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What Others May Think

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I read a great blog entry on Spark People about not concerning yourself with what other people think. Actually, the main topic was wearing a bathing suit when you are overweight but it lead to the main point that you just have to do your own thing and say phooey on what others may think.

I agree with that. I had an epiphany a few weeks ago and posted it on my Facebook page as a status update: ďIf you spend all of your time worrying about what others think, youíll have less time to spend with those whose opinion you do care aboutĒ. Not the most eloquently worded piece of advice but it makes sense to me. My epiphany happened after Iíd finished a 2 mile walk/jog during my lunch break. It was an unusually mild weather week and I took advantage of it to have an outdoor workout. After my walk/jog, I flopped down under a shady tree to stretch and drink my water. For a split second, I thought ďWhat will people say when they drive by and see me sitting here, red faced and guzzling water?Ē

Then I realized, I didnít really care what people thought. That was my epiphany.

When we are overweight, we are self-conscious. We tug at our shirt tails to pull them down over our broad backsides. We avoid swimming pools. Because we care what other people think. Then when an opportunity to make ourselves healthy comes along, we let others interfere with that too.

ďWhat will they think if I say no to dessert?Ē
ďI donít want anyone to see me running.Ē
ďI canít lift weights with all of those muscle heads around meĒ

Itís hard to change your lifestyle. Itís hard to be the one ordering grilled chicken while everyone else has a slab of ribs. Itís not always fun to go to bed early so that you can make your AM workout. It might make you different. It might make you stand out. But guess what? You were different already when you were overweight. Isnít it better to be different for a good reason?

I remember a friend telling me about a larger man who ran every day. Everyone noticed him. Iím sure more than a few had snide remarks to make. Sadly, Iím sure a few yelled them at him as they drove by. ďHe kept running,Ē my friend said. ďAnd suddenly, he was getting smaller and smaller and Iím sure now people wonder what happened to the fat guy.Ē

Iím sure it was hard for this guy to get out and run but he did his thing and it paid off. Our health is ours and we canít let others bully us out of improving it.

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ORGOLDENDUCK 7/29/2010 12:46PM

    I so enjoyed this blog....I really have gotten better about not worrying what others think...I recall always grabbing the middle of my shirt before I sit down with anyone else...just to make sure the shirt didn't fold up in my rolls....Garsh!! emoticon

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Hanging In

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hello everyone!

Long time, no post. Sometimes that can mean bad things but I'm doing just fine. I actually started a new blog on wordpress and I've been using it as my journal. But I wanted to update here too.

I'm in Week 3 of Rachel Cosgrove's Female Body Breakthrough which is a strength training program for women. I love it! Who knew weights could be so fun? I have been slacking on cardio-which the book recommends-and I admit I'm a little skeptical. I'm trying to work in fun cardio when I can like water aerobics and zumba. I just don't have time to do everything in the mornings. I suppose I could "double dip" like one of my friends and work out mornings and at lunch. But that's a lot of hair and makeup work :)

I tried yoga last night and as always, my cat had to join in. He laid down in the middle of my mat and was stretched out under me during plank (that's pressure to stay in position) and swishing his tail in my face during cat pose. Doing cat with a cat, it's kind of funny.

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CKENTFIELD 7/27/2010 9:37AM

    Sounds like you got a good support system at home. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Pity Party Is Over

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sooooo, my last entry was a bit of a downer. After some kind words and straight talk from some Sparkies and non-Sparkies alike, I've come to realize a few things.

1) One bad run doesn't mean I'm a failure. After I thought back at that week, I realized I did two days of C25K, water aerobics for the first time and pilates all prior to my bad Friday.

2) I shouldn't feel guilty because I am not in love with C25K. Everyone is different. I like trying new things like zumba and I shouldn't have to pass those up in order to keep on running schedule. Doing that just makes me resent running even more.

My solution? It's still in progress. Last week, I did not run but I went to zumba one night and water aerobics another night. This week I plan to start a strength training program from the book Female Body Breakthrough. As for running, I know that intervals of running are effective fat burners. I will keep doing them when my body tells me that it wants to. When it tells me it wants to shake its groove thang at zumba then we'll zumba on those days. Workout programs like C25K are great but I can't let them stress me into not working out. That defeats the whole purpose of why I'm here.


Not Sure That I Am Born to Run

Monday, July 05, 2010

I started Couch to 5K back in May. At first, I was very excited to have this new goal to work towards. Lately? Not so much.

I've written before that I don't enjoy running. I want to enjoy it because I know it burns calories, you can do it anywhere and I'm stubborn enough to really want to be able to do something that I've never been able to do.

But lately, I'm struggling. I'm not a fast runner and when the program says "Run 10 minutes or 1 mile" and my mile is more like 12 minutes, I feel a little down. I couldn't force myself to run the 25 minute run that ends Week 6. I ran about half and walked the rest. My hubby gave me a pep talk and I know that I have to work my way up through the program at my pace but I'm still starting to wonder if it's worth it. Do I spend my precious few hours a week of workout time doing something I really don't like?

One of my friends who started the program with me says that she's accepted the fact that she probably won't ever be able to run a 5K. But I'm not sure I'm ready to accept it. Isn't that just giving up?

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EWATTERS 7/7/2010 12:09PM

    Working out should be fun! So what if you aren't exactly where you "supposed" to be according to the program? You're in better shape now than ever! Maybe try maintaining a comfortable pace for now w/o pushing the running so hard. Instead, consider doing some heavy weight work on your legs to build strength. This and bicycle riding has made the biggest difference in my endurance and joint pain while jogging. Just my 2 cents :-) Don't get discouraged..you're doing great!

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TEACHWILSON 7/5/2010 11:54AM

    I don't worry about speed when I am running because I'm not fast either. I just try to run a little farther each time I run. I never thought I could run either, but I'm training for a half marathon right now. Don't get mad at yourself for walking either. There is nothing wrong with that! emoticon

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CATANTIGO 7/5/2010 7:59AM

    I, too, have the same problem. I really enjoy walking, but can't seem to enjoy running. It'll be interesting to follow the comments on here.

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Taking Note

Monday, June 28, 2010

Iíve been having a hard time getting back on track after my vacation. For the record, I weighed today and Iím where I was pre-vacation so itís all good.

I logged my food last week but had a hard time getting my exercise mojo back. I walked 2 miles with a friend on Monday night, worked out Tuesday morning and golfed Wednesday. And that was it for the week. I couldnít make myself get back into C25K. I have to do that this week, I refuse to give up.

One of the bloggers that I read faithfully wrote last week about buying some sort of wellness journal. It was a specially made journal designed specifically to track exercise, food intake, and overall wellness. I love journals, that is, I love to buy journals but then I find that I have nothing to write in them. In fact, I started a ďBetter LivingĒ journal back in 2008 and wrote in it three times. (Itís a really cute journal though).

Keeping that in mind, I decided not to purchase the fancy smancy journal but to try to write in my existing book. Iím still going to blog here and track everything in Spark. The journal will be used to track my mental wellness and how I feel on good workout/eating days versus bad ones. Iím hoping this will give me some extra encouragement to keep on Sparking. I have to admit that maintenance is scaring me a lot.

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JOHNTJ1 6/28/2010 4:11PM

    Wow, you are really doing well. My journal is a six dollar calender I got at Target. I log my excercise and special stuff I want to do in it.

Keep hangfin' in there on the C25K. I have had to repeat a couple of sweeks but I'm amazed.

Have a good day

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/28/2010 3:56PM

    That is such a motivator! I have a journal too. It is always nice to look back and read how far you have come!

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