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A Complicated Love Story

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dear Right Ankle,

I was reading Galloway's "Book On Running" last night and I came across the most interesting information about you in the section on running form!

"The ankle is a highly efficient lever. As you strengthen your lower leg muscles, you'll be able to naturally move your ankle into positions for an efficient release. This saves energy because the mechanics of the ankle do most of the work instead of the leg muscles. Your calf muscles will conserve energy, and the hamstring muscles are only needed for fine-tuning when you use your ankles. In other words, this is a 'lift off' instead of a 'push off'."

Now, don't get offended by how technical it all sounds. I promise I have a point to make!

You and I, ankle...we've been through a lot. Remember a few years ago when we were separated for awhile? That sucked so bad.

Here is a picture of us from that horrible 3 months:



I wasn't careful enough with you in those days. I did nothing to protect you, even though I KNEW there was a possibility that both of us could get hurt. As a result, you were broken in the worst way.

I never expected another chance from you. In fact, after that initial 3 months, we still didn't get along very well for another 9 months. I avoided you. You lashed out at me with sudden pain that I never expected. I am sorry to admit that I gave up on you, thinking you would never be strong enough to support me again. Even though you were still around and you were begging to be a part of my life, I thought our life together was over. Forever.

But then something happened that I can't explain. Some ember...some SPARK of an idea got me thinking that maybe our time together didn't have to be over quite yet.

I was gentle with you in the beginning. I knew we didn't trust each other much. We took it REALLLLY slow. I mean, it wasn't a race or anything! I can't quite explain how it happened, but somewhere down the line, I began to trust you again. You supported me so well that I didn't even have to think about our past anymore. The result of this trust was both of us getting stronger. You have not hurt me once since we have embarked upon this new journey together.

And, well, I guess I just want to thank you for that. Without your support, I couldn't do what I'm doing. I wouldn't have found a part of me that I never knew existed. I wouldn't have tapped into this feeling of pure joy. I wouldn't know how to love...myself...or anyone else. You might not realize how important you are. But, the truth is...you've given me my life back. And I love you for it. Thank you for being strong.

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FRABBIT 1/3/2013 10:35AM

  Just came across this - well written.

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LOVEROFJC 6/26/2012 4:02AM

  Great post! Very encouraging.

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BANNERMAN 6/24/2012 12:40AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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WHITEANGEL4 6/21/2012 9:49PM

    Well said. We are not aware of what our bodies do for us until something goes wrong.

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BANDMOM2012 6/21/2012 9:54AM

    Great blog! You are so right in reminding us to appreciate and to care for our bodies!

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TAMTAMM 6/20/2012 4:08PM

    I have metal in my ankle too.....yikes!
Check out my pics of my X ray of mine in my SP page.

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KATBOXJANITOR 6/19/2012 12:54AM

    Ankles can be such a pain...but they do have their uses!

No metal in mine, but I have had some unintentional stress testing a couple times! All soft tissue damage....

A little hindsight can be illuminating

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LANGHAM71 6/18/2012 8:40PM

    Wow, makes me appreciate my ankles so much more. What love story.

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TLOVESC1125 6/18/2012 2:05PM

  Thanks for sharing. Loved it!

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LRSILVER 6/18/2012 8:46AM

    Thanks for sharing. We sometimes don't appreciate how wonderful our body parts are.

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FLMOMX2 6/18/2012 3:02AM

    My DD went through something like this and I love your blog. I find this is true of my knees and feet as well.

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NELLBELLA26 6/18/2012 12:06AM

    Great blog!

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PJBONARRIGO 6/17/2012 9:36PM

    I *felt* this blog- thanks for writing it :-)

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RUTGERSM0M 6/17/2012 11:49AM

    emoticonfor sharing your story.

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SANDIBETTS1 6/17/2012 7:24AM

  Thank you for reminding ME/us to be gentle with ourselves--healing takes time. Your sharing has helped me.

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SLFGOLF 6/17/2012 1:01AM

    Thanks for sharing. We learn something new all the time.

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TAMMYINPA 6/16/2012 9:50PM

    Thanks for sharing this story.

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DR8561 6/16/2012 8:33PM

    I sprained an ankle 3 years ago and it hasn't been quite right since. I've been guilty of pushing too hard and re-injuring it. Thanks for the reminder to go gently. Great post!

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KDAILEY70 6/16/2012 7:12PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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KATEM200 6/16/2012 5:19PM

  I have an ongoing disagreement with my feet about what I can/should do. Thanks for the perspective on taking care of your body instead of expecting it to always be there no matter how badly you treat it.

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ONEATATIME3 6/16/2012 2:50PM

  I will let my son read his he also has a sprain ankle bothering him & he is misssing his gym sooooo much.
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PATTOMMC3 6/16/2012 2:07PM

    Cute! Spark on!!!

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LUCINDARW 6/16/2012 11:58AM

    I love the way your have written your blog and enjoyed it very much!

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JENNYBAKER247 6/16/2012 11:38AM

    Going to print this out for my daughter. Her ankle drives her insane and all she wants to do is get back to gym!
Thank you for this!!!
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SAGITARIAN58 6/16/2012 10:51AM

    You really are a great inspiration to me, Thank You for sharing this.
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    Thank you for sharing this!

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Great blog!
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CRAZYMAMA46 6/16/2012 8:37AM

    Great Blog!!!! I feel the same way about my knee.

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RITAROSE 6/16/2012 7:36AM

  Enjoyed your blog!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/16/2012 7:13AM

    Im trying to show my love too, to all my parts. Nice blog

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LARKSONGRUTH 6/16/2012 1:58AM

    Fun blog. This encourages to work on a better relationship with my knees! thanks

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BLUEJEAN99 6/16/2012 12:59AM

    we gotsa love and respect our bodies ... and that is something I'm finally learning!

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HYATTI1 6/15/2012 11:43PM

    Ankles like every bone are most important to us, but with the ankle we are helpless.

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 6/15/2012 11:37PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LMMIMI 6/15/2012 11:05PM

    Fun! Respect is what all our body parts want.

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TEAMDIABETES 6/15/2012 6:12PM

    Poor Jeff is having troubles of his own these days so you are not alone.

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SLIMTONES 6/15/2012 6:08PM

    Cute!

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AVANDREA_ 6/15/2012 4:50PM

    Congrats, after having broken my wrist, and going through pain for over two years, I am happy to report that I too have been pain free for some time now. I am so glad for you, that your ankle has once again become a trusted friend!!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/15/2012 4:50PM

  It is very easy to take our weight-bearing joints for granted.........until something goes wrong. I had to have a complete right knee replacement and though I am pain-free and have fairly normal motion...........I still can't do what I did with my natural knee. I guess the moral of the story is to take good care of what you have so that you have it for a very long time.
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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 6/15/2012 3:43PM

    Wow, I swear this could have been my post lol. I snapped my tibia and fibula and have fancy hardware like you too! When did you break it? It's been over a year for me and I STILL have swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion.

Very glad to hear that you've progressed so well!

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IRONBLOSSOM 6/15/2012 3:11PM

    Very cute. I need to remember to be grateful that I've never had to suffer such a break up! :-)

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Have You Lost Your Mojo?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

So, I got new shoes. But I didn't get new shoes. Allow me to explain. Remember a LONG time ago, when I bought super fancy Asics Gels and was really excited about them? But then they hurt my feet so badly that I had to take them off and walk about .2 miles home barefoot?

Yeah, at that point, I thought I must have just REALLY chosen the wrong shoes. So, I threw them in the garage (BRAND NEW $100 Asics!) and started using my $8 walking shoes from Payless. Well, we all know I have issues with those now!

This morning, I got up for my run and had one of them on and suddenly remembered my Asics in the garage. I thought, "Hm...maybe one more try? If they still hurt...get new shoes this week, right?" [NOTE: The first and second time (i.e. ONLY times) I wore them, I can *guarantee* you my pace was WAY too fast and I was pushing too hard. It was RIGHT when I had started running back in May.]

So, I laced up and decided to give them a whirl.

They definitely felt different...but not bad. After my run, I had absolutely NO pain...and my healing blister wasn't even aggravated! WOO!!!

I was super tired this morning because I went to bed late, so I kinda slogged through the first mile (only 2 miles this morning - still recovering from 5k race).

EXACTLY halfway through my run, I paused my run app and found a text from a very dear SparkFriend:

SF: I'm worried about you. emoticon

ME: Why? Cuz I feel BLAH?

SF: Yeah...you seem to have lost your mojo. I am not loving your funk. emoticon

ME: My workout schedule has been all jacked up for two weeks...it has thrown me off. But I think it is past. Training schedule will be steady from here on out. Got my South Beach Phase 1 on (already lost 3 lbs)...and that dreadful time of month is over. Things are looking bright.

Now, don't worry SparkFriends...you might think she was a little harsh with me. But, she is a dear and trusted friend. And sometimes we need that little extra kick.

Another Sparky had commented on my motivation blog yesterday that she worried I was overtraining and getting burnt out. The truth is...I have cut back on my training (distances and times) AND was eating badly. Therefore, it was NOT burnout. But, that was super perceptive of her and if I had been overtraining, I would have thought deeply about ways to remedy that.

Nope...this time, it was pure and simple...I was slowly letting myself go. Just a little tiny bit at a time. But even a little slip can make a huge difference emotionally. You know?

In addition, another very close friend is going through some pretty rough stuff right now. This person usually motivates me a lot. Because of their emotional upheaval recently, I will admit...it's thrown me off a bit.

And this is a very important lesson. PLEASE HEAR THIS.

We can say it and read it again and again - our motivation comes from within. But, the truth is...on a site like SparkPeople, it's really easy to fall prey to a sort of "hero worship" of those members that REALLY inspire us.

The problem is...what happens when they disappear? Or let us down in some way? Or fall off the wagon? Even if THAT PERSON has preached to you over and over not to let circumstances or other people sway you in your health goals, it's difficult to keep focus. Especially when you care about them deeply...as a friend.

God forbid I EVER give up on myself. But, hear this...IF that horrible day came and you found me on a street corner mainlining Taco Bell (this is not beyond the realm of possibility...unfortunately)...this would not automatically give YOU a free pass to laziness and resignation.

As a SparkPeople Motivator, I do feel a certain sense of responsibility...to be honest with you, to be genuine and to keep going. And to keep inspiring. You can BET that YOU have pushed my butt out bed SO many mornings when I didn't feel like running. This is just the truth. I am very thankful for all of you. I feel so blessed to be able to help as many people as I can.

And I'm, oh, so glad that some of my closest SparkFriends feel the same responsibility to motivate me. Sometimes we need a little tough love. Do you know what I did right after that text exchange?

I ran the fastest half mile I've ever run and my body felt GREAT. When I got home, I texted my friend and said...

Mojo RESTORED.

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ALIDOSHA 10/21/2012 4:33PM

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LOGOULD 9/23/2012 4:40PM

    Thanks for the honesty and reminder that now everyday, or week or month will be all roses and coasting down the hill of ever decreasing numbers on the scale. Sometimes we just have to keep on plodding along. Just lean into that hill and keep moving upward so we don't slip back into the old habits that got us here in the first place. I'm feeling the same lack of mojo - don't know if it is the impending winter or what....I just trust that if I keep doing the right things, it WILL return.

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GINIEMIE 6/30/2012 9:37AM

    You are sooooo right. My "mojo" got up and went and I've been struggling with family issues, job issues-I retired so that's gone, and overeating with not enough cardio. I'm working on the cardio and logged yesterdays foods and todays breakfast this morning. I plan on keeping up-if I don't I'll disappoint myself, my children, and my doctor. Thanks for the timely reminder.
Glad you shoes work now.
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FIT2BETHIN 6/30/2012 6:04AM

    Very timely blog for me...thanks for sharing. I am one of those people who go gung ho for 3 or 4 months and then disappear. I feel so guilty about it. And then quietly sneak back to SP, just doing my own thing. I hate disappointing others! You have given me the right to stay accountable to myself. Thank you!

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MARYM1962 6/28/2012 11:08AM

  Everyone loses motivation from time to time - the key is not to sink in dispair, but to regroup and come back strong. I am on my way up right now - finally made it past that spot where I have not been in over 10 years and am feeling VERY GOOD about it. Losing weight, eating better and starting to exercise - this helps me realize that I have to get my "mojo" and get going

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/25/2012 11:19AM

    Thanks for the reminder on how responsible we are for ourselves :) And way to go for your "new" shoes working out :D Happy for you! :)

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WHITEANGEL4 6/22/2012 8:26PM

    Great Blog. You will have your mojo back

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DIANNEJEANINE 6/19/2012 9:24PM

    Where do you get mojo? I never had it. I am only on day 4 and I can't get motivated to do even 10 minutes. I am over 70 and have my share fair of aches and pains so I can't relate. My meal planning, on the other hand, is outstanding. Everyone is loving my extra planning and great food.

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BANDMOM2012 6/19/2012 9:50AM

    Awesome blog!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 6/18/2012 1:24PM

    YEAH

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DATMAMA4 6/17/2012 2:30PM

    Thanks for the reminder: speaking the truth in love can be very beneficial!

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MAMA2EEEE 6/17/2012 10:21AM

  You're so right. Thanks for this!

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TRISHMO1 6/16/2012 9:46PM

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/16/2012 9:43PM

    Great blog !
I think most of us struggle with a loss of mojo every now and then.
Sometimes, we find it again in the most unexpected ways.



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GOLFLADY11 6/16/2012 8:26PM

    emoticon This is inspiring me to get my Mojo going again! It's goin' not too bad but I know I can do better! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYLU1 6/16/2012 6:59AM

    I agree with these others, this is a really helpful blog. No one can be "on" all the time, it's helpful to see the reality - that sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes love is "tough" and sometimes love is ...just loving. emoticon

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MARIANNELK 6/16/2012 12:41AM

    No matter if you fail at times, you are still a heroine in my eyes. TY for your honesty and reminding me that my own mojo can still keep me going when my well-wishers are away from the job. emoticon

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F8CONE8 6/15/2012 4:15PM

    great blog!

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 6/15/2012 2:21PM

    This blog rocks! I know what you mean about wanting to continue in order to not let down those who are inspired by you. Sometimes it feels like we're not "allowed" to, as you put it, lose your mojo, when others are watching you.... but the truth is, it happens. It may last a day, or a week, or even a few minutes, but it does happen. What I find truly amazing though, is how sometimes all it takes to re-spark that mojo is something so simple - like a your friend texting you, or seeing something, or whatever. So many times, it isn't a big thing that rekindles our flame, but something tiny.

I really enjoyed this blog!

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CATDUG19 6/15/2012 12:49PM

    Mojo - is so important and thank you for sharing your struggles. We are all in this fight together and it is great you open up to us and we learn from where you are.

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NIGHTOCUPS 6/15/2012 11:57AM

    You're absolutely right. Our mojo needs to come from within and that's something I'm still trying to work on.

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ANNE1123 6/15/2012 10:59AM

    Sweet! emoticon

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FUN2BAROUND 6/15/2012 8:23AM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. May the MOJO be with us all...and if it isn't, I hope my SF's hold me accountable, too!

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NHEMBERGER 6/15/2012 8:18AM

    I love your blogs! Keep up the good work, both with your writing & your health! emoticon

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SLIMGOODY160 6/15/2012 7:38AM

    Cool!
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KBLASEN 6/15/2012 6:04AM

    Nice!

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FOLLEYM 6/15/2012 4:27AM

    Having a tough time motivating myself at the moment. I've only just started running in the past few months and I've overdone it through excitement and injured myself. Now I have to sit out the running for a few weeks til I heal. Not fun! I'm having to resort to other ways to keep fit and I have to admit it's not as motivating. It's becoming a chore and I never wanted it to be that way!

Thank you for this post! It's good to know that others have periods of time like this too and I'm not the only one!

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DURANGOREDDOG 6/15/2012 12:50AM

    Great blog. Thanks

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AGINNETT 6/15/2012 12:08AM

    I always go through a slump after a race, or reaching a big goal. Could that be part of it too?


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DRB13_1 6/14/2012 11:47PM

    Congrats on being a popular blog!
Thanks for the reminder that our friends can support us, but our true motivation comes from within to get up and do the actions that need to be done for change to occur.
So glad you are getting the use of your shoes. Interesting fun fact I learned from the Queen's Jubilee - she has someone whose job it is to break in her shoes! Isn't that too funny?
Congrats on the run. If you get a minute and don't mind, can you please tell me what your running app is?
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SEATTLE58 6/14/2012 10:52PM

    Wow! Thanks for the mojo inspiration! I truly feel that I'm in a rut with just not having the Spark like I used to. I can't run or exercise very much because of having RA, but I sure can get on my recumbent bike and that actually feels good! I need help with my eating, I know that. I'm hoping that after reading this blog and another one of yours with the running pictures, that my mojo is really up and going in all depts. Thank you so much! emoticon emoticon

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SNEVIL1 6/14/2012 9:55PM

    I love my asaic gels. I have a running pair, everyday pair, and an all black pair that i wear to my 2nd job lol. Hope they continue to cooperate for u. Its hard when u dont feel super motivated but ppl expect a lot from u. There were days when i was tired and frustrated with grad school but my hs students were looking to me to be a super pumped student all the time. Sometimes i dont do hw when i know its not being collected lol. Thats good that u have ppl that can keep u in line. I know i def need this. Keep being awesome!

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BELDONDOG1 6/14/2012 9:14PM

    Thanks for the inspiration. My Mojo needs some work and my booty needs a little more shaking. Well done!

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GREEN_NURSE 6/14/2012 4:24PM

    Thank you. After being away from SP for many months, asleep in a food coma, I am slowly waking up. Your writing provided a little spark emoticon - no pun intended (well, maybe a little one). Also, I really love your fruits and vegie wallpaper!! I'm going to run downstairs after I finish my e-mails and grab an apple!

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MICKEYMAX 6/14/2012 4:13PM

    It's my first time coming across your blog and I am inspired. one person's blah, might be another's inspiration!

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MARYSABEAN 6/14/2012 3:59PM

  Glad you got your mojo back!

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STACIE63 6/14/2012 3:17PM

  I needed this today. I'm feeling blah myself, and having a tough time getting back from 'vacation mode'. Thanks for pushing me - if you need me, I'll be at the gym! :)

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/14/2012 2:18PM

    I love my sparkfriends! Congrats on regaining your mojo!

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FLCUPCAKE 6/14/2012 2:00PM

  Thanks for reminding me that my motivation comes from me. I realized I was deriving too much of it from my friend when she recently slowed down her efforts. I can't wait to get home today to see how fast I can do my walk/run intervals! emoticon

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PICKLES84 6/14/2012 12:30PM

    Thank you for that post, I too have been struggling and getting off track, so I really needed to hear that it is just not me. Keep up the good work!!!

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EMMIELANE 6/14/2012 12:23PM

    fantastic! Great points, all!

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ANDRAYAYA 6/14/2012 10:48AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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DENNETJ 6/14/2012 10:32AM

    Great Job! I am totally in the working on my mojo stage. I can use some tough love and need someone who can give it to me I definitely need some SP friends like the ones you have!

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ALEXESQ33 6/14/2012 10:17AM

    Thank you for this post!! I have had several motivators fall off the radar over the years, and it's definitely affected me, mostly not seeing their fabulous and funny blogs....but it's really important to keep our own personal journeys on track. Cheers!!

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CROWLEY123 6/14/2012 9:29AM

    It is good to know that even the best of us needs, and accepts, a little help now and then.
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Change of Plans

Monday, June 11, 2012

Well, I kind of freaked myself out today when I started doing some more detailed research of the Boilermaker Half Marathon (which I had chosen as my first half marathon on October 20th). Come to find out that this is the first year for this race and there are some monster hills. This wouldn’t necessarily be an issue (I’ve got plenty of time for hill training before October), but then I read that the pace required for the race is a 15-minute mile and, if you aren’t able to keep up with the pace, they will pick you up in the Sag Wagon and drive you back to the finish line.

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Well, seeing as my 5k average time is close to 14 minutes, that made me pretty nervous. That, in addition to hills, was a daunting thought for me. I spent a bit of time discussing this with my trainer and he gave me some VERY valuable information about choosing half marathons.

Apparently, if you are a novice, it is best to choose a half marathon that has a full marathon attached because the required times to finish are based upon the full marathon times. Whereas, if you register for a half that has no full attached, the maximum time to finish is usually based on an average (generally around 3 hours).

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Seeing as my trainer has run something like 8 half marathons and 2 full marathons and he still has not been able to break the 3 hour mark, I began to feel VERY uneasy about the Boiler Half being my first half marathon ever. I really do want to ENJOY my first big race and not be pushing my body too hard or worrying that I am about to be kicked out at any time.

It just so happens that a good friend of mine (who moved away a year or so ago) had asked me just this afternoon to run the Indianapolis Marathon. While I’m definitely not going to attempt a full marathon, there is a half marathon attached to this race (and a 5k!) and the max time allowed is 4 hours (or a 17-minute mile) – MUCH BETTER!!!

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I started to do some research and checked out the website and found this info, which was very appealing to me:

What Sets This Event Apart...

• One of the most beautiful Autumn Marathon courses you will find anywhere. The course has been described as “Enchanting” and “Surreal” by participants! “No ‘down’ spots along the entire course”. An amazing treat.

• The fantastic post-race atmosphere. After the race, hang out in the Beautiful Park Setting of the Former Army Parade Grounds of Lawton Loop. Enjoy music, fire pits, a free post-race meal, and a magical atmosphere where people simply want to relax, catch up with new and old friends, and enjoy their accomplishment on a beautiful autumn day.

• The Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon registration fees are some of the most reasonable in the country!

• We delight in paying attention to the details. Our Goal for participants: Exceed Expectations, Amaze Them!

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In light of the fact that this race is closer to me, it has great reviews, it sounds like a lot of fun AND I will get to re-connect with an old friend…I’ve changed my plan up a bit and decided to run this as my first half marathon instead. I still desperately want to do the Boiler Half Marathon, but I think it will have to wait until I am in a better space physically and mentally…maybe next year.

Best part is…these two races are on the same day, so my training plan still stands and I will continue to follow it just as it is already scheduled.

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SNEVIL1 6/14/2012 9:59PM

    My first half marathon is on the 13th a few days before urs!!! I was doing c25k for my 5k in july, but yesterday i was able to do 3 miles so im kind of thinking about switching to the half marathon training instead. Do u think its too soon? How's training going for u????

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 6/14/2012 2:18AM

    (It is possible that someone else has recommended this in the 25 pages preceding me.... ;-D )

Some halfs and marathons allow walkers, so there are races out there that would allow for lots of time.

I am glad that you are listening to your body and heart, and creating a joyful experience for your race day. That's what it's all about! =)

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LILYPAD12311 6/12/2012 12:49PM

    Well,,, you have thought it through and made a good decision for yourself..... you certainly don't want to have the added anxiety of someone coming up from behind to drive you to the finish line emoticon Yes,,, I think you made the right decision ....... good for you! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 6/12/2012 12:14PM

    The Indianapolis Half Marathon sounds perfect!

Best wishes for your training - and don't worry about hills - for every uphill, you get a nice downhill to relax on.
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JENNNY135 6/12/2012 11:54AM

    That's great news, you are probably feeling better about your choice. I hate that feeling of second guessing myself. Your first HM race should be enjoyable.



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MEH50BEWELL 6/12/2012 11:31AM

    This sounds like a fantastic choice. You will do terrific -

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MOM2HANDH 6/12/2012 11:21AM

    The Indy Mini sounds like a good first one! Can you get your $$ back from the Purdue one? Or transfer your registration?

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HEALTHY4HIM 6/12/2012 8:12AM

    Sounds like a great decision! Those cut off times can be daunting - when I was training for my first race (Disney Princess 5k)... the same "threat" was there. I joked with my friend that I had a great fear of the "Goofymobile" coming to take me away! LOL

Needless to say, we far outran the Goofymobile and had a great time getting our picture taken with his character for the rest of our trip!

If you ever have a chance to do a Disney race... take it! It was an exceptional experience!

Way to go re-evaluating and making a decision that suits you. I've got no doubt you'll conquer the Boiler in due time!

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SWAYDE 6/12/2012 7:49AM

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This sounds like a much more reasonable, fun and achievable goal! Woohoo!

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/12/2012 7:33AM

    a postponement, not a cancellation, AND you've added another race?!?! You realize how amazing you are, right? Still cheering for you here in the Fort! And just think~ now you have time to recruit runners for your Boilermaker Mini Team 2013! emoticon

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LINDAK25 6/12/2012 6:34AM

    This sounds great! Here's wishing you luck!

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WINNIE1978 6/12/2012 5:32AM

    It sounds like a very good decision to switch the race. It would suck to have your first half marathon be a bad experience.

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AWOOD1973 6/12/2012 5:24AM

    Awesome! Great job on your research! No sense in injurying yourself by possibly not having enough training. This sounds heavenly! Good luck!!! I'm sure you will be well on your way to Boiler Half Marathon! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 6/12/2012 3:41AM

  Good for you!!! A very smart choice for your first race. You can Do It. Keep the trainning up for it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week.

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STRIVER57 6/12/2012 3:10AM

    i think this is a very wise choice! i am doing (with lizalot), the royal parks marathon in london in october, and it looks very gorgeous. hopefully after that i will have confidence that i might be able to get up to not getting swept up in the Firenze Vivicittà half next spring, which i want desperately to do but which requires you can do 2.5 h. my coach (an ex-sparkie) thinks i will get there.

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MISSLISA1973 6/12/2012 2:38AM

    My brother did the Indianapolis a few years ago. It was nice. I wasn't working out then or doing any running or walking at all, but I joined him for part of the race (he was running, but his knee blew out so he had to walk... I kept up up for as long as I could, which wasn't long at all). It really was nice. The weather was nice, which it often is in the fall. And it was in the park. I caught up with him deep in the woods (well, maybe not that deep... it was a few years ago). It was so quiet and peaceful! No city traffic where I found him. Later he was on some roads, I think, but all the traffic was blocked so there was really not much traffic to contend with in the parts I was at. I think you'll like it.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/12/2012 1:10AM

    Intelligent decision. No matter which you do, no matter how fast or slow, that you enjoy yourself is important.

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GOING-STRONG 6/12/2012 12:54AM

    Terrific!! Glad that worked out for you. Spark on!

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MARATHONDAD 6/12/2012 12:12AM

    smart choice

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LIZALOT 6/12/2012 12:12AM

    Definitely a good idea. I love their goals! and it sounds a lot more fun and a lot more doable.

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DANILYNNG 6/11/2012 11:16PM

    Sounds like a much better fit for you!

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MOMJULIEC 6/11/2012 11:03PM

    Sounds like a smart choice. Good for you!

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JENNCABA 6/11/2012 10:56PM

    Good Luck!! Have fun!!You will do emoticon emoticon

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MOMMYNOFFY 6/11/2012 10:44PM

    Glad your new plan is so cool! Good luck--rock that race emoticon

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NYMORNINGGLORY 6/11/2012 10:40PM

    Good luck! This sounds like a really smart shift ... well thought out, well researched ... and you'll still be able to train for a half marathon - but seemingly without the pressure that this other race would have put on you. Great self-care! Onward!

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SWEDE_SU 6/11/2012 10:40PM

    that sounds like a very good change of plans - the whole idea is to have fun, so you'll look forward to the experience and want to do it again. emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 6/11/2012 10:39PM

    Good for you having the ability to change directions. So wise. I'm so proud of you! Go Leah! Queen Leah rocks! emoticon

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I Need Motivation Too Sometimes

Monday, June 11, 2012

Truth be told, I've been feeling kind of BLAH ever since the Spring Into Shape Boot Camp Challenge ended. I am shocked at how much just an extra 10-minute exercise/strength training video every single day can change the way my body feels. In addition to my small slide in healthy eating habits, I feel like a huge lazy slob!!! And this doesn't even make any sense. For goodness sake, I ran a 5k race on Saturday! I have run 3-4 times per week for the past three weeks. There is no reason whatsoever that I should be feeling this way!

Still...it is what it is, you know? Because I *feel* gross doesn't mean I stop doing what I know is right. I keep eating healthy and I keep doing my scheduled runs and crosstraining workouts...no matter what.

I am not afraid that I'll give up. But there are times that I even need a little push to get me through a mental slump. And this is one of those times. What motivates me? Well, I know this will sound really silly and cheesy, but I really do get motivated by inspirational quotes and images. That's part of the reason I have so many in my SparkPage photo album. I suppose it makes sense if a picture if worth a thousand words...and images tend to stick in a person's mind.

So, I found some gems for you...and for me today. Tried to steer clear of the tried and true that we've all seen a million times on Pinterest or even on this site. The four that I'm including below are all new to me...so maybe they'll be new to you too. You can bet that these will be floating in my brain when my alarm clock goes off at 6am tomorrow and I head out for my morning run. Enjoy, friends!









  
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SUTERSPACE 1/26/2013 7:46AM

    I love this, thanks!

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ALIDOSHA 10/22/2012 4:41PM

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SPSPSP1 9/3/2012 3:05AM

    True!

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STAR327 7/30/2012 10:03AM

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CHERYLSBUTT 7/6/2012 5:30PM

    I need it too
Some days..doing it alone is not the way,...keep a buddy who checks on you and runs with you when you wont do it alone!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/30/2012 6:37AM

    Loved the photos :-)

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MARYM1962 6/28/2012 10:43AM

  good ones - will keep in mind today - especially the one with the crossed out excuses!

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LELERS 6/22/2012 3:26PM

    Love it!!

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ROJAKHAN 6/21/2012 10:23AM

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POMELO 6/19/2012 12:11PM

  There are only two feelings. Love and fear.
There are only two languages. Love and fear.
There are only two activities. Love and fear.
There are only two motives, two procedures,
two frameworks, two results. Love and fear
Love and fear by Michael Leunig

I just found this one this morning - and I thought it awe inspiring for all I do each moment of every day, all the choices I make, the things I do and those I choose not to do.

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JENNIFERSTAM 6/18/2012 10:05AM

  Great quotes

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TRISHMO1 6/15/2012 3:41PM

  good motivation quotes, I love them emoticon

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IAMLOVER2DAY 6/15/2012 11:01AM

    Good post. Thanks for sharing. It's all the stuff I needed to hear right now.

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ASDOBBER 6/15/2012 9:46AM

    WOO HOO!! Amen to that!

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SALLYNEAL 6/15/2012 6:09AM

  This in its self motivated me, welldone and stick at it emoticon

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PENOWOK 6/14/2012 10:38PM

    Yes, excellent stuff! Thank you!

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SNEVIL1 6/14/2012 10:02PM

    I have a motivational album in my phone of quote images and hot girls id like to look like lol. I also have hot pics of me when i was thinner to push me when i dont feel like working. These pics r going in my album. Thanks!

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SHAUNTEMC 6/14/2012 4:29PM

    Keep up the great work!! We all need motivation at times.

By the way, your background looks delicious!! :-)

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MISSILENE 6/14/2012 4:06PM

    Keep up the great work.

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4KWALK 6/14/2012 3:40PM

    Thank you. You couldn't possibly know how much I needed this RIGHT NOW. I was just plain discouraged and didn't want to go out for the daily walk and bike ride. Well now I'm going.
Thank you especially for the 1st and 3fd pictures

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TYMBERWOLFE 6/14/2012 1:56PM

    Here are some quotes for you!

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
Ayn Rand

"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."
Victor Kiam
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Thanks for the great quotes!

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_CYNDY55_ 6/14/2012 1:51PM

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SSEARE 6/14/2012 1:24PM

  Your first quote made me sit up a little higher in my chair and go, "WOW." In my 60 years I have never thought of looking at what I do each day as exchanging a day of my life for it. This thought is so profound, I am going to frame it. Thanks for sharing these quotes.

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MOMMY445 6/14/2012 12:03PM

    such a great blog! have a wonderful day!

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CINDYBEL 6/14/2012 11:23AM

    We all need motivation. Thanks for the visual aids. emoticon emoticon

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SHOFFORT 6/14/2012 10:55AM

  Thanks for sharing.....it helps!

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KEEPITUP05 6/14/2012 10:39AM

    I have felt that exact way. I think once you are used to a certain level of activity you crave it if you stop or do less. Does that make any sense?lol I too like to see motivational pics! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DENNETJ 6/14/2012 10:09AM

    I have been right there with you in not feeling motivated but I have not been up on rinning. I need to.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/14/2012 9:33AM

    Yes, they are excellent. Thanks for sharing!

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DEE797 6/14/2012 9:09AM

    I also have been having "one of those days". Thanks for an uplifting blog. Love the quotes. Wishing you success on your journey! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 6/14/2012 9:01AM

    you are doing fantastic

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GOOSIEMOON 6/14/2012 8:06AM

    Loved your honesty and loved the motivation.

Have a great day!

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CINDYS513 6/14/2012 7:32AM

  I, too love a good quote! Thanks for sharing these! Keep up the good work!


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THEIS58 6/14/2012 6:36AM

    Love the analogy about what we do every day!

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LANIEA 6/14/2012 6:29AM

  You rock! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/14/2012 6:29AM

    Having one of "those" days already and I'm finding that I'm feeling better just reading this morning. Thanks for this...............................

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SPRAYTOTES 6/14/2012 6:12AM

  I new to this but I'm starting to love it because of great posts like yours. We all have those days! What a great way to get over the hump, these uplifting tips are such a great way to deal with down times. I am going to look into the boot camp tapes you are talking about. I love to do in home tapes so any more info u could pass along would be much appreciated.

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LASTNOELL 6/14/2012 12:15AM

    I love that even though you're feeling less than great about yourself you know it's not necessarily a rational feeling *and* that it's no excuse to give up!! You go girl! I need to take a lesson from you! Love that you use quotes in your photo album to inspire & motivate yourself (& others). Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KEIPONY 6/13/2012 10:59PM

    Enjoyed the blog, I think putting photos/quotes on your sparkpage is a great idea

Thanks!

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GOLFLADY11 6/13/2012 9:47PM

    Great blog! I enojoy the motivational quotes and pictures as well. Thank you and keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/13/2012 9:39PM

    I can relate. Glad I read this today, gladder you posted cuz there are others out there like us!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/13/2012 8:52PM

    Great post

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  This was a timely post:) emoticon

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ONEATATIME3 6/13/2012 6:40PM

  So much relates me! to tell you frankly i am also not feeling like doing it and the reason is stabbing pain in my heel. So i am taking rest giving my body time to repair but result is am feeling lazy whole day side effect of not working out!
I told myself today"KEEP EYE ON YOUR GOAL" and just KEEP GOING"!!!! emoticon

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IAMANATHLETE 6/13/2012 5:44PM

    Thanks for the quotes. I hope they worked and you're feeling better!

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TERRIPAL1 6/13/2012 5:32PM

    Keep it up I love your quotes!

Thanks!

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BUFFALO63 6/13/2012 5:27PM

    Thank you! I finished P90X a little over week ago and I feel the same way. I notice I am kind of at a loss and with no "direction" I am slipping back to old habits like sleeping in, not exercising daily and worse my sweet tooth has reared it's ugly head! Thanks for the pictures, I had never seen them and I need something! I am going away for the weekend to San francsico for the US Open so I will be walking a lot! When I get back I am committing to something, either starting P90 again or maybe Insanity....
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Time For A Re-Boot

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Warning: Embarrassing Confession To Follow

Some of you will remember that I started my healthy eating journey before I started with exercise or running. Once I had my food under control, I slowly began to introduce activity and somehow landed on running as my primary means of working out. To kickstart my health, I went on the South Beach Diet Phase 1. It was a really great time for my body, as I kicked all those sugar and carb cravings to the curb and lost almost 10 lbs in 2 weeks time. To my surprise, it wasn't just water weight. After I finished with the strict Phase 1 and decided not to transition to Phase 2, but to go with a somewhat less strict diet (basically, the SparkPeople diet - just doing my best to eat healthfully and stay within my daily calorie ranges), I kept the initial 10 lbs. off. And I've kept it off to this day.

On the Spark Diet, I lost another 5 lbs or so...bringing me to a total weight loss of 21 lbs. I was able to stick with pretty healthy choices and wasn't indulging in sweets or excessive portions.

But I went on vacation this past week. For the first half of the week, I didn't have much control over my diet because we were at a retreat center, which was stocked with food for us. We had to work with what we were given and, truthfully, there was a lot of convenience food and pre-frozen stuff. But...I did manage to work in as many veggies as I could and had a pretty great salad every day while we were there.

The rest of the week was tougher for me, being home. It was a slow decline. Started with a few extra snacks here and there...with the thought, "Just a little treat. I NEVER eat these anymore and I'm still controlling my portion. It's just one little extra." It staggers me to watch myself and see how QUICKLY I can just come undone when I allow a small indiscretion here and a small indiscretion there. Suddenly, I'm going through an entire day with an attitude of "whatever".

Please understand...I'm not one that thinks there are "good foods" and "bad foods". I do believe that everything is fine in moderation and that deprivation is not a good strategy for lifelong health. But each of us is different and, if we say we want to be healthy, we need to be honest with ourselves and KNOW ourselves...what our triggers are and how they might affect us overall and for the long haul. Some people might not need to be so strict with their food choices, because if they eat a small bag of chips, it's no problem. They'll just jump back into healthy choices, no problem. But I haven't been able to get to this point yet. So, I have learned that I NEED some rigid boundaries. If I am going to get what I ultimately WANT...which is a healthier, leaner and stronger body...I will need to take measures that might seem drastic to some.

The truth is...my weight loss has stalled - for the past couple of weeks (and not just stalled, the number is slowly creeping up...it could be just water weight, but knowing my diet habits this past week...I am not so sure). This is frustrating for me because I've been working so hard. And, while I completely understand the idea of a non-scale victory and don't base my total worth on the number on the scale, let's not kid ourselves. ONE of my goals here is to lose weight. And if it isn't happening for a significant amount of time, even as I am supposedly doing the things that I should be doing for weight loss, perhaps I need to re-evaluate my plan.

As I don't believe it would be wise to violate my rest days (I'm already running 4 days a week and I already have a good half marathon training program in place that includes cross-training on the off days), that only leaves one variable. My diet.

And seeing as the first go around with South Beach Phase 1 was so helpful, I think it could benefit me to revert back to that for a week or two. Nothing permanent...the author of South Beach would tell you himself that this strict of a diet is not sustainable over the longterm or advisable (the body DOES need carbohydrates...and a runner's body surely needs them!)

I'm basically looking for a healthy eating re-boot here. Another attempt to flush out the sugar that I've let slowly infiltrate my diet over time and to re-train my focus on vegetables and lean proteins. Because I did not have running as part of my equation the first time around, I consulted with a certified personal trainer that I go to church with to make sure this would be OK for my body. She informed me that, if I am eating plenty of vegetables, they will give me the carbohydrate levels I need to perform the runs that are on my schedule for the next two weeks. So, I got the thumbs up from her...which was definitely a big deal to me. Peace of mind.

We've all heard the car analogy, right? You take care of your car and give it good fuel, just as you take care of your body by fueling it with good things. I consider this a pit stop...an oil change to flush out the bad and clean everything up a bit.

How about you? What types of re-boots have you had to perform in your health journey? What has worked? What did not work?

  
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MOMKAT4310 6/15/2012 1:49PM

    When I need a re-book, I do a week of Clean Eating's Cooker 1 Plan. Pre-portion exactly what I will eat each day. I take it to work or anywhere I go. It helps me.

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MOM2HANDH 6/12/2012 11:26AM

    I'm going to second the 17 day diet, though the first phase is too limited on carbs for the running you're doing. It's a basic and healthy plan (the second stage is unlimited selected veggies and lean meats, two servings a day of fruit, dairy and selected "natural" carbs (think sweet potato, quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal)). I like that it's sustainable...and the basis for a future "healthy" diet.

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LILYPAD12311 6/12/2012 2:07AM

    You have nothing to be embarrassed of ... you are just finding what works for you and that can take time,,,,,, it took Edison tons of experiments before he invented the light bulb..... be patient with yourself,,,, new habit and a new style of eating is not easy to develop..... I have been where you are several times,,,, I have given up on diets that don't include carbs because there are certain foods that I just have to include in my diet,,,, so I just watch my portions.... it is really hard,,, but I re-boot by telling myself to get off my rear and keep running,,, and watch my portions. Everyone is different and you know yourself that best..... follow what works for you,,,, emoticon

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PLYNSN316 6/11/2012 3:58PM

    I'm doing a re-boot right now. I chose the 17-day diet (very similar to the south beach diet - there are different phases, the first one being the most strict). I'm on Phase II right now, and I have already cheated 1+ days on this plan and I'm only on Day 7 (of 17). I'm trying to keep in mind that a cheat here and there, although a weight loss progress slow down, is not the end of the world. If I'm on plan 90% of the time - that's great! So, I only have 11 more days to go (technically 10+ lunch & dinner), and my new goal is to work really hard on those 11 days to come back to center and remember why I'm doing this. GOOD FOR YOU! Thank you for being so honest and open with all of us! emoticon

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FATBUSTINMOM 6/11/2012 12:39PM

    I can really relate. No need to be embarrassed, or else I'll be embarrassed right along with you! I've thought about doing something like South Beach again for a week or two, but hesitate because I know how hard it is for me. I'll keep trying "my" strict boundaries for now, which is counting my calories faithfully, and if I can't stay consistent with it this time then maybe a plan like SB temporarily will be the solution. Good luck!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 6/11/2012 10:23AM

    You are so awesome. THANK YOU.

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PINKIEPARADISE 6/11/2012 10:02AM

    You can do it! I know you can. There is nothing wrong with a reboot. Re assessing your goals when you feel them slipping is so very important. Praise yourself on realizing this and taking action now and not months from now.

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MEH50BEWELL 6/11/2012 9:24AM

    Certainly nothing to be "embarrassed" about. This is reality, your are being real with yourself. I'm right there with you. Reboot time!!!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 6/11/2012 8:41AM

    I've read this twice and am still searching for the embarrassing part! I think you are moving through this process the way that most of us do ... and goodness knows, it's not a linear process. You are learning as you go and in my eyes, the "setbacks" are critical to this learning process. You have already moved into solution-mode to figure out how to get back on track, and I give you a lot of credit for that ... and for reaching out and sharing your struggles with us so that we can all sit, nod our heads (because we've been there), and then reflect on how daunting this weight loss journey is. I hope the re-boot is just what you need - sounds like it will help you find your way once again (and honestly, it didn't sound as if you were terribly lost to begin with!) ... Have a great week and good luck getting back on track! emoticon

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1GODISMYROCK1 6/11/2012 2:02AM

    Leah, Please don't be embarrassed. I think the fact that you're being honest and admitting you blew it a bit IS going to be your re-boot. You're doing great. How good do you feel as compared to the start of this journey. You WANT that. You don't ever want to go back to where you were. I think though if you overloaded on carbs, you'd do yourself GOOD to go back to phase 1 for a week or to to clean out your system. It will surely help with the cravings. I slipped a little at a party yesterday and feel bad about it. It wasn't that I even ate a lot of it. It's how I did it and the fact that I went back for just "one more bite" 4 times. I don't like how that makes me feel. Except for a piece of fruit, I ate phase 1 all day.
You CAN do this!

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MONKEYBEE7 6/11/2012 12:59AM

    In a way joining Spark People was my reboot. I'm sure I'll have other reboots inside of my spark journey as I hit plateau's or find I am ready for new challenges. Thanks for sharing and I appreciate that you left us with a question...I like the interaction it sparks!

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SASHA521 6/10/2012 11:04PM

    I've been committed to just about 3 days of zumba per week, but know that I have to get fully back on track all around. I see areas where I can cut back calories and choose different meals if I planned better. I also know that I can add in more gym workouts with the zumba and strength training.
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123ELAINE456 6/10/2012 10:21PM

  You are on the right path. Just keep going and you will be right back to where you want to be. You Can Do It. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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GOING-STRONG 6/10/2012 9:41PM

    When I get either sugar or alcohol in my system then my healthy eating plan seems to fly out the window. They are definitely triggers for me so I avoid them as much as possible. I get a reboot by going to the store and making sure I have everything on hand to cook some healthy meals. I'll make a big pot of chicken/rice/veggie soup and a batch of bean burritos. Those can be heated up in a flash and last in the fridge for days! I also like to have dessert after lunch/dinner so I'll have warm applesauce topped with berries. Makes me feel like I'm livin large! Spark on!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/10/2012 9:26PM

    I'm looking for a re-boot. Very frustrated here.
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Terrific you're sensible about it all

Dear, I have to reboot EVERY DAY !
Sometimes twice a day !
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WINNIE1978 6/10/2012 7:59PM

    Good luck with your reboot!

I'm getting ready to do a reboot of my own! After a week of eating whatever I wanted on vacation and two weeks of no exercise other than the tons of walking on vacation... it's time to get serious again!

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HEALTHYIN2014 6/10/2012 7:55PM

    It's great when you really get to know yourself and works and doesn't work for you.
I also have to maintain a ridged eating plans, because I know that if I start having "just a little treat" I too will start to go to ..whatever...
Good for you in thinking through your plan and knowing what you limitations are.
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KEIPONY 6/10/2012 7:01PM

    Kiddos for you for understanding your limits, your body and what you can mentally do. For me, I can't be that strict on myself, I'll start binge eating really bad.

All of this is a journey, a new life style in which you learn your limits, expectations, goals and most of all know what you need to do to get yourself re-booted.

You might see if fall off during this marathon training!!

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STRONGCHOICE 6/10/2012 6:11PM

  One of the things I love about sparkpeople is that they teach to EXPECT some times of having to "reboot" when you backslide into eating more than you need. I have lost 25 pounds very slowly in the past year-focusing on fitness and lately more "clean eating." Do you still set small goals like sparkpeople suggests?

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MYSTERY-LADY1 6/10/2012 6:00PM

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HEALTHY4ME 6/10/2012 5:43PM

    Good for you... I have found 4 ls in a day and half but have aslso re started some arthritic meds and morphine so perhaps it is that. I was eating well and also good portions so not sure what is doing it. don't like it but am also goign to get back to real primal and a salad or green smoothie daily.
At least you know what it is and you are working on it. CONGRATS and in no time you will be doing it great again! HUGS

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WUBBY82 6/10/2012 5:38PM

    Oh Leah, I am so completely and utterly with you right now. Also for the past couple weeks. It's heartbreaking, knowing how hard we've worked. Just have to find that little extra 'oomph' to get back on track. Get your South Beach body, woman!

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MARATHONDAD 6/10/2012 5:30PM

    yes your human and not to worry. the fact you know what your weaknesses is are gives you something to work on. keep plugging away you will make it work

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/10/2012 5:24PM

    Being human is not an embarrassing confession, baby girl!
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Your focus was elsewhere and completely understandable...

And now back to our regularly scheduled program!!
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