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Revamped Goals/Workout Routine :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Midterms are here yet here I am still trying to figure out my work out routine during the week. In the last couple weeks, I had no plan and just made sure I did some sort of work out. It works.. but it could be better!

For example, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the busiest but yet I try to get my runs in on this day. It just doesn't work to run when you are feeling rushed. I need to feel relaxed. So, running is getting moved to twice a week. Yup, one day less. Sunday will probably always be a emoticon day. It is my Sunday thing right along with church. Pretty lucky for my non-existent future boyfriend. He can watch football and I don't want to hang out.. because.. well, I want to RUN!

Also, I feel like some days I get stressed from going from one place to another so I am adding simple mediation. emoticon This goal consists of taking ONE 10 minute break from the world, laying on the floor, closing my eyes, and listening to all the sounds around me, letting the world soothe over me, like water does with a rock in a river!

My last goal is to focus on lifting. emoticon I stopped lifting. I was doing so well, too! I know my down fall. I started doing machines again... and they bore me! Now, kettle bells and free weights don't.. but they do take more time. I wish I could find a 30 minute lifting routine that I could everyday.

Okay, before you mention how you can't lift everyday.. hear me out! I plan to create a routine where it is upper one day and lower the next with either Wednesdays or the weekends off.

Why do I want to lift everyday? How I figure it is if I lift everyday I know I can't put it off because I am doing it everyday keeping me consistent!

Also, I have noticed that my routine is dry. When I go to the gym, I seem to be looking at the equipment like this emoticon rather than emoticon. In fact, I have been trying new machines at the Y and taking spin classes.

I am hoping this revamping.. adding lifting everyday and meditation weekly will help!

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DEESFIT4LIFE 10/21/2011 8:35PM

    Sounds like an excellent plan to me! Let us know how it goes!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/21/2011 7:24PM

    Great thinking! In my book, you always rock when it comes to fitness.

So far, my flying by the seat of my pants works for me, but I know that if I were to vary it up and get a more intense walk in, my body would probably like me better. My primary incentive is more on the team's fitness minutes and "joy" factor and my personal joy (with photos) wins for now.

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JUSTBIRDY 10/21/2011 12:56PM

    you are so ambitious! I know I couldn't life every day

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LISAINMS 10/21/2011 12:12PM

    I'm another one that needs a plan (schedule) to stay focused. And a race to train for helps. I like your plan for a 10 min meditation break!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2011 11:34AM

    Good plan. Did you get to play volleyball yesterday?

Hope you're having a good Friday and good for you for taking that meditation break.



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STRIPEDTIGER 10/21/2011 10:36AM

    I like your plan. I'm trying to fit strength training in period but I let me intimidation run me off. emoticon

I'm getting there though! I think it's great that you are mindful of your needs!!

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CIVIAV 10/21/2011 9:52AM

    I am liking your idea of lifting everyday, COnsistency makes the diff for me too!

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MYLADY4 10/21/2011 9:45AM

    Good plan

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Pattison State Park Fall Hike (with photos)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I promised if I went hiking that I'd blog about it.. so here I am blogging even through I don't have too much to say about it!

Basically, I couldn't handle one more tedious day in the gym, on a machine, than later on weights so a friend and I hit the trails!

Even through I have been at the Pattison State Park before, I never noticed there was an outside gym with equipment set up to do your strength training and stretching! There were even photos displaying on how to use it!

How awesome is that?!!

As Kent will demonstrate..

Body weight dip:


Hamstring stretch:

So, there you have it.. my hike!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/20/2011 4:27PM

  Hi Savannah........
How wise you are to know that a change-up in your exercise pattern was just what you needed.........and with the Fall we have had, who can stay inside when the colors and temperatures beckon?????
Loved your pictures and it looked like you were having a great day.
Take care.
Patti emoticon

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WISLNDR 10/18/2011 7:02AM

    Gosh, I haven't been to Pattison in years!! Beautiful photos. I hiked around Green Bay on Saturday; we're having a lovely Autumn, aren't we?

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CIVIAV 10/18/2011 6:26AM

    Loos like a perfect Fall day!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/17/2011 4:49PM

    AWESOME, AWESOME and MORE AWESOME. I love the pic of you by the sign saying, "Stay fit enjoy the outdoors." Great.

What a beautiful park to be outside wandering in!

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KATHY20104 10/17/2011 6:26AM

    thats pretty cool! nice park to. where is that located.

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MYLADY4 10/16/2011 9:01PM

    I have never heard of that place. Next time we are up there we might have to visit it. Sounds and looks BEAUTIFUL. Might as well get out while you can. Old man (I can't say it yet) will be knocking soon.

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VICIOUS421 10/16/2011 8:47PM

    What a beautiful place to hike and work out!!!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/16/2011 8:43PM

    I love Pattison Park and was there last Monday while I was still able to enjoy all the beautiful fall colors on the trees. Love the added workout you discovered.

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DEESFIT4LIFE 10/16/2011 6:45PM

    Great pictures! Glad you got a great workout in! I love hiking!

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Harvest 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Today was pretty amazing!

This morning I did the Harvest 5K Run/Walk with my sister!

Even through the race was poorly organized and needed better communication, I had alot of fun.

Even through the race was chip timed, we do not know the official time. You see we did not walk across a mat at the beginning line for the chip to be activated with. In fact, we weren't even sure if the race started until it was confirmed at mile 1's marker. I stuck with her like glue during the race. It was fun coaching her in the last stretch as we crossed the finish line. Our time was 42:55.

[Does anyone notice that I have decent running form? I always thought I had bad form. Maybe it's not as bad as thought!]

After the race, a woman approached us and told my sister she did well and that I was a great coach! emoticon Apparently, the lady was trying to catch up to us but we consistently ran/walked through out the whole thing.

By the way, I might be going down in race shirts. I now have two long sleeve t-shirts that are mediums which are a bit big. I thought at first maybe it was a fluke. I will have to keep it in mind that I may need a SMALL in fall races! emoticon

They treated me to Old Country Buffet and I was able to get pancakes that I have been craving for the last couple days. emoticon I probably overate for me but I don't feel I went too crazy.

Than, I took them to Enger Tower to see a great view of the city.

To get the above photo we had to climb a tower. Nicole asked how far up it was. I dunno, 20 steps? I guess with being "fit", I don't worry about not being able to get somewhere, like the top of the tower. It was more like 60 steps. Oops!

They drove to my parents and I went to work.

At first, I was not happy at work! One of the personal trainers was a butthead to me. Basically, he is on a power trip and been trying to tell me how to do my job. He can try but I sure don't have to listen. He comes across righteous. Today he did it in front members. Not okay! I will probably should speak with my boss about it. I vented and trying to move on.

Than, at the end of the shift, I spoke with this guy that was overweight. We spoke about my weight loss, and the lifestyle change. I, of course, mentioned Sparkpeople. He repeated it. So, I hope he checks into it. But, he also told me how he didn't "connect" with said personal trainer that I have a current issue with. This makes me happy inside because I had the feeling he connected with me. But, hey, I understood and I feel not all personal trainers do as they were healthy all their life so they do not know how it feels to need to lose weight!

Tomorrow I hope to go hiking with a friend! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2011 11:47AM

    Cool! Glad you had a good day and hope today is good. Talk later!

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STRIPEDTIGER 10/16/2011 10:18AM

    Great job!! On your race and connected with the Y member.

You should encourage him to talk to the boss about his trainer because if a person is connecting they need to know it - should be open to hearing it - so they can improve. But I think it should come directly from the member to the trainer or his boss. Most people don't have the confidence to help in such a way though.

I'm glad you went to your boss. Bosses need to know those types of things.

Have a great weekend!

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VISUALLYRICS 10/16/2011 9:44AM

    emoticon on your 5 K!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/15/2011 10:55PM

    Glad to see you and your sister work a 5K together . . . glad you stayed with her. WooHoo! I, too, enjoy Enger Tower and the walk around the Peace Gardens and rocky path overlooking the Lake. We have such an awesome Lake to enjoy for all four seasons. I here there were twelve food waves along parts of the Lake recently. Yikes!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 10/15/2011 10:21PM

    Good for you and your sister! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A possible spark? Hope so!

Friday, October 14, 2011

In the past, I have tried to "spark" my family but I feel they are the hardest! But, recently I feel a "spark" might be starting! So exciting!

First, my sister made a goal to run her first 5K by her 30th birthday. Tomorrow was the day she was supposed to run, but she is switching to a walk. Still proud of her! I know for my first 5K, I had to walk half of it. Just doing a 5K is a great start. She did mention earlier this week that she could aim for her 31st birthday to run her first 5K. In the past, she mentioned she wants to prove that she CAN do it! I really hope she sticks with it!

Than, today I was talking to my parents and my mom went to the doctor. Apparently, as my dad was waiting for her in the waiting room, he read Runner's World! Yup, you read that right! When I asked him about it, he is like, "Well, I have to read something." Well, yes, I suppose but I never remember my dad reading anything about running or anything like that!

Apparently, once I got a passion everyone wants to join me, which is pretty awesome! These little "spark" moments are pretty cool for me, and I had to share!

Watch for a blog on tomorrow's 5K!

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LORILEEPAGE 10/19/2011 10:15AM

    Setting a good example, as you are, is the best Spark starter!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/16/2011 2:57PM

  Hi Savannah........
YOU motivate people just by being YOU!!! All they have to do is watch how your lifestyle has changed and view the results.

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W8WHITTILER 10/15/2011 10:11AM

    As I said in the other blog, they will end up following you!
So don't ever pay attention to those negative people!
You are rocking it girl, and others want to follow!
That is so awesome!
Keep Sparking!

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HDHAWK 10/14/2011 7:54PM

    That's very cool! Good luck tomorrow!

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Scale's Indicator for the Day

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In the last few months, I have been bouncing around the 160 number on the scale. It is like being on an emotional roller coaster constantly. Apparently, 158 is the indicator for a good day and 161 is the indicator for a bad day.

This morning I weighed in at 160.4, my 100# mark. As I started to feel anxious, I went all counselor on myself and asked myself, "What does it mean to you?" I was surprised by the answer.

Basically, this is what I came up with.
158 = continuing to be successful = not letting down my family
160 = on the verge of failing
161 = failing in being successful = letting down my family

It helps by saying it, pondering it.

By Christmas, I was hoping to be down to 150. But, again, "What does it mean to me?" It means I will be skinny with a flat tummy and I will have my family's praise, something I have never gotten before.

Again, it helps to say it, pondering it.

With that note, I am going to have lunch, work out, and study, study, STUDY!

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HEALTHYBARB1 10/15/2011 6:19PM

    So true when you state it out loud...we often attach meaning to the scale and value to it's number. Remember today to look at the beautiful you that you see in the mirror and the beautiful you that is deep inside and smile...great blog with great truth!!! Smiles Barb emoticon

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JENN03275 10/15/2011 3:59PM

    I hate the scale as well. It does gage how I feel that day. Even if I have been eating well and exercising. Base the weight on how you feel and how your clothes feel. I am quite a bit hypocritical in saying this but I trying to teach this to myself as well.


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EJOY-EVELYN 10/15/2011 1:46PM

    I tried writing you while on the road twice, only to have the completed message, while editing, disappear. I finally gave up for the moment and caught a few zzz's so I could drive again later. 8-))

I wanted to add that I can relate to your thinking. My 100-lb weight loss (at 161.2) is very close to yours. I, too, feel so much better (mentally) when I am under 160 lbs. Since being at 158 represents a 22.7 BMI, I have plenty of room to reduce a little further while remaining in a healthy mix. I'll be watching your responses in hopes that I, too, might find the right mix for a healthy attitude. It's been tough, and with fewer and fewer people noticing a healthier glow as this weight loss become "old hat" I find myself missing these little boosters in attitude. It's a good thing we learn about healthy living in the process . . . this is how doing what we do becomes part of our lifestyle (versus just another diet).

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DEESFIT4LIFE 10/12/2011 7:32PM

    I dislike the scale. emoticon I hate that it makes your day good or bad depending on the reading. I'm sorry emoticon I don't always agree that the scale is the best measure of success. Do your clothes fit better? Maybe even having to go down a size? Are you receiving compliments from others around you (even if it isn't your family) and have you taken your measurements? Maybe you are losing inches! All of these answers I know you already know. Don't let it get you down girl, you deserve better then that! emoticon

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CIVIAV 10/12/2011 3:22PM

    Woman, you are becoming wise as well as strong!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/12/2011 1:41PM

  Hi Savannah........
I have to tell you that it bothers me when I read that you base whether or not you are letting down your family on your weight loss or gain. Do they really judge you by this or is this something that you believe? I guess that I always thought that your weight loss was something that you did for YOU.
YOU have so much to be proud of. You have turned your lifestyle completely around and I hope that you do feel pride in this.

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LOSE4LIFE47 10/12/2011 11:57AM

    Just think & saqy positive things!

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