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I think I am in a slump

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A slump? Is that a word? I am having a hard time being motivated to do anything. I am training for 2 5k's: one that I will run solo and the other I will run with my granddaughter and daughter. The weather has been too hot and humid; I canceled a few runs with my granddaughter because of the heat.

Yesterday, we had a heat advisory and so, I chose to make it a lazy day. I actually took a two hour nap. I guess that yesterday was most likely a recovery day. I am hoping that is just what I need to focus on a good time in the race this Saturday. I'll see...

I am making green smoothies more now and am noticing that my cravings for junk food seems to be lower and I have an increase in my ability to say, No, I don't want that." Yesterday, my hubby baked up some cookie dough that our daughter brought into the house and I did not have one cookie, and guess what? I survived!!!

However, my victory was short-lived because I ended up eating three packet of Sweet and Salty (nuts, seeds, raisins and M&M's). For some odd reason this batch has a lot of M&M's in them, or I just more aware of them. I think instead of buying the prepackaged I'll make my own then I can leave out the M&M's - those little things have too much of a bad thing in them and take away from the goodness of the snack.

My weight is going up and down but staying with in a 2 pound range -- it is on the downside whenever I make sure I stay hydrated (lesson to be learned here). Well, I am hoping to get outside and do some hill runs hopefully it has stopped raining and I get it finished before it gets too hot.

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to spread some Spark .

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FRAN0426 7/18/2012 12:50AM

    Making your own trail mix is the way to go definately--that way you will eat what you put in it and avoid the M&M's.
Good luck with the 5K---but with the heat and humidity a good share of the country is having right now, I would think it is difficult to get in a run.

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 7/18/2012 12:17AM

  You're making a lot of good choices. emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 7/17/2012 9:14AM

    I love making my own trailmix. It's so much cheaper than buying it already mixed. You can put in as much or as little as you want.

I think we all have those days/weeks where aren't motivated. There is no magic pill. You just have to work through it. Good luck on your run and stay hydrated!

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Death by Junk Food ????

Monday, July 09, 2012

I knew junk food wasn't the best for us, but I never realized the effects it can have on our bodies, especially our digestive tracts. This is an eyeopener for me and now I realize why my daughter has so many health issues.

http://www.naturalnews.com/036353_junk_f
ood_junkies_death.html

  
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ELIZRN 7/9/2012 6:55PM

  Yes....& I was almost there.....in that scary place. That was many decades ago. Whenever I see people eating or buying that stuff I actually cringe. If they could only watch the "deliveries" inside their body systems & find out what happens. Unfortunately, just like with other addictions, one doesn't get the message until the lights go on & sometimes then it is too late.

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SUGARSMOM2 7/9/2012 11:11AM

  yes it is scary . I never thought that food could be so deadly . All those years ago would have made a difference in my life if i had eaten the right foods/ trying to tell my family . perhaps they will listen but i doubt it very much . to soon smart but will try to warn others about the dangers of food . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 7/9/2012 9:38AM

    Great information.

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My first 10k race results...

Saturday, July 07, 2012

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I am currently doing Running Mate Media's Faster 5k program and this week for my long run I decided to enter a 10k race just so I could get an official time. That is, an official time to beat...
I registered for the run on the last day and set a goal of finishing in 75 minutes.

Well, I beat that by 5 minutes and 40 seconds. I hit the lap button on my Garmin at each mile marker and saw that although my pace slowed during the second mile, I consistently sped up during the last 4. That is something I have not done before. So, I am excited that I may be able to get some of my speed back this summer.

According to my Garmin, my average pace was 11:14/mi. I feel so good about this because my training run pace has been averaging about 12:00/mi.

  
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DRKYASHI 7/8/2012 5:53PM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/8/2012 9:10AM

    Excellent job! emoticon

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HIKINGSD 7/8/2012 2:26AM

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FRAN0426 7/7/2012 9:46PM

    emoticon emoticon with your first timed race-----keep up the great work

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SPARKLED146 7/7/2012 5:45PM

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CAROL- 7/7/2012 5:01PM

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That's fantastic!

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LIV2RIDE 7/7/2012 4:54PM

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NWFL59 7/7/2012 4:20PM

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MAG_28 7/7/2012 4:12PM

    emoticon That's a great time for a first 10k. I find that I run faster in a race than when training. I think it's a mixture of adrenaline and going with the crowd.

Enjoy your next one, and keep up the work on the 5k

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MYZENIN10 7/7/2012 3:59PM

    Great job, and motivator to continue! I'll have to look into that program. I've done the C25K program already.

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DLDMIL 7/7/2012 3:57PM

    emoticon I have signed up for my first 10k walk/run later this month. I am hoping to do 75 minutes as well.

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Choices...

Monday, July 02, 2012

I admit it, I ate what I shouldn't have yesterday. Why? Because it was in the house. I know I never should have let it get that far. As a matter of fact, it should have never been put in the shopping cart. But I put it there because I choose to do it.

It seems that after I do something like that, I spend the next 24 hours chastising myself and asking myself why I did it. I almost always come up with the same answer to the "why and itt is because "I chose to do so."

If I think about it, no matter what I eat, (healthy item or not), it always starts with a choice. For instance, the other day when I was at the mall, I entered the candy store. I stood there looking at all the so-called "goodies" for quite sometime. It was only when the clerk finally spoke up and asked me if she could help me find something that I realized I was having a dialogue going on in my head: " I want this" 'Oh, this looks good." "I wonder how many additives are in this." "Cancer Food", "But, I am craving this and if I don't buy it now, I'll regret it later." "I don't need this." "This is not good for me."

Thankfully, that clerk's voice snapped me out of it and I told her I was just looking and walked out the store without buying anything. So, then, why is when I was a the other store I put that junk in my cart? The answer is simple, I choose to do it.

Choices, every day, every moment I make a choice to do or not to do something. Today is a new day. A day for new choices.

  
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LIV2RIDE 7/2/2012 11:19AM

    It all boils down to choices. Sometimes we are stronger than others. The good thing is you are making more good choices than bad which is AWESOME!!

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DRKYASHI 7/2/2012 10:19AM

    Sounds like someone is 'choosing' to be accountable emoticon!
Good luck, stay focused, and keep us posted on your progress emoticon!

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What is healthy?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Today, I am listening to a debate called, "Should Meat be Off the Menu?"
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ligence-squared-animals-should-be-off-
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I think that both sides present a case against factory-farm raised animals for meat. However, Adrian Richardson gave an example healthy - get rid of the processed foods.

While talking with certain people in my life, I find that the term "healthy" is often viewed as being subjective and every one has a different definition as to what healthy is. My view is that a healthy diet is one that consists of foods that are close to it natural state as possible and not full of chemicals and addictives. Also, if a food is healthy, then it will be health supporting.

Just yesterday, my daughter and I were at the store and we sarted to read the ingredient list of so-called healthy protein bars. Even the ones that were claiming to be organic were full of things - I am not sure exactly what becuase even organic foods add things to products.

Comparing those "healthy" protein bars to a Larabar - what a difference in ingredients. At least with the Larabars it is easy to know AND understand what the ingredients are. In my opinion, the Larabar is a healthier choice.

My challenge for myself this week is to focus on what eating healthy - that is foods as close to its natural state as possible with limited addictives.

How about your definition of healthy?

  
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DRKYASHI 6/25/2012 5:25PM

    I agree! emoticonfor sharing.

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MRSKATEDUVALL 6/25/2012 4:05PM

    For me, healthy is about balance. I try not to get to rabid about change, and go slow. I didn't get here overnight, I can't fix it overnight, but I can enjoy the journey.

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LIV2RIDE 6/25/2012 10:16AM

    I love Larabars. You can make them yourself. Just Google "Larabar recipe" and you get lots of choices. I used to eat bars a lot to supplement my diet when I first started. Then I started actually reading labels and I found that the stuff I was eating wasn't really food.

to answer your question - My idea of healthy is food that is as close to nature as possible. Sometimes you can't help some sort of processing (like hummus) but for the most part I try to not eat processed foods. My personal demon right now is wheat....OH BOY!! Talk about processed!

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RUNSTOLIVE 6/25/2012 10:15AM

  I'm with you -- as close to how it is found in nature without additives is what I consider "healthy." EVERYTHING in moderation is also a big key to "healthy."

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