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Old 12-04-2012, 05:46 AM   #46
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Wow that's early! But you have to do what you have to do! My preference would be to exercise before work also but I just haven't quite gotten to that level of commitment yet. LOL Especially when the alarm goes off at 4:45 as it is!
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:54 AM   #47
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It was a rough weekend....

I worked Friday and Saturday nights so no running on either of those days. On Saturday night, while at work, I found out that one of our supervisors (who was currently in New York with our disaster response team) suffered a life-threatening medical emergency. Nobody had any details so it was a very rough night, both at work and afterwards, because the only information we had was that it was "very serious". On Sunday afternoon, I decided to try and take my mind off of it by going for a run. I walked my 1/4 mile and then ran 2, walked 1/2 and repeated that pattern. I ended up going a total of 7.4 miles. Six miles was running and the rest was walking. With the exception of a VERY sore toe, I was impressed with myself. My average was about 12:30/mile and I didn't feel nearly as bad as I did after my previous 7 mile attempt.

When I returned home, I received word that my supervisor did not make it and he died around 7pm. He left behind his wife and their 12-year old daughter. He was a wonderful person and saw the good in everyone. Every year, he would dress up as Santa Claus and visit all of the local hospitals and fire departments, delivering homemade cookies and treats to the staff and firefighters. He would often host "cookouts" at work, grilling up burgers and hot dogs for the on-duty crews, and allowing them to come to headquarters for a little "break". (*Normally, we are all posted throughout the city in our ambulances for our entire 12-hour shifts so any opportunity to get out of the trucks for a while is a wonderful treat.) I had worked with him just a few days before the team was deployed to New York and he was so full of excitement because he'd just shot his biggest deer ever and then won $400 at the casino. It's amazing how life can change that fast. Today will be my first day back to work since he died and it will definitely be awkward. I cannot honestly say that I was "close" to him. We were professional acquaintances only (he was one of my direct supervisors) but everyone in EMS is a family and there is still a tremendous sense of loss. It's going to be a while before everything feels back to "normal".
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:55 PM   #48
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Oh no. I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of your supervisor. He sounds like a wonderful man. My thoughts are with this family and his "work" family also.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:59 PM   #49
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Hi everyone! I'm back!!! Thanks for keeping this thread going. I had a rough patch and then started up again slowly. And now I am back in full force!

So many faces from the past and new faces too! so glad to see everyone here!

I've been exercising about 2-3 x a week at the gym. DH and DS are going on a boyscout high adventure hike in the mountains of Utah so DH is right on board with me to go work out. LOVE that it is a team effort.

And of course the fact that they are going gave me the perfect idea of taking DD to WDW!!!

What I've done is start exercising more and I actually cut out soda... And eating out. We can eat out if we are out and about somewhere and I can have soda if we go out. However I no longer make the trip from home to go get McDonalds and then come back home and eat it. And at home I don't have soda. I've been doing that for 8 days now. Day 2 & 3 were really bad, but I am adjusting and think I'll be fine.

That's it for me now, I just wanted to post quick and thank everyone for joining in. the support makes all the difference in the world.

I'll catch up on the posts later.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:32 AM   #50
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Heya Vija! Glad you are back! That sounds like a great plan!

Weigh in day was today for me and I'm down 3.8 this week! I was hoping that since the scale didn't move too much the week before that I would see a bump and I'm very pleased!

Also I started Week 4 of C25K last night. I really didn't think I'd be able to do it but I survived. My legs do feel a little wobbly today but otherwise good.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday!
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #51
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Can I join you guys too?! I'm "restarting" again for the second time this year. I was on a roll in August, but then hit a plateau because of some health issues combined with my half marathon training going up so much in mileage.

Introduction: I'm 34, mother of a beautiful 4yo boy and have a lovely DH who works entirely too much but is very supportive and helpful! I work outside the home too and my favorite exercise time is around 6 or 7pm because I'm SO not a morning person.

History: I've had a lifelong battle to keep my weight in a healthy range, and before I had my son I let things creep up to 155. I lost about 20 pounds before I got pg, and I actually took most of the baby weight back off initially and then a bunch of things (life) happened and there I was, early summer 2012 up at 159. I made it down to 153 before my marathon training mileage got intense, and I'm down 2 more pounds since the race now that I'm not starving all the time and eating like a teenage boy!

My goal: To reach 135-140 by March in time for my spring "running season." Like a PP, i too have "bad knees" (along with bad ankles) but have found that running is actually very helpful to keep my legs strong and my knees feeling good. I think losing this extra weight will help me run more injury free and I would really enjoy that as i've found a new passion and hobby in running (specifically, half marathons). I know that this is a possible weight goal for me, as I was there for severel years after my wedding and pre- and post-baby.

My plan: Right now I'm stuck "resting" because I may have a stress fracture in my foot so I'm trying to be very vigilent about what I eat and doing whatever non-impact exercises I can right now (pilates, weights, etc). I know I should be counting calories because it works for me every single time, but I just don't have it in me right now during the holidays. So I'm trying to just keep out of restaurants, bake fewer christmas cookies, and pack my lunch. If I can get down to around 148 before Christmas, I think I can make it to my goal by march (I'm a realist, I know it's going to go up after holiday week). Once my foot is healed, I like to run and circuit train with DVD's for workouts. I ordered the Jillian Michaels 90 day body revolution and did one DVD before I had to stop because of my foot.

Achievement Bonus: If I get down to my goal weight, I can FINALLY wear all the clothes that are cluttering up my closet!

Good luck to everyone!
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:46 PM   #52
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:42 PM   #53
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I just found this thread and would love to join in if you have room for one more.
I started the HCG diet 5 weeks ago and have lost 20lbs. We have a trip to Disney coming right up and I hope I can maintain my loss.

I'm hoping to take off another 30lbs before our cruise in June!
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:35 AM   #54
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Welcome to all the new posters! I bet we will get more and more as the new year rolls around, more the merrier!

I've had pretty good success this week. down 3.2#!!!!! I started using myfitnesspal and LOVE it! It is the easiest free online site i've used regarding logging foods. It even lets you create "meals" so it is even easier to log. The best thing I like is at the end of the day when you complete the day it tells you if you continue with the same amount of calories in 5 weeks you will weigh... and gives you a number.

It was great awareness how much I was really eating and it inspired me to try even harder, because 5 weeks will go by quickly and seeing the potential numbers was very helpful. Especially on the days that I was way over the calories. Showed that in 5 weeks there would be little change, not what I want, so it is really helping me.

How is everyone else doing?
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:07 AM   #55
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Checking in...

Hi everyone.
Well, the holidays are a little tougher, but I am happy to report that my BMI calculator now says that I'm no longer "obese", but in the "overweight" range. LOL. I suppose that is something. I started at 230 in February and am down to 184. Somehow, I don't see much change in my body, despite there being exactly 20% less of me now. However, I saw a friend I hadn't seen since August and the first thing she said when she saw me was, "Oh, girl, look at your cheekbones!!!" LMBO. I just love what women notice and will comment so freely on.

The thing I miss most is my (previously) nightly glass of wine. Or beer. Or liquore (what can I say, my father was a bartender and I practically grew up in his tavern.)
Adding another 30 minutes of exercise today to earn an beer while I watch the Survivor finale tonight.

I am continuing to exercise, and tracking my daily goals on the WISH board. We have a trip to Disney on 2 January, and I hope to lose another 2 lbs by then. From there, I just want to maintain, since we're also going on a 4 day Dream cruise.
My near term goal is 175 by Feb 28. I will be having arthroscopic knee surgery on that day, and I just want to be able to maintain through that. Hoping that will be a good temporary fix to one knee; I'll have the other done sometime later in 2013. Bottom line is that I need two knees replaced, but I want to hold on that as long as possible.


I got the MyFitnessPal app for our new smartphone (first smartphone EVER!) so I can track everything when I go to Disney. I'll be cooking most meals in the room. The Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Cool thing about that app is that you can just scan the barcode on items and it will show you all the nutritional information. I'm over the moon about that one.

Hope that everyone is having a beautiful holiday season so far.
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Whoops, sorry duplicate post. Nothing to see here! LOL

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:35 PM   #57
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It's been 2 weeks since I last ran. It took nearly a week for my toes to heal (they're still purple, but don't hurt) and then I caught a sinus infection that moved south and took up residence in my lungs. On a brighter note, I managed to drop a few pounds so I am down to 156.5 as of this morning. If I can muster the energy, I might try for a run this afternoon, but if not, I *WILL* go out tomorrow.

UPDATE: Ok, I ran today...I was doing great!! I planned on going about 3 miles and I started out with blazing speed. I was running at a 9-minute pace. It didn't last too long because I started getting a stomach cramp but I kept running. At the 1.5 mile mark, my Garmin started beeping at me..."LOW BATTERY" NO! If I was going to run, I wanted credit for it and I didn't want my battery dying and erasing my progress. So instead of continuing on my planned route, I headed directly back home. I still didn't do too bad. I ended up going 2.4 miles in just over 28 minutes so I maintained a sub-12 minute pace. I even walked just over a half-mile too...1/4 mile of warm-up and then about 0.35 miles after I'd ran 1.5. My toes didn't hurt at all and I was able to breathe fairly well despite still having some congestion. My Garmin is on the charger now and I am hoping for decent weather tomorrow morning.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:04 PM   #58
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I'm getting back on track. Previously lost 80 lbs and gained about 10 back. I refuse to let any more weight creep back on. Going to Disney for the holidays and planning to try not to gain (or as little as possible while still enjoying myself). Then will be back to working out and restarting WW when I get back home.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:59 AM   #59
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I am restarting today!! Got on the scale and saw an UGLY number. I was most successful on weight watchers so I bought a three month pass to see if I can do it. The challenges here were helpful before too so I am back in. Thanks!!
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:13 AM   #60
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Good luck! The music teacher at the elementary school where I teach is doing weight watchers and is having amazing results!
We are on our second week at Disney. I'm doing my best to stick with my eating plan. It can be a little depressing to pass on some of the yummy treats down here....
I'm sure I'll be glad that I did in the long run though!
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