PENGUINPIE's SparkPeople Blog PENGUINPIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I got injured during my 5K this morning! (funny, not bad) So you would think that a race injury might be running related, like a turned ankle or a pulled muscle, both of which I have done. I've even fallen down while running! (A few times, actually, but never during a race. Not yet anyway...) But today was a new one. <BR> <BR> Let me start by saying that I like to wear hats while I run. They keep the sun off my face and the sweat out of my eyes. They cover my crazy halo of frizz that can't seem to control. I do, however, have a hard time with find... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 10:39:00 EST You take the good, you take the bad. THE BAD: I binged last night. It was pretty bad. In the past, my binges have been very frantic and out of control. Lately (and I have binged once a week for the past three weeks straight), I feel like I am almost "choosing" to binge. The pattern of binging, feeling bad, and recovering from the binge is so familiar that it is almost comforting. The idea of NOT binging, of dealing with the feelings that make me want to binge in another way, is NOT familiar, and therefore, not comforting. I feel... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:24:26 EST A nice weekend away... I just got back from a four-day weekend in Minnesota, and I am happy to report that I stayed on track. I wasn't perfect -- not by a stretch -- but in general, I made good food choices and stayed as active as I could. <BR> <BR> In the past, I have always treated vacations (or any time spent away from home, really) as "free zones" where calories don't count and exercise is not on the menu. I always used traveling as an excuse to overindulge and eat as much as possible, knowing that I would hav... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 17:31:54 EST I feel like I set myself up for the fall... So I had a small binge episode tonight. I did manage to pull myself out of it before I did any real damage, which is a true sign of progress. As I look at my day today, I see that several small choices/influences came together, and I responded in my typical way -- stress eating! Here's what happened. <BR> <BR> 1. I am leaving town tomorrow to go attend and participate in a friend's wedding. I have 101 things to do and am feeling stressed. <BR> 2. I had to stay at work 3 hours late. More stre... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 23:08:14 EST Lesson learned during today's run: how "fast" I am is all in my head. I've been training for a 20K that I'm doing later this summer. I'm using a 14-week Smart Coach program. I didn't have a recent race time to put in when I created the program, so I just put in an approximate 10K time (this means I picked a random number out of the sky). Smart Coach did its thing and crunched the numbers, and it gave me a target pace for my easy runs, tempo runs, long runs, etc. And I've been following that just fine. When Smart Coach told me to run 5 miles easy @ 10:35, I ran ... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 09:21:12 EST It was a great day for racing! Though it didn't look that way at first. I woke up at 5 a.m., and before I even opened my eyes, I noticed the flashes of lightning. Moments later, I heard the rain hitting the roof and just groaned. I made my way to the computer to check the weather (and Spark People, of course), and it said that the rain was due to stop at 7 a.m. Okay, the race was starting at 7:30, and we all know the weatherman is always right. Well, today he was! I got to the race, checked in, went back to my car to stay ... Sun, 31 May 2009 12:13:27 EST Bronchitis and Binging Got the Best of Me So I've been sick for the better part of a week. All I have done since last Friday is eat, sleep, and eat some more. You wouldn't think that someone as sick as I was would have the energy to binge, but I did, again and again. Now that I'm feeling better, I can so easily identify all of the reasons that I succumbed to this latest episode of emotional eating. I was in a weakened state because I was sick. I have been under a lot of pressure at work. I have been having some relationship issues. I... Wed, 20 May 2009 22:11:06 EST I reached my goal weight!!! A few days ago, actually. But I've been in shock and I haven't wanted to make a big deal about it. I finally realized that the reason I'm not shouting "WooHoo" all over Spark People is because deep down, I'm scared I won't be able to stay here. I’m scared that I will either gain the weight back or that I will not be able to stop losing weight. You see, until recently, I have been a professional dieter. I have spent the last 10 years of my life gaining and losing weight like it's my job. I've ... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:57:07 EST I tried to do a 10K training run this morning... ...but I miscalculated. It shouldn't have been that difficult. I sat down last night to plan my route. I knew I would be running on a path that is marked every half mile. So I thought I would do 3.5 miles out and 3 miles back, noting my time at the 10K mark. This would leave me time for a good cooldown at the end. Now, to confuse matters, my starting point was at Mile Marker 17. So I got out a piece of paper, drew myself a picture with lines and arrows, marked Mile Marker 20.5 as the turn aro... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 08:34:47 EST Back in the 130s -- again. I have been here so many times that I find myself wondering, will it stick? I always hear people say that one of the secrets of "naturally thin" people is that they have an upper weight limit, a maximum weight that they do not allow themselves to exceed. If they hit their self-imposed maximum, they make small adjustments in their diet or workout routines to bring themselves back down. I wish I could do that. I wish I could say that 140 is my maximum and that I will never again weigh more than... 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