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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Yesterday I headed out to the park for my 8 mile run. What a glorious day! It was 60 when I left. As I did my first loop, I passed a small stand of bright red maples reflected perfectly into a pool of water (which shouldn't be there, it's washing out the trail from all our rain this summer/fall). I figured I'd take a photo on my last loop & then remembered I'd left the cell phone in the car.

There were also bright red berries on one of the trees . . . Not sure what sort of tree. Fall is slowly arriving, but we'll be gone at the peak. Which means there will be major raking when we get home . . . Thursday was supposed to be a rest day, & mostly was, but there was raking. I'm actually feeling that in my thighs from side lunging!

There was a group of kids from a local college running . . . doing drills . . . cones on the trails . . . areas roped off on the grass . . . no idea what was going on, but I enjoyed watching them run. I like to watch other people run & notice their form now: do they really bend their arms? Kick up their heels? Swing their arms across their body? Lean?

And the eye candy running shirtless wasn't bad, either.

I had a GU because I figured 8 miles wad long enough for that. I had thought it would take me 1:45, but when I looked at my watch at 1:41 I'd already gone 8.23 miles. Oops! In a perfect world, I could run a sub-3 hr HM. But with all the people (like 30,000), the travel, the time difference, the lateness of the start . . . I'm still just really aiming to enjoy it. Already visualizing running down the strip - DRY! - with a time on the finish clock.

My hip ached a bit now & again, but I guess it's settling into just another normal ache. I iced it when I got home & it's ok this morning.

Every bad run gives your self confidence a ding. I worried about this run, since I had major knee pain after my 8 mile race & am still dealing with the hip.

Every good run boosts your self confidence. Now I feel better about next week's 9 mile run. Just trying to figure out when to squeeze it in!

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DISPATCHER04 10/9/2011 10:00PM

    I also like to watch people run and see what works for them. My son was on the cross-country and track teams, and it was interesting to watch the different runners and their styles. :)

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JAXMOMMY 10/8/2011 10:30PM

    Here I thought the pretty red leaves and red berries were the eye candy! Thanks for taking us on your run and sharing your visuals!

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TEMPEST272002 10/8/2011 5:09PM

    Nice when you have a good view at the park. emoticon The fall is very pretty here right now. After last weeks chill & rain, we are having one last burst of summer. T-shirt & short today, but will be wearing my flannels tonight. Glad you got in a good run to give you a boost of confidence. I'm sure you're going to do great on the HM. Geez, just finishing it makes you a superhero in my books.

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NATPLUMMER 10/8/2011 11:17AM

    It is nice when you get some eye candy...usually I get the guy who shouldn't be running shirtless emoticon
I enjoy watching people run when I'm running...not so much now.
I think you'll do great in Vegas. I wish I was able to run with you.
Take care of that hip.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 10/8/2011 9:41AM

    Lol....you had me at the blog title. I too like to watch other people's running form. I notice when I listen to music some songs have a great beat that it is easy to set my pace to the song.

I miss the foilage...I used to live in Chicago and Boston and boy was it pretty to see the different trees as you look down the street. It was no fun cleaning them up but that is the price you pay for beauty.

Glad you enjoyed the "eye candy" and your run.

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4DOGNIGHT 10/8/2011 8:46AM

    Love the visual!

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KISSFAN1 10/8/2011 7:55AM

    Eye candy is always a good thing, LOL. Congrats on the run.

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    I love looking at an occasional "eye candy"...it just makes exercise a little easier! LOL!

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Weight loss is like cooking

Friday, October 07, 2011

Been a while since a weight loss analogy occurred to me, but it sure did this morning! This one's for you, NATPLUMMER!

I made CCK's double chocolate pancakes this morning (it's long run day). They came out just a tad undercooked, but delicious even so. I've made these a bunch of times now & every time they're just a bit diffent. Which got me to thinking . . .

Weight loss is like cooking. First, you have to assemble all the ingredients: support, healthy ingredients to make healthy meals, ways to measure your progress, ways to track what you've done, new tools & so on.

Next you have to learn new skills: how to motivate yourself, what exercise works for you, how to reward yourself, how to healthify (yes, I so made up a new word), how to make healthy substitutions.

Then you practice. Over & over & over again.

Some attempts will be great triumphs.

Some attempts will bomb big-time.

And some attempts will be just ok.

Which translates into sometimes you'll gain, sometimes you'll lose & sometimes you'll maintain.

Sometimes you'll get results you didn't expect - most likely you skipped a step or ingredient.

You can make the same recipe over & over, and it will never be quite the same each time. Sometimes you'll know exactly what you did wrong; sometimes you'll have an inkling; & sometimes you'll have no clue whatsoever.

Unless you hire a personal chef, you can't stop cooking. Which probably means you'll continue to learn.

Just as we can't stop trying, even when we seem to be going nowhere (or up).

What's your recipe for success?

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4DOGNIGHT 10/8/2011 8:45AM

    Life is a journey and so is weight loss! I like the practice part, over and over and over! Thanks.

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LJCANNON 10/8/2011 7:44AM

    emoticon emoticonWithout Curves and SparkPeople, none of the other ingredients would have come together for me!
emoticonGreat Analogy!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/7/2011 10:29AM

    Great blog. Thanks.

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MARZIPAN22 10/7/2011 9:13AM

    Interesting....Thanks for the post ! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/7/2011 8:50AM

    Yes, it is. Excellent analogy.
I know I've not been following my recipe recently....too much junk...need to make my healthy substitutions again.

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SUNNY332 10/7/2011 8:45AM

    Love the analogy. Great post!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/7/2011 8:41AM

    Love your analogy. I try my best to stay out of the kitchen, I am a one man wrecking crew, I really don't like to cook. But I certainly like to eat healthy so I have been slowing learning my way around the kitchen, lots of trial and error. Same with weight loss, you have to find that one special ingredient to make it work for you.

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NIKI778 10/7/2011 8:41AM

    I really like this analogy, since I love to cook. I will start to think about my journey in terms of cooking and practice. Great blog thanks!!

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DDOORN 10/7/2011 8:27AM

    This is so true!

I *know* my formula, which I've blogged about lately...the stumbles come along when either the motivation flags or when I get lazy or cocky, believing I can skip some of the steps of my "formula." But mistakes are opportunities for learning...which I'm doing every day!


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Healthy comfort food

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The scale was not kind to me. Again. Altho in reality, it wasn't a bad week considering it's pre-TOM - just when you combine it with last week it's a number I haven't seen in a long, long time. And I'm going on vacation in a bit over a week & I ALWAYS gain on vacation.

Well, it is what it is. My measurements have stayed pretty steady for the last 3 weeks. Sometimes my clothes feel tight, sometimes they feel fine. Either my hormones have really run amuck (possible) or HM training is throwing my body for a loop. Or both. Which is bad, considering I'll be in HM training mode til my birthday!

After my meeting, I had to stop at Target & the grocery store to pick up a few things. Since I didn't lose weight, i didn't stop at TJMaxx like I'd planned to. then I stopped at the cleaners to get the green wrap dress I bought a while back shortened. Which will cost me more than the dress did!

The woman doing the shortening commented on what a nice dress it is, so that made me feel a little better. Everyone loves a compliment. Hopefully they'll do a good job. I haven't yet found a good place for alterations here.

I had actually planned to have a perfect foods bar for lunch - really tasty, good ingredients, but rather high in calories. I was feeling the need for some comfort food, so I made my noodles & "cottage cheese" instead, despite the fact it was somewhat late already & I still needed to clean out a litterbox, too.

10 ounces pasta (I used brown rice shells)
1 package lite firm tofu
5 tbsp vegenaise (you can use mayo)

Cook the pasta. Mix the tofu with the vegenaise, then mix that with the cooked pasta. Salt to taste. Man, that hit the spit & now tomorrow's lunch is all ready!

Really, it's quite healthy other than the vegenaise - you can probably use less than I did.

I also had a light bulb moment & realized that the perfect food bar would be the "perfect" snack after tomorrow's long run - and yes, I am carbo-loading for it, altho the perfect food bar is full of healthy protein, too. Anyway, the perfect food bar (google it if you're interested) is also healthy comfort food, so a bit of an indulgence but healthy, too.

What do you think; can there be such a thing as healthy comfort food?

Do you eat any healthy comfort foods?

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VISUALLYRICS 10/6/2011 9:16PM

    A baked potato is my comfort food...loaded with diced onions, red sweet peppers and light sour cream! Yum!

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    Chicken soup made with no pasta with extra veggies made with home made low fat chicken stock and lean chicken.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/6/2011 3:54PM

    My healthy foods indulgence is the Ruby Tuesday's salad bar.

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NATPLUMMER 10/6/2011 1:52PM

    I'm sure it's a combination of everything but pre-TOM can be a killer so I suspect that's the biggest culprit.
I hate having dresses shortened. I wish I was a good enough seamstress to do it myself but I usually just leave them long (which cuts me off at a bad point).
Yum....noodles and cottage cheese. I should try it your way with the tofu.
I love bean and barley soup...that's healthy and a comfort.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/6/2011 1:51PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/6/2011 1:36PM

    Thanks for the recipe. Sounds good.

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The biggest NSVs & motivation of all (couple of photos)

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Thanks to everyone who responded yesterday -- your the best! I haven't lost my motivation, I simply asked the question so that others can be inspired by your wisdom. Because even tho I'm not lacking in motivation, I can't always articulate where it comes from.

Which brings me to one of the biggies . . . SP & WW. Without y'all, I probably would've given up long ago. I've been here before -- exercising, eating mostly right, but just stuck at a weigh that is almost -- but not quite yet -- healthy. And I've given up. And I've gained more weight than I originally lost.

Don't want to write the sequel!

So here's something I do when I DO get down about where I'm going. I pull out the only pair of size 16 jeans I kept. To remind me. I now wear a size 8 -- sometimes a 10, sometimes a 6.

Those size 16s actually do still stay up -- the curse of being a curvy girl -- but I can pull them on without unzipping them & I discovered today that I can actually fit both legs in one leg now! What a hoot! That photo is blurry cause I was laughing.

And I have a dress dilemma. Remember the teal dress on the right? I bought it for my cousin's wedding in November (which is black tie optional!). And last week I bought the navy dress on the left.

Oh God. I really like them both, but I like the navy dress better. I want to wear it. I can still return the navy dress, but I can't return the teal dress.

Now, my other cousin is getting married in August we just found out (these are both second cousins, btw). The teal dress is rather heavy (which is why I thought it would work well for November).

The teal dress is Calvin Klein . . . maybe I could sell it on Ebay. Altho I really like it too, just when the heck will I wear it?

My poor sister, who has gained some weight, hasn't been able to find a dress yet (she would never fit into the teal dress, she's looking at 12/14s & it's a 6 I think; not to mention she's really particular).

I know how that feels. In fact, that's what started me on the journey, sort of, this time. I suppose I have to be thankful I couldn't find a dress I liked and my eyebrow got infected and my face blew up at my niece's Bat Mitzvah . . .

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RATFINKROB 10/6/2011 10:03AM

    Funniest Sparks pic of all time :)

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KAREN_NY 10/5/2011 4:58PM

    Love the 2-legs-in-1 picture! LOL! I want to do that! :)

Btw, I vote Navy. But no matter - have fun! You look great!

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JUSTCHELLE75 10/5/2011 2:46PM

    great blog

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TEMPEST272002 10/5/2011 2:03PM

    Love the two legs in one shot! I've kept a just a couple items for those kinds of shots. Have a pair of shorts I could almost fit in one leg - should try them on again & see if there is a difference. Both dresses look fabulous on you.

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KANSASROSE67 10/5/2011 12:37PM

    I love the jeans pics! I think you should wear the navy dress and either sell the teal or keep for another occasion. A great dilemna to have though, isn't it?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/5/2011 12:06PM

    I like the navy one best. Funny pic with you in one leg of your jeans, just shows how far you've come. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/5/2011 11:50AM

    That's great that both legs fit in one leg...I'd be laughing, too :-)
Dress...I would wear the navy since you really, really want to wear it. You can bring the teal dress to Vegas. I promise to bring a dress, too. I'll be able to wear heels by then.

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/5/2011 11:40AM

    Way to go!

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LOSE4LIFE47 10/5/2011 11:39AM

    Good work! You have done a fantastic job & you look great, btw!!

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Where do I find my motivation?

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Heck if I know. Seriously. Oh, I know I've always looked at my mom & known I didn't want to look like her - at any age. She was very thin as a girl & young adult, but she has never been thin in my lifetime. Yet always overly concerned with my weight. Hmmm. S little transference there maybe.

I know I don't want to go back to how it felt 30 lbs ago - which is why it's been very scary to me that I've been hanging out at the higher end of the range I've been maintaining for the last TWO YEARS. And I don't know why.

It's not as tho I stopped exercising or suddenly started eating out of control. And yet lately my WIs have been totally unpredictable & wacky.

I know that I enjoy looking in the mirror most days. I know that I enjoy being able to dress well.

But where does the motivation to keep at it despite all evidence that all that hard work seems to be doing nothing come from? I wish I could tell you. I just don't know. As Nike says, I just do it.

Where does your motivation come from, especially when the going gets tough?

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NIKI778 10/5/2011 9:43AM

    Usually my motivation waivers when the tough gets going. I have decide this time around is my last time "trying" I am GOING to SUCCEED, so for me I just keep thinking about my goal the reasons that I want to achieve it and how much better I feel both physically and mentally while I am working at reaching my goal. When I have a bad I just keep pushing on to the next. I also spend time reflecting on my pattern of ways that I sabotage myself and try and figure out how I can prevent that the next time the problem arises.

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MZSLYDE01 10/5/2011 9:43AM

    Yep that whole motivation thing for me is whacky. I used to just have it but now a days it comes and goes.
I hope we can both find it and keep it.

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    Mine is about creating a healthier me and to feel comfortable in my body.

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DDOORN 10/4/2011 12:34PM

    Lots have already spoken to my motivations...clothes, not wanting to "go there" re: the bad old fat days...! I think it's important to have something positive to draw one forward, also, however...and for me? It's the notion of matching my body to my internal perception of being that light, fleet cyclist that I know I am in spirit...a very important "carrot" I dangle in front of myself!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/4/2011 12:26PM

    My motivation comes from never wanting to be the "fat" girl again. I look back at pics of myself 100 pounds ago and I say "uggghhh". I will never let myself go like that again.

You've come so far Judy with all your hard work and I think that keeps you motivated just as it does me. Maybe the weight isn't coming off, but you like dressing nice and you look great. Your exercise stamina has improved, look at you gearing up for a half-marathon. You are rockin it lady. Hang in there, maintaining weight is a good thing. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/4/2011 12:12PM

    My clothes motivate me. It they're too tight, it's time to reign things in.

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TEMPEST272002 10/4/2011 12:07PM

    When the scale doesn't move, I keep my motivation by remembering that it's about creating a healthy life. I've had a lot of health problems - a stroke, diabetes, neurpathy, depression. Since I changed my ways & my weight, I feel so amazing. The difference between healthy & not healthy is fresh in my mind. The eating healthy & exercising regularly may not be getting you the scale satisfaction you're after, but never doubt that it makes a difference to your daily life.

But to bring it back to your scale goals... I see just how consistent you are day to day in your efforts & I sometimes think that you must be beyond frustrated with it. Perhaps after your HM, you could radically change your exercise routine? Really shake things up. Take up something like kick-boxing or belly-dance that would use an entirely new set of muscles. What do you think?

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/4/2011 9:50AM

    I have no motivation relative to weight and eating. When I started here, it was just following the process and trusting. I'm in the same boat as far as eating and lack of results. I eat well, I don't overeat, I run a lot, and yet there's still flab where I don't want it.
I do have motivation when it comes to running, but I'm not sure what the difference is. It's somehow easier to see the goal as long-range, and to take measured steps to reach it.

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RATFINKROB 10/4/2011 8:47AM

    My wife and daughter are my motivation. My wife is thin and trim, only eats when she is hungry, and always eats small portions. My daughter is the energizer bunny and always keeps me moving.

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PCOH051610 10/4/2011 8:29AM

    My motivation comes from SparkFriends like yourself who have lost some of their weight and are feeling much better about themselves.

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BESSHAILE 10/4/2011 6:58AM

    I have a Very Fluffy Family - we are all chunky and incline towards fat. One day when I was about 11 I was waiting for mom in a parking lot somewhere and this grey haired lady walked passed the car. She was trim and dainty with her blouse tucked into her skirt. I remember thinking - "I want to look like that when I am her age"

of course. I probably thought she was 80 or 90 years old. Maybe 100.

I keep that image before me.

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ZEESPARROW 10/4/2011 6:55AM

    Tough question. For me, when I struggle with motivation it's typically in regards to exercise. I don't always *want* do it. If I stop for a moment and really think about it, I know I feel better afterwards... and I want to feel better!

A friend of mine once said, "I have never regretted NOT skipping my exercise". A double negative that works out! (No pun intended...)

May you find your motivation... wherever it may be currently hiding.

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