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WooHoo 4 miles, I'm so tired and I don't know how to eat...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today was a running day and so off I went and I surprised myself by running 4 miles without stopping!!! Well, what I mean by that is that I didn't do any intervals!! I stopped twice to stretch, legs were kind of tight today and I had to wait for two stop lights....

I was very happy with 4 without intervals-I've commited to running a half marathon in November with my sister. I have until November to build up to 13 miles, I'm sure that will be with intervals!! My sister has gone all out and created this training plan and I have to figure out something too. It is a good plan and I might still steal her's and tweek it just a bit. She is quite a bit further along in her progress and I have some catching up to do-well, not catching up exactly, but self-improvement. Now that I have found the key to successful runs for me I need to focus on improving my speed and my endurance. I am tired after that run. Got home from running and found hubby still in bed!! Dang-I wanted to sleep in too!!

Time for the scale to quit bouncing around the same 7 or so pounds too.

Which brings me to "I don't know how to eat". I've been giving this a lot of thought lately and I have come to the conclusion that, while I am a very good cook, I don't know how to eat. This is an area where I am running into a brick wall over and over again. I'll set goals and then forget to eat. I'll plan meals, but forget to add vegs. I'll stand in my kitchen thinking "I'm hungry" and look all around for something and then not even see the oranges sitting on the counter just begging me to eat one of them. Then I'll leave the kitchen still hungry and overeat at dinner.

I have a zucchini in the fridge and have absolutely no idea what to do with the darn thing. I have two zucchini recipes-zucchini bread and this thing my mom used to make with zucchini and canned, diced tomatoes and sauce...I don't really want to do the bread, I want zucchini not cake, but I don't want the tomato thing either-I am the only one who eats tomatoes and nobody else would touch it if I made it. So, there sits the poor zucchini, just waiting to share its nutritious goodness and I am stumped. I am going back to tracking what I eat, that should help some.

What do people put in a food journal? "Dear diary today I ate a zucchini-it was good, but I don't think we can have a lasting relationship." ???

I got some stuff that looked good for snacks and stuff. I bought some Wasa crispbread and some feta and some hummus and thought that a couple crackers with some cheese and tomatoes or some hummus would make a good lunch. Maybe some tuna salad with the Wasa.

I know I am a carb person and that is okay as long as it is the good carbs (do good carbs wear white hats?). But, I just discovered I should be getting considerably more protein on any given day...not a big meat person...do enjoy the occasional slab of cow or bit o' chicken, but how am I supposed to plan my protein-cheese, milk, beans, lentils, etc? I did get some canned beans to put on my salad...

Sometimes I stand in the produce section and just stare at everything. I know I want some produce, but what kind? What can I do with a chinese cabbage? I settled for cantalope, cherries and bananas. Can I learn to like cottage cheese, because lately cottage cheese with cantalope has sounded good-the only problem is I HATE cottage cheese, something about the lumps in my food disturbs me. Is yogurt and cantalope a totally yucky idea?

Whey Protein-how, why, when? What is Muscle milk? Why are the shelves near my running fuel packed with shakes, powders and shots and what do they all do?

I always do eat, that is self-evident, but I need to eat better and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole eating thing after my shopping trips today and yesterday. Found Ezekial bread at a local health food market. Looks like it would be good toasted with a smear of peanut butter.

Had spaghetti tonight-meatless as usual. What can I add to spaghetti to make it better? What protein can go in spaghetti? Lentils?

Oh well...Hey sparkers...I would be happy to hear your plans, recipes, snacks, breakfasts (especially those-I have a hard time with b-fast), do you keep a journal-what do you write, how do you remind yourself to eat before famished, what is working for you on the food front?

Thanks!!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/14/2010 2:23PM

    You are so funny! This blog really showcases your sense of humor! :-) Yes, good carbs wear white hats and no, I don't write Dear Diary to my food journal. emoticon

What I usually write in my food jorunal is what I ate (not measured, but usually round abouts), what my hunger level was on a scale of 1-5 before I started eating and sometimes I will put how I felt after eating it. Was I still hungry? Totally stuffed? Usually I will rate it again on a scale of 1-5. I might also include if I was eating lunch with someone else. Was I pressed for time? Was I stressed? So basically anything that might help me to find patterns to my eating. Like yesterday when I stood looking in the fridge for several minutes looking for food to eat even though I wasn't hungry in the slightest. That I will usually write in my journal (I was bored...so I went and played on iTunes instead and didn't think about food again until I was actually hungry). Basically what it comes down to is find what works best for YOU! (Gee, don't we hear THAT all the time! LOL)

I'm sure you saw that I have been able to establish a better relationship with my food with a journal instead of "tracking". Eating when I'm hungry. Realizing I don't make good choices when dining with friends. I'm starving the day AFTER a hard run. I'm hoping my increased plan results in some pounds coming off, but if they don't, then I will return to what did work which was tracking my food. Hope you find what works for you!!! Side note - now is the perfect time for you too with the kiddies home...so really pay attention to those cues to eat because you are bored or stressed, or clearing the kids plates because it is there. All those things...LOL

We're going to have an AWESOME summer!!!

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MEAN_CHRISTINE 6/13/2010 8:35AM

    Congrats on 4 miles! That huge! As far as eating right I think that is just a trial and error thing.Something that has to be learned over time.

Spaghetti - I always use ground turkey because something about ground beef wierds me out. I have switched most of meat products to turkey and find that they taste almost like what they are imitating. I am also not a big meat eater but do love chicken and turkey products.

zucchini - cut it up put it in one of those steamer bags with a little lemon pepper seasoning and a dash of extra virgin olive oil and it is a nice little side dish

cottage cheese - definately a gross thought, I can only eat it when it is masked as in lasagna and such, but can never eat it plain. I think yogurt and any fruit is fantastic. There is also greek yogurt that is a little thicker.

chinese cabbage - shredded it with some browned ground turkey add shredded carrots, a little low sodium soy or teryiaki sauce and wrap in an egg roll wrapped and pop them in the oven for eggrolls..


Now on to the tips... I tend to plan my meal either the night before or before I ever eat anything. That way I can calculate my calories and see what I can splurge on if I want to splurge. But usually figuring it out all ahead of time I am less likely to eat the things I shouldnt. For breakfast I love to have instant oatmeal with some fruit on the side, maybe a yogurt as well. Or a couple of scrambled eggs, a couple of slices of turkey bacon (25 calories a slice) a piece of whole wheat toast with 0 calorie spray butter, and a piece of fruit or a fruit cup.

For a healthy snack, I have found that Kashi's Dark Mocha Almond granola bars are amazing. The first one I ate I wasn't too sure about but the second one I had, I was hooked. They are great for a snack with a piece of fruit. 140 calories for the bar and has whole almonds, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee plus 6-7 g of protein! If I am not feeling like fruit I throw in a piece of lite mozzarella string cheese (50 cal and around 8 g of protein) When I started using the nutrition tracker it was hard to fit my protein in and actually make my minimum limit. So I started checking calories first then protein on items at the store.

Hope some of this might help you and sorry for writing a short novel! You are doing so great with everything I have all the faith that you will eventually get the hang of eating healthier without even having to think about it! Keep it up!

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FITKAT2010 6/13/2010 6:43AM

    Take a look at my tracker and those of others that are losing weight.

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KARVY09 6/13/2010 6:32AM

    Congrats on the 4 miles without stopping!

Take it from me: the running gets so much (almost magically) easier when you lose weight. I know I trained for my races, but I never dreamed of being able to break a 11-minute mile at this point in my training, but once I lost the weight, my body breathed a huge sigh of relief.

As for the zucchini, I love it with the canned tomatoes too, but seriously, it's delicious as is on the grill or in a stirfry. Ken's makes some great no-sodium marinades and you just slice, marinate and grill! So yummy!

For quick protein, I like Kashi cereal, which packs a ton in and really keeps me full. I eat a lot of Greek yogurt, which can have as much as 14g per cup. String cheese and almonds as snacks are great sources of protein. If I eat these during the day, I usually find that I have exceeded my protein minimum before dinner. Oh, you can also hard boil a bunch of eggs in advance to have on hand as a quick protein boost!

It's hard work to train for races AND be diligent about food choices, but it totally can be done. I don't spend a lot of time on meal prep either. Feel free to check out my food tracker!

You're awesome and I know that you can do this!

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NEW-CAZ 6/13/2010 4:15AM

    Sorry Heather not a lover of zucchini and Summer is here anyway so salads take a lot of the hard work of cooking.
Hey if you don't like meat- I don't- go for fish, nothing simpler than grilling some salmon or mackerel.
Don't eat what you don't like- why learn to like cottage cheese?- go for taste and I mix a fruit salad and toss in yogurt for lunch sometimes and it fills me up beautifully! Summer fruits, melon, pineapple sometimes raisins for added sweetness.
Chinese cabbage- lightly boil and toss in toasted sesame oil (just a tbsp) and serve with salmon or sea bass.
I never skip brekkie now! Get up, exercise for 30 mins then eat!
Greatest tip- keep food simple but tasty and for ideas trawl SP recipes

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/13/2010 12:21AM

    I grew up thinking that one serving was whatever you put on your plate.even if it was piled high. LOL The only vegetables that we ate regularly were green beans and corn. Occasionally we would have a raw carrot or a salad. I thought salad was a big deal that took hours to make. Now I can do it fast and easy and yummier.

I did not like any of what I think of as the "mushy" vegetables. Well it turns out that if I lightly steam them until they are just barely cooked and still a bit crispy I really like them. I do this with zucchini, cauliflower and broccoli. Not usually at the same time. I also like them in stir fries. Our favorite stir fry is just cabbage.

For balancing my meals I like the South Beach diet book. It really helped me "get it"

Best wishes.

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LIVESTRONG2010 6/12/2010 11:49PM

    I love eating breakfast and I try all kinds of things. I like having Whey protein with fat free milk, a boiled egg and a slice of 7 grain bread toasted. Some mornings after a good workout I will have a tuna fish sandwich with fat free milk. I love cottage cheese mixed with my cereal. If I use milk I am hungry again before 9:00. I have to have something with a lot of protein for breakfast. I will even eat a turkey dog on a sugar free bun with a glass of milk. Hope some of this will help you.

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LADYFOLDER 6/12/2010 10:50PM

    Here's a way to try zucchini:
Shred or chop the zucchini into small pieces. Microwave in glass container with lid or covered with plastic wrap with a few small holes punctured in wrap. Object is to cook the squash until mushy, retaining as much of the natural liquid as possible without adding any more. Add some garlic cloves & chopped onion, plus seasonings (salt, pepper, Spike, Mrs Dash) to taste. Puree and serve as a creamy soup! When I make this, hardly anyone will believe me it is made from Zucchini!

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PAPPHEM 6/12/2010 10:46PM

    LOL, my friend and I were just having this conversation the other day! She doesn't cook much so has a hard time with eating well and not getting bored.

Put the zucchini in your spagetti! It's good, I usually add it plus onions and bell peppers to "chunk" up my spagetti. But my favorite thing for a zucchini side dish (this seriously beats out french fries most times!) Parmesan zucchini chips! Just slice the zucchini into chips. Spray both sides with butter spray or olive oil. Lay on baking sheet, sprinkle one side with parmesan cheese and garlic and bake at 400 for about 5-8 minutes- till it starts to brown. Serve warm, seriously yummy!

I have a hard time getting enough protein and less carbs in each day too. I've found that if I plan out my meals for the day with snacks, I can usually find the right balance to keep me full all day. The key for me is getting enough fiber and protein earlier in the day, that keeps me from devouring the kitchen when I get home from work.

I eat breakfast on the run, so usually it's an egg (scrambled in the microwave) on a english muffin with salsa or spinach and mushrooms scrambled into the egg. Or it's low fat yogurt with berries and granola, this is my favorite with fresh berries, yum! But don't make yourself eat something you don't like, just find things that you do. I spent last summer buying a new vegetable or fruit at the farmers market each week to try. I would find a recipe with that and try it. I threw out a few that I just didn't like but found a lot of new veggies to cook that way. Plus I love trying new recipes, so it was fun. Especially at the farmer's market, they will give you ideas on how to use the veggies/ fruits if you ask!

Hope that helps!

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UNICORN212 6/12/2010 10:31PM

    I had to laugh when I saw what you wrote about zucchini. We have a garden and I have a dozen large zucs sitting in my kitchen right now. I have lots of zucchini recipes - sauted, stuffed, etc, but the garden is producing them so fast I can't keep up! I like to slice them and saute with a tablespoon of shedd spread and garlic, with some thyme or Italian seasoning and onions. Or you could stir fry them with beef or chicken and some stir fry sauce (I stir fry the veggies first, then remove them from the pan and then cook the meat, adding the veggies back in when the meat is done. Then add the sauce, heat through, and serve on rice, noodles or by itself!). Check out the recipes on this site, too!
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Good luck!

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IMSMILEY88 6/12/2010 10:31PM

    I loved reading your thoughts. I totally agree with cottage cheese... those lumps are scary. Ew! (sorry, but I do think "Ew!" when I see cottage cheese) As far as what protein to add to spaghetti, we eat chicken spaghetti! I do it 2 ways... I either bake whole chicken breasts in spaghetti sauce & then serve with noodles or I cut the chicken up in bite-sized pieces and cook them in a pan and then add the sauce & let it heat on med-low for about 10 minutes. Hope this helps!

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How I Became a Runner...or new ways to torture yourself into fitness!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, when you read....oops wrong story.

So, the very beginning in the Spark story actually began in 2005. Typical, overweight American, I set a New Year's goal to lose weight. I did a web search for FREE programs since I was a poor working American and found Spark. Played with it for awhile, got pregnant with my third child and dropped out. Had the baby came back briefly in there somewhere and then left again. Fast forward to March-ish of 2009 and my sister, who had joined Spark in there somewhere too, tells me it is time to come back to Spark. I know she is right. For a year my clothes had been getting tighter and doing even easy tasks was getting harder. I'd reached maximum density as some say-I love that term by the way! So back I came!!

My sister and I started walking together in the mornings and I started doing other things. I came back to yoga, which I'd discovered years before and loved. I got out my weights and started using them and my kids had a blast helping me work out. The weight started coming off and it was awesome!! I joined a bunch of Sparkteams and made some friends who are no longer active and some totally awesome friends who are still around and have truly become friends in every way. My sister and I were both getting fitter and stronger and we had tossed out there a few times that maybe someday we would become runners-when we were fitter, not so overweight, someday in the distant and vague future. We were both moving closer to that goal of wanting to run but the reason to start hadn't yet presented itself.

Then I had a birthday, my 40th birthday, I freaked out-to put it mildly. I can't totally explain why that birthday was so hard for me, but part of it came from my brother-in-law's death in 2008. He hadn't been feeling well for sometime and found out he had Hep C and was being treated for it, he never started feeling better though. Instead things kept getting worse. His teenage daughter came to stay with him and help out. He turned 40 and less than two weeks later he was dead. He fell asleep while his daughter went to the store when she got home and checked on him he was gone. Later we found out he had an incompetant doctor. My BIL was also undiagnosed diabetic and the meds he was taking for the Hep C sent him into a diabetic crisis resulting in his death. One of the requirements attached to one of the meds he was being given was initial and frequent retesting for diabetes and his doctor never tested him once. Okay, so I was not being treated for Hep C and I don't have an incompetant doctor, but still, when you know someone who dies that young it kind of has an effect on you.

The entire month of my birthday was not pretty. I kept exercising, but emotionally I was a huge mess!!! Ask New-Caz and 4Everadonegirl-they'll tell ya'. Got past my birthday and was kind of messing around on Sparkpeople and ITunes one day. I was kind of bouncing around between the two sites just wasting some time when I stumbled upon a couple different things at the same time. 1. I'd been seeing more and more Sparkers doing this C25K thing and there was a team for it and everything and I kind of checked that out a little, just wondering what was involved, how hard was it and what type of sparkers were doing this. I found out that sparkers like me were doing it. Some of them were a little farther ahead in their progress, but for the most part, I was seeing people like me. 2. The program could be downloaded onto my ipod. 3. I found out that Disneyworld hosted a marathon every year. Hmmm...I wondered if DisneyLAND did anything. I'd never heard of Disneyland hosting a race, but then it wasn't something I'd been tuned into up to that point. I did a websearch and what I found was that in two months-September-Disneyland was indeed hosting a race-a half marathon to be exact-BUT on the day before they were also having a 5K!!!

Suddenly I knew what I wanted. I knew what would get me out of my funk. I knew what would make me feel happy again. I wanted to train for and run in that 5K!! I knew I had to make it happen. I immediately sent out the e-mails to sis and mom and they-awesome people that they are-jumped right on board. My mom even paid my entrance fee since I wouldn't have the money for another week or three and we didn't want to miss the shut off point. The race was darn near at capacity and we didn't want to miss it. My sister and I started C25K together, replacing some of our walks with "runs" and my mom started training on her own. She lives close by, but not close enough to drive to my sis's every other day to run.

C25K, I think there were an aweful lot of mornings were I cussed out Robert Ullrey and used words no good, respectable, woman would use. The first several weeks I HATED Robert, I wanted his voice to go away. I would pick landmarks and make a deal that if I could get to that spot I could quit no matter what Robert said. Soon though I noticed something. Robert would tell me I could take a break BEFORE I reached my landmark! Hmm, maybe this would work after all. We graduated C25K on the day of our race. And I was sick. This was just the first of several set backs I would experience. Before the race I ran a 3.1 in about 47 minutes. On the day of the race it took me 55 minutes to reach the finish. Now, part of that was that it took me forever to get to the starting line due to there being so many people. The Disney 5K was not a chip timed race. Also, so many people resulted in several traffic jams. Well, shoulda known-we live in California-birthplace of the traffic jam-LOL Still, it was kind of a long time...But, I did it I ran a 5K and I still didn't feel like a runner. I was slow, I was fat, I was just pretending...Blah, blah, blah...so many excuses....

Then the shin splints started. At first I just tried working through them, that was stupid, but I didn't want to lose the progress I was making. It didn't take long for them to get so bad that running was no longer an option. They subsided long enough for me to run my second 5K in November-a turkey trot that was a huge blast! But then they came back. My runs with my sister turned into her running and me limping behind on shorter and shorter routes. I went back to C25K, but couldn't find any satisfaction in it this time. I had heard other runners talk about Jeff Galloway and looked up his interval method. I started slow, very short intervals and I added in extra stretching. I found some stretches that helped make your legs stronger and found that doing long, slow hamstring stretches really helped loosen my shins. Finally I was finding success again. My intervals were getting longer and so were my distances. Did a couple of virtual races just for fun and had a "PR" in there!! Got back to where I could run a 5K without intervals, slower than before, I haven't timed it, but I think I still haven't returned to that pre-splint time of 47 minutes, I beat it with intervals, but I still want to beat it with straight running.

I ran another 5K with my sister a few months ago and then it was time to start training for our 10K. We had set a goal to run this race way back in 2009 when we started running. We had done this race as a 5K many, many, many years ago as walkers and wanted to try it as a 10K now that we were running. We started training and things were going well. I'd gotten up to 4 and then 5 miles running (some intervals at those distances). And then I got sick AGAIN and boy did I ever get sick!! It was aweful. Chest congestion, fevers, coughing and it wouldn't go away. I spent most of the month of May sick. I would think it was going away and then I would relapse. I finally called my doctor and he gave me some crazy strong medication. I had to take more time off just to let the meds work. The effects from the cough syrup alone were so strong that I finally stopped taking it a week earlier than prescribed because it was making me dizzy and jittery and functioning as a human was getting harder and harder. I finally got well enough to start running again and had to sort of just jump into the six mile distance!! It took me forever and I had to put in LOTS of intervals, but I did six miles, I did it twice before the race. And then it was time to run a 10K. Read my blog-Three first in one day-for a complete retelling of that.

And that's when I became a runner. I know, I qualified as a runner before that. There were times I even felt that I was a runner. I read their magazine, I owned a pedometer. I knew that a Garmin could be straped to your wrist and not just suctioned to your windshield. I knew the lingo, but I didn't REALLY feel it until I crossed that finish line. What made the difference? I don't know-I'm not a psychiatrist (used to work for them), but I think it was ME! I made the difference I determined that I would be a runner when I ran a 10K-kind of arbitrary but it is what it is. So...I guess the real point of this blog is that you are a runner when you decide you are. You could be a runner while still in C25K, or you could be a runner when you graduate the program, or you could be a runner when you cross the finish line of your first 5K. Or, you could be silly, like me, and set a really HARD goal to determine when you are a runnerLOL!

It wasn't easy, but there have been lots of fun moments-funny things happen to me when I run, and it has been very satisfying. I've never passed out or died during a run. I have fallen down, thankfully only my sister has witnessed those moments, but there is a clutz gene in our family and she has seen me tumble more times than either of us can count-lol! I stuck with it and I did what I could.

Now I am a runner.

  
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SEEAMANDARUN 6/12/2010 9:25AM

    Great Job! I can't wait to be able to do a 10K! You're definitely an inspiration.

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REDRUNNER82 6/11/2010 12:53PM

    What a great blog! Congrats on all you've accomplished so far!

I love that paragraph about when you realize you're a runner... I first realized it when a friend introduced me to her co-worker as, "This is Lisa, my friend who runs." I didn't really own it myself until somewhere in the middle of my first half-marathon last month. Voluntarily running for over two hours was the kicker for me!

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KSW1963 6/10/2010 10:51PM

    You guys started C25K on July 6, 2009....same day I started the first time. I'm so glad I have got to watch the whole journey. emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 6/10/2010 6:07PM

    I really enjoyed reading your post. You are really an inspiration! I turned 40 this year, too, though it didn't really hit me very hard. But, I want to RUN my first 5K at 40. emoticon

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L3DESIGNS 6/10/2010 5:31PM

    Great job! You are a runner. Keep on running.

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SLEEPYDEAN 6/10/2010 5:23PM

    You did a great job for such a difficult 10K course. My first 10 was about 1/3 going uphill, but I have no room to complain by the sounds of your hike of a 10K.

Are you going to train with your sister for a half near the end of the year?

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JLITT62 6/10/2010 4:15PM

    I can relate to a lot of what you wrote. I, too, am a slow runner. My first race was pretty packed and yes it took a while to get to the start line (but it was chip timed). I had a mild flu just 3 weeks before the race, and now just a few days afterwards I'm sidelined with another sore throat which is really frusttrating -- I want to be able to exercise like I normally do!

Anyway, I think I feel like a runner now. I'll let you know if I ever feel well enough to get out there & run again!

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TEMPEST272002 6/10/2010 3:06PM

    What a great story! I turned 40 this year and it sparked a "mid-life growth spurt"... which lead me to SparkPeople and the C25K. I just finished W4.

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VERGE_OF_ME 6/10/2010 2:41PM

    Talk about goosebumps :) Our journeys are so similar and I find strength in your words! You keep running straight to your dreams! WOO HOO!

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CAROLYN1213 6/10/2010 2:16PM

    Yessssss!!! Runner chicks rule!!! Thanks for sharing your route to becoming a runner! You rock girl!

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 6/10/2010 12:51PM

    Yup, anyone who goes out for a six mile run while recovering from sickness is actually pretty hard core. Can't wait for the half marathon Race Report.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/10/2010 12:41PM

    You ARE a runner!!! I use you as an example for others that are struggling in becoming "runners' ALL THE TIME!!! You are such an inspirational runner because of so many reasons...oh wait, I already wrote that blog! LOL But this, your story, sister dear is WHY you are my running idol!!!

I definitely think we need to do some serious celebrating on 9/5/10 to commemorate our graduation from C25K, but I also think we need to look at what day exactly we started the program because that was the day we really truly started our journey into becoming runners...because as you pointed out, each of us decide when we are ready to call ourselves "runner".

Another awesome blog!

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NEW-CAZ 6/10/2010 12:04PM

    Wonderful to see your journey in one blog dear Heather, running machine.
You are an inspiration to anyone who says it's not possible.
You've proved it hun, step by step you progressed and overcame all obstacles on your way, determined they would not deter you.
I remember well your 40th! I remember the shin pain and this too you conquered.
I've said it b4 and I'll say it again, I leave your blogs motivated to keep myself in shape and pursue further fitness and to keep it fresh.
I am honoured to know you, keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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DEFIB64 6/10/2010 10:54AM

    You are such an inspiration and thank you!! I just got in from a 5K 43 min run that I plotted from mapmyrun for my town. Great program!!
I am prepping for a 5K run on Sunday in a small town just a few km's from here and am pretty excited about it. I am not out to break any records, just simply knowing that I can do it and yes, that I am a runner, is the best feeling I could ever have. At first I didn't want to run outside and have ppl see me, but now, who the hell cares!!!!

Cheers....keep up the good work!!

Lizzie

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SGTMOM911 6/10/2010 10:47AM

    KARVY09 recommended this blog on the Fat Runners thread. (HER story inspired me to become a runner!)

Your story cracked me up - I can relate in so many ways (including the clutz gene!).

So the HAMSTRING stretch really helps with SHIN pain? That's after your run, right? It's only in my left shin, and I think it's partially because my left leg is shorter than my right - enough that my hips move more side to side than up and down, but don't limp).

I'm about halfway through C25k (started W5 this week), after being stuck in a rut with week 4, just because I wouldn't get my treadmill out when the weather was crappy. Does the BREATHING get easier? Doesn't hurt as bad as when I was in the Army and a smoker - and my lungs recover MUCH quicker even though I'm about 100 lbs heavier than when I smoked! But I can say I am NOT of fan of running WHILE I'm running! (But I feel SO accomplished at the end!)

I did my first 5k on Memorial Day weekend on hard packed sand in 50:17. Came in last, but AHEAD of the QUITTERS! And I don't care - I FINISHED, and that was my goal!



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BRINI24 6/10/2010 10:29AM

    I can relate to the feeling you had when you began the C25K. I started it awhile back, but running in my front room without a treadmill was not an option! Now that the weather is nice and I have spent the last couple of months walking, walking, walking I finally found the courage to strap on my iPod and go to the track. I was cussing and about in tears yesterday, but I did it. I walked a little more than it asked for, but hey I have to go at my pace!!! Thanks for sharing. Do you have any tips on good stretching for the shins, need to get this under control.

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LINDAKAY228 6/10/2010 10:11AM

    Thanks for your awesome story! Congratulations on finally feeling like a runner and overcoming the obstacles to get there. I'm on week 9 of c25k (been on week 9 for a couple of weeks. Since temps skyrocketed abouth the same time as I got to 30 minutes or running my body has been rebelling about moving beyond). I did a 5k a couple of weeks ago and did it in 37:07 even though I did walk a little during it but walked fast. I have another 5k this Saturday. The last one and this one are really small local fundraiser events. I live in a rural area and not many races closer than 3 to 4 hours from me so I'm taking advantage of any local ones. But I'm finding running is awesome too. Your story inspries me to keep on going!

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CREATINGAMANDA 6/10/2010 10:06AM

    That song is totally gonna be stuck in my head all day long ... do re mi.

And you're AWESOME! emoticon

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KARVY09 6/10/2010 10:01AM

    You are amazing. Thanks for sharing the whole story for us! Amazing how similar our stories are!

So when's the next race?

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Well, it fit last year-LOL

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

My mom sent me this and I thought it highly appropriate for Spark-just something silly!!

Well, it fit last year!

You find something 'festive' that you would like to slip into.


It seems a little small, but you're QUITE SURE that in recent years,
You've worn this size. So, you work with it...


You try it on different ways.....


From different angles you examine yourself.

Finally, you admit that it does feel "A LITTLE tight."

Someone offers you a larger size, which you find highly insulting.

I mean, it might be a tight fit, but you still look GOOD!!

Haven't we all been there???




  
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MARINEMAMA 6/14/2010 7:47PM

    Adorable

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SINABUNN 6/10/2010 3:13PM

    I laughed and laughed! You made my day.

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RITEEBEE 6/10/2010 2:55PM

    hahaha that was so cute!!

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SHUTTERBUGMOMTN 6/10/2010 7:07AM

  Ha, ha! So cute! My two kitties do the very same thing also!

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ASHLEEWEBART 6/9/2010 10:11PM

    I know the feeling! This is a lovely blog and very creative!

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KATI5668 6/9/2010 3:53PM

    jus toooo cute! emoticon

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BROOKLYNROSE 6/9/2010 3:14PM

    hahaha! I know, I've been there and there a re a lot of people still there! Thanks you for the laugh and the reminder!

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GONNABEFIT27 6/9/2010 9:42AM

    Hahaha that was so cute. Thanks for the laugh!

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FLORIDASUN 6/9/2010 7:14AM

    I loved this! So so very true..and I have girlfriends that do this...to prove it! emoticon Oh...my when the spandex tops came back into fashion..geez! emoticon

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 6/9/2010 6:47AM

    Oh my - how true!

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NEW-CAZ 6/9/2010 3:17AM

    ROFLMAOWTIME
OMG I love it Heather, great giggle and yes I have been there and I'm not going back emoticon

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VERGE_OF_ME 6/8/2010 11:40PM

    Hilarious!!! Oh how I've been there...nice to laugh about it : D

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PAPPHEM 6/8/2010 10:32PM

   
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STARLIGHT615 6/8/2010 10:03PM

    OMG I love it!!! my kitty does the same thing!!

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KIMMAS82 6/8/2010 10:00PM

    emoticon hahahahaha!!!

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CFLOTT 6/8/2010 9:59PM

    Awsome. Too too funny (and true)!

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UNICORN212 6/8/2010 8:34PM

    LOL - reminds me of some pants and a bathing suit that are hanging in my closet...

Great blog! Thank you!

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CAROLYN1213 6/8/2010 8:05PM

    LOL!!!!! I think that was me the first day I put on my bikini! It fits, right? Other then the belly spilling over and the butt poking out, it fits! Almost!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/8/2010 8:05PM

    Ha Ha too funny.

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HEALTH4LYFE 6/8/2010 7:06PM

    Really enjoyed the photos and the narrative. And yes, I believe most of us have been there, done that, and perhaps we shouldn't have. emoticon

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 6/8/2010 7:02PM

    This is great! Thanks for sharing, kind of reminds me when I was trying on last year's jeans this morning!!!

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BUSIBODI 6/8/2010 6:39PM

    That is too Cute! I have pics of our male cat Little One (who is HUGE) trying to curl up in my daughter Build-a-Bear hot pink, frilly dog bed LOL! More of him fit in it than this cat in the basket but it is still a laugh to see him!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/8/2010 6:17PM

    ROFL ... thanks!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/8/2010 5:36PM

    I got that one too...very cute! Now we just need to turn that around and have the poor little kitty swimming in the basket because it's so big! :-)

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NOW2DAY 6/8/2010 5:34PM

    Yes, cats are something else. Way too funny. lol

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Not too fat to...

Monday, June 07, 2010

This theme of "too fat" kind of came to the forefront of my thinking after my 10K on Saturday and I've been thinking about this over the weekend.

"I'm too fat" is an excuse, a free pass, the card that gets played when something just seems too hard. I'm too fat to... fill in the blank...there are a million things that could go there.

I'm too fat to start exercising.
I'm too fat to go to the gym.
I'm too fat to go to the beach.
I'm too fat to wear that outfit.
I'm too fat to find someone who loves me.
I'm too fat to be a good mom.
I'm too fat to deserve the respect of those around me.
I'm too fat to go hiking.
I'm too fat to go into the sporting goods store.
I'm too fat to run.
I'm too fat to walk.
I'm too fat to enter a race.
I'm too fat to do a 10K.
I'm too fat to lose weight.

What do you think about that last one? I think it is way too true for way too many of us.

Who determined the fatness level of any given activity anyways? Which mysterious entity sat down and said-if you weigh such and such nobody will love you. If you weigh this much you can't go to an amusement park and have fun. If you weigh over this amount you could never be a runner. Who is this all knowing, judgemental person or group who decided what I can and can't do based on my weight? I want to know because I want to give them a big of' punch right on the kisser!!

The truth is that while society has told us certain things, there is no entity or person or group that has determined when you are disqualified for certain things based on fatness!! Yes, there are reasons not to be fat-very real, very medical, very life changing reasons not to be fat. But, in the process of getting back to health from fat why do we fall into the "I'm too fat to..." trap? There are only two people who can tell you that you can't do something-your doctor and yourself!! If your doctor says it then please LISTEN!! If you say it then please reconsider!! Before somebody out there gets really mad at me-you might know something the rest of us don't, you might know a REAL reason that nobody else knows why you can't do something and then, yes, please listen to yourself. If you try something new and it is painful, please listen to yourself, if you have issues with something that will hold you back then listen to yourself and maybe even go discuss that reason with a qualified professional. The point I am trying to make is that far, far too often we make excuses for ourselves and that excuse is..."I'm too fat" and it is really just an excuse when you get down to it!!

Time to throw all the excuses out the window!! Time for all the fat people of the world to unite and say I AM NOT TOO FAT!!!

I am not too fat for love!! My husband picked me when I looked very much like I do today-time for me to wake up and realize HE LOVES ME!!!! ME!! The person inside here, not the body on the outside-the person on the inside and EVERYBODY in the world DESERVES that!!

I am not too fat to be a runner!!! I'm not!! Yep, the fat makes me slow, but it does NOT make me a non-runner!! So many people at the 10K cheered ME on!! ME!! They told me I was doing a great job and you know what I did? Smiled at them and internally scoffed-"hah! Not me, you are doing a great job, not me." WHAT AN IDIOT I WAS BEING!!! I did do a great job!! I did and I realized it as I crossed the finish line!! I FINISHED!! I did what I started out to do and I finished it!! I RAN a 10K!! Take that society-a fat person ran a 10K!! My husband told me last night when we were talking that he couldn't run a 10K right now. I realized yesterday just how proud of me he really is (my husband isn't a "gusher" ). My husband teaches a Sunday School class for new members of our church and investigators (people who are just starting to learn about our church). I used to attend his class, but now during that time I go to a different class and work on our family history (it has been very interesting, but I do miss my husband's class-he is a good teacher). So, anyways, when the Sunday School classes are over it is time for the women's organization's class. Before the class started a woman I know from my husband's class (who is a really sweet, elderly lady, who goes to my husband's class with her husband because they enjoy that class) tells me that my husband had told everyone about my race and how I had run a 10K the day before. He had no reason to bring this up, he just wanted to tell everyone in his class about his wife!! How sweet is he???? The point is....I am a fat, slow runner, but a runner none the less.

I'm not too fat to stand in the front row at aerobics class!! If the people behind me don't like the view they can stand somewhere else, because seriously, who needs the class more-me or them? :)

I am not too fat to lose this weight!!! I think, for more of us than want to admit it, this is a sticking point. What makes us think that once we hit a certain weight there is a point of no return? Or if we've been a certain weight for so long there is no going back? Never too fat to lose weight!! Will there be flabby skin issues? Almost certainly! My currently size Cs will be seriously droopy when they return to the size B's they were meant to be-thank goodness for high quality bras and swim suits with shelf lining!!

None of us is TOO FAT to do what we set our minds to do!! Are you an overweight runner-yay for you!! Do you want to be a runner, but think you are too fat?? Get over it!! If you've been walking steadily for awhile give a running program a try. If you aren't already in a fitness program go to your doctor WITH A PLAN!! Don't just go and say "can I exercise?" Go with what you want to accomplish and tell him/her "this is what I want to do, is there any reason I can't and if so how do you recommend I get here."

You-yes YOU-can do anything you want to-YOU are not too fat to accomplish your goals. You are not to fat to dream and you are not too fat to make it happen.

What are you too fat to do? If your answer isn't "nothing" then I want you to go and participate in some SERIOUS introspection and come back with a plan on how you are going to destroy that misconception, because I KNOW that with a plan and some hard work a misconception can be DESTROYED and a new FACT put in its place!! What new reality will you create today?

I am seriously considering my next reality-a half marathon is in my future, but what before that? Am I too fat to do a mud run? Hmmm, it is all about the right mental attitude-how do I go about creating that reality? I'll let you know....(because I might have one of those issues-what if one of the obsticles is a tube? I don't know if I could crawl through a tube. Over a mountain of mud-yes. I can learn to climb a 5 ft wall, I can learn how to climb a rope bridge, I don't know if I can make myself go through a tube-getting the shakes just thinking about it-uggh! But if a mud run is something I want to check off my list I am going to have to alter that reality somehow...)

  
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SWAN47 6/21/2010 11:06PM

    Very inspirational! Great attitude and writing. Sounds like there's nothing you can't do!

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    Wow thank you, thank you. Wow absolutely amazing blog. Congrats on everything you have accomplished. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGEL7912 6/18/2010 9:43AM

    Wow what an amazing blog! I absolutely loved it!!! I was one of those "fat people" who thought they couldn't run and now I am training for my first 10k. thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZIGGY7611 6/16/2010 11:30PM

    I LOVE emoticon this blog and everything you said. So true and so important. Thanks! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/16/2010 8:21PM

    ...here's the mac-daddy of them all:

"I'm too fat to love myself."

And you know what? It's possible to tell yourself that no matter what size you happen to be. It's what fuels anorexia.

So, yeah. Rock on, Sister!

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SWEETWELSHCAKE 6/15/2010 6:00AM

    I love your way of thinking! You are a true inspiration to your fellow sparkies!!!! You go girl! emoticon

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MISTRESSOFPROSE 6/14/2010 4:45PM

    I like your way of thinking. I agree that there are too many of us out there making weight be an excuse. I always used my weight as an excuse not to dress comfortably in the summer, and I have just recently started being more comfortable with showing my skin. Who cares if I have arm fat and big thighs, it's hot! I am wearing a tank top and shorts no matter how I think people are judging me. Your blog post is so true and so inspiring! Thank you!

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ANDERSONO12 6/12/2010 10:28AM

  I really enjoyed this blog. I've been reading so much of the same old stuff, and this had some new thoughts for me. It's so true that many of us use our fat as our biggest excuse to prevent us from doing anything. Thanks for writing! I look forward to more good thoughts from you!

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TRABOLD8567 6/12/2010 12:13AM

  Great blog. emoticon on the 10K. Your husband sounds great.
Keep up the good work!

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SEANSAUNT 6/11/2010 11:59PM

    Congratulations on your 10K! And congratulations on giving us ALL a reality check! This is something so many of us need to hear - we are often our own worst critics and the last one to support ourselves sometimes.

And I think it's adorable that your husband is so proud of you!

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CRESHA20 6/11/2010 2:10PM

    When I read this, I had to LOL at some of the I'm too fat for this sayings. I have said or even thought a number of them. I actually hate it when I hear people say that someone is too fat to be wearing something. I always say that if the person has the self confidence to wear it, then let them b/c so many of us are too fat in our own minds to do things. This was really a great read, and congratulations to you on that 10K.

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CROSSLDS 6/11/2010 12:44PM

  VERY GOOD emoticon

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FO88XY 6/11/2010 5:04AM

  brilliant- your so right - i'm not too fat for anything

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CARLAWALLACE1 6/11/2010 12:59AM

  Awesome! Thanks for the fresh perspective and congrats on the 10k!

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SPARKANN 6/10/2010 11:49PM

    Great!

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BECOMINGAPRIL 6/10/2010 9:31PM

    Awesome post! I strugle all the time with the I am too fat thing... mostly it is I am too fat to live my life now... which is sad! Again, GREAT POST!

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AUPHENIX 6/10/2010 8:31PM

    Great Post! We can all be our own worst critics, and now I am finding out what it is like to be my own best advocate (so much better than the other way!). Thanks for the uplifting blog! emoticon

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GRAMMAELLEN 6/10/2010 8:25PM

    Excellent blog! Thanks!

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MOLLYFISH8 6/10/2010 8:16PM

  Your blog title caught my attention because I always joke about all the things I'm "too fat" to do. I'm certainly not letting it stop me from trying anything, though! Congrats to you on your 10K and keep up the good work!

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RWALTON730 6/10/2010 7:56PM

    Excellent blog!

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NIKKIG125 6/10/2010 5:28PM

    Great Blog!!

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MANDA_01 6/10/2010 4:49PM

    I feel too fat all the time. When walking around town I feel people are staring at me in the wrong way.

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SANDRAMARIA 6/10/2010 4:12PM

    Great Blog! We are not too fat we are just scared to take that first step.
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CAROLINECHICAGO 6/10/2010 4:10PM

    Fantastic blog! Thank you for writing such an inspirational blog! I am run/walking my 2nd 5K on the 20th. My goal is to run more each time, so that someday I will run an entire 5K. I could never crawl through a tube, though. But that is not fat-related. I'm so claustrophobic that I feel short of breath just thinking about that.

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CBAILEYC 6/10/2010 3:44PM

    I AM NOT TOO FAT!!!

Fabulous post. emoticon

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ADKONKLE 6/10/2010 3:18PM

    Sometimes our biggest adversaries are looking at us in the mirror. Great Blog. I felt like I was too Fat at one point. Then with a little nudge in the right direction and things life has changed. The hardest part was taking the first step.

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SINABUNN 6/10/2010 3:10PM

    I love you. That is all. :)

Seriously, great blog. Truly inspiring.

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CHLOIANNA 6/10/2010 2:52PM

    Very thought-provoking. Who did say we are too fat to? My grandmother, my high school peers, many men I was interested in over the years, TV personalities, the doctor. But who was the one I listened to? Unfortunately I listened to my own voice..a voice schooled by others who really didn't care about me. I have learned that I can do things, I can meet challenges and, most of all, I can win!

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DENISEMC07 6/10/2010 2:19PM

  I want to be like you!!!! I keep saying I want to run but I still haven't made the effort. Thank you for your honesty! emoticon

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RIVERDLC 6/10/2010 2:10PM

    I love this blog. I was just trying to explain to a skinny co-worker how the mind of obese people work. We see that large number in the scale and panic. We are not too fat or anything.

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RIVERDLC 6/10/2010 2:10PM

    I love this blog. I was just trying to explain to a skinny co-worker how the mind of obese people work. We see that large number in the scale and panic. We are not too fat or anything.

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SGOODE 6/10/2010 1:20PM

    I loved this blog. Thank you. I started doing the couch to 5k and can now run a 5k.. I am slow but I finish. Thank you for the thoughts and the laughs.

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CARRKM 6/10/2010 11:46AM

  Thanks for your thoughts! Just want I needed today!

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BETTERJULIA 6/10/2010 11:37AM

    Great blog! And definitely something I think about when I run. I just ran a half marathon on Sunday at 240 pounds at over 6,000 feet elevation after doing a 10K hike the day before. I can do these things because I want to and the fat just comes along for the ride. It helps me keep moving and finish imagining how the people running past me would do w/ an extra 100 pounds on their backs - not very nice but motivating knowing that I am doing something harder then they. Keep up the great work girl! You can do anything fat or not!

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ECLECTIC_ME 6/10/2010 10:25AM

    Thank you for a really great post- so encouraging and just what I needed to hear!

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WISHINGSTAR1013 6/10/2010 9:42AM

    you are so awesome, thank you! thank you! thank you!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 6/10/2010 9:24AM

    Wow! You rock! So many folks should read this blog, as it is great encouragement. You'll never imagine how many people you've inspired. emoticon Keep up your good work!

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KATHYLT 6/10/2010 8:58AM

    Yay you!!! I am in complete agreement with you here....I have recently lost 89 pounds...but still have about 90 to go....and Saturday I ran a 5K!!! It feels wonderful when you finish what you set out to do..congratulations and keep on keepin' on!

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MYRACCOON 6/10/2010 1:35AM

  Right on!

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DHALYIA 6/9/2010 11:23PM

    Awesome!!!! I am not too fat, either. Wooooo! Happy dance!

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JOURNEYOF3 6/9/2010 11:15PM

    Many good things to think about here.

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MYANGELSMOM 6/9/2010 10:57PM

    YOU BETCHA! HOORAY FOR THE SLOW FAT RUNNERS! (I'm one too... or at least I'm in training to be one... it might not be a pretty sight... but I'm pretty darned proud of me anyhow! LOL!)

I'm so inspired by you, and you better give that man of yours a HUGE hug for being so wonderful!!! :o)

Blessings!!!!

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WHY_NOT 6/9/2010 10:53PM

    It's funny, I have read several "what the future will be like if I'm not fat" blogs. Lists of all the things we dream we will be able to do when we lose weight: go upstairs without panting, fit in an airline seat, be comfortable in clothes etc etc. This is the FIRST blog I've read that says what we can do NOW. Life is what you make it and if you don't make something out of it then it's just passing you by.

No, I don't want to stay at this weight because of health reasons but I do love me at this weight. And I can do stuff that others may say I can't because of the number the scale says.

So I say HURRAH!!! AWESOME BLOG!! We all need to hear it. We have to love and respect who we are now, otherwise we stagnate. And if we don't figure out that we are worth it now, how in the world will that be magically fixed when we reach whatever goal or weight we set for ourselves?

OH, and congratulations on running the 10k. I could certainly not do it. Not because I'm too fat but because of medical issues that have nothing to do with weight. You should be proud of what you've accomplished! Not only did you break a stupid stereotype you worked hard and it showed to everyone around you!!

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TLABBOTT 6/9/2010 10:31PM

  Thank you so much. I did not realize how much I needed your words. I have tried so many time to lose weight; and I actually thought I am too fat to lose weight ( what a foolish way to think). I am too healthy to be fat. Fat has to go. emoticon

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ASHLEEWEBART 6/9/2010 10:19PM

    You have it right! You are a great encourager! And you lead by example! Thanks for the blog, I needed to hear that.

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BEGONIAC 6/9/2010 9:41PM

    Yep-you're soooo right! Thanks for putting it in words. I needed to hear that too.
I think I'm gonna work on setting some new goals tonight before I go to bed! :)
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Three firsts in one day!!! A race report...

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I'm home from my camping trip/race and it was a great trip!!! The camping was nice, we went to the campground where we ALWAYS camp, but had to select different camping sites than our usual ones but still found a good site and had a blast, did the whole s'mores thing and tried to get some sleep.

Up early this morning and got ready for the race. My sister, my mom and I were dropped off at t he race site by hubby and then he went back to camp. Sister and I saw our mom off on her 5K. We were both surprised she was doing it. Her knee has been bothering her and she was limping all over the campsite, but off she went anyways.

An interesting thing happened...while we were waiting for the 5K to start I saw a friend of mine, we've known each other for ohhh probably 15 years now, if not longer. She is one of the people I've always admired. I told my sister later that she is one of those people who I always wished I was more like. My sister pointed out that here I was being more like my friend. She is athletic and has instilled that in her children too. She and her husband had been involved with the local AYSO (youth soccer) until all her kids out grew the league. She has run marathons. We stood there talking for a bit and she said she was running the 5K. I was surprised, I was certain she would be running the 10K, but she said her longest run in recent months was not more than 2 miles so she decided to go for the 5K. We saw her come back from her race too. She ran her 5K in the mountains in right around 20-25 minutes. Awesome!!

So...time to line up for the race and it was a very small group, smallest race I've been in so far. It soon became obvious that I was the LEAST fit of the people lining up for the race, but I was still going to do it even though I was getting more nervous by the minute. Starting horn goes off and I start a nice, gently, basic jog. Nothing special, but still I was RUNNING my first 10K!! Woo Hoo!! I kept running for 2 miles. A house on the race route had posted some signs cheering us on-the one I remember is "You Go Girl, and guys too" handwritten on pink cardboard!! The sign put a huge smile on my face!! The race took us right through our campground so we ran right past my hubby taking pictures and my son and my sister's teen-agers and friend were sitting on a rock and cheering us on-so fun and so inspiring! Just as I passed our campsite I heard my youngest yell "Mommy", but not in an "I need you to come back" way, instead it was a "look at my Mommy go" way and it was awesome!!

Up through mile 2 the race was mostly down hill and I didn't notice too much effect from the atmosphere difference, I hit a zone at mile 1 and just went with it for awhile. Right after the mile 2 marker the hills started. For the first bit they were manageable and I was doing a few intervals to rest from a hill and then run a bit more, but it wasn't long before I was just walking, oh and I'd already been passed by the walkers so I basically just tried to match their pace and not fall too far behind. I did a pretty good job of keeping up with them for quite awhile. Right around mile 3 there was a water stop and they were nice enough to fill my water bottle for me since I'd already gone through most of the bottle. Then the REAL hills started. 2 miles of steady upward and onward, 2 miles of I think I will die now and put myself out of my misery, 2 miles of sheer torture, 2 miles where the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere really showed what it could do to my lungs and my heart rate!! I soon lost track of my walkers, but found out later that was due more to the curves in the road than my falling behind-hmm who knew...Somewhere in here there were two boys sitting in front of their house with a hose with a sprayer like I use on my garden(hmm wonder what that is about) as I get closer one boy goes back towards the house (what is going on), and then the boy who is still near the street says "Do you want us to spray you?" YES!! "Here, spray my back, get my head too." AHHH so refreshing, the boys were laughing and having a blast spraying down runners as they went past their house and they were only doing the ones that wanted it too. Love those boys!!

There was a spot after the mile 4 marker where I was sure I was lost but just as I was about to give up hope I found the water stop just before the mile 5 mile marker. Right at the mile 5 marker we got back to down hill and I took advantage of it. I gave my HRM time to stop beeping at me (it was yelling at me to slow down fairly consistently all through miles 4 and 5) and then started running again with the goal to get to mile 6 marker before stopping again. Thanks to a topography map at the race start we knew that those miles between the low point at mile 2 and the high point at mile 5 resulted in an approximately 600 ft. gain in elevation. Not exactly a small gain-LOL!!

Finally, there was my sister at the end of a road waiting for me, she had come back to go the rest of the distance with me. A short time later there was the mile 6 marker... I cheered when I passed it "Yay mile 6 marker"!! Then we passed a pretty little creek (Strawberry Creek to be exact) and I said hello to the creek. A couple standing by the creek looked my way and I apologized!! I told them "Sorry, lack of oxygen is making me silly". I could feel the effect of the race on me. I was feeling silly and emotional and I was almost there. At mile 6 I walked again due to a hill coming up, walked the hill and then race to the finish line and crossed it under a bridge of hands from the volunteers welcoming me back. Oh...did I forget to mention the guy that ran the route TWICE, passing me during the downhill stretch towards the end....yeah, he ran it TWICE in less time than I ran it once, but hey, I DID IT!!! AND, get this, ready for it, because I wasn't ready for it, I almost passed out when I saw the clock....I BEAT my flatland time by 1 min!! So...

First new thing for today-I FINISHED my first 10K and I did it in a time faster than I've done before and I that was in a higher altitude on MAJOR hills-My final time BTW was 1:44 and something seconds. Yep, took me an hour and 44 minutes, but I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT.

Second new thing for today-I came in dead last!! Yep, last person to cross the line, several minutes behind those walkers. I have never been last before, but truthfully, when I saw how small the field was I KNEW it would be what it was. On the other hand, I attempted, and accomplished something no body else in my fitness level dared today. I was the least fit person, I was definately a chicken amongst the eagles, but I didn't give up, I kept going and I crossed the finish line. SO I WILL SHOUT THIS TO ALL SPARKERS-NEVER SAY YOU CAN'T, NEVER SAY YOU ARE TOO FAT AND NEVER DON'T GIVE IT YOUR ALL JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO BE NOW!!!!! IF YOU TRAIN AND WORK AND TRY YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!!

The third first for today has absolutely NOTHING to do with the race, except, that we saw this as we were walking back to the campsite (which we were doing since hubby's phone seemed to be in a dead spot and we walked until we got him on the phone to come get us). We are walking along and passing some houses when this lady, looking out her window, points at us to look up. So, I looked up, and hanging directly above my head is a squirrel hanging by two paws from a telelphone line. Then I notice this squirrel is not alone, she has a friend hanging with her. He is holding on to her poor little back and gradually squirrel gets more than two paws back on the telephone wire. I got to see two squirrels making baby squirrels while hanging from a telephone wire. I busted up!! It was too, too, too, too FUNNY!!! I really wished I had my camera. The lady opened a window and told us that they had been at it for 10 minutes!! I busted up all over again. Remeber, funny things happen to me when I go running and while the run itself was fairly uneventful, the walk back to camp was not!! We did finally reach husband and he came and got us and took us back to camp.

We packed up, came home and I took a wonderfully cold shower!! Now it is soon time to go to son's baseball game-he is in for a surprise though. It is miserablly hot today-well into the 90's and really not a great day for a baseball game. Fortunately, we are playing the same team we played on Thursday and the coaches have arranged a surprise-the boys will be playing baseball with waterballoons instead of baseballs!! We'll see how this works, but the kids will get wet and it will be a crazy fun baseball game for the kids. Later tonight I get to rest and relax and enjoy my accomplishment more fully. Can't believe I actually did it and can't believe the thing with the squirrels-funny things happen to me when I go running :)!

BTW-love GU chocolate outrage as a great way to start a race and LOVED Clif Bloks during the race-the blocks are easy to eat, stay in their tube like packaging while I run and taste pretty okay, kept me going!

  
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EDWINA172 6/10/2010 12:45PM

    AWESOME! Love the way you tell your story! I was thrilled with you. I was out of breath with you. I was laughing and giggling (at the squirrels) with you! You are an inspiration!

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SGTMOM911 6/10/2010 11:10AM

    Actually, that's 4 firsts: You beat your own record too! emoticon

I plan on finishing out this "season" with a 10k in October: the Great Columbia Crossing. The runners get bussed over to the Washington side of the Astoria-Megler bridge, and get to run back to Oregon! There is a 200' climb for the part of the bridge the ships pass under. The bridge itself is over 4 miles long. The goal is to finish before the bus comes to pick up the stragglers! I think they have the bridge closed to traffic for 2 hours.





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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/10/2010 7:33AM

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! Keep on running!! emoticon

Pattie

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DHALYIA 6/10/2010 12:42AM

    Wonderful...i can run a 16 min mile...i guess those who told me I wasn't fast enough are full of crudola. I am signing up for my first 5k...thank you!!!

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PJDKSMITH 6/9/2010 10:36PM

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DEFIB64 6/9/2010 4:52PM

    Congrats!!! How long have you been running? I started training for a 5K run in January and was successful in my accomplishment May 16th.....40 mins 26 secs with 6 walking periods during the race!! I am not a "runner" either but it sure felt great!!!

I am running my second 5K run on Sunday and am excited about it....hope to run it non stop and not caring about my time either!!! Just the fact I am off the couch and out the door, is good enough for me!!!

When is the next one you are doing? And assume you are Alberta? BC?
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IMSMILEY88 6/9/2010 12:35PM

    You have me crying... and laughing... again. emoticon Thank you so much for posting this inspiring piece. I am SO proud of you!!! I'm going to subscribe so I can follow you on your journey. Keep up the wonderful work! Maybe, someday, I'll be running my first 10K, too.

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SSCHULTZ59 6/9/2010 12:35PM

    absolutely Awesome.. brought tears to my eyes..
I have never met you but i am Very proud of you.
You are remarkably strong.
May you succeed in all of your goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 6/9/2010 10:26AM

    Thanks for sharing it made my morning! Never done a 10k! What a feeling it must have been to cross the finish line! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 6/8/2010 8:38PM

    you are AMAZING!!!!

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DOPKIGIRL 6/8/2010 12:13PM

    You are AMAZING!!! I hope I can take the strength, determination and mindset you have, to keep me going.

What an ACCOMPLISHMENT!!! So proud of you!

Keep it up.

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 6/7/2010 6:48PM

    Awesome. My Dad and I always joke about coming in last, and one day were are going to beat that little old lady in the wheel-chair. But people are still as excited to see you pass, athletes and spectators, just pick one.

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NONIE_C 6/7/2010 3:33PM

    I am sending you big, big, big virtual hugs right now. I'm so happy, so proud, and so inspired by your accomplishment.
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Keep that amazing attitude, you amazing woman! emoticon
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CFLOTT 6/7/2010 11:26AM

    Awesome accomplishment! I'm so proud of you! (The bit about the squirrels was hilarious, by the way. :) )

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VERGE_OF_ME 6/7/2010 12:12AM

    Oh my holy....I wish I had gotten to read through this before mine yesterday. We were at the same race in different places,lol. I am so extremely proud of you and completely inspired by your rock n roll attitude and perseverance. Your energy and determination are just pouring out through your words here and have meant so much to me in reading them! I wish we were near each other. From one proud chicken to another....keep on cluckin'!!! I am so with you sister!!! Tremendous race and tremendous blog...LOVE it!!!!

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MAPLELEAFMOM 6/6/2010 2:00PM

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What a fabulous race recap!! I am sooo proud of you for doing such a challenging course for your very first 10K! You are truly an inspiration emoticon

Be proud and know that you are an AMAZING woman!!!

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PAPPHEM 6/6/2010 12:23PM

    emoticon Sounds like you did great! Way to go on beating your training time especially with al those hills!! I have to admit, I truly admire your positive attitude about everything, you're an inspiration for me! Keep up the good runs and great blogs!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/6/2010 12:02PM

    You did so great! You will have to check out my race report since I posted pictures! You look fantastic and so, so SO happy after finishing that race! So proud of US!!! :-)

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KARVY09 6/6/2010 10:57AM

    Proud of you!!! You did great!

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ESBELL 6/6/2010 8:59AM

    That course sounds like a killer, but with all your hard work you were prepared for it! I'm so glad you ran the 10k, and I admire you for sticking with the training through your illness.

As for the squirrels - get a room already!!

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TEACHEROF4TH 6/6/2010 8:11AM

    I LOVED your blog! Thank you for posting! Congrats on completing your first 10K. You deserve a solid round of applause. Your story reminds me of one of my favorite running quotes... "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham, runner, speaker, writer

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NEW-CAZ 6/6/2010 3:29AM

    Heather hun you dun good!
I am so proud of you, you've done your first 10K emoticon emoticon emoticon
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KSW1963 6/5/2010 11:36PM

    I'm so proud of you doing your first 10K! emoticon I think it is amazing how you can make it sound difficult and fun at the same time! It sounds like your family has an awesome time together.

Kathy

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/5/2010 6:58PM

    You are an amazing lady. It is wonderful that you did not look around at the beginning and decide it was done. The place does not matter as much as the accomplishment. emoticon my emoticon emoticon

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/5/2010 5:43PM

    Coming in last can be a great teacher. I believe it means you really stretched what you are capable of ... and people that keep stretching just a bit all the time are the ones that ultimately accomplish the most! Who knows, maybe one day you will be the marathon woman!

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ELISEL 6/5/2010 5:38PM

    Whoo hoo!!! What a great race report. Congrats on your first 10K...sounds like a really challenging course.

Too funny about the squirels.

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HEALTHYMEEMS 6/5/2010 5:09PM

    yay for you! and great squirrel story. if you'd stayed inside, you'd never have seen that! emoticon

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