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Week 9, Day 3



GENERAL
Name: Jen
Age: 25
Height: 5'4"
Body frame: Small
Highest Weight/BMI: 152/26.1 (overweight)

STARTING/CURRENT STATS
Starting weight/BMI: 134.6/23.1 (normal)
Last week's weight/BMI: 127.6/21.9 (normal)
Current weight/BMI: 126/21.6 (normal)
This week's loss: -1.6
Total loss: -8.6

Starting shirt/jacket size: S-M
Starting jeans size: 8-10
Starting dress/skirt size: 8/M

Current shirt/jacket size: S-M
Current jeans size: 6 (4 in Old Navy... :p Not quite comfortable enough yet to say I hit goal here.)
Current dress/skirt size: 4-6/S-M

Starting right upper arm: 11 in.
Starting waist: 30 in.
Starting hips: 37.25 in.
Starting right thigh: 23.75 in.
Starting bust: 36 in.

Current right upper arm: 10.5 in.
Current waist: 29.5 in.
Current hips: 36.5 in.
Current right thigh: 23 in.
Current bust: 35 in.

Total loss: -3.5 in.

GOALS
Fitness: Run a half marathon Met 02/27/2011
Goal weight #1/BMI: 130/22.3 (normal) [$150 in makeup/beauty products] Met 02/07/2011
Goal weight #2/BMI: 125/21.5 (normal) [My goal reward for this is a secret. ;p]
Goal weight #3/BMI: 120/20.6 (normal) [$500 in new clothes]

Goal shirt/jacket size: XS-S
Goal jeans size: 4-6
Goal dress/skirt size: 4/XS-S









TOTAL BANKED ACTIVITY PP REMAINING
0/0

TOTAL WEEKLY PP ALLOWANCE REMAINING
49/49

STICKER EARNED
Green









TOTAL BANKED ACTIVITY PP REMAINING
3/3

TOTAL WEEKLY PP ALLOWANCE REMAINING
49/49

STICKER EARNED
Blue



I only posted my food logs from the past two days because I'm lazy and all you really need to know about Sunday and Monday is that I ate a crap ton of sushi and fudge.



But yeah, I am about a pound away from goal #2, which makes me feel so giddy. The scale at the gym today was telling me I was exactly at goal #2, but I think it lies. I usually go to the gym location by my house so I know how closely the scale there matches my meeting one, but I'm not sure about the downtown location, which is where I went today. Plus, I was in shorts and not my regular meeting attire, which is jeans. REGARDLESS...if I can get .4 under that goal, it will also make me 10 lbs. down from when I started WW at the beginning of January. Pretty awesome. I am finally starting to feel like the 120s are canon. Not quite there yet, but in a few more weeks I think I'll start to really accept it. I also think my measurements are kind of off...I think I have lost more than that in inches. I dunno. I'm sure I move the tape measure around all crazy. Plus when I took my measurements Tuesday night I had just eaten Taco Bell, so that may have had something to do with it.

ANYWAY. I have done really freaking well the past few days. I have had pizza AND chocolate, and have stayed OP. I love WW so much. But yeah, I went bowling with co-workers last night. It was the first time I've been bowling in probably over a year. I didn't realize JUST how much I missed it until I started playing and barely broke 100, fail. But the package we got came with a pizza, so I ate the apple I brought before the pizza came and then had one slice, since I had so many PP left. It was really good. Definitely worth the 10 PP (highish estimate, but that was some pretty thick cheese), and I'm glad I filled up on my apple because I may have eaten more, which would have been...terrible. NSV!

Oh, here's my stickers calendar for last month:







If you'll remember my January stickers calendar (that entry also tells you what the stickers mean), you'll see how much more win transpired in February. In January, I had 12 red stickers. February? FOUR. I am really glad I was able to pull that off. I can't believe I didn't slip up more than that. I feel like the half-marathon training really kept me on track with eating. Plus I was working out a ton more this past month, so it helped earn me a lot more APPs than in January.

Speaking of the half marathon...I know that is what you guys have been waiting to hear about, so let me cut to the chase.







(Pre-race!)



(Post-race!)



(Spoiler - those are my size 4 jeans. I decided I don't care about the ~*big reveal*~.)



I don't even care how gross I look in that second pic, bahaha - it was effing amazing. One of the best experiences of my life thus far, for sure. When I crossed the finish line, I cried. I tried to hold it in but I cried and called my mom after they put the medal on me. She was like, "OMG ARE YOU HURT!? WHAT HAPPENED!?" Lol, I had to explain that I was just happy and overwhelmed. She was like "OH OK, JESUS." Hahaha.

The race itself was really awesome, and REALLY crowded (though I expected that). The walk from my car to the starting line took about 20 minutes, so it was a nice warm-up, actually. I only ended up having to wait around in my corral in the dark for 30 minutes or so. It was enough time to take in the scenery, stretch, set up my iPhone, etc. They let off fireworks as each corral started, which was neat, but I shouldn't expect anything less from Disney! There were SO many people dressed up. I think I will definitely get a little more into the costume portion if I ever do this race again, but for my first half I didn't want to have too much weighing me down. There were people taking photos with characters all along the course. I wanted to stop (especially for Belle and Tiana!) but, eh, again - it was my first half, I've been to Disney a million times, etc., so I didn't. But it was pretty cool to see. We ran through a lot of the random streets on the Disney property but about halfway through we ran through the Magic Kingdom and then Epcot at the end.



Mile 1: time 12:11, average pace 11:59 (how the math worked on this one, I have yet to figure out...)
Mile 2: time 23:31, average pace 11:44
Mile 3: time 34:41, average pace 11:30
Mile 4: time 45:51, average pace 11:25
Mile 5: time 57:11, average pace 11:24
Mile 6: time 1:09:11, average pace 11:31
Mile 7: time 1:20:33, average pace 11:28
Mile 8: time 1:34:12, average pace 11:46 (I stopped to use the bathroom between miles 7 and 8)
Mile 9: time 1:45:42, average pace 11:44
Mile 10: time 1:57:02, average pace 11:42
Mile 11: time 2:09:12, average pace 11:44
Mile 12: time 2:21:12, average pace 11:46
Mile 13: time 2:33:22, average pace 11:48

Final (13.1 Miles): time 2:35:01, average pace 11:47 (based on data for 13.24 miles - forgot to stop the app right away.)



Here's a Google Map, too. I used the Runmeter iPhone app, and thankfully it worked like a charm, even with the crappy reception at Disney. Special thanks to all of you who woke up early as crap to leave me encouraging messages. ♥ I have to give special thanks to George and Kitzzy, though. They have seriously been my running fairy godparents (fitting for Disney :p), and I don't know if I could have gotten this far without them (so THANK YOU! ♥). Kitzzy and her boyfriend Jason were actually at the race to cheer me and some other friends on. I saw them at the 4-mile mark and said hey and Jason took a quick photo.

I am all excited but I will be honest - it was HARD. I had my work cut out for me. I followed my plan to walk a couple minutes after every mile, but there were a few hills I didn't anticipate, so I walked those too. I also had to use the bathroom between miles 7 and 8, so I got that out of the way. Around mile 9, my legs just started aching. It didn't feel like I'd pulled anything, but my knees and calves were pretty angry. At mile 10 I asked this dude who was handing out Powerade, "Hey, can you just pour like, five cups of it right in my bottle? THANKS BUDDY." I thought mile 12-13 was going to be cake with me knowing I had only a mile to go, but lol, no. I think I walked the most that mile. But when I saw that finish line, I booked.

Here are some official photos and videos, which I'm sure are only up for a limited time. Bahaha at how derp I look when I'm running, but whatever, I'm an athelete, bitches! Anyway, in the video that starts playing automatically, I am all the way to the left at :21-:22. Lmfao I wanted to punch the air but I just threw my arms out, I don't even know. Win. The photo of me covering my mouth is hilarious! There's one where I look like I'm holding my palm out to the camera but I had blown a kiss to the photog and he fails at pictures. Regardless, it is cool to see the overpriced officials photos and videos. :o) I took a video of me running down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom and a few other random pics but it's late and I'm tired and this post is already so tl;dr. Maybe I'll upload them to Facebook at some point.

It's so surreal to me. I, the girl who was huffing and puffing trying to keep up during the mile run in middle school, completed a half freaking marathon - and TEN MINUTES FASTER than I had hoped to finish, too. Amazing. I can't wait to run my next race. I am considering a 10K at the end of the month and possibly a full marathon next February. Details about those later. But yeah - SO stoked I was able to pull this off. It represents a lot more than just a physical milestone for me. It is just as much (if not more) mental, and I am very, very proud I have been able to channel some difficult life lessons into health and fitness these past few months. I have learned so much about what I am physically and emotionally capable of, and I couldn't ask for anything better (though the very heavy and sparkly medal is a pretty good prize, too).

I worked out for the first time since the race today and did a 5K-distance run. I was surprised by how easily I knocked it out. But, um...yeah, when I went to take a shower tonight, I looked down at my feet, and guess what? BRUISED TOENAILS - the ones that have been hurting/giving me issues. This is pretty much how I feel right now:



In a way it's kind of cool, I guess, but seriously, if they fall off...ughhhh. And they don't hurt, which kind of freaks me out. Like they're already dead or some crap and now it's just a matter of time. If I wake up with bloody toenails in my bed I will scream. I was going to take a pic but my feet aren't the least gnarly right now, so I'm also hoping my nails stay intact so I can get a pedicure soon and not freak out the nice salon people.

On another random tangent...I decided I am going to give up chocolate for Lent this year. I KNOW, it's crazy talk, but I tried giving up all sweets last year and got 20-something days in before I said screw it. I didn't lose any weight, either - I ate fast food instead of sweets, so it was stupid. But this year, I figure chocolate is my BIGGEST sweets weakness, and I can give that up without feeling too deprived. Plus, my birthday falls during Lent, and I'm having a cupcake or two, damn it.

I don't have any big food challenges until my next weigh-in, which should make it pretty easy to get to goal #2 if I don't act a fool. However, Tuesday, my boss is taking us out to dinner to celebrate Mardi Gras (!!!) at this new restaurant in Winter Park called Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen. Now for those of you who don't know...I am from New Orleans...and there aren't really too many restaurants around here that make NOLA-style food, let alone good NOLA-style food, and I have heard this place takes the cake yum, cake. Omg they'll probably have king cake since it's Mardi Gras, WHYYYYYY. I have no idea what to get. Beignets are a definite, but um...there is seriously NOTHING on that menu that isn't like 1238321478132 PP and if I get a salad, my co-workers are going to yell at me and call me a bad NOLA native. Luckily it's the day after my weigh-in, so...I will have to plan ahead, work out in the morning, etc. Make sure I designate that day as my day to use WAPPs.

This post has gotten out of hand so I'm going to sleep. Thank all of you again for your support. You mean so much to me on this crazy journey!

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jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
I will need to try the Band-Aid thing. I bought some rubber toe caps that are specifically made to protect your nails but they suck, apparently. Thanks for the suggestion. ♥

Oh thanks! Yeah if I can do that, ANYONE can, trust me, lol. I can't even count how many times I started and restarted the C25K but eventually it paid off. You can do it. Keep me posted!
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spatulistic
Mar. 4th, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
Yaaaay! Go you. Hopefully one day I will be doing this too, but no rush.

Glad to see you are keeping on track. You definitely look skinnier in your latest pictures, too.
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks all around! ♥ I'm stoked the inches are FINALLY starting to come off of my hips and thighs haha so hopefully by goal they will be significantly smaller. Pretty stoked I haven't lost any boobage.

You will get there. If you lived closer we could work out together! How are you doing?
celestialcure
Mar. 4th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)
LOVE the calendar, love the medal, LOVE that you completed a half marathon! Dislike the toenail bruising.

I think the pictures are adorable; I think you look so cute post-race, and very sexy in the skinny jeans!

Also? Betty White Caruso from CSI:Sarasota? I LOVE YOU.

♥ Sounds like you have everything in place to reach goal #2! :D Love you, Jen!!
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks bb. ♥ So far my toenails are still intact but who knows. I don't have high hopes for them, lol.

Hahaha I Googled "deal with it gif" and that is seriously the best one. xD

Love you too! How's your week going?
losingpounds
Mar. 4th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
YOU. ARE. AMAZING. Congrats on the run! Congrats on the weight loss! && Congrats on the size 4!
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Aw thanks Sara! You motivate me to work out, lol, you're a machine! So thank you for that too.
yzztik
Mar. 4th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
You do not look gross in that pic at all. Get out of your head. It looks just as gorgeous as the pre-race photo, plus you are glowing :)

I'm so glad you had a great first half marathon experience and are already planning the next one and possible a full marathon! Yay!

And yay for the weight loss and awesome month of stickers!

What's this maybe stuff about the 10K? Just do it already! =P
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
I will trust you. ;-) And yeah man, I feel like I can't stop at a half. I mean...it's only half! Go big or go home. :p

Dude seriously with my moving costs this month and my ridiculous toenails and the fact that I will be moving the same day, I don't know if it will be the most prudent thing for me to do. But if I find myself slacking on my runs and feel I need that motivator, I promise I will sign up. And I may anyway - we'll see. I always have the Corporate 5K to build up my speed for.

Thanks for the support, always. ♥
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suicune
Mar. 4th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Haha, I seriously LOL'ed at the video, you come running like a crazy woman from behind and flail your arms all wildly, that's AWESOME!

Jen, this is so inspirational, like seriously, you look AMAZING in those pictures. How are you able to just eat healthy things day in and day out? I work out a ton, but I eat terrible stuff, like chick-fil-a weekly, or drink alcohol like 3 times a week, ugh. I get too comfortable with life and just don't care...
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Hahaha I can't believe they got it on video. I don't even know why I did that in particular. It just felt like the natural thing to do!

Thank you, Janel, that's really nice of you to say. Um, honestly, the more I work out, the less badly I eat. I notice they are directly proportional because I really don't like working out (I don't think I will ever love it, even running) and I figure if I'm going to put the effort in, I don't want to screw it up with eating crap. I feel like why bother? That is something fairly new, but it's a mindset I've (involuntarily) adopted as of late.

Also, honestly, I have been through the ringer emotionally this past six months or so, and I think that has helped me a lot. I have felt like I have a lot to prove to myself about what I can accomplish on my own, and that has kept me in check more than I ever thought possible. I feel like this journey has been sort of my anchor to reality - that I had to choose whether to channel the tough times through something negative or something positive, so I chose the latter.

Ramble, but yeah, it's honest! You can do it. I mean, I had a piece of pizza Wednesday and a chocolate bar yesterday and I am still on track. It's all about balance - don't feel like you have to give up your favorite stuff. Just eat less of it, and eat the stuff you really want.
danielleisms
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Lol at your finish, I love the "fuck yeah!" arm throw.

Hey I should get a special thanks for convinving you to sign-up for this half (when I thought I was going to do it). :P

I think I've said all the other stuff I'd say here already. So awesome! I'm excited to do the OUC half in December with everyone. I'm thinking I may even schedule a few Orlando trips so I can do a few long runs on Sunday with you and Kitzzy!
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Lol I know right? I had no control. It just happened!

Haha aw true. You know I love and appreciate you. ♥ I'm excited to do the OUC Half together too. That will be amazing. And yes, please come here, lol. It will motivate me on the weekends when I just want to sleep! Maybe we can come to Tampa sometime too.
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hekidanjo
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Pizza chocolate and on your points targets...that is how you do it. Frankly this is one of those rare moments in life where it turns out exactly like the brochure. :-)

Looking at the pictures, ya know...as much as I dig the jeans one still, you look awesome all sweaty. How you are feeling on the inside is showing through even more. I thought there would be a little emotional fallout at the finish. The first really big race is like that. With anything great there is this gap of knowing you are awesome enough to do something from an academic sense and then there is knowing because, look at you! You did it!

I'm also kinda disappointed we didn't stop for some character shots when we did our but just like you...getting across the line ASAP was the priority. Speaking of! I love your times! I don't even have to qualify with ...for a first half, blah, blah, blah. That's a solid time for anyone not an elite. I'm so delighted I could offer any help on this for you Jen. It's so awesome to see you become so awesome...I'd say I've come back to this sport at the perfect time and place in my life because of all the amazing people it's connected me to.

As for the action shots, ENVY! They covered yours much better...but I suppose a run starting at 10PM, whaddyagonnado? I do kinda like 75441-1940-029. Epcot ball behind, determined face, wind in the hair, you should snap that up for display purposes :-)

It is true that this is just an external reflection of who you are becoming internally. I'd never denigrate anyone who pins on a bib but as you now know, a LOT of things change between your ears in the distance between 5k and 13.1 miles. The shiny medal reflects a shiny Jen, literally and in metaphor.

They toenails won't likely die but they will be that color until they grow out. You ladies have the advantage to just painting over it and yea, I would do so.

...and now all this talk of the delicious splendor of New Orleans has me craving a pot of gumbo. Luckily I make some of the best damned gumbo by anyone's yardstick and I don't think Doreen will fight me on it.

I hope you slept well. I'm so very happy to have trailed along for this portion of the trip and I am all excited to read the next chapter.
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Haha I know! It's awesome. I didn't even really plan for the pizza - I was just busy during the day at work so I didn't snack as much, and I realized at the bowling alley, oh damn I can have a slice, score.

Aw thanks. :p Yeah I cried, but by the time Kitzzy took that pic I had composed myself, lol. I am really proud of my time too, ESPECIALLY (but not only because!) considering all the walking I did. As for the character pics, there's always next time. I know the W&D was crowded and crazy but I'm sure you guys will do another Disney race at some point, let's be real, hehe. Did the W&D really start at 10 p.m.? I didn't know that.

Yum, do you really make it good? It's not easy to master! I prefer jambalaya (of course, the one that's worse for you, bahaha). ;p My mom lives in NOLA and she buys Zatarain's, it's ridiculous.

I only got four and a half hours of sleep lol but I'm good. Coffee FTW.

Thanks for all the support. I feel like a completely different person than I was six months ago. I mean, I'm still the same, but I think I have become stronger in so many ways.

How's WW going for you?
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danielleisms
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
I just looked at the map, why are those times different? I'm confuzzled?
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Weird, I have no idea. I copied the ones I posted straight from the Facebook thread.
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danielleisms
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
ALSO, make a new icon with your real medal. :)
jenislosingit
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
♥ Good call. Dones!
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beccakicksbutt
Mar. 4th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
ok, first of all CONGRATS!!! that's amazing! My friend Dixie did this as well and now I really wanna do it next year. I've been in a PMS funk and have been making way too many excuses because of it. but I"m totally re-inspired now!

Second- I love your hair! I think I may play with cutting my bangs when I get home from work now... :)

Also- look at your teeny waist!
jenislosingit
Mar. 5th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Do it! You can! ♥ It was a lot of fun. Worth the work.

And thank you so much bb. I love having bangs. My face is longer so it helps shorten it. :o)
expressio_unius
Mar. 5th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
OMG YOU DID SO AWESOME ON THE HALF!!!!!!!!! Wow! A 12 minute mile is amazing!!

I did the 5K the day before you in my Snow White costume. Hee. I did it in 36 minutes, which made me happy. So wahoo for Disney racing.

I'm so happy you are on fire like a rockstar!
jenislosingit
Mar. 5th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks hun! ♥ And SO jealous of your costume. I am totally getting all Belle'd or Tiana'd out next time. :p

That is an GREAT time for your 5K, yay! You rule!
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navyangel
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOU!!!!! You did SUCH a great job with the training and the race. :) You're a rock star!
jenislosingit
Mar. 5th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
♥ Thank you, lady. I am not going to stop! I appreciate your support a ton. And yay, second rock-star comment in a row FTW. :p
losinglinz
Mar. 5th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
You are my HERO. CONGRATS. I am soooooooo proud of you.
jenislosingit
Mar. 8th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you sweetie. I am proud of you too! Don't take no for an answer... ♥
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crystalgee
Mar. 6th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
First off..congratulations on the half a thon..GO YOU!!! Who needs Mardi Gras beads when you have a medal like that? My half a thon medal is hanging in our workout room which makes me very happy whenever I see it.

May I say you rock those size 4 jeans too..:)

Now about NOLA food-will this place have boiled seafood? If so you could have that while staying on program. Another thought might be to have a small bowl of red beans and rice or gumbo. (Btw I am not telling you what to do-presenting an option if you want)

We have a Cajun cafe around here which has very good food..my husband and I get the grilled shrimp dinner whenever we are there. However since they have crawfish I may get that on Mardi Gras day. :)

As far as King Cake-have a small slice if you wish. Myself, I managed to turn a WW coffee cake into a mini (very mini for that matter) king cake using some colored icing and putting a king cake baby on top.

Hmmm if you are interested ask me about the St Joseph's day dish I made for myself last year using spaghetti squash. :)
jenislosingit
Mar. 8th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Aw thank you! Yes it blows the bags and bags of Mardi Gras beads my family has collected over the years out of the water, lol. :o) And thanks, I am wearing the jeans today! :p They are quite nice. My 7s are getting a little loose. It's pretty great!

Lol no worries, I appreciate your suggestions a lot! I would love to get something on the healthier side, as long as it isn't salad. xD I linked the menu above, but here it is again. Got any suggestions? IDK if you'll see this comment by the time I go lol but I figured I'd try anyway. :p I think I'm going to get the Crawfish Etouffeé and save half of it. I am planning on eating some fruit before I go so I'm not starving.

I said this in the other post lol but I definitely had a slice or two. :p That little makeshift one is a great idea! I will have to try it. And yes please share that dish with me. I love spaghetti squash so much!
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