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PR! First sub hour 10K ever for me.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I headed out on my run today with the intention of running my 10K training run in 75 minutes, knowing that would put my pace at 5 miles an hour and give me an awesome calorie burn. I pushed myself hard the whole time, making sure my heart stayed above 160. My max was 181 for a second or two. Once I was getting close to my "finish line", I realized that if I just pushed with every ounce of energy, I could finish in an hour! So, that is just what I did. I finished out at 58:13, more than 8 minutes faster than my race time of 1:06:36! I did some leaps of joy, yippeed, and totally grinned the entire time I cooled down back to my home. I am so totally incredibly proud of myself.

  
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CRYSBROWN1 11/19/2009 8:30PM

    & you should be proud of yourself! That's a huge improvement! YAH!!

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 11/18/2009 2:55PM

    That is such an awesome achievement!!! Bravo!

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LYNNOTT 11/17/2009 1:57PM

    emoticon emoticon How fantastic is that!

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LISAW/3 11/16/2009 10:01PM

    Congratulations! Way to go!

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GAGABABA 11/16/2009 7:20PM

    That is so good !
Keep it up and keep posting about it.
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AFRISAM 11/16/2009 1:46AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
That is fantastic! What a feeling - you must be walking in the clouds!
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BEFIT014 11/16/2009 12:09AM

    And proud you should be! THAT is AWESOME!!

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SPAZZIECHIC 11/15/2009 10:37PM

  that is AWESOME! CONGRATS!!! emoticon

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DEUSMACHINA 11/15/2009 10:36PM

    Oh wow!! EIGHT MINUTES! That is HUGE!!

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AGINGDAISIES 11/15/2009 10:35PM

    That is so AWESOME! what an accomplishment! emoticon

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Plastic surgeon consultation

Friday, November 13, 2009

I blogged a long time ago about the fact that I am considering breast reduction when I reach my goal weight, if I still feel that I would benefit from it to reduce the constant pain and discomfort I have as a result of my well endowed bosom. I met with the plastic surgeon yesterday to discuss the surgery, and it was certainly a meeting filled with information. I learned a lot about the complications and risks, however small. I learned about the scars and side effects the surgery can cause. I also learned about the wonderful relief so many women experience after undergoing this procedure. I really want to go through with the surgery, but golly, it scares me! I am not going to have to decide this immediately, I won't undergo it until I reach my goal weight and maintain for at least 2 months, so I have time to decide. It has really lit a fire under my kettle though to really work at it and reach my goal. Even if I don't decide to go through with the surgery, I want to be at goal, and soon! Once again, I have been running numbers through my head, trying to figure out the earliest I can reach my goal, and how hard I have to work to see those results. I figure, with my BMR being 1500 cals or so, I will be eating right at the top of that number, because I find it hard to continue running when I go below that. In order to make a calorie deficit then, I have to burn them. If I want to lose 2 pounds a week, I need to have a calorie deficit of 7000 for the week. In order to achieve that, I have to burn 1000 cals every day, but I have 2 rest days, so I have to burn 1400 cals on each of my 5 workout days, or have 2 days with 2000 calories burnt. I have already started to up my burn (over 1500 yesterday), but I won't really start tracking my deficit until next week, because this week is almost over! By following this plan, provided I drop 2 pounds a week, I will reach my goal by March 5. That is good timing. With my 30K run at the end of March, I will be tapering my running towards the end of the month to be ready for the big race. When I prepared for my October 25 10K race, the week before was a bust weight loss wise, and a week after that I took my full rest week, so that is when I regained some weight. If I can reach my goal weight by March5, I think that will put me in good shape. Any sooner will have me ecstatic. I am going to spend some time making some inspiration collages to post around my house and print off some quotes and stuff to carry with me and remind me constantly to stay on track. I have had it with rebound pounds!

  
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AGINGDAISIES 11/14/2009 7:50PM

    I have the same hope/goal when I reach my goal weight if I am still overwhelmed by them then I will get a reduction! I am really hoping with the weight loss they will go down enough for me to be able to buy a bra at the store! :) I love that you are planning out your deficit! What a great idea!

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CRYSBROWN1 11/14/2009 7:08PM

    Well it certainly sounds as if you've calculated & great plan to get you to your weight loss goals! Can't wait to see your progress! My cousin had the surgery a few years ago & couldn't be happier. Glad you are weighing out all the pros & cons but if you really want it, you should go for it as it sounds like it would be a huge relief!

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DEUSMACHINA 11/13/2009 6:02PM

    Great plan to get the weight off, first. You might find that your breasts shrink enough that you don't need it, and if not, at least you don't have to worry about them disappearing when you lose weight! Great plan. Tough, though!

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LYNNOTT 11/13/2009 3:20PM

    I know of several women who have had breast reduction and have been very happy not to have that constant strain. Whatever you decide, it's a great reward for reaching a goal, as well as a great motivation! Best wishes!

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KIRSTY1306 11/13/2009 11:26AM

    Hey ,
I am so glad you are doing this for yourself, what an AMAZING reward for getting to goal weight! Go you! Im glad that you have figured out the info about the surgery , its nice to know that you have really thought it through!!
I really hope you can reach your goal using the new system of calories brunt that you have devised.
Good luck !!
Kir xxx

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MBSHAZZER 11/13/2009 10:52AM

    I know a few people who have had reduction and they are VERY happy with the results. Everyone said they felt like they got their lives back. Good luck!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/13/2009 10:42AM

    I am glad you got the nuts and bolts of the surgery - good and bad. Sometimes it helps to write down the pros and cons of something as big as this...writing it down makes it clearer.

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AWOLF24 11/13/2009 10:35AM

    You are smart to consider the risks that come with any surgery. The only thing I can say is that a friend of my sister's had a reduction a few years ago (she was young - in college) and it was very successful. She was very happy with the results, looks more proportional and more importantly, isn't in pain any more.

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First day back to exercising after 9 days off

Monday, November 09, 2009

Oh boy, did I come back with a bang! I ran with my best friend this morning for 31 walk/28 run totalling 59 minutes. She did 13:12 running non-stop, her record so far! Way to go friend! When we were done our work together, it was time for me to start Week 1 of my 30K training program. It called for a 10K easy run. Off I went knowing it was going to be a long run, and figured on around 80 minutes. It took me 80:49, and boy, was I burnt when I stopped. Walking was more like waddling at first! The outside of my thighs was BURNING! I am feeling much better now, over 3 hours later, but at the time, it was painful! It felt really good to be back to it though, I really needed the rest, and now I really need to stop resting, and start fueling my running machine right again. I have crept back up to 170 lbs, and I intend to be down to 165 by November 30. I will track my food, follow my running program, and really take good care of myself by getting a good night's sleep each night. I am also still plugging away on my house, the basement is really getting cleared out, lots more to do. I will get it done though! Thanks for all of the encouragement from my Sparky friends! One of the other things I will be doing to stay focused, is spending less time at the computer. So, I am not going to be as active here at SP, but I am still around!

  
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GAGABABA 11/12/2009 7:06PM

    Good job.
Keep it up !

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AWOLF24 11/11/2009 2:18PM

    WOW - that is back with a vengeance! You'll knock those few extra pounds off in no time flat! Great job.

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LYNNOTT 11/10/2009 12:04PM

    Back with a very LOUD bang! You've set yourself a very reachable goal, especially with your exercise. Best wishes!

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CINDYTW 11/10/2009 10:06AM

  Wow! That is a lot! Glad you are back on track!

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SULLIVAN20 11/9/2009 4:11PM

  Way to go! What program are you following? I ran one 10K and I've run two 5 mile races. I'd like to train but don't have a program. I am inspired by you. I need to stop eating so much and get back to running. emoticon

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RANNADANNA 11/9/2009 3:30PM

    Whooohoooo! Good for you for taking that time off and good for you for getting right back! Wow, a 10k right off the bat, huh? I did my longest run ever last Saturday. I totally relate to the burning thighs - though for me, the total lethargy was my primary result. That and the feeling of accomplishment for burning over 2000 calories before 9:30 in the morning, lol.

Take care - 5 pounds by Thanksgiving? You've got it in the bag!

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DEUSMACHINA 11/9/2009 3:12PM

    Oh fantastic! Welcome back to the running fold!

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CHERYLE51 11/9/2009 3:08PM

    Good for you. Way to go. Back on track. I agree with you in that spending less time on the computer does help. I love SP, but in order to rack up those points, you need to spend a good bit of time on the computer which can be hard when you have other things to do.

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Rest week

Friday, November 06, 2009

I decided to make this week an exercise rest week. Good thing too, because my schedule hasn't really worked out for it to happen, and I would probably be a basket case stressing myself out over not getting in my exercise. Also, I have continued to bombard my body with junk junk and more junk. I have no self control, or else I am just choosing to poison myself with sugar. I need to do better. Today, I resisted cravings one time more than I did yesterday. I know it is purely emotional stuffing, and I need to stuff the emotion less, even if it is one time less one day.

I received a phone call yesterday that my uncle has been diagnosed with Stage 1 lung cancer ( BAC cancer). He underwent the removal of the lower left lobe of his lungs today, and I haven't heard anything from my aunt today, so I am going with a positive attitude that no news is good news, and that she is by his side supporting his recovery. My husband and I agree that I will make a trip to see him one day next week. I am having a really crappy week this week. Feeling run down, dealing with behaviour issues with my youngest child at school, trying to achieve balance in my marriage, trying to get my home organized, coping with the news of my Uncle's diagnosis. Feeling totally overwhelmed. And, through it all, I am not getting enough sleep, and not getting the right foods. And, not having my exercise outlet, it is totally stressing me out. I am feeling frantic! I need to go sleep, so I will update tomorrow with any news about my uncle and hopefully with some news about me getting some sleep. Wish me luck!

  
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CINDYTW 11/6/2009 8:21PM

  Sorry you are having a rough time! Hope everything turns out OK! emoticon

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LYNNOTT 11/6/2009 1:10PM

    Wishing you the best of luck (also your uncle) and remember, you need to take care of yourself! Get some rest, take a long relaxing bath, put on some soothing music - you deserve it!

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DEUSMACHINA 11/6/2009 4:40AM

    I do wish you luck! Luck luck luck! You sure have a got a plateful at the moment girl! Try and look after yourself as best you can. And try and treat yourself as you would treat your best mate, be gentle!

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AGINGDAISIES 11/6/2009 2:02AM

    I am starting to think the junk, junk and more junk is in the air! I hope you find the balance & peace you are looking for!

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RANNADANNA 11/6/2009 1:24AM

    I wish you luck, luck, and more luck. (and to your uncle too)

More than that, I wish you peace, calm, and contentment. Isn't it amazing how crazy life can get sometimes?

If there's anything I can do to help, drop me a line! In the meantime, take good care of yourself and try to nurture yourself the same way you're trying to nurture those around you.

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Me and the wagon

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Every time I decide to "get serious" about this weight loss stuff, I fall off the proverbial wagon. I need to get my head in a different place. A couple of days ago I felt like I was bouncing along behind the wagon, holding onto a rope attached to the back. I really wanted to climb that rope and get in the wagon! Gosh darn it! Then, today, I had a bit of a realization. Sitting on the wagon, proverbially of course, does not burn calories! Running sure does though! So, I have decided to stop trying to get on the wagon, and I am going to run behind it for now! I will burn more "proverbial" calories that way! I love running, and I never miss a run unless I am resting an injury. Now, I need to start fueling my body with what I need to make those runs possible. It will be a different way to look at things.

Some things that ARE working for me right now.

1. Running! Gotta love the calorie burn, and I am always motivated to get out there.

2. Strength training 3 times a week. I don't love this part of my program, but golly, it sure does pay off! I am going to take my measurements tomorrow, because I think I have lost some inches as a result of all this work I have been doing.

3. 100 push up challenge, and 200 sit up challenge. I look forward to doing these sets and reps 3 times a week! I never thought I would look forward to any strength training!

4. Drinking water, 8 - 10 cups a day.


So, I am going to work what is working for me, and make a concerted effort to get back to preplanning my food and making sure I fuel my running machine properly!

  
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AWOLF24 10/31/2009 9:52PM

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CRYSBROWN1 10/31/2009 9:41PM

    You sound like you've established a solid plan & I like the fact that you are not letting the proverbial wagon run you over! You're doing something about it! I feel exactly the same way though but I like your positive spin on it!

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LYNNOTT 10/29/2009 3:28PM

    Great plan! I wish you the best!

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CINDYTW 10/29/2009 10:25AM

  Very motivating! I am not up to liking strength training yet...but you give me hope!

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AGINGDAISIES 10/29/2009 9:32AM

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NINJALINDA 10/29/2009 7:56AM

    Concentrate of the positive, gotta love that. And you have some GREAT stuff working for you. You've inspired me to start thinking November goals...what's working for me right now?!?

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/29/2009 7:32AM

    I love it, I need to think about a plan for Nov.

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DEUSMACHINA 10/29/2009 4:42AM

    Sounds like an awesome plan!

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POLKADOTREVIVAL 10/28/2009 10:41PM

   
Making the right food choices (or at least eating them in moderation) is SUCH a hard part of losing weight. If planning out is what you need to do, go for it. Make sure you include some snacks so you don't feel deprived, though.

Regardless, you've got your exercising down and that is such a monumental part of weight loss....Therefore, feel great about yourself and the work you've done so far!

Hope everything is good with the family :)

Keep up the good work.

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SUSAN381 10/28/2009 10:28PM

    I like the way you have put it. I think I will have to follow that same wagon emoticon

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