Perfect 10 Challenge

This challenge starts on January 1, 2010. The deadline to join is January 7 th. More info can be found at Log My Loss.

Here are my goals for ‘The Perfect 10′ challenge which lasts 10 weeks:                     

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs)
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per week
  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)
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.

I think these goals fit in with the S.M.A.R.T concept (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) except for maybe # 4. I am giving myself the whole 10 weeks to actually get started on it where in reality, I would like to get started right away. My start time will depend on my level of energy through out the first few weeks of my challenges and my work exhaustion.

Week 1 update (Jan 8/10)

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs) — weigh in this morning showed a 1.7 lb gain. I have had alot of  salt the past couple of days plus, I am expecting a visitor this week so it is most likely water weight.
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per week— done! 3 times!
  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)— finished week one! Tough!
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.–waiting for my son to bring my weights in from the garage. Believe me, our garage is NOT the place for a lady to be! LOL 😉

I think so far I am doing okay. I am hoping to see a drop in my weight next week. Another factor could be that I have been eating steel cut oats for breakfast some mornings and past experience with oats have proven to cause weight gain for me. If no decrease happens in the next week, oats will have to go!

One of the things required to participate in the challenge is that each week with each update, we have to reveal something to our blogging community/friends that they do not already know about us. Steve suggested that this weeks could be about what we wanted to be when we grew up. So here goes:

When I was young, I really wanted to be an indy car driver. That is all I wanted to do. I thought racing a car and making money doing it would be the most exciting and thrilling career. And wouldn’t you know it but, once I was old enough to learn to drive, I was way to TERRIFIED to even learn. I did not learn how to drive until I was 24 years old and had no choice but to learn because I had 2 kids and a truck driver husband who was not around at dr. appointment times and grocery trips.
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Week 2 Update (Jan 15/10)

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs)–my weigh in this morning revealed a weight of  154.5 lbs. So a 1-1/2 lb loss since the start of the challenge.
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per weekfinished 4 times this week.
  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)–finished week 2 yesterday. Tough week with the 8 min run intervals and 1 min walk. I find it much easier to just run straight through without the walking breaks. I am also not happy with my speed. My running this week was only at 5.5 mph. running at 6mph was just way too tough. I am hoping it was because of my coming down with illness for 2 days.
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.–still haven’t started. still planning too.

That is it in a nut shell. Just chugging along doing my best. As for something that you guys don’t know about me, hum, let me think.

Okay, here it goes:

I want more than anything to live in Hawaii. The sun, the heat, the beaches, the ocean, the beauty. I would move there right this second if I could. My hubby won’t even take me there. He won’t set foot on a plane. He is afraid of the volcanoes. So I am stuck here in Canada (which I do love) in my small town. I know there are those of you out there that would say that Hawaii is no great place to live but, some can say that about anywhere. Some love places and others hate them. It is all in personal preference. I have always wanted and felt since child hood that that is where I should be. Where I am now, doesn’t feel right. Like I am in the wrong place at the wrong time, like I don’t belong where I am in my life at this time in my life.

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Week 3 Perfect 10 Challenge Update (Jan 22/10)

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs)–unfortunately I am back up to 156.1. I believe it is from all the birthday celebration treats and eating out this week. I am also sick and can only stomach a few crackers ( which is total weight gain foods for me unfortunately). Will up my water intake once my nausea and vomiting have stopped enough to stomach the water.
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per week–done 3 times this week.
  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 work on week 3 this week. will work on it for the next week.
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.–not yet. bring my weights in, darn it!!

As for something about myself you don’t know:

I have severe claustrophobia.  😦  To the point where I can’t even have the bathroom door closed when I am in there. It is a good thing that my children are old enough now to choose NOT to see their mother in her natural state and stays away from that end of the house when I am in there! 😳 And I get extreme vertigo when I need to close the shower doors when having a shower. Very risky business to have a shower! If our bedroom door needs to be closed (our room is off of the living room), then I need the bedroom window open so I can feel the draft or the cold to know that I am not trapped. Not good for the heating bill in the winter. Winter gear is a big problem also. All the bulk and bundle sets off my claustrophobic attacks so, I don’t even own a winter coat. I spend a lot of time indoors during the winter months because of this. Being in a car is a problem when the windows are closed. Things like that. I do know exactly when my claustrophobia first hit me but, I don’t understand why or why it has stuck with me since.

I was 13 years old sleeping on the top bunk in my grandparents motor home when camping one summer. I always slept on the top bunk, would never let my sister have a turn. My grandmother came to me and gave me the news that my great grandmother on my fathers side whom I loved with ALL my heart, had had a heart attack and passed away. I was on the top bunk at the time and instantly I couldn’t breathe. Since that moment, claustrophobia has been a major player in my life.

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Week 4 update (Jan 29/10)

Already it is time for week 4’s update in the Perfect 10 challenge put on by Steve over at Log My Loss. Go on over and check out his site to see how he, and many others are doing  on the challenge. Unfortunately it is already to late to join but your support to those who are already participating is always appreciated. That being said,

Here are my goals for ‘The Perfect 10′ challenge .

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs)–current weight is 152.6 which means a loss so far of  3.4 lbs.
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per week–ran 5 times this week.
  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)–week 3 done!
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.–haven’t started yet but, have purchased some more weights. Hope to get started this weekend but, that depends on whether or not we are painting the house.

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

My hubby and I had always had a motorcycle during our younger years but, when the kids came, we quit riding and sold our bike. I never did learn how to drive our motorcycle. We had two different bikes over the years, one was a Suzuki something or other and the other one was a Honda something or other. I can really remember, age and memory and all that crap! LOL.

Now that the kids are teens, my hubby bought himself a Harley Davidson shovelhead. Don’t ask me more about it because I don’t know anything about motorcycles. I guess I will learn pretty quick though since I am in the process of looking around to buy my very own Harley Davidson motorcycle. I am leaning towards a Harley Sportster as they are a little smaller, make for good beginner bikes and I just like the way they look (plus price is a factor right now too).

Since I never learned to drive a motorcycle, we are setting aside the money for me to take a motorcycle driving course this spring. My son will  be taking the course with me as he will be 16 by then. He has been driving dirt bikes since he was 5 years old (I honestly think he was born on one!  )He will be my moral support as for some stupid reason, taking a course terrifies the crap out of me. But, I absolutely know it is the best thing for me to do.  I am so excited but terrified at the same time! :) :shock:

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Week 5 Update (Feb 5/10)

Already it is time for week 5’s update in the Perfect 10 challenge put on by Steve over at Log My Loss. Go on over and check out his site to see how he, and many others are doing  on the challenge. Unfortunately it is already to late to join but your support to those who are already participating is always appreciated. That being said,

Here are my goals for ‘The Perfect 10′ challenge .

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs)–current weight is 151 which means a loss so far of  5 lbs.
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per week–ran 3 times this week.
  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)–haven’t done week 4 yet as I have decided to take a few days off of workouts after the New year 100 mile challenge.
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.–got started last weekend. Only did one workout though so far. Will do more since I have the next week off. That should get me started better and more into a routine.

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

I am absolutely repulsed by toe nails! So repulsed in fact that I need to make my poor girls cut them for me. And while they are at it, I get them to paint them too. LOL  :)

Short but sweet!

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Week 6 update. (Feb 12/10)

Already it is time for week 6’s update in the Perfect 10 challenge put on by Steve over at Log My Loss. Go on over and check out his site to see how he, and many others are doing  on the challenge. Unfortunately it is already to late to join but your support to those who are already participating is always appreciated. That being said,

Here are my goals for ‘The Perfect 10′ challenge .

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs)–current weight is 152.7 , a 1.7 lb gain since last week. But, with the stress of this past week and a non healthy, regular eating schedule, I am not surprised.
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per week-now workouts what so ever. read here to see why.
  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)–need to get started on week 4.
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.–nothing done. read here to see why. Plan to get started again tonight or tomorrow. It is time to get back into my workouts.

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

When I was in kindergarten, my mom babysat 2 boys. One day, one of the boys and I were chasing each other around the house. He, ran out the screen door and closed it tight instead of letting it close itself with it’s spring. I didn’t realize it was latched so as I was running, I just pushed on the window of the door to swing it open so I could catch him. Instead of opening, my right arm went right through the glass of the door and slit my wrist open. My father rushed me to emerg. where I was stitched up and put in a cast to keep my arm straight and safe while it healed.

It looks, on my right wrist, as if I had slit my wrists to try to take my own life. To this day, when people notice my wrist, and think they know me enough to ask, they will ask me about it, assuming that I have some sad moment in my life where I tried to take my own. I can tell that some people don’t believe my story about when I was 5 but, screw them as I know what happened. So, having kids, and glass screen doors, I cringe every time they are rushing out the door and not paying much attention the what they are doing!

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Week’s 7 and 8 updates not available due to the loss of my father.

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Week 9 Perfect 10 Update

Already it is time for week 9’s update in the Perfect 10 challenge put on by Steve over at Log My Loss. There is only one week left in the challenge. I can’t believe how quickly it has gone by.  Go on over and check out his site to see how he, and many others are doing  on the challenge. Unfortunately it is already to late to join but your support to those who are already participating is always appreciated. That being said,

Here are my goals for ‘The Perfect 10′ challenge .

  1. Lose 8-10 lbs. (starting weight 156 lbs)–current weight is 150 , a total loss so far of 6 lbs. Lets hope that with the starting to eat clean again and bringing back in my workouts, I can have another 2 lbs gone by next update. Fingers crossed!
  2. run 5 kms or more at least 2 times per week-only have done it once this week since I have just started up again with my workouts.
  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)–need to get started on week 4. Obviously I won’t be able to get weeks 4 and 5 done by next week but, not a big deal. The main thing is that I am getting myself back to myself right now.
  4. get started on a weight training routine. I am thinking of starting again with NROLW.–had started but, due to my resent tragedy haven’t done a thing. hoping to get going with it again this weekend or next week.

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

It is amazing how people change over time. I absolutely love physical activities, my favorite being running. However, it hasn’t always been that way.

When I was in school, elementary, junior high and high school, I positively HATED phys ed. Hated any form of fitness/physical activity. I would do anything to avoid having to attend phys ed. I would fake sick, fake an injury, and when I got older I would skip class. In high school, once the teacher caught on, I would show up for the calling of attendance, and then once class got started and there was the distraction of kids running around or shooting pucks, I would sneak down the back stairs of the gym and take off around the neighborhood or hang out with my boyfriend until class was over. To avoid getting caught by the teacher, I would wait and go back later in the day to change back into my regular clothes. That is how much I HATED it. You could never even begin to imagine how happy I was to see that after grade 10, phys ed was no longer manditory.

Now that I love being active, I wish that I had given phys ed more of a chance. Thinking back, I remember that the kids who staying in phys ed for grades 11 and 12 got to do things like camping trips in order to go mountain biking and snow shoe and ski trips, canoeing and white water rafting trips. What fun stuff I missed out on.

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