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Running With My Pants On

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

When my alarm went off this morning, I felt a certain chill in the air. I hit that snooze button and retreated deep into my three blankets. When that alarm went off again, something was nagging me. It was my clothes. They were sitting outside my door. They were waiting for me. They were saying, “we’ll make sure you’re not too cold”. You see, I had thought this through last night. I figured it would be cold out, so I set out warm clothes. I also knew I would be getting up early, so I went to bed early. Basically, I thought of every excuse that would keep me in bed and I prepared for them.

So, I went downstairs and felt my jaw shaking from the cold. I clicked the heat a bit higher and fired up the Wii Fit. I used a few of those exercises as a warm up. Did an exercise, got my pants on. Did another exercise, got my long sleeve shirt on. Did another exercise, got my shoes on. I was nice and warm and ready to go.

I busted out the door and down the street. Holy cow…it is cold out! I turned around. Not kidding, I literally turned around and said I’ll do some exercises inside. However, something in me said I needed to quit being a wuss and turn around again. I’m out here, just do it. Well, not only did I do it, but I went an extra mile. I got a nice 4 mile run/jog in this morning. I started off fast because I wanted to warm up quickly. This ended up putting me a bit faster than I had been running! So, it all worked out for the good.

Now to pass along a song that is stuck in my head. I don’t run with headphones (right now at least), but I have this song stuck in my head. It is Hella Good from No Doubt. The best quote from the song is “You've got me feeling hella good, so lets just keep on dancing”. Singing this song in my head allows me to take liberty with the lyrics, which I’ve changed to, “I’m feeling hella good, so I’m going to keep on moving”. That is my goal today, to keep moving. A walk during break and another walk during lunch.

Have a great day everyone! Hope you’re feeling hella good and going to keep on Sparking!


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MISSMITSY 11/4/2010 8:37AM

    Awesome work!!! Way to get out there and run! You rock!!!

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FREECLOUD 11/3/2010 11:29AM

    Wasn't the cold awesome once you got acclimated?! It's all about getting out there. The running rule is to dress like it's 20 degree warmer....but I still always overdress to be prepared for that first blast....then end up unlayering and stuffing gloves in my pocket, tying my coat around my waist, etc. Anyhoo, so glad you got out there and, more importantly, enjoyed that run! (Woo hoo....4 miles!!!)

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TURTLE_MOM 11/3/2010 10:10AM

    I didn't go out on Friday because it was about 39 degrees! Yesterday I ran in the wind and I must have burned extra calories from the resistance :) Good for you still going out in the cold - takes a lot of motivation!!!

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MMS354 11/2/2010 10:29PM

    Way to get out there and beat that cold! Woo hoo! We had amazingly warm weather today- nearly 70!! - so I walked to vote. I even got a sunburned face! Not to brag.....

PS Thanks for getting that song stuck in my head.... emoticon

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SKYRUNHER 11/2/2010 5:20PM

    I have to admit.. your blog title made me giggle!! I'm impressed that you didn't snuggle deeper under the covers and that you went for a run. Unfortunately, I am taking a healing break today.. I'm still hurting from yesterday and I want to make sure that my next attempt at my running program is going to be successful so I'm resting. I hope that one day I too can run with my pants on! *giggle*

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AMBER32585 11/2/2010 9:55AM

    bravo! I have not run outside yet...still using my treadmill. But great job!!

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ZIPLOCK 11/2/2010 9:13AM

    Great job!! You are such a trooper - cause my thermometer had a reading of 26 degrees this morning! That's just nuts! Although I can remember dodging snow piles last year on a few runs, I'm just not ready to brave the chilly mornings.

You're amazing!! Keep it up!

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MCKATIE2 11/2/2010 9:12AM

    Very inspirational! Way to go!!! emoticon

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PEGGYMAS1 11/2/2010 8:54AM

    thanks for the insperation I have been falling back lately and your blog has helped me realize it's time to get back on track!! emoticon

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WALKSFAR 11/2/2010 8:44AM

    Great that you did it anyway.


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CASSARM1 11/2/2010 8:40AM

    Awesome!! I could have used this info yesterday. It was so cold out, I used every excuse I could think of to not go on my run...Today's a new day!

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KATHRYNLP 11/2/2010 8:33AM

    Loved your Blog!! Great spirit and good attitude. It was 17c. in the house when I got up today. that's about 58F. Brrr!!
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Two Great Things: Spark Friends & Sleep

Monday, November 01, 2010

Hi everyone! Ok, let those stones fly, I’ve been bad! I haven’t been posting a blog for several days now. I know, I know…I said I was done being busy now that the parents have left. However, I lied. Sorry…. Last week was a crazy week at work with the end of the year stuff going on. This weekend we had my in-laws around. Thankfully, despite how busy I’ve been, I’ve been tracking my food and exercise. I’m hoping I’ll be receiving the “perfect attendance” trophy from spark soon too. I’ve been spinning that wheel faithfully.

So, I need to make a resolution, to keep blogging! Thanks to a few wonderful friends, I’ve been asked “what’s going on?” And to this, I say, “thank you!”. You all are so wonderful. Words cannot describe how wonderful you all are. Really, you all mean the world to me. Because of the care we all provide each other on this site, so many people gather motivation. It is a great feeling to know that if I am not myself, someone will write me. Someone will check to make sure I’m on point. And to this, I need to be better. I’ve met some great people here and I cherish each of you. I want to make more of an effort to check in on you all and enjoy this journey together.

On the busy note, I need to make a new resolution: more sleep. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy. More sleep? Didn’t I just say I was busy? Well, check out this quote I got in one of my spark mails:

“Sleep is a generous thief; he gives to vigor what he takes from time.” Elizabeth, Queen of Romania

While I’m still losing weight, I’ve noticed my progress has been bumpy. Not only that, but my work has gotten a little sloppy. When I was well rested, I would whip stuff out in quick time. I tested this theory today a bit. I had so much to do at work, that I thought I needed to come in early. Instead, I slept more. Believe it or not, I think I got more work done today than I got done in previous attempts at coming in early. Sure, I would get a few things done in the morning, but then I would knock out toward the afternoon. Today, I went strong for the entire day. Weird, huh?

So…sleep and friends. My latest reaffirmations. Thanks again for all the wonderful support you all have provided me. This journey wouldn’t be the same without it.

Happy Sparking!


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MMS354 11/2/2010 10:31PM

    You're so right - sleep is a precious commodity to be valued and protected!
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MISSMITSY 11/2/2010 8:11AM

    Awesome blog! I think you're right on the sleep front... It's nice to know that you're still around and still sparking!

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GAFLYGIRL 11/1/2010 6:16PM

    that is so true! Without sleep we can't do it. We can't keep runnin on empty! Keep on sparking! You're doing awesome!

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This is where it counts!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sorry I have been a little absent lately. My wonderful parents are visiting from out of town and we've been having a blast. I actually have been craving my blog. it has become a daily habit and I really have missed it. But, don't worry, I have been tracking ALL of my food and my exercise. Even though I've been busy with little computer access, i still have been keeping track. More about that later.

Thanks again to all you awesome and lovely people who have wished me well while I was sick. I'm still hacking a bit, but I'm getting better. I wish to thank each of you individually, but I was just down for the count. You all mean the world to me. Truly.

As I continue to embark on my healthier lifestyle, I keep trying to think back to my previous attempts. What stopped me? What tripped me up? If I can think of the things that destroyed me before, i might be able to prevent or develop a contingency plan for them now. Years ago, I had lost about 70-80 pounds through Weight Watchers. Obviously I didn't just gain that back, plus 20 or so pounds, in one night. It had to be a slippery slope set of events.

Here is a close picture to what I looked like after one weight loss attempt:

Then, a year or so later, this happened:

There are a few things that I did. One, and probably the BIGGEST reason I gained, was I stopped tracking my food. I thought i had a handle on what portions were and how much I was putting in my body. Two, I thought I could eat more because I was exercising more. If I wasn't logging, then calories in could easily be more than calories out. Third, I stopped exercising as much. Life changed and so did my routine. Fourth, my diet wasn't solidly grounded. Being on Weight Watchers, I was looking for just low point food. This could be frozen "health" meals, or other packaged "diet" food. I didn't actually track calories, protein, fat, carbs, sodium, etc. So when I hit real life situations (birthday parties, eating out, etc.) I didn't always pick the right foods.

One thing I remember was visiting my parents in San Francisco. This was at near my lowest weight. We met my uncle, who was really healthy. He went bike riding, played tennis, and loved eating stewed tomatoes and berries. I thought, how weird. This is coming from a person that had just lost 80 pounds.

We would eat out a lot there and I would consume a lot of bad food. Didn't eat fruits and veggies, ate junk food, and didn't track. I also didn't exercise while I was there. That was my lowest weight and it was soon to be the start of my gain.

Fast forward to today. My parents are in town and we're eating out almost every meal. I'm not going to lie, I haven't been 100% perfect. However....thanks to the habits SparkPeople has taught me, I think I'm doing pretty well. Yesterday, I knew we would be busy, so i went fora 4 mile jog/run. Overall, with that and other activity, I burned over 1,000 calories. I am about 40 days into my eating 5 fruits/veggies streak. I have also logged all my food and activity. Have I gone over my calories? Yes. Am I aware of what I have been doing? Yes. Am I making changes accordingly? Absolutely.

Thanks to spark, I have learned so much. I can now apply these lessons to real life and hope to incorporate life long changes. This is where it all comes down to. This is where it counts!

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SWIMFIT2010 10/27/2010 10:34PM

    I'm trying to figure out how I missed this when you posted it two days ago. Great blog!!

I love how focused you are. It's always valuable to hear how you think through things, the lessons you've learned, what motivates you to move forward. You're doing so great!!! Truly an inspiration Ryan.

Keep up the great work!! And please keep sharing your thoughts!!!


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MMS354 10/25/2010 11:32PM

    You're doing great - keep it up! I too, gained and lost and regained weight before - about 90 lbs. It SUCKS to have to go through this all again but we've learned lots of lessons along the way and it sounds like you're really applying your new habits and knowledge to your daily life. Yay!
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FREECLOUD 10/25/2010 11:27PM

    That was always my problem with Weight Watchers - they seem to encourage packaged foods so it's easy to get your points off the labels. I made the same mistake you did.

I really enjoy your "epiphany" blogs :)

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SKYRUNHER 10/25/2010 7:10PM

    Sounds like you've got it together this time. I had tried WW in the past and had lost 89 lbs.. then I gained 150 back. I do believe that spark teaches us the right way to do it. I hope you had a fantastic time with your parents!

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TURQUOISELOTUS 10/25/2010 3:31PM

    Good for you! It sounds like you have learned from past efforts, and you know what works well for you. Oh, life happens, and it is meant to be enjoyed. The important thing is that you are making healthier choices. Prgress, not perfection, is the name of the game.

Remember the 80/20 idea... and it sounds like you did! emoticon

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AMBER32585 10/25/2010 12:56PM

    good blog! :) Thx for the inspiration. I was considering WW...not so much anymore :) emoticon we are all in this together!

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TURTLE_MOM 10/25/2010 10:24AM

    Living a real life is where it counts! I always thought WW just taught you the tricks, like to eat rice krispie treats because they were only 2 points. You could stay in your points but eat junk all day still! I know the core program is a little different, but overall I didn't like the style. Tracking all your food can be a pain, but I think it's important to watch all the nutrients like fat, carbs, protein etc. Eventually when we get to goal, we need to be able to just eat and not have to track and hopefully by then we will know how, and if we slide we can easily go back to tracking to get ourselves, well, on track!

Travel used to always be the trigger for gain again for me. I would lose before a trip and then gain on the trip, come home and go back up. This time I've traveled two or three times on this plan and kept to it! That shows that it really is a lifestyle change!

Good job and great outlook.

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MISSMITSY 10/25/2010 7:42AM

    Good on you for looking back so that you don't make the same mistakes again! Honestly I think part of your problem was WW, I've used it in the past and it was never lasting because it really doesn't give you the nutrition lessons you get from Spark, they give you your points allotment for the day, tell you if you exercise you can eat more but never really teach you why and the finer details of it all... Sometimes I think it's designed to fail in the long run because if it worked and people kept it off then they wouldn't make any more money... Spark people aren't trying to make money from us so they teach us to do the right things for our bodies...

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KATE3BOYS 10/25/2010 7:33AM

    I think we all need to find those pitfalls in our lives so that we do not make the same mistakes.

Keep up the great work!

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A Little Outing (with pics)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hi everyone, thanks for all the supportive messages yesterday while I was not feeling good. I got some great advice about getting rest, fluids, and soup. Did all of the above. I feel much better today. Still a little out of it, but still much better.

After work today, we went to a pumpkin farm with the kids. Here are a couple of pictures:

My son and the pumpkins

My daughter pulling me to the next fun area

We had a lot of fun. It was amazing how much more fun it was this time than when we went a few years back. Yeah, the kids are older, but I'm talking about my attitude in general. I feel so much more alive. I ran with them and picked them up and had FUN. It is amazing the amount of energy that I have just by losing weight and eating right. I still need to improve my sleep habits, but I'm getting there.

Because I slept in a bit today, I got in some dancing and running tonight. So it is getting late, but I just wanted to say hi and post the pictures. Have a great night. Can't wait to talk to you all tomorrow.

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/22/2010 8:28PM

    I'm glad you got to spend some quality time with your family...I'm also glad you're feeling better


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MMS354 10/22/2010 4:40PM

    Fun pictures! It's so great to hear that you're enjoying yourself so much more now during all these fun family activities. That's a huge WIN right there. Take care and keep feeling better!

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ELLFIN3 10/22/2010 3:42PM

    Glad you were feeling good enough to go to the Pumpkin Patch!!!
The pictures are great!!! Enjoy your children, they are special! Make it a Great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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AMBER32585 10/22/2010 11:25AM

    glad you had fun! I need to go to the pumkin patch soon.....I am sick now as well as the kids.....maybe next week we will be better. Loosing weight is wonderful I actually did the couch to 5k thing 2 days this week...walked jogged 6 miles total already :)

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SWIMFIT2010 10/22/2010 11:20AM

    Hey!! I'm glad to hear you're hanging in. Colds suck!!

Great that you were able to get out with the kids -- and thanks for sharing pics!!! How old are the munchkins?

Wonderful that you're experiencing the benefits of your transformation in such a tangible and rewarding way. You really are an inspiration!!!

Rock on Rockstar!!!


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TURQUOISELOTUS 10/22/2010 11:08AM

    Great pics! So glad you had a good time, and it is amazing what losing a few pounds will do for you. Glad you were able to run around with the littlies and have fun! Hope you get some rest... and plentry of fluids!

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TURTLE_MOM 10/22/2010 10:23AM

    I love what you said about having more fun now! I notice that too - at parks, or even just out being social with friends. I'm not uncomfortable, I'm not as tired, I am participating and not just enduring! Hope you feel better soon!

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MISSMITSY 10/22/2010 6:16AM

    Sounds like you had a great time! It's amazing how much difference those pounds make isn't it!

Hope you get a good nights rest and feel all better tomorrow...

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Sick tonight..short and sweet

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

This cold is kicking my butt. I have eaten well, got lots of exercise, and now I can barely speak. lol I'm going to try a few light exercises and call it a night. Hopefully I'll be back to my chatty self tomorrow.

Take care my spark friends. Keep sparking it up.


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TURQUOISELOTUS 10/20/2010 11:06PM

    Oh no, hope you get to feeling better really soon!! emoticon

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LYNN323 10/20/2010 9:00PM

    sorry to hear you're not feeling well. As a matter of fact, I'm not feeling myself either today....tough time of year. Hope you're back to Sparking soon! emoticon

ps. Be sure to get lots of rest and liquids..

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/20/2010 8:39PM

    Feel better soon.....


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MCSNYDER1 10/20/2010 8:26PM

    Mama Me says Go To Bed!!! Listen to your body! Would you like me to make some chicken soup?? emoticon emoticon

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TURTLE_MOM 10/20/2010 8:23PM

    rest up and don't push yourself. feel better soon!!!

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SWIMFIT2010 10/20/2010 8:18PM

    Hey Ryan,
So sorry to hear you're under the weather!! Chicken soup and Sudafed is my cold remedy for what it's worth. Hang in there and take good care.


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MMS354 10/20/2010 8:18PM

    Feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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