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Bridge To Bridge 10k in San Francisco

Monday, October 07, 2013

Sunday October 6th was the much anticipated Bridge to Bridge 10k in San Francisco. It's known as America's most beautiful run and if you ran it you would know why. The weather was amazing....86 degrees, sunny and clear (good thing I remembered my sunscreen!) And the views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge were breathtaking.
My finish time wasn't so great (1:40:58) but I finished, and that's what I'm focusing on. I started off by jogging the first 1/2 mile or so, but then walked most of the time after that. Around mile 4 I felt a blister developing on my pinky toe, but I powered through.
Today I'm stiff and moving very slowly, but still looking forward to next year!!!

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45AQUA-MAN 10/9/2013 12:06AM

    Congratulations on your 10K. That is a beautiful run, I've ridden my bike form Aquatic Park to over the Golden Gate and I loved it.. Did you stop at the fort under the Golden Gate, that would be a great stopping place lots of room there. and I love that Museum, they had a lot of fire power. Hope you keep running, see how far you can run in your next 10K. emoticon

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I've been gone for a while, but I'm back!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hi everyone, it has been so long since since I've "Sparked", six months to be exact. I finally landed a job which means two things:
1) I'm sedentary all day. As much as I try to get up and move as much as possible, I'm basically at a desk all day.
2) I mindlessly snack all day. I would constantly reach for things like nuts or chips or crackers. Combine this with being sedentary and you've got a recipe for disaster, which is exactly what happened. In six months I packed on about seven pounds.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I was recently laid off so I am getting myself back on track. I'm getting back into my old exercise routine, and definitely eating better which feels great! I'll be doing my weekly weigh-ins and posting the results, making me accountable for everything I put in my mouth. That's really the only way I can manage to stay on track. It's a tough road, but we can all get there one step at a time!


The Biggest Loser 5k Here I Come!

Friday, February 15, 2013

I'm so excited that I've registered for The Biggest Loser 5k in Sacramento. I know, I know, it's only a 5k but I'm excited to be a part of an event that is sponsored by The Biggest Loser. A show that has inspired me since Season 1 Episode 1. From what I've read about the event it's going to be nothing but positive energy and encouragement, which is something we can all use a dose of. No judgement, just people getting to the finish line as best they can. I've got 4 weeks to train for it and I hope to have a time of about 45 minutes. I've only ever run/walked a 5k on my treadmill and my best time is 50 minutes. I'm sure it's going to be a whole different experience from being by myself on the treadmill and staring at the tv to being part of a huge crowd cheering each other on.

The event is on March 16th and I'll let you all know how it went when it's over. Wish me luck!!!!

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CYND59 2/17/2013 7:56AM

    Sounds like fun. Good luck!

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MIRAGE727 2/15/2013 2:42PM

    There is no such thing as "only a 5K!" I remember my first and I remember my 32nd! Each one is an experience. If fact, I press harder for speed in my 5Ks than my 10K and my Half Marathons. The most important thing to remember is "Run Your Own Race!" I can appreciate the speed racers But I have more respect for the first timers and those that share this journey with me. If you are doing this program, you'll be ready.
I'm totally excited for you! Stay strong, focused, and train well! I look forward to reading about your incredible experience!

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SUE5007 2/15/2013 1:21PM

    emoticon Good luck! emoticon

I'm sure it will be a lot fun. And stop with the "it's only a 5k" because I know thin people who cringe at the thought of running for THREE miles. You are awesome. After you finish the race, I hope you agree.

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How I plan to sneak in a workout on Christmas Eve

Friday, December 14, 2012

The holidays are upon us and that means a lot of extra snacks, rich foods and cocktails. This year, instead of everyone vegging out in front of the tv at my sister's house watching A Christmas Story marathon (within arms reach of the snack table of course), I decided that I'm going to bring Just Dance for Wii with a couple of extra controllers. That will get everyone off the couch burning some holiday calories and having fun. I know a few of my relatives will appreciate the opportunity to get up and MOVE!!!!!

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/14/2012 5:39PM

    What a great plan! You go, girl!

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PICKIE98 12/14/2012 5:28PM

    I think that is a wonderful idea! If older people will not get up, ask them to show you a slow dance form the olden days and then crank up the wii....

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Is my scale sexist?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I have one of those electronic scales that measures your weight and body fat percentage. You set it up by entering your sex, height and age. This morning before stepping onto the scale I accidentally hit the button set up for my husband but didn't really think it mattered so I stepped on the scale. Hmm, it said my body fat was 17%. I stepped off and waited for it to reset, then pushed the button set up for me. Now it says my body fat is 38.5%? Really? Of course that's more in line with what it normally reads for me. But still, why such a huge difference between men and women? Maybe I stepped on it weird the first time. So I tried re-weighing myself under my husband's program and yep, 17% body fat. What's up with that?????

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Q8PRINCESS 11/18/2012 10:59PM

    I think your scale is must playing mind games with you.

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GOLFLADY11 11/13/2012 6:39PM

    It is certainly true that men have more muscle mass and put on fat differently than women. But I resent the fact that they throw all women, whatever shape or size, into the same pot. Let's face it there are petitie women (of which I am not), small boned women, large boned women (I am one of the latter), tall, short, etc. etc. It is one reason that I refer to the "waist-hip" ratio for bdy mass rather than the BMI. There is a good article on this by Dean Anderson. You can probably do a search. Using this method I have a"moderate" health risk. Using the BMI I am obese!! I am 5'6" with wide shoulders and hips. I was once told in a better Ladies shop that I have "model" shoulders for tailored jackets!! I am a size 14 and trying to get back into a 12. i'm close!! I am not obese!! I am slightly overweight and a work in progress. emoticon

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LAURIE160IN2013 11/13/2012 6:26PM

    Yes, I think the assumption is that men are bigger boned and have more muscle mass. So, in general, a 5' 7" man at 180 pounds would have less fat than a woman of the same height and weight.

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MATHISC4464 11/13/2012 5:16PM

    It probably is because guys are naturally more built and have more muscle in them and if you weight less than your husband then his number would be lower!

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