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Antithesis Alphabet...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This came about because the other day, as I was getting ready to head out for a day of errands to include picking up my R'n'R schwag-bag, I found my mind wandering along the lines of..

I should not be Envious of Kashmir and her running buddies, I should Emulate them!

I like following Robin's running adventures on Facebook and think her very fortunate to have Shelly and Cheryl to go out running with. I had the Galloway group at one time to run with, but I let myself slip away from that Tribe and now find myself Tribeless. Having someone to run with certainly ups the motivation and accountability. I need to figure out how to gain that back again.

Anyway, here are my efforts at my Antithesis Alphabet...

Instead of being Apathetic, I can strive to be Active.
Instead of B1tching, I can Be more positive.
Instead of being Cranky, I should be Creative about changing my moods.
Instead of feeling Desperate, I can focus on being Determined.
Instead of not recognizing Enough, I must work on Emotional satiety.
Instead of feeling like a Failure, I should focus on Freeing myself from doubts and disappointments.
Instead of Gorging, I should remember I am indeed Good enough.
Instead of Hurting myself with food, I should look at it as a means to better Health and Healing.
Instead of thinking myself Inept when it comes to being healthy, maybe I should become Innovative.
Instead of feeling like a Jerk, I should focus on finding Joy.
Instead of Kicking myself when Iím down, perhaps I should remember KISS Ė Keep It Simple Superstar!
Instead of feeling and being Lame, I need to remind myself to just Laugh.
Instead of being Moody, I need to get over myself and find my Motivation.
Instead of Nasty stinkiní thinkiní, I need to work on New self-praise and support.
Instead of thinking I will always be Obese, I need to Overcome my fears and faults.
Instead of falling into ďPoor meĒ behavior, I should remember that Iíve got the Power!
Instead of Questioning whether or not Iím worth the effort, I should embrace my Quiet fierceness.
Instead of Regressing to the person who use to eat her feelings, I need to Rise up and fight the good fight.
Instead of Self-pity, I will work on Strength!
Instead of Telling myself that it just doesnít matter, perhaps I should Thrill at each accomplishment.
Instead of feeling Unfulfilled, I should look forward to feeling Unlimited someday.
Instead of thinking Iím Very very slow, I need to remember that Iím still moVing forward.
Instead of Wishing for something more, I should be willing to Work to make it happen.
Instead of eating eXtra servings, I need to look for eXternal solutions to how I feel.
Instead of Yawning and feeling sluggish, I should Yearn to feel more energized and move more!
Instead of feeling Zonked at the end of the day/week/month, I want to feel Zany and Zippy and Zingy!

How about you? What do you want/need to turn around?
Try try again...
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IRISHBEANERGAL 6/3/2013 1:02PM

    Very Creative... LOVE IT :)

I have already printed it out and pasted it on my motivational wall at work.

~Irish

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IMIN2GENES 6/3/2013 11:40AM

    Love this! How clever and creative of you. Not to mention motivating and chock full of wonderful reminders. Thanks for sharing it!!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 5/24/2013 8:53PM

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Wow! This is great and something I am saving for times I need to change how I'm framing my view.


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KASHMIR 5/22/2013 11:53AM

    Blush...

I needed to read your list today...it's very VERY fitting for where I have found myself the past 3 days!

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GAYEMC 5/22/2013 11:16AM

    Love it Candy! I'm going to borrow your list to put around my house/office.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 5/22/2013 8:30AM

    This one rang out with me:

Instead of thinking I will always be Obese, I need to Overcome my fears and faults.

I loved your alphabet. You are very clever!

We just need to keep moving, right? We'll get there. I might not be at the front of the pack, but I ain't quit yet. LOL

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REALLY_ROBIN 5/21/2013 4:54PM

  I was really surprised when I finally got my butt back in the gym how quickly I progressed. I may not be where I was at two years ago...but it's not going to take me long to get there. We are a lot more knowledgeable this time around! It's so great to see you putting your mind to it! The next race is going to be that much better! You've got this Candi...focus on what you are doing today and this week to insure the next one is that much better!

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FRUITYFUL 5/21/2013 4:29PM

    Love it! That took a lot of work, but I do appreciate all of those reminders! I'm going to copy and paste this and print it off so I can refer to it when I start feeling any of those negative thoughts. I am notorious for letting those negative thoughts seep in and ruin my progress!

Thank you for sharing!

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Rock'n'Roll Portland Half...

Monday, May 20, 2013

May 19, 2013 dawned overcast but warmish - a perfect day for a Half Marathon!

Saturday evening several of us gathered at the Old Spaghetti Factory in SW Portland for a carby dinner.
Renzryd, GayeMC, GetFit2Live and Dale, and Bill and I had a delicious dinner (they instructed me in the finer points of mizithra!) and loads of great conversation.

The next morning, Renzryd, GetFit2Live and Dale, and Kashmir and I met up for a photo pre-race.


It was a lovely morning, at least for a bit.

It stayed mostly overcast and cool, but we dodged the rain.

This was my 5th Half, and my slowest by 2 minutes. For being alone on the course though, I had a good time. I walked the whole thing, and while I was wobbly at the finish LOL I felt pretty good, and today I'm not feeling too badly. I'm a little stiff when I stand up from my desk, but after a few steps I'm loosened back up.

I'm fairly certain this new form of therapy helped me feel better!

From the bottom up - Maggie, Bubbie, Pudgy, and Ben - they all sacrificed their comfort and playtime to curl up on/near me to help me feel better! Ms. Millie opted to send me healing thoughts from a pillow across the room; she likes her space.

Overall, it was a good busy weekend. I scored a new Fitbit badge with over 33,000 steps for the day.

That's a total of 18.5 miles and 35 floors climbed.
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My next challenge is the Portland Half Marathon. I'll be doing that one with GayeMC and I'm very excited about it - yes, already. I enjoy doing races, but it's been a while since I've had someone to do one ~with~ and that makes all the difference in the world.

For anyone out there who was on the course and finished upright and smiling yesterday - Congrats!
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I've got a blog or two percolating in my brain, so I'm hoping to put down a few more words soon. Until then.............
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ENDUROVET 6/2/2013 10:36PM

    That's awesome; stepped back on TM the other day, cranked out a mile & ye olde feet felt alright! Time to pick out my destination...
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SUSUSUZZZIE 5/24/2013 8:56PM

    Congrats! I was thinking about you and it's great to hear that you had a good day! And awesome step and floor counts!

PS - thanks for "mizithra" which is something new for me to check out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 5/21/2013 9:06AM

    Great job! I'm pretty sure you could hire out your therapy buddies! LOL I love that picture!

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IMIN2GENES 5/20/2013 8:46PM

    Woo hoo! emoticon

Love your therapy!! Looks like it was just what you neeeded.
Chris
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DOGSTARDADDY 5/20/2013 5:14PM

    Good for you!!!!

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GAYEMC 5/20/2013 4:32PM

    I was so glad to see the rain had stopped when I woke up. Nothing like a little dog therapy. Great pics. I'm thinking maybe the Flat 10K?

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REALLY_ROBIN 5/20/2013 2:38PM

  Woo Hoo...you did it! I'm so happy for you and I bet the next race will be even better! That fit bit badge was pretty sweet too! I'm sending you tons of Spark thoughts to help with your motivation for training for the next race! Hugs...Robin

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/20/2013 2:35PM

    Seeing you and everyone else at dinner and then at the race was the highlight of the weekend for me. Well done on finishing in an upright position (remember, that's our goal for every race!) and for finding such a fine form of therapy. My cat spent most of the evening in my lap or on me in some way when we got home; my dog would take up the entire couch, I'm afraid!

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YOADDICTION101 5/20/2013 2:32PM

    Congratulations. emoticon I would do some stretches today. Get that stiffness loosened up a bit. Keep up the awesome work emoticon

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BOILHAM 5/20/2013 2:19PM

  Congrats! Looks like a good therapy strategy you have there.

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PIXIEMOM13 5/20/2013 2:02PM

    Congrats! I did a half marathon yesterday too...and it was my slowest time by 14 minutes! I walked quite a bit (but not all of it)..and there were some killer hills... Marine Corps historic half... so yeah.. marines = killer hills. ;)
Congratulations on the 30,000 step badge!
(My bodymedia said I did 33,7hundred something... but that was also walking from the car to the start line, from the finish back to the car)

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FRUITYFUL 5/20/2013 1:37PM

    Awesome! Sounds like a success! I LOVE mizithra cheese and I LOVE the Spaghetti Factory! I've been going there since I was a kid, but didn't discover mizithra until a friend had it. Now I get a combo of the meat sauce and mizithra and it's delicious! It's the perfect place to carb load before a race!

Congrats on finishing and on the 30,000 step badge! I want one of those too. Maybe I should sign up for a half marathon?

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Nice..

Monday, May 13, 2013

.. and unexpected. I received this via email on Friday.


That's a lovely little 500 miles badge from Fitbit. I really hadn't thought about how many miles I may have covered so far this year, so it was a neat little ~bump~ to receive. It's not as much as it should be, but nothing really has been lately. Still, it's nice.. and perhaps a bit of challenge to set ahead of myself - I've covered 500 miles in 5 months. Can I reach 1,000 before October (10 months?).

6 days to go!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 5/24/2013 8:58PM

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Congrats the miles and all those steps. It's a good sign of all the times you got yourself up and out there!

And thanks for sharing because I can turn this in to motivation. I tracked miles last year but lost that with my surgery. This will give me something that may help me get moving a bit more.

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IMIN2GENES 5/14/2013 8:29PM

    emoticon That is a nice surprise!! Good luck with your half!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 5/14/2013 8:41AM

    What a nice surprise! I believe you can do it!

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REALLY_ROBIN 5/13/2013 2:12PM

  Woo Hoo and you've got this challenge in the bag. With the weather getting warmer, I bet it will be easier to get those miles in! Hugs...Robin

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GINGERHAWK 5/13/2013 1:12PM

    I got my 500 mile badge somewhat recently on the Fitbit, too and it felt great! Good for you and yes, you can totally hit that 1,000 mile marker over the next 5 months!

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KASHMIR 5/13/2013 1:07PM

    Very Nice! I've been tracking on Daily Mile, and it sends me a weekly report that I can share on FB. It has been both a boost and a push for me to see if I can increase my totals each week.

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GAYEMC 5/13/2013 12:21PM

    How cool!

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FRUITYFUL 5/13/2013 11:42AM

    Yes, you can! I'm rooting for you!

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Full house..

Thursday, May 09, 2013

We dropped Lib, Liam, and Ms Poppy at the airport late Tuesday night. Their flight was suppose to leave at 12:40 am Wednesday morning. Suppose to. Turns out, their flight was delayed and delayed and delayed until they finally canceled it altogether! They weren't able to leave until 8:50 am Wednesday morning. I felt so horrible for them, but there wasn't anything we could do - they couldn't leave in case the flight was suddenly on again, which it never was. They were actually rebooked on a different airline's flight (others on their canceled flight were bumped until the NEXT DAY's flight). Lib said the kids did great, considering how miserable spending more than an hour or two at the airport is.

They're all safely home now, and last message I had from my sister was "My bed has never felt so good!!" LOL Poor chick.

While they're gone now, they've left us with a full house. Yes indeedy!


Mr. Pudgy Porkchop Bailey has officially joined the family. He's 13 weeks, 3.4 pounds of pure joy, ornery, and attitude! He had his first vet visit on Tuesday, and the vet said we are in for it! Mr. Pudgy thinks he is king of the world and we are all here to serve him. He's not far off LOL

The big kids (Millie, Maggie, Bubbie, and Ben) all have various feelings about him. Millie and Ben are pretty indifferent - I think his energy makes them very very tired (I know the feeling!). Bub and Maggie are intrigued by him. He and Bub have developed a way to play together - Bub talks and grumbles at him and nudges him with his nose, trying to engage him, and Pudgy boxes at him with his tiny little paws. The only time so far that my heart has stopped was when Bub yawned and Pudgy put his little head in his mouth to check things out.
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We're having quite a bit of fun slowly and safely helping everyone get to know each other. Already they're settling into their 'normal' routine, which was turned on its head with our visitors.

As for me.. well. The next few days will be spent weaning myself from the bagels and chips and pretzels and snacks and pizza that we devoured with abandon while everyone was here. Back to fruit and yogurt, roasted veggies and meat, etc. and so on. I'm not saying it will be easy, but it will be worth it.
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R'n'R Half is in 10 days! I'm looking forward to it and seeing 'old' friends and new, soon.
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GAYEMC 5/12/2013 1:55PM

    I can't believe you have another dog, will it ever stop? Too bad you didn't get a pic of head in mouth.

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PDSLIM 5/11/2013 10:24AM

    cute dog

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 5/10/2013 9:41AM

    Your visit sounds like fun. Glad they made it home safely and that your new baby is fitting in. Funny, he'll be the tiniest and the bossiest. LOL Lucky you!

Good luck with the R'n'R Half. You can do it!

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REALLY_ROBIN 5/9/2013 6:14PM

  So glad you had a great visit! And your new baby is a cutie! You will back up to speed in no time! Hugs...Robin

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BOILHAM 5/9/2013 2:08PM

  Mr Pudgy is cute. I'll bet he's a handful indeed. Good luck on the HM coming up!

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PIXIEMOM13 5/9/2013 2:05PM

    Woohoo!

Mr Pudgy looks adorable! awwww

Marine Corps Historic Half is in 10 days for me.... not sure how I'll do, other than my best effort!

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FRUITYFUL 5/9/2013 12:02PM

    Yay! I'm glad you got to keep Mr. Pudgy Porkchop! What a funny name! He reminds me of my Chihuahua, with his markings.

I'm glad to hear that your visit with your family was so fun. Good luck with getting back on track. You can do it!

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My oh my!..

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

How busy we've been.


Helping Pudgy eat his dinner.


Loving on Ben.


Playing putt-putt golf.


Making new friends.


Visiting the Gorge and waterfalls.


Splashing in the water.


Napping afterward.

It's been a wonderful visit! They leave late tonight, and we'll be sad to see them go.
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IMIN2GENES 5/8/2013 8:26PM

    So wonderful! Glad you had such a great visit. Thanks for sharing your pics!
Chris

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ANNESYLVIA 5/8/2013 5:50PM

    Awe, so sweet...pictures speak a 1000 words. Thanks for sharing.

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GAYEMC 5/8/2013 5:41PM

    Looks like y'all had a wonderful time. Has Pudgy moved in?

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PARASELENIC 5/8/2013 9:08AM

    Wow, I'm exhausted looking at all of those pictures, but how much fun! The falls look beautiful!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/8/2013 7:42AM

    Great pictures - thanks for sharing!

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FRUITYFUL 5/7/2013 4:39PM

    Are you keeping the Chihuahua?

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REALLY_ROBIN 5/7/2013 1:57PM

  So glad you are having a great visit and thanks for taking the time and filling us in!!!

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FRUITYFUL 5/7/2013 12:50PM

    Great pics! Looks like a fun visit, and you couldn't have asked for better weather!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 5/7/2013 12:42PM

    Looks like lots of fun!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/7/2013 12:39PM

    Looks like it was a lovely time together, how fun!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 5/7/2013 12:01PM

    It looks like you are having such fun! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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NKING1982 5/7/2013 10:09AM

    They are so cute!

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GINGERHAWK 5/7/2013 10:06AM

    Love the pics - it looks like a great time was had by all!

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