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~!~ B2W Mission 8 - 3/14-3/17 ~!~

Monday, March 14, 2011

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Step 1. This weekend? I ran 10.5 miles, and laid low the rest of the weekend. NO ST.

Step 2. How are your injuries, if you have any- are they healing? I have some sore muscles that need more stretching, and they have been getting it :o}

Step 3. Keep your eyes on the prize.

What's motivating you today? Feeling the sweat and power this morning at the gym.

This week? Meeting up with some FABULOUS Sparkfriends and enjoying their company. And the dress I'm wearing with the heeled boots.

This month? 1 month closer to summertime, which to me is going to = swimsuits, tanktops, shorts, skirts, and summer dresses. No sleeves, no pants, maximum skin exposure!!!

Step 4. Obstacles.

What's in your way? My head.
How do you get around it? Tuning it out with a good run.
Are you the biggest thing standing in your way? Yes. Yes, I am.

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~!~ B2W Mission 8 - 3/14-3/17 ~!~

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Pick one of the following that you have not dedicated a week to since starting the Balls @ the Wall Challenge:


Once you pick one, google/spark/bing a new workout for this section of your body and do it at least once between now and bedtime thursday night. Don't lose this workout, cause you will be asked to do it again on the upcoming weekend mission 9.

Pick your third favorite cardio exercise EVER and dedicate an hour to it this week. For example, if running is your all time favorite, and jump roping is your second all time favorite, but if you can't do either of those so you do jumping jacks... well then- you're going to be doing aLOT of jumping jacks.

** My third favorite cardio exercise ever is the elliptical machine. It used to be my favorite until running and spinning got in the way ;o} I will do an hour of elliptical tomorrow instead of running (which is perfect given the need to rest my hip flexor)

Renew Your Vows. Make a public statement addressing what you want, what you can do about it, and what ISN'T going to stop you. At least this week.

I want to look banging in a swimsuit this summer. I have spent the last TWO summers losing weight and toning up to accomplish this. I am ALMOST there! I am THISCLOSE, and I will not let myself stop me.

What can I do about it? I can:

emoticon have hottie Nick train me until I get where I want to be
emoticon get up every weekday morning at 5 a.m. and hit the gym a minimum of 1 hour
emoticon eat healthier more consistently
emoticon be proud of myself for my accomplishments and remind myself that I deserve to look how I feel.
emoticon drink water more
emoticon take the dog on more walks
emoticon do a plank a day, longer each time
emoticon do sit-ups with every opportunity and work on number
emoticon ditto with pushups!!!
emoticon work on less stress

What isn't going to stop me?
emoticon Negative self-talk
emoticon Fast food/junk food
emoticon Binging/emotional eating
emoticon Not getting up in the morning
emoticon Stress
emoticon Laziness
emoticon Excuses
emoticon Lack of confidence
emoticon Feelings of self-doubt/not deserving crap
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Tell me what you did this last weekend if you have anything good to report.

I shoveled a lot of snow, I ran 10.5 miles, I ate great! I got a lot of sleep. I played a lot with my daughter.

As always, feel free to post pictures proving that you did what you said you did.

DONE, and in my previous blog about my run including my sweaty face ;o}


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THEMRSH 3/15/2011 8:20AM


Such an awesome blog. You are full of spunk and motivation and it's contagious!! Keep at girl, that swimsuit is waiting for you. emoticon

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THEHONESTME 3/14/2011 9:15PM

    I don't know how you do it all, Erin! You're a machine!! Go get 'em!!!!

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YOOVIE 3/14/2011 3:24PM

    HOLY CRAP! You are AWESOME!!!!

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My 10.5-mile run

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Okay, I decided to modify the run to have the start point be my house. Not much to modify at all really, just had to run a couple of blocks out of my way.

The temp was really quite beautiful this morning when I left. It was 5 degrees, felt like 2 degrees, with minimal wind from the south, just a slight amount of snow falling. Beautiful!!!! I realized pretty much one block into the run, though, that not many people had ventured outside with their shovels or snowblowers yet (I always do mine right away for the mailman, so I did mine at 9 a.m. yesterday).

There was a lot of changing up of my running since each time I hit a drift, it was like high-kicking running, and sinking into the snow. Then, when there wasn't a drift, it was icy from the sleet that came down prior to the blizzard. Joys! I promised my husband I would come home without hurting myself, so that was a bit of added pressure ;o}

The worst, though, was next to the university park. A straight half mile of snow up past my knees. Ridiculous. And I couldn't run in the street there because that area is known for drivers not paying attention, and yes I have a fear of a hit and run ending my running forever.

When I hit 9 miles, I knew I was about a mile and a half from home, and I gauged how I was feeling. I knew I had to head home. The front of my right hip had been aching like a sore tooth since mile 7, my hamstrings were cramping up no matter how much I stretched them, and my left calf was crying. My feet? Well, can you say blisters? My shoes had been soaked from mile 2, and I had 2 pairs of socks on for the cold. Yeah, complain, complain, right?

I made the right choice. If I had pushed on, I would have had to call Corey and have him pick me up, no doubt about it!

Do I still think I can train for the marathon? Absolutely. That run today was tough, and for good reason. I will continue to try, and on April 28 I will make the choice to stay with the full or switch to the half. I am not giving up, just being realistic.

I plan on getting a personal trainer for the strength part of my workouts on Monday, a cutie with a kick-a$$ mentality named Nick. He has worked out with me before in a class, and I love his style. He's like a Bob and Jillian rolled into one. And he's cute. I need that ;o}

Here are my proof pictures for B2W:

Trying to capture my sweatiness:

Pictures from my Garmin. I love the fact that I burned 1300 calories, because I really needed to (BAD BAD BAD eating day on Friday).

Rock On!!

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BECKY_LYNN84 3/14/2011 7:42PM

    Wow!! That's awesome!! Great job!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/13/2011 10:52PM

    Wow! You did a great job. Good for You! emoticon

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KILTGUY 3/13/2011 10:17PM

    What great determination! You are a runner!!! I ALMOST feel guilty about running my 5K today in sunny 60 degree weather. ;)

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SHERRYJVP 3/13/2011 8:52PM

    impressive..although not to the point of injury please. Sounds like you could have snowshoed for a little crosstraining too. What an adventure you had. Glad it all worked out.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/13/2011 5:58PM

    That is some dedication to be running in all that snow, amazing. Crazy the things we do.

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THEHONESTME 3/13/2011 5:40PM

    YAY!!! You did great! Congrats!
It sure will be nice when the weather is more cooperative -- you'll take off then and I have no doubt you'll end up doing the full!

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LISAW/3 3/13/2011 4:59PM

    I ran 10.5 mile today, too! But your weather and conditions were much more challenging than mine.
I am training for my HM which is in 2 weeks. At the rate you're running, you should be good for the full at the end of April!
Good luck!

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TREASURINGLIFE 3/13/2011 4:51PM go girl!!! You are one heck of a dedicated gal, that's for sure!! :) Glad you made it home safely and I'm sure come April 28th, you'll be more than ready for that marathon!

- Michelle

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 3/13/2011 4:47PM

    Ok, I love your background first of all. Second of all, hell yeah baby! Thirdly, I think you are right. We are the 1% of the population that understand what COLD and DEDICATION are. Great job on pushing through! Less than a week!!!

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PIP103 3/13/2011 4:27PM

    1300 calories!! Holy cow! Running in snow is intense! If you can do that you can do the marathon. You've got this!

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MADEMCHE 3/13/2011 4:27PM

    Way to go Erin! Good for you!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sometimes? When I really need motivation, and I need it to come from a vain/fantasty viewpoint? I imagine that I am Lieutenant Eve Dallas (if you are a JD Robb fan, you know of whom I speak).

There are a few people who think she would/should look something like this:

Yeah. Just felt like saying. Of course, on Wikipedia, her physical characteristics are noted to be 5'9" and 120 pounds with a waist of 26.2. Sure, sure.

I am drawn to her kick-butt personality :o} and how she can push through all forms of pain, whether it be emotional, physical, or mental. Yeah, she is fictional, but I like to think I have a bit of Eve in me. (this may sound nutty, but originally my daughter's middle name was to be Eve..unfortunately, her initials would then have been KEG...).

Anyone else have someone they fantastize or imagine, or whatever, being like? Am I alone on this one emoticon

Picture is taken from:

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RLHOTAN 3/11/2011 7:27PM

    I know her too! Back before kids when I actually had time to read!!! But I think she should have more muscular arms. Not like crazy muscle head but more definition.

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ROBYN168 3/10/2011 5:49PM

    I just read my first Eve Dallas book recently, and really enjoyed it - looking forward to more.

That was a great image for her.....

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SEESTARS 3/10/2011 4:49PM

    She looks like she could kick some serious butt. I can see why you would be motivated by imagining you are her.

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SHERRYJVP 3/10/2011 2:58PM

    I haven't tried that, but I think that is a really good idea..and although I love the name..glad you didn't give daughter the initials KEG. LOL But love Eve.

Now I need to think of a heroine for me. I don't watch TV and don't get much time to read anymore, but I will keep thinking on a former hero.

Thanks for the good idea.

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5 words.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I want everyone who reads this to pick out at least 5 words that fits you, that describes you, and realize how wonderful you are!

It is so easy,, so easy to think negatively about ourselves, feeling like a failure, that we are not "perfect." Who is perfect? Not me, not you, and even not those seemingly perfect women/men we see in advertisements, on TV, on the billboards.

I urge you to even pick out 10!! Because I know you can. You are amazing! :

Adorable Astute Charming
Acclaimed Bighearted Confident
Active Brave Courageous
Adventurous Bubbly Cute
Alive Calm Attractive
Amazing Blessed Bright
Artistic Classy Creative
Authentic Content Dazzling
Astounding Earnest Efficient
Beautiful Elegant Energetic
Brilliant Enthusiastic Exciting
Charitable Exultant Fit
Distinguished Funny Genius
Graceful Glowing Harmonious
Healthful Hearty Incredible
Exhilarating Genuine Honest
Independent Electrifying Exquisite
Free Generous Gorgeous
Grateful Happy Inspirational
Kind Optimistic Proud
Intuitive Jovial Loving
Productive Quiet Inventive
Intellectual Joyful Lovely
Motivating Positive Pretty
Relaxed Remarkable Revered
Spontaneous Successful Vibrant
Vivacious Welcoming Wonderous
Secure Robust Sparkling
Sincere Strong Upbeat
Victorious Wonderful Smart
Splendid Supporting Thankful
Tranquil Valued Vital

For me? I am vibrant, healthy, fit, happy, and blessed today. No negativity in my head today because I deserve happiness.

And so do you.

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/10/2011 11:49PM

    Can I have them all? It will make me feel soooo much better.
Ok I'll pic Honest, Grateful, and Sparkling. I really like Sparkling!

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HOTRODSANDY 3/10/2011 9:20PM

    Great Idea!

Hmm I'm Intuitive, Intellectual, Creative, Generous and dare I say Beautiful. Thanks for posting this!

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MIAMI_LILLY 3/10/2011 7:49PM

    I'm going with:
creative, funny, generous, trustworthy, optimistic, spiritual, strong, quiet, motivational, and caring.
WOOHOO...I went for 10!

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ANNE1123 3/10/2011 5:05PM

    Funny, artistic, calm, intellectual, sincere. This was fun, thanks for the post, have a great weekend! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 3/10/2011 4:06PM

    Pfft. No problem for me. These days, I'm loving the person I am!


I could have picked another twenty off that list. *laughing*


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HOPEFULSWEIGH 3/10/2011 1:29PM

    Independent, supporting, thankful, valued, whole.

Thanks Erin...needed that today :)

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STEPHANIE0982 3/10/2011 1:12PM

    I am blessed, cute, authentic, efficient & kind. Thank you!!

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THISISFORME924 3/10/2011 12:51PM

    Great Idea! I am Blessed, free, active, loving and whole.

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RUBYSNANA 3/10/2011 12:48PM

    I'm caring, giving, responsible emoticonThis a good idea! Thanks

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Ambivalence AKA Can I or Can't I? P.S. I'm hungry.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I ran for 6 miles today, and it was rough. My legs felt like lead and my head wasn't in it. I wanted to quit at 3 miles (rationalizing that tomorrow is a 3-mile day and I can just switch them around). I slowed to a walk while I thought about this. Then, after about 0.2 miles I bumped up to a run/jog again until I got to 4 miles. Then, I thought....ick, I am so done. But then....I don't know, I just started taking it a 2 minutes at a time, then 1 minute at a time. I can do it just one more minute. And it worked.

It is during a run like this that I become so ambivalent about my training and running a full. I physically ready? Will I ever be? Am I mentally going to be able to handle this? I have not even been running a full year yet!!! I ran for the very first time in the later part of May 2010!

And this run says that yes. Yes, I will be. I am not ready right now. That is what the training is for. But I will be ready. I will be able to push through any roadblocks and do what I am best at doing. Being a powerhouse. Or powerhorse. Whatever works. I am not a thoroughbred, I cannot run 8-minute miles. But I am the long distance runner. I can keep going. I will not stop until I cross that finish line, no matter the distance. I will not give up.

During mile 5, a great song pushed me, and that was Eminem's Lose Yourself. There was a line that said "Failure is not an option." That sounds drastic, but you know what? I will not fail, because I will be prepared. It is NOT an option.

On a related note, I am soo sooo hungry today. Thank heavens for healthy foods. For Lent, I am giving up eating out. That is needed right now. Eating out so much during a vacation and it is like an addiction. I want more. I want McDonald's, Subway, Mexican food, Chinese food, buffets, DQ, Jimmy John's, Five Guy's, all of them!!! Pizza, too.

But instead, I am having grapes, bananas, a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, carrots, and tonight I will be eating potatoes and onions with green peppers all cut up and baked with a little bit of olive oil and a ton of herbs and spices. YUMMMMMMMM. I would love to eat that with a big fat Ribeye, but I want to skip the meat today.

Well, that's my day today. ;o}

10-1/2 weeks to swimsuit season!!!! Well, at least for here. And also 10-1/2 weeks to marathon day. Yikes!!!!

P.S. I have to run 13 miles this Saturday. I'm scared. Excited. Nervous. Scared.

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ROBYN168 3/10/2011 5:51PM

    Music pushes me more than I would like to admit - but it works!! Way to go!!!!

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RLHOTAN 3/10/2011 1:35PM

    Good for you pushing thru your run...esp when you didn't want to!!! You will do great this weekend w/your 13 miles...I hope it is outside!!!! You are right. You are a long distance runner and this 13 miles is nothing. You can do this.

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PRICANSTINA84 3/9/2011 10:09PM

    oh man I love that song by Eminem! That'll be playing in my head now :-). So glad you continued with your run even though your head was telling you otherwise. I've gone through that before and pushed through it!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/9/2011 8:42PM

    Good work out and good eating habits. Good for You! emoticon

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    Sounds like you CAN. Remember this!

Good job sticking to it, you'll do great this weekend.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/9/2011 6:07PM

    The right song at the right time has kept me going many times, and I'm forever bargaining with myself--just one more minute, to that next tree, and then I do it all over again. Great job--you WILL be ready, keep going!

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OFFDREA 3/9/2011 5:44PM

    That is a great song to come on when you are ready to give up! I had a similar moment during a run a few weeks ago and The Clash's Magnificent Seven came on. The live version starts out with "Don't stop, give it all you got" so I didn't and I did.

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ABETTERBECKY 3/9/2011 4:11PM

    That song by Eminem does it for me every time!!! We had a heavy hill in spin after some long sprints and that song came on and I said "yes I can!!!!"

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MADEMCHE 3/9/2011 4:03PM

    You can do it Erin! You are doing great, making awesome choices, and getting it done! Super proud of you girl, you rock!!

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THEHONESTME 3/9/2011 3:51PM

    You'll do it Erin -- you're the most determined person I've met on this site. You have a goal and you work to get there. That run on Saturday -- it's yours!!

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PIP103 3/9/2011 3:37PM

    That eminem song has gotten me through many a bad run! You are doing brilliantly and so proud of you for sticking with it rather than giving in to the tempting voices in your head!

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PARTICLEGIRL22 3/9/2011 3:19PM

    GREAT job! That's awesome that you kept pushing even though you didn't want too. That is sign you are a true runner.

Also, I am adding Lose Yourself to my running mix RIGHT NOW.

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