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Graduation day gratitude

Saturday, May 14, 2011

emoticon My beautiful daughter earned her degree and we are very happy.
The weekend has been good, filled with family, and even dealing with the ex has been without any tension - it's all about her.
With all the rain, I've got the beginnings of a cold, so it's early to bed after hot tea, trying to knock out the symptoms before they knock ME down.
After the rain, the rainbow... emoticon

  
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REJ7777 5/17/2011 6:35PM

    Congratulations! You have a daughter to be proud of! emoticon

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SHAKENMA 5/17/2011 3:27PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/17/2011 6:38AM

    Congrats on having a new graduate in the family! Hope the cold is brief and your increasing fitness helps fight it off faster!

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HARMONY_MUM 5/16/2011 7:09AM

    Perfect mother's day present! Congratulations!

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LJR4HEALTH 5/15/2011 7:59PM

    emoticon sounds like a great day except for getting a cold feel better

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/15/2011 1:19PM

    Tell her I said, CONGRATULATIONS! Be sure to be pumped like that, too, okay?

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/15/2011 9:18AM

    Congratulations to your daughter, sounds like a great day for everyone

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STRINGI719 5/15/2011 9:07AM

    Congratulations on your exciting day - hope you feel better soon!

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MIZPAM25 5/15/2011 7:47AM

    Congratulations to you & your daughter, sorry you aren't feeling well, I wish you a speedy recovery. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CURVYCC 5/15/2011 6:43AM

    Congrats to you and your daughter on the graduation. Feel better soon.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/15/2011 6:43AM

    As a Brit I heartily recommend tea as a universal cure all! Glad the graduation was stress free, it will help you move on further now it is done.
best wishes, Sandra

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/15/2011 1:37AM

    Congratulations to your daughter--you must be so proud of her! I hope you are able to nip that cold in the bud and feel better quickly.

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/15/2011 12:21AM

    Yay! Great news about the graduation. Feel better soon!

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LALASLAND 5/14/2011 11:20PM

    That is wonderful about your daughter!! emoticon and I hope you feel better fast! emoticon

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Short recount of my day

Thursday, May 12, 2011

emoticon Gorgeous hair - emoticon
emoticon Cute toes and finger nails - emoticon
emoticon Rookie running program to finish Week 2 emoticon
emoticon additional 5K with cool down - emoticon
emoticon Daughter's graduation this weekend emoticon
emoticon Full night's sleep emoticon

Tomorrow: TGIF! emoticon

  
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ABSOLUTZER0 5/13/2011 1:00PM

    How about just all around AWESOME! That's what you are! emoticon

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TURTLE_MOM 5/13/2011 9:43AM

    You go! 5K to cool down? Awesome. Congrats on your daughter's graduation! What an awesome day!

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LJR4HEALTH 5/13/2011 9:35AM

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STRINGI719 5/13/2011 8:27AM

    emoticon to both you & your daughter! You should be so very proud to have raised such a fine young woman! Have fun this weekend!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/13/2011 8:16AM

    This was a good day, emoticon

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LALASLAND 5/13/2011 1:04AM

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/13/2011 12:24AM

    That is one full day--I am with you on getting a full night's sleep and TGIF, have a great one!!

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2011 Le Tour de Carrboro

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I caught the last race for the 2010 series, the Thanksgiving morning "Gallop and Gorge 8K". The series this year includes "Four on the Fourth" 7/4,
Carrboro 10K 10/1 and the "Double B Gallop & Gorge 8K" Thanksgiving morning. I think I will try to go for all of these, and am looking at the inaugural Rambling Rose Women's Half Marathon 10/16 here in Durham.

Wish me luck!

PS - Carrboro is the little town outside of CHAPEL HILL, the Southern Part of Heaven! Home of the Tar Heels!

  
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STRINGI719 5/13/2011 8:26AM

    What an awesome series! Have fun!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/13/2011 12:23AM

    Sounds like a great series to do--go for it!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/12/2011 12:21PM

    You know I'm going to tell you to go for it! If I was there, I'd do it with you! I'm excited just thinking about it. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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LAURIEB27 5/11/2011 9:13PM

    That is awesome!! Enjoy!

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LALASLAND 5/11/2011 3:24PM

    Awesome! Let's GO! You are ROCKING it! emoticon

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KATHYJO56 5/11/2011 1:58PM

    Wow, You have a beautiful place to run. I love Chapel Hill!!! I wish you all the luck in the world; you are amazing and have come a long way! emoticon emoticon

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Still plugging along...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I've done the Rookie Running plan 2 days this week, taken a new tai chi class that will meet twice weekly in addition to my regular weekly class, started really reading the feedback from my nutrition tracker (too much fat, protein percentage can be increased), and started going back over my notes from the past few months to see how I can lose the pounds that have crept back again. I'm trying to remember "lifestyle" and to fuel my body so I can run the 5K races and not bonk, and trying to resist some of those Atkins-type diets that sends people into ketosis but result in weight loss from water loss.
David Goggins is the first picture on my page and my inspiration, and his advice (which ironically he didn't follow himself, LOL) is to follow the 10% rule - increase your miles or minutes by 10% each week so as to avoid burnout or injury. So as I increase my activity, I promise to watch for signs of burnout and to plan rest into the week as well.

The current Runners' World magazine has a feature article that outlines ten signs of burnout and a need for more rest. These include:
-losing weight from the previous day
-elevated resting heart rate in the morning
-inadequate or disturbed sleep
-dehydration, indicated by dark urine
-low energy level
-cranky mood
-illness and problems with the immune system
-injury or pain
-poor performance in a workout
-drop in oxygen saturation (in my case, I'll be monitoring my fitness test or VO2max on the elliptical for decreases - which in fact, has happened).

Of these red flags, RW warns caution if 2-4 of these are present, and danger if 7 or more are present.

I'm focused on reaching my goal weight this year. Whatever I need to adjust, I'm willing to do. I want to be fit more than I want to be thin. I'd rather run a half marathon than wear a size 6.
So I'm still going...like the turtle against the hare, and like the Energizer bunny.

  
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STRINGI719 5/11/2011 12:23PM

    Yes, health is SO much more important than just a number on the scale or in your clothes. You are doing SUCH a wonderful job of building knowledge and making good choices for yourself!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/11/2011 10:02AM

    I really like that you want to be more fit rather than wear a size 6!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/11/2011 7:25AM

    emoticon Good reminders of the need to pace ourselves!

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LALASLAND 5/11/2011 1:18AM

    emoticon, my friend! Press on! emoticon

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Lovingkindness meditation mantras

Monday, May 09, 2011

My mindfulness class at Duke Integrative Health is focusing on Lovingkindness meditations at this point.
(We've developed an entire arsenal of meditative techniques, from breathing awareness to walking meditation to body scans, sensory meditations and more...)
To do the lovingkindness meditation, you find a comfortable position, breathe deeply and regularly, and focus on a series of people both close and anonymous to you with the following mantra:
May they be happy
May they be healthy
May they be peaceful
May they be safe

It can even be directed back to oneself.

I've found this particular meditation to be especially powerful.
Yet it is different from prayer.

Have you ever tried meditation or other techniques to improve your awareness, concentration, reduce stress or improve your health?

  
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PAPAMIKIE 5/14/2011 7:35PM

    Chi Running is a practice, a moving meditation to some extend and Chi Walking has a number of different types of walks to allow you to focus on different things when you are walking.

The include but are not limited to:

Chi-Gather walk
Grounding walk
Energizing walk
calming walk
walking meditation



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HAPPYSOUL91 5/10/2011 11:24AM

    very nice and I agree it is powerful

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 5/10/2011 9:46AM

    That sounds like a wonderful thing. I have never heard of that before, I will definitely check it out.

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STRINGI719 5/10/2011 8:50AM

    That's really wonderful - thank you for sharing. We could certainly use a LOT more lovingkindness in today's world!

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FUTUREYOGI 5/10/2011 6:36AM

    I've always wanted to learn meditation and mindfulness. The last couple of classes that were given at the yoga studio I'm a member of on mindful stress reduction always conflicted with my grad school classes, I'm hoping they post another schedule sometime during the summer so I can attend.
Sounds like you are enjoying them and they are beneficial to you.

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