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Midnight Promises

Monday, January 24, 2011

I rest. I ponder. I promise. Promises are made in the darkness of the night. In the darkness I feel safe. Plans are made. They are midnight promises. Dreams. I plot. The course is set. I sleep. In the morning light those promises seem like dreams. I ponder. In the light I stray off course. I lose site.

Today I promise. I ponder. I rest ... assured this course has been set. Set in the morning light.

Today ... I plotted. I pondered. I researched. I promise in the morning light ... boot camp starts tonight. Boot camp four times a week along with my favorites, running, step and elliptical.

I shall be strong! In mind, body and spirit.

Today's promises were not made in the light of the moon.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KINSBAILE 1/25/2011 6:53PM

    You can do this! Boot Camp is not easy but you're strong enough!

Thank you for your encouragement! I really appreciate it!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/24/2011 8:32PM

    You write beautifully. Very poetic.

Best of fortune to you on your promises/goals.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Below is an e-mail message I received from Doc. I thought the content warranted a post on my SP blog.

Why water is important

Increasing your water intake can:
Help you lose weight
Increase your energy
Improve your mood

Reduce digestive problems like heartburn and constipation.


Most people have lost their normal sense of thirst due to long term dehydration (the brain literally shuts off the thirst signals after a period of time)

It is easy to mistake thirst for hunger and develop a tendency to overeat rather than drink water.

Rules for Water

Your body is mostly made up of water and needs to be re-hydrated properly every single day. If you are new to drinking adequate amounts of water you can use a lemon or lime or orange slice to add some flavor, you can also put a pinch of high quality sea salt in each glass you drink to get a good balance of minerals.

When you become dehydrated your body will literally "dry up" the mucous membrane tissues which include the sinus passages, stomach and intestines, this predisposes people to sinus infections, stomach problems like ulcers and creates problems like constipation. Lack of water also will cause the spinal discs to become dry and fragile and lead to problems with neck and back pain.

Lack of water also forces us to hold on to toxins since they are not being flushed out quickly enough and this leads to an excess of body fat since we store these toxins in body fat. As you drink appropriate amounts of water you will flush out the toxins and start to burn off the fat. In addition, the more toxic people become the more they tend to hold on to fluid and become bloated, drinking water also helps reduce bloating again because toxins are flushed out of the system.

Water also has zero calories, is relatively inexpensive compared to other products we drink like coffee, juice and teas.

So for the next 30 days focus on this one issue WATER, drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. If you feel you may have been dehydrated for a long period of time then you can base your water intake on your body weight and drink your body weight in ounces of water per day, in other words if you weigh 160 pounds you should drink 80 ounces of water per day, or about 6-7 twelve ounce glasses.

I highly recommend using a water bottle that you refill throughout the day so you can easily track how much you are consuming. I use quart size glass mason jar myself, refilling it four times each day to get my allotment of water in.

Other general ideas: try to drink most of your water in the morning and early afternoon, before dinner so you don't have to wake up at night to urinate. Avoid drinking too much water with meals, between meals is best. After about 3 weeks of being properly hydrated you will start to regain your normal sense of thirst and will actually look forward to your first glass of water in the morning.

I know this may sound a bit strange if you are used to being dehydrated, but after 30 years of being properly hydrated, one moment of my day I always look forward is my first glass of water in the morning. It refreshes me, reminds me I'm alive and energizes me. It's a true joy of my life to drink water, it feels that good.

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ABB698 1/22/2011 2:01AM

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Thank you for sharing! It is so true! I wake up looking forward to my water! If someone asks me what ONE thing has been the most helpful in my journey (besides SP and Sparkie Friends), it's definitely water that has made a HUGE difference!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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ERIKO1908 1/21/2011 9:22PM

    Excellent blog!! It takes everything we already know & gives us that much more info!! Off to grab another glass full!!

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TEDDYBABE 1/21/2011 8:44PM

    This is GREAT information! Thanks for taking the time to share with us! emoticon

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15LOVEHARRY 1/21/2011 6:12PM

  This is so true. In college the cafeteria had a problem and had to shut off the pop machine. So drinking choices were limited. I learned quickly how to lose part of my water bloat by drinking more water and less pop. I was very thirsty. It works and can be done.

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Tap, Tap, Tap - Is This Thing On?

Friday, January 21, 2011

I had one craptastic run tonight. It lasted 2.5 miles. I played head games and used trickery to get to the end. Tap, Tap, Tap - Is This Thing On? Stella must get her grove back ...

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STACYBH 1/22/2011 12:51PM

    I experienced the same thing yesterday, I ran 2.5 miles, barely. I took my puppy with me and she kept pulling, making me go faster than my body wanted to and it put me off kelter. Next time I think she is going to stay home.

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KITHKINCAID 1/21/2011 4:09PM

    Sorry lady - I HATE crappy runs. They mess with your head. Glad you got through by trying to outsmart your own brain. Soggy wodge of mush it is sometimes huh?

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TEDDYBABE 1/21/2011 6:22AM

    We all get out of sync. 2.5 miles is not so shabby. Sorry it was craptastic. The next one will be great!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/21/2011 6:07AM

    "I had one craptastic run tonight. It lasted 2.5 miles. I played head games and used trickery to get to the end. "
* Sorry to hear. While you can certainly do worse than 2.5 miles, I understand the frustration.

I'm down to 10 miles in 11 days. Thank you for the idea btw

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ABB698 1/21/2011 4:25AM

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Go Stella Go!!

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New Shoes for Running

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

After a near crippling run on Friday night I decided it was time to buy new shoes. Sunday the Mr. and I went out in search of running shoes and we found them - 50% off the ticket price. I tried them on, pranced around the store and then jogged up and down the hallway. Yup, a good fit! I am excited to take them out for a test run this evening!

Reebok - DMX Ride (Pretty & Functional!)

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ENDUROVET 1/21/2011 12:30PM

    Cute! After two futile trips back by Sports Authority to try to snag another pair of the Saucony Excursions that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! - I finally got on-line earlier this week, found 'em for $10 less through Finish Line...
I ordered 2 pairs!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 1/20/2011 4:40PM

    oh yes, shoes are SO important! I like the looks of these. Where did U find them?

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ABB698 1/19/2011 2:53AM

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KITHKINCAID 1/18/2011 6:57PM

    Nice swag!

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    Those are really pretty. And getting them 50% off is a plus!

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JENNFIELDS4 1/18/2011 6:55PM

    Wow they are cute and on sale! emoticon

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What if ...

Friday, January 14, 2011

What if this 3 year plateau was really a lesson? A learning lesson. A lesson in patience. Management. Strength. What if this 3 year plateau is one more tool?
Weight loss is hard. Weight management - harder. If I've learned anything in three years it's that I have determination. Drive.

What if I succeed because of this plateau?!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/17/2011 6:15PM

    "What if I succeed because of this plateau?! "

* Amen.

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ABB698 1/16/2011 3:07AM

    Everything happens for a reason. emoticon

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MAGIC10FINGERS 1/14/2011 2:57PM

    That's what I'm saying about my 3&1/2 yr plateau! I have NEVER given up. I continue to exercise, eat right, & remind myself of where I was 6 yrs ago!

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KITHKINCAID 1/14/2011 1:51PM

    Way to keep it positive lady!

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