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People Go Just Where They Will

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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It's not an eye doctor; it's a plastic surgeon.

I had my initial consultation today. And, yes, I signed up.

January 15th.

Tummy tuck.

Breast lift.

Off goes the Scarlet F.

For good.

  
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CJROMB 7/17/2009 2:09AM

    When I first started this weight loss journey, my ultimate reward was this: I told myself if I got below 145 and stayed there for 6 months, I could have a tummy tuck. Off with the stretch marks, vertical wide c-section scar, and the fat little pot belly I had ever since I had my son, even when I only weighed 95 pounds.

I now weigh 130.6, and I've definitely been way under 145 for over 6 months.

But I haven't signed up yet because I can't spend that kind of time off right now.

I hope you'll blog about your experience. I would love to hear how it goes, and learn from you.

And thanx for the Jackson Browne. I'll admit I never liked him again too much after what happened with Darryl Hannah, but he used to be one of my biggest musical heroes.

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H-2-OH 7/16/2009 9:23PM

    That's exciting! I know how it is when you lose weight and things aren't in the same place they used to be.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/16/2009 7:58AM

    good luck

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 7/16/2009 7:25AM

    Congratulations, I am so happy for you!

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SWEETZMIX 7/15/2009 12:26PM

    Congrats! Not everyone will agree with it, but you have worked hard and you deserve to reap all your rewards. It is what it is!! So exciting and scary (the closest thing I have had to surgery is getting one of my wisdom teeth removed from underneath my gums.)

So now is the countdown..........................
6months to go

OH and I would love a lil rabbit, I don't think it's against the law to ship live animals. lol

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MARCHMAID 7/15/2009 10:42AM

    Hope you'll give us all a blow by blow (snip by snip??) description of the entire process. Cost, recovery time, bruises, pain, pleasure at the results? Personally, I don't like my neck. . . .

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LAB-LOVER 7/15/2009 6:17AM

    Wow! Good luck! What a wonderful journey you've been on!

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 7/14/2009 10:26PM

    Woohoo brave girl. Commitment. Good for you.

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CAROLISCIOUS 7/14/2009 9:17PM

    Exciting! A whole new you!

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SPARKLE72023 7/14/2009 7:27PM

    Hey! That's also French Independence Day (Bastille Day) . . . . ha ha ha . . . . you AND the French will celebrate your liberation on the same day.
Bonne Chance mon amie!
(Good luck my friend.)

By the way - - - - - did I give you "permission" to look prettier & sexier than me? Huh?
- just joking -
I'm real happy for you!!!
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Margrit

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TELERIE 7/14/2009 6:57PM

    Wow, scary methinks. Hope you'll let me know how it goes, I'm wondering and pondering and considering once I reach where I'll be. emoticon

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What You're Feelin' is Happiness

Monday, July 13, 2009

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This song was played at my wedding, I confess. Hey, I was married in mid-1992. But this entry isn't about my wedding or my love.

It's about our new friend!


This is not a direct photo of our new friend, but looks pretty much the same. A very, very small brown rabbit is living underneath our hibiscus plant. We've left out the occasional carrot which has been accepted, we believe, rather graciously.

And we named him (or her -- we're too polite to ask) Little 'Bit. Hence the song.

But the title kinda works, too.

I have every reason to feel lousy, I gotta say. I regained what I lost three weeks ago, PMS is about to come knocking, almost all of my measurements are up and the day was stressful.

But yanno something?

I'm fine. I really am.

Oh, I'm not jumping for joy. No. But I'm not hanging my head, either.

Went to the gym, pounded out my frustrations on the treadmill and I feel ...

... peaceful.

Hey, there's something to this exercise business after all.

  
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HAPPYWRITER7 7/29/2009 8:37PM

    You know, Ive spent the last few months leaning about happiness, and for some reason, I just learned/realized that happiness invloves so many different feelings. I dont need to be laughing out loud and grinning all over the place in order to have a sense of happiness. It's just like what you explained - there are so many things to be unhappy about, but youre not because you chose it. Happiness is a choice a great deal of the time. Way to go for sticking it out. Im currently in a 4 month plateau...eek. But - little by little, one goes far.

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 7/14/2009 10:24PM

    Well Jespah
I don't get it. I missed three of your blogs and I do so look forward to reading you. No notices. Ah well I get to enjoy em all at once now.

Love your bunny. But what will you do when that little boston terrier shows up?

Next time I see one in a shelter I will find out where you live and I will sneak him into the back yard with Bit.

Now of course you can't go on vacation or anything like that because you must put out carrots.

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SWEETZMIX 7/14/2009 4:45PM

    Good for you Janet. You still worked it out and didn't let anything hold you back. Oh how it is sO easy to blame a stressful day, the oncoming of PMS and just the world on your bad mood BUT, you didn't. You just shrugged it off and didn't let it hold you back. YOU ROCK--THAT'S ALL I GOT TO SAY! And I can't imagine having a cute rabbit living in the garden, I would want to keep it!! lol

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NYAYNE 7/14/2009 9:55AM

    Your blogs are always a musical treat, thank you Jespah. I am now 2 years PMS free but I do remember those days. Menopause isn't really that bad. I was lucky, no real hot flashes, no emotional roller coaster, but weight management is hard.

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TELERIE 7/14/2009 9:48AM

    I agree! There's something to this exercise business! And yoga too! My stress levels have decreased a lot lately! My three weeks of vacation just _might_ have something to do with it but I'm sure exercise helps!
Cute 'bit. We have hedgehogs.

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LIV2RIDE 7/14/2009 7:04AM

    I find that exercise helps manage my PMS symptoms both mental and physical. I end up working out harder for about 2 weeks just to push through. It's amazing how different it all feels now.

Enjoy your little critter. They are really cute.

Kelly

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JESPAH 7/14/2009 6:14AM

    Well, the actual garden is in the back, and where Little 'bit lives (except for the hibiscus, and some tiger lilies), it's mainly weeds. If the weeds are eaten and the grass is cropped, fine. If the peas in the back are eaten, well, I'm less happy about that but they're getting munched by bugs anyway. In the choice between bug and mammalian feasting, I'll pick mammalian.

Dunno if Little 'bit has a family; seems small to be an adult (it's entirely possible that we've seen more than one bunny in the past few days, and that they're just all brown). No sign of Mom; I just figure this bunny is way too small to be a grownup.

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CAROLISCIOUS 7/13/2009 9:44PM

    We have a yard full of critters cuz we live near some vacant lots. It's fun to watch them scurry about searching for...yanno...food.

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MARCHMAID 7/13/2009 9:12PM

    Gotta say, I agree that exercise is a stress reliever for me, too, but I like it so much I'm having trouble getting anything else accomplished. Gosh, work is so pale beside bike riding. . . and I really do love my work. Still fundraising in a down economy has, um, its downsides.

Keep on truckin'--glad the rabbits are in YOUR yard. I have a plague of chipmunks feasting on my green tomatoes. : (



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LAB-LOVER 7/13/2009 9:04PM

    Just seeing the photo raised my BP! We have a PLAGUE of 'bits in our yard. But Jake and Henry help with policing!

Work stress is rising! Gotta keep the focus on exercise. It really DOES help!

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LILMYSTERY 7/13/2009 7:24PM

    Love this! Your attitude is wonderful and I agree with your observations of "this exercise business" :)

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_RAMONA 7/13/2009 7:19PM

    Great attitude... and I wish I had a bunny living under my flowers!

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

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I Still Got This Dream That You Just Can't Shake

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

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Now for some news about the race itself. First, how the six of us did, in a field of 195 runners:

#105 Mr. Jespah 27:34
#118 Laurel 28:32
#162 Quirkles 33:29 www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
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#163 Thomas 33:32
#180 Lab Lover 35:25 www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as
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#194 me 43:38

I was not last. I was second to last, but still! I beat a 33 year old, by some 3 minutes or so.

Last night's blog, I was in a rush. Tonight I want to give good info about the race.

We had a blast. Mr. J had never run one of these before. It was my second. He asked me if I wanted him to run with me. Naah. Go play and do well. And he did! We know Thomas from another site, and Thomas and I are in a BMI race to 30.0. This is why (jokingly, of course), he suggests I have some lovely pastries at every meal. Hey, he's competitive.

Here are pictures of us.

Laurel:

Thomas:

Lab Lover:

Quirkles (watch out, Thomas is gaining on you!):

Mr. Jespah, on the right (hubba hubba):

Who's that gal on the left, in the red hat?:

We're all so dang cute. I recall the first picture I ever got of Mr. J (we met through the Village Voice personal ads) was of him in swimming trunks. That was 20 years ago. These pictures remind me of that dude.

The day was warm and sunny. Nice day for basking but kinda warm for trucking along on foot. I had my new iPod, I had semi-figured out iTunes and had a Running playlist. First song: David Bowie's "Heroes" (it was yesterday's blog song, too). There's just something about bouncing along with the Thin White Duke singing, "We can be heroes, just for one day".

Then the next song was today's blog song! Blues Traveler's "Run-Around". I had to remind myself: DON'T SING ALONG.

The course took us around the park and then on a bridge over into Cambridge. It was then that my right glute decided: I wanna stay in Boston. I told the glute it had no choice and it was coming to Cambridge. It whined, and I limped a bit, but I did not leave any body parts behind (heh, I said behind).

On the Cambridge side of things, it was a small highway (Memorial Drive), but traffic was light, probably due to the holiday weekend, plus the students are mainly gone this time of year. But it was sunny! Intensely sunny. I decided to pace myself and only jog when there was shade. There were trees but not always cheek by jowl to the street so shade was intermittent.

The pack had thinned considerably. On occasion I would catch glimpses of the other side of the Charles River and see people getting close to the finish line. I mainly saw a guy in a dark orange shirt and a woman in lavender sweats on my side of the river. Mainly they were in front of me.

Going slowly means you catch things that other people miss. I picked up a small profit along the way (I think Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" was playing then): it is now my lucky nickel. Inflation has hit the lucky penny.

I pressed on.

I passed Miss Lavender Sweats, it was not too far before the bridge to return us to Boston. That was a little uphill. I think my right glute was happy to be returning to Boston (ungrateful body part!). The rest of me was pretty cool with that, too.

Over the bridge, it switches back very slightly, and I could see Miss Lavender Sweats. I waved; she was focused. The orange shirt dude was far away already. Lavender Sweats then passed me. We were pretty much neck and neck until Blondie came on. I mean, "Call Me"? What was I thinking? Too odd for running.

I passed by some sort of official, who asked me if there was anyone behind me. I said I didn't think so.

The finish was looming.

I expected a slow time. My last time had been over an hour. I figured, given that I had listened to about eight songs (I turned off the iPod after Blondie), if they're around an average of five minutes apiece, that's forty minutes, but that hardly seemed right to me. Given my limping, the heat, and the placement of the moon in the sky for all I knew or thought about, I figured I did not beat my PR (personal record).

I saw the clock.

Forty something something?

Are you people on crack?

Is your timer broken?

I mean, come on!

This is ME we're talking about.

I'm not fast. I'm not an athlete. I'm not in shape. I'm a lumbering beast and no gazelle.

The clock came closer.

I said to hell with it.

I started to run.

I ran like I haven't run in four decades, not since I was a child.

Pound pound slap slap

Lavender Sweats was in view.

Pound pound slap slap

Crowds.

Mr. J. Lab Lover. Thomas. Quirkles. Laurel.

Pound pound slap slap

Through the chute, heart going fast but not gallumphing out of my chest. Not winded. Not dying. Not coughing. Not barely able to keep my head up.

I called out, "Miss! Miss!"

Lavender Sweats turned around.

"You ran great!" I said. Lavender Sweats thanked me profusely. This might be the first time that she was not dead last. I made her a winner.

I went to join everyone, walked around, joked and then we parted ways after the raffle (I think Laurel won a RoadID). Mr. J and I had lunch with Thomas who I then dropped off at his hotel.

And I recognized that I am not some lumbering beast, although I am not necessarily a gazelle, at least not yet. And I'm actually in some semblance of shape. And I am an athlete, despite what my right glute wants me to believe.

And even if I am never elite or fast or even that good, I can make the gal in the Lavender Sweats smile. And that's worth something.

Miss Lavender Sweats:

  
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CJROMB 7/17/2009 2:12AM

    Great blog, great race, incredible job. You are an athlete, and I for one am proud of you!

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DAN_ODEA 7/14/2009 6:18PM

    Nice post, very enjoyable. Congrats on a new record! I cannot run myself; I get exercise asthma and start coughing up crap if I breathe too hard. Imaging how hard that was when I played sports in high school and college (pitchers run a lot!). Now, of course, I'm flabby in the gut, which makes running harder, and thus easier to avoid. I'll stick with my bicycle and elliptical, thank you, and I have admiration for those who can run. Again, congratulations!

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HSMOM2FOUR 7/11/2009 9:23AM

    Love the blog! Love your race report! You did awesome!!!!!

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 7/8/2009 10:33PM

    Well dear Jespah you are a gazelle. At least in comparison to me who still can't imagine myself doing something like this. Ever. I am truly really your great admirer.

The VV eh? Not by any chance from the Apple are you? I think I spot the sense of humor. Or at least I would like to claim some of you for my own.

Milly sends a wag too. She appreciates your recognition of her perceptiveness of character and wants to remind you that your previous time would have been better had you not stopped to pet the pooch. We both think that is yet another of your more admirable traits.

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BAMAGIRL58 7/8/2009 8:41PM

    Great blog--love the homey details. Amazing how you spanked your PR! emoticon

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TELERIE 7/8/2009 2:36AM

    LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing your race with us! I told you before I wish I could have run with you! Congratulations on a PR, runner girl!

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LAB-LOVER 7/7/2009 10:25PM

    OMG! I cannot believe you posted THAT photo, of all the ones I was in. It is maybe the worst photo ever taken of me running (or not running as the case may be). I saw the photographer and was so tired at that moment that I just didn't have it in me to try to run to look good for the camera!

OK, nuff about me. This is an awesome blog. And good for you for cheering on Ms. Lavender Pants. You did great! Can't wait for the next one!

-LL

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VANYELMOON 7/7/2009 9:54PM

    Congrats on such a great accomplishment! Good luck on all your future endeavours...

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CAROLISCIOUS 7/7/2009 9:49PM

    What a great blog! I love your humor! You beat your PR by a mile...congratulations on all you have accomplished. Yano...the longer it takes us to run these races...the more calories we burn. Shhh! Don't tell anyone!
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AIDELADE27 7/7/2009 9:05PM

    emoticon emoticon Good for you! Looks like you guys had fun! Thanks for the pix!

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FIT_TERI 7/7/2009 9:00PM

    Congrats! It looks like you had a great time with some great Sparkfriends and your hubby!! And finally some sunshine to boot! emoticon
It looks like it was a beautiful day and a terrific event. You're like a racing machine these days! Great job.

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CANNOTFATHOM 7/7/2009 8:33PM

    Sounds like you had a great time! WTG! Thanks for the pics :)


Penny

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NYAYNE 7/7/2009 8:28PM

    Congrats on the new personal best time. Looks like you all had fun. emoticon

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We could steal time

Monday, July 06, 2009

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I wish this video was better, but the visual is such a kick I had to leave it in.

So -- plateaus.

I have been battling a nasty one. Here's what I did, and what happened and why it actually worked.

It had been 6 weeks and I had lost less than 2 lbs. That may sound fine, but I take alli, and have been used to a 10 lb./month loss kind of a clip. I recognize that these things slow down, but really! It seemed useless to continue to take the drug, and, well, then what?

The first thing I did was contact the alli people and ask them. They told me that it can be effective for up to two years. I'd only been taking it for 17 months so that was probably not it. They said it would be fine to just stop taking it for a while and to go back to it if I so desired. Either way, it's all good. I wouldn't be hurting myself and it was possible that I'd kick start things again.

So I stopped taking it on June 1st, and instead embarked on a somewhat ambitious program. I did not change up my food that much. However, I did the following:

* added 2 more cups of water to the day
* added 3 days of not lifting weights (I had been lifting every day)
* got more intense at the gym, making sure to burn around 350 or more calories/hour, per their machines, and go faster on the treadmill, etc. but not spend any more time there (one hour per session, three sessions per week).
* walked to a farther bus stop in the morning, and from a farther one, up a serious hill, in the evening
* walked from a much farther bus stop three evenings per week
* entered two 5K road races
* made sure to average 10,000 steps/day

What happened to me during that five-week period (I just finished it yesterday)?

* I lost 7.0 lbs.
* I hit new personal best measurements for my bicep and belly. Both of those had been records that had taken many months to fall. My other measurements are also pretty low. I lost about a total of five inches, total, from the eight areas I regularly measure.
* I finished my first 5K in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 4 seconds. I finished my second in 43 minutes and 36 seconds. At the end of the last one (which was yesterday), I flat out ran for a good minute or so, probably about 5.5. MPH. I haven't flat out run, not without some sort of pain, since I was a kid.
* I took 362,623 steps. If I stride about 2 feet per step, then that's a total of 181,311.5 feet, also known as 34 1/3 miles. This includes just the first 5K and not the second. A 5K is about 3.54 miles.
* The extra water didn't make me spend too much extra time in the john.
* I didn't go nuts with eating everything in sight.
* The gym work was fine.
* The world did not go careening off its axis.

I've got 46 lbs. to go. And, yes, I've gone back to taking alli (after all, I've got 4 months' worth of it). I don't know if next month's weight loss rate will be better, worse or the same as this little experimental time's was, or if I'll be back on a plateau. Hey, wackier things have happened.

But in the meantime, I've also learned some things and come to what I think are some fundamental truths.
* Variety helps. Do different things and you might get different results, whereas doing the same thing and expecting different results is the way madness lies.
* Rest is really helpful, and useful. For weeks when I missed resting, I did not do as well.
* Exercise does not have to take forever, but you should put more intensity into it. Faster, harder, steeper, more weight, whatever.
* This goes along with the last one: challenge yourself.
* Sometimes, no matter what you do, the scale still doesn't budge. Recognize that and wrap your head around other concepts, like better measurements or improved fitness levels. Don't let the scale dictate your mood or your thoughts.

And, finally, perhaps the greatest truth of all.

Just when I think there are things I can't do, suddenly I prove myself wrong, and I can do them.

You have come so far, and I have come so far, and we all have, to let a plateau scare or worry us. Sometimes things are just cosmically less than optimal and it feels like nothing will ever work. And then suddenly you have a breakthrough. It's that moment when I flat out ran for the first time in maybe 4 decades. Yesterday morning, I KNEW I couldn't do that.

Now I know I was wrong.

Kick those misconceptions to the curb and you know something? That plateau of yours just might bounce away with 'em.

  
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JBMT08 7/7/2009 9:05AM

    This blog was wonderful!!! I love it!!! Thank you for sharing your goals, and your thoughts about reaching them....especially about the plateau thing. We all tend to beat ourselves up over the plateaus...and there is no reason for it. Our body is adjusting to the new life that we chose to make for ourselves. Sometimes it takes longer than other times for our bodies to "catch up" with our new mentality! Thank you again for sharing!

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JESPAH 7/7/2009 8:15AM

    Thank ya!

I have pics!

I want to blog more specifically about the race. I was kinda rushed last night when I posted the above. So I'll put something else up, maybe tonight if my energy holds out.

The song, BTW, was the first one on my little Running playlist. For the blog about the race itself, it'll be the second song on that playlist.

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LIV2RIDE 7/7/2009 6:46AM

    Way to blast through a plateau! Great job.

Kelly

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KUNGFOOD 7/7/2009 6:40AM

    Wow! A zen moment. Thanks for the video and powerful contemplative post.

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TELERIE 7/7/2009 4:00AM

    Oh, we can be heroes! You certainly are!
Thanks for blogging about your race, you ROCK, J!
Flat out ROCK that running thingy! Inspiring!
Hugs, Marit

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TUESDAYS 7/6/2009 10:54PM

    From your keyboard to God's ear! And HEY --- we've got a new idea for an uber-challenging reality show: "Plateau Busters!!!" You have the tenacious spirit to see it through. I nominate you as MC..."Mistress of Coaching!" Yeaaaaaa!
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QUEENOTHEFOREST 7/6/2009 9:12PM

    Thanks for this. I was just about to send you an email to ask you to blog about the run and plateau busting. You are a mind reader and I bet lots of others out there were thinking the same.

At the moment I can't imagine myself running ever again. But I remember when I was a kid I swore I would never get like those "ladies" who couldn't run. Not so much for a race, but just for the joy of it.

Good memories. Maybe someday...


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LAB-LOVER 7/6/2009 9:10PM

    I can vouch for the flat out running part... You were hauling hiney! I did the same and clocked a new record pace on my Polar. Congrats for smashing thru that glass plateau floor! You're doing great!

And I can hear Rod now... "Imagine the earth, threatening to tilt off it's usual axis... a victim of variety, a woman running for the first time in her adult life... You have entered... The Sparkpeople Zone!"

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All I Need is One More Chance

Monday, June 29, 2009

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It's all anyone needs, really. And yes, the clock is ticking on your life, and on mine, and sometimes that paying of the piper comes due faster than expected, witness the lead singer of this week's song.

But for many of us there IS time.

So let's use it wisely.

And give ourselves more chances.

Because the amazing thing is, we only need one more, but we can get several.

Every day, every moment, can be another chance. Another choice.

Walk or drive.
Eat junk or eat healthy.
Cook or eat out.
Water or soda.
Help or hinder.
Record or forget.
Degrade or praise.
Exercise or laze.
Give or take.

Lots and lots of these choices, these chances. Every single day. And the wacky thing is, very few of these choices are truly dependent on each other. I mean, if you walk today, it doesn't mean you can or have to hinder someone tomorrow. Or you do. But it's the old "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy, e. g. that so many of us think that just because Y comes after X that it had to have been caused by X. Well, not necessarily. Sometimes it's just an accident of time. And next time X and Y will happen at the same time, or X will happen after Y or X won't happen at all.

I'm kind of rolling this around in my head because the whole plateau busting thing is frustrating but it's another round of post hoc ergo propter hoc. I mean, I exercise more, I gain. Or I lose. I eat less. I gain. Or I lose. I rest more. I gain. Or I lose. The bottom line is eventual, incremental, continuing, sustained and cumulative losses. But it can be hard to see that very large picture in light of little speed bumps.

So I'll toss out post hoc with the bathwater it came in and instead just ride along on the journey. I'm confident that good choices will lead to good results, but not necessarily on my own happy little personal timetable. My body has no calendar; it's going to do its thing on its own sweet timetable and the only thing I CAN do about it is to continue to do good things for it. And trust in things to eventually work themselves out and right and good and properly.

And in the meantime, seize my life, because it is short, all too short.

Seize yours. Yours is worth getting back. You want it back?

All you need is one more chance.

  
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MARCHMAID 7/1/2009 10:15PM

    You continue to make good sense. One day at a time. Enjoy.

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TELERIE 6/30/2009 6:54PM

    You totally awesome and way cool shrinking woman - I can't TELL you how much I enjoyed this blog! And we WILL get through this plateau thingy.
Still making happy choices and enjoying the ride, just stopping to smell the roses at this current weight of mine.

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TRUE_TEXAN 6/30/2009 10:26AM

    Totally how I feel right now! I stop exercising I lose.. or gain.. it really is just needing to roll with the punches. Can I be happy with the weight I am currently because my body seems to really want to stay here.... ugh...

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/30/2009 10:12AM

    For morale during plateau-busting, I think the moving average charts at physicsdiet.com are really helpful. They're also great for estimated bodyfat percentage, which always fluctuates with water, at least on my scale!

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CAPECODDIN 6/30/2009 8:24AM

    Come on Jespah!!! Kick it up a notch... do an extra 5 or 10 minutes of cardio... dance to a few songs... come on girl... kick it up a notch... kick that plateau to the curb.. it's not going to just happen on it's own... u need to change things up!!!! Add heavier weights.. eat MORE fruit!!! sneak in an extra walk.. do some stairs.... BE CREATIVE!!! BUT DO IT!!! You can and WILL bust thru this plateau!!! I believe in you!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/30/2009 6:11AM

   
think positive

act positive

like you said each moment is a new start

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 6/29/2009 10:03PM

    So many life affirming choices.

Lately I have been thinking about how I got into the shape I'm in. (oh you don't know the shape I'm in...another good walking song.)

I can't figure out why I let my self get so out of shape...no I won't skirt it...fat. That is what I let my self become. And bored. And boring. And nearly crippled by inactivity. Blamed it on disability. It was a disability alright, but not the one I thought I had.

So maybe it does not matter how I got here or what I thought i needed that overeating did for me. Maybe all that matters is the choices we make now. i actually love these choices. Love food that is not soaked in salt and fat. Love fresh. Love to move. Love to work out. Love how I feel.

How come I forgot all this stuff?



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ALEXSGIRL1 6/29/2009 8:41PM

    that's right loved this blog. you are going to do the good things for your body every day every choice. sure we all make a few wrong choices but for the most part.and don't worry the weight will come off in its own time. nice blog.one more choice for me i ahope i make it a good one just like you. emoticon emoticon

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LAB-LOVER 6/29/2009 8:33PM

    Cook or eat out? I mean is there a choice here? EAT OUT! All the way.
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I hear ya about the timetable... I was just looking at my progress this year and thinking "at this rate there's gonna be a year 3 on Sparkpeople" - and here I thought I'd lose 70 pounds in a year. HA! But you know what? There are FAR worse things to contemplate!

Reminds me of an article I read (Ann Landers I think) about how people are always looking ahead to the destination, and not bothing to enjoy the journey! They they get to the destination (deathbed) and realized they forgot to live!

So carpe diem! And eat out!

-LL



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