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Suck it up, buttercup

Thursday, August 23, 2012

That's what I did. I did my tempo run even tho I really didn't want to move at all. Maybe it's the fact that summer has returned. The run was on tbe treadmill because it's 86 outside & we're going out tonight & I had my meeting this morning so I couldn't do a morning run.

Maybe it's because TOM finally started & I'm tired & now TOM is right on track to hit during my HM next month. Can't worry about that much since I can't control it.

The bottom line is I had no desire to run. Even tho I was inside with AC it still felt hard & I did not feel the least bit energized afterwards; quite the opposite.

Some days will just be like that; some will be even worse. They say sweat (or is that pain?) is fat leaving the body - boy, I ought to be a whole lot thinner right now!

They say heroes are normal people who are afraid but do it anyway. I guess healthy people are people who do it anyway, even if they don't want to.

Does that make me a healthy person???

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/28/2012 9:43AM

    What fun!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/24/2012 7:20AM

    Yes it does emoticon Ha ha- the title of your blog caught my eye, that is my favorite motto emoticon

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MILLERGIRL719 8/24/2012 6:06AM

    I need to take a lesson from YOU!

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INTHELOOP 8/23/2012 11:28PM

    YES!! emoticon

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LALAFLOWERS 8/23/2012 6:40PM

    Good for you for sucking it up, and doing it any way. It will pay off during your half!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/23/2012 4:37PM

    A/c drains me as much as the heat does. I have a hard time with forced air, although I appreciate having it on hot days. You did
the treadmill nonetheless - way to go!

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JESSYVIRGINY 8/23/2012 4:23PM

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/23/2012 4:10PM

    emoticonYOU ROCK !!!!!

Sometimes "sucking it up" sucks the life right out of ya - good job on doing it anyway Miss Buttercup.


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LTMURPHY7 8/23/2012 4:10PM


I don't know

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2012 4:09PM

    Yes, it totally makes you a healthy person!! Great job getting it done, especially since you didn't want to :-)

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Second verse, same as the first

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

That's sort of how I feel about this week. For different reasons.

Last week I got a horrible attack of the hungries for a few days. I thought it was because TOM would be starting, but I'm still waiting on that. Maybe this is the month I finally skip a month - but I've been this late before too.

This week there were no hungries, if you don't count the extra half serving of PB filled pretzels I tacked on to last night's snack after speed work at the track, which I dutifully tracked (tracked? Get it?). Which will put me just slightly over my points for the week (but of course I have oodles of activity points I haven't yet touched). Unless I play around with today's food.

Which I am disinclined to do . . . how do I feel I've done? Dunno. I feel a little thinner, maybe, but lately I haven't really been able to tell.

Last night was like Friday Night Lights: the HS football team was practicing on the inside of the track and there were at least 50 people watching them & cheering them on. I feel like I time warped back to Austin.

I got my answer on the Nuun, too - I have a runner's world daily calendar I picked up very cheaply at the beginning of the yr - guess what tip it had for me? If you use both, use the Nuun one hr, the GU the next. Which is sort of what I did. Need to do a bit more research on that one for myself as well.

Do you know how you've done without stepping on a scale?

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NATPLUMMER 8/22/2012 5:19PM

    You know I'm going to have to listen to Herman's Hermits now ;-)

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SKFEREBEE 8/22/2012 12:24PM

    When my wedding ring feels a little loose, I know I'm on the right track.

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KANSASROSE67 8/22/2012 12:19PM

    I can't really tell accurately where I'm at without the scale. Some days I feel like a blob and I don't weigh any more than the days I feel skinny and powerful. But I'm only weighing once a month now and it really works for me...I'm more motivated to see a good result and not as tempted to celebrate a loss with food, or comfort a gain with food!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/22/2012 9:08AM

    I was thinking about this the other day. Some days, I feel huge. Other days, I feel light as a feather. Scale says I'm on-track, but I
only weigh every other week now.

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    I am still bound by the scale - habit mostly and step on it every morning. I've tried to put it away and do feel the differences but my curiosity gets the best of me.

I can so relate to your 'hungries' and how the arrival of TOM is not so timely anymore. I guess that is all 'normal' - but happy I just finished mine so I know I should have a few weeks of relatively normal weeks without those insane cravings.

Hope you have a great day!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/22/2012 8:39AM

    Unfortunately I do know before I step on the scale emoticon.

Ahhh, high school football season - love it.

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New grocery store find & ramblings

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I found this cool hot cereal from Earnest Eats, who make my fav oatmeal bars (just don't get the chocolate ones!): Mayan Superfood. It has quinoa, puffed amaranth, oats (I think), pumpkin seeds, other seeds, & cocoa. Of course I topped it with some chocolate chips, too. It's not very chocolaty on its own; next time I'd add more sea salt to it. I don't usually add sweetener to my oats; I like them salty. Lots of fiber & protein!

We could not get a sample from Lola yesterday. I tried, the vet tried; she simply stopped peeing anytime you got near her & he didn't think it seemed bad enough to use a needle or put her on antibiotics. He said if she got something surgary from DH's backpack it could cause this reaction & since it all started that night, it seems like a likely explanation.

He gave me some cranberry chews as a precaution. She made it thru last night ok again & while she pee'd immediately this morning (normally there's at least 10 minutes of sniffing & circling first), she wasn't desperate to get out there like she was yesterday. Crossing fingers that she goes back to normal soon.

My knee is complaining a bit after yesterday's run - was fine the last few days - and it finally dawned on me that maybe it's my sneakers. I got a new pair about a month ago, but I rotate between 2 pairs & the other pair, which I wore for yesterday's run, is older. I hope that's the cause, anyway. My last couple of long runs have felt pretty strong, even without my running partner.

I must say I like having my nails done again. I like the convenience of the nail strips. I went looking at amazon for the ones I've been using & they're cheaper there, but other people had trouble getting them off like I did. They mentioned incoco.com . There's free shipping if you order $50 & I've been drooling over them . . .

. . . as well as the swimsuits at splish.com which I just read about on a blog . . .

Boy it just sure doesn't feel like the middle of August here but I'm enjoying the cooler mornings!

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NATPLUMMER 8/21/2012 1:25PM

    I hope Lola is on the way to recovery.
Poor knee. Yes, could be the shoes.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/21/2012 8:32AM

    Poor Lola, hope she feels better, I know how much you love your fury friends. I am enjoying the weather too, hope it sticks around a while.

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Long term goal: better at 60

Monday, August 20, 2012

That just popped into my head as I looked at myself in the mirror after stepping out of the shower this morning.

In some ways I look better now than when I graduated HS. I am definitely slimmer & much more toned, I eat a thousand times better . . . but of course time does take its toll, too.

I probably looked better at 30, after achieving lifetime with WW. there was a brief moment in my life when I was truly slender; but I still really struggled with food.

I know I am slimmer than the first time we went to HI, roughly 7 years ago. More toned, too. Course the greys were covered because I still colored my hair & it wasn't the Brillo pad it is today.

Can I look better in 10 years? There are some things the march of time will claim, but I think I can. It's certainly a good goal to work towards! Maybe by then I'll have HMs in 15-20 states, roughly 2 a year.

What long term goals can you dream up?

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LJCANNON 8/21/2012 9:45AM

    emoticonMy Long Term Goal has not changed from the First Day I walked in to Curves. I want to be 90 Years Old, still Driving, Shopping, and accpmplishing My Own Daily Activitys like Bathing - Dressing - Eating.
emoticonThe Short Term Goals like Losing Weight Gaining More Energy & Flexibility, and Walking 5Ks for Charitys have been kind of a Happy Surprise along the Path.

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    Age is just a number and as I near my 46th birthday - I plan on being in the best shape of my life this year!

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TRI_BABE 8/20/2012 11:14PM

    How about losing 5 lbs? LOL It's becoming a long term goal at this point.

Last year I could say I did look at least as good, well maybe, as I did in high school, relatively. I was a size 4 but a 0 in high school. I was more toned in college. *sigh* this is getting depressing.. LOL!

HM is my favorite race distance! I always think about just going back to doing those instead of the marathon. Maybe I should.

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SKFEREBEE 8/20/2012 4:52PM

    Old age is no place for sissies.
-- Bette Davis

You will definitely not be a sissy. More like strong and fiesty!

Ten years from now I'd like to look back and remember when I ran a marathon, completed a triathlon, went hang gliding, and jumped out of a plane! I plan on the next 10 years being the most active years of my life so far :o)

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NATPLUMMER 8/20/2012 4:43PM

    It's a great goal to work towards!!
I bet you'll have racked up plenty of HMs by then.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/20/2012 2:29PM

    We are like a fine wine, we get BETTER with age. Best wishes on your half-marathon goal, I know you will do it.

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BARBARASDIET 8/20/2012 2:21PM

    I'm definitely better at 63 than I was at 35.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/20/2012 2:16PM

    I've always believed that age is irrelevant and that we can get better in many ways.

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Sushi saved the day

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yup, I ate about double the amount of sushi I normally eat last night (all you can eat sushi place); remember, I ran 10 miles that morning. I also had a very small, but rich, chocolate tart waiting for me at home.

Instead of cutting it in half like I planned to, I only had a quarter piece - which was plenty considering how rich it was. The rest went safely back into the freezer.

I tracked everything, of course, even the one piece of my husband's spider roll.

I did not wake up stuffed - always a sign to me that I chose wisely.

I might take today as a rest day rather than going for a recovery swim - especially since Lola is showing symptoms of a UTI. Ugh, of course it started late last night. I've had about 14 hrs sleep total in the last 3 days.

Since she's eating ok & otherwise seems ok, we'll wait til tomorrow to go to the vet rather than go to the emergency vet, unless something changes. I hate making her wait, having suffered thru so many of my own - her only symptom is frequent urination & more licking; it doesn't seem to hurt her to pee.

Ugh, she was my one healthy animal!

On a side note, the dogs did get into my husband's backpack, which he left unzipped on the floor (and not the first time he's done that, either); he doesn't *think* they got anything that would harm them, but of course isn't quite sure what they got. I have pretty good radar for what constitutes a real emergency, tho, so if I think it's necessary we will go to the emergency vet. Right now it's wait & see.

If I don't swim, I will probably give my new yoga for athletes DVD a try.

Oh, I did try Nuun yesterday for my long run. I've tried it at expos, but never actually used it on a run. I liked it; the taste was better than the taste of the coconut water I used last week. Anyone know if GU should be taken with it? I assumed they probably shouldn't be taken together, do didn't drink anything when I had my GU.

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KASHMIR 8/20/2012 9:06AM

    My suggestion on Nuun and Gu; give it a try on a shorter run. I've mixed them with no problems, but most people suggest using Gu with water. I've got a pretty cast iron stomach, so suggest giving it a try where you can get home if you have discomfort.

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NATPLUMMER 8/19/2012 11:42AM

    Yay for sushi!
Poor Lola.
Not sure on the Nuun and Gu.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/19/2012 10:13AM

    I've been through UTI's with past and present pets, and they are no fun. Hope things work out okay until Monday's vet visit.

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TRI_BABE 8/19/2012 9:49AM

    It's a bit of a tradition to have a McDonald's half fudge, half caramel sundae with nuts anytime I run 17 miles or longer. So, yesterday I had one.

Did you feel better with the Nuun? I would not really use it with GU since they both contain electrolytes and too much sodium can upset the stomach while working out. I had thought they were more for if you ran out of Gu and still needed some electrolyte supplementation, you could then add them to your water bottle. Or, if it's very hot you could probably use both.

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PUDLECRAZY 8/19/2012 9:19AM

    Sushi, my favorite go-to meal. I love to order seaweed salad and sushi at the Japanese restaurant. I feel satisfied and not bloated. Yum!

Sorry your dog is experiencing some UTI problems. I hope she feels better soon.

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