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I Did It!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Last year around this time I set a goal for myself to participate in the 2014 Bolder Boulder 10K. Three weeks ago I went online, signed up and committed to it, officially!

Today, full of emotion and more than a little afraid of trying to walk a little over 6 miles, I set out to accomplish something that I wasn't entirely sure I was ready for.

With my husband walking along side of me, I completed the Bolder Boulder in 1:55:35!

I am elated, relieved and really, really proud of myself.

I have a lot of work left to do on myself, but I feel so much more confident about being able to accomplish other goals now that I have this one under my belt.

I can't wait for next year's Bolder Boulder!

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LINWINAGAIN 7/26/2014 11:47AM

    emoticon I would love to do the Bolder Boulder next year! I just moved back to Colorado in April and now back on track to losing weight, eating healthy and exercising. I signed up for the Bolder Boulder one time, but was unable to complete it. This year I want to commit to doing it in 2015! Congratulations on an awesome job!

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LYNAND62 5/27/2014 11:27PM

    Thank you all so much! It is such a blessing to be able to share this with you. The encouragement I have received on here has made a huge difference in my life.

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TALLYFL 5/27/2014 4:25PM

    I knew you could! Congratulations, Lynda. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10K, A1C and Me

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I recently went to the doctor for my yearly physical. Well, the results were not really a surprise, but they were not exactly what I wanted to hear. My blood sugar is high - 107, and my A1C is 6.2%. So I'm considered to be pre-diabetic. I will not have to take medication for now, but I MUST continue to watch what I eat, try to stay low on the glycemic index and avoid things that I love like chocolate, bread and potatoes. I also have to be more serious than ever about getting in my exercise time.

Sooooo...I signed up for the Bolder Boulder , a huge local 10K race that happens every Memorial Day. I've wanted to do this for years but have chickened out every year. This year I stepped out of my comfort zone and signed up as a walker and, to be honest, I'm more than a little nervous. But my sweet husband signed up to walk with me (this is huge as he really dislikes walking for exercise) and I know that with his encouragement I'll make it.

10K...that's a LONG walk for this gal. But I'm hoping that one day I'll be running it instead of walking. This is going to be fun! (And exhausting)

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AUDISP 5/25/2014 11:22AM

    Good for you, let us know how it went.

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TALLYFL 5/25/2014 6:42AM

    Good for you, Lynda! emoticon emoticon emoticon

You'll fell so proud when you cross that finish line!

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LAURAGALE28 5/25/2014 1:18AM

    HELLO my name is Laura:) I also got the pre diabetic diagnosis recently. I was already doing in the made to crave bible study. Hearing that from my doctor made me take this seriously. Jesus has really delivered me from the food. But I am working on the exercise. Your goal of a 10k inspired me to get off the couch. I will do this and pray my way through it. God is faithful! emoticon

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LYNAND62 5/24/2014 11:59PM

    Thanks Berlyn28 and Muscle-Up, for the encouraging words. I know this is a big thing to do in my condition, but I need something to help me feel like this is possible.

Berlyn, you've come such a long way! Keep on keeping on and that 80 lbs will come off. Just do it in a healthy way!

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MUSCLE-UP 5/24/2014 9:16PM

    Since I have kicked up the exercise a notch I have gone from blood sugar readings of around 100 down to 70. Writing out a 10k on a prescription pad is great.

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BERLY28 5/24/2014 8:36PM

    Hi! I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005 and i had been morbidly obese all of my life since childhood. I did not see the disease coming and neither did my doctor until i was on another medication for a different health problem which actually GAVE me diabetes given my lifestyle at that time.

I went on an extremely low carb diet and i lost 178 lbs. in 16 months. i actually went too far and was about 35 lbs. too thin at my lowest point.

After ending a romantic relationship (i was jilted after 3 years!), i regained 80 lbs (from the healthy weight my doctor wants me to be.
That is where i am now...80lbs overweight.

This is day 4 of fast track for me and so far, all i have been able to do is make some healthier choices and walk for exercise.

The real problem is that for the last 7and 1/2 years that i have had this weight on- i went back to eating carbs. i have been eating them so long that i don't know if i could even do what i did was very restrictive, but healthy. I love breads, and sweets.

I am not on any medication for my diabetes, i am diet controlled and you can be too(for years)! My last A1C was the lowest i have ever had: 5.3
You can do anything that you are willing to count the cost for that fits comfortably into your lifestyle right now.
I give you a lot of credit biting off such a big goal right off the bat. I chose smaller goals which built upon themselves 9 years ago.

I need encouragement too this time around. I am certain that you will be able to walk farther than you think with your hubby along!

I am a senior with two total knee replacements, so, I only walk for fitness....and no-I never did marry least, not so far. Who knows what tomorrow brings?
You can feel good about yourself because you ARE making good changes already before the 10K! Best of wishes on your walk! Kim:)

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A New Week For Me

Monday, January 13, 2014

I have a goal. I want to walk, run/jog, the Bolder Boulder. This means I need to train. This means I need to get off my backside and walk. There is no Facebook post, no game of CandyCrush, no television program or movie that is more important to me than reaching my goal! I've wanted to do this for YEARS! This will be the year I participate in this 10K race. I am competing against no one but me, but my lack of fitness is a formidable opponent.

I have a plan to get ready for this and I'm starting to implement some of it, however the weather in Colorado has been pretty snowy and wet, so I've kind of let that get in my way. But no more! Starting today (not tomorrow, not next week) I am going to follow my plan. I'll start at day one of week one and faithfully follow my plan EVERY SINGLE DAY!

It is worth the work it takes to be healthy and fit. I need to do this for myself. I need to do this for my family. It doesn't matter that I am currently 70 lbs overweight, I can follow this plan.

I will also do at least one strength training video from SparkPeople three times a week.

Between the two it will never be more than an hour and a half per day.

That's not asking too much of myself. That is loving myself!!

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TANJAT88 1/24/2014 3:34PM

    This is great to hear! Interestingly enough, one of my long-term goals is to walk the Bolder Boulder in memory of someone who passed away a couple of years ago. I doubt that I will be ready this year, but I am shooting for next year :)

Reading your blog has just motivated me to get off my couch RIGHT NOW and go for a walk. I would love to find someone that lives nearby who could walk this out with me, but I don't know if I am ready for that much "accountability" yet - ha ha ha.

Please know that I have been inspired by you and will be keeping you in my thoughts. Feel free to keep me posted with your progress. YOU CAN DO IT!!! :)

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Friday, December 27, 2013

I purchased my Fitbit in early 2013 with Christmas money. I've had a love/hate relationship with it. I love it when I use it. I'm more motivated, energized and optimistic.

But, when I don't use it I hate it! It sits there in the drawer next to my bed mocking me! It screams that I need to get up, get out and get walking! It shouldn't be in the drawer, it should be on my person, racking up steps and motivating me to do just a little (or a lot) more.

I got it out of the drawer this morning and put it in my pocket. I'm halfway to my daily steps walked goal and I'm happy and proud of myself. It wasn't that hard, really. It's about making the choice to do the thing that is good for me. It's about convincing myself that I'm worth the time and effort it will take to get fit and healthier than I've ever been.

I'm working on it. emoticon

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LYNAND62 12/28/2013 12:30AM

    Thanks _LINDA! I believe we can all do it if we want to badly enough. It's about choosing to do it! emoticon

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_LINDA 12/27/2013 7:42PM

Using it is the first step, you are doing fantastic!
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LYNAND62 12/27/2013 6:30PM

AURORADAWN5, thank you for the encouragement! I agree that getting out the Fitbit and sticking it in my pocket definitely gets me moving more than I would have without it. And I'm excited today to see how many steps and I accomplish before bedtime. emoticon

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AURORADAWN5 12/27/2013 6:25PM

    I have a Nike Fuelband and it never comes off. Lately I've missed my target a fair number of days, but that's OK too because at least I'm getting up and around more than I would without it.
Sounds like you made the right choice.digging it out of your drawer. Even if all it does is to get you to take a few extra steps each day, those are steps in the right direction.

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LYNAND62 12/27/2013 6:25PM

DREAMWEAVER1637, I'd probably be in trouble if it tracked my sleep because I don't sleep all that well! I'm working on it, though and hope that sometime soon I may get better at sleeping as I should. Sleep apnea has kept me from getting really good, restful sleep for a few years now. It's my hope that getting to a healthier weight will help with the sleep apnea and I'll get more and better rest. Maybe then I'll get one of the fancier gizmos that also tracks sleep! emoticon

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DREAMWEAVER1637 12/27/2013 6:08PM

    I have the One. I wear it 24-7 since it also tracks sleep.

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LYNAND62 12/27/2013 5:40PM

    KIMQUILTS55, 10,000 steps is a lot! But you can do it! Right now I've set my steps goal at 7500. I plan to keep it there for a month and then raise it. I'm in pretty bad shape right now so I figure I'll set my goal at something that feels attainable, but will still make me push myself. emoticon

FITFRIT, I know what you mean. I used to wear mine all the time. But in September I lost my home to the flooding in Colorado and kind of stepped off the bandwagon for a while. I'm back at it starting today! emoticon

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FITFRIT 12/27/2013 5:06PM

    I love my fitbit...i wear it whether i hit my person steps or not because then at least I see a pattern and I know better how to attack it. Some weeks I get like 11 miles and some weeks I get 35+

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KIMQUILTS55 12/27/2013 5:01PM

    I just got the fitbit Flex for this Christmas. I know it's only been 3 days...but I'm loving it. It's the smaller of the bracelet ones ....the only time I plan on not wearing it is in the shower and when I need to charge it. Right now a 10,000 step goal seems like a lot....but I'm hoping I'll be able it hit it soon! emoticon

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Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

I haven't been as on top of things as I wish. I've over indulged and have not exercised much lately. Once again, no good reasons, I just haven't done what I know I need to do.

I'm struggling a LOT with sugar right now. It's not the holidays, though it doesn't help that exposure to sugary treats is magnified this time of year. It's just me.
I feel stuck. I feel frustrated. I feel embarrassed.

I want to do the right things for my health, but I haven't been. And I'm paying for it. My right leg is getting more numb (I have several bulging discs in my back and they are pinching some nerves). But what is really scaring me is that my right foot and ankle are now also getting numb. And, I'm having pain in my upper back and shoulders as well.

Will losing weight magically fix these issues? Probably not. But it would certainly take some of the pressure off my back and limbs if I would lose the weight and start exercising more.

I'm still determined that I'm going to do the 10K walk/run on Memorial Day, so I'd better get started back up on this fitness quest of mine! I know I can do this. I know it in my head, I just have to convince my heart.


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