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Admiration for runners.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I have a couple of friends close to my age, my age, older even (I am 46) that are marathon runners. Seriously, they run for 26 miles straight. The one guy is doing a 100 mile weekend. 100 miles. Running. Same guy that twisted his ankle 2 miles into his most recent marathon and still finished! It is so AWESOME. Me, I can run about 26 seconds straight. I also know a lot of people training to run 5Ks. Which I also think is awesome. So to you runners out there: I admire your coolness! I admire your mental strength to run for hours. I admire your sense of self that says, "I will take this time every day to run." Run! I applaud you all!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/12/2011 11:08PM

    I so agree with you - I applaud all those who run! I wish I could, but medical issues prevent it. I'll have to be satisfied with my daily walks.
Stay positive!

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    I'm a former runner who wishes I could still run. It's exhilarating.

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ABB698 6/15/2011 1:28AM

    Just goes to prove-if you are determined, make it happen! emoticon

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KBEHUNE 6/14/2011 9:58AM

    I keep treatening to do a 5K, but I can't seem to get up enough motivation to do so. I do run some (I think 15 minutes straight is my max!), but mostly for interval training to help burn some of my fat! I admire all those that could run for hours at end--I don't think I could ever do that!

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COACHMOMMY 6/14/2011 9:00AM

    Hi, I was an avid walker that started a 5K running program back in March. I just ran my first 5K on 6/4 and am signed up for another this Saturday. When I started (even with all my walking), I couldn't run for 2 min. straight. Now I can almost jog the entire 3.1 miles. BTW, I am 50 years old and my sister who started with me is 53. She is doing even better than me (she used to me a runner in her younger days!). I finished my first 5K in 37:22 and she finished in 34:34. We ran last night and she finished in less than 30 min. She has bad knees (surgery in January) and I had an ankle injury. Beleive me, if we can do it, anyone can! The trick is to start off slow (we did C25K through a local park) and always stretch before & after! It's still hard, but it's actually getting to be fun and we are so excited about our progress!

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MEANCARLEEN 6/14/2011 8:26AM

    I went from not being able to run for 1 minute to now being able to do so for 30min. I joined the SparkPeople 5k rookie program and IT WORKS! If your interested I highly advise you to join up. I am STILL amazed!!

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PALCON resurfaces

Monday, May 30, 2011

I'm back on Spark, and happy to be here! Life got a little overwhelming in April and May, but I am not giving up. I've been a regular at the gym again, and I'm going to regain my momentum with the weight loss. It's 4 months until my birthday, so I'm thinking that's a good time frame to accomplish something. Wouldn't it be nice to be in 1derland for my birthday?

Recommitting myself to tracking my eating, and keeping it up at the gym. I'm sick of failing. I want to WIN.

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HAVE-MERCY 6/16/2011 7:22AM

    Glad to see you! emoticon

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CONNIE2POINT0 5/31/2011 9:10AM

    Thanks for the welcome back, friends. I missed you!!

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MOMGABE 5/31/2011 8:25AM

    Welcome back. Good luck reaching your goals.

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ABB698 5/31/2011 1:13AM

    There you are! emoticon Welcome back!! You should be celebrating Onederland by your birthday for sure! emoticon

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SGTSUNNY 5/30/2011 9:22PM

    I am close to Onderland myself, it will be such a celebration when I am there. You sound like you are making the right choices to get there!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 5/30/2011 5:33PM

    emoticonback!! emoticon

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I like to see me, smiling right back at me.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Here's one thing fun about the journey to a normal weight: smiling at yourself in the mirror. Right? Isn't it nice to get dressed and do your hair and think, "hey, I look ok!"

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    It sure is nice!!

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COMPUCATHY 2/26/2011 9:01PM

    It IS nice...mirrors are our friends, now. They show us how great we're doing! Woo hoo! Spark on! emoticon

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ABB698 2/26/2011 4:06AM

    I caught me checking me out in the mirror in hubby's truck tonight on the way home from Costco! LOL emoticon
Hey, it all comes from within. You really do shine outwardly if you are happy inward. Work it girl! You put in a lot of hard work, you should like it! emoticon

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SHELLEY147 2/25/2011 10:47AM

    emoticon That is the BEST!!

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Success with a side of scared.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tomorrow will be four weeks of the Biggest Loser and my new experimental protocol (niaspan + low carb) designed to increase my abysmal HDL, and I am happy to report close to 10 more lbs are gone forever, and I notice it --my face is thinner, a couple pairs of pants are in the Goodwill box because they are uncomfortably loose, and I'm starting to notice some muscle definition through the padding. I am looking forward to getting my blood drawn on Wednesday to see if the experiment has worked on the cholesterol end of things.

These 10 lbs seem to be an exciting but critical juncture for me...and that's why I am a little scared. I'm scared of complacency and going backward. I'm scared of getting compliments --feeling too good about myself--after all, pride comes before a fall, doesn't it. People are starting to ask, "what are you doing to lose weight?" I'm sure all of the big losers out there have learned to deal with these new social situations.

I have also identified some irrational programs in the brain-computer that need to be deleted---a delightful array of negative things that play in my head such as:

-if you lose weight, you're just going to gain it back.
-you'll make the fat people feel bad if you lose weight
-you're going to become obsessed with food and weight, and lose your personality and intelligence, too.
-you're going to become a skinny b**** if you lose weight.
-you're going to become a slut if you lose weight.
-you should eat what's put in front of you.

I don't know where this stuff comes from precisely, and I don't have any idea why I would even believe this garbage, but I counter these ideas:

-I am not going to gain any weight back.
-Other people's feelings about their own weight have nothing to do with me.
-I have a healthy consciousness about eating and fitness. My personality and intelligence are just fine. In fact, I think I'm smarter.
-I think I'm happier, not bitchier. (Is bitchier a word?)
-Being a healthy person does not affect one's moral code.
- I will only eat what's put in front of me if I consciously decide to. I wouldn't want a friend to eat something I made that they didn't want "to save my feelings. " That's dumb. My friend/family person knows I love them whether or not I eat what they have prepared.

So, on we go!

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IGSBETH 2/27/2011 11:37AM

    Way to go!

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COMPUCATHY 2/26/2011 9:00PM

    You're exactly right...when the bad thoughts come, you have to deny them and replace them. Good for you! Congrats on your victories. I hope the HDL numbers have improved, too. Spark on! emoticon

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ABB698 2/21/2011 12:08AM

    Connie, it is easy to allow yourself slack once you start feeling confident about your progress. But YOU control your destiny! emoticon

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CO-CREATOR 2/20/2011 7:42AM

    I think you have a good strategy, countering negative thoughts with positive ones.

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Fighting the Valentine blues.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

This is a little hard to write, because I'm not one to show a chink in the armor. I don't cry easily, I tend to keep a stiff upper lip and keep going.

But, here I am, and I'll admit to you, sparkfriend, that I'm having a hard time maintaining my mood, and it's Valentine-related. The backstory is that my divorce (still hate the word) was final end of October, but that was 3-1/2 years after I discovered the extramarital relationship my husband of nearly 25 years was involved in. So, this non-valentine's day is not exactly new.

In some ways, I feel authentically grateful--there are a lot of ways my life is better than when I was in the marriage. My creativity and brain-power has soared with all the energy freed from trying to keep him on an even keel (long story). While I don't want him back, ever, I do miss the couple-hood, the companionship, the burden-sharing. And, well, celibacy was really not what I signed up for.

And I don't think I'm ready to pursue another relationship either. I signed up on for a while, that was interesting, but also a little depressing. And, with 99% of the parenting being done by me (not complaining, much easier, actually) when does one have the time? My attention is rightly focused on the kids; only a year or two and they'll be in college like my oldest.

So, anyway, I guess I'm still adjusting to being single in the couple-based world, and I do feel a little sad about it: lonely. Not that I don't have a lot of friends, I do, and I love them! But, alas, not the same thing, is it.

However, this is how I'm fighting back:

--I bought some valentines with a biology theme --very cute, with tattoos, even-- I'm giving them out to all of my work friends tomorrow, which will be fun.

--I'm going to drink plenty of water which seems to help the mood.

--I did Pilates this morning and I'm going to definitely rock the gym tomorrow.

--I'm going to listen to some great tunes.

Thanks for listening to my little story. Say a prayer or send some good vibes my direction. I've got to shake this, and get back to the fun!

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    emoticon Someone like you deserves only the best.

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CONNIE2POINT0 2/14/2011 6:20PM

    Hi friends, and thanks for your blog comments, encouragement, and well-wishes.

It was a fine Valentines day! My work friends were amused by the little valentines I gave them (we are all kids at heart, aren't we?) and I even got a couple valentines back, and a nice hug, too.

I really think I made the best of it, and I'm feeling much better.

OH! And the best thing? I am 8.8lbs lighter than at the beginning of our biggest loser contest on 1-24-11. Pretty good for 3 weeks effort. Win! emoticon

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ABB698 2/13/2011 5:46PM

    Connie, glad you got to get that out of your system. It's okay to be lonely, you are human after all! =) While I have luckily been happy married for almost 19 years, I do get what you are saying. A friend of mine lovingly refers to Valentines Day as "Single Person Awareness Day". Fitting, huh?

I love the little things you will be doing! The tattoo valentines sound awesome, I love it and am sure your co-workers will too.

Hang in there! Feburary 14 WILL be a good day for you!!

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MORGANPARK 2/13/2011 3:37PM

    I've been there. And to some extent, though I do have a "love-like" interest, I still am. True love has not been attainable for me. But it's all good. Like you, I have two kids to keep me going, friends, and family. One thing that I use to do with another friend (before she found her guy) was we'd exchange Valentines Day presents. It was a little weird for two girlfriends, but we enjoyed the surprise and fun in it.

Also, I know that Valentines Day only comes once a year. I have the other 364 days to be grateful that there is peace in my life. The kind of peace I didn't have even when I had a husband on Valentines Day.

Happy Valentines Day!! emoticon

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ELSEEBEE 2/13/2011 3:07PM

    You sound as though you have a wonderful plan for dealing with the difficulties of the day. What a great attitude you for looking at your problems and dealing with them. Best wishes to you and your children!

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LITHGIRL 2/13/2011 11:27AM

    I've been where you are. Pretty much same circumstances but with no children. He passed away prior to the divorce becoming final, so I'm an official "widow". What a blessing that you have children, and you will never really be alone.

I'm planning on a casino trip tomorrow, solo. And I plan on having a good time. Spend time on your passions and hobbies. My faith has grown immensely and I have found a peace and happiness I did not have before. I have a brother, widowed, that I do things with like casinos, museums or airshows. And yes, it's a couples world on Valentine's Day, it's up to you to be your own Valentine! Love yourself. Take satisfaction in how you're improving your life, making yourself healthier, and the joys ahead like one day becoming a grandmother!! And a healthier one at that!! Celebrate you!! You deserve it! Seize the day and treat yourself! Attitude is everything and you are on the right track!

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CHELLEBO1 2/13/2011 11:01AM

Sounds like you have a plan to keep up your spirits. GOod luck and Happy Valentine's Day.

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