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Too much of a good thing?

Monday, July 30, 2007

You know, I've dedicated the last 13 months to exercising and eating right in the hopes that, in the end, I'd have a self-image that I would be proud of. I've lost the weight I planned to and then some. Now I see bones that I haven't seen in over a decade. So I should be happy right? Wrong. Here's the thing: It's gone from one extreme where I hated my mirror because I was too heavy to not liking it because I'm too thin in places. I don't mind having collarbones again BUT there are shoulder and chest bones that I never expected to see. Don't even get me started on my breasts (There's a certain unfairness to weightloss right there.) I also don't want to talk about my arm jiggle. These are things that I'm trying not to focus on. Instead I concentrate on what I AM proud of:
I have more energy than I've had in years.
I can run a half marathon.
I have a strong core. I'm even "this close" to a six-pack. :o)
I wear a size 6.

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MONICA_W 8/6/2007 11:31PM

    You're right to focus on the positives. No matter our weight, we'll always find things we dislike about our bodies! I've got collar bones and ribs poking out, but still arm jiggle and lower-body-blimpiness... we all have our issues! If you really think you are too thin, you can play with your caloric intake to put a couple of pounds back on (you know how to take them back off again if they don't make you feel better about your "too thin" parts!) Whenever you begin to get too focused on your appearance, close your eyes and turn away from the mirror, and remember all the fabulous things your body can DO. It's an amazing machine, and yours in particular with all the running you do! Think about how hard it works for you and how happy it makes you feel when you can be active and athletic - that should put a smile back on your face, and that's the most attractive thing about a person anyway!

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KWASYLIW 8/3/2007 1:00AM

    Concentrate on the good Penny! And you look awesome!

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Summertime Challenge 07/09-07/22

Monday, July 23, 2007

Week three results:

Weight 122.5
Water : 7/7 days
Calories - 5/7 days I was within range. I was way over one day and way under the next. If you average out my week, I consumed 1997/day.
Fruit & veggies: 7/7
Cardio: 7 hours 2 minutes (GOAL+)
Strength: 1/7 days - Nothing except TBW on Monday - no excuses
Overall feeling: very good

Week four results:

Weight 121.5
Water : 6/7 days
Calories - 1/7 days I was within range. Two days I was under, one I didn't track, three I was over! I'm so ashamed.
Fruit 3/7, Veggies 4/7
Cardio: 6 hours 46 minutes (GOAL+)
Strength: 2/7 days - TBW & yoga on Monday, Core training on Tuesday
Overall feeling: unsatifactory

Wow! I've NEVER had a week like this one.


Monthly Stats for June

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Stats for June 2007:
Miles: 40.69 ran, 101.66 cycled
Total workouts: 14 (aerobics 1, strength 1, running 10, cycling 2)
Average Cardio Distance: 5.172 miles/workout running & 11:53 miles/hour biking
Weight Loss/Gain: Gained 2 pound (122 - 124)
YTD weight Loss: 4.0 pounds

Goal for July: MORE

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BABEZ1 7/14/2007 1:35PM

    wow...all that running and cycling, you are an inspiration!! Good job!!!

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Summertime Challenge June 25 - July 8

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Week one results:

Weight 124 - up three pounds from last Sunday. Most likely due to the arrival of Mother Nature. I'm not too worried about it.
Water :6/7 days
Calories - 4/7 days I was within range. Fruit & veggies: 6/7 (the weird thing is, the first day was my only bad day)
Cardio: 180 minutes - short 60
Strength: 3/7 days I did my little routine
Overall feeling: satisfactory

Week two results:

Weight 121.5 back to "normal"
Water : 7/7 days
Calories - 6/7 days I was within range. Fruit & veggies: 7/7
Cardio: 4 hours 36 minutes (GOAL+)
Strength: 2/7 days should have been more but my elbow was not willing.
Overall feeling: very good


Happy Canada Day!

Monday, July 02, 2007

I had a fabulous day. I spent the morning with my friends @ the HBC Run for Canada, had someone defend my honour on the race route AND scored a PB for my 10 k. Then I got a congratulatory hug from this guy I've had a crush on since I started running. (he was also the one defending my honour) It was funny. And harmless. But it still made me grin like an idiot. LOL, I feel all high-schoolish.

**Side note: So I'm running along the path and my Garmin beeps for a walk break. This guy, who I see at damn near every race I run, yells at me to walk single file. I was trying to, it's not that easy when you're surrounded by people. A fellow runner told him to take it easy. Incidently, the doofus that yelled at me came in 10 minutes behind me.**

I'm feeling very lucky tonight. I have two wonderful sons who didn't mind me dragging them up Nose Hill for a walk and then screaming "can we go now?!" when the mosquitoes started to eat me alive. I have a man that I love beyond all measure and who, fortunately, loves me right back. Add to that the fact that I have a level of fitness that I never expected to have and VOILA! one happy me!
Life is good.

ps: I got 24 cardio points today and I stayed within my calorie range!

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KWASYLIW 7/3/2007 11:43AM

    Penny...Congradulations on your wonderful day. We all need those days when every single things seems exactly what it should be.

Happy Canada Day! (though a couple days late!)

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