KMAE1028's SparkPeople Blog KMAE1028's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Running and other stuff. I went running on my usual walking path today. I ran about 3 miles. It felt so good. And by felt so good, I mean it kind of hurt and was really hard!!! But I'm really happy I did it. I don't have any races lined up for the rest of this year - no turkey trot or Christmas race or anything like that. <BR> <BR> However, last night at my friend Kiri's birthday party, she asked if I was planning on doing the Colfax Half Marathon again this year. We both did it last May along with a handful of othe... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 14:26:25 EST Identifying the Lies We had a really interesting conversation in my Depression class on Monday. We were talking about the scripts that are in our heads. Think about it. What do you constantly hear in your head? Is it positive? Is it negative? Personally, most of my scripts are negative. <BR> <BR> I'm not smart enough. <BR> I will always be overweight. <BR> There is no way I can do this. <BR> I will never be able to run a marathon. <BR> <BR> Etc. <BR> <BR> How many times have you thought to yourself "Why can't ... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:10:12 EST ow? I promise that not all entries are going to revolve around the 30 Day Shred. Maybe once a week, or when I move up a level. <BR> <BR> But I just had to say that I have not felt so sore upon waking up since May, when I ran a half marathon. Even my chest was sore this morning. I laid in bed for about half an hour debating whether to get up and do the Shred again, or to rest and sleep some more. <BR> <BR> I got up. I shredded. It hurt. But then when I stopped, it felt amazing. I laid around for... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 16:33:57 EST been awhile! I have a confession to make. I have been weight loss blogging... at I know, I know, I'm cheating on SparkPeople. But I can't deny that I love the support group I have made over there, and I like the layout better... not so cluttered. I am trying to make my way back here though, because I really like the options to track exercise and weight loss. <BR> <BR> So I have been officially working on eating healthier, exercising, and losing weight since September 29th, 2009. I have... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 19:57:11 EST bored at work Yeah I'm bored. So I thought, what the heck, let's see what's happening at SparkPeople these days. I haven't been here in about 2 months. Why did I come back? I just haven't been feeling good lately. <BR> <BR> I have to say that I have been overweight for most of my life that I can recall. And because of that, I've learned to deal with it. I love myself for who I am. I think I'm pretty. I have decent self-confidence, but it's not through the roof or anything. I don't let being ove... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:30:47 EST bootcamp: week 1 Today is the last day of week 1 of SP Spring Bootcamp. Here is what I did: <BR> Sunday: 9.5 mile run <BR> Monday: 45 min. walk <BR> Tuesday: Rest <BR> Wednesday: Yoga <BR> Thursday: 30 min. walk <BR> Friday: Community Day. Pitchforked tumbleweeds all day. <BR> Saturday: Nothing yet, but I'm planning an early evening walk around the park by my house. At least 4 laps (2.4 miles.) Will try to get in 5 or 6 if it's not too dark. <BR> <BR> I haven't been doing the videos because we have been ... Sat, 9 May 2009 12:59:45 EST I have so much to update on! Numbered list it is... 1. Yesterday was supposed to be a 10-miler. But by about 8.5 miles, I was hurting so bad, I just lopped off the end of my run and headed home. (It still took me a mile to get there, so I did do 9.5 miles yesterday.) I was so disappointed in myself, that I just couldn't go that last half mile. It took me a couple hours to realize why it wasn't working yesterday - I didn't eat anything before I went out. I had a glass of orange juice, but that was it, and I think I need more fuel than that... Mon, 4 May 2009 10:44:14 EST yoga. ouch. Yesterday was Carter's birthday. (Carter is one of my many housemates!) Since it was her birthday, our kind-of-local-kind-of-chain yoga studio (CorePower Yoga), sent her a coupon for a free yoga class on her birthday. Now, a lot of their classes cost up to $17 a session if you don't have a membership, and neither of us do. So the fact that she got to pick any class to attend for free was pretty awesome. What made it even better was that she could bring a friend who has never been to Core... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:34:15 EST allergies Today I was going to go to the store and pick up some allergy medicine, when one of our social work interns stopped me. She told me to go to the Kaiser pharmacy (where I am a member, I have Kaiser health insurance) and told me to ask for the generic Claritin meds. So instead of paying almost $20 for a month's worth of allergy meds, I paid $16 for 3 months. Good deal, huh? I hope this makes my teeth stop hurting, as it should take some of the sinus pressure off them. Oh, and make my nose ... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 19:32:51 EST 8 miles on Palm Sunday Yesterday was my 8 mile run. And it was awesome. Not only did I have no stomach problems, but: <BR> <BR> I managed to run EVERY STEP of the way!!!! <BR> <BR> That is such a huge deal. I was so happy. Yes, it hurt sometimes. But I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. It took me about 2 hours to do 8 miles. That is about 15 minute miles. Which is slow. But for me, that is so fast, you don't even know. Most of my runs so far I've only managed to do 20 minute+ miles. 17 ... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 13:09:04 EST best run? worst run?? Today I ran four miles. Don't ask me how, but today was both the best run and the worst run I've done yet. I will try to explain. <BR> <BR> Why was it good? It was nice out, chilly, but once I got going, it was like the perfect temperature to run in. Also, I was able to run MOST of the 4 miles!!! I probably walked less than half a mile, and that is really good for me. Being able to run more of it put me at under 20-minute miles, which I've been struggling to break for the last month. I... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 17:31:01 EST 7 miles and a very cute boy So yesterday I did 7 miles. I hesitate to say ran, or even walked, because as usual, I did both on and off the whole time. I had some foot problems that started to really bother me halfway through the run. It was also really super hot, and I need to start going out earlier in the morning when it is not so scorching, ugh. On the plus side, I bought a brand new fancy waterbottle!!! It has a thing that kind of wraps around your hand on one side of the bottle so you don't have to hold on so m... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:35:10 EST where did all these cookies come from!?!?!?! At work yesterday, I was very literally surrounded by cookies. We get massive donations from all the local girl scout troops. So big that the end of last year's donations have overlapped with the first of this years. That is correct, we still have girl scout cookies from LAST YEAR in the house. That is how many we get. <BR> <BR> I wanted a cookie so bad yesterday. GS cookies are sooo good. Samoas. Thin Mints. Tagalongs. YUM. But, I did not have a cookie. It was almost fun, simply... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 15:27:28 EST revelation? Hmm, this is interesting. Today is my third day of not eating junk. And you know what it's doing? It's inadvertently making me think more about PMK's golden rules. It seems when I mindlessly snack and when I don't think about whether or not I am actually hungry before I eat, it is when I am eating (or want to eat) junk food. <BR> <BR> I don't have an urge to binge on carrots or apples. I can eat them in an appropriate manner. When I want them. When I am hungry for them. I can stop ... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 15:19:48 EST 6 miles, trying something new First off, today was 6 mile day. It went a whole lot better than 5 mile day last week did. 5 mile day did not end well, hence my not writing about it, hahaha. I walked MOST of the 5 miles last week. I also had some issues with foot pain. <BR> <BR> Today I walked mayyybbeee a third of the time. If that. So, that was an improvement. It was really pretty out today, so I was happy to get out of the house, despite the fact that I've been tired lately, and today was no exception. 6 miles ... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 00:21:43 EST music This really has nothing to do with health, at least physically. Perhaps emotional health and spiritual health though... <BR> <BR> I got 2 CDs in the mail today. They are both copies of a concert that my choir performed in last year about this time. (One copy is for my parents.) I listened to the CD driving around in my car today and nearly started crying. This music was so beautiful. I had forgotten just how gorgeous it really was. The choir I was in is amazing. I was so happy singing... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 20:22:49 EST i heart x-training Yes, cross training is my friend. Even though I think it wants to make me die... <BR> <BR> I went swimming today over my 2 hour lunch break. I haven't been swimming since January, and it kind of kicked my ass. I only did like 10 or 11 laps, and I had to be done. Perhaps once I'm regularly doing it once or twice a week, it will get easier! <BR> <BR> I really really really wanted to go for a run today. It is 67 degrees here in Denver, at the end of February. And when it is that gorge... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:02:40 EST half marathon training begins I was really supposed to start training like 3 weeks ago but traveling and then a nasty sinus infection got in the way. I hate making excuses, but I am very good at it! <BR> <BR> Anyway, today I officially started training, and did 3.17 miles, a little 5K just for me! =) I didn't really try to make it 3.1 it just ended up that way! <BR> <BR> This was the first time I have been running in a loooong time. Hol and I did the 5K in December, which I did ZERO training for, and nearly killed my... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 12:16:43 EST on tour I am sitting in a hotel room right now, the night before I get to (FINALLY) come home from this recruiting tour that I am on. Some parts haven't been that bad. I enjoyed getting to meet and stay with some other volunteers in Minneapolis. We explored the city, ate good food, figured out our mutual connections, and generally had a good time. <BR> <BR> But the people I am traveling with. UGH. They are nice people at heart, they really are. <BR> <BR> But their topics of conversation NEVER... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 23:33:55 EST over a week!?! Well, I have not written a blog in over a week! Bad me! <BR> <BR> I worked all weekend, and am so looking forward to my day off tomorrow! I am going to go swimming if my back feels up to it (long story short, my chair at lunch fell over and I didn't know it had when I went to sit on it... I fell and when I landed one of the legs jammed into me... ended up really bruising the crap out of my back... not fun!), and then I think I will go pick up my clothes from the alterations place that I too... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 22:53:26 EST today Yesterday, I told everyone that I was going to go swimming today. <BR> <BR> Today, I woke up and decided, who cares, I'm not going to go swimming. Then I laid in bed for awhile, contemplating pros and cons of going swimming. As it drew closer to when lap swim begins at my local rec center, I decided that instead of going swimming, I would go for a run. So I went to the gmap pedometer and tried to get it so it would give me a good 2 mile loop. It did not want to work. <BR> <BR> So, s... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 12:37:54 EST stuck I've been feeling rather stuck in a rut lately. Like, no matter what I do, I don't feel any different, I can't control my emotional eating, I don't feel like exercising. I know exactly what I need to be doing to fix it too, but yet I still feel stuck. It isn't much fun. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself today, on a different scale than I normally do. I don't know why that matters, but I thought I would put it in there. I was surprised to see that my weight was lower than the last time I did ... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 13:44:07 EST i need a plan Apparently, it's not enough to just say I am going to do something. I need a plan of action. It is so easy for me to slip back into mindless eating, and it's driving me insane. I am trying so hard to only eat when I am hungry, and stop when I am full, and then I forget about it. ARGH. So. Here are just some random plans of action which I would like to remember. <BR> <BR> 1. If I think I am hungry: I will drink a glass of water first and wait 10 minutes to see if I am really hungry. <B... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 21:33:19 EST swimming! So, I started swimming today. It was hard. It was also very rewarding... I got out of the pool and almost fell over because my legs felt so much like jelly. I really enjoyed swimming though, and I think it will be pretty easy to incorporate it twice a week like I want to. <BR> <BR> I have to believe that it will get easier, as time goes on. Perhaps as my muscles get used to it I will get smoother and a little faster. Perhaps I will be able to go more laps. Today I did 10 laps. Satur... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 10:37:00 EST New Year! So, it is 2009. I'm not really into making "resolutions" per se, but I do like to occasionally set myself some goals. <BR> <BR> To take it just a little bit at a time, here are some lists. <BR> <BR> GOALS FOR THE YEAR: <BR> -Run a half marathon. This is actually set in stone, but I still need to register. Colfax, here I come! <BR> -Run a full marathon. Obviously this would need to be in the fall, and would hopefully occur in Detroit. Yes, I would fly home to run my first marathon i... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 16:59:25 EST update from florida Yes, that is right, I am in beautiful Florida! Not to brag or anything, but it is 80 degrees here and I have nothing better to do with my days but lay on the beach and suntan. Okay, I guess that is TOTALLY to brag. =) I am loving it here, and I am starting to feel more relaxed than I have in at least the last week. (Perhaps later I will write about my escapades after my Christmas Eve flight was cancelled and I met some random people from Michigan and we proceeded to get drunk because we ... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 19:47:32 EST exciting news So, it's not totally official yet, but one of my friends called me tonight and told me to keep an eye on my Spring 2010. Because that is when she will be getting married. =) <BR> <BR> Her boyfriend hasn't proposed yet, but I know the both of them, I know they have been ring shopping, and I know that he has had "the talk" with her father. The two of them are spending New Year's Eve together, and I'm betting good money that is when he is going to propose. If not then, soon after. They are... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:48:19 EST ready to go home, 5K I can't wait until Wednesday when I get to go home and see my family for the first time since August! YAY! <BR> <BR> In other news, the 5K was HARD. Lots of hills, very cold, sometimes icy, and to top it all off, I am all sorts of out of shape. However, it really got Holly geared up to do more races, and made me realize how much I want to be back at the place where I used to be, when I could run 13 miles in a row. As it is now, I couldn't even do the three very well. My finishing time wa... Mon, 22 Dec 2008 01:21:20 EST race on saturday! So, I finally registered for the 5K that Holly and I are doing on Saturday!! Today was the last day for online registration, so I saved a couple bucks from having to pay on the day of the race. <BR> <BR> I haven't run at all really... since May. When I did a 10K. But, a 5K will be easier, especially if I have a friend to do it with. This week is shaping up to be really super fun, I must say. Here's what I've got going on... <BR> <BR> Tonight: NEIL DIAMOND concert with Holly. Ohyes. ... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:31:17 EST tapping So, in a comment on my last blog, Chris suggested that I look into EFT tapping to work through some of the issues I am having with ICMYT. i kind of knew about tapping, but had no idea where to start, so I started here at SP. <BR> <BR> Looking around the information on our SparkTeam page was kind of overwhelming (there is so much great info!) but, in the end, I found the YouTube video's that Chris was talking about, and did the first video along with the girl. Wow. That is really all I c... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 00:34:06 EST disappointing Today has not been good in the world of I Can Make You Thin techniques. Basically, I've eaten a lot today (still less than I would have other days!), without paying attention when I was doing it. It's so frustrating for me. I WANT to follow the rules. But when it comes time to do them, for some reason, I don't. <BR> <BR> However, that said, I think the best thing about McKenna's plan is that even if you mess up... you can start up again the next time you are hungry. You get a brand new... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 18:56:00 EST sleeping I slept a LOT last night. I went to bed around 2 AM, after picking my housemates up at a party that I had left earlier in the evening. (I like parties, I do, but after an hour or so, I'm totally drained. I guess it's part of my being more of an introvert than an extrovert.) So anyway, I didn't go to sleep until after 2 AM. Before going to sleep, I turned my phone on silent. Bad plan, Batman, I didn't wake up until 12:45 this afternoon. Yes, I slept almost 11 hours. Insanity. <BR> <... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 15:33:54 EST