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Back on track, kind of.

Friday, December 26, 2014

I didn't eat smart yesterday, but today is a new day. I'm back on track. I wish I could say the same about my running.

I tried to go out for a run today. A very short run, under three miles, but it was tough. My darn left leg was doing some major complaining. I kept at it, with some walk breaks and stretching in there, too. I'll keep up the walking and add some miles for good measure, but I'll wait on the running.

I'm really not frustrated. This will just take a little more time than I had planned. My first run isn't until the end of April and it's only a little over seven miles, so I should be good by then. My decision to not do as many runs in 2015 seems to have been a good one.

This time has also made me get back on track with how to eat. I was relying on my running to keep me in my weight range. This allowed me to eat a bit more than I normally would. However without running, I've had to reanalyze how and what I eat.

I'm back on track with what, how to and how much to eat. It's taking some more "mental" than in the past year, but it's a good thing.

Keep moving and enjoy the holidays, but stay on track!!

  
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GHK1962 12/26/2014 8:49PM

    Ahh, when one area needs time to heal ... concentrate on what you can fix ... good on you!

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JEANKNEE 12/26/2014 7:47PM

    Way to listen to your body! There's a difference between good hurt and bad hurt and you did what was needed to take care of yourself. emoticon

Keep up the good work on the nutrition front!

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LESLIELENORE 12/26/2014 6:57PM

    You need time to completely heal. Definitely good decisions.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/26/2014 6:51PM

    Smart decision. Patience. Injury free is more important than being "tough"! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 12/26/2014 6:45PM

    I hope you continue to heal as you give your legs a break from running. I know that you will be back on track in no time! Take good care of yourself!

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ALICIA363 12/26/2014 6:10PM

    Good job listening to your body when it comes to running! And on making adjustments to eating when activity changes.
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GABY1948 12/26/2014 5:37PM

    Great on getting right back on track! But I am SO sorry your rund didn't go as well as was planned. Like you said, it will just take a little longer than you anticipated. Take care of yourself and it will fall into place!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/26/2014 5:36PM

    I am so glad to hear you're back on track today! Today is a new day! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! Hope you have a great day!
Hugs and love,
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Good news

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I went to the chiropractor yesterday and he gave me the all clear to run....with some limitations. I can run, but not far, about a 5k. I can run, but not "fast," just a nice easy pace. Even with limitations, I will take it.

I still have some stiffness in my lower back, so I'll give myself a few days, yet. Besides, it's been raining and gloomy here. I'd rather not slip and fall the first time out. (I almost lost it yesterday just walking the dog.)

So I received an early Christmas present! I'm looking forward to it.

Happy moving and Happy Christmas Eve, for those that participate. emoticon

  
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GABY1948 12/25/2014 9:01AM

    Merry Christmas!! emoticon That is ALL good news! And you are using wisdom!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/25/2014 12:04AM

    A Merry Christmas, indeed. Now run SMART, not FAST! Injury free is the way to be! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/24/2014 9:26PM

    Great news!

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DIDMIS 12/24/2014 9:18PM

    I wish I could run. I wish I could walk w/o a walker. Received bad news today and will write a blog if I have the energy and can stay awake.

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JEANKNEE 12/24/2014 8:14PM

    emoticon Merry Christmas!!!

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GHK1962 12/24/2014 6:52PM

    That is a MOST excellent gift! Yeahhh.

Merry Christmas to youuu!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/24/2014 4:29PM

    Run Happy! Great news, indeed. Merry Christmas. -Marsha

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KRISZTA11 12/24/2014 4:21PM

    Wonderful news!
Enjoy many nice and easy runs!
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ALICIA363 12/24/2014 3:42PM

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Hooray!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/24/2014 2:55PM

    Your chiropractor gave you a wonderful Christmas present! I am so happy for you! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!
Hugs and love,
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BLUEJAY1969 12/24/2014 1:55PM

    I am so happy for you!! Have a very Merry Christmas!
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NIKKICOLE83 12/24/2014 1:46PM

    Merry Christmas!

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OSDOWNS 12/24/2014 12:57PM

    What good news!

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A year of running

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I finished up my year of running on December 14th at the Ugly Sweater 5k. I made my goal of twelve runs in twelve months. I did a total of seven half marathons, three 10k runs and two 5k runs. My best time this year was 2:01. My personal best is 1:55.

I realize that I will probably never see a time of 1:55 again, but that's ok. I have learned that time really is irrelevant and that the pleasure of running is more important. I've discovered that I really enjoy running with others that are new to "races." I enjoy seeing their sense of accomplishment as they cross the finish line. It doesn't matter how far the run was, just that they finished.

I won't be running as many "races" in 2015. Besides the money involved, I want to make sure that I'm healed so that I can run many more miles in the future.

Happy moving!

  
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NIKKICOLE83 12/24/2014 1:51PM

    That is an AMAZING accomplishment! Seven half-marathons??? Crazy!! You are a WARRIOR woman. May 21st will mark my third year on my health journey and my goal is to reach 21 races completed in honor of that day. The longest I have run is two 10k's. I have done a 4 mile trail run and everything else has been 5k's. You are my inspiration to knock out 7 runs by May!

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KANOE10 12/24/2014 7:15AM

    That was a fantastic year of running. Good for you. You are wise to focus on healing. Merry Christmas.

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KRISZTA11 12/24/2014 4:23AM

    emoticon to your 2014 running achievements, very impressive!
I wish you a wonderful 2015, with many good enjoyable runs, gentle and easy ones in the first few months!
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JEANKNEE 12/23/2014 9:53PM

    Wowza! 12 races in 12 months! That's quite an accomplishment. Congratulations and take the needed time to heal. It's clear that you enjoy running and I'm sure those new to races enjoy having you present to share their experience with you.

The end of November marked 6 months since I began run/walk interval training. Labor Day marked the first time I ran a 5k continuously. I've run two 5k races this year and am registered for another 5k in February. I hope to run my first 10k in 2015. Not sure when or if I'll run a half-marathon; but, it's a goal on my radar.

Take care of yourself and happy running in 2015!

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HOLLYM48 12/23/2014 8:08PM

    WOW, that is very impressive! Good for you for running your 12 races in 12 months. That was an awesome goal and I am really impressed at the fact that you did so many and different lengths as well!


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SLENDERELLA61 12/23/2014 7:41PM

    Great blog! Great year!!

I didn't make a single PR in 2014, but I did run 3 HM, 7 5Ks, two 1 miles and one 2 mile races. I'm not near as fast as you, but at 65 to be able to run is a blessing! My frustration is that I know I could PR in the HM if I could get through training without injury and have a little good luck on race day. Oh, well. Maybe next year; maybe not. But like you, I'm running for the joy of running, for fitness, to be with other runners -- and even support and inspire others.

Let's Run Happy throughout 2015!!

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BLUEJAY1969 12/23/2014 7:12PM

    Wow...... just Wow! I think you're being smart to give yourself time to heal!
Merry Christmas
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GHK1962 12/23/2014 5:04PM

    And don't forget, 2 of those half marathons were on consecutive days!

As for your personal best - I think its the "... seeing their sense of accomplishment ..." Because a lot of them wouldn't be doing this with you without your encouragement ... and that has Personal Best written ALL OVER IT.

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GABY1948 12/23/2014 3:40PM

    You are using true wisdom in your decision! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/23/2014 3:32PM

    WOW! That is amazing you did a total of seven half marathons, three 10k runs and two 5k runs. I am so proud of you! You are such an inspiration! You are what sparks is all about! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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ALICIA363 12/23/2014 3:00PM

    Good plan!
And, thanks for sharing, as it may give me ideas for future goals ...
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LESLIELENORE 12/23/2014 2:45PM

    Smart choice!

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Success in failure

Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm out of the weight maintenance challenge by the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I missed my weigh in by 3/10's of a pound.

Most would call that a failure. However, I see a success in that failure. How you ask? My weight went up a bit more since I weighed in, but it's coming back down.

The success is that I didn't fall off the wagon or jump off the wagon, for that matter. I didn't continue to gain all my weight back and in fact it's coming off, once again. This is how maintenance goes.

Maintenance isn't staying at the same number, on the scale, forever. It's learning how to make those adjustments when the weight goes up and, sometimes down, too much. It's about taking those healthy habits and searing them into our minds. This way when we do stumble, we just get back up and keep going.

That's what Spark and all of you have taught me. Finding success in failure. I guess if you find success, then you never really fail!

Keep moving!

  
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KRISZTA11 12/23/2014 2:21PM

    It is good you stayed determined and motivated, even when the weight did not go the way you like.
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Maintenance is long, only very few maintainers see the perfect numbers all the time.
I wish you a lovely, peaceful and active Christmas vacation!
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KANOE10 12/23/2014 7:55AM

    Good blog and well said. That is maintenance to a tee. We just keep following our habits and adjusting as needed when the scale goes up or down. There is no jumping off the wagon but a continual focus on making the best choices.

You are doing well.

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KALIGIRL 12/23/2014 7:49AM

    Here's to success!

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BLUEJAY1969 12/23/2014 5:04AM

    I think you are awesome to keep on blogging and keep using SP..... awesome and smart! I for one know I will always need the accountability of tracking my food and exercise even when I get to goal. I made that decision early on and I'm happy with it! I see your little ups and downs as just life. As long as you keep it from spiraling out of control, you are doing just great!
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RUBYREDIVY1 12/23/2014 1:14AM

    It's not over until it's OVER. ;)

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GHK1962 12/22/2014 11:31PM

    Ohhhh you are soooo not a failure at all !!!!

The way I look at it, the only time you fail is when you stop trying. Even if you take a step or two backwards ... ifin you get up and try again, then in my head you are succeeding ... because getting back up means you are still trying.

And ... you just kinda rock in general.

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TERI-RIFIC 12/22/2014 9:39PM

    Amen. Well put.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/22/2014 7:28PM

    Good job! I like to say I do better with a plan than without one, even if I don't completely follow it! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/22/2014 6:44PM

    I agree....I have never thought of you as anything BUT a success! This is a GREAT blog!

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HOLLYM48 12/22/2014 6:17PM

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That is absolutely right. The numbers go up, the numbers go down and yet we are here each day doing our best to stay as healthy as possible. Keep up the great work and great job for staying on the wagon regardless! It is for life!

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LESLIELENORE 12/22/2014 5:58PM

    It is an experiment of one... which is always evolving.

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JEANKNEE 12/22/2014 4:48PM

    Excellent work! I see you as tenacious and persistent in the best sense. Keep up the great work!

This is my third maintenance challenge and I have *failed* twice. Will I fail again this time by falling out of range? I hope not. But, like you, I have not given up.

Yes, we can find success amidst apparent failure. Thanks for sharing your experiences. They have helped me navigate maintenance.

Congrats on your success!
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SLENDERELLA61 12/22/2014 4:33PM

    Great job! You are a tremendous success!! Keep making those adjustments when needed and you'll continue on this successful path!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/22/2014 3:41PM

    I absolutely love your blog! I couldn't have said it better myself! "Maintenance is learning how to make those adjustments when weight goes up and sometimes down, too much!" I am so proud of you for not falling off the wagon or jumping off wagon! You are such an inspiration!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,
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On the mend

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I went to the chiropractor on Thursday and he said that I'm looking better. He said it's the best I've looked since we started. Yay!!

I can tell I'm mending. My right hip has been sore, but not my left leg. I took that as the muscles and ligaments around that disk is tightening. The chiropractor confirmed this.

So hopefully within a couple more months, I'll be completely mended, have a new pair of shoes with orthodics and I'll be out running again. I look forward to that! I like walking, but it takes a lot more time to walk than to run. I also like the calories I burn during a run vs. a walk.

It will all be worth it! Happy moving!

  
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HOLLYM48 12/21/2014 9:51AM

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ALICIA363 12/21/2014 9:08AM

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So glad to hear of your progress! Keep up the good work!

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/21/2014 8:43AM

    That's great

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KANOE10 12/21/2014 8:20AM

    Glad you are feeling better. Happy moving.

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BLUEJAY1969 12/21/2014 7:56AM

    Glad you are doing so well! Hope you are completely healed soon!
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DIDMIS 12/21/2014 12:39AM

    Am glad you are getting better. Run girl, run.

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JEANKNEE 12/20/2014 10:17PM

    Happy to hear that you are making progress!

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GHK1962 12/20/2014 4:36PM

    Yeahhhh! And now you have a great weekend!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/20/2014 4:23PM

    Hip hip hooray! Yippee! Let's do the happy dance! I am so glad to hear you're feeling better! Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!
Hugs and love,
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LESLIELENORE 12/20/2014 2:01PM

    Yay!

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KRISZTA11 12/20/2014 1:26PM

    I'm happy for you!
Take good care of yourself!
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ONEKIDSMOM 12/20/2014 11:18AM

    Plus... you don't have to bundle as much to run... walking in Winter is COLDER (demonstrated by my run this morning... didn't want to slow for my walk breaks!)

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GABY1948 12/20/2014 11:06AM

    This is great news! SO happy for you! emoticon

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