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Strategies to get me thru...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Holidays can be a time that I just let everything I have worked hard for during the previous months slip. There are so many things I try to get done that I can feel like a knot is being tied tighter and tighter in my stomach. I can rush around with a sense of urgency that never leaves for weeks.

I can make it different if I want. There are strategies I can use to ease myself from a “now, now, now!” mind frame. This by no means is a complete list but just the first ideas that pop in my mind:

1. PLAN AHEAD—make lists, don’t wait till the last minute, schedule my time better
2. EXERCISE—this really gives me the break from routine and makes me feel better
3. FIND SOME RELAX TIME—doing something for ME helps to de-stress and not feel left out when I am doing for “everyone else”
4. REMEMBER THE DAY and why I am celebrating. Keep that “attitude of gratitude” as I have so many things to be thankful for. (for Thanksgiving)

I am pleased that for Thanksgiving I was able to do these. Even though it had been a horrific week with car upsets, I did focus on these points and at the end of the day...I can look back and say it was a really great day!

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GERRYD8784 11/25/2007 2:02PM

    Good for you, Mary, not letting holiday stresses get the best of you! Hope those car "upsets" didn't last long. I'm glad you were able to enjoy your day. After all your hard work, you deserve it!

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NANCY-GIRL 11/24/2007 2:33PM

    Great, honest post, Mary. You've worked too hard & come too far & let the holidays ruin it all. You have a good head about you & a good plan laid out. ...... what's this about car upsets? Is that British slang for accidents?? Is everyone OK?........ Take care, hugs, Nancy

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TRICOTINE 11/23/2007 2:01PM

    YAY!!! Good for you!!! :-)

I am pleased to say that I did pretty good myself! In fact, I lost a pound on Thanksgiving! :-))


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Caught at the Finish

Monday, November 05, 2007

I love the Lake District of England!! Saturday 3 November gave me another chance to run a trail race in this fantastic place. I had never been to Ullswater in Cumbria and this was well worth the 90 mile drive.

The day was a perfect November morning with leaves of gold, flames, and evergreen pine around. The motorway up to Penrith was clear and the views were beautiful and a forward to what was waiting. I always enjoy seeing the wind farm visible from the road! So cool to see these giant pinwheel blades spinning like a misplaced giant child's toy.

The turn off to the A road was easy to find and we were gifted with view after view that I just was wowed by. Snaped as many pics as I could and then we arrived near the finish. Once organized and changed, it was a short walk to the lakesite field where I picked up my number and where all the competators would board a classic steamer boat to take us down lake to the official start. SO cool!!!

At the other side of the lake it was all off and quick instructions given and off we went! What a trail!! It was almost uphill immediatly. I was going at my own pace and not knowing what to expect I took it carefully.

The trail was rocky underfoot and I was constantly watching my footing. It was a 12K (8 miles actually) distance but very decieving due to the 3 uphills, one I thought the marshal was joking about when I saw how steep it was.

The views are pictures in my mind that I hope to be able to capture on film one day. From various points along the trail I could see the Lake and the additional steamer boats bringing more racers for their staggered start times.

From the 10K mark it was finally an open grass decent to the farm gate, the road out to the main road, then .3mile to the finish field. I ran with my heart and although I was tired I was elated to have the energy and stamina to finish with a great run in.

My wonderful husband, cheerleader, photographer, and all around great guy, caught this snap of me as I ran across the finish line with a time of 2:06:59! I'm already looking forward to next spring for the start of the 2008 Lakeland Trail series events! (more pics to follow on my other blog)

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BFITNHAPPY 11/27/2007 10:22AM

    Belated congratulations on a great race Mary! Wow, makes me want to run trails. You are incedible! Denise

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TRICOTINE 11/19/2007 4:34PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your run! You are such an inspiration to me! :-)
I have never run a race yet, but I so would like to! I almost did it this year, but I knew I wouldn't be ready. I am only at Week 6 of the Couch to 5 K program...

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TLB513 11/17/2007 8:18AM

    I just love reading your blogs... you paint such a visual, I can see the countryside from this side of the pond!

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COACHGIA 11/14/2007 6:28PM

    You look wonderful, Great finish!


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RHYNIC 11/10/2007 6:00PM

    a once again very impressive race. Well done. It sounded like so much fun. I checked out the other blog. The pictures are great. Dh told me that is we win the lottery tonight that I could plan as many races out of country as I want. I will be in your part of the world, that is for sure. gail

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RINAKING 11/6/2007 2:15PM

    Sounds like you had an enjoyable experience!!


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TANNIE64 11/5/2007 11:28AM

    Thanks for sharing and congrats on your run.

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RUNTILUDROP 11/5/2007 10:15AM

    What a beatiful place. Congrats on your run and I am like you. Can't wait for the start of another season. My last race for this year is a trail marathon December 3rd. Point to point course. This is the only marathon I have repeated as it is so fun. Gotta love the trails!

Take care,

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Rainbow day

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The morning had a glow about it. In the eastern sky the sun was golden like one of those scenes from a painting. Rays of light were shining though the clouds and casting a golden glow. It was as if the Watts were up around the 250 mark.

I could see rain clouds to the North and then I caught sight of the rainbow. I had looked out the window in the upstairs bedroom and saw the color filled ribbon marking the field directly across from the house. I ran to get the camera to catch the arch before it disappeared from view.

Rainbows fascinate me. I do get awed easily and am like a little kid with the "WOW!" expression and just watching until it fades from view. They don't last long, and they can be easily missed if you aren't looking for them.

It's like those special moments that might just come but once and if I blink an eye, they are gone. I think it's looking at the day as if I am on a rainbow hunt. If I am looking to be awed, then most often I am. It's in the simple things that I find much satisfaction.

Rainbows aren't visible out my bedroom window every day, but I can still look for them. I can make every day a "Rainbow Day" with my attitude of grattitude and awe.

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ANNE7777 11/3/2007 11:10AM

    Hi Mary -I look for rainbows too! You reminded me of the ONE time I saw a double-rainbow--it was during my best friend's bachlarette party. i saw it and called for all the ladies to come out on her back poarch to see it--it was spectacular. She is still my best friend and she and hubby are doing well!
Hope you are doing weel--I love reading your blogs. XOXO--Anne

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TLB513 10/31/2007 12:40PM

    :o) I'm so glad to have you as a friend!
Looking for the rainbow...

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More than numbers

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How to measure achievements? How to feel like I am getting someplace? What do I feel like when I only use one form of standard…the scale and it doesn’t reflect a downward slide?

If I was to only use the scale to mark my “success” with becoming a healthier person I would really get upset. And when I DO use just the scale I DO get disappointed. I really wish I lost weight quickly and consistently, but with my health issues the reality is I don’t. I loose weight at a snail’s pace and I can put it back on like a jet plane.

Therefore, I need to look someplace else than the scale to measure my “achievement”. Just this week I’ve been noticing these even more. When I put on that great leather belt with the fancy buckle, I will need to put a new hole in it to have it fit me properly. It's doesn't have any more to use.
With the colder weather I put on a running jacket that I haven’t worn since the early spring, and it fits so much better at the hipline. (I remember when I first bought that jacket 3 years ago, it was very snug at the hip and the only way I could wear it was to open the side zippers at the mesh inset to allow me extra room, now I don’t need to do that.)
The gold wrist bracelets are looser and can even slide off without being unfastened.

I enjoy my running and have noticed that my speed has increased with the races I have taken part in this year; in fact I have been pleased with the several personal best times I have achieved. My breathing while out running seems almost effortless at times. The hill repeats that I challenge myself with are enabling me to run better.

It’s a good thing that I sew and have a sewing machine because when Iput a skirt on that I haven’t worn since last winter, I am going to need to take the waist in at least 2 inches! (right now the safety pin is holding it together!)

When I look at pictures of myself from just over this year, I see a dramatic change. There is a glow that radiates from a more toned face and body. I don’t even need to take my measurements, because I know without numbers, that I am achieving.

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SAMANTHA_JEAN 10/29/2007 9:44PM

    great blog. very uplifting to hear about a sucessful journey

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RINAKING 10/26/2007 3:37PM

    Way to go!! Great reflection.

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ANNE7777 10/25/2007 7:30PM

    YAY Mary--this indicates you are in this for the long run (pardon the pun!). Not being so concerned with numbers, but rather for the health of it all! I am proud of you. I can relate to you too! Keep it up Strong Woman! Peace--Anne

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GERRYD8784 10/24/2007 10:10PM

    Great blog entry, Mary. You should be very proud of all you've accomplished. You're an inspiration to all of us on the Daisy Falls team!

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FITLIKENIC 10/24/2007 7:40PM

    Wonderful! I wish I had a sewing machine, been on my wish list for years, but I do have a wonderful MIL who helps with the taking in as needed. Now that we are 2 hours apart I'll have to get shopping! Good for you on the things you've noticed, improved running time must feel amazing! Continued success to you!

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NANCY-GIRL 10/24/2007 5:04PM

    How sweet is that??? It's amazing how much we focus on numbers - weights, measures, times, laps, sizes, etc. They're just numbers. What's really nice is how we look in some of our new numbers. ............. Personally, I don't sew, so I have lots of safety pins to take in my skirts. I have gotten rid of a lot of clothes, but I'm keeping my pinned-in skirts! The pins make the sizes adjustable, right??? LOL .............. Keep up the good work & High 5's to you!! Daisy Falls Rocks!!!!

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Leaving a Positive Legacy: My Motivation

Friday, October 12, 2007

Why do I do what I do? Why am I determined to be a healthier me. Why do put my body through the miles and miles of training for running the various races I run? Why do I choose not to eat certain things?

I am selfish, that's why!

I want to be around for as long as I can. I want to feel the wind on my face and see mountains, and valleys, and hot air balloons. I want to run lakeside trails, paved streets, rural rambling roads and I want to test my abilities to see what I am capable of. I want to see my grandchildren have children.

I want to hear my children tell me of their achievements and dreams. I want to feel the electricity of their joy, give them hugs when they need them. Be a shoulder, and a friend to those I meet. I want to let people know that someone is there for them and remind them how fantastic they are.

I want to sit and listen to my husband play his guitar and hear the stories of what life was like for him growing up an ocean away from me. I want to enjoy his company for years and years and years.

Yes, I am selfish, and that is why I do what I do. I want every bit of life that I can get. I want to wring it dry and then pull every bit of moisture that is left out with my mouth. I want my passing to be like a sonic boom! I'm leaving this place with vapour trails and burning tire tracks. I'm not going quietly. Nope...I'm leaving a legacy that will continue. I'm making the most of everything that is given to me. Grabbing on with both hands and yelling a loud YEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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CAELAXO 10/15/2007 12:11PM

    Great blog!! Keep up the good work!!

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SAMANTHA_JEAN 10/14/2007 11:17PM

    good be selfish, you should be! you are truly an inspiration. Keep it up =D

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SANDYK2 10/13/2007 7:13PM

    Mary, You are a great inspiration! There is no selfishness in what your doing you've just learned what it means to love yourself I know that must be a wonderful feeling. Keep up the great work your doing.

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RHYNIC 10/13/2007 6:25PM

    Hey Girl, this doesn't sound like a post that was created my a selfish person. way way to much love, passion and happiness.

Your great. So glad we met.

love gail

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GERRYD8784 10/13/2007 3:14PM

    Great blog, Mary. You are already an inspiration with all you have accomplished. You call yourself selfish, and I get your meaning, but you're also selfless in your desire to be a shoulder for others who need it, and a friend to those you meet.

Thanks for stopping by my page, and for your supportive comments. Looking forward to continuing to get to know you as we continue on this journey together.


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TLB513 10/13/2007 2:32PM

    Mary, my friend...

You are a LIVING legacy! Yes. Yes, you are!


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FITLIKENIC 10/12/2007 8:51PM

    I must say you have a way with words! Lovely blog and that photo is so beautiful! You are a great inspiration and I can see you leaving a wonderful trail of memories.

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