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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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GLASSHUNTER 1/9/2013 9:47PM

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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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I did my run outside today...

Monday, January 07, 2013

... and, boy, was I huffing and puffing. I wore ice grippers on my shoes since there was ice under the snow on the road. I did not slip on my run and I seemed to be all right from my fall down the steps yesterday. I hit the edge of each one as I slid down the steps. Lucky for me, there was only 5 steps. It is times like that when I pull myself up and am thankful that I have been working out these past few years and have a stronger body than I did years ago.

Back to my run, I did about three miles doing one of the cadence and acceleration gliders drills and magic mile from the Jeff Galloway app. I did not have my garmin and went back and forth on the more level spots on my route and when I finished my Nike + registered close to the mileage on the app. So, I think my pace was what it was supposed to be for the ratio I selected for the walk/run.

It was good to run outside again; the temperature was above freezing. I missed the high temp for the day, but it felt so good to run and not have to stare at a wall.

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GLASSHUNTER 1/9/2013 9:56PM

  Be careful! Be safe! 3 miles is a good run!!!!

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HEALTHYLADY12 1/7/2013 10:31PM

    your a brave lady :) running outside is great

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LIV2RIDE 1/7/2013 9:03PM

    I'm so glad you weren't hurt from your fall. But I'm really excited that you got back outside. emoticon emoticon

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