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For the treadmill tells me so...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I was on a mini-streak clear up until Thursday last week. I had gotten out to run on each scheduled day and gotten my mileage in. And then Thursday came along and we started our quest to add another puppers to the family and I allowed myself.. chose.. decided.. to not get my run in on Thursday or Saturday, and did not make it to the gym on Friday. I also bagged Monday's gym visit, claiming to be too tired. Yep, that's right, I was too tired from doing nothing.


Apparently change, even GOOD change, can set me off-kilter and for some reason my brain takes this as a signal to turn into a she-slug for multiple days.

So.. to rectify the situation, I ran 2 miles with Coach Nicole last night.

See, we've had a few days of colder temps and rain, and last night we were suppose to receive several inches of snow. I knew I needed to run - it was imperative, I MUST RUN! But I was feeling whiny and didn't want to go out in the cold and the wet, so I cut myself a deal - use the treadmill and you can go only 2 miles.

I headed downstairs.. what? Yes, I have a treadmill in the basement. I know, you're right. Absolutely right! There's NO excuse not to get my runs done. I know.

So I got downstairs and decided to pop in a DVD to watch while I'm running. It's been far too long since I've been down there, so I checked to see what DVD was in the player. It's Coach Nicole's Fit Firm and Fired Up. Awesome! I still need to find her new DVD at Target soon. Maybe this weekend.

I set the DVD to play all the workouts, turned on the giant oscillating fan, and climbed on the treadmill. So while Coach Nicole was her sunny shiny self leading Sparkers everywhere through awesome workouts, I was running away on the treadmill with music playing on my headphones. I said I wanted to watch a DVD, not listen to one.

2.2 miles and 30 minutes later, I opted to stop. It's been a while since I've been on the treadmill, but it went alright. I used to walk at 3.5 mph and run at 4.0 Last night I walked at 4.0 and ran at 5.0. I appreciate improvement.

Tonight, the gym. No really, I mean it! While I was running last night, Eunice was bouncing around uncontrollably and it made me feel sort of nauseous. Not from the motion, but from the fact that Eunice not only still exists but is so much bigger than she used to be. Sigh. So, ST tonight, with core work to see if I can't whittle my middle back down to what it was, and what it can potentially be. One day at a time, right?

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/21/2012 10:39PM

    I know you will get back on track. Still laughing at "Eunice", I had forgotton that you named that.

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IMIN2GENES 1/21/2012 8:29PM

    I so love your sense of humor! Aren't treadmills great? Yep! I just love to see mine sitting there in the corner... LOL! It's not my favorite thing; but I will use mine too in a pinch. Cold and wet being a great pinch!

Congrats on the workout! I'm on a roll today too. I challenged our team to land the plane today. Seeing as I threw down the gauntlet, I figured I better max out my fitness points for the day today. LOL!

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GAYLEP67 1/21/2012 12:20AM

    Nice work, Candy. I've been slacking something awful lately. Only managed to hit my daily steps goal every other day so far this week. Still, it's an improvement. Now I just need to translate my every other day routine into an EVERY day routine. Thanks for the blog!


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GAYEMC 1/20/2012 4:55PM

    You crack me up. I had no idea you had a treadmill!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/19/2012 7:01PM

    Oh baby doll, sounds like we are in the same boat. Those horrible holiday pounds just won't leave! emoticon emoticon.

However, I am glad your sense of humor is getting you through it and back on track. Me not quite yet.

hugs, Anne

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ENDUROVET 1/19/2012 6:39PM

    Thanks, your comment wasn't "overshare" at all... I have been known to wear mini-pads when I am suffering through coughing spells to avoid embarrassment. Just wasn't expecting this episode "out of the blue" so to speak!

But I was trying to figure out who this mysterious "Eunice" is??!!?? (If I named my fat anything, it would be a vulgarity ;-)

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HEALING_LORI 1/19/2012 1:48PM

    WTG Candy! I've been down and out and down right sick lately. :(
One day at a time my friend, ONE DAY AT A TIME!
Thinking about ya!

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    OK, now I have to name mine Myrtle...don't you think Myrtle will get along with Eunice? Tho' we want those old hags OUT OF HERE FOR GOOD! Treadmill in the basement, eh? Wish we had a basement to have something in! I totally hear what you're saying about not going out in the elements when it's nasty out. Having the same problem here lately, but not quite as bad a forecast as you all have this week. Hang in there honey. I'm happy you were able to hit the treadmill. I have a few fitness things I do on my Wii or walking DVD's when I don't feel like going out. Trying to get back to them instead of letting them collect dust. Let's work on banishing those ol' hags together! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 1/18/2012 9:07PM

    Way to go - you're doing great! I loved the she-slug comment. I'll remember that for self-motivation. I do get so many gems from you! I Hope your new pup is as wonderful as he began. I went to my gym this am with the intent to run on the TM and they had added new, individual tv screens to the TMs. Oh me and my reluctance to try new things had quite the argument. I got on it, and ran, and the darn TV thing is so close I can't see out the windows and I can't see the TV unless I wear my reading glasses lol! Grrr... Not sure what I'll do about that problem, but I got my run in. Yea for you and yea for me!

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KAREN42BOYS 1/18/2012 8:10PM

    Good blog, chica. I'm getting my game back, esp since tri training starts this Saturday.

I got a 3 mile run in this AM.

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HOLLYL7 1/18/2012 4:26PM

    You certainly don't let a mini-slump get you down! Way to pop back on course emoticon I'm in a bit of a slump/whine-fest with running this week. I got on the treadmill at lunch, but just couldn't keep jogging :-P So I compromised: 20 min jog, 10 min of incline walking, and then I just jumped off and did 15 on the eliptical. Hey, cardio got done, but I really don't want to lose my running mojo!!

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BLACKROSE_222 1/18/2012 3:14PM

    LOL - that is a fantastic way to get your workout in! I love it. Great job, and enjoy the gym! I'm going tonight too.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/18/2012 3:00PM

    Oh gee, I have the same thing... good things can throw me off just as much as the bad things. I need to keep working on that.

I love your idea of running with a fitness DVD. I like to do the treadmill with DVDs but I don't always have something new to watch. Next time I'll try running with Coach Nicole too. It's a great idea.

Have a wonderful workout tonight!

PS - I hope the newly added fur baby is doing well!

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    Just this morning I was groping Eunice in the show! Yes, it's true!

Way to get the job done!


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PARASELENIC 1/18/2012 1:49PM

    2 mile run! Way to go! It's nice when our bodies communicate that our physical activity is good-- your mile speed is a great indicator! Have fun at the gym tonight!

Change is good, but it's also a wrench in the system. Totally understandable that you need re-adjust time. We all go through that. I'm just glad that you didn't beat yourself up about it.

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ROXIT22222 1/18/2012 1:33PM

    Oh now I know you have a tredmill in the basement, with a tv and dvd player.... All bets are off when I hear that the she-slug is well slugging... Be warned Coach Skinny B is gonna be on ya... emoticon

I do understand about the change throwing you for a loop. And this weather well it's been somehting hasn't it. Tonight I think you should wear your swimsuit and snorkle on the way to the gym... you'll be swimming there and back I'm sure.

We will get there yes we will....

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NETGYRL 1/18/2012 1:28PM

    I have to tell you that I just love Eunice. I totally have one, too and thanks to you I can not look at it without thinking about Eunice. LOL. You have ruined me. :)

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LISA01605 1/18/2012 1:15PM

    I find any change to my routine, good or bad, can throw me off. I have also found that bad habits I thought I had kicked are really just lying in wait. I think it's great that you caught yourself not exercising and decided to make yourself workout on the treadmill. Great improvement in speed too! Keep up the exercise and Eunice will be gone before you know it!

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New Family Member... non-Spark related..

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Please allow me to introduce to you.. Zerbert!

Since Wednesday afternoon, we've been working on adopting another dog into our family. It started with an adorable French Bulldog being listed for adoption on the Humane Society's website. He was adorable, but was snatched up quickly. That was great for him, but a bit sad for us.

Yes, we have two lhasa apso girls already, Maggie and Millie.

Bill's home all day, every day, and takes good care of the girls with walks and romps and lots of snuggly naps. We just knew Buster, the Frenchie, would be right for us. Since that didn't work out, we had to decide whether we wanted to continue considering to adopt another pup or wait for a while.

We checked the Humane Society's website once more, and there he was - Zerbert! He looked like a wooleybooger! A yeti! A blonde rastafarian!

We headed back down to the HS right at opening time, and declared our intent for Zerbert. Someone else had beaten us to him, and placed a 4-hour hold on him. They were interested in adopting him for someone in Seattle, and their hold was going to expire at 11:30. It was 10:00, so the countdown was on!

We requested a meeting with him anyway, ever-hopeful things would work out for us. We met him for the first time in one of the meeting rooms, and he was a total sweetheart. We'd seen some dogs who were shy, nervous, aggressive, and timid. Zerbert won us over within moments.

He looked much bigger than his advertised 13 lbs because of his coat. He was found on Jan. 3 in a town in California, and then transferred up to OHS on Jan. 10. He'd had a cherry-eye repair, had been neutered, and had a baby tooth removed the day before, and yet he STILL was cheerful and happy to see us.

We were hooked, and knew that Zerbert was going home that day, one way or the other. Hopefully with us! We requested to be on the hold list for him - if the first person interested in him for some reason could not take him, we were up next for the opportunity.

It's 10:30 by now, so we had an hour to wait. Rather than pace around OHS, we headed home and got the girls in their harnesses. We knew they'd have to meet Zerbert, and figured a walk would help expel a bit of their high-voltage energy! Of course, if either Maggie or Millie didn't like Zerbert, we would not bring him home, but we were hopeful.

As we were finishing our walk, the time on the first hold was expiring, so I called OHS. The person with the first hold did not return to claim Zerbert, so our 24-hour hold window would start once we applied to adopt him at the office.

You can bet that was the fastest and slowest trip to OHS we've ever made LOL

We introduced the girls to the boy one at a time to give them a chance to decide how they felt about him without the chance of ganging up on him. He was still so happy and bouncy and pleasant - very well mannered for a younger boy. Maggie was the one we weren't sure would like him, but she slowly warmed up to him. Millie couldn't be bothered to pay him much attention, but when she did, she was fine with him. Once we had all three in the room together, they chased and sniffed and considered their options, and got along very well.

If we wanted him, he was all ours!

We went through the paperwork and the process, and in the end it was all worth it. We brought Zerbert home last night, and he took right to the house. He also took right to Bill. That is Daddy's boy for sure! We're working out his name still. He'll always be Zerbert, but we go back and forth between calling him Bertie and Zerbie. We'll settle on something soon, along with Nugget, Good boy, Punkin, and Mama's baby LOL

Because he'd had his noogies clipped on Thursday, we have to wait until he's healed before we can bathe him. He was soooooooooo matted though that he was uncomfortable. His eyes had been matted and caked with eyeboogies, but OHS had shaved that off mostly when they had him sedated for his procedures. His tail was heavy with mats, not to mention all the ones on his undercarriage. He was just a mess, so we opted to go ahead and cut him down as close as we could.

This is what Bill buzzed off of our new boy:

That's about a half pound of hair!

There's still some fine-tuning to do with his coat, but for now he's much more comfy, and wearing a very manly gray camouflage vest to help keep him warm without his giant woolly coat. He seems to feel so much better now that he's a nekkid boy!

I love my pack!

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HEALING_LORI 1/23/2012 10:46AM

    Awwww... I love him! I'm sure he will be SO happy to join your pack and have such a loving home! He has got to be SO happy to be rid of all the matted fur!!! He is going to be so handsome when he fills in again! Congrats Candy! emoticon We also got a new addition at Christmas. We took in a four year old male cat named Duncan. It took him quite awhile to loosen up but he is now one happy kitty!

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GAYLEP67 1/21/2012 12:14AM

    What a cutie!! I'm completely envious. Congratulations on expanding the family, Candy.



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ENDUROVET 1/19/2012 6:36PM

    Oh he's adorable! (& my groomer has saved several pelts like that in the past, I'm sure he feels MUCH better!)

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SLEEPYDEAN 1/17/2012 6:15PM

    Awww sounds like a great addition. I love how you already have nicknames for him and everything. I'm sure he'll "earn" more of those as time goes on. emoticon

Nice to hear that the demand is high for dogs at the HS there. I'm glad you've given another animal a forever home!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 1/16/2012 12:08PM

    Awwww...I totally LOVE him! And the girls are cuties as well! I hope all goes well with the pack and hey, at least he's fixed! No babies! I know, I know, the girls are probably fixed too. I hope you enjoy them immensely. You're in for lots of love and giggles with that group! I'm happy for you and Bill! emoticon Enjoy your fur babies!

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WALKAWAY 1/15/2012 5:33PM

    Congratulations on the new addition. What a cutie and how lucky he is to have such a wonderful home to go to.

If we weren't both working during the day we'd have another dog in our life. emoticon

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GAYEMC 1/15/2012 5:06PM

    What a hunk! I'm envious. When we had our 2nd Dal Maggie I knew she needed a playmate so we went to OHS where we adopted our 1st Sophie, a bichon. Reading your experience reminded me so of the day we got her. I'm so glad Zerbert got a loving home!

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KAREN42BOYS 1/15/2012 12:00PM

    Congrats, chica! The boy looks very cute and sweet.

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 1/15/2012 12:22AM

    Ah... I do love reading about happy families. I'm glad things worked out as you hoped.

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/14/2012 11:33PM

    So very adorable and so lucky to have such a loving family to come home to!

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    wow... very very cool... and what a wonderful adventure to welcome him to the family! I envy you having not just one dog but THREE... my main squeeze is allergic - severely so - so dogs (and cats) are off limits.

Congrats on the new addition!


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WISHICOULDFLY 1/14/2012 9:23PM

    I'm sorry, but he is just TOO DAMNED ADORABLE!

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TURTLERASKIN 1/14/2012 9:17PM

    Oh my gosh, so cute! I can't believe you got that much hair off him! Congrats on the new addition to your family!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/14/2012 9:00PM

    I would have loved a second dog but Zhanne is 10 (well on January 20th). We feel we should have got a second when she was under 5 yo. However, at the time we lived in a very small house. Two grown ups, two kids and one dog was real cramped already.

I am so jealous of your pack...still I wish you and your family all the happiness and deserve it!

hugs, Anne

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KNEYRUS 1/14/2012 8:59PM

    all I can say is AWEEE. So happy you got him! Sounds like a great match all the way around.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/14/2012 8:53PM

    Awww, congrats, he's so cute!

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TERRYT55 1/14/2012 8:50PM

    This blog made me smile! Your new guy is just adorable and fits perfectly with the rest of your good looking pack! Congrats on the new addition to your family.

Hubby and I have been thinking hard about getting a dog......we currently have four cats who would not be happy with a canine addition but I think we could manage it. We may have to wait a few more years until we are home more.

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LISA01605 1/14/2012 7:31PM

    So cute!! You have a lovely bunch!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/14/2012 6:53PM

    Oh what a nice blog this afternoon! I'm so happy you have a new fur baby in your family and what a cutie! I love the name Zerbert and the alternatives as well. (All of our dogs always have multiple names). Have a wonderful weekend with your growing family!
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IMIN2GENES 1/14/2012 6:24PM

    Congrats on your new addition! He is ADORABLE!

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

That's been my reaction lately for a couple of ah-ha moments.

Para-dear posted a blog lately about her foray into juicing, and the nifty re-use cup she got from Target. It reminded me that we'd picked up similar cups not long ago, complete with straws, and I'd yet to use mine. I put aside my usual waterbottle and filled up that cup, and y'know what? It's brilliant! It's cute, clear plastic with colorful flowers and fractal-like designs on it, and holds 16 oz. The straw, for whatever reason, really does make drinking easier and quicker. I'm way ahead today on my water intake - let's credit the straw!

SuSuSuzie also shared a great blog lately, and I think it's going to really effect me this year. She explained how she updated her goals, weight-wise, here on Spark, and lo! her calorie range expanded! Now, I've been proud of myself lately because I've been sticking to my own calorie range of 1250-1550. I know it may seem odd to say I'm proud but given the last several months and my over-indulgences, the fact that I'm in range is huge.

I went into my fitness settings to adjust a few things, such as number of cardio days (I'm taking a break from Zumba for a while), and found that to update my fitness settings, I had to answer that age-old Spark question - what's your goal weight, and when do you want to reach it?

I thought about Suzie's blog, and decided screw it! Saying I'm going to lose 2 lbs a week has NOT done me one lick of good the last year. I can set that as a goal, as the numbers on my plan here, as the thing to do, but if it doesn't happen, what's the point? I stated recently that I've decided I will be happy if I can release 2 1/2 lbs per month. That's not even 1 lb a week, but that's what I set my goal as. Spark calculated my goal weight - 165 - and releasing 1 lb a week - and spit out my plan. It estimated that I'll reach that goal sometime around the end of March, 2013.

That may sound like a very long time, but it's not. I don't care how long it takes, as long as I can find a way to release the lbs.

I now have a calorie range of 1560 - 1910.


That's what I was eating, roughly, when I was training for my Halfs. Yes, I proved I could eat at the lower end of the lower range, but now I have a bit more wiggle room. That isn't to say that I'll be eating at the high end of my range every day, of course. Brilliant!

Thank you, ladies, for sharing your experiences. There's no saying whether or not I would have had those moments without your blogs. Doesn't matter - learned I have, and I'm grateful.


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REALLY_ROBIN 1/12/2012 6:33PM

  Spark has a high calorie range for me...and at first I had a really hard time with it. Now I realize it's about releasing those pounds slowly so they never come back. This past year with everything that has happened, showed that even during very stressful times, I can maintain that loss with no problems because I lost it slowly. Also, what we are trying to do is up our metabolism. It's not just exercise that does that, it's eating small meals consistently through the day. I don't know about you...but I'm a heck of lot happier being able to eat my new normal than feeling like I'm depriving myself or on a diet. Going over my calorie range is hardly ever a problem, unless I've purposely gone off with a vacation or a special event. It's nice not to be feeling guilty all the time! Anyway some more food for thought. I had fun working out with you last night!!!

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NETGYRL 1/11/2012 6:19PM

    Brilliant is such a great word. I am happy to hear you sounding so positive. I think it is nice to finally be past all the holiday hoo-ha. Makes it easier to get back to business, ya? /hugs

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KAREN42BOYS 1/10/2012 10:56PM

    I like this. :)

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GAYEMC 1/9/2012 6:05PM

    It's really neat the things we can learn from our Spark friends. And eating more with out guilt, how cool is that!

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    I love your ahha moments!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/9/2012 3:57PM

    I soooooo needed your blog today. My 2011 goal was 5 lbs/month. Not even close. I have been really kicking myself for not making my goal but I did get my walks in so I keep trying to point that out to myself.

Maybe I should go look at my settings and see if they need an update.

I'm excited for you! Keep going, you can do it!


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PARASELENIC 1/9/2012 3:35PM

    *sips water happily*

*giggles at the thought that it's kinda like cbailey and para are hangin' out, drinking water together*

I'm so glad that you adjusted your goals. It's crazy how much a little adjustment (a few less pounds a month) can so drastically affect your calories! And ZZZ, she's the bomb, full of super good ideas and motivation....

I hope that you do juice it a little here and there, as I would love to hear some of your recipes!



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    All I can add is .."ah ha - time to look at my settings as well" - IF I can figure out how to do it (you know I'm a non-techy type gal)

BRILLIANT emoticon - I'm so stealing this (the ultimate compliment you know!)

Spark on Candy - you inspire me, as always!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/7/2012 11:54PM

    Ah...I love that something I did helped you. I'm still thrilled with my new calorie range. THRILLED. It gives me so much more flexibility to exercise a little less (it was getting overwhelming) and eat more. While I love exercise to get strong and fast and feel good, love to exercise so I can eat more. It makes all of this easier. But I don't really know how it's going to work yet. I hope it works out well for both of us. IT WILL!

Good for you for changing your goals to make them work for you. It's like a big load off your shoulders! You will do awesome! Congrats!

And thank you for sharing as well. This is what makes SP so awesome. We all get to learn from each other.

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/7/2012 10:22PM

    I think we need to rename our ah-ha moments to yea-ha moments. Isn't that what they really are? Seriously, what's the rush? If you look back to 14 months ago (the amount of time until you reach your goal in the future) it doesn't really seem like it was that long ago, does it? Nope! Making it 'easier' to get to that date with more realistic plans seems so much better!

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TURTLERASKIN 1/7/2012 9:59PM

    Like you, I am so grateful for my spark pack. Their blogs about their journeys have helped me so much with mine. So I'm super glad to see this blog now -- it reinforces something I've been thinking about lately. Namely, setting an arbitrary date by which I'll be at some arbitrary weight -- when I'm pretty darn sure my body won't let the weight go that quickly -- is beyond asinine.

Once again, thank you for your message of sanity!

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    I'm so happy to see you moving forward again, Miss Candy! I love the fact that you had those a-ha moments and were willing to share. When you say the word BRILLIANT! I imagine you using an English accent, since that is a word I've heard used by the English in wonderful and creative ways. Way to go on being willing to let go of some of that hyper-egotistical BS that, regardless of our intentions, can sabotage us. I cannot tell you how many Spark friends have written blogs this week about their grand declarations at various points in their journey, and how they were convinced their new healthy habits were going to be the new norm without any challenges, and now they've had setbacks, feel like a failure, and have had to proclaim their defeat to all us Sparkers with their tail between their legs. Well honey, I'm glad you're looking ahead to positive territory and allowing yourself to not be rigid. Not saying you were rigid before; it's more like I was worried that you were gonna burn yourself out by being what seemed a little overzealous at times. I'm thrilled that you have found this BRILLIANT! idea of readjusting your goals! And hey, if you lose more than 2 1/2 lbs. a month, that will be a big reason to celebrate! Love ya honey, and I love the way you inspire others just by being real about who you are and what you experience! That genuine heart and personality isn't always easy to find in this ol' world!


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ANNESYLVIA 1/7/2012 8:44PM

    Thanks for sharing!
I am considering buying the bowls/plates that have measuring lines. This way when I don't have time or am too lazy I can just take out that bowl and fill to the line. My eyes are becoming bigger than my stomach (when eye measuring) and now my stomach is getting bigger too! LOL (or at least not smaller)

Good Luck Sweetie!

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IMIN2GENES 1/7/2012 8:36PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience and the info you've gained from others. I think I'm going to have to go tweak my settings now too. I haven't done it since I started nearly a year ago and I've been at a VERY FRUSTRATING 12 week plateau. Hmmm... I'm sensing an impending "a-ha" myself.

Good luck with the tweaking! I'm looking forward to hearing how it's going. I have total faith that you will make your goal!
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HOTRODSANDY 1/7/2012 7:51PM

    Love the ah ha moments! I've been playing around with my goals today too. Think the tinkering is an important part of the process. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 1/7/2012 7:07PM

    Tweaking lol
Love it!!

With marathon train I have diff cals for each day
Carb loading bef long run
Running cals
Resting cals

I don't care if my tracker is body knows what it needs

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LISA01605 1/7/2012 6:58PM

    This journey is all about learning new things! Sounds like you are doing well! emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 1/7/2012 5:42PM

    your phrase - I am not there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday....


I have seen it a couple of Sparkie places lately and I just love it. I am a big blog reader. I find so much gold in there...That's I how I stumbled across your blog, too.

Woo hoo! and good luck with all your goals! I think you're a winner! emoticon

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Thoughts from my first run of the year...

Sunday, January 01, 2012

D*mn it's windy out.

Did I just.. grrrr.. hit the wrong button. Start podcast over.


For the love of Pete, it's not cloudy out. C'mon Garmin, get with it!

Ouch! Someone had too much last night (this upon seeing a car parked on the side of the road, the driver's side headlight smashed out, glass all over the road)

This feels pretty good.


I should have worn an extra sportsbra. Ugh.

Thank goodness for these gloves. Fingers are toasty.

I should have worn my other capris. These don't stay up above my gut enough to hold Eunice in (Eunice is the jiggly icky bulge of fat above my bellybutton that has grown far too much lately).

OOoo. I like this section of music, makes me feel like I can run forever!


Downhills are good.

Crap, I can't stop running up this hill until I reach the top. That guy just came out with his dog and is looking at me. If I stop then I look like an out of shape wuss.

Made it! Pant-pant-pant.


I've got to get back to my core work. Stand up straight, no collapsing.

What the...???? HAT! D*mn wind (while chasing my hat down in the opposite direction).

Pant-pant-pant. I've really done this for 13 miles before??????????

Ok, let's run the rest of the way home.

*BEEP* (Pressing the stop button on Garmin)
2.64 miles

Take THAT b*tches!

Not every run is great, or fun. That doesn't mean it isn't worth the effort.

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NETGYRL 1/11/2012 6:22PM

    pure gold. thanks for that. exactly what i need right now as i'm struggling to get back to running regularly.

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WOLFKITTY 1/7/2012 8:22PM

    For sure!

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GAYLEP67 1/6/2012 11:00PM

    Wonderfully written blog as always Candy. I LOVE that you've named the area above your belly button "Eunice"! You put a much needed smile on my face and a giggle in my heart. Thank you!

Happy New Year my friend!!!
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TERRYT55 1/4/2012 10:18AM

    What a great blog to read first thing in the morning.......I will smile all day! I had the same kind of run last night and was thinking it must have been some other woman, not me, who ran a 1/2 just one month ago.

Keep running!

Happy 2012

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    Ok I am still laughing. Wonderful blog, sorry about the headwind. I have to say that the guy being outside would have had the same affect on me!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/3/2012 2:00PM

    Wow! You're mind is a bit busy. LOL I'm glad you got in your run. I tried to walk but it was windy and cold here too. We walked a little ways but then turned around and came back. My face was frozen and I was worried about puppy feet.

Sounds like you're off to a great start!


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IMIN2GENES 1/3/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon Love the inner monologue! Way to get moving girl. I can sympathize with the cold fingers... I'm finally getting appropriate cold/windy gear together.

Congrats on getting back out there!

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GAYEMC 1/2/2012 6:45PM

    LMBO! It's not always easy getting out there and just doing it, but congrats to you! Great way to start the new year! May you find joy in 2012!

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    Hey Candy,

I'm catching up on your blogs and am glad to see that you're getting your RAWRR back! Don't judge yourself by what you had last year (like the toned muscles and Eunice being smaller). Just consider it your current starting point and run with it! I think if we're honest, lots of us go through the same stuff you've been brave enough to write about. Thank you for sharing and putting yourself out there. Many people can not only relate, but can learn from what you're experiencing and writing about. Much love and success to you in the New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon Christine

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REALLY_ROBIN 1/1/2012 10:45PM

  You rock girl! Your getting your groove back! 2012 is going to be good year...I can feel it! I ran yesterday and went for a long walk this morning! I'm actually beginning to think 5Ks for the first time ever...hmmm might have to join you Portlandias for a race just so I can meet ya! Hugs...Robin

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ANNESYLVIA 1/1/2012 7:30PM

    Fun blog! It is worth it!

I ran 4miles (non-stop) yesterday and walked additional 1.5miles. I did this with my family. DH and baby girl did not do as much but my little man, 8yo, Logan ran 5miles with just a few slow downs plus additional 1 mile of walking. DH thinks he must get a "runners high". We had to pull him off the the path and drag him. He insisted after his walked to put in another mile of two? emoticon

"Logan" Mommy, daddy and sister Sylvia all want to die now...Let's go!!!

We are all sore today even his face!

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HEALING_LORI 1/1/2012 7:19PM

You just made me smile - BIG TIME!
You're awesome!

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HOTRODSANDY 1/1/2012 6:51PM

    I love, Love LOVE this! I chuckled and smiled all the way through as I thought of my own run today!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/1/2012 6:50PM

    Thx for the lineage love reading how you guys obtain them
Great job

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ROXIT22222 1/1/2012 6:12PM

    LOL.. I just read this to the donut man. He wants to know 1) Was it windy out? and 2) how many 'shots' did you have every half mile? ;)

As for me it sounds like my run today except for the wind! (I was in southern Oregon today) I too had a point I wanted to stop but realized that some one was on the front porch 'watching'.... Oh and I forgot my gloves, and had to run back home to get them it was COLD!!!!

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LISA01605 1/1/2012 5:25PM

    Whoo-hoo! Congrats on getting out there!!

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ROBBIEMARIE 1/1/2012 5:08PM

    Love that inner dialogue! Way to get out there and start the new year in a much healthier way than whoever's car you ran by!

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SMILESRME 1/1/2012 4:39PM

    LOL!! I think I just ran with you! Your description is just spot on girlfriend! Way to go to get OUT there and GO running!! My husband and I did a Resolution 5k last night, and by golly, I was feeling the pain, the wind, the cold and has wondering how I did 13.1 miles in one race only a few months earlier!! So....let's go forward and hit the road girl!!

Running with you from Colorado,
Julia : )

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    I can hear the love in this blog... and it's been absent for awhile gal! Congrats on the first run of the year!


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GOINGBACKTO180 1/1/2012 2:02PM

    Great blog! Inspiring - I'm totally going for a run today!

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    Great blog. I love the part about the guy with the dog. I woke up to snow on the ground and almost talked myself out of exercising. Whew the old self just won't die... Glad you are well and running. I've been sooooo busy and am glad that life will be a bit more balanced with my new job. I've missed reading about your adventures! Happy New Year!

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TURTLERASKIN 1/1/2012 1:16PM

    Love this! You made me smile as I watched you run -- so glad you're still doing what you love!

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Looking forward..

Friday, December 30, 2011

As I read around various blogs from different team streams, I'm coming to realize that.. while I feel as if I'm the only one in the world who had a crappy year, lb-wise, it's just not true. I've been fortunate that as a total year, I've released lbs instead of gaining them. Just because in my estimation it wasn't enough doesn't mean I wasn't successful. I would just prefer a higher level of success, and am formulating a plan to be more-so in the coming year.

Like what?

I'd like to let go of between 2 and 2 1/2 lbs each month. That doesn't sound like a lot, but if I let go 2 1/2 lbs a month, in a year that will be 30 lbs. That is huge! I released my first 50 lbs relatively easily and quickly when I first started. The next 10-15 lbs have been a far harder struggle, and I just haven't been determined enough to grit my teeth and make it happen. I'll consider 2011 my year of learning, struggling, and figuring things out. 2012 can then shine brightly as the year I implement, more consistently, what I've learned, and make my health and fitness a priority because.. I want to.

I'd like to continue my running. I'd like to improve my form, and my pace, and my endurance. I'd like to not look like I'm dying at the end of any run, from a neighborhood jaunt to a Half. I'd like to improve my timing and my pace. I'd like this to be the year that I actually run a full mile without stopping/walking, because I've not done that yet.

I'd like to improve my nutrition. The Reboot was great, and I'm trying to vaguely incorporate some of those concepts and dishes into my regular nutrition. That's wonderful, but only if I actually establish a plan and STICK to it! Best intentions, etc. and so on...

I'm at a crossroads in my life, and instead of putting it off, it's time to make a decision and follow through with it. Being stalled leads to misery, and I'm done with misery. I'm taking control, as scary.. scary? That sounds so small. As terrifying as making the decision and changing the entire course of my life may be, it must be done.

All of these things sound manageable. All of these things are doable, in small steady increments. Rather than stressing over 'OMG I NEED TO LOSE MORE WEIGHT' I can take 30 days at a time and determine that I'm going to make the best of them for myself.

So now? Now I'm going to go pull on my running gear, and head outside. It's been too long since I've pounded the pavement, and it's time to get back to it. This uncomfortable intermission is over.

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IMIN2GENES 1/3/2012 1:50PM

    Onward and upward! Hope you had a nice run. We're going to kick booty in 2012!

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ROBBIEMARIE 12/31/2011 10:14PM

    I love that you are able to look back on 2011 with a learning attitude. It would be so easy to let what you think was less than perfect get you down but instead you can grow from it and formulate some great plans for 2012!

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TURTLERASKIN 12/31/2011 3:33PM

    I love how you've articulated this. I think you're going to have a grand 2012!

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ROXIT22222 12/31/2011 11:28AM

    You can do it! Baby steps. I found I do my best when the goals are activity biased. Thats why I have such high mileage goals. I have found if I make them then the weight comes off.. And if not I just feel better for doing it. You wil make great thing happen this next year!

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LISA01605 12/30/2011 8:23PM

    Excellent goals!! I'll be here to cheer you on! Hope you had a great run!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/30/2011 8:05PM

    You are heading out of 2011 on the right foot and it's a great way to start 2012! I hope you had a terrific run and I wish you all the best in 2012!

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ANNESYLVIA 12/30/2011 2:23PM

    Terrific! As I mention on my last comment on your last blog....Sheeee Baaaack!

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BLACKROSE_222 12/30/2011 1:54PM

    Enjoy your run! emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 12/30/2011 1:47PM

  I love your attitude Candy...I agree let's learn from 2011 and really shine in 2012!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 12/30/2011 1:43PM

    Sounds like a wonderful kick-start to 2012!

Can't wait to hear about your new adventures, Candy!


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AMYSNEWSPARK 12/30/2011 1:09PM

    It sounds like 2011 wasn't bad but 2012 is going to be better! Happy New Year!


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GALWAY_GIRL 12/30/2011 1:01PM

    Awesome! You and I seem to have been on the same path for 2011. It just didn't click like 2010 did. So I'm with you. 2011 will forever be known as the year of learning and 2012.... well you just better watch out cause we're gunnin' for ya!!


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KASHMIR 12/30/2011 12:44PM

    Love your positive affirmation! Enjoy that Run!!!

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