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Friday, December 18, 2009

I enjoyed reading another members' blog about discovering that he could RUN and got to thinking about how I just can't BELIEVE I can run these days! It just doesn't even occur to me that I CAN run except once in a while like tonight while heading out to the car from the mall. I parked at the very end of the lot to give me some walking time...except tonight I thought, hey, you're short on time, why not RUN?!?!


I envy runners their fitness and the "high" they get from running....but still don't see myself pushing in that direction very much...at least now...but who knows what the future may hold? :-)


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S318830 12/24/2009 12:08AM

    Every time I can't run for some reason or other, I look with absolute envy at all the people out there on the roads running. I'm going through that right now. You should give the Couch to 5K program a try and see if running is for you. If you think a parking lot feels great, try running your first organized race - now that's a serious high! I LOVE races!

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ZIRCADIA 12/21/2009 8:37PM

    All I know is, never say never or you'll end up running a marathon! :D HAHAHAHAHAA :D

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/20/2009 5:48PM

    Fortunately one does not need to actually run to get a "runner's high" LOL. As you know my arthritic knee won't even tolerate WALKING more than 2.5 miles without telling me about it - but I can get buzzed from spinning and the elliptical.

Thanks goodness for those natural endorphins. If I couldn't manufacture them internally for free, I'd probably be in prison for buying and/or using them! LOL

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UNIDENT 12/19/2009 11:32PM

    Good start! And why shouldn't the future hold running for you, if you want to go there? There is nothing in your way. Nothing at all.

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BOBBYD31 12/19/2009 10:33PM

    don, running can be a great experience but it is not for everyone. i hope that it may be in you future, i have found it very rewarding no matter how fast or slow i go. runners are very supportive of each other, just like sparkers.

merry christmas to you and your family.

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JOYYAK 12/19/2009 1:56PM

    I love to walk. I know lot's of people love to run, but I love to preserve my knees. Hope to have the same set for my entire life! I can get the same endorphin high from a nice brisk walk!

But, I like your parking lot philosophy. I do the same thing and oftentimes park far away from the entrance of where I am going. Every little bit helps!


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FRECKS96 12/19/2009 9:52AM

    When you're ready to try, let me know! I know what you mean about envying the runners with the way they talk about it.

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ZELLAZM 12/19/2009 9:51AM

    Wooohooo! What a great feeling! I see a 5K in your future too!

BTW, love the new background - we don't have cardinals here in Germany so I really enjoy the photos!

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FERRETLOVER1 12/19/2009 7:23AM

    I have never really been able to run because of my knees, so I envy those who can. Even just running a short distance to catch a bus hurts my knees. Oh well, at least I can walk & I do walk - lots & lots. I try to walk fast to make up for the fact that I can't really run.

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RENA1965 12/18/2009 10:27PM

    Don, I can't run on a regular basis it annoys my disc collapse- however I walk 10kms daily... Don't have to be a runner to be fit, smart training you can have all the details and less injuries..
Running is high impact, but many people abuse it.. Keep it at a level you enjoy.. I don't have to increase my exercise, but when I want to see my husband grave I pick up the pace and 16 kms disappears faster than waiting on 2 busses..

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LEELYNN2 12/18/2009 10:26PM

    My Daughter and sometimes my son will race from the car to the store or the store to the car... that's the best! she's growing out of in though unfortunately and has to have a big lead before she'll try anymore. The cardinals in your yard? They're great.

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JCORYCMA 12/18/2009 10:23PM

    Sometimes I feel the "high" sometimes I just feel relief I'm done :) Running just seemed like a natural progression when I was walking at an ever faster pace. It was just a matter of lifting the feet up off the ground AND convincing myself I could do it! You probably walk at a faster pace than I run, so some time give it a try. Why? Because you can. Next thing you know, you'll be thinking 5K...

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Frazzled & Frantic But Holding the Line w/ Healthy Choices

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Going crazy dealing with BOTH a pellet stove that isn't burning right and an oil furnace that isn't running and here we are zooming down to our first single-digit night...argh! Service fellow is coming to save the day...after hours fees and all, ugh!

Holiday festivities and foods continue to pop out all over...but have been enjoying them in healthy ways...no more stumbles on my way to ONEderland thank you...! :-)

Our local supermarket has been having these HUGE Cortland apples on sale 78 cents a pound and they are DELICIOUS! And no where NEAR the calories of other foods...been chowing on 2-3 each day...yum...what a treat!

Can't wait for some slack days...there WILL be some, won't there...?


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CHANGE4FIT 1/6/2010 1:58PM

You are an inspiration! Sorry I missed your blog till today. while I am in the south, we are having our own heydey with the cold. Can't say I stuck to apples over the holidays....now it's time to pay the piper! Thanks for you blog and keep up the great effort!

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JOYYAK 12/18/2009 8:11PM

    LOL - I'm sure that the time between and including Christmas and New Year's was meant to be "slack time"... we'll all be bemoaning what we have had during that time; just wait for those January posts!

Cortland apples - yummy! I can't wait to get to NY and get some of the local apples...and the other good local foods like Hoffman's hot dogs and coney's, Grandma's Baked Beans and cheese curd! I can't get any of those down here - and I hear that they are calorie free when you eat them in NY! :)

Hope your repairman came through for you!


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FRECKS96 12/18/2009 8:14AM

    ugh, so sorry about your heaters. The last 2 days have certainly made up for our warm November! Hope you got everything fixed and got some sleep.

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FERRETLOVER1 12/18/2009 6:56AM

    It's always that way - whenever the need for heat is crucial, that's when the furnace breaks down. Same thing in the summer when you really need the air-conditioner.

Good for you eating apples - healthy & delicious, too. Have you tried the Honey Crisps? They are fantastic!

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L*I*T*A* 12/17/2009 10:57PM

    sorry about your furnace problems.........hopefully it will be resolved quickly........love apples too.............blessings and hugs................lita

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JCORYCMA 12/17/2009 10:27PM

    My super snack this season is those little Clementine oranges. Seedless, peel like a dream, and just the right size! Sorry to hear about your furnace. One of life's little bug-a-boos...
A special emoticon for how well you've been handling the holiday eating. Very motivating!
Joanne emoticon

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Another Holiday Temptation Hurdle Cleared!

Friday, December 11, 2009

BRR am I ever feeling the COLD these days without all my "extra padding!" As I said in my status update...this must be the only drawback to having lost the weight I have...lol!

I did well today at our agency's buffet luncheon...even if they DID have the blasted goodies all spread out on a table throughout the whole luncheon...no veggie trays and no fresh shrimp as they've had in the past...grrr! Passed up on the goodies, though and stuck with the roast beef with roasted cloves of garlic and mushrooms (yum!), salad w/ balsamic vinaigrette and broccoli...and you know...? I was STUFFED and couldn't eat another bite afterwards. It was great to feel so satisfied and satiated with my healthy choices!

Now: on to a busy weekend FINALLY breaking out the Christmas decorations and setting up the tree!

Sending out SparkWishes for everyone to have a festive, fun and healthy holiday weekend! :-)


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JOYYAK 12/14/2009 11:28AM

    Funny - I just wrote a similar blog when I realized it was a loss of insulation causing me to have increased cold intolerance this year! Hey, I quickly stopped complaining and added another sweater!


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TRAINOF4 12/13/2009 12:56AM

    It's interesting to read about feeling colder without the extra padding - I've always been very "hot" even before I gained so much weight. So I'm curious about what will happen as I lose MY extra padding!

That lunch sounded really yummy! I LOVE roasted garlic! It's really good for you, too. emoticon Good for you for resisting all those EXTRAS!

Have fun emoticon getting ready for your holidays!

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L*I*T*A* 12/12/2009 12:12PM

    good for you!!! temptation is everywhere.................hopefull
y we overcome them this time with sparkpeople on our side!!!..............blessings and hugs.....................lita

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FERRETLOVER1 12/12/2009 10:45AM

    Yeah, I have also noticed how much colder I am now that I have lost the weight I needed to. I thought after a while (4 years) at my current weight, my body might have adjusted. But, no!! Instead, it seems like I am even colder than I was before. Oh well, I just wear a sweater more often than I used to!

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ZIRCADIA 12/12/2009 9:19AM

    UGH, I know! And I've never really gotten WARM clothes that actually fit me... So I end up layered like a crazy hobo in oversized stuff, too. HAHAHAHAHA Like today -- old Marching Chiefs Shirt, my grandpa's cardigan I "inherited", a hoodie, my old FSU Sweatshirt... scarf... hahaha. (Well that was for outside, inside I'm down to the cardigan and Chiefs longsleeve shirt.)

P.S. -- I'm going to not one, but TWO holiday events tonight. My plan is to eat as healthy as possible for dinner at the first event, no "treats". Then at the party eat ONE or SMALL SERVING of things I want to have and then cut myself off with some gum. (The first is a church dinner then Christmas Concert type thing, the second is my friend's annual "martini" party which is funny because we don't drink, but we always go cause it's her Christmas Party and she gives the best parties ever! We just stay out of the martini glass gift exchange.)

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ZELLAZM 12/12/2009 6:26AM

    Good for you - I didn't fare quite as well at our office party. But it's over! Yay! Do I sound like Scrooge? ;)

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MAZUR157 12/12/2009 6:15AM

    Good for you!!! Keep up the good work.

This coming week is the week of holiday temptations for me:
It starts with Xmas dinner with my Zumba friend tonight.
Cookie baking on Sunday for the cookie swap on Monday.
The cookie swap on Monday
The holiday potluck at work on Wednesday. I am going to bring a salad with balsamic dressing and strawberries. (Then I'll know there'll be something for me to eat. ;o)
Present exchange and dinner with my son and his girlfriend on Thursday.
Holiday lunch with smaller group of co-workers on Friday.
After work party at local bar on Friday evening

Yikes!!! I am scared to death. But, I am determined to do my best.
...wish me success!

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USAKIBAT 12/12/2009 1:12AM

    Wish some of your will power would rub off on me! You are an inspiration. Tomorrow I will think of you and all the other inspiring SparkPeople I have encountered, every time I'm tempted to stray from eating healthier. Hope it works! Nothing else I've tried has. emoticon emoticon

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PATTYCAKE49 12/11/2009 11:07PM

    May we all do as well as you did!

Happy Holidays!

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PISTL67 12/11/2009 11:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you've got it handled!!

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LINDA25427 12/11/2009 10:52PM

    Great job on your choices emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETERINA71 12/11/2009 10:15PM

    Why does celebration almost always involve food? Doesn't seem fair, does it?
I had to get to the point where I wasn't embarrassed to say "No thanks, I'm on a diet." or disappear when the food came out.
I do love how fast I fill up, now that I'm not eating the way I used to. And I can't wait to lose my extra padding =)
Happy holidays to you too!

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FRECKS96 12/11/2009 10:01PM

    Great Job today! Congrats!

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Nailing Backslides Before They Happen!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

An old colleague of mine from back at the state psychiatric hospital sent me a note recently with some holiday wishes and letting me know she was sending me a nut roll next week. Hmm...temptation! Normally I wouldn't bat an eye, but a nasty thought flashed through my mind and I realized one of the patterns that have "undone" my hard work in the past. As I teased out the thinking it went something like this:

"After all this work I've done to lose all this weight, aren't I overdue for a reward or two...? Haven't I earned it? So how about hanging onto this nut roll for myself...?" You know...all those evil little jingles about "having it YOUR way" and "you deserve a BREAK today"? These nasty little thoughts work their way into your brain and like automatic pilot they can kick in and OFF WE GO TO THE RACES!

But just as quickly I ruled that out and told myself I would be passing this along to my colleagues at work...just the same as I do whenever I find myself possessing any "contraband"...down to the staff kitchen for all to share! :-)

Another HUGE holiday luncheon tomorrow...you know...one of those long, multi-tabled buffets...? I'll stick with the fresh shrimp, veggies, etc. thank you...!

Another member of SparkPeople had posted about her favorite holiday music so I thought I would share a few more of mine. Some of my favorite holiday music includes Windham Hill's Winter Solstice series and along the same vein Tingstad & Rumbel's holiday albums. All instrumental, acoustic, sometimes folksy sometimes new age-ish. Tingstad & Rumbel are a duet of guitar and oboe...wonderful combination!

Here is one of their songs at YouTube:


One of the most special things about this season is the music!


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DOCKO56 12/17/2009 8:47AM

    Aggghhh! The ONLY problem with this is that I work in an office where there are MANY people with the same mindset! They buy crap and goodies, then realize their mistake and bring it in to work and stick it on the breakroom table for everybody else who are trying to avoid all of these things. They are so tempting. I even think there are people in the office that are trying to sabotage those that are making progress with their weight and fitness! They see you making progress and feel guilty!
Oh well, better to share than horde it! emoticon

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CARRIE1948 12/12/2009 7:51AM

    Isn't thinking of food as a reward part of what got your to be overweight in the first place? It seems to me that there are still lessons you haven't internalized. Food is not a reward, it it fuel.

Rewards are music, books, walks in the country, whatever brings warmth to your soul.

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SIRCATNIP1 12/11/2009 7:04PM

    LOL. I first read this blog title as "Nailing Backsides." LOL

Great blog!

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/11/2009 12:46PM

    Glad you are resisting. It is so true how we always think, oh I have been so good so it won't hurt if I eat _____. It is realizing that food rewards aren't a reward that makes or breaks it.

Just a thought, maybe you should throw out the temptation instead of passing the temptation on?

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JCORYCMA 12/11/2009 8:49AM

    You inspire me, Don! Isn't it great when things like a buffet no longer intimidate you? Have a wonderful time!

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KELLI9001 12/11/2009 8:27AM

    Rewards are good...Habit breaking snacks are not. Way to go on passing the contraband onto someone else. You are my hero!


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FERRETLOVER1 12/11/2009 8:03AM

    Stay strong!!!

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FRECKS96 12/11/2009 7:15AM

    Good Luck with your temptations over the next couple weeks. And, as always, thank you for broadening my musical horizons!

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ZELLAZM 12/11/2009 6:44AM

    IKWYM! So far, a bottle of wine, a bottle of brandy and a huge bottle of chocolates are ready for "re-gifting" here.

Thanks for the music tip - very pretty!

Good weekend!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/11/2009 2:58AM

    Yep, good going, nipping that thought train in the bud.

'Cuz don't you DESERVE to get to ONEderland?

Aren't you WORTH having the body you want?

Wouldn't it mean so much MORE to get to New Year's with a resolution to KEEP weight off rather than GET it off?

LOL. There you go. Some anti-consumerist slogans to stick in your head and combat the consumerist ones...

Stay warm and wish me discipline and vigilance while I visit a friend in DC this weekend...

(I REALLY want to remove those last 3 lbs and get to a "healthy" BMI in the next week or two... I want that SwiMP3 player! I want my shiny new BMI for Christmas! LOL)

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L*I*T*A* 12/11/2009 1:14AM

    great song......love it.......thanks for sharing..............blessings and hugs..............lita

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JAE_HENNINGTON 12/10/2009 11:42PM

  beautiful song... thank you so much for sharing

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RENA1965 12/10/2009 11:42PM

    We are having christmas dinner on the 23rd I said no thanks to the arrangers ordering food to me- I am taking something wow and make their jealous lol... I am taking a meal fit for a king..
Hang in there D...

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Easy Come, Easy Go...!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

My HUGE, BIG NEWS of the day is that

(drum roll...)

in 6 days I have succeeded in dropping ALL FIFTEEN POUNDS I gained while traveling over Thanksgiving weekend!

Picked 'em UP in 6...DROPPED 'em in 6! Woo hoo!

I'm so PLEASED over having such CONTROL over my body...at least when I choose to EXERCISE it...lol! And what a lesson learned from slacking on my vigilance for just a few days...whew!

I haven't STARVED myself either...just cut way back on calories to around 1200 per day. But selective, well-chosen calories. No extensive, intensive workouts either, just my daily treadmill sessions of 35-45 mins. and 3 ST sessions during the week.

What a sigh of relief that I am back down to 205 and within "do-able" distance from breaking into my long-fabled ONEderland!

Woo HOO! :-)


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ZELLAZM 12/10/2009 4:41PM

    WTG! Onederland, look out!

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AZIMAT 12/10/2009 9:39AM

    Good for you. Say hello to Bingbong for me.

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FERRETLOVER1 12/10/2009 7:48AM

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GETTO140 12/10/2009 6:31AM

    GREAT JOB!!!

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DAYHIKER 12/10/2009 6:24AM

    emoticon Don! I also liked that you didn't go to extremes but just got back into your usual pattern. That seems to be a key thing for us!

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S318830 12/9/2009 10:33PM

    Oh, that's awesome! I'm so glad you were able to get rid of that excess baggage! Now you can continue on from where you were. Good job with the exercise.

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L*I*T*A* 12/9/2009 10:20PM

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FRECKS96 12/9/2009 10:12PM

    Woo Hoo!! Congrats on your victory, you'll be great moving forward!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/9/2009 10:09PM

    Fantastic news, Don!

I'd hoped most of it was water weight from the processed foods and that it would go away quickly...

The REAL victory here, as I see it, is that you buckled down with determination and controlled all the factors within your power. You kept from being demoralized, and got your nose right back to the grindstone.

You Rawk!


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ZIRCADIA 12/9/2009 10:02PM

    I was pretty sure this was going to happen. :) REAL pounds don't get gained that fast -- so they usually drop off quickly as well. As long as we don't mess around! hahaha ONEderland HERE YOU COME!!!!!!!! :D

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JCORYCMA 12/9/2009 9:59PM

    emoticon Don!! I like it that you didn't go to extremes, just got right back on track!

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/9/2009 9:58PM

    Don you will be in onederland soon my dear friend. I am glad that the pounds melted off and that you didn't eat crazy little to do so. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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