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Ah, yes. The start-over blog

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Here it is again. I've done this before. Time to get my butt in gear and figure out how to make this stick.

I'm not going to bore you with all the excuses and unseemly details of my demise. Let's jump right to the part where I plan for my success, shall we?

2014. 34 years old. 185 lbs.

The Goals:

Eat foods that help me get healthier emoticon

Make it through a Century (yes 100 miles) bike ride in September. The money has been paid. Time to get in gear. emoticon

Run (the whole way!) a 10K this fall as well emoticon

Oh, yeah and lose 50 lbs emoticon

Actions Needed:

Really think about what I'm eating (and drinking) and why. Am I grumpy? sad? bored? Figure it out!

Don't slack on the workouts! I have a plan in place; follow it!

Stick with spark. It worked last time; it will this time as well.

Remember all the great that I am capable of.

There it is. Sounds simple enough, right? emoticon
This will be a trying next few months, but I know I can get there because I WANT to.

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KATSPARK06 5/24/2014 5:14PM

    Get on it!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 5/21/2014 10:45PM

    You can do this!
Focus, Determination, Commitment to your PLan ( emoticon ) and Consistency are the key...
Plus, you know where to look for support... if you need a little spark!

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CRYSBROWN1 5/21/2014 10:03AM

    Solid plan, therefore you can and WILL do it!!!

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    Well I hope the next few months isn't as trying as you make them out to be.

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/20/2014 5:36PM

    Great goals! I have no doubt you can do it!

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JAMBABY0 5/20/2014 4:00PM

    good goals, you can do this

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KST1969 5/20/2014 3:53PM

    Keep going you can do it!

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64 days

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Today marks 64 days until my sister's wedding. 64 days until I have to wear a dress that at this moment I cannot fit into. 9 weeks and one day to change.

I think I've lost all accountability. I've gained another 6 lbs on top of the 10 lbs I put on over the holidays. The thing is, I'm still exercising quite a bit. I teach vinyasa yoga about 3-5 times a week, take class once a week, run maybe twice a week (working on getting that up), bike with dad twice a week (averaging about 18 hilly miles each time) and do weights once a week (want to do twice).

I eat crap! All the time! It's terrible. I feel like such a hypocrite standing in front of my yoga classes. I'm terrified to (once again) gain back all the weight I lost through such hard work and dedication.

I am back to tracking my food. Anyone out there who wants to start looking at my tracker and holding my accountable for what I am putting in my mouth? I really could use the help!

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JAIMEY24 4/12/2012 3:34PM

    im in the same boat i make sure i workout 6x a week but i just cant stop eating crap, dont know what too do

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CRYSBROWN1 4/12/2012 1:50PM

    URGH! So frustrating! Such a terrible equation that food outweighs exercise for weight loss! Well you know what you need to do so go for it!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/12/2012 12:50PM

    Glad you're back to tracking, you know that's the key to success. Stay away from starch and sugar, lots of freggies, you know how it's done.

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My mental health is just as important as my physical health

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So sometimes I'm what you would call a "pushover." I realize that I am a 31 year old with no kids and a very understanding husband. If someone needs me to sub for a yoga class, I do it. No real thoughts, just "ok."

Normally this is not a big deal. I'm a people pleaser and I don't want anyone to have to miss any family obligations. However, I think I need to begin to learn to say no (sometimes, LOL).

I am currently teaching 3-4 yoga classes a week. It's a lot on top of a full time job and trying to maintain my running fitness while ssssllllooowwwwlllyyy building my bike fitness. So when the gym that I teach at decided that they were going to cut my Thursday night class so they could add a spinning class, I was actually relieved. Awesome, now I have an extra day to work on the bike.

While at yoga last night, I mentioned to the owner that I was no longer teaching up at the gym on Thursday nights. She mentioned that the current Thursday night instructor at the studio (who is pregnant with twins) is having a hard time with the class and would probably like to give the class to me. My first instinct is to take the class. I feel badly since the other instructor is pregnant and I know the owner has a lot on her plate as well. I want to be able to help out. BUT...

I get home and tell my husband. He asks what about spinning. Yes, what about spinning? I REALLY want to take that class. I NEED to take that class. Mentally, I cannot handle any more teaching. The guilt really gets to me though. I have this really deep NEED to help when I know I can.

After thinking it over, I believe I have come up with a better solution which I will discuss with the other instructors at our meeting on Sunday. I will be taking the spinning class. I will do this for my own mental (and physical) health. I believe the new solution will help assuage some of the guilt, but I know some will remain. It's just one more thing to work on...

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WENZTHAT 1/26/2012 12:35PM

    i think you are making the right decision. obviously you want to help and make things best for the studio, but at the same time not everyone else's problems are your problems. i'm sure they can find a temporary substitute!

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SUKOTO 1/26/2012 11:10AM

    That's a toughy. I'm sure you'll find balance with all you've got on your plate.
Spinning is such a great workout and I'm sure you'll love it. Who knows...maybe you'll be teaching it one day! haha

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SARAHJ19 1/19/2012 11:19AM

    I have started living by..."say what you mean and mean what you say" If you want to say yes, then say it and mean it! I was always a people pleaser....telling people yes to everything when there were sometimes I really wanted to say no! But I wouldn't say no because I didn't want them to be mad or upset with me. So I chose to please them instead of pleasing myself! Good for you for putting yourself and your needs first! emoticon

Enjoy the spinning class!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/19/2012 10:58AM

    Glad you decided to work on your spinning. Sometimes when we keep saying yes, it makes us regret it. I know how much you love yoga, and taking on another class when you know you don't really want to, may just kill the fun. It's time for YOU !!!! emoticon Yeah for Spinning. emoticon

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It's January 10th and 55 degrees in St. Louis

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Time for a run outside! So excited to be joining up with my running buddy for a run before I teach yoga tonight.

My motivation level is sky high and I'm using that to really push my workouts. I've currently been marking a spot on the inside of my wrist with the initials MPB to stand for the Millstadt Park Biathlon. I WILL be ready to rock that race.

Have a great night everyone!

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WENZTHAT 1/18/2012 9:04AM

    amazing what mood a little sunshine will put us in! it's been so cold the past couple days...but i'm looking forward to early next week when it's going to be in the 60's again!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/11/2012 11:47AM

    I emoticonyour motivation level.... sky high. emoticonkeep that momentum going.

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/11/2012 11:07AM

    I've been enjoying this lovely weather! I'm a January baby, and I'm used to having snowstorms and things like that on my birthday, but not today! (Just later tonight haha!) But. . .I have to admit, I do kind of miss the snow. The weather has been so crazy this year. At my college's homecoming in October, it was so hot out I was in a tank top and flip flops. The year before at homecoming in September, we had sweatshirts and were drinking hot chocolate shivering. Don't you love being a Midwesterner? ;) Keep Sparking!

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SUKOTO 1/11/2012 10:14AM

    I am so happy to see that you are doing well. Keep it up! We are starting to get some winter weather up in Calgary now so running outdoors is out of the question. I have Insanity so I'm keeping warm indoors.
Have a great day and keep smiling!

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It's been too long and 2012 goals

Monday, January 09, 2012

I really need to get back in the habit of blogging at least twice a week. It's been waaaayyy too long since I've written anything done which always makes it seem more permanent...more real.

So anyway. Just came off of a month and half long binge and gained about 5-10 lbs because of it. I don't know the real number because I stayed off the scale during it and then gave myself a week back to healthy eating before checking the scale. I'm right back where I was last year at this time which means I've had a whole weight-stagnant year...BUT I have accomplished a few things along the way

1) completed two half marathons, one of which was a 2:05 which I am EXTREMELY proud of

2) completed yoga teacher certification and have been happily teaching since July

3) PR'd my 10K time (57:00)

4) completed a very scary hike in Hawaii that I know I never would have gotten through two years ago (it was amazing!)

5) started biking with my dad and made the commitment to train for the entire Millstadt Biathlon next year

Not too shabby of a year.

Hubs is on board for healthier eating so that aspect should be improving greatly for me. I have put my new fitness plan on my sparkpage and will be adjusting month-to-month. Right now, I'm teaching 3-5 yoga classes a week and taking up to two classes. Yoga has definitely become a part of my life and I couldn't be happier about it.

Here are the goals for 2012:

1) Run a PR in 5K and 10K emoticon
2012 will be the year of short distances. No races longer than 10K (at least until after the Biathlon in September, then we'll see) There will be much tempo running and sprints at the track.

2) Complete Level 3 yoga teacher training and become certified to teach hot yoga emoticon
I'm already registered for classes in March!

3) Master Crow, Side Crow, Scorpion and Handstand (against the wall)
I am sooo close on all of these. I just need to practice a bit more on them at home.

4) Be able to keep up with my dad on the bike emoticon
The man is amazing on two wheels. I would be happy just to be able to keep pace with him!

5) Complete my first triathlon. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Yep, there I said it. End of August, Sunset Hills Triathlon.

6) Kick butt at the Millstadt Biathlon
And maybe get a medal for me and my dad???

7) Stop eating crap
Nuff said.

8) Stop drinking by myself at home
This is embarrassing and really needs to stop. I'm already nine days into the new year and no booze.

9) Save some money this year!
My husband and I tend to be really bad at this, but honestly it's mostly my fault. I need to make this more of a priority.

10) Do more activities with my husband.
We'd really like to get more into kayaking since we have a goal of an ocean kayaking trip the next time we go to Hawaii (five years!). This summer, we hope to take some weekend kayaking trip together.

Here's to a great 2012!!!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 1/19/2012 1:34PM

    Nice!!! I like reading your post... Congrats on your yoga certification and the completion of TWO (!!! ;0) !!!) 13.1!

Keep us posted on your progress... and would love to see some pics of your hike in Hawaii (just in case your don't know what to post on your future blog!...)

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SUKOTO 1/10/2012 12:29PM

    Excellent plan for 2012. I have been guilty of your 8 above as well. I haven't had a drink since NYE. I'm feeling so much better as a result.
Keep us updated on your progress! We'll keep you held accountable.

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CAROL- 1/10/2012 6:35AM

    emoticon list of accomplishments and goals! emoticon

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WENZTHAT 1/9/2012 4:05PM

    love it! you inspired me to write out my workout schedule on my page so that it can be a reminder to me.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/9/2012 2:56PM

    Sounds like some pretty awesome goals, I'm sure you will be a success. Looking forward to reading your blogs, we've been outta touch for a while.

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JAMIEHORN20 1/9/2012 1:25PM

    Congrats on getting into yoga! You've got some good goals for 2012. I hope you enjyo the new challenges this year will bring!

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TRAXINA 1/9/2012 12:31PM

    Great to see you back on the net!
You had quite a year in 2011, but I love your goals for 2012. I'm exactly where I was last year, too -- weight-wise, but not accomplishment-wise. Thanks for the update, and inspiration!

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