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JOL2367 Posts: 1,793
12/23/10 7:53 A


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12/23/10 7:41 A

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Consistency is key and it's nice that you inspired another runner.

Happy Holidays...Deb :)

Don't happy!

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12/23/10 7:39 A

I'm new at this,that is exercising over 50, and yet I can relate. I'm not a single parent,but I too have one teenager/husband/working and trying to stay healthy. I do admire you w/all the daily life load and responsibilities and yet you find time for your health as a single parent.
Remember that you're not alone and you're doing the right healthy thing for you and your family. God is always w/you to strength you; giving you wisdom and keeps you going on the healthy track. Keep up the great work for you are modeling a healthy lifestyle not only in public but also for your children.

Edited by: ALCORTA at: 12/23/2010 (07:49)
GAYLLYNNE SparkPoints: (273,968)
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12/23/10 7:38 A

Here I was thinking I was the only single mom over 50 with two teenagers!! Great post. You are a real inspiration!

The longest journey starts with one step.
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12/23/10 7:38 A

A great story , as a 64 year old grandfather I can appreciate your thoughts and your insights. What a great feeling when someone says you look great. Then they add for someone your age.(ugh)

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12/23/10 7:35 A

Love this! Thank you.

HOLLEE4 Posts: 7
12/23/10 7:33 A

What an inspirational story! This brought me to tears. I can picture you running, praying, and even listening to Lady Gaga! Thanks for sharing! And, keep up the awesome work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon P.S. Merry Christmas!

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12/23/10 7:27 A

Great post. Thanks!

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12/23/10 7:20 A

Very inspirational. Keep at it.

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12/23/10 7:16 A

I absolutely loved reading your message-puts a great big grin on my face!!! I think you just made my day better! emoticon

LADYRH Posts: 14,901
12/23/10 7:10 A

Great message to share.
Spreads the message that we all need to appreciate our accomplishments.


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12/23/10 6:43 A

That was an excellent message to share, and I totally agree. That's an encouragement for me this morning! Thanks, and keep up the great work!

With God, ALL things ARE possible!
12/23/10 6:35 A

Good message. You never know who you will inspire and motivate. Good for you!

CHALLENGER15 Posts: 10,832
12/23/10 6:32 A

AWEsome! I enjoyed reading this so much. It is a wonderful reminder for me.

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12/23/10 6:32 A

I completely connected with this post. I am also a 50 year old woman and single parent of two teenagers. Life has plenty of hills and challenges, to say the least. But I get out of bed most mornings at 4:00 a.m. so I can have my quiet time and coffee (black :-) and then begin my day with a workout, be it weights or a run. Some people think I am crazy to get up that early, but if I don't, my workout time gets lost in the daily shuffle and the whole quality of my day is sacrificed. Getting the heart rate up, sweating, and challenging muscles grounds me. And, I do believe it sets an example and sometimes, actually inspires others. Thanks for sharing this post! It's nice to know there are other early morning exercisers like me out there. emoticon

SJTEBB Posts: 159
12/23/10 6:28 A

What a good post. I am 67 and I teach a senior fitness class, they are constantly telling me what a good role model I am, but iI gef far more encouragement and motivation from my participants they they get from me. It is a win win situation

POTRIDGE Posts: 5,184
12/23/10 6:17 A

Hooray for us over 50's! We still have the power to inspire no matter how decrepit we think we are. Haha!


We are constantly creating our "karma" or destiny through our intentions, thoughts and deeds in this moment. It is achieved through countless deliberate acts of selflessness.

It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.

If you ever want to feel good about yourself, go out and help someone else!
GRAMMAALI Posts: 9,456
12/23/10 6:16 A

Great lesson and well put! I'm 64 and hope to be a role model too!

♥ Ali/Alison in Dallas Texas. ♥
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BELLA6544 Posts: 1
12/23/10 6:02 A

Oh how great the Lord's timing is thank you so much for this small but to the point words. Indeed one just never know how or who you can impart a new stream of life. Again thanks for this refreshing reminder. emoticon emoticon emoticon

WATOGA17 Posts: 13,856
12/23/10 5:52 A

Loved, loved, loved this post! You are absolutely right. We just never know how are actions are influencing others.

Thanks for the reminder!

---Jen , Maryland

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CHARDANU Posts: 488
12/23/10 5:48 A

This was a great reminder that people are watching us when we aren't even aware of it - and we can show them either a good OR a bad testimony! So let's be the best we can be at all times. I wish I had a place to walk that is as beautiful as your hillside sounds; especially with the deer and turkeys. God bless.

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" I Cor. 6:19.
CLWALDRO Posts: 4,583
12/23/10 5:45 A

Thank you for the inspiring and motivating story of your life. I hope you keep running and enjoy the things that God has created for you and me.
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12/23/10 5:13 A


DEBYNASH Posts: 11
12/23/10 5:08 A

Thank you for that reminder. I am 58, lost 20 lbs this year, and ran my first marathon, surrounded by people the age I should have been when I did my first one. But there's no taking away from that feeling of pure joy, when you cross the finish line - no matter what the age...!
I hope I inspire my co-workers and friends over their "hills" in the same way you do. Bravo!

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12/23/10 4:49 A

Quite often you never know the example you set to another.....that is why we are called to keep on keeping on no mater what....go you....
That is a very inspirational blog....

keep running

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12/23/10 4:42 A

You never know how your actions will affect others! Keep up the good work.

12/23/10 4:40 A

UR SO RIGHT!!! This is great....u never know u could be a role model to someone else when someone else is being a role model to u going up life's hills!

Thank you so much! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

"With GOD, all things are possible."
Without God and His Mother---i dont know where I would be today.....
WENDYJM4 Posts: 20,566
12/23/10 4:36 A

wow what an inspiration.
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BRIDGIRL Posts: 267
12/23/10 4:11 A

Brilliant! Keep up the good work.

Love Chris xx

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
SNUZSUZ Posts: 18,043
12/23/10 3:27 A

What a great story to motivate people!

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BLUEJEAN99 Posts: 2,242
12/23/10 3:17 A

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12/23/10 3:01 A

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Good for you! Keep at it!

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12/23/10 2:39 A

Good for you !
You truly are a great role model !

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12/23/10 2:35 A

So UPLIFTED & INSPIRED by your experience! emoticon emoticon emoticon

That's why we should always strive to live the best life we can...
you never know who's watching - and learning - from what we do!

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

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but how to dance in the rain."


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12/23/10 2:17 A

I love what you wrote! It's very inspirational...

Just do it!
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12/23/10 2:16 A

Just bought the first pair of running shoes I've ever owned at age almost 57. Your post inspires me. Craving the scenic trail you describe and the endophin high! emoticon emoticon

Edited by: SWEETMAGNOLIA2 at: 12/23/2010 (02:17)
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12/23/10 1:48 A

What a beautiful post! :-))))

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12/23/10 1:43 A

I love it! Thanks for sharing! First the scenery sounds beautiful, and second the fact that you get up and run every morning is extremely inspiring! Great job!


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12/23/10 1:40 A

At closer to 70 than 60 I find that to feel good it's necessary to have the proper balance of Exercise and Diet. For me one without the other is just not cutting it. Good Luck in challenging yourself .

12/23/10 12:46 A

Wooot woott way to go girl. At nearly 58 I am inspired by your sharing as I am trying to make the 4 mile mark or so on the elyptical amnd to swim more. with my weding just six months away I am working hard to lose weight so my beautiful 1950's lace coat looks good.l can;t go wrong with Dior and Pricilla of Boston. school is in dire need of feeling fesh. However, I am grateful for my health and to be alive.
take care all Merry christmas

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12/23/10 12:41 A

Loved your message board, I love to run too when I started it almost looked imposable for me to run 1 mile at a speed of 5 on the treadmill, but now I love to run, but this week has been hard for me on the emotional side, but reading your post has inspired me to continue,thank you live on the beautiful central coast of california surrounded by pines I will go up highway 1 tomorrow and enjoy the beautiful scenery we have here.

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12/23/10 12:30 A

Hello MAMIE501 I really liked your message on the board about getting up lifes hills etc, I am running into a hill of sorts as I have stopped losing weight, it is one of the plateau's that I have to get over, & I will get over it I just, like you have to put on that extra spurt and that extra effort and I will make it over the top of that hill. Thanks & all the best for Xmas & the New Year... the message was great........Martin.

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12/23/10 12:27 A

I really love this post! It reminds me of my struggles this last fall! I finally got the courage to "run" the local nature trail here. It is amazing scenery and rough terrain! I love the variety. There are a lot of hills, but some flats to catch some air! On this trail, I see your life-long runners! The ones that run the miles every day without a problem. Then, there is me. Running 10 feet and then walking 20 because I can't breathe! But, it's those runners that motivated me. The one's that smiled and gave me the thumbs up, knowing what I was trying to accomplish! I did this every day for a week. 40 minutes a day between work and picking up my daughter from daycare! By the end of the week, I was running 90% of the trail and I would run up EVERY hill, just to prove to myself it was possible! Then, the snow, there is about 3 feet of snow, and my excersize consists of shoveling! But come spring, that hill will be there, waiting for me with the beautiful view for my reward!

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12/12/10 4:53 A

YOu can do it. Keep going.

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12/11/10 9:33 A

I like your story. Thanks!

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12/11/10 3:06 A

All we do here is uphill. It is just part of the process of conquering objectives. Keep it going.

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12/11/10 12:56 A

Sounds beautiful and it sounds like you are a great role model!!

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12/10/10 12:05 P

Thanks for sharing your story! This is a great example that "your daily actions and words impact more people than you realize!"

Now by sharing your story here on SP you are motivating even more people :).

Have fun reaching your goals and thanks for being part of the SP community.


"Your daily actions and words impact more people than you ever realize!" -- SparkGuy

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12/10/10 11:58 A

Every morning I jog the local nature center trail. It is a challenging run, but the wild turkeys and young deer that populate the six-mile course take my mind off the hills. The scenery, lush-green with flowing streams, puts me in the moment, and I get lost in prayer and the latest lady gaga song. I find myself able to solve the daily problems of being an over-50 single mother of two teenagers.

Many mornings I see young women jogging, and I secretly wish I had their great runners physique and speed. That wish inspires me not to hit my alarm clocks snooze button in the morning but to put on my shoes and start each day with a run.

Recently, after finishing the killer hill at the end of my run, a young woman came up to me and said: "Watching you run the hill inspired me to jog harder.

I had to smile as this much younger woman said how she envied my legs and stamina and how watching me actually propelled her up that hill. Its funny you never know that you can be a role model for someone else at the exact same time someone else is carrying you up life hills.

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