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Why Does it seem so hard to do the right thing?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Check out this video featuring a talk by Douglas Lisle: The Pleasure Trap

It is very informative and he presents the information in a humerous way. In other words, I did not find it boring at all. emoticon

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WITCHYWOMAN45 9/20/2011 3:56PM

  Nifty video. It totally explains things in terms that are easy to understand. Love his artwork LOL.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Yesterday, my family and I had a "fun day" - or should I say "Let's forget about all your goals to eat healthy foods. We went to this touristy town that had a lot of gift shops. For some odd reason, my dh associates going places with eating out. So, we decided to try someplace new and different. He did not want ot go to the place I suggested because he thought it was going to be too spendy. So we settled on what looked like a better than average local restaurant.

I ordered a vegetarian burger, which was awful and then some seasoned wedged. The whole meal was a disaster calorieswise. At the check was the display of pies - and I was so disatisfied with the meal that I bought a fruit buy and some chocolate chip cookies to eat on the way home. Now, not a normal size cookie, but one that was probable 3 servings.

I figure that I won't weigh myself for a couple of days and as soon as I am done blogging about how I lost my senses yesterday I am headed to the gym because it is raining outside and I NEED a good workout so I can feel better.
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SWEETLIPS 9/18/2011 5:25PM

    This journey, really is not about perfection. You are okay - it just makes us appreciate everything so much more. Enjoy your day.

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FRAN0426 9/18/2011 1:50PM

    All those calories and fat and the meal was terrible is a double ouch. Glad to see you are heading to the gym to work some of that disaster off.

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WINACHST 9/18/2011 1:10PM

    I did not get to the gym because there is an open house today and it was too crowded, so I braved the weather and went for a 45 minute run on my usual route. It felt so good!

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BURRITAELITA 9/18/2011 12:28PM

    Can you re-envision the scenario and create a different ending? For example, the veggie burger was AWFUL, so you call the waitress back and tell her that it was so bad it was inedible, did she have anything else, like a good salad, or vegetable soup, or a baked potato?

That way, you would be valuing yourself, holding the restaurant accountable, and at least getting something that you could enjoy.

Sometimes when I have a bad experience like that I re-imagine it so that if it happens again, I have a new script to follow.

Just an idea, in case it helps. emoticon

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ELEMENOPEO 9/18/2011 12:03PM

    Going out to eat is a real challenge. Good for you for hitting the gym!

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KELLEEH 9/18/2011 10:51AM

    What a bummer of a meal! Good thing it's all behind you now.

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LIV2RIDE 9/18/2011 10:21AM

    It happens. So now get your workout on and get those toxins out by sweating and really pushing yourself in your workout. You will feel better in no time.

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The Spark Chapter 1

Saturday, September 17, 2011

There is this quote: "Your daily actions and words impact more people than you ever realize."

I cannot help but think of how his mother's actions and words must have had an impact on his life. While he states that he was different growing up, there must have been some influence by his mother that was impressed upon his soul.

It has been my experience that my core values and beliefs were instilled within me in my childhood and while I may not have expressed them in my youth I found that they became very much a part of me as I matured. Notice I wrote "matured" not aged. There is a huge difference between one aging and one maturing.

I think the thing that impressed me most about this chapter is how Chris had a dream and then put the plans to make that dream become a reality. It appears that he worked at it and it was not just dropped into his lap and he had instant success.

So, here I am in the middle age years, what do I want to accomplish with my life?
Oh, wait, that is a blog for the second chapter....

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KELLEEH 9/18/2011 10:54AM

    Can't wait to find out what you want to accomplish!!!

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MARTHASPARKS 9/17/2011 7:58PM

    I love Chris' quote. I'm in my late middle years and have found that every day I must and do choose how I will live that day and how I will treat the people I encounter. My answer: JOY!

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CASSIOEPIA 9/17/2011 7:46PM

    His quote is near and dear to my heart.

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Sometimes I amaze myself!

Friday, September 16, 2011

As you can see by my new profile picture - I have a emoticon. Since spring I have been training to do a sub30 5k, just once in my life. On September 15, 2011, I met that goal. It was not during an official race, just one of my workouts I do here on the roads close to home.

I did not think I was going to accomplish it because when I started running (it's really a fast jog) I could not seem to get my time down and was actually slower than I was last summer. I even changed my goal to do a sub31 just so the goal wouldn't seem unattainable.

I took a local running class and did not see any improvements in my time. So, I reverted back to this coached program from Running Mate Media - 30 days to Your Fastest 5k - which I purchased last winter but never completed, to continue with the speed and endurance workouts.

I stayed focused on each of the workouts and I cannot believe how much I improved. For each workout, I set out determined to do what was required in each of the coached sessions. That, I think, was what is the reason for my success. In the past, I would not push myself and whenever I got too winded, I would stop and walk. These workouts called for going at a faster pace and then slower down a bit to recover. I amazed myself in that I was actually able to go faster and then slow down a bit but not walk.

emoticon I was beginning to think I did not have it in me - but deep down the determination was there and I managed to rely on that to push through each workout. Often times during the runs, I pictured myself crossing that finish line and the clock being under 30 minutes.

Now, my next goal is a sub29 5k.

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KELLEEH 9/17/2011 5:21PM

    Wow. Congratulations! A sub 30 5k is an AMAZING accomplishment! You are fit and fabulous!

Woo Hoo!

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FRANNYMAE80 9/17/2011 7:34AM

    That is SUPER fantastic, WAY TO Go!!!

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WITCHYWOMAN45 9/16/2011 8:47PM

  Congratulations!!! The power of positive thinking at it's best! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon What an awesome feeling to reach a goal and a milestone! Have faith in your self and your ability and nothing is off limits :)
Cant wait to read the Sub29 5k victory post ;)

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DDESERTDDAWN 9/16/2011 2:54PM


congrats on a Goal Met!

Way to stick with it!


ps thanks for the encouragement!

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LIV2RIDE 9/16/2011 10:44AM

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You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. I'm so excited for you! your program worked! Good for you.

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ELEMENOPEO 9/16/2011 10:35AM

    Congrats! What an achievement! I'll have to check out the program for my DH as he loves to run and is always looking at new ideas to improve. emoticon

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Something interesting happened at Famous Dave's

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My husband and I wanted to have some time together so we decided to go out to eat while we were in town doing some errands. I ordered a plain baked potato and steamed broccoli. As I was eating my meal, I was paying attention to how the potato and broccoli tasted and attempted to eat slowly by chewing my food. I was enjoying my meal and actually started to feel satisfied. Then dear hubby says, "Would you like my muffin?" Those cornbread muffins used to be one of my favorite things so I ate it - when I did, all of a sudden I wanted more muffins. If that waitress would have shown up at the table at that moment I think I would have ordered a couple more.

Thankfully, she did not show up and I did not order additional muffins, but I left the restaraunt thinking, "Wow! that was interesting." I was satisfied with what I was eating until I had that sugary fatty muffin and then all of a sudden I was not not satisfied and craved more. And the craving was in my head. What an interesting experience.

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LURVEHATE 9/16/2011 3:52AM

    I'm like that with FRIES!! Put a bucket of fries in front of me, and i can finish it up.. So now, I try not to upsize my meals.

I'm doing a balancing act trying to eat healthier, and not to get to the point of craving for something too much..

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ELEMENOPEO 9/15/2011 12:53PM

    Famous Daves is pretty good. Good for you on resisting the extra urge when it did hit. Processing the info on how it happened is giving you good info for avoiding an overload next time.

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SWEETLIPS 9/15/2011 7:38AM

    Good information and a help on your journey. Have a great day.

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LIV2RIDE 9/15/2011 6:23AM

    Nice experiment. I have the same problem with french fries. I really try hard not to eat them anymore.

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DESERTDREAMERS 9/14/2011 11:03PM

    It's always something that 's lying in wait to tempt us - hey, at least you didn't hunt down the waitress!

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