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Determined to run

Monday, August 27, 2012

My grandson is not quite 3, but he is loving starting to "race". He did a fun run yesterday and is so proud of himself for his accomplishment. And what a runner he was. The distance was about .45 miles (according to my garmin) an he ran the whole distance. He started to look tired and when I asked him if he wanted to walk, he shook his head. He was determined to run.



I still cannot fit into my skinny jeans

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Last year I purchased the smallest size in jeans that I can remember for my adult life. Even with the vanity sizing, it was small. But, this year I cannot get those things past my hips.

It must be that when I was going to the laundermat last winter that the dryer must have shrunk them. emoticon

I honestly do not know if I will ever get them back on. I took my measurements today and, if I recall correctly, I am about the same size. I weigh about 5 pounds more than I did back then. However, after I had an 8 pound weight gain this spring (courtesy of Peanut Buster Parfaits from the Dairy Queen), I got serious about getting rid of the extra pounds. I started strength training.

So, it must be I am gaining muscle. emoticon

I have no clue as to whether or not I'll ever get back into those jeans but I do know now that I am exercising more days of the week, I feel a lot better. Also, I am cutting back on my morning coffee and am noticing that I am sleeping better than before.

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CIRANDELLA 8/20/2012 9:37PM

    Never mind those jeans...they're never the barometer of who we are - or who we're becoming - in life. Dryers are such mean things, aren't they? Grrrr... but CONGRATULATIONS emoticon emoticon emoticon on building that muscle!! THERE'S a real accomplishment, one which will serve both you - AND your health! - well. And, I just nominated you as a motivational member, because you ARE! Spark on!!

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LIV2RIDE 8/19/2012 9:10PM

    What a great year! emoticon

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    My dryer tends to shrink my clothes, too (lol). I agree that maybe it's muscle - toss those jeans!

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1954MARG 8/19/2012 9:37AM

  If you are a healthy weight and feel well, ditch the jeans. It is better to reach and maintain a realistic and healthy goal than to set yourself a goal that is unachievable and then beat yourself up about it. Buy yourself a pair of jeans that fit how you are and use them as your fit-me measure instead.

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NANADERRICK 8/19/2012 9:35AM


You have a great attitude. and actually it will do your health much more good to gain muscle than to fit into those jeans.

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Naturally Fat-free

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We purchased a huge bag of sugar to be used for bear baiting - on the package it states:
"Naturally fat-free" 15 calories per teaspoon"

A few decades ago, itwas concluded that fat was our problem with the increase of heart disease. So, the food manufactures took fat out of a lot of processed foods and replaced it with sugar. Unfortunately, for most consumers that was just replacing one evil with another. So, while sugar may be naturally fat-free, that does not make it a better food (if you can call it food since it is empty calories, devoid of nutrition).

What do you think, does being "naturally fat-free" make it a good food choice?

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CIRANDELLA 8/20/2012 9:39PM

    Nope, I think it's all about the big picture. In other words, I think about the nutrients, fat, salt, and other factors as well, when thinking about what to eat. I'm also of the mindset that anything's okay to eat, though some foods should be eaten sparingly and only very occasionally. That strategy has really helped me in my own struggle, I know...

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BRENDARUN 8/15/2012 6:46AM

    I agree with what everyone is saying about "catch phrases" that seem to lure in the consumer. Sugar, in moderation, probably isn't too bad for you, and probably better than a lot of the artifical sugars.

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FRAN0426 8/14/2012 6:48PM

    Food manufacturwea like to use these words hoping we the consumers will buy their mumbo jumbo----thank goodness many of us are smartening up

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    emoticon is naturally fat free. emoticon

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ELPHABABLUE 8/14/2012 12:59PM

    We're so tuned into the "fat-free," "lite," and "low calorie" schtick. Ingredient lists keep getting longer and we keep getting fatter. I truly believe that the America's "weight problem" is a result of a looser definition of what constitutes food.

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LIV2RIDE 8/14/2012 10:28AM

    I personally don't buy items that are "fat free" or any other catch phrase. I tend to stick with real fruits, veggies, beans etc. I'll take the natural fat of homemade nut butter or an avocado. YUMMY!

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QUEEN-EYDIE 8/14/2012 10:26AM

    I'll take my fat free stuff in the form of fruits and vegetables and grains and beans; except for lovely full fat avocadoes!

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DOLLFACEDX 8/14/2012 9:57AM

    I believe we've over-hyped the 'fat-free'. . .reduced fat intake is a good thing but is not the full solution to the problem of overweight. I've learned I need to be watching it all - especially the carbs. . .matter of fact, watching carbs over fat and cals has resulted in some good weight loss for me.

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My 5k finish 8/11/2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012


My garmin gives me an average pace of 10:36. I told my hubby when I left that I was hoping to do an 11:00 min/mi.

It was a beautiful day for a run today. The weather was just right. It has been hot and humid most of the summer so this was actually a pleasant run

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KELLEEH 8/12/2012 9:04PM

    Finishing Strong! Way to go! What an awesome race!

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LIV2RIDE 8/12/2012 8:51PM


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TSEWARD 8/12/2012 2:01PM

Thank you for your encouraging comment on my blog...I am going to take your advice about making sure I drink enough and run with it. I fail to take the time to drink water and suddenly at 6pm when I am off work I am sooooo thirsty, and it doesn't seem like I can make up for a full day of hydration in the last few hours of it. emoticon

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DOCTATITO 8/12/2012 11:16AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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NYKIMMIE 8/12/2012 6:55AM


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LILAC_LANE 8/12/2012 6:37AM

    Way to go! I admire your commitment to being fit.

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OBIESMOM2 8/12/2012 6:25AM

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GOING-STRONG 8/12/2012 1:26AM

    Great run! I would be very happy with that time.


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"If I can do it, so can you"

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Uggh! I cannot stand that phrase. I just read a blog about someone who just started running a month ago and he is so proud of his being able to stick with it that he has now set himself as the standard for anyone to be able to start running.

For one thing, just because someone else has been able to accomplish a particular feat, does not mean another person can accomplish the same thing. It has been my experience that it my determination, perseverance and effort will cause my success, not the abiltiy of another.

So, while it is great to boast about one's accomplishment, I do not believe it is correct to say that because I can do, then so can you. But, then again, I have always been the "odd man out" and never really went for doing something just because someone else was doing it.

Well, I am now off to the 5k race: "If I can do it, so can you" emoticon emoticon

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HONEYBADGER6 8/11/2012 8:04PM

    I'm sure he meant to be positive and encouraging but I understand. Many of us do have medical conditions or other life factors that would make it downright dangerous for us to do what some others are doing.

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PWINCESSEMILY 8/11/2012 4:43PM

    You're right. Its wonderful when people are proud, positive and motivating. But its important to recognise that we each have our own challenges and its not always obvious to other people what they are.

I try not to judge people. I think a better than "if I can (run) anyone can" would be "if I can (exercise regularly and push myself) anyone can". What the exercise and level is will vary.

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MISSLISA1973 8/11/2012 10:50AM

    I never liked that phrase either until I heard Jim Rohn use it. I found him on YouTube and liked it so much, I got several CD sets from my local library. Something about the way he said it turned it around for me.


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QUEEN-EYDIE 8/11/2012 8:39AM

    He probably meant something like 'if a slug like me can do it, anybody can.' Nothing like the enthusiasm of the newly initiated, eh?

How was the 5K?

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GSWINNIE 8/11/2012 8:32AM

    I totally agree with you. Just because one person's accomplishment is great doesn't mean that EVERYONE can do it because everyone is different.

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LILAC_LANE 8/11/2012 8:29AM

    How many hours do I have to finish the race? Ha ha ha

I agree with you, I don't think the "If I can do it, so can you" is an acceptable standard.
So I guess that makes me "Odd man (woman) out too. :)
Thank for sharing that.
Have a great weekend!
(Fighting Fibromyalgia Team)


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