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Guinness Book

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Angela Tortorice was certified yesterday by the Guinness Book of World Records. She ran 129 full marathons in a year, the most for any woman in that time period. Although running 2 half marathons is my goal for the year, and an appropriate one for me (although I'm toying with doing a third), I still find inspiration in this woman's accomplishment!


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Are you motivated by the achievements of other people including athletes??

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/30/2013 3:02PM

    Marsha you are one of my strengths I look for when I question myself and my goals. YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2013 8:41PM

    Very impressive!!

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    Impressive. I'm proud of you for doing what you do. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2013 7:26PM

    In case you didn't know it already... YOU motivate me!

I am ABSOLUTELY motivated by the achievements of others! I may not be able to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys, but Diana Nyad sets all my motivational cells aquiver. When I read about your HM's, or PB's, or those of other Spark friends... or I read about someone featured in an article for their achievements... absolutely makes me want to go do "what I can", even though it may be far short of what I read about.

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GABY1948 9/26/2013 1:32PM

    VERY good! Thanks for sharing!

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PMRUNNER 9/26/2013 12:41PM

    That is pretty impressive!

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NATPLUMMER 9/26/2013 10:22AM

    Wow!

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JOYINKY 9/26/2013 10:04AM

    Actually, no. I'm motivated by good health and independence. However, I do admire the accomplishments and fitness achieved by others.

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MSLZZY 9/26/2013 9:42AM

    WOW!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/26/2013 8:58AM

    Wonderful!

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Don't Shop When You are About to Drop

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Very interesting article in the Lakeland Ledger today. (Could not find a link, but it was a paragraph on the front page.) Recent research in Sweden showed that grocery shoppers who had not had a good night's sleep bought more caloric foods than those who were well rested. We've always heard not to shop when you are hungry, but guess we better add not to shop when you are tired!

Healing report: forehead is completely healed, tip of nose almost, bridge of nose is still black, chin's scab is smaller, as are the scabs on both knees and both hands. I ran today with no problem -- just don't look so good. I'm still icing my left hand as it continues to be sore when I try to pick up things, twist knobs, etc. I just found out that one of my runner friends who is just a few years younger than I ran a 5:15 full marathon this week with her daughter and husband in Ohio. Last year she had two falls, one week apart. She didn't quit. Neither will I.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/26/2013 8:39AM

    I'm so glad that you're healing nicely. Never give up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KLMEIRING 9/26/2013 5:50AM

    Sorry to hear of your injuries, but I am glad that you are healing well. I have difficulty grocery shopping. When I am hungry or tired, I can only imagine that it would be that much harder. Thanks for the tip. emoticon emoticon

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OWL_20 9/26/2013 5:39AM

    Glad to hear you're healing--and timely, too! emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 9/25/2013 9:04PM

    Guess that is great advice-I know never to shop when hungry! Hope you are feeling better!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/25/2013 12:18PM

    You have a great attitude.

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BOOKAPHILE 9/25/2013 12:14PM

    You can sure pick good role models. Heal well!

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LINDAKAY228 9/25/2013 7:30AM

    I know I buy more junk when I'm tired. I really have to watch when I'm going to shop. Evenings are not a good time for me to do that.

Glad your injuries are healing. I walked 20 miles in a Walk for the Heroes a week and a half about with no problems. And we started at night and walked along a highway. I had a little flashlight. But the next day I walked around the block and tripped on a curb and skinned my knee up and hurt both my hands pretty badly when I landed on them. No cuts on them but the outsides of the palms on both hands below the little finger hurt all the way to the wrist and got pretty swollen for a few days. That was a week ago last Sunday. They are still a little painful at times, and tender to touch. But they are getting better. But any type of exercise that puts weight on them right now I can't do. I'm in a group where the challenge for this week involved burpees. Totally out for me right now. If we are going to be active, we are going to have those falls or other injuries once in a while. Hope you heal up quickly and glad you are able to run again now.

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_LINDA 9/25/2013 2:40AM

    I am fully aware of how my insomnia leads to bad eating choices and simply eating to stay awake when I need to (really can't stand the thought of coffee or pop) It for sure influences shopping patterns. I always try to shop after I have eaten though. Never go to the grocery store hungry was one of the earliest tips I learned from Spark people.
So glad you are healing nicely! My bridge mentor has taken some serious falls, breaking minor bones in her hands and just turning her face black and blue, but she will always walk back and forth to the club (she is about 76 I think) and has had a double knee replacement like me. But unlike me she did not recover as well and shuffles quite a bit. Amazing as she walks quite far to get to the club.
Never give up indeed. You are a shining star of that!!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/24/2013 11:31PM

    That's great!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/24/2013 7:21PM

    That's the whole HALT thing: never let yourself get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired if you're fighting a compulsion/addiction. No great wonder the research showed tired people more likely to go after high-calorie foods!

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WATERMELLEN 9/24/2013 6:17PM

    I'll remember not to shop when I'm tired: thank you!

Glad you're healing, and we KNOW you are not a quitter . . . but please take care!!

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TAICHIDANCER 9/24/2013 6:05PM

    The grocery article makes perfect sense to me. Glad your body is on the mend.

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SEAJESS 9/24/2013 4:13PM

    Again, grateful that your injuries were not more severe. Falling is definitely a skill! When I was a climber, we practiced ice axe arrest on just about every climb. Wish recovering from a fall while running was as easy but I'm guessing it has something to do with tuck and roll. And how would you practice?

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JOYINKY 9/24/2013 3:20PM

    I know that's true; I'm definitely more likely to pick up a "treat" when I'm tired. The old "eat something and you'll feel better" kicks in. Never works, but I still fall for it--because I'm tired! Glad you are healing well.

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MSLZZY 9/24/2013 2:27PM

    emoticon attitude. Nothing can keep a good woman down!

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LOSTLIME 9/24/2013 2:06PM

    I agree with everyone else that it makes sense. Thanks for the information.o

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LAILATN 9/24/2013 1:47PM

    I believe that report you read!

Hope you heal quickly!

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BLUESKY_321 9/24/2013 1:37PM

    I have learned that my biggest struggle is making good food choices when I am tired. First of all, it triggers me to want to eat more and secondly I tend to eat sugary "junk" - CHOCOLATE!!! I can only imagine if I were shopping without a list during that time! I'm dangerous without a list in the best of circumstances! One more reason to make sleep a priority! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/24/2013 1:37PM

    You certainly came through your fall better than I did. I have a separated shoulder from a fall back in Dec, 2009 and then my broken arm from the fall last August 1. Still running, however.

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BURGUNDYBABE 9/24/2013 1:06PM

    Makes a lot of sense. emoticon

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Thank you for the info on shopping. I eat more when I'm hungry so it makes sense to buy more food. Sleep is essential!

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NATPLUMMER 9/24/2013 12:57PM

    That definitely makes sense.
Glad you're healing :-)

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SUPERMODEL2BE 9/24/2013 12:46PM

    Thanks for the info about grocery shopping. Get well!

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Don't Have to Be Perfect

Monday, September 23, 2013

You don't have to be perfect to succeed!! That's a lesson that's been very hard for me to learn, especially in regards to eating. But I'm learning.

I used to just give up because I couldn't be perfect. Now I do the best I can, stop the unplanned eating very quickly, and right away get back on plan: drink some water, plan meals, do a workout, just recommit.

Even though I took a few unplanned bites last evening, I'm feeling pretty good. Recently I've had many, many days of sticking to my eating plan. I will again today. And whether I ever get to the point where every bite is a good choice, planned and enjoyed, I am feeling pretty confident that I will never give up again.

  
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JIBBIE49 9/24/2013 7:32AM

    Hugs

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CRUISEBOUND2014 9/24/2013 5:09AM

    I used to be a perfectionist also. You cannot plan every bite or you will be craving something. The best thing I found is to just keep tracking and try to stay within range. You are doing emoticon
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_LINDA 9/24/2013 2:13AM

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And that is absolutely has to be the best feeling ever -way to go achieving that pinnacle so few of us have!!
Keep up the fabulous work!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/24/2013 1:11AM

    Wonderful!

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TXPATRIOT 9/23/2013 11:44PM

    Very true! Learning this in lots of different areas of my life, as well as my health.

Thanks for sharing.

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SEAJESS 9/23/2013 11:42PM

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To me, stopping after a few bites is in a way even MORE impressive than getting through a day according to plan. From the perspective of a lifetime of all-or-none diet thinking, I find it miraculous that you could emoticon once you started down the tubes and get right back on track.

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RUN4FOOD 9/23/2013 9:41PM

    Glad you are sticking to your plan even with interruptions.
I usually plan my deviations from my plan. My wife and I took a short trip leaving town Saturday and coming back today. I leave all of my eating concerns behind. I will probably gain a little weight, but I'll loose it again over the next couple of weeks. Trying to maintain, not loose more weight.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/23/2013 8:33PM

    I LOVE that you could say this: "I am feeling pretty confident that I will never give up again. " Me, too. Isn't it a GREAT feeling?

WE ... ARE ... WORTH IT! emoticon emoticon Hang in and heal up, my human friend!

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SLIMLILA 9/23/2013 8:32PM

    It's the being able to stop after a few bites....I am a total ice cream addict and I went on a binge last nite, and solved some of it, by sharing with dh...it's gone now.

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WATERMELLEN 9/23/2013 7:36PM

    "The best is the enemy of the good"; Voltaire was right about that. And thank heavens we aren't held to a standard of perfection . . . which is so often (because unsustainable) the enemy of maintenance.

As I commented recently to ONEKIDSMOM, if and when we reach a standard of perfection we'll be even more insufferable than we already are, right??

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GABY1948 9/23/2013 6:28PM

    This is very EXCELLENT advice and I believe all of us can benefit from it! emoticon

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OPHELIA105 9/23/2013 5:38PM

    This is one of the most important lessons I have learnt on my journey. And it can be applied quite successfully to other areas of life!

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JOYINKY 9/23/2013 4:37PM

    Seems like a healthy, less stressful attitude to me! Less stress is emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 9/23/2013 3:55PM

    That's significant progress, Marsha! Great attitude.

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    emoticon You do have you mind set in the right direction!

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KIMBERLY_Y 9/23/2013 2:44PM

    Right on!!! Great attitude! That is something we all must strive to do!

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WIZKEY 9/23/2013 1:44PM

    I love this - we don't have to be perfect, we just can't give up!!! Thank you!!

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Take Care

Saturday, September 21, 2013

On a good eating roll, but fell today during my group training run. Busted up my face, knees, and hands. Great people bandaged me and drove me home. I think all the injuries are pretty superficial. Perhaps my lip would stop bleeding if I'd quit eating and drinking!! I did want comfort food, but an 80 calorie Greek yogurt and a cup of tea did it for me.

I'm ticked, though. Wanted to get in my training run. Wanted to cover 3 more dining room chairs, but my hands are definitely too sore. Suppose to cycle with a group tomorrow morning. We'll see. Maybe with gloves if knees will work okay.

Everyone, take care. I'm remembering that one person wrote "slow down" on the list of how to improve your program. Not sure I need to literally slow down, but I do need to be more careful. Like I said, take care.

  
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SEAJESS 9/24/2013 4:07PM

    Oh, Marsha, I am SO SORRY to hear that you're injured! Hands and lips, nasty, nasty, nasty. Glad nothing was broken or sprained. It's a challenge when life sends you a memo that it has other plans for you.

I know that for me it's really, really tough to adjust my goals to a healing track. I once kept running with plantar fasciitis until I collapsed getting out of bed, feet couldn't bear weight anymore. Didn't want to "lose" training benefit. Crazy woman here.

Looking to you, Wise Woman, to show us how this is done. You're an inspiration in so many ways and this is a huge skill. I know that
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Be gentle with yourself! Wishing you a speedy and complete healing.



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AQUAGIRL08 9/23/2013 6:53PM

    Oh Marsha, I'm so sorry that you were hurt. Trust me, I often do the same thing. If I get too tired and push my limits, then I risk falling. I have to slow down because I don't feel pain like regular people do, until it's too late. Most of the time it is a blessing but if I don't pace myself I end up like you - a hurting puppy. Please take care of yourself!
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MWWENSIN 9/22/2013 9:03AM

    I've fallen twice this year once on a bike at the end of a bike ride and once at the end of a long slow run. I definitely allowed a week for the scabs to form so they wouldnt be reopened. Definitely take it easy.

My fall on the bike was probably due to trying to turn off my garmin watch before I slowed down. My running fall - I might have been dehydrated - I went to the doctor and had slightly elevated sodium levels. I drink water all the time but it was really hot in houston.

There are gloves for runners which might help your hands. I was almost thinking of putting large bandaids on my knees to help prevent flesh wounds if I go down.

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_LINDA 9/22/2013 1:43AM

    So very sorry you fell :( Road rash is awful, hope you have no other ill effects from the fall..
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COCK-ROBIN 9/22/2013 12:11AM

    Wonderful!

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PMFISH 9/21/2013 10:12PM

    Sorry you had a tumble. Hope you are not too sore tomorrow. Take it easy for day and you will come back strong. emoticon

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SPARKLINGME176 9/21/2013 9:15PM

    MARSHA I FEEL FOR YOU, TOO! I'VE BEEN WITH OUT MY RIGHT ARM SINCE 9-8! I AM so READY TO GET BACK TO MY WORLD! PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO RE INJER YOURSELF!

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MSLZZY 9/21/2013 9:03PM

    Slow down, not fall. So sorry about the mishap. Hope you feel better tomorrow.

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JOYINKY 9/21/2013 9:01PM

    So sorry about your fall, but glad you didn' t break anything. Not a thing wrong with giving your body and mind a day off! Take Care! emoticon

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BOILHAM 9/21/2013 8:38PM

    So sorry to hear this. I hope you heal quickly and get back in the game. My DW fell a few times when she first started training with me. Eventually she gave up, realizing she had balance issues. She also got banged up on the 3rd fall.
Take care.

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WATERMELLEN 9/21/2013 8:09PM

    Oh dear. I'm so sorry that you are hurt. I will take care. And: you too!

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OWL_20 9/21/2013 8:01PM

    Sorry to hear about your fall--I hope your knees are okay! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/21/2013 7:24PM

    So sorry to hear that! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 9/21/2013 6:24PM

    Sorry to hear about your fall, Marsha. I was getting interested into doing a little jogging and I worried that if I fell or pulled something, it was only me and Buddy, so I don't usually do it anymore. Glad you weren't alone, kind of like swimming, always do it with a buddy...

REst up, and hope you feel up to your ride tomorrow, but take care of yourself first...
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ADRIENALINE 9/21/2013 5:31PM

    Sorry you hurt. Hope you feel great tomorrow. I seem to fall all the time these days. I'm not a Klutz, just old. Off to do some core exercise. Thanks for the reminder!

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NATPLUMMER 9/21/2013 5:26PM

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TAICHIDANCER 9/21/2013 3:35PM

    Ouch. Sorry to hear about your fall. Hope you heal swiftly and completely.

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BOOKAPHILE 9/21/2013 2:23PM

    I'm glad to hear they are probably superficial wounds. Be gentle with yourself today.

You ROCK the temptation of comfort food test!

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JANEWATKINS 9/21/2013 2:05PM

    I think this is the universe telling you to take a wee rest. The chairs will wait for you. And not even impatiently, since they are inanimate objects. Take care of YOU! Much regard to you, Jane

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KELLIEBEAN 9/21/2013 12:47PM

    That is too bad. I hope you are feeling okay. Be good to yourself!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/21/2013 12:38PM

    So sorry you fell... what a bummer. And skinned up like a kid, too? This second childhood thing wasn't to be taken QUITE that literally!

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NEW-CAZ 9/21/2013 12:26PM

    Sorry to hear this Marsha, hope you're soon mended emoticon

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GABY1948 9/21/2013 11:54AM

    Oh, Marsha! I am so sorry....you don't have to tell me what it feels like I have been a klutz since a little girl! Please do be more careful! emoticon

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And A Second Thing....

Friday, September 20, 2013

I appreciate each SparkFriend who responded to my blog two days ago asking what one thing you could do to improve your program. I recognized myself in several of the answers:

1. Strength Training was mentioned at least twice. I have no reason not to be doing core and arm ST, but I have been very inconsistent. I may need to see a doctor and/or physical therapist before trying leg strengthening again. I injured my left glute area in April running hills, thought it was totally healed, but re-tweaked it August 1st when I tried to strengthen it with lunges. I plan to take pen and paper tomorrow and get names and maybe numbers of professionals to contact by talking to runners in my Galloway group.

2. Counting everything including coffee creamer. Oh, yea, I'm guilty of usin.g a bit of powdered creamer in my coffee at the gym without counting it.

3. Sleep. I'm doing pretty good getting at least 7 hours each night except about twice a month when I have trouble sleeping. But aiming for 8 hours would be better. On Saturday my long runs' start time varies between 4:30am and 6am, so my bedtime varies on Friday.

4. Cutting down or out artificial sweetener. Honestly, I've cut back a lot, but recently my intake has gone up a bit. Need to address this continuing issue!

So I will:
1. do at least two arm and core ST session per week; consider glute treatment
2. count everything including coffee creamer
3. go to bed at 10pm Mon-Thurs, Sat & Sun; Friday will vary based on run time
4. make sure artificial sweetener intake is not increasing; think about further reducing it again

Thanks, SparkFriends, for such good ideas and reality checks! Hey, maybe is there one (or 4) more thing(s) you could do to improve your program?

  
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MSLZZY 9/21/2013 7:23AM

    Giving up creamer and sweetener would both be the way to go for me. So I will make that my goal for the weekend.

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GABY1948 9/21/2013 6:56AM

    I have learned much from your last blog and this one too...can't wait for any other things...I have become more diligent in being more EXACT in measurements for sure!

Thanks, Marsha and all!

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TAICHIDANCER 9/21/2013 6:17AM

    Last Spring I switched to black coffee (in reference to counting everything including creamer). I much prefer the taste of coffee with 1/2 and 1/2, but I figure I save myself a little fat and a few calories each time I drink coffee (which is often).

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_LINDA 9/21/2013 1:01AM

    I just invested in a foam roller to aid in stretching out difficult areas. Perhaps you would like to try that with your glute..
Getting enough sleep is always a goal for me, but more like wishful thinking as it never happens :( If I could get proper sleep I am sure it would help me in all areas of my healthy journey..
I have been told to dial back the fitness classes to give my shoulder/elbow a chance to settle down, if it will at all :(
So I am taking a couple of 'rest' days hiking the trails with Mom this weekend.
Hope you have a great weekend!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/21/2013 12:34AM

    I'm proud of you!

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SLIMLILA 9/20/2013 11:37PM

    Oops, I was slacking off and missed your recent blog... but I gotta tell you, I have had bursitis and was not about to insitigate another bout of that, so I started with 500 ml water bottles, and as I walk to the service road to my track, I do bicep curls, and
T's, and round the world, and reach to the sky exercises with the water bottles... I increased slowly over time and I am now up to 1.5 lt. bottles which is about 2.5 lb Amercian, but I have grown biceps... it's the persistence, it pays off..

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MEDEAREBORN 9/20/2013 11:18PM

  1/I've decided to up my activity level/intensity. I'm still walking 8-10k a day, but yesterday and today, I added periodic jogging to the mix and I could feel the difference. So I'm going to try to run more with the goal of being able to run 5K by the new year.
2/More cross-training/strength training. I'm walking long distances but that's about it. I'm going to try and add swimming on bad-weather days and a friend & I are about to try Jillian Michael's 30-day shred. (We'll see how that goes).
3/Restarting quick-track goals. I had a bunch of these going and when I checked them off each day, I did find it motivating. Somehow I got out of that habit. I'm going to revisit them and start tracking them again.
4/... okay, I didn't have a fourth in mind. I'm pretty good about portion control, but recently I've been eyeballing things more, so instead I'll go with one of the earlier suggestions and start MEASURING things out again.


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RUNNERRACHEL 9/20/2013 9:45PM

    Those are all great ideas! Sleep is so important. Sometimes I don't get enough sleep and I don't perform well, feel like I need to eat more (and make poor choices) so getting enough sleep (going to bed by 10) will help me feel better. emoticon

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FITFRIT 9/20/2013 9:38PM

    My husband and I gave up regular soda a few years ago and we both lost some weight, he kept his off and I gained mine back despite no more soda. I just gave up diet soda completely, I still have about 2 packets of artificial sweetener a day in my morning tea but that's it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/20/2013 9:15PM

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