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Runners...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A good blog, share-worthy. I'm learning this, and I'm grateful for it.
blog.oregonlive.com/runoregon
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Everywhere I see runners, I'm checking them out - I'm not judging, but I'm looking at what they're wearing ('Oh, neat hat!' or 'I need to get some capris') and how they're running ('Such long strides, will I ever be able to stride like that?') and the weather and in general thinking "You go on runner. Run. Good for you!"

I was passed several times on Saturday by other runners, and I hope they had those kinds of thoughts, too. Just run...
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DITZYCHICK 1/27/2011 4:34PM

    Oh, I really loved that article! I'm a new runner...not something I ever thought I'd do, and I find that I really like it!!! (BTW...I DID THAT!!!) I'm so new though, that I have yet to experience being passed by other runners on the trail. Wish I could say it's because I'm that fast, but no...it's just because I haven't been out there too much yet and just haven't seen too many other runners out and about at the same time as me. I've been secretly dreading the day when other runners do end up on the trail with me and pass me like I'm standing still...and they will. I truly hope they have the same traits as YOU and as the great team of runners in the article.

This is so encouraging...if all runners are this wonderful, then that must be the reason that I was tempted to give it a try! Thank you so much for the link!
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HEALING_LORI 1/27/2011 10:46AM

    Thanks again Candy! From one runner to another.... Keep up the GREAT work! You are my inspiration to RUN emoticon

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GAYEMC 1/26/2011 6:09PM

    I love seeing other runners and walkers and hope everyone is having a good time. And it puts a smile on my face.

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ANNESYLVIA 1/26/2011 8:44AM

    Wow, running is your love! Is it not? It is right? You write with passion when it comes to your running. I am happy you found your niche. Enjoy!

Anne

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REALLY_ROBIN 1/25/2011 11:43PM

  Thanks for sharing that blog. You are doing great and will become a great runner, long strides and all! Each day we are putting one more piece in oue puzzle, and when we are done we are going to have an amazing picture and life! Hugs and love...Robin

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RIGBY31 1/25/2011 11:13PM

    Good, positive thoughts being put out there by you! Makes life a lot more pleasant.

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LMLOPEZ 1/25/2011 8:54PM

    Way to go-I still see runners and think "good for them", it's still cold here and I don't feel like a runner but I still will run. Love where you are!!

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MRSBENNETT2 1/25/2011 7:52PM

    I've always thought it's all about getting out there and just DOING something good for yourself - and anyone worth their salt that is further along the fitness journey ought to recognise another's journey. So good for you!

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ADESSO1234 1/25/2011 7:33PM

  Thanks for sharing that- I really enjoyed it :)

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/25/2011 6:26PM

    Thanks for the post. I really enjoyed it. I think you are right on with your comments about running as well. I am a 'slow fat runner' and have many times been passed by others who take a moment to push me on with a 'good job' or 'keep going, you can do it'. I'll never be a fast lithe runner but it doesn't stop me from dreaming of such and the smallest fun and encouraging comment by a speedster feels so good. Keep up your running!

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Sunday recap..

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I thought I'd do a bit of a weekly wrap-up to help put in front of me my efforts, and their pay off.

Sunday, 01/09 - Rest day

Monday, 01/10
KettleWorx - 10 min.
Run 3.0 mi - 46 min.

Tuesday, 01/11
KettleWorx - 20 min.
Elliptical - 30 min.

Wednesday, 01/12
KettlleWorx - 20 min.
Run 3.5 mi - 55 min.

Thursday, 01/13
KettleWorx - 20 min.

Friday, 01/14
Run 4 mi - 60 min.

Saturday, 01/15
KettleWorx - 20 min.

That's 291 fitness minutes, and 3,341 calories burned. I went from 236 last Saturday to 232.2 this Saturday.

I just impressed myself LOL Wow! Now I'm wishing I would have had an extra 9 minutes.

That also decides for me that even though Sunday is supposed to be a rest day, I'll do a little something today. Even a nice easy session of yoga would do nicely to round up my minutes for this coming week.

I plan on this coming week to be a basic carbon copy of last week. I'm doing the KettleWorx 6-week program, which is 3 sessions a week, Cardio, Core, and Resistence. There are three extra DVDs to spread out through out the main workouts as well. I should likely add back in my ST as well, to avoid neglecting that aspect as much as I have.

My lesson for the week - trust the process, do the work, because obviously it pays off, and it feels fantastic!
Spark On!
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 1/23/2011 12:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon How absolutely wonderful on your weight loss this week!!! And those fitness minutes! Great! I have to get some strength training into my own routine. I want you to know that this is the first month I have ever even thought about how many fitness minutes I have. This is due to the blog you did about having 10,000 by the end of the year. I'm doing pretty good at getting in 50-60 mins. 5 days a week of walking on my Wii Walk It Out game, but I need to add in the strength training so the muscle can earn it's keep by burning off the extra fat. I'm so proud of you for working up to a great fitness routine. You're an inspiration to so many, especially me! emoticon emoticon emoticon You're kicking a$$!

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COOKWITHME65 1/22/2011 12:05PM

    You are doing so good. emoticon

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GAYLEP67 1/21/2011 12:27AM

    You continue to be so inspirational Candy. emoticon, emoticon, and emoticon!!

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GESNERAMOR 1/19/2011 3:19PM

    clap-clap-clap-clap-clap-clap-clap-
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AMYSNEWSPARK 1/18/2011 10:04PM

    Wow! You are literally working your butt off. What an awesome job! I am so proud of you. Keep it up. I can't wait to see this week's results.


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JANICEMC 1/18/2011 2:28PM

    Great job! Hard work pays off!

Is KettleWorx the name of the routine? I'm looking for a good kettle bell DVD.

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/17/2011 8:29PM

    I am so very thrilled for you. All that hard work is really paying off. It sounds like your energy level just keeps growing and growing as well. You are an amazing example for us all. Thanks for sharing.

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MRSBENNETT2 1/17/2011 2:47PM

    Wow! Can you come visit me and bring some inspiration to mix it up a little??? You are making some fabulous, impressive results for yourself!!

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HEALING_LORI 1/17/2011 12:09PM

    You got it....whhaahooo! emoticon Keep on rockin' it Candy... You are emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/17/2011 11:49AM

    Wow, that is a committed fitness schedule! And your weight loss is tremendous, too. Hmmm.. I see a trend where fitness + eating right = weight loss. Hmmm, I get it!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/17/2011 9:38AM

    You really do prove the process works!love ya!
I still would love if you let me know more about kettle bell (ball?) workouts. I have them at the gym but like I mentioned I leary about swinging around a heavy object near my head and other.


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REALLY_ROBIN 1/16/2011 7:47PM

  Wow...Candy that's awesome! You go girl!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 1/16/2011 7:21PM

    Great job friend!!!

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HOLLYL7 1/16/2011 5:42PM

    Awesome numbers! emoticon

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GAYEMC 1/16/2011 4:55PM

    Wow, you had a great work out week! And look at that running. I've been reading about kettelbells. Sounds like you like them.

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MTNCLIMBER88 1/16/2011 4:54PM

    Awesome week! I love Kettleworx - it was what I first used when I was starting to get in shape. It works! I didn't get totally defined like the people in the videos, but I certainly gained some muscle/definition and had better cardiopulmonary health. Good for you for sticking with it - it's tough. You rock!!!

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KAREN42BOYS 1/16/2011 4:14PM

    Impressive results! Go, Candy!

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I'm fat.. among other things...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's ok for me to say that, because.. I am. I'm fat. I'm obese. I'm not making a harsh judgement call on myself. It's simply the way I am - at this point in time.

My BMI is 34.8. That's Obese. That's also MUCH better than 42.2, which is what it was when I started this journey.

I embrace that success!

I weigh 235.2 (as of this morning, yay!). That's a huge improvement over 285, my weight when I started.

Awwwwwww-right!

I have 33 more pounds to lose to be only Overweight. I'm excited to reach that milestone! That'll be a BMI of 29.9.

So, why all these declarative statements? I recently joined the Slow Fat Runners team here on SP. A couple of very dear friends worried about my being part of such a group, or at least, a group with that kind of name. I reassured them briefly via a quick message that it was ok to be a part of this team, that it was not a negative in any way. I'm expounding further here.

I am slow. I am fat. I am a runner. The team title just lays it all out without apology or sugar-coating.
Slow Fat Runners
teams.sparkpeople.com/slowfat
runners

815 Members
Even overweight folks can run or walk a 5K to a marathon with pride in their accomplishment and fitness. This team is for us slow, fat athletes for whom winning means finishing the race.

I think that's totally awesome, and I'm slowly investigating the team, the posts, the members, getting a feel for things.

I'm never going to be an ultra-runner. I'm never going to win medals or finish in a top spot in any of the races that I participate in. I'm never going to be svelte or gazelle-like.

That's ok!

I AM going to run. I AM going to participate in and enjoy races. I AM going to continue becoming more healthy, more fit, less fat, less slow.

I'm fat. Yea, so? I am a whole lot more than that. One little three-letter word doesn't define me, stop me, or scare me.

Thank you both for your concern. I DO appreciate it, and love you all the more for it!
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CHAOSTHEORY635 1/24/2011 12:19AM

    congrats on losing so much weight! i bet you feel much better now :)
i'm a slow runner too. i've been doing c25k and have gotten a little better about it, but still don't like running where people can see me! (i have short legs and thus a short stride, plus exercise induced asthma...so i'm not fast at all!) thanks for inspiring me to get out there and run anyway!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 1/22/2011 11:57PM

    I can think of another 3 letter word that starts with F that describes you...FUN! Candy, your enthusiasm, spunk, and charisma comes through in your honest and FUN posts! You aren't slamming yourself in any way. Fat is a descriptor, not a definer the way you are using it. And honey, you're on your way to not even being overweight anymore. I know from experience that doing something you never dreamed you would do can change your perspective on yourself and how you relate to the world around you. Back in 2000 I started walking at a local park on a regular basis. One day I had a revelation after building up my distance to 3 miles a day...I never thought I would be someone who does THIS. It felt so good to identify myself as someone who exercised, who walked 3 miles a day. It was a real shift for me and it helped me lose 70 lbs. I know it is healthy for you to become an active participant on that team. I know you're gonna rock the races you do in the spring. I know you're gonna finish. I know you're gonna beat your own times you set for yourself. You know why? Because you're a slow fat runner. Not a slow fat quitter. A slow. Fat. RUNNER. A runner who knows what she's doing. You go girl! You got this! Mwah!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 1/18/2011 10:10PM

    I'm almost speechless and that doesn't happen to me often. I haven't looked at myself like this but I think I will now. You're awesome!


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/13/2011 11:43AM

    Love your blog! I am always sugar coating things, see that is not your style though. I believe they call that "keeping it real". emoticon Victoria

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BAILEE_GRAVES 1/13/2011 10:44AM

    OMG I can't wait to check out that page!! I'm so anxious to get back running. My first 5K last year sucked big time....BUT I did it; I finished it and that's more than a lot of people did! So you keep it up girlfriend and I'll be right there beside you!!

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GAYEMC 1/12/2011 3:11PM

    Great work on getting your BMI down! And yes, you are a lot more than a 3 letter word!

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    I emoticon your attitude & spunk! emoticon

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LMLOPEZ 1/12/2011 2:34PM

    What a great post. Slow and steady wins the race. It's not how fast you get there, just that we get there. You COULD be svelte, in your own definition!! :)
Besides, you're not fat. You're phat!!
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BIGMAMAT 1/12/2011 1:30PM

    You are a BEAUTIFUL runner!!! awww, Candy, even your name makes me smile!!! emoticon

Sooooo proud of your progress and motivation!!! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/12/2011 11:52AM

    emoticonblog and emoticonprogress so far!
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PAPAMIKIE 1/12/2011 11:52AM

    I started just a little lower than you, at 244 officially, although I was likely a little over that at some point. I lost weight as you are doing, I started running, I am a runner. I put back on 10 pounds from 150 to 160 due to concerns of various family members that I had originally said I would stop at 160. (I slipped below). I am now planning on seeing if I can get that 10 pounds off for the May 2011 Ottawa race weekend. Not a big deal, but I thought I would like to see how it alters things if any.

On interesting fact is I have had more concern expressed that I have lost weight and am 160, and that I run (am in the best shape I have been in 40 years, than I ever got being obese and inactive. Funny how there is some well meaning concern expressed at my making a healthy change, but there was no concern expressed that I was Fat and inactive.

Good running and be careful out there.

Popie


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HALFFAST 1/12/2011 11:42AM

    Great blog!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/12/2011 11:37AM

    Do a marathon or a half and you WILL win a medal! Way to go. emoticon

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 1/12/2011 11:14AM

    You have such a great attitude. Great blog!

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HEALING_LORI 1/12/2011 8:58AM

    Fat and Functional - I love that! So am I... and almost proud to say it! Not proud to be fat, but proud to be fat and active! :) NEVER ever say NEVER Candy.... you taught me that!
I think I'd like to check out the slow fat runners too!

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GESNERAMOR 1/12/2011 7:00AM

    I love this blog! I love that being fat is just functional for you, what a healthy attitude. And I love that you joined slow fat runners. Do they kick you out someday when you aren't fat anymore? emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/11/2011 10:47PM

    Yes! Say it loud, get it out there. It's obviously no secret I'm fat. I think people who are not working in the downward direction may feel sensitive about it. Keeping a positive attitude is over half the battle.

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ANNESYLVIA 1/11/2011 9:16PM

    Actually, I was not ever concerned. I believe I know you well enough to say you know what you are doing.
And I just very recently left the obese category. Now I am just overweight LOL!
You gotta love that! How on earth do people get in healthy category and stay there!!!! My question is with the last category... people who are too under weight? Wow. I don't know whether to be jealous or have apathy for them.

Well, my dear Candy....may I add to the "among other things" You are wonderful!


Anne

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GAILEBEE 1/11/2011 9:03PM

    I'm fat too, the obese category. I appreciate your sharing. It reinforces my determination and knowledge that being obese will be a thing of the past.

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JUSTBIRDY 1/11/2011 6:51PM

    I'm fat too! Glad to meet you!

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 1/11/2011 6:13PM

    Good attitude!

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MRSBENNETT2 1/11/2011 4:48PM

    Yep, we gotta "own" it in order to do something about it...whether it's the numbers on the scale or other life situations. And you are doing a FABULOUS job of taking care of yourself and kicking butt! I'm proud of you!

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MACILINN 1/11/2011 4:46PM

    Awsome blog! I agree with all the other comments. You will never feel so proud of yourself as the day you pass your first finish line, even if it's a slow walk! woohoo for you! I just wrote to someone that ugly feelings bring ugly fat! and I worried that I was gonna affend someone, well hey it's the truth! We are all here to get healthier and shooting for a lower # is a grt way to look at it. Kudos! ~Maci~

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KAREN42BOYS 1/11/2011 2:32PM

    i like all of this blog except for the "i'm never" part. you're still early in your journey. don't assume you'll "never" anything. we athletes keep surprising ourselves, you know!

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REDHEADSRBEST 1/11/2011 2:19PM

  What a great post. I think one thing that holds many of us back from our goals is our failure to acknowledge where we are. Without accepting your starting place, how do you get to where you want to go? I applaud you for embracing the terminology and turning a hurtful word into something positive.

Brava!

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THEMIGHTYLEX 1/11/2011 2:10PM

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REALLY_ROBIN 1/11/2011 1:33PM

  Awesome, Candy. I love your attitude! We should all embrace ourselves alot more!

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/11/2011 1:12PM

    Fantastic blog and great thinking. Why do others have such a hard time with an individual who can see what he/she is and doesn't hide that fact? Does someone who is overweight really not realize it? Or should they not see it? Silly if you ask me. You have taken on a challenge of who and what you are right now, who you were many pounds ago and who and what you will be in the future! Kudos!

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WEEDENMJ 1/11/2011 12:41PM

    Awesome blog! Sometimes it is seeing those truths and saying them outloud that really motivate us. And you are more than just 3 little words.

You have made great progress so far,keep up the good work!!!

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GAYLEP67 1/11/2011 12:15PM

    OMG Candy! Awesome blog and I know exactly what you mean. People often cringe when I refer to myself as fat or obese but I'm simply calling a spade a spade. I call it "owning who I am".

FYI...you can bet your bottom dollar that we all think you're more than that too!!!

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MTNCLIMBER88 1/11/2011 12:15PM

    You are so strong...and so awesome :) Thanks for this blog, I really enjoyed reading it; you have come so far and you will continue to lose weight and get healthy with such a positive attitude!

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SHERWOODCYCLER 1/11/2011 12:05PM

    And let's enjoy our running today...and every day. Can't yet figure out whether I'll go brave it outside or hit the Y for my "run" today. Slow and steady does win the spark race, you know.

You go, gal!!!!

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Snippet..

Friday, January 07, 2011

I wore a hoodie to work on Thursday (I got tired of being cold all the time) and rather than wear the hoodie while drying my hair and hence getting too hot, I had on a tank top. Bill has a habit of hanging around the bathroom while I'm getting ready in the morning - fixing my hair, applying make-up, that kind of thing. Sometimes, it drives me completely up the wall.

Bill: Oh, you're wearing a hubby-beater.
Me: That's right. Don't make me use it!

He wandered off muttering at that point. Heh.

**Disclaimer** No husband was harmed during the making of this conversation, or blog post.

Here's to a healthy active weekend, for all of us!
Use your mojo, move that thang, shake your bootay like you stole it.
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 1/22/2011 11:59PM

    emoticon Just remember, he knows where you sleep! emoticon

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    Sooooo, how did you make it up to him? emoticon

Anne

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MTNCLIMBER88 1/7/2011 11:48PM

    Ha too funny! I love it :)

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/7/2011 10:45PM

    emoticon What more can I say? LOL

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MRSBENNETT2 1/7/2011 7:54PM

    Hah! (I might just have to steal that from you and use it one day here.)

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WALKAWAY 1/7/2011 7:49PM

    emoticonLook out Bill

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GAYEMC 1/7/2011 7:20PM

    ROTFLMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd comit murder if someone hung around me first thing in the morning!

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GAYLEP67 1/7/2011 5:45PM

    You're hilarious! Poor Bill...
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Catching up..

Thursday, January 06, 2011

It doesn't seem like it's been that long since I've blogged, but I suppose it has been. I've been composing bits and pieces of this in my mind for the last week or so, but never committed to the time to actually do the writing.

Where to begin......

The family holiday went really well. It was a great time, with Mom and Kristan and Steve 'home' for the holidays. We had lots of laugh, not as much eating as in the past, and a low-key celebration. Being together was present enough for us, although there were a few gifts exchanged. Mom got to go out to eat enough to keep her happy, and we got to stay in and cook enough that I didn't gain a drastic amount. That was important for me, having broken that 50 lb barrier so recently. Of course, I fluctuated up a bit, but have it back under control and I'm still doing well.

You'll find no resolutions here - I've already done the big two LOL Losing weight and quitting smoking - the first an on-going process, the last a done deal. I do have commitments in mind, though.

I commit to 16,000 fitness minutes for 2011 - that's keeping the same effort that I put in last year (which, granted, improved/increased the longer I was involved with SP).
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I commit to 3 5Ks and 3 10Ks, February through July. I'm also committed to volunteering for our Sparkin' Hood to Coast team to work the Mother of All Relays! (that makes me giggle)
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I commit to continue my healthier lifestyle. I've made great strides the last 8 months, and I intend to keep on keepin' on. When I joined SP last May, I had wanted to lose 100 lbs total by June 2011, and I've accepted I'm not going to make that goal. That's alright, I'll be thinner, lighter, healthier, and happier by June - how can I not be happy about that??
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I commit to continuing with kettlebells. I really enjoy the workouts, Shred-It and KettleWorx, and what's not to like about watching Pavel? Uh.. yea, anyway, I feel strong when I work with the kettlebell, and want to up my workouts and efforts.
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I'm running. I'll continue to run. I did leave the C25K team. I'm not following the podcasts anymore, so I didn't feel like I belonged on the team. I'm also not running continuously. I'm running 1 min/walking 1 min. It's sort of Galloway, but not. I might try out the SP Galloway team to see how I fit there.

I thought to myself "I'll have to ask if it's ok if I skip running a 5K completely and just do my own thing."
**edited for clarity - I walk/run 5Ks. I'm actually slowly increasing my distance (I was beside myself thrilled when I did 4 miles last weekend!), working toward the 10K distance, again with the walk/run.***

Then I realized - who am I going to ask? Really??

Go on with your bad self and do your own thang, girl. It's FINE.
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I may, at some point, want to commit to more than a 10K. When that day comes, I'll get more serious about training. For now, I just want to run. I want to run against myself. I want the bouncy thrill of running further than ever before, not in a race, but simply because I can, I want to, and I did. That sounds pretty contradictory to signing up for 6 races this year yea? LOL I know. I do want to run races, but for fun, as benchmarks of my progress.

I've been waffling about some of my other teams as well. I love connecting with the people that I meet through the teams, but I don't think I'm a very good teammate when it comes to contributing to the group effort, at least for the large teams. I find myself feeling spread a bit too thin, and think I'd rather focus on what's important to me, rather than only dabbling in too much at once. We'll see.

I will continue to appreciate you, my friends, regardless of what team we are or aren't on. I love reading your efforts, cheering your successes, and learning more about you each time. I truly appreciate my Portland friends that I've met, and really look forward to more face time and taking on these coming challenges this year, side by side.

8 months on Spark. A new year. A different me - improved, happier, healthier. I am loving this groove that I've found.

Spark On!
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 1/23/2011 12:16AM

    I'm so proud of you and all you've done this year. And I completely understand what you mean about the teams. I have had the same discussion with myself on a number of occasions. I still wonder about cutting a team or two, but I check in with myself at least once a month to make sure I don't need to leave any of them. I like to focus on my friend feed and I feel lost if I don't keep up with it. In many cases that is more beneficial to me than a lot of what I do on my teams. I'm not even on the team where we first met. I left it a while back because I just didn't have time for it. But I'm glad our paths crossed. Here's to the magic of Spark People!!!
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COOKWITHME65 1/8/2011 2:38PM

    You are doing so great. What an inspiration to us all. Congrats on the smoking thing.

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HEALING_LORI 1/8/2011 11:37AM

    There is just something about you and the way you express yourself that is "addicting" to me! You absolutely have been my favourite sparkperson up to now and THANK YOU.... again... for sharing your journey! I look forward to get to know you better in 2011 and wish for all your dreams to come true! You deserve it! emoticon

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GAYEMC 1/7/2011 1:44PM

    Candy, I am so impressed (and encouraged) with the changes you've made this last year. You are truely awesome and inspiring! With some great wit thrown in, lol! I'm looking forward to seeing you at a few races this year

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HOLLYL7 1/7/2011 10:23AM

    Reading about how far you have come in the last year gives me hope that these changes I am working on will stick and become lifestyle - you have come so far! I also use the run/walk method and really like it. I purchased a run walk timer from Galloway's website, and used it on my first 5K in 9/10. Although I am working toward running a 5K w/out walking, I totally appreciate the mindset that you are doing this for you and by you, and you don't need anybody's stamp of approval!

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KASHMIR 1/7/2011 9:22AM

    What a great year you had! I love that you discovered you ARE allowed to give yourself permission to make changes you want....how cool is that?
I too need to winnow my teams down to something more managable, maybe something i'll focus on tonight after work.

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RIGBY31 1/6/2011 10:43PM

    That's how I feel about my walking... doing my own thing. Trying to better my 5k time; power walking then bringing down the beat. And for me, for now, it works (wipes me out, but works!).

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/6/2011 10:35PM

    Wow! I do believe that 2010 was indeed you year! All the positive changes and attitude to go with it. You are quite the determined one and your efforts are most definitely being rewarded with a wonderful healthy you! Keep it up!

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 1/6/2011 9:05PM

    Sounds like you have some great HABITS established!

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ONENEL 1/6/2011 8:53PM

    Sounds wonderful!!! You have a lot of commitments for 2011 but I know you can do it- you are amazing!!
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ANNESYLVIA 1/6/2011 7:19PM

    Well, it sounds like 2010 was you year at the end!

I am a bit apprehensive about kettle ball workouts. Something about throwing around a heavy steal weight around my head scares me!! Let me know more about it. I watched a video from SP but you know I was still a bit confused..

I love it! Commitments instead of resolutions. That I can handle. I made a resolutions never to make resolutions over 20 years ago! And I kept it. I found that I was not disappointed in myself every New Year's Eve anymore.

I feel the same way about my teams. That is why I never joined more than 6. I actually (as you know) was considering cutting out a few. But then one (you know) ask me to help lead. I have suggested a small group to keep it warm and intimate. I can hardly believe the wonderful response I got from the members. I love it and look forward to it now. That is what I expected from all of my teams but only one truly did this so I won't give up on them. In fact, they inspired me to come up with things for the team I help lead now.

As for the others I been thinking of cutting out well, I will be checking their walls and huddle and see where it gets me. I love to give but I need a little in return. I am no martyr!

Anne
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