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11/1/08 8:42 P

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That is so great Popeye! This reminds me of people who stand there and judge parents in stores with a child that is misbehaving. Those that are doing the judging usually don't have kids, so they don't know what is going on! Being a parent, especially of a child who has special needs-mostly behavioral, I can now look at those parents and empathize with them! I certainly don't judge them!

Every Time I hear that dirty word "Exercise" I wash my mouth out with "Chocolate" !!!!!!!!

Success is succeeding one more time than you fail!

I'm on a low-crap diet and a get-off-your-butt exercise plan.

I have lost myself, I have gone to find myself, should I return before I get back, Please have me wait!

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11/1/08 5:11 P

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Yep!

Like, in the middle of a forest with a tree falling while running through bear . . .

Can't you just hear it?

No? Oh, I get it - middle of the forest, right!

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10/31/08 5:31 P

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Oh, Popeye, you are my hero!
Thank you, thank you. That one was straight out great.
WTF, people should remember to walk in other peoples shoes for a mile before they speak.
A mile away, and with seriously pained feet, they may be able to keep their mouths shut, ya think? Or maybe they will be alone when they say nasty crap...

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10/31/08 4:52 P

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I'm an insulin dependant diabetic. Insulin is a type of steroid, so weight loss is really, REALLY difficult.

I have been subjected to "meant to be overheard" comments and I used to just ignore it. Not now.

A supervisor I had made a comment to "his" supervisor and I turned around and said, "Boss, if you're talking about me, I know you know that I'm an insulin dependant diabetic. I just assumed you knew that insulin was a steroid and losing a half pound for me is like a non-diabetic losing 10-15 pounds. You know, some people have conditions that really aren't obvious. If you're concerned about my weight as an issue, you're welcome to come with me to my next appointment with my Endocrinologist".

I turned around to the group I had been talking with, but it was about a minute before everybody got their jaws in position to be able to say anything. I didn't hear a thing from behind me, but a buddy told me my bosses boss had a very strange look on his face while staring at my boss.

Six months later, I was gone. Well, not exactly "gone", I'd been promoted and transferred.

So now, if anyone says anything rude or dumb within my ear range, they pretty much get a lecture on physiology and sometimes on psychology.

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10/29/08 11:20 P

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Thank you everyone but honestly, it was my pleasure! I didn't share that I actually followed that comment up after a good minute of dead silence with a little tirade about how it takes allot of determination for people with weight issues to get out there and either go for a run/walk or go into a gym. I also told him that he had no right to judge.

It really was satisfying telling him off.

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10/29/08 7:17 P

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Way to go Linda! Guys like that are just rude!

Rose



Every Time I hear that dirty word "Exercise" I wash my mouth out with "Chocolate" !!!!!!!!

Success is succeeding one more time than you fail!

I'm on a low-crap diet and a get-off-your-butt exercise plan.

I have lost myself, I have gone to find myself, should I return before I get back, Please have me wait!

If you are going through hell, keep going.
Sir Winston Churchill



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10/29/08 11:01 A

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Yep - way to go! The same jerks who would make rude comments when they see someone actually working on getting fit would also say that fat people are just too lazy to get up and exercise. Would have loved to have seen him speechless. :-)

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10/29/08 9:17 A

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absolutely priceless!!! what i wouldn't give to have a camera at a moment like that!

well done you!!

P.S. call me Mouse, that's what all my friends call me!! Marie is my middle name.

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True story (has to do with the topic) & wanted 2 share...

I was at my corporate office @ some stupid seminar and we had a break for lunch but they ordered food so we kind of were stuck there. The food was healthy and somehow the subject came up of people who need to lose more than a few pounds. This one jerk went on a tangent about how he could not understand how... bla bla bla....

I turned to him and said real straight faced that I recently lost more than a few pounds. I told him that my favorite thing was when people (like him) stopped and stared at me when I was out running and I especially liked it when they made rude comments..

The look on his face was priceless... he had his mouth open and this blank stupid stare on his face..



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10/26/08 4:58 P

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Edited by: POPEYETHETURTLE at: 10/26/2008 (16:58)
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10/24/08 12:05 P

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You guys! These tips are fantastic.

Dana got fitted for her running shoes yesterday, I'm going today.

I do have some fantastic 'body armor' because I've always been extra blessed in the boob area and have always needed good sportsbras. So that's taken care of.

I'm nervous and excited about getting started. We've had several people join us in our mission, so maybe we'll be successful in starting a movement. LOL

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First, I totally agree with all the tips already given, especially the Couch to 5K programs. I know somewhere you can download it in an mp3 format that will prompt you when to run etc, not sure where. Let me know if you want that and I'll ask my friends who've done it where they got it from.

Having said that, let me also add ... get some seriously supportive, worthwhile undergarments. The jiggling and 'banging' around of the various extra curves is the single biggest reason I have never begun running. It HURTS!

Great goal .. congrats ... good luck!! Keep us posted!

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Congrats to you - that is an awesome goal and it sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun getting there.

I am also a fat chick, and I recently started running, too, so I feel a certain kinship with you. (Also I'm 39, and 65 pounds overweight - 70 when I started running - so we have plenty in common.)

There are lots of good "couch to 5K" training guides out there. I used the American Running Association's 12-week run/walk program ( www.americanrunning.org/displ
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), which is pretty sensible and easy to follow. I'm almost done with it now. I surprised myself by actually signing up for a 5K in a couple weeks - even when I decided to start the run/walk program, I never envisioned myself running in a public race. I'm still getting used to this idea that I'm actually a runner now.

I don't have any advice that's better than the good stuff that's already been offered here, but I certainly echo the advice to take it slow (follow a tested training guide to start with, and DON'T skip the rest days - they're important).

Oh, and recognize that this is going to boost your metabolism A LOT, and therefore you're going to get hungry A LOT. Be prepared with healthy, balanced stuff on hand, but also recognize that you may end up needing a few extra calories for a little while - it's forgivable and you won't feel that way forever, I promise. After your body gets used to that ramped-up activity level, you won't be so ravenous.

Best of luck and keep us updated!

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FrostyLine has some very good advice.

Starting slowly and working up to your goal is the best idea. It's better to run on a track or flat, grassy ground so you don't get the dreaded shin splints.

After you've run a max workout, be sure and consume some protein within 1/2 an hour so your body build protein and burns carbs and fat.

Some people need to soak their feet and calves in very cold water to reduce swelling, then later in the day or that night, use a heating pad to get the max circulation back to carry all the lactates away from your legs and give your body a good flush.

Needless to say, drink plenty of fluids.

Good luck and God's speed.

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10/23/08 1:46 P

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Spark has teams of couch to 5 K, and newbie runners.
Best of luck to you both.

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10/23/08 12:22 P

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assume a fake identity, join a circus and train via trapeze work?

I would say start small with a marathon that you KNOW you can do standing on your head. My friend and I have lost over 100 pounds each, but sadly we both still have about 50 to go. We started with 5k marathons because even old, overweight, and lazy they are easily completed. The thing is that the mental boost is so great that it makes you want to go further. We next did a 10k, and again, 6.4 miles seems like not much to some, but to us it was a significant win! We are bumping it up to a 26k next year.

It is important to get out in the real world to walk or run. Tracks and tredmills are not the same, and you need to at least get a feel for the difference on your body. Invest in a pair of shoes a bit bigger if you are doing longer races - feet swell, toenails rub - it is painful if you don't.

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So, my friend DarthDana and I decided that this diet thing wasn't enough to keep us motivated. Of course, we thought the best way to keep us on the straight and narrow would be fear of public humiliation.


We're challenging each other to lose weight through exercise. I want to participate in the Little Rock half marathon in March, and she wants to do the L.A. half marathon in February.

This is going to be quite a feat as we're both 70lbs overweight. But we're going to go for it.

Any tips/tricks/advice would be greatly appreciated so drop by and say hello! We'd also love it if you wanted to participate yourself! Join in by blogging on your own site or ask to guest blog with us!

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