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January going out like a lion

Monday, January 30, 2012

I'm sitting here listening to the wind howl, really wishing I wasn't signed up for a group run tonight. But there's sushi at the end . . . this time it better happen!

My group run sat was ok. It was really lovely weather to run in - about the freezing mark, which actually feels sort of warm after all those runs in the teens with windchills in the single digits. In fact, ditched my gloves & neck gaiter after our first loop.

Yes, I decided to join the "group" - 2 other ladies, both of whom I've met before. I thought of Eleanor Roosevelt & decided I should do something that made me uncomfortable. And it sure did that first loop when it became clear I was a third wheel & they were BFFs. For some reason my Nike+ app didn't start, either.

They had finally stopped hashing out stuff I knew nothing about by the second loop - i'd started the app, only this time it turned out it wasn't tracking pace or distance.

By the third loop one person left, & the app suddenly started tracking pace & distance - but over the entire time it had been running; I don't run 23 minute miles! The bottom line is I *think* I ran 10 miles but I really don't know. I put in the time, anyway.

By about mile 8 or 9 my knee started to bother me. The same knee that bothered me when I ran that 8 mile race in the same location last summer! Obviously the knee doesn't like running there. I had to ice for the very first time training for this HM. All I can think of is I think the first 3 miles were at a faster pace than I'm used to - but again, I don't really know.

Next weekend I'll be on my own for my long run again & since I've entered my taper I'm good with that. We ordered a Garmin Forerunner 110 for me & I might even have it by next weekend. I wanted the 210, but it was $60 more and all you get for that is current rather than average pace & the ability to time intervals; just wasn't worth an additional $60 to me. I can't begin to tell you how difficult it was to make up my mind between the different versions!

Just 2 more long runs til my HM.

As mild as this winter has been, it's still been cold enough - it took me hours to warm up after my run this weekend again. I sweated pretty good & boy you get chilled quickly when you can't change for 20 minutes or so.

So I pushed myself out of my comfort zone & yup, it was uncomfortable on many levels! But you can't grow without getting uncomfortable.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/30/2012 2:15PM

    emoticonthat you ran with the group and did something uncomfortable, like you said, you can't grow unless you try it. You're getting close race time, I can tell you are excited. emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 1/30/2012 11:30AM

    Good for you on your run. Sounds like it was uncomfortable but the important thing is you did it.
Glad you finally decided on a watch. I have heard great things about the Garmin brand. I am sure you will like it. Hope it comes soon.
Have a sparky day.

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NATPLUMMER 1/30/2012 9:33AM

    Yay for getting uncomfortable!! I know you don't run 23 minute miles. I hope your Garmin does show up before the weekend so you can test it out.
No, your knee really doesn't like that place...stay away.

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XFITSTRONG 1/30/2012 6:16AM

    That's awesome! I am a huge baby and hate the cold.... I'd rather be home camped out by my heater, lol! Good thing I live in Texas or I would have a hard time being consistant with exercise. Enjoy the garmin! I love mine, but I have the old, ugly, huge one.... Would love to get the smaller pink one someday, but can't bring myself to spend money on one when I already have one that works... even though it's ugly. :) Have a great day!

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LADYBUG1107 1/30/2012 5:21AM

    Way to go!

Running outside sounds like fun. I have been stuck inside on my treadmill.

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January's almost over . . .

Friday, January 27, 2012

are you still sparkling?

We have such high hopes for a new start with the new year . . . then oh - yeah- you've actually gotta do some work! The chutzpah! Who'd've thunk you have to *work* to lose weight?

My secret to staying on track with all the work it takes to lose weight? Planning. When my WW leader asked how many people knew what they were having for dinner that night, few people raised their hands.

I knew. Heck, I have a plan for most of the week. It's in my head, but I plan out the next day's meals the night before - or at the very least the morning of. So much easier when you don't have to think about it. And it actually makes it easier when I change my mind, too - which I do often; it isn't written in stone. But having the plan means it's easier to make substitutions.

Now I plan out my workouts at the beginning of the week, too. In fact, that's what I was doing this morning when I woke up far too early. It's the same deal: I may change things or swap workouts depending on how I'm feeling or what life deals me, but having that plan in place actually saves me time.

I pick out goals for each week. I track them.

Yes, it IS a lot of work. But you're gonna feel more sparkly when you do the work.

Right now I'm trying to decide about tomorrow's long run. I can get up earlier than I'd like, have a slightly rushed morning, & run at a place I find boring.

Or I can relax more & run in the park I love.

The first run is with a group & that's why I'm leaning torwards it. Plus it has the advantage of leaving me with most of the day. Yes, I tried to convince them to run at the park, but the leader finds THAT boring. Go figure. And I need to tack on another mile to the group run.

I guess we'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow. Having a plan doesn't mean you can't be flexible.

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DDHEART 1/29/2012 4:37PM

    Well Judy, another one of those times when we were thinking the same thing and coming at it from a slightly different angle. Funny, I hit send on my blog, come to read yours and start to laugh at how in tune we are and yet separated by so many miles! One of these days I am going to meet you and we can complete this connection! LOL

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RUNNINGPFUHL 1/29/2012 8:16AM

    YES!!! I'm still on plan!! And I'm a planner. I made a meal plan for the week based on what I already have in the fridge/freezer/pantry and then I set up my meals for the week.

I also have a plan of what I'm gonna do for my workouts. M W Sat are run days. T Th are FitKick Days. I have one more Fit Kick Class this month and I will have made my goal of going to all of them for January!

It sounds like you are doing great!! And way to go on the group run! :)

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LIBBYFITZ 1/28/2012 12:53AM

    Yes depends on your mood, but I also do better if I have a plan!


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TEMPEST272002 1/28/2012 12:22AM

    I don't always plan, but I do better when I do. Park or people? Guess it depends on your mood tomorrow. Hope you have a good run either way.

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FREELADY 1/27/2012 8:33PM

    I agree---sensible planning along with resilience and flexibility is good balance. Not planning sinks me: impulse eating, fresh ingredients spoil in the frig, valuable time leaks away, etc.
Thanks for a thoughtful blog.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/27/2012 10:26AM

    Whatta gal! Bet you do the same thing in your life in general. Having a plan is a valuable tool, for sure.

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NATPLUMMER 1/27/2012 10:19AM

    I do try to plan at least Mon-Thursday in advance so I can shop for the items I need. We go out on the weekends. I plan my workouts, too. But I think it all helps.
Have a good run tomorrow wherever it ends up being emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/27/2012 8:26AM

    You're so right about "planning". I used to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda girl, but that does not work well with SPARK, it doesn't work at all really. Easier to plan meals than to be left last minute scrambling for something within the daily calorie range.

And secondly so true about it being alot of work. You don't know how many ppl ask me "whats your secret" and I go on to explain about counting calories, measuring food, and exercise. They immediately say "oh that's too much work". Well there ya go, that's why they aren't losing weight - it's too much work. Yes it is a lot of work, but it a work that has now become second nature, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Enjoy your run, whichever one you chose and have a super weekend.

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FRECKS96 1/27/2012 8:20AM

    Love it! I'm a planner too. But, yes, flexibility is SO important.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

I was so unmotivated yesterday . . . such a gray day & today is no better. Somehow I managed to get a lot done!

Got my run in. Even pushed myself to do a full hour rather than my usual 40-45 minutes. I wore my Fila skeletoes & managed to give myself small blisters on both big toes, but I put something on them & I think I'll do fine on sat's long run.

Walked the dogs, did some pilates, washed the sheets & changed the bed.

Made soup that we'll have for dinner tonight because I wan the flavors to marry, as they say.

Last week my clothes were feeling pretty comfortable & I was looking forward to a loss only to be greeted by a 1 lb gain. had to reread one of my WW weeklies that dealt with weight gain & not being envious of other people's losses.

Being honest with myself, I knew I was taking 2-3 dark chocolate chips - something I have pretty much every day on something - only I was popping a few extras.

It's those mindless nibbles that always trip me up. They NEVER seem like enough to cause the damage they do . . . but the proof is in making a conscious decision to take no prisoners (that would be extras) - lost that pound & just a wee bit more.

I am happy that at the moment, anyway, instead of gaining weight thru my HM training, I have been slowly losing. I think part of that is the new WW plan - it hurt to lose those 3 pts but it seems to be working - eating too much even of healthy foods has ALWAS been my downfall - and also the conscious decision to work in more hill workouts & ST.

Combining running with ST can be so difficult, but in the end it's worth the payoff.

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DDOORN 1/27/2012 9:26AM

    Kudos to pushing through and watching out for those little extras...your vigilance is SO paying off!


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FRECKS96 1/26/2012 9:19PM

    Wow, what a day! Glad you kicked that pound to the curb. The BLTs are one of my issues too, as you know. Mindful eating is SO important. If only I could do it more consistently!

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FREELADY 1/26/2012 5:19PM

    Applause and admiration! I am working on these same commitments, to CHOOSE exercise on a blah day, to be mindful of everything I put in my mouth. Your reports give me a boost.

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NATPLUMMER 1/26/2012 1:13PM

    Wow an hour in the skeletoes. Impressive.
It's definitely the little (and sometimes not so little) nibbles that get to me. I really need to nip that in the bud and soon.

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SLEEPYDEAN 1/26/2012 12:12PM

    Nice job on actually getting out there!

The nibbles have been getting to me to lately, but my problem is peanut butter - I dip crackers in it at home and at work as a quick snack and I'm sure I'm overdoing it.

And yes, losing during half training is quite the feat. I gave up on losing my last 3-4 pounds since I am in a perpetual state of training these days. haha

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/26/2012 11:42AM

    emoticonGlad you got motivated and productive on a dreary day.

I'm going to sparkmail you this article on training and weight loss, I think you find it interesting

Good job on losing a pound+ this week emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/26/2012 11:39AM

    I've seen people with skeletoes on, walking in them like shoes. I guess they must be comfie if you even run in them! Good for you with your productive day. You are a motivated gal, for sure.

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It's not about yesterday

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

We want to think we can erase bad choices by exercising them away or by restricting ourselves the next day. You can't out exercise a poor diet & depriving yourself usually leads to more bad choices.

It is way more important to be consistent. So you overate? Ok, it happens. You know what? It will even happen when you get to your GW. While it's ok to maybe eat a *little* lighter after overeating, you still need good nutrition to fuel your day & your workout.

Eat right 80% of the time & the other 20% will take care of itself.

Punishing yourself - whether with exercise or withholding food - never works. It may be exactly how you got here in the first place.

Remember, you can't change yesterday, but the choices you make today will effect tomorrow.

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EOSTAR_45 1/26/2012 10:09AM

    I so hear you!!

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FREELADY 1/25/2012 9:24PM

    You really have a way of expressing things well. Not to mention sensible & wise. Thanks!!

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DISPATCHER04 1/25/2012 7:50PM

    That's it, exactly. ;)

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MZSLYDE01 1/25/2012 10:33AM

    Great blog - It's just what I needed to hear.

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TEMPEST272002 1/25/2012 9:08AM

    Smart advice!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/25/2012 8:58AM

    I'm not going to say that I awoke with these thoughts in my head today, and then turned on the 'puter and read your blog. (smiling) Yup, you're inside my head again. Have a fun day.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/25/2012 8:01AM

    emoticonblog and I totally agree with everything you said. You can't take it back once it's been done, but you can make the next choice a healthy one. Onward and upward. emoticon

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The power of freggies

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I did a 9:15 am aerobics class. Fairly intense. Had yogurt for a snack beforehand, a banana for a snack afterwards. But then I had to drop some books off a the library, do a little grocery shopping, and make a quick Target run.

I was Famished. In fact, I was about to dig into the celery I'd just bought, only it Really needed a rinsing first.

It finally dawned on me why it's soooo important to have cut up veggies handy - so when you're in that I-have-to-have food NOW mode, it's readily available. You'd think I'd already know this, but I can be a slow learner.

I'm happy to say I was able to hold out until I'd made a quick salad at home.

Then. Was thankful for the portabello pizzas I'd made last night.

Destem a large portabello mushroom. Drizzle with some olive oil. Roast at 375 for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Fill cavity with spinach, then I topped it with some daiya cheese (vegan - it's growing on me slowly) mixed with some garlic, basil & sea salt. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil & roast approximately 15 minutes.

I was supposed to top it with chopped shallots, but just totally forgot about them - but actually felt they were missing before I realized I was supposed to add them!

It's surprisingly filling. I thought for sure I'd be ravenous after lunch, but I'm good.

The power of freggies.

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MZSLYDE01 1/25/2012 10:30AM

    That sounds wonderful. I love mushrooms. I might have to try it.
Ha ha ha- We all know what we are supposed to do with having the veggies cut up and on hand but it seems like it doesn't happen all the time. I have been in the same boat so many times and I seem to never learn.

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DDOORN 1/25/2012 9:04AM

    Always have my apples, baby carrots, broccoli florets, grape tomatoes, red bell pepper strips and baby spinach handy...my typical freggie arsenal! :-)


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DDHEART 1/24/2012 8:20PM

    Big smiles....and your hubby did you a big favor taking you out to dinner last night so your meal was ready to go today!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 1/24/2012 5:42PM

    Yum-O!! And good for you!! GO VEGGIES!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/24/2012 2:22PM

    Good job on holding out for some veggies, seems like I can't eat enough of them lately, I'm forever stuffing my face with fruit and veggies - thank heavens I've learned they are my "go to" snack. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/24/2012 1:25PM

    Yes, indeed. I cut them up and usually have them handy. Very filling in times of need.

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KKINNEA 1/24/2012 1:20PM

    Guess I'm a slower learner than you because I just now thought "hey, that's a good idea!" :)

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2012 1:06PM

    Oooohhhhh...that does sound tasty.

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