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Highlights of my 4th of July weekend!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Quickly, I thought I'd hit the highlights of my weekend...

Saturday, after work, I headed home for the next couple days. It was good to see everyone.

Sunday, we chilled which meant I was seriously bored. I am used to always needing to do something so it was odd to be sitting and chatting. My sisters and I went for a walk/run. That was interesting. My sister is being to run but her knees are hurting her days after she runs. Any advice I could pass onto her on how to fix it?

That night we went to fireworks! It was rather fun!

Monday, Nicole, Eddie, Trevor, and I left at 6:15 am for the 5K!

Here we are waiting pre-race!

Later on, we met up with Heidi. They walked it while I ran it.

I was aiming for under 30 minutes but got 33:45. It was not bad considering the hill at the end. I was bumming at it than I looked at my race goals. One of them is to beat last year's 5K time of 38:00. That race 5K is in a month - I think I got it! emoticon

We than had amazing blueberry pancakes with strawberry and cool whipped topping! emoticon After that we headed to a nearby town for the fun parade! That was fun!

Than, we headed back to my parents...

By this time, I was pooped! I was tired from the running, the driving, my sunburn. My sister wanted to go to fireworks but all I wanted to do was emoticon so we just chilled in the lake.

Today, I drove back, did laundry, and went to work. At work, a guy asked me to supper. Honestly, that was really nice. I am 25 and I figure he was 35. I know, I know. Age is just a number but we are in different places in our lives, I feel. Anyhow, it was really nice. And, people wonder why I love my job! Ha!

I think that about sums everything up... time for me to get to bed. I got class tomorrow. It is the last week of class for two of my summer classes! emoticon Than, I can focus on the online class until the end of July. Where is August? I can't wait when all I gotta think about is work and reading on the beach, tehehe!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2011 10:30AM

    Glad you had such a good weekend!

My recommendation for your sister's knees? Strengthen the core, back muscles, glutes, quads and this will take the pressure off the knees. Approximately 4 times our body weight in pressure is put on our knees with every step.

Spark people has great exercises for all of these strengthening exercises.


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PATRICIAANN46 7/7/2011 6:27PM

  Hi Savannah........
It sounds like you had a great weekend........lots of variety and a good mix of activity and relaxation. It is also nice that you were asked to dinner. It is always a good feeling to know that someone is interested and noticing you.
I hope you continue to enjoy your summer and find lots of YOU-TIME.
Take care......

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FUNFROG79 7/7/2011 8:15AM

    Sounds like a fun weekend, congrats on your race!

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CIVIAV 7/6/2011 11:20PM

    Yeah for beating your 5k time goal! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

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July's Goal: Focus on Running

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Confession! I think I may be addicted to sugar! I just want more and more and more! Today, I demolished a bag of these.


I think the problem might be my running. Let me explain. Your body's main fuel is carbohydrates. Carbohydrates is broken down into glucose and is stored in our muscles as glycogen. The amount we need is arguable. But, the fact is, we do need it. I think I may have not been fueling my body as I should have and now it is craving sugar than it is going out of style.

Besides my new found sugar addiction, I have been thinking of taking July as the month to focus on my running. That's the ONLY goal I have in July. The goal can be broken down into two parts... strength training and perfecting my shorter distance.

Moving on from that, I am doing a race with my sister on the 4th! She is walking the 5K while I am running the 10K! I am so darn proud of her! It is her first race!!!

It is a small local race and I am super afraid I am gonna be last. Last year the last person was 1:05. I run longer distances between 12:00 and 14:00 pace. So, if I run this race at a 13:00 pace, I will finish in 1:12. What if they forget I am out there?! And, that has happened to me! Everyone went in for awards and I was still running/walking the 5K. It was humiliating. Anyhow, I was thinking about switching but kinda on the fence about it.

If I did the 5K, I could see what my 5K time is at officially. There are two upcoming races that I want to be under 30:00. Also, I could take photos of her and root her on at the finish line! On the other hand, if I did the 10K, I could show my sister it isn't about placing, but rather just completing it.

Well, I better go get some homework done for Exercise Physiology before the sugar has me bouncing off the walls!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/30/2011 1:56PM

  Hi Savannah........
Oh Sugar!!!!! Have you tried getting your sugar from fruits instead? I love Strawberries and this is the perfect time of the year to get them. And, they are SO GOOD!!!!! I also love dried Apricots and Craisins, but be careful not to eat to many at once, especially the Apricots. You need to know where the closest bathroom is. TMI???

As for the race???????? Only YOU can make that decision. You know what your needs are and what works best for you. How great that your sister is following in your footsteps. You should be very proud. You have provided her with a great role model.

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FUNFROG79 6/30/2011 8:26AM

    Oh, I love those candies! Good luck on those upcoming races, I kow you can do it!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/29/2011 6:37PM

    You bring up an interesting situation about the race. Not the part about coming in last, but about the support you could give your sister. If you ran the 5k you could go back on the course and bring her in. Ultimately, the decision is yours and I am sure you will make the decision that best suits you. Regardless, you I'm going to tell you to "Finish. Leave Nothing!!!"

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CIVIAV 6/29/2011 5:13PM

    I adore carmel creams. Only second to Mary Jane's! Living in CDA I am blessed as they don't sell either!

We are focused on the same things now so keep me posted. We are so awesome!


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What's up with me...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I figured it has been a while since I blogged... I haven't dropped off the end of the earth - just busy. Taking three summer classes and working part time will do that to ya.

So, here's a bit update with what's going with me.

Yesterday, I decided to go for a 7 mile run. I think it wiped me out. I am so tired. And, I didn't even run the full 7 miles. I ran the first 3 miles and walked the rest. Than, I went shopping. I was tuckered out by 10 pm!

The shopping was nice. It was really nice to have some girl time. At one of the stores, I was looking for some capris. I love Hydraulic jeans and they only had 7/8 size pants. The sales clerk looked me up and down.. and thought I could fit. How nice. I tried them on and I actually could button them. I had a muffin top issue so I didn't get them. But, still. It was nice to be considered "small".

Anyhow, I woke up today with a headache pounding on one side - not my ideal way of waking up. I went to the Y and worked out. Lately, I have been starting my workouts with a 5-10 minutes of rowing. I like it! Today, after rowing, I did 40 minutes on the arc trainer and 15 minutes on the wave machine which does the motion of inline skating.

I was going to do homework but I am just so tired.. I already took a nap and am on my second movie. Motivation is not on the forefront today! I do wonder if the cravings of sugar are related to my 7 mile run. Oh, wait. I am sure they are. In the last couple days, I haven't been eating as many carbs as I should be. If there is anything I learned from Exercise Physiology is my body needs carbs for exercise. When it doesn't get them, I crave sugar! I really need to have a balanced diet.

Hope all is well for everyone in Sparkland!

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SHERYLDS 6/28/2011 8:17PM

    you're amazing. think of how far you've come in just this past year. 7 miles WOW !

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FUNFROG79 6/27/2011 8:28AM

    Wow! You are doing great!

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CIVIAV 6/26/2011 12:55PM

    Ugh, some days are just 'need rest' days. But way to set a goal and persist. I just read something today that said as long as you are walking forward (no matter how slow) you are making progress!

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ELLEYKAT 6/26/2011 9:26AM

    7 miles!! you go girl!!

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ALESHABEE 6/26/2011 8:25AM

    emoticon and yes gotta get that fuel in your body!

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    Glad you're doing well! Once you get into studying, I think, you'll find it interesting because it's something you're into. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 6/25/2011 11:06PM

  This class is perfect for your new healthy lifestyle. Keep up the good work my dear........... emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 6/25/2011 8:15PM

    Exercise Physiology sounds like a neat class to take. I hope you've been able to eat some good carbs & staying away from the sugar!

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Stupid Emotional Eating...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Okay, I have a bit of a problem.

I am unfocused on homework, lonely and sad.

Fine this happens to everyone.


Oh, I am sure.. but in the last week, I have been eating crap food like crazy. I couldn't figure out why.

Was I stressed? Maybe.

Maybe I was picking up on my friend's stress? Maybe.

Today it clicked when I was on my NINTH oreo cookie for the day. I am lonely for sincere, female company. It is great that I have all of you. And, it's great that I have close guy friends.

But, it's not the same.

I don't know why but I simply cannot be friends with girls. Well, I can but the friendships leave me unsatisfied. Honestly.

I used to be real close to my sisters and that was great.. but not really anymore. The one I was closest to got married and it hasn't been the same. Besides now I live three hours away and she has two children. Not the same.

Anyhow, I just needed to tell someone.

In happier news, my sister did Week 1 of the Couch to 5K! So proud of her! I guess she officially brought a stopwatch! During the 4th, I am giving her my old Ipod cuz she doesn't have one so she can use the program where it tells you to walk/run. emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 6/20/2011 4:07PM

    emoticon What does your therapist say?

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1CRAZYDOG 6/20/2011 2:18PM

    Oh my dear. Yes, I find it hard to deal with the drama that can go along w/female friendships. **SIGH**

My best friend is my lil sis, too and she lives 2-1/2 hrs. away and is married as well. So, her life is centered around her relationship w/her husband. That's alright . . . I "get that", too, because mine has been centered around my family (DH and DD) as well. BUT we do make it a point to try to see each other monthly. It takes planning.

Wish I had a suggestion for you, but I don't. However, looks like your one sister doing the couch challenge and you will have lots in common to talk about! Yeah, it's not the same as face-to-face, but maybe fills in a little.

You have also had some stresses lately, too, and I would have a hunch that is another trigger for eating the junk food. Then iot becomes a habit.

Ok, as was said, you have identified that right now you're filling your emptiness w/junk food. Good that you identified that. Now, the problem is to identify what you can do to replace doing something for eating something when you feel that way.


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PSALM42 6/20/2011 12:45PM

    emoticon I understand. I've had a really rough week and my only friend really is my husband (which is great too). I have one other friend, but I just can't share all with her I feel like. Maybe I should try. I've also had a rough 2 weeks and have not been eating well! Hello, pie and 1 1/2 gallons of ice cream in my freezer leftover from my in-laws visit. Hope things get better.

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    Oh, can I ever relate... and now, I am realizing that I am dearly going to miss my 70-something friend, Jackie (the one with cancer) because she happens to be the one in-person female friend I've spent most of my time with, and that is when I would go over to vacuum her house each week! I am so bogged down with work and life and such, that I haven't got any time for close female friendships, I guess! I'm so glad you have sisters! I never had any and always wished I did. Three hours may be kind of far, but you just never quit being a sister like happens when friends move 3 hours away! emoticon emoticon

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KIKIA04 6/19/2011 11:02PM

    I hear you on female relationships. It really makes me think it may also be my reason for eating late at night. Once i leave work i feel all alone. At least you understand your reasoning behind the eating and you can move forward to find the solution.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/19/2011 10:43PM

  Hi Savannah...........
I agree with you that it is sometimes difficult to be close friends with another woman. We tend to be back-stabbing and less than honest at times along with other not-so-great traits. But there are also some of us who will be the best thing that ever happened re: true friendship. You just haven't found the right one yet. It took me awhile, but I have actually found 3 women that I would trust with my life. Don't give have so much to offer and there is someone out there who deserves you.

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STRIPEDTIGER 6/19/2011 8:21PM

    I'm sorry to hear you are struggling. The GREAT news is that you are a step closer to ending it because you have identified it :)

I've always found it hard to be friends with women. I don't do well with drama and talking behind people's back. I've found since I've been on this new job that I pick up on everyone's stress around me. The backstabbing, game playing and constant snarky comments are really wearing on me.

I've just recently realized that it's the reason I've put weight back on. I'm now taking steps to transfer departments.

I hope you find something that works for you. The friends on here are a GREAT start. It gave me a little confidence boost to try face to face female friendships again. :)

You'll do great! I know you will!

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CIVIAV 6/19/2011 8:02PM

    I can relate to what you're saying Savannah and when I made note of it, I started to do something to move toward those more satisfying relationships.

How's the running going? 8k today in the heat was a bit tough since I am attempting to run a faster pace but it's so cool to be doing this! You too?!

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Inspiring my sisters! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I have been on Sparkpeople for three years. In that time, I have told my family about the site but could tell they weren't ready for it. I didn't want to push. It was simple. They weren't ready for a lifestyle. I respected that. One thing I do know is you gotta be ready to put the work in it. I just did my thang.

Than, I lost a big chunk of weight. Does 95# sound familiar?

My one sister asked me to send her the link. I did, but she wasn't sure if she wanted all the emails. Okay, that is understandable. I am not even sure if I want the emails, lol.

Than, I ran my half marathon. I invited my family and made it known that it would mean alot to me if they were there. I told them a couple months before the day. It was a big deal to me.. it was my first half marathon. That doesn't exactly happen everyday. Anyhow, my sisters and their families were there. In fact, that was my favorite memory of that day. Seeing them cheer me on. It was awesome.

At the moment, I didn't know I was sparking my sisters. Now I do.

I invited them to do the 5K on the 4th of July. This is when I learned that they wanted to wait until they can run a 5K! emoticon My one sister is going to start moving and walk the 5K. Than, later on, she is going to run a 5K in September. How cool is that?!

It is great to know I inspire you all... really it is... I never thought I'd inspire anyone. At the beginning of my journey, I was on an ugly path, which I didn't even know. Now, I just do my thang. And, by doing so, I inspired my sisters to lead a healthy lifestyle, which I know they can do. emoticon

So.. if your family is slow to join you on your journey, give them time and be a great example that living a healthy lifestyle can be done. One day they may surprise you and follow your footsteps! emoticon

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KIKIA04 6/19/2011 11:06PM

    That is awesome! emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 6/18/2011 8:21AM

    WOW!!! Even more proof that you are AWESOME!!!!! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 6/17/2011 8:45PM

    It wasn't that long ago that I remember you feeling your sister was criticizing your diet and marathon plan. Nice to see everyone appreciates the new Savannah....especially you.
big hug

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    This is fantastic! Sorry to just now be reading your blog! I nearly missed it, and I'm glad I didn't! Way to GO with your progress, AND for Sparking your sisters! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 6/16/2011 2:22PM

  IMITATION is the greatest form of FLATTERY. Your sisters are now imitating your wonderful example of a healthy lifestyle change. You were right NOT to push this on them and wise to know that when they saw the fruits of your labor, they would KNOW that what you are doing WORKS.
You have been MY inspiration since I met you. Keep on doing your THANG............It's working!!!
You are emoticon!!!

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ALESHABEE 6/16/2011 10:50AM

    Awesome...keep on doing you and others will continue to follow your lead!

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VK2Z10 6/16/2011 10:16AM

    that's WONDERFUL!

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ELLEYKAT 6/16/2011 9:04AM

    That's so amazing!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/15/2011 9:20PM

    That is sparking fantastic!!!! You are truely a motivator!! I am so proud of you and your sisters. I hope they follow throug. Nothing like teaching by example!!

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HJFOGARTY 6/15/2011 8:52PM

    that is so great! you went on and did your "thang" as you say and they sat back and watched you - wondering if you would reach your goals and you did - they watched you get healthy and take care of yourself and now they are ready to join you in better health and happiness! I say you did more than spark them you inspired them! way to go - you are awesome and so very loved by your family! they feel that and are sure that you will be there to support them along the journey to better health! thanks for sharing! you are an inspiration!

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LUCYLU22 6/15/2011 8:40PM

    How awesome!! It is so cool that you are inspiring your famiy as well as sparkers like me!! He he!! Ewestcott is so right, we can truly only lead by example. Thanks for sharing this blog!!

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MEADSBAY 6/15/2011 7:52PM

    That is so emoticon
We can only lead by example- and you are a grrrrrrreat one!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/15/2011 6:47PM

    I totally understand! You are an inspiration to more than your family. You have no idea how many lives you touch. Like yourself I thought I would never inspire anyone. I started on this journey and I wanted my family to live a healthy life, too. I didn't want to push them, so the best thing for me to do was to be an example.

I found that people around me started to take notice and were changing things slowly, but surely. One of my uncles that I usually send postcards to sent me one and he said he had started running. What? That was shocking. While I was in Indiana, my aunt told me she was going to do the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon in November. I'm amazed at how people around me are starting to run and exercise. I LOVE IT!!! With that, we definitely can't stop! We must continue to inspire and motivate the masses! Woohoo!

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CIVIAV 6/15/2011 6:47PM

    And that is a big woohoo!

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