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Doing the Happy Dance---Healthy BMI

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Three days in a row with a weight that gives a healthy BMI. First one on an "official" weigh in day.

Oh dear, I'm having to work hard to remove the weight now.

But now that my BMI is "healthy", it's time to slow down. Make sure I'm doing things in a lifestyle mode, not diet mode and be honest about what my final weight should be. I know it would be good to lose a little more, but I may or may not be able to reach an given number (125),

But for today, I'm doing the happy dance, eating healthy and getting some low level cardio.

Thanks Sparkers out there for all the support.

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KAYAKID 7/3/2009 1:00AM

    Concrats on your accomplishment! you did and we are very proud of you.

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BUTTERFLY_MT 7/1/2009 2:35PM


Congratulations and wonderful job on thinking about the change from losing weight to really having a healthy lifestyle!!

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JAMIEHORN20 7/1/2009 1:39PM

    You are AWESOME! Congrats on an incredible milestone!!!

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MEREMOM 7/1/2009 10:24AM

    emoticon emoticon What a great milestone!

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MOCHA07 7/1/2009 10:21AM

    Good for you!! And you certainly are healthy, Ms. 13.4 miles on a warm summer day!!
Glad I get to be a part of your "healthy lifestyle."

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JAUDON 7/1/2009 10:20AM

    Congrats!!! Thats an awesome accomplishment, and you have worked really hard to get there! You are such an inspiration!

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JEM0622 7/1/2009 9:45AM

    WTG! Isn't it a wonderful feeling? I just reached a healthful BMI (just inside the range) but Spark says I have 20 more to lose. Since I'm marathon training, I can't focus on trying to shed more...but I'm in a much healthier position than I was last year.


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    How exciting!!! I can't wait to have a healthy BMI!

Congrats on your success thus are doing a wonderful job!


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    Awesome job. That is so exciting. emoticon

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Don't Listen to the Man sitting in the Shade

Monday, June 29, 2009

Who's the man in the shade? My husband and he kept saying, "It's really nice outside" And it was for a summer day. But did I want to run from 4 pm-7pm on a nice summer day. I've been doing my running in the early morning. Still once I pass 10 mile runs it seems harder to find times to fit in that run. This weekend run was planned at 13.4 miles and I wanted to do it Mon or Tues, but neither days worked well. Could I do Sunday evening.

Well after days of 98 with high humidity 85 lower humidity and a slight breeze did feel okay. At least if you were sitting in the shade. Maybe I should have done herbal and concocted drinks from all the mint in my garden. I didn't I decided I would go ahead and run. I just needed to go real slow.

I also decided to run at a park where I could get some shade and had water and a bathroom instead of leaving from my house and running the suburban streets. Well I finished 13.4 miles in 2 minutes less than 3 hours.

First lesson. Queeny Parks gravel trails through the woods are shady, but much harder than the road. You have hills, erosion gullies, roots. You need to actively slow yourself down on all the down hills so you don't have your feet slide out from under you.

Second lesson. Related to the first. Pacing on new terrain is difficult. I planned to go slow, but at times I pushed harder than a should have. And here is something else I learned about using the run/walk method. If you begin to feel uncomfortable on the run you don't necessarily slow down. I caught myself pushing harder, thinking I just wanted to get this down with. Now since I do my run segments by time it makes no sense at all and I needed to practice discipline on pacing.

Third lesson. Although it was tough I did finish and I did manage to make myself slow down. I should have slowed a bit more in the beginning ---still I finished. Thankfully I've been consistent in my running and although this was a bigger jump it was okay.

Fourth Lesson-- I know this already, it's run in the morning during the summer.

Final lesson--for PenguinPie--If you clip your hat to your hair you don't need to keep pulling it back down. I was already wearing eye protection since I need glasses.

So I think I'll be trying to get out to the park for some shorter runs so I can work on pacing on those tough trails. It was pretty. Saw a deer, elderberries in bloom, field of prairie flowers.

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KATHYT1207 6/29/2009 10:09PM

    I like your lessons. Helpful for those of us newer to running. I still have a hard time running in the heat and high humidity. Can't run as far or as fast (not that I really do any running that could be called fast) - too draining.

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 6/29/2009 10:50AM

    Your blog exemplifies, to me, running. It's a constant process of fine-tuning, that can change from day-to-day. I love your highlights of nature in your last paragraph. Makes it all worth it, the life that abounds.

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JEM0622 6/29/2009 9:37AM

    I ran in the heat on Friday night. There was not a good time to run. Just had to do it. We runners need to find something that stays cool for that long to help us through. Good job on the run and in that heat...good time. Do you have a camelback? I just got one and tried it on my 11 miler. Very handy thing indeed.


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ABBIEJENSEN 6/29/2009 8:58AM

    Tril - WOW! You are so inspirational - running in the hot hot heat and far far far! Great work! Thank you so much for continuing to check in on me - I've been struggling but it has given me a great boast to see a message from you. Thanks.

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PENGUINPIE 6/29/2009 8:30AM

    Sounds like you had a great run out there. I think we learn the most from our challenging runs, because that's where we really figure out what works and what doesn't. Trail running is tough, but it is so rewarding. I try to do all of my weekend long runs on the trails at the local park, mostly for the reasons you mentioned -- access to water and bathrooms, scenic surroundings, possible wildlife sightings. It really does take some getting used to though.

I feel so honored to have my very own lesson in your blog! It's so funny, because this hat thing has been an issue for me for a long time, and never, not once, has it occurred to me to CLIP the hat to my hair. HA! This could be life changing! Thanks a million!

Oh and by the way, there were no fried lizards at the reunion, but when I was helping myself to the gizzards (just to be polite, of course), I picked the smallest one. My mom looked at me and said, "Oh, you know that's a heart, right?" ACK! Who are these people?!??!

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    I don't know how you did it. I did find that standing in the shade yesterday seemed really nice. I just don't know anywhere to run that I can promise myself I will be in the shade the whole time. I loved your lessons. I could certainly learn from them.

You are my mentor. Thanks for the lessons learned. emoticon

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Running in the summer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This is my first summer where I'm running and this week has been hot!

I was not sure what I should do. I thought about paying for a single visit to the local gym and trying a treadmill. I've never used a treadmill. I like run/walking outside. I also imagined that the machines at the gym would be crowded given that we've been under an excessive heat warning for 4 days now.

So I decided to get up at 5 and get out early and give myself permission to shorten the run if it was too hot. Will the heat really was not too bad early in the morning. I did have 20 ounces of water with me and ran through a local park so I could refill my water if needed. That meant I had water to drink and squirt on my head if needed.

I've been experimenting with some of the different workouts suggested in Jeff Galloway's Training Program book. It's partially figuring the best way to set up my Garmin for each workout.

So how far did I go on a warm day. Well at 5:00 am it was just 75 with 85 percent humidity, lucky me coolest morning for awhile. I managed 7 miles---not too shabby.

Glad I did not chose the gym. Glad I got up early too--98 predicted high.

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KAYAKID 6/24/2009 6:48PM

    way to go! you got your run in and it sounds like it was good. I got 6 miles in today 80 degrees at 1:00pm - a little cooler here in the Pacific Northwest. Keep it up your awesome and a good example to us all - get up a t 5:00am to run! Wow!

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JOYATLAST 6/24/2009 2:17PM

    The 5am thing worked for me when I was walking everyday. Besides dodging the heat, it is the most magical time of day!

You are a serious runner when you look for a way in the face of adversity!


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MOCHA07 6/24/2009 1:56PM

    YOU GO, GIRL!!! emoticon

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JAMIEHORN20 6/24/2009 1:45PM

    Good for you! I've been too much of a baby to attempt it, but maybe I will tomorrow. My basement is so nice and cool, and with 50+ workouts down there, it's easy to stay in and work out. :)

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ANNIEB130 6/24/2009 1:29PM

    Once you get used to early morning runs you will never go back!!


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    We cooled down here some we had rain last was 75 this morning instead of 84.

You could also try freezing or refridgerating a cool rag and place it on your head underneath a hat. That helped me during the evening race we had.

I am sure the gym would be crowded - heat advisories tell everyone to stay inside. If you can deal with those early morning runs - I would say keep going, until you can't deal with them your $$ for awhile at least.

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PENGUINPIE 6/24/2009 12:41PM

    Running the summer is tough! I always prefer to run outside when possible, but if I miss the early morning start, I go to the gym instead. The early morning hours are definitely the coolest of the day. Evenings, even late evenings, tend to be hotter.

Glad you did okay with the early run today -- running outside always beats the treadmill. I think you'll find that your body adapts to the heat a bit as the summer goes on. The hardest runs are always the first few weeks after it gets hot. Having water with you is key. I can't run in summer without my water belt. Maybe you already have one since you mentioned that you had water with you.

It sounds like you're doing all the right things to beat the heat. I'm sure RUNNINGBLITZ will be on here soon telling us to stop complaining because she's been running in Florida where it's been hot for months by now! Ha!

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Tough Run/Walk Today--Great Breakfast

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tough run/walk, I did 6.6 miles and just felt draggy. According to my Garmin my pace was good--for me---but I worked for every inch of that run. It is probably my hottest morning yet and I think I need to up my calories. I'm suddenly losing weight faster, and feeling really hunger between meals and waking up at 3 in the morning starved.

So on to my great breakfast. I got home hot and sooo hungry. I had a simple smoothie with toasted oat bran. One cup frozen strawberries, one cup vanilla soy milk and one third cup toasted oat bran. Cool and satisfying.
296 calories

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KAYAKID 6/17/2009 10:40AM

    Running does make us so hungry! I have noticed that for me snacks are cruial to me to make right food choices. if I don't get some sort of healthy snack, I am in trouble at dinnertime. Portions end up being too big. Have a great day. Sorry about the heat. We haven't got there yet. Still in the 60's in the morning and getting close to 70's during the day.

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GYMRAT54 6/17/2009 10:36AM

    What does SP tell you your calorie intake range should be for all the fitness minutes you actually put in? Your breakfast sounded cool & satisfying but after all you just told us, I'm wondering if that was enough!

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    Sounds like your weather is turning into mine...Sorry about that.

Good breakfast, though I would die if that is all I had... emoticon

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Adrenaline -- pretty strong stuff

Monday, June 15, 2009

Woke up at 5 to run and once again threatening thunderstorms. Checked the radar maps and I thought I had about 2 hours so I went ahead for a "5 mile run/walk" because I did not want to get too far from home. I had originally planned a 10 mile run/walk

Well about a mile in I thought that I could lengthen my run just a bit by adding the side roads. At about 4 miles rain, but no thunder.

Well at 10 miles a big clap of thunder and a flash of lightening. I jumped and sprinted (as much of a sprint as I can do at mile 10) for a good 200 yards. Adrenaline gave me quite a push--I was surprised by my reaction---I wish I could see how high I really jumped. Decided it was time to head home and stop adding extra detours---turns out I went 11.4 miles. We then had really heavy rain shortly after I returned.

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KAYAKID 6/16/2009 3:32AM

    Nothing like a little thunder and Lightning to keep us on our toes! Great run you had. Keep it up! Your doing wonderful.

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JEM0622 6/15/2009 1:14PM

    Glad that you made it back safely! These regular storms are really messing with my runs!


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