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A confession

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I have a small confession to make. I messed up.

My son had surgery on March 22nd. We lived in a hospital for 4 days. I had a hard time controlling my food and exercise was non-existent. I gained some weight. I didn't track my food.

We got home from the hospital and the exercise came back into my routine, but I wasn't as diligent about tracking. In what felt like the blink of an eye, I gained 10 pounds. 10!

So I've moved my tracker back to 160. I'm determined to get back down to 150.

This week I'm happy to report that I've been tracking my food religiously. I'm moving in the right direction.

It just goes to show that this is a constant battle and I have to be conscious of the decisions I make in regards to food.

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I know I can do this!

  
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FOOFIT1 4/19/2011 11:44AM

    Just 3 weeks ago I had a similar experience. I was out of town for 3 weeks and gained back about 7 lbs in NO time! Gotta hate that. What's strange is the whole time it was happening, I knew I was gaining, and I felt awful the whole time (I was always eating but not hungry, I was in a general fog, and I didn't have any energy). It's just amazing that that experience didn't stop me! It wasn't until I came home that I was able to get back on track. Strange how life gets in the way of our best laid plans sometimes, isn't it? Anyway, I know it won't take you any time at all to lose what you gained. Like a few others said, it's probably all water weight anyways!

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CKAYT56 4/15/2011 5:19PM

    Exactly why I am afraid not to track. I reached my goal but I have continued to track food and exercise, and weigh in every day. Don't want to go back to where I started this journey. You were busy and involved with what was going on with your son...and life happens and takes us away from tracking. I am glad you are back tracking and can see that it does help us to be mindful of our bodies. And a 3 lb. loss after tracking for a week....priceless!

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MEGSFITNESS 4/15/2011 1:05PM

    Hope your son is okay!

I know what you mean about 10lbs in the blink of an eye though :( it feels like it takes a day to gain it and a year to lose it!

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CBEVNOW 4/14/2011 10:43PM

    Yes it happens to all of us. You are on track now. Hospitals make us tired also. Hope all is well with your son.
Caroline

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/14/2011 10:24PM

    It happens to most of us at one time or another. You have a great attitude and will get the weight back off.

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WHGRN60 4/14/2011 8:03PM

    Probably most of the 10# is water weight, and will come off fairly quickly once you are totally on track.

I hope your son is doing well now. I know how much it can throw you off when you have to live at the hospital for days at a time.

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JERSEYFLOWER 4/14/2011 4:39PM

    Confession is the first step toward managing this. Great job! Very hard to do.

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ROOT4HOME 4/14/2011 10:12AM

    You definitely CAN do it Jess!!! You're back to tracking and those 10lbs will be gone in no time! Especially after this weekend's half!! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 4/14/2011 9:33AM

    It is hard to get back into it even after just a few days off! You can do it!
~Ang

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TEACHINMOM 4/14/2011 9:22AM

    It is a constant battle and things are gonna happen. Things that are out of our control and that are going to throw us off!! The important thing is that you caught it right away and are turning it around before it becomes more!
Tracking ALL OF THE TIME is a hard thing. I've been trying to not track as much and I've found out that I'm very good at MAINTAINING but not so good at losing. So, I'm back at it too!! You CAN do it ~ you WILL do it, because you CAN!!!
Praying that your son is recovering well!!
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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/14/2011 9:07AM

    We all have our ups and downs. Your main focus was on your son and that is alright. Sounds like you are back on your routine and should be back down in no time.

Stress can affect the scale too and it sounds like you had a great deal of it.

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MISSCOFFEY 4/14/2011 8:27AM

    Hey, we all have little ups and downs ... especially when there are big events in our lives. I hope your little boy is doing well. What a wonderful mommy you are.
Sounds like you are back on track to what makes you happy.
Take care!!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 4/14/2011 8:21AM

    When my husband was ill I spent 2 weeks in the hospital - UGH

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WE_PA_FIT 4/14/2011 8:12AM

    what's most important is that your son is doing well and that you made a U turn as soon as you could. you could have just quit altogether but you decided to get back-- now do it STRONG. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERR513 4/14/2011 8:08AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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LINDASWARTZ1951 4/14/2011 8:02AM

    I am sorry your son was in the hospital and sick. It is hard to stay on track, but I think you should remember one thing. It takes 3500 calories to gain a pound. I find it hard to believe that you over ate by 35,000 calories in 4 days. Remember that fast food has a lot of sodium and that can cause water retention. The new recommendation for sodium is 1500 mg daily and if you just stop using the salt shaker and get back to drinking your 8 glasses of water a day, I think you will see a quick loss of weight from the water weight you gained.

Whenever I visit my daughter and we seem to have a higher sodium intake and I am almost always up by 4 pounds by the end of the week. Once I get back to really watching the sodium, I lose it pretty quickly.

Good luck with getting back to your routine and hope your son is well again.

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Get Lucky 7K

Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Get Lucky 7K was an awesome race to run. What a fun atmosphere! Team Ortho does a great job of putting on FUN races. www.teamortho.us

The night before the race, a big group of us went out to eat at Buca Di Beppos all in the name of carb-loading.

The morning of the race I was super excited because I was going to meet some of my fellow sparkers! ROOT4HOME (Elsa) and LULUTHELEO (Christa) were making the trip to Minneapolis. My sister-in-law CHOICES2010 (Angie) and I got to race race village in plenty of time to get our bearings. My husband (TONEBONE10) ran the Half Marathon in St. Paul, so we parted ways at 7AM. Angie and I headed to a near by Caribou Coffee for breakfast and a chance to chat since it was still only in the 30s. We wanted to stay warm as long as possible.

As race time got closer, we headed over to look for Elsa and Christa. Wouldn't you know it, Elsa was one of the first people we saw when we got there! It felt like we knew each other for years! Pretty soon more and more people were filing in, and Christa came walking by! Once again, it felt like I'd known her forever and we fell into an easy conversation.

We walked over to the start and before we knew it we were off!

A 7K is about 4.3 miles. It went fast, before I knew it we were crossing the finish line. I had a great race and ran my fastest pace to date:

Chip Time: 38:52
Avg. pace: 8:57
Overall place: 1038 out of 5109
Gender Place: 479 out of 3668 Females
Age Group Place: 112 out of 859 Females in the F30-34 Age Group
I passed 314 runners in the overall category
I was passed by 202 runners in the overall category.



  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/7/2011 11:01PM

    You did great!!!

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MEGSFITNESS 4/4/2011 4:33PM

    You're like, the fourth or fifth sparker that I've heard of that ran that race :D And that's not counting the other spark people who ran the race with THOSE spark people!! Lol I can't believe all of that was going on 'in my back yard' and I had no clue =P Great work!

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CBEVNOW 4/3/2011 11:43PM

    Great, so much fun. Happiness to you.
Caroline

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ABSOLUTZER0 4/3/2011 5:35PM

    Sounds like a great race to be a part of! Glad you enjoyed it!

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MISSCOFFEY 4/3/2011 5:06PM

    Looks like so much fun! Congrats on such a fast pace. You rock!!!

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My baby is 3

Monday, January 24, 2011


Three years ago today my sweet baby girl came into this world.

I don't know where the time goes...

Happy birthday to my BIG GIRL!

  
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JENNYANNE31 2/9/2011 8:00PM

    Happy Birthday to your little girl! She looks like a princess!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 2/1/2011 9:17PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Beautiful Girl!! You are so lucky to have such an AMAZING mommy!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 1/27/2011 2:08PM

    I'm sooo late...I'm sooo sorry!!

Jess - she is such a beauty and looks like she is such an "old soul" in her personality!! Love it...

Hope the day was a very happy one for you all - and - happy BIRTH day to YOU, mama!!

xoxo
Jeanie
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ABSOLUTZER0 1/25/2011 5:48PM

    She is precious!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/24/2011 11:07PM

    Happy birthday to a beautiful little princess.

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DRB13_1 1/24/2011 4:14PM

    I think 3 year olds are the cutest people in the world!
5 year olds think they know everything in the world.
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OBXFIREGUY 1/24/2011 3:43PM

    They grow up so fast. My smallest little girl is 3 now as well! Enjoy the ride, it will be over soon.

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ROOT4HOME 1/24/2011 2:46PM

    What a doll - Happy Birthday to your sweetie pie today!! emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 1/24/2011 10:05AM

  Happy Birthday!

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I have to share, too cute not to!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011



Yesterday was a milestone day. My daughter, who will be 3 the end of this month, had her very first dance class. I've been looking forward to this moment for a long time. My daughter was in all her glory; she's about as girly-girl as you can possibly get. I about died from cuteness-overload. My baby girl and 13 other 3-year-olds learning to dance. A-DOR-A-BLE!

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TRACSGOAL 3/17/2011 3:20PM

    So cute!

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CHICKYMOMMAOF2 1/23/2011 6:32PM

    Precious..

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SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:19PM

    So cute!
~Ang

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OBXFIREGUY 1/17/2011 12:01AM

    All three of my girls are in dance and it amazes me how they do it. If I were the instructor, I would lose what few marbles I have remaining.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/14/2011 10:59PM

    Soooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 1/13/2011 11:44AM

    Awww!!!!!!

I could just imagine...she's probably one of those cute little doll-playing-pink-wearing sweet peas! My daughter is the same!

I can feel you beaming with pride all the way here in Cali! She is sooo beautiful!!!!!!

Glad you shared such a moment in motherhood!

xoxo
Jeanie

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THENEWCINDY 1/13/2011 8:05AM

    too cute!!!!!!!!!!

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NUOVAELLE 1/13/2011 3:01AM

    Beautiful photo!!! And she looks so much like her mommy! She's adorable!
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SISSYFEB48 1/12/2011 11:56PM

    What a great photo which you will treasure for years.

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ROOT4HOME 1/12/2011 10:32PM

    What a cutie!!! Great memories!!

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JERSEYFLOWER 1/12/2011 9:13PM

    Oh, how precious. I can't wait until one day I have a daughter of my own. When I first saw your photo I thought it was a professional photo you saw somewhere - didn't realize it was your little princess!

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SLEEPYDEAN 1/12/2011 8:10PM

    Oh many that is cute! I can just imagine that times 13 all in one room.

Will she have recitals? That will definitely be so fun to watch.

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KATWOMAN12839 1/12/2011 6:54PM

  awwwwww how cute and sweet........ty for sharing

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So, you want to know what YakTrax are?

Monday, January 10, 2011

I live in Minnesota. Basically from November until quite possibly APRIL (oh how I wish I was kidding) it looks like this:


It's safe to say we have A LOT of SNOW.

I like to run. A lot. I make no secret of this emoticon. The problem is I really REALLY dislike running on a treadmill. For me to go longer than 3 miles on a treadmill is like TORTURE. I get super bored and just check out. Lucky for me there's this nifty little invention called YakTrax.



They are rubber with steel coils that stretch over the bottom of your shoe to give you traction in ice and snow pack. I picked mine up for about $25 and they are worth every penny.

This is how they slip over the front of the shoe.

And this is the view from the back.

I'll admit, I was skeptical the first time I put them on but they SERIOUSLY work. I ran a 5K on New Year's Day and set a PR with them. They are AWESOME. The only time I've felt even a little bit of a slip with them is on glare ice because the coils have nothing to grip. Check them out! I promise you won't be disappointed. yaktrax.com/ There's also a link on their site to search for a store near you that sells them. I use YakTrax Pro for running, there is a variety for walkers, too.

  
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TRACSGOAL 3/17/2011 3:22PM

    Never heard of them - I've been trying to become a runner but so far do not hate the treadmill - glad the snow is melting though I'm going to try to be a morning runner at some point. Anyway, hopefully I'll want to invest in some of these before next winter.

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SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:18PM

    Those look awesome! If we keep getting crazy snow like this, I might have to get a pair (but I keep hoping the snow will go away already since its totally not normal for where I live!)
~Ang

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/14/2011 10:55PM

    Cool!! I really need a pair of these.

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JENNYLENNON 1/11/2011 7:08PM

    I need those! Time to go shopping, thanks for sharing! emoticon

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HEARTANDMUSIC 1/11/2011 6:38PM

    That is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 1/11/2011 3:23PM

    Man...oh man....all that snoooooowwww!!! (btw were those your kiddos playing in it - adorable!!!!) You really are incredible love...still heading out and running despite it all , with the help of those YakTrax!! What a great gadget! Wouldn't you have loved to have invented that?!

Thanks for sharing - I'd never heard of them...

xoxo
Jeanie
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ANNE7X7 1/11/2011 2:47PM

    I tried my yaktraks for the first time this weekend and LOVED them! After a while, you completely forget they are there!!

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MSPRIS3 1/11/2011 2:43PM

    I've been eyeing those things up! Thinking it will be part of my January reward (with a Garmin) for meeting all my goals!

I love the snow!

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STEPHANIE0982 1/10/2011 7:30PM

    these are amazing!! my dad got me a pair for x-mas - I love them!

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JMEPAYNE 1/10/2011 6:58PM

    i wonder how these would work for hiking in the snow/ice??? i totally need to give them a try!

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MISSTHINGALING 1/10/2011 5:39PM

    Boy I don't miss that snow one bit. I wish I has those when I was there. I may buy some just to have them.

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DRB13_1 1/10/2011 5:35PM

    First off, you are a very brave person to live where there is so much snow to begin with - I could NOT do it!
Second, thanks for the pictures of your YakTrax -and happy running. You rock! emoticon emoticon

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YOGINIMAMA108 1/10/2011 5:12PM

    LOVE my YakTrax!!!!!!!! This is year two with this pair, and they really hold up. I have very small feet, so the Pro ones were not available in a small enough size. I use the walkers ones for running, and they have never let me down. Nothing like running outside in the winter. Happy trails!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SHARONA_P 1/10/2011 5:11PM

    ooooOOOHH! Those look very interesting. I may have to look into these very soon. Living in New England, winter running is always up in the air depending on weather. But these would cancel that all out. thanks for sharing!!

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