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3rd place - no WAY!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Can't believe I won 3rd place in my age division in a 5K race yesterday. Admittedly, it wasn't a huge race (around 200 total running in the 5K and 5 mile), but still! I didn't have long to train because I signed up on short notice so I could run with a friend. The other best part - my friend is ten years younger than me and she only beat me by 7 seconds!

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PERRYBABE 1/20/2014 11:24AM

    Awesome Debbie! I can't thank you and Steve enough for the inspiration and encouragement you've given me, as well as others, who need to do this. While I may never be a runner, not everyone has to be one, and we can all still get fit. emoticon Keep up the good work!

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DESERTJULZ 7/22/2013 12:07AM

    Nice going, Deb!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/21/2013 11:35PM

    I think 3rd place is AWESOME!!! Good for you!!! Keep on keeping on!!!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 7/21/2013 11:19PM

    Wow! Congrats on a great job and a real accomplishment.

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Finally reversing the direction of the scale again

Monday, May 13, 2013

I haven't done a blog in a while - life is just so busy! But I've been plugging along, eating right, exercising.... and losing NO weight. For quite a long time. I've actually been maintaining my 10 pound weight gain that happened over the course of last summer with 80 hour work weeks followed immediately by surgery for breast cancer and then radiation treatments.

I did a lot of reading and decided my problem was loss of muscle, leading to a slower metabolism. So I decreased in the aerobic exercise, amped up the weight training and also increased my protein percentages. And finally, after doing this for 5 weeks I lost two whole pounds. The right direction but still mighty slow. And it isn't like I'm down to my last 10 pounds or anything. For my height, I still have a good 35 pounds of fat that needs to go.

So I found one more idea to try. I figured it couldn't hurt and it has actually started to turn things around and get me back to a pound per week of weight loss for the last 3 weeks. It's called intermittent fasting. There's a book out about it that I hear mixed reviews on and I'm not interested in following, but the concept is to limit the hours during which you will eat. The recommendation is eight hours of the day for eating and the other 16 for fasting, but I can't quite accomplish that with my schedule. So I gave myself some leeway, shot for 9 to 10 hours a day for all my meals and snacks to fit into, with the rest of the time fasting. No nibbling at all - especially at night. That is probably my biggest boost, to be honest.

So most days I have breakfast later than usual, between 9 and 10 a.m. and I finish all my meals and snacks by 6 or 7 p.m. And the scale is steadily falling, finally. Nothing magic or anything and it isn't always easy, but after the first few days I found myself forgetting about food and not wanting to nibble this and that. For me, it's a breakthrough and I hope it continues for a while before my sluggish metabolism kicks in again.

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DEE1221 5/13/2013 7:46PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I am a SLOW loser. So I know how discouraging it is. I know I should exercise more and eat less to get the ball rolling faster. But, for some reason I just can't get it all together. Keep working at it! You'll get there!

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Doesn't seem fair

Friday, August 03, 2012

It doesn't seem fair to get healthy and then end up with cancer, does it?

Wish I knew a "cause" - then I could fix it. But I don't, and I can't. I can only do what the doctor tells me, which feels kinda helpless. First a lumpectomy on the mildest of breast cancers, a small inter-ductal cancer. Then the news that the lump had "invasive" qualities means a dye test to see which lymph glands have also been affected and an immediate surgery afterward to remove those lymph glands.

The only thing I know to do is try and be even a little healthier. Though I lost a lot of weight last year, I didn't always make great food choices. I didn't have a diet filled with a lot of fruit and veggies; I've always eaten far too much meat and processed foods. So I'll try to do better there, keep on exercising the best I can, and trust that God is with me helping me and my body is getting even better at healing itself.

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MALIAN1 8/9/2012 11:17AM

    I've been praying for you. Keep us posted.

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UNICORN212 8/7/2012 12:15AM

    Well, you could be going through this and be obese, which would make it all even worse. Food choices are important. Try to reduce processed foods and carbs, and eat more whole foods.

When my DH goes for his PET scans, he has to eat a very low carb diet the day before, and then he gets injected with what is basically radioactive sugar. If there are any cancer cells there, they gobble up that sugar, and they light up on the scan. So far, none are showing up, so he is still in remission. But, the lesson stuck - cancer loves carbs.

BTW, I just left a note on Steve's page for you...and I'll deliver it here:

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SHAWKINS09 8/4/2012 12:43PM

    Prayers for you. I am praying that they got all of it the first time. You are a strong women. We all make the choices to eat what we eat.


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REVIVE_ROCKSTAR 8/3/2012 11:43AM

    I'm very sorry about your diagnosis. Many prayers and thoughts.

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5K walk coming soon

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I'm excited about my 5K walk, AIDSWalk Phoenix, coming up two weeks from tomorrow. This is the first 5K I've done to raise funds for a charity, though I've done this distance or a little more at least 6 times now, so I feel like I'm ready for it.

I think it's against Spark rules for me to put a link to my donation page on here. But if anybody wants to know that, you could give me an email address and I could give the link to my donation page if you were interested.

I hope to do at least 5K one more time before walk Sunday.


Working for dinner

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Well, many years ago people had to really work for their dinners. Perhaps go out in the garden (that they had carefully worked) and pick some of the fruit of their labor; or catch, kill, and pluck a chicken; or, further back yet, perhaps go out and shoot their dinner, then butcher it and cook it.

Dinner is a whole lot easier nowadays and that has probably contributed to all of our waistlines. So it was rather fun and a harkening back to "days of old" last night when Steve and I walked to a restaurant over two miles from the hotel where we are staying to purchase a locally-raised, lean beef burger, and then walked the two-plus miles back.

I think perhaps I need to walk for my dinner a little more often.

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READY4CHANGE81 9/10/2011 8:03PM

    emoticon Great job!!

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