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There's Nothing Tricky About It/Don't Tell Me This Town Ain't Got No Heart

Monday, May 20, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=13BK0OT4Py0

Two songs today, for the price of one!

We got back from vacation a few days ago. And I am pleased to note that I was able to maintian (and actually lose some inches), even though the diet and exercise opportunities were not necessarily the best.

We have gotten far, far better at vacationing. This is the same Cape Cod hotel we have gone to for, now, 16 years.

Let me tell you what things were like in 1997.

We would go out to HUGE breakfasts every morning. Omelets, pancakes, my husband would have bacon. Lunch was out, usually something fried. Exercise? What, are you nuts? Big dinners out, of course. Cookies at night in the room. Hot tub. Drive everywhere. Lather, rinse, repeat.

This is what things were like this year, and have been for a few years.

Breakfast is oatmeal and fruit, brought from home. Water. Walk to where my husband gets a pizza - and it's for him, only. Lunch is in the room - pizza for him, salad and a smoked turkey sandwich with hummus for me. There's a kitchen in the room so it's all made there, and it's apportioned. Hot tub. No swimming this year as the pool was not open, but we have gone swimming in the past. Dinner is still out, but this year it was a salad and a medium chicken burrito on day one, sushi on day two and Thai on day three. Filling and wonderful all three days, and well within the calorie budget (sushi went over on the sodium budget, but nothing else did). Skim milk and a skinny cow ice cream (portion control, FTW!) at night.

Oh and let's see. My size in 1997 was probably a 22/24. This year it's a 14/16.

Could I be better? Yes. I could be more vigilant and nuttier and stricter. But I was on vacation, so I allowed myself some leeway, but not too much.

I came home to no change in weight but a change in my measurements. They went down.

And this is why I bring food for two meals/day, every day, while on vacation. There is nothing tricky about that.

As for the second song, it's a tribute to Jeff Bauman, who was injured last month at the Marathon. That man is more than just someone who was unlucky that day, just like you and I are far more than our sizes. If someone bothers to just look, then they'll see.

Enjoy George Harrison, and the Grateful Dead.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNYhr
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DOGLADY13 5/25/2013 7:37PM

    Dan and I have done vacations like that. We both feel much better at the end. No food hangovers or guilt. Much better.

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DDOORN 5/22/2013 8:18AM

    Thx for fixing the Dead link! :-)

Don

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DDOORN 5/21/2013 7:03AM

    Who could ask for a better vacation than that?

Thx for the links...although I generally followed all the Beatles fairly closely, don't remember that Harrison tune! The link to the 2nd tune didn't work though...couldn't seem to tweak it to make it work. Loved the live Dead stuff with the extended jazzy jams! :-)

Don

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PHEBESS 5/21/2013 1:57AM

    Way to go while on vacation!

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MS.ELENI 5/20/2013 12:27PM

    because of my health and other reasons if I do go out of town I always get a room with kitchen. I usually do not leave the room. I take a lot of food from home so I always have food handy that is better for me than take out.On plus side it also saves money emoticon

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Sonofagun

Monday, May 13, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQZmCJUSC6g

You're so vain.

I'm vain.

We're all vain.

It's normal.

It's probably evolutionary.

After all, you smell better, your clothes or your skin are cleaner or nicer, you're more likely to attract a mate. You smell better, you take better care of your teeth, you live longer. You work out or, as they called it in cave times, you gather or hunt your own food, and you live better and stronger, and longer. You get yourself educated and it makes you happier and you get a better job and you're, again, more likely to attract a mate and you can afford better care and you live longer.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting any or all of these things.

Yet I saw, yet again, recently, someone going on about how plastic surgery is cheating, and diet assistance is wrong and somehow if WE DON'T SUFFER ENOUGH and WE DON'T WEAR THE SCARLET F FOR EVER AND EVER AND EVER then we are somehow, I dunno, unworthy.

Bull.

Now, I am not advocating starving yourself. I am not advocating having surgeons cut you until you look like a cat, either. And I am certainly not advocating stupid acai berry or green tea scams.

No.

Instead, what I am suggesting, is that you do what it takes to get you where you need to be. And if vanity is the key, then be vain.

Make yourself up in order to get the morning paper vain. 500 pairs of shoes in your closet vain. Put me on a reality show vain.

Do it.

Feel it.

Own it.

Make it work for you. Because anyone who tells you that there is exactly one way to do this, or that one way or another is somehow superior, they are lying, and should be called out as the lying liars that they are.

IT. DOES. NOT. MATTER.

You wanna be a vegan? Be a vegan. You wanna eat like a caveperson? Then eat like one. You wanna get your cardio in by doing the polka? Then do the Goddamned polka.

What are the basics?

* Diet, as in watch your calories and your portion sizes, and you proportion your choices away from processed garbage and in the direction of real food that a human cooks, as opposed to a factory constructs.
* Exercise, as in you sweat and you get aches and you pant.
* Water, as in you drink it, and you visit the bathroom more than you're used to.
* Salt restriction, as in you read labels and you find yourself eating a lot more real food because sodium is put in for processing more times than you can shake a stick at.
* Weight training, as in you carry heavy stuff, whether it's weights at a gym or your groceries or your kids or the dog or a bunch of books or luggage but you do it and you stop using wheeled carts for most things and you get some aches from that but you go on and you do it anyway.

All of the details, all of the rest of it, is window dressing. And if you want to read about it, or blog about it, or think about it, have at it.

But it really just comes down to those few things and, in the end, motivation often comes down to vanity, or its products, or its effects.

But don't take my word for it.

Hell, you probably think this song is about YOU.

  
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QUEENOTHEFOREST 5/15/2013 10:01PM

    No more wheeled carts at the market? What a concept. I can do that.

And I can be vain too. Yes I think this blog is about me. Yahoo. Another reason for my list of benefits of losing weight. Thanks Sistah!

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DDOORN 5/14/2013 9:35AM

    Terrific breaking down to the essentials of living a SPARKED life!

And vanity is a wonderful muscle to build after all these years (for myself, at least...and I suspect I have MUCHO company!) of ripping myself up over perfectionistic and unrealistic standards!

Don

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PHEBESS 5/14/2013 12:46AM

    You so crack me up!

And yes, vanity that keeps us from becoming size 58 is a good thing!

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BLUEANGELLK 5/13/2013 7:25PM

    emoticon I'm so vain.....I bet I think this blog is about me....I'm so vain!!! emoticon

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PLMITCH 5/13/2013 3:59PM

    Vanity can be motivating. The key, as you said, is finding what works for each of us. There is no "one size fits all" approach.

Well stated blog!

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CODYG123 5/13/2013 2:56PM

    Thanks for sharing and have a happy reality day. ;)

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MS.ELENI 5/13/2013 11:39AM

    Great blog and so true. emoticon

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From the Past Until Completion

Monday, May 06, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftJZomwDhxQ

I ran my 40th 5K a few days ago, on Saturday. I shaved over 4 minutes over last week's time and came in nearly exactly the same as when we did this race last year (this is the third year of doing this race), when I weighed 11 pounds less.

Wait, what?

Yeah. Wacky, eh?

Even wackier when you consider how I was 5 1/2 years ago.

Anyway, I had thought of more to write, but the Internet gods ate it and I've gotta get some work done. :)

So enjoy New Order and please support brain cancer research, which is what I was running for. www.milesforhope.org/index.php/bosto
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Saturday will be my 41st 5K. :)

  
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MARCHMAIDME 5/7/2013 7:38PM

    The 11 pounds must be muscle. ; )


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PHEBESS 5/7/2013 12:43AM

    You are the racing queen!!!!

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WOLFKITTY 5/6/2013 10:55PM

    Congrats!


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WUNMURRA 5/6/2013 5:23PM

    Loved your blog
I too have lost much of what I have typed over the time to the 'internet gods' appetite.

Well done on the run

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WENDYSPARKS 5/6/2013 5:09PM

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THINAGIN2 5/6/2013 4:24PM

    Fantastic!
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DDOORN 5/6/2013 4:10PM

    Energizer Bunny of the 5Ks! Kudos to ya!

Don

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JMB2LOSE 5/6/2013 3:39PM

  Great job! 40 races is ALOT to be proud of!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/6/2013 3:15PM

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We may get older but we also get better. emoticon

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You Feel Joy, You Feel Pain 'Cause Nothing Will Be the Same

Monday, April 29, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pav2f4b-1ZE

This peppy song is a part of my 5K playlist. I don't listen to this playlist unless I am running, and we ran a 5K on Saturday so it came up.

It is one of those songs that gets me moving, and it's set at a time during 5Ks when I am not at the start and not at the end, and the runners have spread out and sometimes I wonder what the heck it is I am doing there, and why I do a dozen of these every year. This year, it was even more meaningful, as this was our first race since the tragedy at the Marathon.

It was a charity event, for PKU awareness. www.necpad.org/ If you've ever read the fine print on a sweetener packet, you've likely seen the phrase: phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine. That's a substance that these folks can't metabolize. Intaking it will (eventually, as it builds up over time) kill them. It is a genetic disorder. I don't know anyone who has it. But it's of course an area where people could use support, so we ran.

And I heard that song, as I was huffing along, and had the same old conversation in my head -

Why are you doing this?
Wouldn't you rather spend your Saturday sleeping in?
Or, better yet, going out for brunch?
Pancakes sound nice.
You haven't had pancakes in a while.
Ooohh ... pancakes.

And then I remind myself that, if I am ever going to see a pancake again, I still need to finish the race. So I continue plodding along.

This time, I found myself getting bad fatigue and shin pain when I could see the finish. And that's always ironic - I like to pour it on at the end, and my body was telling me not to.

And then I remembered that there are people who, 2 weeks ago, lost their ability to run or even walk or stand, without help.

So I said, what the hell and I ran anyway.

My hips hurt today, 2 days later. My shins are on and off wonky. Advil is only working sporadically.

But I don't care.

We spend so much of our lives trying to avoid pain. And it is normal and natural to do that. After all, even the tiniest of animals will move away from negative stimuli. It seems foolish, unless you're some sort of masochist (and I am not, in case you were wondering), to go in the direction of pain, and do things, repeatedly, that hurt. Repeatedly.

But as I think about this, and I grab another pair of Advil, I am again reminded that I have shins at all.

So who the hell cares if they hurt a little?

I feel both joy and pain today.

But I feel more joy than I do pain.

Come join me for joy and pain this Saturday. It'll be my 40th 5K. :)

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/6/2013 3:18PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I have aches and pains, but you're right, I can run. So I will, and will just pop the Ibuprofen!


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PHEBESS 4/30/2013 9:53AM

    You truly inspire me. I know you don't think that you do - but you do.

Not sure what I'll be doing Saturday, we're currently in Singapore - but I'll think of you on your 40th 5K.

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CAROLISCIOUS 4/29/2013 8:39PM

    Here's to #40...the joy and the pain.
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BLUEANGELLK 4/29/2013 2:31PM

    Good thoughts. Without pain, we wouldn't know how good joy is. Congratulations on #40!

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CDCSMITH2013 4/29/2013 1:25PM

    You are totally my inspiration for my 5K in June (assuming my PT guy give the okay).

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QUAIL75 4/29/2013 1:22PM

    Wow! Your 40th 5K?! That amazing and so motivating! emoticon I'm doing my second in June and I will run it for those who can't.

I love that song! I haven't heard it in a long time and it brings back great memories. emoticon



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SHEENADEE 4/29/2013 12:56PM

    Wow! #40! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 4/29/2013 12:18PM

    emoticon 40 - 5Ks So very awesome. I just think it is so great.

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DDOORN 4/29/2013 11:32AM

    OUCH to your shin pain! I have my one & only annual 5K @ the Binghamton Bridge Run this coming Sunday. Have been out doing some practice jogs and am gearing up for it. Not my thing, but I like committing myself to at least this one 5K a year to mix things up. I like to pour it on at the end too. Doubt I'm going to do as well this year as others...have had a consistent 11 min. mile pace...no speed demon, and slowing a bit: But we're OUT THERE and DOING IT! Yeah!

Cool song...hadn't heard before. Thx for the tip! :-)

Don

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Tell Me Friend - Why Do You Stand Aloof From Your Own Heart?

Monday, April 22, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pk7FBT4U3g



You hardly need for me to rehash the incredible series of events from the past week. What is perhaps most extraordinary about how Boston has been is that we are still - as of this very moment - 2 hours away from it being a week.

A freakin' week!

It boggles the mind.

Friday was a forced rest day. Why? Because we were in the initial lockdown radius. Looking at a map, we were less than 10 miles away from ALL of it. The Thursday night shootout was within walking distance.

It feels like a movie that you would never believe. It would be incredible, and it would never, ever be greenlighted. Producers would take one look at the script and trash it, saying that an audience would never buy it.

Yet it's all true, from the heroism of ordinary people to the swift response of law enforcement to the overwhelming social media juggernaut that helped with the manhunt to the outpourings of love and support for the injured and the bereaved. Hell, people are even giving money to help David Henneberry buy a new boat.

It is an unpredictable world we live in. I feel it is more beautiful than ugly, righter than wrong, warmer than cold, sweeter than bitter, kinder than cruel.

On Saturday, we were already planning to run a 5K. Now we will still do that, at 10 AM. And then, at 2 PM, my husband and I will run The Last Mile. I hope the Hoyts come with us. www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013
/04/team_hoyt_-_rick_and_dick_hoyt.html


It is so easy to stop, yanno? It is easy to let stress and despair and fear lock us not only in our homes but lock our spirits away.

Run, crawl, walk or wheel that last mile with me, will you? Do it for the child in this picture, Martin Richard. For Krystle Campbell, for MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and for Lingzi Lu.

Do it for Jeff Bauman, and Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, and Patrick and Jessica Downes, and Boston Police Officer Dic Donohue.

Do it for yourself, and for love and hope and justice and mercy and goodness and freedom and kindness and charity and any other wonderful things you can think of, the things that make life worth living, and that make and keep this world beautiful.

Do it for peace.

  
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CAROLISCIOUS 4/23/2013 8:46PM

    Doing a 5K Sat morning...definitely with Boston on my mind. Our town had a run yesterday specifically to raise money for Boston...really sad that I didn't know about it.

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 4/23/2013 5:41AM

    Fitting tribute. Healing run-walk-crawl. Skillful words.

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PHEBESS 4/22/2013 9:01PM

    It's so so sad, so unbelievable, and it was such a pointless act on the bombers' parts.

And yes, I will walk that Last Mile with you - well, maybe 12 hours earlier, but still.

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DDOORN 4/22/2013 2:47PM

    Such sorrow all the way around, including even for the perpetrators. How the world can warp persons toward such behaviors...so, so sad.

But yes, one foot ahead of the other, we move forward as best we can!

Locally we have our Binghamton Bridge Run coming early May...my one & only official 5K...will keep Boston, victims & perpetrators in mind!

Don

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MS.ELENI 4/22/2013 2:14PM

    How scary that must have been. I am glad you are safe. emoticon

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QUAIL75 4/22/2013 1:58PM

    It's been very surreal. My gym is a block from Copley Square and that's where I take the T to or did until last week. I was in that area at least twice a day and while it's still cordoned off, streets are starting to open. It was nice to see the Duck Boats back in front of the Shaw's on Huntington yesterday, instead of the National Guard.

After all the horrific events of this past week, the importance of family and friends has definitely been reinforced as you never know what might happen. It has shown the fragility of life but also the beauty, compassion and strength that people show.

I'm so glad they caught the second suspect so now we can start to heal.

I'll see you at the Last Mile on Saturday! emoticon

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CDCSMITH2013 4/22/2013 1:50PM

    You said that so well. I was just typing a request for the 5K I was planning on doing before my knee issues. I still wanted to participate, but I was starting to become less intent on it. Until the "Run for Boston" mantra I started to hear. I am litteraly, while you were posting this, working on a rough draft of a sign I am hanging for work essentially saying what you said and asking people to support the spirit in which I plan on running, walking, or hobbling, by making a donation to One Fund Boston. You rock!

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