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Exerpts from "The Thin Commandments"

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I am reading and listening to the book on CD by Stephen Gullo, PhD called "The Thin Commandments Diet." I like that he emphasizes having a system in place - it's not willpower, but a plan that some of us need. There were gaps in my plan that allowed me to slide backwards a little, and I think these tips will help me get back on track.
So the list is as follows:
The Thin Commandments
1. Strategy is stronger than willpower.
2. Think historically, not just calorically.
3. The problem may be in the food, not in you.
4. Structure gives control.
5. Separate mood from food.
6. Take control of your favorite foods.
7. Slips should teach you, not defeat you.
8. Stop feeling deprived.
9. Treat your calories like dollars.
10. Losing weight is just half the job; keeping it off is the other half.

Once I've finished reading the whole book, I'll give you more tips! emoticon

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DUKEFAN86 3/6/2011 3:06PM

    Thanks for sharing, sounds like an interesting book!

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GRACEZN 3/3/2011 9:22PM

  I have had this book for several years, keep going back to it over and over. Hope you find it as helpful as I do. emoticon

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STRINGI719 3/3/2011 11:21AM

    VERY good advice! I bought my hubby Michael Pollan's "Food Rules" for Christmas, and it's a wonderful resource, too, and a very quick read. I highly recommend it!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/3/2011 10:54AM

    Very good points, looking forward to reading more about the book

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NANA717 3/3/2011 10:38AM

    Thank you!!! I look forward to your next blog!

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    GREAT!!! What wisdom!!! emoticon

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OHSOCOOLLISA 3/3/2011 10:06AM

    Lovely! I do think these reminders are great. Are you writing them out and posting them where you can see them?

Spark On!

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PAIGESMAMA 3/3/2011 9:22AM

    Great tips.

Thank you for sharing them.

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AAEEFDCA 3/3/2011 7:09AM

    These are good tips. 5,7 & 10 really spoke to me. Anxious to hear more.

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JMUCKINHOUPT 3/3/2011 7:06AM

    Thank you for sharing. I am taking away two of these thoughts, #1 and #5.

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    Thanks for sharing this.

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MTULLY 3/3/2011 2:05AM

    Great tips! Interesting idea - I will add that book to my list of books to read. It sounds very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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just a few random thoughts

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March is here! Let the Madness begin! I'm a big college basketball fan, and the classic UNC-Duke rivalry game is Saturday. Then the tournaments (conference and NCAA)...I may even watch some of the NBA games this year.
I haven't been as consistent this year as last with my exercise, so I was recently looking for my mojo - thanks to all the SparkFriends who helped me find it's inside all the time - like Dorothy's ruby slippers, I'll lace up my Brooks Adrenalines and get out there. Sprint triathlon in 11 days, half marathon in 19.
Spring is just around the corner! emoticon emoticon
I'll have to decide what I want to do during Lent to make a better me!
And of course, my daughter's graduation is just around the corner in May. Time to get serious so I can look good in the pictures. At least her school colors include red, which I love to wear.
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ENERGIZED4LIFE 3/1/2011 4:23PM

    I LOVE THIS GAME!!! emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 3/1/2011 3:50PM

    You can do it. Great job getting going again.

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    You're going to do GREAT! emoticon

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MJK0430 3/1/2011 10:14AM

    Good luck on your races! What is a sprint triathlon?

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HEALTHYME47 3/1/2011 9:27AM

    Awesome that you are doing a triathlon and a half-marathon - you rock!

I too would like to look good in graduation pictures in May. We can do this!

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Day 3 of 56 - Butterflies 5% challenge

Monday, February 21, 2011

Reminder: It's important to fuel your body.
Got up this morning and walked about 2 miles.
Hadn't eaten breakfast, so needed to eat before trying to do more. So eat breakfast!
Later, did kettlebell workout with personal trainer. Flexibility is improving.
Saturday another 5K is on the schedule.
Hope your day was wonderful! emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 2/23/2011 7:52PM

    yOU ARE kICKING BUTT! emoticon

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CATIATM 2/23/2011 11:16AM

    Kettlebells are great for a killer workout. I hope you had fun!

I'm sure the emoticons are terrific, but I'm a emoticon, so umm .. I hope you have a great challenge -- and finish 2nd! emoticon Hahaha! Ok, we can tie! emoticon

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STRINGI719 2/22/2011 3:12PM

    Can't wait to hear about Saturday's 5K! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/22/2011 12:29PM

    Good walk butterfly!

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PAIGESMAMA 2/22/2011 10:10AM

    Great job!

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VITASANA 2/22/2011 10:07AM

    Working out with an empty stomach can be baaaaad but you've got this! :) Great work!! emoticon

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MICHELLES_W8 2/22/2011 7:36AM

    emoticonYou are doing so great. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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REJ7777 2/22/2011 6:33AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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KASEYCOFF 2/22/2011 6:26AM

    Wow, what a great start to the day! And yep, I gotta agree with you about breakfast: anymore, I just can't function without breakfast, lol...

I keep thinking about kettlebells. One o'these days, I'm gonna have to go try 'em...

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THENEWME43 2/21/2011 11:58PM

    emoticon You are definitely "making it happen"!!!

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5% challenge goals and expectations blog

Saturday, February 19, 2011

There could be a long list of reasons for wanting to lose my excess weight, but I’m trying not to focus on the scale, but on what I am able to do. The scale is not my friend, but a fit toned body can be. I know I can run faster if I am not carrying extra weight to equal a child with me. I would like to see single digit clothing sizes again in my life, but that’s not my main goal. I really would like to avoid medications for high blood pressure and other chronic diseases, and use that money to travel, instead.
I consider myself an “athlete” but I have not been consistent in staying active. There are days I could stay in bed all day. But I am learning 10 minutes counts, and all my efforts add up to real results. The “secret” is to not expect it to happen overnight. Think of what I do now as showing up in 3 months. So this challenge is preparing me for swimsuit season.
My daughter is graduating college in May, so there will be photographs. Don’t I want to be standing beside her instead of trying to hide my body behind other people? Absolutely! I am so very proud of her! And I want her to be proud of me!
My expectations were not high to begin with, because I have gained weight instead of losing recently. But with the support of my team and the 5% community, I am going to give this my best effort and aim for the full 5% goal. If I reach or exceed it, I will be ecstatic and have learned what it takes to get the job done. If I fall a little short, I will still be closer that I was before and have practiced the steps it will take to reach my ultimate goals. It’s persistence that counts in the end. There’s no giant leap, only lots of small steps. Today, I’m taking that first step.

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 2/20/2011 3:58PM

    We can do this together. Happy your on the butterflies team.

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PAIGESMAMA 2/20/2011 10:36AM

    Good for you. You can do this. I too am focusing on me. I need to do this for me. I even changed my profile picture to a picture of myself.

You have good reasons and goals. Stay focused and it will happen.

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VIVIBARAJAS 2/20/2011 7:12AM

    Your words help me so much, more than you know. Thanks

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NDMOM73 2/20/2011 12:54AM

    Well thought out blog and I am the same way with pictures! Something that I am working hard to overcome. I am excited to be part of this challenge with you.... you can do this! emoticon

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CRAZYSTEPPER 2/19/2011 8:23PM

    Be healthy - be strong! You have given me support and inspiration this past year and I wish only the very best for you! Some day - I too will be a runner and will take it one day at a time! Keep that chin up!

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CBARRETT10 2/19/2011 7:52PM

  Small steps are equally effective! I KNOW you can do it! Good luck on the challenge!
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3IN4YO 2/19/2011 7:38PM

    AS you've said to me before...keep moving, it's the right way and it will get us where we are going.
Thanks for your comment on my blog. You have some wonderful goals here. I know that you can be a great motivator to others. Remember to pat yourself on the back,also.
I look forward to sharing this 2nd 5% journey with you, and I know we can do it!!! emoticon

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BTRFLY08 2/19/2011 6:41PM

    emoticon Small steps mean big results!!

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STRINGI719 2/19/2011 2:59PM

    You are already such a strong, accomplished woman. Now your next great accomplishment will be that 5% gone by your daughter's graduation day!

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MICHELLES_W8 2/19/2011 2:28PM

    emoticonYou have great motivation and I love your way of thinking. We are all in this right now mentallity that just doesn't work. We need to practice patience and continue to work towards moving forward.

I look forward to getting to know you as we move forward.

Best Wishes!!

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GAILMAGG 2/19/2011 11:39AM

    Good Luck on the challenge yop can do it.

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THENEWME43 2/19/2011 11:31AM

    Yes!!! You CAN do it! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/19/2011 9:20AM

    Ok, you have taken the 1st step by writing down your thoughts. I am here cheering you on with the challenge....you can do this!

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REJ7777 2/19/2011 9:07AM

    My problem is a lack of consistency too. I just read an SP article that mentionned the importance of consistency, and now your blog. emoticon I need to walk my talk!!! emoticon

Small steps, consistency... I think we've got it!
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    Work those small steps!!

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HEALTHYME47 2/19/2011 8:31AM

    You have a lot of GREAT reasons, and also a great attitude!

It helps me too to think about how I want to look in the pictures for an event (like graduation e.g.). Because you KNOW they will be posted on Facebook whether they are flattering or not! ;)


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2011 8:17AM

    Well stated. What an inspiring blog! Book mark it and come back if/when you have a "down" day... because you are wise beyond what you know.

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    I really was encouraged by this blog. You put into words what I have been "trying" to put together in my mind, but hadn't yet. Thank you for being so inspiring and encouraging! We can DO it! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/19/2011 5:49AM

    'The “secret” is to not expect it to happen overnight. Think of what I do now as showing up in 3 months.'

What a great statement! Terrific perspective - and I certainly never thought of my efforts in this light before - but I will now!
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LISA_TRYING 2/19/2011 5:38AM

  We can do this!!! Go emoticon

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Run for the Roses 5K race report

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sorry, no photos emoticon
Today was the 31st annual Run for the Roses 5K in Raleigh, NC. It is the oldest 5K in the Triangle area, and the 2nd race in the Grand Prix series (of 8 total). Each race benefits a local charitable cause - this was for service animals, and several were present to interact with participants at the event. The course is the same as the Women's Distance 5K I did last fall, so mentally it was good to know what to expect. The day was cool but sunny, and spirits were high. As I crossed the finish line, I was given a beautiful long stemmed red rose emoticon to celebrate being a finisher!
Yesterday I did half the distance (my neighborhood loop) and according to that time set my goal to finish in under 50 minutes with a heart rate in the 150s.
I thought I could run more than I did, but was able to meet both goals (under 47:30 and average heart rate 156, max 168). If there had not been more hills on the second half of the course, I could have made it under 45 min, but almost bonked and had to use some Gu at the water station. It was hard for me to judge how to fuel for a 2pm event rather than a 7-9am event, which is more usual.
I know this sounds like a lot of excuses, but it allowed me to commit to continuing my training for the next 5K this month and the triathlon and half marathon next month. My mileage has not been optimal this year, so any chance to get out and get moving is a plus! emoticon And I wasn't last, emoticon
Best of all, this is my first point for the Phidippides Award. Anyone over 40 years old can apply for this award in the bronze, silver or gold category by participating in enough races during a year - 12 points for the bronze level. A 5K is one point, half marathon - 2pts, marathon - 3pts, and so forth. I love earning points and setting new goals (must be a Sparker, can't you tell, LOL!) emoticon emoticon

So to anyone who is thinking about doing a 5K, especially if you have never done one before, sign up and get out there! There are sure to be walkers (like I basically turned out to be today), and the odds are you won't be the last person over the finish line... even if you are, you still beat the thousands of people who didn't get out of bed to do it like you did! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYME47 2/19/2011 8:33AM

    Great job! Each race is another chance to compete against yourself! I use a heart rate monitor too and it really helps for pacing yourself.


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CATIATM 2/19/2011 1:31AM

    A rose! What a lovely idea! Good for you for finishing the race and good luck with the Phidippides award!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 2/17/2011 11:47PM

    woohoo!!! go for the gold!! emoticon

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REJ7777 2/16/2011 5:56AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
You inspire and motivate me!
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REMEMBER2BME 2/15/2011 5:15PM

    This is outstanding and for for service animals, so near and dear to my heart.
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THENEWME43 2/14/2011 8:43PM

    emoticon emoticonI am SO proud of you! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/14/2011 2:14PM

    Love it about the Phidippides Award - and you GO, girl!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/14/2011 11:57AM

    emoticon you did it, you did it....great job

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ERINBEAR1876 2/14/2011 11:47AM

    Fantastic job!!! I love the rose at the finish line idea...except for thorns maybe ;o}

I HATE HILLS! I am planning on training on hills in March because I hate them so, but they are a necessary evil with some of these races!

A 2 o'clock race? That is different...and would definitely change the temperature and training!

Love the Phidippides award idea and psyched you are going for it!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/14/2011 11:29AM

    Great job! I love the races that benefit a charitable cause; those are the best and my first choice when choosing a race. Hills make a course much more difficult, I think; being able to run ANYTHING when it's a hilly course. Love that you received a rose at the end, too. I had to go look up the Phidippides Award, hadn't heard of that; now I have something else to push me to get out and do races, I want to earn at least the bronze level this year!

Keep it up, you are doing awesome; you are going to do great in your next races. Happy Valentine's Day!


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STRINGI719 2/14/2011 10:41AM

    Awesome job! Kudos to you for getting out and doing something GREAT for your body!!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticonAnd Happy Valentine's Day! emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/13/2011 11:22PM

    So proud of you!! I love the idea of getting a rose at the Finish Line.
emoticon I love the idea of the Phiddipiddes (sp?) Award. I don't think we have anything like that here. It sounds fun and very motivating!!

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NDMOM73 2/13/2011 9:57PM

    Congratulations!!! I am a SP newbie and am always inspired reading about people doing 5k's, 10k's and marathons. So inspired in fact that I am signing up for a local 5k to take place in May. Looking forward to reading about more of your events. Good luck with all your goals!!

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CHAR362 2/13/2011 4:45PM

    Good job! Hills are tough when you aren't expecting them! I did my first trail run today and it totally kicked my behind. It was only 3.5 miles, so a little over a 5K. I definitely want to get back out and do that more often now.

Keep up the training and it will keep getting easier and easier! Good luck! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 2/13/2011 4:38PM

    No photos? What? LOL! So, since you have posted this, that means I need to get started on me, right? *smiles*

You all have a Grand Prix series, too, eh? That's what our race series is called here in Arkansas. Running later does take different preparation. I have been learning that these past couple of weeks. You finished! That's a win in my book! On to the next race!

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