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December 31st, 2010 | Ann
2010 was a year of ups and downs for me –
I stopped eating healthy and working out (April – September)
I gained back all the weight I had lost doing TWL (Team Weight Loss) earlier in the year
I did not get selected as the next Future Prior Fat Girl
I let down some friends
I did not eliminate my debt
I left my previous, familiar job in which I was very talented
I cried, fought, kicked and screamed my way through losing 30 lbs – Actually, that is an UP.
I got married to the love of my life
I completed my goal of 12 5ks in 12 months
I started the year strong in weight loss, and am finishing the year even stronger in weight loss
I felt the tremendous love and support from my family and friends
I changed jobs to a new, challenging position that teaches me something new every day
I gave up Diet Coke
I’ve seen a lot of NSVs, and also a lot of SVs
A week ago, I blogged about wanting to hit the 30lb lost mark by Christmas. I must have been good this year, because Santa brought me a gift!! -30.6 LBS!!! I’ll be posting a “charts and graphs” blog next week so you can see my weight loss to-date, and a month’s worth of activity. December was a strong month for me, physically and mentally. Thank you for letting me share it with you!
Yesterday was a significant NSV. I wore my “skinny pants” to work. These haven’t fit since last March – and they were snug last spring. Yesterday, they were a little too big. I felt FABULOUS wearing them –
Lastnight, Jay and I went to the gym and did an hour of yoga. Before the yoga class, I wanted to see how fast I could run a mile. My previous mile time was 12:58. Yesterday’s time was 12:44. My goal is to continue to improve my 1-mile time, especially as I train and get ready for the longer races this year. I burned 600 calories at the gym, and felt fabulous afterwards –
We are getting ready for the Hopeful 5k tomorrow. It’s supposed to be really cold out. But if the race organizer and the volunteers are there, and other walkers and runners are there, we can be there, too. The secret will be to layer, layer, layer. I’m looking forward to starting the New Year with a 5k.
What about my 2011 goals? Well, here are the main ones –
1. Complete 12 races in 12 months, including a 10-mile race and a half-marathon.
2. Become a runner. (See #1.)
3. Continue to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
4. Continue to create myself as the person I want to become.
5. Get to my goal weight.
Yes, I know. Weight-related goals are so…. cliche. But looking at the data, I have lost 30 pounds in the past 15 weeks (A rate of 2 lbs/week). I have 50 more pounds to lose. If I can lose 1 lb/week (which is only half the rate I’ve been losing), I will reach my goal by the end of 2011. That is a totally reasonable goal, right?
I love sharing pictures of my dog. This is what I came home to lastnight –
It was raining when I walked him lastnight. Jay took the opportunity to dry him in the towel. My puppy Biscuit LOVES being towel-dried. The proof is in the picture –
Lastly, I want to take an opportunity to say “thank you” to all my family and friends for the support during this weight-loss journey. Thanks to all my followers and the people who leave such encouraging comments. I go back and read your comments, especially when I am struggling with making healthy decisions. You all help motivate me so much more than you would ever know!! Thanks for sharing in my journey and letting me share in yours, too!
And thanks to my amazing, wonderful husband. Jay – you keep me accountable, you keep me motivated, and you haven’t left my side – even when my pace is much slower than yours. Thank you for being you and pushing me when I need it. Thank you for listening to my cries, whines and complaints. And thanks for calling me out on my BS and being my “engine” when I didn’t have my own. Thank you for believing in me and supporting me. Thanks for loving me. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store – if it’s any indication of the next 60 years, we are going to have the time of our lives!!
Bloggies – Congratulations on all of your accomplishments in 2010. You all have shown me so much about weight-loss, activity, motivation, success and learning lessons!! I wouldn’t be at this place in my journey without you!! I hope you and your family and friends have a very happy, very healthy 2011!! You are in charge of creating the person you want to be!!
December 30th, 2010 | Ann
Happy Thursday! Are you working tomorrow? I’m off tomorrow for New Years, and I have some really fun weekend plans, including meeting up with some friends, continuing to “shop” in my closet, and running the Hopeful 5k.
Jay is trying to make some time to go skiing. He’s a really good at skiing and looks forward to enjoying the outdoor “winter” Minnesota activities. For his birthday, my sister got him this awesome shoulder strap that holds your skis and poles –
And me? I don’t ski. Because, frankly, I would break both my arms and both my legs on the way down.
Lastnight, Jay and I went to the gym. We had awesome workouts and treated ourselves to Sushi Wednesdays! Our gym is across the street from a Lunds, and they have some delicious and healthy choices, and it usually is our go-to (along with Subway), when we don’t want to cook. I got the Philly roll and a small cup of their signature Wild Rice soup –
Why was it such a good workout? I got on the treadmil and ran. Then I ran, then I walked a little bit, and then I ran some more. I went over 3.5 miles on the treadmil. I felt both physically and mentally strong. Since Jay is training for a triathlon, he decided to “brick” train yesterday – that’s where you do 2 of the legs back-to-back in training. Jay did a spinning class and then ran on the treadmil. He came to find me in the bay of treadmils and he didn’t even recognize me!! That must mean that my body is changing – my own husband didn’t know who I was!
I’d count yesterday as a VERY successful day of NSVs (Non-Scale Victories). Have you been experiencing some NSVs as well? I hope so! Have a happy, healthy day my bloggie friends!!
December 29th, 2010 | Ann
Hi! Happy Wednesday! How is your week so far? Are you making healthy choices? I know it’s difficult, either being off from work, or being at work and surrounded by leftover holiday treats (cookies, fudge, cake – we have them at my work, too!). Just know that if you are making those choices for healthy living, you are setting yourself up for success. When everybody is making New Years Resolutions, you will already have a head start!
I want to pass along some race information for 2011. The folks over at Charities Challenge are offering an awesome deal – you can pay a discounted rate for 11 Holiday Run 5ks during 2011. They are also offering a discounted rate for 6 Taking on All Challenges series 5ks during 2011. Both of these deals are only through the remainder of December (only a few days left!), so click over for some additional information!
Here is a picture of Jay and I after the Charities Challenge Fearless 5k on Halloween. This race was the first of the year in which we ran the entire 3.2 miles –
I love Charities Challenge because they are a non-profit with a mission that is closely aligned with my own goals : To Improve Health/Fitness, Reduce Health Risks, and Enhance Disease Management via Goal-oriented RxExercise Training Programs, Engaging Events & Active Community Partnerships…Because there is NO CURE for all the ills associated with lack of exercise…except RxExercise!
The race organizer and all the volunteers are really passionate about what they do! They take extra time to make sure people feel comfortable and supported – especially if it is their first 5k. All of the races are open to both runners and walkers! Of course, the treats after the race are awesome. They also provide pictures (with the JPG available to download for free!), which hardly any other races do. Here’s a picture from the Fearless 5k –
I didn’t get an opportunity to share some of my fabulous Christmas gifts. Two of the things I am most excited about are a new ipod for my workouts, and a year subscription to Women’s Running magazine. Has anyone ever read this magazine? IT’S WONDERFUL!! The articles and suggestions are SO helpful and I am totally digging it! Thanks to my mom for getting such awesome gifts that help me with my goals –
Last night, Jay and I ran some errands and stopped at Borders. They were having an after-Christmas sale and most of their books were 50% off. A lot of you are familiar with the Jeff Galloway training method, and I took the opportunity to get one of his books, as well as a day-by-day 2011 running log. I am SO HAPPY to have found both of these books –
Look how cool this training book is! There’s a spot each day to record your “Where/When”, “Distance” and “Comments”. There are also tips, pictures, and a monthly calendar to mark off your runs. I can’t wait to start using this –
Lastnight, I also spent some time shopping. No, not at Borders or any other store. No, I spent the night shopping IN MY OWN CLOSET!!! That’s right – I started pulling out the clothes that were too tight or ill-fitting. I tried on all of my “skinny pants” – AND THEY ALL FIT!! Oh my gosh. I could have tried on clothes ALL NIGHT!! I was SO SO SO excited about reaching the point in my progress that my “skinny clothes” fit well, and felt good. Pretty soon, I’ll have to actually shop for new clothes! But for now, I am ecstatic to be back into those clothes!
Welcome to my new followers (58 of you!) – and a quick shout-out to Monica who is planning some awesome races in 2011, and Emily who has given me Yoga advice and is recently engaged! Thanks for your supportive comments! I hope you all have a very happy, healthy day.
December 28th, 2010 | Ann
Hey all! Happy Tuesday! I am celebrating with my 100th post today, although the post may not be as lighthearted as it should be. We can save that for the 101th post.
Last week, I blogged about my horrible Diet Coke addiction and how it was starting to effect me, physically. In fact, this cartoon may have been me (replace “natalie” with “ann“) –
I’m happy to report that today is my 3rd day without Diet Coke. I’m not so happy to report that I have been feeling miserable – headaches, dizzy, nauseous, irritable (right, Jay?) and generally crabby. I had no idea how much that soda was really a significant part of my life. I also feel embarrassed that it got to the point that the soda was making me physically ill before I noticed the addiction and consequences.
I was looking around the interwebs and found a post by Somyr Perry on this blog. She talks about going through a Diet Coke “detox” and here’s what she said –
“Almost two weeks ago I quit cold turkey. The first day was fine. The second day was rough; I had headaches and used ibuprofen to relieve the pain. The third and fourth days were heinous: headaches, severe fatigue, crankiness, insomnia and cravings. I didn’t think I could make it through that first week.”
She did make it through the first week, and continued to her goal of giving up diet coke completely. I can’t wait to be done with this horrible detox and feeling “normal” again – even better than normal! I’m happy to know that the feelings I have and the side affects are completely normal and common. It’s scary to think about how the chemicals in Diet Coke can cause me to feel like this – if you don’t know about them, you can read it here.
Meanwhile, thanks for the suggestions and comments. I am feeling really good about my decision to stop drinking Diet Coke because of the long-term healthy benefits. I know my decision isn’t right for everyone, but it WILL help me continue in my weight-loss journey and help me reach my goal of living a healthy, active lifestyle. For now? If you see me, try to avoid me. And if you happen to have a Diet Coke with you? All bets are off.
December 27th, 2010 | Ann
Hi! Happy Monday! I hope you had a very wonderful Christmas weekend. I’ll give you a quick recap of my weekend and tell you how I showed MYSELF the meaning of Merry Christmas by taking care of my body!
On Christmas Eve, I posted a blog about getting the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred. I did the DVD on Friday morning, and it was BRUTAL! That Jillian Michaels doesn’t kid around! I completed Level 1, and then hit the gym where we live. I did 2 miles on the treadmil (without stopping!) – it was a really great workout: I burned over 700 calories, but I also felt really mentally strong. We drove down to my parents’ that afternoon, and my sister prepared a delicious (and healthy!) Christmas Eve meal.
We also had “family Wii night” and played some fun Wii fit games – chicken wing flapping, rhythm kung-fu, skiing, and golf –
Christmas morning, we had a healthy brunch including low-calorie egg bake, weight watchers apple french toast bake, and a winter fruit salad. Thanks again to my sister for helping prepare such a healthy meal! We opened gifts, and I got some awesome gifts – an air popcorn popper, a food steamer, an individual coffee maker, Hungry Girl cookbook, new kitchen knives, and a subscription to Women’s Running magazine! My family was totally in tune to my healthy goals and got some gifts to help support me in reaching those goals! It wasn’t just Christmas gifts to me, but also to my body!!
Here are Jay and I next to the Christmas tree –
My mom belongs to a 24-hour access gym, and we decided to get a workout on Christmas Day. I got some new workout clothes from the Nike outlet and I took the opportunity to sport my new duds and get a fabulous workout. Jay and my mom came too –
When we got to the gym, there was nobody there! I had a great 3-mile workout on the treadmil, and did some weights and stretching afterwards. I was so proud and excited to have worked out on Christmas day –
This weekend represented Merry Christmas to my body because I took care of it. I ate healthy meals and didn’t binge on sweets. I surrounded myself with family and friends who support my healthy living goals. I got gifts that will continue to help me reach those goals. I took care of myself, and even had some great workouts – including Christmas Day! Most importantly, I felt the love and inspiration to continue to take care of myself and live a healthy, active lifestyle!
Thank you to my family and friends for helping create such a healthy weekend. Jay and I can’t say “thank you” enough for the love, support, and motivation to reach our goals. We are so blessed and appreciative to have that type of support in our lives!! Thank you for everything!!
December 24th, 2010 | Ann
Since Jay and I are going to my parents’ house for Christmas, we decided to exchange our gifts to eachother early. Our main gifts were big – a PSP (for Jay when he travels) and a laptop for me. We already got those online a few weeks ago and agreed to use them before Christmas. We did get a few little gifts for eachother to open on Christmas Eve (eve).
Jay is big into drinking tea, and I found this awesome tea pot and mugs for him – they also came with some Green Tea and some Spiced Red Tea. Yum –
Jay’s family sent us a Christmas package since we won’t be seeing them before the holidays. If you remember, we visited them in North Carolina over Thanksgiving. We opened the box from his family (but not the gifts!) and inside was a package of home-made peanut butter balls and Biltmore Estate fudge –
It took everything I had not to devour those peanut butter balls and fudge right away! Jay and I each had a small taste of the peanut butter ball… And then we decided we didn’t want or need the extra calories. After all, we both got really awesome healthy gifts – a workout DVD and a tea pot. Why go back on the progress we’ve made and the hard work we put in? Especially after the night we had lastnight – a brutal spinning class and a healthy dinner.
I’ve often times thought about how my blog is a vehicle for remembering my progress, learning from mistakes, and celebrating successes. Today is one of those days I want to celebrate my success. I took a huge step forward in the direction of creating the person I want to become. I didn’t give into temptation, and I put myself and my own goals first.
December 23rd, 2010 | Ann
Thank you for the supportive comments and suggestions from yesterday’s post. I am feeling much better, although I have been fighting an upset stomach all day. I have some exciting news –
1. Regarding “Operation Diet Coke” – yesterday I only had 2 Diet Cokes, a HUGE decrease from what I was normally drinking. Both of those were out of necessity and I’m planning my “safe soda detox”, as you might say. I know I will need a few days of still drinking 1-2 sodas, but my goal is to be done drinking soda by 2011. That’s 8 days… that’s enough time, right?
2. Yesterday, I got on the scale and I am at -29.6 lbs on this weight-loss journey. I’m asking santa for an extra -.4 lbs for Christmas. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and show you the chart of my December weight-loss after the month is over.
3. Today is my last day of work until Monday. I have a healthy holiday plan. Do you? I’ll be working out tonight, tomorrow morning, and Sunday. My goal is to never have more than 1 day in a row of inactivity. I’m okay to take a day off, but more than one day will lead to a snowball of not working out and erasing all the hard work and weight-loss (29.4 pounds!).
Yesterday, I made my triumphant return to the gym. The reason for yesterday’s post was the dehydration and sickness I had Monday and Tuesday. Unfortunately, I had also taken Sunday off as a “rest day”, and I ended up with 3 days of inactivity in a row. When I went back to the gym lastnight, it was obvious that I hadn’t been active in a few days. I got on the treadmil and felt rusty and stiff. My heart rate was at my AT (Anaerobic Threshold) my body was working really hard to run at a “comfortable” pace. I was having to direct my body to run and give constant physical cues on running form –
“keep your arms down”
“pick your knees up”
“just keep moving…. c’mon legs!”
Today, I have a much more optimistic outlook. Although I’m struggling with soda, I know what to do, and how. Although I had some days off from the gym, I’m going back and moving forward. And although the holidays are quickly approaching, I have a really fantastic plan for maintaining my healthy goals – to eat low-calorie meals all weekend and not go more than a day without activity!
I hope you have a very fantastic Christmas weekend!! Remember – although this is the “holiday weekend” and there will be lots of temptations, this is your life! There are always going to be “holiday weekends”, there are always going to be be family dinners and home-made cookies. The choices you make are practice for living your life and setting you up for success – not just this holiday season, but every holiday season going forward! Don’t throw away all the hard work you’ve done for over-eating and un-accountability, if you will have guilt and regret afterwards!! Stay strong and remember – THIS IS YOUR LIFE!!
Wishing you and your families a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday weekend!
December 22nd, 2010 | Ann
I like blogging, especially about fun stuff. I like attaching post-workout pictures and talking about successes. I don’t want to tell you about my failures. But what kindof blogger am I if I only talk about the “good” and never the “bad”? So here’s the story –
This weekend was fairly decent. My “weekend recap” was accurate – we played tennis, I got my haircut, we got groceries. On Sunday night, I had a food binge. It was within my daily caloric allotment but it was really unhealthy (emotionally). I ate a whole bag of Pirate’s Booty (that’s really what it’s called!) and a container of French Toast Puff Twists (only 30 calories per twist!). Both are okay low-calorie snacks but not when you eat the entire bag/container, and not when you do it to deal with an emotional issue. I was stressed about the upcoming week. I felt like although I had a great weekend, I didn’t have the time to “relax” and “re-set” for the upcoming week, including Christmas less than a week away.
Monday morning, I woke up feeling awful. I stumbled to the next room, and when I turned the light on, the entire room was spinning. I couldn’t get my eyes to focus on anything. After about 20 minuets of being dizzy and nauseated, I called my boss to tell him I wasn’t coming to work. I laid on the couch all day, trying not to get up or move because it made the dizziness worse. I started hydrating my body – water, gatorade, juice. Anything I could drink to put some fluid back in my body.
Feeling bad –
I did some research, and here’s a good summary – “Caffeine is a known diuretic – which will simply accentuate the systems of actual fluid loss. Sodas in general have a very concentrated sugar, or fake sugar like in diet coke, this in-turn makes the body react to try and dilute them in your gut, thereby causing a loss of water from other areas of the body; hence dehydrating you.”
This is really scary, and really difficult to admit. I was making myself feel so sick because of the poor choices I made. No amount of running or cardio will correct a poor diet, especially one that makes me physically ill. No amount of healthy food will eliminate the negative side effects of putting those chemicals in my body. Even today, drinking my beloved Diet Coke, after a few sips, my stomach starts to churn and I feel nauseated.
December 20th, 2010 | Ann
Hello! Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? I did!
Friday night, we went down to my parents’ house to help set up their Christmas tree. It’s HUGE – maybe 16′ tall? We have to put it up with a ladder, and the whole process of setting up the tree and then adding lights and ornaments can take a full day, if not longer. We helped assemble the tree a few weeks ago and then added lights and ornaments this weekend!
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but Jay and I have 2 gym memberships right now. One is here in the Twin Cities area, and one is down at my parents’ house. The main reason for the 2nd membership is for use of the Tennis Center. In the cities, you pay a higher membership fee AND
My parents also like to see the dog. They treat him like a child and spoil him with new toys and treats –
On Sunday, Jay and I went grocery shopping and got some awesome food. I’m looking forward to having healthy meals all week in preparation for Christmas this weekend. My family will be making healthy foods for the holiday, but I’m worried about the sweet temptations from my Grandma. Every year, her gift to our family is sweets – cookies, breads and bars. She makes about 15 types, including peanut butter/chocolate kiss cookies, sugar cookies, fudge, carmels, fruit cake, and a lot more! Yum, they are FABULOUS but also pack a TON of calories!!! I’ll be blogging about my “holiday plan” later in the week.
Sunday night, I met up with Mary from Fit This Girl. If you don’t know her, she RULES! Mary just finished a marathon in Hawaii and we had coffee and dinner and talked for over 3 hours about our lives, fitness goals, marathon and triathlon tips – everything! She was so wonderful to answer all of my questions and offer some awesome tips! Can’t wait to continue to have Mary as a valuable resource and a great friend!!
Tonight we are meeting our friend Lisa for spinning, and I can’t wait! I hope you have a wonderful Monday and a happy, healthy week!!
December 17th, 2010 | Ann
Thursday night, I had the opportunity to meet up with my good friend, Ellen, for a Yoga class and coffee afterwards. Ellen has a gym membership at the same place I do, and it was awesome to see her. We’ve been friends for 11 years (oh my gosh! Is that right?) and she’s one of my besties. We both picked up and moved across the country after college (me to South Carolina, and her to DC), and we are similar in SO MANY WAYS. I just adore her!!!
It was wonderful to catch up and talk about our lives, families, friends, jobs… I’m thankful to have such awesome people in my life like Ellen!!
The cardio I did earlier in the evening, along with the Yoga class we did together burned 690 calories. Heck yeah!!