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It's a New Day

Monday, December 10, 2012

Today, I begin again.

I've been slacking off on exercise, and I haven't been totally diligent about keeping track of what I eat each day. I've also not been very diligent about keeping crap out of my diet, either.

But today, I walked to the office from the van. I walked 1.68 miles in 30 minutes. (RunKeeper, by the way, is an awesome app.) I felt almost every step, too, because I haven't been consistent.

I also fell off the 5K training when I caught that cold and couldn't get rid of the constant nasal congestion. It also didn't help that I forgot to get my fluticasone nasal spray prescription refilled on time and was suffering from allergies as well.

But now, I've realigned my ducks. My schedule will now include at least 30 minutes a day of walking and/or running. The Kinect is going to get some use. The DVD player is going to get some use, too. I've also set up a schedule for getting up from my desk and walking way down the hall (it's a long hall [haul...::snicker::]), past the bathroom, and then stopping at the bathroom on my way back. It takes about 8 minutes total, and I'm doing this every hour.

Also, I'm gonna blog/journal/get my words on paper or "paper" so I can be accountable and be able to look back at this journey to see what I'm doing right and what I can fine tune.

Are you ready?

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242WILLNOTDO 12/11/2012 10:32AM

    Ready for another 24 hours on your plan? Let's go!

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MOSTMOM1 12/11/2012 9:48AM

    Quack, quack, quack. Way to go. These lil ducks have a way of running around on us sometimes. I'm herding a few myself.

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/10/2012 2:36PM

    Good for you for getting on track again. I would guess we all do that. I know I do. emoticon

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ROSIEPD 12/10/2012 2:28PM

    Sounds like YOU are ready! Go for it!

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MATTEROFHEART 12/10/2012 1:45PM

    Sounds like a great plan! emoticon

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Enough already!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I'm not malingering any more. I wore my track shoes to work so I have no excuse to not walk. I walked from the van to the office, I will walk to the library at 10:00 and then around the buildings for 15 minutes. I will walk during my lunch break, and I will walk during my afternoon break. I plan to walk to the van after work, but the weather forecast calls for rain, so we'll see what happens there.

All's I'm saying is: I'm back. I'm not letting this sinus thing bother me any more. I'm going to continue on with my plans to get slim, fit, and healthy. I will continue to eat well and track my food, and I will get and stay active.

Bring it.

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BOBOBOBBI 11/15/2012 5:00PM

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Cold Symptoms are Waning!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The worst of the symptoms are gone. No more fever, general mental fog, or aches. Now if my sinuses would just dry up already!

I'm raring to get back to the business of getting slim, fit, and healthy. Obviously, I'm not overeating as I lost weight over the past week, but I haven't *moved* in 7 days now. Not even for a walk. I just could not.

I will walk and stretch each morning for the remainder of the week and see how I feel over the weekend. If I'm feeling good, I'll restart C25K next Tuesday and cross training (Kinect) on the other days.

I will have to walk/run the first 5K on December 23, but I'm okay with that. Just the fact that I'm participating is enough for me!

Oh, hey! I learned today that I'm doing it right, by the way. When I "run," I take short, little strides, not great, big, leaping ones. Turns out, that's the correct way to do it to avoid injuries. Yay me!


Absence This Week

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I haven't been active on the site this week because I wanted to get rest and let this cold run its course. Quickly.

I'm feeling much better now--just basically nasal congestion and a little cough once in a while to contend with. I'm not going to jump back into the C25K thing yet. I'll see how I feel tomorrow. I may just start over on Tuesday and plan to walk/run the 5K on December 23rd.

Even after two and a half days of eating comfort food (just trying to control the amount) and no fitness activities this past week and complete lack of planning for breakfast, lunch, and snacks yesterday (first day back to work), I did eat pretty well. Best part of all? I'm down 1.4 pounds this week--a mere 0.6 pounds away from goal #1 of 10 pounds gone!

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ROSIEPD 11/11/2012 5:33PM

    Awesome! You did great! Feel better. emoticon

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PAROBERSON 11/10/2012 10:59PM

    Congratulations you are doing well. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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Running and Living

Friday, November 02, 2012

I was slogging through W1D2 of C25K yesterday afternoon, and for about 29 minutes of the 30-minute walk-run thing, I was thinking, "Why the hell am I doing this?" At the end of it, I was glad I'd done it, of course. But this is me we're talking about. The person who was perfectly content to spend all her free time sitting in an easy chair, knitting, watching past seasons of The West Wing or Friends or current seasons of whatever (and there could be many, many "whatevers"), sipping on white wine or Jack Daniels, and snacking on just about anything yummy.

Everything changed on August 30, 2012, when I made the decision to put all that aside in favor of living a healthier, more active lifestyle. Mind you, I've never been a particularly active person. I never cared for P.E. in school but was forced to do it. I did enjoy ballet for a while, but then I turned 9. I liked gymnastics in junior high and high school, but I was always too chicken to do more than the simplest balance beam routines, vaulting maneuvers, or uneven parallel bar moves.

I was using the knitting and TV watching as a super convenient excuse to avoid being more active and finally doing something about my weight. After all, I only have so many free hours in my day--I work full time (8 hours x5 days a week), with a pretty hefty commute (used to be 2 hours each way, but I've pared that down a bit)--and gosh darn it! ::foot stomp::, I wanted to do what I wanted to do during that free time.

While I was on my latest cruise, I saw an awful lot of obese people using canes, walkers, and scooters. People who need assistive devices are limited in where they can go, what they can do, and for how long they can do it. I DON'T WANT TO BE LIMITED BY MYSELF.

I want to be able to ride on the back of Husband's motorcycle for long distances so we can travel around the US and Canada on it. I want to be able to go on moderate-to-strenuous excursions. I want to take the paths I haven't been taking. I WANT TO LIVE.

The running thing? That's just me challenging myself--another thing I need to do more of.

PS: Big mistake not doing my training in the morning. Trying to get to sleep a mere 2 hours after finishing the walk-run was damned near impossible last night. That'll teach me to not set the early alarm. Lesson learned.

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ROSIEPD 11/2/2012 6:51PM

    I had to chuckle at "I did enjoy ballet for awhile but then I turned 9". LOL! Our habits actually sound a bit similar, although I prefer Red to White and Jack would make me toss my cookies. Good luck on the running. I am just trying to make sure I move at least 10-15 minutes a day, and get the heart rate up. Best of luck to you!

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DIET_FRIEND 11/2/2012 5:15PM

    Even when you are over 50, there is plenty of living to do. We need the health and fitness to enjoy life's bounty. I totally agree about not wanting to use assistive living devices any sooner than possible. I want to sit in an airplane seat without overflowing it.

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