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Running This Weekend

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Saturday I decided to walk to the school, walk/run and then walk home. Between the trip to and from and the 1.25 miles on the track that was about 3 miles. My laps looked like this:

Lap 1 - Ran all of it
Lap 2 - Walked 1/2, ran 1/2
Lap 3 - Waked 1/2, ran 1/2
Lap 4 - Walked whole lap
Lap 5 - Walked 1/2, ran 1/2

I had a bit of exercise induced asthma and I was pretty uncomfortable for a while but it wasn't scary. My DH was concerned, lectured me a bit on overdoing. So I told him I'd be more careful. I think it really wasn't speed or distance, I think it was temperature or air quality which has been pretty bad here in the valley since we've been surrounded by fires.

So, I went out today to be more careful. I drove to the school so I could spend more time on the track, less on the sidewalk and I could have the cool of my van when I was done.

Today my laps weren't any faster than yesterday's 3 miles, I did 2.25 miles today and it felt pretty good.

Lap 1-3 Walk 1/2, run 1/2
Lap 4 Walked the lap
Lap 5 Ran most of the lap
Lap 6-9 Walked 1/2, run 1/2

My time both days wasn't good - 15 minute miles. But there were some stretches today that I felt good - the stride was relaxed and long, my shoulders were down, head held high. So, I'm going to keep running. And add more ST.

Food is not an issue, I've got diet down. I eat clean 95% of the time and I'm staying clear of carbos later in the day which tends to be a key for me. Now, if the number on the scale would just go down...we'll see what running does for me. Time will tell and I'm here for the long, I'll let you know!

Yep, I'm a running Karen! emoticon emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 9/12/2012 8:28AM

    You are doing so GREAT! Run, Karen, Run!

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    You are a runner! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/11/2012 9:17AM

    You are a emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2012 1:53PM

    You are doing great! I'm going to try eliminating carbs at the end of the day as well. Super job!!

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EBEAMS 9/10/2012 8:48AM

    Congrats on the running! AND the eating! You go, girl! I was giggling cuz I'm doing the same carb avoidance thing in the afternoon/evenings and it is working really good. I'm really surprised! Keep up your fabulous work! I'm so proud of you!

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GIANTMICROBE 9/10/2012 7:40AM

    Sounds like a great time :) Have fun RUNNING! :)

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LUV2RUN72 9/10/2012 7:31AM

    Hey Running Karen,
Awesome! emoticon emoticon

Take care!

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/10/2012 6:28AM

    the long haul is the only way! Glad you are feeling better but it's good your husband is on your case!
best wishes for a new week, I'm sure the scale will shift soon

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_LINDA 9/10/2012 2:25AM

    That is awesome Karen, although running in the smoke filled air would concern me if I had asthma like that -is there no indoor track you could try? Very well done with the food!
Sounds like you got this!!
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LINDA! 9/9/2012 11:33PM

    Hey, you are doing great!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/9/2012 11:24PM

You're a runner!

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CHUM48 9/9/2012 11:04PM

    Good for you! one step is a giant step for victory on the weight loss goal!
You did it and you should be proud of that accomplishment!

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Running Day 2

Sunday, September 02, 2012

When I got out of bed this morning I decided that if I didn't run today, I might not move at all tomorrow! We went to church and came home, then straight to the track. Today instead of walking to the school, I conserved my energy for the run on the track.

Here's how it went:
Laps 1-4: Walk 1/2, Run 1/2
Lap 5: Walk whole lap
Laps 6: Walk 1/2, Run 1/2
Lap 7: Walk whole lap
Lap 8: Walk 1/2, Run 1/2

But, here is the really exciting part to me, my mile yesterday was 16 minutes and today it was 12 minutes! That's F-A-S-T!! Well, for me it's fast!

I'm tired. I have several places that are sore - those ligaments that hold your legs on, I don't know why they hurt - my abs are more sore than I thought they would be, and my legs are just generally sore/tired. So, not too bad. And my feet don't hurt which is great!

Yeah Me!
I'm a runner! emoticon
Karen emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/4/2012 9:35AM

    Way Fast!
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MRS_TOAD 9/3/2012 8:24AM

    Great job, Karen.

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_LINDA 9/3/2012 1:17AM

    That is fabulous! Do you have a proper cool down and a good long stretch after? Stretching is so very important to prevent soreness and stiffness. Sparks has a video of stretches just for runners, check it out!
You go girl!
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LUV2RUN72 9/3/2012 12:07AM

    emoticon emoticon You should be proud of that 12 minute mile, it's not easy! Go Karen!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/2/2012 10:22PM

    Yay for you! It's interesting to hear what bits of you hurt. With me, it's the hip bones! You did great! You'll be signing up for a 5K in no time!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/2/2012 9:19PM


You ARE a runner!
Isn't it an awesome feeling!

Congratulations and welcome to the Sole Sisterhood!!

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    Yeah for you!!!!!

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EBEAMS 9/2/2012 8:19PM

    Hip hip hurray! You can do it! I believe in you!

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WATERMELLEN 9/2/2012 7:55PM

    Good for you! You've got the grit!

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I'm a Runner!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

One of my goals as I've gotten more healthy and fit, and as I've seen other friends accomplish it, is I've wanted to be a runner. I want to run.

My SP Friend EBeams says that once you run, you are a runner. As much as I appreciate that, I ran a few steps a couple of times and still really couldn't call myself a runner. Until Today...

Today, I set out on a walk over to the middle school near my home. It's just a good stretch of the legs to get there but they have a beautiful track and that's where I wanted to be. Here's how it went:

Lap 1: Walk half, run half
Lap 2: Ran 2/3 of the lap
Lap 3: Ran the full lap!
Lap 4: Walked the full lap
Lap 5: Walked half, run half

Then I headed for home and on my way home I ran two more spurts. That's a technical running term!

I walked/ran 3.07 miles in 48 minutes which is actually pretty pathetic but, I ran. For real ran. Any of my SP Friends know that I like lessons from experiences so here are today's lessons from running.

First, if you never try to run, you don't know if you can or can't.

Second, when I run, there is a very gross jiggle movement in the top part of my buns. That has GOT to go! It's fat.

Third, breathing while you run is a necessity. I'm just not sure the right way to do this. I tried open mouth, I tried in through the nose and out through the mouth. Breathing while running is the hard part.

Fourth, feet. I didn't get blisters, but they have some "hot spots" that concern me a little. My feet have been my nemesis for walking and running, I've gotten blisters in the past but not today. I wore my orthotics in my tennis shoes, single pair of mid-weight socks and 1.25 miles was on the track. This lesson is unfinished...

So, today I'm calling myself a runner! I'm just a little proud of myself! Someday, I'm going to run with EBeams and Love2Run...and a few friends who aren't SP Friends. I'm excited!

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MRS_TOAD 9/3/2012 8:24AM

    emoticon You are a runner indeed! emoticon

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LUV2RUN72 9/3/2012 12:04AM

    OH Karen, Hurray!!!!!! You are a runner! I am so excited for you. emoticon I knew you could do it.

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LESLIESENIOR 9/2/2012 6:02PM

    I agree with Eda. When you think you are a runner, YOU ARE!!!!
I'm so happy for you.

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    Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I knew you could do it! Now I need to introduce you to some running socks! Woohoo ... Yep, we ARE gonna run together someday! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 9/2/2012 12:38PM

Keep running my friend!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/2/2012 7:33AM

    I agree -- you don't have to run hard or fast to be a runner -- you just have to run! I've conquered this hurdle this summer too. I feel proud to have run two entire 5Ks!

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/2/2012 7:09AM

    Jiggling bits are a real problem when exercising on land, I hope you find they disappear very soon!
Congratulations on your progress, you'll be doing the 5k next!

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CRYPTIC_CYPHER 9/2/2012 2:18AM

    Good for you, Karen! I love that feeling of moving for the sheer joy of it!

I'm SO not a runner...

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_LINDA 9/2/2012 1:34AM

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That is fantastic!
I do envy people who are able to run, what a freeing feeling it must be! With my bad joints, I can only get a small taste of it in my fitness classes as the impact is too hard (and not recommended for my artificial joints). I run two laps in a bootcamp class once a week, but that is it, I can barely keep up with the youngsters in my class who are really just casually jogging :P
You are what you want to be, run on!
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    Whoo Hoo!!!!!!

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BLESSED2BEME 9/1/2012 10:30PM

    Way to go! I still have not felt comfortable calling myself a runner. I keep trying though.

I have feet problems too. When they get warmed up or hot, they start to go numb. I just can't seem to solve the problem. Working on it too though.

Keep up this new activity. It will pay off!

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DIET_FRIEND 9/1/2012 10:16PM

    It must be great to be a runner if that's what you want to be. I hope you enjoy running with your runner friends. Keep on sparking!

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SLUNDQUIS 9/1/2012 10:07PM

    yeah, way to go!

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Dr. Joseph Mercola

Saturday, August 25, 2012

As many of you know, I have been on this journey since January 2011. I started by counting calories, carbs, protein, fat, etc as per the SP tracker. Earlier this year I started reading Mark's Daily Apple about eating Grok where the emphasis is eliminating grains and root veggies, while eating meat and veggies. I successfully eliminated breads, potatoes, pasta, etc but I still wasn't seeing any weight loss, even while exercising for hours at a time, literally.

Recently, I got an e-mail from a coworker, she got it from her "witch doctor" which is her loving term for a nutritionist that she has used for natural healing, supplements, etc for over 20 years. In the e-mail it had a link to I was interested, more in perusing than in real learning, but I went to the site and I was even more interested!

So, why was I interested? Because Dr. Mercola has a Nutritional Typing test that guides you to the right combination of foods for YOU and ME!!! My DH and I each took the test, I am a mixed type, my DH is a protein type. So, this means, while I eat, I eat equal proportions of protein and veggies and I eat them at the same time. DH eats his protein first and then follows with his veggies or fruit for carbs. Fat is important - we eat nuts and healthy oils for the fats.

One of the things that I have read often is "fat doesn't make you fat, carbs make you fat"...and I'm really trying to incorporate this into my mind set. I'm not restricting my carbs to a certain number, I'm just making sure they are from freggies. I am trying to eat 2/3 of my veggies uncooked - which is a stretch for me and I'm trying to get 1/4 of my calories from fat - another stretch!

In one week though, I've "unofficially" lost about 2 pounds. It's unofficial because my official weigh day is Sunday so I will post my weight tomorrow on my tracker. I have had good energy this week, I have for the most part felt good. I am going to stick with this and see if I can lose this last 25-35 pounds that I really want to lose...I will keep you posted.

If you are feeling a little frustrated by what you are doing, you might try changing it up with this eating size just doesn't fit all, not in clothes and not in eating/weight loss.

Good luck and blessings to you my dear SP Friends. Karen

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OUTDOORGIRL70 8/28/2012 4:23PM

    I also will check it out.

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/27/2012 9:14PM

    I will check it out!

Karen in BC

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ID_VANDAL 8/27/2012 1:08PM

    Thanks for the post. I'm going to check that out and I'm glad you found it and that it seems to be working for you!!

Keep up the good work.



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MRS_TOAD 8/27/2012 8:20AM

    I'm so glad you have found something that works for you! emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 8/27/2012 6:38AM

    I think we all need a change now and again to fool our bodies. I'll have a look at the site and see what it makes of me, I love those sorts of things!
Very well done for shifting 2lbs. It certainly isn't easy when it's the long haul.
best wishes, Sandra

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EBEAMS 8/26/2012 10:41PM

    I'm going to look right now ... Thanks!

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    I never saw the test. Hmmmmm

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TRAVELGRRL 8/26/2012 4:37PM

    Interesting! I'll have to check it out. Thank you for sharing!

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LVMAMAW 8/26/2012 1:57PM

    emoticon emoticonDr Mercola has a very interesting opinion of things, doesn't he? Good for you!! Glad it is working! emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 8/26/2012 9:45AM

    Thanks for the blog and info. I didn't lose with Primal either. I think it was just too many calories really. Am getting closer to Paleo in my eating. The "typing" sounds interesting and will definitely check out the doctor's site. I believe my health food store does something similar.

Thanks for sharing. Knowledge is key!

Hugs.... Marg

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MUTANTQUEEN 8/26/2012 12:06AM

    Congrats on getting the scale moving again. I'm moving more towards a 'Paleo' lifestyle myself. It's definitely revving things up for me.

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CHUBRUB3 8/25/2012 11:46PM

    Awesome news Karen. So happy your finding your path.

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NANCYPAT1 8/25/2012 11:24PM

    You are so right. One size doesn't fit everyone. I will check it out - I love reading about various weight loss discoveries and ideas. I generally stick with the things that have been working for ME BUT I have been known to try a WHOLE lot of weirdness that caught my fancy in the past 40-50 years or so. LOL sometimes I just need a CHANGE

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82 Days

Sunday, July 29, 2012

It has been 82 full days since my beloved daughter last self-harmed. Has it been easy for her, definitely no. Has it been easy for me and/or her dad, definitely no. Has it been easy for her brother, no, but he has taken it easier with her than I have, for sure. You know, he suggests iPod aps, he suggests music he thinks she should hear (pretty insightful songs, I might add) and he just treats her as a brother treats a sister, no holds barred, no 'better not say that', no 'she's fragile so I'll coddle her'...he is, exactly who she needs him to be, her big (well, at least much taller!), older, not-wiser, pompous brother.

Oh, to have that luxury...Or don't I?

I have tended to take the place of counselor during this time..."How are you", "What do you think", How are you doing with being away from home? Friends?" What can we do for you? What do you need? And what are you thinking about?

Well, I'm learning...I'm not a counselor, I'm her mom. I'm not here to make things smooth, I'm here to make sure she can handle the rough spots. I'm not a counselor, I'm here to love unconditionally and I'm here to make sure that the next decision she makes (right or wrong) is what SHE is OK with, COMFORTABLE with! Really??? Yes.

When my dd wanted to be baptized at 33 days in short sleeves and tell the entire church (and whomever was watching on the internet) that she was a self-harmer (for the last 4 years), did I think it was a good idea? No, but it was her choice. And it was brave. When she has chosen to shop in clothing stores over the last 2 months in short sleeves, was that my choice? No, but she was brave! And when people 'noticed' the scars and didn't have the guts to ask anything...did I notice? You bet your bottom dollar I did! And when they asked nothing but I could see it in their eyes...did I ask? No. Did I answer before they asked? No! Did I melt, just a little inside, you bet I did. And when my dd commented later, I acknowledged that person probably (but not certainly) judged her..she is ok, I'm a little heart-broken but not completely like I was at day 5!!

We are Harmers in Healing...and it's a good place to be. Hug your kids, especially if they are small. Familiarize yourself with self-harm...and if your kids INSIST on privacy, modestly...don't let it go. Look at their bodies! You are their parent, it's ok! So you can stop this behavior before it takes hold of your child.

We are healing...and loving...and forgiving...and aware...Are You?

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WATERMELLEN 8/11/2012 9:46AM

    What a powerful and courageous blog: I see where your daughter acquired her courage from!!

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MRS_TOAD 8/1/2012 8:34AM

    Congratulations to each and every one of you! And thank you for sharing such a inspirational blog.

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BLESSED2BEME 7/31/2012 11:39AM

    I found your blog through DETERMINEDJANET. Amen to what you are doing by sharing this with others. Your DD is obviously very strong in so many ways. Who knows who she will help by 'going public' with her past self-harming.

My family is on day 79 of my 20 year old DS, who still lives with us, being drug and alcohol free! He is also being treated for bi-polar. It has been a journey for our family the past 2 years dealing with his troubled life.

Hugs to you and your family! May God continue to help you heal, love, laugh and spread joy to others through forgiveness!

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/31/2012 4:23AM

    Self harm is not easy to overcome, congratulations to your whole family for surviving this rollercoater

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    Great blog Karen. Thanks for the transparency and words of wisdom as one walking through this firsthand.

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_RAMONA 7/30/2012 6:19PM

    I'm so glad things are improving for all of you... and I pray my daughter can grow to be half as strong as is yours!!!

May the peace that surpasses all undestanding be with all of you!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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-LINDA_S 7/30/2012 2:21PM

    I wish your family continued success and peace...I'm sure your blogs will help many.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2012 11:50AM

    I am sorry I didn't read your blog about this challenge until just daughter also went through this when she was young (she's 32 now) and I totally identify with your emotions. Your daughter is getting great help and I'm so thankful for that!

I loved what you said in your blog "Once you shine a light in a dark corner, it's never dark again." That's very similar to what I used to tell MY daughter: "A secret loses its power to hurt once it is exposed to the light."

I will keep your family in my prayers. My daughter is now seemingly over all of the worst of her mental health issues. She is married and pregnant with her first child. We are so grateful. Take care of yourself and your family.


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KALIGIRL 7/30/2012 8:22AM

    So glad you are all healing - hugs to you!

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SHIHJABO 7/30/2012 6:56AM

    Karen. . . God's grace is abundant. . .and He is certainly ministering to your family. Yea dd. . .she is healing. . .she is winning the battle
Big long distance hug to you, my friend. .Barb emoticon

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_LINDA 7/30/2012 1:59AM

    It looks like your family is handling this all around well. I hope that means the healing can begin. May your brave daughter continue to make strides and be harm free.
Thanks for the insights on how deeply this condition affects everyone, especially you as a Mom..
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CHUBRUB3 7/29/2012 11:49PM

    Hugs Karen!
Great blog, you all are doing well.

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