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Reboot Entry Day 1

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I started the Reboot Entry program yesterday.

You can view my shared nutrition tracker to see what all I ate/drank through out the day. I am a dedicated coffee drinker, but in the last week I've cut down bit-by-bit until having no coffee at all yesterday. I had herbal tea instead. I did have a low-grade headache most all day long, which could be due to caffeine withdraw or stress. Either way, it wasn't bad, just annoying.

I weighed in Saturday morning - 228.8.
I weight in this morning - 224.8.

I recorded this morning's weight because I honestly believe those 4 lbs were the last of my TOM weight. I drank my water, had my juice, and ate lots of water-bearing foods so maybe that contributed to the loss as well. We'll see how it goes cumulatively.

So far, I've enjoyed each meal/snack I've had. Everything has been tasty, and mostly filling. I can't be certain if I was truly hungry yesterday afternoon, or just thinking about food more than usual. It does take quite a bit of time to prepare the meals. I'm hoping as the days go on I'll get a bit quicker at pulling everything together.

Onward to day 2.....

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ANNESYLVIA 11/1/2011 9:09PM

    I am not familiar with the re-boot? Is it from spark or something else?

Either way good luck.

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IMIN2GENES 11/1/2011 12:39PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I'm looking forward to getting the straight scoop from you as to how this works. I'm with you on the headache... I'll bet it's the caffeine withdrawal. I've had that happen before too when I was trying to wean myself off so much coffee!

Great start!

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GAYEMC 10/31/2011 8:15PM

    Great job on the weight loss, and just to paying attention to the food you put into your body. FYI, I used to be a huge coffee drinker, a 10 cup pot by 10:00 then another one, and sometimes even another one. Now I have my 16 oz cup as I'm heading out the house for work. Unless it's a special occasion that's all I've had for over 10 years. So it is doable, just like soda.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/30/2011 11:14PM

    I'm happy that it is going well and congrats on the weight loss! I look forward to keeping you with your experience with this. I've been curious about it, but I guess not enough to really think about really doing it.


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ON2VICTORY 10/30/2011 8:48PM

    i so hear you on the coffee habit. I drink GALLONS of it (or at least it seems like it) i drink it black but still, all of the caffiene.....


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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/30/2011 2:55PM

    Thanks for sharing - I am looking forward to hearing all about your reboot. (I know I can get the real scoop from you!)


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BESTCK 10/30/2011 2:32PM

    Wow. I admire your commitment. Good luck on your plan.

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TURTLERASKIN 10/30/2011 1:00PM

    Sounds pretty cool! One thing I'm reading about now is toxic withdrawal and toxic hunger -- the withdrawal your body goes through when you remove the "bad" stuff you've been eating, and the hunger-like feeling you get when your stomach is empty, since it's used to always having stuff to process. Hope the headache goes away soon!

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GAYLEP67 10/30/2011 12:09PM

    emoticon Candy!!

Looking forward to hearing how things progress. My husband put a juicer on our registry when we got married and it's hardly been used. Maybe we should consider hauling it out and giving it a whirl.

emoticon on the're doing GREAT!


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APIRLRAIN888 10/30/2011 11:07AM

    Woohoo very cool!!

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That breath in between...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I found myself having a hard time breathing before I left for Texas last Friday. Oh, I wasn't have any respiratory problems, no.

I just couldn't breathe.

You know, that easy breath you draw deep into yourself, hold for just an instant, then release without really thinking about it? Yea, that kind of breathing - normal, unlabored, unthought-of, just.. breathing.

I couldn't draw a full breath before I left. Stress, anxiety, depression, the grumples. All these things added up and I'd find myself blowing out air from my lungs in the hopes that the next time I drew air in again, I'd get a full breath. I didn't. I couldn't.

I landed at DFW airport on schedule on Friday afternoon with no trouble at all. My flight was direct, which when I booked I thought was pretty cool, but about 2 1/2 hours into the flight, I (and my knees) realized.. not so much.

I didn't avail myself of the potty as I should have before boarding the plane (don't ask me why, I have NO idea, I thought about it then thought, nah, I'll be fine). So, 3 cups of coffee and 2 cups of water later, I'm squirming in my seat on the plane and working up the courage to ask the man in the aisle seat to allow me out to go to the plane potty. For reals. I had to talk myself into bothering the person to let me out! Man I've got more issues than we have time to dissect, but anyway.. he was kind enough to let me out, and I got to stretch my legs a bit and get rid of the squirmies.


Once we landed, I circled the baggage claim chute while waiting for my suitcase to arrive, as well as my sister and Ms. Poppy. I heard them long before I saw them, lil missy putting up a squall in her buggy. They were both so tiny! Seriously tiny! I felt like a jolly green giant, although I was wearing purple. Anyway, we hugged, I exclaimed over the incredible amount of cuteness contained in that baby buggy, we got my suitcase, and headed home.

The last time we had been in Texas, Libby treated us to some pepperoni rolls made by their friend Jason. They were really good, and I asked if we could get a few while I was there. Bad me, I know, but what the heck, I'm on a break, sorta. So we swung by the pizza place and got the rolls. They were incredibly good, and Jason was incredibly generous.

Once we got home, I got my hands on the baby. I was quite the baby hog, really.

I won't detail the entire trip other than to say it was a great time. My nephews seem to have grown immeasurably since April!

Liam and Zak at the Fun Fall Fest where they got to go Trunk'or'Treating.

It was very hard to say goodbye to them Monday morning when they went to school, but we had a good weekend together and hopefully they'll get to come to Portland for a visit sometime soon.

THAT is Jasper. My sister has three cats - Elliot and Olivia (she has dog, too, named Finn - it's a Law and Order SVU thing) and Jasper. Jasper is only about 6 months old and he's nothing but fur! He loved Aunt Sissy as much as the boys did LOL as you can tell. Libby did say while I couldn't take Ms. Poppy or the boys home, I could take Jasper. I'm not sure he appreciated that.

Brother-in-law Justin drives truck. He's out for four days, then drops around home for a few hours before heading back out again for the rest of the week. He came home for a bit on Sunday, and Libby sent him back out to get donuts for us! Apparently you've never had a donut until you've had a TEXAS donut!

Proud daddy!

What? You want baby pics? Well why didn't you say so??

Poppy lookin' stylish in a Sissy-provided outfit, conversing with her singing giraffe.

Sleepin' sweet.

Doin' the Hustle!

They took to calling me the Baby Whisperer, simply for this move.

That's right, she'd get a bit fussy and nothing would sooth her. So what did Aunt Sissy do? Flipped her over and strung her out along my arm. Lil Ms. Poppy is a solid 7 lb 4 oz lady, and she felt very very good snugged up on my arm. She hung out there - literally - quite contentedly! She would quiet down so quickly at first, it worried me! Was I cutting off her airway? the blood supply to her head? LOL Nope, she was just happy to have a different point of view apparently. Let's face it, wouldn't YOU get tired of staring at the ceiling all the time?

There is nothing sweeter or more soothing than having a sweet little baby snugged up against you. I physically ache with missing holding her right now.

So, my nutrition was horrid, but I didn't care. I got my water in faithfully. We didn't do much but stay mostly at home, with a few outings now and then. I doubt I got in my minimum 7500 steps a day. None of that matter. I reconnected with my sister - we talked, we talked and laughed and cried and laughed some more. We cackled over silly things, and revealed things the other hadn't known before. I had enough time with the boys that they got used to me and didn't think twice about calling me Aunt Sissy. By the time I left them on Monday, I could breathe again.

Now, I'm taking a few more breaths. I'm taking that breath in between - between the end of one thing and the start of another.

I've finished my running season/training. I've finished using fueling as an excuse to eat more than I should. I've finished being complacent with maintaining.

I'm starting a 15-day Reboot Entry - 15 days of eating and juicing whole foods, no dairy, no processed foods, no grains, just pure veggies and fruit. I'll start that on Saturday.

I'm starting in a new direction with my fitness. Well, I will be. Being flat on my behind does not count as fitness. I've let everything go since the Half. I need to get back into a groove again. Not a frenetic groove, just a nice steady even-paced forward motion.

I'm encouraged that this morning, on the drive into work, in the dark cold, I thought it would be nice to get out and run. I haven't really been thinking about running at all, so to find myself thinking about it, thinking it would be good to get out and just go for a run.. that was a positive thing.

I want to keep breathing, and breathing easier. I'm hoping that settling down, trying new things, giving myself a chance to change things up a bit, these things will add up to forward (downward?) movement and momentum to get back on the wagon of releasing lbs again. I need to find that kind of WIN once more to not give up hope or think that the last 55-60 lbs were just a fluke. I need this.

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MALKS_ARIA 10/29/2011 1:16AM

    LOL I can't tell you the number of babies I have put on my arm that way....

I am so glad that you got to hug, cuddle, and snuggle with Miss Poppy!

Take a Deep Breath, Release the stress... and just step up to the new phase of your life....


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GAYEMC 10/28/2011 8:41PM

    Candy, we all need to take a break from our life's routine on occasion, be it eating, exercising, just getting away or all of it. Sounds like you did it all, you earned it. You did 2 halves this year and a number of other races. You got up almost every Saturday to run with the Tribe. You have made so many healthy changes this last year. Congratulations on stopping for a few days and just enjoying what life has to offer with out worring about "I didn't run, I ate a donut, I sat all day and on and on.

Lovin the pics, the one of Poppy in your arm is priceless. I would have taken Jasper home but then I'm a cat lover. I like your plans on looking forward to new things.

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LMLOPEZ 10/28/2011 3:58PM

    Nice job baby whisperer!!! great job getting in your water as well-I am slacking :(
Sounds like a great visit. Glad you had fun.

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IMIN2GENES 10/28/2011 11:05AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Just what you needed. Glad to hear you can breathe again. It is kinda important! LOL!

Miss poppy and the nephew's are too cute! Love all the pics. So, did you kidnap the kitten after all?

I'm curious to hear about how your plan goes - the 15-day Reboot Entry one. I've never tried juicing.

You've got a good plan in place!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/28/2011 10:35AM

    Wow... it sounds like that visit was just what you needed! Your niece is adorable - and she has a wonderful family too! (ps that includes aunt sissy!)

I love that you are taking the time to breathe... and I like your plans too. I am curious how the juicing goes- please keep us updated!

A small reminder - those last 55-60 pounds were NOT a fluke - you did the work, and you did it well!

Welcome back to Portland! Take a deep breath, and go find your (new)path!


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/28/2011 9:57AM

    Oh how I loved your blog. I get the not breathing thing. Sometimes, it's like I can't remember how. I just need to calm down. I know a visit with Miss Poppy would just about do the trick. LOL

I adore babies and for some reason, always manage to live too far away from one so that my rocking chair does not get enough exercise.

I loved the hustle picture. It's exactly what I thought when I saw it. I'm glad you got to go on your visit and that you are in the reorganizing stage. I need to do a bit of that too. It's getting colder here and I don't have my cold weather activities lined up yet. Ugh.

Keep taking care of yourself. I'm cheering for you!


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TERRYT55 10/27/2011 10:12PM

    I used to hold my youngest the same way and she would quiet right down. Now I do it for my grand-kids. It sounds like you had the best visit ever. The baby is adorable.

By the way......I would have done exactly the same thing on the plane, not wanting to bother anyone even if I came close to peeing my pants.

So happy you had a good visit.

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ANNESYLVIA 10/27/2011 9:03PM

    I am in LOVE!!! How adorable!!

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REALLY_ROBIN 10/27/2011 8:50AM

  You will get this Candy...sounds like the shake up to your routine was very positive! It was a lot of work to get that 55 to 60 pounds off, it's understandable that you might need to stay put for a while. But you will get that push back. Remember it started with one small change at a time! Hugs...Robin

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BESTCK 10/27/2011 8:07AM

    I wouldn't trade time spent holding a little one for time exercising. Ever. Thanks for the pictures of the cutie.

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DDESERTDDAWN 10/27/2011 8:01AM

    Much wisdom in your blog-- and the other comments here.

Breathing is good.

Sometimes breathing is hard.

Being healthy is more than dieting-- it is finding us.

If running for the joy of it gives you joy-- 'may you run with joy in your shoes' if not, may you find that which will bring you sweet joy.

and PEACE.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 10/27/2011 6:03AM

    Love the baby whisperer move. I remember using it on my own children. It really does work!! She's a beautiful little girl and she's lucky to have Aunt Sissy!

I know it's tough to get back on track; I'm still struggling to get back from my September sabbatical. I know it's because I've become content with how I am. I'm no longer FAT just overweight; but I also know I still need to lose at least another 30 lbs. Why oh why can't I get motivated??!!!

But we've done it once; I know we can do it again. I know we can!!!!


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BLACKROSE_222 10/26/2011 11:01PM

    The funny thing about a healthy lifestyle is sometimes, it has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with what you eat. I'm so glad you got to reconnect with your Sister, Nephews, new Niece, BIL, and even the cats and dogs - you needed it. Now, you have also reconnected with yourself - something you needed even more. HUGS.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/26/2011 9:34PM

    Oh I'm so happy that you are feeling better. It sounds like a visit with little Polly and your sister and the family was just what you needed! I'm sorry you were feeling so rotten before you left and I hope that feeling stays far-far-far away and never-ever returns.

Good luck with your new fitness direction and let us know how the juice plan goes. I'm very curious about such.

Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful pictures!

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ROXIT22222 10/26/2011 7:46PM

    Glad you found your breath! Breathing is a good thing... comes highly recommended. What a sweet baby!

Remember this is a life style change. And with life there are ups and downs and all arounds. It's just making sure you don't stay on one too long.

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JOELLEY23 10/26/2011 7:18PM

    ah, the beloved football hold. got me through some long nights emoticon what a cutie!

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WALKAWAY 10/26/2011 6:57PM

    What a cute baby! Love the hang over your arm picture. Been thinking about you and wondering how you were doing. Glad you had a great time with your sister. I know when my sister and I get together it's like our souls reconnected and refresh.


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TURTLERASKIN 10/26/2011 6:22PM

    Great pictures, and I'm so glad you found a piece of yourself again.

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ON2VICTORY 10/26/2011 6:20PM

    awwwww I'll bet someone I know was passing out a lot of hugs and snugs! you needed some re-connect time!


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APIRLRAIN888 10/26/2011 5:54PM

    Awe so worth it

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GAYLEP67 10/26/2011 5:31PM

    I'm so glad you had a chance to reconnect with your sister and the rest of the family. Love the pictures of everyone including little Jasper and of course Ms Poppy. Aunt Sissy seems to have a way with everyone!

OMG Candy! Don't you EVER think that those pounds you shed were a fluke! You worked for and EARNED that loss and don't you forget it!! Funny...I think a lot of us went at it hard, dropped weight, and have since tapered off. I too want to get things moving again - just need to find the right motivation. You have always been and will continue to be a wonderful source of inspiration for me, my friend.


Glad you're back!

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MRSBENNETT2 10/26/2011 5:29PM

    OHHH! BABIES! Looks like you got your soul recharged. :)
Seriously, think about getting checked for asthma too. I suddenly got it two years ago, out of the blue. Triggered by stress and stuff like rotting vegetation/mold in the air. I still have to use the inhaler once in a while.

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Girlfriends Half and Recovery..

Monday, October 17, 2011

Recovery" makes me sound like an addict, and I guess in a way, I am. I ran the Girlfriends Half yesterday, and ended up with a good time. 3:04, a minute slower than when I ran the Foot Traffic Flat Half in July.

First, let me show you how I started the day:

I don't know if you can tell or not but I am not a happy camper. I've got a wicked case of the grumples LOL I didn't realize it showed so much on my face and attitude!

I woke up in plenty of time, ate some cream o'wheat with peanut butter and banana, had plenty of coffee and water. I was mostly organized, although it took me until the last few minutes before leaving to realize I probably should pin my race bib to my shirt!
I was quietly resolute to finish this task before me and with the finishing, take the next step into the next phase of the.. whatever I'm doing right now, or will be doing. No, I still haven't quite shaken the malaise that's taken hold, but that's alright. I'm not stuck standing still, I'm just moving forward grumpily!

Bill opted out of the festivities, so I drove to the event, found a prime parking spot, and started wandering around the starting area. I got there about an hour early, hoping to find the tshirt exchange. I ordered an xlarge shirt, but it's too small. I never did find the tshirt exchange, and really I'm not even sure if they would have had an xxl, so I opted to stick with what I had. It's now hanging in the guest room where my closet is, as a goal shirt. One day, I'll be able to wear it without being embarrassed about it.

So I checked my bag, and then started walking. I'm a pacer, as in walking about - it gives me something to do, it allows me to warm up, it keeps me from just standing there looking like I'm lost. So I walked the block, and snapped this:

The finish line, before we even got started!

I was lucky enough to randomly run into Kashmir and Keakman and several of their friends, so I had a team to huddle with until the start. That was good, and I think it relieved some of my grumples. It's hard to be grumpy and rude to really nice people, so even if I wasn't overly outgoing, I was still very happy to see them and to hang about for a bit before the start.

There were lots of girlfriends.

Lots and LOTS of Girlfriends.
Of course, I forgot about having my camera with me while we were all in a group so didn't get any of those shots. I did manage this though, as we were starting.

Ha! Yep, that's me, in a window reflection. The race had started and we were slowly inching our way to the starting line.

Once we crossed the timing mat, we spread out. I danced and dodged around walkers, finding openings to squirt through without hurting myself or others. I ran for a bit until I finally settled down into my first walk interval, and from there it was a pretty steady pace.

The first mile came up quickly.

I had figured I wasn't going to go all out, I'd take my time, enjoy the run, and take plenty of pictures along the way. That mostly worked. I managed to snap pictures from the start through mile 5.

Mile 2. There was a water station not far past this point, with lots of support and people cheering. That was pretty cool - our names were on our bibs, so to hear someone cheer your name was a little jarring at first, but then I remembered and sort of enjoyed it.

I snapped pictures based on my Garmin's mileage rather than the race mileage which comes into play later on. There were two gals running with a Garmin as well and apparently they heard mine going off and thought it was theirs for a bit. They ran on ahead of me though, so the confusion was short lived.

Looking forward.

Looking back.
Mile 4 was pretty cool. Again, there was an aid station with lots of support and supplies. I ran with my 4 bottle belt, so I didn't stop for any of the offerings but thanked the volunteers regardless. Without them, we wouldn't be able to get out there and run.

It was right around Mile 5 that I saw Aaron and Kim, our Galloway group's director and his mom. It was neat to run into them, but I still had so much of a dark cloud about me that when we caught up together again, I slowed way down to let them go on ahead. I was just in the mood to run anonymously, lost in among all the other women.

That's where my camera's batteries died off. Of course. So no more shots of the race unfortunately. For a while, I worked hard to get past a group of four older ladies who were walking four across. I'd get close then they'd speed up and I'd walk then start to run and they'd be gone again. It was maddening for a bit until I finally made it past them and kept on truckin' to keep my lead. They were great ladies I'm sure, having a good time with friends.

There were hills which, for some people may have been nothing, but were enough to slow me down quite a bit. I ran what I could, then walked the rest, pumping myself up convinced that when I reached the top I'd be rested and ready to run again. Well, it sorta happened that way LOL In all though, I did alright. I had wanted to finish in under 3 hours, but I didn't put enough effort into training and preparing for it, or into making it happen.

When I realized I wasn't going to make it in under 3, I slacked up some. What I failed to realize was that either my Garmin was off, or their official distance was off. I finished 13.0 in 3:03:59. Now, had an extra .1 been tacked on, it would have been longer. If it were actually 13.1 then I wasn't far off the mark from the Half in July. I'm going with not being far off the mark. I'm good with that.

There were people waiting after crossing the finish line to take our timing tags. I thanked the lady who untied my laces and retrieved the tag, then thanked her even more gratefully when she retired my shoe LOL I don't think I could have kept my balance if I would have had to do it.

Then the firefighters. We received a cold waterbottle of water and a necklace from the firefighters waiting at the end. Fortunately, none of them were covered in chocolate! LOL

Girlfriends Half Marathon 2011 Bling

There was chocolate, somewhere, but I don't know where. I saw Robin and Kate one more time before leaving. I was in such a state, such a hurry to leave, that I nearly forgot my bag at the bag check. I went back and got it, and downed the yummy chocolate milk I'd brought with me. It was very good and hit the spot. Then I made for the car and got settled in enough to send a quick text message to friends that I'd finished and my time.

The only thing I didn't do that I wanted to do was break down and cry. No particular reason other than it was over, I was tired, and I was ready to go home and take a break. I don't know why I'm still saddled with this crappy mood, but I'll be glad when it moves on.

Once I got home, I did manage a cold bath, as opposed to an ice bath. I think Bill would have enjoyed dumping all that ice on me a bit too much, so I stuck with the cold water. It was enough. After that, and then a nice warm shower, I got myself together and did the laundry. This was a good thing because it had me going up and down the stairs, moving and not sitting. When I did sit, I was on the loveseat with my legs elevated. By the end of the night I had quite the nest of pillows, but it did the trick.

This morning when I woke, I felt pretty good. I'd slept alright, slept to the alarm, and wasn't too sore upon rolling out of bed. I was moving a little slower, but that's to be expected. I've kept moving at work, up every 30 minutes to walk the floor. My right calf and right butt ache a little bit, but nothing that doesn't ease up with more movement. I'm tired, though. I was ready to go home and take a nap around 1, but will stick it out until 4.

Tonight is supposed to be ST and Zumba at the gym. I feel so bad because it seems like I've abandoned my Zumba instructor and classmates since I haven't been consistently for quite some time. I don't intend to give them up, but I think I'm taking tonight and tomorrow to myself. That leaves Wednesday to possible go to the gym, or not. I'm off Thursday, then board a plane on Friday to fly to Texas.

I'll get intense Ms. Poppy Therapy from Friday to Monday. I think she's just what the doctor ordered!



There's no way the grumples can hang on much longer with that wide-eyed baby in the picture.

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DDESERTDDAWN 10/20/2011 5:51AM

    Congrats on a GOOD time with a hilly and crowded Half! Wow that you went through with it feeling the way you did, is quite an accomplishment. It must feel yucky to still feel yucky. So sorry about that. I do hope the grumples go away, but if not that your sister and you get to chat about your feelings and that you can hold that baby and get some soothing and sweet time. Her brothers seem to adore you, too. So they'll probably cheer you some as well. Feelings just have to be gotten through sometimes. And sometimes they will take THEIR time, not ours. Sigh, dDawn

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IMIN2GENES 10/19/2011 10:37AM

    Glad the half went reasonably well. I think some serious Ms. Poppy therapy will cure the grumples for you. She's adorable!

Have a safe trip!

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MALKS_ARIA 10/18/2011 8:06PM

    Wow, Love the Bling!! I agree totally though... I don't think the grumpies can stick around with that beautiful baby :) I think that's the best bling of the blog!! :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/18/2011 5:03PM

    Love the bling! I get in those moods too, sometimes. You did a great job running in spite of it. It must have been difficult to finish with no one waiting for you. I made that mistake during my first HM - did it alone, no one even knew I was running. Never again! Kudos to you for what is actually a great race!!!!!!

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LYNNANN43 10/18/2011 4:25PM

    Hmmm... I felt very similar at my HM on Saturday. Wonder what was going around? At least you got that Bling necklace! We got nothing:(

Ms. Poppy will be sure to take away those grumples for sure! What a cutie patooite!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/18/2011 2:52PM

    Here's hoping Ms. Poppy Therapy is just what you need to chase away the gloomies. I get like that to and sometimes, they can be hard to shake.

I'm proud of you for completing the run and I'm especially glad to hear that you are going to take some time for you. I think that's so important.

I hope you'll take lots of pictures of your Ms. Poppy Therapy and post them for us to get some therapy too. LOL


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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/18/2011 2:17PM

    I predict once you get to that baby the grumples will magically disappear... don't let them back!

Did you ever get to that doctor appointment we talked about in my email? Hope so...


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TURTLERASKIN 10/18/2011 12:34PM

    Sorry to hear you still have the grumples, but way to go on just working through it. Those are some great pics from the race -- shame the batteries died, but they always seem to do that at inopportune moments.

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BLACKROSE_222 10/18/2011 12:24PM

    Adorable! Thanks for the update - those look like some nice pictures!~

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CHELLES_BELLS 10/18/2011 11:45AM

    Ms. Poppy is ADORABLE. And so is that necklace.

It may not have been pretty, but you got through it. Great job!

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NETGYRL 10/18/2011 11:29AM

    Sorry about the grumples -that sucks. I am impressed with your though. Damn... a half marathon? I can't even imagine. Enjoy your time with ms poppy!

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GAYLEP67 10/17/2011 11:45PM

    Boo to the grumples!! Glad you still got through the run okay despite 'em. Enjoy your time with Ms Poppy and make sure you get some more pics. Good gosh she's so cute!!


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LOSING4LASTTIME 10/17/2011 11:08PM

    You are awesome!!! It is so great that you finished your second half even with the grumples!! I am impressed!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/17/2011 9:27PM

    Awesome and awesome bling

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/17/2011 8:52PM

    Oh Candy, I'm sorry you are still under the influence of the grumples! (I seem to be in a similar state, though it's due to my job as far as I can tell.)

Anyway, despite the lack of a beaming smile in your pictures, you look great! What a bummer that the fireman we not chocolate covered. Thanks for sharing your race. I love reading your blogs about what you are doing...I feel like I'm right there with you!

Have a wonderful rest of your week and I hope the grumples leave well before you fly to meet your sweet Polly!

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GAYEMC 10/17/2011 8:35PM

    Congrats on finishing your 2nd half! Did you ever think a year ago you'd be blogging about it? So take a day or two off from Zumba, you've earned it! Can't wait to see pics of you and Poppy! Have a great trip.

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KAREN42BOYS 10/17/2011 7:42PM

    You did a half with a sucky mood; that is pretty impressive. (got a fever so I am not my normal perky)

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BIGMAMAT 10/17/2011 7:34PM

    You are amazing. xoxooxo Tricia emoticon

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JOELLEY23 10/17/2011 7:27PM

    what a cutie! sounds like you had a good race despite not really feeling up to it. i admire the fact that you actually went and did it anyway emoticon i hope someday i can be like that. honestly, i'm kind of a quitter emoticon 3:03 is a fantastic time, way to go! maybe you can run with me when i do a 1/2 next year!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 10/17/2011 6:22PM

    When you write, it is like you are sitting across from me talking right to me. I love your style! Sounds like you made your goal even if you were not necessarily trying, and that you will be relieved to change up your routine a bit. I was surprised to learn you walk sometimes. The people tying/untying your shoes and giving you your bling are a nice plus. Nothing like being taken care of in my book. The necklace is a nice keepsake and I hope you wear it with pride. Running that far is amazing to me. I hope the poppy-charger bounces you back into your normal groove!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Overheard (or perhaps overread would be more apt?..) during a text conversation between myself and my sister, who just has Ms. Poppy two weeks ago today!

We were discussing our digestive tracts and various issues we face (who knew flatulence ran so deeply in the family? ha!) I told her about trying a juice cleanse after I get home from my visit to her and the kids, Oct. 21-24. She said she'd seen a documentary about juicing and it had piqued her interest. "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead"? I asked. Yes, that one! she said.

We agreed we'd both miss cheese. She mentioned she may have to give it up anyway because Ms. Poppy gets horrible crampy gas and Lib's worried it's due to the cheese (see what I mean about it running in the family?). She's always thought of it as whole food, rather than processed, but .. well.. maybe today's dairy isn't so whole and pure and unprocessed?

"Well we just never learned about the pioneers being stuck on the crapper because they were lactose-intolerant, y'know?"

That is the level of intellect I'm at today LOL

Gratuitous baby pic.

Crazy Mummy Baby.

We're also discussing Just A Short Run in March. I subtly asked if she wanted to run it with me in Pittsburgh next March, and she was all for it, until she figured out "next March" is actually only 4 months away! She always was the smart one! I've registered for the 8.1 mile run. It will be absolutely fabulous to see and meet all the Spark People who will be there. It would be over-the-moon-amazing if my sister came and ran it as well. Here's hoping.

So.. Girlfriends. This Sunday. 9 a.m. I'm sending good running/racing vibes out to Kashmir and Crispy20 and LynneS512 and any other Sparkers out there who will be doing those same 13.1 miles. It's supposed to be a great, crisp clear day for it. Best kind of running weather!

Thanks for all the good luck wishes from friends and team mates. I'll be taking all y'all along with me as I go.

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RANDOM00B 10/16/2011 12:30PM

    OMG--that baby pic is the most precious thing ever!!!

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GAYEMC 10/15/2011 12:08PM

    That is just the cutest pic of Poppy! I didn't know you were doing JASR, I've been contemplating it. Have a great run tomorrow!

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BESTCK 10/15/2011 10:09AM

    Best baby picture ever!

Also, if I had to give up cheese? I just don't know what I'd do. I just bought a hunk of 4 year old cheddar this morning. Mmmmmm. But I have been hearing a lot about how humans probably shouldn't be eating so much dairy.

Food for thought.

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DDESERTDDAWN 10/15/2011 2:59AM

    first of all i vote for Continued Gratuitousness on your blogs please. how funny, Ms Poppy is alredy into Halloween!

Second of all, the pioneers got lots sick from lots of food they had, but the ones we read about were often from Northern Europe and used to milk products and they did have to process food/spices/salt to keep things from going 'too far off' ewwwwww and fermenting milk in order to save it thus making cheese. -- simple cheeses are often better for some of who are not so good with milk especially sour milk.-- of course yogurts are easier to handle for lactose intorables as the enzymes are helpful.

Juice cleanses are a bit hard on me because of the sugar content. I got the hypoglycemic -diabetes gene package. argh. But when I was probably at my healthiest I did go on a fast of a different sort to cleanse my system. Then returned to foods almost one at a time, in a way similar to what we do for babies. To see what works and doesn't so well for me. I learned a LOT! Like Cucumbers were culprits for simple headaches (not migraines). You may already know your body well enough to understand what gives you certain reactions, but if you played with different cheeses and different combinations, you might be able to havee you cheese without uhm cutting it.

blushes and runs,

Speaking of which-- Yay good luck on the runs uhm on Running yall!

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ANNESYLVIA 10/14/2011 7:12PM

    Here hoping sis joins you in March! Have you got her to join sparkpeople yet?

Good luck on your run this weekend.


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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/14/2011 7:11PM

    Awwww. What an awesomely cute baby!

Interesting about cheese. I'm curious what can be found that is less processed. Like are there any varieties that are better than others? I only like melted cheese and parmesan and cottage cheese like pizza, grilled cheese, queso and I rarely eat any of those except a bit of parmesan on veggies, salads, etc. Hmmmm. Something to think about.

Wishing you wonderful weather and light as a feather feet for Sunday!

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TURTLERASKIN 10/14/2011 5:20PM

    Yeah, I've learned that cheese isn't really a whole food; it's heavily processed, with lots of additives. I've been successful in cutting back on it a lot, but it's still a once-in-a-while treat.

Good luck with the run!

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HEALING_LORI 10/14/2011 4:51PM

    OMG.... What a priceless crazy mummy baby picture! Ms. Poppy just made my day!
She is so so so cute! You'll do great on Sunday. I hope you enjoy every minute of it! Can't wait to hear all about it! I love your race recaps!
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GAYLEP67 10/14/2011 4:18PM

    Best wishes for the run this weekend, Candy. As always, I'll be thinking of you and cheering for you from the north(east). And btw...OMG Ms. Poppy is so aptly named!!! I can see the family resemblance.


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IMIN2GENES 10/14/2011 3:30PM

    It does sound like the perfect day for a run! Enjoy it!

PS - Love the gratuitous baby pic. What a cutie!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/14/2011 3:20PM

    Enjoy the Girlfriend's run this weekend. I'll be cheering for you!

I loved the baby picture. Made me LOL.


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Standing a little taller todayÖ

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Not literally, mind you. Iím still.. well, whatever height I am now. 5 foot 8 or 9 or so. I must measure again someday soon.

Where was I? Oh yea, standing taller. I feel a bit stronger today.

The 2 1/2 days at the coast did me some good. On Thursday afternoon, we hit the beach below our hotel. It was the girlsí first time on the beach, and they were sniffiní it up for all they were worth!

Hereís the view up and down the beach.

We walked up and down that stretch of beach for quite a while at low tide. Maggie, the little white dog in the sweatshirt, is our adventure girl and was certain she needed to chase the seagulls that were along the waterís edge. They did not hold the same opinion however and flew off every time.

I gave myself the weekend to not track my food, and not stress over eating well. Stress? How about focus? Either way, I just let go, and didnít do too badly.

We stayed in Netarts, which is off the beaten path and very small and quiet. It was just right for what I needed to quiet my mind a bit. We drove over the Three Capes Scenic Loops on Friday and took in Cape Meares, Cape Lookout, and on Saturday Cape Kiawanda. It was a rainy drizzly day, but we didnít let that stop us, much.

I didnít necessarily track my fitness either, but my BodyBugg did show 7,400 steps on Thursday, 6,300 on Friday, and 14,200 on Saturday (more on that number later), so all in all we did alright, though no great feats.

When I woke up Saturday morning, I woke with a sense of anxiety. We had things that needed to be done on Saturday, sure, but nothing anxiety- or worry-worthy. I just breathed through it until I quietly slowly swept my mind clear, discarding the worries with calm logic. Then I noticed this.

If this picture is too small, itís a shot of a partial rainbow, over the bay. That helped dispel any further worries, and helped me get up and get myself together for our busy day.

We decided to explore Sand Lake after checking out, so drove down to that area and was it a boon! The campground is more geared to four-wheeler and dune-buggy activities, but we decided to see what the beach was like. We walked quite a long ways and found a stretch of beach that was deserted except for seagulls and pelicans.

Maggie wasnít too keen to go chasing after all these birds this time. It was neat, though, because we were able to drop the girlsí leashes, which we never ever do when weíre not in our yard, and let them walk along with us. I know, it doesnít seem like that big of a deal, but it was for this mama. They were very good girls for the whole trip.

We came back to Portland after that, and did our unpacking and cleanup before heading downtown to get our packets for the 10K walk at the Marathon. Iíd forgotten what a madhouse downtown turns into for the Marathon, so traffic was a little bit of a snarl, but we managed alright. I got tired of circling blocks trying to find a spot, so I gave up and ducked into the first parking garage that came along. As it happened, it was the same building as the restaurant we were going to later! Fortune smiled.

We picked up our packets Ė get this, we were numbers 1 and 2! LOL I guess that makes it obvious I was a little bit excited to sign up for the walk, eh? Unfortunately they were out of shirts (really, how do you run out of tshirts when you know how many people are registered?) so we got our rainchecks and will wait patiently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for them to send the shirts to us.

After that, we wandered the expo briefly where I stocked up on Guís for my Half next weekend, then ducked out and headed back down to the Macaroni Grill. We were meeting with the Tribe for dinner, and would be dining with Jeff Galloway himself! Huh!

It took a bit of doing, but they finally seated all 21 of us. We had folks from the Beaverton Galloway Group join the Portland group, so it was quite the turnout. I met a very nice couple from Beaverton and we talked about how we started running and what keeps us going. For being as blah as I was last weekend, that evening, talking with other Galloway runners, made all the difference in the world.

Jeff Galloway and his wife sat at our table Ė actually Jeff sat next to Bill! I was on the other side of Bill, and would sneak peeks at the man now and again. He spoke to us and was very nice, but my bad habit of being a backward dork kicked in and I didnít say anything more than hello and Iím fine thanks.

Oh well, it was still a very nice evening, and I got to wish my friends good luck and run strong for their marathons the next day.

Sunday dawned .. well, not exactly bright. Some of you noticed that I was up early LOL I was! I woke around 4:30 and got our morning underway.

I was ready for the rain this year! Letís glance back at last year, shall we?

Lawd what a difference a year makes, eh?

We took Max, our local transit train, downtown, and met up with Chas and Gaye at the Heathman hotel. We got the same volunteer from last year to take our picture this year!

We waited around for a bit in case any other Portlanders were showing up, then boarded the shuttle and headed to NoPo. We started at the same place we did last year, and commemorated the even with yet another picture!

We took off, heading back downtown on foot this time. We varied in pace Ė at one point, Bill took off at a good clip and Chas jogged up to catch up with him. They worked on reeling in each group of people ahead of them until they could pass them. Gaye and I would catch up and then fall behind, until we swapped up and I stuck with Bill and Chas and Gaye took the lead. It was fun when the Marathoners started coming along, and we finally crossed the Broadway Bridge and turned onto Naito to merge with all the Marathoners, Half Marathoners, Nordic Walkers, and Walkers. Whew!

We (Bill and I) finished the walk in 1:49 Ė not bad, considering we (me and Mina and Molly) finished in 2:03 last year. Chas and Gaye finished a few minutes ahead of us, and then we all reunited after crossing the finish line. There were lots of goodies to be had Ė juice, water, fruit, snacks, trees, medals, blankets. We ran the gauntlet of stuff and wound our way out of the maze.

We had our group hugs and smooches (Iím not telling who I smooched!) and went our separate ways. I walked over to my office and changed into dry clothes and then headed back to Tom McCall park in case anyone was going to swing by for the SparkPortland meet-up. No one did, but I didnít really expect anyone would. There was just too much going on, so weíll try another meet-up next month maybe.

I meandered down to the Firehouse on Naito, and listened to TheCoolestSarahís band play and entertain the crowd and encourage the runners. I was really hoping to see some of my Galloway gang, and I wasnít disappointed. I saw Philippe and Pat, and Susan and Lori, and then finally my bestest Galloway bud, Holly. Once Sarahís band was done, I sent her a quick text and we wound up meeting behind the firehouse and chatting a bit. It was a great way to end a busy day.

So, that explains the 22,000 steps on Sunday! I took the Max back home, and we did very little after that other than warm up with a nice hot shower and watch a movie or two. Monday was back to work, and then dinner out with the family to celebrate grandson Jamesí birthday. That means I missed ST once again, and Zumba. Tonight, itíll be raining, but after getting my hair cut after work, I plan on doing a quick and easy 2 miles.

So how does all this add up to standing a little taller? I just feel a little better, a little stronger, a little more confident. Iím running my second and last Half of the year on Sunday. Iíll run it as a celebration of my 1 year running anniversary. And when the Half is done and in the books (regardless of time) Iíll turn the page and begin a new different chapter in my Spark journey.

Iíll continue to run, for fun, for fitness, but Iím giving training a break until after the New Year. I want time to go to the Gorge and hike. I want time to hit the basement on a rainy morning and work with the x-trainer and feel my muscles quiver with effort and improved strength. I want to kettlebell again while Jillian kicks my behind. I want variety. I want to try a two week cleanse. I want to see what benefits I can reap from juicing. I want to try something new. Iím ready to break out of this rut.

Iíll keep running, but it wonít consume as Iíve allowed it to this year. The next two and a half months are for me to experiment with. Weíll see what comes of them.

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LOSING4LASTTIME 10/13/2011 10:37PM

    Loved the pics, you look amazing!!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 10/12/2011 10:12PM

    Glad you are feeling well. It sounds like you've come up with a nice alternative to your current plan. I think your muscles will love it!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/12/2011 3:18PM

    Loved all the picts. Thank you for sharing them. I'm glad you went to the shore. So nice to get away!

Sounds like you have a good plan in place for the near future. Hang in there. Changing things up may be a real boost and just what you need.

I'm excited for you!


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GAYEMC 10/12/2011 3:08PM

    As always, another great blog. And those beautiful pics make me want to be there RIGHT NOW! I hope things are a little brighter for you now!

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IMIN2GENES 10/12/2011 1:54PM

    What a difference a year makes indeed! You look fabulous!

I just love your blog. You are such a great story teller. You're right, from the pics you shared, it looks like just what the doctor ordered! Just beautiful.

You've certainly earned a little break. Have fun experimenting with variety... you know, spice of life and all that jazz!

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BLACKROSE_222 10/12/2011 9:02AM

    Experiment away! You and Gaye look great - but I think it is interesting that both of you are kind of going through a bit of a slump at the same time. emoticon But hopefully a little experimenting is just what you need!

Your before/after pictures are awesome too! Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to hearing about the half next weekend!

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HEALING_LORI 10/11/2011 11:26PM

    I'm happy you were able to get away for a few days... I think that is what we all need once in a while! A break from the norm. Love your pics and your puppies too!
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Glad you were able to meet up with different friends AND Jeff Galloway!!! You have done so well this whole year. Running with the tribe and all the events you've raced! You are such an inspiration. You definitely deserve a break and I bet switching it up might give you a boost - mentally and physically!
I look forward to hearing about your new adventures! Hiking is definitely something I love too!

Sending tons of Good Luck your way for Sunday!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/11/2011 10:34PM

    So Candy, we were fairly near you on Friday. We almost ventured to the Cape Loop but we went to Tillamook for lunch and ice cream and then stopped at a lot of places as we headed north. Nice weather, right?! I'm glad you had a nice little get away! Rain or shine the coast is good for the soul!

Your year ago and this year pics are awesome! Look at all of that fantastic progress! Woo Hoo! Thanks for sharing your wonderful Sunday! I love reading about the experiences of races.

And I'm so happy to hear that you are standing taller, feeling better, stronger and more confident.

I can't wait to hear what's next for you!

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SMILESRME 10/11/2011 10:24PM

    Hi Candy! So glad you had a wonderful time at the walk you had! Lovely pictures and experience indeed! I am thankful that you are feeling much more positive about yourself and your fitness journey. It's great to realize that you will need to mix things up too. I understand about taking a break from running and try new things and get back to your familiar things too. God bless you on your last half this weekend! My Rock and Roll in Denver was great, but I am looking forward to the break as well.

Julia : )

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KAREN42BOYS 10/11/2011 8:22PM

    There is a lovely place for pursuing a goal and for experimenting with new opportunities. :) Your weekend away looked fabulous!

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GAYLEP67 10/11/2011 5:23PM

    Awesome blog Candy and I love love love the pictures! I think there might just be a little bit of Canadian in ya, eh? - "Lawd what a difference a year makes, eh?"

You look incredible, done an amazing job at transforming yourself, and I'm excited to see what the next phase brings for you. I think Teresa and I are both glad that the "taller" reference is figurative only as us shorties don't want you getting any taller.


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