ANN5497's SparkPeople Blog ANN5497's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Quitting while I'm ahead. Sort of. Went for a 4 mile run today, which ended up being a 2 mile mostly walk. I'm glad that I got out there and tried running for the first time since my disastrous 12.5 mile run last Sunday (see last week's blog). And I'm proud of myself for ending it early when my knee started to hurt. <BR> But, I am still having a hard time accepting that I will not complete my planned half marathon October 16. My DH and completed it last fall by walking and I was looking forward to running most of it this ye... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:47:37 EST Learning my limits the hard way Sunday , my hubby and I set out to finish 12.5 miles, in training for a half marathon on October 16. I was feeling positive and strong and enjoying the cool weather. <BR> I was a bit concerned about right knee soreness I had last Sunday after 4 miles, so we started out slow and mixed in lots of walking for the first few miles. I felt some twinges in my left and right knees, but they seemed to go away with periodic stopping and stretching. <BR> But around mile 8, my right knee was starting... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:02:31 EST March means spring and renewed committment Looking out my window at melting snow, temperatures above freezing, and a bit of sun peaking out of the clouds. Which gives me the energy to bundle up and take my first walk in more than a week. <BR> February was typical for me - feeling the winter blues and no motivation to stick with the program, to eat well, or to exercise regularly. <BR> But, spring is around the corner and with the advent of the new season, I'm feeling a renewed sense of committment to my fitness and health. I am very ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 13:24:40 EST Boot camp off to a good start Tom and I completed (sort of) the 10 minute Boot Camp Day 1 video. Even Ellie joined in. Can't believe Coach Nicole can do that whole thing without passing out. Hoping that we will do better next Sunday. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 21:53:20 EST Strength training revisited Let me begin by saying that I do not like strength training. I find the exercises boring or difficult and the payoff is barely perceptible. By contrast, I very much enjoy a brisk walk, a lengthy bike ride, or a session of heavy housework. I feel great immediately afterward, and I can quickly and easily perceive my endurance improving. <BR> <BR> That being said, I know that strength training is "good for me," so I tried it for a while back in August/September, then pretty much gave up. <BR... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:57:57 EST Think I have finally found it What have I found? A healthy lifestyle. <BR> Through SparkPeople, I am finally able to make eating right and exercising regularly a part of my way of living, as opposed to a temporary weight loss plan. I am training my mind and body to accept - and appreciate - that this is how I will live from here on. Healthy eating and moderate exercise are becoming a habit and it feels good. <BR> Because of the flexibility of this program, I am able to do this in a way that feels natural to me. Past ... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:33:56 EST Good habits pay off when I stepped on the scale this a.m., I was sure that it would not reflect a weight loss. I have been sick for the past week, my exercising has been infrequent, and I have not been working hard to stay within my calorie goal. But, low and behold, I saw a two pound drop. Not sure what that came from. I can only conclude that it was the result of building up good habits over the past several weeks. In other words, by staying mostly true to my new healthy habits, and by not completely let... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 07:53:54 EST Livin the dream Had a pretty good day, for Day One of this neverending journey. Got my walk in at lunch, ate reasonably healthy (or at least much healthier than I normally eat), and am heading to bed now to get at least 7 hours of sleep. I'm on the right track, hope I can stay on track Wed, 29 Jul 2009 22:33:09 EST