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What's Working/What's Not

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Today is a milestone day! 325 days ago I started my journey to a healthier me.

Today I am 80lbs. lighter!

I have ran over 328 miles in training for a half marathon since December!

I have gained muscle, confidence and tons of energy!

In many ways my life is just starting!

My initial goal was to lose 90 lbs. in 12 months.

I don't mind that I will not likely make my goal, I am much closer than I would have been had I said that 90lbs. is too much weight to lose. I started believing I could do it, if I put my mind to it.

I'm leading a lifestyle I've only dreamed of! I love it! I love being me!

For me to continue to succeed, I have to stop at various milestones along the way to see what is working, what is not and where I want to go. I fail if I do not make a plan to succeed.

I only have 10 days until my half marathon. During my taper and my recovery, I will need to cut my calories back to match my activity level.

I need to set my next challenge to focus on and train for it. I have a couple 5k's on my calendar and will be doing speed work to improve my race times. My next big challenge is a duathlon in October. It's a 5k run, 20k bike rice, 5k run. So the bicycle training is the perfect cardio to replace some of my current running miles.

I only have 4 more sessions with my personal trainer before she graduates from the University. I will miss her so much. She has been with me for almost 9 mths. of my journey. She cannot be replaced. To continue my workouts and my progress, I will continue to lift weights and use the interval training programs I have in place.

What is working? ME! I work out! I work hard!

What is not working? Weight in challenges! Why do I do that to myself? I get so caught up in being part of a team and the people on the team that I love. But, the check ins and the weigh ins don't work for me. I'm a busy girl. I love being active. I don't like remembering to check in with every team about my weigh in or activity.

My nutrition is on! I love my clean whole foods! I love the way I feel when I eat good foods.

What is not working . . . remembering to track it on Spark. I do count calories and follow a plan, I just don't fill in the chart. I did soooo need that tool when I started and I'm soooo glad for all the tools here on Spark and occasionally when my nutrition needs change, I need to revisit these tools.

What's working? I love blogging and reading some awesome blogs by some killa chicks and kick butt guys! I love responding to comments and questions. Having the time to comment on the activities of my friends here. That is the most important part of this community to me.

What's not working? Back to the number of team commitments I have made. There are only three teams that I am actively involved in and I love them. I've met some awesome friends on these teams. I don't want to quit any of my teams because I love the friends I have there. However, I need to discipline myself to not join anymore teams and to weed out ones that I am not active in.

So, here we go! I'm ready for the next 40 days of my one year journey.

Keep being healthy and well the highest priority. Drop anything that gets in the way of those priorities. If it ever comes down to getting in a good run or writing about a good run . . . I will be running! Love ya warriors! Battle on!

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    Congratulations on losing 80 lbs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    And good job at evaluating what works and what doesn't work for you!
    3909 days ago

    Love your what's working, what's not. Gives me something to think about. :D
    3913 days ago
    Anybody should be happy if they could accomplish what who have done. Your very impressive and congrats an all your accomplishments. 80 lbs is great.
    3913 days ago
    Hi Carolyn,

    I always enjoy reading what you have to say. You are a great source of support for me. Your journey is awesome kiddo! Such a transformation. As you know, there are no tricks or magic pills to lose weight and get healthy. You have done it the old fashion way - hard work and determination.



    3913 days ago
    80 pounds in just under a year is extremely impressive!!!! You've done awesome!!!!!
    3913 days ago
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    You are doing awesome.!!!!!!! emoticon
    3914 days ago
    Congratulations!!! 80 pounds is awesome!!! And the countdown is on for your half marathon! Good luck!!
    3914 days ago
    80 lbs. gone - simply fantastic! You've done an incredible job learning what works for you and what doesn't. It's important to reevaluate that along the way because those things do change. You're an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3914 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon You're awesome!! Congrats on ALL that you've accomplished. YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!
    3915 days ago
    You have inspired me to take another look at my own goals and dreams. I have been slacking a bit and haven't lost any weight, just gaining and losing the same 3-5 pounds since January. Obviously, something isn't working!

    Keep up the great work!
    3915 days ago
    You are so hilarious with your writing.
    I love the active agenda that you have planned for the rest of the year. That sort of activity keeps us all active and progressing.

    I am so incredibly proud of you! I will be waiting for your first book to be published next year!

    3915 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2010 2:56:19 PM
    you are doing amazing! It is so hard to keep up with 1 team actively for me, I can't imagine adding more. LOL I love this site, but some days it seems like a chore to make sure and check in when I'm pressed for time...all things in moderation and I'm sure you'll find the right balance for you! Keep up the great work!
    3915 days ago
    80 pounds is soooo amazing! Good luck on the half-marathon! emoticon emoticon
    3915 days ago
    Love it! Glad you aren't upset about not meeting your goal, I set one too that doesn't seem likely that I will meet and at first I was sad, but then I realized that I've come so far! Who cares if it takes me an extra month to get to my goal weight!! You are AWESOME! :D
    3915 days ago
    I absolutely love your analogies of your journey! We are so alike in that I am on too many teams, too many challenges, not enough time, etc. I try really hard to journal on SP, but I do better just having it on paper than logging it on the SP journal. There are days I don't have the opportunity to even get to SP nutrition or fitness. The past 2 days, I was sickly and today am just trying to get caught up. I love to read the blogs and comments by some of my favorite SP bloggers and they are my motivation to keep on truckin'! I just have to find that fine line like with the "what works and what doesn't". At the moment, I'm working on becoming almost vegan and that takes some getting used to as well. Then I'm about to delve into running again. I haven't made up my mind completely yet, but I'll get there. I've got to get back to what I love and that is triathlon and running, but I have so many other fun things I want to play around with.

    We shall see what the next few months bring.

    You are awesome as always!
    3915 days ago
  • WYND10
    Congratulations. You are an inspiration :).

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    3915 days ago
    You have accomplished so much in less than one year. Impressive. I understand needing to assess and evaluate once in a while. I'm thinking about that right now. My spark friends are fabulous, but some of my teams aren't. My friends encourage and inspire me. I also love the blogs. My blog friends are my favorites. I had trainers for 3 years and just started working without them about 6 months ago. It took me a while, but I am now working out much harder and more often on my own. It is possible to do it yourself. Especially with spark friends.
    3915 days ago
  • TINK9305
    Great job you have done wonderfull!!!!!
    3915 days ago
    what a great self-assessment on an even greater accomplishment!! COngrats!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3915 days ago
    I love this approach. I have a lot of things that are not working for me too, some of which you have touched bases on in your blog. I am refocusing so I can be first an active mom, than an active athlete, than an active sparker, and than be an active worker. LOL.

    You are awesome. Woot.
    3915 days ago
    Astute analysis of what's working and what's not. You're fine-tuning!
    3915 days ago
    It is all about balance. You are doing so great!
    3915 days ago
    CONGRATS Girl...keep up the awesome job!!!
    3915 days ago
    Sounds like you know EXACTLY what works and doesn't.
    Congrats on your fantastic weight loss and half marathon training.

    I have the same issue, weigh in challenges and I do not mix well. I need to realize they are NOT for me! emoticon
    3915 days ago
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    awesome blog, great motivation. I just need to get my mind set and get myself moving more and sweating more. Take care.
    3915 days ago
    great post. You are doing an incredible job and are truly inspiring. You have given me a lot to think about and i am certainly going to be taking stock of what works and doesn't work for me.

    Way to go on all your accomplishments.
    3915 days ago
    Carolyn, I always smile when my email says I've got one of your blogs to read. You're incredibly inspirational; amazingly motivating. You are a beautiful woman. (And you have the heart of a runner!) woohoo. You're a survivor. You're successful! You've come a long way, Baby!

    Congratulations. You WILL make it to your goal - and then some!!

    emoticon Kelli
    3915 days ago
    emoticon on being done w / 80 lbs. , I am very sure that you will meet your goal. emoticon
    3915 days ago
  • IONA72
    As always....... inspiring, keep it up girl, you are amazing.

    3915 days ago
    emoticon Simply amazing! I'm so proud of you, 80 lbs! Let me say that again, 80 lbs! I have had a total of 53 lbs to lose, I had lost 14 lbs but them just gained 1.5 lbs back this week after I hit a two week plateau. You make us all proud and you are an inspiration to all of us.
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    3916 days ago
    (you know, each and every one of these accomplishments is HUGE on its own - all together, it's outstanding how many positive changes you've made. i am so proud of you, girl. i love that attitude!)
    3916 days ago
  • KLOSH1
    Good for you! Great for you!
    3916 days ago
    I LOVE how you say "If it ever comes down to doing a good run or writing about a good run, I will be running!" Love that quote! PS. Hope that 8 week Battle is the team that you are still lovin'!
    3916 days ago
    Oh you are so incredible! Did you ever think you would be into running? Let alone races, and all the lingo? I am laughing, not at you, but in terms of myself...I am still in the walking phaze, and wonder if I can or will take the leap to eventually be running...IN my younger yrs (late 30's) I was able to do a slow jog of 6 miles a day, of course I was running from an ass of a husband, then I would do anything to get out of the house...LOL

    I too had made a goal of losing 95 pounds in 12 months, I don't think I will make that, but I'm not unhappy..I am soooo happy with spark even though it's taken me 3 1/2 months to loose almost 20 pounds, I know these pounds are not coming back.

    I loved your blog, and you really are in tune with things. I am pretty sure you know what to eat by now and what calories you are taking in, and I also applaud you for your honesty about team challenges and wiegh in's. I feel the same way, my menapausel body has it's own journey too, and I have lost as much as 3 pounds in one week, and as long as 4 weeks at the same wt, I don't need all that stress of where and when. I will just keep doing what I do, becuase that's what's good for me..

    Thank you for writing this, I feel so free now...
    3916 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5471810
    What a journey this last year has been! Do you even recognize the person you used to be?

    Kudos to you for knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em!
    3916 days ago
    emoticon You are walking the walk. Keep up the great work!
    3916 days ago
  • DLEE27
    You are such an inspiration!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to be an active member of this community...we are all benefiting from it!
    3916 days ago
    You are really kicking! The devil is in the details and tracking everything is a pain, but I still need the regimentation to avoid the temptation to fall back in my old ways. You describe the goal status that I wish to reach. Thanks for sharing.
    3916 days ago
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