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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I watched the Make-Over week of the Biggest Loser and was amazed at how proud the one contestant was to fit into a size 10 at 173 pounds.

Wow! a size 10 at 173 pounds! A few years back when I was at my heaviest (174 pounds) I was outgrowing a size 16. I must have been shopping at the wrong store.

Back in my high school days, I weighed 135 and my mom made my clothes. I was a size 12 then. Now, I am back to 135 pounds and I can gain 40 pounds and drop a couple of sizes. Wow! How awesome is that!

~chuckle for today~

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/14/2013 9:24AM

    It can also depend on the brand. Certainly it depends on body shape and height as well.

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    It really all does depend on how you are built. I am 224 pounds and am a size 16. At 200 pounds I was between a 12 and 14. I would never go by what sizes they are wearing on the show. Juat go by what feels right on you.
Best of luck

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CURVYCATHY1 3/13/2013 12:17PM

  It also depends on how tall you are and where you carry your weight (and how much muscle you have). Two people both weighing 175 can be totally different shapes and sizes from each other.

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LOPEYP 3/13/2013 12:15PM

    I'm just bought a size 10 dress and I'm 155 so I think they are shopping in a special store. Wish I knew the name of it because I'd probably be a 6! emoticon

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STARR3575 3/13/2013 12:14PM

    It is crazy how it all works. Your right that some clothing stores are definitely different than others. When I was 165 I was a size 10, I am 198 and I am a size 16. I think it has a lot to do with how much muscle is on your body. Muscle holds in your body tighter so you can fit into smaller sizes. I just watched this past Mondays episode and Danni had gained 19 pounds of muscle and they said that was the most anyone has in 11 weeks on the show.
Anyway I hope that helps put it all into perspective. I hope you have a great day and keep pushing!

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my 11.5 miler

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Yesterday, it was my long run day; I am still running indoors on the treadmill because it is still too cold to run outside (too cold for wimpy me, that is). I was doing the Jeff Galloway week 7 day 4 which was to run 11 miles. I choose to do the 2:30 /1 ratio of run/walk. I did ok until mile 10 then I got hungry and it was a struggle to keep going. I think I need to work on finding out what will work the best for an energy boost.

Since the treadmill only goes for an hour, I took a small break after the first hour (similar to a water break). I ate a fig and part of a banana. Then got back to running for another hour. I managed to run 5 miles each of those hours, that was my goal. But I just wasn't able to keep the pace for that last mile.

I am satisfied that I kept the pace for the 10 miles because I wasn't sure that I would be able to keep it up as long as I did. I had a small moment of discouragement when I thought that if I had to go 13 miles then I would not beat my time from last year. I quickly dismissed that thought because I still have 8 weeks to train and that is plenty of time to improve.

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SEABREEZE65 3/14/2013 7:32AM

    Good job on the longer run. Refueling continually after an hour is important. I agree with Catherine - about 100 calories every 45 minutes is correct.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/13/2013 11:37PM

    You should be eating about 100 calories of carbs every 45 minutes on runs lasting more than an hour. Figs will work, but you need more than one. Ideally, however, you will be eating what you plan to eat during the race so that your system adjusts to it. Personally, eating every 4 miles works well for me. I use gels because that's what I use for races. Figs and bananas are too bulky to carry in sufficient quantities for me.

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PAMDAQTPI 3/3/2013 9:24AM

    Keep on going! I'm going to be getting longer and longer runs in over the next few months so hearing about yours gets me excited and mentally rev'd up for mine, thanks. You're right, you have plenty of time to improve, just give it your best every day.

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CYND59 3/3/2013 8:48AM

    That is awesome. I find it very hard to run long distances indoors on the treadmill.

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I almost did it...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Back in 2011 I attempted to run a sub30 5k. The closest I got to it was 30:23. Then last year I did a half marathon and trained to finish with no time goal. The weather was hot last summer and I did not focus on time for any of the races until the last one on Thanksgiving and that was nothing to brag about.

This year I signed up for that half marathon again but am focusing on a time goal. This morning I decided to see how fast I could run a 5k on the treadmill. According to my Nike Running app, I completed 5k in....***drumroll here*** 30:11 So close! I had to stop and retie my shoes at the beginning of the run. If it weren't for that, I might have done it.

It was a good run even though I had to stop and walk a few times after the 2 mile. I found myself running faster than I ever ran before on the treadmill. That makes me feel good about my fitness level because I am not getting any younger.

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CYND59 3/1/2013 8:21AM

    Good for you! You can do it. emoticon

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TINY-RUNNERGIRL 2/28/2013 2:10PM

    Ooohh!! You will do it - try to run a 5K two weeks after your 2nd half-marathon. All that additional mileage will absolutely get you to your sub-30, maybe even sub 28!

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KERRYG155 2/28/2013 1:00PM

    It was a great run and the next one will be the one that breaks the 30 min mark!

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LIV2RIDE 2/28/2013 8:58AM


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  Great job!

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IMREITE 2/28/2013 1:20AM

it takes time to build up strength, speed and stamina. as long as you keep working you will get fitter.

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I watched the Biggest Loser Last night

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

and I wonder what their real message is. I am referring to Jillian and Bob's reaction to the two who spent the week at home. I get the impression that the producers are implying that the only way to be successful is to do it with the "Biggest Loser". Make sure you sign up for the Biggest Loser Challenge.

In past episodes, they imply that the contestants are learning the skills to make it at home then someone volunteers to go home for the week-at-home challenge and according to Bob and Jillian that was the stupidest thing to do. The best place is to be in the house. Of course that is true; the best place to play the game is in the "house".

I also hate how they act like an 8 pound weight loss is such a terrible thing. I personally think it is unhealthy to lose that much so quickly. But it is a "reality " game show. I think that the producers would like us to forget that. The object of the game is to lose as much weight as you can in a short time so you can win a cash prize.

This season has solidified my dislike for Jillian. I think she is a bad actress, especially when she is being portrayed as caring. Who is she, Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? However, she is a great trainer for the game.

Despite all that, I still watch the show because I like seeing the transformations as the contestants lose the weight. But I would not say that the contestants are an inspiration to me because they are playing a game and losing weight, getting fit and healthy is not a game.

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LIV2RIDE 2/26/2013 3:57PM

    I've watched BL since it started. I used to love Jillian and her tough as nails approach....not so much anymore. I've read a lot of behind the scene blogs on the show and I really don't think it is a healthy approach to weightloss and understand why so many contestants have a problem maintaining it after the show. Kim from last season often comments about how unhealthy she was at the finale and how this year for the finale she will come back a more healthy version.

Bottom line is it is a show. These people know what they are signing up for. Do I think it's healthy? No! But some of these people wouldn't have been able to do it any other way. We also don't see everything. We only see what makes good television.

I also thought the back and forth last night about Jackson and Jeff going home was a bit odd. I thought it was a good thing that they "went home" and had such a great loss on their own without the trainers. I was really confused by Jillian's reaction.

The makeover show is my favorite and I hope they do a better job this year of picking outfits and hairstyles. The past couple years it's like someone's grandmother is dressing them.

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MARGARITTM 2/26/2013 10:27AM

    Isn't it fun - either to love or dilike Jillian or to crtique the show. It is a lot of fun!

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ROSE-GARDEN 2/26/2013 10:21AM

    Couldn't agree more!

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SMILES_CAN_DO 2/26/2013 9:23AM

  I've watched the Biggest Loser for years. I admire the contestants for seeking out a way that will finally push them into doing what they need. Kudos to them for doing whatever it takes. They have to put everything out there for the world to see- they make their challenges very public. I laugh with them and cry with them, I feel everything they're going through. They are me! Their transformations are amazing and they inspire me!
However, I do not care for Jillian's approach. I would never work with her. As for the two who wanted to give it a go at home- yay for them!! They were positive and confident, just what the trainers want them to be. So, I agree, there was something else behind that.
I also question the negativity of only an 8 lb loss. Good grief! And Danni- how does she lose 10 lbs in one week- at this point in her weight loss?? That's crazy! How do they do that?
So, I look forward to Makeover Week next week. My favorite! The reactions of their family members is wonderful! I'm sure to have lots of happy tears!

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SUNSHINE99999 2/26/2013 9:06AM

  I like going at my own pace in a positive way. I do not like being yelled at. emoticon

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ULTRALISA 2/26/2013 8:49AM

    I felt the same way about so many things you talked about. I always liked Jillian, not the most by any stretch of the imagination but I understood after a few seasons that she was trying to get the contestants to break away from whatever was holding them back sooner and then she showed them a softer side but this season she is so negative. These people are doing really well the exception of Gina's meltdowns they are all really positive and there is no real backbiting. She is just way too negative about everything. What I think has happened is that poor Alex has be berated so much that she couldn't see how amazing an 8 pound weight loss was. I watch it because the contestants inspire me...much more than the trainers. They have given me way more Ah Ha moments than the trainers for sure.

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MYBULLDOGS 2/26/2013 8:44AM

    i would not like someone screaming at me. to me that is not motivation. jillian lost the majority of her team first.

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She's braver than I am...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It is almost the end of February and I think I ran outside twice so far this year. It has been so cold and I feel like such a wimp because my granddaughter is doing the plunge this year. It is a fundraiser for the special olympics where they cut a hole in the ice on a lake and people "take the plunge". She is 11 and asked me to jump with her; I declined and told her I am too wimpy to go jump in the lake before the ice has melted.

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MELMOMOF4 2/23/2013 7:34PM

    yeah no I wouldn't be able to do that either

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MSCARCHICK 2/23/2013 6:40PM

    I can't even imagine!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/21/2013 8:34PM

    I love that she asked, but I don't know that I'd be able to say "Yes" to her either. Brrrr.

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BRAVELUTE 2/21/2013 8:19PM

    I'm positive I couldn't. I can hardly handle the heated pool when temps in the 20s wick off the heat and bring the temperature down to 80. But I don't feel bad about not being able to be a polar bear. Leave me warm and cozy.

I also understand about not likig to walk outdoors when it is so cold. You have to get creative in the winter!! Lots of things to try, I liked the Zumba DVd the best. And I figure I'll use it indoors for the opposite--The heat in Florida in July, August and September if I don't get a walk in before the sun comes up.

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GAILRUU 2/21/2013 3:40PM

    My granddaughter and her dad did that in Duluth a few years ago. Brr! I don't even like cold showers!!

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TREENERBEANER 2/21/2013 1:23PM

    I had a co-worker do the polar plunge for the first time this year. She said she is addicted and can't wait for next year. I too don't know if I could do it. I don't like being cold.. and that might be too much for me to handle. I also have never heard of anything negative happening to anyone while doing the plunge. I think a big part of why, is they cover you right away and you go into a warming house to get dry and stay warm.

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WINACHST 2/21/2013 11:58AM

    It is a very popular fundraiser and fully staffed with medical and divers. Haven't heard of any negative incidents, unlike some marathon races.

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COOP9002 2/21/2013 11:57AM

    There's nothing wrong with avoiding ice cold water in the Winter. It's great that she wanted you to join her though.

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INSPIRATIONAL3 2/21/2013 11:24AM

    I don't know if you were wimpy or just being smart. We would need to have a doctor's report in on that.

You would think they would have some other form of fund raising activity that woud be a little less controversial to raise money.

Just my thoughts on this subject.

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