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No Slip-up Can Break Me

Monday, September 20, 2010

Did you go off-track this weekend? I know I didn't have a stellar nutrition weekend, though I did make up for it by burning thousands of calories. Still, more sodium and fat than is good for me.

Pizza night on Friday with family... four small slices of the best cheese pizza in the world.
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Then burgers and fries with friends on Saturday... not fast food, from a local joint. Very worth it.
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And for dinner... two more small slices of that cheese pizza.
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I did fit it into my nutrition range and the carbs did help my Sunday run, but I know it wasn't the best stuff for me. But I own it. I have a public food tracker that I'm not ashamed to put out there. I live my life like everyone else and every slip up or extra indulgence is a learning experience. I don't claim to be perfect just because I lost 100+ pounds and am considered a motivator.

The holiday season is coming up and chances are we're all going to screw up at least once, probably many, many times. The trick is that we can't say "Aw, eff it!" after a slip up. Promise me you won't go into a shame spiral after digging into your kids' Halloween candy or having three slices of pie at Thanksgiving or way too much "holiday cheer" at the office party. OK?

Because I've seen it before. So don't disappear for awhile and then resurface around January with a few (or dozens of) extra pounds. We'll miss you and you can lose weight or at least maintain it during these holidays. I PROMISE.

So, recite after me...

I, [your name], promise that when the goblins approach in October, the turkey bingefest looms in November, and the Yuletide indulgences creep around every corner in December, I will:

1. Allow myself treats every now and then to keep myself sane.
2. Not beat myself up when I slip-up or go off-track.
3. Keep Sparking, tracking (or food journaling), and challenging myself with new goals.

I know that the holidays can't break me. No candy or pie or cookie is going to change who I am as a person or is going to break my resolve or destroy any physical or emotional progress I have made.

Signed,
[Your name]

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THE HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS CAN'T BREAK ME. CAN THEY BREAK YOU?

  
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BUD_44 10/10/2010 10:48PM

  Great blog! Thank you for your help.

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AXISLADY 10/6/2010 3:45PM

    Spark has a good article about those darn Pumpkin treats and Halloween candy! Good blog.

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TWO_SPARROWS 10/4/2010 9:47AM

    Well, I won't claim to be big into holiday meals and treats because I'm alone for all of them. My family lives three provinces over and it's far too long a drive for a weekend. My husband works holidays in a restaurant and is busy working so everyone else has a nice meal together and no dishes afterward.

Holidays don't usually "break" me. Because I'm alone (no, not lonely, alone; there is a distinct difference) I am able to exercise control of what I eat and not have to worry about the extras in front of me. I see this as a plus.

Thanks for the "promisory note" to myself. I will print that and pin it to my fridge!

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IMJUSTDUCKIE 9/29/2010 9:24PM

    Loved This!!!

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MARTINT011 9/29/2010 10:19AM

  yes, wil add this to my favorites, and a great reminder for this holiday season and upcoming winter. emoticon

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KLEMIE 9/28/2010 7:18PM

    Awesome blog. emoticon It helps to remind me that I'm not perfect and I'm not the only one with slip-ups from time to time. Thanks for reinforcing that in my brain.

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MSNICKELS 9/28/2010 2:45PM

  Great post! Encouragement for me to keep my own food tracker public and stay human! :)

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RIKADOL 9/27/2010 10:24PM

    VERY MOTIVATING! Thanks!!! I really needed that!

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LITTLEANGEL1207 9/27/2010 11:14AM

    WOW everything you wrote is so true. Especially the feelings of "disappear for awhile and then resurface around January with a few (or dozens of) extra pounds."

I will be helping with the holiday menus so I'm going to look for the Sparks receipts and remember the fruits & vegetables. Then model the portion sizes for my family.

I'm sure I wont be perfect but I will even try to get my family out for a walk (even if its around the mall).

Thanks

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AHOLLAND0108 9/27/2010 9:18AM

    Thanks much. You have truly inspired me. My slip ups has lasted all of September and today I begin again. I do not feel guilty but know I can do better. Thank you.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 9/27/2010 6:29AM

    Great blog! I'll adopt the suggestions. emoticon

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JILL313 9/27/2010 12:28AM

    You've made me feel better about my food slip-ups--don't beat yourself up over it but keep moving forward. It is going to be harder around the holidays and you've warned me about putting it on hold--so I'll remember that--and won't be that. Greg Blog. Thank you for giving me more insight . . . emoticon

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JKTENTATIVE 9/26/2010 9:50PM

    Sign me up for this pledge!

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KSHAGGY 9/26/2010 9:40PM

    Great, thanks for sharing (we are all human & sometimes need to be reminded).

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PATTIJOR74 9/26/2010 8:55PM

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GLOFRY1 9/26/2010 8:05PM

    Thank you! I need to keep this posted on my fridge. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVLOBOS310 9/26/2010 6:02PM

    This is great, thanks!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/26/2010 12:43PM

    Thank you!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/26/2010 10:37AM

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SUZAN3 9/26/2010 3:47AM

    I really appreciate this post. It is so easy to give in to failure and then beat yourself up about it later (and probably eat to comfort yourself). I have printed out your pledge for dealing with the holidays and will put it up where it'll remind me of the message.

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FAMOUSAMOS41 9/25/2010 11:14PM

  Thanks for the great advice! I'm trying to eat healthier but have some "off" moments. I know that tracking is the best reality check for me and strive to do more the next week when I have the indulgent days.


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MUSLIMAH_AK 9/25/2010 8:56PM

    I absolutely love the title of this blog. what a concept! empowered against slip ups. I hope I can get there someday, god willing.

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JIBBIE49 9/25/2010 8:24PM

    emoticonHow wonderful that your blog is featured this week! What an honor!! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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BTINTERNET 9/25/2010 7:58PM

    Great pledge! Sign me up!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 9/25/2010 6:49PM

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Thank you so much for your timely reminders. You have nailed it! I have often let my slips sabatoge my efforts to be healthy. Great idea the pledge. Awareness is key, and you have provided me with a great deal to examine.

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RANDOM00B 9/25/2010 6:45PM

    Yes, I will pledge not to let any slip-ups (like the 3 days of slips at the work conference I attended Wednesday-Friday) derail me from getting back on track and moving towards my goals.

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LMMIMI 9/25/2010 6:38PM

    Thank you for the pledge. I am going to print it and post it in the kitchen and on my calender book which goes with me everywhere.

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MYSTERY-LADY 9/25/2010 3:41PM

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GINGERVISTA 9/25/2010 1:15PM

    emoticon!!! Well said!

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DAMARIS89 9/25/2010 1:11PM

  Very encouraging post! Thank you!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 9/25/2010 11:07AM

    I,Lisa Pledge this..Thankk you so much

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SUZQ45 9/25/2010 10:05AM

    Great pledge. I for one am afraid of the holidays. It's what started my weight going upward - the wrong way. :( Maybe I can do it though.

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DHSPARK 9/25/2010 9:45AM

    Great blog.

I will make it through the holidays and remember moderation in all treats!

Spark On!
Deb :) :) :)

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IRISHLASS117 9/25/2010 9:19AM

    Good advice, thanks. I rev up the walking when the eating season begins and it helps keep me on track.

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SANDHILL5 9/25/2010 8:37AM

    I'LL PASS ON THE SUGAR RUSHES, GOOD LUCK ON THE HOLIDAYS !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDHILL5 9/25/2010 8:35AM

    I'LL PASS ON THE SUGAR RUSHES, GOOD LUCK ON THE HOLIDAYS !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDHILL5 9/25/2010 8:33AM

    I'LL PASS ON THE SUGAR RUSHES; AND SEE WHOSE BETTER OFF AFTER THE HOLIDAYS !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDHILL5 9/25/2010 8:32AM

    I'LL PASS ON THE SUGAR RUSHES; AND SEE WHOSE BETTER OF AFTER THE HOLIDAYS !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDHILL5 9/25/2010 8:31AM

    I'LL PASS ON THE SUGAR RUSHES; AND SEE WHOSE BETTER OF AFTER THE HOLIDAYS !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMALIGHTHOUSE 9/25/2010 7:16AM

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HORACESTINE 9/25/2010 7:07AM

    I arm talking the oath.will keep on doing what I'm doing.blogging and exercise and eating better.but do plan on having some holiday foods to eat.great blog keep it up.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/25/2010 6:42AM

    Great blog, thanks. All or nothing one of my biggest struggles in this journey. Definitely taking the pledge!

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KEAMOM1510 9/25/2010 6:33AM

    How are you so cute???? I have big plans for myself and this body so I whole-heartidly promise!!

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TOUGHENUFF 9/25/2010 1:58AM

    GREAT ADVICE. We beat ourselves up for every little slip. We are not perfect. Forgive the day and move on. Thanks for reminding me right before the holidays. I think it will really help. Besides, I LOVE stuffing and gravy and I'm going to have some! emoticon

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MACEWOMAN 9/24/2010 11:10PM

    I'm in. Thanks for the reminder.

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PERKINSSISTERS 9/24/2010 10:51PM

  Halloween is the beginning of difficulties with eating too much candy leading to other things. I've already begin to think about how I'm going to handle this season. Thanks!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 9/24/2010 10:28PM

    emoticon blog! I am taking the pledge!

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JOSIE-BELL 9/24/2010 10:04PM

    Amen, sister!

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SUSANHEALTHIER 9/24/2010 8:46PM

    This is great ...thank you so much. You are so Right!! emoticon

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USERNAMEDD 9/24/2010 6:10PM

  good attitude!

Like the pumpkins on your blog

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The First Double Digit Run

Sunday, September 19, 2010

10 MILES!
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1:56:33, 11:40 pace, and 9 ClifShot Blox and 80 oz of water consumed!

I did 5 laps around a local pond that is 2 miles around and stopped for a swig of water and some fuel at my car after each lap. The breaks were pretty short, so I doubt I rested for much more than 5 minutes.



Surprisingly the first lap felt like the hardest and I was worried it was going to be a tough running day, but once I got into the groove, I was on fire! I haven't had what I consider to be a "stellar" run in about a month, so this one definitely boosted my confidence levels just in time as the half marathon is in less than two weeks. And this course is hillier too!

Afterwards, I went to Whole Paycheck Foods (I think I got that moniker from NOTABOUTTHEFACE, lol) for the first time in YEARS because it was nearby. I do love the food here, but it is dangerous because I just want everything in there. Got some sushi for lunch that was killer! Multigrain rice, tuna and avocado roll. Oh gawd. And then I got a rosemary sourdough and some spinach dip to bring to a dinner tonight to be served with some red peppers, broccoli and baby carrots.

Da running plan for the next two weeks...

9/21: 5 miles
9/23: 5 miles
9/25: 5K race
9/28: 4 miles
9/30: 2 miles
10/3: HALF MARATHON

Oh, and yesterday, Jon and I went kayaking on the Charles River with some friends and it was SO much fun. We used a Groupon we bought earlier this summer so we only spent $20 for the 3-hour rental. It makes me want to buy a kayak sooooo bad! Two hours of rowing is a great arm workout!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/23/2010 7:34PM

    Wow - you are so amazing!!! I have a 10 mile coming up next weekend...I'm nervous!!! *nail biting* If I start to waver I am going to just remind myself that we are in this together and do my best to keep up with you virtually! :-)

Way to go!!

Oh and kayaking - I want to do this so bad even if all I have is a couple of man made lakes and nothing as beautiful as the Charles River...Jealous!!! :-) You go, girl!!!

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BRINA421 9/23/2010 5:23PM

    Wow, way to go.

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KEYS0814 9/22/2010 7:42PM

  what half marathon plan are you following? I'm running one in Nov, and the longest run I've done so far is 5 miles. Good luck with yours! and congrats on completing the 10 miles! you're practically there!

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SASSYDREAMER 9/21/2010 9:32PM

    YAY run!!! And I LOVE kayaking!!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 9/21/2010 8:45PM

    Congrats on a great run!!!!! emoticon

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/21/2010 6:55PM

    Oh sounds like a great run. I still have to figure out where I am going to do my long runs - the smog and noise in my area is not very appealling.

I love Groupon! I still have an indoor rock climbing day and 3 boot camp sessions to use from ones I've bought recently.

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TEAM-SARAH 9/21/2010 3:35PM

    Oh my gosh I'm so proud of you!!! I can't believe your half marathon is already just a couple weeks away! You're going to do amazing. I hope yours is MUCH better than mine. I'm sure at least the weather that time of year will be a huge improvement. How exciting!!! All those calories burned and all doing something that makes you feel great that you LOVE!

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TWALKER0475 9/21/2010 3:25PM

    Had to LOL at the "paycheck" insertion - so TRUE!!!

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LIZZY2380 9/21/2010 11:48AM

    Good work. I'm still trying to keep things in perspective when I have a less than stellar run. Those days when your body rewards you for keeping at it are the best!

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TONYA1BRYANT 9/21/2010 8:45AM

    Awesome!

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MAIA2011 9/20/2010 3:44PM

    Nice!

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JOPAPGH 9/20/2010 3:32PM

    Great run! My first couple of miles are usually my slowest.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/20/2010 2:22PM

    emoticon Congrats on your first 2 digit run! Awesome!!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 9/20/2010 2:09PM

    emoticon on a double-digit run!! emoticon emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/20/2010 10:56AM

    You are amazing!!!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 9/20/2010 10:45AM

    AAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!! Congrats on the double-digit run!!! That's so awesome!

I just realized today that, although I won't miss the early morning Sundays, I WILL miss the longer mileage. I actually really enjoy it. I'm going to try and keep up some good mileage after my half. I always feel really proud of myself after a good looooong run!

I want to go kayaking!!!!

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LAROSEBAUGH 9/20/2010 9:53AM

    Cognrats! As someone also training for a half, I can only imagine how exciting it is to break into the 2 digits!!! :D

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SAMSPARK1 9/20/2010 9:30AM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

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WYND10 9/20/2010 9:18AM

    Congratulations on your run!! And I love kayaking too, which is rather funny because I am not a fan of boats. ;)

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LIBBYFITZ 9/19/2010 10:43PM

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MEGA_MILES 9/19/2010 10:03PM

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KITHKINCAID 9/19/2010 9:55PM

    Holy running schedule - that's awesome. Pretty pond!

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IMSMILEY88 9/19/2010 9:52PM

    Way to go!!! That's wonderful! And, I've been thinking about asking for a kayak for Christmas... for our new lake house. We have some neighbors with one & it looks like so much fun! And, like you said, a great arm workout!

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GEODAWG 9/19/2010 9:23PM

    Wow!

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_DASH_ 9/19/2010 9:05PM

    way to go on the ten miles!!!! so awesome!!! i love runs that feel like you're on fire!! you are gonna kick ass in that half, lady!

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RUNNINGNP2B 9/19/2010 8:58PM

    Congrats on a great run!!! Dinner sounds delish too.

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MAGPIE17 9/19/2010 8:48PM

    WTG on the run, Kristina!! You're awesome!

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PASTAFARIAN 9/19/2010 8:38PM

    I recommend new distances always be done in a race setting. Much easier when you've got crowd support, someone else to provide water, gels, etc.

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STORMTMB 9/19/2010 8:32PM

    What a great weekend, kayaking and a great run, plus wonderful food. WooHoo!

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LAURIETAIT 9/19/2010 8:07PM

    What a beautiful site to kayak. The water looks so calm. Great run! emoticon

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MOCOHOLO 9/19/2010 6:06PM

    Congrats on your run!! Thanks for sharing your pics too! That looks like a beautiful place to run. I went out for a walk at a park in Scottsdale last night that has a big lake in the middle, but it's only 1 mile around. I did 2 laps plus the 1 mile round trip to the parking lot, so did 3 miles in a similarly pretty venue. Yay!

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FUNFROG79 9/19/2010 5:19PM

    Great run! I love kayaking too! Great workout!

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BRIOBRIO 9/19/2010 5:02PM

    good luck on your upcoming HM!

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CHICAT63 9/19/2010 3:44PM

    Woohoo, awesome day you are having. I did some kayaking while on holidays have to agree although falling into water while trying to get out of the water...well, priceless. Way to go !

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JESSSPARK 9/19/2010 3:19PM

    Whole paycheck foods.. so true.. but dayum if their applegate hot dogs don't totally rock the house.. and their mahimahi fillets, and their salsa.. and.. and..

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TRAVELNISTA 9/19/2010 3:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your 1st double digit run. Love the name Whole Paycheck Foods emoticon I have to remember that one.

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MBSHAZZER 9/19/2010 2:58PM

    Fantastic job!!

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Congratulations! I can't tell you how many times I've started a run thinking it was going to be awful and it ends up being great, once I get into the groove (boy you've got to prove... sorry!)

You're READY!!! :D

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250STRONG 9/19/2010 2:41PM

    What a wonderful day!! I also like how you called it Whole Paycheck Foods. I feel the same way..... But it's good for me...... :)

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 9/19/2010 2:36PM

    Great job!! You ROCK and will do such an awesome job at you HM in 2 weeks!

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NANASAMM 9/19/2010 2:33PM

    Love the "Whole Paycheck Foods." Mind if I steal that? It's true...I get in there and want to buy so much, that and Trader Joes. I do wish there was a WPF nearer to us cause the closest one is an hour away.

emoticon on your fabulous run! You go girl!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 9/19/2010 2:30PM

    CONGRATS on the double-digits!!!! :) :) That is a huge milestone - so, so happy for you!!! :)

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BURKEBRIZ 9/19/2010 2:26PM

    Gorgeous place to be running! Congrats on the double digits!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 9/19/2010 2:22PM

    Fabulous on the 10 miles!! I'm in awe of you. And the pictures are beautiful! Keep on moving!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 9/19/2010 2:16PM

    You're a rockstar!!! Great job on the 10 mile run!!!

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WISLNDR 9/19/2010 2:13PM

    emoticon on 10 miles and confidence boosting!

I ran an EXCELLENT 8 miler yesterday (how is it that I haven't even been running a year yet???) and, as a result, the rest of my day was outstanding!

Love the reference to "Whole Paycheck Foods" emoticon Your choices sound great, now I've got dinner on my mind!!



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Kickboxing Demystified

Friday, September 17, 2010

My favorite cardio activity on non-running days is kickboxing. I know that when I first went to a class, I was extremely intimidated, because the name of the class sounds like I need to be some sort of ninja warrior to be adept at it. This is simply not the case.

I've gone to kickboxing classes with three different instructors now, so I feel like I have a pretty good handle on what a class consists of, so I thought I'd break it down for any Sparkers who might have thought about going to a kick class but have been hesitating because of that ninja warrior syndrome.

You do not have to be Jackie Chan to excel at and love kickboxing.

Simply put, kickboxing revolves around a series of punches, knees, and kicks, but often other cardio such as jogging and jumping are incorporated in between sets of moves. In most cardio kickbox classes, you do not wear boxing gloves or punch a bag. You're punching and kicking an invisible target, that yes, is thin air. The instructor might instruct you to jab (punch forward) for a certain amount of time and then add an uppercut or a hook as well. Switching between different punches works wonders for your body because you necessarily have to work muscles you might not otherwise use in order to switch between the different punches.

To further mix it up, the instructor might throw in a knee or kick combination in there once you've gotten the hang of it (jab, cross, knee, kick!) which might mean that you punch with your right arm, then your left, raise your right knee to your chest and do a side kick with your left leg. Again, I find these combinations to be highly effective in pushing my body and "hidden" muscles to get involved in my workout.

You might "travel forward" or "travel back" when punching in order to combine an arm workout and a leg workout. My favorite part is when the instructor asks us to jog around the room for an interval because I'm usually the fastest one in the room. Surprisingly, a lot of people at my gym who do kickboxing are NOT runners. Kicks and knees might involve a bit of pylometrics (jumping), but they don't have to, and a good instructor will show you both low- and high-impact moves.

Kickboxing is a full-body workout. You are engaging your arms, legs and core and burning calories when you do it. It is also an abs workout, as some of the moves necessarily require you to bring your abs to the party. Some instructors will add a separate abs/strength workout at the end of the class that includes pushups, crunches, etc. but not all classes will this kind of matwork and will instead incorporate strength workouts with the cardio (punching with hand weights, for example). My favorite instructor will have us balance on one leg and do kickouts with the other leg before switching. If anyone has ever done Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred, this is similar to the one she does with weights and I enjoy this because it's a great gauge of how strong you are getting! When I first started, I could barely balance for three seconds and now I can complete the entire interval and am bringing the kick higher and higher each time.

Just like any class, kickboxing can be tailored to fit your overall fitness level. First of all, I have seen women who are over 400 lbs successfully complete a kickboxing class, so I don't believe that being "too big" for a kickboxing class is a good excuse. The bigger women in our class modify their moves by kicking and punching lower, doing low-impact versions of cardio exercises (jumping jacks and jump rope) and using the wall as a support for flexibility exercises (raising one leg and kicking, for example). I love that kickboxing is so inclusive in this way.

As someone who gets bored with mat workouts and strength training I absolutely credit kickboxing for building my strength in a way that is fun and simultaneously burns calories. I was terrible at first. I punched and kicked in the wrong direction, missed out on a ton of combinations, etc. But it was OK! After only two classes, I got the hang of it and improved drastically. Kick is also a terrific stress reliever after a tough day. Where else can you sweat like a maniac and take out your frustrations on an invisible opponent without being deemed a little cray-cray, eh?

I think that's about it! Hopefully, this has inspired some of you to take a kickboxing class soon!

  
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FEARLESSFATLESS 9/30/2010 11:20AM

    I loooove kick boxing. I haven't taken a class (self-conscious) but I have a few dvds at home that I enjoy working out too. My favourite is Wight Loss Cardio Kick with Violet Zaki. Have you tried any of the dvds? If so, do you have one to suggest?

All the best,


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COMPUCATHY 9/23/2010 4:16PM

    I really appreciate your going into details on this exercise like you have. This is very helpful. Yes, sign me up! Sounds like fun and a terrific stress reliever...I'll check it out! Thanks for giving me a little courage by "demystifying"...it really helps. Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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ELSKAS 9/22/2010 4:04AM

    I'm looking for classes now!! Can't wait!

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F1AMEDIVA 9/21/2010 3:03PM

    I kickbox also. One of the best workouts I've ever done. Awesome blog!

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RHONDA_11 9/21/2010 10:20AM

    I love, love kickboxing. I can't believe I had the nerve to go back after the first class. I was so terrible,lol. I think I did almost everything backwards or not at all. But I kept at it and now it is one of my favorite classes. My instructor is awesome and that helps a lot. I would encourage anyone who went and hated it to try a couple more times. It really does get easier and it is such a great workout. It always leaves me in such a good mood too! emoticon emoticon

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CALLIKIA 9/20/2010 5:24PM

    Man, I really wish they'd do a kickboxing class at my gym! I think it'd be a total KickA$$ workout!!

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MPALMER15 9/20/2010 2:32PM

    I love kickboxing! Once again your blog is right on the money!

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NEWJENN10 9/20/2010 9:04AM

    I have done kickboxing for over a year-its a love hate thing for me. My instructor is great, always including interesting exercises at the end focusing on new body parts each week. It is extremely vigorous, we do it with hand weights as well. I hate shuffles, but we often run around the rec center-outside around the entire building at the end of the workout. My only suggestion to those that want to try it is to at least give it a few classes. The only thing you have to lose is calories!

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GEODAWG 9/18/2010 10:36PM

    I llike kickboxing too. I do not find it difficlut and it makes me feel awesome and ready to take on anything!

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.TARA. 9/18/2010 8:24PM

    You just motivated me to check out some kickboxing classes in my area! I've always been somewhat intrigued, yet intimated, and your post really helped me start to see past the intimidation factor.

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LIPSTICKMESSIAH 9/18/2010 8:15PM

    Nice! I've come to love kickboxing. I feel like I can take on the world after I do it! =)

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PRIMROSEPETALS 9/18/2010 6:06PM

    Very informative! I've always wanted to try kickboxing, but I've always talked myself out of it. Now, after reading your post, I'm excited all over again and I hope I find a gym that offers kickboxing! And if I go and fumble the first few times, thanks to you I know that it's okay and that I'll get better if I stick to it!

Way to go kickboxing lady! :)

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TRAVELNISTA 9/18/2010 3:44PM

    I have always wondered if I could do this class. Thanks for the blow by blow description. I just may try one soon.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/18/2010 3:03PM

    I've always wondered what it actually entailed, but I think I really want to hit a bag. Hmmm...maybe it's a stress relieving thing. Thank you.

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ANNE7X7 9/18/2010 2:13PM

    You may just have motivated me to give it a try! It sounds like a fabulous workout!!

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MRS.CARLY 9/18/2010 10:45AM

    Yea, I'm hoping to try a kickboxing class at my gym soon. I've gone other times when I lived elsewhere, but haven't done it in a while!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 9/18/2010 10:40AM

    That sounds a lot like Turbo Kick, which I've gone to twice and would go more if it fit in my schedule. I loved it though! And I was surprised at how sore I was the next day. It definitely is a great workout.

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/18/2010 9:39AM

    OMG I LOVE cardio kickboxing its AMAZINGLY FUN!

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KATHLOW 9/18/2010 2:57AM

    wow, you are braver than i am! That would hopelessly intimidate me...

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STORMTMB 9/18/2010 1:26AM

    What a great explanation. It sounds totally do-able, although I'd like the kicking a bag and wearing the gloves too. I've been thinking about going to a live class, as opposed to just a dvd. Thanks for a very informative blog.

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SURLYGIRL 9/17/2010 11:21PM

    KickBoxing is my favorite workout. I would rather kickbox than almost anything in the world! Thanks for sharing and hopefully encouraging others to give it a try.
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HOSTALADY 9/17/2010 10:34PM

    I too enjoy kickboxing workouts. There are some pretty good DVD workouts too out there if someone wants to do it at home.
Great explanation of kickboxing.

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XHOOSIERLOSER 9/17/2010 6:44PM

    Very informative. One of the songs in our Zumba class has us doing jab, cross, hook, upper cut, knee and kick, so amazingly I'm familiar with some of the terminology. It is fun, and I do like picturing my victim as I work out to this song! Thanks for the overview. I have been curious!

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CARILOUIE 9/17/2010 6:19PM

    I took my second kickboxing class on Tuesday. I thought I would hate it, but it turns out that it's one of my favorite classes. We use bags and wraps... I LOVE giving that bag a giant kick. I feel much less "dumpy" since I've started the class - we do the pushups and crunch stuff at the end - the instructor is CRAZY. She's also my trainer, so I know how crazy she can be. But I love it.

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 9/17/2010 5:11PM

    I love kickboxing but we do use a punching bag and some people even use gloves. I don't have gloves but I love hitting the bag.

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FUNFROG79 9/17/2010 4:58PM

    Sounds fun! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/17/2010 4:42PM

    I enjoy Kick boxing, it's unfortunate I don't enjoy the instructor at my gym who leads this class. If a person isn't fit or thin she'll ignore you - completely.

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SKYLMT3 9/17/2010 3:09PM

    Great blog! I LOVE me some kickboxing. I go to a local family type gym. It is a fast paced, full body workout that will BURN! Let me also say I am the most non-aggressive person out there. This year I took up kickboxing, karate, and Brazilian Jui Jitsu. You never know what you can do (and will possibly love) until you try! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 9/17/2010 2:57PM

    I might have to look into one of these. I LOVE my Zumba right now as my alternate cardio, and my instructor throws in a bunch of ST stuff as well, but it always helps to mix it up a bit, so maybe I'll give this a go sometime.

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EACHDAYNCHOICE 9/17/2010 2:46PM

    I'm with you - I LOVE Kickboxing - by far my favorite class at the gym! Great idea to break it down, the mane can be misleading. Keep on kicking! :)
Michele

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CREATINGAMANDA 9/17/2010 2:30PM

    I LOVE kickboxing - I'm glad you're enjoying it! It is some serious hard-core kinda workout though! I always feel completely drained afterwards (yet, of course, completely awesome!). Imma have to find some time and go to a class now!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/17/2010 2:27PM

    We do kickboxing at least twice a week (except next week which is all kickboxing all the time. LOL) and LOVE it. It is absolutely something you can do at any size with modification if necessary for size and if you have bum knees or something. If I can do it at 435 lbs when we started back up, ANYONE can do it! So glad you discovered the joys of butt kicking. No better stress reliever either! :-)
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MBSHAZZER 9/17/2010 2:23PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun! I'm not sure my gym offers a KB class... will have to investigate. I always thought that KB sounded like a fantastic way to really hurt myself, but you have indeed demystified it!!

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WISLNDR 9/17/2010 2:22PM

    And there was a lot of laughing in the beginning as I reacquainted myself with my left side and my right side! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 9/17/2010 2:20PM

    I love doing kick boxing class! Don't belong to a Gym at the moment, but just might ? emoticon

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I am a __________!

Friday, September 17, 2010

I read a blurb in Woman's Health this month which stated that people who identify themselves as being an athlete will have an easier time staying motivated in exercising and staying active. Therefore a person who self-identifies as a runner will be more likely to run regularly compared to someone who views running as just a miscellaneous activity or hobby that he or she is involved in.

I got to thinking that if I repeat this mantra in my head with other things in my life, it might help me to be more productive. So don't be meek in identifying yourself positively with some of the activities you love.

If you take the bike out every once in awhile, tell yourself: YOU ARE A CYCLIST!
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If you've started the Couch to 5K program and you are running 3 times per week: YOU ARE A RUNNER!
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If you go to kickboxing once a week: YOU ARE A KICK STAR!
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If you rock it out around your block all the time: YOU ARE A POWERWALKER!
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If you love yourself a yoga class: YOU ARE A SUPER FLEXIBLE YOGINI!
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If you devote your time to regular strength training: YOU ARE A BADASS WEIGHTLIFTING BABE (or DUDE)!
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So on this Friday, identify yourself positively with your favorite things and hopefully that will put you in the mindset to get some of them accomplished.

I AM A RUNNER. 10 MILES... HERE I COME!

  
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STORMYVAWN 10/9/2010 1:33AM

    I needed that pep talk. I am an athlete.
I am a powerwalking, stairclimbing momma.

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MERMAIDSPIRIT 9/27/2010 11:19AM

    great blog...

I'm a emoticon tennis player, emoticon swimmer and emoticon hiker!

thanks

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STELLABEAN808 9/27/2010 5:10AM

    Thanks for sharing this. It's just what I needed to start up on the positive self-talk once again!

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JUSTFOXXY 9/26/2010 8:23PM

    I am an athlete and I will not succumb to the deliciousness of another hot ham n' cheese sandwich!

You rock!

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RUSSELLORAMA 9/25/2010 8:54AM

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GOLIGHTLY344 9/25/2010 12:41AM

    Ok, then. I'm a jazz pianist, green-thumbedhorticulturalist, sensitive guitarist and wild-and-crazy line dancing swinging Grandma. Wow! And it feels good to be trim and fit! emoticon

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LUBAML 9/24/2010 10:36PM

   
I am a super flexible yogini!!! emoticon and a powerwalker emoticon

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ZURDTA- 9/24/2010 3:10AM

    emoticon today I am a power walker - go me!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/23/2010 7:15PM

    I am a runner! I am a cyclist! I am a beautiful woman! I am an ATHLETE!!!

Awesome blog!!!

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MNTNGRLL 9/23/2010 6:16PM

  I read something similar awhile back and took to it. Unfortunately I work in cycles (not the biking kind) and found myself having to start over again with getting back in shape. I think of myself as an adventurist (hiking, backpacking, kayaking) but felt like a phony for so long because of lack of activity. Then I hit the gym for 6 weeks for my vacation. I got healthier faster (although 35 more pounds to lose) and convinced myself that I was an adventurist. My vacation proved that to be true. So I say whatever it takes to motivate us and to feel stronger works.

Congratulations on your journey and I hope you continue to enjoy. I know I will (i think)!!

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FUNFROG79 9/23/2010 3:23PM

    Great! Good luck on 10 miles! emoticon

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SOUL_LOVE 9/23/2010 11:26AM

    so. awesome. I am a jedi-ninja-racecar driver!

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STORMTMB 9/23/2010 10:18AM

    I'm so glad I found this blog. I missed it somehow originally, but it caught my eye in the "most popular" blogs.

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AHAUNTEDPOET 9/21/2010 3:56PM

    I am a runner; I am a baddass weight lifter and ... I AM A WRITER (I'm just unpublished...)

Thanks for the post - Good words.

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/21/2010 11:50AM

    So True! Our thoughts become our reality.

Your messages are fantastic!

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KAYEREADER 9/21/2010 8:54AM

    I have realized that I am an athlete - a kickboxer, a dancer, etc.

And you (and the article) are right...it changes your perspective.

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MARGOMCP 9/21/2010 8:27AM

    I am a positive lifestyle changer!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/19/2010 12:49PM

    I just read that article too! now to go ahead an implement this advice. Thanks for showing me how!

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MIECHI7 9/18/2010 8:32AM

    I am, once again, an athlete!! GO ME!!

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ABETTERBECKY 9/18/2010 8:22AM

    I am a spinning diva and a weightlifting goddess. You rock

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NANASAMM 9/17/2010 11:51PM

    I agree. Great blog! emoticon

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HOSTALADY 9/17/2010 10:26PM

    Loved this and I do agree.

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IMSMILEY88 9/17/2010 8:18PM

    I love it!

I am a RUNNER! emoticon

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GOGETTERME 9/17/2010 6:48PM

    I'm currently a bad ass kick boxer planning to also be a runner soon. Thanks for the great blog!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 9/17/2010 5:12PM

    Loved this.

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CHICAT63 9/17/2010 4:50PM

    Awesome, thanks for sharing. Let's see I wear several hats:

I'm a spinner !
I'm a powerwalker with my dog !
I'm a runner !
I'm a weight lifting & zumba babe !

Have a great weekend - Woohoo.

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ALISSA_SAL 9/17/2010 4:27PM

    I am a Runner, a badass weightlifting babe, and a Zumbadora (oh thank you, Jenelope, for introducing me to that word.) Woohoo! That DOES feel good!

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CINDYDC114 9/17/2010 3:59PM

    Great blog! So true that if you identify yourself as ______ you will be ______.
I'm a swimmer emoticon
a yoga girl emoticon
a badass weight lifting babe emoticon
a runner emoticon
a spinner / cyclist emoticon
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and so much more!


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KYMMC3 9/17/2010 3:58PM

    Awesome post!! I am runner! emoticon
I am a cyclist emoticon
And I am a weightlifting babe! emoticon

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REMCMFA 9/17/2010 3:45PM

    I am a runner! emoticon

I am a cyclist! emoticon

I am a lover of Turbo Jam! emoticon

I am a hater of plyometrics! emoticon



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JENELOPE 9/17/2010 3:27PM

    XHOOSIERLOSER, the word you are looking for is "Zumbadora." Which is one of my favorite things about Zumba.

I am a distance runner. emoticon

I am a weight lifting amazon. emoticon

I am a skier (woosh! woosh!) emoticon

In two weeks, I will be a Pilates princess. emoticon

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KITKA82 9/17/2010 3:12PM

    I am a runner.
I am a Pilatesisttssisist.
I am a Tae Bo ninja princess.

Right? emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/17/2010 2:59PM

    I am a runner emoticon

I am a cyclist emoticon

I am a badass weight lifting babe emoticon




emoticon Thanks for posting!!!

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SASSYDREAMER 9/17/2010 2:54PM

    Awesome!!!

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TERRIJWALL224 9/17/2010 2:38PM

    Awesome!
Yesterday I was a BADASS WEIGHTLIFTING BABE
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Today I am a KICK STAR!
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Tomorrow I will be a RUNNER!

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love love love it!
thanks!


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BETHSHEALTH 9/17/2010 2:14PM

    I'm a healthy, wealthy, intelligent blond who drives a Mustang!

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ELA_ISLANDGIRL 9/17/2010 2:04PM

    I am a cyclist, a power walker, and a weight lifter and soon to be swimmer!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 9/17/2010 2:03PM

    I am a MARATHONER (1 so far)

I am a RUNNER trying to run at least a half marathon in every state (4 states so far)

I am an ULTRA- RUNNER (I seriously have been kicking around the idea of doing the Maryland JFK 50 miler next Fall-training would begin 6 months before the race and by then I will have run over 16 halfs-over 8 different states and 2 marathons!!!!!)

I am a SUCCESS!!!!!! (uh working on believing this more and more!!!)

Have a great day! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/17/2010 1:54PM

    I AM A POWERWALKER!
I AM A RUNNER!
I AM A STEPPER!
I AM A BADASS! (OOPS, can I say that on SP ... emoticon)

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XHOOSIERLOSER 9/17/2010 1:38PM

    I am a ZUMBA-BABE! A ZUMBABIAN?

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LAURIETAIT 9/17/2010 1:38PM

    Great advice! I am a runner! 2K here I come! doesn't sound nearly as impressive as your affirmation! But soon....

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AFITJULIE 9/17/2010 1:24PM

    I am a bootcamping, strength training, running badass! Ohh..that's fun! I'm off to come up with my own full list. Thanks K, another awesome blog....

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PINKCOCONUT 9/17/2010 1:21PM

    Yeah! I am a runner and very RICH woman!

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KAYLAP101 9/17/2010 1:19PM

    I am a runner!! Wow, I have never even thought that before! Always just craved to be one!!!

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JANNERUN 9/17/2010 1:18PM

    Came across your blog and loved it!! I'm a runner!! And hopefully by saying that it will help motivate me to accomplish my running goals.
Thanks!!

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BLK2010 9/17/2010 1:16PM

    Right now, I am a emoticon! Because this Sunday is my first Half Marathon! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 9/17/2010 1:15PM

    Woohoo! I AM A RUNNER! I AM A SWIMMER! I AM A ZUMBA FANATIC! Hehehe. Thanks Kristina!

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BURKEBRIZ 9/17/2010 1:12PM

    Great plan! I am a runner!

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LIVESTRONG2010 9/17/2010 1:07PM

    I am a cyclist and so proud to call myself one!! emoticon

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KELLIGIRL523 9/17/2010 1:07PM

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I am a Shredder....

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Soon I will be a Zumbaian. emoticon

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Running Chronicles, the Plateau and CCBLT

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Yesterday, I went out for a run and was busting it out pretty fast (9-10 minute miles) for the first 2.5 miles until I was stopped by a lady looking for her dog who was pretty sure that she saw her (Daisy) in the underbrush, so I half-ran/half-walked around the area trying to spot the poor Aussie Shepherd. No luck, unfortunately, and I know she's been looking for a couple of weeks since I'd seen her posters in the area, but I'm glad I could help out as much as I could.

So it turned out to be a walk/run, because by the time I'd walked a bit, I'd kinda lost my momentum, but I was OK with that. It was a gorgeous afternoon that made me happy to be alive. Sun on my head, sweat on my brow, jaunting around the neighborhood. It felt good.

Hard to believe that a year ago I was freaking out about my first 5K and whether or not I could do it. I'm running that same 5K next week and my first half marathon in a little over two weeks. I'm a competitive person by nature, and I get flashes of that every so often... Oh, I want to run the 5K in 30 min or I want to get around 2:30 for the half, but in the end, none of that really matters. What matters is getting it done, running it out for the love of it. PRs are nice, but PSs are better (personal satisfaction!).

Sometimes I worry about getting comfortable where I am because I feel so good right now when I definitely do want to get these last 25-30 lbs off even though I've been at the same weight or thereabouts for a month now. But the training runs leave me ravenous sometimes and I know that I just can't do a lower calorie range until I'm done. So I've set it for a 1 lb loss per week (as opposed to 2) and if I need to sacrifice "quick loss" or being at 165 by my birthday, then so be it, but I'm just trying to burn as many calories as I can!

Here's my lunch from yesterday CCBLT (Chipotle Cheese BLT)




Two slices of Ezekiel Sesame bread, two strips of Leidy's uncured bacon, fresh tomato and lettuce, and a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Chipotle Cheese. Yummy. If you haven't tried Leidy's bacon yet, you should look for it in your supermarket. It's uncured and only has 70mg of sodium per serving. Considering that most brands have 200+mg, that's pretty good if you're watching your salt intake! It kind of counterbalanced the Laughing Cow, which is salty, but oh-so-good. Chipotle is one of the new flavors and it's by far my fave.

CALORIES: 279
CARBS: 33
FAT: 9
PROTEIN: 12

Tonight is kickboxing with my regular Thursday night instructor, so I'm hoping I won't be in pain for three days afterwards like last week when I went to the Friday morning (ab heavy!) class. This weekend I'm hoping to get out on the river and kayaking as well as knocking out my first 10 mile run, so I'm excited!

  
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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/23/2010 7:17PM

    Glad you had a great run/walk and nice of you to try to help with the pup. I can't remember if you said at another point or not but did you up your calories since you're training? Didn't know if another 100-200 cals could be of benefit or not. Man that sandwich looks GOOD! I just got the chipotle laughing cow this week, OH BABY! I put it on a turkey sandwich and it was so good. I'm taking it on a picnic this weekend to spread on crackers. Thanks for the tip on that bacon I always try to keep it as low as I can. Hmm, I wonder if Trader Joe's has it.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/23/2010 7:10PM

    Me too - I battle between being happy with where I'm at and pushing forward...but the training definitely makes me need protein and good fats! It's such a balance sometimes! AGGGHHH!!! :-)

Way to go you speedy girl you! And I love that term - PS! I'm ready to run for a PS...

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TEAM-SARAH 9/18/2010 9:46PM

    I so 100% feel ya! I've had that 30ish pounds I've wanted to come off for a while but I am comfortable and feel great! It's hard to push as hard and restrict yourself that much when it no longer seems as dire! Also totally feel ya on how ravenous training makes you. I thought I'd lose all this weight marathon training.... Nope! like... 5-10 pounds! Just keep eating right and running and all is well :)

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BARBYCHICAGO 9/17/2010 6:08AM

  I just started following your blog and I absolutely love it. I too trained to run my first half marathon (on Sep 13) all summer (while deployed). I've really struggled with the hunger/weight aspect of running. When I run longer than an hour I find that I need to fuel properly or I lose my will to run half way through the run. I'm now preparing for the Vegas Rock and Roll and I'm recommitting to tracking my food intake and my portions. It's a tough balance! But you're doing fabulous and you're a great inspiration!

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KOOKERBEE 9/16/2010 7:12PM

    NOM NOM NOM....mouth watering!!! I'll have to try that type of bacon - never heard of it! I do love those laughing cow cheeses, but have never tried spreading them on sandwiches. They're really good melted on a baked potato, if you haven't yet tried that! :)

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MAIA2011 9/16/2010 5:19PM

    10 miles! That's serious! You go, girl!

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ANEWKIRBIE 9/16/2010 2:01PM

    om nom nom nom!!

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LAURIETAIT 9/16/2010 1:49PM

    I love the idea of a PS although I will agree that a PB is nice as well. We should all aim for PS in every aspect of life. Awesome sandwich!

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LIPSTICKMESSIAH 9/16/2010 1:21PM

    Ten miles?! I can barely walk for one. I'm so impressed and inspired, good luck with everything! =)

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ABETTERCHERYL 9/16/2010 11:56AM

    That BLT look absolutely delicious and I love your stories about your runs!

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KITHKINCAID 9/16/2010 11:55AM

    Now I want a BLT. Haven't tried the chipotle yet, but now I'll be looking for it!

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/16/2010 11:34AM

    That sandwich looks like the best thing ever!!!!!!!!! IM ravenous right now after 1.5 hours of heavy cleaning my balcony OMG!

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/16/2010 11:29AM

    Glad you are getting back into the swing of things after your lovely time at the beach. I have not seen that Chipotle Laughing Cow in stores here yet, but I'm hoping to find it soon.

Good luck on your 10 miles - hard to believe I'll be there in a few weeks. I am gonna get in 5-6 for my long run this weekend.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 9/16/2010 11:13AM

    Your sandwhich looks delicious (and it doens't help that I'm leaving for lunch in 15 minutes!). Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned and best of luck on your 10 mile runs. You will do awesome at your 5k as well as your half. You've been training hard and you are sure to feel some PS!

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_TRIXIE_ 9/16/2010 11:02AM

    Dang. It's only 10am and now I want to eat a BLT immediately...

I love reading about your runs. They give me hope that when I have so-so runs like today, that someday I too can roll out with a 9-10 minute mile pace. Thanks for sharing your stories and doing all that you do to inspire others. You are amazing.

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 9/16/2010 10:40AM

    That sandwich looks a-MAZ-ing. *commences drooling*

It's pretty awesome to see how far you've come with the running, isn't it? You're rocking this out, and I'm super happy for you! Congratulations on all that you've accomplished! :)

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JESSSPARK 9/16/2010 10:32AM

    I'm glad you are not sacrificing fueling during your training. You are so right that no is not the time to get picky about how much weight you are losing.

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KELLYBEEEEE 9/16/2010 10:32AM

    Thanks for a great blog post. You are where I want to be, a year from now! I'm about to run my first 5k on Saturday, and I am looking forward to a year down the road, when I am faster and able to cover greater distances!

Also, I adore Laughing Cow cheeses, and haven't yet tried the Chipotle one, can't wait! I will also look for the bacon. We love the bacons in our house.

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GIG2828 9/16/2010 10:23AM

    Great job! I love your perspective...BTW...BLTs are my favorite sandwich. Like the way you made yours. Will give it a try!

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HOSTALADY 9/16/2010 10:21AM

    Your sandwich looks and I'm sure is more tasty than my BLT the other night. Thanks for the tip on the bacon and cheese.
Our body's going through so much just trying to keep up with us. I think it just needs time to figure out what it needs to do at the moment. I have looked at this stage for me as a learning curve for maintaining within a range. OK I seem to have perfected it so now it's time to lose some more weight.
Helping the lady look for her dog. That is so sad that she can't find the dog. Great that you stopped to help.
Your races will be awesome because you are. That is what really matters most.

YOU GO GIRL! emoticon

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JBMT08 9/16/2010 10:18AM

    OMG, so starting to prep for my 5K today....it is a turkey trot. Am hoping to finish faster than last year when I walked 7/8ths of the whole way!!!

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PIXIECN 9/16/2010 10:18AM

  That sandwich looks fantastic! I definitely need to try that!

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STORMTMB 9/16/2010 10:15AM

    I love all of the variety that you're building in to your fitness routine. I'm sure you're loving being able to do so many different types of activities easily. You're running and kickboxing, but you're also doing so many other awesome, fun outdoor things like kayaking and surfing. Wow! You have so much to be proud of - an awesome life and an awesome body.

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PINKCOCONUT 9/16/2010 10:09AM

    Ack! You so inspire me! I've gotten a bit TOO comfortable this summer with my weight but I DON'T want to stop now! That's why I've decided that after my half I'm back at it. We've come too far to stop now!

Keep it up woman, can't wait to hear how you blew that 5k out of the water!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/16/2010 10:06AM

    It really is amazing to look back where you were a year ago and then now--quite a change in so many ways! You have done awesome, no doubt about it. YUMMY looking sandwich, I'll have to look for Leidy's and the chipotle Laughing Cow. Love that stuff!!

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JENELOPE 9/16/2010 9:59AM

    That sandwich looks amazing! I'm drooling over here. I also love the idea of PS over PR. That's what I run for, but I have to keep reminding myself when I get hung up on pace or results.

I hope that lady finds her dog. Poor lost pup. I hope he is being well taken care of by some loving strangers until he can return home.

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CAROLYN1213 9/16/2010 9:58AM

    Yum! That sandwich sounds amazing!!!!! You are doing a great job! It is hard (almost impossible) to lose pounds while training for an endurance event. You may have noticed that you have lost inches or that your face feels thinner, but actual pounds are hard to lose because you are physiologically training your body to store water and glycogen to be used later. Now is not the time to be trying to keep your fuel tanks empty, keep yourself nourished and very well hydrated. After your half marathon you can change focus.

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SUEINTHEPARK 9/16/2010 9:54AM

    Great blog! You have come SO far, plateau-ing a bit is normal. Your body has to *search* for the fat stores to burn now, since there is so much less to draw upon! It will also be harder to lose the last 30lbs... just be patient with yourself - it will come off. You are doing everything right! Running and healthy eating, plus mental conviction - you have all you need to succeed.
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FUNFROG79 9/16/2010 9:53AM

    It's always fun to look back and see how far we've come! emoticon

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SACGIRL 9/16/2010 9:42AM

    Great blog!! I going through some of the same struggles...running while trying to lose weight. This happened to me earlier this year when I trained for my first half marathon. For the life of me I couldn't drop any weight, until I finally figured out that I needed to take in more calories. But in 10 weeks of training, I only dropped about one pound...so frustrating. And I'm in the same boat again...training for a marathon and trying to drop 10 pds. I'm eating a little bit cleaner, but I'm struggling with finding the right calories to fill up on.

I hope we can both find a good balance for our running lifestyles...so we can still drop some weight, but have fun while doing it - which includes having some big post running meals!!

Have a great week and thank you for keeping us updated!

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LFLFLPLP 9/16/2010 9:31AM

    That sandwich sounds sooooooooo good. I will have to print this out so I can look for the stuff at my store. I normally shop at Walmart but they don't have a lot of different things so I'll have to check out some other stores. Sounds like a grown up BLT that would feel like a cheat meal but the numbers look easy to fit in to my day.

How nice that you tried to help her. The poor thing. I hope somehow her dog shows up.


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MBSHAZZER 9/16/2010 9:25AM

    Thanks for the nice comment on my page!!

Also, thanks for the head's up on the Laughing Cow Chipotle! WOWZA, that sounds good!

Since this half marathon is your first, you will get an automatic PR! And then you'll have a nice baseline to compete against for future races.

As far as the "ravenous-ity" goes - don't sweat it too much. As your body adjusts, your appetite / hunger will as well. I think it's also a sign that you are pushing your body past its comfort zone, which is always good for losing weight!

And enjoy that first double digit run!


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WANT2BEFIT10 9/16/2010 9:15AM

    I love laughing cow, but hadn't tried this flavor yet....will have to look for it!

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ANNE7X7 9/16/2010 9:12AM

    Sounds like you had a great run!! You are right on with focusing on the running more than the losing! Those long training runs burn so many calories, it's only normal to eat more! My big thing is remembering that the extra calories should be coming from healthy, nutritious food. Not junk. LOL

You are such an inspiration and your story is so cool! Keep it up girl, I have no doubt you'll get both the PRs and the PS!!

Oh, and I am totally jealous that you guys get different flavours of the Laughing cow. We only have the garlic and regular!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 9/16/2010 9:11AM

  That sandwich looked amazing.

I wish that I had your enthusiam for running. It's something that I've stopped and started a million times over. I'm convinced that I'll like it once I'm able to do it consistently, but then "fathead syndrome" sneaks in.

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KBEHUNE 9/16/2010 9:02AM

    Good luck on your upcoming races! I keep wanting to start running, but if I run for an extended period of time I get incredible side pains! I guess I have to keep at it! Once again, good luck!

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DORIS32 9/16/2010 9:00AM

    sometimes we have to just "enjoy" our runs instead of rating them. that's what keeps the interest and satisfaction up. I am in the position of just starting my first 5K and hope to be like you next year! thanks for the inspiration!

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SAMSPARK1 9/16/2010 8:58AM

    Sandwich looks delicious!!! I love Laughing Cow!

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PRETTYPITHY 9/16/2010 8:58AM

    That looks like a delicious 279 calorie lunch. I may have to investigate the Chipotle laughing cow. Good goals for the coming weeks! emoticon

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