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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I've used this title before, but it fits.

Couch to 5K thoughts, after finishing week 3's three workouts: I may do another at this level. Why? Because I'm not happy with how they went... my heart rate is spiking too high during the three minute intervals to even think about upping it to five. So... listening to my body and being wise... I will stay on this week's plan for one or two more workouts or until that bit improves. If this puts a wrinkle in my schedule, so be it.

Joy in food thoughts... and Mary (CookMe123) is partially responsible for me writing this in the blog, but I had been contemplating this lately. I have really been savoring my evening treat of late: fat-free yogurt, in various flavors, with graham cracker and half an ounce of nuts (sometimes the nuts, sometimes not, depending on whether I'd got into my fat range for the day yet).

I've been feeling the texture and temperature of the yogurt, letting it melt on my tongue, making sure it lingered on the taste buds. I've dipped the graham cracker in the yogurt, and crunched it like a pie crust, and enjoyed the texture contrast and sound of it.

And it got me thinking of my old friends Ben and Jerry. There were times when I would purchase a pint of that ice cream, bring it home, and eat the whole thing in one sitting. By the end of the pint, I wasn't even tasting it. Why did I buy it in the first place?

And it dawned on me that yes, I am eating less now than I was in those episodes... but I am actually enjoying it more. I know that this experience is just for now. I know that I live one bite away from a binge, and that the gift of abstinence (from compulsive eating) is just that, a gift from a power greater than myself. There are no guarantees I won't succumb to the lure of the disease again.

But there is joy in eating healthy, there for our taking. And I want to remember this, for the future, when times get tough and tempting.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/8/2010 2:04PM

    I'm absolutely with you on the less is more idea.

Right now I actually prefer 0% fat Greek Yoghurt and fruit to B&Js as well. How did this happen?

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KALIGIRL 9/8/2010 1:23PM

    Glad on both counts - that you're listening to your body and enjoying your food, particularly your treat. I do the same with a glass of wine and 100% cocoa dark chocolate.
(Get to keep it all to myself as my DH thinks it tastes like dirt...) emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/8/2010 11:18AM

    Week 4 was very hard for me. I slowed WAY down and it felt like I was jogging slower than I was walking! But I did it! I also read an article before week 4 that your body will tell you to stop before you really need to stop, that it is mind over matter. Suggested finding something to tell yourself over and over.

That's when I go 'smooth over everything' and when I would feel the signal to stop, I would tell myself, no not yet, I have to round this corner and I would envision myself rounding the corner with smooth over everything going thru my head and next thing I knew I was rounding more and more corners and didn't need to stop.

Once I got thru week 4, there was no stopping me.

Redo week 3 if you want to. It's your program. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/8/2010 10:09AM

    Well said, well done, Barb! Savor those healthy treats, and stay on guard against mindless eating. I thought the same thing after eating a couple cookies at a funeral reception yesterday -- they're gone before I even realize I should savor them.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/8/2010 9:49AM

    This is the second blog I've read today and the second one that "spoke" to me. I needed to read it and I truly believe I "got it." I always had my yogurt at dinner as dessert, but perhaps saving it for an evening snack might be a better way to really enjoy it. I know I eat way too fast and don't take time to savor flavors and textures. I think I'll have to give your method a try.

And, as for the 5K training schedule, maybe that's the reason why the one you originally had planned to participate in isn't working out. I like to think that God has his angels looking over you -- and knowing you're not progressing quite as planned, this is a safety thing. Perhaps it will take you until the end of October to be truly ready to run a 5K. It doesn't really matter does it? As long as you're striving towards that goal and reach it when your body is ready.

Have a great day and thanks for another good blog.

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GOHUSKERS2 9/8/2010 9:17AM

    I like the idea of the graham cracker resembling a pie crust. Never would have thought of that. I like yogurt, but like crunchy things far better than the smooth and creamy so will try this to get the good for you yogurt boost. You are doing such a fabulous job and thanks for sharing it and taking us along for the journey!!

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BUGGYS 9/8/2010 8:05AM

    Your mindful eating is paying off and will help you in the couch to 5K program...I just started the program and find that if I eat food for energy, my workouts are so much better. I don't know when I'll run my first 5K, but I'm working on getting there at least!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/8/2010 8:03AM

    There certainly is joy in eating healthy foods! I was only thinking that same thing myself after dinner tonight. I'd just really enjoyed my 'fast food' home cooked dinner - felafel balls (6 small ones), hummus, grated low fat cheddar cheese with a combination of hot, just steamed green beans and carrot sticks, all rolled up together in a whole-meal lavash bread. Even 6 months ago, I'd have pulled out the carrots and beans, added a big serving of really greasy fried onions and a fried egg (euuwww!). I really enjoyed my dinner, which I had planned this morning early, and had been anticipating sitting down to eat it all day. It was all I'd hoped it would be and more! Never would I have imagined I would enjoy such a combination so very much! So yes, there certainly IS joy in eating healthy foods! emoticon

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ANONALEE 9/8/2010 7:51AM


Right on, Barb!

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It really IS Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The title is a reminder to myself to do silly things like take the trash to the curb (done), and go to the right meetings at work (not there yet, but will need the reminder).

Due to my brief (thank goodness) illness over the weekend, I have slightly adjusted the couch to 5K training schedule... I was doing every other day, first thing in the morning, but Sunday I did my Week 3 workout 2 in the afternoon, so today, I'm planning on doing Week 3 workout 3 AFTER work. I'll see how that goes, and adjust Thursday's workout accordingly, maybe even shift it to Friday morning first thing. Life changes. We adapt.

Speaking of life events and timing, I've been regularly looking at my calendar and contemplating that training schedule. I had wanted to do the Fort Hood memorial on November 6th, at Fort Hood, but it doesn't look like the finances are going to work out to travel there. So I'm looking for a local race to participate in and mark the memorial from afar.

Problem: 5K's around here... well, there aren't a TON to choose from. There IS one next Sunday, but I'm not ready yet. The race with the perfect timing for the end of training... coincides with my niece's wedding day. Oops, not going to do that one! The next best one lands on Halloween (or close)... so that's the target race in my mind right now. But registration isn't up for it yet, so I keep checking.

Shifting topics: I browsed several blogs this morning where folks were feeling a little "down" about their progress. I know there is that phase of dis-satisfaction that we all go through on the way to getting down to business of working on goals. Sometimes it's hard to see the progress we've already made. I'm hoping that's what I'm seeing, that phase. It's SO important not to give up on ourselves, to tough through those discouraging bits.

Each and every person who reads this is worthy of a healthy body and a healthy mind... may you be blessed today, and uplifted to know that YOU can do it, and that YOU are worth it! emoticon emoticon

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NURSIE8 9/7/2010 2:39PM

    Hi Barb,

The comments and blogs that you share are always so uplifting and inspiring!! Thank-you!

I hope that you continue to feel better and that you have a great day today!!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/7/2010 2:01PM

    Glad that you're recovering and thinking about new challenges Barb.

I guess that adapting is becoming a major part of this whole adventure. Motivation, attitudes and goals all go through changes and the more we try, the more we find that we can do.

Because we're worth it!!


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KALIGIRL 9/7/2010 1:20PM

    We do adapt, don't we.
I think the memorial from afar will be a fitting tribute.
Let me know when and where and I will be there to root (sp?) you on!

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REJ7777 9/7/2010 12:47PM

    You sound like your spunky self again. I'm glad you're back to normal!

It really IS important not to give up on ourselves! Thx.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/7/2010 11:18AM

    Thanks for the great blog, Barb. I really needed the little pep talk at the end. I am in a rut. Don't want to do this anymore yet don't want to go back to old habits. A true battle of wills. I had decided not to go back to Jenny Craig because I was afraid I'd use it as a crutch again. And now I'm thinking I should use the crutch. So back and forth I go. If I do return to JC, it won't be until mid- to late-October. So what do I do in the meantime? I'm going to have to figure that one out.

I hope you find a 5K that will work with your training schedule. I think a Halloween run would be great fun. Just think of all the costumes you could wear!

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GOHUSKERS2 9/7/2010 9:23AM

    It isn't that far off to Halloween. I think what you are doing is fantastic. I hope to be in the "place" someday...and thanks for the encouragement. When I read what all you are doing for fitness, I'm very impressed.. Way to go!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRISNA 9/7/2010 8:21AM

    Since you can't make it to Ft. Hood I hope you get to do the 5K you want. I am glad you are feeling better. I always enjoy reading your blogs. Hope you have a good short week at work. May you be blessed today and every day.

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SUNNY332 9/7/2010 8:03AM

    Keep us posted about your 5K. Halloween will be here before you know it.

Have a GREAT day!


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APRILLSCOTT 9/7/2010 7:52AM

I am so glad you are feeling better! I hope you get to do the race that you choose to do! You deserve it and have been working at it so hard! Thanks for all the encouragement! You have proved that we can do it! All eyes are on you and your accomplishments because we see in you what is around the corner for us, hopefully! Thanks for being our inspiration! At least mine, anyway! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MROSE721 9/7/2010 7:19AM

  thanks for the encouragement, we all need lifting up from time to time, but together we can, be blessed my friend and keep us posted!!! emoticon

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ANONALEE 9/7/2010 7:17AM

    I hope you get to do the race you want, Barb! Such a worthy goal. And, you're right that we all are worthy of health and well being -- sometimes it takes a while to catch up to that truth. But the catching up is worth it; the race is always worth running.

Cheers, Debra

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PEGUS63 9/7/2010 7:15AM

    Very encouraging -Thanks

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Well, I'm better... but the computer is scaring me!

Monday, September 06, 2010

This morning I was over on one of the online gaming sites and it powered itself off. Well, it had been making some strange noises lately, so I popped the covers off for the first time in three years and OMG... dust!

I cleaned it out, started it up again and it appears to be OK, but if I disappear from the face of the earth, blame it on hardware issues!

That said, yesterday continued well, especially once I got a good breakfast inside me. By mid-afternoon I was feeling well enough to hop on the treadmill and complete week three, workout two of Couch to 5K. Then I spent some pleasant time in the evening enjoying Spark blogs, especially JUST_TRI_IT's report of her first triathlon... so proud of her, so touched! And so want to follow in her footsteps. BUT... this year, into 5K shape, first!

Hope those of you in the US have a great Labor Day, it's been so nice having a quiet weekend, with no social pressures.

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APRILLSCOTT 9/7/2010 2:08AM

    Glad you are feeling better and getting back up to par! Hope the week will be much better for you!I just hope you don't get allergies from the cleaning! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/6/2010 1:42PM

    So glad you're feeling better Barb and that your computer is too after your TLC.

I agree about Diane's blog (JUST_TRI_IT) - a great role model to follow. I'm sure that your determination will pay off too.

Thanks for your comments yesterday, although my level of maturity is one of the few things that we seem to have differing opinions on!


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ANONALEE 9/6/2010 10:20AM

    Sorry you weren't feeling well this weekend, Barb, but glad to hear you're feeling better! It is amazing how illness comes along every once in a while to remind us we are not totally in control of what happens to us.

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ANDI571 9/6/2010 10:10AM

    So glad you are feeling better, and you haven't disappeared off the face of the earth. We would miss you. The first place we will look for you though, is on the moon. emoticon

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REJ7777 9/6/2010 10:05AM

    Glad you're feeling better! emoticon

I live in Canada, and I'm planning to enjoy my Labor day too! emoticon I should be going hiking with my sister a bit later today. emoticon

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PATRISNA 9/6/2010 9:55AM

    Glad you didn't have major computer problems. Hope you are feeling better. I am wondering myself why it is so hard to take a rest day from exercise. I am sure it was better just to rest and not push it.

Keep going!! I am rooting for you on the Couch to 5K training.


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CHRISTURTLE 9/6/2010 9:17AM

    I know all about the dust! A friend will regularly clean out my computer for me, and he comes complete with his own little air gun for cleaning computer bits and pieces, hahahh. So glad I used to work with his mother - its he who built my computer for me at under half the price one of lesser quality would have cost me from anywhere else. Think he still regards it as his baby, lol. Whenever he comes to stay with his mother, he goes around all her friend's to 'dust' their computers. His girlfriend says all the time she wishes she could plug in the furniture cos then he may just dust that too.

So glad you're feeling better! Yay to you for hitting that treadmill in the afternoon too! Determination wins out again!

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SUNNY332 9/6/2010 8:57AM

    You are doing GREAT! Glad you are feeling better.

Hope the "clean up" job on the computer helps the operation.

Hugs, Sunny

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SLENDERELLA61 9/6/2010 7:12AM

    I really admire your Couch to 5K determination! Go, Barb!!

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The return to normal I hope

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Checking all sensors... yes, minimal support function available... need fuel.

Yesterday I did crash and tried to spent the majority of the day unconscious or with mindless drivel on the TV. Nothing requiring much in terms of thought and certainly not ACTION.

They say that one clue that you've become addicted to exercise is that you exercise when ill. Well, I can say that by that measure, I'm still sane. I may even take today pretty easy because even with it being a sick day I tracked what I was able to consume and keep yesterday, and it's not enough to support maintenance much less exercise... so good hearty breakfast first thing today, and see how I feel about mild activity after it has properly digested: a good walk. Resume Couch to 5K tomorrow if today goes well.

I'm never quite sure when sick on a weekend or holiday whether to be relieved I didn't miss work time (my normal tendency) or sad on what I missed of my time off. I certainly feel more pressured when sick on a work day.

Here's wishing health and blessings on all who wander by! And special thanks to the Spark friends who sent me chicken soup and tea and good wishes yesterday.

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APRILLSCOTT 9/7/2010 2:04AM

I am glad you took it easy! I hate hearing that you are sick! Everyone needs to take care of themselves when ill though! Complications are something we don't want around! emoticon emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 9/5/2010 6:54PM

    oh man... hate it when we are down and out with feeling yucky. Here's to feeling better asap!

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DEBRITA01 9/5/2010 1:31PM

    emoticonHere's wishing health and blessings to you, too. Feel Better!

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REJ7777 9/5/2010 1:05PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Take care!!!
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PENNYAN45 9/5/2010 11:06AM

    I agree that couch time is the best remedy for illness. Mindless television is good, too - because it requires no effort-- and it's easier to fall asleep with the remote in your hand than with a book - that wakes you up as it falls to the floor.

Mother yourself....and feel better soon.

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BZYBOYSMOM 9/5/2010 10:37AM

    Fuel up and take it easy today!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/5/2010 6:19AM

    Hope you're soon on the road to recovery Barb.

I guess that there is no 'good' time to be sick so pay attention to the signals that your body is sending to you and don't try too hard to over-ride too soon. You will know what to do.

Take good care of yourself my friend.


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The best laid anticipations...

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I was so looking forward to this weekend and I woke up sick. I went through the phases of denial (this will clear up after I take a shower), hunting for an easily explainable cause (I switched to 1/4 caf coffee too fast?), and braving it out (if I just get past this one appointment, I can come home and crash)...

Down to actually the coming home and crashing. So I'm not feeling very sparkly, but hopefully tomorrow will be better.

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SUNNY332 9/6/2010 8:56AM

    I had kind of a rough weekend too. I woke up at the hotel on Friday not feeling good and now back home and still trying to get my energy back. I am feeling really wiped out.

It is just one of those things. I did wake up feeling better today so may get some exercise in today.

Take care and do have a Marvelous Monday.

Hugs, Sunny

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BZYBOYSMOM 9/5/2010 10:36AM

    Bummer my friend! I hate when that happens! I hope you feel beter soon!

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ANDI571 9/4/2010 11:17PM

    Bless your heart, as my mom would have said. I hope you get feeling better soon. No fun being sick, especially when you have plans. emoticon

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REJ7777 9/4/2010 9:36PM

    I'm sorry you're not feeling well. emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/4/2010 8:55PM

    That is no fun on a holiday weekend. Take care of yourself.

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CHRISTURTLE 9/4/2010 8:07PM

    Don't you just hate it when you have wonderful plans for your day then something upsets them? Worse still that you're feeling sick, but I'm sending get-well-soon vibes your way. Hope before too much of the day's passed you're feeling well again.
Feet up, good book or knitting or movie to occupy you if you aren't sleeping, and the time will pass till you find your Spark again.
Take care,
Chris. emoticon

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KE11YJAE 9/4/2010 7:40PM

    Feel better soon!

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    Sorry Barb!

Feel better soon!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/4/2010 4:39PM

    Get well soon, Barb. Rest and take care.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/4/2010 4:28PM

    Uh oh. So sorry that you're feeling sick Barb.

Hope it passes quickly and that you are soon back on top form.

Take care.

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