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Monday, July 09, 2012

Yesterday was a weird day and I was struggling with my numbers (see "Where Were Those Bootstraps????" for a recap). I suppose it's lucky, then, that I'd already scheduled a running partner for 6:30am this morning. Forced me out on my run. We were supposed to run 2 miles, but did 3.1 instead. And, since his pace is faster than mine, it was a pretty quick 3.1 miles. Talking really made the miles fly by. Long story short...I felt awesome afterwards. As usual.

Then, I got to work and logged in to SparkPeople (shhhh...don't tell). Every so often, I check my Friend Feed. For quite a long time, I never ever even looked at it...just used Spark for the trackers and that was all. I didn't engage much in the community at all. But, I'm here to tell you that the community is EVERYTHING here. It is what keeps me going every single day. I'm not exaggerating. Yeah...there's the whiners and moaners, but I tend to just skip over those. There are so many more positive messages to spend my time reading.

At the Women in Business conference I attended a few weeks ago, Mary LoVerde (a work-life balance expert who has appeared on Oprah and so many other news shows) taught us that, to find balance in our lives, we need to focus on connecting with people in our lives. Even if it is just a tiny, 5-second connection (leaving a note in your kid's lunchbox, thinking of your husband at a certain time of day when he is thinking about you) or even something larger like a ritual of a weekly run with your daughter....the key principle is that CONNECTION CREATES BALANCE. I believe her.

Do you know why? Because I logged in this morning and checked my feed and this is what I saw (one hour's worth of updates from all my SparkFriends):

VSQUAREMOM is hot and sweaty and feeling good! Bring the rest of the day on!

SWEETEYES0601 received a 1,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes award!

LIBRARYBELL1 loves and accepts myself exactly as I am!

LANGHAM71 jogged in 82 degrees weather at 8:00 am, I miss this southern weather....look forward to a better workout tomorrow. :-)

MAMALOVEBUG got her run done even though it was hard today! I'm halfway donewith my training program; can't believe I've been running for a month!

SWAYDE completed Week 4, Day 1 of C25K ... 5 minutes is an eternity when its your first time running that long!

MARYDSAN is back from lap swim.

GINGERHAWK got soaked on my bike ride in today - doh!

MOM2IAN "Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don't think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made."

KALANTHA got up early and is already finished her bike ride for today! Woohoooo!

MUSICALLYMINDED Today I WILL go to the gym.

SANDIEGOJOHN 5am Monday and I'm wide awake. Maybe I'm back in my early morning groove.

EMMALEMMA33 excited to take my girls swimming today!

MEMORIES7 received a 1,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes award!

SWEDE_SU did strength training today! (i still hate ST)

MOMMARUNNER77 is ready for another week of running/training for next half!!!

MARATHONDAD is getting into the intense part of his training 5 weeks till my next race!!!!!

SHIRE33 is feeling a lot better this morning. Off to run.

JAIRIE813 is feeling good after my workout. Ready to get this day started!!

Ok, my initial thoughts on this (because you know I love to make commentary):

HOW THE HELL DID YOU GET 1,000 FITNESS MINUTES AND IT'S ONLY JULY 9th???!!! AMAZING!

Look at ALL these beautiful people working hard and exercising! I'm SO glad I'm part of their "cool" group this morning! It feels good to be a part of this crowd.

If all of my friends here can do it (some in much more difficult places and situations than I), there is no reason I can't keep going and achieve whatever I set my mind to!

OK, seriously...that is not a bad bit of motivation for a quick 5-minute perusal of a Friend Feed.

So...next time you need some motivation...just click "See All Updates". You might be amazed at the boost it gives you to connect with your SparkFriends in that quick little minute. And maybe, just maybe, it will help to bring things into focus...and give you just a little more balance in your life.

  
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SUTERSPACE 2/8/2013 9:37AM

    Brought a smile to my face. Yes, I love my community!!

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FUSCHIA6 9/16/2012 11:50AM

    That's a great idea. I never do this, but I know that others do. I'm going to give it a try. Here's to progress.
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LOGOULD 8/24/2012 10:00PM

    I hear ya - I subscribed to a message board on one of my teams.....it's all about people getting up and doing their workouts at 4:30AM.....and there are ALOT of people doing just that. So, tomorrow, day 3 of my no snooze streak, I wake up 15 mins earlier than my norm (5AM) - coffee is already set, DVD set out and I am going to get at least 10-15 mins in first thing in the AM. Its progress, not perfection!

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NANCYSINATRA 7/26/2012 12:56PM

    Guess I have to try that now. :) thanks.

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DEBK0923 7/22/2012 1:06PM

    wonderful blog

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JIBBIE49 7/20/2012 6:01PM

    Wonderful to see your blog featured again in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

If you look through the list of "Exercise" that you can get fitness minutes for, it includes things like "House cleaning", "Yard Work", etc. I always get my minutes from all the "work" I do daily, plus my walking, aerobic dancing, yoga, etc. It easily adds up to 2 hours. I guess a lot of people don't know you can get points for house work.

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MOMOSG 7/19/2012 8:39AM

    You always have something encouraging and thought provoking to read. I enjoy that a lot!

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NITELITE72 7/15/2012 11:25AM

    So loved this...thank you!!

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DEBK0923 7/13/2012 2:36PM

    greaqt blog

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SPECIALGURL7 7/12/2012 3:28PM

    When I first joined i did not post in the community, but now I go for it. Support is necessary on this journey. thanks for the reminder.

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HONORED1 7/12/2012 1:25PM

  Thank you for sharing - very inspiring!!

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LISA_FRAME 7/12/2012 12:07PM

  Great post!

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GRAMSANDY291 7/12/2012 11:14AM

  I was sick most of June. I started walking more each day.Now I Am going to water arobics and the pool every day. I have more energy than I have had in a very long time.

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LAMDRRNM 7/12/2012 10:42AM

  Okay I know this is off-topic a little bit but I think the way they get so many fitness minutes is that they pre-fill in their future exercises. Maybe if they schedule them in ahead of time, they're locked into doing them. But what a great way to keep on track! You too! Keep going!! Way to use Spark People to the fullest :)

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NWFL59 7/12/2012 9:47AM

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CASSIOEPIA 7/12/2012 9:21AM

    Love this!

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/12/2012 7:35AM

    I was on Spark for several months before I found the FriendFeed. It's absolutely wonderful! (I log in at work too -- shh!)

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LRSILVER 7/12/2012 7:26AM

    Thanks for sharing. I did not know about friend feed for a long time either.

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LITTLEROX20 7/11/2012 9:55PM

    I need to be more active in the SP Community

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SHOAPIE 7/11/2012 6:37PM

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ISABELLE31 7/11/2012 5:16PM

    Great idea!!! :)

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STUFFNEARTABOR 7/11/2012 4:45PM

    Great blog - thanks for sharing.

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1STICKBLUES 7/11/2012 11:09AM

    this was great & super motivating! thanks!

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KICKINGKILOS 7/11/2012 10:43AM

    Wow. Today I treadmilled. 30 mins.
And I plan to step back once kids sleep.
Now...I wish I could Run...but I walk
But does my walk count.
I wish i could run like U guys

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ROJAKHAN 7/11/2012 10:41AM

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MOMMY445 7/11/2012 10:34AM

    i also totally agree!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/11/2012 10:26AM

    Spark friends have kept me motivated during my weight loss, and still do during these last (almost) 15 months of maintenance. I honestly don't think I could have achieved what I have without this site, the resources here, but mostly the PEOPLE here. Thanks for being one of those motivating individuals!

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MITCHARVEY 7/11/2012 9:27AM

    I didnt know I could view a friend feed! thanks for the info... it will be a great place to get motivated. emoticon

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NIGHTOCUPS 7/11/2012 8:56AM

    Totally agree, connecting with others really makes things easier.

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ALHINTON891 7/11/2012 8:16AM

    I agree! It is the community aspect that makes all of the difference.

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BOOCH6 7/11/2012 7:46AM

    Thanks so much ! I'm off to check out my friends feed and make sure I've added you !!

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JPEARL127 7/11/2012 7:31AM

  Again, you have shared something that we can all benefit from--I never thought about checking in on the friend feed, in fact, I haven't really used the friend feature. Like most newbies, I think I am into the trackers right now and don't realize how many other things SparkPeople has to offer. Oh, I also enjoy following the recipes, as we have found many new dishes!

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ILOVEJIM851991 7/11/2012 7:17AM

    it's nice to know someone is actually looking at the comments emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/11/2012 7:13AM

    Where is this friend feed? I want to jump on that bandwagon!

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LEANMEAN2 7/11/2012 6:46AM

    Thanks for sharing

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SHIRE33 7/11/2012 6:45AM

    I read the updates at least twice a day. So motivating.

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SUSANS706 7/11/2012 5:59AM

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EATVEGAN 7/11/2012 1:45AM

    Hey, thanks! I didn't know this place existed. I've been wanting to check on friends but had to do it one at a time. emoticon Now, thanks to you, I can be more efficient. emoticon emoticon
Janet

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HYATTI1 7/11/2012 1:09AM

    Yep the sparks feed is really a door opener to what is going on with your friends.

Congratulations on the extra mile during your run.

Joanna

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LANGHAM71 7/10/2012 11:39PM

    You just discovered the "friends feed"...it is about time ! LOL

IT IS MY LIFE LINE WHEN I WANT TO GIVE UP!

Knowing my Spark Friends are working hard, even some harder then me and in less shape ans situations to better themselves motivates me.

And thanks for mentioning me in your blog, let's me know that someone hears me and sees me pushing on. :-)

I'm watch you and others as will.

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HERZINGM 7/10/2012 11:07PM

    Thank you for the reminder to connect with my SparkFriends! Great blog :)

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REENIE131 7/10/2012 10:33PM

    Great blog!

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ELLESSE0 7/10/2012 9:49PM

  It is really motivating scrolling through that list. Thanks to you and all the rockin' people on here! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 7/10/2012 9:46PM

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BARBARASDIET 7/10/2012 9:34PM

    Have to try it!

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Where Were Those Bootstraps????

Sunday, July 08, 2012

So, I took my measurements today for the first time since May 27th. You know...you would think that would be good news, wouldn't you? Well, it really wasn't. I mean...I suppose you could spin it that way if you consider NO CHANGE at all to be good news.

There's this battle in my heart between what I have learned about health in this journey and the expectations I have for myself.

My brain (and my trainer) says, "Leah, you can't choose the timetable...your body will do what it's going to do and you can only make good decisions for it to help it along. You can only control your eating and your exercise."

My heart says, "How LONG? And, oh my gosh, does anyone SEE how HARD I have been working? Why is nothing happening?!"

It's a classic non-scale-victory vs. slave-to-the-numbers game. And some days you feel like NSVs are all the rage and other days you just get down about the numbers. I could list a million reasons I am proud of myself for what I've done these past couple of months. And, on a normal day, those things would keep me pushing forward.

But today...they just aren't helping. You know those days? The ones where nothing anyone says will help? That's how today's been. It doesn't help that my food has been out of control today. It only makes it worse.

But, I've been doing what I do...which is researching and reading and thinking and planning. And Friday night, I ordered 3 of Jillian Michaels' DVDs (30 Day Shred, Shred with Kettlebells & Six Weeks to 6-Pack). They arrive tomorrow. If you read my earlier blog on strength training, you remember how much I despise it. But it's not like I've never done it regularly and experienced the benefits. Just in May, when I did the SparkPeople Spring Into Shape Boot Camp Challenge, I can't tell you how amazing I was feeling.

Frankly, I expect that if I can commit myself to this portion of my training, I WILL see a difference both on the scale and in my measurements. And, while I'm at it...I have got to forget about the past two days and just jump head first back into my healthy eating habits. Luckily, they are habits so I won't be starting over from scratch! Thank God for that.

When it comes down to it, it infuriates me that I would put SO much work into something (my running) and then sabotage myself with horrible food choices. WHY would I do that to myself?

And, the way I see it, there are a couple choices that I have right now:

1. I can sit around and feel sad. Sink into depression. Let it swallow me and really let things slide, fitness and diet wise.

2. I can focus myself and not let my slip up lay everything to waste that I've done for the past two months. I can forgive myself and move on. And, well, that means working harder.

And...that's all, folks. So...I choose #2. I have wasted too many years feeling sorry for myself, making excuses and pretending to be happy where I'm at just so I don't have to face the hard work of making a real change. I'm done with that kind of life.





  
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CHUM48 10/5/2012 11:02PM

    I enjoy mixing things up strength training is my think!

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DEBK0923 7/22/2012 1:01PM

    good blog, keep it up

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MISSILENE 7/17/2012 9:01AM

    Take one day at a time. You will get there

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GBAUM0432 7/11/2012 9:34PM

  Nice

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MARGIE1066 7/11/2012 8:52PM

    I'm enjoying your posts very much. Have you tried the videos yet?

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GOLDEYGIRL 7/11/2012 3:27PM

    I can totally identify! As I drove to work today, I wondered how can I work so hard and get such slow results? Aren't really heavy people supposed to lose weight quicker? Am I going to have to train like I'm going to be in the Olympics in order to lose just 2 more pounds?

Thanks for reminding me that all of this is just part of the journey we are on and I am not the only one that feels that way at times.

Off to Zumba!

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SLFGOLF 7/11/2012 1:01AM

    You will have those days when you wonder if it is all worth it, but it is worth it. It's great to see you making the right decision and hanging in there. You can do this!

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SALEX52 7/11/2012 12:42AM

    Go for it!

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CHRISTINA431 7/11/2012 12:36AM

    Thanks for sharing this. Your words plucked a familiar chord. I've been stuck number wise since February. I like what your trainer says about the timetable. Have fun with your strength training!

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HAS2BEME 7/11/2012 12:28AM

    keep up the good work you will get there

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TUBJUMPER 7/10/2012 11:48PM

    Keep at it, you will get there

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MBOART 7/10/2012 11:46PM

    I'm having one of those questioning days myself. Thank you for reminding me what the importance of doing all this is!

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GODSBEST 7/10/2012 9:53PM

    Love the last saying - that about sums it up!

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LENHARDT 7/10/2012 9:34PM

    Great job Leah!!! emoticon

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KALI1007 7/10/2012 9:15PM

    Me too!! emoticon

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FATHINSN 7/10/2012 8:39PM

    Good choice! Me, too, I will choose #2, more likely to propel us towards success!
Don't feel bad when there's no change on the hard evidence a.k.a. measurements, how about other things such as how's your sleep, how's your day, your energy, your mood, etc etc?

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TOASTIE53 7/10/2012 8:11PM

    I know just how you feel! My progress is so slow it is pretty much stopped - but I know if I wasn't doing what I'm doing, the scale would be going up. And I know that on the inside, where it counts the most even if no one can see it -- I am ever so much healthier than I used to be.

Thanks for your blog - it helps to know I'm not alone as I plod along.

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RDWBENZ 7/10/2012 7:02PM

  Thank you for sharing your struggle it encourages other to know we are not alone in the struggles. emoticon

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JAS9096 7/10/2012 6:54PM

    I love that you posted about having rough times and getting through them. It's the kick in the pants I need! :)

Thank you!

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NAOLEE 7/10/2012 5:42PM

    emoticon Door #2 is the winner emoticon and you pick that one. Sometime we think we are loosing our time and it's not true. I will tell you something that work to lose weight. When I started to have problem to eat I had to eat very slow and few food in my mouth and the same with liquid. I had liquid in my mouth and I didn't swallow everything at once. I had a drink in my mouth and and turned it into four drinks. That helped me to loose weight. emoticon emoticon

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FAT2FAB2012 7/10/2012 5:39PM

    I was glad to come to the end of your blog post and see the choice you made. You can do this! And you give me inspiration....so many times in the past I've let one or 2 bad days cause me to slip back into old habits and give up, but this time, no matter how many bad days I have, I'm determined to get back up and keep pushing forward. Those numbers will change. We here all know how hard you are working because we do it, too. So, when you feel like no one sees your hard work, remember we do! We know how hard it is just to make it to what others would see as a tiny accomplishment. Keep up the hard work, girl. We can all do this!

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GBAUM0432 7/10/2012 5:26PM

  Thanks

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PT.JEFFGIRL 7/10/2012 4:18PM

    It is most discouraging not to see progress. After, as you said, you worked sooo hard! I think most of us have experienced what you did--more than once. I liked what your trainer said-that is very realistic. And I like that you chose #2. Good for you. Your efforts will pay off! emoticon emoticon

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CCORWIN1 7/10/2012 4:11PM

    Thank yo so much for your blog! I am new to Spark and new to the healthstyle. I started this journey June 10, 2012 and have gone through so many changes already. This is the first time I have ever tried to loose weight. There are day's that I am so over the top with what is involved and then there are day's that I just don't think this is for me, so it is nice to share these feelings and know that others feel the same. emoticon

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NESARIAN 7/10/2012 3:52PM

    I like the realization you came to and think it to be a winning decision! I want to see progress quickly also. When I focus on how good I am feeling, I realize I am LIVING progress!

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BETH-IS-BLESSED 7/10/2012 3:45PM

    Thanks for your honesty. emoticon

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AMANDASOTELO 7/10/2012 3:15PM

    I have jillian micheals 30 day shred! it is great. and quite the workout! good for the days you dont feel like going out! do jillian micheals 30 day shred everytime you feel like breaking your diet! it will help you sweat it out! lol

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JENNIK2 7/10/2012 3:10PM

    Your whole blog was great, but I love the second quote! I have to keep remembering that! Thanks

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SSYEAW 7/10/2012 2:29PM

    I JUST wrote a similar blog myself yesterday! I had my body fat measured. My last analysis was done 3 months prior to joining the Spark- before I could do 4 cardio classes a day, before I was eating only 1100-1200 calories a day, 20 pounds AGO!!! and it was at 36%
Obviously I expected a loss of at least 6%.....it was a loss of 2%!! I was at 34% WTH??

I still had to look at my successes, I am still able to go to the gym and work out now. I manage my diet. I look like I have lost so much more than the 20 pounds I have.
I AM a success.

This will not be my defining moment of failure because I am not going to give up.

You won't either.
It took me 4 months to get out of the 160's....success takes forever- but it's worth it.

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MOM2HANDE 7/10/2012 2:29PM

    Thanks for reminding me that the numbers are only one measure of my success in my quest to be healthier. emoticon

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SUPERMOMMYK8E 7/10/2012 1:57PM

    Stepped on the scale this morning and was devastated gained 3 pounds :-/ I was so determined to give up so I logged onto spark people and started reading everybody's blogs and looking at articles if it wasn't for sparkpeople and blogs like yours I'd given up already keep up the good work your an inspiration to us all!!!!!!

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HFAYE81 7/10/2012 12:54PM

    I'm right there with you! I need to see results or I want to give up. Then I remember all the rewards in how I feel. emoticon

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SABLENESS 7/10/2012 12:51PM

    Whew. You've said a lot for many of us. We just have to keep going and outsmarting sabatoging selves. emoticonWe WILL do it!

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KRACHTUSK 7/10/2012 12:36PM

  Thank you! Sharing the hard days and how we get through is sometimes just as important as sharing the good days

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/10/2012 12:15PM

    Thanks. This is just the boost I needed.

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STACYPOP 7/10/2012 12:14PM

    Glad you chose the latter!

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DOTTY7267 7/10/2012 12:06PM

    Thank you once again for a wonderful blog posting. You inspire even when you reveal your frailties. Everyone has pitfalls, we just need enlightenment as to how to come out of them.
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ABEST827 7/10/2012 11:50AM

    I've had a horrible few days eating wise and I was ready to give up. But I logged back on and read your blog and it reminded me that I'm not alone. Thanks for being transparent and sharing your struggles. Your journey inspires me! :) You've got the right attitude and things are gonna get so much better because of your hard work! I'll continue following your journey.

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SWEETEYES0601 7/10/2012 11:49AM

    emoticon I'm right there with you!

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NIGHTOCUPS 7/10/2012 11:40AM

    Thank you for sharing. You're absolutely right, we are what we choose to be. Have a good day!

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APACHESTEVE 7/10/2012 11:30AM

    Thank you for sharing, as I too in all of my previous ups and downs, can become a slave to the scale, or other numbers. I've only been working at changing my relationship with food for three weeks now, and recorded my measurments last week. However, I know a time will come that the progress will slow. In fact I had a good eating week last week, and the scale did not move. It is so frustrating to not see the progress to a healthier "us".
Consider this, you mentioned in your blog that you were serious about running in your exercise program. When you started this journey, could you run at all or near the distance you can go now, or the speed you can go now? Perhaps those numbes would be a good focus?
Guitarwoman is right, take a look at yourself now in a mirror au-natural, I promise not to peek, and I bet you will see much progress in reshaping. Even after 3 weeks I can see that my belly is getting smaller, and that is a major win in my book!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/10/2012 10:12AM

    A very thoughtful blog....

After almost two years of more or less maintaining, I have become more focused on the numbers for food tracking and fitness tracking, and less focused on the numbers from a scale and tape measure.

I have so many negative associations with them that they drive me crazy and do not motivate me to stay on plan.

I look at myself without clothing and see how clothing fits to get some idea of how I am doing physically.

My scale is now in a drawer. It will probably come out for my next check in in from Sparkpeople, but otherwise I want to keep it there.

And for bad food days, I say own it, track it, and move on.


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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/10/2012 10:10AM

    Plateaus are NO FUN! They are frustrating and maddening and depressing. BUT, they can also be motivational if you look at it the right way. YES, you haven't lost, but you also haven't gained. You are in so much better shape now than when you started, and look at all you have gained as you lost weight! I know when my scale shows no loss or even a gain, it just makes my resolve that much stronger. I WILL lose this weight!!! And I just work that much harder. Or at least I try to. In our attempts is our eventual victory, right? We just have to keep trying!

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CATDUG19 7/10/2012 9:56AM

    I hate that you are going through this but it really helps me to see I am not alone. We are all human and this is not a one time cure. But you are so right when the numbers will not move it hurts. It even worst when you know that poor food choices did it when you workout so much. Keep pushing yourself you are winning the battle...please keep blogging

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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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    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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    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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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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    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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    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
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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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    What a great birthday! Congratulations!

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    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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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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    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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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
the BEST way to
lose more pounds.

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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

    HAPPY 4TH! emoticon

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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