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Day Eighty-three - Going to Beat This - 3/25/10

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My schedule is usually very hectic, and even when not, I make it so. Today, though, I just did some light grocery shopping and circuit training and prep for this next week and made the Spark People recipe for Eggplant Parmesean (made with panko bread crumbs). It's now just turning nine and I'm getting ready to hit the hay. I may read for a little, but I WILL get a good nights sleep. Got to be up early for W6D2 tomorrow and since we are back to winter here, I'll have to get my run in on the dreadmill. Then work is from 1:30-10:30 . It's going to be a long day, but at least if there is anything I can do about it, I will be rested.

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MIMIKK7 3/26/2010 11:26AM

    I hope you got the rest you were hoping for! emoticon Your schedule and pace is nothing short of amazing! emoticonYou are so organized! emoticonYour recipes sound so nutritious and delicious! I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful sparkling weekend emoticon! emoticon emoticon

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BE_STRONG 3/26/2010 10:22AM

    Hope got the rest you were hoping for and your sleeping is improving.

Can't wait to hear how your run went. You can do it!

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MYTURN11 3/26/2010 6:50AM

    It is great that you are so organized and you prepped healthy foods, have your exercises plan mapped out. I hope that you awakened this morning well rested and ready to seize the day. My sympathies on the dreadmill - I am the same way about it, but at least the little rascal serves its purpose.I got spoiled with all of the nice weather. It will be nice enough real soon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope you have a great Friday and an even greater weekend!

By the way, that eggplant parmesean sounds "pretty" yummy emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 3/25/2010 10:27PM

    I always relate to your hectic schedule. I've had another long week myself but it's almost Friday again and I will hopefully have some reprieve this weekend. Here's hoping you get some sleep tonight that is restful and rejuvenating. I still can't believe you do all that you do and cook too. Amazing. I cook - made a pb&j just the other day and the occasional poached egg on toast is masterful.

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Day Eighty-two - I'm Tired and Need Advice - 3/24/10

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Okay, here's the deal. I'm not sleeping well. Besides the fact that I have a cat who doesn't like to let me fall asleep when I finally do drag my butt into bed, and two dogs that like to go out by 6am, I am waking up several times in the middle of the night with hot flashes that cause me to have to remove every sheet or blanket I have on....then, 3-5 minutes later, I'm cold and have to rearrange and get covered back up. This goes on throughout the night so I never really get any good quality peaceful sleep. Something's going have to give. emoticon

Today I was soooo tired that after letting out the dogs and caring for the cats and feeding them all, I went back to bed until the plumber came at around 8:45. I ate breakfast then and drank a bunch of water so that I would be hydrated for my run, but I was so tired the thought went through my mind to lay back down. I didn't, and I knew I would feel better after my run, which I do, but I'm still tired and I have to work this evening until 11:00pm. I know I'll be a total grouch by then.

ANYBODY have some good advice for minimizing the hot flashes, short of HRT?!?!?!

The good news is that I did my W6D1 today and it went good...believe it or not. I logged my path and times when I got home, and the walk/run intervals came out to be my best times yet. I was right at 11min. miles. Even my warm up and cool down distance and times were better....go figure. Maybe I should run tired all the time emoticon.

I guess it's time for some lunch, make dinner to take to work and get in some strength training/intervals...I'm really trying to gain some extra ground so that next week doesn't put to too far behind. I'll only have one month to prepare for the 5K after Easter and I want to be the best that I can be for that. Still trying to set a goal for the race and a reward. IDEAS?!?!?

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    Vitamin E, natural not synthetic, worked for me. 800 per day.

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MIMIKK7 3/26/2010 11:20AM

    I truly understand where you are coming from with the hot flashes and waking up frequently from them! emoticonIt was truly my biggest obstacle when I had my hysterectomy. There are several options that may work for you besides HRT. I am currently on bioidentical hormone creams but it isn't the complete answer to our problem. To start, take a good multivitamin/multimineral. Soy products are great natural replacement for low estrogen levels and Black Cohosh is a wonderful natural supplement.
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I hope that you are able to find some resolution quickly for your sleep issues because it ruins days on end. I know, cause I have been there. emoticon emoticon

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DONNAGRACE1164 3/25/2010 12:58AM

    I have trouble getting enough sleep too... It just seems that I have so much I want to get done every day and I need to prioritize "getting to bed at a decent time at night..." as much as eating healthy and getting my exercising done... I think I want to try to get into a 5K or something at some point -It would give me more "motivation" to work on my endurance I think... But with my schedule sometimes I think that trying to change up my exercises too much from where I am right now isn't going to be good for me "feeling like I'm getting everything done for my day..." and thus getting to bed at night at a time to make sure I get enough sleep... So I can relate to your sleep issues too... and then the cat who doesn't really let you sleep and the dogs (...I have 2 also...) that want to go out early in the morning... But focusing on scheduling "getting enough sleep" might be one of my goals and could help you too... I'll let you know if I can get to that point myself... emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 3/24/2010 11:57PM

    Well, my experience is that my memory is so bad that sometimes I forget now if I've slept or not so whether I'm tired or whether I have energy just really doesn't matter because sooner or later I forget all about that and start trying to figure out the next thing I was trying to remember when I lost track of what I was looking for before I forgot that I was going to listen to something that would tell me when to do the next thing that I'd be forgetting about shortly. So, if you just wait for a few hours, typically it won't matter if you slept or not so don't fret.

On another note, I have had success with Valerian Root for sleep and some swear by melatonin. The hot flashes wake you up no matter what you take and I do think that yam creme does help reduce them so I use that. There's some new product I heard about on the radio called amberen that is really supposed to help return your hormones to an earlier state. Personally - that doesn't sound inviting to me but here's the website - it's a otc formula and you might check that out. And no - I'm not an affiliate or anything - just passing along something I looked into and decided not to invest in but you might decide to try it and then you can tell us all about it! There's the link. And someday I'll tell you what I went through to remember where to find that.

Sleep well when you can and forget it when you can't. That's my motto.

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BE_STRONG 3/24/2010 5:00PM

    The world is a much better place when you get enough sleep. I know that I feel like I can handle almost anything if I get a good night's sleep. I'm no help with suggestions for hot flashes though. Sorry.

Great job on your running. You are improving with each run and will only get better the closer you get to the race.

As far as a reward, here are some that I'm thinking of for me. I think each of us is different, so I'm not sure any of them will interest you. A message, a weekend away at a girlfriend's house, new clothes for spring, new workout clothes.

I don't know if you're into thowing parties, but you could host a celebration party after the race for a few of your supporters. You could celebrate finish the race and all the hard work you've put in so far. Just a few thoughts for you to ponder. Good luck with your decision.

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NELLIEC 3/24/2010 4:34PM

    Well, a bunch of years ago, when I went through perimenopause, HRT was thought to be the answer and there weren't the studies about its problems, so I tried it. It didn't really help and just made me feel that I was failing myself.

However, a few months later I had a sleep study done and discovered that I have a sleep disorder which is serotonin related. Once I got onto a good dose of amitriptylin, which helps the serotonin, I slept much better. (During the sleep study, I awoke 44 times that night. I wasn't aware of waking that much, but they said my brain waves showed that I was at least in a semi-conscious state!)

If you have good insurance, it might be worth it to have a sleep study. However, if you do start a medication with serotonin, ask to have periodic blood levels taken to know if you are getting a toxic dose. Some doctors don't think to do that. (I am on a very minimal dose.)

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    Well then you crack me up too :) I know I'll be regretting saying that in a few years. It just cracks me up when my friends tell me about hot then cold hot then cold. But I know...my turn is coming :)

Great job on still getting your run in! You'll do great in your 5k! Don't stress!!! You've got an 11 minute mile going on right now, and inbetween now and then you'll only improve!


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Day Eight-one - I'm Turning Into a Pumpkin - 3/23/10

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I's 11:25 and I'm just now lose to done catching up. Gonna get this blog off and get to bed. Plumber is coming at 8:00am tomorrow and I want to get my run in early so I can do some extra ST. I feel like I've been neglecting it when I'm over scheduled and I need to stay on top of my game this week.

Next week is just crazy, stupid busy. I've tried to plan as best as I can, but facing facts.....somethings are going to have to suffer, so, such is life. It is only one week and it is Easter week. There are priorities and Easter takes it for me. I'm pretty sure eating with in my limits will be okay....maybe Easter day could be an issue. Water is no problem. Fitness may suffer a bit. There just won't be time everyday, so I'll try to double up on the days I don't work and make up for the lost time week after next.

It's the best I can do and that's good enough for me. For now night all - need rest to run tomorrow. YEAH!!!!!!!

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BE_STRONG 3/24/2010 10:09PM

    Do what you can and it will all fall into place. If you watch what you eat, that will be half of the battle. You get a ton of fitness in at work. I know that you log a lot of steps, don't forgot that is exercise too.

Good luck on that run tomorrow.


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MIMIKK7 3/24/2010 10:31AM

    I hear yeah on next week just being crazy busy! I know you will come through it with flying colors but don't short yourself with the emoticon. You need that more then anything else my dear emoticon. I hope you have a great run and you find your day to be sparkling smooth! emoticon emoticon

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    Hope you have a great run!!!
I'll be cheering for you!
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LORIAPO 3/24/2010 1:52AM

    May you have TONS of energy for your busy day!!

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WINNINGSPARK 3/24/2010 12:55AM

    Yeah, I'd like to buy more time. If you see that somewhere the next time you are out shopping, please pick me up a bundle and I'll reimburse you. I don't know where it all goes but it seems to go there so quickly. Rest well and enjoy your run in the morning. And doing the best we can do is being the best we can be which makes us winners!
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NWILDES 3/24/2010 12:39AM

    Make sure to get enough sleep in all this. Make it a priority. Everything will come together easier if you are rested.

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Day Eighty - WOOHOO-I Reached A BIG Goal - 3/22/10

Monday, March 22, 2010

Forty-five degress with an eighteen mile per hour wind and the most beuatiful blue skies I have ever seen.....nearly perfect conditions for a successful D3W5 - C25K run. emoticon I DID IT!! emoticon! I want to go back out there! emoticon I started out slow and paced myself. Stayed at about a 12 to 12.5 min mile and it wasn't too bad. Running into the wind was a little tough and I don't think I ever had the wind to my back, and the last three minutes were the longest three minutes I've ever run. But that's okay emoticonI DID IT! emoticon
I got tired of listening to the C25K trng, early in the run an switched over to my other MP3-I'm soooo glad I brought it along. I just listed to one song after another until I decided to plug back into the trng MP3 and by that time there was only 3 minutes left. It was the longest three minutes of the run.

Now I don't want to have to go back to listening to that trng stuff - not that I don't like the chance to walk, but that music just does not motivate me. I already came home and mapped out a new course. It is 2.98 miles from the starting point - just far enough from the house to allow for a warm up (although I ususally do that at home with my stretching so I don't start out in the cold) - then the 2.98 course I have marked out, to work up to running the 5K,takes me right back to the house where I can start my cool down around the block and some more stretching. It works out grear for me to start my cool down near the house where I can leave a water bottle to start re-hydrating during my cool down.

I have to admit, I was pretty nervous......read and read everyone entries on the C25K team postings re:D3W5 until I was psyched up and now I'm going to make my post. I think (and don't tell anyone - they wouldn't believe you anyway), I LOVE running, don't even mind the sweating. emoticon emoticon

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PAM1864 3/24/2010 4:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYOU DID IT!!! emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 3/22/2010 8:59PM

    That is just absolutely wonderful! It is so cool to be a part of your proud journey. Your method of playing your own tune is obviously a good one. If I had to dance to tunes I didn't like I wouldn't dance as much. The background is really important. So keep it up! I can't wait until you do that run in May!
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MERRYLYN 3/22/2010 8:29PM

    Congratulations! You are a runner!! emoticon
'you have come a long way baby' and have so much to be proud of. I liked your last blog also about improved posture and self esteem. Keep up the positive attitude and you will go far.

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LDSMALL 3/22/2010 4:59PM

    I'm just thrilled for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up all the GREAT work!! YOU ROCKED IT!!!!

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BE_STRONG 3/22/2010 4:58PM

    That is so great!! I like listening to my own music best, too. It helps to put my mind in a different place rather than focusing on my running.

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!!!!! You did it! I knew you could do it!!! CONGRATS!!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!!

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MYTURN11 3/22/2010 1:55PM

    That is wonderful ~ congrats to you. I like my ipod too ~ some of the music is motivational to me. I will have to tell you a funny story another time.

That is fantastic, you put allot of thought, prep time and strategy into your run!

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MIMIKK7 3/22/2010 1:52PM

    emoticonthat is out of this world FANTASTIC!!! emoticonWhat an accomplishment! Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done! emoticonI am so happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BSKTCON 3/22/2010 1:28PM

    How exciting! I can feel your enthusiasm. What a great accomplishment, and you should be very proud of yourself. Keep up the great work!


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Day Seventy-nine - Making Progress - 3/21/10

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Today seemed a good day to take a look at the BIG picture. Just how much progress have I made. My attitude and self-esteem have improved greatly, not to mention my level of fitness. Where I could barely walk a mile in 20 minutes seventy-nine days ago, now I can run/walk 12 minuten mile(s), and with God's grace by this time next week I will be able to report running "X" miles in 20 minutes. But the whole picture is becoming much more visible. My posture has improved with the strengthening of my core muscles and the increase in self esteem. Pants that previously fit are too big and some that only fit with very restrictive undergarments now fit and are flattering, if not just a tad loose. The shirts and sweaters that I previously wore untucked and loose to hide the rolls are now getting a bit to big and have lost their appeal altogether as I like displaying my new WAIST (which is four inches smaller).

The next section is all stats - but I need to include this for my own sake - as an acknowledgement of how well this program has worked and how far I have come. There is still a long way to go, but I'm looking forward to seeing what the end result will be. Here are the just past half-way stats.

1/2/10 3/21/10
Height 5'7" 5'7"
Weight 177 155
Body Fat% 37% 33%
Waist 37 33
Hips 43 39.75
Thigh 25.5 23.25
Calf 14.75 14
Upper Arm 12.5 10.75
Hip to Waist
Ratio .86 .83
BMI 27.8 24.3

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Gotta say I'm happy with the progress. I'm going to pring this out and put it on my board and in the fitness area. That should keep me moving!

Thank you to all my Spark friends and buddies who keep me motivated and accountable.....this is as much a tribute to you and your support and caring and inspiration as it is to me.....and thank you, Chris Downie for making this emoticonprogram available to us all!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Awesome!!! That's a great idea to put the starting measurements next to the current... get to see all your hard work!

Those are really great measurements!

I agree...we owe Chris SO much! Not sure I could do it without all this education all rolled up into one website!

You really are doing so great! I can't say it enough!!!

Thanks to YOU for being a GREAT sparkfriend!!!

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BE_STRONG 3/21/2010 4:46PM


That is so awesome! What a way to look at your progress. When you just sit and look at the numbers, it is a great motivator to keep doing what you are doing.

You are doing an awesome job!

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MIMIKK7 3/21/2010 1:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonon all of your accomplishments!! Outstanding!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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