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Be Your Own Valentine.

Sunday, February 12, 2012



Last night I stopped in at Whole Foods, and the roses and tulips were overflowing the flower buckets. I hadn't intended to buy myself two dozen long-stemmed peach roses, but when I saw them, they were just so lovely. What better way to take care of me, nurture me, celebrate my awesomeness, than to buy myself this Valentine's gift? So I took them to the counter and asked the flower girl to add some baby's breath and wrap them up. She wrapped them in orange tissue paper, and they were so gorgeous, I could feel myself beaming.

My checker said, "Those are going to make someone very happy."

I said, "Me!"

We both laughed. It felt good. It got me thinking--I shall continue in this vein for the next few days. Today I'm going to buy myself six of the most delectable hand-made truffles I can find. And I'm going to book myself an hour-and-a-half massage at my favorite day spa for next weekend.

There's no need to be sad and lonesome on Valentine's Day. Be your own Valentine. You get better flowers.

  
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CHANGINGMORGAN 2/25/2012 10:02PM

    Love this blog!!!

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ANAJAK 2/16/2012 5:14PM

    Yup is good - I just need to finish school and get a job so I can afford those roses!! They are GORGEOUS - you must smile everytime you see them I know I would!!

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VTORIA3 2/15/2012 8:48PM

    What a great blog. You sure know how to treat a lady! emoticon

I sure wish we had a Whole Foods in WNY. I visited a big one in the Garden District of New Orleans and their flowers were gorgeous, too. I bought some for our hotel room for the week that we were there; nice treat.

Day 9 emoticon Great going on consistency....hope you are feeling 100 percent soon.

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BADASSBLONDIE 2/15/2012 3:06PM

    Love this!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 2/13/2012 6:46PM

    Awesome! Happy Valentine's Day!

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KJDOESLIFE 2/13/2012 3:49PM

    Very good idea!! :)

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WILLIAMV3 2/13/2012 11:45AM

    Great idea! You deserve it. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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LISAINMS 2/13/2012 11:41AM

    Self treats are always the best! Happy VD!

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KELLIGIRL523 2/13/2012 8:26AM

    Good girl! Great thinking!

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DLYNN122 2/12/2012 10:02PM

    i'm definitely doing this too! i'm planning out a marathon of grey's anatomy and a bunch of goodies to eat...might have to add flowers too!

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NCPANFAN 2/12/2012 8:09PM

    Enjoy your Valentine's Day - week! I don't usually get anything for it either. Unfortunately I am the mushy one and the one who gives cards and stuff... The flowers are beautiful!

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VAMANOS 2/12/2012 7:18PM

    Love it! Although I'm married, DH thinks Valentine's Day is for kids, so I seldom get fussed over on that day. But he brings me flowers for no reason at other times, so I'm good with it. I usually get him a funny card.

Sometimes if we want to get pampered, we have to just do it ourselves, and I think that's ok! I just booked a spa facial and parafin manicure for myself, not even for Valentine's Day...just for because. But I may go looking for chocolate-dipped strawberries for a Valentine's treat for myself.

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MT-MOONCHASER 2/12/2012 7:02PM

    Great Idea!!

I may just get myself a bouquet on Valentine's Day! I have a meeting, have to get a driver's license mug shot, and get my teeth cleaned. After all that, I may just see what the grocery store has left...

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/12/2012 4:57PM

    I love this. I think we all need to take the time to stop and buy ourselves some flowers of whatever makes us happy.

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/12/2012 1:15PM

    Lovely! enjoy your massage, you deserve it
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LMB-ESQ 2/12/2012 12:48PM

    Nice!! Happy Valentine's Day!

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TWEETYKC00 2/12/2012 12:25PM

    You said it! Why worry over making dates and all.

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LYNDAPRINGLE 2/12/2012 12:17PM

    I love it!! I am married and John and I initially celebrated Valentine's Day with a big production of roses and expensive dining. However, as the years passed, and we've been married for 16 years now, we understand the Hallmark expense that Valentine's can be and have toned it down. Some years, as you, I'll peruse the flower section of a grocery store and bring home a selection of beautiful daisies, roses, carnations, etc. for our dining room table to enjoy as we eat. No more need for the expensive florist. It's more fun when I pick out the flowers myself. Sometimes we will still do the expensive dining as I love going out to eat but, during other years, John will cook (he loves to cook) creative meals with red themes. Valentine's is a great holiday but best celebrated in a creative, personal way.

By the way, when I was single - I did the same thing you did - make it a personal day for myself by getting facials or massages. I love those two things and I indulged during that holiday. There is no need for any holiday to be exclusionary depending on one's great attitude. We don't have kids but still get a kick out of Christmas. emoticon

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GIANTMICROBE 2/12/2012 12:06PM

    That's AWESOME! And those flowers are breathtaking!!!!!

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I Heart 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Two weeks into 2012 and let me tell you, I am in a much better place right now this year as compared to last year. It's taken a while to put that mess (and that man) behind me, but I got through it. And here I am a year later, and my days are a bit brighter with each passing day.

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Currently I'm on Day 8 of the Ashley 15-minutes-a-day-for-30-days challenge. I needed something to give me a little push motivation-wise on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Weekends are easy and don't take too much self-talk to get me out the door. On Tuesday and Friday, I meet with my personal trainer for strength training. Since I pay for it and it's scheduled, I do not miss working out those days! Let me tell you, getting back to regular strength training feels great. I love feeling the muscles I'm building. I've got nice strong arms.

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Now to get the extra layer of fat off the top so you can see them. emoticon

I'm also in the midst of repeating Couch to 5K, but my foot injury is making it a little tougher this time around. The foot is improving, and hopefully within a few more months, it will be back in good shape. For now, I'm limiting my running and doing the elliptical when my foot is talking to me a bit too much. (Like today.) emoticon

Since I'd laid off for several months, the elliptical is quite challenging these days. It's nice to get that contrast so I can see how much progress I'd made when I was doing it consistently. When we slowly gain endurance, it's easy to miss just how far we've come. We don't notice the tremendous progress we've made. This is a nice lesson that I'd really come a long way, even though I couldn't really see it. emoticon

I expect I'll soon be back to my previous level, so long as I keep at it. I've got the entire series of Dexter on DVD to make it less painful.

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I've also got this wonderful support system on Spark. I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for cheering me on these past months during some rough times. emoticon I am most grateful for your gentle nudges and encouragement. You have made all the difference. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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TKAYSMILES 2/9/2012 4:09PM

    Glad you are doing better this year!! I can relate to that stuff about not realizing how far you had come until you have to basically start over again. I lost alot not doing anything for months too. I can't do anything close to what I was doing. But it will come. Keep up the great work...and here's to a great 2012!!!!

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ERIN4771 1/30/2012 7:57AM

    good to see you back, and feeling so good my friend!! new year, new possibilities, and with those awesome strength training sessions you are doing, no man will be able to resist!! take it easy with your foot, no sense re injuring it!! i am loving you are in such a great place!! keep being awesome!

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CHRISTINECAN 1/27/2012 3:38PM

    Amazing strong woman, Pam.

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VTORIA3 1/21/2012 4:13PM

    Bravo to you, Pam. It's wonderful to have you back, feeling good about you again. 2012 is all yours. Hat's off to you, my friend. emoticon

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BTINTERNET 1/19/2012 8:36PM

    Hooray for a great new year! Sounds like you're making strides (ha ha)! *hugs*

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TEDDYBABE 1/19/2012 6:38AM

    Yep! 2012 is going to be the year! Yay for ST Trainers. Twice a week would be ideal to make great progress. For now, I can only do 2 a month but I can certainly work out i in between. You ahave made great progress. Hope you heal quickly so you can get back to your running also. Hugs!

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/16/2012 3:17PM

    OMG Dexter is sooo good. That's a great thing to workout to! *hugs* YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 1/16/2012 11:23AM

    I love you! I'm proud of you and you're wonderful.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/16/2012 11:10AM

    I am really proud of you for taking the time you needed to heal your heart and coming back and making yourself healthy. You are an amazing woman!

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KELLIGIRL523 1/16/2012 8:57AM

    Three cheers to being in a better place - in ANY regard! This IS our year, Pam... it IS going to be the ONE!

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MT-MOONCHASER 1/15/2012 9:00PM

    You are doing great.

It's nice to see that you recognize that you are in a better place than you were a year ago and that all the work that you did paid off before. You'll be back there again soon.

Have a good week.

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MAGGIE805 1/15/2012 8:45PM

    Awww, I *heart* you too, Pam. Keep on being awesome. emoticon

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ANAJAK 1/15/2012 8:37PM

    You are so awesome Pammy xxxxx

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LMB-ESQ 1/15/2012 8:29PM

    Yay for Dexter! I predict you'll be back at previous levels before you even realize it! emoticon emoticon So glad you're having a wonderful start to the year!

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GIANTMICROBE 1/15/2012 2:46PM

    Sounds like a great 2012 so far! Looking forward to your updates!

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Austin Lunch-Time River Run/Walk In Pics

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


The kitties are a bonus pic.

  
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KICK-SS 1/15/2012 9:35PM

    Love it! I go to the Austin area once or twice a year to visit family - there and Corpus Christi where I walk on the beach on the island....... my favorite place!!

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LMB-ESQ 1/15/2012 8:32PM

    Beautiful pics! And beautiful kitties!

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VTORIA3 12/12/2011 2:53PM

    Enjoyed the journey of pics. Many moons ago, my husband was assigned to Austin by the military. He effectively worked like heck to get us back on the East coast near family. We wound up in NJ in some godawfulplace, the perfect backdrop for our failed marriage.

I can see I missed out on the experience of living in a great city and many new adventures. Still, it would not have saved the relationship....Austin may be a magical kinda place, but we needed a miracle so to speak.

Hope your long workdays are behind you so that you can begin to enjoy some of the holiday season.



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MT-MOONCHASER 12/2/2011 11:19PM

    My, such fine looking Kitties...

Those pictures make me think that if I had such scenery, I might even wog a bit. Not happening in my current neighborhood...

Have a good weekend.

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THECHAUFFEUR 11/30/2011 10:37PM

    I miss Austin! These pictures are just a reminder of how much I want to move there. Glad to hear you're staying active, even on your lunch break.

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BROWNIEISLANDER 11/30/2011 9:07PM

    Great pics...cool scenery! emoticon

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WILLIAMV3 11/30/2011 4:41PM

    Beautiful pics! emoticon

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OH_HAPPY_DAY 11/30/2011 3:33PM

    love the pics! I miss walking/running around Town Lake when I go to visit my sister. Gotta change that! (although I secretly wish I could move there!)

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/30/2011 11:51AM

    OMG so beautiful. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you for showing us!!!

Heck yes kitteh bonus pic. :D

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BEINGGUIDED 11/30/2011 7:49AM

    HHEEEYYY fellow Austinite. The first time I walked around Lady Bird for exercise my thoughts ranged from "I should move downtown." to "Why in the heck haven't I been doing this before?!?!" I can't wait to see how amazing the trail is going to be after the $5 million trail renovation.
I was scared of Lady Bird because I thought it was only for "fit" people, but the range of people there is absolutely amazing. Austin is truly an amazing town.

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ERIN4771 11/30/2011 7:40AM

    i want to go to there emoticon...love that the squirrel posed for you!!!! great place to run my friend!!

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TEDDYBABE 11/30/2011 6:40AM

    Love the pics. Austin is such a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing.

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/30/2011 12:23AM

    OMG Pat, it's beautiful! What a great way to exercise and an even better way to destress.

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CATWOOMAN 11/29/2011 11:28PM

    What a beautiful day! So nice to see that you have such a great place to exercise. Enjoy it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VAMANOS 11/29/2011 10:59PM

    So much has changed since I was there in college! The shot up the street to the capital looks vaguely familiar, but the buildings seem to have grown a lot. It looks like you had a beautiful day, and what fun for a squirrel to pose for you. Love the bonus pic of the kitties also.

Thanks for sharing!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/29/2011 10:28PM

    Love this! Makes me want to run too.

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LISAINMS 11/29/2011 10:12PM

    I would run every day. Twice a day!! Such a beautiful day captured in photos. Aren't you glad you got out there? Cute girl kitties, too.
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PAMATX 11/29/2011 9:52PM

    I need to get better at working with pics so I can narrate. You should see a pretty little white bird, a gray heron wading, and then in the next shot he flew away. You'll see two dogs I met, including a tiny little fluffy black Pomeranian. And then I met a squirrel. He stood on his hind legs long enough for me to get several shots of him. When I was done, I said, "Okay, bye!" And he skittered away and up a tree. The bridge in most of the shots is the famous Congress Street Bridge where the largest urban colony of Mexican Freetail Bats in North America lives in the summer. The street shots are looking North on Congress Avenue to the Texas State Capitol. The last shot (before the kitties) is out in front of my office. I tried to get a shot of the Stevie Ray Vaughan statute on the South side of the river, but he was smack in the middle of the sun and the shot didn't come out well.

Every time I need some motivation to leave my desk and get my lunch-time cardio, I now have this blog.

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MAGGIE805 11/29/2011 9:40PM

    Just beautiful, Pam!!! The girls are cute too. emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 11/29/2011 9:39PM

    Pretty! You have a great place to run/walk!

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Who runs in the dark?

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Houston, we have a problem. I am buried in work. I like to work, so this is not all bad. But it's not leaving a lot of time for exercise. And when I get home at 8:00 p.m., tired and hungry, the last thing I want to do is exercise. I just want some dinner, maybe a glass of wine, and an hour or two to decompress before bed. So I tell myself every day I'll tear myself away from the office at lunchtime for a much-needed river run. It will ease the stress. Remove this permanent knot that's settled in my left shoulder. But every day, I'm under some deadline or other and just don't have an hour to spare in the middle of the day. There's only one solution, and I'm looking for inspiration.

Do any of you run in the morning before work? Which means in the dark this time of year. If so, how do you do it? Do you like it? Do you feel comfortable in the dark in the morning? Why do you like it? Why do you do it? How do you get yourself out of your warm cozy bed filled with purring kitties?

Being just a weekend warrior isn't going to work. And with two upcoming trial settings, my work schedule is not going to ease up before mid-December, and probably will get worse. The only solution is to steal away in the wee hours of the morning, before work owns the rest of my day.

Any and all inspiration is most welcome.

  
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LMB-ESQ 1/15/2012 8:38PM

    I totally missed this one. Did you ever figure it out? I love running in the dark! As long as I'm in my own neighborhood where things are familiar and I feel safe. I wouldn't trail run, although I've seen people wearing headlamps on the trail. I just don't feel confident there in the dark.

I also love morning workouts, once I can tear myself out of bed. Yes, leaving the purring kitty and the snuggly puppies is difficult, and I'll admit it -- sometimes I cave and just stay in bed. The key is what Blondie said... just turn your brain off and do it. Don't think, just do, is my mantra for morning workouts. But once I get going, I often don't want to stop. It's easier in the summer, even if it is dark out, just because it's warmer. Of course, you don't really have that issue where you live. Hmm... maybe I should move to Texas!

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JLITT62 12/5/2011 10:36AM

    It can be really hard to leave the warm, purring kitties. But I love to watch the sun rise as I run! Must admit I haven't done it in a long time, tho.

Get everything ready the night before . . . lay out your outfit, your shoes & any snacks you might need.

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IPA-RAY 12/5/2011 8:46AM

    I run in the dark occasionally. I use a headlamp (except when it is a clear night and a full moon) and run on rails-to-trails routes so I avoid the risk of traffic. In the past, there was a time when I ran with a group doing 1 kilometer loops around a school at 9:00 p.m. That was less fun. Since you are a woman, you need to keep safety in mind by either running in a safe area or with someone.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/5/2011 8:39AM

    I run in the dark with m y training group, and occasionally by myself during the week. It's usually after work, and I use a headlamp. Make sure you're visible, that the area is safe, and that there are others around.

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TEDDYBABE 12/4/2011 10:14PM

    I run many times after dark. Have my little head lamp and its actually quite relaxing. WE live in the country here, so its watch out for critters instead of autos, etc. Hope you are able to work out a schedule.

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THECHAUFFEUR 12/3/2011 5:31PM

    I just started running in the dark this past week. I'd always made excuses about it before because there aren't many sidewalks where I live so I worry about cars, but I finally decided that I needed to get the exercise. It's either dark in the morning when I get up or getting dark when I get home, so I've been running in the evening. Just make sure you take a flashlight with you (I set a countdown timer on my phone then use the flashlight on my phone) so you're more visible. Try to wear lighter colors and if you have it, something reflective. Also, I'd recommend not listening to headphones if you're running in the dark so you can hear cars coming, if you're running on the streets.

Running in the dark is not my favorite, but it's not too bad either. At some point you just have to make it work I guess, so don't be afraid to do it if you can't squeeze out time for a midday workout.

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VTORIA3 11/14/2011 3:51PM

    If you don't have a big dog to take with you (sorry to slight the kitties), then find a place to run where there are others to hook up and run with.

I recently went walking in the dark. There are so few streetlights in my neighborhood. I was scared thinking someone could jump out from a garbage can or a parked car or bushes. Why put one in harm's way to be in the wrong place at the right time. I won't do that again.

All that said, I love walking in the morning before I can muster up any of the day's excuses. With a crazy busy schedule like you have, give the best time of day to you and take care of yourself with a morning run. It will keep you relaxed most of the day no matter what the stressors are. And at night, decompress without guilt and enjoy that glass of wine. emoticon

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LHIEBEL 11/7/2011 7:28PM

  The best workout plan I can stick to is running in the morning before work--the dark doesn't bother me because I have done it for so long--plus there are lots of runners and bikers in my neighborhood so there are a lot of people out early in the morning so I feel safer--once you are in the habit--you will feel weird if you don't run in the morning!

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BELLALUCIA 11/7/2011 5:06PM

    Fit in just ten minutes if u can to walk briskly. Simple steps.

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/7/2011 2:38PM

    I can only workout in the mornings or at lunch. Night working out NEVER works for me.

I do streaks. It makes me get up b/c I don't wanna break it. I've also taught Mike how to convince me to get up in the morning, which excuses to ignore, etc.... And the feeling of disappointment I feel whenI get back *into* bed frequently makes it hard to fall back asleep.

BUt honestly, I have to turn my brain off, and just foucs on one thing at a time. Go to the bathroom, feed the cats, get on workout clothes, get in car (if swimming) or outside (if running) and just. do. it. Maybe promise yourself "just" 15 minutes and then see how you feel after. I bet you'll wanna keep going.

xoxo

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VAMANOS 11/6/2011 6:50PM

    I don't run, and I no longer have to do my workouts before the sun comes up, but back when I started SP I did. I walked in a local park just before dawn, and felt safe enough as there were other exercisers out there with me.

However, if it's going to be full dark, definitely get some gear that will allow you to be seen. To the others' suggestions, I'd add pepper spray and a whistle. Kudos to you for working on a solution to this, as it's absolutely necessary when you have a stress-filled vocation such as yours.

As far as getting out of a warm bed full of purring kitties, I'm not sure I could do that under any circumstances, lol. But, I don't HAVE any purring kitties emoticon and anything else that would otherwise keep me in bed, ahem, gets out of it himself to go to work heh heh.

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SLFRISBEY 11/6/2011 2:58PM

    I did it once (the dark AM wog) and wogged around the track at a park around my apartment. Sadly I ended up waking a homeless colony who then decided to watch me wog around the track until I felt uncomfortable enough to go home. Not a great idea I decided especially since I went alone and didn't wake the hubs to tell him I was leaving. If I want to workout in the morning I have to use the treadmill at the office gym since it's the safest option. I want to find a gym with an indoor track though!

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/6/2011 2:57AM

    My sister does. She's been training for a full marathon and needed to run earlier and earlier in the AM to get long runs in. Don't think this will help you- she got a dog. A big one. It's a bubbalah, but you can't tell from looking at it.
Another idea would be a running buddy or small group. That way none of you are alone... I see that a lot of people run solo in the dark. I guess it depends on your level of comfort/safety...

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CSROBERTSON621 11/5/2011 10:54PM

    I have the same problem with work keeping me at the office late. I have tried running in the morning, but I am just not a morning person. Mostly (at least at this time of year), I end up working out on my treadmill. Does motivate me to get in my outdoor runs on the weekend -- the treadmill has the very great drawback of being deadly boring!

But I do see people (women included) out running as I'm walking home from work at 8 or 9 -- I guess it's a matter of making sure you stay visible and keep to safe, relatively well-lit areas. I live in Georgetown in Washington DC, so I am always concerned about the uneven brick sidewalks, which are challenge enough when it's light out! I much prefer the parks, but would be too nervous to be out there running at night.

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LISAINMS 11/5/2011 10:46PM

    What Maggie said. With exceptions. It's more like 6am, I have no eye candy and I like my coffee un-frou-frou'd. I learned really fast that I have to get my workout in first thing before the day sucks the life out of me. Besides... it starts my day off with time for me that no one will interrupt!

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DONNA0256 11/5/2011 7:40PM

    Sorry, cna't help you out with the running ideas, but I do get up early to do some type of workout before work. Usually yoga, sometimes Jillian Michaels but anything to get my body loosened up for the day. I sit at a desk all day and really ache if I don't get to exercise! Keep searching, you'll find what works for you!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 11/5/2011 7:13PM

    Let us know how it goes if you decide to do it!!! Be safe!!!

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MAGGIE805 11/5/2011 5:18PM

    I do most of my running in the dark. I get up at 4:45 am and I'm out the door at 5:00. I live in a well lit neighborhood and I try to stick to mostly main streets. I look forward to weekends because I can get up later.

I don't like it. But I do it anyway for several reasons;

1. I know I have some races scheduled and I need to be ready.

2. I start the day off on a good note knowing that I made time for myself to do this.

3. I enjoy the peace and quiet before the city wakes up.

4. A hot latte and even hotter eye candy waiting for me when I'm done.

I hope this helps and good luck.

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PAPAMIKIE 11/5/2011 4:48PM

    I do about 90 % of my running in the dark. It is actually quite pleasant, assuming you live in a safe neighbourhood. I hear a head lamp, and tall lamp, a yellow reflective jacket, a consturtion reflective vest, a white hat on top and reflecive running shoes. The lamps are primarily to be seen. I do not listen to music I want my ears hearing what is coming up behind me.

I carry ID, a Cell phone, and enough money to take a cab home if needed. I do not run with a partner although for many people this is part of their plan for running in the dark. I typically run late at night or very early in the morning. I mean 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Occasionally I will get out by 9:30 p.m. or as latae as 4:30 a.m.

On rare occasions I have been know to run during the day light.

Hope this helps.

Good running and be careful out there.

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Patience (and persistence), Grasshopper

Monday, October 10, 2011

I felt like a big whiny baby earlier today because of all the back-tracking I've done on the fantastic progress I'd made. Yes, I injured my foot. But I didn't push myself to find some other form of exercise I would enjoy while I stayed off it. I had many excuses. I don't like to swim and the condo pool is tiny. I didn't want to go to the gym and lift weights. What's the point of doing crunches and push-ups at home? Blah blah blah. With no exercise, the stress and irritation had to go somewhere. Where did it go? In a bottle of wine. When I was doing cardio, I didn't want a glass of wine at night. Without cardio, I wanted two glasses every night to erase the day. Not to mention the debauchery of the weekends and consorting with unsavory characters with lots of bad habits of their own. So I undid all the progress I'd made. I let the foot injury totally derail me, and I immersed myself in unhealthy drinking, eating, and all-around laziness.

In the midst of feeling sorry for myself today for putting myself back to square one, I began catching up on blogs. I read some really terrific accounts of great progress, transformation, and stupendous achievements. You people are simply amazing. I feel so proud. And then I noticed my eyes tearing up. And my heart aching. I had missed so much. Everyone has come so far. And instead of sharing in the triumphs and perhaps having a few of my own, I let myself get sucked in to old habits and mind-twisting situations.

But there's not a damn thing I can do about the past months. I can do better from here on out. That's what I've got: what's ahead. I can whine about yesterday, or I can put my energy toward getting my fitness level back to where it was, and then continue progressing even further from there. Energy spent on whining is wasted energy. Energy spent lamenting mistakes of the past is wasted energy. I'm going to put my energy toward making better choices today, and every day from here on out. I will not let anything or anyone derail me. There may be setbacks, injuries, speed bumps, or even road blocks, but I will keep moving. And I am going to surround myself with positive people doing their very best to treat themselves well. It's contagious. Just like negativity. I choose positivity and happiness.

So after all my moping and self-recrimination, I laced up my shoes and went down to the river. I did 3.32 miles, walking only. I did C25k Saturday and Sunday, so I decided today I needed to walk and give my still tender foot a rest. Turns out I walked my three miles just a hair faster than I ran them yesterday. Go figure.

But I feel so impatient. I want to go farther. I want to go faster. I want my fitness level to be back where it was in January right now. But today, I made myself walk. And I'm not going to jump right back in and aggravate my injury. I'm making great progress. I can run again without hobbling around for two days after. I'm getting there. I felt good tonight. And tomorrow night I'll feel even better. I just keep telling myself to give it three months. In three months I'll have undone much of effects of the past months.

Patience, grasshopper. Patience. Patience and persistence. I'll get there.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BTINTERNET 10/19/2011 12:49PM

    Way to go Pam!! You're right on!
I've had some backslide too, so we can face the next three months looking forward together! :-)

*big hugs*

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VTORIA3 10/13/2011 5:05AM

    A fracture can be such a de-railment -- I've had a couple of foot stress fractures -- so I can understand your frustration. You are smart to take it slow and progress as your foot gets stronger. Attitude is everything, and you got it goin' on. Love your spark background tile by the way. emoticon

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BETHV10 10/11/2011 4:19PM

    I've gone back to some old and bad habits as well over the last few months and I don't have a bad foot to blame it on. I had some family problems that derailed me because I let them. Obviously getting heavier didn't help the family problems and I know that..... but we all make mistakes. I'll we can do is get back on the horse and try! emoticon

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LISAINMS 10/11/2011 4:10PM

    Whining is so yesterday. Cue Rocky Theme Song. Pam's back in da house!

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WILLIAMV3 10/11/2011 1:23PM

    Keeping looking ahead. You can't change your past but you can change your future. Go girl!!! I believe in you. emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/11/2011 12:04PM

    You're fantastic!!!!!! Love this!!!! Especially this: "And I'm not going to jump right back in and aggravate my injury." Good work, lady. :D

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THERESACHANGED 10/11/2011 9:11AM

    Excellent blog! And, your words are especially resonating with me. I have backtracked a bit also and am struggling to get my mojo back. You're in a great place -

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CAROLCRC 10/11/2011 8:46AM

    Slow and steady wins the race... learning how to come back carefully from an injury, and how not to get derailed when you are hurting is very, very difficult. I've re-injured myself multiple times in the last 3 years because I couldn't master this!

Sounds like you are moving in the right direction. Your positive attitude is what will keep you on the right track. HUGS!

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ERIN4771 10/11/2011 7:36AM

    we all get derailed from time to time, it happens...injuries are a pain in the *ss, and it sucks when you are having such great success, then, to have to stop a routine you have gotten used to is hard...the point is, you are back, we are here for you, thru the good and the bad, and it's time to just keep swimming my friend.... emoticon

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GIANTMICROBE 10/11/2011 7:20AM

    It's not how hard you fall. It's how high you bounce.

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ANAJAK 10/11/2011 5:15AM

    Spamacious. I love you. You are back and ready to go baby. We so got this in the bag emoticon

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CHANGINGMORGAN 10/11/2011 4:58AM

    I'm super proud of you for remembering that you are worth this and for taking care of yourself.

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/11/2011 4:52AM

    You got this! It is wonderful to have you back with us again.
Slow baby steps still get us where we want to be, it just takes a little longer. Unfortunately injuries happen and you are doing the right thing listening to your body and walking when you need to.
FYI, my walking was also as fast as my running. LOL not a great statement on my running...

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CATWOOMAN 10/10/2011 11:54PM

    You can take your injury and either use it as a learning experience/moment or you can whine.
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You're taking the bull by the horn and putting yourself first, not whining and getting back on track!
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You are such a motivator yourself, it is GREAT to have you back.
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MAGGIE805 10/10/2011 10:50PM

    Awww, just having you back brings a smile to my face. Wasn't it Confucious who said "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" or something like that. You have already taken one big, courageous step towards achieving what you have set out to do and you can do it. I know you can.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/10/2011 10:21PM

    You can do it Pam! This isn't irreparable.

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REENIE131 10/10/2011 10:13PM

    Remember, every step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Keep going! You can do it!

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