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I Now Know How Rocky Felt - I Just Ran My First Mile!!!!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

I am sooooo excited! I just ran my 1st consecutive mile! I can't believe it... even though I'm active, I have never been a jogger...I always said I didn't have enough lung power or it bothered my legs (or some other excuse).

Well, since joining SP and reading the blogs, I have been amazed at the feats of so many people... I especially loved reading when someone just ran their first race or their first marathon - or ran as a familiy - you could hear the 'excitement' in their blogs...it became contagious. I quietly decided I would try to start jogging... between telephone poles...then two poles, then 2 minutes...then 1/2 mile...and then today.

I got up and decided to go for it! I started out and really felt good, then I hit my 1/2 mile mark and still felt good, but a little bit after that I started to wane...but then I thought how lucky I am to have my health and actually be able to run and that gave me the final push I needed...I even ran a little beyond my mark! My smile was HUGE!!! Thank goodness no one else was around b/c I kept saying, I did it, I did it, I did it!!!

So, Wannabfit34 (aka Kara) if you are reading this...thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your encouragement! You were right when you told me I COULD do this...thank you for believing in me until I could believe in myself :) Next 2 miles, then a 5 K!

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KITKA82 7/8/2010 8:47AM

    That's awesome!

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JOKNOWS 7/8/2010 8:41AM

    That is so awesome. The power we have within is truly astounding. emoticon

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WANNABFIT34 7/5/2010 12:01AM

    I am reading this and major congrats I knew you could, and like me you will find yourself looking back in a couple months when you do 3 miles without stopping and think wow only a couple months ago I was excited about a mile. Keep it up!

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JAZZII4 7/4/2010 11:08AM

    emoticon You must feel great! I could feel the enthusiasm in your blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYONE331 7/4/2010 10:19AM

    Way to go! emoticon emoticon

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BPULLOS 7/4/2010 10:17AM

    Congrats...I'm jealous because I don't have the nerve to try just quite yet. I'm afraid someone will look at me and wonder why the fat girl is trying to jog. Well maybe over the next month while I'm off work I'll get up real early and go before to many people can watch. Thanks for the inspiration!

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LOVESLIFE48 7/4/2010 9:43AM

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KATHRYNLP 7/4/2010 9:35AM

    CONGRATZ !!!!!!! Now we all see that YOU believe in YOU!!!
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I love 'ah ha' moments...

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I just love 'ah ha' moments...especially when they just kind of sneak up on you and catch you by surprise... I just had another one, thanks (again) to SP...

I always thought I worked best by myself...even though everything is so team-oriented these days...and I even lead a team. But most days, if I'm being honest, I think - geeesh, if I could just do this project myself, yada, yada, yada...

That's initially why SP attracted me in - I could do it myself...I didn't have to rely on anyone else to make sure the job was done... So I happily went on my way - tracking my foods, my fitness minutes, etc.

Then I started reading Blogs, etc. then I started commenting on them...then I started reading the Message Boards...then I started commenting on the Message Boards - telling others they could make it...then a couple SP started leaving me messages... and 'boom' - I'm a teamplayer!

I wake up in the morning and turn on my computer right away so I can get to the SP web-site to see how my SP friends are doing... I have a couple of 'favs' who have encouraged me and I can't wait to see what encouraging words they have for all of us... I check on the ones who celebrated a success, I check on the ones who had a bad night... and now more than ever I realize I am part of a team - we are here for each other...

My fellow SP are making me realize that success is so much easier when it's a team... b/c when one of us falls, there are multiple helping hand to help pick you up - whereas if you fall when you're on your own, you only have yourself to help you up... and then you have to nurse all your own bruises and heal your own wounds... that's a pretty lonely way to go!

...and when you're on your own and you realize a success...there is only the sound of one pair of hands clapping... but the sound of a team clapping equals that of a symphony! and what a joyous sound that is!

So, to all my SP friends... thank you for being the best team out there - you all are the symphony I didn't even know I needed :)

Have a great Sparky rest of the w/e!

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    Your blog says it perfectly! SP is making such a difference for me, too. Even though I'm kinda new -- I can already see how great it is to have a team who is there for me and ready to lend a hand, give me their thoughts or just hold me accountable! I read back through my first blogs, when I was struggling, and you know what? The advice was spot on! I'm so happy to have new friends who "get me." Have a nice Sunday!

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LEXXA26 6/5/2010 5:11PM

    I absolutely agree! I've had a horrible evening and was sat here thinking about heading for the chocolate, but you've made me remember that I don't need that. SP can pick me up a lot better than chocolate :)

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DLG0505 6/5/2010 4:27PM

    Great thoughts! I too love A-ha moments. And just had one when reading your article. I think I can do things alone but if I could actually do them alone I wouldn't be so overweight. When tackling a large task - no matter in what sense - it just helps having support. If we all had the support we can get here from SparkPeople then how much easier would every day life be?

Thanks so much for your post!
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BAYBELIEVER 6/5/2010 3:17PM

    Yes, that was the most surprising thing for me about finding Spark PEOPLE. I couldn't imagine what a difference it would make in reaching out to others and supporting others. It has been awesome!

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JOKNOWS 6/5/2010 3:03PM

    I agree wholeheartedly -- the journey is a lot more fun and motivating with supportive traveling companions!

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In the early morning rain...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Go figure - age and the weather are not mutually exclusive when it comes to exercise! I frequently walk where I live, and Katie, my next door neighbor asked me if I would be interested in walking in the mornings with her because she needed to shed a couple of pounds... Now Katie weighs all of 130, which is mostly muscle! She's almost 20 and in nursing school. But I have learned from SP that it doesn't matter what you weigh, if you want to lose weight, it can be a challenge whether you have 10# to lose or 100>

So anyway, we decided to meet at 6 AM...I get up and it's raining. I figure I am going anyway, and there is no way this 20 year old is going to be out there...but I walked out my door and there she was... in shorts :) I was freezing in two layers and she's in shorts.

I also wasn't sure just what we would 'chat' about while we walked... I'm 56!!! Well, 30 minutes flew by - we talked about her nursing program, her desire to shed 10# - and I told her about this site, her boyfriend, and her job....easy breezy conversation.

What a wonderful way to begin my day...in the early morning rain!

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TRINIGAL22 7/18/2010 6:43PM

    I am glad you did not go back inside. I presume that after your walk and seeing you co-walker in shorts you felt great.

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A treat is just a treat....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sometime over the last few years I have gotten into the habit of having a 'little treat' every day - but one usually becomes two, etc.

When I first started with SP, I was really conscientious and the weight came right off. Because of this I thought I would reward myself with a 'little treat' here and there. Before you know it, I gained three pounds back - and I think it's because I was back to eating my 'little treats' every night.

After analyzing my 'little treat' syndrome, I came to the shocking realization that a treat is really just that - a treat! Not an everyday food staple!

I have decided that, maybe once a week I can have a treat...but I definitely don't need one every night...if I want something sweet, I'll make a fruit smoothie or nuke a sliced apple and sprinkle a little cinnamon on it...

As for my rewards, I've made my list - and none of it is food-related. My new treats are going to be manicures, pedicures...and when I hit my goal weight, I'm going to a high-end salon to have my hair 'made-over' - now that is a treat!


My Mother's Day Present To Myself

Sunday, May 09, 2010

My only child (daughter) moved to Florida late last year... and I don't have any other relatives in this state...or any adjoining ones either... This is the first Mother's Day I have ever spent w/o my daughter (I've been a single mom since she was a young teen)... While I'm thrilled for her - she's a mom of an almost 2 year old, I realized I was kind of down today. There were always three sacred days in our house... Mother's Day and each of our birthdays - you could pick whatever it was you wanted and the other person had to go along --- no arguments, no complaining. They were always our special days together - no matter what else was going on and I have some of the best memories because of these days.

Had to pause my writing b/c the phone rang...it was my daughter - she must have ESP! By the time she finished telling me about their w/e at Disney (that's what she wanted for MD)... and the stories about the great time they had and how my grandson reacted to some of the stuff they saw, I feel a million times better...

She asked me what I was doing for MD... I told her what I started out to write here. I decided it b/c Mother's Day was started in order to honor mother's...I'm going to honor myself today - I'm not going to kill myself working the yard or washing floors or shoveling my mountain of mulch. I am actually going to sit back and actually relax - no whining, no complaining... It made me laugh when I realized we always think it's the other person who has to change their attitude. In this case, since it's just me, I had to change my own attitude! I decided that maybe I'll take a nice, long walk in the nearby park. Then I am going to make myself a nice dinner - and maybe have a nice glass of wine to go with it... and thank my lucky stars and God that I have so much in my life.


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