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30 %

Monday, February 08, 2010

I just realised!

On January 16th I reached 30 % weight lost - the mid-term goal I was working towards!

In January 2009 I got to 20% lost and now - almost exactly a year later - there is 30 % less of me than when I started Spark-ing.

It's overwhelming. It's incredible and it's awesome to think about all the changees from the person I used to be to the one I am now.

It is very exciting, and not just because there's a layer of fat less of me.

I'm even more excited about the fact that there's a new spring in my step and a joy in my heart which lightens me, and this comes from inside ME and from all of YOU who support me and inspire me to grow in so many ways!

Thank you so much to Spark People and to all my Spark Friends for sharing your thoughts, for teaching me and lifting me up when I need support and for keeping me company as we stroll along in this life and learn and grow together! It's a JOY to know all of you!

My next mid-term goal will be celebrated when I offically reach the overweight BMI category and say goodbye to obesity forever in another 10 pounds.

Will you join me on the way there?

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KAROLINELIEN 2/18/2010 5:00AM

    Wow. 30 %. That's absolutely amazing! I just have to lose about 10 % of me to be at goal but I still haven't done it. So you're an inspiration!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/11/2010 6:28PM

    BIG HUGS AND UR AMAZING. thanks for the link!!! *im saving it*

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STRATOSPHEAR 2/10/2010 4:31AM

    Yes! Congratulations, Marit!! :D

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CAROLISCIOUS 2/9/2010 9:13PM

    emoticon times 30!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 2/9/2010 11:30AM

    emoticon Marit! You been working so hard that you didn't even realize it!

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MARCHMAID 2/9/2010 9:05AM

    Hey, I'm really happy for you! Your joy bounced right off the page!
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JESPAH 2/9/2010 8:11AM

    W00p! And we can say we knew ya way back when .... ;)

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_RAMONA 2/9/2010 12:58AM

    Way to go, SKINNY! (I TOLD you, didn't I?!)

I'm with you, Marit! And you only get back what you so generously offer to others. I'm honoured to trot along as best I can beside you!

May your every day be all you need it to be. May an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}

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LADYSNOWFALL 2/8/2010 10:18PM


You are Awesome! Such an inspiration! And yes! I'll join you!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/8/2010 9:36PM

    While I have dreams of being less than obese, according to almost every chart, even if I get to my ultimate goal weight of 210, I will still be obese for my height, which is just crazy because I look good at that weight.

I guess that's why we have more to measure success than a scale.

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WILSOCA 2/8/2010 9:31PM

    Yay !!! I'm so proud of you .. I'm even more proud of you than Teri is .. ha ha ha ha ha ... no, we're equally proud of you.
The things you've accomplished are nothing less than extraordinary in my eyes !!!
Way go my friend !!!!

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FIT_TERI 2/8/2010 8:33PM

    Yes, I will join you!!

I have no doubt that you feel supported and inspired by your Spark Friends. I think there are a lot of us that feel the same way. I hope you know how much you support and inspire all of us!!

Congratulations on this awesome accomplishment. I am very proud of you.


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WATERMELLEN 2/8/2010 7:45PM

    I celebrate your accomplishment: you sound full of joy and confidence!

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    emoticon emoticon I WILL JOIN YOU!

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KARBIE18 2/8/2010 7:07PM

    I'm with you!

Way to go on your amazing accomplishment! You have done an incredible job, and you deserve all the good things that have come your way. What an inspiration!

Keep up the great work - that ten pounds will be gone before you know it!


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January Review & GOYAAM plan for February

Thursday, February 04, 2010

My focus in January when it comes to health and fitness was to:
- Get 7h sleep (= bed by 11 PM weekdays)
- Do the bootcamp challenge
- Fitness: Do 2500 cal/week, 250 minutes/week
- Food: Track and stay in range 6 days/week

Weekly result

1/3-1/9 = 30/35 points B
Sleep (7+h) 4p BC 7p Fitness calories 2665 (7p) Fitness minutes 325 min (7p) Food 5p = 30 points

1/10-1/16 = 34/35 A
Sleep 7x BC 7x Fitness 2559 kcal 360 min Food 6x

1/17-1/23 = 33/35 A-
Sleep 5x BC 7x Fitness 3066 kcal 390 min Food 7x

1/24-1/30 = 30/35 B
Sleep 6x BC 3x Fitness 3060 kcal 490 min Food 7x

What a great month January was! What a start of the year! I did some fitness related activity every day in January and sweat therapy at least every second day.

The only goal I "failed" was the bootcamp challenge. Since I did DO some exercise every day in January and did my ST program faithfully I don't think it matters.

I melted 12,074 calories in January, well above my target of 10,700 for the yearly goal of 127,500

GOYAAM Plan for February 2010

February is a really hectic month at work with lots of deadlines looming, which is why sweat therapy is absolutely vital to my mental well-being!

I'll be working on these goals for the "Spark yourself in February challenge" in my GOYAAM team:

Nutrition: Track every bite I eat & get my 2 liters of water
Fitness: Do 300 workout minutes & 2500 cal per week
Motivation: Practice positive self-talk 5 min daily

In addition to that I'll keep focusing on sleep and keeping stress out of my life.

I'm still looking into trainin programs for my 10K race in (yikes!) merely 12 weeks. I run 3 times a week or more 2K-5K each time and I want to spend more time on my (tired) feet and increase distance. I feel I should increase distance/time more slowly because of the extra weight I carry around to avoid injuries.

If you have any suggestions for me akin to the C25K program, I'd love to hear them! I want to start crossing off "structured" training runs in a week or two and feel that I have "started" training, if that makes sense.

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CAROLISCIOUS 2/6/2010 7:29PM

    Great job in January...great start to the new year!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/5/2010 2:57PM

    Might want to google for a 10K training program. There are probably some that are similar to a c25K and then some for people who just want more punishment . . . challenges


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JESPAH 2/5/2010 9:42AM

    Excellent! I think I'd like to use this blog post as the theme for the next article about you, that you're off to a great start for the year.

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SWEETZMIX 2/5/2010 9:17AM

You did get an awesome start to the new year!! I know this month is going to be hectic, but I think all the little things you will be doing will really help you stay sane. Also it would be great to keep this up, so when the spring comes along you will already set in your ways, so to speak lol

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CJROMB 2/4/2010 11:42PM

    I love your grading system and how you're keeping track of things and challenging yourself. I wrote a syllabus and followed it. For a week. And I got a C.

HOWEVER, even though I didn't get an A, I've since kept that syllabus in my head, and I've been getting better and better at the number one thing I care about on it...sleeping.

Sleep, Drink, Workout, Eat Better. In that order. It's amazingly backwards from anything I would have ever guessed works.

As far as training, I read something recently about increasing speed. It suggested that you get your cadence to between 85 and 90, regardless of your stride/speed. That's 85-90 footstrikes in a minute (you only count one foot, so it's a left step and a right step that equals 1).

Once you get that pace down consistently (it's actually HARDER at first as most people are actually running slower cadences - mine was 75-80 to begin with)....anyway, once you get that pace/cadence down, then you work on lengthening your stride, little by little, keeping the cadence the same. If you hit a wall and can't increase your stride anymore, your legs aren't strong enough.

Then, it's time to lift weights.

Damn it, EVERYTHING comes back to that!!! :) Fortunately for you, you're already doing that, right? And I've started, so there it is, out in the open.

I dunno if that helps any. I'm not into training plans. I don't stick to a syllabus either, unless a teacher is grading me.

I just want to go for a RUN in the RAIN until I'm so exhausted I want to puke. If I can run longer before I want to puke next time? I call it progress.

And I'm gonna run tomorrow night outside, I don't care WHAT it's doing!


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DMPRIDER 2/4/2010 11:05PM

    Nice going in January! Congrats! I have no advice to offer for your running training. But I can say "good luck! you can do it!!"

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_RAMONA 2/4/2010 9:52PM

    Wonderful plan, Marit! Your training objective makes perfect sense... unfortunately I have nothing of value to offer you there, lol!

What I really appreciate about your plans are that they are so specific, and you really do know what you're taking in, and what you're burning. I'm afraid the math still eludes me... I can understand it when someone goes over the numbers with me, but as soon as the moment passes, it's like I'm seeing it for the first time all over again (and unfortunately this has gotten worse since I whacked my head). Once I have my heart rate monitor, I'm hoping it will become clearer, but this is where I'll be 'bothering' you... I don't want to just do this blindly because someone else says this is what I need to do. I REALLY want to UNDERSTAND it.

Thanks, as ever, for being such a marvelous role model. You are going to rock this plan!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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FIT_TERI 2/4/2010 9:23PM

    Woo Hoo!

One thing, February will be better on the sleep front now that C.J. is back from vacation! emoticon

I have no recommendations for a 10K training, but I have no doubt that you will get plenty. You had a great January and continue to be an inspiration to all of us!!


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WILSOCA 2/4/2010 9:07PM

    Looks like a great plan for the month !!!
I know a lot of people like Hal Higdon's training programs but I haven't actually used it myself. You may want to take a look.

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    Congrats on your January success! I hope Feb. is as good for you!

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ZIRCADIA 2/4/2010 7:45PM

    Look up Spark your way to a 10K! :D It does run walk untervals up to 10K.

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LADYROSE 2/4/2010 5:59PM

    Whoo hoo!!! You go girl!

Yay for a 10K! I *finally*registered for the 5K in April and am thinking ahead of doing a 10K myself... then a 15K then calling it good.

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To keep doing what doesn't work? Or?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Craig Harper's latest blog:

Excerpt below:

"Every day of your life – yes EVERY DAY – you have the opportunity to change your destiny. That is, the direction of your life. Not some days - every day. Including today. To make decisions, to take chances, to be courageous, to do different and to embrace behaviours which will be transformational from the inside out. Every day you (yes, YOU the person looking at this screen) have the opportunity to learn from your past and to build a better future. Will it be easy? Probably not. Is that okay? Yes. Every day you have the gifts of freedom and choice. Freedom to choose your future and freedom to manage (control, create, shape) your world, rather than be managed by it."
Craig Harper, Motivational speaker

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SHELLPRO 2/5/2010 12:48PM

    Nope, it's never easy MAKING CHANGE! I try to be proactive instead of reactive. Keep Sparking! emoticon

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WILSOCA 2/4/2010 9:03PM

    Absolutely fabulous !!!
Thanks !!!

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LADYROSE 2/4/2010 11:48AM


There's always a choice - we are a product of the choices we've made.

And there's always a chance to make a better choice.

You rock!


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FIT_TERI 2/4/2010 11:39AM

    I love this. Thanks for sharing!

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WOLFKITTY 2/4/2010 10:56AM


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_RAMONA 2/4/2010 10:39AM

    Amen, amen, AMEN!!!!!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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Monday, January 25, 2010

I went to the gym on Saturday and saw that the Nike Convention occupied all the group training facilities. I sneaked a peek at what they were doing in one of the rooms and think I'll may have to join that convention next year - it looked like so much fun!

One of the exercises I saw people do was a "Catslide" - and I think you can do this anywhere and everywhere with just some wool socks or wash cloths.

But my oh My it looks HARD! I need to try this and see how many I can do. Perhaps you'd like it too - it's FUNctional strength training that looks really hard and effective. Just add soap and you'll have clean floors as well and a strong core!:

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KUNGFOOD 2/21/2010 8:13PM

    Wow! I think this justifies the expense of refinishing the floors in my house. I just got a whole new gym! Definitely will try this. I love the minimal tools needed.

I'm sure I'll give myself a bloody nose at least once.


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WOLFKITTY 2/2/2010 11:31AM

    Ooh, wow. Yeah, that catslide thing - Wow.
You're so awesome, Marit!


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WILSOCA 1/31/2010 9:48AM

    Oh my good god !! I'm not sure I'd survive that without serious injury !!! :):):):)

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/30/2010 5:48PM

    OOH!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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RUNNING@MYPACE 1/27/2010 10:07PM

    that does look HARD and FUN!!! I think I can do 1 or 2 and then splat on my face ... but to say I did even that many will be great!

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JUSDUCKY 1/27/2010 9:22PM

    Wow, that looks hard! But heck, you're a working out machine and I bet you could do it!

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JESPAH 1/27/2010 6:53AM

    I think I'll peek when my abs are in better shape. :)

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VEEJAY3 1/26/2010 6:28PM

    Ouch! I can tell you that I've done a couple of versions of the many exercises he shows on that video, and they are KILLER!!! GREAT core work. Just simply try the one where you pull yourself across the floor (and you're right, gym towels on a basketball court surface are just fine) and your abs will kill you for days.

Who'd-a thought? Looks so simple.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/26/2010 4:56PM

    I can just imagine it . . . Something that I definitely won't be doing as I don't want to hurt various parts of my anatomy.

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LAB-LOVER 1/26/2010 6:53AM

    Oh my indeed! I think I'd either just go splat or first get dizzy and then go splat. Either way I'd probably have a lab trying to climb on my back which would add challenge!

I think I need to keep doing Core 101 for a bit before I'd be ready to try any of these! But never say never!

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CAMPINLADY 1/26/2010 3:48AM

    oh my.

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DMPRIDER 1/25/2010 11:57PM

    That looks TOUGH! But you know if you can do it you are really, really strong. Something to aim for!

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/25/2010 9:42PM

    Dang...I wouldn't mind standing on the back of a hunky guy while he did it...

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FEMALEWRITER 1/25/2010 7:42PM

    That video looks awesome, but would be impossible for me to do right now. But it's definitely something I would like to try some day.

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SWEETZMIX 1/25/2010 7:00PM

    THAT LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN! I wonder where to get those slide things at. I wonder if they are any better than wash clothes...hmmm I think I need to try this!

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TELERIE 1/25/2010 5:41PM

    I haven't tried and I'm scared to try, but I WILL. Just need to psyche myself for it! Who will try? :)

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FIT_TERI 1/25/2010 5:38PM

    Wow! that looks hard. I'd be scared I'd fall on my face and break my nose or something.
Are you going to try it??

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    Oh my Gosh

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NGCHILD 1/25/2010 5:16PM

    Holy canoli! If you can do that .... you are my hero!!


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LADYROSE 1/25/2010 4:54PM

    Holy macaroni!

Cathe Freidric does some similar stuff on some of her videos... use a paper plate and slide one foot back into a lunge and slide it forward again.

I like the one doing the bridges - I've tried doing something similar on a stability ball and it pulls weird on my knees.

I love the idea of using washcloths to clean the floor! :)

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_RAMONA 1/25/2010 4:11PM

    Okay... once again my brain is trying to kill me!!!! I WANT TO DO THAT... to be THAT strong! LOL!

At the same time every inch of me winced as I watched... and I'd have to wear a helmet as I exercised, lol.

I can't wait to hear how the convention goes for you next year (sly wink), and I'll keep you posted about how clean my floor are.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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Another good week with room for improvement

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Goals: Results for the week 1/17-1/23 = 33/35 points. I'll call that an A-
Sleep 5x Bootcamp 7x Fitness 3066 kcal 390 min Food 7x

As you can see I'm still struggling slightly with early bedtime. I'm doing all right on all other fronts. I drink my water, do my workouts and the bootcamp - although I sometimes have to do postpone a video for another day due to doing other workouts. Food has also been good this week, I've been more focused on my calorie range and that seems to work.

I'm looking into a 10K training program and should start that soon, as I have signed up for my first 10K race April 24. If any of you fellow runners have a suggestion, I'm all ears!

My weekend was all right, but today I've been feeling low for some reason I can't quite figure out. Probably hormones. Or perhaps I'm tired or stressed by work.
I won't over-think this, I'm going to go to bed and see if the funk is gone by tomorrow.
Didn't do my cardio today, didn't even go for a walk with my darling when he went out - which is very unlike me. I just a couple of bootcamp videos I had postponed. I'm still on a great streak for 2010, I've been doing some kind of activity/exercise every day this year.
Also, I'm still in my calorie range and managed to stop myself from eating all the stuff in the house, which is great.
I'll be off to bed and see if I'll feel better tomorrow. Plan is to do some cardio after work tomorrow, that is sure to make me feel good.
Let's have a good week, eh?

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DMPRIDER 1/26/2010 1:05AM

    I hope your mood is looking up. Have a great week!

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    you are excellent in my book. Maybe you need a massage too?

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ZIRCADIA 1/25/2010 1:33PM

    I still have yet to do a 10K so I have nothing on that front -- but WOOHOO for such a great week! :D That is awesome!

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SWEETZMIX 1/25/2010 8:46AM

    You will feel better. I know how it is to get in a funk! Marit you are my hero! You are doing something every day and I realized it's not as easy as it seems, but I only blame myself. I did a lot of thinking at the gym this morning and realized why I can never complete the week with my goals. Hope you are feeling better and you may not be where you want to be with going to bed early BUT I think you are doing better than last year!


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FIT_TERI 1/25/2010 7:50AM

    I hope you got a good night's sleep and that you're feeling a bit better today. Taking a day off is fine. Even feeling down for a day or so isn't unusual....even if you're not sure why. I know it doesn't feel right, though.
Maybe you can get to the gym tonight to get this week started on the right track.
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/24/2010 7:42PM

    You are going to need to take some rest so a day off isn't the worse thing in the world.

Just make sure you get back on the horse here in a bit.

You are going to be fine on that 10K as well.

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/24/2010 6:29PM

    You're on the honor roll again. Congratulations. Now get some good funk-lifting sleep.

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_RAMONA 1/24/2010 6:28PM

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}


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