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Black Girls Run?! We Walk, Too!

Monday, May 26, 2014

As long as I've been part of the Spark Family (since 2009) I'm pretty sure I've posted many blogs about my becoming a runner. I wake up with these dreams of sprinting on trails and treadmills with ease. I tell myself everytime I start that I will not give up and this will no longer be a dream deferred.

Well..I'm here to tell ya. I'm a walker and proud of it.

It's always been my thing and I see no reason to change now. I can do it with ease (no foot pain, no serious calf pain). I can sustain longer (60 minutes compared to about 20 minutes of off and on running)....and, I just plain ole don't like it!

So.. that's all there is. I'm a walker and proud of it!

(see how peaceful she looks... lol)

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SWEETNEEY 6/6/2014 10:39AM

    Running is just a fast walk. I do both. Some walkers walk faster than I run. But it's all good

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TRUE-NESS 6/1/2014 7:26AM

    Amen, sister!!! I hear ya! That sounds very similar to my story. I think it's because walking is so disrespected as "real" exercise. Running or something more "extreme" always seems to be the goal. It's like the pinnacle of fitness to be able to run a 5K or 10k or half-full marathon. You get no respect for walking those same distances. But, walking is sustainable LONG-TERM and people who WALK, not run, tend to be fitter (and not as broken down and injury-laden) in their older years.

I'm a walker too!!!

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X5X52000 5/27/2014 8:31PM

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PRESBESS 5/27/2014 12:04AM

    Sounds good to me! Walk on sister... walk on.

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LADYGSC 5/26/2014 5:41PM

    emoticon Walking is also my forte! emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 5/26/2014 3:06PM

  Great. keep those feet moving and have a great week. emoticon

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Weekend Mantra

Friday, May 23, 2014

I've decided to attempt this "runner" thang again. My calves feel like they've been set a-fire, but no pain, no gain.

Plus.. I was Googling "tips on becoming a better runner" last night and read that running is a natural human ability. Duh!! There is no physical reason why I should not be able to do this. I done let this whole "walking is better for you" theory allow me to be brainwashed for years. What the hell am I scared of?

We'll see how this goes. (Lawd knows I done tried everything else)

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EXQUISITEDEE 5/27/2014 11:34AM

    You can do this!! Keep on going! emoticon

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PLATINUM755 5/23/2014 10:19PM

    Go for it! emoticon

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LADYGSC 5/23/2014 6:58PM

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PRESBESS 5/23/2014 1:27PM

    Girlfriend, I like your mantra... let's go for the results!

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Day 127 - Water

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Besides my ability to guesstimate the amount of calories in a single item, drinking water was something I managed to hold onto during this process I call "the ongoing weight loss debacle."

I have fallen so far into slacker mode, even my water consumption has decreased. I used to drink water before/during and in most cases after every meal but recently I'm only drinking a bottle maybe two a day.

So... starting today (which I was supposed to restart everything yesterday but that's neither here nor there) I am going to drink 1/2 my weight in ounces everyday. 94.5 ounces a day to be exact. emoticon

Now if I could just get my head to tell my feet to get back to the gym everything else should fall into place.

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PLATINUM755 4/15/2014 11:31PM

    The power is IN YOU! emoticon

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PRESBESS 4/15/2014 12:05PM

    Go for it!

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Day 115 - My Oh My

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Wow... 115 days in and it feels like Day 1 all over again.

Anywho.. this last week or so has been filled with purging (I was one magazine away from my own Hoarders episode, I tell ya), moving and transitioning so my gym visits have fallen to the wayside. Now that it seems life is getting back to normal, I'm trying to get myself re-committed. I try not to think of what progress I would've made if I would have found the time to at least get a 30 minute walk in or leave the fast food alone... but whatever. emoticon

Also.. I'm beginning to think I may need to try a different approach to all of this. I claim to "know how to do this" and "I don't need anyone to tell me what to do because no one knows me like I do", but apparently same approach gives me the same results or lack thereof. I'm thinking I may want to look into getting a little help from a personal trainer or finding a group that works out together or something. I'm finding it too difficult to stay motivated and I hate to give up for the millionth time. Let the research begin...

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EXQUISITEDEE 4/7/2014 1:51PM

    Its all good girl.
You can do it...we all start and stop for the millionth time. It all part of the process.

Keep on doing you.
Hang in there. emoticon

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PLATINUM755 4/3/2014 8:16PM

    Do what you must to start the ball rolling. The power is IN YOU to make your goals happen! emoticon...and love the quote.

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Day 100 - Best not to Stress

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Here I am at day 100 of my "Finally Getting Serious" weight loss journey and I must admit I'm not where I thought I would be and discovered once again how hard it is to keep that beast mode momentum going. But... I did realize one thing (as if I didn't know this already), stressing about not achieving goals won't help you accomplish a thing but headaches and food splurges.

I don't know why I put so much pressure on myself to achieve this magical size that I swear would change my entire life around the moment I hit that number on the scale. I am pretty happy with myself but find myself a slave to that scale more times than I can count on fingers and toes combined. It's like the 15 year old me is in constant battle with the 41 year old me. One of us has to give in. emoticon

So I have decided to just focus on this weight loss journey day-by-day. If I can't or won't make it to the gym some days.. remember there is always the next day. If I happen to splurge and eat a cookie or two or five..remember I can always regroup and make sure to cut back somewhere else. If I'm not wearing a string bikini by July.. there's always next July (you know little things like that) emoticon

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    You got this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 3/19/2014 10:27PM

    Continue to live until you reach the number on the scale.

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PLATINUM755 3/19/2014 8:22PM

    So true...stressing out doesn't help. Take it one day at a time, one step at a time. emoticon emoticon

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