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All 2,320 ounces of me said "No" today.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Every last ounce of my body said "I do not want to exercise today." I have not experienced a day like this in a long, long time. I just did not want to do it. I woke up this morning and had the best intentions, I was going to run 4 miles after work.

The work day got the best of me. I was stressed and just wanted to go home. It's too windy and I'll be miserable. I'm tired. I have other things to do. I'll run tomorrow. I just don't care right now. I want to go home and relax. Excuses.

Then the Spark voices started in on me. No excuses. Pay the price today. Do it just for 10 minutes. Just put your runnng clothes on. Get started. It's only 30 minutes out of your day. Nothing feels as good as knowing that you did exercise today. Ask your doctor if getting off of your butt is right for you. Just do it, now!

Oh Lord was it tough. My sneakers were begging to feel the pavement. My workout clothes needed to feel the moisture of my sweat. My body had to get the release of tension and energy that was stored inside. My mind had to let go of the negative thoughts and go where it finds peace. But first I had to listen to the Spark voices in my head. I needed convincing. "I will feel so much worse if I don't go. Suck it up Girlie and get your A$$ out there!"

I hated/loved every minute of it. All 32 minutes. Some days you just have to move and not think about. Just GO!

I'm glad that I did!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/17/2012 3:44PM

    And I am so glad you did it too! Woohoo, such an inspiration! emoticon

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Photos do not do justice.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The beauty of this glorious spring day and the feelings of happiness and joy cannot really be photographed.

This is a photograph of an absolute blessing. 3 Years ago this young man was given his last rites and on life support.

Today we hiked 9 miles on our favorite trail. Pulpit Rock and Pinnacle Loop. I cannot express my joy. Life really is good!

Count your blessings everyday!!!!

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    What a gorgeous blog! I loved your photo and it was so moving too. Thank you.

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THROOPER62 4/8/2012 10:28AM

    Beautiful photos

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FREECLOUD 4/8/2012 10:02AM

    I think you've done a fine job with the photos. The opportunity to continue to share that with your son is priceless. You are truly blessed!

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Red Lobster or Run 4 miles? Ummmm...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What to do, what to do.

A friend borrowed my car today and said "How about we go to Red Lobster for dinner and I buy since you let me use your car?"

"No, I can't I have to to run after work. I'm sorry, it is tempting but I have to stick to my workout plans." "Thank you, maybe another time, when it's raining." Ha, ha!

He knows that I have made a commitment to my health and he understood. We'll pick a rainy day maybe next week then. (I love it!)

I really do try to run all my errands or make my social visits when the weather is not good. Does that make me a bad person? I really don't know, I just see as trying to maximize my time. You know the old saying "Make hay while the sun is shining."

I RUN!!!!
I am so proud of myself!

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GUNIVERA 3/1/2012 11:29AM

    Having just eaten at RL last night, this entry jumped out at me. I think you made an excellent choice. You're not saying "nope, I cannot possibly go there" just asking, quite literally, for a rain check. :D Smart!

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FREECLOUD 2/24/2012 9:09AM

    I'm VERY impressed. You get to sort of have your cake and eat too - enjoy that dinner when it comes around!

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SLIMDERELLA51 2/23/2012 8:43PM


You SHOULD be proud! Sounds like you are in a really good groove.
You are certainly not a bad person.... it's weird putting yourself first sometimes, isn't it?

regards, Sue

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MJ7DM33 2/23/2012 8:27PM


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Determined, addicted, dedicated, crazy?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oh these are just some of the things people have said to me about my "running":

"You must really love it.?!"
"Why do you want to do that?"
"Must be nice to take a lunch, I don't have time."
"You're going to damage your body."

Well, all I can say about that is:

Yes, I do love it.
I do it because I want to be in good physical, mental and spiritual condition.
It is great to take lunch and enjoy the sunshine in these darkest days of winter. I will come in early or stay late but I WILL NOT GIVE UP MY LUNCH!!!!
I believe that I am doing less damage to my body then what I was doing by carrying around the extra 65lbs that I used to lug everywhere that I went.

Yes, I am determined. I am determined to make myself my #1 Priority. I can do that.
I am determined to take care of myself and keep the weight off. I am determined to run more races and possibly a Half-Marathon. I am determined to show you what determination and dedication can do for the body, mind and spirit.

I will continue to RUN ON! (Like a crazy woman) : )

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SUZWARNR 1/31/2012 7:16AM

    Those people envy you your strength and courage, that's all. They'd love to be just like you, they're just afraid to admit it. Enjoy your running. I look forward to hearing if you decide to do a half.

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SPEEDYDOG 1/31/2012 6:43AM

    Of course, what these people are sayong is more about themselves then about you. Most people realize they need to get off their duff and exercise. You are just reminding them that they need to get going. The comments are really their justification for being lazy.

Keep on runnning!


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FREECLOUD 1/26/2012 9:24AM

    Ugh, that's annoying, isn't it? When I hear it I either smile and walk away or say "Of course you wouldn't understand, it's a running thing." Or "I run for sanity, not vanity...and it can get ugly if I stop."

It's really difficult to tell people what you get from running if they aren't runners themselves. *You* just keep running and reaping the benefits. If you need another runner to gush to about an amazing run (or a crummy one) or to talk about goals or races, please come find me :)

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LUCYLIN101 1/25/2012 8:50PM

    emoticon RUN ON cRAzy WoMAn !!!!

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Out with the old. In with the new! MAKE YOU A PRIORITY!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wow! What a year 2011 has been. If the "old" (2011) was good imagine what the "new" (2012) can be like. Great things begin to happen when you make yourself a priority. My health and happiness is mostly up to me and how I treat myself.

I am much happier when I take care of myself. When I exercise, eat right and get enough sleep I feel so much better all the way around. Amazing how such seemingly simple things can make or break my day. I have great struggles with making me a priority some days. When I stick to my guns and say "I must do this first for me", everything else always seems to work out. The world doesn't stop spinning when I go and exercise or even go to bed a little earlier. I may stress a little more wondering how will I get it all done but I always seem to manage.

Some people think I am obsessed. I honestly don't think that I am. I just know that I must make this a priority if I am going to keep the weight off and be healthy. I have been maintaining my weight for 20 months. That is awesome and that is what happens you MAKE YOU A PRIORITY!

Happy New Year!!!

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FREECLOUD 1/2/2012 12:22PM

    Sounds like a good self pep talk. I know that when I'm balanced, the world is a better place and people find me easier to get along with :). This would be a good blog to come back to when you need a self reminder ;)

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LILY8486 12/31/2011 10:22AM

    You are the only one who can decide if certain things are right... It sounds like you are doing an awesome job!!!

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SUZWARNR 12/31/2011 9:55AM

    I hope 2012 is even better than 2011. I agree that we need to make ourselves a priority again. Here's hoping 2012 will be off to a great start!

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