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a good news story

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I have had it up to HERE with crappy news today. I turn on the radio this morning and they're talking about some guy that faked being a church volunteer and stole a truck worth of donated food (20,000 pounds or something equally as crazy!) and now the community is scrambling to find food to get to families that need it for a special holiday meal. click. too much reality for me.

So when my mom sends me an email that says "This was in Monday's New York Times" I almost clicked delete.

I'm glad I didn't.

"A few days before Christmas a year ago, I was on the F train riding uptown. At West Fourth Street, a young man boarded with a boombox. He explained, loudly and enthusiastically, I'm trying to stay out of trouble tonight, so I'm offering you a dance, like we do it in the Bronx."

Only a few of us looked up. Then he plugged his iPhone into the boombox and proceeded to dance his heart out. This included a few back flips, trapeze moves with the handrails, and body spins on the ground with just one hand. By this time all eyes were glued on him. A young boy next to me yelled out in sheer delight: "Wow! that's amazing!" We all shared his sentiment.

Many passengers gave generously when he walked by with his donation container afterward.

Just then, at the other end of the car, a homeless-looking man boarded with a plea for help. He was disheveled and without any dance routine or music act to offer. All he had was a wish for kindness and an outstretched hat, one that remained empty among this group of recent donors.

That was until, just before the doors were to open at the next stop, the dancer went right up to the homeless-looking man, spilled out all of his earnings into the outstretched hat and said, "Merry Christmas, man."

Merry Christmas Sparkers. Happy Hanukkah. Happy festivus. Whatever you celebrate, celebrate joyfully and peacefully. And get a workout in while you're at it.

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BUELLRIDER 12/23/2011 2:25PM

    You got to love NYC!

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DELERIOUS64 12/21/2011 6:55PM

    Now, that's what Christmas giving is all about!

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MSPRIS3 12/21/2011 4:47PM

    Great news for sure!

Nice to know there are still good people out there, even if they are few and far between

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KKINNEA 12/21/2011 3:21PM

    Amazing and awesome - the perfect story.

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KRISTINN03 12/21/2011 2:14PM

    Such a nice story to hear!! Too bad there aren't more people like that. And too bad good deeds like this are very rarely heard throughout the year other than around the Holiday season.

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BILL60 12/21/2011 1:59PM

    What a great story. Thank you so much for sharing it. It makes you optimistic about the future. Have an incredible Christmas and an equally Happy New Year. After the New Year, get your buns in gear and start your exercise routine for the New Year!! Hang tough and be HAPPY.

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23.5 hours

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Have you seen this yet? It's worth your 9 minutes!

"Walking is the best medicine."

Have a great weekend!

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JENN26POINT2 12/21/2011 12:17PM

    I saw this and loved it! Great video and so well worth the time to view. Worth the time to share as well.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 12/19/2011 1:32AM

    Very cool. Copy and pasted this and am spreading the word. Thanks lady!

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FLGIRL1234 12/17/2011 11:29AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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SR4095 12/17/2011 11:12AM

    You were right worth sitting through for 9 minutes!!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/17/2011 9:49AM

    Wow that was really neat.......

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/17/2011 8:47AM

    Very well put - thanks for sharing!

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A-STRONGER-ME 12/17/2011 8:47AM

    WELL worth it - thanks!!

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fun gift for runners

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My husband's family does a gift exchange between all the cousins. One big catch: the gifts must be homemade. Great in theory, but sorta annoying in practice. My kids are little. I'm the one that does the work. And when you draw the 16 year old boy's name, you really feel screwed.

But then...

He runs cross country! I saw a race bib/medal holder thingiemajig on Spark or pinterest or etsy or some other ridiculous website that I spend too much time on.

The best part is that it actually turned out pretty good.

I used wood from an old shelf. Painted it (with the help of an almost 3 year old!) using old paint from our bedroom. Stenciled some letters on. Screwed in 3 little hooks (pack of 60 for 2 bucks!) Sprayed it with some clear gloss. Made a fake bib and medal. Nailed a wall hanger thing on the back. And voila! A DIY, cheap, green, cute (if I do say so myself) gift for a teenage boy. Or for a 33 year old woman. I may have to make another...

I'm not working out as much as I'd like because all these crafty crafts take TIME! And I'm eating too many cookies and chocolate. But, I'm doing better than this guy:

I'm going to slow down and enjoy this crazy family activity filled weekend. I don't need to perfect. The house does not need to be shiny clean. I will get a few runs in. Take care of me. And then sit back and listen to the kids laugh.

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MARGARITTM 12/21/2011 12:55PM

    I like it!

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JENN26POINT2 12/21/2011 12:24PM

    That picture of the car and dog made me laugh out loud! Luckily, the guy I work with was too busy in his own thoughts to notice! We used to take our dog out into the timber with our 4 wheeler and run him. At one point, he ran in front of the 4 wheeler at 35 miles per hour. This dog would seriously run until his heart exploded if we let him. We have never seen a time when he has stopped playing fetch or running voluntarily. On occasion, he's been my running partner, but he's got poor listening skills (or I have poor training skills, either way) so running with him is not that enjoyable, so he doesn't go much. he ran 4 miles with me one day, though!

Oh, and I LOVE the gift you made. That's great! So much more special than one you buy online.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 12/19/2011 1:16AM

    I LOVE your craftiness-awesome job on it for all the reasons mentioned!

OK, I'm gonna feel very stupid telling you this but here I go-teehee. So, I used to own a very hyper border collie that would never settle down. We faithfully played and walked that dog every day. We lived in a small town, at the time, and would drive out to the gravel roads, let the dog out-no leash-and burn down the road(yes, it was safe, no traffic and wide open fields). That crazy dog would run and run and run 40mi/hr next to the car for many many minutes. When we stopped, she would catch her breath immediately. Crazy dog. Anyways, just wanted to share. Right when I saw that pic, I knew I had to tell ya-hehehe.

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RUSSELLORAMA 12/17/2011 2:52PM

    That looks really cool! That picture with the dog is a joke, right? LOL

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OJIBWEEQUAY 12/16/2011 2:14PM

    So cute! Ha that dog pic is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 12/16/2011 11:52AM

    Nice job! Now I'm considering making one for myself. have enough hooks to make 19 more. Do you wanna make one for me? emoticon

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AMBER281 12/16/2011 11:34AM

    That is a super creative and neat idea!

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MATTERJT 12/16/2011 8:35AM

    Cute idea for the gift. :-) You did a great job on it. :-) Let us all know how much he likes it. Take pictures of him opening it.

That's a hilarious picture of that guy and his dog. Now that's some true laziness right there. :-)

You look fabulous and to me, you are doing a great job with your exercise and eating. You have to treat yourself to some sweets once in awhile. So you are doing just fine. :-)


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JOYFULSPIRIT920 12/16/2011 7:44AM

    Life is meant to be enjoyed... love every minute outta your weekend :)

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/16/2011 7:20AM

    Sounds absolutely PERFECT!! Great job on the DIY project - I know he's going to love, I know I would! I also have been slackin' a bit on the exercise, etc. but am OK with the wiggle room in imperfection :) Enjoy the giggles, they are good for the soul!!

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LIL_EZZY 12/16/2011 5:11AM

    some people are sooooo lazy...
Great gift

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APIRLRAIN888 12/15/2011 10:37PM

    Omg to the driving the dog!!! That's ridiculous

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petty whinning & ex-boyfriends

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I've finally broken out of my "wanting to lose weight but not actually creating a calorie deficit" mode. You know those people that talk about losing weight as they eat cookies and bagels?? That was me. I wasn't out of control or anything, but there's a reason why I hadn't lost any weight since July. In reality I climbed back up a few but never changed my ticker. Because that ticker is sacred and changing that is serious business.

I'm at 145 and have been for a few weeks now so I know it's the real deal. I should be happily jumping up and down. I'm not. Here are my problems:
emoticon When will it be enough? My original goal was 155. Then I moved it to 150. Then 140. I'm pretty darn close yet I still see lots of areas that need shrinking & toning. Will I feel content at 140? The only way to know is to get there, right?!

emoticon Clothing. Nothing fits. Nothing fits! I am annoyed every time I look in my closest. I don't have tons of cash to drop on a new wardrobe right now. But I seriously need one bra to fit perfectly. And one pair of jeans. Just one. And if you let me get greedy, I'll say I want a super pretty comfy green sweater. And a gray infinity scarf. And some new tall brown boots. And and and...See what happens?
(I put running gloves, a beanie and yoga pants that actually fit on my Christmas list. Fingers crossed!)
And I know this is a good problem to have. Baggy jeans, loose tops, even my workout clothes are too big. Good problem, but still a problem.

emoticon Running is not cheap. And I want new gear! Do I spend the little $ I have on good running tights that will get mega miles this winter and a warm neck warmer thingie OR do I get the bra and jeans?

emoticon And I am vain and materialistic and feel kinda silly worrying about these things. But man, you should see these boots I have my eye on.

Totally unrelated, but a story I want to hash out somewhere so I figure Spark is the perfect place.
I'd noticed an unknown number on my cell a couple of times in the past few weeks. Just missed calls, no messages. For whatever reason I answer yesterday when I see the number again. Well, it was my total loser jerkface ex-boyfriend. I've been married 5 years. DH and I were together for over 2 years before we got married. So this guy is from awhile ago. We're not Facebook friends. He lives in another country. He don't talk or email. There is zero relationship. The relationship we did have 8 years ago was dysfunctional and abusive.

I ask why he's calling. He says he wants to talk. Really? Talk? It's been 8 years. (OK, fine. 5 years. he called once after I got married.)
What do you want?
He wants to see how I'm doing.
ummmm, seriously?
I'm good. I'm happily married and have two awesome kids.
He asks if I can Skype him when I get home.
HELLLL NO. And that's what I said. I asked, "What's the point? What do you want?"
He tells me, "Don't be like that. I just want to see what you look like after having 2 babies."
With all the "I am woman, hear me roar- attitude I got I say, "I look good. I'm training for a marathon. I run all the time. I look GOOD." click.
wow, that felt amazing. And now it's time to change my cell phone number.

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MSPRIS3 12/21/2011 4:45PM

    Crazy ex-boyfriends.....Damn, you look good, I wonder what he thought of that!!??

I had one contact me on Facebook a couple years ago. He felt the need to tell me that the women he was sleeping with behind my back for a year(ex-friend)'s mother died... OK, sad that someone died, but really, he actually thought I'd care????? (I don't mean to sound insensitive here)

I totally get what you are saying about needing new clothing, and wanting new clothing too! I also have a hard time deciding if I should get real clothes, or workout wear, very tough in deed!

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JENN26POINT2 12/21/2011 12:29PM

    The rehash of that phone conversation made me think of my sleazy ex-brother-in-law. That man was creeeeepy with a captial C!

I hear you with the clothes, only my problem is that I have actually grown OVER my clothes, not under. I hate stepping into my closet. I hate picking out stuff to wear. My shirts are too short and I know it's b/c my belly is too big. And my bras SUCK! Hopefully Santa leaves you with a nice gift card to a nice clothing store that you like so you can buy buy buy.

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 12/10/2011 10:54AM

    Way to go hanging up on the ex! how RUDE. What a JERK. But good for you! I hope it made YOU feel better =] I can totally relate to the whole having nothing to fit thing! I went through that for awhile, then FINALLY caved and went to a local thrift shop and STOCKED UP. Having proper fitting clothes makes a HUGE difference in body image!

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MEGSMILEY 12/9/2011 2:06PM

    Way to go woman!
Your ex sounds like a piece of work. The nerve of him to ask for a skype session in order to see how you're holding up physically after having your kids. WTF?
Good for you for shutting that down.
By the way- my vote is for the bra and jeans... You can run in $5 Sweatpants if need be- but you want your hard work to pay off so that you are feeling HOT!
Obviously if you could get both, I would vote for that!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 12/9/2011 12:47PM

    It didn't take me long to realize that you are the kind of person who can do anything that you put your mind to let us know what 140 feels like when you get there. I'm sure it won't take long, especially once the new year hits and you can get some distance from the holiday parties.

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KRISTINN03 12/9/2011 11:21AM

    Good job on not giving the ex what he wanted!! It's not his business to see how good you look! And I complain about the whole clothes thing too! I'm now into the smallest jeans I own from about 6 years ago and they are even a little big, but I don't want to drop the cash because I'm hoping to drop more weight. I never thought losing weight could be so expensive! I've started taking some of my bigger clothes to a second-hand store to try and get a little cash back for them. It's not a lot of money, but it's better than nothing!

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KKINNEA 12/9/2011 11:11AM

    Crazy story on the ex.

I know what you mean about clothes - I have about 3 closetsful now that I don't know what to do with. They're good clothes, I could donate them but I sometimes want to keep them as fallback.

It's a weird problem for sure...

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 12/9/2011 1:57AM

    Not sure if you'd be up for it but what about 2nd hand clothing? I LOVE used stores. You can put together the best outfits for a very very affordable price-if you're willing to spend a little of your time searching through. Not sure if it's your "thing" but it may be worth a try if you're *swimming* in all your clothes(lucky lady-wish I had your prob-LOL).

And all I can say about the ex is..strange, very strange.

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LIL_EZZY 12/9/2011 12:49AM

    Tights. And god men are ridiculous. How come he thinks he has the right to call after 5 years and hit things off with you again. You are right LOSER

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RUNJEWELRUN 12/8/2011 11:34PM

    Buy the tights! Congrats on checking the loser ex :)

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 12/8/2011 9:36PM

    That's right you look GOOD! You tell him, girl! You handled it so well!
As for clothes and running being expensive, I feel you! I just had to buy some new winter clothes because it got so cold here (surely not as cold as up there but pretty cold for Texas)! Plus I'm buying all these sports nutrition stuff (gels, powerbar, sports drinks) which I can probably do without but they're so helpful for me! Not to mention all the running gear! I do think you should at least buy a neck warmer though, you don't want to get sick...

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OJIBWEEQUAY 12/8/2011 8:41PM

    Get the tights! I actually wiah I bought med longs from roadrunnersports! Ex boyfriends are plagues! Go you for giving him the click!

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REYVE01 12/8/2011 7:20PM

    Wow... that was so rude of him.... good for you telling him off.

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/8/2011 7:10PM

    Way to stand tall & shut jerk face out of your life!! You're doing great!! :)

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RUSSELLORAMA 12/8/2011 6:24PM

    Sometimes people just have a hard time believing that you are able to function without them. Good for you for handling it with class!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/8/2011 6:22PM

    Omg love it!!!!!! Sorry for drama but you go girly!!!!

And lol I had to snap out of my carbs too eat to run, not run to eat hahaha

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A-STRONGER-ME 12/8/2011 5:09PM

    OMG, Maura - you know I totally appreciate your comeback to the total-jerkface loser!!

Call it as you see em!!

You are doing great!!

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MICHSTATE 12/8/2011 4:53PM

    That is beyond creepy, but I love the way you handled it!!!! Very creative!!!:-)
Are all of your clothes too big?
How tall are you, by the way?
I am hoping that I will need new smaller clothes soon!!!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/8/2011 4:36PM

    Great way of handling it! emoticon

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THELILEA 12/8/2011 4:31PM

    That's SO gross. Creepy and gross. Way to tell him! I have such a hard time coming up with awesome answers on the spot. You totally succeeded.

I am totally with you on the clothes vs running stuff choices. I hate that. I need all new stuff, I feel like. Fitness is NOT cheap and some (kinda immature) part of me feels like when it's already so much work for me to actually work out that somehow someone else should be spending the cash it takes. Trouble is, not sure who exactly that should be, lol. Fitness fairy?? Does she need my address??
I sense a lot of similarities on where you and I are on our journey, wanna be friends? I'm adding you! :D

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DZSWEETIE2005 12/8/2011 4:18PM

    Ew, what a jerk!!! Guys totally baffle me sometimes!!!

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a week of thanks

Friday, November 25, 2011

Last week was crabby. I didn't get in enough miles, I ate too much and I was in a funk. Luckily I came across this quote:

At that moment I changed my attitude. And surprise, surprise! it worked.

emoticon On Monday we had a kick-off assembly at school for our rice packing event. We raise money to pack meals for families in need in east Africa. It's an incredibly powerful event. Young children realize that they can make a difference. And have fun doing it!
25% of the world lives on less than a dollar a day. I am thankful that I have abundant choices of healthy food everyday. I've never had to make the choice of which family member gets to eat for the day. Imagine that! Imagine having to look at your children and not being able to give them the food their growing bodies need. Basic needs. I'm not trying to get all political or guilt anyone. I just want us to be more aware of the choices we are fortunate to have. Because of this fortune, I want to make the best choices possible for me and my family.

emoticon I ran those 10 miles with the Ironman girls. You were all right: it was great. They were faster and I know they slowed down for me on the way back. They could talk more easily and didn't change pace at all as we went up hills. holy impressive! Towards the end of the run I asked about how they got into training. Some friends had posted a video on Facebook and they thought, "If those girls can do it, so can we." It reminded me of how much we all motivate each other on Spark. I told them how impressed I was. My friend said, "It's all relative. I think it's impressive that you started running in April and just ran 10 with us." Made me smile. Actually made me smile all day long. A few times during the work day I would think to myself: "I ran 10 miles this morning!" And I got an email from her that asked if I would join them again. And I will.

emoticon On Wednesday my friend's baby had eye surgery. He has Down's Syndrome and has had several surgeries already in his 7 month life. She posts the most inspirational quotes on Facebook about their journey. She makes me want to live life more fully and appreciate all the little things. Hug my kids more. Slow down and savor their joy. Be thankful for health.

emoticon Happy Thanksgiving! The morning started with a walk by the river (50 degrees in MN is alone something to be grateful for!) with my parents, my siblings and their partners and the kids. I am a lucky girl. My husband was the only one that missed the walk because he was too busy cooking for all of us. This is HIS day! He has been menu planning and prepping for weeks. After the walk I checked in on Spark and saw that you were all running Turkey Trots. So when the kids took a nap, I went and did my own little 5 mile run of thanks. Our meal was fabulous. My husband is very talented. It was a simple, great day. And I only ate one dessert.

emoticon I'm trying to write this as quick as I can so that I can get the kids up and ready to go meet my dad for a short run. My dad is the reason I started running. My heart is overwhelmed just by typing that.

I have a lot to be thankful for. Spend a few minutes reflecting on what you have. I promise that it will make you smile and feel healthy, loved and rich. You may even giggle with joy like a toddler.

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JENN26POINT2 12/21/2011 12:33PM

    Awesome pics of your kids. They're not mine and they made me smile. :)

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 11/26/2011 2:33PM

    You are wonderful................I needed this today. Not the day you wrote it.

Thanks for being such a wonderful friend.

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 11/25/2011 2:23PM

    Truly inspiring blog! Happy to hear you had such a great run and amazing week! May we always be grateful for all that we have!
Your kids are so cute! Your daughter looks just like you! Happy Holidays!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/25/2011 2:16PM

    Awesomeness love the quote

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/25/2011 1:49PM

    So happy to hear your 10 miles went so great!! You are an inspiration to me!! Adorable pics!

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MICHSTATE 11/25/2011 10:39AM

    Way to go on the long run!!!!!:-) I knew you could do it!!!!!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 11/25/2011 10:20AM

    Great job on turning your attitude around!

I'm glad your going to run with the ironman girls again. I'm also glad that your friend made you look at your running with a different perspective. It really IS amazing that you're out running 10 miles in the cold when you just started in April!

Your kids are super cute!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 11/25/2011 9:13AM

    I am misty eyed as I read this because I LOVE when people appreciate & are thankful for things - even the small things!! Thank you for sharing! I am visiting my family in Milwaukee & we are have Thanksgiving today (Friday) due to my travelling yesterday. This morning as I was preppin' food at 3:30am, when all was quiet, I was reflecting on how many things I am thankful for! A big one is that my Dad is still here after having 2 large clots go thru his heart into his left lung. Health is such a blessing!! Thank you for being an inspiration & motivator to me - have a wonderful day!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 11/25/2011 8:58AM

    Make today ridiculously amazing** know what? I am going to-thanks Foodie :)

Oh my, you're kiddos are so cute!and happy.

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DZSWEETIE2005 11/25/2011 8:38AM

    That is all very true and awesome!

Your kids are too precious! :)

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