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You have the power!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Maybe you feel stuck. Maybe you feel helpless. Maybe you feel powerless. You're just doomed to be fat, right? So why even fight it? It's too hard.

You have the power. It's inside of you: it's the power of belief. Belief in yourself, belief in your plan, belief that you can make the necessary changes. Belief that no matter how many times you fail, you will keep trying until you get it right.

Wasn't it Edison who said he learned 9,999 ways not to make a lightbulb? Talk about your lightbulb moment!

You are never a failure. You have just learned another way not to lose or maintain your weight.

I am on change #3999. Every yr WW changes its program. Most people hate it. They figure if it ain't broke, why fix it? I welcome it. Of course it's not easy, but nothing good ever is. So this week, I'm going to throw in a couple of days where I stick to about 90% power foods, as they call it. Basically whole, unprocessed foods (altho frankly I would argue nonfat cheese shouldn't be a power food & nuts should be).

It's not really that different from the way I normally eat, but it does get rid of some - but not all - of those little extras. And those little extras can sure add up!

Never forget going into what may be the hardest 2 weeks of your life, food-wise, that you DO have the power: the power to make the right choices; the power to believe you can do it.

How will you wield your power the next couple of weeks?

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DEE797 12/20/2011 8:49AM

    Thanks for the pep talk. I have so enjoyed reading your blogs, they are thought provoking and powerful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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FREELADY 12/16/2011 7:44PM

    I am just starting to be able to think the way you describe here. Thanks for expressing it so clearly and digestibly.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/16/2011 12:30PM

    Yes, great pep talk!! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/16/2011 9:41AM

    I agree that nonfat cheese shouldn't be and nuts should be but I suspect they are going for lower fat items.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/16/2011 8:37AM

    This is so true. And you are such a positive influence on this site. I'm enjoying these documentaries I've been watching as each one reinforces better and better eating for me.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/16/2011 7:39AM

    Thanks for the excellent pep talk, it really is all about believing in yourself. You are such a shining example, luv ya bunches. emoticon

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Try something new - you might like it!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Here's what I tried today:

American flatbread vegan harvest pizza. It doesn't get points for looks, and let's face it, even Daiya doesn't hold a candle to real cheese - but it was quite good! The portion was fairly generous & I had a very large side salad with 1 tsp olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt & drizzled with lemon juice to go with it.

I knew I needed something quick because I had my meeting & had to run errands afterwards. Even dropping a few errands I still didn't get home until almost noon.

For dessert I tried the republic of tea's caramel cake tea. I'd almost bought it a time or two online, but when I came face to face with it in the store today I succumbed. Hit the spot for this rainy, blustery day!

So blustery, in fact, that I skipped my retail therapy I was planning on. Because Marshalls is right next to the grocery store. Well, just a short walk, anyway. I recently let my $5 credit at DSW expire . . . I can ALWAYS find something to buy, but there just wasn't anything I felt I needed right now. Shocking, isn't it?

Course, it's a different story with my Kohls cash & 20% off there . . . there are things there I do definitely want, but I'm waiting til the last minute to get the best deal I can. I actually wan't to order sone jeans, but I'm not quite sure of the size, and I try to stay out of stores as much as possible at the holidays. Just about have DH covered . . . he always says the trip is my present - which works for me - but then he gets me stuff anyway. At least this yr I think I've got him things he'll mostly use.

So try new things. You might lime them - like I liked the HM, even tho I wasn't quite sure going in. You might not like them - I didn't like the rowing I tried several yrs ago.

Trust me, I know all about fear holding you back. I'm really good at that, no matter what my size

But what is the worst thing that can happen? You learn what you don't like. You're uncomfortable for a while. How will you ever know if you don't try?

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/15/2011 1:49PM

    I stay away from stores as well. When necessary, I go at 8 in the morning to avoid the crowds. Yes, I totally agree and 2012 is going to definitely be the year of trying new things for me. Big hug.

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NATPLUMMER 12/15/2011 1:12PM

    There are certainly things I won't try: bungee jumping, skydiving, stuff like that. But it is true you don't know about things unless you try.
Glad the pizza and tea turned out to be good.
It must have been very blustery ;-)
Good luck with the Kohls order when you make it. I'd love to see the new jeans :-)

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We always want what we can't have & ramblings

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How many times have you longed for a break from your routine? And the bam! You get it: you're sick and can barely move a finger. And then you long to be exercising!

Yup, came down with some mild flu-like symptoms this weekend & have become intimately reacquainted with my couch; the only exercise I'm getting is walking the dogs.

Hardly shocking, the last 6 weeks have been filled with travel, not enough sleep, training & oh yeah! A little HM. Thank God I had the sense to not run a couple of races in November I was considering. This too shall pass & it's not that bad.

Speaking of rest, I read in this month's Runner's World that recovery should equal 1 day for every mile you raced. So for an HM that translates into almost 2 weeks!

My body seems to agree, unfortunately. I'm a little unclear on just what you SHOULD be doing during that recovery: I would think walking & yoga would be ok, which is what I did afterwards - but perhaps I overdid it. I never had plans to run immediately afterwards, but I was hoping to get my first long run of training for HM #2 in this weekend - not really all that long, maybe a 10k but we shall see.

This time I'll top out at 10 miles because now I KNOW I'm capable of 13.1.

I'm left with the question of whether or not I'm capable of a sub-3 hr HM - I still think I am, but time will tell. Maybe I'm slower than I thought I was. I've no doubt the race conditions slowed me down, but by how much? Again, time will tell.

I've been looking around for HM#3, but every time I find one that looks interesting it conflicts with DH's schedule. Bummer. I was really excited about the niagara falls' women's HM, only DH has a conference near then. Then there was one on cape cod - same story.

I'm finding being already signed up for my second before finishing my first was very helpful in the motivation department. I wasn't sure I would like them, but obviously I do.

One area I'm having trouble with is the refueling department. It's never a good day when you're eating brownies with a spoon directly from a pan, as I did this weekend. The reality was I probably only ate about one brownie, but that is not the kind of mindful eating I pride myself on. And I know there have been too many BLTs (bites, licks & tastes) this week. I've tried to track most of them, but haven't completely managed it,

I don't even have holiday parties to blame it on! DH has several, but I am not invited. Probably a good thing.

Of course the minute you tell yourself you can't have a brownie, you end up face down in the pan (at least I wasn't THAT bad & have, in fact, had no brownies since Saturday). I read today that supposedly the way to curve cravings - which works especially well when you're hungry - is to visualize yourself eating said craved food.

I dunno. Remember, I am the one that remembers landmarks by restaurants & can wax poetic about desserts I enjoyed 20 YEARS ago.

But I'll try most anything at least once . . .

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NATPLUMMER 12/13/2011 12:52PM

    I hope you recover quickly. My sinuses have been pretty bad since Vegas. I would think walking and yoga would be fine. Good luck finding HM #3.
Parties...I've got one Friday and one Saturday emoticon
I'll have to try that visualization...definitely worth a try.

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TEMPEST272002 12/13/2011 11:23AM

    I agree with others - the body is wise. I long for exercise when I'm sick too! lol But you know this is the time to baby yourself and give yourself that extra bit of TLC. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/13/2011 10:53AM

    I like what Don said..."scheming and dreaming", lol. Even when you're down with the bug, you are already plotting your next move, that's a good thing for the motivation department. In the mean time, love your couch. Rest up so you feel better. And I totally agree with what others have said about training and resting. Hope you feel better. emoticon

P.S. When is the Niagra Falls half, that sounds like fun

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DDHEART 12/13/2011 10:27AM

    I really enjoyed and benefited from your "ramblings" Recovery I believe is supposed to not be entirely inactive but gentle. i think your yoga and walking were just fine, your illness is more likely the result of the physical stress of training and the race itself...just read same in RW also, air travel is notorious for exposing us to bugs....so....get over the bug, then walk and start your training with short gentle recovery run. You'll do it!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/13/2011 9:36AM

    Our body is so smart, demanding the rest it requires. Glad you are taking it slow and easy in order to refresh. And, yes, I am a shining example of depriving myself and then digging into that very thing. Have a good day.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/13/2011 9:19AM

    Sorry you've been feeling poorly! I still haven't recovered mentally from my marathon and that was in late October. Sigh. I'm trying to cut myself some slack.

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LBTHOMASJR 12/13/2011 9:13AM

    One day of recovery per mile raced is what I have heard as well. It doesn't necessarily mean that you can't do anything. I think that really depends on what your body is telling you. I generally like to give myself 2 or 3 days completely off and then add back strength, stretching and light cardio. Walking is great and even running is fine as long as it is something super taxing like speed work.

Welcome to the world of addicted Half Marathoners! Good luck with your recovery.

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DDOORN 12/13/2011 8:52AM

    Our bodies just seem to know when it's time to "pull the plug" and recharge, eh...? Sure doesn't stop you from scheming & dreaming new challenges for yourself, though! :-)


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KISSFAN1 12/13/2011 8:02AM

    Sorry that you have been sick and not feeling well. I've been involved in a holiday party and a refreshment event after piano recital where there were tremendous temptations, so I know how hard it can be to avoid them. Luckily my husband's job is the type where he doesn't go to an office and so no office parties or anything like that to make it harder on me.

Hope you feel better soon!

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EMMANYC 12/13/2011 7:57AM

    If you're looking for a memorable race in a city with great food, what about the Toronto Women's HM on May 27? One of the aid stations (that you pass a couple of times) is manned by shirtless firefighters (!) and you get chocolate at the last one. And Toronto is a great foodie city, because it's so multicultural.

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Touristy Vegas in pictures

Friday, December 09, 2011

DH likes to say that Vegas is Disney for adults. I willingly suspend my disbelief, and so I enjoy it. I'd never been until the mid to late 90s, but oddly enough, outside of NYC, Vegas is my most visited US city. Life can be strange.

All these photos were taken with my cell phone, so I apologize for the quality.

Panel at the expo. Meb Klefizighi (something like that - 2009 NYC marathon winner); Rod Dixon; and I never did catch who the last person was. My biggest takeaway from their talk? Every time you get to run should be seen as good, no matter how bad the outcome (barring loss of limb or life, of course!).

John "The Penguin" Bingham. One of my personal heroes -- his books really encouraged me to waddle on. He sure likes to hear himself talk!

The crowd pleaser Kara Goucher, who came thru as very nice and down-to-earth. I would've had my photo taken with her (heck, I would've definitely had my photo taken with the penguin -- he was always busy, tho) - but the line was just too long and it was getting late.

The Venetian at night. There's a small ice skating rink, too.

I've never been to Vegas during the holiday season. It's not NYC, but I enjoyed all the decorations.

In the daylight. They're serving free hot chocolate or mulled apple cider & roasted chestnuts - never could quite figure out the schedule -- I did manage to snag some hot chocolate and the chestnuts one day. Decided I'm not real fond of roasted chestnuts.

The night photos were as I was walking back to the hotel from the expo Friday night. Glad I caught the volcano at the Mirage erupting then, because I missed it on my run. I seemed to have missed most things scenic on my run . . .

The Fountain of the Gods inside Caesar's Palace. They also have live, moving statues but I didn't take any photos. The hotels with large shopping malls make them look "real" with the painted sky & such -- down the steaming manholes in NYNY.

Fountain & statue outside of Caesar's Palace.

The big cats outside the MGM.

The big cats INSIDE the MGM. Doing what cats do best. I like to visit them whenever I'm in Vegas.

I have race-day photos to look thru, but I'm sure some are bored by all the race ramblings, just as I'm sure there are more race ramblings to come.

If they up the entrants to 60,000 next yr it will be a very difficult decision for me. And it might have been a very different decision for me if I'd had to fight my way thru the Mandalay Bay after the race . . . sort of makes me glad that I'm slow & that I stayed at the Tropicana and had no problems walking back to the hotel after the race.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/12/2011 4:44PM

    Nice pics, thanks for sharing, can't wait to hear more race details and see pics of that too. Hope your day is going fantastic.

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LJCANNON 12/11/2011 2:55PM

    Love Vegas, and there is no such thing as a Bad Picture of it, LOL!!
I don't Gamble, but it is my FAVORITE Place to visit because of the scenery, the Shows, and the Guided Tours over the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon.
The Patriotic Show on the Fremont Street Experience always makes me tear up.
I am looking forward to more of your Vegas Ramblings.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 12/11/2011 6:23AM

    I am not a gambler and my hubby is not either. He has been their twice on business and hated it... So thank you for taking pictures since I know it is somewhere we will not be going. lOVED the pictures. And the ramblings.

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TEMPEST272002 12/9/2011 6:27PM

    I've never been to Vegas, but it's on my list. So many things to do & see in such a small space! Thanks for sharing your pics.

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KKINNEA 12/9/2011 4:37PM

    Wish I had known the Tropicana was looking so good! Excalibur was convenient but not the greatest stay. Anything that end of the Strip was better than needing to get on a shuttle.

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PUDLECRAZY 12/9/2011 4:37PM

    Fun pics. Looks like you had a great time. I've been enjoying reading your blogs.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/9/2011 2:47PM

    Great picts! I absolutely loved that tree in front of the Venitian!!! It was soo cool!! Did you run? I did and I thought it was a great race!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 12/9/2011 2:35PM

    Thanks for sharing. I can't quite find my camera cord to transfer my pics.

I wish I could have been at the expo on Friday to see Kara. She was pretty awesome at the expo I saw her at in October. I got to meet her husband and little boy there too.

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NATPLUMMER 12/9/2011 1:50PM

    Meb Keflezighi won the San Jose RnR HM in October. I didn't get to see him, though.
It's cool that you got to hear the talks.
You got much better pictures than I di.
60,000.....are they kidding?? They couldn't even handle what they had this year.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/9/2011 12:33PM

    Thanks for sharing the photos. I will always have the great memories of my last visit with my dear cousin. We were laughing fools together - non-stop. I remember asking her, as we walked along, if she wanted to go to NYNY. She laughed and said she lived next door (and often visited) the real thing, why would she want to go to the LV venue? Anyway, we had a great time together. I find that people either love it or hate it. I was going to come back last year and do one of the helicopter tours that I've taken before. But sad news a few days ago for the five who took one and crashed. Have a fun day.

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TAGSUIT2 12/9/2011 11:42AM

    Love Vegas!!! Been there several times and love the scenery inside the hotels.

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PICKIE98 12/9/2011 11:36AM

    Have not been to Vegas since 1977,,maybe again someday,, Disney would be my first choice though,.love your pics.. wwe got to sit next to Leo the MGM lion and take a pic with him, PETTING HIM!!!

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Last day in Vegas: another food blog

Thursday, December 08, 2011

So somehow I'd gotten into my mind that walking to fashion show mall would be a good idea. Only first I needed lunch. I always wanted to try out witchcraft, a sandwich place by Tom Colicchio of Top Chef fame, so I headed over to the MGM.

To get to the restaurant, you have to walk thru the entire hotel, which is a pretty good walk. And it was CLOSED. By this time, I'm getting a little hungry but I decide the other restaurants there weren't what I was in the mood for. I decided to head over to the Cosmopolitan, because I'd read the pizza at D.O.C.G. was good. Only THEY were CLOSED. WTH?

By this point it's noon, I'm hungry & a bit tired. I briefly consider walking the rest of the way to the mall, but I need food & I need it NOW.

I decide to try out China Poblano. We saw it when we went to the buffet - the reviews said pricey, small portions, but good. They were right on.

I had a Caesar salad WITH whole anchovies - which I liked - who knew? The only time i'd ever had anchovies was on pizza & I hated that. The salad was a decent size. I also had a refried bean taco & a wild mushroom taco - both small, but really tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch. DH, BTW, was out gambling.

So then, refueled, it was on to the mall. I wandered around a lot, tried on a few things, but bought nothing. And then I stumbled across the Red Velvet Cafe. Oh my. Let's just say I'm glad I didn't find it earlier in my trip (altho I bet lunch there would be awesome).

I really don't know what got into me, but I got the red velvet "cake" - more like a really big cupcake. If you go there, don't get it to go - sit down with it, because they warm it up and let me tell you that was some deliciousness. I ate about 3/4 of it, yes I did, including every last bite of the frosting. And it's vegan. Some reviewers claimed the cakes were less than 200 calories but I don't believe it.

You can bet I will return next time I'm in vegas. I regretted not getting the vanilla chocolate chip cake . . .

I went thru the miracle mile of shops at Planet Hollywood on the way home - and finally broke down & bought several sweaters at H&M - wouldn't you know the first place I looked at last Thursday?

Maybe tomorrow I'll have some time to wrestle some photos onto my computer; maybe not. But for now, hopefully this will be my next racing bling - youraustinmarathon.com/images/storie

Pretty cool. Then I have to pick some race for after that . . .

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MARGARITTM 12/12/2011 3:07PM

    OH YAH !!!! That cake place and I will be making friends on my next trip!

The medals were great weren't they!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 12/11/2011 6:18AM

    They warmed the cupcake up? Sounds yummy. Glad I do not live near Vegas or I might have had to ditch the low carb diet for one of those!

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KKINNEA 12/9/2011 4:34PM

    Red Velvet Cafe sounds divine - wish I knew it was there! I was noted the food places running down the Strip!!

Pricey but so worth it is Scarpettas in Cosmopolitan and we stumbled on Border Grill in Mandalay on Friday. And America Restaurant in NY NY is the hero - only place open after the event!!

I think we need an "Eat then Race" pact for next year...

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SLEEPYDEAN 12/9/2011 2:37PM

    Is DOCG that little hidden pizza place? I stumbled acrossed it and waited in line for a while, but then decided that pizza might not be the best for the my upset stomach. I did a few yelp searches for Vegas restaurants, but it seems like your knowledge would come in handy for my next trip there.

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DDHEART 12/9/2011 10:29AM

    Smiling as I read....the next race.....I believe you're infected with a running virus!! You enjoyed that cake, now it's back to training right?

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LJCANNON 12/9/2011 10:03AM

    emoticonDefinitely putting the Red Velvet Cafe at the Fashion Show Mall at the top of My List of places to go the next time I am in Vegas.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/8/2011 4:37PM

    What amazes me (among other things) about Vegas is how convoluted it is to walk from a short point a to point b. I remember the days when you just walked down the street on the sidewalk. Couldn't believe the changes last time I visited. I also bought some nice sweaters yesterday at Marshalls. I'd gone in to get a couple of gifts - which I did get- but then these sweaters called my name with such a great price! (smiling) Woohoo for you and your next race plans.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/8/2011 4:28PM

    So it sounds like you benefited from the closed restaurants, LOL!
I'm thinking of signing up for Austin again.....

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NATPLUMMER 12/8/2011 3:28PM

    CLOSED....BOOO!!! Sounds like our search to find a buffet after the race.
Now I want red velvet cake and vanilla chocolate chip cake...I won't do it, though.
Nice bling....can't wait to see a pic of you wearing it :-)

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