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Don't think of me as a wuss, but...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

My granddaughter (age 9) loves to accompany me when I go for my runs on her bicycle. However, yesterday it was hot (we have had a cool summer so far) and the roads were just graded and had lots of sand and rocks. It was hard for her to pedal because her bike kept getting stuck in the sand and she had to get off her bike and walk it past the sandy areas and the rocks were making it difficult to keep her balance. About the third patch of sand she says, "Don't think of me as a wuss, but it is hot out and why are there so many rocks on the road?

Don't think of me as a wuss... what was going on in her mind that she would say that? It made me think of how many times I thought the same thing while training in the couch to 5k program when I just started running. Sure, I needed a walk break before the time was up, but don't think of me as a wuss because at least I am out there running and walking, getting stronger each week, losing weight, getting fit.

This blog is for all of you Sparkers that are on your way to acheiving your goals - you are not a wuss - you are strong! Sure there may be obstacles that seem to be in your way, but you can overcome them. And most of all, it is not really what other people think that matters, it is what you think of yourself. Stay positive. Focus on your goals. And, most importantly, don't think of yourself as a wuss.

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LIV2RIDE 6/30/2011 2:54PM

    Great blog! I know I'm hardest on myself and tend to push to hard and too far. Sometimes you need to know when to cut yourself some slack and just do the best you can. You best is always good enough!

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52114ME 6/30/2011 11:18AM

    It is difficult not to call ourselves a wuss when we can't complete a task we find challenging.

I do agree with you though in changing our thoughts.
I am not a wuss. I am off my rear end DOING it!

Each time we attempt the task we are getting stronger!

Just keep getting out there is my current mantra.
Thanks for the pep talk. :-)

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My 5k race results

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My time for the race was 1 second more than my prerun trial, (31'34") but it was still better than last years. When I crossed the finished line, the first thing my daughter said to me was "You should have see the two oldtimers who crossed the finish line way before you." Turns out that some 70 and 80 year olds beat my time. Awesome!! I hope I am still able to cross a finish line when I get to be that age.

Yesterday was such a beautiful day, by that I mean the sun was shining. So I decided to do another run. I started out with the idea of only doing about 3 miles, but it was so nice and I was doing so well running that I went the 10k distance. Best thing about that is I shaved about 7 minutes off my time from the one I did earlier in the week. emoticon

11 more miles til I reach the purple level in Nike+. emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 6/26/2011 5:28PM

    Good for you! I too hope that when I'm 70 I'm kicking A$$!

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MNNICE 6/26/2011 9:43AM

    Way to go! A good day of running!

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MAMADELIGHT 6/26/2011 9:19AM

    31'34 is still a great time.
I don't mind the older people crossing the finish line before me -they have had years of training behind them. My goal is always to beat the ten year olds. Ha!

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Not quite accomplished, but almost

Friday, June 24, 2011

It has been a while since I blogged. Things seems to be slowing down a bit now. My premie grandson is now home and doing well. He is on a three hour feeding schedule so I am taking turns with my daughter. I get the day shift!

My running is going - just going. I have a goal to do a sub30 5k but in my practice runs, it just ain't happening. I am trying not to be discouraged about it because I am runner better now than I did a year ago. By better, I mean I can run a longer distance before I feel I need a walk break. I am also feeling like I am a runner - for real.

The best runs I have are when I am going down the road and before I know it I am at least a half mile from where I started. Or when my thoughts are something on the order of "Hey! I am running and it feels so good." I have good runs and bad runs, but at least they are runs.

I have a goal to reach the Nike+ purple level by the end of the mouth - 24 more miles to go. I am so close!!

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LIV2RIDE 6/24/2011 4:39PM

    I think you HAVE accomplished much more than I could. I tried running and just didn't like it. You are doing great! Getting out there and doing it is the first step. I'm sure your times will improve as you get more practice. Keep up the great work!

How did you get so lucky to get the day feeding shift??!! That's awesome. I hope you are enjoying your time with him.

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MNCYCLIST 6/24/2011 3:01PM

    Hang in there, you'll make it!

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MNNICE 6/24/2011 12:46PM

    Just a slight delay in schedule -- you WILL be able to do that 5K!

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STINASTEW 6/24/2011 11:53AM

    Your title state, "Not quite accomplished.." so I was expecting someone blogging about how they are getting a goal or something, but it sounds like you HAVE accomplished! You've accomplished becoming a runner, which you couldn't do last year. Congrats! :) Keep up the great work!

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Goals or what I learned from my granddaughter

Monday, June 20, 2011

I ran a 10k yesterday, I wanted to check my time, but I had my granddaughter with me and got a wee bit distracted at times. 78:01, but several of those minutes were waiting for traffic so we could cross the road.

It was fun - she met her personal goal of being able to ride her bike up those 2 hills on our route. She is nine years old. That was awesome. When she accomplished it she said, "Now, what's my next goal?"

A lesson for me there, once I accomplish one goal, it is time to make another and keep on movin' forward.

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LIV2RIDE 6/20/2011 9:57PM

    That's awesome! It's cool that you bring her with you. She's learning a great deal by watching you and learning a healthy lifestyle.

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DR1939 6/20/2011 11:24AM

    From the mouth of babes!

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Oh, I feel so deprived...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I grew up in a large family and we were all healthy and hearty eaters. Healthy in the sense that my mother did not make a lot of baked desserts, she reserved those for special occasions. My parents had a garden so we had lots of fresh vegetables in the summer and homecanned foods throughout the winter.

We all ate well and we ate a lot. I often describe mealtimes as "he who grabbest the fastest gets the mostest." It was the same with those treats and I realized in my adult life that feeling the need to eat as much as I can in the shortest amount of time seems to be a learned behavior. I felt the need to make sure I got my share.

I recall during Easter and Halloween season, we would all have our own treats and my sister would always steal my candy. So, to prevent her from stealing my candy, I would eat and eat it all as quick as I could..

Last night, I went shopping with my DH and he wanted to buy some candy. There I stood in the candy aisle, I wanted some candy but I knew really should not have it. I walked the aisles (yes, that is plural, there was more than one candy aisle) and had a dialogue in my head: Should I? I really do not need this? But I really want it. I know I can live without it ...

It was the thought, "If I do not buy something and eat it, then that is all I am going to think about and I will wish I would have just bought the bag." I gave in to that voice and bought a bag of candy. Of course, I ripped open the bag as soon as I got into the car and began eating. I even became a wee bit resentful when DH reached in and grabbed a few pieces. He was in the candy aisle and bought his treat, so why is he eating mine?!

This morning as I was doing my journal (My Thought Keeper) I realized that I seem to be falling victim to the idea that if I do not have my sweet, overprocessed, high-fat, low nutrition food that I will feel deprived, so I might as well have my so-called treat in order to prevent a binge later on.

My problem is that I cannot stop after one or two bites and so, I really ought not have the so-called treat at all. And what am I really being deprived of? Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

I realize this morning that just because I learned a behavior as a child (eat as much as I can so I don't have to share) I can unlearn that behavior and replace it with a new learned behavior (eat my sweet treat in a whole food form) and start feeling deprived of many of the chronic health issues that are caused by the standard American diet.

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CANNIE50 6/20/2011 12:16AM

    I grew up in a family of 9 children so I can relate to "eat it now or it will be gone". I can also relate to the feeling that I am going to eat this sugar just to "shut up" the nagging craving. It's an on-going process of retraining my brain - not easy but not impossible either. One thing I have noticed is that I need to shut down the craving with a silent, mental "NO!" to myself, or the craving grows and festers. Another trick I have used, while at stores, near those evil candy aisles, is to silently repeat "no thank you", in my head, just to get myself out of the "I have to have it" mindset.
PS THank you SO much for reading and commenting on my "resentment" blog - I appreciate you taking the time to do so, and I appreciate you sharing your heartfelt response with me.

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LIV2RIDE 6/16/2011 2:21PM

    the last 2 paragraphs are the point. You are learning how to be healthier and learning how to change your lifestyle. This is just one BIG step in the right direction. Sweets are very tempting. It's a transition so just take it one situation at a time. Next time you might just listen to the healthier side of the argument. Try rewarding yourself with a pedicure or a new book. emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 6/16/2011 11:25AM

    Yep. That's how it works. It doesn't have to be a 'cold turkey' situation--though for some people that helps.

I allow myself treats, but my roomie buys them for me. Like the other day, he brought me three Crown Dark Chocolate Truffles. Just three... kind of hard to overdo it if they are not THERE! LOL I loved them, but I have to tell you... I could only eat one at a time. Ooh.

I'm diabetic and need to have sugar on hand in case my blood sugar crashes, but I've gotten to the point where I've been away from it for so long...

When you get a craving for sweets, it helps to have something NATURALLY sweet on hand: an apple, a pear, berries... fresh wholesome fruits. And plenty of cool fresh water. And you get used to them to fulfill a craving instead of the processed 'poison'... and after a while you may find that when you DO have a piece of birthday cake or a handful of M&Ms, they don't taste all that great any more, they taste too oily and almost sickly sweet.

At least, that's the way it worked for me. Doesn't mean it will for you, but it's a likely possibility--and something to hope for! LOL

SHEEFIELD09 is right. emoticon
Kathy emoticon

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SHEFFIELD09 6/16/2011 10:04AM

    I really loved your point "And what am I really being deprived of? Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.". I will definitely remember that when I am feeling down about my food! Its awesome that you have recognized the issue and now can be mindful of it!


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