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My Third Run

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Each time I do this run, it seems SO hard at the beginning... then as I'm on the way back out, and it's easier, I am reminded that it's deceptively flat; it's actually a gradual uphill the whole way in! I shaved another minute off my run today, did it in 39 minutes. I actually went further than that, but I just timed the section that is my "normal" run.

When I got beyond the "signs" (the info signs that are the turnaround point on my usual run), it turns into a lot of single-track, and even though it's a well-used trail, at mid-summer there are graceful fern leaves stretching across the trail. It's a bit like running through the jungle, thought not as hot. Before we moved to this part of Colorado I never knew how lush and green (and ferny!) the Colorado mountains could be.

It was exciting to me to find that, even though I still only ran probably a third or a little more of the distance, once I get going, I'm not huffing and puffing quite so much; I actually have some stamina and can kind of get into a zone and keep going for awhile. I actually went farther on that trail than ever before. Everyone measures distance on Spring Creek Trail by the bridges; I'm not sure how many there are total, but I'd only gone as far as the 4th bridge before, and today I made it to the 6th bridge! My normal run is just beyond the 2nd bridge, which is 3 miles or a little more; I think today I probably did 5+ miles. I need to ask at the local shop if there's a map that actually shows distance on the in-town trails; I'm estimating based on time.

The 4th bridge:

The 6th bridge (I discovered the 5th and 6th bridges have no rails):

One last thought that I had while running. I have mentioned to a few people that I'm taking up running. I've gotten some encouragement, and a few wide-eyed looks, like "what is a woman pushing 40 doing taking up running?" usually accompanied by the admonition "be careful of your knees!"

I know that I do need to be careful... knees, ankles (especially trail-running with rocks and uneven surfaces), etc. But then I thought, is an occasional trail run really harder on my knees than carrying the extra 20-40 pounds around that I carried for the last 10-12 years or so? I doubt it. I'm still much better off now.

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SUZY6281 10/2/2009 3:00PM

    Congratulations on your success!! Yes, you are better off now. Take it from someone that took up running this year and is pushing 50. If you increase gradually and take heed of your body, you will do just fine.


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SKISINCO 7/26/2009 12:08PM

    Congrats Denise, wish I had a place like that to run.....

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JENEAL1 7/13/2009 1:44PM

    WAY TO GO DENISE!!!!!!

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ITSTIMECM 7/13/2009 8:07AM

    emoticonDenise! You are a strong woman and very capable of running. You are doing it! Keep up the great work and you'll be doing that entire trail in no time. I do agree that the first 10 minutes of so of running are hard-every time. It's like my body is trying to talk me out of doing it, but then finally gives in and says "ok, let's just do this".

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BIENKE 7/13/2009 12:46AM

    Denise, all I have to say is "WOW".

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SQUIRRELY_GIRL 7/12/2009 3:56PM

    Way to go Denise! You are making great progress woohoo!!!!

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My Second Run

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Spring Creek trail near my house is SO gorgeous any time of year. Sometimes I think I should mix things up more and go other places to hike/walk/run. And I do, some. But it's so easy and so beautiful!

Today was my second time out with my new running shoes; I cut a minute off my time from last week (I think; I tried to adjust for the few times I stopped to take photos). It's uphill on the way in; running on the way back out is definitely easier, but I try to mix it up, run some even on the ups and downs and not just on the flat parts.

Here are some photos along the way; I need to take my real camera, because photos with my cel phone are not that good. Next time!

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JAZZYJB 7/1/2009 10:50AM

    What a great running path! good for you, keep up the good work emoticon

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JENEAL1 7/1/2009 10:34AM

    Beautiful!!! Way to go Denise! emoticon

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SKISINCO 7/1/2009 8:33AM

    What a gorgeous place to run, congrats on getting out there!

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ITSTIMECM 7/1/2009 8:02AM

    What a beautiful place to run! I need to find a place like that around here to go to. It would sure make the run much more enjoyable!

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SQUIRRELY_GIRL 7/1/2009 2:34AM

    Very nice! Most the water in the creeks has dried up here, we've had some very hot weather. There are still a few streams with trickles but I am wishing they looked like yours! Way to go on your run!!

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SOCIALKAJ 6/30/2009 9:30PM

    Congrats on your run! I LOVE your pictures. They sure are inspiring and beautiful!

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My SparkPeople Journey, By The Numbers

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's a day for celebration! No, I am not quite at my goal. But my 1-pound loss marks 25 pounds lost since I joined SparkPeople! So being the numbers person that I (sometimes) am, I thought I would look to see what else that means!

Pounds lost: 25
Days since I joined Spark: 456
# of days it took me to lose each pound, on average: 18 (yikes!)
# of pounds that I have had to lose THREE times after vacation weight gain: 5 (so that means I've actually lost 35 pounds... but gained 10 in-between!)

Spark Points: 19,190!

Total inches lost between hips and waist: 10
Total sizes dropped in my jeans: 3

Total number of calories burned according to the Fitness Tracker: 89,386!
Number of days that I logged some form of exercise since joining Spark: 368
That means I worked out, on average, 5.6 days a week! (including holiday, vacation and sickness breaks... but many weeks I did 7 days/week!)

Number of days a week I worked out before SparkPeople: less than 1

Number of pounds to go until my goal: 2

Woo-Hoo! Hooray for me! I am so excited. Some days, I still wonder if, when I hit my goal, if I really, truly, know what a lifestyle change means. Some days, when I feel down, I still feel like diving head-first into the ice cream container (but at least it's low-fat ice cream these days). But when I see, in measurable terms, what I have accomplished in the last 15 months (456 days, to be exact), I know that I can do anything. I really, truly can. Thanks, SparkPeople. This is the best life lesson I have ever figured out. I know it's not over. But I think I'll get an "A+" on the final.

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JENEAL1 12/15/2008 12:08PM

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Denise, you have worked hard and are an inspiration to me. You have done a wonderful job - you will get an A+

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SKISINCO 12/12/2008 4:50PM

    Wow Denise, those are some impressive numbers! You are truly what Spark is all about. I know you'll get that A+ too. Have a great weekend.

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M.A.C. 12/12/2008 4:34PM

    That's fantastic!

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SCRUFFPOD 12/12/2008 11:21AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon 25 pounds is a great milestone! Wonderful blog- keep it up. emoticon

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Yeah, that's me. I feel grumpy. And because I feel grumpy, I'm sick of Spark People. I'm sick of worrying about my food. I'm sick of going to track my dinner calories before I decide whether or not I can have something small for dessert. I feel a bit sad, and I just want to eat. I don't want to change my lifestyle. I don't want to be healthy. Tonight, I just want to be bad, have cake, or an ice cream sundae, or some of the (still) leftover Halloween candy, and not care.

But I won't. Because I do care. The guilt kicks in before I even go there... I guess that's that thing that Coach Dean calls my "healthy lifestyle conscience". I guess this really is a lifestyle change... and some days, that's whether I like it or not.

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SOCIALKAJ 11/26/2008 12:37PM

    I completely emphasize with you. It's really hard to be positive and upbeat about weight loss this time of year. I also think if you can survive this time of year, keep goals intact and continue the path you're on, you really can do anything. Look back at where you were months ago and how hard you've worked. You really have accomplished a lot. You've learned a lot. Some of those things you probably don't want to know now, but you have. And you've made huge progress. It's normal to be frustrated. It's also okay to hate the process right now. Keep looking forward because the future is better and you don't want to go back.

Good luck. I'm pulling for you.

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DJFRCKY 11/25/2008 6:12PM

    Been there, done that -- I have days where I feel like if I have to plan one more healthymenu or cook one more healthy meal, the men in the white coats will come and haul me away with a strait jacket! But kudos to you for sticking to it and being careful even when you don't feel like it! You are doing a great job!

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WAGONWOMAN 11/25/2008 5:09PM

    I just like your attitude!! Put it out there, get it off your chest!! I have days like that too, and that's the best thing you can do. Rant, rave, bitch, moan........and then realize........you're going to be good anyway. But don't you feel a lot better. Don't keep it bottled up......let it go!!

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F8CONE8 11/25/2008 4:00PM

    I get it! Glad you feel better today but I sure know what you mean. Carol

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SCATTERBOLT 11/25/2008 12:21AM

    It's okay to have times like this. It's good that you're maintaining control though. Who knows, maybe there's a point where eventually you stop thinking about your diet and it won't be such a burden. I know it's like that with exercise, I always thought people who 'liked' exercise were nuts, but I've actually reached that fabled point where I look forward to it. As far as diet, something that has been helpful for me has been to plan my days out in advance, so that I can have a reasonable dessert and compensate for it throughout the day. Hang in there!

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Small Victories

Sunday, November 02, 2008

I think all moms of little ones have a mixed bag of challenges when it comes to weight loss. One the one hand, it is sometimes possible to share a meal with a preschooler, therefore eating less yourself (and they are still quite happy, and full). On the other side is the tendency to finish what they do not.

My DD wanted a hot dog for lunch. I rarely eat a basic old hot dog (if I have one, I prefer it smothered in chili and mustard...). I was busy taking down Halloween decorations, chatting with her while she ate. When she was done, about a third of the hot dog remained. I picked it up, intending to put it into my mouth... did a quick scan and realized "I am not hungry."

I fed it to the dog, instead. He was happy to get the "treat."

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HESTERBABE98 11/7/2008 7:25AM

    Good job Denise. It's almost like instinct. You see a bowl of candy or your case the unfinished hot dog and you hand just wants to go right to your mouth. Just think of how many calories you won't be eating if you are able to do this a few more times. Congrats on being in touch with yourself to know that you weren't hungry and didn't need the hot dog.

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SUZY6281 11/5/2008 1:51PM

    Ha! Sounds like the dog had a great day! My two dogs often save me from overeating. Now I have to be careful they don't gain weight too!

Good for you!


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RUTHIEBEAR 11/3/2008 12:42PM

    I remember those days...But good for you realizing you were not hungry and resisting temptation. I applaud you. Keep up the great work! You are worth it!
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F8CONE8 11/3/2008 11:05AM

    Good for you and the dog.

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SCRUFFPOD 11/2/2008 9:18PM

    Oh My goodness- another member of the "Clean Plate Club"- did they have those where you went to school. Aren't all mom's guilty of being garbage disposals for their children's plates. We must break the cycle LOL
Have a great day, your dog did!

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