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Polar Bear 5K today.. :D

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Today was the 5K I've been working for since December. I was worried because my nutrition hasn't been very good the last 2 weeks, I've been super stressed at work &with my class and I know I've gained a couple lbs back, however, I was committed to complete it.

One that I hoped was achievable was to jog..even shuffle if I had to in spots.. the whole thing and not stop. Well, I did pretty well on that but the wind today was pretty gusty and there were a couple good hills that were challenging..I did stop ONCE and was really mad at myself. Even though it was only for maybe 10 steps, I was disappointed, but kept going.

Slow and steady sure doesn't win the race, but I did keep a consistent, albeit SLOW pace through out. When I rounded the last corner I saw from a distance that the timer said 38 minutes. I was stoked! If I could finish less than 40 I would be so happy. I kept my pace, didn't want to get winded and ran to the end, the clock said 39:00 when I passed.

So, even though I was just about the last person to cross ( usually there are a lot of walkers in 5k's but not today) I was OK with it. A coworker of mine was behind me. She was running in her first 5k ever and did have to walk some but she finished at 42 min and some change. I was very proud of her, she was only up to running a mile straight..and as you know wind and temperature really make a difference outside.

I will also say that there was a really nice gal about my age with her boyfriend or significant other cheering people on at the end. Most people had left but she had stayed. I don't know why that was so touching to me. There are always people that cheer and while it is nice and appreciated, it has never meant that much to me before like today. I guess since today was cold and icky..I was just really touched that she stayed even when she had long since been finished. I wanted to say something to her but after my friend had come through and we chatted a bit, then she was gone. I wish I could have told her in person that her simple gesture was appreciated very much by someone bringing up " the end of the pack".

Her simple act of kindness inspired ME to want to be that person at the end of a race...to finish myself with enough time to spare to go back to the last leg and cheer OTHERS on.

  
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STRIPEDTIGER 2/27/2011 12:24AM

    Good job!! I'm proud of you!!

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MS_PEABODY 2/26/2011 7:49PM

    Congratulations on your 5k! Be proud of your accomplishment and don't be disappointed that you had to stop during the run...you pressed on and completed your goal!

I'm sitting here with sore knees from my week 2, day 2 of C25K and your story inspires me to know that someday soon I'll have my own 5K story to tell.



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BARBIE176 2/26/2011 7:44PM

    Dianne I am so proud of you! It is awesome that you were able to keep on going and finished under 40! emoticon

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MOTIVATED@LAST 2/26/2011 7:07PM

    Well done on your 5K!!

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NBA...I'm tired of hearing about you.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ok, so this is nothing earth shattering..but as one who listens to ESPN every day on the way in to work and home, I am already so SICK of hearing about Carmello Anthony and other NBS nonsense. Does anyone else get irritated with all the NBA talk? I'm just cranky because football is OVER and the only inkling of discussion is the draft which is still over a month away. *SIGH* Baseball puts me in a bad mood too! :) America's game may be dandy for some, but it bores me to tears....and it goes on FOREVER. Didn't we just finish the world series? Now it is constant spring training jabbering....

Ok, I need to take my cranky self to bed!

  
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RAYNAC3 2/22/2011 7:28AM

    Your horizons are fine! I happen to have other sports "distractions" this time of year and one is just coming to an end (supporting my alma mater's basketball teams). Time to line up the next. I'm convinced most people, especially radio and TV personality have too much air time to fill with stuff that's REALLY not noteworthy and have to make it sound important that's why they blow everything out of proportion and repeat it every 10 minutes...in case you missed it.

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STRIPEDTIGER 2/22/2011 7:18AM

    Are we sisters parted at birth? LOL I love football and that's about where it ends. I'm glad there are other sports for other people to enjoy but they aren't for me.

I've never understood all the excitement about NBA or MLB. I get why we like football. It's a strategy game. There are so many more factors going on there. Football is a physical game that's a lot more mental than most games.

I miss football. . .waaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

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BARBIE176 2/21/2011 11:44PM

    I don't like all the jabbering period. You do, however, need to expand your horizons to include other sports. I love baseball, but I don't like all the jabbering there either. I also love NASCAR and was pretty excited that a rookie won the Daytona 500. He turned 21 the day before the race and was the youngest ever to win. Pretty exciting stuff! I hope you had a nice night's sleep! emoticon

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Department Photo Do Over??

Thursday, February 17, 2011

You ever have days where you just want to slap your face until it hurts? I'm having one of those days...weeks.

Today I was feeling OK about myself. Just got my hair done the day before and went into work for our department picture. Well, that was all it took. Why is it we are so critical of ourselves in photos? At least I am. The picture is horrible. The shirt that I thought would be flattering at hiding my football upper arms did not do the trick. Ugh.

I have been stringent on logging my food into sparks from mid december until 2 weeks ago. Nothing earth shattering happened. I just stopped. Why did I do that? I have no idea. Easier to cheat maybe? I have a bad attitude and I need to change it!

  
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RAYNAC3 2/19/2011 8:17PM

    Only you can prevent forest fires. You can make the change happen at any time, Dianne. Go you!!

And yes, we are our own worst critics. 4000 people could tell you how wonderful you look, but if you don't believe it, it doesn't matter what the world thinks. It took me YEARS to stop arguing with people when they gave me compliments.

Sounds to me like if you're frustrated, then you haven't given up. Regroup and come out fighting!!

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STRIPEDTIGER 2/18/2011 7:41AM

    We are ALL critical of ourselves in pictures. Darn those models that are airbrushed, computer enhanced and camoflaged with makeup!! NO ONE can live up to the photos of those women but we expect ourselves to all of the time.

I have to tell you something about myself so you'll better understand the impact of the following paragraph: I REFUSE to give someone a complement just because they are hinting (in that special way girls can do). I REFUSE to just say something kind if I don't honestly believe it. To me that's allowing people to make me lie. I understand being kind to others but I also won't "just say things" to make them feel better.

Honestly, you are VERY PRETTY!! You have pretty eyes that pop right out of the screen and a beautiful smile. Do you have any idea what I'd give to have skin as pretty as yours? I can't comment on your body composition because I haven't seen a full photo of you. But TRUST ME you are very pretty and have NOTHING to feel self conscious about. I understand that as women we will ALWAYS feel self conscious but it's a real shame.

Go forth, young lady, with a smile upon your face!!


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BARBIE176 2/17/2011 11:09PM

    Dianne I am the same way about pictures. I really never like my own picture. I think you take beautiful pictures by the way. I hope that you will get back to tracking your food. It really is easier to just eat what you want, but I am hoping that if I keep tracking my food that eventually I will know what I can eat and not have to be so diligent about it. emoticon Chalk this up to a bad attitude and get back on track! Whatever you do, don't feel like the Lone Ranger in this journey!

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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling...uh...what happened??

Friday, January 21, 2011

I don't know what has happened this week, but I just feel like the roll that I have been on for the last 4 weeks has come to a standstill! It sounds like the ladies in my BSG / NFL Snowflake are having the same issues. Funny how it is all hitting us the same week! You know how when you have days of eating well and exercising well, you can start to "feel" the changes in the body? Well, granted I have went over my calorie count a couple days this week, but I have kept up with my regular aerobic exercise of jogging...but I just don't "feel" the same as I have in recent weeks. It is so discouraging. It is way too early in my program to have hit a plateau. I don't feel like anything has been accomplished or that there are any changes to my body. Enjoy the support of my friends on here and reading everyone's struggles as well, I am very glad to have met so many great Sparkers! Here's to a motivating weekend!

  
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RACHAELRED 2/14/2011 10:47AM

    I know how that goes! Whenever I'm having a day or a week that I don't "feel" any changes for the better, I flex my leg in front of me-the quickest reminder that I DO in fact have SOME tone on my body. I know that's kinda dumb, but it works!!

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ANH102712 1/23/2011 10:13PM

    I really think it's just a mid-January thing. It happens to me every year. I just kind of have to take the bad with the good and not give up. I had an awesome exercise session today. And that will probably get me back on track for the week! You are doing well, keep up the good work.

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BARBIE176 1/21/2011 10:43PM

    I really think it has something to do with the weather too Dianne. Today was my first day of eating things I should not have eaten, but I made the choices willingly and am still determined that I will pick up again tomorrow and move forward. I too am proud of all that you have been doing for the past 21 days and I am rooting for you to get over this blah feeling quickly. emoticon

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ALLIEMAUPIN 1/21/2011 3:29PM

    Dianne, I am feeling the same way as you or should I say not 'feeling' it. Hahahah I am really trying to just trust the program and realize that this is just an off week and take it day by day. I'm proud of you for keeping up with your running I know that it is prly hard when u feel like you are in a rut. Just remember we are all here for you! :)

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STRIPEDTIGER 1/21/2011 12:00PM

    It's not just the snowflakes. I've had an awful week. I even skipped a run last night which is the first time since I started the new training schedule several weeks ago.

I'm blaming the barometric pressure, the temperature outside, the season, the moon, mother nature, . . .anything I can. . .LOL

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80 X 4

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Well...yesterday I did a really dumb thing and consumed a whole package of Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes. Why am I posting this? Because I'm hoping others can releate with this embarrassing lack of control. I can rationlize that it was the small package and only 80 calories per serving ( 2/3 cup) but the fact is I ate the whole package and I was SO MAD at myself afterward. The good thing though, is that even though I had gone over my calories for yesterday, I didn't say "screw it" and just totally cave to consuming more calories because I had already "ditched" my day. Luckily, I logged my food right after eating into the Tracker and saw the evidence of going +100 over my daily allowance and stopped...so that is a good thing. It is funny how that act upset my whole evening. Even when I went to bed I was still disappointed and mad. My struggle with not sabottaging myself is just about the hardest thing for me in this journey. I ran 40 minutes yesterday so I "justify" the overindulgence at the time...but then feel horrible afterward. The learning process continues....

  
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ANH102712 1/21/2011 9:12AM

    It is definitely a learning process! I ate horrible yesterday. I had mexican for lunch which was actually just 2 tacos and then Ryan wanted to go to cracker barrel and so I had chicken n dumplings. Bad! But I had water instead of pop and no desert. Sometimes you just have to focus on the good things you did even if they are microscopic. We are learning and we learn everyday!! We are training ourselves to live better and it is a process! But good job on not beating yourself up and not giving up!

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ALLIEMAUPIN 1/19/2011 8:36PM

    I DO IT TOOOOO! the best thing you didn't lie on your tracker OR keep going.. I once have consumed an entire bag of chips in bed while watching tv. TALK ABOUT GUILT! Hahaha don't worry! Our slip ups don't define us only make us stronger!

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HOCKEYM0M28 1/19/2011 3:49PM

    been there, done that, my friend! Luckily you stopped before it got really bad emoticon

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DEPAULGIRL09 1/19/2011 1:55PM

    I can totally relate. We just have to move on & start again at the nexty meal.

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BARBIE176 1/19/2011 1:40PM

    Think how you would talk to a friend who had done the same thing and that is how you should talk to yourself. I am proud that you stopped with just the one thing that put you over your calories. That is emoticon. Mindful eating is a definite struggle for so many of us. I have come a long way in that department, but there are still times that I don't think about it until after I've done it. Keep on logging your food and I think you'll get there soon. Have an emoticon day and remember the positives you did yesterday and not the negatives!

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WILDJNET 1/19/2011 11:59AM

    I recently at an entire package of cookie dough. I kept telling myself that i would just have more blob....ACK! Its so much easier to not even start. I have been wandering around sparkpeople getting inspiration to not eat the donuts on the micro here at work. I just saw a womans blog...she looks 20 years younger and fantastic. I decided to drink more tea and have water. I had M&Ms yesterday with my salad..ahahaha. Today is a new day to start right and keep moving in the right direction.
WE CAN DO IT.


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3016DEBRA 1/19/2011 11:53AM

  But at least you didn't continue...we've all done it! emoticon emoticon

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