Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Wrap Up and Sock Winner!

First things first - the Thorlo/Experia socks giveaway. Wow, what a lot of entries! I think this was the most popular giveaway yet - y'all know the value of a good pair of socks! Without further ado, the winner is:

Erica, if you will please email me with your shoe size and mailing address, I will forward the info on to Thorlo so they can mail you your new socks! Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who entered...I wish you all could have won, as these socks are really great!

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Lately, I know it seems that all I've been writing about is exercise, and I hope I'm not boring you too much. It's pretty exciting for me to be doing all of this crazy stuff - things that I never, ever thought I would be doing. Working out with weights? Cardio?? Running??? Seriously, sometimes I look at my "before" pictures and shake my head in wonderment - that person was so not into exercise at.all.

The flip side of this is that I am still dieting, still trying to lose about 15 pounds. So...how's that going, you ask? Well. Not good according to the scale. I will admit to being more than a little frustrated at not seeing those numbers go down, especially since I am still being really watchful about what I eat (weekly trip to the frozen yogurt shop excepted), and of course, I'm working out three times a week and running, for cryin' out loud!

Why haven't I gone all ballistic? Well, even though the scale does not change, my body is. My legs are getting smaller and I fit into size 8 pants now. So take that, stupid scale. Also, about six weeks ago, I had Brad measure my fat blob (the extra roll of fat above my waistline) with body-fat calipers, and last Tuesday he remeasured...and I had gone down 5mm! Apparently there is progress happening; it's just not showing on the scale. After listening to my frustrations once again (poor Brad gets to hear it a lot from me!), he suggested that I take a scale vacation. And you know, that is a darn good idea. So the scale has been banished. I'm thinking for at least a month, but you never know. In the meantime, I'll keep on working out, running, and watching my calorie intake while eating healthy foods. I'm pretty sure that my body will continue to make good changes, and eventually the scale will catch up...right?!?

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Blogger Run Day is just about here! A lot of us bloggers will all be doing runs on Sunday, March 7th - and while Kelly and I will be running together in person, we all will be virtually running together. I feel such a connection with all of the runners, and such acceptance into their slightly confusing world (splits? yassos? taper? tempo? BQ?) - I admit that I don't know much, but I do know that I like this running thing. And I'm glad to have so many of you along for the ride - good luck to everyone who runs on Blogger Run Day!

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Tonight I will have my first blogger meet up - Kelly and her husband Chuck will meet Jeff and I for dinner! I'm so excited to finally meet her...pictures will be forthcoming, along with my Armadillo Dash 5K recap (I can't believe I'm not nervous about the race yet) - woohoo, wish us luck!

22 comments:

  1. Scales to the side... yay! While I do weigh in every morning (and see little change), I see those awesome body shape changes, too. You look amazing, Shelley. Slide that scale outta sight! :-)

    Have fun w/ your meet-up. We have one this weekend, too, as part of our Blogger Run Day and the Disney Princess Half... sooo excited! Can't run, but will be cheering/spectating. Have a great time in your 2nd race - you are official, friend!!

    HUGS from Orlando... oh, and I got you back on my blogroll. Keep finding people that got dropped when I recently changed its format. wtheck?? Anyway, you are there and I look forward to your interview, after race #2!

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  2. Gooood luck with your race!

    Runner's terms confuse me to - I just go running, ha!

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  3. It is so exciting to meet online friends - I hope you two have a blast! I wish I could do the Blogger Run but right now I'm still paused by pneumonia. Size 8? My dream size? I think Brad is right, put that darn scale away!! (What about making it a Lenten fast?)

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  4. Yea! for blogger meet-ups! When are you going to come up here, huh?

    Have a wonderful time and the damned scale does not always reflect all the work you are doing. Giving it a rest is probably a good idea.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Shelley.

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  5. Ah yes, the stuck on the scale point. But size 8 pants? Come on, in your wildest dreams did you ever think you would wear that size???

    And even the change between your May and November pictures is amazing.

    I am going to join you Sunday with my own private run. Good luck Shelley!

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  6. you look fabulous! I am so happy to be catching up! I have missed your sunny smile! congrats on the success! sending lots of love!

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  7. Have fun meeting Kelly and her hubby and doing your next 5k! Go Shelly Go!!!

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  8. Have a great time meeting Kelly and her hubs and I just have to say you are my HERO!

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  9. I would be so happy if I were a size 8 I wouldn't step on the scale again Shelley! But, maybe its a good idea, just keep doing what you are doing and it will come off.

    I will be posting another weight loss success story tomorrow, she lost 122 pounds, so check out my site this weekend!

    I am still planning on jogging/walking a 5k on Sunday!

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  10. I think its a great idea to banish the scale - we can do it! And I agree, while the numbers on the scale don't go down, the number on the measuring tape does!

    Woot! Size 8 - you rock sister!

    Have fun tonight and good luck on your race on Sunday - I know you'll do great - you are a seasoned pro! :D

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  11. Woo Hoo! Virtual 5k coming up!

    Shelley, again, we are so much alike. I am finding the last bit of weight just not budging, but I do think it might be the amount of exercise we are doing as well. Doing more exercise and strength training is not necessarily conducive to weight loss of the scale type. But, like you said - there are still plenty of benefits to be had where you are now!

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  12. Shelley, did you change your blog? It looks great, maybe it's always been gorgeous and I've just been out of it but I love it!! I just met a blogger last night and it was so fun! Kind of a like a blind date but with a blogger friend!
    I have a pink bike just like yours!

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  13. Although I weigh myself once a week, I really rely on my measurments I take once a month. That scale can make me want to through it out the window at times.
    Good luck on your 5k, your going to rock it!

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  14. Sometimes, the scale is just behind the times. Enjoy your changing body shape/size and ignore the other numbers for a while. Maybe you'll get a pleasant surprise two months from now when you step back on!

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  15. Forget that scale. You look fab. Besides, you can shrink in inches but the scale remains stubborn. You're doing exactly what you need to do to get in great shape.

    Dinner was fantastic! Please PhotoShop a few pounds off of me before you post pictures! LOL

    See ya at the race.:)

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  16. yippee for blogger meet up.

    Taking a break from the scale sounds like just the thing. :)

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  17. Taking a scale vacation is a BRILLIANT idea! I wish I had done it as I got close to goal. Those measurements are becoming far more important than the pounds as exercise shifts things around and reshapes your body. Focus on that, and you will continue to recognize your success. Way to go, and way to keep your momentum going!

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  18. I think it might work very well to avoid the scale for a while: you're on the right track, you know it and I know it and the number on your scale is only sabotaging things.

    Have a great run tomorrow, good luck and enjoy. Mine is at noon, I think you're still in bed by then so I guess I'm the first of your bloggers to run tomorrow :)

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  19. I just popped over from Lori's blog where she mentioned Blogger Run Day. I love this idea!!! Is it too late to join up considering it is tomorrow (literally, it is ten minutes to midnight, my time)? From what I can gather I just have to commit to going for a 5K run, right? For those bloggers that do are you letting them post that cool Blogger Day icon on their own blogs (I am such a sucker for the badges!)? I really love that you are doing this, Shelley; what a great idea!!!

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  20. Ha ha! Okay, I’m back and I did it!!! Yeah, I can be a bit impulsive at times! I’d still love to know the answers to my questions if you have a chance to look at them, but obviously I participated regardless! Again, I just love that you did this!!!

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  21. What a great before and after with your pink bike. I love it! Exercise is what gives me the wiggle room now, and you provide a great illustration of this!

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  22. I've been on a plateu since August. I continue to run and I've recently added in push ups and crunches on my running days off...I think I need to reevaluate my diet but I just hate the thought of eating less!

    You are looking fabulous!

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