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Summer travels begin, I will carry you with me!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I will be in and out of here for a couple of weeks. Mostly out! Woohoo! I will not have access to the Internet too much if at all. But I want to say that I will take all of the inspiration of Spark with me. I promise to think of you everyday and make the right choices. I can't guarantee perfection but I am going to try not to gain any weight except in a souvenir maybe. (If it is worth the weight)

I promise to exercise everyday while I am away. (Hope my asthma will be kind, maybe a change of scenery will help) I promise to drink my water as I should and eat my fruits and veggies so there is less room for other stuff.

I figure since I have this on the carpet, I will have to follow through. I have been having a rough time of it lately and need to focus on what is in my control. I need to look at the blessings that I have been given and be very grateful for them. I guess basically I need to be more mindful in every way, come back to NOW. Stay in the present. It really isn't such a bad place to be.

Hugs to you all! Keep Sparking!
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MJ7DM33 6/5/2013 9:15PM


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DESERTJULZ 6/5/2013 8:08PM

    Have a great trip. I hope you enjoy yourself and keep those exercise promises. :D

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NELLJONES 6/5/2013 10:19AM

    I can't imagine going somewhere without internet anymore. Enjoy your unconnected time.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/5/2013 10:16AM

    You will be missed and look forward to any periodic check in's you can do.

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SUNSHINE99999 6/5/2013 9:55AM

  Enjoy your time. emoticon

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COOP9002 6/5/2013 9:53AM

    Hope your next several days go better than expected. Enjoy the time away.

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Relay for Life and Asthma - My last run....???

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I ran a Relay for Life Race about two weeks ago and my asthma once again has been kicking my butt ever since. I had debated long and hard about whether I should run the race or not but I really wanted to do it in memory of my father. I am kind of stubborn.

I even made a bib for my back in his honor, I miss him.

In spite of my prescribed preventive measures, I did have some minor breathing issues and had to do some walking which I was not happy about. But it was more important for me to just participate in the race then run the whole race.

I managed to make it through and definitely needed to get my breathing under control once finished. But I can smile knowing that I did it.

Unfortunately, I am still having problems and have not been able to run since and can barely even put the effort in to walk at a good clip. This really sucks. I am working with my doctor to get the breathing under control but I am really concerned that I will have to give up the running.

This is really tough for me to take and I have been very depressed about it. I NEED my exercise! I WANTED to run a Half this year! I knew that at some point I would have to deal with some limitations as I get older but I AM NOT READY for it yet.

I desperately hope that this flare-up passes and I can get back to normal, but as bad as it has been the past couple months, I have my doubts. Somehow I must learn to deal with it and do what I can with what I have. I cannot let this be the end of my fitness and balloon back up to 207lbs or more. I will find other ways to stay in shape. I do walk, hike, bike, etc. but I have really come to love running over the past three years. It has been very challenging and rewarding for me. I do not think that I can get the same satisfaction and rewards from anything else.

I am signed up for a race this Saturday but I believe that I will have to "walk it" with the rest of the family. Funny, it will be the first time anyone else has joined a race with me and I have to walk. They are walkers though, not runners. It will still be great to be with them.

BTW - I finished The Relay 3rd in my age group at a depressing time of 31:48. (Did I say that I hate Asthma?)

I forgot to add that I completed my 26.2 for Boston during this race also, so another win!

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GINIEMIE 6/19/2013 10:08PM

    I sympathize with your struggles with Asthma. I hate it too, but mine is not related to exercise it is allergy induced by perfumes, perfumed products -any chemically bonded perfume product. My first episode was caused by one of those air freshener trees that you can hang in the car-well I can't-not if I want to breathe.
Cleaning house, buying shampoo, deodorants... all of those can be treacherous. I'm with you I hate ASTHMA.
I admire you for doing the race and the time doesn't matter, it matters that you did it to honor your father.
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BARCONIUS 5/31/2013 2:23PM

    Sorry to hear about the asthma. My daughter number 2 suffers, and it's sometimes painful just to listen to her breathe. I'm confident that you'll find a way to stay fit, if the breathing can't be resolved. You've done well. I believe you'll continue to do well. emoticon

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CASEYSAUER 5/31/2013 8:18AM

    Congrats! That is fantastic!

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HAKAPES 5/30/2013 4:59PM

    Sounds you are persistent, and will find something else.
What type of exercise are good for your condition?
What other types of activity do you like?
Maybe there is something that supports you, and you also like.
But I understand, running feels so good.

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OWL_20 5/30/2013 4:01PM

    So sorry to hear about your asthma kicking up, I don't have it but have taken care of many patients with it and I understand how hard it can be. Take heart in that not only did you get to the race, you finished it! And even walking is no easy thing with asthma. Hope you and your doctor can work together and you can get some sort of exercising program that'll be of use. Take care!

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JOELEVENACIOUS 5/30/2013 12:06PM

    You will find a way! I used to be an avid runner. used to run the climb to the pagoda with a friend regularly. My hips became arthritic, due to weight gain and my last 10K was 1986 Grings Mill run ( I have the shirt). I did little in the 80's and gained weight. I switched go biking and now to walking, kayaking etc. You will find a way because it is important enough to you to have gotten where you are.

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BIGPAWSUP 5/30/2013 11:17AM

    Congrats on the run. Hey, you did it and that should make you happy. Enjoy your walk this weekend. I'm going to keep my fingers cross that the doctors can find something that will help you.

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Spring into Action!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I had an amazing day on Wednesday as far as exercise is concerned. I may actually believe that the nice weather is here to stay. I have photos to show the beauty and promise of my Spring day.

To start with I ran part of my 26.2 miles for Boston. I did great and actually went farther then I have in months since my asthma has kicked my butt all winter. I ran 5.75 miles! Yes! (Run for Boston - 15.29 run/10.91 to go!) Because I can.

There were so many wonderful signs of Spring along my way today that it is hard to believe that all the pain in the world exists. I have to say for me, April holds some very painful memories throughout my life. Life has really thrown some crap at me in April's over the past. But I have to say that I did not wallow in that crap for long. I felt the despair, sadness, helplessness and anger each time as I grew into acceptance. It can be downright tough to move through. I guess my point is that as I was running today I realized that just as my life has had it's bad times, it always cycles around and beautiful life along with happiness returns. Spring is a time of renewal in more then one way.

So after my wonderful run I wanted more. I decided to go for a bike ride since it was warmish. I rode 11.4 miles and it was also a beautiful ride. It was a tough ride and the rolling hills had me working to get up them but oh the cruising downhill on the other side! Life is good!

So this girl is Springing into action and trying to keep the positive momentum going. Even if it is an uphill climb I know from my own past that I can make that climb and I can get to the other side. (Wow, I only wish that I could be this positive everyday.)

Relishing in today, doing what I can because I can.

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CASEYSAUER 4/27/2013 11:22AM

    WOW! Thanks for sharing the pictures! I need to post the pictures of my front bank to share the beauty of my tulips!

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KAPELAKIN 4/25/2013 11:23PM

    Great post, keep looking up!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/25/2013 9:48AM

    Awesome photos! Terrific run and a bike ride! Woo Hoo - Celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU!!

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AKATHLEEN54 4/25/2013 8:55AM

    Beautiful photos..... thanks for sharing. That is a wonderful gesture to run in honor of Boston. It's a great motivator and a great way to celebrate life!! emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/25/2013 8:43AM

    Life IS good! Love the pictures! Keep up the positive attitude! It makes life more enjoyable!

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MARTYJOE 4/25/2013 8:11AM

    I think that spring has arrived

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Tears from Heaven

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I joined the "Run 26.2 for Boston" on Facebook.

I have to say that I am not one to jump on every band wagon that comes along, that stuff drives me crazy. However, as a runner and human being that was deeply saddened by what happened on Monday, I felt obligated. Because I still can.

I went out to run the first miles of my 26.2 miles for Boston this morning and it is a cloudy dreary day. I guess that fits the mood. I began thinking about what happened and how many people's lives are now drastically altered because of this senseless act. We will never understand what makes some people do such horrific things to other human beings.

Someone asked me if I still want to run a half-marathon. My response is that I am more determined now then ever to run a half this year. I hate when it takes such negative occurrences to bring people together, it shouldn't be this way. But I guess that is part of human nature and at least we can come together.

Anyway, as I started my run it began to drizzle and I thought of "Tears from Heaven".
Heaven weeps above the Earth......

What are we doing to ourselves?

I beg you, Please go out today and do something positive to make a difference and counter act this terrible act of violence. Even if the best you can do is smile at a stranger, do it today.

Sincerely with emoticon to you all.

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CASEYSAUER 5/1/2013 7:10AM


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LINDAKAY228 4/19/2013 10:57AM

    I will not stop running, although I don't run much and 5k is my longest distance. I also hike and walk a lot and did a 15.1 mile memorial march a month ago and have walked a few halfs in the past. I love runners and being in events and nothing is going to stop me like this even if I can't run a full or half marathon. I will do my little running and my long walking and be proud of the running community for how they've pulled together. Way to go!

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ANDY_54 4/19/2013 8:02AM

    Love this post and thanks. Have already run 3 miles as well. It will be slow, but like Bigpawsup, I will get it done before the end of the month. Take care!

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BARCONIUS 4/18/2013 2:38PM

    Well said. Bless you.

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PAMNANGEL 4/18/2013 11:53AM

    I completely agree with BIGPAWSUP! Can't let people like that stop us from living our lives! Keep on running, walking & more!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 4/18/2013 11:40AM

    It is hard to wrap my mind around the bombings. Way to stay focused and show solidarity!

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HANSBRINK 4/18/2013 11:35AM

  I'm just smiling and saying hello to people I see during my morning walk. Locally, they are having a candlelight service and commemorative race tonight.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/18/2013 11:05AM

    No Fear! That's how I'm looking at it. I did a run the night after and I will do the 26.2 before the end of the month. I will not stop running, I will not stop participating, and I will not live in fear.

Then the idiot with the bomb wins.

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GERARLAUR 4/18/2013 10:55AM

    Go it and I agree.

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That's not a killer, it's a builder.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Just quickly want to share part of a conversation between my son and I as we were wogging this afternoon. Our most convenient exercise route from home is a long uphill climb from our house to the nearest town. I was admiring the way the road sort of curves and ripples its steep way uphill to town. I think it really is a pretty route but it is a killer of a steep hill. I said that out loud and my son's response was "It's not a killer. It's a builder." I said "Wow, I like that. Can I use it?"
I just love the twist that it gives on the route. I am building strength, endurance, stamina and self-esteem every time that I conquer that hill!
It's all a matter of how you look at it and what words you use to make it work for you!

Go find your hill and conquer it. It's not a killer, it's a builder!

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MJ7DM33 4/10/2013 9:36PM

  What a great perspective! Thx

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KAPELAKIN 4/10/2013 8:39PM

    Love it! Smart kid you've got there! emoticon

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BERGBA7 4/10/2013 7:31PM

    wow great words out of your son's mouth!

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NILLEY76 4/10/2013 7:27PM

  I believe hard workouts are made easier (at least on the mind) when you are surrounded by beauty.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/10/2013 7:19PM

    Very cool!

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