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All you need is love . . . (more Kauai pics)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

. . . and it's nice not to be roadkill once in a while.

When all is said & done, our journey is really about love, isn't it?

Sometimes we put our love for others before our love for ourself.

Sometimes we have such a distorted view of ourselves that we don't think we're lovable. BTW, the one day I wore the only 2 piece bathing suit I brought, DH said he preferred the monokinis.

We have to love ourselves enough to realize that we have to be first on our list -- so that our cup is full and can overflow to our loved ones.

We have to learn to love ourselves again, with all our flaws -- and all our strengths.

When we do love ourselves again, amazing things start to happen -- and not just better health or weight loss. Being comfortable in our own skin, feeling happy again -- and a whole lot more!

Ok, enough of the analogies. Just wanted to quickly share this next photo with you to see how editing your photos can really make a difference. Kind of hard to believe that I'm the same person as the profile pic when you look at this one.

I bought this dress (actually bought 2) just a few days before we left. Last time I was in Hawaii, only the mumu-type dresses fit. This time I wanted one that was form fitting. I'm going to use it as incentive to keep this body trim -- cause I'm hoping to go somewhere warm next October (DH's business trip to FL).

It also shows me that my collarbones won't disappear even with 10 days of richer-than-normal eating.

And finally, yes, it's nice to not always be roadkill.

Roadkill is the term runners use when they blow by someone. Usually that's me. Like last Sat. where the young kid smiled & waved hi, and that was basically all I saw of him except for his dust disappearing into the horizon . . .

Yesterday, while swimming, I finally passed someone. Is it roadkill if you're in a pool? Probably not. Anyway, I must say it made me feel good. I was doing intervals -- swimming hard to one song, easy to the next. I was actually able to easily pass the woman in the next lane.

In fact, I slowed down more than I might have normally on my easy intervals, so she wouldn't feel bad (if she did) -- I just know how it makes me feel to never be able to pass anyone! But I'm vain enough to be glad I finally could.

Remember, this journey truly starts with learning to love yourself again. Particularly important to remember on Thanksgiving. No matter what you've accomplished or not accomplished this year, you are a wonderful, unique person, and you deserve all the good things in your life and you are deserving of love.

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GEODAWG 11/26/2010 3:58PM

    Great pictures! I'm slow, I just got caught up on reading your blogs. I been busy! Well, I've been sickly and busy! Oh well, you know I love your blogs! You have such great insights on this journey. And I love your honesty. You just rock, what can I say?

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DDHEART 11/23/2010 6:26PM

    Great thoughts! Have I told you lately how I value your friendship? You're one of those people who dares me to think and you're generous with your support when I do think out loud...LOL!
I absolutely love the dress in the first photo and the cheesecake picture really shows that suit and your body to full advantage! Keep loving yourself...the smile is something we all like to see! Oh....and I guess in the pool it might be flotsum ?sp? emoticon

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    Very nice.

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TEMPEST272002 11/23/2010 2:29PM

    You look so fantastic in your vacation pics! Your message is great too. Yes, we must love ourselves and give our needs top priority... then we can give to others. That is such a hard lesson for women to learn & it seems most of us don't get it until midlife.

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DDOORN 11/23/2010 9:32AM

    Wow! Bout time I caught up with your blog...! Great pics and even BETTER messages...loving ourselves, warts and all...one of the TOUGHEST things to do!


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KEAKMAN 11/23/2010 9:23AM

    EXCELLENT blog!!

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NATPLUMMER 11/23/2010 9:15AM

    Great pictures! You look beautiful especially in the first and last ones! I love that first outfit!!!
Since I run alone on the treadmill, I guess I can't be roadkill. My husband does run faster than me just not at the same time. Does that make me treadmill kill?

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HALFFAST 11/23/2010 9:02AM

    Great post, great pics (I like the 1st and last best) and I think you would be called poolkill ;)

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KARBIE18 11/23/2010 8:08AM

    Love the pics, and the message. I think you look great in all of them, but especially like the bottom one. Think the style and color of shirt look terrific on you! Anyway, thanks for the reminder to love ourselves - it really does make all the difference!

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What's your mantra?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Had a whole nother blog in mind, but there sure isn't time today!

So today's a quickie -- here are a few of the mantra's I've been using lately:

NEF (no excuses, finish) -- borrowed from my spark buddy KEAKMAN, who apparently borrowed it from her son's wrestling couch

WIT (whatever it takes) -- taken from one of my audio training MP3s

What you believe, you achieve

No guilt

The first 3 I repeat to myself while exercising. I will usually start out with "what you believe, you achieve", move on to WIT, and end, of course, with NEF.

The last one has to do with food. It's so important -- and sometimes so hard to do. Food shouldn't be all bound up in emotion, but the hard truth is for most of us, it is, one way or another.

So a good mantra, to my mind, is short. 2 or 3 words is about the perfect length. Short enough so that you can remember it, short enough so that it doesn't take forever to run thru in your mind. That, to my mind, is the difference between a quote (which can be really long) and a mantra.

They can definitely help you, too.

What's your mantra?

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LAB-LOVER 11/24/2010 5:42AM

    Running: "Start strong, finisher stronger"

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PAMINHALF 11/23/2010 10:29AM

  Mine is 1 Foot - no matter what distance I'm trying for I know it is just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other and I'll get there.

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KEAKMAN 11/23/2010 9:24AM


and, while it's long, it still works for me:

You are better than you think you are and you can do more than you think you can

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HALFFAST 11/22/2010 7:57PM

    Judy, I LOVE your new profile pic!

My favorite mantra is from the song 'No Boundaries' by Adam Lambert- "Break every rule 'cause there's nothing between you and your dreams!"

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TEMPEST272002 11/22/2010 6:35PM

    Things I chant to myself?

I am worth it!

Just try.

Yes I CAN!

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HEYRED221 11/22/2010 6:20PM

    In regards to food - I sill like the old mantra = eat to live, not live to eat. Food is my biggest battle, so I seem to constantly have to remind myself of that and not eat like each meal is my last or its the last time I get to eat something I really like.

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JUDYPOPPINS 11/22/2010 5:05PM

    Fake it 'til you make it. (I often don't have motivation, but pretend I do and it always shows up; same with being positive..may not feel it; pretend I am and end up being positive indeed)

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NATPLUMMER 11/22/2010 4:30PM

    I definitely need to practice the "no guilt". I'm working on it!

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LEONALIONESS 11/22/2010 4:05PM

    Haha. Since I'm maintaining and I'm trying to eat what I burn (it's hard, I still seem to want to run a deficit and have a mental block about not being in the negative) I tend to start thinking "finish the run, then you can eat." LOL.

Quite seriously, the last couple miles of any long run (10+) I'm plotting out how I'm going to refuel in the most delicious, guiltless way possible.

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IOWADEB 11/22/2010 3:46PM

    I love the new mantras NEF (no excuses,finish) and WIT (Whatever it takes)

On some one's page I saw a good line---not totally positive but I like it--- "AND you want to be fat because?...." Of course I never really have a YES answer to this. I like " breath" too.

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How can you feel the lactic acid when your butt is numb?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thought I'd give you a break from Hawaii today.

I went for a run this morning. It's in the high 20s (by almost 10 am when I left). And as I'm finishing up the last interval section of the run, where you do a 1:1 ratio of full out sprint to light jog, he talks about how you should really be feeling the lactic acid buildup.

Only my butt and legs were numb! Couldn't feel much of anything and it's not even THAT cold yet. It's actually quite a nice day, just cold. And the weather is supposed to go downhill from today. Still hoping for the best, as always.

I'm beginning to wonder if I need to buy more long underwear for myself. Do people run in long underwear under their running tights?

My upper body was mostly fine -- with 3 layers of long sleeve'd tops, I might add -- but my hair still in a ponytail. Yes, I do get cold easily, but as long as my extremities are ok, I'm usually ok.

Thanks for the kind comments on my new profile photo. I do love that photo! There were tons of photos where I don't look so happy -- mainly cause my husband doesn't tell me when he's actually taking a photo and you can only hold a smile for so long (altho I have another blog in mind for that).

But seriously, if you can't be happy in Hawaii, where can you be happy? It wasn't difficult, I assure you!

Wishing everyone some alive butt runs!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 11/22/2010 3:11PM

I love the new profile picture. Good job getting your run in in the cold.
:) Jeanne

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/22/2010 8:23AM

    Good job on running in the cold, I have a really hard time with it at first, but once I get warmed up it's ok.

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DDHEART 11/21/2010 5:14PM

    emoticon I layer......tights, then some nylon windpants which help since they block wind and wet....yes, snow is coming....gulp! Thing is, I find I get really warm by the end of my run no matter how cold it is when I start! Now, I have missed several days of your posts so I need to get my dose of your Hawaii pics and thoughts!

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KEAKMAN 11/21/2010 4:55PM

    They do make cold-weather running tights.


otherwise, go for silk long underwear to keep on wicking and avoid chafing!

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NATPLUMMER 11/21/2010 12:52PM

    Yes, I suppose it would be hard to feel the lactic acid when your butt is numb. That is super cold! I wouldn't be able to do it...being a wimpy California native. I don't know why you couldn't wear long underwear under your running tights.
I hope the weather cooperates with you and doesn't make your butt numb.
I agree, you can only hold a smile for so long (for me...not very long at all because then it starts looking fake).

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TEMPEST272002 11/21/2010 12:39PM

    I'm laughing at you up here in Quebec... but only because I know exactly what you mean! This will be my first time running in winter & I haven't figured out yet what will work in the clothes department. I'm going to try running tomorrow with long johns under my running pants... or would wearing 2 pair of running pants (moisture wicking) be better? Hmm. I'll have to try both and let you know. You let me know how it goes for you too.

I also LOVE the new profile pic. You look lovely and happy and your arms are so firm!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/21/2010 12:20PM

    I absolutely love your new photo. And your arms look wonderful! Wow! I've loved Hawaii with each visit. Hated to come home, even though I live in a beautiful city. Have a fun day.

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MARIE625 11/21/2010 11:45AM

    How about adding a 2nd pair of pants on top of the running tights? But hey - at least your butt wasn't stinging. Mine always seems to sting when it's cold. I guess I'm more aware of the muscles warming up when it's cold. Or something. :)

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ROZELL99 11/21/2010 11:36AM

  I hate running in the cold. It is the only time a morning gym trek is necessary.

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Have you bloomed yet? (Hawaii flower pics)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

So often when we begin our healthy lifestyle journey, we are closed off. We have shut ourselves off from so much, often using food to numb our feelings.

Slowly, we begin to open up: to new ideas, to our feelings, to our loved ones.

And when we do, we really blossom.

We begin to step out of the background . . .

. . . and into our full glory.

We go from the drabbest, black clothes into living color. We bloom. We blossom. We nurture ourselves and others.

Have you bloomed yet? Are you blossoming? Cause that's what life is all about.

These are some flower photos I took in the gardens at our hotel. To show you why this will take so many blogs, these are just the flower photos -- I have more garden photos I want to share with you!

Which leads me to a few photo tips. I've learned a lot from my husband, who is a talented photographer (and took my new profile photo), and because I spent quite a few years as a graphic designer, I also have a few Photoshop skills.

1. Edit, edit, edit. My husband would tell you I'm still sharing far too many photos. That there's usually only one good photo out of what used to be a roll of film (about 36 photos). I don't show you the bad photos of myself, for instance, and believe me, there's plenty of them!

2. Crop your photos. You don't have to use Photoshop, there's plenty of free and inexpensive photo editing software out there. Don't just accept your photos as is!

3. Remember the rule of thirds when you crop: you generally don't want your subject smack dab in the middle of your photo. Try to put it in the upper, lower, right or left third of the photo.

4. Manipulate the color, the highlights and the shadows. Don't forget to sharpen it (almost all digital photos can benefit from some sharpening).

Now go and bloom!

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KARBIE18 11/20/2010 12:09PM

    Love the flowers, and can't wait to see more! And you look wonderful...and happy! So glad you had a good time.

Thanks for sharing the tips, too. Guess I'll have to learn how to work whatever photo software I have. Hmmm.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/20/2010 10:29AM

    Hibiscus - we think of them as poodle flowers because we had a poodle who loved to eat them. I guess she thought they were hi-biscuits!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 11/20/2010 9:38AM

    Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing the tips.

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DINGALLSTOO 11/20/2010 9:08AM

    great pics and the YES I am not wearing so much black and have actually worn an ORANGE jacket! Thanks for some wonderful insight

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NATPLUMMER 11/20/2010 8:53AM

    I love you your new profile picture. You look beautiful!!
And the flowers are lovely as well. Thank you for the photo tips, they may come in handy ( but as you can tell from my blogs, I don't bother with photoshop I just put them up).

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FRECKS96 11/20/2010 8:24AM

    Love your photos and thanks for the tip! I actually just bought a book to try and improve my photography and I'm hoping to take a class in the spring or summer.

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    Gorgeous photos, AWESOME blog, wonderful tips!! I'm so glad I popped in here!

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DAYHIKER 11/20/2010 7:04AM

    Lovely photos, good tips; thanks!! emoticon

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Believe in the power of baby steps (a couple more Hawaii pics)

Friday, November 19, 2010

It is amazing what the power of just a small trickle of water can do to rock, given time.

This is Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It was our second trip here, only this time we were driving ourselves, so we were able to explore just a bit more.

Unfortunately we didn't get to the end, where there's a really stunning outlook over the Na Pali coast -- while the road isn't long, it is winding & narrow and it takes quite some time to navigate. We did have a plane to catch that evening, after all.

It's hard not to think about how our little baby steps add up to a whole big result when you consider that just a small trickle of water, relatively, carved this canyon.

A couple of months ago I set a baby step to sweep our laundry room (where the litterboxes are) every day. I haven't missed a day since then, except when we aren't here, of course.

After one month of success there, I added the baby step of wiping down the kitchen once a day. It didn't have to be the whole kitchen -- as far as I was concerned, just one surface once a day was good enough for me.

Most days I do a lot more than one surface, and yes, I've also gotten into the habit of wiping down the cooktop each morning, too.

It made it easier to go away -- the kitchen & the laundry room were already in relatively good shape, with just a few minutes of time each day.

What does any of that have to do with weight loss, you might ask?

Well of course our little baby steps there can lead to a whole lot of weight loss, too. Everything is easier when we break it down into small, manageable steps. And those steps have a way of adding up into a whole lot more than little baby steps.

So next time you're poo-poohing baby steps, just think of this:

There are lots more vacation pics to come! I may not always have a theme for them, but I already have at least one more in mind. And DH took quite a few photos of me -- only I haven't been able to get at them yet since they're on his laptop, but there will be a whole egocentric blog about me coming (and I'll be changing my profile pic if I can ever get my hands on them).

Oh, and speaking of baby steps and just do it. I've been feeling a bit off since we're back. Nothing major, just very, very mild flu-like symptoms that I'm sure will go away with some rest (if only our next trip wasn't 2 weeks away AND going to the folks for Thanksgiving).

Still, I did about an hour of light yoga yesterday morning, and noted how much better I felt afterwards. So today, even tho I still felt eh, I decided to do my planned for run. And am glad I did! It's cold and gray and I really didn't want to go out there (I'd already just walked the dogs, and it took me almost the entire walk to warm up), but I decided to just do it. You can always come home if you're not feeling it, but I had a nice run.

Altho I really, really want to do a turkey trot on Thanksgiving, I think it's not in the cards. Will just take too much time, getting there, getting back, getting the dogs packed up, then the drive to my folks. I think I will just have to settle for a run in the neighborhood. And make DH walk the dogs, which I'm sure I'll never hear the end of, but will really do him good.

Right now I'm setting my sights on that New Year's Day 5k . . .

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DDHEART 11/21/2010 5:19PM

    What a great blog! Very inspiring, and I'm not referring to the pics though of course they are awesome! Thanks.

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DRJJ2004 11/20/2010 2:30PM

    Awesome! Love the pics!!

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FRECKS96 11/19/2010 6:21PM

    Your pictures are stunning and I always love reading your insights. This one is particularly meaningful as I've recently been trying to support my sister as she starts her own weight loss journey. I may direct her here to read this.

Bummer that you can't fit in a turkey trot. Enjoy your run anyway and keep the resolution run in your sights.

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DEE797 11/19/2010 4:49PM

    Love your insightful blog and the pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/19/2010 4:06PM

    What a great point! And wonderful pics. Thanks!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/19/2010 2:34PM

    Isn't it fun to plan those future races? I find that it gives me a purpose, something to look forward to.
And I look forward to more pictures, too! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/19/2010 1:54PM

    Good job on the run and the yoga. Sorry the turkey trot is not going to work out for you - New Years race sounds great. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family. We have a lot to be thankful for - good health, great SP buddies and our body's ability to run 5K's, and sooooo much more. emoticon

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SHEILA1505 11/19/2010 1:25PM

    Well done - when you can do it in spite of not feeling like it, it makes the other days even better. If I can get to gym on my blehhh days, I always feel better afterwards even if the shower is the best part of the session :)

You're right about the effects of water and wind - day after day after day the constant actions eventually leave their mark.

oh, and welcome back!

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NATPLUMMER 11/19/2010 1:23PM

    You are definitely right about the baby steps. I think I'm going to steal yours in the kitchen. I'll start today after work.
I'm sorry you're feeling off-ish. You may have picked up something on the plane. Don't push yourself to hard but if you feel up to workout, then do. I'm glad you had a good run! I'm looking forward to mine in the morning.
I thought about trying to do a Turkey Trot myself but I'll be too busy cooking, so this year not. I'll have to see if there is anything nearby coming up soon.
Those are beautiful pictures. You are a much better photographer than I am. I can't wait to see the new pics of you.

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