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My First 5K is Saturday!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I signed up for my first 5K. I’ve been to plenty of races before: Two of my kids have run cross-country and track in high school and I’ve volunteered to help at community 5Ks. This is the first in which I will be a participant. I’m excited!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI’ve been cross-training. I lurk on all the SP running sites. In my day, I ran 7 miles a day out in the country combining trail-running and road. Eventually, I developed plantar pain. That has plagued me off and on for years. So this time, I’m taking up Nordic Walking. I am preparing for the walking division that I signed up for in the Ohio Challenge. I am not allowed to run in this division, which is good for me because I’m inclined to want to run. I want to “weight” for further weight loss before I become a runner. Next season, I can sign up in the runner division.

As for now, I LOVE NORDIC WALKING. It is helping my triceps—which no longer flab—my upper body, my lower body, my core and endurance. It is new enough to have a small community so I can get to know people. There are half marathon and marathon events—that you walk, mind you, not run—that welcome Nordic Walkers.

My local event does not allow poles. I work out with Nordic Walk but for the race, I shall be pole-less.

emoticon I’m a hiker. There are lots of great local trails on which to practice my Nordic Walking technique. My enthusiasm for Nordic Walking, along with the Ohio Challenge creating a new walking division this year, is going to help my fitness. In addition to points earned for the Ohio Challenge walking events, I will earn additional points for weight loss!! How cool is that.

emoticonI start my “race” this Saturday. I want an early weigh-in. My strategy is to make the very first race of the season mark my starting weight. The final weigh-in is in December at the banquet. I wonder if that's before or after I eat. Ha! emoticon

This is great motivation for me. It brings out my inner “kid”.

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S318830 3/2/2010 1:09PM

    Very cool! I also suffer from plantar fasciitis. That's what started me with the incline walking - I couldn't run. Custom orthotics are finally what fixed my issue after I exhausted everything else I could possibly do. Good luck in your event!

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MJMONE 3/2/2010 12:37PM

    congrats and best of luck!!

do't forget to take pics!! emoticon

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Zumba from Sugirl06

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thanks, Angela. I'm reprinting here for personal reference. Angela's link is at the bottom of the page.

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Krazy (3:30) QKzlUDXorKM
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Inspiration, motivation, determination

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

From SP: “routinely engage in positive activities that we love. Take a look at your life as a whole. Pursue the things that make you feel alive and fill you with joy”

From SP: “Our greatest asset is patience; our greatest weakness is throwing in the towel.”

My body is catching up with my healthy stronger and fitter lifestyle but there is lag time. My weight was at a standstill 2 weeks ago. I kept eating right and exercising. Thank goodness I had my monthly measurements to do at that time. I got smaller everywhere! The good news helped maintain my motivation!

I see myself as fit already. I really do. I see myself stronger healthier and more fit because I used to be and because I’ve seen many transformations in others on the Spark pages.

John Bigham wrote an essay on inspiration, motivation and determination. Other people can inspire or motivate you. Events, deadlines, tools such as tracking your improvement and other things can motivate you. But determination and consistency must come 100% from you.

Are you there yet?

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MJMONE 2/11/2010 11:33AM

    me! me! I'm there!

just went thru the plateau also and had to DECIDE to keep going and trust that the numbers would follow...and it has!

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VICKIV14 2/10/2010 1:22PM

  Nicely said.

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Quarterly Review

Monday, February 08, 2010

From my January 6 blog:

"My long-term goal is that, within eighteen months, I will lose 100 pounds and be healthier. I will find a new job that will allow me to be the best mother, partner and wife I can be. I will find a new job that will allow me to spend the time and attention necessary to be healthy and fit. 

My medium-term goals are to review the process periodically. I will review the systems that I have developed for myself every 6 weeks: Do I need to change my cooking habits? Am I enjoying my exercise? Is there a new sport or activity I would like to try? Do I need to find a Spark friend to review this with or can I do this with one of my sisters or daughters? Which of my activities keeps me motivated and moving toward my goal? Which are time wasters? Are my activities consistent with my purpose and goals?"

February Review:

Tracking is going well. I beat myself up a few times for getting out of calorie range. I found a pattern to the emotional eating and have added strategies to deal. I should keep a separate private personal journal for free-flow of thoughts. Put only some things on the blog page that is related to weight-loss and health.

I am almost to the 10% of my body weight loss!! I started November 5 at 232 and am down to 213. My first mark is 209. Then I will lose again 10% of my body weight.

I love exercise!! I have a good mix of strength and cardio going that seems to be working. I have not joined any bouncy jumpy classes to avoid joint problems and will keep waiting for now. I will reassess at the next 10% loss. I will do zumba, though, because I can’t stop tapping my toes! I think I’m a dancer in the making.

The food-making is going well. My family loves the smoothies and they are eating more veggies and fruits along with me. They don’t mind my trying all the new recipes. I am batch-cooking meats and that works for me.

The motivational points and rewards as well as the community chatter and encouragement all work for me. I am fast at many of the SP tasks. I should consider a timer while using the internet, though, because I get easily sidetracked into links.

I sleep incredibly well. It is a deep refreshing sleep and that is one of the best aspects of the lifestyle change.

That’s it for my quarterly update.

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NANC304 2/8/2010 10:24AM

    You're doing terrific!

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Engage life with the gifts God has given and live abundantly.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I recently worked through developing a mission statement for myself using Laurie Beth Jones "The Path".

My mission is to engage life with the gifts God has given and live abundantly.

1. What does it mean to engage life? It means to live proactively. No more passivity for me. Be alert, and attentive to opportunity and go for it.

2. What do you mean with the gifts God has given me? Be grateful to God for all my gifts. Value my gifts. Seek ways to use them. Do not bury a gift.

3. What does it mean to live abundantly. It means to share, to nurture or educate others. It means to love life. It means to embrace good things that happen in life and stop feeling “non-deserving” to feel good.

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LAURAJEAN13 2/11/2010 7:39AM

    I love your mission statement! Blessings to you!

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SWAN47 2/7/2010 3:35PM

    You caught my attention and I salute you for your mission. Well stated! May you be blessed in health, sharing your mission and achieving your goals. emoticon

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