FOZZIE_D's SparkPeople Blog FOZZIE_D's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 5 months later (approximately) I'm still running. We've even ordered a treadmill that we'll be receiving this Friday. Lately, the roads haven't been good for weekend running, so I'm happy that I'll have an option when the weather is an issue. <BR> <BR> I like running in the cold quite a bit, but ice is my nemesis. One slip, and I could have to give up running for months. <BR> <BR> I've run two 5Ks now - one in November, one in December. Truly enjoyed them, and I'm hoping that the weather won't prevent me from my planned ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:43:58 EST Numbers In many ways, I'm a data person. Numbers motivate me. And really, I'm not alone in this. For instance, when I run, while I care how I feel when I run, I care more about things like distance and speed. Am I trending up? Beating records? Getting worse? Is my heartrate acceptable? This is why I run with a Garmin and a FitBit and Map My Run. I can justify that all three measure different things. In my heart, I know it's obsessive. <BR> <BR> So while there's nothing better than seeing a faster ti... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:44:53 EST Feeling frustrated... Rather than writing a series of negative posts, I'm going to condense my crabbing into a single blog entry. I need to vent a little bit today. <BR> <BR> Dear "The SparkPeople Blog": Remember back when you used to post AT LEAST one new post a day? Remember when half your posts weren't courtesy of Family Circle? I do. SparkPeople, what happened? Did you fire your contributors? The lack of new content is getting me down, and after years on SparkPeople, I'm starting to think about joining MyFitn... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:50:31 EST Early morning run I've been struggling with the W8D2 run. I've attempted it twice, and due to various issues, I haven't been able to complete it. I've accepted that maybe I'm not quite ready for it, and I just need to let myself rest and scale myself back a little bit. <BR> <BR> So this morning, I forced myself out of bed at 5:15am and was outside repeating W5D3 by 5:30. I knew I had time for a 30 minute workout, and I knew that a 20 minute run would help boost my confidence again. Now, it's just a little aft... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:13:46 EST Random things I changed my user name today. I decided that I wanted a completely unique name for Sparkpeople. Being that this is the only place I ever blog, it makes sense to use a different name (at least to me). <BR> <BR> I started Week 8 of C25K yesterday. This was a 28 minute run. According to my Garmin, I ran 2.5 miles and had my lowest overall speed. Running under 12 minute miles was a thrill, and now I'll be aiming for 11 minute miles. As my endurance increases, it gets easier to stay at a higher s... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:17:36 EST The bagel My breakfast this morning was a Luna Peanut Butter Protein bar. I've always had issues getting my required protein for the day, but I've found that ever since I've started eating one of these for breakfast, it's so much easier to meet my protein goal. <BR> <BR> It helps that Luna Protein bars are really yummy. The first time I had one, I thought it was terrible. After the second one, I was addicted. I don't understand it either. <BR> <BR> Anyway, after I ate my lovely breakfast bar, my skip... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:05:59 EST Just because... Finished Week 6 today. <BR> <BR> Focusing on time now, and not so much speed. <BR> <BR> Though when I run a 5k later this year, I don't want to be last. That's a huge fear. <BR> <BR> Someday I want to be good at this... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:02:00 EST Running Nothing is like running. <BR> <BR> When I ran W6D1 yesterday, part of me just wanted to stop. I was bored and tired. Running too fast and not running fast enough. But the bigger part of me just wanted to keep going. And that's what pushed me through I suppose. <BR> <BR> Did I mention it was really hot? I was sweating buckets during the run, and I'm a person who barely sweats at all. <BR> <BR> But when the run was over, that amazing euphoric feeling came over me. I just wanted to shower and... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:38:34 EST Fitbit City I've noticed that so many people I work with have a Fitbit now! I'm still a little shy about it, just because I don't want my coworkers to think that I'm copying them. Still, I think we really ought to create a Fitbit team for our group. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to kicking off W5D1 tonight of C25K! I love the feeling of lacing up my sneakers, sticking in my earbuds, and stepping outside before a run. Mmmmm....fresh air... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:35:06 EST Getting better After a miracle recovery with my knees, I managed to get W4D3 in yesterday with C25K. While I will still continue frequently walking and working on C25K, I'm not going to focus on other cardio, such as the bike, 30 Day Shred, and tabata. I don't want to get hurt, so I need to give my body frequent rests! However, I will continue incorporating pilates, yoga, abs, and weight training, in order to become stronger and more flexible. <BR> <BR> Eventually I would love to complete a program like 3... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:07:22 EST The truth Three girls and a guy start talking <BR> (And one of the girls is me) <BR> The guy says that he ran a marathon <BR> A girl says that she loves mudding <BR> The second girl says this weekend is her duathalon <BR> And then there is me.... <BR> <BR> I say nothing. I reek of fail. <BR> One who tries and never succeeds <BR> No pride in the trying <BR> The only one who knows is me <BR> <BR> I sit and dread walking <BR> My knees burn and my arms they ache <BR> Not a pound to show for the pain <BR>... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 10:00:19 EST Hoping for W4D2 On Monday, I managed to survive W4D1 of C25K. The biggest issue that I encountered was a dead mouse on the sidewalk - yuck! Otherwise, I jogged when I was supposed to jog, and walked the rest of the time. Tonight, I'll see how W4D2 goes. <BR> <BR> I'm still discouraged about my weight since it is stuck at 125. I swear, it used to be so much easier to lose weight. I try to keep my calories in the 1200-1500 range, but I don't let myself starve either. <BR> <BR> My legs and knees are sore fro... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:27:46 EST The good and the bad... So yesterday I ran out of patience and went to another local running store that had shoes my size. Hello Brooks Addiction! I opted to just do the classic Winsor Pilates 20 minute DVD yesterday so I could rest my foot. This morning I tested the shoes. Though I should have been moving on to W4D2 of C25k, I went back to Week 3. It was a challenge, but I loved being outside again! <BR> <BR> Now I'm resting with ice on both ankles listening to some 90s music on the Sonos. The only bad thing is th... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 10:03:28 EST What to do? With my history of foot and ankle issues, it's been very frustrating trying to decide if I should resume C25K with my mildly sore foot. The pain is near the top of the left foot, and depending on the day, sometimes the left side hurts, and sometimes the right side hurts. Movement doesn't change the pain - it's just there most of the time. At this point, I'm getting anxious to go out and try to run again. Then, I can just plan to ice my foot/ankle when I get back. I haven't been able to even d... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:18:19 EST Good morning... So I just deleted all of my previous entries from 2009 since that was a different time and I was a different person. Here I am, four years later, and in the last few weeks, I've started trying to become fit again. Here's what I've learned so far... <BR> <BR> 1. My body really likes being stuck at 125 lbs. It's not a terrible thing, though my goal is 118. However, I'm gaining more muscle, so at least my body is changing. <BR> <BR> 2. The FitBit is actually changing my behavior. I take more s... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:17:41 EST