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A little farther

Sunday, October 03, 2010

My daughter and I have been walking a few times last week. One day we walk the butte (steep incline - for me anyway) and the next day we walk for distance. The first day we did the butte, I would say I made it about one - third of the way. I'd thought we went farther, but when I looked at a map, i realize it's a big circle up this hill and we hadn't gotten as far as I thought. Last night when we hit the butte again...I said, a little farther. I had to stop and rest several times, just standing there for a few breaths cause my heart was pumping and I was puffing like a train...then I'd say, "a little farther". We made it 3/4 of the way up this time.

Nothing like walking up a long hill to tell you how out of shape you really are!

It feels like a huge accomplishment tho and I KNOW I'm burning calories and building endurance. That said, I'm not into doing it every time we walk. Every other time is plenty, believe me.

Want to try something new? Even if you have never bellydanced, and have no DESIRE to belly dance....There is a free three-day trial of the program I'm doing (see link). Go to the level 1 classes and try one. The first 45 minutes of the 90 minute class...all workout. Stretching, sit ups, sometimes push ups. "bellydance bootcamp". Try it. It's free, you don't have to put in a credit care number or anything, just put in your email and it's good for 3 full days.

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SHAR140 10/3/2010 4:07PM

    emoticon for at least attempting the butte! You will make it there! emoticon

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MINIDRIVER63 10/3/2010 10:09AM

    Hills are terrific! It's visible proof of how much stronger and healthier you're getting.

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New month, new beginning

Friday, October 01, 2010

My lofty plans for September fell into the dust with health issues....but with the start of October today, it all begins anew for me.

I guess hope springs eternal, LOL!

October Goals:
- Lesbian Cafe Challenge (burn 1000 calories this month)
- 1000 spark points
- Five fruits/veggies a day

That's it. With work, school, teaching dance/dance practice 4x a week and running kids around, that's all I'm aiming for - and I think it's plenty, LOL.

I'm still working the C25K idea, but the walking I've done this week has told me I need to do a little prep. The 30 minute walk I did yesterday was pretty tough - the few lil bitty hills in there just did me right in. So I'm in training to start the C25K. I have no cardio stamina at's sorta scary to me frankly.

I didn't know it was this bad.

So....I'm going to play safe and start by walking for a little while, THEN go to C25K. it's all good....

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JULIEIRENE 10/1/2010 10:23AM

    I love these goals and that you are training to start C25K! :) It sounds like the walking is really good for you and you will build up your muscles and breathing that way, plus hopefully be able to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful fall weather! I love this time of year because I think it helps bring things into focus. Good luck on your goals!

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Have you seen it?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A few days ago, on the Daily Spark, they featured a video a man made about running and losing 120 pounds. if you haven't seen it, I'll wait. go to YouTube and search "man runs off 120 pounds". Watch it, and then come back.

I have watched it every single day since that first day. Every single time, it has brought tears to my eyes.

It inspired me to get off my butt and move. tonight, my daughter and I hiked part of a butte (big hill, LOL) here in town. It goes up from flat, to 500 feet in one mile. Can you say "incline"?

I was huffing and a puffin'. I had to stop every bit or so to catch my breath. I couldn't talk but a a little at a time. I didn't make it to the top, in fact, I made it about...1/3 of the way. Took 11 minutes to get up to that point, and 8 minutes to get down.

But I did something and it feels GOOD.

I've printed off the C25K info, and now I'm going to find those pod casts. 9 weeks? i know it won't be 9 weeks, but every single day I do it, I'm going to be healthier and happier.

Thank you Ben. You don't know me and never will...but you impacted my life in an amazing way.

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ITZGOTIME 10/5/2010 8:08AM

    That video made my bawl. It was so touching and I think all of us can relate to Ben's story in one way or another. I used to run cross country in high school and it is a triumph every mile you complete.

You will make it to the top of that hill and you will do it covered in sweat and probably tears but you can do it and all of us hear on SparkPeople will be with you in your heart when you accomplish that feat.

Good luck and congratulations on what you have accomplished so far.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/30/2010 3:17PM

    It took me longer than nine weeks to do C25K, but it got done! You will do it too. Haven't seen the video yet - first thing when I get home this evening.

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JULIEIRENE 9/30/2010 3:15PM

    I saw that post and that video and it made me cry too. I felt like I could relate to his journey so much and the video was so touching and inspiring. I am so so so proud of you for your walk on the butte. One of these days you are going to make it to the top, and then you will know how far you've come and that the possibilities are endless!

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MINIDRIVER63 9/30/2010 9:46AM

    AWESOME!!! I love that video too, and am so glad it's inspiring you.
Hills are great training. You'll get stronger each time, and you'll be at the top of that hill before you know it!


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candy is not the solution

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm tired...and when I'm tired I tend to eat to stay going. I know this about myself, and I'm working on stopping that pattern. Coworker has candy and keeps offering it to me...and I keep saying no thanks.

But truthfully, I really want it.

I just know that if I start.... Well, I won't stop till it's gone. I'm not a "I can have just one" kinda gal when it comes to my addiction - sugar.

But all I can think about is that candy, just waiting in the next cubicle.

Put the CPAP on last night, but woke up in the wee hours to find sometime in the night I'd ripped the mask off and it was laying next to the bed - with the machine running of course, lol. No wonder I'm tired.

Still researching the C25K. Have asked my daughter to walk with me tonight. Will continue putting the CPAP on.....

That day in, day out stuff.....putting one foot in front of the other. Will. Not. Eat. The. Candy. Every time I think about the candy, I take a drink of water, LOL. Can't hurt, eh?

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DOINGTHIS 9/29/2010 4:30PM

    I agree.. avoid your vice if you know you can't just stop with one. That's the hardest part is identifying your weakness and then strategies to overcome it.

Can you take 5-10 minute walk right after you eat lunch? It may help balance out your blood sugar to prevent those sleepies.

You can do it!!! Keep on drinking that water!

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GREEN5SING 9/29/2010 3:57PM

    I'm with you... no one piece for me!

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A crazy idea....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm going to say something I can't even say out loud to anyone I know or post anywhere else I play in cyberland....

I'm seriously considering starting the Couch to 5K program.

People who know me would likely either laugh until they cried and/or tell me I was crazy and can't possibly do it.

I'm not a runner. The last time I remember running besides running to get the garbage can to the curb in time 1983. Seriously, 1983.

I used to walk...I even walked a marathon once...but now I don't even walk for fitness.

So the idea of doing Cto5k is sort of crazy....but it's percolating in my brain and I can't stop thinking about it. Do it in 9 weeks? uh, heeeelllll no. I'd probably take a lot longer than 9 weeks...but...I can't stop thinking about it. This is sort of how things happen to me. I go through that "cycle of acceptance".

I think of something, and immediate dissuade myself - not doable.
I think - I wish I could do that.
I think - Someday maybe I could do that.
I think - I want to do that.
I waver around for awhile....
Then I can't stand it anymore and must do it.

Naturally, this has varying success ratios, LOL.

What's prompting this? Besides seeing some sparkie friends DOING it? I do this bellydance thing - to call it bellydance bootcamp would be close to explaining it for people to understand. It is freaking hard. It is physically challenging. You are expected to do sit ups, squats, pushups, and you need some serious stamina to succeed. I attained the first level a year ago. I have waivered back in forth the last year about do I want to go farther? Do I really WANT to push myself that much? It's very expensive...let me say, VERY expensive. But it is the best training I can get, in my opinion...and I WANT it.

The weeklong "bootcamp" would be August 2011. I have about 10 months to make it or break it. This is not a little goal to me, it is a HUGE goal. The cost of the trip, the workshop, testing to certify level 2 will run me close to a grand. In my life, that is a LOT of freaking money. So if I'm going to do it...I have to commit not only to the dance parts, but getting some stamina - or I'll never cut it.

Enter the C25K idea.

I'm *this* close to making the leap. Can a fat old chick with arthritis do this? Is it a crazy goal? Is my ultimate goal of going level 2 in the bellydance thing totally ridiculous? I fight these fears day in and day out. If it were YOU, I'd say "do it! Just do it! you don't want to look back and say "i wish I woulda..."

I dunno. Speak up sparkies. Tell me what you think.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/30/2010 3:18PM

    Take your time - it's not a race. If it takes longer, that's fine. Just keep doing it.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/29/2010 4:39PM

    Be aware of yourself. Be flexible and then just remind yourself that you want to and you can. Pace yourself. l emoticon

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FITTNESS_SMILES 9/29/2010 3:58PM

    You can do it. hard work but you will love that you did it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULIEIRENE 9/29/2010 11:33AM

    DO IT! It's a great program, and you can take as long as you need to with it. It does a really good job of easing you into things so, much like the philosophies of Spark, it's about consistency and small accomplishments over time which cumulatively become a much bigger thing you never thought was possible!

I started C25K the first time last October and only stuck with it a few weeks, then I started it again in March this year and this time I got hooked. Before C25K I had never run in my life - seriously - and now I'm running my first Half Marathon this weekend. So it really is possible. If you try it, I recommend using the Ullrey podcasts - or even better, the C25K app if you have an iPhone. Also, take some time figuring out what works best for you - treadmill, track or outdoors. Let us know if you decide to do it and how it goes!!!

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SHAR140 9/28/2010 9:12PM

    YES!! DO IT!! Because I need to do it too, and we can start together!!


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ATREAT4ME 9/28/2010 7:38PM

    I just started C25K yesterday and I am so proud of my 8-minutes worth of jogging. I cannot wait until Thursday, my second day. Do it! Do it! Do it! And tell me all about it!

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BORNAGAINBRAT 9/28/2010 4:33PM

    I want to do it too. I am quitting smokeing tomorrow so I guess I should set my next goal to start the c25k next month after my lungs have some time to mend.

I say go fot it! emoticon

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GSGKMG 9/28/2010 4:31PM

    Don't worry about what others might can do it. If I can get into running again at my weight, you certainly can. Although I have a long way to go, I feel good and psyched I'll actually run in a 5K this Sunday, albeit very slowly - its a start. After the race, I'll sign up for another for November to keep me going - it'll be cool getting PR's all the time as the lbs drop off. I didn't follow the C25K program, but it sounds good and probably much easier on the knees.

Enjoy it!

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MINIDRIVER63 9/28/2010 4:12PM

    Go for it! If I didn't have decades-old running injuries (knees! hips!), I'd get back into it too!

The great thing about the C25K program is that it's a gradual progression to your goal. IT WORKS.

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THIMBLETACK 9/28/2010 4:02PM

    You can do anything you put your mind too...i'm rooting for you...woohoo...hugs...christen...ak
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