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Moving On

Monday, January 28, 2013

A year ago, I would have felt guilty for 'binging' in times of stress. Even last month, I would have beat myself up. This week, I am determined not to tear myself apart. I have stress in my life (who doesn't?!) and as sad as it is, eating is a coping mechanism. There you go, I binged.

Now, I am moving on.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/29/2013 6:08PM

  Hi Savannah..........
Good Advice!!!!! You know what to do and are doing it. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2013 11:34AM

    Awesome....I do the same but then move on.

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KITT52 1/29/2013 11:25AM

    you binged and the sun still came are so right just move on....learn to be positive with yourself....

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-POOKIE- 1/29/2013 10:36AM

    emoticon take care of yourself x

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/29/2013 9:20AM

    Yes, don't beat yourself up ... But know how contagious this action can be. The robot in Lost in Space would say, "Warning, Will Robinson. Warning."

Have a great week! May your attitude towards life's stresses continually become more healthy.

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JPGSMOM 1/29/2013 8:24AM

    It happens to all of us... But you are right acknowledging it and moving on is best. Thinking of you... emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 1/29/2013 7:20AM

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Weighing the Pros and Cons about Bjorklund Half Marathon

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lately, I have felt so down and disappointed with my fitness level. I used to have great, toned muscles. Now, I just feel soft. Like my muscles ran away. I want to run Bjorklund Half Marathon but have detrained so much that I can only do about 2 miles right now. I am afraid if I train that my time won't be as good as it could be and I will be looked down at. I work at the Y and people would know I would be running it. It's like they'd look at me like, "Oooh, you're that slow." Part of the reason I'd want to do is to meet and run with the sparkers. I don't want them to think I am "slow" neither. It will be great to meet Robert, Nicholas, John and Coach Nancy. I don't think they will care if I am slow but I will. I want to be best I can be. In addition to that, I could train with a running group but they meet at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturday morning. I am not sure what my work schedule will be with the next position in my schedule. Would hate to sign up and than miss the majority of the runs. That'd be a waste of money. Also, I do best with runs in the morning. The pull for the running group is being accountable for the training to a group of people and having more people I know to run with during the race. The more people, the more merrier! Bjorklund Half Marathon entry is not a guarantee as it is a lottery.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2013 9:04PM

    Enjoy your runs, however you decide they work best for your new lifestyle. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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XRSIZE18 1/25/2013 11:15PM

    Savannah - you have inspired so many people. REMEMBER THAT!!! :)

Remember that you used to not be able to run .2 miles, let alone 2 miles!!
Remember that you slowed your pace and helped inspire me to run longer and harder than I'd ever run before.
Remember that you can (and will) build up again.

Every once in awhile we need a break. To stop. To re-evaluate. This is an opportunity to pick your spark back up again and run with it (literally!). You've got this!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/25/2013 4:37PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I have to agree with Sheryl. If you do this it for YOU. Don't compare yourself to others. They are probably running with their own doubts. This journey is about making ourselves healthy and fit, not comparing times with others. Compete against yourself.........
I'm done lecturing. You KNOW what you have to do......

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SHERYLDS 1/24/2013 5:21PM

    is this MY Savannah talking.....
the gal who Sparkles all over, is comparing herself to others....
and worried she won't measure up.
WHO CARES what anybody else thinks.
This is YOU doing it....GO FOR IT.
You'll feel great proving to yourself you can do it....once again.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/24/2013 5:09PM

    Have to agree with the statement that you'll only stick to it if you're in it for YOU. Otherwise it's not going to be something you're commited to. So that's what you have to decide is if you're doing it for yourself . . . or not.

You have to give yourself some time to get used to being out of school and get into a routine. One day-at-a-time.


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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2013 12:29PM

    Who cares what they think about your time? Hey, I had to walk most of my HM injured and am proud to have finished in will be faster than that, I can guarantee.

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MYLADY4 1/24/2013 10:45AM

    I understand about being seen as slow but how many people can say that they have ran a 1/2 marathon, not many. The desire to always to better is human.

I was slow at the EC half but that did not really matter to me, I finished (at over 200+ pounds). Would have I liked to have been faster, you bet, but I did it and got to meet you (bonus!!!).

I would love to try to get into the half and join you this year (if we can get in) but I have decided that 2 days before the 40th is not the time to run a half. Talk about being the oldest one in your age bracket, that would really mess with my head, Next year I'll try.

Good luck on what ever you decide.

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LALAFLOWERS 1/24/2013 7:22AM

    Seems like there are alot of others factored into your decision... what do you want to do??? When does your next schedule come out? Can you ask for the info early, so you can sign up to train? (that is if YOU want to do the run).

You know... you can still meet with the sparkers, even if you don't run the half with them.

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DOGLADY13 1/23/2013 10:34PM

    I can only stick with something if I'm in it for me. It never works out when I am comparing myself to someone else or trying to meet someone else's idea of what my goals should be. I just don't do it.

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Random Update

Friday, January 18, 2013

You may be wondering.. "Why does TCM update her personal life on here? It has nothing to do with weight loss."

Actually, it has everything to do with it. I have found the more stressful I am about my personal life, I tend to take it out on my health. If I have the time, I work out and/or blog. It helps relieve the stress. If I don't have time, I eat my stress. That's just a bad road to go down for me.

Anyhow, I came to update you about my life.

I found an apartment and moved into it a few weeks ago. Just a couple days ago, I learned that the roommate I replaced is actually studying abroad. I will be moving this summer. *sigh* To say the least, I was really disappointed. I like this little apartment even with the little things wrong with it. Since than, I have been keeping an eye on the apartment market. In May, I will seriously start looking for an apartment opening up in June.

Besides that, I got the part time job that I applied for in where I sell Y memberships. I am pretty excited about that. Monday we will be meeting to discuss schedules. Hopefully, I can get a few training shifts before the end of January. It would help cushions things in February.

Tonight I will be going rollerskating with my boyfriend, and his sister's family. This shall be interesting. I have never did this but apparently it's easy. If nothing else, his 5 (?) year old niece can teach me!

Tomorrow my boyfriend and I head a couple hours south to go to my best friend from High School's wedding. It should be interesting. On Sunday, I will be stopping by to see a couple family members --- my grandparents and Laura (a cousin's wife and Sparkfriend). It will great to see them!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/19/2013 4:23PM

  Hi Savannah........
Yaaaaay re: the job. I am very happy for you and hope it works out the way you want it to.
It is a shame about the apartment, but with this amount of time left before June, you may find one that you like even better. I would let as many people as possible know that you are looking and this way they may come up with some great choices for you.
Have fun rollerskating. I used to ice skate a lot, but not-so-much roller skating. I grew up in a small town with a beautiful lake, and we were on the ice whenever possible.
Take care my dear.........

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MYLADY4 1/19/2013 12:35PM

    Oh, have fun roller skating and that's a bummer about the room mate.

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2013 9:14AM

    What?!?!....I'd be disappointed, too! They should have told you that before you moved in.
Yay for job!
Rollerskating....I don't remember it being easy but it should be fun.
Have a fab weekend!

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-POOKIE- 1/19/2013 2:35AM

    Sorry about the living arrangements *hugs*

Roller skating.... ah I used to LOVE it as a child so much! I doubt I would go at all now, I went ice skating and nearly was sick from being so scared of falling, I still have my "fat-girl-fear-of-falling".

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1CRAZYDOG 1/18/2013 11:20PM

    Great that you got the job! Total bummer about the apartment. **SIGH** Life is one big adventure, isn't it!

Have a fun weekend. And you are right . . . life events have EVERYTHING to do with your health!



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DOGLADY13 1/18/2013 9:32PM

    Roller skating is fun. Back in the day, I went Friday nights with my friends and we'd try to pick up boys. Maybe you'll have so much fun you'll sign up for roller derby. I almost did it a few years ago, but the training was brutally hard, and I decided that my 40-something bones might not be up to it.

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A Letter to Myself

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Often we forget to extend love and kindness that we have for our friends to ourselves. I know I am my hardest critic. So, today I decided to give myself some love and kindness in a letter to myself.

Dear The Crazy Mango,

You are doing GREAT! I know you think you are not making progress towards your goal of losing 10 pounds by the end of April. But, you are! You started at 172 and today you are 168.8. Slow and easy, baby! You don't want to lose weight overnight. That is a fad. This is not a fad. This is a lifestyle.

Your internship and college graduation was a stressful time for you. You gained weight over four months. You won't be able to lose 10 pounds at a snap of fingers. It will take time and patience with yourself. You can do this!

Also, I know you are worrying and feeling guilty about sleeping in instead of having a workout. It's okay, hun. You needed the rest. Doesn't it feel wonderful? Besides, it's not like you will be idle all day. Since you work today, you will be on your feet for a good 6 hours and going up and down stairs several times. Maybe you can even hit it harder the next day.

So, hun, be kind and patient with yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will you be!

With love,

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-POOKIE- 1/13/2013 2:14PM

    emoticon being kind to ourselves is important!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/12/2013 7:04PM

  Hi Savannah..........
Great letter. And......a great reminder to be as kind to ourselves as we are to others. We are often our own worst enemies.
Good for you!!!!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/12/2013 6:24PM

    Swetie, I couldn't have said it better myself! Good job! You're spot on with every single thing you said to yourself.

HUGS and keep plugging away. Life is just unfolding for you, and I know it will unfold in wondeful ways!

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NATPLUMMER 1/12/2013 4:20PM

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SOXYINMO 1/12/2013 3:19PM

    Good for you! Give yourself a great big hug while you're at it! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 1/12/2013 2:07PM

    beautiful. We are often our own worst critic.

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Strength Training: Kettlebells vs. New Lifting Routine

Sunday, January 06, 2013

By now, you have probably heard me say how I am out of shape and need to lose 10 pounds.

So, what am I doing about it?

This past week, I got an Anytime Fitness Gym membership and started working out consistently. This means I worked out on the cardio machines for 45-60 minutes everyday this week but Friday.

Now, I need to add in some strength training. Strength training is a great way to increase the metabolism, which couldn't hurt! And, I want to get back to feeling stronger and sexy.

Originally, I was planning on doing kettle bells with a trainer on Tuesdays and than in a group fitness class on Thursdays. So, kettlebells twice a week. The trainer would cost $114 for 3 sessions and the group fitness class would cost $35/5 punches. This would be in addition to my Anytime Membership which I pay $36. It sure seems like I would be spending alot of money on fitness. Doesn't it?

At the beginning of my internship, I wanted to try to split day lifting which would mean lifting 4x a week. With everything I was trying to juggle, I attempted this new lifting routine. By the end of the first week, I was exhausted. It was easy to conclude it was not the time to make this change.

Now, I have more time to devout to my fitness, I am thinking it might be a good time to try two-day split routine again. It would be less expensive than kettlebells. It would be also a nice way to break into over a hour workouts. I want to get back to my two hour work outs, eventually.

So, I guess I have a change of plans. Well, until I get bored of the gym scene. emoticon

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MYLADY4 1/6/2013 8:17PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I had a trainer for a while it is was money well spent. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2013 6:05PM

    Give it a try and see how it goes :-)

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1CRAZYDOG 1/6/2013 6:04PM

    You're doing the right thing, planning, following your plan, evaluating, and changing it when you need to. Good for you.

Well, life will settle into a routine as time goes in.

HUGS and wishing you well as you start your post college life's journey!


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PATRICIAANN46 1/6/2013 6:04PM

  Hi Savannah..........
Somehow, I don't think you will get tired of the gym-scene. From what my youngest son tells me, it is quite the social network........and then he added that he also works out!!!

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