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So Far 2014

Monday, March 03, 2014

Well, it's a new month: March! I looked at my blog that I posted on Saturday, January 4th to see what my goals were for this year. Here's a reminder to myself of what those goals were:

1. 500 Miles this year
2. Operation Tone Up
3. Continuing to Eat Clean

For my first goal, so far, I'm at 119 running miles, with 381 more miles to go (24% of my goal).

With my 2nd goal, I joined an online challenge called Lean Body for Her Challenge. It's a 12-week program with an emphasis on strength training/toning as well as eating clean, which impacts my 3rd goal. Today, I'm in week #5, which emphasizes the drop set with the weights. The program describes the drop set as the following: 10 reps at a heavy weight, then drop to a lighter weight for 10 reps, & then finish the set with 10 reps at the lightest weight. This set is done with no rest between the sets. Repeat this 2 more times. It's suppose to fatigue the muscle you're working on. I will starting this today with my chest and triceps. Wish me luck!

So far, with my clean eating, I am happy to say that I haven't had sweet cravings. This totally shocks me. Every once in awhile, I find myself craving something sweet, but not for 4 weeks. WooHoo!

To add to this year's goal is to decrease my body fat. Currently, I'm 32% body fat and would like to get down to 25-27%.

This is where I'm currently at in 2014. Moving Onward and Forward!

  
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JAXMOMMY 3/4/2014 10:05PM

    Awesome! You are Sparking right along! Will have to check out that challenge. Sounds intrigueing and something worth me trying! You are doing great and congrats on not craving sweets!

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68ANNE 3/3/2014 9:17PM

    I am so impressed with your progress!
You are such an inspiration for me. Keep up the great work!

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THIN133 3/3/2014 1:24PM

    Nicely done ! Keep up the great work ! All the best to you for 2014 !

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MISSKORIB 3/3/2014 10:29AM

    Keep it up :)

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2013 Look Back & 2014 Goals

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Well, 2013 is now gone. I have to say I'm quite proud of what I accomplished in 2013. I lost 45 pounds and started back running in May 2013. With my running, I ran quite a few races: a few 5Ks, 4-miler, 5-miler, 10K, and a 9-miler. However, I so surprised myself with doing 2 Half Marathons in November as well as December. I couldn't believe it. I shocked myself because I did it. WooHoo! Additionally, I had a few personal best with my running. My 5K personal best was 32:35. My 5-miler personal best was 52:13. My Half personal best was 2:49:11.

This year, I want to accomplish 500 miles. I believe this will be achieved, but I have to be consistent with my running. As of today, I ran 9.2 miles and I have 490.8 miles to go. Additionally, I will be working on my speedwork in order to try to achieve more personal bests this year.

Today, I ended up going to my friend's gym. We worked out on the machines. I miss working out on the machines when I had gym memberships. I really want to tighten up my body. After losing 45 pounds, I'm a little flabby. My goal this year is to become more lean and toned. I'm debating about getting a 3-month temporary gym membership. We'll see!

Lastly, I want to continue to eat clean. I know exactly what I have to do. I have to plan my menus in advance. That really worked for me. Starting tomorrow, I will be drinking green smoothies as well as planning those menus. Abs are made in the kitchen.

I'm keeping my 2014 goals quite simple. Operation Tone Up in full effect! Here I Go!

  
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CINDYCHARLENE 1/11/2014 10:26PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. You have done great and your goal to tone up will be a reality I am sure with your determination.

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THIN133 1/6/2014 9:03PM

    Congratulations on such a successful year & your terrific weight loss & all your running ! Kudos to you ! 2014 will be a great year ! You have great, achievable goals ! I know you can do it !

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68ANNE 1/5/2014 7:03PM

    I know one of the things for me in feeling flabby was to give the body time to realize it was smaller and yes a gym will help but not necessary
Good luck to you and congrats on the races!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 1/5/2014 5:33PM

    You had a great 2013!

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JAXMOMMY 1/5/2014 2:01PM

    Wow! You should be proud of yourself! All that running with personal bests to boot! The weight loss is amazing too! Be proud! The temporary gym membership sounds like a good idea to see if you really want to commit. Congratulations on a great year with another already started! Can't wait to read about your new personal bests!

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Operation Tone Up

Tuesday, November 19, 2013



A friend & I were talking this weekend about feeling comfortable enough to run in a sports bra & shorts this summer, like some of the ladies who we saw running on the trails we run on. Some of these ladies had great bodies & some not so great, but the confidence they displayed was very inspiring.

So, along with incorporating the Eat Clean lifestyle, I bought a new strength training program from Beachbody.com. It's called Body Beast. At first, I said no because it looked like it was for mainly guys who are trying build muscle mass & bulk up. Also, it could be a little intimidating after looking at the infomercial with these huge guys. However, on one of the many fitness Facebook pages I'm currently on, I saw a lady who started using this product & her arms look amazing. Then, I asked my Beachbody coach if he heard of any ladies who used this workout? It comes to find out that his secretary is using it & she loves it. So, I decided to get it. Thus far, I've been doing it for three days and definitely feel it. With this program, I have to lift heavy during the lower reps & lifting a little lighter during the higher reps. It's called Super Sets. The trainer who the other guys call Beast is so funny and enjoyable on the eyes (Ladies if you know what I'm saying)! LOL! Right now, I can say I'm enjoying myself despite the fact that this workout is designed for guys who want to get pumped up (my SNL Arnold Schwarzenegger impression).

Now, I've reached my goal and I've been maintaining between 134.8 to 135.5 pounds for almost a month. However, I want to tone up my body and continue to lower my body fat, which is currently 32.3%. I read an article that for a woman over 40 with 23% to 30% is considered good to excellent. I would like to make this range my goal as I continue with my running, strength training & eating clean.



I'm going to really work on eating lean proteins (135-200 grams) as I want to decrease my body fat, but increase my muscle mass. This is not going to be an easy feat, but I'm going to give it the best that I've got. In addition, I want to see how amazing can I get my body in these upcoming months. It took 11 months to lose 47 pounds. Now, let's see how many months will it take to create muscle definition & decrease my body fat to my goal range.



This year, I've learned that I can do anything if I put forth the time & effort. I'm so worth the sacrifice & discipline. I'm loving the path I'm on as it pertains to my health. So, I'm giving myself 6 months to really focus & be committed to becoming more toned. This is right around my 45th birthday. I want to see if I can be in better shape in my 40s than I was in my 20s (I'm already in better shape than my 30s). Here I go! Operation Tone Up in full effect.

  
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JAXMOMMY 11/19/2013 11:04PM

    Tone, Baby, Tone!! Sounds awesome! I know you can do it!

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    Congrats on reaching one goal and setting another!

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An Honor

Monday, November 18, 2013



My running group showcased me on our Facebook page. One of the Ambassador's even wants to tell my story to other BGR groups. This is such an honor. I told the ladies about my weight loss journey as well as my running journey. I hope to continue to motivate and encourage others. You just never know whose life you're impacting.

  
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    Wow, that is so great! You are inspiring!

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JAXMOMMY 11/18/2013 10:19PM

    Congratulations! You never do know who you might impact, do you? That is a true honor and you are so deserving!!

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Eat Clean Challenge Results

Saturday, November 02, 2013



I know I haven't posted in awhile with respect to my Eat Clean Challenge. Well, the results are in! I've lost 2.1% body fat. Yes, I've only lost 1.8#, but I've lost inches.

Additionally, I completed my first Half Marathon. I couldn't believe it. I had to walk some, but that just fine with me.





After carb loading this week in order to prepare for the Half, I'm going back to doing clean eating. However, I'm going to enjoy myself during Thanksgiving with my family.

Here's my plan for November. I will commit to not eat or drink the following:

No Diet Soda
No Fast Food
No Alcohol
No White Bread/Flour
No White Sugar and High Fructose Sugar
No Store Bought Juice
No Pasta
No Artificial Sweeteners
Any Packaged Foods with more than 12 grams of sugar per serving

  
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JAXMOMMY 11/12/2013 7:51PM

    Hi! Just catching up on E-mails and saw I missed your blogs! Sounds like a good plan! I need to stop the artificial sweetners, but am not ready to do it yet! Hope you are doing well! Congratulations on your first 1/2 marathon! That is totally impressive!! Yay YOu!

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FUNLOVEN 11/3/2013 8:29AM

    emoticon Congratulations on being such a success! ! !

I have been wondering what exactly this Clean Eating is all about, but I think it is pretty much laid out in your November plan. Is there more to it?

emoticon Happy November!

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FLORIDASUN 11/3/2013 8:22AM

    Good job! You can do this and are doing it so well. Just keep on keepin' on and we'll all be cheering you towards your goals!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 11/3/2013 12:44AM

    Great plans!!

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Spark ON!!

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68ANNE 11/2/2013 8:12PM

    Congrats on your half marathon!

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  great job

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