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Genesis Shelter 5k - June 9, 2012

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Raced my second 5k this morning. This race was hosted by Genesis Church, who runs a low barrier homeless shelter here in Bloomington in the summer. Our church partners with the Genesis Shelter, so it was not only a great chance for me to get more experience racing, but it was for a great cause too.

No surprise hills on this run. This was a "there and back" race and happened to be the exact route I run on for every single training run during the week.

So, while the course was familiar (memorized), I still had some issues going in. Remember that huge blister on my left heel? It literally covered my entire heel and I drained and removed the skin from it on Wednesday. It was slowly healing but it was still pretty raw. Yesterday, when I ran two miles (yeah yeah...I just couldn't help it!), I did all I could to take care of it (Vaseline, blister bandages, running socks) and it was bleeding when I got home. Ugh.

I've realized that the shoes I am wearing are not cutting it. They are Champion walking shoes that I bought from Payless for literally $8. They worked GREAT in the beginning...they have extra padded soles and they were really comfortable when I started with my short runs. But, as I've upped my mileage and kicked my training up to 4 days instead of 3, things have drastically changed. I am convinced my blister problem and the soreness in my feet and legs after a run definitely have to do with improper shoes. I am looking to remedy that this week because I am worried about future injury if I keep wearing these shoes.

Anyway, back to the race. I protected the blister as best I could this morning, but just kind of went into it assuming I'd be running with some pain in the heel.

I recruited three friends to run this race with me. My friends talked me out of using music this morning, saying they wanted to chat during the run...so I left my ipod in the car. I wasn't so sure about running buddies because I've never run with anyone before...I usually just run on my own and I prefer it that way. I was also worried that a race situation was not a good first time for running with a partner (or three). But...what are you gonna do? I resigned myself to the fact that this would just be a fun, easy run with friends and I wasn't going to break any time records or anything.

Race started and I was super slow (as usual). Friends took off and left me in the dust. I yelled out to them and said, "You're the worst friends ever!" haha. They came back and ran with me and made fun of me for a good mile. I told them to go on ahead and said I'd catch them when they wore themselves out and had to stop and walk. But they stayed with me for awhile. About two miles in, two of us started walking and the other two kept going and our group split. My friend, Jenny, and I alternated between walking and running and talked the entire time. Talking the entire time did make the distance go by faster. Still, with the fast pace in the beginning, I figured we were done for on time.

I was surprised to cross the finish line with a time of 41:35 - a whole two minutes faster than my first 5k time. Just 1:35 less and I would have hit my personal best. I definitely didn't win any prizes for time, but apparently the church received a bunch of extra donated prizes from the sponsors of the race, so they decided to "raffle" the rest of them off. I ended up winning a $5 Starbucks gift card. Ha!

My next race isn't until July 28th - Color Run in Indianapolis!!! I cannot WAIT until that race! I also officially start my half marathon training plan this coming week, so I anticipate that the Color Run will be an even better time than today's.

Keep on keepin' on, Spark peeps. Who else raced today? How'd it go????

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/23/2012 10:02AM

    Yikes on the blister!! But congrats for another race!

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MARYJEANSL 6/14/2012 11:45AM

  Congrats! Running in pain is NO FUN!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/10/2012 7:04PM

  My husband hiked Half Dome. The moleskin pads are the best for blisters. The good running shoes are costly. However, Big 5 has huge sales. If you try on shoes at a nice store, such as Sporting Authority, then try and get them at REI outlets.

There is also a few stores online, but allow you to take them back or exchange. I thought the one I remembered was Zepo or Zaps or something like this with ' Z". You can google it. Anyhow, this way, you can sometimes get 2/1 price.

Good luck.

I'm sure you can find out from the pros' how to deal with blisters.

Oh, one more tip, I figured out, I wear 2 thick pairs of sock, then my foot doesn't slid around, or rub up and down on the ankle or heel. emoticon

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TARAH85 6/10/2012 4:42PM

    I was just in B-town yesterday evening! I think I even saw a poster for your 5k on the way down there. Anyway, congrats on your run. That's so awesome that you were able to almost achieve your personal best! I wanted to share that I love Asics for walking (they're actually running shoes, but I'm not actually allowed to run because of my heart defects, so I walk instead). They're very expensive--I think mine were around 115$--but well worth the money. I've used mine in rain, snow and hail for a few years now and still love them. If you use them enough, they may be worth the investment.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/10/2012 3:59PM


Hope your poor heel blister heels up quickly after that.

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MOMJULIEC 6/10/2012 3:54PM

    Way to go! You inspire me. Thanks for sharing.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/10/2012 3:47PM

    Great job!!!!! I am very proud of you. I too have big problems with blisters on my feet. The shoes that I like are Avia. I really like them but since they were not avaliable when I need new ones I got a pair of Saucony. I really like these too. Hope you find some good shoes soon. Keep up the good work.

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/10/2012 2:58PM

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Great job on the race. My favorite socks are Feetures. I did the marathon in them. I would recommend black because the white ones don't really wash bright white...but other than that they are great! Running shoes will make a difference. I wear Brooks running shoes. They are right for my feet, fit my arches. Have to find what fits your foot. Get fitted at a specialty running store. It will help a lot! You are a runner, gotta have the right gear! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
PS I've never gotten a blister from running. But I did damage a toenail in the marathon...It's growing back healthy but I did traumatize it, lol. Gotta keep the feet as happy as possible they are going to carry you to the next finish line!! Have a great next race!

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DIANNEMT 6/10/2012 2:39PM

    Get the shoes! You also need to trade them in every 400-500 miles. I just bought my 3rd pair. I will run in the new ones, alternating with the older pair till they hit their 300 miles (I don't always record the mileage) and then I'll use them as walk around shoes.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/10/2012 1:27PM

    emoticon You should get running shoes to run.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 6/10/2012 11:52AM

You really should not run in $8 shoes. They do not have all support you need and can lead to foot issues down the road. Most articles and books I read said that $80 was the minimum that one should spend for quality running shoes. Just a tip.
Keep up the good work though. Sounds like you having tons of fun.

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MOMMY445 6/10/2012 11:17AM

    glad to hear that you are doing a 5k! you'll definitely need good shoes for it! have a great day!

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STEPH2444 6/10/2012 8:58AM

  You have to get a pair of New Balance running sneakers. I went to a professional running store and they fit me for them what a difference. I was also told to get special socks that were not cotton. I wear them all th time. I love them so much. Congrats to you on your 5 K. That time is great. Right now my pace is very slow but I can run the entire 5K at 49 minutes.

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/10/2012 8:31AM

    You will be amazed at the difference when you get a running shoe. Congrats on your race and jackpot (the Starbucks card).

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JIBBIE49 6/10/2012 8:07AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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CROETHLE1 6/10/2012 7:05AM

    All the others are right, new shoes! I love my ASICS, expensive, but well worth it for good running shoes. They are like a hug for my feet :)

Great job on the 5K, keep up the good work
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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/10/2012 6:10AM

    Dang girlie...you have to get some new shoes!! No sense in risking injury! Glad it went well today. So proud of you!

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FATBUSTINMOM 6/9/2012 11:21PM

    Congrats! Great job! I'll be running a 5K race on July 21.

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AMEHHH87 6/9/2012 10:52PM

    That is great! I can't wait till my first 5k on July 4th! Reading your blogs about just running in general, and especially running the two 5ks, just makes me get all excited and pumped up about my 5ks that I have planned. I am signing up with a bunch of girls from work to run the Color Me Rad 5k in September, which is going to be soooo much fun! I think it's the same idea maybe as your Color Run 5k you were just talking about. Can't wait!

Well, keep up the fabulous hard work and dedication! You give inspiration to us all!

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GOING-STRONG 6/9/2012 10:34PM

    You DEFINITELY need to get as good a pair of running shoes as you can afford. I had pain in my hip after running for several months before I got a new pair of shoes and realized that with the new shoes the pain was gone! It is amazing how much difference a good pair of shoes (and socks!) will make in the quality of your run. Congrats on your 5k results and looking forward to hearing about the Color Run. Spark on!

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WONDERWOMAN 6/9/2012 9:03PM

    OMG!!! I cannot believe you are wearin $8 shoes from Payless. Girl - you are now a Runner with a capital R. If you want to keep running and not chance major injury, you need to invest (and yes I mean INVEST - they are expensive) in the right shoes. Go to a running store (or online - a couple sites have good tools) and get assessed for the right shoe and BUY IT!!! I can't believe how incredibly great you've done in those!

Great race report. I love reading what you accomplish every single day. Go get em at the color run. I want to do one so bad. I saw a bunch of girls walking around the Farmer's Market in Denver all colored up after their run when I was there.

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/9/2012 8:22PM

    Athletes need the right equipment, Miss Leah! Splurge on those runners~ you, my dear, have earned them. I am so incredibly proud of you. Every time I read of your progress, or your perseverence, I am floored. YOU ROCK! Congrats on your run! Now put your feet up, rest, and recoup, and have a great weekend! emoticon

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DANILYNNG 6/9/2012 7:45PM

    The fact that you've done all you've done so far in Payless sneakers just floors me. I'm afraid of what you'll accomplish in the right running shoes! emoticon

Great, great job today!

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HEALTHY4ME 6/9/2012 7:34PM

    I am doing the 5k walk for arthritis tomorrow am. First walk that is organized that I have attended. I have sciatica acting up and dr suggested I not walk it but I am goign to take it slow. I walked 5 k on tues as a practise and went in 47 mins but that wasn't with as much pain as I am having. I am determined to walk the 5k even if it takes me an hr.
I will rest, ice and take my morphine after the race!
CONGRATS to you and you take care of the blister!!! OUCH!

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DESTEEGIRL 6/9/2012 7:12PM

    Great job for persevering through the pain! I agree on the running shoes. I have found my walking shoes are heavy and my running shoes are much lighter and easier to run in.

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AWOOD1973 6/9/2012 6:14PM

    Awesome job on your time! Definitely DESERVE new shoes!!! Way to go!!

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LINDAK25 6/9/2012 6:12PM

    YES! You did it! Congratulations! I have to admit I don't run (I'm a candidate for knee surgery and the doctor would kill me if I ran), but I walk. I need to be fitted for better sneakers, too. Even walkers get foot pain and blisters. Worse yet, I wear the lightest socks I can find instead of sport socks, which I know is the worst thing you can do. I'm finally realizing that if you are going to commit to doing something then it'ss worth going all the way. So that means spending the extra money and being fitted for the right shoes for you and getting the right socks, as well.

That being said, I am so thrilled for you. You finished with a great time and ran without your music! Yes!

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KAREN42BOYS 6/9/2012 5:24PM

    Great report, and yeah dead running shoes hurt your feet. My last pair pronounced themselves dead with pain on top of my feet. Go to an actual running store to get properly fit. They may even have a running club with some nice slow people in it.

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SPARKL3 6/9/2012 5:09PM

    Congrats on your race today!!! Woohoooooo!!

Three words: Shoes, shoes, SHOES! And this time, expect to pay more than $8 for them! emoticon

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    Congratulations on your great time! Way To Go!!! I've heard a lot about how important it is to get good (costly) running shoes. Many people recommend going to a running store where they will fit you for free. Granted, they're very expensive ($60-$110), but it's worth it if you're dedicated to continuing running! I'm reading a couple of books about running which also mention running socks. =-) Hope your heel heals soon!

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JEREMY723 6/9/2012 3:33PM

    Highly, highly recommend going to a running shoe store. My first time I spent an hour at a New Balance store and the pair wasn't cheap, but was well, well worth it.

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MARATHONDAD 6/9/2012 3:17PM

    by nuskin for your blisters and yes buy new shoes. congrats on your race and good luck on the half training. remember if you have any questions you know how to find me

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KEIPONY 6/9/2012 2:50PM

    Great job on the race, sorry about the blister. Everyone is right though, get a good pair of shoes since this is your new lifestyle! Need to protect those legs and feet. emoticon

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JENNNY135 6/9/2012 2:44PM

    Congrats again. You should also check for running socks, there are socks that minimize blister formation. They are more expensive but well worth it. And running shoes make a big difference too.

All the best for your next race.

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SWEDE_SU 6/9/2012 2:44PM

    get thee to a running store! there must be one in your area where you try on at least a dozen pairs of shoes and they watch your gait and pick the right type and you can run around the block and choose the ones that feel&fit best - you are a runner! running shoes!!

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But I Can't...

Friday, June 08, 2012

I have not run since Tuesday. I haven't really cross-trained either. I had scheduled a 3-mile crosstraining walk on Wednesday. Ended up taking the kids with me, thinking they'd be fine because they are young and in shape. They were not fine with 3 miles. Bunch of wussies! Lol. Actually, the problem was the 4 year old boy. Are you kidding me? The kid has so much energy we can barely keep up with him EVERY other time in life...EXCEPT when we go for a walk. Sheesh. Turned out to be a 1.8 mile walk or something...and a very slow one at that. I didn't feel like I got any sort of a workout at all, although I'm sure I must have burned some calories.

All that to say, I feel like a big blob and cannot WAIT for my 5k race tomorrow morning. It will feel SO great to go on that run. And the best part is...it is taking place on the same trail and stretch that I run in every single training run. No surprise hills this time! Should be a GREAT run.

Been thinking about the Boilermaker Half and reviewing my training schedule and, you know, when I look ahead at the next 18 weeks, I feel a bit nervous. The distances in training don't look terrible. And they certainly build slowly enough, but when I see that number of 13.1, I will admit...it scares me to death and intimidates me quite a bit. Knowing that once I pass the 10-mile mark, there will be all sorts of new things for me to learn (refueling while running, hydration systems, special diet restrictions and additions/subtractions, types of running gear, etc.) It seems like an entirely different world and, quite honestly, I think to myself at times, "Do I have it in me?" CAN I actually handle this? Am I really ready for this to be a SPORT? Am I an ATHLETE? Seriously? What if my injured body just can't handle this intense of a sport?

I just coughed up $5 and bought the July 2012 issue of Runner's World Magazine last night. When money is involved, you know I've got an addiction. haha. There is a great page this month (pg. 26 for subscribers) that touched me to the core. Written by Debra Witt, it is just a short little blurb, but it stunned me into silence.

What It Takes To Run A Marathon After 25 Surgeries

In 2004, Janet Oberholtzer, of Pennsylvania, was in an RV that collided with five semis. Days later, she came out of a coma, only to face 25-plus surgeries, many on her left leg. Her doctors doubted she'd run again, but Janet kept the faith, and by 2011 she was running half-marathons. In May, on the eighth anniversary of her accident, the 46-year-old ran the Bob Potts Marathon.

"I'm so thankful now that my legs carry me on a run." - Janet Oberholtzer

WOW. You know, my 5 measly broken bones don't seem like such a big issue in light of this story! My extra 89 lbs of weight seem like a mere blip in terms of hardship when taken into consideration. I'm young. I'm fairly healthy and getting healthier every day.

I receive so many comments on my blogs - many are telling me that I inspire them, etc. I love these comments. I also get comments like this:

I can't run and I'll never be able to.
I wish I could run.
I will try running when I have lost some weight.
I can't do it, but I'm glad you can.

Obviously, I'm not a doctor and I don't know everyone's individual situation. And, certainly, there ARE medical reasons for not being able to do a jarring activity such as running. And, frankly, some people just don't LIKE to run and there is nothing wrong with that either. People have gotta find what they LOVE to do...it's the only way they'll keep moving for life!

But I also wonder how many COULD do it...if they wanted to? How many just THINK they can't do it, but haven't really tried? How many just haven't decided that they want to take charge of their health and push their bodies to bring about change?

Like I said, I have no way of knowing. I just know that I hate that "C" word now. If anything, I have taught myself that there is no such thing as CAN'T. And I have just begun. Will you just IMAGINE the possibilities when I actually get GOOD at this sport after many months and even years of training?

So, on second thought, let's pull that 18-week program out again and have another look. Yes, this looks very do-able. No problems whatsoever. Let's MURDER this training schedule! Boilermaker Half Marathon, brace yourself...cause I'm coming for you in October.

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DENNETJ 6/11/2012 10:55AM

    It does take a lot to remove that C word from our vocab sometimes. I know I struggle with it all the time.

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AMYBUTLER10 6/11/2012 10:48AM

    Thank you.... I know I can.

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FARIS71 6/10/2012 5:03PM

    That's true - we can do anything we want if we are determined to do so. Never say never!

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NEWTINK 6/10/2012 7:56AM

    You are an inspiration. There are so many mornings that when I walk I think if she can run so can I. However the reality of the situation is that I am not able to physically at this moment who knows a hundred pounds from now my foot might co-operate with me and let me but right now it is just walking. But I am not saying that will be the same next year. However if I ever am able to You will know it I promise ...

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DIANNEMT 6/9/2012 10:02PM

    I have done 2 5Ks--I have never run before this past year--and I don't know if I want to continue. BUT I have DONE 2 5Ks so I am a runner if I want to continue. (I just got a new pair of running shoes....but we'll see what happens!)

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/9/2012 5:56PM

    You DO have it in you. You CAN do it. When are you starting your training for your half?
Refueling, gels, it's not that complicated...You'll get there.
So many of us CAN do more than we think.
I have been able to get my 5 year old up to 2 miles but they are sloooww and a lot of whining and "can we go home now?"
The trick to keeping her moving is racing her to the next tree/ stop sign/ corner, etc. She stays much more interested. Walking or jogging for a long period will only bore her. So I try to make it fun. Great that you were able to take the kids on a walk but it doesn't really feel like you got a workout....I know the feeling.
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HEARTS116 6/9/2012 4:46PM

    Great work!!

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FATBUSTINMOM 6/9/2012 12:26PM

    Good luck on your 5K today! Cant wait to hear how it went. How cool that you have been training on the very trail of the 5K race. About the half-marathon, I feel the same way you do! My main concern is my bladder, it's small! LOL. You are inspiring me to want to try one, though.

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/9/2012 9:30AM

    Enjoy your run. I have run off and on for years and I am embarrassed to say that because I'm slow and don't have that graceful look of a gazelle. I huff and puff and struggle and yet I still want to do it. Thanks for putting some things in perspective for me because while it's not pretty I CAN do it. Good luck. Can't wait to hear about your race.

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BAMARSH8 6/9/2012 7:59AM

  When my children say "I can't", I always answer back, "Really? You can't or you won't?" Now I need to ask myself that....challenged anew!

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LEANSNOOPY 6/9/2012 7:50AM

  You're wonderful inspiration! Have a great run!

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    If anybody can do it, it's you! Best of luck on your 5K!

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WALLINMW 6/9/2012 7:28AM

  great work!

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ILUVTTV 6/9/2012 7:21AM

    Hope you have a great run today!

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JIBBIE49 6/9/2012 6:32AM

    emoticonWOW, how grand to have your BLOG FEATURED in the SPARK MAIL. What an honor. You are certainly an inspiration to thousands of people. emoticon

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XTINEMAS 6/9/2012 5:55AM

    I've been running 5k races, started this year in February and I'm now eying a 10k race coming up on labor day. I recently printed out a training schedule for that so it's something to look forward to. You know, running is addictive, but it's a good addiction! All the best with your race today!!

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LIZALOT 6/9/2012 3:02AM

    Leah, your blogs are always full of inspiration and intelligence and kindness. It's true that not everyone can or even wants to exercise. I spent most of my life avoiding it, except when I went swimming, which I love. (BTW, a few years back, I went swimming 3 times a week and got up to 60+ lengths, and lost an amazing amount of weight. Put it all back on though...)

I'm thrilled you're signing up for a half marathon! Go for it!!!!

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STRIVER57 6/9/2012 1:48AM

    you are totally right that more people than think they can can run ... and also that people should choose something they enjoy as their exercise. the thing is, frequently you have to learn to do it before it becomes something you enjoy doing. i didn't enjoy running when i started ... but i loved the feeling of coming home knowing i had done something i really didn't think i was capable of. and i signed up for a 6K before i started even (in late April, for an early september race) so i had a goal and was able to say, and if i don't like it by then, i'll find something else. and the rest is history.
btw, i don't think you need to learn fueling and major food changes for halves. which is part of the reason i've chosen it. i eat pretty clean and i don't think those fuel bars and gels are real food. my running coach says a half is the longest distance you can run and still enjoy going out to dinner that evening! (she is btw an ex-sparkie who lost more than 150 lbs and has kept it off and loves exercise of all kinds -- she's also a soccer coach!).
have a great race!

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WONDERWOMAN 6/8/2012 9:37PM

    A very close friend of mine is actually friends with Janet and going to be running with her in a couple months. An amazing woman, isn't she?

You know...you are right, the truth of the matter is some people just can't manage to build to that distance due to injury, pain, or maybe just realizing it's not for them. And there is no shame in that. The goal is to be healthy and happy however you choose to do it. For you, I'm pretty sure you will and can run there. Don't play mind games with yourself getting there though. The longer distances are in the future. Work on each phase as you reach it. We are all still evolving. If only you could have seen what I was wearing for my first HM (I was not prepared and did not train for the drastic turn in weather the night before). This is one of the best places I know to get guidance and advice. I'm loving watching you grow and progress. Have a great race tomorrow.

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LINDAK25 6/8/2012 9:21PM

    Have a great run tomorrow!

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GOING-STRONG 6/8/2012 9:06PM

    Yes you can do it and you will! Spark on!

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/8/2012 8:09PM

    Your blog inspire me to keep pushing. I am not interested in running at all but that might change down the road. I have come to the realization that I can lose this weight and I can get healthy if I just keep my focus and don't beat myself up when I trip up.

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    You are an INCREDIBLE inspiration! Just keep doing what works for you! I get so much strength from your blogs and status updates! I just left a comment on your feed ... saying I live for the day when I can get in a "quick 2 mile run" ... I think your progress is wonderful and I'm so grateful to you for sharing your journey with us! It really helps ... emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 6/8/2012 6:12PM

    Tip for walking with kids -- let them bring their scooters. Suddenly it's fun to them, and they can just coast on them when they're feeling weary or feel like big stuff for zipping ahead but still not really being that far from you. :)

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FRESKA 6/8/2012 5:32PM

    hey, sorry your walk was lame. i would have started running and challenged them to keep up! ha. even the 4 year old. lol but if its not their idea its not as fun. but let them out with friends and they'll run all day!
hope you have a great race tomorrow!

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JENNNY135 6/8/2012 4:56PM

    Don't forget this is your race and no one elses. You can walk during the race, I do it all the time. Running is a mental sport and one way of making yourself stronger is challenging those preconceived notions we all carry with us. I can't do it, I'm too fat, I'm too old, I can't run the whole thing, I'm too slow.

So take one run day at a time, some days will be great and others will be awful part of the game. Just visualize the moment you cross that finish line and get that medal around your neck - it's all worth it.


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SWEDE_SU 6/8/2012 4:54PM

    you are such an inspiration - your blogs make the reader feel that anything is possible - and now i went and signed up for a half marathon too!

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PASKALINI 6/8/2012 4:49PM

    DO IT!!! MURDER THAT TRAINING SCHEDULE!!! Good luck and enjoy your 5k tomorrow!

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AWOOD1973 6/8/2012 4:45PM

    Good for you, purchasing that mag for a little inspiration. This has now lead us to be inspired by you! We know that you can do anything that you put your mind to... You already have proven it to yourself and will continue to get better with time!!! Great blog, Leah!! :-) Thanks for always being inspiring!!

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POISONGIRL999 6/8/2012 4:28PM

    You CAN do it. You are truly and inspiration. I look forward to reading your blogs so much.

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123ELAINE456 6/8/2012 4:20PM

  Awesome Blog!!! My age is against me on regards to running. Also health problems prevent me from even trying it let alone doing it. Smoking ruins your health and what you can do. So please do not start and if you smoke try to quit. Or Just Quit. You inspire so many people. This is the way to go. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week. Go Get Them. You Can Do It.

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SPARKL3 6/8/2012 4:14PM

    If you hate the "can't" word, read on.

I wanted you to know that this week I attempted to do something I had been afraid I could never do. There is a "mountain" (probably more like a bluff or a butte or something) that's here in my hometown. I hadn't climbed it since I was a young girl, and ever since, the mountain has always seemed huge and imposing. I thought it must be impossible for me to climb it now that I'm much older and (still) overweight. Well, I DID climb it this week---three times!!! I climbed it twice on Monday (the batteries went dead on my camera after the first climb, and I was bound and determined to get some pictures---so I went back up AGAIN, the same day) and then I climbed it again yesterday!! I proved to myself that I CAN do things that seem to be impossible!! I can't tell you how exciting that is!! And it's because of YOU. You always encourage and inspire me in your blogs to push myself past my own roadblocks.

What's next for me? Who knows?! I think the sky's the limit!! emoticon

I just wanted to take the time to thank you. I always look forward to reading your blogs for encouragement.


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GODIVADSG 6/8/2012 4:10PM

    I was lucky enough one year to train under an elite runner. He would always tell me to take one mile at a time. It works so well. Then I also got advice to take it 10 minutes at a time... don't look at miles look at time. Can you go 10 more minutes? Yes ,you can! emoticon I am living proof that you can go from walking a mile to running half marathons and a marathon! It just takes consistency. You have to commit. Some day's will be great running and some will not. You just do it over and over and over!! I love what running teaches me and the journey involved in distance running. You can do it! Keep reading Runners world. You will be inspired beyond measure. I know I have been and love that magazine! Run Happy!! emoticon

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HAWAII5YEARS 6/8/2012 3:22PM

    Okay, I didn't cry this time.
I did feel motivated, though.
I still won't be taking on any running at this point, but I feel like I may be able to tackle a 5 mile charity walk.
And tomorrow morning I will walk 5K on the treadmill as a tribute to you.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/8/2012 2:38PM

    We all fall victim to the "comparison" mindset, but the truth is, you just have to try and see if you succeed. And running is nothing more than really fast walking.

Right now, I have no marathon aspirations, but I'm putting away my "I'll never do that!" mindset because who knows what tomorrow will bring!

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AMANDA_C 6/8/2012 2:36PM

    Thank you for this post! I thought I was the only one having a rough week or so but you are the third or fourth blog today that mentions a rough week. I really want to start training for running again & just seem to keep putting it off.....

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SNEVIL1 6/8/2012 2:17PM

    I started looking at marathon training programs and got scared. I havent done a 5k yet so i guess its like my eyes being more ambitious than my legs lol. But why not one day!? I am 24 and have less than 40 more lbs to lose. I dont have kids and dont have any major ailments. Ppl do it with sooo many more obstacles. I agree that ppl r so quick to say thats great for u but i cant. Or i wish i had that time. YOU control ur own actions. YOU have to decide to make it happen. Cant wait to hear how ur 5k goes and please post how the half marathon training goes. If u like that program i mite do it too.

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Itís Your Turn To Help Me Out

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The other day when I got out of the shower, I saw my 9 yr old looking at herself in the mirror. She was standing there, holding her shirt up and looking at her stomach. This horrified me. My daughter is not overweight. She was chubby when she was little (around 2 yrs old) and I was told by the nurse at the WIC office that she was going to be obese. That made me SO angry. Then, the woman had the nerve to say, ďYouíre the mom. Itís your fault.Ē What a b*%$h. Even though I knew she was right.

We made a lot of changes to what she was drinking (she had been drinking non-stop juice and chocolate milk and hardly any water at all). We watered down her juice and used the 25% less sugar Nestle Quik powder instead of buying already mixed chocolate milk or using syrup. We also sometimes substituted with chocolate soymilk and she never even noticed. She got involved in gymnastics and all the weight just fell off within a year. She has been fit, trim and in great health ever since.

She has never worried about her weight. But you could see how this could happen with Mom making this huge lifestyle overhaul. I wonít eat the same things that everyone else in the family eats (and they wonít eat what Iím eating). I weigh myself pretty often and the kids are aware that Iím away from the house a lot more now so I can get my runs and workouts in. In their eyes, I must seem rather obsessed. Well, I kind of am.

There have been some positives from this. They are sometimes curious about this new food mom is eating and they are getting curious enough to at least try bites of things. They are used to seeing me exercise now and they sometimes join me if Iím doing some sort of workout video or lay right down next to me and try to copy my crunches or push-ups. They are definitely proud of their mom and they see my body changing and they do mention it.

But then there is this moment with my daughter, where I donít quite know how to explain to her that Mommy really DOES need to lose 100 lbs. Itís not just a vanity thing or some fad diet. Itís so I donít die. Period. I donít think I handled this moment well because I simply gasped and said, ďNo! Donít you do that! You are BEAUTIFUL!!! Donít ever forget that!Ē

The truth is, she eats junk food ALL THE TIME. She does have the potential to gain weight. And childhood obesity is real. Sheís fine right now, but I worry that if she keeps eating the way she is, she wonít always be fine. We live with my in-laws (who have their own full kitchen downstairs). My father-in-law is in the beginning stages of Alzheimerís and heís a stubborn old Marine. He is a junk food junkie. This dude goes to the grocery store and comes back with Fig Newtons, Oreos, Lays and cinnamon rolls. Seriously. We have asked them to not let Anika eat so much junk (or any) but he is constantly giving it to her. The kids sneak downstairs whenever they want a treatÖwhich is very often.

Iím nervous because this is a delicate subject to bring up with a girl that is about to enter her pre-teen years. I donít know how to have a good talk about this subject without making her self-conscious.

The best I can come up with is to talk to her about HEALTH and not weight. I thought maybe we could watch something like ďFood, Inc.Ē together or ďWeight of the NationĒ and maybe talk about what we learn from that. Sheís a smart girl. She just needs to be educated on whatís best for her body.

What do you think, SparkFriends? Have any of you talked to your pre-teen daughters about this stuff and how did you go about it? I am asking for help. Because this is new territory for me.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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TERRRI 6/8/2012 6:47PM

    My first thought is did you ask her what she was looking at? Maybe she was wondering what her navel would look like pierced! LOL!

I wouldn't sit and have a talk. On going "teachable moments" have more lasting value. At 9 years old she shouldn't be concerning herself with calories or be worried about food at all. I also don't see the need for her to watch documentaries about food and health. At 9 she should be worried if she missed watching her favourite cartoon.

My "kids" are 19 and 20 years old now and neither have an eating problem nor are they over weight. As they were growing up we all at the same meal. You really should start having family meals. There must be some way you can eat the same food as your kids either by just having all the food there for everyone to choose from but it doesn't mean everyone has to have some of everything on the table just that it is available to choose from. I always served 2 veg at dinner - one I knew the kids would eat and the other might be one everyone likes or maybe it was new to everyone. The point is the choice was there. For short period of about 6 months my kids were really picky and if they didn't want dinner their only option was a pb & j sandwich.

When we would go grocery shopping we spent a lot of time looking at the different fruit and vegetables. Every grocery trip we would choose something new that we had never tried before. Sometimes we made good discoveries and it became a new staple in our diet but sometimes it was a total miss. Other times we would do taste tests with our purchases. If there are 3 different types of peppers buy one of each so everyone can taste them and decide which they prefer. This always made it fun to eat healthy food and not something that had to be done!

We grew peas and strawberries and they were there for the kids to eat when they were out playing in the yard. It was the only time my son would ever eat peas. When we lived where there were u-pick farms we would make trips there and pick some fruit to take home. Of course the kids also got to eat some while they worked and the parents do most of the work but again an experience to enjoy.

Can you let your kids know that having a treat with Grandpa should be special and treats aren't special if you do it everyday. Every time they eat something that Grandpa gave them mark it on the fridge with a magnet. After a week you can show them how often they are having "treats" they might be surprised to see how often they are having treats. Then let them know they can only have so many treats a week. Ask them what their favourite treats are. If they can only have 4 treats a week and don't like oreos as much as they like ice cream then maybe they will pass on the oreos and wait for Grandpa to have ice cream or what ever their treat is. Could they also offer a treat to Grandpa? Maybe make a big fruit salad and take it to share?

I wouldn't label food good or bad. If you eat a food that is bad are you going to feel bad about your self because you ate it? I would just let them know that some food is healthier for your body than other food is and that is why the healthier food should be eaten more often. The food that isn't as healthy should be eaten less often and as a treat. I also wouldn't say every "saturday" you can have a treat because then every "saturday" whether they are hungry for it or not they will make sure they get their treat.

When my kids were little and we went to the play ground I played with them. Sometimes we would play follow the leader and that is quite the work out! Make exercise fun for them as kids and not a chore that has to be done to stay healthy. If it is fun they will do it. Go on family hikes, not all activities have to be cardio just be out doors as much as possible.

Sorry if I am rambling. Your kids are gorgeous and I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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LILYPAD12311 6/8/2012 1:48PM

    This is a sensitive topic,,,, and one that must be approached with love and understanding...... you obviously love your daughter very much and do care about her health. I have a 14 year old and she is very sensitive about the topic because her father use to constantly tease her about her "baby fat".... that never went over well,,,,, but you faces more challenges because she has grandparents that follow the "old ways",,, giving kids candy is ok when you only see them once in awhile or once a week,,, but on a regular basis,,, it is not good for their health... unfortunately, you cannot change them,,,, so you must lead by example,,, it is hard,,, but you can do it.... I take my daughter on walks with me and really make sure that I have her favorite fruits in the house,,,, I drink tons of water and she started drinking water,,,, at night I love to snack ,,, and I noticed that she started doing the same thing ! YIKES! So start slow but ask her to join you in a healthy snack and give your family a healthy meal that you can join in with them,,,, hope this helps.... You will do well because I know that you will handle it with love (ps...that nurse was horrible to say such a stupid and mean thing to you!) emoticon

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/7/2012 6:07PM

    I have chubby kids. I do. And I get that as a parent I am responsible (at least partly) for this. I am scared of the moment when my little daughter, who gladly shakes her tushie with abandon and has no awareness of the baby pudge hanging out near her belly button, decides that she isn't the most beautiful princess in the world. Even so, we have made some changes toward "healthier"~ in our home fruit and veggies are "free" foods. That means you don't have to ask Mom first. You can eat as much and as often as you like. And I keep it accessible~ right now there is cubed watermelon, washed cherries, strawberries and grapes in my fridge. Bananas and oranges on the table. I do the grocery list, so I rarely buy junk food. Cereal seems to be a big deal for us~ serving size is usually 3/4 to 1 cup... not the two bowls and half gallon of milk that the teen thinks it is. So we are working on portion size. My two youngest often go to the market with me, so we are reading a LOT of labels together lately. And they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE planning meals and going to the farmer's market to find the 'good stuff'. We don't use that dirty 4-letter word: D-I-E-T. EVERYTHING that goes into our mouth is our diet. I often compare it to the zoo signs: "do not feed the animals~ they are on a special scientific diet". I tell the kids there has been a lot of research to see what 'scientific diet' is best for humans, too. And we check into that together. Mostly we make it not a big deal. We shower each day, we brush our teeth, we go to school, we play, we laugh, we love on each other... eating is just another activity in our day. If you've treated your friends well, if you've smiled more than frowned, if you've made your best effort and had the right heart attitude, and if you've moved your body (we love an inpromtu family dance party, btw...) then you are one GORGEOUS being. And I'm blessed to have 3 of them. Good luck, Leah. You're an amazing woman and a great mom~ don't sweat it... you're setting an amazing example!

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JENNCABA 6/7/2012 1:21PM

    I agree with GODIVADSG about leading by example and talking about healthier choices. My son is 4 yrs old son who is autistic. It is a struggle for me everyday to get him to eat healthier foods. He is just so picky. If he doesn't like the way a certain food looks or feels he will not touch it. And it seems like the more colorful the food is the less he likes it. So it has been really hard to get him to eat fruit and vegetables.
But I have noticed that over these past few months that I have started to eat healthier I have actually gotten him to try a few more fruits. Veggies we are still working on but we are making progress slowly but surely.
I know it may be hard with your father-in-law and the junk food but I think the more she sees her mommy and daddy 😃eating healthier and having fun doing more things and exercising she will follow in your footsteps... emoticon

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FRESKA 6/7/2012 12:30AM

    maybe look up short healthy articles and then read it togeather and do experiments. like a 20 oz coke has x amount of sugar and have her spoon it out. and the artical could be about how much sugar is healthy in a persons daily intake and risks from too much. keep it hands on and simple :) say you want to help them learn what your parents didnt know to tell you about when you were growing up so you could learn to make better choices at a younger age. :)


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GODIVADSG 6/6/2012 10:45PM

    Well, I do have a 12 year old daughter who has been challenged with good food choices and exercise since she was about 9. I tried all sorts of things but what has worked the best was to lead by example. There are no "diet foods" in our house, we eat all the same things. I do let her have some junk food once in awhile. We talk about healthy choices and how we feel when we make good choices. It's like a car. If we want our car to run and get us places we have to put good fuel in the gas tank. It can't run on junk fuel. I have taught her to read labels and how to use a food scale. I talk to her about portions that are healthy for us. Exercise has been more challenging. I basically had to force her into almost everything. She rides her bike while I run, she also runs (she hates it) but feels a sense of accomplishment when finishing. She runs 5K's with us. At first it was run/walk. I got lucky and after a lot of trial and error I found a sport she enjoyed... Volleyball! She also rollerblades sometimes when I run, and she is on the swim team ( likes the social part more than the swimming). It is hard, but it our jobs as parents to teach our kids about preventing heart disease, diabetes etc... Just like we teach our kids the dangers of smoking.... we need to teach them the dangers of a poor diet. I am lucky in a sense, working at the hospital I see the consequences of poor diets. It does pay off... my daughter is not perfect but she does make better choices and she thanks me on a regular basis for helping her stay healthy! I couldn't ask for anything more. Good luck...

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123ELAINE456 6/6/2012 10:09PM

  I can not add that much except to say try some of the things that others has suggusted. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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SNEVIL1 6/6/2012 9:09PM

    I like the idea of talking to her about healthy choices. It doesnt have to be a weight conversation, but a health conversation. She needs to know if she keeps eating bad things she wont be able to live the life she has now... no gymnastics, not being able to fit on amusement park rides, not being able to find clothes, or worse. Maybe theres an educational kid friendly video about diabetes. I wish someone wouldve not worried about my feelings and had that talk with me before it got out of control. I wldve developed good habits then. I remember melting a bowl of choc chips as a kid, adding peanut butter, and eating it with a spoon! My mom didnt buy junk food so once i stole some from a friends house. Who does that!? I think it would be great to start teaching her how to be selective with food.... maybe have a chart where she can mark off how many fruits or veggies she has a day and work towards a fun/active reward?? Certain greasy foods now are gross to even look at and i wldnt dream of eating them... she'll have such an advantage if she can get that way too and be picky about her health.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/6/2012 9:04PM

    Well I do not have a preteen daughter but I have 2 sons and they both have gone through this. Except in my case they are very skinny and want to gain weight. They think that if they just eat junk that they will gain weight. It is hard for them to understand that they need to eat the right stuff and exercise to gain muscle. My oldest is almost 17 and he is doing good and my youngest is almost 13 and still working on it. Do you think about showing her the athletic bodies of women sports stars. Good luck!!

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OBIESMOM2 6/6/2012 4:33PM

    do you have any place you can grow a garden (even a container garden). Lots of kids get really excited about eating food they had a hand in growing.

get your daughter to taste the things you eat. Leave out the 'it's good for you' part, just say "taste this. I really like it and I think you will too."

when my cousin started getting chubby, my aunt (who was overweight my entire life) didn't change anything that we ate. She just took control of the portions. My cousin dropped the extra lbs easily and never had a weight problem again.

there are some really great fruits available this time of year: mangoes, melon, etc. That usually takes care of my sweet tooth!

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    I have a 19 year old that is far from being chubby but she's put on a couple of pounds in the last year. I'm in the same boat. I worry about the potential of her gaining a lot of weight (her dad is really overweight) and I try to be sensitive about talking to her about being healthy with the potential of underactive thyroid. It's hard.

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TRACEEE24 6/6/2012 2:05PM

    I don't have kids but I can speak for what I would have loved to have my mom do for me. My mom is a picky eater, and she tends to be picky towards fattening stuff. Try to stay away from letting her eat so much and when you eat healthy have her taste it. If she likes yogurt, instead of ice cream for a night time snack give her yogurt. I LOVED jello and you can shape the jello into things with cookie cutters, that is a good sweet snack and it's fun for kids. It just kind of depends on what your kids like ot eat. I just wish my mom would have shown me to lean towards healthy, baked foods vs fried pork chops, fried chicken, tons of butter on my veggies and stuff like that. I wish my mom was that mom that wouldn't let me away from the table until I ate all my vegetables. I feel like I would have known more than I do now if that were the case. Now, I'm training myself to eat that stuff , at 25, and I should have already had this knowledge and my mom is overweight, has had gastric bypasses and is looking to me to find a way to lose weight that works so her and my dad can try out things I teach them. Make sure you are the teacher!

I think GUINSMITH has a great idea. Show her the amount of grapes or pudding she could eat and what that equals out to in Oreos, or candy. It will make her see that if it's healthy, she's welcome to more of it as long as you guys moderate it. That is a great idea!!!! and don't let her go back for seconds on things she likes. That was a lot of my issue, if I like something, I make sure I eat it until it's gone. Doesn't matter if i'm hungry or not.

Talk to her and tell her that you know it's hard to grow up and try to fit in, but she does fit in right now and nothing needs to change, she needs to stay just the same.
Hopefully she won't be looking in that mirror much longer. It's so hard as a kid to be constantly worried about how you look, what you weigh, and who is going to make fun of you today.....

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KBRADFORD88 6/6/2012 2:00PM

    I have not had the success you experienced. I did not struggle with really being heavy in school I thought I was fat, but pictures don;t back that up. But, my daughters have both been sent to the nutritionist at about the same age. And it was because they had blood work come back. It is horrible and I am still not sure exactly what to do. I do not want to make it about looks. I have enough trouble getting in my own fitness and because I homeschool, I feel like my kids are always with me and I really just need a break and then ... it feels like such a confusing thing. I've had seasons of doing some stuff. We made charts and had rewards for putting in mileage. The sad thing is they both got their feelings hurt. I wish you the best and hope you find out somethings that can help the rest of us. i already feel overwhelmed taking care of my own issues. I will say this, what i eat-everybody eats. You have a bigger issue though with the food so accessible. Good luck.

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MEH50BEWELL 6/6/2012 12:47PM

    I think you are well on your way with helping your daughter just by reading your blog. You also have some great advice in all these comments. I have 2 daughters 25 & 20. My oldest has always danced, been active, a real beauty in high school. The last 3 years of college, she has really stopped the dancing and working out. She has gained weight and now she is working on losing that - since I've been with SP she asked me a lot of questions and she will go with me on some of my walks. She is the one that took me to the park to do my first 4 miles on Sunday. My youngest is different, overweight, not involved in school, a bit withdrawn. Once told me, that I didn't know how she feels to be fat! Really!! I knew then it would be a struggle to get her to listen to any advise I had to say on nutrition. The only thing that I did was be honest with them about me. I told them what I was having trouble with. The foods that drove me crazy until I had them. They have both listened and I think they really heard me. They are not making all the correct choices now, but they sure are thinking about the ones they make. I just wish I would have had these conversations with them when they were your daughters age. Good Luck.

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LINDAK25 6/6/2012 12:32PM

    Hey, I think you are handling this just fine. And there is some great advice coming from the comments. So, now I'll add a little more--a couple things I learned along the way.

Trust your instincts--you're headed in the right direction!

Never stop talking to your kids. That being said, tell them what they need to know but don't lecture.

Even if they don't appear to be listening, they DO hear what you are saying!

And most of all: emoticon

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GUINSMITH 6/6/2012 12:29PM

    Ok so I am not a mom but I have had some experience with this. My niece and nefs. used to spend every weekend being watched by me while their dad pursued odd jobs(my sister was out of the picture) Their dad never fed them anything good and I'll be honest teenage me was not the healthiest eater but I included a veggie with every meal and did not let them drink fake juices (less than 100% juice) such as sunny D. These kids did not know a carrot from broccoli. So what i found worked was 3 bite rules for veggies and i taught them the food pyramid so they at least knew what section every thing they ate came from. I miss the pyramid because the new plate thing does not have the same impact as it did. I showed them that treats are so yummy that we should only have a little bit at a time and not all the time because they have so many calories.
You could try the comparison thing with both your kids. oreo and grapes layed out in equal calories, Ice cream and strawberries, carrots and chips and then they can see servings as what they should be and compare calories.
You can try and download the kiddo charts you see in doctor offices about weight to height ratio, to show your daughter she is healthy.

Also talk to your daughter about maintenance, let her know that once you have reached your goal what you will be doing differently what maintenance is and how she is her ideal weight so all she'd have to think about is maintenance. I know she won't really have to think about maintenance but it might help her equate where she is at versus where she could be (as in overweight).

But like i said i don't have kids but kids are smart and she will need to learn these skills for later in life.
as they say
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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KARENDEE4 6/6/2012 11:22AM

    I think educating kids on the health content of food helps a lot!! Kids are smart and when they learn about the bad foods they may eat less of them.

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MARATHONDAD 6/6/2012 10:05AM

    thats is scary. think your biggest concern is you need to get your family downstairs to be aboard what ever you guys decide to do. that will be your biggest challenge. whatever do that is healthy will be ruined by her going downstairs and eating junk. so maybe a family meeting is in order and get rid of the junk in your house. make it a contest and see who can eat the healthiest!

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XTINEMAS 6/6/2012 9:49AM

    My daughter is 10 and completely understands that I'm trying to get down to a healthy weight. She always comments on how "skinny" I look. My only concern is that while she has no weight issues (she's as skinny as my hubby), she doesn't eat healthy at all! My worry is that when she gets into the adolescent stage, all that processed staff she eats will have an impact on her weight. I sort of gave up on trying to get her to eat healthy. I try to model healthy choices but she completely ignores it. I drink only water and milk, she drinks soda or juices. I eat fruits, she goes for chips and candy. I cook healthy staff, she prefers mac& cheese or any other frozen processed foods. When we take her with us to play tennis or run, she sits down or walks after two minutes. It's really frustrating. The other day my hubby was so mad at her, he told her she's no longer allowed to eat that staff anymore, she has to eat what we cook. I just figured I'll be with my hubby on this one, I won't let her pick those frozen unhealthy staff when we go shopping. But I do agree with those who suggest a lot of activity. My daughter for example loves soccer so we signed her up for a soccer tournament and at least that added some physical activity for her, otherwise, she'd be spending all that time watching tv or playing on her 3DS.

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RITEEBEE 6/6/2012 9:46AM

    Such a delecate thing! I agree talking more about health than weight though. My daughter is 9, almost 10 but she really doesn't have any problems with her weight, never has, and she is super active. I was to just encourage her to keep being active. She sometimes wants a lot of junk food and often gets it when she goes to her dads. It's almost teaching her to be honest. She eats healthy all week at home, then friday nights she goes to her dads and eats garbadge, comes home on saturdays with a tummy ache and feeling generally icky. It's almsot teaching her how junk food makes you feel.

Also leading my example you are doing amazing things for her, showing her how to eat good and exercise will set her up in the future :) Good mommying!! :) Enforcing that she is beautiful is only natural as a mom to do, you didn't do anything wrong at all!! :)

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PASKALINI 6/6/2012 9:21AM

    Oh man I am terrified of this day! My daughters are only 5 and 1 and I'm hoping to be well at goal and maintaining before this goes down. My oldest knows that I started trying to eat healthy and she's easy to get to try veggies although she rarely will eat them I just tell her if she wants hair like rapunzel she has to eat veggies so she can be healthy and then her hair will grow. I have sneaking suspicions this will not work for much longer. My daughter though somehow is completely in love with herself and how beautiful she is so I don't really worry right now about weight so much as how my kid got so conceited :/ I think the best thing to do is to make sure that the children are as active as possible. It's great that they lay down and try to do crunches and push ups ENCOURAGE IT! My 5 year old does it too she now does push ups and lunges like crazy with us. She doesn't see it as working out she thinks it's fun and hilarious. I really don't have any experience here or great advice to give. Let us know how things pan out. **Sigh**

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CAROLZ1967 6/6/2012 9:18AM

    Yes, you are on the right track....push the HEALTH aspect. And do they see you weigh yourself? If so, stop that. Don't do it around them. Now if they see you do it occasionally, that's ok as it's a good thing, in moderation, to check in on our weight. But you don't want them (especially daughter) to see you do it more than once a day and probably daily is not ideal either. With how easy it is for girls to start worrying about their weight (peer pressure, society, media, celebrities & models being too skinny, etc), I may try and keep her from seeing my weigh myself at all. Just so that you are REALLY emphasizing "health". Really get her focused totally on that. Then as she's older and hopefully has a good handle on the importance of loving yourself "as is" but also caring enough about your body to be "healthy" & "fit", then point out how the scale can be one way to measure how you are doing "health wise". But frequently talk about healthy foods and activity and the benefits for them at their ages and as they get older too. And by being a role model, that is HUGE. That should really be an influence as they grow up.
What about your mother in law? Can you talk to her about the food grandpa is giving the kids? Could she be more supportive of you and your efforts? Keep the food where she is the main one getting it down, even giving it to her husband so she can be sure the kids are not getting it? Seems like there are ways she could help you with this, if she really wanted too. If he is getting worse, health wise, I would think he's not alone that often.
Also, don't forget moderation! I'm a big supporter of that. If you take away all "treats", it will just make them want them more and maybe go overboard. So push & teach "moderation" too. Good luck! And maybe you will have to have a long serious talk with your mother in law and let her know how important this is to you and that it is a BIG deal to you and that you really need her HELP and support with this effort/these changes you want to make. Keep us posted on how it all goes.

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SHARON-MARIE 6/6/2012 9:10AM

  From a health standpoint, I like your ideas that you've listed in the blog; especially watching the films. Perhaps, you could also include the film, "Supersize Me".

I don't know how much research you have personally done regarding food, health, nutrition and fitness; but perhaps the two of y'all could do some research projects together . . . I started my research back in the mid 80s, and lemme tell ya - the research findings was enough incentive to stay away from junk food. Afterall, it's called "junk" for a very good reason.

Perhaps if she actually does her own research, it will help her in not even wanting her grandfather's junk food stash. Going back to my own life . . . the very vast majority of junk food is not even the slightest bit appealing to me; regardless as to who is offering it. Again, it's because of the research and what I have learned over the years.

And, balance out the research of what is unhealthy with what is good and healthy for the body.

Perhaps you can include her in meal planning or meal prep (even if it's just chopping up veggies or something like that).

And yes, there is a difference between wanting to lose weight for health vs vanity.

And the latter is definitely a very slippery, dangerous slope.

Have some talks with her about the dangers of both obesity and also of being underweight and/or under-nourished.

Also, perhaps y'all could comb the web looking for websites that promote healthy self-images for girls and women . . . and also discuss the falsity of "Hollywood Beauty" and how airbrushing (both in media and as makeup) muddies what *real* beauty is.

You and your daughter be abundantly blessed; I'll say a pray for y'all.

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MELLIEH0212 6/6/2012 9:01AM

    My daughter is 8 and has a belly. I tell her all the time that she is beautiful. Since I have started here on SP, she has started with me. We also talk about healthy choices and she goes to the y with me and walks with me. We talk about how moving our bodies helps them stay healthy so she can do the things she wants to do (play on the 3rd grade volleyball team, cheer, dance). I try to explain to her about food being a fuel because, infortunately, I already see her being an emotional eater. I don't know if any of that helps. hugs to you and I am always here for you :)

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SUNSHINEOLS 6/6/2012 8:49AM

I know exactly how you feel. I also have a 6-year old girl and she also likes to eat a lot. We too live with grandparents and she often sneaks downstairs and finds something for herself. It is difficult. But as you said, your girl is 9 years old and watching programmes you mentiond would be great. That would also be a good time to tlak about the food to her and how it makes you feel.
I sometimes take my girl when I go walking/running and she rides her bike. Perhaps your girl could join you while you are running?
I wish you all the best!

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ANNE007 6/6/2012 8:42AM

    I agree, talk about health and strength and energy. Your daughter is old enough to understand that. You can explain to her what you have been doing and why, and how much better you feel. She can join you in some work outs-or begin doing some that are more her speed (a walk in the park, a bike ride, take the dog around the block together). Begin to talk about how good it makes you feel to get out and **do**.

You're in a tough spot but I know you will handle it well.

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LINDAKAY228 6/6/2012 8:28AM

    My kids are grown and I have grandkids. A couple of my grandsons, ages 12 and 9 (sons of two of my daughters) worry some about their weight and are a little bit chunky. It's hard to see them go through this. Right now both daughters and their families are living with me and so I see it all the time. My daughters both buy a lot of junk food and to be honest I have a hard time with their junk food when they have it here too but for the kids it's really hard. My daughters have seen me struggle all my life and tell me how proud they are of me for what I've lost and how active I am but they still buy the junk food. They hear the boys talk about how they feel fat and see the problems but still don't buy healthier food. I try to do what I can because it's hard but still I'm not the parent and don't have much control. I do try to set an example. I don't have alot of advice to give but I do totally agree with approaching the subject from a health perspective and not a weight one. Hugs to you as you deal with this and hopefully other parents can give you more information and suggestions. I know SP has a lot of articles too on dealing with body and image issues with kids.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/6/2012 6:58AM

    I am seeing this with my son. He is 5. Many times I try to make invisible changes. Ex. I will have a fish, turkey or portobello burger instead of regular. But because they cook same time and same way he doesnt see the diference.

Ideas...1 SP has a teencentric community. Checkitout and perhaps push in the right directioin. 2 encourage healthy family Active-ities. Soccer, scouting, even voluntering to walk t h e dogs at the local shelter. People who are filled with life dont need to fill their face. 3 teach her to cook and make her responsible for a meal once in a while.

I have a few more ideas but its early and my brain is still foggy. More when they coalesce.

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SHARON-MARIE 6/6/2012 6:53AM

  {{{LDRICHEL}}}= I do have some suggestions. First, though, I need to go for my triking . . . I'll give it some thought then as to what I want to tell you, and will try to post about it as soon as possible today.

Be blessed,

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AMANDA_C 6/6/2012 6:47AM

    I don't have a daughter & I don't have preteens....my boys are 1 & 3. But already we tell them that mommy wants to try new foods that will help us be strong & that they should try it, if they don't like it they can leave it on their plate. I don't make 2 meals (one for them & one for me) but I also don't make all new foods. Last night we tried a new fish recipe (kids loved it), sweet & sour rice, cook carrots & fruit. My boys love fruit & cook carrots so they could fill up on those if they didn't like the rice or fish.

If I were you I would stop making 2 meals - make something that is healthy & has something that everyone can fill up on. Show your daughter that she can eat junk, but in moderation by DOING it. Talk to her about what your eating & why. Talk to her about your lack of health, including your weight but don't focus on the weight. Talk to her about WHY you & she & everyone needs to be healthy. Makethese discussions regular enough that she feels free to talk to you about her weight & health whenever she wants to. Make sure to tell her over & over that it truly doesn't matter what others think of her weight, she is beautiful inside & out.

Good luck!

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This Is Your Life

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

When I have a really rough run, I end up depending on my tunes pretty heavily to make it through to the end. There is one song that never fails to hit a nerve with me and really push me to that finish line. The lyrics are simply so powerful that I canít help but keep going.

Iíve placed a link to a fan-made YouTube video of the song below, which has the lyrics embedded for you to read as you listen. Take a listen and really think about the words and how you would answer the question in this song.

I feel that I can finally honestly say that I am not yet where I want to be, but I am certainly well on my way to getting there. So, now when I hear this song, I feel proud of myself and hopeful for the future.

It wasnít always this way. The first time I heard this song 7 years ago, I stopped in the middle of my workout and sobbed because I knew deep down what the answer was for me.

Have a listen and read along. Where are you right this very moment? And where do you want to be?


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LOVETASSIE 7/30/2012 8:37AM

    wow, just listened to this song, have never heard it before, and guess what?? It has just helped me make the biggest decision in my life so far, thank you!! I imagined listening this song in two scenarios, living where I live now or moving abroad, and that has reaffirmed me in my decision that I want to move abroad. Now I am going to make it happen and nobody is going to stop me! thank you so much :)

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CAROLZ1967 6/6/2012 8:58AM

    Loved the song. Not sure if I've heard it before. Might just add it to my ipod!

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SWEDE_SU 6/6/2012 5:37AM

    nice and thought provoking - thank you for sharing! emoticon

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FRESKA 6/6/2012 4:10AM

    nice. :) emoticon

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OVATIONGIRL 6/6/2012 12:01AM

    Loved this, had heard the song before, but never knew the band or listened closely. Shared the link with the weight loss group I am in on Facebook, know they will get a lot out of it. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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JEANNINEMM68 6/5/2012 9:36PM

    Thanks for sharing the song. emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/5/2012 8:54PM

for sharing

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/5/2012 7:14PM

Do you know how emoticonyou are?

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SLIMLEAF 6/5/2012 5:07PM

    I hadn't heard it before either. Thought-provoking lyrics. Challenging, even.

Thanks for sharing.

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MYBLUEIRIS 6/5/2012 4:30PM

    Wow. That is a powerful song! This is my first time hearing it. Thank you for sharing! :)

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123ELAINE456 6/5/2012 4:04PM

  Great song. I have not hear it before this. Thanks for sharing it with us. God Bles You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week.

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CH0718 6/5/2012 3:12PM

    I've never heard this song before but I like it. Thanks for the food for thought...

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SHINYZALATA 6/5/2012 1:08PM

    amaizngg thank u for sharing :D:D:D emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/5/2012 12:39PM

    Ooh, I hadn't heard this song before. I like it! Thanks for the heads-up and the musical food for though. :)

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COOP9002 6/5/2012 12:13PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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JENNCABA 6/5/2012 11:56AM

    emoticonGREAT SONG!!! emoticon

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REDGATEWOOD 6/5/2012 11:11AM

    Music really pushes me. I learned in a psychology class that I am fueled by music. I learn with music, I absorb information with music. I realized too I workout better to music. I have certain songs on my playlist that keep me going. Once you find those few songs that really motivate you, your workouts are easier.

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 6/5/2012 11:08AM

    WOW! Great song! Thanks for sharing!

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Take It Easy

Monday, June 04, 2012

So, I know it seems like Iíve been doing quite a lot lately in the way of fitness and running and all that good stuff. I have to be honest and admit that sometimes I worry that people that are new to SparkPeople or to healthy living in general will read some of the things I write, get inspired and then try to do too much too soon.

Itís interesting that I would post a warning like this, considering the fact that the moment I hear the words ďdonít try to do too much too soonĒ, I instantly get defensive. In fact, itís bordering on upset. I want to instinctively lash back at the person and say, ďHow dare you lecture me? Do you know my body? Do you know what Iím capable of? Do you think Iím stupid and wonít be careful and would knowingly do something to injure myself?Ē

Some of these folks are not qualified to say this to me. Others really are qualified Ė case in point, PAPAMIKIE who is a certified running coach. You can see his warning to me in my previous blog entitled ďImportant Information on RunningĒ.

But, if Iím truthful, it was difficult for me to get to the point with PAPAMIKIEís message where I calmed down enough to truly see what he was saying and take his advice as an expert in the field.

When it comes to this journey of health and fitness, our pride should take a back seat to an expertís wise advice.

That being said, I am not at ALL claiming to be ANY kind of expert. In fact, quite the opposite. I am nobody. I am not a certified personal trainer. I am just a beginning runner and, frankly, I just started this journey four months ago.

It would be a lie if I said I havenít worked hard to get to where I am today. I have worked hard. Iíve tracked my food religiously and denied myself plenty to stay within my calorie range most days. But Iíve also failed colossally and had some pretty bad eating days. Iíve worked running into my schedule, as if it were a work appointment. And I have not missed a day. However, I donít expect to be able to keep that appointment EVERY SINGLE time. Things happen. Iíve got three kids and a full-time job and SOMETHING will happen on some miserable day that will cause me to miss a run.

So I am not at all perfect. But I am disciplined. I am determined. And I have been successful.

The thing isÖI didnít start off this way. Yes, there was that day that I decided enough was enough and I was going to do this and do it right. I have not looked back since that day.

But, before that, there was a day that I decided enough was enough and guess what? I was going strong for a few months and then I got sick, went on vacation, got lazy and my health journey at that point ended. I was MIA from SparkPeople for 7 months Ė gaining weight and slowly killing my body the entire time.

Even when I came back to SparkPeople in February, I was still skeptical. Still doubting myself. I was tentatively tracking, sporadically adding activity and for the most part, avoiding a lot of hard truths about how I was treating my body. I still wasnít respecting myself. I started C25K and quit after 2 weeks. I continued to learn about health and my motivation for wanting to get healthy. I thought a lot about my life. I started C25K again.

It wasnít until May 6th (3 months after I had re-started on SparkPeople) that I finally ďgot itĒ. That was the day that things shifted in my brain and in my heart and the healthy lifestyle took hold. This is when it finally began to feel second nature.

What Iím saying isÖif you are just starting out with SparkPeople or exercising or making small healthy changes to your diet, donít despair. You can bet that you wonít be able to meet your calorie range every single day. You wonít be able to run 2 miles your first time out. You may have trouble just getting your body to even shuffle along. Or walking might even be tough for you. One of the cornerstones of this site is starting small. Very small changes made gradually WILL change your entire outlook and your life. You can read inspiring blogs all day long on here and get excited about victories that your SparkFriends are achieving. Thatís a wonderful way to start a spark in your own life!

But one of the most important lessons I am learning through all of this is not to compare my progress, my body, my diet, my running program, my weight loss to anyone else. Because it wonít be the same. My body doesnít respond the same as anyone elseís body. My body is unique. My personality is unique. And this is MY journey. Not someone elseís.

Be motivated by your SparkFriends. Be happy for them when they achieve. Understand that something that might seem small to them could be monumental for you and vice versa. And both are equally spectacular. And be proud of yourself when you see progress, whether that be a perfect week of eating within your calorie range or one simple choice to eat a salad for lunch instead of a burger.

We are all here to be the best that we can be. Together, we can get there. Do your thing, friend. And Iíll do mine. And we will each be victorious in our own special way.

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KEIPONY 6/8/2012 4:49PM

    WOW!! Perfect timing, just what I needed to hear. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

This moment I call a "God Wink" (just in the moment of despair, He brings someone, something, some moment into your life to show you the way)

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TIFFY0906 6/5/2012 3:16PM

    Great blog

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CATDUG19 6/5/2012 9:49AM

    You took the words right out of my mouth! I too am relatively new to a healthy lifestyle and it has been about the small changes that add up to a huge difference. I think it is hard when you get to the "That;s it stage" it just do baby steps because you feel so much guilt for getting yourself in this shape. Thank you for your blog I look forward to hearing your honest interpretation of your journey emoticon

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LIZALOT 6/5/2012 5:32AM

    Another great blog. Agree with all the others here, you do a great job of inspiring and spreading the spark!! Keep it up!

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SWEDE_SU 6/5/2012 4:53AM

    this dual role of spark is fascinating, really - to be motivated by others and to provide motivation too - you do such a fantastic job of it, keep it up! emoticon

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AWOOD1973 6/5/2012 3:43AM

    Fantastic blog! You never fail to inspire, or keep it real! And way to listen to your body and what it needs to be happy and healthy! emoticon

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SHINYZALATA 6/5/2012 3:08AM

    thank you for sharing and inspiring us as usual :)
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VIVID1106 6/4/2012 11:48PM

    Thanks for the knowlege that I am not the only one who doesn't quite "get it" yet.( you months ago.. me right now) I know what i need to do I just can't seem to get myself to do it! Thanks for showing me there is a light at the end of the tunnel I just gotta find it on my own way with a little help from everyone elses shinning examples of success hopefully i will find my own way sooner rather then later!

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SHEKINA721 6/4/2012 11:16PM

    Great blog! I really needed a reminder to stop comparing myself to others in all aspects of my life - including dieting. Also nice to know that I am not the only one that falls off the wagon occasionally - I thought something was wrong with me... the important thing is to keep picking myself up! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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FITMAMA4EVER 6/4/2012 10:52PM

    Wonderful insights! It's a great reminder that we don't usually "get it" the first time, but that if we plug away at it hopefully something will click and change our perspective forever. I started really working at it last December and did well for 3 months and then-like you said-had issues that interrupted things. I instead focused on maintaining my weight loss and then recently got back into the routine of daily exercise to kick start the weight loss again. I spoke with another friend about the 5K in September I'm planning. I figure the more people I tell, the less likely I'll be to chicken out!!
Keep up the great work girl!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/4/2012 10:26PM

    Well said, all of it. Great reminders for us all to bear in mind!

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123ELAINE456 6/4/2012 9:58PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Yes you need to start very slow and take it easy at first. You need to pay attention to what your body is telling you at all times. Be careful what you do so you don't injure or hurt yourself in anyway, shape or form. I hope this helps someone too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week.

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HEALTHY4HIM 6/4/2012 9:20PM

    Great blog! Very interesting (and often frustrating), the part about our brains "getting in gear", isn't it? I've talked about it plenty with my friends... how very strange it is that a person can hate where they're at.... know what they need to do to change it... and yet feel powerless to do so. It's like there are several pieces of some invisible puzzle that either line up... or they don't.

I'm thrilled that my "pieces" are cooperating right now and SO very happy that yours are too. You're right - each journey is unique. And for those whose pieces aren't fitting together right now, keep on doing the best you can where you can. Eventually things will come together!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/4/2012 8:57PM


Your "spark" is so emoticon

I HAVE feel shame & guilt while
reading ALL you've ACCOMPLISHED
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I HAVE been comparing myself to You &
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am paying today with pains & all-day headache.

Again, it's MY fault, NOT YOURS !

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JEANNINEMM68 6/4/2012 8:35PM

    What a great blog. I find that I am always comparing myself to others. I really need to remember that I am my own person and what works for someone else may not work for me. Thank you for giving me that reminder.

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GODIVADSG 6/4/2012 8:30PM

    My hubby... a long time runner since 1976 always has good advice. He told me to get comfortable with a 5K before attempting anything else. He always told me to build a solid base. That way I could add one mile at a time (once a week) when the time came. ( and that worked) He also reminds me ( even now) that I need to crawl before I walk! Hang in there and take it easy on yourself. Listen to your body. It does speak clearly to us if we pay attention. emoticon

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    "But one of the most important lessons I am learning through all of this is not to compare my progress, my body, my diet, my running program, my weight loss to anyone else. "

So true - it is one of the reasons for my sometimes discontent. I believe it is also one of the reasons that "I am never satisfied with anything I do" as I said in my last blog, because I am comparing myself with others, therefore disappointed in myself.

And like you, it's hard for me to hear words of caution, even from my trainer. But if it weren't for her, I might be injured by now with running when I wasn't ready and pushing through pain in my elbows.

Great blog!

Good stuff.

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LINDAK25 6/4/2012 6:54PM

    You are so right! I really needed to hear this today.

I keep telling myself that everyone has their own journey. Sometimes it's hard to hold back competitiveness and to realize that the only person you're competing against is yourself. The exercise is hard for me. As they say, the mind is willing. Now if my body would just get the message. It's hard to go slowly when you're motivated!

Thanks so much for your support. It helps.

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AMANDA_C 6/4/2012 6:42PM

    So true! My huge accomplishment may be nothing to you (or another) and vice versa....thank you for the reminder!

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SRBSRB26 6/4/2012 6:38PM

    I appreciate your sharing.

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MARATHONDAD 6/4/2012 6:37PM

    well said everyone's body is different most people just look out for each other I guess. Nut I was defensive the same way so i know where you are coming from lol. good luck on your journey I am glad I can see you go through this journey its lots of fun!!!!

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