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Resolution - Dismal Failure

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

In an effort to be more midful of my eating, I made a resoution last week to NOT EAT at the computer or in front of the T.V. My intentions were good, but the whole experiment became a dismal failure. Give the persistently hectic pace of my life, nearly everything I do is multi-tasking....eating included. Prior to this "experiment", I would enter my food as I ate or while preparing or packing my food. When I stopped doing that, I found that too much of the time I would forget something I needed to enter or get sidetracked by one of the million other things that required my attention. In theory it's a great idea, and when I am dining out or with friends, I don't always whip out my phone and enter my food as I order or eat, but I do enter it as soon as possible, and by entering the majority of my nutrition right away, I am better mindful nof what I have eaten and what I still need to eat to keep my nutrition balanced and in check. The better balanced my nutrition is, the less I tend to consume and the fewer cravings I have. So, live and learn.....tomorrow I am back on track with the system that worked for me. Kudos to all of you who can just sit still on a regular basis and enjoy (savor) your meals, but I'm afraid that's a luxury that I just caan't afford to indulge on a regular basis.

On a happier note, the family is now all returned or returning to their homes after the big baby shower/birthday weekend, so also fewer reasons and opportunities to overindulge and more time to spend at fitness and all the things I need to do to take care of me. PLUS, the hot weather is breaking and we are do to have a few days on lower 80's for a high, so much better outside running weather. Of course, now with more hours at work, time is at an even greater premium, but there are still EARLY morning or evening hours with cooler temps to log some miles. I will just have to work on being more disciplined about getting to bed at an earlier hour....which is where I am off to now.

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CINDYCHARLENE 8/14/2011 6:59PM

    WELL, I totally agree with your assessment of your abilities. It would be a God send if I myself could take time to sit and just enjoy eating all by itself. But no, that is not in my agenda at the moment with all the requirements on my time. I eat in front of the computer too. As others have said, don't beat yourself up because you cannot do one thing at a time all the time. I alsways multitask or else not much would get done that needs to be done.

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SOULOFADANCER 8/11/2011 9:34PM

    I have to follow your lead and you seem to be doing good to me!!

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ROSEWCI 8/11/2011 8:00PM

    Hey, whatever works! Life's all about change & making adjustments! You're doing just fine!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 8/11/2011 2:16AM

    Learning what works best for us is important. I wouldn't count that as a failure at all - just an experiment.

Stay cool and get some rest!


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HARRINGTON5 8/10/2011 5:48PM

    How can you call that a failure? You have a plan and you are figuring out how to make it work for you. I call that a job well done.

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MIMIKK7 8/10/2011 8:37AM

    Not a failure, you are learning what works for you! I do the same thing but it works best for me. Have an emoticonday! emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 8/9/2011 11:35PM

    We only fail when we fail to keep trying. You try different things to see what will and won't work for you. That's how we learn.

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ON2VICTORY 8/9/2011 10:42PM

    no failure here. I eat routinely in front of the PC. sometimes thats just how it is. I strive to eat normally but sometimes......

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CAALAN23 8/9/2011 10:32PM

    Nope, not a failure, just one more thing to cross off the list and get you where you need to be.

Ooops, you totally tagged me with that last line. I'm supposed to be sleeping..Ssshhh. ;)
Sweet Dreams!

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RUNNER12COM 8/9/2011 9:43PM

    Nah, that's not a dismal failure. You are trying different things and this one just didn't work out that well for you. You're learning as you go!

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ALICERIEGER 8/9/2011 9:10PM

    Like they (the Spark People) are always telling us, we are each an experiment of one. There is no one size fits all in living healthy. If it works for you, do it.

Good luck and God Bless

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Needing Some R&R (Rest and Run)

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Been a busy, busy weekend. Especially today, my day off, up at five and out the door by 6:30 and just now, 8:30PM, sitting down to get a litle sparking done and get to bed. First thing after breakfast and getting dressed was the loading of the car. When it takes 15-20 minutes just to load the car in the morning, you know it is going to be a busy day. Six hours at church with lighting run thriough, two services, then a baby shower for a friend, drive acrosstown and set up for baby shower number two (for my niece). Got to see a couple of old friends and a cousin I haven't seen in years, but then had to clean up and pack up from that. Got home, got my little ssister off for the drive home and then clean up here. Now I'm going to answ3r 2 or 3 or 6 or so e-mails and get to bed. Wanted to meet up with a friend for our weekend run, but that just didn't happen so I'll have to get it in before work tomorrow. Ate too much today, but tomorrow starts another week...(actually Tuesday will start another week, since tomorrow is my sister's birthday, but I will be able to make some better choices tomorrow an then back on plan after tomorrow for a good long while.

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WEEZIE30 8/8/2011 8:58AM

    wow, that is a busy day!

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SLIMLILA 8/8/2011 12:19AM

    Busy day for you! Do people really start their days that early? Must be why you accomplish so much in a day!!

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LKEITHO 8/7/2011 10:48PM

    What a day! I hope you get a good rest tonight to prepare you for the weekahead.

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Still Learning Balance and Adjustment

Saturday, August 06, 2011

This week has hearalded the beginning of yet another season of life which is allowing me to demonstrate just how much I have learned (or not) about change an keeping things in balance.

First, my neice and her husband are in town this weekend and the first part of next week from San Antonio so that we can host a baby shower for them. I have learned and repared well with lots and lots of fruits and veggies and even a meager attempt at some homemade hummus. Not as smooth as Sabra (or as high in fat), but with a bit of salsa added, is actually quite good. This upset my sis a bit (not the hummus, but the amount of fruits and veggies) as she has less room in the fridge for a couple of days. Oh, well, I guess she'll get over it - or not.

Second, I havefinally made the leap to officially full-time status at work (with benefits and everything). They have reented and agreed that I can still have my Sunday's off......which is rather unheard of, AND if this doesn't work out for me that I can go back to part-time status at anytime. I'm supposed to keep it quiet since full-time normally requires a 100% "open" availability, and I really don't lke having my availability as open as they are asking, but that is the reasoning for the ability to revert back to P.T. I don't want to be in the position that so many are where they are finding themselves closing 3 and 4 and 5 nights a week. I'm giving it a chance though and we'll see. In the meantime, that means that I will be able to stay on my medication after this trial is over and NEW GLASSES!!! Yeah! I haven't gotten new glasses in 6years or so, and I need new ones badly.

So, as always. life has it's challenges. I am getting better and better about not letting them upset the whole routine though. I will just slow up a bit and make the best decisions and adjustments that I can and continue on this journey (with a little help from my friends.) Thanks for being there!

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    wow this is great good luck on the ft job

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NELLIEC 8/7/2011 12:25AM

    Boy, do I know how important new glasses can be -- especially if you want to see clearly! emoticon emoticon

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DONNAGRACE1164 8/6/2011 11:57PM

    not easy making changes... just continue to take it one steip at a time...

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LKEITHO 8/6/2011 10:19PM

    Great news on the job, especially the benefits! I hope the hours work out for you. As you say, we have to deal with what life sends us, and just do the best we can. I'm sure you'll do great!

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1DRWOMAN 8/6/2011 9:52PM

    Yes...rolling with the waves and changes of life. I have had to do this several time. Stay true to you and what makes your soul happy and ya' never know what these new changes will bring in the future, Enjoy your new journey! :)

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/6/2011 9:50PM

    Sounds like you have got it together Good luck on your lifestyle journey . Dottie

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Dog Days of Summer

Monday, August 01, 2011

It is so unlike me to be looking forward to the end of summer. I am usually a bit of a sun "worshipper", not actual worship, but I do love the bright hot sunshine. This year though is different. It has been, what seems to me, unusually hot and humid and has forced me to move many a run inside and shortened too many and made even more not what I would consider up to par. I am missing the cooler temps....like the 60's etc. It's not that I am looking forward to winter and the snow, but it would sure be nice to wake up to temps below 70 so that at least an early morning runs possible.

This past Saturday, my running buddy and I (mostly me) were hoping for at least 11 and preferably twelve miles to prepare for the 9/11 half we will be running, but even though we started out at 7AM, the temps were already in the 80's and we only managed 9.9 miles before we called it quits. I'm very disappointed in myself. I know we still have 6 weeks till race day, but there isn't a big chance that the weather will be too much cooler between now and then. Why couldn't I just have toughed out a couple more miles....at least one!
Those last three miles were absolutely brutal! We're going to try t again this next Saturday. Wish me luck!!!

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    Best wishes to you! That heat can really zap you, so don't be hard on yourself about it. Take care and stay cool when you can.


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BEYONDLIMITS 8/2/2011 4:44PM

    Good luck! I can't stand doing anything in the heat let alone run. So I will hope and pray that the weather changes and cools off for you, otherwise, you will have to wake at 4 or 5 a.m. to get your run in.

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CINDYCHARLENE 8/2/2011 11:49AM

    Please don't beat yourself up for not reaching what you feel is perfection. Remember you must leave some room for our dear Lord. You have done the best you can under the circumstances and most assuredly with his help. He himself makes up the difference and will continue to help you with the rest. You are my angel and you will "fly" to the Lord's set goal.

Comment edited on: 8/2/2011 11:49:44 AM

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GREYLOCKES1 8/2/2011 11:44AM

    Yea the heat & humidity is awful this summer. . You just need to accept you can't change the weather but you can change your training. I have found that I need to incorporate walking in my long runs or move to the treadmill. IF you do the walking start from the beginning. try 5 min run 1 min walk or walk a minute after each mile. It takes a long time for the human body to become efficient in shedding heat when it is this warm. Just accept that the times will be slower and continue on. Far better than suffering heat related stress.

Trying to talk S\O in trip to 9/11 half but already doing one the week before.

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DIVEMASTER01 8/2/2011 3:53AM

    I am hearing the sentiment all over, it has been miserable in Wisconsin. It makes me want to move to Alaska. I am ready for fall too. I am starting to prefer cold over hot weather as I am getting older, weird. Just turnd 45. I can do a longer bike ride when I am not sweating buckets. It's 80 degrees at 3 AM, yuck!

Have a good day!


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SLIMLILA 8/2/2011 12:53AM

    Wish I could send you some of or our weather, it's been beautiful here, I actually had a chance to get lots of walking in this week...Good luck on your run

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LKEITHO 8/1/2011 11:05PM

    Don't be too hard on yourself. You're always going to have good days and bad. Learn what you can from this one in terms of hydration and fueling, and carry on. You'll be in great shape for the half!

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    It really stinks running in this heat in humidity. It's been my experience when I have a crappy long run, I usually bounce back with a really good long run.

I wish you luck on Saturday with your run. Stay well hydrated and take it nice and slow.


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Running/Jogging Playlists and Pacing

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So, I'm fired up again about running.....the miles were taking a toll. Now that I have a training/racing partner for the Chicago half, it has really fired up my passion again. I was going to redo some old tired out playlists, but have been at a loss for songs that I wouldn't want t delete as soon as I hit the pavement and discovered a site that many of you may find helpful. It is called Jog.fm (I just google search it and it is AWESOME). You can plug in a running, jogging, walking, biking, exercise pace and it will give you links to HUNDREDS of songs that best match up to your selected pace. You can even further define your search by genre of music and even spoken words. Check it out......it's WAY cool!!!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 7/31/2011 12:50AM

    Wow! Thanks for the tip!

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BEYONDLIMITS 7/29/2011 8:20PM

    Good to know! Thanks so much.

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RUTHIEBEAR 7/28/2011 2:29PM

    Thanks I will check it out. emoticon

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KKINNEA 7/28/2011 12:46PM

    Holy cats, this is what I've been searching for!! Thanks so much for finding this! I'm going to re-pub it everywhere in the world!!

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MIMIKK7 7/28/2011 12:00PM

    emoticonThanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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MYTURN11 7/28/2011 7:22AM

    Thank You! Very Cool ~ am always looking for new tunes! Best wishes to you as you train for your Chicago half!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYCHARLENE 7/28/2011 12:21AM

    Great idea! I don't know if I can find it where I live as our stations are limited. Do you mean it is on the internet and the music can be downloaded? All my grey hairs are showing. LOL

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PASTAFARIAN 7/28/2011 12:12AM

    I'm puzzled. If you have a running partner, what do you need tunes for? I only need tunes when I do *not* have someone to run with!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 7/27/2011 11:40PM

    Thanks for the site. I like to run with music...I notice my pace changes when one of my favorite songs is playing. Get pumped up for your half in Chicago.


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LKEITHO 7/27/2011 10:28PM

    Sounds cool! I'll have to check it out.

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