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Another day in paradise.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

This morning I started my day with a counseling appointment. While there, I said I was content in which she was like, "Yes, you said that last week." But, that's the thing. I really am. This feeling is such a feeling of, "Ahh, this is nice." Sure, things could be going better.. but, boy, they could be going worse. What a nice feeling!

I always feel a bit anxious after my counseling meetings. It probably is because she challenges my thoughts. So, after my class I decided to emoticon. When I first got up this morning, I wasn't going to run. I slept hard last night and thought maybe I should just relax today. Anyhow, the emoticon was amazing. I did 2 miles in 30 minutes. I feel that was pretty darn good for the first week of working out again. I was pretty happy about it. I even got my pace up around 12:00 for a minute or so. On the TM, I have noticed that I run at a pace under 14:00 which I, also, feel pretty good about.

Than, I was going to study before a quiz I had to do... but I realized I was raving hungry. Did you know you need carbs to think? So, I decided to go home.. and eat. You would think I was eating cheesecake or something by all the sounds I was making! emoticon I had cantaloupe for dessert.. YUM!

The endorphin high killer was my quiz I took. That class stresses me out more than any other class I have. Maybe it is the fact that the professor blew off our meeting when I wanted to discuss my grade. So unprofessional! I really need to let that go. Or maybe it was the fact that everyone is like.. Oh, it will be so easy. Anyhow, I got it done. I don't think I did great... but it is done and behind me.

Than, off to catch up on emails... maybe eventually clean my car... (it is beautiful out) and than off to work!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/2/2011 11:15PM

  You are turning into quite the runner and I know how good it feels after you have had an invigorating run. I am glad that you are easing into your workouts after being sick. You definitely don't want a relapse. I read that Wisconsin has quite a few flu cases at this time. Take care!!!

Hasn't this weather been great? We have washed the cars in the driveway and I even washed windows yesterday. I am really looking forward to Spring. I don't know why, but this winter seems especially long to me!!!

Have a good rest of your week. emoticon

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LCORTEZ7 3/2/2011 2:09PM

    Wow, what a great run. I've haven't been out for a least 3 months. I can't wait to hit the pavement again. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/2/2011 12:51PM

    Good for you!! You listened to your body again. Way to go. Hope you did alright on the test. I'm sure you did. Yes, I would be a little miffed that a professor would blow off an appt. But, you're right to try to let it go.

Hope your feelings of contentment last for a long time.

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HANNAHV 3/2/2011 3:46AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog....very possitive, keep up the good work!

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JOAN_HEO 3/1/2011 3:57PM

    Sounds like YOU have had a busy day!!!

Your run sounds great. I'm getting ready to suit up for one and try out Upbeat Workouts with an arm band. I'll let you know how it works.

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Nervous to start working out again... WHAT!?! - Part II

Sunday, February 27, 2011

If you haven't read my blog from earlier today.. you may want to or you might be confused.

I did it! I ran! I was super nervous that I wouldn't be able to run. After texting two Spark friends, I decided to take their advice.

Take it easy today.

I ran/walked 1.54 in 25 minutes. In the grand scheme of things, it probably wasn't the best time.. but...

I was able to run for at least 5 minutes without hesitation at the same pace I was at about a month ago and it was even easier, if that is possible! I know I could have ran for 10 minutes before taking an one minute break.

But, than the leggings started falling down where I don't like them.. cuz if they go much further.. I might be a little more free than I like. emoticon

It felt REALLY good to run again! Really good! Like meeting an old friend. Feeling good, I worked on some triceps and biceps.. and even did about 10 minutes of kettlebell work!

Feeling on top of the world, I decided to take my progress photo. So here is one I took and one I asked a total stranger on my friend to take.

I love these leggings because they suck to me (well except when they start to fall down) and they make me feel so small!

Have a wonderful Sunday! emoticon

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PAMG415 3/1/2011 3:42PM

    emoticon emoticon

It's hard to start again, I'm still struggling with 1/1 interval in my running. I can't seem to go for longer. Wow, you did 5 min at a time is great.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/1/2011 11:57AM

    Lookin' good! Keep it up.

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SHECHAM 2/27/2011 6:45PM

    Congratulations... Good for you!!! Whooo Hooo!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/27/2011 6:35PM

    Good for you. Now you know where to restart at and you will find that you will get back to where you were so fast!

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JUSTBIRDY 2/27/2011 6:24PM

    hey skinny! Lookin' good!

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JOAN_HEO 2/27/2011 5:52PM

    You did good, Ms. S!!!! I never doubted it for a second!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/27/2011 5:03PM

    I SOOOOOOOOOOOO know the feeling of not having worked out and then being afraid to go back to it, but you always can you just dont know it till u do it and i am so. freaking proud .of . u.!



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Nervous to start working out again... WHAT!?!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Today is the day... I am going to work out.

After a month of not.

I am nervous.


There I said it.

How in the world can I be scared and nervous after working out consistently for like two years?!! Sure there are bumps in the road.

Also, what is ridiculous about being nervous... is that I have been waiting for this VERY moment where I can be at the gym.. and now I am procrastinating.. pacing in my room.. trying to decide what to wear. Does it really matter? It is just going to get gross anyhow!?!!

I think I am more nervous that I will have to start all over again. You know.. to two years ago.. emoticon I don't want to go back there. Ever.

Also, I think I am nervous that I won't be able to run as much as I did a month ago.

Okay, okay...

Let's play the WHAT IF game..

WHAT IF I can't? Will I just up and quit?

Okay, probably not. I will get back on that horse.. and start whether I am. It is just a setback.

Today is the day that I find out exactly how much "catch up" I have to do.

Sorry for the scrambled and unorganized blog.. but that is kinda how my thoughts and feelings are right now!

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MSJULES01 3/1/2011 7:56PM

    I know exactly what you are going thru. I had the same problem after not being able to workout for a month. I was laid up for that time with cellulitis. I am still getting back on line with everything.

Good luck to you.

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STRIPEDTIGER 2/28/2011 7:20AM

    I completely understand. I went through, and am going through, the same thing. I was down for 2 weeks with some crud and couldn't run. I was crazy nervous going back. I didn't do well but it's because my lungs were (are) still really inflamed. I've been through a round of predisone (today's my last day), antibiotics (2 more days) and an inhaler. I haven't been able but once for a month. This week will be too crazy to workout and next week I'll be out of town so I doubt I'll get a run in.

I'm SCARED to go back. I'm afraid to see how much progress I've lost. I'm training for a 5k in May and I'm worried I've lost so much progress that I'll do badly. :(

We both just have to get started. One step at a time. Do what we can do and work back up to the rest.

We can do this!!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/27/2011 6:34PM

    I am going to go read part 2 since i gather you went to the gym.

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CIVIAV 2/27/2011 5:49PM

    Another woohoo day! WTG Sav!

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SHERYLDS 2/27/2011 3:40PM

    I know you are going to bounce back in half the time and put in double the enthusiasm. You Rock Lady

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    Funny that you posted this when you did. I haven't been able to get into the weight room for almost a month because of illness, work schedule, and other roadblocks. So, today I decided to FINALLY start a new ST routine. I was so anxious about getting to the gym that nearly didn't go. Once I was there it was like "riding a bike" all came back to me and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

So, just accept where you're starting at, take steps to move forward...and enjoy the journey!

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It's a Woohoo Day! :D

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sometimes you just have those days where it is a emoticon day!

emoticon I am FINALLY feeling better and having TONS of energy after being sick all month! I am thinking Prednisone is winning the battle against my hives and my sinus infection. YES!!! This may mean I can start to work out again... I know, I know... take it easy.

emoticon I am keeping steady (so far) at 171ish even on Prednisone. Keeping my fingers crossed for the next 8 days... that I won't gain too much weight as you tend to do this with medicine from increased appetite and water retention.

emoticon Today a YMCA member and I started to chat at work and I mentioned my weight loss. He looked me up and down... like trying to picture it! I love it when people do that! And, I love it even more when they are trying to discretly look me up and down. In addition to that, he told me that he would have put me at 130. emoticon I wish! Hehe!

emoticon In a few days, it will be March. No big surprise there, right?! So, I thought I would turn the calendar to the next month than it fell down. Well, anyways, I write my weight every week on the calendar and I started looking back to the very beginning of it. My calendar starts in July. I weighed 201. Hello, that's 30 pounds! emoticon Every week I aim for ONE pound a week. Apparently, it has paid off! So, if you are reading this and you feel disappointed that you loss only ONE pound this week, don't... it adds up and before you know it, you will have loss a chunk of weight!

emoticon Yesterday, a friend of mine that help start my journey called me to see if I would have the time to help someone that was where I was. I will make time! Seriously, I can pay it forward and it will be good practice for me. More and more, I feel I have the skills to be a personal trainer.

So, after a month of alot of emoticon I am ready to say emoticon to February and emoticon March with open arms!

In fact, I didn't even get a chance to even work on my Febraury goals. emoticon For March, I hope to just work out consistent, start 1/2 Marathon training and complete a monthly Couch Potato Triathlon.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/27/2011 11:19AM

    So glad you are feeling better and sounds like you've got the SPARK back. Even better . . . passing on the spark to someone else. AWESOME!

Keep it up! emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/27/2011 5:21AM

    you are so awesome girl! Im glad you're feeling better! :D

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JOAN_HEO 2/26/2011 9:05PM

    I LOVE Whooohooo days!!!! You had one because you are a WHOOHOOO girl!!! I'm so glad you are finally feeling well!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/26/2011 6:00PM

  YOU are doing emoticon!!!!!

The way that you have lost your weight: slowly and with many different types of exercise is so healthy!!! You will make a great trainer.

I am PROUD!!!!! emoticon

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CIVIAV 2/26/2011 5:57PM

    So happy to hear it! woohoo!

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Time to Focus! :D

Friday, February 25, 2011

In the last few blogs, I have been really whiney about being sick. emoticon for all the supportive comments. I truly appreciate them. Here is a quick overview of it all and what is going on with it now.

First, I got a head cold which turned into a chest cold with a nasty cough. I was prescribed a Z-pak antibiotic. After that ran its course in my body for about two weeks, I got sick with a low grade temperature. They put me on amoxicillian in which a week later I got a yeast infection. They put me on something for that. At the same time, we decided to try out antidepressant (prozac). Two days later, I broke out in hives.

Okay, that is my last month.

Now.. they prescribed prednisone and benadryl/claratin. In 9 days, I hope to get rid of these hives and sinus infection. Unfortunately, this means I might gain weight.

Honestly, I REALLY just want to stay in the 170s. But, the thing is.. even if I don't, it is not the end of the world. Whatever I gain, I WILL lose again! This is a journey, not a race. I WILL conquer this!

While being sick for the last month, I haven't had alot of energy so I haven't been working out. So, yes, this means, I haven't been training for the HM.. but rather trying to take care of ME. I was eating fine until this week came along. I have had Applebee's Buffalo Wings and Lava Cake than yesterday I had ice cream twice! emoticon

So, I am going to use these next two weeks while I am on medication to re-focus by...

-taking a vacation from the scale.
-working out consistently
-eating right

I know I can do it. It is only 9 days! It is ironic though... because the same day I am prescribed prednisone, the featured blog is "How I Cope When Pain Relief Leads to Weight Gain" which talked about prednisone. Talk about timing! Thanks Sparkpeople! emoticon

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CIVIAV 2/25/2011 12:16PM

    This time is one of 'pause and rethink'. Your bod needs loving and sometimes that looks different than working out. It never looks diff than healthy eating but ice cream can be just that!

I really hope you feel better soon. By the way, half marathon training also requires rest and down time. This is just that!

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