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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How many times have you said, "I can't"

For anything

Did you try? How well did you try? Did you try again?

It's an amazing thing

The human spirit to overcome

My "I can't" used to be running

But oh how I wanted to

My eldest daughter joined the cross country team and I so much wanted to practice with her

But a number of health issues prevented it...besides my own "I can't"

She once told her coach that she runs for me because "I can't"

It actually hurt me...because I wanted so much to share this with her

Well since that time I have watched people run and wanted so bad to it would make me very sad. I used to jog a few seconds at the most 15, yes 15 seconds and thought I was doing something miraculous - for me it was, I didn't die. Since I have been on spark people I have been trying to do more things but run was scary. My heart rate would get high, I would have trouble breathing (I am asthmatic), and wasn't quite sure where my feet were. I have worked through these issues by talking to people who do run, talking openly and honestly with my doctor, and just TRYING. A month ago I saw a post on facebook about a Couch to 5K training and I thought "Couch?" well I ain't that far down but I can give this a try. Well I started out my plan by increasing my walking speed for two weeks and then started their plan.

I didn't think I could do it

Last night I was to start Week 3 and you have running spurts of 3 minutes. I was barely able to do 90 seconds last week and now I need to do 3 minutes - that's double! I was determined to give it a shot but I was scared too. What if I fall down? What if I can't reach the stop button (on the treadmill)? What if I can't breathe? So I told my youngest daughter, "You gotta stand right here in case "I can't" make it." She was really giving me a hard time but tells me, "Mom, you can make it." and "I will be right here." further away than I was comfortable with but I was determined and started running.

I did the first spurt of 3 minutes, Whoa! It felt good

Then the second came, I was growling the last minute but did it.

My max heartrate was actually below where my max has been before, so that is progress, I was breathing pretty good, and I never lost footing.


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ITALY67 10/13/2009 6:44PM

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been there done that like you I thought I can and now.... I want to run everytime I am on a treadmill!!!!

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ONEHOTKRYSTAL 10/13/2009 11:07AM

    That is so awesome!! I'm glad you did it and stuck to it!! I really wish I had a treadmill, I want to start the C25k program here but it's getting colder outside and I, too, am asthmatic! So you're doing really great by being able to run in spurts of 3 minutes! Awesome! Keep up the hard work, you're worth it. Remember: you CAN!

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Where are you?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I texted my gym friend the other day because I haven't seen her in almost 2 weeks

She texts back, "You are just never there when I am."

Couldn't we all say that

I was there when you weren't

How convenient

We must hold ourselves accountable to someone if we are to stick to our plans

Once we start making excuses for not showing up, it's easy to continue to make excuses

I am not saying that my gym friend isn't telling the truth, I am saying I have said that and felt like I was dodging someone even though it was true

I tell people, I am going to the gym, I am on a plan, I workout everyday after work, and they come back with "How far did you run today?", "Did you run in the cold?", "What's next on the plan?" It's a two way system, I report, they inquire, I report, they inquire, it keeps me going.

Where are you? Who are you telling? Are you reporting? I am here, waiting for you, wanting to share with you, wanting to cheer you on in your accomplishments too, come with me, let's chat and run!

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JUSTFOXXY 10/12/2009 8:39PM

    Great blog! My problem is the more I talk the less I do. I am accountable to me and feel like crap when I don't follow through.

I need to rethink my plan. Thanks for the insight.

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JULESGL 10/12/2009 6:22PM

    Good blog!

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Is America Learning?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Today I saw a good thing

We went to the store for a couple of items

You have to walk right past the mobile warmer with roasted chickens in it

Right There

Is where I saw it

A BBBIIIIGGGGG (well more than an inch in diameter)

Bright Yellow


That said

"Contains MSG"


Now maybe you don't think it's a big deal

But me and my family do

You see we have migraines throughout our family

And MSG is considered to cause the majority of migraines in everyone not just us

But since I got a really good doctor to track and treat my migraines I have learned a lot

MSG is the cause of a lot of ailments, not all temporary

MSG is Monosodium Glutamate

It is a flavor enhancer

How does it work?

It opens the receptors in the tongue

But it is also a pesticide

when applied to bugs they explode

Too much MSG and guess what

Your little blood vessels break

We have spent years finding out about MSG

Trying to avoid it in our diet

It is so nice for them to tell us up front that something contains it or even doesn't contain it, my shopping trip would be so much shorter.

Did you know that if it says No MSG Added it doesn't mean there isn't any in it? Just means they didn't add any in the processing but products that they used can contain it.

Looks like someone is learning anyway

Have a great day!

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ONEHOTKRYSTAL 10/10/2009 9:41PM

    Hopefully there will be a day when more products make what they have in it aware to everyone! I hate that some products don't require a full list of ingredients if it's under a certain percent.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

What is your fundamentals? How can they help you lose weight?

Exercise: it's easier to take the elevator but the stairs aren't that hard
the gym is free for me so no excuse there

Vegetables: I love 'em but now I make them more important
Nothing for dinner? Pull out all your vegetables and see what you can make besides a salad...stir fry with tofu is my fall back (tofu freezes well and I get it by the case)

Water: Never had a problem there but I did eliminate ice, your body uses water better at body temperature or close

Accountability: never reallly had this before the BL site and I am finding that I am missing it with this site so somehow I must fix it for myself

Remember the fundamentals, eventually you will get there

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JULESGL 10/10/2009 8:03PM

    I like it!

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ONEHOTKRYSTAL 10/8/2009 11:47PM

    Stir fry sounds like a good idea! Never thought of that - something I should consider doing as well. What does BL stand for? Sorry you're not getting the accountability you need here! I hope that changes :)

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You really can wing it

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

and do quite well

My daughter wanted sloppy joes today

We stopped at the store for milk so I looked at the sloppy joe mixes

Nuttin doing

The 3rd ingredient on all of them was High Fructose Corn Syrup, there were things I couldn't pronounce but my daughter really wanted sloppy joes, so I decided to wing it.

Ground Turkey, 97% lean, onion, garlic, red pepper because I am not supposed to eat green, tomato sauce no salt added, salt free chili powder and some simmering....we had some good sloppy joes


Since I made such a big batch, I thought I could make chile for tomorrow night, but my beans were missing from the pantry, so I cooked up some lentils put them in added a can of diced tomatoes (no salt added of course), let it simmer and we have chili for our busy night tomorrow!

You can do it too! What tastes good together? Put it there, play with it, you'll get it eventually and the sense of accomplishment will help you through.


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