Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lungs and vacation :)

"The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy."
Yves Saint Laurent

I'm not aiming for ease...it's passion all the way!
This week, I am super busy with work because we leave for our vacation this Friday morning. We are headed for Varadero, Cuba for one week, and I'm excited. I will get to run in shorts and a tank top for the first time ever! I have been warned by my dear friend Miglena to wait at least two days before attempting a long run in order to let my body adapt to the temperature (she spoke from experience).

I ran 3K this morning and although I ended up doing fine, my lungs are giving me a bit of trouble these days. I always have a bit of a dip at this point in my monthly cycle. It's so easy for me to forget that asthma is going to impact my running journey. I mean how important are the lungs right? Thanks for the reminder Robin. The reason I started running in the first place was to improve my lung capacity. It seems to be working because tomorrow it will be 99 days without prednisone...and counting! 

Joanie has skated and she brought tears to my eyes.
I am so proud of Joanie Rochette, she skated beautifully...and I am so sad for her loss! Bravo Joanie!

I may not have time to write again before I leave Friday morning. I also doubt I will be writing from Varadero, but I'll tell you all about our trip and the nearly naked running when I get back :)
Have a great week!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunny Day!

"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."
Somerset Maugham

A few days ago, I finished the book, "A Test of Will." After finishing the book, I went to the author's website. This man is truly inspiring! Check it out here (I encourage you to click on the link entitled "Watch Warren's Video" near the top right hand of the page).
Both legs amputated above the knee!

This weekend was relatively nice outside, with some sun, which made running even more enjoyable. Plus, I had the pleasure of trying my new Garmin and...I can honestly say I loved it :) I haven't mentioned this yet, but I have a birthday coming up soon and the Garmin is my birthday present from uber hubby...how great is that! I think he's enjoying it as much as I am...we changed our route today during our run and I knew it was no problem, because I would know exactly when we reached the 7K mark...very cool. I also didn't have to worry about figuring out my pace...it was all there!
The one thing I haven't figured out yet is that it gives me my average pace, but I'd like to know my pace per km. Is this something I need to program on the watch? Or, is it something I need to do on my Training Center page?
In other news, I was very excited to see that today, I reached exactly 100 miles...yup, 100 miles in less than 2 months...I'm extremely proud of myself! :)
Note: Sunglasses and a headband...come on spring, I'm ready.
Hope you all had a great weekend.
I look forward to reading all the race recaps!

p.s. Thanks everyone for your understanding regarding my last post. Glad many of you know exactly how I felt last Thursday. Just know that none of this takes the joy out of running for me :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Pride and Prejudice

"I don't believe makeup and the right hairstyle alone can make a woman beautiful. The most radiant woman in the room is the one full of life and experience."
Sharon Stone

Running group last night! They're really a great group. We ran a 4K and I felt really good, however, I was still back there amongst the final few. In a little over 6 months, I have made so much progress...but, I am slow. Oh I know that I will improve and that everyone has to start at the beginning, I know all that, I'm just stating a fact. But, I don't love being at the back of the pack. Suzanne was at the front of the pack and her group missed the turn around so they did an extra 500 meters. I didn't miss the turnaround, but the front group whizzed past me not too long into the second half. Except Suzanne, she slowed down by me and said, I'm going to run with you until the finish. I don't think she realized how touched I was that she would do that (feeling verklempt as I write this). I tell you, there are some sweet people in this group.
The problem is with me, I don't like being slow and I must swallow my pride when running with this group.
My prejudice is related to what the faster runners might be thinking.
I KNOW that my goal should be to get to the finish line in one piece. I KNOW that it doesn't matter how fast or slow I am, at least I'm doing it. I KNOW that I should only be competing with myself and not comparing myself to others. I KNOW and believe all that and more...
My problem, and I'm going to be honest here, is that it's almost like we, as in we slower runners, are not allowed to complain about our lack of speed. I know I'll improve, but can I just be a little annoyed that I can't beat you...hell I can't even follow you. Can I just say I'd like to finish my half marathon in under 2:30 hours without the 25 year old instructor telling me, "it's more important to finish with a smile the first time." Can I mention my pace without one of the fastest runners saying "don't worry about your pace, it'll come."
I KNOW it will come and I'm not worried, just annoyed! ...truth is, all these comments sound a little condescending to me...it's like being told not to worry my pretty little head about that...sigh. Okay, I'm done, but I just thought I'd get that off my chest.
I will repeat that I love my running group, I love pushing myself with them and I love having a friend choose to slow down and run with me and I know you all mean well...

Well look at that, someone received her Garmin (mine's a she) :)
Okay, I'm the techno dudette at home, but this little gadget requires some serious time investment...Can I say I'm not crazy about the very sensitive bezel! I'm getting there though and because today is a rest day for me, uber hubby will be trying it out first. I'll give you my opinion on Sunday.

Hard core yoga this morning was an excellent workout...now I'm off to the gym.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I've created a monster...a cute monster :)

"Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage."
Claude M. Bristol

As we're heading for bed last night, here's what my husband casually mentions to me, "There's a Winter Pentathlon in Québec and that's something I'd really like to do." "Oh?!" He goes on to explain that it starts with 15K of biking, followed by 6K of running, 9K of cross-country skiing, 9K of skating and 6K of snowshoeing! To be fair, he's mentioned before that he liked the idea of winter triathlons and would perhaps like to do that one day. However, it never progressed past the point of casually mentioning it. This is much more serious.
Me: "That does sound interesting, but we'd need lots of equipment"
Him: "Not that much"
Me: "Well, we'd need bikes and new skis, and we don't own snowshoes"
Him (excitement building in his voice): "Well, yeah, we'd need  to get good bikes and some snowshoes and of course we'd have to change our skis" 
Me (excitement creeping in): "That will require a lot of training though, because that's a lot of sports"
Him: "It would be a good project for when I retire (in 4-5 years)"
Me (really beginning to like the idea): "That's true, it would give us time to prepare. Sounds like it could be fun"
Us: silly grins :)
I've since googled the "Pentathlon des Neiges" de Québec and found out that we could do this in teams, tandem or solo and that the distances he mentioned are the Long Distance Challenge (the most mileage of all). A grand total of 45Ks compared to a maximum of 29Ks for other challenges. I guess we'll see when the time comes. I'm still just getting started with running, but it sounds like a great plan for a few years from now. Just, not too soon, because my butt needs some serious bike training and I mean my "butt" literally!
I must admit that the idea of a winter pentathlon is really growing on me by the hour. If you can't beat that crazy season, join it :)

Another thing I wanted to mention today is about yoga. I've been doing yoga once a week for almost two years now and about a month ago, I started going to a second (more difficult) class every week. I was beginning to think that nothing would improve my flexibility, because I saw very little improvement in that department. BUT, last night, I was sitting cross legged on my triangle and as usual I had a cushion under my left knee because it usually pulled too much to stay in that position for too long. I quickly realized that I didn't seem to be feeling any pull at all, so I removed the cushion and...nothing, no pull, no pain throughout the session. For the first time since I started doing yoga, there seemed to be more fluidity and ease in my movements. I do believe that doing yoga at least twice a week may be the key to improving my flexibility. Yay!!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday ;)

I'm joining the madness Tara, I ordered it yesterday. Thank you so much everyone for your feedback. There are certainly other great options, but I must say the majority are in love with their Garmin and it seems that human error is the major cause of problems. It suddenly hit me yesterday that I had gotten an email from Running Room not so long ago for a deal on the Garmin 405, so I went back to check it and I got a darn good deal and a $50 rebate for a total of less than $350 for "MY" Garmin forerunner 405 - green as in above picture!! Happy happy! :)

Thanks to MCM Mama  and Run Mama Run for the wonderful sunshine award, because no one can have too much sunshine in their life!
I truly appreciate it :) ...since I've already passed it on previously, I suggest you all enjoy the virtual rays of sunshine this morning!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Garmin? ...and me

"Intuition is a spiritual faculty, and does not explain,
but simply points the way."
Florence Scovel Shinn

Something tells me I'd really enjoy a Garmin, but I have these lingering worries. After overdosing reading a lot of blogs lately :) ...here are some of the things I've heard mentioned from different runners: (paraphrasing here) "my garmin died on me" "my low battery signal started flashing" "my garmin went crazy by the highway" "our garmins were all out of wack" "my garmin reset itself 5 seconds before the race" "I'm surprised the electrical lines didn't affect my garmin" "my garmin is fickle" ...and there are more.
Garmins are really expensive here in Canada. We're talking about $500 for a Garmin forerunner 405, but I can probably get a 205 for a little over $200. However, I'm thinking that if I'm going to go ahead and get a Garmin, I should probably get the most recent. What I really want is to be able to know how far I've run without having to measure it with the car first. It would also be nice to know my pace, but for now there's very little variability in that area. So here's my worry, that I may be paying $500 for a tool that doesn't always work well and that leaves me feeling frustrated. Sigh...I do want a Garmin though. Is there a huge difference between the 205 and the 405, have any of you upgraded? Does anyone have any advice?
 Most of you seem to love your Garmins...it is pretty isn't it? :)

Today, I completed a nice 4K tempo run at a very reasonable pace...oh yeah! Despite some major burping and cramps near the end of the run. One more lesson learned, not even a light snack (yogourt and apple) is a good idea before heading out for a run!
I had another cool encounter today...as I was just getting started I crossed this older man (I'm guessing late 70's) running, he gave me this huge wave and a big smile, it was so inspiring. This is exactly why I run, I want to be like him and still be running when I'm in my 70's. A couple of Ks later, I cross him again, this time he raises his hand and says "We should be at the Olympics" :) ...me, "Yeah, we should" big smile! This encounter, plus the much more bearable weather made this a really nice run.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Low energy...but I got it done.

"All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold, and reveal itself. All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within, and you will surely find it."
Eileen Caddy

The way I was feeling this weekend doesn't happen often, but when it does, it usually leads to a day of barely doing anything other than meals, taking naps and reading. I am generally a very high energy person, but ever since I got sick, I've had to deal with off days a little more often. Usually, they are related to an exacerbation of the asthma, or some medication side-effect or a withdrawal symptom. Still, it had been a while...
Saturday morning, we went for our 3K run and I found it difficult, I was feeling tired. I then went to get my god-daughter and we went to the movies to see The Toothfairy...the main theme was:
"You've got to have dreams" :)
After the movie, I needed a nap and after a nice dinner, I took a warm bath (reading my latest book) and went to bed early. Still, I was feeling awful this morning, very tired and low energy (Cee if you are reading this, I plan on being in touch with you today so you can check my energy). I had lunch, then I took an hour-long nap and felt a bit better. Here's the thing, usually, there is no way I would have even considered doing something physical when I feel this way. However, having caught the running bug and because uber hubby was feeling enthusiastic about the run (that's one big advantage of running with my husband), I decided to give it a go. We had 7K planned on our training program today and thank goodness it was considered a long run and we were to use the 10:1 method. We were planning on running along the river to the fort, which is the most beautiful route, but once by the river we were freezing, it was the WIND  I hate wind, I'm totally with Laurel on this one.
By the river before we switched circuits!

As mentioned, we had to change our route. I could sure have used a Garmin today. We decided to go do our 3K circuit twice, because it was all among the houses, so less wind. Plus, what we'd already done, which we figured was at least 1K.
Going up a hill :)
Yup, I did it! Sometimes you just have no idea what you can accomplish. Deep down inside, I still had more energy than I imagined considering how awful I felt this morning. Bonus, now that the run is over, I am actually feeling better!
Now off to continue my book: "A Test of Will" by Warren Macdonald (this man is the first double above-the-knee amputee to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.)
Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, February 12, 2010

First Running Clinic...exciting!

"It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion."
Rebecca West

There are so many of us in that little Running Room store! Everyone gets sorted out and the new half-marathon group (that's me and about 24 others) starts the evening with a 3K run. I'm feeling good and it's going relatively well, except for the very cold wind in my face. I'm near the back of the pack, but not at the back of the pack. When we get back to the store, it's time to sit and get to know each other. There are Carole and Suzanne, both really nice women and the ones I sort of clicked with right from the start, mostly because they are sitting near enough to talk to, but they really are very nice. Both are first timers also, but Carole has run a few 10Ks and hopes to run her first half in under 2 hours. There is Marc who is doing the clinic so he can run with his friend who has lost 160 pounds over the last year (it kind of teared me up when he talked about him). There's one man who is a veteran and he is with his wife and friend. He basically is here to help them do this and vowed to take them through this and to the finish line (...touching). One mom has her 10 year old son with her and he ran the 3K with us, very cute. Oh and there is John who did the clinic last year, but did not run the half. He said that last year, he did not believe in his ability to do this, but that this year, he believes it and he will do it! Looks like an inspiring group, there were lots of smiles all around and you could feel the excitement in the air (the cold and windy air) :) 
I really look forward to seeing how everybody does. Oh, and now I know what everyone means about feeling pushed to go faster when running with a group. It's actually a little frustrating to see half the group take off at a pretty good pace right from the start. I went a little too fast at the beginning, but I quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to maintain that pace and I slowed down. Must be careful...
We had to say if we had a time goal for Ottawa and although there were a few under-2 hour wannabes, almost everyone said they just wanted to finish. Here's what I said, "I say that I just want to finish, but the truth is that I'd really like to do in no more than 2:30 hours."  :)
Okay, time to get my rear in gear and go have breakfast. Then it's nazi yoga followed by weights and abs. After lunch, haircut :) ...then a 3K with uber hubby (the 3K I didn't get done on Wednesday) and then errands. If anything worth reporting occurs, you'll hear about it on Sunday!
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

This and all that...

"A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days."
Annie Dillard

Life sure has a way of giggling at my plans some days. Wanted to do a little stretching and ab work on Tuesday evening after work. Didn't factor in the part about getting home only at 8:15pm and not having had dinner yet. I was not moving from that couch! Yesterday, I had a 3K tempo planned, but work ended up taking almost every minute of my day. I did manage to get to my yoga class last night, but it was a tight squeeze (my last session at work was stretched to the max). So, there you have it...chaos :) The good thing is, I'm not bothered by this at all. I'm the eldest of five and have three kids of my own, so my life is all about organized chaos. I just take it as it is...

Here's what I like about running outside on a nice day. I'm running along, enjoying the weather and the snowless roads and I cross a woman, probably late 60's, taking a walk:
She "Bonjour"
Me, smile "Bonjour"
A couple of hundred meters later, I cross an older man walking, he smiles and nods my way, so I smile and "Bonjour" once again.
We're going in opposite directions, but we seem to be doing the same by-the-river loop because a while later I cross the same lady:
Me: "re-bonjour"
She: laughs and says "Ah oui, vous êtes jeune vous" (translates to "You're young you")
Me: smiling "Not quite" 
A few meters later, I cross the man again, this time when I look his way he smiles and gives me the thumbs up. I give him a big smile and am realizing how much of a boost these encounters are.
I like the changing scenery, feeling the sun on my face, the variability in terrain and the fact that my pace varies right along with it...and the encouragement of kind strangers :)

p.s. First Running clinic tonight...very excited!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Oh yeah!

"Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way."

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Beautiful sunny day -5°C/23°F and all roads are clear...I just know I am going to LOVE running in the spring. I have mostly run with jackets and winter gear (remember I ran my first 5K in September 2009). Today, I completed a 4K tempo run and it went amazing! Once again, I was too fast for my program, but I think that for a tempo run, that's a non-issue. It took me 27 minutes (that's a little over 2 minutes less than suggested)...Happy dance!

This one's for you Robin :)

I usually go to the gym on Tuesday's for some strength training and abs, but today was a dentist appointment instead. My gums got a good workout though...ugh!
When I get back from work tonight, I was thinking of doing at least a bit of stretching and ab work while watching t.v. From all my blog reading, I've realized that a lot of you train from home...so I'm feeling inspired.
That's it for today.


Monday, February 8, 2010


"Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Mondays are busy work days and include no training. It's actually perfect that Mondays are OFF days on my training schedule. One nice thing though is that I had lunch with my daughter. I just love spending time with her, she's such an amazing young woman.
She and I in Paree :)

Here's what I learned from my last post:
1) No one will admit mentioned that they think not running a whole race is not really running a race ;) Thanks.
2) A few people mentioned that if we are going to walk, we should make sure to move off to the side (which makes a whole lot of sense to me)
3) Many people used run/walk for their first races, but then were eventually able to mostly run (Ah!)
4) Almost everyone told me to do what works for me and not worry about others (which I was totally expecting from you amazingly encouraging bloggers) :)
G'Night and Cheers!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Is this a taboo topic?

"Things do not change; we change." Henry David Thoreau

I'll get to the taboo topic in a bit, but first let me tell you a little bit about the last few days in this life that is mine. Friday was a day off running...so I went to the gym and did my strength training and abs. I had to miss yoga because I had a doctor's apt. My lungs are doing well these days...I'm pleased with that! This is the longest since I got quite sick that I have been off prednisone for so long :) Yay!
On prednisone
Off prednisone
Friday was my little sister Iz's b-day and her daughter, my god-daughter, Lulu's b-day, was a few weeks ago. So my sisters came over for a celebratory dinner and I made sugar pie...Iz's favorite dessert!
The sisters...
Then Saturday, uber hubby and I ran our 3K steady run and it went superbly. I actually went too fast according to my training schedule...haha! 
Then Saturday evening my dear friend Miglena and her husband came over for dinner and we had a blast!
We took a put-the-timer-on-and-run photo :)
Today, Sunday, uber hubby and I ran 7K and, once again, I went too fast! I was supposed to take a minimum of 56 minutes to run 7K and I took 50:30. I totally realize that these shorter distances are fooling me and that I need to figure out how to keep a steadyish pace for longer distances. Still, I LOVED my run today!

NOW, about this taboo topic I teased you with at the beginning. I have been reading enough blogs to cause indigestion these days and no one, I repeat, NO ONE, talks about walking during their runs.
We have the Galloway method:
Do the first one [marathon] to finish, running/walking at a comfortable training pace. From what I've read, depending on your pace, it can go as low as 2-3 minutes of running for 1 minute of walking.

We have the Running Room Stanton method:
Walking breaks work! Try them and you will become a 10 and 1 believer!

France has the Cyrano method:
The running can be longer (up to 24 minutes) with a 45 second to 1 minute walk break.

We have Hal Higdon's method:
If even running 3 miles seems a strain for you, don't hesitate to mix in a walking break.
Although his method seems less specific about walk breaks.

Okay! So, here's what I'm wondering...I am doing the Running Room "run 10 minutes/ walk 1 minute" method for all long runs, which leads me to assume that my race day long run is expected to be completed using the same ratio. 
Am I the only one who plans on completing my race this way? The 10:1 method seems so sensible to me. So, all you "older" and "younger" runners out there, do some of you run/walk on your long runs?
Also, what do you think of people who actually plan to walk for one minute, starting only 10 minutes into the race? PLEASE, do not be afraid to offend me...I am old enough to not change my mind even if every single one of you tells me that you've never used one of these wimpy methods and that you think that actually planning to walk during a run means that "someone didn't really run a half-marathon or a marathon" :)
So please, seriously...I just want the truth about what people think!
Hope you're enjoying the super bowl!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Uhuh! and the two of us...

"Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality."
Nikos Kazantzakis

It's all about perception really...Uhuh! First, I put away the training plan geared towards running a half in 2:15. Next, I printed out the schedule for running it in 2:30. Last week, it took me 1:30 to run 10K, so I needed to be a little more realistic. Last week, I ran my first 3K tempo run and had to take a short walk break after 1.5K in order to run at the suggested speed. I was disappointed and a little bit in pain...so I didn't enjoy my run and I was complaining about how incredibly difficult this all was gearing up to be.
Fast forward to this week and one AHA moment smarter. I ran my first 3K tempo run with the new program today and I didn't have to stop...hell I think I sprouted me some little itty bitty wings :) I "felt" like I was floating along...I was smiling and feeling so damn proud of myself. Those itty bitty wings are gonna grow bigger and stronger with time, I just know it :)
Another thing I wanted to talk about today...Uber hubby was an athlete, he played University hockey and was always the star center on his teams. Awards galore! The reason we lived in Switzerland for four years was because he coached hockey there. The reason I am mentioning all this is that when I started running, I was doing it mainly to increase my lung capacity in the hopes of one day getting off prednisone (see side bar: 80 days without prednisone tomorrow - wootwoot!). 
Strangely, it had never occured to me that running might perhaps be something that I could share with my husband. He wasn't running anymore, though about 15 years ago he ran a decent half-marathon, so I hadn't factored that in. When I started running in early September 2009, he decided to join me once a week for a run...we both enjoyed it and it quickly became an important weekly "date". He's happy to be running again and realizing that he's still got it :)...although he's more than happy to hold back so that we can run together for most of the run (he does do little extra detours once in a while :)).
Today, when he got home from school (he's a teacher) I mentioned that I was going to do a 3K tempo run and he was clearly happy to join me. Now, he is planning on doing the half-marathon with me in Ottawa in May. Running has become something not only for me, but for the two of us. How cool is that!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

"Bloom where you're planted." Mary Engelbreit

My princess
Montreux, Switzerland 2009

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Start!

"Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression."
Karen Horney

My half-marathon program starts on Thursday and I am excited about getting started. Until then, I have been resting and today I went for acupuncture to give my hamstring a little extra healing power (although the pain was quite mild, I just don't want to risk serious injury). Tomorrow, more rest plus my zen yoga class.

I am amazed at all your lovely comments. It's always nice to know that others are going through or have gone through similar issues. I am so over feeling too slow...
Thumbs up to running at my own pace!
Oops...it's a little past 10pm...gotta go. G'night all.


Monday, February 1, 2010

Thanks & Aha! squared

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anaìs Nin

Today, I would like to begin by sending out a very special thank you to G of Neurosis of a stay at home mom of 3 who wrote me the most caring comment. It brought tears to my eyes and gave me the permission I was unknowingly seeking.
Allow me to share it with you...

"I wanted to just make a note here on speed. In a lot of your posts you seem worried about how fast or slow you are running, and I think it would be a great idea if for your first half marathon you just relax and enjoy the moment without making a WHOLE bunch of time goals. Seriously, it took me almost 3 hours to finish my first HALF! And "only 5" to finish my first marathon... which proves that a lot more speed (and yes, I know those are not speedy times, but I have a ton of fun running) will come with time.
Do this HALF because you LOVE IT! Because you have a PASSION FOR RUNNING! Because it makes you HAPPY! Because it EMPOWERS YOU to overcome the physical "limitation" of asthma." Momof3

This was totally an AHA moment for me. I started this journey with no time goal and the wish to accomplish something I never thought possible...I just wanted to be able to do it! As much as I am inspired by everyone's accomplishments, I am also a bit intimidated...everyone seems to be going so fast doing so well. But this comment reminded me that many of you have been doing this for longer than I have and that I need to go back to my initial mindset, which is to simply try my best, be proud of myself, appreciate how much it's helping my asthma and enjoy the ride! I can not thank you enough Momof3.

My second AHA moment came yesterday when I went to bed past 11pm once again and had trouble falling asleep because I was still a bit overstimulated from all the blog reading and commenting. I just had one of those "blinks" where I realized that I was trying to do more and more on less and less sleep...and it clicked that I don't have to do this! I don't know if I would call myself a type A, maybe...but, I do know that someone once told me that I don't do anything half-assed. That goes for running and blogging I guess. I have learned so much from reading about everyone's experiences with running and I love hearing about the ups and downs of training, injuries, juggling, etc...

Here's what I was thinking: 
1) No more going to bed later than 10pm on nights when I need to get up early the next morning.
2) Even if I don't have to rush in the morning, get off the computer by 10pm (go read a book - I used to read 1 to 3 books a week and lately I've only been reading blogs).
3) Allow yourself no more than a maximum of an hour a day for reading blogs and commenting. So, if I didn't get to yours today, I'll make sure you're on my list for tomorrow - because I'm curious and I don't want to miss anything :).
4) It's okay not to post something every single day (I am for sure using Wordless Wednesday and will continue to not post on Saturdays).

I am not a very rigid person, so this is not written in blood...some days I might still overdo it and others I may not be on the computer at all. The important thing is that I had an insight and the awareness will help me cope in the healthiest way possible with my very busy life.
Good night everyone!