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Saturday, April 13, 2013


I started off doing so well this month. Running consistently, eating in my range. I lost 3 pounds that first week, for Pete's sake! And then...

I got sick. No big deal really. It's either a cold or a lovely case of seasonal allergies kicking in. Whatever it is, I knew my 5K was at risk. And so what else do you do when you're feeling too sick to work out? Oh, I don't know, start eating like you're purposefully TRYING to gain weight? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Makes sense. Not.

So after a week of this, I'm back up 2 pounds. The race is today and I'm not running it.

I'm actually bored with my own laziness. A whole week of overeating and watching a lot of TV. Ugh. Enough already. I'm ready to get back on track. I need to get moving again.

So there's my little update. April so far has been a wash. One great week and one crappy week. Reboot!

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JUMPINJULIE 4/15/2013 8:58PM

    I hear you on the lazy department i'm kind of going through that right now too. I hope you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 4/14/2013 7:33AM

    Mondays are always a good day to start fresh! Use today to rest and prepare for the week ahead. emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/14/2013 7:30AM

    I hope you're feeling better. I sympathize with the eating while sick. I always need something to go with my tea or with the meds. It always shows up in the end (usually my REAR end)

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LEANNAW4 4/13/2013 3:23PM

    I know how you feel! But don't despair! Two pounds is nothing and you'll lose that quickly once you start moving again.


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KNYAGENYA 4/13/2013 11:17AM

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MEXGAL1 4/13/2013 10:16AM

    feel better.
Have a good week end.

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JSALERNO 4/13/2013 9:45AM

    I know what you mean. Allergy colds are the worst.

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BEECHNUT13 4/13/2013 9:01AM

    Aw... Next time, don't give up on yourself! The two pounds you gained isn't fat anyway - probably mostly bloat. And you probably would have done ok at the race anyway... sometimes being around everyone else is just what you need to pick yourself up again. You can do it, JODROX! :-D


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Awesome April

Monday, April 01, 2013

I am gearing up for an Awesome April!

Itís been a looooooooooooong winter, and my motivation has been buried under the snow. Now I am determined to light a fire under my fat butt and get a move on.

My goals:

1) Eat under my SP max (1500).
2) Exercise enough to burn my SP recommended amount for the week (1220).
3) Quit pop (again).
4) Cut back on adult beverages.
5) Meditate every day.
6) Sleep 8 hours each night.
7) Spend quality time with my family every day.

Iím excited to get back on track. Spring is in the air, and Iím ready to start fresh!

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BONNIEBONNEAU 4/11/2013 5:23AM

i agree with you ! wow its been cold and dreary in Paris for months, and i lost my motivation to go out side too. it was always cold and windy ..and no one shovels the ice off the side walks here .very dangerous to walk on .

let me know what arr u are in( i am in the 13th) , maybe we can meet for a cafť .. and a walk !

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MEXGAL1 4/3/2013 11:03AM

    awesome can do it!
Have a terrific day!

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KNYAGENYA 4/2/2013 9:48AM

    You can do it! I have faith in you.

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KALIGIRL 4/2/2013 8:30AM

    emoticon goals! emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 4/1/2013 6:03PM

    Great goals you can do it.

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OLIVIANIGHT 4/1/2013 2:42PM

    Good luck : )

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CAPECODBABE 4/1/2013 1:50PM

    emoticon Sounds like a plan emoticon

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I Have Learned a Thing!

Friday, March 08, 2013

I am running again, trying to reignite the passion and restore my stamina. It hasn't been going all that well, if you want to know the truth. The word "lackluster" comes to mind.

But tonight I tried something different. Partly I was inspired by a recent Biggest Loser episode during which the contestants were flogged by the evil witch Gillian because they couldn't run 5 minutes at a 6mph pace. I thought, hm, I've been running for two years, am not nearly as big as those contestants, and I don't run that fast for a full 5 minutes! I wonder if I could...

I was also partly inspired by my wise friend Mary who is a fitness coach and incredible athlete herself. A while back she gave me some "Well, duh" advice, which was: If you want to get faster at running, run faster. For me running faster is running 6mph for a minute and then back down to normal pace. I've been doing this for a while and oddly I don't seem to be getting faster overall. I wonder if I could...

So tonight I tried something new, marrying together my Biggest Loser inspiration with Mary's wise advice. I did short bursts at 7mph, which felt pretty darn fast but not impossible. AND I ran a whole 5 minutes at 6mph, which felt actually kind of easy at first after struggling with the 7mph. By the end of the 5 minutes, though, I was ready to be done!

Overall I ran 2.56 miles in 30 minutes, which is really good for me!

I can see that if I want to do better, I have to actually push myself to do more than I've been doing. And that, my friends, is a good lesson to learn.

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JUMPINJULIE 3/11/2013 5:45PM


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KALIGIRL 3/10/2013 11:25AM

    Sounds super!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/10/2013 8:56AM

    Interval training is the way to run faster I've been told. Good for you. Hang in there!

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KRISKECK 3/9/2013 8:13PM

    Great to hear that you are speed training! Last year I decided I needed to challenge myself more, so I started doing speed training and set a goal to do a PR of a 10:10 average pace/mile in a race I had done before. At that time I was running a 12 minute mile, pretty slow and I was bored and needed to change it up. My best time was 10 years before when I did a 10:15 mile and I thought how cool would that be if 50 year old me beat 40 year old me. All fine and good, I got half way to my goal in a spring race doing a 10:35 pace...except I tore my meniscus in my knee.

Now, please don't think I am discouraging speed training! After surgery and during recovery I did a bunch of research and learned that if you are a runner and you don't do strength training, the question is not IF you will injure yourself, but WHEN. Now, maybe you do strength training, and if so, great. But if not and you are doing any kind of speed or distance training, I highly recommend doing regular strength training. I am running again and also pursuing a strength training program so I can hopefully continue to run injury free for many years to come!

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MEXGAL1 3/9/2013 7:27PM

    Woo hoo.....awesome! I know that Juillian can be a brat but she doesn't seem to make them do what they can't....they sometimes just don't believe in themselves.

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KNYAGENYA 3/9/2013 7:41AM

    Good for you. I don't run unless I'm being chased by a fire breathing dragon.

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CAPECODBABE 3/9/2013 6:48AM

    WOW! I'm impressed! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 3/9/2013 3:57AM

    Oh well done! That sounds very fast to me, trotting along at 3mph...maybe I should start pushing it up too.

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TAFODIL24 3/8/2013 10:47PM

    emoticon you are an inspiration

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

It's cold out there! It's the time of year when I seriously ask myself why I live here. I should be in Florida. For now, I'll settle for plotting my hot-weather retirement.

My "Quest to Thin" is going slo-o-o-o-o-owly. Funny, I remember learning this lesson before and must have conveniently forgotten it. To lose weight, I can't max out on calories every day and only work out 3 days a week. I'm going to aim for the low end of my Spark calorie range this week and get back to working out 6 days a week.

Last week I actually did really well eating... until yesterday. My son requested cheesecake for his birthday cake, and after spending 4 hours in the kitchen making that and a wonderful homemade potato soup, I just wanted a taste of that cheesecake. I thought sure I could have one forkful. Somehow that turned into a small slice. Hm. Somehow. Yeah, I wanted it. I sliced it, put it on a place, and ate the whole slice. I think honestly I was getting frustrated with lack of results from my good efforts, so I thought "What the heck - eat it!" Anyhoo, one small slice of cheesecake won't do me in.

Working out didn't work out according to plans last week. It was a particularly busy week, so I moved my Wednesday and Friday runs to Friday and Saturday instead. And then I threw my neck out, and my lower back is all out of whack too. So I skipped both the Friday and Saturday runs. Sheesh. Lesson learned. I was feeling so much better when I went in for routine chiropractic adjustments and massages. Plus I suppose I've been working longer hours slouched in front of my computer. That doesn't help. I have to work on my posture AND get back to the chiro and massage.

So. That's what's going on with me. My fitness in a nutshell.

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JUMPINJULIE 2/4/2013 1:44PM

    I'm sorry your back is hurting. i hope it feels better soon. I'm ready for spring. Too cold.

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KALIGIRL 2/4/2013 8:48AM

    Sounds like a great week and be sure to treat yourself to that massage!

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MAXFOCUS 2/4/2013 7:31AM

    I know what you mean about the cold weather - brrrrr. The older I get the more I long for the warmer temps of the south.

Hope your neck and back feel better soon. Thanks for the reminder about good posture - I forget all too often when I am at the computer.

Have a great week!

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AUTUMNBRZ 2/4/2013 7:01AM

    emoticon Sending you a little sunshine to warm you up. I borrowed it from my Dad in Florida. Hope he doesn't mind emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/3/2013 5:21PM

    I was in exactly the same place. For like the millionth time I have realised that when I sit on my bum and eat a lot, the scale doesn't move. Who knew! Let's get back to it.

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CAPECODBABE 2/3/2013 1:55PM

    My daughter lives in San Diego.

Why am I living in New England???

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KNYAGENYA 2/3/2013 12:52PM

    Cold is evil. I hope spring comes soon.

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MEXGAL1 2/3/2013 12:14PM

    Yep, I do not like cold at all anymore. no thank you! My blood is so thin now that I have lived in central Mexico 8 years. I hate being cold. I love being retired where it is warm.
Hopefully someday you too can live where it is warm.
Here's to having a great week!

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MIRAGE727 2/3/2013 9:53AM

    Yesterday morning, I woke to 45 degrees. I did a 10K and it was just hitting 50 around starting time. Since I permanently moved to the beautiful Gulf coast of the Tampa Bay area, my internal thermometer has changed....I was freezing yesterday!
BUT, I still wouldn't trade my location with anyone...and I've traveled all over the world most of my life! AND, there's always room on the beach for others!
Enjoy your day!

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Fireside Chat on a Blustery Winter Day

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wow -- 26 days since I blogged last?! Surely not!

Life has been busy. I rededicated myself to fitness and weight loss -- doing a Biggest Loser challenge again. Work is pretty intense right now -- big deadline looming and lots to get done. And I'm honestly making a point of putting first things first by spending more time with my family.

Life is good. Crazy. Nuts. Stressful. Glorious. Messy. Joyful. Blissful. Naughty. Nice.

Enjoy the ride.

P.S. I love my fireplace.

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OLIVIANIGHT 1/28/2013 4:06PM

    I'm glad you're still here : )
And it sounds like you've got your priorities sorted.

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JUMPINJULIE 1/28/2013 1:57PM

    Sounds like a busy but happy life. Loved the firside chat by the way.

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MEXGAL1 1/28/2013 10:05AM

    Glad to hear all is well with you although busy.
Have a terrific week.

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INGMARIE 1/28/2013 8:34AM

    emoticon woohoo ,sounds "normal" have fun
and take care emoticon emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 1/27/2013 4:49PM

    Sounds normal LOL

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AZMOMXTWO 1/27/2013 4:29PM

  remember to take care of yourself

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KALIGIRL 1/27/2013 4:26PM

    Sounds like a marvelous (currently warm) ride!

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