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Ciao, Scouts!

My name is Jess. I'm 22, and I'm on a quest to lose 100 pounds and get strong, fast, agile and healthy. I’ll be honest. I haven’t weighed myself in awhile. I have no idea how much I weigh, but if I had to guess I’m somewhere close to 210-215 maybe? I’m around around 35-40 pounds down from my highest weight. 

 

I’m moving out of the adventurer portion of my journey. I’m an assassin at heart, but I thought it was more appropriate to train with the scouts for this challenge. I’m completing a half marathon in January, and I need to learn from the finest endurance athletes the rebellion has to offer. :)

 

So here are my goals.

 

Half Marathon Training  (+4 STA)

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I’ve taken to running on my lunch breaks at work. So I’m going to keep at it. I’m going to run 40 minutes per day on my break and work on increasing my speed. I’m averaging out at about 12:30 per mile right now. I want to get at the very least under 12 minutes per mile. Preferably 11:00. My ultimate goal is to finish the half marathon in 3 hours. :) 

 

I’m also doing an endurance run every weekend. My last one was 5 miles. I’m going to increase one mile each week until two weeks before the race, so I’ll have at least three 10m+ plus runs under my belt when the time comes. 

 

 

Run at least 5 days per week for 100% in this category.

 

Bike to Work Every Day (+2 DEX, +2 WIS)

I only work 4 miles away from where I live and I drive. Seems kind of silly to me. I bought a bike after I returned from Camp NF with the intention of biking to work every day, and I’ve been averaging out only like 2 times per week. I’m also doing it to save gas money.

 

Bike to work 5 days a week for 100% in this category.

 

 

Keep at 80% Paleo (+3 CON, +2 WIS)

I’ve adapted a paleo diet for the most part. With the exception of 1 TBS of organic grass-fed butter in my coffee in the morning and the occasional serving of full-fat cheese. But grains are out. Spaghetti squash is now my staple. I’ve given up hummus and made the switch from peanut butter to cashew butter.

 

Not a whole lot to say here, other than keep it up. :) 

 

Don’t miss two in a row to earn 100% in this category.

 

 

Say NO to holiday junk food! (+2 CHA)

 

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It’s that time of year, guys. For the last few weeks, the staff lounge at work has been packed with all kinds of crazy sugar coma inducing treats. I’m not going to lie, I’ve slipped up on more than one occasion. 

Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks. Christmas shortly after that. Every year I say fuck it and let myself eat whatever I want for pretty much all of december. This is the year I say NO.

 

Avoid junk holiday junk food like the plague, and make good choices at Thanksgiving and Christmas for 100% in this category.

 

 

 

Motivational: My story

I’m excited to be a Scout for 6 weeks. This is where it all started with me: With running. My first run came from a dark time in my life. A sort of quarter-life crisis, if you can imagine.  Here’s my story.

I was 20 years old. I was 250 pounds and living on a diet of mac and cheese and monster energy drinks. I was in college, a year away from completing my teaching degree and slowly realizing that it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. I was afraid to switch majors. I thought I was in too deep to throw it all away now. I was afraid to tell my parents that I wasted their money for my tuition. 

 I remember one night, after a particularly stressful day, I was lying in bed at 2:30 in the morning, knowing I needed to be awake and ready to handle the day only 3 hours later. I was trying to resign myself to a lifetime of teaching. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t handle it. I didn’t know what else to do. And for some reason, to this day I still can’t put my finger on why or how, a really strange voice kept persisting in my head. It said:

 

Go to sleep, wake up a half hour early tomorrow and go for a run.

 

Go for ‘a run’? How do I even do that? WHY would I do that? But this idea kept persisting, saying that if I did, I would feel less stressed. If I did I could have time to clear my mind and refocus. I was uneasy, but I trusted that voice.

 

I woke up two hours later, laced up my converse, put on my oversized university t-shirt and walked out my door. I jogged down my street in short, huffy 10 second intervals. I found out that I lived really close to the lake, so I thought, hey, let’s go to the lake. It started raining. I shuffled for 30 minutes in the rain that morning. I didn’t go to school that day. Decisions were made. Hard conversations were had. And dis-enrollment papers were

drafted. 

I’m going back to school to study Kinesiology in January.

 

Running, or biking, swimming, lifting, dancing, or whatever your fitness calling is, is exactly what I needed. I needed a little dose of selfishness. I needed time, every day, to be just for me. When I’m working out, I don’t care what is going on around me. That is time for me to reward my body for the awesome stuff it does every day, by making an active choice to make it stronger. We all are given one lifetime to live. To not make the most of it is completely disgraceful.

 

Go get ‘em , rebels

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Sweet. Awesome story! The voice inside us, that one that drives us to be better to ourselves and for ourselves is incredible to experience. I'm so glad it happened for you when it did! YAY!

 

And I'm happy to see you rockin a half, nice bold work there! We will be here: ask away, chat away, and laugh away!

 

 

P.S. Don't forget to follow this thread so you know when peeps have come to day hey. The red button is on the top right, over the first thread!

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Running, or biking, swimming, lifting, dancing, or whatever your fitness calling is, is exactly what I needed. I needed a little dose of selfishness. I needed time, every day, to be just for me. When I’m working out, I don’t care what is going on around me. That is time for me to reward my body for the awesome stuff it does every day, by making an active choice to make it stronger. We all are given one lifetime to live. To not make the most of it is completely disgraceful.

 

Go get ‘em , rebels

 

 

 

I love your story.

And you're absolutely right -- a little dose of selfishness is exactly what we need. We need to take care of ourselves. I love being able to go for a run and not have to think about anything but what I want to think about, not have to listen to anyone but myself. It's healthy for your body. It's also healthy for the rest of you.

 

I look forward to seeing how you do.  :)

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That's an incredible story. I wish I'd had the guts to change majors when I was in college, realized I hated what I was doing, but felt I was in too deep to switch. It all worked out for the better in the end, but major kudos to you for your bravery and your love story with running!!

 

Best of luck on your half! Excited to watch you progress. :)

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Where is the "Love This" button on these threads? Like doesn't quite cover some things like your intro post. So proud that you found the conviction to do what you want to do. I know it can be hard. I actually changed majors and colleges a couple of times until I found something that fit me. Perhaps you'll be the next Spezzy or Amy Clover of the Nerd Fitness community.

And if you ever have some free time, check out my thread to see what your kayaking posts sparked. I'm hoping that I can inspire someone to try anything like your posts did for me. Good luck.

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You scouts are so supportive!

 

I wish I was gonna be in town for your half so I could come cheer you on. You got this girl. 

 

Damnit Rob, stop going out of town so I can complete a race with you! :P It's cool. Next year. It's a really fun race if you've never done it. I did the mini marathon last year (5.4 miles) Lots of good music. :) I'm sure there's even better bands on the half and full route. I highly recommend it.

 

 

That's an incredible story. I wish I'd had the guts to change majors when I was in college, realized I hated what I was doing, but felt I was in too deep to switch. It all worked out for the better in the end, but major kudos to you for your bravery and your love story with running!!

 

Best of luck on your half! Excited to watch you progress. 

 

I'm glad things worked out for you. :) Did you end up switching or going back to school for something different? What did you get your degree in.

 

 

Where is the "Love This" button on these threads? Like doesn't quite cover some things like your intro post. So proud that you found the conviction to do what you want to do. I know it can be hard. I actually changed majors and colleges a couple of times until I found something that fit me. Perhaps you'll be the next Spezzy or Amy Clover of the Nerd Fitness community.

And if you ever have some free time, check out my thread to see what your kayaking posts sparked. I'm hoping that I can inspire someone to try anything like your posts did for me. Good luck.

 

You're so supportive of me, Bearlee. :P What switch from/to in college? I had a time where I thought I was just being too indecisive... so I'm glad that more people have gone through this. 

I actually got to meet both Stacy and Amy at camp, and they're just about the coolest people you could imagine. :D If even a fraction of their awesomeness rubbed off on me I think I'd be set. :) I'll definitely check out your challenge. I hope it has something to do with scuba diving!

 

 

Even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Or in other words, plan all you want, sometimes shit just don't work out the way you want it to. I'm learning a hard lesson this week so far, kids.

 

Monday: Made a conscious decision to drive to work.

Little back story; I work with little kids. I teach a class of one year olds, and every morning we sit down and have circle time and I read them books and sing songs together and I play my ukulele for them. It's the only way I can get them to sit for a half hour. Had to take my uke home over the weekend to retune it, and I wasn't comfortable putting it in my bike basket all the way to work, so I drove.

Whatever. Not exactly ideal, but what can you do. Still going running at lunch. 

Three teachers called out sick. We were understaffed so everyone got short lunch breaks. Didn't have time to go running.

So Monday was a bust.

 

Last night my boss asked me to open this morning. Which means being at work at 6:45. Which means leaving my house at 6-6:15-ish and biking in the dark. Since I don't have headlights, this was a no for me. So I drove this morning.

 

I know what you're thinking. 'But Jess, surely you're going to bike to work tomorrow, aren't you? Surely you wouldn't miss three days in a row!'

 

Well that's a huge fucking no also. We have a staff meeting tomorrow after work from 6:30-8:30. Once again, dark. Even if I decided to suck it up and ride in the dark I couldn't, because I have an appointment to meet with a family I'm housesitting for in between the time I get off of work and the staff meeting.

 

So, here's to Thursday. I'm looking forward to it.

 

I DID, however go on my run today! :)
They're setting up the AZ Ironman competition at the lake, so that was kind of fun to see. I didn't set any PRs or anything this morning, but I have a fairly good starting point.

 

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Get used to seeing these RunKeeper summaries, I'm going to be posting them everyday. :P

 

But that's all for now. Happy scouting, rebels!

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I'm glad things worked out for you. :) Did you end up switching or going back to school for something different? What did you get your degree in.

 

I got my degree in aerospace engineering, which is what I started with. Got stuck in jobs I hated for about five years and found my way into acting as an escape -- but a couple of months ago I got a job I love, and I still love acting, so things worked out so that I have a job I enjoy and a hobby I'm passionate about in my life. So it's hard to regret not switching majors considering where my life is now. ^_^

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Thanks for the compliment, but it's you that deserves the compliments. Every time I read your thread your kicking more ass. When I started college I wanted to be a veterinarian and worked with a veterinarian for several months (feeding dogs, cleaning cages, but also watching surgeries). Found out I liked the animals but not the owners so changed. Went to college to become an athletic trainer. Worked for the college as an athletic trainer taping ankles, applying bandages, and such and it was fun, but realized that I really don't like athletes. So I examined the common elements of what I didn't like and realized it was people so went into electronics instead and have been happy ever since. Yeah a nerd with bad social skills and a liking of inanimate objects go figure.

Yeah I pick Staci and Amy cause I figured you had probably met them. Didn't know if meeting them may have influenced you into your current thought process or not. But they're awesome role models to have.

And yup it's scuba diving. Finished two weeks of classes with four to go. Then need to figure out where to do my open water dives. But none of it would have happened if not for your kayak posts.

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If you don't have a light, biking in the dark isn't very safe and is probably illegal to boot, so I don't blame you. But, you can fix this! You should be able to solve your problem for $20 or less, and get a red blinky one for the back as well. You do have reasonable reasons for not biking so far this week, but, you might want to consider if 5 days per week is a reasonable goal? Perhaps aiming for 3 or 4 would be more realistic (and letting yourself average that over the whole challenge). Aiming for 100% can be really hard :)

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You know that rage you get when you're so close to something you've wanted for so long and you miss it by just a teeny tiny bit?
That thing for me today was the elusive sub-10-minute-mile that I missed by six seconds.

 

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On the bright side, new one mile PR.

 

I done good today! I actually almost made it to 3 miles on my lunch run, which was my original goal. I guess my next goal is 3.5! :)

 

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I remember when you hit 12 min mile for the first time back on Aug. 31st (had to go back and look up exact date) and thought that was amazing. So I've figured now that over the past 11 weeks your shaving almost 11 seconds per week off you time. Wow. So you should get to 10 min soon. Have you tried doing a 5k to see if your under 45 minutes? I remeber seeing that as one of your goals before and didn't know if you have tried it yet or not. But looking at your picture I see you are running 2.95 miles in 38:25 so I'm sure you could get that last 0.15 miles in in under 7:35. So that would mean that your probably 5 minutes under what you were trying to achieve just a few challenges ago. You are a hero. Keep it up.

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Well, when you only miss the time you want by six seconds, that probably means that you'll be able to do it next run (or soon). That's still pretty speedy though. :)

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Heck, under race conditions you're probably approaching a 30 minute 5k.

 

That's my next major goal! The fastest 5k I've ever run was in 38:33. I think by this time next year I can get t that speed.

Oooh... hopefully by Camp Nerdfitness next year I can run the 5k in 30 minutes. :D That would be cool. 

 

You guys are totally right. :) 6 Seconds is nothing to be disappointed over. I'm sure I'll be under the 10 minute mark very soon. Friday wasn't that day, though. But that's okay. I still did well.

 

 

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I also did something I've never done before. I ran a little over a half mile continuously without stopping to walk. That's a first for me. When I began I couldn't run for more than 10-15 seconds without feeling like I was going to die. I ran for almost 5 minutes and I was totally fine. So that was cool.

 

My co-workers have started to notice me coming back from my lunch break all pink and sweaty and disgusting. Since the center I work at is very small (Like 15 employees or so depending on the day) word spread quickly. My supervisor and a few co-workers have actually started to come to me for fitness advice, and advice on how to start running. It's incredible. I'm probably one of the biggest and least fit people at my job. 

 

Every few months or so we do a company activity. It's usually like bowling or a potluck or something lame like that. I suggested to my boss 'Hey... the Tempe color run is on January 25th. Can we do that for our next activity?' and she said that it was a great idea and to get a team together. My boss, two co-teachers, and a few of the infant teachers are already on board and I'm really excited! I think this will actually be something fun and active that we can do together. The only problem is the tickets are $40 a piece and I don't think everyone is going to want to pay that much. But whatever. I'm doing it regardless of what others are doing. :)

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I also did something I've never done before. I ran a little over a half mile continuously without stopping to walk. That's a first for me. When I began I couldn't run for more than 10-15 seconds without feeling like I was going to die. I ran for almost 5 minutes and I was totally fine. So that was cool.

 

 

Congratulations! That is totally awesome. You are making the progress that many people never do because it takes determination and even courage, and too many people let themselves quit. You just keep up the great work. You are going places, lady!

 

 

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Finally got good on track with my bike riding. :) Rode to work 4 times this week. I'm going to give myself a bit of leeway on this goal and lessen it to 4x per week instead of 5. Stuff comes up, and 4/5 is pretty good after all. 

 

I only did 3 of my runs during the week. My training plan is to take Wednesday and Sunday off, and me being the ancy type that I am said

Nope. I'm going to run on Wednesday too because fuck the sanctity and importance of rest day. Immediately regretted it. Came back from my run with pain in my calves and knees and it hurt to squat and get up and down off the floor for the rest of the day, which is something I have to do a lot. 

Decided to take the next day as a rest day. It went well.

Friday I packed up my running clothes and prepared myself to go running on my lunch break again. I was super excited. Walked into work. Picked up a kid who was crying, and she immediately peed on me. Soaked straight through her diaper and all over my clean shirt.

I already stole the one spare Large work shirt that we had floating last week because I got puked on (and didn't return it... my bad. :nonchalance:). I didn't have any other clothes except for my running shirt, so I put that on, and then didn't have a shirt to go running in. 

 

Lesson learned- bring back loaner shirts. Keep a spare for work in my adventure pack at all times. 

 

Saturday, however, was a glorious day. It was quite an adventure. 

I ran (Well... ran/walked) 8.5 miles in just a little over two hours. Farther than I ever have before. I ran all the way to Tempe Marketplace, which is definitely a place that I would normally drive to in any other circumstance. It was so weird. I didn't even have a clue where I was until I saw it. I just kept running along the south bank at the lake. I didn't know that the lake extended that far.

 

My target pace was 13:30. My actual pace was something like 14:45 by the end of my run. Around mile 6-7 I just couldn't keep my pace. I tried so hard, but I just couldn't do it. I was running for intervals of 6min run and 2 min walk for the first 4 miles. The more I run, the more I realize that it's my mind that's stopping me more than my body. 

 

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If I can do 8.5, I can do 13. Psh. It's only another 4.6 miles. That's nothing.

 

Doing it in 3 hours though... there's another story. 

 

Around mile 5, I started getting not tired or fatigued... just like bored or something. Hit a little slump. About a half mile later, I found this little piece of motivation left over from the Iron Man competition last week. 

 

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Thank you, whoever put this sign up. I hope it stays up forever. 

 

 

I was in an exercise coma when I got home yesterday. Full zombie mode. I drank my powerade, ate my chicken and walnuts and then passed out for 2 hours. When I woke up I was so stiff I thought for sure I would never bend my joints again. 

 

And I was like SUPER bloated. Looked like I was pregnant. It was super weird! The only other time that's happened was after I ran 5.4 mile race almost a year ago. Does anyone else get bloated after they run? I read on the internet that it sometimes has to do with a sodium/electrolyte imbalance, but I drank a powerade so I figured that would kick it, but it didn't.  :huh:

 

I'm feeling pretty great today, though! 

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Hooray for cycling to work! Getting sore from too much running us a sure sign that you're badass but um... Yeah, there's a reason for rest days.

You mention "it's my mind that's stopping me more than my body" - any thoughts on what to do about that (other than have that sign tattooed on the back of your hand)?

The post-run bloating is a weird one. Never heard of that before...

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Hey jess -- how goes the challenge?

I love the sign too.

Bloating I don't know about unfortunately. Perhaps it's about more electrolytes. There's a home-made thing that has stuff like salt and honey but I don't know what else of the top of me noggin. "Gee Teri, help much?!' lol

And 6 seconds off ain't nothing. Just knowing that will make next time faster still. You just keep at it, you'll get better and better numbers!

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