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Goodbye, Junior Mints

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I see now that when I go to the movies (which is very rare for me) I can't have Junior Mints anymore, a movie snack which I've enjoyed for years. The cals are big, that's true, but that's not the reason I must abstain. Rather, I have totally detoxed my body of caffeine and thus I'm very sensitive to it. Believe it or not, the chocolate on those Junior Mints kept me up almost all night last night! I'm running on about 3.5-4.0 hours of sleep, and that's no where near enough for me. Oh well, I don't mind leaving these old friends behind, there are plenty of other things I love to eat that don't keep me up and that do a better job of fueling my body.

So long, Junior Mints, it was good while it lasted but, alas, I must bid you adieu!

Hope you have a great day!

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KAILYNSTAR 1/9/2011 12:06PM

    Everytime I see the words junior mints, I can hear the advertising jingle when they first came out.

Soft creamy mints in pure milk chocolate...

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MRE1956 1/8/2011 4:10PM

    Good work on quitting those Junior Mints - I like them myself (though it's been quite a while since I've indulged)......

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    Sorry for the loss of sleep. That is frustrating! They can be a distant relative that you visit once every few years haha!

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TRIGFROST 1/8/2011 3:04PM

    I eat Junior Mints that I buy at the store..when I put them in to my food for snacks...they are 16 for One Serving...not bad at all...I think...but I do try not to eat too many..maybe half of them and stuck on them for a long time...but I know it time like you to say by for now... emoticon

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KATWOMAN12839 1/8/2011 2:41PM

  aha moment. emoticon nice blog

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Reached the Next Level of CP25K

Friday, January 07, 2011

Yesterday I finished the fourth week of CP25K workouts, namely, jog for 1.5 minutes, walk for 1.5 minutes, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes and repeat one time. I modified this a bit by jogging for 5 minutes on the last interval.

So now I've reached the next level! Week four goes like this: warmup, jog for 3, walk for 1.5, jog for 5, walk for 2.5 and repeat one time. I'm very excited, I start tomorrow, I can tell that it'll be easy and I'm so happy about that. Last year even this moderate level of jogging was very difficult. I can just taste that 5K in my near future and it makes me smile!

Hope you have a great day!

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NEWSPAPERFAX 1/20/2011 8:56PM

    I just finished week 1, day 1.
It looks like it will be a Love/Hate thing. :]

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LAURACONNER 1/8/2011 3:39PM

    You can do this !
I feel it in your future too... emoticon

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Patience is so Important

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I've had a wonderful last couple months in the gym and I've really been reaping the benefits lately. My main goals for this year come in July and September so it's very important that I not over-train now otherwise I'll be burnt out or injured when the big days come. So, as excited as I am about pushing forward hard and fast, I must take it easy, be patient, and trust the process.

This is a great problem to have--only two years ago I could hardly do anything anymore!

Hope you all have a great day!

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    Good insight and thanks for the post. When those of us in the midst of our transformation see you we (I) think you've got it all figured out. It's good to hear your logic and thought process.

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Couch Potato to 5K

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I've always hated running just to run. I love the kind of running one does for football or baseball or tennis, but running to run has never made any sense to me. However, as I learned more and more about fitness over the last few years, and as I began to walk for exercise on a semi-regular basis, I developed a moderate desire to run. So last year I came across the "CP25K" and decided I'd try it. I quit just four weeks into the plan because my shins were hurting so bad and my right tendon was strained, and I didn't want to cause a leg injury that would ruin my cycling season. I remember thinking to myself, "You know, I really do hate running so I'm just going to stick to things I like--there's plenty of those!"

This year, as I transitioned from cycling season to gym season, I decided to warm up for each strength training exercise with 30 minutes of walking and then end each session with 30 minutes on the elliptical. I would walk at 3.5 or 4.0 and pretty much go all out on the elliptical. I was really enjoying myself, and growing in strength and fitness.

Then one night I decided to stop by the gym and walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes at 3.0, just to unwind from the day before I went home. About 15 minutes into the walk I thought, "I wonder if I could run for three minutes?" So I began jogging and next thing you know 5 minutes had passed. I walked for another 5 minutes and then jogged for 3 more. To those of you who are runners, jogging for 8 minutes is nothing. But for me it was huge. I had no pain whatsoever, aerobically I remained strong throughout the jog (last year a 3 minute jog made me feel like I would die), and I realized that I could run a 5k.

As I reflected on this experience later that night I realized that the difference between this year and last was that last year I didn't give my body enough time to prepare for the rigors of running while this year two months of walking set me up for success. So each week now I've been progressing in the plan and am to the point of jogging for 3 minutes, then 5, then 3, then 5 with adequate breaks in between.

I'm so excited to be able to do this AND enjoy it! I can't wait until I can jog that full 5K. And hopefully it will help me climb better and go faster on my bike this spring. I don't know, we'll see.

Thanks for reading, hope you have a great day!

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JAZZYJAS 1/5/2011 12:09PM

    I just started this yesterday -- I have done it once before (to the actual 5K point) in 2004. Then life got in the way of running activity. It is a good program and takes it slowly although I have found that if I have a hard time with one of the work outs (this happens in week 6 or so) I will repeat it the next time instead of moving on. So it may end up taking an extra week or week and a half for me to get there but I ran a strong race in the end. You can do it!

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Over the last couple of weeks I've shared quite a bit about my 2011 goals and strategy, and I want to bring this series of blogs to an end by saying that, for me, it's all about the glory of God in Jesus Christ.

God is unspeakably glorious, by which I mean he's holy and wise and mighty and merciful and infinitely honorable. He's committed to the exaltation of his glory above all things (Isaiah 24:15, 42:8, 43:6-7, 48:11, 59:19), which doesn't mean he's self-centered. He's not like us. He doesn't need others to exalt him in order to feel better about himself, rather, he commands others to exalt him because he alone is worthy of the same and he knows our highest joy is found in obeying this command. When God is in the center of the solar system of our lives, everything else falls into its proper orbit.

This is why the Bible says, "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31). In other words, put God at the center of everything you do at all times by believing and listening to and obeying Jesus Christ. This is the path to true joy.

All to say, I am pursuing health and stretching for new fitness goals in 2011 for the glory of God, the good of others, and the joy of my soul--in that order. Health is but a means to an end, it's not the end itself. Communion with God in Jesus Christ is the end, the ultimate goal of all of life. "And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent" (John 17:3).

Thanks for reading, hope you have a great day!


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