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Planning for my next 5k and funky running

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Its funny how life seems to creep in the way even with the best laid plans. I have a 5k coming up next Saturday. My first one that I will be running. I am determined to get my last few runs in come heck or high water. With that said as soon as I made that goal things have gotten weird. I don't know if its karma or if I am subconsciouly setting myself up for failure or if its just life and I am learning to deal with it.
Anyway, to make more sense of all this on Sunday I set out to get in my run midmorning. Sunday runs are weird because I can't seem to get a set time and so my whole body clock is off. I set out midmorning to get in my run. I decided to take the dogs, big mistake. Let me tell you why. I had taken them on a previous run during the week and had made the choice to let go of the leash. This worked out so well. The dogs kept pace with me the whole time. The smaller dog lagged behind a little but he was so desperate to keep up he kept coming. So on Sunday I thought the same thing would happen.Wrong! When we got to the park and I let go of the leash, the smaller dog took off! ( dogs are on separate leashes) He was really good the first trip around the track but on our second trip I turned around and he was gone! UhOh! So I ran around all over looking for him, trying to keep "running". I was yelling his name the whole time, "Bosco! Bosco!" to no avail. Half way around the track again I see him--On the other side of the track! He was doing his own little run, keeping on the trail, wagging his tail. It was the funniest site. He just kept going and going as I called his name over and over. I decided to cut him off by beelining it for him. He decided to take a detour just at that momment so off I go. Talk about a workout! I chased after him again and I finally caught up with him. His ears were all perky and his tongue was hanging out of his mouth. Great, so now comes the fun part. As soon as I grabbed the leash and started to run--he stopped. What? He completely came to a dead stop and would barely walk. So I guess my run was over and I ended up walking him home, pulling him most of the way, about a mile. I couldn't tell if I really got in a good workout or not. I was pretty tired from running and chasing him all over the park, running and stopping, running again. I guess I got a good set of intervals in, LOL.
Ok so then last night was my next run and this is how it all panned out. We, my hubby and I, were really busy getting my DD of 14 signed up for Taekwondo ( a completely different blog!) so time kept passing and I could see this storm rollling in and I had a lot of nervous energy because my body was sitting instead of running, and I could see that the storm was impending. We spent two hours at the studio. My hubby could see how figity I was so he offered to cook dinner so I could get my run in. By this time it was pouring but where there is a will there is a way! I remembered that our rec center had an indoor track and I REALLY needed to get this run in. I had missed Zumba the night before and was feeling the effects of missing out on my exercise. Did I mention how great exercise is for relieving stress and tension? So I drove up the street to the rec center, they charge a really small fee to use the track, which was a nice surprise. I walked down to the track, started my warm up walk and couldn't believe how many people were there doing the same thing I was. I had thought it was pretty late for running. It was about 8:15 pm when I arrived but the track was pretty busy. There were a lot of young woman and families and a few people my age.
It was actually a good experience. I ended up following a gal who looked like an experienced runner. At first I thought she was around my age ( later I noticed that she was in her twenties, judging from appearances). I am just trying to get my milage in and seem to plug along. She passed me about every 3 laps. Six laps make up a mile. I am so bad at counting laps I decided to go by time and how many songs I went through on my ipod. I ended up running through 9 songs at about 3.5 mins eavh so that equals 31.5 mins. Not sure if I got a full 3.1 miles in but I did my best. So back to this girl who kept passing me. Everytime she passed me I would watch her stride and try and match my feet to hers. This made a big difference. It was a neat experiment. I couldn't keep up with her but it was fun to try. When I decided I was about finished I kicked it up a notch and really pushed it for the last lap. Then I took about 5 mins to cool down. Pushing it really made my heart rate go up but it felt good and even if I didn't get the full 3.1 miles in I did get in a good run. After finishing my run I went home ate a really late dinner and went to bed. I slept pretty good considering how late my run was. I think I was just exhausted from the day. My stress was all gone and I had a huge sense of relief.
I am not sure how all of this is going to play out with my 5k training. Like I said I have made a commitment to get my runs in before next Saturday. I know one thing, I am NOT taking the mutts with me on my next run, they will just have to wait. If it rains again before the 5k I can always go back to the indoor track. Its not the same as running outside but until I invest in a treadmill it is the only backup plan I have. I really hate running in the rain so I am visualizing and praying and sending positive energy up to the heavens for a nice, rain free day next Saturday. Wish me luck!

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JUDYPETE1 5/14/2010 7:19AM

    if all runs were the same, what fun would that be? LOL!!

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CHOESCH 5/13/2010 6:40PM

    I just had to smile as I read about your adventure with the dog. My little dog loves to run too but he has a hard time keeping up after the first mile so I don't take him when we go on long runs. It sounds like you are prepared for the 5k the first one is a little scary but you will definitely surprise yourself - you have really trained hard! I am so impressed with your commitment and desire - can't wait to hear your time- get some pictures and post the before and after. Saturday is supposed to be a beautiful day - hopefully the weatherman is right! We deserve some good weather! Thanks for your great comments on my blog. I appreciate your good thoughts and your great ideas. You are amazing!

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KIRSTENRPH 5/13/2010 8:39AM

Dogs are SO FUNNY sometimes!!!!
I think God put them on earth just to keep us entertained!!

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LILY_SPARK 5/12/2010 2:17PM

    Great idea, matching your pace to another runner! I always heard jogging with a taller person (longer legs!) helps gain speed and endurance, too.

When I was about 14, I'd run with my brother (straight out of the Army!) and he had to wear a 40lb waist belt & ankle wts to slow himself down to my pace ;p

Anyway, GOOD ON YOU!

You mention your bpm? Where do you aim to keep yours between, percentage of MHR? I'm curious cos I'm just getting back into running...kinda!

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FISHIE3 5/12/2010 12:47PM

    i'm guessing that you got a long enough of a work-out with your dogs. if you're active between 30 and 45min you should be close to what C25k asks, even if some of it is walking a reluctant dog back home.

don't forget to have your rest days next week. i don't know what your plan says, but the advice i've seen in other plans recommends no running the two days before the race (walking is fine, but no huge treks), and easy runs as a whole for the beginning of that week. if you're really going to give it a good go, you'll want the rest.

good luck.

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NIELSENSLADY 5/12/2010 12:13PM

    What a bad dog! Funny though. I think any activity you can do between now and the run will be beneficial. emoticon

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Feeling good about myself brings out insecurities in others

Thursday, May 06, 2010

When I started this journey I didn't feel very good about myself. I really wasn't who I wanted to be. As I started losing weight and getting attention for my efforts my self confidence rose and I started to feel like my authentic self.

Feeling like who you are meant to be can have its drawbacks. I consider myself to be somewhat attractive but by no means a super model. When I was heavy I didn't get many ( if any) compliments. But since I have gotten to goal weight I get compliments daily, especially from my husband. He says I get a lot of looks but I don't notice.

On a professional level I hold myself to a high standard. I don't necessarily hold everyone else to that standard, just myself. But this too has its drawbacks.
Yesterday's bad day had to do with a co-worker. She is an unhappy person. She is overweight and is constantly trying to get back to her weight when she was in her 20's. But she doesn't ever follow through. She doesn't care about Sparkpeople. I have tried to tell her.
Anyway, why is it just when you seem to be getting your life on track the crazies have to come out?
This lady went out of her way to send me a hurtful email that was a personal attack.

I work for a great company that has an EAP program. I went to ask for counseling to see what I could do about the situation, trying to be proactive and better myself is usually how i handle these kinds of situations. The counselor was awesome and said just what I neede to hear.

The jist of it is when someone with self esteem is surrounded by those who have low self esteem, they feel threatened. Hmm, this lady has even told me she is threatened by me.
So she makes snide remarks that can't be determined to be an insult or a compliment. Trying to make herself feel superior by chipping away at MY self-esteem.
The counselor also said this lady doesn't like me and probably has had issues with me for awhile and this is her way of telling me. It hurt so much. I can't make everyone like me though and I don't have control over her or her feelings. Now that she has come right out and let her feelings be known I should be able to avoid her in the future. The hard part is that there is a group of us ladies who have lunch together, about 5. Sometimes one of us is MIA. This lady is in the group. I need to keep my relationship with her strictly professional so I will temporarily be avoiding her, and the group, until I can come to grips with how best to handle her. This is all advise from the counselor.
I am a very sensitive person so I always can feel when someone isn't right with me. It makes perfect sense that my high standards and excellent work ethic would bring out insecurities in others. I really am not trying to toot my own horn. This blog is for me to try and wrap my head around having to deal with this person. I have had a working relationship with her for over three years and I personally have struggled with her demeanor but thought maybe it was all on my part, the struggle I have with her. Now I know I am not crazy and that she is the one with the problem. This is coming from the counselor once I described our interactions. Me trying to be helpful and being a part of a team and always assuming good intent and her belittling me or putting me in my "place" when she thinks I have overstepped.
She really didn't start having a problem with me until I had lost about 70 lbs. I try not to overstep my boundaries at work and pull myself in when I realize the help is not wanted.

I am very efficient at my job and I guess that can be a little scary. I don't want anyone else's job. I just want to do my own and do it to the best of my abilities.

It is the same with my weight loss. It is my journey, no one elses. It is no one's concern but my own. If someone wants to come along they are welcome but don't stand in my way or try to sabotage my efforts. I am in charge of my own life and no one else will dictate to me how I feel about myself or my abilities.

Enough said, I feel good about myself.

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HEALTHYARTIST1 5/12/2010 1:10PM

    Oh my goodness. I wanted to comment on your blog to give you support and a high five for immediately going to a trained professional to help you out, however, everyone has taken the words out of my mouth! So know you are making the best decisions for you, your family and your work and that is perfection! emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 5/12/2010 12:22PM

    I thought I would share a similar/non-similar story that came from WW boards.

One of the WW ladies mentioned at work that she had a co-worker to join her to a month's worth of meetings several months ago. The co-worker quit going and didn't lose wieght. The WW lady once inquired about it but the co-worker said that the timing wasn't right at the time.

This is what happened yesterday

Co-worker: I'm going to McDonalds for lunch. Can I pick you up something?

WW Lady: That would be great because I am swamped here. Could you pick me up a Southwestern Salad?

Co-worker: Sure no problem. I'll be back soon

(30 mins co-worker returns and drops a quarter pounder with cheese and fries and puts it on WW lady's table)

WW lady: That's not what I ordered.

Co-worker: Yeah Sorry I forgot what you told me.

(WW Lady is PO'd and decided that she was refusing to give in to this passive aggressive behavior. She gives her lunch away to another co-worker)

Co worker: (10 mins later) I really did forget what you ordered but I figured you had flex points that you could use

WW lady: I'm sorry to say that your efforts to sabatoge me have failed.


Moral of the story: We deal with people all of the time for some reason or other can't handle our success. I think you handled that situation very well.

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    I'm happy to see that you aren't blaming yourself. I think its important to remember that the world is made of different people - You want to live your life at a 10 don't let the haters bring you down to their 5! Find strength in knowing that you can't help everyone and too many are content with misery. Continue to be the person that you are and do it happily. This truly is one of those instances where you can kill them silently and with kindness. You'll find you're way to deal with her - but try not to be cold/show offense to her dislike because people like her "feed off the negative "power"

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FLYINGB16 5/9/2010 8:59AM

    I could have written this blog word for word. You are awesome and you are doing exactly what you should be doing...putting yourself first! We will always have exposure to negative people through our work and the only thing we CAN do is choose how we react to them. My one particular co-worker loves to make comments about how awful it will be when I have all of this loose skin to deal with or that I am going to get BIG muscles from working out. I see her body checking me all the time trying to tell if/where I'm losing or (SHE HOPES) if I am starting to gain it all back. Her first question to me every morning is did I work out the evening before. Really??? What's it to her? She just wants me to say NO I skipped my workout and ate a whole pizza and a gallon of ice cream! Not going to happen.

YOU did the right thing and you are taking care of yourself. You Rock!

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LEWASKO 5/8/2010 9:58PM

    I totally agree with MrPlatson. She is to be pitied. It is unfortunate that you have to put up with this at work and that you have worked so hard to better yourself only to have to deal with ignorant jealousy. You are strong and you are sensible to have dealt with it the way you did. It would have been easy for you to be small and insult her back, but you took the higher ground! Congratulate yourself and DON'T EVER LET ANYONE QUESTION WHO YOU ARE!! ROCK ON SISTER!


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TEENY_BIKINI 5/8/2010 9:35PM

    I really commend you on how you handled this situation. I love that you are so confident and you should be - because you are amazing. You are right - the crazies do come out when a diva starts beaming. Maybe they just need to bask in your beautiful light - who knows? Just keep being you.

You are amazing. Trust me this nutjob is already suffering. Hang in there, gorgeous.


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DAWNO64 5/7/2010 4:13PM

    Congrats on handling this the best way for YOU!! It sounds like your co-worker has definite issues; you're right to let them be HERS!

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CHOESCH 5/7/2010 3:15PM

    Hey Cute Stuff;
I'm so sorry you had to deal with this - I too have noticed that there are some people who just cannot be happy for anyone else's success. It is so hard to work in an environment like that; we all spend so much time at work. I'm so glad that you could talk to your counselor and still vent on SparkPeople. I'm sure it helped you to see things more clearly. Relish your success, find peace in the fact that you are a good person, and gravitate towards the people who are non-toxic. You are handling this well by removing yourself from the situation - even though that doesn't seem fair. Keep smiling and always remember that you are AMAZING! Don't let anyone take away your feeling of accomplishment. I appreciate you so much! Hang in there!

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DARLENEK04 5/6/2010 6:49PM

  I believe you are like I am...which is very sensitive.
This other person is insecure and unhappy and she is
taking her venom out on you. I am glad that you had the counselor to reason things out with.
You have come such a long way with your weight and are now
secure in yourself, and your beauty shines.


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MRPLATSON 5/6/2010 4:02PM

    She suffers from too much ego and not enough self esteem - she's living in a hell of her own construction, she hates herself but too proud to put in the work to fix her problems. She's weak, she's frustrated.. she looks at you and sees everything she wants to be but doesn't know why she can't be as accomplished or how to do it.

Personally I can't be angry at a person like this, all I can feel is overwhelming sadness and pity.

If she does this again I would suggest very calmly explaining to her that you are not comfortable with the way she is treating you and that if she can't muster anything nice or work-related to say to you that you would appreciate she didn't interact with you at all.


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50HARLEYGIRL 5/6/2010 3:57PM

    I recently lost 15 lbs while on SP an I have been tickled! And a good friend told me the other day that it made her feel bad because I had lost weight and she has not. Talk about a slap in the face! A couple of years ago she was going to the gym an lost a lot of weight an I told her how proud of her I was. It really knocks the wind out of your sails if you let it, at least this lady is not someone you call friend. And you kinda feel bad for them because they have such stinky attitudes and you know they are really miserable people and just want everyone else to be miserable to. Keep on doing what you are doing with your head held high and be the better person and remember forgiveness happens sometimes multiple times a day! emoticon

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    Dang girl, you said it perfectly.
First it is awesome your work has something like that so that you can go and talk to someone. I bet that helped sort through your feelings a lot.
Second, not everyone is going to like you, but when you haven't given them a reason not to, it still hurts. I am the same way and its hard to come to terms with. But just know who you are and what you stand for and the rest won't matter so much. You know you are doing the best job you can, and live the life you want and it sounds like she is super jealous of that. It's easier for her to lash out at you then to take a hard look in the mirror at why she is so unhappy. It's a hard pill to swallow.
I think that is best that you stay away for a bit and just gather your thoughts and get back to a calm place when it comes to dealing with her. Pretend as if she didn't even bug you with her email. Pretend like her comments don't hurt. Over time it really won't matter any more.
I heard somewhere to care about what the people who love you think about you, NOT about what the people who don't matter think about you. You can't win em all :)

Hang in there sweetie. It will all turn out fine. Hugs!

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Since I Started Running

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A lot has happened since I had an impulse to start the C25K and complete it. I have felt inspired by so many people here on this site/community. I truly feel blessed by those I have met and chatted with, by those who have stopped by to read my blogs and those blogs I have decided to read and leave comments on. I wasn't sure what I would blog about today but I felt that having made this commitment to get through the C25K has been a blessing all by itself.

Since I started running I haven't seen the scale move much but my pants feel a lot looser. One of my goals for the year was to feel really good in this size, and now I do.

Since I started running I have challenged my body in ways that I never dreamed I would, at my age. Although I am not by any means nearing my senior years I know ladies my age who act like they are much older. I recently read an article about an 80 year old man who has run a marathon in each of the 50 states and about 100 countries. Amazing, I want to be that kind of person when I enter my senior years.

Since I started running I have more stamina. I get up before the dawn and find I am still going much later into the evening.

Since I started running I am sleeping much better. I slept ok before but now I enter a deep sleep on the nights I have done my run.

Since I started running I like the way my legs look in shorts. I have some amazing looking thighs and they are defined and look like "runner's legs".

Since I started running I appreciate the food I eat so much more. I appreciate what it will do for my body and how my body will perform with the fuel that I give it. I know I will have a bad run if I give it empty calories hours before my run. I know a banana with some almond butter will fuel my run beautifully and I will have a great run.

Since I started running I have a moment to meditate and think. I have found myself giving thanks while I run and getting in touch with feelings and emotions that may have been buried.

Since I started running I have inspired people without even knowing it. I have had people make comments about how I look like I am still losing weight and it has been three years on this journey.
I have had people stop me and ask what I have been doing to keep in shape. When I replied that I started running and am doing a 5k they make it a point to ask me how that is going and when the race is. I haven't volunteered more than the fact that I "started running". This is encouraging to me and helps to keep me motivated.

Since I started running I have inspired my husband to do the same. Years ago when we started dating he ran and I said I never would. He stopped running after work got in the way but now he is trying to get up to my speed. I am so proud of him!

Since I started running I realize the importance of having the right equipment for the exercise you are attempting. I have written numerous times about my desire for running shoes and how they are on the top of my list and I really have made a commitment to getting them. Having the proper equipment will help me from becoming injured. Not only running shoes are important but in all things relating to sports and exercise of any kind. If you do not have the proper sports bra the girls will be in jeopardy. If you do not outfit yourself with the proper clothing you can injure yourself by getting that old shirt caught on something.

Since I started running I now understand what a "runner's high" is and what it feels like to have your body yearn for it. I understand how addictive this can become and I welcome it. I may never be be a marathoner, but I can understand when someone else wants to be able to say they have completed one.

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50HARLEYGIRL 5/13/2010 2:53PM

    I hope you don't mind I printed this blog so I can show it to my friend. You know the one I told you about, that told me I kinda made her sick because I have lost weight and she has not. Well since then I gave her a subscription to Fitness mag. and she has found a lot of motivation in that and has started walking. This morning she came to work and told me she jogged half the time and walked half the time. I told her how proud I was of her and she seemed to just beam with happiness. And I thought I am truly happy for her because she is getting healthy and she needs someone to continue motivating her because she does not really get much from home. How is it that even when your trying to motivate someone else it can make you feel so good? And by the way I think your a beast for running!! Anyone that is a runner is awesome to me!! (And beast is what my son says when he is talking about something that is totally cool! You proly already knew that but it takes me a while! :)

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/5/2010 2:18PM

    I love your blog! I had to come by and read it after you mentioned it in your comment on my blog! I completely agree and yes, I sleep much better! You are an inspiration!!!!!

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CHOESCH 5/5/2010 11:36AM

    This whole journey is a constant learning experience. I have learned so much about myself and I have discovered strengths that I never even knew I possessed. The body is a miracle and getting in shape, challenging ourselves, and providing the right kinds of "fuel" can truly allow us to learn to love this body that we have been given. Thanks again for giving me something to think about! You have been a blessing in my life! Keep pushing yourself and don't forget to congratulate yourself for accomplishing so much!

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HOLLYCANTO 5/4/2010 8:10PM

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My green monster shake

Friday, April 30, 2010

My hubby and I have been having "green monster" shakes for breakfast every morning for about the last month or so. He swears he has more energy and it lasts all morning. I, on the other hand, am usually famished by 10am, LOL!
I think the difference is in our metabolisms. I am a more balanced oxidizer while he is a slow oxidizer.
Anyway, I have been seeing more and more info on these and they seem to be all the rage right now. If you google "green monster shake" you will come up with dozens of variations and a whole website dedicated to them. I think this is fascinating. My MIL first gave us her recipe and she and my FIL swear by them. My husband has listened to podcasts about them and I recently read a sparkpeople blog about them. So I guess in a nutshell I am following a trend. But I wonder about the popularity of this fine beverage. It has several servings of fruits and veggies in it and is full of antioxidants as well as healthy fats and tons of fiber.
Here is our recipe for the "green monster'...

1 apple
1 banana
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
1 orange
8 oz yogurt ( I prefer to add greek yogurt for the extra protein)
2 cups of milk
1/2 cup raw oats
1 to 2 tbsp of fresh ground flax seeds
1 stalk Kale
1 handful of fresh spinach(thus the 'green" aspect)
as much crushed ice as will fit in the blender
and anything else you can think of..
Sometimes we add strawberries or left over fruit that needs to be used up

Put all of this in a blender. I usually start with the ice and work my way up. All of this will not always fit in the blender so we just do the best we can. We set it on frozen drink mix and blend away. This makes two HUGE glasses of beverage. It usually takes me a few minutes to drink. You can use any kind of yogurt you want, I prefer the greek. We have used flavored and unflavored. This has a lot of flavor and there is no need to add anything such as artificial sweeteners because it comes out perfectly sweet on its own.

Very yummy but like I said, I am usually hungry a few hours later and DH can go til lunch time!
What about you? Do you have a morning shake? Is is a "green monster"? What do you put in yours?
Ok, weekly recap of my exercise.....

I must say that this week has flown by. I am so glad it is Friday. I have a busy weekend planned and tomorrow is a mandatory rest day ( absolutely no time to add any kind of exercise in). Today I did the JM Yoga meltdown level two. It was killer. I was looking for something to build my lower body muscles and doing 30DS and Yoga meltdown back to back have made me realized I had it all along I just wasn't utilizing the workouts properly. So for now on I will do JM Yoga Meltdown level one on Mondays and do 30ds level three and Yoga meltdown on Tuesdays and Thursdays mixing it up enough to hit both my upper and lower body throughout the week. I was only able to run for a few miles yesterday as I was under the gun to get DD to her taekwondo on time. It all worked out and today I was able to fit into my skinny jeans perfectly and they are now becoming the go to jeans for comfort. Maybe they will eventually be my "too big" jeans for the fat days!LOl.
Have a good week and keep on sparking my friends! Paige

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CHOESCH 5/3/2010 1:32PM

    ARGGGH...I wrote you a long note and for some reason it didn't accept it. LOL!
I do a protein shake every morning after my workout but I haven't used veggie's in it. I'll have to try your recipe. Thanks so much for your insight and your great ideas.

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KIRSTENRPH 5/2/2010 9:19PM

    I agree with HusbandandDad--this recipe DOES sound a bit scary!! Perhaps a little TOO healthy! LOL!
But I think I will try it anyway..
Thanks for the recipe!

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DOING-IT4ME 5/1/2010 10:47AM

    It sounds interesting - I think I'd be hungry shortly after also though as I seem to be just when I eat my fruits/veggies for snack!

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REBECCA-LICIOUS 4/30/2010 10:30PM

  I've been having luck with Dr. Oz's Magical Breakfast Blaster Smoothie. I add 2 big handfuls of spinach to turn it into a "green monster." Here's the recipe:

8 ounces water
1/2 banana (preferably frozen)
1 scoop protein powder (I like whey rather than soy)
1/4 cup frozen berries
1/2 tablespoon flax oil
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon psyllium husks
2 big handfuls spinach

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/30/2010 1:58PM

  Dunno...recipe sounds kind of scary to me...

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BRANDNEWBUFFY 4/30/2010 1:49PM

    Hmmmm I have not heard about this...I will have to look into that.

Thanks for sharing

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MSVITALITY43 4/30/2010 1:38PM


Just thought i'd comment on your blog as I am starting to experiment with smoothies and adding in green veggies, I have all the ingredients listed in your monster shake so I will give it a try. Took a peek at your SP and I'm with you on the slow and steady wins the race. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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IAMSHE-RA 4/30/2010 1:16PM

    I love protein shakes and smoothies, but like you, I get hungry soon after. I did find a meal replacement mix from GNC that has 40 grams of protein in it and it actually fills me up. It's the only thing that does!!

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How do you know when you have overtrained? and having a plan B

Thursday, April 29, 2010

For me, knowing when I have overtrained is sometimes hard to pinpoint. I can usually tell I am overtraining when I have a few intense workouts in a row and I don't sleep well. This is usually my first indicator that I need to take a break. I had this happen last week after kickin it up for six days. i started having trouble sleeping so I skipped a workout and slept like a baby the next night. It is so hard to tell when you are doing "too much" or more than your body can handle. How can you tell when you have overtrained? Are there telltale signs or do you simple stop performing to your best ability? Please let me know, I am curious how this affects other.

On to a new subject. Yesterday I was looking forward to Zumba class. I really love my Zumba class. I was struggling with the instructor but she has changed it up so it is fun again. Anyway, just as I was getting ready to leave my DH calls telling me our 10 year old daughter has decided to make donuts unsupervised and has burned herself!!! Yikes, I ran out of there like a bat out of hell, hubby raced home, my heart pounding the whole way. I had spoken to DD on the phone and she sounded ok but you never know what you will find when you walk through the door.
As I raced into the house screaming her name, she comes walking around the corner with a towel and ice around her arm. Are you Ok? Yes, but it hurts really bad. I popped open the ibuprofen and told her to run cold water on it. After taking a quick look and not really seeing anything. You would think she would be covered in blisters at this point. Apparently the grease had splattered everywhere and although she was ok, she did have several tiny blisters all over her arm and hand.
So after looking at her and saying all we could really do was run cold water on it she gave me the look. You know, the look all kids give you when they don't get what they want. Anyway, I realized this was a momment of her needing her mommy to comfort her and give her some undivided attention. So I asked what would make her feel better. Her friend had burned herself and had gotten to get special gauze and a LOT of attention. So off to the store we went in search of gauze and burn spray. It is amazing what little things will cheer up children. It was so simple, her pain was a thing of the past and she was happy as a clam!
Anyway, by the time this fiasco was over it was too late for Zumba, hubby needed to head back to work so what was I to do? Running is today, so that was out. I went back to my tried and true, walking! I grabbed the leash and off I went with the pooches in tow. I walked my usual route of about 3 miles. It felt good. I hadn't done this for a few weeks and I could tell the dogs were in puppy heaven ( this was their second walk of the day).

All in all, I always try to have a plan B. My nights after work seem to be so hectic. Relying on good weather has been hard lately but it stayed nice enough, albeit a little chilly, to get in a good walk. Do you have a plan B? Having a plan B gives me piece of mind that I have done all I can to get my workout in. Sometimes it doesn't work out but I know I have done my best.

Thank goodness it is Thursday! I have a busy weekend scheduled so it is the calm before the storm! Have a wonderful day! Paige

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LADYFOLDER 4/30/2010 1:50AM

    I'm glad your daughter is okay, Paige.
Thanks for your comments.

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KIRSTENRPH 4/29/2010 12:36PM

    I'm glad your daughter is OK!!!!! I know how scary that can be!! (2 active boys=many trips to the emergency room!!)

But anyway--good for you for having a "plan B" after all that drama!! I would have totally blown off exercise for the day if it had been me!! "No ZUmba class tonight?? Oh well--I guess there's nothing I can do but plop my butt on the couch!" LOL!!

How doI know when I have overtrained? Hmmm... When something starts to hurt. You know, not the good muscle-fatigue kind of pain, but a twinge or an ache that feels not quite right. I think I overdid the wts on Mon, becuase I got a twinge of pain when lifting my arm over my head, wts for a few days.. emoticon

(I never have trouble sleeping due to exercise!! Everybody's different, I guess!)

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FLYFIGHTER 4/29/2010 12:32PM

    I know I overtrained when I have major fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite & moody/irritable

Good job taking care of DD and YOU :)

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FABDELKA 4/29/2010 12:13PM

    I like this a lot.Being a mother as well I totally understand. Unfortunately life hasn't offered me a plan b yet, because my son is still quite young and he is "attention hungry" from the time he wakes up. If I don't get the physical activity in before he wakes I am toast, because everything after that is his mental, social, educational, nutritional, and emotional development. Hope your weekend goes great. emoticon

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