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Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Last year, I have a New Year's resolution (goal) to run 11 races in 2011. Recently, I changed it to 6 races in 2011. Of course, being me, I announced it to the Sparkpeople community.

In doing so, a generous Spark Friend, EHAGFELD, offered to sponsor me for one of my races. She understood that as a college student, the expense of race registrations may prevent me from completing my goal. Now, that is support!

One of the races I choose was the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run. I choose this because another Spark Friend, VPOPPY01, has lupus. Right now, as far as I know, there is no cure. The money raised goes toward research for lupus!

I just find it amazing that God blessed with me such a great Spark Friends!

It really was a fun day!

Valerie (VPOPPY01) and I actually went to the Y and did a spin class BEFORE the 5K! Yes, we were that crazy! Than, later met up with Evelyn (EHAGFELD).

I looked up our "official" times of the race and they are the following.. drum roll, please!

VPOPPY01: 33:09

With these times, we all PRed! How awesome is that!

Both EHAGFELD and VPOPPY01 wrote blogs about the 5K as well! I find them both inspiring to read! Check them out!

EHAGFELD's blog, "Blessed by Fellow Sparkers! . . . and a 5K Lupis Walk/Run for Hope!"

VPOPPY01's blog, "Day Trip to Duluth and Lupus 5K!"

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LUCYLU22 10/8/2011 11:27PM

    Congrats to all 3 of you!! Awesome cause, awesome women!! You all truly inspire!! Thanks so much for sharing your stories.


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SHERYLDS 10/4/2011 1:48PM

    congrats to one my favorite awesome spark friends

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CALIFGOLFER 10/3/2011 9:53PM

    I think all three of you are awesome! Such a good cause too. Congrats!

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FUNFROG79 10/3/2011 10:29AM

    Wow! emoticon

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CIVIAV 10/2/2011 7:13PM

    I can't keep up with you! How awesome to keep improving your times. I'm watching...

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VPOPPY01 10/2/2011 6:06PM

    I am so crazily impressed by my time for this race! I'm a little in shock/super inspired to go out and run more. Especially this week since I have no gym lol.

Omg, I can't say enough how much fun I had up there with you! I think I'll have to come back up later this year to hang out some more!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/2/2011 2:38PM

    I'm impressed that you and Valerie were both able to RUN the entire race. I see that the officials recorded a better time than I had had anticipated for my walk. Whether it's a 14.5 or 13.9 minute mile for me, they're both fabulous numbers. Happy to provide some much needed funds to a great cause. There was also an Alzheimer's walk elsewhere in the city. You're well on your way to meeting your goal for total 5Ks this year. WooHoo! This was truly the re-energizer I needed.

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VISUALLYRICS 10/2/2011 1:39PM

    I am too Blessed by you - my Fellow Sparkers!
What an Outstanding 5K run, Ladies!! I admire you, your journey and your testimony!!
emoticon on such a rewarding Run!! ~ Laura

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

My weight loss journey started during the summer of 2009. I lost 30 pounds that summer with tons of walking. At the end of that summer, I decided to walk a 5K. I choose a local one and gathered my friends for the CASDA 5K. Many bailed but Jared did not.

The next fall, 2010, Jared and I ran the 5K together in 37:38. Here is the photo from last year!

We were planning on doing it together again this year but he had a game for curling. So, I asked my running friend, Stephanie to do it with me.

I consider her experienced. She can easily do a 10 minute pace while that is "fast" for me. Also, she has done many halfs and a few full marathons. It was alot of fun!

Our time was 32:43! emoticon

My goal was 32:00. Not bad considering I was "ill" for three weeks and detrained alot. Also, I only ran once this week. In July, I did the 5K with my sister for the 4th of July in 33:45. This means I shaved a minute off my time! WIN!

I have three *hopefully* races coming up.
-Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K
-Black Cat 5K
-Harvest Run (My sister's first 5K!)

I still cannot believe that I CAN run a 32:43 5K! WIN! emoticon

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JOAN_HEO 9/29/2011 4:21PM

    You are the bestest!!!! You look so adorable! Or as a teacher friend says...adora-bell!

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LIFESGREAT2DAY 9/28/2011 10:19PM

    That's wonderful! Such a difference in photos in one year too! Keep up the amazing job you are doing!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/24/2011 9:23PM

  YOU are emoticon!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/24/2011 7:58PM

    You are a lean, mean running machine! you can do whatever you put your mind to.

Ditch the scale! At least for awhile. You're right . . . if you need to, there is one @ the gym. It's not worth gettin frustrated about. DO remember that you were not able to do your usual routine when you weren't feeling well. That takes it's toll, but it's not irreversable1 Just look @ where you were @ the beginning of this journey! You are back in the saddle again and you'll be fine.



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STRIPEDTIGER 9/24/2011 3:37PM

    I can certainly believe it!! You've become a stud (or the girl equivalent) !!

I'm so happy for you! Keep up the fantastic work!! Keep being proud of EVERY accomplishment!!


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LISAINMS 9/24/2011 3:32PM

    Awesome improvement! Keep on keepin' on, Savannah. You're doing terrific!

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    Wow! That's fantastic! You really did a great job! I knew you would! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/24/2011 12:38PM

    Great run! And you look so much healthier this year. WooHoo!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/24/2011 11:55AM

    Way to go, that is wonderful--and love the pictures! I hope I can eventually get my times down that much for a 5K. Awesome job, especially considering being sick and not training much during that time!


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CIVIAV 9/24/2011 11:33AM

    You CAN And DID! Woohoo!

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Fall Goals

Friday, September 23, 2011

As some of you know, I have been struggling with goals.

After a chat with a campus leader, I decided to make a goal with miles on a treadmill. You see my campus is getting a pink treadmill for Breast Cancer Awareness. For the month of October, for every mile that is ran/walked, 10 cents is donated to research. My goal? Complete 60 miles on that emoticon! I am really excited about this goal!

I got to thinking about my running and such. I came to the conclusion that races do keep me focused. So, I decided I want to do 100 races by the time I turn 30, April 2016. This sounds like a huge number, doesn't it? But, so did 100 pounds and I did that! I can do this, too!

In 2009, I did two races.
In 2010, I did four races.
In 2011, I hope to complete six races.

See the pattern?! As long as I increase by four races each year, I will be able to reach my goal!

Another goal I have is more traditional. In other words... bor-ing! Haha!

They are to lose ONE pound each week. This means by I would be 153 by November 18th! Also, every other week I would be taking measurements and photos.

Lastly (but not least), I am going to keep lifting MWF with free weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, I am going to reward myself with something. Not sure with what yet, though.

So, instead of working on homework, I worked on a revamping my motivational board which has my goals on it. Now, I feel focused.

What are your goals for the fall? For October? emoticon

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ERIKA05 9/26/2011 11:15AM

    Good for you! I'm travelling for all of October, so my goals are more amorphous - something along the lines of: don't overeat, easy on the wine, do something ambitious and physical every second day (like climbing the Eiffel Tower), be awesome, have fun! It's weird because I'm normally very goal oriented, so the idea of "free-lancing" kind of bothers me. I'm bringing my HRM though, so hopefully that will help me to keep on track and be realistic about how many calories climibing the Eiffel Tower actually burns.
I love the idea of 100 races by your 30th birthday! I wonder what a reasonable number would be for *someone* turning 29 in like a week...

I can;t wait to check in and see how it all went when I'm back. Good luck with your awesome October goals!

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MYLADY4 9/24/2011 9:47PM

    Good goals!! If you need some races to run next year and don't mind a 2 hour drive, have some nice races down by me.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/23/2011 9:21PM

    I like this new spark that has you on fire. Give if your best because that's what you deserve.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/23/2011 6:11PM

    Good job!!

My goals:

1. Maintain my weight by continuing to track my nutrition and portion control -- meaning continuing to weigh/measure. Keeps me honest!

2. I want to have at least one meatless meal/week.

Ok -- boring goals, I admit!

Keep on sparking!

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CRISSYCURRY 9/23/2011 4:16PM

    Sounds like good goals!

Hmm, I haven't given it much thought but I guess my goals are to maintain my weight and run my first full marathon on December 3. I would like to get more toned but that will come with time and more STing.

Good luck with your goals!

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    You can do this you know! You will, too! emoticon

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HEIDISO 9/23/2011 1:38PM

    How many races have you complete so far this year?

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The Girl with the Phoenix Tattoo.. with updates!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This week I discovered I need to use better time management skills. In the last couple semesters, I have been READY for classes to start and have it all planned out. Boy, that did not happen this semester. We all have busy lives so listen up.. plan, plan, and plan. If you do, things tend to go smoother, unlike this week. So next week, we are going to try another plan for fitting in my fitness and my homework.

Anyhow, I am getting back to my focused self which is really nice. All your comments from my last blog really helped but TYKXBOY said something that really hit me.

He said: "Just remember, you don't deserve food, you deserve to be happy and healthy!"

This is so true. Until this was said back to me, I didn't realize I was rewarding myself with food. This is an old habit. Basically, I was rewarding myself with food for losing weight. When I get a moment to breathe, I hope to purchase a food dairy. I think that would be best for me. I know how to eat right - it watching my emotions.

Talking about rewarding myself for my weight loss.. I got my tattoo finished!

I still cannot believe I am that girl that used to weigh 260, that lost 100 pounds, ran her first half marathon this summer and now am the girl with the phoenix tattoo. If I saw me on the street, I'd want to get to know me!

I was reminded of this last night when someone that works on campus stopped by and basically summed me up just like that. I am that girl! Harry, the same guy, told me that in October we are getting a PINK Cybex treadmill. Basically, every mile that is ran/walked on it, Cybex is donated 10 cents to research. How awesome is that!? (OH!!! I just had a thought. I have been having trouble with coming up with a goal. I could focus on doing so many miles on that treadmill in October! Eek!) Anyhow, Harry was telling me because I am a runner! Eeek!

So, that's that!

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JUSTLEALAH 9/22/2011 11:34PM

    Yay for being "that girl"!!!! And beautiful tattoo!

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LISAINMS 9/22/2011 11:15PM

    Beautiful art! I hope you rack up a lot of miles on that pink treadmill.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/22/2011 5:39PM

    Beautiful work done on the Phoenix! You deserve the best! Happy running!

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ASHBASH24 9/22/2011 2:14PM

    I. LOVE. YOUR. TATTOO. Like sooooo much! And YAY for being "That girl"!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/22/2011 1:55PM

  Hi Savannah......
I emoticon your tattoo and your emoticon attitude.

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/22/2011 11:54AM

    Great idea on the treadmill!!! Bet that phoenix will be flying!!

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STRIPEDTIGER 9/22/2011 11:51AM

    You don't have to have a fancy diary to journal your food. A simple notebook is all I use. Then I log in SP when I have time. I wish I could send you a copy of the form I use. (darn SparkMail) It's easy, handy and I love it.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/22/2011 11:31AM

    Way to go! Looks beautiful.

What a fantastic idea with the treadmill!! I think that's fabulous. Obviously that is near and dear to my heart since my Mom was diagnosed w/breast cancer in June. Run like the wind, sweetie!! Rack up those treadmill miles.


PS You DO deserve to be healthy and you ARE that girl!

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CRISSYCURRY 9/22/2011 11:13AM

    Sounds like you're back on the right track! Our gym has those pink treadmills as well and the owners participated in that 10 cent challenge last October.

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ELLEYKAT 9/22/2011 11:11AM

    AWESOME!! I'm so happy for you and proud of you, and I LOVE your tattoo! =) That's my 100 pounds reward as well. Working hard for it!!!

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Losing control!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Since I reached my long term goal of losing 100 pounds, I feel like I have been transported back to the time before I started to lose weight. My eating is out of control! I have gone out to eat several times in the last few weeks, and each time I overeat and have dessert. Doing this once isn't a big deal but I have done this several times.

What is my issue?! Really? Why can't I get it together?!

Maybe my Spark Friend, Barb, is right. Maybe I am having a pity party. I don't know. I thought once I reached "being fit", it would become easier. It seriously became much harder. I not only have to work harder to fight for me, but I also have to work out harder. I cannot simply go to the gym and sweat just appears. I have to work to sweat. I know this is my body being adaptive. But, this also means I have to work to be creative.

Also, I've been thinking and I may have to go back to how I started losing weight, in those first 3 months. I was very strict with myself. This means counting calories, being diligent about fitness (no issue there), not eating out and if I do, definitely no cheesecake or dessert!

Some people reset their Sparkpage. I couldn't do that. To lose ALL my progress? Um, no. I may, though, reset my weight tracker. I can always change that back easily enough.

Now, off to soccer.. emoticon

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CALIFGOLFER 9/22/2011 9:51PM


Great Blog!

I was quite shocked (obviously clueless) when I discovered how hard I had to work out now compared to when I started. The gym is now hard work!

I do not want to see you gain any of your weight that you worked so hard to lose. BE AWRE, you are at the stage where most people fail and gain their weight back. You have to find moderation, a way to indulge within reason and maintain your weight and health. You are young, and like to go out. Natural. You want to go out with friends and have a social life.

You can do that..... but you have to be strict about your portion size and what you order in restaurants.

You are such an inspiration.... 100 pounds lost is awesome! i know you can do it and will support you in any way I can.

Keep me posted on how you're doing.


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WLLMS62 9/21/2011 10:55AM

    I'm finding the same thing. The closer I get to my goal the harder I have to work. And I have to learn how to maintain as well. But I would rather have us struggle to maintain than struggle to lose any day. Thank you f or sharing.

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ACURVYLADY 9/21/2011 10:52AM

    It's true. The fitter I get the more I have to do to maintain but I feel great

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1CRAZYDOG 9/21/2011 9:41AM

    Well, you're right --- definitely --- to going back to some of the basics where you began. Maintaining IS hard work, mentally and physically! After all, we are definitely NOT the same person, physically or emotionally, as when we started this journey. That takes some adjustment. For everyone.

It's very easy to be complacent after reaching a goal. But that's where being vigilant about maintaining those healthy lifestyle habits comes in.

It's always scarey, too, to have made those physical changes (which is ALWAYS accompanied by emotional changes as well) and wonder to yourself, "Well, now that I have lost weight, will people accept me for who I am NOW?" I know I wondered. The answer is: if they do, that's great. If they DON'T, well then that is THEIR loss.

You are an inspiration to so many and want you to know that.

Just keep tracking your nutrition, keep up your exercise, rest appropriately and keep up with the Spark site like you always do. Things will fall into place.


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CIVIAV 9/21/2011 8:59AM

    Me too sweetie and yet I know that it's simply another step in learning to live a healthy life. Keep working on it and I will too...

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LISAINMS 9/20/2011 10:24PM

    I don't know that you need to go back to the Start. For me, that would be mentally defeating as if you failed and had to start over, which isn't the case. Maybe logging at least for the short term would be helpful to re-establish appropriate portions and get back in range.

I think reaching goal is such a relief that it's easy to throw off the chains from the prior months and go from doing everything right to being footloose and fancy free. Just pull the reins in a little and you'll find the right middle ground to stay in your maintenance range.

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JOAN_HEO 9/20/2011 7:37PM

    I'm right there with you, Savannah. I was within 20 pounds of reaching my goal weight and I started making really dumb food choices! I gained back about 8 pounds. I have managed to drop 4 of them but I'm zoo not happy about it. It's frustrating with a capital F!

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TYKXBOY 9/20/2011 12:44PM

    Once you get to a healthy weight it's all about continuing to do what you've done to get there and not deciding you can go back to old habits. For instance, I've completely given up dessert. And even tho I don't need to lose any more weight, I continue to skip dessert except for special occasions. You've made the right lifestyle changes, now you just have to remember that they are lifestyle changes, not just temporary fixes that you can give up now that you're where you want to be. That's what makes maintenance mode so difficult. But wavering back and forth between the same 5 pound isn't a bad thing. It's impossible to stay the exact same weight ever single day. So, yo-yo-ing will happen in maintenance mode. It's just a matter of finding that 5-10 pound weight range and staying inside it by doing that sames thing you did to get there.

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JENN26POINT2 9/20/2011 11:36AM

    I have heard many many people say that maintenance is harder than weight loss b/c it's a different frame of mind. Instead of eating/exercising to drop the lbs, it's eating/exercising to maintain and any deviation can cause weight gain.

But, I think you can do it. You had the tools to reach maintenance. It's just like cleaning your house... once you spend the whole weekend cleaning it, it's easier to work to keep it that way than to let it revert back and do it all over again.

Stay strong chica! You can totally do this!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/20/2011 11:01AM

    Part of what you write about is the same fear that is hidden DEEP from within and I pray it never rears its ugly head . . . but I know reality better than that. It's not about if those bad habits return, but when . . . and how I will deal with them when it happens.

Tracking is my nearest and dearest friend and in this more intense life-long learning Spark environment that I live in, I am continually learning and building healthy eating habits. It takes a great deal of due diligence on my part . . . but I do don't want to fall from grace (so to speak).

We each have our tips and tricks to jolt us back into healthy eating habits, whether it be sharing a meal, waiting until three or more are gathered to treat yourself to a major splurge, and finding the occasional alternative to a food we simple can't live without.

If I don't work in -- in moderation -- the foods I love and adore (fresh bread, fried clams, onion rings, ice cream, pizza, wine, etc) then I'm destined to fall back into bad eating habits. Find a healthy way of enjoying a former bad habit, so it no longer has the same hold on you or impact, but allows you a true level of guilt-free enjoyment.

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FUNFROG79 9/20/2011 10:55AM

    Whenever I feel like that I redo my spark background and add new goals and pics. It may sound silly, but it helps me! Hang in there!

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