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bilbl_superHow many miles have you logged towards Bella’s Summer Challenge this week?

Happy Monday, everyone!  This week I was back to working out 6 days, with an active rest day on Saturday, and my weekly miles reflect that.

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I logged 33 miles this week, and that’s not including today’s workout yet. I’m really pleased with these numbers, especially the fact that I have already exceeded my goal of 150 miles by August 15th!  With over 2 1/1 weeks left, I’m going to aim for 200 miles! This week my miles included biking, swimming, walking along the beach, a stair workout, spinning, and of course, walking Sofi.

For this week’s plan, I’m thinking kickboxing, spinning, incline treadmill, biking, swimming, and walking Sofi.  Plus my TIU toning workouts.

What’s your goal this week? What workouts do you have planned to get those miles in?  Feel free to check in below, or message me on Twitter or Instagram.  And don’t forget to use the hashtags: #150bybacktoschool and #BellasSummerChallenge

Be sure to grab this chart if you’d like a visual way to track your miles.

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bilbl_superHow many miles have you logged towards Bella’s Summer Challenge this week?

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope the past week was a good one for you, and you were able to get in lots of fun & fitness.  This past week started out strong and then kind of “petered out” by Friday because of some disappointing personal news (more on that in a different post).  Still, I’m happy with this week’s totals!

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That’s a total of 17 miles I logged this week, which is a lot less than I’ve been doing in previous weeks, but still a decent number. I got strong workouts in Monday-Thursday, which I’m really proud of.  I also got back to the TIU toning workouts.  Thursday night I got some bad news, and it really affected me.  I withdrew a bit and spent a good part of the day on Friday and Saturday on the couch watching tv.  I know I would’ve felt so much better about myself if I’d have just gone out and gone on a walk with Sofi, at the very least.  There’s nothing like working out to help me change my perspective and feel better and less stressed.  The next time I’m feeling really down I’m going to do my best to get my butt off the couch and get out and move.

This week I did the stairs at Communication Hill with a friend this morning.  I’m looking forward to continuing to workout in the mornings with Tinkerbell Tuesday-Thursday. I’ll be continuing my TIU tonight workouts, too. I also plan to get in some good swimming sessions, as well as my daily walks with Sofi.  And hopefully another fitness class or two.

What’s your goal this week? What workouts do you have planned to get those miles in?  Feel free to check in below, or message me on Twitter or Instagram.  And don’t forget to use the hashtags: #150bybacktoschool and #BellasSummerChallenge

Be sure to grab this chart if you’d like a visual way to track your miles.

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bilbl_superHow many miles have you logged towards Bella’s Summer Challenge this week?

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope the past week was a good one for you, and you were able to get in lots of fun & fitness.  I left for a teaching conference last Monday – Thursday, but I’m really proud to say that I logged in lots of miles even though I was traveling.  In fact, because we walked around Sacramento so much, I think I got in more miles than I might’ve if I stayed home.  Either way, it was a great week. Here are my totals as of this morning, including this morning’s workout:

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That’s a total of 46 miles in this week!  It was a lot of walking, but also included elliptical, swimming, and a lot of biking this weekend.  As a reminder, the TIU girls say that biking miles should be divided in 3.  So if you biked 12 miles, you’ll count that as 4 miles.  I myself just count the time spent doing the activity to keep the math simple.  So, since I biked for 70 minutes on Saturday, I counted it as 7 miles.

This week I’m going to fit in some fitness classes, something I love but haven’t been doing yet this summer.  In addition, I want to make sure to get in some swimming and biking, along with lots of walking.

What’s your goal this week? What workouts do you have planned to get those miles in?  Feel free to check in below, or message me on Twitter or Instagram.  And don’t forget to use the hashtags: #150bybacktoschool and #BellasSummerChallenge

So far it looks like I’m the only one using any of these hashtags, at least from my search on Instagram this morning:

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Be sure to grab this chart if you’d like a visual way to track your miles.

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bilbl_superHow many miles have you logged towards Bella’s Summer Challenge this week?

So my idea of posting the weekly check in on Sunday kind of went by the wayside this weekend. LOL.  I guess I was having too much fun on Sunday Funday.  In order to keep things consistent from here on out, I think I’m going to move the check in post to Mondays instead.

This week I clocked lots of miles toward the #150bybacktoschool –

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I’m really proud of how many miles I got in this week!  41 miles in one week is awesome (if I do say so myself!), especially considering it was my birthday week.  But I did make a habit of going to workout first thing in the morning most of the days, and on the days I didn’t hit the gym, I did a ton of walking and biking.

This coming week I’m going to be in Sacramento for a teaching conference – I leave later this afternoon and will return on Thursday afternoon.  One thing we do a lot of while we’re there is walk, so I’m pretty confident that I can log plenty of miles.  The hotel we’re staying at also has a pool and a fitness center, so I really have no excuse not to get in some activity.

What’s your goal this week? What workouts do you have planned to get those miles in?  Feel free to check in below, or message me on Twitter or Instagram.  And don’t forget to use the hashtags: #150bybacktoschool and #BellasSummerChallenge  Be sure to grab this chart if you’d like a visual way to track your miles.

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bilbl_superHow many miles have you logged towards Bella’s Summer Challenge this week?

I thought it would be nice to write a check-in post on Sundays because Sunday is a day that ends the week or begins a new week, depending on your perspective.  I spend a lot of time on Sundays reflecting on what I’ve accomplished and planning my workouts for the upcoming week.

This week I’m pleased with my progress toward the #150bybacktoschool.

2014-06-28 12.45.03 These miles include yesterday’s Giant Race 5K, lots of neighborhood walks with Sofi, and an elliptical session.  I have to admit, I did let myself start my mornings slooooowly this week, and didn’t get in as many workouts at the gym as I usually do.  But I think every once in awhile it’s okay to have more of a milder week, especially considering all the events I’ve been able to enjoy this week.

I have tons of celebrations planned for the upcoming week, too, but I’m determined to get in stronger workouts and to log more miles.  I’m going to get back to C25K, do a spin class or two, hit the elliptical, swim, and of  course, walk with Sofi. I’m giving myself the goal of getting 24 miles in this week.

What’s your goal this week? What workouts do you have planned to get those miles in?  Feel free to check in below, or message me on Twitter or Instagram.  And don’t forget to use the hashtags: #150bybacktoschool and #BellasSummerChallenge  Be sure to grab this chart if you’d like a visual way to track your miles.

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bilbl_superToday’s AIF was another 5K, but this one was special because it was my first one with Tinkerbell.  She and I have each done many 5Ks on our own, and she even finished the Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon in Disneyland last weekend, but up to this point, we’d never done a race together.  Our original plan was to do run/walk intervals, but my bad cold had other plans.  Tink was sweet enough to say she didn’t mind if we walked the whole 5K, because she was more interested in our experiencing it together than she was about getting to a certain timing.

jennyslight.org-grey-circle-1Jenny’s Light was founded by local professional triathlete Becky Lavelle & her family in response to the tragic and untimely passing of her twin sister Jenny and her nephew in December 2007.  Jenny’s Light is a non-profit foundation created to improve & save lives by increasing awareness of all perinatal mood disorders, including postpartum depression. ”  In looking up the background of the story, I discovered that Jenny actually shot and killed her baby son and then took her own life.  I can’t imagine the pain and loss her family must have felt, and I think it’s remarkable that her sister decided to turn that terrible tragedy into something that raises awareness of postpartum depression, and other perinatal mood disorders.

Since this was a more home-grown 5K where the profits went directly to the non-profit, it was a bit more bare-bones.  Meaning no cute race tee.  So I decided to make Tink and I our own shirts.  When we registered, they’d asked for a team name, and when Tink asked me what I thought it should be, I combined both our aliases and said, “TinkerBellas.”  We both loved it!  For the our tees, I knew I wanted to put our team name front and center and I because Tinkerbell wears a green fairy dress, I wanted to find a fun, bold green color.  I headed to Michael’s and came up with these:

2014-01-26 16.15.51Originally, I’d bought us crowns to wear, but the crowns fit pretty loose, and we both agreed that they’d probably be more of a bother during the race.  Still, for my first time hand-making a shirt like this, I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out.  And can I brag for a second and say that my shirt was a size Medium!!  How cool is that?!  All these 5Ks are paying off!

2014-01-25 15.07.11 Yesterday Tink and I headed to Sports Basement to pick up our race packets, and I was so surprised at my low number.  I hoped it was going to bring us luck – Sweet 16!

This morning we headed to Vasona Lake Park early to make sure we’d get a parking spot. We had no idea how many people had signed up for the race, and because it’s not easy to park in the surrounding neighborhood, we didn’t want to take any chances.  Plus, this way, we had plenty of time to take lots of pics to capture how cute we looked:

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Do you love the wings, or what? I’d had those from an outfit during Spirit Week back in October, but they were the perfect color for this Tinkerbell-inspired outfit.

Tinkerbell had bought her skirt for the 1/2 marathon from a woman who makes  them specifically for that race. I love that she was able to use it again!

Tinkerbell had bought her skirt for the 1/2 marathon from a woman who makes them specifically for that race. I love that she was able to use it again!

I mean, there couldn't have been a cuter pair of racers in the whole 5K!

I mean, there couldn’t have been a cuter pair of racers in the whole 5K! (Even if we are both looking in two different directions for the photo).

And what 5K would be complete without a pre-race selfie?

And what 5K would be complete without a pre-race selfie?

We started out toward the back of the pack because we were going to walk.  The difficult thing about this course was that it was super narrow.  And when the racers who were doing the 10K were on their way back, we were sharing the course.  They didn’t block off any of the roads, as most 5Ks do, and they also didn’t prevent Sunday exercisers from being on the course, so we had to share the road with bikers, joggers, etc.  I’m really glad we didn’t run it, because I think it would’ve been pretty hectic.  As it was, Tink and I were able to catch up; I’d been wanting to hear all the details of her 1/2 marathon, and we finally had a good amount of time to dish.  That’s one thing I enjoy about walking 5Ks – it gives you the time to just walk and talk.  The thing that’s hard about walking is that you get antsy, or at least I do.  I want to go faster, finish sooner, and see how I can challenge myself.  But because this cold is moving into my chest, keeping our brisk pace was challenge in itself today.

At one point we were on a bit of an incline, and I was finding it really hard to breathe.  I started almost wheezing, and Tink just took my hand and said, “you can do it, Bella! We got this!!” And that one small moment of motivation was all I needed.  She totally sparked something in me, and from that point on, we were on our way!

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I was shocked when I saw these stats! We really were walking fast the entire time, and when we saw the 3-mile marker, we decided to finish strong and run the last .2 into the finish line.  I can’t believe we completed the race – walking most of it – in 47:13!!  I wasn’t expecting a PR in this race, but I ended up with one, for walking anyway!  I’m really proud of Team TinkerBellas!!

As soon as we were done, we put the top  down on my Beetle (it was already 71 degrees at 11am) and headed to Tink’s house, where her hubby had a delicious, healthy breakfast scramble, whole wheat English muffins, fruit salad, and coffee waiting for us.  How sweet is that?

Now that Tink and I have done one 5K together, she and I were already planning future ones where we’d run/walk: Mardi Gras Madness 5k, Wharf to Wharf (about 6 miles)…who knows how many we’ll end up doing.  One thing is for sure, we always have a blast when we’re together, and we enjoy motivating each other to do our best.  We’ve been in it together throughout our WLS weight loss journey, and we continue even now that we’re both nearing our own personal finish lines.  I’m so thankful that just over a year ago Tinkerbell reached out to me to support each other as we started a new year, bound to make it past our pre-op weight loss requirements to surgery, because I couldn’t imagine my life without her.  Team TinkerBellas for Life!!

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The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. — Ben Stein

This is the perfect quote for me this week because I have decided that I want quite a few things in 2010, but all of them boil down to wanting a healthier, happier me.  Moving forward, I’m going to keep in the front of my mind that everything I’m doing – tracking my food, training for the 5K, personal training, eating on plan with WW – is all for a healthier, happier life.

Reminding myself of that one, simple truth will go a long way in achieving all of these steps toward success.

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Before I begin, I must admit that the idea for this post came from reading this one from Scale Warfare and this one from Merry.  I’m all about making goals, plans, and ways to help myself succeed, so this is the perfect post to begin 2010.

Each of these goals is another step towards success!

Bella’s 10 Goals for 2010

  1. Track what I eat every single day. Even if it’s not going to be pretty, I want to make sure that I’m being honest with myself.  Accountability is a huge part of eating on plan, and I want to make sure that I don’t shortchange myself by living in denial.  WW makes it easy with eTools and I also have the WW app on my iPhone, so there really is no excuse not to log it all in.
  2. Send Scale Warfare nightly food journal emails. This was a great way for me to stay accountable to someone other than myself.  Knowing that I had to send someone the journal made me think twice about whether I should eat something.  Plus, Scale Warfare isn’t judgmental, but I know that she’ll give me a good kick in the butt if I need it.
  3. Keep Sundays as my “get prepared” day. After waking up a bit late and reading the Sunday paper, I’m going to go to the grocery store to stock up on healthy food for the week and then prepare at least 2 big dinners that I can eat throughout the week.  I also want to make sure that I’ve portioned out all of my weekly lunchtime snacks, as well.
  4. Make dinner for myself at least 6 nights a week. This won’t be too difficult, especially if I continue on my Sunday ritual.  I do want to give myself at least one night a week (most likely Friday or Saturday) to go out or eat other food.  Still keeping it healthy, but allowing for some social interaction, as well.  Cuz a girl can’t stay home all the time, right?
  5. Move my body for at least 30 minutes every day. Some days this “movement” will be rigorous, such as when I’m in the gym at a training session with Jimmy.  Or when I’m doing the C25K training.  Other days it will be more laid back, like playing Wii Fit Plus, taking a walk, or riding my bike.  No matter what, I want to make sure that I’m active this year.
  6. Run a 5K by the end of June 2010. This is what Rubenesque Ladies Running is all about.  See the widget on the sidebar for more info, or click on “Bella’s RLR” tab above. This is going to be a huge challenge, but if I stick to my training program, I know I’ll be able to do it.
  7. Lose 82 pounds in 2010. This is an ambitious goal, but I think it’s one that I can reach.  It’s less than 2 pounds a week (1.57, to be exact), which is what everyone says is a healthy amount to lose.  Plus, it would be a little over halfway to my goal weight, which would be amazing.  Plus, it would mean that I  am finally in Onederland – under 200 pounds.
  8. Try 1 new recipe per week. I did this last year, and while I didn’t quite make my goal of 52 new recipes, I did make quite a few.  It was fun, and I had a good time discovering that not only do I love cooking, but that I’m a good cook (if I do say so myself!).  I have tons of cookbooks, magazines, and internet recipes.  The first step for me is going to be organizing all of it into a binder with page protectors so that my “new recipes” are accessible and ready when I want to try them out.
  9. Earn my rewards. On my “Bella’s Progress” page, I have a whole list of amazing rewards that I’ve planned for myself when I hit certain weight goals.  I haven’t earned any of them yet, but I want to make 2010 the year that I get to spend some money on myself because I’ve earned it through hard work and real results.
  10. No out of control eating. This is huge for me, because it is the #1 thing that derailed my progress last year.  I would do so well all day, but then it was like something took over my body (and mind) when I got home, and all I wanted to do was eat and eat and eat.  Most of the time the food I was eating wasn’t “bad,” but anything in such large quantities isn’t good.  This year I will repeat the following statements whenever I start to have that “out of control” feeling:

I am stronger than this; I can be in control of myself and what I eat.  I’m worth more than this.  I want to reach my goals more than I want this food.

So, there you have them.  These goals for myself are now “out there” in the universe, and I know that I will achieve them (or get pretty darn close, anyway).  I have a strong sense of determination, more than I ever have in the past.  Not only that, I am taking action so that I can achieve all that I am determined to do.  Of course, along with those 10, I am going to keep blogging at least 5 days a week, and if last year was any indication, probably more.

What are your goals for yourself this year?

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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. ~Epictetus

In other words, enough talk – it’s time for action!  Or, as Nike told us, Just Do It!  It’s a great advertising motto, but it’s also true.  The time for action is now, otherwise life will keep passing me by and I won’t be any better off than I am now.  I have very clear goals of where I what I want/who I want to be, I know the things I need to do to get there, and now all that’s left is DOING them.

Happy Friday, everyone!  Today is my last day of school for two weeks, and I am really looking forward to the time off.  I’m hoping to get myself back into workout and weight loss mode, as I was in the summer.  I’m going to refocus myself so that I can move into 2010 in the best possible mindframe and attitude.  Oh, and of course, action!

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If you don’t dare to begin, you don’t stand a chance of getting there. ~ Unknown

They say that the hardest part of beginning any journey is the first step.  For me, I’ve had a lifetime of first steps, but the most difficult seem to be the 2nd and 200th and 2000th.  Starting is easy, the hard part is keeping it up.  So I read this quote and dare myself to begin a true weight loss journey.  One where I don’t give in to every small temptation, but one where I keep a renewed commitment to myself at the forefront of my mind.  If I can’t, then I’ll definitely never reach the finish line.

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