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10k Last Minute Tips Anyone???

Friday, March 26, 2010

So tomorrow morning is the first ever race in my life. I opted for a 10k instead of a 5k, just due to the location and timing really. I am not as well trained as I wanted to be due to hurting my foot a bit in early March and having to take 2 weeks off. So at this point I feel good, but a little under trained. I have only done 5 miles 2 times and I haven't done the full 6.25ish miles that is a 10k yet at all. I have been limited on time on my run days recently or I might have managed a 6 mile jog. I am just really slow and don't have time to be out of the house for 90 mins on a normal basis.

So anyway, I was just looking for any tips anyone might offer about how to eat tonight and in the morning and any actual tips or mind tricks to apply during the race tomorrow. I have my playlist all set with the fastest music I have. The real change for me will be running a distance where I don't do laps and know exactly how far I have gone. I normally jog a 1 mile lap in my neighborhood, and this will be a 10k course. I haven't jogged it and probably should have, but such is life. Maybe I will drive it today and mark off milestones in my head. Don't know how it will be marked for tomorrow. Again, total newbie to the whole racing/jogging world! Any thoughts???

I have had shirt made for the race and I can't wait to get pictures at the finish line! It will be quiet a milestone for someone like me that never remotely jogged 2 steps till Nov 2009! Thanks to everyone who reads and takes the time to send me a quick note!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/26/2010 3:23PM

    I have run a few 5K's back in the day and my dad always told me...
"It's not how fast you run the race, it's that you finish." (Words of wisdom from my dad who runs 250-mile, mountain massacre races and marathons)

Take it slow and picture that finish line. You can do it, and wow, what an accomplishment. Just think how great it's gonna be when you cross that finish line. YOU GO GIRL !!!!!


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SWEETPEA0214 3/26/2010 11:52AM

    Wendy Girl - don't overthink it - just do it. You have come so far that just crossing the finish line is a major achievement. Each race you do - you'll get faster and faster. I am so proud of you and can't wait to see your shirt!!!! Love ya girlie - emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

P.S. Load up on carbs before the race and after the race! And drink lots of water afterward.

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My Next 15 Mins of Fame!

Friday, March 05, 2010

There is so much to catch up on...I don't know where to start.

SENSA!!!!!! I am starting Month 14! I have lost over 70 lbs! They have invited me to appear on ShopNBC on March 12/13th as a live in-person testimonial. I will meet a few of my online friends there. I will get to meet Dayna Devon in person. I will get to listen while other friends of mine call in to give their testimonials! I will get to have professionals do up my hair and makeup and maybe I will finally learn how! I will get an all expense paid trip to Minneapolis to boot! So I am very nervous about being on TV and living up to expectations but it is so COOL! My wardrobe needs a little help, but I am going to go shopping this weekend and see what size I am. Think I am still generally a 14 but that is ok, way better than the 24 I started at!

I am also trying to recover my foot from a strain injury so I can start jogging again. I have taken this whole week off and feel very lazy! Doctor said I can start testing the foot next week. I only have 22 days until I am supposed to jog in a 10k run. I havenít even gotten up to 10k yet, but I have gotten to 8k, but that is also what produced the strain injury, so we will have to see how it goes. I still love using the Wii Just Dance game with the kids and EA Active More Workouts too, they round out a very fun workout life I have.

I am so excited about Daylight Savings Time!!! I also turn 35 this month, so I am looking forward to really having something to celebrate! The weather is getting nicer and my mood is getting better in spite of a few major obstacles. So that pretty much catches everyone up I think.

I love my dear family and I love SENSA!!! And I wish to thank them both for my successes!!!!

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SWEETPEA0214 3/5/2010 11:12PM

    Wendy Girl - My Sensa Sister - can't wait to see you rock it girlie!!!!!

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PURVIS1 3/5/2010 1:25PM

  congras on your tv appearance!!! I wish I could do that... Oh yeah and happy birthday!! emoticon

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 3/5/2010 11:31AM

    I am out of breath just reading your blog...lol! You have certainly been one busy lady, and I'd say very productive...congratulations on Sensa and your weight loss. Now you are being rewarded for the Sensa committment and what it has done for you...what an honor! You will do just fine, nerves are natuaral, be your loving self and all will go well. Can't wait to hear all about your experience...hope you will have pictures to share.

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MOTOXMOM40 3/5/2010 11:29AM

    Wow..!! emoticon on your 70 pound weight loss that's emoticon...!! How fun for you to be invited to appear on TV and give your story of success.

And to add to this.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY too emoticon

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The Great Fall of Me

Monday, February 01, 2010

Well, thought it needed a catchy title.

So let's start on Saturday when it was lightly snowing (more like just blowing someone's dandruff around) and it was like 30 degrees out. I got all bundled up and jogged for 3 miles and even managed to average 13 min miles. Then I walked 1 more mile for good measure. Then I went home and defrosted.

Then on Sunday afternoon, it was perfect. Sunny, maybe 45 and just a lovely day. So I got all dressed and started out. Did my walk around the block to warm up and then off I went. Got about 1/3 of mile in and something stupid in the distance caught my eye. So I wasn't watching my feet. I tripped and fell over just a small bit of concret build-up on top of the pavement in an area I walk and jog every week for months now. I scared up my hands, knee and elbow. A passing car stopped to check on, since they had seen me fall. The passenger got out and helped me up. I was able to walk back home and start licking my wounds. The whole thing was so annoying. I really wanted to enjoy the weather yesterday, but instead I came home and was grouchy and whiny all night, though those that know me well, may say that sounds like most any given night.

Anyway, lots of work to do today at the office, but I wanted to post about my fun fun weekend. LOL!


WLB101092 - Sensa Changed My Life

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So I thought I would outline my story all the new users to see... hope it will inspire just one person to keep using Sensa and work with it to change your life!

Below are my Monthly stats for Sensa!

Month 1 7.5
Month 2 6.5
Month 3 6.5
Month 4 9.5
Month 5 2.5
Month 6 5
Month 1 (7) 6.3
Month 2 (8) 4
Month 3 (9) 6.2
Month 4 (10) 5.6
Month 5 (11) 2.5
Month 6 (12) 3 so far
Total Lost 65 so far

That is the pounds lost each month on Sensa... but that is only the half the story. Below I will outline the changes in my life as Sensa claimed me.

Month 1 - I choose to eat out less often, since I could go home for lunch. I chose to eat off smaller plates, drink my water, read food labels and try to serve myself "serving sizes.'

Month 2 - I choose to take the occasional very slow walk around my block with my children. Meaning very slow and very rare.

Month 3 - I choose to join the Sensa Forums and found the Fabs! I choose to join SparkPeople for food and activity tracking. I started trying to use my Wii Fit more to get a little cardio in on my lunch hour.

Month 4 - I was choosen as the 2nd Moderator for the Sensa Forums! I started noticing major changes in my eating habits. I even dropped milk from my daily breakfast routine, and I hadn't even been playing to do it. It just happened. I haven't dropped dairy altogether, I just don't drink milk much anymore, but still cook with it and eat plenty of cheese and other dairy items!

Month 5 - I started working out with my Wii regularly and got EA Active and started my first 30 Day Challenge (15-20 min workouts every other day). I didn't lose a lot of weight that month, but I lost inches. So please... always take measurements when you start working it out. You may not see your progress on the scale, but that doesn't mean progress isn't being made!

Month 6 - I started my 2nd 30 Day Challenge (20-25 min workouts every other day) on my Wii. I lost a little more weight and more inches. At the end of Month 6 I had won the Fabs Biggest Loser Contest! Thank you Sensa!!! 37.5 lbs lost in 6 months!

Month 7 - I was a little burnt out on my Wii and school started and life got really busy, so I just focused on my eating and such and still lost weight. Thank you Sensa!

Month 8 - I added walking to my life. My work place started a Step Challenge for 10,000 steps a day. I rarely could make 10k a day except on the weekends and even then it was hard. But I kept with it. I also took myself off anti-depressants sometime that month. I was only walking and eating and of course sprinkling Sensa. I also started the monthly Challenges with Deb from Georgia. We started with only working on our Cardio mins and used points to track our progress.

Month 9 - I added a new toy to my motivation tricks. My mother purchased the BodyBugg. You wear it on your arm and it gives you feedback as to how many calories you burn each day, how many steps you take and how active you are. You track your own food intake and can program your weight loss if you keep up with the tracking and are honest. What I found I really like about the Bugg, is just that each day when I plug it in, I can see exactly how hard I need to work to meet my goals. I don't meet them everyday, but even with not meeting them, I am still way more active than I was before. The 2nd Challenge consisted of keeping the Cardio and adding Water intake. We had a number of new members joining me and Deb this month. It was a lot of fun!

Month 10 - My Sensa/BodyBugg combo is hard to beat. I was walking a lot, but still having a little trouble meeting my burn and step goals. Since I work at a desk all day and have to get in most of my activity in the evenings after work, it is hard, but not impossible. For the 3rd Challenge, we added Fruit/Veggie servings to the mix and our little following grew. At this point, between work, family and my exercise time, I had to step down from being a Moderator for the Sensa forums. It was hard to do, but looking back, it was time for me. I am still here for anyone who needs me, but I had to give up being here officially to focus more on my goals.

Month 11 - The holdidays were here. I lost weight and gained some over the holidays. And even though I gained, I still lost overall for Month 11, so I couldn't complain. I also learned how easy it is to fall into bad habits again, just 1 week of unhealthly eating could undo almost a month's worth of weight lost. And I wasn't even eating unhealthy portions, I still used my Sensa faithfully, but the calorie/fat dense foods took their toll none the less. The 4th Challenge month we opted to keep the same as the previous month to help each of us over the holiday stay consitent with our new habits. I also started to notice that my walking was getting longer and longer and time was getting to be more of an issue. Being gone walking for 45-60 mins each night or every other night was a long time and it was darker and getting colder. So I decided to take some advice I had been given to try a Couch to 5 K (C25k) program. A nine week program where you go from not being able to jog/run for only 30-60 secs at a time - to 30 mins of jogging/running. I started this program the week of Thanksgiving.

Month 12 - A new year for a new me! I am not quite 2 weeks into a my 12th month on Sensa. I have been keeping up with my C25k program and last night I jogged for 28 mins. I only have 1.5 weeks of this program left and I will be able to jog for 30 mins. I won't be covering 5k in 30 mins, I am jogging way too slow for that, but I will build speed and endurance slowly as the year goes. I also found a new game for the Wii (Just Dance) that is making exercise fun... since it isn't an exercise program at all... techinically, but it is a workout! Hence my 2.5 lb loss this week. I rarely that lose that fast. So, here is to the new me and the new year and all the new and great things to come! I also am averaging over 9000 steps a day this year... way up from my 3000-5000 steps per day back when I started walking in Sept! Everything comes in its time.

I just wanted to show everyone my little story, so they could see I wasn't a success overnight and I wasn't doing anything extraordinary to get here. I was just improving little by little as the year went. I went from a size 24/26 to a 14/16 and lost roughly 70 inches too. But again, it hasn't happened overnight... it happens because I make it happen and I keep coming to the forums and my friends for support and encouragement. The fact that I have inspired others is inspriration back to me to keep going too. So that is my story and I am stickin to it!

Sensa can change your life if you want it to!

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WLB101092 1/28/2010 10:37AM

    Hi JULIAFIT4LIFE, I don't have a clear cut answer for you on that, since I am not at goal yet and still a good 6 months from it. But I have a few friends that have gotten to their goals and generally by the time they do, they have learned new and healthier eating habits and don't use Sensa daily. Most want to keep it around to have a safety net in case they start to gain, but so far I haven't heard of any issues.

If you use it long enough and really change your eating habits and learn portion control or at least better portion habits, I think you can stop using Sensa daily after you get to goal. It really just depends on the person I think and the changes they have made, if they are permanent, then they shouldn't need Sensa forever. If they are semi-permanent, they keep Sensa around as a fall back. As for me... I am not sure what my plans are, but I do plan to be poster child for Sensa!!!! I may be the first female non-trial customer to lose 100 lbs! That is my goal anyway!

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123456123456 1/27/2010 10:32PM

  So what happens when you reach your goal weight? Where does Sensa and maintaining the losses fit into this? Just curious...

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ALIFIT 1/17/2010 9:09PM

    This is so inspiring! I am going to start the C25K program next month (after I finish my current challenge), and it's fantastic to hear your results with it. Congratulations to you!

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ABRANNEWME2014 1/13/2010 10:37PM

    Great job Wendy keep it up


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WLB101092 1/13/2010 9:48PM

    It has been a journey. Heck, just 2 months ago I would have laughed at anyone that suggested I jog.. actually I am sure I have laughed at a lot of people for suggesting it. It just goes to show that if you open your heart and your mind to new challenges, nothing is impossible. Thanks for reading!

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ZENGARDEN69 1/13/2010 9:10PM

    Awesome story. I love that you incorporated a little at a time and focused on building individual habits slowly rather than stressing yourself out with too much change all at once. WTG!

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Just Dance - My Fav Fitness Game

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Ok, so I am not a dancer or even a remotely decent dancer... and I have cheezy taste in music. I will listen to the Jonas Brothers and Hannah with my kids and not even bat an eyelash. But I love this new game for the Wii. It is called Just Dance. It has a ton of hits of different time periods... you know the songs, either you love them or hate them really. But that isn't the point at all. Put this game in and shake it all for all your worth in the privacy of your own home and watch the calories burn! I can prove this too...

New Year's Eve is when I met the game at a friend's house. I didn't really want to dance in front of anyone at first. So we let the kids play and it was hillarious fun to watch 4 - 7 year olds shake it and even funnier to watch my 2 yr old beat them at the game. It is a game. Up to 4 players can dance at one time, kinda like Karoke for dancing and/or line dancing. Just do the moves on the TV. Anyway... back to my proof. As you may know, I use the Body Bugg which can tell me how many calories and steps I take over the course of the day and it can tell me how many per each hour of the day. So I am going to lay out 2 different days for you and let you decide.

New Year's Eve
Party started 7:00pm
Before 7:00 I had burned roughly 2000 calories and reached 3500 steps. Not a great set of numbers really for my daily targets.
After 7:00-12 - I didn't start playing game till probably 9pm, since I mentioned we watched the kids, ate dinner, etc. But between 7-12 I burned another 1100 calories and almost 9000 steps! That is a lot!

Yesterday - 1/4/09
Regular work day for me, took Shellbee to Brownies, etc. At 8:00 I break out the game. Before I started, I plugged in the Body Bugg to get an idea what I needed to accomplish to reach my burn goals and step goals for the day. I was at 1900 calories roughly so far and 2800 steps for the day.
Between 8-10:30 roughly... I burned roughly 700 calories and over 6000 steps! Now I didn't Just Dance this whole time either. I did it probably a full hour out of that time frame and I got the kids ready for bed and few other mundane things, but generally the majority of the credit still goes to the game and exercise it got me doing.

So even though Hubby hates the music, I will keep playing it on my off nights from jogging to keep my activity levels up. The kids love it and us girls can all do it together. Even the little one! She wants her Ducky icon set up for her each time and generally her request is play to Hot Dog song... which is really Who Let the Dogs Out... which really annoys Daddy, but he can't help laughing at her skill during the dance! She is completely competive if she will stick out the whole dance... she wonders off a lot, but always comes back.

So I think if you like Jazzercise or any other dancing form of exercise, this game is for you. It is kinda a Chick game, but so what. It also has some suggestive movements, but not every dance or anything. It is my current workout fav. I am not even going to bother getting another fitness game until I get bored with this one!

Later all!

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KORRINEMARIA 2/17/2010 12:10AM

  Looking forward to hopefully getting this soon! Trying to find the best price of course! I am such a shopper!

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LOSINIT52 1/5/2010 3:03PM

    Sounds like fun, and anything that's fun is a great addition to any work out regime. I just might make that a reward for good Spark behavior. Thanks for sharing that!
Sounds like it could be a good stress reducer too!
Wish you success in 2010!

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SLFRISBEY 1/5/2010 12:05PM

    that sounds like a hoot! I will have to check that out for sure!

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MELJ113074 1/5/2010 11:39AM

    I went out on a mad dash the other day to find this game! I LOVE IT!!!

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