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A Letter To Me

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dear John;

Don’t misunderstand me. I love the Spark Goodies, the emoticons and those amazing computer generated images that create a cool picture. But it’s not what I am here for. I am here to learn, to change my life style and to be healthy, happy and successful. That happens to when I work hard, and am honest with myself and hang around with great people who are motivated in the same form and fashion I am. It happens when a Spark friend suggests a healthy meal alternative I haven’t seen before or points to an article that motivates me to do more so I’ll be more.

I bring this up John, because recently I have read a number of blogs and received a number of Spark Mails from people who are worried they lost “the Spark.” I think they are mistaken. I don’t think they have lost a blessed thing. What they call the Spark is the raw and positive emotion you get when you first start something new. It sustains you for a bit, it even encourages you and then all of a sudden a voice says “You know you are going to have to live like this forever?” You get a bit depressed.

If you are anything like me John, you find yourself fooling yourself, from time to time. You find yourself running ahead and believing that when your ticker reaches its magic number you can begin inhaling all the things that got you out of whack to begin with. When you realize you can’t bargain with your body you contemplate giving up. You pick your sweetest Spark friend and you send them an “oooshy-gooshy” Spark Goodie and you feel better because you know they will send you one back telling you how super special you are.

Pass the plate of cookies please.

You know how you always say “You are who you hang around with?” Maybe you should look at the people around you who want to succeed because they really do believe they are worth it. It is definitely hard work John. It’s kind of like falling in love. You walk around all “gaga” for a bit and then you wake up one morning realizing that person lying next to snores and doesn’t always trim their toe nails. You see them as they really are.

Don’t misunderstand me John, you are wonderful, beautiful and more special than you will ever realize. You just need to be aware that it takes more than that blissful moment. It takes hard work, dedication and the self-satisfaction of knowing that if you never get another Spark Mail again or a Spark Goodie, that all of this has been worth it. When you look in the mirror and see progress or when you say “No thank you” to the plate of brownies, that you really achieved something. Until you get there my friend, you won’t see lasting success.
I tell you this because I care and because you are beginning to realize that no matter how many people you surround yourself with, me and you John are still the number one priority.

Love

Yourself

  
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JPRICE217 9/16/2010 8:04PM

    you are so right

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/15/2010 3:36PM

    Very true. You have to do this for yourself. We will always be recovering addicts.

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MARCYNA 9/15/2010 2:49PM

    You're never superficial, and, reading this blog, I realize you are finding your real strenght John, and sometimes it may not come from SP but from your inner soul- God given soul.
So I cannot but praise you once again emoticon emoticon

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SMOCKON 9/15/2010 9:37AM

    You are so right. We join the SparkPeople community to learn, to give and receive support, but being part of the community is not the lifestyle change that is going to get us where we want to go. In end, each of us has to make the individual decision to pass up a high-cal goodie or to take a walk instead of watching a sitcom rerun. I absolutely love SparkPeople--as a tool, not as a goal.

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HLPRATT 9/15/2010 9:25AM

    I think we are all affected by the company we keep, more than we realize. And we affect those people around us too. Small things can make a big difference too.

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FERNASHES 9/15/2010 6:48AM

    Thanks, John. I needed this.

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MKPRINCESS007 9/15/2010 12:03AM

    I am with you. I will not even say "I lost my Spark" or "I have slipped off the wagon"........not gonna say it. Even though I have not been exercising like I have/should. Eating stuff that I know is going to erase my 15 pound loss. So, what's up? I AM DISTRACTED. I am "blaming" everyone else for my issue......darn husband's birthday cake, darn dog made me forget my lunch after his walk, darn meeting ran too late. Um yeah......if we, I mean, I, am not getting results, I gotta look in the mirror. Great blog, my friend!

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MEREDIE02 9/14/2010 10:48PM

    I love when I pass on the plate of brownies, especially when I realize I don't even want one!

Which really is not the main point of your blog, but, well, it's one of those things that reminds me that I *am* making healthier choices, even if no one is encouraging me or giving me stuff. So maybe it is the main idea.

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NJMATTICE 9/14/2010 7:54PM

    I thought maybe you were breaking up with yourself. "Dear John letter". It's a great journey of discovery. It's ups and downs. I like the term "pink cloud" to describe the exhilarating high of emotion when you finally turn yourself around from the depths of despair. Learning to grind it out in the tough times is when you discover how to really love yourself. That's my experience anyhoo. Thanks for giving encouragement. It's a good thing. Have a great evening.
Love,
Nancy

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HDHAWK 9/14/2010 6:00PM

    Not sure how you always know just the right thing to say. Thanks, this was another great blog that hit home!

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STILLPOINT 9/14/2010 5:42PM

    Lovely. Yes, in the end we are responsible for our own actions. And, in the end, I believe, we will learn that we need to love and appreciate ourselves - all the uniqueness, wonderful qualities, the fact that we snore and forget to trim our toenails - all of it. We have to love all of it! All this support and the accolades won't mean a thing without self-love.

That being said, You're doing grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!
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STORMTMB 9/14/2010 5:16PM

    It's a Cal Ripkin sort of thing. Ya just gotta keep showing up and doing the job day in and day out, through the good days and bad days because that's what you're made of. You can do it and you are worth it.

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GETYOURSHINEON 9/14/2010 4:18PM

    Perfect blog, thanks John!

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TIME4AFITME 9/14/2010 3:56PM

    so true emoticon

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ZURDTA- 9/14/2010 3:43PM

    Oh man... this made me well up... emoticon

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KAT573 9/14/2010 3:39PM

    While I always knew that this was a Lifestyle change and not a diet, I became aware of several things:

One of the first things I had to realize was that I used eating out as a way of rewarding myself! Once I realized that, it was work to find other more appropriate ways of rewarding myself that were in sync with a Lifestyle change;

I also came to realize I had used eating out as a way of consoling myself; same there; Lifestyle change is a lot of work; and it takes time and effort for us to become fully aware of, accepting of, and ready and willing to act in that realization.Not necessarily at the same time or even in the same space.

Simultaneously, while propping my journey up with more pro active responses, I started becoming aware of the ways of thinking I had that undermined this journey and I had to deal with those; yep; face em; work thru them, come out the other side.
So you are spot on; it IS a lot of work and in that regard, I became aware of the importance of compassion toward myself, AND others, without forsaking the work; still have to do it...but if I mess up, I realize now, I not only know I have, I am ready and willing to work on what I have to face, accept and do... I have the rest of my life in which to make this journey and as long as I pick myself up and head on in the right direction, I am gonna make progress. We all will!

I am so grateful I have worked on this and continue to and know it never ends, as life changes and so do we; It is helping me to provide pro active support for my hubs who almost died two weeks ago. He is working through this all, and it can be overwhelming, and I am so grateful to be able to pass on the compassion to him, while still reminding him, one step at a time, over time, and on, we will do what we need to do! It is a process and ongoing. Creativity helps mucho! compassion even more. The greatest of these is Love...Keep on keeping ON! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/14/2010 3:31PM

    Yeah. What you said.

I reached Onederland last week, and it was great; got me pumped and excited. Woo hoo! Lots of congratulations and goodies. Loved 'em all, and I have sent out plenty to others to celebrate their achievements.

That marker is just one little step in the right direction on the stairway to a healthy lifestyle, though. I have to keep working at this, and it doesn't stop when I reach some magic number on my ticker. I need to remind myself of that periodically.

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HONORINGGOD 9/14/2010 3:02PM

    iam all that &worth it .God has guided thus far ,his temple is cleaning up nicely .

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/14/2010 2:54PM

    Amen brother, amen.

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ANDI571 9/14/2010 2:37PM

    So true emoticon

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KATRIONAH 9/14/2010 2:24PM

    Hi John, Yesterday you talked about being worth it. And, I decided that Yes, indeed, I am worth it. I am free and able to choose my path to success and if I follow through ( through the ups and downs of my sparks adventure), one day I will succeed. I a MORE than just a sparkster.....but through sparks I a learning to be a healthier me, which makes me and my family happy.

I think the goodies and mails are just perks to help put smiles on my face and the faces of others. Reminders to them that I do think about them and that I am wishing them well. They are fun to send when someone has gone the extra mile to reach a goal.....and sometimes just to let someone who might be struggling know I am rooting for them. Do we need them to succeed...no....but, once in awhile they are fun!

My own journey has had many twists and turns. I cannot tell you how many failed attempts at WW's I was part of. Not that it is a bad plan, its just that at the time it did not work for me. I guess I was not ready. With Sparks I do find reading the blogs of others, like yourself, very helpful to keep me centered and movtivated. This is really something I will be living for the rest of my life. And, each day ....with each baby step....I come closer to my goal.

As usual, I enjoyed your blog a lot. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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KIMH239 9/14/2010 2:20PM

    I loved your blog! Well said and so very true!



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2BEATIT1 9/14/2010 2:16PM

    I did like your blog. However, just because someone sends you a goodie, it is not always for the reason you express.
I send lots of goodies and receive some in return. However, I just look to those goodies as an encouragement just like when someone smiles at you when the pass by.
Yes, your success is more important than the goodies, but let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.
Be blessed today and wish you all the success in your Spark journey for life.

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BUGGYS 9/14/2010 2:15PM

    You said it all, John! emoticon

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Week Three Challenge: Show and Tell

Monday, September 13, 2010


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JPRICE217 9/14/2010 9:17AM

    Great blog very good motivator you are.

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KELLEA927 9/13/2010 11:44PM

    I LOVE that you take Spark names with you when you run. What a fantastic idea!! Way to go!!

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KSGROTHE 9/13/2010 5:56PM

    I love this vlog, John! I love your 5 motivators! I love how you take a note with the names of those who can't run along with you on your runs! You rock!

I found your other blog and read through some of those. I think I could find you on Facebook since your name is on your other blog.

I'm sure you'll do great on your 5K at the end of the month! Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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LAWRALOO 9/13/2010 3:57PM

    John....you have me in tears.
I feel unbelievably honored right now that you mentioned me. :)
You've heard this before and I'll keep on saying it forever....
My favorite thing about spark is the motivation we GET AND GIVE from spark.
YOU have come such a long way and you amaze me.

Every time I think I don't need spark...and I can do this on my own, I see one of your video blogs or read one of your emails and realize that while I may be able to do this on my own, why should I? I have the support from amazing Sparkers like YOU that make me realize how far I've come over this past year +, and it gives me the motivation I need to keep going to get off these last 10lbs.

YOU are one of my top motivators, so thank you so much.
I would LOVE to be your friend on facebook...what email do you use on there?

Keep keeping, you're made of awesome. :)))

-LawraLoo

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WISEONE68 9/13/2010 3:55PM

    What GREAT motivators, John!! You are one of my motivators, too!! You run for me, too, since I cannot run. I wanted to run a 15K this fall, over Labor Day...but, my back problem will not allow me to run.
I continue to walk, ride bike, etc., but I do miss running sometimes.

You are wonderful!! And, I expect to see the photos of your granddaughter's graduation posted the DAY AFTER!!! emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/13/2010 3:06PM

    I'm so excited for you John. You'd think I was running the 5k with you! LOL I'm wishing you all the best. I can't wait to hear all about the race and see lots of pictures from the wedding. I hope all goes well.

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DOLLBABE56 9/13/2010 2:15PM

    Great blog John! You have a terrific support team. I love visuals, mine really is helping me.

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What Are You Worth?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Available on You Tube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwsB9x54wk0

  
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MARCYNA 9/16/2010 10:11AM

    Thanks for the blog...Yes I'm one of these people who never feel they're good enough!!!!Actually I'm now recovering from low self-esteem which has completely spoiled my life & career- NO MORE NOW!!!!
PS YOU are worth a lot to me,too

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JPRICE217 9/14/2010 9:05AM

    Thank you for reminding me that I am worth it!!! I am worth it !! great blog

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/14/2010 7:38AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for helping me stop and think about things. It still baffles me that I was able to go to school full time and work full time plus plan my wedding from 1,500 miles away from the destination... now, I have no idea how I did it. I just did it.

We are all amazing. Including YOU.

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BTINTERNET 9/13/2010 11:19PM

    Thanks for the reminder! Have a great week and a great celebration!

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HDHAWK 9/13/2010 6:22PM

    Thanks for reminding me that my "Danielle" moments in life were really showing me what I'm worth.
Have a wonderful week!

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DEE797 9/13/2010 2:38PM

    I just LOVE coming here and reading your blogs and watching your vlogs. You inspire me to want to do better. To think things through to get to where I want to be. emoticon

I THINK YOU ARE.... emoticon

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/13/2010 12:48PM

    Thank you so much for your comment on my recent Vlog!! I am honored that I inspire you practically because you inspire me mentally!! You dont know how many times your vlogs have made me "re-learn" - if you know what I mean!

Thank you for being my friend :o)

emoticon This is my "happy face" - you made me laugh hehe.

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SMOCKON 9/13/2010 12:13PM

    Have a great week, John!

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DOLLBABE56 9/13/2010 10:49AM

    Thank you John. You help me see my potential in so many ways.

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MAMADWARF 9/13/2010 10:46AM

    Great blog!! I loved hearing about Danielle and how she rose to the challenges in her life. I love the question, "what are you worth". That is something I am relearning. I, too, went through a lot in my earlier life and overcame but this journey to health is emphasizing my worth to myself every day. Thanks for a great post!! Jan

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KATRIONAH 9/13/2010 10:27AM

    John, this is another amazing video. You have given me so much to think about today. What am I worth.....well, I guess initially ...I am worth the proverbial "IT"... But, now I need to really think about it, go a little deeper. I think this will make a great topic for supper tonight when we all sit and share our day. Thank you so much .......Karen emoticon

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BARBBF 9/13/2010 10:25AM

    emoticon Very inspirational. Plan to visit this site often! emoticon

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LAWRALOO 9/13/2010 10:25AM

    I sure have missed your video blogs. :)
You always put my day in perspective and make me thoughtful for the day.


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LAWRALOO 9/13/2010 10:25AM

    I sure have missed your video blogs. :)
You always put my day in perspective and make me thoughtful for the day.


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I Need Some Running Advice......... Please

Sunday, September 12, 2010

In thirteen days I run my first official 5K. That's the one where you pay money and get a cool tee shirt. I have largely trained for this on my own. I am running three times a week, with my runs being 1.5 miles, 2.0 miles and 3.1 miles. I feel good after each run and don't feel winded or exhausted or anything like that and nothing hurts.

Here is my question:

I am going to run this 5K Saturday, September 25. What should my training regimen, as far as running goes, be between now and then?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

  
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JUDIL62 9/14/2010 2:24PM

    good luck!

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DOTSLADY 9/13/2010 3:47PM

    I just finished my 2nd 5k. I made a lot of mistakes with my first. I joined couch to 5K, but never really checked it out cause I walked all the time - mistake 1. :P I didn't sleep well the night before. I ate too much the day before and didn't eat the morning of cause I wasn't hungry. I should have brought water with me (or coconut water - has electrolytes) cause the dixie cup water stations were few and far between along the way (but the second time around I had my own water and still drank theirs). I usually walk and tried intervals a couple of weeks before. That helped. I've only been a walker because I have muscle problems from fibromyalgia, so you sound good in that department. Stretch before and really more after. Small protein/carb meal the morning of the race (I had a hboiled egg and sm apple), protein and carb after (I had hb egg, 3 hb egg whites, and the race provided the 2 bananas) - and a liter of water the next few hours. Take a cool shower to cool down after. You might not need to do all those things, but that's my gig right now, so I thought I'd share. You're probably more fit than me. (I've had several people tell me after-the-fact that I should have taken a cool shower or put my feet in ice-water to cool down. I didn't know that. I took a HOT bath to "relax" before bed .. and woke up with heart attack symptoms!)

Take it easy and have fun. I found race people to be encouraging.
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ARCHIMEDESII 9/13/2010 2:41PM

    If you want to run well, you should take Friday off so that your muscles have plenty of time to rest and replenish their glycogen. You don't have to change your eating habits. Eat normally.

Now, depending on what time the 5K is, you do want to make sure you're eating a little something prior to the run. You don't want your blood sugar to drop. so, do make sure you have a little something. a piece of whole wheat toast and peanut butter would do fine. Do keep your meal light. You can eat after the run.

Also, make sure you hit the water stops whenever you see them. Don't run past them thinking that you don't need water. YOU NEED TO DRINK WATER even during a 5K. you'd be surprized how fast your body dehydrates when running. So, don't pass those water stops. You grab water when you can.

Mostly, have a good time. Don't worry about the people around you. there will be people faster than you and people slower than you. You go at your own pace. If you do feel you need to walk, it's okay to walk part of the race if you need to.

Have fun !!!

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CRIS76 9/13/2010 2:24PM

    I would say do a day or two of rest before. If I run on Saturday morning, I usually do a small run Thursday night and then nothing Friday.

Being your first, you are going to learn what works for you as far as a schedule. I do ok running again the next day, but some folks aren't.

GOOD LUCK!!!!! and more importantly: HAVE FUN!!!!!

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HLPRATT 9/13/2010 9:06AM

    I think you will do great and just keep pushing yourself a little bit. But not too much right before the 5k. The race itself will push you. I wouldn't worry about it. Just plan on getting it done as fast as possible and having fun!!!

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ELYMWX 9/13/2010 12:32AM

    For a 5K, given the distances you're running, no major taper should be needed. I'm guessing here, but if you're running them in that sequence, with rest days in between and two days after your 3.1 mile run, you should be fine, no matter what you do. Take the day before as a rest (or two if you like), and slot the race in anywhere you feel like. If you've never done a 5K followed by a 5K, you might not want to do that, but even if you did you would probably be fine.

The adrenaline rush of it being your first formal race and of running with other people will probably carry you along so you will probably be a minute or two faster than you have been to date, but remember that you're running your own race - don't let yourself get pulled along too fast.

Above all, enjoy it!

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CARTOONB 9/12/2010 10:01PM

    Give yourself permission to walk. emoticon

I'm not a runner, so no advice, but here's something else! Go John! GO!!!! (I'm cheering you on.)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/12/2010 8:44PM

    I'm a new runner too and believe you might be more advanced than me in the training department but I do have one bit of advice. I enjoyed my first 5K earlier this year and did fantastic for no training ... that being said, the excitement and energy of the crowd really got me going. Take a deep breath and run your race at your pace! Enjoy.

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JURI62 9/12/2010 6:46PM

    No advice John, but I picked up great pointers!!! emoticon
Good luck on race day!!

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NJMATTICE 9/12/2010 4:36PM

    I suggest prayer. That's all the advice I've got for you. That and what I tell the youngsters, "Do your best! That's all that's required." Run, John. Run like the wind!
Love,
Nancy

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STORMTMB 9/12/2010 4:00PM

    I have no advice other than to say "Go John! We're cheering you on!"

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MSSUNBUG 9/12/2010 2:27PM

    My advice: Honestly, keep it simple. Don't overdue it in the next two weeks--do exactly what you've been doing. Give yourself a day or two before the race without running. Your body knows the answer--trust it.

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BAM0827 9/12/2010 1:33PM

    I'm no expert by any means but I did a race last weekend. My first one completely running.

I would do your normal runs this week - maybe your 3.1 next Saturday, a week before your race. Then do some shorter runs the week before. I would rest the day before the race - maybe do a 2 mile run on Thursday, or cross train for 30-45 minutes on Thursday. The plan that I found for 8K race kind of follows this pattern.

I think since you're not really experiencing any ill effects during or after your runs, your race is going to be just like any other day running (plus you have adrenaline). You'll do great!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/12/2010 1:29PM

    The first and last part of the advice you got from ISHIIGIRL is right on. As a nurse I would not recommend that you drink coffee and take a few aspirin though. Not a good idea at your or my age.

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ISHIIGIRL 9/12/2010 1:05PM

    Ok, don't run a few days before your race. Make sure you rest up and eat plenty of carbs. Wear the same clothes that you regularly train in. Don't try and make any big changes. If you train with music, use the same playlist that you normally use for your long run. Start in the back of the crowd and pace yourself. Dont' get caught in the middle stand slightly on the side of the crowd towards the back. You will be hyped up from excitement and you don't want to peter out at the end. Make sure you plan for the weather you can always remove layers as you go. Remember, when you run it feels about 20 degrees hotter than it actually is so plan accordingly. Also, make sure you are well hydrated. You do not want to get dehydrated. I did this for a race and it was miserable. I always drink coffee before my runs and take a few aspirin, this helps with joints and give you a little added boost. Make sure you fuel up well a few hours before your race. These are all pointers people gave me before my first 5K and they were all great. I am doing my 4th 5K next weekend so good luck and I hope it goes well for you!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/12/2010 12:44PM

    I am no expert by any means, but generally I have been told you want to taper your running before a race, and don't run the day before a race. With a 5K it isn't as essential because it is a relatively short race (so they say!), but doing your longest run early in the week and shorter ones closer makes sense so your legs are more rested on race day. The main thing is relax and have fun with it! Try not to get caught up in the excitement and start out too fast, just run your own race at your own pace.

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SAPPHIRE983 9/12/2010 12:20PM

    I will be running my first 5K on Saturday, October 2nd and I have no idea how to train except just run! I would like to know what the best training advice would be too! Good luck on your first 5K!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 9/12/2010 12:19PM

    Hey there! Thanks for asking this question - I don't have an answer, but am hoping someone will drop by with feedback. It will help me too!

I think I read something in Runner's World about this topic, so I'll check my old issues and see if I can find it...if so, I'll post it here!

Good luck with your race! Way to Go!!!
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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.

~Christy

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GREENFROGGIE9 9/11/2010 4:22PM

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

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WEIGHTOSUCCESS 9/11/2010 1:53PM

    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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