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Gutting It Out

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sometimes it is not pretty and sometimes it is not fun but it always gets results

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HLPRATT 9/13/2010 9:14AM

    We all feel like this. Sometimes I can find more excuses than the time it takes me to exercise. Just hold out for that good feeling afterwards

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DOLLBABE56 9/12/2010 11:04AM

    What are you inside my head or something? lol I am definitely feeling this way. I overdid the exercise so much last Wednesday that I could barely walk until today. Seriously. So today I'm feeling a lot better, but I don't think I should run until tomorrow. Legs are still a little weak/wobbly/sore. It probably would help if I did run today. I don't know... but I'm making all kinds of excuses. Lately I have been doing my exercises later and later in the day. Putting it off. I'm making excuses. Tomorrow I think that I will try taking my run off of the treadmill. I think I will run early in the morning before the school traffic. I'll walk Poppet first, bring her home and head out. That's the plan. I hope I will stick to it. No. I have to stick to it. I don't want to throw all of my hard work away.

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JPRICE217 9/12/2010 6:50AM

    I have been there and I always feel better after I do so why do I fight it so bad. Good question. No answer

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/12/2010 1:06AM

    John, I appreciate your honesty so much! We all have those days when we just don't want to do it, whether it's running, eating healthy, working out, or just doing the stuff we gotta do. Sometimes you do just have to gut it out, but in the end it's worth it. As you say so often, YOU'RE worth it; this is a lifelong journey, not a quick fix, and we have to learn how to push ourselves to keep going when we have those days. Way to go on silencing the negative voices (or at least ignoring them) and getting out there!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/11/2010 8:16PM

    Congrats on your newest accomplishment!!! Awesome new PR!

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RACINGSLUG 9/11/2010 5:26PM

    I can't watch any of your videoblogs without feeling a little better. Your story actually reminds me of my first (and, so far, only) 5k run. I am a sloooow runner... that's why I'm RacingSLUG. My first pace when I started out was 18 min/mile. When I finally got up to running a 5K, it was my first day out, I had trained hard and was so motivated, and... everyone left me in their dust. I was bummed, seriously flagging, hurting, frustrated, terrible attitude. Then my husband looked at his stopwatch and said, ''You're actually running your fastest pace ever.'' It turned everything around. I actually started running faster, and I finished at a pace under 13:00 for the first time ever. The next day I went out and ran even faster than that.

I know what you mean about how it gets tough - I've been here about three years. I lost a lot of weight initially but I feel like I'm constantly battling the same 15 pounds lately. But more than ever your blog speaks to me on another level - a professional one. I just started my 2nd and final year of graduate school this week and it is a completely overwhelming experience, it is a very rigorous program where they demand nothing short of excellence both academically and professionally. The time schedule is positively overwhelming and it's hard not to constantly compare yourself to all the people who are better, smarter and more experienced. After just two days back in action I'm already exhausted and freaked out and wanting to make all kinds of excuses to bail. Your reminder to ''gut it out'' is just what I need right now, because this is going to pay off in the long run, just like anything else we invest our future in. I need to acknowledge the short term pains will bring long term gains. Thanks for helping me gain some perspective.


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GREENFROGGIE9 9/11/2010 4:22PM

    Thank you for your inspiring words! & Congrats on your success!

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    It's nice to know that your not alone with the whining fits and the I don't feel like it's emoticon Your tough, strong and a trooper!! Way to go on signing up for a 5k I can't wait to hear about it. I think I hold the official title to the worlds slowest runner but you know what ??? it's all good at least i'm out there moving and that's all that matters. Way to go on "Gutting it out" my friend. You deserve a great big emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 9/11/2010 1:22PM

    wow i needed that kick in the pants today.told PAULA we are going hiking today but i got the wawawa's i worked ,i'm tired , i'm sore well, thank you my friend i,m going hiking now.not after a nap ,or a movie,or sit sparking .love my sparkpeople but it will not loss the nexxt 100 lbs for but it will give me some great friends to motovate me . thanks again my friend emoticon

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RENA1965 9/11/2010 1:03PM

    Bravo for running! You surprised yourself to motivation... Just doing it does help...

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MKPRINCESS007 9/11/2010 11:38AM

    You are SO REAL! I love that about you! I love reading about Sparkfolks who inspire, who are winners in every sense of the word, but I do at times get weary from the cheerleading. Look, life is real. REAL real. Sometimes, not having roadrunner metabolism stinks. You get up and get going when you stumble. You push through when you want to forget it. That is the real deal. I could shower you with accolades, but man, you already know you rock in my book. So, enough said. You got your own sweet victory at the end of that run. That is all you need.

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Catching Up

Friday, September 10, 2010


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JPRICE217 9/12/2010 6:59AM

    I have got hooked on the internet with sparks I can stay on it for hours. Good to hear from you again I miss you while you are gone

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/11/2010 2:39PM

    Ive actually stayed at that Hampton Inn in Buckhannon - it's a small world :o)

I agree about the T-shirt!! I have several and I love them!! I've also thought about how great it would be to do vlogg responses!

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DOLLBABE56 9/11/2010 10:59AM

    Funny you say that about our dependencies on the internet. Lately I have been spending more and more time on it - and I don't like the fact that I've become drawn into it. So yesterday I turned my computer off for most of the day. I didn't check my iphone either. It was rather freeing. Made a big difference in how I am feeling. (aside from being EXTREMELY muscle sore from my Weds. workout - lol) So I have decided to do my "sparking" and check my mail in the mornings and evenings, and let that be that. We'll see how it works for me.

Glad you are back. Looks like you have a couple of busy weeks ahead of you.

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WANDAH3 9/11/2010 10:37AM

    We really have got used to having our conveniences! Have a great weekend.


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YOGINI_JACKIE 9/11/2010 9:47AM

    That's pretty crazy that they didn't have any internet whatsoever--I feel like that is standard for hotels, you know?

That's so awesome that you registered for your fist 5k! I would make sure you get a Tshirt--I'm sure there will be some no-shows or something and you can snag one that way. Missed you too! So exciting about your son's wedding coming up; I know you will have a great time!

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AQUABUNNY 9/10/2010 11:58PM

    we missed you, too! That hotel's lack of internet---would be soooo frustrating. We ARE pretty dependent on modern technology, though, you're right!

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CARTOONB 9/10/2010 11:56PM

    Welcome back! I totally get the t-shirt thing! It's your first official 5k. Of course you need a t-shirt! Good luck with all of the preparations and with getting caught up!

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USFBULL 9/10/2010 10:59PM

    Way to go and welcome back, bet the views were awesome on that drive. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/10/2010 8:07PM

    Welcome back, John! It drives me crazy when a hotel doesn't have Internet access, so I'm glad you managed to survive that. Interesting idea about posting a vlog response to someone else's blog; I haven't ventured into vlogs yet but have been thinking about doing one. Good for you on signing up for a race; I admit it, I want the shirt too from races, LOL! I'm sure you will do great, the main thing is to go out and HAVE FUN doing it.

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Making Adjustments

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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JURI62 9/9/2010 10:52AM

    Enjoy the Ride (or run as the case may be)!

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LUNDIEP 9/9/2010 9:32AM

    I had the exact same thing happen. Weight was up, but measurements were down!

Love the "4 things" idea. Sounds like a good thing to "steal". :)

Have a wonderful week!

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MARCYNA 9/8/2010 9:06AM

    I haven't lost weight for months but I am not really worried as all my clothes are loose and my muscles are stronger, maybe it's true also for you and also stress may be a factor, anyway I'm sure it'll work for your best emoticon emoticon

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/8/2010 8:54AM

    I love that Alabama song - Im going to go listen to it right now :o) Oh yay!!! We both came up with 4 things to re-focus!! It works - Ive seen the scale move :o)

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WANDAH3 9/8/2010 7:20AM

    If the clothes are fitting better and you are following the routine you have set for yourself...why are you allowing the scales to dictate how well you are doing???? Stress does have a lot with the fluctuation of our weight...are you sleeping well, that also plays a part...but seriously, the scales are only one means of relating how well we are doing.
Thinking of you and trusting that you are choosing healthy choices. Relax and enjoy the time of celebration.


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BTINTERNET 9/7/2010 11:34PM

    The planning sounds good, and you should enjoy the time too!

We'll be rooting for you and we'll miss you! Have fun!

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AQUABUNNY 9/7/2010 11:05PM

    Actually, you said your clothes fit better now even though the scale said you gained 9 lbs...... maybe you've gained a little muscle weight?
My chiropractor doctor told me this last week when I was complaining about the scale moving so slowly:

"Hey, don't worry about that so much. The scale tells you a weight, but it doesn't tell you WHAT that weight actually IS."

Sounds to me like you're doing fine--beautiful pool by the way!

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HDHAWK 9/7/2010 9:42PM

    I completely understand the wedding stress as mine was Sat. I'm taking a few days to "catch my breath" as you mentioned and then I have to get busy again. I did the best I could to not be stressed and above all I let myself enjoy the special day. You do the same at your son's wedding. You have a great plan ready to go and after the wedding you will reach all your goals. I have no doubt!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/7/2010 8:16PM

    John, great plan; the most important thing to do is remember to HAVE FUN and ENJOY the time while practicing moderation on the food front. Your son only gets married once; this lifestyle change can accommodate the celebration that goes on at a time like this. It's not letting a celebration turn into an excuse for excess that is key, and I don't think you're at risk of that because you have a plan. Looking forward to hearing how it went when you get back! Oh, and scales do lie sometimes . . . but it's good to take stock on what we've been doing when the scale does not want to cooperate.


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RACINGSLUG 9/7/2010 7:26PM

    You seem like just the nicest guy. Planning for a wedding is no joke, it was four years ago but I remember the stress well. I really admire your willingness to stick to a healthy and sensible plan while still allowing yourself to enjoy this wonderful occasion for your family.

And I love that song by Alabama!

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MKPRINCESS007 9/7/2010 6:17PM

    Oh heck yes, you got it!!!!!!!!!! I love the fact that you are so rational about are going to be busy, you are coming up to a life changing event, and you are not going to deny yourself the joy of champagne or a moderate indulgence. Yes, you can run anywhere. And you will. PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR PLAN! Love it!
Oh, and with that pool........I would be swimming laps! If I don't see ya for a bit, I will know that you have got this under control. All good!

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JPRICE217 9/7/2010 4:45PM

    GOOD PLANE Just keep on keeping on

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LEANJEAN6 9/7/2010 3:38PM

    Gee--- Enjoy the wedding---- So happy that you are doing Spark--I find that just staying consistent, with keeping yer calories in the range, and exercise, and eventually things will happen---- Can you trust me??--LOL---

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GAILTHEGUARD 9/7/2010 3:30PM

  If you fall and skin your knee, just get back up and start over, it will all be ok! emoticon

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KSGROTHE 9/7/2010 3:24PM

    You have a very sensible plan! emoticon

Enjoy your son's wedding, and take care of yourself! emoticon

- Karen

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MSSUNBUG 9/7/2010 3:20PM

    You've done the one thing you CAN do--made a plan, set an intention. I find when bigger events crop up (um, hello wedding!) I am more tempted to stray from my typical routine or can easily brush things aside and say, "Eh, tomorrow!" Stay in touch with you. Remember that every choice that you make is an opportunity to bring you closer or further to/from the person you want to be, or the life you want for yourself. I already know your head is in the "right" space, but I offer this up as something that helps me.

Congratulations to you and your family for such a happy occasion to celebrate. My wish for you is that you enjoy every moment of it, stay fully present through it, and have a great time. Catch you on the flip side!

Lovely pool!

Sending love, peace, and other good things,

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STORMTMB 9/7/2010 2:18PM

    John, I hope you enjoy the time with your family at the wedding. Just take one day, one hour, one minute at a time. You're going in to it with a plan and you'll do great. I'm assuming that your knee is doing better since you got through your run and didn't mention pain. I'm glad for you about that. Have fun.

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CATHERINEL66 9/7/2010 1:19PM

    Good for you for setting some do-able goals for the next 2 weeks. I know they'll help keep you centered so you're not feeling off kilter.

I've got some travel coming up, starting tomorrow morning. It's funny, I spent 3 miles this morning bitching and moaning in my own head about work stuff, everything I have to do, and my mother ... until I finally got over it!

I've still got a big to-do list, and some food anxiety about 2 days in Williamsburg and 3 days at the yoga ashram (vegetarian meals included) ... but what I CAN do is keep hitting my workout goals and be reasonable on food. And yep, I'm taking my laptop too!

Hang in there and make the sparking work for 'real life' -- cuz we're all living it!

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DOLLBABE56 9/7/2010 1:18PM

    I'm happy to see you have a plan. You are going do great in spite of all the stress. You have refocused. Good for you. Oh, and btw - I love the pool....

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YOGINI_JACKIE 9/7/2010 1:06PM

    Oh yes, the pre-wedding stress is real. Pat is planning a bachelor party right now, and the groom called him YESTERDAY to say that the date he had planned for weeks no longer worked. The wedding is Oct 2--how is Pat supposed to plan a new party now? I was mad on his behalf. Pat is so even keeled about the whole thing, which I suppose is best.

I totally agree that you need to enjoy yourself and enjoy your journey! Nice pool. Can I jump in? :)

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Frustration.......... It must be going around.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

There is that old adage that says if "You fail to plan, then plan to fail." Sometimes, even when you do plan this thing called reality gets in your way and just messes up your entire universe.

I was scheduled to run today. Today is my long day, three to three and one half miles. I laid all my clothes out last night and was all psyched up. I rolled out of bed this morning and noticed a "twinge" in my left knee. Some of that is just part of being fifty seven, I know but it didn't get any better. It didn't get any worse, just not better. We needed ice for later today, so I walked up to the corner market and back. Knee still hurt.

Now I am getting mad. This hasn't been the best week for me and I am going to be traveling all next week so I set my running and personal training schedule to reflect the travel. Not running today messed all that up.

It's beautiful here this morning. I took my lap top and came out on the patio to write this. I haven't been able to do that since mid-May. I should be running!!! I am seething.

I'm not going to run. I mean, my heart is saying "go,go,go." My head knows otherwise. My heart and head are fighting and I am getting hit with all the BS they are tossing at each other. I know I cant control this. It is what it is, but gosh I have had enough failure this week!!

There I feel better. Thank you for loving me.

Joan says I can go shopping with her today for shoes, and fall mums.

Smile John, smile

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IMJUSTDUCKIE 9/10/2010 7:26PM

    Smile, John, Smile -- LOVE IT!!!!!

Hope your knee is feeling better.

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SPARKENISTA 9/9/2010 9:24PM

    Long time no see! Hope you are well.

I know what you're talking about with the knee. I feel the same way, sometimes, not knowing whether to take the long walk or not. I've been reading what other Sparkers are telling you and they're right. A little rest can go a long way where inflammation is concerned.

Perhaps having a little chat with your doctor would be a good idea...

Very best,

BR> emoticon emoticon

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JUDIL62 9/8/2010 8:41AM

    Hang in there....Shoe and Mum shopping sounds fun to me:) Find the bright spot and you will feel better.

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SMOCKON 9/7/2010 2:20PM

    If your plans have to change for the worse today, they can also change for the better tomorrow! Maybe something will change in the rest of your week that will allow you an opportunity to get in that run, or at least some extra walking time?

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    The best laid plans of mice and men............................LOL. Some days it's just not going to happen. No need to torture a knee that is already mad.

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JURI62 9/5/2010 7:37PM

    Vent with us anytime. I'm glad you listened to your body.
Better one day off than an injury that sidelines you for longer.





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DOLLBABE56 9/5/2010 7:12PM

    Don't beat yourself up John. Maybe you need a day off. You know, give the body some rest. I know you didn't plan it but you may need to so you don't cause injury. If you aren't any better in a couple days "get thee to a doctor". Thinking good thoughts. emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 9/5/2010 5:10PM

    Ugh, I hear and echo the frustration here! It'll pass.

I know you're seeing the big picture and how far you've come (like not celebrating a reason NOT to run, LOL!). I get really irritated when my schedule gets sidetracked because for me it's all about the planning so I can fit fitness into life!

Hang in there. I'm sending your knee anti-inflammatory, healing vibes :)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/5/2010 4:32PM

    You are wise to pay attention to what your body is telling you... things could have turned out really poorly if you didn't honor your intuition. Be extra kind to yourself, and we will still be here to support you!

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CARTOONB 9/5/2010 3:48PM

    You are listening to the correct body part(s)...brain and knee. Sorry that your plans have gone awry. Don't let it bring the whole week (or even whole day!) down.

Oooohhh! Shoe shopping! I wanna go! emoticon

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ADMULL100 9/5/2010 3:24PM

    Take a deep breath and take it easy. You will accomplish much more if you don't seriously hurt your knee. I'm praying for you. Be encouraged!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LUCYSRAIN 9/5/2010 2:44PM

    Deep breaths my

Ky weather cant be beat today! Maybe Gods purpose for you today is to slow down and just be. Hey shopping for Mums isn't all bad emoticon

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MARCYNA 9/5/2010 2:23PM

    I know what you mean...I've just been into a very annoying week and the worst is still to come,
I've just learnt my dance class is scheduled from 20.00 to 22.00 - which means I will not be able to attend it,it's wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too late at night!!!
I may turn to a professional course which is at 19.00-but it's so much beyond my level!!!!
I was going to cry when I read your blog.
I can only say:
"John, the Lord has a hand on our heads and He will find a solution."
Lots of love, emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/5/2010 1:50PM

    Bummer, plain and simple. But think back just a few months; could you have imagined before you started running that you would ever feel this way about having to miss a run? It just goes to show how much you have really changed. Take care of your knee and enjoy the time with your wife today; it will pay off in the long run.


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EDWINA172 9/5/2010 1:11PM

    I have to say that I agree completely with STORMTMB. Whenever something happens to change my plans, that is the first thought that comes to mind. God is intervening. When I'm stuck behind someone who is driving 10 mph under the speed limit, I think, "God does not want me to be where I plan to be for a reason. I will trust Him." You never know, you may be delayed to avoid an accident. You may be meant to meet up with someone you would have otherwise missed.
When I can't run, I become frustrated (and I know that you are frustrated), but you have to give your body the rest it deserves, right?!

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EDWINA172 9/5/2010 1:11PM

    I have to say that I agree completely with STORMTMB. Whenever something happens to change my plans, that is the first thought that comes to mind. God is intervening. When I'm stuck behind someone who is driving 10 mph under the speed limit, I think, "God does not want me to be where I plan to be for a reason. I will trust Him." You never know, you may be delayed to avoid an accident. You may be meant to meet up with someone you would have otherwise missed.
When I can't run, I become frustrated (and I know that you are frustrated), but you have to give your body the rest it deserves, right?!

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AQUABUNNY 9/5/2010 12:03PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your knee, John--just take care of it, enjoy a little shopping for shoes and mums with Joan, and take care of YOU as much as you can, and I hope and am crossing my fingers that it is better tomorrow. It IS very frustrating when you can't work out when you really want to. And I know it is even harder now that your body is used to it and craving it. Best wishes--keep us posted!!!

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STARGLADE 9/5/2010 11:49AM

    I feel your pain, so to speak.

Sometimes hindsight's the only thing that lets us see clearly. In a few days or a week, you could well find yourself nodding, saying "Yep, that's why I wasn't supposed to run on that Sunday."

Enjoy the patio time with your laptop!

(I don't take my husband shopping, I know better.)


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CAHUNO2 9/5/2010 11:35AM

    Sorry! But I know what the aches are. I have them during exercise and when my knee hurts for over a few minutes I drag out the old knee brace. I've had this for about 20 years but I do baby it. I even wore my brace a few times when I was showing dogs!

Good Luck with the knee!! emoticon

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STORMTMB 9/5/2010 11:35AM

    I would say that God has intervened and there is a reason you shouldn't run today. I know all too well about plans being messed up due to things out of my control. You may never understand why... just look for an alternate workout method today and enjoy the time with your lovely wife. I'll remind you of the phrase that I hate the most... "Patience is a virtue!"

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DEE797 9/5/2010 11:20AM

    Your body is saying rest and that overrides your head at the moment. Your body will thank you later.

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MKPRINCESS007 9/5/2010 11:17AM

    Oh damn.........not fair. Ok, so let's put it in perspective. One or two days of rest can make a WORLD of difference in a knee that is screaming for some love. And, of course you know, that running on a bum knee is a recipe for problems. So, you are a wise man. I had a friend many years ago, where I worked and she was a rather philosophical sort (surprise I would hang with someone like that :). She used to say, when traffic prevented us from getting somewhere on time, or something would happen to change our plans, she would say "We are not meant to do this today.......we are being kept from something (difficult, unpleasant, unsafe, etc). I really took her words to heart, and think of that often when things don't "go my way". It helps me, hope it helps you too. Big hugs!

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KAT573 9/5/2010 11:11AM

    I am glad you feel better! Venting is important too! It helps to get us to the next step, so keep on keeping ON! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/5/2010 11:09AM

    Saying a prayer right now for God's healing touch on your knee, and His peace for your heart & mind!

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How I Plan To Use Embarassment As A Motivator

Friday, September 03, 2010

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LIZZ617 1/8/2012 11:48AM

    I think we all need to be Gibbsed every once in a while lol I know I do

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KELLEA927 9/7/2010 7:16PM

    Good wake up call for you John and remember this is a lifetime commitment here. So now you know how easy it is to go off track. Use that information to help make you stronger.

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EDWINA172 9/6/2010 8:50AM

    I'm glad that you posted this. We will hold you accountable! Track your food! You keep a check book register, don't you? What's more important? Money or your health? You can't out train a bad diet! Get the junk food/empty calories out of the house. Don't use your granddaughter as an excuse to buy the junk. She doesn't need donuts either. Apples with peanut butter are a good snack for her. Fruit can be fun! Be a man of your word, John. You NEED to be healthy for you and the family. Someone is counting on loving you for a very long time. Don't let them down.

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    I have hit the 9 month mark and can feel myself backsliding...... I am so frustrated that I have not had any time for my routine this week b/c others are so dependent on me.
Tomorrow is the first time in a week that I will have time for me and me alone....... gym here I come!

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BSAGE47 9/4/2010 2:25PM

    John you are so honest and true. I wish I could know you in person. You motivate me and give me hope that my life will be normal with exercise and watching what I eat. I enjoy your vloggs.

You are so right that we need to learn from these embarrassments but I am trying to learn and not to criticize because to criticize disables me and make me back slide even more. My history is full of self-recrimination and I am trying to use an phrase that a friend gave me one day after a pep talk. "The only person you are hurting is yourself" . It is true all your negative thoughts are not hurting the person working out beside you, or your wife or kids. It is hurt you and you alone. I can see that you are using the information from your weigh-in and using it and not beating yourself up.

Great job, John. emoticon

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HDHAWK 9/4/2010 10:40AM

    You are great John! You motivate me daily. After my wedding today and the weekend festivities, I'm ready to start back on plan. I've definitely been sliding backwards for a while now, letting life get in my way. I do think we need a break from time to time, but we need to know how to stop it and not let it snowball. I know you'll start losing again. I have no doubt.

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RHONDA_11 9/4/2010 9:28AM

    I needed to hear that. If I am not careful, I am about to be headed backwards. emoticon

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CARTOONB 9/4/2010 12:40AM

    You know what to do. You know how to do it. Now you just have to do it...and I know you will! Setbacks are just set-backs...not time to stop. But, you know that. Do you want a hug or a kick in the butt? I can do either! emoticon

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DIASTER 9/3/2010 5:44PM

  OK John that's it.
Seems about the 9 month point after doing so well we hit the wall, oh we can do this, do not need to track food etc. and WHAM!!!!
Please get back on track, that is coming from someone that kept up the excuses and kept saying I will get back on track tomorrow, so today am 30# heaver I beg you stop now!!!
Start tracking right now, Do not let that toilet win.

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JPRICE217 9/3/2010 5:03PM

    John I have been there and done that. Tomorrow is a new day You must remember muscle weight more than fat and the way you have been working out and running you have got more muscle. And john you are great

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DOLLBABE56 9/3/2010 3:40PM

    Okay. So now you've had a wake up call. You are human. We are all human, and humans are not perfect. Start from here. You've had a let down. Okay. You can do this John, because you know you can. I know you can. It's so easy to slip back into old habits. And stress doesn't help - remember, you son is getting married in a couple weeks. Stress. You will manage this and over come it.

I know how you feel after exercise at our age. Achy. But boy do I ever feel great when I'm running. I feel free. Like a kid again. Then reality hits a little while after I'm done. lol

You are going to be okay John. You are worth it. "wink"

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MARCYNA 9/3/2010 3:16PM

    Well, embarassment can sometimes give way to more motivation if you consider it only a parenthsis before a period in which you'll be losing more & more weight..
Anyway I'm in a plateau right now and should be more embarassed than you,but I'm so faithful I'll make it in the long run.
This is like a University course not just a six months one. emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 9/3/2010 2:16PM

    I think I felt just like you when I did my weigh in last week. You are right. Use this as an opportunity to get back on the wagon. Make sure you weigh in and track. Not tracking is the devil!! emoticon. And the scale is scary sometimes but it is a great feedback tool. Its all feedback so just get back out there and do what you know works! Losing weight is a process and keeping it off is a process as well. Staying the course isn't always easy but it is worth it!! emoticon

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YOGINI_JACKIE 9/3/2010 2:10PM

    A couple things. I haven't read through the other comments, but I'm assuming that some of the weight gain is part of the strength training. Sure, the desserts probably don't help, but don't beat yourself up.

You know what? This is why you're here. To live and to learn. Sometimes my runs are painful too, but they are SO worth it :D

And you deserve everything you could ever ask for. LOVE the end with the little wink ;)

Have a great weekend, John!

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BTINTERNET 9/3/2010 1:59PM

    You are definitely worth it John! Thanks for posting this! emoticon

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JENNY888 9/3/2010 1:27PM

    John, I have had this experience before also. Myself, I find, even better than tracking all food which I try to do, is to weigh in daily in the morning at the same time. What the scale says keeps me accountable. I know there are fluctuations but the trend is very clear.

On a positive note, you lost a pant size. That meant you lost inches. You have been doing a lot of physical exercise and I imagine you are gaining muscle. Muscle is heavier than flab.

I have to congratulate you on your honesty. This is a great gift to others here on Spark. I have seen others just stop talking about weight if they have a gain, or stop recorded it on their weight tracker hoping it will go away. You have taken the first step in reversing the trend. I know you will be successful at doing so.

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SMOCKON 9/3/2010 1:16PM

    Great blog, as always! Thanks for putting yourself out there to encourage others.

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DEE797 9/3/2010 12:54PM

    As usual John your blog hit a cord with me. I've done the same thing recently gained back the 8 lbs I had lost. Been exercising and then snacking or eating things just because. Time to get over the embarrassment as you said and get back to work. We all can do it! I also love NCIS and those Gibb smacks! LOL!

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DEWACHA 9/3/2010 12:06PM

    Hey to you John;
Sounds like you know what you need to do, and you know you can do it. You done an awesome job that required commitment and hard work, and yet you have been choosing to negate those wins. Maybe you could encourage healthy snacks - all round your home.

Life is choice, you have chosen the journey. Success is not measured by how many time you fall but how many times you get up!

In these next 3 busy weeks make time for YOU.


Good luck!

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/3/2010 11:25AM

    Ok....FIrst of all - I am a big are awesome and your compliment on my vlog yesterday made me so happy - I am happy you are my friend as well!!

Second of all... Everything you said was right. No, you can't just give yourself whatever to eat because you are working out. I call it the "I deserve it effect" - we do all of the stuff ... and then when a treat comes along in front of us we tell ourselves "I deserve it". You have to still really watch that ..... BUT.......

That 9 pounds on the scale DOES NOT diminish the fact that you HAVE lost 2 pants DO feel better... you ARE getting compliments. Your overall health is the most important thing - the scale does not gauge ALL THINGS HEALTH!

So, I just wanted to let you know - you are doing incredible, you are feeling great, you are making progress, you ARE inspiring all of us who watch your vlogs. So keep it up! We all love an appropriate way ;o) LOL

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/3/2010 11:15AM

    Been here, done this... recently. Thanks for the reminder John, for me to use the embarrassment the right way. Hang in there!

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STORMTMB 9/3/2010 11:03AM

    Go for it, John! You know what you need to do. emoticon

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KATRIONAH 9/3/2010 10:57AM

    Your honesty is refreshing. and.....I guess I agree that embarrassment does not have to be bad. It worked for you as the wake up call. And, listening to you.....I identified with what you said.

and...I guess a gibbs slap wouldn't be too bad. LOVE that Mark Harmon. Tee hee hee

Its time for ME to practice what I preach.

Have a happy and healthy holiday weekend..... Karen emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/3/2010 10:39AM

    John, you're right; embarrassment when used to our benefit is not a bad thing. If it makes us retreat from everyone and everything we were doing right, it's bad; if it helps motivate us to dig a little deeper, get a little more honest with ourselves and move forward, then it's good. I'm sure part of that gain is from building muscle (muscle DOES weigh more than fat, after all!), but that's not all of it . . . good to get a wake-up call before things get out of hand and take action. We all need that slap in the face from time to time!


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MICKEYMAX 9/3/2010 10:29AM

    Hey John,

I was very recently embarassed myself in this way --- I took off some weight with SP when I first job and nearly gained it all back. Yikes! That was my wake up call for many of the sae reasons as your own --- except I was nto doing the exercise too. It was a double whammy. I joined a BL challenge and I am back on track in the minus column. I have a ways to go, but I will get there. Thanks for your honest approach. :) You are a joy! Mary

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NJMATTICE 9/3/2010 10:28AM

    Thanks for the pep talk! Get that plan in order and get yourself back on track. You know you're worth it.
Happy holiday weekend to you. Celebrate in all the non-food ways!

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INTOTHESOUTH 9/3/2010 10:25AM

    Thank you John. Thank you for always being honest. I agree with you on embarrassment. Sometimes to kick myself into gear I need to be embarrassed. I need to remember when I could barely buckle the in flight seat belt. I need it. It is my Gibb's slap!

You are such an inspiration and I hope take that to heart.

Have a great weekend!

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SARAWALKS 9/3/2010 10:25AM

    Hoo hoo, I think you need Bruce Corwin's cat to be your personal trainer! His blog yesterday was SO funny and hit me so where I live...those cheez-its...that third glass of wine...those Cheerios before bedtime...
Ok, so you indulged a bit! But think of all the muscle you've built! And that will not leave as quickly as the calories will!
And they will! Because you will do what you need to do! emoticon
(love NCIS by the way) emoticon

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