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It's Graduation Day!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Today I graduated from the C25K program! I did it!

I knew walking to the gym today that I was going to run and run I did. I ran for 35 minutes and truth be told, if I didn't have to get back home I would have kept going. I felt great today.

It's Graduation Day!!

Stay tuned for what comes next ...

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KITHKINCAID 10/4/2010 12:56PM

    YEY!!! Happy Graduation Day! YOU DID IT!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 10/3/2010 10:26AM


congratz 2 u on ur graduation!!!

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SINCEKINDER 10/3/2010 1:19AM

    Congratulations! What a rush that must have felt. I'm excited to see what your next adventure is.

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TREEFAE03 10/2/2010 11:06PM

    Congrats on graduating!! I started out with C25k in July and am so very very glad that I did, because that feeling of "oh my, I can't do this" has become "oh my, I can't wait for my run tomorrow"! Best wishes on whatever you tackle next!

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WILD22 10/2/2010 4:09PM

    Doesn't it always happen that the days when you have something to do is the same day when you find your stride and could have run longer. It's Murphy's Law. Congratulations!! It is quite an accomplishment.

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Striving to keep it all in perspective

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sometimes perspective is fleeting and today I am holding on with my fingertips and my knuckles are white. Last time I lost perspective I wrote a bitter email to Doc, he won't get one of those this time.

My perspective slipped last night at 6:21 pm when I almost destroyed the world when we couldn't get the bikes on the new bike rack. With fist raised to the sky, near tears and a clinched jaw I simply stated, "It shouldn't be this hard. It's a bike rack and 2 bikes. I just want to use the f'n rack!" Mr smiled as he locked the bikes up so we could go for a walk out by the bay. This morning I called George aka Macgyver at the bike shop and told him what happened. Tomorrow we meet again with the car, rack, and two bikes. Perspective slid back into place.

Scale perspective ... not so easy to recover from! I decided to weigh this morning so I got the scale out of the closet. I figured I would be a little, tiny bit high due to the heat this week and I anticipate TOM is coming too. Perspective was completely lost when I stepped on the scale and it showed 238 which is up from 232.5. HELLO?! The fact that I didn't smash it into little peaces is a miracle. I worked on getting perspective on this while I ate breakfast, walked to work, and now, while I'm typing this blog. I've not fully recovered. Seriously, I've eaten within my calorie range - ALL week, continue to be gluten free, continue to drink all my water, and I've worked out. So here's perspective ... I've not actually gained 5.5 lbs of fat. My body freaks out when the heat rises and when TOM is set to arrive. I don't like it and it screws around with my mind but I also won't accept this reality. I have not gained 5.5 lbs of fat in less than a week with all the work I've put in. Boo! Tomorrow is my official weigh in and I'll do the deed and change my ticker no matter what direction it goes. When the heat is finally gone, I start sleeping better at night and TOM arrives and departs I shall then see the results I have earned. I also vow not send that email to Doc today. SLOWLY my scale perspective is returning.

I recovered from my lost perspective at breakfast quick. I didn't have any fresh spinach which made it impossible to make my spinach smoothie. I had a 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 20 raisins instead. (I always smile when I count out 20 little raisins and toss them into the boiling water. I'm not sure why.)

Work perspective slipped this morning at 8:30 am when I walked up to the front door of the office and found the shade up and the door unlocked. Hmmm?! The bosses girlfriend asked me last night if I would leave it unlocked so her friend could come by and I allowed I would if she would take on the responsibility of locking it. She agreed. It didn't happen. Imagine this; computer equipment, accounting, client files, original documents, etc. all left for the taking or destroying. I was immediately tried to find my happy place. She has not apologized but simply said, "My big bad... You had asked me to lock it after Robbi showed up....." REALLY? I expect better. I've recovered and it seems we still have all our prized possessions.

Today is my challenge day. A day to challenge myself to keep things in perspective and know that this is all temporary. To accept that I have been doing it all and sometimes instant gratification isn't what this is all about. Today is my challenge day and I shall rise to the challenge. I will keep "it" in perspective!

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CATHERINEL66 9/30/2010 9:44PM

    Arrg, I spend a lot of mental effort putting things into perspective ... and giving my patience enough time to swell up and meet the demands of a challenging life!

Hang in there, and keep at it with the good work. I keep telling myself that if I take care of the nutrition and fitness, the weight will take care of itself (because even my body can't defy physics).

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SMOCKON 9/30/2010 2:58PM

    This sounds so much like me that I had to laugh. I stay so wound up that every little thing that goes wrong gets elevated to "Code Red--Launch the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles!" If you have a good plan and you're following it, the weight will come off.

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JOHNTJ1 9/30/2010 2:42PM

    Well put.

I went through something similar a month or so ago and decided that as long as I was doing everything right that the results would all shake out in the end. It's maddening I know but hang in there. It's the finish line that counts

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A day in review

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Good things of the day:
1) The heat started to lift late today and so did my fatigue
2) I went for a 45 minute walk with the Mr tonight - 2+ miles
We explored the other part of the trail where I run. I have a couple of new area's that I can run which is exciting.
3) I bought 2 pairs of jean pants at Kohl's for $15 - saving $82 due to a sale. They were a smaller size than the last too. It was a great find!
4) Skipped a Chinese food and found a great substitute for dinner. After our walk the Mr really wanted Chinese food so we went to our local supermarket that has a Chinese food counter and a hot/cold deli counter. I LOVE the Chinese food there but I also know the calorie and fat count really busts my bank. Plus, if not careful it could have gluten in it. It wasn't worth it tonight. Sooooo, I went further down and found a substitute. I ended up with curry chicken dish that had dried cranberry and cashews in it - it was fantastic! I also discovered they have a Quinoa salad that had red onion, garlic, feta cheese, parsley, grape tomatoes and whole olives in it. WOW... what a fabulous treat. The quinoa salad is something I can totally make at home but so happy to know they have it there. A complete and wonderful surprise ... no gluten and I stayed with my calorie range.

Frustration of the day:
I had high hopes to use the new bike rack today, it failed. I was so frustrated! We tried to put the 2 bikes on every which way and yet, no luck. I admitted defeat and decided I would call the Macgyver of the bike shop tomorrow and ask if we can bring the car, rack and 2 bikes up the shop on Friday and have him help us.


When all else fails put on your Macgyver Hat

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My boss was kind enough to buy me the bike rack I wanted for my birthday and the Mr thought we should break it in the other day. We set out to attach it to car - the lady at the bike shop said it would fit, no problem - she was wrong. After all attempts failed we put the rack back inside the trunk and moved on to another activity. (sigh)

Today I stopped by the shop to have someone show me what we were doing wrong. After failed attempts by the shop guy it was determined we were doing nothing wrong. Humph! He checked the website for the rack - it said it would work. Not true if one followed their directions to the letter.

Friendly bike man put on - his phrase - "Macgyver hat" and started to find a solution. He did! I was able to keep the original bike rack (the alternative was money back or a cheap one), it was put into place securely and he did it all at no charge (they charge $40 to put bike racks on a car) and with a smile. He was fabulous! Now to figure out securing the bikes to the actual rack. HA! Mr bike guy talked me through it so I'm feeling good about it.

Now the Mr and I can take the bikes all over to ride. I'm looking forward to it.

My birthday gift:

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KITHKINCAID 9/29/2010 1:40PM

    Love it - we call my dad MacGyver because he's crafty like that too.

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ON2VICTORY 9/28/2010 10:11PM

    Macgyver - now thats a name I havent heard for a while. I loved that show!

glad it all worked out :)


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MAGIC10FINGERS 9/28/2010 8:49PM

    VERY cool. Always nice when the sales people are understanding & patient, then NOT charge U b/c they realize it wasn't your fault. U don't find that very often these days. Have fun using your new toy!

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JOCELYN48 9/28/2010 8:32PM

  LOL! Love your great attitude!

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I could get used to running outside ... it's a bit addicting.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Running is hard. Keep going.
Running is hard. Keep going.

Today I was excited to go to the trail and run. It was time I completed day 2 of week 9, I was ready!

The trail was quiet today. For the most part it was me and the ground squirrels and they didn't seem to mind my company. I could tell when I first pushed off that my pace was too fast, much like yesterday's, so I pulled back a little bit. My goal today was to run further and longer.

Running is hard. Keep going.
Running is hard. Keep going.

Today, I reached both of my goals! I ran further and I ran for 32 minutes (W9D2 Complete). I could get used to running outside ... it's a bit addicting.

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WILD22 9/26/2010 10:46PM

    I need the distraction of a movie playing. I must find some good running music. I find that I struggle during the middle of the run. Do you have any suggestions for music?
By the way a huge high five goes out to you!! Of course you can do this. You are a very determined strong woman. I have read a few of your blogs but have never commented before. I love your reflections. You are awesome.

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KITHKINCAID 9/26/2010 9:28PM

    Great Job!!!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 9/26/2010 8:51PM

    It IS addicting, isn't it. It's like a natural high. Keep up the awesome job.

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GSGKMG 9/26/2010 6:36PM

    Congratulations! Though I wouldn't call what I am doing "running" - I also find it addicting. I would mind becoming a running junkie someday. For now, I don't like jogging, but love having jogged. Keep up the good work!

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P0KERS0PH 9/26/2010 4:00PM

    I need to start taking my runs outside now the weather is a bit cooler.
I'm getting so much inspiration & motivation from blogs like yours :)

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SWELL10 9/26/2010 4:00PM

    I started running the trail outside too. I enjoyed it and ran farther than ever before. Rock on girl!

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