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Picking up the pace . . .

Friday, December 19, 2014

. . . barely.

My last blog was five months after it's immediate precursor. This entry is 2-and-a-half months since the last. Does that mean I'm moving twice as fast as I was? Gotta love statistics ; )

Pathetic record, eh wot? I've lost 12 or 15 lbs. since October 1. BUT it's been the same 3 lbs lost and found and lost found yet again several times.

Net weight movement since return from England at September's end: nil : (

However, in my defence, I did have THE COLD from Canadian Thanksgiving in mid-October till the end of November. I'm finally feeling fitness-ready now that it's nearly Christmas. I went for a walk this morning--5 k. That felt good. I plan to go again tomorrow, probably not on Sunday or Monday due to interferences too messy to work around. Will I be a good boy and walk again on Tuesday? Here's hoping!

Gotta say, I appreciate those boosts I get from Old SparkFriends when I receive a Spark Trophy, etc. It's heartening to know that even when I'm being a lax Sparker, others are being faithful and encouraging. Thanks, Guys! Love this site.

In case this in the last entry before Christmas, I wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who read this blog! Virtual though they may be, our friendships are valuable and I treasure them.

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/19/2014 11:13PM

    Thanks, GETSTRONGERRR. You're definitely one of the Faithful Ones : ) Hope all's well with you and yours. Keep on Sparkin' !

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/19/2014 11:04PM

    Thanks Ken...welcome back to the land of the blogging!

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Here we go again.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

So. My last blog was May 4th. Five--that's *FIVE* months ago. I'm now at my all-time heaviest. Coincident? I THINK NOT!

To explain, after a lazy summer, we're just back from two weeks in England. Wonderful trip, awesome--and I mean AWE-some sense of history, visiting all those hundred-, even thousand-year old structures.

BUT: you know how 'they' say English food is yuck? Well, I'm here, rotund like never before, to tell you that just ain't so! English food was delicious, tempting and plentiful. I'd consume more calories for breakfast than I normally consume all day here at home, and no amount of walking, stressing or stair-climbing in and out of the "Tube" kept the ensuing rotundity at bay.

So here we go again, reporting to Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker; measuring serving sizes; dodging fat, salt and sugar; making sure the plate is 50% fresh fruit and veggies at *every* meal; and EXERCISING, goldarn it!

On the plus side--I gave blood today. Some sites suggest that is equivalent to burning close to 1000 calories. Fine by me : ) Another plus: the nurse who took my vitals prior to my donation asked if I exercise regularly because my resting pulse is nice and low--she wrote "athletic pulse" on my chart. Made my day!

So, all is not lost on the fitness front. And at a steady loss pace of 1.5 lb per week, I'll be back at target weight by Christmas.

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NWFL59 12/5/2014 7:06PM

    Glad you had a terrific time while over in England and by now are probably near or maybe at your renewed goal.
I need to do something similar myself as I've become sloppy in my own tracking and its definitely showing too. emoticon

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JOYATLAST 10/22/2014 1:03AM

    "Athletic Pulse"? I like that!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 10/2/2014 4:52PM

    I am so glad you are back. Your trip sounds like fun and it also sounds like you have a plan to get back to your former size. Pull those running tights back on and hit the road again. emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 10/2/2014 4:05AM

    Sorry to hear about your setback. Gaining health is a long, almost never ending process.

I have heard recently about a couple of people who are getting off the health chase. Folksinger Leonard Cohen has recently said that he is starting smoking again at the age of 80. He figures he's had all the health in life he needs.

My wife read to me about another guy who at age 75 has decided it's not important to take his meds any longer. He's not into extending his life into decrepitude.

I am finding that the weight loss and fitness quest can be very rewarding and actually kind of fun. Hope you find the same. Glenn

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UKNOWITNOW 10/1/2014 11:59PM

  emoticon Glad you enjoyed your trip. emoticon

We will be traveling to Germany soon. I hope we stay so busy we don't have much time to eat. emoticon

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I Ran

Sunday, May 04, 2014

On April 27th. In Vancouver. For the Vancouver Sun Run. 10k.

Well, I should say I walk-ran. Well, maybe I should say I shuffled. But I did do the course.

*And*. Get this: I bettered my last year's time by a few seconds! Go figure. This after the most erratic, on-again-off-again training period in the history of running, I'm sure.

So the course timer says I finished the 10k in 84 minutes--right in the middle of my age group and pace group. But *I* know I did better than that because *I* know I had to make a potty stop : )

What's the take-away? What *could* I have done if I'd trained faithfully??? What will I do at the YMCA Fall Run in Prince George when I've trained faithfully over the intervening months?

'Cause I *will* train. I like myself better when I'm training. It's as simple as that.

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JOYATLAST 10/22/2014 1:01AM

    Love your question: What *could* I have done if I'd trained faithfully???

It's a fairly new question I've been asking myself now that I'm out there doing stuff.

Here's to throwing off limits and going for the gold!

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RUN4FOOD 5/5/2014 9:37PM

    Good for you.
Hope your training over the summer goes well.
I love to run. I usually run by myself. Races give me motivation, keep me focused and give me a chance to socialize with fellow runners.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 5/5/2014 5:49PM

    And did you wear your tights? emoticon You did improve your time so emoticon

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How many people did *not* run today?

Friday, March 28, 2014

That's what I have to ask myself when I run but am not satisfied with my efforts. Remember, Self, you did more today to achieve fitness than millions in this country did. Give yourself a little credit!

So anyway, I did run. On the Dreadmill. It was a surprisingly good run, actually. Whereas I've only been able to run 2 minutes/walk 2 outdoors, on the dreadmill I was able to run 15 minutes, walk 5, and that's with the dreadmill at a 5% incline. I did that for an hour. Only covered 3.4 k, but whatthehell whatthehell it was a significant improvement in endurance, so I'm happy with it.

As PAULOBRY suggested, I've incorporated Usain's 'lightening bolt' stance as the final act in my day's run--a little celebratory, self-congratulatory concluding ritual. "A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?", right? ; )

Thanks for all the encouraging remarks, SparkFriends. They really do make a difference : )

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/31/2014 11:57AM

    No matter what your speed, you're always faster than the guy sitting on his couch. I'm paraphrasing a T-shirt I saw.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 3/28/2014 2:22PM

    I had to look up the 'lightening bolt' stance. emoticon that would be awesome! I've been running a bit myself lately but now I'm gonna have to do the stance at the end. But only in my yard with no one watching. emoticon

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NWFL59 3/28/2014 11:15AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RHOOK20047 3/28/2014 11:13AM

    Good job, I hope someday I will be able to run again. It is on my list of things to accomplish! Good run! I am envious!

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PLMITCH 3/28/2014 11:03AM

    Clearly runners and other folks who exercise regularly are in the minority. We just need to keep spreading the exercise "gospel"...

Nice run, BTW, and 5% incline! OOOOF!


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BELSNICKEL 3/28/2014 7:33AM

    Good job! Keep in the running.

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RUN4FOOD 3/28/2014 7:18AM

    Yay! Glad you are in there doing it.

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PMRUNNER 3/28/2014 6:07AM

    Great note! Good reminder to get out there and do it!

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PAULOBRY 3/28/2014 6:04AM

    Looking forward to the selfie being posted.

P.S. If you are wearing those darn tights (and indoors at that), please choose your selfie with your team members in mind.

Comment edited on: 3/28/2014 4:01:45 PM

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SPEEDY143 3/28/2014 2:25AM

    Run for me emoticon because I can't emoticon What I can do is walk and often when I don't think I can take another step I think of all the people who wish they could and can't... I do it for them and in turn I benefit emoticon

emoticon'lightening bolts' emoticonfor YOU!!!!!! Keep up your good works indoors or out... Just Do It emoticon

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BETRHO48 3/28/2014 1:23AM

    emoticon Yes! At least you are doing something to improve your health - walking - running.
Sadly, a lot of people are not.

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As sexy as . . .

Saturday, March 15, 2014

. . . Usain Bolt.

That's how I felt on my run today, wearing my Sun Run running tights. No one else knew of course, as I wore windbreaker pants over them--it's still late winter here. But the tights did what I needed them to do. Wearing them was a motivation to get out there and start my training for the 10k Sun Run. It'll have to be a highly-accelerated training--I should have started several weeks ago and the Run is just 6 weeks away.

I'm carrying almost 20 pounds more than I was when I did the run last year; I'm so out of shape that I could only include 8 1-minute running intervals in my 40-minute session. My walking pace was fairly brisk, though, and I felt good at the end of the session so I think I'll be hitting much more reasonable running intervals in a few days.

Also got back together with my old pal, the Nutrition Tracker today. Gosh, I missed him. He's the only one who really tells it like it is!

Having done some exercise and stretched out afterwards and had a shower, I feel so invigorated that I shake my head in disbelief that I let myself get out of the fitness habit. Here's to being back on track and staying there!

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TMW54812 3/27/2014 6:52PM

    You may have lost a battle or two but you know you're gonna win the war!

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HEATHER1969 3/23/2014 11:50PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS Ken..... I know you can!

It only take 21 days to make a habit..... and you have just over that until the sun run now..... Kick some butt and take some names !!!!

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PLMITCH 3/16/2014 10:07PM

    Glad you had a good workout. I bet those 20 pounds will melt off!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/16/2014 4:10PM

    All good Ken....if you haven't tried it before, I recommend the run-walk method espoused by Jeff Galloway. Basically run a mile, walk a minute (or any other interval that suits your fancy.) It's amazing how much this little technique can increase your capacity

good luck!

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RHOOK20047 3/16/2014 10:04AM

    You will get it back together. This is the time of year that is easy to put the exercise on the shelf. It's too cold, it's snowy, it's wet, etc. Sprint is here and time to get it together, and I am sure you will be ready for your run.

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PAULOBRY 3/16/2014 8:25AM

    Did you do the "lightning bolt" at the end of the run?

One thing I have "discovered" in my reading on running, is the impact that extra weight has on your time. I'm anxious to lose another 10 lbs as to be a fast runner, I need to lose about 100 lbs!

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ADKISTLER 3/16/2014 1:45AM

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GREENGENES 3/16/2014 1:14AM

    Woo Hoo!

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