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Why am I Hearing Bob Marley in My Head?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I guess it's carried over from yesterday. I'm pretty content today. No worries, Mon!

The handicap about living a healthy lifestyle is that you must get rid of all the clothes you can't wear anymore. That means SHOPPING! I tried on some khaki (you can wear that color year round when you live on the beach!) dress pants. It confirmed that I've lost (made them disappear forever!) 6 inches, in total, of waist! It also confirmed that wearing stylish pleats (it's still in for men.) makes for baggy pants! So after trying on about 6 different pair, I got bored, and just quit. No, I didn't leave empty handed. I bought a great beach smelling candle and two pairs of shorts (Adidas and Fila) to run in. Both shades of gray so I can wear any color shirt with them :)

I did my 2.65 miles of cardio and strength training in the late afternoon. Now I'm more laid back. But I feel great about the day. Hope you all had a wonderful Saturday too.

Tomorrow: Day One of the fifth and last week of 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program.

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KKKAREN 3/27/2011 9:00AM

    It's nice to need new clothes especially when they are a size smaller.

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SDJOLLY 3/27/2011 12:05AM

    Congrats on getting those miles in and those lost six inches! emoticon

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Friday, March 25, 2011

I'm pretty sedate today. I think it started after I finished the fourth complete week of my walk/jog training. As soon as I finished the interval, I felt a lot of energy in me. But because I hadn't been here before, I'm going by the plan. I have two more intervals to do on Sunday and Tuesday then I'll do the 5K "race." The requirement is to walk for 2 minutes then jog for 3 and rep it out until you finish the 5K. But in spite of the energy, I went into a calmness, almost at peace with myself for getting this far and at the same time, wanting out of the starting block.

I haven't felt like this is a very long time. I realize it's not a 8K, 15K, or a Half but it's monumental for me. At the end of next week, I will decide what is next. This is just the beginning. Of what, I have no idea. I'm good with that right now.

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LAURAAT 3/26/2011 3:58PM

    emoticon Good luck! I'm sure you'll rock it!

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KKKAREN 3/26/2011 8:31AM

    A 5k is super, run it with pride!

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SDJOLLY 3/25/2011 11:51PM

    emoticon I hope I feel like this when I reach the end of week four! Best wishes on your race and I think a 5K is monumental. Not everyone can say they've run one! I look forward to seeing what's ahead for you in the future emoticon

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JUSTJUSTY 3/25/2011 8:52PM

    emoticon This is good news! Thanks for sharing. Good Luck to you always and in all ways. New beginnings emoticon

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Let me say that there is one great reason to do daily reading on SP. EDUCATION! It is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. We retain so much daily crap that doesn't do anything for us and yet we don't know anything about what is good for us. That's before SP. I read a lot of articles, blogs and board messages from SP friends and Coaches. They testify to what I'm saying. Knowledge is power! So this is a plug for reading all the wonderful SP resources!

Now on to the meat. I just read a great article on exercise excuses. I'll take it another step further. Looking for excuses to NOT eat healthy, NOT do your strength training, and NOT cardio! This doesn't apply to those of us with health issues. Always check with your Dr on your particular situation. The excuses are coming from that little creep in the back of your mind. I know this creep and I'm glad I feel guilty and beat his butt by doing what I'm supposed to do for my health! Oh yeah, I hear it but I'm really enjoying the fact that I own the creep

Food wise, if I get a temptation, I go first to the precious H2O, then look at healthy alternatives, fruits (YUM), veggies (Tomatoes and cukes!), granola bars (deelish and filling), Yogurt with Flax (creamy cool good and I thank dssecrets for turning me on to the Flax), oh, and PEANUT BUTTER! (Yummo!) It's quality fuel for your body and your head! You eat good, you feel good, you think good!

Exercise wise, I'll repeat myself. You eat good, you feel good, you think good! Here's the way I look at it. Time is too precious to me. Everyday I'm overweight, I'm losing years that I will not spend in Paradise with my wife and granddaughter! Extreme? No, reality! How can I give a lame excuse not to exercise! I have to do this. I have to do that. I'm walking away. I don't have time. You're damn right you don't have time. You don't live the healthy lifestyle and your time is limited! I will not accept that. After 60 years, I truly know now that I can do anything if I commit and stay with it! My meager walk/jog training is becoming a monster out of control! I am given the spark everyday from beautiful SparkFriends. They are so valuable. I will no disrespect their encouragement with weak excuses. I will give positive results.

I didn't come to SP like this. In only 5 months, I have done everything (Read, Exercise, Eat Right, Support, COMMIT!) I'm supposed to change my lifestyle. Why am I blogging like I do? Because I want everyone on SP to succeed! It's all truly very simple! To take a great line from a great movie, "Do you see the light? DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?"

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KKKAREN 3/25/2011 7:25AM

    I have been on spark for so long that I have read all the articles. Reading them again and again only cements them in my head and I still pick up a thing or two from them. Never stop learning.

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SDJOLLY 3/24/2011 11:21PM

    What a wonderful blog. You have summed things up wonderfully and I hope this blog is ready by the masses on SparkPeople. It truly resonates. Thank you for posting this! emoticon

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RONIH2O 3/24/2011 5:13PM

    As always my friend-you are right on the nose.

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FATROCKSTAR 3/24/2011 1:43PM

    Yes, good quote from the Blues Brothers, I see the light! Normandy

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LAURAAT 3/24/2011 1:11PM

    This is a great blog. Absolutely great. And you're right! There are no good excuses (health issues aside.)
That's where I'm at now - beating back the excuses!
Thanks for sharing, very inspirational!!

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I Can Feel It!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oh Hell Yes! I just finished Week 4/Day 2. of the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Training Program. I actually started running, not jogging, the last 2 1/2 minute interval! This was a first for me as I went to Palm Harbor University High School and used their track around the football field. I'm always at the beach so I changed it up. I know I will complete this Program!

The last time I even attempted to run was 1986! The idiot who trained me, put me on a short loop track in a Bally's Gym and I did damage to my left hip. Running counter clockwise, I was stressing it out on all the turns.

SP took me where I never imagined I would be. If you embrace it all, especially SP friends, you will succeed. When I look back over the last 40 years, I can only be thankful. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to really appreciate right here, right now! I'll never be finished! This is my lifestyle!

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KKKAREN 3/24/2011 7:10AM

    Good work. It sounds like running was awesome.

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SDJOLLY 3/23/2011 6:10PM

    That is so awesome! Your hard work is paying off big time. I hope to be where you are in four weeks!

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Revisiting The Tube!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

So, since I watched The Biggest Loser three episodes ago, I've not missed a week. I've had the emotional highs and lows and come to respect people who rise above it all. I'm not sure that I understand the game I just saw played by a team. I found out it happened once before. I can't feel it. You play to win. I don't know whether it was trainer Brett or Bob, but one of them mentioned karma. I have to agree. When you try to play fate, it usually bites you back. Run the table until you are chosen to leave.

In any case, it is inspiring and I do press myself in my strength training while I watch. Tuesday is upper body so it I enjoy doing weights and being inspired. I learn from the show and that's a good thing.

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SDJOLLY 3/23/2011 5:59PM

    I watch the show religiously...it's part of my motivational tools. I HATE the game play, though...it drives me crazy. I'll never understand Kaylee...it's a once in a lifetime chance to be on that show. Embrace it and ride it to the end.

And hey...I do upper body strength training while watching it too!

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MIRAGE727 3/23/2011 9:46AM

    THANK YOU! Both of you are spot on. Having more life experience gives us better insight to make better choices and realize what it takes to be successful. This is truly a lifestyle.

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KKKAREN 3/23/2011 7:11AM

    I saw it too. Fight to the bitter end I say. Did you hear her say she was almost to her goal weight. Almost is not it.

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