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Saturday, September 15, 2012

I looked at my profile in the mirror and could visibly SEE the difference of my weight loss. I am very, very excited to have gotten to 232.5. I felt so helpless over my weight for the past 10ish years and felt I would be fat, fat, fat and not be able to lose. I am losing weight very slowly and wish that it was faster. I have been working out 5-6 times a week since May (with a couple weeks off here and there) and notice that my muscles are looking very toned and defined on my legs. I couldn't be more pleased with my progress. I can't wait until I can go running in shorts and not feel self conscious. Right now I have some very nice capris and size XL in under armour is fitting me quite nicely. I believe that when I started, I probably couldn't have squeezed them onto my butt if I tried.
I started the sparkpeople walk to run 5k program and then decided to participate in a similar program from my local running store. We still have about six weeks left of our official training. When I decided to "see if I could run" in May, I could barely do a minute. It still had felt great to try. At this week's class, I jogged/ran at my own pace for the full .5 mile without stopping and at the end I was so proud, it was like I had accomplished a much longer distance. After reaching that goal, I got a little bit lazy and didn't push myself. :) I would like to run outside on a daily basis, but I just don't like the idea of not doing it in the gym. Maybe I'll gather the will to do it soon.
I am supposed to do a 5k at the end of the class with our whole team in a Halloween 5k. I will still have to decide whether or not to complete the 5k or not. I almost feel as though if I can't run the whole thing or take a super long time, that I will be discouraged. All I can do is consistently keep practicing and hope to see even more results. This Wed. we start running .75 and walking .25 x2 and I really hope I can do the .75. A few weeks after that, we will be doing a 1 mile, then walk a little, then another mile...until we get to running 1.25 I believe. I really hope that my body adapts and that I shed some weight to make it easier on myself to run. If I could lose 2lbs per week between now and the event, it would put me at 220. My goal weight is 170. At 220 I have 40% body fat. My core and muscles weigh in at 132. I would like to be 20 to 25% fat and then maintain that weight before deciding whether to drop a little more. My bone structure is very dense, like a male bone structure, according to a dental surgeon who removed some of my teeth previously. I do alot of strength training because I want my basal metabolic rate to be higher. I also love how muscular legs look. I do need to figure out how to better work on my arms. Right now I barely do anything to strengthen my arms.
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  • DIETER27
    Your doing amazing! keep up the good work and you will reach your goals.......
    2009 days ago
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    2009 days ago
    You are doing amazing. Keep up the good work and you will definately reach your goals. Don't get discouraged, I know how it feels when you get that way. You have to set your mind to it and push through. I believe in you and you can run a lot longer than I can at this point. Be proud of what you have accomplished. As for strengthing your arms...this is what I do. I use resistance bands. Fairly cheap and a great way to start out. The have done wonders for me.
    2009 days ago
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