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21 years

Friday, August 29, 2014

Yesterday was my 21st anniversary. My hubby put a really cute picture and sentiment on Facebook. I know that I am really blessed with the man that I married. He's put up with me and all my "busy." Over the years I've stayed busy with horses, dogs, kids, and now running/exercising.

We have common ground when it comes to the kids, but the rest were/are all my interests. I like to stay busy and I hate to sit around. I can't help it, it's just the way that I am.

Even yesterday, he came home for his lunch and I was out running/working out. We went out for dinner tonight and I did indulge just a little. I had a plain dinner salad without dressing, but did have the dinner roll. I also ate some spinach/artichoke dip with bread. The main course was chicken primavera with marinara sauce and I only ate half of it. I'm sure I was really close on calories and maybe went over a little, but it's only once in a great while so I'm ok with that.

I hope everyone is doing well! Keep moving!


  
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123ELAINE456 8/29/2014 11:30PM

  Congratulations and Happy Anniversary.

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LESLIELENORE 8/29/2014 10:17PM

    Sounds yummy! You are blessed.

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MICKEYD4 8/29/2014 9:53PM

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/29/2014 9:40PM

    I love to hear and see people that are in it for the long haul. It's great that you found the love of your life and that you are still happy with your choice! I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful Anniversary dinner! Happy 21st Anniversary! Wishing you many more years of happiness to together!
All my love,
Jan
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Great minds think alike!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Before I got a chance to read the responses from my lost blog, I decided to change up my workout. After talking to other healthy people, and now reading your responses, that is what I thought I should do.

So I did my normal 40 minutes walk, but did go faster as my "partner" wasn't at work today. I then ran over to the closest high school and did a cross fit routine up the stadium stairs. Part of it was one that my college daughter did with me, but the rest was all made up by me. I figured as long as I was moving, sweating, breathing hard, and my heart rate was up, I was doing well. Then, I ran home. Besides 30 minutes of stair cross fit, I also ran 30 minutes.

I do see that great minds think alike!! emoticon I'll continue to run as I have four 1/2 marathons in the next five weeks. (Oh, that just sounded crazy!) I'll throw in some elliptical workouts in there as well and maybe some cross fit, too.

Don't worry friends, I'll taper before I run the "races." Thanks! You all are emoticon !

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 8/29/2014 8:19PM

    Way to go girl! I am so proud of you! You are doing awesome! You put the Sparks in Sparks! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,
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BIGPAWSUP 8/29/2014 7:02PM

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KALIGIRL 8/29/2014 8:23AM

    Excellent!

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KANOE10 8/29/2014 8:00AM

    Good luck with the training and changes.

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BLUEJAY1969 8/29/2014 12:57AM

    emoticon GMTA! Good luck on your half marathons! You have a whole lot of get up and go! Hope your change up in routine works to break your plateau!
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Jeanne

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123ELAINE456 8/28/2014 11:35PM

  WTG!!!

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GHK1962 8/28/2014 10:11PM

    4 Half's?!?!?! In 5 weeks?!?!?!

I bow down to you!

And it sounds like you had an awesome workout too.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/28/2014 9:47PM

    Sounds great! Know you are getting very fit!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/28/2014 9:34PM

    You are rockin' it! Way to go!

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JCLJR4547 8/28/2014 8:58PM

  go for it!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/28/2014 8:45PM

    Excellent! Shake it up baby!

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BOILHAM 8/28/2014 8:38PM

    Wow a lot of races coming up. Rest up and have fun!

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STEVEN2GO2 8/28/2014 8:23PM

    Have fun with your four emoticon over the next five weeks! emoticon on a great day of exercising and mixing your workout up!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/28/2014 8:22PM

    So... you have a plan. Have fun with changing it up! emoticon

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I heard a strange thing...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I was talking to a friend about the "plateau" I've been on. I eat within my calorie range and I'm running three to four times a week, plus walking at least fives times a week for 40 minutes and my weight is still on the upper end of my range. She told me to stop working out for two weeks.

She recently saw "research" about that is someone is on a plateau despite doing "everything right" that one should stop working out for two weeks and that will "confuse" your body and you'll see progress again. This includes weight lose, strength training, endurance, etc.

Has anyone heard of this before? No, I won't be taking any time off until my Double 1/2 Mary Marathon in October.

  
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GLORIAMAJDI 8/28/2014 10:51AM

    I haven't tried this but I have heard of it. I am suddenly gaining - running more and eating about the same so I wonder if I should eat more. It's so hard to know what to do!

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GHK1962 8/27/2014 11:30PM

    Like the others, I have not heard what you mentioned your friend has said. Yes, we do need rest/recovery days....but 2 whole weeks seems like ... well...like ... just not exercising.

Then again, I do not profess to be an expert. If your friend can point you to the study or article then I say keep an open mind ... with some grains of salt of course.

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BETRHO48 8/27/2014 9:24PM

    I have read about taking breaks (a day or two here and there) and mixing up different types of exercise (cardio/aerobic vs weights/resistance) because your body and metabolism get used to the same old routine. I never heard of taking a long break like 2 weeks, but I am not a fitness expert.
There is some expert information on SP you might want to search out on this question.
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123ELAINE456 8/27/2014 3:27PM

  New One On Me.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/27/2014 11:30AM

    I have never heard of that before. When I read your a Plateau I change up the food I'm eating my exercise program. That always helps me! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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KANOE10 8/27/2014 8:18AM

    No. I have only heard of changing your exercise so try to break a plateau.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/27/2014 7:38AM

    Interesting... I wonder... as the brain starts spinning. I often drop after a race, particularly one for which I have properly tapered. There might be a little something under there!

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TERI-RIFIC 8/27/2014 5:33AM

    I've never heard of this. I have tried eating a bit more for several days and this has seemed to work for me.

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BLUEJAY1969 8/27/2014 3:49AM

    I agree with THEFIERYHEART in that you should not stop altogether but change it up. Maybe do some workout DVDs or some resistance band training. Anything to keep on moving. I am afraid I would give up completely if I took a 2 week break! Be sure to let us know what does get you off that plateau!
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KNEEMAKER 8/26/2014 11:36PM

  new one for me

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KELLIEBEAN 8/26/2014 10:37PM

    Never heard of it, couldn't do it.

There are so many variables to losing and maintaining, who's to say what absolutely does and does not work.

I second what THFIREYHEART said, changing workouts every few weeks and trying different healthy foods help to keep bodies responding.



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LESLIELENORE 8/26/2014 10:23PM

    I would go nuts! I need the physical activity to keep my mind and emotions in balance. I could see taking two or three days off though.

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THEFIERYHEART 8/26/2014 10:13PM

    I've never heard that you should stop altogether, but I have heard that you should mix it up and try new things. If you start exercising in a way that your body isn't used to, it will work harder and burn more calories. Maybe you should keep your running regimen, but mix up your other workouts. Try something other than walking.

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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/26/2014 10:09PM

    I have never heard of that. I have heard of calorie cycling. Two weeks seems like too long. Perhaps if you did yoga and walking for the two weeks, so that you are keeping joints healthy.

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I changed three times.

Monday, August 25, 2014

It was my last "longer" run before my 1/2 marathon on Sunday. Remember I am walking this one with a friend of mine that has back problems and is 3 month pregnant. Her doctor gave her the all clear as long as she walks. I hope she can keep up. emoticon Just kidding, I'll stick with her!

Anyway, I went out for my run and I realized it was warmer than when I left work. I set a route and started off. As I ran, my body reminded me that I was still really tired from all the work of the weekend and getting up early this morning. So I changed my route to one slightly shorter.

As I continued running, the sun and lack of breeze made it seem even hotter. I decided to shorten my run a little more. I ran one of my regular routes, but I ran it "backwards." It always amazes me how different the same distance can feel when you run it a different way.

I did finish and felt good. I ended up running 4. 55 miles. My original was about two miles longer and the second distance would have been about a mile longer. I'm happy that I listened to my body. I'm going to listen to it again and head to bed.

Get out and move! Happy exercising, sparkfriends!

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/26/2014 9:04PM

    emoticon Love mixing up the routes, too! May you rest that precious body well, so it will be ready to be a coiled spring by Sunday. You may not be running it, but you'll be spending "social energy" encouraging your friend! emoticon

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    emoticon Enjoy the emoticon with your friend Sunday!

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MEXGAL1 8/26/2014 1:46PM

    Totally cool!

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LESLIELENORE 8/26/2014 12:57PM

    Good that you listened!

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KALIGIRL 8/26/2014 8:42AM

    Here's to body awareness!
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TERI-RIFIC 8/26/2014 6:12AM

    emoticon hills, heat and humidity - the triple threat. You probably could have changed clothes 3 times if able! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 8/26/2014 6:02AM

  Awesome!!! Great Job in listening to Your Body. Keep It Up. Have a Nice Day. God Blessings Always. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!o Everyone. Take Care.

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KPETSCHE 8/26/2014 1:03AM

    Great job on listening to what the body was telling you. It was pretty nice today compared to the weekend but it's still pretty hot when you get out after work like that. Good luck with your half marathon on Sunday.
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GHK1962 8/25/2014 11:40PM

    Alright ... that is a good run / listening to your body exercise you just did.

Also, I once read in Runners World that it's a good thing to do your routes backwards. It gives your running both a different feel, and you don't get as bored, even though you're doing a similar distance. I should do that with one of the routes I do. :)

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BLUEJAY1969 8/25/2014 10:32PM

    Great job in listening to your body talk! Good luck with next Sundays marathon!
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JANTHEBLONDE 8/25/2014 10:22PM

    You are awesome! I am so proud of you running 4.55 Miles today! I am so happy to hear that you are listening to your body! You are with Sparks's all about! You put the Sparks in Sparks! I hope you have a nice and relaxing evening!
"sweet dreams!" xoxo
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A busy day!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I was dressed and ready to go for a run when I took Halo out for a potty break. I brought him back in and went to take the bag off his foot, it keeps the splint dry, and the entire cast came off! In the car and off to the vet's we went.

I dropped him off and decided to go for a run while I waited. I only ran a half an hour and went 3.45 miles, but with the humidity I was satisfied with that. I then walked up to Starbucks for a cup of coffee. There was a young mom with her little girl. We chatted and she told me her daughter was almost three. It was so cute how they would give kisses and hugs. I commented on how to treasure this time. I decided to "pay it forward" and bought her coffee and the little girls vanilla milk, as she called it. I went outside and sat and drank my coffee thinking about how great life is.

I came home and cleaned my house, the oven, the kitchen floor and did laundry. Then, I whipped up a batch of turkey lasagna and sautéed eggplant and tomatoes. It was yummy. Now a few more things to finish up and a cup of coffee to drink.

It's been a busy, but good day!

  
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BETRHO48 8/25/2014 4:28PM

    Wow! What a win!
Great work (and fun!).
~Beth

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KALIGIRL 8/25/2014 8:18AM

    Excellent day!

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LESLIELENORE 8/24/2014 1:54PM

    Poor pup! Sounds like a good day other than that.

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123ELAINE456 8/24/2014 12:44PM

  Sounds like a Great Day. Hope Halo recovers quickly. God Blessings Always. Take Care.

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KANOE10 8/24/2014 12:03PM

    I like the pay it forward approach. That was a lovely day. Hope Halo is better.

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MEXGAL1 8/24/2014 11:39AM

    wow, great busy day and so much done. You surely have a sense of accomplishment. Love that.
Have a great Sunday
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BLUEJAY1969 8/23/2014 9:29PM

    What a sweet way to spend your wait time! How nice of you to pay it forward! Great job on getting a run in even though you were busy!
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SLENDERELLA61 8/23/2014 9:21PM

    Loved this blog! Your pay it forward and delight in life is beautiful. You did great taking care of Halo and getting your run.(Wish I did training runs at 7.5 minute per mile pace. Great!)! Good job on cleaning and cooking and I sense you appreciated your accomplishment. Good for you!!) Hoping Halo heals well!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/23/2014 9:19PM

    Sounds like you had a really nice day.... besides Halo's cast falling off! Your dinner sounds absolutely yummy Turkey sausage and sautéed eggplant and tomatoes! Yum Yum!
I hope you have a nice and relaxing evening! Sending lots of hugs your way!
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BIGPAWSUP 8/23/2014 9:06PM

    Sounds like a great day! I could never keep the cast on my dog's leg when it broke either. He'll be ok.

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COOLRAIN 8/23/2014 8:56PM

    Hope Halo mends quickly. Sounds like you had a busy but rewarding day.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/23/2014 8:51PM

    Warmed my heart to read of your "pay it forward"... it really busts any negative feelings when you start doing for others, doesn't it?

Sorry Halo had to have yet another trip to the vet.

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