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Two years of a better life.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

So this will likely be my last blog before we leave.

I ran my long run this morning (8 miles). It should be on Saturday, but we will be on holidays by then, so I likely won't run much at all while we are gone. I'm taking my stuff along though in case an opportunity arises.

The deer were all over town again this morning, and getting so tame. They aren't even running away with their tails up anymore. They let me come quite close before sauntering off. Such beautiful creatures.

School "triad conferences" are this afternoon too. The boys set up an interview between the teachers and the parents. All the agenda and particulars are done by the students, and the teacher only steps in when asked. I like what the boys do when this is required of them. It's a great way to teach them how to conduct or even participate in an interview situation.

Oh, and since we are leaving tomorrow, I won't be able to blog on my 2nd anniversary date of March 22nd. Spark People has changed my life in so many ways, and in such a positive manner. Spark Guy really knows how to create a "safe" place for handling such a sensitive manner. It is greatly appreciated.

  
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ATRANSFORMATION 3/31/2008 3:14PM

    Oh, my dear friend....how awesome it always is to read your blog. How inspiring you are. I wonder if we will ever meet face to face one day?

Glad to hear you will be here more often....Although my weight loss is stalled, I know I would have gained it ALL back if I had not kept up on the blogging. Fine line between too much time on the PC, and too much time away from sparks. I hope you can find the balance again....

Have a great vacation...looking forward to hearing about it when you return! And congrats on a good 8 miles. Can you believe it wasn't that long ago when you were doing couch to 5K?

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One more day of work....

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

.... and then it's holiday time for our family.

I can hardly wait. We travel so well together, some of our best times have been in the vehicle on our way to or from hockey, or on past trips. I'm expecting no less on this trip.

One thing I need to do, is keep a lid on the calories. I won't be "running around" as much, so will have to compensate by eating less. This will be a good test for me.

Hoping everyone has a great Easter, with some good family memories of your own!

  
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XENCHANTX 3/18/2008 9:17PM

  I hope you have a wonderful time, I would love to join you, but alas... I am all booked up, maybe next time though ok?

he he... Take care, be safe!

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Happy St Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 17, 2008

So I want to blog more, eh???

I actually joined a new team today, and one of the goals I set for myself, is to use my blog more often. Last year when I was doing so well, part of that reason was through my journal and blog. I just haven't been writing my thoughts down as much, so I want to change that up.

Perhaps I need to be more honest with myself....

Maybe I need less time on the boards with banter, and more time with myself....

What is it I'm trying to hide from?

Even with the extra cardio from my half-marathon training program, I have been steadily gaining weight. I have made the decision that it stops here. I need to take responsibility for myself again, just as I did two years ago.

I just hate that I am taking this stand two days before leaving on holidays for almost two weeks!!!

Be tough, Cassie, be strong.

  
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WOODHEAT 3/18/2008 9:08AM

    Be Cassie, Tough Girl, Be Cassie! Winter is the tougher time for most of us. I believe with the warmer weather arriving, we'll both do a better job with our weight control once again. You've learned a lot over the last 2 years and with that knowledge, you'll be fine! After all, you're still one of my SP heroes!
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So last night I couldn't sleep . . . .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I kept waking up, once even after only 20 minutes. I was worried that I would sleep in and not get my six mile run in today. You see, I have to be at work by 8:00 and so I need to be back at the house by 7:00 to stretch, eat, shower and get ready. With such a long distance to go, I needed to be out the door by 5:30. And I didn't want to screw it up and miss it -- so the sleep really suffered.

You see, most of my runs while I'm training for this half-marathon have been slow distance runs, or easy recovery runs. Both force me to slow way down. Today's run was a tempo run, at a speed that I usually do my 5k's, and for a whole four miles. I was excited to be able to "fly" again.

And at about 4:00 am, I got a cramp in my right calf. At 4:45, my left calf seized up. I never get leg cramps, so this was making me think I was going to miss my run as well.

But I got myself up (why lie there if you can't sleep anyway), and was able to head out the door. If I didn't have the energy to complete, well at least I tried. I soon realized that I had forgotten to throw a couple of energy jelly beans into my pocket, so I had another good reason to not finish!

But . . .

I "flew"!!!!!!!!!

The schedule had me go for six miles in total (one warm-up, four fast, and then one cool-down). I decided that since I likely wouldn't be able to finish all six anyway, I might as well try to do the four tempo to at least get that part in.

As mile four was completed, I still was feeling really good, so I didn't reduce speed. I finished the whole six miles in 67 minutes. Last July in the 10k race, I finished in 82 minutes. Is that improvement or what!

And a really nice sidebar to my run, was that there were dozens of deer in town this morning. As I was running on the road along the old rail track, they were running in the same direction as me. And at one point, I turned the corner and ran almost into a whole herd. They split into two directions to let me through, but not before I told them that they had better move. I didn't know they were that tame. People in town leave pails of oats for them to eat overnight, but I thought they would still run away when I got close to them.

Today's run comes close to my all time favorite of them all.

  
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BECKYBOMBSHELL 2/29/2008 10:16AM

    Wow Cass! Your new name will now by "Runs with Deer", LOL.

Not only were you speedy gonzalez on less than a good night's sleep, but you overcame wild animals and leg cramps to get in a great run. You are so gonna rock that half!

Much love and admiration goes out to you.

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Back from a great weekend away.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

We just got back from a weekend away. Why is it so hard to eat well while away. Wine, chips, pepperoni sticks, crackers -- all are easy to stay away from while I'm at home, but when offered at someone else's house, I easily give in and indulge. Oh well, I'll face the music, and get back on track now that I'm home again. At least I got my Saturday morning run in. The weather in Winnipeg was awesome - no wind, and near zero temps. Too bad it was a recovery week and only 3 miles. DH thought I was nuts to go while we were visiting, but I went in the morning (when I usually do) and nobody was up when I left -- so I wasn't even missed.

We had a great drive both there and back. It's an eight hour trip, but on the way down, we detoured to check out a sprayer for the farm, so it was an extra couple of hours. But at least we can write the trip off that way as a farm expense. And we bought the sprayer, so it was justified!!

Can you tell it's tax time...

  
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ATRANSFORMATION 2/26/2008 11:24AM

    So you have tax time, too? We haven't even started getting stuff ready yet! There is a two week period every year that I keep my distance from hubby!````I am hoping the "zero" is centigrade, BTW.

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