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Runner's World Magazine came today!!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I was wondering where it was and it came today!! Yay!! I just love Runner's World Magazine!! Inspiration in a periodical!! Lots of good info again. Surprised and yet not surprised at the same time to find out Bobby Flay is a runner. Cracked up at the Racer's Field Manual (very interest in where I can find a "worm hole" run-lol!!) Also cracked up at putting your name on your shirt with electical tape, but running the risk of having pieces fall of and creating gibberish or profanity, with my luck "HEATHER" would turn into something hugely offensive to multiple genders, races, nationalities, religions and sexual orientations-lol!! Find article here-very entertaining!!,7124,

I was hugely pleased to find my race in the Calendar section (where RW lists upcoming races of interest)...not the half race, but my second ever 5K...the first race I did after the DisneyLAND 5K...The O'side Turkey Trot. If I can I'm going back so I can get a PR for that race!! It is held on Thanksgiving day in Oceanside...which, if you are not familiar with California cities, happens to be a beach city...kind of obvious, huh!? The race starts a couple of blocks from the beach, but ends with a beautiful beach side run. Loved it last time and really want to go again. Was so surprised to see it listed in RW, but kind of like with Bobby Flay, really, actually, not so much, it is a wonderful race. Well organized, cool medal for ALL runners, beach views, and people running in costume...this race has it all!!

Something about RW lifts my spirits, makes me feel happy and gives me hope that someday I'll actually feel worthy of the subscription! I love the inspiration, the humor (the runners who write for RW have a seriously funny sense of humor), the tips and even the ads. It makes me believe I can do anything I set my mind to. And really, if I use enough of the mental power God gave me I probably can do anything I set my mind to! Makes me feel like trying for 9 miles this Saturday...

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IMSMILEY88 10/8/2010 3:35PM

    Oh, I hope mine comes today! Thanks for the sneak preview!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/8/2010 1:54PM

    It's funny because I have said before that nothing makes me feel more like a runner, while also making me feel like less of a runner, all at the same time as my Runner's World magazine each month! LOL

I think you can totally do 9 miles tomorrow! You're rocking the runs for sure! :-)

I planned on emailing first thing this morning to our "Running Club" (hehehehe) to find out the game plan tomorrow...think I'll do that now!

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WOODMOM 10/8/2010 10:16AM

    I just subscribed and am looking forward to getting my first issue. I bought the Beginner Running issue a few months back and it has been very helpful.

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FUNFROG79 10/8/2010 8:19AM

    You got yours already? Sweet! I should be getting mine soon! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/8/2010 8:17AM

    I just subscribed a few days ago to it and now am awaiting my first magazine! Can't wait! I dom't subscribe to magazines usually and usually only read them in doctor's offices, etc but I've been thinking about this one for a little while. I think it will be a magazine I can really enjoy.

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DORIS32 10/8/2010 7:44AM

    I've been wanting to subscribe to RW but I wanted to get a copy first and see if I liked it before I commit, but couldn't find it anywhere. I looked in grocery stores, the library and even doctors offices. I'm glad to see a good review of it! My daughter will be selling magazines for Girls Scouts soon, so I think I will subscribe! Thanks for the review.

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BILLALEX70 10/8/2010 5:38AM

    I just started to subscribe to RW. There is lots of good info in it.

I'd say if you're out there for 9 miles on Saturday you've more than earned the rights to a subscription!

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SLEEPYDEAN 10/8/2010 1:41AM

    Oh I got two other (non-running) mags today, and I was disappointed it wasn't Running World or Running Times. I guess I should get mine shortly since you are only what 40-50 miles from me.

I am going for 9 miles Saturday too! I'll be with you in spirit.

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GOGOSHIRE 10/8/2010 1:09AM

    great article-thanks!

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DARINGR8LY 10/8/2010 12:07AM

    You and I CAN do 9 miles.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 10/7/2010 11:54PM

    It's great that you are so excited!

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Day 8? I'm already losing count...

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Day 2 of my new plan anyways...This week I have on deck 3 days running, 2 days other cardio, 3 days strength and 3 days flexibility. So far so good. Today I went for a rare, but invigorating evening run. The weather has taken a sudden and wonderful turn for the cooler. We have gone from 113 or so last week to the low to mid 70's this week-roughly a 40 degree shift in just a couple days...weird, but welcome. I really do enjoy cool weather so much more than hot. The heat is just so draining. If you've ever seen a live plant that has wilted due to heat or thirst and then you water it and it suddenly perks up and looks totally healthy again...that's how I feel in the difference from hot to cool-lol!!

So, I did head out a TAD later than I intended and with the cloud cover moving in it did get dark a lot faster than I was expecting so I made an executive decision and changed my route at the last minute. Instead of heading west and having to cross several streets I headed east, a route that would have me crossing only one street twice (once at the beginning and once at the end). I discovered that around the block is over 1 mile!! I decided last minute again to take a jog into a retirement community on the route. It is a community of cute little retirement homes for people 55 and over. I go around the outsides of this area all the time, but I've never ventured inside, which is silly, because it isn't gated or anything. I guess I just figure the old people don't really need me running down their streets. But, what I discovered is a wonderful place to run...wide quiet streets, no traffic ( I didn't encounter a single car on the street while in there-maybe because it was dark and seniors notoriously don't drive after dark-lol), and a place that felt safe and quiet. I seriously felt like I had suddenly run right into Mayberry, I expected to see Andy, Aunt Bea and Opie come around the corner at any moment. I think I'll probably run through there again...hope the seniors don't mind :). Since I've never run there before I was a little unsure of where to go and how the streets worked, I have a kind of odd talent though, I have an excellently calibrated internal compass. I seldom feel lost or turned around. Once I got inside the community though I had got an impression of how the streets were laid out and thought I knew what to expect, but about half way through I felt lost, the streets weren't doing what I expected them to do, but I kept going and kept thinking that I'd figure it out eventually no matter what and there was one weird jog in the street but then I was right where I thought I was supposed to be and then I was back out on the street I knew and a short distance later the 2 miles I said I would do was up and it was time to head home. Which was good because it was really dark by now!! Once back I did my strength and stretching and now it is shower time quickly before bed. We are expecting rain tomorrow morning which is nice since tomorrow is NOT a running day :).

Scored a "new to us" dryer today so that was cool. Now my washer and dryer match!! Several years ago my dryer died, we got an extra dryer from my mom and it died pretty quickly too. Then we "inherited" one from my husband's grandparents and it has worked okay, but it usually takes two cycles to finish any type of load and if it is my husband jeans, etc. it can take 3 cycles. Also our washer is white and the dryer we got from them is beige. Yes, I will confess it bothered me a little that the colors didn't match-lol! A friend of our recently had to buy a new washer and went ahead and purchased the set so she had a dryer to get rid of and we got it-YAY!! So now both units are white again and it takes only one cycle to dry an average load.

Finally, asking for good vibes, my husband is applying for a job that is perfect for him. It is air and heating tech at BYU. My school!! It would mean moving to Utah, but it pays more than his old job, better benefits and would make it easier for me to finish my degree!! Don't know if he'll get it, but he's trying for it and it is one of the best options that has come up so far! Fingers crossed!!

So, I've put in my 2% for the day (and then some-35 minutes on the run and then I don't know how long on the strength and stretching). Now it is time for a quick shower and then I get to read for awhile-yay!!

Hope everyone had a great day and happy Wednesday tomorrow!!

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VELLE9 10/7/2010 10:46PM

    emoticon job with the running. Glad the weather is cooler! I will keep your husband in my prayers.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/6/2010 8:21PM

    I admire your dedication and busy schedule of workouts.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/6/2010 12:24PM

    Good job!! You are definitely serving as MY inspiration these days! And I need all I can get. emoticon

I'll be completely unselfish and keep my fingers crossed that Stephen gets the job in Utah! I would be sad, but happy at the same time because that would be a really great opportunity for all of you!

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_RAMONA 10/6/2010 11:41AM

    YOU are simply AWESOME and you inspire me daily!

...And I'm praying... May your every day be all you need it to be. May an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life! AMEN.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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FUNFROG79 10/6/2010 11:17AM

    Love fall running! emoticon Good luck to your husband! emoticon

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CFLOTT 10/6/2010 8:28AM

    I'm loving this fall running too. And I'll bet those seniors will love a different sight to look at as you run around! Keep it up and best to you and your family as your husband applies for that job.

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EDWINA172 10/6/2010 5:39AM

    Sounds like an awesome run. Wish I had your internal compass. I get turned around to easily. We have the smallest mall ever and I get turned around in there!
Its nice that you get enjoyment out of little things like a matching (new to you) dryer. Life is all about the little things. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

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PAPPHEM 10/6/2010 12:45AM

    I love those runs where it's cool outside and you get to explore something new!

Good luck with hubby getting that new job! Sounds perfect!!

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Day 5 and what a day it is too!!!!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

First, I got many great responses to yesterday's blog! All of them had something I could take from it and use to make myself better. The key ideas I took away are these...

1) It struck me almost immediately that I don't do well with long term planning. It was really kind of a DUH moment. I can't plan an entire month and make it work. I don't do well looking into the future, but I do REALLY well with short tearm planning. AWEISE's comment was the wake up call on this one, EDWINA172 and CFLOTT put the finishing touches on my first plan. I will plan for 1 week at a time (Monday through Sunday) and do my weekly recap on Sunday. I think I will do a monthly re-cap to pull it all together. I can do 1 week at a time!! Such a small and silly thing, why didn't I see it small change, instead of planning for an entire month I will plan for just one week.

2) CFLOTT, NONIE_C, FUNFROG79, and my sister (4EVERADONEGIRL) put together my second step...Actually PLAN, sit down and plan it out and then write it down and then be accountable. It is really funny...Funfrog79 posted her comment but I didn't see it until after I spoke with my sister this morning during our run and they both said almost the exact same thing and it is funny because their ideas are what I actually do with my kids. I use sticker charts for my kids (or in my son's case since he is 7 and learning to be computer savy, computer graphs) to track anything from books read to behavioral goal (no hitting, or be good in class, etc) and when the chart/graph is complete a reward is in order. So I will be using my SparkCalendar (yep, I have one, just haven't been doing a great job of using it) to plan each week and each day I do everything I'll get a sticker :). I don't know yet what I'll get after collecting all those stickers, probably just a piece of paper covered in stickers and a feeling of accomplishment!! :)

3)I love IHEARTK's idea of setting non-scale goals, which I usually do anyways, but I am going to take a couple of weeks and not set any scale-related goals at all, except to not gain. I will still weigh, I will still track, I'm just not setting a weight-loss goal. Hmmm, I'm intrigued, hopefully it will work, because I am prone to slacking off after a week where I didn't lose what I "planned" to lose.

4)GOTTATRY2 uses spreadsheets to track workouts...since I am "in training" I think I will pull out the spreadsheet I have used and am not currently using to track my stats.

5)LINDSAYHENNIGAN suggested changing workouts when boredom sets in...I LOVE THIS and this is a major thing with me. I get bored quite easily. But I'll plan out an entire month of the same exercise over and over again. Well, needless to say this was another DUH moment and actually hit at the EXACT right time. This week I've kind of just been doing whatever strikes me. This method would not work long term, but what I can do is plan a different strength plan each day I am scheduled for strength. I can plan to do a different DVD each day I am scheduled to do cross-training. I might really start looking forward to my workouts if I know it will be something differnt than I did two days ago.

To sum up...I will only plan one week ahead (not a month), I will actually plan, I will use the same reward system I use on my kids=STICKERS!!, I will NOT plan my weightloss, just the things I do to facilitate that loss, I will mix things up to keep it interesting and I will track my statistics on my spreadsheet. One reason I want to go back to the spreadsheet is today's run...let me tell you about it!!

Got up this morning and really wasn't feeling just seemed like one of those days that would not equal a good run. As I am driving over to my sis' house I see a couple flashes of lightening again..another sign that today might not be a good day for a run. But, I finally get there we get started and I decide to do my best no matter what. It drizzles on us just a tiny bit. I also have to stop and stretch due to the glitch but once I did I actually felt much better than I usually do. Glitch went away and I found my stride. I found my stride BEFORE a mile was up. That alone made it a great run!! Made the rounds in the neighborhood and then went out to the main road, still feeling good. AWEISE and I were running near each other with Kristen way off ahead. We get to a park, where usually we just turn and head down the street before turning into a parking lot and making a loop. Today though we headed into the park, which happens to have a nice little looping sidewalk all the way around. We made several loops then headed down the street again, on the way back we made a few more loops in the park and then headed back to the neighborhood. My phone is on with the GPS tracking and by the time we are ready to go back into the neighborhood it says I've gone 6.25-ish miles!! 6.2 is, up to today, the farthest I've ever run and that was using intervals to go that far. So far I've run the entire distance. So, obviously I'm going for 7 here. Can't stop at 6.25!! So back into the neighborhood, a quick back-track to a trail I like...down and back around another trail and one more short one and we are done!! I just went 7.03 miles RUNNING!!! Farthest I've ever gone and farthest I've ever gone without intervals!! I definately didn't break any speed records. But, I did do well for normal 17+ min mile pace was shortened to an average pace of 16.42. One way I accomplished this today was by watching my heart rate. So, I am thinking that tracking my HR might be more helpful than I previously thought.

Again, such a basic thing. I run all the time and I note the facts at the end of the run, but I seldom watch my HR DURING a run. I picked a number where I knew that I was working hard, but not at max and worked hard to stay at or under that number. I noticed that I actually had to work to go slower and not max out my HR. I always think faster is better, but I discovered today that I can make better use of my resources. If I DON'T try to go faster, I am working smarter not harder and I actually did a lot more!! Yep, ANOTHER Duh moment for me. Okay, so sometimes it takes me a little while to catch on, but I got there!! I know too that if I keep working the way I am that eventually I will HAVE to run faster in order to stay at the number where I feel like I am working most efficiently. That number is probably also going to change from day to day. By the end of the run today I was starting to be able to tell when I was working too hard. I could tell because I was breathing too hard. I could tell because my posture had gone to pot ( I have a tendancy to lean forward, which puts a strain on my back and my back starts to hurt). I could tell because I was leading with my chin. All things that cut the quality of a great run. And today, because I was working smart I was able to correct all those things and I had a GREAT run!! It rocked, it rolled it was awesome. Oh and the rain stopped, the lightening stopped, it was humid, but the air was actually cool-ish. It was a great moring run!! Came home did some strength and now time for some housework!! It's October I can take out the fall decorations!! I have a plan for a plan-lol! It is starting to feel fall-ish again and should feel even more like fall by next week (that is to say the temps will be in the 80's instead of the 100's-lol) and I am still on a high from a great run!!

What a day it is today!!

Hope everyone else has a great Saturday!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/5/2010 4:28PM

    You did AWESOME on that run! Super proud of you for pushing hard and running the furthest you ever have! You also made some great realizations in there and that is even more important! You are doing fantastic! Keep it up!!!

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FUNFROG79 10/3/2010 4:20PM

    Fantastic job with your fun! emoticon You can get great stickers at Target emoticon

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PAPPHEM 10/3/2010 11:49AM

    I'm so glad you posted these blogs because you've given me some great ideas too! I use gold stars for my employees so I may have to implement my reward system on gold stars instead of stickers. emoticon

I'm so excited for you and you're run today! It's amazing how much of a difference little changes make! Keep it up and you'll be increasing your speed in no time!

So glad you had a good day, you've deserved one! Keep at it!

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IHEARTK 10/2/2010 10:37PM

    emoticon on the running!! I'm so impressed by anyone who runs at all. 7 miles is just amazing.

This blog is great. I love the way you summed up all the helpful tips - I hope it's okay if I borrow some of the great ideas everyone shared with you.

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2FUN2B_LAZY 10/2/2010 10:34PM

    I read the comments on your last blog because I'm in the same situation. I am glad you tied it all together in one blog because I think I may steal some of these ideas. I saw that someone had said to use stickers to reward yourself, but I guess I didn't catch that so many stickers = a reward. I just brushed it off thinking that I don't care much for stickers, but I may set up something like that now. Thanks to you and others for the great ideas!

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VELLE9 10/2/2010 9:25PM

    emoticon emoticon job with running 7 miles. That is FANTABULOUS!!! You are doing such a great job with making running part of your life. I have a wall calendar and I use stickers to track my exercise. If I exercise that day I get a sticker. At the end of the month, it actually really helps to see how I did. Also, at the end of the year, I can view where I lagged in with my exercise. Like now, September hardly has any stickers so I plan to flood October with them-which means to plan and execute exercising. Wishing you well with the plans for this week!

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EDWINA172 10/2/2010 9:01PM

    "The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn't feel like running."

Such a true quote! I'm happy that you had a great run. PS...I love stickers too:)

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    Excellent, My HR monitor gets ALOT more use than my garmin, If I can stay at 75% I can run forever. 85% and I am struggling. Nice use of a simple tool.

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Day 4...Asking for advice on planning/tracking/goals, etc...

Friday, October 01, 2010

I will stop counting the days eventually, right now it is a little bit fun watching my "streak" build, but the fact of the matter is that I am just kind of not a counting kind of person. Which is kind of why I'm writing this blog today. emoticon

Today is October 1st. emoticonThe first day of the month...traditionally that day where you set new goals and do your darndest to meet them each month. Now, I have tried setting goals before, but truthfully, I am just not very good at it. I want to be good at it. I have several Sparkfriends who excel at goal setting and tracking. I read thier month end/start blogs and get a little envious. emoticon

So here's the thing. I am a great planner. I am an exceptional planner, I'm just not an exceptional completer!! LOL!! I am asking you all for your tips, tricks, advice, etc. emoticon

How do YOU set your goals? How do YOU make sure you follow through? Do YOU use just the tools here on Spark or do YOU create a tracker/spreadsheet/etc for your tracking needs? What kinds of goals do YOU set? I know what I've done in the past and I have a great example from a certain Sparker of the direction I want to go (Karvy09 your tracking and monthly recap blogs ROCK). But, since not every system works for everybody I would like EVERYONE'S input so I can glean the best of the crop emoticon. The problem with me seems to be carrying the plan over day to day... emoticon

At the end of October I am hoping to be able to post a whole bunch of these... emoticon and I hope I don't see anymore of these... emoticon. So, if anyone has a bright idea emoticon I am more than ready to hear it. Because I want this emoticon to move emoticon. I want to be able to do this emoticon and one of these emoticon emoticon emoticon.

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KELLYBEEEEE 10/5/2010 4:30PM

    I found this blog post through KARVY09 and 4EVERADONEGIRL and figured I'd throw my two cents in.

I started a 28-week Couch to 5k training program 8 months ago to run my first 5k. I knew I could handle 3 workouts a week. I made up a schedule in Excel with the week written out and the 4 workouts typed into the days I planned to do them. I could move them around if I changed my mind, but I knew that at the end of the week, I had to have the 3 C25K workouts done.

Something about filling in how far I walked/ran in my 3 workouts per week kept me on track with my workouts. More importantly, I identified a 5k race back in April that I wanted to do in September, when my training was complete.

Having that 5k goal, knowing what it was, where it was, telling people I was going to run it, made me stick to my training schedule. If I was going to travel, I would either get in my 3 workouts before I left or bring my workout gear with me and do the workout on the road.

Nearing the end of my 5k training, I realized that I functioned very well having a specific race in mind to train toward. So, I made up another Excel spreadsheet that lays out my training to a 10k distance for a race on January 1, 2011, and my half-marathon training, which goes from 1/2/11 to the beginning of June.

Knowing that I am going to register for those races keeps me training for them. Once I actually register for it'll be even better motivation to get my workouts in! I know that I personally can't feel like I did my best in a race unless I build up to the distance slowly.

I'd be happy to email my spreadsheet to you (or to anyone else) if it'll help. :)

Good luck - this isn't easy, but if you can find something that works for you, it's pretty powerful. I am historically bad at setting a goal and determining the appropriate steps to reach it. This is the first time I've been successful.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/5/2010 3:05PM

    Some great ideas! I hope you find the one that will work best for YOU!! (This is a hard area for me too...once I set them I tend to just walk away and forget about them! LOL)

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NONIE_C 10/2/2010 1:07PM

    So far, I see some really good ideas here, and I think you're going to find what works for you. As you try different things, looking for YOUR perfect motivation and consistency tools, just don't forget that there is success in simply trying - you are being proactive and moving your journey forward.

OK, here're some things I do (Planning is the KEY):

*Like CFLOTT, I look at my calendar for the week and try to plan ahead, so I can avoid bad choices in tricky situations (this almost always works). Plus, I think that time for things like meal prep and exercise are most worthy of scheduling - I'm worth that time.

*If I know a goal is going to be particularly tricky, I plan in some fall-back measures. For example, when I decided to give up refined sugary treats (cake, pie, candy, etc.), I knew I needed some way to stave off the cravings. So, I made sure I had lots and lots of yummy fruit on hand, and I made sure to eat it. After a meal, before I could even begin to crave a sweet thing, I simply went ahead and ate a nectarine (or the like).

*I also make plans regarding my mental obstacles too, because that's where motivation begins and ends. One thing I've been trying is changing the way I talk to myself - NO MORE NEGATIVE SELF-TALK. This has been such a pleasant change, and it leads to better/healthier reactions. And, additionally, I try to think of myself as two people sometimes (this is not as weird as it sounds) - you see, there is a little girl inside me who was not taught how to take care of herself in terms of nutrition and exercise and self-acceptance/love. So when I make choices (about food, exercise, or self-perception), I think, IS THIS HOW I WOULD TREAT OR TEACH A LITTLE KID? I like to think that I'm practicing for when I do have kids then I'll have mastered setting a good example :)

I really believe that planning, whether it's manipulating your sched or having tools for helping with better choice making in place, is the key to success - you have to plan to succeed, and plan to succeed (LOL, get it?).

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FUNFROG79 10/1/2010 11:35PM

    I have a big calendar hung up in the kitchen and reward myself with stickers for my workouts. I write what I do, how I ran etc. Something about stickers just gets me motivated and the kitchen is a great place to have it b/c I pass it many times a day. The only Spark tools I use is the water counter and I track mileage.

Good luck! emoticon

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KARVY09 10/1/2010 11:31PM

    Aw thanks! people read my recap blogs and think I'm crazy cos they're so detailed, but it works for me. I use SP tools to track calories, nutrients, fitness minutes and calories burned and cut and paste the blog from the month before and just edit it so it doesn't take too much time to put together. Everything is online because I don't do well on paper (so many unfinished telephone books, day planners, etc).

I try to set a realistic weight loss goal and fitness minute goal and then just pick things I'd like to do (races, strength training, writing, eating less sodium) and try to build from there. People often think I'm crazy for how many minutes I aim for... But they forget that I've been building up to 2000+ minutes for over a year!

I hope this helps!

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PAPPHEM 10/1/2010 10:23PM

    Love this blog because it's the exact same problem I have, so I'm anxious to see the responses you get!

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    My goals are pretty simple, stay at low end of calorie range for weekdays, enjoy a bit on the weekends still staying in range. Burn at least 500 calories each weekday, we are very active on the weekends so I don't worry about those days. I just wrote a longer post than is recommended, so I am going to cut and paste the rest to a sparkmessage. Good luck, hope you find some good stuff. Share all the gems when you are done filtering all this stuff for us.

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CFLOTT 10/1/2010 3:35PM

    I look a week ahead. And, when I do so, I have my paper calendar/planner that I look at so I know, "Hubby works Wednesday night and Friday night so I should exercise at lunch and make a crockpot meal because cooking with two kids under five under my feet is a pain in the butt."

I tend to plan exercise and meals looking at everything else we have going on so I can make decisions about when to make easier meals, when I can exersise, and when I may just have to say no to a prior committment because I'm just too busy.

I feel that looking one week in advance gives me the opportunity for flexibility in a way that looking ahead a whole MONTH does not! Also, as I actually exersise on the date I said I was going to I check it off or put big fat hearts next to it as a little way of showing how awesome I am!!!

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IHEARTK 10/1/2010 1:27PM

    I use a calendar and a spreadsheet to track. I also use Spark trackers to get some of the information I input. I set non-scale goals for myself each month, like: get on the elliptical for at least 10 minutes every weekday, eat within my calorie range 27 out of 30 days, read a fitness book article once a week, and so on... then I give myself a grade for each goal (based on a percentage of the time I did what I said I would) and a total grade for the month. My goals are things that should make me lose weight, but I usually don't have a goal to lose a certain # of lbs by a certain time (unless required by a challenge). This method at least makes me feel like I'm a little more in control, since I base my progress on what I do versus what the scale does. Not that I don't check every day to see if the scale is paying attention!! lol

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EDWINA172 10/1/2010 12:56PM

    Sparkpeople sells a goals calendar. I think that Coach Nicole came up with it. There may even be a Sparkblog about it. Start with small goals like AWEISE said. Then develop a streak.Good luck!

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GSGKMG 10/1/2010 12:53PM

    I'm an accountant so I like Excel spreadsheets. Simple columns:
Date, Activity, Location, Milage, Time, Cals Burned, Avg HR, Max HR (High), Notes. I think the Notes are important. It may remind me why I sucked (or did well) that day (heat, knees, hills). Reminds me how much time i spent in Zone 3 (Aerobic) and Zone 4 (Anerobic) and where I highlight my OMPR (Old Man Personal Record) when I get a new time record. I enjoy entering stuff into my spreadsheet and seeign the list grow - I don't really know how meaningful it is beyond that.

As for Nutrition, Spark's tool is ideal and this is also where I weigh-in and track BP and other things - whenever I might get to that again.

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DARINGR8LY 10/1/2010 12:33PM

    Love the blog! My first tip would be to start small. Make it a goal to accomplish a few days or once a week. Then have someone to be accountable to. Work on achieving the goal in the beginning of the week so you have some play when life "really" gets in the way not excuses.

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Day 3-weird, funny stuff going on today...oh and WIN initial test results

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Off to a weird start today! My "day" started off at 2 a.m. when oldest daughter comes in and yells at us until we wake up "can I watch t.v. now?" She had also woken up her sister so both of them climbed into our bed and it was rough going from there. Got up at 4:15 (just when I really felt like I was going back to sleep the alarm went off) to go running. I don't wake up quickly, especially if I haven't really been asleep. So as I'm driving to my sisters I see flashes of light off to the side. It took my brain a full minute to comprehend that it was lightening I was seeing. Well, that makes things a bit more interesting....was it close, was it frequent, was it going to rain?

Didn't see any further flashes so figured we would probably be okay...Got to my sis's, my mom was there too, so we set off. It wasn't long before there were additional flashes of lightening, but no thunder. I haven't often seen lightening that was far enough away to not have the thunder come with it. We were also seeing cloud flashes, not ground strikes, so we figured let's keep going for now.

The running part of this adventure was only okay today. I am still having ongoing mild shin issues. If I stop and stretch when the start feeling tight the feeling usually goes away and I can finish my run without much issue. It is taking me about a mile to find my stride and resolve the shin issues these days so my long runs generally end up being better than short ones. It was kind of slow going today though and because of the lightening I decided we would take a couple short cuts that would keep me and my mom ahead of Kristen most of the time so that we would be able to finish closer to the same time. I didn't want us to be out there a lot longer than Kristen. Still ended the run on a good note and probably somewhere around 2 miles. Short for the schedule, but still felt good.

So, we get back to Kristen's and we are seeing more frequent, but still far away flashes of lightening so I am feeling pretty good about the decision to head back. We stop to stretch and I check my phone's GPS tracker. My sister must live in the Bermuda triangle of Hemet because back before she got her Garmin she used a phone GPS tracker and got really amazing results a 2 mile-ish run turned into 8!! I figured it was just the program she was using since I've used my program twice and haven't had any issues with odd results. Today, that changed!! Maybe it was the lightening in the atomosphere messing with the satellites? I don't know, but when I checked my GPS said I ran 30.49 miles in 40 minutes!! Dang, I am A-MAZE-ING!!!!!! I am SuperWoman!! I can run nearly a one minute mile!! I can finish a marathon faster than the fastest of the elites!!! I have found my new calling!!! We had a good chuckle over that!

Got my stuff, got in my car and started home. I hadn't been in the car even three minutes, I hadn't even driven a mile, when the first splat hit my window...huh? What was that? There's another one, and another. Did I drive through a sprinkler? That happens on this route from time to time. No I'm in the wrong lane. Hey, wait a minute...could it be, is it? RAIN!!! All those lightening flashes finally broke open the clouds and it was raining, ahhhh. Yay, because I really do enjoy a good rainstorm, particularly if it is short and leaves everything smelling nice and clean. The rain stopped for a minute, but then by the time I was home it was really coming down. When my son found out it was raining and there was lightening he went around the house turning off all the lights so he could see the lightening outside (it was still dark outside at this point so we were all sitting in the dark just waiting for a flash). Love things like that...sitting in the dark waiting for's kind of fun.

Last, funny thing of the morning. I am just starting to get on the computer and check e-mail etc. and I can see that my youngest is busy doing something, but I'm not really paying attention to her until I look up...I start laughing and tell her not to move while I get my camera...this is what I saw...she is sitting in our rocking chair, one of her favorite spots (she's fallen asleep in the rocking chair)...

It's like "Where's Waldo" can you find the child in this picture? LOL!! She somehow managed this all by herself, nobody helped her. These are all her "friends" she's dressed the big bears up in her own clothes and she changed the outfits around on the others. They are all playing dress up. I was cracking up....looks like today is going to be one of those days full of fun stuff...yay!!!!

Okay, on to business....Done Girls Winter is Near challenge. The challenge this week is to beautify your page for the fall challenge...Done. Then for extra points the challenge is to do the fitness test from Runner's World Magazine's web site. Find the test here...,7120,

I fared "fair" on most of the tests. I did great on the squats test and wall stance test. I was not even close to being even fair on the lap test (a 400 run) or the tempo test (how far in 30 min). So, now that I've taken the tests I know where I am at and I can work on improving those scores over the course of the challenge. It was kind of fun doing the test. Just for the fun of it, since I was already in test mode, I threw in a flexibility test I tore out of a magazine. Find it here...

There were no real surprises here, except maybe that my obliques are far more limber than I thought and my calves are tighter than I thought. I scored fair on most areas and poor in my thighs, hamstrings and calves. What I like about both tests is that they give you things to do that target those specific problems, so I can work on it and get better. I'll be retaking both tests at the end of the challenge and I hope I see some improvement. I'd love to move my calves and thighs from poor to at least fair. I think if I can get stronger and more flexible in my legs I'll be a much better runner. That is not to say exactly faster, but at least maybe get over that one-mile glitch I have EVERY run emoticon.

Okay, really long blog...hope today has more fun stuff in store and hope everyone has a happy Thursday!! Wow, the week is already almost over...happy almost Friday!!

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GAELENEC 9/30/2010 8:59PM

    Cool special effects!

plus, thanks for sharing the links to the tests. Need to take those!

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KSW1963 9/30/2010 5:13PM

    I will have to try those test. Thanks for the links! The lightning show sounds so cool. Your family seems so fun. You are truly blessed!

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DARINGR8LY 9/30/2010 4:16PM

    Love the cute picture of your daughter in the rocking chair.

Rain? I must have just missed that this morning. I usually leave the area around 4:30ish. Well I guess it works out. I sometime get other types of weather just a 1/2 hour away.

Great job girl!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 9/30/2010 2:12PM

    What a way to start the day. Simply lovely to read.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/30/2010 12:26PM

    I think today IS going to be a fun day! Enjoy every moment because you ROCKED your workout today and now you can just simply enjoy the fruits of your labor! :-) Woohoo!

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EDWINA172 9/30/2010 11:23AM

    Love the picture. You daughter is too cute!

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FUNFROG79 9/30/2010 11:05AM

    Cute picture!! Great job on kicking that rain's a$$! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/30/2010 10:44AM

    What a fun family. Your daughter is a cutie.

Have a great day. You were already blessed once to get done with the run before the rain. I love simple blessings like that.

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DOINGTHIS 9/30/2010 10:40AM

    Isn't it funny how they get lost in their critters like that. Too cute!!!

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KARVY09 9/30/2010 10:31AM

    Congrats on the 1-minute mile and on beating the rain!
Your daughter is adorable and it'd be hard to stay mad at her even when she wakes up at 2am!

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ESBELL 9/30/2010 10:31AM

    The tight calves might be part of the shin pain.........

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