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2/12/11 6:53 P

Hi again. Thanks for replying to my reply the other day! Actually I already took part in a 5K on Thanksgiving Day - the Berbee Derbee. I wasn't the SLOWEST person in my age category (okay I was just one ahead of them)! I didn't run every minute of it, but I DID IT so my accomplishment was a big deal to me. I have been running some the past couple weeks - okay more like VERY SLOW jogging! I was doing a C25K program that I liked, but I stalled on the 5th or 6th week I think. I tried to get get past it quite a few times, but it was a podcast that used the same one for all three days and the days of that week were all different, but all put together. It was confusing and distracting to me because the man doing it was talking to all 3 days, and I got too frustrated with trying to remember which day I was on & which group I was in. I guess I need to find a different podcast that works better for me. (Other than that I LOVED Robert Ullrey's C25K program!)

LEXI048 Posts: 647
2/11/11 8:24 A

Hiya FineFish,
I thought about using quinoi the way you've described it. More vegetables and much less quinoi. Unfortunately I got pretty turned off the first time I tried it, so not sure if I will again but you never know.

I have a dream of running my first 5k on May 29th. I have to wait for winter to go away before I can try running outside and then I'll see how it goes. Right now, I'm quite content running on the treadmill since it's still very challenging.

I'm so used to this lifestyle that I don't track my food anymore (although I know I should). I now have a food calculator in my brain that works on auto pilot. Therefore, I have a little more time to spend when I log onto Sparkpeople to keep a journal. It helps to keep me in check and cool to go back and read about my progress. I find the message boards the most inspirational and helpful. I check in on them everyday.

Keep me posted on your progress please! It's so nice to share this experience with someone. In my real life, nobody seems to really care. Fitness and diet and well-being really are very personal things. You can only depend on yourself.

I do see how my quest for better health rubs off on my 19 year old daughter. She eats quite healthy for her age and knows how to cook healthy and make smart food choices. She also started running on the treadmill again after she saw that I was doing it. BTW, she hasn't run in over a year (she used to be an avid runner) and ran 4 miles in one shot her second time back on the treadmill. Ah, to be young with fresh lungs.

My husband is the most supportive but likes his food the way he likes it.

Last night's dinner was homemade mini black bean burger patties topped with sour cream and salsa and some homemade baked sweet potato fries. Very filling. I'm still getting used to eating such a smaller volume of food everyday. I don't even feel hungry for a bad-for-me snack at night anymore. I hope I can keep this up forever.

Didn't run yesterday due to feeling unwell. By the time I felt better and had the energy it was after 9 pm and that's too late because I would never have been able to sleep after that. Today is a very full day so I would have to sneak my run in at around 10 am or I won't have time today at all.

New challenge tonight. Going to a carnevore restaurant for dinner for my sister's birthday. I'm not worried about it though. There's always something meatless on the menu. If all else fails, I will get a salad. I'm usually not too hungry at dinner anyways due to all the filling healthy foods I eat during the day.

More later...

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2/11/11 12:20 A

Good for you for running a 5k after 7 weeks! That is really a huge accomplishment! I am at a similar pace if I want to run for 5k. When I run/walk I go between 4.5 and 5.0, but I cannot keep the pace up for 5k, so I walk at 3.7, and my time seems to even out.

Eventually, I hope to run the whole 5k at 5.0 - but that seems to be a way off for me.
I plan to run my first "official" outdoor 5k on May 12. Wish me luck, and I will keep you posted.

I think it is awesome that you are keeping a journal. I have not been able to get motivated to start one - I am busy enough tracking food and activity, and finding my way around the site

one more quick thing on quinoa... I do like it best cold - but you can definately eat it hot. I will use it under a ratatouille (eggplant, tomato, pepper stew.) The texture is pretty good, and it adds a protein source.

Let me know if you dare to try it again :)

Edited by: DFINEFISH at: 2/11/2011 (00:22)
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2/10/11 3:06 P

Hey Books_Cat_Tea, I like your username. Mine would be Books_dog_cats_dietpepsi. I'm still progressing really good. I don't know if I will be able to run outside in the spring but I'm going to keep running on the treadmill with that great big giant goal in mind. I hope you take up the C25K again. It's so awesome when you finally make it to 5k! It only took me 46 years to get there :)

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2/10/11 3:04 P

DFINEFISH, your email cracked me up about running faster than a first grader!! How is it going on the treadmill?
I'm shy to admit my speed so far has been 4.2 but I was running at 4.5 on Monday for most of 30 minutes so I'm making progress. I didn't start the program from the beginning so I did the last 6 weeks of it and ran 5k in the seventh week I believe. What a rush it was! Since we got the treadmill about 5 years ago, I've been wanting to do 5k on it and I finally stuck to it and did it. It's so worth it.

About the quinoi, I ate it hot and then realized that I was probably supposed to eat it cold. I didn't like it. It's sitting in my fridge. I'm scared of it now lol. I think I'm going to try it again as a cold salad but will add more veggies to it. I won't give up just yet. It sure does fill you up though. I've noticed this past week that all the vegetarian recipes I've tried make me full with a quarter of what I used to eat. Gotta love all that good food and fibre. I'm so into this vegetarian lifestyle right now. I think I can do it forever no problem. I never cared for meat so I'm not missing it at all.

Good luck to you too. I hope you keep me posted on your progress!

2/10/11 6:18 A

I've been quickly skimming through some of your posts this morning (doing it QUICKLY because I need to get outside and EXERCISE and stop procrastinating)! How's it going? I'm quite impressed by your progress. I was doing the C25K quite awhile back, but let myself get sidetracked, but I'm determined to get back at it again. Keep up the great work!

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2/9/11 10:22 P

I am new to Spark people, and just found your journal. I am also doing couch25K on the treadmill. My daughter ran a 5k last year (she was in first grade), I could not keep up with her. My goal is to win at the game "Are you Faster than a First Grader" - so far, I am not :) But, I am keeping at it. I can run 5K REALLY SLOWLY, or run/walk at a faster pace, but I am over 40 minutes either way.

Anyway, I was really replying to your request for Quinoa recipes. I was a vegetarian for over 10 years - then I got pregnant, and all bets were off.
Now, I eat a mostly vegetarian/local/organic diet, and agree that it really feels great.

I love quinoa. My favorite way to prepare it is cold, as a salad, with a little bit of olive oil, lime (juice and maybe a little rind), red onion, black beans and cilantro. Sonetimes I also add olives or garbanzos - YUMMY. The tricks are to use just enough olive oil that the quinoa is not too sticky, but not greasy either. Also, do not touch it unti it is room temp or cooler. The lime and cilantro make it taste really fresh.

Good luck!

LEXI048 Posts: 647
2/9/11 2:22 P

I must say that I am loving this vegetarian lifestyle so much so far. I can't begin to explain how good I feel. For the first time in my life, I went to the bathroom first thing in the morning 3 days in a row. Too much information I know but amazing for me nonetheless. I have a different type of energy. My mood is very happy. I am completely debloated. I feel like I've lost 5 pounds in this past week. And I just feel "light". It's hard to explain but it is incredible.

I'm not saying I'll never eat meat again, but I'm sure not missing it at all. I just tried veggie hot dogs for lunch and they tasted great! I'm eating new things, reading and learning. It's quite miraculous.

If you are considering going vegetarian, give it a try for one week. You may be surprised :)

P.S. I did not like the quinoi at all. I think it could have been due to the recipe I used. If anyone is reading this and knows a good recipe, please share. Thanks.

Edited by: LEXI048 at: 2/9/2011 (14:24)
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2/8/11 3:35 P

Did 2.5 miles today with breaks and running faster increments. It felt really good. I feel more empowered now that I did run 5k. The psychological boost that I know I can do it, makes it easier to run faster and stay on longer.

Still a vegetarian. I feel fantastic today. I feel so light and not bloated at all. I can't even describe how good my insides feel right now. I went to the grocery store last night and bought some vegetarian foods and ingredients and can't wait to prep some of it tonight and try a couple of recipes. I love that I can freeze stuff and have it easily accessible at lunch and dinner.

Today, I had a smoothie with banana, strawberry yogurt and almond milk and ice for breakfast. Then I had crustless spinach and feta cheese quiche with salad for lunch. I had two squares of 70% dark chocolate for snack.
For dinner, I am making quinoa with mixed vegetables as a salad. I also hope to prepare some black bean veggie burgers to freeze tonight.

So far so good!

LEXI048 Posts: 647
2/7/11 8:26 P

Thank you MommyNurse! I'm still feeling proud.

So I ate vegetarian chili on Friday night and almost died of gas pain from the red kidney beans. It was like I was in labour until Sunday morning. I finally feel recovered today. I never ate red kidney beans before and I promise I will never eat them again!

Tomorrow, back on the treadmill. I consulting with my daughter the runner and she suggested I run 5k every Friday and concentrate on building my speed on the other days so that is my plan.

Otherwise, I have still not eaten meat. I feel good. It's that TOM right now so I have to wait a week to see how I feel.

2/4/11 9:47 P

Way to go on both counts!

LEXI048 Posts: 647
2/4/11 2:38 P

I DID IT!!! I met my goal of running 5k on the treadmill on my one year quit smoking anniversary which is today!!!

I'm so proud of myself, I can't stand it.

Plus I'm liking this vegetarian lifestyle more and more the more I read up on it.

YAY FOR ME!!!!!!!! Now I feel like I can do anything!

LEXI048 Posts: 647
2/4/11 9:58 A

Yesterday, I did not eat any meat. I did eat eggs and cheese in my Sparkpeople crustless spinach and feta quiche and I had butter on my morning toast. Becoming completely vegan would be much too difficult so I'm working on becoming vegetarian.

Last night I went to Farm Boy (Canadian equivalent to Whole Foods I guess) and checked out their vegetarian products. They didn't have everything I was thinking about but I did buy almond milk and meatless ground beef.

Last night I tried the almond milk in the oatmeal and didn't notice a difference from regular milk so that was a great success and will be easy to do. Plus I got a good iron dose from my oatmeal.

I think I am going to attempt to make wholewheat pasta with meat sauce with my meatless ground beef. I'm scared to try this one plus, believe it or not, I'm not a big pasta lover.

I do enjoy veggie burgers so that's another easy one. I don't like to eat alot of bread products though as I find they make me feel heavier although I only eat wholewheat.

I need to find a vegetarian cake mix to satisfy my cake sweet tooth. If I can do that, then I just might be able to do this.

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2/4/11 9:16 A

I am ONE YEAR SMOKE FREE TODAY!!!! I'm so proud of me. In the beginning, it seemed like one year was a million years away and now it's here. It actually went by pretty quickly. Today I will celebrate by running on the treadmill with my clear lungs.


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2/3/11 3:08 P

I'm seriously considering not eating meat products anymore but I don't even know how to start to make sure I still get the proper nutrition. I will have to research it and try a vegan week.

Also, I have given myself a challenge that I will not look at facebook during the day for one month. I will allow myself one look at the end of the day on my ipod touch. I am also giving up the entertainment gossip sites for one month completely. I definitely pop in on them too much during the day out of habit and it's a bad habit to have.

Monday I ran, Tuesday I walked outside, Wednesday I ran, today I walked outside, Friday I will run.

Ok, I just decided that effective Monday I am going to go vegan for one week and see how I feel. I watched a big PETA video online first thing this morning and was so saddened by the way the animals are treated. What if my little doggie was treated that way? It's made me so upset all day. I have no eaten meat today btw. I did eat butter and eggs though. I shouldn't eat those either since the dairy cows and egg chickens have a more horrible life and a horrific death. - check it out if you have the courage. It may change you for life.

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2/1/11 11:14 A

Yesterday I made the crustless spinach feta quiche that's a Sparkpeople recipe and it was so delicious. I love quiche but never eat it because it's so fattening and now I am so happy to have a healthy version to eat with my salad at lunch. And I can freeze it!

I missed my run on Friday due to a very stressful day but ran yesterday. It's easier but not easy. I don't know if I'll ever make it to 5k with no stopping but I'm going to keep trying.

I'm very tired and groggy right now. I took some pain killers last night and I'm sure I'm suffering the after effects. I don't think I'll be taking those again.

The winter is really getting to me now. I miss walking outdoors so much. I did go for a walk on Sunday. It was cold but it felt good to get the fresh air. Unfortunately it is a few degrees too cold these days. And we may get a big blizzard starting overnight tonight.

I really miss just going for a walk whenever it hits me. In the nice months, I usually powerwalk at least twice a day and I love every minute of it. It's easy to keep my weight down in the summer due to all the walking I do on top of other exercise. I'm feeling slightly plump now and I know that's from not getting exercise in daily. Oh well, I will just enjoy my life and not get too hung up on that since the worst of winter will be over in a month.

Oh I bought a crockpot on the weekend and made beef bourgignion on Sunday and it was a huge hit. Right now, I am slow cooking a whole chicken in it. I really like it and am searching for more recipes. It's the perfect thing for a lazy Sunday.

Now I must try to work and hope that the fog lifts from my head.

P.S. I just checked the calendar and realize I have PMS. That explains my plump feeling.

Edited by: LEXI048 at: 2/1/2011 (11:16)
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1/26/11 8:02 P

I have been quit for 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 minutes and 6 seconds (356 days). I have saved $1,196.16 by not smoking 2,848 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 hours and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 2/4/2010 8:00 PM

Yay me! One year is around the corner!

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1/26/11 12:54 P

Today, I thought I was ready to speed myself up and that was a big mistake. I ran faster from the start and lost steam at 17 minutes. Oh well, I learned something today and that is to listen to the experts. I will go back to my original speed and do what I intended to do. At least I got some exercise in today!

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1/25/11 2:41 P

I've got that PMS feeling when I don't have PMS. I want to eat anything and everything that is bad for me. I didn't make the best choices over the weekend and am still paying for it with an upset stomach (the one I get when I eat things that my stomach doesn't react well to).

I was jonesing for some french toast (haven't eaten that in about 2 years but my daughter made pancakes on Sunday so I'm sure that's what triggered it). Instead I made myself a big salad which I ate a while ago. Now I want Burger King or Wendy's.

The cold was supposed to break today but it's still freezing out there. I miss walking outside. Oh well, nothing I can do about the weather.

Yesterday, I did my run but didn't eat so well. Not that I ate a lot but I didn't eat properly I guess. Too many white carbs. White flour wreaks havoc on my digestive system. I'm off the white carbs again officially today.

My husband's friend was a total a***ole this morning and my husband told me about it and it has been bugging me all day. I don't think they will be friends much longer after what happened today. I'll be glad if they aren't. I don't want to see that guy's face for the rest of my life.
I've got to forget about him and salvage the rest of my day.

I want to see The Kids are All Right now. I've had it on my TV for ages and didn't know what it was about. After seeing it was nominated, I watched the trailer online and really want to see it now. I think I may just treat myself and hibernate in the basement tonight and watch it.

Back to work for me. Feel better stomach of mine.

Edited by: LEXI048 at: 1/25/2011 (14:42)
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1/21/11 4:24 P

30 minutes straight today. It is definitely getting easier. Couch to 5k stops at 30 minutes so I'm going to be on my own after doing 30 mins x 3 runs next week.

Not sure how to proceed. I think I'm going to build up to 40 minutes straight and once I've done that, I will slowly increase my speed until I can do 5k.

I definitely won't make my Feb 4th goal but that's ok. Not sure how long it will take me to get there. I'm sure I could kill myself on the treadmill on Feb 4th and run 5k but I don't want to do it before I'm ready. I'm going to do it right this time.

LEXI048 Posts: 647
1/20/11 9:05 A

Well, this running thing is definitely getting much easier. Last night it felt like I was on the treadmill for 5 minutes and ran 25 mins straight. I ran too late last night due to a busy day and then I had trouble falling asleep but it was worth it. I really want to continue with this.

I have one more 25 minute run and then next week I do 28 minutes and then 30 minutes the week after that. And then, I have to focus on distance and making it to 5k.
Once I get to 5k, I will focus on increasing my speed.
At the slow pace I'm going, it will take 45 minutes to make it to 5k but that's ok. My running guru also told me to stay slow and build up my speed. It will be ok if I run a 5k marathon and 3 year olds and seniors pass me.

I also need to do some yoga. Arghhh, the days aren't long enough lately.

LEXI048 Posts: 647
1/17/11 8:29 P

I am now being mentored long distance by my expert marathon running friend. When I met her, she had just run her first 5k and I was priveledged to be friends with her right up to when she ran the Boston Marathon. She's always been a great inspiration to me and is now helping me via e-mail which i am so grateful for.

Today, my treadmill run just flew by. I was shocked at how fast it went and how it seemed easier. I am doing 25 minutes for the rest of this week and then next week I increase to 28 minutes. I still have a bits of ways to go distance-wise but really think I'm going to do it.

I have so much stress in my life right now but I haven't smoked and I keep eating healthy and I keep exercising. I think it's cause it feels like it's the only thing I can control. The rest is out of my control. Hard to explain but I'm sure someone understands exactly what I mean. The rest of my life may be crappy, but it's not going to take me down. It's not going to take away what's important to just me. This fitness and better health quit belongs to me. It is mine. I have the power to do what I want with it. I have the power to succeed.

LEXI048 Posts: 647
1/15/11 11:24 P

Did 25 straight minutes today as per the program but I found it very difficult. I just kept going and I did it. I felt weird afterwards for a couple of hours. It isn't easy doing this, that's for sure. I have to keep going. I have my mind set on reaching my goal and it may take me weeks to get there but I'm going to do it.

I must say that it does get boring on the treadmill. I watch Vevo videos on my iPod Touch which makes it much more bearable.

LEXI048 Posts: 647
1/12/11 1:57 P

PMS and a bad mood don't mix well together. But I didn't let it stop me. I went on the treadmill and gave myself a pep talk that I was going to do this today and no outside forces that I had encountered this morning was going to ruin my running program. I gave reality life a big F U in my mind.

I did exactly what I set out to do as per my couch to 5k schedule and ran 25 consecutive minutes without a single break. YAY ME!!! I feel so much better now mentally too.
Exercise is good yes it is.

LEXI048 Posts: 647
1/10/11 10:58 A

Well, I rested all weekend and didn't do any exercise at all and feel about 70% better. I really don't want to miss my Monday treadmill day but I think I need one more day of rest at least. I still have a lot of sinus pressure and feel weak and kind of off balance. Maybe I will workout tonight if I feel better but it definitely won't be happening at lunch.

Oh boy, I hope this week goes by quickly. I am ready for bed again already!

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1/7/11 1:21 P

take care of yourself this weekend. Be sure to eat lots of fruit and veggies. Not only will it make up for not working out, you need all the healthy food you can get now so your body can get better. I hope you have a nice quiet weekend. emoticon

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1/7/11 12:09 P

Dear Journal,

I am sick yesterday and today. I wondered why I had no stamina on the treadmill on Wednesday. I got really sick that night and still feel like crap. It seems I have the flu. I took the day off of work yesterday. I'm working today but will not be visiting the treadmill for sure today. I will have to take a day off and then I can go back stronger. I've decreed and other evening of rest for myself. I'm glad it's Friday. I've only been back to work for a week and I already need a quiet weekend.

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1/7/11 12:07 P

You're really been through it! A huge congratulations to you for making it through and taking control. You are a big inspiration!

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1/5/11 2:04 P

Briefly, I had the misfortune to be born into bad genes. Dad's side is all heart disease and sudden death before age 60. Except for his mom, she lived a healthy life well into her 90s. On mom's side it's all diabetes. What a time bomb that breeding made! I've had diabetes for 43 years, Type 1.5 which is a version of juvenile diabetes but starts about 10 years later in life. I was 21, skinny as a rail.

6 years ago I went in for a stress test and was put right in the hospital. Had a quad bypass (or as technically put CABG x 4) followed by a stroke, followed by an infection in the sternum, followed by induced coma, debridement of the infection, removal of the sternum and crisscrossing of the pec muscles. on sentence. It took 7 months for the wound to close because of the diabetes and I was on i.v. antibiotics for over a month with oral antibi's for another 5 months. The survival rate is not good for this...only if the antibiotics work. They don't always. It was quite amazing surgeries but also life changing. With the stroke and all the nerve damage from the cutting, I have lost a lot of sensations, parts of my body have no feeling, other parts feel things weird. One leg doesn't feel cold much and the other feels hot a lot. My ankles always feed like they are cold but to the touch, they are warm. Strange things like that. I feel like my head/mind is on someone else's body and I don't know who that person is. But I count my blessing every day. It's a wonderful life. That's it in a nutshell. I think, actually, I could write a book! emoticon

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1/5/11 10:31 A

Dear Journal,

Today I woke up and peed and saw my reflection as I was pulling my pj bottoms up and marvelled at how flat my stomach looked. I decide it was time to step on the scale again to see how I've done these last 4 months. So I get my glasses on and take my clothes off and step on the scale only to find out that it is broken. Oh well. I feel fantastic, my clothes feel loose. I feel stronger and fitter. Who cares about the scale. I feel and look the exact same as I did the last time I stepped on it.

I did go through a short period where I felt fatter but smartened up and feel back down in weight so it's all good.

Yesterday I didn't have time to powerwalk (maybe 15 mins worth of walking to the bank and back) but I did yoga at lunchtime. I really love Rodney Yee's yoga DVDs. I am going to order more of them very soon.

Today treadmill. Let's see how I do.

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1/5/11 10:28 A

Wow, you've been through it. You are very inspirational that you are working very hard for your better health even with the risks involved. I would love to learn more of your story if you're willing to share.

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1/4/11 2:00 P

I don't run/walk outside because I have blood sugar and cardiac issues. I feel safer at home. I work with a heart monitor so I always know if I'm in my target heart rate zone or not. I run until my pulse gets to high then walk to bring it back down.

Imagine my surprise when we got to the race and just walking from the car to the start point put me was OVER my regular top thr! My heart rate stayed at 85% the whole time and I finished the mile in about the same time as on the tready. So, it was just being outside and in the cold along with excitement (replaced with embarrassment at being so slow) that got it up there. But, having been on life support a few times, slow is FINE with me. In fact 6 years ago today, I came out of a coma and was taken off life support. I am MOTIVATED! Do not want to go there again!

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1/4/11 1:42 P

Oh yeah I am so happy to be done with smoking. It took me three years of stretches of quitting and thinking I could just have one and then having to quit all over again to get it right. I traded smoking for exercise to keep me sober and it really worked. I feel so fantastic and managed to get in the best shape I've been in years at the same time.

LOL on your running comments! Right now on the treadmill, I can do 2.2 miles in 25 minutes so not too bad since it's just week 3. I do acknowledge that running outside is a completely different animal and I'll have to re-train myself with the couch-5k technique once Spring gets here. I really want to give it a try this year.

I looked up the big Ottawa Race Weekend and it is at the end of May so goal #2 is officially set!

Thanks for the encouragement ET. I hope you run a 5k this year too!

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1/4/11 1:34 P

I did a 1 mile fun run/walk in December and I don't want to suggest that my overall time stunk but...if I go a minute and a half faster next year, I can beat the 4 year old! lol

I want to do a 5K eventually but won't even try it until I get my time under 1 hour. I'm close to that now so maybe next year.

Congratulations on being a non-smoker. It feels great doesn't it?

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1/4/11 9:44 A

I really like your idea for an anniversary gift. I just might do that.

My mini goal is to do 5k on the treadmill by Feb 4th. And then my next bigger goal is to do 5k outdoors. And then my uber 2011 dream is to run a 5k marathon in June. My niece said that if I go for it, she will sign up with me. I hope my body cooperates and I can do it. I've tried in the past and wanted to go faster and farther to quickly and my knees couldn't handle it. Therefore, I am following the couch to 5k program to the letter and taking my time. I do think that I will be able to do it!

P.S. Today is 11 months of being smoke-free!! YAY ME!!!!

My motivation to run came from watching the Biggest Loser. I had never seen 5 minutes of it before but ended up watching the entire last season. When I saw the episode where they ran the 26 mile marathon, that lit the fire under my butt. I said the obvious to myself: "if they can do it, then there's no reason why I can't do 5k".

I was so tired and felt sickly last night so went to bed early and had a good sleep. Today I have something going on in my head. A dry, stuffed up feeling. I hope it doesn't get worst. I will try to take it easy again today.

P.P.S. I am doing yoga 2 or 3 times a week which I'm really enjoying. I would like to try a yoga class but there aren't any close to me.

So far I am on week 3 of my running/yoga/powerwalking plan and I'm really enjoying it. When I started this new journey after I quit smoking, I had strived to do that when the winter hit.

Now I must attempt to get some work done. Hope the day doesn't feel so loong with my foggy head.

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1/3/11 4:18 P

In my running program, I have some days when I run my regular distance, some that I increase by no more than 5% in one week and some days that I reduce the run by 10%. That way I never get stuck in a rut. I also cross-train with the eliptical.

And for your 1 year anniversay, you should treat yourself to some new workout clothes and running shoes. It was 17 years for me last fall.

My goal for January is to run/walk/elip a total of 75 miles.

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1/3/11 4:06 P

Not so strong today on the treadmill. Still stuck to schedule but took a 2 minute walking break halfway through my 25 minute run. Oh well, some days will be better than others. And I stayed committed to my running schedule.

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1/3/11 9:18 A

Thanks Mew!

We had a party here yesterday and it was pretty crazy with a lot of fun people. I decided to give myself a day of rest yesterday on my last day off before going back to work for another year. Therefore I drank wine, ate well and didn't do any form of exercise. I have to say that my stomach was killing me last night but I had such a great time. It's been ages since I had fun like that.

Today I am back to old me. Will run on the treadmill later and powerwalk with the dog. Plus I have to work, blah. I'm so not ready to work.

MEW4039 Posts: 278
1/1/11 6:52 P

I admire your courage! Stick with it and you will succeed! Congratulations on your approaching anniversary! emoticon

LEXI048 Posts: 647
1/1/11 11:07 A

Yesterday I did 25 minutes straight running for 2.2 miles. Slow and steady. I'm focusing on lengthening the time and not worrying about the speed. Once I make it to 3.2 miles (5k), then I will work on my speed.

I was very proud of myself yesterday. I didn't get to the treadmill until after 5 and trust me, I didn't want to do it as it had been a busy day but I promised myself so I did it and I'm glad I did.

I also went for a 30 minute power walk yesterday and am going go again shortly.

Happy new year to everyone. 2010 wasn't the best year for me. It was very stressful on a business level (hubby bought his own business at the beginning of the year) which put a lot of strain on my marriage and my personal well-being. I'm hoping that 2011 will bring better fortune and less stress to our lives.

Looking back, it is amazing that I managed to quit smoking and stay quit last year and lose weight and get fitter. I'm stronger than I realized in more ways than one. I'm very proud of myself now that I'm thinking about it.

BTW, Feb 4 will be one year quit. On that specific day, I am going to go out and buy myself something. I'm not sure what it's going to be yet though.

1. Princess perfume by Vera Wang
2. iPod stereo system/docking station
3. New HD TV for the family room

And that's all I can think of right now.

Have a happy new year's day!

LEXI048 Posts: 647
1/1/11 11:01 A

IntoVintage, I couldn't run outside for more than 2 minutes. The treadmill seems much more easier to me. Good for you that you gave it a try. I still haven't worked up the courage to take running outdoors yet. I'm hoping that it will finally happen in 2011.

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12/29/10 1:06 P

I tried the couch to 10 k at my heaviest its very surprising how hard those first steps really are. It probably didnt help that it was about 20 degrees outside either.

LEXI048 Posts: 647
12/28/10 1:53 P

Christmas day we had a house full of people so I didn't eat alot of food but did eat too much dessert.
The next day I ate dessest three times! It's like heroin for me. I have since stopped eating dessert.

I am still sticking to my exercise plan which I'm happy about. I know I'm not perfect about eating this week with all of the socializing and not being scheduled but I am exercising.

Yesterday, I did my treadmill run. Today I just came from a 30 minute powerwalk and am going to go do yoga in a few minutes.

I promised myself that I would maintain my fitness throughout the holidays and will do my best not to eat bad foods. Yesterday and today, I've done very well.

And that's it for now!

LEXI048 Posts: 647
12/23/10 2:14 P

Feeling good today. I was concerned a week ago when everything felt too tight and today my jeans are fitting like they should. I blame it on hormones.

Yesterday I did my treadmill training and also went for a 30 min powerwalk last night. I ate totally healthy and feel really good.

I'm thinking about how I can avoid gluttonous behavior over the holidays. We have so many social things planned. I need to create a plan on how to not overeat. One thing I do know for sure is that I will be doing my treadmill training on schedule. That is my biggest commitment to myself until Feb 4th. Then I will create a new goal for myself to keep me motivated.

When I type in my journal, I know that I don't have to explain myself very well because so many of you that may read this can totally relate to my never-ending mental struggles about my size and self-image.

I have no resolutions for 2011. I do vow to work on my self-image issues and to learn to just be healthy and have a fit lifestyle and accept me for who I am. And I am in pretty great shape if I say so myself! I am very confident about my personality and my intelligence and my talent. Why do I have to be so hung up on my physicalness???

I am looking forward to Christmas. I have so much to be thankful for. I am truly blessed. Merry Christmas fellow Sparkies!

LEXI048 Posts: 647
12/22/10 10:48 A

I love those times when you go to bed feeling gross and bloated and wake up with a miraculously flat stomach. Feeling good today. Second last day of work until I am off for 10 days.

Lunchtime, I run on the treadmill. Not sure if I'm ready to progress to the next level though. I think I need to repeat last week's program. No rush. I want to do this right this time. This isn't my first attempt at running 5k at the treadmill but I always rushed myself and ended up with sore knees.

And that's it so far today. I feel good. Tired but good. Tired goes with the season.

LEXI048 Posts: 647
12/21/10 12:32 P

Thank you ladies for the encouragement! It really means alot.

Today my teeth hurt and my head feels foggy. This means I am on the way to getting sick. I'm also very tired. I must take care of myself today. This is not the right time of the year to get sick. I have an entire houseload of people coming for dinner on Christmas day.

I am skipping my outdoor powerwalk. It is cold out there and I don't have the stamina for it today. I need to meet a couple of friends after work and then I hope to come home and do yoga. I really want to stick to my new fitness schedule no matter what.

My self-doubt is high today as I don't feel well and my stomach also hurts which is making my clothes feel tight. I will persevere though and keep doing what I'm doing. I know I will get the results I'm striving for in the end.

BJW-FARMGIRL Posts: 2,783
12/21/10 10:41 A

Your new goal sounds good! Congrats on your accomplishments so far. When I neared goal, I upped my SP participation for 2 reasons: 1) to encourage others, and 2) to keep myself accountable. I, too, was worried about "where do I go from here--what do I do now?" and being more active in the SP community has helped so much. I'm still learning, but I'm living with this new lifestyle, esting more mindfully than when I've gone to maintenance before, and keeping my fitness minutes a priority. You can do it too! Keep Sparkin'!

Edited by: BJW-FARMGIRL at: 12/21/2010 (10:42)
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12/20/10 10:38 P

Congratulations!!! Stay focused on your goals and you will get there!


LEXI048 Posts: 647
12/20/10 4:49 P

My new goal: be able to run 5k on the treadmill without stopping by my one year quit smoking anniversary of February 4th.

I've decided to start a journal to keep myself accountable and to record my feelings, etc.

My commitment is to run on the treadmill 3X/week and to follow the Couch to 5K plan. I started last week at week 4 of the plan and it looks like I'll have to repeat this week as I'm not ready to run a full 20 minutes by the end of this week.

My other commitment is to do a power yoga DVD at least twice a week.

I will continue to powerwalk (weather permitting) as often as I can outdoors.

I'm 46 years old and have been on an endless rollercoaster with my weight since I was a teenager. I don't have a healthy attitude towards my own body image. I've been consistently 10 to 30 pounds overweight since my mid-twenties. Right now I'm about 10 pounds more than I'd like to be.

Note that I quit smoking AND lost 15 pounds this year. I'm very proud of that accomplishment, the quitting smoking in particular.

I just don't know how to maintain. I don't know when to be happy and when to stop losing. I just don't know. I'm tired of it all. I want to learn how to accept myself in my own skin and eat healthy and exercise regularly.

I'm so tired of obsessing over my size.

2011 is going to be my year of following a healthy/fit lifestyle without obsessing over the scale and my reflection in the mirror.

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