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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Yesterday I realized I needed an attitude adjustment. I am not sure why my motivation is waning after losing 90#, but it is.

I have come to the conclusion that I am going to track my calories again. *sigh* For a couple reasons. To try to refocus on it. I don't feel I NEED to count calories since I have maintained at the same weight for a few months now. I guess I have a new reason to use the tool. I want to make sure I am getting the right ratio of carbs/proteins/fats for running.

In addition to that, I have decided I am going to start tracking my fitness. I try to work out everyday and for the most part, I am pretty successful!

So, back to square one, I go.

These are my May goals...
-Count calories
-Track fitness
-ST 2x a week

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TOTALFOCUS 5/9/2011 12:30PM

    You are so inspiring!
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SHERYLDS 5/6/2011 7:43PM

    Hi Savannah.
you sound like you've got it all together.
if anyone can do it ... it is YOU
have a great weekend

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2011 1:39PM

    Good for you for planning your work. Now you can work your plan!! You'll get your "mojo" back. I know you and you are a determined person.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/5/2011 9:10PM

    Sometimes a little break gives us the reminder we need of what works for us, as individuals. I still need to track, too... a year into maintenance.


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MSJULES01 5/5/2011 7:02PM

    You can do it. Just think before you know it you will be at the 100# mark.
Good luck to you.

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REMEMBER2BME 5/5/2011 6:08PM

    You go girl!!!!!

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    Good for you! I hadn't thought of that, but those reasons are very good! I track to stay motivated. Have a great day! emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/5/2011 2:01PM

    I have to admit that I'm a "tracking junkie." I love using the tracking tools because it takes all the mystery out of everything. And there's something about those end of the day pie charts (I'm such a nerd) that gives me a sense of accomplishment. I admire your accomplishments! 90 plus pounds and keeping it off for the length of time you have is fantastic!

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CRISSYCURRY 5/5/2011 1:39PM

    You can do it!! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 5/5/2011 12:25PM

    Whoo hoo! Love your goals! You will show some major dedication and determination this month!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/5/2011 12:15PM

    you got it :) :D :D

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These actions need to stop, right now!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Okay, this has to stop.

I can do so much better than I am. Honestly, I'm not even trying anymore. It's ridiculous. The last ten pounds are not going to melt off without trying. Hello, reality check. Tonight, I went out to eat at Applebee's and did not eat healthy. In fact, I got pasta. An old habit. And, I didn't even feel bad about it. Once and awhile isn't so bad.. but in the last few days, I know I have not been watching my calories or caring.

This has to stop. Seriously.

On top of that, I seem to be like, "Oh, it's okay... it for my half marathon training." Deep down, I know that is just a really lame excuse. If I don't get back to what I was doing, I WILL gain the weight back, a fear of mine. Maybe it will be easier once the end of the semester and finals are done. But, you know what? That is another excuses. Since starting this journey, I never let myself let the obstacles be excuses. I SO can do better. In fact, it seems I will have some extra time since I will be working less and three of my four classes have cancelled some of their classes.

Maybe I need to just say goodbye to the old me. Check out Mandisa's Say Goodbye! LOVE it!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/5/2011 10:52PM

  Hi Savannah.........
YOU WILL BE FINE!!! You are stronger now than you have ever been and have come too far to let things slide. You have developed a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE now and that is what will keep you on track.

Don't be too hard on yourself......... emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 5/5/2011 9:33PM

    You can do it! Just make the decision, & follow through!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/5/2011 6:07PM

    Great plan. I had to say good bye to the old me. I prefer the new strong me. I like the new you too.... so there : )

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SHELLEY81 5/5/2011 12:04PM

    You can do it!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/5/2011 11:47AM

    I believe in u girl!

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FUNFROG79 5/5/2011 9:36AM

    Old habits die hard, hang in there! Step it up today and you'll be back on top! You've got this! emoticon

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PSALM42 5/5/2011 5:20AM

    Sometimes we need a meal like that- to remind us of the fact that we can splurge at times, and to remind us that those foods aren't the best fuel. Did you feel slightly sick at all in any way? I usually do and it helps me get back on the ball. Start with the next best choice and make the best choice everytime. If you do not make the best choice, don't go for a twofer and make another bad choice- make the next best choice. If you mess up, don't berate yourself... pick your self up, learn from your mistake and get back on track!

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 5/4/2011 10:52PM

    Boy do I hear you! :)
You need some good protein meals.
You can do it!! Find some energy meals to spark you back into doing what you said emoticon. Have you ever tried Salmon cakes? They take a little effort to make, but if you can make a big batch full you can freeze them and they make for great energy snacks or for meals. I'm posting my recipe and how to on my page.
I've been having a rough start of a week with running.. stayed up too late and we all know how that is such a motivator buster. emoticon
But you are facing your mind enemies and well that's good! emoticon now do it!! lol.
I'm with ya! I got my butt to the treadmill late today at 8pm. I was mad at myself too... and just said eh, do at least a 20 min. walk and well it ended up being a 60 minute run with a 20 min. cool down walk. Just start again, and you'll feel better. And enjoy that great spring we are having! emoticon emoticon

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REVJVH 5/4/2011 10:22PM

    So, what can you change to make tomorrow a good day?

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/4/2011 9:57PM

    I know the stress of the semester end's finals cause a lot the old "us" to come forward. I, too, have struggled with the desire to eat during these past few weeks. Lean on us and we'll help lift you up past this as best as we can. We're here!

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TEDDYBABE 5/4/2011 8:53PM

    Re focus ! I am there with you and having the same battle. Taking it a day at a time. Step by step I am trying to get back on track! You can do it.

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MAGGIENCALI 5/4/2011 8:43PM

    Finals, work, and upcoming 12K stresses are getting me a little down too. Hang in there and we will get through this together. emoticon

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TURCOTTEP 5/4/2011 8:36PM

  you can do it

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I made a friend, Mom!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Two blogs in the same day?! I think so! You guys are that special!

I'm just so excited that I have a new running buddy... well, maybe. We are going running on Thursday. On Thursday, we will see if it was a good fit or if I blogged her down, lol. I think we are going for seven miles. She is training for Grandma's Marathon. So this will be good! We both are super excited!

In other news, I am going home this weekend. I haven't been home for the weekend since New Year's so this will be good! When I am hope, if the weather cooperates, I hope to go for a 8 mile run. I already have it mapped out. We will see.

Hope you all have a FANTASTIC Friday and weekend! emoticon

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 4/29/2011 3:46PM

    That's Great!!
I wish I could find a walking group around here. Maybe I'll post an add to encourage.
Hope you have a wonderful time with family. Keep running!
I'm your virtual running friend.. :)

did 2 miles yesterday and some light weights.. trying to get back in the swing of things.
Busy and finding it difficult to get to the computer to log my meals.. which always helps me stay in calorie range. Need to do that.
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STRIPEDTIGER 4/29/2011 3:27PM

    Enjoy!!! I read in "Run Like a Mother" when you are going up a tough hill repeat the mantra "kill the hill"

It helps!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/29/2011 2:38PM

    Too cool. I am curious to see how it goes. Have a great weekend!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 4/28/2011 11:59PM

    have a great time on your trip home. I'll be seeing my mom in June and I can't wait!

I'm intrigued by the "grandma's marathon"

Sounds like something my speed emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 4/28/2011 11:45PM

    How great that you've got a running buddy!!! Woohoo!! :)

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    If I am remembering correctly, you weren't treated the best last time you were there. Just keep your skin thick, ok? Because YOU are VALUABLE! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/28/2011 10:52PM

  Hi Savannah........
GOOD FOR YOU "OOO-BOO"!!! It's always fun making new friends......especially ones that you have a goal in common with.
Have a great weekend at home too.
Take Care.

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SBLACKWELL93 4/28/2011 10:44PM

    I love hearing that pep in your step and that get up and go attitude. Keep it up hon!!!!!!!

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The SIX Mile Run.... Finally!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I am going to try to make this short and sweet.

I ran SIX miles today! emoticon I still need to double check that as it didn't feel like six miles... felt too easy, lol. I made a deal with myself... I was just do it without caring about the time. In the end, I figure I did ran it around 65-68 minutes. Ladies and gentlemen, that is with walking breaks with an overall pace around 11.33. emoticon

Do you know what this means?! My LONG run is done for the week! emoticon FINALLY!!!

One last thing the playlist that I made for today went on shuffle.. that was annoying but I still had songs I haven't listened to in a LONG time. It was a nice change. But, my left ear plug went out so I ran with the right one in while listening to waves crush against the rocks as I ran. Now that was relaxing!

Hope everyone has a GREAT day!

EDIT: I just rechecked and it is 5 1/2 miles... grr. Well, I am counting it as 6 miles because I walked to campus which is 1/2 mile one way. In my book, my legs got 6 miles. Next time, though, I know where I need to run to get my FULL six miles.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/29/2011 11:00PM

  Hi Savannah.......
I am so PROUD of YOU!!!

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FUNFROG79 4/29/2011 10:24AM

    What a way to start the weekend! emoticon

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SBLACKWELL93 4/28/2011 10:00PM

    See girl i knew you would do it. You just needed to have the right mind set and do it to it. That half ain't gonna be nothing now. Keep up the good work honey!!!!

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LUCYLU221 4/28/2011 8:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon JOB!!!!!
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We knew YOU COULD DO IT!!!!!! emoticon

So glade you had a great emoticon!!!!

Val emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 4/28/2011 4:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Great job and Outstanding time!!!! WooHoo!

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MCCOURTT 4/28/2011 4:06PM

    First and foremost, you enjoyed the run, the distance was the distance. The fact that you just had great time with the run, mean longer runs will come even easier. The journey is what its all about in the end.

Wish I COULD run where I could hear the ocean.


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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/28/2011 4:02PM

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Congrats on hitting 6 miles!!! I bet you are smiling from ear to ear!


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    You did it in MY book! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/28/2011 3:48PM

    Sounds like a great run, congrats!

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/28/2011 3:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on that long run, that is wonderful! Funny how some runs seem so easy and others that are shorter seem SO hard, but that's how it is with running. Great job!!

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STELA731 4/28/2011 3:37PM

    Awesome! I'm jealous! I wish I could run near the ocean.

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What does healthy look like?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My counselor's favorite question is: "What does that look like?"

Without intending to, I asked myself, "What does healthy look like?"

Tonight, while working at the YMCA, I realized I was surrounded by healthy individuals leading healthy lives and realized this is what healthy looks like.

I define healthy as mind, soul and body. These people really are healthy. It goes beyond just exercising daily. It is so much more. After talking to a particular member, I realized they have heathy interpersonal relationships. These people do not have toxic relationships because, well, they don't allow it. In addition to that, they are regular church-goers.

I just found it interesting that healthy is so much more than what our scale tells us.

In other news....
I ran 4 miles today. It brutal. I fought boredom every inch of those 4 miles, and almost stopped at 3 miles... but you know what, I did it! There is a girl at the YMCA that has mentioned she would like to run together. She is training for a marathon. Even through I might be slow, I think I am going to take her up on her offer next week. How I figure it is her short run would be my long run... the thing I need a little extra motivation.. and we get to catch up! Woohoo!

Besides that, I was craving everything in sight after work.. mostly salt and protein things. You think something is missing out of my diet? I have been reading up on sports nutrition. I found another reason to track to my calories again. To make sure I am getting enough of what I need.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/27/2011 9:39PM

    Good job . . . you ran through the boredom! I think it sounds like a good idea to have a running buddy. What's the worst that can happen? It doesn't work out and you have to go it alone again. You can do this.

As for the balance of mind, body and soul . . . spot on. Imbalance in any makes for chaos and imbalance in your life.


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LUCYLU221 4/27/2011 7:07PM

    Sure is funny how all of those things just go together with a healthy you. The thing is we are happier when we feel good about ourselves. And when we feel good about ourselves we want to be around those who are happy and feel good about themselves too. And all that good energy makes for a healty us emoticon.

Dosent it feel good.

Keep up the great work. emoticon

Val emoticon

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KRISTINKP 4/27/2011 2:47PM

    Since I'm trying to keep to a low sodium diet for my blood pressure, my doctor recommended drinking SmartWater while exercising. It replaces the electrolytes I lose while running, without adding more sodium to my diet. I was getting headaches after long runs awhile ago, but I no longer do when I make sure to have my SmartWater on hand. Maybe it's all in my head, but it is sure working!! :-)

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 4/27/2011 2:43PM

    Great introspection, and thanks for sharing it! I've recently discovered something interesting along the same line. Having battled my wt and emotional well-being for most of my life, I had sort of developed a mentality that described myself as different. Maybe even defective. However, since I've been hitting the gym for several months now, I am running into all these people I know who also workout. All along I was thinking they were better, or gifted with great metabolisms, etc. Hehe it was defective thinking on my part! And I agree with you that healthiness is a balance of body, mind and soul. When one is out of whack it affects the others. I love that you are going to run with the other person training for a marathon. I envision a marathon in your future! One never knows...

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JOAN_HEO 4/27/2011 1:55PM

    I know when I was about 1/2 way through my 5K, I finished the race with another runner and it made things easier. I say try it. If it doesn't work out, no big deal.

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    I have been walking with another co-worker lately, and have a few pros and cons about it...


it motivates me; it is nice to have someone to chat with


I like my alone time; I don't always want to "chat"

It's hard to say, "Hey, I would rather go it alone today," so that makes it a bit frustrating.

You're doing GREAT! I hope you have a good rest of the week! emoticon

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STRIPEDTIGER 4/27/2011 9:23AM

    Boredom has been my biggest obstacle in running. It has been a real struggle at times and just when I've thought I had it beat. . . bam!. . .it's back to being something that I have to fight again.

The good news is that it's beatable!! Especially if you STICK TO THE PROGRAM instead of getting off track like I did.

GREAT job!! I have a running partner option that marathons (I never will) and I feel like a real slug around her but she's really sweet about it! :)

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/27/2011 9:00AM

    keep up the great work girl

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REMEMBER2BME 4/27/2011 8:37AM

    Great blog! Great observations. I think it sounds like having a running partner could be great for you. Food & nutrition in terms of fuel is interesting isn't it?

Keep up the great work!

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FUNFROG79 4/27/2011 8:06AM

    You are in a GREAT mindframe and you have a great attitude! Stick with this, it works for you! emoticon

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PSALM42 4/27/2011 7:56AM

    Running will make you more hungry. Eat more if you need to. My husband says he really craves salt when he runs. I wonder if it is because you need to replace what you've lost sweating out?

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WYOBZM 4/27/2011 7:41AM

    emoticon Sounds like you are discovering the secrets to a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy your quest!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 4/27/2011 1:21AM

    salt and protein sounds to me like your body is telling you something. When I'm sweating a lot I tend to crave salt. I also get about 70 plus grams of protein a day.

You run sounds great. Nice that you might have a running buddy. And I love what you said about healthy being more than just a number on the scale. Absolutely right!

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KATHYM316 4/26/2011 11:55PM

    What an is true, that it's more then the scale..I am glad I was given the chance to read your blog. I now feel better. I fight with the scale and I need to realize that it's more then that.
I hope that you take that girl up on her offer, and you will do great.
Thanks again,

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