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Moderation in All Things.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

We (DW, me and the dogs) are heading out later today to see the kids and grandkids for Christmas.

Yesterday, DW was cooking! She made a huge pan of lasagna. Baked two different kind of cookies. Okay, the kind that are premixed and you plop them on a baking sheet, but still. She baked a Christmas themed cake, too. With sprinkles on it. Sprinkles which will be applied later tonight by my youngest granddaughter, with the guidance of DW.

While she was at it, she used the leftovers from a baked chicken we had earlier in the week, and made a chicken soup. I love that chicken soup, loaded with egg noodles and fresh vegetables. This soup will be for dinner tonight with the family. The lasagna is for Christmas eve.

This way my daughter won't be bothered cooking. And DW loves to cook and prepare dinners for family. So, everybody wins.

Yesterday I had 3 chocolate chip cookies. Still warm from the oven. I was tasked with taking them off the sheet during cooling and placing them on a rack for further cooling. I couldn't resist. Okay, I could have resisted, but I rationalized that

1. It was the Christmas season and 2. I do believe in moderation not deprivation. (something I was reminded of while reading Brooklyn_Born's blog yesterday).

If ever there was a time of year to cheat a bit on food intake, probably Thanksgiving would be pretty high on the list. But, I did fairly well during that holiday, but the Christmas baking and cooking day reeled me in, and I caved.

I also ate several fruit slices, and had a few beers, 3 to be precise. This is what happens, You give in a little and then you throw caution to the wind. You've taken that first guilty step, and the rest of the trip is easy.

Oh no, I am not beating myself up. I just understand the process, and I went with it. I know who and how I am. I will be back on schedule soon enough. I exercise hard and eat right. 'Almost' all the time. I am in shape and feel good about myself. But, I am in full disclosure mode here, and want you to know - I think it's okay to indulge oneself. FROM TIME TIME, I put that in capitals. I don't want to imply indulgence is a good thing. Because I do not believe that. Indulgence will kill happiness.

So my friends, I might just drink another beer or two on Christmas eve, I will enjoy my wife's wonderful lasagna with buttered bread. A regular sized portion, no gluttony necessary. I think I've had enough cookies, though. See? Moderation!

I'm still an athlete in training. I will resume my 'sensible' diet immediately after our family visit.

All this typing to say " moderation in all things" is, in my opinion, not a bad way to live.

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays.

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KANOE10 12/28/2012 8:55AM

    You have the right attitude. It is Ok to enjoy yourself in moderation. The your know you will get back on track! Good for you staying positive.

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FUNFROG79 12/27/2012 10:33PM

    Happy Holidays and enjoy your family!

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ROXYZMOM 12/25/2012 9:27PM

    I hope you enjoyed your cookies, beer, lasagna and buttered bread. Sounds yummy. I hope you enjoyed the holiday with your family.

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PMRUNNER 12/25/2012 6:08PM

    Enjoy your holiday with your family!

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MASRITE 12/25/2012 5:38PM

    I only wish "in moderation" was working for me right now!! I'll be getting back on track once the holiday season is over. Already warned my training that come January 2nd, we are on!!

Hope you are having a wonderful time with your family today!! Merry Christmas (and thanks for my goodie the other day. You always make me smile!!) emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 12/24/2012 5:18PM

    I agree 100%. I am following the same plan but not as closely.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/24/2012 10:01AM

    We're definitely of one mind on this. Enjoy your holiday with family.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/23/2012 9:01PM

    I agree with you 110%! I know people who believe that they can no longer eat certain foods....that's sad! It's not that they can't control, it's that it is a food on the "naughty list". I plan to eat what I want with - exactly how you stated it - moderation! My hubby wants to take me to Italy to show me where he was stationed when he was in the army, and I plan on having a good time and not worrying about how many calories are in my food! :-) (But, not overindulging either!) I think we can have the best of both's just a new way of eating! Not having to pig out on the WHOLE thing....just a little! :-)

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!
~ Christa

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DAPHNE_RUNS 12/23/2012 4:58PM

    You got that right.....moderation for all things! There are a few things that are popular this time of year, and I have learned to eat smaller portions because the calories pile on fast. Enjoy the family and have fun with the grand kids.

Merry Christmas. emoticon emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 12/23/2012 4:25PM

    Sounds like a darned good plan! Enjoy your holiday!

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LAURIE5658 12/23/2012 3:06PM

    That's a great plan and enjoy!!! Have blessed Christmas with your family and savor each moment.



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RUN4FOOD 12/23/2012 2:56PM

    Moderation is a good thing.
I've heard it said it doesn't matter what you do between Christmas and New Years, but it does matter what you do between New Years and Christmas.
You've done well this year and a little celebration is in order.
Enjoy yourself.

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/23/2012 2:56PM

    Couldn't agree more, deprivation does not led to anything good. The occasional indulgence does not hurt in the long term and makes life enjoyable.

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DALID414 12/23/2012 2:39PM

    I agree, as long as you're fully aware of what you're eating/drinking and taking responsibility for it, you'll be in control to get yourself together soon after.

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LINDAKAY228 12/23/2012 1:45PM

    Great plan and glad you aren't beating yourself but just acknowledging it for what it is! have a great Christmas visit with the family!

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HALFFAST 12/23/2012 11:26AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me! And have a Merry Christmas!

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SEABREEZE65 12/23/2012 10:42AM

    Have a great time with your family!

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2012 10:29AM

    Excellent plan!

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ONMYMEDS 12/23/2012 10:07AM

    Nicely said, sir. Enjoy your moderation AND indulgences.

Happy holidays to you and your family.

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JILLIEWILLIE1 12/23/2012 10:05AM

    Agreed, as I too prepared chocolate chip cookies for my kids and family. We will have Christmas lasagna too! With home made Italian bread and Coconut cake.
Then it is...SLAM...back to reality! I plan to enjoy a normal portion size of all. And I will encourage all to join me in a post meal walk around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights!
Happy Holidays to you and yours! emoticon

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JACKIE542 12/23/2012 10:00AM

    I also am good all year, except the Holidays, I will also be enjoying my lasagna dinner on Christmas eve, with all the fixings. Have a Happy Holiday. emoticon

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Hey SKINNY, Yer Ribs Are Showing!

Monday, December 17, 2012

I was a really skinny kid. My best friend was fat. The kids next door were all solid muscle, and I noticed it.

Even then I was aware of my body. My chubby friend told me I was "lucky" to be so thin. I didn't feel so lucky.

That was the first time I observed skinny envy. As for me, I had a massive case of muscular envy.

I saw those ads on the back of the comic books. "Hey SKINNY, Yer ribs are showing'" where Charles Atlas offered his program to get you to bulk up so you could kick sand in the face of the bullying musclehead.

As a teenager, I looked like the skinny kid in the Charles Atlas ad.

I worked out with weights, half heartedly from time to time. Actually I was strong. I could always lift a lot of weight, and sometimes more than the bigger guys. But, I didn't look it. I was still skinny.

I got serious when I was around 25 years old. I developed a plan, and stuck with it. I've never been far from a workout since then. Sadly I never got big and muscular. But, I learned a lot. I learned about ectomorphs, endomorphs and mesomorphs, too.

I was not the 'classic' ectomorph as they are typically tall, but not always. Tall ectomorphs include guys like Clint Eastwood and Henry Fonda. But, Bruce Lee at 5' 7' is another fine example of an ectomorph. Ectomorphs are "hard gainers".

Then you have the muscular guys, Arnold, Lou Ferrigno, and Sly Stallone are classic mesomorphs. Lastly, the chubby guys are the endomorphs. You can name your own there.

Anyway, I continued to work out, now knowing I'd never look like Arnold, Sly, or Lou. I was a hard gainer for sure. But I kept at it.

Then - I got older, my waistline got wider. What?! I always had a 28" waist, why are my pants getting so tight?

I found myself actually thinking about how much I ate. And how many beers I drank. Curses. I am skinny and fat at the same time! I work out. Hard. And I am getting a waistline.

I kind of gave up on looking great in a bathing suit, and ate and drank what I wanted. I work out, I'm healthy, decent chest and biceps, screw the love handles, I gotta have my beer and treats.

So I kept on being ignoring my real health and soon enough, I got to be 170 lbs. That was my wake up call. I started dieting, and that didn't work, I would always gain it back. You chubbies know what I'm talking about.

Time passes, and I thought maybe I should start jogging. Nah. I couldn't see myself doing that. Those joggers are just a bunch of show offs, showing the world how fit they are. Screw that. But, Vic, you know the amount of calories you could burn? C'mon, give it a try.

And I did. Oh my God! This stuff is hard! It must work. Stubborn mode kicks in. I'm gonna learn to run. Lots of walking, and a little running, I am now running more than walking. One day - hey, I've run a half mile without stopping. I gradually increase. I time myself. 5K in 36 minutes. I'm so proud, I call my grandson Joe, a X-Country runner and all around jock. He congratulates me and says it's a great time for an old guy. Yeah, no respect, even my grandkids call me old.

These days Joe is always asking me how I'm doing and encourages me. He helped me get started with this running.

Y'all know the rest of the story. I found Spark People. A place to get some feedback - brag a little, commiserate a little, and get fantastic support no matter how poorly I ran, or how stupidly I trained, someone was always there to urge me on. Someone recently laughed when I mentioned how I get "lovebombed" just for running and being old. Well, sparkers lovebomb me continually. Thanks for that.

So, my friends, chubby or skinny, we all could use some help. Contrary to what you've always believed, being skinny isn't a bed of roses either. I got bullied a lot by being thin - we do get tired of being called skinny. Doesn't bother me now so much, but, it sure did back then.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 12/28/2012 2:00PM

    Mesomorphs are the muscluar ones (who easily build muscle). Endopmorphs are the type that carry excess fat, even when fit.

Other than that, great blog!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/28/2012 1:56PM

    Great blog! I remember those ads, too, though I was never a skinny kid (always built solid). The storyline was always compelling :-). Over Christmas, a relative referred to me as scrawny which is hardly flattering or accurate. No matter what our size, it seems someone has a comment to make.

I never heard the expression hard gainer, probably because I am what we call in dogs an "easy keeper," to put a positive spin on a propensity for weight gain, LOL. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!

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ONMYMEDS 12/28/2012 8:30AM

    I meant to comment on this blog when I first read it, but somehow forgot and didn't get around to it. That happens a lot at our age, but you know that.

Anyway, add the fact that I'm short, and this could very well be my own story, being skinny but fit, (I remember those Charles Atlas ads well although I was more intrigued by the x-ray vision glasses, remember those?). I never actually developed a fitness plan, but my on again/off again weight training was mostly on, and I also was a very hard gainer.

A good blog, thanks for posting.

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WINDSURFNERD 12/23/2012 1:38PM

    Nice blog and cool pictures!
I think I lived the girl-version of your story...skinny kid with envy of other girls curves while chubby girls envied me. So I turned tomboy and made that part is my persona until I started to get fat, too! It's hard to lose when you've always been scrawny!
Thanks for the perspective!

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FUNFROG79 12/19/2012 12:01PM

    LOVE this! emoticon

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SOUTH_FORK 12/18/2012 3:28PM

    I wouldn't say skinny- let's go with wiry! emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/18/2012 12:35PM

    Great Blog!!

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ANDY_54 12/18/2012 7:25AM

    Love your blog and the pictures! Your running is inspirational!

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MASRITE 12/18/2012 1:13AM

    Great blog. Nice learning something new about you. Loved seeing you in your younger years!!

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ROXYZMOM 12/17/2012 9:34PM

    Excellent blog! Love the pics!

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KANDOLAKER 12/17/2012 7:31PM

    Great blog - thanks for sharing!!

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REMEMBER2BME 12/17/2012 4:35PM

    Thanks so much for sharing. Nice to learn more about you.

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SEABREEZE65 12/17/2012 3:37PM


Love the word lovebomb!!!

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CAGMUAHFO2 12/17/2012 2:03PM

    What a great blog. For as long as I can remember I have big on the bigger side. I was bullied about being big, then add the glasses and more bullying, and guess what happened when I got braces and started getting acne? Yep, more bullying.

You experienced skinny envy, well on the same note, I experienced short envy. I was always told I was lucky that I was short. (I am 5 foot on the dot) I could wear high heels and not tower over people. But just like being skinny being short is nit all that great. I an't reach a lot of things and then I get laughed at when I can't reach it.

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HALFFAST 12/17/2012 1:40PM

    Skinny and fat at the same time- that's about how I feel most of the time! And I'm still laughing at the whole "lovebomb" thing! Great blog!

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NWFL59 12/17/2012 1:33PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog today Vic. Thanks for providing a skinny person point of view, in my family we're all mesomorphs. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/17/2012 1:20PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your story. I was a fat kid. My brother was a skinny kid. We both got picked on. You are so correct. Why is it that if we weren't "perfect" we got picked on? Kids can be so mean and still are. But we can make choices and it's never too late for us to change. It wasn't until 3 1/2 years ago, at age 54, that I started really trying to live healthy and feeling somewhat like an athlete, even when I run very slow. And my friends here are so awesome, as you said. They are always here, in good times or in bad!

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NATPLUMMER 12/17/2012 1:13PM

    emoticon Awesome blog!!

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JODROX 12/17/2012 1:07PM

    I wish we could all just be healthy and happy with our body type.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/17/2012 12:38PM

    emoticon It seems as though no one can be "perfect', no matter how hard we try to achieve it! :-( You are doing awesome - always a source of inspiration and wisdom!!

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MARGARITTM 12/17/2012 12:32PM

    Nice blog - love the old comic book ad....... ha ha....

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LAURIE5658 12/17/2012 12:30PM

    Whoop, time to lovebomb Vic! Great blog, my friend!! Seriously.


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KIMPY225 12/17/2012 12:21PM

    Thank you for sharing -
Skinny isn't always so great - you are right!

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DALID414 12/17/2012 12:13PM

    Skinny fat isn't a good feeling. I was there, my Dr smacked me in the face by putting me in the OVERweight category! Everyone said if YOU'RE overweight then I'm obese. They probably are emoticon

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15 mile LR report

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Seems like old times again. Today was my first longish run since I did my first marathon in November. Took it easy for a while just to rest the old bones and make sure I was ready to do another. I had a half marathon last week as a training run as well.

So I did 15 miles this morning. Weather was kind of cool when I started out, about 60F and got warmer, 70F by the time I ended.

I started out really slowly, using the first mile as a warm up. Ran one of my usual routes, so nothing really cool happened in the beginning. It is getting to the point where I have a lot of people waving at me. In cars, or just out in their lawns puttering around. That's kind of cool. I think I'm a regular sight for them now.

I have tried a new section of town, where I am out in the open more on a more public road. Nice - different scenery, but it's out in the sun, and I don't care for that too much. I got pretty warm out there today. 70 degress doesn't seem very warm, but at mile 13 and 14 it is for me.

Oh, one interesting thing happened. I heard sirens coming at me, as I chugged up a hill. Couldn't see until the last moment that it was a Firetruck with the lights flashing. And right behind it was another small firetruck with Santa and Mrs. Claus! I yelled "Hey Santa!" and some kid (elf?) with them threw a handful of candy at me. I kept running, but there were some little tykes in a yard who thanked me when they saw the candy being thrown. I don't think Santa's helper would have seen those kids, so I am glad I yelled to them.

I didn't feel like this was a good run. I got tired soon, and never really got a second wind or anything. Just felt kind of blah, but that's fine. They can't all be special. And in retrospect, I have been pushing myself with the marathon and half marathon fairly close together, and then starting up training again fairly soon. Not being a youngster, I am walking that thin line hetween training hard and training too hard.

My strategy for this marathon is to not run for time again - I aint't that fast anyway. Just get out there and have a nice run. It is a very small venue, I think they had just under 300 marathoners and around 600 half marathoners last year.

Although this is a small marathon, the competition is very good. The track must be cleared by 6 hours. According to the records of past results I will surely be one of the slower runners and will probably be on my own a lot of the time. I think I'll like that. It's the way I train. All alone. Perhaps without crowd support it will feel like a training run and will slow me down. So, I've decided to just relax and enjoy it.

I get so much support from my family and friends! They all know that I've signed up for 2 more marathons already. This one and the Savannah Rock N Roll again, which will be my 3rd. I'll get my crowd support fix there! People just love to see old folks pushing themselves. So, my times don't matter -- I get love bombed just for running! Who knew?

I just wanted to lose a few pounds, which I have. But who knew I would get to this point. Run a marathon. Do another 3 months later? Never would have thought that possible. But, I think it is.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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MARGARITTM 12/17/2012 12:39PM

    Yeah some of them kinda stink actually - (read my R and R Las Vegas report) UGH...

Have not ventured in the full marathon yet.... on my bucket list though!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/17/2012 12:11PM

    Lots of emoticon bombs coming your way. Keep up the good work, you are such an inspiration.
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ROXYZMOM 12/16/2012 10:55PM

    Thank you so much for sharing that! I ran two HM's in a row this past Fall and am feeling the same way when I run right now. My next one is in 4 weeks and I am still trying to get excited about it. I think it's a combination of cold weather/too much to do during the holidays/getting dark too early/allergies wearing me down. I am sure the Spark will hit again soon!!

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LINDAKAY228 12/16/2012 5:32PM

    Great job! You really have come so far and who would have guessed this would happen! Even though it wasn't great by your standards, you did it! And those kids got candy and so they we happy. Never know when we do something that touches someone else by just doing what we do.

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NINJALINDA 12/16/2012 1:51PM

    It is kinda cool when you have a regular route and start waving back & forth with folks who live on that route. There's a couple of kids that live on my route - I think they look for me every Saturday. They seem to get pretty excited to see me run by, anyway.

Hope your training goes well and you have a great marathon!

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HEIDI-25 12/16/2012 8:36AM

    It is a fine line- that training and overtraining part. I wish you lots of good runs. Careful of the heat. Good luck! You are an inspiration.

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REMEMBER2BME 12/16/2012 6:54AM

    So glad I subscribed to your blog. It is motivating. I agree with you. Your schedule seems pretty darn tight but you do seem to be trying to give yourself a break when you can. I only ran the one marathon. I miss the sense of accomplishment. It was the greatest. I only run on my treadmill. 3 miles tops daily, wog that is (walk/jog).

I must say you have me intrigued a bit regarding the Savannah marathon. I am just south of Charlotte so that would not be too terribly far. Hum.

Keep up the great work and thanks for the update.

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RUNNER12COM 12/16/2012 12:33AM

    You know you can do this. I'll be waiting to read your fantastic race recap post-marathon!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/16/2012 12:14AM

    Haha - I thought the same thing TIMOTHYNOHE thought about the "cool" 60's weather! LOL Here in MI - 60's is a tropical heatwave!! HAHA.

I felt the same way about my workout today - but no matter what I am sure glad it's done. Never did get that glowing feeling about it...but tomorrow I will be real glad I did it!! :-)

WTG on your long run!! :-) I love reading your blog!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 12/15/2012 11:10PM

    Weather was kind cool, he says. In the mod 60s, he says. Humph.

Great job doing impossible things! Two marathons. Way to go.

And I am guessing you mean Savannah RnR 2013, 'cause, dude if you mean 2012, I gotta tell ya, you missed it already. I'll see you there. I plan to revisit Savannah in 2013 even though 2011 crossed Georgia off my list but I liked it so much I want to go back.

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DALID414 12/15/2012 6:22PM

    Must be comforting, to have people wave and acknowledge they see you running (like a mini love bomb, maybe?)

Running is definitely addicting, I'm proof. I hated it when I first started, I felt so tortured! But I kept at it, did the SP Virtual 5K Trick or Treat Trot, set a goal and acomplished it! I haven't done any 'real' events (not much into crowds), but I'm considering putting it on my New Year's Health Resolutions list.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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SEABREEZE65 12/15/2012 5:55PM

    It WAS a great run 'cause you did it!!!

Someone on one of the running teams posted a link to an age grading calculator that I found interesting. You can compare yourself to other runners your age at the distances that you are training for or compare yourself (with a running handicap) to someone 25. Sort of neat!

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HALFFAST 12/15/2012 5:31PM

    Love bombed- Lol! I love it! And you, sir, are simply amazing!

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NATPLUMMER 12/15/2012 5:23PM

    Not every run is fabulous but I think you did great!

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Ya say ya want inspiration? Okay, read on.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

I was in the hospital when my nephew Nick Newell was born. His Dad, Errol, I have known since birth also.

Errol was a champion High School wrestler when he was a teen, and a local legend in wrist wrestling in Milford, CT. I was friends with his older sister, Christine. You may know Chris as my DW, which makes Errol my BIL, and Nick is my nephew.

Nick followed in Dad's footsteps, and became a local legend as well. He was a champion wrestler in H.S. He went on to attain over 300 victories in HS and college.

I remember Nick when he was a toddler. He refused to wear his prosthetic. He'd take it off over and over again. He was not comfortable with it and and preferred using his "little arm" as he called it. You see, Nick was born a congenital amputee. Just below his below his left elbow his arm ends.

He was willful. He knew instinctively that he should adapt to what he was born with. Somehow he knew that only by rejecting the artificial limb could he grow to excell.

Today he is the XFC Lightweight Champion in MMA (mixed martial arts).

He won the title last night in Nashville, TN and I couldn't be more proud of him.

At his young age, he has been an inspiration to this old coot. I think of him from time to time, like when I get tired doing my long runs. It is humbling to me when I think of Nick, and what he has done with his life.

My little discomforts in life pale in comparison to this champion. My nephew, Nick "Notorious" Newell.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 2/21/2013 10:29AM

    That is very impressive! Thank you for sharing his story!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/16/2012 5:52PM

    Wow!! That is awesome!!! :-) That really is inspiring....and puts my little qualms just so...SMALL. Thanks for sharing this! :-)

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REMEMBER2BME 12/13/2012 3:33PM

    Amazing!!! Too Cool!!!!

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MARATHONDAD 12/12/2012 6:56PM

    thats amazing in my city there was a 1 armed boxer and he was really good

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SOUTH_FORK 12/11/2012 2:29PM

    Wow! That's fantastic- I'm sure he knows how loved he is and how proud you are of his accomplishments!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/11/2012 7:08AM

    WOW, what a true inspiration and thanks for sharing. Truly a wonderful young man - not only making the best of his situation but being a shining example to others. What a true champion.

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LINDAKAY228 12/9/2012 3:45PM

    Oh my gosh he truly is inspiring! Thanks for sharing his wonderful story and congratulations on his championship!

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LISAINMS 12/9/2012 11:34AM

    Wow! What an inspiring young man!

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SYNCHRODAD 12/9/2012 9:46AM

    Nick is one of two fighters in the background of the XFC homepage. To be featured in your chosen profession's home page is quite an honor. He's looking a bit tougher in his older picture in your blog!

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FAITH__IN__ME 12/8/2012 8:16PM

    Kids know who they are since they are very young, it sounds like your nephew did too. I'm glad he didnt let his differences detour him.

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LAURIE5658 12/8/2012 8:02PM

    Oh Vic, what a wonderful blog and THANK YOU for sharing! How proud y'all must be of Nick!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 12/8/2012 7:51PM

    Vic, thanks for sharing your nephew's success. His hard work is definitely paying off. Please tell him congrats from your Spark friends.


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KANDOLAKER 12/8/2012 7:02PM

    Most emoticon ! Thanks so much for sharing - and all the best to Nick (and you)!!

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WONDERWOMAN 12/8/2012 6:11PM

    emoticon You have every right to be a very, very proud uncle. An amazing young man.

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CINDHOLM 12/8/2012 4:10PM

    Incredible Thanx for sharing!!

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ONMYMEDS 12/8/2012 12:11PM

    Wow, a whole family of tough guys. Very impressive.

9-0 pro record. An amazing young man.

He even has his own space in Wikipedia.


And a very good blog, Vic. Thanks for posting.

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WINDSURFNERD 12/8/2012 11:41AM

    Wow, that crooked smile melts this old crone's heart. There's a reason why people don't say "left hand of a champion", the proper saying is "HEART of a champion", you can see the fire in Nick's eyes in those pictures! And his awesome physique, oh my! You both deserve to be proud.

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SEABREEZE65 12/8/2012 11:40AM

    Very awesome!
He is lucky to have an uncle like you!

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KELSEY54 12/8/2012 11:28AM

    Amazing! It just proves if you go after what you want, the rewards follow. Congrats Nick! emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 12/8/2012 11:00AM

    That is so incredibly awesome!

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DALID414 12/8/2012 10:53AM

    Wow, how inspiring!

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NATPLUMMER 12/8/2012 10:33AM


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RAINEMARIE214 12/8/2012 10:14AM

    Thats amazing! And truly an inspiration!

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RHONDALYN10 12/8/2012 10:11AM

    So AWESOME!!!
I love stories like this!

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ROXYZMOM 12/8/2012 8:03AM

    That is motivation and totally awesome! I can see why you are so proud!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/8/2012 7:53AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It's just what I needed to read this morning.

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Boilham - you are such a sap!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I'm not generally a sappy kind of guy. But this will be a kind of mushy blog.

If you spent time with me, you might be surprised that I am fairly quiet, and introspective guy. I might have an occasionaly burst of enthusiasm, but I settle down again right away. I guess I just don't show emotions openly, or just am so self absorbed, I just want to be left alone.

Having said that, I must admit I have found my Spark friends to be so supportive and kind to me, I have to thank them publicly. You guys know who you are, the constant supporters who love bomb me. I don't think I can reciprocate that type of caring and kindness, it just doesn't come naturally to me. But, my non-cyber friends accept me that way. They know I care for them, but I don't verbalize it very well. I am not a social butterfly. I used to be. I was the "life of the party" when I was younger.

Now, I'm content with my life. The luckiest guy in the world,I call myself. Although I'm not inclined to act it out these days.

It must be easier to write sappy stuff like this than say it aloud. But, I am compelled to thank you all, you know who you are, for your constant support. I feel a bunch of you genuinely care about me and my progress with my athletic endeavors. If not, boy, you are really good at faking it!

Okay, that's it. I'm feeling pretty goofy right now. But - I faced my fears and sent some love out to you all.

Really - thanks for being there for me. You guys truly are good for me, and I feel I might be lacking in returning that kindness.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANNIEELISE 1/9/2013 8:07PM

  Very nice blog and nice to see you here! Best wishes for good running this year.

Your friend Annie M from the runners blog!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/5/2012 3:25PM


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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/5/2012 1:54PM

    emoticon We all LOVE you too VIC. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/5/2012 11:12AM


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MASRITE 12/3/2012 12:10PM

    Sap away, Vic!!

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HEIDI-25 12/3/2012 10:32AM

    :) I find it interesting- for me it is easier to give compliments than it is to receive them. It must be that I don't really believe that the compliment is deserved in some strange way when it is directed at me but I really am sincere when I give them. Weird :D

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ANGIEN9 12/3/2012 2:56AM


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DALID414 12/2/2012 4:22PM

    Introverts unite! (Contradiction isn't it?) emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 12/2/2012 11:45AM

    It's an amazing community, isn't it?!

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SEABREEZE65 12/2/2012 10:54AM

    I love the phrase - Only the strong are saps! Thank you FANGFACEKITTY!!!

Great post! Thanks so much for sharing this part of you!

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FUNFROG79 12/2/2012 10:52AM

    I can totally relate! What a fantastic feeling!

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MARATHONDAD 12/2/2012 10:50AM

    great blog buddy and u make it easy to send love to u are a amazing man and look up to u

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NWFL59 12/2/2012 10:45AM

    emoticon emoticon

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STRIVER57 12/2/2012 10:28AM

    as Doral said, it's much easier to be sappy online ... and there's actually nothing rong with it. in fact, i think it's good (in moderation, like ice cream). and as Daisybell says, tis the season. and i've been very grateful for your support.

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LAURIE5658 12/2/2012 10:19AM

    Vic, I cannot convey just how much respect I have for you and the person that you are. I am a great judge of character with spot on intuition and you are one in a million. I feel so lucky to have found you on Spark and THANK YOU for YOUR support and encouragement. I truly appreciate YOU!

Happy running, my friend!


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FANGFACEKITTY 12/2/2012 10:19AM

    Verbalizing is tough and not for everyone. In real life I am an introverted prickly pear. My true friends & family accept that; those that have problems with it...well, it's more their problem than mine.

Saying "thank you" is easy. Or it is easy if your parents were anything like mine, pounding politeness into me or else emoticon

Truly appreciating and conveying that appreciation is a lot harder to do, on many levels.

Only the strong are saps! emoticon equals emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/2/2012 10:17AM

    I totally understand what you are saying. My SP friends have helped me so much! By nature I'm a loner and I like it that way but here I feel much more comfortable opening up and interacting with others than in my f2f world. And the opportunity to meet, even if online, people from all over the world is awesome and to find out how alike we are. A few of them I've gotten the chance to meet f2f that I never would have met outside of here and they are truly wonderful friends. 2 in particular come to mind. I am so grateful for this site and the people here too.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 12/2/2012 10:14AM

    I so understand you, Vic; I am the same way. I would rather read a book than plan a party for a group of friends. But since I am not face to face with is easier to come out of my shell and send a word of encouragement to my spark friends.

I got in my 6 miler and now I will do a couple of much needed chores and then the sofa and Lifetime Movie channel it is for me. They are showing Christmas theme sappy movies all day until Christmas.

Thanks for being you. emoticon

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DAISYBELL6 12/2/2012 10:05AM

    This is the season for being sappy. and it was much appreciated!

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    Good for you. It's nice to feel that way isn't it? Enjoy it.


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SPARKABELLA13 12/2/2012 9:35AM

    Well done ... I'm sure your friends/supporters will appreciate your effort.


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