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Biking with Berks Sparkers Team!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

We did it! We got ourselves out there in between the storms and we rode our bikes together! Way to go Team! The Schuylkill River Trail at Hamburg is a beautiful rail-trail and it was a wonderful way to get together with some other Spark People and exercise. We rode 12 miles together and had lot's of good conversation!

The weather was warm and humid but when you are wonderfully distracted by good company it doesn't feel so awful. Looking forward to doing more with the Team in the future. We got ideas....biking, kayaking, hiking, etc. All are welcomed to join us in the fun!


In addition to the team members we also were fortunate to have Will along, Casey's hubby.

I really do appreciate you all taking the time and making the effort to not only do something good for yourself but to physically extend your support to your fellow Sparkers! That is what a team is all about.

See you again soon!

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BOILHAM 6/27/2013 4:11PM

    Go Team!

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CASEYSAUER 6/26/2013 4:10PM

    Great pictures! Thanks for posting them. I had a GREAT time! I ended up burning over 1000 calories yesterday! emoticon

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DSCROW 6/26/2013 1:54PM

    Wow, way to go!

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/26/2013 12:22PM

    How cool is that!

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/26/2013 10:16AM

    I LOVE meeting fellow sparkers! They are the most wonderful people in the world!

Sounds like you had a good time. Stay dry

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BIGPAWSUP 6/26/2013 9:09AM

    Awesome!!! I hope you can keep doing things like this together. emoticon

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MAVERICKDR 6/26/2013 6:23AM

    Dedication. With the temperature, humidity and threat of thunder and lightning, most people would have skipped it. Most people did, including me, but not for any of those reasons. I hope to make it sometime soon. Keep up the good work.

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    I really enjoyed the folks who we rode with and we found out we had a lot of common links as well. There are a lot of common links! I would like to see us continue this physical side of the Berks group by attracting more folks to join in too. We are at various levels of following the whole model here on SparkPeople. We take what we want and do what we can.

Thanks CH for posting the photos. I will attempt to post a mid ride photo of the five of us too.

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First Half-Marathon Training - 11 weeks to go

Monday, June 24, 2013

I am officially registered for my first Half! Woohoo! Harrisburg Half-Marathon Sept. 8, 2013.

As some of you know I have been struggling with my Asthma for the past 6 months and have not been able to run as I would like. I realize that registering for a Half at this point may seem silly but I really really wanted to do this before I turn the BIG 50, which is in December.

I know that I could hike or walk the hell out of 13.1 miles. I am determined to do this so no point in trying to talk me out of it. (Others have tried) I know that sometimes I just have to quit the thinking and worrying about it and just freakin go for it! I am doing that, "Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go."

I am under a doctor's care for the Asthma and I hope that the flare-up will be under control very soon. In the meantime, I will do what I can as best as I can. I will train for the half and with a combination of determination, self-awareness, self-preservation, doctor's care, interval training, balanced diet, necessary rest and sleep, etc. I will cross that line.

Most of all I know that I will have the support of many of you in the Spark Community. I don't expect to shatter any records, I just expect for me to do the best that I can with what I have been given and "Never Give Up!".

That being said, I hope to make weekly progress reports here for my own accountability and record. I will be open to any and all suggestions as I make my way to Harrisburg.

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    You can do it! Keep being smart! One injury can set you back, and knock you off course in your long term fitness striving. So be smart, and stay on track: and you will do it!

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MARGARITTM 6/25/2013 3:58PM

    So exciting - keep us posted on your progress!

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BARCONIUS 6/25/2013 9:57AM

    Unless the doc grounds you, go for it! I wouldn't. I don't run anywhere unless I'm being chased, and that hasn't happened for a long time. You should definitely chase your bliss, though.

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CASEYSAUER 6/25/2013 9:39AM

    emoticon emoticon DH will be riding with us tonight. He is a world-class athlete specializing in run-bike-run. He has done many 1/2 and full marathons. You may want to "pick his brain" tonight on the ride for any suggestions that might assist you in your goal!

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MONGO2TEN 6/25/2013 6:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I did a half last October, hope to do another one this year!


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BIGPAWSUP 6/24/2013 7:07PM

    Absolutely wonderful! I'm so happy for you. I know you can do this.

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Seriously, you are acting like a jerk!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Okay, I started attending classes that are on the 6th floor of an old building. The elevator is one that has an elevator man because it has the gate and the door. Personally, I try not to use elevators because I like the exercise of the stairs.

The Elevator Man is constantly giving me crap because I walk up six flights of stairs instead of use the elevator. "Are you afraid of elevators?" "I know it might be scary to be in an elevator with a strange man, but I won't bite."

I try to explain that I am doing this for my health. I like the exercise and it burns extra calories. Not good enough for him. We really are on two different sides of the fence. I tell him "He won't lose his job because of one person using the stairs."

This afternoon he really almost broke me. "Oh here comes the one who is afraid of elevators." I just said "Whatever" and kept walking. The last time down for the day I said "Have a nice weekend."

But what I wanted to say was "Why are you such a jerk? Leave me alone to climb all the stairs that I want! It is good for me."

I can't let this guy get to me but he does annoy me.

What would you do?

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SNOWSNAKE 7/3/2013 11:21PM

    Im sorry...Ive read both of your blogs about this guy- and I find him scary! I had a stalker who was in the beginning just a "nice friendly people person" too.... it was a 5 year nightmare. Trust your gut- not everyone you meet has good intentions, I find his comments to you way too familiar. He doesn't sound right to me. ***SNOW***
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    I think that he is truly offended that I don't take it with him. Today I missed him 3 out of 4 times in passing the elevator and I jut said "Hello" and hurried on my merry little way.
Really the stairs are great exercise but they are not air-conditioned and carrying all my stuff adds to the exertion. It is not an easy way to go. Nobody said fitness was easy though, did they?

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BARCONIUS 6/24/2013 11:11AM

    Own it. "Yep, that's me", smile and keep on moving. If he means it for fun, he'll appreciate it. If he's being nasty it'll be irritating, which can be just as much fun.

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CASEYSAUER 6/23/2013 1:43PM

    Smile, laugh, breathe, and carry on! You only have control over your own actions!

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DARLY55 6/22/2013 9:42PM

    Smile and greet, - be nice! He'll come around.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/22/2013 9:29PM

    Kill him with kindness!

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/22/2013 1:10PM

    You said the right thing : )

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/22/2013 12:18AM

    "Have a nice weekend." That was the best thing to say!

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DIANE7786 6/21/2013 11:28PM

    It's nice to have short chats with relative strangers that we see a lot. That means sharing only the information that makes us comfortable. The elevator man was likely hired because he's a people person. Many people think teasing is acceptable and expect to be teased. I don't like teasing. . My solution would be to sweetly remind him that you have told him you prefer the stairs. Then make a short comment about the weather, local news, events, sports, etc. Don't justify yourself with explanations of health, exercise or your comfort level in elevators that are not his business. If that's not a good option, put in ear buds, smile and wave hello while walking toward the stairs.

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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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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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