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MY half marathon training - 11 miler

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

WOW! I actually did an 11 miler over the weekend. The weather was great for running, but the roads were still icey and/or slushy in some areas. My route was an out and back and then a loop; so, i went over a essection of the road three times. The first pass, it was all ice and I had to walk carefully. The second pass some of the ice melted where the tires tracks were and I was able to have steady footing but it was muddy. The third pass ( about 2 hours and 15 minutes later) I was amazed at how much of the ice and snow had melted.

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LIV2RIDE 3/13/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon You are ready for this half marathon! Good for you!

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Hungry for change

Saturday, March 03, 2012
There will be a free online premiere March 21 - 31 and I cannot wait to watch it. The preview has peaked my interest. One thing that was stated was that we are no longer eating food but food-like substances. I believe that is true if one is eating a lot of processed foods. I am convinced the evidence is in the food ingredients listed on the packages.

These past few days I have been getting a new mind set and I am ready to get back on track and eat real food, not some food-like substance that has lots of stuff added to it to make it look and taste better. I am finding that when I eat those "treats" that they do not really taste good any more. I ate some of those Girl Scout peanut butter patties and afterwards, I felt like I ate a bunch of lard and wax. It was not very tasty at all. Kind of makes me wonder if, for the majority of the population, that eating fast food and overprocessed, sugar laden and fatty foods dulls the tastes buds.

Yeah, I am hungry for change...

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ELEMENOPEO 3/8/2012 5:23PM

    SO agree.

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MARTHASPARKS 3/4/2012 6:28PM

    After two weeks, your taste buds will adjust and you'll be able to enjoy the real taste of real food. processed foods got us into this mess of the most obese generations ever and avoiding them is a great way to get back to the basics (pun intended)!

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LIV2RIDE 3/4/2012 9:55AM

    It's interesting how our taste changes as we make healthy changes. I used to love french fries from anywhere but now they are just too greasy for me. This looks like a really great program. I'm also signed up to watch it.

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    I agree with your comment on taste buds...I have found,after eliminating sugars(for the most part) and eating pretty clean most of the time..veggies taste great without alot of stuff on them. I can taste the 'goodness' and don't need dips for them. I ate fish at McD's last night-hada stomach ache almost immediately-BLECH!!!

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Seriously, there is no excuse...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

It's been awhile since I blogged. I have been busy with school work. February is the month the Dairy Queeens reopen for the season here. I found myself going by and getting that peanut buster parfait again and again and again.

Then I started thinking of the cost. One of those parfaits costs the same as a bag of apples. Now, it is back to the "I can't afford to eat healthy" argument. One apple will satisfy my hunger and in that bag, I'll get a lot more opportunity to have another one for a lot less calories.

No excuses! Just like the Biggest Loser theme this season, I am going to start a personal challenge with no excuses and give myself no excuse to eating junk food. Since my environment is full of temptation, I am going to start with a one week challenge.

Well, here goes....

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JITZUROE 2/29/2012 12:24PM

    Great job on the reality check! See our DQ is open alllll the time, sadly.....
Apples and pb are quite yummy themselves though right?!

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GYMRAT_AT44 2/18/2012 11:43AM

    Wish our DQ would close! They are open yer round!

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KELLEEH 2/18/2012 11:35AM

    This sounds like a great idea! No excuses! I'm with you!

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FRAN0426 2/16/2012 10:08PM

    Yes the bag ofg apples will go a lot futher than one peanut buster parfait with all the calories. Once in awhile I see no harm in treating our self; but looks like you have decided to buy the apples-----good job.

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PICKIE98 2/16/2012 3:04PM

    Dairy Queen opens in February there? Where do you live, on the surface of he sun?? We do not have one here, but about 55 miles from here, it closes in September, re-opens again in May! We make ice cream from all the snow on the ground!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HBOWATCH 2/16/2012 1:09PM

    I admire your determination.

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LIV2RIDE 2/16/2012 11:45AM

    Peanut Buster Parfait reminds me of my Grandmother. I like the no excuses theme. The trick is to find a resolution to every excuse you give yourself. Good luck and remember your Spark friends are here to help you along the way!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/16/2012 10:37AM

    Good for you!!!! I also look at goodies like that in the $$ sense but usually in the 'calories affordable' version. I can't afford that many calories-it NEVER tastes as good as thin feels-NEVER!!!(well, okay,that's stretching,once in a rare time is okay)
I'm going to follow along and see how you're doing

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Out of the mouth of babes; well, not really a baby

Friday, January 27, 2012

I am doing well on my half marathin training. I went back to school and had a bout of eating whatever and whenever -- woke up and said enough of that! I managed to get through yesterday without eating sugary junk food. Also, thanks to my granddaughter (age 9) who did the no junk food challenge we started in January, I managed to not buy a bag of candy. As I was looking at a marked down package of Snickers, she told me, "You not suppose to eat that, grandma."

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KELLEEH 1/29/2012 5:57PM

    Love the support your granddaughter is giving you! Awesome!

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LIV2RIDE 1/27/2012 9:41AM

    LOVE IT!! She will keep you honest. I hope you gave her a great big hug.

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YOYONOMORE1 1/27/2012 9:25AM

    Good for that GD giving grandma a gentle reminder. Have a great weekend.


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Update on me.

Friday, January 20, 2012

WOW! I cannot believe how hard it is to find healthy food on campus and easy it is to give in and just buy whatever. I decided to go to the gym on the days that I have classses because that is when I am already out and about. I have not yet got into the routine of packing a lunch so I can eat something either before and after my workout.

Today, should be different though because I am blogging about it, sort of like writing myself a note: Pack something healthy to eat before leaving for school.

School is ok so far. I am taking a beginning accounting and business math class. That is enough for me at this stage in my life. Homework is occupying a lot of my extra time because it takes me so long to read the chapter and then to do the assignments. I don't rememebr things very well so I spend a lot of time making sure I am understanding what I am readingso I will know how to do the problems at the end of the chapter. Plus I hate getting answers wrong.

I did not get one day of my running in like I should have for my hm training, but I think I am still ok because the long running day is still within the mileage that I have been doing so it shouldn't be too taxing on my body. But this is the last week that happens. I need to be diligent about sticking to the schedule. Race day will be here before I know it.

The weather is bitter cold here in MN. I enjoyed the warmer days. Funny how in the winter 30 degrees is warm and in the spring and fall it seems so cold. Kind of shows how our bodies are adaptable to our surroundings. But one thing our bodies are not adapting to well is the junk that is in our food supply. I just found "Food Matters" on you tube and realize I need to stay focused on eating healthy in order to fuel my body .

Well, enough for today, I have homework to do befroe class.

Having a spark filled day.

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LIV2RIDE 1/20/2012 7:15AM

    Hopefully you have a nice insulated lunch bag you can use to pack yourself snacks and lunch to hold you throughout the day. emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 1/20/2012 6:22AM

  keep up the good work I have faith that emoticon

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