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The Motivation of a Future Picture

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I’ve gained the weight I lost with SparkPeople a year ago, but I haven’t completely let myself go. To date, I have run over 500 miles in 2011. I ran when it was 4F and 90F. I’ve run 3 half marathons since July. This past Saturday, I ran a half marathon on a trail course, making it a bit harder. My time of 2:35 is not impressive but respectable. I was satisfied enough to share the time on FaceBook.

When the pictures came through the next day, I found the ones of me. I knew there would be a picture of me doing the “bushwhack” portion of the trail. What a beautiful and impressive setting. Too bad I’d never post that picture of me at 170lbs.

When my stepdad called this morning and asked if I might be interested in going to the beach with him and my mom next Spring, I thought, Fantastic! Then I thought about the pictures. I don't want to go have a great time and then burry the pictures so they'll never see the light of day.

So I came back to SP to figure out what it would take to be 145lbs (25 BMI) by March. When I saw the calories per day, I reframed my goal, ok, 150lbs by March. I can live with that.

I have other goals that relate to health – like running faster and longer. But those pictures sure are motivating.

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JONICACALDWELL 10/19/2011 5:55PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing your accomplishments AND your goals! Regardless of your weight- you still look fit and that is FANTASTIC! You must be 5'4? I'm looking to weight 145 as well. emoticon

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Inner Demon

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Today I went mountain biking with a friend. We finished around 1:00 and I was starving. As I was driving home, I started thinking about fast food. Like, Burger King. And I started justifying it to myself. Like, I'll have a chicken sandwich instead of a whopper jr. Or, I won't have fries, just the sandwich. My mind went through other places to pick up something quick, tasty and junky.

I guess I'm lucky it's a short drive home and I don't pass by any fastfood joints. I reminded myself about the large amount fattoush that I have to finish up and the leftover mexican-like dish I've been enjoying all week. It worked and I made it home. I over did it a bit at lunch, but it was a success compared to the "value" meal I could have had that wouldn't have actually filled me up.

Later I went to my boyfriends' house to help him with a project. On the way home the Burger King song started to play faintly in my head again. I quickly shut it up by remembering that I recently discovered that I really like vegetarian fake chicken patties (funny, I hate the real chicken ones). So I stopped by the store to get some.

My basket was fruit, 2 brands of fake chicken to try, and buns. Curiously, the woman in front of me said, "never shop hungry." She was apparently embarrassed by the cheese danishes and other junk food she was purchasing (never would have noticed if he hadn't said something). I thought, " I'm hungry". I just had a plan.

I still over did it on dinner and I'm over my calories for the day, but I'm going to focus on the accomplishments. I'm 17 Days closer to my 100 days of exercise goal and I didn't let the inner demon convince me that there was some good reason to have junk food for an entire meal.

Tomorrow: more fruits, veggies, and water to tame the beast.

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MOMFAN 9/12/2010 4:53PM


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TESSABROCK 9/12/2010 5:19AM

    Well done you, I lost it on Friday, ate all sorts (some of it was healthy but in excess!). That inner demon can be powerful.
I'm bcak on track with sensible eating and a trip to the gym yesterday.

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FWBLONDIE 9/12/2010 12:14AM

    Good job!!! I won my battle with a 24 oz quad shot white cofee mocha this morning!!! as much as it would feel good to have it.. it feels sooo much better to know you didnt!! emoticon

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VHALKYRIE 9/11/2010 11:55PM

    The devil on the shoulder must be making the rounds today. This morning my fiance and I were getting ready to go grocery shopping. We were contemplating breakfast options. We were getting a late start on the morning, and decided we were going to grab a breakfast at McDonald's because it would take 'too much time' to make a bagel. As we were getting ready to head out the door, we realized that was silly. We cut open a couple of bagels, put some leftover roast lamb from dinner, mustard and lettuce on it. We had a way healthier, tastier breakfast done faster than it would take for us to drive to McDonald's, stand in line, and wait for our order.

Hurray for inner angels!


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Day 14 Exercise Challenge

Thursday, September 09, 2010

I haven't been providing updates, but I am keeping to my exercising everyday. I think this has has been one of the best things I've done so far on spark.

I ran a half marathon on Saturday. I ran with friends and we took our time, stopping for photos, stretching and a ridiculous number of bathroom breaks. Sunday it would have been so tempting to say that I was tired, sore, or had done enough the day before. But because I have this challenge, I did a yoga video. I was also back out running with a 3 mi run on Monday. The swimming plan is going well too. I'm on week two of 0-1650. This week, I'm progressing to 200m without taking a break.

I was having a hard time keeping track of which day I was on, so I started a spreadsheet (nerd!). And since I'm a complete data junkie, I can tell you that for the past 14 days I have exercised 705 minutes and the counter says I've burned 6650 calories. Consistency pays off.

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    Hahaha - I'm a total nerd too. I love spreadsheets that auto-calculate things for me. :) I'm very visual so being able to see my progress really helps me out, plus I'm totally OCD and need stuff like that to stay organized.

Sounds like you are really doing awesome. Great job! :)

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RACHELRB 9/9/2010 2:35PM

    woo hoo! I find I get the most joy out of exercise- glad to hear it is working for you.

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New Exercise - Day 5

Monday, August 30, 2010

So several weeks ago I read a very motivating SparkBlog about a woman expressing her willingness to wear a swim suit for exercise even if she wasn't her ideal size. That motivated me and reminded me that I wanted to swim.

I had a free 10 punch pass to our local aquatic center, so I went a couple of times. On the second time I managed to swim 20 laps (50 m pool) alternating between crawl and breaststroke. I kind of felt accomplished, but didn't really know what to compare it to. There are certain milestones in running that I feel familiar with: a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultras. What is a 2k, alternating strokes, with the occasional breather?

I started to look up swim workouts and I found this site:
. It has lots of different workouts. One of which is the 0-1650. I'm viewing it as the couch to 5k of swimming. The goal is to swim a straight mile (about 1500 meters or 1650 yards), all crawl if possible with no breaks. This 6 week program seems pretty compatible with my 100 days of exercise plan.

I wanted to start right away, but our aquatics center is outdoors and only open another week. So I was waiting until the beginning of the fall semester at the local university. Their community (unaffiliated with university) recreation pass is $80 a semester and the pool is only 2 blocks from my house.

Morning lap swim is 6:30-7:30, so I'll have to be on the ball about getting up if I want to swim in the morning, but they have evening hours too. This morning was my first morning. By the time I purchased my pass and got oriented, there was only 35-40 min to swim. I didn't do the formal workout because I had forgotten the details. I just alternated breast and crawl stroke hoping to get to a mile. I was at 1300m when they flicked the lights letting us know it was time to get out. So close....

I was glad I had also had found and read this article on pool etiquette so I felt confident in asking a guy to let me share a lane with him when I got to the full pool: .

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    That's awesome! Swimming is so good for you and the "no impact" is wonderful. I really miss swimming. I haven't been in a really long time. I can tell you this, though, I will not spend another summer NOT swimming.

Good for you! :)

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THENEWDARLENE 8/31/2010 6:32PM

    Sounds like this will be another really good workout for you. Your 100 Day Challenge will definitely not be boring!


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/30/2010 1:52PM

    Great idea for a new form of training.

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Days 3 & 4

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday was a 10 mile run. I've been working toward running a half marathon next weekend and I haven't been consistent in my training throughout the sumer. So I've been in a pattern of over train, fall behind, over train to catch up. I know better, but it's a hard pattern to break.

Last week was supposed to be a 10 miler, but I put it off because it just wasn't feeling it. This week it went pretty well. I haven't been perfect, but I've been more consistent with my weekday runs and I think my training to date supported that distance. Next week I hope to report about a leisurely 13.1 through a gorgeous valley with my friends.

Today (Sunday) my mountain biking friend and I were going to try another ride (Friday's was rained out after 30 minutes). She bailed and I got caught up in bicycle maintenance fun (replacing tread, losing parts, finding them, discovering the long lost de-greaser to clean gears for the first time in 2 years).

I had a friend's baby shower at 4:00 and around 1:30 I realized my bike was scattered all over the yard. I didn't want to be too late for the shower, but I couldn't give up on my challenge either. I got the bike back together and made it to the trail for a 35 minute climb* (no point in counting the downhill for exercise). It was short and I would have loved to make it to the top of the trail. Another time...

I'm very excited for my exercise plan for this coming week.

Week Summary (through Saturday):
Days exercised: 6 (didn't start the challenge until Thursday)
Minutes exercised: 680
Calories burned: 6339 (woo hoo! It won't usually be this high, but it's nice to throw up a number like that)

*Playing with the calorie counter. I wore my old Heart Rate Monitor for this ride to get a sense for the calorie burn. It said 91 calories after the climb and 150 round trip. But my HR was 140-160 for 35 minutes straight. That burns sounds too low. The SP fitness calculator says it's around 350 calories for 35 minutes of mountain biking, which sounds too high. I've gone with biking under 10 mph for 35 minutes, which shows 172 for 35 minutes. I guess it just goes to show that you can't be too exact about these things.

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THENEWDARLENE 8/29/2010 10:53PM

    Sounds like you had a great first week! Keep it up!


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