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Meeting Spark Friends is Icing on the Cake??

Monday, April 08, 2013

Really did I just say "Icing on the cake"? How about "Sunshine on the hike"? Yeah that sounds a lot better.

I organized two hikes over the past 4 days and the first one was not through Spark, the second was. The first one, we were just yakking along enjoying the weather and the hike when we discovered we had something besides hiking in common. YES!!!! "I am a Sparker too!!!" We had a really nice hike and saw lot's of Spring signs. "Let's do this again." YES!!!

The second one was with a fellow Sparker that I have hiked with before and it was great to see her again. We had a great hike with awesome temperatures, wonderful views and lot's of yakking. (I'm starting to wonder if I'm in it for the hike or just doing it to yak. I love hearing other people's stories.)

Anyway, I love when my online Sparkfriends become real life friends. I get so much out of Spark and I really have enjoyed the way Spark has enhanced my health and well being. I would love to believe that I can and would do this without Spark. I have found so much inspiration, education and motivation through all of you that I don't want to do it without Spark. (Oh geez, some times I think I sound like a Spark Commercial or something) Who cares!!!????

Thank you All!!!! Together we can do it!!! Keep Sparking!!!


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CASEYSAUER 4/9/2013 7:51AM

    Hey! Let's do the Bartram trail on bikes! It's 6 miles up and 6 miles down! On bikes that will take no time! Maybe we could get some other Sparkers do join us? That's a pretty central location!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/8/2013 10:08PM

    Awesome! I would just LOVE to be able to meet some of my Spark friends. How wonderful.

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Now this is a run I can almost live with.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I can almost live with it because I didn't feel like I was dying afterwards. Yes!

Some of you are aware that my asthma has been an issue for me all winter long and I have struggled with my running. It has been drastically cut because I just can't catch my breath. I have continued hiking and walking as I love doing those activities also. I have always been a walker and until 3 1/2 years ago it was my exercise of choice.

I am not going give up on running just yet. I am persistent and keep reading and searching for any tips that will help me run and breathe at the same time. One of the tips that I have found is to really pay attention to my breathing and breathe deeply into my stomach. By really focusing on my breathing I can control it better.

I also have pretty much come to the realization that like it or not, I need to use my inhaler BEFORE I run. I will be much more successful if I try to prevent the attack.

The other thing I have to accept and this is a biggie, is that if my breathing is getting too labored, I must stop running and walk until I catch my breath. I am finding that if I stop running before the breathing is out of control I have a much better chance of running farther without too many problems. I've had a problem with this in the past. "If I don't run the whole time I am a failure" Even when I know that I should stop and walk, I sometimes battle with myself because I want to run the whole way.

I am hoping that with Spring I will begin to breathe better when I run and perhaps not need the inhaler so often. I have come so far in my health and I kept thinking that I could go even farther. I have done things that I would have never thought I would ever do much less want to do.

I guess the bottom line is that I may not be where I want to be in my health and fitness but I am so grateful that I am not where I used to be. I am also proud of myself because I have not let any little stone in my path be a reason to quit. One of my favorite quotes is "Do not let what you cannot do stand in the way of what you can do". I hope that I always remember that and always find a way to do what I can do.

Today I went 4 1/2 miles in 60 minutes. I have done much better time in the past, but today it is what I can do and I did it!

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IMPETUOUS1 4/6/2013 12:12PM

    Me too!! Thanks for posting. Running is the only thing that could have made me admit to an asthma diagnosis, and I'm trying to remember to use the new inhaler before I go out, and I'm trying not to feel like it's a crutch I should be able to train my way past.

4.5 miles last night in 60 minutes too! What serendipitous timing for me to find this blog. It's the first thing I've read about running with asthma since I copped to getting an inhaler a month ago.

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TERESA159 3/29/2013 10:50AM

    You have a winning attitude! And don't get down on yourself if you have to walk part of the way, think of it as "running in spirit".
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DEBBYFROMMT 3/28/2013 9:52AM

    Excellent time! My daughter has asthma and ran cross country when she was in high school. She always used her albuterol inhaler before she started. Albuterol will increase your heart rate and may make running a little tougher. But you have to find out what works for you. My daugher (a junior in college) is planning to run a 1/2 marathon with me in July.

Good for you! Keep it up!!

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CASEYSAUER 3/28/2013 8:45AM

    emoticon What you decribed was a yoga breath! I know you would benefit from yoga! Congrats on the run!

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SONDRAJ20 3/28/2013 6:32AM

    I am so impressed with your accomplishments!! And I love the quote. It comes at a time when it is really relevant for me because I am changing the way I run and really struggling right now. I also understand your being critical of yourself for walking when you need to. I am the same way and we'd both be better off if we'd get over it!! Thanks for inspiring me and keep up the good work!!

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DAISYBELL6 3/27/2013 8:07PM

    I have asthma also and use an inhaler before I run. Today I ran 4.5 miles in 60 minutes too! We are doing just fine! We are running!

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ONMYMEDS 3/27/2013 7:44PM

    Well done!!

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Winter's last breath......

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Okay everyone, Winter is about to take it's last breath. Spring and Winter will have one last battle the next couple of days. I guarantee that Spring will triumph and come out with the last and final punch. I do not need that stinking Ground Hog to tell me this. I have consulted with Mother Nature on this myself and she agrees. Ha, ha!

Good-bye Winter, Hello Spring!

Dear Winter,

Good riddens to you!

Love Spring

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ANDY_54 3/25/2013 9:11PM

    Is there a guarantee that winter is over? Because me and my 6-8 inches of snow need one, LOL. emoticon

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CASEYSAUER 3/25/2013 6:58AM

    Great pictures! I'm with you, good riddens winter!

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JAMBABY0 3/24/2013 7:26PM

    Love your pics, I miss the sun and the heat, I hate snow

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RAPUNZEL53 3/24/2013 7:22PM

  Nice Pictures! Can't wait for spring though!

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Can I stand the test of time?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I came upon this majestic oak tree today on my walk/run and called it "His Majesty". It has obviously stood the test of time and I know for a fact that this wonderful specimen has withstood some pretty ugly and torturous moments of weather in the years in it's life. What a testament to time.

Two years ago a tornado actually whipped within 100 feet of the oak destroying many other trees in it's path. This tree must have endured lots of nature's fury over the years. Obviously it has also known nature's bounty and has flourished in this spot in spite of what must have surely been some uncertain days.

Sometimes I really have to Self-Motivate and it can be a struggle. I have uncertain moments and days myself, more often then I would care to. Today I asked myself, will I stand the test of time? My weight loss journey has been a successful one, up to this point. But lately I feel like I am on very shaky ground. I have been expending less calories and consuming more and we all know what that means. (Where did I store those FAT CLOTHES?)

I have really got to get back into my tree. I have strong roots in solid ground and I know where to get my nourishment so that I may grow strong and flourish like "His Majesty". The Spark Community has the tools that I need to continue on my successful weight loss and fitness journey. Today I am making the choice to use them and together we will stand the test of time.

Oh and BTW, the tree was a case of mistaking identity. Excuse me, is "Her Majesty". I should've known the strength and beauty of a woman when I seen it.

Hail to The Queen!

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BARB4HEALTH 3/23/2013 8:56AM

    Her Majesty is lovely! Be rooted in the faith that emoticon

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TERESA159 3/21/2013 11:59AM

    Good blog and thank you for commenting on my blog about my first 5K of the season. I know what you mean about the test of time, it doesn't matter how long or how successful we've been in the past, what matters is what we do today. And it can all come tumbling right back down if we start to consistently make bad decisions. We're in this for life! Be the tree. I like that analogy.

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CASEYSAUER 3/21/2013 11:04AM

    Hail to the Queen! What beautiful pictures and a great blog!

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SHERIO5 3/21/2013 10:55AM

    What a great blog!

I'm right with you, time to draw on the knowledge and strength we already have, add to it the support of community and we can do this!

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ANDY_54 3/20/2013 6:40PM

    What a magnificent tree! I love old trees like this--I always wish they could talk and impart some wisdom, lol. This losing weight is a scary task for sure, hope things get squared away--because you're worth it!

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Happy Birthday Dad!!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Just putting this out to the my dad would have been 69. He passed away almost 4 years ago from cancer. I miss him a lot and think of him often.

Today though I will not be sad, I will be thinking about the wonderful memories and feelings that he left me with. I will think about his big BIG GRIN and I will smile at that thought. I will remember his love for me and feel the strong bear hugs that he gave. I will hear him say "Hey, I love ya kid." (and I will shed a tear anyway)

Back to the grin, it went from ear to ear. emoticon Happy Birthday Dad! I love you!

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BOILHAM 3/14/2013 7:57PM

    That was nice. Happy Birthday to Dad!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/14/2013 12:57PM

    I'm sorry you lost your Dad at such a relatively young age. Treasure your memories.

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MJRVIC2000 3/14/2013 8:09AM

    Each day brings new challenges; sometimes old challenges. How we deal with them determines what kind of day we will have. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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ONMYMEDS 3/14/2013 8:04AM

    A sweet remembrance.

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