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Sunday, August 08, 2010

emoticon Ran my first ever 5K!! What an experience! Never considered myself a runner, on purpose that is, but none-the-less I was able to complete the run. Yesterday I was unsure whether I was going to be able to even run because I was nursing a very sore left knee. I felt the knee "popping" when I walked. I bought some ointment, made my eyes burn and smelled like a gym, that seemed to really help. I bought a knee bandage to help out the problem and it helped as well. Aren't Drug Stores wonderful!
This morning I got up at 5:30 AM, ate 2 cups of oats and started drinking water, then sipping on gatorade until race time. The race started at 9:00 AM and off I went, sore knee and all. After the 1st mile and a half I needed to walk for about 2 min.. I needed to slow my pace down due to the knee acting up a bit, but I was not in pain which was great. I did have to walk another 2 times, one big steep hill, but walked about 2 min. each time. I managed to finish the race "running" although not fast... but not walking.
Now I need to step up my workout routine and obtain more endurance and a little more speed. I wonder if the Drug Store carries that product?
My time was 39:34. Better than I thought it would be, and I am very pleased. The money for the fundraiser was for "Bridging the Gap" for the Tigard and Tualatin Schools.

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    Nice job! Love the pic! Keep it up and you'll some day beat my time. (Just kidding) :) Talkin trash again...........:) emoticon

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LISA0307 8/10/2010 9:48PM

    Congratulations on your first race. I am sure there will be many more to come.

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CJANNESS 8/10/2010 1:58PM

  Great job!!!!!!!!!! Isn't it a wonderful experience?! emoticon emoticon

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LORIBEL1 8/10/2010 11:51AM

    Way to go on finishing your first race! Woohoo! emoticon

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    That is awesome! Way to go! You have a lot to be proud of and glad you kept at it.

My running partner and I are training for a half marathon in October and we run until we feel we need to start running and walking intervals. Usually we can get through the first mile, mile and a half and then we run two minutes and then walk a minute. I actually run faster this way then trying to run the whole thing (my pace that was is much much slower). I don't know if you have read much about Jeff Galloway but he really endorses it that way. Less injuries that way.

PS I hear you about the knee. I have been having knee issues too. Hang in there!

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SUMMERWINDS 8/9/2010 2:32PM

    Congrats, so cool!

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MUNCHIEMAGS 8/9/2010 2:19PM

    I am so proud of you!! You showed great determination as you trained for the run. It was a fun day yesterday (after the race we did some walking around a classic car show). You're my hero!!

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SBATES63 8/9/2010 1:58PM

    Way to go Chuck. You look like a real runner in the pic, and you are. Keep up the great work.

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DARLENEK04 8/9/2010 1:27PM

  WAY TO GO CHUCK. You should be very proud of yourself....

You rock....


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DANDY_LION_317 8/9/2010 1:07PM

    Congrats Chuck, that's great!! emoticon

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LOTSACATS 8/9/2010 1:02PM

    Way to go!!! That is a great time, you should be so proud of yourself!

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DUFFYDYER 8/9/2010 8:05AM

    Great job Chuck! emoticon Good for you!

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AZBEADIE 8/9/2010 12:35AM

  YAY Chuck! I'm so glad you had a good experience and were able to finish! Goal met- congratulations! I am inspired.

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/9/2010 12:32AM

    Way to go!!! A super way to celebrate running by giving to the schools.

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G-FIVE 8/9/2010 12:20AM

  Wow! Way to go!! I'd love to start running and do 5k's, but haven't "gotten around to it"! lol

You inspire me!! emoticon

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    Good time! Wasn't it fun? I love 5Ks, unless the organizers are stupid, then they are a hassle.

My hubby swears by Biofreeze, before and after workouts. Swears by it, and it doesn't smell.

Good job!!!!!!!! Proud of you!

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COFFEEMUG2009 8/8/2010 8:42PM

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 8/8/2010 8:19PM

    I couldn't wait to get home from work to see how you did...I am so happy for you! Perseverance paid off in a big way for you today. Let's hope your knee heals rapidly, too. SWEET DREAMS of EXHILERATION should be in your head tonight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PENNYLOU7 8/8/2010 7:41PM

    Way to go, Chuck! emoticon

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    Awesome!!! You should be so proud of yourself!! Keep up the fabulous work!! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 8/8/2010 7:27PM


As for the knee, you might look into KT Tape - I swear by it. It's not regular athletic tape and it really does seem to offer support like none other.

Congrats on your first race! I foresee many more in your future!

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TIGGERRD 8/8/2010 7:18PM

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Discouraging Plateaus?

Friday, July 30, 2010

One thing I have learned from SparKPeople is that changing a lifestyle is something you do for a lifetime. Personally my previous lifestyle is directly responsible for me getting up to 277 lbs. I am now down to 232 lbs that has taken me 8 months. For the past 2 months I have not lost the weight I had hoped for and hit a plateau. It is very discouraging and emotionally draining. I am still struggling to change some of my previous habits, avoiding exercise for instance is one .
Could I be happy at my weight now? You bet I could but I have to remember I set out 8 months ago a plan for a long term goal and to reach that goal I have to/must change.
I have been on many diets in the past and lost a lot of weight where I hit my goals. Almost every time! But there is a difference this time, since being on SparkPeople. Before I did not learn lifestyle changes and my weight always went back up to and surpass where I originally started.
I am still learning to change. Trying not to get discouraged. Dieting puts me on a emotional roller coaster. I have to keep my original goal in mind. I need to remember when I set the goals at the beginning of this weight-loss journey. I picked my weight goal number for a reason. Whatever my reasons were then it is still the same reasons today and for the future.
The key for me has been consistency, Login into SparkPeople head for SparkPoints and go down each category and make sure they are in my plan of the day.

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DARLENEK04 7/31/2010 3:51PM


I was on a plateau too, until I went on vacation...Oddly
enough that broke it, because altho I wasn't eating anything
extra, I was eating different kinds of foods, and walking
around outside and running back n forth to the barn and so
I know you will make it thru have a great POSITIVE
ATTITUDE and you will do it.............

You're on your way buddy, and you will continue to be an inspiration to me..............


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XME501 7/31/2010 3:25PM

    Chuck, you have such a positive attitude. And, you are such an inspiration to me to just be consistent - which i have not been recently. Took a fall a couple of weeks ago - I bruised my rib cage and twisted my left knee. Both are healing very quickly - but have not been able to exercise like I had been.
But, reading your blogs, makes me more determined to continue with what I can do!!
I have been doing some gardening, but need to get out and do more walking.

Thanks for sharing your life with us!!
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KEAKMAN 7/31/2010 10:15AM

    Chuck, when you get discouraged, haul out some of those "before" pics and compare. See what amazing things you have already done for yourself?!?! Yes, plateaus are discouraging, but we can get past them. You are doing the right things ..... look at your exercise - can you ramp it up? look at how you eat - are your portions reasonable? too much fat? not enough water? We have to tinker and tinker but eventually we find the next sure route to success.

I wish you all the best as you continue on this wonderful journey!

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MRILEY123 7/31/2010 8:54AM

    I'd say you're doing really well on the goal not to avoid exercise! Every week you're ahead of me on the motorcycle team fitness points, that's for sure. If the scale isn't going down very fast, it's probably because you're losing inches. i bet you can get into the next pant size down. The scale will re-start once your body has caught up. Don't give up! (And one of these weeks I'm determined to catch up with your fitness minutes!)

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ALYFITN 7/31/2010 12:07AM

    You're going to make it! Keep up the consistency and GREAT attitude! emoticon

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 7/31/2010 12:04AM

    All successful, permanent lifestyle changes have plateaus. Stay or get back on track and you WILL get the results you set out to achieve. The work is in the mind...the body will follow once the mind is made up.

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Tough week for dieting

Thursday, July 01, 2010

It is a real mix of "eating" emotions when I am on vacation. The Hotel has a free hot breakfast and Dinner. (I know it is not really free but I like to think so). Knowing all that food is there and I have as much as I want, along with beer and wine, and I still have to restrain myself!! Really hard but at least after 4 days the scale still shows 2 lbs down. (???) I have really stretched my calories to the top of its range. For the first time I have exceeded my calorie range 2 times since Jan. 2010. I have to reel back in my eating emotions and get a firm grip. It is a slippery slope staying on track. And!!!....there is another week to go!!

What hurts is the food is really good!! Damn!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJANNESS 7/1/2010 8:46PM

  When on vacation enjoy yourself! Your still mindful of what you need to be doing, and thats what matters! I agree-add in swimming, or extra walking! Enjoy your time!!!!

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KEAKMAN 7/1/2010 7:52PM

    Add in some extra exercise - another walk, a swim, what have you, and then enjoy the buffet - to within limits! No sense id trying to deprive yourself. And I'm with you....if it's "free" it would be "wrong" not to!

Best luck my friend - you can do it!

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My First Surprise Encouragement!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The morning started out as usual, feed the dog, let her out the 2nd time to take care of some business, make coffee, eat a fiberOne bar and do some Sparking. I need to Spark early in the morning to help get motivated for the remainder of the day. Do some self-talk and read motivational Spark member passages and off to the gym I go. (have to beat myself with a stick sometimes)

Once at the gym I changed my mind on my workout program for today and decided to work on my C25K training. Finished off Week 5 Day 3 (not an easy task and I think I will do it again Monday). After the training I continued on the Treadmill for an aggregate total of 75 minutes. Managed to burn 1526 calories in the process.

Now for the surprise encouragement. About 1/3 through my workout a girl gets onto the treadmill beside me and begins to run. I was running at 5.6 mph and she must of had hers set around 6 to 7. She seemed to be in good shape and kept up the pace for about 40 minutes. I was very impressed. Her and I both seemed to hit the cool-down pace about the same time. I noticed her looking over in my direction with a big smile and thumbs up she said "Great job, good run". I thanked her for the compliment and returned the favor by congratulating her on a good run.

I work out alone and for the 1st time a stranger gives me a thumbs up, smile, and tell me great job and good run. What an impact it had on me later on. I have to tell you it was great to get a verbal "pat-on-the-back". I don't think she realizes how much she helped me. I will remember her kind encouragement.

I have given similar words of encouragement to a few people in the gym when I see them have a good workout. I didn't give it much thought then, but if it affected them like it has me then I feel more people need to do it more often.
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LOVEMYLAPTOP 7/24/2010 11:55PM

    One day a customer told me that my eyes sparkled more since losing the weight. I thanked her for noticing, but inside thought she was "seeing" things. Later, I read that with the additional water intake, I drink a gallon by 2 pm, clear reflective eyes are a result. The woman was correct!

Also, one day when a man asked if I'd lost weight and I told him more than 50# his comment was, "Boy, doesn't it feel great?!" Not anay comment about how I looked, but how I felt.

These 2 people have really left a lasting impression on me and will help me in the years to come as I keep those prison pounds off!

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LORIBEL1 6/29/2010 2:29PM

    Way to go on finishing week 5. You should be proud of yourself! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/27/2010 6:56PM

    Way to go Chuck!!! And I noticed you have hit your July weight already... WOOHOO!

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DARLENEK04 6/27/2010 1:44PM

  How very kind of her Chuck. Glad you are going to pass it


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BANKER-CHUCK 6/27/2010 9:53AM

    KEATMAN thanks for the invite but I don't think I am ready yet for the "outside" running. Even though I was able to complete W5D3, Cool Running Program" I don't feel I am consistent and in shape yet. Once I am consistent I will venture out of my gym invironment comfort zone. I am working on my endurance and consistency.

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KEAKMAN 6/27/2010 9:12AM

    Chuck, your experience is one of the things that I love so much about running. Other runners are so quick to give you a thumbs up, tell you "good job" or "looking good", and basically encourage you to keep going. I always do my part to encourage our band of brothers and sisters, no matter how fast or how slow they are - we all need that pat on the back.

Now, I have to ask, when you started out on SP, did you think you would ever be running close to a 10 minute mile pace for that long?? You need to come out to our next Hood to Coast training run - July 3. Check with Mike for more details - you will love it!!

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NLKABAT65 6/26/2010 6:34PM

    Sometimes we forget to give ourselves the support we need, we get stuck in the same circle of eat, exercise and begin again. It's wonderful that a stranger gave you the helping hand, you must have been doing a great job in order for her to notice. More power to you and keep up the great work!

PS-I'm a banker from CT. I couldn't resist looking at your Sparkpage once I saw that. :)

Have a great weekend!

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RAVENSONG37 6/26/2010 6:11PM

    Awesome! I always want to honk my horn and wave when I see people on the road running or walking! Maybe I will shout "great job" next time.

Great job!

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DARKTHOR 6/26/2010 6:06PM

    That is great! It is amazing how much good such small things can do. Keep giving out the kindness and encouragement, it'll come back to you!

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Motorcycle Road Trip

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Finished 2 road trips already this year. First one on May 7th, 6200 miles, was the Run For The Wall that started in Los Angeles heading for Washington DC for the Vietnam Wall. After leaving Portland we headed for Redding CA. (for my In-N-Out Burger), cut over to Merced CA. then to Mariposa CA (Yosemite National Park), Bakersfield then to Needles CA found Route 66 via Oatman CA onto Kingman AZ. We then headed for Lake Havasu AZ for 5 days. We then left for Los Angeles via Angeles Crest HWY 2, Joshua Tree Nat. Park, and stayed with some friends in Fullerton CA until we left for the RFTW on May 19th. I made the RFTW all the way last year but this year the weather Gods told me to turn around. So at Odessa TX. I did just that and pointed the bike back for Oregon Via New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, then Portland Oregon. Around Moab Utah, before and after, the wind and tumble weeds tried to blow me off the face of the earth. Salt Lake City came close to leaving me snow bound.
My 2nd road trip was 1100 miles from Portland Oregon up through Washington over to Yakima, WA. Coeur d'Alene ID. then onto Moscow, ID. where we stayed the night. Next morning left for Portland Oregon via Lewiston ID, Le Grande, OR., part of Hells Canyon, Pendleton OR. and the Columbia River Gorge.
Beautiful rides, both of them.
Happy motorcycling!

You may ask "What does this have to do with weight loss?" If you have ever rode a motorcycle you know the answer. You expend a lot of energy and use various muscles all the while on the bike. It is estimated a person burns 170 cal/hour. When you are fighting high winds and getting buffeted around by semi trucks, leaning a 900+ lb bike into the takes a lot of work and energy. I actually lost 4 lbs while on the trip. My eating habits were not the best so I expected to gain some. Thanks to Utah I lost some. Utah is beautiful by the way, only wish I could have enjoyed it more on a calm day. The winds tried to get me to get a closer look at the canyon floors but I refused to cooperate.. emoticon

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ALYFITN 7/31/2010 12:08AM

    I motorcycle but have never taken a long trip. Good post. Thanks for sharing.

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/27/2010 6:59PM

    It is very encouraging for a newbie t biking (mine is the scooter... bergman) to know that you veterans have to fight those winds and tracks as well. Y'all look soooooo calm so I never guessed that you also have to expend that kind of energy.

Sounds like a great road trip! I am hoping to get to the coast this summer. Have to find a good road!

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BANKER-CHUCK 6/24/2010 11:45AM

    I forgot to mention the 2nd picture is of Maggi's Café in Madrid New Mexico, in the movie Wild Hogs.
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LORIBEL1 6/23/2010 11:19PM

    I love the pictures! Moab is one of my favorite places!

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MUNCHIEMAGS 6/23/2010 9:22PM

    You're becoming quite the blogger. . . .and you "turn a good phrase" . . . . so I'm gonna let you write this year's Christmas letter!!!! LOL emoticon

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KEAKMAN 6/23/2010 6:17PM

    Sounds like a beautiful ride and I am sure that you enjoy it so much more these days now that you are healthier and don't have to fight yourself AND the wind AND the bike!


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