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self-control in Walmart parking lot

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Yesterday I had to go to Walmart to pick up something.
On the way out of the store, as I was walking to my car, I suddenly just wanted to run to my car, but since I'm pretty sure I look really bad when I run, I held myself back and just walked.

I think that from now on when I go there, I'll park as far away from the entrance as I can so that after I get past all the people, I can run if I'm not carrying too much or pushing a shopping cart.

I'm beginning to prefer what I call "running" over walking.

I like that. emoticon

emoticon on!

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HAPPYDOES 6/23/2013 4:50PM

    Well, I'm working on not caring about what people think of me and also working on doing what I think is right in things such as this, and I'm getting there...slowly but surely.

I noticed yesterday when I went for my walk/run, that I kept running even as I passed a couple who was walking along the road. Normally, I would have stopped running long before I got to them and just walked until quite a distance past them, but instead, I just ran because I didn't care what they thought.

but Walmart?

Someday...and soon! emoticon

Just be sure to check on me if I report that I am emoticon and emoticon all the way to my car!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/23/2013 12:55PM

    I bet you look better than you think! Dont think stephanie plum, think Angie Dickinson! She had style!!! And if it feels right, we'll cheer you on. You may inspire another future sparker, or person who was holding back! Rock on Happy!

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EMMACORY 6/23/2013 12:07PM

    Yes, I always park far away, It is a good habit! emoticon

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KITT52 6/23/2013 11:10AM

    running can be fun, at times I use the cart to run and hope I don't look like some crazy old women running from the store....I always park as far away as possible, and on those cold days it feels good to be able to run or jog to keep warm

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QUADCMOM 6/23/2013 10:04AM

    That is funny and I was going to suggest you park farther out but you already thought of it. You are doing such a great job and you are an inspiration to others.


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EVIE4NOW 6/23/2013 10:01AM

  Should've ran. Think of it this way. If anybody saw you so what? You may never see them again. If it was someone you knew, they would've probably applauded you. Do what is right for YOU!

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KARENKANDO 6/23/2013 9:47AM

    Good for you! And I say. . . run, run, run - whenever, wherever you want! Thoughts of others - be damned! You do whatever feels right to you and don't worry about what others think. I used to ride my bike around the neighborhood. I weighed about 260 at the time, At first, I was a little intimidated and embarrassed because I worried about what the neighbors would think of this fat woman riding a bike. . .and what she was trying to prove. Well! I replaced that thought with this one: Riding my bike as heavy as I am - as out of shape as I am - will be inspiration to others! And so I did it! I rode my bike and I rode and I rode and I rode. And it felt . . wonderful! emoticon

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KESTRYLL 6/23/2013 9:22AM

    Great idea, more exercise that way, good luck!

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The walk toward Subiaco Abbey

Saturday, June 22, 2013

After almost three weeks of no real exercise (except for a little bit of interactive video games with my grandson), I am back to my walk toward Subiaco.

Here is the link to the original blog and my mileage so far:


4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I will be when I finally arrive?)
5/07/2013: 205 - 2 = 203 (I'm back from out of state and back on my virtual party trip.)
5/09/2013: 203 - 2 = 201 emoticon
5/11/2013: 201 - 1.6 = 199.4 (Big dogs loose on property at corner; didn't want to go near them to finish 2 miles and don't know the mile markers to make it up if I walk the opposite direction)
5/14/2013: 199.4 - 2.4 = 197
5/16/2013: rained out
5/17/2013: 197 - 2.5 = 194.5
5/19/2013: 194.5 - 2.8 = 191.7
5/21/2013: 191.7 - 2.4 = 189.3
5/23/2013: 189.3 - 3.7 = 185.6
5/27/2013: 185.6 - 2.5 = 183.1 (I think I had a Fibro flare after the last walk/run. And Saturday, I had a reaction to the sun while I was mowing, so no walking for several days until today. It feels good to finally be back out there!)
5/28/2013: 183.1 - 2.5 = 180.6
5/29/2013: 180.6 - 2.5 = 178.1 (28.9 miles so far) emoticon
5/30/2013: thunderstorms and tornado watch...didn't run
5/31/2013: 178.1 - 2.5 = 175.6
6/01/2013 - 6/18/2013: out of town for grandson's birth; no distance tracked during that time and very little fitness minutes accumulated
6/19/2013: 175.6 - 1.6 = 174
6/22/2013: 174 - 3.4 = 170.6
6/24/2013: 170.6 - 3.2 = 167.4
6/25/2013: 167.4 - 3.4 = 164
6/26/2013: 164 - 3.2 = 160.8
6/27/2013: 160.8 - 3.2 = 157.6
6/29/2013: 157.6 - 3.4 = 154.2
7/1/2013: 154.2 - 3.5 = 150.7
7/2/2013: 150.7 - 4.3 = 146.4
7/4/2013: 146.4 - 4.1 = 142.3
7/5/2013: 142.3 - 2.5 = 141.8
7/12/2013: 141.8 - 2.2 = 139.6
(over-training...legs in knots...took a break)
7/27/2013: 139.6 - 3.1 = 136.5 (my first official 5K since 2001) emoticon
7/29/2013: 136.5 - 3.2 = 133.3
8/2/2013: 133.3 - 3.4 = 129.9
8/6/2013: 129.9 - 2.8 = 127.1 (the first time I've trained in a thunderstorm) emoticon
8/8/2013: 127.1 - 3.6 = 123.5
8/10/2013: 123.5 - 3.6 = 119.9 (87.1 miles so far)

Only 87.1 miles so far. emoticon That's what I get for taking almost three weeks off, but the heat and sun at my daughter's house sapped the energy right out of me.

I'm really glad to be getting back to it, though. I am going to try to do a 5k every day from now on until it becomes easy for me. Then I will ramp it up to about 4 miles per day, I think, and then 5 miles. Eventually, I hope to be doing a couple of 10Ks each week and the rest of the days, 5Ks.

Maybe, in time, my body will overcome this Fibromyalgia and I will be able to actually run the full distance of 5Ks and 10Ks.That would be awesome!

I've wanted to run distances for more than 12 years...since just before I was diagnosed with the Fibro. I used to want to run marathons and do triathlons, but not any more. I have been reading that running marathons and these long endurance races aren't really good for the heart. It is better to run a marathon over the course of a week rather than do it all on the same day. emoticon I can relax now and not feel so bad if I never run a marathon race. Instead, I can just run for the fun of it.

I never thought I would enjoy running, but ever since I started doing it for fun when I was 41, I have looked forward to it. I hope to continue to run until the day I die.

Party on! emoticon

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EMMACORY 6/22/2013 5:45PM

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MAWMAW101 6/22/2013 5:42PM

    You are awesome! Keep running/and or walking!
I went a mile again today.

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NHES220 6/22/2013 4:10PM

    Way to go!

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KAB7801 6/22/2013 12:46PM

    That's great! I've been thinking running
Sometimes I walk so fast and think "I should just run"

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QUADCMOM 6/22/2013 9:46AM

    Great Job !!!

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One of the best cakes I've ever eaten

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My mom made a emoticon cake for Father's Day. It was So good and easy, too!

Here's the recipe:

1 box of Angel Food Cake mix
1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple, NOT drained

In a bowl mix the two ingredients together (dry cake mix and pineapple with juice). Bake in a greased pan at the temperature listed on the cake mix package until it is light brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Mama cooked it in a 9x13 pan. Then she cut into squares and added strawberries and whipped cream.

It was SO delicious! I didn't take the time to figure out the calories, but I think Angel Food has less calories than other cakes. This one was good enough to eat by itself without the strawberries and whipped cream!


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HAPPYDOES 6/22/2013 9:49AM

Whipped cream isn't so bad if you do it in moderation. I refuse to take all the fun out of my diet. I've done that for years...decades even. Now, if I want to have a cookie or an ice cream, I do it. And you know what? I'm finding that I just don't want them that much any more. (Maybe giving myself permission to have them is working a kind of reverse psychology in my mind. emoticon ) Cookies have too much fat and sugar in them and I don't like the way it feels when the fat coats the inside of my mouth. All the sugar is just simply becoming too sweet for me anymore.

Therefore, whipped cream will do the trick of adding fun to my diet as long as I do it in moderation.

A little girl, who thinks of me as her grandmother, came to spend the night with me two nights ago. We made this cake and ate a couple of pieces of it before she left late yesterday. She took the cake home with her because I surely didn't want it in the house with me! I have had enough cake this week...and even this month!

Enjoy the cake everyone. It really is yummy enough to eat with absolutely nothing on top! emoticon

Oh, BTW...when I baked it at my house, I noticed that the time to bake it took a little less than the time recommended on the package (about 15 minutes less). I cooked mine in a 9x13 pan instead of a loaf pan.

Comment edited on: 6/22/2013 9:51:51 AM

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EMMACORY 6/20/2013 11:32AM

    Yummy! You are right about angel food cake being low in calories. The pineapple and strawberries would not add much. However I am not sure about the whipped cream. I may try this when I get back to Ohio when we have folks over. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MAWMAW101 6/19/2013 8:50PM

    That brings back memories of an old Weight Watcher recipe--I will definitely make it again. I remember putting cool whip on top.
Yum! emoticon

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KAB7801 6/19/2013 6:53PM

    Sounds good!
My fav cake is pineapple upside down
I will definitely make this
Thanks Kim
So you don't use the box ingredients?

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KNITTY_JESS 6/19/2013 6:37PM

    That sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!

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I've got to figure out a better way

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The sun made me sick again today.
I went out for my walk/run about 6:50 this morning. The rest of the day has been spent in bed with chills, body aches, burning eyes, and extreme fatigue.

I think it is time to take the walk to the gym and stay out of the sun.

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ARTISTGATOGIRL 6/21/2013 10:14AM

I agree with EmmaCory that you should at least inquire what your doctor has to say about lupus. You are walking early enough, so the sun making you sick doesn't make sense. Best of luck solving the mystery! emoticon

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EMMACORY 6/20/2013 11:35AM

    I would add to the suggestions that the next time you go to the doctor you ask if you need to be checked for lupus. I have that and I avoid the sun as it is a trigger for me.

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NHES220 6/20/2013 10:36AM

    It is strange that the sun would make you sick that early in the morning. Are you hydrating enough? Even if you work out at the gym, if you are not hydrating enough, you will feel bad. Also, make sure you are eating something before you work out, even a banana or something.

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LDHAWKE 6/19/2013 6:32PM

    I don't understand how the sun made you sick at 6:50 in the morning. I live in South Florida and that time in the morning is the BEST time to walk/run, when the sun has not yet risen too high and it is still in the lower 70's, upper 80's.

Where do you live that it is so bad so early in the morning?

And if it is, then why not just go to the gym and avoid the sun? Or work out at home?

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I'm home and beginning again

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hey, hey, hey!!!
I'm back and when I got on the scale this morning, I weighed 202.8. I guess the strange deal with the scale was that it said I had lost weight a couple of weeks ago when I actually hadn't. I don't know...but, I'm back from the birth of my grandson and picking up where I left off after two weeks of almost no internet connection, no tracking of food, and no exercise that I could actually track or claim.

I ate at restaurants a lot while I was gone so I'm surprised that I haven't gained a ton of weight. I guess I'm beginning to get the hang of what 1200-1500 calories looks like in all kinds of foods. emoticon

My clothes still fit me the same so I guess the scale showing 196 and 199 for a couple of days was the fluke and I am actually on a plateau with my weight stuck at about 201-203 lbs.

I guess that means I've got to work harder or mix up my workouts or something. It is time to go to the fitness articles and see what I can find out about plateaus.

Oh, yeah...about my grandson...
He was induced early because of complications and yet he weighed in at 8 lbs. 5 oz and was 20.25" long! He would have been around 10 lbs, I think, if he had remained the entire 40 weeks. He's gorgeous and has the sweetest, softest cry. His five-year-old brother was so excited to see him, but a bit disappointed when he found out that he couldn't push him in the swing at the park yet, or that he couldn't teach him to eat with a spoon and fork until he's older.

Today, I went out for my walk/run toward the "monk", but I left the house later than I intended so I took a shadier route. When I got back and measured it, I found out that I hadn't walked as far I thought I might have. I was aiming for about 2 miles but I only went 1.8. Oh, well, at least I got right back to it. I'm going to go out in a little while to mark off one mile from the house so I'll know exactly how far it is, and then tomorrow, I can do the two miles. Oh, and I'm also going to mark off a quarter mile and a half mile.


How's everybody doing out there? I've really missed you.

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LINDACONNER 6/20/2013 6:30AM

    Congrats on your grandson!

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HAPPYDOES 6/19/2013 6:24PM

    Thanks for the emoticon and emoticon back.

I really was surprised that I didn't gain weight since I ate out most of the time I was gone. Oh, and then there is Mama's cooking. She made the best cake for Father's Day! emoticon I'll share the recipe in a blog.

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EMMACORY 6/19/2013 5:00PM

    Hi Josie, anytime you can be out of your regular routine and not gain weight is a major victory in my book. Glad you are back on track! emoticon

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NHES220 6/19/2013 10:47AM

    Welcome back and congratulations on your new grandson! Good for you for getting right back to your walking. I'm not sure if you have a smartphone, but if you do there are apps like Run Keeper and Map my Run (which also work for walks) which use GPS to track how far you have gone and will tell you your pace. They are actually free applications to download. emoticon

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KAB7801 6/19/2013 10:46AM

Congratulating the birth! You're so lucky!
Congratulating getting back on the road!

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NIXIEWILLOW 6/19/2013 10:38AM

    Congratulations on your new grandson! emoticon

Well done for keeping on track with your eating while you were away and for jumping right back into your exercise! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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