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One step at a time (Goals Revisited)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Here were my goals from last year as posted 9/6/12:
-run a 5k
-lose 30#
-read 5 books for me
-a routine to exercise for 150min/wk

I remember sitting at the kitchen table and making these, while a baby slept in the swing and breast pump was attached to me. I was in a rocky spot: postpartum depression was beginning to set in and I wanted to make some big life changes in addition to the HUGE life change snoozing away in the swing. I was overwhelmed and felt as though I was at the foot of a mountain with no map to the way to the top.

Then, I found SparkPeople in an All You magazine. I set up an account and began exploring all of the resources available. I was amazed that it was free and thankful I had found it. SparkPeople became my map to the top of the mountain. I told me to go slow, so I did: 10 minutes of planned exercise a day. I started tracking my food, incorporating more fresh foods, and making healthy meals. It became a game to see how many points I could accumulate!

Slow and steady, I made changes, big changes, lifestyle changes. My mood began to improve. I realized the importance of taking time for myself. I asked questions, I read books, I devoured any health information I could find.

I'm proud to say that I have not only achieved my goals, I CRUSHED THEM!

-run a 5k .... ran my first full marathon 9/22/13
-lose 30# .... lost 50# and have maintained
-read 5 books for me .... read 8 and have a routine of nightly reading
-exercise 150min/wk .... average 350min/wk

I couldn't have gotten to where I am today without the support of my SparkFriends and my family. My map was a slow and steady climb to the top, but I got lost a couple of times and had to take detours others. It was my support system who kept me going, pushed me, pulled me, forced me to keep taking one step at a time.

SInce I've completed my "to do" list for the year, it's time to make another! :)

By next year, I will have completed the following:
-eat a vegetarian diet 5days/wk
-lose 5# and drop to 23% body fat
-blog 4 times per month
-run a destination race (marathon or ultramarathon)

Right now, I'm trying to get back into a routine, so it feels like these goals are lofty; however, I know I can achieve them, one step at a time.

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TEACHFIRST268 10/19/2013 9:00PM

    This. Is. So. AWESOME!


I'm going to do this. Make a list of 3 or 4 short, clear, specific goals. I've been very unfocused regarding my 'healthy lifestyle' recently - it's all fits and spurts, with consistency slacking. That's my homework this coming week. I'll blog next weekend with what I come up with. Thanks for the inspiration!

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CLPURNELL 10/18/2013 7:10PM

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Great job on crushing all your goals!!! That is AWESOME!!!!

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Here we go...again! :)

Sunday, September 01, 2013

All winter long, I kept saying, "If I can just get through the winter, summer will be easy. I can be more active and I know I have the food thing down." Bahahahahahaha! Anyone else struggle with the summer months? This was my first summer post-weight loss and I was pretty naive going into it, but I am proud of myself for maintaining. I met lots of goals: goal weight, jeans size, race distances, etc., but I wasn't prepared for the list of goals I have going into winter.

I want to lose the last 10 pounds and get a routine again. I've let the relaxation of summer and stress of marathon training take over my healthy eating habits. I'm starting small, just like I did in the beginning: fruit/veggie at every meal and LOTS (like pee every 5 min lots) of water daily.

The numbers on the scale never really tell the whole story: you'd think I'd have this figured out by now, but nope. The scale says I fluctuate 5 pounds weekly; however, my clothes are fitting differently and it's not in the "Hey I'm losing weight" way either! I feel like I'm on the bubble--I can slip back into my old, crabby, icky self or I can regroup and stay with the happy, new self I've created over the last year. I'll let you guess which option I want to go for! :)

I know it'll be a reality check getting into a routine and slowing the mouth to fork ratio, but I'm ready for it! One day at a time on this journey.

I got this...again! :)

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JAZZYGF 9/1/2013 5:21PM

    hello stopping by to say hello sounds like a plan

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Night Crawlers on Parade

Thursday, May 09, 2013

We've been on a rain delay from planting lately...grrr, but that's a whole different blog post. The good news about a rain delay is that I get more running time in, and lately my running partners have been night crawlers (aka worms). Oddly enough, I love the smell of them after a hard rain--it reminds me of picking them up with grandma and my little brother to sell to the grocery store for 25 cents a dozen. We'd get dozens and dozens and dozens. The proceeds would go toward ice cream bars and hoho's. :)

This morning, I couldn't help but admire all of the energy the worms put into just getting from point A to B. I've been having some off runs lately (I think I'm overtraining), so it just feels like I can't go fast enough. Watching the fragile worms cross the road inches at a time was refreshing and put my running into perspective. It's not really about a pace, medals, etc. It's getting from point A to B safely and with some enjoyment.

Some of the worms had gravel caked all on the outside, but they were still making progress. It's a good analogy for how I've been feeling lately: caked with gravel but still going. I know in the end, it will be all worth it and I'll have ran my half marathon and be proud of my time, no matter what it is; however, I need to remember that somedays are just going to be gravel caked and get over it! I guess I need to slow down and stop to smell the worms!

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TEACHFIRST268 5/11/2013 8:42PM

    Oh my gosh...I love this! I love the way you think!

This reminds me of a run a couple weeks ago and the roads were COVERED with worms. It reminded me of some kind of horror movie it was so bad! Your analogy is much more pleasant! haha! (What freaked me out most was trying not to step on them. It really was that bad!)

Thanks for the smile and the inspiration, my sparkfriend!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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CLPURNELL 5/10/2013 12:17AM


Just like those worms!

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4 whole grams!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I was shopping yesterday for some home improvement stuff and of course as I was checking out, I had to peruse the candy selection--what I saw made me chuckle:

I thought it was funny because I know that a King-sized Baby Ruth candy bar is not where I plan to get my protein for the day; however, this same candy bar is what I believe is confusing for so many people when it comes to getting healthy. The general public doesn't understand how their bodies work and process food. My mom, for instance, would think: Well, this must be good because it has protein in it. Ummm,'s still a candy bar loaded with fat, sugar, junk. I remember at one point in her life, she ate Hot Tamales like they were going out of style because they were 'fat free.' I tried to explain to her that calories build up to make fat, but she just kept saying but they're 'fat free,' they don't contain any fat. Finally, I threw my hands in the air and gave up (probably snapped my tongue and stormed off--I was a jr in high school :) )

I don't really have an answer to the problem of informing the general public, and frankly, I think ignorance is bliss to many of them, which is why the "4 grams of protein" claim works so well. For me, it's frustrating because I fell victim to this at one point in my life; however, until I decided I wanted to change my health, any one who would've tried to teach me about how to get healthy would've been preaching on deaf ears. I didn't want to listen, I didn't want to change, I wanted the candy bar!

Needless to say, I left the bar alone. It wasn't even a hard decision. The guy behind me did get a good laugh at me taking a picture of a candy bar though. I just told him it was an inside joke. :)

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TEACHFIRST268 5/3/2013 5:51PM

    Just seeing this. Wow...too funny. Kind of goes along with the philosophy that McDonalds french fries are a vegetable.

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CLPURNELL 4/26/2013 4:42PM

    lol that is funny they are trying to say that candy bar is healthy.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/24/2013 12:58PM

    I agree with everything you just said. I think with 99% of our world being business and marketing it makes it hard to not only make good choices, but the right ones.


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SPARK-PPL-GIRL 4/24/2013 12:25PM

    What I'd like to know is how many grams of protein in 1 piece of the 2 piece candy bar because 1 piece is a serving not two. Even if there are 4 grams in the 1 piece ... what I say to that is still.. no one should be proud of upping their daily protein intake with a piece of candy that contains GMO ingredients and partially hydrogenated this or that.

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ERIN_POSCH 4/24/2013 11:48AM

    the things advertisers and producers will do to make a buck truly amaze me. but people in general tend not to look deeper than the surface and fall for many of the big and bold items that are mentioned above. Glad I look deeper than the surface!

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81MSMITH1 4/24/2013 11:29AM

    I took a free nutrition course on Coursera and now have started to notice more things like that as well, like cholesterol free products -- anything that is not made with animal products is cholesterol free and yet it is used as a selling point. It is amazing what marketers will do to convince you something is better for you.

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SCTF75 4/24/2013 11:14AM

    I couldn't agree with you more! I have come to the conclusion that most of what we see advertised on TV as food (even 'healthy' food), is not really 'food'... Even by definition I'm not sure that it fits the bill... I'll save it for my blog, though, lol!!!

Most people seem to reject this idea though, and continue to search for more way to process real food into something that tastes differently from what it really is.

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Bad before the Good

Monday, April 22, 2013

The weather looks terrible today: cloudy, rainy, just overall gloomy, but it's absolutely beautiful outside. It's about 60 degrees and there is a light rain that comes and goes. I was of course using it as an excuse not to run, but I didn't run all weekend, so I knew I had to get out there. I'm so glad that I did!

While running I listened to a podcast to switch things up a little bit. It was "Bigger Better Stronger Faster" and the episode is "The Importance of Sucking". It was not only upbeat and kept me moving but had a great message that transcended to my entire life: you have to be bad at something before you can be really good, but in order to get good, you need to get started!

It made me think about my whole journey to get to where I am now with my running, health and attitude. I sucked for a long time at being healthy, my attitude was negative, and tomorrow was when I was going to start running. I want to run a 2:00 half marathon and I know that it's going to take some major time management to continue my training over the next couple of weeks, but if I want to get it done I need to keep going. It's going to suck at times but in the end I'm going to shine. I might fall short of my goal but at least I know that I will have given it my all, and you know what it will just be another lesson in "The Importance of Sucking" because I'll work even harder to get to my goal at the next race!

While the podcast was great, the best part of running today were the people who drove by and waved/laughed at me while I was out running. I don't mean laugh in a mean way, more of a "I don't understand you #1 for running #2 for running in the rain" type laugh. I live in a rural area, and our road is one of the main paved roads around. I meet the same traffic out on my regular runs. I always wave and smile, just to make them wonder what I'm thinking. Today, I'm pretty sure they thought I was crazy running in the rain, with a goofy grin on my face--little did they know it was pure bliss! :)

Well, I better get into the shower. I have a nice mix of sweat, rain, and dirt going on right now!

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CEHALLA 5/1/2013 9:40AM

    I love to imagine what the people driving by are saying as I run! I did have one man yell out his window "don't lose your curves, baby" as he drove by!

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CLPURNELL 4/26/2013 5:12PM

    Awesome job not letting the rain stop you!!!

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DEBRA0818 4/22/2013 5:40PM

    I don't know all the reasons why I grew up thinking I should have instant results for everything (ego, mainly) but I do know that the people who are really good at what they do usually put in about 10,000 hours of practice for some of which they undoubtedly sucked big time.

Makes me feel good about being so backward in so many ways; in order to get turned around I have to give it time and more time.


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