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Summer Renewal...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I was just going through the motions.

I still came here everyday (almost). I still kept an eye on my calories (almost). I still went to the gym with regularity (almost).

Are you beginning to see a pattern here? The difference between going through the motions and going ALL OUT is razor thin. I am finding that out first-hand.

So today, I hope to rededicate myself to doing the things the right way.

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KIMMERQU 6/16/2010 11:00PM

    I agree with Mary. Starting over is the first step. I'm doing that also. The best thing is that you ARE starting over and didn't give up. emoticon
Hugs, Kim

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OZARKMARY 6/16/2010 6:48AM

    Good for you! Making the decision to "start over" is the first step. I have found, after 2 1/2 yrs, that IF you make Sparkpeople an essential part of your day, you CAN succeed! The end of Feb, I decided to give up "sweets"...my nemesis, for 6 weeks. That was hard at first, but fruits and veggies replaced them and the pounds started leaving. I enjoyed chocolate for Easter like a wild child, but the next day, I was back to no sweets. Just had a "sweets" weekend on a family reunion weekend a couple weeks ago and came home down .5lb. Can't beat that with a stick. I will treat myself again when my grandkids visit the end of July. So, track your foods, read the articles, get your Sparkpoints daily, tell people about SP, do your runs and keep blogging. Maybe your daughter will see your enthusiasm and join you and start seeing results herself. What do you have to lose but lbs!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Another Year Come and Gone...

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Yesterday was my birthday. Number 43 to be exact. I went out to dinner and a movie with my wife. Probably the same thing I did last year. There WAS one difference.

Last May I joined SparkPeople. Last September, I quit smoking. Last October I started running. And last December, I really began to USE SparkPeople.

I wish that I could somehow explain to you how much better I feel at 43 than I did at 42. I am down about 18 pounds (and well on my way to far greater losses). I haven't smoked since 9/25/09.... and after not being able to run a quarter mile on October 3rd, I can now run 5-miles.

At this rate, I can't wait to turn 44!

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DOGDOC76 2/3/2010 8:39PM

    Happy Birthday!!
You should be very proud of all your accomplishments! I hope I am doing as good as you when I turn 34 in September!

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Today I Feel Like I Became A Runner...

Saturday, January 09, 2010

It was 5:30 am when the alarm went off.

I was scheduled to be in work at 8 am today and there was no way I was going to be able to make the 7:30 group run for those of us training for the Philadelphia Broad Street Run in May.

The Eagles - Cowboys game is on at 8 pm with an hor d'oeuvre of Jets - Bengals at 4.

What to do??

The ONLY way to guarantee that I would get my run in would be to get up at the God-awful hour of 5:30 to run the scheduled 4 miles. To top that off, I have never run more than two-miles continuously before.

Oh... at it was 25 degrees out with a wind-chill of 18!

But there I was... out of bed at 5:34 and out the door at 5:50.

I started running... 1 mile down.... 2 MILES DOWN ("Hey, I feel pretty good! Lets ride this out.")... 3 MILES DOWN...

Finally, I hit the wall at 3.15 miles! EASILY my best run. I ran 4 miles in 49 minutes and 19 seconds - at 12.5 minute mile. Not as good as most people out there, but, MAN, that sure felt good.

But that is not why I feel I became a runner today. I became a runner when that alarm went off at 5:30 and I answered the bell. I became a runner when that first cold breeze hit me in the face at 5:50... and I became a runner when I finished my run and was so happy that I did it.

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DOGDOC76 1/13/2010 11:34PM

    YOU ROCK!!! Getting up that early and running at that temperature takes courage and resolve. You should be proud of yourself!

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DAVIDMU89 1/9/2010 4:48PM

    Good work , keep it up!

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ETCHILDE 1/9/2010 1:30PM

    This is awesome. I was there once (many many years ago). I hope to get there again.


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CORNERKICK 1/9/2010 1:10PM

  Running early in the morning DOES make you feel like a "real" runner...Congrats!

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Ok... I'll Stick With It...

Monday, December 14, 2009

I went to the gym this morning. Didn't feel like it. I have been a little sore all weekend but I made myself. Boy, am I glad that I did. I weighed in... 215.6! Down 4 pounds since my last weigh-in 10 days ago.

I have been doing 1 hour of cardio three days a week (non-running days). I alternate between 2 elliptical and 1 bike one week and reverse it the next. Two weeks ago, I started the doing High Intensity Interval Training www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
. Maybe that has sparked something. It kicks my rear-end but perhaps there is something to it.

Anyway, it turned out to be a good day at the gym. Now if only work can be the same way. Show up and they give you a raise out of nowhere.... I can dream, can't I?

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JESSICAW09 12/14/2009 12:43PM

    I am heavier (more so than you, by about 15 lbs), how do you do it? I am very proud for you, but I seem to have NO energy to work out for 30 minutes.

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Another Disappointment...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

So, I ran a second 5K this morning. I finished in 38:18, 8 seconds slower then 2 weeks ago. Worse yet, was that I still can not - make that WILL not - run the entire event.

I know SparkPeople is all about the effort and not the outcome, the journey and not the destination.... but it is INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING.

I have been running 3 times a week since October 3rd. For me, that is a very long time. I have not missed any of the 3 runs I plan each week. I have seen some improvement, but when will I make it over the hurdle?

The most difficult part? I am convinced that I keep quitting on myself. I run; I try to pace myself, I try to focus on my breathing but invariably, I lose focus with fatigue. I walk for 30-40 seconds and then I catch my breath and start running again. IF I ONLY HAVE TO STOP FOR 30-40 SECONDS - THEN I PROBABLY DON'T HAVE TO STOP AT ALL!

If anyone out there is reading this and has any suggestions - I am open to anything.

I have one more 5K this year, next Saturday. I am not holding out much hope for a complete run. Right now, I would settle for anything under 37:30. I guess I will have to go back to the drawing board. I must be doing something wrong.

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DOGDOC76 12/13/2009 11:35PM

    I agree totally with David and E. I would also like to add that you are being WAAAAAYYYYY too hard on yourself! If you had a friend that was going through the same thing, would you talk to him that way? NO! So don't talk to yourself like that either.You CAN and you WILL get to the point where you can do this!! When I read your blog, I was pretty damn impressed that you have only been running a few months, and are already entering races! Stop worrying about your time ( BTW, I would be OVERJOYED to do a 5K in 38 minutes!) and focus on being proud that you finished.

Something that really helped me was downloading the Personal Running Trainer mp3 from amazon.com. I used to jog several miles at a time but got out of it for a long time, so I used the program to be able to get to the point where I could run a continuous mile again. It was great and guess what- it was based on walk breaks!! There is also a 5k and half marathon program. Check it out, it really worked for me.

Good luck and DON'T GIVE UP!!!! emoticon

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DAVIDMU89 12/12/2009 11:48PM

    So. You have been running since October 3rd, a little over two months . You run 3 days a week. I agree with E . Get on a program that you can stick to and is achievable.His sounds simple enough and if you want more details , Runner's World has some great programs to help you complete a 5k and improve your times. Also, there is no disgrace in taking a walk break . As a matter of fact , many coaches build mileage with walk breaks. I believe to be successful at any mileage you have to build your training miles and in your case, increase the amount of time that you can run without stopping. Endurance first , then focus on speed second. Pat yourself on the back for keeping at it for two months. Don't get discouraged , use each run as a baseline for improvement! emoticon

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ETCHILDE 12/12/2009 10:38PM

    You're not doing anything wrong. I think you're just expecting too much too soon. When you train, do you run the full 5k? Your endurance is only going to build after many days or running. 5 to 6 days a week recommended. The first week is 1mi/day for 6 days. One day of rest. The second week is 1.5mi/day for 6 days. One day of rest. The third week is 2mi/day for 6 days. One day of rest. Keep increasing your distance and running that same distance for SIX DAYS, and take a break for a day. If you can't do the full distance...drop back to the previous week's goal and finish out the week. Keep trying to increase your daily goal until you can comfortably run 3.5mi (yeah I know its further than 5k) WITHOUT STOPPING. You'll do it. It's just going to take more dedication and heart. I believe you can do it. Now, get out there and prove me right!!!


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