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November already?

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Hello fellow Sparkers! Hope you are enjoying the fall season, it didn't feel like much of a pleasant summer here in Pennsylvania. It was either very wet or very warm and humid. It was definitely a tough summer season to be training for my 5th marathon that was in October. I made it to another finish line! Woohoo! I have said that it will be my last marathon. I am ready to focus on other running goals and other fun activities that get put on the back-burner during marathon training.

My running goals would be more about half-marathons and consistency in my running in general. I also, would like to do more strength training and maybe a yoga class again. I am currently concerning myself with my weight gain prevention for this holiday period that is coming along quickly. I need to keep reminding myself to stay focused and mindful of all that I am doing, especially when it comes to my health. I am hoping to prevent ANY weight gain and also add more variety in my fitness routine.

I am making myself a list of tips that I can use and number one is to say "No thank you". It is okay to say no to food that does not fit into my plan and it is okay to say no to activities that overwhelm and burden me in the end, rather then add peace and contentment to my life.

Would love to hear tips from others as well. We can do this!

Edited to add: I have decided that I am going to keep my ongoing list of short but sweet tips or successes for the day in the comment section. This is my bragging moment of what I did to enhance my health and fitness. The motivation and accountability will be good for me.
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    11/1 - Ran 3.5 miles and had drank only water with my dinner.
    11/2 - Ran the best 5 mile run that I had all year! Woohoo! Still progress if I keep pushing forward.
    11/3 - Bushwhack/trail hiking 10.65 miles on an awesome autumn day!
    11/4 - Wonderful Sunday walk w/son, 5 miles. Extra greens in my homemade soup.
    11/5 - Yoga for 60 min, no evening snack, herbal tea before bed.
    11/6 - Voted, ran on treadmill and then ran outside an extra mile! Life is good!
    11/7 - 6.25 hike with a friend and chose NO PIE! Protein not pie.
    11/8 - Sunset hike to a favorite spot. Make the most of the beautiful fall day.
    11/9 - Easy stretching and yoga before bed.
    11/10 - Easy 30 min walk before dark
    11/11 - Ten mile road race! Beating hoped for time, I did push myself and had the best race of the year!
    11/12 - 30 min easy pace walk and no evening munchie.
    11/13 - 40 min fast pace walk with hills

    924 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/13/2018 5:28:05 PM
    I once blogged on saying "No" politely but firmly to those who "seem to insist" we need to eat some gooey morsel we will live to regret later. …. One thing I did was to "practice" before the occasion. Look directly in the face to the one offering with a soft smile, but your eyes say "No" and mean it. … then I never stand there to discuss further or debate. Move on swiftly to a new topic … or politely walk away and mingle with someone else. … Other tips: As we are moving in to the Holiday season, I know temptations will be everywhere, but I track my foods in advance and do not make room for "extras." (like sugary stuff) … And I have my clothes laid out and ready for my exercise in the morning. And stick to it. .. emoticon
    926 days ago
    Yes, NO is such a small but powerful word for sure!

    Here's to a successful November.
    926 days ago
    No tips to offer, but love the 'no thank you'!
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  • NEPTUNE1939
    926 days ago
    Congratulations on your marathon! It sounds like you have a plan in place for the upcoming holiday season. I need to make one as well so thanks for the tips!
    926 days ago
    I think it is always correct to say no to any food & iam also trying to find recipes for easy healthy fish
    926 days ago
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