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Brutus my boxer

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"This is not a race with the calendar!"..."It's more of a hike, complete with hills, valleys, plateaus and obstacles in my path. "

Failure is evidence that you tried. Success is evidence that you didn't give up.

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. -Elizabeth Gilbert

"Never trade what you want the most for what you want at the moment."

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use." ~ Earl Nightingale

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill


February 2011...I'm trying to get back on the wagon again. Every few months I suffer from mental burn out, but I'm trying to find ways to over come it.

May 20th 2011: I jogged on the treadmill for ONE HOUR straight! (Not including my warm up or cool down.) Miracle! I was only going 4.2 - 4.3 mph to keep my HR in the 150's and to keep my knee from getting sore, but it's a great start! Now I get to work on my speed.

September 5th 2011: Went straight to the hardest hike of the season. Hiking Mt. Timpanogos, 14 miles, elevation 11,749 at summit with a gain 4370 ft. Honestly we didn't make it to the top. After 6 hours of hiking we were at 10,500 ft, it was late in the afternoon and were feeling the altitude change and called it a day. Next time we will be more prepared. I walked about 12 miles, over 35,000 steps and burned over 5400 calories. One of the best hikes I've ever done, it was absolutely beautiful. (And extremely tiring!) It wasn't the successful hike I hoped for, if I had been training for it I would have done better. Now I have something to compare it to next time. :)

January 2012: Hubby and I are going to run a 5k in April. Running outside is a struggle for me because I have a hard time finding, and keeping, a pace that my heart and lungs can keep up with. I hope to get a hold of that while improving my time. Hoping I adapt quickly.

April 2012: The last month or so, my hubby has been my "kite" when we go for our 5k runs. His pace is slightly faster than mine, so seeing him run slightly ahead of me gently pulls me along mentally. I've broken my PR three times this month! My race is on the 28th. My goal was a 5k in 35 minutes and what-ever seconds. I should be able to beat that goal...and smash my original 5k time of 42 minutes.

August 2013: Hubby has been getting up at 5:15am and going to the gym with friends at work. I decided to start getting up with him and workout at home before the kids go to school. I am going to try to not focus on the numbers on the scale. Even when I'm at my goal weight (if I ever get there) I will still need to eat right and exercise. That is what my mind set should be no matter what my weight. I need to keep this in mind every day and not let the numbers on the scale or the number of days that have passed by discourage me. Eat right and exercise anyway!

Member Since: 1/17/2007

Fitness Minutes: 39,967

My Goals:
Try to avoid mental burn-out and keep in mind that the scale is not my only measure of success.

Goal 2: Run my second 5k in April 2012 in 35 minutes.

January 5k time: 42:00
March 5k time: 35:10
April 28th 5k Race time: 32:49

My Program:
Eat right and exercise anyway! What would You-at-goal-weight do?

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Wife to my soulmate for 19 years, mother of two fantastic kids, and two boxers Brutus and Hercules. I love the outdoors and photography.

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    Maybe that's what I do then. I don't have disorganized things, but do plan out things to have. Including breakfast!
    98 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my blog "Motivation? I think not" and for actually READING it. From some of the comments I got on it, I'm fairly certain some just read the title and posted their comment without actually reading the blog! lol! So thanks for taking the time! Have a great week!
    114 days ago
    Thanks for the blog comment!
    114 days ago
  • v ADF1981
    As always, you have the best suggestions!
    115 days ago
  • v ADF1981
    I know what you mean about people hogging equipment at the gym. It doesn't bother me if they are using it, but there are some that sit on benches and just talk. I like using the class room as well b/c it's quiet and I can really focus on what I am doing.

    Box jumps scared me really bad at first. I would approach the box but keeping my feet together or being able to jump at all at first was hard. I didn't want to fall on the box LOL. I am only using an exercise step right now so it's not a tall box, but it's progress. I'm going to keep working on them, but I don't really have plans to do big box jumps.
    116 days ago
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