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Salty Upper Lip: Prepping for 5K

Saturday, April 12, 2014

We've been graced by stupendous spring-into-summer-like weather this weekend and EVERYBODY'S heading outdoors! Today I began in earnest to prepare for the Binghamton Bridge Run, my only 5K of the year...good timing since I am still taking the anti-coagulant and am staying off the bike.

So I focus on jogging...or fast-walking...lol!

One voice told myself before heading out to our Vestal Rail - Trail to jog 4 miles: first of the season, take it easy, it's okay if you need to walk some of it.

The other voice? "Heh: no WAY are you gonna walk!" ;-)

And nope, I didn't...my time for 4 miles wasn't TOO bad, 50 mins. or 12.5 min. mile. Considering my best 5K time over the past few years has only been an 11 min. mile I thought I did pretty good for my first crack at it today. My tunes were as helpful as ever...Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark had a spot-on pace for my jog. Got my salty upper lip, just like I do when I have a hard ride on my bike!

I waved at a couple of cyclists from the bike club as they rode by...longing to join them, but being oh-so-patient with the process!

Yesterday I met with the fellow at the Arrhythmia Center who ran the test on my pacemaker and determined that everything was looking good. I'll be getting my own box for doing the same in a few weeks. I was very precise in my questioning of him: So the readings today indicate that my heart is doing what it should, not dropping beats, no blood pooling in the atrium any longer? Correct, he said. And this is wired directly to my cardiologist, right? Correct.

Well even though I don't meet with the cardiologist until May 19th, I'm going to start e-mailing her next week about discontinuing my anti-coagulant and see if I can get started BEFORE May 19th...!

The box is a very non-intrusive process and unlike my earlier explanation of this occurring every night in my sleep I can run the test any time and it's only necessary to run once every few months. Easy peasy!

The pounds are holding steady these days...some zig-zagging but lately holding around 216.5. I'm enjoying downsizing my clothes...even though the pounds aren't dropping I feel like the inches are. Have to get cozy with the tape measure sometime. I'm actually getting a teensy sense of scrawniness around my shoulders and upper chest and eager to get back to my upper body strength training, but am still restricted: no heavy lifting, pushing, etc. This should be discontinued also when I meet with my cardiologist on May 19th.

Sometimes I get a little frustrated over the plateau, but mostly I'm "okay" with it...realizing that a "pause for the cause" ain't such a bad idea! This isn't a race, it's all about building a lifestyle that can weather the test of time. I also tell myself that numbers are one thing, but what works when it comes to living my life is another.

The "hungries" have reared their head now & then...and although I've overindulged in the quantity of food, I've stood firm in maintaining my zero-sugar, zero-grain, no-food from 9 pm until noon approach...occasionally creeping up to 10 pm. Avoiding sugar and grains has worked well for me and I think I will be able to stand by this approach, with some thoughts of adding oatmeal when cycling comes along...but keeping my oats "clean" with no sugar or butter, just lots of cinnamon and banana to sweeten it.

So all in all, I've been keepin' on, keepin' on!

Hope everyone is savoring weather that's just as tasty as ours has been this weekend! :-)


PS: Update! Down 2 pounds all of a sudden today! 14 pounds from GOAL! More proof that if you work your SPARK the pay-offs will come! :-)
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    Way to go, Don!! You're becoming a very wise man. Glad to hear that things look positive on the medical side. You'll nail that 5K if you're already running 4 miles. I'd like to keep up a little running, but focusing on getting my bike legs back right now.

    We're enjoying beautiful weather, too. At least until tomorrow.
    2473 days ago
    WTG on cutting out the grains and sugar - and on the good results! Looking forward to your training blogs and, of course, rooting for you as you do your 5K - soon!
    2473 days ago
    Good job with the release of 2 lbs.! You are right to be patient with the process and sounds like you did well with that. Hmmm...the hungries get to me sometimes, too, and sounds like you did well quelling that beast!

    I do so much better, too, with both salt and sugar out of my system! Both are so darned addictive and more importantly, don't agree w/my body! So, if it doesn't agree with me, I'm not putting it in me!

    Good luck and here's to a good sparking week.

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    Good for Don - see back on Track Cycling and hitting the Happy Trail Me too and loving it ! Love Steele Oats ! Thanks for the support - Oh name change - a gift to myself for my third Spark Anniversary - Happy Spring - Yeah Karen
    2473 days ago
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    Great news all around!! Way to run it!! So glad your added equipment isn't going to be a bother! Imagine getting to do what you love by May 19!
    Hope your great weather continues and you can get outside regularly!
    Congrats on the weight loss! May it continue!
    2473 days ago
    I used to live in Binghamton - back in the late 1990s. I worked at the Agway store and lived on Broome Street.

    It feels so good to get outside and exercise. So much better than the treadmill and stationary bike.
    2474 days ago
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    You are creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself! The pause for a cause is needed and you are doing a great job of taking care of yourself. Your healthy eating is working and your maintenance is going well.

    Have fun in the next race!
    2474 days ago
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    I feel your pain about not being able to ride. I had a doctor-ordered lay off last summer. I walked. A lot. Sometimes three times a day.

    Hang in there : all will be right with the world again soon!
    2474 days ago
    I've started to nix grains from my diet recently. I read an article about how many "teaspoons" of sugar are in one's diet. They gave the formula for figuring it out. Take your total amount of carbs, for example, my low end recommended by Spark is 165 grams of carbs, so we'll use that number. (I have often times eaten up to 200 grams of carbs in a day, but usually stay at the low end as I tried to get more healthy fats into my diet, which fill me up for long periods of time.)

    Now, subtract the grams of fiber you ate from the carbs and then divide by 5 and that will give you the # of tsps of sugar (because all food is converted into sugar when it is digested) that you consumed in a day.

    The target is 6-12 tsps., so 165 g of carbs minus 40 g of fiber = 125 divided 5 = 25 tsps of sugar!! I was like WOAH!

    I have slowly, using baby steps, been reducing the carbs and so far (over 4 days) have reduced it to an average of 20 tsps a day. Yesterday was a mere 14 tsps, but I gotta say, it ain't easy!
    2474 days ago
    This is totally impressive! Great run, and great progress with your heart health. Great discipline on the food front too.

    You are indeed building a lifestyle that will stand the test of time.
    2474 days ago
    Good job sticking with the plan. I've got relatives up in your 'neck of the woods' - nice area.
    2474 days ago
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    Don, try quinoa also. I hope your oatmeal is the slow cook type. It's best to start from scratch always.

    You are doing very well and being a good boy with your program. Caution is not being thrown in the trash bin and you'll make more long lasting progress that way.

    Keep on keeping on.
    2474 days ago
    That's a pretty good clip, all things considered. Hope Judith and I see you at the Bridge Run.
    2474 days ago
    staying sensible and steady is super
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  • 123ELAINE456
    Sounds like you are progressing forward very well. Keep it up. You done great on you jogging run too. WTG!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.
    2474 days ago
    Love the background photo... I remember that trail... think it's had some upgrades in the past 15 years! Glad to hear you're making good progress in getting back to 100%.
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