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I've been fighting to lose my extra weight for years. I am always successful in losing the weight, but not so much in keeping it off. This has to be the last time I go through this. I need to finally lose the weight and feel good about my body.

Two years ago my husband and I started running races. We ran a half marathon in September 2013 and let ourselves go after that. We are now getting back in shape and signing up for more races.
I've been fighting to lose my extra weight for years. I am always successful in losing the weight, but not so much in keeping it off. This has to be the last time I go through this. I need to finally lose the weight and feel good about my body.

Two years ago my husband and I started running races. We ran a half marathon in September 2013 and let ourselves go after that. We are now getting back in shape and signing up for more races.




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Member Since: 2/21/2007

SparkPoints: 27,726

Fitness Minutes: 16,724

My Goals:
Get to a place where I am happy with my body.

At my heaviest I weighed 170lbs. I'd like to be between 125 and 135 in maintenance. **I'm 5'4" for reference**

My Program:
Limiting processed foods - trying for clean eating.

Make use of my home gym daily - the gym consists of a treadmill, Bowflex BodyTower, ab bench thing, and a Total Gym (a gift that we have yet to assemble).

Personal Information:
I'm from the Tacoma, WA area. I'm 26 years old and just married my best friend on 9/23/12. I am adjusting to life as someone trying to be healthy with a very busy schedule as well as adjusting to being a wife and stepmom.

Other Information:
01/01/12 Size 10/12 - 160lbs
04/01/12 Size 8 - 145lbs
06/15/12 Size 8 (a little loose) - 140lbs
08/06/12 - Size 6 - 140lbs
11/14/12 - Size?? (all of my clothes are too big!!) 135lbs
01/04/13 Size 4/6 - 135lbs
07/08/13 Size 4/6 - 138ish lbs
01/28/14 Size 10 again... - 158lbs

Races:
4 on the 4th - 7/4/12
43min 15sec (10:49 avg)

Jingle Bell 5k - 12/09/12 31min 30sec (10:10 avg)

Hot Chocolate 15k - 3/3/13 1hr 44min 13sec (11:11 avg)

Seahawks 12k - 4/21/13
1hr 35min 33sec (12:29 avg)

4 on the 4th - 7/4/13
39min 38sec (9:55 avg)

Labor Day Half Marathon - 9/2/13
2 hours 47 minutes (12:45 avg)

Seahawks 12k - 4/13/14

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POSITIVE41
2/22/2014 6:19:36 AM

Next week I get my bonus from work and I am going to get a foam roller. My calves get tight. However, I want to avoid the creepy video that came with your foam roller. ;)



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HILLSLUG98239
2/21/2014 7:40:26 PM

I usually feel some relief almost immediately after using it, but only if I've used it long enough. "Long enough" is hard to describe, but generally, it means I've spent 20-30 seconds on each section of my IT band. (I kind of divide the thing into thirds, because it's easier to work small sections.) But the pain is, at least at first, excrutiating. It's hard to work it long enough to get the full benefit.

What has worked for me is stretching in addition to using the foam roller, and drugs. I've been taking ibuprofen round-the-clock for a couple of months now. It's the over-the-counter dose, and I take Vitamin I because I cannot take aspirin. I started taking the ibuprofen prophylactically after I came across this tidbit: You have to take an NSAID consistently in order for it to do its job as an anti-inflamatory. If you only take it when you're in pain, it will relieve the pain but you won't be addressing the underlying inflamation issue.

I'm not crazy about the thought of taking Vitamin I every day for months on end, but I get the point that my IT band will never heal unless I address the inflamation. So I take the ibu, stretch, foam roller torture, and I ice it if it's bugging me. Clearly, the decision to start taking a drug everyday as a prophylactic is not something you should do lightly, so please take my suggestion with a grain of salt. In my case, it has helped, but that doesn't mean it's right for you.

I don't think any one of these things made the difference, I think it was the combination of all of them. The fact that you were in pain the next day leads me to think you REALLY need to ice yours, and maybe alternate ice with heat to help bring down the swelling. (At a minimum, I alternate between 20-30 minutes with ice and 20-30 minutes without ice. That's easier for me than alternating between ice & heat.)

On my long (2+ hours) bike rides, I stop every hour to stretch. I know static stretching calms & shortens the muscle/connective tissue, so you lose performance, but it really helped me in the past. My legs felt fresher when I did that. Stretching has played a key role in keeping my IT band healthy enough for me to keep riding.

Good luck!



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HILLSLUG98239
2/21/2014 6:52:52 PM

I've been using a foam roller for probably a year now. I don't use it as consistently as I should, but I'm trying to develop a good habit of stretching after each ride. If I stretch, I'm more likely to use the torture device on my IT band.

If you have questions, fire away.



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POISONGIRL999
2/20/2014 1:08:53 PM

I wouldn't watch it either lol. I do use it primarily for my IT band since that is the area most effected by my running, but I've used it for when my back is tweeking or a good calf massage. There are a few apps out there that are pretty good. The best one cost like $10 though. I haven't even doled out for that one, but all I hear is good things so one day I probably will lol.



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MENNOLY
2/18/2014 3:17:59 PM

Thanks for commenting on my blog.



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