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March 2010

Happy Birthday to me.....!

Posted by SharynLS Mar 23, 2010

I am now 41!  Woot Woot!


My birthday started at 1am on Sat. morning.... my 4 yo daughter woke up vomiting...poor thing.  I was up with her for a while then and then again at 4am.  I had planned on going for a run that morning...but slept in instead. 


I still got out the door, weighed in at PWLC (233 still) and went to the hair salon.  I got an amazing cut and color and felt like a million bucks!   I went home and checked in on hubby and munchkin.  She had a fever, but hadn't thrown up anymore.


I then went to one of my favorite outdoor malls with a good friend and bought some new clothes at CJ Banks.  4 months ago I was wearing a size 22 pant...I bought a pair of size 18 capris!!  We then had dinner at Stir Crazy and headed to church.


Sunday...I got up and wogged a mile in 16:58...sheesh!    Baby girl was feeling much better, so we piled into the car and spent the day on Sanibel Island.  It was great...until it started pouring rain in the afternoon.


Yesterday I substituted and then tutored until 5:30...LONG DAY!

Today I substitued, weighed in at PWLC (232....20 pounds with them in 4 months!), then came home ate dinner, sat for a while and then wogged 1 1/2 miles in 24:22.  I could have pushed myself more...but was afraid it was too soon after dinner.


I am substituting the rest of the week and have some more tutoring as well.  We are leaving at the crack of crazy Saturday morning to drive to VA for our spring break.  I still have a lot of laundry and packing to do!!


We will be staying in Richmond with my in-laws and they have a stationary bike in their guest room!   They also live in a secluded community with a nice long circular loop through the neighborhood.  It should be good for my wogging...but here in FL, everything is flat.....their neighborhood is very hilly.  Should be interesting!


I am hoping to go for a run Thursday after school and tutoring...but we will see......

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I'm commited now....

Posted by SharynLS Mar 18, 2010

I did it!!!


I registered and paid for my entry into the 24th annual Naples Fitness Challenge!!!  It is on June 6th.... so I have only 2 1/2 months to get ready!!


I feel like my mindset has changed....every day is important and counts!  At dinner tonight (at Chili's), I found myself asking "What would an athlete eat.....?"   I've not ever seen myself as an athlete, but now that I've signed up for this.... I am seeing my life a bit differently.    I chose a salad with grilled shrimp, pineapple, mandarin oranges and napa cabbage with a "guiltless" dressing.  ( I have to eat as an insulin resistant, carb sensitive, pre-diabetic athlete )


When I got home, it was getting late and I had a bag of excuses I could have used to not go for a run:   I just ate dinner, I had a very long day teaching and tutoring, my 4 year old daughter needs to get to bed, it's getting dark, it's kind of get the idea.  But again, I asked "What would an athlete do.....?" 


So, I threw on some leggings, a t-shirt and my shoes, grabbed my ipod shuffle and went out the door and walked/jogged a mile in 16:58.  Not great time....but I am so glad I made the effort.


The fitness challenge is a sprint triathlon.  It is a little different in that you run a 5K first, then bike 12 miles and then swim 1/4 mile in the Gulf (parallel to the shore).   I am not too worried about the swim and bike....but it's the running I'm concerned about.   I looked up the results from last year.... the winner finished in about 48 minutes!!!   I can barely do a 5K in that amount of time!!!   I also noticed the last people came in around 1:50:00.....  So.....if I can run it in 40-45 in 45 minutes....swim in 20..... I might not be very last..but close to it.   I don't even know how long it would take me to bike 12 miles.... or swim 1/4 mile!!!!  I better get busy figuring that out!!!


I don't care so much if I'm last, I just want to finish....but I worry about being the last biker out on the course....will they still have the roads blocked, or will I be on my own?  That really is my biggest concern.  Maybe that's just silly.......


Anyway..... one step at a time!

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Waylaid Plans

Posted by SharynLS Mar 16, 2010

I had my day all neatly planned out....and then....!


Get up at 6am, shower, pack lunch for daughter, get daughter up and ready for school, get to school by 7:45, drop her off at pre-school and then substitute until 3:15, then tutor from 3:30-5:30, go home, go for a run (W1D2), fix dinner, relax, get daughter to bed, watch Biggest Loser and then go to bed myself....*sigh*


Everything was going as planned.  I had my protein shake with fat free milk for breakfast, grilled chicken salad for lunch...then instead of eating the banana I had...I ate 3 mini chocolate chip cookies that were sitting in the teacher work room...GRR!  But I was still planning on a run and then a dinner of grouper, brown rice and broccoli.


On the way home at 5:45, my DH called and said could I stop by the store to get a few needed items and then when I got home HE was going for a run.   I was a little ticked, because we had talked about me going for a run when I got home, but he said he would be quick.


I got home at 6:15 and fixed my daughter supper and I ate a salad I had picked up at the store...because I figured it would be too late to run and then fix dinner for everyone.  By the time my DH got back from his run it was almost 7pm and I needed to start getting my daughter ready for bed. (he ended up eating leftover stuffed green peppers)  My daughter was in bed by 7:45....and it was too dark for me to run by myself.  I know some people run after dark...but I don't feel particularly safe.


I am now watching the Biggest Loser and feeling a bit guilty.  I think when it is over, I will do some Wii Active so I can at least burn some calories (like those cookies!!)


Tomorrow will hold no chance of running either.  I substitute until 3:15, but have to do a bunch of grading and entering grades, because it is the end of the quarter and the teacher I am subbing for will be out for at least another week.  Once I finish that, I will probably end up eating dinner at church before the Wed. night service..then home to put kiddo to bed ...etc.


Looks like Thursday will be the next opportunity!  I don't know how people can get in runs consistently... my life is a bit hectic right now!!!

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The first step...

Posted by SharynLS Mar 14, 2010

My name is Sharyn and I am a 40 year old Stay-At-Home-Mom.  I have a 4 year old daughter and a wonderful husband. Before I had my daughter, I was a Jr. High and High School math and science teacher.  Now, I just substitute and tutor.


I never had a weight problem until after I was married almost 19 years ago.  I struggled with infertility and finally was gifted with our miracle child.  Before her birth, I was diagnosed as Hypo-glycemic and ended up developing Gestational Diabetes during my pregnancy.


Last October, I weighed in at 258lbs.  (I'm 5 foot 9) and was feeling depressed, fatigued, hopeless....   I made an appointment with an Endocrinologist and started doing the Zone diet on my own.  By the time my appointment rolled around on Nov. 9th, I had lost around 8 pounds.  After lab work and a thyroid ultrasound, I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, vitamin D deficient and having 6 nodules on my thyroid ( which a biopsy showed to be non-cancerous) on Dec. 1st.  I was prescribed Metformin and to take vitamin D supplements.


On Dec. 2nd, I signed up with Physician's Weight Loss Center and started a low carb diet.  3 months later, I had follow up labs.  My insulin was down from 28 to 10.5, my fasting blood sugar was down from 113 to 106 and my vitamin D levels were in the normal range.  I am still taking the Metformin to continue to lower my blood sugar to below 100.   My weight is now 233lbs!!



Before I got pregnant with my daughter, I started training with a few friends for a sprint triathlon.  As I would have been 8 months pregnant at race time.... I didn't do it.   I had told myself that I would do a sprint trialthon before I was 40.  In 2008, I did three 5Ks...with my PR being 49:45.  I went and watched a sprint triathlon...but that is as close as I got.


I am 40 and will be 41 next week (3/20)


About 5 weeks ago, I decided that I would register for a Spring Triathlon in my town that will take place on June 6th.  Registration opens tomorrow... (3/15)  Hopefully, I will have the nerve to go through with the registration.


5 weeks ago, I also started the C25K program with a friend.  Two weeks into it, I started experiencing severe pain in my right foot.  After x-rays and an ultrasound, I found out that I was experiencing a flare-up of arthritis in my right big toe joint.  I was given a shot of cortisone and told to rest it for a week and then I could get back to training.  So I did....


Yesterday (3/13) I completed a 5K.  I am still trying to figure out what my official time was.  I really wanted to beat my PR of 49:45... but I'm not sure that I did.


I did the first mile in 13:30 and completed the second mile a little under 30 minutes....right on track for a new PR.  Then around 2.5 miles... I got naseous and chilled and had to slow down considerably.  I think I went through the finish line around the end of minute 48 or the beginning of minute 49.   A friend made me go to the medic tent, because she said my color wasn't good and I was cold and clammy with no sweat.  The medic said heat exhaustion...but I am wondering if it wasn't due to blood sugar or meds. or just plain lack of training or dehydration...  After a few bottles of water and some rest, I was ok.


I went out this afternoon, walked for 5 minutes and then jogged 1 minute, walked 1 1/2 minutes...etc for 20 minutes.  Back to W1D1.  I stretched a lot...but I am very stiff and sore.


I was planning on registering for a 5K on April 10th... but am wondering if 4 weeks will be enough time to train for it.  I think I am just going to sign up and then walk/jog it the best I can.


Tomorrow:  sign up for the Sprint Triathlon, do the Wii Fit upper body workout and HYDRATE!!!  G doesn't have school tomorrow, I tutor in the morning for an hour, then we might go walk the 2.6 mile boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  Girl's Night Out at PF Chang's!!!




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