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And then there were 5 Runners...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Just following up to last post. We ended up with 5 runners! The fifth kicked all our butts because she had been in a running club, but it was so motivating to have someone to chase.

Side Note: I finished second. :)


Learning what 'SPARK PEOPLE' means in the real world.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The title of this fantastic website we all use takes on different meanings to different people. I learned this past week that my actions and examples can truly light the fire in someone else, and one person has suddenly turned in to four.

I have been getting up at 5:30 to run a 3.5 mile course before work. I'll be honest- I run a course hoping other co-workers will see me out there before work, and perhaps ask to join me. Thus far, it has not happened, but that's okay... it's just one small joy/motivator along with many others.

A couple of coworkers got together last week and we went for our first group run. I am hoping to see this yield a long-term program, and eventually take hold as a wellness program within company. I have a good "in" with the HR department... that's me. :)


Less Common Signs of Dehydration

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Signs of dehydration showed up in two unexpected places this week- at the doctor's office and when getting a pedicure.

For those of you that have ever had a uterine ultrasound, you know that you must chug 32 ounces of water within a 15 minute span, and then HOLD IT for about an hour until your bladder is full. Then the technician will proceed to push on your bladder. Yes, it is a good time.

In my case, the tech said my bladder was mostly empty and that I would have to drink more water or wait. WHAT???!!! How could it be possible that 32 ounces was not anywhere to found.

After discussing the issue with the technician, the facts hit me over the head... I was clearly dehydrated and my body was keeping it for itself. Since then, I have been drinking the daily allowance (only a couple of days), and I am still not having the need to pee like I expected. It's been a clear sign that I was not doing my body right.

As for the pedicure, well, my feet are peeling. I looked it up on the AKI (the all-knowing internet) and it shows as a possible sign of dehydration as well.

So, let my little story be a warning to stay aware of the signs your body gives you regarding your water intake. They may not always be the most popular or commons ones, but they are certainly there!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MADYANKEE 3/29/2011 11:51AM

    i have to watch out for this and I commonly start working, get involved and all of a sudden it is 5 or 6 and I have not eaten or drank anything all day. emoticon

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POINTAFTER 9/6/2010 10:37PM

    Wow, that's fascinating! I've had uterine ultrasounds, and if they told me I had to drink more water I think I'd just burst!!!

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JUSTSLS 9/6/2010 12:41AM

    I will share this with my daughter, her feet are always peeling too.

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PK2H2000 9/5/2010 10:02PM

    Great info, and oooh so true.

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I've been dreaming of a week like this.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This week's reflections.

I am still thinking about a blog I read two weeks ago, where the writer talked about how Motivation is a misleading myth when it comes to success, and that the key is actually consistency.

I truly wish I could find it again, but the writer is lost to me somewhere in Spark People.

In any case, I held on to that mantra, and it really helped this past week.

I had a big move at work, the result was roughly 12 hours of physical movement, along with an additional 8 of very light movement. Needless to say, I was beat, but I really enjoyed it because the whole time I was thinking about how good all this movement was. One of my co-workers couldn't believe how much energy I had to just keep going and going.

I am barely holding on to healthy eating, but I am not out of control quite frankly because over-eating just feels too horrible now. Not to mention the fact that three weeks ago I had a very bad stomach bug that sent me to Emergency- this is a first for me in my entire life.

Three pound loss this week. For me, this is HUGE! I normally lose at MOST 1lb per week.

I couldn't wait until next week to take my scheduled measurements so I took them last night. There was some improvement there too- an inch off my hips and .75 off my thigh. I am still working on convincing myself that the measurements are the important part. Re-programming still in progress.

Now, all I feel is impatient. Impatient to go work out, that is. I want to get off work to exercise already!

These are the kinds of days and weeks that I think a lot of us dream of on this journey to fitness.

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GLORILEE 8/13/2010 1:33PM

    Listen Just remember that you are closer now to your goal than when you started and that if you need motivation and support we are all here for you. Yes you have to be consistent but remember that you are thinking about this as a way of life not a diet. You want to be more healthier and you want to eat healthy. So don't concentrate on what you are not doing instead of what you are doing that you weren't able to do when you started. Anyways good luck and remember that we are here. emoticon emoticon

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good day

Friday, July 30, 2010

Good Day- weigh'd in yesterday.


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