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Cinco de Miler

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Last Saturday I did a new race length. Five miles. It was great to feel ready for something longer.

The temp was around 70 and there wasn't a cloud in the sky, it was perfection!

My time was 1:10. I finished 31 out of 39 for females 40 - 44. And I was 394 out of 453 runners overall.

Know what? I am THRILLED with that. 15 months ago, I wouldn't have been running at all, so even though I'm slow, I am out there busting my ass and doing my best.

Next month I'm going to do a 10K ... 6.2 miles. Working my way up to that first half marathon in September. Whoo Hoo!

  
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SIMONEKP 5/16/2014 1:46PM

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ONMYMEDS 5/8/2014 7:59PM

    Great job!! Keep it up.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 5/8/2014 4:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You look AMAZING!!!!
WOW!! 5 miles!!!

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MBTEPP 5/8/2014 2:47PM

    emoticon Awesome finish.

It is great that you are taking it up slowly. If you are not a member already, join the 13.1 Half Marathon team. Great info.

Also, we have been talking a lot on that team about doing a 10M as a warm up to the HM, if you can find one, it is a great distance to train for.

Good Luck!

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WOUBBIE 5/8/2014 1:47PM

    Totally inspirational!

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Let's Talk About Sugar

Monday, April 21, 2014

I have decided that sugar is the devil.

When I say sugar, I am referring to all caloric sweeteners. Sugar, HFCS, turbinado, honey, agave, fructose, sugar alcohols, etc.

The obesity crisis in America really took hold when the low fat craze started. Why? Because food manufacturers had to add sugar to the food to make it palatable. When you take out all of the yummy fat, the food tastes like cardboard.

The problem is, fat wasn't the problem!

All these low fat, fat free "foods" are horrible for you. And most of them are full of sugar.

Why is sugar so bad? There are lots of reasons, actually, and I won't go into all of them here. However, sugar spikes your blood sugar. Then it rapidly crashes, and then you are starving. So you eat something with sugar, and the cycle starts again. When I weighed almost 300 pounds and I ate lots of sugar every single day, I was hungry all the time. I'd finish eating and before long I would be thinking about what I was going to eat for my next meal.

Now, deep, insatiable hunger is gone.

I used to think "oh my sweet tooth isn't that bad, I don't eat that many sweets" but there is so much added sugar in almost all the processed foods that we eat that even if you think you aren't eating much sugar, you are probably eating far, far more than you realize.

I sweeten my coffee with EZSweetz (liquid sucralose aka Splenda) and I know many of you will think that's horrible, but I'm not giving it up. I've tried other alternatives like Stevia and I didn't like the taste, and I enjoy my sweet creamy coffee too much to stop. From all of the research I have done, I believe that the EZSweetz is far better than the powdered business because it doesn't contain the fillers. It is certainly better than sugar.

Recent studies have shown that sugar lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain as cocaine. Cocaine! You can't tell me that sugar is not addictive. And sure, you can say "well it is ok in moderation." The problem is that sugar cycle that makes you want more and more which makes moderation very, very hard. It's easier and better to just skip the sugar from the get-go.

The one time in the last few months that I splurged on sugary treats, I regretted it so much the next day. I was tired, I had a headache, I was nauseous, and all I wanted to do was lay in bed. That is the most convincing argument to me that our bodies are not meant to consume such quantities of sugar. At least mine isn't.

I know this is a topic that people tend to feel very strongly about, so I welcome your comments both for and against.

  
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TERI-RIFIC 5/9/2014 10:15AM

    emoticon The first book I read that started me on the right path explained how when you eat the wrong foods the more you eat the hungrier you get - and it's not just psychological and greed- there is a physiological response.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 4/23/2014 5:47AM

    If it doesn't give you tummy problems I say go for it. It really messes with my gut.
I use a tsp of honey or tiny amounts of maple syrup when I have the urge! Otherwise I think Heavy Whipping Cream is very sweet- so that's in my coffee! :o)
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POSITIVE41 4/22/2014 5:45AM

    Sugar is my downfall - I feel better without it. I don't like the taste of the artificial sweeteners or the side effects. I cut creamer and sugar out of my coffee and have been drinking it black for a few years now. However, you have to buy decent coffee because you aren't masking the flavor with anything else. emoticon

I think the HFCS is a big problem too - sugar or some form of it is added to so much unnecessarily.




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KICK-SS 4/21/2014 6:58PM

    I prefer Splenda as a sweetner also, I've tried several others with not so good results - the Stevia gives me horrible gas and others taste so funky, I can't deal with them. So what little sweet I use, it's Splenda. Thankfully I drink my coffee black so I really don't use much of any sweeteners.

I think sugar is evil also and try and watch any sugar intake - like you say, there is so much hidden sugars in things, we can't always tell. I stay away from anything processed as much as humanly possible, I think that is probably the worst culprit.



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PLMITCH 4/21/2014 4:12PM

    I think there is even more to the story than just sugar (conspiracy theory), but I do agree with you on the evils of sugars, especially how it is used in foods today).

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EXOTEC 4/21/2014 3:37PM

    Absolutely right in every point!

I use sucralose, too... although I've been using the granulated for the most part. I may have to switch - although I don't use it for much, since I'm not a coffee drinker.
I do buy those "water enhancers" which contain sucralose - and I'm hoping that those don't have funky fillers and additives... although, being a commercially processed product, who knows what we're really getting.

One thing which encourages me is that our diet is prescribed by our endocrinologist - and he doesn't permit us ANY sweetener other than sucralose. If I'm going to ingest sweeteners, sucralose is seemingly the least evil of the ones available.

And for those saying that stevia or honey or agave etc are "natural"... well, most of them are NOT (or are nearly as bad for us as cane sugar). They have fillers or processing additives, too. Even stevia, unless you're using just the leaves you've grown yourself, isn't what YOU would call "natural." Don't let the marketers fool you. T'ain't so.


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WOUBBIE 4/21/2014 3:14PM

    Totally agree. Our bodies simply aren't designed for that much sugar, ever. i feel much better being off that roller coaster, thank you very much.

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WANNABSOLDOUT 4/21/2014 2:51PM

    For the most part, sugar in any form isn't part of my diet; whether I was in the losing stage or now in the maintenance stage. I, however, didn't scan my diet to look for hidden culprits. I stay away from the obvious additions. I haven't studied this enough to offer advice. Just sharing part of my journey. Blessing and emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 4/21/2014 2:38PM

  I agree. Sugar is terrible for out bodies. It is the primary reason for my Diabetes. If only I could go back to my childhood. I would have never gotten stuck on sugar and yes it is addictive. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Reward Time

Monday, April 14, 2014

May 13, 2013, I said I wanted to reward myself with a running shoe charm for my charm bracelet if I could complete a 5K with no walk breaks. Well it took me 11 months but Saturday, April 12, I finally did it!



I know I have been silent for months. My weight has held steady but I got lazy about tracking my food and along with that, I stopped losing. I have continued my running and I am feeling great. I have been religiously tracking my food again for the last week and the scale is already starting to show some improvement.

I appreciate all the continued support from everyone here and I hope to be better about keeping track of all you lovely folks here on SP.

  
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KALISWALKER 4/14/2014 8:00PM

    5K running all the way is quite an achievement!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 4/14/2014 7:16PM

    YEEEEEEAH!!!! emoticon emoticon AMAZING!! emoticon

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MAPFARMS 4/14/2014 2:40PM

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Congratulations that had to feel awesome. That is on my bucket list for 2014 also! Be proud!

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MBTEPP 4/14/2014 2:22PM

    emoticon reward well earned!

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MBTEPP 4/14/2014 2:22PM

    emoticon reward well earned!

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LISASGONNADOIT 4/14/2014 1:49PM

    Wow, congratulations! You did it! emoticon emoticon

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SILVER_WOLF1221 4/14/2014 1:46PM

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WOUBBIE 4/14/2014 1:43PM

    You rock!!!!

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I'm Still Here!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I know I have gone pretty quiet over the last couple of weeks.

I've been incredibly busy with my two jobs, and Thanksgiving, and getting ready to move next month, and coping with the loss of my dog, Lucy.

Not running and not CrossFitting is killing me. Especially the first week when I was coming down off of all those endorphins--I was a big weepy mess.

My weight has been kind of stuck and I've been lazy about tracking my food. I'm traveling on business this week but I've really been doing a good job of staying away from the carbs. I'm also getting tons of steps, which I haven't done in a few weeks because of the hip injury.

The next 4 to 6 weeks are going to continue to be quite stressful, but I'm going to do my best to continue to do whatever exercise I can and to be better about my tracking.

Also, I've started a Facebook page about my weight loss journey called "Christina Can Change." I'd love you to come "like" my page if you are interested!

  
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KALISWALKER 12/7/2013 1:58AM

    Christina - Do your best to live in the moment and let things unfold.

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DETERMINEDDE 12/4/2013 9:13PM

    I found you and liked you on FB. Keep on doing it! It's a marathon not a sprint.

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SHERYLP461 12/4/2013 8:14AM

    Fantastic, positive steps!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/3/2013 10:46PM

    Always good to see you! I just liked your facebook page! Thanks for sharing that.

Even with everything going on, you still have your head on straight! You'll make it through the next few weeks!

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MBTEPP 12/3/2013 10:38PM

    Baby steps. Hang in there.


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STEPH-KNEE 12/3/2013 9:52PM

    I will definitely head to your facebook page. I am sorry life is throwing so much at you right now but good job holding steady and not going back to old habits, that is a great accomplishment!

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WOUBBIE 12/3/2013 8:05PM

    Being stuck for a little while is OK, especially when you need some time to heal. I'm stressed to the max as well, and it bugs me that I can't find much time during the work day to walk and do my itty bitty little exercise things. I actually had to make my challenge goal this month to do some of my usual workday workouts at home if I missed them. It's still a little hit or miss, but I'm getting there. Which reminds me, better go pick up my weights for a minute or two.

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HILLRUNNER 12/3/2013 6:26PM

    I'm cheering for you!!! Great come back for sure!! emoticon

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LPRUNWALK 12/3/2013 6:22PM

    You are doing all the right things. What a balancing act: two jobs, travel, and a hip injury. I think it's amazing that you're keeping on top of all of this and managing to get your steps in. emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 12/3/2013 6:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I would like you if I was on FB. :o)

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Lucy Keltner 2003 - 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013



Goodbye sweet Lucy.
I remember the day we found you at the pound, and we were filling out your paperwork and a family came up to the desk to ask about "the little black and white dog in the back." I was quick to point out that she was already MINE. If we had showed up at the pound five minutes later, we might have lost you.

Then the vet told us you had distemper, but we could just take you back to the pound and get another dog if we wanted to. But of course we couldn't do that. We knew they would just put you to sleep and you were already ours and we already loved you. We kept you and you pulled through, and it was the best decision we ever made.

You loved to lick us all to death! You especially loved to lick the top of Bob's head.
You were always so patient and tolerant, even letting babies pull on your fur without complaint.
You slept next to us for so many nights. I remember when you had a run-in with a skunk and you came inside before we realized it, and ran straight to our bed and rolled around all over it! You had to sleep outside for a couple of nights until we got rid of the skunk smell -- and neither of us liked it when you slept outside.

You gave us almost 11 years of love, joy, and devotion. You were a priceless gift to our family and we will miss you always.

  
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GSEATON 1/30/2014 2:56PM

    -Just happened upon your blog today, 2 months late. Just to let you know I am sorry and have been thru the same thing. Pets are so important and just like family. Here's to happier days ahead. :(
Gina

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HILLRUNNER 12/3/2013 5:45PM

    I am SO SORRY to read of your loss!!!
emoticon and what a wonderful Lucy dog you have had for nearly 11 years! How beautifully you write of her and if she could have told us all of her love for you and your family it would have been equally lovely!!!
May you find comfort in your lasting memories and joys of Lucy!

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MWWENSIN 11/28/2013 9:33AM

    Sorry for your loss. Sounds like you had a great relationship with your dog and now you have great memories.

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STEPH-KNEE 11/28/2013 2:27AM

    That made me cry, so sorry for your loss but so glad that YOU adopted her and did not give up on her when you found out she had distemper. You are an amazing person and she was clearly an amazing addition to your family. So sorry for your loss. I hope she is in doggy heaven playing with my Sheldon! emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/28/2013 1:07AM

    emoticon I'm so sorry. She is beautiful. You were very blessed. emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 11/28/2013 1:07AM

    Sorry for your loss.

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KALISWALKER 11/28/2013 12:02AM

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Loving a dog means we will out live them. I know how much it hurts to lose your best friend, the one who always had time for you and loved you unconditionally.

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LPRUNWALK 11/27/2013 11:23PM

    Lucy sounds like a character! I love the image of her licking the top of Bob's head. You gave her a good home and let her into your hearts, and it sounds like it was a match made in doggy heaven.
Here's to all the great dogs out there and everything they add to our lives.
Hugs and condolences,
LP

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INGBADEN 11/27/2013 11:12PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing compares to an amazing dog.

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ENDUROVET 11/27/2013 10:20PM

    Deepest sympathy on your loss - I know how hard it is to say goodbye to beloved family member...

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TEMPENATIVE 11/27/2013 10:14PM

    emoticon what a touching memoriam, it really brought tears to my eyes. bless you little Lucy, what a gem emoticon

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SOAPSTRESS1 11/27/2013 9:56PM

    So sorryfor your loss. Hugs to you.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/27/2013 7:50PM

    Here is a nice poem by Ogden Nash:

On a Good Dog

O, my little pup ten years ago
was arrogant and spry,
Her backbone was a bended bow
for arrows in her eye.
Her step was proud, her bark was loud,
her nose was in the sky,
But she was ten years younger then,
And so, by God, was I.


Small birds on stilts along the beach
rose up with piping cry.
And as they rose beyond her reach
I thought to see her fly.
If natural law refused her wings,
that law she would defy,
for she could do unheard-of things,
and so, at times, could I.


Ten years ago she split the air
to seize what she could spy;
Tonight she bumps against a chair,
betrayed by milky eye!
She seems to pant, Time up, time up!
My little dog must die,
And lie in dust with Hector’s pup;
So, presently, must I.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/27/2013 7:49PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful girl Lucy was. emoticon

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ERLYWA 11/27/2013 7:05PM

    Your letter to your sweet girl made me smile; she sounds like she was a wonderful, loving family member. I'm so sorry for your heartache.

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MSHEL7 11/27/2013 5:56PM

    CATHY1970-1 lost her dog today too. I am so sorry for both of you. A sad day.

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BKWERM 11/27/2013 4:51PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 11/27/2013 3:19PM

    I am so sorry. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 11/27/2013 2:37PM

    The Power of the Dog
by
Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passsion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find--it's your own affair--
But ... you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long--
So why in--Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
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KELLIEBEAN 11/27/2013 2:32PM

    I'm so sorry. You gave her 11 years of happiness!

I'm so sorry you are going through this painful situation. I'm thinking about you!

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NHES220 11/27/2013 2:29PM

    Oh, so sorry about Lucy. Sounds like she was a great member of the family and so glad you didn't get to the pound 5 minutes later than you did! You have a lot of great memories to hold on to. Take good care.

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WOUBBIE 11/27/2013 2:15PM

    (((hugs)))

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KARLARAMA 11/27/2013 2:09PM

    emoticon It is so hard when we lose our furry family members. She sounds like such a sweet dog.

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MBTEPP 11/27/2013 2:06PM

    I am truly sorry for your loss. She will surely be missed. You gave her a good and long life. What joys our pets do give us. Be good to yourself as you grieve.

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TIGER_LILY_613 11/27/2013 2:05PM

    emoticon to the whole family.
RIP Lucy.

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JAMBABY0 11/27/2013 2:05PM

    awe sorry for loss

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PERFECTVELVET 11/27/2013 2:05PM

    emoticon to you and your family during this difficult time. Lucy looks and sounds like she was a sweet girl.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/27/2013 2:03PM

    It's so hard to lose a beloved pet! emoticon

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