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Calorie Budget

Saturday, January 28, 2012

No matter what my calorie budget (range) is set at, I seem to have to overspend my amount. Like I HAVE to spend it. Apparently, the calories in my mind do not rollover to the next day.

Does anyone have this problem? Where they MUST spend ALL calories?

Sadly, it resembles my checking account. Maybe if I could get a handle on the calories, it could carry over to my checkbook!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/30/2012 1:41PM

  Hi Savannah.......
Like 1CRAZYDOG, I watch the entire week and average out the total calories. I do keep a daily eye on what is going on, but also realize that I can adjust the amount of calories consumed over the next few days to get back on track. I have to admit that Tracking my food is what really keeps me honest and losing. The minute I start to get lazy re: tracking, I begin to gain. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/29/2012 12:55PM

  Great blog! I tend to look at the calories/nutrition daily, but am MOST concerned about the trend. IF calories are over budget daily, there's a problem, but if it's a day or two, then you work around it the rest of the week so it averages out. That is, as mentioned, as long as you are getting the calories in to meet your metabolic needs with exercise! Don't short change yourself.

How did your Run for Life go yesterday????? Hope it was good.


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BAM0827 1/29/2012 12:53PM

    I don't think it's a bad thing to stay at the upper end of your calories but I understand what you're saying because it's almost like a mental thing - more than a physical. Your head knows that you "can have more" so you do. My "more" is generally not so great things so I have to be careful.

Maybe make a mini goal - eat at the lower or middle of your range 2-3 times a week... then when you do get a small reward.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/29/2012 12:35PM

    Depending on your training schedule, you may need every last calorie, Savannah! Especially as you are increasing mileage toward that marathon. Wow... a full marathon. Bet you don't have time to "play" with things like ice skates.

Good luck, and nourish well! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2012 11:31PM

    My only concern with not using all your calories is that if you regularly fall too close to 1000 calories a day, while working out, you're putting your metabolism at risk of not being where it needs for you to be at your peak. With Weight Watchers we get a bonus allotment each week . . . if you stay at the low-end of your ranges regularly, then a minor going over should cause much trouble.

If you're going over, then the best things to do is try to buy more filling foods that leave you satisfied so you don't continually go back to the pantry for more when you're truly satisfied. One of my favorites is making a hearty broth-based veggie soup or keeping some fresh freggies nearby to satisfy your appetite. I also like 4 ounces of cottage cheese with fruit or tomatoes. The only problem with these two recommendations is that your sodium intake may affect your water weight and number at the scale. Sometimes when you're hungry, you're really thirsty and water is a great way to re-hydrate.

Hope it comes together for you.

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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2012 11:29PM

    They are there for you to use. As long as using the limit doesn't have any adverse effects, I don't think it should be a problem. No, I don't have the compulsion to get to the high end but there are some days that I do.

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Proud Moment: Attended the Y's Muscle Pump Class

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today I am proud.

I went to Muscle Pump, a group exercise class that intimidates me. Also, I hate doing something for the first time alone. But, today, I did! emoticon

For the class itself, I probably won't be back. There were a handful of exercises I couldn't do and it drives me nuts when the instructor doesn't give ways to modify. My core is rather weak and I simply cannot do side planks or anything really on the ball.

I wish I could find a group exercise strength training class that I LOVE. But, time after time, I feel disappointed in myself because I cannot do those exercises. I did love kettle bells - maybe I should look into those again.

I did hire a trainer at the Y. Before I could talk to my boss, who assigns the trainers, I was 'given' to my friend who I didn't really want to get trained by. Lately, it's ALL about me and he simply never asks about me. As a client, I don't want to deal with that. Putting personal feelings aside, he is a good trainer and I hope in the next 12 weeks, 1 session/week, that I can really get stronger. I think I am aiming for 2 strength training sessions.

The hopeful part of me wishes I could lose 2# a week and get into the 140s. But, the realistic part of me knows that's not possible. My motivation to do that is not there. As part of my marathon training and to get my eating back on track, I started to track my food again today. Blah.

One way or another I AM getting stronger! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 1/28/2012 3:29PM

  Sounds like you are on the right TRACK all the way around!!!


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    have you tried either asking to have your trainer switched or talking to you friend and communicating your specific needs? maybe that would make the next 12 weeks a little better.

Good on ya for working on getting stronger! I find that I love the way I feel after lifting weights.

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ERIKA05 1/27/2012 1:38PM

    Good for you for trying out that class. It's really frustrating when the insructors don't give options. I take a similar class at my gym, and the instructor generally suggests at least 2 levels of difficulty for each of the basic moves - not that hard to do, really.

I hope that the training sessions with your friend go well and that the focus comes back to you, the client in this case. Even if both parties are committed to being professional, it's hard to draw that line sometimes. If you don't find you're getting enough out of it, and/or your sessions include long, self-focused monologues on his part, I would speak to your boss about making a change. There are tons of ways to do it without creating the impression that he's a bad trainer or isn't doing his job.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/26/2012 8:34PM

  If the tracking works, then at least keep it up for a little while.

I find that tracking is important for me. When I don't, the eating portions just get way out of hand.

Well, hoping your Friday is fantastic!


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CASSCAMP 1/26/2012 8:02PM

    Yeah i am back to tracking as well. sorry you didnt like your class you tried today but kudos for trying it alone. i also hate trying stuff alone. Keep it up girl!!

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NATPLUMMER 1/26/2012 6:32PM

    Food tracking is key!! You'll get there. Good for you trying the class even if it isn't one that you'd want to go back to. Kettlebells would be a good class.

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/26/2012 5:38PM

    Food tracking works wonders in the fight to remain healthy. Getting stronger? It's just that strength on the inside starting to show up on the outside. It's always been there!


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Mentally Ready, Training Program Set, Let's Go!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

As some of you may know, I am one of the running coaches for a running program at the Y. The levels in the program include 5K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. After last Saturday, I started to get pressure to join them. Weighing the pros and cons, I decided to join them.

One reason I was hestiate to join the Saturday runs with the group was the full marathon program were at a higher running mileage level than I was ready for. I knew if I tried to them, I'd be asking for injury. Um, no, thanks!

I talked to the trainer that was in charge of them. Even through I struggle with sharing the leadership with the program with her, I do value her opinion as she has done many marathons. She mentioned I could train with the half marathon group and make up the difference within the same day on my own because it's total miles run.

For me, that was a win-win!

One of the reasons I was weighing if I wanted to join was I like my alone time to run. This way I can be part of the group but still have some time to de-stress from life.

With the training program set and planned, I signed up for Get Lucky Triple 7 (Half Marathon) on St. Patrick's Day. Good thing my outside top is teal (green). I, also, signed up for Eau Claire Half Marathon in May. I guess this means I am committed.

Putting the nerves aside, I am getting excited to train. Isn't that crazy? Excited to train!? I did two miles outside today and there were even snowy parts. It was 30s but definitely need to find a layer for my legs. I am wondering if I should try to stick my compression capris underneath.

Happy Running! emoticon

Or walking, kayaking, zumba-ing... whatever you are enjoy!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/28/2012 3:26PM

  emoticon!!!!! You are doing such a great job!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/26/2012 8:31PM

  Good for you!

How are you doing? Sounds like things are falling in to place for you. WooHOoo!

Crazy around here. The man who owned the restaurant DS works @ died suddenly today. Diabetic, didn't take care of himself. In his 50's. OK, that part his a little too close to home for me!

So, anyway, glad you sound better.



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MYLADY4 1/26/2012 8:57AM

    That's awesome. Might have to got to Eau Claire and cheer you on. Carson park is a really nice park but there are a couple of not fun hills. At least, I do not like running the hills.

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    Good for you for finding a solution that gets you out there, but keeps you uninjured!

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ELDORADO_MOM 1/25/2012 9:22PM

    Congrats on the commitment!

I also can't wait for warmer weather outside...

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/25/2012 8:34PM

    Excited to train does NOT sound crazy! It sounds perfectly normal to me. You're going to do great!

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NATPLUMMER 1/25/2012 7:43PM

    Great idea! IT sounds like a win-win!!

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CASSCAMP 1/25/2012 6:42PM

    I hit my first 3 miles running yesterday. But I was on a treadmill. Im waiting to start training outside til it is a little warmer.

You are such a motivator. Keep doing it girl! You rock!

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Update: Taking the first step is sometimes the hardest!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It feels like it has been forever since I wrote a blog. I guess life got a little too crazy.

Yesterday I started classes again. This semester should be my last semester of full classes. During the summer, I am taking one more. Than, in the fall semester, I will be doing my internship. Than, off to the real world! emoticon

Besides classes starting, I registered and paid for two major events in my life (as some of you may know from my status).

On February 4th, I will be taking the ACE (American Council of Exercise) Personal Training certification exam. Wowster! That is intense and crazy! Hopefully this weekend I can play some catch up on getting prepared!

The other event is definitely monumental. On June 16th, I will be running in Grandma's Marathon as my first FULL marathon! Wowster! Initially, I thought maybe I was being stubborn and jumped the gun. But, I CAN and WILL do this! Besides, it is a local race for me so I will have MANY friends in the crowds and in the race with me!

In preparation for the full marathon, I am hoping to sign up for 3 half marathon or longer races.
- Get Lucky in Minneapolis on St. Patrick's Day (Half Marathon)
- Eau Claire Half Marathon in first part of May
- Stillwater Marathon which is a couple weeks before Grandma's

In addition to this, I have to get applying to the internships I want.. like now.

If this isn't all to deal with, the guy who I am house/dog sitting for comes back today. For me, that means doing laundry, packing and cleaning the house between classes before he gets back tonight!

So, that's my update for now.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/28/2012 3:23PM

  HI Savannah.........
WOW!!!!!!!! What a busy schedule!!!!!!!!! It is a reminder of my Senior year in college. I don't think I could have packed one more thing in. I know that you will succeed in all you have planned because you are so determined to do your best. Just take good care of yourself throughout.

And, Yes, that Senior moment really did happen.

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JENN26POINT2 1/24/2012 5:02PM

    You are definitely dedicated!! You rock! I can't wait to read the blog about your first full!

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MISSFORTE 1/24/2012 3:09PM

    Wow! Congrats on your dedication!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/24/2012 2:30PM

    These are some terrific strides you have made toward healthy living and career advancement. Nearing the completion of your degree is intense as all these forces (studies, conferences, internships, presentations and other student activities -- academic and social) come together, mixed with with work (financial requirement) and your personal healthy living goals to continually build healthy while incorporating the balance we often get through our faith walk).

You have youth and determination on your side as I know I couldn't handle all that pressure at this stage of my life. Just know that taking care of yourself now to be able to fully enjoy the benefits of retirement should also be tucked into your long-term plans (influencing your here and now). I so love this stage and appreciate the many blessings around me . . . this includes your friendship! Do whatever it takes to remain as focused on your priorities . . . this is what I call being a faithful steward of your talents and resources. And, may you have a lot of joy in this incredible journey. I love your resourcefulness in finding some great balance amidst the chaos.

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WENDYSPARKS 1/24/2012 1:34PM

    Congratulations and good luck!!

Wendy emoticon

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KKINNEA 1/24/2012 1:19PM

    Girl, come run Get Lucky with me! I'm already signed up and could use a push on course :)

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/24/2012 1:14PM

    Yes, YOU GOT THIS! I wish you the best on your exam. Be sure not to study too hard. As for Grandma's, you are going to ROCK IT! I wish I could be there to see you cross the finish line. Enjoy the half marathons you have leading up to it. "Finish. Leave Nothing!"

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    wow! look at you go!!! I'm not anywhere close to ready for a full (or even a half!) marathon yet, you're an inspiration for going after 2 of each this year!
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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2012 1:08PM

    Good plan!! Are you going to use the Stillwater marathon as a training run?

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First Winter Gear

Monday, January 16, 2012

On June 6th, the day of my first half marathon, I started to call myself a runner. Recently, I decided I am going to run Grandma's Marathon on June 16th. It seems quite far in the distance but training actually needs to start now. There is no way possible I can do those kind of miles on the emoticon. I can barely do 2 miles on it now without quitting due to boredom.

This morning I woke up and went to the running store. I brought my first outside running gear.

And, I even got a new jacket at TJ Maxx.

Can you see what it says on the tag?! Here have a closer look.

A SMALL!!! When I first started my journey, I was an XXL and now I wear mediums and a SMALL jacket! Pretty exciting!

This afternoon I took them for a test run.

Upper body warm. emoticon
Hands warm. emoticon
Lungs warm. emoticon
Feet warm. emoticon

My legs were a bit cold. I think I need to figure out a layer on top of the new pants. Maybe my sweat capris. Also, I got a neck warmer which is fine but not very conductive for listening to music while running. Also, I need to find something for my ears. The neck warmer works well for the ears, too. But, it cannot be used for both at the same time, which is a bummer.

Tomorrow hope to go for a more solid emoticon and work out some of these kinks.

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TYKXBOY 1/24/2012 1:34PM

    I had to stop looking at the pictures and quickly scroll past to finish your blog because I have a serious running gear addiction. :P

I usually wear at least 3 layers on my upper body, 1 or 2 pairs of gloves, and a beanie while running in the morning cold, but I wear only either a thin pair of running pants or basketball shorts and shin/calf compression sleeves. My legs are usually on the cold side while the rest of me (except for my face and ears) is warm. If it dropped into the 20's or lower on a regular basis, I would buy a balaclava, but fortunately it doesn't, so I just deal with having a cold chin, cheeks, and ears. And even when I don't wear thick enough gloves and my hands hurt or go numb, it's still more fun than running on a treadmill!

Good luck on your exam and your races. You got this!

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MARTHAWILL 1/21/2012 7:32PM

    Way to go. I got my first winter gear a few weeks ago.Although I'm a bit cold for the first few minutes, I am very comfortable soon after. Began running last spring as well - won't be doing marathons but do 3-5 k runs three times a week. got first place in my age group (62 y.o.) Congratulations on size small! I used to be 2X as well or size 22. I now wear size small or 6 bottoms. Still pinching myself at times.
Good luck in all your runs. Absolutely fabulous!!!

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RR1_RR1 1/19/2012 3:49PM

    Cute outfits. Looks like your all set for the marathon:)

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JRIMM4 1/19/2012 10:42AM

    woo hoo for the small! I have a pair of polyester, super thin insulating 'pants' that I wear underneath my clothes in the winter - was just talking to my husband last night about getting a couple of addional pairs. The ones I have now came from REI. We have a local company who makes amazing multi-use gear, jackets, hats, gloves etc. My daughter has one of their interchangable hats, can serve as a hat, full head cover, kneck warmer, pretty much takes care of everything above the shoulders at the same time. You can see their inventory at I just got one of their softshell jackets for christmas that I LOVE! You're going to be amazing at that marathon in June.

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LEAHOBI 1/19/2012 4:40AM

    Woohoo- Keep Moving Forward. You are now a SMALL!!!

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MAMASUDS 1/19/2012 3:11AM

    Hey, I saw on the Today show last week a headband for runners with built-in earphones. I did a quick search and found one from halo (headphones in a headband) and music muffs (earphones in earmuffs).
I loved hearing about your transition.
Good luck in the marathon!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/18/2012 11:17PM

    Great buy! I think I'm with you on thinking the treadmill might be a bit boring after running the great outdoors. Layer well! Wonderful non-scale victory (NSV)!

I, too, bought a comfy winter sweat suit a few days ago(for around the house) and got a great price at Walmart. I just modeled it in my blog today and got my hubby to show off his new sweat suit. 8-) My top was a Size 8-10 (this was the wonderful shocker! -- probably left because it was sized incorrectly with perhaps "vanity" sizing in mind.) WooHoo!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/17/2012 12:12PM

    I have windbreaker type track pants that I put on under 30. Great looking gear!!! I was able to run yesterday outside, dreading when forced inside, probably hoo with the icy rain that is falling today.

I am going to mix it up w/ running lists and such. Wish me luck!

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NATPLUMMER 1/17/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon You are ready to run!!

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VICIOUS421 1/16/2012 10:19PM

    emoticonOn The Small emoticon That is emoticon

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ELDORADO_MOM 1/16/2012 10:13PM

    Congrats on the SMALL! I think I'm going to have to buy some outdoor winter running clothes also - the treadmill bores me too! (And isn't as good of a workout)

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TEDDYBABE 1/16/2012 10:04PM

    Nice choices! Sounds like you have "launched" your plan. Way to go!

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MPLONDKE 1/16/2012 9:51PM

  What I would call "track pants" would be kind of loose fitting, elastic waist paints made out a material similar to a windbreaker jacket. Does that help?

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LISAINMS 1/16/2012 9:46PM

    Woo-hoo for smaller sizes! And for a jacket on sale! For exterior leg layer I would get something wind-resistant.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/16/2012 9:03PM

  Checked out that tag . . . SMALL!!! Way to go!!!! You did a great job!!!!!!

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MYLADY4 1/16/2012 8:41PM

    That's awesome. I have a winter running neck warmer with a hood. I think it is called a hot headz (ebay). It works great.

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MPLONDKE 1/16/2012 6:01PM

  When I ran during winter in Michigan, I wore track pants over running tights. :-)

Way to set your sights on a marathon! You won't regret it. Definitely find yourself a good training program.

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/16/2012 5:50PM

    That is awesome! Longer runs really are better when they are outdoors, but the right gear makes a huge difference in comfort this time of year.

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KKINNEA 1/16/2012 5:34PM

    :)! Love the pictures!! Glad to have more aboard for Grandmas. I really think we're going to need a Spark meetup for the various races up there!

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SHERYLDS 1/16/2012 5:34PM

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