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Mind over matter!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I recently completed 700 miles walking so far in 2011. About 3 months ago I began to jog a small portion of my daily 3 miles, found it wasn't for me so I returned to just walking at appx. 3.5mph. In the last several days I happened to read a few very inspiring stories of sparkers who challenge themselves more aggressively than I have. Then I watched the latest biggest looser and decided I wanted to push myself much harder to see what I really can do. In August I took the one mile test and completed it in 14:58, mostly walking (and at 312 lbs). Today I ran two miles in 24:02(at 295lbs).
It was raining and very dark on country dirt roads. I felt exillerated and had more " gas in the tank", but decided not to risk injury in the poor running conditions. I even got a small taste of the runners high (probably aided by listening to Journey singing don't stop

For health reasons, I do best by doing cardio every day. I know it's not smart to run every day, so I am going to try to alternate running/walking daily.

It's been 20 years and 100 lbs ago when I ran 15-20 miles weekly so this is uncharted turf for me and I will half to watch carefully how my body responds to this new regime, making adjustments as necessary.

I want to give a shout out to all my spark friends who continue to inspire me, you guys are the best!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KARIDIAN1 12/1/2011 12:59AM

    Listen to your body and don't overdo. But glad you were able to move to the next step.

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/30/2011 6:06PM

    Bravo! us oldies might start a revolution when we are fitter, if we can remember how!!!
really proud of you, it just shows we can do it.

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TELLINGGREY 11/30/2011 5:35PM

    Thats awsome. Good for you for pushing yourself harder, now I want to do the same. I'm nursing a knee injury but I'm sure their is something I can push in. You've inspired me, thank you

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Taking time to heal

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This week I took three days off from exercise to recover from a chest cold. Not only did I recover quicker, but I also felt renewed when I resumed my normal program of daily 3 mile walks.
This is a different experience than ever before SP. I kept to my food plan during the break and I recovered quickly with a renewed energy. I guess the slow, steady, lifestyle change thing really works!....who would have guessed?!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KICKINGIT@56 11/24/2011 1:59PM

    You made the right choice - the smart choice - too often we don't listen to our bodies and just end up setting ourselves back even further.

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DARKTHOR 11/22/2011 10:16AM

    Sounds like you are doing things the smart way and getting results!

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-POOKIE- 11/21/2011 10:18AM

    *smiles* I get SO less sick now, its a wonderful side effect of health!

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/21/2011 5:26AM

    It's great when we have learned lessons like this. Our bodies are wonderful and we hadn't a clue before sparking!
best wishes for your full recovery and onward journey

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KARIDIAN1 11/20/2011 5:38PM

    Very smart move and glad you are feeling better.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/20/2011 5:33PM

    Very smart! Good for you!! -Marsha

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Knowledge is power!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Today I had to do my three mile walk in three segments. Before SP, I would have skipped walking altogether because I didn't have enough time to do the whole walk at one time. So now I burned 438 cals. Instead of none.
Knowledge is power....SP has empowered me to get fit and healthy! emoticon emoticon

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-POOKIE- 11/15/2011 12:04PM


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RAINBOWCHOC 11/15/2011 9:59AM

    Well done! we are never too old to learn a thing or two from "Sparkpeople". I'm really proud of the way you are going just now!

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KARIDIAN1 11/14/2011 11:11PM

    Today was not my day for a walk. Work, guitar lesson and gun club paperwork.
Have a meeting at the gun club in the evening on Tuesday after work. Then I can get back on track.

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CONTAGIEUX 11/14/2011 7:43PM

  Thank you for motivating me! I admire that you did your three mile walk in segments. I probably would have given up. I will have to follow in your steps. I have to learn that exercising in segments is better than no exercise at all.

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Bad news flax

Friday, November 11, 2011

A SP article convinced me to try flax supplements. It turns out my digestive system couldn't handle it. After two days off, everything is back to normal.
While I was at my doctor, he cut my diabetes med in half. He told me I could be off all meds by my next test in March. Woopee!

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CHUMLEY54 11/12/2011 12:54PM

    Goes to show, Health Food isn't always healthy..... glad your not all flaxed up anymore.

Guess for you, Flax is a 4 letter

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/12/2011 11:08AM

    Excellent development re: your diabetes! Keep up the good work.

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/12/2011 3:27AM

    brilliant news with diabetes medication, just shows how well you are doing!

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-POOKIE- 11/12/2011 1:54AM

    Hey, thats great about your meds though!

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MYLAUREN2 11/11/2011 10:00PM

    great news on getting to cut back on those meds. emoticon

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JULIA1154 11/11/2011 9:52PM

  Congrats on being able to cut your diabetes medication! I hope your MD gave you lots of points for doing so well.

As to flax, I know it has lots of great properties but I've learned that I need to avoid it, too. In my case, it gives me hives. But at least you tried it, and that's what counts.

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KARIDIAN1 11/11/2011 9:35PM

    Congrats on the news from the doctor. That is great news. Glad your system is back to normal after the flax experiment.

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I can see clearly now!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I've was blessed with 20/15 eyesight up until 5 or 6 years ago. After loosing 68 lbs and having my type 2 diabetes under control, my exam yesterday was 20/15 again! Amazing!

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MICRAELIE 11/9/2011 1:00PM

    That is amazing!! How wonderful to "see" such a tangible effect of your hard word. I'm very glad for you.


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-POOKIE- 11/9/2011 10:22AM

    wow thats awesome!!

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/9/2011 2:18AM

    brilliant! here's to further success in other areas.

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KARIDIAN1 11/8/2011 9:53PM

    Fantastic news.

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TOTALLYT31 11/8/2011 9:19PM

    Awesome! That is fantastic and encouraging too!
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HEALTHIERKEN 11/8/2011 8:59PM

    WOW!!! Yet another non-scale success-indicator! Way to go : )

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