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The past few weeks have been hard on my resolve, but this week I have been able to get back to a more "normal" routine for me, and still able to help out Larry when he needs my help. He really wants to feel his own "normal" so part of helping is stepping back and letting him do it himself!

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3/24/15 7:48 P

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Hobbes- Great article! Nice reminder...especially when I have a 'lot on my plate'...it can get tricky to 'fit in' the right decisions to keep motivated in the direction I want to go.
Thanks for sharing.

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3/22/15 10:56 A

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Just Read this inspiring Article: Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation


NEVER GIVE UP!!!!


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2/12/15 8:59 A

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I'd be happy if I had something to shovel! We're still waiting for some winter to come out west!

My hard work is getting past my muscle soreness this week, I've been sore since Sunday, but I don't want to stop being active!

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My hard work is the shoveling.
I don't really mind it when I shovel with my hubby



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1/23/15 11:52 A

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Bikehike- Yes...hard work...always we have our own struggles. Hard work work is hard...
Good you going to PT. I find, having a extra set of eyes on our form creates a setting where we are less likely to injure ourselves. Cure and tummies...yep...maybe the best thing we can do for ourselves.
(LOL...I may be the queen of PT here n the deck)

My hard work this is still keeping my asthma 'under control'. It is MUCH better today, but our air quality is heading in the wrong direction again.
Also...heading back to PT again today myself...still working on the injury from a car accident in December. Hip and knee...bleh.
I continue to try and be patient, not over do...let my body heal...keep busy, keep distracted...not get discouraged.
I seem to be managing... :) Whew.



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1/22/15 9:17 A

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core work is so helpful in all activities, good for you, bikehikeskigal!

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1/21/15 2:36 A

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Hello BIKEHIKESKIGAL,

I'm glad that you are beginning to join us here & YES this is a very supportive group you'll discover.

That separation of the stomach muscles allowing for us to temporarily look like pooh bear (actually weakens the abdominal muscles) during pregnancy. I believe that afterwords this must be a problem for a lot of women.

Sounds like you are determined and devoted to You!

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1/20/15 11:27 A

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Hi all, I went back and read the original message that started this thread and I love the concept - so supportive and encouraging. My hard work is starting physical therapy for a weak core that has led to years of back problems. I just had a baby in November, and that made it worse! So I started physical therapy last week and cannot believe how hard the basic exercises are for me - wow! But I'm doing them every day, today included. Thanks for the motivation!

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1/18/15 12:21 P

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I know what you mean about running out of time, Hobbes! I find it's even more difficult to fit everything in when I think I have so much time, then never get around to doing whatever it was I was planning on doing!

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1/18/15 10:22 A

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Sometimes choosing to do the hard work is actually the smaller & seemingly simple things that one might think would not be so difficult. For instance drinking enough emoticon !

Also, I have had a hard time in practicing my priorities of actually leaving enough time in the day for Hobbes. & Have had some very positive changes in my life since putting more focus on my self. The 'Deckies' provide a good example of momentum.

Thank you!

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1/10/15 1:24 P

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Larry was thinking it was a flu, I got a flu shot, but the variety that was going around wasn't covered, but I am pretty much over it. I think a little cough now and again, is about it. I didn't get a fever either, but Larry is feeling a bit on the warm side, so who knows? I had a relapse of the fatigue yesterday, but it may have been the massage during the facial and the clouds, I tend to perk up when the sun comes out!

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1/10/15 12:06 P

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KAy and Hobbes- Thank you.
Great idea Hobbes!
I will try today...honest!

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Currently I am icing my knee. PT worked it hard yesterday...but its all good...healing is a balancing act.

My hard work today...fluids, healing potion Hobbes just posted.
And stretch! Gently! :)

Thanks everyone!

Kay- do you feel 100% Do you think it was the flu or a cold??
I don't think this is flu...no fever...but then again my temps are always goofy (low from Hashimotos) and I dont 'get' fevers. If I ever have one...take me too the hospital! haha...





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POWERFUL amazing Garlic apparently is a great healer

I KNOW it doesn't sound very good but it's better than it sounds: (I left out the cayenne pepper and added fresh mint). My cold lasted only 4 days and everyone else around here it's going on & on! So perhaps it really does work.

INGREDIENTS
1 lemon, peeled
1 - 4 garlic cloves
1-inch piece fresh ginger
cayenne pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
Juice lemon, garlic, and ginger and pour into shot glass (or regular glass). Top with a dash of cayenne pepper and drink.

NOTES
Makes about 2 ounces

SEE: urbannaturale.com/12-ways-to-benefit
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You created that luck though, by planting those trees! I didn't get the cough until the end of the virus, and it never did get that bad (the cough, I mean), but started with the sore throat, moved to the stuffy, drippy head, ears plugged for a bit. Fluids and rest, you got it, should cure the thing when it's run it's course! I think fresh ginger in the tea would be great! I've brewed up a new pot of green tea, and been sipping on that. I have so much tea! I really need to drink it more.

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Kay- Ah...IC...ginger in the tea. Yep, I just minced u some and added it yesterday...yum.
Still quite sick, headache, ringing ears...etc...congestion...no cough though.
My hard work is clear...get better. Fluids and rest. :( Oh well.
Yes...I have fresh limes, oranges, and lemons. I know...lucky.

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1/7/15 8:27 P

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My tea has ginger in it, so I didn't actually add fresh to that. I think a smallish chunk? Maybe a half inch, peeled and crushed? I bet that would work wonders! Maybe even with the lime (or lemon) juice? I'm guessing you have fresh limes!

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Kay-
The yoga class sounds fun...I sure hope you get to go.
Ginger in the tea...thanks for the reminder. I added extra fresh ginger in my supper last night as a boost...
I have hot water and lime right now...but I will switch to ginger next.
How much do you add for a coffee mug size?

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I think the hot herbal tea really helped my cold symptoms, and it just feels good! Mine had ginger in it, so tasty!

Yep, spring skiing yesterday! It was fun, only got caught on the debris a couple of times, but I'm really hoping we get some colder weather and more storms headed our way soon! We need a fresh coat on the base.

I called the yoga place and left a message, haven't heard back. I may just try to hit the noon class if I don't hear from them, since I've already missed the 9am! emoticon Larry needs the car to deliver a cable to the computer shop, his bit the dust yesterday and he wisely brought it to the experts instead of trying to work it out himself (which he surely could do, but would take much longer, and it's worth the time and money to have it tended to earlier.) Still shopping for a replacement...

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Morning ladies-
Snow- yay...good shoes...:)
So, did you get hubby out??? I hear you about the air again. Where did our rain go?????????
And the mens group...wow! Very cool! :) Your yard must look fabulous!

Kay-I hear you about the yard work...just going and going and over doing...I have gotten much better the last 2 years about pacing myself. Hard to do! Skiing today...yay...bet it's going to be beautiful. we re supposed to get into the 70's...ridiculous. Poor plants. Have fun Kay.

My hard work is to really pace...I may have the start of a cold. First time I have felt it in a very long time...Gotta kick it right away. Fluids, citrus...(I have some amazing fresh limes from a friend) And stretch...I have permission to stretch even my injury...with care. Progress.

Lets do what we gotta do!


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Snow, don't feel bad about the cake! Really, it was one piece of cake for your son's birthday! It's not like you do that every day (and even if you did, you shouldn't feel guilty about it). Just move on! I think if you eat well most of the time, which I get the impression you do, then the occasional treat should be just that, a treat, not a source of shame or guilt. With all the activity you do, you can enjoy a treat now and again.

What a great project you son's group has going! And how wonderful that you are the recipient of that, your yard will be back to lovely in no time! And maybe you can get in some stretching or foam rolling for your achy muscles? For some reason, I find it really easy to overdo on the yard work, and you get into a zen mood and just keep going past the point of soreness!

We're planning on skiing today, hope we can get out early enough to avoid the slosh!

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If I start running, emoticon it will begin on the tread mill so that I don't take on too much... and I have plenty of new shoes Maui... I had a spree going last year trying to buy the right shoes for all the different activities I do, and I know I had thought I could use a running shoe for steps or ST....so quite the collection. Vitamin D, emoticon yes....I do not like running indoors - only for breaking myself in, lower impact as well... I love the outdoors running so much more too! Its the only way to enjoy it - but another factor right now is the air alerts are bad.. Im not going to run until it cleans up a bit. emoticon

Getting the DH to go hiking emoticon in just a few minutes, have to squeak one in today as we had ice cream cake last night post Eric's birthday... why did I eat that anyway?! Now I really regret that...small piece that it was... its haunting me today. LMS has to sink in deeper I guess.

I got the tree undecorated, but managed to get distracted beacause I drifted outdoors and got overwhelmed with the post freeze look of my yard! What a sight... every thing covered, pines needles ad oak tree leaves everywhere... everything looks so yucky, altho I still have roses blooming! So I weeded for houors on end, and now I feel it on my right side....hands were numb when I woke up as well. Tonite my sons mens group is focusing their community service at my house! So from 7- 10 pm on 3 consecutive Monday nights I can ask them to fix, or do anything that I wasn't around the house or yard! Tonite they are weeding in the dark, lol! Rigging up lights, raking and spreading more wood chips.... then painting my picket fences or whatever I find for them to do, no charge to me. They were building shelves in the garage for my DH last night as a treat... like a dream come true really.

Ok, better get the hike in so I can put xmas in the bins and pack it away today, then we have to go out to dinner and or a movie because they don't want us around during their meeting/service thing tonite. Ill let you know how that goes later.... ***SNOW*** emoticon



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Ahhhh, running. Not happening for me. I am still trying to focus on how to get on my road bike...we will see. I was just starting when Wood had his accident. It is kinda scary out on the road...we will see,

Snow- You are certainly fit. Pacing yourself. New shoes maybe? Protect those feet.
Vit D for good bone?

Anyhow...you ladies always insprire me. So glad knowing you.


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If it's something you enjoy, go for it! I do like running outside, not so fond of the treadmill, but you can get some good HIIT workouts on those if you want a quick, efficient workout!

I have most of the week off (I'm going in to work today to finish up a project) so want to make sure I have a plan to get stuff done that needs doing, and find some time to enjoy myself!

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Im thinking of gradually working running back into my exercise routine... hiking a few times a week, but getting to the gym a bit early to start on a treadmill, instead of paved trails to start. Its just an idea right now, not sure because I had officially given up the running before I had any real reason to (ie knee or joint issues) I used to really enjoy running, and its over and done so much faster than a hike! ***SNOW***

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That's true for lots of things, having personal instruction is pretty much always better than trying to figure it out from a book, audio or DVD. I think that's why I still use a personal trainer (and the variety of workouts is enjoyable to me). I'm OK now with doing the yoga on my own, but that's another area where being in a class with a yoga teacher is helpful to get the poses correct.

Thanks for the trigger point info, I may look into it again!

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Kayotic, I really think that the Foot & Lower Leg kit is really helpful. I've had that for quite sometime and understand how to use it. I have although not been trained in how to use the TRIGGERPOINT knee kit. Although it comes with a performance DVD. I've found that it's important to have someone show me physically (at first) what I'm working to achieve & how it's done. The instructions are comprehensive enough but I found that I wasn't managing to take care of my problems until I got help with a therapy trainer that instructed me personally in how to use.

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I was looking at some of those trigger point doodads on Amazon the other day. One of my trainers used to have a theracane, which was handy for getting to some of those hard to reach spots. I foam roll almost daily, but still have tender spots I think might need more work. How do you like your system?

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KAYOTIC, I'm having to slow down my urges to run as I'm finding my knees are NOT happy with me so I'm taking it in baby steps. (Darn it).
emoticon from running back to emoticon walking.

I think that if I lost some significant weight that might help. I'm a good 30lbs more than I should be.

I hope that you can get moving to build up for your race. I recently purchased a triggerpoint (tptherapy.com) in hopes that this will help me on this journey with my precious knees.

Jane

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I used to have a memory! Well.... I think Ill post my goals on Friday, weigh myself on Thurs evening or Friday morning, whichever I remember first! Then I have to start tracking I suppose, altho just to start... tracking for me works sometimes, and then its like I start gaining weight because I eat more than what is the usual amount for me.... It will be a good challenge either way. ***SNOW***


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Yep, how did we do it before, just reset the tickers on the start day? Or did we post our starting weights (or reset the tickers) the week before? Probably we could just post the start on Friday?

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Count down to LMS.....just sayin".... emoticon ***SNOW*** emoticon

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Todays goal...say NO! to the Sees candy, doughnuts at breakfast, and nibbling throughout the day...... maybe posting this will empower me to think twice before giving in to my eyeballs!! Im not saying I wont have fun and party... I just hate the state of regret!!
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Well it can take a bit of creativity to really find a plan that works, sounds like you do have some good options, as well as some definite no-no's! It's really good to know what doesn't work to help plan around what will work. I don't blame you for not wanting to run into that coyote! I've been walking home around dusk lately, and while I've only seen a coyote once while walking home, we do hear them, so I know they are there. But then, our trails are so well traveled it's a rare day I don't run into some other hiker, runner or mountain biker, so I don't really worry about the creatures of the night!

I like your idea of being flexible on your bus stops/routes, it would add variety and just add in more steps to the day! Hope you get some snow too, we've been out twice this year, and while neither time was great conditions, it's just so nice to be able to ski, I'm not going to fret the current conditions, I know it will improve (probably already has, we just got another few inches last night!) and hopefully this season will be better than the last couple.

Happy holidays!

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Kay! Thanks for your input. About my commute, I don't drive to work except the two days a year that I go to the dentist. Since I haven't been biking I take the bus, but it picks me up in front of our condo complex and drops me off two blocks from where I work. What I could do though, and I've thought about this before is to get off the bus a mile or so early, or get on a totally different bus that goes through a neighborhood about a mile and a half away, or take the bus I usually take, but ride it all the way to where we do our food shopping if I just need to buy one good sized sack of groceries or to the library and walk back to the apartment from there. Of course this involves the sidewalks not being icy. Monday nights I find myself being super tired because we get up so early on Mondays to drive in to the apartment from the house and Fridays I just want to get out of town. I can't walk around alone in the dark at the house because I got growled at by a coyote a couple of years ago at close range and there's no way I'm walking around armed. I'll leave the night to the nocturnal animals. If we ever get decent snow and it gets cold enough we could also go x-country skiing at night. There are a couple of parks with lit trails and I love that. I'm glad you have a trainer that you like. I think with some walking and or skiing and some weight lifting, I should get what I need. I will check out the Last Man Standing thread as well. Merry Christmas and Cheers!

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Very sound plan there Aster! And I've been considering what to do about my recent gain as well....I am way over what I had got down to year before last, but that was a stretch goal, and probably not maintainable for me! I want to look good, but don't need to be ripped, and I do want to enjoy life as well!

But that said, the scale over the past month or so (basically since right after Thanksgiving) has not been kind, and I know it's all the extra nibbles here and there. So I've been thinking about keeping some kind of food log as well, more for putting it in my mind so I can see all those little snacks and nibbles and perhaps try to find patterns and fix them!

For me the workouts are the easy part, as I now have a newish trainer that I enjoy working with, and a gym right next door to work, with a commute I can run/walk to a couple of times a week. I think your thoughts of taking the stairs more often and walking at lunch are good ones, could you also park farther away from work and get in some walking that way? (or biking?)

We're planning on starting up the Last Man Standing thread in January too, if you're game for that! I know Snow and some of the other regulars are planning on joining!

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I'm back at it. After maintaining a steady, but still too high weight for the last couple of years, I've decided I need to put in some more effort. So I'm back to food journaling (not calorie counting) which in the past has helped me stick to one glass of wine or less at dinner (instead of half a bottle more days than not) and not taking seconds (which hasn't really been an issue for some time since we plate our food in the kitchen and then I pack it up as leftovers for lunches) I also have a post-it note on my computer at work with a very reasonable goal that is probably not quite my final goal which should keep me away from the Cheez-Its in the vending machine if I get hungry late in the afternoon. I used to have tamari almonds that I roasted myself and packed a small portion every day and I think I might need to do that again, but more as a "can have" type of snack rather than a "definitely will eat" type of snack. I'm in a bit of a quandry about what to do about exercise since I'm not a gym person and I'm not sure how bikeable my newish commute from where I stay a few nights a week really is. Spring/Summer/Fall are no problem because we're now gardening on a ridiculous scale and that tends to be work all day on the weekends and for an hour or so on Wednesday nights. I think during the short days at this time of year, the best thing to do would be to carve out half an hour at lunch time for walking and make an effort to go up the stairs at work when I need to get up a couple of flights instead of being inconsistent about going up and consistent only about going down. Some snow would help. We did walk today to talk about future prairie and savanna restoration and to see what we could for wild life. Which just meant birds today. A redtailed hawk, a kestrel, some chickadees. A couple of woodpeckers. Cheers everyone. Aster

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How is the C25K going Hobbie? I'm going to have to start a running program too, I told my sister I'd do a half with her in March! I think it's a Shamrock half with beer at the end...but I'll need to get my running back up to speed!

Snow, nice of you to do the heavy lifting now that your DH is out of commission for the time being. It's kind of rewarding to be able to lift heavy things...I need to get back to a good ST regimen, I'm hoping I can figure out a good plan this month to keep me strong this winter! Loving the rain here lately, and the mountains are covered in white, good sign! emoticon

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Hi Jane, you can shorten that to "SNOW".... and we don't usually get any snow here in the SF Bay Area, but I can finally send some rain in your direction if you like!

My hard work as of Sept 23rd (my hubby's shoulder rebuild operation day) is trying to do all those things I tend to ask him to do, or for his help...lifting, carrying, moving heavy stuff.... shoveling a driveway full of cedar wood chips.... on and on. I am noticeably stronger as a result of the physical things I do that were maybe more his jobs than mine.... but my shoulders and neck seem to pay the price. So I try to get my hikes and gym fun time classes, like Zumba, steps, and Ujam, while doing some targeting ST on muscles I feel need to be more developed for lifting and such around home. So far I think its working, keeping my hubby from strengthening that arm is hard, no PT until Feb, only stretching.

I also factor in rest days now- and recovery is much faster. ***SNOW***

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SNOWSNAKE,

Yes, I have been very successful before.. & it is like you say something very doable a routine that my life needs to follow (gentle & kind).

Thanx for your thoughts and support & oh you could blow a bit of SNOW my way & I'd be happy!

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Thanx KAYOTIC,

I did join the couch to 5K due to your recommendation.

Thanx for your encouragement,

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emoticon Its a challenge being "good"... make some goals, attainable goals to get yourself into a nice routine that you can feel accomplished, strong, and don't forget to reward yourself for staying on track. (not always in food form, but like a massage or a pedicure emoticon ) It sounds like you've been there" before, so make that new path and stay focused on your goals. Good luck and keep checking in! You will do spectacular here on OP!!
***SNOW*** emoticon Oh.. and Happy Thanksgiving too! emoticon

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Sounds like a good plan Hobbie, very doable.

Maybe look at the couch to 5K plan to get back into running, those are pretty good about easing a person into a running plan, and if a week seems difficult you can always repeat it until you feel like progressing. Just take it slow, but keep working on it and you'll get there!

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So, what is it that you really need to work on?

I need to work on getting out there again.. I used to be quite the outdoors person.. was an avid mountaineer and distance runner but I've really fallen into a slump over the past few years. I just got done with a 2 1/2 year stint of going back to school and finally graduated May 2014. All of that sedentary life-style stuff really changed me. I'm about 30lbs over weight and have fallen into a depression that I've lived with but could be controlled when I was younger by running and just keeping active.

What should be at the top of your list? I'd like to find a way to get back to running again.. if possible. I REALLY need those endorphin's. I'm scared although to damage my knees with the weight and my age isn't exactly a positive asset to this possibility. I feel stuck and just can't seem to get off the ground.

Tell us what is you plan, and we can chat about our progress, process as we partner together toward our goal.

Plan:

1. I've begun a regime of vitamins and supplements Saint John's Wart being one of them to help tackle depression.

2. Water

3. Walking Daily

4. Planning trips out of doors (I went hiking this last Sunday at a hot springs this helped). But I'm very out of shape.

5. I need consistency...



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Focus on the fruits and veggies, great idea! And like you say, so much easier in the summer!

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Zeroing in on doing some hard work, yard ...St.... making that scale and how I feel become a happy balance..... focusing on more fruits and veggies in the diet, ah summertime- so much easier really! ***SNOW*** New challenge: U Jam class.... bringing out the weights at home to supplement and focus on tricepts......

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When it rains it pours? emoticon Nice that you are getting the rain, I see snow at Royal Gorge and Sugar bowl too! Maybe they will have dug out by the time we get home....

The rain forest was wonderful, nice to get out and hike for a while. And it rained a lot too!

Today we dive!

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We are in a "rain forest" today ! Wow, California is really getting a constant downpour, they say a really big storm is on its way, mud slides are the topic in SoCal now! Go figure!!
Im loving falling asleep and waking up to the sounds of pouring rain...... diamonds falling from the sky.......***SNOW*** emoticon

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Tan lines? Maybe the burn lines will turn to tan lines in a bit! Even with the sunscreen, I'm fried like an egg! emoticon

Thanks for the down low on the Vitamix....I should see if we have any kind of company discount....never thought of that. If not, I'll check out Costco, and just keep my eyes peeled for possible discounts.

Hoping to get to the rain forest today....

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emoticon Yes Kay, I did get my dream Vitamix .... in red no less!! We love it, have to start really experimenting with it now, and it did come with a cookbook. I was talking to my son that works at Intel about it and he said he was sure he could get their work discount and for me not to spring the $399 Costco price just yet. So he ordered it and bought it for me as my Xmas/birthday present to the tune of under $250......so that was amazing!! This model currently sells for over $600 online anywhere else...so Costco is a great deal for those interested. It makes hot soups in a minute, ice cream, sorbets, and smoothies like you've never had before, truly an amazing investment and it will last a life time- extremely well made and durable, self cleaning.... the whole package.

I have reset my scale on SP now too, I guess I was really disappointed in seeing the gain, but it just puts me back to the exact weight when I usually begin a LMS with everyone, so not as bad as I guess it could be if I wasn't a close watcher like you are!!

Any takers for LMS?? Maybe we can jazz it up and give it a new twist, Ill think about how we can keep the challenge and maybe have perks along the way...... ideas??
Ill bring it up on the Deck to try to muster up some interest and motivivation....Healthy living.... instead of so much weather info.... we need to bond again and revive our goals!

See you on the Deck.... gotta run to the gym, ST today followed by Zumba......
Have tun in PR --maybe you will have some tan lines??
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Vitamix cookbook? Did you get the Vitamix then? How do you like it!!!???!!! (I still want one...)

No scale here in PR, so I don't "really" know where I am on the scale, but I was way up before we left, and am enjoying the food here a lot! Also walking a lot....not sure what will prevail on the scale!

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emoticon Im in need of an LMS contest, any takers?? Some lbs have snuck on in the last week or two, my sedated vacation and lack of hiking has shown up as a few extra lbs and Im not liking it at all! So Im starting now, to track and to watch the food and nutrient intake until the level of hiking that I like resumes...... if you exercise less, you have to eat less apparently, lol....... food choices are so critical right now, Im going to be working right out of my Vitamix cook book for the next couple of weeks...... ***SNOW*** emoticon

Oh, and almost forgot, Greetings Joanna!!!!Yes, step on to the thread "Happy Hour on the Deck", we all hang out there most of the time and give tons of support and its a great place to relax and use your imagination in our virtual world..... we come here to do the real serious stuff about our weight goals and challenges..... having LMS contests when we feel as a group we could use some motivation in a competitive but supportive way.


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Hop on over to the "happy hour on the Deck thread and introduce yourself there, Joanna, there are more folks over there that will encourage you, welcome you, and maybe just make you laugh! I think you will enjoy the trip no matter what, but sure, see how far a trek from the bus lot, and give it a go, Pikes Peak is a peak too!

Just got back from skiing (second day in a row!) and it was nice out again. I left a little earlier, since we fly out tonight...still had to pack. I think I'm pretty well close to done. Just a few last minute things to get, make sure the camera is packed and charged (and we bring the charger with!) some last minute laundry...bring the boarding passes! I'd hate to forget something important, but I think I have it all.



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If I can stay can stay in Colorado after the reunion a few days, My mom is going to Pike's peak. Granted we will drive to the top and not to the bus lot half way. I look at this this way, I am going to see a view is a bucket list type and I will be in the best shape and feel great. I wonder how long it takes to climb from the bus lot? Time for more research. Thanks for all the advice. I plan to stick around (the team) and share my progress and adventures. And of course, lend support and encouragement.

As we walk though this garden, that some call life there are many paths and ways to go. There is always someone there to help you along the way some may force you down their path or help you find your own. No matter what path you take there is a key in the garden. You must find it to survive!


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Sorry the plans have changed, but better earlier than last minute, at least you have time to spend with family and can still work up to a goal like that. About the fear, you hear things and read things and can become afraid of things in your mind, but it really doesn't pay off. It's typically overblown and once you get to that ledge, you see it's not so bad as you thought (this from building up fear of many ledges in my mind that ended up being nothing!) Not that you shouldn't be cautious and train properly, but sometimes fear can keep us from really wonderful experiences. In any case, there is lots to do in Colorado, so hopefully you can find something that meets your sense of adventure and your sons.

Maui, great news about the air! I'm loving the weather we're having right now, sunny, warmish, those blue Sierra skies....and I got in a great ski today (by myself, Larry's boot is busted, and he doesn't think he can fix it...I may just go again tomorrow, it was so nice out there, great snow finally, even if I did have to walk on the road aways to get to it!

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Well, the dream snatchers have swooped in. The plan has changed. Only one other besides my son and I want to climb Long's Peak. My Aunt (hostess) is freaked about Cameron (my 13yo) being on the ledges. Honestly I have been too. I am not a big traveler and on a fixed income. I only have to pay for our plane tickets and may be the only time I get out there, ever. I was also told goal number 2 may not happen either. Walking a few miles on the Continental Divide. After the weight loss and my son gets older I want to be an uber' hiker. We want to hike the Appalachian Trail From Georgia to Maine the year after He graduates High School. He wants to do it before but you need to start in April. We are going to train and work hard this year, Mountain climbing or not.

As we walk though this garden, that some call life there are many paths and ways to go. There is always someone there to help you along the way some may force you down their path or help you find your own. No matter what path you take there is a key in the garden. You must find it to survive!


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Kay-
Love the 10% max increase per week...
Over the years, I have 'relearned' more than once about increasing activity too fast.

And, I must agree too, it is hard to match the feeling of standing atop a mountain you have climbed. I crave it more than more than much in this life. not sure why, but it is a lasting 'need'.

Joanna, i think you will love this year, with this very specific goal established, with your son...doesn't get much better. Enjoy the journey.

Me- It's spring! haha...I can feel it for sure. That's how I know...when the weather and trees and plants collaborate to ramp up toward new life...it's a happening. Chores abound at the a rate keeping me working at a full tilt pace. Great for my spirit. I go to bed with happy aches and fatigue.
Hard work...Kay, I think I have it narrowed down. Fatigue. I am so accustomed to pushing on, 'no matter how tired I get'. Clearly this is when Anyone is likely to get injured, when digging, pitchforking, etc...so...I am listening for fatigued messages and stop. So far this week, I have done a ton, and no injury.Yay. (Interesting too, no asthma) and we have a lot blooming. So the current pollens are not the problem. The horrible pollution of the fall and late winter were the issue. We have clean air now. Yay.

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Maybe you will get the benefit from the diamox, maybe see what your doctor says. There are books about dealing with altidude as well.

As for endurance, just keep hiking and walking (even on a treadmill, you can up the incline to get a feel for going uphill) and gradually increase your distance/time on a weekly basis. I've seen recommendations to increase by 10% per week and no more. You should be able to gradually build up to that level of endurance, you have some time to do this, right? You might want to find a marathon training plan and tweak that to your distance and time frame. Not that you would run it, but you can see how to increase your weekly hiking/walking miles and use that as a template to safely increase endurance.

I think if you do Long's the accomplishment will be worth the effort, it's a great feeling to stand on a high peak and know you did it!

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The downside to the altitude is that I am already on diamox/daily for ocular migraine. I will not get the affect if I simply increase the dose. However, since I am on it, it may benefit but that is unsure. I have found a few local (in ohio) trails that have over a 1,000 elevation gain (not high latitude but, we can get a feel of hiking up). I think I am more apprehensive of all the work (exercise) that I need to do just be able to enjoy our 20 mile hikes than I am about climbing up the (or in my case clinging). My mom's wording, she is not attempting it to climb long's.

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It's nice that you have experienced folks to go with on those hikes. Sounds like a good plan to ease into the "big one" and see how you deal with the altitude. I think the 12K hike should let you know if you are going to have any troubles with it, see how you feel on that one. If you have any signs of altitude sickness (trouble breathing, headache, nausea) you may want to back off on the 14K or even take another day or 2 to acclimatize. Or just go really slow! I've taken diamox which helps me, but it's prescription, so you'd have to talk to your doctor to see if it would be OK for you if you wanted to go that route. You can also bring tums and ibuprofen or tylenol for the headache (if you get them). I think if you are prone to migraines it's more likely. Then again, you may have no trouble at all!

And the climbing/bouldering at 14K isn't necessarily scary, it's the exposure that freaks people out, so if that part is well protected it should be fine (it should be fine anyway, but exposure up the scare-factor by a lot!). Just see what it's like when you get there and trust your guide!

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Thanks for the great info. My 13 year old son is doing this with me and we have been doing a few 5k Volksmarches a year. Our 5 -10 Mi hikes should help, We plan to several shorter hikes in the next month or two, As for Altitude, I live in Ohio. I live 20 min from the highest point and that isn't even a hill. We will be in Southeastern Ohio, (hocking hills area) a few times this summer. The game plan for Colorado is to arrive Sunday Afternoon. Check out the town of Estes Park on Monday and My Aunt ( the one that lives there 1/2 the year) want to takes us on a 1 hour hike(loop) Easy(she claims all my Aunts and Uncles and hevey cousins can do it without a problem) hike down to a waterfall. Wednesday (small peek) 3 hour moderate hike with the 20-40 somethings with a few of our kids (Teens). I have been told it is about 12,000 ft (7-800 gain). Big Hike on Friday, 14,000+ and 3000+gain. It is contingent out certified c liming Cousin ( if she shows up) apparently there is a section where you "shimmy' and about 100 feet you have to climb. They say bouldering but I say 14,000+ feet. Even if it doesn't happen, I will be in great shape and will be able to enjoy activities much more than I do now.
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Welcome to the team JoAnna!

You have a great goal, and lots of good advice from Maui, I'm on board with all of that.

Aside from the boots, you should make sure you have really good socks too, you'll be on your feet for a long time on that hike, so treat your feet well! I like thorlo's but you have time to try out different brands and styles so find some that suit you, they will do wonders to prevent blisters. Also, make sure you have an extra pair when you go, in case you need them (your feet get wet or they start irritating, you'll want a fresh pair then!)

Try different hydration and eating plans when you go out on longer hikes/walks. Think of this like you would prepping for a long running event. You could even look at training programs to build up to (not that you would run, but you could hike those distances or times to build up gradually) like a couch to 5K, then 10K, maybe a half marathon type program. You want to build endurance, and you won't want to do that too quickly, or, like Maui said, you run the risk of injury. Build up gradually and let your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments adapt to that new regimen. You should have build up weeks and taper weeks built in.

Have you ever been to altitude? That is a big consideration for this type of hike. Some folks do OK with it, but most people struggle, and it surprised them because what is easy to do a 2000 ft elevation cam become next to impossible above 10,000 feet! The slower the better once you get high. If possible spend a few nights at higher elevation before you hike, and if you can put in some training time at higher elevations do it!

Most of all, enjoy the process! You'll have hard days and easy days, but you have a good reason to stay motivated, you want to enjoy this hike with your son, and support his effort!

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Welcome JoAnna!
You have a great goal! Super...and starting now is the 'ticket' to success.
What you have outlined sounds like a super start! Planning is key to success.

1. Steps can be a great tool. For is critical. When stepping up onto step...must keep bum tucked under you, not leaning forward. We will have to look for some links that show good form. Poor form can compromise your knees or low back.

Preventing injury has to be a part of your plan. There are great utube videos I bet too...but lets find some good ones. Folks here may have some good hints.

2. Boots- good idea for hiking about and need to be well broken on and fit right. I'd get to a point where you can walk, hike (even on flat several miles in warmer temps. Go for a good long walk, maybe mid day and late in teh day, go try on boots. Feet swell and to get a good fit you need to try on boots when your feet are not fresh in teh morning, rather , later in the day. It can be too easy to purchase boots too small. Don't do it.

3.You can do this! Get a check up with your GP and let him know of your plan.

4.Cardio increase gradually...YES! But you can start easy and go! Consistency is key. Period. You body has to have a chance to adapt over time...and not shock it. Baby steps...consistently. Make a chart, log your miles. Maybe get a step pedometer...make it a game. This will encourage you as well and help you know if you are trying to go too fast. Plot out your mileage goals...walking at least 5 days a week. Since you are going to be hiking on a dirt trail (as well as altitude,) try do do walking on dirt trails to train. The hills are definitely an issue. Maybe as you get into more training, try going to a local high school and do the bleachers...maybe there is a place with a hill nearby...maybe not a mountain, but a hill...and go up and down. Teaching you body to climb naturally in conditions you'll be seeing will help to prevent injury.

5. Weight training is good for all of us! There are great videos and tools to use here on spark people. Try them out, starting at the beginning level. and try a selection that hits all body muscle groups. and rotate each day what you are working on. arm day, leg day, core day...etc. With good rest days for that muscle group.

Anyhow...welcome to our team. Mostly we hand on on the 'deck' thread. Over there we share our adventures. We have a magical imaginary deck with pool, tree house, hammocks, hot tub and a LOT more. So feel free to stop by over there too!

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Hi Everyone, I'm JoAnna and new to the team. I think this may be the team to help me out. I am in some desperate need of some advice. I am 34 live in central Ohio (pretty Flat) I weigh just under 250 and I am climbing Long's Peek and some of the smaller "neighbors" in Rocky Mountain National Park, end of September.
As of right now the plan is
1. buy a step aerobic platform and DVD.I think I would be to board to do a step machine. I live in the country so no tall buildings.
2. New hiking boots (any suggestions)?
3. My 13 year old is doing this with me. He plans to earn his Hiking Merit Badge (Boy Scout). 5: 10 mile hikes and 1-20-mile hike. We also plan on doing several less than 10 mile hikes as well.
4. I was told I need to get on a cardio plan that increases time over several weeks and start now.
5. increasing my weight training from 2 to 3 x/ wk and increase weight over several weeks as well.
What do yo think of this plan and do you have suggestions?
Thanks for the help emoticon

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It's been quiet in here! My trainer cancelled my last session of the first round also, well, he didn't so much cancel, as he just couldn't make it, flat tire! Poor guy, he felt really bad. But I did it on my own, and we rescheduled so I'll do it with him on round 2 next Tuesday. I did the first workout with him on Thursday (the one he had cancelled for being sick), and it went really well. We set up the deadlift in the rack instead of using the cable machine. I think that makes i a bit more difficult as the bar is less stable than the cables, but I was able to do it. Feeling strong!

And I did the second day, upper body workout on my own. Forgot my i-pod, so I was without my usual listening material. It wasn't bad! I should probably do that more often.

It's raining today, looks like this storm is here for the weekend, so I think we're punting on the skiing, and I may try to take a half day during the week when (If) the weather clears up. I wouldn't mind skiing in the snow, but the wind is so NOT my thing!



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Good plan, hope the calf has calmed down and the run goes well. Fingers crossed!

Yep, I'm doing the workouts with my trainer for the first round (except he cancelled the first one, he was sick, so I did it on my own) and yes! he gave me a great modification for the single arm dumbbell clean/push/press, I did a barbell clean and press, and no pain! I think the better stabilization with both arms on the one bar helped a lot. And it's a fun movement so that helps. I also did ring pull-ups (with the band), ring push-ups and reverse lat pull down, along with a superset of lateral raises, bicep curls and skull crushers. Nice set overall, and my pecs were a little tender yesterday when we were skiing! I think my quads are drowning out any other soreness I might be feeling though, oh, so sore!



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You back with your trainer again? Was he able to modify that exercise for you? You're smart to skip it until you have a replacement.

My knee/calf is actually feeling really great! Thinking of taking it on a jog tomorrow, but only going a mile and a half. Last time I felt the first real pain at a mile. I have another 30 minute calf massage at noon, so if I reinjure myself I've got treatment almost immediately.

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If it's any consolation, that's pretty much what happened to me with my marathon! I missed at least 2 weeks of training during the build up, still finished my event, but walked about half of it. It was my first (and only) marathon, and I really enjoyed the event, I think more so because I knew I wasn't fully trained to run it, so was "off the hook" on pushing myself.

Well, my trainer cancelled today, I'm going to go do it myself. Probable will modify some of the exercises (the first one is the trap-bar deadlift,well my gym doesn't have a trap bar, so I'm just going to use the cable machine I've been using for the deadlift during the last round. He thinks he'll be back tomorrow, so we'll see! I'm counting on him to give me a different movement for the push press since that was the one that did my back in, and I don't think I want to go there again!

Glad you have the bike and trainer, SDL, sounds like that's not bothering your knee? It's strange how the movements put pressure on different areas like that, one thing works and the next doesn't!

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I grew up listening to oldies and heard the song in my head as soon as I read the name. emoticon Yes, ebb and flow. I just have to be patient. Next race isn't until March so hopefully I can get back to training to complete that one. It's a half marathon and I'm officially 2 weeks behind training but if I heal up then it might just mean more walking, not necessarily that I have to skip the fun entirely. Fingers crossed!

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Malia,
Sorry this has been s hard. Setbacks can be such emotional times. But good for you, calling your friend, getting that bike...and doing something that helps those depressive symptoms. I hear you! And the 'not knowing' is such a big factor as well. Again so good to fine something 'you can do'.
We have a trainer to put bikes on as well...and as soon as I get the go ahead, that's what I plan on doing.
Hang in there my friend...you can do this. Not sure if you are old enough to be much of a Pete Seeger fan, but teh folk song troubadour died yesterday at 94. One of my favorite songs, Turn Turn Turn...to everything there is a season. An ebb and flow...I know its hard, but you can do this!

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THANK YOU ladies for the support. I wish I had read your first response, Kay, when your wrote it. I was definitely depressed all weekend. Not hungry, sleeping a lot, random bursts of tears. Running is what keeps depressive symptoms under control for me and I hadn't been out in over 2 weeks. Things were catching up. And then to not be able to do the run when I knew I needed it for my psychological well-being...well, that was just a kick in the butt. Was hard to recover from. I was talking a new friend on the phone, though, who's a cyclist and he offered to bring his bike over to the house and set it up on a stand to be stationary! So I've been hopping on that for about 20 minutes a night. It's super uncomfortable since I'm not a cyclist and since the bike is tailored for someone 7 inches taller than I am, lol, but it does the trick. I feel a burn and I feel accomplished and that's what I need. Still going to acupuncture and massage for my calf. No clue what the timeline looks like but I feel better about taking my time. For now. lol



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Yeah, I'm going to have to buck up and take my own advice here about my back! I was looking ahead and see a single arm clean to push press (the push press is what messed up my back in the first place!) so I may ask my trainer for a different move to replace that one for this go-round. It still twinges on occasion, and I'm just not going to let perfection get in the way of progress! I'm sure we can come up with a move that will fit the program without doing damage to my back!

My assessment is part of the training plan, not a medical assessment, (although I do need to get in touch with my doc, I'm not sure what medical assessments are due right now....but having just turned 50, I'm sure I need to schedule some!) Anyway, I'll be comparing my performance in 4 moves, I think it's squat (how heavy can I lift), push-ups and hanging rows (number of reps) and then how many kettlebell swings in a period of time (5 min, IIRC). I did this before I started the first part of the program, and I'm supposed to finish an reassess, but we decided to reassess at the mid point as well. I'm curious to see how I do.



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Malia- Yes, beautiful name.
I hope you woke feeling a little less overwhelmed about the run. Sleep is always a good invest. Eating too...hopefully you found some food.
Rebooting your program I think is a 'normal' part of life. Modifying as needed...You CAN do this...honest.

OK...Island names...lol...a little Story..My oldest son called me Maui instead of Mommy. I didn't 'correct' him, because I didn't think it was 'broken' to call me Maui. But of course when eh went to school, all the kids 'fixed' that and teased him, so he stopped. But...as he got older, if I was chatting with other Moms after a meeting or where ever...you know when all the kids say "Mom...let's go!", and most Mom's are slow to respond. Well, my son would a gentle shout out to "Maui", and my head would spin and we'd be out of there. The younger children learned this trick as well. Anyhow...I also worked 25 years in Youth Development with mostly teens. And we needed to communicate via chat, email etc...and my 'handle' became Mauima. My domain is Mauima...set up by that older son...hehe...
I also love Hawaii and go semi regularly since 2006 (My first visit). So that's the story.

Leilani too loves the Islands, Kauai being our favorite island. And she did a PR yesterday on her run...step by step regaining confidence that was lost several years ago following a serious femur tumor surgery. She seems to be on her way now. Yay. Step by step, forward going is she!

Kay- med program assessment. I love hearing you feel stronger. This is what matters eh???
How well is that ol body working for us/you/...not the scale per se. Eye opening...and like your advice to Malia, (from teh ortho), Let your knee guide you. LIsten to teh body.
LOL...now having said that, it is funny when the body gets noisy...chattering away. lol...Mine is like a chorus some days. And at times I want it to shut up! hahaha...no worries...
I still listen, Have too. I just take all teh chater with a grain of salt some days. ;)

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Malia, pretty name! My dad's girlfriend and a good friend of mine both live on Maui....I need to get back there soon! And learning to surf has been on my bucket list for a while...

I'll be doing my mid-program assessment tomorrow, so I'll see what, if any, improvements I've made...I do feel stronger, so that's good! And I did weight myself the other day, pretty much the same as the last time I had weighed myself. I was 133 and now 132.8, doesn't get much closer than that! I think I'll wait until mid-February to weigh again, as I have another challenge starting then (a maintenance challenge) which has a weekly weigh in.

Sorry about the run, SDL, that's a bummer, but it's all part of the process, and I know it's too late for this advice, but try not to let these things get in your head. One bad run doesn't mean much, except your body has more healing to do. That was the point of the run, right, to see where you were? So take it and "run" with that information! Keep stretching, rolling, resting, and listen to the knee. Actually when I saw the Ortho for my knee, he said, "let your knee guide you, if it hurts, stop, if it doesn't keep going". And I had already taken a couple of week off from running because of the pain, but by the time I saw him, I was almost feeling normal again....it just took some gentle outings to start to feel OK. And my knee is still not feeling 100%, but I still just watch it. If I want to run and the knee starts to flare, I slow down and go back to walking. Time is the healer, but it's hard to do!

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Yes Malia, I began on outdoor people...and blended in more of a "deck " ending.... I knew that at the time.... one stop shopper I guess emoticon ***SNOW***

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Snow, something makes me think you mean to post that on The Deck, lol.

Maui, so awesome for Leilani! How'd she do?! Also, fun fact about me: My name is Malia. I'm half Hawaiian. My sisters have Hawaiian names, as well as my nieces and nephews. I was born there but didn't grow up there. My uncle is a well-known surfer in Kona and won some pretty gnarly surfing competitions back in the day by surfing waves that people still talk about (To which he chimes in, "That was me on that wave! I've got a picture back at the house!"). So I love the throwback in the names on here. emoticon

Kay, you just keep on plugging away! Doing awesome! PR is going to be beautiful. I've never been but it's on my bucket list. Jon and I are planning a cruise after he retires this summer. Probably in 2015. You'll have to let me know how you like PR!

My run today was a total letdown and I feel like I'm probably back at square one. Been depressed all day and haven't eaten. Acupuncture tomorrow and we'll see what he says.

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Kay--I am so jealous of your regimented exercise regime... mine is so varied, but predictable in the sence that I am not really hurting myself in the challenge department. I don't seem drawn towards bootcamp style workouts, but I did buy a TRX and think that now that holidays are gone and put away, I have to be mindful of shoulders, side planks and such are deadly for me, my shoulders wont have anything to do with "tricky formations" and planks that have arm lifting and leg raising just destroys my shoulders darn it!! So Im always trying to challeng my abs, but not engage rotator cuffs or neck tendons. Sometimes I feel the dance moves of Zumba really give me a killer ab workout with arm movements.... when I do arms and shoulders I use light weights and stay very focused on form. emoticon

How is your weight doing ? Are you not going to weigh yourself until this series is over? Im just curious how this complete change up is making you feel too.... are you stronger?

Today as usual- the sun is out... thinking of a dog walking day with my DH who is fighting off a cold. I think with all his travel, it was inevitable that he was going to pick up something here or there. He seems to be doing fine tho, just sniffley, sneezey. So while still doing the rain dance, I will enjoy the sunshine today. emoticon

Good luck to Leilani on her run today, Ill be rooting for her from the deck sidelines! She always looks so emoticon happy at the gym, does she ever have a down day? I think not.

Wood, whatcha up to today? emoticon
Choc- are you still freezing your buns off? emoticon Did I tell you we bought a generator , just so that we have one just in case? Its so laughable this year, but comforting to know we have it anyway. ...
SDL- you amaze me also with your focus and determination, how do you do it? You get a goal lined up and nothing really deters you from figuring out how to accomplish it. emoticon Did the acupuncture work? Im glad you are an advocate for stretching, so am I!

OK, my honey made me a wonderful Sunday special breakfast, emoticon last Sunday he was in a taxi cab at 4:15 am on my birthday.... so I am really enjoying a belated with him today.

Whats going on tonite on the deck guys? Anything? I would like to hear some guitar strumming and perhaps a sing along....who plays guitar here? Gathering some firewood, Im in a fire pit mood....... calm, quiet evening with friends, we can just hang out, relax.... call it an early evening. emoticon ***SNOW*** emoticon

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Yeah, I've been watching Leilani on FB, great transformation and progress she's making! Just seeing that smile is fantastic! She is rocking it!

Hope we get the rain...or snow up here! I was looking at the webcam at the XC place (they've been closed for weeks now) and it is just sad... emoticon so I'm rooting for something to happen! I may have cinched it by letting Larry take my car to SD, since I'll have the 4-Runner, and I really don't like driving it! Would like it less if it rains or snows, since it's older and stick shift...and doesn't fit in the parking garage at work! So that should make is snow for sure!

Got to the gym early today, and finished my de-load week, next week start the second part of the program! emoticon



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KAy- PR ...fun. Another place I have never been...but I have freinds who have visited and loved it. Nice to have this trip to look forward to it.

Kay- yes...January...just crazy...weather. I watched the news/weather a bit ago, and now it said showers maybe Thursday and Friday...I sure don't want to jinx it for sure...but I hope so. Need to breathe fresher air.

SD- so a short run tomorrow...and really have your 'body listening ears' on... :) 'Managing' injury and evaluating when you can go forward, not ever easy.

KAy- Leilani has a 10K tomorrow (SD, Leilani is my daughter). She has another half marathon coming in April. And she is getting stronger every week...she is trying to stay focused on 'Strong is the new skinny'...and she seems on her way. She is now down 40lbs. Not sure where she was when you were here...but she is inspiring me, let me tell you. Although , my hard work, I accepting she can do activities I cannot . And I need to keep focused on what I can do.

OK...hard work...keep smiling too.

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Did you postpone your events then? Probably best to heed the advice of your team! (and I mean your masseuse and acupuncturist, not OP!) Hope the trial run goes well! emoticon emoticon

PR is end of February beginning of March. I think we leave on a Monday and back on the following Wednesday....I'm really looking forward to the down time!

Just got back from a hike/jog, it's such a beautiful day! Who would think it was January with this weather?

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Nice! That's a good set up for training. When is PR?

I'm going to take today and stretch out from acupuncture yesterday. I was told to go on a short run this weekend and see how it feels so I'm going to do that tomorrow morning.

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That's great SDL, good for you for making it through the long day and hitting your goals!

I'll have 6 weeks on the second half, it's set up a little differently, I do upper/lower splits, so while the first half was every other day, full body workout, this one will be M/T then Th/F. (you can pick whichever days, but that will work for me). And then I'll be "off" for a week and a half when we go to Puerto Rico....so I'll have to see how that goes! I might be able to find a gym there, but I don't want to worry about that, I think I'll be able to manage just picking it up when we get back. We tend to be active vacationers, so I think we'll get enough activity in.

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That's exciting! So another 6 weeks on this program? Or is it 5?

How was today? I had my long day and didn't get to check in with everyone. I did well with my food and even knocked out some sit ups and push ups before hopping in bed!

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Started my de-load, it's an easy workout, 4 sets of 12 each of goblet squats, push-ups, Romanian deadlifts, and hanging rows. So far so good! And I'm booked with my trainer for next week to start the next go round after a re-eval.



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Woohoo! Go Kay! I've been slacking on doing pullups. No bueno. Gotta get back to it!



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Namaste....hope the meeting went well! emoticon

Finished Round 6 today! Yeah! And my pull-ups are getting better, I did more with the red band than last time, and much more than the first time....improvement I can see! emoticon

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Meditation, calming anxieties, centers you. I need these things this morning, lol. Meeting at 10 but it's on Skype. Time to meditate. emoticon emoticon

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No offense taken here either. I too look at yoga, stretching rolling...all not exercise, and more than mediation to me. Exercise to me is a message to the body...get stronger! Go! Whereas Yoga, stretching , Yoga are a mental exercise. A communication between brain and muscles...improving communication to restore proper function. All these modalities have their primary function. Balance is the key I guess, like everything. emoticon Sometimes that's the trick. Great job ladies...doing it all and finding ways to shift focus as needed. Somedays...it's yoga.

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I don't take offence. Yoga for me is not really "exercise" in the traditional sense, unless I'm doing a power yoga (or Bikram, which can be quite intense) but my home practice is more about flexibility and meditation. I find it calms my anxieties, and centers me in a way that is very relaxing and wonderful. But you're right, it's not exercise. But neither is foam rolling or lots of other things you can do in a gym, it doesn't mean the benefits aren't great!

My back is much better since Thursday, when it was at it's worst...and I haven't taken any pain relievers since Friday, so I think it must be healing. Last day of Round 6 today, then I have a de-load week....I think that will be great for my back too!

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I feel like yoga is "fake" exercise. Not to offend anyone here. I actually had some gorgeously toned legs when I was doing yoga 3x/week, I just never felt like it was a workout. It was alright today. Did a Jillian michaels video off YouTube.

I do foam roll. It's glorious. Gotta be careful with my knee though. Massage today was great and I have acupuncture scheduled Tuesday. I'm gonna be healed by Saturday, Gosh darn it! Lol

Kay, I'm so happy your back is feeling better! Just needed a little tlc, huh? I am so impressed with your progress through this program!

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Enjoy the yoga, SDL, I've been doing a self-guided practice lately (I mostly practice at home to podcasts or videos) and been really enjoying it. I think your rest week is a great idea too, hope you do well in your upcoming events!

Maui, is it flu your DIL has? Hope she recovers soon, you're a good healer, so I know you're giving her what she needs...And glad to hear Leilani is rocking it!

It's my day off, I did my 3rd workout for round 6 yesterday, and my back handled it well. I think between the massage, the ice, some icy/hot creme and the occasional ibuprofen, I'm turning the corner!

Also foam rolling helps. SDL, do you roll? It was really helpful for my knee once I was able to work through the pain, especially on the outside of my leg (IT band). It feels great now, but was a tough one to get through...

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SDL- Thanks my friend...positive, mindful, loving life is the only way to go eh???
And I have been confusing I see...there are 2 lovley young women living with me right now...my lovley youngest child...Leilani. And the DIL (to be actually...we just call her that cause its been 9 years now she is with our son...lol) We figure we are keeping her...but she, jsut finished her Phd program and is the one sick. Leilani is strong as can be...hehe. busy house for now. And hoping DIL can get well so she is strong enough to apply herself to a very exciting fellowship she landed here in the bay area. Anyhow...

So, yoga it is. Great idea...just be smart in how you care for the knee, gently stretch and ice upon return maybe??? Hugs.

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Maui, that certainly is an awful lot of illness in your life and around you. It takes a strong and determined person to stay as positive as you appear to be. Good on you!

And super cool that your DIL is so active! Whether or not you can/want to keep up, it can be so inspirational to have someone like that around. It can also help with feeling supported on your journey and in your healthy lifestyle. That's great!

So I've decided to do yoga today. I have to do something cuz I woke up feeling fat and weak. Yoga will be good for me and good for my knee! Feeling positive!

�Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.� � H.H. The 14th Dahlai Lama


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