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I met my goal!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I have been trying all evening to post pictures to my gallery without much luck. It's incredibly late so I will have to do that tomorrow. I haven't even finished my meal plan for tomorrow yet, yikes.

Anyway, IF the photo ends up attaching properly to this blog, you will be able to see me crossing the finishing line of the Tufts 10K today. (I'm in pink and black.) I was sooo incredibly emotional by the end when I realized I was going to meet my goal, I just couldn't hold it in. I realize I look like a nut. :)

Total Place (out of about 7,000): 1,941

Place for my division (females aged 30-39): 602 (out of 1,545)

Guntime: 58:33 (time since the starting gun)

Nettime: 58:12 (my actual time - when the chip in my shoe crossed the starting line to finish line)

Pace: 9:22 minutes/mile (that's about 6.4mph)


A few comments:

*I saw a Sparker!! Smurfette was standing just where she said she'd be, cheering from the sidelines, and I recognized her! That was awesome and I really needed those cheers. She is as gorgeous in real life as she is in her Spark pics. :)

*I crossed by her at the three-mile mark just when I said I would...27 minutes. Well, and 10 seconds. Actually, because the race loops back around, I crossed by her twice. :)

*I was going to meet another Sparker/racer, Terriangel, but neither of us had our phones with us and we couldn't find each other. :( She TOTALLY rocked the race in 49 minutes...I am just in awe.

*I also saw a couple other people I from when I was growing up, she was running pregnant! And another was a coworker.

*I couldn't believe it when I saw the Mile 1 mark when I'd only been running for 8:12. That is SUPERDUPER fast for me!! That's...over 7.3 mph!!

*For about three seconds after I crossed the finish line and stopped running, I had trouble breathing. It wasn't like was worse. I was gasping and freaked out. But then it went away. I'd been sprinting the last little bit. Is that normal??

*I HATE porta-potties. My biggest fear was needing to go during the race, so I used one, but YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*It seems like everyone on SparkPeople has been in a race this weekend and as usual, I'm the slowest one. I cannot believe how fit and fast everybody else is!

So tomorrow I will need to do some make-up food planning and post the rest of my pictures from the race and from karaoke on Sat. night. Until then, nighty night!!

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TRACYZABELLE 10/17/2008 12:39PM

    WOOHOO SUsan look at you go.. and in PINK, MY favorite color!

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FLIMFLAN 10/14/2008 10:37PM

    Congrats to you! You did it! You ROCK! Congrats! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/14/2008 11:50AM

    Clarification - that wasn't my first 10K. It was my second. I did the Tufts last year too and finished about five minutes faster this year!!

I've now done four races - two 5ks and one 10k. And I think my next 5K will be in December.. but yikes the photos of people running it last year in winter gear make me cold!!

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MIMISCA 10/14/2008 10:56AM

    that is AMAZING! what a fantastic accomplishment! i am very impressed!

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BRUIN2 10/14/2008 9:33AM

    HOLY CRAP!!!


I'm in complete awe!!! You ROCKED the 10k Susan!!!!

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I'm sooooo proud of you!!!

And you're very brave for facing the porta potties! hehe.

Stretch lots today and drink lots of water!!

Absolutely LOVE the picture!!!!!

(And yes, I think the gasping is normal. You worked hard - and you were very excited at the finish line. And you had been breathing to RUN, so then when you slowed down, your breathing just needed to catch up to your body's pace. At least that's my thought on the matter!)

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FITGIRL15 10/14/2008 8:43AM

    emoticon Congrats Susan!!! That's a great time for your first 10K!!! You should be SO PROUD of yourself!!!! emoticon

Enjoy this feeling! You deserve it!

PS... I have never run a race, but I have exercised so hard I induce breathing problems! I think it IS due to the intensity (sprinting), your excitment and the EIA!

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TERRIANGEL 10/14/2008 7:56AM

    WAHOOOO!!!!!! Susan, you met your goal!!!!! We both ROCKED TUfts!!!! I'm going to blog today. (probably at work. Hee!)

We'll be meeting again for sure. Maybe next year. :)

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PAMELA984 10/14/2008 6:08AM

    What an awesome accomplishment. You should be quite proud of yourself - I know I'm very proud of you.

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GERMANPICKLE 10/14/2008 1:34AM

  congrats congrats congrats!!!!!

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wow, I haven't blogged since Thursday. This might end up being long. :)

Thursday evening's workout started with the stair climber...the one that looks like an escalator. I was on level 8 for 40 minutes and it was such a good workout that even my HANDS were sweating. After that I did Body Pump and then Zumba, so in all it was a two hour and forty minute workout!!

I'm doing Body Pump almost exclusively for my strength training these days. I like it because it gets all the muscle groups out of the way in one shot and the next day I can focus exclusively on cardio.

Thurs. night Zumba was OK, but that's one of those classes where who you have as an instructor makes a huge difference. I like the Thurs. night instructor, but my body doesn't seem to move the way hers does so I feel really awkward in her class compared with my favorite Saturday morning Zumba instructor. Oh well, it was still alright.

On Friday morning I really wasn't surprised to see my weight back up to 140.8. There are always lots of ups and downs.

That night at the gym I had the WORST workout. :( I went for the stair climber again, but my iPod flaked out on me and didn't work. I hate exercising with no music!!!!!! It felt so hard even though my heart rate was only in the 130s. I could only stand it for a little over a half hour, and then I switched to the StairMaster, which I could only stand for 15 minutes, and then I just did some easy recumbant biking for 15 minutes. I was really hungry/ body has a hard time distinguishing between the two.

On the walk home, I told Jess that I was going to have some more to eat when we got home even though I'd already had all my planned food for the day. I was thinking along the lines of an apple or yogurt or one serving of cereal. He suggested we walk down to the Chinese restaurant down the street and watch the Red Sox. I'm not one to say no when Jess offers to go for any kind of walk! So we went, and I had tea and ordered a sashimi combo that we'd share. Sounds light, but they gave us these delicious seaweed salads on the house, who knows how much oil was in that...and then the sashimi plate came with six avocado rolls and I "had" to eat them all because Jess hates avocado (and I couldn't possibly just let them go to waste). I also had one medium-sized taste of his pork lo mein. Thank goodness he wouldn't let me have another taste!!

My very rough guesstimation of the calories I consumed on Friday was about 2,500.

Saturday morning I wasn't surprised to see my weight back to 142.0, but I was NOT happy. I did follow what is now my Saturday morning routine, though, which means that I went to the gym for Zumba, Body Pump, and Body Combat. I had strong energy throughout and actually ENJOYED Body Combat for a change. Maybe it was the extra energy from all that Japanese food??

The rest of the day was an absolute whirlwind. When you set me loose in a Target you may not get me back for hours. I got my friend a birthday card and a long-sleeved black T-shirt, and I looked for T-shirt tranfer paper. Don't tell her, but I am going to make her a shirt that has a picture of a silver lab on it, using The Black Dog's icon and just making it silver, and then in Black Dog font I'm going to have on the back: "The Silver Lab. No, he's not a Weimaraner." She has a silver lab puppy and gets asked ALL the time whether he's a Weimaraner, and we've always joked that she should just put it on a shirt. Plus she went to Martha's Vineyard this summer and bought all this Black Dog stuff, so I know she loves that too. I'm all proud of myself for coming up with this idea. The only problem is that we celebrated her birthday last night and her real birthday was October 4, so I'm going to be really late with this gift. I wanted to have it ready to give to her last night, but better late than rushed and messed up, and I've never made a T shirt before.

Anyway, I also bought an adorable hot pink iPod to replace my stupid old one that flaked out on me and made my workout suck. They were out of armbands, so I hope to pick one up at City Sports this afternoon when I go there to pick up my Tufts 10K race materials!!

I also got a pink short-sleeved exercise top...I need sleeves when I run long distances or my armpits chafe! And I got two pairs of black and pink workout pants. One of them is yoga-style with a wide pink fold-over part at the top. The other one is more for running or biking...or even skiing??...they're tight all the way to to ankle (good for not getting caught in bike wheels) and have a zipper pocket for holding your stuff when you run.

I also got some really cute boots...they're not black like I wanted, but they're this neutral grayish color I can wear instead of black. I wore them last night - really comfy. I don't do heels much anymore. These are more of a wedge, much more comfortable. (The boots were my reward for hitting my mini-goal of 140.)

Anyway, Target didn't sell the transfer paper so I sent Jess into a craft store to get it and I ran into the shoe store next door and got brand new running sneakers with pink in them to match everything else I got. They're exactly like my old running sneakers except for the color...the old ones had red in them. I got them right before the Tufts 10K LAST year so I definitely think it's time for new ones. I almost forgot how COMFY brand new sneakers are!!

So by this point Jess was totally sick of shopping and we had to get ready to go out for the evening. There were six of us - three couples, and first we went to a restaurant. I had just a tossed salad with pesto dressing on the side (though I used all of it). What really got me, of course, were the drinks. I guesstimated I had about 2,600 calories yesterday, and most of the extra was from wine and SHOTS!! Yikes. I didn't want to drink because I didn't want a hangover the day before my race, but lucky for me, surprisingly, I'm not hungover today. I ended up drinking because that's what we always do when we go out, and I can't really say I regret it. We had sooo much fun... even though the Red Sox lost... we went to our favorite karaoke bar, which is a guaranteed awesome time. I attempted to sing "Rehab" only to realize I don't really know the song well enough, and all these other girls took over. But later I sang a real dancy song that I love to listen to when I work out...I think it's called "Something"...and I blasted that one. :) I will post pictures soon.

I woke up this morning around 8:30, only six hours after I'd gone to bed, with my mind racing (pun intended) about tomorrow. I am so excited about my race. I know I trained as best I could and I'm very proud about that. I'm in the best cardiovascular condition I could have gotten myself in with the ten weeks I had to train, and now it's time to show what I worked for. Ooh I got butterflies in my stomach writing that sentence. I'm just gonna GO as hard as I can and PRAY that I beat an hour. If I don't, well fine, I'll know I gave it my all anyway, but if I hello....PARTY!!! Heheehe.

I forced myself to go back to sleep and stay asleep as late as I possibly could, because I want to be well-rested tomorrow. When I finally did get up I weighed in at 139.6. Lowest yet. Yeehaw!!

Now I need to decide on next week's menu so I can go shopping and cook later, and of course, get ready for my race!

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CATERPILLAR85 10/13/2008 11:54AM

    Wow! I feel like I should have written down the major points I wanted to comment on from this blog! :)

So you really like bodypump? I have gone a few times but honestly enjoy doing a free weight routine myself. Do you think you burn more calories/get better results from body pump vs. free weights?

I also know exactly what you mean about the trainers and prefering some over others. I take the spin class and there is one training that is like a barbie...all bubbly and happy the whole time. I find it much more appealing when certain instructors, like my yoga/pilates instructor let's us know that she is sweating and burning as much as we are....

I can relate so much now with you about compromising and eating with a boyfriend. I actually sat down with stephen and showed him spark people and explained to him my routine/plan and the goals that I have so he understood what I was working towards and that I wasnt just some crazy OCD work-out-aholic ;)

Good luck with your race! I KNOW you will be amazing!

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MIMISCA 10/12/2008 10:28PM

    wow that was a long post! haha! well it sounds like things are going well and although you maybe nervous/anxious/excited for your race, i am sure you will do really well! i can't wait to hear about it and see pics of course! good luck to you and have fun!

ps- thanks for the comment on my blog. i do want to get into running, but am progressing very slowly. i am glad to hear that it was uncomfortable for you at first too, because i do not feel like i am a born runner...but i do want to get better!

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SMURFETTE0725 10/12/2008 6:06PM

    So I think I need to try Body Pump! You are the 3rd person in less than a week that's mentioned it being a great workout! (What gym do you go to? I'm a member of BSC.)
And WOW, you are so creative! Your friend's gift sounds so cute!
And your new outfit sounds super adorable! Is that what you're wearing tomorrow?!

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BRUIN2 10/12/2008 3:35PM

    Have fun at your race!! And the gift sounds awesome!! And oh how I'm drooling over the ability to go to Target whenever one pleases! We're planning on spending a day at Target on our trip to Palm Springs at the end of this month...can't wait!

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TRACYZABELLE 10/12/2008 1:54PM

    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE great numbers!! I am sure as you go to restaurants you will control yourself as you knwo how had it is to hit the goals you have. MY downfall is bread and butter at the restaurant! EEEK!

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PAMELA984 10/12/2008 1:49PM

    Wow - you are right - we both react the same way at restaurants:) But we have developed such good habits overall, that we will be fine. Wishing you all the best for your race - you may surprise even you! What is Body Pump?

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Guess what, peeps... the scale read 139.8 this morning!!!!!!!!!! Holy $%@&!*!!!!!!!!

A couple facts I got from my weight report:
*The last time my weight was this low was 9/23/07.
*Since I changed my program on Aug. 19, 2008, I have lost an average of 1.3 pounds per week (9 pounds in 7 weeks). (Funny that just a few blog entries ago I was worried about a plateau!! The weight's been falling off daily ever since I wrote that one.)

I'm nervous because I never was able to STAY in the 130s before. I'd hit a wall, I'd get too hungry, my body would scream at me because I was so very far away from the weight it was used to. Please cross your fingers for me in the hopes that this time, I can make it permanent.

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TRACYZABELLE 10/12/2008 1:19PM

    Susan, you are amazing! Keep on doing what you are doing girl!!

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NO1JESS 10/12/2008 8:14AM

    Omg, yay! You just passed me, haha. Way to go!

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CATERPILLAR85 10/10/2008 9:29AM

    Amazing job girl! You have to be super proud of yourself. Do not have any doubts, I know you can stay in the 130s because you have become so dedicated to this process, you are such a success!

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BRUIN2 10/9/2008 7:28PM


What you're doing is WORKING!! Hoorah!!!!!

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FITGIRL15 10/9/2008 7:21PM

    emoticon You rock, girl!!!

OK, first of all, no need to get all skeptical... we know you OWN this weight loss thing, so I have NO DOUBT that you WILL maintain a weight in the 130's this time around... look at how far you've come!!!?!! Seriously! WOW!

And remember, the power of positive thinking and ACTION are HUGE! You are well aware of what it takes to control your own body weight... just keep doing what you are doing and the rest will just FALL (literaly) into place!

Keep on doing what you are doing, and I see no plateaus in sight!

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TERRIANGEL 10/9/2008 4:28PM

    Hey, first of all - YIPPEE!!!! How awesome do you feel right now!? It's amazing when you get to that "weight zone" that you haven't seen in a while. Congratulations!

And second of "fingers crossing" about it. You can do this. Totally. We all have to work at it and it doesn't get any easier, we just persevere and low and behold, we get the results we want. It's pretty cool how that happens. emoticon emoticon

Hey...4 more days. AAAHHHH!!!! I can't WAIT!! WE have to come up with a place to meet. I'm GIDDY. Heeee!!!

Rock on witcha bad self!

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MIMISCA 10/9/2008 3:25PM


that's fantastic! i know what you mean about hitting a wall in the 130's but it really seems like you've been so balanced about this the whole time. i doubt you will gain it back - if anything, you'll just continue to lose! great great job!

ps- what's the weight report? is that just the thing on the start page, where you can see the chart? i'm gonna have to check that out!

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Run, Pants, and Fasting

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I had a pretty good outdoor run this evening. I seemed to hit my stride after a while, and it actually got better the longer I went. It was too slow, though.
6.02 miles
637 calories
And I got a honk, hehe.

I did something really dumb last night - I forgot to pack pants to take to Jess'. I thought I did...I knew which pants I had in mind...but this morning when I looked in my overnight bag (which is also my gym bag), there were no pants. I almost had to wear my workout pants to school today, but Jess said he might have some I could wear. The first pair I tried on was laughably big, but the second pair fit! The tag said 32/32, but that couldn't have been very accurate...the length alone should have made them unwearable if they were really 32s. Jess said he couldn't wear them anymore because they're too small for him now. Wow, what a reversal. When he and I met four years ago, he weighed 150 on a good day and I was over 180. Now he's around 165-170 (he GAINS weight when he goes to the gym regularly) and I weigh over 20 pounds less than him. Our new weights suit us both much better, I think. :)

Yom Kippur started at sundown this evening. You're supposed to fast until sundown tomorrow - even water isn't allowed. I'm not observant, so I don't do it, but a coworker jokingly told me I look like I've been fasting lately. I told her I've actually been eating a lot, but just really healthy foods that agree with my system.

I wonder, was I lying? I'm eating "a lot" by dieting standards, probably, but I'm still eating far less than a) I used to when I was overweight and b) the general public (a few months ago someone's blog (or maybe an article I read?) quoted a statistic that the average American eats 3,600 calories per day, the average Japanese eats 2,600, and the average African eats 2,000).

I was hungry today. I ate everything I had left for the day at lunch and had to subside for the rest of the day on coffee and fumes. But the difference is that now even when I do get hungry, it's never unbearable...

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TRACYZABELLE 10/9/2008 5:45AM

    Congrats on finding a pr of pants where before it would be impossible! Odd how many calories americans eat...maybe that is why we are facing thins obesity epidemic.

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MIMISCA 10/8/2008 10:56PM

    omg that's so weird- tonight when i got to the gym i realized that i had NO workout pants! how strange is that? i worked out anyway in my jeans - and looked a little silly, but whatever project runway was on and it entertained me the whole time! ok just thought i'd share that- so funny!
ps- the waist measurements on men's pants are not actually equal to the number of inches exactly. so don't worry about the numbers!

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Emergency Cookie Soap!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Yes, I hit 140.6 today. I couldn't believe it, but the scale told me so all three times I stepped up. YAY.

One of my students gave me a birthday cookie just now. It was one of those big sugar cookies shaped like a pumpkin and covered in big orange sugar crystals (and green ones for the stem). I thanked him, waited until he left my room, and then poured liquid soap on it and threw it away. I wouldn't have eaten it if it were in the trash can without the soap, but now I CAN'T.

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TERRIANGEL 10/9/2008 4:35PM

    BA HA HA!!!!!!!!!

Great restraint, skinny mini!

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TRACYZABELLE 10/9/2008 5:46AM

    Good going! I know I would not eat soapy cookies either!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/8/2008 5:32PM

    Clarification - it's not my birthday... it's my student's birthday. Thank goodness. I don't want to get any older!!

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MARLIE13 10/8/2008 5:29PM

    I came by to say hi and saw your blog title...I had a feeling that "emergency cookie soap" was what I thought it was and I was right. lol! Tooooo funny! The stuff I have to throw out, I make sure it gets icky and out of any packaging otherwise I'd need the soap too. loL!

Thanks for stopping by my page. I tend to be "virtual birth control" for a lot of my sparker friends. lol! And don't you wish you still had your underoos?! I do!

Oh and I forgot!!!

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MIMISCA 10/8/2008 3:03PM

    those cookies never taste as good as they look anyway - haha!


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CATERPILLAR85 10/8/2008 1:05PM

    wow, you have so much self control. that must have been hard but i completely understand.

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