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Getting Back on Track Attack

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

As I mentioned in some of my status updates, I've been struggling to regain consistency every since having achieved my 5K goal. I ran the 5K almost a month ago (April 14th) and hadn't worked out AT ALL from that time until YESTERDAY. Key word: YESTERDAY.

Last night, I sat up and wrote (or re-wrote) my goals on paper for this week (baby steps) and started implementing plans to achieve them TODAY. One component of those plans is to workout EVERY single day for at least 35 minutes.

So, here I am on Day 1, DOING IT! LOL Sorry if you have motion-sickness type issues. I'm walking on the treadmill in this video. LOL

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EMILYDOODLE 6/28/2012 10:07PM

  i like the vlog. way to go!

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HALLELUL 5/11/2012 11:33AM

    I finally got to watch your vlog!! Girl you were moving. I need to incorporate an attack too.

Keep moving.
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POLISHVEGAN 5/10/2012 10:48PM

    Good for you! I went from couch to 10K last year. I ran the 10K and then absolutely stopped running until recently. I am not sure why we do that, but you are not alone. The key is you you are back and at it, and so am I. Hear that everyone in the same position? It's OK if you stopped, as long as you start again!! :)

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ABETTERSOUL 5/10/2012 2:48PM

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TEMPEST272002 5/10/2012 2:22PM

    Good job getting back to it!

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CELLO23 5/10/2012 2:00PM

    Woohoo True-ness! Nice to see you in action! I love how you just (1) decide (2) do! Inspiring!
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PINKBEANBOO 5/10/2012 12:27PM

    There it is!
Unfortunately, the sound doesn't work on my work computer. Darn. Hopefully I can remember to look it up at home.
BTW, congrats on getting a workout done 2 days in a row : )

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BUFFYSMOM2 5/10/2012 8:37AM

    I, too, loved your vlog!!! You are VERY inspirational! Keep up the great work!
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GOURMETLOSER 5/10/2012 2:33AM

    Go girl!
Great start back. Wish I had the umph to emulate you!

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POOKASLUAGH 5/9/2012 9:14PM

    I LOVE that you did your vlog on the treadmill!!! How frickin' awesome! And I loved hearing your voice. :D You can do this!!!

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 5/9/2012 8:41PM

    I like the vlog. You can do it Bestie! I believe in you :-)

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Milestone #4: I Can't Believe I RAN a 5K!!!! Wow!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I did it!!! I can't believe it!! I actually did it! I set a goal at the end of 2011 to run a 5K in 2012. When I signed up in March, I was left with only 5 weeks to train. Those 5 weeks were aggressive. But, I actually did it!! Me??!! Unbelievable!

My husband, children, mother and best friend all came down to support me. It was great knowing they were there.... They are the absolute best!!!

Now for the play-by-play...

I participated in the Move4Mobility 5k and 5-miler, for which 100% of the proceeds go to support the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research group. I signed up for this particular race because I was familiar with the terrain. I knew that the route was flat, with no hills whatsover. I knew that it wouldn't really get a lot of publicity (unlike Susan G. Komen) so there wouldn't be tons of people there. I chose well.

I arrived at about 7am to pick up my race package.

There I am with my neon yellow shirt on.

There were a few people there. Some with short sleeves and some with short shorts. But, it was COLD! I knew that those folks must be hardcore runners to dress in that manner. They knew that they'd get hot as they continued to run. I knew that too, but I layered up. If I got hot... too bad. I wasn't coming out there with short sleeves and short shorts or capris! No Sir-eee.

Anyway, when the race started, I somehow ended up at the front of the pack.
Mistake, mistake, mistake. LOL.

See my bright yellow neon shirt over to the right. (smile)

Those folks were wisping past me... AND, they totally overwhelmed me. The adrenaline of it all caused me to start out much faster than I'm used to. But, I just couldn't slow down. I was out of breath very quickly. I was trying to find my pace and my rhythm. I couldn't figure out what my pace was supposed to be... UNTIL... a woman jogged up beside me and it SEEMED like she had a similar pace to mine. I asked her if she was running the 5K or the 5-miler. When she said that she was running the 5K, I thought to myself... "I'm going to be with her the whole time." And I was.

Can you see me and my race-day jogging buddy?

She had a SIMILAR pace, but I realized during the race that it was slightly faster than my pace. She challenged me. It wasn't a "conversational" pace for me, but we managed to talk regardless. I seemed more out of breath than she, but we continued on. She stopped to walk for 10-seconds at one point. Very quick. But, I just kept jogging beside her. I never stopped jogging.

She also had one of those GPS watches and she would every so often tell me how far we had gone. Honestly, I didn't even want to know. It seemed to make me more anxious. It made me start thinking about the finish. Thankfully, she never did tell me the amount of time we had been jogging. I appreciate that very much. Because when we hit the turnaround and started headed back for the last half of the race, I KNEW I would make it. There was no way I could stop at that point. I KNEW I had to press on.

And together, we did. We pressed on right through the finish line. We finished in 39:10!!! I couldn't be more ecstatic!!! I can't even imagine it... still. I had only hoped that I would finish in less than 45 minutes. But, to finish in less than 40 minutes???!!!.... WOW!!

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My official finishing time was 38:39!!!

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And, it really feels good to be able to run. I feel strong. I feel fit. I feel like continuing on!

I hope to have some pictures of the event at some point. My mom took pictures but with one of those throw-away digital cameras. LOL Crazy. So, once she has her photos developed (or whatever you call it with those things..LOL), I'll post some pictures on my page. (UPDATE: My mom couldn't even locate the pictures she took with that pitiful camera! LOL So, I have no pictures from her. No finishline photo either.)

Thanks everyone for all your support as I trained!!! You're the best!!

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 5/7/2012 8:52PM

    A great accomplishment! woo-hoo! emoticon

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    Awe good for you! This is such an AMAZING milestone. Your hard work and dedication certainly paid off. You kept your eyes on the prize and you received it with resounding victory. Go you!

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KANSASROSE67 4/19/2012 3:05PM

    WAY TO GO! I remember how great I felt after my first 5K...your blog brought back all those good feelings!


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CELLO23 4/19/2012 6:20AM

    Woo True-ness! So proud of you! And inspiring for my own runs too! Think it's really brave to go and tackle a race like that on your own, and great you met someone to run with. Keep on at it! You go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYLADY4 4/18/2012 9:48PM

    Great job and I think you have been bit by the running bug!!! Have fun running ;)

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FITFOODIE806 4/18/2012 7:50PM

    What a great blog! Congrats toyou. Your attitude and love of running is inspirational!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 4/18/2012 6:22PM

    I am so proud of you!!!!!! You did it. Now just to let you know it does not stop at one will be hunting the computer for your next one soon.

The beauty of any race is that you can go at your pace. And, yes for future races, it might be safer to head to the back a little more. I like races that have pacers so that you can get with a group who are guesstimating on finishing the race about the same time as you.

And it was nice that you had you own cheering squad to be there with you for your first race.

Thanks for sharing.

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SHERR513 4/18/2012 6:08PM

    Way to go emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 4/18/2012 5:49PM

    Way to go!
This is so exciting! You really rocked it out!
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I'm glad you made your status about this blog - I wasn't on here over the weekend so I missed it. So glad I found it : )

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POOKASLUAGH 4/15/2012 9:20AM

    I am so happy for you!!! That's so great! And in 5 weeks - what an accomplishment!! Can't wait to see pics.

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BECKYANNE1 4/14/2012 8:58PM

    emoticon That is so Awesome!

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MOBYCARP 4/14/2012 8:46PM

    Good job! The goal of a first race is always to finish, and you managed to finish running all the way. Well done!

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ABETTERSOUL 4/14/2012 5:47PM

    Congratulations...great time! I enjoyed my first 5k...sounds like you did too!

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GOURMETLOSER 4/14/2012 2:13PM

    That is brilliant AND under 40 minutes. I'm so pleased you did so well.
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TEMPEST272002 4/14/2012 12:54PM

    Fantastic! You did great. Another milestone to add to your growing list!

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KRISZTA11 4/14/2012 11:59AM

You ran a great time!
Never mind those running faster than you, speed improves during time - probably they started running earlier, that's all.
You'll get faster every month, even without pushing too hard.

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PIXIECUTE 4/14/2012 10:40AM

    Congrats!! 39:10 is impressive!! what a great accomplishment :)

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I Did It!! I Ran for 35 Minutes Straight!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to do it. I mean, 5K Training has NOT been going well.

Week 1 - I trained 1 day.
Week 1 repeat - I trained 2 days
Week 2 - I skipped altogether. I didn't do any training.
Week 3 - I trained 1 day and then another day I just walked the entire time

And, now, it's week 4!! I am supposed to RUN (no walk intervals) for all of my training days! Day 1 is supposed to be 35 minutes; Day 2, 35 minutes; and Day 3, 40 minutes.

I have been stressing over it for a while now. Yesterday, I was going to do my training, but I just didn't. So, that meant that I just had to do it today if I was going to get in 3 days this week with breaks in between.

I really didn't think I was going to be able to do it. I have never run that long. The most I've run is 10 minutes straight. Soooo, I just determined that I would simply do my best. I thought my best would be 10 minutes and then walk for a few minutes and then repeat that until the 35 minutes were up. But, that wasn't my best. Something kicked in after about 4 minutes. It wasn't a cardiovascular struggle anymore and I had a lot more in me. So, I just distracted myself from thinking about the time and I just kept running and I made it! I made it through the entire 35 minutes without stopping!

I'm just so thrilled!!!

Now, I didn't get very far (2.7 miles). But, that was with a 5 minute warm-up walk and a 5 minute cool-down walk. So, I really did that mileage in 45 minutes. Soo.. if I want to finish the 5K in 45 minutes, I guess I'll have to amp it up. But, I'll know for sure after my 3rd run this week where I have to run for 40 minutes straight. If I can get very close to 3 miles in that time, then I know I should be able to complete the 3.1 in 45minutes.

But, that goal is just tucked away in the back back back of my mind. I really just want to be able to run the 5K without walking any. However long that takes is fine... um, well sort of. :-) LOL

Thanks for the support everyone!!

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TINABINA5 5/8/2012 9:04PM

    Great job!!! Woo Hoo!

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STSCOTT11 5/8/2012 1:20PM

    PROUD OF YOU! Your are a true lady warrior.

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SHERR513 4/13/2012 9:05PM

    Congrats! You are such a great inspiration! Im working on my first 5K in May I'm nervous but I also want to have fun!

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1NANA4EVER 4/11/2012 8:59AM

    Great accomplishment! It has taken me a while to check your blog, so this is old news. But still I want to let you know how excited I am that you continue to succeed and are doing so well!

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GOURMETLOSER 4/5/2012 4:03AM

    Great work. You did amazingly. Well done!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 4/3/2012 10:17PM

    Very encouraging blog! You kicked self doubt to the curb and just did what had to be done. This an amazing NSV. Get your running shoes ready because that 5k will be marked off your list in no time!

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MOBYCARP 4/3/2012 7:55PM

    Well done! The structure of the 5K Your Way program makes Week 4, Day 1 a challenge; I didn't know I'd be able to run that long continually till I did it, either. And my time on that first 35 minute run was slower than I ended up running routinely. Part of that was caution and uncertainty of being able to do it; and part was that as I kept running, I became more fit and able to run better.

Keep it up! No matter how slow you run, you're lapping the folks who stay on the couch.

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CELLO23 4/3/2012 6:01PM

    Well done, True-ness! That's quite a jump and you did it! You've really hit on something with the distraction tactic - I struggle running on my own, but with someone else it's much easier, as you can talk and keep your mind off it! Keep at it and roll on the 5K! emoticon emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 4/3/2012 4:04PM

    Great job!! I've just started training for a 5K, and am doing good to run for two minutes at a time!! Don't worry about the time, just keep on Doing It!!

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KRISZTA11 4/3/2012 3:36PM

Very good time for a start,
and a great breakthrough!
Don't worry about time, you'll get stronger and faster every week.

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    Congrats to you on such a great achievement! Continued success as you push ahead ... emoticon

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SHEILAJ2008 4/3/2012 12:58PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! My husband's a runner and I'm getting to the point where I'm going to start a running program also and we use the Marine Corps Running Cadences. My husband's a Marine and downloaded them for free on their website! They help keep a rythym going while you're running. Hope this helps!! Way to go!!! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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MIM2317 4/3/2012 12:57PM

    Any time I do my 5K under 45 minutes, I consider it a victory. I always follow this motto..."Running slow is not a character flaw, quitting is."

Good Luck! You can do it!

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What's Been Going on With Me?...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Well, I've been kind of quiet for about a month and a half... That's because I've been BUSY BUSY BUSY.

At first, I was busy getting in trouble... (I gained 10 lbs in about a week during the first month in February).

Then I was busy celebrating (My birthday and my son's birthday and Valentine's Day... which didn't help to get rid of the 10 lbs.)

And then, I got busy losing...

Finally, TODAY, my ticker reflects the truth of my weight again!! WHAT HARD WORK!!

I didn't bother changing my ticker when I gained that 10 lbs in ONE WEEK!! I couldn't bear it. I did fess up in my status and I said that I wasn't changing my ticker. I just didn't want to get congratulated on re-losing pounds that I had already lost. I didn't want it to seem like I'd been doing so well when I hadn't been. So, now that I've re-lost the 10 lbs that I gained, the ticker is accurate again!!

I'm so glad! That was such a hard lesson learned! My husband's and my daughter's birthdays are this month...but I'm not repeating my mistakes. I don't want my February gain to happen again. It's so not worth it. It's so much easier to gain that it is to lose (as we all know). So, I'm determined to continue going DOWN DOWN DOWN.

I am ONCE AGAIN 5 lbs away from a "HEALTHY" BMI. I'm chasing that milestone along with my "Run a 5K" milestone.

I'm hopeful in regard to both, and I'm going to continue to work hard to reach them.

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KTTAYLOR21 3/19/2012 3:16PM

    You are so good!! Your almost there!! How are you enjoying the weather? I'm a little nervous about the summer. The mosquitos are going to eat us alive!!

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SHERR513 3/16/2012 9:00AM

    You are such a great inspiration!!

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CELLO23 3/13/2012 6:06AM

    Well done on getting back on track. Confess I've done that too - not reporting an increase emoticon and then using it as a spur to get back to where I was. You've managed some pretty full-on challenges over the months, so this one slip is human! Winter time is tricky all round - have had a similar gain, now starting to shift. Maybe next year we will be better armed! emoticon Have a great week!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/13/2012 5:19AM

    Congrats on taking those pounds off again. I Know from experience that its no fun to lose the same pounds again, but it has to be done and you did it. It would have been easy to just give up but you didn't, so congratulations! You're doing great!

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SUZANNE0606 3/12/2012 11:56PM

    I know you can do it!!!

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ABETTERSOUL 3/12/2012 8:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You go girl!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/12/2012 7:55PM

    5 lbs!!! You can make it Vanessa! You're going to do great! And I hope you take lots of lovely pictures when you get there. :)

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SMANISMELL 3/12/2012 7:09PM

    Yay! You lost the weight that you had put back on! Losing weight is so hard and it is disappointing to gain weight back. But, you are on the right track with your weight loss goals. Good luck with the 5K.... I hope that you can do it.


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Milestone #3: I'm 3/4 of the Way to Goal!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This will be short and sweet...

TODAY, I'm praising God because I've reached the 3/4 point of my weight loss journey!!!


I have 5 pounds to lose before I reach HEALTHY and my wedding-day weight! I have 15 more pounds to lose before I reach GOAL!!!!!! What?!!


Honestly, this kind of scares me though...especially right now. You see, February is a celebratory month. Every year, I gain about 5 lbs the first week of February and I keep that 5 lb gain for the entire month. I have not yet figured out how to prevent it.

One reason is because our 30-day spiritual fast ends on February 1st. Start eating...start gaining. It's inevitable. My husband and I and a few members of our church have been fasting for 30 days in January for about 5 years now and I've still not come up with any good strategies for breaking the fast that don't result in an initial 5 lb weight gain. But, I will, again, TRY my hardest.

The other reason is because it's my son's birthday month and it's my birthday month as well. There will be lots of restaurant meals as my friends offer to take me to dinner to celebrate. After 30 days on liquids, it's hard NOT to indulge. Your mind has desired everything but the kitchen sink. So, it's very hard, but I know it's not IMPOSSIBLE. No excuses.

So, with 3 days of the fast remaining...maybe I'll lose 1 or 2 more pounds to buffer the 5 lb gain....maybe I'll be able to hold on to this milestone of being 3/4 of the Way to Goal.

Fingers crossed AND hard work PLANNED.

Stay tuned..... :-)

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STSCOTT11 2/9/2012 1:01PM

    Everything will be ALRIGHT.
It seems your more AWARE of what COULD HAPPEN but your PROACTIVE so you know SOMETHING has to be done.
I think if you stay within your healthy caloric values monitoring your food intake carefully and get in your exercise DAILY as you come off the fast you should be okay.
You don't have to accept the can fight back...make a plan and dare yourself to stick to it and see what happens.
I use to feel a similar way with my monthly cycle. I accepted I would gain up to +5 lbs. EVERY MONTH. It was exhausting UNTIL I started to FIGHT BACK. I looked for ways to combat the weight gain and most months as long as I follow my plan I don't gain anything and sometimes I lose! :)
Hang have done so good all along and you will make the grade through this too!

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KTTAYLOR21 2/9/2012 12:56PM

    You have done an amazing job so far. Congrats!!!

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WALKINGGIRL6 2/6/2012 7:09AM

    Way to go with your weight loss. Maybe set a calorie limit and use spark to keep track. Can you suggest other ways to celebrate your birthday instead of eating out many times. If you have a friend that is an exerciser maybe go to a drop in exercise class to celebrate your birtday and success so far. How about doing a manicure with a few girlfriends. I have done a girlfriend, book/coffee afternoon at our favorite book store, it was fun and no guilt afterwards. I know how hard it can be my daughter and my birthday are 3 weeks apart. Sometimes it has been eat, eat,eat for 3 solid weeks. Not anymore though. My birthday is on the 13th and I'm planning one meal of limited indulgence at my favorite restaurant. I'm also having one birthday cupcake, the rest are going home with family. Have your water bottle beside you at all times and drink extra water first, it helps fill the stomach and you will eat less. Eat lots of veggie. Sending you strength vibes-------------------------- emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 2/1/2012 6:09AM

    That is so well done. I do hope you lost a couple more to offset the gain that will come with normal eating.
Perhaps consider a partial fast...Cut out added sugars or something for another week or so to try and stop the rebound effect????
So proud of you.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/30/2012 2:39PM

    Woo hoo! Way to go... the finish line is in sight! emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing your blog! No, it's NOT impossible, and it CAN be done! You will DO IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/29/2012 2:58PM

    Congrats on meeting your 3/4 mark! Woots! The fast slows your metabolism, so you might want to adjust your February strategies to truly focus on metabolism building activities: 6 small meals per day, 8 hours sleep, weight training, extra protien/less carbs, etc. Pick 3 days to indulge: birthdays & valentines and just do it for 1 meal each of those days. Good luck!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/29/2012 10:49AM

    You are doing great. I wouldn't be too upset about gaining after a fast. I've always gained some after a fast. If you are eating well just know that you are adjusting to being back on solid food again. emoticon

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COURAGETOMOVE 1/29/2012 10:19AM

    You are on fire this year. Your goals don't stand a chance against you! I think the 5 pounds is your body adjusting back to eating. Maybe you could increase your exercise or figure out a way to gradually add food back in. Good luck either way you got this

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FERRETLOVER1 1/29/2012 9:38AM

    Wow - that's a long fast. I also wish I had advice, but I don't either. Just try to be aware of what you're eating when you go out. Eat very slowly so your mind has a chance to realize your body is full. Good luck.

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POOKASLUAGH 1/29/2012 8:28AM

    Good luck! Coming off a fast like that must be difficult for your body to adjust to. :/ I wish I had some advice for you!

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