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Do you run with music?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Do you run with music? I usually do, but today decided to go without. Running is part mental and I felt today that I had not exercised that part of my run. I was very distracted, felt several times like cutting it short and just not focused. I believe that music as a distraction helps me ignore those feelings. I know that some run days are just the way a felt today, but I do believe that l may have become dependent on the background music to distract me. I have a 5K a week from Sunday and after today feel ready to finish. However, after today just not sure how strong that finish will be.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/7/2014 10:39AM

    I always work out with music -- I go harder, longer, faster and no question about it. When I'm out walking the dog, though, I tune into nature and take it slower which is also wonderful.

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DDOORN 11/7/2014 10:21AM

    I almost ALWAYS do my cardio with music (other than riding my bike...just will NOT run that risk!), however I know what you mean, occasionally the mental chatter is just not compatible with music which seems to ADD to the chatter, rather than distract on some days. I've gone without music on those occasions, but usually I've got my tunes helping to SPARK me along. I especially love my tunes when I'm rockin' out on the Spin bike! :-)


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Starting Again

Friday, October 03, 2014

After having a let lif take over for the last 2 years I found it in myself to start over again.

I was doing ok in 2012. I had never pictured myself as runner, but at the end of 2011 had a group of coworkers convince my to try a 5k in Jan 2012. We all had a good time and said that we would do 1 event each month. Then in April we upped it to 10k's. This was feeling good, I did 11 out of 12. I got sick in Dec and missed the event. In December was diagnosed with a knee cap issue that it is not positioned correctly and needed to wear a brace for exercising.

2013 was a rough time as I was laid off at end of 2012 and was finding it difficult to find the motovation to exercise. Landed a job in June and justified it to myself that I was too busy. This was not true as I had accomplished much while working before.

2014 - March was the start of a down hill slide. My knee paid flared and cortisone did nothing. I also got tendonitis in both shoulders so bad I had trouble sleepting. PT helped get my shoulders better and turned out needed knee surgery in May.

After that I did not feel motivated to get started and then my wife joined a mom's group to train for a triathalon. She finished her first sprint triathalon in August. Well this got me inspired. She also asked me to join her for a tri-swimming class for the month of September.

This was motovation to get me moving again. I do not aspire to do a triathalon (some people are meant to stay on land!). The class was very intimidating but I did not give up and finaly on the last day it started to click. I may try one more round, but we will see.

I started running again and have signed up for a 5k in November. I am going to try to do 1 event a month. I found that this is a great motivator to keep training moving. I am going to do a half marathon in 2015 and I am considering a duathalon as well.

It all starts with a first step.

Better has no finish line!

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MARGARITTM 10/6/2014 4:01PM

    good for you!

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MAVERICKDR 10/6/2014 3:29PM

    Fitness, healthy lifestyle and controlling caloric intake is where it's important be selfish and realistic. You can do this. I trust you are serious about taking care of self in this way and I'm happy to be your Angelo Dundee (cornerman to some of the world's greatest champions).

Get in the groove, stay in the groove.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/3/2014 9:30PM

    It is hard to exercise when you have a lot of pain in the body -- that's why I pretty much confine my exercise to the pool (and some light walking). I just cannot pound the pavement at this time in my life and that's okay. I've learned to love the natural resistance of water and the tremendous conditioning I've gotten out of it the past few months (by doing it every day, or at least 6 out of 7). If you find that running is not for you, get back in the pool!

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DDOORN 10/3/2014 12:25PM

    Awesome to see you are BACK!

Rather than saying you are Starting Again, I think you would do better to consider yourself as Never Giving Up!

Take care of yourself and if those joints keep complaining, you might want to consider something which may be a bit kinder to your joints as in my very favorite activity: bicycling! :-)

Viva la SPARK!


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Difficult to get in the workout / Sleep study

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Well I have tried to commit to a program of working out more and eating better. I also want to get more consistent at logging my foods on Sparkpeople. However, I have not done well at those.

What have I done? I find that my time is being consumed by preparing for the CPA exams. I have sat for 2 (did not pass the first and waiting for results on second) and have 2 more to go (1 next Monday, the second in January). After doing accounting for over 17 years, it is a bit challenging to by studying so much again. There are times that I feel that I am getting it and then times that I am like what I am reviewing.

I need to try and schedule my studying and workouts so that I can do both, as well as spend some family time. I am trying to do my “homework” while the kids do theirs, but it is hard with all the interruptions. I do get up extra early but I am feeling the pressure to study as I really need to pass the tests and not plan on retakes. The sooner I pass the sooner I am done and get back into a healthy routine.

As to tracking I am finding that it ties in well with workouts and not so well without. I find it easy to think that it is not as important since it is ½ the program. I know that it is not true, but why do find it so easy to “lie” to ourselves? I will say that I have been more conscience of my choices even though not logging them in.

One other bit of info I have been trying to process is that I am going for a sleep study on Friday as my wife convinced me to go see her sleep specialist. She says that when I sleep I breathe very shallow and occasionally stop. The specialist says that based on the anatomy of my tongue and soft palette it is most likely that I do have apnea and weight loss will not make it go away. If I do have it I will probably have to sleep with a CPAP machine. I know that this would be healthy for me in the long run, just another part of getting older that I do not want to face. I am not sure why the thought of the machine bothers me, but for some reason it does. Oh well, perhaps this will help me sleep better and we all know that good sleep can help in weight loss.

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DDOORN 11/21/2010 1:12PM

    Hey the CPAP is really no biggie...although it will seem like it at first. My pulmonary doc sez: It's only like trying to sleep with your head hanging out of a car window nose first when it's going 60 mph...! :-)

I've lost the weight, still need the CPAP, but not as badly...I've skipped it on occasion when traveling and seem to do "okay."

It won't take long before you notice SUCH a BOOST in your energy levels that you won't want to THINK about not using it!


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TURBOAMIE 11/10/2010 5:34PM

    I got my CMA a few years back and I didn't pass my second test the first time around. I think I missed it by 3 questions. SO frustrating! I totally understand! Sometimes if you don't use that stuff in your "real" job, it just doesn't make much sense. Good luck! The time you put in is worth it though. Not sure why those 3 little letters mean so much but they do....

good luck on the sleep study!

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KRICKY 11/10/2010 1:37PM

    It's tough to juggle all of those things, especially when you add stress in the mix.

Don't forget the power of flash cards, and see if you can involve your kids in helping you study too!

For the sleep study--I understand how it would be a pain to possibly be on a machine, but like you said, it could be really great for you in the long run.

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I am trying to get back.

Friday, October 29, 2010

I am trying to get back.

Well here I am again. I never should have left, but I did. I did not do so because I reached my goal. I was close, just not there - .5 pound. I did not do so because I felt that I was ready to go at it alone. Obviously the scale and my clothes tell me that I was not in that place yet – and I knew it.

What I did

• I was laid off in December, but I did not let that get me down then. I set up the my schedule to search and stay on track with the Job hunt.

• I did not let myself get down as I had some interviews, but no jobs.

• I took advantage of having more time with my 2 boys.

• I started the process to get my CPA license. Take advantage of time to study, and improve odds of getting another accounting job.

• I hit a plateau on both the scale and tape measure.

• I was reaching end of unemployment and savings – making me nervous for how my family and I were going to make it.

• I stopped going to the gym.

• I stopped logging my food and visiting Sparkpeople.

• I got a job!!!

What I did not do:

• I did not get depressed with the lay off.

• I did not curl up and give up on the job search.

• I did get frustrated with my lack of progress.

• I did forget that I had done a good job and had made a big accomplishment.

• I did not take care of myself physically. (lack of gym and lack of sleep).

Changes I am making:

• I am starting to log my food again this week.

• I am wearing my GoWearFit (body bugg – type) Band again.

• I am trying to get more sleep – still not accomplishing that, but it is a goal.

• I am trying to get more exercise. Started with early morning cardio, but may have to move to evening. Studying is really stressing me out.

• I will start trying to eat, at least a small, something for breakfast before I leave the house. I have oatmeal at work, but that is usually 3 hours after I get up. I know that we need to fuel our bodies regularly.

• I am going to try and Blog more. Never have been a writer, but it will help me if I at least but things down to see them for myself.

Here is to getting back into a healthy lifestyle. And getting back to (and hopefully below) my goal weight. I may not be happy with where I am now which is about exactly where I was last year during my journey, but I am still over 35 lbs down from my high and that is over half way between my highest and my goal.

Thank you Sparkpeople emoticon and SparkFriends emoticon .

I know that you did not leave me, I left you, but I am back. emoticon

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DDOORN 11/7/2010 8:53PM

    Whew...! Sorry so long before catching up on blogs...SO pleased you're back to work! Sounds like you've learned much through your recent trials & tribs and are putting your learning to work for yourself!

Keep the SPARK! :-)


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SKYWATCHERRS 10/29/2010 1:42PM

    Happy to have you back - and happy you found a job! Sounds like you have a plan in place - now work the plan!

Best wishes and be well...

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I lost an X!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Please don't help me look for it since this is a good thing.

I have always worn XXL shirts for about as long as I can remember. Well this winter Target had a few XL workout shirts on sale so I knew that eventually I would fit in them. They got lost in my closet and I recently found them. Well today when I was getting dressed to go to the gym I had to try it one and it fit!

I am not sure if I am ready to give all of my XXL polos away yet, but knowing that the possibility is there is a great feeling!

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DDOORN 3/9/2010 10:45PM

    Love it when that happens...! Not too long ago I gave up an X and crossed into'll get there soon, I'm sure! :-)


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JEA1668 3/9/2010 1:15PM

    good for you!!!! that has to be SO exciting! recently i've found some of my shirts i try on have that pesky X tagged on! can't wait to say its no longer there! keep up the good work!

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STEPHANON 3/9/2010 1:04PM

    That is awesome! Congratulations!

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PIXELLY 3/9/2010 12:38PM

    Very cool...hope you're feeling good!

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PORF82 3/9/2010 12:26PM

  Good job, I just started yesterday i cant wait till i can report that i lost and X

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