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My prescription for emotional overload? I call it the EIGHT MILE CURE

Monday, February 07, 2011

Most of you know I am mom to 5 kids ranging from 13 to 21. Well this past week has been, shall we say "challenging" where my 21yo DD is concerned. As if that wasn't bad enough, my 20yo DS picked yesterday to go off on me because I had the nerve to share what I knew of his recent "girl" experience with his GF when he asked how things were going. Matthew is a kind (usually) sensitive (OBVIOUSLY) young man with strong values. He has not dated much because he is not looking for a cheap relationship. He has had his eye on a certain young lady for months now and finally decided - at the prompting of HER friend - to ask her to be his GF. I only know all this through DH because Matthew isn't one to talk feelings with mom anymore. Apparently the young lady in question would prefer to keep it casual and
he gave his dad the distinct impression that he was heart broken. His GF knew of his interest in this girl and asked me how it was going. I told him what I knew. My MDD heard me on the phone and promptly called her DB and told him what I said. He them called me, chewed me out for talking about things I knew nothing about, was obviously very angry at me and hung up on me. He then blocked me from his FB. This is the same kid I was JUST bragging up to his GF because I am so proud of him and wished his older sister would take a lesson from. SHE has apparently decided the sun rises and sets on her and no one else matters as long as she is happy. This is a normal part of becoming a young adult but it doesnt make it any easier.

Anyway my DH is, of course, OOT on business while I am dealing with all this from two kids who have never really given me an ounce of trouble until recently. Again, very normal part of growing up. I was SO upset and felt SO alone that I cried all night long and never got to sleep until 5:30am. When I woke up 4 hours later, it was to a not so very nice text message from my usually wonderful son. That did it! Talk about being drained emotionally, mentally and physically! What I wanted to do was crawl in a hole and die. What I chose to FORCE myself to do was hit the pavement.

This is where the good part comes in - FINALLY!!! I did W6D1 of C25K for 8 miles (4 rounds). When I ran up my driveway, I was amazed at my time. 1hr 59 min!!!! TWELVE MINUTES FASTER THAN TWO WEEKS AGO!!!! My pace has gone from a 18:34w & a 14:56r to a 17:22w†& a 13:55r!!! And this is after doing almost 11 miles in not quite 3 hours on Saturday!! Thank you God, for giving me something to smile about!!!!

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CMA444 2/8/2011 9:04AM

    I'm sorry to hear what you are going thru. I do think it was an awesome thing to turn to exercise instead of food. Go You!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/8/2011 7:35AM

    Awesome run, keep up the good work. When things get tough and sticky at home, I lace up the running shoes and out the door. Something about fresh air and running a few miles clears the head, gets the endorphins flowing and when done I know everything will be OK. Hang in there with the kiddos, it's just the natural bumps in the road, they will get over it, in their time and you will be there for them when they return. emoticon

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SAPPHIRE99 2/8/2011 2:45AM

    Aww Tammy, I'm so sorry you're having problems. And I'm sorry DS is having girl problems. Me and my mother drive each other mad sometimes but we love each other so much really. Just like your children love you. When I moved to university my mother asked me every time she phoned whether I had a boyfriend yet. It was meant light heartedly but it drove me mad and was a bit of a sore spot. But everything worked out in the end- she just didn't want me keeping secrets from her.

Well done on your 8 miles- that pace improvement is amazing. Do you feel yourself getting fitter? It's a wonderful feeling.


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    Hmmm, my heart is breaking with yours. Enough said.

Great job on the running! I know that is an amazing emotional release for you when you run. I can't believe you have taken 12 minutes off already. That is fantastic! How are you doing it?

I know this is how you feel now.

I hope you are feeling like this again soon.

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MGJARVI 2/7/2011 9:42PM

    Love your heart... I know nothing of the parent side of the teen years yet, but I sure do hate how it's tearing at you. I hope you and DS can talk it out very soon! As for the milage... you are an ANIMAL! In the blink of an eye you have become a running machine! So proud of you!

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-THINQ- 2/7/2011 8:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
OOOoo, so sorry you're having these growing pains as your kids are growing up; I know it's Not fun to be a parent sometimes. I feel incredibly lucky to not have had many similar experiences with our DD, but I know someday the phase will hit and I'll hear stuff I don't expect or deserve...
Remember we LOVE ya! And here's some emoticontoo, for you!
ps here's some WOW! emoticonfor that run of yours, too; and emoticonon getting out from under the possible rock!!

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CKENTFIELD 2/7/2011 5:07PM

    Sounds like EVERYONES hormones are on over drive. Perhaps it is all the snow you guys are getting. Try to get some rest. Great job on the workout. I know your kids will feel bad later.

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Week 5 Day 3 of my C25K multiples! The dreaded 20 minute run CONQUERED!!!

Saturday, February 05, 2011


Well, I made it. I survived my 20m run, not once, not twice, but 4.5 times!!! That's right. 90 minutes total of running today! I'm stoked! But get this. Since I was working so hard I decided not to do my 10.6 route. I took another cut off which I thought would end up giving me around 9.5 - 10. Smart huh? Uh, not so much. It ended up being LONGER, not shorter! So I finished with 2 hrs 54 minutes and 10.82 miles! LOL but the joke was on me!

Oh well, emoticon here I come!!

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TEKRU1 2/5/2011 10:52PM

    That is awesome - I may just have to add you to my most admired yet most hated list. Keep it up, Sherriff!

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MGJARVI 2/5/2011 6:56PM

    HOLY COW Tammy! You are doing sooo awesome!! Oh, and remind me to NOT have you map MY routes! LOL!!

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SAPPHIRE99 2/5/2011 6:25PM

    emoticon Go Tammy! Go Tammy!

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DEBSZOO74 2/5/2011 5:48PM

    emoticon You're awesome!!!

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-THINQ- 2/5/2011 5:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Lizzy emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 2/5/2011 4:09PM

    That is so awesome. I stalled out on week 4 of the c25K, then got I might have to backtrack to week 3...

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MARIAND123 2/5/2011 4:06PM

    Awesome. you are doing great. ARe you planning on doing an organized run anytime soon?

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January 2011 - a month of new experiences and goals met.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I am declaring the month of January to be a huge success. Iíve been working hard since August to make changes but the holidays kicked me in the butt a little. Combine that with the shorter days and colder temps and it wasnít looking too good for me. I knew I had to do something about it and since so many of my BLC friends were talking 5K, 10K and Ĺ marathons, I decided to give running a shot. That was huge for me since Iíve NEVER enjoyed running. Biking I love but with snow and ice and sub zero temps, my bike is not an option right now.
My first day of C25K, I ran on the indoor track and absolutely hated it. Iím truly an outdoor person. I NEED the sunshine and fresh air. Put me on a treadmill and the clock stands still. Put me outside and I can go for hours without realizing it. I invested in some YakTraks, and some UA and gave outdoor running a shot. IíM HOOKED!!! I still canít believe it but itís true. Not only that but my seasonal depression is totally under control AND Iím losing weight. January is usually my worst month for both SAD and weight gain. Not this year. But thatís not all! Isn't it funny how much being a part of the BLC opens us up to things we wouldn't have tried, or even known about before.

In January alone, Iíve:
* found I love green smoothies
* become a (gasp!) RUNNER!!!
* ran 10.6 mile twice this month
* researched barefoot running, chi running and Vibrams
* EXCEEDED 1500FM by 193 minutes for the month of January
* covered nearly 90 miles on foot with my C25K program
* discovered Wii Zumba
* lost nearly 8 pounds

I'm sure there's more but all that in one month as a result of being an active member of BLC15 is pretty amazing!

My goals for February are:

1500FM monthly
100 miles on foot monthly - I hit 89.65 in January.
7 hours sleep nightly
64 oz water daily
stay within my calorie range 6 days a week
Post daily
Track daily
Lose weekly
Get out of the 170s

Iím currently in Week five of my C25K multiples and I'm running, rather wogging, anywhere from 5.5 -10.6 miles each time I'm out. My total WL for January was 7.8 pounds. I'd like to match that for February. The past two weeks have been losses under 1/2 pound so I'm going to have to step up my game to accomplish that goal. If I stick to my list, I think I can do it.

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    Tammy, I don't think you can do it I know you can!!! Thanks for being so supportive, encouraging, and inspiring to your team. We all love ya!

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LYNNIE63 2/4/2011 12:55AM

    TAMMY!!!! Look at you go!!! So Proud of you and for all of your accomplishments. Congratulations!!!
I'm with you on being outdoors too...something about the fresh air, the sunshine and the scenery.
emoticon Here's to February!!
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AJSCHROM 2/3/2011 2:54PM

    Great job in Jan!!!!! You can so reach all your goals in Feb!!!! You are on FIRE!!!

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TEKRU1 2/3/2011 1:53PM

    emoticon You are on FIRE! Keep up the good work!

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Doing Something Right! And it feels SO good!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

After dinner out two weekends in a row and hopping on the scale the morning after both only to find NO CHANGE!!! I am finally feeling like I've figured this whole weight loss thing out. And let me tell you this, it's a GREAT feeling!

I'm eating what I want, realizing when I'm full, allowing myself to splurge on special occasions, pretty much living a normal, HEALTHY life! My body is strong, my waistline and I are getting reacquainted, I'm learning to not only work freggies in to my diet but also to enjoy them.

My mind is in a happy place. My body is in a healthy place. I'm taking the high road and coming out on top. I'm nearly half way to goal and I'm actually beginning to believe this is doable! Yes, I still stumble, but when I do, I don't give up. I pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on my path. This is no longer just a diet to me. This is a lifestyle. After nearly 15 years of dieting and failing, I'm now living a happier, healthier lifestyle that just happens to be putting me in progressively smaller pant sizes. Ben and Jerry's has found it's way back into my freezer but it isn't disappearing anywhere near as fast as it use to. Four pints is no longer gone in four days. I can have a sample to feed a craving, without it turning into a whole pint affair. My carb addiction is a thing of the past. My sugar addiction is under control.

Are you noticing a pattern here? Look at the number of times I typed my or I. I have taken ownership of MY lifestyle, MY choices, MY health, MY happiness, even MY slip ups. It's all good!

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FITLIKENIC 10/17/2010 11:02PM

    WooHoo! You are doing FANTASTIC, AND learning that taking care of YOU is PRIORITY Number ONE!

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SMALLERSHEEP 10/17/2010 4:47PM

    Tammy, that's awesome! THAT sounds like the blog of a future maintainer!! WHOOT! WHOOT!

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SWEETMNTHING 10/17/2010 12:29PM

    Congratulations, Tammy! You are doing great! I'm still not at the place where I can keep Ben and erry's or any type of ice cream in the freezer and not have it be totally gone by the end of the day, so believe me when I say that is no small feat. Maybe someday, in the meantime I just dont keep it in the freezer at all. You are such an inspiration!

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B-N-ME 10/17/2010 10:28AM

    emoticon job! Your are right, it's not a diet, diets is a lfestyle change!
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Smiling yesterday? Not so much.... LOL!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I got a little too ambitious yesterday. I did the same ride from the day before PLUS I added one of my regular, hill filled routes. My ave mph dropped from 12.5 to 11.4 due to the hills I added. I was determined to do 2 hours, when I headed out. Following a tough ride with a tougher ride may not have been such a good idea. You have no idea how many times I thought of shortening my route but every time I hit a point where I could, I blindly went on. I ended up racking up 28 miles in 2 hours 24 minutes. By the time I hit the last 4 miles I was whipped! My legs were burning. My arms and shoulders were SO weak I could barely hold myself up. I kept sinking into my shoulders and having to remind myself to sit up and engage my abs. My cool down walk was very ouchie! My legs were SO tight and SO sore! It much have been comical to see me walking so gingerly. My stretch session felt SO GOOD! Surprisingly, I'm not sore today. I even put in a 38 minute walk already and I'm planning on some ST and floor exercises later tonight. (gotta log my 90 minutes!)

The best part of the ride is it did MORE than negate my 5 course dinner last night. DH took me out to celebrate my birthday, which is today. 10/10/10 How cool is that?

My mom called to wish me a Happy Birthday and she asked if I felt any older. I told her if I could knock down a 21 1/2 mile ride on Friday and a 28 mile ride yesterday, I wasn't too worried about turning 49. I feel younger today than I did 10 years ago. I'm certainly more fit.

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/11/2010 5:28AM

    emoticon on the job well done

and late HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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BYEBYEFAT2 10/10/2010 11:04PM

    GREAT JOB Tammy! And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! That is really an awesome accomplishment!
Isn't it a wonderful feeling, to be getting older in years, and feeling younger at heart and in body? I turned 50 this year, and feel the same....younger than I have in years! And we can thank all the good things we've chosen to do, by choosing to take care of ourselves in mind AND body, for giving us such a wonderful, rewarding feeling.
Wishing you the best, always! Keep at it; keep turning back the hands of time.

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