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My daughter kicked my butt.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I ran 9.5 miles last night. It was a beautiful night for a "long" run. Long in my book, anyway.

Tonight I went with my daughter to "the stairs." Here she put me through her college cross fit conditioning workout. Thirty minutes of high heart rate, sweat and "feeling muscles." I felt so out of shape. Her reply was that it was a different type of fit.

I get it, but it kicked my butt. It was a nice ego boost for her since she was the one in better shape doing this workout. She runs with me, but it's more strenuous for her. Now we both know how the other feels.

I felt good when it was over!! Do something that will challenge you and maybe even kick your butt! Happy moving!

  


Which numbers are better?

Monday, July 28, 2014

My body is driving me crazy. I am running three days a week and normally, I'd lose about five pounds. I haven't lost a single one! I've looked over the list of symptoms for perimenopause and I have many of them.

Here's my "struggle." Although I weigh about 3 -5 lbs more than I like, I feel great. My IT band is doing fine and my energy is good. Then, yesterday happened!! My daughters and I were in a store and the lady behind the counter asked if we were related. We all looked at her as I said that I'm their mother. She said, "Wow!" Then, she just looked at us and repeated it her comment. My friend repeated what she had told me earlier, that I'm "aging younger."

So now which number is better? My weight has increased, but my age has "decreased." So now what do I do? The scale number plasy with my head, but I like "being younger."

I realize that this really isn't a problem, but it kind of is for me, mentally. Comments encouraged and appreciated. emoticon

  
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LESLIELENORE 7/29/2014 9:59PM

    Being thought younger is a big morale booster for me. I love getting carded, or asked if I am my niece's sister. The number on the scale is a good guideline, but how you look and feel is ultimately more important... and you look good.

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KALIGIRL 7/29/2014 1:25PM

    Sounds like the emoticon is 'counting' your muscle mass!
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KANOE10 7/29/2014 10:01AM

    That was another great nsv of you looking younger. You do look great. Go with what makes you happy. If it really upsets you to not weigh a certain weight, then go for that weight. However, if you can be happy and fit all of your clothes at your current weight, you could consider just staying there. There is no doubt that menopause can mess up your metabolism with hormonal changes. I just read that there is a decrease in estrogen and that causes fat build up around the stomach.

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/28/2014 10:17PM

    You look fabulous and if you feel great too, why stress over it?

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KONRAD695 7/28/2014 9:07PM

    You know physics has proved the faster an object moves, the more it affects the gravitational waves around it.

Maybe you just run too fast! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 7/28/2014 8:57PM

    A good BMI, a healthy weight, good muscle tone, we're talking a decent payload to run with. The girls on the runway have nothing over the women on the run!
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BIGPAWSUP 7/28/2014 7:08PM

    I really think you have to go with how you FEEL. 3 to 5 lbs is not that big of a deal.

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/28/2014 7:06PM

    That is awesome that your your age has decreased! That's absolutely wonderful! Welcome to perimenopause! LOL I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs and love!
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MEXGAL1 7/28/2014 6:47PM

    For sure I vote for the younger age!!! Oh and feeling healthy. I too was struggling with that darn scale not being friendly to me. Then someone on sparks said that I was stressing too much about it and that would keep the number higher than I wanted...just the stress. So they encouraged me to think in terms of a range...so for me my range will now be 105-110 and only freak out when it gets to the top of the range.
so that is my new plan.
enjoy your evening.
Sallie

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HOLLYM48 7/28/2014 6:03PM

    As long as you feel great and are looking great, nobody can see the difference those 5 lbs make except you when you weigh! Enjoy looking and acting young and don't worry about the scale number!

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TRIXYMAHOGANY 7/28/2014 5:48PM

    The weight number is a vanity number. Who cares how much you weigh as long as you feel great and are healthy?

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Great "conversation."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I knew that we'd have some great conversation about the catcalls. I guess I find them annoying because I'm either in the zone or trying to get in the zone. When someone honks or yells at me, it distracts me and I "lose my momentum."

Once again, this is a perk of Spark. We can put a topic out there and, even though we may all not agree, we can discuss it and find some common ground. If no common ground can be found, at least we all respect each other and our own opinions.

You all are emoticon ! I'm so glad that we are sharing this venture, as well as having great "conversations."

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KONRAD695 7/27/2014 10:55PM

    Went for a run tonight. Waved at every car. Just because it's polite. emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/27/2014 10:42PM

    You are so totally right, SparkPeople is a place to share and although we sometimes have different ideas or opinions, everyone seems to have a respect for that - there is just so much support, kindness and understanding here!

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MEXGAL1 7/27/2014 11:56AM

    Yes this site is awesome and I love following so many of the members and their lives.
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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KANOE10 7/27/2014 8:02AM

    That is the benefit to Spark..conversations and respecting each others' opinions!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/27/2014 6:23AM

    Thought it was an interesting point of view. I enjoyed reading the comments!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/26/2014 11:58PM

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/26/2014 10:33PM

    I love your blog! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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Are catcalls good or bad?

Friday, July 25, 2014

I was watching GMA this morning. They had a woman on there that talked about catcalls. She would approach them and tell them that their behavior made her uncomfortable and that it wasn't appreciated. (More or less.) She also hands out business cards that tell the caller that their opinion isn't welcomed and it made her uncomfortable. Here is a link to the cards.http://www.cardsagainstharassment.co
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One TV personality said that as she gets older, she's in her 40's, she doesn't mind it. She said it makes her feel that she is still attractive and that she wants to tell the caller thank you.
I find it annoying. When I'm out running, I don't need or welcome someone honking at me or yelling. I'm not out there for anyone else but me. I always say good morning to people I see along the way, so I'm friendly. I just don't appreciate unwanted or unsolicited attention.

What is your opinion of being the recipient of catcalls? Do you think age makes a difference? How do you feel when you are yelled at, honked at or whistled at when you are simply minding your own business?

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MEXGAL1 7/27/2014 11:55AM

    It sure would be annoying when you are running...would take me out of my zone for a bit.

Here in Mexico we do get some catcalls. I am like the actress who just says....gosh at 62 to have someone catcall...I will just laugh. Usually they come from behind when they don't see how old I am.
Have a good day
Sallie

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KONRAD695 7/26/2014 6:16PM

    I get it. Most stuff is not welcomed and usually make the recipient uncomfortable. It has never bothered me though, and the few I've had mostly came from men (still doesn't bug me).

Oddly enough the waving and hellos drive me nuts, because a polite response is expected. To me these are no different than going up to the power lifter and trying to have a conversation when they're at the squat rack, or asking the elliptical person- 'hey, what time does your machine say" Maybe I just look at things different.

Well, there's my two pennies, Konrad

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KONRAD695 7/26/2014 6:06PM

    Hey Baby! Surprised you can keep that pace up after running through my mind all day! emoticon

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KANOE10 7/26/2014 8:39AM

    I always say hi to fellow exercisers. Cat calls are not appreciated. I do not need that attention. Interesting topic.

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BETRHO48 7/26/2014 1:48AM

    Personally, I don't care for that behavior. I think it is rude.

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LESLIELENORE 7/25/2014 11:58PM

    I say Looking is fine, whistling is fine as long as they keep their distance.

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/25/2014 9:03PM

    I am friendly to those I pass and I wave to people in vehicles, but I don't want unsolicited attention. I don't mind if they LOOK, it makes me feel good to know that someone might think that I am cute or attractive or something, but I don't like the whistles or whatever. That is just going too far and makes me feel uncomfortable.

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ALICIA363 7/25/2014 7:54PM

    I think it depends on context, content, and delivery. A catcall can be "classy"--the man with the deep voice, slowly saying d-a-a-a-m-m-n-n and turning his head to appreciate ample curves from a non-threatening distance ... well, that just made me smile. The dude at 6 in the morning yelling some words at me as I ran: annoying and somewhat threatening (keep aware of the surroundings, show no fear, do not respond in any way). I never minded just a whistle from a distance, even as a young woman, although my closest friend at the time hated it.

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/25/2014 7:44PM

    When I'm out walking or jogging I don't appreciate any catcalls! I feel the same way you do.... I find it annoying! When I'm out exercising I'm friendly to people I see along the way. I don't appreciate unwanted or unsolicited attention either! I think we are two peas in a pod! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs and love!
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HOLLYM48 7/25/2014 2:27PM

    This was a topic of converation at our house the other night. My 19 year old daughter finds it offensive and objectifying but I have to say that if it is just a whistle, I don't mind. They can keep there words to themselves however. My husband finds it very offensive if boys/men are whistling at his daughters or me. Interesting topic for sure!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/25/2014 12:41PM

    Not that i have been the recipient all that often, but if it's just a cat call or quick comment it makes me feel good. If they carry on we have a problem.

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Keep spreading the spark!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today I went for a nice easy 7.65 mile run. It was humid, but not too hot. I did lots of sweating anyway, but it wasn't bad.

After that the day became frustrating. Insurance companies, people that were rude, college student loans, family members sleeping on my couch, etc.

There is more, but I need to remind myself that MOST of life is "good." Sometimes it's hard not to think that most humans are just plain idiots and that everyday life just isn't fair. I know this is a little harsh, but uh!

That's another reason Spark and all of you mean so much to me. You all GET IT! There is no judgement. There is no taking things for granted. There is only appreciation and thanks.

We know how it is and how it feels. We share the frustration and we share the "glory." We simply get it! Together we can make ourselves better and this world better. Keep spreading the spark, friends. Keep spreading the spark!

  
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AMARILYNH 7/25/2014 2:45PM

    emoticon With ALL of that!! But idiots or not, life is good!!

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SPINNINGJW 7/25/2014 7:49AM

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MEXGAL1 7/24/2014 5:43PM

    Awesome blog. Yep, for sure we at sparks sure do get it! And this is the best place to vent and get things off our chest. Such a trusted safe place with tons of good information and support.
I will always keep on sparking.
Have a great evening
Sallie

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/24/2014 1:46PM

    Filling out the paperwork for a college loan would drive any sane person INSANE !

but yes, I've found that Spark People is one of my "happy" places when the walls seem like they're closing in around me.

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JESS0107 7/24/2014 10:05AM

    You are right, we all are in this together!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/24/2014 9:03AM

    That is fabulous you went for a nice easy 7.65 run today! I am so proud of you! You are truly my inspiration! You put to Sparks in Sparks! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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GLORIAMAJDI 7/24/2014 8:52AM

    Sounds like you got a nice run in, way to go! But sorry about the idiots - I completely understand. Hope that today is better!

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KANOE10 7/24/2014 8:32AM

    Sorry you had a frustrating day with rude people. Spark is the perfect place to vent and be supported.

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BETRHO48 7/23/2014 10:41PM

    If we didn't have the challenging times, we wouldn't appreciate the good times.
Hang in there! You are doing great!
~Beth

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MEL_HONEYBEE 7/23/2014 10:12PM

    Positive thoughts emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 7/23/2014 10:07PM

    Couldn't have said it better! Spot on!

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AJB121299 7/23/2014 9:51PM

    Nice

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