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What goes up, must come down...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I've been having a good week, feeling really happy with all I've accomplished: I'm almost down 14-pounds, I ran my fastest time in a 5k ever last weekend, I ran my longest training run ever Thursday, I caught up all the laundry, and I finished a majority of my planning for the semester. In addition, my daughter was awarded all A's and the highest average in writing for her grade, and my son brought his grades up to A's and B's. Things are going well!

So why is it I let little things get to me? My ex husband is supposed to be getting me the title for my car, but I haven't seen it, and it's about time for the tag to be due, and he claims to not have the papers, and I've already had issues because of the tag before, so I'm freaking out. I know it's not a huge thing, and I shouldn't let it mess up my positive vibe, especially when so many other people are dealing with such larger issues. I'm so blessed, but sometimes, I miss the forest for the trees.
Today, we went to World of Coke and ate dinner in Atlanta. It was a lovely day, for the most part, but I did that stupid thing where I looked around and thought everyone else was dressed better than me, was skinnier than me, just looked better than me. I feel so freaking frumpy lately and don't know how to get out of that hump. My muffin top is going away, but my thighs are still huge, making all my pants too big in the waist but tight on my legs. And when I tell people how much I run, I always slide an, "I know I don't look like it," disclaimer in there. Oh, and somehow I've developed two dark spots on my upper lip that make it look like I have a mustache that is permanently there.

I've got to stop beating myself up. I mean, I ran 25 miles this week. And I've lost almost 14 pounds. I don't know what to do to get over this hump, but I got to do something.

Sorry to sound whiny and narcissistic, but I just got to get this out of me. Thanks, Spark friends for being there with a shoulder to lean on.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 5/23/2012 8:39AM

    Wow 25 miles in one week. You're doing good! I have the same problem of thighs not in same pant size as waist. It will get better!

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    It's ok and you have done well. You deserve a pat on the back and I hope the ex gets you that paperwork sooner than later.
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The Good, the Bad, and the Terrible.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

So, apparently, Thursday is my blogging day. :-)

Something rather interesting is going on in my life. I'm going to be working on two 5Ks over the next few months. By working on, I mean helping to organize and plan, not working on running.

They are both small events - one for my kiddo's former elementary school and one for my daughter's cheer squad, but it's still super cool to me to be helping with the planning and organizing of these events I love.... Already thinking about all the things we need to do: get it on Active, come up with some cool theme, get the local gym/running clubs involved. This is going to be super fun!

In other news, I'm still running with my son. Last night, he was a little unmotivated. The C25K program is at the point where it's like, "Run 25 minutes," but we've been breaking it up for him to 12.5 run, 3 min walk, 12.5 run. It's still hard for him, but he's making it through. We leave for Disney in a week. Hope he's ready!

This past weekend, I got my first win in my division of a race. There were only 35 people or so, but it was still kinda cool because not only was I the first wan in my division, I was the first female adult. Two young girls, one 12, one 15, beat me, but hey, none of the other women did. Chris, my fiance, also won his division, his first win ever. My time stunk (28:56 when I'm trying to get under 26!), but there were still many positives, so I'm not going to complain.

One last thing for this blog, the brother of a boy my kiddos have known since kindergarten got diagnosed with stage 2 lymphoma this week. It's been hard seeing the pictures his mom has been posting and knowing there but for the grace of God go I. Really, this has brought into perspective just how blessed I am to have two happy, healthy kids. Everyday, I pray that this little boy has his health restored and that his poor mother is given the strength to get through this. Please keep them in your thoughts or prayers, as well. I know that there is not much I can do, but this simple request is my way of asking for help for them.

Thank you, Spark friends. You encourage and motivate me to be a better, stronger person. I hope you all have a great day! :-)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/26/2012 7:13AM

    I suspect your son may be worried about his friend more than he is the race!!! emoticon


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So what now?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I've kind of hit a stumbling block in my career path and don't know what to do now. I worked very hard on my masters degree, got mainly straight A's, and was set to graduate until I got stuck on my thesis. After a year and a half of trying, I've given up on it.

It's taken me a while to accept this, but some things are not meant to be, and this is one of them. I'm not looking for encouragement to keep pushing forward, but rather I'm looking for ways to keep growing and figure out what I really want to do with my life.

I know I want to help people. I do that now, working with students trying to obtain their GEDs, but I mean something different. Or maybe that's a part of it. I'd love to be a life coach or a wellness coach or something like that, but I'm not even sure there are jobs out there for that.

I love to travel, to write, to read. I have a bachelors in communication. I'm only working part-time right now, so I have time to study for something else, to learn a new skill.

What I know is this roadblock isn't going to stop me, I just have to figure out where I go from here. Any thoughts, prayers, or other comments would be much appreciated! It helps so much just knowing my SparkFriends are put there!

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EXERTIGER 4/23/2012 1:04PM

    I didn't even start on a masters because I don't want to write a thesis. I'd like to do something in literacy. My degree is in linguistics. Maybe I could teach people to read and you could teach them everything else and together we could save the world.
Give it some time. You'll be inspired soon.

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ONENEL 4/21/2012 10:03AM

    I agree- look for volunteer opportunities to "test" different things. Sounds like there are lots of things you enjoy- so I am sure that you will find something. You enjoy writing, reading, helping others. Wherever you are- what about writing newsletters, articles to help others?

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 4/20/2012 8:47AM

    Sorry to hear you hit a roadblock. I'm sure you will figure out a new path soon.

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JEN146 4/19/2012 8:26PM

    You'll find something that fits and it will probably hit you out of the blue. Maybe try volunteering or just looking for different opportunities that would expose you to some new things. In the meantime I'll keep you in my prayers.

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MLNEZAT 4/19/2012 6:34PM

    You sound like a learner! Someone who loves to learn even if it is not necessarily applicable to anything. You will be amazed that one day an opportunity will come along that will tie all those seemingly loose strings together in a gorgeous bow and you will say to yourself..."Wow! It's like everything has led up to prepare me for this!" Praying that opportunity comes soon, but until then...praying for peace for you!

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PEPPYPATTI 4/19/2012 5:41PM

    My prayers are with you that the right career will come to you. Life coaching is a great idea! I know I could use one-lol!

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My son's PR

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I'm so proud of my son! He finally got his PR under 40 minutes for his 5k. It was a great moment watching him cross the finish line at 38 minutes. I got a new PR, too, by a few seconds, missing getting into the 26 minute zone by 15 seconds, the time it took me to stop and tie my shoe around mile 2.5. But none of that mattered because I was grinning ear-to-ear when my son met his goal!

My whole family ran today, and I'm proud of them all. The fiancÚ is determined to beat me and knocked three minutes off his previously best time. I'm proud of him, but, dang, I don't want him to catch me. My daughter, aka Miss I Don't Have to Train Because I'm that Good, also ran. While she was still a full 6 minutes ahead of her brother, she's decided to train because she doesn't want him to beat her. :-) Yay for me because it gets her exercising!

We all got so revved up about running, we looked up pics of the 5k we're running at Disney in less than a month. None of can wait; I'm not even sure if I'm going to be able to keep the surprises I have planned for the kids a secret for the next two weeks. Just two weeks.

So, all in all, a good day exercise wise. We have another 5k next week although my daughter isn't running because she has cheer tryouts. I think I've convinced my mom to come out and watch, to cheer my son on. I'm hoping for another great weekend then as well. That's all for now, but I'll keep you posted. Thanks for cheering me on. And best of luck on your Spark plan!

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ANNESYLVIA 4/16/2012 7:46PM

    The family who runs together has fun together! Wonderful how all are involved!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 4/16/2012 4:38PM

    How great is that having the whole family run. Way to go!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 4/15/2012 12:38AM

    CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family! Good luck in the rest of your races!


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Keep on keeping on

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wow! I did not realize how long it has been since I posted on here. So much has happened, namely I got engaged!!!! I am marrying my best friend, and great news- he is a Sparker, too! Together, we've been eating healthy and running and doing all kinds of good things. As a matter of fact, we got engaged after a half marathon in Nashville. It was cold and snowy, but it was still amazing and beautiful, and he's the best guy ever.

Why I came to write this tonight was because I wanted to share news about my son. He's started running with me; he's into week 5 of C25k and doing awesome! His training plan has him finishing just before his first runDisney race, Expedition Everest Challenge. It's been great seeing him grow and being able to share my love of running with him.

However, it's taking a little bit of a toll on me. I've been running my own training plan in the morning- oh, did I mention I'm doing my first marathon in January?- and his plan in the evenings. It's not ideal and not the best choice for my knees/feet/shins, but I'm doing it for my son and there are only three more weeks, so I'm going to ease up on my training to help him out. :-/ Cross your fingers for me; I've been getting so much faster; my new 5K PR is 27:20, which I won a race with. This week I'm running another, so hopefully I'll maintain my speed.

Overall, life is good. It's not perfect. I've had some struggles. I've had to change my plans for my masters. I still haven't lost all the weight I gained, though the scale is going down. But I'm truly happy and that's the best part of all.

Okay, well, I hope all my Spark friends are doing well! Drop me a line (or a goodie;-) and I promise to return the favor! Have a great day/night/morning!

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DNS9264 4/14/2012 11:43PM

    Thank you all! :-) I'm so happy... and healthier! Good luck on your journeys as well!

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OCEAN_BOBBER 4/13/2012 4:21PM

    Congatulations on the engagement! I think it's wonderful that you are both on Spark. My husband joined Spark to support me (he is already very athletic) and I cannot tell you what a difference it makes! Best wishes for you both!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 4/12/2012 8:48AM

    Congratulations! I'm going to try to get my boys running with me after my half marathon is done (at the end of this month).

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STRIVERONE 4/11/2012 10:18PM


You and your husband will be on the same page health-wise, and that will be a real goal reaching advantage for both of you. -And with your son involved with your running, you can't miss.

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