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Jogging: Catching On...!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Had a nice chat with a fellow local Sparkie (LADYWEZ) at one of our local parks today. We were planning a bit more for our SparkRally at the Relay For Life next Fri. / Sat. June 19-20. REALLY looking forward to this! Although our SparkTeam will only consist of 6, three of us plan to be there round the clock with others coming to help us out for long stretches of time also.

Afterward my DW and I went for a walk on the lovely paved trails around the park and I decided to jog. Each time I do this lately (and I'm doing this more and more...!) I continue to be AMAZED over how TERRIFIC it feels to JOG!

In some ways I think it is easier to jog than to power walk! Jogging just comes so naturally, whereas power walking involves really pushing the limits of what one normally does when one walks. I probably did more jogging today than I have ever done...EVER! Felt WONDERFUL! Woo hoo!


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NCAZULL 6/14/2009 10:14AM

    It's amazing you saying that cause I just am beginning to feel the affects of running myself and YOU've met me you know how small I am for me to take up running is like speed walking to you LOL!. nonetheless, I too have been passionate about it I feel so rejuvenated after I take my shower and refreshed.
My whole entire body feels light and my legs feel a slight gentle tingle after the run.. it's fabulous. so rock on with your running it's great. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZELLAZM 6/14/2009 9:15AM

    Yep, I see it coming too - Don the Runner!

I think a team of 6 for the Relay is great, considering this is the first time you're doing this together. WTG in advance for your efforts.

Enjoy your Sunday,

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KAYAKID 6/14/2009 1:07AM

    Don, It is time to become a runner and do a 5k race. I started running at 51 and now I have 2 5k's under my belt and another one this thursday. I never that I would be a runner. try the C25k program and do it slow and you could be ready for a race in about 3-4 months.

thats wonderful that you can jog aliitle!!!
EnJoyed your blog.....


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I DID IT! :-)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I have been treading water for the past year maintaining my weight.

Yes, I *know* once one has lost a significant amount of weight like I have it is a REAL accomplishment to be able to maintain. And I DO give myself credit for that. After a LIFETIME of roller-coastering up and down the scales to get through the past year with little more than 5 pounds variation one way or the other is really AMAZING!

But yet the lure of getting closer to and perhaps even CROSSING the 200 pound weight has been nagging at me.

However, despite the desire to drop more pounds I just haven't seemed to be able to make enough changes (ramping up the workouts, tightening up the calories) to do this.

Until this week!

As some of you may know, I rebel mightily over logging calories. Haven't done it yet and if there was a way to continue to lose *intuitively* without counting calories I am going to keep trying!

Strategy: an "allowable" indulgence for me has been peanut butter. However I've noticed a tendency on my part to go OVERBOARD with peanut butter similarly to how I used to lose control with the high-carbie, sugary, sweet foods of the bad-old-days. So a couple of weeks ago I made my mind up that I would cut peanut butter from my diet and see what happens.

Today? Dropped 3 pounds since last week's weigh-in!! Woo hoo!!

Feels SUPER to be able to have the self-control to "tweak" my approach to food and see my body respond in kind!

Everybody keep on SPARKING out there!


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JIBBIE49 6/12/2009 1:50PM

Have a fun week-end and enjoy the summer sunshine!

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ZELLAZM 6/11/2009 7:05AM

    Oh my, peanut butter is a staple for me! Funny thing is that I don't go overboard with pb, but peanuts are currently banned from the house.

Looking forward to your leaving 200-ville. SP will really rock when that happens!

Cool on the t-shirts - I guess that means you and the team are really committed now - no going back!

Thanks for your good thoughts and happy weekend,

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LADYWEZ 6/11/2009 6:18AM

    Wow congrats. It is amazing what little changes do to make the big changes.

You should be very proud of yourself.

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ZIRCADIA 6/10/2009 4:58PM

    Congrats! :D

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MARJIJANE 6/10/2009 3:41PM

    Well "Sparken" my friend! Soon I will be welcoming you to the "Onederland" world! It is sureal to think that this is simply making the right choices! Who would have "thunk" it!

Congrats on new progress!


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SUZIAND 6/10/2009 1:22PM

    Congrats on the breakthrough!!!! I am very happy for you!

It takes strength to eliminate those "indulgences"...especially when you've already eliminated so many from the past. Kudos to you!!!

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KEEPITMOVING 6/10/2009 1:21PM

    wow! now, THAT'S what I'M talkin about! look at what one, mindful, important, little tweak did for you! it's very easy to overindulge in peanut butter. it, too, is and always has been one of my all-time-favorite foods. i'm confident that, if you measure your portions of food that you tend to have issues with, instead of eyeballing it, you'll be able to have peanut butter and so many other "forbidden foods," all in moderation. your progress is terrific! n

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THANIA1 6/10/2009 12:55PM

    Dan , congratulation! on many fronts: your weight loss, weight maintenance, and eliminating peanut butter...

The hard part is to find out what are the things that , give us craving, most of course are obvious like chips, ice cream..etc. But things that are supposed to be healthy may cause us some minor intolerance , like pea nut butter for you, and look at you 3 lbs less. wooo

Huggs. emoticon

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KAYAKID 6/10/2009 12:33PM

    Don, I look forward to under 200. I am getting there. I have been consistent the last 3 months and have been losing about 7 pounds per month. I should be close to the 200 goal by August. Great Job! Your awesome and an inspiration. I am headed out for my 5 mile run. again great job!!!

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KIPRUSS3 6/10/2009 12:25PM

    Super !

I'm just starting the "serious" time in my life. I've managed to hit nearly 200, and freak out, saying 'ok, girl, get with it".

your story was very familar! thanks

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Grand Fundraising Strategy...!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

I have a neighbor who now and then calls on me to solve her pc woes. Whenever I do she tries to give me something which I wave off.

Now that I'm getting a "taste" of the fundraising SPARK fever, I think I have an answer for her: Just put it toward the next fundraising effort I do! :-)

Getting a few donations for the Relay For Life...going to ask my co-workers this week at our staff meeting.

The day started off with glorious sunshine, had intended to get out on my bike, but then the clouds rolled in and grocery shopping obligations came along...next thing I know it's 8 pm!

Hopped on my 'mill and clocked another GRAND (1,000 cals.) which I hadn't done in a while. I always like to kick up my workouts on the weekend when I have more time.

Hope everyone had a SPARKING weekend!


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SPRING4FAL 6/10/2009 12:59PM

    You will have to let us know how the Relay for Life goes. I am going to attempt to put together a team here in San Diego in honor of my father who was diagnosed with lung cancer about 4 years ago - beat it - and 2 weeks ago was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Time to stomp out cancer!!!!

Good luck with your fundraising efforts!

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    Keep up the great work!! You're an inspiration!

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ZIRCADIA 6/8/2009 3:08PM

    1000 cal! :D What a great burn!!! :D

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JIBBIE49 6/7/2009 11:16PM

    My friend and I went to his class reunion and there was a woman there who in high school owed him FIVE DOLLARS for a ride he gave her. She'd never paid him and his father had NEVER let him forget that she had "bilked" him on her promise. That was 40 years earlier, so he mentioned to her that she still owed him $5 and she got REALLY upset, took out the $5 from her purse and paid him and walked off. I took the $5 and said "On Sunday morning THIS goes into the collection plate." It did.
So, my point is remember you can always do a good deed and give the "payment" to your collection plate.

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Neither Snow nor Rain nor Stomach Bug will Delay our local SparkTeam's Relay for LIFE!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Well at least I got the worst of the day out of the way early on...! A nasty stomach bug kept me up through much of the night. Good part is when this happens I stop eating and only do water.

Things settled down by the afternoon when I had the pleasure of huddling in REAL TIME with members of our local SparkTeam the Binghamton Area Losers...Woo Hoo! We met to prepare for our first Spark Rally at the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life coming on June 19th & 20th. We'll be keeping someone on the relay track for 24 hours as we raise donations to fight cancer.

We had the special pleasure of another SparkPeople member from outside the Binghamton area (Tioga County) joining us at our Spark Rally also...WTG MIKEEBBERS! Took a few pictures to post on our Team page as well as our Relay page with the American Cancer Society.

Today's weather was PERFECT for Sparking outdoors so I went on a great walk / jog at our local Otsiningo Park where our SparkTeam met. Here's a picture of the four of us who met today (Erin, Melissa, Don & Tara):

How terrific it was to at last meet fellow members of SparkPeople right in my backyard! I am truly hoping this will be the first of many gatherings for us!

During my walk I just buzzed right along, despite not getting a good night's sleep and *feeling it*! Here and there (when I had the sidewalk all to myself and wouldn't feel self-conscious) I would pick up the pace and jog instead of my fast power walk. Blame Billy Joel "We Didn't Start The FIRE!" How can one walk and not jog to THAT?!?! :-)

I'm not really pushing myself, but am surprised over how good it actually feels to jog, even if just a smidgen!

All in all, QUITE the pleasant day!


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ER15SS 6/7/2009 9:39PM

    Mike Ebbers? That's either my student or his dad. I'm guessing dad. Weird....

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LADYWEZ 6/7/2009 5:32PM

    sorry you were sick but so glad you guys were able to get together

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ZELLAZM 6/7/2009 7:05AM

    Hope that bug is gone for good today...

You and your team look great! I'm looking forward to hearing how the relay goes.

blessings today

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THANIA1 6/7/2009 3:15AM

    Hi Don,

Full of envy I am, I wish I could join you. NO SP in Spain. Good luck with your goals. You have my ciber support from here.

Look after that stomach bug, a bit of lemon and a dash of salt or sugar in that water will do you good. emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 6/6/2009 11:42PM

Your tram will do good. I will be right there with you in spirit.
Good cause as I know.

God Bless

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JIBBIE49 6/6/2009 11:17PM

    Hey, what a great group of SPARKERS!!!! emoticon

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CHAS1949 6/6/2009 10:28PM

    Congrats on your walk and meeting up with Sparkers!!

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LYNNOTT 6/6/2009 10:27PM

    Way to go! I wish you all the very best on your walk! We had our local Relay For Life event May 15-16, and I walked 9 miles during the time I was at the Relay.

Best wishes on your walk and on your weight loss journey!

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Compulsive Overeating and How to Stop It

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Compulsive Overeating and How to Stop It


I zapped right into the addiction model in which the author likened sugary, salty, high fat foods to alcohol and other substances...couldn't agree MORE!

From the article: ...sees similarities between situations that trigger drug abusers and those that make some people automatically order popcorn when they see a movie.

"It's the same biological mechanism," says Volkow, who studies dopamine connections to drug abuse and obesity.

The institute is studying brain chemistry to develop strategies to help people control those urges to overeat.

"People need to learn to handle their eating behaviors better," Volkow says. "Be aware of your conditioned responses. You can avoid that activity."

...believes conditioned hypereaters can take back control. He also calls for the food industry to take another look at how it makes and markets products that he believes manipulate eating behavior.

"It's become pretty egregious across the board," he says. "You look at most appetizers and main dishes at where America eats, and they're just layered and loaded with fat and sugar and salt. And it's not obvious."

With food, he wants to raise awareness of the cues that set many people into a hard-to-break cycle of overeating.

Instead of simply going on a diet, conditioned hypereaters need to change the way they approach food.

Hey, sounds like the SPARKPEOPLE approach! :-)

Although I have to admit to my own tweaks which are not necessarily advocated by others. Your mileage may vary...! But for me, just as an alcoholic can't have "just a little," I have to view those sugary, starchy, baked goods, cereals, etc. in the same light as an alcoholic in successful recovery: I just don't go there! Removing all of these substances from my home, my life, has made ALL THE DIFFERENCE for me! I know in my bones that I simply can't have "just a little" without awakening the sleeping tiger within! Some may feel overly deprived or resentful...but I feel such RELIEF!

I was just congratulating a co-worker this morning as she seems to have "turned the page," "flipped the switch" and has transformed her lifestyle just as SO many of us here at SparkPeople have done. It's so difficult to explain to others how it is that this happens. You know, it'd be nice if we could pinpoint this and like write up a prescription for success...?!?!

Perhaps that's what Chris Downie is doing with his new upcoming book, "The Spark"...? I can't wait to see this come out and really push SparkPeople into the limelight! Woo hoo!


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GITTYB 6/24/2011 1:34PM

    the problem with a food addiction is that you need to eat unlike a drug addiction of which you obviously don't need the drugs to live.
like you, i can't have a bit around or i end up having too much. the problem is i live with others who have it around and i really need to work on my self-control. thanks for the interesting blog.

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KEEPITMOVING 6/2/2009 10:35AM

    i got this same email, too. i'm learning that i CAN just have a little or a bite, lick, taste (BLT) of some "bad" things. in fact, it helps me with my self-control and gives me more strength with my mindfulness. i understand what you mean though, about not being able to have ANY of it around. too much of a temptation and VERY hard to change the thought pattern to make yourself stop. best to not have to deal with that at all, right? we humans....n

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DDOORN 6/2/2009 9:55AM

    Don't worry, Thania...Chris Downie will show him how to write the GOOD stuff!

Well I at least appreciate the SPARK of self-reflection that the article offered...


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THANIA1 6/2/2009 9:48AM

    Oh Don, I have just finished to read the book by Dr Kessler, I can not explain how disappointed I was and how empty is its content, POOR, POOR and poor...

Ok it sound attractive in media and it is all over the places in i don't know how many press items, radio , tv.. very nicely promoted . but oh boy is so empty in content, in the article sounds promising, but what is in the book , we know it at least for the past 10-15 years. Apparently he wrote a book on tobacco and smoking which was very good , which I haven't read.

What a waste of money and time for me.

The fact of course remains that the salt, fat and sugar makes us bing, we never binge on steaks but do so on potato chips, sweets,....etc.

Sorry Don , I felt really cheated by the book. Too much promotion for such a poor content. emoticon

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SEYSARAH 6/2/2009 9:22AM

    Don this is a great blog and after a couple of Sparking years myself I am coming to the conclusion that like an alcoholic or some other addictive problem....junk food is problematic and for me, best just left alone as a way of life vs just a bit won't hurt me...because ultimately it does and tends to derail me....some very good thoughts and points...thanks for the info and link!


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