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first group run with Jeff Galloway Training today

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Signed up for the Jeff Galloway running group in Raleigh and today was the first scheduled run - 3 miles. Each Saturday (rain or shine) we will add more distance. Although no racing is required, the group is training for the Oaks Marathon in November. Many other events during the year can also be targeted.
I think I'll stay with the half marathon distance for now, improve my endurance and gradually work up speed. Most of all, having the social outlet and regular schedule will be a big step toward consistency.
The Jeff Galloway plan encourages run/walk intervals to reduce the risk of injuries. The Raleigh group has several hundred members. We'll see how this goes...

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CATIATM 5/9/2011 8:53AM

    At 230 lbs, I used the Galloway method to complete two full marathons. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself and know you'll get to whatever distance you want.

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COMPUCATHY 5/8/2011 9:09PM

    o0o0oo0o0o0o0o0...sounds excellent! Let us know how it went! It sounds like you are pursuing a great program! Keep up the good work! You're doing terrific! Spark on! emoticon

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STRINGI719 5/8/2011 6:24PM

    I'm curious - I think I'll have to look this one up!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/8/2011 10:37AM

    Bet you will love it, and working to a goal is always fun

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    LOVE the Jeff Galloway method! That's whatvgot me running again and gave me confidence to go for the half! Enjoy! emoticon

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My acupuncture experience

Friday, May 06, 2011

I had my first acupuncture experience this week, to help treat hot flushes without using hormones.
First, the practitioner took a history and spoke with me regarding my nutrition.
The concept of “hot and cold” is very standard in Chinese medicine. Spicy foods and cinnamon are considered hot; collard and mustard greens, cool. Likewise, sleep cycles, with night considered cool and day hot, were discussed. She looked at my tongue to help with her diagnosis. Pulses were taken at all extremities.
The thought of needles may scare some people, but these are NOT the ones used to draw blood or give injections, and are even thinner than sewing needles (for those who have ever pricked their finger). It did not hurt. The concept is to open meridians of the body and promote a mind-body connection, and the proper flow of Qi (“chi”). Deep, relaxing breathing is part of the treatment.
I got to relax and listen to Deuter ambient musical compositions after placement.
She also gave me a treatment along the spine for my chronic back pain.
Acupuncture is not simply the use of needles. There are herbs that are prescribed for use in conjunction with the treatment. In my case, I was given powdered herbs to use three times a day. These can be brewed as a tea. Occasionally, herbs will also be burned on the needles during treatment (or electric current applied) – burning herbs on the needles is called moxibustion, or acumoxa.

I’ll let you know how it goes over the next couple of months!
Have you ever tried alternative medicine?

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STRINGI719 5/8/2011 6:17PM

    I have NOT tried acupuncture, but I have been intrigued. I've had problems with my tailbone for over 3 years now - since the last trimester carrying my son. I've had more than one person recommend acupuncture. PLEASE keep us updated!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 5/7/2011 8:36PM

    Do let us know how it went. I actually have a neck problem that really gets bad the more intense I workout. God bless & make sure you follow through with the herbs.


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    I hope it works! Keep us posted, ok???

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SMILEYBEE 5/6/2011 11:12PM

    I haven't tried alternative medicine (unless massage and chiropractic treatments are alternative). I'll be interested in hearing how acupuncture works for you. The people I know who have tried it all seemed to believe it helped them. Please do keep us posted.

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FRANCESCANAZ 5/6/2011 10:30PM

    Thanks, this is very interesting. Do let us know... emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/6/2011 9:58PM

    I have tried alternative medicine many times with some being very successful and some not. I am excited to know if it works with your hot flashes.

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JUSFOLK 5/6/2011 9:35PM

    Hope you find help with this treatment. I had considered acupuncture at one time but ended up having a much-needed hip replacement surgery in the end. (I think it's the "puncture" part of the name that makes people skittish!)

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    I have always been too afraid to try acupuncture...let me know how it goes. I do go to a chiropractor but thats about the only alternative medicine i have tried. I love it tho! It has helped cure my migraines!

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Laughter is good medicine

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Spent the evening laughing along to the comedy channel on pandora.com
Steven Wright cracks me up.
Laughter has many benefits -
internal massage
boosts the immune system
lowers blood sugar
10 to 15 minutes can even burn 50 calories!

So take time to laugh a little every day! emoticon

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JUSFOLK 5/9/2011 10:31PM

    I love to laugh, and take delight in making others do the same. And the philosophy is even in the Bible: "A cheerful heart does good, like a medicine." (Proverbs 17:22)
I get a lot of my best laughs from my granddaughters!

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    Right ON! emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 5/6/2011 9:08AM

    Yes laughter is good for the soul emoticon

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TURTLETALK 5/5/2011 6:08PM


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    You are RIGHT! emoticon

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STRINGI719 5/5/2011 8:45AM

    How fun! My kids are always cracking me up, but I need to watch or listen to more comedy!

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WANT2BEFIT10 5/5/2011 6:35AM

    LOVE THIS! The world would be a happier place if we'd all take a moment and do what you did :)

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"Barricade the road that goes nowhere"

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I was listening to The Message (Eugene Peterson's translation of the Bible) and this verse seemed to jump out at me. It's from Psalm 119:29.
emoticonSometimes I have to
NOT buy the ice cream,
NOT go through the drive-through fast food window,
NOT allow the negative self-talk to take over.

Continuing in the Psalm, it says, "I choose the true road to Somewhere" (verse 30).
emoticon emoticonI WILL exercise daily because I get thinner when I sweat.
emoticonI WILL plan my meals because I have dresses in my closet waiting to be worn.
emoticonI WILL get enough sleep because it's important to good health and restores me for the next day.
emoticonI have a goal, and I plan to get there. emoticon emoticon

Psalm 119:32 I'll run the course you lay out for me if you'll just show me how.
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CRAZYSTEPPER 5/3/2011 9:38PM

    LOVE IT! And so true - you are the best!

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MANDA5142 5/3/2011 8:15PM

    Thanks for sharing, those verses are wonderful!

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    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

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    WOW! I love "The Message" and I love THIS!
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JRBASKIND 5/3/2011 12:25PM

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LADYJ6942 5/3/2011 12:04PM

    Wonderfully inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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KLSIMPSON70 5/3/2011 11:57AM

    I love The Message! It puts things into such understandable language. Do you listen to it while you run/exercise? I may have to put it on my ipod!

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KATHYJO56 5/3/2011 11:43AM

    That is incredible. I love how you have just layed it all out there for us. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/3/2011 11:41AM

    Wow, I LOVE that translation! 'Barricade the road that goes nowhere . . . I choose the true road to somewhere.' That describes what we need to do so well, doesn't it? I'm printing that one out to post on my computer!

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BLACKROSE_222 5/3/2011 11:35AM

    Love it. Great blog, and something to always think and remember.

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May 2 ramblings

Monday, May 02, 2011

Had a busy day at Duke Integrative Medicine today -
gynecologist (working on my hot flushes, or shall we refer to them as power surges? emoticon),
health coach (made my list for the next two weeks, I love checking off the "to do's" and having that feeling of accomplishment),
and mind-body awareness class (floor yoga and lovingkindness meditation practice).

This week I plan to get to the gym and investigate accupuncture options.
Of course, there are my regular training runs.
And I am considering planting azaleas in the yard.

Hope your week is off to a good start as well! emoticon

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STRINGI719 5/3/2011 11:05AM

    You are one busy lady!

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    I love, love LOVE azaleas!!! I miss VA because of them! emoticon

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TURTLETALK 5/2/2011 11:34PM

    I hope you can get the "power surges" under control. Mine have been gone for about a year and they are not missed!

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SUNNYDAZE9 5/2/2011 11:32PM

    Lovely azaleas!

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JUSFOLK 5/2/2011 11:12PM

    Sounds like an interesting mix - hope all goes well.

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