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Ha! I took 1st place in age division in the 5k

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My granddaughter, daughter, and I ran a 5k on Saturday and both my granddaughter and I took home a medal for 1st in our age division. But when I looked at the times, I saw I was the only one in my age group.

It was not my best time, but it was not my worst. 33:29

I am having some issues with my feet and am coming to the realization that I may need to take some time off and recover. The bottom of my feet hurt at times.

I really do not want to have to stop running because I really enjoy the "me" time. I need the "me" time and when I go for a run, no one bothers me, no one asks me to do things for them. It is just me on the road and no one else.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/30/2014 11:20AM

    Good for you!!!:)
Hugs, Pat emoticon

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DS9KIE 8/30/2014 1:52AM

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TRESSWANN 8/27/2014 9:16AM

    It's a medal and recognition that you got up and out and did it. Celebrate!

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MNNICE 8/26/2014 3:24PM

    Way to go! Doesn't matter how many were in your age group - only matters that you did it!

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LIV2RIDE 8/26/2014 10:46AM

    Congrats! Who cares how many people were in your age group. You killed it!

As for the problem with your feet, I'd get it checked out. Err on the side of caution. Checking it out early can save you months of recovery from something more serious.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/26/2014 10:37AM

    I love the medals! Congrats: you're in a class by yourself!

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MIRAGE727 8/26/2014 8:55AM

    You represented your age group and you owned it! End of story!
Walk your runs when you need to. I also agree that we need to be more aware of when we need new shoes! Listen to your body, embrace recovery days, and run safe! Stay strong!

Comment edited on: 8/26/2014 8:57:29 AM

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JAROL7 8/26/2014 8:29AM


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    Wow - that is great to do it as a family and to win. And that's an awesome time. Hope your feet feel better soon

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CAROLCRC 8/26/2014 8:09AM

    Time for new shoes,maybe?

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BA5454 8/26/2014 7:36AM

    Congrats on the age group award with your splendid time! Love the thought of getting the family together to run! Hope the feet recover very quickly so your 'me' time won't be interrupted too long.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1. not flowing or running, as water, air, etc.
2. stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.
3. characterized by lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement: a stagnant economy.
4. inactive, sluggish, or dull.

# 3 and #4: That is describing me these past weeks. I am having lots of moments where I do not want to do much of anything. I have been spending a lot of time in front of the computer because I am trying to create a budget spreadsheet in Excel. It is so depressing. Also, it is frustrating because as soon as I figure out the numbers an unexpected expense occurs and then I need to rework the numbers to fit that in. UGH!

Then my daughter gets scheduled for a 50+ hour work week, which means I have my active 3 year-old grandson for about 65. As much as a joy he is, I need a break. I have found out that little fellow can easily outrun me. Man, I need to add some speed work outs to my routine!

My daughters, granddaughter and I are doing a step challenge and I come in last every week. My granddaughter cheats though and is caught shaking her pedometer ~ hee hee, I see her running around the yard and then checking her pedometer; at least she is being active. We all pitch in a dollar a week and winner gets the $$. I, on the other hand, am amazed at how hard it is to reach 10,000 steps on a daily basis.

I found myself eating a lot of junk food this past week and I need to refocus and get back to eating healthy again. Today is a new day with new possibilities for success.

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DS9KIE 8/21/2014 11:25AM

    that is alot of stuff your doing, no wonder your wiped out emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOHEMIANCAT 8/21/2014 9:49AM

    Maybe chasing that grandson burns calories!

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FITGIRL15 8/20/2014 10:56AM

    I thought a budget contained a category for money to deal with those unexpected expenses? You shouldn't have to rearrange the whole thing....

I hear my mother (grandma to 6 kiddos) speak the same way you do. My SIL has 3 baby boys and when she has to babysit them for a few days, she too is wiped right out! :(

Step challenges annoy me too! Pedometers are highly inaccurate... don't stress about coming in last, especially if there are cheaters in the group! :( Booo... However, try doing some skipping, or Zumba... I can gather about 6000-7000 in a 1 hour class alone!

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LUG911 8/20/2014 8:43AM

    It sounds like you are a very active and busy person, good for you! And you are a great grandmother to boot!

I am amazed by how much you do.

A virtual hug to you.


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I want ice cream!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My grandson wanted ice cream for breakfast. So, I mashed a frozen banana, added some peanut butter, and then mixed in some malt-o-meal. As for as he was concerned, he had "ice cream" for breakfast.

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FITGIRL15 8/19/2014 11:55PM

    Awesome way to keep him happy :)

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/14/2014 10:48PM

    How old is your sweet grandson? He's adorable!

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MEOWMEEEOW 8/13/2014 10:39PM

    That is fabulous! Love your creativity!

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    my mom always made my sisters and I "milkshakes" for breakfast. All healthy ingredients. She had us fooled. emoticon

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MM11113 8/13/2014 10:19PM

    I always want ice cream, so I have been eating healthy choice frozen greek yogurt. Seems to be holding me, and it comes in tiny cups, so I don't eat a whole half gallon. Did you know that ice cream only comes in single service sizes. Seems that ishow my brain sees it.

I'll have to try your recipe.


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Three county fairs...and a solution to a craving

Sunday, August 10, 2014

and I only gave in to temptation at the first one, but that was because I was hungry when I went. However, since most of the foods were deep fried it was easy to resist when I thought about the price and what I was really paying for, deep fried junk food.

Seriously, a deep fried snickers bar and oreo cookie?? That is crazy!

One thing that I am struggling with to let go is ice cream and I keep remembering that my neighbor has told me that farmers call dairy cows "shell cows" because by the time the get to the market there is nothing left on them, they are skin and bones. The picture below is a picture of a dairy cow at one of the fairs I went to:

She will be my motivation to kick the dairy ice cream habit.

I have switched to "banana ice cream" to satisfy that craving for something cold and creamy on a hot day. I take a frozen banana, mash it up, and add a bit of peanut butter. Oh, so yummy! My grandson loves it!

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DS9KIE 8/12/2014 4:15PM

    yummy banana ice cream

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/10/2014 10:13PM

    I don't know what all the deep fried hype is about. I had a deep fried oreo once, it was like a chocolate filled donut. I could take it or leave it.

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RASPBERRY56 8/10/2014 8:26AM

    You think those items are bad - try *deep fried BUTTER*! Yep, you heard that right - don't remember where I heard about it, but I suspect that came from somewhere in the Midwest.......



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RIDLEYRIDER 8/10/2014 8:20AM

  Mmmm....the banana ice cream sounds divine!! emoticon

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What?! No chocolate chip cookie trees?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Below is an excerpt from the introductory pages of The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, D.C. I just had to share because it is helping me realize that if I am going to be successful in eating healthy, I also need to create an environment that will support and make things a bit easier to make that transition to eating better foods and to resist those things that I know are not good for me, especially in the quantities that I am eating.

Begin quote:

Why do we find it so difficult to eat what we should eat and avoid what we shouldn’t?

Part of it is genetics-we are programmed to eat concentrated foods when they are available. That is an important survival trait. In a natural setting, there are no chocolate chip trees, candy vines, or burger bushes. But today, surrounded by unlimited access to concentrated foods, we must overcome our instincts with our intellect.

To eat well, we have to understand the factors that drive us to eat so poorly. Very often we eat for the wrong reasons. We might eat because we are emotionally distraught. We might feel fatigued and eat for stimulation. But when we are tired, we should sleep.

Fear of being different is another factor that drives us to make poor food choices. “Friends” can experience a lot of cognitive dissonance. “You’re no fun anymore.” “It’s not healthy to be a fanatic!” “You’re so thin!” “Don’t you think you’re carrying this a little too far!” “I made this just for you!” “A little won’t hurt.”

We all live in the real world, with its temptations and seductions. Unfortunately, many things that taste good do not promote health. They have been designed to appeal to our inborn (and socially conditioned?) preferences for sweet, salt, and fat. In a natural setting, these substances are scarce, but in our industrial society we have access to virtually unlimited rich, stimulating foods.

To be successful in dietary transition, you must create your own natural environment as much as possible. The most important place to start is your home. Don’t bring fats, oils, salt, and sugar, processed foods or animal products into your home—not even “just for company.” If you have these temptations around you, you will either succumb to them or spend so much energy trying to resist them that you will become exhausted.

It is important for each person to develop his or her own set of strategies to support a healthful lifestyle. It is also important to review these strategies as well as your reasons for wanting to live healthfully. Cultivate friends who value their health and happiness. Pursue activities and interests that give you a feeling of productivity and emotional nourishment rather than looking solely to food to make you feel good.

Remember, food is fuel. Eat to live; don’t live to eat.

:End quote
From the beginning pages of The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, D.C.

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DS9KIE 8/12/2014 4:14PM

    haha a emoticon tree

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FITGIRL15 7/28/2014 3:29PM

    Mmmm Candy Vines! LMAO I'm pretty sure those used to be one of the 4 food groups in my diet! emoticon

Luckily my intellect is winning. emoticon You've got this!!!

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DS9KIE 7/27/2014 4:19PM

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