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Weekly Running Log

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mental Blocks & Accountability

From time to time I actually read the posts that I get on FB from great running and health sites. Unfortunately, I don't read them all...I just don't have the time. But the title of this one captured my attention since I struggle with this from time to time. Though I enjoyed this article titled "5 Ways To Run Past Your Mental Blocks", it was really a link in this article that I liked best called A Few Rules To Run By. Both articles gave me the boost I needed to keep my head on straight. Hopefully, I will refer to these in the future.

On to the daily grind...I have found maintaining my weight is a struggle at best. True, I'm not the 25 pounds overweight I once was. I have, for some time now, reached my goal on Weight Watchers and am a Lifetime Member. But it wasn't until this time that I realized just how difficult it is to stay focused and keep the weight off...especially when not going to the weekly meetings. Thankfully, WW Lifetime Members requires you to weigh in once a month to stay active in the program. The problem with that is that it is easy to be lazy in the eating plan in which case refers to me. You, also, miss talking with others who share their successes and their struggles. I have picked up many great recipes by talking with other members. The up side to staying in WW is the real reason I joined WW in the first place...accountability!! I see now that this is what I need to stay with it. Otherwise, I would probably pick up that weight again. Running has kept my weight down, but the lack of eating correctly has me feeling hungry all the time and not so good inside. I have tried to "start anew" several times and I just don't stick with it.

But for those that claim that WW doesn't work only prove that they are NOT eating the plan! Actually, I get tired of hearing how they "use to be" a WW member or has "done it" several times only to still be overweight. This only proves that they enjoy being spoiled and eating what they want because they don't have "Mama" standing over them telling them "you can't have that piece of candy, it's too close to supper". Now, come on...that's the truth, huh? Admit it or not, you know deep inside the truth is lack of commitment and discipline. Of course, it's hard.

And for those that want to blame "metabolism" on it...let me dispell that lie. Dr. Oz (and everyone believes what he says) said that's exactly what it is...a lie. We can rest in whatever makes us feel good, lazy and spoiled all we want but tests can prove to differ. The metabolism theory was tested. It was done between a couple of long time friends, one skinny and one overweight. They followed them for a period of time (I think a month), watching what they ate, what they did and how active they were. The bottom line is...all of that made NO difference whatsoever because they ate and did the same things. Both were inactive, per se'. Either you eat and exercise and begin to get healthy or you don't and get sick and fat (or even skinny)...that's it!

We have these bodies to take care of...no choice here. There are so many things we can eat that are good for us. You may not "like" to eat right, but I feel a lot of that is because we don't "want" to eat right and choose to eat what we want. So what are we going to tell God when our time on earth has come to an end and we are so unhealthy? Why haven't we been taking care of the very shell that we were given to live in? We live in America and have so many things to choose from to eat. Either we can learn the things that fuels our body and learn to eat correctly or we can be lazy and grab whatever temptations come our way. It's our choice. We live in a lazy society. Note, mind you, I did not say busy. Oh, yeah, we are busier than ever but how? Doing what we WANT to do and not what we need to do. Take care of yourself so you can enjoy life longer...it is mostly in your hands.

1 comment:

Donna said...

Okay, now you've gone and stomped all over my toes!!! Ouch!!! I may have to post this one on my fridge!

2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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