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Dr. Nancy English 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Today, I completed a 5K in under 45 minutes - the exact time is around 43:38 - the fastest I have EVER ran 3 miles! emoticon This was also my first race that I have done that was chip timed. Another first was this was the first race with over 100 people. We estimated over 400 people was in the race. The highest number was 400.

My friend Holly was really nice and took my first photos at a race. Here some are.





The kids lining up for the 1K.







My friend, Holly, and I.

  
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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/9/2010 1:26PM

    Congratulations!

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SNOWFILLY 8/1/2010 8:18AM

    You are soooo emoticon!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REVJVH 7/31/2010 8:55PM

    Well done!!!!!!

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THECRAZYMANGO 7/31/2010 6:43PM

    The results were posted and it was better than I thought! EEEK!
Time: 42:11
Pace: 13:36
Place: 213 (By the way, there were
316 participants!)

Not bad, not bad! emoticon

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HEIDISO 7/31/2010 6:16PM

    Congratulations!!

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SOUTHIE2010 7/31/2010 3:54PM

    Congrats!!!! Way to go!!! That is soooo amazing!!!

I love that you are rocking a Cheers shirt too!

Great way to start the weekend!

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Enjoy the ride.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Some days you wake up all emoticon but today is not one those days, hehe. I am all emoticon emoticon emoticon.

This morning I slept in until 10 am. In the past, I would be emoticon but not today. So, I missed a few hours.. but.. it felt amazing to sleep in. You see I emoticon sleep. Some can survive on like two hours of sleep.. I cannot. I cannot even survive on six, haha!

Anyhow, I have decided to make the best of the day.. so I knew I had to do laundry.. so I couldn't wear any of those clothes.. I dressed up! I think I look darn cute. Take a peek for yourself!





Now mind you the last time I was able to wear that skort (no, skirts for me! hehe) is when I was in High School in '04! SIX years ago! Eek! Also, I have a fond memory of wearing that skirt, feeling sexy, when my first real boyfriend was courting me. Maybe I'll just go to Wal-Mart and find myself a boyfriend! *giggles*

On other news, I was thinking about something last night as I was waiting to fall asleep. It is okay to lose only 2# a month. Yup, a month. So often we, including myself, get all wrapped up with losing #8 a month.. but what about 2# a month? I'll tell you what!

Back in March I weighed 213 and could not wear that said skort out in public.. it wasn't cute.. but than I lost about 2# a month. Now I can wear it! How exciting!

Think about it.. imagine if you for the next year lost 2# for each month so 24#.. where would you be? I would be at 172! If I decided to be a little more focused and lose 3# a month, that would put me at 160. emoticon Have you looked at my weight tracker? That is my goal weight! Eek!

So next time you get frustrated with yourself for not losing that #10 for August, smile, and focus on the 2#! We don't need to be in a hurry.. this is a journey.. enjoy it. Enjoy learning about new things about yourself in and out. Enjoy the ride. Peace out!


(Here I am having some camera fun with my new sunglasses!)

  
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SOUTHIE2010 7/31/2010 8:45AM

    Hey chickie! So excited to see this blog! Looks like you were able to shake yourself out of the funk. . . GREAT NEWS!!!

2 #'s a month is a totally amazing goal! I always think as long as we are moving we are going in the right direction!

Exciting to see what August holds for us!!!!

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SNOWFILLY 7/30/2010 8:48AM

    Don't know what you are talking about. You are not just darn cute, you are Beautiful!!! Love your outfit. Yes, 2#'s a month is great! OK, that is my goal for the month of August. I am going to do it! Glad you had a great day.

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NAMSMOMMY 7/29/2010 1:04PM

    I lost only 0.2 last month, but its a LOSS! :-) Cute outfit!

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A Mile in the Rain!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

This morning I woke up with symptoms of anxiety which I often call "being crabby". After a few years of depression, I knew them well. I tried to ignore them. Bad idea. It eventually turned into symptoms of depression. Now it really got to be no fun. I feel listless, empty, unmotivated (about anything) and I just sit there.

I knew what I needed. Exercise. emoticon

But, before I would do that, I told myself I would do Unit 3 test for my online class which I needed to review for. I ended up not doing so hot after all.. maybe I should have worked out first. I just don't seem to work on my online class after I work out... emoticon

Moving on. I was talking to a friend of mine online who somehow motivated me enough to go. I didn't think about it. I just went. I knew I didn't have to put 100% into it... just as long as I did it.. that was the important part.

I got into my car and drove down to the campus fitness center. I climbed onto the elliptical. Within the first 10 minutes, I knew if I didn't change the TV from the national news (with stocks marqueeing on the bottom), I wouldn't make it to 15 minutes. Eventually, I settled on Ellen. She is one funny lady. emoticon She might have to become part of my regular routine. So, in the end, I worked out there for 40 minutes. emoticon I was feeling much better.

When I drove home, I really wanted to run outside.. BUT it was emoticon. I had a choice... to stay home or to run in the emoticon. I RAN in the emoticon! I gotta say this was a first. I left my IPod at home - I didn't want it to get wet - and just let myself relax with it sprinkling. I was drenched when I got home and loved it!

Mind you, I ran kinda slow and it probably wasn't it safe. I kept it to a mile.. as it was thundering and lightening. When I got home, I was sitting in my towel, and the electricity went out. emoticon That is when I was like.. maybe I should get dressed. Like ten minutes after that, the school sent out an email saying we should take cover immediately. I didn't.

So, today I dealt with my anxiety, depression, did poorly on a test, and did not start Week 3 for C25K but there will always be tomorrow to do better.

As for today, my big accomplishment is emoticon a mile IN the emoticon!

  
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SNOWFILLY 7/28/2010 7:40AM

    You are emoticon!!!! Just be careful with the lightening tho. Like Sherylds said, we do want a healthy Savannah!!! Good for you!!!

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SOUTHIE2010 7/27/2010 10:52PM

    Good for you and getting out and running in the rain! Sometimes something as simple as that can shake up your exercise routine, and make even running fun!

Maybe you should make a date with Ellen a couple of times a day! 40 minutes on the elliptical is great, and I'm sure it got the endorphines moving.

Keep blogging about how you are feeling! Days like these will be helpful in the future when you feel like you can't find motivation. You can look back on this blog and know you fought through it before . . . you can do it again!

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SHERYLDS 7/27/2010 8:16PM

    Love the enthusiasm for running but be careful with thunderstorms. The weather seems to be getting more and more unpredictable. We want a healthy Savannah

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40AROUNDCORNER 7/27/2010 8:15PM

    I am getting up right now and walking my dog! It's cool and dry out and I have not excuse! Thanks for the inspiration!

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LITTLEDUTCH 7/27/2010 6:55PM

    I don't run, but I love walks in the rain.

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NAMSMOMMY 7/27/2010 6:49PM

    I love running in the rain. :-) No one can see me sweating like a piggy! lol

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REVJVH 7/27/2010 6:46PM

    I was biking in the rain this morning, but it only sprinkled on me a bit. Still, it's disconcerting to hear thunder and see lightning when you're out with no cover. Good for you for listening to your body and giving what it needed, even if the circumstances weren't ideal.

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College Student = Very poor!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Okay.. I need to vent because I'm really annoyed with this situation. I know there are worse things out there, but right now its making me want to scream.

So.. here we go.

I struggle with my finances in the sense that I always spend TOO much on eating out. All summer I was doing great.. basically I was living on a loan. I'd go out to eat but like once or twice a month.. not like every week like before... and I wasn't paying for my friends.

Anyhow, a friend came up to celebrate their birthday. They just assumed that just because THEY could afford Red Lobster that I could. Um, no. But, I didn't say anything. Partly due because I thought he was paying for me.

This got me thinking.. what if I started to do things to him like he has done to me.

For example:
"Sorry, I thought you were paying for us."
"Oh, I cannot pay - I will get it next time."
"Oops, I forgot my purse."

Seriously? How would they feel? Mind you this is not the only friend that does this and I don't get it. Why does everyone think I have tons of money. I don't.

I also have another friend that pressures me to do stuff with her at last moment. I have no problem with this if I could afford it. But, I cannot.

Here is a memo to all my college friends. I am in college. I have a TINY budget - if you can call it that. I cannot pay for you. I cannot go out with you that costs like $70 or more. I am poor. This is why I am in college. I am trying to better myself so I can eventually have my own apartment, have a full-time job.. and maybe, just maybe, have health insurance!

Okay, I feel a little better.. I am going to go work out on the elliptical. I am hoping it will help me de-stress. Than, stop by the gas station for laundry money I cannot really afford. Than, back here.. to get some homework done.

  
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HAPPY0408 7/26/2010 2:10PM

    I know how you feel somewhat. Everyone thinks I have a lot of money due to working in a hospital setting, but I just get by. With all the bills I currently have it uses most of the money I have then need the rest for food (which I have learned to eat mostly at home), gas, laundry, etc. It does get frustrating. UGH! Just recently my brother asked to borrow money and I had to tell him no. I was surprised that he did not get upset about it, he just said that's ok. Then my fiance's family thinks I am rich and expects us to visit them all the time except we can not because his family lives 4 hours away and it costs money in which I do not have. I am also looking into going back to college so then we will even be more broke because I will need to cut down to part-time while going to school. It does get so aggravating when people assume you have all the money in the world. So I understand how you feel regarding people thinking you are rich when you are not.

Best Wishes to you!

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SOUTHIE2010 7/26/2010 1:02PM

    Ugh that is a tricky situation! I hate having to talk to friends about money. . .its typically awkward.

Sometimes you just have to have the talk. Otherwise you are going to get frustrated and ultimately might end up losing the friendship.

Its like a bandaid . . . just rip it off!

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SHERYLDS 7/26/2010 12:55PM

    Ahhhh but you are rich in spirit.
When in doubt ask. It's safer that way.

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Too Healthy! ;)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Today I went to give plasma but couldn't give - my blood pressure was too LOW! So, in other words, I am TOO healthy. I didn't know it is possible.

The real ironic part was that I ran over a bucket right before. I thought fluids might be leaking and so I called my dad. He wasn't listening - just rambled on about nothing (if you knew my dad, you'd understand) so I hung up on him. And, well, I didn't call him back. You would think of that would be stressful.. and would increase my blood pressure. Furthermore, I had like pickles yesterday which would be alot of sodium.. doesn't that increase your blood pressure too?

Anyhow.. apparently this lifestyle change is working. Some people work really hard to have low pressure.. I guess I am lucky to be so healthy. Hopefully, it can stay that way for the rest of my life.

Does anyone know if I exercised before giving plasma if it would raise my BP? I just need to a bit to be able to give plasma.. otherwise, emoticon

  
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PATRICIAANN46 7/24/2010 1:41PM

  Keep a good check on this. Being too low isn't always a good thing either. Have your Dr. check it and then check it yourself on a regular basis. Your Dr. will have some good suggestions for you.
I have always heard that exercising can lower your blood pressure in as little as an hour after you have finished exercising. Check this out.
Sounds like you have a great day ahead of you. Enjoy!!!! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 7/23/2010 2:58PM

    SAVANNAH ???? If your BP is too LOW and they rejected you, what makes you think trying to raise it so that you can donate it, is a good thing to do? Come on Lady, you're smarter that that. But I would have it checked again by someone else. I've had Hypertension since I was 23 and a lot of times they get bad readings if the cuff isn't on correctly. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NCOX25 7/23/2010 12:25PM

    I'm not sure how that works, but you could probably ask your doctor about that. Anyhow, good job on reaching your goals and keep up the awesome work!

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