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Turkey Trot

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I am not a runner. I have resisted running most of my life. When I've tried it, it's usually ended in injury and misery.

But if I want to do triathlons next year, I have to become a runner again.

This year I signed up for my first ever Turkey Trot. The longest I had jogged (it's an abuse of language to call what I do "running") had been just over a mile, but I figured I could jog and walk and at least finish. I figured I'd jog until the second kilometer marker and then walk a bit. Daughter and a good friend were with me.

I jogged and jogged and started to get worried. Surely I'd gone more than 1k! Was I really in this bad of shape?

Then the first marker appeared. 1 MILE. Even though it was a 5k race, they were marking in miles. Well, at that point, I suddenly felt great! I was doing better than I thought!

I managed to jog the first full 2 miles, then walked for about half a mile, jogged a little more, walked a little more, and finished the last quarter mile at a jog. My time was just under 44 minutes. Not fast, but WAY better than I thought I was going to do! And I got an awesome t-shirt out of it!

It was so much fun that DD and I are signed up for another one next Saturday, the Reindeer Run. For that one we get t-shirts, plus jingle bells for our shoes. I think jogging along in the midst of all tht jingling will be fun!

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DOGLADY13 11/25/2012 5:33PM

    Terrific! It feels so good to go beyond your own expectations!

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TAFODIL24 11/25/2012 2:19PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/25/2012 1:37PM

    That's great!! Congratulations!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/25/2012 12:39PM

    emoticon Fabulous job!

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APPLESBANANAS 11/25/2012 9:15AM

    Excellent, MissG! Did you do the one out in Lorain? I have done the cleveland one almost every year since 1999 and its a great feeling to start thanksgiving day with a calorie burn : )

I like your goal of doing a triathalon, I don't think Ill ever get there. I think they make ones that are shorter than a traditional triathalon, maybe someday Ill do one of those.

I think with running the milage can psych you out when you're newer to it...keep amazing yourself by breaking previous records and trying more milage. Just train smart and don't increase milage too fast, or you'll wind up with shin splints or other mechanical problems. Before I did my marathon I read a book about training...Marathon by Hal Higdon. I hear Jeff Galloways books are excellent and his "walk/run" strategy is what got me through the marathon when I stayed with the pace group...maybe check his book out.

Good luck, and good job on the Trot!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 11/25/2012 9:02AM

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/25/2012 7:45AM

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Let us know how the Reindeer Run goes!

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MAGGIE101857 11/25/2012 7:30AM

    This is how it starts! Glad you had fun!!!

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FUTUREHOPE49 11/25/2012 7:20AM

    emoticon emoticon On accomplishing a great Trot! So glad you enjoyed it.
The next one looks like good fun! Wish we had that one here. I can hear the bells now.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 11/25/2012 12:58AM

    WOW, so great!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 11/25/2012 12:45AM

    Okay, so I'm just wondering.....

Do you do all these wonderful, incredibly fantastic things like this run, and that monster bike ride a while ago, just so I can live vicariously through your actions? LOL

Seriously, I am so in awe of all that you have accomplished that I am positively drooling.

Well done, my friend, well done! You are one determined, amazing woman!


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ZRIE014 11/25/2012 12:30AM

  you might be setting too high of goal if you have not been running. set a goal of a 5k at a period of time in the future and measure yourself to it. take little steps first. emoticon emoticon

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RESTORED_ME 11/25/2012 12:13AM

    Fantastic... anything faster than your power walk is jogging to me.

Here is a suggestion to get you back into the swing of things,

Stay fit and motivated during the busy (and calorie-filled) holiday season by pledging to run at least one mile every day, Thanksgiving through New Year's.

Pledge to run/walk at least one mile every day, from Thanksgiving (that's Thursday, November 22) through New Year's Day. Track your mileage and keep it moving!

For more info see:


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Disappearing for a while

Monday, November 12, 2012

I just realized that I have a HUGE project due two weeks sooner than I realized, so I'm not going to be around very much for the rest of the month. I will try to keep up the Sparking, I just won't have time for Spark People. Will be thinking about you all, though!

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YESCURLYCAN 11/20/2012 7:53AM

  Wishing you lots of luck on your project on a happy thanksgiving emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 11/13/2012 10:39PM

    Good luck with the project!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 11/13/2012 2:59AM

    You will be missed, so hurry on back as soon as possible!

Hope all goes well with the big project! Remember to spend at least a few minutes every day just on YOU - no matter how busy or stressed you are.


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BJUMPINGFORJOY 11/12/2012 9:58PM

    I know that you will be back when you finish your project. We will be waiting for you.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 11/12/2012 5:56PM

    Take care of your life. Spark will be here when you return.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/12/2012 4:36PM

    Good luck with your project! Take care and know we'll be here whenever you can get back!

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RICHILA 11/12/2012 3:19PM

    Good Luck on your project! Take good care of yourself! emoticon

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ESCHLETZ 11/12/2012 3:10PM

    I'll miss seeing your "fishy" face on here for that while, but best of luck on your project.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 11/12/2012 2:49PM

    Good luck with your project! May it turn out nicely!

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It's my life

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Something I said in a comment today, but I need to have it here to remind me:

It's important to stop thinking about a "finish line" and instead concentrate on the journey. Every day I eat better and work out is a day that I am healthier, and that is the most important goal. Reaching X pounds is not really an end point, because an "end" implies that you can stop what you're doing. If we stop what we're doing, we will defeat the purpose.

Accept that you are awesome RIGHT NOW. Not 10 pounds from now, not 50 miles from now. Your life isn't on hold because you are working out and eating right; you are working out and eating right because this is your life.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/13/2012 8:31AM

    This is absolutely true! I see so many challenges here on SP that involve losing X number of pounds by such-and-such a date, and I think that kind of thinking is setting yourself up for failure. What happens when such-and-such a date arrives? Why not just pick a way of eating that is healthy and allows one to live without feeling constantly deprived and embrace that for the rest of one's life? I have been an on-diet/off-diet-compulsive-overeat
er for the last 25 years (am now 61), and it is finally sinking in how hurtful that pattern has been to me. Thank you, Miss G!

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MAHGRET 11/11/2012 9:58AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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ANGELARPACK 11/10/2012 10:47PM

    I can't seem to find the right diet combo. Yes, you need to love yourself as you are, You are beautiful. You just need to reduce some of your beautifulness, Not everyone can handle all that wonderfulness,

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KATHYSCOLLIES 11/10/2012 10:13PM

    Very well said indeed! This ideology is one that we all need to embrace wholeheartedly, remember, and put into action!

The putting it into action is something with which I struggle on a daily basis. I excel at torpedoing myself, as well as being the absolute QUEEN of the dubious art of procrastination.. a bad combination no matter how you try to sugar coat it.

Right now the 'if onlyies' are still mostly in charge, but they are slowly being knocked into the ground.


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/10/2012 2:57PM

    Right on!!

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CREEKLADY1 11/10/2012 1:29PM

  The way I feel about it is if you are healthy...why worry about the weight coming off...concentrate on being healthy and happy!

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Allergic to candy??

Friday, November 02, 2012

My allergies have been particularly hideous the last couple days. No amount of antihistamine has been enough to stop my left eye from feeling itchy and sore.

This happened last month, too. Right after I'd eaten a bunch of those silly Brach's pumpkins. This time? Halloween candy.

So I'm going to stay away from refined sugar products for two weeks, then try something sugary and see if I have a reaction. Now, some people might just plan never to have sugar again, but I am all about everything in moderation.

Except things that are trying to kill me. I don't eat shrimp or lobster because I am allergic--the kind of allergic that can kill you. And if candy turns out to be causing an actual allergic reaction, then I will be giving that up, too.

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DATMAMA4 11/3/2012 12:45PM

    I've often thought it might be easier if I were allergic to the things that aren't good for me...but that goes along with having to deal with the allergic reactions if I accidentally or purposefully eat those things.

I hope you're not allergic after all, but I also hope you're able to get to the root of the problem.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/3/2012 11:01AM

    Oh, dear...I hope you can get to the bottom of your allergy. How aggravating! Some time off refined sugar couldn't hurt. I need to do the same myself!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 11/2/2012 7:52PM

    What other things are you allergic to? Most candy is processed on the same equipment or in the same building as nuts, milk, and many other common allergies. I hope you figure out which ingredient is doing this to you.

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Oh, THAT'S my irresistible Halloween candy

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Butterfingers. Because we ended up at home last night, I sent hubby to buy Halloween candy. Among the candy he brought back were Butterfingers.

The scale says I'm up 6 pounds today.

Now, of course I didn't eat 6 pounds worth of Butterfingers. But I did eat a bunch of them, and then too much of other things. It's mostly water weight, and it will disappear soon.

But from now on I know that when I send him out for Halloween candy, the instructions will include, "And no Butterfingers!"

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MUGGLEMUM 11/4/2012 3:02PM

    I'm like Kathy. We buy the stuff we like. That said, my diabetic hubby told me very specifically not to buy Reese's, and because I love him, I didn't. That said, we didn't have any Halloween candy left, except that which Hermione and Ron received, which wasn't much because they're "big kids" now and only go out to accompany younger neighbors. Of course, that didn't stop me, because the candy went on CLEARANCE on Halloween night, and I bought some then---for myself.

I just couldn't leave well enough alone.

I can't wait to get back on track. Thankfully, Thanksgiving can be a really healthy holiday, if we practice moderation.



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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/3/2012 10:59AM

    This is one of my faves, too. I find it hard to resist a salty-sweet combination.

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TATTER3 11/2/2012 6:14AM

    Trigger! Keep Sparkin'!!

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CORNERKICK 11/2/2012 2:31AM

  I made the mistake of buying Halloween candy that I like :(

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KATHYSCOLLIES 11/1/2012 11:07PM

    As far as I know, we don't get those here in Canada so it wouldn't be an issue for me! Maybe you should come live up here??? emoticon

We buy Halloween treats that we all like - bad idea or what! - but I'm not a big fan of sweet stuff so I can usually avoid them for the most part. The salty treats are more to my liking, especially late at night when I am in bed reading. Another bad idea for sure.

Since the weather was so miserable last night we only had about 50 or so Trick or Treaters who were brave enough to venture out in the cold, wet, windy evening which means hubby is in 7th heaven with all the goodies that are left over.


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BLUE42DOWN 11/1/2012 3:22PM


Funny how we can be completely unaware of the temptation level of certain candies until they're right there in front of us.

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