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Excuse me, Obesity? Could I have a word with you please?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Excuse me, Obesity? Could I have a word with you please? Thanks.

As you probably know, I've had some issues with my tendonitis flaring up since my last run. I've been bewildered by the feelings of frustration and anger that have been rising up inside of me.

Why am I angry? Good question. I'm so glad you asked because I've been dying to say this for a couple days now.

I'm so angry at you, Obesity. I loathe you. I detest you. I'm angry that you have a stronghold in our country and in our world. I'm angry that I had so little respect for myself that I let you into my life and allowed you to take control. I'm angry that you are not being labeled correctly by our media as a disease. I hate that you are a killer. I truly believe you are linked to cancer. And I hate that cancer has hurt so many loved ones.

See, I don't just hate the physical effect that you bring (like my ankle issues or heart problems or diabetes, which destroys so many lives). I hate the emotional baggage you bring. I hate that you make us hate ourselves. I hate that we feel powerless against you. I hate that you bring hopelessness. You are evil.

You have tried to destroy me. And I finally woke up and decided that enough was enough. But you wouldn't just slide away quietly into the night. You had to have your vengeance and inflict injury upon me. You knew my sweet, little tiny ankle bone couldn't handle over 600 lbs of pressure while running. Thanks for the souvenir.

But, here's the deal. This is what's going to happen. I have two races to get through between now and October 20th. I am going to train cautiously and intelligently, using bike and swim to build my endurance if necessary. I'm not going to expect fast times or PRs on the next two races. I'm going to take it easy and finish, no matter how slow I am. I will no longer be a slave to you and give into fear and quit just because you're hanging around.

What's more...after these races are over, I have an entire winter to lose weight, heal, crosstrain and pretty much get you out of my life forever. And that is what I plan to do. So...you can flail around and give me your best shot for the next little while...but, rest assured, you are leaving soon. And I won't ever see you again once you're gone.

Even better...after you are gone from my life, I will make it one of my life's passions to drive you from every dear friend or family member's life that I come in contact with. I plan to do everything I can to disarm you and pretty much annihilate the fear and hopelessness that you spread over your victims.

You are going to be so sorry you messed with me.

  
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ALEX3440 10/3/2012 11:12PM

    beautifully written

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GIRLIE603 9/21/2012 11:46PM

    Wow . . . I absolutely love this blog entry. Amazing . . . excellent . . . well worded!

You are my hero!

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JENNIMOORE2 9/21/2012 9:35PM

  I like the idea of obesity being a tangible enemy, I think it's helpful.



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QTEALADY20031 9/21/2012 6:30PM

    Excellent, very good thinking, obesity is or will become a disease. Good for you. I wish you the best on your upcoming races! emoticon emoticon June

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NIKKIG3 9/21/2012 5:38PM

    this was so powerful to me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!!

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KASPER10779 9/21/2012 3:12PM

    Thank you for sharing!! Keep up the good work!!

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JUDSTERF 9/21/2012 3:00PM

    Good for you!! Give it to him!! He has no business in our lives!!! Great job! Keep up the good work.

Judy

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EAGLES_WINGS 9/20/2012 4:32PM

    Keep up the good work! You will get there!
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FAVORITEAUNT84 9/19/2012 1:01PM

    Yep, that's how I feel. Awesome blog post.

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LRSILVER 9/19/2012 11:35AM

    Thank you this is great. Just what I needed.

Awesome!!

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JEWELMAKER1 9/19/2012 7:37AM

    Excellent! I like how you expressed yourself. Keep up the good work.

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LJONES025 9/19/2012 12:28AM

    Bravo for you! I'm so glad I read your blog. It brought me to tears. Happy tears to know that someone is not going to stand for it anymore. I want to be like you. I don't have a bad ankle but I do have a bad back from being so heavy and a hernia which acts up every time I'm luck to lose a couple of pounds.
This will be my hardest goal in my life and I hope I win the fight!
Thank you for sharing this with us! emoticon

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GLUECIPHER 9/18/2012 4:38PM

    Wow! i really liked this. you have inspired me!

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BIKECHIC1 9/18/2012 2:52PM

    Love your blog. Well done !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EARTHTONED84 9/18/2012 10:43AM

    This is an awesome blog! Obesity can go suck it! :P I, too, felt very emotional when I read this blog. Thank you for addressing so many of the same feelings I have with Obesity. emoticon

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ARIMIETTA 9/18/2012 10:37AM

    Thank you so much for having the words I couldn't find before.
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~Ari

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DEBIGENE 9/18/2012 9:18AM

    FIGHT ON !!! emoticon emoticon

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CHULETA1981 9/17/2012 7:52PM

  Such a good idea put a face ie obesity to be able to put in its place. Good to say and share how you feel. It helps reaffirm your intentions & impowers you. Keep up the good fight, you can do it. thanks for your honesty

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NURSEPIRT 9/17/2012 7:33PM

    This was just what I needed to read. Thanks for this blog.

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SMORALES99 9/17/2012 3:28PM

    Telling Obesity off = fantastic! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 9/17/2012 3:23PM

    emoticonIntelligent, blog! This is creative writing at its best! emoticon

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LUKEDADDY 9/17/2012 3:02PM

    Great Blog! I love your rational approach to this.

Keep it up!

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KAHLADANIELLE 9/17/2012 2:56PM

    This was beautiful, and I teared up when I read it! Thank you for sharing! And you can do it! :)

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JMEEMB 9/17/2012 1:27PM

  Obesity is toxic and emoticon

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MADRIGALS9803 9/17/2012 1:18PM

  Love how you wrote this. It allows you to be able to step back and fight the Obesitiy Monster instead of feeling like you are fighting with yourself.

Great job! Keep it up! emoticon

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PLANTAGO 9/17/2012 12:48PM

    Well said woman! emoticon

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JOANIEBUG46 9/17/2012 12:24PM

    YOU CAN BE SO PROUD OF YOURSELF!!!! Love your attitude!!!

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TURTLETRACK 9/17/2012 11:33AM

    Good going you said it all and for all of us who are as sick and tired of being Obese. emoticon emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/17/2012 10:25AM

    Good Job!!!

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3G1RLS4ME 9/17/2012 9:09AM

    Wow what a great way to face all of our demons lol good job and well said!

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GODIVADSG 9/17/2012 8:56AM

    That's what I am talkin about! You go girl!!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/17/2012 8:52AM

    Phew! I bet you feel better having written this because I KNOW I feel better having read it! Thank you! This post is empowering to all of us fighting this disease called obesity. WE CAN WIN! WE WILL WIN! WE MUST WIN!

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FARIS71 9/17/2012 8:33AM

    Holy crap! I'm with you!

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TAMMYINPA 9/17/2012 8:30AM

    Thanks so much.


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SLIMLEAF 9/17/2012 6:44AM

    Excellent!

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4RASCALS 9/17/2012 2:46AM

    Well said Leah, & so very true
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ARIZONAROBIN1 9/17/2012 12:03AM

    LOVE your blog - I am just starting Sparkpeople - Yet again - and you are a WONDERFUL INSPIRATION!!! emoticon

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REENIE131 9/16/2012 10:21PM

    So true!

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K1TT3N 9/16/2012 9:49PM

    Wooohooooo love your blog

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It All Adds Up

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

OK, so I found Spark Article GOLD, friends...it's a detailed explanation of HOW SparkPeople calculates the calorie allowances in our Food Tracker. For those that don't trust anyone (like me)...or just curious minds.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie
_calculation101.asp?


I encourage anyone who commented on my blog yesterday and said you could relate to my struggle with the scale not moving to read through this and do the calculations step-by-step on your own. To be honest, I had heard of all of these concepts already and had done bits and pieces of all of them, but had never seen them put together in such a cohesive and understandable way.

Here are the facts:

I have been eating roughly 2,000 calories per day (mostly healthy stuff)

I burn about 2500 calories per week in exercise (yeah, I know...that sounded high to me too but I checked and re-checked and this is accurate. I'm insane...enough said.)

I want to lose about 2 lbs per week, with the hope of meeting my goal weight of 145 by July 6, 2013 (my 35th birthday). I've got 77 lbs left to go.

Using the calculations from this article (which I can say is backed up by several other sources that I've come across in research over the past few months), I should be shooting for a target calorie range of 1300 - 1600 per day.

WOW. I've been so far off! It totally makes sense now why I've been in maintenance mode.

It's simple math, at this point. I need to control my urges and stay within my calorie range. I need to make sure those calories are healthy, good fuel for my body since I'm using so much fuel for exercise. And I need to not miss any workouts. The end.

If I faithfully do this, I can expect to see my scale moving in the downward direction in within the next couple of weeks. My new mini-goal is to lose 10 more lbs before my half marathon on October 20th. I believe this is doable.

I'm done playing games and I'm ready to do whatever needs to be done to get where I want to be. Who's with me?

  
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THETROUT 9/18/2012 10:11PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/18/2012 9:14AM

    Don't forget to mix up your workouts so you might avoid plateaus.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/18/2012 8:11AM

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I read this article awhile back. And, totally shocked at how much I was overeating number-wise. I was 300 calories over what I needed to be in weight-loss mode. I was also in maintenance mode.

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SHIRE33 9/17/2012 6:29PM

    That's what I've done! I aim for 1350 calories a day. That way, if I make a mistake, I know I'm still under 1500.

My calorie burn varies between around 2000-3000 calories per day. Really? Yeah. I have an Exerspy device, so it isn't guessing. A zumba class for me burns 400-500 calories. A spin class burns around 300-400. So if I do both (which I do, twice a week), that's 700-900 just for exercise. On my long run days, I can burn well over 1500 in two hours. And I'm doing heavy gardening at least a couple days per week prepping for my market days. I run 3 days per week. So, according to my Exerspy, which counts *all* activity, I am averaging about 2500. I'm not satisfied if I'm not averaging that amount, so I use that number as a goal.

Oh, and it's important to note I did NOT start out there. I started out with walking, then added a one-hour class at they gym twice a week. Then I started running (nearly killed me), then I added in another gym class, etc. It's taken me 18 months to get where I am.

I do plan to overeat by 300-500 calories a day for 3 days about once a month. That seems to negate the plateau problem.

It makes me feel good to see you aiming for the same kind of thing. Maybe we've really figured this out! :D


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MICHELLE73101 9/17/2012 5:50PM

    Yes! I learned a few years back that it is ALL MATH!! When you have a 3,500 calorie deficit you lose a pound. It clicked.. then I got obsessed! i am sure this will boost your success!!!

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SKINICOOK 9/17/2012 1:51PM

    Makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing.

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TERRIJ7 9/17/2012 2:35AM

    Numbers don't lie! Thanks for the link--I'm going to check it out.

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CHARTHESTAR 9/16/2012 10:05PM

    Thank you so much for the link!it was explained very well.

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FIT@401 9/16/2012 3:46PM

    Great article. Seek and you will find. I am going to go look at my setup. I don't think I have my exercise adjusted correctly. Thanks

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NEWCHINELO 9/16/2012 3:36PM

    all the WAY!You can do it . . .girl

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    Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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CAMAEL100 9/15/2012 1:58PM

    Can't argue with the facts!! Good to be reminded what it takes to get the scales moving. Thanks

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ZOLDOS11 9/15/2012 9:02AM

    Very helpful, thank you for posting this. emoticon

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SLFGOLF 9/15/2012 1:01AM

    Thanks for posting this. Very helpful.

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NURSEREUTER 9/14/2012 11:41PM

  Together we can! Thanks for the info!

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CAROLZ1967 9/14/2012 10:38PM

    Plan sounds realistic. You can do it!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/14/2012 10:17PM

    Thanks for posting this....

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HEARTS116 9/14/2012 9:48PM

    I'm with you on this!

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NIKO27 9/14/2012 9:30PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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DRAK416 9/14/2012 8:34PM

  Good job

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JOANOFARCTIC 9/14/2012 7:12PM

    It really is just simple math - sticking to it is the hard part emoticon

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JURASSICSUE 9/14/2012 4:52PM

    This is brilliant - thanks so much for sharing it. I've been on SP for years and never seen this!
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BANDMOM2012 9/14/2012 3:37PM

    very good explanation of how everything works together

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/14/2012 3:18PM

    good info! I will be using it, but not until my next weigh-in, cuz I refuse to weigh in too frequently. emoticon

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CASEYTALK 9/14/2012 2:49PM

    It is always interesting to see how the math works out. Of course, your body is a very complex organism and sometimes will burn more or less fuel just living.

Even if you don't manage 2 lbs a week in order to reach your goal by your birthday, think how great it will be even to be close! Keep your goal, because it will be a great birthday present to yourself, but I hope you'll still have a happy birthday if you're at least much closer!

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IAMRADIOGEEK 9/14/2012 2:46PM

    Thank you for this blog! I went through and recalculated things for myself and, yup, I've been eating too much! Glad it's straightened out now, though!

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KENAZFEHU 9/14/2012 2:43PM

    I am most definitely with you!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/14/2012 1:23PM

    I just "re" found this link this week as well. It is very helpful. I am so glad you explained this so well for everybody.

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NIKI778 9/14/2012 12:24PM

    I love this article, I had found during my first month on Spark people and I really love it so much, it just puts all the numbers out there in a way that makes perfect sense and explain show why it is so important to be accurate when setting up our program with how many calories we burn weekly because it could result in easily eating too much or too little, another thing that is very important to do it to make sure that if we have any large increases or decreases in activity we update spark and update our spark plan to make sure we are eating the correct amount of cals to achieve our goals!

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TRICKER20 9/14/2012 11:29AM

  I'm in! I found the same article when I was stuck in a rut and this finally helped me get out of it! I didn't realize that as I loose weight, the callories I eat should also decrease. Once I did the math, I found I was overeating too!

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SUNGIRL822 9/14/2012 11:05AM

  Best of luck!!!

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ELISAJANE57 9/14/2012 10:23AM

    It's amazing what new things you can find on the Spark site everyday. I'm always learning something new. I was surprised when you said how high your calorie range was. It is good you have at least been maintaining and working hard. Now that you have your new range figured out I'm sure the pounds will start falling off again! emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/14/2012 8:19AM

    emoticon . I'll be right there next to you doing the same thing! I really appreciate your source and explanation.

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AJB121299 9/14/2012 7:58AM

    thanks for the info and good luck

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CLUMBOY 9/14/2012 7:05AM

    thanks for the link!

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FLASUN 9/14/2012 6:46AM

    emoticon Blog! I went back to re-read that article. I was never very good in math and it looks very complicating to me to figure all that out. I' 5'1 inches, weight is 148 this morning. I need to start doing something because I keep gaining instead of the other way around......not sure of my calories for the day, so will start to keep track again & watch what I'm eating. It does all add up fast!!!
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TORTISE110 9/14/2012 6:43AM

    Facing reality is such a shock, and then it isn't. You are on your way. Seems like a milestone. Hard work ahead, and i know you can do it!

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EWL978 9/14/2012 6:27AM

    That's GREAT!!! I'll check back to see how you're doing... Keep on Keeping on... that's what it takes. emoticon

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THEIS58 9/14/2012 5:43AM

    Totally with you! Eating about 1100-1300 cal per day & burning about 1800 cal per week in exercise and need to adjust to lose another 5 pounds for new goal weight...

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PCASEY7 9/13/2012 11:50PM

    Great blog and thanks for sharing! Best of luck reaching you mini goal by Oct 20! I'm sure you'll be successful!

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MARYJEANSL 9/13/2012 11:13PM

  Wow - good for you! It's tough to commit to lowered calories and exercise. Best of luck reaching your goals!

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SH9719 9/13/2012 11:05PM

    No one has ever promised you it would be easy or a straight line to your goal. A huge part of this journey is self education. With the help of the community you have learned important lessons. Just continue to continue on. Even though it seems like it you are not at ground zero. You know more and you are not starting out at zero conditioning. Good luck!

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1-2-3 Let's Eat Healthy!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

OK, so here's the long and short of it, folks. You KNOW I've been working out like crazy. I have been 100% faithful to myself in fitness and exercise. I am proud of myself for that...it's a huge accomplishment for a 200+ lb girl to get off her ass every single day and work her body. I don't minimize my effort in that area.

I am also proud of myself for the healthy food choices I've been making. I always choose whole grain breads and pastas, make sure I have vegetables and fruits in my diet, choose lean cuts of meat and avoid fried foods like the plague. I drink my 9 glasses of water every single day. I hardly ever have soda, and if I do, it's a diet soda. I've ditched my coffee addiction and I track my calories every single day.

But...I'm not losing weight. Why? It's not a mystery. I know why. I eat too many calories. Plain and simple. My calorie range is 1600-1800 per day and I consistently go JUST over that, by a few hundred calories. Every day. So, you see...I am maintaining.

It's true that weight loss is 80% diet, 20% workout. And I HATE it! I've said this before...I absolutely can't stand the thought that I'm working SO hard and not seeing any change on the scale!



In light of the fact that I KNOW what I need to do and I just haven't been doing it, I am resolving ONCE AGAIN to reign in my overeating. This time, I have a plan:

1. Let go of it.



I have held onto this mindest of "I'm not losing weight and I won't lose anymore weight" for the past month. Time to let it go and do what I've gotta do and trust the process.

2. Declare it.



OK, so now it's public. I don't know why it's so embarassing to admit this in writing. But it really is humiliating for me. I suppose it's because I'm showing some weakness and I'm supposed to be this "inspirational" Spark Motivator. Well, obviously, I haven't got it all figured out.

3. DO IT.



Simple. Just do what you know is right, Leah. Don't take away from it. Don't add to it. JUST FOLLOW THE PLAN. Is it hard? Aww...oh well. Is it frustrating? Yep. Get over it. Will it take time? Yeah...probably. So what? Time to get serious and quit disrespecting yourself!

  
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PURPLEPEONY 9/18/2012 11:27PM

    I went WAYYY over my calories today too. Tomorrow is a new day & another chance to do it right.
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MAMA_CD 9/17/2012 7:35PM

    that cal creep is so easy, eating just a bit more than you should, or not recording every morsel and da...da!..not losing weight
Thanks for sharing

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DRCLANKY 9/14/2012 8:32PM

    I've been letting my calorie intake creep up over the last few weeks too and have definitely noticed the scale stop moving. Thanks for the inspiration and kick in the butt to get me tracking and eating in my range again! emoticon

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DEBBYNATION 9/13/2012 8:57PM

    U Can do it! Read Coach Nicole's article - it is very helpful! I went for a few weeks without losing according to scale - yet my monthly measurements told a better story.

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HAPINANA 9/13/2012 8:44PM

    Coach Nicole just addressed this in 8 Reasons Why Your Not losing weight! Great blog...check it out! It will hit home with everyone that has this issue...because we all have it!! emoticon

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TEENSYTOES 9/13/2012 8:00PM

    Just because you aren't seeing changes on the outside doesn't mean you aren't getting healthier. Your body is making HUGE changes on a cellular level. You're feeding it all of the nutrients it needs. Don't get discouraged. These small changes are enormously important! Your willpower alone is huge. I'd like some of that to rub off on me!

Keep it up, you are an inspiration to all of us!
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HEATHERSMITHFIT 9/13/2012 7:15PM

    Great post! I think you've done a great job of restructuring your thought process- of course you can do this! And of course it will be hard! But of course it will be worth it! Sounds like you have all the tools you need to be successful, so get on out there and go for it!!! emoticon

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NELLBELLA26 9/13/2012 6:18PM

    So true about the 80% diet, 20% exercise ratio. I've noticed that when I start eating better, the pounds come off. I can see why you are going over your calorie range though because you REALLY work hard and your body probably feels like it needs that fuel. Are you getting a lot of protein? That might help a bit, it will help you feel fuller with less calories.
YOU CAN DO THIS! I love your attitude and always enjoy reading your blogs. Get it, girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 9/13/2012 5:05PM

    Great attitude - I am also struggling with staying at the same weight - thanks for sharing!

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CRAZYGIRLSAM 9/13/2012 4:45PM

  I know exactly what your going through. I was struggling with the same issue and was so frustrated that my hard work wasn't paying off. But I've learned to adjust to less calories and always wait 20 minutes after eating before eating again to make sure I'm still hungry and not just wanting more because the food was really good.

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THEBEACHSLAP 9/13/2012 3:16PM

    I would so wear that shirt. Kick rump outline you have listed here.

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TRICKER20 9/13/2012 3:14PM

  Argh! I know what you mean! This is exactly my problem too! I exercise like crazy and then over-eat, by just enough to completely ruin anything I accomplished by working out! So frustrating! I'm going to to take this pledge with you and together we'll get it done! No more excuses!
Way to go!

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CWHEATLEY12 9/13/2012 1:28PM

    You have such a positive outlook on this journey. You can do this!

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JNFRDAWN 9/13/2012 1:24PM

    This is great - I just wrote out the same concept (although not nearly as well as you) after a meeting with a trainer who diagrammed how my "just over" days were preventing weight loss. It is a bummer b/c going over by 100- 200 calories is just like a piece of string cheese or granola bar or something - it's not like you blow it by ordering a fast food combo or something.

I totally understand and am right there with you.

Well written!

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RONALANA 9/13/2012 12:39PM

    I would venture to say that most of us struggle with these very issues! I know I do! But you're getting it out in the open - on paper - and that's a great step toward dealing with the motivation struggle. Good luck!

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SOFIA3518 9/13/2012 11:58AM

  I'm just starting and I'm looking for motivation. It was good reading your blog. I fee a good vibe from you. Keep it up.

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/13/2012 11:55AM

    Love it! I feel you're talking to a lot of us out there trying to figure out why it isn't working. emoticon

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KRISTEN_SAYS 9/13/2012 11:42AM

    I love your attitude. Thanks for sharing this

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MRSSCHENCK 9/13/2012 10:22AM

    I liked this blog a lot. I felt like you're talking directly to me. Thanks for sharing!
Hattie

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LEB0401 9/13/2012 9:58AM

    Don't be embarrassed. You wouldn't be much of a motivator if you were perfect! You rise to the challenges and bring us along. THAT is what's truly inspiring.

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DRAK416 9/13/2012 9:11AM

  Sounds like you have a good plan, GL, you can do it

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RUBYREDSTAR19 9/13/2012 8:36AM

    You've got a good handle on things. keep going!!

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ONELITTLEPILL 9/13/2012 8:31AM

    You have a great outlook and a positive mindset. Thats 2/3 of the battle. I know you can do this! Thanks for inspiring me to do the same!

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POINDEXTRA 9/13/2012 7:53AM

    Be proud of your self for maintaining - at some point, you'll NEED that skill! You'll be amazed at how just a few less calories per day will add up to weight loss for you - you can do it!

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LRSILVER 9/13/2012 7:50AM

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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AJB121299 9/13/2012 7:49AM

    great job

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REVSERENA 9/13/2012 7:43AM

    So...

One thing that you can do when you seem to be committing and recommitting to the same goal is to ask why it didn't work last time. You knew what to do last time, but you got tripped up somehow. Where is the weakness in the food plan?

Is it hunger?

Habit?

Social eating?

Comfort food?

Rationalizing that "you deserve a treat"?

You can increase your chances of success by becoming a detective. Higher protein diets tend to reduce hunger. Creating a new habit intentionally can help you stop an old one (i.e. preparing a snack for later in the evening while you are making dinner can break the habit of mindlessly standing in front of the fridge.) Taking charge of social eating situations by putting yourself in charge of at least some of the food options can help. Sitting down and making a list of non-food ways to comfort yourself can remind you of other options. Creating a counter argument for your favorite rationalizations ahead of time can stop the stinkin' thinkin' in it's tracks (i.e. "I don't deserve a treat, I deserve an awesome body!")

I'm sure that you know all this, but I wanted to share it, because I keep forgetting it. Recommitting myself is great. Rearming myself before before I charge into battle is even better.

The changes in attitude are the Big Things, but if I can refine some of the little things I can get that extra edge to increase my chances of success.

Best of luck to you!


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BESSHAILE 9/13/2012 7:07AM

    And remember - one year from now you'll be so glad you started today

a quote I found here on Spark People - can't remember who said it.

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TRYINGHARD54 9/13/2012 5:48AM

    you goooooooooooooooo girl

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/12/2012 8:17PM

    I'm right there with you! Let's recommit to the 80% of the diet that is hardest for us! I can work out 2x/day if it'll help (and sometimes it does, mentally as well as physically) but apparently I can also work out 2x/day and eat juuuust over my calorie range and never drop an ounce. Today I actually feel like my clothes are tighter, even though I know that's not true because I've actually lost inches. It's all in the brainz.

Ready? Calorie range....on!

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DATMAMA4 9/12/2012 5:36PM

    I think you're doing great, regardless of what the scale says. You know what's motivational? Someone who still gets up and works out every day, regardless of injury or what the scale says.

You didn't give up simply because the scale is staying in place -- many people would have used that as a quick and convenient excuse to just start eating garbage again, binge eating for "comfort," or to take a few days off because "it's not making a difference anyway."

You're doing this for yourself and your family, not to please a scale or to meet some number/size requirement. Your health is better than it was, regardless of this minor blip on the radar. Your calories will come down because you're determined to make it so -- and you're not the only person who consistently goes just that little bit over the daily limit.

Keep chugging along! Cheering for you here.

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/12/2012 12:54PM

    Declaring your plan of action will help make it happen.

You aren't weak. It takes strength to do what you've done so far. You need strength to make it happen. You will make it happen. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 9/12/2012 12:37PM

    I must disagree: "Well, obviously, I haven't got it all figured out." YES, you do!! And I am totally motivated by your blog!! I've been in the same place just lately - I know how to take off the pounds I put on while on vacation, I just haven't done the work. So let's JUST DO IT, ok??? emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 9/12/2012 11:59AM

    I hear you. I've been maintaining oh 4 weeks now. And busting me butt working out. For what to see the numbers slide up slide down. Time to get a clue! Let's bust a move sista!

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LINDAKAY228 9/12/2012 11:56AM

    Don't be embarassed because we all have our ups and our downs and our struggles. We motivate even more when are open and honest in our good times and in our struggles. Thanks for being honest and sharing. I know you can do this!!

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/12/2012 11:51AM

    Your blog is wonderful as usual but I feel compelled to comment on the last pic. OMG I love it. Totally Awesomesauce! lol :)

(P.S. you maintain your inspiring nature even though you struggle.. Probably more so because you struggle, identify the issue and overcome it! )

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MSTWOMOONS002 9/12/2012 11:21AM

    Hi Leah;
Great blog, You are spirit living in a human experience, this is just part of the learning process, You are strong, You are Wise & Your spirit is as strong as the mustard seed.

You are a good motivator to many people, just be gentle with yourself as you work your way through this growing process.

Take care & be well.
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SNOWYOGA 9/12/2012 10:26AM

    Thank you and you can do it. Alsp love the picture of the 2 ladys, to cute! emoticon emoticon

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AGK3112 9/12/2012 10:22AM

    your blog is really nice and inspiring. I have same thing going on what you are going thru. I am also working myself to get these pounds off from my weight and waist . Working hard is the key to all the success so lets get up and start working..We sure will reach to our destination.. emoticon

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SOXFANNH 9/12/2012 1:57AM

  I know just how you feel! The exercise part for me is easy, but the food part is really difficult, sometimes, and I have a pretty generous calorie allowance. I like your 1, 2, 3 approach. You know what you have to do and you know how to do it, so good luck as you get going!

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REGILIEH 9/12/2012 1:11AM

    You WILL do it!!!

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KRYSTALLA 9/11/2012 11:45PM

    emoticon and you will do it

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MANILUS 9/11/2012 11:13PM

    With a little sacrifice, you will see the weight change! It is worth feeling a bit hungry now and again. I drink chai tea or eat vegetables when I feel hungry and it works!

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Today is a GLORIOUS day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

So, I'll be honest. I have had a rough time getting back into my morning workout groove. The reason I rolled out of bed yesterday was because my running buddy was set to arrive at my house at 6:45am. I felt great after my bike ride yesterday. And, here's the thing, I've done all the calculations regarding alternatives...so I know that this early morning hour is really the only way I, personally, am going to be able to consistently stick to my training. It's just the way it is.

I missed my long run yesterday due to tendinitis ever-so-slightly flaring up and I really can't afford to skip a long run - not with a half marathon in 6 weeks. So, my choice was to get completely off track or get up this morning and do it. As much as I'd love to be overdramatic and say that this morning was the toughest wake-up to workout ever, I'd be lying...it is this tough every single day. I don't think I've ever had my alarm go off and thought, "Yes! Time to run!" Haha.

The sun is coming up later and later these days. And, although I've never attempted a run in the dark on the trail before, I went ahead and started this morning just about 10 minutes before the sun began to come up. I probably ought to get some pepper spray stat if I'm going to make this a habit.

About 4 minutes into my walking warm-up, I wondered if I should have worn a sweatshirt. It was a chilly 50 degrees. I could see this being a LONG, FREEZING 4 miles. But...I was already starting late, so I shrugged it off. As I grumbled to myself about how I should have just stayed in bed, I suddenly looked up.

WOW. The clearest sky with a gorgeous cresent moon and gleaming stars all around it! I literally gasped when I saw it. It was like God said, "Don't forget why you're out here. To be with Me. I made this morning for you. Just wait til you see what I have in store!"

From that point on, everything began to change. My mindset, my attitude and the world around me. The light began to creep into the eastern sky...just a dull glow that was a tiny bit brighter than the dark sky. As it slowly spread out over the sky, I had found a perfect pace that had me feeling light on my feet and not struggling for breath at all. It allowed me to look around and truly take in the artwork around me. I saw a magnificent spider's web. As I ran past a huge pasture, I heard a horse whinney in the distance to welcome the day.

As the light grew, I actually heard a rooster announcing the dawn! A flock of geese flew over my head in V-formation with an adorable baby goose flying along behind them. I ran right by a fawn and was literally about 4 feet away from her and she didn't start or run away. I saw the fog lifting off the fields and I heard the rushing of the creek, full from recent rainfall.

During my last two miles, I asked God to quiet my inner craziness and speak to my heart in the stillness. I expected some instructions...you need to do this better...you need to be more like this...etc. I was utterly surprised by what I actually felt Him say to me.

"Leah, you know how you feel about your kids? That love that oozes out of you when you see them? That is how I feel about you."

"You are my sweet, precious little girl! I love you so much, you adorable little thing. I could kiss you forever! You are so amazing! I can't even explain how much I love you. I wish I could even find words to tell you how you captivate me. You are so perfect and amazing the way you are. I can't believe I made you. So beautiful...so special. Come here...I just want to hold you and never let go."

What a gift. What a wonderful gift! I have never been so glad that I didn't wear my iPod and block out all of that with some raunchy Lady Gaga song. I'm not kidding. I might just become a running purist, you guys. Anyone wanna buy an iPod shuffle?

  
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LOGOULD 9/16/2012 5:50PM

    Thanks for sharing - what an AWESOME experience - to say the least! I, too, have started to wear my MP3 with just a single ear bud....and sometimes to remove it all together. It is amazing to really be quiet with God and my breathing and His nature and really experience how full of life a good run can make you feel!

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DORIAN4182 9/14/2012 7:37PM

  Great blog, Inspirational, Glad you had such a good morning,God is with us all the time we just have to listen

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JUDSTERF 9/14/2012 7:09PM

    Wonderful Blog. It's surprizing how much a person can see and hear when they open their eyes and ears and really listen for the Voice of God. He knew us before we were born. Truly a loving God.

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TEALHAWK 9/14/2012 4:30PM

  Enjoyed this, beautiful picture too

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BUSMOM27 9/14/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you so much! I so needed to hear that.

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PENOWOK 9/14/2012 8:49AM

    How beautiful is the heart that hears God speak to it!! How important it is to take the time to listen, like you did!

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JIBBIE49 9/13/2012 11:31PM

    You're a STAR. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 9/13/2012 11:27PM

  Beautiful picture - and a beautiful experience!

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TXGRANDMA 9/13/2012 10:20PM

    Such a very special blog! I think it is wonderful that you are so cognizant of God's love for you! It IS a truely amazing thing! May God continue to bless you, His daughter! emoticon

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JAMER123 9/13/2012 10:05PM

    We are all blessed by God if we would only listen! You are beautiful and it's wonderful to be able to see the beauty in others. Thank you for the chance to come to awareness of the fantastic surroundings we live in!! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 9/13/2012 9:08PM

    Thanks. Brought tears to my eyes. We are truly blessed by a loving God.

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DEBBYNATION 9/13/2012 9:04PM

    I agree! I do early morning walks with my dog near a trail & the sun rising over a night sky just astounds me! This morning we saw a Kingfisher & snapper turtle too. I am amazed at God's handiwork! :)

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/13/2012 8:17PM

  Yes indeed!!! Wonderful insight : ))) emoticon

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BECCA315 9/13/2012 3:24PM

    Amen!!

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LISA_FRAME 9/13/2012 1:00PM

  Loved this post!

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AEBROWNSON 9/13/2012 10:26AM

    I, too, was out yesterday morning in the predawn (oh heck, it was still night!!!) And it was crystal clear and the moon was indeed a crescent. but those were no stars around it...those were Jupiter and Mars!!!

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DNRAE1 9/13/2012 9:15AM

    emoticon What a beautiful way to start the day!

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FARIS71 9/13/2012 8:56AM

    What an amazing morning you had. Thank you so much for sharing all that perspective. It's a hard choice every morning but a worthwhile one. And I sometimes think about how much I love my kids and how God loves me even more than that, which I can't even really comprehend.

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KWING517 9/13/2012 8:36AM

    So glad your day started off so great!! I hope the whole Monday was that good!

I've been running without music for the past few weeks - cant really tell you why I prefer the quiet, but I do...oh, and I have had my alarm go off at 5am and cause me to jump up and say "Yay! It's time to run!!" Does that make me a little crazy?? :)

Hope today is even better for you than Monday was!!


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KKINDE 9/13/2012 8:12AM

    Thank you .... very inspiring...I have been searching for something to get my butt inspired to get out and move....you may be it!

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JPEARL127 9/13/2012 7:57AM

  You are truly an inspiration to all who follow your blog! emoticon

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INTRIBUS 9/13/2012 7:51AM

  Yep it is amazing out there

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NCSUE0514 9/13/2012 7:35AM

    I, too, am relishing the beautiful all around me!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/13/2012 7:12AM

    Beautiful blog And God Is always SO right!

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MYOHMYIM40 9/13/2012 5:49AM

  Wow, thank you for this!

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HEALTHYLADY12 9/12/2012 8:46PM

    beauftiful

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SHERYL_B 9/12/2012 6:19PM

    Amazing!

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CONNIEKANDOIT 9/12/2012 4:30PM

    That was beautiful.

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CAROLLEE57 9/12/2012 1:57PM

    Wow your blog inspires me so much!!!

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DOTTY7267 9/12/2012 11:40AM

    This was truly a wonderful blog. I appreciate how you share yourself and your insights with us.

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SLFGOLF 9/12/2012 1:02AM

    How beautiful! Makes you feel closer to God.

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MANILUS 9/11/2012 10:40PM

    Seeing the beauty around us is a simple pleasure, great job!!

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SUSANSERENE 9/11/2012 10:28PM

    Beautifully written blog! Congratulations on your awe-inspiring run and treasure the time spent in communion with God. You are blessed, indeed! emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 9/11/2012 8:39PM

    Beautiful!

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CATHYLIELAUSIS 9/11/2012 8:10PM

    You made me see your morning with your beautiful words. Thank you so much for sharing.

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KLONG8 9/11/2012 4:39PM

    Beautifully written and you describe how so many of us feel. We don't want to do it but when we get up and get going, every once in a while we receive a gift if we're open to it. Thanks for sharing and what a wonderful run.



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KRISTENMBATT 9/11/2012 4:05PM

    That was absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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2BOYSMEMA 9/11/2012 3:48PM

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I love those times with God.

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ONEATATIME3 9/11/2012 3:31PM

  Awesome! i visited your bolg after quite a long time but its as inspiring as ever!!! emoticon Keep on the dialect with the Almighty and enjoy your closeness with him . You lucky one! emoticon

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MALA77 9/11/2012 2:09PM

    Leah, that was an awesomely written post!!! I envisioned everything you described!! Way to make yourself get up and go!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good-Bye To Addictions

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I've noticed a couple strange side effects of my time off from running, in the form of addictions that just seemed to slide away when I began to cross-train with swimming. I didn't even realize these until one day, I just thought, "Hey...I usually do this and I don't anymore. Huh."

I don't offer any explanation whatsoever about why these things seemed to fall away while I was in the boot, off the roads and in the water. It just sort of happened. It seems odd. So I thought it'd be cool to mention them.

1. Coffee

I was a coffee ADDICT, you guys. I would drink one cup of coffee with creamer every single morning. EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. It had gotten to the point that I was literally SAD and depressed and felt awful during the day if I hadn't had my coffee.

One day, I had a cup of coffee and I felt really sick. This is not unusual...it has always bothered my tummy...but I usually just ignored that. But, for some reason, that time it REALLY bothered my tummy. It was during my protein shake phase and I wondered if all the protein was just changing my stomach or something? Anyway, I tried it again once about a week later and felt sick.

The most amazing thing is...I haven't even WANTED it. You know, you give something up because it makes you feel sick (like McDonald's or Coke) and you still have a huge YEARNING for it, right? Well, no. Not with coffee. It's like one day I just woke up and I was done with it. Isn't that WEIRD?

2. Music

Not music in general. LOL. Music while I'm running. I didn't notice this until last week, when I was going on my second "real" run and I didn't even think to take my iPod with me. I started to think about it while I was running and I realized I just didn't WANT music. I am pretty sure this is because I did so much pool work while my ankle healed and I never had music then. And when I bike, it doesn't occur to me to take my iPod (and, truthfully, I like to hear what's going on around me when I'm going that fast...still not totally comfortable on the bike). So, I guess I'm just used to no music.

Yesterday, I ran an entire race with no music and I actually really loved it. I used to rely SO heavily on that music to get me through a run. No more. I don't NEED it. I'm not saying I won't ever listen to music on a run again. Who knows? But...for now...I kind of like my inner monologue. I'm very entertaining, you know. LOL.

And...it gives me time to really try to connect with God. And I think that makes running even more special. Truth be told, there's a lot of stuff going down in my life right now and I am looking to capitalize on every single moment I can possibly get alone with the Big Guy. We've got STUFF to do, you know??? I can't have music interrupting those chances.

3. Television

OK, this is not just from my injury time. I've noticed this since May, when I really started running. Not only was I beginning to skip TV time with my hubby because I had to get up at 5:30am to run, but I also just wasn't interested in sitting there for hours when I could be reading a cool new book on running or reading a magazine on running. And, I'm not a total freak. I do read OTHER things! Haha. I've been wanting to read SO MANY books...and I just haven't had time with work and mommy stuff. So my only time is in the evening after the kids go to bed...that one special hour or so before I can't keep my eyes open any longer. You know what...if it's between TV and a great book, I'm so going off by myself to devour that book.

I was addicted to more shows than I can count. I was literally really emotionally invested in the plots and characters. I made one change in my life (getting more active) and it's like it all just fell to the ground and died. I couldn't care less about TV anymore. It was actually hard for me to watch the Olympics because I just wanted to go out and do stuff all the time...I didn't want to be chained to the TV. And...yet I did. Haha. Olympic addiction did NOT go away!!!

Anyway, just some strange things I've been noticing. Did any of you notice any addictions just fall away easily once you started your health journey???? I'm curious if I'm the only one.

  
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THEBETH43 9/16/2012 7:20PM

    Fantastic! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 9/12/2012 12:45PM

    Total awesomeness!! I've noticed the same thing about TV - no time for it now!! I gave up coffee some time ago but it wasn't as easy - because I WAS so addicted that the headache was crazy. But I did ween myself away from it - its wonderfully freeing not to have to depend on the cup of coffee!!

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VICTUS_GIRLANYA 9/11/2012 9:33AM

    coffee is my daily indulgence. I have only one cup now instead of the whole pot a day (unless spark has it in my plan)........where I got stuck alot was Pepsi. I drank that all day and all night like it was the water of life. Just when I started two weeks ago here on spark. I forced myself to drink only one Pespi a day. I split it between lunch and dinner. 6 oz. each meal. Then I noticed I wasn't drinking the whole thing. So I said to myself "self" "lets see if we can actually go a day without any of it?" That day turned into an entire week. I am Pepsi free 7 days now...woot....Sorry went on a rant that I may use in my blog today...lol. You did a great job with it all though. T.V. is just good background noise for when you are alone......:)......your doing so awesome. your very inspiring!!!!!

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GODIVADSG 9/10/2012 1:25PM

    You are training like a triathlete and you don't even know it!! Music IS NOT ALLOWED at these events! I started training without music awhile back and really enjoy my alone time. Seems like God speaks clearly to me when I listen ( I think it is just me!) I trained for a half ironman relay last year(the running part....) emoticon emoticon and I was able to run a half marathon without music.... it was amazing. Way to go on letting go of things.... you rock!

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/10/2012 1:00PM

    I have totally noticed that! Actually, I was painting in my room last night and I had the tv on and I was thinking about how much I missed some of the characters in my favorite shows...but not enough to actually sit and watch them! emoticon

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NEWSGIRL2177 9/10/2012 12:27PM

    I have had the same thing happen. Coffee (and all caffeine) was the first to go. I had tried to quit before I started working out and eating better, and it was so painful. But this last time, it was easy. I didn't want it any more. It's been almost 3 years!

Way to go!

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DATMAMA4 9/10/2012 11:50AM

    I definitely like riding my bike without music now...I was noticing that my pace would decrease when songs were not as lively, and ended up just leaving my mp3 behind in favor of hearing when traffic approached instead. I now use the time to pray -- distractedly, but better than nothing.

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JUSTPOSSIBLE 9/10/2012 10:06AM

    I can so relate to the tv thing. I have no desire to watch tv unless I'm ironing now that I've been spark'd.

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DJSHIP46 9/10/2012 9:52AM

    I wish!!!

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GODZYFAN 9/10/2012 9:17AM

    My gf just started running without music and it has been great for her! I have been trying to cut down sugar in my coffee - and cut down on my coffee but I haven't been able to give it up yet! I used to have 3-4 coffees a day with extra cream extra sugar. Now I am down to 1-2 a day with ONE sugar so I think that's an improvement at least. I used to always have an afternoon coffee and have started drinking unsweetened green tea instead. I like it! Great job btw!!!
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EVILPASSION 9/10/2012 6:46AM

    Back when I was running I never used music -- I needed that time as "me" time, for my brain to work out the problems of the day and for me to enjoy the world at large. For what it's worth, the feds are thinking of requiring towns to paint reflectorized (and no I'm not making this up) "LOOK UP"s on roads by dangerous intersections, so many runners and walkers have been killed listening to ipods and ignoring the world. So you are in the safe group! emoticon

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BEATLETOT 9/10/2012 3:07AM

    Interesting, what you said about TV shows. I feel the same way, about my investment in the characters and plots. I just look forward to when the shows get cancelled, so I can quit them. I've quit a couple of the reality shows without their cancellations. It's gotten a bit better, my TV addiction, but I try to do a little bit of activity while I watch, whether it's cleaning up or exercise.

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DEENANATAF 9/10/2012 1:54AM

    What a great example you are to others. Thank you for sharing this.

Deena from Jerusalem

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MISSLISA1973 9/10/2012 1:10AM

    You are right. You are definitely entertaining! emoticon

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REGILIEH 9/10/2012 12:51AM

    Interesting!

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GOING-STRONG 9/9/2012 10:54PM

    I'm not much on TV either... my DH watches football, news, crime shows ad naseum but I spend my time on the computer, reading, sparking, etc. Sure do wish I could kick my diet dr. pepper habit to the curb. Maybe one of these days it will happen... but in the meantime congrats to you!
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RUNNERRACHEL 9/9/2012 10:11PM

    Well, I haven't given up coffee but TV has fallen by the wayside. I used to sit and watch hours of a series I liked, on Netflix, without moving, and now I hardly watch anything on TV. Music is nice but I too like the time to connect with the Big Guy. Keep up the great work!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 9/9/2012 10:07PM

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LINDAK25 9/9/2012 9:16PM

    It's funny you mentioned this. My husband and I were just talking about this. I started Spark in May and my husband started two weeks ago. He was telling me he stopped needing to snack at night and he doesn't crave things like he used to. I think he wasn't eating enough before, so when he was snacking at night it was because he needed more to eat! He maintains that eating food that is nutritious and well-balanced is what made the difference for him. I think that's true for me, but I think exercise has really changed things for me.

I've found the same things that you have! I know neither my husband nor I crave sweets as much. And now that you mention it, I have one cup of decaf coffee in the morning and I used to drink 4 or 5 cups a day. If I watch television at all now, I can stand about an hour and then I have to go do something else. I used to watch a whole lot more! While I enjoy listening to music, I also enjoy the quiet. I walk on the treadmill and I can meditate as I walk. Sometimes I have conversations with God, too.

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DONNA5281 9/9/2012 9:12PM

 
Your blog was great as always. I haven't really noticed anything but since you talked about it.
I will have to watch for it now!

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LIVEDAILY 9/9/2012 9:02PM

    Hi Leah,
Your blog today is really interesting. I really think, that as we eat healthier, our tastes for things change as well. If you were used to eating fatty foods and drinking sodas and you've been cooking more at home and drinking more water, then the next time you have a fast food burger, it just might not taste as good as you once remembered.

When I was younger, I couldn't stand dark chocolate. It seemed bitter to me. Now, milk chocolate tastes too sweet and leaves a film in my mouth. I LOVE dark chocolate now, but don't need to have it. Maybe one or two pieces a week, and I'm good.

Ice cream...I haven't had it in ages, and don't really miss it.

Coffee...this is interesting. I had a really bad spring with a couple of sinus infections and strep throat. I lost my taste for coffee completely. I drink tea now, and not nearly as much tea as I used to drink coffee. It's mostly water now.

So, you're not alone!!

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SENIORSWIMMER 9/9/2012 8:53PM

    Sundays used to be a struggle for me and food. I always felt "entitled" to overeat on Sunday. (Must have been all the huge family dinners on Sunday growing up.) Last week my husband and I started going to the high school track on Sunday evening for a brisk 2 mile walk. Today I didn't want to overeat at lunch because I knew I wouldn't enjoy the walk as much this evening. This is a great new habit for us. The enjoyment/anticipation of the exercise does make it feel like the Sunday overeating problem is just falling away. We'll see.... And the same thing happened with me and the coffee.

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KBRADFORD88 9/9/2012 8:44PM

    I think my cravings are disappearing. I still want stuff but it's not the physical gonna die without it. I think it's the veggies and the connections I feel in my life that are taking the place of food. I have actually done the opposite. I never ran with my ipod before and now I do.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/9/2012 8:43PM

    Hmmm...
I have to comment or else you will think there is something wrong with me!
But I am going to use this space and time for a quick vent...
It drives me CRAZY that people comment on blog comments just for the SparkPoint credit...
I browsed through a comment or two and was just kind of irked..
I wish there was a should shrugging smiley...cause that is what I need right now!

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SHERYL_B 9/9/2012 8:22PM

    Very interesting! I'll have to think about changes I've made without realizing it.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/9/2012 8:19PM

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FIT4MEIN2013 9/9/2012 7:42PM

    Interesting blog. While I haven't found any addictions (like my Diet Coke habit) decreasing....WAIT! I'm not online nearly as much as I used to be. Some days I feel like I could skip it altogether. Weird.

I do have some new addictions though. Like fitness. I MUST get some kind of physical activity in every single day. I feel frumpy if I don't. Funny how life changes things.

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NILLAPEPSI 9/9/2012 7:34PM

    I've been reading more as well.

I always enjoy your blogs. Thank you for sharing with us.

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APACHESTEVE 9/9/2012 7:33PM

    I enjoyed this blog, as I often do when you write. I'm still pretty new to my journey to declare victory on an addiction, except perhaps for donuts. I used to be a regular to a local donut shop especially as a "treat" for Friday. Since I've started this journey I've made on trip back to the shop, but this last Friday I didn't even think of my "treat" and have no plans on going back anytime soon. Will never eat another donut? Not likely, but not again as a regular Friday thing.

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SNEVIL1 9/9/2012 7:32PM

    Nice!! Ive been reading more too.

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MOM-MOM8 9/9/2012 7:29PM

    I noticed that when I started drinking water I stopped drinking soda. Now soda tastes too sweet. Now chocolate, I don't eat as much as I used to, but usually have one or two pieces when I am at work. If I am home I do not usually think about chocolate.
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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/9/2012 7:20PM

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More positive changes
for the New Leah

Have a Wonderful Week


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BLESSINGS !

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KIPPER15 9/9/2012 7:07PM

    It is amazing how we change and don't even notice. Now if I could only get myself to give up chocolate. LOL!! Great job. Leah. emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 9/9/2012 6:48PM

    I never paid attention

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2012 6:41PM

    Well... I managed to give up soda, but it made my coffee addiction worse. Guess I still have an oral fixation or something. I know at some point I am going to want to give up the volumes at least of coffee, but for now... I've got all on my plate that I can handle in terms of lifestyle discipline!

I have always preferred to run without tunes... I like the sound track of traffic, breeze, wildlife in parks, barking dogs, laughing children in the neighborhood (obviously this involves a daytime run)... and if I'm going to run when it's relatively isolated, I want all my senses available to tactically observe my surroundings!

As for TV... still have my addictions... TV while on treadmill, particularly. It's both a "if you have to watch TV, you must not sit your duff on the couch" and that some TV shows are motivating to movement.

What I find fascinating is that we *do* change, and in surprising ways. Good for you!

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 9/9/2012 6:38PM

    I loved this blog it made me think. I have given up soda with no real problems and not having really thought about it. I watch far less tv as well and the music thing I didn't give up as much as I have noticed I feel more productive and run better with no music. I noticed changes in what I am reading. I used to read mostly non fiction and.parenting magazines..now I am an avid reader of Runner World and books on.running. I laughed at myself when I noticed how excited I got.when.my new runners world showed up on my kindle. I also find myself wanting to do things I never did before like when my kids are playing outside I find.myself playing with them rather than reading or watching. I have reintroduced letterboxing to my taking and I haven't been known as the outdoors kinda girl. it always amazes me how much can change when you make this lifestyle change! Have a great night!

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JILL313 9/9/2012 6:34PM

    I'm still addicted to coffee and know I drink way too much of it. I love to make iced coffee and drink it black off and on all day. The studies now say it is good for you and full of antioxidants but in healthy portions and mine are way too high. You're becoming more and more fabulous all the time. God Speed to you! I also rarely watch TV as there isn't much on I'm interested in and I'd also rather be reading a good book, magazine, talking on the phone or internet. I love listening to music but now it's more of a distraction if I'm trying to concentrate on something else. Well, I'm a work in progress. You are doing a super good job--good for you!

Hugs,

Jill

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GOSPARK45 9/9/2012 6:31PM

    I used to get on the computer and play games by the hour. But since I've been on Spark I would much rather learn something about nutrition or read about someone else's journey. I have so much more energy and my back no longer hurts so I feel like DOING so much more. I go outside and spend time in the garden or take the dog for another walk. Really, Another one? But it's better than just sitting! I spend more time finding music for my stationary bike rides. I still need it to stay motivated, but I can see where it's becoming less important.
I wonder what will happen next. Who knows!

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