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Time to put my head down...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I recently explained to Karen42Boys that when I'm running, and I get tired but know I have a ways to go yet, I'll put my head down and simply make up my mind to keep going and finish what I started. One foot in front of the other. Continual forward progress. Keep moving, and you get there eventually.

That's what I'm going to do now.

I've allowed myself to not only come to a standstill, but to actually slide backwards. This has been the first time in my nearly year and a half stint with SparkPeople that I've gained back anything substantial. If I have my way (and there's no reason why I can't have my way) it'll be the last time.

I've weighed, and I've measured, and I've recorded. I've adjusted my ticket - the little icon on the ticker is now me, kicking fat's *ss. Time to live up to my original goal. I've gotten complacent, and that's just about enough I think.

Date - 06/26/2011
Weight 222
Neck - 15.5
Chest - 38
Up. Arm - 12.5
F.Arm - 11
Waist - 38
Hip - 41
Thigh - 25.5
Calf - 18
Lean Mass - 151.87
Fat Mass - 72.21

Date - 09/18/2011
Weight 229.6
Neck - 15
Chest - 39
Up.Arm - 13.5
F.Arm - 10
Waist - 40
Hip - 41
Thigh - 26
Calf - 17.5
Lean Mass - 146.79
Fat Mass - 82.21

I've also adjusted my BodyBugg program. What's the point of having the tool if I'm not going to use it for any good?

One pound a week is all I'm aiming for. I'll even accept 1/2 lb. As long as I'm making forward progress. No more backsliding. No more complacency.

Time to put my head down and get back to work.

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DARK_CINDERELLA 9/21/2011 10:21PM

    I put my head down, too, when I hit that moment of "just-quit." This really hit home. Thanks so much! And way to have really got some spunk, girl! Way to hit those goals!

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NETGYRL 9/19/2011 12:21PM

    Time to kick some ass, lady! You can do it!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/19/2011 11:34AM

    Wow! Good for you! I am right there with you. I'm stuck and not losing anything. I need to stay focused!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 9/18/2011 11:51PM

    You can do it!

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GAYEMC 9/18/2011 4:52PM

    I wonder how much your mother's visit played into that, lol.

I've decided that not only is there something wrong with the scale, but the measuring tape also. I took my measurements for the start of BLC17 and most had increased. I think maybe I need to tattoo measuring lines so I hit the same place.

Sorry I missed you today, but glad the rain stopped.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/18/2011 3:55PM

    Great job for not letting this temporary slide stop you! You have a great attitude and you can do it. And we're all here for you.

I do the same thing with putting my head down when walking up hills, running just a little longer and riding my bike up awful hills. I like the idea of relating "putting our heads down" in challenging times to other areas where we are struggling. I may use that at work.

Have a wonderful rest of your day!
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BANKER-CHUCK 9/18/2011 1:49PM

    Your Blog emulates much of my story. I to have been with Spark for over a year-and- a- half. When I injured my knee and shoulders in February my training has suffered. I put in the time but not the quality. I have introduced food back into my diet that I need to take control and push them out.
As for the running and determination I agree with you. Finishing is matter how tired you get the finish line will appears sooner-or-later. My 1st race in 7 months was the Warrior Dash this month. My lack of training reared its ugly head but my goal was to finish the entire race and all obstacles and I did and proud of the finish. Next year??? Maybe??
Thank you for your Blog and good luck to you.

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BLACKROSE_222 9/18/2011 1:28PM

    Way to refind your Spark! You can totally do this! So motivating to see you hit the bricks again! Hope the Run For The Cure is fun!

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    Great attitude! You can do this!

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TURTLERASKIN 9/18/2011 12:37PM

    Glad to see you recommitting to yourself! You can definitely do this; identify your obstacles and go over them. And if you need a kick in the pants to keep you going, let me know!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/18/2011 12:14PM

    It's fun to reignite, and I like watching you when you're feisty! Go chase this and make it happen!

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THOPPES 9/18/2011 11:36AM

    You can do it! Your inviting personality and positive attitude is what keeps me coming back. emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 9/18/2011 9:30AM

  You can do it! Glad to see how much determination you have, it's really inspiring to me! Hugs...Robin

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BESTCK 9/18/2011 8:03AM

    Love your attitude and love your mantra. Might have to borrow it for myself.

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CAM2438 9/18/2011 7:44AM

    Good for you! You have a great attitude.

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    I loved this motivated me to get back on track! You'll do're determined! Thanks for sharing....have a happy day!!!! emoticon

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Coasties and Ghosties at the HTC Finish

Friday, September 16, 2011

Brief video clip of the Coasties and Ghosties finishing HTC

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ZORAHGAIL 10/3/2011 1:00PM

    OMG I had no idea you took this! Thank you Candy :)

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KAREN42BOYS 9/16/2011 6:57PM

    Hey, I heard your voice! Very cool!

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My HTC Volunteer Experience Part 2

Friday, September 16, 2011

I went to bed that night, tired, excited, and anxious for the next day. I tried to imagine sleeping upright in a van, or stretched out in a sleeping bag in a field. When we woke the next day, it was back to tracking on Facebook and Spark to see if there were any updates. We got ourselves together, packed snacks, and headed off for Seaside. The drive didnít get bad until we hit town, but again, what we experienced was nothing like what the team Vans had to get through. We were early enough that we stopped for lunch at one of the local restaurants. It was there that I ran into half of my companyís HTC team, the DEA Lightning Slugs! It was good to see them and catch up on how theyíd done. They looked done in and ready to eat, so we went our separate ways.

We hit the beach shortly after.

Thatís just a small section of the whole event. I didnít get enough shots to show the massive size of everything unfortunately. To the left were more tents, a stage for the entertainment, and a beer garden set up. Off toward the water they were sectioning off an area for fireworks later that night.

We milled around for a bit. I actually saw Gaye from a distance, but we never managed to get together in the vast mass of humanity! Sandy was volunteering for the Coasties and Ghosties as part of the clean-up crew, and she left me a voicemail. I got to talk to her briefly Ė she was smart and brought her family early and planned their time on the beach proper before she had to show up for her volunteer shift! Good thinking!

I stationed myself right along the rail near the finish line determined to get pictures. What I actually got was a bad sunburn LOL On the left side of my face, neck, and arm! It was worth it though. Look!

Thatís the Coasties and Ghosties team finishing! I also managed to get a snippet of video of them finishing, which Iíll upload after this. Itís not much, but it was my first attempt at video using our little Nikon camera. Who knew it did moving pictures, too?

We wonít get into Billís impatient or how long we waited. It was worth every minute. I regret that we ended up leaving before the Sparkiní team crossed the finish line, but I was a crispy critter, and it was time to go. I did make one sweep around to the holding pen where teams were waiting to head down the finish chute, and found some of the Sparkiní team.

Our peoples are behind the row of yellow shirts LOL

Terri and Nancy

It was funny, as I was trying to snap pictures, beyond happy to have at least spotted them, Nancy looked up to where we were standing. I wore purple to represent for my Sparkiní peeps, and somehow in that throng of people, she spotted us! I threw hugs and kisses and waved my Ďhi helensí off, then finally Bill peeled me away to start the drive back.

I think I finally wore myself out with my chatty babbling at Bill the whole drive back. There was one more day of HTC activities to be had, and I was looking forward to it. We were lucky enough to meet up and have dinner with the whole Sparkiní team one more time before they went their separate ways. Hereís a few pictures we snapped using the Crackberry. If I have your name wrong, please forgive and correct me!

I think thatís (from left to right) Kathy, Leah, Robin, Trish, Nancy, and Nicole. Suzette is behind Kathyís head there.
Quick note here Ė I stared at Leah probably too much Thursday evening at Dinner at Kimís house. I finally confessed to her that she looks SO much like my sister, who I miss very much, so thatís why I kept staring LOL

Jackie, Kate, Gaye, Dee.

Gaye, Terri, Suzette, Mimi.

The team was very gracious, including us in the dinner. Mimi gave us and Gaye a wonderful plaque as thanks for our volunteering, and Kate thanked us as well. I kept wanting to thank all of THEM for running and allowing us to be a part of such an amazing experience. As we were getting ready to leave, I paused to say my goodbyes. I wasnít budging until I got another big hole Texas hug from Nancy.

What you may not be able to tell from that fuzzy picture is that we were both weeping ninnies! I mean the waterworks started as soon as we hugged. Nancy took time to talk with me last year when I stepped out of my comfort zone and sought out the 2010 Sparkiní HTC team. I remember telling her that I wasnít a runner, couldnít ever be a runner. Nancy wasnít having it LOL She said I absolutely could be a runner, never say never. Look at me now, thanks to SparkPeople, and Coach Nancy! Never ever doubt the power of believing in someone and telling them/you that you can do it!

I did get asked if Iíll be running for reals with the Sparkin HTC team for 2012. Bill has already volunteered to drive one of the vans (so he can decorate it to his heartís content, I think!) I hmmmíd and hawwwíd around about it. That single run Friday night made me question whether or not I could actually contend with these amazing running women. Iíve got a year to get ready for it, though. I guess weíre just gonna hafta see!
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ANNESYLVIA 9/21/2011 1:01PM

    Wonderful experience for you and for those of us reading about it. emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 9/19/2011 9:46PM

    Great blogs, pic's and video of HTC! So great that you could & your DH could volunteer and then (for you) ghost run a leg! I ghosted Jenny's 3 legs and it wore me out...and I got to sleep and shower at home! I don't know how they did it! Great job!!!

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LMLOPEZ 9/17/2011 7:24AM

    Girl, you look like you fit right in there and you are a runner. Why wouldn't you do it?? Take care of that sunburn! Looks like you had a great time.

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TURTLERASKIN 9/16/2011 7:49PM

    Well, okay, I admit I teared up when I read about Coach Nancy's advice to you. You see, I've only ever known you as a runner, so the notion that there was a time when you weren't a runner is absolutely inconceivable to me.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/16/2011 7:40PM

    When I read Part 1, I assumed I would have to wait another day or so for the next Part. It's my lucky day!

I'm so happy that you had so much fun. And you have a wonderful hubby!

I can't wait to hear about your plans for next HTC!

BTW - Half-face/body sun burns are the worst!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/16/2011 7:07PM

    OH you wonderful woman, look how you've changed your life! This is another marvelous blog!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/16/2011 6:31PM

    LOVED your blogs! I have no doubt you'll be able to do it next year. I'm the same way, though, wondering if I can ever actually do the HTC 'for real' because it's so much harder than my tiny little ghost segment. But then again if you had told me a year ago I'd be doing half marathons, I wouldn't have believed it. We're just gonna hafta see indeed!

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My HTC Volunteer Experience Part 1

Friday, September 16, 2011

My HTC Volunteer experienceÖ long!

Bill and I were fortunate enough to volunteer for our Sparkiní Hood to Coast team this year. It was a great experience, and I was happy to be even remotely associated with the team. Those are some rockiní running ladies, let me tell you!

We met up with the team Thursday evening for dinner, and it was a chance to meet so many new people. Iíd been lucky to meet Kashmir, GayeMC, KEakman, and Coach Nancy before. This time, I got the rest of the crew.

Since Iím shy.. hey, stop snorting, I AM TO shy! So I didnít introduce myself to everyone, but I recognized faces and stayed quietly in awe of most everyone while soaking up the experience. There was van decorating that evening as well, and I think Bill had the most fun doing that of anyone LOL He truly enjoyed it.

Friday morning, we woke up bright and early and watched the local news. They had brief segments on HTC starting at 3 a.m. at Timberline lodge, and the thunderstorm that was taking place on Mt. Hood. Really?? Oh for peteís sake, thatís just what they need, a thunderstorm complete with lightening! Talk about an electrifying start!

We got dressed, and I made sure I represented my peeps!

Thatís my SparkPeople keychain fob, safety-pinned to the back of my hat!

Ready for action!

Bill speculated that thereíd be nothing for us to do at the exchange, since even the fastest team starting at 3 a.m. would not be at that exchange point while we were on duty. Well, that might be the case, but we were going anyway. Maybe they needed someone to help set up or .. whatever they needed, weíd be doing it!

Eventually we headed out to man the post from 8 to 12. Now, weíd driven out there previously to find the spot, and just couldnít figure out where exactly it was going to be. There was a road that led down to train tracks and another road, and a parking lot. I couldnít imagine anyone going down the hill to the parking lot, so figured it must be somewhere along the main road. We hoped weíd be able to find the right spot.

We did!

The exchange was actually at the intersection of Hwy 30 and the road weíd found. We pulled through, directed by one of the volunteers to the parking lot below. There were LOTS of people there and I was nearly jumping out of my skin with anticipation and excitement. We were here!

This was painted on the pavement at the exchange. Awesome!

Yes, I was geeked out, to say the least. We met more volunteers as we were directed where to park, where to go to sign in, where to go to find a job, who to talk to, what to do, and on and on! We had totally forgotten about, Iím ashamed to say, the Portland to Coast walkers! These were the teams who were coming through the exchange. They had started about an hour before at Exchange 13 and this was their first stop.

This was one of the first ladies I saw as we took up our places in the actual exchange.

Her sign says ďFree road kill, 1 per customerĒ LOL

I worked the front of the exchange area Ė I directed time keepers and team members along the guard rail up to the chute, reminding people ONLY the time keep and the next-up team member could be in the area. I waved the incoming walker into the chute, and tried to make sure the hand off of the slap bracelet happened at the flag.

At The FLAG! If I said that once I said/yelled/pleaded it a zillion times LOL

Bill worked the rear of the chute. He made sure people made it off alright, and when there was a problem, he was to keep the walker in the chute.

Fortunately, he didnít have to tackle anyone!

There were four people who came through while we were there whose team mates were not there to meet them for the exchange. The first lady was livid, yelling on her phone, stalking around. We tried to keep her in the chute until her team mate showed up, but it was in the midst of a bunch of people coming in, and she headed out of the chute off to find her peoples.

The exchange manager explained we needed to do a better job of keeping people in the actual exchange point while others found the missing team mate. We did better with the next three people, thank goodness. He said it wasnít bad with the walkers, but if that happened with the runners it could be very bad. We never found out what that might mean LOL I think our shift saw the last of the walkers come through before we left. Iím not sure how long it took for the runners to arrive Ė we left at 12 so Iím sure it was sometime later in the afternoon.

I spent the rest of the day pretty keyed up still. See, I was ghosting Matt, Zís hubby, who was running leg 15 at 8 that night for the Coasties and Ghosties team. OhMy! I monitored both teams through Facebook and whatever updates I could get from Spark. Iím sure I wore on Billís nerves aplenty as I fretted and timed and paced and planned. Iíd figured out how to run the 7.25 miles around our neighborhood. It was going to be dark, so I had my flashy light and my hand light and water and music and.. I was ready. And I antsy.

Finally, close to the time to take off, I got my gear on and decided to go for it! Off I charged, into the warm night. It was pretty good at first. Not too hot, not too dark, just quiet. Very quiet. I chugged along, and started to sweat. Was it getting hotter all of a sudden? Whatís that noise? Whoís that? Whereís that barking dog?

I made the first circuit of our blocks in reasonable time, sweating my patoot off, thinking of Matt the whole way. His was a much harder run with rolling hills, along the side of the road. I had it easy, but I was wearing out fast. I had one dog charge at me from behind a fence, and another come at me, out of his yard. I gave him the Dog Whisperer Ďssshhhhtttt!!!!í and a sharp ĎNoí and kept on going. I walked an extra interval at that time until I was off his block LOL Just in case.

I managed to finish the 7.25, but let me tell you Ė I had a whole new respect for both teams. That was the only running I did that day, it was nothing compared to the mileage they were putting in, and it really did me in. I cannot imagine what they went through to run all three legs, day and night, hot and cold. Amazing!

End part 1!

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ANNESYLVIA 9/21/2011 12:58PM

    What a fabulous motivator you are girl! In the race not in the race you showed a lot of team spirit.! And I am sure it is appreciated. You are the emoticon


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TURTLERASKIN 9/16/2011 7:49PM

    Woo -- very exciting! I actually had to read all three blogs before I could stop to make any comments! I love the spark keychain, and you're just too cute with your haircut!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/16/2011 7:22PM

    I really enjoyed your blog... I feel like I was right there with the volunteers and then with your on your 7.25 mile ghostie run!

I can't wait for the second installment. LOL!

Thanks for sharing the experience with those of us who weren't there. I've been very curious so you helped satisfy some of that.

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KAREN42BOYS 9/16/2011 7:03PM

    You cute Sparkin' nut! Love the keychain on the baseball cap! And very fun to hear how excited your guy was about this event.

And I figure if we ever meet, we'll be shy for like 6 seconds, and then everything will feel normal.

This is some great storytelling! Thanks, Candy!

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Catching up...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Itís been a while since Iíve blogged anything of substance. Oh sure, I left you a couple of quickies emoticon but itís been rather scattered. So, Iím going to do a bit of catching up.

I do have to share my HTC experience, so Iíll save that blog for after this.

The two week visit with my mom and Kristan went relatively well. 10 days may be the better option for future visits. There wasnít anything bad or negative during this visit, but Mom is what I consider high maintenance and wears me out, throwing us out of our normal schedule and habits.

The three of us at Seaside last Friday. It had been stinkiní hot in Portland the whole time, so we hoped for a warm day on the coast. LOL No such luck for us.

Confession Ė I weighed this morning and have gained 5 lbs over two weeks Ė entirely plausible and legit.
I was mostly prepared for this, but itís still disappointing to see. Not surprising in the least, but a bummer. Iím still quite out of whack, schedule- and routine-wise, so Iíve been even more slug-like this week. My sleep is way off, which leaves me feeling drained at the end of the day. I havenít bothered doing anything fitness-wise all week, since Sundayís Pints to Pasta.

Ah, Pints to Pasta.

Thatís me, crossing the Finish line (yes, I know the blow-up thingy says Start, it says Finish on the other side) and my mom and Kristan waiting for me on the left there. That was pretty darned awesome, having them at the Finish, truly. Afterward, I gave Kristan a great big hug and got all weepy Ė what is it with me and weepy 10Ks???

Here are a few more of my pics from the race, if youíre interested.

I finished in 85 min. Ė 2 minutes slower than my best 10K time. I was alright with that, considering Iíd run 6 miles the day before. I had 12 miles on the schedule for my Half training for the weekend, but learned my lesson about over doing it when it comes to mileage. So, I split the 12 in half, and did one each day. Iíve been a bit sore since then, which makes sense since I blew off my maintenance runs during the week.

Iíve also let my time at the gym for ST and Zumba slide off my to-do list. And the PDX90 program.

PDX90 had a VERY rough start, so I lost my enthusiasm for it pretty quickly. Itís offered at odd times, or rather.. times that donít work perfectly for me.
9 a.m. Ė Iím at work.
5 p.m. Ė I get home at 4:30, and barely have time to change and get to the gym for this session
6 p.m. Ė this would work, mostly, except for the days that I run (or the days Iím supposed to run) and/or do Zumba (which yea, I just said itís been nearly 3 week since Iíve done this)

I have reverted to type and opted for D) none of the above. If I canít make a decision about something, I just donít do anything at all. No, letís not actually try the 5:00 time, or the 6:00 time to see how it works. Letís not try running to the gym, doing PDX90, then running home after to see if I can handle it.

No, letís do nothing at all.

And THAT is the result!

Iím not giving up entirely, though. Iím back on a more reasonable menu once again. Lots of freggies, better protein, less fat. Iím angling toward getting better sleep. I think I was actually asleep by 10 last night, which is a HUGE improvement. Small steps, right? Little bits and pieces of getting myself back together and back on track.

Letís see.. what else.

Oh yea! I love this part.

Over the Hood to Coast weekend, I chatted with GayeMC, the SparkPortland leader, and asked her if it was rude of me to ask/offer to become a leader for the city team. I love Spark, and I love Portland, so I really wanted to do more to combine the two and see what we can do in Portland as a team. So now Iím co-leading with Gaye, and hopefully we will be able to pull together a SparkPortland meet-up after the Portland Marathon on October 9, after several of us participate in the 10K walk that morning.

Iím sure thereís more, but along with trying to eat better, move better, and sleep better, I need to work on thinking/processing better. My mind is still mostly scrambled (hence jumping from topic to topic) but that should be rectified soon.

Plan of action through Sunday ---
Run this evening
No really, Run
Get your *ss out there and RUN
Please run? This evening, and Saturday morning
Plan and implement a nutritious and delicious menu
Grocery for said menu Saturday
Also Saturday, pick up packet for Race for the Cure
Weigh in and measure Sunday morning Ė and dutifully log it, ticker and tracker and all! I need a starting point
Sunday, meet up with Gaye and Joelle at Race for the Cure (and hopefully others of you??)
Meet family at Famous Daveís BBQ joint Sunday evening to celebrate step-almost-son-in-lawís Bday and NOT overeat

There. I can do those things between now and then. I can. I will.
Thatís me, being determined.

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CHARL1ESMAMA 9/16/2011 1:30PM

    Family time can be so draining! I guess its just a part of life. It sounds like you are learning a lot about yourself, that's awesome! Juggling work and healthy eating/exercise is tough! I'm sure that you will get back to a routine that works for you.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 9/16/2011 12:49PM

    Family - can't live with 'em ... and ummm can't live with 'em? lol...

I don't have much family left - so I admit to being a bit envious - yep, I'd even take the high maintenance mom having lost mine in 2004... but I do get the stress family brings. And how it can totally throw your plans out of whack.

Glad to see you are jumping back on track! And I can't wait to hear about HTC!


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BESTCK 9/16/2011 7:14AM

    Sounds like great goals for getting back on track.

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HOTRODSANDY 9/16/2011 12:16AM

    It's so easy to get out of whack with vacation. And I know from experience that a 'high maintenance' mom leaves me exhausted and a little less able to bounce back from the vacation. Sounds like you got a good plan. The Portland team meet and greet sounds like a great idea. May just have to check out the Portland marathon 10k. emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 9/15/2011 11:42PM

  Candi...sounds like your making your way back to some sense of normalcy. You'll get it! Glad to be able to read one of your long blogs again! I missed you! Hugs...Robin

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DARK_CINDERELLA 9/15/2011 6:07PM

    What a whirlwind! I think it's ok to give yourself a little slack, here. And a great big pat on the back for getting back to it. So, when you're running this evening (cause I know you will now that all of us know about it emoticon), think of me. I am going to be running myself here in about an hour and a half. (Gotta let dinner settle....) Think of me, and I'll think of you as my running buddy all the way over there on the west coast. Run like the wind!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/15/2011 5:22PM

    Hey, cool to see a photo of you with family. I hadn't even caught on you had a daughter!

And your logic of not exercising since you couldn't decide on which to make work made me think of me eating a piece of cheese before my HTC ghost run made sense -- I was thirsty, so somehow a slice of cheese with that salt was going to help me retain fluids better for my run so i wouldn't get Pretty funky logic there on my part. I was too excited about the race to think that if I was thirsty, perhaps I should drink some water.

Thinking about the 5 o'clock class, have you considered bringing a gym bag to work and maybe a quickie snack before class...

So get in gear, woman, because it's much more fun to be in gear than outta gear! :)

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    Glad you had a great time with the family. Yes, it does get you out of whack, but ya know, sometimes it is soooooo worth it! What I wouldn't give to see some of my family right now, especially my mom in Scotland. So even though you gained 5 lbs., you have the boost of time spent together to hopefully overcome the physical changes your body dealt with over those 2 weeks. I'm jealous.

I know you'll get back on track. You always do. You're on the journey, motivating even in your lack of motivation. People get to see someone who is real, who is dealing with the ups and downs of real life, and they get to see that through those ups and downs and challenges, there CAN be success along the way. So as always, thanks for being you and for telling us all about it. Your honesty, wit, and all around wonderful personality inspires so many, myself included. Love you honey! emoticon Christine

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DITZYCHICK 9/15/2011 4:54PM

    Beautiful pic of you and your family! We love them, but I would agree with you that we need to keep the visits from being too long. Time to get yourself back on schedule, and I know you will!!! The thing with the coastal weather, when it's nice here, it's usually foggy at the coast...which can be a good thing if you want to cool off! The weather around here was absolutely gorgeous's great that your family was able to be here to enjoy it!

You sure do have alot going on...always inspiring! Keep doing what you're doing girl, and don't worry about those extra five. Now that you're able to get back into your usual routine, they'll disappear quickly!

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    Congrats on the 10k!

If I don't like an exercise (I hate core exercises) then I tend to let them slide too. I like that you are determined and that you have a plan.


P.S. Psst, here is one of Mustang Sally's gold stars for you emoticon

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 9/15/2011 4:18PM

    Congrats to you for surviving so many days of family. Wow that's a long time! 5# isn't so much, but I would be curious if you can identify the why of it. You know for your own self the next time. Maybe you could make a list and when the next time comes along chose one thing from the list to not do. I came up with this idea for myself recently when my routine gets out of whack for reasons beyond my control. Your plan sounds solid. Getting the sleep is always a struggle for me. I just want to do so much and then it's 11 o'clock dang it. So, ok beautiful lady, carry on. You can and will do it and I look forward to your HTC blog. emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/15/2011 4:11PM

    I'm sorry about your weight gain, but at least it wasn't completely unexpected. Maybe much of it is water, and you'll have it off in no time!

I relate to not doing anything when I can can't make a decision. That's another area I should work on. Sigh!

We have family here for a few days and then family coming in Oct. and it is challenging. At least everyone has their own things to do most of the time this week so I don't have to cook and entertain a lot. Still it's very hard and I think you did awesome!

Congrats on being co-leader! I'm sure you'll be an awesome leader! And way to go on setting manageable goals for the short term future. You'll be on the way to lots of success and this little bump will be a distant memory soon.

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MILLY61 9/15/2011 3:54PM

    Well now, that sounds like a plan, you're going to have a great weekend and will start next week on a really positive note...I'm excited for you emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/15/2011 3:52PM

    If you run, I'll give you a sparkly star and you KNOW how much I love my sparkly stars. LOL

I think you can do it, no, I know you can do it. If I can get myself to put my book down (and my 80# lap dog) and do ST, then I know you can do your running.


If you go to Famous Dave's, take notes. I love that place but always over eat. Ugh! Maybe you can hold a workshop! LOL


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IMIN2GENES 9/15/2011 3:24PM

    Bummer about the weight gain! I bet it will be gone in no time now that you're getting your schedule back.

Love the pics! Thanks for sharing them. Congrats on the co-leader thing and your run. I wish I were closer. I'd love to meet up with you guys!

Love determined you! Glad you're back in action again.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/15/2011 3:16PM

    Having family visit tends to throw everything off more than a little bit--fun, but it can wreak havoc on our routines! Yay for you helping with the Spark Portland team, I'm sure you'll be great as a co-leader. You can do this. You WILL--go get 'em, girl!

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LISA01605 9/15/2011 3:13PM

    I can really relate to your blog! I was on vacation for 10 days ending Labor Day and I am still trying to find my footing. Against my best intentions my eating fell way off over vacation. I didn't even keep up with juicing. I wanted to work out but never go to the gym. I did do a lot of physical work at home like yard work and painting so I kept moving at least. Last week I really focused on food- back to juicing and veggie recipes. This week I got back in the gym and got some cardio in. Next week I go for the trifecta and add ST. The good news is that I lost the 3.5 pounds I gained over vacation. I don't know why it's taking so long to really get back to a routine. Anyway, I feel your pain! Get out there and run!

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LMLOPEZ 9/15/2011 3:10PM

    Yay! So sorry you gained weight during the visit but here's a whack to get you"back in whack" (since you were out of whack!). So you can't find time to do PD90x. So what? Do something else that you truly want to do that works for you rather than cramming it in your schedule. This is supposed to be FUN, not work to fit!!
Love the run picture. You look great. And I get weepy after running races too because I never thought I would-and I can. So exciting that your family can see the changes and successes in you.
Keep taking your small steps in the right direction-and get your **s out there and run! Wish I could run with you but it will be in spirit. Chicago is too far to meet up after dinner.
Congrats on the co-leader!!

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