Jan 7.
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KRISZTA11 12/26/2012 6:04PM

    Good luck to your planned races & training.
It is awesome you have so many family members who share this with you.

I can understand that the HM training seemed too ambitious when you were in the middle of Christmas activities, and I'm glad you feel more confident now when you got your schedule back. : )

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STHOMAS1009 12/26/2012 3:43PM

    I'm hitting the gym tonight on the way home. Good luck with all your training. And thanks for inspiring me!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/26/2012 12:57PM

    I'm with you. No, no, no, not on the runs but it's back to business here again too. Decided a few days of fun was fine knowing I'd get right back on the wagon again afterwards. That's a real shift in thinking for me because before I had a difficult time getting back to healthy habits after the fun. Then I would choose to fail and you know the rest of the story. Tomorrow it's off to the gym followed by my aqua spinning class. So glad they are having classes for part of the holidays. All the best on your runs. Sounds like so much fun to have some family planning to participate in these events with you.

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KIMPY225 12/26/2012 12:38PM

    Nice job with the 10K run!
Haha I had some wine over the Christmas break too - tasty!

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ONMYMEDS 12/26/2012 12:34PM

    Just curious, what kind of treadmill do you have and would you recommend it?

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LOVESTOWALK49 12/26/2012 11:53AM

    Good luck with running in the cold. I like the indoor track at my local Y. Nice and warm. I'm sure there are indoor tracks near you. Best of luck.

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41 Days Until The Disney World Half Marathon...

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I am so happy I signed up for this Half Marathon! I am now focused on my training. Yesterday, I ran 4.83 miles and then did quad/hamstring/ab work at the gym. I felt so good the rest of the day! It gets dark around 4:30 right now and these short days have been making me tired and lazy. This workout pulled me out of that slump! Today I ran a 5k. It was 44 degrees. I was so cold before I started, I thought I was going to shake to death! I honestly don't know how some of you run in twenty degree weather! Anyway, I ran it in 29.20 - my HM pace. This was a slow 5K for me. My goal PR for my next HM is in under 2 hours. My next 5K race is Friday night, so my goal this week is to speed it up. The weather is supposed to be really nice (going to be in 60's) until Thursday, so I will be running/strength training at lunch break this week. Hopefully, Friday night's race won't be real cold! My husband is going to run it, too.
This goal is also reinforcing good eating habits. Yesterday we went out to eat with friends at a Mexican restaurant. The group we went with loves appetizers! I didn't eat one drop of the appetizers and got broiled tilapia for dinner. I skipped the flour tortillas and had one glass of red wine. I ended up consuming 1013 cals for the day! Today I consumed a little more than 1100 cals. I ate an array of healthy foods both days and drank lots of water.
With the holidays quickly approaching, this goal should help me maintain!
Hope you had a great weekend!!


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SPEEDYDOG 12/5/2012 8:34AM

    My, you are pretty fast! Good luck on your HM. Did you submit a qualifying time?

I know how tough it is to control yourself when eating at a restaurant with friends. Good for you!


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SCAREWALDORF 12/5/2012 5:34AM

    I should have taken a leaf out of your book and signed up for a early 2013 halfer-that would keep me focused for the winter months! As it is, I can't afford to sign up for one so close. I look forward to hearing your results. xoxo

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JAXMOMMY 12/3/2012 3:22PM

    I think you may be way too under in calories too! I would've froze in 44 degrees too! The race sounds so exciting! The nighttime race is a little weird to me, especially this time of year! But, have fun and do your best!

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KRISZTA11 12/3/2012 4:02AM

    What a HUGE calorie deficit for those days!
The Mexican dinner sounds delicious : )

Good luck to your next HM! I hope you will have a nice mild weather on the big day.

It is interesting to me that you found 44 degrees unpleasantly cold - I guess it depends on the temperatures we are used to.
This morning it was 32 degrees when I ran, I put on my two warmer running shirts on because it was windy, and I found I overdressed : )
On the other hand I find temperatures above 70 degrees way too hot for running...

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/3/2012 12:12AM

    Wow, that's not much nutrition to fuel that fast running!

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5% Fall Challenge Thoughts...

Saturday, December 01, 2012

This Fall I joined the 5% Challenge (challenge to lose 5% in 8 weeks). I am glad that I joined it. I went on two vacations and celebrated Thanksgiving during the challenge. I was on a mission to lose my last 7 pounds. I ended up losing 2 pounds, which, with the vacations and Thanksgiving in the mix was fine with me.

It took me a while to figure out how the team worked. It involved a lot of computer use. I tried to keep up with the computer activities which gave the team points, but didn't have time for the other online threads. I have to use the computer a lot during work hours, so, I am not so much into it at home. Also, I know my husband would get quite mad if I did!

It did get me focused back on tracking my food after vacationing in Jamaica for a week (didn't have internet access). One week of not tracking got me out of the habit! The next week we collected points for the team by tracking which fell at the right time for me!

So, at the end, I am glad I participated in this challenge. I maintained my weight and met some amazing people on the Firecracker team. They are a very optimistic, honest bunch! I hope to keep in contact with them.

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JAXMOMMY 12/2/2012 11:56AM

    Congrats! I think you did awesome with 2 vacations and a holiday thrown in! Plus, you participated in a race! I'm glad you were a Firecracker with us! As long as you post your exercise minutes and LTGL results each day and weigh in once a week that is the only computer time you need. I post my exercise minutes sometimes every 2 or 3 days. I hope we can stay in touch! Keep Sparking! Keep Tracking! It really does work!

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KIMPY225 12/1/2012 11:21AM

    I am glad you were on the team!!! You have been a big support to me! Great job with the weight loss you did get!

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KRISZTA11 12/1/2012 9:54AM

    Good for you!
I did a 5% challenge in spring and it was nice to focus on a different success strategy each week.
Sometimes it was hard to do all the computer-related activities, though...

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MARATHONDAD 12/1/2012 9:14AM

    ya u were a great team mate and I am glad I joined the challenge also

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SH9719 12/1/2012 9:09AM

    You did well. I have heard the last few pounds are the toughest. You had the additional challenge of holidays and vacations. I am girding myself for that challenge early next year.

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Two Weeks To Hit Ultimate Goal Weight - I Can Do This!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Two weeks left in the 5% Fall Challenge and 5 pounds to go! This challenge helped to keep me on track through two vacations, but, now I really have to get down to business! Something about deadlines approaching is ssooo motivating!

So, what am I going to do to achieve this goal?

1. No alcoholic beverages. This is huge - my kids are grown up and living on their own. My husband and I are "free" and go out to eat/socialize with our friends A LOT. It is like we are all back in college again! And, it isn't the problem of the calories in a glass of red wine, it is that my willpower breaks down and I eat more or junkfoods that I wouldn't if I didn't drink the glass of wine.
So, abstinence is best in this case.

2. Continue to track everything I eat. Tracking food has been one of the best tools I have consistently used to this date. I will not stop now.

3. Mixing Nutrisystem meals in my diet throughout the day. Nutrisystem has helped me tremendously with portion control. When I don't use it, my portion sizes tend to get bigger and bigger and bigger.

4. Continue to run, run, and run! I will continue to schedule it in and will be using my treadmill - it's a little too cold for me outside! This is a hard one for me to do. I love to run outside. I will be using my iFit module on my treadmill to try to entertain myself. Jillian Michaels will be kicking my butt!

5. Avoid eating out at restaurants as much as possible. If my husband had his way, we would never eat at home! He loves appetizers - especially nachos! I am great at eating breakfast at home and packing my lunch and snack for work every day - I am going to try to get him to eat dinner at home. I know there will be times where I will have to go out with him (including Thanksgiving dinner), but, I will plan what I am going to order and track it before we go out, when we go out.

6. And, finally, I will continue to drink a lot of water. My office and home are well stocked with water bottles. I will drink water with lemon or unsweetened iced tea when I eat out.

So, there is my plan.

It is time!!


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SUNNYLIFE72 12/3/2012 3:19AM

  Great planning! I can't wait to see what your goals for 2013 are!

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SCAREWALDORF 11/27/2012 10:05AM

    You're so close! You got this!

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JAXMOMMY 11/19/2012 4:01PM

    Awesome plan! I see you reaching that ultimate goal! I need to cut the alcohol too. It does lower our inhibitions! This is an inspiring and uplifiting blog! Thanks for sharing your plan!

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NEWNAC304 11/19/2012 11:08AM

    This sounds like a good plan. I need some of your dedication!

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ONMYMEDS 11/18/2012 6:59AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

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KRISZTA11 11/18/2012 3:06AM

    Congrats to your progress!
Your plan sounds very effective.

I hear you about alcoholic drinks...
Double setback, the calories in the drink + and the loss of willpower, it is hard to beat. Harder than avoiding, for sure!

So I rarely drink more than a half glass of wine, but the good thing is the less you drink the more sensitive your mind is to alcohol : )
I enjoy almost the same effect from a half glass now as I did from 3 glasses in the past. : )

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NEWKATHYNOW 11/17/2012 10:58PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/17/2012 9:17PM

    Good plan. You've done so amazingly well. And now only 5 lbs to go yet. You can do it with a lot of hard work over the next two weeks. Not going to pretend it'll be easy. Look forward to celebrating you reaching your ultimate goal.

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GARDEMON 11/17/2012 8:55PM

  Cut the alcohol and keep to healthy food. This 'detox' will do you good and help you loose extra weight. Keeping track of everything also helps a lot. Talking about personal experience. You can do it. Enjoy

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A Vacation Comparison Involving Weight Maintenance...

Friday, November 16, 2012

I got back from Key West on Wednesday. I had a great time. Nine of us went down to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We rented a house .4 miles from Duval street and 4 blocks from the beach. I got to relax, run, eat, drink, and walk a lot!

One of the days I was running, I compared this trip and the one I took two weeks ago to Jamaica in reference to weight maintenance. We went to an all -inclusive in Jamaica. I ran every day - but only ran 2.5 - 3 miles per day. It was very hot down there AND I had to keep running the same loop around the resort. That got old as the week went. I ran by myself. In Key West, we walked non-stop. Every time we went shopping, etc. we walked 3.5 miles. Most days we walked this route 3 times! Also, I varied my running routes and ran 3.5 - 5.6 miles per day. I ran with my brother.

Here are some pictures of my running route in Key West:

(My brother - my running partner - is in this one)

My brother at the Southern Most Point (I made him stop running to get the picture!)

We saw tons of roosters on our runs in the morning. They were everywhere!

Of course - we had to run by Mile 0!!

The food was great in Jamaica and Key West. When I was in Jamaica, I ordered healthy options at the sit-down restaurants. I went off the wagon at the buffets. I test tasted way too much! I also consumed a fair amount of alcohol. In Key West, we went to all sit-down restaurants. I brought breakfast items from home and ate breakfast at the house three mornings. I ate cottage cheese (one of my staple foods) for afternoon snack. That helped a lot on my calorie consumption. One day, we went out to the Sunset Key for lunch. Here is a picture of my yummy salad:

That is lettuce wrapped in thin cucumber slices with thin apple slices and almonds on top. The citrus dressing was light. That is goat cheese and salmon on the side - YUM! This was a healthy lunch, problem was I coupled it with a Key Lime Colada. Tasted great, but high on calories! And, as much of a "party" town Key West is, I did not drink as much alcohol as I did in Jamaica. I think I drank more in Jamaica because it was an all-inclusive.

One of the BIG reasons I think I did not consume as many calories in Key West is because I used the SparkPeople food tracker on my iPhone. I think I might have driven my husband and friends nuts with it because I would look up meals on the menu and compare calories before I ordered. And, of course I would tell them how many calories their choices were! My son started picking meals with lower calories. Not everyone liked this, but, oh well! I was also able to get on SparkPeople a lot and read all of my Sparkbuddies' status updates. And... I updated my status everyday pertaining to my running. I felt I had to account for it. In Jamaica it would have cost me a small fortune to go on-line, so I did not.

Relaxation is soooo important when I go on vacation. I work with small children and 40 women and hold vacations as "sacred". I slept really good at night and enjoyed the hot tub at the house we rented every single day. I even got pampered one day at a beach resort down the street in Key West. Every thirty minutes they handed out watermelon slices, sprayed light water, handed out frozen washclothes, cold apple cider, and frozen cucumbers!

It was really cool (excuse the pun)!

So, here is the verdict:

Jamaica - weight gain = 2 pounds
(which I lost before my next trip)

Key West - weight loss = 1 pound

I leave you with a picture of my husband and I in Key West...

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JAXMOMMY 11/19/2012 4:11PM

    How lucky are you? 2 awesome vacations! Happy 50th to your hubby! When I was in Key west last year I walked more than 8 miles in 1 day! HOw nice to run with your bro too! Sounds like an awesome time!

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FITFOODIE806 11/17/2012 7:19AM

    Awesome blog. Both vacations sound great. You are incredibly dedicated!!

I love the running pics!

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KRISZTA11 11/17/2012 3:24AM

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation with us. Nice pics!
You really mastered how to enjoy & relax your holidays,
but staying active and eating well,
without restricting yourself.

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MLH148 11/16/2012 10:43PM

    Very nice story - thanks for sharing. Sounds like 2 great trips and you had some wonderful insight.
Hope the next vacation is even better.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/16/2012 8:58PM

    Well done my friend. You can be proud of your accomplishments. I'd say Jamaica wasn't too shabby but a weight loss on vacation is a major accomplishment.
Isn't Key West beautiful. It's been years since my visit down there but I loved it. Your pictures of the running routes are gorgeous.

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SH9719 11/16/2012 8:18PM

    Sounds like a successful vacation on many fronts. Since your health never goes on vacation it was good that you looked after it well during this one. Congratulations.

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