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Weight Loss, A Run, & A Bus Ride

Friday, September 24, 2010

So today, the scale greeted me with a pleasant surprise. It looks like my hard work is starting to pay off. After almost a week of up and down movement, the scale has dropped for a couple weeks in a row. This week was probably the biggest drop yet! It was tough too, because I had this nasty little cold. I would feel good while exercising, but would be hacking up a storm after I was done.

Believe me, there was nothing more I wanted to do than curl up on the couch, under a nice soft blanket, and watch all the new Fall TV shows. Oh, and eat warm food. But, I didnít. Instead, I started working on my dream collage. I started to think about my goals. And this motivated me to stick to my calories and exercise.

Something new I started doing was paying attention to my daily nutrition report. Iíve been decent in getting the right amount of calories, but was always over or under in either protein, carbs, or fat. For the last few days, Iíve been trying to pay close attention to where all these numbers were heading. Last night, I was short on carbs before eating dinner. So, I made some noodles! I needed a little more protein, so I threw in some skinless chicken. Right on target!

Yesterday, I was in some serious pain from this cold. But, I went out walking anyhow. I felt pretty good. I almost felt like running! I had the doggy, so I didnít want to tucker him out. So, this morning, I was determined to run. I woke up after some nice sleep and I felt pretty good. Still a little cough and a little ache, but much better by comparison. And guess what I did? Yup, I went running! I didnít break any speed limit, by any means, but I ran. Not very far, but I ran for the entire 8 minutes. Who-hoo! Sure, all you marathon runners might look down on meÖbut, Iím proud of it!

After that, I started getting ready for work, thinking I had plenty of time. ThenÖmy dear son gets out of bed and says he has to go pee. Of course, after a trip to the potty, it is almost impossible to get him back down to bed. Needless to say, I got a little more exercise trying to catch that bus. Not a run, but a fast walk. Thankfully the bus was air conditioned today (sometimes itís not). But, I was in my work clothes and my outer shirt is now hanging over the back of a chair. Hopefully that sweat will dry off before people start coming in. lol

Have a great day everyone!

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OBXFIREGUY 9/24/2010 7:51PM

    You know many marathon people started out with a couch to 5k program of running 2 minutes walking 2 minutes. Then they ran their first 5k. Then a 10K and then a half. Then a marathon. See where this is going. You starting and running is only the beginning. All of us "marathon people" will cheer you all the way! Good Luck! Kick it up!

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ETWOLIE 9/24/2010 7:11PM

    It sounds like you're doing all of the right things. Keep it up!

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RAINYFRIDAY 9/24/2010 1:31PM

    Congrats on the achievements :) Scale progress and the desire to get out there and run are awesome! Keep up the great work and you'll keep seeing great results. :)

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FREECLOUD 9/24/2010 9:31AM

    Nah, I don't think any marathoners would look down on you - in fact, they'd be running next to you (okay, maybe ahead of you) and cheering you on to keep moving.

Enjoying the honesty in your blogs - very fun to read!

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Running Like a Runny Nose

Thursday, September 23, 2010

So, the last few days Iíve been battling this crazy cold. First it was a cough, then it was a runny nose, and today I canít stop sweating. Yesterday was interesting. I tried everything I could to stop this runny nose. I tried drinking 20 glasses of water. Nothing but pee there. I tried holding my head over boiling water for steam. Nothing but an increase in the runny there. A neighbor offered this tea pot looking thing that poured water in one nostril and out the other. Well, that was certainly interesting, to say the least. I even tried to exercise this demon out with some DDR (dancing) and then getting some good sleep. Itís still there a bit, but it brings up an idea I hadÖ

Örunny noses donít stop for anything. What if our attitude was the same. No matter what life has to throw at us, we donít stop. This can be any of your daily goals/streaks. I need to tell myself: Iím not going to stop spinning that spark point wheel, Iím not going to stop earning those spark points, Iím not going to stop logging my calories, Iím not going to stop getting in some form of exercise!

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FREECLOUD 9/24/2010 9:26AM

    I love the analogy between a runny nose and running. I will certainly keep that in mind. You could make that your new mantra ;)

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He's on Fire!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ďHEíS ON FIRE!!!Ē These words should be familiar to anyone who used to play the game, NBA Jam. For those that havenít, the basic idea is pretty cool. You controlled a basketball team and if a player made three shots in a row, they would yell ďHeís on Fire!Ē The player would literally turn on fire! From there, it seemed every shot he made, not only went in, but went in with flair. He would spin multiple times and dunk, or he would make a shot all the way across the court, etc.

Iím thinking, the path to a healthier life is very similar. If you do certain things right, back-to-back, then you build that momentum and you can be ďon fireĒ. As Iím reading the The Spark, there comes a tipping point, when nothing can stop the momentum of your movement. Youíre in motion, youíre unstoppable! If you allow me, I am even thinking of the three ďshotsĒ to get in a row that would cause you to be ďon fireĒ:

Shot 1 Ė Eat right, log your food
Shot 2 Ė Get daily exercise
Shot 3 Ė Get plenty of sleep

From what I read, these three things will cause your body to sync and get you were you want to be. And then, you can yell, ďheís on fire!!Ē


Grabbing the Bull by the Horns

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lol, I had a whole blog written out and I swore I posted it. Lol, who knows where in cyberspace it is now. Somewhere in the computer heavens I guess. AnyhowÖ. I try to notice something on my walks. It can be something ordinary, unusual, or striking. Just trying to be more observant about life in general. Today, I saw a truck with some horns tied to the front. Of course, the phrase came to me, ďtaking a bull by the hornsĒ. Well, bull, if you are listeningÖconsider your horns grabbed!

Last night I went to be bed with a cough and sore ankle. My wife and son seem to have developed a cough and graciously passed it to me. Then, later last night, I was carrying some laundry and tripped over an Ikea chair. Those things are pretty solid because my ankle still hurt in the morning and hurts now as I type. But, that bull is NOT getting away from me. My hands are on tight and Iím going to ride this thing! Iíve already checked in with Mr. Wii Balance Board and he is giving me a good report. Then I already got three mini-walks in. Letís see what I can do tonight.

My biggest battle has been sleep. I had this old habit of staying up late, believing it is ďmeĒ time. However, the way Iím looking at it, if I donít take care of myself, there will be a lot less me time in the future. Besides, when Iím well rested, I can better handle the non-me times throughout the day. Iím a nicer and more optimistic person throughout the day when Iím well rested. Having this cold sucks, but that bull is probably thinking having me hang on sucks.

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/22/2010 7:20AM

    I love you positive mental attitude keep it up


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DANLENO1949 9/21/2010 1:20PM

    Good Blog emoticon

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It's Not What You Do Once In A While....

Monday, September 20, 2010

"It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.". - Jenny Craig

This is the quote that greeted me as I walked back into my work. I was out trying to get at least 10 minutes of exercise in during my lunch break and noticed the announcement sign. This quote struck me as interesting, because the announcement board usually doesn't have anything to do with weight loss. I've never been on the Jenny Craig diet (many others, just not hers), but I've always just assumed it was a plan to follow, etc. But, this quote can fall into place so many ways.

Recently I read a spark article about how different personality types will approach spark people in different ways. They talked about the positive and the negative attributes to look out for. For me, I tend to be a stickler for details. I'm not totally anal about things, but I get possessed about things I'm on board with. The attribute to look out for is beating myself up for messing up or skipping, etc. Here comes Jenny Craig's quote for me...it is ok to mess up, but it is the habits...those things I'm doing day in and day out...that will count for me. That is what will help me lose weight. That is what will help be live a happier life. That is what will help me obtain my goals.

In other news, the weather here is perfect. Nice, crisp, cool, and windy. I purposefully went out of my way to step on some leaves on the ground. To hear the sound of leaves crunching under my feet is priceless. Yesterday we spent a few hours in the apple orchard. It was a perfect setting. Up on a hill overlooking hills and hills of trees. Fall in New England is, and sorry for overusing this word, priceless. We had fun picking lots and lots of apples. Then we topped it off with two runs through the corn maze. Everyone was wiped by the time we got home.

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/22/2010 7:18AM

    I admire what you do with your family I wish we had an orchard and corn maze near by the boys would love that...I love the quote by Jenny Craig I couldn't agree more with it....That's the attitude we all must take in order to reach our goals


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