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Off the bandwagon

Monday, November 04, 2013

I must admit that I've fallen off the bandwagon.... I'm sad, sorry and disappointed with myself. I need to figure out how to rekindle the fire I had when I started and remember the joy I felt with my success. I was never a speed runner or marathon runner, but I ran and it made me feel good and I lost the weight!

I moved recently to a neighborhood that doesn't have the paved trails I used to run on and I feel the fear and apprehension of running where people can see me once again.... I need to get back out and get over myself.......

I was at a great weight, and maintained for a long time and this move just did me in. Trying to get back on track. Need a kick in the butt. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 11/5/2013 4:46PM

    I hope you will find some safe and nice trails to walk and run in the new neighborhood. Enjoy the lovely fall weather!
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MAESTRAPLANK12 11/4/2013 9:16AM

    I notice you are a member of the Whole Foods team......get back on track by creating some colorful healthy recipes......I love revamping old favorites into my Paleo eating lifestyle. I am very content with this. Also, like Vic, says try something new. Is there a new class or gym near you? Can you try something new? Blessings to you today and always! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 11/4/2013 8:32AM

    Don't start over and do the same thing! Start anew and try something different that will help you reach your goals! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Warrior Dash

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I had been eyeing the various runs with obstacles such as the Warrior Dash, the Rebel Run, the Dirty Girls Mud Run....... I really wanted to do one! I finally found one fairly close to me and mentioned it to my friend who immediately said I should invite her daughter who is finishing up grad school and slightly stressed.... so I had motive and company! I asked my husband if he wanted to do the Warrior Dash with me and he surprised me with a yes! Then I mentioned it to my girlfriends other kids and two more decided to join us, so I signed up the 5 of us and crossed my fingers.

We all drove down to the site which was about an hour and a half south of my house. On the ride down, they were all so nervous. Thinking about scratching. Mind you, I'm 44 and they are 17, 21, and 23 (roughly.) I couldn't believe how nervous they were. They were healthy kids and very physically fit. I had to shake my head!

We decided to stay together, no matter what!!! I was very concerned about the wall and rope obstacle!!!!!!! I had nightmares of them all waiting for me to get over it. I felt good about my running, and hoped that it might help me stay up with them.

We got our chips secured in our shoes, watched a few crazy people finish in the mudpits and went over to the starting line. They ran 20 heats. One every 1/2 hour with 600 people. After the heat before us went, we got up to the front of the starting line. I think that a lot of people went in different heats than they were supposed to as ours was the last heat of the day and not many showed up for it. Some people were just going out on their own and I asked if we could, the guy said yes. So we went on our own and quickly caught up with the slower people from the group ahead of us.

What I didn't know about the race was that the 5K wasn't just running like I'm used to. We ran up and down hills, through creeks and mud pits. We ran on small trails through the woods and over rocks and roots. It was a difficult run without the obstacles. The first obstacle was waist high boards we had to go over in the mud. Seemed pretty easy and I did fine. The next obstacly was ropes that we had to climb up and scurry down the other side. We then came to an obstacle where we had a rope and a slanted wall. We had to lean back and walk up. I had no problems till I got to the top. When I let go of the rope and reached for the top, my feet slid down the wall and I was hanging by my arms. (oh shoot) I summoned every ounce of strength my arms could muster and pulled myself up and over. I had a lot of confidence in the obstacles as I seemed to get through them quicker than the youngsters we were with. I think it's because they were more polite than I. I squeezed in and hurried up people ahead of me because I didn't want to be the one that everybody waited on.

Finally, we reached the dreaded wall. To make things worse, I saw two women ahead of me attempt the wall and then quickly go around, so I knew that was an option...... The first pull up was the hardest and then I did ok. I made it over and was thrilled!!!! Now I knew there was nothing I couldn't do. I was exhausted but we kept at it and ran between obstacles even though many were walking. The youngsters had more stamina than we did but if I walked for a minute, they all waited. I'm sure that they pushed me to have a better time than I would have without them. We neared the finish and had to run down a hill, jump over two fire pits (very hot!!!) and then crawl through the mudpits that were covered with barbed wire. I loved it and so did my entire group! We all want to do it next year and are looking for a bigger group.

The shower after was from a water truck that just sprayed us with a huge hose. We learned quickly that they were spraying the girls more than the boys, especially the girls who stripped down to their sports bra..... (not me...)

I had sore muscles everywhere the next day, scrapes and cuts on my knees, but felt such a sense of accomplishment! It was such a fun event!!!!! I can't wait to do it again. Join me?????

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MDBUTTERFLY 10/9/2012 8:47AM

    Wow sounds like such a challenge and such fun!!! You rock for doing this, way to go! =)

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    What a GREAT accomplishment!!! It sounds like you had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing!!!

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EMILYULM1 6/5/2012 12:57PM

    Wow, that sounds amazing. I'm jealous!!! I wonder if we have something like that here in Calgary. I would not do well with the arm stuff at all as I have no upper body strength whatsoever. You did amazing!!!! I am sooooo proud of you and it looks like so much fun. Good for you for signing up again next year. I am going to google Warrior Runs right now and see if we have anything like that here in Calgary. WAY TO GO!!!

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KRISZTA11 6/5/2012 12:13PM

    Sounds emoticon, Elaine!
I guess this is something you enjoy even more if you are with a group of people you love.

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BANKER-CHUCK 6/5/2012 12:09PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I did the Warrior Dash last year here in Oregon. I think there were more than 10000 that attended over the 2 day event. Like you I thought the run itself was more difficult especially running up the hills. I was not used to that at all. I did complete all the obstacles. Seeing people go around the obstacles and get a better finish time than me was disconcerting, but at least I know I completed everything.
My energy at the end of the race was non-existent. At my age I don't know how much punishment my body can take...but I just may do it again (?) emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/5/2012 10:55AM

    What a super adventure, I felt like I was right there with ya. Definitely keep in me mind for this next year, would love to give it a try. Great job on finishing that tough course. You are one tough emoticon

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Sugar, sugar and more sugar.....

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ugh.... I'm just going to say it. My Mother-in-Law sent us two boxes of Christmas treats. Fudge, divinity, peanut brittle and some other things. I know she means well (I think) but she also knows me and my husband have changed our eating habits. I broke weak and had some of the fudge (ok......a lot of fudge). Kinda acted like a deprived, starving person..... I love chocolate and can't just have a bit. I know better, but couldn't stop myself. I've got to get rid of it but feel bad about throwing it out. My husband doesn't have a sweet tooth and will easily be able to avoid it. That leaves just me and my daughter and I don't know that she will have any either.

I'm disappointed with myself for having so much, and I need to figure out what to do with it. I don't want to think that she is sabatoging me, but why couldn't she make an effort to be considerate? Maybe I am just being mean. I don't know.


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I_LOVE_TO_RUN 12/15/2011 12:08PM

    I haven't received my goodie package yet, but I'm sure it's on its way, lol! I know that she means well. Due to a limited budget, I think that she feels it is the best way to show her love (through our tastebuds) without some of the expense. She makes a mad rush of goodies for her clients at the salon as well. Last year, I had to dump some of it too....it was just so much.
Don't be hard on yourself for your chocolate indulgence. Put in a couple of extra runs this week, and you're good to go!!! Love you SIL!! :) emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/15/2011 11:49AM

    Don't feel bad about a little slip up, it's what you do now that counts - toss out the goodies, it's ok. emoticon

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MDBUTTERFLY 12/14/2011 8:29AM

    I agree...take it to work to share. Fudge is not something I can pass up either.
I dont know your MIL or her intentions but I know for me I come from a family (me included) that shows "love" by baking. Its a hard habit to break. =/

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EMILYULM1 12/13/2011 10:23PM

    Give it away to someone at work or something. I don't believe that she means to be vindictive. I think that she means well. People who haven't changed their diets and lifestyles have no idea what it is all about. Don't feel guilty about what you've eaten. It won't kill you. In fact, I bet it was good. But now you know that it is enough. Just give it away. Merry Christmas. LOL

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KRISZTA11 12/13/2011 3:18PM

    Maybe you could give them away?
At work, at your daughter's school or to charity...
It feels better than just throwing away.
But throwing away is still better than eating it and feeling bad about it.
Good luck!

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ROSEWAND 12/13/2011 1:23PM

    Watch out for that old bugaboo,
perfectionism. Overindulgences do not
have to set us back,while being angry with
ourselves may. How quick we often are to
attack ourselves for these small slip ups.

The best solution to overeating is the step
back and look at your overall pattern and
calorie averages. How are you doing
over time? That is a much better measure
of your success than an occasional eating

Being loving to ourselves, means that
we recognize that not every aspect
of our unconscious is on board with our
new habits. Older patterns still exist
waiting to be expressed and occasionally
when our guard is down, they will come
roaring back. How we respond to this
behavior is far more important than
the behavior itself.

Love yourself in all your glorious
aspects. Each one is there for good


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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/13/2011 12:36PM

    I have decided over the past couple of years that throwing out candy, even homemade super delicious, is okay! it's better than in your body. You've had some and now it's time for it to go. you couuld find someone(outside of your house) to share with ,also. But, it's just PURE SUGAR. NO NUTRIENTS!!! do not feel bad about tossing it!

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OZARKMARY 12/13/2011 10:04AM

  I understand your dilema but I could be that mil. I am sending goodies, too, BUT, hoping that my kids share at work or church. Maybe you could give some to a neighbor. It's the time of year for the decadent foods of our memories. but we need to pass some on so we don't eat it all ourselves. Be glad you got the awesome candy. You surely will NOT add a lot of weight. Water and activity will take the extra lbs off in no time. Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHANGINGELAINE 12/13/2011 8:58AM

    Try to not be too hard on yourself Elaine. I am the same way with sweets. The only thing that works for me is to throw it out. It seems wasteful but better than eating it and feeling terrible.

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My daughter is starting the C25K!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I'm just about to celebrate my one year anniversary on Spark (9/30) and when I decided to join spark, I jumped in feet first. (Kinda like I live life.) I read and read articles, blogs, took quizes, everything I could get my hands on. I started the C25K and have since run three 5K's and am adding distance every week. I lost almost 50 lbs. (I want to say 50 because that sounds more significant than 48, so I say almost.....)

My journey started out alone and not because I wanted it to.... I had hopes that my husband and daughter would embrace my wonderful changes and jump on my bandwagon. Well, if you have a 17 year old daughter, you must be laughing about now. As wonderful of a child as she is, she is trying to control her own life now and make her own decisions. She didn't want to eat what I did and she didn't want to run. She doesn't like running. She doesn't like vegetabes. So I didn't push either of them. I kept at it and as the occasions presented themselves, I tried to throw out little tidbits of information, like Salmon is a great food to eat if you are a runner, always trying not to be pushy.

My husband saw the light in 4 months! He started out slowly though, eating the things I was eating. He didn't want to track his own food, so he just mirrored what I ate. He started eating breakfast, which he still will claim is the best change he made. And finally, I got him out to run with me!!! I love the running, but longed for a running partner. (I tried with my dog but she is just too old.) He just did his first 5K on 9/11 and has lost "almost" 50 pounds also!

My daughter started eating better over the summer and went out and bought a healthy eating cookbook and started cooking her way through it. Here's the great part..... Just 4 days ago while talking to my daughter about what we could do that day (Sunday) she said she would like to start the running but felt that I was way to advanced for her. (Can we get a silent high five here???) Trying not to act too anxious, I told her that I would do the C25K with her and that there was even IPOD applications that would help guide her through the process. (You know how kids love their digital things...) She went to the Apple Store online and found two right away. I told her to pick the one she liked best. Her IPOD trainer, Jim, now tells her when to run and when to walk and each day she completes, she gets a green button for that day. We have completed Week 1, Day 2! She struggled the first day out but breezed through the second day. She is making great food choices and drinking her water, which is why day 2 was so much easier. She has been listening even though I couldn't tell. I'm just so excited!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/29/2011 10:40PM

    Clearly, fabulous runs in the family :)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/28/2011 8:43AM

    So excited that your family is following your awesome example. Congrats on your Spark-aversary and for bringing your family onboard. emoticonon losing 50 pounds. I know you are feeling fantastic and you look fantastic. Wait till your daughter runs her first 5K, you know how excited she will be. Woo hoo, great things are happening, enjoy the moments.

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I_LOVE_TO_RUN 9/23/2011 2:02PM

    WOW Elaine!!!! That is SO awesome!!! Your success fueled Jim and Emily......SO cool!!!!! You guys rock!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

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EMILYULM1 9/22/2011 1:02PM

    That is so wonderful and inspiring. I think I see little changes in my family as well, but nothing they would admit out loud. I think because I am still struggling with the changes, it may not seem smooth to them. But I will keep at it and persevere. I've been on SP about 5 months or so, and I think I tend to compare myself to others who have been on it a lot longer. I have to slow down, breathe, and take it one day at a time.
So proud of you for being such a great example and for making such major changes. You go girl!

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Police Pace 5K 9/11/11

Monday, September 12, 2011

I completed my 3rd 5K this past Sunday, 9/11/11, which was a great day to run a race and be with so many other American runners (almost 650 people!) The race was very different than the previous ones I had done in almost every way. My sister-in-law, Christy, who is a great runner, and her husband, Troy, who is very athletic, came to visit us and go to my sons college football game. They were hoping to see him play, but he didn't get in...

Even though we partied like rock stars at the football game Saturday, we got up for the run on Sunday, with around 5 hours of sleep. Both Christy and I felt like we had eaten something at the tailgate that didn't agree with us. I had made several trips to the bathroom during the game and still felt a bit queesy the morning of the run and had concerns about being able to do the run and about the fact that my system was EMPTY! My husband ran this 5K with me and it was his first and I was so excited that he was doing it with me!!!

My husband wanted to start closer to the back even though we had been timing ourselves at around 30 minutes during our regular runs. The race was on a road in town and then cut to a path which went around a lake. I guess we started too far back in the pack, because I was constantly frustrated with trying to get around people. Once we got to the path, only about 4 people could run side by side and I couldn't believe the people that would get to the left and either walk or run slower than those on the right. I felt like we spent every second trying to figure out how to get around someone and even had to run off the path and on the grass to get around at times. A lot of people ran side by side and even though my husband and I wanted to run that way, I felt like it was better to run single file, to allow others to pass us if needed. It was also the only way we could possibly pass anybody. Towards the end, when I got my second wind, I just couldn't get around some people and felt frustrated to waste my turbo boost! I ended up finishing at 29:43 which is a new pb for me. My husband was about 7 second behind and thrilled with his time too!

Christy and Troy both started way to the front and both finished in around 24 minutes, with Christy being the first of our bunch to finish. They didn't have the problems of trying to pass others and I guess I learned a lesson that it's better to be passed than to be the one trying to pass??? What do you all say? Are there runners ethics? Was the large numbers of people part of the problem, our position at the start? or maybe just the way all races are?

All in all, a great day spent with family and doing something we love to do! We watched football, shopped and ate after the race and took our company to the airport this morning so they could fly home to Ohio! Christy and I are trying to plan our next race together with our hubbies!!! Anybody up for a Warrior Dash? emoticon

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I_LOVE_TO_RUN 9/23/2011 2:06PM

    What an honor it was, to run with You and Jim on 9/11/11!! We had an absolute blast and loved seeing you and Jim cross that finish line!! I'm game for a Warrior Dash with you!! :)

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KAMAPERRY 9/12/2011 10:36PM

    So proud of you!

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GIANTMICROBE 9/12/2011 7:00PM

    This is the second blog I have read recently about poor race etiquette... there really should be some kind of rule sheet or something.

Warrior Dash? Ohio? My BFF and I made a pact to do it in 2012!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 9/12/2011 12:43PM

    I can definitely agree with Timothy's rules....they make a race much nicer. However, some races do say they are stroller/pet friendly....and if they say that, just be prepared.

As for the starting further back.....I try and start around others that seem as though they'd run my pace. However, I'd rather start a tiny bit further in the back, because mentally (for me, at least) it is easier for me to be passing people than to have others pass me. If a ton of people keep passing me, I'll try to run harder to catch up, and then might end up going out too fast, and bonking in the end.

Figure out what works for you! Happy running!

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EMILYULM1 9/12/2011 12:37PM

    That sounds like so much fun....except for the frustrations of getting around everyone. You even made a personal best. Good for you. I can't believe you ran after partying all night before and not feeling quite right. What a trooper. You are amazing. And it's great that your hubby and friends joined you. I ran my 5ks alone and on the last one thought it would be nice to have someone doing it with me (someone I knew, of course)! You rock!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 9/12/2011 11:43AM

    Here are my rules:
5) If you can't afford a sitter, you can't afford the race. Leave the stroller at home.
4) Your dog is not MY run buddy. He may be a good dog and a good run buddy for you. But he doesn't know me and I don't know him and that can be a dangerous combination. Leave Rover at home.
3) If you are walking or plodding, move to the right as far as you can. If you are dropping to a walk or plod, check before you move over. Give runners behind you a hand signal. Just like driving!
2) It is nice to run with friends but don't do it more than two abreast. I cannot get around you. If I speak up and say "Passing on the (left) (right) (in between)" then you should move (right) (left) (apart) so I can pass. That is bicycle ettiquette and it does translate to running.
1) Wear a fookin' shirt! It ain't that hot and neither are you. Ladies you too. Cover it up. See my blog post dated 9/11/11 for a the reason.

Actually 5 and 1 are my rules. 4, 3, and 2 are actually proper etiquette and sadly most runners either don't know or ignore them.

Sometimes you mat need to tap a shoulder to get a break. Be aggressive. I had 1950 in my race yesterday and we got along fine. Try to find Chip Timed races so your timestarts when you cross the mat. I once got to a race fully 3 minutes after the horn and I was still timed. My clock time looked horrible, but my chip time was pretty good. I now try to start in the back on chip timed race. It gives the pack a chance to spread out by the time I reach them.

Warrior Dash maybe in 2012 or 2013. I have marathons this year and olympic distance tri in 2012. Maybe half IronMan in 2013 ... maybe.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/12/2011 11:30AM

    Sounds like a great race - ya did good, that is an emoticontime too. So nice you got to run it with hubby. YOU ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As far as all the people, I always start in my appropriate time gate. It stinks having to start at the back of the pack, but it's not fair to those who run faster to start with them in an earlier wave. I just do my best to get around slow people, slow people should run on the right side, to allow us "fast"letes to go around, lol. I am totally far from being a "fast"lete.

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