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Run, Janet, run!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I got off my chair and out the door.
I just started running.
I ran to the end of the drive and kept on going.
I got to end of the street and kept going.


It wasn't quite like that but the Forrest Gump scene kept playing in my head.

In reality I felt the need to move a bit more so I picked a few goals like: from this driveway to that fire hydrant. This transcontinental pipeline marker to that one.

Yeah, my neighborhood will blow up one day. Back in the 80's my BFF and I sat in her yard offering water and iced tea to the "eye candy" gentlemen replacing the 42 inch torch of death. Sigh. But I digress...

It felt like I was running with partially filled 8 ounce water bottles in my pockets, attached to my arms and around my middle.

It only cut 1 minute off my walk.

But I did it!

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    I wish I could still run. My running days are over. I love to walk though. Good job!

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BARBARAJ73 7/11/2014 8:02AM

    See Janet run!

Good for you... emoticon emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/11/2014 5:14AM

    Running! My god, that is extreme!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/10/2014 8:18PM

    Yes, but you will get better and faster. Journey of 1000 miles and all that...

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1CRAZYDOG 7/10/2014 11:14AM


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JAMIRBLAZE 7/10/2014 9:04AM

    emoticon Great job!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/10/2014 7:54AM

    emoticon emoticon Great job. Spark on! emoticon Way to climb your personal mountain!

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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2014 7:25AM

    Yay you!!!! I'm hearing euphoria, a bit of runner's high already!!

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Childhood memories-walking, exercise and eating right

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Again, your hammer went down on the nail.
My life WAS exercise!
In the summer I walked or biked to the creek or the bay, 1 mile in either direction, to crab, fish or swim on the days Mom didn't drag us to the beach. At the beach I walked 2-5 miles each day as bored kids don't sit still and there was more to see in neighboring towns than the beach we were on. If you've heard of Lucy the Elephant in Margate, we would play inside the empty structure in it's "abandoned" stage.
Once we got home the rat pack would gather at the ball field and horse around for hours.
Walked every day to school-close to a mile. 1 mile to church and church choir rehearsal 2x a week.
For years after a full day at school, I walked to the barn, a mile away, to care for the horses. Shovel manure for several stalls, groom, exercise the horses, then walk back home for dinner.
All the while, there was no sitting around eating. Snacks were only for after dinner, not even after school. If we walked to the local store for PENNY CANDY, eating candy dots off paper or biting wax bottle tops was about as good as it got. Remember wax lips?

My ice cream habit started early as that was the treat of choice at home. Either we went to DQ, the local custard stand or had it in the freezer. Nightly.

I think the memory I need to recreate is all the walking!

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ALICIA363 7/9/2014 8:10PM

    LOL! Wax lips! What did I ever see in those things?!?

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1CRAZYDOG 7/9/2014 11:53AM

    YES! That's the memory that I have to have in the front of the brain too! So much activity -- as a kid was literally out the door practically @ sun up, back for an "enforced" lunch time (all of 15 minutes!) and out the door again till supper. Supper was snarfed down and out again till dark! Never, ever sat.


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    I was on the run all the time too. I seldom was inside. I drank out of the hose to keep from having to go inside and possibly be nabbed by my mom who would notice I was filthy or have something for me to do. When I thought of food it was a near starvation thing as I hadn't eaten and had burned tons of calories. I woofed it down and went back outside right away if allowed to. I came in when my dad whistled for me as it was usually almost dark. Meals were meat, starch, a veggie. No bread. No dessert. I got penny candy too when I was at my grandmas house. We didn't have any candy at home. Ice cream was a special treat at the local ice cream parlor. I weighed 86 pounds in high school and was thin and active all my life and then menopause happened and ruined everything.

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WATERMELLEN 7/9/2014 9:24AM

    Yes Barb triggered those memories for me too! Constant activity and rare treats . . . and I DO remember those wax lips which we would wear for days (no calories at all until consumed!!) What about 3 for a penny blackballs??

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DENNIS2014 7/9/2014 8:14AM

    Go For It Janet.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/9/2014 7:00AM

    Yes, indeed... as kids, it was so natural to be active. Now if as adults, we recreate the activity... we can support more of the eating. The difference for me now is that my body doesn't tolerate the "treats" as well as it did back then. So, they have to be at least as rare if not more so!

And yes, I *do* remember wax lips! emoticon

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Day 4 Taking control

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Guns blazing, up in the saddle, hooves spewing dirt clods on the trail behind me.
Whoa, partner, this wind up toy isn't ready for THAT!

I did sweat profusely on my walk- cut one minute off my 1.38 mile path. I don't think I can walk much faster than that; I walk about 3 miles per hour on land. On a treadmill I can go a bit faster. Some of these blocks are 10 degree angles and my lungs still notice the difference, but not until I'm about halfway done.
I guess I wasn't as out of shape as I thought. Don't expect me to run. I may sprint every once in a while but this gal isn't a jogger.

I have gained some control over my eating habits again and had the LAST of my ice cream yesterday. I gazed at the bottom of the pint, it took me three days for finish-I had some control. Why was I here? Why did I end up eating what I swore off?

Damned comfort food. I needed comfort as things in this neck'o the woods have gone downhill again.

So why not take control of things I CAN when I CAN'T control the rest of it?

I'm patting myself on the back now for that statement!

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BARBARAJ73 7/9/2014 9:42AM

    Another pearl of wisdome! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 7/8/2014 10:34PM


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    I hear ya. I need comfort food too. One of my pets is in ICU and may not make it. I can't even think about food and certainly not healthy food.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2014 11:59AM

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

AND (my little addition) the strength not to control myself around stupidity! LOL Well, lots of that around lately, too!

((((HUGS)))) Just know you're not alone.

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WATERMELLEN 7/8/2014 7:53AM

    Pat pat pat!! Yup, you deserve that pat on the back . . . and we're here to applaud!!


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ONEKIDSMOM 7/8/2014 7:52AM

    "take control of things I CAN when I CAN'T control the rest of it"

Perfect theme for your Mental Toughness self-goal! (See? I avoided the word "challenge"? emoticon )

Spark on, my friend, spark on! emoticon

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Recommiting to my January Fatloser blog

Monday, July 07, 2014

I finished the last of my ice cream tonight. It snuck back into my diet although I finally tossed the container that sat in the freezer for 4 months. I took off 20 pounds and have gained back 4.
Here goes...with edits to keep it current.

Is fat losers my Spark?

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I don't rise to challenges by others to improve myself. I rebel. I have to challenge myself.
There is some psychological mumbo jumbo for that.
Sooo, I challenged myself to the Fat Losers train( I can't call it a challenge or I'll freak out).
Tomorrow will be day 4 (again)
Am I 100% committed? This morning, yes. One day at a time.
Have I done well these past three days? Not the first day barely for day 2. Today was the slap my hand day.
Am I mentally tough? I'm trying like hell to be tough.

Steve is a real guy, no gimmicks, no fancy props.
I am not offended by what he is saying. I am paying attention because he is telling me what I tell myself.
We shall see....

Back to the drawing board.

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WATERMELLEN 7/8/2014 7:57AM

    I cannot count the number of times I've done fatlosers.com: probably 5 or 6 anyhow!! And for a period of time it wasn't available for free, there was a $500 charge. Which was probably worth it . . .

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SPINNINGJW 7/8/2014 7:00AM

    What is this fat loser train that you speak of?

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DOGLADY13 7/8/2014 6:44AM

    Hmmm.... I may do this again... Want company?

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1CRAZYDOG 7/7/2014 9:47PM

    Good for you! You're not one that has to be told this or that and follow blindly!

I like the Fat Loser Train. You go!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/7/2014 9:37PM

    My son is like that: he rebels if someone tells him what to do... but if HE commits to do something, for himself... watch out world! You go, woman.

I'm feeling like right now, my mentally tough challenge is a little different than it was in January. Still requires mental toughness, just with a different goal. Good luck. I expect to see some interesting blogs out of this!

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    Start overs are good. I certainly could use one.

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ROXYZMOM 7/7/2014 9:15PM

    Are you starting tomorrow? I will do it too. I loved the commeraderie last time - helped me stay on track.

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Enjoying a glorious summer

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The current temperature at 6 am is 62! Warm, clear 80-85F days and cool, dry nights.
This is the kind of weather I dream about, go to the mountains or high desert for.
Even the neighborhood birds are singing late into the season.

Usually at this time of year the AC is on full blast as I wistfully gaze on a parched lawn contemplating how to get from the house to the car without instantly being drenched in sweat. Central New Jersey is like the Gulf states in the summer, without the palm trees.

I've been driving with the windows open. Sleeping with the windows open and under a light blanket. I even took a nap yesterday, the cool breeze lulled me to sleep (blame it on the suture trauma of the morning) as I sat on the porch.


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BARBARAJ73 7/7/2014 9:14AM

    Enjoyed the same break in the humidity here (sans electrical wizardry and sutures.) Spent hours puttering in the yard with weeds and pruning. I have three weigela... one had quite a bit of winter damage which I carefully pruned out. Not so methodical with #2. The last wasn't damaged - just aged and twice as large as #1 and #2 at this point. It got major haircut just so it could "match."

Sounds like you had a very productive weekend with a well-earned day left for relaxing... ahhhh.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/7/2014 7:30AM

    Oh I do envy you! It's nice to think of you enjoying and relaxing, and as for napping in the breeze, yes, do more of that! You deserve to revel in the warmth and rest up good.

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    It has been nice here too and I have really enjoyed it. We have been enjoying the car windows being open too and have loved sitting outside.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2014 10:31AM

    Good you're enjoying! You obviously did need the nap after the suture drama! HUGS and hope it's doing all right today.

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WATERMELLEN 7/6/2014 10:06AM

    Here in Ontario we've been enjoying the same glorious weather and I absolutely love it.

A/C can be necessary but I prefer the days when it isn't absolutely!!

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SPINNINGJW 7/6/2014 7:16AM

    Last report I heard, it is supposed to get into the 90's today here.

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DEW1960 7/6/2014 6:59AM


I used to not like summer so much because of the heat and humidity but I am a lot more active now and I am enjoying it more myself.

Have a wonderful day!


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ONEKIDSMOM 7/6/2014 6:37AM

    Sounds divine... savor your Sunday, and be blessed! emoticon

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