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Never hungry on the River Concerto

Friday, December 21, 2012

Back in the USA! A wonderful trip exploring the Christmas Markets along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam, marred only by the horrible news from Connecticut.

After sleeping for 12 hours, I had my regular breakfast of peanut butter on ww toast with OJ and coffee.

This is what the breakfast buffet looked like on the River Concerto.


I began each day with lots of fresh fruit, yogurt, oat cereal, scrambled eggs and cheese and a few strips of bacon. I avoided the pastries, pancakes, waffles, syrups, deli meats and assorted sausages. With all the fresh citrus available, there was no need for my morning orange juice either.

Lunch and Dinner were from the menu:
Appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert with a salad and pasta buffet available as alternatives or additions. I always included salad (so many types of fresh vegetables and fruit!!), but I skipped the pasta. More on this tomorrow.

This was an amazing AND healthy trip. I gained only 2 pounds and I bet some of that is due to the salty airplane food on the way home. Now it’s time to get back to real life. No one to ask if “Madame would like more coffee” Sigh!

  
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MJZHERE 12/22/2012 2:29PM

  Good job! I am glad you had a good time and are safely home.

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DAWN14163 12/22/2012 9:39AM

    Welcome home! I'm pleased you enjoyed seeing a bit of Europe. I'm loving the weather here in Orlando but struggling to find healthy options on the menu......sort of expected that though!!!

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KANOE10 12/22/2012 9:24AM

    What a wonderful trip and so fun to be waited on. I think only gaining two pounds was great!

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GREENGENES 12/21/2012 8:29PM

    What an awesome trip.

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JESSICABOOTY 12/21/2012 3:55PM

    Sounds like a fantastic trip. The food was a challenge but I think you did great. And you are so right about airplane food. 100% salt. Glad you made it back safe and sound.
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WILSONWR 12/21/2012 3:38PM

    Good for you - eating healthy while on vacation! I hope you had a great time.

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DEBBY4576 12/21/2012 3:25PM

    I'm thrilled you had such a trip of a lifetime!!! I am REALLY glad you hardly gained anything. You HAD to have been really really good. Congrats on that and glad you are back.

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LOLATURTLE 12/21/2012 1:56PM

    Welcome back!!

Sounds amazing!! Well done on keeping the weight in check; I hope we hear more about the amazing sights you got to see!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/21/2012 1:02PM

    I am jealous as well. But it looks like you survived the buffets, which are minefields for people like me.

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BOILHAM 12/21/2012 12:35PM

    So jealous! But, glad you had a good time and ate healthily.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/21/2012 11:56AM

    Can't believe your cruise is over already! I guess that was one thing I liked best about traveling abroad and cruising--being called "Madame"! Haha!

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LEB0401 12/21/2012 11:36AM

    Lovely!

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Off to Europe

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Today we leave for our cruise - Christmas Markets on the Rhine.

I’m at the bottom of my goal weight range.
I won’t overstuff myself and I won’t drink any alcoholic mixed drinks.

However, I will
Enjoy the local culture – sights, food, wine and beer
Run a few miles in each country (Switzerland, France, Germany, The Netherlands)
It may be a VERY few since it’s really really cold over there right now.
Visit the boat’s fitness room daily for some treadmill walking.
(small room, too hot to run)
Too cold, too hot – I sound hard to please, don’t I?

I’m taking my tablet so if there’s connectivity, I’ll even try to post.
SP keeps me accountable.

  
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LOLATURTLE 12/10/2012 10:16AM

    OH, I missed this so you may not see until you get back, but have a WONDERFUL trip!!! It sounds lovely. I hope you do get to run a few miles in different countries, how exciting!!

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KANDOLAKER 12/10/2012 8:38AM

    Bon Voyage - and have a fabulous river cruise!! Safe journeys!!

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WILSONWR 12/9/2012 8:17AM

    Have great vacation! It sounds fantastic!

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DAISYBELL6 12/8/2012 9:58PM

    Fantastic! I hope you have a great time.

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DEBBY4576 12/8/2012 8:48PM

    Okay, I'll admit it, I'm jealous. Be sure to take a picture in each place, and post when you return. What a trip of a lifetime.

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BOILHAM 12/8/2012 6:02PM

    Have a great time. I love my Nook Tablet and iPhone for when I am on the go.

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STRIVER57 12/8/2012 4:26PM

    enjoy! it's not quite that cold. not for a New Yorker.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/8/2012 12:26PM

    Enjoy! See you on the flip side!

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ONMYMEDS 12/8/2012 12:16PM

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip. What a neat thing, to run in all of those countries.

Good travels.

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KANOE10 12/8/2012 8:44AM

    Have a wonderful trip. I am excited for you. I take my IPAD when I travel to keep accountable also. Good for yu being at the bottom of your weight range.
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FITFOODIE806 12/8/2012 8:22AM

    Enjoy! Europe at Christmas time is beautiful. Europe at any time is beautiful! I love the buildings and streets and colors. Have a fabulous trip.

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SWEDE_SU 12/8/2012 7:50AM

    have a wonderful trip! enjoy!

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TINAJANE76 12/8/2012 7:46AM

    Hope you have a fantastic time. Schöne Reise!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/8/2012 7:00AM

    Have a great time! Bon voyage!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/8/2012 6:58AM

    Have a great cruise!

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Change has to come from within

Friday, December 07, 2012

I began writing this awhile ago as yet another whine about living with someone who doesn’t share our healthy lifestyle goals. I’m referring of course to my 45 year marriage to the junk food king. Then he had a physical, his first in 3 years. His numbers are not horrible, but not the direction you want to be heading at age 68.

My original point was that all we can do is model healthy behavior and hang out here for support when those around us don't provide it.

However, sometimes an outside push or wake-up call is helpful. Without saying anything to me, I notice DH making some subtle changes. I spied him getting on the scale. Hmm.

A few weeks ago I wrote that he actually gave away a package of cupcakes. Just this week I found him reading my book “Eat This not That.” He even commented on the calorie/nutrition content of a “Bloomin Onion.”

Perhaps, this is the start of a long term trend? Or maybe it’s just some early damage control for our upcoming cruise. Either way, it’s a welcome change of direction.

  
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LOLATURTLE 12/10/2012 10:13AM

    I know that so well from first hand experience! For so many years *I* was the person who wasn't ready to change, or at least not ready to hear what was necessary to change!

My husband doesn't have the healthiest habits either. He's not overweight currently, but he doesn't eat well. Some days he'll eat large portions of high calorie foods (entire pizza!) and then other days he barely eats anything. He says this is how his hunger works though (the days he doesn't eat much he just isn't really hungry) so I don't nag him about it.

I am thankful for one thing: He'll eat whatever I put in front of him, so if I cook a healthy meal with big portions of vegetables, that's what he eats!!

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MANDELOVICH 12/8/2012 7:14AM

    I too am married to a junk food king. And sadly, things are not going well for him. I'm soooo... happy to read that your husband is starting to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle!

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JESSICABOOTY 12/7/2012 7:35PM

    Either way, it's moving in the right direction. And if he's reading and commenting then the wheels must be spinning. And, of course, your example is the best thing that can happen to him. Give yourself a pat on the back.
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TINAJANE76 12/7/2012 4:43PM

    Good for your DH and good for you for leading by example. He can only benefit from the wisdom you've accumulated from your experiences living a healthy lifestyle. Great stuff.

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MJZHERE 12/7/2012 3:00PM

  Encouragement goes a long way (learned that as a third grade teacher). Was taught to teach discipline by picking out and encouraging those who were doing right rather than harping on the wrongs ("look at Mary waiting so quietly" rather than "shut up, Tom"). It never ceased to amaze me how the kids misbehaving would fall over themselves trying to copy "Mary" the one being praised. When I did point out negative behavior it usually led to a power struggle (seldom changed behavior). In our adult lives, as an example (and usually a "quiet" example), we can do a lot more to change behavior than we know.

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CELIAMINER 12/7/2012 10:09AM

    Good for your DH! We make our changes on our own timelines, and it sounds as if the time is right for him.

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BOILHAM 12/7/2012 8:47AM

    When Junk Food King meets Health Nut Queen if can be intimidating. Seems like he's taking some baby steps in your direction. Encourage him. But. Be subtle. We don't like being told what to do.

Have you asked him if he'd like to go for a short walk with you? That could be a nice warm up for your training run, so you'd both benefit. My DWs slow paced runs were a great way for us to be together before I continued on for my longer runs.

Take my suggestions with a grain of salt, my DW says women don't like to be given solutions, or even advice. They just want us to listen.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/7/2012 8:40AM

    Bill and I have been together for 13 years, and I haven't always been the health food queen during that time. But I did seriously change my eating and fitness behaviors when I joined SparkPeople, and it has had a gradual impact on him. When he read "Wheat Belly," the change was dramatic. Now if I could only get him to quit smoking and using that heavy cream in recipes! As you say, change has to come from within.

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DEBBY4576 12/7/2012 8:28AM

    Reminds me of the day my husband gave up Diet Coke. He read about it on line. What? I'd been off it 3 years, and told him everything he'd read. Another reminder that each of us is responsible for ourselves only. AND...Living a healthy lifestyle ourselves may be why they finally change theirs, even if it's just a little at a time.

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KANOE10 12/7/2012 7:52AM

    I hope your husband moves in a healthy direction. It is hard to watch someone making poor choices, but like you say, it must come from within. Those tiny signs you see are good ones.

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WILSONWR 12/7/2012 7:08AM

    Glad to hear it. It just takes the right "wake up" call to get started.

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MCSWIGAN 12/7/2012 6:42AM

    Sounds like he may be headed in the right direction! Good luck!

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“Anti-Mugger” speed and distance

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Yesterday I wrote about my innate sense of “good enough.” I should also add that I try to train so that I CAN hit another level when I need or want to. I refer to this pace as “escape the mugger” speed. There’s another gear in reserve. I know it’s there because occasionally I’ll take off with the field in a race and not realize until the 1 mile mark that it was a personal record mile. That’s not smart in a race, but in case of danger, that’s when to give it all you’ve got.

Growing up in Brooklyn I was taught early on to minimize my chances of being a victim.
I learned to:
Walk confidently and with purpose
Not walk close to buildings or parked cars
Avoid known dangerous areas
Be aware of my surroundings

Even now I never listen to music when walking/running outdoors.

My Mom told me to sing when walking home from the bus stop at night.
“Muggers never bother anyone acting STRANGE!” LOL

I don’t know if any of this was responsible, but fortunately, I never had to deal with a mugger. However, my daughter did. When in college and out running on a Sunday morning, a guy got out of a parked car and grabbed her. She fought him off and ran to the 7/11 for help, returned with the police and they caught the guy.

So along with my “good enough” reasonable pace, I also do interval training and strength training too. I know there’s no way to be 100% victim-proof, but I want to give myself every chance I can. I’m not naïve. I know I’m not faster and stronger than your average criminal, but maybe the extra effort needed can discourage him.

It’s the same mindset that makes me lock the deadbolt on my door. I can’t stop a determined burglar, but if I make his job more difficult, maybe he’ll decide it’s not worth the time and trouble.

In any case, I want to do what I can for my health and also for my own safety.

Be careful out there!

(Thank you to LOLATURTLE whose comment on yesterday’s blog entry prompted my topic this morning.)

Edit: There’s one more time I’ll go for that higher gear. If in the last tenth of a mile before the finish line, I see a woman who looks like she’s in my age group, then you’ll really see me kick it in. I really do like to win stuff.

  
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WOLFKITTY 12/6/2012 10:18PM

    Absolutely! This week I ran in my neighborhood at night for the first time, no music, just me and (the darker and quieter than I anticipated) night.

I tried to do all you suggested. One other thing is to not get too distracted by your cell phone or other tracking device as you run. I didn't have music, but I was trying to get my GPs to work on my return part of the lap and I nearly ran into someone. I realized what a dumb move that was, so I was on an even higher alert when I was almost home and a car stopped on the dark road ahead-- I went down a street that was more like a normal neighborhood and let them think I was walking home. By the time I circled back around they were gone.

But then right as I was crossing the last street home, a pickup stopped in teh middle of the road in front of me! The guy rolled down his window and asked how to get to the hospital (on the same road, but with a dead end in between). Even though his request was seemingly valid, I kept my eyes on him the whole time and kept almost 200 yards between us, stayed on alert. He drove away and I jogged around the corner back to my house quickly.

One of my fears about getting smaller is that I might be more of a target for people wanting to hurt me. But then again I have to remember that I'll be more nimble and stronger. Plus all of the other benefits. ;)

Take care!
Jocelyn

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JESSICABOOTY 12/6/2012 7:16PM

    Thanks for all the great ideas. I plan to put some of them in action. The "Brooklyn Effect" is good for all places. You just never know. You'd like to think the best of people but at the same time realize that the feeling may not be mutual - and think fast! When I lived alone I was always, and still am, very careful of my surroundings. Better to be cautious.
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KANDOLAKER 12/6/2012 2:08PM

    Great advice - you are a smart lady!! Be prepared - always a great idea!!

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CELIAMINER 12/6/2012 11:32AM

    Such a good reminder! I don't wear ear buds when I am walking or jogging because I want to be able to hear traffic approaching from behind, and I want to maintain my situational awareness without distraction. However, recently I've been considering listening to music...perhaps I need to rethink that.

I've had a couple of scares along the way, one with two guys who kept driving around the block or turning around to "follow" me as I walked. I gradually ramped up my speed to a jog and kept switching sides of the street to the opposite of where they were until I finally got to an area with more traffic, and they went away. The other was in the St. Louis airport parking garage, where I saw a man approaching my car in a strange manner. He faced straight toward the terminal, but he was angling toward me. I jumped out of the car and RAN into the terminal. It could have been nothing, but I was taking no chances.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/6/2012 11:08AM

    I'm glad your daughter was able to fight back and got away safe, plus she managed to help the police catch the guy so someone else doesn't have to deal with him.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/6/2012 10:57AM

    Good advice! And it's a way to have fun while running.

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STRIVER57 12/6/2012 9:46AM

    i try to pay attention and i try to be careful where and when i run ... but i don't think i could or would run without music.

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WILSONWR 12/6/2012 8:50AM

    Another great blog - and I liked your added edit!

I once came upon a scene in the Washington DC mall area where a man was pulling a $5 bill from a sleeping man's pocket. I told the man to put the money back. He said he didn't take anything (I saw him put the bill in his pocket). I told him once more to give it back, but he denied it again. I put my hand in his pocket to retreive the bill, and he suddenly said, "I've got a gun." Talk about adrenaline kicking in! I wrapped my arms around the guy tightly and tried to search him as best as I could under the circumstances. He had no gun, though, and I gave the $5 bill back to the gentleman that was sleeping. The other man took off running. After that incident, I was trembling for an hour, thanking how foolish I had been and how lucky I was. I guess I was a little naive, but I just couldn't see letting him get away with that. Today I try to think out things a little better before I act, and I try to be much more aware of my surroundings. It's a shame we live in a world where there are those that want to hurt others, but we have to be prepared.

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SPEEDYDOG 12/6/2012 7:22AM

    Wow! What a blog! When your are being chased you probably have a couple more gears you haven't used yet. Very scary about your daughter being attacked. I am so glad that had a happy ending.

I personally love speed training. It is that distance stuff that I have to work on!

I am a pretty big guy and was an offensive lineman in college. Yet, I know I am not victim proof. My son, James, was on offensive lineman for Colorado State and is quite a bit larger than me. Someone tried to mug him using a knife! My son stupidly disarmed his attacker. My wife was chased by a guy that came out of a parked car just like your daughter. My wife escaped. My wife is a speedy little thing and my son has reactions like a cat and bone crushing strength.

Thanks for such a thoughtful blog.

Bruce

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SUZYMOBILE 12/6/2012 7:14AM

    There's an excellent reason to "push"! I've got a black belt in taekwondo, but I have no illusions about being able to fight off someone bigger, faster, or more well armed than I. I try to remain aware, carry my cell phone tuned to my Attack Alarm app, and am prepared to scream my head off in a most unladylike way if necessary. Dogs and bears are a whole 'nother story. Luckily there are no bears here.

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How good is “good enough"?

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I want to be healthy, active and fit. I want to make my grandchildren proud, but how I feel at the end of the race, or workout or even at the end of the day matters to me too.

I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m about to drop dead. I once said that my goal is to be able to smile for the camera at the finish line.

So how hard do I push when I see the finish line ahead? I’ve been told that I don’t “leave it all out there.” When you see me happily running around after the race is over, talking to anyone who will listen to me, I understand where people get that idea.

I think I’m a competitive person. I want to do well. I even want to win stuff, but I have this innate sense of “good enough.”

My weight is “good enough” (right in the middle of recommended BMI).
My running pace is “good enough.” I’m not any slower than I was 25 years ago, so I guess that counts as improvement.
My weekly mileage is “good enough” (15-25 miles per week)
My run/walk ratio is “good enough. Even at my best, I walk 1 minute in every mile even though I could push through. I sip water, wipe my nose and check my heart rate (I am a senior citizen, you know). In Saturday’s 5K (32:15) I walked a total of 8 minutes. It’s a tough course.

Come to think of it, this attitude extends to other areas of my life as well.
When out and about and need to eat, I’ll choose Subway. It’s not perfect, but “good enough.”
When there’s absolutely nothing in the fridge to cook for dinner, I’ll choose a Healthy Choice steamer. Again, for me, “good enough”
I don’t beat myself up about lack of planning either although I will resolve to update that grocery list.

Probably this also explains why I never had or will have a perfect body. I never was or will be an adult champion athlete either although I was pretty good as a kid.

There’s only one problem with “good enough.” As society lowers its expectations of what’s possible to achieve in weight and level of fitness, am I just buying into the false self esteem?

I’ve written before about how vanity sizing in clothes, bigger dishes, bigger furniture and supersizing of portions have distorted what we think of as normal. A whole generation is growing up thinking that there’s something wrong with women who wear size 0-2-4. That’s what healthy weight women used to wear, but it was called sizes 8-10-12. That group includes Marilyn Monroe!

There are even “age graded” calculators for race times. Based on my age and gender my 32:15 translates to a 24:02. That makes me feel good, but doesn’t alter reality.

“Good enough” is absolutely fine with me as long as I don’t deny reality or define “good” as the lowest common denominator. Maybe I can be better than I am? I wish I had considered this 30 years ago.

I wrote the above post before reading the following article.

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Scary title – “One Running Shoe in the Grave” Yet upon reading it carefully, I think this is one more sensational attempt to make me feel good about not putting in too much effort. The article contains relevant research about the VERY FITTEST OLDER ENDURANCE ATHLETES! 99.9% of us are NOT in that category. More than 30 years of sub 8 min/mile pace and more than 25 miles per week? Is anybody here in that group?

Often after weight loss women hear “you don’t want to be anorexic do you?” I hope the title of this article doesn’t become another excuse to justify sitting on the couch.

  
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SARAWALKS 12/6/2012 11:12PM

    Yay you! I like LOLATURTLE AND MJZHERE's comments. And I thought the article made sense. I think the main point was, listen to your own body and don't get caught up in attaining a goal for the goal's sake. Keep it in perspective. I am on the top edge of my healthy BMI and I'd like to be a bit more in the center, but I want to keep enjoying running even as I get stronger and faster. I don't really long to do marathons...so like CELLISTA I need to push myself a bit more when I can. At age 67, with strong tendencies to read a lot, I'm not really in danger of endangering myself...more of not challenging myself. But I hear what they are saying. and I think it's an important message for some. YOU sound like you are in a very good place. emoticon

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JESSICABOOTY 12/6/2012 7:22PM

    I admire your take on "good enough". Who's to say what "enough" is and how does "good" get into the mix? It's taken me a long time to tune out defeating inner messages in favor of more realistic ones. You wouldn't be so hard on a friend so why send hate messages to yourself? I'm becoming more comfortable in my own body and that's good enough for me.
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MIRAGE727 12/6/2012 2:18PM

    Here's my bottom line. I don't really care about what everyone's measurement of success is. Society has such twisted values now that I really don't give any a second thought. I focus on ME and MY journey! Every time, I race, I try to beat my best time. I weigh everyday. I know what my go-to meals are. I'm not bored. I fuel clean. Because that's the way I roll. My success stands alone. If you are "good" about what you do, that's cool. If you aren't, set small challenges for yourself. A little at a time and increasing it slowly will go a long way. Thanks for sharing and all the best!
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CELLISTA1 12/6/2012 11:07AM

    It's funny, your blog made me realize something exactly opposite to you. I often whine (in my head) that whatever I do is "never enough." After reading your blog and the comments, I thought "Wait a minute. What I do really isn't enough!" That's why it's always the same old whine. For me to get to "good enough" I have to work a little harder!

Clearly, that "good enough" place is different for everybody. The point being that awareness, wisdom, judgment, and maturity are involved.

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STRIVER57 12/6/2012 9:53AM

    i think we all have different standards for good enough and they vary according to lots of factors. i run faster at 61 than i did 30 years ago ... because i didn't run until i was 59! and i'd like to be a bit faster ... but just a bit (well actually the goal is a 2:25-30 half in florence, to not get swept up. we shall see). i wanna feel i worked at it. and am constantly surprised at how good working at it feels.

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BOILHAM 12/6/2012 6:55AM

    I read a bit of that article, then skimmed the rest. I am suspicious of articles like this. Writers these days seem to spin everything to get the effect they desire from the reader. It's not reporting, it's spinning. I bet someone could take the time and easily write a contradictory article to this writer's article, citing other doctors and opinions of different so called experts. So, call me a curmudgeon, I don't trust much of what I read or hear unless I verify it myself with additional evidence.
Good enough is good enough. I wrote a blog about that not long ago. It has been speculated thay my "good enough" is at a higher standard than the average person's good enough. Maybe. I suspect your good enough is better than good enough as well.


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SLENDERELLA61 12/5/2012 7:23PM

    Interesting blog! I find it very hard to find good enough. Sounds like you really are doing great. Did you say you run as fast as you did 25 years ago? That sounds amazingly more than good enough!!

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DEBBY4576 12/5/2012 6:23PM

    I loved this blog. What you are is moderate in all things. As long as you stay moderate, you won't change with what is accepted sizes now days or stop eatting meat because of new research (that changes later). I love you!!! Hee hee. I think with age comes much wisdom. And.....I refuse to be old. I don't feel old, and I eat right, and well....I'm just good enough like you and dang proud of it.

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MJZHERE 12/5/2012 10:19AM

  Everything tends to have two sides - and the other one to this is for things to never be good enough (no matter what which leads to discontent). Reality check for you is that you stay in the middle -"right in the middle of the bmi range." Though society may continue to adapt, helping to lead us to reality denial, my body continues to tell me the truth - it isn't happy carrying extra weight.

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LOLATURTLE 12/5/2012 9:34AM

    Thank you for the comment on my page! Your blogs are always great.

This one is very thought provoking! I think your good enough is in fact good enough. Echoing what others have said - it's common sense, and your "good enough" is well above what society is increasingly accepting as normal. You are healthy and active, and I feel doing that in a way that makes you happy is, well, the right way to do it!

I think the important thing is, you know you COULD push yourself further athletically - for competition or prizes or what have you. But for fitness you enjoy that keeps you healthy, your running pace, weight, etc., works for you. You're not selling yourself short, you're choosing who and where you want to be, and there's nothing wrong with that. We don't all want to or need to be top tier competitive athletes to be healthy and active.

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KANDOLAKER 12/5/2012 9:11AM

    You have a great talent in writing!! I need to print and keep this one - your "good enough" is way, way above the average. Great inspiration!!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/5/2012 8:45AM

    Well, that was a sobering article, but I don't think I'd want to stay on the couch instead of walking 5-6 miles a day. I love my walking! Guess I'm in denial about it putting me one foot in the grave. On the other hand, I don't think it quite falls in the ultramarathon category or even in the same category as your awesome 5K time! "Good enough" is, in this sense, good enough for me.

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NANNABLACK 12/5/2012 7:58AM

    I needed to read this this week!! Thank you!

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FITFOODIE806 12/5/2012 7:51AM

    I love your blogs. Thanks for sharing this.
The published study clearly does have an agenda. I'm glad the author makes it clear that many disagree with the findings.
My dad has been running for 30 years. An endurance athlete by some standards since he's run 15 marathons. But to others, that's not a lot. Recently he had an angiogram and the heart surgeon said he had an "athlete's heart" clear arteries and strong heart. I like that research!

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TINAJANE76 12/5/2012 7:36AM

    I'm also often content to be "good enough." I know I'm a long way from my old obese self so I don't need to kill myself to reach a weight or level of fitness that's impossible to attain without resorting to drastic measures. I'm happy, healthy and feel reasonably confident about the way I look. That suits me just fine!

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WILSONWR 12/5/2012 6:56AM

    You have a very good "common sense" approach to fitness and running. Although I was never supposed to run again, I'm still not happy at only being able to run a mile in a little under 10 minutes. I guess I still remember the day I ran a mile in 5:25 in military Basic Training while wearing combat boots! I just need to be satisfied that I am running again and becoming much more healthy. A little competiveness is good, but sometimes I push too hard. I guess I need to remember that I am 60 now - I should be able to let up just a little (ha!).

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COCK-ROBIN 12/5/2012 6:40AM

    Very good! I'm proud of you.

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