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Long Run of 9.30 miles

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Yesterday, I did my long run and ran 9.30 miles on the treadmill. I started using my Jeff Galloway app along with my Nike + but for some reason I could not get both apps to run at the same time. Frustrating. I chose to stick with the Nike+ and keep track of my run/walk by watching the timer.

I find it easier for me to push myself if I have a voice telling me when to run or walk. Otherwise that "other" voice inside my head gets too loud and convinces me that I am too tired, isn't that a pain in my foot, etc.

I had a couple of rounds where the other voice won and I walked a bit more than the scheduled, but I also want to stay injury free. However, I finished strong and close too the time the JG app had for the time the workout should take.

My half Marathon is 10 weeks away, doing 9.3 miles and the fact that I did not have to take a nap after this workout is a great confidence booster.

  
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BRAVELUTE 2/17/2013 2:40PM

    Good for you. Sound like you will be SO ready for the half marathon!!

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GABBY98_80 2/17/2013 9:22AM

    Fantastic!!!! That moment of having energy post workout is amazing! I can't wait to get back to it. Great job!

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A 9:20 minute mile

Friday, February 15, 2013

I went to the gym yesterday for the treadmill workout. I am in some week of the Jeff Galloway Half Marathon training and was thinking it was the day to do the long run. I say some week because I do not even know where I am in my training plan. Crazy, huh?

I started my app and when I heard his voice, I realized I just was not in the mood to have his chatter in my ear. Plus I was ill earlier this week and that took a lot out of me, so I thought I would just do an easy run and see how it would be from that. I decided to do a 5k and realized that it was a wise decision to take it easy.

Then I went to a Zumba class. The class was too long and I got bored after 20 minutes. I felt better by then so I decided to run a mile. Somewhere in the training program is a day to do "the magic mile".

9:20, my fastest mile so far this year. Yah! This old lady still has it in her!!

  
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COOP9002 2/15/2013 1:38PM

    Excellent!!

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JPAMPY 2/15/2013 11:43AM

    AWESOME JOB!!! That is great!! Keep it up!! emoticon emoticon

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It is that time of year again...

Saturday, February 09, 2013

As I was out and about yesterday I noticed that the Dairy Queen is now open. I cannot remember if it was last year or the year before that I had a relationship with the local store. Not this year!

I drove by it on the way into town and again on the way out: no stopping! One down for me. I resisted by thinking of the ingredients.

But, the Dairy Queen is open now and that means spring is just around the corner. I cannot wait for the weather to get warmer so I can start running outside again. I think I only ran once or twice outside this winter.

  
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FRAN0426 2/9/2013 4:56PM

    Well, the DQ has opened---see how many customers will be stopping by once we get that snowstorm in and the weather turns colder again. Last year I only had 2DQ treats, both cones, so it isn't a priority on my list either. Grat job passsing it by coning and going the other day.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/9/2013 11:08AM

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Loving myself no matter what

Monday, February 04, 2013

This morning I clicked on a Biggest Loser ad and signed up just to see what it was like. I was reading a member's blog who was wishing her boyfriend would get on board with healthy eating and exercise. A few people commented and this blogger came to the conclusion that there was a "man mentality" which involved loving yourself no matter what.

I really disagree that this is a "man mentality" because if one loves something, one takes care of it. I have an advantages response card pinned on the wall next to my computer and on it I have my reasons as to why I want to be healthy and fit. Why? Because I love myself and I only have one body that is starting to show signs of wear and tear and I need to take care of it.

I am married to a man who has a weight issue and due to some physical issues he is very sedentary. I understand that he does not want to move because it hurts, but he is also carrying 100 pounds of extra weight everyday. In my adult life, I had gained 45 pounds and when I dropped 25 he commented on how I walked with a lighter step. I believe those extra pounds weigh one down emotionally as well as physically.

I do not cook all of his meals for him because he is still capable of doing some things on his own. When he does cook for himself, he will usually make eggs and sausage. When we go out to eat, he will usually order something that is very high in calories and fat. For instance, the last time we went out for lunch he ordered a bacon cheeseburger. These are not the best choices for losing weight.

He knows those are not good food choices and yet he chooses them anyways. One time I asked him why he does not eat better and he told me it was because I do not cook all of his meals for him.

Sometimes I think that way too, I want someone else to do the hard part for me. I often thought if only he would get on the same page then things would be so much easier for me because there would be less temptations for me and I wouldn't have such a struggle to make the right choices day in and day out. I often think, "Why doesn't he help me out with all this?"

However, I cannot depend on someone else to take care of me, especially if that person is not taking care of himself. If I loved myself no matter what, I will take the necessary steps to achieve those goals I have on that notecard:
1.) Reduce the risk of chronic diseases
2.) To have less aches and pains
3.) Mobility
4.) Eliminate and/or control cravings for junk food
5.) Get rid of excess body fat
6.) To have a positive attitude about myself
7.) To have a sense of control, physically and emotionally

Achieving those goals all starts with the first step of loving myself no matter what. Today, I am not where I want to be in terms of my weight and diet; but I am going to keep on working towards those goals. Why? Because I am worth it. (Now, I sound like a hair coloring commercial ~~~ oops, my age is showing)

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BRENDARUN 2/5/2013 5:34AM

    It must be so frustrating when you are becoming more educated in health and fitness and the "love of your life" is living an unhealthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, he has to be the one to make the choice to be healthy. You stay strong and hopefully he'll get hooked on the benefits of making better choices by watching you!

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LIV2RIDE 2/4/2013 1:56PM

    I have a husband a lot like yours (without the physical issues). I try to be a good example but I find that often his bad choices affect the choice I make as well. I've decided that 2013 is all about me. I'm making healthy choices for me. If he doesn't want to that's ok for him. I need to finally get myself to where I am not consuming sugar and wheat. I know it is best for me. Good luck! I know you can do it too.

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SPATTEN2001 2/4/2013 11:52AM

    I truly believe that we have to love ourself first before we can love others or others can love us! Stay strong!

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1 month down 11 to go...

Friday, February 01, 2013

2013 had an interesting start for me and it has been full of ups and downs, going forward and backwards, etc. However, I feel I ended the month on a positive note because I feel like I refocused and am working on setting my priorities in the proper order.

The two biggest issues are my diet and exercise. I have not been eating the way I should have over the holidays and it took me awhile to get back in focus.

My mantra has become "Strive for progress not perfection". I listened to the lecture "The Continuum of Evil" by Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D and what I learned from that is that in the beginning of making changes there will be a lot of momentum and enthusiasm, eventually all that will stop and there will be a series of what seems like failures, the "down" part of the journey where all progress made seems to be lost. It is important to understand that failures are part of the journey.

It is when I am in what appears to be a downward spiral and out of control that I need to stay focused and always remember how far I have come. But most of all, never give up! Stay focused on what I want to achieve and continue to work toward that goal.

Understanding that there will be times of failure and not get discouraged is important because I will fail. My experience is that I am pretty good at the failing. However, in order to get to my goal I need to strive for progress not perfection. It is also important to learn from the mistakes so that I can avoid making the same mistake again in the future.

Just knowing I won't be perfect on my journey and that I will fail at times makes this journey more pleasant.

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/1/2013 11:13AM

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LIV2RIDE 2/1/2013 10:27AM

    AWESOME blog! I love "progress not perfection". We could all use that as our mantra for the year.

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LADYJ6942 2/1/2013 10:08AM

    Very true, keeping focus but forgiving slip-ups or allowing for cheats help. Good luck.

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MJRVIC2000 2/1/2013 9:59AM

    Keep your focus on what is ahead and not what is behind because you cannot change what is behind, but YOU can do something about what is ahead. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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