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Ouch, my back ;-)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The last few weeks have been very hectic and I hardly had any time to spend in my vegetable garden or go jogging. But I have lots of time this week, a good time to sort out the vegetable beds and get into the jogging habit again.

Unfortunately, I've also been having back problems the last few weeks which wouldn't disappear, so I decided to go to the doctor to have it checked out and to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong.

He told me in no uncertain terms:
- take anti inflammatory tablets (ok, no probs)
- rest (hmm)
- no jogging (gutted, but had a strange feeling he might say that, as I had to abandon my last attempt)
- no working in the garden (What, No!!!!)

All my good intentions for this week gone. If I had rested my back for two weeks, maybe laying on the beach with a book (his words) the pain would most likely have gone already. But a) I can't afford a beach holiday, and b) even if I did, I couldn't lay there for all that time, that just isn't me.

So, that's my week ruined, although he did allow me ONE HOUR'S work in the garden - as long as I behaved and didn't bend down stupidly.

Me behave? Oh well, if I must ......


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MSWEEZER 5/31/2011 8:22PM

    I'm so sorry. There must be something in the water as I've been having hip pain and
not sure why. I laid low all weekend and today it seemed better. We shall see. Hope yours is short-lived as well.

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ELISADENK 5/31/2011 5:23PM

    I read this a laughed! Not at you, nor your pain. I laughed b/c THAT is pretty much what I've been having to do for MONTHS!

You'll be fine; IF you follow Doc's orders!

Can you go for a walk?
Did he give you stretches you can do?
Will icing, help?
How MUCH resting do you need to do?

Am I asking too many nosy questions??

Can you still do housework? I couldn't.
Can you eat chocolate? I couldn't, for a different reason.

Hope you like to read!

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KNITTABLES 5/31/2011 2:22PM

    I hear you. I am having back troubles too! So frustrating when you want to do something and you can't. I do hope yours gets better and do get some rest.

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Great running quote

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Somebody showed me list today with tips for running. Most of the tips were things I had read before but one sentence stuck in my head:

emoticon Even a bad run is better than no run at all emoticon

Perfect, just what I needed to read. This will be my mantra from now on!

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NJJAZZ 5/5/2011 7:36AM

    great quote and ohhhh so true

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KNITTABLES 11/20/2010 6:14PM

    Doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Have a great run.

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CALIKIKI 11/13/2010 12:59PM

    What a great mantra to have! I need to post that on my door so I see it every day! Thanks!

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Jogging and giving up

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The other day I read in a magazine that walking is better than jogging as too many people give up jogging too quickly, whereas hardly anybody gives up walking once they've started.

I can relate to that. I love going for long walks if I have the time and I rarely feel like quitting.
But jogging is different. It took a lot of hard work (and a lot more than 7 weeks) to reach week 7 in the C25K programme, and now I'm stuck. Actually, I'm more than stuck: I can't jog the already achieved 25 minutes. Today I managed 8 minutes before I gave up - and the excuse that I bumped into a neighbour who wanted to chat isn't a valid excuse! emoticon

Should I give up, maybe I'm just not cut out to be a runner?

And then I started thinking (amazing what one does on a long way home emoticon )
You see, I can't just stop in the middle of the road, I still have to get home ... AND ... I always complete my route.
So what, I thought, if I don't jog for the given 25 minutes? What, if I only jog 5 minutes? I still walk 30 minutes. If I only jog 10 minutes, I still walk another 25 minutes. A few months ago I couldn't even run 1 minute and 5 minutes seemed to be impossible.
Whatever I do now is already more than a few months ago, so I can only gain (as long as it's not pounds!)

Giving up? Absolutely not!!!!
I'll stay with week 7 until I can run the whole 25 minutes (or until the music gets on my nerves, then I'll have to re-think). In the meantime I will be grateful about every minute I CAN jog and I will enjoy every minute I can walk.

Giving up? Never!
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MSWEEZER 11/12/2010 7:43PM

    I could so relate to your blog. You should check out the Jeff Galloway method. There is even a team here on SP. I find I do much better doing intervals, which is his method, which provides you a way to get better times but it is not so hard on your body and find there are far fewer injuries. Just google Jeff Galloway and you will see. I can't run but one full mile and I want to die and my time isn't great. I WOG (walk/jog) a mile using the intervals (I like 30 second intervals) and can easily do an 11-12 minute mile. I can do five miles in an hour. Sure I'd like to get to where I'm doing 10 minute miles but this is a good start I think for someone who also thought I can't run (for a variety of reasons).

Glad you're not giving up and don't let anyone fool you. Even if you don't RUN the entire distance, You ARE still a runner. Peruse the spark team out there. The things these folks accomplish is truly amazing to me. Great inspiration indeed.

Good Luck!!! emoticon emoticon

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CNTRYGAL 11/10/2010 7:17PM

    I love the attitude in your last paragraph! As I keep telling a friend of mine that just started running. The C25K is a basic plan (guideline) .... it is COMPLETELY flexible. Whenever that negative nancy starts whispering in your ear - just start telling her about all of your accomplishments!

Stay strong! :)

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NJJAZZ 11/10/2010 7:13PM

    Giving up is never an option unless it is doing physical or mental damage to you. or possible you have changed your goal.

Keep going and take it at a slower pace. Take a moment to look back at how far you have come. Bravo to you.

I have started running recently too. Im not setting any world records - but I am impressing the heck out of myself since 3 months ago I couldnt even run to the end of my block. Running is making the fat melt off....................... thats one thing I see and feel.

Think of what you are doing as interval training. I do a combo of running and walking fast - and it just happens that my running is getting longer and longer and my walking continues to decrease. I love it.

Good luck ----------------------- keep going.

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NLS2013 11/10/2010 6:58PM

    This sounds like an excellent idea to me! Makes sense!

I've been walking and doing exercise DVDs and things and keep wondering about jogging. I even peeked at the C25K thingy. I have never been a runner. Something is stuck in my head about shin splints and knee pain. Probably started too fast and pooped out on it when it started to hurt. And I may have actually been heavier way back whenever I've tried it. Hmmmmmm I have been wondering since starting here at SP whether I too could actually be a runner at my advanced age...of 55...ahem

(aren't you the one that said you thought my 90 day of SP blog was 90 years?!) But I digress.

I may adopt a bit of your idea here and just start REALLY SLOWLY. Why not? I'm walking and moving in some fashion or other anyway. Good ponder! You inspire me!


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My first year at Sparkpeople - a big disappointment and ...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

... a huge success at the same time ! emoticon

Why a big disappointment, I hear you shout!
Well, when I joined a year ago I wanted to get fitter and wanted to lose the last few pounds and I feel I didn't. I'm still struggling to lose the weight and don't really feel fitter. emoticon

BUT - it also has been a huge success, because I haven't given up. A year ago I would have given up after not losing the weight but I'm still here.
I did reach my goal of walking the marathon in May (even if I was so much in pain afterwards I probably won't do it again). I have started jogging and found it EXTREMELY hard. A year ago I would have given up but now I'm persevering and gradually, VERY gradually I am improving.
I can now run for a little bit, am still enjoying it, and am losing inches, even if not pounds.

So, really, it hasn't been a disappointment (got you looking though emoticon )
it has been a great success and I'm looking forward to my second year!

Thank you everybody for the lovely messages on my page and all those goodies, they have been very appreciated emoticon

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NJJAZZ 11/10/2010 7:14PM

    You are not a quitter............................
.. continue to look at the postives.

You go girl ( or in this case you stay ) right here on Sp I mean.

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INGMARIE 8/22/2010 8:56AM

    Great attitude there emoticon emoticon
keep it up, it will change your life forever emoticon
I have found that the good choises are winning over bad ones most of the time, so it is lifechanging emoticon

Have a nice weekend emoticon

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MSWEEZER 8/21/2010 9:49PM

    How wonderful indeed. Says a lot about YOU as a person and your character. Never giving up is the key and clearly you've done better than you give yourself credit for. Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/19/2010 12:56PM

    emoticonJob well done! Keep up the great work!

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NLS2013 8/19/2010 11:31AM

    I like your optimism and perseverence. Reminded me of the important things! :)

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YELLOWBIRD01 8/19/2010 10:04AM

    Keep on working at it!! You are so worth it!! You can do it!! Keep up the great work!!

I understand how you feel. Keep on working at it, you will get there!!

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BZYBOYSMOM 8/18/2010 7:07PM

    Keep on keeping on! You're worth it! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 8/18/2010 6:46PM

    Your doing a great job, congrats.

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SHARON10002 8/18/2010 6:29PM

    emoticon on sticking it out for the year. You have been making some healthy lifestyle changes. Just take it one day at a time. That way it's not so daunting and overwhelming!

Keep up the good work! You're doing emoticon!

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SHARON10002 8/18/2010 6:29PM

    emoticon on sticking it out for the year. You have been making some healthy lifestyle changes. Just take it one day at a time. That way it's not so daunting and overwhelming!

Keep up the good work! You're doing emoticon!

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LINDALEE14 8/18/2010 6:28PM

    Bravo!! Keep it going...


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MAMMA321 8/18/2010 5:49PM

  that,s the spirit...

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"May" I bore you with my blog?

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

May has been an interesting month!

On May 2nd I achieved one goal which had been on my mind for a long time: I walked a 26mile marathon in 7 1/2hrs. I was absolutely shattered and in pain but the feeling of success was great. Then I was sort of lost for want another challlenge ....... and found it!

I started jogging!

I feel as if I'm doing baby steps again, as I can barely manage a jog; my furthest so far was just over a mile.

But I love it! emoticon

I haven't lost any more weight yet but looking in the mirror yesterday, I liked what I saw, emoticon

June can only get better!

Must go, have to go for another run ........
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WORKTHEGOAL 6/1/2010 6:14PM

    Well thats putting into practice what our mothers use to say:

Don't try running before you can walk!!!

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NURSE4HEROES 6/1/2010 5:41PM

    Boring!!?? You inspired me!!!! That's what we're all here for!

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KNITTABLES 6/1/2010 5:35PM

    Boring, not, your an inspiration to us. I just did my fist 5 minute run the other day and it feels great. You are doing so well my friend..

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KTANNAR 6/1/2010 4:49PM

    emoticon Great job on finishing the marathon. emoticon And on setting new goals to keep you going. Maybe next year you will be jogging that marathon. emoticon

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MSWEEZER 6/1/2010 4:49PM

    I can completely understand. I have been walking for years and now I too am converting to the run/walk method. I am still a long way from where I want to be but I too plan to get there. And I understand how great it feels indeed.

Look forward to more boring blogs indeed. LOL

You're doing great!!!!

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