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The real reason I try to run 5k's.


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I used to be one of those obnoxious people who could eat anything and never gain weight. I couldn't gain weight when that was the goal even. It's not longer the case and now I really have to start paying more attention to what I eat and what I do.

Other things - I'm in the process of doing a re-write on a book I hope to ultimately get published.

Spiritually - I consider myself a non-denominational pagan. ;)

I am seriously addicted to reading books. It's rare for me to be reading less than three books as a time. I am so addicted, that I recently decided to give in to the audiobook world. The 15 minute commute to work was just "free" time I wasn't reading.

Member Since: 1/6/2013

Fitness Minutes: 61,643

My Goals:
The newest goal (as of 01-03-16) :

Restarting the C25K program. I hate running, but I hate that me knees make it almost impossible to run. I keep doing 5K's though so the plan is to start up again. The first one of the year is usually the last weekend in April. Starting the C25K on the 4th of January should get me on target for that. My last 5K was my best 5K time to date - 35:24. I'd like to be in that range for the first 5K on April 30th.

I'm trying to do little things more for my mental health now. I've been in maintenance for weight for years now. It's time to work on other things.

My Program:
Continuing to track workouts. If the weight starts to move too much, I'll track my food more intently.

Trying to keep improving my 5K times during the year.

I still want to write more, but I want to learn more as well. I'll be doing some free courses online, but I've also decided to try to learn German.

Personal Information:
Married for 24 years. We have 3 boys.

The oldest (age 27) is autistic and recently found a job after being out of work for most of last year after a bout of severe depression.

The middle son (affectionately called the boy) is 23 and studying creative writing and music in college.

The youngest is 10. Yes, we did forget how that happens. He loves camping, baseball, basketball, running around, reading, telling stories.

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I have alternate realities in my head that I write about. If I could get something published, that would be wonderful, but unlikely. Still going to give it a try though.

I read. My husband says I'm addicted, but I could stop any time I wanted to. Not likely to happen in my lifetime.

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  • v JANET552
    How's the sleep going? I agree that the doctor's ideas were all fairly standard but, except for medication, there probably isn't much more to do. My sympathy on the lack of sleep. Lack of sleep makes everything tough.
    353 days ago
  • v JANET552
    The repairman came yesterday and pronounced the washer dead and unfixable. The thing was less than four years old. Geez!!! So, we bought a new one. It arrives today.

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!
    369 days ago
    Happy Mother's Day!

    371 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Thanks for your comments on my blog I had to call the doctor's office to get an answer. It didn't come from the doctor but someone in her office. I am new to this doctor and like some things about her but I expect to hear test results in a timely manner. I wonder when she planned to inform me. Or, rather, have someone inform me.

    The doctor has diagnosed severe arthritis in my back. That's not where my pain is but okay. She has prescribed four weeks of physical therapy. I chose someone not affiliated with the Clinic, someone who previously treated my husband and someone knew would think outside the box. That's a lot rolled into one person!!
    380 days ago
  • v THOMS1
    Congrats on your four years!! emoticon emoticon
    399 days ago
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