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Oh My...The old me is dead and gone...

Friday, February 26, 2010

I couple of days ago I entered a blog about registering for my first 5K. I'm super excited about it. So excited, in fact, that I signed up for another one! emoticon Have I completely lost my mind?

My husband LOVES and I mean LOVES to run. He's signed up for the "Monster Series" of half marathons out of twin cities. His first race is next month, and then he has 3 more half marathons throughout 2010. Over his lunch break he made the crack that it would be fun to do a race together. I laughed. Then he pointed out that all of these longer races also have 5K races. So I did a little snooping. And I found one that sounded good. Low and behold I registered.

I may have completely lost my mind.

But I'm still excited.
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And the link to the race for any Minnesotans that might be interested: www.teamortho.us/Monster-Dash-1/2-Ma
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BEKAHWHITT 2/28/2010 10:50AM

    way to go! You can do this!

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KAT7457 2/26/2010 6:28PM

    woohoo way to go girl give it all you got and beat hubby lol good luck

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TIXIEPOO 2/26/2010 5:53PM

  Great job! I have a few friends who have started running this past year. I am too nervous to jump on that bandwagon just yet, but hearing more and more people say that their signing up, well it almost makes me want to do the same.

God luck to you and pretty soon you'll be looking for more challenging ones. :)

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QUIKSYLVER 2/26/2010 5:46PM

    I signed up for a 10K this May, my very first race ever, and I am super excited, too!

Go, you!

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MEXGAL1 2/26/2010 5:45PM

    You go girl!

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I did it--I'm registered for that 5K I was talking about...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Now there really is no turning back. I have in my hands the confirmation of registration for my 5K Race on Friday May 14th. The fee has been paid. I show up as a "racer" on their website. I'm a little excited and a little nervous all at the same time. On the one hand I KNOW I can do this. I'm already running 2.5 miles straight, and in another 3 months that 3.2 should be no big deal (I would hope). But on the other I still tend to think of me as "the old me" extremely out of shape and quite a bit heavier. I need to get it in my head that I'm much more fit now, and will be even more fit by the time this race rolls around.

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For this first 5K I'm not setting a finish time goal. My goal is simply to finish and to run the entire race without stopping to walk. I've done a little research and if I choose to, there are 5K's in my area all summer and into the fall. If this goes well I'm planning to try to do one a month. If this is really hard for me, I'll probably shoot for one every other month.

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Also, as mentioned in one of my previous posts I did complete the 30-Day-Shred with Jillian. As a reward I did decide to pick up another DVD. I ended up getting Jillian's "No More Trouble Zones" which is a 40 minute circuit workout. I really like Jillian's no-nonsense attitude about exercise and I know when I'm doing one of her DVD's that I'm getting a really good workout.

My first weight loss goal is getting so close. My initial goal was to lose 25 pounds by March 15th. I'm within 4 pounds of that. When I hit that goal I'll be rewarding myself with 2 new pairs of workout pants. The ones I'm using now are starting to fall off--a very good problem!


  
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CHRISTIANRX 2/26/2010 3:01PM

    Wow! I'm training for a 5K through a 9-week program at work. Your post is truly inspiring! Congratulations!

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ORCHIDLADY56 2/20/2010 7:48PM

    Congratulations! I am sure you will do great! emoticon

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RACINGSLUG 2/20/2010 6:08PM

    My first 5K was an incredible experience and I have no doubt that yours will be as well. Congratulations for making such outstanding progress on your goals!

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SPUD1226 2/20/2010 5:42PM

    If you can already run 2.5 miles, a 5k should be a piece of cake. Best of luck and have fun!!

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KAT7457 2/20/2010 5:33PM

    Good luck on the run keep us posted how you did and be safe out there. I am rooting for you to finsh.WooHoo . You go girl and take care,

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FOOFIT1 2/20/2010 11:59AM

    Awesome! Now you have a little extrinsic motivation to keep you working on your running! Never hurts to have more, right?? Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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LIFE-FAITH 2/20/2010 11:09AM

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Keep up the great work!
YOU can do IT!
Congrats!
jeanla

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ROWDYRILEY 2/20/2010 10:41AM

    emoticon Can't wait to hear how your first 5K goes. You're going to do great!

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30-Day-Shred COMPLETE!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

When I was half way through my very first encounter with the 30-Day-Shred with Jillian Michaels I really thought I was Going. To. Die. It's a tough workout, there's no doubt about it. I am so glad that I stuck with it!

For those of you that haven't done it, there are 3 different workouts on the DVD. Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3. You spend 10 days with each workout before you move up to the next level. As you can imagine, it is no joke. Today as I was finishing day 30 I could hardly believe it. I did about 90% of the workout at the highest intensity level utilizing the jump-training ("Plyometrics" is what Jillian calls it). No modified moves here! I was even able to do some of the circuits with 8 pound weights!

I have no idea what's in store for me...I'm sure I'll keeping working with Level 3. I've toyed with the idea of doing levels back to back (1&2, 1&3, and eventually 2&3) but haven't decided for sure. I just may be looking for a new workout DVD as a little reward for finishing the program! emoticon

As for results--Since I started utilizing the nutrition tracker the same time as the DVD, I can't say that it is the sole reason for the 21 pound weight loss, but I know it's a big part of it! I've lost several inches as well, especially in my arms and waist. I didn't take any measurements before, and now I'm mad that I didn't. I can tell you that my size XL yoga pants now fall off when I run or do any kind of jumping. It's a good problem to have! emoticon

I highly recommend this DVD to anyone that's looking to shed pounds and inches! It's tough, but SO WORTH IT!

  
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ROWDYRILEY 2/19/2010 6:24AM

    emoticon another good DVD is the Biggest Loser Power Sculpt and they also have an aerobic one. You can customize your workouts which is really cool. Keep it up!

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NUOVAELLE 2/19/2010 1:47AM

    Good job! I plan to start again the 30-day shred next week and this time I hope I can get to the end. 8-pound weights? That's impressive. You should be proud of yourself.

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RACINGSLUG 2/18/2010 8:42PM

    Congratulations! Now you're ready for No More Trouble Zones! It is excruciatingly wonderful.

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FOOFIT1 2/18/2010 5:08PM

    Congrats!!! I have that DVD also, and it definitely is no joke! Plyometrics are one of my favorite things to do now (I even teach a fitness class made up of only ploymetrics!), and I got my start doing them with 30 Day Shred! Keep up the awesome work! Other good, no joke DVDs include Turbo Jam and all of the P90X stuff if you're interested. That way you can add in a little variety to your workouts. Of course, they aren't the convenient 20 minutes variety, but most of them take about 45 minutes to do and still provide fun and convenience for doing them at home!

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ANABANNANA 2/18/2010 4:58PM

    Great job! I love Jillian's style of training, it's no-nonsense, keeps you moving, you don't get bored. "No More Trouble Zones" and "Banish Fat Boost Metabolism" are two more of her dvd's you shoud check out.

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KAT7457 2/18/2010 4:49PM

    keep up the good job,thats great

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SWEETTOOTH10 2/18/2010 4:44PM

    Thanks for the blog. I bought the dvd a little while ago, But haven't done it yet. I'M going to start it next week. I need a extra something to help me lose those tough last 10 lbs!Good job getting through it! And Such A GREAT idea buying another dvd as a reward when you finish this one!

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I haven't ran a 5K since 1999....

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

But I'm going to do one again. I only did that one race, and it was on one of the hottest mornings of the year.

With a little encouragement from my husband, I'm going to take the plunge again, bite the bullet, and register. Who knows? Maybe it will become a regular thing for me. It's actually a marathon weekend...the 5K is held on a Friday night and then the longer races kick off the next morning. I assure you, I will only be signing up for that 3.2 miles. More than anything I want to prove to myself that I can finish and finish strong. Race day is Friday, May 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm.

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I figure 3 months to train for it should be a fair amount, and the bonus is that May will be decent weather(I HOPE!), if anything on the cool side--that's how I prefer it for running. Wish me luck!

  
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SUGIRL06 2/17/2010 7:44PM

    Sounds great!!! Do you have a training schedule already? Hal Higdon has some good ones on his website (I think its halhigdon.com). Good luck!!! You can do it!!!
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~Ang

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DRLONG2 2/17/2010 4:27PM

    Good luck - that is a great goal to set. I have never enjoyed running, but I'm trying to get my nerve up to prepare for a 5K race. I ran in several about 20 years ago - but even then it wasn't my cup of tea (green!). Keep posting your progress. That may be what encourages me to start training!

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FOOFIT1 2/17/2010 4:20PM

    What a great goal! Health and fitness is all about starting with small goals and working toward the larger ones. Every 5K is one step closer to a marathon! I'm sure you'll be ready to race in 3 months. Good luck in your training! And keep posting about training progress! Perhaps if you keep a miles/time log it'll show you how much you've improved, and you could make a goal for you 5K based on what you already know about your prior fitness levels!

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Some small victories will add up big in the end.

Friday, February 12, 2010

I just wanted to journal about a couple of small achievements I've had in the last few days. Six weeks ago this would have NEVER happened. I would still be thinking of going out to eat as a treat, therefore giving myself the a-okay to gorge on whatever cheese covered platter I could find.

Tomorrow my husband and I are heading to a larger city (we live in a fairly rural community) to celebrate Valentine's Day a little early. We have some gift cards to use at Olive Garden (one of my absolute FAVORITE places to eat) that we were given for Christmas. Thanks to the Dining Out Guide in the Healthy Living section of Spark People, I've already made the choice for what I'm going to eat tomorrow. I'm going to have the waiter box half of it before it ever makes it out to the table. I'm going to limit myself to 1-150 calorie bread stick, and I'm going to ask for our dressing on the side of our salad. I feel so empowered!

Also recently disaster was averted due to a little planning ahead. Ever since I started using the nutrition tracker on SP, I've made sure to keep healthy snacks in my purse at all times. I always have an "on-the-go" Crystal Light packet to go in a bottle of water, a Fiber One Bar, and a half ounce of almonds. I had planned to go to Subway for supper as I was going to be broadcasting a high school basketball game and low-and-behold when I got to Subway it was packed. I was starving. I'm not kidding, I stood in line for 20 minutes and we barely moved. I had to get going or I was going to be late. Instead of getting into my car and hitting the nearest drive thru and ordering the greasiest, most calorie-laden meal I instead grabbed the Fiber One bar out of my purse and munched on that until I got to the town that the game was being held in. Thirty minutes later I had my sandwich from the Subway restaurant in that town and the crisis was averted! WOO HOO GO ME!!!!!

Even if the scale is stubborn again this week I think I'll be okay with it because just these 2 examples show exactly how far I have come!

Thank you SparkPeople and thank you to all of my Spark Friends!

  
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FOOFIT1 2/12/2010 11:24PM

    Congratulations!!! These ARE huge achievements, and you should definitely give yourself credit. I have every confidence that will be able to keep up these healthy new habits and reach your weight loss goal. You are AWESOME!!!

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RACINGSLUG 2/12/2010 8:25PM

    This is what it's all about ... little steps that add up to something big. People often bite off more than they can chew when they make lifestyle changes because they try to dramatically change everything at once. But as we know, it doesn't work that way. It starts with one or two small, consistent steps, and it builds and reinforces itself until it's all rolled up into one giant snowball of healthy living! (lol, sorry, I had to use the snow metaphor, having 3 feet of it on the ground here.)

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