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Pictures don't lie

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Yesterday I loaded a software program called 'Body Tracker" on my computer. It is to monitor my body progress. I used the tape measure for my measurements and it was calculated that my body fat is 24.93%. I would like to have a 20% body fat; that means I have about 8.5 pounds of fat to lose. That is about the same amount of weight I have gained this year.

One of the features is to add pictures, so I decided to take some front, side and back pictures. Oh, man, pictures don' t lie. I can definitely see where I need to lose that excess fat. The pictures clear show that it is excess. Need I say, THUNDER THIGHS!!! and my belly is bigger than I thought.

Last year I was at my lowest weight that I can remember. Although I am just 2 pounds heavier than I was in my early adult years, I am not comfortable at this weight (137.2). I know I gained weight this spring because I had an obsession with the Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfaits. I do not remember the last time I had one because when I looked up the nutritional information that was motivation enough for me to stop.

Now, I realize these extra pounds I gained since spring are most likely those 8 pounds of fat I need to lose. No, I tell myself now, it is not because of an increase in muscle as to why I can no longer get my skinny jeans past my thighs. My goal is to be able to wear my skinny jeans again.

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LIV2RIDE 8/4/2012 1:32PM

    I find that pictures are a better measure sometimes than the scale. The scale is just a number. I'll have to check out that program. It sounds interesting.

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RSSSLHB 8/4/2012 8:17AM

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LASKIE2 8/4/2012 7:53AM

    You are so right pictures don't lie. When I see photos and of myself, I always see areas in need of improvements. Don't you just love learning the calories amount of your favorite food, yuck!

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Workout Finished. You WON!!!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I ran with the virtual partner feature yesterday on my Garmin Forerunner 305. I ran the same route and distance as I did on Monday, so I thought I'd compete with myself and see if I could beat my time.

Monday's stats: 4 miles in 47:24
Wednesday's stats: 4 miles in 46:09

I was able to jog 2 miles before I had to stop and take a breather. I think it is because my route is hilly and I start out heading toward the river. That means despite the hills, I am running downhill; so, when I turn around I have to go uphill. Plus, I cannot get moving early in the morning so it starts getting hot when I turn around and I don't want to overheat my body.

I did weigh my before and after and I lost almost 2 pounds - in this heat I need to be very careful to stay hydrated.

To make a long story short - I shaved 1 minute and 15 seconds off my previous time by competing with myself using the virtual partner feature. YEAH!!!

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KELLEEH 8/2/2012 6:58PM

    Good for you! What an awesome tool to keep you motivated!

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LIV2RIDE 8/2/2012 12:14PM

    AWESOME!! Have you tried coconut water? It's awesome after a particularly hard workout. It's much better than sports drinks.

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MONTREAL12 8/2/2012 9:04AM

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Is it possible for me to do a sub30 5k?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Last year I had a dream to do a sub30 5k and did not reach that goal. The closest I came was 30:23.This spring I trained for a half marathon and focused more on adding the distance rather than speed and did not cross train much and now my time for the 5k are slow; even slower than when I first started racing. However, some of that can be due to the hot humid weather we are having.

Well, summer is half over and I am half way through my scheduled races and I am once again focused on that sub30 5k time. The other day I was following links that lead me to the Runner's World page and I found a link for Smart Coach. I was able to create a training schedule that just may cause me to be able to reach that goal of a sub30.

The plan, ( on paper), seems totally doable for me. It has most of my runs at a pace I believe I can sustain if I stay focused and dedicated while running. The only thing that has me concerned is that I just ran that 5k route a couple weeks ago and I just barely broke 34 minutes. I came in at 33:59 and I had a good run then. So, to do a sub30 in September would mean shaving off 4 minutes.

So, not to be too discouraging, this is the route that I did that 30:23 last year. For the next 8 weeks I am not only going to focus on the running times, but I am also going to focus on the cross training. That is something I did not do while training for the half marathon and I believe that is why my times are now not as good as they were last year.

Lesson learned, time to move on....

  
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LIV2RIDE 8/1/2012 11:16AM

    Good luck! I know you can do it. Stay focused on your plan and have fun. emoticon

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LACURVE 7/31/2012 3:48PM

    Good luck with your training plan! It always helps to have some speedwork to speed one up. :)

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Has anyone tried the app Zombies, Run?

Friday, July 27, 2012

I was looking online for training plans for running a faster 5k and a 10k and I came across a comment where someone suggested using the app Zombies, Run to make the runs more exciting. https://www.zombiesrungame.com/

Based upon what I read, it is a story based app that gives you, Runner 5, a mission to go out and gather supplies and things to bring back to the compound. However, the zombies are loose and out to get you. You ge get cues as to when the zombies are close and you need to run away from them. When you return home, you add the items collected on your run to various locations to help your home area grow and get more populated.

The app cost $7.99 and it looks like fun, if you are into games. But I am curious as to if any Sparkers have tried it and what they think of it.

  
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LIV2RIDE 8/1/2012 11:15AM

    I have not tried it. I'm a bit cheap with my apps. I tend to only do the free ones.

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fitness tracker log my "run" as a walk

Monday, July 23, 2012

I knew I was slow but give me a break. LOL

  
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LIV2RIDE 7/23/2012 2:37PM

    That's why I use a HRM for all of my exercise. It's all about the calories burned anyway.

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GSWINNIE 7/23/2012 12:54PM

    I find that the tracker only counts a certain pace to be running. It doesn't matter if you can't actually run that fast. I once walked a 12 minute mile and it counted it as jogging but I jogged a 13 minute mile and it counted it as walking. It's a pain.

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CAPTHAMMER 7/23/2012 12:32PM

    As my T-Shirt says "Slow is the New Fast". . .but then I *am* a walker so my fast is slower than your slow
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I say go with the Spark Glitch theory.

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JAMBABY0 7/23/2012 12:27PM

    You just do the best you can and before you know it you will be moving faster then your tracker! Good luck on your journey!

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DHUNTER49 7/23/2012 12:25PM

    i'm sure you did great! i find the new fitness tracker super tricky..maybe it was just a glitch :)

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