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Would that I could bottle it: Funk-be-gone

I just went for one of the Best Walks Ever. Just in my neighborhood (on trash day, no less), but it was a beautiful sunny breezy day and I felt good. I’m getting excited about going swimming in the mornings in the outdoor pool, too, soon. That’s just something transformative about being in the water […]

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Fri, April 3 2009 » Persistence, Progress » 4 Comments

Great read on the plane a few weeks ago — A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

In a previous post, Ria left a note recommending a book: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a great book! Funny and inspiring. I read it on the plane to Chicago, on my way to California. The gal next to me probably was […]

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Thu, March 12 2009 » Motivation, Persistence » 5 Comments

My weight loss over time, in a picture (well, graph): yo-yo to steady-as-she-goes

Well, I’m actually down a bit more today — and very close to the 50 pounds gone mark. I keep track of my progress in a spreadsheet now because, along with my not-dieting, the number on the scale no longer (well, rarely) has meaning to me these days other than a progress metric — it’s […]

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Wed, February 4 2009 » Persistence, Progress, Strategy » 8 Comments

When I give myself time to think, it usually doesn’t turn out well

I find the trick to getting out and exercising is to do it with the least amount of self-talk possible beforehand. That means being prepared: having the clothes ready, having the bag ready for the pool, or the iPod for the run, or whatever. Because, if I’m not ready… I stall. And think. And talk […]

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Sat, January 17 2009 » Motivation, Persistence, Strategy » 2 Comments

Wanting to hide under the covers, and true test of my changing behaviors

Well, I don’t feel like posting and part of that is because I feel generally crappy right now. I have a stomach thing, which is my immediate source of complaint. Feeling queasy stinks. On top of work and personal complications and being generally tired, it makes me want to go to bed and hide under […]

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Tue, January 13 2009 » Persistence » 1 Comment

No excuses

I went for my 5k this morning. I was looking forward to it. But then my iPod wasn’t charged. And as I started down the road, it was cold. I turned back after a block. But then I turned ’round again and kept going. (Neighbors probably think I’m loopy.) Then I felt a little nauseated. […]

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Mon, January 12 2009 » Persistence » 4 Comments

2008 retrospective: What worked, what didn’t

Looking back, I certainly learned a bunch about what works and what doesn’t with regard to my getting fit. In no particular order… Works: Outrageous distance-based goal with deadline (Lazy Man’s Triathlon, first 5K race, first 5K continuous run, marathon, open water swim, triathlon… what else to come?) Doesn’t work: Exercising for X minutes Y […]

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Wed, December 31 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Strategy, Stress eating, Support, Useful tools » 4 Comments

I met my end of year goal to run 5K! Plus, new books (no reviews yet).

Well, Saturday I ran 5K for the first time! No walking, no stopping. With hills, even! I started fairly fast (for me) and made myself slow down just a bit and I was glad I did because I had the energy to run up a endless long mountain goat grade fairly steep incline (for me) […]

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Sun, December 28 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Training journal » 4 Comments

Great site, I think I’m at my 5k goal, current book, miscellaneous news

Some miscellaneous notes… Jason, who stopped by the other day to offer some encouragement (thanks!), has a great blog about his 130 pound loss. He also started running along the way, is a believer in slow running, and has even done some ¬†ultramarathons (my current not-so-secret obsession). Jason and I started within a pound of […]

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Wed, December 24 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Support » 2 Comments

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Murakami

Wow. Read Murakami’s book this week, a memoir of runner and writer, snatching a chapter here and there when I could. Excellent. Not so much excellent because of how great everything was. Rather, excellent because it wasn’t always great. And he persisted. And was humble. And determined. And kept at it. Through marathons, triathlons, and […]

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Mon, December 8 2008 » Motivation, Persistence » 3 Comments