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Thursday, September 30, 2010

My friend MEZZOANGEL wondered in her blog yesterday about the impending season of winter and how it would affect her workouts. Great minds think alike!! Me too!!

I had a chance to run last night. That was new for me. Normally I run in the mornings because it has been so gosh darned hot and it suits my schedule much better. I ran two miles in a local park and it was so nice to run into a setting sun rather than trying to shield my eyes for a rising one. (I know, buy sun glasses John.) It was chilly as the sun went down and my mind wandered to winter. What am I going to do when it gets really cold?

I was talking to a friend and the other day and he asked me if I was interested in the Lakewood Valley Triathlon. Itís a mini event we have here in June. You run three miles, cycle fifteen miles and swim one half mile. It benefits a good cause and it is more of a fun thing. The cycling and running shouldnít be much of an issue. Doing them both on one day will present a challenge and I have eight months. Swimming on the other hand is as about as familiar to me as speaking Greek.

ďSo was running about six months ago,Ē Joan said looking over her glasses as she worked the morning Sudoku.

As usual, she is correct. Before May of this year I couldnít have told you a 5K from a five miler. I can now.

I learned two things here. Donít ever be scared about something new, be excited and curious and really enthusiastic about it and you will want to do it!!! I already learned my gym does have a training class starting in November for first time participants.

I will still run. I have about eight weeks left of being able to run outside here and then itís on the indoor track and treadmill. Honestly, I am not looking forward to that at all. I like being outside and yes I could buy the insulated running gearÖÖÖ

Iím looking forward to mixing things up, so to speak. The first two legs of the Triple Crown (5K and 10K) are in February and March so I will shoot for those as well as becoming BFFís with the water.

I believe my goals need to be ongoing and exciting and when they are I am more inclined to pursue them. At lunch yesterday my young client was surprised to learn I was fifty seven. I told him thatís because my mind was roughly eighteen. I believe in thinking and acting young. I have a friend whose health has declined rapidly the past two years. Nothing about has changed except his attitude. He eternally laments ďgetting old.Ē He recently turned sixty and noted he probably has about ten good years left in him. Since he adopted this mind set he has become diabetic, found out he has celiac disease and had a cancer scare that resulted in major chest surgery that side lined him for about three months. Before he decided he was ďoldĒ (58) he golfed, walked and played a very mean saxophone.

Yes, my body is aging. Yes my recovery time is longer than it was ten years ago. Ibuprofen is my best friend some days, but I am thinking ahead to lots of activity and lots of fun.
I hadnít weighed for a month until this morning. No agenda here, I honestly forgot about it with the wedding and my first 5K. Given all the stress and running round like a chicken with my head cut off I neither lost not gained. I was pleased. I have tracked my food intake and exercise and I knew Iíd face a few challenges wedding week with all the festivities. I think I did well

My measurements however reduced by one half to three fourths of an inch.

Here comes October and all sorts of new challenges. Iím so happy I could squeal.

Party On

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CATHERINEL66 10/1/2010 1:38PM

    I vote for YOU doing that mini trathlon, John! You go first, LOL, then I'll try one!

Winter worries me. Not so much the working out outside (it's plenty nice in the gym) but I worry about getting depressed. Ugh. I'm girding myself with a strong foundation of routine exercise, and I WILL stick to the running and spinning program I've established over the winter, and keep my nutrition first class. The rest will take care of itself if I take care of me.

Funny about your friend. My mom is 61, hasn't worked in 10 years, finally got disability, and works really hard at creating barriers and excuses as to why she 'can't' do anything, including biking, yoga, walking the dog, going in pools .... you name it, she can name a 'reason' why not. Sigh. You know, we believe what we tell ourselves ...

I'm telling myself that you're doing GREAT and so am I! Keep up the good journey my friend!

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MARCYNA 10/1/2010 12:06PM

    Loooooooove the'll just get into swimming in no time and it'll be so good for you John....
I'm sure you'll meet a lot of fantastic new people and you'll be happy of your decision, the stars are all on your side.
If you feel young, your body stays young.
I believe it even if I can't prove it scientifically. Go ahead, John. Well done. emoticon emoticon
PS How's your book project going?
You must have already lots of good stuff!

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CATNAP45 10/1/2010 6:36AM

  Swimming is my exercise of choice year around. They've even shown that it's good for your bone density like running is, but much easier on your joints. If you're going to take it up, I strongly suggest that you find a coach to give you technique pointers - good technique can make a huge difference. If finding a coach is not possible, there are websites like swimforfitness that offer programs of varying levels of fitness / time.

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/1/2010 4:34AM

    Ahhh I now look forward to your blogs, love them. :-)

Just like swimming is alien to you, I don't know how to ride a bike! I want to learn so bad!!!!!! I think that its so awesome that there's a program in November for first timers! YOU SHOULD SO DO IT!!!!

Having run in 20 degree weather, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the wicking winter running gear. You just might love it!!! emoticon I find its like starting morning running, which i did recently. When you first start out in the freezing temps, you're like: WHAT IS WRONG W ME!?!?! I DIDNT THINK I HAD A DEATH WISH?!!? Then at the end you feel SO rewarded.

Woot. Looking forward to October just as much. emoticon

You go!!! :D

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    Winter is no biggie on the exercise scene and it is actually easier to me than the horrible summer heat and humidity unless there is ice and then it can be a bummer. But that is what they make treadmills for. My hubby and I enjoy our winter walks. You just bundle up and get out there. I think Dr. Roisen said it best when asked, "But what if it's hot?" And he replied, "You get out and exercise." "And what if it's raining? "You get out an exercise." "Snowing?" You know the drill.

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JUSTFOXXY 9/30/2010 7:13PM

    Learned any good Greek words lately?

Go for it! emoticon

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REJ7777 9/30/2010 1:08PM

    Squeal on!!! emoticon

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SMOCKON 9/30/2010 10:47AM

    Reading your blog always sets me up for a good day!

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STORMTMB 9/30/2010 10:14AM

    John, I like that you're keeping it fresh with new goals and new challenges, not just longer runs, but new forms of exercise. Keep up the great work, John! We're here rooting you on every single day!

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LOOKY-LOU 9/30/2010 10:09AM

    It was your 5k that actually got me to try running on Tuesday. I figured if you could do it, so could I...

Okay, so one run in (for me) start talking TRIATHLON?????

Have a good one! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/30/2010 9:55AM

    Go for that triathlon, John! I have been contemplating doing one as well, but I have to find one that is far enough off in the future to allow time for getting a bike and getting back in the water. Way to go on maintaining during all the craziness of the month; losing in the measurements shows you're still on the right track in the midst of everything. Yes, I've been thinking about winter, too; I want to run outside as much as I can, so for me it's more about rain gear than anything else (Seattle is, uh, damp in the winter--oh wait, that's most of the year!). I want to extend my distances so I can run a half marathon(!) eventually, maybe sooner rather than later.

Winter? Bring it on! emoticon

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HLPRATT 9/30/2010 9:53AM

    Cooler weather is actually more comfortable to run in. And I think it helps my whole outlook to spend some time outside even if it's cold. (I just have to cover my ears and hands) Then there's always the treadmill when it's really cold.
You are exactly right about oldness and attitude. Youth is excited about new things and I want to keep that alive. And you John are doing a good job at that. Age dreads anything new. (Yes I can learn this new computer system)

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NJMATTICE 9/30/2010 9:48AM

    I look forward to your tales of the DEEP. Swimming is a great exercise and never hard on the aging joints. You are going to be good friends with the water, I'm sure of it. Way to keep it fresh and exciting and always evolving! Have a wonderful Thursday, John!

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STILLPOINT 9/30/2010 9:46AM

    Wonderful JOhn!!! With the wedding and all, you did fantastic with your goals this month and managed to maintain your weight. That's a great accomplishment AND you know you did well and are proud of yourself and setting goals for next month. Perfect.

Have a wonderful day,

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"Have you tried letting go..."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Learning to let go of the little things

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LAURENV2003 3/19/2012 12:15PM

    Thank you so much for this inspirational message. It really helped me today!

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JENNY888 10/5/2010 6:03PM

    Thanks for the great blog John. All of yours are good but I think this is one of the best.

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LUNDIEP 10/2/2010 12:42PM

    I'm behind in watching vlogs, yet I believe it may have been ordained that I hear this today. I'm grateful for the wisdom you share.

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MARCYNA 10/1/2010 11:56AM

    Your blog today targets my biggest challenge.
I admit there's somebody chained in the dungeon of my mind,John.
Some days I let them go, sometimes I just can't.
I have some hopes, as I am being successful in some skills, I will transfer the skill to something else,,,like letting go.
I'm sure I am not alone on this path, thanks for sharing

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/30/2010 3:52PM

    I guess I don't always know what it feels like or looks like to "just let go." How do we just let go? Maybe that's why somethings are stuck in my inner mind. Any suggestions?

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/30/2010 8:28AM

    Ok, this is the third time this week that someone has talked to me about forgiving. Ugh! Think God's trying to tell me something?!

I have one question tho that no one seems to be able to answer. How do you forgive that person and still protect yourself from their venom? I don't want to be poisoned (deeply hurt) again. I can't figure out how to keep that from happening unless I keep them at arms length and I can't figure out how to forgive them if I hold them at bay. It's a extended family member so they are active in my family of origin. Hard to avoid them and yet I don't want them in my life. Is one able to forgive and still keep them out of your life when in the past they were a significant participant?

I love your blogs John!

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MKPRINCESS007 9/30/2010 12:54AM

    Oh hit the nail on the head again! Love the quotes especially the one about the rocking chair. Goodness knows I have been worrying too much lately, and have been guilty of not letting go of issues with people and my own worrisome thoughts. I think this is going to be a work in progress for me, big time!

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ACROSONIC 9/29/2010 8:04PM

    Great blog and wise thoughts! Don't you wish we had figured these things out when we were younger?!

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REJ7777 9/29/2010 7:41PM

    There's a lot of wisdom in that vlog, especially that idea about chaining someone in the dungeons of our mind. Ooof! That is NOT how I want to live my life.

As you say, letting go can be hard but it's the only way to freedom!

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LUVMYK9S 9/29/2010 4:36PM

    Great vlog John! I have a tendency to worry about things that I have no control over and I also have a tendency to overeat to compensate for those feelings. I love the quote from your grandma about worry is like a rocking chair ... it gives you something to do but you don't get anywhere!

Thanks for reminding me to just let go of the little stuff ...

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EDWINA172 9/29/2010 1:30PM

    I love the line..."alternating between being Mother Theresa and the Devil." That is exactly how I feel sometimes!
I am also a worrier. I have learned to "wait to worry". It works. I used to worry about next week, next month, next year. Now, I wait to worry. I wait until I have something to ACTUALLY worry about, something that IS in my control.
One of my favorite quotes is, "Hate corrodes the vessel that carries it." So true. I am going to use the quote you mentioned about drinking poison. Thanks for sharing John.

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/29/2010 10:08AM

    Thanks so much John emoticon Really well said and thought out and put together and totally on the money!

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STORMTMB 9/29/2010 9:58AM

    I needed that one John. Teri always tells me that I'm only hurting myself when I fester on something and the other person isn't hurt by it not one bit. The poison quote was a good one. Hadn't heard that before.

Oh yes, and thanks for clarifying that the old days were the 60's. Good to know for future points of reference. Have a good one .

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YOGINI_JACKIE 9/29/2010 9:54AM

    I like that you use your walking for motivation. Letting go is something I always need work on, but Spark is definitely helping me with that. Thanks as always for your wise words!

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DEE797 9/29/2010 9:51AM

    Thanks John for a GREAT vlog. It's like you are reading my mind cause there are many things that I need to "let go of" so your vlog came at a good time. Thanks again for sharing it with us. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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With Accomplishment Comes Responsibility

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Anyone who doesnít enjoy being recognized in a positive way can stop reading. Good, you are all still here. Iíll admit, there are some of us who shy away from the limelight, but secretly, internally, that feeling of being pointed out and recognized is still a very satisfying one. It makes me stand a little bit taller, square my shoulders up and the slightest of grins creeps across my face. When our very actions become inspirational to other people it is the hidden treasure we never saw coming when we set our goals.

ďJohn, I sense a ďyeah but coming.Ē You are correct.

With every accomplishment comes a responsibility. You canít accept the praise and the applause and believe it is enough to sustain you for rest of your life. Itís why diets do not work. Youíve seen the commercials. ďJoe lost eight zillion pounds in just five month.Ē ďAnn went from a size sixteen to a size zero in three months.Ē

We want to be just like them. We work, we struggle and we sacrifice and we reach that moment where everyone cheers and applauds and we feel so gratified. We made it!! I can now relax and along with it my waistline, my hips, my thighs and any other area that seems to plague me relax also. A month later I am wondering what happened. People said I motivated them, I was their hero, etc., etc. and now things seemed to have fallen apart.
With accomplishment comes responsibility.

My son Paul and key part of Team John (my official running adviser) called me from the airport in Charlotte NC Sunday evening. He wanted to let us know he and his new bride were back in the USA and would be in Louisville around midnight. I was waiting for details of the trip to Aruba. What I got was a lot of questions about my 5K and this:

ďYou better run tomorrow because if you donít youíll put it off and put it off and then youíll stop running all together. Time to get back on the horse dad.Ē

Gee, I donít get any more than twenty four hours to savor this? Apparently not.

So yesterday morning I ran and ran until I did 2.5 miles. I had time to think. I received a Spark Goodie from someone Saturday afternoon telling me I was part of their inspiration to train for a 5K at the end of October. I wondered how inspiring Iíd be if I stopped now? Not very, inspiring that is.

After I talked to Paul I went online and registered for The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Louisville in two weeks. It will give me something to shoot for. Long term I have to learn to run a 10K and then 10 miles if I expect to reach my goal of doing the Triple Crown next spring. There is no stopping.

With accomplishment comes responsibility.

For you it may be the difference between a cookie and an apple, watching TV or going to the gym. As long as you are breathing there are choices to make and the more success you achieve the harder those choices seem sometimes

Yes, I feel as if I accomplished something but itís only the beginning. If I want to be a success, in anything I do, than I have to realize I have an obligation not so much to the people that cheer me on, but to myself. When itís all over and they turn out the lights I stand looking in the mirror and I know who I am, what I did and hopefully when I do a big old grin sweeps across my face.

With accomplishment comes responsibility.

You can do it, youíre a rock star.

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DEE797 9/29/2010 10:04AM

    Another great and insightful blog. You are a terrific writer and an inspiration. Keep it going! Good Luck with your next race. emoticon

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WALKNLOVE 9/29/2010 6:52AM

    John, your encouraging words know no end! I stand in awe of this everyday man with everyday struggles running his race....not just the physical one, but the mental one and the one called life.Running this race with faith and determination.Thanks John for being a real life example to all of us...short comings and all! I, for one, think you are quite amazing! God bless my friend. And in the familiar quote from a well known movie..."Run Forrest, Run!!!!" emoticon

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    I really love your son Paul. He's my kind of guy! Now get back out there on your horse and stay there. ROFLMBO!! Love it!!

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ZURDTA- 9/28/2010 3:34PM

    You are right...

Good luck with the race.

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MARCYNA 9/28/2010 2:37PM

    I guess I'll have an apple, John emoticon emoticon

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FXYGMA 9/28/2010 12:15PM

    This blog was very inspiring and right on with the accomplishment & responsibility. So often after someone gets recognized they let it go to their head and think they are there but in reality it is always something to work toward the next goal whatever that may be! Never Give UP or Put Off Tomorrow What You Should Do Today! Thanks for your blog!

Melinda emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/28/2010 11:31AM

    You are so right - there have been times I just wanted to quit and fall back into my old habits and old life - and then I get a message from a friend here and know that I need to keep pushing forward. I can't let them or myself down.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/28/2010 10:06AM

    Bingo--right on, John. Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary kay Cosmetics, said it well:

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that are rested upon.

Achievements are great; we need to set goals and accomplish them, but when we are done with one, we can't just bask in the glory and stop. There is always more to be done, another goal to conquer, another hurdle to get over. If we stop, we start sliding backwards, and that is NOT the direction either of us want to go. Keep running; there are more races to be run, more distances to go, more times to beat. That's one of the beautiful things about running: one race is not enough for most of us, there's always one more to keep us moving!


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REJ7777 9/28/2010 10:00AM

    What a great coach you have in that son of yours! emoticon

There's such an important truth in this blog! I've lost weight before, but then sabotaged myself rather than keeping on. We can savor victory... but must keep doing what needs to be done! I'm learning so much from SP blogs. Thanks!

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SANDYK4BAMA 9/28/2010 9:51AM

    Yes YOU are!!
(a rock star)

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NJMATTICE 9/28/2010 9:39AM

    The most important responsibility is to yourself. Do what pleases John. (I say this as a recovering people pleaser. ) It's a fine line between responsibility and people pleasing to be sure. It may sound selfish, but your ultimate responsibility is to the health and well being of John. Just a small reminder. Unsolicited, I might add.
Have a great Tuesday and run like the wind!

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777GRACE 9/28/2010 9:19AM

    woe to me I am undone....and will be for a while. Will I be done in glory?
Thank you for all your blogs, I cannot write like that but I think it!!!!!!

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CAHUNO2 9/28/2010 9:08AM

    You are right on! Maybe I would add something. When you reach a goal - set up the next one. I have a whole list of Goals!! emoticon

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MOMGABE 9/28/2010 8:56AM

    I liked the title of your blog "With accomplishment comes responsibility". It reminded me that even though I have run 10 races this summer, I still need to set new goals for my running and physical fitness. I have another race scheduled for October 24th so this next month is a good time to work on speed drills so I can set a new PR. Good luck with your race in 2 weeks.

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DOLLBABE56 9/28/2010 8:46AM

    You have done so well John that you can't be any less than inspiration to us all. Wow, another race in 2 weeks. Impressive! You son is very wise and you are lucky to such a great coach.

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STORMTMB 9/28/2010 8:24AM

    Lots of people are looking to you, John. You are a rock star - so get your butt out there and run!!! emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 9/28/2010 8:11AM

    GOD has called us into the ministrie john .not as pastors ,but still called .to who you ask ?everyone he sends in our daily path .let us glory him by telling the hurting people how he has &is continuing to heal us both body &mind.Ithank GOD for his SON JESUS,&you a ambassador for him john emoticon emoticon

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What I Learned Going Up The Hill

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sometimes life presents you with an opportunity to learn a lesson you hadnít set out to learn and that lesson becomes more powerful and poignant to you than anything else. As I trudged up Cochran Hill Saturday morning all I was really concerned about was getting to the top of it. I didnít care about my form or how I looked I just wanted to reach the summit and then I could collect myself and savor my victory. Since then I have had a chance to think about what really happened on that hill and it was a moment that I believe will change how I think forever.

Between the bottom and the top of that hill was a lot of hard work. There were a few fleeting seconds where I convinced myself it would be easy to pull off to the side and rest. Who would know? There werenít any people around. I could lean on a tree and catch my breath and then come charging through the finish line. I heard Brandy Reedís voice. She was one of my very first fitness instructors in May when I was taking my Ab-Blast class. When I would not flatten my planks out sheíd lean over and say ďThe only person you are cheating John is yourself!Ē I could have pulled over. I didnít. I kept moving. I had a goal and it was in reach.

When I started the C25K program back in May, my legs ached every time I ran. Running for ninety seconds took away my breath. I felt running a true 5K was years not months away. I had a tooth pulled and had to stop training for ten days. I twisted my knee one morning and had to stop running for five days. I had to repeat weeks one through five.

I never noticed myself getting stronger or quicker or having more endurance. I just kept working. I just kept pushing and when it came to be crunch time Saturday morning I brushed those ďquitting thoughtsĒ away and I reached my goal because there was no other alternative. I am a winner.

After we got home I went to the gym yesterday to do some light strength training. When I finish this blog I am going to run two miles. Itís what I do. Success is part of me and as I reflected on all of that the best thing I can come up with is that life is a lot of very hard work and when you take a short cut or cheat or circumvent the system, you lose. Itís like Brandy Reed said, ďYou arenít cheatiní the world John. Youíre cheatiní yourself.Ē

Sometimes I donít chart all of my food. I know Iím probably the only person at Spark that ever does that! I work real hard to get myself into nutritional shape and then, when no one is around, I sneak a cookie but itís okay because if I donít write it down I didnít eat it, right? I put a lot of hard work into balancing my diet, especially with all my travel. I learned going up that hill on Saturday that I can do anything I choose to do if I put enough effort and work into it.
Diets donít work. There is no magic. There is a lot of dull and gray days and all the emoticons and goodies and mails donít do much to change the landscape. Itís the stuff we donít like to talk about because who is going to come to a web site that espouses gloom and doom?

The day comes though, when you are climbing your own Cochran Hill that you start to realize itís the hard work thatís pushing you forward and all of those gray days were worth it. You realize there will be more of them. You know that you will have setbacks but you also come to the realization that no one can stop you from reaching your goals if you work hard enough at doing so. You realize that you can run steeper hills if you indeed have to.

The gray days become more bearable because of who you hang around with. Left to my own devices I doubt I would have stuck through all of this. Those of you who love me and accept me as I am are part of a huge network of positive people in my life who challenge me daily and share my same successful notion of life. Without those people I might slip back into mediocrity. You can be worth all the tea in China and you can believe in yourself till the cows come home but until you look to the right and then the left and you get the good old thumbs up from the people sweating next to you then something is missing. We are always alone in our struggles but we are never alone. Itís the eternal conundrum.

Now, what hill do you climb today? Let me know, Iíll give ya the thumbs up

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IMEMINE1 7/12/2014 5:39PM

    emoticon and you can keep do it again! emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/8/2014 1:08AM

  such a thought provoking blog thanks for sharing your feelings

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LYNMEINDERS 7/7/2014 6:06PM

    Brilliant blog John....don't know how I missed it first time around....

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MANILUS 5/8/2012 8:32PM

    I searched through all the blogs to find this one you just referred to, some really good thoughts in here. Best of all: you CAN do anything you set your mind to!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/7/2012 10:42AM

    Love this blog! Read your other one and wanted to hear your thoughts on this one as well. You're only cheating yourself...exactly. :)

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REJ7777 9/28/2010 10:13AM

    Great reality check!

I had to laugh out loud when I read: " I sneak a cookie but itís okay because if I donít write it down I didnít eat it, right?" emoticon Were you looking over my shoulder when I didn't write down the cookie I ate? As you said, I'm only cheating myself.

Have a Sparking day! emoticon

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KLEONIKI 9/28/2010 5:13AM

    Lovely as always!
A mere pleasure reading it!
Like a much desired rain in a dry soil for me!
Take care dear fellow and keep on inspiring us!
K. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 9/27/2010 8:29PM

    Love this blog John!! My hill today was dealing with a work situation. I stuck to my food plan and even though it's getting late and I still have things to do, I'm going out for my walk. That's my hill today. Thanks for helping me and many other climb up it! emoticon

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ZURDTA- 9/27/2010 1:51PM

    I am thinking about running in January - certain that I will strong enough by then (over coming several injuries) and YOU are my main inspiration. Of course I got to do it yet! BUT I never thought running was an option - I have never run, ever and I thought I couldn't. BUT you did it... I may not do it as well, but I figure I can try!

Thank you.

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WALKAWAY 9/27/2010 12:30PM

    emoticonblog John. I'm printing this out and putting it my journal. Thanks for being a great inspiration. emoticon

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JOSH20101 9/27/2010 12:04PM

    John you are an inspiration to me

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/27/2010 11:42AM

    I'm facing a stressful week but I'm planning ahead and not letting it throw me. I have to make do the best I can and do damage control.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 9/27/2010 10:12AM

  John I have missed reading your blogs.. the inspiration, the truth that you bring to us..but most of all I love the fact that you are willing to share yourself and let us see you at your is there that we find ourselves...

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YOGINI_JACKIE 9/27/2010 10:09AM

    John, as always, amazing blog. You continue to be my inspiration. Keep climbing those hills!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/27/2010 10:04AM

    You are right, John. It is the hard work that pushes us forward, and it's the people we hang out with who challenge us to not give up. Thanks for being one of my network of positive people!


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WISEONE68 9/27/2010 9:22AM

    I needed this blog today! Your "Hill" story is what I am facing today. Getting back on track after a long "absence". Boy, is it hard! I have been sick for three-four weeks now...I am convinced it is that fact that I have not been eating right and exercising since vacation! When I exercise and eat right, I may get sick--but, I recover quickly.
Oh sure, my back hurts, I am tired, etc. I have every excuse in the book...but, I am only cheating myself!!!! Truer words I have not found on this site!!!!!
thanks, dear Friend, for your insight, your strength, and endurance. It will get YOU far!!!! Be well, happy and safe!!


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SANDYK4BAMA 9/27/2010 9:19AM

    PS, I'm going to print this now, because sometimes on those gray days, I really need to hear this (or read it), but in my mind I can hear you telling me this.

Yesterday my family and I did the Chattanooga Komen Race for the Cure, and while we only walked it, there were a LOT of hills, !steep hills!, and I had the same thoughts as you, just cut thru that road -- no one will know, cut out that piece of the race, it'll be okay, but I didn't, and I felt better for it at the end, because I knew I did the whole thing.

I thought about you often on that walk, thought of you the day before RUNNING every one of the steps I was taking, and I am in such awe! I am so sore from just walking that walk, and I can't even comprehend how one could run it. But run it I will, and it may take me years to get there, or like you I may do one within this year or early next year, but if you can do it, I can do it. And if I sprain something, I'll take a break, then get back after it. If I need a tooth pulled and they make me sit for awhile, I'll do that too, but I'll get back after it. I can, John, I know I can. I know it because YOU did it!! YOU DID IT!!! Words cannot express the gratitude or the heart-felt overwhelming love I feel for you for making those tiny steps into something great! You give me hope and inspiration! Thank you John...thank you for persevering and giving me H-O-P-E. I run low alot on that.

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/27/2010 9:18AM

    You have put sparkpeople into a nutshell. I moved to Greece last year for university and as first semester ended and I was facing my first finals (IN GREEK!) I panicked (literally the day I reached my lowest weight, 57 pounds down), retreated, and fell into my own darkest shadow. I kept trying to get back up, but something was always missing. And it was the community of spark! Now I'm back, lost 10 pounds of the 35 I had regained, and feeling so much better!

We dont have anything to hide. We're not bad people because we are/were overweight/obese. We can be fit and healthy individuals. And when we believe we're worth it, and are willing to put the work into OURSELVES, we get it.

emoticon here's YOUR thumbs up John!!!! You inspire me!!!


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SANDYK4BAMA 9/27/2010 9:12AM

    JOHNTJ1 - My Hero!


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DOLLBABE56 9/27/2010 8:51AM

    You are so right. Everyone as the own ups and downs. Hopefully more ups than downs. I am learning to accept and move on. Not to dwell on my mistakes, i.e.: making and eating 3 helpings of blackberry cobbler (and not the low fat kind) last night. I knew before I made it that this would happen. Did it anyway. Okay, so I put in my food tracker and I moved on. It doesn't matter, it's in the past. Oh, and BTW, the cobbler is now in the trash can. lol

Today I will start Week 6 of C25K. Since it has decided to finally rain, I will use the treadmill again. I'd better do this this morning and resist going back to bed. Yeah, treadmill wins.

Thanks for the blog, John.

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STORMTMB 9/27/2010 8:23AM

    Great blog, John.

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My First 5K: How It Went (With Pictures)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Now a bit of the back story, LOL

When we arrived at the park there was a full Gospel Choir entertaining(?) prior to the race. They were pretty good but after awhile, the closer it got to the race, they started to get on my nerves due to the fact that for some reason, according to the race organizers, the portable toilet people didn't deliver the portable toilets. My personal trainer told me to make sure I hydrated myself well before the race. I did. So without going into further detail, I was a little jumpy until I saw other runners taking advantage of the thick woods. Enough said.

I went all the way to the back of the pack and mentally prepared myself. There were runners with dogs back there. They sniffed me, a lot, LOL. The race started and all went well.

I had to stop, briefly, once. My left shoe came untied.

When I crossed the finish line and turned around my granddaughter ran and jumped into my arms.

While I was running Joan purchased raffle tickets. We won a huge basket, mostly full of things we gave our gran daughter. I kept the free pair of running socks.

The main thing is I really enjoyed myself.

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TRIPLE_EMME 10/7/2010 12:24PM

    emoticon emoticon

I am so proud of you!!!

You are awesome, my friend!

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DELPHYNE 9/28/2010 10:16AM

    I dropped by to see how your first 5K went. I'm glad to hear it was a great day!! Way to go!

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REJ7777 9/28/2010 9:47AM

    emoticon emoticon You did it!!! emoticon emoticon

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KLEONIKI 9/28/2010 5:07AM

The only thing i am jealous of is this running of your grand daughter onto you after the race...
I believe one of your best pictures!

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JUST_TRI_IT 9/27/2010 5:25PM

    WOOHOO!!! Way to go John :)

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KSGROTHE 9/27/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon on finishing your first 5K and conquering the big hill at the end!

I love the two blogs you did and the pictures! When's your next race? emoticon

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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DEE797 9/27/2010 2:06PM

    Congratulations! Glad you had such a nice experience. Love the pics.

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KANSASROSE67 9/27/2010 2:02PM

    Ran my first 5K this weekend too. What a feeling! Congats!

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WEIGHTOSUCCESS 9/27/2010 12:16PM

    You look awesome and you did a great job!!! emoticon So happy for you

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LUVMYK9S 9/27/2010 12:11PM


Wow! You look GREAT and so happy!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/27/2010 11:10AM

    I am so proud of you! emoticon

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RAINYFRIDAY 9/27/2010 10:56AM

    Way to go!! Congrats :)

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SMOCKON 9/27/2010 10:44AM

    VICTORY! You did it! I love the photo of you with your granddaughter. You will need to live a very long life so you can help her father fend off the boys. emoticon

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LOOKY-LOU 9/27/2010 10:26AM

    Sitting here this morning with a HUGE grin on my face...I am so happy for you!!! emoticon

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HLPRATT 9/27/2010 9:19AM

    Way to go John!!

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SANDYK4BAMA 9/27/2010 9:08AM

Yea John!!!! YOU DID IT!!! You're are so awesome! You give HOPE to us all!!! So so so so very PROUD of you!!! YEA YEA YEA!!!
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CAHUNO2 9/27/2010 8:42AM

    I am so glad you enjoyed it!! You are an inspiration!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I wish I could run- I keep trying but I don't trust my knees.

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DOLLBABE56 9/27/2010 8:18AM

    You did buddy! And it looks like you had a beautiful day to enjoy too. You look great - and soooo happy. Congratulations!

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BSAGE47 9/27/2010 8:15AM

    Hurray! Great job John. You are an inspiration. It was not long ago that you just finished your first 5k. Now your racing. Great job!!!

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OBXFIREGUY 9/27/2010 7:56AM

    Awesome job! Now you have a PR to beat!

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PRINCESSNURSE 9/27/2010 7:30AM

    emoticon So, when is your NEXT race?

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WALKNLOVE 9/27/2010 6:40AM

    AWESOME JOHN! SO PROUD OF YOU! GREAT JOB! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/27/2010 3:44AM

    That all sounds so GREAT! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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ELYMWX 9/27/2010 1:31AM

    Look at that smile!

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MKPRINCESS007 9/27/2010 1:25AM

    Way to go, my friend! Nothing feels better than a dream come true and a goal achieved! Right? Isn't that what we always say?

Love the pics, love the story! You rock!

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RJFERRARO315 9/26/2010 11:51PM

    emoticon I just ran my 1st 5K last Sunday. What a great feeling. I can't believe about the portapotties?! (We call them honeybuckets locally.)

emoticon Before long you'll be doing half marathons or marathons.

Take care,Rebecca

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/26/2010 10:53PM

    Good stuff John!!! This really motivates me... I want to run with a number on my chest too! Not too sure about lot's of dogs sniffin me... ;0)

Well done!!

You should be soooooo proud!!


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TRISH2229 9/26/2010 10:32PM

    Congrats John! Such an accomplishment! Just think a year ago you probably would not have considered running a race. Today you were a running machine! emoticon I say that's progress!

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WALKAWAY 9/26/2010 10:13PM

    emoticonWay to go.

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JENNY-BEANS 9/26/2010 9:57PM

    Congratulations on your first 5k! Awesome job!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/26/2010 8:34PM

    Love the photo blog, it really helps tell the story. You look so happy! Way to go John.

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    ROFLMBO!! Maybe the next time they will get the porta potties there. You are looking good!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/26/2010 8:23PM

    I think the smiles say it all--well done!

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NJMATTICE 9/26/2010 8:20PM

    Thanks for the photo journal! You did take us all along!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/26/2010 8:17PM

    awesome! i just rann my first today too

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STORMTMB 9/26/2010 8:11PM

    Congrats, John!

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BANKER-CHUCK 9/26/2010 7:36PM

    Good for you getting in your 1st 5K. I ran my 1st last August. Glad to get it under my belt. Looking to do another one next month if my training goes OK. I ran a 5K today, on the treadmill, with my only audience Law and Order on TV.

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RUNNER_4_LIFE 9/26/2010 7:29PM

    Yeah! Congrats on your first 5k!

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