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Fastest 5k - Week One

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I am doing a training program called Fastest 5k this month. The creator of this program is Todd Lange who also has the podcasts. For information go to . Todd is such a great coach, he is very supported and he has a fan page as well. The goal of this program is to improve my 5k time.

The first day was to record my best 5k time, which was 34:56. Today I am on w1d5. 25 more days to go.

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Well, I started out my New year without accomplishing my first goal for the year - to run a virtual 5k. The weather here in MN just was not cooperating with me. The nerve. It was cold and windy and the road conditions were listed as difficult. So, I could not justify starting the car and heading off to the gym. I did not want to do an outside run because of the ice under the snow.

Instead, I chose to do step aerobics. Boy, am I feeling the muscles in my calves this morning. I forgot to where my heart monitor so I have no idea of the actual calories burned, but I know it was a good workout; I used a podcast from that went from 140 - 160 beats per minute. To be truthful, I cannot wait to do that podcast while running.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/2/2011 2:25PM

    Thanks for mentioning the podcast. I just recently came out of my cave to find the world of ipods, and even got myself a droid for the purpose of getting the most out of my weight loss.
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They say it is too hard...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The other day I was reading reviews of some diets such as Eat to Live, The Pritkin Diet - both these diets emphasize eating food that are close to how they grow, i.e. unprocessed. I read some of the negative comments and noticed two criticism that kept showing up: that it would be too hard for many people to follow the program and that most people will not have time to prepare the meals at home.

Unfortunately, they are correct; it is hard to eat mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains and limited amounts of animal products every day. I have been trying to follow this way of eating for about 9 months now. Limiting the animal products is not very difficult for me; I watched the "Meet Your Meat" and found it easy not to purchase supermarket meat.

Perhaps most of the difficulty lies in the fact that many of us choose to go to fast food places for most of our meals. Even at sit down restaurants it is difficult to get a healthy meal that limits the animal product and offers lots of choices for vegetables without butter or sauce. So, if most meals are eaten at restaurants, then yes, following a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables and whole grains would be very difficult to adhere to because those items are just not available as a choice.

Whenever I go out to eat, I find that if I want to eat healthy I often have to order a salad. However, even then I have make sure I question how they make their salad. One time I ordered a side salad and it consisted of more cheese and croutons than it did lettuce. Yes, I can see how they can say the Eat to Live and Pritkin Lifestyle would be too difficult for many to follow.

As for the argument that to follow such a diet would be too hard because people do not have time to prepare their meals at home, I wonder if they ever calculated the time it takes to get ready to go to a restaurant, drive there, wait to be seated, decide what to order, wait for someone else to prepare the food and deliver it to the table, then to drive back home. For me, just getting to the restarant would take more time than cooking it at home.

I have found that it is really about one's perspective. Do I find it too difficult to make sure I eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains? What is more convenient, to eat at a restaurant that has limited choices of healthy food or use the time it would take to get there and back and prepare my meal at home?

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DEEO12 12/29/2010 12:03PM

    So true. It is easier and less expensive to eat at home.

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Having Difficulty Staying Focused

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I am doing a lot of traveling back and forth from home to visiting family members and I am having a hard time staying focused on eating foods that will provide the nutrients I should be getting. Instead I am finding myself eating foods that are high calorie, loaded with fat and sugar and then asking myself, "Why did I do that?"

Tomorrow is the BIG family dinner - hopefully I'll get a handle on my choices before I sit down at the table.

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FT4EVR 12/29/2010 9:51PM

    I did the same thing! Ate high calorie, fat and sugar filled foods and then felt like a slug and wondered why I did that?! Hope you got a handle on it. I am still working on it because I repeated the process today.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/24/2010 1:18PM

    Yeah, me too. I love Mnnice's reminder of water, I needed to hear that!
Here's to fighting the good fight!

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ANNIEBOLEEN 12/23/2010 12:15PM

    Sending encouragement your way. Keep believing you can and you will.

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MNNICE 12/23/2010 11:33AM

    You certainly aren't alone. It's hard to stay on track during the holidays. Just do the best you can, forgive yourself for the overindulgences, try to drink lots of water, exercise when you can, and be ready and determined to set new goals and get back on track as soon as the holiday weekend is over - don't wait until the New Year. You will survive this!!!

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The Good, Bad and ....

Monday, December 20, 2010

ha, you thought I was going to say ugly, didn't you? Or is my age showing?

This week is hard for me - been traveling and visiting family - Car trips are a trigger for me and I overate junk food during y drive time.

Fortunately, my husband's brother had a tread mill and I brought my own salad to dinner. So I had some +'s mixed in with the -'s. This week it is hard to stay focused, especially not having internet access - any one else having that problem?


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