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I ran to the top . . .

Friday, October 07, 2011

of the mountain. Well at least most of it. I live in North Georgia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. It's quite hilly and we even have our own little "mountain". Even with the building boom of the past 20 years in this area, (which is about 30 miles north of Atlanta) the county has done a nice job of protecting green space. Fortunately they procured a lot of acreage on the mountain and there's a very nice park. There's 4 trails and the Laurel Ridge trail is the longest @ 3.2 miles (if you do the entire loop).

My family and I hike these trails quite often and the Laurel Ridge trail is strenuous. A couple of weeks ago we hiked it and my sister and 2 older daughters actually ran part of it. I was with my youngest daughter and she didn't want to run.

Last night my sister and I decided to change up our running and go to the mountain and run. We decided on the Laurel Ridge trail and started walking and then set out on a jog. The trail starts out hilly and you have to be careful because there's a lot of rocks & roots. We ran the hilly part and had to walk when we got to the steep incline that goes to the top. We didn't stop even though this is a pretty difficult climb and we had already ran about a mile. We huffed & puffed, but made it to the top (while we were huffing & puffing this man ran right past us up the hill - I've seen him before and he runs this mountain quite often. Another man and a young guy also passed us running down the trail, but it didn't discourage us because we were doing pretty good!)

We got to the top and then started running again. We probably ended up running about 2 miles of the appx. 2.8 miles we did. Running down was actually a little harder because you really had to be careful of the roots/rocks and it was hard on the knees. We were pretty excited and decided next time we go, we're going to use another trail that doesn't have quite the incline and run the whole thing!

I've always been pretty active and never had any trouble walking these trails, but is was a great feeling to "step it up" and run most of it.

This is all part of my "evil" maintenance plan. Keep moving, keep motivated and stay challenged. Hmmm, maybe next I'll start the strength training I know I need to do?!! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 10/8/2011 8:49AM

    emoticon for sharing, and
emoticon to this amazing run.
Must have been beautiful scenery...

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You've Come a Long Way Baby!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I ran with my sister last night and because my DH has a stomach virus (icky) and wasn't going with us, we went to the "hilly" trail. I usually can't run on Tuesdays because I have Girl Scouts with DD #3, but we didn't have a meeting last night. So, when we parked at the pavilion, the C25K runners were running on the "loop". This is the program that I took last April - June on Tues/Thurs. Anyway, they're at about Week 4 and boy did they look like they were struggling, especially when the dreaded whistle blew and they had to start running. My sister and I looked at each other and said "that was us"!

I'm really glad I saw that last night because I've been a little disappointed that it's still not "easy" to run the 3.1 miles. I thought by now I'd be running like a gazelle and a 5K would be eazy peezy. Not so much, but hey, 6 months ago I couldn't run for 2 min. and I thought I would die when she blew that whistle.

We started our run and I was feeling pretty good! The hills were a little hard since I've been running a flat trail for a couple of weeks, but I ran (or jogged, depending on how you look at it, but I prefer run!) the whole thing and then sprinted to the end. I probably did it in about 35 min. which is pretty good for me. I'm really looking forward to my next race on 10/15 and hope to beat my PR of 36:29.

I've come a long way baby!

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KRISZTA11 10/5/2011 4:30PM

35 minutes is good!
I'm not there yet, I do about 2.8 miles in 35 minutes, and I'm happy about it, as I was never able to run so much : )

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SISTERSPARKLE 10/5/2011 1:19PM

    Woot! Woot! I've tried the C25k program twice and haven't finished it. Right now I'm really on a roll with some other training (which includes a lot of HIIT) then I'm going to just go run and see how I do on 5k. Makes me want to sign up for a race!

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I'm No Quitter

Monday, October 03, 2011

I became a Lifetimer member at Weight Watchers the end of May. I've been at or below my goal since March. I share the same concerns about maintenance and keeping it off as a lot of people. I believe the percentage of people that "keep it off" is about 5% (not good odds). I also remember my Weight Watcher leader saying that the people that are the most successful with maintaining are those who continue to exercise.

Believe me, maintenance is not for sissies. Even armed with all these tips and knowledge, it's still a daily battle. We know what do do, after all we've lost all this weight, we've implemented this healthy lifestyle. Maintenance should be a "piece of cake" (I won't even go into the cake I had over the weekend!). Wrong - you're still faced with all the challenges you had before - not enough time to exercise or cook healthy meals, etc. Not to mention the cake!

I've attributed my success so far to the accountability of the Weight Watcher weigh in and my running. To maintain my lifetime status, I have to weigh in monthly and be either 2 lbs. +/- goal. So why is last Thursday (the second to the last day of the month), I still hadn't weighed in and was making excuses not to go (mainly because I thought I had gained!)? I was talking it over with my husband (who is not the most sympathetic guy!) and he said it sounded like to him, if I didn't go and weigh in, I'd be a "quitter". Well, I'm no quitter, so I gathered up my book and headed to the WW center. I'm happy to report, I was still below goal (not by much, but I'll take it!). We also ran that night, even though it was the last thing I wanted to do.

So, I'm no quitter and I just completed 6 months of maintaining - I'll take it!

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KRISZTA11 10/5/2011 4:35PM

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My only idea for maintenance is to keep going, both eating well and exercising.
I hope it will work, and after 6 months I'll be a proud maintainer, like you : )

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ONECATSHORT97 10/3/2011 10:17PM

    A big CONGRATS for 6 months of maintenance! WTG

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ONECATSHORT97 10/3/2011 10:17PM

    A big CONGRATS for 6 months of maintenance! WTG

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/3/2011 1:46PM

    Yep, as far as I've been able to ascertain, that's what keeps us where we want. By staying engaged and focused.

So yay YOU!

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Am I Running in Place?!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The last couple of weeks have been weather paradise in North Georgia. We broke a record this year with over 90 days of temperatures 90+. I know that's nothing compared to Texas, but this started in early May and we had a miserable summer.

Anyway, as I mentioned above, the last couple of weeks have been great - in the 70's and low humidity. I mentioned to my husband on Tuesday that I wanted to run as soon as I got off work and not wait until taking DD#2 to basketball carpool since it's starting to get dark @ 7:30. He got off early yesterday, so when I got home @ 4:30, he was waiting in his running clothes ( he's been running a couple of days a week with me and is really doing well). So since I already committed myself, I got dressed and ready to go. I really didn't want to, I had a long list of reasons (main one being cramps!tmi) and it was back to being hot and humid!! Not 90, but it was in the high 80's.

We get to the flat trail, stretch and then I realize I didn't have my ear plugs or a watch (2 more reasons not to run!). He takes off and I keep to my pace. He passes me at the "turnaround" (he does the run/walk thing) and I kept plugging along singing little songs in my head and trying to estimate my time with the little .10 markers (I think I've mentioned before that running & math don't work for me). I looked around at where I was and realized I hadn't even run a mile yet! Am I running in place? I didn't think I was going so slow, but I clearly wasn't into it. I talked myself into keep going. I eventually saw my husband ahead and caught up. He was at one of his "walking" parts, so I told him to wait up and I was going to walk (we had probably done about 2 miles). He told me he was getting concerned that I had fallen because I usually catch up with him by now! My plan was to walk a little and then finish off the last .5 running. I just couldn't get started back up - although I think my walking was as fast as my running, but since I didn't have a watch, who knows.

Anyway, I guess the moral to my rambling is that even though I didn't want to go, I wasn't into it and I really "sucked", I did sweat, got in about 40 min. of exercise and had a nice walk at the end with my DH and an opportunity to actually talk! So, ignore your excuses, don't worry about how well you're doing and just enjoy the opportunity!

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MELISSAK05 9/25/2011 6:56AM

    Great job going even though you did not want to go. There are days that are better than others, but you did it!

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CHARL1ESMAMA 9/24/2011 1:40PM

    Good for you! It is so hard to get out there when I just plain don't feel like it! In the end, I never regret it...

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My Mom is Awesome!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer back in December. Her first concern was for her 3 daughters and 5 granddaughters and their chances of getting breast cancer. My Mom had just turned 80, so the doctor told her that getting breast cancer so late doesn't necessarily increase chances for her daughters, etc.

Anyway, because of the location of the tumor (it had infiltrated the muscle) her team decided to do the "hormone receptor" treatment to shrink the tumor. She was fortunate that she could have this treatment as opposed to chemo. She had her surgery the middle of August and has just finished up a week of radiation. She has 6 more weeks to go. She's doing well and has maintained a postive attitude. Sometimes we forget that she's even going through this "battle" (although I'm sure she never has). It's actually been a little harder taking care of my Dad and keeping his spirits up (he's a little high maintenance)!

Her oncologist is very big on healthy living and exercise. He recommended that my Mom walk at least 30 min. a day even during the radiation treatment (radiation can cause fatigue and oh yeah, she's 80!). She's always been pretty active with light walking and gardening, but she has really stepped up the walking. She either walks up and down our road (we have a long gravel driveway) or she and my Dad go to the local park. They don't walk the little loop around the playgroud, they walk the hilly trail in the back (1.6 miles) that includes my nemesis the "second time around" hill.

She is awesome and a true testament that a positive attitude and healthly living is the ticket. It doesn't hurt that she has amazing faith also.

So here's to my Mom and her awesomeness! emoticon


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