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Chicago Marathon: 10/7/12 - Ran for the Organization for Autism Research. Brutal and AWESOME.





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With Grandpa's plane "Champ", after a fly-in breakfast with area pilots. Summer 2012.



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Health and fitness are two things (among a few!) that I am very passionate about. They are the reasons I have been able to handle my work, my stress, my life. They go hand in hand. SparkPeople has been a motivating, exciting, and rewarding way to continue this lifestyle.

I teach early childhood special education; specifically, I am a speech-language pathologist in an inclusive program that allows me to co-teach and lead a classroom in addition to providing therapy. I juggle a ...
Health and fitness are two things (among a few!) that I am very passionate about. They are the reasons I have been able to handle my work, my stress, my life. They go hand in hand. SparkPeople has been a motivating, exciting, and rewarding way to continue this lifestyle.

I teach early childhood special education; specifically, I am a speech-language pathologist in an inclusive program that allows me to co-teach and lead a classroom in addition to providing therapy. I juggle a caseload of 50+ students and all their special education paperwork, data collection, and various needs; so I move, a LOT from class to class and between therapy sessions with my students.

I work around halux rigidus in both feet; I have chronic, significant arthritis and severely limited mobility as a result of the bone spurs and fusion of joints. Every step is uncomfortable, most steps hurt. I work around it because I know that succumbing to the "I can't because I have arthritis and movement hurts" mindset will actually make it worse. I invest in good workout shoes and just keep going.

I love to play on the internet, read, write, scrapbook, and watch movies.

I know what grief is; I have felt depression. I know that some days are easier than others. I know what it's like to get knocked down, to fail, and to give it all the finger and finally overcome.

I am a mommy, and not just a grieving mommy any more. My second child, Bryan (named after his sister, Bryna), was born nearly full term and healthy in October 2008 thanks to a fantastic team and research put into practice by the March of Dimes. Bryan’s conception and arrival has been a continued message from our late Bryna that it is okay to keep trying, keep hoping, and keep living.

I am a mommy to three fur-babies as well: two kitties and a pooch that make our house a home. Nikki has been my running buddy for 10 years, but I now have to work around her age without hurting her feelings.

I love SparkPeople and am more than happy to share the Spark with others...you can love it, too!

"The destination is not where we end, but where we begin again."

"Now, if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." (George Patton)

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." (John Bingham)

"A tree with strong roots can withstand the most violent storm. But a tree cannot grow roots just as the storm appears on the horizon." (HH - the Dalai Lama)


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Member Since: 10/17/2007

SparkPoints: 26,741

Fitness Minutes: 33,507

My Goals:
~ Lose the weight I put back on after rebelling, following my second marathon.

~ Yoga.

~ A triathlon!

~ Inspire others to make positive and healthy lifestyle changes.


My Program:
* When I'm not following a specific race-training plan, cardio training of 30, 45, or 60 minutes (depending on time) at least 4 days per week.

* Strength training at least 2 days per week.

* Regular stretching after workouts.

* Balanced nutrition of protein, moderated GOOD! carbs, fats, and allowing one day per week to splurge (like having pancakes!) .

Personal Information:
30-something. Aries. SLP. Hopeful. Sometimes hopeless. Driven. Drum Corps alum. Teacher. Scrapbooker. Runner. Lives in a Montage. Lover. Mommy. Daughter. Adores Clay Aiken. Closet Trekker. Obsessive. Reader. Beetle (VW) Lover. Actress. Dreamer. Loves Harry Potter. Believes in Superheroes.

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Alum of the 1996 Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, marching as a rook-out in the colorguard.

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DEBULACLARK
11/30/2009 8:03:31 PM

Thanks for stopping by! Bryan is just adorable. I can't believe he's 1 already! WOW!!! I teach 1st grade now. That's why I had to get the house done this weekend....that and we are having our annual Christmas get together on Saturday. I will say that Dominic is old enough to help now...he did the tree and I 'tweaked' it a bit when he went to bed....just a little. I did the rest of the house though! I was home part time with Dominic when he was younger....they grow so fast...sometimes it's worth it to stay home til they are in school but it's a tough call! Good luck!!!



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ELVENSONG1
11/30/2009 7:13:04 AM

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You're welcome there any time. Any friend of....well you get the idea. :)



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RINOACHAN
11/17/2009 6:01:53 AM

Just heard you made Hufflepuff prefect!! Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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DIZZYKITTY
11/16/2009 9:25:13 AM

Thanks for your support! x



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RINOACHAN
11/16/2009 6:07:48 AM

Hi ya! Thanks for stopping by my page & for your encouragement! Oh wow, and congrats on making your goal!! You look fantastic!! I love your hair too, in all your various styles!

LOL, yep, oh, I love those properly crunchy thick salt and vinegar crisps! Oh, they are making my mouth water right now! I think that may be my one greatest weakness!!

Ha ha, yeah I don't really 'swim' laps either... altho a few odd ones here and there... I actually just remember being a kid and pretend I'm a mermaid, or Peter Pan flying in the sky (the hours I used to spend playing Peter Pan 'swimming' thru the air! LOL) As long as you enjoy yourself, that's all that matters in my opinion!



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