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Other Noticeable Changes.....

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Well we are starting week 4 of the BLC #12. I can't believe we are almost a 1/3 of the way through this journey. Although I didn't lose any weight this week, I have other noticeable changes taking place. Now don't get me wrong, it is frustrating. I have been eating in my range, exercising almost daily and still nothing. I can't focus on that. Instead I am choosing to focus on the other positive changes that I am seeing.

When I started the competition, I would have to say that I was battling some depression. I remember on one of my long runs, I was lagging way behind my running partners. I just couldn't keep up (and we were going pretty slow related to all the snow and ice). I felt so alone. I just started crying emoticon. This is not something I would recommend when it is 15 degrees outside. I was told later that I had beautiful ice crystals on my eyelashes emoticon.

I was eating horrible. I had gained over 10lbs in just 2 months. My skin was breaking out and I had no motivation. Every time I tried to work out, something new hurt. My running coach told me that it was normal to go through these phases and that I needed to start making my running fun again. SERIOUSLY...I'm in training. It's not suppose to be fun. What was he thinking?

Then I started this competition. I am not sure that I will ever find running "fun" but I will say that I am having fun. I enjoy checking the chat boards everyday (although there are usually so many messages by the time I get home from work that I can't keep up). My spy sisters make me want to succeed. Not just for myself but for my team emoticon. Because of my desire to succeed, I started blogging again.

I have been so happy with what I have accomplished. I am eating right again. It has been 2 weeks since I have had a "cheat" day. I think this is the longest I have ever gone. Of course this streak is going to be broken this Sunday as some of my running group is coming over for a Super Bowl party bash emoticon I am not even going to try and be good. However, it will only be one day. No more letting one bad day become 3 or 4. My sister's would KILL me (in a loving way of course).

I have only had one day off from exercise in the last 2 weeks. Sometimes it is something simple like walking but often times I find once I am at the gym, I go all out. I am taking my vitamins everyday and have cut my soda pop down to once a week. The benefit is that my skin is looking fantastic. No more breakouts!

Although I REALLY want to lose this weight that has been plaguing me, for now I am quite happy with all my other successes!

Here is my plan for this week:

Wed 2/3:
Cardio exercise at least 40 minutes~YES, 30 minutes running, 30 minutes cycling
BL gym class~ YES, option 2
Take vitamins~ YES
Wall sit~ YES, held for 60 seconds
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1626
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Check and record weight~ 134.8

Thurs 2/4
Cardio exercise at least 60 minutes~ YES, 1:33 minutes running
BL gym class~ YES, option 1
TNT challenge~ YES, 30 modified jumping jacks
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1496
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Fri 2/5
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, 30 minutes side stepping/marching in place
BL gym class~ YES, option 1
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1676
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Saturday 2/6
Cardio exercise at least 60 minutes~ YES, 45 minutes elliptical, 24 minutes running, 12 minutes rowing
BL gym class~ NO
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1667
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 8 hours of sleep~ YES

Sunday 2/7
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, 44 minutes running
Take vitamins~ NO
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Mon 2/8
No cardio exercise. Required rest day~ NO, 30 minutes elliptical, 24 minutes running/walking, 10 minutes rowing. Decided to work out to help compensate for Sundays overindulgence at Super Bowl party
BL gym class~ YES, standard option
Wall sit~ NO, just plain forgot
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1464
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Tues 2/2
Cardio exercise at least 40 minutes~ YES, 50 minutes of shoveling snow. Not what I had planned for cardio but it might be the only thing I do now....I'm beat!
BL gym class~ No
Last Chance workout~ YES, foward/backward/side steps in place for 30 minutes
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume 1400-1700 calories~ 1667
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

I will edit each day with my results.
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  • JUSTBEGIN
    I loved this blog! It's such a great reminder to focus on the positive changes that are happening! You are doing GREAT and I have no doubt that the scale will follow. Congratulations on your two week streak - that's AWESOME!
    3205 days ago
  • LW8843
    Molly~ I am so glad that finding the Spies has help you. I know what you mean about feeling down and letting one day turn into 3-4 days of bad eating. However we need to let ourselves hae those days sometimes. I have found now that I allow myself that it is easier to stay on track and get right back on track when I have fallen off. Keep up the GREAT work! emoticon
    3205 days ago
  • BIENEGOLD
    I'm sorry running has been hard for you lately. What's making it un-fun? The distance involved? Pace? You should try to make it fun! Or if your normal routine is a slog, throw in something for fun. I can't imagine running if it weren't at least a little fun.

    Isn't it funny about the ice crystals? I always end up crying if it's the least bit windy out, so I definitely know what you mean!
    3206 days ago
  • HEATHERS323
    Hey Molly!! I'm glad to hear that this team is really helping you in other ways than weight loss. Sometimes you need that more than you need to lose those pounds. Once you start feeling better the weight will probably start coming off. It sounds like you have been putting yourself under alot of stress, but now you are letting go a little bit.

    Keep up the good work!! I wish you more great success!!

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    3206 days ago
  • FIT_MELISSA
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    What a fabulous blog, Molly! Choosing to focus on the positive things that have happened in your life instead of focusing on each little negative thing....that will always lead to success!! We are so happy that you are on this journey with the Silver Spies!
    And don't forget...you did have a major scale victory last week!
    3206 days ago
  • TRICIA0623
    Glad you chose to focus on the positives happening to you & I am glad things are improving for you mentally. You deserve the best!! Enjoy the rest of your week & live it up at your superbowl party!

    I will get back to you about Sat. 2/13...would love to get together, just gotta check the family schedule!!
    3206 days ago
  • FELIXC
    Oh, Molly! I'm so sorry you cried on your run. I wish I could have been there to give you a big hug.

    You sound like you really dug deep and pulled yourself out of the funk! That is so impressive! Boy, if you ever have those bad runs, just think, "I ran a marathon!" You have accomplished what very few people will ever do in a lifetime.

    Way to go on cutting yourself some slack on Superbowl Sunday AND taking your vitamins, drinking your water--all of those things are very positive and show that you are taking ACTION!

    You're the best, Molly!

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    3206 days ago
  • BILLALEX70
    Molly,

    I've watched the scale stay the same for weeks on end, so don't fret it. Your body will change when it's ready to. Keep working hard and keep your calories in check and the number WILL change.
    3206 days ago
  • AUNTIE65
    Great blog Molly!!! I can sooo relate to the frustration of not seeing the scale move (or much anyway) and I had decided that I would look at what IS going right!! Way to go on the cheat day streak - and enjoy Sunday's festivities and we'll check in together on Monday!

    Keep up the good work!
    3206 days ago
  • REFITKIM
    emoticon Molly! I'm glad you are not letting that pesky scale define you and are instead choosing to look at the other changes going on that the scale does not measure. That's great that it's been 2 weeks since you've had a cheat day! I'm glad you're having fun with us Spies! It's great to have you on the team!
    3206 days ago
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