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My biggest fitness accomplishment so far?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I think that, so far, my biggest accomplishment has been running a half marathon. Second place goes to climbing the Calgary Tower's 802 stairs six times. They were both huge challenges and they both gave me the same feeling of pride when I was done.

I always tell people, mostly runners, that there are three kinds of people in this world: those that think they cannot run a half marathon, those that think they'll NEVER run a half marathon and those that want to but just need that final push... you know, "fence sitters". Anyone that thinks they cannot will not. Running 21.1 kms is a mental game and, if you've already told yourself that it's impossible then, well, it will be. My favourite kind of people are the "Nevers". Mostly because I was one. When I ran my first five kilometers I told everyone that was it, I'd never run anything more than I'd already had. Somehow, I got talked into a ten kilometer clinic and I finished saying that I'd NEVER run farther than that. I don't know when it happened or how but in January 2006, I signed up for my first Half Marathon clinic. In the following May, I completed the Vancouver Half Marathon in 2:45. Not my most amazing time ever but it laid the groundwork and, since then, I've run eight more. Now my time to beat is 2:08 Fence sitters are fun - usually all they need to see is the hardware. It's amazing what a little bling will do. emoticon

  
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GEOGIRL 4/21/2009 3:40PM

  You should be so proud of your accomplishments, I know hearing about your running adventures is what has helped motivate me to join the Running Room :)

Its way to early to tell if the allergies will let me do it but I'd like to think I'm closer to sitting on the fence then I am to the "never" type people.

Three cheers for you!

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Three days in...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Ok so it's now Wednesday and, so far, this week has not been stellar. I have been on my water (of all things) for two days. Technically, I hit on Monday but I should have had more in preparation for my Tuesday run. I hit my goal (6) for F&V on Monday as well but Tuesday, I didn't come close. Four servings. Bleh. And two of them were on my pizza. So I broke another rule: I had fast food.
Todays game plan is to get it all back on track. LOL, isn't it always? One day at a time, one meal at a time (who's sparksig did I see that on??) that's how I'm addressing this journey from now on.

Thankfully, I AM on track with my exercise this week.

  
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GEOGIRL 4/8/2009 12:43PM

  Its only mid week, you still have time! Just promise yourself no more rule breaking and and keep it up with the water and fruits and veggies :)

I've started keeping what my co-workers call my fruit bowl on my desk at work, I bring all my apples, pears etc to work on Monday so all I have to do is reach over and grab one all week long. Right now a red pear is looking delicious....I might just have to eat it :)

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Just a little "boom"

Friday, April 03, 2009

Had a little boom tonight. I REALLY couldn't fight off my sushi craving. Sparks says 194 calories and then I had my ice cream sandwich (FINALLY) which takes me 292 over. Thankfully, I worked most of that off on the treadmill tonight.


Daily report -
Today, I consumed 1992 calories.
I burned 124 calories on the treadmill.
I scored 12/6 for fruit and veggies.
I got a 10/8 for water.

I'll be back at it tomorrow. I have all my meals are planned. My only "unknown" is the stir fry that Richard and I are going to make for supper. I don't know what he'll buy to put into it or even if it's going to be beef or chicken yet. We've already planned a post meal walk with Hughy, too. I'm taking him with because he doesn't want him to be alone while I'm gone. The rest of the weekend is devoted to quality time and I cannot wait. One of these days I'm going to have to tell him how head over heels for him I am for him. emoticon

  
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GEOGIRL 4/3/2009 11:37AM

  Sounds like you have a wonderful plan! Your little calorie overage doesn't sound bad at all, I so wish I could eat sushi! Way to go on the fruits and veggies!

Given that its a stirfry you should be in good shape to go with whatever he brings along, sounds tasty! Yay for a weekend of quality time, you deserve it :)

PS I know you are bringing some whoop a## to Monday's weigh in, its what will keep me on track back home this weekend!

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SKOUET 4/3/2009 8:56AM

    Nothing that you can't make up for. I've been thinking about sushi lately - it's definitely one of my weaknesses because I can eat a ridiculous amount... I'm working on it!
Sounds like you a have a GREAT weekend ahead of you! I hope you enjoy every minute of it, even if you can't count all calories exactly or go over by a little!


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Against my better judgement....

Thursday, April 02, 2009

I stepped on the scale this morning. Considering I'm hosting a party for Mother Nature this week, I thought that I'd GAIN weight. I weighed in on Monday with my group and I was at 127 and today, I'm at 125. I've lost 2 pounds!! Now I really have the motivation to keep at it. emoticon

  
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ONE*BUSY*MOM 4/2/2009 2:18PM

    Woo hoo! Congratulations! Way to go!

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GEOGIRL 4/2/2009 12:28PM

  Most excellent, I feel some serious competition coming on! Nothing like seeing a loss to keep the motivation going!

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HIONLIFE93 4/2/2009 12:26PM

    Keep it up and you'll accomplish your goal in no time! Doesn't it feel good to shed those unwanted pounds........thanks for sharing. Others need to know it's not impossible. :)


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Hello April!!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Go ahead, ask me how my day was. Ok, so I woke up at 10 minutes to six and thought "my first appt. is at 8:30, I'm going back to sleep until 7:20". When I woke up at 7:20, my first thought was "NO, my first appt's @ 7:30". Believe it or not, I was at work on time. It was impressive, if I do say so myself.
After GL, I headed over to KF for a few hours. That was good, actually. I'm really liking being there this time. I feel appreciated. On the way home, I stopped at the 7-11 to have my lottery ticket checked. I matched 3 numbers on the Extra and won $50. I reinvested $10 and kept the rest for "fun".

Tonight's run was 9 Hills. It took me a little over an hour and ended up being over 10 kms. Considering how much uphill there was in the route, I'll take that time and enjoy it. Especially since I did it with ZERO pain.

Daily report -
Today, I consumed 1715 calories. (even with TWO treats, neither of them my ice cream sandwich)
I burned 594 calories doing a 1:11:08 hill (9) run that had a total distance of 10.13 kms.
I scored 8/6 for fruit and veggies.
I got a 8/8 for water.

That's day three!!! Hello willpower. Good to have you back :~)

  
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GEOGIRL 4/2/2009 12:24PM

  Thats so awesome! You are so back in the groove! emoticon

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SKOUET 4/2/2009 1:09AM

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