Saturday, June 4, 2011

34:08 …..10:10 less then 2 weeks ago…PLUS!!!


That is what happened at my 5K today. I am very proud of myself. I fretted, worried and scared myself all week long because I was sure I had set myself up for failure when in the end I proved to myself that I can do it and I can do it better then I thought. I pushed myself and did exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to be faster then 2 weeks ago and I wanted to jog 80% of the race. I jogged a full two miles and then had to slow down and walk some and then I finished with running. I felt awesome.



My best supporter, my Mike. He took the day off again, for me, and was there from beginning to end. Even came to the half way point to cheer me on and take my picture.



I have had a lot of debates, issues and more this week. It was a hard week with more stress then I could handle or even imagine. I had thoughts of just quitting this whole diet and exercise thing cuz it’s just so hard at times. I worked 70 hours this week and didn’t have much time to do anything that was good for me. Family needed me, daycare needed me, scouts needed me, everyone needed me and I didn’t get I needed me time. Like everyone I can handle a fair amount of junk but when my boat starts to sink it sinks fast and I was sinking. THANK GOD for today, the sunshine, the perfect weather and the ability to get out there and push myself and prove to myself I can do this for me because I needed it.

So there you have it. My race, a peek into this past week. Now I have two challenges to work on this summer, Allan’s phase 6 and I am still working on getting to 165 lbs. Slow and steady is working for me and I guess that is just how it’s going to keep going. I am sitting at 173 lbs. That’s down 1.4 from last week. I’ll take it, since it’s down and down is great.

I also have Debbi’s Slimmer this Summer challenge. I need to set some goals and I did in a previous post but after much thoughts I am going to cut back on those goals. They were a bit aggressive and with the way this summer is turning out to be there is no way I could keep up with them and life too. So I will work on two goals.

1. I need to work on my stomach muscles or lack there of. I am way to fluffy around the middle. So in the 12 weeks of this challenge I am going to work on that. How you ask? By fish flopping exercises. Crunches, planks, bicycle crunches and leg lifts. Two times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes.

2. I want to be able to run a full 5K by October 1st. And I want to do it in 24 minutes. So that will mean keep going on my jogging. I am going to start up the C25K. I did most of it before but I was just starting to jog then so now this time I am going to work on it faster and further. The program C25K is 3 days a week so that is what I’ll do.

So there are my goals for Slimmer this Summer. Not as aggressive as my first thoughts but still something I really need to do.

So between Allan’s and Debbi’s challenges by August I should be at my goal weight and have a figure that isn’t all that fluffy.

My city has a fitness walk planned for June 23rd in the evening. It’s a grand opening of our Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative/Touchstone Energy Loop. It’s a different loop then our Fit City 5K loop and will be exciting to see what else they have planned. So this is my next event.

So onwards and upwards to this week challenges. I am hoping for a bit more peace this week but just as many physical challenges since those keep me on my toes.

Take care my friends and have a blessed weekend.


Mercy said...

Wishing you luck on reaching your goals through out the challenge. My goals have been posted too.

Changing Charlie

Fingers crossed we all succeed in the goals we have set!

The Blog Writer said...

That's beautiful, Julie! Just the sound of how happy you are makes everything seem worth it! I'm proud of you! Take the day off for you. :)

Anonymous said...

Great job! I knew you could do it! Keep it up! :)

EmptyNester said...

Wow! Julie- you look marvelous! I know how you feel with everyone needing you at the same time. Remember Stretch Armstrong? That's the vision I have when family, etc. starts pulling on me. LOL You have done such an amazing job- you look fabulous, you feel amazing, your health is probably off the charts in a good way! I'm so excited for you!

Jacqui said...

Awesome job on the 5K!! You're looking amazing!

Laryssa said...

First, you are looking great in that first picture!

The stress of daily life is what gets us every time, isn't it? I know exactly what you mean about wanting to just give up on weight loss sometimes. But we don't 'cause that's the one thing we can control in our lives when things get topsy-turvy. Find at least 5 minutes of time in the day for YOU. Even if it's in the bathroom with the door locked and a scented candle lit (lavender works great). That will clear your mind and help you reach all your goals. :)

Karen Butler Ogle said...

Great job, Julie. I know you are so proud and you should be. I am so impressed. You are an inspiration and I know you will do well on meeting your goals for this summer. Good for you for doing so well in the race and for finally getting some time to do something for yourself. :)

The Evolution of C. said...

Following you through your link on Debbi's Slimmer this Summer post. Looking forward to getting to know you over the weeks. You've got some great goals set and I can't wait to celebrate you success!:-)

Carrie said...

I'm your newest follower via the Slimmer This Summer Challenge! Seems to me you are doing great and you have set some very good goals! Keep up the good work!

Melanie said...

I am so proud of you for not going down with the boat!! You are worth all the hard work. I understand how hard it can be a times and having not enough time for you. One day at a time is all we have to get through!

Great job on the 5K!! You look wonderful! Good luck with the challenge!

So glad we are in this together!

Princess Dieter said...

I so love that first pic. Really, you should move that over to your sidebar as an AFTER. You look so slim and ready to run like the wind.

Happy Sunday!

downsizers said...

You go girl. I am getting excited to begin and to share all our successes and encourage as much as possible. I already feel like I have made many new friends.

Michele said...

I think you did terrific on the 5KM!! So glad you pushed yourself to do this. It is hard, this whole getting fit thing, but what are the options if we don't: poor health for one. You can do it Julie. As far as the other stresses, I know exactly how it is to work 60-70 hours a week. I did if for years-but no more. We'll talk soon. Take cate, michele

Colie's Kitchen said...

Hi there,
I am just dropping by to say hi and wish you luck with the summer slim down challenge!! Nicole @

Amber said...

That is an awesome 5k goal time!! I am with you on this great journey. Cheers to new internet friends.

Kalien said...

Congrats on the 5k! :) I've struggled with running and you just reminded me why I may love it still - that feeling you get of accomplishment when you are done. Great job! Keep on keeping.. you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others and it sounds like you're putting that in place! Looking forward to hearing about your journey. :)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Way to rock the 5K! Love the pictures. I love that you want to run the whole thing by this fall. I was a weenie and I didn't put in my goals that I want to run/walk a 5K this fall. We have one in October that my kids ran last year, my brother and a bunch of friends did the 10K. I want to but I'm chicken to commit, especially since I haven't even WALKED a 5K yet. We'll see. I so hope you get to your goal soon! With 2 challenges it should be a cinch! Lots of butt kicking! :-)

Alison said...

Congratulations on the 5K! That's awesome!

Your goals sounds great! I'm sure you'll do great!

Wishing all of us luck in achieving our challenge goals!

Under the Big Oak Tree

Shane G. said...

oh the 5k's. I love them! I have done three this year and loved all of them. I need to get to another but the money situation is tight, and they cost around here.

I think you have some very workable goals there. You sound like a very motivated person, I think you are gonna rock this challenge!

Candi said...

Holy Cow!!! 24 min 5K is an awesome goal! I was pretty happy with my 41:31 LOL! You look great and your goal is very close to mine next year. Hoping to be down to 175 by the end of this year. You look great! Can't wait to see how we all do on this challenge!

Waisting Time said...

Kudos on your K5! Sounds like you have some great goals to work on.

Big Clyde said...

Congrats! That is an awesome time. It sounds like that PR is a great end to a tough week. Well done!

Baby Sister said...

That is so awesome Julie!! You are one amazing woman. :)

Angela said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO You kicked that 5k's booty!!! So Proud! SO STINKIN' Proud!!

Love it! My goal is to run a 5k under 25 mins this summer.
I don't know if I will have time to run an actual race because it looks like my weekends are going to be consumed by graduate school work. YUCK!! But I am eyeing a couple races to try and meet my goal!

I know you will rock your goals too!! GO GIRL GO!!

Kristy said...

Congratulations on you 5K! It's always nice to achieve those huge goals and come out on top. Loving your goals. I'm also doing Debbi's Slimmer Summer Challenge. Looking forward to those rock hard ab pics in August ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the 5K ! Awesome !!!

I think it is great to have specific goals to work towards and your 2 are very doable. Looking foward to following you along via the STS Challenge !