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You just keep going!

Monday, January 16, 2012

I was telling my Dad about my run on the trail the other morning...5.25 miles, 26 degrees. He said..."I don't know how you do that?"

Today I was thinking about this when I was out there...a little warmer, 29 degrees. My tracks in the snow are the only ones of the morning. Am I crazy? I don't know, but I'm loving it so I just keep going!!!

I was remembering when I was younger (grade school age)...my Dad and I would love it when it would snow. It meant spending hours playing in the snow on the 3-wheelers. We’d be out all night long in the cold and wet weather, but it was so much fun! When I’d start to feel cold my Dad would say, “You just have to keep going”. He was right…the more we’d keep playing and moving the warmer I’d feel and the longer I could enjoy it!

This definitely played a part in who I am today. The answer to my Dad’s question…”I don’t know how you do that?”

From the trail this morning…

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CBAILEYC 1/17/2012 9:54AM

    Love this emoticon I absolutely get this sense of you. Way to make that trail your very own!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 1/17/2012 9:48AM

    You've got that right... just keep going. I used that mental power this morning when I really didn't want to get up and workout. I did it and I'm so glad that I just kept going.

Amazing picture from your trail. I'm sure the scenery is one of the many things that keep you going.

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BLESSEDMAZARS 1/17/2012 9:08AM

    I really admire your "just keep going" attitude! It's what really brings things to completion! Of course, it helps I love our friendship. You've been missed, but I've been MIA for a little while, too. I'm not sure where all my time goes, but it seems to disappear before I get a chance to use it. LOL! (((HUGS))) to you on your morning run and warm smiles for the rest of the day! emoticon

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Thoughts from the trail...

Friday, November 18, 2011

After two days of pouring rain, I woke this morning to more rain! Only as the kids started eating breakfast the rain transitioned into a snow mix, and by the time we left for school it was more wet snow than rain. It wasn't cold enough for it to stick, but it sure was fun to see it coming down!

So here I am with my ipod strapped to my arm and running shoes on...windshield wipers running. I dropped my son off at school and am trying to think of every reason why I shouldn't just go home and crawl back into bed. But, my jeep drove me to the trail...my intended destination.

While I'm sitting in the empty parking lot, I'm thinking about how cold it is. Do I really want to do this? The rain hasn't stopped me before! I've been out in far worse than this! And this isn't even rain...it's white stuff! Before I know it, I have my ear bud in and out I go! No turning back now!!!

I think I must be crazy! But you know what? Once I got going, I was having so much fun and felt so free!!! The further I got the more empowered I felt! It was great to be out enjoying the weather...watching the hills around me turn white! It was fun dodging those puddles! I couldn't help but to feel proud of myself!!! Here I am, a 39 year old woman who never would have dreamed of doing this a couple years ago! Look at me go!!! I love this! I love the challenge of it and the accomplishment of it!

Sure...by the time I was done I was a drippy mess and couldn't wait to get home and in the shower. But once I was warmed back up I had a wonderful day and felt great for having gotten out to enjoy the outdoors despite the weather.

This is just a reminder to myself that there are always "excuses" as to why I don't want to, but no "reason" why I shouldn't! No matter how hard that bad angel on my shoulder tries to give me reasons not to do my exercise...I always win over once I get started and push forward with it!!! You know what...I like winning!!!

Wet day on the trail...where I run!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 11/21/2011 10:32AM

    Way to go! Great Job! It's the follow through that makes me so proud. That's when things really begin to change is when I follow through with my plan. So proud and so inspired by you!

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NICKI109 11/19/2011 9:39AM

    Congrats for getting out there and running! I am so proud and inspired by you. I think I would have driven home, but you got out there and got it done. FANTASTIC!! Now I have to get my butt downstairs and workout. Hugs!

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CBAILEYC 11/19/2011 9:32AM

    Gorgeous! Good for you for making it happen. Those are the kinds of runs that everyone should be lucky enough to experience.

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LYON77 11/19/2011 8:32AM

    That's awesome! Very proud of you!!! I had a similar experience on Tuesday when it was raining here in Pittsburgh and I forced myself to go out. By the middle of the run I was so proud of myself for being such a warrior!! lol!!! This week I also ran in 32 degrees and flurries and wind chills....I wont be stopped!!!!

Congratulations to you and I am so glad that you are getting your health and spirit and motivation back!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 11/18/2011 9:18PM

    emoticon I couldn't be prouder of you! I literally got tears in my eyes thinking of how blessed you are. Don't forget I'm your cheerleader in this and you just made my day. Not only did you push pass the "comfort zone" of the cold weather, but you described it perfectly in a blog. What an inspiration!!!!! You ROCK, girl!!! Way to do it!

Here's some sunshine for you! Enough rain already, right? :) emoticon


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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/18/2011 8:45PM

    YOU INSPIRE ME THANK YOU emoticon emoticon

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A New Challenge...

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I'm being presented with a challenge, and that challenge is patience.

Patience: The state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one's character can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.

The Problem: This is a tough one for me because having patience is something I've never been good at. Having patience makes me feel that I'm not the one in control. I've worked so hard at overcoming different mind games through this journey, and this is making it even more difficult for me to allow myself time to be patient.

The issue: I've gone from someone who thought she'd NEVER run, to someone who suddenly had a strange curiosity for it and NOW LOVES RUNNING!!! I love the everyday challenge that it gives me and the everyday accomplishments and self confidence that I feel from it. Well, I seem to have injured my knee. About two weeks ago I tweaked it when I was doing dumbbell lunges. At first it wasn't bad, but eventually it got worse making it impossible for me to completely finish my 4 mile runs. So, I decided (much to my dislike) a week and a half ago that I better give it a rest. Let me just say that this has been so hard for me and I've missed it so much. It's weird to have these feelings for an activity that I never thought I'd do, but I'm hooked and I crave it!

Today I was planning to "just walk" on the treadmill. Well...back to the problem of lack of patience. My knee doesn't hurt in general, so I figured how bad could it be? I decided to try running to see how it would feel. I took it slow...only going 5mph and figured I'd stop if it started to hurt in any way. I made it two miles before I felt any type of trouble! I immediately went to a walk which was completely fine. Then the fourth mile came and I figured I'd bump it back up to the slow run...NOPE!!! Shooting pain, not going to happen. And if that wasn't enough of a reminder, the "constant" pain in my knee has now returned.

Lessons learned: I truly LOVE running, and it felt so good to be doing that after a week and a half. It was too soon though...I have to listen to my body and be patient if I want to get back to running like I was doing before. I have to set my desire aside for the time being and just be patient...I need to let my knee heal, completely.

The Challenge:
I will learn to be more patient!
I will listen to my body and give it what it needs for my knee to heal!
I will stay positive!

I take on the challenge of Patience!!!

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OFFDREA 4/6/2011 5:56PM

    I know exactly what you are talking about!!! I pulled a hip muscle 3 weeks into my half training and I was PISSED. I tried running on it and it just made it worse. It sucks to take the time off but if you don't you will need even longer. Rest that knee!!!!

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    We really are too much a like! I TOLD you not to push it, but you know in truth, I would have done the SAME EXACT thing. emoticon

I really am hoping that this heals quickly for you. And you're back to running your little heart out. emoticon emoticon

Patience is a virtue....remember!

Love you bunches~Tambi

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Look how far you've come, baby!!!"

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

My run was such a struggle for me today. As a routine, I have to spend time each morning playing my mind game. The one where my mind tells me to just skip my workout...and where I say NO...I'm going to do that workout no matter what! I actually do a great job at winning this mind game and always feel better once I get into my workout.

Today...I was fighting the mind game the entire time. It was like in the cartoons when you have the good angel in white on one shoulder telling you that you're making the right decisions and doing great! And on the other shoulder you have the bad angel in black telling you that you're wasting your time, what are you working so hard for, just stop.
Why was I having such a hard time today? As I was working my way through my mind game and pushing myself to keep running, I gave this some serious thought and I came up with the conclusion that perhaps we're given these days to remind us how far we've come!

I still consider myself a beginner runner. I started running on the treadmill in September, but only for a minute at a time. I kept working on increasing those distances until I was up to 5 minutes, then 7 minutes, then 15 minutes...I kept working at it until I was up to 3 nonstop miles. At that point I took my run to the trail. That didn't start out so well as it was new to me, out of my comfort zone, and I could feel it much differently in my muscles. I kept working at it though and eventually I fell in love with running on the trail and was going 3.6 miles nonstop. I loved it so much that I'd be out there rain or shine and in all temperatures. Now I'm up to over 4 nonstop miles and absolutely love the challenge and accomplishment that I get from it every time!

What's important to point out is that I've never enjoyed running...in fact, I could safely say that I hated it. At one point my husband wanted a treadmill and I told him I'd never get on the thing. My first lesson learned here was that I should never say never because you don't know if you don't give it a try. One day I just suddenly had a curiosity for it and got on that treadmill. I now remind myself of this whenever I tell myself that I can't or don't want to do something.

So all of this is going through my mind today while I'm running. I really wanted to stop at a half mile, but I kept working the mind game and thinking about how far I've come...and I kept running. Before I knew it, I had finished my 4 miles!!!
Some things I learned today...
Quitting is easy, and so was gaining weight.
Never count myself out before I've tried something, because I'm capable of anything I set my mind to!
I'm in this for life and I can absolutely finish what I've started!

Also...by the end of my 4 miles, I had to tell myself..."Look how far you've come, baby"!

I think todays struggles gave me the opportunity to really think about that! I'm very proud of how far I've come and I know there's no limit to what I'm capable of!!!

We all get days were our workouts are more of a struggle than others. I hope my thoughts today help you get through your struggles with an appreciation for how far you've come! What have you been able to do that you didn't think you could? What progress and successes are you proud of?

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LJR4HEALTH 3/11/2011 11:31AM

    What an emoticon blog how inspirational as well emoticon 4 miles non stop run only in my dreams You have done a awesome job in learning to love to run maybe you can rub some of that love on to me I never liked to run either but I do try So true never say "NEVER" we just don't know what we actually will love


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LYON77 3/11/2011 6:18AM

    This is a wonderful blog!!! You already know how much you inspire me!!!! It is amazing what your body can accomplish when you keep pushing your body but also give it patience and time to grow and adapt. I am so proud of your running accomplishments and very happy and honored to get to be your friend! Thank you for encouraging us all!

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SMILESRME 3/10/2011 4:00PM

    I am going to add one more comment to your blog, so maybe you will get 3 pages of comments! Wouldn't that be grand!

Yep...I hear ya on the mind games. A mind is a terrible thing to waste! You have really shown perseverance in all things; I am in agreement with you regarding the running thing. I never thought I would enjoy running, but now I mostly do!

When I completed my two half marathons last year, it just blew me away. Our bodies ARE capable of more than we give it credit for. You are doing a beautiful job of celebrating that. I am spark-proud of you!

Yeah you!
Julia : )

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OFFDREA 3/10/2011 3:34PM

    This sounds just like my morning! I hit the snooze 3 times while arguing in my head that I have to do s/t after work and if I don't run now I won't do it later. Finally I got up and out, half a k in I wanted to stop sooooo bad. Instead I made myself run faster so it would be over sooner. Even with a puppy poop stop I beat my last 3k time.
These things we used to hate become habits that we love and it is awesome. Congratulations on all your success!!!!!

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SKINNYPANDA2015 3/10/2011 3:26PM

    That's awesome - good for you!!!

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STEPHANIE0982 3/10/2011 1:49PM

    great job!!

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JFIT4LIFE 3/10/2011 1:42PM

    Great blog!!!!!!!!

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ANNE7X7 3/10/2011 1:35PM

    What an AMAZING blog and fantastic non-scale victory!! I find that the realization that nothing can stop you is so much more important than the number on the scale or what size of pants you wear! You are a runner, and you are fabulous!! Way to go!! WOOHOO!!! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 3/10/2011 3:46AM

    You are so right. Just start of small and build upon it. I don't see myself running but maybe 3 - 6 months from now, you never know.

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CBAILEYC 3/9/2011 4:38PM

    You've been witness via my blogs to all the things I've been doing and learning lately and I appreciate each of your comments and constant support!
You're doing fabulous, and I know you'll continue on this successful path!
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LCHADBOURNE 3/9/2011 4:02PM

    Way to go! You should be so proud!

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MSPRIS3 3/9/2011 3:57PM

    Great Blog!

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MEGANBY2011 3/9/2011 3:50PM

    Great blog and not at all what I expected! I was never a runner. You made me want to give it a try!!! That is so cool going from nothing to 4 non stop. You Amaze!

I hate it when you talk yourself into outdoor exercise and then a little voice says, "Go Home!" I pass my house 5 times as I go up and down my hill. I hate it when I really, really want to go in after 1-3 times. How can that be, when I know how good it feels when I do the whole 45 min work out?

When I am out and and feel like being a quitter, I will think of my friend the winner! emoticon Megan

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NICKI109 3/9/2011 3:31PM

    Awesome blog. You HAVE come a long way, so keep up the great work. Thats great that you were able to push yourself through your run. Its so much more rewarding when you know how easily you could have quit. Congrats for making it thru.

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HERE2BTHIN 3/9/2011 3:07PM

  We all have that Cartoon conflict Good Vs Evil. It's Human Nature. emoticon on "39" Lbs Lost emoticon.You have come Far.

Have a Non Conflicted Week.


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    emoticon We are TOO much alike. I had that little "angel/devil" thing going on last night. But just like you, I finished three miles! I truly don't know why I play those games. It's not every time I run, but about once a while, it hits me. But I always finish it! Rrrr..frustrating.

AND I can so relate about the treadmill, though I'm still in the beginner's end, okay, maybe half way there.

Plus, I must say you are an INSPIRATION to me! I never thought I would want to run, but I started, and through listening to you and your comments about running (via our little chats), it helped me change my way of thinking about it. Now I actually look forward to it and am kind of bummed if there are occasions when I can't.

Thanks for being a great role model! You're the best!!!!

emoticon You've come a LONG way and can't wait to see where you go next!

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KLPEFFERS 3/9/2011 2:42PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!! So glad you posted this! Very motivational!!!


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JENJESS48 3/9/2011 2:27PM

    emoticon You have come a long way, baby! Be proud!

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How much is too much?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I love a bargain! And especially since I'm a full time housewife and mother, I get great joy in finding a good deal. I enjoy clipping coupons and seeing how much I can reduce my grocery totals. I hate having to throw away a coupon that has expired because it feels like I'm throwing away money...the really add up!

My favorite thing to find a bargain on is cereal. I never buy any cereal unless it's on sale for under $2, then I match up my coupons. Usually I can get a box of cereal for 98cents! WOW...that's a deal!!! The problem with this is finding cereal on sale that my family will eat. Sometimes I'll go shopping and won't get any cereal because none of our choices are on sale. While other times I'll go and hit the jackpot and will stock up! It's just kind of a hit or miss situation.

Lately I've been hitting the jackpot with all our favorites!!! In fact, I'm thinking that I have a cereal fetish. What do you think?

Yesterday I counted how many boxes of cereal I have stockpiled. Let's see, there's 6 in the kitchen cupboard and 24 in my bedroom closet. Oh my gosh...that's 30 boxes of cereal in my little house!!! I'd say, that in the event of a long period power outage, that we've got it covered. Or, should I decide to open a "cereal" store, I already have the inventory!

I don't know...do you think I have a cereal fetish? emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 2/22/2011 1:44PM

    I buy in bulk also when things are on sale and I have coupons to match. Cereal is so expensive. So 98 cents is great. You should keep an inventory of what uou have with expirations and then you can use accordingly. We have a rule in our house that only two boxes can be opened at a time. I have to see it going to waste.

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CBAILEYC 2/22/2011 1:28PM

    You're cracking me up here! I understand your reasoning, and the joy of a good coupon and bargain! I'm afraid, though, I'd have to tell you the same thing I've told my husband.

He is now no longer allowed to buy crackers. Why's that, you ask? Because we have two giant boxes of Saltines, one Costco sized box of Wheat Thins, numerous packages of obscure brand crackers, and several bags of odd snacks/chips stuffed into the cupboard. He's not allowed to buy any more crackers until what we have on hand has all been used LOL

At least you'll always be prepared!

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ACTIVEGRANDMAP 2/22/2011 12:24PM

    Hey, glad to know I'm not the only one with boxes of cereal is her bedroom closet! Pam

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LJR4HEALTH 2/22/2011 10:33AM

    Wow that's alot of cereal to have on hand but if nothing else you won't go hungry in a power outage emoticon I use coupons as well they really do help to reduce the grocery bill

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BLESSEDMAZARS 2/22/2011 8:34AM

    30 boxes, just 30. I probably have 50 or more, but then again, I do have 7 children. :) And oatmeal. They love that. I was able to stock on all the Special K cereals, Grape-Nut Flakes and Shredded Wheat a couple of weeks ago and yes, I used coupons. It came to about $1.25 a box. Around here, that's good. I have the same rule of thumb, I normally don't spend more than $2 a box.

As you probably know, that's not all I stock up on.... :)

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LYON77 2/22/2011 8:34AM

    This blog reminds me of this TV show I saw on Sunday. Its about extreme coupon people. I watched this lady and her husband go to the grocery store and and buy $2,000 worth of food and only pay $56!!! She had 9 carts filled and they needed 2 cars to take all of the food home. She bought 30 boxes of pasta, 200 candy bars, 30 microwave meals, etc. It was so insane. Another guy bought $5,000 worth of food and paid $200. He converted his 2 car garage into a a small store. He has enough deoderant to last him and his wife 140 years. My only problem with all of this is that eventually food expires. Cereal is so expensive but I love it. I usually eat it for breakfast. I have about 4 boxes at any given time. I know I pay way too much for groceries, so no judgement here! I think you are probably being smart!

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HIPPIECHIC68 2/22/2011 8:19AM

    I stock up on everything I can when it is on sale. I live in the mountains and you never know in winter how long you could possibly be snowed in. We have a plow but you never know...

Besides, it depends on how fast your family eats the cereal. Mine goes through about 1-2 boxes a week. I don't eat it but the other 3 have it for an evening snack almost daily. Well, maybe a bit less now since my daughter gave up milk.

Anyway...have a super cereally kind of day! emoticon

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JBINAUSTIN 2/22/2011 2:30AM

    Uh, it might be time to quit clipping cereal coupons... Or, you could send them to me emoticon

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DIANE7786 2/22/2011 1:36AM

    The thing I don't like about buying extras is the expiration dates on food. The cereal in my pantry expires next December. We couldn't eat 30 boxes in that time period.

My girlfriend is in a coupon club. Her basement looks like a grocery store. She has garage sales twice a year. Everything she buys is less than 50 cents and she sells them for $1. It's a deal for the buyers and she makes a nice profit.

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