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Christmas 2014 and 2015 Goals

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Here I sit, watching for my body to get energy to go for a run. Not sure why I am so tired but I am excited to play with my new toys. It was my boyfriend's Christmas with his family and I got alot of fun gift like clothes, picture frames, and a subscription for a box of snacks to get mailed to me.

I must say my boyfriend's gift topped all the other generous gifts. He got me a Garmin watch. For those non-runners, it's a watch that tells me my pace, distance, calories burned and what time it is. I am really excited for it. I am curious if it will tell me how many calories burned during other exercise and it if it works on a treadmill.

I realize being supportive of my running, fitness and eating healthy is very important to me. Other guys in my life were not. They'd try me I shouldn't do it for whatever reason or try to sabotage me. It's huge for me that my boyfriend is supportive of my running. He went to my Turket Trot 5K and wants to do more. He got me a bike for my birthday in April. And, now the Garmin! The support means alot to me. I find it very ironic that I am at 205 and I was at 160ish with those other guys. It really makes me feel like I can get into shape.

On Friday, I met with a trainer about the potential of training. She was nice enough but I am still hesitate. While I was there, I learned they are having a January (new resolutions) promo where you can go to as many classes as you can stand for $30 for the entire month. Typically, each class is $10 so it's steal! I think I will be doing that maybe I will do personal training in February if it is still a want in my life. I think the group exercise class which I was assured is never bigger than 8 people would help me getting stronger, inside and out!

With all this, I have some goals for January and 2015 forming...

Work out 4-5 times a week.
Take group exercises - TRX and Kettlebells - MWF
Run T/Th/Sun

Run a race every month of the year
Lose weight - down to 180 from 205

They are simple goals but hopefully get to who I want to me!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/24/2014 9:48PM

    Happy for you. Merry Christmas, dear.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2014 5:09PM

    Good job, Savannah! So glad that Chris is supportive of your running. That's awesome. Happy for you!


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MOBYCARP 12/21/2014 5:03PM

    Bear in mind that any calorie burn numbers are estimates, and there is a marketing incentive for fitness companies to over-estimate. Translation: You shouldn't eat as much extra as the calorie burn numbers indicate.

One thing I've noticed is that my Garmin reports lower calorie burn numbers when I have the heart rate monitor connected than when I don't, on runs of similar length and pace. I infer that the estimates from pace are like, "Oh, wow! He's moving fast!" But then when you add the heart rate data, it's like, "Huh. He isn't really working that hard."

THBS, I love being able to monitor pace, and laps, and see what my heart rate did at during the run, and how pace and heart rate correlate with hills. I'm not sure how much training value I get out of that, but it is entertaining.

I wish you well with your goals. Running a race every month is a goal I've seen other runners espouse, though I've never done it. Come to think of it, I have a 4 month streak of that going on right now, plus I'm registered for a race in January. I'll have to think about adopting that goal myself.

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NATPLUMMER 12/21/2014 4:54PM

    Excellent goals! Enjoy your Garmin :-)

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Need to Get Strict with Myself

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Even through I juggled two jobs while going to college, it was so much easier to fit working out in. Most times I'd do it in between classes. Now that I am an adult, it is so much harder. I get two choices - before or after work. Either way, I am tired when I do it. The last couple weeks, I have been going through a daily cycle of procrastination. It goes like this.

10:00 pm: Sets alarms for 5:45 am.
5:45 am: Reset alarm for 7:00 am and get up at 7:00 am for work.
7:00 am: Pack a gym bag and go to work.
4:30 pm: Tell myself I will go after the gym calms down and isn't busy.
7:00 pm: I'll go in the morning.

You can see where the problem lies. I admit it. When I am tired, I am lazy. But, now as an adult, work is the main focus of the day. This means I have to work out in the morning or evening. I am coming to terms that I have to get more strict with myself. Basically, I need to get up in the morning and do it when the gym is nearly empty and nothing can sneak in before it.

I know if I find a consistent time that my work outs would be consistent. I am looking at starting to train for half marathon and an obstacle course. Ironically, the half marathon, I'd need to have strong hips and the obstacle course a strong upper body.

Right now I am on the fence about the obstacle course but been thinking I might do it as it will give me a reason to strength train. If it's for weight loss, I am like, "What's the point?" I know if I train for a half marathon, strength train three times a week and track my food, I WILL lose weight. But, I need goals to get motivated to do something.

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RETURNTOLOVE 12/17/2014 5:25PM

    I'll tell you what, it's the same thing when you work from home! I would set my alarm every night thinking "I can do this! I don't have to work until 9am!" Then my alarm would go off and I would reset it to 8am. What I've been doing is I go to this website called and I find some jams to pump myself up around 3pm so I am super psyched to go to the gym!

Also, I did this at Albert Lea, but I found a bunch of people who were in the same gym as me and we all banded together and held each other accountable. It wasn't so much that we were going together, but just knowing that I was keeping my eye out for them as much as they were for me made a lot of difference!

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MOBYCARP 12/10/2014 8:18PM

    Perhaps you are simply not a gym person. Is the time to get to and from the gym a deterrent? See what you can arrange to do at home, with no travel time. No, you won't be able to have all the fancy toys the gym stocks; but you can get whatever fits in your available space that is most important to you.

I didn't make progress with pull ups till I got a pull up bar for home. I just wouldn't get to the gym often enough. Ditto with kettlebells. If I hadn't bought some for myself, I never would have used them enough in the gym to get good at any of the kettlebell exercises.

Of course, running is ideal for not needing a gym. Get dressed, out the door, run, arrive home, cool down, stretch, shower. No travel to the gym is needed.

As far as up early, here's the problem:

"10:00 pm: Sets alarms for 5:45 am."

I was never able to get up before 6 until I started getting to bed consistently before 9:30. A certain amount of sleep is necessary, and work made adding sleep to the end of the night impossible. So it had to be added to the start of the night, complete with mourning all the stuff I no longer had time to do in the evening because I needed to be in bed early. But such is the price of being able to rise early. Natural morning people don't notice it. We natural evening people can find it a difficult adjustment.

Perhaps nothing I've suggested will work for you. That's OK. What's important is, stepping back to think about who *you* are and what has a chance of working for you, even if it wouldn't work for me or your best friend or whoever you admire for being fit and keeping the weight off.

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NATPLUMMER 12/10/2014 11:28AM

    I totally get it.

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PYNETREE 12/10/2014 6:05AM

    Hey - would you bail on a promise made to a friend this way?!

NO! So You owe It you to be friends with yourself! And don't shortchange yourself.

Put your alarm across the room ... then you'll have to get out of bed to shut it off, and won't bother to sleep more, as you're already up.

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Sending you Strength!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2014 9:49PM

    It's all about getting that rutine going to stay in synch. You'll get there!

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MEOWMEEEOW 12/9/2014 9:46PM

    Whatever it takes to actually do it! I know you can succeed if you keep at it!

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JAMBABY0 12/9/2014 9:43PM

    you can do this

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Pivotable Point?

Monday, December 08, 2014

Nothing like coming home to a note to call your landlord to get your anxiety up and running. Basically, he was wondering if I was going to renew my lease in June. Apparently, he's has alot of people asking about availability. It'd be my third year in my apartment if I renewed.

Ironically, this weekend I brought up (again) to my boyfriend about moving in together. On one hand, I understand some of his reasons such as he can't afford to move because rent is lower by himself than us living together. On the other hand, by June we will have dated two years but he doesn't think he can commit to living together? It frustrates me because at what point do I just give up and move on? Move on to a town I enjoy and a job that might actually be for me?

It's hard because I enjoy being with him most the time except when their are mental health issues. Our relationship seems to get better with time. He's been really trying to eat healthy and support my running. It's been really nice. But, how long do I wait?

Ironically, when I was driving home, I was thinking maybe if I stay one more year I can save up for a house. Homes around here are about the same as rent.

Anyhow, these are my thoughts. It feels like a pivotable point in my life. And needed to get my thoughts out. Guideness is welcomed!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/9/2014 12:09AM

    We met in December and John and I were engaged on the Fifth day of Christmas two years later. I can't help but think you should want to live in the community you buy a home in for at least five years understanding there's a lot of work in upkeep and maintenance in owning property (especially alone). Marriage is a covenant between two people and God . . . a decision only you can determine is the right move or not for you. Whatever you decide, keep saving in your retirement fund and for your future dreams. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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1CRAZYDOG 12/8/2014 7:57PM

    Well, for me, if it were coming up on yr. #2, and he wasn't ready to commit, I'd have some thinking to do. Obviously, we are all different and have to make choices that are right for us. Just saying, that's how I'd feel.

DO you like the job you have right now? If you do, then that is worth sticking to. I know the job situation has been very tough for you. Believe me, I 'get it'.

Would this job allow you to save money to buy a house or condo? If so, that's a mighty fine goal. Again, speaking for me, I would think condo before house only because if you did that alone, a house is a LOT of work. At least with a condo the outside maintenance is provided. That's a huge help.

ok, those are my thoughts. And on that note, think about things, pray about things and you'll make the right choices, my dear.


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Spicy Hamburger Soup

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

I really struggle with food. I truly love it - good or bad food. I love it all. This week I decided to make spicy hamburger potato soup. It was very fulfilling but I don't think it's a healthy item at all. I came to that conclusion at work today when I heated it up and all the fat was coming to the top. Than, I promptly I got a tummy ache (probably from all the fat). I think this is one recipe I will limit myself on. Soups are always so hard for me. They either aren't filling or are too many calories.

I think it's also high in sodium or I hope so as my weight jumped up to 207. emoticon It seems when I track my calories it goes up. If I don't it maintains or sometimes dips down. This is why I want a Garmin GPS watch for Christmas because I don't think I am burning as many calories as the trackers say I am burning. I think my body has become efficient from exercising for the last five years.

Tonight is the second class of Fit Camp and debating on whether to go or not. If I go, do I run before hand. I am feeling tired, tummy full and upset. I know I need to push myself to go or nothing will change. Hmmm....

Right now, my calories are in range so that's good. Yesterday I went over 200 calories. Sooner or later, I will get there. Just taking practice again. emoticon

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 12/4/2014 9:17AM

    Try making it with ground turkey instead. That would be a lot less calories and fat. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/3/2014 9:55PM

    Great observation! I love soup, too. Today I made a big pot of Split pea soup (light on the lean ham, but full on flavor). Last week I made a big pot of chicken veggie soup using all the great veggies I have in the house (onions, celery, carrot, colorful mini sweet peppers, green and red cabbages -- who needs noodles!) While John and I already enjoyed two meals from the rotisserie chicken, the boiled and broken bones made the best broth supplementing with only 10 oz of white meat. Half the soup (5 cups) went to a sick friend who really "felt the love." You don't need to lose savory flavors for the lighter versions. I find a little extra pepper powder or chilies does wonders too. Soups are great food!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/3/2014 8:22PM

    How much sodium does your soup have? Canned soups have TONS of salt. Maybe there's a way to tweak the recipe . . . for example, w/o even seeing the recipe, could you substitute ground turkey for the hamburger? That would cut a good deal of fat. Don't know what else the recipe calls for, but those are just ideas right off the top.

Yes, it takes a lot of practice for sure!

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Fit Camp

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Yesterday, I went to the first day of Fit Camp.

Everyone was really nice and welcoming. For whatever reason, I didn't feel out of place or like everyone was watching me fail at my exercises. Maybe it helped that the two body builders in the class were whining out loud what I thinking inside my head somewhat. However, when they did it, it was humorous and I knew I wasn't alone.

We did however many reps we could do in a set time of 30, 60, or 90 seconds. Maybe this is why I didn't feel bad about my performance because I wasn't trying to keep with the class but rather myself. With these timed circuits, we did squats, planks, push ups, sit ups, bridges. emoticon

After the class, I didn't think it worked me very much as I barely broke a sweat. Ha! The joke was on me. My hips, inner thighs, pecs, shoulders were all a bit tired today and I got more tired/sore as the day went on. So much so that I took a nap after supper and after this blog I am going back to bed. emoticon

I skipped my emoticon today as I was so tired. I am going to try to get it in before class tomorrow night or before work tomorrow morning. I will either need to get hard core on myself and run sore or maybe change my workout routine to have two workouts on MWF and rest on Tu/Th. I really have two goals this month... working on running longer distance for the 10K and complete the month of Fit Camp!


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MOBYCARP 12/3/2014 6:45PM

    A few random observations from my own experience:

1) The first time back at strength training after taking time off is the worst for DOMS. You should not be as sore after the second Fit Camp session.

2) After I became a runner, one of the weirdest things was that I didn't work up a sweat or get my heart rate up from hard weight lifting. I could deadlift to the limit of my strength without elevating my heart rate! That never happened before I became a runner.

If you are like me, barely breaking a sweat doing stuff to train strength can be deceptive. You need to pay attention to more subtle body cues than heart rate and sweat to know whether you're working hard enough or too hard on the strength exercises.

Eventually, I learned to deal with that. If I really want to feel an elevated heart rate while doing strength exercises, I can always do kettlebell snatches.

3) Rest is good. When your body tells you that you need an extra rest day, take it. You are more likely to mess up your progress by pushing too hard than by taking an extra rest day when your body demands one.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/3/2014 7:17AM

    Glad you went and glad the class was so welcoming! That's so important. HUGS

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ARMOMMI2 12/3/2014 12:04AM

  Wow! You really hit the ground running! I personally always over-do it when i've been away from the gym for a while, but I'm finding that putting a home gym together was a lot of fun. I still miss the people at the gym and the social aspect of seeing old friends, but I'm happy to be able to work out at home. You have some amazing goals. I know you will step up to each challenge and give it your best. emoticon emoticon

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