I am proud of my 31.17 minute 5K finish, but I witnessed something far more inspirational during that race than my performance. Near the back of the pack was a gentleman running with six inch steps and a determined look on his face. Before the r... Read more
Honestly, I was asked for more information about my race, so here it is:
It was 41 degrees when I woke up at 6am. I ate a big bowl of oatmeal because I didn't think I could run without food and without some time for it to sit on my stomach.... Read more
I did it! I did it! My time for the 5K was 31.17 minutes. I more than made my goal -- I was far from last. Well, I was far from first, too, but like I say, I more than made my goal.
My daughter was a dear. She is a massage therapist and a... Read more
I woke up this morning feeling fine. But as I walked from the parking lot to the Y where I intended to go to Zumba class, I felt pain in my lower back. I had difficulty sitting down and getting up and pain when moving from side to side. I have h... Read more
I know sleep is very important for health, mood, and weight management. Last year I did the SparkPeople Better Sleep Challenge and tried several new methods to sleep better. Some of them I have continued, some I have modified, and some I have le... Read more
My new dear SparkFriend, Freelady, made a great observation yesterday. She said that reading the comments on my blogs from my "sensible & compassionate" friends always gives her something to think about. She is absolutely correct. I am blessed w... Read more
One of my great friends pointed out to me that I have lots and lot of experience dieting, and much of it successful. And although a lot of people think I've been maintaining since March 2009, actually I've lost 29 pounds since I hit my first wei... Read more
Well, this morning the scale said 125.8. I weigh exactly what I want to weigh. So why did I spend three days feeling bad, kicking myself, and overreacting to an 800 calorie splurge and subsequent 5 pound gain? I'm not sure. I know better.
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I'm down a little over 2 pounds from yesterday. I feel better. I had a good eating and exercising day yesterday.
But I really felt just sick about losing control. I need to handle it better. I don't know why I felt like it was a tragedy. I... Read more
The good news is I made it 40 days binge free. And 39 of those days I actually stuck to my pre-planned food intake. I don't ever remember doing that well in my whole life.
The bad news is my streak is broken. I am back on track, doing fine ... Read more
While working out today at the YMCA a younger woman went out of her way to stop by and compliment me on my weight loss and increasing fitness. She told me I had inspired her. It made me feel so good. I really appreciate her taking the time and m... Read more
I calculate that I have been on a diet approximately 11.7 years of my life (one third of the time since 1968 minus eight years I did not diet). I estimate I have tracked my food intake on 4,271 days. I estimate that I stuck to my plan, staying w... Read more
I bet we'll get our monthly trophies today. I should get Perfect Attendance, Consistency, Fitness Minutes, SparkPoints and Trivia A+ Student. In January I did not get the Trivia trophy. I answered 87 out of 97 questions that month and on the Tri... Read more
Reducing stress is a great way to reduce the risk of gaining back weight. Yes, it is possible to deal well with food when stressed, but it is definitely more difficult. Both Chris Downie's book, The Spark, and my recent read, the Beck Diet Solut... Read more
Yesterday I enjoyed an MP3 treadmill workout from the Baptist Memorial Health Care web site, narrated by Wendy. You may want to download all these free workouts -- bike, walking, elliptical, abs, cool down, and maybe a couple more:
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