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Feeling Bummed...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm feeling a little bummed this week. I started out the week excited and ready for a great week. I was feeling good after dropping below 300 pounds I last week. And I made it to week 8 of C25K!! I never thought I would make it and I knew I was in the home stretch. 3 runs left and I was at a major goal. I could barely contain my excitement as I got up and ran like a champ on Monday morning. No problem!
On Wednesday it all changed. I got up and got dressed for my 2nd run of the week. Did my stretches and headed out the door. The minute my first interval run started I knew something was wrong. My right hip was feeling tight and I had a sharp pain in my right buttock. My whole leg down to my calf was just aching. I ran through it thinking that I just needed to loosen up some more. So I took it easy and just kept running. When I hit my walk break, the pain didn't go away. It subsided slightly but it was still there. I decided to stop and do some more stretching to see if it would help. It didn't. I ran another interval, but I couldn't even get through the whole 4 minute run. I had to stop and walk. At that point I was at 1.25 miles and I threw in the towel. I was so mad. I didn't want to quit, but it hurt so bad and I didn't want to risk doing any damage. I thought it would just be best to rest and try it again today.
Well today was no different. I did extra stretches, started out slow and crossed my fingers. But the pain was still there. I got a little further today. I made it into the 4th interval before I had to stop. This time I kept walking. I walked to finish out what would have been my 8 intervals. It ended up being 2.30 miles. mad and frustrated. And so very bummed. Tomorrow was supposed to have been my race day. It was supposed to be another big goal reached! But I've been hurting all day. Sitting, standing, hip hurts. Ice, heat, hip hurts. emoticon
So no running tomorrow; no race tomorrow. Week 8 is a bust! And, on top of that I gained 2 pounds this week. 2 put me right back above that 300 pound mark. emoticon
I know it will go back down. But it quite literally added insult to injury!
I wish my week had turned out better. I had such high hopes. I started a new job working from home this week. Which I'm sure had something to do with the weight gain. I stayed within my calorie range all week and tried to keep to my normal schedule as much as possible. But I suppose my body had it's own idea about what to do this week. So...for now I'm bummed. I guess I will take a few days to rest my leg and hip and try again next week...and the week after....and the week after. I have goals to reach!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 4/20/2012 11:27PM

    I just had to take a few weeks off from running due to pain, too. It was frustrating, I lost endurance, and I had to change my plans for an upcoming race, but now that it's in the past I can honestly say that I am glad I listened to my body and gave it a rest. Who knows what damage I would have done had I kept going. All that to say - I'm glad that you're not forcing yourself to push through and run despite the pain. Just out of curiosity, have you considered seeing a chiropractor?
I'm sorry about the bounce back up over 300. It sounds like you're super determined not to let those few pounds get the best of you, though. Keep up the good attitude and you WILL get past the setbacks. You've got roller coasters to ride! emoticon

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HARLEYQUINN1822 4/19/2012 11:59PM

    Girl I'm struggling this week too, I should have been finished on Wednesday with my final run but I just don't have it in me this week to get on that treadmill. Just take a extra week or however long you have to. It's not over but you don't want to risk a major injury. Hopefully it's nothing major and just your body telling you to take a break. Let yourself rest, stretch a lot and when you feel ready jump back on it. And hey to let you know that weight gain might not be what you think. Think about this for a minute, you are running every week 3 times a week, your gonna start replacing fat for muscle I'm sure you've noticed your body changing especially your legs. So don't be hard on yourself for the weight gain it's more than likely muscle weight your adding. Just remember muscle weighs more than fat =-) Remember don't let that number define you, your body's always changing and your going in the right direction. Your a RUNNER!!! And that is a awesome accomplishment! You've been working so hard to reach your goal, setbacks are gonna happen, don't get discouraged. Take a break, heal and jump back on it. You can do it girl!! I know you can! emoticon

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 4/19/2012 11:47PM

    Hey sweetie, I'm so sorry & concerned about your hip pain. I totally get how disappointing it is being put on the sidelines by a health issue just when you are so motivated to complete your goal. It happened to me last year. I was in my third 5%/TeddyBearTeam Challenge when I fell on concrete while jogging & 6 days later I past out face first in my house. 3 specialists later...problem identified but in the interim I got discouraged and regained about 35#. I am here to tell you it was definitely not worth the weight gain. Stay can do other things that will not aggravate your hip. If you're not sure what to do, ask you doctor or SMail Coach Nicole for a workout program. Stay on your nutrition plan and above all Don't undermine the progress & resolve you have already made. emoticon...I Know You Can! I'm having a set back today too. SMail me! Hugs, BevBear

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YIWEN39 4/19/2012 11:20PM

    Hang in there Slimpea :-) Sorry you had a difficult week, but I'm sure the scale will start moving in the right direction very soon ;-) As for the hip... maybe a chiropractor? Good luck!

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SHOES17 4/19/2012 11:04PM

    Hang in there. emoticon

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MTULLY 4/19/2012 10:43PM

    Truth be told, losing weight is a long, hard road. You just have to keep taking it one day at time, and do the best you can. Sorry you weren't able to complete the C25K this time, but you WILL next time. Take care of you, be kind to yourself, and just keep making the best choices you can. You really are on the right track, and you WILL reach your goals. Just do not give up!!!

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SLIMPEA 4/19/2012 9:38PM

    Thanks Sammy, for the reminder. The hip has been a major ongoing problem for years. I just haven't had any problems with it for about the past year. So it is discouraging to have it flare up again now. Unfortunately MRI, CT Scans, steroid shots, meds, and physical therapy have not done a thing to fix it. Doc's just keep saying lose here I am. emoticon

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SAMMYEJ 4/19/2012 9:25PM

    emoticon Also remember pain for more than a couple of days needs to be checked out by a Dr. I won't go into ALL the things that can be wrong, but if it don't feel right, please have it checked out.

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PJFSDIET 4/19/2012 9:25PM

    Keep your chin up! My knee kills me after a sports conditioning class, or a step class, but I take motrin, glucosamine, rest it for a day if I have to (which I hate), and it's much better afterwards. Good luck! Keep up the good work - you'll be down 4lbs next week :) emoticon

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SHELLSHERE2011 4/19/2012 9:22PM

    You are better than me, I lost 36lbs already, I am finally under 300lbs and I still can't run, so good for you! Keep up the good work.

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It WILL Hurt... A motivation!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


I needed to hear both of these quotes and I'm sure several of you do too! I hope these motivate you as much as they have me! Make it a GREAT day, Friends!!


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EJOY-EVELYN 3/25/2012 12:44AM

    You are SO on the right path to make your goals become a reality. These quotes are so thought-provoking to help us stay the course. WooHoo!


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BABIESTEPS 3/10/2012 9:47AM

    Love the quotes too! THANKS!!! emoticon emoticon

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TWNOMWE 3/7/2012 9:43AM

    Love the quotes as they are motivating. emoticon

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Who Would Have Thought...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

...two months ago that now I would be craving something as simple as SUBWAY??? I never would have guessed. Not that I've ever been anti-Subway. It just was very rare that I ever ate there, or even wanted it for that matter. However, now?? I crave it! The thought of a fresh 6" ANYTHING from Subway gets me drooling. emoticon
It is a surprise to me how much my tastes are changing after such a short period of time. I am a BIG coffee drinker...but over the past 2 weeks, I've been finding myself not able to drink the whole travel size mug that I bring to work with me every morning. It just doesn't taste right anymore. I've even tried playing with the amount of sweetener and creamer that I put in...nothing changes. My brain tells me I want a delicious cup of coffee, but when I get one, I'm just not feeling it. emoticon So sad! However, I have started drinking a lot more tea. Which is hurt in that. I'm curious to try new tea flavors. I LOVE Chai tea. And have found a great Blueberry/Pomegranate tea from Lipton. Anyone have any suggested flavors?

I'm interested to see if my tastes will continue to change, the farther along I go. How have your tastes changed? Anything you can't eat anymore that you used to love? Anything you love now that you used to hate?

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    This is so great! Yes my tastes have REALLY changed. Like the other comments here I am a new deep love of veggies, especially roasted brocolli and squash. Yummy! It just keeps getting better, go you!

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-AIMIE- 2/28/2012 1:36PM

    Check out TEAVANA online and you will see so many wonderful flavors it's CRAZY! I have been drinking this raspberry lemon one and an acai one. They are both MATE teas. There are so many endless blends out there, it's kinda exciting. I am soooo not a hot tea person though so I usually always steep mine and then add it to a big cup of ice and then put like one splenda packet in. Soooo good!
If they have TEAVANA or something like that where you live, you definitely need to go there so you can smell all the different flavors - devine!
As far as tastes go...I am in love with roasted brussels sprouts. I could eat them every night. I don't get too excited over hamburgers, fries, fried foods in general anymore really. I have found that I never was much of a PIZZA craver before but now when I do get a craving for junky stuff...usually that is what I want!
My major snacks for when I want chips are BEET and SWEET POTATO chips or these HOT VEGI STICKS that I get from a health food store here...tastes like Tom's Hot Fries but not nearly as bad for you.

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CARLYOLEO41 2/26/2012 11:49AM

    I love this! I have also started to crave healthier things. I think we're training our bodies to eat what we need to fuel us instead just getting that instant satisfaction from bad food.

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MISJOSIE 2/25/2012 7:16PM

    Well done!

(Try Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice takes like a chai and needs no sweetener!) emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/25/2012 3:50PM

    Are you kidding me? Be excited 'cause it's the tip of the iceburg.

First of all, you are starting to really feel the impact of embracing the lifestyle. Here's one personal example...
My wife and I are watching a football game. I tell her I'm feeling like a snack, and...wait for it... going to throw some kale in the oven and make some KALE CHIPS!
I went on a road trip to see my mom and sis. When I didn't eat my snacks I brought with me...I went to my go-to spot...SUBWAY! Oh, I can't imagine eating a grease burger or anything with "enriched flour!' All the nutriants are taken out? WTH!

You've inspired me to blog on the changes. Thanks for sharing, inspiring, and embracing the lifestyle change! Be strong!

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LADYJAKE1 2/25/2012 12:54PM

    I know what you mean, at one time it would have been a greasy burger and fries or pizza.

Good job!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

YIKES! What in the world have I just done?! I just joined the SparkPeople's 5K Your Way Rookie Running Program. UGH! emoticon This scares the crap out of me! But, I'm giving it a shot! I'm tired of telling myself that I can't do something before I even try it. That has what has gotten me to 300+ pounds! It's time to change that.
I seriously am going to need some encouragement on this one. Running a 5K has been one of my goals since starting on SparkPeople...but I haven't really DONE anything about it yet. I have been walking 4 times a week for the last 5 weeks. I guess now is as good a time as any to start jogging, right?? emoticon
GOD, help me! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!!!

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SLIMPEA 2/24/2012 7:43AM

    Thanks for the encouragement Ladies!

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BEINGGUIDED 2/23/2012 11:01AM

    You can so do it! I took my first jogging step at 301 doing C25K. I did week one for 3 months before I could move on to week two. Just keep on working at it. It seems hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. You will think who ever designed the program is insane, but believe me it is possible. You can so do it I PROMISE! There is this sense of accomplishment I get from running that I haven't found anywhere else. I did my first 5k last year on March 5th with an introductory time of over 50 minutes and that was after 4 months of training. Yesterday I ran 3 miles in 41 minutes and I have my 7th 5k, the anniversary 5k of my very first, on March 3rd. I just might break 40 minutes. Just keep trying. You will discover that what your mind says you are capable of doing has nothing to do with what you are actually capable of doing. We hold ourselves back. We are much more capable than we let ourselves believe. Miraculous things can happen when we stop thinking we can't and just do.
Good luck honey!

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-AIMIE- 2/23/2012 10:18AM

    Join that COUCH TO 5K program. They help you figure out the intervals that are best to train your body for endurance. I am not speaking from experience but I have lots of Spark friends that have had success with it. I think there is even an app for your cell phone that can help you! If you really WANT TO DO IT.. YOU WILL SUCCEED!!! Good luck :D
Let us know your progress!

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Having fun along the way!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Well, this is my first blog entry. I didn't really feel like I had anything to say before now.
I'm on this weight loss journey with my husband and in conversation last night he made a statement that made me giggle. "I never realized how many HEALTHY things there are out there to eat that are so DANG GOOD!" emoticon It made me feel so good to hear that from him, as he is a Southern Boy...born and raised on fried and fattening homemade goodness from the kitchen! It has been hard finding things "outside the box" for him. Who knew it would all come down to a yummy fruit and yogurt parfait to catch his attention?!
Anyway, the conversation led to me realizing that I'm really having fun with this journey so far. I slightly addicted to logging my food every day...which I guess in my opinion is at least a healthy addiction. emoticon Watching my numbers through out the day is like putting together a puzzle in the way that I plan my next meal. How many calories did I just eat? What does that leave me with? How much protein do I still need? How is my fat? I guess I'm a person that likes puzzles cause I'm having fun!
It is fun finding new foods to eat to cut calories or make healthier choices. It is not something that I have EVER put thought into before and I honestly like it. Now don't worry...I know some one out there is thinking "she's focusing too much on the numbers". I'm really not. I don't stick to them to a T . I'm in my range every day. I'm not denying myself anything. If I'm hungry and water doesn't cut it, I eat a snack. I make it work....that is the fun of it all. Call me crazy...but I love this change! emoticon

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-AIMIE- 2/16/2012 5:54PM

    It's not crazy! It's great that you are having fun with all of it. If you don't, it can get a little boring. I love cooking so I have been challenging myself to find some recipes that are from other cultures to try. Right now I am stuck on Indian / Moroccan food :D I think it's great that your partner is doing this with you because I know that really makes a difference when you feel that support at home.

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