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Ten reasons to be a big loser.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I started a new challenge with my LIC group this morning. Our first goal is to be the "biggest loser" but each week there are mini-challenges. This week I set out the following:
Take a starting photo (so you have something for comparison in 10 weeks.
Make a journal entry with your top ten reasons for doing this challenge.
Focus on getting your water intake to the minimum 8 glasses/day.
Track your calories.

So here are my reasons -
1) I want my speed back.
2) I want my confidence back.
3) I want my muscles back.
4) I want more energy.
5) I want my knees to stop hurting.
6) I want to stop the emotional binge eating.
7) I want my new clothes to fit again.
8) I want the "funk" caused by feeling "fluffy" to go far, far away.
9) I want to feel strong again.
10) I want to feel sexy again.

Here are my before pictures:

I got my 2L in today. Maybe a little more. I drank a lot of water at the potluck we had for our HM wrap up party.

I didn't track today. Breakfast was under my control but I ate lunch and dinner at Richard's. Potluck food doesn't have nutritional information unfortunately. I'll be on "track" again tomorrow though. You can count on that.

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GIGI1222 10/18/2009 1:57PM

    Great list. You do look great already, but you will be happy in 10 weeks that you took before photos! They can be very motivating. I can not wait for after photos!

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ETTEZEUS 10/18/2009 1:55PM

    I like your reasons. This is a great challenge you are in.
I must say though, if you look this good now, then I can't wait to see you in 10 weeks!!

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GEOGIRL 10/18/2009 1:34PM

  Great reasons Penny and thanks for getting this challenge going! I feel so ready for it!
I didn't get to track all my food yesterday either but today I am on track (although ravenous after this mornings run).

I'm not doing the Nike Human Race, my 10k clinic just started on last Tuesday so I think I just need to focus on that for a bit. Our goal race will be the Chase the Elves race I think and I might sign up for the Santa Shuffle since my husbands group is doing that one and I'm also signed up and excited for the Resolution Run :) I think I saw your name signed up for that one? I'm snoopy I know, LOL!

PS oh I did take pics too, I just have to upload and crop them before the world gets to see!

Once again thanks for the running inspiration!

Comment edited on: 10/18/2009 1:35:07 PM

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KAYAKID 10/18/2009 12:43PM

    P, Your goals are great! I love them! good luck to you. You already look good just like bobby said! I would be a little scared to post pictures like this to the whole world. my body not quite as fit as yours. LOL

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CASSIOEPIA 10/18/2009 12:07PM

    Love your reasons for doing this. You sound determined. Lots of goal setting going on. Must be the season!

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KEAKMAN 10/18/2009 10:14AM

    Great reasons! And a great starting photo - can't wait to see how you look in 10 weeks. AND how you feel about your 10 reasons!

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ASPENJULES 10/18/2009 5:04AM

    Wow Penny - I'll take 9 of your 10 reasons. And I have to agree with the Potluck food issue. I've been at dinners out (potluck style) 2 nights in a row, WITH potluck desserts as well! Thank heavens that's it for a while!

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RACING4ME 10/18/2009 2:33AM

    Hey chicka!!

I LOVE your blog! Your reasons for rocking out are awesome, and I can actually feel each of them..LOL:) Can you do your thang double so I can get fit as well???? OK, OK, at least tell me Richard is feeling better!!

Have an amazing weekend:)


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BLUEROSE73 10/18/2009 12:26AM

    I like your reasons. I could almost copy them to my blog.

Way to go for getting in what you could today. Keep up the good work.

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BOBBYD31 10/18/2009 12:05AM

    P, you already look great! but in 10 weeks i am sure you will have your list beat.
good luck, bobby

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35068 - oops

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday was not as good as Wednesday. It was a scheduled rest day although I guess I could have taken the dog for a walk or tobogganed with the kids. Instead I watched 4 straight hours of television.

Calories eaten: 1856 (126 over)
Water: 2 Litres (edited @ 11:30 p.m.... I just know that much water this late at night is going to be an issue) LOL
Fruit/veggies: 7 servings
General feeling: kind of funky. Maybe it's the changing weather pattern or maybe it's TOM but I feel "bleh".

Oh and I blew my deficit.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 10/16/2009 1:36AM

    OK..Shake it off. Tomorrow is a new day, and a chance for a 'new beginning.' I wish you the best in reaching all of your goals.

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34842 calories to go

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yesterday was day one (again). According to my Spark report, I burned 158 more calories than I consumed. It takes into account my BMR which is 1630.

Calories eaten: 1821 (81 over)
40 minute (5.5 km) run: 349 calories
Water: 2 litres
Fruit/veggies: 7 servings
General feeling: stressed, actually. Running in the snow didn't give me the usual "ahhhh" feeling I get from running. I'll get used to it again, I have no choice but last night was just "GRRR".

Today I don't have any exercise scheduled. Maybe I'll go toboganning with the kids and/or take the dog for a walk. Suddenly, I wish I had a Wii.

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RHYNIC 10/15/2009 5:03PM

    Penny - may day one soon turn into day 100. I am also planning a day 1. Oct. 26 will be my day one. gail

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EVAHUNTLEY 10/15/2009 4:24PM

    I'm liking the calorie scount down Penny. Can't wait for the new challenmge to start.

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Half Marathon list

Thursday, October 01, 2009

05/2006 - Vancouver BMO Half Marathon
05/2007 - Bluenose Half Marathon
02/2007 - Hypothermic Half (walked)
10/2007 - Okanagan International
02/2008 - Hypothermic Half
05/2008 - Bluenose Half Marathon
07/2008 - Calgary Half Marathon
10/2008 - Okanagan International
11/2008 - Last Chance Half Marathon
02/2009 - Hypothermic Half
05/2009 - The Big Run

I think that there's one more but I just cannot figure out which one it is :o)
10/2009 - Okanagan International

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ASPENJULES 10/12/2009 6:08PM

    You are amazing, Penny, and have another one in the bag! Can't wait to read the race report... LOL.

Any thoughts of trying a full marathon, or do you think you're going to stick with the 1/2 M distance? I'd be interested in your thoughts on the matter. emoticon

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RACING4ME 10/12/2009 12:58AM

    OIM in the bag!!! Great job girlfriend:)

HUGE hugs!


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WONGERCHI 10/2/2009 2:54PM


You like Halfs eh? Who'd have thought it....

Enjoy Kelowna!

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ETTEZEUS 10/2/2009 10:51AM

    Wow!! I didn't realize you have done so many halves. Way to go!!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/2/2009 10:43AM

    Have a great time in Kelowna (and I mean that for the race AND the weekend).

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JOPAPGH 10/2/2009 10:25AM

    Impressive list!

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KAYAKID 10/2/2009 10:01AM

    Penny, What an inspiration you are. thanks for sharing this. It has been great fun getting to know you! New release of body pump today! my trainer said it is harder than the last. of course she would say that. Is your next Hm close to trish? you are giving her big hugs from me right?


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GEOGIRL 10/1/2009 11:05AM

  Thats so wonderful and inspiring! The half is what I want to get to and thanks to your motivation and praise of the Running Room Program I think I might actually get to my first one next spring.

Keep on running!

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Honesty is the best policy

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

even when you're talking to yourself.
It's time that I'm honest with myself. I'm not losing weight because I'm consuming too many calories. I'm gaining weight because I'm eating too much crap. I'm exercising but I could easily be doing more. I'm giving myself permission to slack off because my clothes still fit. Sure, they're not all comfortable ... but they fit.

If I were my own trainer, I would be kicking my ass right now.
So it's time to be my own trainer.

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BIKERCHICK74 9/20/2009 9:51PM

    You are so soso so right!!!

Will you kck my a$$ too.......

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JOPAPGH 9/20/2009 9:30PM

    Too true! For the first three months here I was diligent with my food consumption and tracking.

Since then, I have used an increase in my running as an excuse to play fast and loose with my food intake and tracking.

I capped it off this weekend with an anniversary celebration and too many buffet meals. By the end I felt like crap.

Glad to be home. Fresh start tracking tomorrow.

Comment edited on: 9/20/2009 9:31:24 PM

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BOBBYD31 9/20/2009 9:16PM

    ohhhhh this is so true. it is too easy to be happy with where you are at in you life. like you i need to be strong and get on track. good luck to you.

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KAYAKID 9/20/2009 8:21PM

    Penny, if you were your own trainer you would say! " Penny forget about the past and look forward - start now to be betterand don't worry about what you have done in the past few weeks" We all need to tell ourselves this - it is such a hard thing to do. go forward and not backwards.


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GEOGIRL 9/16/2009 11:21AM

  You are so right - honesty is the best policy, you know it so now go for it :)

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KOFFEENUT 9/16/2009 1:14AM

    Good for you - the most difficult person to be honest with IS yourself. But you're also the one who can be toughest, and most determined. Hang in there!

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