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Week 1 of training completed

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Week one is finished! 15.4 miles with an average pace of 11:34 per mile. I am satisfied with my results. Although I was off by one day, my daughter was sick and I had to take care of my grandson so I missed a run day, but I just switched the days. It is early enough in the plan and so far I normally run more than what the plan is requiring so I am hoping it won't make much difference.

It was a good run, the weather was sunny and about 35 degrees. A light wind, but not too chilly. I do have a hard time running on the gravel roads, it seems they move under my feet so I need to use extra caution.

One week complete and 125 days to go. emoticon

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/26/2011 7:28AM

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This is wierd for me...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I did it! I registered for a half marathon to be run on April 28, 2012. It feels wierd for me, because of the distance - half marathon. Does this mean I am a runner?!

I have done several 5k this summer and was thinking of doing a 10k this spring, but saw this particular race and thought I'd go for it instead. I found a training schedule for the Disney half marathon using the Jeff Galloway's run/walk method; so I think it is doable for me because the mile increases are every other week.

I mapped out my favorite roads so I can plan my routes - Now all what I need is a mild winter emoticon

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JUGE300000 12/17/2011 11:30AM

    You can do it.


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HBOWATCH 12/15/2011 12:25PM

    That's great that you found a training schedule and mapped out your route.

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LIV2RIDE 12/14/2011 9:36PM

    Good for you!

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TRENTDREAMER 12/14/2011 12:15PM

    Congrats on registering. The 5K to 13.2 miles is a big jump, but you've got plenty of time to train for it.

You can totally do it!!!

Best of fortune to you on it!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/14/2011 9:06AM

    emoticon you can do it!

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QUEEN-EYDIE 12/14/2011 8:39AM

    How exciting!

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Did I say I was starting over?

Friday, December 09, 2011

Honestly, if I had a dollar for every time I said that, I'd be a millionaire by now. emoticon

I seem to have a trend of whenever I say or think that I am going to start a plan and stick with it, I find myself stuffing my face with things I know I shouldn't be eating.

The other day, I bought some caramels to make some caramel apples, however I opened the bag and started to eat them. I left the open bag on the counter and later that day, I decided to finish off the bag. Well, guess what, DH was having his own little demon on his shoulder and took the bag and hid it.

Ok, I admit, we are a pair, in too many ways. Well, that set me off, but I lasted a day. Then I went after the second bag of caramels and I ate and I ate and I ate. Well, you get the picture. Afterwards, I felt sort of sick and thought to myself that was one of the stupidest things I had done in awhile.

Now I am reckoning with the demon and I am determined to start over -- ha ha! Do I dare say it? I need to break the cycle...

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KELLEEH 12/12/2011 8:23PM

    It's a never ending process, isn't it? It's great that it doesn't take you long to get back on track!

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HBOWATCH 12/10/2011 12:04PM

    I can so relate to this since it's happened more than I'd like to admit. Wishing you the best this time. Stay strong.

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MARTHASPARKS 12/9/2011 9:01PM

    A lapse in judgment does not mean you are starting over. A long period of time when you are not taking care of yourself with exercise and nutritious food DOES mean you need to start anew!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/9/2011 8:43PM

    Do you think you would have eaten the caramels if you had just drank a green smoothie loaded with tons of nutrition your body craves? LOL

I am finding my craving monster has been tossed out on it's a$$!

I also am finding that there is more to this great nutrition thing than I ever thought possible.

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LIV2RIDE 12/9/2011 3:39PM

    IBest you can do is pick yourself up and start over. It's not how many times you fall down it's how many times you get back up!!

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KRISZTA11 12/9/2011 11:42AM

    One (or a few) bags of caramel will not hurt you,
as long as you stay positive and don't forget about your goals.

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Life Happens....

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I just read a post about someone who took a detour on losing weight because "life happens". This got me thinking about how many times I have used that as an excuse to eat poorly, not exercise and become downright lazy about doing the things I need to do to be fit and healthy.

"Life Happens" should not be an excuse to let myself go, rather it ought to be the motivation for me to make all the improvements I can so that I can enjoy and/or cope with whatever life deals out to me.

Yeah, life happens, but that is no excuse to let myself go downhill without a fight.

Never give up! Never Give In! I am worth the effort to be healthy and strong!

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JUGE300000 12/8/2011 7:52AM

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/5/2011 6:21AM

    I so agree with you!

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ARCHIMEDES2 12/4/2011 3:19PM

  Couldn't agree more! Great reminder.

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LIV2RIDE 12/4/2011 9:33AM

    I totally agree! Life happens should be a very good reason to get yourself together. Because when you allow yourself to get lazy and let go of those healthy habits life won't happen anymore. Keeping up with the healthy habits help keep your mind off of the stresses of life or whatever situation is giving you grief. Sometimes you need something else to think about other than your troubles. Think instead of healthy recipes you can make, exercise you can fit in to alleviate the stress you may be under, a friend you can reach out to that may also need support or just think about how you can improve the situation. Either way life is all the reason you need to keep up with those healthy habits you have worked so hard to incorporate into your life.

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EJHEINRICH1 12/4/2011 9:24AM

    I agree! Thank you for the reminder! :-)

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Ways to help with those cravings this season:

Friday, December 02, 2011

Some tips to help with those cravings over the holidays:
1. Drink more water - I find that when I am eating more junk food it is because, in reality, I am really thirsty not hungry.

2. Brush Your Teeth - some how a clean, fresh minty mouthful makes that chocolate cake seem less appealing.

3. Out of sight, out of mind... don't store those treats where you can see them. If you are at a gathering, then don't, I repeat DON'T, stand by the treat table.

4. Don't skip meals - keep your body well nourished to make it easy to say, "No, thank you," to junk food.

5. Relax - too often we eat due to being stressed out. Practice deep breathing exercises and/or yoga poses.

6. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Too often we grab a sugary fatty treat for a pick me up, these won't be necessary if we are well rested.

7. Remind yourself why you should be avoiding sweets. Make a list and put it on a notecard to carry with you if you need a constant visual reminder.

8. Most important, this holiday season, have fun!!!

Hope you all have a healthy, happy holiday season!! Stay warm :-)

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7WORSHIPS 12/3/2011 1:34AM

  Thanks for all the great tips. I plan to use all of them to keep me from making the mistakes I made during the Thanksgiving holidays.

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DDESERTDDAWN 12/2/2011 9:09PM

    GREAT list.
Love the idea of having reminders written on a card! I was thinking on a phone note, might work too-- could look like we are checking messages, heehee

Whatever the form, reminders make sense!

Thanks for this,
dDawn emoticon

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/2/2011 6:40PM

    The best way bar-none to handle the potential problems is to eat large amounts of crustiferous--green leafy vegetables. Not only do they give your body what it is craving, but it tames the craving monster right down.

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    Those are all great reminders! Especially for this time of year!

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MNNICE 12/2/2011 5:18PM

    Great reminders. I think my biggest struggle right now is with #5. I know there are, and will be, time I need to take a few deep breaths, stretch, and stop to think about whether I really want that treat or not!

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LIV2RIDE 12/2/2011 2:09PM

    Great list! I use #1 and #2 and they seem to work MOST of the time. I still like your idea of freezing the cookie dough.

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ARCHIMEDES2 12/2/2011 12:54PM

  Great list! I am a big fan of the brushing your teeth technique ... I just wish I remembered to use it more often! Good idea on keeping the list with you of reasons to avoid sweets. I'm going to do that! One that I would add (or an addition to #5) -- is when you are faced with the sweets, relax at that moment, and take a few deep breaths. Sometimes that helps me expand my awareness to more than just the brownies in front of me.

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