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Saturday, January 16, 2010

I had a fabulous run this morning- it was a goody because I put all I had in it. I did not go out fast , just set the goal and steadily put one foot in front of the other until I was finished. The weather was perfect - 32 degrees , light wind, dry and I was dressed ..well perfectly for the weather - long sleeved shirt, gloves and my favorite capri tights. The run made me realize a couple of things-

1. I have a whole lot of training to do to get to the point where I am ready to do the More Half Marathon on 4/25/10

2. I have to make each training session count- no more running just for the heck of it - each session must either increase my cardio ability, increase my ability to continue running through glycogen deficit, or increase my turnover rate.

3. If an exercise session does not contribute to above ...then I WON'T do it - it is that simple.

So this breaks down to the following:
- I am determined to enjoy each second of training - the race is the goal but since I will be training for about 16 weeks for a race that will last 2.5 - 3 hrs I BETTER enjoy the journey
- I will go running 3 times each week with one LSD session on Saturday.
- I am going to add spinning to my training schedule
- Continue doing step and core toning
- Eating healthy - no more forgetting about dinner
- Getting 8 hrs of sleep each night - this is going to be the hardest to accomplish - I am a news junkie and can watch CNN or local news into the wee hours of the night.

Let the training continue emoticon emoticon

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TBABY912 1/20/2010 8:02PM

    sound like you have it all together! emoticon

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    emoticon. I believe in you.

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RUNTRILAUGH 1/18/2010 7:28PM

    great attitude and plan!!!

think i need to adopt that myself!

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CRYSBROWN1 1/18/2010 7:22PM

    Good plan! You're completely right, sometimes when I put in miles just for the sake of putting in miles (junk miles!) it is the most unenjoyable experience! Also, good point about the journey to the HM being memorable & a worthwhile experience as well as the race itself!

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GMEAN2055 1/16/2010 3:07PM

    great goals

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DELERIOUS64 1/16/2010 1:57PM

    Stick to your plan and you will be more than ready for your half marathon!

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FITNTHECITY 1/16/2010 1:50PM

  Sounds like a great list of goals! Good luck with training! I understand what you mean about the evening news, I too am a night owl but I try to remember that I can catch the AM news with my coffee and still know what is going on in the world! Best wishes! emoticon

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3FAITHFUL 1/16/2010 1:44PM

    You can and you will!!

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HEATHER2346 1/16/2010 1:23PM

    You have an awesome plan :) ... You will do great in April.... Good luck!!

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REMCMFA 1/16/2010 12:46PM

    Nice blog and you just inspired me to go outside to run today!! Thanks.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/16/2010 12:42PM

    Great list! I'd add "stay well hydrated" and "stay well nourished."

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LMURRIETA 1/16/2010 11:49AM

    Keep up the good work and good luck on your race

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Goals for 2010 NOT resolutions

Thursday, December 31, 2009

No resolutions for me this year - resolutions tend to be vague( I will lose weight) , short lived(by Jan 10th they are forgotten ) and doomed to fail- I have NEVER succeeded in completing a goal that started as a resolution.....but I have been very successful in setting small term goals for myself.. So my goals for the first 4 months of 2010 are :

1. Train for the More Half Marathon - race date 4/26/10
2. Lose 10 pounds by my 55th birthday 2/16/10
3. Continue my Sparkstreak of exercising 225 minutes for week - by 4/26/09 the streak should be 52 weeks emoticon emoticon
4. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day - this will be a big challenge for me .
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I am actually looking forward to checking off each goal as emoticon

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TBABY912 1/10/2010 10:47PM

    looking forward to following you to race day!

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NOREGRET2010 12/31/2009 1:12PM

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/31/2009 11:27AM

    I like the idea of goals vs. resolutions...so true, resolutions are very vague but your goals are all time sensitive which is great! Happy New Year!

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CARILOUIE 12/31/2009 9:23AM

    I feel the same way about resolutions... I love your idea of having goals instead. Think I'll use this strategy for 2010!

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IZZYBEBOP 12/31/2009 9:15AM

    Good luck with everything. Doesn't if feel good to be able to add a emoticon next to a goal!

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Why the emphasis ?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I have noticed that during the Holiday season there is an increase in the amount of alcohol consumption amongst colleagues , friend and family - and I have no problem with that. I was raised with a father that was a "functioning alcoholic "(a police detective that went to work everyday and functioned there but created mass chaos at home)- as a result between the ages of 18 - 30 I tried to drink myself to death . I bought myself some sanity (through the Grace of the Lord, psycho-therapy and meeting my DH ) and have not had a drink in about 24 yrs. So when the Holiday season comes around I am shocked at the pressure that people put on those who do not drink. For example - my Christmas party at work - champagne, wine , beer etc were flowing -people even walked around with bottles refilling glasses all night long . Each time I refused and I pretty much drank all the bottles of water ( about 20) that they had available for 100 people(obviously , the doctors knew their staff and their preferences- lol). After repeatedly refusing a drink from a "Glass filler"(one of my staff members) - he states(slurs), " I will not forget that you refused a drink from the special champagne that I bought for our department." And then he promptly went and made a fool of himself ( a very looong story that involves him dancing suggestively in front of a female employee and then making a pass at her son ..very ugly). I can not tell y ou how many other people put so much time into pushing drinks on me(the only other non-drinker in the office did not go to the party) and saying, "just one won't hurt" . I am not a preaching teetotaller ( people are adults and they are able to make their own choices) BUT I am an adult who chooses not to drink(again I know that I have the genetic make up to go to extremes ), PLUS I have 2 children (20 and 16) who would definitely be disappointed in me if I came home drunk ( I won't even mention DH)- PLUS I drive home ...for a matter of fact everyone at the party drove home. So now you have about 99 fairly snoggered people behind the wheel of their cars using their cars as potential weapons on the road.
How damned irresponsible!!!!!
So not only did I leave the party before the rest of the employees , I was able to come in the next morning - no headache ( a little heartburn from some eggplant) but I was able to walk through the office - quite a few people were very quite .. I found out that A LOT went on after I left the party.
I can replay this scene for about 3 other parties that I went to this season - and the joke is I was having a bit of a problem making good food choices and concentrating on bring the focus on talking to people that I may have not seen in awhile or people that I would not normally talk to and there were others who were spending their time try to get me to throw a drink down my throat.
I am finished venting !!!

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NOREGRET2010 12/29/2009 3:23PM

    I never drank much - I was always afraid I wouldn't be able to stop! So I never started. As anyone with addiction knows just one WILL hurt! Why do people press alcohol on us? Sugar on us? Food on us? All I can guess is insecurity - that and to drag the rest of us down with them.

At my workplace it's food - constant food and sugar, and if you say no, no matter how politely, you are being anti-social. It gets really old. But you know what you want in your life and what you don't. Keep sticking to it, or not only your kids will be disappointed in you, YOU will and that's the worst feeling ever.

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BONNIE627 12/29/2009 2:56PM

    you seem to find this a lot in some work places.. I also do not drink and do not appreciate others trying to get me too.. you are to be congratulated for not giving in to the social pressures applied. you can have just as much fun sober and feel a lot better for it too..

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DANARRA 12/29/2009 1:59PM

    I'm in the same boat. I got quite a reputation for being anti-social at the last job. There was a work get-together at a manager's house and I figured I'd just pop in and say hi. As soon as I walked in the door, I saw a 2-year-old carrying an empty beer bottle and I knew this was not going to go well. I spent about 10 minutes there and during that time 3 people pressed me to have a drink - "Just one won't hurt" - and 2 more made a big noise about how they didn't feel comfortable drinking in front of me. I bolted. I went to just one more office party after that, found out too late it was being held in a brewery (for real). So now I just don't go to any office social events. I tell them up-front I don't drink and I'm uncomfortable in situations where the focus is on alcohol. If you want to have an event where people aren't expected to be drinking, I'll be there. No such event has ever materialized.

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BOHEMIANCAT 12/29/2009 10:31AM

    I don't have this experience since I work for a law enforcement agency. The fool who said he would remember you refusing his champagne, probably won't!
Keep your head high knowing that you were the responsible adult and making healthy choices by drinking water.
When they get a DWI or a divorce, maybe then they will learn the hard way.
I don't know the answer, but just continue to be yourself and keep your chin up!

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DEEGEE2 12/29/2009 10:28AM

    Wow that co worker sounds like he is out of a sitcom! I think its great that you know what you want and you don't let others influence you. You are right not only too much alcohol but too much food !

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MICHELLEBERARDI 12/29/2009 10:06AM

  I was very thankful to see your post. In my experience this seems to happen so often and yet everyone just pretends the problems don't exist (except that your colleague will be paying for his actions surely in future failed chances at promotion or serious recognition).

I generally avoid the parties and feel antisocial for doing so because that has been the case for all celebration parties both at work or with my friendship circle. For the work parties I go early and interact for an hour and then politely leave.

As far as my circle of friends, I realize now that I need to create a new circle of friends. So be it...Maybe, eventually, drinking alcohol will have the same stigma as smoking as it does just about as much harm (in more insideous ways).

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

I got back on track this morning - got up and went to an aerobics and a weight training class - I felt terrific!! For the last 4 days or so I have been off track - I ate things that I would normally not eat (ier Portuguese Pastries , chocolate chip cookies etc, etc) and I also experienced a case of acid reflux that I swear almost killed me - lol. But I did get in 225 minutes of exercise so I do not think the damage was too bad - I am not weighing myself until 1/1/09- no need to let a number on the scale get me down.

So it's back to healthy eating , exercising 6 times per week, running 3-4 times per week and keeping hydrated to perpare for the More Half marathon! Honestly I am looking forward to training - I will feel like I am in control again where as for the past week or so I have felt like I have been so much out-of-control atttempting to eat my weight in food- lol

Welcome back Denise to a healthy lifestyle!!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/28/2009 2:19PM

    Well welcome back & so quickly you came back too, the day after Christmas - nice rebound! I am also training for a half marathon in March, pretty exciting! What program are you using?

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DAUSTINFAN 12/26/2009 3:29PM

    Good Luck with your HM! I am training for Cleveland's HM.
I need to get back on track. This Holiday seasn has messed me up

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LATINAB3LLA 12/26/2009 12:03PM

    It is wonderful that you are back on track. I am doing the same thing. My daughter and i are both looking forward to riding back home from school and taking the walks as a family. Good luck to u n know that God is with you on this journey. You are NOT alone!!!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December 16, 1979 - the day that I went out on my first date with the man that would become ny husband..
I met myhusband in a Business Law class in 1979 - being that I am a little on the compulsive side - I was early to my Business Law class and being who he is he was late. I am sitting in class the instructor is taking attendance and comes to the name , George Washington - and of course , the class laughs. the instructor promptly tells us not to laugh because this person has had to live with this name all his life and we should act like adults. About 20 minutes later this man walks in and he looks like Barry White - beard , full face , deep voice and when the professor asks his name he replies, "George " - everyone falls out laughing and George gives the class the meanest look and everyone stops laughing....except for me- I kept laughing. Later that night I told a friend about this George Washington that I met and she says , "You should make friends with him" and for some odd reason I replied( and I will NEVER forget this),"Yea , so that 10 yrs from now I will have fallen in liove with him and I am Mrs. George Washington". That whole semester we rode home on the train and "Mr. George , I look like Barry White , ", made me laugh - we had such a great time and became such good friends - we went on a date 12/16/79(roller skating) for which I was VERY late - and 10 yrs (7/15/89)later we were married!
We celebrate both wedding and our first date anniversary each and every yr. - Happy Anniversary DH and to all the name jokes that we have had to endure.
BTW - he responds much better to the jokes than I do, and his mother named him after her favorite uncle whose name was George and at the time she was not paying attention to the full name .

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WHITE-HERON 12/17/2009 3:32PM

    How wonderful ... thank you for sharing your love story!

Happy Anniversary ... wishing you & George many more!

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/17/2009 11:37AM

    Que hermosa historia! What a beautiful story! emoticon

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PLATINUM755 12/16/2009 11:04PM

    That is so great...may the joy you two share last forever!...Happy Anniversary! emoticon

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NANJET 12/16/2009 10:47PM

    What a great story!

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IPA-RAY 12/16/2009 3:48PM

    Funny story! I have met people with famous names like Matt Dillon (from the TV classic Gunsmoke which went on the air the year after Matt was named), Cassius Clay (who didn't get it when I told him he should change his name to Muhammed Ali), and a few others but never a George Washington.


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CRYSBROWN1 12/16/2009 3:29PM

    That is too funny! Happy Anniversary of your first date!

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AHHDEEKTIV1 12/16/2009 2:07PM

    Great read! ty for sharing

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RUNTRILAUGH 12/16/2009 1:25PM

    Great story!

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