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Sweatsuit to Swimsuit - Day Four

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Day 4 workout video for Wednesday, May 6: DONE
30 minutes cardio of your choice: DONE - twice actually. I did a 60 minute BodyPump class and a 36 minute 6km run.
Bonus Challenge for Day 4 (optional) - eat at least 3 servings of fresh, frozen or canned vegetables: pfft!! Easily DONE

A super awesome day for exercise. I went a little over on calories but my body needed the fuel after all the work I made it do today.
I've been feeling a little blue today. I realized two things:
First, it'll be the first Mother's Day in eight years that I won't have Glen's girls with me. My usual MD gift is a picture of my four children (five if you count Hughy) and this year it'll be done with just the boys. Now, I'm not saying I don't appreciate my boys but I miss my girls, ya know? Second, it'll be the first time in three years that I don't board a plane to NS for my week long vacation and Bluenose Half Marathon......

BUT, I have a weekend to beat all weekends planned and I'm focusing on the positive. I love 99% of my life right now. I have two great sons, a man I adore (and who seems to feel the same way about me) AND I have a career that makes me feel good. Life is Good.
Right Wood??



Sweatsuit to Swimsuit - Day Three

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Day 3 Workout video for Tuesday, May 5: DONE
Do 30 minutes cardio of your choice: DONE - walked to pool from the school and back today
Bonus Challenge for Day 3 (optional) - do 2 sets (10-15 reps) of close-arm pushups: DONE

Calorie wise, I had a little KABOOM today. I joined my HMC participants at our favourite pub and decided that I needed to enjoy a beer, a burger and fries w/gravy. Tomorrow, I'm running 6kms. SOOOOOO looking foward to this.


Sweatsuit to Swimsuit - Day Two

Monday, May 04, 2009

Day 2 Workout video for Monday, May 4: DONE but w/o the tubing.
Do 30 minutes cardio of your choice: NOT DONE
Bonus Challenge for Day 2 (optional) - eat at least 3 servings of fruit: DONE

I had a good day. Not only did I do my video but I also drank all my water, ate LOTS of fruit and veggies AND stayed within my calories. Tomorrow, I'm going to have to pick up a resistance tube to complete this bootcamp.. You would think that fitness experts would know the difference between "bands" and "tubes". Sheesh.

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NEWWALKER 5/5/2009 12:15PM

  I agree on the band vs tube comment! I only had tubing and was hoping it would work - good thing that was all I needed!

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The Big Run and the Sweatsuit/Swimsuit Challenge

Monday, May 04, 2009

I do believe that I've experienced 48 of the best hours of my recent history this past weekend.
Saturday I woke up at quarter to six to get ready for my 10th half marathon. The forecast called for partly cloudy and a high of 15. At that moment, however, it was about 2 degrees Celsius. I decided on my base layer and a t-shirt with capris. I gathered all the things I had meticulously set out the evening before and headed out to my car. Then I went back in to get my gatorade, water and post race snack. I wonder how far I would have gotten with an empty water belt. I was NOT nervous. LOL. I arrived at the park with more than a half hour to spare before the start time. A couple minutes later, I found my group. Everyone was beaming. By the time the gun went off I was in full glow.
We started off (late) running all together. Our fastest and our slowest, all in a group and ready for the warm-up. I have to say, I love this HM group for their solidarity. They really rock.
At about 3-5 k in, someone turned up the heat. I had (HAD) to get the base layer off. A few maneuvers, a little contortionism later, I had the long-sleeve shirt off and tied around my waist. Another kilometre and I was throwing it to my friend Mike, our paparazzi for the day. From then on, my goal was to settle into this run. It was fantastic. The route took us through parts of the city that made you forget that you were actually in the city. Bowness Park, Shouldice Park, almost into Edworthy .... a little turn around and we were heading back towards Bowness. Now, here's the kicker. I've walked from Bowness to Edworthy and I've biked from Edworthy to Bowness. IF you take the path that I'd taken, you were about to take on some fairly crazy-assed hills.... Guess what? We took the route that I'd taken. All I could think at that moment was "CRAP!" So at 15(?) or 17(?) kilometres, we started to make the climb through Bowmont Park.
It is at this point that I realize that I'm glad I train in the "Hills" of Calgary and that I didn't miss to many hill training nights.
Ok, so we take the first hill and it levels off. I tell the two girls that I'm running with the I think that the top of the hill is "just around this corner". After that, I tell them that same thing another two more times. Being wrong for the third time, I decide that perhaps I should just be quiet so as not to anger them.... it was a long drop off the top of the hill and they MAY not have been above shoving my lying butt off the pathway LOL. So I refocused. There was this girl running behind/beside/in front of us. It was like driving the highway behind a semi. She could pass us on the downhill but she could not keep the pace on the hill and each time we'd blow past her like she was standing still. I told Shannon that, if she did nothing else, she was to stay ahead and finish this race before her. It became MY only goal, too. It even replaced my time goal of 2:15. Once I climbed the third hill.... I decided that finishing was a good enough goal. When we FINALLY finished climbing up and up and up.... oh yes... an UP... we finally got our down reward. Three more kilometres to go! I can see the finish line. Unfortunately, our beautiful Bow River is between me an it. ARGH!!! Ok... I can see the foot bridge that leads us back to Bowness and I know I'm close. Chickie from the hills is behind us, there's a mom jogging with her daughter ON A BICYCLE standing between me and he end of the foot bridge. Little girl on bike almost took me out but I managed to smile and say "no worries".... meanwhile, my inner self was taking apart her bicycle and throwing it into the river. Refocus again and I'm back in the race. My remaining running buddy, Shannon, and I start the final stretch. Now my brain is chanting, "finish for the food, focus on the medal", "I hope we get a medal".
I finished somewhere between 2:14 and 2:16. I don't actually know the exact time. I got a great medal:

That's not my chest :~) but it's the best pic I have of the medal we received.
This is me... they goaded us into sprinting to the finish line so I did.

After the race, we all headed back to Richard's place for some food and "refreshments". It was a lot of fun. I'm not going to recap everything but sufficed to say, a good time was had by all, including the host and the team mascot.
This morning I woke up feeling just awesome. I headed over the the RR for a training session with the LTR's. They were doing 7 sets of 2:1's and, when we were done, we had run a little less than 3.5 kilometres. I would say that's a great recovery run.

The best part of this weekend was spending the time with Richard. You know how much I love seeing my clinic members "graduate" but this weekend was just fantastic from start to finish. I really, really like where things are going between us. I can't wait for next weekend. He's going to help the boys buy me flowers and cook me dinner. That's never been done before. It should be a blast.

Sweatsuit/swimsuit challenge.
I did the video but I'm not going to post pictures or measurements or even a weight. I will do that tomorrow. I didn't have time today to do any of it and it's too late at night now for them to be accurate. Besides, I've probably written more tonight than I have in the last three months. And it's time for bed.

FTR: when I started this blog it was still Sunday. :~)

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BLACKROSE_222 5/5/2009 9:52AM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

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GIGI1222 5/4/2009 3:43PM

    What a great race!!!! The time you posted is what I am hoping for in mine. I am so glad you had a good time.

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MIAMIA7 5/4/2009 12:03PM

    Way to go Penny! Sounds like the race was awesome! So glad you enjoyed it! Hills are a pain but that's why we train for them, right? So glad the entire weekend was great.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/4/2009 9:26AM

    Great job. I saw some of the pictures on FB and it looked like everyone had a great time. Your RR group sounds like a fun bunch. Way to conquer those hills, and beat the semi chickie. LOL

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COOPSM 5/4/2009 8:05AM

    Penny---what a great weekend indeed!! Congrats, you did great and I felt I was right there with you!!
Love that you have Richard in your life and that he treats you like a queen!!!

Have a GREAT DAY Penny!!!

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KAYAKID 5/4/2009 2:44AM

    Penny, what a great weekend you had. We are so proud of you. Your awesome and a great inspiration to us running rookies. Some of us have been running alot less time than you. thanks for your support. Did you do alot of hill training for this race. I have a 5k coming up and Had a chance to look at the course and mine has few hills but not to long just short ones. good luck to you. Enjoy the week and glory in your accomplishments.


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Has SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker helped you lose weight? If so, how?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Has SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker helped you lose weight? If so, how?

How? Omigosh!! Where do I start?

When I began using Sparkpeople in June 2006, I had no idea whatsoever what a "portion" of anything looked like. With the help of Spark, and a really good kitchen scale, I learned that:
-I'd been eating up to three times what I should have been of most of my favourite foods.
-If you balance carbs, proteins and fats that you don't have to eat as much to get full.
-Good food doesn't have to taste like cardboard (thanks to the meal plan).

I lost 30 pounds using my tracker on a regular basis in my first six months on SP.
I still use it regularly for maintenance. Some days I slack, but it's the days following those "some days" that I notice things aren't quite right.

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PINKCHICK130 4/30/2009 10:54PM

    It's what works for me. I track everything. I think of it like a budget. I have so many calories, fat, carb, protien to spend throughout the day - no I love SparkPeople and tell everyone about it when they ask me how I've done it. I love all the compliments I'm getting lately. Thanks again Penny, I can never thank you enough for telling me about this place.

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