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Jogging my way through 52 degree drop!

Monday, March 26, 2012

I jog 4 miles a day. Four days ago we ended a 7 day record heat wave here in NH mountains where daytime highs went from 65 to 82 last Thursday. So Thursday, I jogged 4 miles in a t-shirt and I jogged in a snowmobile jacket with hat and gloves at 30 degrees with snowflakes falling!!

To paraphrase an old line " i've jogged at 82 and 32..........82 is better!" emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/27/2012 2:24PM

    there blogs a man who truly has "the Spark"!
have a great week,

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DARKTHOR 3/27/2012 11:53AM

    Wow, 4 miles a day! You are awesome!

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-POOKIE- 3/27/2012 8:32AM


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KARIDIAN1 3/26/2012 8:38PM

    Felt like that here in MN too, very windy. But at least no snow.

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HEBZGRL 3/26/2012 8:27PM

    I don't know how you do it, but great job for the dedication :)

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The power of SPARK is you!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Thanks to all the supportive comments I've received, I feel like I have got my mojo back. Your understanding and encouragement has given me a renewed sense of purpose.

To paraphrase a classic movie line..."Thanks...isn't a big enough word to describe how grateful I am for your support"!


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KICKINGIT@56 3/6/2012 11:56PM

    I knew you had it in you and like you said, we are all in this together: helping each other through the rough spots and celebrating each others victories - like any good family.

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/4/2012 4:32AM

    You blog, we support!
Glad things are looking brighter, we sometimes need moments of doubt to take stock and move on. People don't climb mountains without admiring the view on the way!

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KARIDIAN1 3/3/2012 6:12PM

    Your doing great! Keep working towards your goal and we will cheer you on.

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CROWLEY123 3/3/2012 3:42PM

    We are all in this together - and having SparkFriends makes it all that much more rewarding.

Keep up the good work.

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TRULYVISIBLE 3/3/2012 11:44AM

  I 2nd what EMGERBER says. emoticon

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EMGERBER 3/3/2012 8:43AM

    I believe that is what SP is all about, helping each other on our individual journeys.

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Lost my mojo

Thursday, March 01, 2012

February was a rough month...mostly due to back pain followed by dizziness. I only managed one third of my usual monthly total fitness minutes. After 13 months of steady progress to a 75 lb weight loss, I gained 4 lbs. I'd be lying if I said my mood hasn't taken a turn for the worse.
I did manage 2 miles on my treadmill this morning while a winter storm raged outside and I have stuck to my food plan through dinner so far today.

Hoping for a better March! emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/2/2012 1:39AM

    we have to have rough times other wise how would we know we were having a good time?

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KICKINGIT@56 3/6/2012 11:53PM

    Your "mojo" isn't gone; it's just taking a little break. Modify your program as much as you need to prevent any further injuries. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is draw back a little, especially when we are really on a roll; but even a powerful locomotive has to slow down when going around a curve

Considering all the health issues you have had, a gain of only 4 lbs is great damage control.

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CROWLEY123 3/2/2012 2:21PM

    You have come so far, and this is a set-back - but such a small one. You will be back on your feet and making your way again.

Good luck and keep up the good work!

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-POOKIE- 3/2/2012 3:59AM


It was a rough month for me too, I was very ill, ended up on antibiotics which I hate... thankfully a lot better now and things are easier.

Stick with it and keep going.

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/2/2012 2:59AM

    and I'm here cheering you on with all the others. After all those months of steady loss it's no wonder you are disappointed with a gain, it's almost like insulting yourself! I could give you all the stuff about plateaus, but you know what you did and how to address it. Think of it as a "vacation", a time to reflect and move on. You obviously don't want to stop and give up the healthy living so put your chin up and enjoy some weather free exercise on your treadmill. Have you tried swimming as an alternative exercise? I "took the plunge" and found it very useful. Nobody worries what size you are (Honestly). Give it a go, maybe with your wife, it could be more fun than you think!!!!

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KARIDIAN1 3/1/2012 9:21PM

    February was rough for me too. I am stuck around 164-166. Been busy with gun club stuff and the weather hasn't helped either to get in walking on a steady basis. Was hoping that winter was nearing the end, but we have had some snow dumped on us this week.

Looks like we both have hit the blahs for a bit. hang in there and we can get back on track again.

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TRULYVISIBLE 3/1/2012 8:42PM

  Sorry you had a bad month of pain. Glad you are able to do some exercise now. I know those 4 pounds will come off quickly.
Here's to a good March.

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NEWKAREN43 3/1/2012 8:22PM

    Hey Tim, When I heard you lost your mojo I ran RIGHT over to help you look for it. Then I got here and realized that your mojo was simply misplaced! I really am sorry to hear that your back has hurt enough to keep you from exercise - and a back ache with dizziness causes me some concern, I'm not sure if you know the cause of that issue. However, my concern is for your health (uh, and mojo) first and weight second because this is a journey and you took a little rest stop in Feb. I think, at least in my own journey, I think that's to be expected. Yes, I'm sure it brings the mood down a little but, yes but, I'm going to give you one more positive! Your rest stop was the SHORTEST month of the year! See! I told you there was a positive! I hope that the success on the treadmill that you had this morning is indicative of you March! Stay positive, keep Sparkin'. We're here for you! Karen

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VETTRANGER 3/1/2012 8:02PM

    I decided early on in my program to lose weight solely with how I ate, because I know that an exercise program can get derailed by many things. I lost 45 pounds in 7 months with very little exercise involved other than normal activities around the house and yard. So don't dispair if you can't exercise. Just stay in your calories range and you'll get there. It's not a race, so don't take temporary set backs too badly, just make sure they ARE temporary! LOL

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Back on track ...sorta

Monday, February 20, 2012

After resting my back for last 10 days I walked 2 miles outdoors in 25 degree temps today. It felt pretty good and I am icing my back as I write this blog. I know I put on some weight for the first time in 13 months but I hope to be back to even by the end of the month. I hope to increase my distance by .25 mile every day until I am back to my 4 mile/ day routine. Then I will work to get my time down to pre-injury performance (68 min). If all goes well I hope to accomplish that within next 30 days but I will adjust based on how my back holds up.

At my age, the body doesn't bounce back so fast!

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DARKTHOR 2/28/2012 8:34PM

    Sounds like a sensible plan to build yourself back up. Our road may be full of bumps and even some detours, but the important thing is ending up at the right place.

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HJFOGARTY 2/22/2012 11:04PM

    take care of you!!! back pain is the worst and you don't want to mess around with that! so one day at a time and go slow - you will build back to where you were - know you are in my thoughts! you are such a great inspiration!

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KARIDIAN1 2/22/2012 1:50AM

    Glad that you are back on track.. No need to rush it. Your body will tell you what you can do.

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/21/2012 12:58PM

    Glad you are mending, even if it is slowly. Ice is excellent for sprains/strains (and very good in G&T!)
I'm sure your determination to be healthy will help you overcome this roadbump on your journey.
best wishes, Sandra

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MARIJO150 2/21/2012 9:08AM


glad to hear that your back in your walking shoes.


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COCOA-JUMBO 2/20/2012 7:53PM

    Keep it up and you'll be good as new before you know it!

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Down but not out!

Friday, February 10, 2012

I've been struggling with back pain from a fall I took on ice a week ago. Up to yesterday I managed some cardio most days but now I have to give my cardio workouts up for a while as the pain is worse. It's weird to sit around all day after 13 months of almost daily cardio training. It's also a struggle to eat within my target range. Hope this gets better soon.

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NEWKAREN43 2/12/2012 8:09PM

    Oh! I'm so sorry to hear this. Rest up, recover as quick as you can so you can get back to it! It's better to rest and heal than to push and aggravate! Best to you! Karen

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-POOKIE- 2/11/2012 1:25AM

    Oh my goodness did you hurt yourself badly?

Its (still) a huge fear of mine, falling and really injuring myself...I often get irrationally scared.

Could you do some of the chair based exercise work outs designed for people with limited mobility?

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KARIDIAN1 2/10/2012 10:32PM

    Ouch! Hope you are feeling better soon. Take it easy and don;' overdo. Have you gone to see a chiropractor at all?

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MARIJO150 2/10/2012 10:16PM

    The ice can be so treacherous! I hope that you heal quickly. Best wishes.

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/10/2012 3:23PM

    so sorry to read this. It's better to rest and heal than workout when your body says NO! I'm sure the habits you have started will not be scuppered by this setback, you are a true Sparker and exercise is in the blood!
best wishes for a full recovery

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