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Race & Weekly Report

Monday, August 17, 2009

Well, I raced on Saturday with Chantelle. We BOTH beat our best times!! YAY!! And since I am in an older age bracket (40 - 44 yr. olds), I even won a trophy! My approximate time was around 22 minutes for the 2 mile run. I forgot to look at the black box on the ground (no official timers here) and so with taking Chantelle's time and figuring from there, we have an approximate time. Sigh... I won a 2nd place trophy and was quite happy about that! Chantelle is in a younger age bracket, so there are many more runners her age! I look forward to seeing her do better next year and think she really could win one with her determination. Her time was really good too!! Our next race is a 5k, and it is in two weeks!

Here is my Weekly Report... since I always take off on Sundays, and I also took off the day before the race AND did not do any strength training for the week, my estimated exercise time per day is kinda low!

Calories - 1715 (over)
Fat - 55
Carbs - 247
Protein - 69
Fiber - 27
Iron - 172
Exercise - 24 min (under)

The week of a race, you are not to do much strength training, so your body is not working to repair itself as you race... plus, the day before, I rest or maybe take a leisurely stroll. When you are young, you might could do more, but at 43, I have to be very careful!!

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*DMARIE* 8/19/2009 6:38PM

    How fun! Congratulations on getting a trophy!

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CYCLINGSANDY 8/18/2009 10:22PM

    I'm impressed that you can run for 22 minutes. Congrats on a job well done! Your efforts and dedication have surely paid off. PLus you have the next goal of another race. Keep it up! You will be bringing in lots of trophies.

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T.MAESPARKLES 8/18/2009 9:07AM

    That is wonderful! I am so happy and proud of you!!

Good job on your weekly totals too!

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RUNNINGOMA 8/18/2009 5:17AM

    I'm lovin' the weekly report thing. I'll have to download my calendar and figure that stuff out. Congrats on your run and coming in 2nd.

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DESERTPENGUIN 8/17/2009 5:15PM

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment.

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CHANTELLE15 8/17/2009 4:34PM

    Your fiber average makes me jealous!!! I can never get enough!

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Well, here I am... planning to run another race!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chantelle and I will be running a race on Saturday... this time a 2 mile race. It sounds easy compared to the last one, BUT, we decided to RUN the WHOLE thing! I think this is her idea... LOL!! Yesterday we did a trial run, mapping out our route and timing it. We did okay... it took us 27 minutes, which isn't terrible, but isn't great either! Today I walked 2 miles slowly, and tomorrow we will run again and see if we can trim our time down a little more. We are really hooked on running races... crazy??? YES!!! LOL

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*DMARIE* 8/12/2009 2:43PM

    emoticon Have a fun time!

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GMASANDIE 8/12/2009 8:07AM

    It all sounds like a fin thing to do together. I couldn;' walk two miles, but I will get there. Have fun Saturday! I will be thinking about you two! emoticon

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CHANTELLE15 8/11/2009 11:55PM

    Laurie, I have found that the Cornbelt running club is a great resource! Who knew??? :)

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LAURIE5658 8/11/2009 3:25PM

    Yep...went to Cornbelt Running CLub website and firgured it out. Hmmmm....

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MOMTO9SWEETIES 8/11/2009 3:18PM

    Wow! You have gotten into running! Sounds like you will both have a lot of fun together!

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T.MAESPARKLES 8/11/2009 3:07PM

    Go get'em cowgirls!!

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SEWINGMEG 8/11/2009 2:36PM

    It's the Rodeo Run in New Windsor... you will see commercials about the Rodeo this weekend...

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LAURIE5658 8/11/2009 2:31PM

    I am scratching my head trying to figure out which race you are running this Saturday. I'm still not gutsy enough to do it. Good for you guys!

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CHANTELLE15 8/11/2009 2:15PM

    Sure, sure...blame me!! Ha ha! We are going to have FUN!

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Thanks to Spark People... I RAN THE BIX!!! (7 mile race)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Okay... so I walked and jogged... but I did 7 miles in 1:50:28 which is about 15.7 minutes each mile!!! At 43 years of age, I feel this is a big accomplishment for me!! WooHoo...

I lost over 20 pounds through the help of SparkPeople and learned to consistently exercise and build myself up. I also found a lot of friends that encouraged me along the whole way and I can never thank enough for all their support!! And one special friend, Chantelle (Chantelle15), crazy enough to do it with me, so that I was not alone!! It was also great to be able to walk/jog along with Twyla (T.MAESPARKLES) for a short ways too!

I think it would be awesome to do it in less than 90 minutes next year!!! My next goal!!!

This picture was taken just before the race started

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DESERTPENGUIN 7/27/2009 3:25PM

    Congratulations on a job well done. Isn't it wonderful to be alive and healthy?
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CYCLINGSANDY 7/27/2009 10:17AM

    Yeah for you! You should be proud of your accomplishment!


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MOMTO9SWEETIES 7/26/2009 2:48PM

    What fun that you were able to see Twyla and run with Chantelle! Way to go, Chantelle!

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MOMTO9SWEETIES 7/26/2009 2:47PM

    Great job on working hard and reaching your goal! That is wonderful!! May next year be even better!

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  Congratulations, my friend. It was fabulous weather for the race, and I'm so glad that you participated and enjoyed it - and that it brought you such satisfaction! You deserve it!

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*DMARIE* 7/25/2009 11:48PM

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LAURIE5658 7/25/2009 11:38PM

    I am so very envious of you three and admire you greatly for taking this daunting challenge. There is another Sparker and perhaps another that ran it also. I don't have the nerve to even tackle the traffic alone. I was trying to get over the bridge at 7:30 to get to my kettlebell instructor so I couldn't even imagine what downtown Davenport was like.

Perhaps next year I shall join you, Margie and Chantelle.



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IM12LAUGHMUCH 7/25/2009 8:20PM

    emoticon YOU DID IT! emoticon WAY TO GO!

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T.MAESPARKLES 7/25/2009 7:01PM

    It was a big boost to me to see you and Chantelle this morning! Great job!

I love this picture of the two of you!

You look fabulous!

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HSMOM2FOUR 7/25/2009 5:27PM

    AWESOME JOB!!!! Way to go!!!
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Today I have been with Spark People for 6 months!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Last week I did a personal 'No Excuse Challenge' to help get me back on track after a rough week of celebrations from July 4th, a baby shower, a visit from friends that live in Florida, church potluck, and many other things that knocked me off track and had made me to flounder!!! I am excited that the challenge did EXACTLY what I needed it to... I lost the 4 pounds I gained, I got excited about eating right and exercising again, and as of today... I started losing NEW WEIGHT! WooHoo... okay... well, so it is only a half pound, but I am also excited since today is also my 6 month 'anniversary' with Spark People!!! A special thanks to all my Spark friends that have encouraged me along the way!! You are all the greatest!!!

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MOMTO9SWEETIES 7/27/2009 2:48PM

    Glad you are here at Spark People! Happy Spark Anniversary!

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T.MAESPARKLES 7/25/2009 12:56PM

    Happy 6 month anniversary!

Glad you are back on track for losing weight!

And you are an official BIX CHICK!!

High fives for your hard work today!


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GMASANDIE 7/24/2009 7:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a solid inspiration to us all! Keep up the good work.

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*DMARIE* 7/23/2009 11:42PM

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CHANTELLE15 7/23/2009 11:34PM

    Congratulations, my very special friend!

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LAURIE5658 7/23/2009 7:08PM

    Margie, let me ask you this...would you have been able to accomplish these things without SparkPeople? If you are like you wouldn't and we are far much better individuals because of it. Woot! Woot! for you and congratulations!


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No Excuse Challenge - 1 week

Monday, July 13, 2009

After reading HSMOM2four's Sparkpage... I decided to make a one week challenge of NO EXCUSES! Even though I have lost weight, and am exercising more regularly than I have ever in my life... It seems things come up every week that throw me off several days of the week. I go over on calories and/or fat, I miss a day of exercise here or there, etc... A baby shower, going out to eat, company, a potluck at church (all that happened just this past week!)... There are so many things that I have going on each week that I just can't seem to have one good full week!! SO... I have made my own challenge of a NO EXCUSE CHALLENGE for one week... then I will go from there and decide next week what I will do next! I have things planned this week too... but there will be no excuses...

I WILL make time to exercise - even if it means only for 10 minute segments throughout the day. (I loved how Twyla jogs in place as something is cooking on the stove.) If we make time to get on the computer, read a book, watch the news, etc... WE CAN EXERCISE... even if we are just doing exercises WHILE we watch the news!!

I WILL eat right and in my calorie AND fat range - even if I go out to eat!!! I can always look online to see nutrition facts for the restaurant, while eating lighter for other meals that day. I need to be eating more produce - at least 6 servings!!

I am excited about this week! Anyone else with me???

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T.MAESPARKLES 7/14/2009 11:57AM

    I am catching up on reading Blogs, so I will have to read HSMOM2four's next.

My family does not even notice me jogging or marching in place anymore!! It is a great way to get bursts of cardio in.

Saying I will is easy to say with a smile. Saying I won't usually is said with a frown. Something my mom said to us while growing up. So keep smiling with "I WILL"!!! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 7/14/2009 10:13AM

    I am with you and I will start my challenge with STOPPING the negative self-talk. Enough already!!!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 7/14/2009 8:17AM

    You can do it!!!! I know you can!!

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GMASANDIE 7/13/2009 4:57PM

    I agree, her blog was motivating. I knowI have to begin something. Call me a procrastinator, but it will have to wait until I get home. My being such a picky eater never makes it easy, but I will do something positive and helpful.

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RUNNINGOMA 7/13/2009 1:49PM

    Okay, I'm with you -but today can't count as I already went over my calories. I read her blog too and was motivated. I will make it a goal to do up until Monday. After that we will be on vacation and I don't know if I will have access to a computer. but until then. I'm in!!

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