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No arm jiggle, good run, and the negative effects of giving in to temptation!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Let's start with the "negative effects of giving in to temptation". I have a very hard time controlling myself when foods I love and crave are in my house. And I love sweets! After halloween I brought my kids' candy, and the candy we bought but still had left, with me to work. I left it in a break room I don't go to and by the end of the day it was mercifully gone. But I didn't take the fruit snacks we bought to work because I really love those and can fool myself into thinking that they're not that bad for you. Well, the first box was polished off sometime early last week. And even though I looked for the second box (an enormous Costco box) I didn't find it.... until Saturday that is!

On Saturday I ate a bunch of the little packets of fruit snacks. But on Sunday I pretty much went nuts. I think I ate at least 15-20 bags of those stupid things! Since they're little you can pretend they're not that bad. But like all 100 calorie packs (which is probably about what these were) if you eat more than one and they're not that nutritious to start with, you can wind up getting a whole lot of calories and no nutrition to go with them.

Then, as I was feeding my kids dinner, I discovered that the tray of imported sliced cheeses still existed from last weekend. It still had slices of havarti and cheddar (and swiss, but I don't like swiss). So instead of putting them in a baggie and freezing the darned things for later, I ate every slice of cheddar and havarti left on the tray! It wasn't a completely ridiculous amount like the bags of fruit snacks, but it was still certainly more cheese than anyone needs to eat in one sitting. Sheesh!

So that became lunch and dinner yesterday. Brilliant.

That is not how I eat normally. So it's really just a small blip in my control and will power. I will recover diet-wise. But it did have a huge affect on my planned workout.

I had planned to run 6 miles on Sunday morning with the kids in a stroller. But it was cold and rainy that morning. So we didn't go. That meant I needed to get on the treadmill that night after getting the kids to sleep so I could do it then. But as I began running I quickly discovered that fruit snacks and cheese result in abdominal cramps. I did the best I could, but I only got in about 5 miles of my planned 6. And all of that was painful. I went to bed and hoped to feel better in the morning.

I did feel better this morning, but the second half of my run this afternoon was plagued by stomach cramps again. I still feel a bit off. So my stupid decision yesterday has now affected 2 runs. I can't afford to screw up my training runs if I want to be able to do the full half mararthon at the end of January. So I pledge to cut that out! No more bad nutrition and indulging. This is too important to do that to myself.

Okay, enough of my public flogging. Let me tell you about the really awesome part of my run today... the beginning...

My training plan said I had to go out and run 4 miles today. Okay. No problem. But I made a goal for myself... keep up with the awesome runners in the running group at work for at least half a mile, one mile if I could. Luckily a few of the runners had done a race the day before and were a little tired. I suspect they'd have been much faster if that weren't the case.

So anyway, I went out with them and just concentrated on running at their pace. The first half mile hit before I was expecting it. That was cool. I decided to try for one mile and a couple of the guys encouraged me to go for it too. As we approached the 1 mile point we were close to the light where we turn and head down the long hill. So I decided to just keep going to the light and slow down there. So I did. I did the 1.3 miles in 11:30 which is an 8:50 min/mile! Woo hooo! The guys tried to get me to keep going and run down the hill at that same pace, but I knew I'd never complete the 4 miles if I tried to do that.

Now for the arm jiggle comment... last night as I was flexing for the mirror before my shower (yeah, I do that a lot now! emoticon Especially if I just got done doing pushups) I noticed just how firm the underside of my arm is, so while flexing, I moved my arm back and forth really fast. No jiggle! No jiggle at all! When I relax my arm there is still some jiggle, but I don't know if that will ever go away when the muscle is flacid. Either way, I'm just really proud of my flexed-jiggleless arms!

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YO~YOLANDA 11/13/2008 7:17PM

    Woohoo...on the Arm Jiggle (or lack thereof)...On the running and keeping up...Whoot! Whoot! and For not beating yourself up for having a small lapse in self-control. You are on FIRE Lady!

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IAFARMERWIFE 11/10/2008 6:45PM

    You are awesome! Keep up the great job! emoticon

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100 Pushup Challenge - finish line is in sight!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

I finished week 5 tonight of the 100 Pushup Challenge. I blogged on 10/14 about how I was going to do the challenge. I didn't know if it was possible, but I compared it to people who have never run before doing the Couch to 5K program and decided that it was at least worth a shot even if it did scare the heck out of me. (to see the original blog, click here www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

To give you an idea of where I was on 10/14 and where I am today (just by following this program) on 10/14 I did the following sets of pushups and struggled with each set: 12, 17, 13, 13, and for the minimum of 17, I'm afraid I only did 17. It was that hard.

Well, this morning I did Week 5, Day 3, column 3 of the challenge and I was able to complete it all. And the W5, D3, Column 3 workout is the following sets: 20, 20, 24, 24, 20, 20, 22, 50! All that in less than 1 month! In my wildest dreams I didn't really think I could do that.

So for the first time I have no doubt that with persistence, dedication to following and finishing each workout, and faith in myself that I'm actually going to complete this thing that I'll actually do the full 100 pushups! I'm glad I didn't let my fear and my negative thoughts that it was absolutely impossible get in my way and prevent me from trying in the first place.

I wanted to publicly thank Rick, one of my awesome fellow Hundred Pushup Challengers, for encouraging me to try column 3 today even though I've been following column 2 because I thought there was no way for me to complete a column 3 workout. I did it and without that encouragement, I would never have tried.

So for anyone out there who is reading this blog, is even slightly interested in pushups at any level, but thinks it's impossible... it may look impossible from wherever you are looking up at it, but it's really not. It's worth giving it a fair shot and really trying your best. When I get there, it's going to be one of my proudest accomplishments. And at one time, I thought it was impossible.


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MARGOMCP 11/10/2008 4:22PM

    That is so cool! I'm still trying to do a modified, knee one :-) But I'm doing my Week 3's with incline, I'll get there!

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NYDIA07 11/10/2008 11:03AM

    Hey congrats! I started doing pushups on my own.. 10 here and 10 there a few months ago. Recently I came across hundredpushups.com. I really need to start. You know what? Today is the day! :)

Ps you're so inspiring!

Keep up the good work!

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'Nother Update on Beth

Friday, November 07, 2008

[WARNING: If you have a weak stomach and don't want to read an entry about digestive issues, skip this entry!]

Since I last posted an update on my 2 yr old daughter, Beth's, GI issues, it's taken a turn for the worse. Last I posted, the GI dr was fairly confident her issue wasn't IBD, but milk colitis. He cleared us to give her up to 12 ozs total of milk products a day. But since then she's had consistent diarrhea, often explosive requiring cleanup of clothes, rugs, and sheets. She's also had blood in her stool at least twice in the past few weeks. Not one of her bowel movements has been solid. There has also been mucus and a lot of undigested food. The good news is that her anemia is slowly going away, but that's primarily due to the iron drops we have her on three times a day.

We went back to her GI dr on Tuesday. We told him that my husband is signing up for the PPO which will be effective on Jan 1st. He said that we should repeat the blood test (CBC) in mid-December and come back at the beginning of the year. If it's the milk colitis it will have resolved itself by January. If not, he's going to refer us to Dr. Marla Dubinsky, the Director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Our feelings are mixed. We're glad that we have someone we can go to that is an international leader in the field of Pediatric IBD. So we'll be able to get a yes or no from her and feel fairly confident it's an accurate diagnosis. But we're afraid that that's probably where we're heading. We just don't get the sense that this is just a milk issue.

Last night I was putting Beth in her pajamas and she started crying and told me her tummy hurt. Suddenly she started pooping. So I tossed a diaper around her and got her to the potty (we're attempting to start potty training). She continued pooping and we did a huge celebration in the end. So I started to get her dressed. She started complaining again about her tummy hurting so I put her back on the potty. She pooped again. We did this a total of 5 times! And the total amount was rather staggering. But it's the first time she's cried about how much her stomach hurts with the bloating and diarrhea. Through all of this she's been oblivious and never expressed any pain at all. So we're not liking the direction all of this has been taking in the last few weeks.

If we wind up having to go see Dr. Dubinsky we'll probably have to do another biopsy. This time instead of a sigmoidoscopy (bottom third of intestine) it'll probably be a full colonoscopy (entire thing). I suppose that's good though... the more info the better I guess.

I just hope that whatever this turns out to be is something that will be easy for her to deal with as she grows up. And I don't want it to have long-term health consequences. But yeah, I recognize I have no control over that... you do the best with what you have. And at least Dr. Dubinsky is one of the best.

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KALISWALKER 11/8/2008 7:12PM

    I hope your daughter's Dr. can help her. I had GI issues and in my case it was food allergies. It was like living the the flu for 5 years. Take care of yourself too, it must be exhausting caring for her and keeping her happy.


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LOGHOUSE 11/7/2008 3:06PM

    Just read your blog, (noticed it on the team page). I'm so sorry to hear about your little one's problems. I can relate to this completely. When my frist child was born, she was premature, and was onlt 4 lbs, 14 ozs. Things seemed ok for the first few months until she stopped gaining weight. We were told to get her on formula (this was 25 years ago, so I don't remember what, exactly), but it was expensive, and due to the job crunch of the early '80's I had no job or insurance. As luck would have it, she couldn't tolerate the stuff and threw up almost everything we fed her. The Dr.s switched her over to many different formulas and nothing mattered. She would eat, and shortly after, blow chow (often projectile vomiting). This continued for YEARS, through solid food and until they finally figured out (when she was 5) what was wrong with her. Fortunately, along the way I got a good job with good insurance. Turns out she was born with about 1/3 of one kidney. She spend several years on dialysis and finally, as her body outgrew her kindey function completely, she got a transplant at age 9. She just celebrated the 18 anniversary of her transplant, and is basically healthy, married, and looking to have kids of her own.
I sincerely hope they quickly determine the cause of your daughter's issues and are able to fix whatever is wrong.
Best of Luck, and Be strong ! My prayers are with you.

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The Quest for the Half Marathon

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Okay, I've decided to train for and run the Diamond Valley Lake Half Marathon on January 24th. This is rather astounding given how little running I've been doing since January because of plantar fasciitis. But doing my incline walking, losing weight, and getting the custom orthotics for my shoes seems to have done wonders. So here I am, in week one of training for a half marathon.

I've done a marathon before (in 1999 - before kids and gaining so much weight), so mentally I already know I can do this distance. But it's so far from where I've been in the last 7 years that it's kind of incredible to me that I'm going to do this.

My training plan is from CoolRunning.com. It's a 12 week program. It's a little aggressive of me to start right in with this level of running after how little of it I've done lately, but I'll be monitoring my legs, my feet, my knees, and my endurance to see if I can really do this or not. For right now, I'm definitely going to give it a try. I also figure that I can walk parts of it if I have to. So as long as I don't get an injury, I'll do this thing.

So here is the plan. I'll blog about individual training runs as I go.

WEEK........D1, D2, D3, D4, D5
Week 1: 3.5, 4, 4, 3, 6
Week 2: 4, 5, 3, 3, 7
Week 3: 4.5, 5, 3, 3, 6
Week 4: 3.5, 3, 4, 3, 8
Week 5: 5.5, 3, 4, 3, 7
Week 6: 3, 4, 6, 5, 9
Week 7: 3, 3, 5, 3, 7
Week 8: 4, 5, 6, 5, 10
Week 9: 4, 4, 7, 3, 8
Week 10: 4, 6, 7, 6, 12
Week 11: 5, 5, 8, 3, 8
Week 12: 5, 8, 3, RACE

So today I set out to do 4 miles. I went out with the running group from work. Again, they left me in the dust before we ever got to the main road that leads away from my work. But before they sprinted off into the distance one of the guys told me a route that would be about 4 miles. So that's what I ran. Our paths (almost) crossed a couple times, so I was able to see them run their route, but they never saw me until the end.

When I got back toward our building, there is a shortcut up a dirt hill that gets you straight back to our building. But it would have been just shy of my planned 4 mile run. So instead I kept going on surface streets and wound up doing 4.5. I was pleased with that.

I also found out this afternoon, after my run, that the coworker who told me about the running group was talking to one of the regulars in the gym yesterday. The regular (Bob) was telling him that they always get new people, leave them in the dust, and then never see them again. My coworker said that I was persistent and that they'd definitely see me again. He also said that some day I'd be keeping up with them. That was nice to hear. I don't think that last part is true... these are serious competetive runners and most of them are men. And the two women in the group regularly win either the entire women's event or at least place in their age groups. One even had a sponsor at one point! That is NOT me and never has been. I run races for fun. So I was glad I showed up today even though I knew they'd instantly leave me bobbing in their wake.

I ran on the treadmill last night. Even though running on treadmills is supposed to be easier than running outside, I find the opposite to be true now. I definitely run farther and faster outside than I do on a treadmill. It's harder for me to silence in the internal voice complaining about how hard it is to go fast and sustain it while running on the treadmill. I hate that internal whiner.

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COLORADOGIRL14 11/6/2008 10:03AM

    I think that is so great you were able to run with this group. I would have chickened out and never go with them again, so good for you for staying with it and doing a longer run than you had planned! emoticon

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Not much time - Quick update on pushups and half marathon

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I was able to do Week 5, Day 1, column 2 of the 100 Pushups Challenge last night (see blog from 10/30 for more info on program). I had failed on my first attempt two nights ago. So I didn't know if I'd be able to do it or not. My husband did it with me, and I was actually finishing before him!

The plan for column 2 was 28, 35, 25, 22, and at least 35. I did the first 4 sets just fine. And for the last set I did 37. I was quite pleased with myself after my dismal performance the night before.

I have decided to give a shot at training for the local half marathon in January. I may have to hire our next door neighbor to babysit the kids on Saturdays or Sundays for a couple hours so I can get my long runs in. And I may need to hire her to watch the kids for the actual race itself. I have until Dec 4th to sign up to get the reduced entry fee. I'm going to wait until then to decide if I think I'll be able to do it.

We had our family's early Thanksgiving last weekend. My weight is up, but a lot of that is water retention. I have a scale from hell so I actually know that for a fact. My hydration level was way higher than usual this morning. So next week's weigh in should be okay if I stay on track this week.


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