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Faith & thank God for wool socks

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Despite the truly miserable weather today, I decided to head out on a run. I wanted to check out some other parks & an outdoor shopping area. Well, I never found where I was supposed to turn & I didn't like the looks of the neighborhood & decided to turn back & go to the park I knew how to get to. That wasn't the scary part.

Which was all fine & dandy until maybe 5 minutes after I got there when the lightning & thunder started. I foolishly decided to complete my run. I didn't want to hunker down in the nearby grocery store, and the hotel was a good 10 minutes away.

I toughed it out. I know, I know, not one of my better decisions but thankfully I escaped unscathed. Must've been all the prayers "please God I really don't want to make my husband a widower on our anniversary".

In fact, as I headed towards "home" the thunder stopped. A sign? I'm just glad - I have to cross 2 bridges to get back to the hotel & one is a drawbridge which is already scary enough cause you can literally see it shaking where the 2 halves meet.

When I went to grab my honey stinger gels towards the end, I discovered the ziploc I was using to hold them was torn open & they were long gone. Some lucky dog will enjoy them.

Despite all the drama, it was a pretty good easy run. I even managed to finally snag a banana, along with just a bit of scrambled eggs & home fries. I've found the breakfasts I brought from home have been oddly filling & I haven't been super hungry in general.

There are analogies to be made . . . having faith in ourselves & our journeys . . . overcoming fears . . . making poor decisions . . . I'm sure you can connect the dots.

Oops! Forgot the socks when I first wrote this! But so glad I didn't forget to pack wool socks. I had to run thru deep puddles multiple times . . . wool dries out very quickly!

  
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DDOORN 10/19/2011 6:28PM

    Kudos to pushing yourself! I've been a bit wussy with the rain and cold lately and "tolerating" ye olde treadmill.

Don

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NIKI778 10/19/2011 4:35PM

    Yeah for the run!!! Happy Anniversary, hope you are enjoying your vacation!

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NATPLUMMER 10/19/2011 11:15AM

    Yay for a run and arriving back unscathed. I don't know if the thunder and lightning or the bridges would have scared me more.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/19/2011 11:14AM

    It was the inner voice telling you not to run thru that creepy neighborhood and it turned you around, for your safety, even though you got stuck in the rain and lost your gels. Ya never know.

Happy Anniversary.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/19/2011 11:14AM

    Happy Anniversary!

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There's always something to like

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I wanted to be slimmer before I went on vacation. Well, I want lots of things in life, but they don't always happen. No matter how hard you try. I already assume I'll gain at least a couple of pounds - I don't slack off on exercise & I try to eat healthy with sone indulgences, but I know that's my track record.

Looking at myself in the mirror this morning, it would have been so easy to dwell on the the parts that are bothering me right now.

Instead, I chose to concentrate on the things I DO like about my body. There's always something - even if it's just your smile, your hair, or your fingernails.

There are definitely things I DO like about my body.

I can't change where I'm at right now, but I can change the way I think about it.

  
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XFITSTRONG 10/18/2011 5:29PM

    Yes there is always something to like. A great reminder as I am always so hard on my myself. THanks!!!!

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DDOORN 10/18/2011 3:36PM

    Good for you! Changing how I view myself physically is one of the biggest challenges for me.

Have a super time!

Don

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PATTYCAKE17 10/18/2011 3:19PM

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON THE MONEY, HONEY! A SMILE GOES A LONG WAY!! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/18/2011 2:14PM

    ...and you have some really hot new clothes to be sporting on your vacation. Hope you are having fun. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/18/2011 2:07PM

    Awesome attitude!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/18/2011 1:55PM

    So true! Just relax and enjoy your vacation!

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This time I chose the rain

Monday, October 17, 2011

When I asked the concierge about nearby running trails, he loomed at me like I had 3 heads. Either he thought I couldn't possibly be a runner, or no one runs in the rain, or he's just really bad at his job. He did eventually cone up with a suggestion.

The forecast is pretty miserable. Get rained on . . . treadmill . . . get rained on . . . but really, what better way to explore than on your own 2 feet? And it's a warm rain.

I made my usual wrong turns, but eventually I found the park he'd steered me towards. I ran, I walked, I meandered thru a small grocery store. It drizzled, and eventually settled into a pretty steady rain. It feels good when it's warm out!

People were out walking a variety of dogs. There were several other runners doing their thing. I counted 4 cruise ships in the harbor. I chose to go music less, even tho my MP3 player is waterproof, just so I could be fully present.

Swimming may be harder than running given the weather if the next few days. Sadly, we're not actually near a beach. Gonna play it by ear.

  
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SHEILA1505 10/18/2011 1:30PM

    Enjoy your change of scenery
Hugs

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*ERICA* 10/18/2011 10:04AM

    sounds like you had a great time running in the rain. awesome!!

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TEMPEST272002 10/17/2011 4:17PM

    I vote not good at his job. Sounds like it was a good way to explore a bit.

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NEWNAC304 10/17/2011 4:11PM

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NIKI778 10/17/2011 3:21PM

    When you were a kid did you ever love to play in the rain? I used to love playing in the rain and splashing in the puddles, maybe when its raining tomororw and you want to just run on the treadmill, think like a kid and go play in the rain again!!

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NATPLUMMER 10/17/2011 1:16PM

    Yay for a run...even in the rain!!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2011 12:09PM

    Good job on getting out in the rain. I like the rain too but I don't have a waterproof ipod, so I tend to keep indoors.

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JOANN1212 10/17/2011 12:08PM

    cool

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Why is SHE so hard on herself?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I bet you have them: the spark buddies who are at goal & look like they have it made - they look great. they seem to be able to eat in ways you can't & still maintain that "perfect" body. But they don't seem happy; they're still picking their bodies apart, obsessing over every missed workout or overindulgence.

And you wonder why is SHE so hard on herself?

Of course, we never know the true story, only what is shared here. And there's the old "there but for the grace of God goes me".

But then I got to thinking . . . I'm sure some of my spark buddies think the same about me. So I'm not at my GW after 2 yrs . . . I look good, don't I? Most people meeting me for the first time in my WW meeting just assume I'm at my GW, even tho I range 5-10 lbs away from it!

I don't binge. I eat healthy foods for the most part. I exercise regularly. So why be so obsessed with a number?

I have my reasons, of course. Not paying for WW is first & foremost. Being comfortable in my body is a close second - I've been at the higher end of my range for a while now & I don't like it - my thighs rub together. I never completely lost that, which is just another reason I'd like to lose those last few pounds, but it's definitely worse now & it makes me uncomfortable.

I'd like to just relax about it all, but I just don't seem able to. And that got me thinking finally . . . maybe it's OK to be a tiny bit obsessive. Maybe it's even necessary. For so long I've thought the point is to be relaxed about it all but maybe I was wrong. We know what happens when we relax our efforts.

So next time when you're shaking your head over a spark buddy who seemingly has it all but still seems so hung up on it all, know that maybe that's WHY she "has it all". Because she makes it a priority - in a good way.

BTW, in the end, I did not have pancakes for lunch. Or dinner! I never had them at all. My body decided it wanted some real nutrition - no doubt because I'd had almost no fruits & veggies the day before. So I had a tuna waldorf salad for lunch & garlic pasta for dinner - an indulgence, but better than pancakes!

  
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KANSASROSE67 10/18/2011 5:46PM

    Good blog...lots to think about. It's all relative anyway...I thought I was "fat" in high school and if I was at that weight now (and that lack of cellulite) I'd be in heaven!

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PCOH051610 10/18/2011 4:49PM

    You DO look good and only you know what will make you happy...be it your goal weight or not. I like the points you raised in this blog - thanks for writing it! You are doing great and are one of my biggest inspirations!

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DDOORN 10/17/2011 3:05PM

    Definitely WAY better to be a little too obsessive than to relax, let one's guard down and WHAM be saddled with those extra pounds! The latter is my forte...wouldn't at ALL mind changing THAT about myself!

Don

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MZSLYDE01 10/17/2011 1:50PM

    I haven't met my goal yet and it has been almost 2 years. I was doing so great for the longest time and then - well - you know what happened. I have been really hard on myself and it's not like I gained all the weight I had taken off back. Maybe 3 or 4 pounds but far from where I started. It's just that I took so many steps back to where I was at - I just beat myself up all the time.
Good job on listening to your body. I am starting to do that again lately and it really does make a difference instead of giving into temptation.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2011 12:07PM

    We are our own worst critics. Sometimes being hard on ourselves is what we have to do, however I have shifted that way of thinking just a tad. I have learned I am human, I do slip up on food and exercise from time to time. Keep doing what you're doing, you're doing just fine. I know the goal weight has not appeared on the scale yet, but it will come, just not in the timeframe we want it to. emoticon

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NEWNAC304 10/16/2011 11:09AM

    I have a feeling that once I'm at goal I'll be a little obsessive about what I eat. I'll be afraid that the weight will just come back if I'm not.

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INDIANAGIRL61 10/15/2011 10:14PM

    I know what you mean. I guess we all have our own reasons for being hard on ourselves. We expect superpowers. As women we need to learn to let some of the unimportant things go---- and just live. Not through indulgences or gluttony, but through the enjoyment of being.
By the way......I LOVE pancakes, that's what I would of ate!!
Great blog. Thanks!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 10/15/2011 8:54PM

    Yup, because it's the "no excuses" hard workers that get the results. I know if I slack off, I really notice it in my body. Everyone has their own levels of where they can slide or not. I can slide very litte, but I've seen others that can eat all kinds of stuff I can't and still achieve great results. It's a pretty personal thing, no? ;)

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TEMPEST272002 10/15/2011 1:30PM

    It's a tricky balance for me - to fight off the evil voice of perfectionism and yet to remain disciplined and focused. Fine tuning seems to be required at this stage of the game. So how could we not pay attention to the details? A little bit obsessive can be a good thing. I have every confidence you'll find your way to that GW.

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ERIKO1908 10/15/2011 1:03PM

    It never really ends...we have to stay on it!! If we don't it will slip away. Thanks for sharing!! Happy Sparking!!

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XFITSTRONG 10/15/2011 10:29AM

    I hear ya.... I know what you are talking about. I thought getting into the 130's would finally make me happy, but I still see the rolls on the belly and the flabby thighs. UGH! I hate that I feel like that. 130's is "nomal" for me and I keep having to tell myself that over and over!

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NATPLUMMER 10/15/2011 9:30AM

    Amen!!
Some days you definitely crave fruits and veggies. My husband came home from work and said I want vegetables at dinner. So we had Chinese.

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NELLJONES 10/15/2011 8:59AM

    As someone who's been at goal for a long time, I know exactly what you are talking about. When I obsess over the number (and I do) it's like my weight is Dumbo's feather. It's like everything I have and love, I only have and love it because of my weight. Just like when I was fat, I thought the reason I DIDN"T have everything I wanted it was because of my weight. Of course that's dumb, but there it is. I think it's about control. So much of my life, like everyone's life, has so much that is out of my control, my weight, my eating is the one thing I CAN control. And I hang on to it with all 10 of my nails. I know by now that happiness isn't in my weight but in my attitude, but I still love my weight (if not my aging body) and like all precious things, I will take good care of it.

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A 2 breakfast day

Friday, October 14, 2011

Already had my oatmeal; planning pancakes as second breakfast cause I didn't get them before my long run yesterday - mostly because I didn't initially plan a long run yesterday.

It's been a busy week & I really wasn't quite sure where I was going to squeeze in that long run. I had my WW meeting yesterday & a few errands to run afterwards (sadly, the boots i'd been eyeing at Marshalls were gone). Thursdays are always a busy day.

But when I got home & the rain had mostly stopped & TOM hadn't yet arrived it seemed like a good opportunity. Despite the fact I'd only had about 5 hrs sleep the last few nights & I'd done an interval run the day before & really just had lots of exercise & not enough rest lately.

I told DH he would walk the dogs on my long run days but I've had to do them during the week for the last 3 weeks so I've walked the dogs, too.

It wasn't a bad run, but it was a very slow run. Even for me. I actually started to speed up a few times butthen reigned myself in: long runs aren't about getting faster, they're about building endurance.

I was tired. When I looked at my distance the first time it wad 8 & 1/2 miles. By 9 miles I was happy to call it quits. I felt I could certainly have gone farther, but was happy not to have to that day. And I spent some time thinking about how nuts marathoners are.

The good news is while I felt occasional twinges in my hip & knee, nothing major. I iced my hip a couple of times when I got home as a precautionary measure & it's fine. Swimming really seems to have helped it.

I even made dinner . . . garlic pasta . . . altho I let the pots soak - they've already been washed this morning. I've done some runner's yoga & some foam rolling this morning too. I've actually got quite a bit to do today, but for now I'm gonna be a couch potato & watch Gray's Anatomy.

For everyone who wanted the black bean burger recipe . . . a) it's from Clean Eating magazine & I couldn't find it online & b) I'm sure you can find plenty of spark recipes for them but here's the gist of it:

1 can black beans
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
Some chopped onion
A bunch of spices

You're supposed to just mix it all together but I purred it in my food processor. I think it would be better not pureeing it - maybe mash the beans & then just mix everything together.

The good news is next week is a recovery week & I'm so ready for that!

  
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DISPATCHER04 10/14/2011 6:52PM

    LOL, I have weeks like that sometimes, where although I haven't had as much rest, I've got tons of energy. I try to go with it as long as I have the energy--and rest later, when I feel I need it. ;)

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TEMPEST272002 10/14/2011 10:51AM

    Glad to hear that the hip has calmed down. Even on my 5k runs it occurs to me that marathoners are nuts! But wouldn't it be great to be one? lol

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*ERICA* 10/14/2011 9:48AM

    Wow you were busy yesterday!

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NATPLUMMER 10/14/2011 9:32AM

    Good job getting the run in. If you think you can go farther then you've been going slow enough. I'm glad the swimming is helping the joints. I want you in good shape for the 1/2.
Sounds like a nice start to the day.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/14/2011 9:04AM

    Nothing like swimming for great overall fitness. Wish I could find a good pool nearby. If you don't buy at Marshalls when you see the item, chances are good it'll be gone. But I know you are doing a reward program that doesn't make that possible. Also, when I said my veggie diet is boring, it's because it is mostly raw at this point. I plan to do this for another week or two before adding more interesting stuff. My body is starting to respond nicely. Have a fun weekend. Glad your hip pain is subsiding.

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