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09
Oct
11

Couple yard pics

This is the horseshoe pits and badminton court that I built and worked on over the summer. I even got to use them with family and friendsThe plants have grown a lotJust another after pic showing plants growthThe plants have grown a lotJust another after pic showing plants growth

 

As most of you know I love my yard.  So much has happened in it…………nature really took over and helped the plants this summer.  It has been a great joy to see how well everything is growing and filling in.  I really enjoyed it all this summer as did many other people who came over for fun and food.

17
May
11

Three years of planning and it is basically done

After a long wait, my plan for these two regulation horseshoe pits has finally come to pass.  Since the first summer I spent at my house I began to plan on a cool area in this part of my yard.  I will be planting lots of plants in the beds around the pits but the project is basically done and I think it looks great.

15
Feb
11

Man!!!!! I didn’t want to count them

 

Well today was a day filled with glorious donuts.  Yes…………I LOOOOOOOVE DONUTS.  I ended up eating 5 all together.  I spent the better half of the end of the day trying to talk myself out of counting them for WW because I run.  Yup, I was trying to convince myself that because I run I can eat 5 donuts without counting them.  Since I have been on this “I don’t want to do it Maximum Perfect”, I have given myself lots of liberty as long as I count.  However, today I just wanted feebies.

In the end I counted them.  I went well over my daily points but am a far cry from finishing off my weekly allowance or activity points.  I think I made a good decision to count even though the decision to eat 5 probably wasn’t the best.  One probably would have been enough.  🙂

14
Feb
11

Lots of hils on this long run

Doesn't look long or steep but it was

Lots of creeks on my long runs

Short out and back that I like to do on long runs

I finally reached 20 miles again.  I hadn’t gone this far since around October 2010 I think.  It seems like forever ago but I still had it in me.  I was surprised that it was not to bad at all and actually enjoyable.  I was not hating ever nor was I so fatigued that I just didn’t want to keep on.  It was a great run and I am so proud that I got it in.  This puts me one step closer to getting to the Strolling Jim 40 miler this May.  That is of course my favorite race and I would be bummed out to miss it. 

I also stayed on WW pretty darn good this week and had another loss.  I have not tried to be extremely perfect lately on my eating which has slowed the weight loss down some but I think it is healthier for me in the long run to stay more balanced and realistic in this area.  So far so good on my health journey.  I plan to keep on keeping on and make it to my starting line that much lightier and in better shape

07
Feb
11

Another week down. Lossing and running and yard work

Another pretty successful week on Weight Watchers.  I ended up losing a pound and moved my long run up by 2 miles.  I was not super happy with the loss or the run but I took it as a great and fantastic victory.  Sometimes on the time when I feel I have only made tiny strides forward I have to inundate myself with positive talk about it.  Encouraging myslef that I did great.  I can’t remember if I told you guys but I did register for my favorite race in Tennessee.  It’s the first Saturday in May and it’s called the Strolling Jim 40 miler.  There is no time limit thank God and I am sure it will be my slowest and most painful one yet but I plan to finish that 41.2 miles. 

This week I focused big time on finding and perceiving those “cues” that send me off into unhealthy auto-pilot.  Lots of things do it but for the most part my cues are work related and dealt with relationships at work.  Those are my most difficult hang ups in my life.  I also tend to get an empty feeling about my work as I don’t feel that it is up to my potential or doing any good for anyone.  That’s hard and it is often why I get deeply involved in things like running and other stuff.  All of this is a constant work of art for me.

I am also starting up with a few projects in my yard.  This is always very stressful to me as it gets my yard in a mess for a bit but it is worth it in the long run. 

Thats all for now

31
Jan
11

Tiny Tiny post

Hey guys I wanted to give you an update on my week.  Running went well but a workout with the trainer on thursday made my legs so sore that I could not run till today.  That was a really big bummer to me.  I did have a good loss of LB’S this week.  I was relieved because last weekend I spent the weekend in Las Vegas.  I didn’t eat horrible but I was not on plan like I would have liked so my last weigh-in was no optimal.  This week was a nice victory for me. 

good night

27
Jan
11

Tough day

I just had a tough day today.  From the moment I woke up this morning I was not feeling that great.  Had a bad dream, didn’t sleep that great, was tired, and just not feeling motivated to be healthy or make good choices.  I made it through the day staying decently on plan but I was feeling blue.  Keeping this one really short.  However, I have to say that at the end of the day on the way home I was woken up from my slumber when I saw the pics below.  I cool beautiful sunset always makes me feel better, like somehow most things aren’t that big of a deal.  Take a look.

25
Jan
11

A stubborn day

I just plain ole’ felt stubborn toward healthy living today.  I wanted to go eat some fast food so bad.  I wanted to skip my run so bad.  I wanted to veg-out and just eat my little heart out on junky yummies.  I didn’t eat much today and that may have had a bit today with my yearning for junk food.  It was just one of those days where you really feel you deserve a good yummy to take care of your woes.  THAT……….doesn’t work though.  Basically it adds more woes to your day if you ask me.  I was able to attain victory at last though.  I just said “screw it” and took off for a run.  I was hungry and was about to just go get some cheeseburgers when I suddenly decided to at least get out the door for a run.  I did it and it was a nice run on a nice evening.  Then I came home passing every possible yummy gas station and fast food joint to wonderful and healthy dinner that Lisa had made me.  That was just great.  It was more than great……….it was perfect.  I am even below my points right now and will be able to probably snack a lot for the evening.  It all worked out thankfully.  So instead of eating junk I ate this:

16
Jan
11

Losses and long runs

A cool view and area I think is beautiful on today's route

Another succesful week under my belt.  I achieved a loss at the scales and went little further on my long run but the most important of all my successes this week was simply being that much more consistant with my eating and exercise.  It’s the key you know………….consistency.  More than anything I think it produces the most profound effect out of all my different efforts.  Running an ultra or a marathon is great but you rarely see someone doing one that is not pretty consistant with running (there have certainly been exceptions to this).  I also counted some blow ups but instead of thinking of them as blow ups I just decided to call them a CHOICE………HAHAHAHAHA.  Yeah I just chose to eat that way.  I did it, I count it, I live with it.  Really it was all no big deal because I didn’t let it be a big deal.  I ended the week with 11 weekly points left and some 70 activity points I think.

My run today was a miracle pretty much.  I actually lost 6 LBS during the run. LOL.  I didn’t count that for my weeks weight loss though.  In fact it was really a hinderance to my endurance and enjoyment.  A bit over half-way the dehydration really started to hit me but I said, “I’m effing going to make it back home damn it” and I did.  It was not a good idea to go out that dehydrated but what the heck.  Now I am going to sit back and relax for the rest of the day.  As you know I also like to take pics on my run and my long runs afford me lots of time to see lots of interesting junk.  You would not believe the stuff people throw out there car window.  I always wonder what the story is behind the piece of junk.  So enjoy.

Many of the roads I ran on were flooding this morning

the average roadside drainage ditch was roaring with water today

I have seen the belt so many time now I thought I would share it with you. I always laugh when I see it.

This baby shoe was thrown out somebody's window just this week. I wonder why.

Sadly....I see these ALL THE TIME everywhere I run. They scatter the ditches of roads for miles and miles. Mostly used for heroin and meth in this area, at least the follow the instrucitons on the needle itself.

I just noticed this coming our of a water drainage pipe as I ran by. It was fully intact.

12
Jan
11

Reeses peanut butter cups and a loose coat

I ate 12 mini reeses peanut butter cups today.  Yup that’s right…………..12!  Boy were they good too but they didn’t really comply with my ideal for weight watchers.  It didn’t turn out to bad though as usual.  I have been counting my points pretty dang good for three weeks now and I have experienced many “mess ups” during that time too.  Anyway, today I ate that candy like a mad man but I counted it.  It was 15 points all together and I had 17 left for the day.  Good thing I ate it towards the end of the day because getting through a full day on 2 points left would be hard. 

Any evil that the candy presented is that I ate it very shortly before I went out for my run.  So after two miles of a nice hard run I hit the “REESES WALL”!!!!!!!!!!!! It hit my hard but I kept on.  Slower, but I kept on. 

And the most amazing thing that happened was that I told my girlfriend that I had eaten the candy and low and behold when I got home I had a perfect 2 point dinner waiting for me.  I am so thankful for her and it was just a huge blessing for me to have that done for me.

And about the loose coat…………………the candy almost got me down but my loose coat got me up.  Me two favorite running coats don’t fit me right now at all so I have to use a waterproof golfing jacket for my runs.  It works well but that too is pretty snug.  Today was the first time I have noticed that it was looser on me than it was three weeks ago.  YAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

10
Jan
11

Losses and long runs

I ended up with a good week.  I lost weight and did all my runs that I had scheduled.  That was a big boost for me and it brightened up my day.  So my WW week starts over today and I get a whole new week to lose and run again.  I did a long run yesterday.  It was kind of hard to get out there because it was cold and wet AGAIN but I did anyway.  I procrastinated a bit but still got out there.  It felt good.  I had some rough patches and all yet the run was surprisingly smooth without problems.  I pretty much double my last long run which is pretty extreme and risky but I know how to read my body and read my body I did.  I am not really sore today yet so I think it was all good.

07
Jan
11

A very short post

I ate good…………………I ran good………………………….I didn’t want to at all…………………but I did.

victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

06
Jan
11

Weight watchers: if you blow it……..hold on cuz it might not be so bad

So yesterday I had a scare at work that basically through me (somewhat unknowingly) into myemotional eating persona. LOL.  It was stressful that’s for sure and the minute somebody asked me if I wanted some fast food I hoped right on that band wagon without a thought.  Then I felt guilty about it and ate a bunch of candy.  All in all I ate 91 WW points for the day.  It was a true blow up but I stopped it after the candy since I was actually pretty dang full of the yummy fatties.  I wasn’t going to count any of those points but today I decided it is what it is and I should count it.  I turned out that it was not such a horrible blow up after all.  Sure I emotionally ate which I don’t like to get into when I can help it but even after counting all 91 points I still have 13 weekly points left.  That was a huge relief and I could have enjoyed many more hours of “NON-GUILT” if I would have just counted it right away and known the truth.  So it was a good lesson RELEARNED!!!  If you blow it, just hold on, stop, and count the calories/points.  It is usually not as bad as you think it is.  It is the guilt that you let fester that kills you because you hop right back into that bad healthy cycle.

Today was a much better day for eating.  I also ran.  Yesterday I didn’t run because of the work emergency and the mass amount of food made me to full to run.  But I was back at it today.  It was a drizzling dark night tonight with heavy heavy fog.  The run was tough, I ran faster than I normally do and I just wasn’t in to it.  I didn’t enjoy it that much but sure was happy that I did it.  Here are a couple of pics from the run.

this is what my run looked like to me. it was actually pretty beautiful and neat

04
Jan
11

What to do when you don’t want to exercise

Man I didn’t want to run tonight.  I dreaded it, I wasn’t in the greatest mood, and I just wanted to be lazy.  I made up every reason in the world why I couldn’t run.  I had to go home to rest, I was tired, it was cold, I didn’t have my normal shorts, etc. etc.  So what did I do.  Well, I know for a fact that no matter what, when I am done exercising I am ALWAYS happy that I did it.  I have never wished I hadn’t done it.  So I figured I will just get out there.  Then once I was out there I told myself I will just walk only for about ten minutes.  But once I was out there I kept on and ended up doing my run for 34 minutes. 

So when you don’t want to exercise, just talk yourself into getting out and doing the tiniest bear minimum and you will probably end up doing better than you thought and be proud of yourself for doing it.

02
Jan
11

Creating an atmosphere of confidence in your mind for your journey

image from studentbranding.com

I had a terrific week and a few days ago I wrote a lot about the confidence I had in running long distance training or race runs.  As I ran my 6 mile run today I thought and thought and thought about this but I didn’t know I was until I finished.  I said to myself mid-way that I should go for ten miles because I knew I could do it and it would increase my long run distance build-up faster.  I held back though.  I thought to myself that I am 100% sure that even right now I could push through and battle out a marathon finish.  I mean heck, when there is so much on the line (a finishers shirt!!!  🙂 ) you always finish.  I know I could.  Would it be really fun?  Would it be “relaxing” and benificial?  Would it foster good thoughts or bad ones?  Then it struck me about training for me personally.  My body responds well to pretty much any kind of training I think.  I recover well.  I can go a long ass ways.  But it REALLY struck my that a conservative build-up (like the one I did when I first started running) did more for creating an ATMOSPHERE OF CONFIDENCE within my own mind than it did for creating a super fit person.  Of course the super fit goes along with the running but the multiple ultras and marathons, the way I explained to myself in my writing how I thought and felt going into a race, the sense of almost scoffing at a distance (with respect though) because I had done the work in the trenches far before hand.  It struck me that the ATMOSPHERE OF CONFIDENCE in my own mind was what I need to foster more than anything.  THAT is what creates IN ME the ability to stick with it, the ability to enjoy it, the ability to endure much longer distances.  In other words, I held back.  I cherished the “small” 6 mile victory.  I saw in my minds eye the red line on my confidence meter bump up because I finished my 6 miles in complete comfort and with a sigh of satisfaction followed by a smile.  There is plenty of time to build-up to 20, 30, 40 mile long runs.  I was reminded of the times where I had a 30 mile long run and I felt this exact same way when I finished: in comfort and with a smile.  Not sore for days, happy I did it, confident I could do it again. 

 
It also then dawned on me that training (or even starting exercise for the non-exerciser) is  a work of creating that atmosphere of confidence in the mind.  Making sure to work it in a way to create small victories to maximize and ensure that the confidence builds.  The body will make the changes it needs to, but the mind almost needs to be tricked into believe in itself if that makes sense.  It may seem slow forcing delayed gratification but suddenly you end up doing 50 times more than you ever thought feeling like its easy just like that 6 mile run.  I am committed to this.  Developing that atmosphere of confidence, developing that consistency of victory.  Maybe not moving on too fast but making sure I have lots of victories along the way.  Building, building, building.
 
Hopefully that all made sense because I just rambled a lot. LOL.
31
Dec
10

Weight loss victory is a matter of perception sometimes.

Today I somehow made my way through the mass tangle of the internet into reading a list of the most expensive cars in the world.  It was pretty amazing that a $150,000.00 car didn’t even come close to making the list.  Below is a picture of one the most expensive cars in the world coming in at around $750,000.00 which oddly enough is about half the price of the most expensive cars.

A SSC Ultimate Aero-V (photo from wix.com)

This got me to thinking about the people who buy these.  To them, buying the 150 grand car is nothing and they could scoff at it.  And then to the person owning the 150 grand car would easily be able to get a 75 grand car.  And then a person from 75 to 50, and then 50, to 20, and so on all the way down to the person who thinks it is the best thing ever to have a 1985 oldmobile in good condition for $1500.00.  It is all a matter of perception. 

I think weight loss is the same way.  A person who has lost 500 lbs may think it is no big deal to have to lose 200 and so on.  Likewise, you can look at the “blow ups” on your journey in particular ways.  A person who gained all their weight back would wish they only gained half, and a person gaining half would wish for only a quarter.  And for me, TODAY, I realized that going way over my points could be looked at like a “blow up” but it really isn’t.  I still have SOME weekly points left.  If I had looked at going so far over as a huge failure I may have just said “EFF” it and started again on monday like we all have done a million times.  Today I chose to be excited that I was still on plan even while going over so much.  I chose to stay positive about it and realize it could have been much more “EXPENSIVE” points wise than it really was. 

I guess I was just reminded that we are all on a journey and no matter what mark we want to get to or what obstacles we face, we are all just people and our goals and hard times are important and real to us.

30
Dec
10

Staying on plan through all the feelings

It’s funny when I think of it, but bad eating doesn’t just happen when you are bummed out or pissed or some other negative emotion.  It happens when you are happy as heck too.  Food and eating it are closely connected to our emotions.  We use it for birthdays, holidays, and celebrations of all types.  We use it at funerals, work meetings, and vacations.  It is all around us during all our feelings good and bad.  It is possible to stay on your plan though during it all.  Sometimes its hard, sometimes its not, but it is ALWAYS possible.  Today I made it possible with some simple choices and the stuff I ate that was not optimal……………well…………..I just counted it.  Ended the day with one point left actually and that is good news.  LOL!  Even on a day where I felt the whole range of emotions and had lots of opportunites to not count or just blow it all, I hung on.  You can too.

I also got my run in tonight.  It was a dry and cold night.  I started the run just as the sun was setting so I took a pic through some awesome old oak trees.  Check it out and thanks for stopping by to read.

29
Dec
10

Hard day for me but eating and running went well

I had a sucky day at work emotionally.  Got pretty hurt, then offended, then it just turned to being pissed off.  Still a bit pissed off really but my run helped a ton and then coming home to play some “Call of Duty” on the XBOX with the family cherred me up also.

So it was a victorious day really because as easy as I could have eaten emotionally I did not medicate in that fashion.  I just tried to relax and laugh with the people at work that are more enjoyable.  I went over my points a bit but it was nothing to worry about since I have my 49 extra points per week.  I also gained 9 points running tonight so that helped.  I had a great run.  It was hard on the legs a bit but it was brisk and nice.  Here are two pics from the run.  It was neat because I took a pic of a group of cattle and when they saw me they all run up to the fence to get close because they were curious.

28
Dec
10

Running in the cover of darkness

Got out for around 35 minutes tonight.  Tuesday will be my relaxed like walk/jog day.  Well, tonight was as relaxing as it could be with mid to low 40’s temps and good ‘ole rain. LOL  Burned around 450 calories and I have stuck to my WW points perfectly.  Here are a couple of pics of my run.

black and white showing the cool rain drops

28
Dec
10

Food: First and foremost

I have learned a vast amount this year about my own weight loss journey and possibly about other people’s journey as well.  With all the running I did late 2009 and early 2010 you would think that gaining weight would be impossible.  This is far FAR from the truth.  For someone like me, who loves to eat and also tends to the emotional eating side of things, excise may not make up the difference.  For me, lots and lots of running may slow down the gaining but it will not prevent it.  What I have learned about how much food plays a part in the whole weight loss game is contrary to what I thought originally.  My gain occured steadily while running lots of miles as well as 30-40 mile long runs.  Yup, that’s right!!  I had months where I still steadily gained weight despite the fact that I was run 10 hours a week or so.  In fact, the many hours of running in a way decived me into thinking I did not have to watch what I ate as much, and then my eating remaining faulty even after I got burned out on running.  This just multiplied the weight gain effect.

So my conclusion is that no matter what exercise we do, what we put into our bodies via our mouth is the most important aspect of weight loss or gain.  I understand more now that it is possible to lose weight without exercising but eating VERY well but pretty much impossible to be really successful just leaning on burning calories through exercise.  In my WW meetings they always said that you could lose weight without the exercise even though it was not recommended and the loss would not be as rapid but I always kind of doubted it in the back of my mind.  I don’t doubt this anymore.  If my eating had stayed healthy, balanced, and monitored I never would have gained any weight back despite the amount I ran.  So I think food comes first.  It is the main-stay weapon in our arsenal in the weight loss battle.