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Returning To The Scene of the Crime...

Sunday, January 09, 2011

It was the best of plans...

We were heading out to see "Unstoppable"...great flix! (only nitpicks are: WHY did Tony Scott have to take $$ from Rupert Murdoch and Fox, the most biased name in news, so they could do the faux reporting in the movie?!?! And why didn't they use the real names of the cities involved along this route in PA...?).

Afterward others wanted to go to a buffet for dinner. Me? Wasn't sure I could handle it yet. I've eaten healthy there in the past, but over the past few months I've committed crimes against myself, my heart and my SPARK by "straying" from what I know to be healthy choices.

So I came up with a Plan B: this restaurant happened to be near one of our local Rail-to-Trails! I'll go for a walk/jog while others eat and catch up with my healthy 15 bean soup later when we return home!

BUT! As we drove along we wondered: Do they light up the Rail-to-Trail at night...?

Nope. Neither cold, nor snow would have kept me from my appointed duty. But dark of night in the form of an unlit path...? I didn't think it would be too wise.

So I agreed to return to the scene of the crime...time to exercise that "psychological muscle" I've been speaking of here and there lately...!

BUT! Stayed right on track with my healthy choices: a heaping mound of baby spinach, grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, shredded carrots, sunflower seeds, garbanzo beans, chunks of broiled chicken breast, a little feta cheese topped with some balsamic vinaigrette and on the side a dab of cottage cheese, a few cubes of cantaloupe and a few bites of spicy (not saucy) pork.

Filled me to the BRIM! There wouldn't have been any "room" for "straying" no matter HOW weak my will might have been! My old strategy was back in gear!

So now, I haven't done my cardio for the day and I'm home and there's no other choice but the treadmill...not too keen on this so let's dilly dally the night away and I THOUGHT I'd get up there by 9:30 but it turned out to be more like 11:30 and I PUSHED myself through that "thing" I have against night time workouts

(Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. ~Brendan Francis)

and thank you Brendan...and had a pretty decent 64 minutes on the treadmill. Didn't even look at the clock until 36 mins. had already passed.

Wrapped up with a great boost from one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs "I Am Singing"


I had planned to wrap it up after that at 60 mins. but then those Spin Doctors just HAD to get on and rock it out with Little Miss Can't Be Wrong! :-)


Couldn't resist, so kicked it up to a 64 min. session, mostly @ 4 mph, kicking it up to 5 here and there and always keeping the incline @ 10%...I never allow myself to set it lower. Just like I never set the speed any slower than 4 mph.

Now: If I could only draw lines in the sand that were EQUALLY FIRM on my food choices, tracking and weighing myself...! Those are the challenges ahead!

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    Wow, you did great!! I need a dose of your self-discipline. And I echo others and say you are emperor of the treadmill doing 10% at 5mph. I can never go above 4.2mph at that incline. I sweat buckets and I actually burn more calories doing that than even running at 6.8mph (no incline of course). Keep it up!
    3656 days ago
    Wow, never below 10% incline? Good for you! I can't imagine. The highest I've gone is 5%...afraid of how my knees will react. I'm already mean enough to them as it is with the running. emoticon
    3658 days ago
    Good job, Don!! I have a BIL who is vegetarian. Everytime he comes to Ohio and the sisters take him to an Amish buffet, he loads up on greens skipping all the junk.

    Way to go!! You get a medal for this challenge.
    3659 days ago
    Don... Love the Blog
    3659 days ago
    Great blog, Don. You do such a nice job capturing the struggles we all face! Thank you.
    3660 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8640526
    Ah you did great! That's awesome! Wow, 10% incline the entire time at 4 mph? I can't do that yet.... Congrats to you! emoticon
    3660 days ago
    Your "crimes" crack me up... great job on the healthy choices! :)
    3661 days ago
    Cool! I love heaping my plate with salad for lunch :D so colourful and yummy and such a nice FULL feeling afterwards. Yay for extended exercise too.. sometimes I wish I had a treadmill... like right now when I am waiting for the sun to come up so I can go for a run in the rain :P
    3661 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    love to hear about your crimes....
    it inspires us all.....
    blessings and hugs.........lita
    3661 days ago
    It truly helps to read others' blogs and hear about the temptations they faced---and successfully conquered! Congrats Don, and thank you, thank you for sharing.
    3661 days ago
    WOW! Impressive on all counts! It has probably been 40 years since I've been inside a buffet, but I do have faint recall of the temptations that abound. GOOD for resisting temptation (a la WATERMELLEN'S blog) and for getting the the 'mill!!! One night I also did the unthinkable...put off and put off and PUT OFF strength training...I DID IT...but half was before midnight and half after...I pondered for about 2 secs which day I should credit it to LOL.
    3661 days ago
    So impressed with the resolve at the "scene of the crime": I hate buffets, not so much for the temptation as for the inaesthetics (people heap their plates with the most expensive and often highest calorie items to "get their money's worth", everything running into each other) plus the germ factor (everyone horking all over everything); but you made all the right choices AND felt fully satisfied afterwards!! Plus: the extended workout! Yay you!!
    3661 days ago
    Well, you've been blogging away here and I'm just now getting caught up. Great to see that you've been making some good choices (A big WTG on the buffet, and on the there-and-back jog to work especially!) and that you're getting your Spark back on.

    Thanks for being a continuing inspiration, Don!
    3661 days ago
    I'm impressed. Buffets are scary! I always talk my husband out of the buffet thing, because I know myself too well!

    Funny buffet story: When my kids were little, we used to go to Old Country Buffet once/week. My 4 year old looked around one time and stated (loudly) "There's a lot of fat people here!" I had never noticed it myself, but, boy, was he right! (And I was pretty embarrassed!)

    Great job pushing yourself on the exercising. Music makes things so much easier, doesn't it? It gives us that extra little push.

    3661 days ago
  • JLITT62
    10% incline? Wipes off sweat!

    Great job at the buffet. Remember how that felt!
    3661 days ago
    Don, you must give yourself more credit!! You have learned the new mindset now.

    "Unstoppable" was a fantastic movie - edge of the seat even though you knew how it would end!
    3661 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6184599
    "Crimes against my self" I love that!
    3661 days ago
    I'm impressed. Not only did you return to the scene of the crime and conquer, but you did a killer treadmill workout! What a guy!

    3661 days ago
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