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Want Music to Match (or improve) Your Running Pace?

Friday, October 26, 2012

I found a site recently that generates a song list based on your 1-mile running pace, and it was great fun to scan through the list (really extensive) and choose new songs for a new playlist. I'm working on improving my running pace, and this looked like a great way to do it, because I have noticed that my pace is regulated very closely by the music I'm listening too.
Here's the link to the site for anyone else who's interested:

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SEXBOBOMB 12/11/2012 4:01PM

    OMG, I love it!

Thanks for posting this!

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GYMRAT_AT44 12/11/2012 1:41PM


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/11/2012 1:38PM

    Thanks for the heads up! Looks like a great App.

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FIT12BEE 11/30/2012 4:46PM

    Thank you for this tip. Music keeps me motivated on my runs. emoticon

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CHARITY1973 11/22/2012 5:25PM

    My partner created this song list for me from our existing collection and it rocks! I'm doing a half marathon in two weeks and I'm going to shuffle this playlist to ensure I make steady progress. It amazes me how the beat propels me forward. It's like my mind needs a rhythm to know how it should run.

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DIANER2014 10/27/2012 4:28PM

    Thanks! Will check it out!

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KMICHA 10/27/2012 7:24AM

    Thanks! I'll check it out!

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TIEDYED69PEACE 10/26/2012 3:02PM

    That is so cool!

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ELAYNE39 10/26/2012 1:54PM

    Great find! Thanks for sharing.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/26/2012 1:34PM

    Thanks. I may try it!

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CATMAGNET 10/26/2012 12:03PM

    This is GREAT! I'm in training for my first HM and this will come in handy!

Thank you! :)

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7 1/2 Months of Maintenance & 3 Successful Weeks of No-Track!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I'm so excited about my last three weeks of no-tracking! I have in the past been scared to even attempt deviating from my diligent tracking for fear that I would begin to back slide in a huge way! There is something really liberating and freeing about being able to "feel normal" again. There was even a 4 day camping trip tossed into those 3 weeks. When I began this most recent leg of my journey to lose the weight for good, I had decided that I had to be willing to track everything for life, and I am still willing to do that- but it is really an incredible feeling to know that I have put this into practice in such a meaningful way that I can take a break from the formal tracking that I have come to depend on for the past two years.

I still follow meal building rules that I had put in place for myself after I had gotten into the groove of this journey by filling my plate halfway with fresh fruits and non-starchy veggies, a quarter of my plate is my lean protein, and a quarter of my plate is some kind of starch...usually a whole grain. Using this visual method has been really helpful to me- especially when I couldn't/didn't want to track immediately. I feel like it works really well to get all the healthy nutrients I need to continue to feel great and to maintain my active lifestyle.

I plan to track for one week a month, just to maintain the skill, because I want to be confident in being able to jump right back in with the routine of tracking everything if I stray too far away from goal (5 pounds or more). I don't want to have to re-learn it, even though I shouldn't have any trouble- I want to make sure. Doing it this way should also help me to remain accountable in a way that should avoid that stray in the first place -theoretically.

I can't give enough thanks to all of the other successful maintainers' blogs in helping me to come up with behaviors and strategies to use for my own success. Please keep blogging and sharing! I strive to do better in this arena as well, especially as I continue to discover the real impact my success in weight loss and maintenance has had on others in the digital world as well as in my own immediate one. It is heart-warming and inspirational to my continued success when others approach me with eagerness to learn what helped me. I have had a recent experience where an occasional colleague (substitute teacher in my district) called me while working in the building to tell me that she has recently re-joined Weight Watchers and has lost more than 11 pounds and thanked me for my inspiration to her, and encouraged me to keep spreading that inspiration to others. This is part of my external continued example to others that success and maintenance is possible and instrumental in a high quality life. I want to keep my fantastic life, and I want to watch others acquire it as well.

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GORIANA 10/24/2012 5:54PM

    That is awesome! It must be odd to be a role model, but I can't wait to be in that position.

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IRISHEI 10/22/2012 1:41PM

    Michelle, Thanks so much for sharing. You have done a AMAZING job in your wt. loss journey. You are an inspiration to me and many others. emoticon
hugs, Irish Ei

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KANOE10 10/20/2012 8:09AM

    Michelle.,That was a very inspirational blog. Your meal building rules with the plate sounds healthy and very doable. You are eating mindfully and actually are watching what you eat, just not writing down the calories. I am glad this is working for you.
How exciting to be inspirational to someone at work and getting them started on eating healthfully.

I also love to learn about maintenance from blogs. Everyone has something to offer.

Great job on 7 and half months of maintenance!!!!!!

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KAYOTIC 10/17/2012 9:12AM

    Nice on being able to maintain while not tracking! I haven't tracked for quite a while, and went through "spurts" of tracking over the past couple of years. I find to be successful in not tracking I have to still eat as if I am tracking! That was the key for me,as before that, I would stop tracking and let that be a free pass to nibble, snack, and treat my way through the day!

I think you have found a good workable plan, keep up the good work and success!

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MAMABUGAZ 10/17/2012 12:39AM

    Congratulations. I just started tracking again.

I lost 60 pounds between Sept 2010 and Sept 2011, and maybe even a few more by Jan 2012. However, I considered Sept 2011 the start date for being in weight maintenance mode. At that point, I discontinued tracking (I had tracked every calorie, daily, for a year, minus a few days of vacation). And, I discontinued the 1-2 low-calorie days (700-900 calorie days) that I'd been throwing in every week.

I managed to maintain that for 6-8 months. But, then my body threw itself into the beginnings of peri-menopause. Since April, I've re-gained an inch or two in my waist, and about 5 pounds.

I joined Curves about 2 months ago (I go 3x a week), but it hasn't made a difference yet. Maybe, though, it's keeping me from gaining additional weight. I'm generally an exercise-hater, and managed to lose my 60 pounds with dietary changes and very little exercise.

But, I've worked too hard to let myself go now. So, I'll keep doing what I have to do to try to maintain.

Best wishes on this part of your journey. Maintenance can be more difficult, sometimes, than initially losing the weight. Stick with your healthy changes, including getting support from SparkPeople.

~ Faith

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JENNYD97 10/16/2012 11:00PM

    Congrats! There is hope! I was beginning to think it would never be "normal" and I would be tracking for the rest of my life!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/16/2012 2:15PM

    Congratulations!!! You are doing great!

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PHEBESS 10/16/2012 12:21PM

    Sounds like you're doing great!!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/16/2012 11:33AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing with us .

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Blog Challenge Follow-up

Monday, October 08, 2012

Thanks to everyone who followed, commented, etc on my blogs for the blog challenge from September. That was a really great set of questions, and I really enjoyed answering them. I would like to find some additional meaningful questions to reflect on in blogs as I move forward. I really enjoyed the feedback from all of you that I received, and I really liked getting to know myself better with those questions. I would encourage any of you to consider participating in challenges like this that you encounter- it can really help to stay grounded and focused on why we stick in there and do this.

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PATSYB7 10/8/2012 9:46PM

    You are so right--challenges do help keep us focused and motivated! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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30 Day Blog Challenge 29 & 30

Thursday, October 04, 2012

You can find the blog on the challenge here:

The questions are here:

emoticon 29. There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise.

1. I have never lived outside of Iowa, and I’ve never traveled beyond the states that border it.
2. I have had the same best girl-friend since I was 12 years old- so for 28 years!
3. I love learning new things, and I love sharing what I know with others. I especially like it if what I know is helpful to others in making their lives better or easier, or whatever.
4. I am the parent of a child with ADD who self medicated for several years beginning in middle school and has now been clean for two years- I am immensely proud of him for the progress he has made for himself and repeatedly thankful for the strength given to me by God to remain persistent in pushing him to make changes, and for keeping me sane while I was so scared for him.
5. I have recently come to adore coffee in the morning:)
6. I work in the library of the high school that I graduated from- and I LOVE my job!
7. I am terrible at returning books on time :), so I buy them more often than using the library...unless I can borrow a digital copy to read on my Kindle- which I never would have dreamed I would love so much- since I love holding a book- turning its pages, etc
8. I love to sing- I have since I was a little girl-had every song on a Tanya Tucker album memorized by the time I was 7:) and I ran across the same album in my boyfriend’s collection not long ago- put it on and sang along with the whole thing again...oh the memories :) I’m not sure how good I am, but I enjoy it.
9. I love to dance with my girlfriends...the occasion doesn’t come up often, but when it does, I have so much fun.
10. Fall is my favorite time of year- I have always loved the play and work of fall- when I was young, my dad’s family made sorghum syrup every fall on the farm where Dad grew up. It was a huge extended family annual tradition- We have only done it about 3 times in the past 20 years, and I miss it- even though it’s an immense amount of work...everything is basically done by hand..stripping the leaves, cutting the stalks, loading the press, cooking the sap (for hours and hours) from thin, watery, and green to thick, mahogany, bitter, tangy, sweet syrup. The smell of the leaves in the fall always reminds me of those days.

emoticon 30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?
I feel like I can finally comfortably take breaks from tracking. I have wanted to be able to eventually feel like I could at least take periodic breaks from tracking and feel “normal”, and I have successfully taken my second one week break since I began this lifestyle change in August 2010. I weigh myself daily, and I’m staying on target, and I journal other things instead of tracking and counting my exercise and food.

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KAYOTIC 10/9/2012 10:20AM

    Love my coffee, I don't track food anymore (but love to see my fitness minutes add up!), and the sorgham syrup making sounds delightful, and hard! What wonderful memories to share with your family.

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 10/7/2012 4:06PM

  Hi, Michelle! I'm glad to learn all these things about you. I'm sorry to know that your son and you and your whole family went through such a difficult period; it's really good that he is well and I am sure stronger than ever.

I'm not surprised to know that you have had the same best friend for 28 years. You're very constant, very loyal, very committed. I'm sure she is just as wonderful as you are.

And congratulations for doing another track-free period with success. Using all the tools that you already possess to eat and exercise like "normal" people! I'm really, really happy for you!

Thanks for doing this whole series of blog questions and sharing with us. emoticon


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30 Day Blog Challenge 26-28

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

You can find the blog on the challenge here:

The questions are here:

emoticon 26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why?
I’m pretty flexible when it comes to exercising alone/with others. I love participating in organized races, but for running outside of that, I prefer to do it alone- too much pressure to maintain pace with another, and the sidewalks are too narrow for two people. I love to walk with one other person, and I also enjoy walking alone. I’m pretty proud of myself that I don’t HAVE to have company to get me out there doing something active.

emoticon27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work?
I have never hired anyone to help me with this journey.

emoticon28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?
I make sure I do things that I love- spending time with important people in my life and maintaining connections-I especially love enjoying a healthy meal with my best friend who has stood beside me and walked with me (and ran with me:) on this entire journey. It’s wonderful to talk with her about everything- especially with us both being in our 40’s and beginning the peri-menopause stage of our lives...we have a lot to discuss and we give each other tremendous support and feedback on this fairly new experience for both of helps tremendously coping with the changes- especially in a health/fitness perspective.
I also love spending time alone with my boyfriend, even if it’s doing some kind of outdoor chores- I love being outside working with him- sitting relaxing beside him- watching the cats play..pretty boring stuff- but it relaxes and recharges my batteries. I also love sitting by myself with a book while I have my lunch at work or at home.
I splurge on a massage from time to time as a nice treat too.

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KAYOTIC 10/6/2012 10:04PM

    You are so grounded and easy going, that's a great way to find success in maintaining, don't you think?

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 10/4/2012 8:17AM

  I find it all very interesting and inspiring. Thanks for sharing, as they say.

Take care, Michelle,


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