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50 ?s

Thursday, July 26, 2012

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My mom's aunt Evie

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
A week ago? My TOM

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I do. It's messy, and only I can read it :)

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Don't usually eat it, but ham, I guess.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
One girl & one boy! They're the best.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Definitely. Though not me from 4 years ago.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
quite a bit, though not as often as I used to

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Part of me has always wanted to - but the rest of me is scared of heights and practical (I do have 2 young kids afterall) - maybe when I'm 80

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Oatmeal w/ peanut butter

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Nope

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Yes. Physically and mentally. First time I've thought that in a long, long time.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Ben & Jerry's raspberry frozen greek yogurt or Mint chocolate chip

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Eyes

15. RED OR PINK?
Both

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Assuming that people are thinking bad things about me (though this happens a lot less often than it used to)

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My gram

18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
No idea who that is and too lazy to Google it.

19. ANY TATTOOS?
3 and I want at least one more (possibly 2) love them

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
no shoes

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
toast w/ peanut butter

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
30 Rock

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Macaroni & Cheese (it's an actual color)

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
lilac, freshly mowed grass, the air before a thunderstorm

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
doctor's office

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Since I live in the mountains, I'll go with beach house - it's hard to choose between my 2 favorite places

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
soccer

27. HAIR COLOR?
brown w/ a streak of white

28. EYE COLOR?
blue-grey

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
nope 20/20

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
sushi

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Both

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
A documentary on hydro fracking

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Purple

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
love both for different reasons

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Hugs

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
strawberry shortcake

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
ST

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Computer

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Re-reading Ender's Game

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
nothing it's all black

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
my kids laughing

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Rolling Stones

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
West Coast (Oregon, California)

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I write plays for middle school students

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
VT

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
VT

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
white

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
blue

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
why not?

  
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ALLYTHEATHLETE 7/28/2012 5:47PM

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LOVE peanut butter in my oatmeal!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/26/2012 10:26AM

    Very cool! I really want to read Ender's Game. It's on my (very long) list of books to read.

Thanks for sharing all that! :)

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CHANGINGSAM 7/26/2012 9:38AM

    Nice!

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A Really Good Run

Monday, July 23, 2012

I had almost forgotten what a really good run felt like. The last few runs I've done have been okay. Mostly enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. I haven't been able to run as often as I would like due to schedule issues and 4 nights in a row of boot camp, so I've been trying to do 10 miles on the weekends. I still have time before the HM, but I want to make sure my legs stay conditioned for that distance (or at least close to it).

On Saturday I decided to go a little shorter. I had a bunch of other stuff planned for the weekend and didn't have the time to commit to a longer run. I chose a shorter, 6-mile route that ended at my husband's school. It's one I've done a lot, and I like it because it incorporates trail & road running as well as some challenging hills.

I'm so glad I went short!

I felt great as soon as I started running. It's been 2 weeks since I ran at all (distance - I've been sprinting for an hour 2x/week). I felt strong, and I felt faster. It was great. The first half is on a trail and fairly flat. Then I got to the hills. I have to admit, I love running hills. It changes my form, and I feel like I have a lot more power. I flew up those hills, and before I knew it, I was in town. I had a mile left (and felt like I could have easily done another 6), so I decided to pick up the pace. I had plenty of energy left to finish my run, and I even added an extra 1/2 mile at the end.

Oh, and I knocked 10 minutes off my old 6-mile run time!!! I knew those sprints would pay off.

It was one of those runs that reminded me why I love it and why I keep doing it. I needed that. It motivated me to get in a couple short runs this week before I go on vacation. I might even try to fit in a long one on Friday. This past week was long and fairly stressful, but that run was the perfect way to end it.

  
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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/24/2012 9:04AM

    Wonderful! I love those runs where it all just falls perfectly into place and you're feeling good and strong and you're just flying down the trail or road. :) When I was super obese, I used to literally dream of running. I would dream that I was running so fast and so easily and it felt so freeing and wonderful and liberating...and then I'd wake up and remember that I couldn't run two steps and thought maybe I never would. So whenever I do happen to have one of these good runs like you're talking about, it always makes me think of those dreams - because now I'm actually living them! :) Congrats on a great run with a great time!!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 7/23/2012 8:57AM

    Awesome!!!

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TRI_BABE 7/23/2012 7:15AM

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/23/2012 7:09AM

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Then & Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Last night I spent an hour sprinting with the other boot camp ladies. Again I found myself thinking about the differences between my first boot camp and this one.

Then: I was shy, insecure, and afraid of making mistakes. I hid in the back row and didn't say much. I dreaded diagonal sprints because we had to go one at a time, and I was afraid of people judging me. I got passed by a lot of people, and I felt bad about going slow.

Now: Last night I purposely stood beside the youngest girl there. She's 19 and plays basketball for her school. She's a lot taller than me, and I knew she'd be faster. I stood next to her because I knew it would make me push that much harder. Every sprint I was behind her and focused on reducing the space between us.
We did diagonals, and I felt strong. My form felt really good, and another boot camper even commented on it. I didn't think about anyone else when it was my turn. I just gave it all I had. I passed a couple people, and I made sure to congratulate the women as I passed. Everyone worked really hard last night. Some of those women are amazing.

I feel like I rediscovered my ability to push hard last night. I had just finished my Zumba class, which is a good workout, and my legs were tired. I had already done a lot of exercise this week, and I was worried about being able to give it my all. I don't like to go half-effort when I work out. If I'm going to exercise (especially something like boot camp) then I am going to leave it all on the field (or in the gym).

I was worried, but I knew I couldn't think that way. I stopped thinking about the hour of hard exercise before me, and I took it sprint by sprint, moment by moment. Each sprint I would stare down the field, take a breath, and tell myself - it's just this quick sprint. 30 seconds and it's over. It totally worked. I kept up with my younger sprinting buddy (and also Keely). I felt my speed increasing, and my form was solid. I left the field knowing that I couldn't have given any more. I was exhausted, but in a pleasantly satisfied way.

  
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CARLANNIE 7/16/2012 12:33PM

    We all have so much more ability than we lead ourselves to believe. So good that you opened the door and just went for it! That's how I should live me life, too. emoticon

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OFFDREA 7/13/2012 3:23PM

    It is such an incredible feeling when you think to how much our bodies have changed and adapted to exercise. Congratulations!!

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KIMBERLANG 7/13/2012 1:17AM

    way to push yourself.congrats!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/12/2012 12:01PM

    You're unbelievable! How do you manage to fuel yourself and do all this hard exercise all the time and stay healthy? How many calories do you eat? I can't seem to figure out the right balance for my exercise/nutritional needs right now and I don't exercise nearly as hard as you.

Great job!!

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ROJAKHAN 7/12/2012 10:37AM

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ELIZABETHDS 7/12/2012 10:21AM

    Way to go! You should be so proud of your accomplishments.

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Boot Camp Revisited

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Yesterday was day one of Keely's 6-week boot camp. It started right after my Zumba class, so my legs were already a bit tired. Still, it was a great class. We started with plyometrics, which I always find challenging. It was awesome to realize how much easier they are now.

I met Keely at a boot camp two years ago, and the rest is exercise history. I had been exercising consistently for a year and had dropped about 60lbs. It was incredibly challenging, but I loved pushing myself. I also discovered that I could sprint and loved it. Last night, I kept remembering that boot camp and how good it made me feel about myself.

Boot camp was in no way easy. I worked hard, but I kept up with the exercises and felt strong throughout the workout. Plus, there wasn't a modified pushup in sight. When I first tried boot camp, I "couldn't" do a pushup on my toes. Now they're one of my favorite exercises, and we did a ton of them last night.

It's always good to try something new. Don't wait for the perfect moment. There isn't one. I joined the first boot camp on a whim, signing up for it before I had a chance to talk myself out of it. I was scared and insecure. I debated not going, but once I got there I was hooked. It's changed the direction of my life.

Today, I am the fittest I've ever been. I'm healthy. I'm confident. I have chosen a new path for my life that makes me happy. I love trying new things and facing fears. I have my bad days - everyone does - but the frequency of my bad days is a lot less than it used to be. I am enjoying my life, not just existing.

  
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SKYE_WOLF 7/10/2012 11:40AM

  this is great! You've definitely motivated me!

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JESSNSTONE 7/10/2012 11:02AM

    Wonderful!

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Zumba love

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Here's a blog about how Zumba changed my life. I'd copy it on here, but I'm too exhausted from my Zumba class emoticon

from262.blogspot.com/2012/07/zumba-z
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CARLANNIE 7/8/2012 11:43AM

    I commented over on your blog, but then thought you probably don't know me aside from my SP name - but great blog!

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CHANGINGSAM 7/6/2012 11:39AM

    I love Zumba!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 7/5/2012 9:57AM

    Zumba is such a fun time! And a great way to get a good sweat AND enjoy the workout.

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ELIZABETHDS 7/5/2012 12:49AM

    Zumba is surely one of the most amazing things in the world :)

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FITKAT62 7/4/2012 9:08PM

    I really enjoy Zumba too. It's such a great workout!

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