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From Me to Boston. Keeping STRONG!

Monday, April 21, 2014

I haven't run outside in 5 months!
Yesterday, Sunday 20 April it was time to change that!
Not only was it Easter, it was my Wedding Anniversary, and the eve of the Boston Marathon 2014.
I don't live in Boston, or even in the USA, but as a US Citizen living abroad, I have been in Boston several times and love that city!!
Five years ago my English husband took part in that prestigious and oldest marathon and I joined the enormous crowd lining Boylston Street and cheered him along the final straightaway.
Being a marathoner myself I respect the dedication it takes to train and then run the gruelling 26.2 mile distance.

This year's race is tinged with sad memories from last year's horrific events, but like a Phoenix, rising from the pain and tragedies of those bombings, Boston runs today!!!

Yesterday, I was not going to listen to the nagging excuse making voice in my head and I clicked on "robot mode" and readied myself for my run. This would be MY tribute to Boston and so I wore my souvenir hat of the 2009 Marathon, I thought of 12 years ago and my wedding morning as I started my assent up the hill out of my village. I remembered what I wrote in my blog of a year ago
"Today as I went for my run....I carried those thoughts and my prayers with every foot strike. I made my run a tribute to all those runners who lace up every day/any day, who run with their soul, to places not measured in miles, but with their hearts. My sport gives me a sense of peace, may we come together and bring each other a bit closer...and may we all continue to run strong!"

May we ALL keep STRONG! My "celebratory after picture"

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HERMIEME 5/14/2014 4:31AM

    Congrats on your return to running Mary and emoticon ! Great pic of you - great you got the hat to treasure!

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ROBYN168 4/22/2014 4:05PM

    I live just outside of Boston, and yesterday was an amazing day. You could feel the pride in the air even if you weren't close to the city.

Great job on getting back on the road.

Happy Anniversary.

We are truly BOSTON STRONG!

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2BERUNNING 4/22/2014 1:00PM

    I love that picture of you! So beautiful!!!! Happy Anniversary to you guys too :) emoticon

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LOPEYP 4/22/2014 7:25AM

    Happy Anniversary!!

It was a wonderful day for Boston yesterday. The TV coverage all week has been phenomenal. It was so nice to see that those injured last year are recovering now and many participated in the race. You just can't keep us down.


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KRZYKAT3 4/21/2014 10:18PM

    emoticon wonderful sentiments and attitude Mary! Congrats on having a wonderful day.

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ROCKNP90X 4/21/2014 5:39PM

    emoticon Awesome blog!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/21/2014 4:16PM

    Wonderful blog. I love that you pay tribute to those who run/ran the Boston Marathon and all who run. May you run a very long time to come.

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SAPHRAEL 4/21/2014 4:11PM

    Way to go, Mary! Happy Anniversary!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/21/2014 2:46PM

    Nice blog. Many hearts are in Boston today if only in spirit.

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SMART Goals for BLC/CAMO24

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My goals for this new round are Specific, Measurable, Realistic, and have a Timetable.

1. Lose 10 lbs or 5% of current body weight by the end of this round.
2. Complete the Jamie Eason's Live Fit Workout Plan. I am currently in week 4.
3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep in bed a night. (not falling asleep in the downstairs chair!!

My plan to achieve to lose the 10 pounds is:

1. Staying within my range for calories which means planning ahead, tracking my food and keeping it as clean as possible.
2. Keeping active every day with either gym workouts, walks, at home exercises.

To complete Jamie Eason's Live Fit Workout Plan, I need to follow the daily workouts either at the gym or the alternate ones for at home.
1. print out her plan at least a week in advance
2. record my results and steadily increase the weights.
3. be prepared each day by researching any moves that I are not familiar.

To make sure I get at least 7 hours sleep a night I need to
1. Take Jessie dog for a walk right after dinner
2. No late night work
3. Be in bed by 11pm on non early rise mornings by 10:30 on early rise.

I have set goals before and somewhere along the line my consistency has fallen by the wayside. Going the distance with these is my main focus. I plan to keep motivated by seeking encouragement from my AB Chell, my Spark Family, and my amazing CAMO CREW!! emoticon
I will also work out a reward plan, however, the biggest reward for me will be the increase in energy and the pride at accomplishing goals I have long waited to achieve.

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LOPEYP 1/24/2014 11:56AM

    Great goals! emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/23/2014 4:52PM

    Great goals! You also have a great plan to accomplish them.

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    You go CAMO Forever.

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2BERUNNING 1/21/2014 9:29AM

    Oh girlfriend you know I will be there to help you rock your goals! We are so going to kick butt this round. Love ya AB!!!!

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BLC24 GOALS- Because, "Goals not written down are just DREAMS"

Friday, January 10, 2014

I've had a lot of DREAMS over the years....and yes I have written them down to make them goals. I have seen goals achieved and therefore I know I CAN do what I set my mind to do. I want 2014 to be the year of ROUTINES...the year of COMPLETION...the year I DO IT! I want and plan for BLC24/CAMO24 to be a ROCKIN' ROUND! Here is my plan to ROCK!

1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and well focused will mean keeping my mind in the right place. I will do this by:
a. read- Finish, "The Fire Starter Sessions" and other positive/inspirational books
b. podcasts- listen weekly to No Excuses Workouts, NEWO Boot Camp
c. people- connect with all three of my children each week through phone or emails.
d. log into SPARK each day and read at least one blog and comment on it.

2. BODY~taking care of my body will ensure I take care of my health and that is imperative
a. eat within my calorie range with whole, clean and healthy foods
b. commit to and train for a half marathon before May
c. complete the Jamie Eason's LiveFit workout program
d. get at least 7 hours of sleep 6 days a week
e. drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
f. limit time-wasting activities so I can concentrate on what is most important during my day.

a. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week
b. do relaxing techniques each day (breathing, yoga, extra rest)
c. enjoy my hobby of cross stitching by completing the three projects I have planned

a. listen to others
b. remain curious (there are no failures..just opportunities to learn)
c. food/recipes

The most important reward for me will be to be a healthier, fitter, more stamina filled athlete who will be able to get off her high blood pressure medicine and be a ROCKSTAR grandmother, mother, and wife!

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AVAMARIE62 1/14/2014 3:39PM

    emoticon I like that you have put Mind first, after all it all starts in our heads! Here's to a great BLC24!

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2BERUNNING 1/14/2014 10:42AM

    You AB are amazing and so is your plan/goals! You got this, I believe in you :)

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    Looks great and who else better to accomplish those goals than YOU!!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/13/2014 12:37PM

    Love your goal blog! I love that you are planning for what you want to accomplish as well as stating it.

Good luck! Have fun!

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SMITTY4RL 1/13/2014 7:46AM

    Great blog--love how you delineated all your major goals, too. Hm, I need to get crackin' ;-). Awesome job!

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    Great post! For me not only writing them down but having them in my face is really important. Out of sight out of mind.

What goal? Oh yeah that goal, kind of forgot about it.

We just moved and chaos is still in the air but my goals are not on the wall where they are in my face to track and monitor.

You are off to a great start. Keep it going.

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SCRAPPY_RN 1/11/2014 8:53PM

    Great goals ~ I know you will do it!

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OLIVIANIGHT 1/11/2014 9:02AM

    They're great goals : ) You can do it!

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NEW-CAZ 1/11/2014 2:58AM

    Fantastic plan Mary emoticon

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ROCKNP90X 1/11/2014 1:31AM

    AWESOME plan!! I am with you on so many levels as well! This IS going to be the year for me as well as R24!! I am SO glad to be with you as a CAMO!! We WILL do it!! BTW, my DD name is Mary too!

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JANICEMC 1/11/2014 12:59AM

    Awesome plan Mary. Well thought out. emoticon

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CHANGINGEMMY 1/10/2014 10:38PM

    Great goals!! I wish you success this round of BLC!

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FITFRIT 1/10/2014 9:08PM

    great blog and amazing goals!

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10K Thoughts and Making a Legacy

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I ran another 10K this past Sunday on a course that I am very familiar with. I have run it 3 times before. I like this race because of the varied abilities of those participating.
It is a pretty flat course except for three inclines that go over the motorway.

For this weekend's challenge I needed to write about what type of legacy I want to leave, what type of story I want others to read about me.
I had been thinking about this the entire weekend and it was during the 10K that it was illustrated for me.

I had completed a couple of miles when I could hear a woman coming up on me and her comment to one of the race marshals that she hoped that some people would ahead of her would tire so she could overtake them. I had been needing a short walk break just as she came up to me.....she said" Don't worry, there are other people behind us, we aren't last". My reply was something to the effect, I'm not worrying about that, it really doesn't matter, it's how things go on the day and doing your best.

Then of course I was determined at that point that she was NOT going to stay ahead of me the entire race. I was going to pass her! I knew there was a water stop at the 3 mile mark and by doing run/walk/run intervals I was fresh enough to over take her just after she slowed to drink her water. I left her behind me just beyond the water and set my sights on the next runner ahead of me.

I was approaching an incline around a bend and needed to slow a little to negotiate it. Part of my mind was saying to give a backward glance to see where the woman I passed was. Then a thought came to me that it's more important for me to keep looking forward and where I am going then where I was/who was behind me. SO I never looked back, I kept eyes front and concentrated on my own speed, my own ability and being able to finish the race strong!

THAT is what I want my legacy to be...that I kept going forward and went through some difficult times in my life, but I left them behind. The goal for me is to finish this life STRONG. To show my children and grandchildren and those that know me that amazing things can be accomplished no matter what someone's age is!

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PMRUNNER 11/18/2013 2:49PM

    I loved the comment about focusing forward on your run instead of looking over your shoulder on who may be catching up! Great attitude!

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HOPEWELLNESS 8/26/2013 4:32PM

    Great job, Mary! You are so right! We can't do anything about what is behind us... but learn from it and keep moving forward. You have ... and will... do great things!

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MARGARITTM 8/22/2013 2:24PM

    Perfect perfect perfect!

C U @ the finish line ...... first one in saves the other a bottle of water!

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LJR4HEALTH 8/21/2013 7:24PM

    Great lesson learned at 10K & emoticon legacy to leave that you kept emoticon forward no matter what

Thanks for sharing this story

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KTLUND99 8/21/2013 10:23AM

    A good lesson for all of us! Thanks for sharing!

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NEW-CAZ 8/21/2013 2:46AM

    emoticon blog Mary, inspiring! emoticon emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 8/21/2013 1:05AM

    Mary love this! Look ahead, you can achieve it.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/21/2013 12:59AM

    WONDERFUL BLOG! Very inspiring and well thought out. Very clearly stated too. And you have succeeded. You are looking forward instead of back... looking to your next goal, race, competition.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and legacy wish.

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I am Enough Right NOW!!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

This week on my CAMO team our Special part of the weekly challenge was to write about what is holding me back from the weight loss/fitness results I want. Here is my revelation:

I AM A WARRIOR, but I forget that sometimes and let the fear of success and failure take my mind on a side street, off the path of my journey to my goals.
This was brought home to me last week as I was preparing for a short run.

When I run, even when the temps get a little warmer I wear a light wicking running jacket. I claim it's so I can have pockets for my keys, phone, tissues, etc. The real reason I wear it is I am self conscience of my body when I am out in the road. My lower abs are not toned up and there is a part of me I want to hide with the longer jacket length that a plain running shirt might not cover as well as my rear. I make sure that the shirt I am wearing under is either a running vest or a light weight short sleeve shirt.

The past couple of weeks the temps over here in England have been hot! Even getting out at 9 am it's already getting very warm. Last week I decided that with only 3 miles to do, that I would find an appropriate running shirt that I felt comfortable in and leave the jacket behind. I did an out and back run up the long hill from my house out along the ridge and back. I was in a more rural setting than some of my runs. I was very aware that my "covering" was gone and I was running exposed. At first I felt very uncomfortable, but then I just concentrated in my run, my breathing, the music and the great views. My goal was to run the entire way at my training pace. This I was successful at and am very pleased.

After retuning home I thought about how I have been at the same weight now of around 180 pounds for about 8 years and how this extra weight could very much be my "covering" and some place deep inside I am holding on to it for security. Could it be the fear of success that is keeping me "stuck" and not making the changes to lose into and beyond the 170s?

So to get "unstuck" I wrote a good friend and their reply was to "Take off your jacket. See things for what they are and not worse then they are. You are magnificent and enough right now.. just unfinished. Allow the "layers" both figuratively and emotionally to come off. Slowly. Be with the feelings, witness and let them go.
You don't need the jacket or the weight anymore Mary. I believe in you!"

HOW COOL is that!!! Someone saying they believe in me, that I am magnificent, and enough right now!! I am unfinished and by allowing the "layers" to come off I will change! I don't need the weight/or the jacket anymore and each day I am getting stronger and more aware of what I am capable of doing! It may still feel uncomfortable and vulnerable, but with change comes growth!!! I can do this!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/14/2013 7:24PM

    Visiting your page I saw the title and had to read this. WOW! You could have written this just for me. I think I'm also afraid of success. And I thought I was the only one who was like that. Thanks for your great insight. Hope you still run without the jacket!

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    "See things for what they are and not worse then they are."

Very wise statement and helpful to you! Good idea to take off your jacket.
Interesting realization about excess weight being a covering....security blanket.

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    Very smart friend...

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BRIAN36 8/7/2013 9:20AM

    wise friend

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JANEGSN 8/7/2013 2:36AM

    Mary, I agree with your friend. We often see ourselves in worse light than others do. The fact you are out running at all - that is worth being proud of. As your friend said "See things for what they are and not worse then they are." and you will probably see you are just fine as you are.

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LJR4HEALTH 8/6/2013 5:57PM

    What a amazing self revelation for you emoticon went on Many of us hold onto those extra layers for security and protection You are magnificent - awesome - amazing NOW ! and time to let others see how wonderful you truly are Time to shed those layers that yo have been hiding under emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/6/2013 4:03PM

    What a great realization! Come out and be you! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/6/2013 3:46PM

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