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I stay away too long!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I need to keep in touch with this site. It works for me when I'm here and use the trackers. Now I've added the sparksave site to keep up with my finances.

it's all the more important because I just lost my father. He was my rock and all I can see right now is how much I've not lived up to his teachings.

I want to now to show my kids how wise he was. How good he was. And to somehow try to make his memory proud. Be successful his way.

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LAURA40S 12/30/2013 1:45PM

    thank you both :)

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NEWMOMOVER40 12/29/2013 4:21AM

    Blessings. I'm so sorry for your loss. Our dads are such important role models in so many ways.

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CBOELTE 12/28/2013 9:50PM

    Me too, about it working when I use it. Good luck! I'm sure your father was a wonderful man and you've already made him proud.

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Running around without a wagon....again

Friday, September 28, 2012

Nearly 6 months since my last blog post, perhaps you can guess what's been going on with me.

Yup. I've been roaming around without a wagon again!. Looking back I can see the frustration that was building with the running and training and the hard time I was documenting with learning to run.

And looking at now I can see, quite clearly, that a full fledged swan dive off the wagon has meant 15 lbs back on and not a vegetable or fruit in sight in my kitchen.

And looking forward I see a fork in the road. get worse is sorta a straight, yet downward sloping path from where I'm standing and a narrower, slightly uphill path curves off to the right.

Now it's a matter of choices. Being here and logging back in is, at least, the first right path choice I've made. If I made one I can make others I bet!

So let's see.

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LAURA40S 9/28/2012 8:37PM

    Thanks everyone for the welcome back! It's great to see the understanding and to see how far folks have come! It helps me keep trying!

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TEACHFIRST268 9/28/2012 6:20PM

    Wow...just read your sparkpage. You and your family have been through so much! And you're back here to keep trying. You are one strong woman!
I have NO doubt that you can do this!
You go, girl!!!

Sending healthy thoughts to you and your family!!

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MAKINANIMPACT 9/28/2012 6:17PM

    emoticon f'orward! You've seen what's happened and now your a foot hold back up!

Just remember emoticon and sometimes the path detours but you found your way back!


Glad your back!

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TEACHFIRST268 9/28/2012 6:16PM

    Better you're here after 15 lbs...rather than 4 years and 40+ lbs! Good for you recognizing it's time to get back on track.

You can do it!!!


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KAKONOLADY 9/28/2012 3:27PM

    emoticon We can do this!! I've gained back all that I lost thanks to my pregnancy!! I am now 9wks post partum and have been working out for 3 weeks now---down 18 lbs in just 3 weeks......

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full moon frustration

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Maybe it's in the air, or the stars, or that wickedly full moon, but yesterday sucked. I had a crappy run yesterday and almost felt like stopping mid course and crying because of it. I was trying my w2d2 c25k run. I had my new shoes and the last couple of runs had gone pretty well. I couldn't flippin breath!! I could barely make 30 seconds on before I looked like a fish out of water!! (gonna check and see if I have exercise induced asthma or reactive airway)

It was so frustrating! And I felt like such a failure!! After 12 weeks at the gym doing cardio and strength training and I still can't run for 30 seconds???? WTH??? It was like I had just gotten off the couch after not doing a thing for a year! I felt like I had made NO progress whatsoever and for a brief couple of minutes I just couldn't take it!

My program is a modification of c25k. I actually run the 5k part in the intervals suggested. When I got to the end I had actually cut a minute off my time. 43:45 Still didn't make me feel any better though. I kept thinking, I can't run this race gasping like a beached perch!!!

I have 9 wks until the 5k I signed up for. I KNOW if I keep training I will improve some by then. But probably not as much as I had hoped. Still instead of focusing on how far I have to go, I MUST look at how far I've come. Reality vs. expectation.

And I hate Easter weekend because I get roped into stuff I really really don't like to do... but I'm the one who didn't say 'no' to these things ( chaperoning a lock in and working the pancake breakfast after sunrise service which means being in the kitchen from 5:30 a.m. until noon and I do not like to cook really.)

rant over. It actually felt pretty good to get those things out and in front of me. I can certainly see where I can change things to help with these feelings. (like saying no I can not help, but I'll help you find someone who can)

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SUEKKY 4/8/2012 2:25AM

    Check with the doctor if you feel you might have asthma, dont want to hurt yourself...another thing you might look into is a Heart Rate Monitor, I have found that it really helps me. I was working on the C25K also but doing it in my one mode. I have been using the treadmill at the gym. Like you I had a hard time running for 30 seconds. It has slowly increased to the point where I can run now for 2 mins, still low but I am pacing myself. There have been a couple of times where I had a good run and was able to run for 3 and 5 mins.

Regarding the HRM, I use mine alot. I run until my heart rate is up to 162 then walk, and when my heart rate gets to 130 I start to run again. I have been woundering myself if I stop at 162 because I get scared so the times I ran for 3 and 5 mins was because I pushed myself to see how long my heart rate would stay at 162.. I would definatly stop when my HR got to 170.
I find the HRM to be an excellent tool, but of course you really should check with your doctor regarding the asthma.


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UMBILICAL 4/7/2012 10:50AM

  Howl at the moon.

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238 calories? for a 3.1 mile effort? doubt it!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

So I've begun my training for a 5k I've entered. The race is June 9th. I am by no means or stretch of the imagination a runner! I'm over weight, middleage, an ex-smoker and never have been very athletic. But I wanted to give this running business an honest go.

I'm loosely following the c25k program. by loosely I mean i may have to take it a little slower than recommended. Which may mean I don't quite get all the way to running a full 5k before the race.

but that's ok because this is for me and about MY race. It's also about learning a new habit and staying healthier. Which after having a daughter who fought cancer, is supremely important to me!!

So tonight I jumped on the treadmill and did run/walk intervals of 1 minute on 1 minute off (couple 90 second breaks in there when I was totally winded) and I came home and plugged in my mileage and time and weight and the calculator figured I had used a whopping 238 calories in my 44.22 minutes. um... not according to the completely sweated through clothes and burning lungs and racing heart! I think my wish for a hrm just got a lot stronger!

tomorrow is a rest day and the easter holiday poses some time management issues, but I'll be ready to lace up the shoes and go at it again and again.

I'm looking forward to learning about all the nuances of race running!!

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MAKINANIMPACT 4/5/2012 11:20AM


I agree it should be quite a bit more than that. Keep pushing forward with it though, you will improve.. I know I have that problem when I run on the elliptical for 40 min. it tells me that I burned 600 calories but when I log it it's about 175 calories less. I never know what to go by! :(


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TEMPENATIVE 4/5/2012 12:28AM

    I recently started c25k too, Im on week2 about to graduate to week3 and I think I started over a month ago. so total turtle over here. emoticon i do my runs outdoors, no HRM, so I go by mileage and time on the fitness tracker. The scale is slooowly responding, so I guess it works, but I agree seems like should be alot more calories burned. Good luck on your race. Mine is in 2 weeks so I dont think I will be running that 4.2 but bringing my podrunner intervals along and plan to do my best. Lots of seasoned runners on here, great inspiration! emoticon

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commitment or need committed

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I signed up for my 1st ever 5k. Scary enough for those who have trained but I'm not even a runner! yet anyway. I have, however been working 3 or 4 sometimes 5 days a week since January and I think I'm ready to step the pace up a little bit.

I've tried c25k before. It was paced a little bit fast for me so I'm not sure how well I'll do, but even if I have to stop and walk during the race (as long as I stay the heck out of the way) at least I have a set goal and something new I'm working towards.

The race is June 9th. If I 'attempt' to embark on the c25k program again I can do this! It fits exactly in the program time-frame! Fate? Luck? who knows but I'm taking it to mean I not only am supposed to do this...


Anyone else traveled this journey before able to offer some encouragement and especially some advice?

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    Hi , I have complete faith that you will be a runner !!!!

I complete walking my first 8 k last summer and my first half marathon on october 2011. I got the bug bad from crossing than finish line even though I was dead last . I loved watching the runners and I can 't tell you how much I want to be able to run!!! Runners inspire me so much!!!

I am so happy you have decided to set a goal for yourself that you want to learn to run and to do your first 5 K. We will do this together!!!
If it is ok with you i would love to add you as a spark friend.

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MARGARITTM 4/3/2012 10:05AM

    Congrats on signing up!!!! That is the first step - you can do this!!!!

One idea - volunteer at a race prior to yours - that way you can watch and learn - also - you will see all sizes, ages, skill and fitness levels running and walking!

Have fun! this is a great accomplishment you are doing something a ton of people only dream about!

See you at the finish line!

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