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Couch to 5K Running

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

This is a call out to Baileys70F9 blog, thanks for the introduction I'm spreading the website. Hope you don't mind.

There is a really neat website that helps newbies to running. Thankfully I have a hubby that is a runner (for about 15-20 years!) and he is my trainer. But for those of you whom need a little assistance, I think this is a wonderful website to learn how to run. There are ipod podcasts (also available through iphone app) that have music that change the BPM to tell you when to walk and when to run. Some tell you to slow down and/or run while other podcasts just change the music. The podcasts are free to download and I think they would be wonderful for anything that needs some music to add to a running plan or looking to start running. You will enjoy being a runner - I know I am! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/4/2009 1:10PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan and the site you mentioned great, if you have an ipod or phone. I don't have either, but it is a great source for those who do.

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Thanksgiving 5K Run

Monday, November 02, 2009

My newest addiction is running outdoors. It is a hard exercise to keep on top of, especially since the temperatures are getting much lower in the Northern states where I live. To focus on the goal of a healthy lifestyle, I have decided that my husband (aka my running partner) and I are going to have a 5K run this year on Thanksgiving morning - sun, rain, or buckets of snow. We are now in training for the holidays and are really excited about starting something that will keep us going. We are making up a few cute posters to place on the fridge and for our front door. We walk past these two things the most so it is the perfect motivational for the future month to get ready.

emoticon Any suggestions for a prize for who wins?

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3CATSLEP 11/2/2009 8:22PM

    That is so cool! Take some pics of your posters so we can see :) emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/2/2009 1:07PM

    How fun! What a great way to motivate yourself during the Holidays.

As to a prize for the winner, hmmm, well you could do something like the winner gets a massage from the loser or gets to plan the day and the loser has to do whatever the winner wants for the entire day.
Good luck & have fun!

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RUNWILD64 11/2/2009 11:13AM

    Good luck on the 5K! My first Turkey Trot was last year and like you, I'm going to do this years come rain or snow. It sure makes me feel less guilty about overeating on Thanksgiving.

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JCJSKI5645 11/2/2009 11:06AM

    Good luck on the 5K!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/2/2009 10:57AM

    The winner has to wash the dishes??? That way he'll want you to win and you probably wash the dishes anyway!

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Leftover Candy: Suggestions

Friday, October 30, 2009

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Each year there is always this nagging feeling that the leftover candy must be eaten. Thankfully I do not care for chocolate (I know, gasp) but other sugary, calorie filled candy I do. So, my plan that I have kept to for the last few years is to: emoticon

1. The last child that comes to my door, I tend to throw in the entire stash of candy. The child is more than thrilled and I get rid of the candy. This only works if there are children though.
2. Package all the candy up and sending it with my husband to his work. He needs to gain a few pounds so he can eat some at work and I am safe from the temptation.
3. Some years I do not purchase candy but get little treats such as packages of stickers, rings or little toys. This is great for my temptations and also for the children, why help increase obesity in children. It is guaranteed that I will not eat the treats and leftovers will go to my thrilled nieces. It's a win-win situation!

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3CATSLEP 10/30/2009 10:43PM

    That sounds like a very good plan! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/30/2009 1:00PM

    Great ideas. If we get candy this year, it's going to my DH's office. Not that he needs it, he just has a larger office and it's out of my reach.

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SKYEFYR 10/30/2009 9:38AM

  My stepson is in Iraq. We will be shipping any extra halloween candy to him to share with his friends over there. (We've already sent him some, but I figure this is the easiest way to get rid of the rest!)

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THE_JULES1 10/30/2009 9:25AM

    My family is in shock that I did not buy Halloween candy this year. We never get trick or treaters. My driveway is too long and scary for most people to attempt it.
So I didn't buy any. Even my hubby said that it didn't seem like Halloween this year. Oh well. They will get over it!
I did think about getting the little toy surprises for my niece and for my best friend's kids. But I just decided to for go treats of any kind this year.

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Calories vs. Me

Friday, October 30, 2009

Anyone else feeling the same way as I am today? Nasty little calories = just go away!!! I have been really trying to change up my calories and exercise plan to adjust to the weight that I want to lose this year. I have a plan of losing around ten pounds before my birthday on December 10th. Will this be possible? Medical journals suggest that people can lose up to two pounds in one week while still being a healthy track to their success. I am never lost two pounds in one week, minus my starvation methods in college. I'm not about to go back to getting around 500 calories a day and exercising two hours in the gym. So, anyone have any suggestions? I have to work off around 6,400 a week! This sounds like an amazing amount seeing that I have been working off only about half that amount lately with running and keeping active. With a 1800 calorie a day goal, I'm not able to reduce that amount anytime soon since I believe I need the energy to workout. I wish to lose the weight by myself and not with any paid plan, money is tight for everyone right. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciative! emoticon emoticon

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SKYEFYR 10/30/2009 9:35AM

  Heart Rate Monitors are a great way to track how many calories you burn. I would suggest investing in one and discovering what workouts burn the most and put extra effort into those. For me, there are a couple Jillian Micheals videos that burn about 350 calories. Walking burns off less. So when I have only a limited time, I do the video.

Maximize your time with your workouts. Extend the ones that burn the most. And good luck. I think I've only lost 2 lbs in 1 week once, when I started a diet after not dieting in a couple years.

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BREW99 10/30/2009 9:02AM

    Thanks SEEMOMMYRUN09!! I might be able to start adding more steps. I don't really watch television but maybe I can add more into my daily schedule. I'll have to dust off that pedometer...

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SEEMOMMYRUN09 10/30/2009 8:45AM

    a few ideas :)

- add more steps... if you don't wear a pedometer, get one :)
- exercise during commercials... you hardly have enough time to get sweaty but it helps!
- park farther away from EVERYTHING

Good luck!

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Nix Soy Protein Before Runs

Friday, October 30, 2009

Yesterday I learned a very important lesson about running, never drink a soy protein shake 15 minutes before a run. Lately I have been getting into running like a crazy woman each day. I love the feeling of running and enjoying the weather but I seem to lose energy about half way through my run. So, I read that runners tend to drink or eat something about 15 minutes before a run to get enough energy to go the distance. Unfortunately I found out that this doesn't work for just anyone- learned it the hardest way! I got cramps about one mile into my run with my husband. Having lower stomach and chest cramps were not the pleasant energy I was looking to receive while running. So, a lesson learned for the day! After spending a night trying to recover in pain, I am planning on another run tonight.


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