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This Week's Workout Plan... I know, so interesting.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

As I was looking at this upcoming week, I realized I am going to be one busy, working lady and I need a workout plan as when I usually do work out is getting filled by other important things... like academic advisement or grant money commitments.

Here is my plan...

Monday - Swim at noon
Tuesday - Run 4 miles at 11 am
Wednesday - Bike/lift at 10 am or after 2 pm
Thursday - Run 4 miles at 9 am or after 7 pm
Friday - Arc trainer/lift at 1ish
Saturday - 10K Run
Sunday - None - Commitments from 1-9 pm

Now, I feel a bit less panicky about this week. I was thinking it might have to be a 6 am workout... but I feel like that is asking for failure as I am just not a morning person.

Have a wonderful week!

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LIQUEURLADY 4/11/2011 7:14PM

    good going! beats the way one of us is going at it, one day at a time, as it happens...

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PATRICIAANN46 4/11/2011 2:21PM

  Sounds like a great plan. I feel better after I put everything on paper too. It makes it seem more manageable somehow.
Have a great day! emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 4/10/2011 5:14PM

    good for you...the best way to get any thing done is to be prepared for it, and to have a list showing what needs to be done and when.....well, for me I know that I have to do that..... emoticon otherwise, even though I may think about it, and tell myself I need to do so and so, but if I don't have it written down, it is forgotten almost as quickly as I think of it..... emoticon

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Week 4 of 1/2 Marathon Training: Rough!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

It was rough but I got it done!

I consider my training week to start with Sunday's long run. On Sunday, I was supposed to run either 5-6 miles. I did 3 miles. I tried to run with tired, sore legs... bad idea! Okay, lesson learned.

Than, Tuesday came. This was when I struggled with some negative mother comments and had a mental hard run. It kinda felt like running up hill with cement legs the entire time.

Come Thursday, I notice I am having some IT band issues. I decide to have a light day and go hard core on strength training, since I do not do it as much as I should. Afterwards, my friend suggested running on the track. She only wanted to do a mile. I could do that. It was a softer surface and I made sure to stretch the IT band. While she sprinted (so not so much running together), I jogged around the track for about 30 minutes without worrying about my pace or distance. It was nice. I found it relaxed me. I didn't even listen to my Ipod, I thought we were going to chat.

Tomorrow I am supposed to do a 5 mile run. I am debating on whether I should attempt 5 miles on the treadmill or just run for a hour on the track. Any suggestions?

Also, what IT band stretches do you like? What stretches do you like with the foam roller?

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PSALM42 4/9/2011 8:57PM

    whatever you do, listen to your body! my husband has it issues and he says it's painful but with stretching and not overdoing it with running, it is manageable. :)

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1CRAZYDOG 4/9/2011 8:53PM

    Tune out the Mom negativity. I agree with the advice to listen to your body. Definitely do warm up with a walk to get the muscles going. Then listen to your body.

Also as was said, I hope you smash that 1/2 marathon like a bug! You can do it!!!!!!!!!

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SBLACKWELL93 4/9/2011 8:14PM

    Honey when your out running, imagine all your spark family on the side lines, cheering and encouraging you along. Cause you know we are there for you and we are eager to here you smash this 1/2 marathon like a bug. You are very strong and YOU CAN DO THIS........there is no can't in a sparkers vocabolary!!!!! You can do this!!!

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WYOBZM 4/9/2011 7:55PM

    My vote is to run slow outside for your five miles. Make sure you have good shoes and run relaxed. The IT could be the stress of your emotional isses.

Start out easy, maybe walk to warm up your muscles, stay controlled and run a course that is new to you. Hope that helps!

If you choose the treadmill set the incline for .5% grade.


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ZEVCAIT 4/9/2011 6:57PM

    I think you are doing amazing! It is a real sign of dedication and strength when you run on the days you don't want to! Close your eyes and imagine your self doing both types of runs. If one makes you feel tense do the other! Listen to your body not your mother! You can and will do this! And your body seems to be leading you in the right direction.

Keep up the great work!!!


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Chips - Unhealthy or healthy?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Tonight, I went grocery shopping for things I forgot a few days ago when I went. As I was shopping, I decided I wanted some "healthy" snacks. But, what ARE "healthy" snacks versus "unhealthy"?

I really wanted chips. My brain is like.. "No, Savannah, you cannot have that. It's not healthy." Why isn't it? What deems it not healthy? Isn't it all about portion control?

I decided it was a-okay to have chips, especially since I count out my chips. Not. Even. Kidding. My family cannot believe it when I do this. It is all about portion control.

Is there a food that you deemed "unhealthy" at first but than realized you CAN have it in small portions?

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PATRICIAANN46 4/8/2011 1:41PM

  Have you ever tried thin Rice Crackers? I love them more than chips. You are right about portion control. I really don't give up anything, because then I tend to obsess about it and want it even more. It sounds like what you are doing is working so keep on keeping on! emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 4/8/2011 11:48AM

    I love tortilla chips. I justify that I make the snack healthy by including salsa. And after all, tortilla chips DO have some fiber, right?

I count out my chips, too! My husband was in weight watchers a long time ago so he sees that practice as normal. I get my chips and I don't feel bad about it and the numbers fit into my tracker.

as for other foods, I eat just about anything I want as long as I'm honest about it and pay attention to how much of it I'm eating and how often. If I see myself including something in my tracker every day and it looks like I'm getting a bit obsessive about it, I back off for a couple of weeks and take that particular food out of the mix.

Happy snacking!

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FUNFROG79 4/8/2011 10:05AM

    I count EVERYTHING whether it be "bad" or "good" food. POrtion control is key! Great job!

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    For me, chips just aren't worth it! I look at the box and see that I can eat EIGHT for one portion of lots of calories! No way am I using my numbers on that! Then, I found Special K wheat crackers, and you can have about 27 of them for a serving! Yummy!

Anyway, Hersheys dark chocolate kisses are what I love, and can portion control to fit my numbers! Oh no! We're out, and you've caused a craving! emoticon Haha!

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SBLACKWELL93 4/7/2011 10:10PM

    Don't feel bad i count out my chips when i do eat them. Also crackers and stuff like that. It is all about the portions.

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WYOBZM 4/7/2011 9:43PM

    Nope. If I want it I eat it. BUT...I have been eating healthy for so long I really don't crave things. I buy the baked lays and cheddar rice cakes for crunch. I eat the sugar free 70 calorie chocalate and the Blue Bunny sweet freedom, no sugar added ice cream bars.

emoticon You are right, It is all about portion control.

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READY2ROCK206 4/7/2011 9:42PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE chips!!! As long as you have control then have some chips! In my house there's a 14 & 23 yr old boy - the chips never stick around long enough for me to have too many!

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HALFFAST 4/7/2011 9:42PM

    I eat certain snacky foods too and always count them out - 23 TJ Pretzel Thins, 8 Tostitos Artisan Chipotle, etc... It's all about portion control :)

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DEBIGENE 4/7/2011 9:21PM

    My unhealthy food is anything fried. I will not eat a full serving of anything fried anymore, but I have had an occassional bite of someone elses fried something or other. Oh yeah and another item I would not consider eating a full serving of also is a creamy dish, sauce, or soup.

No as far as chips go I have no problem eating a serving of the BAKED chips or POP CHIPS and I just recently tried and liked the new Special K Cracker Chips. If you are a chip lover and don't want to do without (like I am) you may want to make the switch to the ones I mentioned, or at least give them a try.

Good luck.

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CRISSYCURRY 4/7/2011 9:02PM

    Peanut butter. When I was doing WW, peanut butter was a whole bunch of points I couldn't afford to use. When I switched to Spark, I realized I CAN have it, as long as I measure it out and don't eat it straight from the jar! emoticon

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JENDA9138 4/7/2011 8:56PM

    some days I just have to have some chips so I bought a bag of sun chips and portioned them out into individual sandwich bags!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 4/7/2011 8:54PM

  You go, girl! emoticon

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Mental Tough Run

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Since Sunday or so, I have felt I have been struggling with life. In fact, I have been super anxious. I always wonder if people around me can tell.. but sometimes, honestly, it feels like I am twitching out.

In the last few days, I feel like it has been some unsupportive comments that were said about my 1/2 marathon training. Of course, they were from my mother. Basically, they can be summed up as doubt that I will complete it.

On Sunday, I tried to hide from these comments. So much, that I took a nap from 6:30 pm until the next morning. Than, on Monday, I ignored them. Even today, during my counseling session, I didn't bring them up.

But, it came out during the emoticon. Every time I walked, it felt like she was right, I couldn't do this. Honestly, it was a really hard run, mentally. It was like she was in my head and I couldn't get her out. In fact, a few times I got teared up. The last time was when I was thinking about my mom than I thought of the most supportive person I know which is not a family member. When I focused on the supportive person, running became SO easy. When I focused on my mom, I might as well had lead in my legs.

You know, when I started to lose weight, I didn't tell my family for most of the summer. I even avoided going home. I think I might need to do that again.. but with running. *sigh* On my run, I thought about how I am not sure if I want to share this with my family.

It is sure an interesting thought... for years, I have dying to get my parents approval and make my family proud. Now, I am not sure if I want to share my life with them. They just tear it down, it seems.

Training Day: Week 4, Day 1
Distance: 4 miles
Pace: 13 min/mile
Location: Outside
Conditions: 45` and fighting the wind

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LUCYLU221 4/6/2011 12:01PM

    You are doing great!!!! I too had a mom like that. Just know that inspite of everyone else says or thinks you are worth it and you know emoticon.

emoticon job on staying focused on your run. Keep up the great work.

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FUNFROG79 4/6/2011 8:14AM

    The only approval that matters is YOURS! Don't let anyone bring you down! You are strong and determined, you will show everyone! Hang in there! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/5/2011 10:31PM

  Hi Savannah.........
If you want to, you can think of me during your runs. I am your adopted Mom and would be glad to be the supportive force who is with you when you need it.
EVERYTHING YOU have accomplished has been accomplished by YOU........NOT your family or anyone else. YOU are strong and you have proven it in so many ways. Remind yourself of this while you are running and imagine all of us on the sidelines cheering you on. I will be waiting for you at the finish line!!!

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RUNNER12COM 4/5/2011 8:44PM

    You already know my story about running my own half marathon. I carried those doubts all the way to the last miles.

You CAN do this. And when you run, you need to say that again and again and again and again until it drowns out every other voice, every other naysayer, every other everything!

I am SO excited to read about your successful half marathon. I'm waiting!

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WYOBZM 4/5/2011 8:20PM

    You love to run. It makes you happy. You don't need anyone's approval except yours. You will complete that half marathon. You will make yourself proud and you will keep moving forward because you are the most important person in your life.

P.S. We are supporting you, know you can do it and will celebrate when you complete it. YOU GO GIRL!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2011 7:49PM

    You know, that's such a hard thing. You expect the family to be supportive. But when they're not, IMHO that's time to just NOT interact with them about your marathon, your running . . . whatever seems to erupt in disapproval. DO get the support from those you KNOW support your dreams!!! You deserve that.

With all that said, you KNOW how I feel. You are going to school, doing well, making something of your life and aiming for a healthy lifestyle. Good grief! What is there NOT to be proud of??? Honestly, I am so proud of your achievements. Keep on running!!!!!!!!!

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LIQUEURLADY 4/5/2011 6:39PM

    Wow -- that's some realization. Stay strong, and run! You can do this, and show them that you can complete what you set your mind to, and be everything that you are intended and gifted to become. emoticon

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HALFFAST 4/5/2011 3:33PM

    Yep I agree... WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/5/2011 3:32PM

    At one point in my life I had to divorce my mother emotionally. It was very freeing to do so, and I never again looked to her for approval. You have others who are supportive, let them be your adopted family. You know what to do and you can do it!
I have no doubt that you can do that half, and do it well.

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PSALM42 4/5/2011 3:16PM

    I'm sorry your mom hasn't been supportive. Good run- keep it up!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/5/2011 2:48PM

    im glad you shared this sweety. WE believe in you no matter WHAT.

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A Lovely Birthday! ;)

Friday, April 01, 2011

Today is my birthday! emoticon

For the past few years, I have not enjoyed my birthday. Honestly, it was kinda depressing and lonely.

But, today was different. emoticon

It has been very relaxing... basically lots of laughter, hanging out with good friends, and taking care of me.. aka working out!

This has been lovely and continue to be... but I think what may be icing on this birthday cake for me is some weight loss milestones.

emoticon Recently, I brought a size 10 jeans and they were even a bit loose. In the last week, I have been nervous that I may have gained a few pounds as I haven't been weighing myself this week. In fact, the scale got grounded to the car. It might stay there until after my 1/2 marathon. Af

emoticon A woman that I worked for did a double take. Apparently, lately some people aren't sure if that is me! Love it!

emoticon When I walked into the cafeteria, I noticed this guy telling his friends about my weight loss. How do I know? Well, I guess I don't but it felt like it. They were staring at me and the guy that I have talked to about his own weight loss was doing the talking. I guess you could just say it is woman's intuition!

Tonight, I am going out to eat to my favorite restaurant than tomorrow work, than off to the casino. Wish me luck!!!

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ZEVCAIT 4/2/2011 1:31PM

    I'm so glad it is being a great b-day!!

I love that you gave the scale a time out!!

Happy birthday!!!

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HDHAWK 4/2/2011 12:20PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/2/2011 11:36AM

    happy happy birthday sweety!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2011 8:16AM

    Hope you had a spectacular dinner!!!! Hugs

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    Happy BIRTHDAY! You are doing so GREAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PSALM42 4/1/2011 11:00PM

    happy birthday!

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SBLACKWELL93 4/1/2011 9:11PM

    SWEET!!!! emoticon emoticonHappy birthday darlin!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 4/1/2011 6:58PM

    Happy Birthday to♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪ you♪♫**.

; Happy Birthday to ♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪you
♥ ♥ ♥Happy Birthday dear Savannah!
♪♫**.♥ .**♫ ♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪...
Happy Birthday to YOU!!!♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪...

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PATRICIAANN46 4/1/2011 6:14PM

  Hi Savannah...........
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!! I hope that you have a wonderful dinner out tonight and a continued good time on your special day.
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And I wish you continued success on your healthy living journey.

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