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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving, Sparkfriends!

I'm thankful for a year of healthy living, happy memories, and great achievements! I'm thankful for friends who understand and support me. And right now, I'm thankful for a day of indulgence...and antacids.

No matter what your Thanksgiving has been like - one of these should be guaranteed to make you chuckle.

Cheers!














  
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DR1939 11/28/2014 2:56PM

    Hope you had a good day yesterday.

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SHARJOPAUL 11/28/2014 2:23PM

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By the way my sister named her Border Collie pup Zac (short for Prozac) because he's her antidepressant.


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BUTTERFLY-1976 11/28/2014 11:05AM

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LINDA! 11/27/2014 10:32PM

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/27/2014 9:41PM

    Many great thing to be thankful for, I agree. I loved all the jokes, but especially the turkey riding the bike. emoticon
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CINDHOLM 11/27/2014 9:16PM

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1CRAZYDOG 11/27/2014 9:12PM

    Families, sometimes they do cause you to go to extremes like the Prozac cartoon! LOL

I feel so fortunate that we had a really nice family time.

HUGS and hope you did too.

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CATTUTT 11/27/2014 8:58PM

    Glad to hear you had a good Thanksgiving. Pretty much all those cracked me up, thanks for sharing!

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Your morning inspiration

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Now that the temperatures have dropped, I've been having trouble motivating myself to run. As I'm browsing the web, looking for motivation, I find the one thing that would make me run in sub-freezing temperatures.

Zombies.

Yes, it's childish, but they freak me out. I had nightmares for a week after I watched Day of the Dead.

So here's what I'll picture while I'm running! I hope this inspires you to get up and move too!!









And if that didn't work, this will. What's the one thing scarier than zombies? ZOMBIE CLOWNS!!



Happy Thursday, everyone!

  
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ALIHIKES 11/22/2014 9:03PM

    Very good motivation! I think there is actually a Zombie Run app ...

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IGSBETH 11/22/2014 12:25PM

    Hey, any inspiration that works! emoticon

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CBMOOREFIELD 11/21/2014 8:35AM

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DONNABRIGHT 11/21/2014 8:21AM

    Yep, that would keep me moving!

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GABRIELITA57 11/21/2014 3:42AM

    emoticon keep on running

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DR1939 11/20/2014 7:09PM

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SHARJOPAUL 11/20/2014 4:53PM

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Even though they always look fake they are still creepy.

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/20/2014 12:49PM

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Good motivation!!! I know what you mean about temperatures outside curtailing activity, too. I've gotten so used to getting in lots of physical action working out in the yard and gardens. Suddenly it went from 72 on a Sunday to a high of 13 by Tuesday. At that point the only thing that got me to spend much time outside was shoveling snow. BUT - your idea of getting in shape before the zombie apocalypse is genius! Go for it!
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CINDHOLM 11/20/2014 11:43AM

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NHES220 11/20/2014 10:54AM

    Too funny! What ever keeps you running!

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AUNTRENEE 11/20/2014 10:10AM

    That would keep me running.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2014 9:24AM

    OH yeah . . . keep running!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/20/2014 9:12AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon They would get this walker to run!!

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ROCKYCPA 11/20/2014 9:08AM

    Cute!

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Finishing the 5% Challenge

Saturday, November 15, 2014

It's been a great month! During this challenge, I've been rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, biking, and running. I made it through my first backpacking trip, my first kayak pool session to learn to roll, and my second half marathon.

It's been a GREAT month!! And I do have some results to show for it: I've lost 8 pounds total, an inch off my bust and hips, and a couple of inches off my waistline.

Here were my starting measurements:
Weight: 172.5
Bust: 41
Rib Cage: 32
Waist: 34
Lower Abs: 37
Hips: 42.5
Thigh: 24

Here are my ending measurements:
Weight: 164.5
Bust: 40
Rib Cage: 30.5
Waist: 32
Lower Abs: 35.5
Hips: 41
Thigh: 23.5

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/28/2014 2:31PM

    Doing Fantastic!!!!

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STODD251 11/20/2014 9:05AM

    That's awesome!!!

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WALTERSLOSA 11/15/2014 11:45PM

    Awesome. Way to go!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/15/2014 5:11PM

    Fabulous!!!!!!!

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ADARKARA 11/15/2014 4:21PM

    What amazing results!! emoticon

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NHES220 11/15/2014 2:50PM

    Wow, way to go. Great results!

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/15/2014 1:40PM

    POSITIVELY FANTASTIC! You must be so proud of yourself for what you've accomplished - and we're all so pleased for you!
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CATTUTT 11/15/2014 1:39PM

    Wow, congratulations on all your accomplishments! You've done so much and it's AWESOME!

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SHARJOPAUL 11/15/2014 1:07PM

    WOW!!!!!!
Great!!!

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Official Race Photos!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014





  
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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/15/2014 8:38PM

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/12/2014 11:28PM

    Running and looking good doing it!!!!

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THEBLONDEGENIUS 11/12/2014 11:09PM

    Woooooo look at you! I'm so proud of you!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 11/12/2014 2:51PM

    Right on!! Congrats!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/12/2014 2:03PM

    Fabulous pictures of a wonderful event. Worth keeping. BTW- You look great!!!!


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CATTUTT 11/12/2014 1:36PM

    What great photos!

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ADARKARA 11/12/2014 12:24PM

    I love the one where you're checking your watch because it looks so casual and like you're just breezing through it. Way to go!

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CINDHOLM 11/12/2014 12:12PM

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DR1939 11/12/2014 10:35AM

    Looking good!

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KALANTHA 11/12/2014 10:08AM

    Love your pics! Congrats on running!

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WALTERSLOSA 11/12/2014 9:19AM

    Your photos look great! I'm lucky if I can look up at the camera.

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NHES220 11/12/2014 9:11AM

    Wow, you got some great pictures! Way to go. And you look great!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/12/2014 8:56AM

    awesome sparking! KUDOS!

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Second Half Marathon Done!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

So here's my back story. I tried to talk myself out of this at least three times in the past two weeks.

First, I was worried about my Monday midterm. I wanted extra time to study...and two weeks out, looking at my run schedule, I felt like I was being an irresponsible student by not prioritizing studying above everything else. Then, over last weekend, with the cold snap that moved in...well, I really thought about giving up when I saw that it would be barely above freezing. And then on Wednesday, I got a cold. Bad enough that I went through an entire box of tissues between Wednesday and Thursday night!

Here's the thing: you can always find a reason to give up. But at the end, you'll be glad you didn't. I dragged my close-to-carcass out of my bed at 5:00, looked at the temperature, and seriously thought about going back to bed. And at at least two points during the race I thought about it again...

But then, at mile 11, at the end of my second allocated walk break, I REALLY didn't think I could finish. And for the first time during that entire race, the sun came out. I swear, I heard the hallelulah chorus...though that might have been the exhaustion, dehydration, and caffeine deprivation talking.

Though I'm PRETTY sure the giant bear holding the sign cheering on the "BEAR-athoners" was real. Either that, or I high-fived a hallucination...

The point is, I almost gave up, and I almost talked myself out it. But there's always a reason you can grab. You can always talk yourself out of something hard...and you'll regret it. I pushed myself hard, and made it through my second half marathon!

I finished my first half marathon in 2:33:40. Which was not bad at all for my first time! My goal for this one was 2:30, so I was REALLY close!!

This time around, my goal was 2:25...right at about 11 minutes per mile. I'd been averaging that on my longer runs, so I figured I could keep up.

But I did BETTER!!

Even with my slower start this morning (it took me longer than usual to get warmed up and into a strong pace), I crossed the 3.8 mile check at 00:37:24 - with an average pace of 9:51 min/mile. I stuck with a strong pace from that point on, and hit the 10K mark at 01:00:21 - an average pace of 9:31 min/mile. Then I took a walk break, and needed some time time to get my pace back after that...but I finished at 02:15:27!!

02:15:27!!!

WOO HOO!!





And now I'm relaxing with a celebratory glass of champagne and cuddles from Miss Kitty!


  
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    WooHoo!! Awesome job :)

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CBMOOREFIELD 11/10/2014 2:11PM

    Great job!!

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/10/2014 1:54PM

    BRAVO TO YOU!
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(and of course a nice warm Miss kitty to come home to)
Hope your cold is on its way out and you are very proud of yourself!


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SHARJOPAUL 11/10/2014 8:21AM

    WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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APPLESBANANAS 11/10/2014 6:01AM

    Yayyyyy!!!!!! Congrats! Thanks for the motivating story.

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DR1939 11/9/2014 9:52PM

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NHES220 11/9/2014 8:00PM

    That is an amazing time! Aren't you glad you got out of bed! Miss Kitty must be very proud or not, she is a cat (I know as I have one). Did mine too and was shooting for 2:30:00 and came in at 2:29:02. I'll see what happens next time if I can shave some time off. Maybe Miss Kitty will let you have the tub!

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/9/2014 1:50PM

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What an amazing prelude to a fantastic run. I imagine it had a LOT to do with the BEARathon sign. That would send me off really happy. COngratulations and good luck with your midterms.



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CATTUTT 11/9/2014 1:39PM

    Congratulations on your half marathon, and especially your time! That's awesome! You sure earned that glass of champagne and some Missy Kitty snuggles.

Hope the rest of your day is just as awesome!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/9/2014 12:45PM

    Ah, Miss Kitty lurks around champagne, too! Smart one she is!

WAHOO on your run. Awesome!

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