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If I can just do this next week . . .

Saturday, March 10, 2012

We had our running club FRUN day (fun run, get it?). Basically they try to ge everyone to do a run on the same day, so there's like 20 different runs posted that day.

I joined a group doing 3 miles & had planned on doing a second loop to bring it up to 6 miles with another girl. Only she wimped out & decided she'd do a pancake run tomorrow. So we did a fast 3.65 miles (for me) at about a 11:30 mm pace.

I have a 4 mile race next week, so this was a really good tempo run for that. This was my fastest race ever, at a sub-11 mm pace. I really remember it too . . . I wasn't sure where the front was, started too near it, and actually ran a sub-10 mm that first mile . . . God, I thought I was going to die! And it's definitely not a pace I can keep up. Wish I could.

I'm going to see if I can position myself near one of the women I ran with today . . . if I can, maybe I can draft off her. But this next week spring is supposed to arrive - we're planning to grill hopefully Thursday! - and it looks to be great weather for the race.

Just discovered today that I can actually see my route on garminconnect . . . I just thought that was so cool! I'm really loving my garmin, even if I wish I'd spent the extra $$ for the 210.

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FRECKS96 3/12/2012 1:47PM

    Enjoy the weather! I plan on taking advantage too!

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KKINNEA 3/12/2012 1:01PM

    Smart training and smart plan - can't wait to see how well your race goes!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/12/2012 11:46AM

    What extras does the 210 have?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/12/2012 10:32AM

    It's great when you find someone to "draft" with. If she's running just a tad faster than you, you can improve on your pace by keeping up with her. It's nice to have running friends. I can't meet up with others just yet, gotta make sure the hip is a little more reliable. Enjoy the nice weather.

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NATPLUMMER 3/10/2012 5:09PM

    Yay!!! Great run!!
Hopefully your race next week will be just as good :-)
Glad you're enjoying your garmin.

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Stop the roller coaster!

Friday, March 09, 2012

I'm not even talking about the scale, altho indirectly I suppose I am.

Does your week go like this?

Thurs: WI

Fri: loosen up & eat a little more thsn usual

Sat: still loosened + dinner out - usually a long run, too

Sun: beginning to tighten up

Mon - tues: really tightened up because I'm running out of WW pts

Wed: really hungry but not wanting to overeat = gaining

How do you get off that roller coaster? It's not that I'm binging, but ultimately by Wednesday I feel lime I can't eat anything yet I want to eat everything.

No ebooks for me this week (remember I could only buy them if I at least maintained my weight), but that wasn't a surprise & I'm hoping next week I'll be able to buy them. It wasn't as bad as I feared - it rarely is - & for that I'm grateful.

How do you stay balanced?

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NATPLUMMER 3/9/2012 3:36PM

    I've stopped weighing myself but I do ease up over the weekends. I really shouldn't though.

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XFITSTRONG 3/9/2012 2:19PM

    Let me know if you ever figure out how to stop the rollercoaster! Balance is so difficult for me! I am either full steam one way or the other....

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KKINNEA 3/9/2012 2:18PM

    I actually have the same type of problem. I do a check weigh-in on Wednesday and my real weigh-in on Saturday - they have started to balance each other a little.

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KISSFAN1 3/9/2012 7:55AM

    I think I stay balanced because of a combination of stubbornness and sheer fear! emoticon I am so determined that I'm not going to have to buy new BIGGER clothes so I stay on my calorie range pretty well.

I have days when I'm hungrier than others and that's when I go up higher on my calorie range, although to be honest, I still don't know what my high calorie range limit is (so I don't gain weight) at this point. It's been months since I got to my goal weight, but I'm still struggling with figuring out how to relax a little and eat more than I have been lately.

I just don't want to gain after all this hard work! Stubbornness helps since I just won't eat certain things like I did in the past when I lost 60 pounds. Because I started eating those certain things I got more and more lax about watching my calories and ended up on this site after gaining back 40 pounds. emoticon

It gets frustrating because I get told all the time that I am so little so I deserve to eat what I want, but I don't want to do that because I did that in the past and I gained most of the weight back.

It's a battle for sure!

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There's always a trade-off

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

It's been so nice to watch the sunrise this week (inside my nice warm house, of course). I will love the lighter evenings next week, but I will not enjoy staring out into the black mornings again.

There's a trade-off with a healthy lifestyle, too, as I've blogged about many times. It takes time & effort, but in return you get so much.

The good news with the darker mornings is that they will lighten.

The good news with the hard work of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is that you gain so much more in return.

As I cleaned my kitchen this morning I also mused about the power of building healthy habits. You see, my kitchen was in a pretty sorry state. I just needed a break & it had been literally days since it had been cleaned. But I knew I would get back to my healthy habit of cleaning it daily & I have: that is the epitome of a habit - it becomes something you must do, and even when you abandon it for a while you know you will return to it.

Just as I know my eating wasn't as good as it normally is this week, I know I'll probably have a better week next week.

For those wondering about Chester, he has what they call mitral valve insufficiency. The mitral valve, which prevents blood from going back into the heart chamber it just left, is wearing out & leaking. Apparently it is quite common in chihuahuas, altho at 6 1/2 he seems rather young for it.

The good news is his heart isn't much effected yet. The irony is the cardiologist doesn't think the coughing is due to it - it's often a symptom - but it led us to find out about the heart murmur.

The bad news is that it will eventually lead to congestive heart failure. No way to tell when that might happen, but I'm hopeful not for a long time. And I also know it's not usually the thing you're expecting that gets them, either.

He thinks the coughing may be due to allergies and possibly a secondary bacterial infection. Seems really odd because this all just started out of the blue. We have good days & bad days & yesterday was another bad night. The antihistamine the vet recommended didn't help at all. He's not usually bad during the day, but nights can be bad - but not always, thankfully.

If you're a dog person - especially if you rescued your dog - I highly recommend "Rex and the city", a free kindle book.

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DDOORN 3/8/2012 2:00PM

    I'm prepared with a terrific light on my bike helmet...actually a light on both the back and the front...really bumps up my visibility significantly. Hoping to start some cycling commutes next week. My internal clock will get messed up for a bit. That may foul my commuting efforts a bit at first. Hoping to MAXIMIZE my sleep this weekend to prepare for the short-change!


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LADYBUG1107 3/7/2012 9:28PM

    I am sorry about your dog. That is horrible.

I love the longer days too. I am looking forward to the spring and summer.

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KKINNEA 3/7/2012 10:59AM

    Sad news about your dog - I hope he has the fullest life he can given his condition!

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NATPLUMMER 3/7/2012 10:40AM

    I won't be relishing getting up early to workout the first week or so after the time change.
Yes, habits are good in that you do always return to them.
Fingers crossed Chester lives a long healthy life. I do hope the coughing gets taken care of.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/7/2012 8:11AM

    Poor Chester, I'm sure he's miserable with all the coughing. Did the vet give him an antibiotic?

Isn't it funny how we revert back to what we know to be right (after a few slip ups), like healthy eating and cleaning habits. Good job on cleaning the kitchen, that's my least fav thing to do and I always have to force myself.

Enjoy your day.

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NELLJONES 3/7/2012 7:53AM

    Your son must be by far the youngest person in the cardiologist's office!

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WALIDGAZALA 3/7/2012 7:42AM

    Why they don't replace it by surgery?

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Sometimes running's a cop-out

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Oy, the sacrilege! But I think that can be true. Oddly enough, now running seems "easy" in some ways. Get dressed, maybe stretch a bit & you're off! And then there are the endorphins waiting for you at the end - no matter how badly your run went.

ST doesn't usually give me a whole lot of endorphins, but I know how important it is: I'm convinced it helped me get a better time & be leaner for my second HM. But some days you have to psych yourself into it . . . especially during the winter for some reason . . . and yesterday I sure didn't want to do it.

It would've been so easy to go for a run instead (which still makes me giggle because it was so hard to run at first - it never *really* seems easier, but it is, & I guess you have to learn to run to understand that sentence).

In the end, I knew it would be better for me to get my ST done so I did. It was a close thing, tho.

I came across a couple of kindle books I'd like to buy recently. "Train like a mother" (I have their first book, "Run like a mother", which I highly recommend even tho I'm not a mother) & "Fitness Foods". The 2 come to about $11 (less than the cost of one paperback! How I love my kindle).

So my plan right now is to use them as rewards for either maintaining or losing weight. Which won't be easy this week - I just did not have a good day yesterday all around. It's never an actual binge, it's a few bites here, a few bites there, & even tho I tracked it it often seems that's all it takes to derail me.

I have a 3 month weight goal that I really thought I was going to reach, but right now it seems my stubborn plateau will outsmart me yet again. Which just means I'll need to try again for the next 3 months. Months I'm not training for a HM, altho I do have a few races lined up. We'll see what happens.

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DAYHIKER 3/6/2012 2:53PM

    I really understand the running thing...even when it's hard it's good. Those pesky BLTs can easily be my downfall too! They're so innocently small. I may have to put you back on doing 10 pushups for your BLTs!! (Where's that smiley with a whip?) emoticon

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STRIVER57 3/6/2012 2:43PM

    another person who totally agrees. i'm doing a little better because i now have a coach occasionally and she gave me specific ST she wants me to do the same day as runs ... and somehow not only do those get done, but a couple more besides. progress! for both of us.

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KANSASROSE67 3/6/2012 12:01PM

    I know exactly what you mean about running! But I try really hard to do my circuit training 3 times a week anyway. I know it's really been good for me and has helped me avoid runnning injuries.

I think of you often because the BLTs are my main problem too! Eventually I guess I'll have to decide if I'm going to accept where I am as good enough or develop the willpower and gumption to lose the last 10 pounds. I wish I'd tried half this hard when I was in my 20s--when the weight just fell off.

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TYKXBOY 3/6/2012 11:31AM

    Totally agree with that. Skipped my ST, yesterday, but I never skip a run. ST seems so much harder to do. Good plan on getting in your ST!

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NATPLUMMER 3/6/2012 11:17AM

    Yes, some days it is hard to motivate to get the ST done but it does pay off in the end.
I hope that you can get those books. Definitely good rewards.

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KKINNEA 3/6/2012 11:01AM

    So agree - keeping the ST going is my biggest issue. I really enjoyed the ST parts of the LiveFit trainer and I'm convinced it's why I was so relaxed for Las Vegas, so I'm trying to "psych" myself back into it.

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TEMPEST272002 3/6/2012 10:38AM

    You've gotten in the groove with your running, but you are so right about the importance of ST. I still have to fight myself to do it too, but the benefits are so great. Sorry to hear the scale is giving you hassles... you know what I think about that dratted thing. Those bites and nibbles are hard to control. Staaaaay awaaaay from the kitchen! lol

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/6/2012 9:42AM

    I really like your new photo crossing the finish line. Very cool!

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DDOORN 3/6/2012 8:27AM

    You certainly have found your "groove" getting out there enjoying your running! Guess it IS possible to overdo it, but imagine that's fairly rare. Been getting pretty steady with my ST 3 x week myself. It's been great over the past several weeks to at long last see myself bumping up some of the weights!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/6/2012 7:45AM

    Good job on getting in the ST, I know it is so easy to just "run", that's our new comfort zone. Never thought that would happen to me, but I hear ya when you say running is easier, so true. Just wish it was easy for me right now, the ole hip is still cranky but I'm at least managing three small runs a week now.

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This is (part of) what's wrong with America

Sunday, March 04, 2012

We went out to eat for my belated-birthday dinner last night. Ok, maybe it's like my third birthday dinner, but who's counting? I get a $10 off coupon to my fav Italian restaurant for my birthday.

I was thinking about the gnocchi appetizer ("long" run the next day - was supposed to be 6 miles, but the reality was 5 1/4 - but no walking breaks - except the icy spots). I asked the server how big the serving was & he said it was about half the size of a pasta dish & they could do a dinner sized portion for me.

I decided to get it with a Caesar salad & have some of my husband's pasta. Well, the gnocchi came & it was a huge portion! I took half home & never took a bite of my husband's pasta. And it was sooo yummy. Good thing I had a long-ish run planned for today! It was definitely not a light meal, but I feel I did well with my portion sizes & I thoroughly enjoyed it. May have to do a long run again next weekend when I eat my leftovers . . .

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DDOORN 3/5/2012 5:15PM

    It's tough to resist those huge portions, but our strategy has always been to make 2-3 meals out of dining out and parcel the leftovers accordingly for future meals. Have to admit it doesn't always "work" that way though...ugh!


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DAYHIKER 3/5/2012 4:12PM

    MMmmmmm that sounds so good!!! I'll take the leftovers!! emoticon Good job on the portion control! Which is this week's meeting topic, btw!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/5/2012 3:35PM

    Totally agree with NELLZIE04, I always box it up first. It really is ridiculous how much food they serve. And I see a lot of people just throwing it away, what a shame.

I can usually make 3 meals outta one entree. Or there are the people who eat it all and don't think twice about the calories, and that's what's wrong with America - we are an obese nation.

Kudos to you for keeping it within your portion sizes, you rock.

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TEXASGIDGET 3/4/2012 1:55PM

    Birthday discounts seem to always come, don't they? While they are nice to have, boxing up half initially is a great idea! My husband and I share our meals quite often in order to prevent overeating! In fact, this is my birthday month as well and the birthday coupons have already started coming in. The one for Macy's has already caught my eye!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/4/2012 11:54AM

    That happens to me as well. I get a lot of birthday discounts at fave restaurants and it's a kick in the head to eat well. But you ALWAYS do well; me, not so much. But better than in the past.

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NATPLUMMER 3/4/2012 11:21AM

    YUM!!! Gnocchi!! Definitely something to be savored before a long run....and maybe after.

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NELLZIE04 3/4/2012 11:05AM

    I agree portion sizes are way out of control! emoticon boxing half of it up right away!

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