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6 Month Sparkiverary Take Two

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Finally got the audio to work, so here we go again. Just a quick video blog to commemorate my 6 months on Spark People

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KSMILEY69 9/28/2009 8:06PM

    Way to go, Congrats on the progress you are making. I will put you in my thoughts and prayers hoping that you find a job soon.


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MARTHAR3 9/16/2009 1:14AM

    How great you have done so well, love the idea of the video blog. congrats

Martha n tx

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HICALGAL 9/15/2009 8:45PM

    congrats on all your positive changes since you started SP and a happy 6 mos Sparkversary! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MINDYJ1 9/15/2009 2:20PM

    Great blog! Praying that you will find the job of your dreams! You are quite an inspiration! Happy 6 month spark anniversary!

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DEEGEE757 9/15/2009 1:01PM

    Very cool. Thanks for allowing us to share this special anniversary with you! Keep it up ~ you sure are going in the right direction!!! I too know how you feel about the job search. Hopefully jobs are on there way for all of us who are unemployed. Think positive :-)


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SPARKPIXIE 9/15/2009 12:27PM

    So cool to see and hear you! Congrats on your amazing loss and success with Sparkpeople! Thank you for being part of Goodbye Fat and Rootin' for Ruby!

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JHADZHIA 9/15/2009 12:01PM

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That is so amazing! What a thrill! I would have expected you to be jumping up and down and doing cartwheels instead of just sitting there calmly reciting what sounded like a grocery list lol!! Isn't that neat though, cleaning out the closet? I just did that recently myself. Unfortunately, I have no good clothes left to wear for my work as a consequence :(. I looked like a little kid swimming in them when I tried everything on to see if there was something I could still wear.
I always admire people who can actually run and to complete a half marathon, that is such an accomplishment! So give yourself a huge pat on the back, you have earned it! Hopefully, all that energy and enthusiasm will help you find a job! Good luck and all the best!

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WILDMAMA 9/15/2009 11:57AM

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Congratulations on your very successful six months and thank you for sharing with us.

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YAFENELRA 9/15/2009 11:54AM

    First of all, good luck finding a job!! You have done great!! All those pounds gone~~~~~~forever!! I know what you mean about looking for Onederland. I have hovered around 202 and 204 for what seems like forever. Am finally within sight of it so have hope. You will get there as well!!


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PKSBELIEVEINME 9/15/2009 11:50AM

    Congrats on your six month anniversary on Spark! Such great accomplishments!

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3CHIHUAHUA 9/15/2009 11:49AM

    emoticon take two!

I am going to start saving my points to give you a tiara goodie when you hit Onederland.


Dorthy, lets follow the yellow brick road to what's over the

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LITTLE_QUEEN 9/15/2009 11:46AM

    Cool! I am so glad you got the audio to work, I feel like I know you so much better, You have done fantastic, and so glad you went on that run, that was such an accomplishment, and this is coming from someone who can't even run to the corner myself, LOL!

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Half Marathon - September 13, 2009 Canmore Alberta

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wow. What an amazing day. The weather was beautiful. It was a little chilly (4 degrees celcius), but it is always cold in the mountains early in the morning.

The race started on time - 9am. I was off to a steady start, and was passed by almost everyone. Just kept plugging away. Up to today, my longest run was 6 miles, and I did it in 90 minutes. In front of me today was a 13.1 mile run. I knew the course was re-opening to traffic in 3 hours, but I wouldn't be able to make it. I was fine with that.

I ran what I could, and walked when I needed to. Silly me, I was on facebook and taking pictures on my run. It wasn't hard while I walked. I did however commit to keeping my walking pace faster than a 15 minute mile.

Here are some of my photos.

At mile 6, I was feeling good. Same at the halfway point.

By mile 10/10.5 I was starting to be amazed I was still moving.

By mile 12, I was hurting places I did not know existed. However, I was trying to keep in mind, if it's downhill, jog. That is usually a recovery for me - running downhill. Yeah right. Let me tell you running is running, downhill or not. Anyhow, I kept pushing it.

Somehow I was much farther than I ever thought I would be at that time on my clock. I decided I was not going to walk slower than my 15 minute mile when I needed to walk, and I would keep pushing and running downhill. Walking that fast uphill was killer, but I did it.

Finally, the finish line is in sight. I can do this. I am going to do this, and I am going to do this strong. I sprinted across the finish line. Actually, I stopped between the two finish lines not knowing I had to keep going.

Finish time - 2 hours 55 minutes. I could not believe it. Not only had I just run my longest distance ever, I ran it in the fastest time ever.

The endorphins are great. However, hours later I am almost ready for bed.

Oh, I burned almost 2500 calories today, so I have almost met my 3000 calorie burn this week again, on day one.

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ELLIE381 9/19/2009 9:53AM

    Wow! The pictures are gorgeous. You are amazing to have a completed this run and taking pictures at the same time. I have only done 5K runs and know how wonderful that feels I can imagine the feeling you had when completing this run. It must have been great. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon

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ELLIE381 9/19/2009 9:53AM

    Wow! The pictures are gorgeous. You are amazing to have a completed this run and taking pictures at the same time. I have only done 5K runs and know how wonderful that feels I can imagine the feeling you had when completing this run. It must have been great. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon

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ELLIE381 9/19/2009 9:53AM

    Wow! The pictures are gorgeous. You are amazing to have a completed this run and taking pictures at the same time. I have only done 5K runs and know how wonderful that feels I can imagine the feeling you had when completing this run. It must have been great. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon

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GABBY1027 9/16/2009 9:40AM

    Great Job! September 13th was my first 1/2 marathon too! Mine also was all downhill and boy have I felt it in my quads! Congrat and your pictures look great, how beatiful!

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HARRINGTON5 9/15/2009 10:53PM

    Fantastic! I am amazed at anyone that can run over three miles. 1/2 marathos is really, really something to be proud of and your time was awesome.
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UNIQUELYBETH 9/15/2009 10:36AM

    You kicked @ss! You are such an inspiration! I love that you let yourself go outside your comfort zone and really pushed yourself.

You deserve all that endorphin-y goodness!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 9/14/2009 12:01PM

    Congratulations on your huge accomplishment!!!!

Your pics are just beautiful too!!!


(PS 6 days until my first half!!!)

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SPARKPIXIE 9/14/2009 11:42AM

    You are amazing, and those pictures are gorgeous!

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GEOGIRL 9/14/2009 11:30AM

  Congratulations! What a gorgeous run! I'm so inspired by your story, I just did my first 5k race on Saturday but my ultimate goal is a half marathon, perhaps I'll have to enter the Canmore one next year!

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SUCCESSFUL-GALE 9/14/2009 12:14AM

    I'm so happy for you, Katrina! And I know you are so proud of yourself!! Wow, what a rush for you! Thank you for sharing your experience and the gorgeous pictures!

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YAFENELRA 9/13/2009 11:52PM

    Great job!! And beautiful pictures.

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BOBBI1968 9/13/2009 10:31PM

    Congratulations to you!! You must feel so proud!! I love your photos - thank you for sharing!

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CMBELISLE 9/13/2009 8:54PM

    emoticon and what a beautiful place to go for a run.

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RACE2WIN-CHELLE 9/13/2009 8:24PM

    Beautiful pics-- thank you for sharing this experience! I hope to be doing this one day!

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RAIN470 9/13/2009 7:48PM

Congratulations on such a great accomplishment! You should be so incredibly proud of yourself. I absolutely love Canmore! It would be an amazing place to run.

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DEEGEE757 9/13/2009 7:38PM

    AWESOME!!! If I was in your presence I would bow to you... What an inspiration. Enjoy your extremely deserved rest.

Sounds like you had some fun even ~ amazing!!


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    That is awesome! WAY TO GO! Canada is so beautiful isn't? :)

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LITTLE_QUEEN 9/13/2009 7:17PM

    See you did it! What a beautiful route too, Sounds like you did what you wanted to do, and had a nice time doing it.

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Small Stone of the Week - Week 29 - Sept 11

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I will need to finish defining this stone sometime tomorrow. I have a half marathon in the morning, so it is my main goal right now. Carbs and rest.

Okay, since today is my day of rest (Monday) I am here to define my stone.

I have already burned almost 2500 caloires yesterday on my run. Posting to burn just 3000 calories this week would not be fair. I am considering posting to burn an ADDITIONAL 3000 calories. I wonder if I can do that in the shortened week, after such a workout? Why not, I didn't think I could finish my HM as fast as I did.

Okay, here is my small stone this week:
- keep up with 13+ glasses of water daily
- keep up with freggies - 5 servings per day minimum
- burn 3000 MORE calories this week.

I am also going to track my protein intake. I am starting to wonder if I am getting enough in. I don't really think I am, or I am just getting in the bare minimum.

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UNIQUELYBETH 9/13/2009 10:00AM

    You will do great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm cheering you on!

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WINDSONG~ 9/13/2009 6:37AM

    Run with your heart.

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HICALGAL 9/13/2009 6:31AM

    all the best on your half. emoticon

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    good luck emoticon

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DEEGEE757 9/13/2009 12:23AM

    Best of Luck. I'll be thinking of you. Get some good sleep tonight!!!

Kick butt and let us know how it goes ~ YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Easy peasy LOL


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Today's Reflection

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.

- Charles Darwin

I do have to admit, I am not one who deals well with change. I am very strong, but change takes me time to adjust to.

I wonder why I struggle so much with change. I have actually refused to change sometimes. It has cost me. Maybe it's time to look into why I am so afraid of change.

Fear of the unknown comes to mind. However, I know I can deal with it, and I can succeed at anything I put my mind to. Change is not always a bad thing. It can go either way. Why not try to find the positive in it, rather than just refuse it?

Change is part of progress. It really says something about me being stuck and almost refusing to deal with change. I used to be afraid of becoming one of those cranky old ladies who has the "cat butt" mouth. You know the one. The one with the pucker lines all around it and it is shaped like a little cat's butt.

That's the one.

All joking aside, my head get's why I need to go with the flow more. Why I need to cope with change so much better. So why does my emotional side fight it so badly? I can't even enjoy a surprise party. I get that I cry. I cry all the time. It is my first response to surprised, change, everything actually. I get embarrased when I cry like that. I still can't do it, even in front of my friends. I personally know crying is not a sign of weakness, but that stigma attached to it is forefront in my head when I wonder why I can not cry in front of others.

I am a very strong person. I guess it is important to others in my life that they know this. I do not know why exactly, but it must be. Otherwise I would have no problem crying in front of people. I can't even cry in front of my husband.

Holy cow. What is going on here? I really need to keep exploring this one. Even when my grandma died, I let everyone around me know I would break down and cry for no apparent reason. I told them if it bothered them, I would not be offended if they walked away while I composed myself again. Why do I worry about making others uncomfortable? If they are friends, they will be supportive. Maybe because I am not very good at telling who are my true friends, and who are just acquaintances. I do know who my good good friends are. However, I treat my acquaintances as good friends also, for the most part. I tend to treat others as I would want to be treated. I have gotten myself into trouble by being too open with acquaintances in the past. Now I am much more guarded. Or if not guarded, I warn them first. If I feel like I am about to "overshare" or they ask me a question I am not sure they really want the answer to, I tell them. Are you sure you really want to know, or do you just want to hear I am fine today?

So this brings me back full circle. Why am I so afraid of change? Maybe because it is unknown. I may react in a new way, and I am afraid to show who I really am. Maybe it's not a nice person. I know I am angry and agressive, and generally not a nice person when I am stressed. Change brings stress. Hmmmm...

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YANKEECHICK1 9/11/2009 2:43PM

    I believe change is always good. It's up to adjust the changes.

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DEEGEE757 9/11/2009 2:41PM

    Possibly it's not change you fear, but stress? Just me thinking out loud LOL.


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    Now you recognize this, it is a good start. Stress and change; I tried to just go with the flow now. My heart and blood pressure thanks me.

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Today's Kick in the butt!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Yesterday's worked so well, so I figure I should do it again.

Yesterday I was able to get out and run 6 miles. It went well. I felt great. In fact, I am even contemplating adding 2 more miles to it today.

However, yesterday is done. It is great that I had a good day, but it is over. I need to focus on today. Today I am down to 208lbs on the scale. It is the first time in FOREVER that I have been below 210lbs. Look out Onederland, here I come.

BUT if I don't get up and get out, I will not get there. I need to take action TODAY to reach my goals of tomorrow. I need to build on what I started yesterday. Sitting here on my butt is not building on yesterday. Instead it is building on my butt. Get dressed and get out there. The hardest part is starting. You have already proven this to yourself repeatedly. I already ate breakfast - eggs and a little cheese. It was a kind of heavy breakfast, but all I have. In fact, I will need to get groceries right after my run, or I will have nothing for lunch. Not a big deal. Run, drink water, and have a granola bar to tie you over until you get groceries. YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK. YOU CAN WORK IT.

Do you really want to keep that scale moving down? Or just give up. Stay here wishing for Onederland. Are you willing to not loose those next 2lbs this week? You have such nice new workout clothes now. Put them on and enjoy the run. It's not overly cold. It looks a little overcast out today. The cool air might feel nice.

Those 2lbs were nice, but today is a new day. Clean slate. If you want to loose the next 2lbs, you need to get off your butt and get out there. It is cool out today - maybe take out a new pair of long pants to go running in today. You have been looking forward to wearing one of the new pairs of pants for a workout.

You will feel great. Mickey will appreciate it. You will look great - between the scale dropping and the new workout gear. NOW GO GO GO!

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DEEGEE757 9/10/2009 10:51AM

    Yep, AWESOME, IMPRESSIVE and INSPIRATIONAL almost cover it. Thanks!


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4MY4SONS 9/10/2009 10:46AM

    That's awesome.... Im not much of a runner myself I like more of the dancin in my living room lol.... Not ready for the world to pick me up from the hot concrete when I pass out JK. You are doing amazingly great so proud of you... WOO HOO ONDERLAND coming at you soon. You go girl ...


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ACTIVEALLISON 9/10/2009 9:33AM

    It sounds like you're doing great! You'll be running marathons in no time emoticon

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UNIQUELYBETH 9/9/2009 10:00PM

    Wow, I love the determination! emoticon

I have that inner battle thing going on too. It seems I am my own biggest obstacle sometimes!

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YAFENELRA 9/9/2009 7:31PM

    Very impressive!!

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USMAWIFE 9/9/2009 4:13PM

    You are awesome running 6 miles. Don't add on those extra 2 to quickly. Your body needs to do it slowly

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POSEY440 9/9/2009 2:40PM

  Boy that was impressive. I am not able to run so I envy you. I walk, and that is still excercise. I also have not been lucky to lose 2 pounds evry week, my average is only 1. Not sure why when I am doing work outs 5 days a week and walking 5 days a week and floolwing a very strict diet of under 1200 calories. But I guess each one of us is different. My point is be happy you are losing so much and hang in there. emoticon

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LECIADB 9/9/2009 2:25PM

    Way to keep up the momentum! 6 miles is impressive. emoticon

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