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March

Saturday, March 01, 2014

I am about a quarter of the way through another 100 Day Challenge, so far it's going well. Today I was up early for the 8 - 4 shift at work. I stopped for groceries on the way home, did some laundry and a little bit of tidying up then made dinner. Later whilst catching up on a few blogs I follow, I realised I had not had any exercise. Had it not been for the challenge I would have found it quite easy to shrug and say "oh well" but I could not let myself start the new month with failure. So despite the fact that our dog of advancing years has had two long walks with DH today, I put on my coat and showed him the lead and he was ready to go. We did a brisk 30 mins, then I did a little bit of yoga to wind down when we got back. All in all I felt much better for getting off the couch and keeping my streak going.

  
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FITMARY 3/2/2014 9:05AM

    And THAT'S why we love the challenge! And dogs who are always ready to go!!!
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Carefree

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I remember the days when I didn't analyse what I was eating. If I fancied chocolate I ate it, dinner wasn't complete without dessert, and dessert didn't mean fruit or fat free yogurt. Knowledge is a powerful tool and I'm much happier being aware of what I'm eating and the effect it has on my body, but sometimes I REALLY miss the old days!

  
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THINRONNA 11/6/2013 11:45PM

    I agree with you! The knowledge has helped me maintain but it sure would be nice to be clueless sometimes...although that is what got us in the spot in the first place huh? lol!

Great post!!!! Thank you for the reminder!!!

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KPETSCHE 10/13/2013 12:55AM

    I know - isn't it awesome to know that it's automatic to reach for a healthy alternative to our old snacking selves?
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GOING-STRONG 10/12/2013 10:40PM

    emoticon I remember the old days and I sure didn't enjoy my food like I do today. Eating mindlessly really doesn't hold much pleasure; but eating mindfully sures makes you appreciate those treats!

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FRANCO1230 10/12/2013 9:54PM

    Well, you can kind of look at it like high school....I look back on it fondly, but wouldn't want to return to those years. Great experience, but love knowing what I know NOW. emoticon

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Staying on track

Sunday, August 18, 2013

We have passed the half way point of August....already I know! emoticon
I am confident I can meet my goal of at least 1500 fitness minutes.
This past week I have been slacking a little, putting off my exercise and not logging food. Today I forced myself to run; I could easily have stopped at 20 mins but I pushed it up to 45 mins. I realised when I got back that I don't want to be a slacker, I like my exercise and I certainly don't want any weight to creep back on. emoticon
I want to keep an eye on the calories and take action when necessary. Procrastinating is not for me, it does not make me feel good.
So this week I will be up and at it again and working towards those goals. emoticon

  
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THINRONNA 8/22/2013 2:35PM

    Fantastic blog! You are an inspiration to me! emoticon

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FITMARY 8/19/2013 8:21AM

    Very nice job! I'm impressed!!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/18/2013 9:05PM

    Do you have any races coming up?

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ANNEMAC5 8/18/2013 6:44PM

    Keep pushing... you are doing great with your fitness mins

I was determined to run my mile circuit this morning and did it even although it was so slow. It does feel good once you have done it emoticon

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August Goals

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1) Exceed 1500 fitness minutes this month
2) Continue my ST at home (thanks Going-Strong for the inspiration) www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GO
ING%2DSTRONG

3) Get my calorie intake under control

Small steps towards the bigger goal.

  
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THINRONNA 8/22/2013 2:36PM

    Love your goals!

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NINJALINDA 8/7/2013 1:50PM

    Fantastic goals - very similar to mine emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 8/7/2013 1:10PM

    Exactly! Small steps can lead to a LONG distance! emoticon We've got this!

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OWL_20 8/2/2013 7:59AM

    You rock and can so do this! P.S. Thanks for the link--I'm always looking for motivation to do my ST.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/1/2013 9:35PM

    One step at a time! You've got this. emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 8/1/2013 1:23AM

    Small and simple emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 8/1/2013 1:02AM

    Aww gee... thanks for the shout out! Your August goals sound great... you can do it!

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FRANCO1230 7/31/2013 7:05PM

    Stick with the ST!!!

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Running frustrations

Monday, July 22, 2013

I have been a little frustrated with my running lately. I know I have not been doing enough since I came back from Tenerife, but even so, my pace is rubbish. My 5K time is anything from 4-8 minutes slower than last year, don't even ask about 10K. I am trying to tell myself that pace is not the be all and end all, but some days I can't be convinced. At the weekend I really could not run for more than 2 or 3 minutes before stopping to walk. Today I went to the coastal walkway to run (flat and a splash in the sea after!!) and it was better but not to last years standards. I just feel I'm going backwards instead of progressing. I don't seem to have it in me to increase my distance either, after 50 mins or so I just don't feel I can go on. I am even considering withdrawing from my 10K race early Sept because I know if I don't finish in under an hour I will really be upset. I won't make any rash decisions yet, see how things go in August and take it from there.

  
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THINRONNA 8/22/2013 2:38PM

    I am going backwards on your blogs ...catching up...but I hope you have decided to stick with the 10K. It sounds like you may have worked though some of this?

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SEABREEZE64 7/25/2013 7:58AM

    Expectations sometimes are good and sometimes are not.
In some cases they get in the way of our real purpose - just to be fit and healthy.

I, too, get frustrated with my tremendous slowness...., but it is my belief that running (even as slow as I go) is a healthy part of my lifestyle.

Hang in there....

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GOING-STRONG 7/24/2013 9:38PM

    I would be THRILLED to run a 10k in under 60 minutes. My best time is 1:10:23 so no snickering! I will never be fast so I just have to enjoy being able to move.

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APED7969 7/23/2013 4:27AM

    After reducing my training amount and intensity after running a marathon late last year I went ahead and tried to keep up to my same pace. I've managed a couple of injuries, one likely to be related to pushing through a race at a faster pace than I'd probably trained to. Now after a month off I'm still in some pain and I'm now really slow. It is super frustrating but I wish I'd just allowed myself to be slow until I restarted a training plan from the beginning instead of trying to pick them back up a third or half way through. Good luck! Be consistent and I'm sure your pace will come back :-)

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KPETSCHE 7/22/2013 9:59PM

    I hear your frustration and understand it but give yourself time to work back slowly. Are you eating okay and getting the sleep you need? Many things go into your running besides just running. Stay strong and positive!
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DR1939 7/22/2013 10:51AM

    A sign of heart disease in women is tiredness. If this keeps up perhaps you should see your physician.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/22/2013 10:06AM

    Consistancy and patience are your best allies. There is still plenty of time to train for a September 10k. Go for it!

(Do you like to run? That helps, too.)

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MIPALADY23 7/22/2013 9:58AM

    I hear you!! Same thing here! Keep working at it. Healthy not pace!

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SPEEDYDOG 7/22/2013 9:31AM

    I know how you feel. Take it a little easier and don't hurt yourself. As you train, your old form will come back. There is nothing wrong with walking if you run out of breath. Maybe you should slow down and work on building the aerobic base back up.

I have had to slow down as I am starting to run again. My pace is a whole lot slower now, but I am getting a bit faster as time goes on.

Be patient. You will get there.

Thanks, Bruce

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/22/2013 9:29AM

    I'm going through the same thing this year. I have no choice but to accept it and run for enjoyment. My energy will return. For now, I'll just enjoy.

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IMSMILEY88 7/22/2013 9:24AM

    Maybe it's the heat? Or you need a short break? Or to try something fun for a change? Or maybe you just need to keep on pushing?

Best wishes!

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