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Judicious Persistence

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This is my recently-developed mantra for making healthier lifestyle changes: "Judicious Persistence."

It reminds me to keep going even when I have to slow the pace.

The judicious part helps me realize that if I've exercised to the point of nausea that I've gone too far and should adjust things. The persistence part helps me remember that adjusting things is not the same as stopping entirely. Both of these parts require me to pay attention and listen to my body/mind/spirit.

I tend to be an extremist -- an all-or-nothing kind of person -- so learning moderation is a good thing. Applying it to my eating and exercising habits is not only a life-changing thing, but also for me a life-saving thing.

I'm really grateful that I found help and inspiration on SparkPeople; I'm utterly amazed at how much better I feel.

And I'm absolutely and completely speechless with wonder when I remember that last fall I could barely run for 60 seconds and now I can run for 60 minutes or more.

This stuff works; I think I'll persist.

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THEWYRDWOMAN 5/18/2011 1:12PM

    Thanks so much for your kind words. =)

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KLPEFFERS 5/18/2011 11:57AM

    Love this!!! Way to go with finding that "happy point". I too remember when running (jogging) from one telephone pole to the next was nearly impossible. Now I do 5ks'and the likes! Good for you for getting "there"!!!!!

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The "Spark" Place

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I think I'm in the right place well, actually, I've heard it said that we are all in the right place for our own path, no matter where we are but to recognize, acknowledge and actually realize it in the moment is sometimes difficult. Today is very unusual day, but today is a very normal day. From the outside, it's just another day in the life, but on the inside . . . .

It didn't start out being an unusual day. This morning, when the alarm clock went off an hour earlier than a week ago, I did not want to get out of bed. I most definitely did not want to put on clothes, leash up my walking buddy and head out the door for some "cardio." My shins and calves were aching, my hips hurt, my knees and ankles were twinge-ing away and my feet were sore; hell, even my butt muscles hurt. But I've set myself this goal, possibly ridiculous to some, and when I remembered that I'm heading for Boston to run, I decided I could walk this morning, even if it was only for 10 minutes.

So I dragged my achy butt out of bed and headed out in the dark, into the swampy Florida humidity where it was already 75 and climbing, and I walked. It ended up being 27 minutes instead of 10 and when I got back home, I wasn't feeling blissful, what with the sweat rolling off me in big fat drops smacking the ground in raindrop plops, but I was feeling awake and more energetic than I have for a long time.

Something stunning came over me today, sitting here, writing code with my headphones on and listening to an old Joni song: I found myself feeling wonderful. I found my head bobbing and my foot tapping and somehow that wasn't enough movement, so the shoulders started swaying and pretty soon I was chair dancing and typing away in time with the rhythm of the music. And I was smiling I felt my face smiling and it dawned on me that I was smiling on the inside too. I think maybe I'm in the "Spark" place!

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MOVINITMORE 7/24/2010 9:14AM

    WOOHOO sounds like the exercise is working and making smile on the inside is a wonderful thing. KEEP ON KEEPING ON !!! emoticon

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Making the Impossible Possible?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Okay, so I poked around a bit in the goals and motivational areas & have come up with a plan to get me to the Boston Marathon:

Maintain 30 minutes of cardio walking daily.
Maintain nutrition/calorie daily goals.
Start "Chi Walking" to help with injury prevention.
Increase to 60 minutes daily by August.
October 2010 -- Get physician approval to start running.
Start "Chi Running"
Register for Ed Moot Memorial 5K Fun Run.
December 4th, 2010 - Run Ed Moot Memorial 5K.
Continue Chi Running/Walking.
Register for Space Coast Marathon
November 28th, 2011 Run Space Coast Marathon
December 2011 -- Start training for full marathon
Register for Space Coast Full Marathon
November, 2012 Run Space Coast Full Marathon in 4.25 hours to qualify
December 2012 -- Register for Boston Marathon (or Walt Disney Marathon if not qualified)
Continue training for full marathon
January 2013 -- Run in Walt Disney Marathon, if needed to qualify
April 2013 Run Boston Marathon!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THEWYRDWOMAN 11/29/2010 4:51PM

    Sorry for the delayed response -- work overload and what-not. I got a somewhat reserved approval from the doctor; he expressed concern about my knees and I assured him I would be extremely careful.

I completed the Couch-to-5K training this past Saturday and I have my first RUN event this weekend. The 3 previous events have been walk or walk/run, so I am gearing up to run the full 5K distance.

Paying attention to my form & breathing, listening to my body, taking days off & not rushing it. Speed will come later, stamina is my focus right now, along with weight loss.

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MLOU61 10/10/2010 3:02AM

    Hey, that's one gutsy goal list!!! How's it going so far? Did you get the doc's approval yet? I am a 61 year old runner who started 2 1/2 years ago. I have run in several 5K's and 2 10 K's so far, and am thinking about a half, maybe next Fall. I hope you will like running as much as I do. Be careful out there.
- M'lou

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To Dream the Impossible Dream?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Okay, I might be crazy, but after 1 week in SparkPeople, I've got a dream: I want to run in the Boston Marathon before my 60th birthday.

The blogs & posts & success stores here have inspired me; the way I feel after just a week of sticking to the calorie/fitness tracker goals (well, most of the days anyway), has inspired me. "Fat Girls Can Run the 5K" REALLY inspired me (check out MOVINITMORE's page for details).

I'm 56 years old, have a lift in one shoe, a bad knee, sciatica, traumatic spondylolisthesis and those are just the "structural" issues -- oh, and lest we forget, another 97 pounds to lose.

On the plus side -- I really, really, REALLY want to do this. So look out windmills, here I come a-tiltin'!!

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MOVINITMORE 7/19/2010 7:42AM

    I am very inspired by this dream. I myself never thought about a Marathon but who knows what tomorrow will bring for us in life. I never thought I would be getting up and running at the crack of dawn either unless I was really in a dream but I am I really am. Keep up the great work you really sound determined.Look out Boston here she comes !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PALEAN 7/18/2010 8:20AM

    You can do whatever you are determined to commit to. I wish you success and am inspired by your dream!

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Newb Stuff

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wow! What an amazing place this is! Just starting to explore and joined a couple of teams; Dawnwaterwoman is my current inspiration. Check out her page!

Tracking will be easier, once I get all my weird foods analyzed & entered.

Very helpful site for nutritional data: -- they have tool to enter your own recipes and get the analysis per serving -- which I then use to plug in here.

Hmmmm, wonder if could do something similar . . .

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THEWYRDWOMAN 7/14/2010 4:28PM

    Wouldn't you know that I found the recipe calculator shortly after I posted this! Wonderful to see people responding so quickly to point me in the right direction. Thanks!

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GMARGARITA 7/13/2010 1:14PM

    SparkPeople does have such a feature! When you go to enter foods under "Nutrition Tracker" click "Add a Food". Then click "Recipes." Next click "Access the Recipe Calculator." Enter ingredients, name your new recipe, and it will appear under your "Favorites." Good luck!


Gretchen Margarita

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FRANKLYAMUSED 7/13/2010 1:14PM

    If you go to this page:
pe-calculator.asp you can enter your recipes and import them directly into your meal planner!

Welcome to the site, and good luck!!


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HOLLYNOEL75 7/13/2010 1:09PM

    Hello and welcome...yes this a great place :o)

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SUNSHINE634 7/13/2010 1:06PM

    Welcome! there are alot of great tools here to reach our goals! Here to your much success! emoticon

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