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Learning to be Content with Less

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This year has been full of amazing changes and progress for me, so, know with the winter fast approaching, my transformation seems to be grinding to a halt. I know that's an improvement over past years, but I'm used to being able to see results either on the scale or in my running times etc etc etc. It is harder for me to gauge improvement when the results are not as measurable (ie., not whining and complaining or sitting around just stuffing my face). I guess I need to be celebrating that I am still moving, even if it isn't to the degree that I was over the spring and summer. I also can celebrate that I am still eating healthy and drinking my water (though more of it is in the form of hot herbal teas). I can also celebrate that I am getting better at getting my rest. I am striving for an average of 7 1/2 to eight hours per night. I am also getting a little better at the budgeting, but holding my breath on that one as the holidays are quickly approaching.

All in all, I am trying to learn to be content with what I am able to accomplish, and then, trying to push myself - however small the step - a little more forward to where I envision myself. Maybe this is the part of the journey where I need to learn to persevere, even though the forward progress is not where I want it to be, just for the sake of developing the trait of perseverance.....much like patience, not a fun lesson to learn.

  
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GRATEFUL4TODAY 11/27/2010 12:29AM

    This has been a year of amazing changes for me too! This Thanksgiving week I did two nine mile runs plus a few trips to the gym but have overeaten horribly. Running Buddy and I have determined not to fall away from our goals and progress made so we will be hitting the trail hard through the winter and are looking to do my second half in the spring and hopefully first full in the fall. Already I have some catching up to do but I am thankful daily for the time and skill that God has given me to devote to my fitness.

Thanks for your comments. I am encouraged to press on thanks to you!

God Bless!
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MRSUKYANKEE 11/22/2010 3:51AM

    I'm right there with ya. I know that I set a big goal to lose weight over the holidays and I'm thinking that it wasn't very realistic. 10 lbs over the holidays? Ha. I know I'll be going to parties and celebrations until Jan 1. So I'm reigning in that goal and just hoping to either stay where I am now or perhaps lose a pound or two...plus watch my portion size, eat as healthy as I can during non-celebratory meals and try to exercise as much as I can. Best of luck to you!!

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MEADSBAY 11/21/2010 4:50PM

    Just because you cannot see physical changes does not mean your transformation has ground to a halt.
It's very obvious you are making some phenomenal changes in your thinking, your health and your life.
Keep it up!
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TEAPOT57 11/21/2010 3:46PM

    Lorraine you are lucking you have seen the scale move over the year . Me it still has not gone below my first goal and it's going on three years in February . I still push myself to work out and eat healthy . Now that I am going to a gym the scales goes up must be I am still building muscle. Well I have made so many goals over the last three years and have not met one yet. Joined a gym and after one month the membership fees are going up so I don't know what we are going to end up doing . Most of our church goes to this gym now with the fees going up I don't know how many will still be going. I have got to stay positive if not this gym check into others the thing is we paid the start up fee and most places the start up fee is what holds me back from joining any other gym. At least at this gym the twenty five dollars was for the three of us. Then it was fifth teen dollars each for the three of us a month.
I asked one of the women she has been going to Zumba for seven weeks and she said she has not seen the scale go down at all for her either. She weighs around my weight . She goes to Zumba three to four times a week with a couple other women from church . My daughter and I tried it but we are not coordinated enough and felt awkward. It hurt my hip where I had surgery and her knees. So workout on the weights and treadmill, Elliptical , rowing machine and bikes .
It seems like everyone of my Spark friends that runs has lost a great deal of weight and some have made there goal. I have tried running but it is to hard on my joints and it hurts to much for me when I breath. So I do some sprints .
Well you should be very proud of yourself you made your goal and have been maintaining it. That's the goal I have been working of. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Hugs and Love Lorraine

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Accepting My Limitations

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

So, last night I felt so much better, and really kind of still do, that I figured I'd take advantage of this last "Indian Summer" and get in a nice long run before work this morning. I slept in an extra half hour or so, just because I could, and got up, gotthe animals cared for, made coffe, and downed some water and dressed. It is a little cooler than when I got home last night, but not bad, so I headed out.I still am not feeling 100%, but I guess I didn't realize what a toll this cold has taken on me. The warm up walk went fine and I felt ready to go, but within a couple hundred yards I was already feeling the strain. I'm kind of a purist, so I run, don't walk, unless I'm at a stop light or something, so I slowed way down and kept on moving. It was like running up hill without the leg strain, but the strain in my breathing and back was noticeable. I just couldn't pick up my stride no matter what. Everytime I tried, I felt the pressure in my head build and would feel unstable in my strides, almost dizzy. I knew half way around the park (at the 1/3 mark of my 5K route), that this was not going to be a long run day. Defeat hit me so hard.....I walked. I cried. It's a beautiful day, and I want to run. Feeling pretty defeated, I headed back toward home after the park, running for short distances, but still feeling the strain and in that, starting to cry...(new lesson learned, crying makes running all the more difficult.) Didn't even quite get in two miles.

So now I am sitting here sipping tea and honey and praying that this clears up more quickly. In the meantime, if any of you all out there have any experience with running when you are not feeling 100% or have a cold....I could really use some help and advice about now.

Thanks for letting me vent friends....

  
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ANIHAKA 11/20/2010 2:48AM

    But at least you got out there & moved sick or not. In the long run (no pun intended) every time we get out there our stamina is building. Have a great week & look after yourself as I'm learning after so long.


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CINDYCHARLENE 11/10/2010 11:46AM

    Oh honey, and you are a honey, perfectionism is a trait that many of us have. All or nothing, right? Listen to your body.
It knows when you have pushed it beyond its' limits. Honor it and accept your limitations. Your body is a wonderful gift from God. If your vehicle needed oil you wouldn't run it without oil. That could ruin the engine. Get well, first. Reenergize with not only good food but rest. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/10/2010 9:09AM

    Your REALLY need to love, honor and respect your body, on good days and bad.
Feel better soon, my friend.
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TEAPOT57 11/9/2010 10:42PM

    I agree with all the comments that the other Spark friends left you. You are way to hard on yourself you are not going to have a set back just because you didn't run with your weight but you may with your health.
I also do not run my lungs were not ever up to it. Now after all these years I find out I probably had asthma growing up. The Doctor's back then just didn't diagnosed. I realize the weather is nice and you want to enjoy maybe the last run before winter . But your health is more important and you can still enjoy the beautiful weather walking or sittting on a bench. I realize that is not the same but why make yourself sick all over again when you are on the mend.
So take Care of yourself .
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MERRYLYN 11/9/2010 9:30PM

    So sorry to read that you have been sick, but please don't be so hard on yourself. It is not a defeat, it is an illness and even the strongest athlete's get ill now and then and have to give their bodies a break. Just rest and love yourself for all you have accomplished. You are not defeated, you are resting and recovering. You will run again when you are healthy. emoticon

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NORAB52GOOD 11/9/2010 10:06AM

    Hang in there. I know it is difficult when we can't do what we think we _should_ do. But this too shall pass. Be gentle with yourself. Let yourself get well. Listen to and respect your body. Love yourself enough to let yourself get better. If someone you loved was feeling ill and struggling to get through a workout ... Would you harp on them and feel disappointed in them that they didn't complete a long run? No! You would be compassionate and tell them to take it easy. Can you do that for yourself? emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 11/9/2010 9:43AM

    GF I don't run when I feel well let alone when I feel sick! Colds take your lung capacity. Having asthma myself, that is what daily living can be like when my asthma is acting up. It does everytime I get sick so some days when that's going on I don't even attempt to exercise because climbing stairs damn near kills me. Eventually, we get well and until we are we won't have our strength back or our lungs either. You may have to work back into where you were after you aget completely well. Remember you have gone so long without being sick that you have forgotten how hard it can be on your body. Take it easy. Heal first, cry through your tea, then run when you're well....
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Another Spark Lesson Learned - Healthy Living > Being at Goal Weight

Monday, November 08, 2010

I just can't imagine ever not being a part of Spark. I've now been maintaining at goal weight (or within five pounds below that I set for a bufffer zone) for four months now, and I still continue to learn or get stronger in area of my life every day, week and month. So much of this program is about setting goals (and not just weight related) and then identifying the steps needed to take to get there. Baby steps, just moving in the right direction, but never giving up.

I don't just want to maintain this weight, I want to be healthier, and this past week proved to me that I am on the right path. Everyone at work has been coming down with those nasty first part of the winter season colds. You know the runny stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, hacking chest coughs etc etc etc.
I made it a couple of weeks before it hit me, but I knew it when it did. I haven't had a sick day in quite a while, and though I never took any time off, I cetainly was slowed down for about three days. The upside being that usually those things knock me out (totally) for at least a day or two and usually drag out for a couple weeks. This time I just did what I've been doing, living healthily. Ate a balanced diet, maybe a little less since I really couldn't taste, but had lots of chicken and veggie soup frozen that came in handy. I stayed hydrated and even got in some extra fluids with hot tea. Cut back on the physical activity to rest my body and forced myself to get extra rest - even an hour and a half nap on Sunday afternoon. I did take some thera-flu severe cold before bed the past couple of nights, but aside from that stayed away from medicating and just tried to take care of myself and this morning, I am feeling MUCH better. I am surprised that this cold never made the migration into my lungs. That always happens and thats what usually takes the longest to get over. I have had a slight sore throat, but have taken honey with the hot tea and it actually seems to have helped. Felt good enough this am to get up and do a very light work out...nothing to get my breath going to heavy, but some abs/core and stretching, made a batch of pumpkin, walnut raisin bran muffins for womens group tonight and got the reading, e-mails, sparking etc caught up this morning.

Working tonight from 11-5 then racing home to throw together sandwiches and pick up the muffins. Bible study tonight and then I'm going to make myself get another good nights sleep. The weather is GORGEOUS today, but that is supposed to hold for a couple more days, so tomorrow I hope to get in a good run in the morning and then another longer one Thursday and wrap up Friday or Saturday with a shorter one. Should be able to push past ten miles this week. I haven't been able to pass that mark in a few weeks with the cold and my schedule so it will be a great way to celebrate my birthday!

  
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GRATEFUL4TODAY 11/27/2010 12:44AM

    Good reminder to watch my diet in prep for the cold and flu season. Andother reason to stay on track! What could be better than living a life style of healthy eating, exercise and other good-for-you habits.

Stay healthy, friend

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GOEGIRL 11/21/2010 8:26AM

    You are doing SO well! I hope you feel very, very proud of yourself and all you've accomplished. Ten miles is a HUGE milestone - and for your birthday? Happy Birthday!!!

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WINNINGSPARK 11/8/2010 11:33PM

    I have been sick also gf and I know that just eating healthy helps me to heal quicker than the average Sally or Joe so I'm all for feeling healthy before I'm at goal. Here's to hoping you can do that run sooner rather than later....
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TEAPOT57 11/8/2010 10:20PM

    So glad you are feeling much better and that you got some naps in over the weekend . Sounds like you ate all the right foods and drank plenty of fluids.
Well what ever day is your birthday I am wishing you a early Happy Birthday.
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Hugs and Love Lorraine

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NELLIEC 11/8/2010 3:55PM

    That's wonderful that the cold wasn't as bad as usual. And it is great that you are maintaining!!!

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SPARKIE1964 11/8/2010 12:37PM

    So happy to see that your healthy lifestyle is making an impact & that you weathered the cold better than usual. Hope you're feeling strong to get in your run!

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The Best Day Ever To Have A Cold

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Been battling for a few days with the threat of a icky winter cold. Thought I might win this one...but nooooo....hit me hard a couple of days ago. I am noticing that being in better physical health and shape has made it more tolerable, but none the less it is really annoying and inconvenient. Have little or no voice, but the upside is really no appetite to speak of since I really can't smell and my sense of taste of off if existent at all.

But the GOOD news is - ITS SUNDAY!!! (and I do love my Sundays). Had awesome worship and teaching at church...got a short nap in this afternoon, trying to get extra rest to curtail this cold. Went up to the big shurch in St Chas and had wonderful fellowship with great friends...and then came home and the bugs in the computer seem to have worked their way out so got to catch up a bit on Sparking.....

PLUS********my dear spark friend WINNINGSPARK is back. Gotta say, for having a cold this bad, I'm having a pretty darned good day. Now, to get some more rest so that I can enjoy the short upswing in temps this week. Would really love to get in a couple longer outside runs, but if this cold is as bad as it's been the past couple of days, I won't make it a mile......so..... emoticon, nite all!

  
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AMYSTRONG 11/8/2010 1:06PM

    Sorry you're a little under the weather. I drink lemon tea when my throat is bothering, seems to make it feel a little better. Hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy the warmer temperatures on your run.

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LKEITHO 11/8/2010 7:44AM

    Sorry about your cold, but great job looking at all the good things!

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TEAPOT57 11/7/2010 11:38PM

    Sorry to hear you have a cold . Have you gotten your flu shot for the season? We will be getting your weather with warmer tempertures this week also.
Take it easy and get healthy.
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SMILESRME 11/7/2010 11:25PM

    So sorry to hear about your bugs...the ones in your body and the ones in your computer! Neither kind are fun to have. Glad you had a chance for praise and worship at your church this morning, that always sets up for a great day and week. I'm helping with our Sunday School Christmas music this year, as well as the church youth musical. It's always a blast to work with the kids. Praying you had a restful sleep!!

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Joy! Julia : )

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You Never Know When A Smoldering Ember Will Ignite a Spark

Friday, November 05, 2010

About this time last year, my sis and I were sitting on the sofa, night after night, eating huge ice cream sundaes and commenting back and forth how we both needed to lose weight....after the holidays, of course. Thanksgiving came and went and Christmas and New Years and by this timek I was at 171 pounds. I still don't remember how it happened that I stumbled upon Spark People, but I thank God each and every day.

I got set up and started this amazing journey officially on Jan 2nd, 2010. (though my page shows that I actually logged on in December). By the end of February or beginning of March, I had already lost 12 lbs, but still had nearly twenty more to go to reach the goal that Spark had set...to be honest, I wasn't sure that I could do it, but I kept Sparking, and started exercising. First I started walking, then doing some exercise tapes, then when walking took to long and got too boring, I started jogging/walking, then I found C25K and started to run, and run, and run. Since then, I have lost a total of 40+ lbs and am at my leanest and healthiest since possibly my freshman year of high school.

Sis, never got on the bandwagon, however. I tried to et her set up on a Sparkpage, but it never caught her attention or interest enough to give it a go. I do a majority of the cooking, so she has been forced to eat a bit healthier, at least when I cook. And lately she has stopped referring to my lifestyle as a "diet". Tonight, while we were eating dinner, out of the blue, whe asked, "Did you buy that Spark book?" I told her I had and asked why and she said that she was reading something about it in a magazine. I kind of let that go and tonight after she got home, she asked again about the book and I happily let her have mine.

Here's hoping that she reads it and starts on a journey of her own!!!

Keep Sparking friends....you never know when a smoldering ember will ignite a Spark! WOOHOO!!!

  
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MEADSBAY 11/10/2010 9:07AM

    emoticonon your success!
You did exactly the right thing with your sister.
The best thing you can do- and you're doing it- is lead a healthy happy life.
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SPARKIE1964 11/7/2010 9:26AM

    The only other more rewarding experience than losing weight & feeling healthy/fit is to spark someone we care about to join us on our journey of well being. You have had a major impact on me by inspiring me to run. I am confident that your sis will join the fun when she's ready. How lucky for her to have you by her side for support along the way!

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AMYSTRONG 11/6/2010 9:40PM

    I really enjoyed reading your story. It seems like you've been part of the community for longer than a year. Nonetheless you've made amazing progress and I'm so proud of you! Hopefully your sister will follow in your footsteps and she'll have the best mentor too.

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GOEGIRL 11/6/2010 12:08PM

    Wow, this is an amazing story! It's so true, the spark has to sit, smouldering, for as long as it takes - till that last certain something is added - but as long as it sits it has the potential to burn into a flame. Good for you for being that spark and for never giving up on your goals!

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LKEITHO 11/6/2010 11:47AM

    I hope you have made a convert! Congratulations on your progress and your positive influence!

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MIMIKK7 11/6/2010 9:53AM

    That is emoticon emoticon Your sister has had a wonderful, amazing role model this year! emoticonto you on your FANTASTIC year of embracing a healthier lifestyle and to the new you! You are an inspiration to myself and many others! Keep sparkling my dear emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSUKYANKEE 11/6/2010 7:08AM

    That's awesome! I was talking about it with a student and she has now joined SP and loves it. Spreading the spark can happen without even a thought. emoticon

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TEAPOT57 11/5/2010 11:37PM

    Hi !
That is wonderful about your sister. I am so happy for you are a inspiration to me .
I joined a gym with my daughter and husband tried zumba not for us. We liked the treadmill and elliptical although there are a lot of other machine to try. I also heard that they have a kick boxing class I did that once and enjoyed it. I am praying this is going to help me see the scales go down and stay down . I am still yo yoing .
Take Care and be very proud of yourself.
Hugs Lorraine

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FLGIRL1234 11/5/2010 11:00PM

    That's great! I've just recently got my sister on the bandwagon too. She agreed to run the Couch25K program with me and I am happy to start all over (I did it awhile ago) with her. You just never know when someone will take notice in how great your doing! Good job!

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LADYNETTIE 11/5/2010 10:56PM

    YAY!! Good for you for not only finding yourself and embracing your new healthy lifestyle, but also being a great role model for your sister. You are truly an inspiration! Happy Sparking!!
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ECOCHRISTIAN 11/5/2010 10:55PM

    Well, you have certainly set a good example for her to follow and shown her that spark people works! emoticon

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