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As the trainer...

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Today was my second session with my 'client'. It didn't go as well as I wanted it to. My goal for her session were:

- 10 minutes of warm-up
- full strength training routine with 3 sets of 12
- 10 minutes of stretching

To say the least, it did not go as smoothly as I liked. We got through one set.

I need to have:
- better time management
- better planning
- more condense strength training exercises
- provide an overview of the session to the 'client'

I feel I haven't gave it serious attention. Even through she is not paying me, I want to see results and do it well. Our next meeting is Friday the 13th. Darn it, I am going to have better preparation!

I feel there is going to be a lesson in each session. It's like cooking a new recipe. You gotta make it a few time before you get the hang of it. This will take a few tries, I feel.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/10/2012 11:02AM

    Valuable lesson in time management. You can do it! Practice makes perfect.


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SHERYLDS 1/8/2012 4:57PM

    I'm sure you've sat in a doctor's office...
even with their years of experience...time management is everyone's issue.
You'll be better next time

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    It is a learning experience for you and your client. It will get better. And remember you are only half of the equation!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/8/2012 3:14PM

    Learn from this experience. You'll get there!

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2012 2:40PM

    Now you know what you need to change for the next session. It's good practice. It will definitely take a few tries before you iron out all the wrinkles.

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A Note to the Clothing Designers

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I am so frustrated! I don't understand clothing manufacturers! They seem to like to make clothes for women that do not have curves. YET we are supposed to have curves. Is this a joke? We are magically supposed to have a curves and a flat stomach. emoticon

Oh, you were serious?! emoticon

Well, so am I! I would love to see them start designing clothes for us american, curvy women than those sticks they call models. In fact, if they did MAYBE those sticks could gain some weight and not be so sick and anorexic looking.

Today I feel like flub. The clothes look cute.. but apparently not on me. Well, tough, I am wearing it to the gym to train my 'client'. My mom would comment to me on my tummy roll and say I need a looser shirt or I need to work on flattening it. No matter what size I am it seems she wants me to have a flat tummy. Well, me too! But, guess what? It's gonna happen!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/9/2012 9:21PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I have been complaining about this very thing for years!!!!! Maybe we should put our talents together (I have a clothing and design major) and we can start our own business for REAL WOMEN!!!!!

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PSALM42 1/9/2012 12:00PM

    I know! To get pants that fit my hips they're WAY too long!

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JUSTBIRDY 1/9/2012 11:12AM

    they do this because tailored clothing is expensive to make. Now, it is two or three sizes, in some stretchy material, that is supposed to fit every shape and size.

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MAGGIE101857 1/8/2012 12:21PM

    Couldn't agree more with your frustations! I can walk into any store without my BH and buy him his "size" off the rack, and it always fits the same! But I can't do the same for myself. Now that I am also buying clothes for his 91 year old mother, who doesn't have the energy to walk around a clothing store and try on every outfit, I am buying and returning all the time.

Maybe we Sparkers can organize a rally to fight back????? emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2012 12:09PM

    I don't know who they design clothes for. I'm a 0/2 and clothes don't fit me, either.

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SHERYLDS 1/8/2012 11:30AM

    remember that most manufacturers design the clothes and model them for size 2/4 figures then proportion them out for larger sizes.
But It doesn't matter what looks good on the's what looks good on you that counts. same goes for sizing.

Be the Best YOU can be in everything and you'll look and feel great.

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VEUVEGIRL 1/8/2012 11:22AM

    It IS the designers NOT you!!!! They really need to wake up!

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2012 Resolution: Every race for a cause!

Friday, January 06, 2012

As many of you guys know, I have been struggling with settling on a 2012 goal/resolution.

Finally, I got it!

Every race I run in 2012... whether it is 1 or 12... will be for a cause. Most races are a fundraiser for a cause, usually research, but some are not. I really want to focus my energy and yes, money, on a worthy cause.

My Grandma sparked this idea for me back in June, the day I showed her my half marathon medal. She asked what was it for... like what cause. As far as I know, my half marathon had no advertised cause.

Keeping that in mind, all day long I saw people dressed in purple. By the end of the race, I learned these people were members of Team-in-Training. Team-in-Training raises money for cancer (leukemia, I believe) research. In fact, since that conversation with my Grandma, it has been on my bucket list to become a Team-in-Training participant. Right now, I do not have the time commitment or money. But, someday, I will.

Besides my Grandma sparking me, I found it empowering to do 5Ks in 2011 that had a cause. You see, when you are waiting around at a race, you start to hear inspiring stories. It is no longer about you or running or your best time. It is about raising money so people do not have live with cancer or diseases that have no cure.

In the past, some races I have completed for has raised money for Lupus research, housing for parents for children that need to stay in ICU, and rising money for a scholarship for non-traditional women attending college.

This will be a good challenge for 2012. Finding 5Ks with a cause should be fairly easy but for some reason, it seems finding a half marathon will be a bit tougher. Down the road, I might have to alter the goal from every race run for a worthy cause to 12 races ran for worthy causes in 2012.

Either way, I will be helping worthy causes with running. Won't that be nice?

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/11/2012 11:37AM

    My BF's ex was a team in training and quickly advanced to a trainer for the Team in Training. She went to races in Greece, England, etc. All really dirt cheap to get there and stay there because of Team in Training. Something to think about if you are interested in traveling!

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LISAINMS 1/8/2012 9:03PM

    Always great to be aware of where the proceeds go! I definitely give that weight when deciding between races. Good job, Grandma!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/7/2012 8:39PM

  Hi Savannah.........

Great idea!!!!!!! Leave it to you to put the focus on others. I am so proud of my virtual daughter emoticon

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SHERYLDS 1/7/2012 12:14PM

    Terrific Idea... figures you with your heart of gold would make that your resolution. Go For It

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1CRAZYDOG 1/7/2012 11:33AM

    AWESOME!!!! Love your tweaks to your page.

Have a great Saturday. Off and running.



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JRIMM4 1/7/2012 11:20AM

    emoticon. I love how many resolutions I am hearing this year Which have a true meaning and impact beyond just our own individual day to day lives.


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MYLADY4 1/7/2012 10:03AM

    That's a great reason (why my sister and I do it). If you need some races let me know. We have some nice ones around here with great causes.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/6/2012 11:47PM

    Love the races for a cause! Even if you do not find a half marathon specific to a cause, you can make your participation a part of a cause by naming the cause (perhaps you already have a t-shirt that represents your cause) and asking people to help support what you're racing to. The local food shelf is always looking for contributions of food or money. You're grandma sparked you in the right direction!

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Day 2 of 7: Tracking Again

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

In the last month or so, it seems like my control on food portions is out of hand. And, the holidays sure didn't help matters! When I was at 260, I could mindlessly eat a cake pan or a pizza and realize AFTER I ate it. When that happens now, it scares me. Even after losing all this weight, I realize I will always have some demons to fight.

Anyways, back to topic at hand, I decided I want... no, need.. to get the control of my eating, whether it is healthy or junk food. I need to have control of ME. To do this, I decided for the month of January I would try to track food 21 of the 31 days.

Yesterday was day 1 of tracking again. It went okay. At times, I was forgetful that I had to track foods. At the end of the day, I had 200 calories left. emoticon

Today I have been trying to track again sporadically. This has been harder. I try to make alot of my meals at home. With doing that, you have to remember to measure. Than, I decided to make chili! emoticon Since it is not from a recipe, I do not know how many servings it is. I want to say 4-5. But, when you are trying to determine how many calories is in each serving, that extra serving can be a huge calculating factor. Anyone know how to solve this issue?

Besides that, today I really noticed how much I mindlessly snack without measuring out the proper portion. It's crazy. With needing to track food, I need to measure these fruit and veggie snacks out.

In the last year or so, I have tried tracking again. I seem to get frustrated because like my chili issue. Instead I have been trying to listen to my body and when I am actually hungry. Maybe I will have a mini-goal of getting to Day 7 of tracking. That really helped when I did it with my fitness.

Talking of which, I haven't worked out since the New Years. Sunday.. I drove home. Monday.. worked all day. I know excuses. But.. today I hope to work out after Run for Life's Greet and Meet meeting.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/5/2012 1:33PM

    It takes a while, but I've grown a terrific library of recipes here in my Sparkpeople Recipe Box and an able to plug it directly into my nutritional tracker. I love it. SparkPeople already has a good set of healthy recipes that you might be able to check to see if they are close to what you're making. This has been helpful when you I tweaking a recipe or make it again. If it just a one-time toss together, I will build a food "groupings" with nutritional tracker which allows me to easily switch up or delete one ingredient if I'm missing an element or two. There's a learning curve, but once you key in a few recipes, it gets eaier and then if you track regularly, you wonder how you lived without using this feature. 8-)

My biggest tools are my scale which weighs nearly six pounds, we well as my measuring cups and spoons. When it comes to many ingredients, sometimes it's just a matter of keying in small, medium, or large for freggies (fruits and veggies).

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PATRICIAANN46 1/4/2012 10:13PM

  Hi Savannah........
Tracking has always been what has worked best for me and I know that it will for you too. It just lays it out there for us to see exactly where we are as far as calorie intake goes. As for the Chili..........most Chili has pretty much the same ingredients, so I do guesstimate according to serving size.
Good Luck.........not that you need it. You are a pro.....

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1CRAZYDOG 1/4/2012 2:19PM

    good job!


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GETFIT2LIVE 1/4/2012 10:18AM

    This holiday season, I indulged way more than I did the previous year, and that was a little scary. Didn't gain, but it showed me that I could easily enough slide back into old, bad habits if I don't pay attention, and I know where that gets me. As for the chili, I frequently use the Recipe Calculator to do like others suggested, figure out the calories in the whole recipe, then divide it up into what seems to be reasonable serving sizes (half a cup, a cup, etc.) and multiply/divide if I'm having more or less than a 'serving' when I do eat it. I really need to do more weighing and measuring instead of estimating, though, at least periodically. Too easy to guess I have a half cup when it's really more like 3/4 or a full cup, and that makes a difference!

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LUCYLU221 1/3/2012 7:30PM

    Dont worry you will get it back on track. Sorry I am really bad at knowing that portion size. I use a food scale to weigh it out.

Take care my friend. You will do great.

Val emoticon

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SHERYLDS 1/3/2012 6:12PM

    I think it's great that you've become such a pro at this you know exactly what to do...and you just do it.

good for you. emoticon

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JRIMM4 1/3/2012 6:04PM

    I use the recipe calculator on the sparkrecipies side of the site quite often. If I'm not following an exact recipe I guestimate as best I can and go from there. I figure it's likely close and estimate high. If all else fails I simply write a note in the 'notes' section of the food tracker for the day with anything from 'really blew it at dinner!' to a detailed account of what I ingested. Even if such tracking is not exact, if it's only part of the time it at least keeps me mindful of what I am choosing to eat!


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NATPLUMMER 1/3/2012 4:59PM

    Do you have a food scale? You could weigh the whole batch and then figure out how much nutrition-wise is in a certain amount and multiply (or divide) if that doesn't happen to be your serving.
I have to get better at measuring stuff again myself. I can tell that I haven't been doing a great job at eyeballing it.
Have a good workout tonight :-)

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2012 Goal Revised, Again!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

This weekend I went to my Grandma's Christmas. Now, that I have lost 100# and missed Christmas last year, they act like I am the prodigal child that has returned after many years. I find it so amusing. My sister even noticed it.

Besides the drama with the family, it was nice to see everyone.

Of course, I ate way too much. Lately, it seems I have no self control whatsoever! It is actually very scary. I eat everything in sight. Like I did before I lost the weight. I am seeing very clearly how someone could gain all the weight again.

I tell my friends and family. They have the attitude that it is not a big deal. It's a big deal. Especially to me.

Sometimes they even comment about how I am skinny, small, blah, blah, blah. At one time I might have cared about that but not anymore. Sometimes I wish it still made my day to get one more pound down. But, it doesn't. What makes my day now? Overcoming something that I didn't think I could do. The unachievable goals. It's empowering for me.

Maybe that is why weight loss made my day before. I never thought I could even lose 5# so everyday that I went down even more it was proving to myself I can do it.

After that, it was proving to myself I can run a half marathon. There were a lot of doubts that I couldn't do it.. but I did.

So, basically, I need to find something I believe is unachievable and prove to myself I can do it.

That seems kinda backward, doesn't it? Another way of looking at it is I need a challenge.

Hmm.. let's see. What goals do I have which I believe are unachievable right now?

Becoming a Half Marathon Fanatic (Nicholas has inspired me!)
Running a full marathon.
Running Team Ortho Series during 2012 (Get Lucky, Minneapolis Marathon, Go Commando, Monster Dash)

The first two would be awesome but I do not feel my running is up to par for that. Also, mentally, I am just not ready for that.

But, the last one.. just maybe it could be a fun challenge. I can even pay for all the races at one time, at the end of this month. No excuses.

My 2012 goal was going to be 1000 miles, and 140 goal weight. But, everytime I think about them, they kinda put me to sleep. emoticon

So, I think my 2012 goal is going to the Ortho Team Series.

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LEAHOBI 1/3/2012 6:15PM

    You are so inspiring. Wishing you many great things in 2012 :)

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JRIMM4 1/2/2012 11:54PM

    emoticon You are Amazing!


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ABSOLUTZER0 1/2/2012 5:36PM

    I think the goal for 2012 is to do whatever you put your mind to! You know I'll be hear cheering you on. Woohoo! Oh, watch out for that Nicholas. He is crazy! He'd probably run to you if he could simply because it would be a new challenge. LOL!

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JMARIES51 1/2/2012 5:25PM

    I was reading your bucket list and I think you will find it easier to achieve all those things if you keep up your confidence. So setting that new goal is really important. It sounds like you have been bitten by the running bug. That is fantastic. I just started running in 2011 and completed several 5K. But right now I feel perfectly contented to keep this pace. Of course I am turning 61 next week, so if I was in my 20's I might feel more like I have to keep pushing. I wish I hadn't waiting so long to get my momentum going, but on the other hand, I am glad I achieved it at age 60.

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STRIPEDTIGER 1/2/2012 1:28PM

    I heard 95% of people who lose weight gain it all back.

I don't know about you but I don't like to be boring, predictable and another statistic.

I plan on being part of the 5%. Want to stay there with me?

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/2/2012 12:46PM

    You simply have to have goals you CARE about. Revising them is good if you realize they are putting you to sleep. Applause from this Sparker! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/2/2012 12:40PM

    Yes, you CAN do anything you put your mind (and effort) to accomplish!


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MAGGIE101857 1/2/2012 12:37PM

    A very interesting challenge indeed! Lots to look forward to and I'm confident you will move towards those goals in the days to come! Look how far you have come already!!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/2/2012 12:22PM

    You can do it! You have come so far, there is NO HOLDING YOU BACK!!!

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SCOOTER4263 1/2/2012 1:06AM

    You can do anything you put your whole self into. But don't make the mistake of thinking that if it isn't in place by New Year's Day, you somehow missed the bus. You can jump onto that bus any time - any Monday, any midnight, any time that feels right *to you*. And you get to pick the bus! What could be better! Now go out there and get yourself a great 2012!
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EJOY-EVELYN 1/2/2012 12:51AM

    You are beautiful, strong, blessed, disciplined and focused. You will become who you want to become as long as you focus on your great ability (and not some of those self defeating attitudes we sometimes allow too much power over us.)

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SHERYLDS 1/1/2012 11:50PM

    YOU Savannah CAN DO ANYTHING you set your mind to do.
You've proven it over and over.
You Go Girl emoticon

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    Sounds like you have some good goals for the New year. I really feel you on always looking for the next thing. After I finished running my first half marathon I felt kind of lost and didn't know what to do with myself, I'm hoping to run my first full marathon in 2012, on to the next thing. Happy New Year!

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