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You must remember Doc, a Rock is still a Rock

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Today was the Dirty Kiln 5 Miler, a 5 mile (duh) race at a local state park. There was a killer hill, 2 water crossings (one at "the confluence" which sounded very scary), and, thanks to 2 days of rain, LOTS of MUD.
I am not a runner, but I walk pretty fast and I have good endurance, so I knew I could finish but I was a little scared of the water and also the cold.
I actually started jogging with the group for the first quarter mile or so, then settled into my walk til I hit "Moore's Hill" or, as the race map called it "Please, no moore hill!" (250 feet in 1/2 mile)It just kept going up -- and when you thought you were at the top, there was a switchback. Of course, what goes up must come down so there was a steep, slippery portion with lots of mud and roots.
First water crossing-- knee high, very cold and a poor guy with his young daughter. He had to fireman carry her and I stayed to help him get her up on the next bank. We helped 4 others up, then carried on.
After 2 miles, I decided not to worry about going around and just "embraced the mud" It wasn't really any worse - probably easier -- and I was just as fast. Through some swampy land made by beaver ponds, across a parking lot, on a very narrow trail, across the spillway and then to the Roller Coaster, an up and down trail right along the lake. That's when the first of 4 half marathoners who started 15 minutes before us passed me. Oh well. I'm in it to finish, not to break any time records.
We turned up the last hill, then down to the confluence.
The water was just over my waist and there was a very strong current. Fortunately, there was a rope. The nice fireman in waders who was holding the rope steady kept saying "Don't hold on-- pull yourself across" And then the scariest part was over. WooHoo! I felt like Winnie the Pooh -- you're braver than you thought. One more mile and it was over -- my time was just about 90 minutes.
The best part? I have volunteered twice for the race and also for the groups other races so they take pity on the poor old walker woman. So, at the awards they had the 42-51 year old women, then the 52 year old women Yep - my age was all by itself and had just 3 people SO, I got third! The trophy's are rocks.
I know it was fixed but, hey, a rock is still a rock.
I'm proud of myself for having the endurance and moxie to do this-- to get outside my comforts zone and take a risk.
Go me!

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FEARLESSNOW 4/6/2014 3:44PM


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BIGPAWSUP 4/6/2014 11:13AM

    That sounds like so much fun!!! I love runs like this and your descriptions were great. Hope you had a blast.

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ROXYZMOM 4/6/2014 10:20AM

    That is awesome! Congratulations! You are a braver woman than me!

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MARIANNMC 4/5/2014 6:47PM


About half way through your blog, I thought, "wait a minute...I know MLH148 has won awards for her creative she making all this up?"


You are amazing. I'm so proud of you?

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KIWIANN 4/5/2014 5:52PM

    Congrats on your 3rd place rock!! Your blog was delightful to read, thanks for sharing! emoticon

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TRAVELGO 4/5/2014 4:59PM

  What a GREAT accomplishment and a great blog!! Thanks for taking the time to write.

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I'm a little behind but hoping for a little behind

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The spring 5% challenge starts next weekend. Here, condensed because I have been lax at reading the team page, are the 6 pre challenge assignments

1) exercise plans -- I vow to exercise EVERY DAY. Recently, I've sen missing at least a couple days a week. I want to do a ST tape at least once a week. I have 4 races during the time of the challenge -- 2 2-mile walks, a 5 mile mud run, and a 13.1 on 5/18. I'm training for the last and that should keep me moving. I just bought new shoes today so I have to make the investment pay off! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

2)Diet -- I don't follow anything special -- just high fiber, low fat, portion control, freggies, and, hard for me, but DRINKING no calories 6 days a week. That limits alcohol, frozen coffees, juices, etc. I've done this for a month before. 2 months will be a long time (because I like to go out with my husband and we go to a couple local "watering holes" Guess I'll get water. ) emoticon emoticon

3) Update my spark page -- will as soon as I'm done here. emoticon

4)WIN TODAY - what works for me -- the daily log in, the food tracking, the weekly weigh in, the support. I also pack my lunch and pretrack lunch -- keeps me honest and I don't want to go back and add, so I don't cheat. I just need to get better about tracking after work. emoticon

5)WIN tomorrow -- I plan for my exercise and take exercise clothes to work. I try to get up at least 2 days a week to exercise in the AM. I put my husband on notice that Monday is Zumba night and dinner needs to wait til 7. emoticon emoticon

6)Why am I doing this? What motivates me?
I want to be a good examples
I want to get my weight down and keep it down (my sister who has been sparking less time than me now weighs less -I need to catch her!)
I want exercise to help focus me and be a stress release in a very stressful time at work
I want to beat 2:50 in my 13.1 (PB 2:57 in the 4 I have done so far)
I want my Dr to notice I'm losing weight
I want to find 2 more bags full of clothes in my closet I can give to Good Will b/c they are too big
I want to be happy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Whew! Need not to get so behind! emoticon

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KIWIANN 3/30/2014 8:56AM

    Those are great goals and plans for the Challenge!! You will do GREAT! emoticon emoticon

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JAWATKINS 3/29/2014 7:32PM

    You've got some great plans! And good for you running all those races!! Keep us posted on how you do!!
I know this will be a great Spring Challenge for us Clover Leafs!
Blessings, Anita

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NILLAPEPSI 3/29/2014 5:48PM

    Haha! Great title!! Hang in there!! Keep smiling! emoticon

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POPSY190 3/29/2014 5:15PM

    Love the title! Clear perspective on your goals and strategies! Long lime and soda? Not too calorific but probably involves salt! emoticon

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Oh! That explains it

Thursday, March 27, 2014

OK. I'm behind. 2 days ago the challenge from one of my teams was to write an inspirational blog. Not sure how inspiring it will be, but it's insightful.

With a strong family history and a personal history of high blood pressure (mine with pregnancy), I worry about my blood pressure.
It had been running high normal, but Monday at the Drs it was Low Normal. Since I was very anxious, that wasn't the reason. Hmmm!
Oh, dummy. Maybe it's the healthy diet, regular exercise, and 40 pound weight loss.

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MARIANNMC 4/5/2014 1:29PM

    CONGRATS!!!! Isn't it great when all the hard work pays off at the doctor's office? YAY!

Love the cartoon!

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POPSY190 3/27/2014 1:45PM

    "By George, she's got it!" It's a great feeling to feel you've gone some way to counteract the genes! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 3/27/2014 11:23AM

    I agree! You are doing awesome!

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WATERDIAMONDS 3/27/2014 8:54AM

    I would think so!


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AALLEY2 3/27/2014 8:43AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work! emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 3/27/2014 8:26AM

  you are doing great on the eating right and the weight loss way to go

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Letting everyone down- and by everyone I mean me

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It jas been a terrible week for me. Anxiety, panic, laziness, uncontrolled eating. My work is getting new management and lots of changes. We got 4 emails today with things we have to do before Tuesday next week. The weather is frustrating. Due to snow days, my son won't be able to participate in graduation (he has plans to be out of town).
I know that if I would just go exercise, I would feel more in control but my brain is the poster for entropy- just a whirling fray. I can't concentrate long enough to change my shoes, let alone make it to the gym or the basement. I want comfort and, unfortunately, that is food.
I feel bad not just because I'm shooting myself in the foot, but I'm not helping my team in the 5% Challenge. I have never posted so many zeroes. If I gain weight, I'm hurting the team. I know- it's not life threatening or earth shattering but makes me feel even worse.
There are lots of people with way more to deal with and I should suck it up- but sometimes it's easier to "sit on the couch and eat chips"
Life is like the ocean and the tides ebb. I'll get out of this funk and I hope it's soon.

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TIME4DEE 2/9/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon Don't be so hard on yourself. Lots of us are going through the winter time blues. Take it one day at a time. Do a 10-15 minute workout...high knees (running in place), toe touches, anything. You will feel better.

Change at work is always nerve racking. You've GOT this! Hang in there! emoticon emoticon

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MARIANNMC 2/7/2014 10:51PM

    I love the metaphor of the ocean tides -- there are so many things outside our control. I'm so sorry about work and the graduation and the worry and your disappointment in yourself. I hope you can extend yourself some self-compassion and acceptance. What would you comment if a fellow spark teammate wrote this blog? We all know you're a great sparkpeople team member -- don't worry about the zeros. Let the others "carry" you for this week. You'll get back in the saddle. Wait a minute -- I'm mixing the metaphors!

Week 4 Challenge: sleep. Here's hoping you can post some 7s, 8s, and 9s!

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ONYX_SHADOW 2/7/2014 9:04PM

    emoticon The roller coaster of life is a hard ride at times. I'm sure your team understands and supports you as you go through this rough time. Spark is about so much more then weight loss and competitions. Its about friendship, love and support for each other.
Take care of yourself and do the best you can. No one can ask anything more of you.

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 2/7/2014 9:49AM

    emoticon It will be okay. Everyone has their bad days or weeks, just got to trudge along and do our best anyways. Exercise does help make you feel better, and get your mind off of things. Just remember we are all here to support you no matter what.

It will be okay.
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BIGPAWSUP 2/6/2014 9:27PM

    Try changing to a healthier snack. Slowly make things more manageable.

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NILLAPEPSI 2/6/2014 8:52PM

    We have good days & bad days, good weeks & bad weeks. Just do the best you can until things settle down. emoticon

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STEVEN_D 2/6/2014 8:33PM

    You are not alone! It has been a difficult period and I am ready for the upswing in my mood too. Hang in there, blog away and get it out of your head and let us help. You are not alone, let's keep going and don't "them" beat us up.

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KALISWALKER 2/6/2014 7:29PM

    You have the winter blahs. Need to do something different to snap out of it. Suggestion - water aerobics, nice bright lighting at the pool, good music and the others seem happy to be there.

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POPSY190 2/6/2014 7:26PM

    You sound as though a tidal wave has got you! From the sound of it you need to rest and, if it helps, eat what you fancy. Food can be a great comfort and just sometimes resisting it can only make you feel even more terrible. Work changes don't help either, especially when demands with unreasonable time frames etc are involved. Some sick days, perhaps?? You need to care for yourself a little more and others a little less. emoticon

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The slow and steady tortoise wins the race, but the hare gets the sweet endorsement deals

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I know, I know. The key to losing weight is the lifestyle changes. Exercising regularly. Eating healthy food, not high fat processed things. And it does work - at a reasonable pace. You lose 1 or2 pounds a week - and after you've lost some, you plateau. Then you lose some more. But when it's slow, it's not obvious. People don't notice unless they haven't seen you for a while. And that's OK. You're not doing it for accolades. You're doing it for the right reasons-- health, longevity, stamina, self esteem.
BUT, it sometimes hurts to see the ads. "Lose 25 pounds with Lipozene without changing your diet or activity!" "I lost 40 pounds in one month by eating 400 calories a day and taking HCG" "Take hydroxycut - and if one is good, 2 is better." One woman I work with has lost 90 pounds in 4 months by eating under 500 calories a day and taking hydroxycut. And people are always saying, "Wow, you have lost weight!" "you look great!" But is she doing herself any favors? When will the weight come back? What is she doing to her health and metabolism?
There's also the exercise thing. It being January, a whole group have joined Planet Fitness as they have every January and are bragging about going two or three times, but if the past is any indication, they will go only until maybe mid-February, pay the gym til May, then stop. Meanwhile, I keep up my twice a Zumba, 8-10 races a year, long walks on the weekends to train for 13.1s, strength training with DVDs in my basement. But it's a habit - nothing to talk orbrag about.
So, yes, I am the tortoise. I will win the race but I would like one of those sweet endorsement deals.
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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 2/6/2014 7:50PM

    emoticon I have lost 35 pounds and had to replace all my clothing. Last week I was out with a nephew and I mentioned my weight loss and how no one has noticed. He said it is because I don't dress any differently. ?? He went on to explain it is because I don't wear skin-tight clothes so no one really sees it. Well I don't dress like that and I won't dress like that. Oh well.

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SABLENESS 1/30/2014 6:43AM

    You are wise not to get sucked in by the hype. I'd LOVE some quick results--but at what price? and what benefit in the long run? Hang in there; emoticon

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POPSY190 1/30/2014 2:30AM

    They make all the fuss and exhibit boastful behaviour because they know it won't last and want to grab the limelight while they can! emoticon

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NHES220 1/24/2014 3:55PM

    I just had this conversation with my daughter at the gym the other day. She is complaining because the weight loss process is slow and I reminded her that is the way to do it. If it is a lifestyle change it will stay off. If it is a diet you will eventually go off it and the weight will come back. Hoping she listens. You have the right approach - slow and steady wins the race!

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CANDOK1260 1/23/2014 9:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon job

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ONYX_SHADOW 1/22/2014 7:53PM

    The tortoise goes slower because she's smarter then the hare.
In the past I've done the drugs and the starvation. It was great while it lasted but the fact is, it didn't last. Its the slow, steady way that will make positive long term changes. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 1/22/2014 7:05PM

    I'm so with you.

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ROXYZMOM 1/21/2014 6:03PM

    You are doing fantastic. Try not to let them pull you down. We all have our own paths. If you go down that one, you may derail yourself.

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NILLAPEPSI 1/21/2014 6:00PM

    The tortoise still makes progress. emoticon emoticon

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LARTOON 1/21/2014 3:15PM

    Yep! We all have seen it, or tried it, or something. Trust me, I've been there and done that. I even had a liposuction and the Doc said, you'll never get fat again in those areas. Lol well, 75lbs heavier I'm worse off then before.

I was in the military before and know how to lose the weight but that was SO HARD! Now, its time to be me. Not worry about what the others say etc etc etc. The truth is that those quick weight loss things are just that... quick. It doesnt last because its not healthy nor sustaining. Its a real lifestyle change and an understanding that will do it for you. I'm starting from scratch and feeling good about myself. I've lost weight, but most of all I've started strengthening the right areas of my body and my life. I watch what I eat, but I also lose weight the way I want! Fun and energetically. I turn up the volume and dance, dance... Then I stay active just doing what needs to get done around the house. Carrying laundry up 3 flights of stairs seem overwhelming but now its not as hard climbing them. I have a long way to go but we will get there...

Keep up the hard, long, tedious, but ever so worth it work! Cheerio! emoticon

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TIZSLIM 1/21/2014 3:04PM

  The 'short cuts' are oh so tempting aren't they? But the reality is, the weight doesn't stay off as you say. Keep up the good work and remember, s/he who laughs last, laughs longest. emoticon

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