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Getting my run on.

The Black Friday Challenge finished up on Saturday.  Pam has already posted her great results.  Way to go Pam!  Nice job!

My results?  I missed one workout and my weight ended at 159.4.  (It was 159.2 this morning!)

I didn’t meet either objective.  I didn’t work out a minimum of three times a week and I didn’t lose four pounds.  I lost 1.2 pounds.

I’m still counting this as a success though.  I’ve finally gotten myself into exercising regularly again.  That was the main point of the challenge.  So I’m going to go ahead and get myself that CAbi shirt I have on reserve.  Yay!

I’m also going to start a new challenge for myself.  Now that I’ve been working out, I need to keep the momentum going, as Pam says.  Pam is going to challenge herself from now until the 18th of December.  I’m going to start a new challenge too but I’m going to extend mine until 1/1/11.  If I don’t do that I know I’ll fall off the wagon over the holidays and I can’t let myself do that.  Here are the rules for my new challenge:

New Year Challenge:

1 – Work out a minimum of 4 times per week with at least one of those workouts being a strength work out.  I can either do the 30 Day Shred DVD or one of the two Shape magazine strength workouts I ripped out and saved last week.  We have weights at home, there is no reason I can’t do a weight training routine once a week.

2 – No eating after 7pm.  This trick has always worked successfully for me in the past.  I eat dinner, I may even eat a dessert but come 7pm, I’m done eating for the day.  Yes, I may go to bed slightly hungry if I ate dinner early or if the evening was busy but that’s OK.  And with the abundance of holiday goodies there are bound to be in the house, I’ll need this rule in effect to help me not completely sabotage myself!

Reward:  A massage.  I haven’t had a massage since Krystle’s wedding in July 2009.  I really want another one!  (I may also buy myself some new clothes outside of this challenge because my closet is a tragedy right now.)

I’m not making a weight goal this time.  If I learned anything in the Black Friday Challenge it was that I can’t control my weight.  I can work out and make the right food choices and still not meet my weight goals.  Until I’m not breastfeeding anymore, I’m not going to make any weight goals.

I admight though that I do have a super secret goal of being back at my pre-pregnancy weight by Levi’s 1st birthday (147 pounds by April 28th) and I’m hoping these challenges will help me get there.  If I don’t?  That’s OK too.  I should at least be in pretty good shape by then if I continue to work out.

Oh, and my other super secret goal?  140 pounds by my 35th birthday (June 5th).  I’m not exactly aging gracefully over here (do not bring up my forehead wrinkles but if you see an ugly gray hairs on my head please do tell me so I can pull those little suckers right out) and I’d love to hit 35 close to my goal weight of 135 pounds.  See?  There I go talking about weight again.  Believe me, it’s not all about what the scale says.  (It is a little bit, I’ll admit.)

I just really want to lose all the extra padding around my middle, get back into racing shape, finish another half marathon, another duathlon, maybe a triathlon or two and just be healthy!

Anyone else want to start another challenge?  Leave your challenge rules in the comment section!


  1. by Jeanette, on November 22 2010 @ 9:08 pm


    Good job! Sounds like your on the right track even though it didn’t go exactly as planned.

    One thing I do to curb the night time eating is brush my teeth before I get the urge to snack. Then I’m less likely to want to eat, since I’m too lazy to want to brush my teeth again.

  2. by Pam, on November 23 2010 @ 2:13 pm


    I know you can do it Kristina! I like Jeanette’s idea of brushing teeth. On the nights I have Jeanne I brush my teeth with her before she goes to bed. I rarely, if ever, snack those nights, or any night after I’ve brushed my teeth.

  3. by Mark, on November 23 2010 @ 11:47 pm


    Great job with your workouts, Kristina! Getting back to those good habits is challenging, but the results will come. I can speak from experience.

    I really like the brushing teeth idea, too! Thanks, Jeanette!

  4. by Mark, on November 23 2010 @ 11:53 pm


    Oh, and since I didn’t quite meet my Black Friday Challenge goals, I’m just extending it until I do.

    I weighed in at about 202 on 11/1 when I started and I was 196.4 this morning. So I’ve made some progress, but I’d like to get back to 190 by the end of the year, so I will join you in the New Year Challenge.

    What I really want to do is get leaner. Perhaps marathon training next year will help me accomplish that. Right now, I’m thinking I want to do the Twin Cities Marathon.

  5. by Amanda, on November 25 2010 @ 10:58 pm


    And she is already doing great with the no eating after 7 pm rule. I take her to a Wild game and all she has is a bottle of water. You mentioned doing another duathlon. I looked up the Oakdale Du we talked about and it is on May 14, 2011. That should help keep you motivated past Levi’s birthday. Another one mentioned on the same website is the Du @ the Dam in Coon Rapids on June 25th. I’d be interested in doing both as the cost is incredibly reasonable if we sign up before the end of the year. Who else is game? The website is

  6. by Sara, on November 26 2010 @ 6:56 pm


    You’re doing great! I do the teeth brushing every night right after dinner, and it works. I totally agree with the breast feeding. I find that I hang on to extra weight until after weaning no matter how disciplined I am, so you are being very smart not focussing on the scale right now. Keep up the great work!

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