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Blah Day

Monday, May 24, 2010

Why am I blah today?

1. They upped my antibiotics which means the blurry vision and general fatigue continues. I have corneal ulcers and they are trying to prevent any scar tissue from forming.

2. I was told I have to throw away all of my makeup, contact cases, etc. Thank goodness my next weight loss reward is new makeup, right?

3. I am reminded that it could be worse. A coworker of mine had a heart attack this weekend and is apparently undergoing bypass surgery today. Surprisingly, he's one of the coworkers who DOESN'T go to the cafeteria for All-You-Can-Eat-Friday and generally takes very good care of himself. He's a contractor too and the first thing the firm did was remove him from the sign in sheet. Yep, cold efficiency. Apparently they sent flowers too, but still. I got chills. Brr.

4. The Canadians have a day off today and I have to wait til next Monday. Boo.

5. I spent the weekend cleaning out my closets and drawers and realize I have very little clothing left. I love losing weight and I know this is a great problem to have, but there is something very sad in realizing you just can't wear some of your favorite items anymore. For a plus-sized girl, there is something exceedingly victorious about finding a wonderful, wearable piece, so I realized I have a lot of emotional attachments to some pieces of clothing. I'm hoping that I can wear some of it if and when I get pregnant someday.

That being said, SparkFriends, shoot me a note if you're interested in some clothes. I've got some great party dresses, suits, skirts, jeans and pants (some with the tags on) in sizes 16-22.

Going to try to run this evening and hope it will snap me out of my funk. I haven't attempted 6 miles yet and I'm overdue, but I am sticking to the Serious 10K Schedule as best I can.

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EMMYKATE616 6/5/2010 1:56PM

    why not go get some of your favorite things altered? it's not horribly expensive, and it's so nice to have things perfectly fitted.

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TRABOLD8567 6/1/2010 12:20AM


Sorry about the eyes and your coworker

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KNITTINGFROG 5/25/2010 9:32AM

    Hey girl!

I was so sorry to read about your eyes and hope you feel better soon (but yeay to new make up).

I think of you and your positive influence (not to mention the encouragments) every time I go for a run :)

As for clothing, I am still in between, waiting to hopefully eventually fit in my slim clothes, but with some larger stuff (some brand new) that does not fit anymore.
So don't forget that seamstresses can do a great job so you could be enjoying your favorite pieces for years to come!

Best wishes of a speedy recovery!


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SAMSPARK1 5/25/2010 9:22AM

    Sorry I am one of those Canadians who had yesterday off....LOL! But not next week when you do! :) Hope today is a better day!

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WATCHMEGO2 5/25/2010 8:28AM

    Sorry for being Canadian and having the day off yesterday but if it makes you feel any better I have to work next Monday so I guess that will even us out. I need to go through my closets too as the weather is getting warmer and I am putting away my sweaters and getting out cooler clothes and quickly discovering I really don't have much that fits either.

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KESHA1975 5/24/2010 10:39PM

    You are certainly entitled to a BLAH day! We all have them we just hope as we move forward we have fewer of those days! I wish I were close to you I would take you up on some of those old clothes....I am hating myself in mine right now! YUK! But time will get met there! Maybe tomorrow will not be so blah but instead Fabulous!!!

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LADYINOHIO 5/24/2010 8:14PM

    I never say this, but I think this time you're allowed to feel some blah.
Feel better and get better soon chica!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/24/2010 8:04PM

    Awww hugs on the eye! And you go girl, I remember my first 6 miler I LOVED IT!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/24/2010 7:39PM

    Sorry to hear about your eyes and your co-worker. I will keep good thoughts for both of you.

I am having the clothing issue too. Trying to buy as little as possible to get by because I am not done yet.

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ANISMENDOZA81 5/24/2010 7:21PM

    Oh chica..Sad news about your co-worker, pray all goes well with surgery..throwing away make up and contact lenses, awe mannnnn..but at least you'll have new fun colors to spruce up the new wardrobe you're due for right....Hope your run erases your funk..stay positive emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/24/2010 7:11PM

    Feel better soon sweetie! Its amazing, you are still banging out those miles! Awesome! Just make sure you take care of your health too!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/24/2010 6:52PM

    You have alot of things to be blah about today. I hope your eyes improve quickly. Eye problems are never a good thing. It is always shocking, too, to realize that sometimes all the great things we do to take care of ourselves simply can't overcome genetics, I hope your co-worker comes through his surgery and recovers quickly, too bad the company is so efficient though-ouch!

I was contemplating the clothes thing the other day. I have undergrown (?) a few items, but they were so old I was glad to see them go. Recently though, I found 3 pairs of pants (3!! I was shocked) that I really like. I started thinking about when I would no longer need them and got sad :(. The good news is that, eventually, your wardrobe will fill out again only this time with really cute and trendy and small clothes. And generally speaking you will pay less for that really cute and trendy wardrobe than you did the other one!! Do keep your favorite pieces, especially dresses, for that future pregnancy, plus size skirts with elastic waists and loose fitting dresses translate to pregnancy really well. Pants, not as easily, elastic waistbands will meet that transition period where normal pants are not comfy but you are not ready for the pregnancy panel yet. The patchwork quilt/wall hanging idea is a good one. I plan on keeping all my race shirts, especially the ones I undergrow and using the pictures for a quilt when I have enough and theyve been worn a few times.

I hope your run is a pleasant one. Those endorphins should go a long ways towards erasing your blahs!! Hope tomorrow is a better day!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/24/2010 6:15PM

    I'm so feeling your blog today! LOL I have had a hard time with not fitting into clothes...sometimes it is downright depressing to look in the closet and realize that you have nothing to wear that you really like (because I certainly can't wear the couple pairs of pants that DO fit every-darn-day now, can I?!?) I feel very frumpy today wearing a skirt that is sliding off and a top that is ill-fitting because it is too big. :-( I really need to go shopping...

I did my 6-miles yesterday and it was an awesome run! It was definitely long, but it was kind of funny because I think running 5 miles actually felt longer. Weird huh? I was kind of suprised I felt so good when I finished. I actually carried my water bottle (not the best system but it worked until I make my way to a sports store to get a hydration pack of SOME kind...) and I think being able to take a sip made a HUGE difference in not feeling so fatigued.

Well - hope you have an awesome run! Enjoy!!

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HOSTALADY 5/24/2010 6:14PM

    It sure is bitter sweet with the closet and drawers full of cloths that don't fit any more We sure do get attached though.
Glad you at least found out about your eye for sure and now you will be on the mend for sure with it and new makeup too!
Hope you got to do your run today and you enjoyed it. Still in the low 90's and sunny here.
Tomorrow is a new day! You are allowed Blah days too!

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KENNYWHEELS 5/24/2010 6:04PM

    one of my newest past times is going clothes shopping now that i have lost all of my weight. It is invigorating knowing i can now go into just about any store and find my size. It was always a crap shot going to the big and tall store and hoping they had something in your size And they styles let a little to be desired

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JEANNETTE59 5/24/2010 5:58PM

  Clothes, not only the ones I loved to wear, but also the ones I bought that were too small and then never wore because I put them in the back of the closet and now they're too large.
Oh, lightbulb moment, what if we made patchwork memory quilts or wall hangings from pieces of the not so gently used clothing and donate the new and gently used pieces.

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    Just think -- next Monday when all you are enjoying a nice day off, all of us Canadians will be back at work! I'm sorry to hear about your coworker -- I hope he pulls through ok. Take it easy!

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CAALAN23 5/24/2010 5:07PM

    Ouch on the corneal ulcers! Hope that heals up quickly!

I understand the attachment to clothes, the "finds" that made me look good. Hard to get rid of those, especially if I paid a lot for them.

I hope that co-worker gets better quickly too. Cold efficiency is a scary thing to see in action.

Hope the run and good food chase the blah away for you. :)


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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/24/2010 4:41PM

    Sorry to hear about your coworker...that's always a shock.

I so understand the clothing thing...I'm seriously struggling with it myself. I'm finding that not only am I attached to my old clothing, but I'm also still somewhat attached to the style of the clothing (and lingerie) at Lane Bryant. I know that I'm supposed to be happy that I'm out of plus sizes, but I found myself looking longingly at things in Lane Bryant yesterday wishing they would extend the size range downwards.

I like the idea of a fun nail or toe polish to pick you up from your blah day. I'm guessing that your run tonight will help, though!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/24/2010 4:40PM

    I love/hate getting rid of clothes too :( I know what you mean about parting with some of those favorite pieces. You know what I love about shopping now though? I don't just shop for clothes based on them making me not look fat (as much haha, all women do that a little I think) but now I shop for clothes based on them being CUTE.
I'm sorry your eye thing is so complicated and annoying. I hope things are cleared up real fast.

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GRACEISENUF 5/24/2010 4:39PM

    I hate the blahs and I am so sorry to hear the news about your co-worker. That was a cold hearted act....geez.

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AHEALTHIERME9 5/24/2010 4:37PM

    Hey, Kristina!

Sorry you're having a blah day... and I'm even sorrier about your corneal ulcers...

Feel better yet? emoticon

As far as the clothes issue, I know exactly what you mean... I, too, have realized that I'm emotionally attached to some of my outfits, and I start panicking when I see more and more things no longer fit. Maybe for each two pieces of garment you toss or donate or give away, you can replace it with one new garment in your current size? I say you go shopping and get yourself a few new things that you just totally love and look great in... That should do the trick!

Good luck on your run and stay strong, my friend!


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    Sorry you're having a poopy day. I was going to suggest a tailor too. I have 2 of these sarongy like skirts I bought at a size 3x and those babies are one of the few pieces getting whittled down with me because the store doesn't sell them anymore. I think some pieces of clothing are worth the cost especially if they make you feel so good. That could be a reward too! :)

It's great you want to do the clothes thing for others, just please be careful and get shipping costs up front or set up a paypal acct. I've read quite a few horror stories around sparkworld of people sending the clothes and getting stiffed. Just a heads up. ;)

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TIME4AFITME 5/24/2010 4:34PM

    Sorry about your co-worker and yes that is cold of your company. Hope you have a good run and snap out of the blah mood. Hope the eyes are better soon


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LESSOFJEN 5/24/2010 4:32PM

    sorry you are feeling blah, I hear you on the clothing front...I literally own 4 pairs of jeans (bought at goodwill) 5 pairs of leggings (all under $5) and about 8 t shirts and some pjs...lord forbid I ever get a job interview because I would have to go shopping just for something decent to wear!

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NIELSENSLADY 5/24/2010 4:31PM

    I forgot to add that I hope you and your co-worker feel better soon.

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KARVY09 5/24/2010 4:25PM

    I may need to take NYO up on the fingernail suggestion... maybe just the toes. Thanks!

I'm also gonna grill some meat tonight. Hoping that will put me in better spirits.

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MBSHAZZER 5/24/2010 4:25PM

    Blah, Monday! I'm with you. Judging by the water debacle, it sounds like the place you work is less than sensitive! I do hope your co-worker recovers.

As for the clothing... can you find a tailor to take some of the items in?

Speedy recovery on the eyes!

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WHGRN60 5/24/2010 4:24PM

    Take care of that eye! Eye injuries are nothing to play with.

Sorry to hear about your co-worker. Doesn't seem fair, does it, that you take good care of yourself and have a heart attack anyway? Of course, if life was fair, I'd probably be dead by now...

Feel better!


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ROCKINFOX 5/24/2010 4:24PM

    My roommate painted her nails electric lime green and it looks totally awesome!! You should totally do that!

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JOCHEBED1 5/24/2010 4:21PM

    yup...just accept what it is and move on. we all have those days emotionally but u have to pick up and think about you do have then move in that direction! :D

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SUSANAT2 5/24/2010 4:21PM

    Sorry your having a blah day.....mine is okay...try elf.com for make-up SUPER inexpensive...and cute stuff...

Good luck! emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 5/24/2010 4:20PM

    Karvy!! Gimmie some of your clothing! I will be happy to send you my mailing address. I will Sparkmail msg it to you! If you want some money, let me know. I need clothes sizes 16-18 and I am poor. Americorps pays nothing and my hubby is still overseas.

That's the one thing about losing weight. Coming up with the dough to get new stuff.

Emailing you now!


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LAWRALOO 5/24/2010 4:19PM

    I have exactly 13 items in my closet. That includes dress clothes, jeans and tops. lol
It was hard to get rid of some of my stuff, I even tried convincing myself that some of it didn't look 'so bad' now that it was too big. ahaha

You'll grow new attachments to your NEW clothes :)))

I hope you're feeling okay!

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BURKEBRIZ 5/24/2010 4:17PM

    Sorry to hear about your eyes! Check out ULTA. They have a bunch of kits at ULTA that might be a good start for you: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/cat
I can relate to the clothing dilemma. So far, I have given Goodwill 4 55-gallon bags of clothes and have another that is running over as I write this--and that's just so far in 2010! Not a bad problem to have, but my clothing choices in my closet are getting more bleak by the day! Thank GOD for skirts and dresses so I can get a little more wear out of them.

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WYND10 5/24/2010 4:17PM

    I think the blahs have been set loose on the interwebs!!!! *hides* It's ok, everyone has a blah day, I am sorry to hear your eyes are still causing you grief. I will send positive and healing vibes your way.

I totally identify with the clothes thing. It's so hard to find good clothes in the right size so letting go can be tough.

Best of luck with your run, and take care of yourself :).

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SHANNONK1222 5/24/2010 4:14PM

    It's a blah day for me as well but I think it's because I had a good week last week and was so bad this weekend. After all that hard work I bet i gained the two pounds I lost back. I refuse to get on the scale until Friday. I saw your info on the main page and think of you as an ispiration. I have a treadmill in my basement, a nice one, and I thought that I won't be able to use it until I drop more pounds. When I use it my shins hurt a bit. After reading some of your blogs, I am so getting on it tonight even if I have to walk for thirty minutes.
Hope your night isn't a blah as your day.

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  It's a blah day for me too...I think it's going around this week. I dare you to do sometime super anti-blah tomorrow - like painting your toenails lime green (you don't have to show anyone, but it might put a bounce in your step). Wait, maybe have your husband paint them if you can't see too well? Yeah, that'd be better.

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Antibiotics and Running Do Not Mix

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nah, they really don't.

An update on the eye: it wasn't pinkeye. My right eye was inflamed and infected, probably from the new contact solution I recently bought. Ugh. So $70 worth of eyedrops and gels later, I'm back to wearing my coke bottle glasses and some blurred vision in my right eye.

I woke up feeling tired and feeling a little bit of pain in my right eye, but I skipped my Friday run and really wanted to get one in this weekend. I aimed for 5 miles, but I knew realistically that it might not happen. I did better than I expected. I had a filling breakfast of eggs, toast and bacon and had half of a Chocolate Clif Shot before I went (they are $15 for a pack of 24 on Amazon if you use Subscribe and Save, btw). I initially wasn't impressed with the taste on my last run, but I must have had dry mouth because it was delicious this time around. You can read PINKCOCONUT's review of Clif Shots here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

I flagged around Mile 3 and had the other half of the Clif Shot. Still tasted good. that took me for about another mile or so, but I didn't make it the whole 5 miles. I ended up walking the last half mile or so, but that's OK. The antibiotics were definitely making me a little woozy and my glasses were sliding off my nose. I toughed out about a mile longer than I expected to make it, so I'm still feeling pretty good about the run overall.

We got a coupon for Buy 2 Footlongs Get One Free, so we actually went for Subway for a late lunch today. I never go to Subway. I think I went about 10 years ago, but it's changed a lot since then. I didn't realize you could choose from a ton of different breads and toppings. I had an Oven Roasted Chicken on Honey 9-Grain bread with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, peppers, olives and cucumbers with a dab of Sweet Onion dressing. Very tasty! But I just checked and as expected, a TON of sodium. I won't turn my nose up at it again though.

Resting for the rest of the day and sorting out some mess. The weather is beautiful though and is supposed to be for the foreseeable future. YAY!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/24/2010 4:20PM

    I agree.... medicine and running does not mix well at all. I had a bad episode last year and almost blacked out. I took allergy medicine and then ran 5.5 miles on a hot summer day. Was not feeling too good after that and needed help making it back to my gym.

Now I know to be very careful when I am on medication. It can be dangerous.

I am curious on the sodium intake for your sub. I go to Subway every now and then but always thought it was "supposed" to be good for you.

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STINA6584 5/24/2010 2:50PM

    Glad to hear it's not pinkeye, but it sounds just as awful.

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MBSHAZZER 5/24/2010 1:43PM

    Glad it's not pinkeye! But too bad about the wasted solutions. Hope the vision returns to normal. I give you HUGE props for running with glasses. I know I'd trip and fall with mine on. Then, because the lenses are so thick, the sunlight would probably catch the lens and cause a fire!

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EMBBEAR 5/24/2010 10:17AM

    Way to tough it out! I used to eat Subway but as a vegetarian the one sandwich doesn't give you a lot of options and they cut the portions on everything but their meat so my sandwich ends up being bread with lettuce and three olives, boo! Glad you had a successful time eating out though!

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CATHERINEL66 5/24/2010 9:44AM

    Big kudos to you for getting out there and running! And to me, almost 5 miles is super impressive!!

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BREW99 5/24/2010 9:05AM

    Oh, I'm sorry to hear about your eye irritation and antibiotics! Our eyes are so sensitive - I'm always afraid of the stuff that doctors want to put in the eyes for an exam - I'm not about to put any foreign liquid in my eye. Haha I'm one of those people that have been using the same contact solution for about ten years! ^_^ I hope you feel better!

Good job on getting out there and trying to run! You are a real runner when you want to run even though you are not feeling it. emoticon

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ALIMESSA 5/24/2010 2:07AM

    I just hate it when I am forced to wear my glasses...hope your eye heals quickly!!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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CHARLENERAE12 5/24/2010 1:04AM

    We're like sandwich twins! Well, except for the jalapenos and the olives. Haha. I hope your eye gets better soon!

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ANNASPARKY 5/24/2010 12:11AM

    Sorry about your eye - that's no fun! emoticon

You kept going anyway - good for you! emoticon

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 5/23/2010 11:46PM

    Hope your eye gets better soon, Poulaki!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/23/2010 2:12PM

    sounds like you'll be healthy in no time - glad of that!

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HOSTALADY 5/23/2010 9:02AM

    Sounds like a fabulous breakfast, run and late lunch for having to be on antibiotics for an eye infection. You should be proud of what you did. You did GREAT!
Yea I think Subway has more sodium than Jimmy Johns. They can both be high although most of Jimmy Johns meat isn't processed.
Happy you had a great day!

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BELUGA20 5/22/2010 11:15PM

    I'm a fan of Subway myself. It makes going on spontaneous picnics easy. There is a ton of sodium and the wheat bread has hfcs, but all in all it's a good quick and easy option. I even enjoy the veggie delight (though I have to ask for extra veggies... they never put enough on).

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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/22/2010 9:59PM

    Ugh, sorry about your eye! I always try to use the same type of contact solution and I always use the same brand, there are a few brands out there that cause me to have severe allergic reactions so I avoid them and stick to what I know works. If I misunderstood and it was an infection from a new bottle of something you usually use, that's so not cool and it should really be reported in case it was part of a lot that was contaminated somehow or something.

Congrats on running with your glasses on & on antibiotics though! Way to go!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/22/2010 9:32PM

    sounds like the odds were just not in your favor today! way to get out there and get a run in anyway!!

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TIME4AFITME 5/22/2010 8:25PM

    I love Subway. Good job on the run. Hope the eye gets better quickly

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GRACEISENUF 5/22/2010 7:42PM

    Glad to hear you got the meds you needed for your eyes. I wear the ole "coke bottles" daily. In my younger years I wore contacts but now....don't really care and glasses are easier.

My DD wears contacts and had the same problem awhile back. You ought to be all better in no time.

Me loves me Subway sandwiches, veggie is my fav on flatbread with pepperjack cheese all the veggies and some honey mustard.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

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    Hope your eye gets better soon and good for you for not pushing it too much on the run.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/22/2010 6:56PM

    mmm Subway. Now I am craving the sweet onion teriyaki chicken. Sorry about the eye. Been there done that, also the result of contacts/contact solution. Antibiotics and running don't mix-you are absolutely right. Hope you feel better soon.

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    I hope your eye gets better soon! And you're probably right - the infection wouldn't mix well with running. BUT at least you found a Clif shot you liked so when your eye is feeling better you can use it to your advantage!

Feel better!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 5/22/2010 6:19PM

    First few days on an antibiotic always seem to make me feel worse. My theory is that it's the die-off of all the bugs and the toxins they are releasing making me feel worse than when I was just dealing with being sick. Hope you are back to 100% soon, K!

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CHICAT63 5/22/2010 6:05PM

    Subway can be a good solution, their new flatbread is also nice. Sorry about your eye, at least you found the culprit. Your glasses is in some ways a protection. You will get in your training, I am confident once you feel better ! emoticon

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PAPPHEM 5/22/2010 5:40PM

    Sounds like you still managed a good run, despite everything! Subway is my go-to lunch when I'm eating out since I can get a decent sandwich loaded with veggies and pair it with apple slices or yogurt without breaking the calorie bank!

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CUBANJELLY 5/22/2010 5:19PM

    I love Subway!

You didn't do too bad on the run, considering. Antibiotics always make me weak, feeling weird. When I'm on them, I don't workout at all. Just let my body take it all in and respond.

Get better soon, and back to running hard!

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JEANNETTE59 5/22/2010 4:36PM

  emoticon you did great, it would have been easy to just sluff off the run today, but you didn't emoticon.
Take good care of the eye and just think of the glasses as protection. Hopefully, with the glasses no dirt or itsy bitsy buggies will get in the eye and irritate emoticon it more.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend emoticon

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CAROLINACHICA 5/22/2010 4:30PM

    I practically live off Subway while I'm on the road for work! yeah, it's a ton of sodium but much healthier than the fast food places!

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PINKCOCONUT 5/22/2010 4:28PM

    That sucks about your eye but at least you now know what it is!

Glad you like the Clif Shots! What a deal! It would've been a shame for them to go to waste!

I like Subway for a treat but can't go there often as it's IMPOSSIBLE for me to go and NOT get the cookies!!!

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Feeling Like a Kid Today...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Yeah, a sick little kid!

My contacts were bugging me yesterday afternoon so I left a couple of hours early, went home and napped for two hours. Woke up and my eyes were killing me, all red and disgusting. I ended up having to skip kickboxing, which blew, because I really do love that class. So I probably have a case of conjunctivitis or pinkeye, but I'm going to the doc's in a bit to make sure it's not a scratched cornea or something.

Oh, and I need to get the chicken pox vaccine. Turns out I never had it as a kid, just like I suspected so I need to get innoculated for it just in case.

So yeah.

Anyways, the scale in its mercy decided to be good to me today and knock 2 more pounds off of me! Despite skipping kickboxing! I upped my calories earlier in the week, so this was good news. My new more intense run schedule was making me HUNGRY! I'm glad I listened to my body and decided to give it more nutrition. One of the reasons I totally sympathized with Daris on Biggest Loser this week when he...


...gained 2 lbs at the weigh-in despite posting an amazing time of just over 4 hours at his very first marathon. I love the fact that he really didn't seem to care much. That signifies to me that this kid is the real deal and he's made the complete transformation and totally isn't in it for the money. He's happy running and living a normal life. Yeah, he could stand to lose a little more weight, but if he embraces his healthy lifestyle, he'll get fitter and happier. And who knows? A lot of runners drop sizes without necessarily dropping pounds! I don't think he was on a bingefest or anything...


5-miler today and I'm hoping this doc appointment is quick so I can take to the road! Going to do an easy flat course near my house. I'm trying for 6 miles on Sunday!

For those of you trying to save money, with a little extra effort, you can FEEL like you got a restaurant sandwich. For those of you with a Panera or Cosi in the area, go there, buy a roll or a bagel for a buck and have them slice it down the middle. Bring your own fillings. I have a tub of whipped cream cheese in my office fridge and brought my own turkey and cucumber slices. It made a great (huge) sandwich for 430 calories.

Anyways, hope everyone enjoys a terrific and active weekend!

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MBSHAZZER 5/24/2010 1:40PM

    Oh, I got dropped from your blog.

Sounds like a delish sandwich!

Hope the eye is better. Will check the next blog to see what happened.

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CALLIKIA 5/22/2010 11:29AM

    Yay about the loss! UGH about the eye...hope it feels better soon! And wow on the run! You kick butt, girl!

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STEPHANON 5/22/2010 10:44AM

    Hope your eye is better today and you have a great run tomorrow!

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STINA6584 5/22/2010 9:38AM

    Pinkeye is awful!!! I had it back in December. (And let me tell you, I felt totally ridiculous being 25 years old and calling in sick with pinkeye.)

I agree with you about Daris as well (though I haven't actually FINISHED the episode.) It's actually not uncommon at all for people training for long endurance events to gain a few pounds. You have to properly fuel yourself. I need to actually finish the episode of course.

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ALIMESSA 5/22/2010 2:52AM

    Congrats on the 2 pound loss, enjoy your run on Sunday, and thanks for the money saving tip...I may just have to share that with my team!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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VXWALL1942 5/22/2010 12:04AM

    Hope the dr says the eye problem is something simple. Seems unlikely both corneas could be scratched at the same time. Congrats on the 2 lb loss. WooHoo!

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PALOMARES05 5/21/2010 11:36PM

    I love Panera....the closest one to me is about 25 mins away...HOWEVER, there is a sign in the shopping center 5 mins away that says "coming soon, Panera" I squealed with absolute delight when I saw it...

Hope the eyes are feeling better....

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YINYANGSJM 5/21/2010 8:39PM

    Congratulations on the 2 pounds...that's great! I hope your eyes get to feeling better, that's very uncomfortable. Your sandwich sounds really good. I really like cucumbers on sandwiches...yum! Have a great weekend!!!

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WHGRN60 5/21/2010 8:26PM

    WooHoo! 2 pounds is great!

Hope you don't have a scratched cornea--it's no fun!


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LADYSNOWFALL 5/21/2010 6:14PM

    Yes, get vaccinated! Chicken pox as an adult can do nasty, nasty things to you like death and sterility. Get thee to thine doctor for a shot!

Sorry you have conjunctivitis. That sucks! Or, I hope it's just conjunctivitis, as I've torn my cornea taking out contacts before (fumble fingers, an emergency as something was stuck under the contact and dry eyes). Ouch! It took a year before I could wear contacts again comfortably.

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SUNFLOWERGRRL 5/21/2010 5:37PM

    Sorry about the pinkeye, hope you are much better soon! Way to go on the 2 pounds. I agree with you 100% about Daris. I thought it was over the top the way Jillian and Bob just jumped all over him about it.

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HOSTALADY 5/21/2010 5:28PM

    Enjoyed your blog and thanks so much for the warnings!!!!
Blackhawks play tonight so might be flipping back and forth between the game and the show so might have to read the ending stuff you wrote later. lol
Wishing you fast recovery with your pink eye or other eye infection. Hope you do get to run tonight too!
The best to you for a fabulous weekend. 6 miles Sunday Wow! YOU DO ROCK!

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BORN2BMORE 5/21/2010 5:10PM

    Hope your eyes are feeling better soon...pinkeye sucks! Thanks also for the inspiration boost. I've been really slacking on my running lately (I have run about once a week lately...ugh). I need to get back to a regular schedule. I WILL run tomorrow!!

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GRACEISENUF 5/21/2010 4:58PM

    Here's hoping your eyes are clear and pain free PRONTO!

MMM that sandwich sounded good.

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CAALAN23 5/21/2010 4:37PM

    Oh, I hate the pink eye. Blech. Better that than a scratched cornea to be sure.

I recently upped my calories to my high end of range and it is working so much better for me. It's so hard to tell early on if it is true hunger or just brain denial about what is going on.

Keep on running, girlie!

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MAIA2011 5/21/2010 3:46PM

    Turkey and cucumbers. That sounds so good. I am so hungry! Careful with your eyes!


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CHICAT63 5/21/2010 3:29PM

    Have a great weekend, your eye will clear up but I know conjunctivitis or pinkeye is painful and at times a pain to heal. Great tip on the sandwich, I also keep a bottle of mustard and tabasco at work. emoticon on your 2 pounds, you can do it and your running plan too. emoticon. I also watched BL last Tuesday, I was a bit surprised he had gained and then admitting he was eating every night but I am sure as we will see next Tuesday he will be ROCKING HOT ! Bisous, Josée emoticon

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AWOLF24 5/21/2010 2:51PM

    Thank you for the sandwich idea! Great one!

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  Two more pounds...you're on a roll sista (no pun intended with the roll and your bread from Panera...I swears).

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LOTUSBLOSSOM126 5/21/2010 2:49PM

    I Daris worked hard for that marathon time. Was very impressive.

I hope that you feel better soon, but you definately have turned your body into a power house. It's just an energy burning machine! :) emoticon

I hope that you are better soon, and that you're able to hit the road today, and I wish you well on the 6 miles on Sunday. You are doing so awesome.

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WYND10 5/21/2010 2:42PM

    LOVE the sandwich idea.

I hope you feel better soon! And gratz on the 2lbs. *dance*

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TEAM-SARAH 5/21/2010 2:40PM

    That sandwich idea is great!

I hope whatever it is that is up with your eye clears up soon and you can get back to normal. Great job with the 2 pound lost. I agree its best that you upped your calories. Only makes sense if you're running more you should be eating more! I find myself much more concerned with how my calorie intake and types of foods I eat effect my runs than how much they effects my weight! Kinda like how I started running to lose weight, but that isn't why I keep coming back for more!

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1BIGDREAM 5/21/2010 2:40PM

    I like the sandwich idea! I hope you feel better!

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ANISMENDOZA81 5/21/2010 2:22PM

    Awe your title had me thinking you were being playful today...sorry to hear you feel a lil sick but do hope that you feel much better...Great news about your weight loss and look at you, lil sick but still wanting to run...You are amazing....keep it up!

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CUBANJELLY 5/21/2010 2:21PM

    My aunt has shingles right now and I can tell you they are some kinda painful!

Hope your eyes are ok.

Do good on your run!

Have a great weekend!

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PINKCOCONUT 5/21/2010 2:12PM

    Hope it's just a 24 hour thing and congrats on the 2lbs! You're a machine!

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SAMSPARK1 5/21/2010 2:05PM

    HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND! And good luck with those long runs! Congrats on the loss this week!

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    Hope you feel better! And good job on the weight loss!

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JESSSPARK 5/21/2010 2:02PM

    I voted for Daris ;) A 4 hour marathon beats a 5,000 calorie attempt to win a food challenge in my book every day. ;)

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Homemade Yogurt Parfait FTW

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Looking for a good protein-packed way to start your day? Look no further than this yogurt "parfait"! Oh man, I just rhymed, didn't I?

Seriously though, now that we are getting fresher fruit in season, it's a great option for a quick and filling snack or breakfast.

Ingredients are simple:

- A cup of your favorite yogurt (I would usually use Greek yogurt that is packed with protein but they had Stonyfield Farms on sale this week so this is plain Stonyfield.)
- A cup of Kashi GoLEAN cereal (or one of your favorites, but this one has a high protein count and is a nice crunchy complement)
-About a cup of your favorite fruit (I used a 1/4 cup of fresh mango and a 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries)

If you're just looking for a snack, you can half all the ingredients for around 140 calories.


Calories: 287
Carbs: 60
Fat: 2
Protein: 21 (will be even higher with Greek yogurt!)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/24/2010 6:27PM

    I really need to be more adventursome...looks wonderful! I need to try something like this!

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13-1GIRL 5/21/2010 6:10PM

    looks d-lish, thanks going to give it a try!!

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AGGIE212 5/21/2010 6:05PM

  I love this, I eat it all the time with Greek yogurt as well. Yum.

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PRINCESSNURSE 5/21/2010 5:56PM

    Looks awesome--I love me some greek yogurt!

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CKAY22 5/21/2010 8:35AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE kashi go lean cereal, every morning i eat 1 cup of it with frozen blueberries and 1% milk! Adding the yogurt is a great idea! I think ill change up the milk and add yogurt!!! p.s. ADD CINNAMON, yummmmmy!! Very healthy for you.

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TIME4AFITME 5/21/2010 8:15AM

    sounds and looks yummy!

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ONEWEIGH 5/20/2010 10:29PM

    I dish up the fruit and yogurt the night before and put the cereal in a baggie to add when I get to work. It'll hold you until lunch!

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TIFFANIE150 5/20/2010 10:05PM

    I've been thinking about trying that Kashi Go Lean cereal. Do you like it?

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CAROLINACHICA 5/20/2010 7:08PM

    This sounds so yummy!!! I'm gonna have to try this out soon! Thanks for the great recipe!

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FLORIDASUN 5/20/2010 4:30PM

    Yummy...leave it to you to come up with such a tasty concoction! Can't wait to give this a try! You are a rhymer, you are a chimer, you are a lady extraordinaire! Anyhow I love ya! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 5/20/2010 2:31PM

  This is one of my favorites too, it's like having a decadent desert, but it's oh so healthy. emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/20/2010 2:19PM

    Oooooo. That looks sooooo yummy. I love granola and yogurt. I hadn't ever thought of using the greek with fruit (duh!). Yum, yum. Thanks!

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WHGRN60 5/20/2010 2:08PM

    This is basically the same as my daily breakfast (until I found out I couldn't eat dairy).

1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup Cheerios
1 cup blueberries (or an apple)
all mixed together.

Tasty, nutritious, filling--a perfect breakfast!

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FOXXYROXXYD 5/20/2010 2:04PM

    Ooohhhh adding cereal - nice touch. Gonna try it for a snack later today! THANKS!

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KAISERSOZE 5/20/2010 1:25PM

    I'm definitely going to have to try this! Thanks!

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TYLARDERDIN 5/20/2010 12:12PM

    Looks awesome. Great picture.

Trust the process. Do right, things go right.

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VXWALL1942 5/20/2010 12:09PM

    Yummy but a bit too high in carbs for diabetics. emoticon

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WYND10 5/20/2010 11:57AM

    NOM NOM NOM NOM....wonder if frozen banana would go well in here....thanks for the recipe!!!

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KENNYWHEELS 5/20/2010 11:55AM

    chobani greek yogurt is on sale at stop and shop 10 for $10 starting friday may 21 emoticon

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BURGHGIRL 5/20/2010 11:50AM

    Thanks for another great idea! I always use my yogurt for various smoothies, but that lacks "crunch". I may just try your idea tomorrow! What is you favorite brand of greek yogurt?

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CRIS76 5/20/2010 11:36AM

    A friend turned me on to these a while back - I eat them ALLLLLL the time. I think I actually mentioned them in a YouTube video I did yesterday *laughing*

I use a flavored greek yogurt, with 1/2 cup of fruit (usually strawberries cuz I love them so), and 1/4 cup of Special K Low Fat Granola Cereal. YUMMY STUFF!

Oh, my friend also said that if you want something even different, crush up some unsalted almonds and put them in to replace the granola. You can really jack the protein up that way!

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GINA7249 5/20/2010 11:35AM

    could i take this recipe and add it to my colection. i have a recipe box with different things in it. love it. it looks so good and yummo.

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COACHPENNY 5/20/2010 11:33AM

    So pretty to look at too!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 5/20/2010 11:32AM

    Thanks for posting! That looks delicious and I have all the ingredients on hand :)

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/20/2010 11:18AM

    This is one of my favorite breakfasts! You can make a million different variations!

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EMBBEAR 5/20/2010 11:16AM

    Yum, this is basically what I have every morning for an between breakfast and lunch snack but I use Nancy's yogurt because it's a local dairy. Sometimes I use golean sometimes I use crunch because it sits in the fridge for a while and the golean gets mooshy! I put mine in those Balls plastic containers with fruit at the bottom, yogurt, some honey, and cereal. People think they're store bought. Yum!

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KARVY09 5/20/2010 10:56AM

    The protein count in the Stonyfield was 8g for a 6 oz container. So subtract 8 and add whatever your yogurt's protein count is. With the yogurt I usually use, the parfait would be 27g protein!

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ANGELFISHGURL 5/20/2010 10:51AM

    I eat this almost every morning!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 5/20/2010 10:49AM

  Just curious - what was the protein count in the yogurt you used? I want to calculate what it would be the the yogurt I use.

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BOOTS1221 5/20/2010 10:21AM

    OM NOM NOM!!!! mmm... i am on a serious kashi cereal kick too!!

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ELLIPSER 5/20/2010 10:14AM

    Oh that looks so good! Thanks for the idea!

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MYCUTEGIZMO 5/20/2010 9:56AM

  LOL good one!!

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And YESSSS you rhymed! Loves it!

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Running While Chunky: Defying Expectations

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This is the third in a series of blogs for those Running While Chunky (RWC). You can find the other two here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
and here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

In my first blog, I wrote "Defy expectations. Run for yourself." And I really wanted to highlight that concept here. In my opinion, our whole lives, people have told us overweight and obese people what we are and are not capable of doing.

Flashback to 1990: I was 9 years old and I LOVED basketball. My dad and I were huge Celtics fans and I played pickup games with the kids next door during the summer. For a little kid, I was pretty great in the paint with a great free throw shot. I was a chubby kid, but looking back, I really just needed to grow into my body at that point. I wanted to play on a team in the fall so I joined a team at my local rec center. The coach was a massive guy, like 6'4" and a huge stomach. He had two daughters on the team who were thin and lanky and were about the same height I am NOW (5'6") at ages 10 and 12 who probably lived and breathed basketball. They were excellent ballplayers.

It was my first time playing full court ball and therefore, my first time doing a lot of running during a game. I felt up for the challenge. But the big coach told me I couldn't run and sat me out for most of the game because I would "get tired" even though I never was given a chance to run or prove him wrong!

That was the first time I was told that I couldn't run. We went 10-0 and then went on to win the championship title in the playoffs. I think I made about 10 points over the course of the season. I didn't sign up for the team the next year and that was my last time playing a competitive sport as a youngster.

Amazing what a huge impact that season of rec center basketball had on me. This guy's impression of what I was capable of really colored what I would choose as I grew up. I never ran again as a teenager or in my early and mid-20s. I avoided sports like the plague. And I gained more and more weight until I reached a high of 288 lbs.

I have a feeling that all of us have a moment in our lives when we were told we couldn't run (or do something else we wanted to do). It might not be as blatant a comment as "You can't run, fatty!" It could just be a look or an seemingly innocent observation. But someone's expectation of your abilities colored your own perception of what you could and could not do. Pinpointing that moment and letting it go is such a freeing experience.

When I was 9, I didn't know better. I didn't know you could prove people wrong by relying on your strength and determination and accomplishing things that seem impossible to others. Now I do.

So yesterday when I ran past an old man who was taking his late afternoon walk and he exclaimed suddenly "Wow, you're running fast!", I simply said "Thanks!" and chalked it up as a victory for those who are RWC.

That little awkward chubby kid on the bench with her thick glasses, bad haircut and her big dreams... I run for you.

That teenager who didn't try out for teams even though she really wanted to... I run for you.

The 20-something who felt trapped in a fat suit and felt every single limitation real or otherwise... I run for you.

The woman from a year ago who decided to take control of her health and make a goal to run a 5K and wrote in her third blog: "I know I'm not going to break records for speed, but to be able to accomplish this goal would be nothing short of amazing..." I run for you.

The future 30-something with a half marathon and many more races under her belt... I run for you.

Defy expectations. Run for yourself. Live your dreams.

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VANILJ 8/3/2010 5:26PM

    Just really had to say this was a wonderful post and my eyes teared a little. I've read most of your blogs and you seem to be an amazing person and I feel very inspired!! Thank you :)

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SHANDOO 7/25/2010 10:45PM

    This was a great post! I have just discovered you and your blog, but I can already see that you have a great attitude, and are very motivating to a lot of people!

I have to say, I am in awe of you, and any other chubby folks, who are actually running! I never could run. Not even when I was ONLY chubby in my teen years. I don't think I even made it 1/2 a mile in gym. I can't even begin to think of running now. I'm doing good to get up to a quick meander when walking. LOL

That is something I would like to do. Run, I mean. I would love to be able to run just one single mile. And it is a floaty fantasy of mine to actually be an exercise nut! Me!

You make me think I might actually be able to DO it! Thank you!

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MESEATURTLE 6/17/2010 4:30AM

    What a beautiful blog!!

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FUNNYSUNNY123 6/8/2010 12:45PM

    This made me tear up. I've always said I am too fat to run. Right now I weight about 217-218. My highest (known...only because of having to get on the scale at the doctor's) weight was 268. I tried the C25k program before. And quit. I am thinking it is time to try again.

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THISTLEGIRL 5/25/2010 10:32AM

    Thank you so much for writing this. I want so badly to run but I feel like I'm too big and I'll be embarrassed to run anywhere in public. I found a nice quiet park the other day and tried the beginning of a couch to 5k program and I actually did better than I expected. I also told myself, that I don't have to run fast. I just have to run.

Thank you! You are an inspiration!

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SUSH_ASH 5/25/2010 4:41AM

    awesome writing.. all the best emoticon

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VEGMOMOF3 5/24/2010 10:11PM

    Glad to have found this blog tonight. I have been steadily increasing my walking and overall fitness. I find myself doing more and more jogging, but two things: 1) Is it really ok for my knees at 225 pounds old or am I headed for a knee replacement unless I wait until I weigh less? 2) I could actually run a lot more if I knew what I should be wearing and last 3) I would run more if I didn't feel like the world was watching (not kindly) the 225 woman run by....

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AHEALTHIERME9 5/24/2010 4:43PM

    Gosh, Kristina, you have me in tears...

This is beautiful.... THANK YOU...


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KAHOELZL 5/24/2010 1:50PM

    Thank you for this post. I coach girls' hockey (mostly 11 and 12 year olds) and I hope I say the things they need to hear to keep them going. My wish for every girl I coach is not to play in the Olympics; it's to play for the rest of their lives. I want them to be healthy and strong and participate in a team sport surrounded by a good community of women they can call friends. You have reminded me how important it is to keep my focus.

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REDRIDER68 5/24/2010 10:53AM

  my husband and I have started walking and are very soon going to start walking/running. A daunting task for two exercise-challenged folks, to say the least. Reading your blog is encouraging, so thanks. emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 5/24/2010 10:42AM

    ... and for the 40-something women determined to set middle-aged back a few steps -- I run for them to (oh, I AM one of them, LOL!)

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COTTRELL11 5/23/2010 10:21PM

    I want to give it a go. And so it begins. Thank you for a blog of inspiration and encouragement.
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SIGLED 5/23/2010 2:04PM

    Thanks for sharing!!!

You can't run? You are what you do and you do what you are!

You might say, "Run for your Life!" emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 5/23/2010 12:18PM

    Yours is a terrific blog, young lady. It is well written and an inspiration to everyone, no matter the age. You need recognition for this blog. So happy I stopped by! Edie

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URSULA125 5/23/2010 11:29AM

    Good for you! I'm so happy you found your passion and are not letting others take it away! emoticon emoticon

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QUILTMOMINME 5/23/2010 10:28AM

    Wonderful blog, very inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHARMBUFF81 5/23/2010 9:34AM

  What an inspiration. I'm starting my own running program thanks to you!

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LEIGH932011 5/23/2010 2:36AM

    This post made me cry (happy tears of course!). Yesterday, I failed my Police Academy test because I ran the mile and a half 34 seconds over my required time. I pushed myself so hard and I'm a fairly heavy set woman. I knew I stuck out like a sore thumb in the Academy being one of two women in the Physical test and being fairly overweight but at least I TRIED.

I know I'm not the healthiest of people in the world but I know that I want to be healtheir and I want to pass that test I'm retaking in two months. In two months I'm going to hug that woman I once was, who sobbed at the finish line and tell her great job because she pushed herself and believed she could do whatever she set her mind to.

Thank you so much for posting this. You're an inspiration. You really are. emoticon emoticon

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BIGRED1974 5/22/2010 1:17PM

    Loved yall your blogs!1 I started my c25k progarm today. i wasn't able to run the full minute but I did 30 sec. I didnt give up like I have in the past. For the 1st time I complete the whole session. Know I can't wait to do it again! Thanks for your inspiration!

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JOOLIE3 5/21/2010 10:31PM

    This really spoke to me - I just ran my first 2 5Ks in the last week - 46 and 45 minutes respectively, finishing almost dead last in my age group. I've dubbed myself "team tortoise"...and while I admit in my head I sometimes want to pop the 80 year old man who is passing me and giving me looks right in the nose, I am trying to be proud of just crossing those finish lines instead.

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JUSTFOXXY 5/21/2010 8:26PM

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KATRIPP 5/21/2010 2:16PM

  You are an inspiration. I am over 200 also and I am working to be under 200 this year. I can understand about seeing yourself as others perceive you and it is wonderful to see you break through this. I have been struggling with my weight for 15 years and often I feel that others want to tell me it is ok and to accept it but I say that it is NOT OK - otherwise I tend to lose my drive to keep going and get the weight off.

You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LBEASEY 5/21/2010 2:02PM

    Thanks for making all feel they are worthy of being "normal". emoticon

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SKRAPS41 5/21/2010 11:50AM

    Your blog brings back so many moments and hurtful words that has somewhat defined my life. I love how you empower yourself and also that little voice we all seem to have in our heads. I may not have been empowered enough then but the woman I've grown into does and your blog brings that to light. Thanks for bringing that to light for me!

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NOTBLUSHING 5/21/2010 8:58AM

    Well written and inspiring. emoticon

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SUNFLOWERGRRL 5/21/2010 8:53AM

    Hi! YOU are a great writer and very inspirational. I've read all the RWC posts and I see a book here! Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing your wisdom--it's truly helpful. I'm joining the ranks of the RWC tomorrow when I start a beginning runners class. I was telling my friends I hope I'm not the oldest, fattest one in the class--but after reading your blogs, I am PUMPED! Thanks!!!! emoticon

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TAMI_E 5/20/2010 10:40PM

    Great blod, Iloved it.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 5/20/2010 9:41PM

    Thank you for your words of inspiration. I never believed I could run at the weight I am at but you have convinced me otherwise. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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TONIABLAKE 5/20/2010 9:09PM

    Loved this blog. emoticon

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LISAD1220 5/20/2010 8:48PM

    You rock! I run too (okay, I've worked up to only a mile and 1/4, but I'm doing it!). When you run, you run for me too!!

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SPOILEDDIVA 5/20/2010 5:50PM

    Love it! I feel empowered! Just goes to show we can do anything we put our minds to.

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LEIBROWN 5/20/2010 5:16PM

    That was great!

Thanks :)

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KIM1973 5/20/2010 4:37PM

    This blog makes me think of the time when I was 5 or 6 years old and I wanted to join a ballet class. My Mom told me I was too fat to wear a tutu. So I think you are running for me! Go for it!!!

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REBECCALYN10 5/20/2010 2:23PM

    this blog is my life. thank you so much for posting this!

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CRAVETOBFIT 5/20/2010 2:11PM

    I love this story...thanks for sharing.

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CRISTYKG 5/20/2010 2:02PM

    Awesome! Thanks.

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1BIGDREAM 5/20/2010 1:51PM

    I love this. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you!

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TABATHAMAX1 5/20/2010 1:44PM

    You are an inspiration! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/20/2010 12:47PM

    Kristina, you encourage me to keep going--I'm at the point where I can run for MAYBE two minutes before I have to walk and get my breathing back down to a reasonable point. I just can't seem to get past that, no matter how hard I work on my breathing or how slow I take it. But I did a 5K as a walker and found I walked faster than some of the slowest runners, so I am going to sign up for a 5K as a runner, and if I have to walk half or even two-thirds of the way, I will do it. Thanks!

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MISSMEL10 5/20/2010 12:06PM

    A few months ago, I decided I wanted to run a 5K, so I started C25K. The looks I'd get in the gym as I ran on the treadmill were hysterical and I loved it! I fell off of the program but have been considering doing it again. Thanks for reminding me that I CAN do it!!

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 5/20/2010 11:34AM

    I loved it! Amazing! I'm feeling so inspired!

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JUNIPERBEAR12 5/20/2010 12:02AM

    You are awesome. Do you have any running/jogging tips for fellow RWCs? I've been doing walk/joggs almost daily, yet I wish I knew if I am running (jogging) in good form. Any suggestions?

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CRACKOFDAWN72 5/19/2010 11:54PM

    Thank you for this post. I have been feeling the urge to run lately and am scared to try. I have been doing little bits at a time on a treadmill at home, but want to take outside. Thinking about this post might help me get there. emoticon

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PMWIGGI 5/19/2010 11:38PM

    I used to be a distance runner in High School but I gave up running because my mom said I looked funny in the shorts we used to wear. I was skinny and had tiny little legs. She didn't mean to give me a complex and I never told her why I quit but I never ran again.

Now, I have a trainer who thinks running is the greatest. I'm afraid to run. I keep having images of me falling and breaking my neck or, at the very least, embarrassing myself. But, I like my trainer so I oblige him.

I started slow with my Wii. That way I could run in place at home and nobody would see me falter. I got pretty good at that learning to run longer distances in 30 minutes. I started to get confident and went to the gym to run the treadmill.

I still think I'll fall but I'm proving two things: 1) I can run; 2) Everybody looks funny in running shorts! LOL

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SPARKANN 5/19/2010 11:11PM

    Hurrah for you! emoticon

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TSK0128 5/19/2010 10:41PM

  Awesome! If we only knew at 9 what we know now!!! People can be cruel in their comments to children. They should never criticize in a personal way; it breaks the spirit!

Thanks for sharing this, and keep running!!!

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JENNFIELDS4 5/19/2010 10:05PM

    Thanks for that!! I asked myself this morning "Why am I running." Feeling a little down and you made me see that I can do this. Thanks again...

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MIS2101 5/19/2010 10:04PM

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RUDBEKIA 5/19/2010 10:03PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this story! It makes me think real hard! Keep up the amazing work, this is truly inspiring!

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