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How special do you want it to be?

Friday, December 23, 2011

As I mentioned last week, I picked 2 days this past week & really concentrated on clean eating. The scale was nice to me this week, too.

This morning, however, I noticed something interesting. I had my reese's cup oatmeal: 2/3 cup cooked oatmeal topped with 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips & 2 tbsp PB2.

It's been quite a few days since I had that particular breakfast, and boy, did it taste good! And I think it tasted so good precisely because it had been a while since I'd enjoyed it. Familiarity breeds contempt, right? Well, maybe not contempt, but perhaps disinterest.

There will be lots & lots of treats available this next week, no doubt. Make them special. Pick something you don't normally indulge in. Bypass the stuff you can bypass. Savor it. No regrets. And remember: you have the power, it's never too late to get back on track - which starts with just one, small, good choice.

I'm trying to decide on my long run this weekend. There's a group run posted for tomorrow - the pace a bit faster than my normal pace, and no doubt they don't take the walking breaks that I do. Plus tomorrow is supposed to be much colder than Sunday (remember, I'm jewish so christmas doesn't matter to me).

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/27/2011 12:23PM

    I only enjoyed one delicacy of the season, my miniature sausage cheese biscuits, and oooops a slice of banana bread, and ooops a yeast roll, but I really think I did well. The scale will tell me next Monday.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 12/26/2011 6:01PM

    Your oatmeal sounds divine! I am in total agreement - if we eat "treats" everyday they no longer have that special quality that "treats" are supposed to have. Tim Hortons (Canadian coffee joint) has a maple cinnamon french toast bagel that I really like so I allow myself to have it once on the weekends. We usually make it a "date" and go there and enjoy them freshly toasted with butter.

I hope you are enjoying your runs! I noticed you mentioned the movie Warhorse in your status - thanks for the heads up as I am a tad bit emotional!

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KKINNEA 12/23/2011 11:13AM

    I'm on board with picking only special treats - I actually practice this on a regular basis.

If you know the route of your group run, go and run. Even if you get behind, you'll be able to find your way. That's what I'm planning for myself this weekend too.

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2011 9:23AM

    Great treats advice. I'd probably go for the warmer Sunday run.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/23/2011 9:02AM

    I'd say do the slow run; I realized how much I enjoyed it last week when I had to slow my pace down to help a buddy finish her 26 mile run.
Hope you're enjoying Chanukah! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 12/23/2011 8:40AM

    Good advice on the treats - but I'm having a hard time following it. More the moving stress than holiday stress. For the group run - do you find it motivating to have to push yourself a bit to keep up with the group? If you do, then it might be a good idea to give it a go. Otherwise, skip it and go on your long run on Sunday when it's a tad warmer. Hope you have a great weekend!

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DDHEART 12/23/2011 8:31AM

    Excllent advice! The thing about holiday celebrations is that there are special dishes that have unique significance to us.. those are the things we should savor...never waste our palates on the stuff that isn't special!

I'm Christian but our family has celebrated when we could get together and Sunday will be a LSD run day for me....we can run together...in spirit!

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All it takes is ONE good choice

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I don't care how off track you are, you are only one good choice from getting back on track. One choice isn't that hard, is it? But once you make that one good choice, you want to make more. You feel good about yourself; you feel empowered.

The beauty of one good choice is that it doesn't have to be a big choice. In fact, it often works better when it's a little choice. Because it's so much easier to make little choices. They hardly seem to matter. But they have a way of multiplying like tribbles - only they're no problem at all.

Remember, you have the power.

It is NEVER too late to change your course.

Now what one good choice will you make today?

Did that lead you to make more good choices?

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CHRISTINA791 12/22/2011 11:46PM

    A great reminder! It's funny how people are willing to allow one poor choice derail them (there's a reason I hate the phrase "fall off the wagon"), but expect a complete overhaul of perfection to get back on track. Small choices add up into something much larger.

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ON2VICTORY 12/22/2011 5:35PM

    Tribbles! now thats a term I havent heard for a while... beam them to the Klingons!!

Seriously, that is a great thought. Its all about the choices. Here is some food for thought..

"Your success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through" Making the right choices, especially the little ones, determines where we end up.

great thought.

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FREELADY 12/22/2011 4:11PM

    I needed this reminder that the tiny choices are powerful. Sometimes I get frustrated trying to generate the big move. Right, small steps, little movements in the right direction . . . I'll get there!

Thanks for a great blog!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/22/2011 3:07PM

    This is another of your blogs that I've voted for. Once again, you are inside my brain as I've made one good choice just yesterday that has redirected me in good ways. Thanks for another great blog.

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DELRIO1 12/22/2011 12:54PM

    Love the blog. Good Job!!

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They say there's no such thing as a bad run

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A run with a group. All-you-can-eat sushi. What could be bad? Well, that's what I thought, anyway.

In the end, it wasn't all bad & I definitely had several guardian angels looking out for me. The first was when the accident was on the other side of the road - tying up traffic for miles - but my side wasn't even rubbernecking.

The first bit of bad luck was when the UAlbany buildings were locked up tight, so I had to stand around almost 20 minutes with the temp hovering at the freezing mark.

The next guardian angel was when I struck up a conversation with a women standing near me. She was nice, & stuck with me, even tho I couldn't keep up with the group & I know she could've.

But I REALLY couldn't keep up with the group, and eventually we lost them. All the buildings at UAlbany look the same. It was dark. I should've worn the headlamp I got in my HM goodie bag, but it didn't really occur to me I'd lose the group. We had no idea which way to go.

My final guardian angels showed up when we ran into a couple of guys from a different running group who ran us back. Otherwise I might still be there!

Cindy, the woman I was running with, was very sweet & said the pace was challenging enough for her (doubtful). And to call her any time I wanted to run, because we don't live very far apart. But she's already in a running group. And she's faster. AND they meet at 5 am. But I will certainly contact her to thank her at the very least.

For me, the pace was more than challenging. I thought I was gonna puke or die. I was really trying to keep up . . . I just couldn't. I apparently really just don't run well at night. I think I hadn't eaten enough beforehand, either, but I was saving myself for the sushi. Which I didn't even get.

Everyone was long gone by the time we got back. Cindy was going home - otherwise I would've offered to pay for her dinner. So I just went home, too. And ate leftovers at about 8 pm.

This is exactly why I hadn't run with the group in so long - no runs offered at my pace or anywhere close. I wad contemplating another group run this weekend . . . Altho since that one is in the morning & on a path, I still might do it. It won't matter if I get left in the dust. I really need to start my own group for us true penguins. Or get myself a running coach.

Obviously, it wasn't all bad. I got to run. I wasn't mugged or hit by a car. I met a very nice woman. So I suppose it's true: there really isn't a bad run.

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DDHEART 12/21/2011 6:51PM

    Yes there really is no such thing as a bad run but they are not all created equal! I am so glad that you ended this on a positive note and you know, I wouldn't entirely rule out occasionally running with your new friend...perhaps she would like to have some less challenging runs (we are supposed to do easy runs too you know) and running with someone who is a bit more fit than us or faster, however you wish to phrase it, would be good for your growth as a runner. Finally, having someone near by to run with....wow...that's a gift! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 12/21/2011 11:56AM

    I would run with you if we lived near each other! Like you, though, I hate running at night. Just don't have the energy I do in the morning.


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KKINNEA 12/21/2011 11:16AM

    Lots of adversity there, for sure, but you got through it! I agree that a morning run on paths is better for us slow-doggers - you can see exactly where you can and can't go.

By the way, the headlamp from Vegas is just perfect - it throws light well and brightly and I've had excellent dark runs since we got them!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/21/2011 10:50AM

    That's my fear, being to slow for everyone else! Very nice of Cindy to stay with you!

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NATPLUMMER 12/21/2011 10:47AM

    If I didn't live so far away, I'd join your group. Definitely not all bad, though. Sorry you didn't get your sushi. Hopefully soon.

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MISSG180 12/21/2011 8:49AM

    I couldn't have had your attitude about such an experience. Good job!

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FREELADY 12/21/2011 7:28AM

    Although it wasn't an ideal experience, your blog makes me want to get back to running!

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FRECKS96 12/21/2011 6:18AM

    Bravo for giving it a try again! My running club group runs tend to be too fast for me also, but I generally prefer running alone. If I'm with someone I want to chat and most don't.

Hope you get your sushi fix soon!

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XFITSTRONG 12/21/2011 6:17AM

    I would love to run with a group who ran at my pace. That is so nice that Cindy ran with you. I enjoy your blogs!

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It's NEVER too late to change your course

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Maybe you feel like you've been a bit off course lately. Remember: YOU have the power. You CAN change your course. It is NEVER too late.

I ran my own business for 13 yrs.

I started to lose weight again around age 47.

I ran my first mile at age 48.

I ran my first half marathon at age 49.

There are people at this site quite a bit older than me who've accomplished as much - or much, much more.

How did we do it?

*We put ourselves first. You have to be just a little selfish to be healthy. In the end, tho, really you're being selfless - because you can give so much more by putting yourself first.

*We chose to believe in ourselves, no matter how many times we failed in the past.

*We planned. Yes, planning is hard. Being unhealthy is hard. Choose your hard.

*We worked our plans. Planning only gets you halfway there.

*We rewarded ourselves. You repeat what you're rewarded for.

*We had a plan b, plan c, etc. Life WILL throw you curveballs.

*We listen to our bodies. YWLMV (your weight loss may vary). What works for my buddy may not work for me, but my body talks to me when I bother to listen.

*We tracked. Tracking's too hard, you say? Remember, choose your hard. You may not have to track forever; you might have to. It's a small price to pay.

*We delved into the emotional reasons we got here. It's never just about food.

Pick one; pick a few. You CAN get back on track. It's NEVER too late.

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SKFEREBEE 12/20/2011 11:22PM

    Working the plan is definitely key!

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DONNACFIT 12/20/2011 9:02PM

    great blog!!

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XFITSTRONG 12/20/2011 3:26PM

    YAY! Loved it.... I agree with everything!

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KANSASROSE67 12/20/2011 2:09PM

    Great blog...you're right on every count!

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KKINNEA 12/20/2011 10:50AM

    Excellent, love this!

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FREELADY 12/20/2011 10:30AM

    You have more worthwhile content here in this blog than some authors take up an entire book with! Thank you!

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HALFFAST 12/20/2011 8:55AM

    You are so right! Have a great day :)

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FRECKS96 12/20/2011 8:37AM

    Awesome! And so true! Thanks for the reminder!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/20/2011 8:37AM

    So true!

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DEE797 12/20/2011 8:36AM

    Terrific blog and just what I needed to read this morning. Thanks for sharing it with us. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/20/2011 8:22AM

    You are right!!

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A day of almost clean-eating

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I was going to title this "Thank God it was a really good apple" because I needed something sweet after dinner and it WAS a really good apple. Only I was still hungry. I could've had a second apple - I've done that - but I didn't do it last night.

So this is what my day mostly focusing on power foods looked like:

1 cup cooked oatmeal - normally I have a bit less oatmeal, but top it with PB2 & 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Siggi's nonfat yogurt with blueberries

2 eggs
Baked sweet potato fries (tossed with 1 tbsp egg white to make them crunchy)
1 Adora, 1 Daily Wellness (chocolate supplements)

Banana after a long walk with the dogs.but I was still hungry, so I had what I'd planned for dessert: 2/3 cup cooked oatmeal topped with 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips - those dark chocolate chips were supposed to be my treat.

Brown rice
Big salad of romaine drizzled with 1 tsp olive oil, lemon juice & some sea salt
1 apple

But I was still hungry . . . I know, a bit light on freggies. After traveling & being sick I don't have quite as much prepared foods around yet (feeling good one, hoping to run later today).

I had 1 Glow cookie (gluten free). Usually I'd want 2, tho, so all in all, it wasn't a bad day. I really kind of wanted to make it a day with no processed foods whatsoever - with the exceptions of olive oil & chocolate - a girl's gotta have SOME fun - but I suppose it's still a goal to work towards.

Progress, not perfection.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/19/2011 2:40PM

    That's an awesome eating day you described, I need to aspire to a lot better than what I'm doing. My excuse is being too busy, lol, not really just LAZY. Thank goodness the scale is still saying the same as before Thanksgiving. One of my goals for the new year is to eat a lot less processed and stick to "clean" eating for a couple months, just to see if I can get the scale to go down a few numbers. Enjoy your run today for me too. emoticon

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FREELADY 12/18/2011 10:03PM

    When you report specifics, it helps me so much. I am gradually learning to eat the way you describe, after decades of refined carbs and processed everything. Thanks for continuing the education process for me! This way I can get a handle on how IT CAN BE DONE!

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NATPLUMMER 12/17/2011 6:00PM

    Looks like a very good day!! Progress!!
I hope you got in a good run emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 12/17/2011 8:58AM

    Great job on the power foods!!!!

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