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So our #WineDineC210KPrep couch to 10K is over and now it’s time to start our 20 week to Half Marathon Training here at Desperately Seeking Slender!

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If you missed out on our couch to 10K, now is the perfect time for you to join us in this 20 week beginner to half marathon training schedule!

But guess what? THIS time I’m going to encourage you to participate by offering the participant with the best overall time improvement a $100 cash prize. But did you know that you don’t have to enter to participate?

It’s how we combine my dream of helping people on their weight loss journey with your desire to be the healthiest you can be!  Did you ever think to yourself, no matter how much you wanted to get motivated, and get moving, and lose weight, “I could never do that.”  Well, if you follow along with me, you and the other Slender Seekers out there will progress step by step until you can make it through a half marathon event, either privately or at some official event.  You don’t have to do anything but keep up with this blog and keep pace with us.  Believe me, I know that it’s hard to get started, impossible to get motivated and harder to maintain when the work gets really hard. I’ve been there.  But you have me as your weight loss coach, I’m going to be there for you. In fact I’ve designed a 20 week training program to help you. All you have to do is follow it and you know that I’ll be here, every step of the way to help you. You can always contact me by email or on Facebook if you have any questions, concerns or obstacles that you need help finding a way past.

#20Week2WineDine Half Marathon Training Schedule ( Click on the Image to Enlarge )

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You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, and I encourage you to keep me posted on your personal progress through emails I can share with all the other Slender Seekers out there. Because here at #TeamSlenderSeekers we like to get out the pom poms and cheer each other on.

But what if you want to win $100 in cash? Here’s the details on the #20Week2WineDine Cash Challenge

The contest is intended to motivate those that have been affected by obesity to find the FUN in fitness and the emotional outlet that exercise provides.  For this reason, if you want to formally enter the contest, you must have lost a significant amount of weight or be in the process of still losing weight in order to enter.  For this contest we will define significant weight loss as 50 pounds or more.  So if you’ve lost 50 pounds or more, are in the middle of losing a total of 50 pounds or more or have more than 50 pounds to lose you qualify for this contest! Any mode of weight loss is acceptable, you don’t have to be a bariatric patient like myself to enter.

To enter, send an email to pandora@desperatelyseekingslender.com including your Name, Address, Phone Number and selfie ( it must be a selfie ) of yourself (during your first run/jog/walk) along with a Screen Shot of a run during your first week of training 06/22/14- 06/28/14  in order to register your original time. Please also list your mode of exercise: walk, jog, interval run, or running.

To make it super easy, just copy and paste this into the email you send me:

Name:
Address:
Phone Number:
Mode of Exercise / Time of Intervals:
Attach Selfie and Photo or Screen Shot of first Challenge Run.

As an example my own personal entry might look something like this:

Name: Pandora Williams
Address: 999 Cloud Nine, Mile High NC, 99999
Phone Number: 999-999-9999
Mode of Exercise / Time of Intervals: Interval Running : 4 Minutes Running, 1 Minute Walking
Attach Selfie and Photo or Screen Shot of first Challenge Run: See Attached Photos

Acceptable Screen Shots include: Screen Shot of the run on a run tracker like IMapMyRunRunKeeper or my personal favorite, Zombies, Run! 3.  Or a photo of your distance monitoring apparatus such as a photo of the results on your Nike+ SportsWatch GPS or something similar. If the weather doesn’t permit you getting out there (I know it’s hot these days!) A screen shot of a treadmill walk/run will do too.  Here is an example of a couple of screen shots that would be accepted.

If you are participating in the contest, you must submit screen shots of your long runs each week in order for me to be able to track your progress. Then sometime between 10/26/14 and 11/01/14, you must send a final selfie and screen shot of your run time in the same manner after completing the 14 mile run on week 18 (This gives you a week to do that last walk/run and get your time in if you don’t end up doing long runs on Saturday).

The entrant with the best overall percentage time improvement will win $100!

2nd Place Prize will receive a Gift Basket from one of our Sponsors.

Entrants may, walk, jog, use interval running or consistent running, however if you enter with a straight walk time you MUST also finish with a straight walk time.

 You must specify your mode of exercise with entry. 

DSS Tip: Using Interval running instead of straight walking–even if those intervals are long durations of walking and very short durations of jogging–will give you a better chance of overall improvement time later. For example if you walk for 4 minutes and 30 seconds and jog for 30 seconds now. But by the end of the contest you walk for 1 minute and run for 1 minute, you’re overall time improvement will be greater.

I’d love to learn that more Slender Seekers are joining us at home in an unofficial capacity; I want to cheer you on because I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS.

Best of luck to everyone! Let’s celebrate weight loss and our journey to a happy and healthy life by saying hello to your first Half Marathon!

 

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

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How YOU aid in my Transformation. Thank you Slender Seekers

20140520_193824It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was moving to North Carolina and we were holding the second “How do YOU Celebrate Success” Contest and selecting our winner. Now here we are in June and we’re in the final week of our #WineDineC210K training program.

These last few months have been amazing. That old saying time flies when you’re having fun is the truth. I feel like I’ve had less and less time to be here sharing with all of you but in some ways that is good, because I am spending more and more time doing what I love: helping people lose weight.

Last week was my busiest week ever. In addition to putting in about 35 hours of floor time at the gym, I had six private one-on-one weight loss and wellness coaching sessions and the three weight loss boot camp classes I teach each week (which is a mixture of low impact cardio and strength and resistance training. We’re nearly full for all three nights!). If you do the math there, that’s a forty-four hour work week.

I’ve had to work really hard lately at making sure that helping everyone else get their exercise in doesn’t mean I don’t get my own and it’s taken a lot of determination for me to keep up with a strength and resistance based program. You all know how much I love weights (NOT). I’d much rather be on cardio machines for 2 hours. That’s my comfort zone, but I know how important strength training is and so it’s become a focus of my exercise regimen now.

20140517_083010Three weeks ago I ran a 10K at the Hope For Warriors event in Jacksonville, NC. This was quite a humbling experience for me. I set out with a goal of having under a 13 minute per mile pace time. A little voice inside me said maybe I can do better, maybe I can get a 12 minute mile, but I was afraid to say that out loud and commit to something I didn’t know I could accomplish. I ended up pacing out at 12:18 and that included a wrong turn I took on the route that likely cost me about 2-4 minutes of additional time so I don’t think I was far from a 12 minute mile, but I won’t know for sure until my next one. I lost a little wind in my sails when results were posted and I found my name on the bottom of page seven of eight with only a dozen people or so after me. I had to sit down and remind myself that the only person I am competing with is myself and that it didn’t matter how fast everyone else was; I finished and I finished with a time I could be proud of. These are lessons that even I have to remind myself of every once in a while. I’m doing better than I did before and that’s all that matters.

20140529_174209A few days after that I took three of my clients to their first 5k when they joined me for the WILMA Dash event in downtown Wilmington. Each one of my clients is special to me. Each one of them has something unique and special about them and being part of their journey is a privilege that I am grateful for each and every day. The fact that they have chosen me as their coach and their guide during their weight loss journey is a special honor I probably cannot put into words. 20140529_174214If you think about it, my dream was to help others fight obesity and lose weight. So each one of my clients, in choosing to allow me to do that is a part of making that dream a reality for me. My clients make my dreams come true and I am eternally grateful to them for doing so. Two of the women that joined me at the WILMA Dash event hold a very special place in my heart. Why? Because they were my first official clients. They are a Mother/Daughter team who were not only my first official clients as a weight loss coach but they were also the first two people signed up for my Weight Loss Boot Camp classes. I’m not sure either of them truly realizes how special they are to me. But they’ll have a place in my heart forever and I will always do anything I can to help them. In April, they came out and walked six miles with me at the New Hanover Relay For Life event that my gym, Wilmington Lady Fitness, participated in. To cross the finish line with them at their first 5k was awesome though. When we were at Relay For Life the daughter of my Dynamic Duo ran with me for a couple of laps. I’m hoping that one day I can inspire her to run a 5k with me, it’s a gift of accomplishment that I would love to give her. Struggling with being affected by obesity as an adult is hard enough, struggling with it as a teenager was even harder and because of that, I want to help her more than I’ve wanted to help anyone else.  So if you’re reading this hun, know that you’re vastly important in my world. I can’t wait to do Color Me Rad with you and your Mom.

10402449_10154271978050347_3327798548943399054_nAnd then there is Amy. My second “How Do YOU Celebrate Success” Contest winner. This girl is amazing. Absolutely amazing. She reminds me so much of myself. Her pay-it-forward mentality and the number of lives she has helped me touch through her blows me away at every turn. In the last month, Amy has done two things that as her coach make me burst with pride. First she put together a team for a 5k event! The fact that she named her team #TeamSlenderSeekers nearly made me cry. It was so special to me. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, what does she do? The woman goes out and runs a half marathon without telling me just to prove to herself that she can do it. I’m so proud of her, and the fact that she credits me with somehow inspiring her to do it makes me smile. Inspiring people to find the fun in fitness has been a dream of mine for nearly three years, and once again, people like Amy are enabling me to do this and making my dreams a reality.

I got an email the other day from a woman named Corrie. She found my site while doing some research on how to write a letter to Chris Powell and after reading through it, took the time to write me a share her story with me. Her story brought tears to my eyes and made me wish that I was closer to her so that I could take her on as a client. But there was one part of her letter that was exceptionally touching to me.

“After reading your story I know in my heart that you will become a great personal trainer and you will do great things to help lots of people that have gone through what you and I have. I just wish there where more people like you and Chris to help even people like me that are super obese but desperately need and want the help.  Finding someone like you and Chris are hard to find.”

8ede362ab2fa11e2aee522000a9f15b9_6I don’t hold a candle to Chris and Heidi Powell—I’ll never pretend to—they are my heroes and I will always learn from watching them. But Corrie inspired and motivated me with her letter, and now I just know that someday I will be comfortable calling myself a “Transformation Specialist.” To be spoken of by anyone, in a way that implies that I share similar qualities to Chris and Heidi Powell, gives me hope that I can be someone who helps lead others out of the darkness of obesity. Corrie, thank you. You have no idea how much your letter meant to me.

My dreams are coming true, and whether you realize it or not #SlenderSeekers, that is because of you. Each one of you that allows me to share my story, gives me the privilege of offering you my experience and guidance and the opportunity to be a beacon of inspiration, motivation or support in your world, you enable me to be the person that I want to be. Every single one of you out there struggling in the fight against obesity are my motivation and this morning, at the beginning of  #TransformationTuesday I want to thank you for being a part of my world. Without you I’m just an unheard voice. With you, I’m transforming into a coach, a guide, and a valiant part of the fight against obesity.

There are a few other people I have to thank for believing in my dreams as well and those of course are my sponsors…

So Ameriwell BariatricsCelebrate VitaminsKay’s NaturalsWellese and BariMelts, thank you for believing in my dreams as well. Each time we hold a “How Do YOU Celebrate Success” Contest, I am reminded of the famous quote by Walt Disney himself, “Our dreams can all come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” And thanks to all of you believing in something I had the courage to pursue. Not only are my dreams becoming a reality but so are the dreams of the people like our contest winners, Dawn and Amy. You guys are awesome and #TeamSlenderSeekers like Dawn, Amy, my clients and Corrie are living proof of the transformations you help people achieve with your support.

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

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