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Sunday, February 12, 2012

I really do have some of the best Y members at my work. Let me tell you about one of them.

He is mid-50s and has a girl friend in Ohio. In fact, he is all sad that they haven't been able to Skype. Honestly, it's kinda cute. Especially since he's like 'I don't care.' Yeah, right. That is why you are grumpy about it, lol. Anyhow, nearly every time he comes in we talk about his girlfriend, and running. In fact, last spring when I was training for my first half marathon he gave me advice nearly every week. It was nice to talk out my anxieties.

Well, I have a half marathon coming up. It is on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. That is about a month. I am nervous. Last week, my longest run was 6 miles. And, than I had to take a week due to overtraining. So, I have enough time to train for it.

Anyhow, I didn't notice I was nervous and anxious about it until this member asked about it. He calmed me with reminding me that I could always walk. Yes, yes, I could.

I am trying to remember my last half marathon. I walked more than I wanted to and my time was 3:05. I can do this. Also, during my training last time, I had to have a break about this time so maybe my body needs a mid-point break.

Also, I am back up to 161.8 from 160.4 yesterday. This morning I told my scale "You lie." I literally said it out loud and put away. Considering about putting it away for my training. That means no scale until June 16th. Not sure if I can do that!

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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 12:14PM

    I think it's smart to ditch the scale in this case.

What pace are you looking to hold for Get Lucky? My marathon LSD training pace (until I go to training class this week and get told differently :]) is 11:45 mins/mile. If you want to hold around that, let's definitely plan to get together and run together - I'll be happy to pace you!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/13/2012 6:03PM

  Hi Savannah........
You are at a stage in your fitness and training now, that you know how to listen to your body. You will know what to do to make sure it is working in a healthy way.
You are also building muscle which weighs more.......I would hide the scale until you are finished with the marathon.
Take care.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/12/2012 10:01PM

    I have great confidence that it will all come together because you'll adjust accordingly for just where you need to be. Hope you can find some joy along the way to that "eye on the prize."

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SEAJESS 2/12/2012 5:31PM

    Hey, girlfriend, I KNOW you can do it if you keep your eyes on the prize ~ finishing with enjoyment ~ and don't let desire cause you to push yourself beyond sensible limits.

And I would totally support you in putting the scale away. An experienced Spark runner told me it was not realistic to expect to lose weight while training for a (half or) marathon. I have actually gained a few pounds. Other reading I've done on the subject encourages runners to lose weight BEFORE beginning training (just because it's more efficient to be moving a lighter body) but says forget about trying to do that when you're training. You need the nutrition (as well as the sleep) components as much as the miles.

So as long as you are getting the balance and level of nutrients you need, the scale is irrelevant. Why should we look at it if it makes us feel rotten?

For someone on her first go round I sure do have alot of opinions!

Including that you will ROCK your half! (Oh yes you will!)

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NATPLUMMER 2/12/2012 4:24PM

    You'll do great on the half...and yes, you can walk.
I'd banish that scale for a while if I were you.

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MYLADY4 2/12/2012 2:11PM

    Yep, my thought exactly about the 1/2. I can always walk but you can do it.

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LOOOKINGOOD 2/12/2012 2:05PM

    You can do it! Remember how AWESOME that finish line looks, remember that last push of energy to run it in!!! You can do this!!!!!


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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2012 1:01PM

    Awwww . . . reminds me of when Jason lived in NY and I in IL. There was no skype back then! Telephone calls at least once/day!

As SHERYL says, nothing is written in stone! Go with the flow. If you need to walk, walk!

As for the scale, well . . . you know the drill!


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SHERYLDS 2/12/2012 11:57AM

    Nothing is written in stone.... do what you need to do.

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Updates: Overtraining, weight, PT

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Finally! These legs are feeling better. Yesterday, I stood for my 6-hour shift without my knees or calves hurting. My quads are a bit tinge sore this morning. With some extra sleep this weekend and resting from exercise, I should be able to go back to training with two days of required rest during the week. emoticon

With the recent weight gain, I decided one of my goals this month would be to get under 160 again. Today I weighed in at 160.4. emoticon Yes, I know it isn't under 160 but it's close. From talking to my friend, I realized my maintenance range is 150-160. That is what I want to consistently weigh. When I am over 160, for me, that is when I need to get down to business again.

Like I said earlier, I worked yesterday. During my shift, one of the personal trainers was cold to me. He usually is real chatty. Part of me knew this would happen but it stings that I am right. Basically, my ex-trainer/friend told me that he talked to me to other personal trainers. Apparently, besides the breach of confidentiality he didn't think how this would effect me. I work at the same place as these trainers. It really hurts to receive this level of disrespect for me as a friend and client. Putting my emotions aside, as part of my job members ask me if I would recommend him. How can I recommend him after this?

Because of this, I learned that training is more than just knowing exercises or even results. It's keep confidentiality. It's being a listener. It's someone they can trust. I'm learning I could be a great personal trainer.

Today, I am focusing on legs feeling better, getting my weight back on track, working on internships, and going to work this afternoon. They always cheer me up! In fact, a couple members I have on Facebook asked me when I will be at the Y next. I'm missed! Aww!

P.S. I wish I was better at titles.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/13/2012 5:56PM

  Hi Savannah........
Unfortunately, no matter what job you have, most of the time, you are working with human beings who aren't always professional. You will learn something about what NOT to do from quite a few of them, and along the way will perfect your social skills along with your physical skills in training. It is all a learning experience and it sounds like you are learning a lot at a young age.
I wish you the best in sorting it all out.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/11/2012 9:42PM

    Well, you have gained an important insight into your weight balance! It is great to know where you feel best weightwise.

AS for the breach of confidentiality . . . well, that would upset me too. Can't undo that, but I sure wouldn't be telling anything that I didn't want to be repeated! Hard lesson to learn. **SIGH**

Stay strong!!!


PS. Was gone to IL all day (taxes and visited my folks. The taxes . . . ouch! Had a wonderful visit w/my parents, though!)

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HDHAWK 2/11/2012 2:07PM

    I'm sorry you are being treated this way at work by a "friend". I wouldn't allow him to damage your reputation. You'll make a great trainer because you work so hard at it!

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    You're going to make a great trainer! Wish you were at my Y...I could use a good kick in the butt. :)

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/11/2012 1:00PM

    Any chance he may have referred to circumstances of a client without disclosing the person? I only say this because sometimes, even pastors need a pastor but use hypotheticals in order to not breech confidentialities . . . then again, this is becoming a major reason for the releasing of people from their contract . . . or as Donald Trump would say, "You're fired!"

Sounds like he may have missed the class on ethical behavior. This personal trainer (a colleague of yours, since you are both personal trainers) should understand, whether you chose to remind him or not, that this is unethical. That's a battle you have to decide whether it is worth getting further involved in. This also means being careful how you talk about someone behind their back . . . if it is only to murmur, grumble, and complain, then perhaps little good is served. My best to you in making the decisions that best meets the needs of your working relationships.

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Welcome back, Spark!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Today life went back to normal. It is so nice to have my spark back. Until I had it back, I didn't realize it was gone. During the 3 weeks, I was working with my previous trainer, I gained 6#, if not more. emoticon

I weighed myself yesterday but didn't dare today. I went out to Applebee's late last night and had buffalo wings and fries and dessert! I ended up going to bed with a full tummy. I woke up a bad upset tummy and a rock in it's place. I didn't feel better until noon.

But, I survived.

I guess it's a good thing. It was a good reminder that when I eat like crap, I feel like crap. I ran into a friend today at the gym and mentioned how I have been gaining weight. She mentioned that sometimes we need a vacation from our lifestyle. She has lost a significant amount of weight as well. I think that is what part of this month has been for me. A healthy lifestyle vacation. At some point, like most vacations, you want to go back to how things were. I am ready to clean up again.

In fact, tonight I am going out to eat with a friend. Yesterday he suggested a place that is known for serving healthy food. I jumped on it! He suggested changing it but I insisted we keep the restaurant. I already have picked out what I want. Salmon salad with red pepper vignette! emoticon

In other news, I think I am overtraining! emoticon

My calves have been sore on low activity days. For example, today I taught step aerobics for 30 minutes and biked 10 minutes and did the arc trainer for 5 minutes. My calves are sore as if I had a long run.

I know the solution to overtraining is rest. Okay, great! But, I have physical responsibilities that I have committed to.

Monday: Step aerobics

Tuesday: Run x-amount of miles*, Track and field class, water safety instructor class (we swim), run for life (run 3 miles)

Wednesday: Step aerobics

Thursday: Track and field class, run x-amount of miles*

Friday: Step aerobics

Saturday: Long run*

Sunday: Rest
*means this when I run for marathon training

I cannot drop step aerobics, track and field nor water safety classes. These are all courses I need to graduate. I really do not want to NOT train for the full marathon. I already paid. I cannot switch to a half marathon. It's lottery for entry for that half marathon.

Currently, I am thinking of skipping the run for tomorrow and starting to add in two days of rest, one on Sunday and one on Wednesday, after the most intense days. If I do this, I would be resting in place of cross training.

Another thought is doing the long run mileage on Tuesdays minus 3 miles. I think otherwise I might be doing two long distance days.

Anyhow, that is what's going on with me with the drama behind me!

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ERLYWA 2/11/2012 3:11PM

    Love your quote "When we eat like crap we FEEL like crap." So simple, and yet we all struggle with it!

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LISAINMS 2/9/2012 4:04PM

    I'm starting to become an expert on overtraining it has hit me so many times now. I think the calf soreness may be due to the step class. That's new for you isn't it?

MWF you have a 30 min step class? I think that is fine. And if you knock off the "after" activities it makes for active recovery days from your Tues & Thurs heavy days.
Tues is a problem. You are stuck with your two classes, but those are probably not so intense. Instead of running X-miles plus the other activities, add extra miles after your Run for Life 3 miles to equal whatever X is for the day.
Thurs is ok with the 1 class plus X miles.
Fri- If you are not teaching this class I would consider dropping it and making this a rest day before your long run.
Sun (full rest)

You can pull out of overtraining without full rest, but it takes much longer and you have to make cutbacks to do that. If you aren't experienceing full symptoms, you may just be overreaching (rather than overtraining) and that will clear up with a lighter load within a few weeks. You didn't mention any other symptoms besides the calf soreness so I don't know?

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    you might try not doing other activities on the step aerobics days, even just 15 more minutes could be enough to seriously wear your muscles out. and seriously after 30 minutes of SA do you really NEED more activity? especially with how the rest of your week looks?

Hope you can get it sorted and get your rest days in!

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MYLADY4 2/9/2012 10:42AM

    Sounds like a plan.

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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2012 9:20AM

    Yay for getting your Spark back!!
Try getting the two rest days and see how that goes. Maybe for a couple of weeks anyway to rest your body a little.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/8/2012 9:56PM

  Hi Savannah........
Welcome back..........It sounds like you have everything under control. You DO need to fit those days of rest in though so that you don't injure yourself. And I think you are right about the vacation. I liked what you said about wanting to come back to the way things were.......great analogy. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/8/2012 7:47PM

    She's got her mojo back! YAHOO!!!!! Glad, glad, glad for you. Isn't it weird how you can be de-sparked and not know it til you get RE-sparked!

Well, hope supper tonight is good.

Thanks for the kind mote on my blog. I so appreciate it.

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    Sounds like you have it all under control girl, keep it simple sweetie! Fulfill your responsibilities first, but don't give up on your marathon dreams either. You will find a way to make it work.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/8/2012 5:28PM

    Glad you found your Spark again! Dr Oz encourages us to shake up our eating once a week . . . last week he called Saturday Cheaterday for a group of people losing weight. After most of them chose to cheat with more or their former comfort foods, he then began to teach them how to cheat a little healthier.

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It's all my success!!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The next time someone takes credit for my journey, I am going to make them wish they didn't. I will be one ball of fury aimed right at them. Nothing gets my goat more than SOME guy who may have HELPED me start my journey or HELPED me get confident with the scary weight room to take complete credit for MY success. It's not your success. It's mine! ALL mine!

I did ALL the hard work! I put my energy into counseling. I put my energy into working out everyday. I put my energy into learning how to eat right. I put my energy into standing up for myself with my family. I put my energy into ME. If you did ALL the darn work, than where were you? Because you know what? I didn't see you. I just saw ME doing it all.

So, as you reading this, you may be wondering who exactly is she talking about...

My personal trainer/friend. Wait. Make that ex-personal trainer/friend. I fired him this morning. Basically, he told me that it was a good idea that I found a different trainer because he was such a part of my journey before. He made it sound like he MADE my journey. Besides that, he said how his goals for me and my goals for me were not the same. Apparently, MINE did not matter. If this isn't enough, he told me how he discussed OUR problem with other trainers. Mind you, I work at this place and he's discussing me with other trainers instead of talking to ME. I am sure he made sure to keep my name out of it but the situation probably has enough identifying factors that now it's no secret. Lovely!

Once upon a time, I thought he was a great trainer. I have changed my mind. He did not listen to what I want. He did not respect me and keep our issues confidential. So happy to be moving on from this.

My boss asked if the friendship in still in tact. I didn't have the heart to tell her that he stopped being a friend to me long time ago.

Moving on, I was able to contact my new personal trainer. We have homework. Goals. And our first meeting! It will be a good thing!

So, now I am emotionally drained. Good thing today is a double running day. I run for me than I run for my job as a coach for Run for Life.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/7/2012 9:01PM

  Hi Savannah.........
YOU know the truth!!! HE doesn't matter!!!!! Put him in the past and learn from him what NOT to do as a trainer. USE him and his mistakes to be an even better trainer yourself. Put all of your energy into YOU and YOUR future.........without HIM in it. emoticon That's YOU waving Good-Bye!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/7/2012 8:12PM

    You are woman hear you ROAR!!!!!!! And I hope he was deafened by your roar!!!

Darn tooting straight it is YOUR success. PERIOD! What arrogance!

Well, wishing you well with your new personal trainer. You've made a great decision and proud of you.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/7/2012 6:19PM

    Sounds like he's been an arrogant jerk and you're smart to let go of him as a friend AND a trainer. You are the person who put in the work, not him; of course others have helped on your journey, but the bottom line is it is YOUR journey, not his. You go, girl; time to move on!

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KKINNEA 2/7/2012 4:55PM

    Crazy, glad you are setting out on a new journey!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/7/2012 4:00PM

    Fierce! You go, tiger. The nerve of him.

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    Super, super PROUD of you! Well done! And you'll store all this away as WHAT NOT TO DO when you become the awesome personal trainer you're going to be.

What a dork. The world is full of 'em!

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EMFRAPPIER 2/7/2012 1:20PM

    Wow, I just went through almost the exact same situation except my friend is not the one who trains me, she just got me started on running a couple years ago. Good for you on finding a better trainer. That is just not okay. Celebrate all your hard work. You earned it!!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 2/7/2012 1:06PM

    As you stated, IT'S ALL YOUR SUCCESS! Woohoo!

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    damn right it's all your success!!!
he has no right to claim such a thing! Good for you for firing him and finding someone else. I truly hope they work better for you

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PAPAMIKIE 2/7/2012 12:23PM

    Aways give credit where credit is due. At some point perhaps some of what he did was of use, hold on to that, however, as a counsellor I know that I do not do anything, I simply help people discover what is already there, and help them to discover how to access it.

I link to my blog on a similar trainer


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EJOY-EVELYN 2/7/2012 12:14PM

    You gave this man way too much power to anger you. This is not healthy. This is worthy of being ignored as best you can. And yes, much easier said than done.

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NATPLUMMER 2/7/2012 12:04PM

    Wow!! What a jerk!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/7/2012 12:04PM

    good for you! Shake it off.. move on, you don't need him weighing you down!

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Women's Self Worth

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In recent months, I have encountered a handful of women, some my friends, that seem to put high value on what guys think about them.

More specifically, I have had a conversation with a friend. She made a comment that as long as my boyfriend is happy with me. I asked her, "What about you? Are you happy with yourself?" She avoided the answer.

This is not just one girl either. I have heard it over and over. Why can't us women like us because we are awesome? Why do we need a man to build ourselves up? Isn't that setting ourselves up for failure?

After that conversation with my friend, I walked away appreciating that I don't need a guy to make me happy with me. It helped me realize I am happy with me. I may not be perfect but for the most part I am pretty darn happy with me.

It also helped me appreciate the guy in my life. He isn't my boyfriend but he's more of than just a friend. That is a long story for another time. Anyhow, I appreciate how much he likes me no matter what size I am. He just wants me to be happy with me. As he explains it, when I am proud of me and feeling good about me, I have a twinkle in my eye. It is when I gain weight is when I lose the twinkle. He doesn't care if I gain weight but does care about my happiness. In fact, the other night we hung out and I mentioned maybe I shouldn't care about gaining weight back and that is when we had this conversation.

Anyhow, my point is, women, be happy with yourself! You are amazing. Now, repeat those words.


Now believe it. Because you are!

Now, do something today that makes you feel like a rock star. For me, it's running. For others, it's lifting a new weight in the weight room. Or maybe it is trying something new.

Whatever makes YOU feel like a rockstar, do it!

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CH0718 2/8/2012 3:05PM

    LOVE this! You nailed it. You have amazing perspective.

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LISAINMS 2/8/2012 1:32PM

    How did you become so wise at such a young age? You picked up a healthy self-esteem somewhere along your journey! You are amazing, sexy, beautiful, smart, strong AND a total rock star!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/7/2012 8:54PM

  Hi Savannah........

You are SO WISE FOR SOMEONE SO YOUNG!!!!! With what you have learned over the past year, you can train both physically and mentally. What a plus!!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/7/2012 6:16PM

    So very true--we need to find our worth and value in who we are, not in what others think of us, the number on the scale, or the size of our clothes.

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MYLADY4 2/7/2012 2:50PM

    That's what I try to tell my daughter all the time. Don't ever let a man determine your happiness or rely on them to make you happy. Guess what, it's working.

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    You're so sweet! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/7/2012 11:36AM

    right on!!! Those women need confidence builders and they are looking in the wrong place!

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NATPLUMMER 2/7/2012 10:39AM

You are so right!!

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TAGSUIT2 2/7/2012 10:32AM

    We are some beautiful people, everything that God create he said was good.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/7/2012 10:20AM

    YES YES YES! Proud of this blog. It is soooooo true. You can't begin to love someone else anyway if you don't love yourself!

HUGS and love,

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