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March 31, 2013-Easter. Not there yet, but I'm making progress!


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Hello, I'm Chara. I've lost about 50 pounds, and this time, I'm planning to keep it off and get strong!

My first 50 pounds were lost during my, "Ready to Lose Myself Running," program, where I trained for and ran the Dallas Half Marathon in December 2012. It was an amazing experience!! But I needed another program to get me through these next 50 pounds, and I just found it!

I'm going to become a weight lifter! I'll do the program from "New Rules of Lifting for Women," and I'm going to get strong and build some muscles!!

Check out my fitness and motivation board on Pinterest. One of my fast break goals is to collect motivational pictures, so here they are!

My main goal right now is to keep getting healthy. More muscle, less fat. Also to get strong enough to to handstand. And run some more stuff, like 5ks and 10ks. Who knows what else. Zumba certification is always something I think about, too... Oh, and eat more wholly. That's going to take me a while. :)

The backstory:
I feel like I've been dieting my whole life. I've been on and off Sparkpeople for a few years. Each time, I am pretty successful with the weight loss, even losing 40 pounds about 2 years ago. But I'm not as successful with the life style change part, and I gradually stop eating healthy and stop exercising and say hello to the weight again.

But this time, it's for real! I made it back under 200 for the first time in forever, and I'm looking better than I did in college. I'm not giving up and going back to my junk food ways again! I'm going to push until I get a healthy body that can DO things!!

Race Log
Alley Run 5k 6/5/10 38:43
Friends of the Library 5k 9/18/10 37:33
Sibley Memorial 5k 3/12/11 39:31
Wildflower Trails Hughes Springs 4/16/11 37:20
Wildflower Trails Linden 4/23/11 38:20
Alley Run 10k 6/4/11 1:19:27
Boo-a-thon 5k 10/29/11 46 ish
Alley Run 5k 5/12/12 41:17
Friends of the Library 5k 9/15/12 36:07
Dallas Half Marathon (formerly White Rock) 12/9/12 2:58:08
Sibley Memorial 5k 3/9/13 34:43
Wildflower Trails Hughes Sprints 4/20/13 34:37 NEW RECORD!!

Member Since: 4/17/2012

Fitness Minutes: 9,406

My Goals:
Come back to school after summer break and have people comment on my weight loss! 210 at least if not less! MADE IT! 8/25/12!!
Run a half marathon in December. MADE IT!! 12/9/12
Weigh under 200 for that half--for the first time in years. MADE IT!!
Get Zumba instructor certified.

My Program:
New Rules of Lifting For Women by Lou Schuler and some others
Stage 1- began April 15, 2013

I use Runkeeper to track my runs... add me!

Personal Information:
I'm a music teacher currently living in East Texas. I'm a 3rd year newlywed and we have 2 cats. I love music, gaming, and writing. I do National Novel Writing Month every November! I also believe that God is the Author of MY story and that he sacrificed his own son to save me and you! Ask me more and I will tell you!

Other Information:
Height: 5'9", Final goal weight between 145-155

Phase 1-until December, 2012
230--Date night 5/19/12
220--New shorts 7/20/12
210--Half Registration 8/25/12
200-- New running shoes! 9/29/12

Phase 2:
190--New Boots
180--New Jeans-smaller size!
170--New Swimsuit
160--New Running Shoes
150--shopping spree! :)

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  • v BEECHNUT13
    That machine is called a "Smith Machine" - I highly recommend you do not use it! Part of the challenge of the exercise is keeping that bar stable. It challenges more muscles to do so. Some say the smith machine can cause injury, but I'm sure just as many injuries are caused the other way. You could spend a year reading the research either way. But Nerd Fitness, NROL, etc all recommend a squat rack and NOT the smith machine!

    Edit - I do use it for one exercise. Sometimes, I use it to drop my push-ups lower and lower, so I can move closer to the ground. I put my hands on the bar while doing push-ups off of it.
    1877 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 1:33:11 PM
  • v BEECHNUT13
    The way I imagine deadlifts is that I am taking that bar straight up and straight down. Sometimes I see people take the bar around their knees, but if you're not going in a straight line, you're creating more work for yourself.
    I keep the bar in close contact with my shins (they're pretty bruised up), and then the bar is actually touching my thigh as I finish. I keep my back tight and look up for the deadlift - I tighten up everything. My hands are just outside my legs, and when I bend, I only take my knees over the bar a little bit.

    If the bar is traveling / floating away from your shins, that is a good indication that you need to add more weight. I find the 45 lb bar is too light for me to do deadlifts in good form now - the bar travels away. The bar should be sitting at or just below mid-shin. I'm doing them at a deficit for Stage 2.

    This was helpful in fixing form - there are a series of 9 videos if you poke around, where he shows you incorrect ways of doing deadlifts, and then the correction. They are pretty good, BUT I do not like how the bar travels around his knees instead of straight up and down.

    Mark Rippetoe also has some good youtube videos you might find helpful.

    The awkward gets worse in Stage 2, BTW... ;)

    I downloaded the sample "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe, who gets very detailed and technical. I found them to be helpful.

    Oh - and make sure you get the chest up, look about 15 feet in front of you on the floor, and hinge at the hip. It's not like a full squat, but you still need to hinge at the hip and not at the knee or waist.
    1881 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/26/2013 1:33:40 PM
  • v BEECHNUT13
    Oh yea, lunges suck. The static lunges in Stage 2 are even worse. I don't know how I'm going to be able to walk tomorrow...!
    1885 days ago
  • v BEECHNUT13
    Hey, sorry I missed your message. I went to my mom's this weekend to take care of her, and I've been busy.

    Anyhoo, when I started deadlifts, I started with the bar. Always start everything with just the bar, you can always add weight as you go. I tried to keep the bar resting at about low-mid shin. You can put it on the safety bars in the squat rack if that works, you can put the bar on risers/steps, or you can even stack weights on the floor and set the bar on top. That's what I did.

    I hope it went well!
    1887 days ago
    So i joined this page out of curiosity. something about do you even lift.
    i just bumped into an old school friend of mine and he asked me "dude what steroids have you been using/taking" i have never used any yet.
    in high school i was about 55-60kgs 1.5m tall and now I'm about 87-90kgs 1.83m tall and 5% body fat. i hit the gym about 4x a week and train not too intensely yet every time i go out and about and bump into people i know they assume i am on some steroids, the closes thing to that i have taken is protein shakes but i only use that as a source to keep me focused and hydrated. i don't get why people even ask if i lift
    1893 days ago
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