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Proud of myself!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I woke up feeling drained from a difficult week, and I decided I was too tired to go to my Zumba class. It turns out that was the right decision. It gave me time to wake up completely and start to feel better, and I was then able to salvage my exercise for the day by going to the gym after all and jogging on the treadmill. I put the incline up a little and jogged at my normal pace, and it felt good. Then for a burst at the end, I ran the last two minutes at 5.5 m.p.h., which is fast for me. I felt so happy about that, and it felt really great!
After my 20 minute jog, I did my regular weights routine. It's a nice, moderate routine that takes about 20 minutes. And when I got home, I shoveled our driveway. Yeah me!
Just about 3 years ago, I was stricken with Bell's palsy, and for weeks I was sicker than I'd ever been in my life so I'm extra proud that I was able to crawl back from that to being healthy and actually even stronger than ever. Woo hoo!
Thanks to Spark People and all the many, many people who took the time to support me! I am truly grateful!
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p.s. I just checked and it turns out I got sick 4 years ago, not three. Time flies!

  
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HDHAWK 2/4/2014 6:17PM

    Wow! Good for you!

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SANDRALEET 2/4/2014 10:49AM

    We can do more then we exspect

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/4/2014 9:56AM

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ELIZACG9 1/30/2014 11:54AM

    I like to sleep in too..hope your ok now. emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/29/2014 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon WOOHOO YOU ARE SO AWESOME! you inspire me to keep going!

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THINRONNA 1/28/2014 4:10AM

    I am proud of you too! what an inspirational and amazing woman you are. Frankly, I am talking about the gym win! ...the comeback from Bell's palsy is beyond amazing. I am go very glad to have "met" you hear and I very much look forward to reading more about your successes! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOCALGAL 1/26/2014 7:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration and testament to the power of a healthy lifestyle and not giving in when faced with difficult circumstances. Keep up the good work! ~Maria

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TAFODIL24 1/25/2014 6:10PM

    W - O - W, Mary ~ that's super emoticon

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IONA72 1/25/2014 3:45PM

    Glad you had a good day Mary, you have made an amazing recovery. It would be so easy just to sit back and do nothing. Keep up the good work, we all benefit from the SP support we give each other. emoticon

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STFRENCH 1/25/2014 2:48PM

    Yeah you indeed! Well done for your healthy, fit day: you're an inspiration emoticon

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The treadmill revisited

Monday, January 13, 2014

I ran as fast as I could for several days. Not THAT fast, mind you, but fast for me. And then I was tired, so tired, and so on Sunday I got on the treadmill and decided to jog at my old pace and for just 20 minutes. It seemed SO easy!
What lesson did I learn? I need to keep mixing it up and challenging myself just a little bit more. Not too much... My goal is general good health. But, yes, occasional challenges are very much in order.
In that same spirit, I got out of work later than expected and could have skipped my Pilates class because I was going to be 10 minutes late. But I decided to go anyway, no matter what, and it was the right decision.
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ELIZACG9 1/30/2014 11:55AM

    I know I want to run with my dog, she pulls me but, I prefer to walk.. emoticon emoticon

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RELEASETHESTARS 1/23/2014 6:40PM

  good job for going to the class anyways, I know I probably would've made a similar excuse and just not gone :/
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WENDYANNE61 1/19/2014 9:39AM

    So glad you are still at it, Mary! Mixing and switching up your routine will help you get stronger in the long run and before you know it, you will be running your 5k! Thinking of you! emoticon

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IONA72 1/14/2014 5:33PM

    Good work, I didn't really want to do my strength video today but I felt GREAT once it was done! emoticon

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THINRONNA 1/14/2014 7:37AM

    Such the right decision! Some times it can be so hard to go with the plan but once you do it feels great! Nice job on getting on that tread mill as well. I think that pushing our selves and then finding something that we once found hard to be easy is a wonderful thing. Plus is is really nice to have easy exercise days. emoticon

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CHERYLE51 1/13/2014 8:58PM

    Way to go.

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My, my, my!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

I was on the treadmill at the gym tonight and noticed that there is a setting marked "5K." Okay, that's my goal for this year so I decided to try it. I chose Level 2, thinking that would be modest but do-able. Oh, boy!!! Level 2 means running over 6 m.p.h. for 3.1 miles. Are you kidding me? I thought I was pushing it by "running" at 4.5 for most of my 1 mile....Soooo, I cranked it up to 5.0 and ran for a mile and 1/4. Not easy, but I did it! Still a ways to go!
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ELIZACG9 1/30/2014 11:56AM

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CHERYLE51 1/13/2014 9:01PM

    That is great! I would love to do a 5K, walking at least. I know I could do it. It's just a matter of signing up for one. You are doing so good. I am doing much better with my knee and upper leg pain. I did some stretching exercises and it felt good. Actually working today was a good thing. I felt really sore this morning, limped up the steps, but as the day went on, it felt a lot better.

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IONA72 1/11/2014 2:27PM

    Keep at it emoticon

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DOLLYHOLLY 1/11/2014 9:03AM

    I so envy your ability to run... You're blessed :)

emoticon And maybe one day soon I can ambulate and run again too.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/10/2014 9:26AM

    WOOHOO!!!! I know you will get there one day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THINRONNA 1/10/2014 3:03AM

    Fantastic! You are well on your way my friend! emoticon

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KHCHARMED1987 1/9/2014 10:10PM

    Way to go! One day you will click the 5k and be able to do it in a breeze!! emoticon

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Nailed it! And then some....

Friday, January 03, 2014

I drove to the gym in a snow storm in order to run on the treadmill. Okay, it's crazy, but I wanted to do it. And I nailed jogging a mile, most of it at 4.3-4.5 m.p.h. Woo hoo! It was more of a challenge mentally than physically. I've been gearing up physically with interval training, but I had not tried to run non-stop for a mile since, oh, elementary school? In any case, I did it! And I can absolutely see myself doing a 5K later this year.
I went to Pilates class right after doing the mile, and since I was the only person who showed up for class, I got individualized attention and a fabulous demanding workout. Wow!
Follow that with an hour or so of heavy snow shoveling this morning, woo, can you see why I'm tired? I'm gonna take the rest of the day to recover and maybe tomorrow too. Great new start to the new year. My code word this year is "optimistic"!

  
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WENDYANNE61 1/7/2014 12:14PM

    Great stuff, Mary! You are really taking the new year by the horns! Looking forward to hearing all about your progress towards the 5k! Go for it!! emoticon

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THINRONNA 1/4/2014 5:11AM

    Fantastic!!!! I am not surprised at all you did it!!! I completely understand about the mental aspect. Running is very much in your head. I look forward to reading about your progress and your successes!

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/3/2014 5:40PM

    emoticon Wow... That is just absolutely super! You have had one active day for sures :)

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FITWITHIN 1/3/2014 4:10PM

    Awesome job! I went to the gym this morning, and it was bare. We only had 4 people show up for Zumba. However, after an half hour one more person did show up. Our class normally has about 40 - 45 people. The snow kept them away. Keep up the great work and you'll do great in a 5k.

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DOLLYHOLLY 1/3/2014 3:43PM

    emoticon Your accomplishment at the gym is very inspiring to me. As you know I've been a whit stressed out about my health, but hearing about your success at the gym spurs me on! So emoticon

Yes, let's be eternally (and stubbornly) optimistic. I recall a friend once said he had an "obstinate optimism" that no obstacles in life can ever destroy. That's what we can have too :)

emoticon & HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 to a gorgeous friend!



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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/3/2014 3:38PM

    LOOK AT YOU! SO PROUD OF YOU!!!

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A new goal

Thursday, January 02, 2014

My goal for this year is to participate in a 5K race. I'm not the racing kind normally, but I think I can do a 5K and it seems like a good way to challenge myself just a bit. I'm heading to the gym later today and will see if I can jog a mile without stopping. I've been doing intervals of walk/jog for the last couple weeks and I think I can probably survive a mile without trouble, but we'll see. I'm also going to pilates class. That has helped my overall strength quite a bit and I'm loving it!!!
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JUST_TRI_IT 1/3/2014 5:41PM

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Oh yeah! The neat thing about these events is the energy you can feel all around you. Hard to describe but wonderful to feel. CONGRATS on being excited about this goal. You will rock it!

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THINRONNA 1/3/2014 5:51AM

    Nice! You can do it! I think a 5K is a great goal for this year. I hope you blog about your mile run once you are done.

Happy New Year Friend!!!!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/2/2014 10:52AM

    YOU CAN TOTALLY DO IT! I heard people like the couch 2 5k program and that it has really helped them!

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