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The battle to run

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Its cold outside, and my legs get stiff from the cold. Today I went for a run this morning, but first, I walk the kids to school. This takes 45min generally standing out in the cold - 15-20min walk to the school yard, then dropping my oldest off at class, then dropping the middle child off at her class, and finally dropping off the youngest in her preschool class 20min after dropping the other two off. By then I'm usually freezing... Today I wore an extra layer - one advantage was that I was warmer when it was time to run, the disadvantage was that by 2km into my run, I was too hot.

Today my legs were stiff... I think its part due to the cold... the other is they may need a rest. So today was supposed to be a 12-13km run.... I completed 9km and felt great. I was afraid of running more and injuring myself. So 9km was a great run, a slow pace but great nevertheless. And it doesn't really matter what I run at this point, as long as I get out and run! I have a 5km run planned for January, but haven't finalized when I will be running my 1st Half Marathon. Probably next fall.... so the super long distance runs are required yet...

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KUANGIE 12/12/2009 3:31PM

    That is great you can walk all three kids to school. It really promotes fitness in an era that people drive just a few blocks carpooling to school.

I get stiff running out in the cold. It takes a bit longer to get your muscles warmed up.

Good luck with your 1st half!

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MRSPUPCAKE 12/10/2009 6:25PM

    Wow, I am so impressed with how far you have come. 9 km....no problem!

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NANAOF3LUVSJC 12/9/2009 7:56PM

    Great job L3Design, you are an inspiration to everyone. Keep up the good work!!!! emoticon

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Holidays and "me" time

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

As the holidays approach the kids schedule is all over the place. Luckily this week, classes are as usual so I will be able get my exercise in during the mornings. BUT next week that will be different.

Monday I have a funeral at 11AM - so no running in the morning, might be able to squish one in after the funeral and before school pickup if the family lunch is quick and traffic is good... Wednesday it looks like I'll be able to get my run in, but Friday - I will need to either skip my run or push my 4yo in the stroller. The trouble with using the stroller is having to push it and right now its too cold outside to have her sitting for an hour. Plus she likes to stop for hot chocolate and playing in the park - making the event even longer....

Then the week before Christmas, school will be out so I guess I won't get any runs in as my husband will be working Monday to Wednesday.... Oh well, I'll either do Wii Fit, an Exercise Video or hit the stationary bike. I might also take the kids swimming on day on Christmas holidays. Not that its much exercise for me as I'm supervising 3 kids - so I don't get to swim, but its a fun active time for all of us.

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KIDDER136 12/9/2009 7:25PM

    Good for you for planning "Me Time"

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ABIGAILSING 12/9/2009 6:15PM

    Sounds like a plan to me. emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 12/8/2009 6:13PM

  You are planning your "Me" time and that is good! emoticon

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KATELJM 12/8/2009 2:42PM

    Flexibility is the key. It's nice to see how you find opportunities to exercise whenever, no matter what.

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LADYPIPPIE 12/8/2009 5:43AM

    It's great to see you are looking forward and planning time for your exercise. emoticon

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Why didn't I just make it from scratch?

Friday, December 04, 2009

Tonight we had a tight turn around between activities because of a special Christmas movie night at the school. So I decided to pick up frozen pizza for dinner. For myself (and my husband) I picked up the store brand healthy choice pizza -- I was really disappointed with the pizza.

So why didn't I plan ahead and make it myself... well today I was tired and didn't really feel like cooking or dealing with rolling out dough... plus I really need to figure a better way to roll out the dough so I can have thin crust pizza.

Next time, if I don't have time/energy to make a pizza, I will have a salad - it'll be much more satisfying!

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MAIDSERVANT 12/5/2009 4:04PM

    If I'm craving a really thin crust pizza, I'll make a crust out of rice flour instead of wheat flour. Brown rice flour works great, and it has a nice flavor (and you can add onion or garlic powder and some italian seasonings straight to the crust). It's kind of runny, so there's nothing to roll out.

Here is the recipe that I use, but instead of potato starch, I use corn starch, and instead of potato flour, I use buckwheat flour.


This crust is gluten free and dairy free as well.

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L3DESIGNS 12/4/2009 4:00PM

    Thanks for the suggestions... The pizza had flavour but just not the traditional flavours... the tomato sauce was nearly missing (my guess it has too much sodium to be on their pizza....). The mushrooms and garlic were great - and the crust might as well have been cardboard with the flavour it had.

Guess I learned.... I'll use a tortilla next time.

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AREBMAN 12/4/2009 11:56AM

    Live and Learn! Some of those healthy choice meals are bland. Love the lean cuisine ones though!

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LAURAKOHORST 12/4/2009 11:52AM

    The learning curve is getting smaller. congrats and keep up the great work. emoticon

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SPARKLOVE 12/4/2009 11:30AM

    It good that you ask yourself "What could I have done differently?" Life is a ever learning process. Joy

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KATELJM 12/4/2009 11:11AM

    Large tortillas can also work. For emergencies, take bread slices and roll them thin. That's if you have a craving for pizza flavors, and a salad doesn't seem satisfying.

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MOLLIEMAC 12/4/2009 8:34AM

    If you're stuck for a thin crust try using a multigrain wrap- they work well and are really crisp. Salad is good....MJ

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1888MICHELLE 12/4/2009 8:02AM

    I like to make my own dough and then the complete pizza. Instead of baking it, I just wrap it up and pop it in the freezer until I need it.

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_MAOMAO_ 12/4/2009 12:26AM

  When I was back in college, I loved my quickie pizza's. I bought Jiffy pizza crust, those cheap little boxes. I'd top them with sauce, sometime cheese, sometimes not, and all the veggies I could pile on it.
Lean Cuisines are my favorite store-bought pizza. Last time, I put pineapple on their bbq chicken. Yummy combination!

Of course, I LOVE salads, too! emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 12/4/2009 12:14AM

    Thanks for saving us the same fate, I think the salad sounds wonderful, I never get tired of them:)

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A day of walking...

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The plan today was to run 11km today... So how did I end up walking & running nearly 15km?

First we walked to school - .9km
Then after dropping all kids off and reading with one class, I then had to head home and pickup the forgotten backpack (with snacks, library book, planner, etc) - 1.8km round trip that I jogged as my warm up...
Then I headed off on my preplanned route forgetting that I'd already ran 1.8km and that I needed to end at home - 11.83km
Then since it was so nice and clear and sunny (although COLD) we walked up for 3pm pickup for another 1.8km

For a total of 2.7km walking and 11.8km running - a grand total of 14.5km

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ABIGAILSING 12/3/2009 8:01PM

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MILLHILLIAN1 12/3/2009 5:39PM

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That's when you know it's not "exercise." It's a life style. Nice going.


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LAURAKOHORST 12/3/2009 11:37AM

    emoticon emoticonYou inspire me! Thank you, for such a wonderful example to follow.

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ANNROBERTS54 12/3/2009 8:19AM

    I am on my way out the door for hopefully at least 10K.

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KATELJM 12/3/2009 7:17AM

    Ha, I knew you couldn't walk the entire way!

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Updated my goal weight

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

When I started, I thought it would take me forever to loose 20lbs.. as for the 100+ lbs, I really saw that as an unattainable dream. It wasn't reality!

Now I am sitting 12lbs from my original goal line, and I'm going to move my goal line - I'm now reaching for a further goal - yes it'll take me longer, I won't be done in a year... But its where I think I need to go....

My new goal is a total loss of 115lbs for a final goal weight of 135lbs. I think I can achieve it, but I'll need to remain diligent and focused to lose the next 27lbs... But I've already lost 88lbs, I can lose another 27!

BTW - tomorrows weather forecast is for cold and clear emoticon and I'm headed out for my 11+km run! I'm sure it'll be beautiful running in the sunshine emoticon

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SUNNYDAY127 12/2/2009 9:51PM

  emoticon AWESOME JOB! emoticon keep it up!

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ABIGAILSING 12/2/2009 10:28AM

    emoticon I am happy for you. You go, girl. emoticon emoticon You can do it!

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NANAOF3LUVSJC 12/2/2009 9:26AM

    emoticon for being an inspiration to others. I know without any doubt that you will reach any goal you set for yourself.

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KATELJM 12/2/2009 6:47AM

    Yes, you can do it! I ran into the same thing. As I neared that seemingly unattainable goal of a healthy weight, I realized that that was just part of the journey. I moved my bar in my mind, but I still want to meet my original goal and glory in its achievement before I change my setting for a new goal.

Keep making it fun!

By the way, that photo of you kayaking sold me on your thorough commitment to exercise. You and your family look for new opportunities to shake things up with fun.

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DEB2448 12/2/2009 2:47AM

    You can do it, you have done so great so far! Way to go on the weight loss!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 12/2/2009 1:28AM

    You can do it...I have faith in your determination! You go girl!

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