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Hope this isn't a bad omen...on to Plan B

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I wanted to bicycle the half marathon route, but yesterday some of the streets were blocked off for an event. Traffic tends to be lighter on Sundays, so today I tried again. Found the start location, geared up, and headed out just as some raindrops started coming down. What to do? It wasn't heavy, so I kept riding. Then heard the thunder...uh, oh. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all. So I decided it probably wasn't the best choice to be on a metal object in case of lightning, and headed back. As I got to the car, the clouds opened up. Well, at least I made it back to the car! I was discouraged - especially after realizing the start of the event was UPHILL (YIKES!) emoticon
As I headed home, the little stubborn mule in me kicked in, and I went back and drove the route. I am able to walk 6 miles on my favorite route, but 13 miles is really daunting! I made notes about the uphill areas (which I will walk) and the downhill portions, which will allow me to use gravity to my advantage. Rather than think of it as one long distance, I'm going to imagine I'm doing a series of shorter races. At least the finish line is back down the hill the start goes up! I'll probably be exhausted, but I'll do my best to put a little kick into that finish, maybe do the Rocky dance at the line (if not that, the Julie Moss crawl, LOL). Oh the joys of trying something you never imagined you'd do emoticon
Here's hoping the weather will cooperate on the big day!
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Today is my 2 month Sparkversary - I'll blog on my progress and what I've learned tomorrow when I weigh in on my usual Monday routine.
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INTHEWORKS1 9/30/2010 11:57PM

  You will do great on your half-marathon. The other competitors and the crowd will cheer you on! I can't explain it, but the effect of others pursuing the same goal will pull you through. Nothing is more rewarding that finishing a race strong. Also, don't forget to take in the experience. And when you are crossing the finish line, make sure you look strong and happy. You want your finish photo to be great!

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TURTLE_MOM 9/27/2010 12:46PM

    Good luck! 13.1 miles is an amazing feat! You can do it! Congrats on the anniversary!!!

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PAIGESMAMA 9/27/2010 9:52AM

    Glad to hear you walked and just didn't completely give up due to the weather.

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BEFIT014 9/27/2010 7:11AM

    It's good that you checked out the route first. That was a great idea!

emoticon on your emoticon + emoticon Sparkiversary!!

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FUTUREYOGI 9/27/2010 7:02AM

    emoticon job getting that inner mule to kick in! emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 9/27/2010 12:11AM

    i break up runs also! i am addicted to intervals and my hubs garmin! intervals gives you a break and the garmin pushes you to keep your desired pace!!! when i run hills i look directly on the ground ahead of me and remember lift the legs, makes the hill easier!! go you!!! emoticon

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REJ7777 9/26/2010 11:35PM

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You're doing so well! Congratulations on your 2-month Sparkversary! emoticon

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LIVINGONMYTERMS 9/26/2010 11:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad you didn't let it stop you. Being in a thunder on a bike does suck though. I got caught a couple years ago, in a thunder storm, flat tire and 10 miles from home.

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GYPSY_DANCER 9/26/2010 10:59PM

  Way to go!!!!
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COLD_GOLD 9/26/2010 10:47PM

    I am totally sure that you can do it! I'm glad that you went so early to check out the race route. You still have time to prepare.

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THENEWME43 9/26/2010 10:28PM

    You are doing an emoticon job! emoticon on the two-month SparkVersary! emoticon

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Another step forward...half marathon in 6 weeks

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Got up this morning and thanks to Mickidee44 ran a 5K in Raleigh
(charitable cause: agency that helps domestic violence victims).
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Normally, I am "just" a walker, but I decided to do some jogging to practice my chi running. It had been taking me about an hour to go that distance, then 55 minutes, then about 52 walking (faster on the elliptical). Today, I wasn't "competing" except with myself. Was able to do more jogging than walking, and finished in just under 45 minutes. Helped me think about some preparation for the half marathon coming up (like, how you have to appreciate the strategically placed Porta-potty, LOL). They are limiting the time allowance for the event in November, so with gradual increases in my training, I still hope/plan to finish it.
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Great way to kick off the Fall 5% Challenge - Go Butterflys! emoticon

  
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COLD_GOLD 9/26/2010 9:36PM

    fun! good job!!

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PAIGESMAMA 9/26/2010 6:45PM

    Great job. I am hoping to try runing when I get a little smaller.

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FITJEANS 9/25/2010 10:24PM

    lOL! you put a sm emoticonle on my face when you said the strategically placed porta potty. Hilarious emoticon. That is emoticon you go girl!

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VEMAN1 9/25/2010 9:57PM

    Way to make a difference. A good start means a solid run along the way. If you don't get shin splints, you might find you can run better than you thought. Remember tomorrow, give you legs a little rest and stretch again for sure!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 9/25/2010 9:50PM

    Way to go!!! Where is your half? I am looking into some races for this fall, nothing major though! You ARE a runner! emoticon

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PSFITMOMMY413 9/25/2010 9:39PM

    Great job!

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PERSISTANT123 9/25/2010 9:20PM

    emoticon emoticonThose small steps you are taking will enable you to finish that race!
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/25/2010 7:52PM

    I'm so in admiration of the half marathon. My target 5K (Nov. 6th) has a half marathon attached, but I don't think I'd make a very good showing against the military men and women who will be participating! Nor have I trained for that distance.

So, here's to you and your efforts, and I'll admire from over here!

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KARVY09 9/25/2010 6:15PM

    Love this!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/25/2010 5:08PM

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 9/25/2010 5:02PM

    Good work!! What is the time limit on your half?
Enjoy the rest of your evening,
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GEMINISUE 9/25/2010 4:57PM

    How exciting, so proud of you! Soar those skies Beautiful Butterfly!

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CMCHAISSON 9/25/2010 4:38PM

    Good job! I am learning to run. Never before have I thought of myself as a runner. That's changing and I love it!

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JOANOFSPARK 9/25/2010 4:35PM

    emoticon emoticon that is awesome!!! keep up the good work and yeah, it is a great way to kick off the Fall Challenge......

Go, Butterflys!!!

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TURTLE_MOM 9/25/2010 4:23PM

    Wow! I admire runners because i have never been one! I am going to see what my knee allows and give it a go while I loss the weight. emoticon

Good first day!

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TURTLE_MOM 9/25/2010 4:23PM

    Wow! I admire runners because i have never been one! I am going to see what my knee allows and give it a go while I loss the weight. emoticon

Good first day!

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Make fitness convenient

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reminders that when it's easy, you're more likely to do it!
EXERCISE
emoticon Put your workout clothes out the night before - put them on when you get up, and get moving.
*Keep a gym bag in the car - at least extra shoes/socks. You never know when an opportunity for a walk will pop up.
*Have a jump rope or resistance band available - quick workout on hand.
*Clear space to exercise - especially if you tend to watch a lot of TV, you can walk, do jumping jacks, lift dumbbells, do ab crunches, squat, or simply dance as the show is on and definitely while the commercials are playing.
*Put your workout DVD by the TV - pop it in daily.
*Get enough sleep - decide what time you plan to get up and count backwards from there to set your bedtime. Unplug and get your beauty sleep! That's when your body does its best rejuvenating.
NUTRITION
*Water bottle (reusable) on hand at all times!
*Gum wherever you can stash a pack (to fight cravings).
*Fruit basket on the counter or table.
*Batch cook.
*Measuring cups/spoons - I just buy extra and stick them in the containers for correct serving sizes.
*Clear off your table, eat your meals sitting down and use the small plates and utensils (I bought demi spoons to eat slower). Enjoy your food! No distractions.
*Make baggies of veggies for snacks as soon as you bring the groceries home.
*Keep yogurt cups stocked in the refrigerator - we all need calcium.
*Out of sight, out of mind - put salty and sweet snacks in a drawer or on a back shelf where you won't see them.
MOTIVATION AND PLANNING
*Calendar - write your plan for the month and put stickers up for each day you exercise or reach a goal.
*Set goals for each week, month and season. Give yourself a suitable reward when you achieve those goals.
*Put your vision collage up where you can see it often.
*Declutter - "everything in its place." You'll be able to find things, save time, feel less stressed, and actually be more creative. AND you'll save money (not having to replace things you "lost.")

What works for you? Share your favorite tips.

  
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FITJEANS 9/25/2010 10:38AM

    Love your blog alot of people can learn from this and move forward in their journey, so thanks for being a emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTEN 9/24/2010 12:09PM

    Thanks for the great blog, a lot of great tips! emoticon

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DEEPGREENBEAN 9/23/2010 7:00PM

    My favorite tip is to plan. This counteracts the temptations for unhealthy food, emotional eating and delaying exercise.

emoticon I need to find a way to camouflage my crunch gadget. Maybe I could put pillows in it and make it double as a reading pillow-gadget on the bed.

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REJ7777 9/23/2010 7:00PM

    What a bunch of great tips!
I copied your list so I can have it for future reference.
Thanks!

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CHRYS13 9/23/2010 6:47PM

    Fantastic tips! thanks for posting!

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LADYBIRD82 9/23/2010 4:01PM

    Very helpful, thanks input always helps! emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 9/23/2010 3:35PM

    I love the ideas. I do some of them.
I think for me it is just staying consistent with doing things.

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HUNNECHILE 9/23/2010 3:27PM

    Love it, I need to print this out!

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THENEWME43 9/23/2010 2:38PM

    GREAT tips! Thanks!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/23/2010 1:50PM

    What a great list to keep things going.

I like when things are convenient.

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BABY_GIRL69 9/23/2010 12:05PM

    I like & do most of all of your guides to making fitness easier. I do like to think of what's on FitTv & plan around that & then put the DVD in the player the night before. I jump up put on my gear & grudgingly press "play." Then after 3mins I am SUPER happy that I did. I like to make sure that I smile when I make a mistake while working out. I don't have to be precise in ever move especially yoga. The instructors always tell you if you fall, get up & start again. Not just make it easy but make fitness FUN! God bless & thanks for sharing!

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REBECCAMA 9/23/2010 11:41AM

  My mom taught me a long, long time ago to eat ice cream with baby spoons. I love doing that. It's fun and it makes the ice cream last longer. :-)

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VIVIBARAJAS 9/23/2010 11:10AM

    Thanks for the blog, I am going to start keeping a fruit basket on my desk in my office. Maybe it will also inspire my co-workers to stop going to the vending machines. I am also going to go out and buy some more workout clothes. Now that I am working out twice a day I run out of clean exercise bras. Good excuse to shop!!!
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I respond to praise

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Going through my friend feed, I am always smiling with the comments we share.

The past 8 weeks have been minor miracles to me - 15 lb GONE FOR GOOD, after YEARS of trying but not succeeding. I am confident and happy on this journey, expecting good things.

That's when it hit me - praise is motivating, it is a wind pushing us along toward the finish line, it is applause encouraging us to take a bow and come back for an encore. It's so much easier to make the changes needed when we have support of others who understand.

I remember the opposite - a basketball coach who had not worked with a girls' team before, and used the tactics he had with boys - yelling, criticizing... and how confused he got when instead of playing harder, we cried! It's like they say about parenting - catch your children being good, praise them and it will encourage good behavior. Kids just want attention, and if misbehaving gets them attention, hey - goal achieved, right? Frustrated parents, misbehaving children...

There is so much we CAN DO to take another step toward our individual goals.

That is why one of my favorite quotes is:
Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Say "YES" to YOU by saying "NO" to those things that won't get you to your goal.

We are making choices every day, every minute. As Chris Downie says in THE SPARK (page 87)-
SIMPLY THINKING ABOUT YOUR GOALS BEFORE YOU MAKE A CHOICE WILL INCREASE THE ODDS THAT YOU'LL MAKE A HEALTHY, POSITIVE CHOICE. YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SAY TO YOURSELF: HERE'S WHAT I WANT AND WHY.

I'm worth it, and so are you!!!
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HUNNECHILE 9/23/2010 3:28PM

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CORPUSANNIE 9/23/2010 1:46PM

    You are quite the motivator, stuff we all need to hear. Thanks for blogging; sure enjoy reading bout what you're doing. emoticon emoticon

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XWP128 9/22/2010 10:15AM

  You are awesome and that is the truth!!

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THENEWME43 9/21/2010 10:22PM

    So very true! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 9/21/2010 2:10PM

    emoticon emoticon You are fantastic!!

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PAIGESMAMA 9/21/2010 1:34PM

    Great words. Thank you.

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LIVINGONMYTERMS 9/21/2010 1:15PM

    Great blog! I definitely agree. I respond well to postive feedback and it does give me motivation to keep moving forward, a smile on my face to pass on to someone else. OH, life is good. emoticon and full of emoticon ! Have a wonderful day!

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TIGGERJEAN 9/21/2010 1:03PM

    Very motivating! When I was younger and learning to play piano, I would practice even harder because I liked when my teacher put a "Great Job!" Sticker on the music I mastered. I still have some of the books and those "Awesome!" stickers are still with me. SP is the same way.

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TAFFIN2000 9/21/2010 12:44PM

    Yes, praise is so motivating! I find the more I give praise the more encouraged I feel!

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JWADDELL2 9/21/2010 12:08PM

    Yes! Great job!! emoticon

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 9/21/2010 11:29AM

    I agree. It is wonderful what a few words of support and praise can do to motivate me or brighten my mood on a tough day.
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Hope you have a good one!
Patti

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Set the DVR for GLEE

Monday, September 20, 2010

Guilty pleasure - those talented kids and wacky adults on GLEE. I even bought several of the cast CDs (still want to call them albums, LOL). Tuesday starts the new season, and they are apparently travelling to NYC. I'll set the DVR and watch while on the elliptical, humming along to the songs (if I had a dog, he might start howling at my singing).
Are there any shows that you watch so faithfully that your friends know not to call you during that time?
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KIRSTEN 9/24/2010 12:14PM

    My favorites are Law and Order: SVU, and Futurama. I need to check out Glee, a lot of my friends love it.

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WANT2BEFIT10 9/23/2010 1:10PM

    LOL! I'm a total GLEEK too! :) True Blood is my other guilty pleasure. emoticon

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LIVINGONMYTERMS 9/21/2010 1:19PM

    Since they took 24 off, now I watch The Event and Chase on Monday nights. If I can't watch them I can always catch them on the internet. Fringe is another one of my favs, along with NCIS. Not too much into reality TV, but once in awhile I will watch the Biggest Loser. This season I will watch only because I want to see how they do with Military Training. And I also like to watch Undercover Boss. emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 9/21/2010 9:54AM

    I am a biggest loser fan. My 4 year old loves to watch it with me.

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FITJEANS 9/21/2010 9:46AM

    So when does the new season start, what time,day,nite I love glee and I dont want to miss a second of it. It has grown on me over time I usually dont tend to go for shows like this but it is one of a kind.

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MICKIDEE44 9/21/2010 9:28AM

    I love GLEE, but I have a dilemma because The Biggest Loser is also coming on tonight. I won't be home for either and can only record one program. I still have a VCR (hehehe). The Biggest Loser was my show to not call me on. My sister and I watch it and we would only call during commercials and talk emoticon

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DRB13_1 9/21/2010 8:47AM

    24 was my "don't call me during or else" show from Seasons 2 through 5 - but after they killed off President Palmer I guess my heart was broken...didn't even regularly watch the last 2 seasons. Everything must change, I guess...
I enjoy comedies - I like to get a good laugh, but I don't watch or get those dysfunctional family shows (never watch the Simpsons, prefer the old Cosby Shows). So much of TV is not "real life" - I shudder to think people in other countries think America is like what Hollywood protrays: guns/violence as entertainment in particular. My real life is happy and tame.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/21/2010 7:31AM

    I'm a total Gleek. I admit it. And THANK GOD that it's starting again tonight because I'm in withdrawl!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 9/21/2010 7:30AM

    I never seem to have the time to get addicted to a show. There a few new shows I would like to check out though.

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QUIT_SP 9/21/2010 6:08AM

  I love Glee, too! But the rest of my family does not, which is fine by me, because they also hate me singing...so let 'em all retreat elsewhere to do other things!

But I'll still take calls...I just use the "pause". I was more strict with "Ghost Whisperer"...that was my one die-hard serious addiction that I would not tolerate interruption. But it's been cancelled, so all that's over. I'm not too much for re-runs.

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