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Does Chris deliver in person or what?!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I got a gift certificate off of the spark point wheel and I thought cool I will order a spark shirt and spread the spark until it was going to charge me $9.10, shipping for a T-shirt, I could have a bowling ball delivered cheaper I think. So the $10 gift certificate is basically going to pay my shipping. My gift certificate is going to waste because I'm not paying that kind of shipping on something that I wasn't hell bent on getting in the first place. I mean seriously $9.10 does Chris drive it to my house personally and autograph it. Rant over now.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/23/2012 8:55AM

    not actually sure how much that is in € or if that is actually dear or usual price for shipping .have you dropped along to chris´s page to let him know how you feel?or keep it till you win another gift voucher that will pay the shipping lol.that is why i never look at the shop just incase i see something i really really want because just imagine the shipping cost to germany,lol.i brought the spark and the cookbook via my local bookshop and that was dear enough to get it over,lol.take care and keep smiling.at least you won something on the spark wheel i never get the chance to do even that emoticon

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ALICIA214 2/23/2012 2:17AM



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Race Report New PR

Monday, February 20, 2012

Marion, Iowa. Freeze Fest 5k, although not so much of a freeze this year.
Went into this race not expecting a lot was shooting for 36 flat since I would be running after getting off night shift and I was still fairly sore from snowboarding. Got to the race early and was still not feeling spunky, stretching it seemed to make it more evident that my back was not happy about all the falling when snowboarding. I definitely was going to be elated with a 36 if I could even pull that off. The race started at a quick pace, I usually don't get caught up in the rush of a start but today I did, I was running around 9 minute miles for the first quarter mile, at that point I looked at the Garmin and fell into a bit more comfortable pace running right around 11 minute miles. At about the half mile marker I was feeling like I was going to fast but decided in order to get faster I should run faster, at least for as long as I could. Around 3/4 of a mile a hint of a side stitch started to make itself know so I adjusted myself to a more relaxed stride and it seemed to have gone away. Then it just seemed like I got stronger I kept my pace even sped it up and around 2 mile marker I started to pass a fair number of people and didn't look back. With about a half mile left my boyfriend (who finished 2nd) came back to jog in with me, he cheered me on to a final surge at the end where I passed a decent sized pack of people and managed to pass one last person right at the finish. I completed the race in 33:56 destroying my old PR of 36:29. The nice thing about this PR is I know I have more in me, my muscles felt good, no soreness after the race, and my gas tank has more for sure, I was not breathing super heavy in fact I was even chatting with some "virgin" 5k racers around the 2 mile marker and chatted with my boyfriend to the finish. Maybe I should be disappointed knowing that I could have done better but I am still happy and look forward to more PR's this racing season. Today I reached into my pocket and found a note I wrote Friday night to myself
I guess I did my better goal.

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WENDYSPARKS 2/21/2012 5:38PM


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JENN03275 2/21/2012 5:38PM

    AWESOME JOB! Especially after working all night!! When I worked nights all I could do was sleep!!


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LIVE4THETRAIL 2/21/2012 5:37PM

    Awesome Job. Well Done.

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ABSOLUTZER0 2/21/2012 5:32PM

    YOU ROCKED IT!!! Woohoo!

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DEUSMACHINA 2/20/2012 8:25PM

    WOOHOO!!! You totally KILLED it! Excellent work! (and congrats to your man, too - that must have been a very tidy run)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/20/2012 2:15PM

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RUNNINGPFUHL 2/20/2012 1:20PM



I'm so happy for you!!!

Way to go!! :)

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ASMITH3B 2/20/2012 1:02PM

    Great job!

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KKINNEA 2/20/2012 12:27PM

    Awesome!!! You crushed it - great job!!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 2/20/2012 4:33AM

    Well done on a new PB!

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Daring to do...

Friday, February 17, 2012

This past weekend I went snowboarding for the first time, okay a lot of falling really emoticon. It was a great experience for a couple reasons, the first being that I would not have had the courage to do this a couple years ago when (drumroll please cause I know all of you have these statements) I was heavy....I wanted to snowboard or ski, but I was too heavy, I didn't want to look even more foolish than I already felt (any of this ringing true for others). The other thing that was neat about snowboarding is, it's a metaphor for life/weightloss, you fall down a lot but you have to choose either get back up and keep trying or give up and never know the joy of living. Yeah my butt has been sore all week, bumps bruises, I even tweaked my knee (I did call it a day after that to avoid risk of further injury) but in spite of all that I kept trying and even managed some success and guess what I'm willing to go break my butt a few more times, because it was fun, painful, but fun. When I get frustrated from now on I just need to think, get back up on that snowboard and get going I may only get a few feet before I fall again but if I choose to get back up I will eventually get better.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/17/2012 9:07AM

    where are the photo´s love i wanted to see you when you were snowboarding as well as falling on your tushie,lol.glad you had fun. emoticon

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Healthy weight loss CAN include beer and chicken wings..

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I am having a lot of success I am unofficially down 19lbs (unofficial because this is the first day at this weight) since November. I want to share what has helped this success. First I exercise and burn a lot of calories, sorry there is no way that I can tell you to lose weight, keep it off, without exercising and besides exercise feels so good!! I weigh almost daily, (this works for me for some it may drive you crazy, so this isn't gospel, it's my thing) having thyroid issues I like to keep track of my weight patterns etc. I count calories using my smartphone/computer and probably the biggest thing I do pertaining to calories is I cycle (for lack of better term) 2-3 days at 1200-15/1600 and then I do a day that is essentially a calorie bomb (some call it a cheat day). I would consider mine more of a cheat meal I have picked chicken wings and a beer the last 2 times (its my favorite), the rest of the day I eat my normal foods but allow for either larger portion or an additional indulgence. This has really kept me sane, keeps diet craziness at bay. The trick is to pick the meal that you absolutely cannot under no circumstances live without, have your portion of it and then eat healthy the rest of the day and the following day you pick back up at your 1200-15/1600 range. By allowing yourself to do this you take away the "perfect" mentality. The "perfect" mentality has caused me to gain back weight time and again, by taking perfectionism out of it I have gotten down to my lightest weight in 7 years and I'm still going, and since it is truly a lifestyle change that allows me to still enjoy beer and chicken wings I am feeling sane instead of "diet drained". I'm hoping this will help those that struggle with cravings and "starvation" while eating healthy.

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KLAD_COCKERS 2/6/2012 10:38AM

    I like your plan, especially the cycling of calorie intake, which allows you to satisfy your cravings without going totally off track. Obviously it's working for you. Thanks for sharing what works for you . . . I find that reading what has worked for others gives me ideas of stuff to try that might just work for me.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/5/2012 5:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon19lbs since november wow.i seem to stall at the moment maybe i should give calorie cycling a go.keep up the good work. emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 2/5/2012 1:22AM

    i have heard alot about calorie cycling.. high some days low on others. I agree, getting stuck in a "diet rut" is bad news.I honestly feel your approach prevents binging and deprivation. I have experienced a little of that myself this evening. I have been low carb for almost a week between a Zone type diet and Atkins Phase 1 which is really extremely restrictive.

I have felt liek the last few miles of a marathon... bonked.

I "cheated" and had some pitas and hummus and I am telling you, i could feel my body soak up the carbs like a sponge. I needed it. even though I am going to stick with it because it broke my plateau and my running for a while is pretty much toast but... I needed a break, now its time to get back in the saddle.

I honestly think that doing it like you suggested helps in the long run and faithfulness in the long haul is what gets us to goal.

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EXENEC 2/4/2012 8:30PM

  Everything in moderation, I believe. Best of luck & enjoy your beer & chicken wings!

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MERLE641 2/4/2012 7:56PM

    Love it! keep up the good work :)

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FitBit review

Friday, February 03, 2012

I just got mine on Wednesday and so far I am loving it. I love the "health flower" I don't like when it shrinks so I get up and get moving in an effort to keep it healthy and big. I like the sleep feature, it is interesting to see my sleep/wake cycle, so far in my first 2 days I have found I consistenly wake about 13 times. I have zero problem getting in 10000 steps. I enjoy that it connects to my other weight loss website MFP that makes it so much easier to track the day to day calorie burn. You can still log your actual activity over the steps and it will do an adjustment for the calories burned. It gives a nice readout of your activity level. If you can't get to the computer to sync your data it allows you to do it the following days (apparently it will store 7 days of data) the battery life seems good, I throw it on the charger when I am at the computer, but it is supposed to last 3 days off of a full charge. The only thing that seems a little wonky is sometimes it reads that I went up a flight of stairs when I haven't. As for the flower thing, it is a bit of a nag, walked 4 miles the other day then did a bunch of errands, sat down for a half hour and my flower began to shrink, are you serious?! It doesn't like any sedentary time whatsoever!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/4/2012 2:06AM

    roberts right it does sound abit like those tamagochis,lol.if it makes you do more go for it.does it control pee pauses as well?glad you like it on the whole though.can i ask a question i have never seen them over here.can you get them in normal shops?how dear is it?and would it be a worthy investment for a stay at home mom of three kids like me,lol?

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ON2VICTORY 2/4/2012 12:57AM

    too funny , the flower reminds me of the virtual keychain pet. The flower's crackin the whip on ya! Get goin' soldier!

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