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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I was at the grocery store last night and walking the freezer aisles (I needed some frozen fruit) and happened to see that my favorite (or maybe not anymore) ice cream bar were stocked. It had been months since I saw them on the shelves.

I grabbed a box put it in my cart and started to walk away. As I rounded the corner, I thought, "I am trying to eat better and this does not qualify." I turned around and put the box back.

It is about choices. My daughter and her husband are trying to start an organic farm and so she is watching all the 'nasties' Monsanto is doing. I am trying to purchase NonGMOs and I am sure that those ice cream bars were full of dairy from a farm-factory raised (I use that term loosely) cow fed GMO corn and the sugar was probably from GMO sugar beets. I do not know this for a fact, but it helped me with my decision not to eat it.

Plus, those bars were loaded with fat. Ice cream is one of the few things that I have not fully given up so putting that box back has given me a new strength and resolve to make better choices as to what I put in my mouth. It was as easy as saying, "I do not really want this. I am trying to eat better and I ate well today."


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CUSH1932 4/12/2013 9:42AM


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LOVESTOWALK49 4/10/2013 7:28AM

    I know how hard that is. I put pastries, my weakness, into my cart and then later returned them to the shelf. I don't put candy in my cart. I know if I do that it won't go back to the shelf. emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 4/9/2013 9:42PM

    emoticon Awesome job sticking to your goals!

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FRAN0426 4/9/2013 8:42PM

    Great job on leaving the calorie, fat, sugar loaded bars in the store---there are ice cream selections that have less of all of them---thats what I choose now when I want ice cream. I do love those fuuly packed ice cream bars but leave them at the store now.

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MILLERGIRL719 4/9/2013 6:19PM

    You are super-strong!

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ADARKARA 4/9/2013 9:58AM

    I'm not sure about the GMO stuff but I haven't given up ice cream either and the skinny cow truffle bars are delicious for only 100 calories.

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LIV2RIDE 4/9/2013 9:38AM

    emoticon One step at a time! emoticon

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TKLBRIDGET 4/9/2013 9:16AM

    Very good on making the choice to eat healthier! It is hard ( I had a battle with Lay's the other day at the store) but it is so worth it.
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JAVAJENN 4/9/2013 9:16AM

  Good for you! Good job! It's hard for me too, but if I can do it you can too! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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I ran 10 miles yesterday

Friday, April 05, 2013

I ran 10 miles yesterday, or rather I slogged 10 miles. I happened to run with my shadow and it looked like I was a constipated old lady out for a run. I really need to work on my form.

In the morning, my intent was to do 14 but as the hours passed I knew I was not going to reach that distance. Originally, I was going to drive into town and run there, but decided to do the hills close to home. I ended up taking a nap after lunch, so I figured my body wasn't up to a 14 miler.

I set out with the idea of doing 6 miles and then see how I felt; if I felt good then I'd do 12. I am breaking in my new pair of Saucony Omni 11 but they changed the design so much now I am not sure I like them. They are lighter than last years model and it feels like the support and cushioning are different.

That was a bummer. This was my first long run in the shoes. They felt fine on the shorter distances. I felt some blisters on my heels starting on this run. Since I run close to home and back and forth, I stopped at mile 6 and put on some band-aids, downed a packet of GU (my second time trying this) and set off again.

A little over mile 9 I decided I did not want to do 12 because now blisters were starting on my toes. And I was getting cold with the wind. So I turned around and decided to be content with a 10 miler.

22 days til the Half Marathon

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FRAN0426 4/5/2013 5:44PM

    Sorry the shoes have changed, and hopr they work out better once they are broken in. At this point I feel it didn't matter what you looked like doing that fantastic 10 mile run; you can work on form the next time----good luck with the race.

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    That is awesome! I just did my first half two weeks ago and it's amazing. You are going to do great, and I bet you'll surprise yourself.

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MOTHEPRO 4/5/2013 1:58PM

Good luck with your half-marathon!

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JIBBIE49 4/5/2013 12:39PM

    A Half Marathon is more than enough to give you good health benefits. emoticon

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JAIMESIZED 4/5/2013 11:09AM

    WOWZERS! That is truly inspiring. I wish I could even do a mile without feeling like I'm going to die lol

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NIKKICOLE83 4/5/2013 10:50AM

    Good for you! Someone recommended Saucony to me for running shoes. I think it is awesome that you even did the 10 considering the blister issues. You are going to do great on your half-marathon.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

All right, I'll admit that I am harboring a grudge against someone that I just cannot seem to let go. It is affecting my mood and what I eat. My thoughts are negative toward this person and I am getting frustrated with myself because I just cannot let go of what was said to me so many years ago. Why do I keep replaying that conversation over and over in my mind? I know I need to forgive this person and move on with the relationship. However, it is so hard to do.

Recently, I was having trouble sleeping so I started to look for same guided relaxation sessions to help me sleep. I came across one (unfortunately, I do not remember which) that spoke of the necessity to forgive others and one of the exercises was to imagine the person that I need to forgive as forgiving me.

Wow! That was a switch! Picturing that person forgiving me has given me a new perspective about my relationship with this person. It makes me realize by not forgiving this person it may cause that person to be harboring a grudge toward me because of my negative attitude. Now I am thinking: "What goes around comes around", "Karma", "Judge not lest you be judged", "Do onto others", etc.

I have had conversation with this person, but all the blame was laid at my feet. In this person's mind it is all my fault. But, this person never accepts responsibility for anything and consistently blames the other person in any disagreement. This is what makes it so hard for me to let go of my ill feelings toward this person.

I am not at the stage where I can say I have forgiven this person yet, but I am working on it because being negative all the time is a bummer. I hate being "Debbie Downer"; it makes me feel miserable.

I am responsible for my reaction and how I think. Somehow, picturing this person forgiving me has given me a new perspective about forgiveness. It is no longer about the wrong that I feel was done to me but the wrong I am doing to another.


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    Thank you for this post. I am not an emotional eater but I do have a hard time letting of of things and harboring negative feelings about people and/or situations. Sometimes I have to talk to myself - out loud - when I'm driving in the car by myself and that works.

It's tough being human sometimes! Best of luck, Pat

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COOP9002 3/31/2013 4:27PM

    Forgiveness is challenging thing. In our own strength it is difficult to accomplish. However, the freedom that it brings is well worth the cost. Blessings upon you as you seek to find the strength to forgive.

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LIV2RIDE 3/31/2013 3:02PM

    Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do. Just know that forgiveness is for you not for the person you are forgiving. It's more like letting go of the negative energy, feelings, anger and poor attitude. It allows you to move on to more healthy relationships with people. No one said it was easy at all but it is one of the best healthiest things you can do for yourself.

Just because you forgive someone and let go of all the negative doesn't mean that person has to be in your life anymore....even if it's family. emoticon

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MICHELLE4445 3/31/2013 1:16PM

    Excellent reflection! I sympathize, as I work with someone whose every movement/sound irritates me and I was letting it bug me each day at work. To be frank, my co-worker is a glory hound, a meddler and a gossip, and I was letting those personality quirks really get to me. After putting up with it for about 8 weeks and griping about it to trusted friends until they were sick of me, I realized I was letting my issues with that person ruin my day, every single day. So, I took a couple of very gentle steps to lessen the interaction between the two of us, and it has really helped. It sounds like although you still have that wish for a better resolution, you are on your way to an interal resoution. emoticon

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My run was not as bad as I thought

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I had a busy day yesterday and barely fit in my run. The roads near my house are dirt in spring, summer and fall, but this time of year are icy, muddy, slushy; so, I choose to do a treadmill workout. I was sore from my workout two days earlier (30 Day Shred, Healthrider and bike) and so I thought I'd take it easy.

Take it easy? Based on my time, I decided to do 10k. I set the incline higher than I normally do and midway I was regretting my choice of incline and had a metal block. I debated quitting.

However, then this perky lady comes into the gym, does her warmup and hops onto the treadmill next to me and I found out it is so much easier to run keeping the rhythm of the one next to me.

So, I stuck with my original plan and finished the distance in the time I allowed to do it. The best thing about the workout is that the second have was a bit faster than the first half. I have been wanting to get to the point where I could run faster at the end of a run than I did in the first half.

Despite how miserable I felt during the run, I felt like I had a big accomplishment!


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GRANDMAMAOF3 3/29/2013 8:00PM

    Good job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILLERGIRL719 3/27/2013 3:16PM

    Awesome job and great determination! emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 3/27/2013 11:18AM

  you did indeed. emoticon

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Almost my 2 year anniversary...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

...just shy of one week. I am sort of in a slump. I do not have much motivation to do the things I know I ought to be doing. However, I am thinking it is time to get with some type of program. I have about 5 weeks til the half marathon and I have no idea where I should be in my training program for it. Lately, it seems my workouts have been shoveling snow.

We have what my mom describes as a "pit of a patio" and to shovel the snow off of it I have to toss the snow up and over. Only we have had so much snow I had to knock the snowbank down a couple of times so I could get the snow up and over.

I am getting to the gym at least twice a week and I am making sure to include a long run. My last long run was 13 treadmill miles. I am making sure to include lots of stretching when I am done. The gym has added one of those thigs where you hang upside down by your ankles and it feels so good after my cooldown. I hope that piece of equipment does not get broken like the treadmills.

April 1st, I start the running class with my granddaughter, so I know I will be ruuning outsdie then. I am hoping for normal temperatures by then.

Now, I am working on getting my mindset to eat healthy again. I fell off the bandwagon and hit the ground hard. It is time to pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on track.

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/19/2013 11:52AM

    You sound like you are in a good feram on mind .Once you can get outside you will feel so much better and you will just do it . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYND59 3/19/2013 9:08AM

    Sounds like you are in the right frame of mind. You will do well. Keep up the good work.

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 3/19/2013 9:00AM

    Good luck with your half marathon! You will do great!

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DS9KIE 3/19/2013 8:53AM

    I know how you feel, its hard to get back on track but we both can't do it... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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