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Cowtown 10K - My First Competitive 10k

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

So Saturday morning was the Cowtown 10k. It was only about 29 degrees when we started out the day. There were four of us girls doing it together and we met up at 4am. Even at 4am we are a loud bunch of women.

Two of the girls are runners and the other two of us are the walkers. We just agree to meet up at the end.

My walking buddy and i have always walked 6 miles as our base line so this was no big deal. BUT when you add the competitiveness to the mix it kind of changes things up a bit. Our normal time is right around 1hr and 50 minutes. Our goal was to complete this race in under 1hr and 45 mins

Before the 4am

Trying to stay warm before the about 6:30am

Woo hoo! We are in the pack getting ready for the start!

So before hand we were told that the course os pretty flat. Flat, i guess, is determined by each individual. emoticon The first 3 miles were a piece of cake. OH...side note: By 6am i had already drank 6 glasses of water. I had gone drinking the night before and wanted to make sure i was hydrated.

ok, so by mile 4 i could feel my bladder. By mile 5 i had to stop and use the port-o-potty. We timed it at about 3 minutes. WHEW! So what was my finishing time...1hr 48mins and 43 secs. HAD I NOT STOPPED TO PEE WE WOULD HAVE MADE OUR GOAL TIME!!!!!

Proudly wearing our medals:

My after picture:

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CHICAT63 2/27/2013 4:59AM

    Awesome you rock !!!!! And with the support of friends to boot, you gals are Fabulous..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATI5668 2/26/2013 10:00PM

    kool...looks like ya'al had a great time!!


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LAURA1970 2/26/2013 9:42PM

    Way to go!!! I live in Dallas and seriously considered doing this 10K. You rock!!

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NEWLEAF16 2/26/2013 5:06PM

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Looks like you had so much fun - and did great! Congrats, what an accomplishment!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/26/2013 4:55PM

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 2/26/2013 4:23PM

    emoticon job!!

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LILLYBY50 2/26/2013 3:24PM

    SUPERJOB. darn that portopotty.....

I did a 5K in November and was awful glad to see a portopotty!!! It was a bonus and I never thought about it until after I started after two bottles of water!!!

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KROLES55 2/26/2013 2:07PM

    Good Job!

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KRISTYTROGERS 2/26/2013 2:00PM

    congrats! Sounds awesome! The cowtown 10k is one of my longterm goals!

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JESSAAMI 2/26/2013 1:48PM

    Nice job on your race! emoticon And pics are great too - I can tell you are continuing to lose weight

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/26/2013 1:48PM

    How awesome. Congrats. I have learned to tolerate and sometimes even like walking but a 10k? You go girl!

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TKLBRIDGET 2/26/2013 1:44PM

    Wonderful blog! Looks like you had a great time with your friends.
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Weight Loss & Fitness Contract!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yesterday i decided to take a step back and re-evaluate my goals. I'm been training for my half marathon and hitting the pavement six to seven times a week, yet the scale is barely budging. It's not as if i don't know why this is happening. I tend to eat my calories that i've burned. NO MORE! So i re-evaluated and decided to make a contract with myself...

I, Vickymariec, hereby promise to lose weight. I'm making this commitment to myself and my Spark Family to make the rest of 2013 the year that i continue to lose weight and keep it off!

Every pound i lose will:
- Improve my energy
- Reduce my bloodpressure
- Improve my sleep
- Decrease my risk of a heart attack
- Decrease my risk of a stroke
- Help prevent Type 2 Diabetes
- Increase life expectancy

I recognize the benefits to my health and commit to:
Burning 5,000 calories a week for a safe weight loss of 1-2.5 pounds per week.

Cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, dancing, boxing) 60-120 minutes, five to seven times a week.

Making better food choices - increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables and reducing my intake of processed foods.

Signing this contract and making the commitment to lose weight means that i will live a healthier life and be provided the chance to spend more time with my family and friends.

I, vickymariec, hereby agree and commit to take the following steps to improve my accountability to myself and increase my chances for weight loss success:

1. I will not let one small slip-up convince me that I'm stupid, worthless, or a lost cause. I will respect myself by refusing to engage in verbal self-abuse, and I will find positive ways to comfort and support myself when Iím having a hard time. Specifically, I will:
a) Look back through old pictures and SEE just how far i've come.
b) Go for a 30 minutes walk.

2. I will not sacrifice my own needs to make other people happy, or do for them what they can and should be doing for themselves. When there is a conflict between my exercise and eating plans and what other people want me to do, I will negotiate to find a reasonable solution that allows me to do what I need to do for myself.

3. I choose to be in charge of my own decisions and behavior. I will not talk, think, or act as if my partner, child, spouse, cravings, or subconscious made me do it. I will ask myself whatís most important to me at that moment and make my decision. If I donít like the consequences, I will try something different the next time.


Sometimes it's just easier to see my progress in picture form...

At my heaviest (320lbs and heavier)

And now at around 266-260lbs

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/22/2013 12:01PM

    like it now all you have to do is D O I T:and i know vickie you have it in you to do just that emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/21/2013 10:35PM

    Great contract for accountability! Now rock it!

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NEWFREEDOM4ME 2/21/2013 5:50PM

    I like this idea! You are doing emoticon

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35ANGELS 2/21/2013 5:05PM

    What a great idea! emoticon

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CAMETHYSTE 2/21/2013 2:58PM

    Awesome contract! You've inspired me to think about making one of my own. And you have made great progress already. I know you will continue to do so! emoticon emoticon

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PRINCESSAMY 2/21/2013 2:00PM

    Hello Beautiful!!! Great blog.

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4BOYZ4ME 2/21/2013 1:54PM

    What an awesome idea to write it all down like that and make a contract with yourself!!! You have come so far and are doing great! I know you can do this!

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NEWLEAF16 2/21/2013 1:49PM

    I love everything about this contract! It is a great idea and your items on it are well thought out, specific, and doable. I like the last part of being in charge of your own decisions and behavior so much I will be thinking of it as I continue on my W.L. journey. Good for you in making this, and thank you so much for sharing it!
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BMELT2013 2/21/2013 12:04PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/21/2013 11:28AM

    So awesome. Your face is so much thinner. And you now have defined cheeks. Love the idea of a contract. You are going to do well.

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Breast Cancer

Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm taking the plunge! I've signed up to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60 Mile Breast Cancer Walk!

I sent out my first fundraising letter yesterday morning and so far i've raised $370 and i have $150 in pledges. I've raised just over 22%!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fundraising is the hardest part for me. I've ALWAYS hated asking any one for money - regardless of the cause. But i'm confident that the funds will be raised.

Me and my friends supporting the 3-Day walkers last year. We passed out bottles of water, collected trash and cheered them on!

My friends and i at the Dallas Race for the Cure this past October.

I'm super excited about completing all 60 miles!!!!

If you want to help support me - just ask!

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MONIQUEDVA 2/1/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon I also say THANK YOU!!! emoticon

When is your walk? I'm SUPER excited for you!!!

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CHICAT63 2/1/2013 5:35AM

    Woohoo, what an awesome challenge and goal !!!! emoticon

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FAVALL 1/31/2013 5:48PM

    As a 2 time breast cancer survivor, I say THANK YOU!

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NEWLEAF16 1/31/2013 4:39PM

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Good for you for signing up to do this and for going out of your comfort zone with the fund raising too!! So excited for you

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    emoticon emoticon Such a GREAT cause!

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MSANITAL 1/31/2013 3:11PM

    Congrats girl you must be very proud of your self.. I have always wanted to do the 3 day walk.. and I know i will, Right now I am not sure it will happen this year because of all the other 5ks and bike rides I am doing along with the fact I am going to start rowing for the first time ever this Spring.. something that I have always wanted to try..
good luck with your walk..

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January Update

Friday, January 18, 2013

I don't know why i'm having such a hard time doing what i know i need to do, doing what i've done to help me drop 55lbs, and what i PLAN out to do...i'm just failing at sticking with it.

So i need to reevaluate and figure out how to stay within my calorie range...
1) do NOT go to the cafe at work - AT ALL
2) fill my water bottle when the cafe is closed
3) batch cook
4) pack my meals
5) plan my meals
6) set up a sticker plan for meals
7) set up a sticker plan for fitness
8) tweak fitness journal

I logged in all of my meals, including what i'll eat for dinner and 1 snack (apple). I will be over by 225 calories. That is better then it has been most days. My plan, and the meals i had prepared were set to keep me on the low end of my calorie range...well that didn't work out. I went to the cafe and picked up pizza and will power!

I'm batch cooking tonight. I'll make enough broc/caul mix for my weekend meals. I'll make my chicken breast (I saute them in garlic, lime juice and i use italian seasonings), and i'll make brown rice. I will place an entire meal into my tupperware container so taht i just have to place it into the microwave to warm it up. This weekend i will stay within my calorie range!

Goals tonight:
Zumba abs
4 miles walking

January 2013 Goals:
1 - drop 5-10lbs
2 - stay within calorie range
3 - drink 64oz of water every day
4 - no soda
5 - 100 walking/running miles ...completed 46.583
6 - 100 bike miles ...completed 61.67
7 - 2500 crunches ...completed 1440
8 - go to the gym 3x a week
9 - 1500 squats ...completed 1200
10 - limit eating out to 1x per week

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/19/2013 4:38PM

    all sounds doable love.i also seem to be struggling for some reason lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROSIEPD 1/19/2013 9:35AM

    You know you can do it. Keep working...

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ZOEANAEL 1/19/2013 1:02AM

    Love your plan. You can do this because you are not simply interested in losing some weight. You have a goal and I'm sure you are commited to it.

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MRSSMITH622 1/18/2013 10:03PM

    wow, I like how you track crunches, walking, and biking miles for the month. That is a really good idea.

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SHERA8805 1/18/2013 7:35PM

    Good job on your plan! Definitely need to work on a meal plan too. Weekends are hardest to stay in range.


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ROBYNROSE26 1/18/2013 6:56PM

    Great plan, you can do it!

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NEWLEAF16 1/18/2013 6:42PM

    Great goals! emoticon emoticon

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FCARMICH 1/18/2013 4:59PM

  good luck

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How's My January Going, you ask...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

SO maybe i am an emotional eater...

I started off January 1st weighing somewhere around 274+lbs...lets just say i ate my way through the last few days being home in Chicago...i just miss my ethnic foods! I started a personal BL challenge with 13 friends and i started that on January 6th at 272.6lbs. This morning i'm at 269.4lbs.

Here's the thing. I could have lost more weight. I mean i'm working out like crazy...but we all know if you eat like crap you just won't lose. I burn about 500-900 calories a day...yes! a day. BUT i've been eating between 2500-3100 calories. Why? Because i'm stressed!

Before i went home in December my boss tells me he's accepted a new position in Los Angeles. Great for him...a very great move on his part. BUT they aren't sure if they are replacing him or eliminating the position. WHICH means i don't know if after January i will have a job or not. I get great feedback that i have nothing to worry about, but until its all final i'm i snack...but i am tracking my food and being careful not to go too crazy!

I haven't updated my resume in over 6yrs...boy have things changed!

Anyways, here's how i'm doing fitness wise:

January 2013 Goals:
1 - drop 5-10lbs
2 - stay within calorie range
3 - drink 64oz of water every day
4 - no soda
5 - 100 walking/running miles ...completed 20.21
6 - 100 bike miles ...completed 14.68
7 - 2500 crunches ...completed 630
8 - go to the gym 3x a week
9 - 1500 squats ...completed 560
10 - limit eating out to 1x per week

My goal tonight is to complete:
90 crunches
80 squats
4 walking miles
14 bike miles

overall 2013 goal: to end the year under 200lbs...make it to onederland!

Here's a picture a friend found of me...i just don't remember EVER having this picture taken! It' sfrom about 4yrs ago...

Planned Walks/Runs:
Cowtown 10k - February 23rd (bucket list item)
Dash Down Greenville St. Paddys Day 5k - March 16th
Race for the Cure 5k - April 16 (goal is to beat last years time)
Heels and Hills Half Marathon - May 5th (bucket list item)
JalapeŮo Half Marathon - June 29th (bucket list item)
Susan G Koman 3-Day, 60 Mile Walk - November (bucket list item) (this one is still up in the air)

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ROSIEPD 1/15/2013 11:11AM

    I am sure you will do well on your goals. I really admire your commitment to exercise...that's my Achilles's heel, but you've got that down. Good idea to update that resume regardless. It's better to have some control over your own employment path rather than relying on the 'you don't have anything to worry about' comment. It's your life, and you are taking control!

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MONIQUEDVA 1/10/2013 8:33AM

    Wow!!! I almost don't know what else to say. You are amazing!!! I admire your commitment & your work ethic. Please just always be safe & don't burn yourself out. It's great to see your goals so planned out & structured. You go girl!!!

I'm feeling all motivated right now...I might have to go find a 5K to sign up for! :)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/10/2013 8:16AM

    wow you always amase me love but i know you can do whatever you set your mind on.sorry about the job concern hope you hear shortly one way or another. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAYGETSLEAN 1/9/2013 8:28PM

    WOOT! emoticon

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    You are a workout queen!

Hope all turns out ok with the job situation.

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ROBYNROSE26 1/9/2013 2:06PM

    Love your goals, very specific and achievable!

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/9/2013 1:36PM

    emoticon Wow, woman - great job. You are doing such a good job with your weight loss and workouts. I love the goal list. Keep up the good work. Sending positive wishes to you for your job. I know it's got to be stressful. Hang in there and hold your head high.

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