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Freedom Fest 5K

Saturday, July 04, 2009

So after two weeks of no running, I decided to enter a 5K today. I was a little nervous; I ran a bit on Thursday, but only a bit over a mile. Today I had to walk some of the route but I finished. And my time was not my slowest time ever! It felt really good. I forgot how much I love to run!
I got home and had a bean burger and some homemade tomato soup. Yum! But before that, I napped for two hours. Yes, two hours. I plopped myself down on the couch at 1:00, and when I woke up it was 3:00. Time to get my rear in gear.
Happy 4th of July!

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ROGUE_1 7/5/2009 1:53PM

    I'm so proud of you for getting out there despite your nervousness! And you had an even better time than previous race times to boot. Good job, and welcome back to being able to run!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/4/2009 4:23PM

    Oooh, two hour nap - sounds so decadent! I'd love to randomly sign up for a 5K and run it the same day - no pre-race jitters!! Great that you were faster than you had been in the past, too.

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KAYAKID 7/4/2009 4:14PM

    Great job! We do love to run! I loved my race today and I am thinking about a nap also before for tonights bar-b-que and fireworks. I ran my 10k in 58:36

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Friday night swimming

Friday, July 03, 2009

Tonight was the first time in over two weeks that I have been swimming. With the stitches in, I was not allowed to go in public water. Bleh. I had a nice little routine of going swimming on Friday night; kind of like a little break before a race on Saturday morning. I wasn't running either (the stitches in my leg pulled - ouch!) so I was kind of slacking in the fitness department. Tonight's swim was so wonderful. I remembered why it was such an important part of my lifestyle change - a really fun way to get cardio in and a way to kind of zone out and do some thinking. And I did some thinking tonight. Mostly about my goals and how my actions are or are not fitting into those goals.
Action Example from today: My dad and his wife came up for lunch today. I made tomato soup (it tasted like it should be really bad for you, but it was SO healthy) and had some bread. I entered the bread in the calorie tracker, and it was over 250 calories. Ugh! A perfectly healthy lunch sabotaged by bread. So what did I have for dinner? Tomato soup. And a piece of the bread. Not any smaller, the same 250+ calories.
But while I was swimming, I really thought about how I consciously made that choice to eat the bread. I could have chosen not to eat it. I need to get back in control. I don't really think I'm *that* out of control, but I feel like I am far off from where I was a month or so ago.
Tomorrow is a new day. There is a 4-mile run at a nearby park, and I think I'll do that. Even though I haven't been running and will probably have to walk a bit of it, at least it will get me out there and moving and back into a routine. There are some 5Ks coming up that sound really fun; I think I'll find some to sign up for so I have a goal to work toward.
I think it's time for some decaf and a good book... The calories I have left are few, so I'll have to settle for coffee instead of wine.

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ROGUE_1 7/5/2009 1:50PM

    Swimming sounds like such a good workout. I've wanted to do that for some time now, but just haven't yet explored the pool situation or even have a suit to exercise in. Must put that on my to-do list! Don't be too hard on yourself for the bread, like Mike said, you're on the right track. At least you aren't just mindlessly stuffing tons of bread in your mouth without even tasting it. Can't wait to hear all about your run!

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KAYAKID 7/3/2009 10:46PM

    Carrie, thanks for the blog.... You are on the right page. You are thinking about each step you are making. Keep it up!!! I think you should sign up for a 5k and get yourself back to being motivated by a race. It helps me so much! Have a great 4th of July - Enjoy your family.

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Day 2 of the re-start

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Here's what happened today.
I tracked all my food. I drank all my water. I went to the gym and had a great workout. I feel much better!!!
Just got back from the gym, took my shower, and now I'm going to eat a little something. It's like Europe in my house - we eat dinner pretty late around here.

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DSCHONDOG 7/2/2009 10:56PM

    One more thing...How about posting your nutrition tracker? You mentioned on your last blog you wanted to start to keep track of your calories again. I keep track of my calories using Spark People's Nutrition Tracker. You can see it on my Spark Page. I will commit to posting mine every day this week and will look for yours.

Comment edited on: 7/2/2009 10:57:11 PM

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DSCHONDOG 7/2/2009 10:43PM


What works for me are accountability partners. I have 'em lined up every day around my work. Next week I meet Nancy on Monday, Ann on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I meet my First Place 4 Health exercise group on Thursday. That keeps me going 4 out of 7 days. Friday and Saturday I work 12 - 16 hours each day so I usually can't fit exercise in, but Sunday I have a date with one of my exercise dvds before church.

Remember, Carrie, the Great Wall awaits you!

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KAYAKID 7/2/2009 10:04PM

I am so happy for you and your committment to healthy living. Can I give you a clue what has worked for me. Set goals. I find that monthly goals work best for me. It is time for me to set july goals and write them down for the spark world to see and that helps me to be accountable.

Have a great weekend. Looking forward to my first 10k on Saturday. I am not sure how fast I am going to try to run.

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Prompt: Are you afraid of gaining it all back?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's weird that this was the prompt for this week, because I was just thinking about this last night. Yesterday we went to the Philly Zoo and spent the afternoon and evening in Philadelphia. Very fun! BUT I did not think about what I ate AT ALL. I had lo mein for lunch, pizza for dinner, cake for dessert... you get the idea. Last night when I got home I was so upset for letting myself get out of control like that. I worked so hard to get where I am and I still have a way to go; eating like I did the last two days isn't going to help me get there. So yes, I am afraid of gaining it back. I got lazy about eating, and while I am still going to the gym regularly, it certainly isn't burning off the extra hundreds of calories I've been consuming. If I keep eating like I don't care, then I *will* gain it back.
So what am I going to do? I'm going to be vigilant about entering my calories - that's what helped me in the first place, and I am going to go back to it. I don't see it as failing, I see it as being smart about my choices and knowing what works for me. I see it as pro-active - I am nipping it in the bud before it gets out of control. Tackling an extra two pounds is easier than tackling an extra 10 pounds.
I'm going to re-assess my goals and maybe join some new Spark teams to help me reach those goals. It's early and I'm awake, so I'm going to hit the gym. I started Sparking on January 1st - today is like another New Year for me.

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ROGUE_1 7/1/2009 3:51PM

    YES! I am so afraid I'll gain it all back and sometimes, find myself amazed at the fact that I lost it in the first place.

Luckily, we know what we have to do and what NOT to do right? Plus, I'm pretty sure we are committed to not going back to that awful place where we once were in terms of our bodies, fitness levels (or lack of), and unhealthy eating habits.

How's it going with you so far this week? Did you stock up on lots of fruits and veggies? Since last week's debauchery, I've been doing well and my body is thanking me. I haven't felt stuffed and miserable (which I NEVER want to feel again as a result of over-indulgence) and am off to eat a healthy lunch :)

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EATNBOOGERS 6/30/2009 4:23PM

    You won't gain it all back. And if you *do* gain (some of) it back, you can lose it again--you know how.

I had some slippage recently, too, and I'm back! :-) I'm right there with you.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/30/2009 7:33AM

    Happy half-year anniversary on Spark! The prompt question is very valid - it's so common to gain back any weight you work to lose - I know, it's happened to me many times. Your strategies - tracking calories, nipping problems in the bud before they get too big, seeking additional social support - are GREAT choices. I wish you the best in permanent weight loss success!!!

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STEELADY4LYFE 6/30/2009 7:13AM

    "2 LB.S IS EASIER TACKLING THEN 10 LBS." with that attitude you won't have to worry abot gaining it back. Just last week, i attended a graduation party, and went overboard, I felt so horrible, but I refused to give in. It made me work harder, thus I've lost 2 lb.s since. My biggest fear is if I completely restrict myself from some of the foods I enjoy, I will lose it one day and literally go hog wild, and never return. If I'm going to go a lil off track one day, I make sure the food is portioned, I won't eat the whole Ice cream cone, or stop at 1 slice of pizza. this what I find is working best for me. I have only fell off the wagon once in 3 weeks. Keep up the great attitude, you'll be fine. emoticon

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Rain, Rain, Go Away Already!!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Well it's raining. Again. Although it kinda stinks, it's a good excuse to stay in the house and get stuff done. My new computer is all set up, I've been de-cluttering everywhere, and I have been cooking real food!
Yesterday I went down to visit my mom and brother. It was the first time I was at the house since my dog died. Thought I'd be okay, but I lost it when I saw his food dish, empty and clean, in the kitchen. Of all the things to upset me... So I worked on a Mickey scrapbook. I never scrapbooked in my life. It was actually really good for me to get some closure. There was a lot of crying and a lot of laughing, too.
My stitches come out on Wednesday. HALLELUJAH. I am SO tired of them. I tried running today, but my stitches started to hurt a little bit. I got a call from my doctor about the mole biopsy - there were some "funny" cells in one of the moles. She said it's really nothing to worry about, but in September the doctor is going to remove some more just to get it taken care of. I was really upset when I heard, but I think I'm ok now. The mole was there for quite a while and nothing weird was going on with my body. I had it removed because my doctor did a full body scan and thought it should go. So I'm not going to worry about it; it is what it is. It's weird because I just read an article about how many people who find "funny" cells go through treatment un-necessarily. Don't get me wrong, I am glad that I am getting this taken care of, but I don't think I can let myself freak out because of what the doctor found. However, this did prompt me to buy a large sun hat.

Because I have to go back to the doctor in September and take another two weeks off from running, I decided that I am not going to train for a half marathon this fall. There are lots of other shorter races that I am going to enter, and I am going to continue running for fun. I'm not to the competitive point (yet?), and the shorter races will be good for me.
I also re-calculated my cardio minutes for the week, which re-did my nutrition information. Even with not getting nearly as much gym time with my stitches as I'm used to, I still managed to lose about half a pound. But I am going to wait until the very end of the month to record my weight.
Off to watch some Oprah.
Happy Friday!

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KAYAKID 6/28/2009 10:18AM

    Hey Carrie,
Rain, I have never heard of that. you know I live in Oregon - it rains so much here- I am not complaining I love living here - the green and all the trees. I went on a hike this last friday. I blogged about with good pics. check it out! I kindof of thought about training for a HM this year also but decided I would take it slow and do the 5k,10k and 15k this year and do hm next year. My first 1ok is this Saturday to celebrate the 4th of July. My DW and son are going to walk the 5k and I'll run the 10k and it is a 5k loop so I will get to see them twice. that makes it special!!!

I am sorry here about your medical issues - I hope everything works out - Have a great Sunday! Enjoy it.

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