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What is your word?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I always believe that the end of a year and the beginning of a new one deserves reflection. Where you've been, where you're going, where you'd like to go.

Right now I am reflecting on what I'd like to be my word this year. This is the first word I've actually thought about it. I've written down a few so far:

Kind
I'd like to be kinder to myself. Not feel guilty about what I eat. Not feel worthless because of the number on the scale. Not feel like a failure because I didn't finish my to-do list.

Be kinder to those around me, too. I have been prickly with my husband, prickly with my parents.

This is one I keep coming back to, but I'm not sure it's the right one yet.

Courage
The courage to do the things that make me afraid. The courage to get to the bottom of just why I am afraid of something.

This is important, to be sure, but I'm not sure I want it to be the focus of 2011.

Focus
Did you see that one coming? I know this is the year I'd like to get to my GW. Of course, I said the same thing about last year. I'd like to be more focused in my day-to-day life, not wasting my time procrastinating. I'd like to stay focused on my goals.

Yet I'm still not sure this one speaks to me.

Release
Release the weight.
Release the guilt.
Release the fear.

This is definitely a powerful word, and encompasses a lot of the words I'm also pondering.

Create
Create the life I want to live.

Shape
Shape my life, shape my body, shape my spirit, shape my relationships.

Well, I just started thinking about this yesterday. Many of the ideas speak to me, but so far the words don't really. Maybe it's time for a thesaurus!

What do you want your word to be this year?

  
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/4/2011 7:58AM

    Great blog! My words would have to be excited and courageous!

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DDOORN 1/3/2011 11:10AM

    I think I'll borrow some of yours...lol!

Have been pondering a great deal about the year ahead lately, haven't put it all together yet...still percolating...

Stay tuned!

Don

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TAFODIL24 1/2/2011 6:31PM

    emoticonblog ~ thank you for sharing!

The word I chose for 2011 will be strength ~ I want the strength to stay focused ~ to make the changes needed ~ and recognize what can't be changed & let it go.

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TEMPEST272002 1/2/2011 3:03PM

    Interesting exercise that gets right to the heart of the matter. What word would I have? Hmmm... maybe "Explore" because I feel like I"m still smack-dab in the middle of my mid-life growth-spurt... and I'm still not sure who I'll end up being

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DARBOYMOM 1/2/2011 11:54AM

    My word for 2011 is Patience.

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KASHMIR 1/2/2011 11:49AM

    Well, since I included it in my goals blog, the word that I want to describe 2011 for me will be Bold!

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DEE797 1/2/2011 11:42AM

    I like this blog a lot. Need to think about it to figure out what my word will be. Wishing you success on your journey! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/2/2011 9:49AM

    I'm with you on the being kind...to myself and others.

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FRECKS96 1/2/2011 9:33AM

    Hm...I like this blog, but I have no idea what my word would/should be. I think I'll ponder this on the drive home today.

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SHEILA1505 1/2/2011 8:09AM

    Good thoughts, Judy - I've seen several examples of this around Spark today and I've had a couple of thoughts too and came up with a few words that could be suitable for me but I am not ready to commit to them as yet (or to share) other than these

Dream
Spirit
Intentio
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and each of them lead me into many different moods and many different areas of my life

I'll have to get back to you when I have settled

Hugs

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/2/2011 7:55AM

    Perseverance

Judy, I loved this blog. Looks like you have given this a lot of thought.
Can't wait to see this blog unfold!
:)
Jeanne

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STARPLANET2000 1/2/2011 7:54AM

    At our New Year's Eve church service, we each received two stones and we were to place a promise God has for us that we want to claim for the new year on one stone and on the other something that would keep us from receivin the promise. I put Peace on the stone that I keep with me and Worry on the stone that I left behind.

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Sober up 3 1/2 mile race recap

Saturday, January 01, 2011



That's what they call it. The half marathon is the Hangover Half Marathon. Everyone starts together -- then the HMers loop around what must seem like incessantly (going back & forth). I don't think I see that particular HM in the my future.

Anyway, the woman with the wild hair above is not me. But we kept toying with each other, passing, sliding behind, passing.

There were no mile markers, no water (until I'm guessing maybe 3 miles -- obviously meant for the HMers). I had no idea where I was or how far I had to go.

At one point we passed a bank, and in my addled state I saw the clock and thought 12:19 -- that's not good! But that was the time. D'oh.

As we neared the end wild hair woman asked me if we were finished. I said I had no clue, never having run it before.



I kind of like the photo above. Just me & my run. I went back & forth with a lot of people, and even managed to actually pass a few people.

I was not last -- the photo below proves that!



I did worry about that a few times when I no longer heard anyone behind me.

In the photo below, we were (finally) nearing the end. I was smiling cause I saw DH standing off to the side.



This wasn't a chip timed race -- the time on the clock when I finished was 38:48, which puts me at a 11:05 minute pace -- which is actually faster than my last 5k, which was an 11:17 minute pace. My actual time might've been about half a minute less, since I started in the middle to back of the pack. Whatever.

I'm pleased with it. I didn't really have big time goals. My 2 goals were a) Don't be last b) Don't get lost and I managed both. In fact, apparently quite a few of the HMers did go the wrong way for a bit -- it wasn't the best organized race. I would do it again. I just wanted to start out the new year right.

DH was a total grump all day long. And they say women bitch! I am very grateful to him for driving me, and for taking photos, but I could've used a bit more positive energy. I suggested (more than once) that maybe he shouldn't stay up to midnight next new year's eve (I certainly didn't, and haven't, in years).

We went to a diner for lunch afterwards, and I got eggs & pancakes. They did have pizza available after the race, but I'd rather sit down and enjoy my food. We actually did go to this pizza place DH keeps talking about that I've never been to, but unfortunately they were closed.

My buddy KEAKMAN will be happy to know that I joined a running group (well, joined online). Altho they had a presence there, since I don't know anyone yet I just ran my own race. They have a snowshoe race in a couple of weeks. I've always wanted to try snoeshowing, and they have loaners, but I don't really want to try racing in them as my first experience . . . but yes, I am definitely leaning towards doing it. Depending on the weather.

So how bout you? How was your new years? Are you starting out on the right foot?

  
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LEONALIONESS 1/5/2011 12:07PM

    I ran a 5K on New Year's, too. HOLY CATS, it was cold. I'm talking super wicked awful bad cold. Negative something. I now know what it would feel like to run if I had my toes surgically removed... because I spent the first 1.6 miles running on toeless stumps! I do realize I need to get some warmer socks if I intend to do any outdoor running now that MN wants all humans to die, though! My little normal summer guys did not cut it! The problem will be finding non-wool warm running socks. Hrm... I also realized I need better gloves. Even doubling up with two pairs didn't work.

Aaron dropped me off at the starting area and went to go park. He said he stopped trying to find me in the hoard because it was, and I quote, "like Where's Waldo - Ninja Addition" due to all of the runners (there were about 1000 5K runners and another 1000 10K!) dressed just like me in black with black balaclava face masks! LOL.

Still, I PR'd it (barely - just by five seconds: 27 min even this time) and that's pretty spectacular given that I was running on no toes! Hah. I even had a darn decent showing, 10th in my division, in the 140s out of the 975ish 5K finishers and front of the pack in my sex. It was cold, I ran faster so I could stop and go eat my oatmeal!

The worse part was when my toes woke back up on the half mile walk to the car. I honestly and truly thought I broke them, they hurt so badly. I was yelling "OW, OMGWTF, OW" with each step. I really thought I hurt them badly and didn't feel it during the run due to them being so numb. Then the pain turned to heat/burning and then it went away. So, yeah, just cold. ;)

I wondered why this 5K gave out an (awesome, huge, beautiful!) metal and a really snazzy half zip fleece jacket(!) when most 5Ks give you really junky swag (ugly cotton shirts, etc.) I now realize it is due to the bad@ss factor. We get great swag for being crazy enough to run in January in MN! ;)

I'm glad your race went well! You're such an inspiration and I'm so proud of you. :) I LIKE to run and I still was going UGH at this cold race, I can only imagine how much harder it is for someone who isn't a running junkie like me! ;) You rule!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/4/2011 7:56AM

    Wow, you are looking great! I've tried snowshoes...a lot of fun and it is harder than it looks. Mind you, I've never had a snowshoe race before.

Thanks for sharing your story and your pictures!

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/3/2011 10:00PM

    Great way to start off the new year and with a PR as well. If you keep training, maybe you can join us in November in Richmond. They have 8ks, 1/2s and full marathons! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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DDHEART 1/3/2011 8:19PM

    Smiling....you ran, you didn't finish last, you didn't get lost and your grumpy husband did go and document this for us so maybe more supportive than his demeanor seemed to say. I am very proud of my (non runner) friend...you can't say that anymore you know...it's just not true! I also caught up on your other posts made after this one and I'm thinking perhaps, your hubby is slowly but surely starting to see the value of change....you are a great example to him and I love the pics from this race to prove it!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/3/2011 7:57AM

    You did AWESOME on your race, I was there cheering you on in spirit, I was definitely thinking of you. So proud of you - YOU DID IT, emoticon. You started the New Year off on the right foot.

I ran a 5K on New Years Day too, didn't do too bad considering all the ice that was piled up on the race course. Started my new year off right.

WE ROCK !!!!

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HALFFAST 1/2/2011 10:51AM

    Love it- not last and not lost! Way to go Judy!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/2/2011 8:48AM

    He was there! Yeah. I've always wanted to try snowshoes. Not likely in Houston....

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/2/2011 8:06AM

    Judy,
I am sorry that your hubby was so crabby. It is frustrating when the one that we want to be happy and supportive of us do not meet our expectations.
I know when I did my tri it was so great to see my husband at the end. When I did my 5k, he did not go.
Snow shoeing is so much fun. Running in them must be a great workout!
I would not do a race for the first time out. Smart choice.
:)
Jeanne

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BESSHAILE 1/2/2011 6:49AM

    Way to go, girlfriend!

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DDOORN 1/1/2011 9:46PM

    Awesome to get out and welcome your New Year so well!

Hoping to get "up to speed" this year with jogging / running....see how it goes!

Don

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XFITSTRONG 1/1/2011 8:52PM

    I love reading race stories! Congrats on finishing and the great pace you ran it at! Thanks for sharing with us. What a great way to ring in the New Year!

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TAFODIL24 1/1/2011 7:06PM

    Way to go ~ that is AWESOME and very inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

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FRECKS96 1/1/2011 5:57PM

    YAY!! Congrats to you! I'm so happy that you ran your race and had a good result. What a great way to kick off 2011 and push ahead into the new year.

Have a great Sunday!

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EOSTAR_45 1/1/2011 5:37PM

    emoticon What a great start to the New Year.

My New Year is going great--my goal was to have a long walk. It's so cold today though--in the teens and quite breezy--so my best friend and I planned for a 90 minute walk instead of a couple of hours as I had hoped. We ended up walking for 100 minutes-. It was a great and very invigorating.

Happy New Year
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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2011 4:55PM

    YAY!!! You found the race!!! And not last or lost!!!!!! A total win!!
Awesome!!!
I am so proud of you!!! You totally earned eggs and pancakes!
I didn't run today, but did 5 miles on the elliptical. I thought maybe one more week before I try running again to keep my knees happy.

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2010 highlights & thoughts about 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

So what were the highlights of your year?

Without a doubt, our trip to Kauia was at the top of the least. 10 days in paradise. Need I say more?

Our trip to NYC was pretty high up there, too. A food walking tour of Greenwich Village, shopping til I dopped (well, sort of), sushi, and a broadway show. What more could a girl ask for? Well, warmer weather sure would've been nice (it was May, for cryin' out loud, and I had to buy a sweater & scarf & shoes I was so cold!).

Finishing our kitchen remodel.

I had a goal to run one 5k this year; I ran 2 -- and would've run more if family didn't keep getting in the way! And improved my time by 7 minutes from run 1 to run 2 on the exact same course (but totally different weather conditions).

The return of swimming! Probably should be higher up there. Oh, how I've missed you. Even if I now have to do it in the dead of winter either at night or way too early in the morning.

Finishing the year lighter than I started it. Ok, it was only 1 1/2 lbs lighter, and most likely I'll back up there next week with TOM, but it still encourages me. Someday I will get to my GW. Oh, and I can finally officially say I lost 30 lbs -- I flirted so close to it for so long -- good way to ring out the year!

The return of meditation. I just started meditating spontaneously in the mornings while in Hawaii. I don't sit down for 20 minutes straight (altho I often did there), but it might be 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there. Everything can be broken down into baby steps!

Speaking of baby steps, I returned to actually making small goals & tracking them. So far I have made a habit of sweeping the laundry room (where the litterboxes are) each morning, wiping down the kitchen once a day, and right now I'm working on eating 1 cup of greens daily at least 5 times a week. I do eat plenty of veggies, but I see a real difference when I make the extra effort to make sure I'm getting my greens. It's easy in the spring/summer, but I don't crave salads so much during the winter.

Speaking of greens, I've delved even more into raw foods this year. I don't think I'll ever be 100% raw, maybe not even 75% -- maybe not even 50! -- but that's ok. I believe that just adding more raw food into your life has health benefits.

For 2011?

I plan to continue to working on small goals, building healthy habits consistently. Consistency is the key to most anything in life. I may not be naturally athletic, I may not be fast, but I can -- and am -- a consistent runner. And exerciser.

Really work on letting go of guilt over food. It's so ingrained in me, from childhood, when I would sneak sweets and of course be scolded for it. Food & feelings are still, at the almost half century mark, still all mixed up for me. But they're getting sorted out. They may never be completely sorted out, but it's certainly something to strive towards.

Work harder on the spending thing. I realized when I went to Marshalls yesterday that I am making strides -- it's been months since I'd been there or to TJMaxx (one is within walking distance of the grocery store, the other within walking distance of Target -- too easy to get to!). I've already download a expense app to my Ipod to work on this goal. I want to save up for an Ipad & a dehydrator this year.

Become more social. This has always been a temporary move, but we'll be here at least another year & a 1/2 and I suspect it could be even longer. Time to find some groups and actually participate.

Move my ticker every week. I've never moved it up -- and that happens a lot (but even with the ups I'm still 30 lbs down from 2 1/2 yrs ago) -- but maybe it will motivate me more to stick to my plan & goals if I know I'll have to move the darn thing in the wrong way. It's worth a try, anyway.

Get to my WW GW by my birthday.

Get to the GW on my ticker by the boys' birthday, which is 6 weeks after my birthday.

Well, that's it for now. What were the highlights for you in 2010? What are you looking forward to in 2011? What are your goals for 2011?

Oh, and cause everyone loves photos, before:


After:




  
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BARBIETEC 1/1/2011 12:15PM

    What a fantastic blog!!! Happy new year!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/1/2011 10:42AM

    Woohoo, it's been fun sharing your travels with you this year. Wishing you the best in 2011.

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DDHEART 12/31/2010 1:50PM

    Loved this review and though I am not a resolution kind of gal, I think the review with goals for the next year is a very worthwhile exercise...thanks for example! You've had a great year and I think the year ahead is going to have a lot of highlights too....Here's to us (all of us) we can do anything! emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 12/31/2010 11:03AM

    I cannot wait to hear how your race goes! So proud of you! And I love your before and after pics. Wow! What a difference. You have come so far! You look amazing. I am trying to become more social too. I thought the weightloss would help... but it really hasn't. Take care and thank you for all of the support and encouragement you have given to me this year.

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FRECKS96 12/31/2010 9:15AM

    You've made great progress and have great goals! I've been thinking about mine too. Look for a post later today!

And, the pics are great-what a concrete way to see how far we've come!

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HALFFAST 12/31/2010 9:01AM

    Sounds like you had a great year! Way to go! My highlight for 2010 would definitely have to be becoming a runner :) And for 2011? I have 2 main goals: 1. Run a HM, and 2. Do a triathlon. #2 will be more difficult because that entails finding/joining a gym that has a pool, and I am still terrified of wearing a bathing suit around others :(

Happy New Years Judy! May all your dreams come true :)

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DDOORN 12/31/2010 9:00AM

    What a wonderful year it's been for you!

Wishing you the very BEST in a healthy, happy 2011!

Don

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NATPLUMMER 12/31/2010 8:33AM

    You have had a great year!
Losing 30 pounds is a total win!!! Running 2 5K's is awesome!!
You will get to your goal weight. It takes a long time...especially if you're short.
The pictures tell it all. Look at the confident, beautiful woman!!!
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SHEILA1505 12/31/2010 6:45AM

    Well done Judy - I agree with you about consistency

Isn't it great how much difference a weight-loss can make to attitude and mood - look how much lighter-spirited you are now - you look positively happy

Hugs
Happy New Year

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The way Points+ should work & my inner dialog

Thursday, December 30, 2010

So here's kind of how my inner dialog went yesterday:

Me: I'm hungry.

Stomach: Great! How about one of those mini clif bars?

Me: Sounds good. Oh, wait a sec, let me see how many points that is now. Hmmm. 3 pts. And they really don't fill me up. And I probably wouldn't actually write it down, anyway.

Stomach. Okey dokey. What about a Luna bar?

Me: That sounds good, too. They're usually more filling. Let's see how many points they are now. Hmm. 5 pts. That's a lot of points especially with WI tomorrow.

Am I really hungry? Yes, I really am.

Stomach: Ok. What about a vitatop? Maybe with a little peanut butter. Those are usually pretty filling.

Me: Yeah, those are usually very filling. But do I really need all those fake sugars? No, I don't. How about an apple? That will satisfy my hunger, my need to crunch something, and my need for something sweet.

And so I ate an apple. Mind you, this was maybe an hour before dinner. I would like to say that was the end of it, but I really was hungry and I did have handful of raisins, too.

Still, this is the whole point (get it?) of points plus: to steer us away from the fake foods and towards the real, unprocessed, whole foods. And it worked the way it should. And I was rewarded by a large loss this week (even tho I don't feel like it since I'm all bloated with TOM which also explains the hunger).

I do find myself reaching for fruit more often than I might have in the past. I never shied away from eating fruit, but now that it doesn't carry a points penalty, I do eat more fruit. And have it more often for dessert.

Up until this week, I felt very frustrated tho. Everyone seemed to be doing so well on the plan, and nothing much had seemed to change for me other than the fact that I was much less hungry most of the time.

And maybe I'll see a gain next week. But today's meeting was very motivating (and not just because of the weight loss, it was the whole discussion. My SP calendars also arrived today; perfect timing.

If I'm lucky and I work hard, I could actually be at my GW by my birthday. At the very least I could be at a new low -- as I am today. One of my SP buddies had challenged us to try to lose weight this holiday season -- and I did! Ok, so the net was about 1/2 a pound, but I'll take it.

If I buckle down and work hard, I may or may not get to my GW by my birthday -- but I can certainly lower my ticker again.

Oh, and my meeting motivated me so much that I just walked right by the chocolate cake samples at the grocery store (and man, they sure did look good!). I have to remember what I did yesterday, remember how I felt today, and spend some more time working on my goals.

And of course I'd love to hear what your inner dialog sounds like.

  
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SHEILA1505 12/31/2010 5:49AM

    It's amazing how much fruit we can eat rather than all those cals in chocolate or starchy carbs

Haven't worked with any WW points system, but do know that I'd rather have the 80cals of an apple, or 120cals of FF yogurt, than 200cals of the SA equivalent of a handful of H.Kisses :))

Happy New Year Judy - and thanx for the comment this morning on my blog

Hugs

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LEONALIONESS 12/30/2010 11:06PM

    Maybe I should look into the points thing... as it stands now I feel guilty about eating extra fruit/veg and weight it all out/count calories. :/ Maybe that system where my unprocessed produce was "free" would be freeing!

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NATPLUMMER 12/30/2010 5:23PM

    Great job going for the apple. Congratulations on the loss. You'll be noticing it next week after TOM (which totally explains the hunger).
I'm hoping to be at my gw at my birthday, too. Hopefully it will be a happy February for the both of us.
My inner dialog is pretty similar. I do sometimes actually check my spark nutrition to see if there is a particular nutrient I need more of and try to snack on something with a lot of it. Today I had some whole wheat pretzels and peanut butter for more carbs and protein.

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ZUMBAWITHTASHA 12/30/2010 3:40PM

    Those points really help

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BARBARASDIET 12/30/2010 3:27PM

    Good dialog--you have the snappy comebacks!

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Are you waiting for the magic?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I swear, every morning I get up, I open the blinds, and somehow I expect to see no snow. Like a foot of snow melts overnight when the temps are still below freezing. Crazy the tricks our minds play on us, right?

Just like we expect our weight to at least stay the same, even when we're eating more treats than normal and not exercising. Cause we're waiting for the magic of the season to erase those pounds.

We all know it, but I'll say it once again: there is no magic to weight loss. There are the foods we eat, the amount we move, and the way we allow our thoughts to shape us. It really is just that simple, even tho we like (myself included) to pretend it isn't.

No magic potions, spells, or pills. The magic comes from the results we see from our hard work -- and the gifts that gives us: a better looking body, more energy, more self confidence.

Barring a monsoon, I am planning to run the New Year's Day race. Are you with me? Who else is up for it? Knowing you're going to run the next day might just help you to have a sensible New Year's Eve.

Of course, we don't go out and I don't drink, so it's not that hard for me. Except for the fact that it does mean I have to get out of the house and head out into the unknown with unknown people around me (and hope I can actually find the danged thing). But I don't actually have to leave the house til about 10:30 am, so that's not so bad.

DH is pondering taking the dogs and coming with me. I am not holding my breath. This is the same man who said he'd drive me to my first race, but when push came to shove didn't want to leave his cozy house (in the summer). He didn't come to either of my 2 races, and I can't say as I really blame him -- not terribly exciting.

He is supportive in other ways, tho, like finding me more information about where registration actually is and a map of the campus.

Next year one of my goals is to buy an Ipad. I'm hoping by the time I have saved up for it, they will have some refurbished ones for sale. My Ipod Touch was refurbished, straight from the Apple store, and I haven't had any problems with it.

Funny, as a graphic designer I never fell in love with Macs. Altho I was PC based, I eventually bought a Mac, too, but it just didn't grab me. But I love my Ipod, and can definitely see the uses of an Ipad, too. The only thing that bothers me about them is that they don't display Flash video, and I have several blogs I read that regularly post Flash videos. Grrrr.

I realized that basically I need to save about $50/month -- totally doable; I just have to go on a small spending diet. And I'm afraid to say I'm sort of starting my spending diet like many people start they're food diets -- doing what I want now with the plan of tightening ship come the new year.

Don't get me wrong, we live well within our means -- but I need to stop buying clothes & shoes! Or at least less of them! Stop the instant gratification thing. I wondered why that seem to have become so hard, only one day someone on TV talked about how shopping is now available to us 24/7. Ding, ding, DING!

It's gonna take some discipline, and I've got to spend some more time thinking about the baby steps I need to make. But I know it's a worthy goal. Not the Ipad so much (I just want it! I lust after it!), but the getting the spending under control. Cause sometimes when we get one addiction under control (read: food) another one just takes its place (read: shopping). They're really all just trying to fill a hole that can't be filled with things.

So wish me luck! And stop waiting for the magic -- you have the magic within you, so make it so!

  
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STIPER23 12/29/2010 2:55PM

    Magic would be nice, but you're right, there is no magic. Money is tight (my husband has been unemployed for 1.5 years) so I can't do every race I want to...but, I do plan on doing a 10k in March. Good luck on your race!

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HALFFAST 12/29/2010 10:07AM

    I'm kind of torn on the whole ipad craze because, as you said, no flash. And also from what I understand there's no GPS either. I just found out I have to work on New Years Day so no Resolution Run for me. I may try to do a 10k (or at least 5) on my treadmill on New Years Eve. We don't drink either so no worries about hangovers around here :)

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HEYRED221 12/29/2010 9:27AM

    I never got on the mac bandwagon either, although I hear really good things about them. Hope that snow goes away for you, send some my way!!! Have a wonderful day.

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NATPLUMMER 12/29/2010 9:25AM

    You're right. We do all want a magic something to make us thin, beautiful, smart, rich, etc.
Depending on my knee and foot, I'll be doing some running with you on New Year's Day but at my house.
I have an iPhone and have thought about the iPad..but can't see spending the money for it. Perhaps a refurb sometime in the future.
Being the big internet shopper that I am, I know how easy it is to spend money. I even bought my car online.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/29/2010 9:21AM

    I am with ya on the race, I registered yesterday for a 5K, called Hair of the Dog, you can even run in the night before's formal wear you slept in, lol. I'm not a party girl so it won't be hard to get up and be at the race at 10:00. Should be fun and COLD, but I really wanted to start the New Year off right. I want to prove to myself this is gonna be a great year, MY year. You DEFINITELY need to do the race.

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DDOORN 12/29/2010 8:46AM

    Kudos on your New Year's run!

Totally agree about one addiction slipping in to fill the void of another...risky stuff! Read a statement made in BARBARA_BOO's Blog yesterday that really resonated for me:

“THE RICHER MY LIFE, THE LESS I’LL FOCUS ON MY WEIGHT.”

And so I think it goes for any addiction. The more varied and gratifying our lives the less likely we are going to obsess on one outlet.

Don

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/29/2010 8:12AM

    A friend of mine got an iPad and is addicted to it. It even comes to dance session with him! I suspect you'll enjoy it.
I'm sorry DH doesn't go to races with you. It may not be exciting, but the fact that you are doing this IS exciting and I wish he were there for you. I've done races alone, except for the marathon, and I can't tell you what it meant to see the faces of my friends and my daughter waiting for me at that finish line. Here's a wish for the new year: that DH will be there in person at the end of every one of your races!

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