Perfect 10 week 10 update.

This morning I had another smoothie for breakfast. It was such an ugly purple, brown color that I just could not take a pic of it for you guys. LOL 🙂 Regardless of the color, it was delicious. Here is what I put in it:

2 cups spinach

1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)

1 banana

1 scoop protein powder

2 tbsp of milled flax seed

1 cup of skim milk


Well, this was the last week of the Perfect 10 challenge put on by Steve over at Log my loss. I can’t believe how quickly the last 10 weeks have gone by.  It has been a great challenge to be a part of, helping to keep me motivated and thinking about how important my health is. Some of us in the challenge have had to face some extremely stressful, life altering events that have hopefully not derailed us too much from our goals and our health.

So here were my goals for ‘The Perfect 10′ challenge .

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs)current weight is 149.5 , a total loss  of 6.5 lbs. Not as much I was hoping for but, I know I was derailed for about 2 weeks because of my father death.
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per weekran one run of 6km’s and did 2 sessions on the elliptical of 5km each. I know the elliptical doesn’t count but, I haven’t been to the gym in a long time and I just love the elliptical. I had to take advantage of using it while I was getting the chance to hit the gym.
  3. finish 5 weeks of the Gateway to 8 k program. (the program is 10 weeks but, I know I will need to repeat some weeks so 5 weeks is sufficient and it will correspond with #2)did not finish this and actually have no interest in following the program right now. I have decided to add one mile each week to my runs to get to the miles needed for the 1/2 marathon in May. Before my dad passed, I was able to run the 8k on my own no problem and once or twice I ran 11km’s.
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.didn’t start NROLW  but, did start with resistance training again this week at the gym. Most of my weights will be done at home unless I go to meet hubby at the gym in the city. Very fun getting started again.

And now  for something you don’t know about me:

What I look like!

My daughter snapped a pic of me just after my workout and I had a mouth full of food! I was starved!

This is just as we were heading out to my dad memorial. I refused to let anyone where black as we needed to celebrate the life dad had, not mourn it. That turned out to be the right decision, everyone had fun with great stories of my dad and he had family and friends all together, just what he would have wanted.

Anyways, I am looking forward to reading up on how everyone did in the Perfect 10 challenge and seeing what kind of challenges my friends come up with next.

I need some advice for the 1/2  marathon training. I plan on adding 1 mile a week to my runs. Should that mile be for each of the 3 or 4 runs I do each week or, only add the 1 mile on the day I do my longer run?

  1. March 12, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Soooooooooooooo great to see what you look like, Karyn – that’s a great ‘secret’ to share!

  2. March 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I’ve been wondering what you looked like – very relieved to know you aren’t a cartoon stick figure. 🙂

    And I agree on wearing colors at funerals. If it’s someone I care about (and not just a funeral I’m going to as a social obligation), I want to celebrate, too. Tina has insisted that if I am alive when it comes time for her funeral, she wants a party, not mourning.

  3. March 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    What is your distance/week? Some cautions: Do not increase your weekly distance by more than 10% a week. Run on a soft surface for your training if you can like dirt or very level grass. Never run on concrete. Asphalt is better but still too hard. Wear shoes with decent cushion, but try not to hit with your heel as you strike the surface. Try to hit mid foot or forefoot. Heel strikers get planter fascists, be warned. Take it slow and steady. Long slow distance will give you all you need. If you want more speed, do some HIIT, but it is not necessary. Do one long run every week or so. If you can get your mileage up to 40-50 miles a week, a half will be easy for you. OK, good luck and have fun!

  4. March 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Congrats on a job well done on your Perfect 10 Challenge. Have fun training for your half marathon!

  5. March 12, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Bravo on the goals! For the 1/2, I would follow a training plan. There are tons online. You shouldn’t increase your mileage more than 10% over the previous week.

  6. March 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

    This is a great secret Karyn! I love being able to put a face to name. By the way, a real special congratulations to you for sticking this out. I know how hard the last several weeks have been. Great job!

  7. March 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Karyn, it is so great to finally ‘see’ you! You look like a lean fit machine! Beautiful!

    Congrats on all your progress through this challenge…it was extra challenging for you, and you still saw it through. I have major respect for you girl. I have no advice for the 1/2 marathon training, but WOW I can’t wait to follow you as you train! And then to see you do it!

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