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I Love You Sweetheart!

Monday, April 14, 2014


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THIS IS TOO FUNNY AND OH SO TRUE

A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with your husband.

The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"

All the women raised their hands.

Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?"

Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember. The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart."

The women were then told to exchange phones with another person, and
to Read aloud the text message they received, in response.

Here are some of the replies:

1. Who the hell is this?

2. Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?

3. Yeah, and I love you too. What's up with you??

4. What now? Did you wreck the car again?

5. I don't understand what you mean?

6. What the ___ did you do now?

7. You're kidding, right ?

8. Don't beat about the bush; just tell me how much you need?

9. Am I dreaming?

10. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.

11. I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.

12. Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she???

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AHARRIS02 4/23/2014 11:57AM

    Love this!!!

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IONA72 4/16/2014 4:31AM

    I can imagine getting one or two of those!

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CFMOSS 4/15/2014 7:20AM

    snicker sort of......

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DMEYER4 4/14/2014 10:00PM

  cute thanks for sharing

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Great Columbia River Crossing 10k ~10.13.13 ~ New P.R. Yip!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Feeling really good about results from running the 10k Columbia River Crossing this morning. Came in 15th in my division which is unreal (for me!). Made a new PR in 10k, 5k, 1mile and 1k so that was pretty cool also. My official time was 1:05:45 and 15th out of 45 in division. Overall place 686 out of 1372 and gender place 326 out of 822. Average pace 10:32. Do I have it in me to improve a little for next year? Gonna give it a try!



The two guys in the photo are my dear nephews... they placed 2nd and 3rd overall and are great runners.



Before the race I met up to say Hi and get a photo with Carlene. She is on the BLC-23 Scarlet Seals team with me and it was great to see her. We stood in front of the Dismal Nitch sign which is the starting point of the race. It is on the Washington side of the River and then we run across to bridge finishing in Oregon. It is an annual event and this year there were 3,500 that participated. Of that number about 2000 were un-timed walkers.



Fall is really in the air. I took a quick photo of the Fall foliage on the hill at the start line that is starting to turn.



After finishing the race, I headed off to work. It is one of the busier days of the year at the restaurant and we had a wait line for most of the day. I'm glad to be home now and off my feet!

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FRANKLY5 11/22/2013 4:12PM

    I'm proud of you

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FLORIDASUN 11/15/2013 10:03AM

    Holy smokes...you are DOING it girlfriend...sooooo very proud of you! You did GREAT on your times..I'm so proud of you and amazed at your tenacity!

Great that you have wait lines...that is awesome! I have started watching the cutest show called Sweetie Pies....it's all about a mom, her son and their life running a great soul food restaurant...every time I see it I think of you and your sis! Maybe you should get a t.v. show too! It's on the OWN channel..you know Oprah's new station. emoticon It's really cute and entertaining!

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WAIANAEGAL 10/23/2013 12:36PM

    Hello Rhonda... I love all of your pictures and emoticon on all of your great times... I know if you feel you can better them you will... you'll take it on one step at a time... emoticon

I so enjoyed the short visit with you, and I was so happy to participate in the Crossing. I miss the PNW but know I'll be back some day.

Have a great week 5 of BLC23 with the Scarlet Seals.

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LYNNIERN 10/15/2013 9:56PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your PR and how cool is it that you got to meet Carlene!

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MEADSBAY 10/14/2013 9:37AM

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Must be fun when some young person at works complains of being tired to say 'Oh, btw- I ran a 10K with a PR before I came to work THIS MORNING'.
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TRICIALICI 10/14/2013 3:24AM

    Wow! You remind me of the energizer bunny: last week a marathon, this week a 10k! You're AMAZING! emoticon

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Portland Marathon 10.6.2013 Done Done and Done!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

I have been so nervous about this day for months... and finally it is done and behind me. I have run a couple of half marathons in the past and they were not easy. I wanted to do a full for some strange reason and spent the Summer training for it. Training for a full marathon is not easy. It takes a lot of time and commitment. I had a couple of bad training runs and those always made me think that maybe this wasn't a distance made for me. But friends... I'm here to tell you that I did it and finished with a SMILE on my face.



The Hubs and I drove to Portland yesterday to go to the Expo and pick up my number. There is no number pick up on event day so coming a day early was really the only option. The volunteer who helped me really got a kick out of having her photo taken. She was a sweetheart and the event volunteers are really awesome.



The expo was fun and it is always interesting to see what the vendors have for sale. I really like a few running skirts but they were no deal at $69. Makes me think about giving sewing a try.

When we got to our room I laid out all of my clothes so I would have everything ready for morning. Getting up at 5:15am isn't something I look forward to doing and I never get much sleep the night before... so early preparation is critical. At least flat Rhonda was ready to go!



When the alarm went off, I got up and started getting myself ready. I had a moment of absolute panic when I couldn't find my socks. Flat Rhonda wasn't ready.. no socks! I was positive I had packed 2 pairs but couldn't put my finger on them. No socks is a deal breaker and means no run. Fortunately, after tearing everything apart I found both pairs. That really had my heart pounding. I brought some instant oatmeal with me and made a couple of packets for a quick breakfast. I usually eat Oatmeal every morning before going to the gym so I felt it should be safe.

The hubs and I stayed in my Sister's condo located right in downtown Portland... literally blocks for the start line. We really were lucky... no problems with transportation, parking, etc. and the hubs had a place to go and relax while I was doing the marathon. Worked beautifully. We headed out the door at 6:00am and headed to the starting area. I estimated my finish time somewhere between 5hr 30 min and 6hrs so I was assigned corral F.



Milled around and chatted with folks for a half hour or so and then we were off. I actually didn't realize I had crossed the starting mat until I was over it. I guess I was expecting some sort of banner ... but it was pretty subtle.

The volunteers on the course were great. We had our names on our bibs so I heard people calling my name and encouraging me all along the course. That was very motivational. I enjoyed the experience and acted like I was in a parade and waved and high fived people. I figured why not? I wasn't out to win... just finish!

The course was really well laid out and beautiful. We went from one end of the City to the other, crossed bridges, went through residential and commercial areas and had spectators, bands and portapotties in abundance. I didn't even turn on my ipod until Mile 13 there was so much going on. One funny thing... I noticed about half way through that I was passing lots of people that started in faster corrals. Interesting... lots of them were guys and they were hurting. Me thinks they didn't train adequately and thought they could just wing it. I also noticed several with shoes on that seemed to be worn out. That is a recipe for disaster. I have found when I get 300-350 miles on my shoes they need to be replaced... even though they look fine. The support you need is just gone. When my hips, knees, legs hurt after a shorter run it is usually because my shoes need to be replaced.

When I got to mile 20 I entered uncharted territory. I had completed two 20 mile training runs... but nothing longer. One of the things that made me nervous was nutrition. You always hear about hitting the wall at mile 20 or so and I really don't like to eat much while I'm running. I have tried gu's but they sort of bother me intestinally.. if you know what I mean. I have done best with Cliff Shot Bloks. I used one at mile 9, 15 and 22. Sort of forgot about them or I would have used more. I did drink sips of Ultima (sports drink?) and Water every few miles on the course and took a couple of gummy bears and candy corn offered by the volunteers. Again, I didn't want to risk a problem. At mile 21 I was feeling fine and mentally strong. My body, particularly lower legs in ankle /shin area were aching and I could feel a couple of areas on both feet that could potentially blister. I tried to wiggle my toes and re-position my socks a few times but that wasn't real effective. I was wearing good shoes and pro compression socks so shouldn't get blisters. (As it turned out my feet were sore but no blisters... hooray!)

With each passing mile I thought... I'm really going to do this! I'm going to be able to finish. It was so empowering! I mostly walked the last six mile with some jog intervals but I was fine with that. I wanted to finish strong and feel good so I just walked as fast as I felt I could. Everyone around me was mostly walking also so no big deal.

The last mile was full of spectators and went by pretty fast. Just before mile 26 I spotted my hubbie and daughter.. she drove up to see her Mama finish. That was a real treat and very sweet of her to spend her precious week-end time to honor me. She took this photo as I was "whizzing" by lol.



The finish line was great. The timing tag was computerized so they knew my name as I went over the mat and announced it to the crowd. Then they put this awesome medal around my neck and gave me a rose. Portland is the "Rose City"... sort of like New York is the "Big Apple". I also received a finishers tee-shirt, a commemorative medallion, a necklace charm, a tree seedling to plant (how Oregon is that!), and a space blanket. Lots of swag wouldn't you say?





Here is a picture of my Nike Fuel Band.... over 60,000 steps today. I thinks that is a record for me for sure!



After taking a shower we headed out for a late lunch. I took the opportunity to order Mac and Cheese... it was yummy! If not today... when?... oh and of course I had to wear my finishers shirt!



Thanks for taking time to read about my stellar day. I didn't "hate" the marathon distance like I though I might so I'm thinking another will probably be in my future. I do have the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC on my bucket list... and my Portland finish time was fast enough that I shouldn't have a problem "beating the bridge". You have to maintain a 14 min/mile pace or better with MCM or get disqualified. I finished with an average 13 min/mile so have a little margin.



My "official" finish time won't be available until later tonight but this should be fairly close.

I'm smiling.... quite happy to now have this behind me.

  
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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/11/2013 8:55AM

  emoticon I had no idea ... You are amazing Rhonda!

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DRADDIE 10/31/2013 2:49PM

    Well done!!! What an achievement!!!

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ALIHIKES 10/8/2013 11:19PM

    Congratulations! Amazing achievement! emoticon

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TRICIALICI 10/8/2013 11:01PM

    Thanks for sharing your AWESOME STORY! A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you! I'm in AWE of anyone who can finish a marathon!
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Thanks, too for being OK with TNT results being posted on Monday! You might want to let your team know, so they don't wonder where they are. It's fun to have another team join us. Don't ever feel pressure though, if you'd like to sign on with another team's challenge, or do your own thing! Good luck with this week's TNT!

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NANCYSINATRA 10/8/2013 8:15AM

    What an amazing story. Great Job!!!

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LYNNIERN 10/7/2013 11:28PM

    Congratulations, you are so awesome!!

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MEADSBAY 10/7/2013 9:34PM

    Dear Rhonda-
I am so happy for you and proud of you!
You are such an amazing woman and an inspiration for so many of us!
Thank you for sharing your experience- great blog!
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    Congrats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WAIANAEGAL 10/7/2013 1:05PM

    So happy for you... and truly in awe... hope to see you this weekend for the Crossing on Sunday...

I'm just amazed by you!!

Carlene

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CATONAMISSION 10/7/2013 9:23AM

    What a great run! Thanks so much for your inspiring post, Rhonda!

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PAULOBRY 10/7/2013 8:06AM

    Congrats!

I had placed this race on Outlook so I could check-in with you on how it went. Nice surprise to see that you had time during your "recovery" to prepare a great blog on the event.

Only downside is that I guess I won't see your virtual races for a little while during recovery. But you can't duplicate the real thang!

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CFMOSS 10/7/2013 7:11AM

    So, so fantastic. Congratulations.

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JUST_TRI_IT 10/6/2013 10:36PM

    Spectacular!!! And today was just a beautiful day for a long run. Congratulations on such a memorable feat!

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KAYOTIC 10/6/2013 10:24PM

    emoticon I finished my first marathon last Saturday, and it was wonderful (and that surprised the heck out of me, since I hadn't properly trained due to a knee injury)

Great blog, race report, and congrats on finishing!

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Friends.... are you living?

Friday, October 04, 2013



  
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WAIANAEGAL 10/4/2013 11:38PM

    very cool... and yes it's good to think about living... while we're still here.

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MEADSBAY 10/4/2013 6:22PM

    Love that.
I have lost 4 siblings (of my 13), 3 of them younger than me and I'm only 61, so I learned long ago to live each day fully.
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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 10/4/2013 11:03AM

    Wow... That was a kick in the pants! Thank you for sharing!!!

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BRAINNOISE 10/4/2013 11:00AM

    Thanks for the reminder

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Scarlet Seals - Pre-Start Challenge

Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Part of the pre-start challenge is to come up with how we will reward ourselves if we do all the daily challenge activities in any given week. Having participated in BLC-22 I have found that the challenges are for the most part pretty doable. I am also an active Sparker so typically I check in with the team daily and I always post a weigh in every week. BLC-23 will be concluding a few weeks before Christmas so I'm thinking a new Christmas outfit would be a nice reward. When I am home I usually just wear black workout pants and a tee-shirt so maybe something a bit more festive might be in order. We have a family dinner on Christmas Eve so something comfy but a little classier than workout pants might be nice.

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The biggest issue for me for BLC23 isn't the fitness component but keeping my eating in check.
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That is tough for me... and when I get sugar in my system my logical brain seems to shut off and the lizard brain takes over and says "eat eat eat... for tomorrow you may die" lol. Fortunately, the next morning I feel better and logic takes over and I get back on track. But I hate the feelings of guilt that accompanies eating off plan and damage is done. Whatever small progress I made the prior week just goes "poof".

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When I joined Weight Watchers and started my "healthy living" journey back in 2007 I weighed 80 pounds more than I do now. I reached my WW goal in 2009 and since that time have dropped an additional 10 pounds. I am at a healthy weight now, but in my opinion I still carry a few extra pounds so I'm not ready to say I'm at goal.

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I have been exercising regularly for 5 years at home and also at the gym taking classes. One thing that is problematic for me is my leftover loose droopy skin... and unfortunately it isn't going to get any better despite my efforts. It is the penalty for years (actually decades) of yo-yo weight re-gain and loss. I have toyed with the idea of loose skin removal surgery for a couple of years now and have decided to move forward. I have a consultation appointment scheduled for late next month with a plastic surgeon to see what can be done and how expensive it will be. On one hand I tell myself I really can't afford it... but on the other hand it is a quality of life thing. Am I worth any less than a new car? Will I appreciate it more than I would a new car? I think so. This loose skin is a daily irritating issue for me so time to take some action. Fortunately my DH is on board and thinks if it is important to me I should do it.

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When I was 35 (22 years ago) I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was pretty shocking at the time and surprising to me as I didn't have a family history. I had surgery (lumpectomy), radiation and chemo treatments. Afterwards I was left with boobs where one was a C cup and one an A cup. Not pretty. I wore a lot of blazers. I had a pretty intense job at the time working long hours and never really thought of myself and my needs. I decided to wait 5 years before having corrective surgery just in case I had a recurrence. 5 years came and went and I never got around to fixing the issue until almost 20 YEARS later. By then I had almost convinced myself that I was so old why bother. Well, I did it and after I finally had reconstructive surgery I couldn't believe I waited so long. It was one of the best things I had ever done for myself! Let me tell you.. Perky boobs in your 50's rock! I also found that boobs defined my waist and just made me feel better about myself. And best of all I no longer dreaded putting on fitted work-out clothes.

But back to the loose skin issue I'm faced with now. It has bothered me for a long time. I don't look forward to having the surgery and going through the recovery... but I'm thinking the long term benefits outweigh the short term inconvenience. When I go running and see jiggly skin on my thighs I just cringe. When I lift weights at the gym and see the skin droop on my upper arms I shudder. And let's not even talk about getting in a swimsuit.

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Soooo... my plan for BLC-23 is to take off a few pounds, continue with my regular fitness program, complete my marathon training and then run my first marathon (first week-end in October). I also have a 10k run scheduled for mid-October. If I do go through with the surgery, I think the best time would be after the Holidays... probably Jan. Getting rid of that baggage may finally make me feel like I can get my head to a place where I am ready to say that I'm at goal and move to maintenance.

Oh... last part of the pre-start challenge are the before pictures. It was rainy and windy out this morning so I dressed in long pants and long sleeved shirt for my run. Note the snazzy shirt that matches my shoes. I bought the shoes and the very next day I found a matching shirt at the thrift store in like new condition for $5. SCORE!



  
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SHEENADEE 9/24/2013 11:20PM

    Looking good! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Best wishes for BLC 23!!!

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RUNGRL2013 9/24/2013 4:35AM

    Congratulations Rhonda on your journey; and thanks for being open and sharing your story with us. I think you go girl, and do what you need to do in order o feel your best. We have but one life--go for it!! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/23/2013 9:48PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story.
You look so good and are so active that sometimes I forget that you have lost so much wt.
I think if you can scrape the money together for that surgery and it will make you feel better- go for it, girlfriend!
btw- I pretty much live in my black workout pants, too.
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MABELL1WFTX 9/23/2013 7:47PM

    Go for the correction of the drooping skin. If I was 20 years younger, I would definitely do it. Anything to make yourself feel good and confident.

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WAIANAEGAL 9/23/2013 12:21PM

    OH Rhonda... you are so wise to take care of the loose skin while you are younger... I'd thought of it too, put some weight back on... and 2 years later think that I'm just too old for the whole procedure. Don't put it off!!

Love the blue... such a pretty color... good luck with the marathon, are you doing the crossing on 10-13? I'm coming up for it, just a short weekend trip, had some mileage and a credit at Southwest, so will fly in for it...

Have a great week, Keep Sparkin'!!!

Carlene

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