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Tuesday's RUN! Wooty-woot-woot!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I'm still on a bit of a high from Tuesday's run. I KNEW it would improve my mood. emoticon

It was my first day of C25K Week 4 and I was a bit intimidated by the TWO five-minute running intervals... But I did them with no problem! Sure, I sweated a little more than usual, but I have learned that You Have to Sweat Sometimes. I couldn't believe that at the END of those five-minute intervals, I was NOT about to die... I could have kept going! (I didn't, but I could have.)

Guys, I have never run 5 minutes straight before. Never. But this training is making me think I CAN learn to be a runner. Or at least, that I can handle more intense exercise than I thought I could.

One other thing, I still can't believe that my knees aren't hurting. Usually that's the first thing I have trouble with. I'm not even wearing new, good running shoes, but I'm not complaining! Actually I'm scared to try new, real running shoes (although I do want some), since the ones I'm wearing seem to be working so well.

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Thanks for all the support! Today's a yoga day but tomorrow, I hit the treadmill again. emoticon

  
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THEABSURDEXTENT 1/17/2012 11:57AM

    I should add that you already ARE a runner :) You're doing it!

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THEABSURDEXTENT 1/17/2012 11:56AM

    You totally CAN be a runner. I was in the same place as you a couple of years ago--couldn't even run a lap. It's so invigorating seeing what your body can do. You're doing amazing!

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MOSTMOM1 1/15/2012 11:21PM

    Yay! Oh, good for you! Don't you love it when you surprise yourself in a good way?
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ELISOS 1/12/2012 12:02AM

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BLACKJEN82 1/11/2012 6:59PM

    YAY!! You're doing great :) emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/11/2012 9:35AM

    Lee, I'm very proud of you. That is awesome. I couldn't keep up with you.
Kay


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SHIRE33 1/11/2012 9:15AM

    FANTASTIC!!!! Isn't it great? When I did that, I looked ahead at the weeks to come and began to believe I could do it. Monday I did my 20-minute run. The dreaded 20-minute run! Me!

Believe.



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I had a Monday

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Man, did I ever have a "case of the Mondays" yesterday. Bleh. I was grouchy and kind-of disheartened about everything. Couldn't get much work done, didn't want to be with anybody... I managed to eat within my calorie range, but just felt pretty cruddy.

However, I read something on Pinterest yesterday. It said, "Your body hears everything you think: Stay Positive." It's so true. My attitude yesterday just made my body feel slow, and tired, and even fatter than usual. So I'm going to work on turning the attitude around. It's always hard on Mondays, I have to give myself a pass for yesterday.... But gratitude, laughter, stopping to be present in the moment, and deep breathing are good ways to keep the mental balance.

Plus, getting some good endorphins this afternoon during a walk/run should help!

  
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MOSTMOM1 1/15/2012 11:20PM

    Good quote!
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BERGBA7 1/11/2012 2:40AM

    yay!! How was the run today?
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ELISOS 1/10/2012 10:21PM

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REWIND3 1/10/2012 10:49AM

    emoticon. Sorry your day was cruddy, but recognizing that you have the power to control your attitude and the ripple effect is has on your body is a huge step! Thanks for this reminder this morning, because it was a timely kick in the pants for me.

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ANKLLOYD 1/10/2012 10:15AM

    Just wanted to stop by and say hello since it's been awhile. Here is to a better day for you.

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STEADYON 1/10/2012 8:50AM

    I saw that too and loved it! Sorry you had a cruddy day but today is a NEW day, thank goodness!

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GOOSIEMOON 1/10/2012 8:37AM

    Yay for you!

You are learning new habits for a lifetime, and that includes attitude.
I agree - we all have bad days, and you got through yours and learned something in the process.



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KAYYVAUGHN 1/10/2012 8:19AM

    Lee, we all have bad days. You are on track because you made the most of the rest of your day.

Kay

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Post-Holiday Report

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

How were your holidays? I had a great week off before Christmas, my parents came to stay with us, and we enjoyed time together, good food, and the special things that make Christmas wonderful.

I worked out 2 days a week, basically, the last 2 weeks. Not my ideal performance but better than nothing.

However, I got off-track with my calorie range, in a big way. Although it's also a certain week for higher numbers on the scale, I didn't like the 5 additional pounds I saw there this morning. Seriously? That can't be right, can it? I hope not, and I'm disappointed, but I know it is normal for the holidays. So I'm back on SP, along with everyone else and all the newly-resolution-ed (hi new people!), and I hope to make EXCELLENT progress before Feb 21.

Today I'm chugging my water, and for lunch I'm eating a salad with pork tenderloin, whole wheat crackers, my trusty V8 serving (I always know I'm back "on" when I'm drinking V8, LOL). I will be walk/running week3 day 3 (again) of C25K this afternoon!!

Happy 2012!

  
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MOSTMOM1 1/7/2012 6:58AM

    Here we go, 2012!
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ELISOS 1/4/2012 6:01PM

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EL-E-E 1/4/2012 11:00AM

    Kay, I'm sorry we didn't connect that Tuesday for a walk! Another time, I hope! BTW, my daughter (turning 4 in Feb) has started wanting to learn to read... she's recognizing some letters as we follow along with our finger, and it's so exciting when she "guesses" a word correctly. Makes me think of you.

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happy new year!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/4/2012 10:52AM

    Lee, your plan sounds good. You will get those 5 pounds off.
Kay

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Remember my November goals?

Friday, December 09, 2011

While I'm waiting for the treadmill to be freed up (there's only 1 in the office building's mini-gym), I ate my lunch (Soup at Hand, and some crackers and cheese) and thought I'd write a quick blog post.

My November goals sort-of got sidelined when I got sick, but then near the end of last month I decided to start the Couch to 5K program. Did I ever tell you my sister is a triathlete? And has always been a runner. She's pretty amazing. I got NONE of those genes, as far as I know, but so many people I know have used the C25k and I thought, why can't I just DO THAT? I also thought, the only real way to lose these 10 lbs will be to STEP IT UP. My sporadic walking was just not going to cut it.

What I like about this is the regularity -- 3 times a week -- and the way it eases you in. Running for one minute at a time, with a rest in-between? I can get behind that plan. emoticon So far it's felt easy, and at times a challenge, and just really energizing.

I haven't been doing terribly on eating, but I could do better. Still, I'm so focused on the exercise goal right now. I did manage to run over the weekend, btw. Sunday morning I made it known that was my priority, and my husband was happy to accommodate me. Grateful for that! Running outside is harder than the treadmill but it was the perfect day - overcast and cool. I couldn't have asked for a better opportuity.

SO my December goal is just to KEEP RUNNING, and not let the holidays mess me up. :) And I think that's plenty for such a crazy, busy month!

  
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MOSTMOM1 12/17/2011 1:31PM

    Good for you!
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KAYYVAUGHN 12/11/2011 3:54PM

    Lee, I think that your running is great. I'm glad that it's working for you. You routine sounds good. You will be in races before long. '

Kay

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ELISOS 12/9/2011 11:56PM

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Weekends should be easier...

Friday, December 02, 2011

It should be EASIER to fit in a workout during the weekend, shouldn't it? But somehow for me, it's harder. I guess it's because that's when we have to do not only all our errand-running, but also our "quality time" activities. I know that I could combine the exercise with the quality time -- a quick family walk, or bike ride, or hike. No problem there. But now that I've started my Couch to 5K program, I want to do my RUN! By myself.

Hmm. Maybe I'll get up early Saturday...? (Earlier than my kids would mean 5:30 am, which isn't much of a WEEKEND. Harumph!)

I hope I can figure it out. Wish me luck!

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 12/4/2011 7:06AM

    Quality time with your family comes first. You will find a way to fit your workouts in during the week, and sometimes on Saturdays.
When I worked, Saturdays were catch-up on errands, house cleanings, etc.
Good luck.
Maybe in January, we can walk after work one day.

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ELISOS 12/3/2011 3:33PM

    Good luck. hugs

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FUNJENYOUNG 12/2/2011 12:18PM

    Weekends are always the hardest for me. I think it's because they are always so crazy and not as scheduled as week days. You can do it! Not because you "have to" get your exercise in but because if you do you will not only feel better you will be in a better place to spend "quality time" with your family! You need time to yourself too to regenerate!!

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