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Yes, I'm still alive

Saturday, June 07, 2014

I resisted Facebook for sooo long . . . But then I created a community page about my running - Chocolaterunsjudy - and because there are only so many hours in a day, I spend most of my online time there.

So let's see . . . Feb was a bad month in a bad winter & I gained several pounds.

March we went to Las Vegas & had gorgeous weather & I did a running tour (very fun!) & ran in Red Rock Canyon Park (so hard!).

Unfortunately I got sick & was sick pretty much all of April.

Tomorrow I am running my 7th HM, the Heartbreak Hill HM. We are in Newton, MA now & I knew the course was hilly, but seeing the reality is daunting! And it will be warmer than I'd like - looks to be my warmest HM so far - but not terrible. Low to mid 60s at the start (I know, in TX that would be cold).

I've trained really hard for this. I've run more than I ever have before - up to 30 miles a week - even doing 8 mile runs DURING the week! Really hope all that hard training pays off.

The upside is that on Thursday, for the first time in decades, I weighed in slightly below my WW GW.

I'm not sure if it's because of the running, or because maybe, finally, at 52, I think I'm starting menopause. Don't get me wrong, I've been in perimenopause forever. But I started to get very mild hot flashes, have skipped a couple of periods & am not getting those huge cystic zits I used to at TOM. On the negative side, (sorry guys), sex has become painful (been using a lubricant for years, so that's not the issue). I have a dr's appt next month.

Of course I've been carbing up so I'm sure my weight will be higher.

My bib number is 25. I will probably never have a double digit bib number again! I guess I thought more people would be signing up for this one. Looks like maybe 3000 running the HM but it's hard to tell.

So if you're on Facebook, like me at Chocolaterunsjudy I miss you guys & I hope you're all doing well.

  
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NATPLUMMER 6/7/2014 9:46AM

    Have a fab race!
Yes, dryness is a menopause side effect that sucks.
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SLIMMERJESSE 6/7/2014 8:51AM

    Have been wondering about you and miss you. I'm not on FB, so our time together was only on SP. Thanks for the update. Always wishing you the best.

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JAROL7 6/7/2014 7:35AM

    CONGRATS ... I gave up on Facebook a long time ago. SP is far more useful to my goals.

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GONNALOSE5 6/7/2014 6:10AM

    Welcome home. emoticon

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You have to have faith

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Weight-wise, January was a tough month. Despite my best efforts, I was up a few pounds by the end of the year & in an uncomfortable place. Boggles my mind that I used to carry 30 lbs more around.

So I buckled down in January. And the scale.wouldn't.BUDGE.

So frustrating. Why exercise & eat right if you're not getting the results you want?

I've no doubt getting my period twice in January is a big part of the reason the scale wouldn't move. I've also no doubt that I would have gained if I hadn't continued with my healthy habits.

With that second period done, I finally lost weight. A big loss, for me, in fact.

I've no idea what is in store for me weight-wise this month. Of course I'd like to see another loss this week, but that doesn't usually happen for me after a big loss.

But January reminded me you have to have faith & trust the process.

  
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BESSHAILE 2/20/2014 6:08AM

    Right - sometimes the reward we get for hard work is ... no damage.

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WENDYSPARKS 2/2/2014 10:33AM

    Yes Keep the Faith!!!! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/2/2014 10:23AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/1/2014 9:16AM

    You're doing great and are undaunted, as usual. Have a fun weekend.

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NELLJONES 2/1/2014 8:26AM

    The process works if you keep plugging away.

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/1/2014 6:50AM

    So true! Keep the faith :)

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I'm a little challenged

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As in I think I signed up for too many challenges at the beginning of the year!

Yoga!
Organizing!
Healthy eating!
Meditate!
Draw more!

A challenge is a good thing. We should always be challenged.

But you shouldn't be challenging everything in your life. It's too easy to get overwhelmed & do nothing.

Actually, I think I've taken a little something away from each challenge.

But maybe next year I need to be a bit choosier.

  
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SOKKERNUT 1/31/2014 9:09AM

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NATPLUMMER 1/30/2014 12:14PM

    emoticon It's easy to get caught up in all the fun.

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At least I know why

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

As I wrote in my last blog entry, that was just so unlike me. The fact that that stuff had been in the freezer 2 years is a pretty good clue!

Turns out I was getting TOM just 2 weeks after the last one. In hindsight, I had all the symptoms, but that's never happened before so I was definitely not expecting it (for those that don't know me, I'm just about 52 & definitely still in perimenopause).

I've at least managed to maintain my weight, which is surprising. The problem is I'm up a few pounds and really want to lose . . . hoping I'm on the downside of that roller coaster again.

In other news, I'm taking a week off running (but not off exercising!) before starting to train for HM#7. Wow! 7? Really? I know some people run that many in less than a yr, but for this girl who was a non runner for most of my life, that number kind of blows my mind. Just imagine how I'll feel if I ever complete my goal of running one in every state!

What have you done that surprised you? Just the simple fact that I run is surprising!

  
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LJCANNON 1/28/2014 6:00PM

    emoticon I would never have Guessed that I would Love Strength Training as much as I do. Not "CrossFit" or the High Intensity kind, but just Lifting Heavy for Me Weights.

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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2014 11:30AM

    An explanation is always nice.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/28/2014 6:19AM

   
yes I can relate to that. Was never a runner and managed to do a 5km fun run in record time 3 years ago, then did a 10km walk/run and did it in a reasonably good time. My hips are not happy at the moment if I go over 7 kms , so doing more rowing on a stationary machine and the elliptical. emoticon .

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I was just trying to clean up

Monday, January 20, 2014

Apparently, literally.

So there I was gong through my freezer. Checking out just what IS in those foil wrapped packages. I'm not quite sure what was in one - 3 pieces of some sort of chocolate pie (I think it was vegan chocolate pumpkin pie from thanksgiving a couple of years ago).

And we're off! One bite turns into a few bites turns into at least an entire slice, if not more! You know the drill.

That sort of episode rarely happens to me anymore, but I'm not immune. I never will be. Just the fact that that pie was over a year old at least is a clue as to how often it happens.

The rest went in the trash (and no, I didn't go back for more after throwing it out).

I have been crazy hungry lately. Not sure why. Lack of sleep, maybe. I ate very well yesterday, minus that incident; plenty of freggies, protein, maybe a bit light on the carbs.

Do I regret my episode? It actually tasted really, really good; I wasn't just eating because it was there. The only thing I really regret is that I need to eat very clean the next few days to make up for it. If it hadn't tasted so good, yes, I'm sure I would have regretted it.

I tracked it as best I could & got right back to clean eating.

That's the biggest trick with an episode: own it & get right back on track.

  
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TRI_BABE 1/27/2014 5:13PM

    Whenever I do something like that or prepare food - I chew gum. That way I don't pop things in my mouth!

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JLITT62 1/20/2014 10:51AM

    Ugh! I did it AGAIN - obviously I am better off not cleaning out my freezer. I did stop much sooner this time, at least - it was another very rich chocolate dessert I didn't even realize was there. Damn! At least I got a decent night's sleep last night; I really, really, really needed it.

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2014 10:40AM

    Thats the way to get back at it…I've totally been there. Lack of sleep will DEFINITELY make you hungry….especially for carbs.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/20/2014 9:32AM

    Absolutely true - own it and get back on track. You are so good at that.

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WDIPIM 1/20/2014 7:46AM

  you got it!

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