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In Search of the Elusive "Runner's High"...!

Monday, November 24, 2008

During my 45 min. treadmill session today I jogged for 21 min. which is my record! Usually I walk @ 4.0 mph throughout the majority of my session with a couple upbeat songs @ 5.0 mph, occasionally 6.0 mph. But today I jumped right in at 5.0 mph and held the pace for 21 minutes...woo hoo!

But today I had a helping hand right off the bat when my mp3 player picked Sly Stone's "Dance To the Music" which is an IRRESISTABLE 5.0 mph song...lol!

And THEN came Chick Corea with his stellar Return to Forever band of 1972 performing their opus "Sometime Ago / La Fiesta"! This song is over 20 mins. long and although it has a slow beginning it quickly picks up the pace and gallops along to its crescendo finale...whew!

Here's the album if anyone would like to preview, check it out:


It felt wonderful to be able to jog for this length of time...this so-called runner's high continues to elude me...but who knows? May get there yet! :-)

We'll be heading out for Kalamazoo early tomorrow morning for our 11 hour trek to spend Thanksgiving with our son. Looking forward to seeing him again, even tho it was only Labor Day when he moved out there and we spent time with him then.

Hoping to bring resistance bands and walking shoes to keep up the pace!

Everyone have safe travels, warm visits and a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!


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MOV4WARD 11/27/2008 11:03PM

    emoticonHappy Thanksgiving! Enjoy :)

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/27/2008 8:52PM

    (Thanks for the SparkGoodie! You're doing AWESOME!!!)

I just graduated the Couch to 5K program, and in my second to last session before completing the program, I FELT IT!!!! I was listening to music and it just took on a different quality, I felt like I was being sung to, just me, my stride changed, it was DEFINITELY it. It was so cool I can't even describe!!! You've done REALLY well with walking have you looked into starting running? (I've fallen in love w/ it and I'm a slow runner ;) )

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WYOFRED 11/24/2008 12:20PM

    Ohh Wow,

I am a Social Worker too at a Long Term Care Nursing Facility.

Tough job huh?

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WYOFRED 11/24/2008 12:17PM

    Hi there,

I too have just started running, and can run now for like 15 minutes without stopping which is a great accomplishment for someone of my size and exercise history.

This "high" has eluded me as well. I do get pumped up and proud of myself for even doing it in the first place, but no "high".

Maybe you gotta be on there a longer amount of time or something.

I am happy for you that your journey continues to bring you surprises and that your quest for your true self is ever evolving in a positive direction.

Continued Success and Revelation,


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Jump Starting...

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Okay, so enough whining, time for action!

Before the pellet stove could get things to blasted hot in here this morning, I hopped onto the treadmill for what I hoped would be a longer, 60 minute session. In the good old days, 60-70 min. sessions were typical on Sat. / Sun.! But it has been a long time since I had done that.

One of the culprits was reading an article suggesting that one gets greater benefit from doing two 30 min. sessions than from doing one 60 min. session. So, I thought, why not get more bang for the buck?!

Problem: once I stopped after a shorter session, I could NEVER, EVER get myself back on the 'mill later in the day! So soon my longer weekend sessions gave way to shorter ones.

I guess this is how one can take good scientific information and turn it into a bad decision! While it may be true that two shorter sessions have greater benefit than one longer one, it just plain didn't work for me!

So...I really put the pedal to the metal today and broke my treadmill record:

84 mins. / 5.6 miles / One THOUSAND calories...woo hoo!

It was so cool to see the treadmill go back to "0" when I hit 1000! Kinda like I broke the bank...lol!

Here's how I kept going longer than I planned: @ 60 mins. I was in the middle of a good song and before I knew it I was approaching 70 so I figured I might as well get to a round number, but then I remembered my habit of wanting to go *just a tad* beyond round numbers so after passing 70 I realized I was approaching 1,000 calories and I thought "How cool would THAT be?!" so kept going and near the 1,000 mark, past 80 minutes I had a helping hand from a song from one of my favorite albums by Sara Lazarus and Birelli Lagrene: It's Alright With Me...super album along the Diana Krall, jazz vocal lines...however with Bireli's swinging french Django-style guitar playing backing her up...such wonderful FUN to listen to!

here's the Amazon link:


Deed I Do was the track, and it was just the light, swinging toe-tapper to bring me home and see the calorie counter on my 'mill swing over to ZERO for the first time: YES! Another track I love on this CD is "Down With Love"...it has such a frenetic pace with fun-loving swinging style that it is TOTALLY infectious! If your listening inclinations are anything along this line you really owe it to yourself to check out this album!


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RIVERMYST57 11/18/2008 12:42PM

    way to go don!! 1000 calories is an amazing feat. thanks for the music info, will check her out. pam emoticon

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MOV4WARD 11/14/2008 5:18PM

    emoticonon new milestones!

sometimes breaking the inertia from stopping is harder than staying on a roll! and finding & keeping & tweaking what works for us is essential to staying on that roll. although the process can be hard, but mentally easier if we consider it adventure! thanks for sharing your thinking on this :)

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ANDALEX 11/11/2008 3:09AM

    too cool!!!! that's really awesome :) congrats!!!!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/9/2008 6:56PM

    Don.... Great job


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    Looks like you got your spark back! emoticon

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Losing My Spark!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Lately, despite all my success, I feel like I've run out of steam. My Spark has been flickering for reasons I can't quite pinpoint. As many of you know, I would REALLY like to break into ONE-ville someday, but lately I just haven't been able to muster the food intake control nor the exercise UPtake control to accomplish this. And the plateau continues. As does my whining...

I know my trouble spots...not getting enough sleep, which handicaps my energy levels...but mostly I just can't seem to muster whatever it takes to bump up my workouts and kick down my food intake...I know late night eating is sometimes the culprit, but just don't seem care enough to do something about it. My schedule of work has been more demanding ("crazy / busy"!) than usual and I really "feel" it by the time Friday roles around!

I'm even getting a bit bored with my treadmill routine and my 'mill has been my best buddy throughout the past 19 months since I've joined SparkPeople! I have been varying my speed from 4.0 to 5.0 on faster songs, sometimes 6.0 for a bit. My incline is always set @ 9. I TRY to get on my 'mill every day first thing in the morning, but lately have been missing some days. My sessions are 35-50 mins. depending on my time available.

This summer I LOVED jumping into the wonderful world of biking longer distances to nearby towns for round trips of 20-25 miles. But now we are in the "dark" months and biking will be very hit or miss. And I'm missing it BIGTIME! I have a plan to check out cross-country skiing if and when we ever get enough snow here in southern upstate New York!

I'm just not ready for the long nights, short days of fall / winter...more than a dash of SAD going down here...! The blahs are running rampant!

Any ideas out there...? I'm getting tired of my own whining...lol!


ps...I have to admit also, that success makes it tough to come clean when troubles crop up! Even if I KNOW that's what we're all here for...! :-)

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/9/2008 7:01PM

    Don... I know you won't give up. You are a survivor. You have always told me to not give up.

You have the power to do it.

God Bless

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MOV4WARD 11/9/2008 1:30PM

    i've been at this every day now since 1/1/06, and i know what you mean. i tend to lose internal motivation every 6 - 8 weeks or so and get a case of the i don't wannas. what has worked for me, is to keep making a daily commitment mentally and just focusing on basic minimum things, doing the best i can each meal, snack, chance to fit in alternative exercise, or even choosing a day or 2 of rest. and usually as i keep walking, the enthusiasm and motivation will well up from deep down inside again and it becomes easier again, and i can whistle while i work again (so to speak ;)

hopefully yours will return sooner, than later :)

in the meantime, be gentle with yourself, but keep your new, healthy you a daily priority :)

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BXLIBRA 11/9/2008 11:50AM

    thanks for the comment on my blog....Just don't give up and keep going (i should heed (sp?) my own words right hahaha) but yeah don't give up...as for the treadmill...I just started HIIT maybe you could look into that, its actually kick my butt on the treadmill...I just started changing it up cause i was getting a little bored of the same ol' treadmill routine

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DDOORN 11/9/2008 8:27AM

    You know...I KNOW all of the steps I could take to ramp myself up again and sometimes I catch myself beginning to attempt to rev myself up with pep talk, but it's always so half-hearted and I lose steam so quickly. I keep hoping I'll find a figurative stick of dynamite to blow up beneath me to get me going again...even knowing that is "waiting for Santa Claus" thinking...which the bad-old-self used all the time!


Comment edited on: 11/9/2008 8:24:42 AM

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ZELLAZM 11/9/2008 7:58AM

    Check out itrain.com. They have canned workouts you can download for the treadmill that can really help you change up your routine. I think you can do a package deal, or maybe even a subscription. As for me, I've just bought a couple of "a la carte" workouts.

Keep Sparking, Don!

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    Gotta agree, sleep is a big problem and will effect mood and energy levels in a big way, I exercise a lot while watching television at night, and do wall pushups when I go to the bathroom.

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TRAINOF4 11/8/2008 9:44PM

    Well, I have to say, as you probably already know, sleep is the biggest factor affecting your mood & everything else. There has been a lot of research done that shows that people who don't sleep well (not enough hours or very broken sleep) are heavier than people who get a decent night's sleep every night.

Wish I could do something to help! At least know that I've got a shoulder to lean on - I have strong shoulders BTW.

Thanks for your comment at my blog as well, I'm very happy to feel more energized & focused! I'll send those positive vibes your way, OK!? emoticon

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CRIT524 11/8/2008 9:43PM

    can you afford to add an elliptical or stationary bike? Maybe then you can mix it up. obviously your capable of sticking with the machines since you have had the treadmill so long (and used it). I am with you on the darkness. I just started my antidepressant again because of SAD. HOpe you get back in the groove soon. In the meantime force yourself to stay in gear!!

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Niagara Falls, CA / Letchworth State Park, NY

Saturday, October 25, 2008

My wife and I had a mini-vacation (Tues through Thurs.) to Niagara Falls and took a stupendous detour on our way home through Letchworth State Park, our own New York State waterfall wonder!

Unfortunately the wind was knocked from my sails the first day as I had come down with some weird fever and probable infection of some sort which made some of my hair follicles very tender and left a sore, quarter-sized lump on the back of my neck near the base of the skull. I just zoned out, slept a lot and bounced back on Weds. No cardio for me on Tues. tho! I enjoyed using the hotel's Star-Trac Edge for an hour on Weds. & Thurs.

Saw the doc yesterday and he believes this lump was a lymph node, put me on antibiotic and today it appears to have gone away entirely...go figure!

Needless to say, my one day of fever and listlessness did little to detract from our good times out and about!

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TRAINOF4 11/8/2008 9:46PM

    I have a great photo taken at Niagara Falls. The Canada side has a beautiful park... I went there once in the fall - lots of roses & beautiful maple trees. I had a great time, it is very pretty.

I will have to remember the State Park tho, in case I'm up that way some time. I love being outside!

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    Niagra Falls is so beautiful! At least as I remember, I have not been there since I was a little girl! Sorry you were not feeling better to enjoy it!

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MOV4WARD 10/27/2008 3:09PM

    go figure! sorry u were under the weather on your special trip, rotten luck. but am so glad u r feeling better!

have been enjoying your gorgeous pics! someday, we'd like to see Niagra, it just seems spectacular!

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DDOORN 10/25/2008 10:19PM

    The Star-Trac Edge is a variation of elliptical, although without the handles for upper body. I found the stride worked for me much better than some ellipticals...very smooth and effortless, yet jacked my HR up like any other elliptical!

Here's a review @ Epinions:


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ANDALEX 10/25/2008 9:40PM

    mmm, gorgeous! i'm glad you were feeling well enough to get out and see those sights. that's a truly beautiful area of the country.

what's a star-trac edge? sounds hi tech and exciting!

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Another Year Younger...!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Yesterday was my 52nd birthday and a great way I've found to celebrate which I've been doing over the past couple of years has been to complete ALL the questions at


Last year I was growing younger by scoring 49.5 years as my "REAL" age.

This year I grew another year younger by scoring 48.4!

Woo hoo! Thank you SparkPeople and all the WONDERFUL support from everyone who has made this such a super place to grow YOUNGER! :-)


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ANGELNOOK 10/21/2008 9:55AM

  emoticonYou keep getting younger and younger! That's great!


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ANDALEX 10/17/2008 3:14PM

    happy "un"birthday! that's awesome!

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MOV4WARD 10/17/2008 1:44PM

    that's a gr8 trend! emoticon
emoticonHappy Birthday!

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KARITIGER 10/17/2008 12:56PM

    Wow! That is inspiring and awesome! Amazing weight loss.. and the pictures to prove it! Nice Job!!!

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ZELLAZM 10/17/2008 12:47PM

    Congratulations and a belated happy birthday --- at this rate, you'll be a teenager again in no time! Blessings, Michelle

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