Sober-Up 5K

In the past, my running has stopped completely between the Troy Turkey Trot, and March or April (whenever I deem it warm enough to run outside again). Instead, this year, I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s preparing for the Sober-Up 5K in Albany. Thanks to my Twitter and blogger friends who turned me on to this race – Jen, Katie, Melissa, Cynthia, and Heather . It was awesome to meet all of you in person and I can’t wait until the next time we get together!

sober up 5k 1

sober up 5k 2(photos courtesy of Jen Is Green)

This was my first 3.5 mile race, and I finished in 39:28, which gave me a pace of 11:16. I consider that a good starting point for a 5K, and a good length race to start working towards my first 10K. And I still had time to turn around and snap a picture of Heather and Cynthia finishing the race.


It was an awesome race, and I definitely plan to do it again. The weather was great today – warmer than the Turkey Trot! It was a little tricky finding it because there was a noticeable lack of info online and no signage on the SUNY Albany campus. I had found one website with any info and it said registration was at the Phys Ed building. Since that was the lot with the most cars, we figured it must be right (after driving all the way around the campus!)


After signing up (3.5 mile runners don’t get numbers!), I started to get my iPhone ready for running, and promptly noticed that the headphones I brought didn’t have both earbud sleeves. I checked both pockets again, went back to the car, and never found it Sad smile. I used Nike+ GPS during my run, but couldn’t figure out how to listen to a podcast instead of a playlist. I usually listen to Podrunner during my runs and allow the beat to pace me. The music on my playlist was there for enjoyment not pacing, so I know I was running slower during some songs!

What a great start to a brand new year! I can’t imagine a better way to start the New Year!

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Weigh In Day…

Yesterday was the day I’ve been working toward all week. Except, to tell the truth, I’ve been working toward this all year! At the first meeting of the year, my awesome leader, Chris, passed out the following poem:

If I Lost a Pound a Week
Written by
rgcakes on 1/4/2010 8:49 PM

By Valentine’s Day, I’d be 7 pounds lighter.
I’m loving it!

By St. Patrick’s Day, I’d be ll pounds lighter.
With the luck of the Irish, I’ll make my goal!

By Easter, I’d be 16 pounds lighter.
I’d be a cute bunny!

By Memorial Day, I’d be 23 pounds lighter!
Won’t let it rain on my parade!

By Flag Day, I’d be 25 pounds lighter.
Boy, could I wave my flag, then!

By Independence Day, I’d be 27 pounds lighter.
That’s a great independence from over eating!

By Labor Day, I’d be 36 pounds lighter.
What a wonderful reward for my hard work!

By Columbus Day, I’d be 41 pounds lighter.
What a joy to discover what I can do!

By Halloween, I’d be 44 pounds lighter.
I didn’t think I had a ghost of a chance!

By Thanksgiving, I’d be 47 pounds lighter.
I have so much to be thankful for!

By Christmas Eve, I’d be 51 pounds lighter.
Talk about being merry!

By New Year’s Eve, I’d be 52 pounds lighter.
It’s not just a new year, it’s a new ME!

I knew I didn’t need to lose 52 pounds, so I figured, no problem! I can reach my goal by the end of the year. My mom made it into a spreadsheet which I promptly put on my refrigerator and kept track each week. For the first half of the year, I was right on track, then life happened and it slowed down. With the start of PointsPlus, it has sped back up.

I didn’t reach goal before the end of the year, but that’s ok. Now I can reach goal at the beginning of 2011, to help motivate those who are joining for New Year’s Resolutions!

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Power of One Challenge

I joined the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans and their Power of One Challenge. This challenge lasts for 8 weeks, until February 23, 2011. The first challenge is to make goals for 2011. I never make resolutions because resolutions are made to be broken. Instead, this year, I plan to make commitments to reaching my goals.

My 2011 Goals:

  1. I will reach my official Weight Watchers goal (148 lbs).
  2. I will run at least 4 races this year, including at least one 10K.
    • Hangover 5K on January 1
    • St. Peter’s Key Run in April
    • Komen Race for the Cure
    • Troy Turkey Trot
  3. I will find a gym or treadmill so I can continue to run this winter.

I start this challenge at 148.2 on the WW scale last Friday morning (and 150 on my scale this morning).

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Spinning Kicked my Butt!

I started my morning with a good breakfast to get myself all prepared for Spin class this morning. My typical breakfast got a little jicama added in for good measure. I LOVE jicama. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it!


My whole  breakfast was 4 PP! I added a persimmon on the side.

Then off to spin class. I almost missed it because I wasn’t paying attention to the time. Fortunately, I got there in time to sign up and put in a mile on the treadmill before it started. I had no idea what to expect, and it kicked my butt! It took me a while to figure out the spin bike and the resistance knob. I was wondering how everybody made it go so slowly when mine just spun freely!

Back home, where I showered and made myself a giant salad for lunch (1 PP for the dressing). Along side, I put a small La Tortilla wrap with 2 Tbsp of hummus (2 PP). I split 1 PP of turkey between the salad and the wrap.


And yet, still the scale refuses to move. I really need want to weigh in at 148 (or below) on Friday morning.
All day today, I’ve been downing a new flavor of seltzer, which I’m loving. I’m not a fan of plain water and at least this doesn’t have added sweeteners like the other things I drink. Now I ran myself out, and need to go to the grocery store tomorrow to  pick more up.

Mid-afternoon, I found myself hungry again, so I had a Pumpkin Spice VitaTop. They are DELICIOUS! They are soft, moist, and even have pumpkin seeds cooked into the top! I had a banana with it, and wasn’t hungry again until dinner.

Dinner was not the best option – shake ‘n bake pork chops with the neighbors. On the plus side, we had spaghetti squash with it. Thanks to Roni for the help on twitter and her blog. We’ve tried it before in the microwave, but it ended up still crunchy, and in the oven, where it ended up to mushy. Thanks to Roni and Lisa for helping tonight!

For tomorrow: zumba (if Gold’s Gym will let me go to more than one class on my 7-day free pass) and pea soup for dinner (the first time I’m trying it). If I can’t try out zumba, I’ll be running or biking to get in some mileage before my race on Saturday!

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Loving the 7-Day Free Pass

I did manage to manage it to the gym last night, even though the roads were still bad. I slid around a few corners, and hoped nobody slid into my car a few times (they didn’t). The gym was actually a lot more crowded than I expected, but I did find a treadmill and did 30 minutes and then moved over to the elliptical for another 10 minutes. I don’t quite have the hang of it, and it always feels like I’m doing it wrong. The motion does not feel like a natural one to me.

So, today I woke up, made myself an egg beaters omelette and wrapped it up in a Light, Sundried Tomato Flat-Out (3 PP). This is my breakfast of choice most mornings. Since it’s full of protein and fiber, it keeps me full til lunch time (always a bonus). I added a banana mid-morning, just because I was craving one. Yup, that’s right, I said craving a banana. I never thought I would utter those words, but since the start of Points Plus, my whole outlook on food has changed!

  • 1/2 cup egg beaters (1 PP)
  • 20 gm Cabot 50% light cheddar (1 PP)
  • salsa (0 PP)

I headed to the gym after lunch time (about two cups of homemade applesauce – 0 PP). I asked about spin class, and the difference between Spin and Spin Express. I have to sign up 30 minutes in advance and the only difference is that the express version is 45 minutes instead of an hour. I can’t wait to try out Spin tomorrow morning at 9:15. If you’re following me on twitter, you’ll find out what I think of it when I finish. I’m expecting a very sore butt, and from what I hear, it will kick my butt!

While I was there today, I had a goal in my mind of doing at least 40 minutes on the treadmill and averaging below a 12 minute mile. I started off with 2.04 miles in 23:21 (less than 11:30 pace – awesome!). Then I moved over to the bike to take a running break. Then back to the treadmill where I realized that my hip was hurting again, so I modified my goal and decided to do another 2 miles, at whatever pace I could handle. So I alternated running and walking and finished in 26:31 (13:16 pace).

My neighbors are making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. I have awesome neighbors and eat with them at least 4 days a week. They’ve switched to whole wheat pasta, and picked up some turkey sausage for me because I think it’s lower points than the turkey meatballs we were getting.

Meanwhile, I am not liking what the scale is saying. I know, you’re only supposed to weigh yourself once a week, but I’m trying to meet my Weight Watchers goal on Friday, and the scale is not going down since my Christmas cookie overload. I want to be the last one to reach goal this year with my WW leader, Chris. She’s the best, and was totally supportive last week when I was so disappointed to be .2 over goal.

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So, I was hoping to get to the gym every day this week. I’m trying out a free 7-day pass from Gold’s Gym. But, there’s about 9 inches of snow on the ground, and it’s still coming down. They haven’t plowed the roads yet, so I’m hoping to get there this afternoon to try out Spinning for the first time ever.

In the meantime, I’ve made some homemade applesauce out of the multitude of apples that were in my house. Unfortunately, I picked up some apples from the local orchard that were a little mealy. But, they made great apple sauce! It’s really easy – a bunch of apples (I have no idea how many I peeled), 3/4-1 cup of water, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Cook on medium, stirring so they all cook down, and mash with a potato masher.


I will meet goal this Friday. I weighed in at a stinkin’ 0.2 above last Friday. It is a little harder with cookies in my freezer, Lindt balls in my pantry, and snow on the roads preventing me from getting to the gym. But, I will get on the Wii Fit later, get to the gym once the roads are cleared. I like the new smaller me, and I will make it all the way to lifetime, and stay there!

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