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Monday, July 30, 2012

So today I decided to try walking/running by my house. We live in a rural area and I google mapped that it is about 3.1 miles to walk on some back roads to the trail that I've walked on before. The road right in front of our house is a 50 mph road, but the others aren't very trafficy. They are typical country back roads with lots of corn on either side. I decided to give it a try. I know that there are some hills, but people... I was not expecting the hills from death that I experienced. I have never seen hills so big! The 3 miles to the trail was mostly downhill and the 3 miles back was all up hill. I jogged and walked most of the way there and walked most of the way back. I was not worried about speed, but just making it back to my house lol. The weather was very nice and there are a lot of trees so it was fairly shady. There was a breeze most of the time. At one point walking up the hill my HR was 180. My max for the entire 6.12 mile workout was 193 and the avg was 163. I was "in the zone" for 52 minutes. The entire trip took me 1:35 and I burned 1162 calories. Here are some pictures of the river under the one lane bridge at the end of the 3 miles where the trail crosses the road and some of the hill pictures. I don't know if they do them justice. The elevation difference according to map my run was 364 feet (or 33.6 stories). This is 10 ft taller than Victoria Falls in Africa!

This is also the same height as the Lincoln Center in Denver (30 floor building)!

Or if you stacked 65 girls that were all my height (5'7") on top of each other.

This is crazy. I have NEVER done hills like this.

I have walked/jogged 6 miles once before on a treadmill. I decided to compare my times. On 6/30/12 I did 6 miles and it took me 1:33. I burned 1135 calories. Wait! What!? Today I did 6.12 miles of hills in 1:35 and burned 1162 calories!? I was SO PROUD OF MYSELF! When I did the 6 miles on the treadmill there was no incline at all. I jogged for a mile, walked for a min or two, repeat for the 6 miles. Today I did what I could. I tried not to sprint down the downhills, but jog controlled. I would set myself a marker up ahead (like a couple mailboxes down or a gas line post sticking out of the ground) and would jog to that point. I would walk for as long as I needed to and then would try jogging again. I pushed myself to keep going the whole time, but those hills were brutal. I felt like I was at a mall doing some extreme shopping lol. I am very pumped that not only was my time very close despite the terrain... I am also so proud of the fact that I RAN OUTSIDE! In the past year I have walked on a secluded bike trail (jogging it once) and I have ran outside a handful of times (amazing race in baltimore dressed up like batman, a 5k in baltimore with thousands of other women, and a 5k on a trail in a rural area with 100 other people. Today I walked out of my door, walked to my road, and started jogging on the street near my house. I could clearly see if cars were coming and they got out of my way. I did not feel like a burden and was not embarrassed. I was proud of myself for getting out there (fanny pack and all!) lol. It was relaxing looking at all of the scenery and it was very visually interesting. I didn't get bored and the entire time there was something else for me to focus on (i.e. turns, getting on a new road, the one lane bridge leading to the trail, etc.) There was also the tallest corn i've ever seen... these stalks were at least 7 feet tall! If I jumped up I still couldn't touch the top. I would really like to continue running this route and getting better. I would also like to gradually move to an earlier morning worker outer like I was before. It would be cooler and there would be less people. Plus if I could get up really early maybe I could run before I left for work once school starts. To get to school at 7-7:15 I usually leave the house at 6:15. This means that I wake up at 5:45. If I lay out my clothes the night before and pack my lunch I can get ready in a half hour. If I were to do this 6 mile route before school I would probably need to get up at 4 (get back from the run at 5:30 and out the door by 6:15). But 4 is SOOOOOO early lol (especially when I only drink water- no coffee, no soda, no nothing). I could cut the route down so i'm not going the whole 6 miles, but then I would miss the big hills. The big hills are at the end of the 3 miles when the road meets the trail, so we'll see. I'll have to keep playing with it while the summer comes closer to a close.

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OMMAMA7 7/30/2012 10:45PM

    Awesome!!! way to go :)

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/30/2012 8:19PM

    You rocked it girlie!
Beautiful pictures!
So proud of you!!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 7/30/2012 5:57PM

    Great job!

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RBETYOURASS 7/30/2012 5:39PM

    Soo beautiful! Great job on your run time chick!
I finally reached my goal today to be like you with our Polar HRM's! HAHA

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SPARKL3 7/30/2012 5:02PM

    WOW!!!! You are AMAZING!!!! I really admire your being able to get out there and run!
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SHELDONFOSTER 7/30/2012 3:31PM

    Looks like an awesome run :)

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SPICEMWE 7/30/2012 3:31PM

    Wow, that's fantastic!! Way to GO! And that route looks beautiful - I love exercise in nature.

Out of curiosity, what do you use to track your HR? I'm finding it might be helpful to have something to do the same for me.

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PHEFEY 7/30/2012 3:27PM

    Beautiful run!! That waterfall is amazing and congrats on beating your expectations!!

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My food scale survived!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

So tomorrow we are going to the race track. It is a few hours away and we will be there ALL day! I packed the most intense healthy cooler that I think has ever existed... I cut, weighed, and labeled food for 5 people. Included are apples, oranges, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, celery, baby carrots, and cucumbers. I put the food in snack bags and wrote on there the grams and calories of that serving. I also got small snack size servings of mini oreos and special k cheddar cracker crisps. I have bananas as well, but I didn't cut or peel those. I made some sandwiches. I have turkey sandwiches with sargento thin colby jack cheese on a hamburger roll (195 calories). I also grilled some thin chicken breasts, weighed out 3 oz of cooked meat, and put it on a whole grain pita with a slice of thin colby jack (285 cal). I have bottled water and small gaterades. I cut up tomato and red onion for the pitas or sandwiches. I also made a pasta salad. I just posted the recipe online. It is light northern italian dressing, fresh mozzarella cheese, bowtie pasta, red onion, and baby tomatoes.

I am very excited about being prepared tomorrow and sharing my food organization with friends:)

I've had a pretty good weekend. Here is a cute picture I took of the bf hanging out with the dog (who decided to jump up on the bed)

THe bf and I went out last night with some friends. Here is an updated "going out" picture. I was happy with my eyeshadow. It's hard to see in the light, but the liner is a smokey blue color.

When we went out the zipper on my wristlet purse broke! Fortunately I had a safety pin in my purse from my last 5k, so I pinned it and went on with my night. However, towards the end of the night the thong part of my flipflop broke off from the shoe part!!! (they are $3 flipflops and I've worn them for over a year so what should I expect lol). Old Sara would've gotten upset and stressed, but I did not. I found another pin in my purse and pinned the strap back to my shoe haha! It held long enough for me to walk back to the car. At the car I discovered that in my trunk I had a bag of flipflops! HAAAA! It was from when I cleaned out my shoes in my closet at my bf's gdads house and was in the process of bringing them back to my apartment. I even had several colors to choose from:) So I found a new pair and went on with my night. HOw is that for resourceful!

My night was in no way ruined and I went on with my life.

Yesterday was also a big accomplishment. I tried pole 2 class. The instructor called me out on facebook and said I should give it a try. I have done the 1/2 class, which is higher than level 1, but not quite level 2, so I was a little nervous. But I went and it was great! there were only 3 of us there so it was a blast. I did well with the moves and the instructor complimented me on that. I feel much stronger since I have started the classes and very confident. I am determined to keep pushing and eventually get to level 5. Here is a video of that instructor doing a routine. She is AWESOME!

She is also a cosmetologist so I am getting my legs waxed for the first time on Tues. That should be an adventure. The only bad thing is that right now I have to grow out my legs for at least a week. The hair has to be long enough that you can pinch/tug it. Ahhhh! Lol. It is summer. I don't want hairy legs. But I decided I don't care. People can judge me, but I'll be fabulous in a few days lol. Before class yesterday I put on my outfit and decided to take a leg picture to see how I am coming along. I've been looking at a lot of motivational pictures online. FOr example...

I wanted to see how my legs look compared to this, so I took a picture from a lower angle versus a higher angle. I was very happy with how it came out. Instead of lusting over other models and attractive women, I found myself lusting over MYSELF! I am quite proud of how I look and even when I had lost weight before I don't remember being this happy with my appearance. Excuse the booty shorts... I was on my way to pole class lol. Even though the scale went up and is around 170 versus 166, I am still very happy with how far I have come. I am noticing muscles in my arms, legs, shoulders, etc. I feel stronger and more confident. I can't wait to continue to work hard and improve even more!

Edited update in reference to HDHAWK's comment (my comment was getting long so I thought i'd just add it to the original blog)...

Thx! Pole classes are a blast! Everytime I leave I can't wait to go back. Everyone there is SO friendly and very welcoming. It is a relaxed/nonjudgemental environment and I leave feeling so much more confident than before. It is also good for me to do something that I am not the best at (not saying that I am the best at everything.. but Old Sara was only participating in activities that I know I would be at least top 5). I am ok with not being the best and am still proud of my skills. I like accomplishing things I never thought was possible. I can feel that I am improving with the actual moves. I also like doing an activity that requires me to not only be aware of my entire body at once (i.e. what is my hand doing, where should my legs and feet be, what part of my body should be making contact with the pole, etc), but it's also a fun challenge to watch someone do a move and mimic it with your body (like any dance class). This isn't anything i've ever done before. I'm a visual/verbal learner and usually do best if I see diagrams and written descriptions. This isn't like that, so it's fun challenging myself.

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HDHAWK 7/28/2012 7:41PM

    Way to go on packing the healthy cooler! Your picture looks great. I bet pole classes are fun!

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EDUCGRAD 7/28/2012 7:40PM

    You sound like you are ready for tomorrow.Way to go on the pole are doing awesome,keep up the great work. emoticon

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Gains and 2nd 5k

Sunday, July 22, 2012

So this morning I was pretty depressed. I gained 4.6 lbs this week!!!!! I wasn't really expecting a loss because I had big losses the past two weeks, but this is by far my biggest gain. I don't know why this happened! I'll take you through my week and maybe you have some ideas.

On the 15th I played tennis and went for a walk (1233 calories burned)
16th- Pole dancing (675 calories burned)
17th- Zumba (530 calories burned)
20th- Pole dancing (level 1/2- 498 calories burned)

Burned 2936 calories for the week! This is one of my highest number of calories burned for a week. I have my fitness tracker set on 1500 calories burned a week to be on the safe side. I worked Friday night, but other than that it was a normal week. I tracked everything I ate. Wednesday I went to dinner at Outback (family I tutor for wanted to take me to dinner). Thursday had dinner at a restaurant where a friend just started bartending. I did not drink. Yesterday we were at a carshow all day and went to Carrabbas with my parents. I had Cannelloni. It came with 2 and I had one of them. I also had 0.4 of a cannoli. Literally it was about an inch/1 bite of cannoli, but I tracked that too! Maybe some of the meals that I didn't make myself were higher than I estimated?? But my calorie ranges are between 1450-1800. I didn't go over 1500ish this week, so even if I underestimated some of those meals I should've still been within my range. I am probably eating too little... but if that's the case then I should've stayed at the same weight... HOW DO YOU GAIN 4.6 LBS!? It is not my TOM. There were no weird circumstances. I burned close to 3,000 calories and was low on my ranges (around 1400ish every day). Again, before when I used to eat too low I wouldn't lose weight, but I certainly wouldn't gain. This is VERY agitating.

So this is how I started my morning. I got up early and went to my 5k. I did NOT want to do the race today. However, the weather was nice. It was cloudy and around 70 degrees. I already paid for it so I was going to follow through, but I haven't run since 6/30. I was not expecting anything great. I was very motivated, however, by MSMOSTIMPROVED's comment on my status this morning. I almost started crying. She said "Focus on your face!! You are going to be great!! Gains suck but you don't". That got me right there... Gain's suck but you don't. How true. I don't suck, so I was going to do my race. It was a MUCH different race than the first one I did. First, this was a coed race. It was in a rural area (Harford County Fair Grounds/Equestrian Center). There were also only 107 people versus thousands. I started out the race pretty quick, but I CLEARLY knew that most everyone was faster than me. This was going to be a very different race. The first mile was fairly downhill, so I finished in 11:30. This is my fastest time! After that there were some hills. THis was my first race with my HR monitor, so after the first mile I took periodic walking breaks to try to bring my HR down. This race was also different in that you did some loops and what not down these paths and then we turned around and went back versus not repeating any part of the route. This means that when I hit the mile marker the guy who ended up winning the race was coming back and was darn near finished the race. This was pretty intimidating. I don't really like having people coming back on their way to finish towards me while I am not even halfway yet. However, when the girl who won the race came towards me she said good job as she passed. I got teary again and could've started crying if I didn't fight it. I am teary right now just writing it. I was SO touched that she took the time to speak to me and encourage me since I was one of the last few in the race. There were so few people in the race that we were pretty spread out so I was running alone. I tried not to stress and keep a good pace. I took quick walk breaks, but tried to stay somewhat consistent. I sprinted very hard into the finish line and finished the race in 38:18. My last time was 40:06. My second mile was 13:08 and my third was 13:16. Usually I run 12:30 miles, so this was a little different. I felt like I walked more during the first 5k I did, but since there were so many people around you at all times during the race maybe I pushed myself more?? Who knows. I am glad that I shaved almost 2 minutes off of my time (again, considering I haven't run in a month). I am also proud to say that I did not finish last. I was 101 out of 107. The guy who won did it in 16:37. The girl who won was 21:41. I think the longest time was around 44 minutes, so this was MUCH different than the first race I did where the longest time was well over an hour.

I had to watch out for horse turds as I was walking and running lol.

Much different starting line than last time.

The route was pretty. There were a few bridges and a pond. We also passed farms and corn fields. I am glad that I followed through with running the race, but it is a little discouraging that SO many fast people exist lol. The first thing my bf said when I came home was "did you win". No. I did not win. I will never win. I was in the bottom 5 percent. There was 1 other person in the 20-29 year old age group that was slower than me. Such is life. HOWEVER, to try to be positive I did go to the race. I improved my time and I did the best that I could. I don't know why I gained so much weight this week and it hurts to know that I was so close to 166 and now I am over 171! That is ridiculous. I wouldn't be angry if I knew I had chowed down or not tracked or not exercised, but I did all of that. My only guess is that perhaps the choices I had at the restaurants weren't the best?? At Outback I had the mixed seafood grill (small grilled mahi, 2 shrimp, and 2 scallops). I had it with mixed veggies and water. I did have some bread, which I normally don't eat- so maybe that effected things? At the restaurant where my friend works I had a buffalo chicken slider (mini hamburger bun and a spicy chicken nugget on it. No sauce). I also had a jack daniels chicken sandwich without the bun... so basically it was chicken breast with bbq sauce, lettuce, and tomato. I also had part of a salad. I didn't pour the dressing on the salad, but dipped my fork it in before I ate the salad. I can't remember if the chicken breast had cheese on it. It might have. At Carrabbas I had a few pieces of the dipping bread and the cannelloni. Again, it came with 2 and I had one. It was about cannoli sized... nothing crazy. I also had part of a salad and two mozz sticks. I had a 1 inch bite of cannoli for dessert. Maybe the mozz sticks being fried had something to do with it since I haven't eaten anything fried for a while? I don't know. I did not pig out on anything this week, so who knows. I did notice that I didn't eat as frequently as i usually do. My meals were more clustered in chunks versus eating a little all day. Maybe this had a difference? But how could THAT have 4.6 lbs of a difference! If you see something I don't please let me know. So overall it was a mixed emotions kind of morning. I started up angry, upset, and down. The race was pretty good, so I am a little better. It's my bf's birthday. We don't really have any plans, so it should just be a normal day. Thanks everyone for your support as we get through this difficult journey. I was supposed to be down to 166 to be on my vacation weight goal, but it's not looking like I am going to make it. HOWEVER, I know that I have made significant physical changes and feel much better about where I'm at. I also know that I will eventually get to my goal... it might just take longer than some people. Hope everyone is having a good day:)

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EDUCGRAD 7/28/2012 2:37PM

    Congrats on your 2nd 5k!!! sorry to hear about the weight gain,but it will even out.stay the course,you are doing awesome! emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 7/27/2012 11:12PM

    emoticon on your 2nd 5K! emoticon

I'm slowly realizing that this journey is won/lost, easy/hard, joyous/maddening based on our eating more than exercise. My exercise is pretty consistent and I know those weeks when I ate poorly the scale was not kind. I heard a great quote on the LogicalLoss podcast (iTunes): "If you're tired of starting over...stop quitting." It sucks having to lose weight I already busted my butt to lose but folks have called me hard headed and I'm starting to think they might be right ;) Some folks have to learn on their own at the school of hard knocks but I'm giving that up. Why can't weight loss be easy and fun? I think it's a struggle because that's what I decided it had to be but I'm rethinking that. Hang tough and thanks for the add.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 7/27/2012 2:27PM

    The other thing that might be happening is that you could be eating too little. If you're burning over 2000 cals/week but eating enough to burn 1500, your body might be holding on to whatever it can get. Also, make sure you're getting enough water!

Great result with the race!

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    I'm sorry to hear your scale was not informed of how awesome you are - I'll be sure to pass the news along so it does not make this mistake again emoticon

Your story about the 5K is inspiring - I'm just hoping to finish my first one in September!

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OMMAMA7 7/24/2012 12:18PM

    Awesome! I think I saw that you already lost most of this weight? Whenever I kick up my exercise, my body holds onto weight for a few days or even a week or so, then it'll start dropping again. It's like "what are you doing? I better hold onto this so I don't waste away!" lol Then it realizes I'm still eating and starts letting go and losing again. Some of course is muscle. I bet you will be just fine - be patient. ups and downs are awesome. if it lasts more than a week or two, I'd say it's a solid loss or gain, but otherwise just a random fluctuation - frustrating, I know! You are doing great!!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/23/2012 12:15AM

    Weight can fluctuate up and down in about a 5-7 pound range.
You did not gain that weight!
You have a great week...
Keep your a$$ off the scale!
Besides that, if you are building aren't going to show a loss on the stupid scale.
Just saying!!


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RBETYOURASS 7/22/2012 1:39PM

    You did fantastic on your race for someone who didn't want to run it! That increase in finish time HAS to out weigh (literally) your current weight!
You WILL get there. We all will but we all have ebbs and flows. It's the journey of getting through them that makes it all worth it!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/22/2012 10:59AM

    Awesome job with the race!!!! You look very happy!

Could your gain just be water weight? Restaurants put so much sodium in their dishes. Try upping your water to flush things along. See if it goes down this week. Remember all the smaller size shorts you are able to wear. The scale is just a number:)

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i dont like not being the best!

Friday, July 20, 2012

So i admit it... i dont like not being the best. Logically speaking, i know i am not the best at everything. This definitely applies to athletic endeavors. I know when i do races i will not be first and maybe not even the top 50%, but i was really starting to feel confident with my pole skills. I tried pole level 1/2 today. Well most of the girls in the class were pretty good so the teacher focused on level 2 moves. I have to say i felt pretty inadequate lol. I HATE that feeling! My friend was going to do the class with me but wasnt able to get a spot. However, on a positive note i followed thru with going alone. I tried a higher level class and know that i had mastered the level 1 material. Many of the other students had taken that level class before so naturally they have had more practice, but it just looks so easy and is hard to get my body to do it. My hands were slipping and my legs were sticking. When i was supposed to be floating around during the spins my heavy body was dropping to the ground pretty quickly... but the instructor didnt call me out so i guess it wasnt too bad lol. I know i had high expectations with myself but at least i know how its supposed to look so ill have a lot to practice by myself during the open practice time. Ive come pretty far thus far so now i have many new moves to get better at. Now im going to try to take a quick nap before i have to work tonight. Ugh! Its gonna be a long night lol

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/20/2012 6:39PM

    Isn't this how you felt after the first night of your first class ever?!?!
Sounds pretty familiar, babe!
You will be a pro in no time!

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OMMAMA7 7/20/2012 5:04PM

    You have progressed so quickly - you are doing awesome! In no time you'll be telling us how you've mastered these new moves :) I totally get that feeling though - I'm the same way, unfortunately in the past that translated to me just not trying stuff because if I wasn't great right away, I'd be too disappointed, so I'd just avoid that feeling and not even try LOL. Luckily I'm getting better at that. Way to go!

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JAMIELOGICAL 7/20/2012 4:08PM

    I'm still in awe of your openness and willingness to do something like that in a public forum. You knew the new class would be challenging and that you'd likely feel awkward and inferior, but you did it anyway! And you are just determined to practice and get better, instead of being dejected and discouraged. I think you should take a second to pat yourself on the back for being so brave and willing to challenge yourself.

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    You went to class by yourself & you took the initiative to step it up a notch! Practice makes perfect so you'll be spinning around that pole like a professional in no time!!!


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feeling blah

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Not feeling good today. I have no appetite and had to force down a yogurt and oatmeal. I had signed up for a 5k a while ago. Its this sunday, but i really dont feel like doing it. The last time i ran was on 6/30. I am just so blah right now :-/ ill do the race because i already paid for it but i see my time being slower. Ugh

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RBETYOURASS 7/18/2012 7:06PM

    This too shall pass and you will kick @ss at the race Sunday!
Hang in there!

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SNEVIL1 7/18/2012 1:42PM

    Nauseous, but not sick like the flu.

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JAMIELOGICAL 7/18/2012 1:31PM

    Do you feel sick at all or are you just not hungry?

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