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I heart February

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I wrote in a previous diary that I felt as if *my* New Year was really at the end of January, since I started three grad classes and feel like I'm finally moving on with my life. I have so much momentum right now - I've been getting in TONS of fitness minutes, I've been ramping up the cardio, and my time at the gym has been awesome. My strength training workouts have been KILLER!

And (knock on wood) I have finally started to bust through my plateau. I had been sitting comfortably (*too* comfortably?) around 150-152 for many many months and I felt like my goal of getting into the 130's was totally out of reach. But the something happened. I can't exactly pinpoint when or what it was, but I got back into tracking my food consistently, I upped the cardio A LOT, I started going to the gym after school if I had to get in a workout... and it's been working! On my last weigh-in, I was 145.7. Holy moly. I am so thrilled.

And even though it's only five pounds, that five pounds has been so much more than a number. My size range has gone from a 6-8 to a 4-6 (hurrah!) and my running pace has improved. At the beginning of the month, I was running an average 11:15 pace (about) when doing my short runs. For the last week, my average time has been around 10:15-10:30 mpm. And this is for non-races! I am excited about the possibility of breaking a 30:00 5K this year.

Things to work on in February:
- resisting the call of take-out at my mom's house. When I'm there for class, I've been a little too quick to agree to order dinner. I want to nip this bad habit in the bud before it makes a home on my belly and thighs.
- Continue my awesome running schedule. I ended up with 47.95 miles run in January and would really really really love to get to a solid 50 in February. I'm starting out right - tomorrow I have a group run for half marathon training; we are going for 6. I'm looking forward to running in the snow!
- Have a more consistent weekly workout routine. I have been going from week to week, and it's been ok, but I think my muscles would thank me for some consistent work and rest.
- Reward myself with a new gadget! If I can hit 50 miles running this month, I'm going to buy a Garmin. I've made it this far without one, but as my training ramps up and as I really get back into running, I think it would be good for me to get one.

OK so that's about it. I hear that the groundhog didn't see his shadow, so early spring it is! Bring it on! I can't wait to log some miles on my running shoes!

  
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/5/2013 4:11PM

    It's amazing what a difference a few pounds makes when running - I can tell a difference even with 4-5 additional pounds, it's so much harder! I have no doubt you will be able to break your 30 minute 5k goal!

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EASTENDCLAM 2/3/2013 5:40AM

    Wow you're busy and still get in the minutes and miles. Great job and it's always good to see it pay off.

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CHSHULER89 2/2/2013 8:22PM

    Awesome! I was staying in the 150's, but finally broke into the 140's. Great job! The little things do add up! I hope one day to run, still dealing with shin splints. Love my spinning though. Keep up the momentum! :-)

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Midweek check

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today's good stuff:
- had a great workout this morning. I did lots of cardio and about 30 minutes of strength training.
- drank lots of water
- ate really really healthy with my hubs
- got organized for school

I had two of three classes at school and so far I LOVE them. I had Theories of Learning, a grad-level ed. psych. class. The professor seems really great and I'm looking forward to the books and articles we have to read. My other class is a supervision class. I'm really excited because the articles we have to read are ones that I already have because I'm a member of a national curriculum organization. Yahoo! I am just thrilled that I am doing this. I can't WAIT until I can start looking at jobs in administration!

Tomorrow I am doing a morning swim and some upper body strength training, and I have 3-ish miles to run when I get to my mom's house. I am really taking advantage of my time as a student to get lots of fitness into my day. If I can concentrate on really dropping some inches while I have the time, then when I start looking for jobs and getting back to the "real world" I can focus on maintenance.

Time for some hot tea and packing my bag for tomorrow!

  
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CFMOSS 1/31/2013 6:50AM

    Good job - good plan. Have a great day.

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Getting into the groove

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

So this is slightly weird - I'm Sparking in the university library. Ha! Just printed out my syllabus for my class tonight, then off to get some coffee and head over to class. So far, so good.

Today I did three running miles in the morning and 2.7 walking miles with my mom's dog. It's going to be so good for me to be able to walk the dog when I'm at my mom's house. I'll be burning calories left and right! Today's eating wasn't so hot, but I'm chalking it up to getting used to my schedule. From this point on I'll be able to better gauge what kind of food I should be bringing and what my eating schedule is going to be like.

Today's good stuff:
- did a total of 5.7 miles walking/running
- hit my 10K steps and more on the pedometer. I have decided that if I can remember to wear my pedometer every time I come down to school and log all the steps, in a certain amount of time I will earn a FitBit. I don't know how long I'm going to be able to wait - maybe I'll do two or three weeks...?
- I bought a really cute dress and a pair of jeans in a size 4. Hurrah!!!!
- My outfit is cute.

Ok! Off to get some coffee!

  
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GRATEFUL_BEING 1/29/2013 5:45PM

  emoticon emoticon Your gonna rock a size 4!~

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The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly on My Plans

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mother Nature has put a kink in my plans for today. I was going to get in an early swim, but the timing of the sleet and freezing rain make it probably not the best idea. So, instead of getting myself bent out of shape, I looked at the pool schedule for school (yay! I am so excited to be on campus again!) and saw that they are open tonight from 9-10:30. Right after my class - perfect timing! So I think I'm going to be a late-night swimmer tonight and get in my mile after class.

After the initial feeling of disappointment passed, it was kind of neat to try to figure out where I could fit a swim into the day when my first plan didn't work out.

Yesterday was a pretty successful errand-running day. I found some great winter running stuff for 30% off - really nice running gloves, super-warm mittens, and a neck gaiter for $6! I was hesitant to spend the money (even with the 30% it was still a little pricey), but I reminded myself that I am going to be runner for life! and that these things would help me run in the cold for years to come. Didn't seem so expensive when I put it that way.

Today:
- lots of water
- keep my goals in check
- get in a swim!

  
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SAMI199 1/29/2013 5:25AM

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MCJULIEO 1/28/2013 5:29PM

    So jealous!

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CFMOSS 1/28/2013 8:30AM

    Just a yucky morning here in western PA. Have a great back to school as an adult day.

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JGRAY76 1/28/2013 6:17AM

    Good for you on fitting in that late night swim and congrats on the scoring warm running gear on sale.

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The early bird makes no excuses

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Just for the record, I LOVE getting up early to work out. The morning is my wonderful quiet time. Sitting with my coffee, planning my day? Yes, please.

Tomorrow I start a new adventure. My adventure includes being down at my mom's house for three days out of the week. Typically, when I go visit my mom, we go out to eat for just about every meal and there is hardly any physical activity that goes on. Fine for an occasional weekend, but not okay for an entire semester! On my to-do list today is working out a schedule for working out as well as some meal planning. I think I'll do some grocery shopping tomorrow when I'm there and get her house stocked up. Part of the deal for letting me stay with her while I take classes is that I will cook for her and help her eating get on the right track. Pretty good deal, I'd say!

Today:
- lots of water
- track/write down all food. (I have been very lax about this for the past week.)
- Pack my bags for my mom's house
- Plan my workouts for the week

  
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PRAYERANDPRAISE 1/28/2013 11:41AM

    Use Spark People recipes and all the success stories to keep you going what an opportunity taking care of your health improving your mom's and getting an education all at the same time life is good.

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MCJULIEO 1/27/2013 11:19PM

    You are SO on top of things!

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CRAFTINWIFE 1/27/2013 8:26PM

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TIGGER622 1/27/2013 2:30PM

    That sounds awesome that you can help your mom get on track too!!! let us know how it goes!!! HUGS!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/27/2013 11:28AM

    Great plan!

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YMWONG22 1/27/2013 7:49AM

  Good, you are going to influence and change your mum's way of eating.
Wish you success.
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CFMOSS 1/27/2013 7:46AM

    Have a good one.

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AMANDAROX 1/27/2013 7:44AM

    I love mornings too! Great idea to plan ahead for meals and exercise while at your moms!
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PAHOOT 1/27/2013 7:20AM

    This sounds wonderful. So good that you've got a plan. Enjoy your time with your mom, your classes and your new deal. You are going to do great!

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