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3 weeks to a better body

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Between stress, pre & post-HM taper/recovery & vacation, this ole body is looking really soft. So lowest weight in 4 yrs (by less than a pound) is not the whole story - it's definitely not just about the number, truly, it's about how I look & feel.

I have 3 weeks until my dad's surgery. DH goes back to work Monday after having a month off. It is time for ME: time for me to whip this body into shape.

We went out for sushi last night & DH dug out a photo of me from our last dinner there on sept 1: I was surprised to see my arms looking pretty good. I was at the height of my HM training, which includes ST, before my taper.

I'm going to have to be a bit creative with my schedule at the end to work in getting down to my folks and/or cousin's (she lives near NYC & has offered to host us) and/or NYC, but it's not the first time I've had to work around obstacles with my running. I will make the adjustments that need to be done.

I won't be ripped in 3 weeks, but I WILL look more toned.

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TRI_BABE 10/22/2012 6:22AM

    emoticon emoticon I've been doing a bit of ST lately and I do miss it, a little. After my marathon I will probably do more as well.

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NATPLUMMER 10/20/2012 1:13PM

    More toned is good...we're not all cut out to be ripped.

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LABRATIAM 10/20/2012 8:10AM


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Best running season

Friday, October 19, 2012

For us in the northeast, I think that would be right now. Well, not RIGHT now, as it's pouring cats & dogs out. Totally appropriate, as it's our 27th anniversary & it's exactly like the weather on our wedding day.

But it's so pretty out - coming to an end real soon; we're already past peak & this storm will take down more leaves . . . which will need to be raked up . . . which eats into my exercise time. I say that every year at this time, too.

But it's just the right temps to run most days. I'm using the runner's world smart coach app. I remember trying to use it to train for my first HM & just finding the mileage & paces too difficult for me & abandoning it -- the app, that is, obviously not the race.

You plug in what you're training for, a recent race result, how often you run, your usual mileage & how long you have to train - & it spits out a training program for you for free. This time I'm not having any problems with what it's asking me to do, altho actually sometimes I can't run as slowly as it wants me to on easy runs & we all know I am NOT a fast runner.

In fact, it wants me to run my long runs at a 14 mm pace. Which seems awfully slow . . . and basically it's predicting pretty much the same finish time a my lat HM. Course, right now if I even go hinges on how my dad comes thru his surgery. Plus I'm running with my buddy NATPLUMMER, whoi think is slightly faster than me but unfortunately has been plagued with injuries. And then there's just the sheer number of runners in Vegas.

So I'm gonna try to run my long runs that slow & we'll just see what happens.

Much family drama going on over trying to figure out how to get my parents, myself, & my 2 siblings to NYC . . . where to stay . . . how to get everyone back home . . . while we're still figuring when/how to meet up with our friends in NYC (the ones going there for the wife's breast cancer treatment).

Everything one step at a time.

Still working on my Kauai photos. I've whittled them down from 650 to less than 100, but there are still duplicates of some to decide on . . . is this wave better? This angle? Is the sunrise more colorful in this photo?

That is the secret to making people think you're a good photographer: only show them your best work. Edit, edit, edit!

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MARGARITTM 10/24/2012 12:37PM

    I use the smart coach as well. I think it is great - I agree it is difficult to slow down those long runs...I also have a hard time getting some of the long runs in on the week end - but I am trusting the system.

Hoping to do well in Vegas which I am using as my goal race.

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XFITSTRONG 10/19/2012 2:23PM

    Happy anniversary! Sounds like a pretty cool app.... I may have to check it out.. It's perfect running weather here in TX too!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/19/2012 12:57PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/19/2012 12:56PM

    Sounds like you are on the same whirlwind of life I'm on right now too. deep breathe, one thing at a time, and keep on running. Thanks for the tip on the app, I'm gonna check that out. Take care of yourself among all the craziness of life. Big emoticon and lots of them from me.

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NATPLUMMER 10/19/2012 12:49PM

    I do run my long runs at about 14mm pace...though this weekend will be much slower as I'll be walking a good portion to up the mileage.
Jeff Galloway says you cannot run the long runs too slowly.
It does sound like lots of stuff going on. I hope it all comes together okay.
Edit, edit, edit.....that's what all good photographers do ;-)

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Still here . . . Still downsizing

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I think they must've been wrong, but I could use some good news so I'll take it: down 1.4 for my lowest weight in 4 yrs. My third vacation in a row that I came back thinner than I left -- not by much, in reality, but definitely better than the alternative!

We rented a condo while we were away, so we only ate out one meal a day (one day not eating out at all).

And I realized something. I was forced to use a smaller bowl for my tuna Waldorf salad than I do at home -- the upside being that I used only 1 tbsp of mayo vs 1 1/2. And I'm now using a smaller bowl at home, too.

You have to cut corners anywhere you can!

I made the best lunch in Kauai (the same one I ended up losing on the cruise; oh well). I made a grilled cheese using avocado, harvarti & a regular English muffin. I almost never eat regular ones anymore but it was soooooo good! And a salad with just olive oil, a little lemon juice, sea salt & sliced papaya. Best lunch ever. Until I lost it. May be a while before I eat papaya again.

We apparently have a date for my father's surgery now -- nov 12. Hopefully everything will go smoothly & I'll still be able to go to Vegas. And I'm seriously hoping 2013 will be a better year!

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NATPLUMMER 10/18/2012 10:20PM

    Yay for coming back thinner!!
I try to use small plates and bowls all the time...it does help.
That does sound good...except for the avocado part ;-)
I do hope the surgery goes well. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/18/2012 10:02PM

    Congrats to you for losing while on vacation. Now I can let DH know that I am not alone in that venture. A few years ago, we went away, and because of all the walking and biking I encouraged us to do, he lost weight, despite his food choices!

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DDHEART 10/18/2012 9:51PM

    Way to go seeing a loss on return from vacation is a score but I know you earned that since you got out there for some runs when you could have played the vacation slug card and curled up with your kindle in a hammock! I'm prous of you.

Also appreciate your sharing the smaller bowl comment...think I should take a closer look at my plates and bowls for some possible adjustments too.

Best wishes for your dad's surgery and hoping that you will be able to run through the stress. emoticon

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 10/18/2012 8:31PM

    Judy, so inspirational!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/18/2012 3:29PM


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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/18/2012 3:24PM

    Good job losing!
Yes, we can all use a better year. emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 10/18/2012 3:20PM

    You should give lessons on how to lose while vacationing...that's great!

Hoping all goes well for your father.

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The cursed vacation

Monday, October 15, 2012

Let me preface this by saying I DID have a good time. I mean, if you can say your third time to Kauai wasn't the best time, that's really saying a mouthful!

So first there was the still-ongoing stress with my parents. They are supposed to hear from the surgeon today, so maybe we will finally have a date for the surgery.

Next there was the weather: unusually hot & humid with no trade winds for just about the entire trip. We rented a condo - with no AC (most didn't have any); this was also on the second floor, with the bedroom on the floor above that. The day we arrived, after almost 24 hrs of traveling, it was all shut up & it was HOT.

The temps were in the mid-80s with a couple of days in the 90s. I didn't want to do anything most afternoons because it would be so hot when we got back . . . DH is NOT a morning person & naturally wanted to do nothing UNTIL the afternoon. Well, he spent a lot of days doing almost nothing while I was out in the mornings & by the pool in the afternoon, which helped me cool off.

We had friends who were going to join us for a long weekend . . . DH's best friend & his wife. The wife was dx with breast cancer right before they were going to leave so naturally didn't come.

We took a private photo tour one day with the company we'd done a tour with 2 yrs ago . . . the day was very voggy (haze from volcanic ash in the air, even tho Kauai has no active above ground volcanoes), so it wasn't the most photogenic day . . . the tour was not cheap.

The next day we took a sunset dinner cruise by the Na Pali coast, which is very beautiful & really mainly visible by boat. Thankfully the weather had finally broken & it WAS a nice day, our last full day.

I got seasick for the very first time in my life. I've been on 6 cruises, this type of cruise on smaller boats, never seasick . . . throwing up multiple times. I wasn't the only one, either, altho DH was fine. We both took something; I don't usually & actually wonder if that was the culprit . . . and now don't know what to do for the next one (someday there WILL be a next one).

Needless to say I didn't enjoy it, spent most of the 4 hrs wishing it were over, & didn't eat dinner. Altho I did get gelato afterwards & had some chocolate, too, considering I literally lost my lunch & didn't have dinner.

So yeah, it was the cursed vacation.

So much was good, tho:

The beautiful sunsets & sunrises.

The simple beauty of Kauai.

A smooth (if long) trip out & back.

Swimming & running with the sound of ocean waves as my only music (NEVER used my MP3 player at all).

We didn't get sick, break any bones, or get killed (altho there is a funny story from the photo tour: one minute we were standing on a beach taking photos, the next we were standing in seawater up to my mid thigh!).

I bought a really pretty necklace that has the same stone as some earrings I bought on my honeymoon in the Dominican Republic (the honeymoon was a cruise, that was just one stop) - apparently that's the only place in the world that stone is found.

The $15 basket I bought from a Hawaiian who was weaving baskets from coconut leaves at Wailua Falls - which made it home intact.

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TRI_BABE 10/17/2012 10:21PM

    Wow! Crazy! But at least you managed some good points, too. I'm still jealous!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2012 7:58AM

    Glad you are back and sorry to hear it wasn't the perfect vacation, but sounds like you had some interesting experiences. And....you got to do morning workouts on the beach, yeah.

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XFITSTRONG 10/15/2012 2:55PM

    Welcome home.... I am glad you had fun anyways despite the curses.

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NATPLUMMER 10/15/2012 2:21PM

    I do hope you hear about the surgery today...it's good just to know what is going to happen and when.
Eeek...that is kind of yucky weather. How is it that the two of us earlybirds ended up with a couple of not morning people ;-)
It does sound rather cursed. I'm glad I wasn't on that boat.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/15/2012 1:25PM

    I've always said that having fun is hard work. Not that you're home, you can rest. I'm sure your babies were thrilled to see you.

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Lessons from a sunrise

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

1. You can't have a really good sunrise without some clouds

We aren't meant to lose 2 pounds every single week & always make the correct food choices. You learn the most from those detours in your journey.

2. Patience!!!!

I often spend 20-30 minutes watching the sunrise . . . sometimes the best is at the end.

3. Every sunrise is different

Already covered that one. Nuff said.

4. Corollary: the same sunrise looks different from different locations

We are all at different points in our journey. What seems so simple & obvious to you may seem impossible to someone struggling . . . and visa versa.

5. You may miss the best part by looking away

Apparently I missed some frolicking dolphins while taking some photos of the tide pools after the sunrise was over.

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TEMPEST272002 10/10/2012 2:48PM

    Fabulous analogy. I especially like the part of missing what is obvious to others. Thanks for sharing these thoughts!

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DDHEART 10/10/2012 2:35PM

    I found your words to be profound! All too often we miss so much when we look away or are impatient or expect perfection and grump about when we don't get it. Thank You. Your blog was a gift!

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BESSHAILE 10/10/2012 7:44AM

    Thank you. Beautiful thoughts. Well said. Generously shared. Thank you.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/9/2012 4:23PM

    Lovely blog.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/9/2012 4:18PM

    Great comparisions/analogy, you are a wise one. Glad you are enjoying the sunrises.

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NATPLUMMER 10/9/2012 4:18PM

    So true :-)

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KAKONOLADY 10/9/2012 3:39PM

    emoticon this was awesome!!! emoticon emoticon Crystal

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