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Friday, January 04, 2013

I've joined the latest group of newbies signing up for the BLC 21. GayeMC has often told me I should sign up and get involved, but I kept poo-poo'ing the idea, saying I didn't go well in team things, etc. and so on. I think part of it was simply being anxious about the unknown, part of it was worrying that what my plan at the time was would not fit in with what the teams were doing, etc.

Well, I don't have a plan anymore. I need a plan! So I'm getting a plan! A BLC plan! We'll see how that goes. I'm kind of looking forward to it, although right now, on the sign-up team, I'm a bit overwhelmed at the amount of posts and chatter going on. I can't keep up, but will do my best and hope that being on an actual team will be a bit less frenetic.

I have NO experience with BLC, so feel free to impart your wisdom to me if you've been on a team - good, bad, or indifferent, I'd like to hear it all.

Robin asked, on the SparkPortland page, if anyone is working on 2013 year goals. I said I was, and started rambling on about this'n'that, and figured I'd bring it here to the blog instead of getting messy all over the discussion board.

I'm not good with goals. I've been gently chided in the past for making vague goals, or not setting a timeline/deadline, etc. I guess committing to something makes me anxious, in case I don't succeed. I don't want to set myself up for failure, but then.. not even really trying is failing in itself, isn't it?

Anyway, I'd like to lose enough lbs to be able to run again. Right now, running hurts because of the lbs I've regained (because of the wiggling and jiggling, not joint-related pain), and where they've settled on my body! I don't think I was shaped like this before but I could be wrong.

I have ONE race on my schedule for this year - the Rock'n'Roll Portland Half in May. That's it at this point. I'll need to train to be ready for it, and should start that sooner rather than later, but it goes back to losing the lbs so it doesn't hurt as much to run.

Last night, I walked for a half hour on the treadmill - 1.71 miles - I know, why not 2? Well, I agreed with myself to go for 30 minutes, so that's what I stuck with. I mean, I started out saying just 1 mile, then decided to go for 20 minutes instead, then go for 1.5 miles, then 30 minutes. I stopped making deals and stuck with 30 minutes finally. Then I did a few minutes on the elliptical, and let me tell you - my hat is off to all y'all who get on those things and run for long spans of time. My legs were fussin' at me, all achy and out of shape!

I'm going to work on that. Improve my time and pace on the treadmill, and work on working longer on the elliptical.

See? Those are goals. They're undefined goals, but they're goals!


Anyway, I have lots to work on. Good thing I've got nothing but time.

Nutrition, Thurs., Jan. 3:
Morning Coffee
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
EAS 100% Whey Protein, 0.5 serving 65
Total: 160

MAKEOVER: Garden Vegetable Frittata with Sausage (by CBAILEYC), 1 serving 487
Total: 487

Boneless Porkchop, Center cut, 4oz., 1 serving 180
Carrots, raw, 0.5 cup, grated 23
Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp 234
Grapes, 20 grape, seedless 39
Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup 13
Zucchini, 0.5 cup, sliced 14
Broccoli Slaw, 4 oz 33
Total: 536

Fish (Swai baked), 7 oz 175
Roasted vegetables, 1 serving 186
Total: 361

Evening Snack
Water, tap, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 0
Coffee-mate Original Creamer (powder) , 6 tsp 60
Dove Dark Chocolate (1 promise), 1 serving 42
Folger's Instant Decaf, 1 tbsp 0
Total: 102

Daily Calories Total: 1646
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1740 - 2090*
* This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, to reach 199 by the second week of January, 2014.

Calorie Differential Report
Eaten 1,646
BMR* 2,214
Exercise 671
Total Burned 2,885
Differential -1,239

It's been WONDERFUL to read all your responses to my last blog. You all have truly put a smile on my face, and in my heart. I appreciate everything you've said, and all the goodies and hugs you've sent even when I wasn't all the way here. I forgot how powerful your support and friendship is, and I cannot tell you how much it means to me. Thank you so very much.

Keep on keepin' on my friends.
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    Best of luck on your team challenges.

    hugs, Anne
    3050 days ago
  • ROXIT22222
    Glad you are back to posting! Funny about the elliptical! It's my favorite! I HATE The treadmill but hey that's why they make different ones. I run at an 'odd speed' and can't keep it 100% contestant thus the treadmill is hard for me. I can see how the elliptical is a bit hard for some also. I use to hang on to the handles and all that. Now I don't use them! I run as if I'm running moving my arms and all. This adds to 'balancing' adding a bit of a core work out.

    Remember you didn't start running 1/2 marathons over night! It took time to build up to that! You haven't been running constantly for a while now, it's going to take time to build back up to that again. (she says to herself as well as you!)

    The time is NOW to dust of that 1/2 marathon training plan and get cracking! WE can do it! We are going to PR That Rock n Roll half!!!

    PS: I just went and had dinner at the chart house last night! I'm scared to death of the shamrock run now! It was easier not 'knowing' how big that hill really is/was!!!
    3051 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    Never underestimate the effect you have on everyone around you, Candy. You have always been one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters for which I will be forever grateful.

    Sounds like you've put some definite plans in place. I'll be following along with you...!

    3051 days ago
    i joined BLC too!! we can flounder through it together i'm overwhelmed as well!!
    3051 days ago
    Good luck with BLC. Maybe something a little different with some structure will be a good way to get rolling again!

    I almost always go for time on the treadmill. Outside, I go for distances, even if not nice round numbers. Your legs will get back in shape faster than you think!

    I love your treadmill and elliptical goals.
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    By chance, would you like help with your goals? I think I could totally help you set up some goals that don't make you feel anxious. Let me know if you are game to try.

    And thanks for sharing your meals. I've been wanting pork but I never think of it when I'm making a list. It's now on the list thanks to you! And I need to get some Dove Dark Choco so I can carefully have a smaller amount of chocolate. I normally can break off a small pieced but that didn't work out so well yesterday. :)

    It's so wonderful to see you hear. You mean a lot to me too!

    Have a wonderful weekend! I'm going to get on my treadmill right now.

    3051 days ago
    I need to work on goals. They keep me on track and moving in the right direction.

    I've often looked at the BLC but have never joined. I'll be excited to see what you think.

    I'm cheering for you!


    3051 days ago
    I think you have great goals! You want to be fit and healthy and be able to run a 1/2 marathon by may! Now, just give yourself a short term goals to help get you there. Maybe you want to be up to 6 1/2 miles in 12 weeks? or maybe you want to loose 10 pounds?
    3051 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8532529
    I'm right with you on the goal setting. I think I've gotten so tired of not meeting my goals, I sort of gave up on goal setting. I do need to rethink that...I know. As far as the elliptical, it is a butt kicker for sure. I used to do both for a while....I would do the elliptical for say 5 or 10 minutes and then go to the treadmill until I had built up enough time I could just do the elliptical. Another way you can do the elliptical is do intervals. Like set it on 4 for 2 minutes and then go up for two minutes and then back down. Hope that helps...thanks for making me think about the goal setting thing...I do need to work on that. Hugs...Robin
    3051 days ago
    30 minutes on the treadmill is a good start-- it's even keel, challenging enough to feel it, but not pushing it to the point of regret/regression/injury to prevent progress.

    If you have a half in May, (half marathon, I'm guessing? ) you have a very good amount of time to get back to it. In fact, it seems like you're in perfect line to start training for it... the couch to 10k program is 13 weeks long, so if you start it soon, you'll be done by april and have another full month to get yourself up to a half.

    I hear you on the jiggly part. I'm on the elliptical now for just over 1/2 hour daily right now, and all the weight I've gained has made movement there noticably different...



    Keep it up-- you'll be comfortably ready for that half soon. I can see your blog about it already in my mind. And I see really fun pictures, too. And string cheese, for some reason-- perhaps I should eat lunch, eh?
    3051 days ago
    Well, WOO HOO for you, Candi! I'm one who rarely sets deadlines/timelines for my goals, especially when it comes to weight loss. I figure that I have no control over how fast or slow my body is going to respond to changes that I make. We know all too well that our bodies do not behave like calculators (I burned X amount of calories and ate Y amount of calories, so I should be up or down Z pounds this week--NOT!). Setting goals and deadlines that we do have at least some measure of control over, however, is not so bad. I hope BLC works well for you, I have heard lots of good things about that team and their challenges, and I'm SO glad you're still planning on Portland Rock'n Roll--hope that we can have another meet up before and/or after! Keep going, you're headed the right direction!
    3051 days ago
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