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On to October

Monday, October 01, 2012

My September Goals: "THIS MONTH: I'd like to get back to maintaining in the 124-126 range (instead of the 126-128 range) with body fat back down around 20%. I'd like to run my second 5K in 30 minutes or less. I'd like to be half done with my Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. My overarching goal is to end September is to feel like I've got my groove back :-) "

Maintaining in 124-126 range:
I didn't even GET into this range until 9/11. From then until the end of the month I was in the lower half of my range 11 days and the upper half of my range 10 days. I'm getting there! I go over because of my weekend splurges and pull back under in the days following. I'm getting 'just' under and bouncing more than 'just' over. I'd like to shift the bounce down just a bit.

Body fat around 20%:
It's 20.5-21.5 (lower with the handheld, higher with the scale) and I'm OK with it. Mostly because my clothes fit great, my measurements are great, and my cycles are not so great. Looking like another delayed O month so dropping more body fat is probably not wise.

Run my second 5K in under 30 minutes.
DONE! So done! I came in in 26:33. I have another 5K in 2 weeks. My goal will still be to beat 30'. Personal best would be great but for every 'first time doing this race' I'm really just out there to feel like I did well.

Half done with my FNS.
DONE! I even read a chapter in the nutrition book that is not covered in the course.

Get my groove back!

So... October....
1. Get back to maintaining in the 124-126 range. More days down there than over 126.
2. Continue my fitness regime BUT don't overdo it! My body feels pretty 'pushed' after all I did in September.
3. Finish 2 more units of the FNS.

Pretty minor goals really. More time for other stuff!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    You had a very intense September on Spark! Looks like you are starting off October with a renewed resolve and a sense of freshness. Have a great month!

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62NVON 10/2/2012 8:16AM

    You are amazing and my inspiration!
I need to get my groove back too. A tad too much indulging on the weekends is starting to accumulate.

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MOONSTORMER 10/2/2012 1:29AM

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/1/2012 7:54PM

    LOVE IT!!!

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CODEMAULER 10/1/2012 6:37PM

    I cannot thank you enough for helping me look inwardly and outwardly over 30 days. Your goals and accomplishments are terrific, which help me to formulate some idea that work with my style and fitness level.

You Rock!


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    Great job on the 5k! emoticon Keep up the good work.

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WHITNEYLD 10/1/2012 12:50PM

    Great goals! Great successes! emoticon emoticon Make October the best month yet!

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30 Day Blog Challenge Day 30 - Got My Groove Back

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?

I am proudest of the fact that I've got my groove back :-) It was my big goal for the month. The details - the precise weight range, body fat percentage - are not where I set out to get them but I feel fantastic. I took my measurements so I know that they are BETTER than they were back when I was 124-126 pounds with body fat average of 20%. I look great, I feel great, I measure great.... I am so NOT going to get down over not having the numbers I was after. I'm getting my fitness activity in every week day and usually one weekend day. Food is well under control. I am splurging regularly and recovering nicely.

An aside on splurging..... I bet that the last sentence of my first paragraph seems like it doesn't fit. Splurging regularly surely can't be good, right? Au contraire! I have a problem with splurging. I have trouble LETTING myself do it. To go out with DH or the family and say 'you will have a meal you truly enjoy!'... not just the lowest calorie, highest protein option you can find but something you will feel 'treated' to have had .... is hard! And I am learning to do it, almost forcing myself to do it, because I know that if this lifestyle is going to last a lifetime I have to learn to relax and enjoy celebrations. Life is for LIVING, not anxiously gritting my teeth fretting over calories and salt and fat grams to the point that it overshadows the celebration. When I was heavy I had no problem doing that.... but a big problem STOPPING. I would overdo on the special day AND let it carry over into the weeks (even months) to follow. I fixed that by not letting myself enjoy treats at all. Now I am seeking the balance of treating myself reasonably and getting right back to my healthy eating habits with the next meal.

When I made the goal to 'get my groove back', I thought it would be achievable because I'd be back in a routine. Routine IS a groove, KWIM? But, you know what, we're NOT back in a routine yet. We've had SO many doctor's appointments, evening meetings due to back-to-school, ongoing job stress for DH that we really aren't back into a routine yet. BUT I feel like I'm back in control and that's a great thing. I'm coping better :-)

And with that..... My 30 Day Blog Challenge is a wrap. I am so glad that so many have blogged along with me. I'd love to do another.... but I'd like to answer someone else's questions so if anyone picks up with another challenge count me in!

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WHITNEYLD 10/1/2012 6:49AM

    Thanks for sharing your blogging journey. I have enjoyed following them. emoticon emoticon

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MOONSTORMER 10/1/2012 3:39AM

    love it - so happy for you! we all need our groove!

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KONOHA-NIN 9/30/2012 11:05PM

    I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog and found your Blog Challenge. Definitely enjoyed reading everyone's answers and getting to know people better!

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LOGOULD 9/30/2012 9:40PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on making such great progress this month. I'm slowly learning that some of the greatest achievements are getting momentum going consistently in the right direction. The result will take care of themselves if we are putting in the effort consistently and keeping everything else in balance. Sounds like you are rolling right along and those goals will come about sooner than you know, plus, you'll have the right momentum going to maintain them and then go after new ones!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/30/2012 8:27PM

    I'm glad to be finishing the 30 days challenge, and one of the great things for me is that it has made me appreciate what a real commitment it involves, to be doing something for 30 days.
I know you set up the challenge in such a way as to 'give us permission' to select what we pleased, and I chose to do 30 blogs. I really admire what we are all doing here on Sparkpeople, making this huge effort to stay with whatever programmes we have set out for ourselves.
Once again thank you Tanya for the challenge.
And great that you've got your groove back!

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DOGLADY13 9/30/2012 6:22PM

    Thank you for organizing this challenge. It's one of the few that I've stuck with. I have made new friends and learned a lot about myself through the experiences of others. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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OBSIDIANFIRE 9/30/2012 6:01PM

    Thank you! The blog challenge was interesting and I found lots of inspiration from others. And, some thinking on my own that has motivated me.

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GOSPARK45 9/30/2012 5:21PM

    I want to thank you for starting the blog challenge. I have to admit that I fell off the wagon, but I had never blogged before and you got me started. But I'm still concentrating on my food and exercise first, but other goals and motivation will need to be addressed. Everyone enjoyed reading the blogs.
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CODEMAULER 9/30/2012 11:39AM

    I really enjoyed the challenge and I'm SO glad that you shared it with so many of us. I made new friends and FOUND my groove (it must have been hanging out with yours).


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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/30/2012 10:07AM

    So happy for you:) Sounds like you are finding your balance! Way to go!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/30/2012 9:57AM

    Thank you for sharing this blog challenge, I have enjoyed reading it daily.


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ONEKIDSMOM 9/30/2012 9:51AM

    I enjoyed the blogging challenge, but I'm ready for a different challenge for October... so I'm moving on to a team challenge set by one of my teams. But before I do, I want to give YOU a great big THANK YOU for starting this one! It was revealing, and kept me going.

And... emoticon on getting your groove back! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 9/30/2012 9:33AM

    I really enjoyed your 30 day blog challenge. It was very nicely done, thoughtful, coherent and well written.


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30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 29: Randomness

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Day 29: There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise.

1. I am at a Romney-Ryan rally with my husband and kids this morning.

2. I have a PhD in biology.

3. I knit, scrapbook, cook, and bake.

4. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 30.

5. I love to cruise and hope we cruise regularly after DH retires.

6. I adore my rescue kitty more than I ever imagined I would love a cat I didn't raise from a kitten.

7. I really, really want a dog but my husband really, really, really does not want a dog.

8. Autumn is my favorite season. I can't imagine living anywhere there isn't autumn leaves, cool autumn weather, and apple season.

9. I was born at 28 weeks gestation. The reaction of the adults in my family to that experience shaped a lot of who I am.

10. At 41 I am grown-up but I still feel like I have plenty of time to reinvent myself a few more times. Super student, scientist, mom, super volunteer, fitness nut, nurtrition advocate, who knows what's to come... But it's up to me!

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JENNYR0506 9/29/2012 5:51PM

    God certainly had something special planned for your life even from the very beginning! Looks like you have not wasted a minute of the precious life He gave you! Great Job!

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CODEMAULER 9/29/2012 4:12PM

    This is a super question (and set of answers). We are more than the sum of our parts, and so much of "every part" goes into any activity we perform.

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GETTHERE7 9/29/2012 2:24PM

  TANYAP71, I have really enjoyed reading your Sept 30 day blog (I even subscribed, a first) and think the questions you asked and answered were very interesting. I never posted before butI just wanted you know I appreciated the effort you put into the blog. Later I will revisit your blog questions and answer them to myself. Have a great October!

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LIZKIRKEIDE 9/29/2012 9:04AM

  WE are more than our fitness plan. Thank you for sharing. Liz K

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30 Day Blog Challenge Day 28 - There's more to this than nutrition & fitness

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?

I am still working on this part of wellness. In a way it was the first thing I started working on but it is certainly the one that I will have to continue to WORK at for the longest.

Emotionally...... I think that exercise helped a lot here. I have a VERY strong family history of major depression. Long ago the doctor told me that vigorous exercise would modulate neurotransmitter levels for 24-48 hours and I should work exercise into my life to ward off the need for antidepressants. Given my family history and the tendency for the drugs to 'poop out', she feels I need to delay starting them for as long as I possibly can. I have come to terms with my family history and the extra stressors in my life and how my coping mechanisms will likely make the difference between succumbing to depression and remaining emotionally healthy. So.... I exercise and I practice accepting my life the way it is and work on reducing stress and developing healthier coping mechanisms. I'm not quite there yet. For example, I'd really like more one-on-one time just having fun with my husband, being a couple, going on dates, just enjoying each other. I used to get horribly stressed out about it which only made it harder for the two of us to connect. Now I don't let it get to me nearly as much but we still haven't worked out how to make that time for us. So... the disconnect still happens but at least we (I) don't make it worse by flipping out on him.

Spiritually.... I'm still a work in progress here as well. Again, I am taking a two-pronged approach. I am not beating myself up for not being a perfect Catholic. But I am also working on making myself the best Catholic I *can* be.

Intellectually.... This is probably the area I'm doing best in. What I'd really like to do - if money and time were no object - is go back to school to become a registered dietician. BUT money & time are both issues so I'm doing a Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification in the time I can carve out. I'll probably do one course at a time related to fitness, nutrition, wellness, etc.

Extra.... I'm not sure where this fits in but I consider my Centergy classes a VERY important piece of my wellness 'program'. Some of this is emotional - taking the time to calm down, recharge, and accept that it *is* OK to take care of me. Some of this is spiritual - it's not traditionally religious but there is something about the feel of Centergy that strikes a spiritual chord in me. Whatever it is about Centergy, I definitely feel like my time in that class helps me cope with the rest of my life.

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    Wow....did I write that paragraph labelled "emotionally"?
That is how close I feel to what you wrote.

You are great to share yourself and I know that many Sparkers are getting a lot out of your posts.

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LWADE1963 9/28/2012 6:27PM

    Where do i sign up for this blog challenge?

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KONOHA-NIN 9/28/2012 6:19PM

    Exercise, and just being aware that you could be prone to depression, I think are great preventative measures.

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FEMISLIM 9/28/2012 1:54PM

    You are calmly taking things in their strides and that is the way to go!

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LOGOULD 9/28/2012 1:35PM

    Sounds like you have really gotten your priorities and goals in line. You are quite the role model and an amazing example for me to follow after!

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30 Day Blog Challenge Day 27 - PT to PT

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day 27: Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work?

I suppose the primary professional I 'hired' was my doctor. I've had a succession of them. The first one saw me when my son was about 6 months old. I was still 20-ish pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight and frustrated with my progress and my size. She told me I'd never get my pregnancy body back! That stuck with me for a long, long time :-( My next PCP was really dismissive of my distress over feeling overwhelmed. She told me that as a SAHM to 2 young children and married to a man who worked all the time 'of course I felt depressed'. Fired her too. But now I have a WONDERFUL doctor... who patiently told me for years that I needed to worry less about the number on the scale (the 150 I complained to my post-preg PCP about was A-OK with my current PCP) and more about getting exercise - for the sake of my physical AND emotional health. She's a keeper :-) I haven't seen her since fall of 2010 and I'm excited to get to discuss 'stuff' in December when I have a physical.

I had a bad arm injury that required PT from September 2010 until March 2011. I don't count my physical therapist as someone who I hired to help with this journey except for the fact that I told him my goal was to get cleared to join a gym. Aside from recovery from my injury, the biggest benefit of PT was that I had to find time for 3-5 hours a week to go to PT. That meant when I was done with PT I had carved out this nice little chunk of time devoted to my health and I was determined to KEEP IT.

When I joined the gym I hired a trainer to help me learn how to work out and to help me avoid injury. His name is Dave Corbett and I can't recommend him enough. I am so happy with how he helped me that he now trains BOTH of my children and they are getting great results too :-) I was never one of those 2-3 times a week clients (sorry, Dave!). I needed someone to teach me how to work out but I was (and am) perfectly happy to workout all by myself. He gave me great workouts, cheered me through the whole process, gave me FABULOUS advice and workouts to fine-tune things when The Female Body Breakthrough didn't get me *quite* where I wanted to be. Now he and I chat about exercise/fitness but I don't go to him to design my workouts anymore. I would gladly sign on to do a small group class put together by him and if I ever start back sliding I will start working with him to get me back on track. I don't feel like HE made this body but he certainly taught me what to do so I could make it for myself. I really don't think I'd be here without all I learned from him and all his encouragement along the way :-)

Running update:
Running for 2012:
117.0 miles + 4.25 miles = 121.25
no scheduled races

Second day doing rolling hills on the treadmill. I did 4 miles in 38 minutes. Very happy with that :-) I'll be doing 5 miles in no time, although I *may* stop at 45' and work on getting to 5 miles in 45' instead of just to 5 miles.

I also wore my new running sneakers. I bought then at the New Balance outlet for just $40. I bought them just because I have a 'thing' for pretty sneakers but I figured if they were also good for running then they would have been a SUPER deal. My other pair of running shoes were over $100! They felt great. No pain anywhere.

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CODEMAULER 9/28/2012 7:09PM

    Looks like I need to pick up my pace on the elliptical!!


I'm eager to meet my trainer on Monday and hope that he's as awesome as Dave.

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FEMISLIM 9/27/2012 11:36PM

    Good that you are doing great. I can't afford a personal trainer, so I will say, I am my trainer on this journey.

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LOGOULD 9/27/2012 11:13PM

    I've been thinking of getting a trainer to get me rolling on doing workouts by myself, but so many want you to sign up for those 2-3 a week packages which I simply can't afford. I just need to get the ball rolling and then check in once a month or so for tweeking and to stay accountable to making progress toward some goals.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/27/2012 7:25PM

    Awesome news about your new shoes:)
Enjoy your weekend!

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