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Running 5 km

Thursday, February 11, 2010



I used to love running through the river valley in the city where I used to live. This was ten years ago, when I was a fit 148 lbs and led a healthier lifestyle. I remember how great it felt to get out in the fresh air and clear my head. Ten years later I find myself many pounds heavier and disappointed in myself and the choices I made that got me to this point. I'm tired of being tired and stressed all the time. I need an outlet and decided that returning to running, the activity that I looked forward to once, was the way to go.

This past summer I started running again. The first couple of weeks were painful but then as my body adapted it became enjoyable and something I looked forward to doing.

A few weeks ago I signed up for a 5 km fun run back in the river valley of the city I used to live in. I thought it would be a great motivator for me to sign up for a race. Shame avoidance is my motivator now - I don't want to be the last in the line of runners, gasping for breath, feeling like my lungs are going to burst, or worse yet, having to drop out before I reach the finish line. How embarassing would that be? I'm determined to do it! At the same time I'm scared that I won't be able to.

31 days left until the big race!

  
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SLIMRME1 3/15/2010 11:03AM

    I made it! My goal was to complete the race in under one hour and I did it in 46:45! There were a number of hills on the course and a steep 400m switchback to the final stretch. I walked more than I would have liked (on the hills) but I'm still very happy with the results. emoticon

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IFFUR77 2/11/2010 4:39PM

    emoticon
best of luck!
j~

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One month later...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

...and I've managed to stay on plan for the majority of the time! Outsmarting temptation has been a tough one but when I think of all the hard work I've put in so far it helps. Sometimes I think to myself that I have so far to go. It helps to remind myself though that a 5 lb bag of sugar or 10 lb sack of potatoes is alot of weight and that I have taken that burden off my body. Here's to another successful month ahead and good luck to my fellow Sparkers!!

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/29/2009 2:02PM

    One day at a time really does work!

You are doing great!

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CHIKAZ 6/28/2009 7:44AM

    Incredible! Congrats on your first month! It feels so good, doesn't it? =)

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The Bike Ride

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I ride my mountain bike 9 kms three to four times a week. We live in the country and the road I ride on is covered in thick, loose gravel so it's not an easy ride (at least not as easy as riding on pavement is). emoticon My boyfriend decided, for the first time last night, that he was going to join me on my ride - great news as I'm always up for company. Now my boyfriend is one of those guys who forgets he's 43 and thinks he's as fit as he was twenty years ago (he's not). He's strong (is a farm boy) but isn't necessarily fit. We're very competitive but I still warned him when he shot past me out of our driveway that he needed to pace himself for a long ride. He quickly faded and soon I was half a kilometre AHEAD of him for two-thirds of our ride! emoticon

Exercising is paying off big time! Not only are my thighs shrinking, I out cycled Mr. Man! Woot! The bad news is we got caught in a bad rain storm emoticon 2 km from home, I was blinded by the rain, drove into the ditch and he beat me home. emoticon

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/17/2009 4:24PM

    Ouch! I hope you didn't get hurt?

But maybe Mr. Man needed to win? We both know you would have beat him so WooHoo for you!

Hugs,
Linda

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BRSCLS 6/16/2009 2:01PM

    It is funny how they look at the exercise we do as nothing and think they are in better shape, sorry the storm came up and you did not get to be first all the way back.

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Be Kind to Yourself for a Change

Sunday, June 07, 2009

I came across this article and thought it was worth sharing (Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?Daily-Motivation
--Be-Kind-to-Yourself-for-a-Change&id=
53357).

How To Be Kind To Yourself

Doing things differently for a change is as good as a rest. So here are 25 ways you can be kind to yourself, make small changes in your life, and rest in the process:

Celebrate your accomplishments and any small successes you achieve this week. Buy a birthday cake, light the candles and have a solo party, even if it’s not your birthday.

Don’t overly dwell on your failure moments. We all have them. They make us grow stronger. Learn from them to increase your opportunities for success in the future.

Send yourself some flowers, a card, or buy a small inexpensive gift. Don’t forget to wrap the gift. When you unwrap it, express your delight and pleasure vocally as you savor the moment.

Each week, plan a special meal. Set the table with your fine linens, good china, stemware and utensils (instead of paper plates, cups, napkins and plastic forks).

Take a REAL vacation—you know, the old fashion kind where cell phones, emails, wireless connections, etc. are banned!

Pop some popcorn, relax in your favorite chair with your feet up, and watch your favorite TV show or DVD.

Take a long relaxing walk. Reflect on the scenery and environment around you. Notice the little things like a blade of grass or the shape of a leaf.

Carve out at least 10-15 minutes each day to spend on yourself—any way you choose. Put it on your calendar to ensure that it gets done.

Make a cup of herbal or green tea and sit quietly thinking about the fun things you would like to do. Put these ideas on paper and take action.

Bring a CD player to work and softly play classical music in the background while you work on reports, presentations or read the volumes of paperwork you receive each day.

Get plenty of sleep (whatever amount is appropriate for you).

Take a bicycle ride through a field or park.

Go to the spa for a manicure, pedicure, or massage.

Read for fun—a novel, poetry, short story. Avoid business books or academic treatises.

Laugh a lot—especially if you have a hard time doing so. See the good humor in nature—two squirrels fighting over an acorn, a duck as it waddles to a pond, etc.

Start writing in a personal journal. Record as many positive thoughts, actions—whatsoever is lovely about you.

Re-start your hobbies. Pull out old unfinished projects or just simply start a new one.

Get a checkup and physical exam. Implement whatever strategies are needed to promote good health.

Get a new haircut or style.

Organize your closet or drawers. Tackle a sock or lingerie drawer; hold a tag sale, or donate your materials, furniture, and clothes that are in good condition.

Take a different route to work. Take yourself off auto-pilot and watch the cars and people around you.

Build a new relationship with a co-worker, acquaintance or someone who shares your interests.

Go all out to do something kind and compassionate for yourself.

Respect yourself. Refuse to berate, put-down or belittle yourself.

Forgive yourself. Accept the fact that you are not perfect. Choose to move forward instead of remaining stuck in the past or replaying a mistake you made over and over again in your mind.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/8/2009 1:41PM

    I like the last 2 the best!

Thanks for sharing!!

Hugs,
Linda

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CHIKAZ 6/8/2009 7:27AM

    What a great article! Thanks for sharing. =)

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I'm amazed...

Friday, June 05, 2009

...at how many calories and grams of fat there are in restaurant and fast food chain food (duh)! I took a tour on a website that lists the nutritional information for a variety of restaurants and fast food chains to check out a few of my favourite menu items. Forget the food giving me a heart attack, the nutritional information almost gave me one from shock! Goodbye Peanut Buster Parfait, we had a lovely time, but at 730 calories and 31 grams of fat I must bid you adieu! Hello small ice cream cone (240 calories and 7 grams of fat)! The goal of my healthy me plan is to be realistic and make better choices. I can eat anywhere (pretty much) but I need to know what I'm eating.

If you'd like to check out your favourites go to http://www.dietfacts.com/list.asp?start=A (there are probably a host of sites similar to this one). You might just decide to eat in tonight! emoticon

  
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CHIKAZ 6/8/2009 7:06AM

    Oh gosh, I'm with you completely. It's such a wake up call when you finally realize what you're eating when you go out. But the good thing is, that once you know, it makes it just a little easier to say no to the unhealthy stuff.

Thanks for the link to that site. Useful stuff. =)

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/6/2009 7:30PM

    Reality check!!

Yes, you can eat whatever you want in moderation.

You are going to make this happen!!

Hugs,
Linda

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