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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

Weight loss and Second Life; My exceptionally cranky day

First, no one would have known today was a cranky day. I don’t tend to stomp around and be an obvious crank. But I really was colossally cranky. Wow. I was resentful that circumstances prevented my completing my 2.5mi weekend swim yesterday (I finished it this afternoon). I was cranky about just everything! It just […]

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Mon, September 15 2008 » Self image, Stress eating » 9 Comments

Monkey mind in the pool; 1.5 miles of 2.5 so far this weekend

First, let me brag. I swam a mile today without stopping for a break. Except for yesterday, I haven’t swum serious laps since the day I gave birth to my last daughter, three years ago. At the end of the swim I felt even stronger than I did the first few laps. Until I got […]

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Sun, September 14 2008 » Progress » 9 Comments

Great dreams last night

First, I had a dream that, in 12 years or so, my middle child (now 4) and I ran a triathlon together and it was a great experience for us both. (I was just talking to my husband about how she needs some one on one time with us both because the other two are […]

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Sun, August 31 2008 » Motivation, Self image » 4 Comments

Action plan: focus on triathlon, not weight

OK, I’m much more relaxed since refocusing on a goal other than weight loss. Remind of this. Often. I get REALLY freaked out about the number on the scale, but I’m great with non-scale victories when weight loss just happens as a side effect. My action plan for today was to post my goals here, […]

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Sat, August 30 2008 » Motivation, Strategy » 1 Comment

Weekend experiment working!

Well, my weekend experiment is working fabulously! Just had to post a quick note. I woke up (rather, the kids woke me up). I had already identified specific actions to take: * Finish Uncle Claus’s birthday project * Get car inspected * Run errands: post office, Petco, BJs * Give kids (and me, thanks to […]

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Sat, August 23 2008 » Persistence, Strategy » Comments Off on Weekend experiment working!

Four fundamental exercise truths

Many years of yo-yo dieting haven’t been for naught. I have learned a few things about myself along the way. Here are my four fundamental exercise truths: If I exercise, the food follows. And I don’t mean I eat a bunch afterwards. I mean, when I exercise, my eating gets in line with little additional […]

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Tue, August 12 2008 » Motivation, Persistence » Comments Off on Four fundamental exercise truths