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Personal Training: Session 1

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

One thing I have learned for sure is that if you don’t move forward you are sure to slide backwards. I had reached a point in my exercise and fitness development where I felt I had hit a wall, reached a plateau, and was generally uninspired by my workouts. My C25K training provided me with motivation but I was only running three days a week and while I looked forward to the experience every time I looked in the mirror I saw a shrinking body that resembled a sack of potatoes. Everything just sorta hung, I really felt I had accomplished all I could on my own and not having a workout buddy I began contemplating working with a personal trainer.

My first consideration was cost. In a nutshell it’s not cheap. I opened my checkbook and looked at what I was spending monthly for Joan and me to eat out on those nights we were “just too tired to cook.” I was surprised how much money we were spending, even if it were just for two people. I decided that if we cut that in half it would generate a bit of revenue.

My next consideration was finding a trainer to meet my needs. I narrowed it down to four and after a lot of soul searching I picked Jen. Jen was a dance major in college and she also has my very direct, blunt approach to dealing with things. That’s not to say she isn’t friendly, but like me, she is not looking for another friend. I told her what I wanted and she told me what she could do, we shook hands and set a date to begin. That was yesterday.

I have to tell you I was nervous. I was afraid I was going to look silly and all those other silly thoughts that run through my head periodically. The first thing she did was go over what we would be doing, how she liked to do it and told me not to be bashful about asking questions. She told me if she was going to fast or to slow to please let her know. She made me feel comfortable and at ease. After the first set of exercises I was no longer nervous.

She worked my entire body. She used a series of exercises that included free weights, circuit machines and resistance bands. We finished with abdominals on the stability ball. Everything was predictable, which is what I like. I picked her primarily because of her background. I was looking to increase my flexibility and balance and add some tone to my shape.

I woke up this morning, “work out sore.” It’s a good feeling and it’s equal from top to bottom. I am not too sore so I will be able to do my C25K training later today. We are going to work together twice weekly, on Monday’s and Fridays. My sessions last approximately an hour.

It’s a good feeling to know I am working with someone who knows what they are doing. I told her when I hired her that she was the professional and I was going to trust her to construct a program that would meet my needs. If the first session was any indication I made the right choice.

  
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JPRICE217 8/8/2010 9:22AM

    emoticonJohn something for me to consider

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AZCUPCAKE 8/5/2010 6:25PM

    Great decision! It sounds like Jen is going to get you focused and working all the right ways to help you reach your goal healthfully. Way to go!

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WALKNLOVE 8/4/2010 11:34AM

    You are going to love this! I work out with a pt on M,W, and F. She is great! Just being there. keeps me accountable! Enjoy!

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PSSN4FITNESS 8/4/2010 11:30AM

    Great job! I have been considering hiring a personal trainer. I am glad that you found one that works for you!

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VTORIA3 8/3/2010 10:09PM

    John, I am so proud of you for finding out a way to sacrifice so that you could realize your goals. And, it is clear that you have a lovely wife who supports you, too. Embrace that, appreciate Joan's gift to you. It is wonderful to learn that you were completely satisfied with your training program and trainer. Good for you, friend. Keep up the good work!

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TRISH2229 8/3/2010 9:43PM

    I loved my trainer but then she moved! :( She was a runner! I learned so much about myself and my body from her. I never worked harder in my life than when I trained with her. I was sore every day. I need to go back to the gym. I keep telling myself this but haven't been motivated to go by myself. It would also mean I'd have to increase my caloric intake which is difficult for me to do. Good luck! Enjoy the burn! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/3/2010 4:48PM

    It sounds wonderful. I know this is just what you need.

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GEINAHG0757 8/3/2010 2:50PM

    Your fitness level will really take off to the next level now that you are working out with a trainer. You watch...I KNOW this to be true! (See my blog "What six months of strength training gets you...)

Geinah


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SMOCKON 8/3/2010 2:04PM

    Sounds like a good match! I'm not there yet, and I'm glad you're leading the way. emoticon

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JENNY888 8/3/2010 2:02PM

    I'm glad the session went well for you.

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LUVMYK9S 8/3/2010 11:44AM

    emoticon on moving on to the next level and working with a personal trainer. I'm sure she will keep you motivated and moving towards your next goals.

I understand the feeling of nervousness in the beginning ... I was so nervous starting my first Zumba class that I nearly threw up! Thoughts of looking like a fool, not being able to keep up with the class, not being able to follow the steps, etc. But I am so glad that I pushed myself forward and went to the class! The instructor immediately made everyone feel at ease and the class was FUN! I was totally hooked after the first class!

Keep up the great work, you are so worth it!

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KATJAMN 8/3/2010 10:55AM

    good deal.. You are just cruising right a long..
So so so so so happy for you!

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MINENA1 8/3/2010 10:27AM

    Awesome!!! Great job moving on to the next level. WOO HOO!! I'm sure she's going to help you plenty. Good Luck John! You're doing fantastic!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/3/2010 10:22AM

    Finding the right trainer is worth every penny. I'm looking at our budget to see how I can squeeze out the money for seeing one at least once a week; I'm at the same stage, where I don't feel like I'm really making progress. Way to go in kicking it up a notch, John!

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CATHERINEL66 8/3/2010 10:15AM

    Great going on the new personal trainer. I see folks at the gym working out with them, and think it's really the way to go to develop a custom program. I bet you're going to get great results!!

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DOCYJK 8/3/2010 9:37AM

    Good for you for taking this next step! I'll be eager to hear how this works out for you in the long run!

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STORMTMB 8/3/2010 9:21AM

    Glad you did it. She's going to help you get to the next level!! Congrats on making a great decision.

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EDWINA172 8/3/2010 9:17AM

    I'm glad that you liked your session with the trainer. You are worth the time, money and sweat! Have a great week.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/3/2010 9:16AM

    I couldn't wait for you to post this blog! I don't know why, but the few times in my life when I've thought about working with a personal trainer, I've chickened out every time. I feel very intimidated by even the idea of working with someone. I think I'm afraid for someone to know what a big wimp I am! LOL

I wanted to know how it went with your session and am happy to see that things went well. I hope you will keep up up to date on how things progress. Meanwhile, I'LL work on this overwhelming fear of personal trainers! Ugh!

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JUDIL62 8/3/2010 8:53AM

    Excellent. Keep up the good work. I can relate to being "uninspired by my workouts". I'm hitting that place so this month in my goals I will add spinning and/or Zumba to my workouts.

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IN_IT_2_WIN_IT 8/3/2010 8:50AM

    I looked at the money I was spending eating out, drinking, etc and found it was far more than the monthly cost for a trainer. I decided to sign up for two sessions a week at my fitness club. I was paired up with Patrick, and he could not be a better fit. He works with me on nutrition, motivates me to keep going, encourages me and applauds my successes, and doesn't have a problem telling me when I am slacking off, pushes me to try new things. His philosophy is he will not ask a client to do anything he cannot or does not do, and backs it up by demonstrating every exercise and running along beside me.

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YOGINI_JACKIE 8/3/2010 8:41AM

    Nice! I love the "work out sore" feeling. Can't wait to hear your progress!

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DOLLBABE56 8/3/2010 8:39AM

    That's wonderful John! Sometimes all we need is guidance. Twice a week is perfect. Good luck to you!

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NJMATTICE 8/3/2010 8:39AM

    Sounds like a good match. I'm sure Jen will provide the boost to get things moving forward.
Have a great day, John and enjoy feeling every muscle that you have been reacquainted with, courtesy of your new trainer.
Love,
Nancy

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AAAANNA 8/3/2010 8:35AM

    Sounds like you found the right trainer. Well done for stepping up and getting outside help, I´m sure that it wont be long with motivation like that before you reach your targets! emoticon

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TBONE13 8/3/2010 8:33AM

  Hey, I wish you great luck !!

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Why Do I Spark?

Monday, August 02, 2010

“Why do I do this?”

It wasn’t said in a frustrated or angry tone. I asked myself this question as I rode my bike around the neighborhood this morning and I asked it to myself in an open and honest manner. Suppose you were interviewed for the newspaper or television and you were asked why you Sparked. What would you say?

Health is the obvious reason. My doctor read me the riot act more than once before it sunk in. Our son Paul is getting married in September and looking good could be another reason. But what happens when the weddings over? What happens when I “get healthy?” Do I smile, have a party and move on? I think it’s why diets fail.
It came to me this morning that I have reached a point in my journey where I am starting to do this because I really enjoy all the new things I have accomplished. By the middle of September I will run a 5K. Last year at this time I couldn’t walk a 5K. This morning I begin working with a personal trainer. A year ago it wasn’t even on the radar. It was something scary and intimidating to me. I am doing these things and more not as a means to reach an end but because there is real enjoyment in doing them.

Every morning when I get up I do “something” that raises my heart rate for twenty minutes or so. I may walk around the block a few times or ride my bike. I noticed when I did, I felt more alive the rest of the day. Sometimes it has its down side. I had a client remark that they weren’t aware they hired Tigger to do work for them. I don’t care. It feels good.

I write more effectively and currently am working on a short DVD about goals and success, most of which was honed through my Spark experience.

Did you notice there is no mention of calories, weight or food journals? That’s a given but instead of being an idol to worship and fear they are becoming a tool that helps me reach my goals. They are the things that supply the passport to a more active life.

Why do I do this?

I enjoy it. I hope you do too!!!

  
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WILMABEAL 8/6/2010 1:51PM

    Thanks for sharing.It's a nice inspiration for me to be here on sparkpeople.I need this along with my selfcontrol, determination,and family and friends to succeed.p.s. plus my *sparkbook* my husband just ordered us. Glad your staying! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JPRICE217 8/4/2010 9:04PM

    I sparke for my health.and the support that i get from the site. It is amazing how much better tha I feel

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TRISH2229 8/3/2010 9:49PM

    I heard this evening that Bill Clinton went on the cabbage soup diet to lose 20 lbs for his daughter's wedding. emoticon I don't recommend this but if you keep up with your training you'll looking smashing for your son's wedding!

We all love that you Spark! emoticon

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KATJAMN 8/3/2010 10:53AM

    Great answer.. I was thinking the same thing yesterday...
Why do I Spark.. the only answer I could come up with is..
Why do I stop Sparking?

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JUDIL62 8/3/2010 8:56AM

    I learned when i didn't have spark over vacation last week why I love it. It keeps me focused, balanced and my goals right in front of my face. I love ths support and comfort of people struggling or accomplishing right along side of me. I have the spark app on my phone to track calories and fitness, but I missed all the other stuff!

Keep Sparking! emoticon

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WALKNLOVE 8/3/2010 8:30AM

    why do I spark? To encourage and be encouraged by folks just like me struggling to BE successful in our journey to healthy living!

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LUVMYK9S 8/2/2010 12:39PM

    Why do I Spark? Yes, because I enjoy it! I get a great deal of inspiration and motivation from Spark. It helps me stay focused on my goals. And it helps me stay connected to great Spark friends like you!



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DOLLBABE56 8/2/2010 11:35AM

    Good question. Why do I do this. There are so many answers to this question. Some good, valid answers. Some that are "out dated" to say the least. Sometimes it's hard remember that the most important reason is health for me. My wanting to be slim for the sake of looking like I did 30 years ago is just not something that is going to happen (and shouldn't happen). A 53 year old body is NOT a 23 year old body, and even if it were it is not the weight that will make me a success in life. I couldn't hurt, but it is not going to fix all areas in life that need to be worked on. If that makes any sense. And truth be told, I didn't have a HEALTHY body, I had a emaciated body and poor self image at 23. I do not want to just lose the weight I want to be happy, healthy, stong, and have the pride in reaching a variety of goals. So, in answer the the question "why do I do this", I am going to have to say it is because I love myself and (as you so aptly say so often) I AM WORTH IT!

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DANAB1106 8/2/2010 10:59AM

    I love this. I am so going to reccomend it today when I blog. I love the people here and that is part of the reason I am on as much as I am.



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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/2/2010 10:46AM

    What kind of moron doesn't love Tigger??? LOL.

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STORMTMB 8/2/2010 9:56AM

    Good stuff, Tigger!

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NJMATTICE 8/2/2010 9:15AM

    A good question! I spark for inspiration from people fighting the same physical and emotional battles that I fight. It helps a lot.
Have a great day. Thanks for the thoughtful blog. (inspiration)
Love,
Nancy

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HLPRATT 8/2/2010 9:13AM

    I agree. It's a lifestyle and much of it is enjoyable. I love healthy foods and after I get started I find I even enjoy getting my heart rate up. I like to sweat and accomplish things. For these reasons, this is not a diet!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/2/2010 8:44AM

    Absolutely spot on, John. I Spatk now because I enjoy it. I love the way I feel when I push myself to do just a little more than I think I can, because someone else here believes in me. I love coming back amd encouraging someone else that they can do it, too.

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WISEONE68 8/2/2010 8:38AM

    Love your points, John. Many people (most) start Spark and the trackers, etc. to lose weight. But, after awhile it becomes a place to meet friends who are striving for similar goals and learn more about them and ourselves.
I am so glad you are gaining more and more impetus in your journey--and you do things cuz' they feel good and right--rather than for ONLY the benefit of losing weight.
I enjoyed my walk in the neighborhood yesterday for many reasons--and the "losing weight" thing never did pop up in my mind!
blessings to you, Friend, for your insights and for sharing them with us all!!

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J2740LOU 8/2/2010 8:34AM

    Why do I Spark? It keeps me accountable and in touch with a community of real people that share my goals and problems. An emotional support system that I can open up 24x7. A safety zone. emoticon

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A Spark Goodie For You All

Sunday, August 01, 2010

We lost 6.8 pounds this week.

Yes, I know I logged the food, did the exercise and made the right choices but you supplied the support and encouragement. If I had the Spark points available and the time to do so I'd send each of you a Goodie.

i am so grateful and appreciative of all the support and genuine friendship I receive here and I hope I give an equal amount in return. When I win, we all win because along with my family, my doctor, my personal trainer, my massage therapist and a few more you folks are an integral part of my team.

I am two tenths of a pound away from reaching the 75% point of my goal. So "Team John" had a great week and each of you is a big part of it.

We will be in Louisville all day to celebrate our grand daughters fifth birthday.

I thought I'd pass something on a friend posted on my Spark Page last night.

"It's the last day of July ...a good time to reflect upon your goals for August! Things to consider may be...

How many fitness minutes do you want to try to achieve?
How many pounds would you reasonably like to lose?
What new activities would you like to try?
What has been working for you that you would like to continue?
What hasn't been working and should be changed?

Not everyone likes to set goals, but it is a valuable tool to use on this journey. Goals help to provide focus and a vision for what we want to accomplish. Even if we fail to meet our goals, the experience provides valuable feedback --- What went wrong? What behavior do we need to change to attain what we set out to do?

Take a few minutes ... challenge yourself with some goals for August!

... Looking forward to success in August! Keep on keepin' on!! "

That came from KEEPINBUSY

Have a good Sunday

  
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AZCUPCAKE 8/5/2010 6:22PM

    I am proud to be on Team John! You are one of the brightest stars in the sky, and your positivity is absolutely contagious! Thanks for sharing your success with your pals! emoticon

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KATJAMN 8/3/2010 10:49AM

    Seriously AWESOMNESS at its finest

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PANFRIEDTROUT 8/2/2010 3:25PM

    emoticon job on your weight loss John and tyvm for

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and because it's the new month, I do in fact have new goals to set which is somewhat tedious in the planning but so satisfying in the doing!






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LUVMYK9S 8/2/2010 12:30PM

    Awesome on the weight loss and getting to 75% of your goal! The only time I've been able to lose over 6 lbs. in one week was by a severe case of food poisoning!

August will be a great month!

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JPRICE217 8/2/2010 8:08AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon6.8 lbs That just go to show you that you can do anything that you set your mind to. Goals are a great idea for every month.

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 8/2/2010 1:04AM

    Great blog and awesome job losing 6.8 lbs! August is going to be a great month for all of us - I can just feel it.

Have a great week. :)

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TINKERBELL200 8/1/2010 7:24PM

    That's awesome John! You are doing wonderful. Wow! You are getting so close to your goal, seventy five percent. That's Great! Before you know it you'll be there! emoticon emoticon
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JUDIL62 8/1/2010 7:06PM

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RONDAJONES 8/1/2010 2:24PM

    Great Job John on the loss!!! Was this this first week for the trainer? Or what did you "change"?

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/1/2010 2:04PM

    Great blog and some of your best advice. Congrats on the weight loss!! emoticon

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CARTOONB 8/1/2010 1:27PM

    Thanks for the Goodie! emoticon

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I think that says it all!

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BRYLIA 8/1/2010 12:59PM

    Thanks for sharing the goal questions and congrats on the weight loss!

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LOOKY-LOU 8/1/2010 11:40AM

    Well done, it takes A LOT of work to lose 6.8 pounds in a week! That is WOW!

Enjoy your granddaughter's birthday, 5 is such an amazing age! emoticon

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TRACYDUKA 8/1/2010 11:30AM

    Congrats on the weightloss! :) I feel lighter already reading it. ;) And I already set up my goals for August on my blog. :) It looks like a hefty list, but many of the things are nothing more than a continuation of the things that are working for me. :) Keep on keeping on! :)

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/1/2010 11:11AM

    emoticon John! I feel the same way; every success that I have is in part due to the support and encouragement I get here. Have some wonderful family time and enjoy!

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BOURNBABE 8/1/2010 11:08AM

    Go Team John! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 8/1/2010 9:55AM

    Have fun at the birthday party!

Those are very good questions. Questions that I truly need to address.

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STORMTMB 8/1/2010 9:36AM

    Congrats on your loss this week. Keep up the great work and enjoy your family time today. Savor the memories.

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NJMATTICE 8/1/2010 9:17AM

    First thing I did this morning was set my goals for August. I like KEEPINBUSY's questions. Helps get it in focus. Thanks for passing that along. Here's to a successful August. Keep up the good work and thanks for your active participation in the Spark Journey to the Healthy Lifestyle!
Love,
Nancy

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HDHAWK 8/1/2010 9:09AM

    Great blog and congrats on losing 6.8 lbs!!

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LIZBUCK1 8/1/2010 8:07AM

    Well done on the weight loss, that's a great achievement. We've done well!!

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DEVORA4 8/1/2010 7:46AM

  emoticonideas put forth. I have already decided what my goals are to be

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MYBULLDOGS 8/1/2010 7:40AM

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C25K or "Run John, Run"

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Every time I get close to a milestone in C25K training I get scared.... Not anxious, not nervous, down right scared. Most of it comes from this massive fear of not being able to do it. Today was my thirds day of week six. Time to run twenty five minutes and/or two miles. I was determined I would do both. I had never run that far in my life. There were these voices saying "Why did you wait until you were fifty six to do all this?" I always tell those voices that they are asking a really good question.

Okay so here is the final result:

2 miles in 25:05.

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I pushed very hard the last tenth of a mile to get in at twenty five minutes or less but to no avail.

I want to thank those of you who encouraged me and inspired me to do this. I read the blogs of those who went from the couch to 5K and more and I get so so so amped up and I RAN TWO MILES.

It's a milestone for sure and I am crazy happy. Back to reality. Pushing the last tenth of a mile sort of caused my tummy to cramp in a major fashion and for about ten minutes we thought breakfast might put in a second appearance. Joan said something about the kitchen floor and the turkey breast she had defrosting in the sink and I been married long enough to know my wisest course was to close my eyes and pray really hard.

Thanks again for all your encouragement. I am on track to run my first 5K sometimes in September.

  
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CRIS76 8/3/2010 11:26AM

    Great job! I think you did fantastic and those 5 seconds... P-SHAW! YOU DID IT in my book!

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KATJAMN 8/3/2010 10:50AM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!
AHHHH.... I WILL DO THIS.. I WILL I WILL I WILL!!! LOL



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DANAB1106 8/2/2010 11:02AM

    I am so glad you are doing this! It is on my things to look into, so to know that you are doing it helps-I sound like a stalker! heehe...you know what I mean!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/2/2010 8:23AM

    I remember exactly how this felt. Each new milestone was terrifying: I was sure I'd fail. And now I'm training for a marathon. Go figure! I can't wait to hear how you enjoy that 5k! emoticon emoticon

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JPRICE217 8/2/2010 8:12AM

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WISEONE68 8/1/2010 7:15PM

    Since I cannot run any longer (degenerative back problem--no more high-impact workouts!)...I will live vicariously through you. I wanted to do a 15K in September, and I was a bit bummed...but, I thought--just roll with it. Set new goals...

And, I came here and found that...even when I am not doing my best...by friends are succeeding and I need to be happy for them!! You go, John!!

I love the Forrest Gump reference "Run, John, Run"--I pictured how Forrest's leg splints started to fall off as he ran faster and faster---well look at what is falling off of you:

weight, inhibitions, old "thought" patterns (i.e. "i'm not a runner), and you are reaching your goals. just FAB-U-LOUS!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/1/2010 2:02PM

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KATIEGLEN012 8/1/2010 5:31AM

    emoticon So very impressive. There's no 'you can do it' here...you ARE doing it!!!!!!!

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BOURNBABE 7/31/2010 11:45PM

    Very cool! By the way, if you find in cooler weather let me have some down here will you? emoticon

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STORMTMB 7/31/2010 10:27PM

    Keep up the great work, John! We're all rooting for you! emoticon emoticon

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BAM0827 7/31/2010 6:34PM

    Good for you. You reinforce that we are able to do so much more than we think we can. Congrats on pushing yourself.

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CARTOONB 7/31/2010 5:47PM

    Great job! Woo Hoo and all that! You are doing great!

BTW...love how you said breakfast was going to make a "second appearance." LOL! Totally know how that goes!

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ELYMWX 7/31/2010 3:53PM

    Well done!

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SLY_REDUX 7/31/2010 3:07PM

    I need to read these kinds of things. Someday, this will be me.

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LUVMYK9S 7/31/2010 3:00PM

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What an inspiration! I can't even run a block and can't even imagine running 2 miles! WOW!

You met your goal! Goes to show what perseverance and determination can do!



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VTORIA3 7/31/2010 2:54PM

    John, you are doing really great. Congrats on your progress to date. Keep up the fantastic work!

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RONDAJONES 7/31/2010 2:11PM

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GREAT JOB JOHN!!!! That lousy 5 seconds...that will be put to shame the next time you do 2 miles in 25 minutes!! That was just you 'holding back' a little...but MISTER...you DID NOT FAIL! So proud of you!!!

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DOLLBABE56 7/31/2010 2:01PM

    OH WOW John. That's great. You keep on inspiring me to stick with it. You have come such a long way, haven't you? It's wonderful.

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CINDYC53 7/31/2010 2:00PM

    Wow! This was a really great blog for me to read because I just re-started my C25K program two days ago, so tonight will be Day 2 for me! When I did it before in late winter, I was in school and working and I kind of modified my own program, which mainly entailed me doing interval runs but not building up much. This time I'm going to follow the program - but I'm 57 and I have those same fears you expressed:

What if I can't do the "next" thing??

But look at YOU!! You started from Day One just like I'm doing, and you are in Week 6 and RUNNING TWO MILES - in a great time!! Fantastic!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!


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BECCALYNN75 7/31/2010 1:51PM

    emoticon Run John Run!
Too funny because I'm watching Forrest Gump right now!
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HDHAWK 7/31/2010 1:48PM

    emoticon John!

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HONORINGGOD 7/31/2010 1:30PM

    "i'm proud of you &your worth it"words to remember &i hope you remember ,to remember. iyou are always a inspiration to me &so many others God bless your journey to the new you ,your brother in Christ ,john emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOKY-LOU 7/31/2010 1:03PM

    You ROCK emoticon

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PRINCESSNURSE 7/31/2010 12:58PM

    Way to go John--I KNEW you could do it!

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BEANPOD77 7/31/2010 12:52PM

    Way to go John! Excellent! You will be amazed how quickly your body adjusts and before you know it..25 min runs will be your norm.. I am not too many weeks ahead of you in the couch to 5K. I still amaze myself every time I finish a 30 min. stretch. I am not consistently hitting 5K in that 30 min, but I know it WILL come.
I am cheering you all the way..Maybe one day we can run 5k "together" ..let me know the day to plan to , and I will do the same. It would be kinda fun to know that someone else, somewhere, was running the same time...Sound like a plan??

emoticon Either way ..A big congrats!!

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ELIZABETH525 7/31/2010 12:52PM

    Just keep working and you will shave that 5 seconds off. Don't you remember when you first started this, I am pretty sure I remember you writing about running 20 or 30 feet before stopping..or as you said..something that kinda looked like running. You know you will achieve it, sooner than you expect.

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Shiny Happy People: A Positive View on Things

Friday, July 30, 2010

If you are tired hearing about me saying “You are who you hang around with…..” you may move on to another blog. I won’t be upset. (Well maybe just a little bit)

I got a spark Mail this morning that had positive energy flowing out of it before I opened it up. Now I would like to tell you I bounce out of bed in the morning singing and dancing around the house in some sort of euphoria, but I don’t. Most mornings I have to will myself to smile. I have been working on this. My days go so much better when I hit the floor in a good mood full of anticipation for what’s ahead.

But I digress. My friend was just full of good news today and you could feel the excitement oozing through the mail. It was infectious. I smiled when I read it and responded in kind. As I got up from my chair I noticed that I was humming and there was a bit of a spring in my step and my outlook for the day was a bit brighter. Thank you dear friend.

The gifts we give each other are often very intangible. They come packaged with good news, or a silly joke or simply a smile. How valuable and powerful they are. They can cause us to turn on a dime and our outlook on life suddenly changes for the better.

It tells me us we have so much more value than we can ever imagine. Our silliness, our goofiness and our good news can be the elixir someone needs to get up and go. I learned today to never discount or undervalue the gifts and talents of the people in your life. Those gifts may come in different packages but they are gifts none-the-less.

You are who you hang around with. Positive people, breed positive results and the next thing you know, we are infecting the world.

Be someone’s reason to smile today. Go ahead, it won’t hurt ya.

  
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MPALMER15 8/1/2010 8:28PM

    Awesome blog!

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A10TIVTRTL 8/1/2010 11:31AM

    Great blog, John. I'm going to recommend it to my friends. Oh, and I've added you as a friend and subscribed to your blogs. Love your attitude!

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DEMURALIST 7/31/2010 5:09PM

    thanks, you were my reason to smile, just now!


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CARTOONB 7/31/2010 12:21AM

    Again...you said it!

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SLOLOSER 7/30/2010 7:59PM

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SLY_REDUX 7/30/2010 7:24PM

    I so agree!

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WILMABEAL 7/30/2010 5:55PM

    lol kinda sounds like me. I've been so excited! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/30/2010 3:38PM

    So true--I'd rather be spreading sunshine than clouds, there are enough of those that come along naturally! Thanks for making me smile today, John!

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DOLLBABE56 7/30/2010 3:23PM

    Thanks for the "positivity" (is that a word?) John.

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STORMTMB 7/30/2010 3:11PM

    Great reminder. Thanks, John. emoticon

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CINDYC53 7/30/2010 12:07PM

    Yup! So true. Thanks for the reminder!

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LUVMYK9S 7/30/2010 11:47AM

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Awesome advice! Just one smile can turn even the gloomiest day around! You are one of those positive people and your blog always lifts my spirits!


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MYOWNHERO 7/30/2010 11:44AM

    Well said! Thanks for the good vibes :-)

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SHARON10002 7/30/2010 11:36AM

    emoticon message! emoticon for helping us to remember that we must be the light for others. Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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NJMATTICE 7/30/2010 10:43AM

    Thanks for the positive reinforcement. I was very happy to be back home to hang out with my shiny, happy, positive blogging friends. It makes a tremendous difference and is helping shake off the negativity that attached itself to me in my travels. Keep smiling my brother!
Love,
Nancy

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/30/2010 10:41AM

    Good advice. Every day you wake up has the potential to be a good day. Make it so. LOL.

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JENNY888 7/30/2010 10:32AM

    There is a lot of wisdom here. Great blog John.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 7/30/2010 10:19AM

  you are so right.. and i have been thinking along these lines myself... i need to find some very positive people to hang with.. thanks for the validation

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TIME4AFITME 7/30/2010 10:02AM

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MESEATURTLE 7/30/2010 9:57AM

    emoticon well said!!!

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MESEATURTLE 7/30/2010 9:57AM

    emoticon well said!!!

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MESEATURTLE 7/30/2010 9:57AM

    emoticon well said!!!

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CLOTHEDINLOVE 7/30/2010 9:54AM

    Awesome point. It's part of the reason I'm headed out of the office I'm in... the work brings me down! I need something more active and that helps people in a more tangible sense. It's also rough to be around so many people who aren't worried about their health in the least and bring in fattening "goodies" to share all the time!

I hope where I'm headed in life will bring more of those positive people into my life. Thank YOU for being one already. :)

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FITVALGAL 7/30/2010 9:34AM

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Birds of a feather flock together: I choose to be positive so that positive people will choose to be around me.

"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher." -Oprah Winfrey


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CROBINGO 7/30/2010 9:03AM

    So true! Also, I am pleased for you that you got such a nice email that really perked up your day!

(Disgustingly I AM one of those people that wake up immediately wide awake, excitedly go into the kitchen make my coffee, sit outside rain, heat or shine in the early morning hours of like 4-5 AM to great the day. BUT, then the real world enters in and life enters in and various large or small stresses of work and the day start weighing down my shoulders. It sounds like you go the other way. You wake up slowly and "fill your cup" with positive energy as the day goes on. That is pretty cool, actually!

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TRACYDUKA 7/30/2010 8:57AM

    I completely agree. I've noticed that if I wanted to live a more positive life I needed to surround myself with more positive people. I have a friend...she was a reluctant friend. We laugh now about how we became such good friends, but really and truly I try to emulate this part of her. :) She is sunshine wrapped up in a 4'11" package. She was 16 when I met her, I was 21. And she was bubbly. Smiling and talking a thousand miles a minute and GUSHING happiness...and I was annoyed with it. UGH. I couldn't STAND being around someone that was that giddy ALL THE TIME! I was convinced that it wasn't sincere. Then one day she came to my house a few years later. She wasn't happy that day, and she needed a friend and she looked ME up. She told me of many bad things that had happened to her in her life. And trust me, hearing her tale made me cry. And though these bad things happened to her, she "faked it until it was real". So though it was her shield, she genuinely was happy in her life. And she's remained that way. And when I was going through the roughest time in my life, I was no one, I was a shell of a human and I knew I needed to become someone again. I thought of the people in my life and their attributes that I WANTED for myself and I thought of her ability to smile through it all. And her ability to provide sunshine to those around her. And I have tried my best to become as optimistic as she is. I'm not quite there, but I definitely shine this little light of mine.

I know that's a wee bit long winded. But it's true, you ARE the company you keep, so why keep company with those that are bad for you?

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AZCUPCAKE 7/30/2010 8:52AM

    Right on, John! There is no greater gift than when a loved one shares their good fortune, great news, or everyday happiness with me. Like the MasterCard commercial says: PRICELESS! A great attitude is positively contagious, and the more we can pass that on through our own positive attitudes, the better the world will be, one phone call, e-mail, or visit at a time!

Happy Friday, and here's to a positively wonderful weekend right around the corner! emoticon emoticon

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CAHUNO2 7/30/2010 8:49AM

    I think you are right!! emoticon emoticon

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