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Food is NOT the enemy

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

.....I am!
Nothing like a major wake up message to me. Food is just FOOD. Nothing more, nothing less. It's not bad, it's not good, it's not a friend, it's not an enemy...it's just plain food.

Now that I've put that out there. What do I do about it...about ME I mean. I take care of me. I love myself enough to make
good choices about what I am going to eat, how I am going to live, keeping to my exercise program and making them all a habit.

It means stopping and thinking and not just reacting when I want something to eat, or eating due to stress, boredom, anxiety, loneliness and on and on with excuses. The reason to eat is hunger.

I am so worth taking care of. Keeping myself healthy so that I can not only do the things I want to do, dream to do, yearn to do, but be with the people I love for as long as possible. This is NOT a diet, it's my life.

While having an eye exam today for new glasses I was told that keeping my eyes healthy all comes down to keeping ME healthy. My eye health is directly related to my over all health. It all ties together and makes a whole lot of sense. A reminder to remember the sacredness of my own skin.

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BRUIN2 1/23/2008 8:44PM

    Quite the realization! Thanks for sharing. It is amazing that it all comes down to choices and decisions...

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Just 3 months

Sunday, January 13, 2008

April 13 is just 3 months away. Thirteen Sundays from today! That Sunday in April will be my second running of the Flora London Marathon! Am I excited?? YEAAHHH, I am excited!!

Three months from today all the hard training will be finished, I won't have to deal with the bitter winds of today, rain that feels like pins and needles in my face, the layers upon layers of cothing, the hat, the gloves, the blinky lights and Hi-Vi bright yellow bibs for better visability.

No..all I will be dealing with is the job at hand. Running my fourth marathon and aiming to run it in a Personal Best. I know it will test me, stretch me, strip me of all I am made of, but it will also test me to see what I am made from.

I'm looking ahead to just 3 months from now. The great memories, the sense of acomplishment, the pride, and the aching body that will reward me with a job well done.

So as I look forward I also look at the here and now. This day is where I am. I'm not 13 weeks ahead, I'm right here. I do what is infront of me. Sometimes when I run I have a tendency to look straight down at the pavement ahead of me. I forget that I also need to look beyond my own feet to where I am headed. To focus on where it is I am aiming for and run towards that.

I am taking each day as a step to the finish line in just 3 months. I am logging my food each day, I am keeping to the plan I have written up. I am getting out and running my marathon schedule to keep my body ready for the longer runs that are coming up. I am keeping grounded in prayer and inspirational readings to feed that warrior within me to stay hungry for even better things. These things will keep me focused and so that in just 3 months from today, I will run not just a good race, but a GREAT race.

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COACHGIA 1/21/2008 8:44PM

    Hi Mary, i'll be cheering you on in spirit on that day April 13th, 2008, in the meantime continue your preparation in the best of health, mind, and spirit!

God's blessings,

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NANCY-GIRL 1/14/2008 12:17AM

    Train well & run the good race, Mary. I'm cheering for you, too! (2 Tim 4:7 - put it in future tense) ~Nancy

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RAIDERMOM2277 1/13/2008 6:18PM

Good luck on April 13th, I'll cheer you on from here. Stya focused

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TLB513 1/13/2008 12:39PM

    Yes, a GREAT race it will be, my friend!!! Adding April 13th to my planner right NOW... I will be there in mind and spirit, cheering you on! I am also with you on your day to day journey, and proud to call you my friend!

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YES, I am.....

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

....Enjoying the marathon

Oh how I really really liked this thought!! "Life is like a marathon. We run and run, not knowing where (or how far) the finish line lies. We focus so intensely on prolonging the race but sometimes--despite our best efforts--the race is cut short. "

Maybe it's because I am a runner...and have run 3 marathons and am preparing/in training for my fourth in April that I can relate to this. In the endeavour that is a marathon it's really pretty simple....prepare and then run. Oh I know that sounds very simplistic, but that is where I think I need to be right now.....keeping things simple.

I can see that lists, preparing for my day, focusing, doing what is infront of me, not getting bogged down with "Oh oh oh....I need to get this done, and that needs doing, and what about fitting that in and when am I every going to get to that!!! "swiming in my mind. Nope...it just comes to left, right, repeat.....left, right...repeat till I get to where I am going.

Yes there have been some serious bumps over the past two weeks. Christmas holiday was interupted by a car accident which made it not feel too festive the second week. However, I do the familiar, I plan and keep the quality of my life up.

I refocused on what is important to me and keep looking ahead to that finish tape. Having run the previous Marathons, and having run London last year, I know the route, I do know the distance, I know what it can feel like, BUT that doesn't mean I KNOW everything about this one. I don't know for sure how I will feel during my training, let alone how I will perform on the day. All I can do is prepare...and plan, and get myself ready for the run of my life, like the good animal I am. YES... I AM enjoying this marathon...and life!


Simple Messages

Monday, January 07, 2008

Do I try to make life too complicated? Do I stress myself out with all that I try to do in ONE day? Yep...I sure do.

I realized today that I seem to be always attempting to catch up. I get sidetracked with other things instead of doing the things I really need to do.

How to make the next day more simple than the one I just finished???? Plan for it. Instead of entering the day and looking at it as I look at a mishmashed shelf in my wardrobe I take the time to bring order to it. Very simply I took the time to make a list of those things that are on my MUST do list for tomorrow.

I feel relieved today, because now I know what I plan to get accomplished. I don't have to stare at the day and think....hmm what is it I was going to do? Maybe I'm just anal in this sense, but it brings a calm knowing that I don't have to do everything TODAY! I can arrange things so that I have a plan...and I will work that plan. It doesvery simply, help me to have a direction to my day.

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GERRYD8784 1/7/2008 7:14PM

    Ah, a plan does make such a difference. Some of my friend tease me because they see me as hyper-organized, with my Palm-Pilot always handy and updated with all my appointments and a prioritized to-do list. But without that list, or something like it, I am just overwhelmed and don't know where to start. I know how you feel, looking at an unstructured day with a million tasks all competing for your attention. Good for you, to recognize what you need and to take the time to give it to yourself. I think you just pampered yourself, Mary. Take the challenge points!

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Keeping it real and keeping it honest

Friday, January 04, 2008

Ok... Back to school...back to the very basics...back to keeping track, staying on track, being honest and real with each day; a day at a time.

I've reset my goal meter to reflect the damage done over the month of December. I'm not going to dwell on that. Too little exercise, not enough water, lack of motivation at times and just letting things slip. That was last year.

Now it's hitting the books, being true to myself, looking at what lies ahead, focus, focus, focus.

I have goals to reach, a new road awaiting and I am NOT going to stumble on the first hurdle. Today I am lacing up, and hitting my goal road. Each step gets me closer to what I am aiming to achieve.
My goals for January:
1. keep to my marathon training runs
2. drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
3. log my food every day
4. no late night snacking
5. loose at least half of the December weight gain

Working honestly to reach those goals!

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VIOLETROSES 1/8/2008 5:18PM

    good goals! I like the resetting the goal meter.

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GERRYD8784 1/5/2008 1:59PM

    You have a very thoughtful approach to goal setting, and the time you put into making your plan will pay off, I'm sure, in your success this month and this year. There are several of us trying to avoid evening snacking this month, and to reverse a weight gain we experienced in the last couple weeks or months -- guess we all got into some bad habits over the holidays. But you're right, it's time to put 2007 behind us and start fresh.

Good luck to you. Daisy Falls is going to be GREAT in 2008!

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FITLIKENIC 1/4/2008 10:48PM

    I second Laura! Let's start anew, take the good, let go of the bad and move forward... I like your goals, and I re-set on the Fast track just to refresh my mind... lets do it!

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LAURAJ53 1/4/2008 8:03PM

    I think many of us in the dorm are taking the same road you are. Wipe the slate clean, leave 2007 behind and work toward our goals for 2008. I wish you much success in meeting your goals. It is great having you in our dorm!

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    I'm there with you. I decided to scrap my training and start over completely in November b/c I wasn't performing at the level I wanted to. Back to Basics. It really does make a difference to lay the foundation right. Good luck on your goals!

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TLB513 1/4/2008 7:09AM

    (((MARY))) I hear ya on the back to basics! My tracking is the same... all the way to sleep, fruits n veggies, 8-8oz's of water, etc... That is how we will succeed! Here's to keepin' it real and honest!

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