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The solo group run

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I already ran more than I'd planned to this week, but when someone posted a group run at the area I'll be racing at next week - where I've never been - even tho they posted for 6 miles & I know they're faster runners than me - I signed up.

I figured I'd go my own pace & maybe meet up with them when they turned around. Having just done 6 miles on Friday, I really didn't want to run 6 miles today.

I also told them if I was late it meant I was lost & not to wait up for me.

Good thing! I actually got there early - way early - but had parked in a different parking lot. I walked around, I stretched out, & finally I took off running. When things got less scenic, I turned around. As I passed a different parking lot I realized THAT was the right one.

I took a walking break, figuring maybe I'd see them coming back. Walked a bit, turned around, and ran back to the car. Almost 4 miles plus some walking. I never did run into the group.

That's ok - I have a slightly better idea of where I'm going next weekend, and I probably would've run harder in a group - and my hip is talking to me slightly - which it doesn't normally do - so I was probably better off taking it slow. Don't know if it's the extra miles this week or the new sneakers.

It was a great morning for a run, altho now it's clouded over, so I'm just thankful that the posted run pushed me out the door to discover a new place to run and/or take the dogs walking.

To everyone celebrating today, hope your enjoying your holiday in a healthy way!

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RATFINKROB 4/25/2011 10:01AM

    Sounds like a good time even if on your own.

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DDOORN 4/24/2011 9:16PM

    Good for you to work in a run on a holiday!


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TEMPEST272002 4/24/2011 6:24PM

    To bad you weren't able to meet up with the group, but it was productive anyhow. Great job getting out there. We have warm weather again today, so hopefully today's snowshoeing will be my last for the season.

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FREELADY 4/24/2011 5:48PM

    Your adventurous spirit emboldens me! I love your resilience and resourcefulness. You are able to make a wide variety of experiences benefit you & your goals!

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FRECKS96 4/24/2011 12:34PM

    Yay! Glad you were able to get a run in while it was still nice out. I was thinking about 8:30 that it looked perfect.

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NATPLUMMER 4/24/2011 12:08PM

    Sounds like you got a good run and at least know where you need to be for the race.
I hope the hip recovers soon.
Have a good one.

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Tuning into my body

Saturday, April 23, 2011

It really amazes me sometimes that I can feel the difference in a couple of pounds on my body - even see the difference. I think this is one tool you miss when you weigh yourself every day - the scale can become a crutch, just as music can become a crutch to running sometimes.

It makes me really wonder at the denial I must have been in to gain 30 or so pounds in the first place. Sometimes I wonder if I focus on food, exercise, my eating & my body too much. I'm sure it can come across that way in these blogs, but this is where I vent & work my way thru my problems so it doesn't really show the whole picture.

Running with music can be a great thing - it motivates you & pumps you up. But it doesn't really let you get in tune with your body - what your breathing is like when you push too hard, any aches & pains that maybe you ought to be paying attention to.

Weighing everyday gives you lots of immediate feedback & for some people it's very motivating. But you don't get as much feel for what it TRULY feels like to gain weight. The scale can show a gain in weight when you're building muscle or retaining water - but both of those will make you clothes feel very different.

I just got to thinking about all this because I've felt pretty in tune with my body the last couple of weeks. I don't always.but I've certainly become more in tune over the last few years & for the most part I think that's a good thing.

I'm not necessarily trying to get you to give up the scale - just throwing out some food for thought.

How in tune with your body are you? Would you like to be more in tune? What do you think it would take to get yourself more in tune with your body?

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HALFFAST 4/25/2011 8:53AM

    I'm one who weighs every morning, but I don't use the scale to dictate my behavior. I know when I've eaten something (or lots of somethings) I probably shouldn't have, and I take that into consideration. Same with if I'm not eating enough. Where the scale helps me is, like today, I know when it's time to be more mindful of what I am putting into my body.

And for running, sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I listen to audio books, and sometimes I just listen. But I do tend to go faster and farther with music :)

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DDOORN 4/24/2011 9:05PM

    I definitely need to acquire more of that ability to be in tune to my body. Occasionally when the right tune is on while I'm working out I'll find it seems to be right in sync with my body...but you're right, most times music ISN'T in unison with one's body.


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NATPLUMMER 4/23/2011 11:03PM

    I don't tend to weight myself very often. I use my clothes as a guide more often (and the calender to make sure TOM is to blame).
I do like to listen to music when I exercise, though.

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FREELADY 4/23/2011 8:51PM

    One way I am in tune with my body is recognizing when hormonal fluctuations are causing emotional turmoil. It helps me cope to realize there is a chemical cause for my temporary insanity. I am better able to compensate and stay on a more even keel . . . sometimes!

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FIT-WHIT 4/23/2011 11:55AM

    Great thoughts! I like how you compare it to running with music. Usually, I'm a no-music outdoor runner. I LIKE to listen to my breath and the pace of my feet, and lately I've been counting breaths in and out to pace myself, and then up my tempo for 20 breaths, then back to comfortable for 60 breaths. It's helped me focus on how it FEELS to run faster, harder, versus at an easy pace.

Same with my body this week-- I had my husband hide the scale, so I haven't been on it all week. But I've been eating clean and working out hard, and I think my waist/abs measurements have even gone down about a quarter inch. It's challenging somedays to NOT give in to the temptation to weigh myself and use whatever number is there to dictate my behavior. But I really want to start adjusting to a wholly intuitive assessment of my health and how I'm feeling in this body to determine my wellness.

I totally understand what you mean about the denial and out-of-tuneness that I must have been in before losing weight, while gaining and gaining. I kept blaming the clothing sizes -- that they were all getting TOO SMALL!! LOL! What a crock! (Clothes just keep getting bigger and bigger because of mindsets like that!)

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Freebies & a discount

Friday, April 22, 2011

I didn't really have much to say today, but wanted to share some recent freebies I got. Now, keep in mind that these people WILL try to sell you something health-related & if you're weak over thatvkind of stuff like I am, you might want to stay far, far away. They look interesting, tho.


Click on "Lose weight" & you'll get an offer for a free cookbook (it's a PDF, you don't need an ereader). I had a direct link to this from another source & downloaded it. Looks to be interesting but I haven't used it yet.


A free workout (with video), some free recipes & a report. I've only looked at the recipes so far. She's coming out with a program for sale next week, so buyer beware.

I'd been getting info emails from www.getprograde.com for a while - they sell protein powder & some other supplements. When they had their last discount, I decided to finally try some of their products. Pricey, but good.

The cravers are small, but very tasty & actually surprisingly filling. The protein powder is pretty good, but like almost all protein powders, does have a slightly odd aftertaste - does mix really well & not chalky like so many protein powders.

Anyway, use code bday2011 for about 14% off.

As usual, I have no monetary interest in any of these products.

Still following my new nutrition program - had a very small (read: almost nonexistent) Weight loss this week. BUT that's 2 weeks in a row with TOM starting on WI day. I'm still cautiously optimistic.

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HALFFAST 4/22/2011 4:07PM

    I'm weak so I'm not clicking ;) I did want to let you know I'm FINALLY making the matzo brie/brei (sp?) tonight! Yippee!

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SHEILA1505 4/22/2011 11:02AM

    Thank you- I have downloaded Day 1 of the Jon Benson book


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TEMPEST272002 4/22/2011 11:00AM

    thanks for the links & reviews.

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RATFINKROB 4/22/2011 11:00AM

    Thanks for the links!

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NATPLUMMER 4/22/2011 10:34AM

    Those cravers look tempting...especially the peanut butter or maybe the almond butter. Hmmmm. Now I can't decide.

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FREELADY 4/22/2011 10:21AM

    Wow---you find such interesting stuff! Thanks!

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GOOSIEMOON 4/22/2011 8:09AM

    Thanks for the tips!

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Listen up!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

That's me, listening to my body. Today ST was on the menu, only I've been working out pretty hard & I knew that after last night's speed session at the track, my legs were tired (not to mention running 3 days in a row which I normally don't do) & I just know it's time for a little active rest.

My running group started a new speed work session. A coach makes up about 3 different plans from really hard to not so hard & you run them at the university track - my first real track running. As a group, sort of, cause everyone's doing different workouts at different speeds.

I went last week - in the rain. Was late cause I didn't quite know where I was going & all the buildings look the same! But managed to find the group, finally, & join in in the workout. Not sure if I really got anything out of it, but last night I was back for a second try, despite the predicted thunderstorms - at leat it was dry when I left, unlike last week.

The rain held off. I ran with someone I've run with before (sadly, she can't come after next week). It seemed harder this time, and I walked the rest portions which I didn't last week.

Maybe it was the fact that I did run/walk intervals with the dogs in the morning & gave them another short walk in the afternoon. More likely the fact that TOM was starting ( on WI day for the third month in a row, despite being 4 days early one month & 2 days late this month - the joys of perimenopause).

Speaking of TOM, I actually have an app to track it & if I'm very lucky I won't have it during either HM. Pretty please!

These speed work sessions are good for me on many levels, one being that they take place at about the time the LV HM starts - so not my time of day. I may have to drop down my projected finish time even more for the time of day!

As said, the plan calls for ST today. Give me an exercise plan, & I'll do my darndest to follow it to a "t". Give me an eating plan, & I'll definitely try to tweak it. But I know my body is ready for a break. The hard part is rejuggling everything - but it's much more important to listen to your body than to blindly follow a schedule.

Are you a good listener?

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TEMPEST272002 4/21/2011 12:03PM

    Great job listening! I try to listen to my body, but I spent so many years numbing out that it's like my body speaks a language I don't quite understand. Reminds me of French class. I'm just starting to grasp some small understanding of both.

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DEE797 4/21/2011 11:32AM

    Your blog is definitely thought provoking. Glad you are able to listen to your body. Some times I listen and some times I don't.

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SKFEREBEE 4/21/2011 11:24AM

    If you are nice to your body, then your body tends to be nice to you! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/21/2011 11:09AM

    "but it's much more important to listen to your body than to blindly follow a schedule" So true. I'm doing my best to follow that advice myself.
Three days running in a row is a lot. I bet you do need some rest after that, especially since you did some speed work.
I don't expect a great time for myself on the LV HM.

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MARIE625 4/21/2011 9:34AM

    Good job for listening to your body! I have to be careful when I listen to mine. My butt has a much louder voice than the rest of my body and frequently my butt is screaming "sit on the couch" when the rest of my body is saying, in a nice polite tone, that it wants to get up and move.

Enjoy your speed work. You are SO going to rock your HM's!

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LADYGWEN25 4/21/2011 9:34AM

    glad you're enjoying the running. It's awesome to run in a group.. I find it really challenges me to run with faster runner.

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FRECKS96 4/21/2011 9:27AM

    I try to be!

I love that you've become so involved with your running group. Speed intervals are great. I truly think that they've made a huge difference in helping me get faster and enjoy running even more. I do find that it's easier to judge my pace better too. Enjoy!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/21/2011 9:22AM

    Yup, pay attention! I'm just so excited about your HMs......LOL.

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RATFINKROB 4/21/2011 8:41AM

    I try to listen to my body, except when it tells me to stay inside and have a piece of cake.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/21/2011 8:00AM

    Your body knows best, and always a good idea to listen to it when it's whispering rest. Better than it yelling at you and coming to a screeching halt.

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Thinking outside the box

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

That's what you have to do during Passover. That's what you have to do to change your habits. Do, or die - sometimes literally. They don't necessarily have to be big changes - in fact, small swaps are easier to maintain & can be building blocks.

Normally I give my husband something for breakfast so he doesn't eat crap - at least at a couple of meals out of the day. It's a challenge during Passover, tho, mostly because he doesn't want to think outside the box. Won't drink a smoothie which seems like an obvious solution. Doesn't like nut butters (altho he will eat them) so no PB & J on matzo. Which us what I had fir breakfast thus morning minus the J and plus an apple - totally satisfying.

This kind of thinking in general is what holds him back from a healthier lifestyle.

When it comes to my diet (as in what I eat, not depriving myself) I am much more willing to try new things. Some work and get folded in; some don't. And some might work for a while only to get discarded eventually.

Have you been thinking outside the box or are you stuck in a rut?

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DEE797 4/21/2011 11:34AM

    This is definitely something I need to work on. I am also open to trying new things at times.

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HEYRED221 4/20/2011 10:28PM

    That is something I am working on :-)

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/20/2011 6:07PM

    I think I am in a rut when it comes to food but at least I am more aware of it thanks to your blog. I like plain things truth be told but I love tasty stuff that isn't covered in sauce or have too many ingredients. For example, my favourite meal of all is just baked chicken, baked potatoes, steamed carrots and broccoli. I need to experiment with new veggies.

Thanks for your blog...it has got me thinking!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/20/2011 3:56PM

    Everyone at my house is too picky and finicky to try anything new. So I cook and try new things, just for ME !!!! I tried couscous for the first time on Monday night, not too bad. I'm all about trying something new and switching things up, keeps life interesting. No ruts here. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/20/2011 10:11AM

    I thought peanuts and therefore peanut butter was kitniot. Although my mom used to give us PB & J on matzo. I made matzo pizza for breakfast.

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LEONALIONESS 4/20/2011 9:36AM


I've been eating a lot of the same things lately. Not sure if it's just what I've been wanting to eat (I go through phases - oat bran is very much the thing right now) or if I'm just relying on "safe" foods that don't do weird stuff to my brain. Either way, it's lots of whole grains, raw fruit, raw and cooked veg! So at least it's a healthy rut. Hah.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/20/2011 9:08AM

    I find I'm really missing my muesli. It was a hard-boiled egg, fruit salad, and Greek yogurt for me this morning.

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RATFINKROB 4/20/2011 8:29AM

    It is the opposite at my house. My wife is a picky eater and doesn't like to try new things. I have to force her to try a new restaurant. It is a chore to get here our of her comfort zone. I will eat anything! My wife thinks I'm crazy but I always try our dogs food to see what we are feeding them. Most of them are pretty bad but, I could live on them if I had to :)

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FRECKS96 4/20/2011 8:24AM

    I love trying new recipes. My DH is a lot like yours sounds though. he'll try new things if that's what I make for dinner, but his overall eating habits are terrible. It's frustrating for me because if I like something new but he doesn't, I feel very limited in when I can have it again. Quinoa and lentils are both examples of this. I love both but generally can only make them when he is out of town.

Don't even get me started on when he eats! Good Luck this week!

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TEMPEST272002 4/20/2011 8:22AM

    I figure I have a lot to learn about my body & caring for it, so I'm open to trying new things... and by doing that, I realized that I like cooking & I like snowshoeing (though I am heartily sick of the snow - of which we have MORE this morning. aaaack) & a whole host of other new likes.

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