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Sunday is Run-day

Sunday, March 29, 2009

This afternoon I went to the gym and decided to run. I ran a mile - without stopping. I was so excited! I just kept going and going and going...
A thunderstorm is coming, it looks weird outside. I guess we need the rain. I changed my fitness information on the tracker, and my calorie allowance went up because of it. This week's challenge is making sure that I meet my nutrition goals each day.
I haven't lost any weight since last weigh-in but I'm not disappointed. How weird. Other things are changing, though, so I think that's why I don't mind so much about the weight.
Off to have some water.

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EATNBOOGERS 3/30/2009 12:48AM

    Good for you! One thing I like about running is that yeah, it *is* interesting to be outside where you can see the scenery. And good for you for adjusting your fitness info/calorie allowance. I can always tell a day when I haven't had enough to eat, because I'm pooped by the evening (and too hungry the next day).

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EATNBOOGERS 3/30/2009 12:48AM

    Good for you! One thing I like about running is that yeah, it *is* interesting to be outside where you can see the scenery. And good for you for adjusting your fitness info/calorie allowance. I can always tell a day when I haven't had enough to eat, because I'm pooped by the evening (and too hungry the next day).

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I ran a mile today!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

This morning I started training for my first 5K. The group met at the gym and ran two half-mile segments. The loop we ran was up a huge hill. It ended up that we ran up the hill 4 times. BUT, I didn't stop running/jogging. I did it! I was so excited. That was my first time running outside. For such a long time I have only been challenging myself mentally (taking classes) and artistically (playing in a musical) but I have never challenged myself physically. This 5K training is something totally new for me. This whole healthy lifestyle thing is making me realize that although it's important to be mentally fit, it's also important to be physically fit. Neither one is more important than the other. Since I am getting fit both ways, I notice a huge difference in my attitude. My confidence is higher, and I am generally a more positive person. I have to keep this in mind every time I think I want to eat a cake. I am a much happier person when I am fit.
For lunch, my fiance grilled pork spare ribs. MMM. Even though they were really fatty, I only ate one. It did not kill my day, and I wasn't going to let it. My choices in food are SOOOO much better than they used to be. The calories in the rib were worth it. Would the calories in a giant bowl of ice cream have been worth it? Probably not.
I took the cover off the deck furniture, and we sat outside and ate. I LOVE Spring. I'm doing some cleaning today, airing out some rooms. Today is going to be a busy day!
I need to adjust my fitness and nutrition levels today. I stepped up the cardio quite a bit the last two weeks.
I felt a muscle in my calf today.
Happy Spring!!!


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EATNBOOGERS 3/28/2009 7:47PM

    Woo hoo! Good for you! New challenges (and different challenges) are *good* for you!

I don't know if you knew, but part of the reason I started running again in January is for anti-depressive reasons. (I have had several anti-depressant failures, and I figured that the endorphins from running were my last good option.) So I will attest to the impact that running can have on one's attitude.

And woo hoo for muscles!

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_CORTNIE 3/28/2009 7:15PM

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You go girl! I want to work up to running, but I have to be able to walk for 30 minutes at a time first! I'm getting there, my elliptical is seriously killing me, but in a totally good way! GO YOU!

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ALTHORP 3/28/2009 3:40PM

    Hey, congratulations! I can tell you've got that happy I-just-had-a-great-work-out attitude going on right now--I love that feeling! And I know exactly what you mean about being a more positive person.

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TEACHERMOM10 3/28/2009 1:21PM

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That is so awesome! I keep dreaming about running. I just can't seem to get myself into a routine for it.

Keep training! Stay Healthy!

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Almost TGIF

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This will be short, I am tired.
I went to the gym tonight and ran. On Saturday I start training for a 5K (wahoo!) and I started a 10 week running plan on Tuesday.
Did some lunges and dead lifts tonight, and some core stuff. Ugh.
I think I'm going to up my calories burned... I am already way over for this week, and I have tomorrow and Saturday that I am going to the gym. I want to make sure I'm eating enough.
Off to sleep... tracked my calories and my fitness stuff.

  
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EATNBOOGERS 3/27/2009 5:45PM

    Woo hoo! It's smart that you're going to adjust your calories.... if you don't eat enough, it's not helpful!

Good luck on the training!

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Yay for Hump Day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I am thinking about whether or not I want to go swimming later. It would make me feel really good, and I can log it in my fitness minutes here and on the Presidential Fitness page. I don't have a good reason why I *shouldn't* go swimming... I guess I'll get ready to go a little after 8:00. Picked up some yummy looking salad dressing tonight for school - Annie's Organic cucumber yogurt dressing. I can't wait to try it! MMM
Today I met ALL my nutrition goals. And that was even with a serving of ice cream!
I think I'll go veg a bit before I get ready to swim.

  
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EATNBOOGERS 3/26/2009 3:11PM

    This blog post sounds so upbeat, which is great!

I'm glad I inspired you to swim. And your post reminds me that *I* need to go update those minutes, too.

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The compliments are still coming!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I'm almost half way to my goal, and if it were "old me," I would just end here and think "I've done good enough. I'll go back to eating whatever I want." But yesterday I got a really nice compliment from one of my fellow teachers, and I know I can keep going.
This morning I planned on wearing a pair of gray pants that were just a little big; i can deal with just a little big. But I put them on today, and they were huge. There is no way I could wear them. Another pair in the Goodwill pile. I kinda feel guilty, because my fiance just got 5 pairs of pants shortened for me, and only two of them are wearable anymore. I did give two pairs to someone else, and I can still give the gray pair away too. I'm going to make do with what I have and wait until I'm closer to my goal to buy more stuff, I think. Skirts are ok; they are a bit more flexible with fit. It's a good thing it's getting warm! I guess I'll just have to update my wardrobe with shoes; that size shouldn't change.
Tonight I'm going to start my running workout. Ten weeks to become a runner. I think I'd like to run a 5k this summer...
I've been doing less eating in front of the computer. It's weird - I added it to my Spark Goals, and now I think "I can't check this off if I eat while typing today." How weird! Tonight is upper body and core night. I think I'll try a new core work out (thanks E.Boog!).
I LOVE putting on clothes and knowing that they are going to look good!
Have a Sparky Tuesday!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/24/2009 10:34AM

    Woo hoo! Loose pants are the best!

Good luck on the running workout. Jeff Galloway might also have good food for thought (google him). He's big on run/walk intervals. The thing that I've found about running... is that you can do it just about anywhere, anytime, and it really can't be beat in terms of being an "efficient" workout (in other words, really working you out in a pretty short period of time). Enjoy the core workout. It's a real punch in the gut! ;-P ;-)

I love those check-off thingies. So useful!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 3/24/2009 8:27AM

    Congratulations on all your progress! You must be feeling wonderful. It sounds like some pampering in the way of shopping is in order. Have fun!

Lisa

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