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Running, heat, and Gu!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Today I went for a random run...

I think it went rather well consider it is 79` out and during the majority of the run I was looking for shade! emoticon I did 4.35 in a hour which considering the conditions, how much I walked, and strength trained my legs yesterday, I am okay with that. The pace ended up being a little under 14. Not terrible, but not great. But, again look at the conditions.

Towards the end of the run, I decided to try out this Gu stuff. I had chocolate. My professor had said the chocolate flavor tastes like chocolate frosting. Sign me up! emoticon I kept putting it off for trying the Gu because everyone are saying the texture was nasty. For me, it wasn't that bad. I should have done it earlier, not 5-10 minutes before the end of my run. Maybe next time!

Now, off to eat breakfast and get cracking on my homework!

  
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PATRICIAANN46 7/22/2011 10:09PM

  Hi Savannah........
I can't believe you are running in this heat and humidity. Wednesday was the worst day!!!!! Even the dogs didn't beg to go outside. Does GU contain caffeine to boost your energy? Are your summer classes over now? I hope you get at least some down time before the Fall classes begin.
It looks like you are doing a great job of keeping up on all of your exercise activity. I knew you would. Take care........ emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2011 8:26PM

    Never tried GU, but glad you liked it! Good for you for having the tenacity to run in the warm weather. I didn't even walk outside yesterday. Too bloody warm for me!! I DID walk inside and use my treadmill, so I wasn't a complete slug! LOL

HUGS!
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WYOBZM 7/22/2011 2:13PM

    You were smart to go slower. Glad the GU texture didn't bother you. Keep up the awesome training.

When I lived down south I used to play this game in the heat. Weigh myself before the run, drink water the entire time running and weigh myself when I got back. It was always good for immediate weight loss. emoticon

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CIVIAV 7/22/2011 1:41PM

    And I didn't fair so well with the Gu however I've found my thing which are Honey Stinger gummies. All natural and easier on my stomach than the other stuff. I love the taste of Gu chocolate but not the after effects. I'd love to be able to use it.

Way to go running in the heat. I cancelled my tempo run last night since it was 37 degree celcius here - not sure what that is in farenheit sorry!



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ROOT4HOME 7/22/2011 1:00PM

    Sounds like you're doing the best w/the heat & humidity! Good job! Glad to hear you liked the choc GU...yes, next time, try it before your run...for a 4+ mile long run, taking it right away, especially under these hot conditions is a good call! Let us know if you can tell a difference in your run! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/22/2011 11:25AM

    Look at you battling the heat! Keep it up!

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Today, I got to be the boss!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Today, I got to be the boss.

My boss is on vacation so I was scheduled to work from 7 am - 3 pm. I planned ahead and packed some work out clothes.

I cannot lie. I typically have fun at work but today was especially fun.

I interviewed the CEO for the local YMCA I currently work at for class. That was a rush. I learned that he wants to open another local full service YMCA in the next 5 years. We also talked about where I want to go in the future and I really sold myself. I explained among other things that I want to stay at the Y. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Than, as soon as I got done, I punched out, and jumped on the arc trainer for 45 minutes. I chit chatted with a member/friend who went wedding dress shopping recently. As I was on the arc trainer, I made a decision.

To try out a group exercise class called hard core.

I am not very good at doing things for the first time alone but I figured it should be good for strength training. I went. It was fun.

Wait, did I just say FUN?!

Yes, I did.

I felt totally comfortable. In the past, I haven't tried them at work because when I went to ones on campus, I felt I needed to be in sync with the instructor. I totally wasn't today but it wasn't a big deal because like five others were not either. Also, I felt like it was gonna be hard core, totally intense, but it wasn't bad at all!

Ironically, a member and co-worker kept seeing how I was doing. The member would see I would take a small break so he would too. It was like I was being a leader just because I worked at the Y and I was in the group exercise class. It was kinda fun. In addition to that, my co-worker was so excited to see me. That was fun too! The member and I made small chit chat afterwards and he even helped me put away my props.

At this rate, I might have to become a Y junkie! Now if I only didn't live 20 minutes away so it would be a bit more convenient when school is in session.

To answer my Sparkfriends, BAILEYS7OF9 & 1CRAZYDOG, question... the weather is alright. It poured here and now the humidity has been lifted! The lake effects probably helped a bit! emoticon It started raining during work. I was super concerned about my new mac laptop as it was sitting next to the open window in my room... and I couldn't do a single thing about it! It was perfectly okay... not even a drop. I felt so lucky!

Oh, my day wasn't that lucky. I checked my bank account and well, I am REALLY poor but really that is not a huge surprise so I am taking it in stride.

Time to go write up the interview summaries for class!

  
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STRIPEDTIGER 7/21/2011 2:35PM

    I'm so glad you had such a great day!! :)

I used to love our Y but when they sprang a leak in the woman's locker room and didn't fix it for a month I was out. I can't take the chance of the mold/mildew kicking in my allergies!!

I love our new gym and in Aug because of work I'll get a free membership to a gym with a rock climbing wall!! I'm so excited!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2011 8:47PM

    Glad you had such a neat day!!! Hugs!!!!!!

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WYOBZM 7/19/2011 8:56PM

    emoticon You sound happy. Glad you had a FUN day! emoticon Sleep well tonight and do it again tomorrow!

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Ever feel like you fall short after you track? Me too!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Have you ever thought you ate well or had a great work out or even had a great weekend... but than you track it than you feel like you fall short?

That is actually one of the reasons I have stopped tracking food. I tracked calories for two years, at least, before I gave it up. I know when I have a good eating day... and when I don't. There were days that I thought were "good" days but the tracker deemed it was a "bad" day because I went over maybe two hundred calories. I deserved better treatment than the daily inner beating.

It happened again today.

I went for a run. It was amazing. emoticon I was drenched in sweat. For me, it isn't a good workout until I am all sweaty. Today, I went running for 50 minutes. I dreaded tracking it. You know why? I knew the endorphin rush was going to go away when I found out that I ran a 15 minute mile pace. emoticon It really was a party killer. Well, because, in my head, it was like saying, I am not good enough.

For awhile, I didn't track my fitness. For this exact reason, I felt bad about myself when I should be exhilarated that I work out nearly everyday. And, when I don't work out, my day is not complete. But, tracking makes me feel like I fall short.

I think more and more my days on this site are coming to an end. I know SP is always here but it is a tool. I no longer use the trackers but rather stay in touch with a few people.

In other news, you may have noticed that I have made a few status about being all sweaty. Let me explain why I am celebrating this. For at least a month or so, I would work out and barely break a sweat. This is good and bad. It is good because it means I have gotten in really good shape and I gotta work harder to get to my target heart rate. It is bad because I wasn't reaching my target heart rate. Mine is around 140ish and I have been hitting around 110, maybe 120. Lately, I have found if I do the programs on the machines, I hit my target heart rate and have a nice, sweaty workout. In other words, I have broken through what I call my heart rate plateau! emoticon

  
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PATRICIAANN46 7/14/2011 12:47PM

  Hi Savannah.......
You have done such a phenomenal job that I think you have the right to do what works for you. YOU know what it takes to keep you at your most comfortable weight.......no one else can tell you how to balance your food and exercise. Your results are the answer to what is working. I wish you the very best. You are my inspiration.
Patti

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STRIPEDTIGER 7/14/2011 9:08AM

    You have to do what works for you.

You don't have to follow someone else's idea of what good or bad is. When I get to the end of the day and I've worked out on a day that I REALLLY didn't want to. . .that's a good day. I make notes in my trackers about why I gave in and ate the chocolate cake or only worked out 10 mins instead of an hour. It can't be all or nothing for me or I'd give up.

I have to celebrate all of the victories, big and small.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2011 9:07AM

    No matter what you chose to do, self-love is so important! If it means taking a break from SP, I would say then do it! I HOPE it doesn't come to that, but as long as YOU prioritize your life and do what makes you happy THAT'S what's important.

HUGS!!!!!

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ERIKA05 7/13/2011 5:25PM

    It's funny, I often feel the opposite when I track my fitness... but let me explain. I am a fitness rockstar - I have NO PROBLEM getting out on the road and running, biking for hours at a time until I have no idea where I am, or playing back to back Ultimate games because it's fun. Then I eat a quart of ice cream, so... not too hard to see where the extra weight is coming from! Because I'm still pretty heavy (although it's changing a little at a time), when I run, or bike, or play, or whatever, I burn HELLA calories, because hello, I'm hauling around an extra 50 lbs. So when I transcribe the 'burn' from my heart rate monitor to my tracker, I am invariably impressed. If I could just get passed having to log the ice cream later, well... emoticon

I hope that I'll get to the point one day where I cand "break up" with the tracker, or at least take a break without going totally off the rails, but I'm definitely not there yet!


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FRENCHTOSD 7/13/2011 5:20PM

    I just use the quick track for fitness, that way I don't get the feedback but I still have a history of my workouts. It's a little less TMI.

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PINKBEANBOO 7/13/2011 4:47PM

    Sometime in the future I can see myself not tracking food or fitness for these same reasons.

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CIVIAV 7/13/2011 4:06PM

    Keep sweating! I know what you mean...

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WYOBZM 7/13/2011 2:39PM

    I track to keep me honest. I don't eat it because I don't want to see it. When I stop tracking nutrition, I get really sloppy. I know what I can and cannot eat, but when I get tired I resort to old bad habits.

Whatever works for you is most important. It is great to see you having fun and enjoying the endorphins.

I use to get "unhappy" when I saw my times getting slower. Age has that effect on you. I just run for time.

Just stay happy and healthy crazy mango and if you leave for awhile....we all do...it is a part of the journey.

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FUNFROG79 7/13/2011 2:17PM

    I don't use the trackers at all, but I like blogging and reading up on others. I know what you mean, but do what is best for you! emoticon

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ELLEYKAT 7/13/2011 1:31PM

    That's the bummer about getting littler - it's harder to get up there with the heart rate and calorie burn! I use a heart rate monitor to track my calorie burn for most things, and then log whatever it tells me here on SparkPeople. (Their trackers estimate so, so, SO much lower than what my heart rate tells me is the true calorie burn!) I just adjusted my weight on my HRM down from 196 to 187 (woo hoo!) and even though I'm still getting my heart rate up there, I'm not seeing as big of calorie burn numbers. ARGH!

Anyway, I digress. I use the trackers to plan out what I'll eat before I eat it, and to keep track of how many minutes I exercised and to log calorie burn according to my HRM. If I eat off my plan, I tend to just not track because it seems like just guessing does more harm than good anyway.

I hope you stick around SP - I'll miss you if you go away, and then who will motivate me the way you do?! =)

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/13/2011 12:20PM

    There are seasons to life. I do still use the trackers because I find them useful, but I refuse to let them (or the scale) determine what kind of day I'm going to have. Do what works for you and use the tools that help you the most; that is what matters, taking care of yourself!

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Do this for your family... please!

Monday, July 11, 2011

This weekend I stayed with my parents. I am very saddened by this but these are two lessons I learned in the last few days. Please take heart and listen to them.

Your health is NOT a joke.

Where ever you are in your journey, PLEASE take it seriously. Sure, you may joke about your poor lifestyle, but the thing is, it is not a joke. It should be put first. You know why? Because if you don't make it a priority, you won't be enjoy life. Like going for a hike to see the waterfalls. Or taking a scroll with your grandchildren. Do it now!

It is never too late to learn to love yourself.

Do it today. Do it yesterday. But... don't do it tomorrow. Don't put it off. If not for yourself, love yourself and be kind to yourself for your family. We love you, faults and all, and hate seeing you tear yourself down. If you are not happy, take action.

I know I sound like I am yelling. I am not. I am telling you because I cannot approach my parents...yet. They are overweight and they are not ready to make the lifestyle change. Someday, I hope they are but right not is not that time. In the mean time, I do try to educate them and emphasize small changes like streaks.

  
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ERIKA05 7/13/2011 5:19PM

    Great blog - I struggle with the idea of talking to my own father about his health, so I really identify with what you've said. I feel like all I can do is hope to be and try to be the best example I can for him and my (very young) siblings, and hope that when the time is right he'll be able to make some changes. I want better health for him so badly, to give him the best possible shot at being around when my brother and sister are the age I am now, but he has to want it for himself. All I can do is make it look too good to not want!
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ANEPANALIPTI 7/12/2011 7:21PM

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PATRICIAANN46 7/12/2011 6:26PM

  Hi Savannah..........
They may not be LISTENING right now, but they cannot help but SEE your wonderful example. You may be accomplishing more than you think.
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Patti

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FUNFROG79 7/12/2011 8:27AM

    Great advice, thanks!

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WOMANCHEF 7/12/2011 7:31AM

    This is a good first step. Good luck with working with your parents. A lifetime of bad habits and wrong thinking are hard to change. Lead by example and I wish you well.

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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.

HUGS!

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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......
Patti

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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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