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Run for Life Program Update

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thanks everyone for their support! My presentation for Run for Life went well. When I speak in front of groups, I get really nervous and start to shake and stutter. Last night, I did not. I think it is because I have talked to people about my weight loss one-on-one. It probably has helped that I was prepared, hehe.

Even the running part was alright. Granted it could have gone better. But, by the end of the six month program, I feel the jagged edges will get smoothed out. In fact, with leading the 5K running group, personal training, and teaching step aerobics starting during the spring semester.

I definitely know I need to get more confidence in speaking in front of a group of people. This is hard for me. But, this is important as well... in ANY job!

On a side note, this morning a 'client' and I had a first session at the gym. My boss approached us while she was on her warm up asking about what we were doing. I wasn't in trouble or anything like that. She was just curious. Both her and another supervisor know I am getting certified as a personal trainer. She brought it up again. Than, she said maybe I could help with the initiative they are doing with the county. The initiative is where they are offering group personal training. I am real honored she asked me to help. I, of course, said yes!

It seems like things keep speeding up, the closer I get to graduation! YIKES!

Also, more and more, I am thinking of training for my first full marathon so I can say I ran my first full marathon, 26.2 miles, when I was 26 years old. And, I even have the resources available to me. With the Run for Life program, I can also go on the longer runs on Saturdays. I think I might. It will give me a great push.

On a girly side of things...
When I was at the Y, before Run for Life, I ran into a member. She told me this guy I used to know at a previous job says hello. Apparently, my name came up or something. I know it's simple but it seems real nice. He wrote a song about me, too! If nothing else, it's real nice.

Last night, I hung out with a friend and he didn't leave 'til late. Than, I woke up at 2 am, 4 am, 5 am than got up before 6 am to train my 'client' AT 6 am. I am a bit tired. Back to bed I go. Gotta rest up for the 2 hour work out with my friend, Kelly. We are going to Total Condition and Zumba than going out for a glass of wine! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/12/2012 10:11AM

    This is great news! I'm glad the program went well and you are getting all of this good news! Woohoo! Your first full, eh? You'll have to let me know where and when. I'd love to be there to cheer you on!

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KANSASROSE67 1/11/2012 5:06PM

    Lots of good stuff!!


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    I am reading a lot of great stuff here. Awesome! As for the 26.2 @ 26. Go for it!

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LISAINMS 1/11/2012 2:53PM

    WTG on your first presentation! Lots of positives happening for you!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/11/2012 2:22PM

    What a great learning experience and day you had. I love that you're wanting to do the 26.2 at 26 - so cool!

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MNGIRLIE 1/11/2012 1:28PM

    Glad to hear things went so well! Sounds like you'll be busy, but that's exciting.

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JRIMM4 1/11/2012 12:39PM


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ANEWLIFE4ME25 1/11/2012 12:00PM

    You are awesome!! Keep up the fabulous work!!

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SHERYLDS 1/11/2012 11:56AM

    I love that you are getting the life and attention you so richly deserve. Never forget how strong and how beautiful you really are. enjoy it. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/11/2012 11:56AM

    You rock! Sounds like you're doing very well working towards your certification and proud of you!

Have a great day, my dear! We're supposed to get from 6-10 in. of snow starting tonight through tomorrow night. UGH. I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but was hoping for LATER!


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KKINNEA 1/11/2012 11:46AM

    Oh, I love 26.2 at age 26! That's a really great goal!

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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2012 11:45AM

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/11/2012 11:41AM

    emoticonsounds like things are really coming together for you! That is great!!!

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Today I share my story with my training-to-run group!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Today I stand in front of a group of runners and share my personal weight loss story. This is really scary for me.

Not only will this be my first non-college presentation, this will be the first time I talk about my experience to a group of people. I will sharing my personal stories on weight loss struggles, my triumphs and struggles with running and some overall motivation.

I hope to inspire them.

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JRIMM4 1/11/2012 11:04AM

    I hope this went wonderfully and I have no doubt that you were inspiring!


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PATRICIAANN46 1/10/2012 8:11PM

  Hi Savannah..........
I know that you will do great because it will come from your emoticon!

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    I think it's great you are sharing. You will be fine. You are an inspiration.

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LISAINMS 1/10/2012 4:11PM

    Waiting to hear how great you were today!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/10/2012 3:41PM

    How wonderful that you will be helping other people who may be having similar struggles. Congrats!

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MYLADY4 1/10/2012 2:50PM

    You can do it and will be great!!

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MNGIRLIE 1/10/2012 1:43PM

    I hope you exceed all your expectations! I'm sure you'll do just great.

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ANEWLIFE4ME25 1/10/2012 12:57PM

    You will do great because you are great!! Go Spark some lives!!

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SKYPRESMOMMY 1/10/2012 12:48PM

    Good luck to ya!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon You'll do great. Just be yourself!!

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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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