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Motivating myself - its hard sometimes.

Monday, April 09, 2012

"I do not want to run today"
Said the Optimist I want to stay
Inside, cause' its cold out there.
Windy too. No, My comfy chair
Will be alright, I'll do some exercise tonight.
I've laundry to do, clean the bathroom
Read books about John Carter on Barsoom.
And so I attempt to motivate myself
by writing bad poetry, from Silverstein's shelf.
I need to attone for yesterday's sins
Work the chocolate off my chin.
So I heave myself off the chair,
and promise 10 minutes in the cold spring air.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VIXSTERLU 4/11/2012 12:08AM

    I am inspired to join in the fun
Sorry, but I've got nothing hun.



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DOGLADY13 4/10/2012 11:05PM

    I'm too tired to come up with bad doggerel.

I'm impressed with you little sonnet to the inner demons. You made me laugh.

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YDAVIS23 4/10/2012 5:47AM

    Those cadbury minis
will not make you skinny
you've got to get up and work
not just lift up your fork
yes, I'm kind of a dork,
But it's all in good fun,
Ok, I'm done!

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XRSIZE18 4/10/2012 4:44AM

    And you probably
Did more than ten
I hope tomorrow
You'll do it again.
Bad poetry is great
For a laugh or two
So glad I have
A Sparkfriend like you!

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IMTRISH 4/9/2012 1:05PM

    I absolutely love this! Getting off my chair to go ride my exercise bike. Yeah, it's raining and gloomy but that's no excuse for me either. THANKS!!

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WICKEDIMP 4/9/2012 11:48AM

    It's cold and windy (and sporadically rainy) here, too. So I'm feeling this myself.

Though I would have to find something to rhyme "Work the cheesecake off my butt" emoticon

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Duration vs Intensity

Friday, April 06, 2012

Apologies, I am typing this on my tablet, so there are likely to be more typos than normal.

We went on a family hike this morning. Weather was perfect and DH had the day off. It was fantastic. We started with a gentle climb to a scenic vista and then a diferent, steeper route back to the car. Total distance was 3 miles according to the map, and it took about 90 min.

Challenge is when I tried to enter it into the Tracker. First effort said I burned 786 calories. While there were some steep portions, I never broke a sweat, so that didnt pass the "gut check". Next effort said 808 calories! I finally settled on 90 min of 20min mile walking for 404 calories.

For the many out there that are struggling. Dont think every workout has toend up with you drenched in sweat. For comparison, the last time I ran, it was 437 calories in 38 minutes. If you cant go for intensity, go for duration. 20 min mile isnt a stroll, but imagine walking quickly but purposely, like you just need 5 thing from the supermarket and then you have to get home to get the kid off the bus. Commuter walking.

I'd love to get a HR monitor because the Tracker is just an approximation. So far its out of the budget. Maybe birthday, Christmas or Goal weight reward. (There are cheapies on the market, but my research says You get what youpay for in HRMs. I will happily hear contrary views!)

Good luck to everyone.

  
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JTAYLOR2011 4/8/2012 10:51AM

    Polar's starter models are relatively cheap but high quality. emoticon

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DOGLADY13 4/6/2012 9:03PM

    Sounds like a great day.

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RAINA413 4/6/2012 5:24PM

    i know just what you mean!! Duration is important as well. So many people put the main focus on sweating and a racing heart...which is also good, but sometimes a slow burn is just what is needed. If you walk 10,000 steps in a day you are buring lots and lots of calories and that is a slow burn...a wonderful addition to your crazy cardio!

Congrats on all your efforts! I am so proud of all you are doing!!

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ANDREADAV 4/6/2012 5:01PM

    I know the feeling of seriously wanting a good HRM but cost is definitely a factor. I am trying to save up now since my nbest friend and I are starting to workout together since she is going to be having a tummy tuck after loosing over 200 lbs. after gastric bypass surgery and we are trying to be around the same weight after she has the surgery in Feb.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 4/6/2012 4:55PM

    BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.

HUGS
Pam

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Our Bodies, Our Children

Thursday, April 05, 2012

As a parent, frequently flying solo, I really struggle with how to maintain my diet without warping my son's sense of eating. Frequently, I try to portion out the food in the kitchen before calling him to the table.

Mom101 is a blog I read frequently, and she had a great post recently about creating kids that are the right weight, and feel good about themselves. How she struggles with the twin threats of obesity and eating disorders.

I encourage you to read it. She's a fantastic writer:
www.mom-101.com/2012/04/our_bodies_o
ur_daughters_ourselves.html#more-1911

  
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MISSG180 4/6/2012 9:58AM

    I think it can be healthy to talk about good food choices, particularly if you are doing it as sharing rather than lecturing. My daughters talk about the difference between going to a museum with their dad and with me. With their dad, they always felt like he was trying to stuff their heads with information and it was a turnoff. With me, they always felt like I was saying, "let me tell you about this really neat thing!" and was sharing things about which I was enthusiastic, and they loved it. So sharing with enthusiasm can be a very positive influence.

Just watch out for the eyeroll. That's when you're losing them. emoticon

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MISSIFISH 4/6/2012 8:38AM

    It is a great post. It is certainly a challenge - trying to regain health without sounding like a "diet" rules our life. The ONLY problem I've had with SP is that it is so motivating, I catch myself talking about it a lot. I don't want my kids to believe that all I think about is losing weight!

We talk a lot about HEALTH not weight, and I try to focus on the idea that bodies need good fuel and good exercise to stay healthy. I talk about how healthy bodies support fun lives, and try not to get into the skinny v fat issue too much. I also am hoping that by providing fruits at every meal, veggies at lunch and dinner, my kids are developing an unconscious sense of portion size and good choices in food so that they won't ever have to track their intake the way I'm needing to.

We'll see!

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1 Race, 3 Victories and the Light of Possibility

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Two years ago I lost my job. I was devastated, heartbroken, depressed and generally feeling a bit poopy. I decided that "This Was The Year" for me to finally focus on my health. So I started going to the gym.

That fall, I decided to run my first ever 5K. Turkey Trot, Nov 2010. My time: 43 minutes.

But because I was also home all the time, my weight went up instead of down. December I hit an alltime high of 197 lbs. My new years resolution for 2011, "stop eating like an idiot." Using this simple approach, I lost 15 lbs. But the summer heat stalled my efforts and weight loss. I didnt gain, but I didnt loose any more either.

Fast forward to New Year 2012, I decided I needed a calorie tracker. My dear friend Raina had mentioned Spark over the summer and I finally decided to get onboard. Yesterday, I ran another 5K to challenge myself.

There were 3 victories:
1) 32 minutes. A HUGE improvement in time over my first 5K in Nov 2010.
2) I Ran the whole way. There was no stopping. Whenever I felt like stopping, I didnt. I explained to myself that it was just a trick of my mind. I checked in with my muscles and they were still doing ok. Checked in with my lungs, plenty of oxygen. So I could just keep going. The course was a loooonnngg gentle uphill until the turnaround and then back.
3) During the race, I would pass this walking girl doing my jog thing, then she would start running and get past me. She couldnt keep up that pace tho, and would drop back to a walk and I would pass her again. After about 3-4 sets of this I finally said "Come on, run with me. I'm slow."

And I got her to run the rest of the race. "You see that pine tree, we'll be able to see the building from there." "Nope, keep running, you've got this." "Its not about speed, its about endurance." "See those flashing lights, that's where the turn in is." "Ok, there's the finish line, now pour on the speed."

Of course I am proud of myself and my new Best Time. But I'm also reserving some of that pride, if not for passing on the Spark, for showing someone the Light of what is possible. There is no doubt in my mind that without me, she would have continued with the walk/ run thing. Now, perhaps she'll realize that she can run longer than she thought and when she puts those legs into speed motion.... zoom!

Victory isnt just for ourselves. Although for some of us, our weight/ health problems come from lack of victory in other areas of our life. I needed this victory more than I thought. And I'm so happy that part of my victory was from inspiring someone to do something that they didnt know was possible.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go for another bike ride.

  
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XRSIZE18 4/4/2012 6:08AM

    Awww.... Yay for you! What an awesome experience! Congrats on spreading some real-life Sparkles and bravo for beating your own BEST.

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LILPAT3 4/2/2012 3:50PM

    Very nice. Good job!

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IMTRISH 4/2/2012 2:07PM

    You are inspirational!

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JTAYLOR2011 4/2/2012 8:58AM

    Wow! Huge congrats! Way to encourage the other participant. Very inspiring :))

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VIXSTERLU 4/2/2012 2:27AM

    And that my friend is why you are Optimist1948. Always seeing the positive and going the extra step (or several hundred steps) to share with others. You are an inspiration.

Comment edited on: 4/2/2012 2:27:50 AM

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MISSIFISH 4/1/2012 3:43PM

    OK, you made me get teary with this. How lovely that my super spectacular sparkfriends are passing on their love of health with others! You make me want to roll down my window and shout supportive phrases at all the runners I see!

Yay for moving toward fitness and taking others with you!


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DOGLADY13 4/1/2012 3:39PM

    Even though you weren't in Massachusetts, you ran a 5K "with" me and YDAVIS23. Most excellent.

More importantly, you once again demonstrated your incredible kindness by encouraging the run/walk girl. You are A Very Good Person.

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YDAVIS23 4/1/2012 1:22PM

    Aww yay! I love this idea! That's the power of the community. She will remember you!

PS I am sorry about your job. Obviously I don't know the circumstances, but it's so tough when kids are involved. I hope things work themselves out and you feel satisfied with the outcome.

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MISSG180 4/1/2012 12:12PM

    What a generous attitude you showed her. I'm inspired by you!

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GRANDMACOO 4/1/2012 11:30AM

    emoticon for keeping yourself going and motivating someone else to reach further and find more inner strength.

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Bike & 5K

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I went on a 11.3 mile ride yesterday at my parent's house for 61 min. They were playing with Child and I was a total 3rd wheel. I felt slow, but it was such a great feeling to not give up and making turns that wouldnt bring me back to the house sooner.

This morning is the OCChopper 5K, and wouldnt you know....its raining. Time to starch my spine and get out there! I'll update y'all with time afterwards.

Update: 32 minutes!

  
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DOGLADY13 4/1/2012 3:34PM

    32 minutes! You go girl.

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MISSIFISH 4/1/2012 9:51AM

    Hope you stay dry-ish and have fun! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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CINERICIA 4/1/2012 9:05AM

    Woohoo! For both parts. And excellent ride and an excellent time. The way you continually challenge yourself to be better is inspiring. Thanks for that.

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RAE_LEIGH22 4/1/2012 1:37AM

    Wow! Excellent job!
emoticon

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MISSG180 3/31/2012 1:11PM

    Go you! That's a great ride. I admire you for running; I just hate it with such a passion.

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