SP_COACH_NANCY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SP%5FCOACH%5FNANCY SP_COACH_NANCY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Finding Your INNER Courage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336691 I remember when I was a kid every March/April the Wizard of Oz would show on TV. I know I am aging myself, but that was back in the day when it was a BIG deal to show it on TV--it was like the Wizard of Oz was a rite of passage to springtime. I often questioned whether this had to do with the tornado in the movie as springtime in tornado alley is prime time to hunker down. <BR> <BR> A few things always scared me about the movie--the flying monkeys and the Wicked With to name a few, but I wa... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:13:55 EST Life is an Evolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333509 Life is an evolution. We are not meant to remain the same--in fact remaining where we are is what keeps us from reaching our full potential. It can be frightening to leave the life we are comfortable in knowing, but as the saying goes, 'A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are made for.' <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2079893506.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is something about turning 50. What once seemed important-- like having a big house or new ca... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:31:47 EST You Can Knock a Runner Down but You Will NOT Break Our Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324613 As so many of you have heard or have seen the images on TV, the horrific events today in Boston is something NONE of us would ever imagine could happen. Having participated in many a race in my 7 plus years of running, not ONCE did I ever feel unsafe, on guard or worried about me or my loved ones waiting for me at the finish line. <BR> <BR> I have run in every size race from a local 5K with barely 50 runners to the Chicago Marathon with well over 30,000 eager runners--and NOT once did I ever... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:29:57 EST Don't Look to Others for Validation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324105 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1695098900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Having spent the last few years working hard to achieve the goals in my life, over the past few months I have come to realize that the joy of meeting a goal should not come from others, but instead how each of us value/validate ourselves when we reach our goals. Don't get me wrong, while we should feel proud about meeting a goal, it is always nice to feel as though you are appreciated. And in a society where ever... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:10:55 EST HAPPY RUNNING ANNIVERSARY TO ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300845 Today is a very special day in my life--just like the day you graduate high school and college, the day you get married, the day you gave birth to your child, there are days that are forever etched in our minds that cause us to step back and give thanks as to how far we have come. Today is one of those days for me--the day I celebrated taking back my life. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1081518129.jpg"> <BR> My first 5K race! <BR> <BR> A little over eight ye... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:26:12 EST Life is Nothing but a Balancing Act http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284579 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093118001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I was a little kid I loved the scales that we used to use in science class. You know the kind that has two plates on either side and whenever you put an object on one side, you either had to find a similar weighted object to balance it out, or if you couldn't, the scale would be off-kilter. Maybe the fascination with this scale is what peaked my interest in science in Mrs. Bean's second grade class over 45 ye... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:48:41 EST When a Race is More than a Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283117 I have been asked by many, "if you are a certified running coach, why in the world do you need to hire one?" The reality is--a coach is more than a mentor. A coach is more than someone who comes up with a training plan. A coach is more than a educator. A coach is more than someone to bounce ideas off of. <BR> A coach is my motivator to tell me what I am doing is working. In just a few short weeks I will be completing my 7th year of running and will be embarking on year 8. For the first time ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:47:51 EST A Work in Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259991 <b> I don't want perfection; I don't actually believe in it. What I've learned along the way is: Work with what you have; embrace what you've been given. Don't fight against it."~Drew Barrymore</b> <BR> <BR> Perfection is something that I have seen so many people strive for and when the quest is not reached, the guilt and shame that many times follow can be so detrimental to our well-being and our healthy living journey. We believe that with perfection it will bring us happiness and joy and... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:22:50 EST A Lesson Six Months in the Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238735 If you have read my previous blogs you know that for the past six months I have been battling one issue after another when it comes to my running. What started out as a tight left calf issue that began at the end of August, soon turned into an IT band issue on the right side which then turned into a chronic low grade pain in my left heel that started back in December. By the time January 21, 2013 rolled around, after experiencing dead on pain after running my 22nd half-marathon, I truly belie... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:36:48 EST Healthy Living is an Evolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226347 Now that we are well into 2013 you are either on your way to meeting the goals you set for yourself just 4 short weeks ago or you may find yourself frustrated by your lack of motivation and why this journey seems to be so dang hard. And trust me, it can be hard---sometimes to the point where you may even find yourself wanting to throw in the towel. <BR> <BR> But before you do, let me share my journey with you and maybe you will see a small glimmer of hope. <BR> <BR> I have faced many a d... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:57:15 EST Practicing the Art of Self-Compassion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140239 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l671068100.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next month I will celebrate my 7th SparkVersary. It's hard to believe I have been a part of this community for so long--3 years as a member and 4 years as an employee. And in this time I have had the opportunity to read and respond to literally thousands of message board posts covering topics ranging from weight loss to running and everything in between. <BR> <BR> One of the best parts of my job is inspiring othe... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:10:46 EST Do Not Ignore Your Body's Check Engine Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123910 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678651285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you own a car long enough you may eventually experience the dreadful day when you are driving down the road and the dang Check Engine light appears out of nowhere directly in your line of vision. The first time it comes on, you may find yourself immediately pulling over at the first safe stop, then scrambling for the owner's manual from the glove compartment, frantically searching for the cause. You may read th... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:23:12 EST My Journey to 26.2 Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118966 <b>Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you.</b>~Jeffrey Gitomer <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1935159177.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday, October 28th was a bittersweet day for me. It should have been the day I was running my second marathon. It should have been a day that I celebrated with my SparkFriends at the finish line. It should have been a day I fulfilled yet another dream. But sadly thi... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:55:38 EST Rising from the Ashes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107716 <b>"In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends."</b>~John Churton Collins <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2078388098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just like a phoenix rises from the ashes, I, too will do the same, but not without the bitter sweet emotions of where my hopes and dreams were just 4 short months ago. <BR> <BR> I must confess the past few weeks have put me on an emotional roller coaster. Having to defer this year's Marine Corps Marath... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 22:24:32 EST Embracing Your Own Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095515 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407070994.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I happened to be at home recovering from a hectic relay weekend in which I, along with 11 other runners and two drivers, ran 223 miles from Austin to Corpus Christi over the course of 35 hours and 48 minutes. I usually don't have time to sit and watch afternoon TV, but that was not the case yesterday. As I was flipping through the channels I came across The Dr. Phil Show--I normally would not stop but th... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:36:27 EST When Dreams Must Be Put on Hold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073412 <b>“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.”</b> ~Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902579974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fifteen weeks ago when I began my quest for marathon number two, never would I have imagined that on September 24th I would have to make one of the most difficult... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:25:50 EST Re-Evaluating Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068929 A few weeks ago I believed my dream of running the Marine Corps Marathon was on the skids. I had suffered a horrible calf issue that would not allow me to run. It was truly the first 'real' injury I have ever experienced in my 6 1/2 years of running. With TriggerPoint rolling, I was able to release the tightness in my calf by releasing my hamstrings, of all things. But I still wanted to get checked out. When Dr. Dukes and Dr. David did my initial assessment, it seems as though I was having bi... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:47:48 EST Do Not Create a Problem that Is NOT There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050985 "Be careful you don't talk yourself into having a problem you don't have yet."~Coach Dean <BR> <BR> After dealing with a calf issue for over 11 days, last week I was certain that I was going to have to defer my Marine Corps Marathon dream until 2013. While my problem was not getting worse, it was not getting substantially better. It was truly a week of despair. I spent so many hours reading everything I could get my hands on. Asking others for their insight to see if they could direct me. Bu... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:29:50 EST Riding the Wave of Uncertainty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046013 In my previous blog I wrote about my recent injury regarding tightness in my left calf. One thing I have always prided myself on is playing it safe. Listening to my body. Knowing when to pull back or push forward. And while I may have thought this training plan was a tad aggressive, up until the 25th of August, I was doing fantastic. <BR> <BR> When the experts say injuries are seldom a one-time run in the making, but occur over a long period of time, I realized that is quite the case. After... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 19:11:52 EST Stuggles with Training, but They Are NOT Set-Backs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042400 Marathon training is not for the faint of heart, nor is half-marathon training or for that matter 10K and 5K training. If running was easy, as the old saying goes, everyone would do it, right? But what I am learning each day I navigate through this journey to becoming the best runner I can be is that anything we truly aspire to achieve is not given, but is earned by hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears and time, patience and discipline. This means learning to listen to the cues that your... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:09:25 EST The Road to the Marathon Passes through the Town of Fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966228 I am three days into my marathon training after a grueling 3 weeks of base training which increased my mileage to the highest level it's been since last February when I was diligently training for the NYC Half-marathon. <BR> <BR> Week one of base training went quite well. In fact so well that I was a tad on the giddy side. However, that all changed when I embarked on week two. My mileage was approximately 2 miles more than it was the week before (so not a big increase) and while I did not h... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:46:49 EST The Journey of a Thousand Miles... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962152 One of may all time favorite proverbs reads as follows: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." The reason this carries so much meaning for me is that everything we do, everything we accomplish, everything we dream for must have a beginning. From the very first time I hopped on the elliptical over 7 years ago to finding the very first penny on August 24, 2007-- everything has a beginning. <BR> <BR> Today I begin my marathon journey--one that I have traveled only once bef... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 12:20:29 EST YOU, Yes YOU, ARE A WINNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942393 I don't know about y'all, but watching the Olympic trials this weekend is making me wish I could hop on a plane next month to London to cheer on the athletes from all over the world. It's the one time when we can put all politics aside and enjoy the competition between the best of the best. The joy of seeing the winners with their medals hanging from their necks standing on the podium filled with pride is beyond words. <BR> <BR> But there is something about those athletes who don't share t... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:24:40 EST Put on Your Oxygen Mask First! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930614 A little over six years ago I laced up my running shoes for the first time never knowing where my legs would carry me. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that this middle aged broad would find a passion for running that has allowed me to complete over 120 races, including 19 half-marathons, three wacky -do relays and one marathon. <BR> <BR> But there comes a time when we must find the courage to step out of the comfort zone and make the leap yet again. And my leap will commence... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:27:09 EST Get Over the Victim Mentality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902948 It's so easy to get caught up in the victim mentality. After all, when we are a victim how can we be responsible for what happens in our lives. It's so easy to blame others than to look in the mirror and face the harsh reality of the truth staring back at us. <BR> <BR> Every day we are forced to make choices. We have the choice to sit on the couch watching TV or we can go for a walk. We have the choice to stay up late catching up on all the goings of our friends and family on Facebook and Sp... Tue, 29 May 2012 14:41:08 EST A True Reality, but Not if You Don't Want it to Be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901773 As many of you know, I read all I can on the topics of running, health and fitness. And what I have noticed is that every magazine, every fitness site, every diet book, you name it, promotes the art of weight loss. You'd think after decades of chronic tales on how to lose the last 10 pounds or drop a dress by the end of the month, we would no longer have to be told what to do. <BR> <BR> But somehow the message is getting lost in the translation. <BR> <BR> Why is it that our ancestors didn... Mon, 28 May 2012 20:38:38 EST Don't Tell Me You Can't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859703 It's often said the winning isn't what defines us, but having the courage to step outside of our comfort zone to do that one thing that will leave us vulnerable to the outside world that does. This was one of those weekends! <BR> <BR> I have been truly blessed in my 6 year running career to have run in some of the most prestigious cities in the United States--from Seattle to San Diego to Chicago and New York, but this past weekend's race in Kentucky truly changed my life. <BR> <BR> Before ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:02:07 EST Be Willing to Change Directions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804299 Tomorrow marks one of those monumental days in my life--you know the days that are important to us, such as your birthday, wedding anniversary, birthday of your children, etc. For me, March 26 signifies a day that forever changed my life--the day I celebrate my 6th anniversary of running. Although I had started running weeks before that day, I use the day of my first 5K to mark my anniversary into this great sport. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316566953.jpg"... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 17:29:59 EST Still unsure about a runner's needs for carbs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4746939 Check out the following link... <BR> <BR> http://www.mizunousa.com/running/blog/ar<BR>ticle/trials Mon, 20 Feb 2012 00:07:35 EST Why are carbs getting such a bad rap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4744635 EDIT: PLEASE read my blog all the way through. I am not talking about your diabetic or your average jane/john doe who gets in a moderate amount of exercise, BUT your endurance athlete...those training for endurance events. I have done lots of research and have read countless books and attended seminars on this topic and I have yet to find one study that says carbs are not the primary source of fuel for ENDURANCE athletes. As for how many carbs you need, if you read my blog all the way throug... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:53:50 EST Why Marathon Training May Be Bad for Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296265 Many of us have read stories of those runners who literally run one marathon after another with little or no recovery time in between races. It's as though they are drawn to running without fully understanding the beating this type of training has on their bodies. For whatever reason, these individuals become almost addicted to the run or the thrill of the race. TRUST ME that is precisely what happened to me last fall. That was until I began to do my research and read as much as I could on th... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:42:42 EST What Age is Teaching Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290846 Last year was a very trying year for me. From losing my MIL to liver cancer in Feb to having a few family issues come up, I slowly began to lose my passion for running. While I never completely abandoned the sport, I had cut way back. That was until my therapist told me that I needed a goal--duh, isn't that what SparkPeople is all about?? Goal setting, planning, prepping and doing. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So I signed up to run my 4th half-marathon in Seattle last June. I spent the entire 3 ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 21:02:06 EST You Guys Give Me Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3922363 Tomorrow is the big debut of the special fitness edition of All You Magazine featuring Coach Nicole and a number of our members who were chosen as success stories to be featured. I was honored to have been asked to share my story. Unbeknown to me, Coach Nicole had submitted my name and story to the Magazine. On the Wednesday before I was leaving to run Hood to Coast, I was given the AWESOME news. I was sworn to secrecy and let me tell you I was dying to tell everyone my news. <BR> <BR> Some... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 18:21:17 EST My Conundrum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3906180 In a few short weeks I will be celebrating my 5th anniversary since I first laced up my shoes, a feat I never imagined I would ever master, much less find a passion in. It has been a life-changing experience for me. Not only have I mastered the art of daily activity, but I have made so many wonderful friends along the way. The latter being the icing on the cake! <BR> <BR> Now, comes the time when I need to reflect on what lies ahead for me in the next year. On 9/11 I celebrate the milestone ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:17:20 EST So simple, but we just don't do it anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896544 This is the year of big changes for me. Maybe it has to do with me turning 50 in a few short months or if I see this as the threshold of the best in life, yet to come. But one thing I have noticed is that there is such a lack of appreciation in today's society. It's as if we are owed something without having to work to achieve our goals. <BR> <BR> Lately I have noticed that simple acts of kindness are seldom met with two of the most fundamental words of appreciation and they are "THANK YOU"... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:54:14 EST This will be my year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3873197 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l577139480.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My very first 5K-March 26, 2006 <BR> <BR> In less than 24 hours we will be saying good-bye to 2010 and a big hello to 2011 and I am looking forward to a year of fun and adventure. After an extremely DIFFICULT year, 2011 is going to bring a lot of changes for me. <BR> <BR> This year is going to be super-duper! I will I be celebrating my 5th anniversary of running my first 5K on March 26th with SparkPeople member... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:32:51 EST We are all athletes, if we allow ourselves to be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1439774 This evening I was reading another instrumental article from one of the most direct and frank running coaches in the running community, Dr. Jack Daniels. In his article published on the online running subscription, Peak Running Performance (Vol 17/No 5), he brings up the subject of training and how many athletes view this period as “a waste of time.” <BR> <BR> He goes on to say that many runners look at their ultimate goal of winning a race as the end all of all performances. For many ... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 22:00:37 EST Put it in writing, please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1431991 Besides being fitted for a great pair of running shoes, a runner’s next best piece of equipment is his/her running journal. Many runners fail to understand the true impact a running journal can have on his/her running career, but looking back at the journal that I started several months ago, I am glad I finally decided to do so. I was able to pinpoint a cause I was having with my left knee to my monthly cycle as well as discovering that I usually develop a touch of sciatica after doing hill... Sat, 30 Aug 2008 22:57:06 EST Do you see what I see... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1427824 A few months ago my running coach insisted that his runners start using visualization techniques to help improve our running. He wanted us to take 5-10 minutes every night and picture ourselves running, whether it was our training run from earlier in the day or a race we had coming up. He wanted us to concentrate on our form, breathing, footstrike, foot placement, etc. <BR> <BR> I have been doing these exercises pretty religiously over the months to the point where after my prayers were sa... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 12:10:13 EST Tempo- I thought that was a musical term… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1426958 Ahh, the infamous tempo run…while many times looked upon with disdain and angst, it's one of the runner’s most important runs to include in their training. Tempos are one of many types of speed work that a runner will need to incorporate into their training, but only after having built a substantial running base. For most runners this is after a solid year of endurance base building runs. <BR> <BR> Having a solid aerobic base teaches the body to utilize fat as its primary source of fuel ... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 22:44:53 EST Learning to live... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1422499 Yesterday I ventured out for my nice long, slow distance run, one that I have taken many times before. It was during that time that I experienced an epiphany. You know that moment when you finally get a clearer understanding about a situation that you never quite thought of any other way until a precise moment. <BR> <BR> Here I was passing the two mile mark dripping with sweat in 82 degree temps with a humidity level high enough to steam clams, when all of a sudden a very slow, and mello... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 20:46:26 EST How to live a long healthy life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1413488 Ahh, who would have thought that the fountain of youth is not found in a secret location as Ponce de Leon once thought; but instead in the running shoes we lace up every morning as we pound the pavement to better health. <BR> <BR> A recent study conducted by Dr. Eliza Chakravarty and Dr. James Fries of Stanford University showed that "middle-aged individuals who had taken up the sport of running were less less likely to die over a 20 year period as those who were not runners. Besides low... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 23:13:30 EST Have you lived the dream that is now the future? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1392852 “May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future” <BR> <BR> How true those words are! And yet when we embark on fulfilling those dreams, many times we are forced to take a deep, hard look at how we arrived at this point in our journey and whether or not this is where we are meant to be. Have you lived the dream that is now the future? <BR> <BR> I can honestly say I have! Ever since I was a little girl I marveled at anyone who could run. It was as if these individuals had wings... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 20:37:15 EST Trust the Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1376654 Another unforgettable phrase echoed by my running coach/personal trainer a little over 2 years ago after what seemed to be yet another never ending plateau. I was doing everything that I felt I could do and still nothing. I was doing cardio (running) 3 days a week, and cross training the other 3 days, and did some light strength training, eating well and yet that dang scale just wasn't moving...not even ounce! <BR> <BR> He told me at the time that my body was adjusting to all the changes I ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 21:17:04 EST Every day we should give thanks and pray... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1372114 When I decided 3 1/2 years ago that it was time for me to turn my life around, never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined I would be on the path I am now on. <BR> <BR> A few days ago a dear running friend of mine told me that being overweight was a blessing. WHAT...A BLESSING??? I asked him what in the world he meant by that. He proceeded to tell me, had I never had been overweight I would not be at this particular point in my life filled with many blessings and wonderful peopl... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:59:35 EST Some is good so more must be better... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1362792 Recently I purchased Jack Daniels (the running expert, not the whiskey maker-LOL!) DVD The Art and Science of Running. A few nights ago when I was watching the section on the Basic Principles of Training, he was talking about everyone having a limit. Wow, what did he mean? <BR> <BR> He stated that one should do the least work possible to reap the maximum possible benefit. In other words if you can get the same benefit from your runs training at 20 miles a week as you do say running 100 mi... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 19:19:22 EST Be careful what you say to children... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1359547 Many years ago at the tender age of 12 I was preparing to take the all-important Presidential Physical Fitness test in my PE class at school. One of the requirements was to run a 100 yards in a certain period of time. While we did do some trial runs (pun intended of course) when the big day came for my test, I failed to complete the run in the time alloted. I was so devastated not only because I failed the test but more importantly because the PE teacher told me to give up that I was never... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 20:42:28 EST Choices: Taking the Road Less Traveled.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1354089 Choice...for being such a simple word it sure can have a huge impact on one's life. Some people call it free will others decision making but no matter what it is called it comes down to choosing one path or the other. <BR> <BR> I love Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken. For so many years I took the easy road...I didn't worry about the food I ate, I couldn't have cared less about my activity I got in and I didn't even care what stress did to this old body. I was living the way I felt... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 12:40:58 EST Race when you are still lousy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1350240 These are the words that the running expert Jack Daniels preached in his DVD The Art and Science of Running. When I heard them I was taken aback for a bit until I kept thinking, you know, he is right. Many things I have done in my life were done when I thought everything was just right...the house being cleaned before my folks/friends came over, holding off buying new clothes until I was just the right size, holding off celebrating my loss until it was enough to matter, etc, etc, etc. <BR>... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 22:10:15 EST Ooooh the need to track those calories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1345643 Last March after months of having the scale not budge I decided I would quit weighing myself and see what would happen. I did this for 6 weeks and on May 9, 2008 I decided to try what worked so well when I first started this journey and that was to really start tracking each and every calorie that passed through these lips. <BR> <BR> While exercise, especially running and now strength training, has never been a problem for me for over 3 years now, I just couldn't seem to get the eating pa... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 21:15:21 EST