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Sunday, January 03, 2010

It's a new year, and another symbolic start as fresh & clean as the fluffy snow falling outside my window. But in a few days, the snow will be grey and mucky and downtrodden.

Sure, I have goals that I want to accomplish. But what usually gets in my way is that I forget that each day, each moment, each breath, each thought is a fresh start. My snow gets slushy and I forget that I can do anything I put my mind to, that after the slush comes the spring. If I resolve anything, it's to remember that. Because life isn't about being perfect, it's that you're perfect just being.


Making Time for Me

Friday, September 11, 2009

3 weeks ago, my boyfriend & I broke up. Though I miss the closeness and comfort of a romantic partner (and I love him very much), I know it's for the best.

There are definite plus sides to being single again. I spent a year thinking of TAFKABF (The Artist Formerly Known As Boyfriend) before thinking of myself. I lived completely in his world, and neglected my own needs. I adapted to his habits, and forgot why mine made me feel good. I also gained over 20lbs, putting me perilously close to 200 (AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!). That scared the s#!t out of me and the burger out of my hand.

This week, I embarked on a New Chapter. I am thinking of Me. I started consistently tracking my food, preparing & packing meals instead of eating out, and I have been mostly vegetarian.

I started exercising and adding more activity to my daily life. I am alternating Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred with's Couch-to-5K program:
(I also got over the fact that I've run two 5Ks before the 20lbs and that I need to restart from the beginning!).

I purged my belongings of old books and clothes and sold them for some cash. I put my waist & my wallet on a diet.

I'm focusing on myself, my business, and exploring new and old hobbies. It feels great to get to know me again!

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YANKEECHICK1 9/11/2009 2:48PM

    That's the best thing one can do. Making time for me, great idea. emoticon

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JUMPSTART* 9/11/2009 12:06PM

    Way to go!! You can do this!!

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Weight Loss, Coupled

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I've been with my boyfriend for a little over six months, and I am blissfully happy.

I'm also 15 lbs. heavier. Ouch.

When we met in August, I was at my lowest weight remembered, 172. I was on my way to waving goodbye to the 170s, nevermind saying hello to the 180s again. The scale said ALMOST 190! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN???

When I picked up the love of my life, I also picked up some of his not-so-great habits.

- He loves to sleep in, which means I pass on my Saturday morning workout.
- After we roll out of bed (before noon, if the stars are aligned), it's off to one of his many favorite greasy spoons for breakfast. 3 pancakes bigger than my expanding rear, some (okay, half) of his homefries and buckets of coffee, anyone?
- My love has a car, though while quite convenient, means I don't walk nearly as much as I used to. During my single weekends, walking was transportation and entertainment. Not so much now.
- Due to a late and large breakfast, we skip lunch most of the time and I'm famished by dinner.
- There's rarely food that's his in his kitchen, let alone food that's fresh. Nary a leafy green or shiny apple to be seen. Most of our meals are eaten out.

I just finished reading Your Big Fat Boyfriend (reviewed in a recent Daily Spark post). Though it contained not much new information or solutions (hog-tie boyfriend, steal wallet and Peapod groceries over, STAT! No? Not cool?), it did reinforce the necessity of planning, paying attention, and prioritizing.

I can't really say it's easier to lose weight while single, because I didn't particularly find it easy. I have a new set of challenges now, but I know what they are and I am constantly reminding myself of them. I'm just going to have to be a bit more diligent, which will probably yield better results than the hog-tying would, anyway.

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PSCHEP 2/24/2009 12:26PM

    Interesting post. I'm happily married. But, maybe one of the reasons I can say "happily" is because my husband works nights emoticon So, all week long I'm pretty much a single girl. I eat and exercise the way I should. Unfortunately, come weekend, we tend to eat well, talk a lot (there's a lot to catch up on), and since he's not physically active, we spend a lot of time watching TV, playing on the computer, or shopping. So, I hear ya! Guess it's part of being in a relationship, figuring out how to stay together without losing our personal goals. I, for one, am still working at it after 22 years!

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Rules for Toughing it Out from Runner's World

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

1. Break It Down
Forget the big picture; think small. "When things get tough, I know I can always run just one more mile," says Jess Norton of Seattle. Or try something shorter. Adrienne Ramsey of Hingham, Massachusetts, tells herself, "You can do anything for one more minute." Jeff Rothman of Los Angeles targets landmarks. "I say to myself, 'Get to that building 300 meters from here.' Then, 'Now get to that tree 200 meters ahead...'" Harry Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, uses moving targets. "I make a game of trying to pick off people who are ahead of me one by one," he says.

"I think, If I stop running, how am I going to get home?" -Josh via

2. Repeat a Mantra
Follow the lead of elites, and tap into the power of words. "My favorite saying is 'Do or do not; there is no try.' It's from Star Wars," says Brian Sell, 2008 U.S. Olympic marathoner. Steve Prefontaine's "Pure guts race" inspires Octavius Bonacquisti of Austin, Texas, while Kellana Hindert of Cincinnati invokes Ryan Hall's "Run the mile you are in." A runner who wishes to be known simply as Jeff repeats Lance Armstrong's "Pain is temporary; quitting lasts forever." Heidi McIlroy of Kent, Washington, takes a different approach, talking trash-to herself. "I say things like, 'Legs, you're fine. No big deal. That hill? Hardly anything. Don't be such wimps, just keep moving.' Works like a charm."

3. See Success
Cara Hawkins of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, imagines she's racing against Bernard Lagat, Alan Webb, or Kara Goucher-and winning. Says a runner who calls herself Bunny of Ann Arbor, Michigan, "I think about the last guy that broke my heart-then I think about passing him." A runner named Vince, in training to go to Iraq, imagines outrunning an insurgent in a combat situation: "Any improvement now will have life-saving effects later." Police officer Katie, who patrols an urban area, reenacts foot pursuits on her runs. "The adrenaline kicks in, and I forget about the pain," she says.

The Tough Keep Going

85% have never dropped out of a race
70% say a bad run doesn't ruin their day
63% would never take a pill to PR
46% say their brains give out before bodies on long runs
40% have never cried during or after a race
Based on respondents to polls

4. Think Hard
"I've learned that when I really focus on one thing, I won't think about what hurts," says James of Fort Worth, Texas. Lindsey Schaffer of Pullman, Washington, says, "I make sure my shoulders aren't tense, my footfalls are straight and firm, my back is straight, and that each breath is deep. The miles have passed before I know it." Patrick Gerini of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, says he concentrates on the sound of his footfalls and breathing: "I hypnotize myself this way." Ric Stewart of Lyons, Georgia, suggests thinking about body parts that don't hurt: "My index finger feels great!"

5. Remember the Reward
"I bargain with myself-I don't have to do anything for the rest of the day, and I can eat whatever I want," says Ashleigh Griffin of Midland, Texas. Margaret Turner thinks about her postrun steak and big glass of red wine. Kendra Pudlowski of Jefferson City, Missouri, reminds herself that she lost 118 pounds in the past year through diet and exercise. "I recently won my age division at a local 5-K," she says. "Running is what sets me apart from others around me struggling to be healthy."

6. Listen Up
"The best thing to keep me going is a song in my head," says Nathan Gringras of Richmond, Virginia. Like many runners, Joel Harrison of Fair Oaks, California, goes for the theme song to Chariots of Fire. "Mos Def & Massive Attack's song 'I Against I' helps me remember that it is only a battle between my mind and my body," says Cathryn Windham of Austin, Texas. John Frenette of San Francisco, likes all kinds of aggressive music. "It helps me dig deeper and re-channel energy," he says. Jean Owen prefers the spoken word. "When I feel like I'm about to give in, I switch to an audiobook," she says. "I like thrillers and mysteries-they keep me on edge."

7. Work Your Brain
Remi Hoffman of Berline Heights, Ohio, counts footsteps, while Simon Moyse of Snohomish, Washington, says he simply counts to 10 repeatedly. "Before you know it, you've done that 60 times and you're 10 minutes closer to your goal." Some smart runners make their minds really work. "I do mental math, like long division or multiplication," says Christine Cruz of Rockledge, Florida. "It's an easy way to keep my mind from thinking about how much longer I have to run." "I conjugate the verb 'to run' in Spanish in as many tenses as I can remember," says Jess Christensen of Earling, Iowa. "Corro, corres, corre, corremos, correis, corren..."

8. Don't Embarrass Yourself
"There's nothing worse than looking like a sucker walking down the road all sweaty six miles from home," says Joshua Lundin of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. "Having people around witnessing my run is like being accountable-as if I'm thinking about walking as soon as they're out of sight," agrees Ali Collier of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "I form a mental picture of my proud family and their big grins at the finish line," says Julie Bledsoe of Greenwood, South Carolina. "It gets me through every time."

"I dedicated each mile in a marathon and kept running so I wouldn't have to fess up to walking anyone's mile!" -Annie Tindall Birmingham, Alabama

9. Keep It in Perspective
"I think about how I made it through delivering a nine-pound baby-twice!" says Griffin of Texas. "I remember when I went through a divorce, and when my house burned down," says Doug Widowski of Rockford, Illinois. "I remember how I have had surgeries on both my knees," says Noah Brooks-Motl. "And I've made it this far." Says Krista Englert of Rochester, New York, "I survived two combat tours to Iraq. Pain on a run is nothing that I can't handle."

10. Count your Blessings
"I remind myself that any kind of running is a luxury I am afforded," says Brenda Carawan of Virginia Beach, Virginia. "There are too many people who wish they had two legs to run on. I am thankful for the body I've been given." Kathie Cheswick of Thunder Bay, Ontario, works in an outpatient physiotherapy clinic. "I run a mile for the patients who have touched me the most," she says. "I usually run out of miles before I run out of patients to run them for."

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LYNNED29 2/10/2009 2:55PM

    thanks for posting! I so needed to read something like this today after I had my first "bad run" last night.

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Little Victories, con't

Friday, February 06, 2009

Wednesday, 2/4:
- Went to the gym before work
- Packed breakfast & snacks
- Went to a burrito place for lunch & ordered a small burrito, no rice, no cheese, grilled veggies instead of meat
- Cooked a low-cal frittata for dinner
- Baked No Pudge brownies to satisfy the sweet tooth instead of eating swiss chocolate

Thursday, 2/5:
- Ate breakfast
- Left work mid-morning to take a tai chi class
- Packed lunch & snacks
- Went out for dinner and drank water & diet soda
- Ordered green tea instead of latte at Starbucks
- Took the stairs instead of the escalator

Friday, 2/6:
- Ate breakfast
- Packed lunch & snacks
- Offered to move computers around the office
- Went on an errand to pick up birthday cupcakes
- Planned for ONE cupcake and bringing one to the BF
- Gym session planned after work
- Grocery store run to pick up fruit and healthy snacks for the BF's place

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BIGGIRL2082010 2/6/2009 3:22PM

    What a wonderful series of good choice after good choice after good choice!

Thanks for sharing!


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