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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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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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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

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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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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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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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A 6.2 Gummy Bear Hydration Experiment

Sunday, July 01, 2012

So, yesterday I ran my longest distance yet - the elusive 10k (or for us Americans, 6.2 miles). Not only was it a distance I've never attempted (the longest I've run before this was 5 miles), but it was also my first run experimenting with my new hydration belt and with some sort of fueling system. The hydration belt was excellent...very comfy and the extra weight was not a bother at all. Trickiest part was getting the bottles off and on, but I think I've got the hang of it now.

I figure if I'm going to work on fueling, I'd best start experimenting with race day breakfasts too. My stomach is very sensitive and I've had quite a bit of trouble over the past few weeks with getting it to a point where I can get a full run in without major discomfort, if you catch my drift.

Because of the stomach issues and the fact that I had to add an entirely new route to my run (because my trail only stretches 4 miles roundtrip), I was very nervous. I had no idea what to expect from such a long distance and, frankly, I worried that it would be a grueling run.

I woke up at 6am, ate a small banana with a couple tablespoons of peanut butter and drank a glass of water. Prepped my hydration belt (just water this time - wanted to know EXACTLY what was causing it if any stomach issues occurred) and my experimental fuel of choice, which was gummy bears. Seems like a good way to start...with something that I know for sure won't make me gag. Haha.

I went out at 6:30am, so heat was not really an issue at that point (the temps did get up to 103 degrees yesterday, though, so I'm very glad I went early) but there was some wicked humidity in the beginning of my run. In addition, with the new route, there were some mild hills in the first mile of my run.

As promised, I had committed to the Galloway Method of taking short walk breaks every so often...to keep my legs fresh and hopefully reserve enough energy to pull me through the entire run.

Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the run:

Easy 5-minute walking warm-up (about 1/3 mile)
At 1/2 mile - took an early one-minute walk break
At 1 mile - took a one-minute walk break
At 2 miles (30 mins in) - took some gummy bears and water; about a 1:30 walk break
At 3 miles - took a one-minute walk break
At 4 miles (60 mins in) - took some gummy bears and water; about a 1:30 walk break
At 5 miles - took a one-minute walk break; took water
At 6 miles - walked remaining 0.2 miles to cool down

Aside from my short walk breaks, I ran the entire distance. Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes. That's on par with my normal time, considering it usually takes me about 1 hour to run 4 miles (without walk breaks). Interesting.

But walk breaks are for naught if I was feeling like I was dragging, right? Well, as it turns out, I checked my run app and would you believe it??? My FASTEST mile was Mile 5. I was clipping along at a 12:20 pace, which is much faster than my normal 13:30. In addition, my long slow run pace is generally a lot slower than my normal pace and around a 15-minute mile. But, because of the walk breaks, I just could not go that slow...I kept trying to slow myself down to that pace and, finally, at about a mile in, I gave up trying to slow down and decided to just go with what felt comfortable for my body. As it turned out...for most of the run, my pace was around 13:20 (and it felt SLOW!) But, in the end, it all averaged out the same.

I had absolutely NO stomach issues. Gummy bears rock...and, yes, I did feel the surge of energy after taking them and some water. That was pretty cool. I felt near the end that I could have maybe benefited from some electrolytes so I will add that next week and maybe try a different fuel source...perhaps Sport Beans or Chews. (If you're clever, you will have noticed that I am saving gels for last...because, well, they sound DISGUSTING. Haha.)

I had a bit of soreness in the arch of my left foot, but I iced it and it went away completely. This morning, I woke up and had absolutely NO soreness at all. I felt GREAT! After last week's colossal exhaustion, this is just so exciting for me!!!

In addition, this was a great mental hurdle for me to overcome...to know that I am able to do ALMOST half of a half marathon with very few issues at all brings me more comfort than you can imagine!

Next week is a 7-mile run. I start the "official" half marathon training program (from "Run Like A Mother") tomorrow morning.

Geez...I never in my life thought I'd be EXCITED about running 7 miles. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?! Haha.

Have a great week, y'all! Stay healthy and positive! And make good choices! (a.k.a. I better NOT be finishing my 4 miles tomorrow morning while you are finishing a second donut!!!)
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CHUM48 9/28/2012 2:43AM

    great direction for someone who is looking to run and has the issues you do! great blog!

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DEBK0923 7/15/2012 11:00AM

    great blog

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OJIBWEEQUAY 7/10/2012 9:34AM

    I liked anything gummy before now I gag and choke( I run much faster and longer now)! I prefer Gatorade fuel series...t#2 try it out. Nothing like the gels! Keep at it girl! Soon 10 min miles will be slow! emoticon

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TAMMIEANN76 7/7/2012 3:20PM

    Thank you for sharing. I'm just beginning to start trying to run, thanks for the encouragement!

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KRISKECK 7/6/2012 3:41PM

    Awesome blog! Doesn't it feel great to do a personal best or meet a challenge you set for yourself? If I eat before a run, I like yogurt and bananas, which I do if I'm running mroe than 4 miles. And I am partial to the GU Chews, like gummies but with the electrolytes, as you mentioned. Keep it up! Great job!

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GBAUM0432 7/5/2012 6:43PM

  Cool!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/5/2012 5:04AM

    emoticon on making the new distance! I can't imagine how good that must feel : )

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GCSEATTLE 7/4/2012 11:12PM

    It's hot out there - be careful! Thanks for sharing the good news about gummy bears. They are packed full of carbohydrates and some brands have added vitiman c. emoticon emoticon

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EMMANYC 7/3/2012 7:41PM

    If you like gummy bears, you also might want to check out Honey Stingers (which are organic and have a little bit of protein and fiber as well).

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MCJULIEO 7/3/2012 3:15PM

    You SO rock!

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ZELLAZM 7/3/2012 5:37AM

    You're inspiring me to get back to running! I've been having a few knee issues but I think I'm ready to get back to it.

Have you tried dried fruit for energy along the way? I take a few dried apricots in my pocket and they work well.

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MISSLISA1973 7/2/2012 11:04PM

    I am interested in learning more about hydration belts. Some people talk about stashing water along their routes, but I'm just not comfortable putting water bottles in odd spots around the city. Plus I like to find places to run where I can't drive, so I'd be doing the route twice, which seems silly (and hot!)

I do like the gummy bear idea. I might have to try that!

My stomach has been bothering me since this afternoon. I'm not sure if it was the heat (I walked outside today, but not too fast and not for very long and I went inside in between stints), or something I ate. I took a long nap when I got home from work and it helped a little, but it still feels off. Makes me nervous about tomorrow (training class day). I hope I'm not getting sick! emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 7/2/2012 10:26PM

    I was *just* an hour ago reading a nutrition for runners book, and thinking I should pick up some gummy candies to start experimenting with nutrition on my long run day. Then I come home and read your so very timely blog! I think long run day is going to become an excuse to eat bite-sized candies - in reasonable amounts, of course!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticonon running the new distance.

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MARYJEANSL 7/2/2012 8:43PM

  Great news - and congrats on the new distance!

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REENIE131 7/2/2012 5:24PM

    Fantastic job!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/2/2012 5:16PM

    Great job! I love how careful you're being - training the smart way! Enjoy your 7 miler. :)

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    Good job!

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PASTORMAE5 7/2/2012 4:42PM

    you are an encourager

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SUSIEMT 7/2/2012 4:05PM

    Woo Hoo To You! Keep up the good job!

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SJKENT1 7/2/2012 2:44PM

    I bet you can burn carbs just eating those gummies.

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NEWTINK 7/2/2012 2:10PM

    Great Job .... I would have never thought of gummies lol but hey if it works then do it.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/2/2012 1:51PM

  Hmm... that's ordinal to me.When I was in Jr High, some ate a spoon of honey or bread, but that is outdated, and probably won't work for that sort of distance.I am amazed that you are doing this , in such a brief period of time ( that you've been doing this sort of exercise) emoticon

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DANILYNNG 7/2/2012 1:44PM

    Great job!! emoticon

As for future fueling options, I'm partial to PowerBar Gel Blasts... you can get them on Amazon on an auto-ship schedule!

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SAINTBETH 7/2/2012 12:31PM

    Good job! I love that gummy bears fit into a healthy diet & fitness program!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/2/2012 11:46AM

    Yum I love gummy bears!

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LINDAKAY228 7/2/2012 10:40AM

    Awesome job!!! Glad the Gummies worked well for you!

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  Wow.

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LAURIE5658 7/2/2012 9:55AM

    GU chocolate outrage tastes like brownie batter and still holds as one of my faves. Don't be afraid of the gels because they do rock IMHO.

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    Wow - thank you so much for the detailed insight into your run! You make me feel positive and hopeful that I can take that first running step soon!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMIDOT 7/2/2012 9:46AM

    You sound so excited! I get excited for you. Thanks for sharing. And I promise, I won't be eating donuts tomorrow morning. lol
Have a great run!

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2BEABETTERME 7/2/2012 9:45AM

    Woo-Hoo! Awesome job! I hope to get to that point soon!
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DJSHIP46 7/2/2012 9:30AM

    Way to go!!! Your successes continue to bring me hope that I may run again someday!!! Thanks you :)

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57 Days

Friday, June 29, 2012

I can't even tell you how many times over the past few weeks I have thought to myself, "Who ARE you, Leah??? Where did this person come from? When did you change so much? How did this even happen?" In a GOOD way! Haha.

So, I thought, "Why not try and figure this out?" I went back and started to read all my old blogs...because I distinctly remember there being a turning point where something permanently changed and I never looked back. It was really fun going back through old blogs. The funniest for me was when I got all emotional and thankful over FOUR comments on a blog. HA! Seems crazy to me now...

Anyway, the progression is very interesting and I thought it would maybe be encouraging for some of you...to show you that, no matter how overwhelming your odds are (whether you have to lose 108 lbs - like me) or you just can't imagine walking more than a mile...THINGS CHANGE, FRIENDS. And sometimes, when you least expect it, they change quickly. You CAN turn your entire life around in a short period of time...I am proof of this. It's not easy...but it is not as difficult as I always thought it would be either. Need proof? OK, let's begin...

FEBRUARY 27, 2012

So, yesterday I was at my "Made To Crave" Bible Study (week 2) and was telling my group that I feel like my issues with food/health have kept me from victory, specifically in the fact that I feel like I can never do anything fun again because I'm afraid of re-breaking my ankle and elbow. It makes me very upset and I was sobbing as I told them, "I can't even run! I've tried and I just can't do it!"

But, I've always wondered if I really physically can't run or if it was just a mental block, completely based on fear. I suspected it was the latter.

Yesterday I took my kids for a walk. About halfway through our 1.5 mile walk, I said to my daughter, "Should I try to jog to that sign? Just to see if I can do it?" I actually jogged!!! My daughter was behind me and she started shouting, "Mommy is jogging!!!!! Oh my gosh!!!" After that short distance, I felt like I wanted to jog again! I ended up jogging, then walking, then jogging, then walking...the entire way and I felt AMAZING!!! No pain. Just sweet, sweet joy.

I am beyond excited about this. And now I want to go again today!

MARCH 13, 2012

Apparently, there's a runners' store in town that will do all the measurements on my feet and even watch me run and figure out the perfect shoe for me.

The real shocker here is this...WHY do I want to spend so much time to do this? WHY do I want to go to this store and have some stranger watch me shake my fatness and have him fit me with what is sure to be a SUPER expensive shoe that I probably can't afford and then WHY do I WANT to do this Couch 2 5K so badly and eventually sign up for a 5K and, later on, who knows what? I HATE running. Right????

It is shocking even to me. I don't know where this desire came from.

MAY 2, 2012 (57 DAYS AGO!!!!)

I've read a LOT of blogs over the past couple of weeks. As you know, I feel specifically drawn to the stories of SparkPeople that have lost 100+ lbs. I began to see a common thread in many of these success stories: running. And not just running when they had walked enough to shed a ton of weight...running when they were STILL out of shape. When they were STILL over 300 lbs, over 250 lbs. Running a 5K non-stop at 230 lbs. It has quite literally blown my mind!

And, I don't know...I just thought, "If these people have done it...then I can do it." I can't keep making excuses.

Sunday morning, I knew I'd have a 6-hour car ride in front of me. At 7am, I went and started over with Couch 2 5K. But, this time, I ran all the running intervals. I cut my personal best mile interval time by 3 whole minutes!!! I was THRILLED! I felt SO GREAT! Yeah, it was a rough run, but not as rough as I thought it would be.

This morning, I woke up at 5:30am to take care of my 4 year old. He went back to sleep and I realized I was wide awake and just ITCHING for the sun to come up, so I could go for another run. I cut my mile interval time by another minute this morning. But that wasn't even my biggest victory today. The victory today was that I was able to breathe! I focused on my running form and, do you know, that made things so much easier?! I wasn't in pain. It was exponentially easier than it was on Sunday.

This is just TWO DAYS of work, folks. And I already feel like it's getting easier. I just can't tell you how amazing I feel. This running thing, once you get the hang of it, is really quite addicting.

If you only knew me two years ago, you'd understand how shocking this is. I am the girl who used to HATE any exercise. I am the rude person that would post on my runner friends' Facebook statuses that running is disgusting. I am the one who would say, "Who cares if I'm overweight? I'm already married and at least I'll die happy (eating delicious things and living life to the full)!"

But I so wasn't living life! And, to have this chance to truly LIVE...well, I refuse to take it for granted. I just can't wait to see what's ahead!!!!

JUNE 28, 2012 (TODAY)

It has only been 57 days since I wrote that. Less than two months, you guys. Tomorrow morning, I will run my longest distance yet - 6.2 miles. And I plan on running the entire thing...with a total of 15-20 minutes of walking interspersed throughout the entire run.

57 days ago, I was thrilled to able to run a 1:30 minute interval. Tomorrow I will run for over an hour.

57 days ago, running in a 5k race was a pipe dream. Something that could only happen "someday". Today, I have run and finished two 5k races.

57 days ago, I thought, "Maybe when I've lost a bunch of weight, I'll be able to do a 5k".

Tomorrow, I will run 10k as a part of my training for a half marathon...which I will run just 15 weeks from now.

In light of these facts, it is understandable that I am constantly looking in the mirror and asking, "Who ARE you?!" Well, I have some ideas:

I am Leah.
I am stronger than I ever imagined I could be.
I am a healed woman - physically, mentally, emotionally.
I am tenacious and empowered.
I am beautiful.
I am not afraid anymore.
I am not giving up.
I am blessed.
I am a runner.

  
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MRSWEEKS01 7/5/2012 4:12PM

    This is my day one.... I want to start and don't know how and where to begin. Thank you for being my inspiration and being real in all of this.

You are showing me that I can do it too.... and should just lace up my shoes and get out there (or on the treadmill!).

Thank you - and here's to day one!

Gina

(from the PCOS Facebook weight loss page)

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VSQUAREMOM 7/4/2012 2:49PM

    Oh my gosh! It's like you read my mind, with all the whirling thoughts about how I can't, why can't I lose, what do I do?

So, I am headed out to walk to the park and back. It's 3 miles round trip. Part of this, even if it's only a few steps, will be running. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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JSTHIESS 7/3/2012 11:42PM

    Just what i needed to hear. Thank you:)

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JANISBECK 7/3/2012 6:01PM

  thank you for inspiring me to try again


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ANGRITTER 7/3/2012 5:27PM

    RUN, LEAH, RUN!!!

So happy for you, and hope I can follow in your footsteps. I have an entire person to lose - 50 pounds at a time as a goal. I have only started and I can already tell a difference in the way I walk. I have broken my back, my neck, my shoulder, both ankles (one twice), my wrist, my fingers, etc. I am a hazard to myself.

Just doing my strength training daily and riding my reverse-flywheel recumbent bike uphill is already changing a lot of things about me. I may never be able to run a 5k due to arthritis (RA) and because of the previously broken bones, but I WILL make sure I can run far enough to get away from someone trying to hurt me. That is my goal right now - to get out of the way of accidents and trouble. It's a crazy world, so I set crazy goals.

You are an inspiration and thanks for sharing your story!!

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CLLOVE 7/3/2012 5:05PM

    I am new to the sparkpeople journey and have been inspired by your story. Thanks!

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LUCINDARW 7/3/2012 4:29PM

    Thank you for your blog! The hope and inspiration from you are great!

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NORSEGODDESS34 7/3/2012 4:11PM

    From one Leah to another, you are so inspiring! Thank you for writing about it all and making me realize that I'm the only one holding me back and that I CAN do it. THANKS SO MUCH! emoticon

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TAURUSGIRL3 7/3/2012 12:25PM

  Thanks for sharing! You are such an inspiration to me! I have always wanted to be a runner and you give me hope that I WILL be a runner too!


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FOREVERFITCHICK 7/3/2012 12:12PM

    Love that you continue to share your journey! I can't believe what we can accomplish in such a short time frame. Your bravery, your personal empowerment and your ability to share inspire me!

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CONFIDENT16 7/3/2012 10:41AM

    AMAZING!!! Great job and wonderful progress!! You have inspired me to start running. I, my entire life, was the fat girl that hated any sort of movement...even movement to get up to find the television remote! Thanks to you, I'm in the 4th week of the C25K program, and I'm almost in disbelief how much I've accomplished thus far! You helped me find my inner motivation, so thank you so much and keep up your hard work! emoticon emoticon

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LINCOLNMOM123 7/3/2012 10:16AM

    I have had weight problems since I was about 10, and knee problems since about 14. I have been really interested lately in running 5k s because there have been some really fun looking ones lately. I had the same mindset that maybe when I loose some weight and get better in shape it will be easier to run.
Thank you for this post, it was very inspiring, and I think I will keep giving running a shot!

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CATDUG19 7/3/2012 9:54AM

    Beautifully written and so true. We all have the power to do whatever we want if we believe we can. I love following your story so keep it up.

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KRISTIN501 7/3/2012 7:38AM

    I want you to know that this post made me cry. I am right there with you, I just began running as well, and I have to say, that you are right. After years of telling myself I can't do this, I found out that I truly can.

I will run my first 5k in September in Chicago and I am so excited I cannot stand it!'

Thank your for the courage you gave me to release my inner runner!

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LIZALOT 7/3/2012 3:03AM

    You really are truly amazing!! What inspiration! Thanks so much

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MCFHARPIST 7/3/2012 2:03AM

    You are soooo lucky to have taken this turn at such a young age. I only wish I could have been sparked at your stage in life. Better late than never, but the earlier the better!

Spark On!

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CHANGINGEMMY 7/2/2012 6:31PM

    Amazing! You've accomplished so much already. I've always wanted to be a runner but have always thought I couldn't, you've proven you can!! Thanks for the inspiration to go at it.

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BLESSED2BEME 7/2/2012 4:13PM

    Oh my gosh! Such inspiration. I started at 200 lbs. I gained a ton of weight after I retired from the Air Force. I swore I'd never run again (that was 8 years ago). Now I am running for me - not anyone else. I've lost 15 lbs but still have a long way to go to be 'healthy'. I'm doing it right though...slow and steady. I can't run as far and fast as you but I'm getting there.

Thanks for the encouragement through your blog and journey!

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CRZYMOM04 7/2/2012 2:27PM

    You are so awsome thanks for sharing

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MYVOYAGE 7/2/2012 1:00PM

    Thank you for sharing! Very inspiring...for those of us who struggle with the motivation to excercise...this blog is inspiring! Thank you!

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BERI03 7/2/2012 11:28AM

    You are amazing! emoticon

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KINKONE 7/2/2012 9:27AM

    Great post. I needed to read this; now I'm pumped to stay the course! Thanks!

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DEB_LEA 7/2/2012 8:30AM

    Thanks for sharing your story & good luck with the running!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/2/2012 6:25AM

    Wow, I didn't realise it had been such a short time. I swear every time I read your blog I just want to get up and go run round the block, it's that motivating.

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SHINYZALATA 7/2/2012 5:57AM

    This is really amazing and inspiring :D emoticon

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THEIS58 7/2/2012 4:45AM

    Inspiring!

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SHARPISTOL 7/2/2012 1:48AM

    GREAT BLOG! Thank you for sharing! And continued success!

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TECHSUN 7/2/2012 12:52AM

    You'll male that 5k.

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ANEWME423 7/2/2012 12:15AM

    emoticon emoticon for your blog. I just restarted C25K myself and your blog really helped to stoke my motivation. You rock!

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PLATAS0827 7/1/2012 11:45PM

    Truly Amazing.. Thank you for sharing..

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COLLIMA 7/1/2012 11:32PM

    Leah,

You are truly inspirational! I have always daydreamed about being a runner myself, but I just cannot bring myself to actually do it....

I do use the treadmill because it keeps me on track in terms of time and consistency (I just can't lollygag on the treadmill once I set the pace!), but still cannot actually do anything resembling running!

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However, I do walk really fast! Enough to work up a sweat!

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GBAUM0432 7/1/2012 10:55PM

  Great post

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BOOKWERME 7/1/2012 10:44PM

    emoticon Wishing you continued success in your transformation!!!

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PLYNSN316 7/1/2012 10:40PM

    So proud of you!!!!!!!! You are an inspiration and an amazing woman!!! BE PROUD! BE STRONG! BE WONDERFUL YOU!!!! emoticon

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SUNSHINEGIRLAZ 7/1/2012 10:33PM

    I think this is the most inspiring thing I've ever read! We are all truely blessed to be able to read your journey! Thank you for sharing! I pray you're blessed beyond measure in your goals to come! emoticon emoticon

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BRENNI71 7/1/2012 9:35PM

  Thank you Leah! Sooo Inspiring!!! Yay, Leah.... I know something you left out... You are an Athlete, inspiring others to be athletes too!!! emoticon

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LISA_FRAME 7/1/2012 9:14PM

  good post

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    What an awesome and inspiring blog emoticon

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TKJUDGE 7/1/2012 7:52PM

    Reading this blog makes me ready to start running!
I got the app on my phone just haven't used it yet!!

Thank you for sharing your story...it's an amazing one so far!!



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JSTETSER 7/1/2012 7:25PM

    Praise God for what HE is doing in your life!!

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RABBITART 7/1/2012 7:17PM

    Keep the good work!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/1/2012 5:42PM

    what an inspiring post....

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DSING1770 7/1/2012 5:37PM

    Such determination!! Way to go!!



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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/1/2012 5:29PM

    Like you, I hope my attitude change is permanent. Everyday that I do it, move more, eat less, make good choices, is a GOOD day, and one day closer to doing it forever! I am never going to say never (as in I'll never weigh as much as I used to), but I'm going to do my darnedest every single day to make sure it doesn't happen.

You have made amazing changes in the last months--I love to read of your progress and your determination. Keep up the good work! You truly ARE beautiful in every way!

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PRETTYGIRL1122 7/1/2012 4:49PM

    What a inspiration, I'm just restarting my journey and hope I can have half the success you have!

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Walking Right Into A Faster Race Time

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I've been reading a great book by Jeff Galloway, "Galloway's Book On Running". Does that title sound arrogant? Actually, far from it. Galloway was an Olympic runner and winner of the first Atlanta Marathon. He's been called one of the fathers of running and his book has been called one of the greatest books on the sport of running. I'm still working on it, but you know...I think this description might be accurate.

One of Galloway's biggest tips is using walk breaks in a long run. He talks at length about how strongly he believes in the ability of walk breaks to actually DECREASE a person's race time.

"Most runners will record significantly faster times when they take walk breaks because they don't slow down at the end of a long run. Thousands of veterans whose goal is to run faster have improved by 10, 20, 30 minutes and more in marathons by taking walk breaks early and often in the race. You can spot these folks: they're the ones who are picking up speed during the last 2-6 miles when everyone else is slowing down."

How is this even possible? How does this work? I was skeptical.

"By varying use of your muscles, your legs keep their bounce as they conserve resources. Walk breaks keep you from using up your reserve resources early. By alternating the exertion level and the way you're using your running muscles, these prime movers have a chance to recover before they accumulate fatigue."

So, as it turns out, my trainer and I discussed this at length as well. After hearing it from him, from Galloway and also from ABSOLUTZER0 when I spoke with him a couple months ago, I figured it was time to test this theory myself.

This morning, I was coming off of two rest days. I was FRESH and ready to go. Listen, if there were ever a day I could knock out four miles without a thought and barely feel it, it would be today! My body was primed for this and I was positively itching to get back out there.

But, in a few weeks, my mileage on my long run is going to start getting into the 8-10 mile ranges and, at that point, I seriously question my ability to run the entire thing. And, even if I could do it, would I even want to? It sounds like a recipe for injury to me.

So, 1.3 miles in, I took a one minute walk break. Probably a 19 minute pace. JUST ONE MINUTE. No big deal. It was a little difficult to start back up...but, listen, it took me a full 3/4 of a mile to get into a groovy pace when I started the run. After this walk break, it didn't take nearly as long to get BACK into the groove.

Second mile was great and at the end of it, I was happy to take a one minute walk break. After that break, you guys, I TOOK off! That third mile was the absolute best. I just can't describe how great I felt! I was flying (I mean...by my own standards) at about a 12:30 pace. (Normal pace is 13:30).

I definitely had to FORCE myself to take that last one minute walk break at the end of it. I could have gone forever!!! Still...in true scientific form, I went ahead and took one last one-minute break to walk (again...18 to 19 minute pace). Then, easily ran the last mile. This is the time when I begin to feel fatigued and have to mentally work myself really hard to keep going to the end. This time, I trotted up that hill on the way home and was running happy when I hit my driveway.

LOTS of sweat today. Weird. But here's the CRAZIEST part...my time was a full two minutes faster than the last time I ran the same distance (without walk breaks). By golly...I think there is something to this!

I don't even think I'd consider this "intervals" because the one minute walk breaks are just SO miniscule and short...and they really are pretty slow...completely focused on quick muscle recovery.

If you're interested in this, stay tuned because I am going to work these short breaks into my 10k distance on Saturday, so I will definitely report back on that!!!

  
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KIRSTAB 7/3/2012 11:45AM

    I really appreciate your blogs about things that you've learned from this book. I also still can't wrap my brain around the fact that I enjoy running now and just can't bring myself to read a running book. But I have learned so much from your blogs about this book and am thankful that you're sharing what you're learning. :)

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MARYRUN1 7/1/2012 12:34AM

    Great job !! I used the Galloway method when I first started running..... And it works (: keep up the great work, it will pay off !!

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NDKARIKARI 6/30/2012 4:43AM

    awesome awesome blog, and a huge congrats to you for your perseverance. Clearly, it is paying off!

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EDDYMEESE 6/30/2012 12:14AM

    Hm! I've tried this in the past but walked briskly...I should try the slow walk! I know multiple runners who run ultra-marathons and they swear by walk breaks!

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JANIED10 6/29/2012 10:58AM

    I find this interesting and may just have to get this book. I just started back up running and am using the 5k programs that are run/ walk intervals. I may have to continue this idea as I get further along. Thanks.

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CINDYSDAY 6/29/2012 10:07AM

    Thanks is great that you found this out! It shortens your time and you feel better too!

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PASKALINI 6/29/2012 9:19AM

    Now I don't feel so bad taking quick little walking breaks THANKS!!

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KBRADFORD88 6/29/2012 8:33AM

    I did/do this and it works. It is crazy in fact my run walk 1/1 are only 1 minute slower than I was when running the whole things and pooped. I think he's a genius. Keep at it. You'll be amazed. And you;ll feel amazing after. Go girl emoticon

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MENHALLS 6/29/2012 8:30AM

    I'm a big fan of walk breaks too. The hardest thing for me was to not view them as a "failure" to run the whole ___ miles.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/29/2012 7:35AM

    Sounds interesting! I look forward to your report!

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XTINEMAS 6/29/2012 7:05AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing, I might try this because I've been trying to increase my pace and seems like I'm getting no where. Thanks.

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PASTORMAE5 6/29/2012 12:08AM

    great job. you go girl

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KALANTHA 6/28/2012 10:27PM

    Fantastic! I bet you're going to make great progress!

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GOING-STRONG 6/28/2012 10:08PM

    I'll be very interested to see how the walk breaks work for you as you go into longer runs. I found that my time increased by 10% when I used walk breaks but I did enjoy them lol. Spark on!

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MOMJULIEC 6/28/2012 9:19PM

    I am a beginning runner and am so glad to have this information! I have completed a total of 3 5Ks. In each one I did a combo of walking and jogging. I've just recently started following the SP 10K your way training program. So glad to know that walking is something that I should be trying to include, rather than to eliminate.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/28/2012 9:09PM

    Glad to hear that you are fully rested and have found something that seems to work so well for you!


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KMSIMMONS1 6/28/2012 7:39PM

  Thanks for sharing this. I try to not let walking bug me too much. If it enhances the expeience then it's a GOOD thing.

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SLIMLEAF 6/28/2012 7:38PM

    I found this really interesting and look forward to hearing how you get on with your 10K run at the weekend.

Happy running!

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FITFOODIE806 6/28/2012 7:23PM

    High five! Glad you had such a great run.

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LINDAK25 6/28/2012 6:47PM

    Wow, how cool is that? Have a great race! I can't wait to see if it makes a difference.

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 6/28/2012 6:46PM

    Thanks. Great info.

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XTINA46 6/28/2012 5:16PM

    I love the way you are learning, trying, reading, thinking, and working through different ideas and scenarios about running and the body as you push towards your goal. Curious mind, determined spirit: you can't beat that! You're gonna find the winning formula that's just right for you!(Plus did you know that you lose more weight when you take walk breaks than if you just run at a steady pace right the way through?)
You are going to sail through that half marathon-- you'll see. :-)

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/28/2012 4:45PM

    I always have a walk break. I run 10 minutes & walk 1 minute. I find that 1 minute gives me a chance to catch a breath, take a sip of water & it helps me to focus on something beside the mileage. Like only 3 more minutes than a walk. It just helps to break it up any run. Absolutly love my walk breaks.

Keep up the great work!!!

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SWEETEYES0601 6/28/2012 4:43PM

    Wow! That's really great to know. I'm going to give that a whirl this weekend! Thanks!

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MOMMARUNNER77 6/28/2012 4:22PM

    I have done walking breaks for my first few halfs running for 10 minutes and walking for 1 minute, the walking breaks were nice. I would say I prefer not to do walking breaks, unless I need to. Play with what works for you.... for your first half try with walking breaks, and see how you like it.

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ANONSI 6/28/2012 4:12PM

    I usually only run 5ks, but I do take walk breaks. I know it makes me faster than if I just run it straight, for all of the reasons you list in your blog. It gives you a mental and physical breather before you have to pick it back up again. You'd be surprised what even 30 second walk breaks can do for you.

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SNEVIL1 6/28/2012 3:55PM

    So he says the walk breaks increase your time or decrease your time?? It sounds like it increases the time because you don't use as much of yourself up and it seems to really have worked for you. I'll have to give this a try. I definitely used walk breaks during my 5k lol

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/28/2012 3:53PM

    Awesome! Love Jeff Galloway! There is a Spark Team for that. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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DENNETJ 6/28/2012 3:51PM

    I cannot wait to hear how this works out. I have a 5K coming up and I was worried that the whole time would be too much to run but if even one minute walk breaks can help I think I can make that happen easily enough.

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PRINCESSNURSE 6/28/2012 3:49PM

    I use the Galloway method and I am faster with the walk breaks than when I run 100%. Strange but true!

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What's Your Favorite Position?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I will go on record and admit that my favorite position is facedown. I just find that staring at the ceiling is not very comfortable and after an hour or so on my left or right side, my hip starts to get sore (partly why I hated pregnancy so much!) You can judge me if you want (I know it's a little immature for a 33-year old woman), but I'm not ashamed of the fact that I'm a tummy sleeper.


This is exactly how I look when I sleep...except I'm usually not smiling if you take my picture while I'm doing it.

Seeing as this is a rest day for me (I feel GREAT, by the way! Almost fully recovered! Yay!), I thought you'd like to learn some interesting facts about your sleep position. Learning, folks. It's a good thing.

[For legal reasons, I need to tell you I totally swiped this information from another source and I'm only allowed to use a few lines from it, but the full text can be viewed here: www.livestrong.com/article/109972-sl
eeping-positions-mean/
As usual, though, the color commentary is TOTALLY MINE - see what I did there? My commentary is in ALL CAPS. FYI.]


We are constantly communicating how we feel, what we're thinking and our desires even when we're not speaking... Even while sleeping, we are communicating our true selves...

THE FETAL POSITION
This is the most common sleep position. [WHAT THE WHAT? THIS IS SO UNCOMFORTABLE!]

Out of the 1,000 people surveyed, 41 percent slept in this position---51 percent of women. [SERIOUSLY? IF YOU FOUND OUT YOUR PARTNER SLEPT IN THE FETAL POSITION, YOU WOULDN'T BE A LITTLE CREEPED OUT??? OH NO...I JUST ALIENATED 41% OF MY WOMEN AND 51% OF MY MEN READERS. SORRY TO THE 4 OF YOU!!!]

Those who sleep in the fetal position are described as being very emotional, artistic and sensitive with the capacity to have intense relationships. [LIKE...I DON'T KNOW...A BABY???]

An interesting finding for the ladies: Women who enjoy slumber in this position tend to have a greater capacity for multiple orgasms. [WAIT, WHAT? I MIGHT RECONSIDER THAT FREAK REMARK.]

Gregarious and brash people are said to sleep on their stomachs with their hands around the pillow and their heads turned to one side. [OMG, THIS IS ME!!!!]

They can be thin-skinned underneath their outgoing exteriors and dislike criticism or extreme situations. People who regularly sleep prone are stubborn, persistent and goal-oriented...if you've suddenly begun to sleep in this position, there might be something you're afraid of. [UHHH...YEAH...THIRTEEN POINT FREAKING ONE]

HONEYMOON HUG
Sleeping face to face in a hug is the ultimate in intimacy. [AND BAD MORNING BREATH]

Couples who do not stop sleeping this way might have underlying issues of co-dependence. [OUCH]

This position is uncomfortable to maintain throughout the night for most couples. [YA THINK?]

SPOON [FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE]
Many couples spoon while they sleep. That's when both partners are in a semi-fetal position, one behind the other with the front of the "spooning" partner touching the back of the partner being "spooned."

BACK TO BACK
Couples who sleep back to back with their bottoms touching have a sexual bond but are both independent and confident individuals. [THIS TOTALLY REMINDS ME OF AN EPISODE OF 'MODERN FAMILY"]

I could end this blog with the question of what your favorite sleeping position, but I would be lying if I acted like I really cared. It was really just an excuse for a clever title and intro...haha.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHUM48 9/26/2012 10:23PM

    Awesome, thanks for giving me a smile!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 7/30/2012 2:13AM

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/15/2012 9:58AM

    Very funny.

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DEBK0923 7/10/2012 1:09PM

    great blog, and funny

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/4/2012 12:16PM

    This blog is so funny. I sleep usually in the fetal position coupled with my man spooning me. One of my doctors once told me that whatever position you were most in the womb. Is the position that you are most comfortable sleeping in. I am a twin and my twin slept like a runner taking up all the space in the womb, so I was always in the fetal position. Seems odd. But, I just find the fetal position really relaxing when I sleep.

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LANNIEMANUEL 6/30/2012 9:49AM

    i try to sleep back to back but like jeannette59 my pooches spoon my legs. so does that make me a back to back or spoon?

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BLUEJEAN99 6/29/2012 4:58AM

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JIBBIE49 6/28/2012 9:01PM

    emoticonWonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail again. What a star you are. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 6/28/2012 5:58PM

  What about people who change positions during the night?

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SERASARA 6/28/2012 5:32PM

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JEANNETTE59 6/28/2012 5:18PM

  emoticon What does it say if you have a four-legged fur-baby crash your slumber party?

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/28/2012 2:50PM

    Funny and interesting. Maybe I shouldn't admit it (please don't judge) but I'm a fetal position sleeper. This seems to be the most comfortable for my shoulders and hips...and yes, I am an emotional person!

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BLUE42DOWN 6/28/2012 2:24PM

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And of course I don't sleep in any of those positions. I might call my position "sprawl" or "runner" - half on my side, half on my stomach, one leg lifted and out in front of me, the other straight and somewhat behind. Think of someone running and lay them out on a mattress and you've probably got an idea how I look.

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MOMMY445 6/28/2012 2:12PM

    what a great blog!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/28/2012 1:10PM

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RUBEE22 6/28/2012 12:26PM

    haha awesome blog! I'm a stomach sleeper as well, any other position is uncomfortable except maybe the spooning : )

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HEARTS116 6/28/2012 11:48AM

    So cute!! emoticon

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SHOAPIE 6/28/2012 10:57AM

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/28/2012 10:32AM

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/28/2012 10:18AM

    Wow, that's pretty accurate in my case! I never knew the way I conked out could mean so much.

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REENIE131 6/28/2012 10:11AM

    Great blog, and even though you don't care, I'm going to tell you. I sleep like you, and one of the happiest things for me, at the end of each pregnancy (aside from, you know, the baby) was being able to lay on my stomach and sleep. Granted it was only for about 10 minutes at a time, but it still counts!

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MARYBETHMORGAN 6/28/2012 10:06AM

  Very cute blog!

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CAROLZ1967 6/28/2012 9:38AM

    Very cute and funny! :-)

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/28/2012 9:25AM

    On my back or in the fetal position for me! It's just so comfy. :) Sometimes, my husband and I will do the honeymoon hug until it gets uncomfortable or one of us rolls over in our sleep. I could never sleep on my tummy - doesn't it hurt your neck??

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/28/2012 9:02AM

    Tummy sleeper all the way

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JANEMARIE77 6/28/2012 8:47AM

    well now you will never know very cute thnaks

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KAYYYDEE 6/28/2012 8:35AM

    Loved this! I am a fellow tummy sleeper...with one leg sticking out from under the covers. I swear, two seconds after I lay down in this position, I'm out. I can't spoon or be anywhere close to hubby when I sleep. I get way too hot.

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FARIS71 6/28/2012 8:26AM

    You are hilarious!!

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MRSTABER 6/28/2012 8:24AM

    Depending on the night, it could be any of them! lol

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SHOES17 6/28/2012 8:17AM

    Cute blog- Humor Helps!
We spoon...lol You started the thought, so I had to reply!

I usually make us flip three times before I go to sleep! We always end up laughing! emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 6/28/2012 8:13AM

    Well, since you don't care I won't tell ya! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 6/28/2012 7:05AM

    ha ha, love it.

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TERRIJ7 6/28/2012 3:45AM

    I move so much throughout the night I think I hit all the positions at least once.

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ON2VICTORY 6/28/2012 3:45AM

    i think im too busy sleeping to know... well i take that back... if the company wanted me to sleep, they would have issued it to me.

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EDDYMEESE 6/28/2012 12:31AM

    Lol, we totally sleep back-to-back!

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SPARKL3 6/27/2012 11:54PM

    It's late and I'm very sleepy....YAWN.....Let me crawl into bed and I'll find out..... emoticon G'night............

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JEANNINEMM68 6/27/2012 10:25PM

    Fetal position are you serious??????? the only time I get like that is when I have bad stomach cramps.

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GOING-STRONG 6/27/2012 7:32PM

    I also find it hard to believe that the majority of people sleep in the fetal position... stomach sleepers unite! Ha Ha!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/27/2012 6:28PM

    For legal reasons, I don't think I can disclose my sleep position...
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LINDAK25 6/27/2012 5:46PM

    Wait! They didn't mention people who sleep on their backs with their hands at their sides or resting on their stomachs! I like to sleep on my stomach, too. Some of those positions sound awfully uncomfortable! Loved, loved, loved your commentary! (Oh! No! I'm turning into one of those people who use exclamation points all the time!)

Thanks for the laugh!

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BPPRESKO 6/27/2012 4:48PM

    Love this article. Made me think..we used to spoon until HE started snoring! Now, we are butt to butt! emoticon

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BIG_BEAR73 6/27/2012 4:23PM

    ha ha ha

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GUITARWOMAN 6/27/2012 4:08PM

    Really funny blog, I love your sense of humor.

It could get wilder and weirder if we talked about sleep accessories....

I wear wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome and a velcro strap for my cute lil' fitbit so I can measure sleep hours.

Sigh....


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DIANNEMT 6/27/2012 3:24PM

    Sleep apnea "stuff" dictates you sleep on your back. And these Sleep Number beds help with the pain in the hip/shoulder.

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DJ1SKYWALKER 6/27/2012 2:54PM

    I start out on left side, in a half fetal position (sorry), then I end up on right side. I have sciatica and it feels better to curl and stretch :-)

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DENNETJ 6/27/2012 2:44PM

    LOL!! These made me laugh. Your add ons mostly :) I too and a stomach sleeper that seems to have all those traits and a hurt shoulder to go with it. Guess I lean more on my right shoulder but it is really hard to "learn" a new sleeping position when you move there on auto pilot at night.


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PRAYINGSUZIE 6/27/2012 2:11PM

    Lol! I love all the comments from other readers! I sleep on my side mostly but when my dh is in bed we are spooners and back to back. He says that he is too hot too! Glad I am not the only ones that has that problem!
Suzie

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SWEETEYES0601 6/27/2012 2:00PM

    1TRULYBLESSED, I am right there with you! I sleep on my side, my back, spoon, etc. I loved the comments and think this was a great idea for a blog! emoticon

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ANGELBABIES2 6/27/2012 1:41PM

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CINDHOLM 6/27/2012 1:25PM

    Loved the comments!!! emoticon

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