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Removing obstacles

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Well, since my last post wherein I confessed to having slipped in my efforts to maintain my previous fitness goals, I have done a complete turnaround. Here are some of the things that helped make the change:

I read:

Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley

Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

I started chanting the mantra Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha (Removing of Obstacles) with Deva Premal on Youtube:

I am running three times a week and strength training three times week.

I have diminished considerably my intake of flour, sugar and caffeine.

Since doing the above, I can't express how much better I feel. It's as if a building was lifted from my body. My thinking is clearer and my disposition more positive. I am more active and committed in my efforts to achieve my goals.

I will keep you posted on how I progress as I work to achieve goal I set for myself last year to run a marathon this year. As it turns out, my having taken such a lengthy break has caused me to have to move the marathon date to February 2013. It's good to confront that now and to share that goal with Sparkpeople.


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NATPLUMMER 6/14/2012 12:01PM

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OMG! Did I ever go off track

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Iím going to try to make this short because I donít want to dwell on the negative, but these past five months have been truly difficult for me. Somewhere along the way I lost my mojo.

Donít get me wrong. Itís not that I gave up; I just started doing things without my spirit being there. I think it started when I decided I wasnít going to train for any races. Iíve been financially pressed. Iím still looking for employment, have gone to the temp agencies, have talked to friends, have taken workshops, have done everything possible and still, I am unemployed.

Slowly but surely I began to notice that my pants were starting to feel snug around the waist. I was craving foods that I could resist when I was training because I needed to have good food going into my body for my long runs. One treat became two, then three, and then I couldnít do without them.

Today, I feel like Iím back on track. For the last week Iíve been listening to inspirational tapes and some of them have seeped in and altered something in my consciousness. Today Iíll see if I can locate a race I can train for and just do it.

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LOGOULD 6/7/2012 3:14PM

    Thanks for commenting on my blog and for letting me know that I am not alone in this. I guess this is just one of those things that makes this a LIFESTYLE and not just another diet. Learning to maintain all the progress and to balance it with everything else that life throws at us is just another step forward......and as it was with the battle of the scale in the beginning, sometimes the progress is slower and sometimes faster and sometimes it is even a small slip backwards but we need to continue to hold on to the Spark and keep pushing on.

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IONA72 5/25/2012 4:19PM

    Good luck on your journey, I think we all have setbacks at some point, but you are still here and not giving up. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 5/23/2012 1:50PM

    emoticon back on track!

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I made it! I ran my first half marathon!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

That was yesterday. It was a chilly morning in Walnut Creek. As we drove to the location of the half marathon, we admired the lunar eclipse. It seemed auspicious that the eclipse would be taking place on the morning of my first half marathon.

Astrologist, Ralphee Finn, writes of the lunar eclipse: During a lunar eclipse, conscious concerns override unconscious ones. Eclipses tend to distort time, so put aside any expectations that any of your plans will go smoothly. (Then you can be pleasantly surprised if they do.) Also be prepared for emotional tides Ė yours or othersí Ė to run much higher than usual, even for this time of year. (Think: ďflood zone.Ē)

Well, I was doing great the first three miles or so. I was chilly but I was chugging ahead with my fellow runners. I took a sip of water and screwed the top back on when the toe of my shoe knocked into a rise in the asphalt and down I went, with a short skid. Are you kidding me? I thought, as people rushed over to help me up. I was fine except for the shredding of skin on my left palm, my knee, a bruise on my shoulder, and a small nip on my right wrist. My ego suffered the most bruising though. Wow! I never expected that.

A male runner stood with me to make sure I was o.k. once I was back on my feet. "Keep drinking your water, and keep walking slowly," he said. I did what he said. I was fine, but shaking badly. The shaking had to do with fear. You never know when you take a fall if you've broken anything. I walked slowly for a time and when I had collected myself again, I increased my pace, and when I finally got over the shock of my fall, I began running again.

Using the Galloway method of running helped my ego in that I was running then walking. I don't know what I would have felt if my goal would have been to run the entire half marathon without stopping. I did not have a time limit. My goal was to finish the half marathon. So I did just that, even with a left leg that while not broken or sprained ached when I ran. The bottom of my left foot bothered me as well for reasons I do not know since I was wearing the shoes I always wear to run.

Ralfee Finn also writes of the lunar eclipse: In the midst of all this astral activity, the Sun/Mars square thatís been turning tempers more than a tad testy is finally separating, and as that fractious interaction ends, many of us will find it easier to be kinder to ourselves and to each other.

It is a relief that I did not break anything during the fall. Thank you to all the people who ran to my aid when I fell, and to the man who stood with me when I was finally up, making sure that I took my first few steps safely, and that I continued to drink my water.

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ZARLOT 12/12/2011 11:07PM

    Amazing accomplishment, especially with that extra fall challenge! Glad it wasn't too serious.

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CATLADY52 12/12/2011 11:28AM

    emoticon on finishing! And for not breaking or even badly wrenching any part during the fall. emoticon I hope that your next HM will go much better. emoticon

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KKP4673 12/12/2011 12:41AM

    Total congratulations to you!! Very impressive that this is your FIRST one!! May you have many more!!!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/11/2011 6:46PM

    WOOHOO! CONGRATULATIONS!! Sorry about the fall, but Hey! You picked yourself up and went right back to it. How AWESOME is THAT? Very AWESOME, I would say!!!! Keep up the GREAT work!


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DAPHNE_RUNS 12/11/2011 4:39PM

    Congratulations on your finish. Sound like you had great expectations for your 1st half; to have fun. The Galloway program is a great plan. And I am so glad to hear that you were able to pick yourself up and keep running/walking. The care and concern that runners show to complete strangers is touching. I fell while running my first trail run, in April, and I was amazed at how many people actually stopped running to make sure I was okay before they continued on.

Thank you for sharing. I run my first half in March.

Daphne in Doral (Miami)

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SEABREEZE65 12/11/2011 3:39PM

    I am so glad you were able to finish the HM and the fall was not too "bad." My daughter is an astrologist and understands far more than I do the influence the "heavenly" bodies have on our own.

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NATPLUMMER 12/11/2011 1:24PM

    Congratulations!!! What a fabulous accomplishment. Ouch, it's not fun to trip. At least you weren't seriously injured. I can sympathize with the embarrassment. I've had something similar happen.

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Halloween Delights!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I used to think the best thing about Halloween was the candy. So sweet and sugary my eyes would pulse from overindulging in so much sugar.

Now that Iím older though, the best part of Halloween is seeing how innovative people can get with putting together their costumes. I went to a parade this morning on Piedmont Avenue and I saw so many adults with their kids and their dogs dressed for the occasion, that it was a feast for the eyes. Here are some of my favorites

So sweet...

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/7/2011 12:24PM

    Aaaaw! I love these little ones!

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TINY67 10/30/2011 6:17AM

    Great Pics, I always volunteered to work on Halloween to be able to see all the kids in their costumes while I was on patrol.

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BUTEAFULL 10/30/2011 1:02AM

    very cute

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Trouble in Paradise

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I thought I had planned everything very well for the eleven days I would be dog sitting for my son while he and his fiancť were in Malaysia. It had been two months since Iíd last done so at my place, but now I was staying at my sonís condo in San Francisco, watching Baguette again.

Well, you can plan and plan all you want but sometimes things have a way of turning out differently. Take for instance the mild sore throat I had the first day over at my sonís. I thought nothing of it, thought it had to do with lack of sleep the past two days. I ran that morning on The Embarcadero towards the AT&T Ballpark. It was a gorgeous day. The next day, I was scheduled for my last Hep B shot. The doctor recommended I get my tetanus/whooping cough shot at the same time so that I wouldnít have to come back. Sure, I thought, good idea.

The day after those shots, my sore throat stopped being mild and turned into a raging hot torch in my throat. I felt sluggish. My arm was so sore I could have been shot by a handgun instead of a needle for all the pain I endured in that arm. I was irritable. The rest of the week I got progressively worse. I was sluggish, my head ached, my throat burned, my nose was constantly running and I couldnít sleep on the left side where theyíd inoculated me. I was an emotional wreck. Baguette and I watched a lot of films.

Still, I walked every day. I did not do my runs because it would have been too difficult running and blowing my nose. Plus my throat was sore for a week. Baguette was as good as could be. He is a well-trained dog. Loves people and got a lot of attention when I took him on walks. A couple of times I took him to the dog park. He had a ball.

Today, Iím running again for the first time since I returned to my place. Iíve gained a couple of pounds which is understandable. I broke my routine. I still have the sniffles but nothing like last week. This was a good lesson for me, though. I tend to think that people who donít do well on the program donít plan well, and that just isnít so. Things come up. We can control only so much.

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IMSMILEY88 10/20/2011 6:12PM

    Things do come up sometimes. Glad you are feeling better!

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TRISSA3 9/14/2011 7:52PM

    I think there was a line in an old Beatles song that went something like; "Life is what happens when you plan...(?)"

Anyway...LOVE your grand-dog! He has a load of personality in that little body.

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ZARLOT 9/14/2011 1:57PM

    Wow, sounds like you had a horrible week. I am glad you're feeling better now though. Take care.

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TARANITUP 9/14/2011 11:32AM

    I love how you illustrated with photos :) Glad you're feeling better. Baguette is ADORABLE and I love the name!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/14/2011 11:25AM

    Glad you are feeling better!

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NMMAMA2011 9/14/2011 11:13AM

    Your granddog is adorable. I am so sorry that you were sick...sounds like no fun at all. You will lose those couple of pounds quickly. I am glad you are on the mend and back to running already! Keep taking good care for yourself.

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HJFOGARTY 9/14/2011 11:01AM

    very true here - life does happen and sometimes the best laid plans fall to the wayside. don't beat yourself up here - take it for what it was and move forward - you are such an inspiration! so stay strong and make your day great! take care of you.

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