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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I was perusing my benefits at work the other day and noticed that abortions are paid at 80% after the deductible is met. IVF is not covered. There is some sort of group discount program for family planning and although infertility treatment is covered 80% after the deductible, the only thing the insurance covers is artificial insemination.

I guess I just find it ironic that the insurance will do a lot to help prevent pregnancy and even end it but very little to help a couple who wants to have a baby.

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TSISQUAUSDI 11/17/2014 6:15PM

    Seriously. And who can afford insurance anymore? My co-worker had back surgery and now is without insurance because it would cost her over $600.00 per month with a $6,000.00 deductible!!! Ridiculous! emoticon

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Tough Finish

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Today, I ran the Defeat of Jesse James Days 15k in Northfield, MN. It's basically farm country in that area but don't let that fool you into thinking it's a flat run, because it sure isn't! emoticon

The first year I ran, I was basically in my running prime and finished fourth in my age group. Of course, there were only six runners in my group but I felt really good about that finish.

Every time I have run it since then, I have gotten progressively worse, which is basically true of most of my race times for the last 2 years. And today, I got my official course and distance PW (personal worst). I finished third from the last.

During much of the race, I was the very last runner and the sag wagon behind me really got into my head. When I initially realized I was last, I spent about 2 miles barely able to breathe because I was afraid I'd get pulled from the course. A DNF (Did Not Finish) was not an option and I managed to finally shake it and get my breathing under control.

I was able to have a nice chat with the girl who finished second to the last and encourage her that she'd be able to run a marathon in about a month because she was on about a 5 MPH pace. That would allow her to finish within the 6 hour time frame. I also determined to pass the older guy who was shuffling along, which helped my thoughts. Mostly, I am glad I finished.

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WINACHST 9/10/2012 12:00AM

    Congratulations for finishing. I had my first experience being last in a race and I survived. Actually I was last because I pulled ahead of my 10 year old granddaughter. emoticon

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FATBASTICH 9/9/2012 8:57PM

    Great job!

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Why Do I Want to Relose the Weight?

Monday, September 03, 2012

I am participating in SparkCoach and today's motivational video challenged me to think about why I want to lose weight. Well, for me, it's relose weight as I have regained around 35 pounds after losing 80 about 4 years ago.

When I initially lost weight, I wanted to look better in clothes and feel good and be able to play with my silly nieces and nephews. At one point, I was planning on joining the Army, which helped me get the last 20 pounds off and start running.

Now, I am married and, well, fat. I don't know if I have a reason right now to lose weight like I did before. I have lost about 9 pounds this year only to gain 16. Yes, I want to be healthy and I can't afford to by a bigger wardrobe; I have two drawers full of pants I can't quite squeeze into right now.

Hopefully, if I focus on trying to find the main reason to get back to where I was, I can find one. Sometimes, I just need time to mull over an idea and it will eventually hit me in the face.

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FATBASTICH 9/4/2012 7:26AM

    Each of us has a reason - we just need to find it. And once we find it, remember it often.

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MNNICE 9/3/2012 10:00PM

    For me, it was when I concentrated on healthiness instead of weight loss that I finally had results. Now it's knowing that I NEVER want to go back to where I was that is my biggest motivation to keep it off. Just don't ever give up. As long as you keep getting back on track it will eventually lead to a lifestyle change. Hang in there!

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KATD13 9/3/2012 8:20PM

    Make your motivation to live a long healthy life!
Being overweight makes you more susceptible to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis. Not to mention excess weight can have a negative effect on a marriage.

You may think your too young to worry about a bunch of what-if's. But your never too young to live a healthy lifestyle.

Instead of concentrating on calories and losing pounds, concentrate of getting all your vitamins and minerals. While you are busy eating foods to meet your daily requirements, you might be too full to be bothered with the foods that have no nutritional value.

Think about your car: Would you knowingly put bad, watered down fuel into it? Or do you want that motor to run efficiently for a long time. You try & take good care of it, checking the oil, radiator etc. Now imagine if this was the only car you were ever going to have. I bet you'd really take great care of it. You'd baby it. Put the best fuel & fluids in it. Take it for it 5000 mile tune-ups, on time. Do everything you could to keep it in tip-top shape.
Why wouldn't you treat your body the same way? It's the only one you've got & it's only going to take so much abuse before it quits running.

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EDELWEISS33 9/3/2012 1:59PM

    keep on the military fitness program anyway. until you decide;)

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MLAN613 9/3/2012 11:58AM

  I figured I wasn't the only one here! emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 9/3/2012 11:26AM

    I can relate to this cycle. I've been going through this my entire life. Right now I'm trying to find motivation once again.

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Trying to Remember Why I Run

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The last 10 months or so have been a real struggle for me. I have put on around 20 pounds (in addition to the 15 or so I'd previously gained back) and it's just not coming back off.

More importantly, I have not running well at all; the last really good race (for me) was the Mankato Half-Marathon in October of last year. I have been calling 2012 the Year of the PW (Personal Worst). So far, I have gotten my worst times in the half-marathon, the 10k and the 5k. Ugh.

This last Thursday, it was terribly hot and I slowed way down, even walked. I ended up so far behind everyone I lost them and had to figure my own way back to the gym because the map of the course hadn't made much sense; fortunately I know my way around town. What's the point of running with a group if you're not even with the group?

However, I am determined to get better. And I think I know part of the problem. I participate in my gym's run club. There are a lot of great and fast runners. Some win their age brackets regularly. Others have qualified for the Boston Marathon, even multiple times or after completing their first marathon.

Thus said, the group does include a variety of skill levels and speed levels. I am one of the slower ones. I know deep down I will never be the speediest one or qualify for Boston but I know I have done better than where I am now; I have run 5ks in under 30 minutes and a 10k or two in under an hour.

I think the problem is I have become too dependent on the group. Yes, I have learned a lot from them and have developed some great friendships. However, when I started running, I started for me. I need to run my long runs on my own. My goal is to run 3 to 4 days a week; one of those days will be with my club as they are nice people and I learn a lot from them.

The Mankato Half-Marathon is coming up again on Sunday, October 21. My time last year was around 2:18. My best half this year was 2:27 earned on June 3rd in the Team Ortho Minneapolis Half-Marathon. I am hoping the Mankato time will be at least the 2:27. However, its a mostly downhill race. Here's to hoping I can get closer to the 2:18.

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MLAN613 9/3/2012 10:16AM

  Thanks everyone for the comments! I do enjoy running and I do enjoy the club. I just have to remember why I run, which is to help me stay healthy and fit.

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BECKYANNE1 9/2/2012 4:55PM

    You don't need the group to run. I personally prefer to run on my own. I go at my own pace. Maybe some day I'll look at running with a group or train with someone, but right now I'm happy to be out running. It's my time! I like your idea of running once a week with them. Good Luck !

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MOBYCARP 9/1/2012 7:54PM

    Sometimes adversity helps clarify what we really want. I *thought* I wanted to run a half marathon, and do well on the hilly course. Then came the foot injury, and slow rehab, and aggravating it.

Now I know what I want. I want to run 3 or 4 days a week, consistently. If that turns me into the kind of runner that can complete a half marathon, there are a couple of local halfs I can sign up for. But if I end up not even registering for any organized 5Ks or 10Ks, that's okay too. I don't need a pack of people to motivate me to run; I just need my legs and feet to be healthy enough.

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LINDAKAY228 9/1/2012 2:20PM

    You can do it. I'm coming back to running too after being off for a while do to various issues. It's hard and I'm slow too. But we can do it not to beat the others but for the satisfaction it brings us.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/1/2012 1:47PM

    Sounds as though you have thought through what the issues are. May your solitary long runs be the key to a satisfying HM for you!

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CHUM48 9/1/2012 11:37AM

    I've read your blog and all I can say is keep your eye on the prize, and you can do it!

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Back On Wagon...I think.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Well, I have been working out more consistently. I can tell it's working. I am feeling less flabby and I ran 4 miles with my run club on Tuesday. Miraculously, I wasn't the last one to finish for once! That was a huge mental victory.

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CARRENK 8/29/2012 9:29AM

    That deserves a big emoticon

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CMCBRIDE37 8/24/2012 10:23PM

    emoticon emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 8/24/2012 10:22PM

    That's great!

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