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Trust the process, part 2

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

*waves* This whole resting thing is really hard to put into practice! Life has gotten super-busy though, so it's been easier to force myself not to go to the gym.

I didn't do my lunch run today (helped with lunch for our board meeting and ethics training) and I'm not going to run at lunch tomorrow.

Just writing that out makes me feel a bit wibbly and queasy because that seems like a lot of calories not being burned. :(

Must.trust.the.process. I do not need to "make up" those workouts; if I gain a pound or two, that is OKAY.

Also, trying not to flail. My face and skin are broken out something fierce and I'm not sure why. The usual things (eating more oatmeal & wheat germ, taking my vitamins) are not helping immediately, and I'm trying to only work with one possible solution at a time. So I'm going to keep on with the diet first, not change my skin care routine for another week. I swear I never had trouble like this even in high school!

Still working on giving up diet soda, which has been both hard in the extreme and suprisingly easy. Possibly because I've not weaned myself off caffiene yet. Aha! Next on the list is artificial sweetners...then caffiene.

I may jump off a cliff, but I'm going to give it my all.

Started reading Jillian Michaels' "Master Your Metabolism," and I think she's slowly bringing me onboard. I am never impressed with the "OMGPANIC! Everything you eat is bad for yooou!" tone of most "diet" books, but I like the hormone charts (even if some of them, ESPECIALLY the chart on insulin, are misleading at best) and some of the advice so far.

I also just finished "Spent" by Dr. Frank Lipman, in the same vein, although with an emphasis on mental relaxation and reducing toxic stressors in general. Both books recommended very similar things though, which is encouraging.

Finally, to end this little brain dropping - I saw Jack LaLanne on TV (I know! Me watching TV?! The world *is* ending!) and wow - he's 94 years old and still crooning like a teen idol. His quote, I think I might adopt it as my mantra: "If a man made it, don't eat it."

Words to live by, I think. :)

  
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SUPERDUPER26 9/10/2009 5:18PM

    I did a month of no artificial sweeteners, and I decided that was enough for me. I think its good to know WHERE they hide, but I found I was making really stupid substitutions to avoid them, and for the most part I'm better off just being mindful and not necessarily avoiding them. That being said though, if you find any gum without artificial sweeteners let me know, my biggest problem was no afternoon gum!
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DANCINGCAROL 9/9/2009 11:08PM

    Nice post. With regard to skin, I have very sensitive skin which can break out at the drop of a hat. For example, my boyfriend purchased a new sunscreen from Neutregena, which is a great brand. I used it and had pimples all over my arms by the morning. Not a rash, but really- pimples - and where I never get them. One would think that by discontinuing that product they would rapidly disappear. Nope. They hung on for weeks. Also, if I spend a lot of time in a pollution-filled city, for example, I sometimes break out in zits. Also setting me off: stress, hormones, sleeplessness. Exercise or a sweat in a sauna is always great for my skin. Hope you can figure out what is causing your situation...I know it's a frustrating thing to deal with.

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BILLALEX70 9/9/2009 9:02PM

    Good blog D.

I've slowed down a bit here in the past couple weeks as well. Not sure why, but I just have that lazy feeling. Much like you, I'm still staying active, but not like an exercise pace.

Sometimes a break in the action is just what the body needs to recharge.
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Today's Running Song:

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

"Is It Any Wonder" by Keane

Kind of a slower paced song, but the tempo underneath is very good for those hills and long, slow days.

  


Today's Running Song:

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

"Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel

  
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QUIDDITCHGRRL 9/9/2009 8:07AM

    Do you have a link, Jen? I don't have an iPod but I certainly listen to good podcasts!

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JENONTHEROX 9/9/2009 12:40AM

    mmm covers!

do you both listen to the Coverville podcasts? :)

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JOPAPGH 9/8/2009 10:04PM

    Thumbs up for their cover of "Satisfaction" too!

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 9/8/2009 9:44PM

    Have you heard Devo's cover of "Head Like a Hole"? Most excellent.

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JOPAPGH 9/8/2009 6:30PM

    Devo's version of "Working in a Coalmine"

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Today's Running Song:

Monday, September 07, 2009

"Touch Me" by The Doors

  
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JOPAPGH 9/7/2009 3:58PM

    Love the horn bits.

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Ride Report: Bike the Cbus, September 5, 2009

Sunday, September 06, 2009

There is no way I can compete with Pelotonia, but I did get some cycling in on Saturday for the annual Bike the Cbus event, a central-city tour of Columbus.

Perfect weather, perfect routes, perfect people - quite the enjoyable day!

First, I had to buy a bike helmet. You read right - I've never worn a helmet on a bike. Amazing I made it through childhood, college, work and trail cycling, eh!? But Bike the Cbus required a helmet so I trekked to Wally world and got the cheapest one. :) It didn't bother me as much as I thought it might, so yay, I can be a safe rider at last.

*Noise of portending*

The day was beautiful, about 60* at 8am, when I parked downtown and rode out to the start. Then got my swag bag and *facepalm* rode the mile back to the car to drop it off before hitting the road. Thwack thwack thwack.

The ride took us through the King-Lincoln District, Franklin Park Conservatory, Olde Towne East, Merion Village, German Village, Brewery District, COSI, Bottoms, Olentangy Trail, Harrison West, Victorian Village, downtown, Discovery District and back. Columbus is super-beautiful in the more gentrified areas, with huge brick houses, wrought-iron gates, slate rooves. This was a super-slow ride with lots of stops at green houses, YMCAs, local community associations, private bike shops and just random folks who offered to be a stop on the tour.

Pretty nice considering the last couple of races I've run - nice to have water and tech support when you need it (Twice Ridden Bikes pumped my tires up after they'd been bounced around on the brick streets of German Village).

Sadly, for all the beauty of the buildings and homes themselves, many of them are run-down, vacant places in need of fixing. I can see this happening, slowly, very slowly, in K-L and Olde Towne, where the homes are structurally sound. In the Bottoms the progress is still close to nothing, where most of the homes are clapboard and have oilpaper siding, many have fire damage from homeless squatters. Still, you can see where so much potential lies.

Everyone was so nice! Many group riders offered to let me join them, but I felt like maintaining my own pace and really enjoying the scenery and thinking my own thoughts. I only got off course a couple of times, but everyone else did too. :)

But oh yes, no day would be complete without a mishap or two. I let my mouth get ahead of me and called out to a group of teenaged riders to respect the traffic lights (they made left turns on red!) and got into it with them over their idiocy. Then *I* pulled out in front of a car. I also wiped out in front of the North Market after running over a crushed plastic bottle while braking. Didn't fall, but my bike frame slammed into my legs and have a beautiful bruise on my left shin. *facepalm*

Definitely glad I didn't even consider Pelotonia. ;-)

There were cycle races going on at the start/end point, so I checked my bike, grabbed a snack and watched before heading back downtown.

Pretty cool way to burn 1000 calories and see the city at the same time. HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is in or near Columbus, it was grand.

  
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JENNIFER124 9/8/2009 9:01AM

    THIS SOUNDS LIKE A TOTAL BLAST!!

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BILLALEX70 9/7/2009 1:44PM

    I'm with John. Thank God you had that helmet in case that plastic bottle had done more damage. Skull fracture would have really put a damper on the day.

Sounds like you had a good time and that's important.

I wouldn't say that your ride was any less special than Pelotonia. We all train to do different things and that's what makes each experience unique.

You'll have to join us all for a ride sometime.

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KJNE8O 9/7/2009 10:11AM

    That sounds like a lot of fun! I'll have to look into it next year for sure!

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JOPAPGH 9/6/2009 11:04PM

    Sounds like fun, and I am so happy you now have a helmet.

Now use it every time you ride, please.

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