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First time meeting a Registered Dietician

Friday, July 11, 2014

My husband and I've been talking about our health, and he encouraged me to see a dietician. I ended up with one who specializes in weight loss as well as working with endurance athletes. Good fit for me.

I met with her this morning for an intake. I'll go see her again in a couple weeks when I've taken care of some of her "to do" list.

Tentatively she has me on a 1500-1900 calorie range because of my level of exercise.

She wants me to restart the Vitamin D that I thought I could halt over the summer just because it was sunny.

I'm to get my body fat calculated, and she told me about a place that does a body composition locally at a reasonable price for me. I got that scheduled for next Thursday.

I'm also to be thinking about a good solid list of options when I'm tempted to do night time grazing.

I printed out a week's worth of my Spark food journal and I gave her access to my Spark food journal. Interestingly, she doesn't require patients to journal by writing it out -- she has patients snap photos of their meals and send them to her via Instagram!
Guess I'm now a food blogger. emoticon
Today's lunch -- colby jack cheese, tomato tapenade, roasted sweet pepper, pickled onions with more tomatoes (because nothing compares to homegrown tomatoes) on 2 slices of wheat bread.

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JSTETSER 7/13/2014 12:34PM

    Great plan! Yummy lunch!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/12/2014 1:04PM

    That sounds like a good plan

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MSGO72 7/11/2014 3:47PM

  That sandwich looks fantastic!

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YMUNDERWOOD 7/11/2014 3:38PM

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First Half Marathon of 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I have my first half marathon of the year this Sunday. I'd planned on at least 1 or 2 already this year, but between a repeatedly sprained ankle, a shoulder injury and my younger boy's now stable medical issues, my winter/spring training season got blown apart.

I'm doing this race solo. None of my regular running buddies are doing it, but I'm not letting that deter me. I've been getting my runs in on the street and cherishing my trail runs. I've been running enough years to know I really do like some hills in my race because while the uphills are HARD, the downhills are sweet and make me feel like I can fly.

Sunday's race is a lot of flat with even more uphill and very short down hill for the last mile or so. Probably won't be my favorite race, but it's my soonest race for which I'm grateful.

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KAREN42BOYS 7/10/2014 10:40PM

    Just a local race, not a big destination one. Thanks for asking.

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PASTAFARIAN 7/10/2014 9:44PM

    Sounds unusual. Which HM?

Good job for persevering with all those medical issues.

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    Good luck to ya! Enjoy the race and may you get to the finish line with a smile on!

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UMBILICAL 7/9/2014 4:51PM


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Great Blog Celebrating Women

Tuesday, September 18, 2012



Running Gave Me Time

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wednesday I decided to run down the pedestrian/bike trail not too far from house. I needed to get some hill training in, and I didn't feel like hopping on my bike or driving to the park to do that. I figured I could just run the overpasses on the local trail to build that intensity in. The newest and closest overpass opened just a few months ago. I'd biked over it once, but this was my first time running it.

After running it twice, I discovered that MapMyRun didn't know it was yet an open trail and it freaked out. Guess it thought I was running in NoWhereLand, and it shut down. Later in the day I gave MapMyRun feedback that the trail was real and to please activate it on their site. Hope that comes soon!

I ran on to the next overpass and got some nice momentum going. Saw a friend biking with her son on the way to the high school. Got me thinking about her church and how they've got a lot of cyclists and triathletes; mentally coined the phrase "they put the TRI in trinity." Well, before I'd hit the 2nd overpass, I'd seen a homeless man sitting on a bench with his bike next to him and some gear. I was thinking about him on my way back over the overpass, and I felt a nudge to pull the earbuds off to be open to possibilities. When I got up to him, I asked him if he wanted a cup of coffee. At first he said yes, but then he realized he had a big bag of aluminum cans he needed to cash in on before he'd be hitting any coffee shops.

We talked about all sorts of things in just a few minutes. How taking aluminum cans from people's recycling bins was illegal. Companies he'd worked at. He was a Vietnam vet and that my uncle died there. How he's usually up by 4:30 in the morning because it's safer. He's waiting for a replacement driver's license because next month he'll qualify for more state support and that will improve his level of homelessness. How he knew some people on staff at the campus where my church is. When we were done, I put out my hand to shake his, and told him my name was Karen. He said his name was Lee.

I wanted him to have positive human contact. To just talk about whatever. And I shook his hand very intentionally. We all need that physical touch sometimes.

As I hit the road again, I got back to thinking about that cup of coffee I couldn't give him. I had an Aha moment when I recalled that my coffee place offers free cups of coffee when you buy beans; I often have had enough coffee for the day, so they give me free coffee coupons. When I got home, I tucked a couple in my running fanny pack. Next time I'll be able to make good on my offer of a cup of coffee even if the person can't go right then.

I feel grateful I go to a church with a homeless community. I talk to our homeless regularly. They minister to me and the reverse. They have mental issues, I know at least one has been in jail. Some are working on changing things, others have found a balance living as they do. One used to work at a hospital when I worked there. People, just people.

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AELARLEE1 9/19/2012 12:15PM

    Aww Karen, this was a real blesing to read today. Thank you for giving us a picture of caring in a world more often than not, that is mad and angry!


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JSTETSER 9/15/2012 7:24PM

    We are no better than the homeless. But for the grace of God, we could be in their shoes.

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LOPEYP 9/14/2012 8:49PM

    I think it's great that you started a conversation with him and are open to seeing him again (and even planning for it). emoticon

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HEALING_LORI 9/14/2012 5:21PM

    WOW Karen! You are one amazing lady! And I mean that. We definitely need more people like you in the world - understanding and caring. You must of made his day. I seen your status about meeting a homeless man on your run but wasn't sure if it was a positive meeting or negative. So often we get nervous around people with mental issues, for me only because of the unknown. Just the talk must have been enriching for both of you and the physical touch of a handshake I'm sure had an impact on him! Thank You for sharing your warm heart with him!
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MFTAGGFREEZE 9/14/2012 1:59PM

    Great blog. Sometimes we have a tendency to focus on all the negatives about certain people or communities.

Good for you for being positive spirited and reaching out.

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Body Image and Fashion

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

For me body image intertwines closely with how I dress. I feel good about how I look today, so I snapped a photo. I'm happy that this is a cooler morning, so I could wear this favorite sweater. I picked up this on-trend cranberry tank from Target yesterday. I'm experimenting with wearing nicer shoes in my ordinary life; these Earthies are very comfortable and make me feel like I've got some pizzazz. And the silver and black necklace I just figured out how to knot this way (do a half knot on one side of the chain, and slip the other end through, then tighten up) this morning.

Nice to wear clothes that don't feel like mom clothes. These are me clothes.

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/15/2012 10:51PM

    Karen, you look great and your confidence is shining through! Keep up your running, your routines and your ability to inspire others.

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/11/2012 5:14PM

    You look great!

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LOPEYP 9/11/2012 3:57PM

    You look great! So hip! (if they still say that) emoticon

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CBAILEYC 9/11/2012 3:11PM

    Karen you look marvelous! And I'm not just saying that as a bud here, but truly.. fabulous! All sassy and cute and hip and wow.
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I've realized, with a jolt, that my Spark pic is a year old. I haven't taken any in the last year, or not many. I need to get back to that as yet another tool in the progression of making changes to continue improving. Thanks for the inspiration!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/11/2012 2:47PM

    You look great! Love your outfit!

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