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Lifestyle Vacation

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

All day I have been thinking about how I gained weight this weekend.

In the past, it has been about the weight. Seeing those numbers on the scale move up. Than a roller coaster of emotions would pursue consisting of beating myself up.

This weekend was different. I went to a wedding than stayed with my parents for two days. I ate like everything was low calorie and did not count. But, they did count and eventually added up to a weight gain. That part was the same.

So, what was different? Acknowledging that I go on a lifestyle vacation each time I go home. I let go of my good habits and pick up my bad habits that I worked out of my lifestyle. Hence, gaining weight.

But, how does one change this?

I don't want to make my own meals all the time. In the past, I try to count calories and go for a walk or run. In the end, I would barely maintain during the weekend.

Is that enough?

I am not sure. I do know that I was 163 before the weekend and now I am 168. Some of that is water retention, I know, but some is not. So, after this full marathon, I have exactly one month to get down to 160. June 16th is the full marathon. July 17th is my anniversary of maintaining for exactly one year.

Part of me wants to forget this marathon and focus on losing weight. But, than I told my Grandma that I would be running Grandma's Marathon. Than, I went and invited her to come see me! Good grief!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/16/2012 5:44PM

    I think "going home" is the hardest part of figuring out this whole maintenance/healthy lifestyle thing. It's so easy to slide back into old habits when we're with family. I don't have any answers about how to handle that, except to keep experimenting with the right balance of enjoying the time together and sticking with a healthy lifestyle. Those five pounds are at least partly water weight, you know that; as long as you go right back to healthy eating, you'll be fine. Keep going with your training; you have got this!

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    If you were to just focus on losing weight and NOT the marathon what changes?! I am asking to know and help myself :)

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1CRAZYDOG 5/16/2012 11:24AM

    Dear Savannah:

WE ALL tend to go on a "lifestyle vacation when we're home. BUT now you're back, and on track. This too shall pass.

Keep your eye on the prize . . . that marathon.



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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2012 10:00AM

    5 pounds has to be mostly (if not all) water. You aren't going to be going home every weekend, so don't worry about it. Just focus on eating healthy and training and you'll be fine.

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MYLADY4 5/16/2012 9:21AM

    You are so close to the marathon that you know you won't quit (nor should you).

Take the weekend issue for what it is and figure out what you need to do if that is not acceptable to you. Maybe the few weekends year that it happens is ok as long as it does not through you off for weeks.

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Big Plans

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This weekend was my cousin's wedding and I saw my speech therapist who we lost touch with each other. As she heard as some of the great things I am doing with my life, she said, "I knew you would go far." A couple weeks ago, I had a couple friends say that they were glad they were able to run or train with me. They phrased it like I was going to become this big star in the future. Maybe I was projecting my own thoughts into their statement.

For awhile now, I have felt like God has big plans for me. Not sure what they are but somehow I feel like South Carolina is calling my name. There have been no decisions from them but I feel drawn to them. I have no reason for this feeling.. I just feel it. Than, today my interview with the Y was delayed. Honestly, I was secretly happy because that means I will have a few more days of time to know about SC. I can drag it out a bit more without dragging it out with the Y.

In other news, a professor is going to help me with the internship search. So, even if I do not get the place in SC, I should be able to get an awesome internship. Funny how fate works out that way.

In other news, I did not do the 18-miler. It was hot. My hip was hurting at mile 1. Needed go potty. I was bored. I know, excuses. But, I really wasn't feeling it. So, I went back to where my parent's were working on their new house they brought a while back. They are remodeling it than going to sell it again. So, I helped with that. In doing so, my dad called me a He-Woman because I was so strong. At one time, I pulled out the front logs with stakes in it by the house where people do flower gardens. Apparently, my strength training in April is paying off. And, no, I will not be changing my user name to He-Woman, hehe!

Here is a photo of my cousin's son and I before the wedding.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/15/2012 10:46PM

  Hi Savannah..........
That is the cutest picture of BOTH of you. Look how he is looking at you. I think there should be a bubble above his head that says "Wow......what a babe!"
You are at a stage in your life where you can go wherever you choose to go. There is nothing to tie you down right now. If you find that SC is not what you want, you can go to where the next adventure calls. I envy your have your entire life ahead of you and I know you will make the most of it.
And when your book is finished..........put me on the mailing list.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/15/2012 5:05PM

    Lh my gosh . . . you are BOTH beautiful!!!!!

You are really thinking with your head and your heart in making your decision and that's good. Just know whatever decision you make it's still something you can change if you find it's NOT the right choice for you.

Proud of you!!! That picture is awesome!!



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NATPLUMMER 5/15/2012 1:30PM

    Fingers crossed!!
Go, He-Woman ;-)

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Random Thoughts about the Weekend Plans and Beyond

Saturday, May 12, 2012

It has been a few days since I have blogged. Let's give you some updates.

On Tuesday, I had a phone interview with the place in South Carolina. I think it went well. She commented on me being passionate. (Is that good?) She also said that she liked my answers to two of the questions. I find out by the end of next week, if I made it to round two. Round two means I made it in the top five and would have a Skype interview. Than, the top three of that group get an internship with this company. If this falls through, one of my professors with tons of connections said we should talk next week. So, we will talk.

Tomorrow, my cousin gets married so I will be wearing my dress that I looked and looked for. Than, the next day I will be helping my parents paint one of the rooms of the new house my parents bought a little more than a month ago. Than, Monday I will be running my 18-miler either in the neighborhood of their actual house or the one they are remodeling to sell. Than, back up north for finals.

Also, next week I will be interviewed by the Y for an internship, which I do not care much about anymore. They have changed the internship so basically it would be my current job as a 5K coach. It is such a disappointment.

Today I worked at the Y. There is a guy that I realized today that I would consider my running mentor. When I trained for my first half marathon, he was there coaching me when he'd come in to walk. He is a seasoned runner with many half marathons and marathons. Honestly, I have been wondering if my training will be enough. I will have three longer runs than the half marathon distance. Today I found his first one was with only one longer run than the half marathon distance. He obviously survived. It was like I need his approval. And, I got it with the golden words, "Oh, you are ready for Grandma's." So, this week is the 18-miler than the 20-miler during Memorial Weekend.

A few days ago, when I worked at the Y, a member mentioned printing off my blog and eventually writing a book. This idea has been rolling around my head for a while. But, what would I write about? My story? Would anyone read it?

One other thing... I lifted today at work. Now, this is a big deal because I don't typically work out at work. I lose motivation because it has to be when we are slower.. so after 8 pm. But, tonight I did! You don't what that means... sticker time!

Anyhow, those are my random thoughts about my weekend plans and the upcoming week.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/14/2012 3:31PM

    I hope you had a great weekend. I'm sure you were as captivating in your dress as the bride was in hers. You didn't have to walk across a street did you en route to the wedding? If so, I hope you didn't cause any car accidents.

How did the 18-miler go? Yes, you're getting in the necessary long runs and you will ROCK Grandma's. You'll do that without even thinking about it.

I know you are wanting the job in South Carolina, but as others have mentioned, don't neglect the Y or burn any bridges. We never know when what we do know will affect things in the future.

I'd read your book dear. I enjoy a good book about experiences. There are a number of books that are written about running or other sports that aren't appealing because they aren't really about the person. We know they are great athletes, but we want to know about them as normal people. Write it and I want the first copy.


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PATRICIAANN46 5/14/2012 3:06PM

  Hi Savannah.......
I hope you had a great time at your cousin's wedding in your new dress. It is always good to get together for family gatherings.
I agree with 1CRAZYDOG........Don't burn any bridges with the Y. That job could change to be more like what you are interested in as time goes on.
Based on what you have said and on what your mentor has said to you......It sounds like you are more-than-ready for the race.
Savannah, Savannah, Savannah............when we want advice on whatever topic, who do we look to??? We look to someone who has gone through it.......someone with experience......someone who knows of which she speaks......That's YOU. Of course you should write a book about your experience. Then you could reach even more people to inspire.

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MYLADY4 5/12/2012 6:19PM

    Hope you had a great time at the wedding (better have pictures).

That's nice to help with painting which sometimes can be fun.

Crossing the fingers and toes for the Hilton internship.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/12/2012 3:11PM

    1. EXCELLENT . . . your interview w/the place in S. Carolina sounds like it went well. Passionate . . . that is definitely GOOD!

2. As far as the "Y" . . . give it your all during the interview. You don't want to burn bridges. Ya know what I mean?? But, seems like you know there's a better fit out there for you, so continue on. Just don't give up the ghost ont he "Y" just yet. Just my 2 cents worth.

3. Good that you're going to see your parents this weekend. I think that's nice.

4. Good luck with your 18 mile run. I think you've gotten a very big recommendation if your mentor tells you that you're ready for Grandma's race! Like SHERYL said, believe in yourself. WE certainly do!!!!!

5. That was really neat that your mentor told you that. I would find that really encouraging. I hope you do too.

6. WHO WOULD READ YOUR BOOK??????? Seriously!?! You have accomplished a TON in your young life my dear (and you ARE young from where this old bubba sits!) So, I can guarantee you -- write it and they will read! I know **I** would! You have overcome obstacles and accomplished a great deal. Don't discount your accomplishments!! Be proud of them. Be happy to share them!!

Wishing you continued success. You know that there are a lot of people who care about you a LOT, me being one of them!


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NATPLUMMER 5/12/2012 10:31AM

    FIngers crossed for the job!!
Have fun at the wedding!! You are going to rock that dress!!
Hope your 18 miler goes well. Yes, you will be ready for Grandma's!!
I'd read your book :-)

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SHERYLDS 5/12/2012 9:55AM


And I think you have a great story to tell.
You have made a fantastic transition from where you were when you the confident, determined, enthusiastic woman you are today.
And you are making a career out of fitness...
that's an inspiring story.

even if you never publish should write it down.

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JTAYLOR2011 5/12/2012 5:56AM

    "Oh, you are ready for Grandma's." How exciting! emoticon

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Cloud Nine

Monday, May 07, 2012

This week is getting better and better!

First, I rocked the Eau Claire Half Marathon by shattering my previous record. WIN!

Than, today I was contacted for a preliminary phone interview with Hilton Head Health Institute in South Carolina. It's tomorrow!!!

Those were amazing in themselves but than Nicole, a sparkfriend, stopped by my page and told me I made the news!!!

You should recognize someone around 1:46. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/10/2012 2:59PM

    That is WONDERFUL news--loved seeing you in the video, too! Congrats on both counts!!

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TYKXBOY 5/9/2012 12:43PM

    emoticon emoticon That is so awesome! :D

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XRSIZE18 5/9/2012 12:55AM

    What an incredibly exciting day!

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/9/2012 12:32AM

    Woohoo! Of course you ROCKED that race. That's what rockstars do! I hope the interview went well today. I know you ROCKED it, too!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/8/2012 10:19PM

  Hi Savannah...........
You are on a roll!!!!!!!
HILTON HEAD that area is sooooo beautiful!!! You may change your mind about South Carolina once you see it. Will you actually go there for a second interview.
What EXCITING TIMES!!!!! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/7/2012 9:28PM

    Great video of you getting your medal . . . how precious and you look still have such great energy! I tried to freeze the image to capture . . . but you're moving too fast! 8-))

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NATPLUMMER 5/7/2012 7:42PM

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HDHAWK 5/7/2012 5:28PM

    Cool! Congrats!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/7/2012 4:35PM

    Wow!!!! Fabulous!!!

Wishing you all the best on your interview. At least you have choices. Good for you!


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SHERYLDS 5/7/2012 4:30PM

    was that you at 1:44 on the video ...accepting your medal?
you look so slim. wow

as for Hilton Head Health Institute in South Carolina
that would be FANTASTIC....
they would be lucky to have YOU

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    So awesome!!!!!!!!!!! You rule :)

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MYLADY4 5/7/2012 4:27PM

    My mouth is agape, Hilton Head, wow. emoticon

I have heard of it and it was the featured institute on a weight loss show I watch and looks like a great place. You would be such a good fit there since you have life experience and can relate to some of the people there. You will knock their socks off tomorrow.

Good luck and I think you should go for it. It's propably a once in a lifetime chance and you will learn so much.

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ALYNNSELLNER 5/7/2012 3:51PM

    yay!!! congratulations! you should be so proud of yourself!!!

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Eau Claire Half Marathon Race

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Today I ran the Eau Claire Half Marathon and I PRed!!! I didn't PR by a little bit either. I shattered my previous record by 22 minutes!!! Who does that? Apparently, I do. My previous two half marathon races were over the 3:00 mark. The chip time for today's race was 2:41:43. Does this mean I could do 2:30? I am just so ecstatic!!!

Okay, now that I have calmed down a bit.. just a bit.. I can tell you about the other keys points of the race.

I met Nicole aka MYLADY4. Before the race, we decided we would run the first couple miles together than we could go our own pace. After the two miles, my legs were ready to fly. And, boy did they!

When I left Nicole, I kept thinking I could get 2:45 today. I was just feeling it. I carb loaded (50% of carbs) all week, hydrated well for the few days before the race, and sleep 8 hours or more each night. It really is more than just fueling. I had a long time to think about it today. Much like carbs is our fuel, I decided water is oil to our body. We can have a great car running but it goes WAY better if the engine is well oiled. Today it was.

I was really having alot of fun. Around mile 8 or 9, I got bored with watching people. As I was thinking about putting my headphones on, my aunt, who was also running the race, came up behind me. For the last few miles, we flitted back and forth. In the final stretch, I finished seconds before her. Later, she said she was trying to catch up with me but couldn't catch me! Awesome! And, I say I am not competitive. Riiigghhht....

I definitely think I will do this race again. The scenery was great! Pretty much the whole race along water, trees, bridges and residence homes. That is running paradise for me. Even the condition of the roads were fantastic. No cracks. For me that means no worrying about tripping.

Some of my family was there at the finish line as well. That was nice. My Grandma was even there was I thought was awesome! Afterwards, she took the family, my great aunt (her sister), my sisters, her kids and husband and I out to Godfather's Pizza. Than, gave me money for gas money. I sure appreciated that.

But, today wasn't all fun and games. I am a bit sore. In my right hip, right knee and left tibialis. I think the tibialis (lower shin) was still sore from the 17 miler a couple weeks ago. My knee, left of my kneecap, hurts when I hurt. Than, my hip is my IT band. At least, that is one I know what the issue is. I am supposed to do 18 miles next weekend so I am wondering if I should push it. No sense getting an injury.

Anyhow, today was GREAT!!! Hope to get some pictures of the race soon. As soon as my great aunt sends them to me!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/12/2012 3:55PM

    Better late with my congrats than to leave them out, Savannah! Congrats on your PR for the half!

I did the Lincoln National Guard Half Marathon, same day, and also had a PR... but what really gets me, every time, is the grin that won't leave the face! On to the next challenge... while basking in the glow of this one.

Well done!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/7/2012 9:46PM

  emoticon Savannah!!!!!
I am so proud of you. I had to smile when I looked at your picture. You exude happiness and pride and confidence and great health and everything you could hope for at this stage in your life.

But please listen to your body........

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LISAINMS 5/7/2012 5:39PM

    Congrats on the PR! Awesome job! I would not do the 18 this weekend. You should be on reverse taper. But only you know what's right for you. Take it easy this week and let your injuries heal.

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BAILEYS7OF9 5/7/2012 1:26PM

    HOLY COW that is great that you rocked your new PR!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/7/2012 1:15PM

    Way to go, Savannah! Yes, a 2:30 half IS within reach; that's how I feel, too, even though my best time so far is 2:52. Sorry you're feeling some soreness, though. Listen to your body and don't push it too far too soon; better to give it the time it needs to recover completely, you still have time before Grandma's to extend your distance.


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CECE0330 5/7/2012 11:41AM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!! I have family in Eau Claire, and it is a very pretty place! I can't imagine running 18. emoticon I about died doing 12 Saturday in preparation for my first HM in 13 days.

Keep up the great work!

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MYLADY4 5/7/2012 10:56AM

    It was a beautiful course and perfect weather and you did AWESOME. I was so impressed that you kept getting farther and farther in front of me to the point that I lost you so I knew your time would be great.

If you can, get a foam roller (mine is from gofit from target) and roll anything that feels tight. It really does help.

You are so going to rock Grandma's. My sister is thinking of doing the Ashland race and I said that I would cheer her on. So if you do that one, I will cheer you on too.

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PINKBEANBOO 5/7/2012 10:29AM

    That is AWESOME!

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HEIDI-25 5/7/2012 9:21AM

    Excellent job!!! We were not far from each other this weekend :) I ended up running the half marathon in La Crosse. Good luck on your upcoming runs.

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SHERYLDS 5/7/2012 9:20AM

    you just beam HEALTH. Luv the picture.
You're amazing Savannah.

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/7/2012 12:57AM

    Wow . . . that was a great race! Congratulations on your new personal best. All that training is paying off big time.

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NATPLUMMER 5/6/2012 11:31PM

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If you do decide to do the 18 miles next weekend, just take it slow and add in some walk breaks. That should be able to get you the distance without as much wear and tear.
You did great, kid!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2012 9:00PM

    WAY TO GO!!! Prouder than proud of you. Now you know what you're capable of! That's nice that some of your family was there to cheer you on, too.

Hope this is the beginning of a good week for you. You deserve it!!



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