How it went with Fran yesterday

04_15_2011_KarenDoingFranVisualizing is going to take some practice. As a perpetual optimist I didn’t really think it would be very difficult but I found had to make a very conscious effort to stay positive. Automatically thoughts would suddenly pop into my head like ‘What does it mean if I can’t do this as fast as I could last summer?’. But I made an effort each time to immediately imagine myself performing well instead.

It paid off big time. I beat last summer’s time by more than 30 seconds! It left me wondering why I have felt so stagnant the past few months. But it finally dawned on me. Ever been on a boat when you can’t see outside? You and the people around you do not appear to be moving. On a daily basis I measure myself against some really amazing female athletes. A few of us rarely have times that are separated by more than a minute and often just by a few seconds – even after 25 minutes. It is more than likely that we have all been improving at the same rate.

So how do we figure out how much we have really improved overall? Well, during the next six weeks we are going to have the opportunity to look outside the boat… [more on that tomorrow].

Day: 10
Weight: 140
Fran last summer: 4:42
Fran yesterday: 4:10


  1. Ashley Said,

    March 15, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    We’re going to have to rename you “Lightning” for that incredible speed. Way to go. As always, I’m in awe. :0)


  2. Corin Said,

    March 15, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Good job Karen! Just for the record I helped the “girls” out yesterday by dramatically lowering the “boys” average time HAHAHA! 30 seconds sounds a lot faster it’s even more impressive when you consider it’s a little over 11% faster, wow! that’s a huge improvement on an already fast time! Also on the weight thing compared to last summer keep in mind what I keep telling Ashley, you’re probably carrying quite a bit more muscle now than last summer… and muscle weighs more than fat per unit volume.

  3. Karen Ramirez Said,

    March 16, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    Thanks for the encouragement you guys! I really appreciate it.

    Yeah the weight on the scale is just an easy way to measure progress in the short term. How I fit in my pants and which bikinis I can and cannot wear tends to be a better indicator. The goal is to find the weight on the scale that is a good indicator of how well I fit in my pants. i have gained a little muscle but for sure not 10 pounds worth. Hahaha. In general I am happy with where I am though. 🙂

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