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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hello emoticons!

It has been exactly 4 weeks since my last post, so now is as good a time as any to check in. I have had mixed results with my program thus far. In some respects, I have gotten off track; in other regards, I am making progress.

First, exercise. I had set a goal for myself to take my 6 week streak of consistent exercise and turn it into a 12-week one, increasing my days of exercise per week from 3 to 5. In this goal, I have totally blown it emoticon . It all began with an out of town trip the 2nd week of November that interrupted my best laid plans. I only got in 2 days of exercise that week. After that, I never really recovered and got back on track. I have continued to do my SparkPeople 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program, but I'm falling short of my baseline of 3 days exercise per week. However I feel like unlike other times I have abandoned my program completely, this blip has been just a "break", not a fatal blow. I am going to go back to trying to get in 3 days per week staring Monday.

Second, nutrition. Here too I got off track during the work trip, but I made up for it the next week and managed to lose 2 pounds! The scale showed the lower number for a few days so I'm counting it as "permanent" weight loss, even though sometimes the scale tips up several pounds afterwards. Thanksgiving week has proven to be a whirlwind of eating over my calorie range, but I'm not gaining. I plan to get back on track with tracking tomorrow.

Third, I completed the SparkPeople 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program! As the last step of the program and as a celebration of completing it, I signed up for a 5K race in my area. Both me and my best friend signed up for the race together, although we did not run it side by side (she's more advanced than me). I got off track of my walk/jog intervals after about 30 minutes, which is consistent with what I expected based on how I was performing when I practiced these on the treadmill...the second 15 minutes kills me, then I cannot maintain the running anymore. But I did start running again when my friend came back to pace with me after she finished her 5k and as you can see below I ran across the finish line!

I completed the race in 50 minutes and I'm just glad I wasn't dead last. I knew it was going to be a long race when I started out running it and there was a woman walking alongside me as fast as I was running! LOL. I usually run at 4 - 4.5 on the treadmill just to give you perspective on how slow I am.

I've signed up for my next 5K on December 8th and I hope to shave a little bit off my time. I set the bar pretty low so I'm sure I will enjoy a new personal best by then emoticon

And now the pictures!

Posing with the Turkey Trot turkey, my friend and I

Approaching the finish line

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  • EVEMG12
    Awesome job! I can't wait to hear about your new time on the 8th!
    2028 days ago
    I love 5Ks because there are people who are faaaaaaast and people who are just there to get in a jog and then there are people who want to just have a nice walk where they chat with a friend. :) I can do whichever I feel like - well, I'm not actually fast, ever - and I am still just happy to have gotten out there.

    My favorite "I'm slow" race moment was when a woman who was obviously in her third trimester BLEW past me at a just-for-fun 10K. Sigh.
    2029 days ago
    2037 days ago
    Awesome job! I bet you had fun at the race :)
    2037 days ago
    I think it's fabulous that you took your 5K training outdoors to a real race! I haven't done that yet, but I try to do the Spark virtual ones on the weekends.

    You'll get back to your program. This time of year is the toughest, I think. Do your best whenever you can. You'll find your rhythm again.
    2038 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    So you'll get back on track, no problem. Best of luck in the upcoming 5K
    2038 days ago
  • CHYNNA81
    Wow great job sticking to the plan to do both 5k... You mentioned a lot of what you failed to do. I think you actually proved to yourself that regardless you are committed to your journey and you are not giving up or quitting. That is a winning attitude. Great job staying committed. emoticon
    2038 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    Well done. Loved the pictures. I am looking forward to hearing about your successes on 8th of December.

    One other 'achievement' to add to your list, is your continued support to others. You may not have blogged for a while, but your little supportive comments to me each day have been very much appreciated, and I've seen from the feed (that thing that scrolls on the right hand side), that you've taken time to also support others. I do think that progress on our journey towards our goals, isn't just about what we take in and focus inwardly, but also the energy and attention we are able to give to others as well.

    2038 days ago
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