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I am not a Hamster!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I simply won't run on a treadmill! I've tried it. (Yawn) It's excruciatingly boring! For that matter, so is running at the track.

I am a road-runner! Beep! Beep!

I love tearing up the streets and having new scenery to look at. And new dogs to antagonize! And cars to dodge and wave at. The miles go by so much quicker!

I love pushing up the hills and coasting back down. I like to be in the moment and enjoy each as it passes by. On a treadmill, the moments are infinitesimal. At the track, they are tedious. On the road, each new moment grips me before the last one passes. It is like turning the pages to a very good book.

Unless the weather is extremely bad, I will be outside running the roads!

  
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OLIVIANIGHT 7/21/2014 7:41AM

    I am with you there. I actually can't run for longer than 5 minutes on a treadmill, because there is nothing to pay attention to except how difficult it is. Give me outside any day!

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CFMOSS 7/20/2014 7:34AM

    I agree outside is so much better for runs....far more interesting than staring at that little box in front of me. Keep on running.

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IDICEM 7/19/2014 12:49PM

  Outside is usually my preference, but there are times a treadmill definitely comes in handy. Isn't it great to have both options?!

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KLMEIRING 7/19/2014 10:54AM

    It is good to know yourself and your likes and dislikes when it comes to exercising. I am a big fan of doing whatever works best for you!

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R3DROBIN 7/19/2014 10:50AM

    wow I wish I felt that way! sounds amazing! :)

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TERI-RIFIC 7/19/2014 10:41AM

    emoticon emoticon same with biking!

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AZMOMXTWO 7/19/2014 10:26AM

  I like to walk that way running is just not my thing but a good walk is great with some jogging mixed in there about 2 hours worth is great

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MOEFATLOSS 7/19/2014 10:25AM

    I agree, being outside keeps the mind busy and you feel like you're interacting with society.

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Reflections on my 38th Birthday...

Friday, July 18, 2014

When I think about it, the best present I got for my birthday was the one I gave myself. I started working on this present last year but didn't realize how great it would be. Joining Sparkpeople and losing weight was the best gift I could give myself!
I am looking forward to a good year ahead too. I am using my birthday as a marker to push out from and measure changes over the next few months. My first Sparkversary will be on September 27th. That's two months to see how much more change I can get in before I record my changes for the year. Looking at it that way gives me more motivation to stay on track. Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm all about measurement and progress and how I 'look' on a chart. It doesn't just stop at work, I graph myself at home too!
I am going to push myself for the next two months to see how good I can eat and how much exercise I can fit in. Think of it as a preHoliday push. What comes after September? Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas--and that's going to take a whole new commitment to get through. So like it or not folks, we've got two good months left to make the most of it!
This has been a good year on other fronts, as well. I changed careers this year and have really come into my own as an insurance agent. My career growth this year has been amazing! I am learning the commercial side of the industry and creating great opportunities for my future. I feel like I'm at a good age for this because I could easily build my career over the next thirty years and have a good retirement one day. It is a long way from where I started in retail management and so much better for my health!

  
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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 7/18/2014 9:03PM

    What a great attitude...I hope your day was so much more than you could hope for?.
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LSIG14 7/18/2014 8:12PM

  Happy Birthday! You are awesome!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/18/2014 5:14PM

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MOMMY445 7/18/2014 2:40PM

    so glad to hear it! happy birthday! have a wonderful day!

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Much Celebrating!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'm down 35 pounds from where I started and it has made a huge difference in my life. I feel like I've really accomplished something and I'm so much more happy with my body and what it can do. So I celebrated this milestone with a hyper-active vacation but now I realize I've been coasting (maintaining) for a couple of weeks. It's time to push on to the next leg of the journey. It is harder because I'm not so unhappy with my body and I am craving what other people get to eat. But it's time to get serious again and keep pushing for the long haul--and just think what another 35 pounds will do for me!
To be honest about how bad I've gotten, I will tell you a little story. My boss broke her hip on Independence Day by slipping on an American flag, no less, so I've been running the agency all week. On Monday, I discovered her box of Peanut Butter Fudge Cookies that she keeps in her desk drawer. It was a full box. I counted to be sure but put them back and told myself to behave. Needless to say, it was a stressful, hectic week for me. Thursday, I pulled out those cookies "to share with the lady who comes in afternoons to answer phones." She said, "Well, we wouldn't want the rats to get them!" We each had two cookies. 140 calories. I put them back. Friday, I was working alone and all of a sudden, all I could think about was those damn cookies! I went on auto-pilot and finished the whole box! 1050 calories. Now, of course, I will buy her a new box to replace them. ( I thought about blaming it on the rats--maybe chew a corner of the box.) But I won't buy that box too soon, not until she is coming back, because I don't want to do this again! So this is it. I'm back to this again!
Like I said, it's time to get serious about the next leg of the journey. I need to focus on the good foods that I like to eat and not focus on the foods to avoid. I am running so much more that it should help with the weight loss, but I know that the food has to be right for it to work or no amount of running will help. Celebration is over.

  
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FRAN0426 7/14/2014 12:27AM

    Once you saw that box of cookies, it had your name all over it. Seriously tho, we all fall for temptation regardless how good we have been. Sounds to me you have already learned from it by not buying a replacement box for your boss till she is returning. Eliminate the temptation----good job.

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MAVERICKDR 7/13/2014 10:20PM

    Temptation can be tough. Now if only it was a box of radishes.

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DEB62BIE62 7/13/2014 7:25PM

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TWESTEN1 7/13/2014 4:27PM

    Seriously, that is funny! I do stuff like that too. Don't know where my perfect will power has gone. I've been exercising a lot, but still overdoing on the calories. So, let's get at it, Miss April!!! Time for us to buckle down... lets go after those next 35 lbs together :)

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LSIG14 7/13/2014 3:05PM

  Love the story about the cookies - sounds so much like me!! Good for you to not let an occasional slipnderail you!


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TERI-RIFIC 7/13/2014 2:15PM

    You've got the right idea. Focus and get right back on track. emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 7/13/2014 2:04PM

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LJOYCE55 7/13/2014 1:04PM

  I like your statement about focusing on food you like to eat rather than on what you need to avoid. Good for you.

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Running

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Running is my passion. It helps me focus in a way that I never have before. It gives me an awareness of my body, my breathing and my energy. When I run, it is like a meditation. And when I'm done the feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming. I feel invincible. It is the Runner's High.
Running gives me a goal to focus on, apart from losing weight. And it helps me get to my weight loss goal, too. I have short term goals for distance and pace and long term goals to prepare for events in the future. I set goals for the frequency of my runs, at least four to five times a week and I set goals for different routes.
I might have bitten off a bite too big: I signed up for a half-marathon in October and then because I felt so good about my training for that, I signed up for a marathon next February. I'm pretty nervous about the marathon, but I have eight months to prepare. I have been running longer runs again, since I recovered from being sick three weeks ago. The hardest part about running right now in Texas is that I have to run really early or really late because of the high heat. I am trying not to let it cut into my sleep. Sleep is so important for me. I must get my eight hours or I feel it the next day. The best time for me to run is at eight o'clock at night when the temperature drops down to 85 degrees. I save my longest runs for Saturday mornings around six AM. I can't wait for Fall. When the temperature drops, my performance will get a sudden boost. I will be able to run a lot farther. I can't wait!

  
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CFMOSS 7/9/2014 1:38PM

    Doing really good...I admire your courage to sign up for the half-marathon and even more the commitment to find a time when you can get your runs in. Go girl.

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TERI-RIFIC 7/9/2014 6:46AM

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BUBBALOOGA123 7/9/2014 1:23AM

    How exciting! Wishing you lots of success as you prepare for your marathon.

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LILLY_78 7/8/2014 10:20PM

    Good luck on your training!! emoticon

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Turning a New Leaf

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I am trying a new direction for my diet. I am going to be dairy and grain free this week. I'm not sure this is something I want to do permanently but there are several recipes I found that I want to try. Tonight for dinner, we are going to have cauliflower pizza crust topped with Italian Chicken sausage and chopped vegetables. Tomorrow night, we are going to have lasagna made with zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash and ground chicken and egg. I found a recipe for sun-dried tomato and rosemary rolls that I could have to go with several dinners. I also found a recipe for homemade taco shells from coconut flour.
The thing is, I needed some new inspiration in the kitchen. I was tired of the same three recipes over and over. And I have been eating whole foods and no processed foods and it's not easy to find recipes that fit with what I want to eat. These recipes are a little more strict than I think it needs to be (just everything balanced and in moderation) but they definitely bring in new inspiration and a new way of doing things. I think that is really what I've been looking for: a new way to use my veggies.
If you want to check out the recipes, these are the sites I got them from:
www.realhealthyrecipes.com
www.againstallgrain.com
Keep in mind, I believe some people have a diagnosed need for going grain and dairy free but I don't think it's the only way everyone should eat. I am simply using this as a tool to broaden my meal plan. I believe moderation is the key.
I am going to have fun in the kitchen again! I hope you find something fun to try, too!

  
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BUBBALOOGA123 7/5/2014 11:05PM

    I have heard so many wonderful things about going grain and dairy free that I'm certain it's worth the try! Good for you. Wishing you lots of success in the days to come! :)

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TERI-RIFIC 7/5/2014 6:39PM

    Nice. I love spaghetti squash!

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DEB62BIE62 7/5/2014 5:45PM

    Recipes sound great. Spark people has some great recipes too.

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TWESTEN1 7/5/2014 12:09PM

    Sounds great ! Thanks for the links too. I definitely need to try some new recipes. Think this will be good for all of us :)

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