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Lucky 7-7-7

Saturday, July 07, 2012

This morning, I ran 7 miles on 7/7! I wish I could say I was clever enough to plan that, but to be honest, I didn't notice the 777 action until I went to log my run in my training journal. Just a "lucky" accident!

The fact that I even made it through this full run probably does fall under the realm of lucky. When I walked out the door at 6:30am, the temperature was already at 85 degrees with a humidity of about 80%. During the time I was running, it climbed to 90 degrees. By the time I reached the Farmer's Market at 9:30am, there were streams of sweat forming just from STANDING. It is a scorcher. Right now, as I write this, it is a real feel temp of 113 outside. This is INDIANA. Someone needs to remind Mother Nature that we don't live on the equator!

Back to the run! I forced myself up early today because I KNEW this heat was rolling in and I wanted to get this run done before it became REALLY dangerous. I prepped my hydration belt today by freezing one of my bottles half full of water (cold water is better on hot runs) and filled the other bottle with Nuun.



Nuun comes in tablet form. You place the tablet in 16 oz. of water and it fizzes up (not carbonated once it's dissolved) and it basically turns into a Gatorade-like electrolyte drink. The thing is...it's not sickeningly sweet like Gatorade and it only has about 8 calories. This was my first experiment with Nuun and I have to admit that it was DELICIOUS!

For fuel today, I grabbed some Jelly Belly Sport Beans.



I was told by the staff at the running store that these beans taste yummy and they do the exact same thing that gels and chews and all that other stuff does. My personal opinion? Yeah...they tasted pretty good...in the way that Flinstone's vitamins taste "good". They were pretty sticky and I found them kind of annoying to chew. These were not my favorite. That's a bummer because I had high hopes for them to be my fuel of choice.

Before I headed out, I had my standard banana with about 1 Tbsp of peanut butter and about 12 oz. of water. This worked well again today...no tummy issues at all on my run! So...at least I've got THAT part of the puzzle figured out. Race Day Breakfast: Check!

Today I decided to go with my regular walk breaks after each mile because that worked pretty well with my last long run. But, since it was going to be SO hot and I know that heart rate increases with extreme heat, and because I was going a slightly longer distance that I've never run before, I decided to build in two-minute walk breaks instead of one-minute breaks. This was to give my heart rate and body a bit more time for recovery between each mile. I'm glad I did. It really seemed to help. So, here's a breakdown:

5-minute walking warm-up (0.33 miles)
Ran 1 full mile - 2 minute walk break
Ran 1 full mile - 2 minute walk break + Nuun
Ran 1 full mile - took 1/2 Sport Beans package + water (3 minute walk break)
Ran 1 full mile - 2 minute walk break
Ran 1 full mile - took 1/2 Sport Beans package + water (3 minute walk break)
Ran 1 full mile - took Nuun (2 minute walk break)
Ran ~1/2 mile - took Nuun
5-minute walking cool-down (0.25 miles)

If I'm honest, I might have had a bit of walking in that 6th mile because I almost rolled my right ankle. When that occurred, it snapped my focus back and I was super careful to pay attention the rest of the run. I knew I was getting tired and I didn't want to get hurt due to lazy focus. For me, this last part of the run was the biggest victory because I really could have just quit at that point and walked the last mile or so...using possible injury as an excuse. But that would have just been a fear-based excuse. My body felt OK at that point...I just needed to get that last mile done. So...I did.

When I finished my run, I was completely soaked with sweat. But I felt like this:



And when I walked up my driveway and thought about what I just did, I felt like this:



Oh, friends! This run, on the first day of my 34th year of life, was my birthday present to MYSELF.

And here's something really special. When I finished stretching and walked up to my door, I saw a package for me. It was from a SparkFriend that has been following my progress from the beginning. He is someone I greatly respect and admire...an ultra marathon runner who started just like all of us - lost the weight and changed his life. He's one of my biggest inspirations. And he sent me the most amazing care package, filled with all the things I love. You see, he never comments on my blogs...but he reads them all. And he has been paying attention to the things I say I love and he put them all in there. He even sent me the shirt that he got from his very first 10k. Now THAT is special! Talk about a heartfelt, well planned and thoughtful gift. I was just overcome with emotion. You know who you are. Thank you SO much!!!



This...this was a great morning.


  
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    Great job!

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LOGOULD 9/2/2012 5:57PM

    Great job - and a belated Happy Birthday - sounds like it was PERFECT!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/17/2012 2:33PM

    Great job!! I hear ya about the hot weather!

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BEATLETOT 7/14/2012 9:06PM

    Booyah!!! I've been enjoying your blogs....this is a great one!

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PRINMAOTONYANE 7/13/2012 3:01AM

  This picture of you after your run, inspires me when I dont feel like exercising. I just see you happy and exhausted. thank you for being an insipration

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GBAUM0432 7/10/2012 5:28PM

  Happy BDAY

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RUBYROOTS4YOU 7/10/2012 1:07AM

  Happy belated birthday! You go, girl!
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KALI1007 7/10/2012 12:02AM

    emoticon Thats great! 7 miles...woohoo!!! I am working to get to a half marathon and currently can run 3 miles ...occasionally have been able to do 5.5..Thanks for your post. I love to hear running stories. What inspiration! emoticon

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MBOART 7/9/2012 11:08PM

    emoticon you are inspirational! Have a Happy Birtday.

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PHILTRILL 7/9/2012 10:38PM

    Congratulations on your 7 miles run. I love your blog 777

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CUINPARADISE 7/9/2012 9:42PM

    WOW!!! Your blog is so cute and heartfelt...Getting "misty" re-reading your blog...Didn't want to miss a detail! SO excited for you and inspired as well.
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DESERT_DAISY 7/9/2012 9:11PM

    I am caught between giggling and getting welled up with tears while reading your blog. I LOVED those photos of you after the run and had such a sense of how you felt at the end. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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LRSILVER 7/9/2012 8:01PM

    Happy belated birthday. Congratulations on the run, and your amazing progress. you are a rock star. emoticon

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SHIRE33 7/9/2012 7:48PM

    Happy birthday!!

I also like Luna bars before I run. Best is chocolate peppermint, but the nut brownie one is good, too. In fact, I like most of them, except for the raison oat one, which is too sweet.



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    emoticonWhat a STAR you are.

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CKRIEG2 7/9/2012 6:55PM

    What a great read! Happy birthday to you! :)

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LUCINDARW 7/9/2012 6:43PM

    Congratulations on your victory! The present just goes to show you SparkFriends are true supporters. Happy belated birthday!

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ABEST827 7/9/2012 6:37PM

    This was super inspiring!! Thanks so much for posting. Definitely subscribing to your blog. :)

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CUDDLEY51 7/9/2012 6:33PM

    Wow, you have really got it going on....so impressed by your accomplishments! And you have the best Sparkfriend ever!! What a memorable birthday! By the way, belated birthday wishes. Hope you found something fun to do on it, I know is was a memorable one! Congrats!!

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CRISSA1669 7/9/2012 6:31PM

    Congratulations, what a sweet blog and what a dear Sparkfriend...this put a smile on my face:)

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RANDI_JEAN 7/9/2012 4:24PM

    I love this!!!! Had to add you as a friend :) Congrats on the run and being awesome emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/9/2012 4:12PM

    Hi, I just stumbled across your blog and had to comment! I love your attitude - I was excited reading about your excitement, and your pics brought a grin to my face. BTW, I started using Nuun a few weeks ago and LOVE IT!! Way better than Gatorade. I like the SportBeans for pre-workout, but am always afraid I'll choke on one if I eat them during a run. I stick with Gu or PowerGels for the long hauls. My new favorite Gu flavor is peanut butter - who knew?
Way to go and good luck on your race!

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QUIERRA 7/9/2012 3:52PM

    That is so incredibly awesome to get a care package from another spark member. That shows that this website is more than just another internet source, but an actual community.

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EMILYDOODLE 7/9/2012 2:47PM

  Congrats and happy belated birthday! Way to go!

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WARMSTRONG2 7/9/2012 2:17PM

  Great going and congratulations.

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LYNSEY723 7/9/2012 2:12PM

    Happy belated birthday!! Great job on the run!!! emoticon

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SKINNYMINNIE25 7/9/2012 2:00PM

    Nice job. Love the exercise goals to celebrate birthdays. I did a marathon for my 50th!!! You won't have to wait that long.

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BOILHAM 7/9/2012 1:57PM

    excellent run! congratulations!

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DENNETJ 7/9/2012 12:58PM

    you truly have a great SP friend and I admire him for taking the time to pay attention and to give that to you. What a great motivation tool.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/9/2012 11:44AM

    Great Blog & awesome care package. Congrats on your long run. Happy belated Birthday!! emoticon emoticon

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SJKENT1 7/9/2012 11:23AM

    Thank you for sharing your story, your life and your heart with us.

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NEECER3 7/9/2012 11:22AM

    I'm scared to start running, but you give me hope that maybe that could be in my future! I'm just glad that I can walk /bike again!

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SUZBOISANNE 7/9/2012 11:06AM

    Happy Birthday....

7 colors make a rainbow,
7 chords make a music,
7 days make a week,
7 continents make a world
&
7 beautiful letters make us
Friends

Please enjoy your day!! Let it shine!!

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TONYPADILLA 7/9/2012 10:47AM

    Happy Birthday

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NORWOODGIRL 7/9/2012 10:46AM

    What a great birthday! Congratulations!

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NIGHTOCUPS 7/9/2012 10:34AM

    Happy Birthday!

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LADYJ6942 7/9/2012 9:51AM

    That is awesome, gratz and happy be-lated birthday

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CAROLZ1967 7/9/2012 9:37AM

    Awesome!! And Happy Birthday too!

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CATDUG19 7/9/2012 9:33AM

    Happy Birthday and congrats!! You are an inspiration to all of us still TOO scared to run. I am so proud that even in this heat you still did it. Good for you. Keep posting I love your style.

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TINARETTER 7/9/2012 9:21AM

    You are awesome !!!


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CMERUN29 7/9/2012 9:18AM

    Wow! Amazing and I love the expressions on your face. Keep up the good work.

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Lesson For The Long Run

Thursday, July 05, 2012

So, I've been doing this running thing for a couple months. Kinda liking it. OK, more than that...kinda in love with it.

I recently stumbled across a lesson on my own that might be helpful for new runners and those training for their first long race. I was surprised that, with all the voracious reading on the subject of running that I've been doing, I never came across this information in any of my books or magazines or even in any discussions with my trainer.

So, here's the big nugget o' wisdom today.

I think it's pretty common for many runners to sit down and plan a bunch of races (or even all their races for the year) all at once. Not only is it a blast to dream about different places to travel and friends to see, but you can get a good feel for how your schedule will be and make sure you space out your races enough to give your body time to recover.

Well, here was my big mistake this year. I had started out just planning 5k races and decided to make my first half marathon in October. Then, I chose a training plan for my half.

But...as I am looking over my training schedule for the next 15 weeks, I'm noticing some issues. Nothing I can't work around, but a little annoying nonetheless.

You see, I had signed up for two 5k races, with about a month between each one. Already paid and everything. July 28th and September 8th. That's all well and good. It's great to get real race experience...and as much of it as possible. It will not be a wasted effort by any means! But...

...when I checked my training schedule, both races fall on my Long Run days. If you have done any research at all, you should know that, in training, the weekly LONG RUN is absolutely key to a good half marathon/marathon training program. If you skip any training runs, it sure as hell BETTER NOT be your Long Run.

Well, it just so happens that my Long Run on July 28th is supposed to be 11 miles. And my Long Run on September 8th is supposed to be 13 miles.

I'll tell you what...I don't run at all the day before or after a race. ANY race...even a 5k. And I sure as heck am NOT going to run a 5k race and then go home and run 8 more miles. Seriously??? I mean, I GUESS I could...but I don't think it'd be smart. Things happen to your body in a race...even in a 5k and we tend to push ourselves harder in a race setting.

So...the moral of the story is...if you know you are wanting to run a half or a full marathon...plan your training BEFORE you plan your races.

As it turns out, I have one more race before my half marathon and it is a 10k (6.2 miles). Luckily, that day's Long Run was only supposed to be 8 miles...so that's not too terrible.

I have remedied the above problems by adjusting the Long Runs the weeks preceeding and following my races...but just thought it would be food for thought for some of you that are still in the planning stage.

  
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NEWMOM20121 7/7/2012 1:36PM

    Look how far you have come. I say great job.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/7/2012 7:16AM

    Uggg! I still hate running! Getting my ham hocks (i.e. legs) to move gracefully is impossible.

But I keep reading your old and new blogs for inspiration....and have set a goal of running a 5K in the fall. Thanks for the motivation and encouragment and for...

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SSTIMES 7/6/2012 11:31PM

    So inspiring. Both of these blogs are two of my favorites. Keep up the great work. You are both motivating way more people than you realize.

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MILLERGIRL719 7/6/2012 11:55AM

    Glad you are enjoying it so much! I'm running my 1st 10K in September (F4F!!) Just started working off a training plan! It's my first week....I have 12 weeks to finish an 8 week plan.....leaves me room to do weeks twice if needed! Good Luck!!!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/6/2012 7:05AM

    I have been known to flip portions of my schedule to accomodate life. Flip the 5K for something earlier inthe week and do your LSR that day inztead. I know others have said you could do the LSR after the 5K, but with your history it might be a bit much on the body. Lood Guck!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/5/2012 11:55PM

    Are you obsessing?!
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GOING-STRONG 7/5/2012 9:15PM

    You are very organized... I never was able to follow the training schedule precisely and just did the best I could. Sounds like you have it worked out

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MELROSE13 7/5/2012 9:01PM

    I used to run 6 days a week. I would run a short run the day before my long run and have a rest day after my long run. as someone else posted it would be more than fine to run your long run on the day after your 5k's. You can take the 5k a little slower and use it as a practice run. The more adapt your body comes to running the longer miles the 5k's will be much easier to enjoy rather than push.

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MOMMARUNNER77 7/5/2012 8:57PM

    always good to plan ahead.... but like you said change up your run schedule if your race is on sun and u do 5km.... do your longer run on wed...


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KAPELAKIN 7/5/2012 7:43PM

    Maybe the races you're signed up for will let you switch to a 10K? The half marathon training book I'm reading suggests trading one scheduled long run for a 10K practice race. Otherwise, yeah, I'd try to fit that long run into a different day of the week if at all possible.

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KAREN42BOYS 7/5/2012 6:47PM

    I've been known to switch my long run day occasionally to accommodate life. That's another option besides finishing the miles on your normal day.

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JENNNY135 7/5/2012 5:23PM

    Run the 5km race and then the next day do your long slow run. You'll be fine. Make sure you rest the next day after your long run.

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GUINSMITH 7/5/2012 4:55PM

    good luck in your runs

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LINDAKAY228 7/5/2012 4:33PM

    Very good information. I wouldn' have thought of that either and don't think I've ever read it anywhere. Glad you figured out how to work your schedule around it.

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TERID816 7/5/2012 4:15PM

    For us beginners that is mostly true. But for long distance runners (of which you are becoming one!) many do incorporate multiple runs into their daily schedule. As the mom of a Cross-country runner, my daughter's summer training schedule includes 2-a-days for the rest of the summer. Yesterday, our 10K was her long run, and she also did a 3-mile easy run in the later evening, when it was cooler. This gets them to their peak during the fall XC season.

The weather right now sucks for 2-a-days, but hopefully that will let up soon!

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JEANNETTE59 7/5/2012 3:30PM

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CALLIKIA 7/5/2012 3:23PM

    Amen! I would say that I have seen people rerun the 5k route at a slower (cool-down) pace in reverse, which would also help with staying closer to those long runs and making it feel like part of the training. Of course, you have to be disciplined enough to know that you have to pace yourself and slow down so you can maintain throughout.

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POISONGIRL999 7/5/2012 3:20PM

    Good advice. Would have never thought of that.

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LANGHAM71 7/5/2012 2:53PM

    Once again, good advice...

Especially not running the day before and day after...I already made that mistake...

I hit the gym the day after my first 5K, not major though, 15 minutes on the elliptical and 15 jog on the treadmill...I guess one of those old football habits or working out a day after a game...

Got to work on that...

And you are right, I am thinking of traveling for races now...maybe look towards your way one day...

Anyways, I am pretty confident you will be ready for the Half despite the 5k and 10K prior to that.



Good luck on all your races!

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/5/2012 2:43PM

    Thank you for your tips! Your training schedule is rigorous. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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JPEARL127 7/5/2012 2:40PM

  Thanks for the tips!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/5/2012 2:39PM

    Best wishes on all your races, and very useful info here and I'm sure many people have made the same mistakes, glad you put it out there.

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EVLOBOS310 7/5/2012 2:31PM

    As an aspiring runner, I love to see these tips! emoticon Good luck in all your races! emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 7/5/2012 2:27PM

    This is useful information.

Thanks!


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Confession Time: I Despise Strength Training

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I know it's shocking to hear, but there is an area of this fitness journey that is the bane of my existence and that would be...strength training. I hate it, you guys. I find every excuse under the sun NOT to do it.

The problem is...I NEED to do it. It will make me feel better, it will help me lose weight and it will improve my running! I've got to be honest and admit that I often just take a slow 3-mile walk to cross train...which is totally fine and it definitely COUNTS as cross training!! But, for me...it's a way of doing what I'm "supposed" to do but also kind of wimping out on myself. It's an "easy out", if you will.

The truth is...my legs are doing great...and, sure, a nice walk will only help them and improve their strength and help them stretch out and recover from my runs. But the REAL work needs to go into my arms and abs. And, seeing as I have so few cross training days in my training schedule (usually two or three per week...guess how many I go with when the choice is between two or three? heheheh. Yep, that's right....ONE...or zero. Just keepin' it real!), I have got to make the most of them. It doesn't even need to be an hour-long workout either. ANY workout that targets those muscles will help!

As I procrastinated this morning, I realized that I really have no excuse. I have all the equipment I need...a nice set of dumbbells, a jump rope, and a great resistance band. I could do this stuff at home! How LAZY can a person be? It's not like I have to drive to the YMCA! AND...SparkPeople has over 40 videos. No excuse, dude.

I also realized that I need to clean my kitchen...it's a mess. But I hate doing dishes...so guess what? I decided to do some strength training instead! Ha! I also told myself that if I finished ST and did the dishes afterwards, my reward would be reading more running magazines. Hell...whatever works, eh???

So, I chose this one...20 minute full body strengthening sounded pretty good to me!

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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This workout was tough! But I actually felt great during and after, so that's good. Also, the instructor totally reminded me of my Spark BFF, MOM2IAN. That got me thinking about MOM2IAN and I remembered that her arms look like this:



Uhh...if that's not motivation, I don't know what is. A little friendly competition never killed a person.

So, today, I did what I had to do. Hope I can keep this up. I'm sure, as long as there are dirty dishes, there will be a Leah in front of the computer doing her strength training exercises.

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ROBYNLN 7/6/2012 11:24AM

    I feel your pain. I also never seem to find the time for ST. Same thing, I have all the equipment. It would only take 10-15 min 2-3 times a week to supplement my running, but I never seem to make it. emoticon

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VLKSHA 7/5/2012 12:57PM

    I hate ST and dishes too. All my life I refused to ST. I was a competitive swimmer from 8-18 and I flat out told my coaches "if I can't get it in the water or with situps, I didn't want it." I did great with that until 18, the adult body just required more strength. And now, having never done it, I resist learning it.

Way to motivate yourself to do it. I'm still deciding to change my mind. Another two months of a weight loss plateau just may do it. :)

Good Luck, stick to it!
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SARAHSTARTSOVER 7/5/2012 12:15PM

    Great blog, I have to admit I prefer ST to Cardio by a long shot but that's probably becuase I can sit down when I am doing it emoticon

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JOYCECAIN 7/5/2012 12:03PM

    I hate ST. Now come on, I am 63. No spring chicken. I am, however, so happy for you on your racing. I would rather on a 110 degree day, trim the grass that is around the yard with scissors, and clean up animal poo.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 7/5/2012 11:59AM

    Glad I'm not the only one who despises strength training. I just can't seem to get into it and I really hate it when I'm doing it. Gahhhhh

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MICKEY31362 7/5/2012 11:22AM

    Glad to hear that I am not the only one that doesn't care for ST and I struggle to get motivated to do it. Guess I will just bite the bullet today and just get it done.... Good luck to you too...

WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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HDHAWK 7/5/2012 9:32AM

    I'm more a fan of cardio than ST. I do ST because it will change how my body looks more than cardio. Most people out there seem to be the other way around. You can find some DVDs that combine cardio/ST. Maybe you would like those better. Good luck!

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CHERRY666 7/5/2012 8:54AM

    What's funny is when I've gotten out of exercising, the thing to get me back into it is strength training: "Eh, I guess I can do a few crunches. I guess I can do a few girly-push ups and bicep curls." but then I get bored and stop after I've gotten more into cardio. Every single time, this is what happens. I swear, I should see it coming. Anyway, I recently started doing Jillian Michael's 30-day Shred since there's strength training in that (and I bought it like two years ago and it's just been sitting there -- ha). I've found it's just more interesting to me than looking at the list of things to do from the SparkPeople workout generator. Yeah, the list-making part of me likes ticking off those boxes, but even if I switch it up a bit, it just gets BOORRRIIINNGG. So, yeah, videos are definitely helping me get back into strength training. The video you posted looks good. Maybe I'll have to add some of those in after I'm with the 30-Day Shred. Gotta keep things interesting, right?!

Nice blog, as always!

Oh yeah, I've been trying to keep a running list of the benefits I see from strength training: I feel better physically/mentally. I feel stronger, even if I'm probably not really. . . yet. I'd swear it was easier to carry those big bags of groceries into the house, though. Oh, and the gun show is coming to town before long! Haha. My running will be better. . . My bones will be stronger. I'll have better posture before long. etc. etc.

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LMB-ESQ 7/5/2012 8:14AM

    I am the queen of putting off unpleasant tasks by doing other, less unpleasant tasks.

However, to me strength training is so very unpleasant that I just never do it. I can't force myself to do something I hate. I make it up in cardio though :-)

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MARVEEME 7/5/2012 6:50AM

    Think of our forefathers and mothers as you do it. Be thankful you're not required to haul all the water the family uses from your nearest stream.

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Go, Leah, GO!

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JEANSHEP2 7/5/2012 6:48AM

    ugh! Guess I need to get some motivation going!

All for the cause...looking good for my 81st birthday!

Jean

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LUPA28 7/5/2012 6:00AM

    I try to sneak in some strength training with Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds. You should give it a try. BTW I hate strength training too!

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PASKALINI 7/5/2012 4:23AM

    I do ST because I don't want to just lose weight I don't want to be a smaller still smushy version of me. I want to be TONE and I want people to post pictures of my arms as inspiration someday!!

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SWEDE_SU 7/5/2012 4:19AM

    Totally with you here. My cross training is a nice leisurely walk even though I know I should be doing strength training. I brought resistance bands with me to Sweden and the idea is to rrrr use them. When my luggage gets here.... We shall see!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 7/5/2012 3:06AM

  I might have a suggestion for you. Tracey Mallett has a few different DVD's that blend the barre method, yoga and Pilates together for all over lean muscles. She has a DVD I recently got called "Sexy in Six" and it is various 6 min segments of things you can fit in any time you have 6 mins. Maybe if you did 6 min at a time it would help you find it goes quicker? Really enjoying it myself!

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FRESKA 7/5/2012 2:46AM

    emoticon those arms are very INSPIRATIONAL! good job on getting it done! emoticon

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STRIVER57 7/5/2012 2:25AM

    well, there will always be dirty dishes, so i guess, despite hating it, you'll get the ST done. it really does make a major difference.

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CUINPARADISE 7/5/2012 1:15AM

    I was in the same place you were a few short months ago...Then I was bluntly told about the importance of ST...I'll admit I was a little offended by the comment, but then I decided to give it a try on a consistent basis. As soon as I started to see positive changes in my body (bicep definition; slight calf muscle; etc.), I do ST on a regular basis and haven't looked back. Stick with it...You'll see those changes soon!
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FRANCES-AGAPE 7/5/2012 12:00AM

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I'm with you, LEAH
I DISPISE it too !

But it seems to be
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BLESSINGS !

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BUBBLEJ1 7/4/2012 10:58PM

    Awww, poor strength training. I, personally, love it and think it is the best thing since sliced bread. Do what you gotta do to get it done!

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RUNNER12COM 7/4/2012 10:09PM

    Count me as another who is no fan of ST. But I do it because it works.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/4/2012 9:06PM

    I HATE ST TOO!!! I say I'm going to do it, and I don't. I bargain, I make promises, and I do NOTHING. Which is probably why my bat wings are huges and my thighs jiggle. I NEED to do it! Glad I"m not the only one = )

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NYKIMMIE 7/4/2012 8:12PM

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ON2VICTORY 7/4/2012 8:03PM

    i hate / love / hate / love / hate ......Strength training.... it depends on the day.

it produces great results but....... :( i still hate it.

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HAPPYKITTYNZ 7/4/2012 7:26PM

    Hi hun!! Well... I will let you in on a little secret.. I hate Zumba! I feel like the only person on the planet who does... haha. I am a VERY good dancer and I find zumba butchers the art of dance.
So not everyone is supposed to love everything..
But do remember... if you build just a wee bit of muscle your bones get stronger, it burns fat even when your resting.. and you can open that damn jar of jam :D
Love ya!!
(p.s. perhaps look at changing the routine, Jillian Michaels makes ST fun) :)

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CINDYSDAY 7/4/2012 7:18PM

    Way to go!

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MARATHONDAD 7/4/2012 6:05PM

    oh I love ST and you are right it will help your running out so much. maybe try different routines and maybe you will find one that sticks.

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LINDAKAY228 7/4/2012 6:05PM

    Great job on doing it even when you didn't want to. Core work will also help with running and is important. Whatever works to get it in LOL!
Hope you're having a great 4th!

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EVLOBOS310 7/4/2012 5:59PM

    I'm right there with you, I don't like it either! But we both know, if we want to get where we want to be, it's a necessary evil. That pic is great inspiration!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/4/2012 5:58PM

    LOL...where did you get that airbrushed pic?!
HeeHeeHee!!

You are too cute! I wish we lived closer, I could convince you to like strength training!

You know, if it wasn't for you...
I would not be running.

Hmmm...not sure if I should thank you or slug you for that one!

Ha! Actually, I feel amazing today!!

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GOING-STRONG 7/4/2012 5:33PM

    I take a strength training class at the gym. I find a group really adds energy and with a professional trainer leading the group I work much harder than I might otherwise. You might want to consider taking a couple classes and see if that is helpful... oh... and hot music really helps!



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TERID816 7/4/2012 5:17PM

    I understand your feelings! Today as I felt wimpy about my 10K finish, I redoubled my intentions get on the stick with my training and yes, I'd like a pair of those arms! I have to admit that my legs were okay, but my overall feeling was yucky.. really scientific description, there...

My inspiration is my daughter's Cross Country/Track Coach, Betsy. Betsy finished the 10K today in 39:13. My daughter finished in 49:11! The amazing thing about Betsy is that she had a baby 11 weeks ago! She was only beat out by less than 10 seconds! She advocates strength training, intervals and distances.

I've got a long way to go, but I want to be like the little lady who finished just a few seconds behind me - 90 and still running!!!



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KALANTHA 7/4/2012 5:15PM

    I'm right there with you. I haven't added any ST to my workouts yet, but I just said this afternoon, that's going to be one of my goals for August. I guess I better start looking for good beginner workouts now.

Great job!

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JEANNETTE59 7/4/2012 5:02PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon this will be you in no time. I like to get extra bits of strength training in while I'm waiting for something else to happen.

For example: Arm Pushups on the kitchen doorframe, while I'm waiting for the tea kettle to boil. I keep dumbbells and a variety of strength bands in my office for a quick workout break.

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MLDELANGEL 7/4/2012 4:59PM

    I don't like exercise too much myself. I do walking for cardio since I can't do running because I'm totally out of shape and also I have bad knees, maybe later on when I weigh lots less I can upgrade to running.

I do a little strength training every day. Lately I've started working on my abs and I thought that crunches were the "traditional" exercise for that. Well, since I really need motivation I signed in for the Two Hundred Situps Challenge at www.twohundredsitups.com, which is training to do 200 crunches in a row and lasts for 6 weeks and only takes up about 30 minutes of your time per week (working out 3 alternate days). I find the challenge to do this training is helping stick with it and it also has a nice tracker to see how you're doing. There are links to other training on that page that may help you.

In any event.... KEEP GOING!!! :)

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EMMANYC 7/4/2012 4:44PM

    I find a couple of things help me stick with strength training.

1) I do it to improve my ability to run. The workout my trainer designed is intended to help me strengthen and stabilize the body parts needed to protect my body when I run and help me improve my time: core, hip flexors, glutes, legs, ankles, and some upper body work, too since you move your arms when you run.

2) When I'm feeling unmotivated, I buy something fun to wear or download some music and wear the clothes / listen to the music only for strength workouts.

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OLIVE_LOAF 7/4/2012 4:41PM

    How funny, I love strength training but hate cardio! I love the feeling of getting stronger and how it makes even every day things easier. But I will also do almost anything else before dishes.

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WILSON1926 7/4/2012 4:35PM

    You are incredible.
Remember....If it was easy....... everyone would do it.
You don't do it because you want to........You do it becase you're a machine.
Have a great week
Michael

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SLIMLEAF 7/4/2012 4:14PM

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You've got such a good attitude - recognising there's stuff you hate doing, but seeing the point of doing it and deciding to just get on and do it anyway. Well done! With determination and dedication like that surely nothing can stop you achieving your goals!

A lesson for us all...

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JACKIE542 7/4/2012 4:10PM

    I feel the same but it's just the same thing as eating right and cardio, you just have to do it. I lost weight and didn't do enough strength and now I am doing it. It would have been so much better if I had done it all along. emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/4/2012 4:03PM

    Thanks for making me laugh. I thought I would hate strength training, but I'm liking it. Of course, I am on or below beginner level. However, well . . . jump rope. I don't do jumping. Not with or without a rope. Yikes! I'm sure my orthopedic surgeon would be unhappy if I were to start jumping. Lucky me! (I hate jumping, can you tell?)

I want muscles like that. I do. Does it require jumping?

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/4/2012 3:33PM

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Ask your family to help you in your quest to have buff arms by leaving as many dishes in the sink as possible!!
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DIANNEMT 7/4/2012 3:24PM

    We are doing a 5 minute ST every morning--one way to get the ST in every day. Good for you to do some ST. It does help so much!!

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JENNY160 7/4/2012 3:17PM

    I have two days per week when I strength train. It is scheduled and supervised, so I HAVE to do it. On days when I don't have it scheduled, I tend not to do it on my own; however, I have been known to sneak some in whenever and wherever the mood strikes. For example, the other day I was curious how many steps up I would have to be on the staircase to do "real" pushups, legs extended. Turns out it is only 2. That made my day! I had NO IDEA I was that close to being able to do real pushups! I also will do plie squats while doing dishes. When grocery shopping, I do curls with the bags as I walk to the car. I fit stuff in wherever I can since I don't tend to force myself to do a whole session all at once when left to it on my own.

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OBIESMOM2 7/4/2012 3:11PM

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I did a 2 mile run followed by an upper body workout this morning.

my 'hate to do' is pushups. Abs aren't a problem. I've always been able to knock out LOTS of 6 to 90s, situps, etc. That was the one activity in Boot Camp class that I could do without missing a rep. Pushups are a different story.

I do use that as a deterrent. When I have the munchies, I'll make myself knock out 20 pushups before I can have whatever I'm wanting to snack on. Sometimes ya gotta work to your weaknesses, not just your strengths!

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SNEVIL1 7/4/2012 3:06PM

    Haha i have that pic in my motivation photo album on my phone... along with lots of crazy pole dancing moves that i would LOVE to be able to do one day but takes incredible strength... i also hate strength training and have no upper body strength, but it will take me where i want to go.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/4/2012 3:00PM

    OMG...I want arms like that!!!!!

Like you, I'm going through the same thing with ST. I have all this great equipment & never use it. I keep saying tomorrow & of course tomorrow never comes. I think I'm going to go home tonight, dust it off & then accually use it.

Thank you for posting this blog & giving me that kick I obviously need, becuase your right, there is no excuse for not doing ST. emoticon

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STARSUB99 7/4/2012 2:59PM

    You just need to find someone on a DVD to inspire you - to challenge you.... I hated it too - then I gave total body transformation a try - and my inner athlete is smiling from ear to ear - what a challenge - I am pushing every day towards keeping up with the whole darn thing.
So what you hate strenght training. It's like doing dishes. No one likes to do dishes. But once you start - you get into it and before long you are so pleased with yourself for getting the darn dishes done.

Just suck it up and get it done. Your running will improve for sure!!!!! That makes it worth every grunt, groan and grrrrrr.....
Sylvia

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Secret's Out...I'm Completely Mental

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Wow. This has been an interesting day. As I was messing around on SparkPeople, I noticed my good friend and trainer, ON2VICTORY, had posted a new blog. Read it. Sat in shock. Read it again. Still couldn't formulate words. Read it again.

Decided that my blog today would be a link to his...because MY SparkPeeps (and I know a lot you are also HIS SparkPeeps...and, if you're not, you will be now) have GOT to read this. It's more impactful than anything I could come up with today and, frankly...I'll just say it...this is the best blog I've EVER read on SparkPeople. And...listen...I've read A LOT.

So, here's a link...if you guys could just go take a little read and then come back...I have now had enough time to formulate a response. Go ahead...don't worry, I'll wait for ya. Take your time...there's a LOT there...

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Are you sufficiently blown away??? Yeah...me too.

So, here's the deal. This seemed like a good time (dare I say "pre-ordained") to let the cat out of the bag and just admit up front that, for the past week or so, I've been quietly pondering a full marathon in my heart. I haven't even run a half. Haha.

Obviously, this would not happen for a LONG time...I mean, we're talking not until Spring/Summer of 2013 or later. There is no rush here...at all. In fact, I still think that I am going insane when I start to think about actual logistics of training. Frankly, I have my half marathons to get through first. But, at this point, I am no longer afraid of those.

I suppose it might seem that this blog by Robert was the deciding factor here...but, truth be told, I had decided already deep inside...but feared to speak it out loud.

The first step in being courageous and making a dream a reality is saying it out loud. So...I'm telling the world that I have this crazy idea of running a full marathon in 2013.

Secret's most definitely out...I am most definitely completely mental. And...also kind of excited.

  
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CHUM48 10/1/2012 9:49AM

    Im not a runner good luck to you all!

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DEBK0923 7/16/2012 6:21PM

    great blog

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CPATT723 7/11/2012 11:10AM

    That's awesome! I just made my goal to run my first half in mid-October, and I'm terrified. Wonderful goal, enjoy the journey!

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CINDYBEL 7/10/2012 11:30AM

    emoticonI read all of these blogs by runners and aspiring runners and I'm jealous. I have a bad ankle (athletic injury in high school) and bad knees so running is out. So, I'll run vicariously with all of you runners.

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THEIS58 7/8/2012 7:40AM

    Awesome goal!

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MISS-OVEREATER 7/7/2012 9:11PM

    Wow, I have never run a marathon. You go girl.

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MAMA_CD 7/7/2012 7:12PM

    That's kinda cool, great goal, I might give that some thought myself, thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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STEADYON 7/7/2012 9:26AM

    That is fantastic! You can do it!!!!!!!! Which marathon will you do?

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MARGARITTM 7/7/2012 8:08AM

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CTUPTON 7/7/2012 7:32AM

    WOW! You are brave to say those words. You can do this! Chris

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JESSZZ123 7/7/2012 7:00AM

    Thanks for sharing! Keep up the great work!

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DMVILLANO 7/6/2012 10:38PM

  Thank you for sharing!!!

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KATD13 7/6/2012 10:31PM

    You gotta believe to achieve!

You can do it, you WILL do it!

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PLYNSN316 7/6/2012 6:23PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!! Only 1% of the population has ever completed a marathon. Join the 1%! Be the warrior you know you are! GO GIRLIE GO!!! :)

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QUIERRA 7/6/2012 3:03PM

    Saying it out loud will definitely help. You can do it.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/6/2012 1:42PM

    Awesome! You can do it!

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I loved running the marathon. I've only done one, and it was several years ago, before I really started losing weight. Training for it and then running it gave me the biggest runner's high I've ever had!

And honestly, it wasn't even 1/2 as bad as I'd feared. I didn't have bleeding nipples or either see or experience anything totally gross.

I will plug the rock and roll marathons though, if you're AT ALL close to one, it's still my most favorite race!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/6/2012 10:48AM

    Thanks so much. I loved his blog -- and yours!!

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ALEXESQ33 7/6/2012 10:12AM

    Wow his post made me cry.

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NIGHTOCUPS 7/6/2012 9:23AM

    Good luck!

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CAROLZ1967 7/6/2012 9:18AM

    Great goal! I will love following you on your journey there. :-) You are inspirational! I'm still working on making my Half-Marathon goal a reality. The latest one I can find (sort of near by) is mid-August. I'm now thinking that's probably/realistically too soon, especially with all I have on my plate this summer. :-( But could not find Sept/Oct ones near by. I know there is one in my city every year in May so I'm thinking I might need to settle on making it a reality for May 2013. Disappointing but probably realistic and still something to be proud of & a good goal to work towards. Keep your eyes on the stars!

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GRRARRGH 7/6/2012 8:54AM

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Go for it - you can definitely make that happen!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/6/2012 7:49AM

    emoticon You can totally do it. And you're right, that blog is amazing.
My announcement is - next time I get paid I'm going to buy some proper running shoes and I'm actually going to start running. For reals. And I have to say it's mainly because of reading your blog entries. So go you, you motivated a couch potato to get off her backside and start running!

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SANDRAREGINA 7/6/2012 7:44AM

    You may be 'mental' but its the best kind. :)

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MAGGIE101857 7/6/2012 6:44AM

    Had already read his blog and couldn't agree with you more! One of the best things about SparkPeople is discovering your inner self - when you see fellow Sparkers setting goals and achieving them it it such an inspiration! It doesn't matter if we come in first - it is just knowing you tried and succeeded that matters!

Now that the thought is in your head - you are going to do it!

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PRINMAOTONYANE 7/6/2012 3:36AM

  You go girl. I like your positive attitude.

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SUNNY332 7/5/2012 1:58PM

    Talk about motivation.

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SJKENT1 7/5/2012 11:56AM

    Sounds like what I like to refer to as "scary good". Funny thing is - you have been inspiring me to consider starting to run. There was a program this spring that was referred to as "From couch potato to marathon" - but I missed the start up and gave up. Just heard that they may be starting it up again.

Could I? I don't know - but I won't know unless I try.

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FARIS71 7/5/2012 8:29AM

    I would definitely say you've got it in you! Bring it!

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REENIE131 7/4/2012 10:29PM

    There's no doubt that you can do it. Mental isn't necessarily a bad thing...if it makes you chase your dreams.

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JPEARL127 7/4/2012 4:09PM

  Now that you have found the ideal workout, keep up the good work! I have to work to build up my right leg again, so I have resistance bands in our bedroom door--and it just happens to be right near the ideal spot for TV watching, so whenever I feel like doing some exercises, I go do them--drives hubby nuts! But I've already begun to see results in my abdomen. I really have to work on my arms, as they will be nothing but lose elephant skin if I don't work to tone them as I lose weight.

It was nice to hear someone else who struggles with doing the strength training--it is tough, but it is necessary!

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Food! Glorious (?) Food!

Monday, July 02, 2012

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: Apologies in advance for an extremely blunt/maybe sarcastic tone. I am having a really off day today...and my office is under construction and we have no A/C. And it's 100 degrees out...that's not a clever exaggeration..it really is 100 degrees. i.e. CRANKY Leah.]

I've received quite a few questions and messages asking about my diet recently. I feel a bit of a resistance to blogging about food for a couple reasons:

1. Everyone's body is different, so what works for one person might not work for everyone and I don't want to lead people astray. I am no dietitian or expert.

2. What is working for me now might not work a month from now, in terms of weight loss.

3. I sometimes find food blogs boring. Haha.

I can only tell you that I was at a plateau for a long time and was finally able to break through it and appear to be losing weight slowly and steadily again. (26 lbs gone so far)

The first thing I did was average my calorie burn for a typical week and plug that into my SP Fitness Goals. This caused my food tracker to adjust my daily calorie numbers.

I make sure I meet my minimum calories in my SP food tracker every day. EVEN IF I'M NOT HUNGRY, I eat until I get over that lower threshhold...because I know my body needs the calories to fuel all the running I'm doing. I don't want to deal with my body going into "starvation mode".

How INFURIATING is it to have an extra 88 lbs of fat and have your body go into starvation mode and stall your weight loss because you're not eating ENOUGH?! I know some will scoff and say, "Must be nice to have that problem!" But, truth be told, it's sometimes rough to eat in the summer...104 degrees makes me feel yucky and I just want to sleep and lay in a bath full of cold water all day. Food sounds nasty sometimes.

Of course, I will not lie to you and say I don't have days where I go over my maximum calories. Sheesh. I'm human and I'm obese...do you think I got this way by eating healthy my whole life? There are still old habits to break.

This is, by no means, a special diet plan, but I will tell you what has worked for me lately. First, I watched "Food, Inc." which completely disgusted me and gave me a burning desire to try to eat more veggies and to look specifically toward organically-grown foods.

I joined a co-op grocery store. Started eating lunch from their salad bar/deli line every single day.



This alone helped me lose 5 lbs. And they aren't that expensive. Here's a major hint: WHOLE FOODS FILL YOU UP FASTER. You have to eat LESS of them to feel full. That means, it's not as expensive as you might think! Of course, you know I frequent the Farmer's Market in the summer...I try to go every Saturday.

I did kickstart my eating plan with South Beach Phase 1, which got rid of almost all of my simple carb and sugar cravings really quickly and also got me eating more veggies than I ever imagined possible.

I absolutely swear by the short, two week Phase 1 of South Beach. It will re-program your body to WANT healthy stuff! There's a Spark Team for it too...they are a great community to help you get through that really rough 2 weeks! And, friends...it is ROUGH. But once I'd kicked the sugar habit and processed food addiction, it got a LOT easier for me to make healthy choices.

Every week, I buy one of those HUGE tubs of spring mix from the grocery store...and whatever veggies I might want to put on my salads (latest craze is avocados or roasted chickpeas - protein!)

Onions are a great flavor booster for salads...if you can't handle them, try green onions (scallions). I eat a HUGE salad every single day...EVERY SINGLE DAY as the bulk of one of my meals (either lunch or dinner...sometimes both). Do I get tired of it? Yeah...sometimes, but what are you gonna do? Whine like a baby or just eat it? I know that sounds kind of mean...but I'm just done with excuses. I won't accept them from myself any longer. I hate being this way and, by golly, I'm changing it. Tough love for me.

I had to really break my addiction to Ranch dressing (I never ate ANYTHING other than ranch on a salad before South Beach). I now absolutely LOVE the taste of 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and 1-2 tsp of regular white vinegar. That's all I need for my salads to be delicious these days.

I limit carbs, but I also recognize my body needs some of them to fuel my runs.

This ratio pretty much stays the same every day and, if I don't blow it by bingeing on Taco Hell, I can pretty much expect to see slow weight loss. This formula has been working for my body for a few weeks now, obviously in conjunction with running about 15-20 miles per week (no excuses):

Breakfast:
Coffee with Creamer, Water, Protein, 1-2 servings of carbs (we're talking whole grains, fresh fruits and GOOD carbs here, folks...NOT donuts)

AM Snack: Protein (usually string cheese)

Lunch:
Protein, 2 or more servings of veggies. I try to go completely carb-less at lunch, but I won't go all crazy and freak if I eat bread on a sandwich either. I'm not strict or military about it...just consistent.

PM Snack: Protein

Dinner:
Protein, 1-3 servings of veggies, 1 serving carb (brown rice, potato, quinoa, something like that)

Where are the treats???? I just don't eat sweets. I just choose not to. And that's that.

Occasionally, I will have a cookie. Or one of those Betty Crocker Warm Delights (so bad and chemically...but man they are yummy and they cook in 30 secs in the micro and they are only 160 cals). I also like Jello, low fat pudding cups, yogurt. Still...don't have these too often...just once in awhile.

I am not blatantly against diet sodas...but I maybe drink one once every couple of weeks. Just because I watched "Weight of the Nation" and saw the illustrations with soda and it just grossed me out.

I drink 64 oz. (at least) of water every single day. I used to hate water. But now I just do it. Cuz I've gotta.

That's how my diet goes. I do what I've gotta do to get what I ultimately want. Even if it's not my fav.

Life is all about choices. I've had plenty of restaurant trips lately where I half-heartedly ordered what I knew to have the least calories JUST because it was good for me. I don't usually splurge when I eat out b/c if I did that, I'd be splurging every single week. I just plan ahead, order the fish or the salad without the fried stuff and without the ranch or whatever...and I just eat it. And I'm usually surprised at how much I actually love it.

Real food tastes good...but it's difficult to get it on the plate. I just always try to remember...FOOD IS FUEL. Make diet choices with your brain and not your feelings and you have won 90% of the battle.

Hope this helps!

  
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SUTERSPACE 2/6/2013 1:47PM

    You have confirmed changes I need to make. I am on a plateau right now and I know that changes are needed. Thanks for the boost.

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CHUM48 10/1/2012 9:42AM

    It really is about just changing the way we think, try things that different and give it a chance! Awesome post!

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LOGOULD 9/5/2012 10:40PM

    It truly is about reprogramming your taste buds....and detoxing off sugar was a big one for me too. I bought a 12 pack on coke Zero two years ago this Cristmas and there are still 5 left....do you think that stuff ever goes bad? Saw something on TV that showed that the human brain still causes a release of chemicals (insulin?) when you drink diet soda just not to the extent of a sugary soda. It doesn't have the sugar, but can cause cravings for sugars just like the real thing.

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NASFKAB 8/3/2012 5:21AM

  great

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WALLISSANDS 7/16/2012 10:48PM

  I loved your blog but, I have a question? If I eat salads or just vegetable frequently I have a tendency to get the trots. Does anyone have any answers?

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DEBK0923 7/16/2012 6:06PM

    good job

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PENOWOK 7/13/2012 7:26AM

    glad you got things moving! I can't do low carbs because of osteoporosis, but am happy to support others who can do it for a short time!

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AGENTMNA 7/10/2012 12:15PM

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PMFISH 7/9/2012 11:45PM

    Have you tried the flavor vinegars?? Delicious on your salads. I don't even put the oil on just the vinegar!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 7/8/2012 1:28PM

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MARTAY123 7/7/2012 9:35PM

  Great Blog! Thanks for the great advice!

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BABYBARNEY 7/7/2012 5:09PM

    LOVED your LAST LINE...Making diet choices with your brain & not your feelings...SPOT ON & REALLY DOES WORK WHEN EATING HEALTHY!!! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 7/7/2012 10:51AM

    Great reminders about wise food choices. Thank you.

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DOTTY7267 7/6/2012 11:08AM

    emoticonand sharing. I truly enjoy your blog posts and honesty. Without honesty we can't truly experience progress.

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LEANJEAN6 7/6/2012 2:36AM

    I think you are doing it well-eating healthy-planning your food--looking at how you can do it better--Good for you!

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LYNETTEMOM 7/6/2012 1:49AM

    tks for sharing such good info

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RONNIEHUEY 7/6/2012 12:48AM

    Good blog! It made stop and think about how I treat food. (eating is one of my favorite pastimes)I have to change my mind set and think of food as fuel not a pleasure.

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MINAHH 7/6/2012 12:13AM

  I am guessing you are Leah ... duh! Hats off to you for making a lot of changes. You mention that you are a runner ... that is great. I happen to be a senior with physical challenges (yeah, disabilities, but challenges sounds better and is less negative inner impact). I wish I could run and sometimes it is just so darn hard to do exercise. I do a lot of house work and count that as an exercise ... cleaning hardwood floors, cooking, washing up, working with plants, etc. However, I do realize that even if one starts easy, one can start walking and doing it consistently and adding more steps until one reaches 10,000 steps a day, and that can make huge changes in health and shape. I just wanted to mention that I find eating as much vegetables as is necessary to get all the good nutrition as one should get a bit daunting so I started using my Vitamix awhile back and make a blend of vegetable and fruit juices and I am doing it regularly (and it keeps you real regular too). For example, I use whatever I happen to have on hand, and tonight I used some concord grape juice, some Persian cucumbers, a pear that was on it's last legs, lettuce, a whole lemon with a little of the zest still intact, carrots, ginger, stevia, flax seed (ground), little honey, water and blended it up. I have used kale, spinach, beets, apple; sometimes I add frozen berries, mango, and such and rocket lettuce (which can be over powering ... so gently) and continue to experiment. I mention this because it is filling and you get a lot of fiber and all the goodness in a drink. I am sure one could use protein powder if one wanted to. Sometimes I make just a fruit blend, like pineapple, banana, etc. Hot and humid here in Charlotte ... miss California summers ... but love the beauty and nature here. Wishing you the best success on your fitness journey.

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SHIRE33 7/5/2012 11:36PM

    Yep. That's pretty much how I've lost 80 pounds. I also learned to say no. Sometimes I have to treat myself like a toddler. I hear, "But I want it!" Toddlers don't require long drawn-out explanations of why they can't do something. You just say NO. Because you're the mother (or father). So I have to get tough love going on my toddler eater inside, too. No means no. That's pretty hard to do sometimes. But necessary.



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JULIA1154 7/5/2012 10:24PM

  Love your attitude and admire your ability to keep going, even w/o AC, in the heat.

Keep up the great mindset!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/5/2012 9:00PM

  Great Blog!!!!! emoticon for the wonderful advice.

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JKELLEY1107 7/5/2012 7:44PM

    emoticon

What a great attitude, sarcasm and all. :) Your determination will get you to your goal.

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GBAUM0432 7/5/2012 6:43PM

  Way to go!

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GOCALGAL 7/5/2012 3:51PM

    emoticon Great job in losing the weight and then doing such a great job sharing how you did it with us!! emoticon

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NOSUGARADDED87 7/5/2012 3:24PM

    "Food is fuel"

God bless you for writing that! The moment that I really started to understand that food was fuel, I started making better choices (am I at 100%? heck no! But I'm getting better every day!).

There is a big mentality change that has to happen. Instead of thinking, "Oh, I just ran so I can eat this cookie!", we have to think "I need to eat this apple and whole wheat toast so I can go biking!"

Excellent post!

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67YKCEB 7/5/2012 2:50PM

    Good for you!!! emoticon

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REGSHAR 7/5/2012 2:03PM

    I agree whole foods is better, more normal than all this artificial junk passed as food. Growing up we had less junk and more whole foods. Now it's different. We have to watch just about every thing going in our mouth.
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PEGGYO 7/5/2012 1:41PM

    way to go

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MANDALORE 7/5/2012 1:28PM

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RWEBER6352 7/5/2012 1:06PM

  I love how you keep it real. And I admire your determination. I am still trying to remember to drink water - and I like it! I never drank sodas, but I also never realized how little liquid I do drink...any tips?

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MISCUS6 7/5/2012 12:59PM

  I'm glad I stumbled onto your blog- love your sense of humor and your commitment to "just do it" even if it's not exactly what you want to do. If we don't change anything then nothing changes.

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DR8561 7/5/2012 12:41PM

    Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes a little sarcasm is a good thing! emoticon

Here's hoping for a cool front :)

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HERZINGM 7/5/2012 11:33AM

    Good post, great attitude!

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LAURA2318 7/5/2012 11:27AM

  Great info, I will look into the South Beach plan for myself.

Hey, is that a Julian May reference in the title? Just wondering... I love her books. emoticon

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DEARTOMYHEART 7/5/2012 11:10AM

  Thanks so much for sharing your diet. Gives ideas of what I might be missing. emoticon emoticon

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JENNIK2 7/5/2012 10:42AM

    Great advice!

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_CYNDY55_ 7/5/2012 9:52AM

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HEARTS116 7/5/2012 9:29AM

    Great! Good for you!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/5/2012 8:35AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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FARIS71 7/5/2012 8:12AM

    Great planning and outlook on food!

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EWL978 7/5/2012 8:07AM

    Thanx a lot!! I love salad, but end up with a tablespoon of dressing on it... and I need to be careful about salt, too!! I do think I'm doing pretty good, but I'm not seeing any much weight loss....guess it's my sedentary life...have to get moving! Thanx again, and best of luck to you also.

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CTUPTON 7/5/2012 7:20AM

    You are doing so great! emoticon

I have done the food in a cup, too! My daughter gave me a big mug with the recipe on it!

Chris

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THEIS58 7/5/2012 7:13AM

    Excellent!

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MIGURLINNC 7/5/2012 7:00AM

    Great blog! When I need a sweet 'treat' I make "3-2-1 cake in a cup." You mix together 1 box of Angel food cake mix+ 1 box of 'your flavor choice' cake mix in a ziploc baggie. When you want cake: in a coffee mug you put 3 Tbs of the mix + 2 Tbs of water, stir to combine. 1 minute in the microwave and voila! Cake in a cup. Enough to satisfy the sweet tooth. I sometimes put FF cool whip on top or fresh fruit.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/5/2012 6:33AM

    good for you!

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NANA2ANGELS 7/5/2012 6:02AM

    Thanks!!!

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1GODISMYROCK1 7/5/2012 5:01AM

    you GO girl! emoticon

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SODA92 7/5/2012 1:30AM

  thinking of food as fuel is a great way to maintain will power during those moments of temptation too. Thanks for sharing!

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LEALOWE 7/5/2012 1:12AM

    Thanks for sharing your food formula. It's interesting to see what works for other people.

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