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Friday, January 04, 2013

I have not been Sparking regularly for a while now. I honestly can't say how long it's been since I've logged in daily to check in on my friends and use the tools here. I have been very busy with work, homeschooling the kids and just life in general but I feel very unfocussed in my life right now. There are so many goals that I have pushed to the back burner in the last year, such as, once again, tabling my half-marathon attempt. I've struggled with pain and tightness in my left hamstring so I stopped running because, quite frankly, running makes it hurt. I'm also experiencing some foot pain in my right foot that is undiagnosed for now. To top it all off, it's winter and the short daylight hours really get to me, especially when we have a lot of cloudy weather.

On the plus side (yes, there an up side), I had a good annual review of my performance at work and will get a raise in a few weeks. Also, I haven't quit exercising and I managed to keep my eating mostly under control and I finished the year lighter than I started it. Yay!!

In the interest of accomplishing some things this year and getting rid of the "unfocussed" feeling, I am participating in Chalene Johnson's 30 Day PUSH challenge. It's about priorities and goal setting and becoming more productive. So many people have said such good things about the program that I figured it couldn't hurt! :)

So, here's to a better New Year for all of us!!

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SALLIEROSE 1/5/2013 12:42AM

    Keep on hanging in there, Rebecca. Sorry to hear that you're having trouble with your hamstring, etc. - hope that improves soon. And the days are getting longer now, so maybe that'll make you feel better!

Congrats on ending the year lighter than when it started. Again, keep it up! I've still got those same 2 pounds to go that I probably mentioned to you a few weeks ago. I've gotta attack them soon - and will do so. My goal is to lose them before regional competition!

Love ya! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/5/2013 12:00AM

    WOOHOO! Starting the year lighter is fantastic. The program sounds like a good way to get focused. good luck!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 1/4/2013 11:32PM

emoticon emoticon Congrats on finishing the year lighter than you started. You Can Do It Becca!

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MARYRUN1 1/4/2013 8:06PM

    You can do this !!
What's the Chalene challenge ?? I need some motivating too(: life gets busy but we can't forget about our own goals !!

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SLIMMINJENN 1/4/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon emoticon you got this becca!!

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chugging along...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Well, since my last update, we've further settled into a good solid routine. My work schedule seems to have settled into closing pretty much every night that I work. I'm honestly not upset about it because it means that I usually know when I'll be working! It's a lot easier to plan around the work schedule.

My husband is sharing a place (part of the week) with our oldest daughter. It's quite near his workplace so I no longer have to split my nightly sleep. Yay!! He goes up there on Sunday night and comes home on Thursday evening. It works out pretty well, for the most part, and even with the expense of sharing rent and utilities, it is a savings over the amount of money we were putting into his gas tank to drive the hour and a half to get to work then back home again for a total of 3 hours on the road a day. It's much less stressful for both of us.

I'm running regularly again but I tried to increase my mileage too quickly and was wearing myself out. I have decided to keep my mileage steady for a couple of weeks or so and split it out into 4 runs a week instead of just 3. So far, in this first week, I'm enjoying the change and feel more rested already. I just tried to push hard to get back to where I was before I got the shingles. I've realized that being able to run is more important than fretting over lost ground. I'll eventually get back there.

The kids will be done with school in about a month and they are suffering from a serious case of spring fever! Getting them to do their work can be like pulling teeth lately. A lot of it is due to the weather being so nice and them wanting to get outside! I can't say I blame them, honestly!!! emoticon

Goals for May: (been working on these all month)

1) Log food 3 days per week.
2) Spring into Shape Bootcamp
3) Log in to Spark every day

Anyway, I hope y'all are having a great spring!

Be blessed!


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DOCOUTLANDS 5/17/2012 7:12AM

    Less stressful until I have to do all the stuff I'm used to having you take care of for me! emoticon At least with this job I get to spend weekends at home rather than being gone months at a time...

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/16/2012 5:05PM

    Glad you have found a routine that is working! WOOHOO! Always better to enjoy the time together and exercise than be filled with stress because...


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SLIMMINJENN 5/16/2012 4:01PM

    glad you found a routine that works for you...i am still shift is days but still different than what i am use to....i am thinking of starting running..once school is out i will be able to use their track...

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The past couple of months...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

have been rather eventful. My hubby and I both started working at the beginning of February. Since he took a cut in pay to work a local job instead of traveling out of state I need to work to help out. We bought a car last month to replace the one that my oldest daughter totaled on the day after Christmas. My chorus also won the coveted Most Improved award at our regional competition last month on the same weekend that we got my car. I've even, finally, been able to start running again. Overall things are looking way up for us!!!

The only downside has been that I've gained about 5 lbs that took me outside my maintenance range. Most likely it's because I haven't been getting enough sleep because I usually work late (11:30pm), get up at 4:30 am to see my hubby off to work (he drives over an hour to get there), then go back to bed for another 3 hours or so of sleep. Thankfully, this won't be the case beginning next week! He and our oldest daughter (who works in the same "nearby" town) are renting a trailer a few miles from his jobsite and he'll be crashing there on Monday-Wednesday nights (he usually works 4 ten hour days per week). That will cut his expenses in half and we'll both get more rest.

Anyway, that's what's been going on in my world lately. Hopefully, once we've gotten settled into a better routine, I'll start up my monthly goals lists again and really get back to rocking along.

Be blessed!

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DOCOUTLANDS 4/13/2012 10:47AM

    Cyndi - she really won't be seeing all that much less of me, because I usually get home after she's gone to work and am asleep by the time she gets home. We really only see each other about 45 minutes every morning as I'm staggering about, getting ready for work. I think my staying "up there" during the week will improve our time together, because I'll actually be more well-rested from not driving so much. Plus, the fact I've started running with her these last couple of weeks gives us a bit more "together time," even though we don't keep the same pace.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/12/2012 7:17PM

    Sounds like things are really looking up. WOOHOO! Glad things are going better now, even though you'll see less of your husband. I know that once you get a good schedule going again you'll quickly get back to maintenance.

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MFTAGGFREEZE 4/12/2012 4:19PM

    Now that's a schedule. You seem to be maintaining very well though.

Hope everything continues to go well for you. Have a great day.

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Hanging in there...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

things aren't the best for me right now. My husband is still unemployed and though I started looking for work as well neither of us have had any success. I'm fighting depression and have dealt with health issues during December. I had a case of the shingles and had to discontinue my race training. I just started working out regularly again last week so I'm getting my exercise back on track. Amazingly, I have kept my eating under control and though I didn't get to my goal, I did get well into my maintenance range and I'm happy about that.

I'm going to close out with my new goals for this month. I've deleted tons of negative thoughts and complaints and I'm afraid I'll start crying about how horrible things are if I keep going right now. I try not to be a negative Nelly.

My goals for January, 2012:

1) Continue my new workout plan.
2) Begin a new running program...train for a 5k.
3) Drink 8 glasses of water per week.

Y'all be blessed!

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LADY51 1/10/2012 8:13PM

    Hang in there honey, things will get better. Your husband will find the perfect job and things will be better. You need to stop worrying. That's why you got the Shingles. You are doing better than me, I can't even get a routine going because of my shoulder. It discourages me because there is really NOTHING I can do some days.:( OH, I know what I can do? EAT, that I have no problem with.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/10/2012 6:10PM

    Sorry you are both still looking for work, wishing you good luck there.

Have fun with the new workout program and starting to train for a 5K. Good luck and wishing you and yours the best year ever.

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    Becca, I'm so sorry. Life can be such a struggle at times! I'm glad you blogged. When I'm down, I am always worried that people will "drop" me for being such a downer. We need each other, and we need to be real. Praying something wonderful comes your way, my friend! emoticon

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SALLIEROSE 1/10/2012 3:53PM

    Becca ... love you SO much! Am so sorry that things still aren't "going your way." I'm glad, though, that you ARE hanging in there with your thought processes as well as your food consumption. Keep on truckin'. Y'all WILL overcome! Sending up a prayer for you and yours. emoticon

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So very thankful

Friday, November 25, 2011

This is the new intro on my SparkPage. I wanted to post it as a blog, too, so that all of you who have touched my life and supported me during this journey would see it. Thanks so much for being here for me.

May you be blessed beyond your dreams!!


You don't love running when you first start because it hurts. Your legs hurt, your lungs hurt. But once you make the decision and start to move forward, you become a different person. It's not about having to hit your goal weight to start feeling good again.

Ben Davis, Founder of

That quote pretty well sums up my relationship with running. I really hated it at first because it was so hard but I wanted to learn to run so I could burn more calories in less time. Running really does change you. I can honestly say that being able to finish a run strongly is more important than the number on that scale. I've been working hard during the 6 months or so to make peace with food, my body, and my perceptions of myself. It's a lot harder than I imagined it ever could be. Though I still have days when I'm not very kind to myself, they are fewer and farther between. I thank God for that because I surely am not achieving that peace on my own.

I have come so far since June 30, 2007 when I realized that I was slowly destroying my life and really wasn't able to take care of my family the way I wanted. Truly, none of what I have accomplished is due solely to my own efforts. I have received strength, forgiveness for mistreating myself and peace from the Lord, support and encouragement from my husband and family as well as from many Spark Friends over the last 4 years. My sincerest thanks to each and every one of you.

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LADYBUG1943 12/4/2011 1:10AM

    I just love this post. You sound like a person I'd like to know better. Hope we can meet at one of these functions sometime.... next regional competition, maybe?

Thanks so much for putting your feelings into words and so eloquently.


P.S. [On colds.... I was doing the same thing after bronchitis.... would just get to the place of being able to sing again, and I'd get sick again. A chinese doctor treated me twice; the last time with a herbal tea I drank twice a day for 5 days. That took care of it... I now take 2000 mg. of vitamin C every day, and haven't had a cold for about 3 years. The point.... consider alternative medicine]

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SLIMMINJENN 11/25/2011 8:21PM

    You are awesome!!

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SALLIEROSE 11/25/2011 4:41PM

    Thank you for sharing this, Rebecca. I am glad for all the positive thoughts you expressed about what you have achieved. You (with the help you mentioned) have done a lot. I know you can continue and can achieve each and every dream that you have.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/25/2011 3:59PM

    I am so proud of you! You are doing fantastic. Wish I could run, but that's not in the cards right now, I'm working hard in other ways though, such as rock climbing again and learning to scuba dive. Keep running!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/25/2011 10:01AM

    emoticonI am so proud of you! emoticon

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