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Still on my way down...

Monday, September 10, 2007

YAYYYYYYYY!!! :) I'm so thrilled.

I lost weight again this week!! After that short scare of a potential plateau, it looks like 227 was NOT where I was destined to get stuck after all.

221 is where I am right now -- to be honest, the scale also said 220.5 this morning, but I didn't want to push it. My current short term goal is 220 by 9/17, so I'm just banking on making that. I hope.

My last run last week went REALLY WELL. 25minutes straight for the first time ever in life, and it felt pretty ok! :D I'm sure I was going very slow, but THIS week each run is 25 minutes so I'll have a chance to really work on being consistent with my pace and maybe improving it a bit.

Then next week is 28 min runs, then 30min runs...

... and I'll have completed the Couch to 5K running program!!!

To be honest -- I was afraid I wouldn't be able to complete it when I started. I never would have imagined myself doing this, so it feels AMAZING to be able to keep up a jogging pace (even a slow one) for 25 minutes.

And now I can say, "I've lost ALLLMOST 70lbs." Can you believe that crap??? hahahahaha.

It will be totally insane from here on out -- 75lbs lost... 80... 85...90!! 95!!!! 100!!!! YEAH.

I will do it. I know it. Even if it doesn't happen by the end of the year, I will reach my goal. But right now I am 1lb ahead of the pace required to meet my year end goal, so I'm feeling pretty good. As soon as I really get this running thing down, I intend to be able to run even longer (I hope) and increase my fitness even more.

This week my aim is to eat more fruits and vegetables as snacks and whatnot and less of the prepackaged snacks. I was posting on a thread where someone was asking if 100cal packs were healthy.

and it's like -- NO. They're better than binging or overdoing it on a full out snickers bar or something like that, but they're not HEALTHY. They're just a lighter alternative of still completely empty nutritionless calories.

Now that having been said -- I still bought treats. But rather than planning a lunch of like... a salad... and 100 cal hersheys and 100cal ritz and some other prepackaged thing... today I had a sandwich, a pear, baby carrots, and then some unhealthy things... but still! hahahaha :D I'm thinking about it anyway. And I want to I guess increase the nutritive value of my meals and try to lower the empty calories a bit. I really want to strive to be healthier until I feel like I'm really really good at it.

I want to increase my strength training again. Now that I'm in the habit of doing it regularly, I need to really increase the number of excercises I'm doing and increase some difficulty... really get a PLAN going with that rather than picking something to do and doing it over and over, a plan of action of how to improve it. Like I do with my cardio, always challenging myself and plans of what I want to do next, etc.

So the idea is that sometime within the next few weeks, at LEAST by the time I've finished the c25k, create a schedule rotating muscle groups so that I'm doing a small amount of ST each day. I think this will help me get more in and hopefully I can help my hubby get some in as well.


Um... I guess that's it for now.


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SASSEEFRASS 9/13/2007 12:45PM

    Your progress is so inspiring!

I'd totally encourage the weight training. You'll be amazed at the difference in your body that you'll see in a relatively short time.

I used to have my certification as a weight training instructor. If you need any tips let me know! :)

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THICKNFIT 9/11/2007 9:25PM

    Way to go Dana! I am super proud of you lady. FYI you are one of the people who inspired me to start jogging again. Yesterday was my first day jogging in almost a year and it felt really good. I plan on doing it again tomorrow. Thanks for always sharing your ups and downs. You rock lady!

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LYSSA27 9/11/2007 1:31PM

    UGH I hate you. Just kidding :) No, seriously, I'm super happy for you!! I can't WAIT to leave 220ville and hit the teens - I want to be there so bad I wanna cry (then again I say that about every "ville" I'm in, right? haha)

As for the running...WOOT WOOT! In no time you'll be running an hour straight! Holy crap makes me sleepy just thinking about it, LOL

Good luck, chickie, and keep up the AWESOME job!! I'll be rootin for ya!!

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LAURANICOLE3 9/11/2007 11:11AM

    I'm so insanely jealous of you I wish you were mean so I could not like you! =) But since you're not mean and are actually quite wonderful I'm forced to be happy for you and inspired rather than grumpy because you're able to do what I can't seem to. Keep up the good work and keep posting your results because they keep me motivated! =)

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SLCOLMAN 9/11/2007 10:17AM

    Woo Hoo - WTG with that scale mooooooving!!! :)

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CASSIE_84 9/10/2007 11:57PM

    You are doing SO great! I'm glad the scale is moving so well for you..nothing more frustrating than it just staying there...makes me wanna pull my friggin' hair out!

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Aunt Flo why do you hate me so????

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Yeah. That about sums it up.

Run today was SO HARD. :P NO FAIR! Not after last Friday's fabulous 20 minute jaunt!

The good news is that so far Aunt Flo has failed to make my weight bloat up! Today was actually lower. *KNOCKS ON WOOD*

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THICKNFIT 9/7/2007 6:58PM

    Girl, my cycles totally suck. Every since I got my tubes tied after my last child, mine is irregular so sometimes I don't know when I am going to start. Lucky me, I just got off yesterday and can "cuddle" with my hubby this weekend. :)

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THICKY_THICK 9/7/2007 1:09PM

    aunt flo hates me too. however, i'd rather be visited by her than the stork!

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SEXYCOOL* 9/7/2007 9:00AM

    she hate me too...lol!!! miracles and blessings...

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SLCOLMAN 9/6/2007 11:31PM

    OMG Terrie is right - Auntie Flo is visiting here too! She is the suck though!

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BETHLONG 9/6/2007 10:38PM


Thanks for the great comment on my blog. First question, what does DH stand for? I'm assuming it has something to do with your husband, but I figure that since we're buddies now, I should probably know what exactly it is....

now on to your post...

I agree. I am still at that point where I don't see how I could be attractive to someone, how somebody could love me and appreciate my whole self when I know for a fact that I don't (yet). Some days, I look in the mirror and I see how much weight I've already lost but other days, I look in the mirror and all I see is how much still needs to be done. I find that those are the days I have a harder time staying away from the food or telling myself that I don't have time to exercise. I have a lot of drive and determination and I have pushed myself harder in these past three months than I have in a long time but some days, I look in the mirror, and I still see the same person that I was 3 months (and 48 lbs) ago. I think that it is still an uphill battle for me--I haven't dated anyone seriously since high school, which was really the last time I felt comfortable with myself. Since then, I've gone through some bummer stuff that has helped lead me to where I am now. BUT...I am holding my boarding pass now (tee hee) and I am going to decide that I am done letting these events rule my future!!!

On a happier note, before I reinjured my neck, I ran my first complete 12 minute mile, so I'm glad to see that my buddy runs too! I've been looking to get some advice on how to train to run a 5K!!

Hope you're having a good night!


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TERRIEBNL 9/6/2007 10:34PM

    haha... it's funny, women who stick together DO get on the same schedule ;-)

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I lost some more weight. :)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


223.5 now! WOOHOO! And again today. So I am feeling very happy about that. My next short term goal has me reaching 220 by September 17th, so that's what I'm hoping for.

My DH lost about 5lbs since I last checked into SP for him... although I think it's 4lbs from last week, STILL, he's doing an AMAZING JOB! :) I am very proud of him. A few more lbs and he'll have lost 30lbs since starting.

Work today was... stressful. Catching up ALLL of the month end paperwork after the long weekend - YAY! :P

That's about it for now I guess. Not much to say....

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THICKNFIT 9/7/2007 6:54PM

    Congrats to you and your hubby for your loss. :)

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SASSEEFRASS 9/6/2007 1:04PM

    Your progress is incredibly inspiring! Way to go!

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LYSSA27 9/5/2007 1:13PM

    YEAH!!! Congrats, chicka!! :) :) :)

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SLCOLMAN 9/5/2007 11:02AM

    Congrats :)

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~MELANIE~ 9/5/2007 8:29AM

    Congratulations on your loss!!! :)

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  YAY for you!! Nice job! You are kicking butt like crazy! Keep it up! :):)

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Friday, August 31, 2007

SO! :D I did it!!! 20 minutes without a stop!!! Now, technically I am definitely just jogging, I'm at the slowest recognized running pace in the SP Cardio Tracker -- about a 12 min mile... BUT STILL. I figure I work on being able to do this continuously and then I'll work on getting faster. For now -- I am AMAZED that I was able to accomplish this today after only starting to work on it about 5 weeks ago.

Isn't it incredible what our bodies can do?

I really thought it would be harder than it was. I mean it was a little hard, sure, but really it wasn't that bad. I felt energized at the end even. WOOHOO!!! :D

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TERRIEBNL 9/3/2007 12:03AM

    you go girl!! I hope I can reach that some day! :D

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**PRICELESS** 9/2/2007 3:53PM

    WOOHOO!!! That's FANTASTIC!! Keep up the great work and you'll be at the top of the S/P tracker in no time!!

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LYSSA27 9/1/2007 8:11AM

    WOOT WOOT! YEAH!! Awesome job!!

I don't know if I could ever get into the running gig, but kudos to you for finding your "niche" (much as I have w/my bike riding!) And 20 minutes w/o stopping ?? WOW! I think I'd be dying by like 3 minutes...maybe less...LOL

I can only imagine how you felt at the end of your run - and you should feel that way! That's a HUGE accomplishment!! Keep it up, chickadee!!

~ hugs ~

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  You're on your way! Oooo-rah!

When's the marathon? :):)

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I am becoming a runner.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


I finished Week 5 Day 2 of my Couch to 5K running program today, which meant running for 8 minutes, walk for 5, run for 8 again. And it actually wasn't awful! :) hahahaha I mean, when I got done, I didn't feel completely wiped out! And next... is the big one.....

20 minutes straight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh man, I tell you what. I am so excited. Even though I know it will be hard, I'm so jazzed. Once I am able to do that I will feel like a REAL runner.

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THICKNFIT 8/31/2007 4:49PM

    I love to jog, but I am not to the point where I can run yet. I have osteoarthritis in my knees so I have to be real careful.

That is terrific girl. I take my hat off to ya and way to go!!

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LAURANICOLE3 8/30/2007 9:12PM

    Running is great and everything but you know what you REALLY want to do...

HIP HOP ABS!!! That instructor guy's my new boyfriend. He really like himself a lot... like A LOT! Good luck on your 20 minutes straight through though for real. That's hard work but I know you'll get through it! =)

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BEECOMINGME 8/30/2007 1:47PM

    That is so incredible! Thank you for posting this.... I am scared, but thinking of trying that Couch to 5K thing.

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SLCOLMAN 8/30/2007 11:46AM

    WTG!! I still am on the sidelines for this due to the DR and medical stuff going on. So sad about that too let me tell you! But as soon as I can I am getting back on the train with the C25K!!

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METHUSELAHRUNS 8/29/2007 10:28PM

  THAT is SO GREAT!!! Woo-hoo!!

You are an inspiration! If I tried to run 8 minutes right now, I would DIE.

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