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Update

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hello hello hello! Miss everyone here very much! I have not been checking in nearly as much, trying to just keep in with life. I miss it for sure but still I am having some issues with balance so I am still not back the way that I want to be. But I did want to do a quick check in and say hello, give an update and see how everyone else has been doing.

Me, I've still been excessively busy and tired, still not getting enough sleep. It is better some days than others. This past week was not one of the better ones - home late several nights and that means too little sleep. This morning I went on my group run and after I got home, I showered and ate, and then I pretty much crashed. I am hoping that the extra bit of rest that I got today will help me feel better.

I've been having issues with my good knee for just over a month now and I am seeing a chiropractor for that. As a result my running has not been as good as I wish it was. I was going to do a 5K tomorrow but opted out of that just to err on the side of caution. I've been doing shorter runs and some of them are really good and some are really bad. Some are fast (for me, I am not a fast runner) and some are terrible - today was a five miler and my pace was ridiculous. The chiropractor has a partner and the other chiropractor saw me the other day. I think that we are going to change our course of action. I have "anteverted hips" and that seems to make things a bit more difficult for me. But they checked my form on their treadmill and said that it is not too bad, and my cadence, though not at 180 where I would like it, was a 168, which they said was very good for a person who has just been running a bit over a year. The other thing is that one of the running coaches from the 10K training has said he will work with me even after the 10K is done...he knows things have been rough and has been so encouraging and helpful. Now I am having some upper thigh issues. I can work through the knee stuff but this thigh pain - not so much. I've been thinking about what I want to do after the 10K is over - want to stay motivated and on track with the running. Have some ideas in mind. There is a running group in my community and some others not far away - I might join them for some group runs, and there is a running team at my work that I belong to and I can do some races with them too. I have a couple of races in mind for November and December. Depending on the progress with my knee will determine if I do half marathon training in January. If I can't do that I might just stick with another round with the 5K/10K group that I am with now - I just don't know yet. If I do the half, I might back down to intervals just to help with the knee issues, although I am better at straight running than I am with running/walking - stopping and starting seems more difficult to me!

Anyway, work continues to be very busy and I am still trying to keep up with a lot of things...wish that I had three weeks to just get things very organized at home - that would help a lot! I am still getting my exercise in most days (sometimes a day gets by here or there) and my eating is still okay - not perfect by any means but okay. I still struggle with thoughts of wanting to eat constantly even when I know that I am not hungry and I need to figure out the cause of that (I think it is boredom) and do something about it. But in general, I am happy, healthy and still working on fitness!

Hope that everyone is doing well, I will continue to check in periodically to catch up! Love and hugs to all!

  
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JULIA_211 10/20/2014 5:03AM

    It's so nice to hear from you again, I've missed seeing you around spark! I hope your knee will heal soon and you will find some peace of mind and less stress in your life. emoticon Take good care of yourself!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/19/2014 2:16PM

    Gloria, I'm so glad you're checking in and letting us how you're doing! I'm so sorry to hear you knee is giving you problems. I hope the chiropractor can you help the pain in you're knee. Maybe you need to baby in a little bit and walk instead of run right now! I hope your knee feels better soon! I want you to know you're not alone... wanting to eat all the time! I am in the same way! I battle with my food everyday! I am so proud you... running your 5K and 10K! I think you are doing awesome! I hope you start getting some sleep! Thanks for all the updates! I hope your month is full of lots of love and happiness!
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THEVOW2013 10/19/2014 11:08AM

    So glad to hear from you,
I too have tons of work and overwhelmed by it at times.

I pray often, God gives me times of refreshing and sleep to energize me.
You too, can tap into God's refreshing and I pray you do!

-Deborah

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/19/2014 10:45AM

    emoticon Thanks for checking in. Sounds like you have the same season change, self-assessment issues as the rest of the world... but are continuing to be committed to taking the best care of you that you can manage.

Sounds, in other words, like small struggles and victories, one day at a time! Spark on!

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HOLLYM48 10/19/2014 9:43AM

    So great to hear from you Gloria!
I had an issue with my knee earlier this year and right after my April 5K was wondering if I would still be able to continue to run. I actually just walked for a couple of months and stopped running and it did get better and then I was able to train again in June and July for the color run and I gave it another month off from running, I walk several miles a day but just didn't want to run on it. Then in September started training again for my Oct 5K and that went fine. I am not sure whether I will do any organized 5K's next year or not, still up in the air about that but will continue to just run on my own for the sake of keeping it up. It is amazing how fast we can lose that ability if we stop running.
I hope you are feeling better soon, the knee and the all around business of your life!
Thanks for updating us and keep on doing a great job like you are doing. You are awesome! Hugs!!

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JEANKNEE 10/18/2014 11:48PM

    Love and emoticon to you too!

Thanks for the update. You have been on my mind.

Hoping that an ability to rest is soon yours.

If you haven't read it, Spark by John J. Ratey, MD might interest you. There's some wonderful science shared regarding exercise and the brain. As a runner I think there's much that would speak to you.

Take care and know that others are thinking of you and wishing you the best.





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MICKEYH 10/18/2014 11:02PM

    Thanks for checking in and your update. Sorry to hear you still has issue with sleep. And you are so right, it is so hard to find true hunger. I've been fooled by fake hanger and keep eating my way to gained couple pounds. :( emoticon emoticon

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Trying To Find Some Balance

Friday, September 19, 2014

I haven't been here on SparkPeople much this past week.....mainly just logging my food and checking in with one team. I didn't reply to the wonderful and encouraging comments on my last two blogs...haven't read any articles, just spinning wheels and doing whatever I can do in about five or ten minutes per day. And I feel so bad because I love my friends here and I miss them. But I am struggling. I've been struggling for a long time. Back early in 2013 I realized that I had a problem. I was not getting enough sleep. Every night I was getting about 5 hours, sometimes less. And I am a person who needs around 7.5 hours. This was taking a huge toll on me. So back at that time I did the better sleep challenge. I identified some issues that I was having and made some goals and promises to get to bed earlier. I don't think that I can resolve the issues of frequent waking, but I can at least do my best to get to bed earlier, right? Well, no. After all of this time I am still having a rough time of it. I am too busy, too overextended, trying to do too much, etc. I am STILL getting only about 4 or 5 hours of sleep - 5.5 if I am lucky. I am so tired all of the time that I cannot focus at work and my work is suffering. I am one of those people who are always trying to do too much and I need to streamline. I need to get organized. I need to sleep because my body needs it to recover from exercise - I am not building strength and endurance as fast I ought to be and I wonder if it is because I am not sleeping enough for my body to repair itself. I get so much encouragement from the blogs here, from my Spark Friends, from my teams. So I am not leaving. But I might be here a little less. I don't know yet. I am just trying to find some balance. I want to be able to continue with my running and walking, I want to do yoga, strength training, maybe got to a Zumba or barre class every now and then. I want to do my paper crafts (cardmaking and scrapbooking), I want to read, I want to do my needlework (counted cross stitch). I want to spend time with my husband, my family, my friends. I don't have too many responsibilities at home - I have some help with that, but I need to keep up with the clutter, the laundry and the bills. I have some social media outlets that I like to keep up with. I have some organizing things that I want to do in my home. It all takes so much time. Cooking and food preparation takes time. Grocery shopping! I work and have a longish commute and it seems like by the time I get home and we have dinner and I get ready for the next work day, it is time for bed! No time for any of the fun things that I like to do, let alone for the things that I MUST do. So I don't know, I am just trying to work this out. In the meantime, if you don't see me here, please do not think that I am gone or that I do not care. I DO care. I care so very much. I am just trying to get things under control, find some balance, get some sleep! And with that, I must say good night - I want to try to get at least eight hours in before my group run tomorrow morning! Oh, and I am running in a 5K tomorrow night - if I am able, I will post about that on another blog. Love and hugs to you all!

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TUDAFD 9/24/2014 11:01PM

    Oh, I so understand about not getting enough sleep. You definitely need to fix that. Good luck with everything my friend.
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16TO10 9/22/2014 9:54PM

    Oh do get some rest! If anyone will understand - it's us.

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QTLADY 9/22/2014 10:23AM

    It looks like many others understand where you are coming from, and I know I do. Sleep is very difficult for me as well. My doctor tried to tell me that exercising would help. Well I have done my fair share of exercising, and it does not help me fall asleep! I usually take melatonin to help me and sometimes other things. I wish you the best in your endeavor and I hope you are able to not only get more sleep, but also do more of the things you love to do. Hugs!

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AJDOVER1 9/21/2014 10:57AM

    I so understand what you're going through! I agree, I can't do much about my frequent awakening, but I try to be very strict about staying in bed a reasonable amount of time. I'm blessed that my Guy is good about observing a reasonable bedtime.

I've cut back on my Sparking quite a bit. It seems like every time they make changes, I just drop away from things rather than figure them out. I still track my food, fitness is tracked automatically, I read my friends' posts, but I respond less and less. I've had a blog rolling away in my head for some time, but I just don't know when I'll ever get it out.
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SARAWALKS 9/21/2014 10:06AM

    I can identify with this since I've always had lots of ideas & lots of interests, I've had to accept the need to limit & prioritize...that I simply cannot do all the things I want at once. If I get overloaded, that is when I panic & can't sleep! When my schedule is manageable, I sleep quite well. Maybe try listing things in order of priority? It's hard to choose #1, 2. Etc but can be revealing. Hugs to you & not to worry about being here, that would defeat the whole purpose!
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HOLLYM48 9/20/2014 9:29AM

    HI so hear you Gloria about getting enough sleep. Unfortunately as we women get older, I hear it only gets worse as far as being able to sleep through out the night. Personally, I take some over the counter sleep meds from Costco and have for years because without it, I just cannot get enough sleep in. I really need at least 8 hours or I will have headaches(migraines) the next day. I could not survive on 4 to 5 hours a night so I hope you can find something to help you. I am in bed at 815p every night including weekends for the most part and lights out at 830p. That is when I fall asleep the best, if I try to go to bed later, my body doesn't want to fall asleep. I know it is probably all in my head, but that is what so many problems are anyway, so I just listen to my head. Just know that we are all here for you and always will be. Show up when you can and we will always be here to support you. Have a great 5K tomorrow, can't wait to read all about it and do what you have to do for yourself. This is a support site so the most important thing is to remember that you must take care of yourself first and foremost! And on that note, I better get some laundry done before I go get my hair done today. Not enough time on the weekends to relax and recoup from the week. Take good care and sending big hugs your way!

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MICKEYH 9/20/2014 8:14AM

    We'll miss you but we understand sleep is very important. So don't feel bad, do what you got to do to improve your life style. We are here when you are ready. Take care my dear. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/20/2014 6:25AM

    One of the things I continually remind myself and others is that "doing it is more important than writing about it". Or, in short form, "real life trumps on-line".

Life can get crazy. Those of us committed to putting on our own oxygen mask first completely understand if one of our Spark friends needs to reduce screen time to get higher priorities taken care of. Taking care of yourself, nurturing your body with sleep, good food, and activity has to be WAY at the top of the list... so, don't feel you have to comment back to every comment. Be here when you 1) need to be here for a boost in motivation, 2) have time and are giving yourself a treat.

We know you care! We care, too. About YOU. Because you're worth it. Go ahead and determine YOUR priorities. You may have to give some things up to get others that are more important to you... we all do (I gave up several online games to get myself healthier in real life... a very worth-while exchange in retrospect).

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STEADYANDSTRONG 9/19/2014 10:05PM

    It takes strength and courage to do what we know is right. I think it's beautiful that you're setting a boundary. Be at peace with that. Life is too short to not make priority what is meaningful and important.
As far as sleep, I used to have issues too. I use Valerian Root and won't sleep without it. I also think hormones have a lot to do with sleep cycles. I hope you find something that helps.
Much success on your 5K! And thanks so much for sharing this heartwarming post!
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JANTHEBLONDE 9/19/2014 9:24PM

    Oh my gosh! You poor baby! Just reading your blog makes my head spin! You do so much... Running, Walking, yoga, strength training, Zumba, barre class, paper crafts, grocery shopping, cooking and food preparation, running 5K.'s etc.! No wonder why you're not getting enough sleep! I don't think your body knows how to relax or even has time to relax! I sleep 9-11 hours a day that's my main priority... my other priorities are eating right, exercising and drinking water! I am really proud of you and all that you are accomplishing but your body really does need sleep to recover from all the exercise! I hope you sleep like a baby tonight and get plenty of sleep for your 5K tomorrow!
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Determination

Tuesday, September 02, 2014



Yesterday I was happily surprised when I received some SparkGoodies and some messages congratulating me on my one year maintenance anniversary. I had so much excitement going on that I had completely forgotten that it had been a year! Although this is a huge milestone for me, I am still very much at risk of regain. So I am still working hard on myself, trying to make improvements, eat better, exercise harder.

The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%.
When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%.
When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%!

So for me being just a year into it, I know that I still have a lot of work to do in order to keep it off. In fact, I am a prime example of that having lost/gained many times in my life!

This time I am trying to figure out why I gained after losing. Most of my losses were with Weight Watchers. I would follow the plan to a t - never veering off the course. But I think that I felt deprived. And I would get bored with it. Life would happen and I would just quit doing it. I know that quitting will result in big weight gains, but I would just give in and start eating the junkiest food ever and slowly, the pounds would come on. Last time I gained about 70 pounds. How sad. Now I have lost 90 and kept it off for a year. But I have years to go. How am I going to keep this going? This time I am continuing to look for ways to challenge and motivate myself, especially with fitness. On most of my previous losses, I mostly walked or did no exercise. Sometimes I would do a little strength training, but when I think back on it, I don't think that I was that serious. And eventually I quit. Last time I was doing the treadmill at the Y and I quit going because there was a couple of annoying people there...what a dumb excuse. And at the same time, my eating habits had gotten out of control. This time, I don't want to get bored. I started with walking. When I felt comfortable I started doing some strength training videos here on SP. Then I did 30 Day Shred. I started going to a strength training class. I decided to try running. Eventually I found a running group and that has been very nice. They keep me going! I have to SEEK ways to keep myself motivated. Motivation doesn't just come. Most of us lose that motivation very soon because weight management is HARD! And time consuming! And sometimes boring! It takes time to plan meals, grocery shop, cook and TRACK! Yes, I still track every day. When I tell people that, they seem to believe that I am still trying to lose weight - they seem to have this idea that since I am done losing, I should never have to track again. Oh no, I always explain to them. Now it is even more critical because I am guilty of BIG portions, eating calorie dense foods, and eating lots of junk! Maybe one day I will get to a point where this comes naturally to me, but I am not there yet! But I have to say, one of the most important things that I have right now is my DETERMINATION. I might lose the motivation, but I am going to work very hard to keep the DETERMINATION. It is determination that got me on track to lose the weight, to start running when I had never run a day in my life (even as a child). Determination is having resolve, having willpower, having intent and being purposeful. I find that sometimes things are difficult for me, but even so, I work very hard to make it happen - and that is determination! If we set our minds to it, we can do it! As each of you go through your own weight management journeys, I hope that you each can find your own motivation and determination. And while we are here, let's cheer each other on and give each other encouragement! Let's find inspiration in other's successes! WE CAN DO THIS!

  
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WENDYANNE61 9/12/2014 10:44AM

    What a great blog! I am also a motivation seeker and have to keep a hawk´s eye on what I decide to put in my mouth! I am doing my second maintainance challege and that really seems to keep my weight in check - who knew? All the best for years of motivation to come!

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JEANKNEE 9/7/2014 12:10AM

    May your determination see you through to many more maintenance anniversaries to come!

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MEXGAL1 9/5/2014 8:50PM

    Yes we can do this! we all know how.
Keep up the good work
Sallie

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AJDOVER1 9/4/2014 1:03AM

    You are such an incredible inspiration!

I'm also concerned about gaining the weight back. I see it happening to so many people. I believe I've got a strong commitment to exercise, but I'm pretty stagnant in my routine. I just haven't made the time to increase my efforts.

It's been exciting to follow your running progress. You're doing great!
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MICKEYH 9/4/2014 12:26AM

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/3/2014 11:17PM

    Maintenance to me is harder than weight-loss! Congratulations on your one year maintenance anniversary! That is fabulous! I'm so proud of you! You put the Sparks in Sparks!
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HOLLYM48 9/3/2014 7:52PM

    You hit the nail on the head girl! I find maintenance to be just as much work as losing and maintaining sure does take willpower, determination and grit! And of course the support of all of the great people here on SP that cheer us on and keep up on the straight and narrow path to success and health.
Congrats to you on your one year anniversary. That is so awesome! I am so proud of you and I know for me I still track every single day and I exercise like a demon because I don't want to ever have to lose again. It just gets harder as we get older!
Keep up the great work and I will stay here too and cheer you on as we walk this virtual path together!!!
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SUCHANUT 9/3/2014 7:44AM

    You are so right - Determination is KEY! Congrats on your success to date! I know you can maintain because this time you have laid the foundation for success!!
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/3/2014 7:16AM

    So much truth in this blog! Thank you for writing it... I'm voting with my "like"... it deserves a WIDE audience! Huge echoes in my 4 year maintainer brain on these key sentences:

"I have to SEEK ways to keep myself motivated. Motivation doesn't just come. "

I started blogging almost daily in my second year of maintenance because of exactly some of the issues you bring up in your first learning year, and using exactly the strategy of seeking ways to keep the motivation fresh!

I'm one of the 27%, by the way, who kept it off for nearly five years once before and then had it unravel and have to do it all over again. Every loss, every "failure" was a set of life lessons to bring to this one. I am aware that as a POW (previously overweigh person)... I will ALWAYS be at risk of slipping back into the old ways of coping that got me there to begin with.

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STEADYANDSTRONG 9/2/2014 11:29PM

    WOW... I feel I've opened up the right book when I read this blog. You've said so many things that are so vital to this process. I, too, realize that logging food will need to happen even after I "get there."
I understand your words on so many levels... especially the part about finding new ways to motivate yourself. Yep. I agree. Was even thinking of that today!
Anyway, THANK YOU for writing with heart, clarity and wisdom.
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Oh! And Congrats on your 1 year maintenance mark!
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Big Day! Wow!

Monday, September 01, 2014

I don't know where to begin! This has been a pretty awesome day for me! First off, today is our wedding anniversary. My husband just rocks my world. Yes, he has his idiosyncrasies, but guess what, so do I, and we both think that we balance each other out quite nicely. We've been together for almost 22 years, and married now for 14 of them. Sometimes we drive each other nuts, but I can say with all honesty that I love this man even more than I did way back in the day!

Next thing, this is my one year maintenance anniversary. Wow! I had TOTALLY forgotten about this until we got home early this afternoon and I had received some very much appreciated sparkgoodies and messages from people. I have a long way to go in maintenance, so much to be learned and so much work to do but I am very happy to have reached this milestone.

And third, today was my first OFFICIAL 5K. Some of you read my blog about the 5K that I did a few weeks ago at work...that one was fun but not an official race, no chips or anything. Today was the race that I have been working toward - training with a No Boundaries Group at a Fleet Feet store. In my last blog I mentioned that I had started running by myself about a year ago. Mostly that was on my treadmill and when I went outside to run I struggled. I could go maybe 20 minutes at most and not very fast either. So when I found out about this group, I decided to give it a try. It's been a challenge because of my work schedule and the fact that it is far from my home, but it has been so worth it! There are people there at all levels - walkers up to runners and in between, all ages, shapes and sizes. There are mentors and running coaches and lots and lots of encouragement! There is NO judgment at all and it is just a very positive group to be in. At first I was the only runner but we ended up with four at the end, and a lot of people who do intervals and walk. The race that we did today was the Franklin Classic and it is a charity race for a hospital that provides assistance for patients who do not have health insurance or whose insurance won't cover their needs. There was a 10K at 7:00 a.m. and the 5K that I did was at 8:30 a.m. I got up at 4:20 a.m. and got ready. I did a lot of dynamic stretching and warming up even before we left home. The drive took us about 55 minutes I guess and we got there just as the 10K was starting. Here is a picture of Lisa (one of the runners), Jason (the running coach who has been with me pretty much the ENTIRE time) and me (on the right - 2886). This is before the race. And let me just say that I could not have done this without Jason...he has been there the whole time reminding me to LOOK UP when we got up a big hill, and pushing me to go FIVE MORE MINUTES! He has given me all kinds of sage advice and given me just enough push to keep me challenged.



And here is a picture of Joy and me. Joy is one of the mentors. She is a CPA too so we have a lot to talk about! She has been right with me on most Saturday morning group runs.



Joy was with me the entire way today. We waited for a minute for the crowd to thin before we took off - but we did still get caught up in all of the people so we had a bit of a slow start - which is not necessarily a bad thing for pacing! It was already 80 degrees at start time and very very humid. We were working up a pretty heavy sweat. 80 degrees isn't too bad for me but I do find that the humidity makes me a lot slower! There was one water station at the halfway point, which we passed up as we had water with us. At one point we saw Jason with Lisa, and then later we saw Stephanie (the other coach) with some of the interval runners. There was one fairly sizable hill at the end but luckily it posed no problems for me - though maybe I did have to push out my breath a time or two at the end of it! There was an occasional breeze that felt so nice and I focused on how good that breeze felt and that kept me going. The end is kind of fuzzy but I know that Joy was kind of pushing me along so that I would speed it up, and I think that Stephanie was there too. We crossed the line and there was my DH Jamie waiting for me! He tried to take pictures at the end but we found out later that they didn't turn out. emoticon

I am a pretty slow runner and it was humid out, which definitely slows me down even more, but I have to say that I was quite happy with my time. My average was an 11.00 minute mile and I finished in 34:07.23. Lots of room for improvement there, but for my first race, I will definitely take it! I was 28/96 for my age group. I am still working on my endurance but later when it gets cooler around here, I will start doing some speed work.

We stood at the finish and cheered on many others from our group. Jason and Stephanie gave us "medals" for finishing the program and then we left. Joy, DH and I went for breakfast afterwards, and that was so nice and relaxing! When DH and I got home it was pool time - my reward for a job well done! Tomorrow the 10K training starts.

Here is a photo of Jamie and me before the race. Later I will try to blog more about my first year of maintenance!

  
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HOLLYM48 9/3/2014 7:59PM

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What an excellent time and race!!!!! I am so proud of you! That is so great. Way to run.
Happiest of Anniversaries to you and hubby too!. SO wonderful to have your best friend and soulmate by your side.
Your race sounds absolutely terrific. Challenging and with great friends by your side. What more could you ask for. You look terrific! Pure awesome Gloria! Way to go.
Those races are just so much fun and I compete only with myself during them because I know what that race means to me and to all of the other spark friends that I know are with me in my mind! I hope we were all with you as well! Keep up the excellent work! You are a rockstar!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/2/2014 11:29PM

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! I am so happy to hear that your husband rocks your world!... And Happy One Year Maintenance Anniversary! Congratulations I'm running your first 5K! I am so proud of you! That is a perfect title for your blog 'BIG DAY WOW!"
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QTLADY 9/2/2014 6:36PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! And happy belated anniversary!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/2/2014 12:39PM

    Wow - what great accomplishments and a great time on the 5K - congrats!

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DIANA3BANANA 9/2/2014 10:38AM

    So proud of you!!!

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SUCHANUT 9/2/2014 10:35AM

    Awesome Gloria! You did it! YAY!

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MICKEYH 9/2/2014 10:13AM

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AJDOVER1 9/2/2014 8:59AM

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You are my hero.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate that you take the time to write and share this experience in such detail. I can't be there with you, but know that I'm always cheering you on!

Your race time is very good! All your hard work really shows. Most impressive is that you have a plan to continue and to improve. This is what getting healthy is all about. These types of accomplishments are what getting healthy is all about!
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JEANKNEE 9/2/2014 8:29AM

    Awesome day woman!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/2/2014 7:59AM

    emoticon on all three ways in which your day was special! emoticon emoticon emoticon

All three are great accomplishments and joys... so happy for you!

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JULIA_211 9/2/2014 7:29AM

    You did emoticon Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! You worked hard for it! You look beautiful by the way! And so fit! And I love what you said about your husband! I feel the same way about mine!

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TUDAFD 9/1/2014 11:58PM

    All I can say is emoticon and emoticon and emoticon and emoticon and emoticon emoticon I hope that covers everything on your awesome day. Congrats on the one-year of maintenance, too. You look phenomenal and you are an inspiration.

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Running and 5K This Morning at Work

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Being here on SparkPeople, I get so much inspiration every day. It is just awe-inspiring to see the successes that people have and the difficulties that are overcome. It makes me realize that I too CAN do it. I CAN. And I WILL. Back last summer I was walking a lot. But I figured out that I wasn't getting as much benefit out of walking as I had been since my cardio health was so greatly improved. So what to do to challenge myself further? I was reading so many blogs here about running. So many people run, all ages, all sizes. One of my friends (not on SP) told me how she started running...she thought she would never be able to run a mile in her life but she set the goal and now she is a runner! Hearing her and reading all of these blogs, wow, that really motivated me! I thought if everyone else can do it, why can't I? Now keep in mind, I probably haven't run a day in my life, not even as a child. In gym class (or phys. ed, or health or whatever you want to call it), I would be the girl sitting it out on the side. I NEVER ran...anywhere. I was more likely to be curled up in a corner reading or off on a visit to the village librarian in my little hometown. I remember in college oh so many years ago, there was a boy that I was quite fond of. I am sure that the feeling was not reciprocated but I thought that I would try to generate some interest...he ran every morning so I decided to be a runner too. It lasted a couple of days. First of all, I wasn't a morning person and getting up to run? Torture. And let's not even discuss the gasping of air. Oh my. In addition, I had badly injured my knee and had minor injuries in both as a child and a young adult, so my excuse was that I couldn't because of my knees.

But now here we are, years and years later. I have lost a lot of weight. I want to be fit. I see all of these younger folks and older folks and skinny folks and heavier folks running. So why can't I? I can, I know I can! So last summer, unbeknownst to most, I started out on my treadmill with an app - it was not a C25K program. I started simpler than that with an app to help me run a mile. And I did it! Then I moved on to a C25K. I found that app to be a bit aggressive so after a while I changed to a different one, which I finished. One day in early spring when it was still cold I tried to take it outside. My goodness, that was rough! My lungs were BURNING! Enough of that! I took it back to the treadmill. Fast forward to warmer weather and I thought it would be fun to do a color run someday, but I hadn't run outside much at all and I decided I needed to get outdoors to run. I did and it was rough. Here it is very hilly and I was not accustomed that terrain. I had a hard time. Basically I would go to a mile or so and then walk. I would start running again but I couldn't seem to push through - I don't think that there is anything wrong with stopping and walking if needed but I realized that maybe I needed a bit of help. At some point I received an E-mail from the local shoe store from which I got fitted for my first pair of running shoes. In the E-mail it described their beginner walk/run program. I went to an information meeting, signed up, and the rest is history! We are on week 10 of 12 and it will culminate with a 5K in September. But I have been running 5K already so I am ready! This program has been absolutely awesome. There is NO judgment - there are all levels of walkers and runners, all sizes and ages. It is about having FUN and being safe and injury free. It is educational but in a friendly non-threatening way. There are two running coaches and there are several mentors. So far I have always had a running coach either with me or very near, and sometimes I have had a mentor with me too. There have been free massages after our runs, there have been free injury screenings, there was a good form class. We've gotten some free stuff (like high quality moisture wicking socks). They help us with our issues and concerns. It has been hard for me because the location is far from my home, and it requires a commitment of twice a week group runs and twice a week individual runs....but I have stuck with it despite a very difficult personal schedule, and it is has been so worth it! I have made wonderful friends and just feel so blessed and happy. I am a VERY slow runner but I RUN. Yes I do! I am also seeing a physical therapist who specializes in helping runners and she is working with me on my knee issues (and weak hips and core). I am making progress and I think that I will be able to run faster as I work through my problems!

So....once a year my office has a 5K. I think that this might have been the 4th year that they have done it. It is interesting because they shut off an entire lane of a very major busy street for us to do this one morning. And today was that morning. I have walked a lot of 5Ks and once even walked a 10 miler. On my weekend walks around the neighborhood I go six or seven miles sometimes. But I have never RUN any race. The 5K we have for work is for charity and it is not an official race...no chips or anything, just FUN. Usually we have around 250 - 300 people in it. Two years ago when I walked in it, I think that I was the LAST one back. I was also 90 pounds heavier two years ago. This year, I RAN. Yes I DID! I RAN! I got to the office at 6:00 a.m. and I was already dressed and ready and had eaten the little snack that I have about an hour or so before every run. I went down to the front of the office building to check things out...not too many people there yet.



It was an awesome morning. We have been lucky to have a mild summer here. Usually it is so hot and humid but not this year - we have had cool days and no humidity! Temperature at race time was about 60. People started to show up.



There was music playing, the police had the road blocked off and the atmosphere was festive. Here is our president giving us a little pep speech.



Here I am with a few of the people who I work with - this is before the race.



I know that I am slower than most other runners so I kind of hung back for just a second to make sure that I didn't get trampled! Then I was off...down the road for half a mile and into the park. Twice around the park, one water station (I didn't need water, I always carry water). Back down the road to the office. I found myself slowing a little in the second mile. I tried to enjoy the breeze and focus on my form...I have a tendency to stick my behind out and I am working on tilting my pelvis in instead! Third mile...I usually slow way down at the end - and this was up a slight incline. But...but...but....I actually went faster and broke the 11 minute mile mark - which is pretty incredibly awesome for me! When we got to the finish line, there was our president and a lot of other people cheering us on! There were snacks to eat and a little bit of time for some good times before we had to get back to work. I moseyed on to the fitness center in our building when my sign-up time for the shower came and got ready for work. We have a business casual dress policy - very rarely can we wear jeans and maybe only a couple of times a year can we wear shorts, but they let those of us who participated in the 5K today wear shorts - COOL! I have to say that two years ago I would NEVER have worn shorts to work. I was too fat, too embarrassed, etc. Today I was happy and proud to be able to wear shorts after the run! I made it, I am thrilled and excited to say! I have to decide if I am going to stick with the training program and do the 10K training...I think that I will!

  
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ONMYMEDS 8/21/2014 9:39AM

    A very uplifting blog. It's always so fun to hear how other people get into running. Congratulations. Well done!!

Let the miles pile up.

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MEXGAL1 8/18/2014 5:58PM

    Wonderful!!!

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MICKEYH 8/18/2014 12:13AM

    emoticon Gloria, way to go! emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/17/2014 6:19AM

    So proud of you, Gloria! Your experience, and your friends who would "never" be a runner... rings a lot of bells for me. My first "bibbed" event was a corporate challenge one that my work mates cajoled me into. That was in 1990, I think. I had lost 80 pounds and knew I needed to do "something" active to keep it off. But I was a swimmer, not a runner (after all, those years of accumulated blubber did a great job making me tolerate of water temperatures and very float-able).

Still, because they talked me into it? I can't say "the rest is history"... there have been a lot of detours to my fitness since... but your blog brought back memories of when I got bit by the bug. And now, look at you!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/16/2014 1:10PM

    Wow! What an awesome blog and a inspirational story! I am so proud of you! My heart goes out to you! I think you're awesome! You put the Sparks in Sparks! You get a first place in my book! You rock girlfriend!
Hugs and love,
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HOLLYM48 8/16/2014 8:50AM

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!
I have been so busy and not enough time in my evening so I did not see this until this morning and I had a hard time not tearing up as I read this because I could so relate and I am so proud of you!!!!!!!
WOW, way to go. I am so happy for you and felt like I was there cheering you on even though the race was over. You look absolutely terrific in your running outfit and you are awesome. It is amazing what we can do when we tell ourselves it is possible when we never thought it was before. I know what you mean about running on the treadmill and then running for the first time outside. Not only was it harder, but I felt so self conscience, like it everyone watching me? Do they know that I am not a runner? but we are runners and we do look like everyone else out there doing their best to be healthy!
What an awesome story your journey has been! WAY TO GO Gloria!! Way to go!
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All the best to you as you train for your 10K. That is so awesome!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/16/2014 7:51AM

    I gotta tell ya, I got a little misty reading this. I am SO happy for you! What a great day and what great improvements you have made in yourself.

I was like you as a kid. I'd ride my bike but most times you could find me curled up with a book. Never thought I'd EVER enjoy running. I love doing 5Ks. It gives me such a rush to take off with everyone and SUCH a feeling of accomplishment when I finish. I always cross the finish line with a tear in my eye.

Way to go!

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AJDOVER1 8/15/2014 7:25PM

    You are such an inspiration to me! Thanks for writing such detail and presenting such a rich picture of this event. I love the photos, too! You're my hero. This is what getting healthy is all about. Counting calories, managing portions, weighing in, balancing nutrients and pulling all the Spark details together all bring us to this: the experiences we can share through living a healthy life!
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ALISONCHRISTIAN 8/15/2014 10:32AM

    Gloria!!! You are SO inspirational and I love your positive, "can do" attitude. Way to go on the 5K....you are my hero!
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ALOHAEV1 8/15/2014 10:29AM

    Rawk on Gurl!!! Mucho Dittos to what has already been said.... emoticon

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STEADYANDSTRONG 8/15/2014 10:16AM

    What an accomplishment!!!
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Very motivating hearing you talk about your experience.
Thanks for sharing it!!

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QTLADY 8/15/2014 9:51AM

    Congrats to you! I'm very proud of you for sure!

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SUCHANUT 8/15/2014 8:22AM

    Gloria - you totally ROCK girl! You are my inspiration when things seem tough or I fall off my wagon. I say to myself, what would Gloria say, and I answer, pick yourself back up, today is a new day, you CAN do this, move forward! And here I am down 12 pounds and at exercise class five days a week! I used to run like the wind when I was little - I ran everywhere. How I would love to run again! Well, heck, maybe I can do it too! WTG Gloria! And thanks for the ongoing inspiration, encouragement and kindness. You are amazing!


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JULIA_211 8/15/2014 8:16AM

    Congratulations! Way to go! I'm so proud of you my friend! emoticon

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JEANKNEE 8/14/2014 11:13PM

    Way to go, Gloria!

Congratulations on completing the 5K and best wishes with the 10K training.

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