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Day 193-Happy Birthday to me!

Friday, June 08, 2012

My day started nice with breakfast in bed. It's my 44th birthday. Hubby and Patrick (14) brought me eggs and coffee at 7:40 this morning. I was kind of in and out of sleep anyway, but it was a little earlier than I had planned. Then I remembered that I have to be at work at noon. Getting up early really helped. I got my workout started at 9 am. I was able to do 2.5 miles total, 0.25 mile walk, 2 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk (with a short visit with a friend down the street who happened to be at her mailbox). My total time was 35 minutes, jogging miles: 13:12, 12:10. Those are two pretty fast miles for me. I really pushed on the second one. I figure if I'm doing the shorter distance, I should try to go faster.

The rest of my day will be at work. I'm kind of bummed. I hate spending my birthday at work. Hubby assures me we will celebrate next weekend. We kind of have to wait till then anyway. Our paychecks have ended up on the same cycle. I'm every other week, he's twice a month. I really hate the months where we are on the same cycle. It doesn't help either that we've had so much car trouble too.

On a happier note: I got my swim bottoms from Lands End yesterday. Good news: they are cute. Bad news: they don't fit, I have to try again. More good news: they were too big.
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Yes, the jogging helps me make progress!!!
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HSMOM2FOUR 6/9/2012 10:49AM

    Happy birthday! I hope you had a fabulous day - even if it was lower key than you would've liked!

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KPETSCHE 6/9/2012 12:01AM

    Happy Birthday Chris! I ate a cupcake in your honor tonight and enjoyed it, too. See you Sunday at work. Great running times. Woohoo.

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KAYTIE22 6/8/2012 9:22PM

    Have a great birthday weekend! Enjoy and have a great year!

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/8/2012 5:04PM

    Happy birthday Chris!! Sorry about having to work, but it sounds like your morning was pretty nice. Have a great weekend!!

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ALLISON145 6/8/2012 2:19PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Bummer on work, but Yay for big pants!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/8/2012 11:56AM

    Happy Birthday! I'm sorry you have to spend it at work. Maybe you can think of some inexpensive ways to celebrate like a family picnic or a family game.

Of course, all I ever want to do for my birthday is the same as our wedding anniversary: get dolled up and have a night out with hubby. :) Maybe you could buy some special cuts of meat and watch a movie at home. We've done that before too!

Whatever you do I know you will be surrounded by those who LOVE YOU and that's what really matters. :)

~Melissa

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THENEWMANDA 6/8/2012 11:54AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Today is my mom's birthday too. Glad it's been special for you. Spending your bday at work is never fun though.
Congrats on your time. I just can't wait til I can jog for a mile straight, I will be SO happy! Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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Day 192-I have a question for other Sparkers

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today I did 4.5 miles of walking/jogging: 0.25 mile walk, 4 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk. My
jogging mile times were : 14:04, 14:29, 14:33, 14:08.
I think that's pretty consistent. I still felt good out there, slow enough to keep going and not overheat, fast enough that I feel good about my times. I also stretched afterward since I got an earlier start today.

I have a question for everyone. Does anyone else out there try to look good when other people pass by when you are working out? I find that whenever a car passes by, or another walker or jogger, that I suck in my belly, firm everything up, and tell myself, "Okay, look like you know what you are doing. Don't look like you're dying out here." I pick up my feet more, and my speed. I just think it's funny that I do that. I live in a small town, so I probably know most of the people passing by me while I jog. I would love to hear from everyone what you think.

  
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IAFARMERWIFE 6/9/2012 7:24AM

    No I don't do that. I'm too old to impress anyone emoticonI watch the people on the trails here and it seems as if no one cares how others see them. So I'm just me.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/8/2012 9:34AM

    I think that it's great motivation! I don't have to worry too much (unless I think about the fact that hubby could possibly be watching me), since I do DVDs in the privacy of my own home. Have a great Friday!!

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LNSYLVSDOGS 6/8/2012 7:42AM

    I can't run, but I walk. Most specifically, I'm walking the dog.....so she is actually my focus. I focus on hoping she looks like a well behaved dog, which reflects back on me. One time she decided to plop her butt right down (then she proceeded to lie down) right next to a picnic table full of firemen/rescue workers. It was a bit embarrassing. If I were younger, I'd have been even MORE embarrassed. But, since I'm somewhat matronly looking these days (almost old enough to be their mom), I was able to laugh about it (just as they did.)

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KPETSCHE 6/7/2012 11:48PM

    Oh, yeah, but I think that's natural, Chris. I've had lots of people I know tell me they've seen me jogging/walking/etc and the first thing I think is "oh, did I look awful or ok" though I don't have the nerve to ask. I'm sure it's worse in a small town, even.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/7/2012 7:55PM

    I don't normally, but that's because I tend to really tune out the world around me. However, there was a comic I linked a while back that had me laughing because, yes, a LOT of people do.

http://www.sinfest.net/a
rchive_page.php?comicID=4236 (warning - that one comic is completely tame, but others are quite irreverent. It is not to everyone's taste.)


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POKEMOM2THREE 6/7/2012 5:12PM

    so funny... I just chant to myself, "don't be anyone I know... please don't be anyone I know..." lol. and: Way to go on your consistant times! :)

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STARTINGINLIMBO 6/7/2012 5:10PM

    Um, yes ..... :)

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/7/2012 4:55PM

    Sounds like great motivation to me! Especially if you feel like everyone knows you. I'm sure I would be the same way. Besides, if your posture is better and you tighten up everything you are going to get a better fat burning workout. :)

My only experience with this is when we go on family bike rides and I always figure that there is no way I can impress anyone when I am riding my bike except maybe the fact that instead of being a couch potato I am actually out making an effort. Otherwise I only exercise in the safety of my own home. ;)

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ALLISON145 6/7/2012 4:53PM

    Totally - Rofl!! You should have seen me when I ran past photographers at the 5k... I even ran faster like that would show up on film. Ha!

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GLITTER60 6/7/2012 4:16PM

    nope, not me. i dont jog. i just walk. my idea of dressing up for the gym is knit capris or pants or shorts and a top.

but if dressing up makes you feel better go for it.

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THENEWMANDA 6/7/2012 3:56PM

    I do the same thing. I was running at the track the other (and by running I mean VERY slow jogging) I've just recently started the C25K program so I'm pretty pathetic. However, the high school football team was practicing on the field and I was running around it. It was THE best motivation I've had thusfar since there were eyes on me the whole time! You are not alone my friend, but I think it's a good thing and I kind of hope when I hit the track tonight, that those same boys will be there to help motivate me further. emoticon

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 6/7/2012 3:34PM

    Once when my spot in the back row was taken at my kickboxing class and I had to be near the front, I found that I tended to show off more and over-stretched my hammie a bit. So yeah, must be human nature.

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PLAYBLUES22 6/7/2012 3:18PM

    Sweetie, I do the same thing, being 63 I want all the younger generation to admire this old goat emoticon

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Day 192-I have a question for other other Sparkers

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today I did 4.5 miles of walking/jogging: 0.25 mile walk, 4 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk. My
jogging mile times were : 14:04, 14:29, 14:33, 14:08.
I think that's pretty consistent. I still felt good out there, slow enough to keep going and not overheat, fast enough that I feel good about my times. I also stretched afterward since I got an earlier start today.

I have a question for everyone. Does anyone else out there try to look good when other people pass by when you are working out? I find that whenever a car passes by, or another walker or jogger, that I suck in my belly, firm everything up, and tell myself, "Okay, look like you know what you are doing. Don't look like you're dying out here." I pick up my feet more, and my speed. I just think it's funny that I do that. I live in a small town, so I probably know most of the people passing by me while I jog. I would love to hear from everyone what you think.

  
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SANDIK9806 6/8/2012 6:54AM

    LOL...I totally do that! Unless I'm super exhausted, then I don't care! :) I Zumba a lot...I can't worry there, I just let it go and look like a complete idiot I'm sure, but it's fun and no one says a thing (mainly cause most of them think they look like a complete idiot too! :) ). Work it! If you are a fan of the show Friends...run like Phoebe every once in a while, it will make people wonder about you and you will feel like you are 10 again! Make it a great day!

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TERRIPAL1 6/7/2012 3:30PM

    I understand what you're saying, but I figure, they're in their cars, while, I'm walking or biking swearing up a storm!! emoticon

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Day 191 (10 minutes/day of exercise)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today I walked/jogged: 0.25 mile walk, 3 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk. My jogging miles were: 13:42, 13:50, 12:50. That's a little faster than yesterday when all were over 14 minutes. It felt good today. I didn't feel like I had to tell myself to slow down. I also got a chance to stretch after jogging. I could tell I haven't had a good stretching session for a while.

I had to go to work yesterday, so another trip into Omaha. Today we had to return the Toyota Sequoia we rented while our Odyssey was getting fixed. Yes, another trip to town. I'm happy to be home doing laundry today. I'm tired of running around.

Swim team is going well for the kids. Bridget (6) does very well with the drills. She's still afraid when she starts to swim. I don't expect her to compete at this point, just learn a lot. Stevie (10) is my super athlete. It's great to see him in the water again. He is so fun to watch. He can do all four strokes and is one of the fastest in his age group in all four strokes. I have a feeling he'll be doing some individual medleys this year. His specialty last year was the long freestyle. For his age group that's a 50. I haven't had a chance yet to see the older three swim. A friend has been taking them down in the evenings. That's made it easier on me since I seem to always be gone. I look forward to the first swim meet next week, although I volunteered to be a timer for that one. It's still fun. I really enjoy swim team for the family.
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MUSICMOMOF2 6/7/2012 8:13AM

    Glad to hear that everything is going so well. Keep up that exercise streak!

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KPETSCHE 6/6/2012 11:30PM

    Sounds like a more relaxing day today. I have to get myself out jogging again - you're doing a great job. Awesome on the # of days (nearly at 200!! WooHoo)

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/6/2012 5:19PM

    My girls LOVE swimming. They have never competed, but they have participated in swimming lessons every summer since they were 5. My oldest is just beautiful in the water. She knows all the strokes and is often used as an example of "how to do it." I wish we had access to a pool year round since it is her exercise of choice. Your exercise sounds like it went really well today. I'm glad you were able to stretch. That makes such a big difference in how you'll feel in the morning. :-)

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Day 190

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I was able to get my workout in earlier today, before 11am. I prefer that schedule. I did another walk/jog: 0.25 mile walk, 3 mile straight jog, 0.25 mile walk. My jogging miles were: 13:59, 14:31, 14:45. I went slower since I knew I wanted to do three miles straight, and it was pretty warm out there. My muscles seem to prefer the warmer weather. The rest of me gets a little hot and sweaty.

A spark friend asked if exercising every day has other benefits than losing weight. I would say for me the answer is "Yes!" The weight comes off very slowly for me, mostly due to my hypothyroid condition. I would imagine all the stress in my life also makes it harder to lose the weight. Donuts and M & M's don't help either. I feel better all over when I work out. I have incredible endurance compared to the rest of my family. I'm kind of like the Energizer bunny. I keep going and going through all my running around and chores. I don't think I could keep up my busy schedule if I didn't take time every day to do at least 10 minutes of exercise, something, anything. When I work a lot, I tend to do more walking. I did a lot of walking last week due to my work schedule and TOM. At least I did something! This week, I'm starting to pile on the miles of jogging again. That makes a huge impact on my body and on my mental state. It really boosts me emotionally when I start to feel what I'm accomplishing through jogging. I look back at my streak now, and I've done over six months of 10 min/day of exercise. Again, that boosts my spirits. What an accomplishment!
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/6/2012 6:29AM

    Thanks Chris for this blog! I just HAVE to start exercising again. Maybe I will have a goal like yours of just 10 mins/day. I was doing 30 to 50 minutes a day and it just seemed like a LOT to fit in on my really busy days. I love the way you do 10 mins. when your extremely busy and a LOT more than that when you have the time. Your exercise regimen sounds great. Keep up the good work. :-)


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MUSICMOMOF2 6/5/2012 3:41PM

    I feel so sluggish when I have to miss a workout (which very rarely happens). It is such an awesome boost! Have a great rest of your Tuesday and keep up the great work!!

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