LDRICHEL   50,019
SparkPoints
50,000-59,999 SparkPoints
 
 
LDRICHEL's Recent Blog Entries

Listen To Your Body

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In terms of exercise and eating, I've been really thinking a lot this past few weeks about this idea of listening to our bodies. And, by that, I mean reeeaaally being in tune with what this wonderful machine that we call our body honestly and truly needs from us to function at its peak.

I've sort of naturally divided it up in my head into two separate streams of thought - food and exercise.

FOOD

If you've been around SparkPeople for awhile or read much on nutrition, you might have heard the term "food as fuel". I was unaware of what this meant for most of my life and, quite honestly, did not fully understand this concept until the past few months.

But, I do remember the first time I heard of this concept. It was a few years ago and my brother had moved to California and, when he left, he was extremely overweight, having been overweight most of his childhood and adult life. One day, I received a photo from him and was shocked to see that he'd lost more than a quarter of his body weight in a few short months! I asked him what in the world he had done to lose the weight...besides, you know, living in California. His answer was, "I walk everywhere because I can't afford a car and I eat vegetarian 6 days a week and only let myself have meat once a week." Then he said this and it always stuck with me (even though, at that time, I lazily shrugged it off): "Leah, you just have to look at food as fuel for your body and that's all. I don't care what I eat anymore...I just eat what I have to for my body to work correctly. There's not this huge level of enjoyment attached to eating anymore." Well, that did not sound appealing to me at all at the time.

When I returned to SparkPeople in February, you might remember that I rather flippantly agreed to do South Beach Phase 1 with a friend, which is basically a metric ton of vegetables and some protein every day for two weeks. The first few days were odd for me. I had never eaten so many vegetables in my life! It was extremely time-consuming in the first week to plan all my meals and snacks so I would end up having what I needed to not be hungry throughout the day. But, as time went by, it got much easier. By the second week, the diet had become second nature and I was throwing meals together within minutes. It was during this time that I realized that I was beginning to see food as fuel. This phase of the diet completely re-set the hardwiring in my brain regarding food. I no longer desired food as a reward. I don't really crave sweet things anymore. And even though I moved to the Spark Diet (as opposed to staying on South Beach's more strict Phase 2), I kind of just naturally stay away from carbs now without even realizing it. In fact, most days my Nutrition Report shows that I'm low on carbs.

Now that I've added running to my life, I am re-learning how to properly fuel my body with the extra activity in mind.

Of course, I've got a couple interesting examples to share, in which I will walk through this process with you of listening to your body.

First, I need to confess that I got 3 hours of sleep last night. This is in no way advisable or healthy - frankly, I made a choice to stay up late and I knew it would affect my body today. But I did it anyway. I don't do this often (if ever) so it won't become something that taxes my body in the long-term. But it is important to know this for the following examples. So, just go ahead and stick that little feather in your cap and hold onto it and I'll tell you when to bring it out again.

I actually woke up at 6am and my body felt good - so I did my run. I had not eaten anything before my run, but I felt perfect upon returning home. I made sure to get some carbs in me immediately - a slice of whole grain toast with some natural peanut butter for protein and good measure. And coffee - I mean...DUH. I felt satisfied and left for work.

At 10am, I went into our Accountant's office to work with her on some bookkeeping. We were just chugging along doing our work and something happened to me that has never happened before. I suddenly stopped and gasped. She looked up and said, "What's wrong?" I said, "I'm desperately hungry." Now, it's one thing to know the feeling of your body's natural hunger cues, but it is quite another to have hunger savagely pounce on you like a ninja assassin. I was literally fine one moment and the very next moment, I sat straight up and my stomach felt COMPLETELY EMPTY...and I was dizzy. So, using this as an object lesson...what does this tell me? I can discern that I probably should have eaten more than a piece of toast with peanut butter after a 3-mile run. I believe if I would have added a banana or some juice, or even some milk, it might have helped balance my system a bit more...even if I wasn't feeling hungry.

WHAT? Yeah...that brings us to our next parable.

Today I went to lunch with a friend and we were good little healthy girls and got delicious salads. These were wonderful, balanced salads with some meat and cheese (protein) and some healthy fats (avocado and olive oil). I ate most of my salad, but not all because I felt full. When we stood up to leave, I didn't feel dizzy but my entire body felt extremely weak...even though I had just eaten.

SIDE NOTE: Now, pull that feather out. YES...I slept for 3 hours. This is most likely WHY I felt weak. But...I am also a grown-up and I have a job so I can't just take a nap whenever I want on a Wednesday.

The surprising thing was that I immediately said to my friend without even thinking about it, "My body feels extremely weak. What should I eat?" To be quite honest, I shocked myself with this automatic response. Again, it goes back to food being fuel. In lieu of falling asleep in the park like a bag lady, I needed an alternative to give my body the energy boost it required to get through the rest of the afternoon. The answer? CARBS. So I hustled on over to my local co-op grocery (which, by the way, I believe is the SAFEST place to purchase carbs because, more often than not, they are made from natural ingredients or whole grain or delicious organicness) and plopped my handful of Clif Bars (stocking up - they were on sale!) and bananas on the counter. I just looked at the cashier and said, "I NEED CARBS NOW." Haha. That's me...freaky weird co-op grocery girl.

But food as fuel is not the only factor in this magical equation...

EXERCISE

So, I woke up this morning and actually felt decent at 6am! I was tired but my body didn't feel sick like it usually does when I wake up with not enough sleep. I was able to get out of bed, so I decided to go for my run. I walked out the door and I'm telling you guys...that first breath of air in the pre-dawn hours is like an instant drug the moment it hits your lungs. IMMEDIATE wake-up and an exhilerating feeling of being alive. And this is BEFORE my run even starts.

Turns out, I had the best run of my life. Cut quite a bit of time off my 5k time by adding longer running intervals. Listen, don't get overly impressed here. I don't run fast at all. I think LMFAO wrote me into their Party Rock Anthem when they wrote the line, "Every day I'm shufflin'". But I was proud of my progress...and can now run a straight 7.5 minute interval with absolute comfort and no heavy breathing. That's a huge improvement over just a few weeks ago when I was doing C25K and could barely run the 1.5 minute intervals.

I was really listening to my body this morning, as I knew I had had so little rest and it could affect me. I walked when I felt the need for more air. I had a super lame interval of running that wasn't even two minutes long in the middle of the run. But made up for it with my longest running interval on the way home. Normally, I'd only walk the final 5 minutes of a run, but this time I walked the final 11 minutes. I probably COULD HAVE run again...but I didn't want to push it.

I truly believe this run is what has given me the energy to make it this far through my day. If I wouldn't have done it, I might have face-planted into my computer about 4 hours ago.

My focus on listening to my body with running is not only in relation to the actual run. I have found that, probably due to my previous injuries, it is best for me personally to take two days of rest in between actual runs. So, my schedule for the week starts with a run on Sunday, a cross-training walk on Monday and a complete rest day from cardio on Tuesday. Then, the next real run is on Wednesday. And so on and so on. I find that I feel more soreness and possibly strain in my ankles the second day after a run and not the following day as one would expect. Thus, my complete rest day on that day. I have found this to be a great plan so far. And have avoided any injury or pain.

Last night, I started reading a book called "Complete Book of Women's Running" by Dagny Scott Barrios. This book is put out by Runner's World and I had received a recommendation from a friend. I picked it up at the library and, quite honestly, didn't feel it would be that interesting. I mean, come on...a book about exercise??? BORING. I figured it would be all tables and charts and training schedules. But I was surprised when I flew through 5 chapters because the author's voice and writing style is just so beautiful and easy to understand. What a great read!!! In the tune of this whole idea of listening to your body, I thought it would be appropriate to end with these beautiful excerpts from that book:

"When listening to your body, it's important to understand that you can't separate your running from the rest of your life. If you're tired from other activities, it can and will affect your running. You might find your energy drained from a family problem, a bad night's sleep, or office stress. You can't fight the impact of those things; nor should you ignore them. Factor them in when gauging how hard to push in your workouts. Running at this stage (beginning stage) should remain a positive, enjoyable complement to the rest of your activities. If any day proves too challenging - your legs hurt or your breathing is uncomfortably labored - back off. Walk as much as you need in order to finish. Take the next day off, and repeat the previous workout until you can complete it comfortably. Do this as many times as necessary.

Over time, you'll come to understand these training principles as you see them in action. You will feel the bounce in your step after you take your off day; you will become aware of the microcycles of improvement in your running from month to month; you will recognize when you push too hard or when you're being inconsistent and your training suffers accordingly. Pay attention to these principles and to the message your body sends. Eventually, you'll find that you can tailor a training program to your own needs, no matter what type of runner you are."

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RELISA4HEALTH 5/17/2012 4:35PM

    Thank you for the gentle reminder that food is to be fuel. I remember reading this truth before.. It is a powerful way to look at food, not as some reward for good behavior, but as the fuel to keep one moving forward.
It is like an old saying," Garbage in, garbage out.
As a vehicle that carries us from place to place, I am learning that I truly have become what I eat, but this is changing daily as I apply proper nutrition.
One day at a time. Step by step.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HKARLSSON 5/17/2012 11:45AM

    If I am truly hungry, I actually hallucinate smells until I get something to eat. It is torture!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNE007 5/17/2012 9:42AM

    emoticon]

Very eye opening!

Comment edited on: 5/17/2012 9:43:04 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SWEDE_SU 5/17/2012 5:55AM

    well put - you've gained some important insights! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
APIKULENA 5/17/2012 5:20AM

  A very nice blog!
A few ideas regarding food were in my had but I could not put a pin on them!And now I have a new spin....I really can't explain better=)I'm bad with wards - but Thank you so much for this=)

Report Inappropriate Comment
AWOOD1973 5/17/2012 4:48AM

    Love your blogs! Look forward to reading them everyday, so keep doing what you are doing! They're great!

Way to "listen to your body"!!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENNCABA 5/16/2012 10:32PM

    Thanks for sharing...I am going to check out that book... emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIRDLSLAURIE 5/16/2012 7:50PM

    It's amazing how well we function when we grasp the idea of nutritious food, decent sleep and proper exercise as fuel for our lives...for living. Thanks for the blog. Great fuel for our minds emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TALENKARR1 5/16/2012 7:32PM

    this helped alot thank you

Report Inappropriate Comment
MADDIEKEEZER3 5/16/2012 7:21PM

    I'm sooo glad that you chose this particular topic for your blog today. Regarding running, I fall somewhere below the novice category. It's clear that I'll have to rework my walking (and later my walking/jogging) plan. Perhaps I should also read "Complete Book of Women's Running". I'll check out Amazon and see if I can get a used copy. Thanks, Miss Leah!!

Jan

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANNEMT 5/16/2012 6:32PM

    I remember when I was pregnant and would suddenly be RAVENOUS. So yes, food is fuel!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWTINK 5/16/2012 5:20PM

    This is wonderful advice .... thanks for sharing emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENNNY135 5/16/2012 5:15PM

    Very well said.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNRISE14 5/16/2012 5:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHELBEY74 5/16/2012 4:56PM

    So true!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Let's Do This, People

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


A lil shout-out from yours truly!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHIRPYBIRD 5/17/2012 1:48PM

    Hi, I wonder if I could follow the training for the 1/2 marathon. I'm currently in Spain. I've so far booked 2 races in the past but failed to turn up to any of them because I didn't keep up the training. However, if a you are doing it, and are blogging what your progress is for the weeks ahead, I would like to join you on the training (well in a virtual way); and eventually book myself to do another race.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYCRN 5/17/2012 1:13PM

    Go Leah! I did my first 1/2 marathon last year but wasn't able to properly train due to an inflammation of a hamstring or insertion site. But I still did it! And it was awesome. It was in Lake Placid NY and my husband, daughter, son and sister did it as well. This year I am TRYING to get my 5 K under 30 minutes. I don't know if I can do it but I'm going to continue to try. I am not having any pain issues so I think for now it is the way to go and as I get stronger maybe add in some distance again. (but I am a lot older than you)
Good luck! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NASFKAB 5/17/2012 1:25AM

  thaks inspiring

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHOAPIE 5/16/2012 6:26PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRISHMO1 5/16/2012 4:30PM

  good luck, you've inspired me to ramp up my exercise regime, running's not my thing but I definitely need to do more cardio Zumba style emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRAMPIAN 5/16/2012 3:56PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALIDOSHA 5/16/2012 3:39PM

    A great blog! Congrats.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NAENAEB 5/16/2012 2:23PM

  Amazing job Leah emoticon
Last year, i've started to run everyday then stop emoticon
My everyday busy life makes it so hard to even start emoticon
and with that I've gained so much weight.
I truly want to start again and the reason why is,
I have asthma and I want to build a strong breathing lung the natural way!


Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMAGEMLOVER 5/16/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSGETTENBY42 5/16/2012 1:44PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAINYC 5/16/2012 12:54PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMMY445 5/16/2012 12:06PM

    what a great blog! you can do this! you are worth it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYARTIST 5/16/2012 10:53AM

  emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TONYVAND1 5/16/2012 10:05AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BAUERP1258 5/16/2012 10:00AM

  I am totally in on this!! You are so inspiring Leah! So proud to have you as my sister! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LDRICHEL 5/16/2012 9:42AM

    Update: 15 team members so far. NOT TOO SHABBY, Y'ALLL!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NCSUE0514 5/16/2012 9:34AM

    YOU ROCK

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMFRANSGIRL 5/16/2012 8:51AM

    emoticon
You go girl!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIMIDOT 5/16/2012 8:48AM

    Sounds like fun! BUT... at 74 I think I'm a little too old to start running. Wish I could join you. Have a ball!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FARIS71 5/16/2012 8:27AM

    Ohhhhh, you are stretching me. I have a super friend/college roomie who lives in Indy. Hmmmmm . . . .

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUN_BAKE_BLOG 5/16/2012 7:20AM

    Awwww!! You are beautiful! I love the video blog and it is so great to see you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOGOULD 5/16/2012 7:18AM

    GO FOR IT! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIBRARYBELL1 5/16/2012 7:03AM

    YES!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BELLEMORTE83 5/16/2012 6:55AM

  That was a great video blog. You can count me in even though I wouldn't be able to be there for the half marathon. I could make my own route or do it on the treadmill the day of the race so I was still doing it with you. If that's a cool alternative with you all, I think that would be great motivation to take up running again.

Report Inappropriate Comment
VIXSTERLU 5/16/2012 1:43AM

    I am in baby!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WUBBY82 5/16/2012 1:34AM

    Oh Leah, you make me want to fly out to Indy for the mini-marathon - that would be EPIC!! LoL

Report Inappropriate Comment
KULA42 5/15/2012 9:21PM

    emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/15/2012 9:22:37 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
KULA42 5/15/2012 9:20PM

    Hi Jan:

Well i would love to run a 5k. How do i prepare for something like this... Can you send me suggestions or a plan. I think it would be awesome to do this and then meet face to face when the time comes... Count me in!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRESKA 5/15/2012 9:15PM

    God Speed! ;) it was cool seeing you on the video blog. cant wait to hear how many people you get going on it and how many stick with it! emoticon

I know YOU will!

Take Care!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRANCES-AGAPE 5/15/2012 8:13PM

    emoticon HI !

So nice to hear the voice
that goes with such an
enthusiastic blog !


emoticon WE can do it!

BLESSINGS!

emoticon emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
DBOWMAN830 5/15/2012 5:13PM

    Good for motivation. I can't run yet, because I am still recuperating from open-heart surgery. I am walking almost everyday now and soon I hope I will be able to jog. Your video renewed my enthusiasm. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DANILYNNG 5/15/2012 5:03PM

    So count me in as one of the crazies who's in! I just finished W3D1 of C25K, I'm planning on running my first official 5K on 7/28, so I'm as newbie as you. I've no desire to run a marathon, I've always told my husband a half marathon is lofty enough for my ambitions emoticon One that's a year away will be perfect!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KBRADFORD88 5/15/2012 4:35PM

    Ok. Looks like the word is out there. I think a lot can happen in a year-a Lot of GOOD things! Oh yeah. Kathy

Report Inappropriate Comment
LDRICHEL 5/15/2012 4:21PM

    JAN - You are PRECIOUS!!!! YES! You are on the team! emoticon

You can kick that city block in the rear, honey!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MADDIEKEEZER3 5/15/2012 4:20PM

    Leah (did I spell your name correctly?), you are a cute mess! I am Jan, your 70 year old, previously inactive (for a looong time), fan of yours. I am so very proud of you, dear. I live in Virginia, Southwest Virginia to be exact. I'm very encouraged by your enthusiasm and courage, so I will train with you and all the other folks who follow your blog and wish to participate with you. Of course, I won't be running any mini-marathon at my age, but I WILL walk, increasing my distance from time to time. Then I will walk/jog relatively short distances and go from there. My goal (as a 70 year old) will be to run the distance of an average city block. Keep in mind that I have to guess that distance, because I live in a quasi-rural area. All right, I'm on-board!

Comment edited on: 5/15/2012 4:40:59 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
KMSIMMONS1 5/15/2012 4:07PM

  Yes We Can!! Count me in as well. I will train for my goal in my hood and keep you nformed. You are a wonderful motivator! Let's roll!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JACKSON1224 5/15/2012 3:50PM

    You can definitely do this. You are very brave to branch out and try new things. I hope to also try "new" things one day soon. With you for inspiration I'm sure that I'll make it. It's so nice to have people that share the same goals.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISTENSJOURNEY 5/15/2012 3:26PM

    You can do it!!!! I am worried I can't! :(

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 5/15/2012 3:05PM

    Yeah!!! We're gonna do it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
YPSISHRINKY 5/15/2012 2:56PM

    I'm IN. emoticon

I'm training for a 5k in Sept. if i can do that, i can do this!

Wow! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENNNY135 5/15/2012 2:55PM

    I'm on board to help you train. When is this this HM and the name of it? Probably won't make it out there, live in Alberta, Canada but if I'm ever in your area you can bet I'll contact you and we'll go for a run.

Great idea and can't wait to start.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
THE_COUNTESS 5/15/2012 1:28PM

    Whoo! I love this! You GO girl!!
btw - You are beautiful, girl! What a great smile! ^_^

Report Inappropriate Comment
ON2VICTORY 5/15/2012 12:57PM

    hey spunky girl! sounds like a winner! let me know if I can help....

Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

A Brand New Happy Place

Monday, May 14, 2012

For the first time in many years, I feel completely and utterly happy.
Content.
In the best shape of my life - physically, mentally, emotionally.
Fulfilled.

It didn't come about the way I expected.
I never could have predicted things would work out quite this way.
It wasn't consistent with the framework I had set up for my life...but sometimes you have to step out of the box to find joy.

I didn't anticipate so much work.
And, yet, it's been easier than I thought it would be.
All it takes is a choice to keep going. Every single day.

And YOU did this.
You inspired me.
You pushed me past my fears.
You saw true value in me when I didn't see it in myself.
You have been there for me when I felt competely alone.
You are available all hours of the day and night.
You fill my head with dreams and ideas and inspiration.

Your tenacity and kindness caught me by surprise.
Your tenderness is so deeply felt.
Your example is what I am building this new life upon.
Your success is the driving force behind my success.

There really aren't words for how much I love you...for bringing me to this new level of happy - with myself, my life, my body, my heart.

Thank you. So very much.


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOANNHUNT 2/10/2013 10:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
VBA2009 2/5/2013 1:36PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LELERS 7/27/2012 12:33PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROJAKHAN 7/4/2012 11:14AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMILYDOODLE 6/4/2012 2:10PM

  way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CREECE1 5/28/2012 12:19AM

    Thanks for the encouraging words. I need to think about them frequently to help me stay in track. I have also that happiness comes from within.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JEANNINEMM68 5/26/2012 11:19AM

    Great!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHOOSE2BELIEVE 5/25/2012 3:07PM

    Awesome blog, thank you!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROGERSBABE1 5/24/2012 3:38PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRMAN9 5/21/2012 6:26PM

  You have touched, awed & inspired me. Thanks

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIMMIESUE2010 5/19/2012 10:58AM

    Thank you for posting this blog! I was just about to give up, yet again, when you I read this. You are an inspiration! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. - Kim

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLESAVER 5/19/2012 9:25AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRATEFUL_BEING 5/18/2012 10:59PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SMDUNSEATH 5/18/2012 10:04PM

  You are an inspiraation to all. You helped me to carry on and exercise! thank you

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARIANARENFRO 5/18/2012 9:58PM

    This is wonderful! I'm so glad for your success. It is the hardest part to get going to workout. Self-motivation is always a great this. YOU can do it!! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
COURTNEYO5 5/18/2012 9:47PM

    Awesome blog, girl! Those words couldnt have come at a better time for me. They were just what I needed to hear as I was beginning to lose sight of my journey and preparing to run away and hide. Your blog changed my mind and reminded me why Im doing this, for fufillment body and soul. Thank you emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENOWOK 5/18/2012 6:28PM

    And YOU inspire others to do the same! Way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSGETTENBY42 5/18/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon blog

Report Inappropriate Comment
CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 5/18/2012 2:44PM

    great post....

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLEMUS1 5/18/2012 1:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIAMONDBLUE24 5/18/2012 12:08PM

    Awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LESSISMORE2010 5/18/2012 11:59AM

    Very nice!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUDYHELP 5/18/2012 11:33AM

  emoticon emoticon what a inspiration!! It's a great way to start the day knowing that someone is happy. Keep it up!! I hope to follow in your foot steps. emoticon Judy

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYFULSPIRIT920 5/18/2012 11:03AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RIET69 5/18/2012 10:16AM

  Wonderful blog!! Thank you for sharing it with us. Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOMAR 5/18/2012 9:24AM

    A while back I realized that to know gratitude is to receive the gift twice. I think you know that, too. Congratulations on being where you are!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/18/2012 5:00AM

    What an uplifting blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JIBBIE49 5/18/2012 1:50AM

    Love seeing your featured in the Spark mail. What an honor.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEHGAN110611 5/17/2012 11:43PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSICFORLIFE2 5/17/2012 10:25PM

  WOW ! ..... WOW What a huge accomplishment. emoticon

I guess I need the same kind of support.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEGGIE0203 5/17/2012 7:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BESCATS 5/17/2012 7:00PM

    That's great !! It's good to see someone so happy with themself. Makes me smile. Keep up the good work !! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAK25 5/17/2012 6:40PM

    emoticon

You have inspired me, too.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMBER461 5/17/2012 5:30PM

  Great! Keep going. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LILBET1 5/17/2012 1:56PM

  emoticon Great going !!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIFE-FAITH 5/17/2012 1:12PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLUTTERFLI 5/17/2012 12:58PM

    emoticon emoticon
emoticon
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EUEK098 5/17/2012 12:31PM

    Great

Report Inappropriate Comment
VALA2903 5/17/2012 10:42AM

  emoticon

Thank you for inspiration!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNE007 5/17/2012 9:36AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRV038 5/17/2012 9:35AM

  emoticon Thank you!!

Comment edited on: 5/17/2012 9:36:50 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRAMPIAN 5/17/2012 7:17AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKNLOVE 5/17/2012 7:00AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TATTER3 5/17/2012 6:21AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAPPYMOON2 5/17/2012 2:04AM

  WOW !!! GREAT BLOG ! Very inspiring !

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORINA-MOMOF4 5/16/2012 9:20PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS_PERCEPTION 5/16/2012 3:45PM

    Thanks for sharing that inspirational post!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JHERTRICK 5/16/2012 2:43PM

  Keep up the good work! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TPETRIE 5/16/2012 1:12PM

  Great job! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NHEMBERGER 5/16/2012 11:24AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Important Information on Running

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I really can't find the words to explain how I have been feeling about the incredible outpouring of love and support from the Spark Community on the blog I posted Friday, in which I described my feelings of running a distance of 5k. I have tried to write a personal note back to everyone that left a substantial comment on that blog and I think I've got about 200 of you so far. The stories you have shared with me and the kind words of encouragement are enough to fuel a thousand future runs!

A lot of you also said that you were inspired to try running yourself. Or to push yourself further. That is a wonderful spirit and to think that I might be able to play a part in helping you be a better version of yourself is quite humbling.

Frankly, I was surprised to only receive two messages (so far) holding a warning (I expected many). I received a particularly helpful message from PAPAMIKIE, who is a certified running instructor. PAPAMIKIE made it clear that he was not at all trying to discourage me (or any of you) from achieving our running dreams, but that he wanted to make sure that we are clear on not only the benefits of running, but also the risks.

From PAPAMIKIE:

"60% of recreational runners in NA get injured every year, seriously enough to have to change thier running program. Most injuries are caused by doing too much too soon or running with bad form.

The problem with too much too soon, is that the damage is small and progressive and often goes unnoticed until it is noticed because something gives.

It is possible to just get out and run, and to do this safely (without a program like C25K). I did it. It is also posible to do serious harm by repeatedly asking the body to do too much.

I sometime compare this to putting on weight. We do this just a little at a time and we do not notice this, and then one day we discover we are overweight, and we may wonder how it happened.

I hope you will understand that I encourage your goal, I support running and I believe that people at various weights and various fitness levels can enjoy running. But I am also aware that lots of people do themselves harm by going at it in a way that leads to injury. I just wanted to bring this to your attention."

I just want to thank PAPAMIKIE for sharing this information with me. As someone who has been severely injured in the past (see my recent post, "Broken...But Still Strong"), I am ultra-aware of my body and especially my weakest areas, at all times. In fact, you should know that this morning I wanted to run, but because my ankle felt a little tiny bit sore, I have built in one more rest day. Also...just because I was able to run a distance of 5k and break one of my own mental barriers, it doesn't necessarily mean that EVERY run from here on out will be a 5k. It will all depend on how I am feeling that day and whether my body is able to handle that magnitude of a run that day. I cannot stress enough the importance of listening to your body.

Please do not misunderstand. I believe in every single one of you!!! I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that we can all do ANYTHING we set our mind to doing!!!

It would be irresponsible of me, though, to neglect all the facts:

1. As you see in every exercise video out there, a person should ALWAYS make sure their exercise program is OK with their doctor/personal physician. I got the all-clear from my orthopedic surgeons and my family doctor before I tried anything on these old broken/healed bones!

2. A trainer or an expert is a great asset. Even if you can't afford a trainer on a weekly basis, it is helpful to at least have someone to gauge your current fitness level and help you design a plan for the future. I've been lucky in that I haven't paid for a trainer, but have a couple of very close friends that happen to be personal trainers. And, when you're friends with a personal trainer, they tend to give you all the good advice free of charge.

emoticon

Don't forget, too, that there are experts out here on SparkPeople...all over the place! People like PAPAMIKIE and Coach Nicole - people whose lives are dedicated to helping people be successful in their fitness endeavors. All it takes is a bit of time and research to glean from their excellent wisdom!

3. FORM IS SO IMPORTANT. I'm sure I don't have perfect form (especially since I'm just a beginner). But I have to admit that for the majority of my run, my brain is laser focused on form. Mostly because of my past injuries. I worry that if I let my brain wander and just look at the pretty trees and birdies, I won't be paying attention and I will sprain may ankle or fall down. God knows I'm prone to falls! I really can't afford to break concentration with my list of bodily issues. So, for example, if you have trouble breathing doing the intro C25K runs, it might not be a good idea to push yourself any further just yet...until you have that breathing under control.

Like PAPAMIKIE, I don't want to dampen anyone's spirit or zest for running.

The truth of the matter is, I feel emotionally connected to all of you incredible people and I would be so terribly heartbroken if any of us were to get hurt or injured.

So, with that in mind, I thought it would be good to pass along this wisdom.

Make no mistake - I'm going to keep running!!! But I will be listening to my body and paying attention to my form and checking in with my panel of experts. And I will do it the correct way.

If we all follow these guidelines, we will have everything we need to not only reach our goals, but to be transformed into the very best we can be. I can't wait to see how we grow - AND how we shrink!!!

emoticon

Love to all of you!!!

emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MCJULIEO 5/26/2012 1:33PM

    Good advice that I will follow...

Report Inappropriate Comment
JEANNINEMM68 5/26/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you for the information.


Report Inappropriate Comment
SNOWSTARZ 5/18/2012 1:47PM

  Thanks for sharing. I'm planning to re-start running after a few years off and this was a good reminder to take it slow and listen to my body.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FORU2C 5/17/2012 9:31PM

    awesome blog, thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 5/17/2012 5:13PM

    Thanks for sharing....

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANDY_LU 5/17/2012 3:20PM

    Thanks for posting all this great information! I love to run! My knees have been bothering me terribly bad here lately. I couldn't figure out why. I've ran a million times before, so I couldn't understand why my knees were bothering me just all of a sudden. Then the light bulb went off! I had run a million times before, but not in these particular pair of shoes! So I'm going to get a new pair of shoes MADE for running! No more off days for me! I kept having to take "off days" by only doing upper body and core exercises because of all the pain in my knees. Now hopefully I can get back to running every day again. It's so very important to listen to our bodies!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DMANN104 5/17/2012 12:49PM

    emoticon
Great comments! Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ECHOKENT 5/17/2012 10:32AM

    Thank you so much for posting this! I started the C25k program and I couldn't get past week 3, so I stopped and started running on my own! I ran my first 5k last weekend and my legs have hurt ever since so my workouts have been limited this week. I definitely need to slow down, build the strength in my lower legs and build on my breathing. This is great advise!
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEAT7918 5/15/2012 6:29AM

    Well, good or bad, I tend to have the opposite problem of not pushing myself hard enough and not having the confidence to believe I'm capable of doing a lot of things...

But your warning is a good one and thanks for caring enough to share!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
APIKULENA 5/15/2012 2:50AM

  This is very important - to be aware of your body and NOT over do thing!
That is one of my issues - I tend to go all or nothing=(
But this time I decided to stick to the program=)My hopes are up for all of us - who's just starting!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MYSTERY-LADY1 5/14/2012 8:42PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JIBBIE49 5/14/2012 5:56PM

    How wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor!!! emoticon



Do watch HBO tonight "THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION" on the obesity problem. It is a four part series.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMMY445 5/14/2012 5:18PM

    thanks for the info! you can do this! you are worth it! have a great day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WRITINGDIVA1 5/14/2012 5:02PM

    Thank you for the warning, I'm aware of the need to be careful because I have hurt myself. The inspiration came to me from your ability to persevere and actually run. It also sounds like you were using your intuition and that doesn't lead us wrong. The key is to tell the difference between ego and intuition and sometimes it is hard.

Congrats again!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEAUTY_WITHIN 5/14/2012 5:01PM

    Thanks for the great info! Keep up the running!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RGCAKES 5/14/2012 4:50PM

  You'll know when you're ready to run. Your body will tell you. Everyone is different. Soon, you'll, just, take off! I was 55 yrs. old and ran my first 5K. I got a second place medal in my age group. The following year, I got a first place medal in my age group. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHOAPIE 5/14/2012 4:38PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CICELY360 5/14/2012 12:16PM

  Good info.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAINYC 5/14/2012 11:31AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 5/14/2012 11:21AM

    Great information. I just started 2 years ago at age 55 and have had my ups and downs. I haven't had a serious running injury so far, and my times when I've had to quit for a while for reasons not brought on by running. I love the Jeff Galloway method of walk/run intervals. I usually do 1 min run 1 min walk. I've lengthened the amount of time I can do these repeats and maybe someday I'll get to 2 min run 1 min walk or more, but like you I'm listening to my body. I am also slow. I'll never be able to compete with the younger runners, or even with some of the older runners. But that doesn't matter to me. The only one I compete against is myself. I strongly agree with everything you said and PAPAMIKE's great advice.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SERASARA 5/14/2012 10:51AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRANZFORMER 5/14/2012 10:40AM

  Thanks for sharing.

I started running yesterday for the first time in many years (17). I'm 55 y.o. now, I tried last summer and my knee became very sore. (bruised medial meniscus) I was limping.
But I had run on the street and was out of shape, unconditioned and 30 lbs heavier.
So I embarked on a Body For Life Transformation with Bill Phillips web site last July. Now some 10 months later...193lbs, I have weight trained for 8 months, and now spin cycle 3 days a week for 1 hour. Additionally, 2 days a week 1 hour of lap swimming. Core workout is 700 reps for Abs -situps, hanging knee raises, obliques, etc- 3-4 times a week. And more. So I want to participate in a Triathlon, but that requires running.
So I started yesterday ! What I have read is that heel strike running produces a shock to the knee equivalent to aprox 4 times the runners body weight. There are some great videos with measured strike force on the internet from (PrinceForefoot ball strike runners experiences about half that shock to the knee/joints/body.
Because I am quite fit cardio (52 bpm resting heart) the cardio part of running is not the big challenge. Guarding my knee from injury with form and technique is my focus.
So my first run yesterday was just over 25 minutes. Began with 5 min walk warmup. Jogged for 15 min's. 2 minute sprints twice in the last 10 minutes.
My foot landings were 100% forefoot ball strikes always.
My knee does not hurt nor have any feeling that it is ailing.
I don't know for sure if this is because now I am in very good condition overal regarding muscle tone and cardio capacity or the forefoot strike form I am using. I will continue my spin-cycle, swimming and running now and monitor my knees closely.
Here is one good site with videos for seeing Good Form Running with fore and mid foot strikes.

http://howtorunbare
foot.com/?p=53

http://ww
w.goodformrunning.com/learn-goo
d-form-videos/166-forefoot-vers
us-midfoot-versus-heel-strike

Blessings to all. emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/14/2012 10:46:14 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERRIJ7 5/14/2012 9:58AM

    Great information here! Thanks for sharing it along with your experience. Congratulations!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEARTS116 5/14/2012 9:42AM

    great blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIMIDOT 5/14/2012 9:02AM

    Thank you for your info. I've been wanting to try to run, but at 74 I decided not to press my luck. So I walk and try to speed up every so often.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FARIS71 5/14/2012 8:26AM

    You are awesome! Listening to your body is a great reminder - thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUN_BAKE_BLOG 5/14/2012 7:57AM

    Great info...And always such helpful people on SP!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIRDLSLAURIE 5/14/2012 7:50AM

    Thanks for the info. It's a great reminder to all of us that we can do anything we set our mind to but do it in an informed, safe way.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NCSUE0514 5/14/2012 5:24AM

    I'm not a runner, but understand the desire to make and meet a goal. I often take on too much too fast and can sometimes lose patience with myself (or lose interest in the goal) by not accepting non-instantaneous results. Papamike makes a lot of sense!

Good luck

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBK0923 5/14/2012 1:45AM

    you go girl, great blog

Report Inappropriate Comment
NANCYSINATRA 5/14/2012 1:34AM

    Thank you for your kind words back on my page. Just wanted to stop in and let you know that you did inspire me to run more. Today I thought would be a great day to see how far i could make it at a SLOW jog without stopping. I made it 1.79 miles, then had to stop for a drink. Took my drink, and made it to 2 miles, then I listened to my body, and walked.
I think it is wonderful that you did a follow up on safety. Again, thank you for sharing. Keep inspiring us. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/13/2012 8:17PM

    Thank you for taking the time to go over all of this. I have asthma so I have to be really careful due to breathing issues. My doc has said to go slow and not overdo it and not push beyond reason. With that said I'm trying to ease into the running mindset. I'm not following any set program right now, I'm just trying to see what this old body can do - I mean this year is the first time I've ran more than 2 feet in 40 years. Being a total klutz to have to be mindful of everything I do.
Thanks for your words of wisdom and caution!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCRAPPER1124 5/13/2012 1:17PM

    Thank You so much for taking the time to personally answer on my page. It does help a lot for me. It helps me push on knowing that there are truly others that are dealing with the same issues as myself. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
STACYDHOLMES 5/13/2012 12:17PM

    See, that is one of the things I admired about your original blog too--at no point did you just say "go do it", everything you spoke of about yourself and again in the post is about listening to your body, to your doctor and even to the experts, and all as an all around focus which is so true in many exercises and a good thing to remember always. You give yourself leaway to listen, not force yourself past the logical and practical....basically, I see it as now I know its okay to give myself permission to say "hey, maybe today isn't the best day to do this" and to move in another way for that day, reserving the more strenuous activities for better days. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DRAGONCHILDE 5/13/2012 10:31AM

    Papamikie has been an inspiration to me, too, and his advice has already improved my terrible running form; he's also why I'm waiting to start running again until I have my properly fitted running shoes (if my paycheck would ever get here.) Shin splints derailed me for over a month!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ON2VICTORY 5/13/2012 10:21AM

    You got the message, you are going to do great things if you keep tuned in like you are...once you start down the path of injury, forever it will dominate your destiny...sort of like the Dark Side of the Force....

Trust me I know...

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAPAMIKIE 5/13/2012 10:12AM

    Thank you for the kind word.

I sign of by saying "Good running and be careful out there."

Some commented that they got it but not everyone runs. I explain why I say to both runners and none runners and why I continue to say it when most who follow my post will have heard it before.

http://www.sparkpeop
le.com/mypage_public_journal_in
dividual.asp?blog_id=3902425>
and yes, it would be delightful to meet out on the course sometime, and stranger things have happened

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENNNY135 5/13/2012 9:45AM

    As a person with a past injury: fracture ankle in three places, now have a plate and screws in it, I have to listen to my body. Improving slowly, more rest days and lots of stretching. Great blog and have a great run.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WARMSPRINGDAY 5/13/2012 9:41AM

    It's exactly what I'm struggling with right now as I train for my 10K (walking not running, but trying to increase my speed) What should I push through and what should cause me to rest or back off/adjust. Trying to learn to listen to my body and learn what is muscle soreness and what is pain that needs to be heeded. Thanks for this good information.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BELLEMORTE83 5/13/2012 9:35AM

  I really enjoyed this blog post. I am always wanting to push myself through pain, and I have to fight not to do that because I know I can injure myself. I am trying to take it easier on myself until I get a baseline of fitness before I start trying to run again. I know if I do it now I will push too hard. I get discouraged very easily if I can't do everything at once. Your posts let me know that it's ok to rest and listen to our bodies rather than pushing. Thanks so much for posting.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Exercise Excuse #3: I'm Too Heavy - SHATTERED

Friday, May 11, 2012

I've previously mentioned that I started C25K last month just walking the intervals, thinking that I was too heavy to actually do the running sections and that I'd eventually be able to run when I'd lost about 20 or 30 lbs.

But then I began to read all sorts of stories about people that have run entire 5K races at 230 lbs or started their running at over 300 lbs...people who have now lost close to 100 lbs.

Exercise Excuse #3: I'm Too Heavy To Work Out

Not true. I'm here to share two very important breakthroughs that I had JUST a couple hours ago...this very morning.

I started running (for real, doing the running intervals of C25K) two weeks ago. Yes...as in...14 days ago. It was super tough. The first week, I was struggling through those runs...having trouble finding my breathing rhythm, only able to barely run 1.5 minute increments, etc. As I have done a few more runs, though, the running intervals have felt easier. Progress.

A few days ago, I decided that C25K was progressing a bit too slowly for me. I honestly felt I could safely go further and do more than the program was allowing me to do. So, I checked in with my trainer and we decided I could just cautiously TRY to do a run all on my own without the program to see where my boundaries are.

I found I was able to do 2.86 miles with much more running mixed in than C25K was allowing. This was a huge deal for me...and so I ditched C25K for good and decided to just listen to my own body. And, make no mistake, with my past injuries...I am hyperaware of my body and I will respect any hints of pain or weakness! I'm not an idiot! However, when I got home, mapped my run and realized that I had come SO close to the length of a 5K, I got a little idea in my brain.

After two days of rest from running, I woke up bright and early at 6am this morning and hit the pavement. Oh man, you guys...I did NOT want to do this run!!! But I have promised myself health and so much more...and I WILL NOT break my promise.

So, are you ready for the two humongous breakthroughs???

1. I did a full 5K in one hour. And, the best part is...most of it was running! Just a few walking intervals. But running actually felt better than walking!

Are you understanding this? I am 238 lbs and, after two weeks of running, I ran 3.1 miles this morning...before most of my part of the world even got out of bed or went to work!

2. Perhaps more exciting for me was something else completely unexpected.

Somewhere in the middle of that run, my body slipped into its "perfect run". I have a hard time articulating this, but basically...I stopped overanalyzing, stopped thinking about pain, stopped trying so hard and relaxed and it was like my body took over and settled into what IT wanted to do. There's a certain pace, a certain set of the shoulders, a positioning of the legs, a certain pattern of breathing that is just natural and calm and it drives you forward effortlessly. It's like finally getting into a groove that doesn't involve struggle. This is what keeps a runner going through the long races. And, truthfully...when I hit that place, it really WAS more comfortable running than walking. When I realized this had happened, I was just bursting with joy.

For the last quarter mile, I sobbed. With joy...with pride...with sadness. So many emotions just flooded from my heart.

I can't believe I did it.
I didn't know I had this in me.
I wish I could tell Aunt Lois. She'd be so proud! (grief)
I'm so thankful for all my fitness inspirations.
I did this myself, yet I rode on the backs of so many amazing people...thinking of them really got me through this run.
I love myself.
I feel like I'm flying.
I can do anything!
I feel beautiful.

I can do anything...and I can do it RIGHT NOW...at this weight.

Exercise Excuse #3: I'm Too Heavy To Work Out - SHATTERED!

UPDATE: If you enjoyed this blog about the "rewards" of running, I encourage you to read my next entry, which takes a little more detailed look at the risks. As in life, balance is a great thing and keeps us healthy. Spark on, friends!!!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOANNHUNT 2/9/2013 3:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
VBA2009 2/4/2013 1:22PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IFEOMA4 11/1/2012 11:00AM

  A big congratulations.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOGOULD 9/16/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon it's amazing what out bodies will do if we listen to them instead of that little voice in our heads that keeps saying "I can't" ROCK ON GIRL!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHARLOTTEJ 8/27/2012 5:13PM

    Way to GO!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MP3462 8/6/2012 7:45AM

  you go girl

Report Inappropriate Comment
REALKIEKEY 7/15/2012 1:05PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLJMOORE 7/11/2012 12:12PM

    Wow! quite inspiring! I've just started walking on a treadmill this week and after a few days I am already seeing that I am stronger than I think. I walk a little faster, a little harder, a little further everyday. I am looking forward to having a similar breakthrough as you! Keep on motivating!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROJAKHAN 7/6/2012 11:05AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLINAKATLADY 7/3/2012 1:39AM

    Been trying to get myself psyched to run. What was the program you did for two weeks prior? Where can I find it? I was elated and so inspired by your post. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYELLEN301 6/1/2012 3:20PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TPETRIE 5/28/2012 6:41PM

  Great job. It's amazing what challenging ourselves can do for our self esteem and the benefits we receive from it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RICHILA 5/26/2012 10:58PM

    Spark On! You Got This! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHOOSE2BELIEVE 5/26/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MCJULIEO 5/26/2012 1:29PM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Now I'm PUMPED!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JEANNINEMM68 5/26/2012 11:45AM

    Thank you for sharing your great experience. I too fall into saying that I am too heavy to do some things. I need to be more like you and just do it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAPPI2ME 5/25/2012 8:06PM

    Very inspirational... Grea Job!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEA6785 5/25/2012 8:14AM

    Your blog just made me tear up! It also has given me inspiration to get back into a fitness routine and maybe even give running another shot. Keep up the great work, and thank you so much for sharing:)

Report Inappropriate Comment
COURAGE4ME 5/22/2012 3:37PM

    Awesome Awesome-I'm just blown away. trying to find motivation for a healthy lifestyle. thank you for your inspiration! started SP at end of feb '12 and kept motivated for about a month and then wham lost it and disappeared. thanks again for this journal! Way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYM1962 5/22/2012 10:53AM

  what an inspiration - it makes me want to go out right now and try (too hot at 10 in the morning though - I think I will wait til tomorrow morning for the running and do something else today).

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARRKR 5/21/2012 2:11PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SERENAMICHELLE 5/21/2012 8:23AM

    I know how difficult it is in the beginning... I can totally relate to your sotory because at 260+ pounds I started running- not because I ever intended to, but because I had a ton of energy I wanted to get out on one of my morning walks. Since that day in the middle of February - I have worked my way up to 5+ miles running. I remember crying when I was finally able to reach 2 miles- it truly was a victory!

I'm currently 237 pounds and I'm aiming to be able to run a half-marathon. I've already run several 5K distances (on my own- not as a race) - and this weekend I'm planning on tackling 6.2 miles for my first 10K distance. I'm nearly half way there to my half-marathon distance!

With that said, I know not everyone is able to run at heavier weights due to physical pain or potential injuries (hips/knees/ankles). However, starting off with the right fundementals will definitely make a world of difference (namely- proper fitted running shoes and learning proper running form to prevent injury.

GREAT JOB GIRL!!!


Report Inappropriate Comment
SLJWATTS 5/19/2012 10:15AM

    What an inspriation- keep going you are awesome! I am going to be thinking of you when I hit the road in about an hour...

Report Inappropriate Comment
XMAC33 5/18/2012 5:14AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
STEPHENTDAILEY 5/17/2012 10:32AM

    I played football and ran track in highschool (at 180lbs.), so I too know this "spot". I had to drop out of school back then, and life was kinds bad from then on, for a long time. I started SP at 328lbs. I have started running part of my 2, 3, and five mile walks now at 280lbs. It is becoming easier and more exillerating. I really miss the runners high, like I was floating. Thank you for this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_CYNDY55_ 5/16/2012 2:15AM

    emoticon
emoticonto❤You❤
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NURSELAUREN 5/16/2012 2:11AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEED-TO-BREATHE 5/16/2012 12:28AM

    You go girl! I love that you kept your promise to yourself! Many of us forget to do that! emoticon. You give me inspiration cause I feel I am too heavy but after reading this post... I might not be after all. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DRWALLACE98 5/15/2012 10:50PM

  great job! and what an inspiration!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EARTHTONED84 5/15/2012 3:11PM

    This is so inspiring. I can totally understand the whole "perfect run" feeling. Keep kicking ass! I think today I will start that program up again. The sky's the limit! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KA_JUN 5/15/2012 12:50PM

    Awesome job! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/15/2012 12:45PM

    This is an awesome blog! COngratulations on your running success. I had all of those same emotions when I just decided to run a 5k. I cried, I laughed, it was very overwhelming. Well done!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELLIMINTY 5/15/2012 12:15PM

    Congratulations on finding your lope! Years (and years) ago I made a deal with my elementary school gym teacher (a friend of mine's dad) that I would run cross country if he would let me jump into the school gymnastics classes early.

I hated it then. HATED it. But I found my lope -- that perfect stride that you can continue for a long stretch with less effort.

Recently I've tried to start running again, and haven't been able to find my lope. I miss it. You've inspired me to keep trying!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAKT0610 5/15/2012 12:04PM

  After serving for 8 years in the Army, I have yet to feel what you described as your perfect run. I wished I had been able to feel that back then, but the military is all about uniformity of course :) I have just joined Sparkpeople and you are such an inspiration. What you said at the end really resonated with me, "I feel beautiful" Right in that moment. You aren't waiting until you reach the perfect size, or lost a certain amount of weight. You are beautiful all day everyday! Keep on pushing and God bless you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEGUITAR 5/15/2012 11:02AM

    That's fantastic Congratts to you. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PMILAZZO1 5/15/2012 10:32AM

  Way to go! You are AWSOME!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SEREN30 5/15/2012 10:02AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRIMSONFYRE 5/15/2012 9:42AM

    awesome!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
VOLLEYGIRL77 5/15/2012 9:33AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARENRNCM 5/15/2012 8:43AM

  THANK YOU for the inspiration!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AUSSIELOVE2 5/15/2012 6:55AM

    That adrenaline that kicks in.. I like how you referred to it as your body slipping into it's "perfect run". :) This is inspiring !! You will never know until you try! You could become paralyzed analyzing all the things you can't do or all the things that could go wrong... (and all the excuses)... but to prove yourself wrong and SHATTER the excuse is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BHOOMEESWAREE 5/15/2012 2:47AM

  Good motivation thank you a lot and keep it up



Thanks

Report Inappropriate Comment
MISSLISA1973 5/15/2012 2:38AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LREIGLE 5/14/2012 9:58PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LESSISMORE2010 5/14/2012 9:43PM

    Congratulations!!!! Thank you for the inspiration to get off my rear and do this!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PLUSSIZEWIFE 5/14/2012 8:33PM

    love the attitude and ambition... super inspirational emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DMSGLASS 5/14/2012 8:24PM

    Well done!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WHITEANGEL4 5/14/2012 6:59PM

    Awesome. You can do it and you did. Keep up the good work and you will be at the ideal weight for you

Report Inappropriate Comment
NIKKIG3 5/14/2012 6:45PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ON2VICTORY 5/14/2012 6:29PM

    wow, look at all the support! my buddy rawks!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 Last Page