Thursday, July 16, 2009

What I've learned from my blogging friends

I started this blog basically as a place to complain and let my frustrations out since my husband is over hearing about it. But it's now transformed me and it is such a place for humbling, inspiration, and education. I have learned so much from you fellow bloggers. I wish I could give credit where credit is due, but I just have picked up bits and pieces. Here are just a few of the many things I have learned:

Running blogs:
  • I have learned about researching information on Runner's World. It is such a great place to learn about pace, fueling, and training. Lately, they are linked now with iyoga to help runners with their stretching.
  • There is a tool called the McMillian Running Calculator . This will tell you paces to run based of type of run and distance. I have learned that I was running too slowly for my easy runs. Hey, it' called easy right? Well yes but it's an easy RUN and I was doing easy JOGS. So I stepped up my easy run yesterday and am glad I found this site early in my training.
  • That Gel/GU with caffeine equals tummy churning!
  • That I am not the only runner who has food and running issues.
  • Yoga can be a great exercise to add to my training.
  • I probably need to invest in some mace since I run mostly alone and dogs or weirdies can get me. Also I need to invest either in a running belt or a CamelBak. Would love to hear from runners what they like to use for marathons.
  • There is a stick you can buy to rub on sore muscles after running. I LOVE my marathon stick!
  • Oh and BodyGlide! This is great to rub on the skin where you may have chaffing!

Weight loss/Fitness Blogs:

  • To be present in your life.
  • Stop the negative self talk. Appreciate what you have and what you're achieved.
  • A perfect meal has a balance of healthy fats, carbs, and protein. I am really paying attention to my protein now and am really trying to view my plate like a pie graph: 1/4 protein, 1/4 starch, and 1/2 veggies and fruit. Last night my place was more in 1/3's : 1/3 chicken, 1/3 green beans, and a 1/3 broccoli.
  • That clean eating is ultimately the best for your body. Eating as little processed foods the better.
  • As a person diagnosed with ABS, I cannot eat the following things that I owe a huge thanks to my blogger friends for helping me figure this out: artificial sugars including aspartame, Splenda, etc.; chicory root/inulin which are in a ton of foods I love including ClifBars, Luna Bars, any Kashi cereals or Fiber One products; and most of Weight Watchers own products including their yogurt.
  • That I very much need to step up my weight training and not just my cardio.
  • That I have support and am not alone. I have read peoples blogs who at one time or another I've shared the same feelings of frustration, joy, irritation, pride, etc.

So thank you bloggers for giving me such a wealth of information. I learn something new every day. I appreciate all of you who read this blog. I am sure as soon as I post this blog that I will remember more things to add! Last, thank you for you followers. I have been told I am a source of inspiration which makes me feel good. It also makes me get mad at myself for not always being positive in my outlook. But I write what I truly feel so thanks to you who read my ramblings!


Tuesday- Easy run 4 miles in 37:44 + 20 minutes Level 2 30 Day Shred

Wednesday- Tempo run 5 miles in 42:27


MoraPiggy said...

Thank you for sharing your story, journey, struggle and for being such an inspiration to me.

carla said...

LOVE how you have gone back and just distilled all the many blogs into one fab concise post.

have a great weekend.


D10 said...

It really is amazing how much you can learn from others who blog.

MoraPiggy said...

Thanks for the great comment on my blog.
FYI- when I wrote about WW pitas, I was talking about whole wheat not weight watchers. I don't normally use too many of their products either.

*Bitch Cakes* said...

You continue to be such a source of inspiration! This was a great list to read and probably helpful for yourself to realize all of these things. You have such a great attitude and I love that about you. It's a learning process, and an on-going journey of self discovery. I'm glad we all have each other. Keep up the amazing work.