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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hubby was watching a show about the American Revolution when I got home from choir tonight, but really, isn't that what we're all still doing? I have a new life, I have liberated myself from the tyranny of my old body/mind/thoughts and I am pursuing happiness with every fiber of my being. Spark is a revolution, and we can either actively engage in it and fight for our lives or we can hide in the darkness and wait for it to end. Which are you going to do??

Today was a good day. I ate pretty well and got a lot done. I did not meet all of my daily goals because I did not work out, but my body is good at telling me what it needs. Right now, it's looking like I'll run T/R/Sat due to the weather, but it's all good-I'm really looking forward to my longer runs again this week.

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
AM Cardio
PM Yoga
In bed by 10:30

  
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HDHAWK 4/26/2010 7:20PM

    Well said!

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 4/26/2010 6:15PM

    We are evolving as this revolutionary change takes place in our lives and hopefully we will not only win the battle but the war and that we will establish victory for our lifetime though we must capture that victory every day with our habits and choices and beliefs about ourselves. Here's a cheer to better behavior! ~for you and for me!
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USARUNNERGIRL 4/26/2010 2:25PM

    So true. I am going to fight for myself.
Woot.

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LADYGWEN25 4/26/2010 9:16AM

    Hey im here with you to fight the good fight so to speak! I agree with DOn.. great choices! ANd i hope by the time you run on tuusday the rain will let up some for you. Have a great day!

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/26/2010 6:40AM

    Lady, you always inspire me to strive harder and think deeper! Blessings to you now and always!

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DDOORN 4/25/2010 10:29PM

    Great choices...! We all know what the SPARK way of life would dictate...! :-)

Take care and make it a great week! :-)

Don

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CS4JWS 4/25/2010 10:14PM

  Love this entry! I, for one, am going to continue to be actively engaged, and appreciate your entry to reaffirm that for me!

Sleep well, and have a wonderful, successful week! emoticon

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TRIGFROST 4/25/2010 10:13PM

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Blog #2 of the day

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Okay, so I had an awesome day! Our great friends came to visit and I got in a great walk, 2 10 minute workouts and made a fabulous, healthy dinner! Thanks to 2 beers and a s'more, I'm over in my calories for today, but I'll deal with that tomorrow and next week. I'm still planning on getting in a 10-15 minute yoga stretch before bed and we're going to go walking again tomorrow.

If you haven't checked out my blog from earlier today, please do so, I had an epiphany today. Make tomorrow a great one!!

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Cardio
Warm-up for choir
PM yoga
Bed by 10:30

  
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MOTHERSHIP 4/24/2010 10:46PM

    Woo hoo! I so enjoyed our day! I can't wait for tomorrow and our great leftovers for lunch!

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Revelations

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and got to thinking about where I was and how far I've come. I have been so blessed on this journey. I certainly haven't worked harder or eaten healthier than any of my friends that are on a similar journey. I don't run the fastest, I can barely ride a bike; but the weight (most of it anyway) seemed to come off really easily. The C25K program has been awesome! I'm heading into week 7 able to maintain a 6+mph for 25+ minutes. I have become a motivation to my friends and family and I've come farther than I ever thought possible.

I started to wonder, Why Is This? That's when I realized something...

THIS is who I'm meant to be!!

I AM a strong, healthy woman, wife and mother.
I was never meant to be a sitter-I have too many goals to meet.
I was never meant to overeat-it makes me feel terrible.
My body wants to be able to play tag with my daughter without getting winded (which I can).
My body wants to wear size 6 (or smaller) pants and size small tops (and look awesome in them!)
I was meant to eat healthy foods and exercise everyday, to play with my daughter, to inspire others to become who they are meant to be.
I was meant to be a runner.

I woke up one morning in October 2009 and I realized that I wasn't me. I am slowly becoming that person and I've never been happier.

  
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DDOORN 4/25/2010 8:46PM

    Congratulations! You've learned not to block your own potential! I've been having some thoughts along those lines also which I shared on a coupla message boards and thought I'd weave them into my LONG blog (from which I'm taking a breather...lol....will wrap up SOON!).

We truly are capable of SO much more than we ever thought possible!

Don

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FRECKS96 4/25/2010 10:27AM

    Thank you for the wonderful comments everyone. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/25/2010 7:25AM

    You ARE all those things and believe me, SO much more! You are a blessing to others (even if you hadn't set up to be so!). Your journey inspires me to try harder and be a better person! I'm alot like you in the respect that it isn't about the number or size honestly. It is about the other stuff. I want to be able to be with my kids and not have to sit on the bench because I can't do something. I want to be that fabulous wife who can love her husband the way they want! I want to be that friend that would LOVE to go out for lunch and still be able to eat using better choices and healthier choices than before!

Julie, we ARE those things! YOu look fabulous! YOu are a fabulous buddy! I'm so blad your my buddy!

Looking forward to weigh in tomorrow!

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CS4JWS 4/24/2010 11:44PM

  LOVED this entry!

Congratulations!

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JUST_JENNA 4/24/2010 10:00PM

    Congratulations!

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VIOLET1019 4/24/2010 9:56PM

    emoticon You are such an inspiration and you are doing an amazing job of becoming the you you've always wanted to be.

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HDHAWK 4/24/2010 8:26PM

    What a great blog! Thank you!

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KANSASROSE67 4/24/2010 7:21PM

    Totally agree with your blog. That's why I named my Sparkpage "Becoming Me." I want to be the person I was meant to be and get the most out of the one life God has given me. Great post!

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CK2SUMMERS 4/24/2010 6:15PM

    I would say you are not slowly becoming the person you want to be - you are QUICKLY becoming the person you were meant to be and inspiring others to do the same.

I voted for you to become a motivator.

That is my ultimate goal as well. But I'll need more weight loss and changes to come before that can happen.

Watch out 5k's, you gotta a fierce competitor coming your way!

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LADYGWEN25 4/24/2010 5:35PM

    Julie you don't know how inspiring you are.. With as many mornings i've woken up WONDERING why i am DOING THIS to myself... ANd your support and comments everyday remind me why i am... Because when i looked in the mirror.. It just wasn't me... and i wondered where they heck i had gone.. Seeing you make it to that same revelation helps remind me.. I can get myself there.. back to being the person i have always meant to be on the outside.. to reflect the person i am on the inside.. thanks for sharing your revelation.. It's definately gonna help me push through tough workout days. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIVEKKAH 4/24/2010 5:19PM

    Yippeeee! C25K is an excellent program. I'm glad you've had such success with it!

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SKFEREBEE 4/24/2010 11:42AM

    You are very inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONYA_DIMPLES 4/24/2010 11:35AM

    emoticon job !!!!!!

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SATYAGRAHA 4/24/2010 11:32AM

    Yes, yes, yes, and YES! You are all of those things! emoticon I'm so proud of you and you are a wonderful inspiration. Keep up the emoticon work!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/24/2010 10:57AM

    I am so glad that you realized who you were meant to be and are doing everything possible to become that person. You are an inspiration!!

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HOLLY_ROSE3 4/24/2010 10:56AM

    AWESOME job!! emoticon

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Week 6-DONE! C25K Update

Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm slowly learning to love running-yes, even at 6am. Today was a 25 minute run and I covered about 2.6 miles with some hills. This puts me at just about a 10 min mile, which is my goal for my first 5K. It felt pretty good and I was lucky to be able to run in the road for the majority of it. I did pop 2 advil when I got home just as a precaution since my knees have been achy.

At this point I am 2/3 done with the program (18 runs done, 9 to go). Next week all 3 days are a repeat of today. I'm going to try adding in some sprints at the end of my runs on the advice of a runner friend.

I ate really well today, got in all of my water and I'll get in my yoga before bed. I WILL meet all of my goals today. I'm excited to have one of my great friends coming to visit for a night tomorrow. She's a SparkPerson too, so we're going to get in some great workouts and yummy food!

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Workout (cardio and maybe some ST)
PM Yoga
In bed by 12

  
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DEECANDOITAGAIN 2/16/2011 10:56PM

    I get the feeling this was so much easier for you than it is for me. Maybe it's because I have at least 25 lbs. to lose. Today, wk6, dy2 was hard. Yet, it felt good at the same time...nervous about Friday's 25 minute jog.

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/24/2010 6:38AM

    You are rocking! And yes, looking great too! Keep up the good work! Hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far!

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DDOORN 4/23/2010 10:44PM

    Nothing like SPARKING with your buddies...!

ENJOY and have a SUPER time! :-)

Don

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TRYINGINMY20S 4/23/2010 10:36PM

    Wow! I just started w1 and this is definitely inspiring. Good luck and keep up the hard work!

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SRSAMSON 4/23/2010 10:28PM

    I also just finish week 6 a little bit ago. I can't remember the last time I ran 25 minutes without stopping. I agree it is a little addicting. Granted I barely covered 2 miles, but working for time now and distance later. Keep up the good work!

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MOTHERSHIP 4/23/2010 10:00PM

    I need to ST tomorrow too! It will be a great day, and I am very pumped. I can't wait to look as good as you do and to be able to run with you!

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Trying to get to bed early (ish)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today was good. I took Alexis to our skating rink to ride her bike and ended up walking 3 miles around the track. I was playing tag and having a blast! After that I ran some errands, got some stuff done and came home to a quick 10 minute cardio and a snack. Got a tooth filled, came home and did a 10 minute standing abs workout. Had a great dinner (Acorn Squash and Mango Soup-add some curry powder and ginger powder-so yummy!!!), watched Survivor and am now getting ready to do my yoga and head to bed.

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to run for 25 minutes. I'm planning on running at 5:30am (work tomorrow), but if that doesn't work out, I will run at 4pm. Both times have their advantages-I'd be running in different places-the 4pm is an easier route. We'll have to see what the morning brings.

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
C25K-W6D3
PM Yoga Stretch
In bed by 11

  
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LADYGWEN25 4/23/2010 8:23AM

    Go Julie! How did you like the standing Ab workout.. I saw it on EOD...Was it the Jillian one????

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/23/2010 6:42AM

    You always have such a fabulous plan! I really truly believe that your plans are what give you so fabulous success! I SO wish I could get on the ball with planning too!

Good luck on your run this morning! Hope your weather is good there!

Blessings to day and this weekend!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/22/2010 10:49PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Hoping your morning goes smoothly so you get your run in before work and then the 4pm time slot is "found" time...lol

Have a good night!
Rhonda

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