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Wow, it's been a while...

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I just read my last blog entry, from last May...and it's amazing how it describes exactly how I feel right now. Tired and unmotivated, and hungry all the time. I wish I could do something to get my feet back under me and turn this around once and for all...I'm so tired of bouncing around, and I can see that scale creeping back up. I worked so hard to get to where I was...and I can't believe I'm giving it up, but I can't seem to stop myself.

My lunch today was pretty bad...and so huge that neither my husband nor I wanted dinner tonight. I eventually did get hungry, and ended up eating an Uncrustables PBJ and a pear. Definitely could have been worse, so I'm not feeling too bad about that one. Inspired by how tasty the pear was, I decided to go ahead and plan out my meals for tomorrow...now to see if I can stick with them.

I haven't really had any significant exercise in months...I can go to the gym one day, then be back on the couch the next. I honestly don't remember when I was last in the habit of regular exercise. And I can't believe how out of shape I am. I worked hard for that too, and let it all pass right on by. It's amazing how long it takes to get fit, and how easy it is to get out of shape. Doesn't make any sense.

The bottom line is that I have to change...and I know that. I wish that I could harness the type of motivation I had back in February 2007 when I first started on SparkPeople, but I just can't seem to get a handle on it for some reason.

  
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DIGITALDURGA 3/3/2010 10:32AM

    Welcome back!

You've gotten some good advice, so the only other thing I can add is some support. I know how hollow it can feel to be told that just because you have done something before you can do it again. Yes, I've been 148 pounds. I was dancing 20 hours a week when I did that! I don't have the space in my life for that kind of activity anymore.

So I'm finding where I can get with what I have now. I know I can adjust so that I'm not gaining anymore. I can make the space for a real yoga practice and see where that takes me. Then I'll see what steps I can do next. I've found that for me I need the gradual change in order to make it a real habit. It's taken me years but noticed that I really only drink water and herbal tea on a regular basis. It's become this incredible healthy habit that sort of snuck up on me.

So what are you already doing right? What foundational habits do you have already? And while it feels like you get out of shape faster than you get into shape some of your strength is still there, it will come back!

Energy has cycles, that's a given. Low energy times just mean going back to your baseline habits, those choices you refuse to back down and give up on. 10 minutes of exercise. Watching portions. Enjoying your life. The important stuff. :D

Hopefully we'll see more of you, I really like the blogging idea, just come here and talk about what's going on!

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SUSI_SINGS 3/3/2010 9:13AM

    hi,
Well you made step one again, and that's good. You got back to SP and you wrote about it. What about writing every day until you start losing again? Maybe just that. And the water, of course.

Believe me, I know. One step at a time. Forget one day. One step. You can to this, and I can tell you want to.

We're all right here. Believe in yourself, girl. Peace. emoticon



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A-STRONGER-ME 3/3/2010 4:32AM

    Kari - I feel you pain darlin - the ebbs and tides of motivation are sometimes 'frustrating' - to say the least. I don't have a magical answer for you (or I'd be using it). Just know that you can do it, cuz you did it. It's all in commitment, which is sometimes bigger than we all realize. I have just vowed, that no matter what

NEVER GIVE UP!!!

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TERJEGOLD 3/3/2010 3:44AM

    Hmm, I wonder if your having signed up for those races was, in any way, connected to your ability to work out and train so effectively. If so, perhaps you might consider signing up for another race in 2-4 months, whatever amount of time you feel would be needed to get prepared.

Another thought is that you just recently bought a home and your focus was naturally on that whole process. Perhaps you haven't carved out your fitness niche in your new environment. Do you have a gym close by? Are you familiar with running +/or hiking trails with easy access? Do you have fitness friends in your neighborhood?

You have proven to yourself that you can be highly motivated and highly successful. I have every confidence that you can find it in yourself to get there again.

Six more weeks until BLC sign ups open again. Maybe getting back in there will be good. I was bummed that the teams were closed so fast last time.

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Winter blahs just won't go away...

Monday, May 04, 2009

Here lately, the best way to describe how I've felt has been one word: Blah. I'm tired all the time, in spite of getting 8-9 hours of sleep every night, and I feel hungry all the time too. I'm trying to stay in my calorie range, but it seems my body isn't satisfied until it has at least 1750 for the day. I've gained 5 pounds since my lowest point, which was less than a pound from my goal, and I want to get rid of it but I just feel very unmotivated. It's like the winter blahs just refuse to leave my body.

So I'm wondering if it could be a food issue. I have bought healthy things in my couponing adventures, but I have also bought processed "junk" snack foods. A lot. So I'm going to stop buying those junk foods and stick with things that are more "whole." I even went couponing at Whole Foods today. I spent $20, saved $10 in coupons alone, and probably saved 50% overall. I bought items that were on sale, and even got a couple of Lifeway Lassi Indian Yogurt Smoothies for FREE. I also got an organic green pepper and some quinoa from the bulk bin so I can try quinoa (without it being surrounded and hidden by rice) and make the black bean & quinoa salad from SparkRecipes.

I really didn't feel like exercising tonight but I made myself do it and I'm glad I did...I actually do feel a little bit better. I resisted the urge to go out for 99 cent Margarita Monday and instead made Enchilada Chicken from my Biggest Loser cookbook and warmed a 2-serving packet of Kashi rice and veggies. It was very tasty, and much better than anything I ever could have gotten at a restaurant. Plus I know exactly what was in it.

I want to get back into running, get my endurance back, and get back to feeling the way I did 2 years ago when I first discovered SparkPeople. I was so enthusiastic about leading a healthy lifestyle and I honestly felt energized when I exercised. But lately I've mostly been feeling tired. I need a way to rediscover that energy and to give my exercise the same effect it once had.

  
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KJR8298 5/5/2009 5:00PM

    Kari, I also notice that I have less energy and am more hungry if I eat packaged snacks rather than fruit, veggies, and yogurt as snacks throughout the day. I also tend to buy things I don't really need just because I have a coupon (like Flipz pretzels). Then I feel guilty for eating them. (Must be in the genes. LOL)

Recognizing that you are feeling the blahs and not eating right is the first step to getting back on track. I know you'll get there! Just stay focused. Get out and enjoy the sunshine too. Some days I force myself to exercise, but feel so much better afterwards.

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DENAMARIE1 5/5/2009 10:49AM

    I believe everything has been said very well below. Getting off the junk food is a big step and I think you will feel better.

I know there are times I don't feel like exercise at all, especially the walking in the rain. But once I get going and afterwards I feel so much better.

Just know you have a very good support group available for you anytime!!

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ECTA1211 5/5/2009 10:39AM

    Kari, I think we have all been where you are. I agree with all that the others said...This too shall pass. You have also been off of work and are not on a schedule and that makes things tougher too. We think we have all the time in the world but the day slips by and we get mad at ourselves and take it out on ourselve in ways that we know are bad for us. Keep the focus. We are here for you.
Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

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WENDY27 5/5/2009 8:50AM

    Kari, ditto what everyone else said. I am where you are and know how hard it can be at times. Be proud of how far you have come and keep moving forward. You can do it!!! Your Amazon Women are always here for you!!!

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FABAT402009 5/5/2009 7:46AM

    Terje and Jan have already said much more than I could but wanted to let you know we're all here to support you.

If you have a not so good day shake it off and move on the the next one. Like Jan said, just push yourself to get out there and take one day at a time until that SPARK is ignited and you're back in the game!


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A-STRONGER-ME 5/5/2009 6:58AM

    Ditto what Terje says and

I know what you mean about not wanting to exercise - but it is a life saver sometimes. I practically have to drag myself to it, but I ALWAYS feel better. Keep telling yourself that until you believe it.

Let me know what you think of the quinoa and black bean salad. It makes quite a bit. I put it on romaine leaves so that it is finger food. It's GREAT!!

You will get past this - you can do it!!

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TERJEGOLD 5/4/2009 9:54PM

    Hey Kari, I know you are not alone. And I think you may have hit on a couple of possible causes for your fatigue and hunger.

You said you have purchased a few junk food items. Two things come to mind.

1 - Sometimes when we eat processed foods, a craving is started where by we start craving more and more of those artificial foods.
2 - When our diet is more processed than we are used t o, it's quite possible that our diet is also not as nutrient dense as it used to be. If this happens, our bodies still are lacking in certain essential nutrients and signal this to us by feeling hungry.

I'll be really interested to see if your energy increases and your hunger decreases as you eliminate the junk food and replace it with your normal whole food meals. The great news is that you are already a good cook so it's just a matter of getting back into your normal mode.

I'll also be interested to see what you think of the quinoa. I LOVE it!

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TERJEGOLD 5/4/2009 9:54PM

    Hey Kari, I know you are not alone. And I think you may have hit on a couple of possible causes for your fatigue and hunger.

You said you have purchased a few junk food items. Two things come to mind.

1 - Sometimes when we eat processed foods, a craving is started where by we start craving more and more of those artificial foods.
2 - When our diet is more processed than we are used t o, it's quite possible that our diet is also not as nutrient dense as it used to be. If this happens, our bodies still are lacking in certain essential nutrients and signal this to us by feeling hungry.

I'll be really interested to see if your energy increases and your hunger decreases as you eliminate the junk food and replace it with your normal whole food meals. The great news is that you are already a good cook so it's just a matter of getting back into your normal mode.

I'll also be interested to see what you think of the quinoa. I LOVE it!

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Groundhog Run 2009

Saturday, February 07, 2009

The 2009 Groundhog Run is in the record books -- woohoo! :) I finished in 48:05. I'm happy with that...I had to walk a little bit because the course involved some pretty steep hills which was hard to run, plus it was really windy...headwind+steep hill=very hard running. I think I was actually walking faster than I had been running when I switched.

Being inside the cave was really neat...we went through a finished part and an unfinished part...most of what we ran through was unfinished. That was like cross country...the ground was really uneven and full of rocks...a good and different experience. The floor was dirt at that point too. There were 2 photographers so hopefully they got some good shots of me...they took at least 4 that I counted. You can order the pics once they post them up on the site...I definitely plan to order some.

The zoo parking lot was full of black ice...they had to move the start because of all of the ice. Luckily I didn't run into any on the course. Someone fell at about 1/2 mile...not sure what happened there but there were 6 people gathered around him with cell phones out. About 10 seconds after I passed under what would become the finish line, I heard the lady giving the splits scream and the pole came crashing down...it must have hit someone because James said there were 2 ambulances and one of them was at the finish line...the other was tending to the guy that I had seen. I hope they are both okay.

The wind was absolutely ferocious today...so my hair looks absolutely lovely...haha. Next time I am running in the wind I will plaster my hair down with hair spray because I can't stand having it all blowing in my face when the wind is coming from behind me. :P

I ended up wearing my Lands' End thermaskin shirt and my fleece pullover...the thermaskin shirt was perfect but would have been too cold on its own so I'm glad I grabbed the pullover on the way out the door. It was a bit warm in the cave where there was no ventilation, but it felt good when we got back outside. James was freezing in the wind but I thought it felt good...haha.

Anyway, pics are in my gallery. :) I love the last one because I really do look proud, even if my hair is sticking out everywhere. ;)

  
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MARTINIGAL413 2/8/2009 4:50AM

    Congratulations!! That is so awesome you're accomplishing your goals! WAY TO GO!
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NMAHONEY1 2/7/2009 12:02PM

    Great Job!!! You did great, and your pictures are great....I am so looking forward to my 1st 5k. Keep up the great work!!!

And it was a great cause as well...you got in some great exercise, and did a good deed as well...you should be so proud!!!

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New Running Plan

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Time for my monthly blog entry...heh. I always have good intentions with these things but then they fall by the wayside. Things are getting busier now at work so my schedule is getting more full and it's making it harder to fit the exercise in and even harder to blog. (But, I do definitely think it's way better to go out and run for 30 minutes than to spend 30 minutes composing a blog post, so if it comes down to those two, I'm gonna choose the exercise...it just does me more good. Obviously.)

I have a new running plan now, which I got from an 8K training course. I am still not up to the 5K distance, but I can run for 30 minutes straight now. The first four weeks of this 8K training plan focus on getting you up to 5K in distance, so I'm hoping that will help with my preparations for the Race for the Cure on Oct. 11. This plan involves 6 days of some form of cardio exercise and one day of strength/stretching only, so hopefully it won't burn me out either.

It basically alternates running days with cross training days, with Monday always as a strength/stretch day, and Sunday as the day for the long run. I'm going to try 2.5 miles as it advises on Sunday and see where that goes. I have been at about 2 miles for 30 minutes thus far, so an extra half mile should only be about 7 minutes extra. Totally do-able, I think.

If you would like to donate to breast cancer research, I am also accepting donations in support of my very first race, Race for the Cure. Every little bit helps bring us one step closer to ensuring no more women have to suffer or die from this disease. To make a donation, visit this page: www.komenlouisville.org/site/TR?pg=p
ersonal&fr_id=1000&px=1009901
Any support you can give is greatly appreciated!

  
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TERJEGOLD 9/14/2008 10:45AM

    I really admire your consistent, realistic approach to your training. I am certain you will be quite proud with your accomplishments...I know I am already proud of you. And you know Race for the Cure has a special place in my heart. You will need to find a place of honor for your racing bibs. Be sure to save them to remind you of your achievements.

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MARTINIGAL413 9/14/2008 9:24AM

    Hey Kari! Way to Go on your dedication and perseverance!! Best of luck to you as we near Oct 11!
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So Hot

Sunday, August 31, 2008

There are 30 days left in my Biggest Loser Challenge on SP and I've lost 1 pound. Actually I lost 2 pounds, then gained 4, then lost 3. This is due to my inability to stay on track. I do think I've found part of the problem though -- it's too HOT. I'm in the final stages of the Couch to 5K running program, but as yet have been unable to complete more than about 25 minutes of straight running without getting so hot that my face is beet red and I feel like I just can't go anymore.

I even tried going to the gym today to run on the treadmill, but it's hot in there too. Not as hot as outside, but I swear, I think their thermostat is set on 75. Plus there's no breeze at all because all of the ceiling fans are behind the treadmills, so you get stagnant hot, stinky air. Or else you get choked by the air freshener mounted on the wall when it sprays every 15 minutes.

I can't wait for it to cool down a little so I can finally make it to running 5K. As long as this weather continues though, I'm not sure it's gonna happen. There's an Ironman triathlon going on today in Louisville. It's 95 degrees outside. I totally don't see how these people are competing in a triathlon in this gross weather...I can't even take the dogs out without sweating. I wish I knew their secrets so maybe I could overcome this temperature hurdle and finally make it to my 5K. Hopefully before October so I can register for the Race for the Cure.

  
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MARTINIGAL413 9/1/2008 5:40PM

    Kari ~ I have no doubt you'll get there. You have too positive of an attitude not to. Yes, this heat is making it unbearable to move some times. Though I'm a hot weather person, and not thrilled with the approach of winter, I am looking forward to being able to sit outside for a bit while I read a magazine and not fear I'm frying off my legs!

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