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Running in Balance

Monday, June 11, 2012

One of the many things I heard Jeff Galloway say in his presentation yesterday is that running helps to get the hunger-satisfaction response in balance. What I got out of it is that running can make you hungry, that is, hungry to replace the calories that you expend. But running helps get the mechanism that lets you know when you are full to work correctly, especially if it hasn't been functioning well. Seems to me that is exactly how I have experienced it, so that made a lot of sense to me.

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SHIELDAC 6/15/2012 9:34AM

    even a walk is better than nothing

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_LINDA 6/12/2012 2:32PM

    Wow! wouldn't that be a great benefit! I had not heard that about running! That is nice to know its working for you! I find that I am not all that hungry after my workouts and my standard meal satisfies me. For me, its all about keeping properly hydrated before during and after my workouts -that does make a difference too.
Keep up the great work and sharing your learning with us!

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REXTINE1 6/12/2012 11:11AM

    Fifty years ago I read a study that showed the number of calories people ate went down as exercise increased from zero, but later started up again as the amount of exercise increased more. The conclusion was that exercise helps you eat less, but as the needed calories go up it eventually increases the appetite to supply the food needed. It is always a good idea to keep moving.

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JOYINKY 6/12/2012 10:14AM

    Interesting concept; I'm not a runner but per the other comments I have a hunch that it has a LOT to do with raising your body temperature. Whether it's walking or gardening or hooping. Those days that I'm working up a sweat, I am less hungry. Just never made the connection.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/12/2012 7:42AM

    Interesting! I'm glad that you got an opportunity to meet Jeff Galloway and to gather bits of wisdom from his years of experience.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/12/2012 6:39AM

    I have experienced this similarly. Swimming is an activity that makes me hungrier than running, in fact, because, I read in one of many, many things I picked up... running increases your body temperature as you exert yourself, and this suppresses appetite.

Swimming, in water that keeps your core temperature cooler, has no offsetting effect of appetite suppressing... so after a swim, ravenous... after a run, have to wait a bit for the ravenous to show up.

Amazing things, our bodies, no? emoticon

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    I wonder if walking fast does the same thing. Since I started training for a long distance walk and doing fast walking instead of hard workouts 4 days a week I've been much less hungry and able to eat less at meals. My Bodybugg tells me I burn MORE calories in an hour of walking than an hour of a hard workout. Go figure. Great tip!

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I Met Jeff Galloway!!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Wish I'd had a camera. Several people did take their picture with him. He was positively inspirational. No disappointment nor letdown here.He was far more than I expected in so many ways. So personable. So encouraging. So inspirational. I got there early and he wanted to know all about my running experience and even thanked me for sharing my story. He was so kind and encouraging to everyone, even those he wanted to start at 5 seconds of running and 55 seconds of walking. I'm so glad I went and I'm looking forward to the group runs starting next Saturday.

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BEYONDLIMITS 6/12/2012 12:02PM

    That's wonderful that you got to meet him!

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REXTINE1 6/11/2012 3:41PM

    Good show.

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MEXGAL1 6/10/2012 8:43AM

    really cool!

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SONDRAJ20 6/10/2012 8:24AM

    That is so cool! I always read his columns in Runners World and find him very encouraging. I'm glad to hear that he's just as nice in person as he is "in writing".

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AQUAGIRL08 6/10/2012 8:08AM

    I'm glad you had a great experience! (Who is Jeff Galloway?)

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SEABREEZE65 6/10/2012 7:33AM

    So awesome!

Is Jeff healed after the broken hip?

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_LINDA 6/10/2012 1:12AM

    Fabulous! So glad you had an uplifting experience!! Enjoy your training! You will be running on cloud 9 :)

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JUNEPA 6/9/2012 10:19PM

    So great to have a motivator that walks the walk and is so personable and encouraging !!

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TBRANCH2 6/9/2012 9:45PM

    Good for you!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/9/2012 8:48PM

    Sounds great!

So how did your fitness test go? Was that today, too? Or is it yet to come?

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Birthday Card and Rain with no Car

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Thanks, SparkFriends, for all my birthday greetings and goodies! Isn't SP great and SparkFriends just the best?? I had a great day and Sparks was a major part of it.

My favorite birthday card I must share with you:
front message: Seems like yesterday we were all young and sassy....
front picture: silhouette of young, sexy woman
inside message: But, hey, old and crotchety can be fun, too! Right? Right?!

Today I planned to go to the gym, but hubby had to go to the doctor and I didn't have a car. He had told me it was Friday, but at the last minute discovered he was wrong. It was downpouring outside. So I jogged around the house, up and down the hall and around for 20 minutes and then did another 20 minutes of low impact aerobics so far. I did occasionally have to pick up Gwen because she was crying, and jogging with an extra 26 pounds is probably not so good, but I did as good as I could. Some of the aerobics moves she copied and that was really cute.

Tonight we are going to a local SparkTeam dinner. How fun!!

Hope everyone is having a great healthy day!!

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    I am so glad you enjoyed your birthday! Good for you, too, doing the best you could with exercise when you were stuck at home! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REXTINE1 6/9/2012 3:20PM

    The card sounds great, and I missed your birthday, so happy unbirthday! I hope you had a good one.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/9/2012 10:40AM

    Happy belated birthday!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/9/2012 6:55AM

    Circles around the house, marching in place are great ways to make opportunities whereever you can.

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MEXGAL1 6/8/2012 7:27AM

    That was a great card. Love it!
Glad you had a good birthday.
Have a great day.

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_LINDA 6/8/2012 3:20AM

    Love the card!
So sorry you didn't have access to the car when you could have used it.. Good alternative activity!
That is so neat you can get together with fellow Sparklers! Enjoy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/7/2012 9:56PM

    Way to roll with the punches!

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JOYINKY 6/7/2012 3:52PM

    emoticonThis is the best I can do! Glad you made the best of your day.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/7/2012 3:32PM

    Oh my goodness, what happened to your car??? I'm glad that you had a good birthday, Marsha. Also, am impressed at how clever you are with your "at home" exercise program. Way to go!

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BUFFALOKAY 6/7/2012 2:28PM

    Wow - a local SparkTeam dinner sounds like fun. Must be an active group in your area. Enjoy.

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Bring It On!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today's my 63rd birthday. You might think I'd be worried about getting older. But I'm a runner. I'm thinking more about two years from now. I move up an age group and am I going to be competitive then!! LOL That might be the year I need to enter all, well - a lot, of local 5Ks in order to rack up the bling. If you've been following my blogs you know that locally there is a woman 2 years younger than I who runs a 5K in 22 minutes. In other words, I aspire for second. Mostly I've placed third, but did get one second.

Wasn't I just saying that I want to be happy with running for fitness and health and ignore those trinkets and awards? Well, I'm a little ambivalent you know. There is definitely a competitive side of me that loves that recognition and accomplishment. I do want to run for a long, long time and don't want to do anything now that will keep me from running later.

This year I'm focused on training for the half marathon in November. I am trying not to run for trinkets, but I'm excited that there is a finisher medal for every finisher in the half marathon. It's even made where it comes apart and has a necklace to wear separately. Now that's a trinket I look forward to earning!

Yesterday Aquagirl posted on my SparkPage that one of her water aerobics classmates asked if I was Gwen's mother or grandmother! I had stopped by the pool with Gwen to say hi yesterday after my workout. How sweet of Cyndi to pass on that compliment. However, the commenter must have poor eyesight or didn't look close at my skin. Anyway, what is age? Doesn't bother me. I love being a grandmother; I love being retired; I love being a runner. Age? Bring it on!!

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MIRAGE727 6/9/2012 5:03PM

    What did I miss this! Mea Culpa! Marsha, I wish the best always for your many years to come and the most joyous times on all of your future runs. I will practice till I'm ready so we will run together one day. Much love!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/6/2012 9:24PM

    I personally think you look very young, Marsha! Obviously my friend did too! Being a runner at any age over 50 is an accomplishment. I'm in awe of you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/6/2012 7:02PM

    Happy Birthday! And congrats on being mistaken for "mom"! Eyesight at a pool? Couldn't recognize my own mother at 5 feet when I was 13... some of us are handicapped while working out wet! But FIT looks young, Marsha! Good for you!


P.S. And I got hooked on bling last year, myself. LOVE finisher medals, esp. for 1/2 marathon distances... I need more!

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IAMWINNING 6/6/2012 4:55PM

    emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

And more power to you on those 5K runs!

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    Happy Birthday, my upbeat and cheerful friend! I am 53, and you are very encouraging that it's not so bad to have more birthdays! I don't really want to NOT have more birthdays, now, do I? emoticonI don't know what I would do if I couldn't walk, I tell ya! I'm not allowed to run (unless there's danger!), but I treasure my walks. I am going to a MADD walk sometime in October and will see just how fast my legs will walk me! emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 6/6/2012 3:08PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Wishing you many more birthdays and getting to that next age bracket so you can leave that "youngster" behind and collect your bling-ha ha!

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-PAULA 6/6/2012 2:05PM

    Happy Birthday! Best wishes on your upcoming half marathon! I may do that one again this year too.

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MEXGAL1 6/6/2012 11:09AM

    Happy, Happy birthday Marsha!

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COOP9002 6/6/2012 10:11AM

    Happy Birthday!!! Let us know how your half-marathon adventure goes.

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JOYINKY 6/6/2012 10:02AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marsha!! You wear those birthdays well!

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_LINDA 6/6/2012 9:56AM

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Happy, Happy birthday Marsha! You are one rocking 63 year old!! And there is nothing wrong with being competitive -its the Spark that keeps us going!
Keep on running, you are doing great!

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CAT609 6/6/2012 9:45AM

    Bravo! Happy Birthday to you!! Have a wonderful day! You rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CEKNIGHT 6/6/2012 9:44AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! Keep up the great work!

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Yesterday I started 3 different blogs and erased them all. I wrote about vigorous exercise moderating my appetite and that my sister finally got her arm out of the cast. I wrote about my 20 month old granddaughter, Gwen, taking much bigger bites and eating much faster than her big sister did and I'm a little concerned. I wrote about having the kids 5 days a week for breakfast because son in law is in physical therapy before work now. I wrote that my mom has entered an assisted living facility which is not all bad, but she chose one 2000+ miles from me and I feel sad about it. I wrote that I don't have a car again, but I do have car seats for both kids now and have taken hubby's car to the gym once already. I wrote about my running (and I did 5.35 miles this morning with running intervals) and my continuing excitement about the half marathon. I wrote that I'm starting Beck over. Yes, I started for the second time in April, but postponed it until I could focus more. Now is the time. My digital scale broke and I'm deciding whether to get out the old one that will give me my weight plus or minus three pounds or splurge for a new one. The old one might give me all the feedback I need. Also, I got irritated with an adult relative recently and felt bad about it. I'm not perfect. I don't need to be perfect.

And there was more. I just could not get focused. So here is a total hodgepodge of thoughts. Let's just say I'm definitely not giving up. I'm working toward goals. I'm also trying to have a life and a reason to be healthy.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/6/2012 9:47PM

    Your blog sounds like life is happening all around you and that is not a bad thing. I hope you enjoyed your birthday.

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IAMWINNING 6/6/2012 4:47PM

    It's too bad your mom chose a place so far away. Is ANYone near her?

I enjoyed reading your 'hodge podge' - have a great Thursday.

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_LINDA 6/6/2012 10:05AM

    So sorry about your Mom, why on earth would she move so far away from family?? Doesn't make sense :((
I am so glad you are getting to use the other car freely and can get to where you need to.
Personally, I think your old scale should be fine -one of the things you need to relax on is the scale. You really are living the healthy lifestyle. You have got it down very well! Staying in the 5 pounds plus or minus is all you need be concerned about.
Restarting Beck will just tune up any lapses that might have appeared in your program. Sounds all good to me! You are moving strongly forward as usual!
I can only hope to be as in good as shape and look so amazing like you do when I get to age 63!

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SEABREEZE65 6/6/2012 7:15AM

    This is so true about our minds and thoughts... it often jumps from here to there and back again....

I try to ignore mine as much as I can. LOL!

Hope your mind settles down soon.

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SLIMLILA 6/5/2012 10:48PM

    Just being around helps to inspire the rest of us, so stick around and we like to hear from you anyway, even it is a hodgepodge.... emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/5/2012 7:59PM

    Some days a hodge-podge is what you get! Yesterday I couldn't put three thoughts together to blog and ended up going to bed without writing one!

Spark on, hodge podge and all!

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JOYINKY 6/5/2012 7:53PM

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AQUAGIRL08 6/5/2012 7:09PM

    I am so glad that someone besides me has hodgepodge thoughts! Sometimes it takes me forever to write a blog because I hit the delete button so often. You just have a lot going on right now. Be gentle with yourself!

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MEXGAL1 6/5/2012 4:02PM

    whew wee...that is alot going on,
Need some peace and quiet too.
Take care of you!

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