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12/15/12 1:47 P

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How is everyone doing getting ready for the holidays? I've been helping my mom move which has pretty much destroyed any routines my family and I have. I did make it to the gym twice this week and suspect I've been getting plenty of exercise with the move but it's hard to track. I'd like to get back to cooking for my family - I think I've been attached at the hip to my mom instead of taking care of my husband and kids (and myself) for the past month. We've done a lot more eating out and convenience foods. Hopefully now that the transition to the new home has been made I'll have more time (when I'm not helping her unpack!)

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11/24/12 10:44 A

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Slightly awful at posting but I've been doing better actually doing stuff for myself. Drinking more water, eating better. I'm training with a friend (via text as she's in another state) for a mud run this coming summer. I am really prone to shin splints so running has never been my thing, so I've been doing the 30second run, 20second walk. My run has gone from 15 to 30 this week, I hope to be running for 10 minute intervals by new year. We'll see. I think I use the Jogging stroller as a crutch too much while I run, leaning on it and all, but I never want to wake up and go alone before Brad leaves for work. Lol

Does anyone know of a free spark app? Or do they all cost? So wish I could do this from my phone while Eddie was at the play ground or something.



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11/23/12 8:16 A

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Leading up to Thanksgiving was hard. I assumed my schedule wouldn't get too packed since I'm not in any music groups but more stuff keeps creeping in. My running schedule was the most impacted. I just haven't done it much at all. Yesterday was the Turkey Trot 5k. For a handful of reasons, I was behind schedule so speeding on the way there. The cops got me so I was officially late to the race. I was able to walk the 2k but not run the 5k. grrr. so many plans going awry.

The 5k was just part of keeping myself moving and motivated through the holidays. I'll keep running and do a 5k on my own at some point before New Year's. Or maybe on New Year's. As for the crunches and other strength training - I keep forgetting! I told myself no excuses, which I suppose I'm not using, so now to create reminder notices all around the house.

How are the rest of y'all doing?

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11/20/12 10:34 P

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Finally got to exercise today - first time since Friday. Weekends are hard to find the time. I should really schedule myself for a workout by looking at the calendar and figuring out what and when I could fit something in (working around my family schedule.) I've got plans to go do our local rec center's turkey burn workouts Thursday and Friday so hopefully the rest of the week won't be derailed even though all the kids are home.

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11/12/12 8:22 A

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Hope you can figure out how to make your running joyful and pain-free. I'm not a runner but have been adding running intervals to my walks lately. Do you think that adding walking intervals to your runs might help with the injuries? I managed a 5k walk yesterday (no running) and am planning on making it to my favorite dance class tonight.

I don't really have issues with food so that's not really a concern - the biggest concern I have is making sure I plan meals so I'm not stressed about what (and when) we're eating each day.

I need to figure out our plans for the upcoming holidays. Just thinking about everything I should be doing stresses me out and that's not really good. I need to go pull out my December to-do list and figure out what I can get done now. We also celebrate most of our family birthdays in the month around Christmas so that just adds to the.... (fun?)

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11/12/12 7:14 A

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Since we started mid-week, I didn't come close to meeting my 10 mile goal. I'm a little concerned going forward because my running injuries are giving me trouble again. Friday was particularly bad. I was able to back off on the pace enough that the pain passed so I think it's a solvable problem. Thing is, I had a super encouraging run on Wednesday where my stamina was far better than it has been in a while. I probably over did it that day, which made Friday harder, but I LOVED how I felt after the Wednesday run. I hope finding the right balance in running doesn't rob me of all running joy.

For the weekend, I took time off the running and strength and instead did gardening. Fall planting, trimming, pruning, and mulching. I didn't get my heart rate up but I certainly worked those muscles. My back and core were pulsing repeatedly.

Food was not a happy story this weekend. My sugar cravings have been pretty strong and my will-power week. I ate lots of wrong foods. I haven't cut up my veggies yet so the fault is totally mine. I must follow through and do the things that are good for me.

Stress management was also not so good. My house is pretty clean, although laundry needs to be folded. I haven't spent enough time playing music and I have a book I'm DESPERATE to read but haven't had the time yet. My depression flared up again so I spent a fair amount of the weekend trying not to flee from my family. Being with people - even the ones I love - can be outrageously difficult sometimes.

Today, back on schedule: run, strength, crunches, and healthy snacks. And I will read that book.

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11/9/12 1:48 P

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I'm up for a challenge - or at least some continued motivation to keep it going! I'm not sure about the blogging though - that's not something I have done. I'll mull that one over for a while.....

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11/8/12 4:59 P

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I'm in! Thank you for making a challenge since I totally fell off the bus this month! Lol!
I'll post a blog later!



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11/8/12 3:50 P

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However your family celebrates, there's almost certainly something you're looking forward to in the coming months. Feasts & hors d'oeuvres, wine & cocktails, parties & dresses. In all honestly, my life is not nearly so glamorous but a girl can dream. I want to eat well as I flit through this season which includes many of my favorite foods. I want to look good in clingy dresses seeing old friends and family. I want to experience joy in the midst of the holiday stress parade.

Here's the challenge:
Post to this forum and let us know you're in. Then, in a blog post, please talk about the following:
1. What's your motivation this season? Why is this time different?
2. What's your exercise plan? How much cardio are you doing each week or how many miles will you run/walk/bike? What strength training are you going to do and how often?
3. What are your food triggers this season? How are you going to face your triggers?
4. How are you managing your stress?


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