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I am at a weight that I like, and have even had fun on SP getting here. Now I am working to become even fitter and maintain my weight!
I am at a weight that I like, and have even had fun on SP getting here. Now I am working to become even fitter and maintain my weight!




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Member Since: 8/26/2009

SparkPoints: 136,805

Fitness Minutes: 149,068

My Goals:
Get a new PR in a 5K race (current PR 29:51) and run a 10K race.
Maintain my current weight, or less.
Get my strength training more regular.

My Program:
Exercise by having fun. I run, but only as long as it is fun, I bike, if it is fun. I like to hike, it is fun. Like most people, I will only stick with it if it is fun!

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Portland metro area, Oregon.

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CANNIE50
4/25/2015 12:02:21 AM

Well, you've done it again. I LOVED your comments on my Hawaii blog. I love the young enough/old enough perspective. Oh, and "gingerbread poisoning" made me laugh out loud. How fun to go to a Moody Blues concert. I have heard they put on an excellent show and, why wouldn't they? They are masters at their craft. My favorite Moody Blues song is "I Know You're Out There, Somewhere". I really liked what you pointed out to me about my being active enough to really appreciate Hawaii. I have been several times, but never in June (when we are going) but it is such a temperate climate that I think it will be pleasant. And, it's Hawaii! No matter the weather (short of a hurricane) it's a gorgeous place to be. I can hike (and will hike, for sure). I can paddle board a bit. I will snorkel. I did yoga on the beach the last time we were there - sooooo relaxing in that amazing setting, plus it's a great way to meet people. I also like that my husband and I are not "joined at the hip" people so we have an agreement that we each do our own thing for half a day or so, then we go to lunch or dinner and explore the sights. That way, there is no pressure on him to get up early and exercise (not his style) and he doesn't have to worry about me because I quite enjoy some solitude, so he can go exploring in town and find some little greasy spoon and have lunch. I am looking forward to getting away. We have had massive family stress (grown up children with big-@$$ problems, for starters). We need a break from being parents (though our 11 year old is a little insulted we are not taking him : ). We need a break from stress and strife and daily routines.

I am exercising more and it sure makes a difference in my outlook. I have started tracking my food again, to re-focus on getting enough nutrients and to give myself a little extra incentive to stop eating like an out of control 12 year old at a slumber party. emoticon emoticon Hey look, once again I wrote you your own.personal.blog! emoticon



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CANNIE50
4/2/2015 11:44:05 PM

I loved, loved, loved your comments on my blog. I needed to hear that. Thank you for being so understanding and encouraging. I am already feeling so much better. How are you doing? Have you gotten out for a run? I spoke to my sister in Oregon City this morning and she said it was cloudy and overcast there but today was beautiful here and I told her perhaps the lovely weather will travel to Portland. My son Payton and I are traveling that way this coming Monday. I am going to see my daughter-in-law and grandchildren in Vancouver Washington and then head to my sister's. I hope you are doing well.



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CANNIE50
3/30/2015 4:26:17 PM

Thank you so much for checking in with me. I am struggling in every direction, it seems. What I am lacking in willingness, I seem to making up for, in stubbornness! I am SO uncomfortable. Perhaps we need to meet up for a virtual run/walk. I am mostly walking these days, with short bursts of running. So, what do you think? 30-45 minutes moving outdoors does seem to be in order, to jumpstart a person out of a slump. I have already made two gym dates, for strength training, with my dear friend/workout buddy, for Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Plus, I just planned my dinners for the week, out of the Sparkpeople cookbook, so I will have no excuse to let my husband bring home bags of greasy concoctions. Again, thanks for checking in, Mike. I needed that!



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CANNIE50
1/22/2015 3:53:57 PM

Your comments on my blog, about decimating gingerbread men emoticon made me laugh. I also really appreciated your supportive comments about my daughter. I am not going to lie, we are in stormy waters around my house and I often feel depleted, just trying to keep my head above water, but I am not giving up. I am so thankful that my daughter is pursuing a sober life. Two of my sons still actively wrestle with their demons but I cannot wrestle for them. I can only take care of myself so I am not collateral damage. I am glad to see you are doing a running challenge. Good for you. I recently had to confront the fact that I had allowed emotional fatigue to convince me to exercise less. Today I did a one hour trail walk, and I have been to the gym this week for a cardio and strength training session. I am mindful that I cannot go back to exercise that exhausts me but I need more than minimal, as well. Enough about me. Run strong, runner!!!!



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CANNIE50
11/22/2014 7:48:14 PM

I know that drive between Portland and Eugene very well. Of course, earlier this spring I made the drive from Bellingham to Portland and then to Eugene and back again, to care for my sister as she fought ovarian cancer. We are very fortunate that it was caught early enough that she was able to fight it off. I say this only to say I empathize with you and your wife making that drive under such sad conditions. You are a wonderful husband, and brother-in-law, to devote so much time to helping sort out your sister-in-law's life, after it was cut too short. I find road trips to be helpful to sort out thoughts and emotions and I hope you and your wife are finding that to be true. It must bring some relief to be able to be helpful. I find comfort in the tasks of daily living, especially when doing those tasks eases someone else's difficulties.

I thought of you today as my 10 year son Payton and I ran a 5k. I walked some, ran most, and made it in 39 minutes which isn't bad considering I have done so little running as of late. It was cold and clear and all trail, so it was a very pleasant little race. I hope you are not fretting much about being out of your eating well/running/yoga routine. I swear sometimes a healthy lifestyle is like a loved one, we re-gain true appreciation after some separation. It is good that you are missing the healthier pursuits and you know exactly where the track is located. I struggle so often that I am very familiar with the routine to get back on a better path - I always start with one definitively healthy action, like a homemade protein smoothie, or juicing some fruits and vegetables, or running a mile - just a mile. It reminds me of what I REALLY crave, when I clear the distractions and craziness away. Take care and keep me posted, okay?



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