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!
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!"
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!
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!
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 ! 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?
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!
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..
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