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RUNNING 101, WK 2. DAY 88

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Last night was the start of my second week of running 101 and what a shock. I had barely accomplished walking 1/8 mile and then running 1/8 mile for a total of 1 mile. All of a sudden we were up to 2 miles last night and most of it running. Whoa! In the middle I dropped out of the running and just walked, fast, with my arms swinging. Reminded me of when I was in the military and had to march everywhere. In fact, I wasn't that much far behind the others who were running. I walked with one girl who had been sick and couldn't do much running for coughing. We finished last but she is 40 and I am 62, old enough to be her mother. I guess I am proud of myself for doing that. Now, I am supposed to continue this program for the rest of the week and then a big push on Saturday. My mind is crying out NO! NO! I hate running. I get so out of breathe and it is not fun. I like the walking part but I am pressing on even though my schedule for the rest of the week is really hectic and I'm not sure when I can fit it in. I was asked last night why I signed up for this if I hate running so much. WELLLL, I had to think about that.
1. The end goal is a 5K on May 1, to enter and finish. I've done this before several times, walking, and I thought this was a good way to get me going on entering the races again.
2. I thought this program might give me a chance to try running again to see if maybe I might like it. And with a group and an instructor.
3. The weather is great and I'm ready to get out and move.
4. And I'm ready to add the fitness and exercise to my program to jumpstart the weight loss.

Now, food. We have been so busy with family, birthday, activities, church, etc. that we haven't been to the grocery store except for milk. Thus the larder is pretty bare of vegetables except frozen. I got my teeth cleaned this morning and tonight I have a birthday facial. And an appointment with a client at 1:00. I should be placing my orders instead of blogging but I have to blog as well. I also have to write a decorating article for the newspaper sometime today.
Tomorrow I have an early appointment and go back to see a client in the afternoon and at 4:30, we are taking a chamber bus trip to see an ice hockey game in the next town over.
On Friday, I may have to make a delivery to a client but the balance of the day is devoted to setting up the Home Show that I am in over the weekend. Sat and Sun are home show days and Sunday afternoon I give a seminar so I have to get that organized on what to show and tell. Saturday morning I am supposed to meet the running group at 9:00 and I am planning to do that and go to the show at noon. I guess I'll miss a few people who come by my booth but oh, well. Putting a booth together is hard work and expensive. I want it to look good so I have to go pick up a few items at local stores and the workroom. Maybe I'll post a pic here afterwards.
Okay, now I've already got the next 5 days filled up but I still need to get my bookkeeper hat on , post my sales, place orders and take the money to the bank. Then I have to pay bills that are due and post the ones in my box. It would be helpful if I cleaned off my desk but that takes time too. Oh, and don't forget the shade I have to send back for repair. I have to put it in a box with the return ticket that I lost on my desk somewhere and take it to the UPS store. Then I have to fix a client's valance and get it ready to take back with the shade when it returns. And church Sunday morning before the home show. So you can see why I get so overwhelmed. I used to have employees to help me with all of this but with the turn down in the economy and moving my office to my house that is not an option right now. Plus, with this new health care mess, if I had to pay health care for my employees, I wouldn't be able to afford to hire anyone. So I just plug along, one little job at a time, take my meds and keep sane. No weekend off for me as we have the homeshow and I am already booked with some appmts next week. Thank Goodness things are picking up. Got to get to work.

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KASEYCOFF 3/24/2010 11:33AM

    YOU are one busy woman! I'm not sure if I should envy you or just feel relieved I don't have as many irons in the fire as you do, but I surely do admire you - you are emoticon

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I'm depressed. I hate to admit it. It is such a battle not to be. I saw my shrink yesterday and told him about my January where I tried to reduce medication and it didn't work. I'm still trying to recover from that time, still behind in paperwork, still behind in a lot of stuff but I am making a little progress. I managed to update my upholstery fabrics and got rid of at least 100 samples of discontinued fabrics. This is very important for a decorator not to show discontinued fabrics to a client and get them all excited only to find out you can't get it. I spent portions of at least 5 days working on that project. It is such a chore and I used to have help. I give all of my discontinued fabrics to ladies from my church. We Lutherans are quilt makers and we have a program with Lutheran World Relief where we make 60 by 80" quilts and ship them off to countries where people don't have anything. Probably a bunch of them in Haiti now. All the Lutheran churches around here do this so I really have a hard time throwing out fabric samples. emoticon There is a saying, "She who has the most fabric wins!" If you are a quilter or a sewer, you will know what I mean.

I love fabrics. Sometimes, when I don't have anything else to do, which is seldom, I go to the local fabric store and just browse around and look at the pattern books. I might find a pattern I like and imagine what it would look like if I made it. I used to make all my clothes years and years ago but now, it is cheaper to buy them. And I rarely finish a sewing project so I don't get started on them.

I'm rambling which means I'm putting off doing what I'm supposed to be doing which is getting ready to go to work and see a couple of clients today. If you read this far, I need a kick in the rear. I did pretty well on the eating front yesterday until after dinner when I delved into the ice cream. At least I didn't put hot fudge on it like my husband did. Tonight is a walk run night and I will get motivated. See you later.

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GIVWIG 3/24/2010 10:21AM

    It sounds like you have so many good things going on in your life! My kick is for you to focus on the positive!! I hope you enjoyed your walk/run last night!! emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/23/2010 9:46PM

    First a {kick}, then a

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    Here's your kick, Carol: drink your water, it works wonders!

It's a rainy day here,

Sharon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/23/2010 10:43AM

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Monday, March 22, 2010


Okay, the birthday weekend is over and I have 2 more weeks until Easter to fulfill my goal of giving up sweets. I knew the birthday was going to be a stumbling block in the sweets category and I was right. Now that I've taken care of that stumbling block, it is time to negate the did not do's. Here they are:

I did not do:

Nutrition Tracking
Water Drinking
No sweet eating
5 fruits/veg a day
walking the dog (hubby did)

I started over today with nutrition tracking and eating a sensible breakfast. I have a late appmt today at 3:00 where I have a long drive to and from so I'll take my water and an apple. Hopefully I can get the dog walk in. The secret to success when you fall off the wagon is to get back on it as soon as possible. Here I go!

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4DOGNIGHT 3/22/2010 6:01PM

    THanks all.

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    Yay!!!! Glad you are back on the wagon, Carol. Today is Day 3-in-a-row for me walking 30 minutes a day. I leave the dog at home because right now, I need a stress-free walk. I ordered an Illusion Collar from the dog whisperer's website. We'll see how that works. I hate having to watch her walking-behavior like a hawk in order to keep her from trying to lead me.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/22/2010 2:03PM

    Great way to get back in there. Leave the past in the past and keep looking forward!

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KASEYCOFF 3/22/2010 12:18PM

    You betcha, kiddo! I read a blog from another Sparker who makes a point of taking two positive steps forward for any slips. I really like that idea, and am cribbing it off of her - rather than assume I will eventually make up the shortfall by averaging two forward for any one step back, I am planning for 'what to do in the eventuality': slips will happen, either allowed for (like birthdays) or by accident. But if you have a plan in place for dealing with them, you can get back on track and feel good about taking those deliberate positive steps. Thinks me. :-)

p.s. Y'know, if your birthday didn't fall in Lent... lol...

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TX.PATRICIA 3/22/2010 9:04AM

    You can do it!!!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010


I had a great birthday weekend. After giving up sweets for Lent and doing without for weeks, I binged for sure. Hubby bought me a 3 layer cake from my favorite bakery and shared half of it with his co-workers. He and I managed to kill the other half in 2 days! It was delicious and I knew I wouldn't rest until it was gone. Then I decided I wanted an ice cream mud pie for when my son and granddaughter and grandson, Mom-in-law and my sister and her husband came over this afternoon. It was made with an oreo cookie crust and chocolate and vanilla ice creams and fudge sauce. That is all gone too and now it is back to eating sensibly again and no sweets for the rest of Lent. But, what do I do with the rest of the vanilla Blue Bell Ice Cream left in the freezer? I have been known to eat ice cream out of the box. Ice cream and peanut butter, a deadly combo. Pray for me! until tomorrow!

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FOOFIT1 3/22/2010 8:42PM

    You could throw out the ice cream, but I've always been one of those people who can't seem to do that... I always try to give away treats that I don't want to eat. I try to feed them to my husband or give them to coworkers. Maybe if someone stops by the house you could offer it to them? Just some suggestions!


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4DOGNIGHT 3/22/2010 8:40AM

    Thanks all!

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MARENAMOO 3/22/2010 7:34AM

    Throw it out - it will get all icy by the time Lent is over. Or you could write yourself a note and leave it in the container. Happy Birthday to you!

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RITAROSE 3/22/2010 7:03AM

  Good news---today is a brand new start! Make good choices to get yourself back on your program full tilt! Happy belated birthday!! emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/22/2010 5:12AM

    A REAL friend would come over and take it off your hands. Um... I forgot where you live--? lol...

Seriously, I would have to throw it out. Thrifty nature or no thrifty nature, I would HAVE to. In fact, I take that back: I would have to get my Hubby to do it. It would be too difficult for me to without standing there, spoon in hand, 'Just one more bite before I toss it.'

Argh. Life. emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/21/2010 8:46PM

    Hide the ice cream in the back of the freezer, behind the frozen veggies.
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Or you could have the ice cream, but only AFTER you have a healthy snack. I keep peeled Grapefruit in the fridge for just such occasions. Once you eat the Grapefruit, you really aren't that tempted by sweet stuff................or Pizza emoticon emoticon

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Saturday, March 20, 2010


I got up this morning and I had to go over to a church to judge a table decorating contest and then I was off to my walk//run exercise. Our group has dwindled to about 10 women, I suppose the others are doing for themselves but will be back. I was the oldest but certainly not the last. I finished my run/walk before 2 younger women and a 52 year old who was last. Then I continued to walk another quarter mile to cool off. If only I didn't dislike the running part as much as I do. Hopefully it will come. Then I came home and had a piece of birthday cake for a snack. Hubby got me one yesterday and it is so delicious. The cake was still warm when he picked it up and beautifully decorated. My grandkids are coming over on Sunday so instead of a cake, I suggested an ice cream pie that was on the front of Woman's Day magazine and is made with oreo cookies and whipped cream on top. When this is all gone, it's back in the saddle again for me. In the meantime, I will continue to eat healthy when I can.

I have to spend some time cleaning today just to clear off a space on the table. When I was experimenting with medication reduction in january, that episode put me behind in every aspect of my life. Thus, it is now all running together, business, personal and pleasure. I will attempt to get some sort of handle on it. My friend Pat is going to New york next week for a few days and she says when she gets back, she is going to come and help me organize my files in my office. That would be so nice. I sold some roman shades to a client last week and I cannot remember what the fabric looks like or what it is. I have never done that in all of my career. I will have to clean out my car to find the right book. I just remembered, I'm supposed to be at a clients in 15 minutes to deliver 3 pictures. Guess I better get organized with it.

Until tomorrow.

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IPATRICIA 3/20/2010 5:25PM

    I think it's emoticonwhat you are doing and achieving!

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FOOFIT1 3/20/2010 3:05PM

    I've been running for years and still don't like it much! I enjoy the way it makes me feel afterward, getting out in the sunshine, and chatting with a running partner (when I have one!). Even if you never end up liking the act of running, I bet you'll find the other parts about it that you love and can't live without! And perhaps you'll find some other exercise along the way that you *do* love!


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KASEYCOFF 3/20/2010 12:38PM

    I'm thinking about getting vertical blinds here in my office / library. Wish you lived near ME! :-)

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    I can soooooooo relate to all of this . . . not enjoying the running, needing to clear off a surface, disorganization brought on by experimenting with medication reduction, forgetting, and thoroughly enjoying birthday treats. Have a wonderful weekend!!!


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