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Treadmill 5k 32:29

Friday, January 18, 2013

I am not sure but I think that is my best time for the 5k on a treadmill. After my times from last summer, I am encouraged that it was under 33 minutes. Plus I never had a good time on the treadmill. I think that was due to the consistent movement of the belt. I have trouble running at a constant pace so I find the treadmill more difficult than running outdoors.

I think it will be a while before I can run outside; my running route is all ice. emoticon

The gym I go to has recently updated the equipment and I love the treadmills (STEX)

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OMG! No wonder it is so nice! It has a pretty price tag even on sale.

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BECKYANNE1 1/19/2013 7:14AM

    Way to go on the time! It's tough to get a good time on the treadmill.

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COOP9002 1/18/2013 12:46PM

    Nice job on getting the run in and with such a nice time.

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What a Workout...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Did I say workout? Ugh! I get to the gym only to realize I forgot to bring along my workout clothes. I brought my granddaughter with me, So I coached her an a few machines and did some strength training.

This spring I will be signing up for the running class with my granddaughter. It will be fun to actually go through three months of training with her. I hope she will enjoy running and become my running buddy.

She is off to a good start...

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COOP9002 1/14/2013 11:48AM

    What an awesome thing for the two of you to share. I hope this will be more amazing than either of you could imagine.

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Good Advice for me

Thursday, January 10, 2013

For some reason, on my cross training days, if I do not get my routine done in the morning it never gets done for that day. So, before my brain is aware of what I am up to...

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ANDY_54 1/11/2013 9:19AM

    I'm a big morning exerciser. Too easy to come up with excuses not to get it done--much easier to find myself awake and already on the cross-trainer, LOL.

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BARBIE1967 1/10/2013 1:26PM

  I am totally with you. If I don't get it done first thing in the morning after taking the kids to school it is so hard to get it done. Good job.

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CAROLIAN 1/10/2013 12:49PM

    I like mornings best about 1 hour after my meds is best for me emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 1/10/2013 9:29AM

    I love working out in the morning. If I put my workout off until later in the day I often don't get it done. So I get up at 3:45am so that I can get in my workout before I have to get ready for work. Is it harsh? Not anymore but it hurt for a while. Glad to know I have another early morning friend. emoticon

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ERICADAWN1986 1/10/2013 9:28AM

    Good luck! Morning workouts feel so productive!

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I ran a 9:41 minute mile today!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

emoticon Treadmill mile but still a mile. It seems like it has been forever and a day since I broke 10:00. Next week I begin my training for the half marathon I signed up for. I have til the end of April to get my act together and get a handle on proper nutrition and get my base for the distance.

I am feeling good about it all so far. Although I want to beat my time from last spring, I am going to focus on getting fit and strong; and I won't complain if I can fit into those skinny jeans again. Finishing strong is my real goal.

Now, if I can do a string of 9:41 minute miles I will be one happy runner. emoticon

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ANDY_54 1/11/2013 9:20AM

    emoticon I'm in pursuit of a below-10 minutes miles, but it's proven very hard to do! Good luck with that half-marathon in April!

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BARBIE1967 1/10/2013 1:21PM

  emoticon You are awesome and you can do this.

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MNNICE 1/9/2013 10:11PM

    Great time, and great goal (HM).

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Personal Responsibility

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

As I am reading the latest issue of FitnessRX, I find an article on The Globesity Cure Fighting Fat and Winning. There is a box titled Personal Responsibility. It states that the major causes of obesity include lack of exercise and diets that are high in calories, the bad fats and refined sugars.

That seems obvious, doesn't it? Yet, many people struggle with weight issues, myself included. I know that, for me, if I were not as active as I am I would be having some major issues with my weight. I still remember when I was at my heaviest and saw my reflection in the doors as I walked up to a building. I did not like what I saw.

I was attending a culinary program at the time and I, along with my classmates, was gaining weight at a fast rate. It did not help that we had access to the donuts, cookies and meals that we prepared. My wake-up call came when a fellow student commented that I eat a lot of sugar. I realized I had a problem since my classmates were noticing and they only saw a small part of what I was eating each day. Unfortunately, that was several years ago and I still eat too much sugar. Not only that, but I eat too much in general.

I often use the excuse that it is too hard to eat healthy because there are so many temptations everywhere I go. However, that is just placing the blame on someone else and not taking responsibility to do what I personally need to do to be healthy and fit.

No more excuses! So, what are things that I can do?
1.) Limit processed foods. Focus on eating foods as close to their natural state as possible. (Translate: Stop eating so much bread and eat my grains intact)
2.) Eat more meals at home. Restaurant foods are often highly processed and prepared with a lot of oil.
3.) Drink more water. I often mistake thirst for hunger.
4.) Keep the fiber intake high. This should be easy if I am eating foods close to their natural state.
5.) Limit my time sitting before my computer screen. Get up and move!
6.) Add weight training to my exercise routine
7.) Keep added sugars to no more than 5% of calories

I received the inspiration for this blog from that article, but it does not match what the author (Thomas Fahey) suggested. The last one I got this one from Jeff Novick on Dr. McDougall’s site and this is the one that I am going to have to work the hardest at achieving.

What are things that you can do to help you reach your goal?

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LIV2RIDE 1/9/2013 6:50AM

    I pretty much need to focus on the same things you listed. I need to stop eating all the bread and sugar and chips. I need to get up from my desk every hour or so and walk no matter if it is just around the office. I need to drink water like it's my job. These are my diet related goals for 2013.

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WALKINGMAMMA 1/8/2013 12:55PM

    emoticon Yes, too true! I think that this is one of the biggest keys to success....Accept responsibility for your choices! You are NOT a victim... emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 1/8/2013 10:23AM

    Thank you for sharing!!

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