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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

I am training for SparkPeople's virtual 5K in April. Snow patches are still an issue, so yesterday I wore my deep-tread shoes out on errands so I could run in a different neighborhood having clear sidewalks.

I was looking at my stopwatch, timing my run/walk intervals, and I fell over a low curb. By the mercy of Jesus I did not break a bone or ruin my phone. What I almost damaged was my determination.

I confess that as I staggered to my feet, self-sabotage whispered, Well, I guess that's the end of----- NO----WAIT! Don't tell yourself that. YOU CAN'T QUIT!

I am not kidding, my defeatist mental sentence wasn't even finished when it flashed into my mind so vividly what you Sparkfriends are always saying:
"You are NOT going to let this stop you. The thing to do is to get right up and keep going. Anything worthwhile has setbacks to overcome. You can still get in a productive workout today."

I had to smile. I am so grateful for the healthy, positive SCRIPT you guys have built into my head.

I did finish my training session with no more mishaps. Onward and upward!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FITJANE 3/3/2011 4:51PM

    Great job! Keep up the good work.

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WATERMELLEN 3/2/2011 9:25PM

    Very nice! This is an amazing community and I hear many positive and encouraging voices in my head at moments like that, too!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/2/2011 4:25PM

    wtg! What we don't always see reflected on the scale is the changes in our THINKING. The thinking always comes first. YOU ARE DOING THIS!

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ID_VANDAL 3/2/2011 1:46PM

    WAY TO GO!! Very proud of you and good for you to recognize the negative talk and turn it positive RIGHT NOW!!

Simply great. You ARE going to make it so keep up the good work!!



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NANCY- 3/2/2011 9:58AM

You know what you want !
You go girlfriend!!!!

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AMARAN 3/2/2011 9:40AM

    I'm so proud of you! Way to go!
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DAISYBELL6 3/2/2011 8:26AM

    Good for you!

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MAMASUDS 3/2/2011 8:03AM

    Good for you! Yep, I once invited a neighbor to go Nordic Walking with me and her response was, " I would never embarrass myself like that." So, now I know what she thinks when I pass her house swinging my sticks. Oh well. It always brings a smile to my face and sometimes even makes me laugh when I think of her behind her curtain laughing at all the walkers going passed.
So glad you didn't get hurt. Please be careful out there!

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RUNNINGOMA 3/2/2011 7:34AM

    That a girl! I always wonder what all the neighbors are thinking as I jog here and there. I kind of feel like they are laughing inside watching this slow/fat jogger. But, I figure one of these days they will look out their window and ask themselves - "Is that that slow/fat runner? I don't even recognize her anymore!" Then they will have wished they had been out joining me!

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New Goals Thread for 5K Virtual Race

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

My Beck Diet Solution friends are such a help keeping me on track. I feel the need of some accountability to make myself stick to the program. So I started a thread on the Beck Diet Solution team page, under the Goals forum.

If you want to join me, you can post whatever you like related to the Virtual 5K Race or your training activities.

Here's the link to all the info and training schedules: (you can sign up for the virtual race and then choose a training program) ge_public_journal_individu al.asp?blog_id=4006998&com ment_page=23

Here's the link for the goals forum I set up, if you want to use the Beck Team for reporting:

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PLAYBLUES22 3/1/2011 2:48PM

    Sweetie this is my third week training and hopefully when I am finished with my challenge, I will be able to do my first 5K emoticon

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Snow Jogger vs. Electric Car

Monday, February 28, 2011

I started training today for SparkPeople's virtual 5K coming up in April. I have been doing intervals or "surges" indoors, but this is my debut outside in 2011.

It has warmed up to the 30's and enough pavement is bare that I can run/jog/walk on subdivision streets. We have had so much snow this winter that people mostly gave up on clearing sidewalks. The town is broke and does little snow removal. So I have to look for quiet side streets and I'm very careful.

Close to home I looked behind me for the umpteenth time and there was a newish sedan back there waiting patiently to get past me. I moved aside, and even as it drove beside me, it was barely audible. Yikes. And thank you, Lord, for watching over me.

I have to re-think this, and look for a safer outdoor venue.

Virtual 5K info:

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NANCY- 3/1/2011 4:28PM

    WTG on getting out there.
Right now I'm doing indoor walking.
After the snow melts I'll be back outside on the track or after the flooding recedes I'll be back by the river on the path.

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    I am SO happy we are doing this together!!!!! Let's rock this challenge!!! But, yes, be careful, I need you with me!


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    Yes, please be careful out there. The virtual 5K link you provided has a lot of great information there. Thanks for the lead, I'll look deeper tomorrow.

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WATERMELLEN 2/28/2011 7:49PM

    Glad you are safe!! It is so easy . . .

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The Family Factor

Sunday, February 27, 2011

"God, grant me the wisdom to accept the people I cannot change,
the courage to change the one I can,
and the wisdom to know it's me."
- anonymous, quoted on MINNIE signature

"If you're the only person in your family who's trying to change, that's OK. Maybe you'll serve as a role model for them. Your commitment to exercise and healthy eating will positively influence those around you. Wanting to change your body and your life is not a judgment on your family's eating or exercise habits. It's about making your own life better."
- from Stepfanie Romine Spark article,
"How to Tell Others About Your Weight Loss Goals."

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CYCLINGSANDY 2/28/2011 1:19PM

    We have got to start some where, so it might as well be me.
We can and do make a difference. Families eventually notice when we start making changes and they see the obvious signs like weight loss and exercise time.

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FITJANE 2/28/2011 1:15PM

    We will make our own lives better, one day at a time! Keep up the good work.

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NANCY- 2/28/2011 4:21AM

    "It's about making your own life better." it is so true and yet often difficult for a mom to do.
But we do need to do for our own life. be an example. It can be a challenge at times, you have the strength to do what you need to do for you and set an example for your family.
You are woman... you are strong.

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OOLALA53 2/28/2011 12:31AM

    You deserve to find your own new "tribe" to build your own new life with. I encourage you to do the best you can to keep loving ties to your birth family while you do this. They are doing the best they can with their own life paths. You all deserve to win. emoticon

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Off the Hanger

Saturday, February 26, 2011

New reason to keep losing weight:

When my daughters and I find BEAUTIFUL clothes SO CHEAP, I want them to look good on me, not just look nice on the hanger.

We have some great secondhand stores, well organized with changing rooms and low, low prices. Tonight sweaters were all ONE DOLLAR on clearance. SUCH great looking sweaters, so many textures and unique details . . . including one that had a nubby texture and twelve different artsy buttons. I tried on so many cute sweaters (cardigans) and found only one that looked attractive on me. Now I feel very motivated, very specifically driven to CHANGE THIS.

This is in my hands. I can do something about it. Next February when the sweaters are clearanced, I can be a shape to fit many of the sharpest items.

For the Beck Diet Solution we list our reasons to lose weight and review them daily. Somehow I never formulated this one. I'm adding it now:

I want to lose weight so great clothes will still look great off the hanger!

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MAMASUDS 2/28/2011 2:58AM

    You put it so well. Thank you for voicing so well what so many of us feel. Here's to those end of winter sales 2012 emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 2/27/2011 1:27PM

    I hear you. Keep it in focus. I have my wedding dress hanging in sight to remind me of thinner times.

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    I like Watermellen's suggestion of buying one NOW that you love and hanging it for inspiration. I have a trendy shirt hanging in my workout room. Mostly it hangs there because it is sleeveless and my arms need to look better (flap less) before I will wear it.

Also, by next year you will be donating those that will be too large for your new shape.

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ID_VANDAL 2/27/2011 9:31AM

    I'm with you - even for a guy! It just sucks to have to buy XXL or even XL. I have been sorting my work clothes with a promise that if I find another job I will not wear anything at my current size - has to be at least one size smaller.

I'm really looking forward to your blog on Feb. 1, 2012.



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NANCY- 2/27/2011 8:14AM

    What a great opportunity!
I have been watching a show called "What Not To Wear" and learned that it is not so much the size, but that the item suits our body shape. Having a smaller body usually does mean that we have much more to choose from. Finding one that looked attractive on you is wonderful... many times I walk out empty handed.

Dollar Sweaters... wow great find!

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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2011 7:52AM

    Had you thought about picking up a couple of those sweaters (the price is right!! I love thrift shopping too) and hanging them in your closet for inspiration? I do that!!

And thanks for your comments about computer learning curves with respect to Beck learning errors: absolutely right!! We use computers as easily as we drive a car . . . and had to learn to do both!! (for me, quite the struggle)

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TRAVELGRRL 2/27/2011 7:30AM

    I am so with you on this! I went shopping yesterday for the first time in a LONG time and ... was NOT happy to see myself nekkid in the glaring fluorescent lights of the dressing room! (bra shopping, ugh) I have vowed that this WILL BE THE LAST TIME I am ever shopping at this weight.

PS -- I do so love your profile picture, she looks so calm and at peace. Full of Grace.

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PEPPERLEAH 2/26/2011 10:15PM

    I LOVE this! What a great motivating and inspirational thought that is! Thank you!

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