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Old 09-18-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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Smile Stacie's Journey for Weight Loss and the 1/2 Marathon Jan 09!

UPDATE: I reached my goal of completing the 5K in January 2008 in the required time frame and had lost 21lbs. I have not also completed the 5K and 15K for Minnie Weekend in May. All went well! Weight loss now the focus until it's time to start training for the Half Marathon.

Ok. So, fist I should probably introduce myself. My name is Stacie. I'm 27 years old, 5'1 and weigh 200 lbs. (It was 206 five weeks ago). I've been married to my Prince Charming, Matt, for 6 1/2 years. He is a wonderful (not to mention handsome) and supportive husband. I feel like my entire life I have been battling my weight. I keep trying to lose and my weight just keeps creeping further up. I've done Atkins and Weight Watchers. I've had success at both, but always gained it back. I think part of this may be because of health reasons and partly just because I like to eat the wrong things. I could possibly have Celiac(I've not been tested yet) as it is inherited and my sister has it, plus I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which can contribute to weight gain as well... I feel like I am always tired. I've been tested to make sure everything is in check and all the test come out fine. Maybe I'm just a tired person???

My sister Susan (larry's girl), turned me on to DIS. After a few days, I found WISH. First I was lurking and then jumped right in. I've joined the Biggest Loser 3 in hopes of getting the much needed support and encouragement to lose this weight. About the same time I joined BL3, I had this CRAZY idea... What if I could do the 5K in January for Marathon Weekend??? I figured I'm trying to lose weight, why not have a something fun to work towards that can help me in my weight loss. Kill 2 birds w/ one stone--lose weight, and get in better physical condition. I LOVE WDW so this sounded perfect to me. Now, I know a 5K is just over 3 miles, but for me, it might as well be a thousand. I talked to my husband about it and he was all for it. So, we decided to do it. I officially signed us up about 2 weeks ago. Now, he is in MUCH better shape than me and I know he will not have a problem completing it. Me on the other hand--a completely different story. I've exercised on and off for a few years at gym we have in town, but I have not been since Jan/Feb of this year. So, I feel like I'm pretty much starting from Ground 0 on this whole exercising thing.

I've started trying to eat healthier and we also started walking. We walk 30-45 minutes 6 out of 7 days. I've walked 3.2 miles in my neighborhood a few times just to see how long it takes me since this is close to what I will have to complete in January. It takes me about an hour. The requirement is a 15 min mile so I've got to shave a good 15 minutes or more off my time. I don't actually have a training plan yet. I need to come up w/ something. I've checked out the Couch to 5K program, but I'm not even at the starting point yet. It's all I can do to walk 5min / run 1 min. From what I've seen, I need to do other stuff too like cross training. I'm going to try to make it by the gym to get a water aerobics and land aerobics class schedule. Maybe I can fit this in a few times a week too.

I'm not a self-motivator. I can push and motivate other people, but when it comes to myself I have an extremely difficult time. I guess it's just easier to give up. I do not have a lot of confidence in myself when it comes to weight loss or physical activity. I know if I had not signed up for this 5K, I probably would not be working out as much as I do right now. I need the support and encouragement of others to help me reach my goals. I know it is for ME, for MY health and that should be enough motivation, but for some reason, it's not. I do have a tendency to depend on others to support me in this--especially my husband. Let me just say...KUDOS TO HIM! He has been very, very supportive since I started this a few weeks ago. He is always willing to walk with me and help me out in any way he can. I know that if (yes, I should say WHEN) I complete the 5K it will largely be due to his support and that of you guys and my family. I think that having a large support system is very important no matter what endeavors or goals we have set out for ourself or even for trials that we may face. I know this will as much, if not more, of a mental challence than physical.

So...This is the start of my journal and my journey for better health, weight loss, and to reach what seems like an unreachable goal. For those of you that have taken the time to read over it---THANKS!!! You're comments and suggestion are greatly welcomed, anticipated and appreciated very much!!!
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:50 PM   #2
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Hi Stacie

I'm so glad you decided to start a journal! First of all....a HUGE congratulations for signing up for that 5K. What an awesome and courageous thing to do. I know you will accomplish this goal!

Having support at home is such a big deal . Sounds like you have a really supportive DH...and it's really an amazing bonding experience to set this 5K goal and work together to achieve it!

I'm really looking forward to following your journal as you train for and complete that 5K. The sky's the limit girl!
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:51 PM   #3
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Hi there stacy!

Good luck on the 5k run and this is something that you and your husband can definatly share forever.

As for training running, just keep at it, at one point my b/f was chasing me around the track trying to attack me and fear had me going for a good 2 minutes.

I look forward to reading your progress!
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:44 AM   #4
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Hey, Little Sister!

I can't tell you how proud I am of you. My initial response when I found out you wanted to run a marathon (even a "small" one) was disbelief, but I am now convinced you ARE going to do it - and do it well! Not only have you motivated yourself to get started on this journey, you motivated me to start again also. So you have created a lot of good things all by yourself. You know I will be here for you to support you every step of the way, and so will all the great people here on WISH. Love ya!
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:48 AM   #5
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Hi Stacie,

I have PCOS too. I know how frustrating it can be. I know this sounds just silly, but the more you exercise, the more energy you will have.

It sounds like you are really commited to doing this, so anything is possible. You have support at home, and this is a great place to come for additional support. THe challenges are really motivating too. Keep up the great work. You CAN do this.
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:43 AM   #6
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Thanks guys!

Thanks guys for all the kind words!!!

Last night I was soooo not in the mind frame to exercise. The only thing that got me out there was the vision of seeing me and DH crossing the finish line together. So, I got out there and started walking. DH was going to join me after he finished cleaning the house. On my fist lap, my brother in law pulled in the neighborhood (the live beside us) and asked if I wanted to take Smokie, their dog, along w/ me. So I did. He definately helped me keep my pace and even pulled me up our small little hill and few times! I got in a good walk, but it's hard walking a dog and trying to do the 5 min walk / 1 min run so... I just walked last night. DH later did join me on my last 2 laps.

My eating at lunch yesterday was good--Subway, but last night I made bbq pork chops and corn, which was OK, but I had 3 rolls!!! 1 would have been enough, but 3... ugh! NO self-control!!!

Today is a new day so far yogurt for b-fast and about 3/4 of a grilled chicken club sandwich for lunch from Chick-fil-a. DH and I did share an Icedream too... Now, what for dinner???

Thanks to everyone who has taken a moment to read my journal and post those engouraging thoughts!!! I really appreciate it!
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:47 PM   #7
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Hi stacie
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Its fantastic that you are motivating yourself to do the 5 k, You will be so proud when you do it!
Just wish i could get there & run it with you!
Mickey would definatly motivate me
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:27 AM   #8
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Morning, Sweetie!

Glad you motivated yourself to work out yesterday. Keep it up - I am SO proud of you. I know how hard it is to get moving when you don't feel like it, so I am inspired to know you are still getting out there.

As for the three rolls - I TOLD you bread is evil. Anyway, just move forward - today is another day!

Love ya!
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:32 PM   #9
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Hello you guys!

So, for dinner last night we went to Ruby Tuesday's. I had a good salad and 1.5 mini burgers and a few fries. I didn't feel bad about eating the fries either. I hadn't had any in sooooo long!!! I ate a few and told the waiter to take my plate because I knew if it sat there I would keep nibbling... I really didn't want to walk last night, but DH and did get out there at 9:30pm and walk a few laps. Nothing too much, but it was better than nothing.

I've had a really hard time mentally the past few days...hopefully that will improve. I'm aiming to to 3.2 miles Saturday morning...

Thursdays are normally my rest days so probably no work out today, but I gotta kick butt on Friday/Sat/Sun!!!

I've got to get past this mental lull. If I keep this up I will NOT be able to the 5K in January and that is just not acceptable. I registered and I will compelte it! Just got to find a way...

Thanks guys for your continued interest and support!!! I really appreciate it (and need it!!!)
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:00 PM   #10
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Keep on going! You can do it, you will be surprised how easy it becomes once you get into it, then you'll become an addict!
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:13 AM   #11
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I hope I become an addict!!! A 5K/exercise addict!!!

Thursdays are normally my day off, but I did the treadmill last night (which I probably did faster since it helps you to keep your pace better than walking outside) and I only did 1.6 miles in 30 min (210 cal burned though!). So, I've got a long way to go to work up to the required timing... The 15 min/mile pace does concern me quite a bit. I'm trying not to let that overly concern me now because I know It's still over 3 months away and I've just started, but it's hard not to get discouraged...

It's rainy here today so I'll probably take today off. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice and DH and I will get up in the AM and do 3.2 miles. I'm going to time myself, but I expect it to be around an hour.

I'm such a sissy though. If my shins start burning in the least, it makes me want to slow my pace. I know come "race day" I will have to push through. I'm just not very good at that!!!

Thanks to all of you for your continued interest and support!!!

Hope you have a great weekend!!!
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:53 AM   #12
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Keep the Faith!

I know it's hard not to get discouraged, but YOU CAN DO THIS!!! I know you, Stacie - once you decide to do something, you stay determined to do it and no one can talk you out of it except you. So don't let yourself get down - think about what a great feeling it will be to cross the finish line with Matt and know you did a MARATHON. NO ONE in our family has EVER run a marathon of ANY KIND - you will be the first!! And I admire you for taking it on - I truly do, so don't psyche yourself out - YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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Hi Stacie! Welcome to the WISH journals!

Congrats on signing up for the 5K! That's an awesome goal, and I'm sure you can do it!

And how great is it that your sister can be a part of your journal! (my sisters laugh at my Disney obsession, so if they knew that I chat with other Disney fans.... ). Anyway, she's a great source of support both online and in person. Sounds like your DH is also a great support system. You're just gonna ROCK this 5K!

I started over a year ago with the couch to 5K program. I didn't do any cross training at all, just the running program, with maybe some crunches a couple times a week. But that was it. It's really a GREAT program and it really does work. (not that I'm pushing you into it, but wanted to tell you that you don't have to do cross training - I think that's more for the longer distance racers)

Keep up the GREAT work and keep us posted!
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Hi Stacie

You are doing so great sweetie! I'm really proud of you...eating well, exercising . Super job.

As for the mental challenge...trust me we ALL go through that! I have to convince myself all the time to head out for that run or workout. I find the cross-training days to be most challenging.

It does get easier as this new exercise lifestyle becomes total routine. You'll feel weird when you don't get out there. Before you know it you'll be disappointed if you miss a session due to being sick or life getting in the way.

I know you can do this. I fully expect to see you at WDW in January kicking that 5K in the butt!!!
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:49 AM   #15
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Hi Stacie
hope you've had a good weekend
Hows the training gone?
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