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Realizing how blessed you are...

Friday, January 04, 2013

Just look around for a moment, or open your ears and you will find out how insignificant your whining is...

I was concerned about my race time not being what I want it to be... and today I did a WIC recertification for a young woman who is 2 months postpartum who had a stroke when she had her child in October. She is walking with a cane and her one arm is completely flaccid... and she is just learning to speak again.

I will run, but I will be grateful that I can run at all...

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BARB4HEALTH 1/9/2013 4:30PM

    Practicing the attitude of gratitude puts a spring in our step -- or sprint, as the occasion calls for.
Thanks for the reminder to be appreciative! emoticon

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CHARITY1973 1/8/2013 7:06PM

    And after reading that I will stop my internal whining and enjoy my run at 2pm. "Luxury Problems" as they say...

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COOP9002 1/5/2013 11:58AM

    Good word.

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DOTTIEJANE1 1/4/2013 7:47PM

    Amen .

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NITTINNANA 1/4/2013 7:25PM

    Wow - talk about perspective!

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ANNIEONLI 1/4/2013 3:38PM


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Starting a new day, everyday!

Friday, January 04, 2013

If I screw up on my eating or exercise one day, I just wake up the next day and look at it as a new start. Yesterday, I kept my calories in range (despite going out to eat), and did do a little bit of exercise in front of the TV... sit ups, squats, some weight work, push ups... and I jogged by the copier at work... so I can say that I did exercise... not a bunch, didn't reach 10K steps, but I did move some.

So yesterday was a good day, maybe not perfect, but a good day.

I have had days where I have gone much farther off track than I would like to admit... but it happens not matter where you are on the weight loss journey. But if you get off the path, it's always waiting there for you, like a road on into your future. However, whether you choose to stay lost in the woods is your choice.

So if you get off track, forgive yourself and put your feet back on your own yellow brick road. It's your journey and you can fill it with all kinds of things... but again it's ultimately your choice.

Every time recently that I have sat down with that box of cheez-its or whatever, I have known exactly what I was doing... and deciding NOT to care. But then I see those numbers creeping up on the scale and I vow to start again the next day. Then the evening comes and there I am again, knowing what I am doing and deciding not to care... and it becomes a bad pattern.

So I am working now to change the pattern, as I have done in the past... so I know I can do it again. I just have to choose to change that pattern. It's just harder to care when I am tired... so I have to remember the consequences of the choice that I am making to at least pull myself up short.

I am going to start subbing in knitting needles and water for when I am feeling the urge to walk to the kitchen for a munchie. One thing I learned long ago in psych nursing in school was that you can't take away one addiction/behavior/etc. without replacing it with something else. So I am forcing myself to choose a replacement for that serving of chips/cheese/chocolate... knitting needles and a glass of water, or even a diet soda (though not the best for you) are better than a bag of doritos/box of cheez its/etc.

Besides, if you mete out carefully a whole box of that goodie you love, it will last longer and you will get more true enjoyment out of it. Make it a treat, not a habit.

I don't know if this bloviating has helped anyone but me, but it helps remind ME that I have a CHOICE... every freaking day!

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JLEMUS1 1/8/2013 1:50PM

    Awesome!!! Way to go!!

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NITTINNANA 1/5/2013 5:25PM

    Oh, my! That phrase "deciding not to care resonated all too well.

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ANNIEONLI 1/4/2013 1:47PM

    "deciding not to care" is what rang out in reading this, my dear friend!

I think that is where the slippery slope begins for many...for me, it's not washing my face at night that begins my downward spiral...it leans to all things evil. Imagine something silly as that! but it's true. no washed face at night = me not caring about ME = not really caring about exercising or eating right the next day! Weird huh?

Deciding to care and change things (even in mid-munch) is a good thing!!

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TJCADDO 1/4/2013 1:37PM

    Wow! I can see that you are going to have a beautful knitted wardrobe. Know about Cheeze-its. Here is to staying cozy in your newly knitted socks as the snow falls outside as well as the numbers on the scale coming down as well.

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A night off, but I am within calories and I didn't let the cheez-its win

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Last night I let the cheez its take control... they are my favorite cracker of snacky goodness and I way over indulged last night. That and the salted caramel turtles... oh it was so good, and sooo bad.

Today I worked hard to stay in calorie range. I DID NOT eat the chocolate cake that someone brought to work. I did have one small bar of dark chocolate and two turtles after work, but otherwise ate fruits, vegetables, cheese, and plenty of good stuff. We went out to eat and I had catfish, carrots & broccoli. and a small treat of some onion rings.

I have been working out hard for the last few days, so I am taking the night off, to start afresh in the next few days.

The saga of the new treadmill continues... they ordered one part and had a guy come out, but it wasn't correct... so they sent out another part, but the incline still won't work. So yet another 2 parts are on order... meh. At least I can still run flat.

Getting my evening snacking in hand has been a real bugbear for me for the last while. I don't know why. I am eating no matter whether I am hungry or not. I think this has been the biggest culprit in my weight creep. I know that I have to get myself in hand. I am just trying to figure out the best way to do this. I think my main thing will be to keep a nice glass of water near my chair and just keep knitting.

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ANNIEONLI 1/4/2013 9:20AM

    Knit away and sip away my friend!!
It's time to break the habit for good now! And you can do it!
Oprah once said that she tries not to eat after 7pm...and somehow that made sense to me and I have lived that way for a very very long time - even before Spark - so the nighttimes snacky thing never got a hold of me that bad.

Good luck my friend!! You can do it!!!!!!! emoticon

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NITTINNANA 1/3/2013 9:38PM

    I personally like to go with something with a flavor by the time evening rolls around. If I HAVE to drink water to get to my minimum, I will. But I much prefer hot and flavorful at this time of year. Green tea is my usual, sometimes hot low-sodium V-8 with a dash of bitters. Or for a real splurge, sugar-free hot chocolate made with NF milk instead of water, or a cup of bouillon.

And, yes, keeping my hands busy with knitting or my SparkTime helps a lot too.

Sorry to hear the treadmill is still giving you fits!

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The Rankings came out... challenging myself to longer distances and faster speeds...

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Well I am disappointed with my performance as compared to others on the 5K... so I need to work on that. I came in 143rd of 205 runners (69th %ile by my calculation) and 9th of 12 among women 45-49.

I can do better than this. If I'd been just a minute faster, I would have been 10 higher overall and 7th by age and gender.

I will just keep pounding that pavement and see what I can do.

My hips are still sore and kind of stiff. There are some pretty good hills on the course and that combined with the cold made the course more challenging than the distance.

My plan is to get myself to where I can run 10K (6.2 miles) without stopping... I can do 5K on the treadmill with no incline... so I will just slowly increase my distance 1K at a time. It's a challenge, so by year's end, I should be ready and able to do that 10K!

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KAYOTIC 1/5/2013 10:05AM

    But at least you now have a base from where to start and compare future events! It's hard to compare yourself to others also, you could be in a very small event with the same time you ran and come in first if the other runners were newbies, or you could come in dead last if you are running against gazelles! That's why I try to look at my time and compare to myself rather than those other runners, especially since I have no idea what their training and natural talents are.

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TJCADDO 1/3/2013 7:57PM

    Really that is amazing! I know that you will push and have a higher ranking next time.Knowing where you want to stand and then going for it is half the battle.

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PHAMS85 1/2/2013 10:03PM

    I know you are disappointed in your performance but just think how many more people who were at home sitting on their couch? YOU were actually out there giving it your all. emoticon

10K - emoticon

I look forward to seeing a status update about you doing a 10K. I've never done one and it would be awesome to finish one with running all the way.

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NITTINNANA 1/2/2013 4:38PM

    emoticon emoticon
Yes, you can!

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Last night while running the last perhaps half mile of my race, the song that came up on my mp3 player was "Mr. Blue Sky" by ELO. I had loaded lots of favorite, high energy music on my player and skipped over a few, but I repeated that one. Perfect pace and lyric for a New Year's Eve run with snow coming down...

Sun is shinin' in the sky
There ain't a cloud in sight
It's stopped rainin' ev'rybody's in a play
And don't you know
It's a beautiful new day hey,hey

Runnin' down the avenue
See how the sun shines brightly in the city
On the streets where once was pity
Mister blue sky is living here today hey, hey

What a great way to set a Spark for a new year! So I get up this morning and the sun is bright and the sky is blue... though very cold.

I feel very optimistic about 2013. Plenty of new opportunities and challenges. And I intend to embrace them.

I have one resolution: To run a 10K by year's end!

Best to the SParkverse!

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COOP9002 1/1/2013 2:04PM

    Happy New Year's to you as well. Hope your 2013 is your best year yet.

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ANNIEONLI 1/1/2013 12:21PM

    My newest Mantra: Change is good!

Go for that 10K - you can do it!!! (maybe not pikc the one with a blizzard attached to it.. you know, for a little more peace of mind) emoticon

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