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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

....Enjoying the marathon

Oh how I really really liked this thought!! "Life is like a marathon. We run and run, not knowing where (or how far) the finish line lies. We focus so intensely on prolonging the race but sometimes--despite our best efforts--the race is cut short. "

Maybe it's because I am a runner...and have run 3 marathons and am preparing/in training for my fourth in April that I can relate to this. In the endeavour that is a marathon it's really pretty simple....prepare and then run. Oh I know that sounds very simplistic, but that is where I think I need to be right now.....keeping things simple.

I can see that lists, preparing for my day, focusing, doing what is infront of me, not getting bogged down with "Oh oh oh....I need to get this done, and that needs doing, and what about fitting that in and when am I every going to get to that!!! "swiming in my mind. Nope...it just comes to left, right, repeat.....left, right...repeat till I get to where I am going.

Yes there have been some serious bumps over the past two weeks. Christmas holiday was interupted by a car accident which made it not feel too festive the second week. However, I do the familiar, I plan and keep the quality of my life up.

I refocused on what is important to me and keep looking ahead to that finish tape. Having run the previous Marathons, and having run London last year, I know the route, I do know the distance, I know what it can feel like, BUT that doesn't mean I KNOW everything about this one. I don't know for sure how I will feel during my training, let alone how I will perform on the day. All I can do is prepare...and plan, and get myself ready for the run of my life, like the good animal I am. YES... I AM enjoying this marathon...and life!


Simple Messages

Monday, January 07, 2008

Do I try to make life too complicated? Do I stress myself out with all that I try to do in ONE day? Yep...I sure do.

I realized today that I seem to be always attempting to catch up. I get sidetracked with other things instead of doing the things I really need to do.

How to make the next day more simple than the one I just finished???? Plan for it. Instead of entering the day and looking at it as I look at a mishmashed shelf in my wardrobe I take the time to bring order to it. Very simply I took the time to make a list of those things that are on my MUST do list for tomorrow.

I feel relieved today, because now I know what I plan to get accomplished. I don't have to stare at the day and think....hmm what is it I was going to do? Maybe I'm just anal in this sense, but it brings a calm knowing that I don't have to do everything TODAY! I can arrange things so that I have a plan...and I will work that plan. It doesvery simply, help me to have a direction to my day.

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GERRYD8784 1/7/2008 7:14PM

    Ah, a plan does make such a difference. Some of my friend tease me because they see me as hyper-organized, with my Palm-Pilot always handy and updated with all my appointments and a prioritized to-do list. But without that list, or something like it, I am just overwhelmed and don't know where to start. I know how you feel, looking at an unstructured day with a million tasks all competing for your attention. Good for you, to recognize what you need and to take the time to give it to yourself. I think you just pampered yourself, Mary. Take the challenge points!

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Keeping it real and keeping it honest

Friday, January 04, 2008

Ok... Back to school...back to the very basics...back to keeping track, staying on track, being honest and real with each day; a day at a time.

I've reset my goal meter to reflect the damage done over the month of December. I'm not going to dwell on that. Too little exercise, not enough water, lack of motivation at times and just letting things slip. That was last year.

Now it's hitting the books, being true to myself, looking at what lies ahead, focus, focus, focus.

I have goals to reach, a new road awaiting and I am NOT going to stumble on the first hurdle. Today I am lacing up, and hitting my goal road. Each step gets me closer to what I am aiming to achieve.
My goals for January:
1. keep to my marathon training runs
2. drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
3. log my food every day
4. no late night snacking
5. loose at least half of the December weight gain

Working honestly to reach those goals!

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VIOLETROSES 1/8/2008 5:18PM

    good goals! I like the resetting the goal meter.

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GERRYD8784 1/5/2008 1:59PM

    You have a very thoughtful approach to goal setting, and the time you put into making your plan will pay off, I'm sure, in your success this month and this year. There are several of us trying to avoid evening snacking this month, and to reverse a weight gain we experienced in the last couple weeks or months -- guess we all got into some bad habits over the holidays. But you're right, it's time to put 2007 behind us and start fresh.

Good luck to you. Daisy Falls is going to be GREAT in 2008!

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FITLIKENIC 1/4/2008 10:48PM

    I second Laura! Let's start anew, take the good, let go of the bad and move forward... I like your goals, and I re-set on the Fast track just to refresh my mind... lets do it!

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LAURAJ53 1/4/2008 8:03PM

    I think many of us in the dorm are taking the same road you are. Wipe the slate clean, leave 2007 behind and work toward our goals for 2008. I wish you much success in meeting your goals. It is great having you in our dorm!

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    I'm there with you. I decided to scrap my training and start over completely in November b/c I wasn't performing at the level I wanted to. Back to Basics. It really does make a difference to lay the foundation right. Good luck on your goals!

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TLB513 1/4/2008 7:09AM

    (((MARY))) I hear ya on the back to basics! My tracking is the same... all the way to sleep, fruits n veggies, 8-8oz's of water, etc... That is how we will succeed! Here's to keepin' it real and honest!

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A new day, a new dawn, and I'm feeling Fine!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Another year is here. A new opportunity, a page turned, a door opened. With that door opening, another one has been walked through. I've passed through the room called 2007. What did I learn, what have I done with the year I spent in that room?

My running brought me a list of personal bests: I ran my fastest 10K, my fastest half marathon and my fastest marathon. I ran more miles in one year than I ever expected, I broke 1245
miles. I participated in more trail races/challenges than I did the year before. I found out how much I enjoy running off road.

My blood pressure is under control with exercise and medication. I have more stamina then I ever had before.

I learned that HAVE to exercise regularly. My husband and I joined a gym at the end of Nov of 2006 and have been enjoying the vast assortment of cardio and ST equipment,classes and information.

My weight has slowly changed by only 10lbs. The hypothyroid condition still makes it hard to loose weight. I keep learning and reading and found out more information than I have before.

So, now that I have stepped into the 2008 room what do I hope for? What are my goals? What can I DO to make it great?
I can work my marathon training program consistently so that when 13 April comes along I am ready and run the London Marathon in a record time.

I can log my food and keep real with my intake so that I can see a change in my weight. That's being honest.

I can read positive and inspiring information each day to keep my inner self, that warrior within, charged and positive.

I can come to SP each day and be encouraged by the other members, I can post a blog on a regular basis, I can read other SP blogs and pages.

I will make traveling through 2008 a one day at a time experience with each day being used to its full extent. That is the best goal of them all. To live to my best each day.

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SAMANTHA_JEAN 1/3/2008 9:47AM

    thats great! keep up the good work =)

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NANCY-GIRL 1/2/2008 1:00AM

    Mary, I love the world thru your eyes. I pray for nothing but the best for you & your family in 2008, for more PB's, & for that scale to finally move! I'm glad I'll be in this room #2008 w/ you! (((Hugs))) Nancy

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FITLIKENIC 1/1/2008 10:19PM

    Mary that is a terrific '07 you had, and looks like you are more than ready for '08! Have that hubby of yours take lots of photos in the London Marathon!

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TLB513 1/1/2008 9:08PM

    Yep! 2008's gonna be GREAT! I'm so glad to have you along, with me, on this journey! Thanks for all you do...and most of all, thanks for being YOU!

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Count down to Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Less than a handful of days until Christmas. Already the 22nd and still have some things to finish up. A bit of wrapping, little bit of baking and lots of house cleaning.

It was good to get to the gym twice these past couple of days. The weather has been so cold, with lots of frost on the sidewalks and roads making a bit of outside running harder. I won't be able to use that excuse much longer as marathon training will set in.

With the holidays comes food that I don't normally have through the year. Yes, I will have some and also know that with that choice comes the choice to watch the amount, keep the exercise level up and drink lots of water.

I'm balancing out the exercise, proper food with some inspirational reading. It brings a balance to my days and helps me to focus on what is important to me. I also will be doing a sharing in the Christmas Eve service and am writing the final draft.

I'm looking forward that while completing Christmas preparationsI will have a sense of calm. Hubby and I have planned the next couple of days to include the necessities plus a great outing to downtown Manchester, UK Christmas Eve morning. The atmosphere is great, the lights are magical, the smells warming and it just makes you feel great. Time will be made for running Christmas morning with a friend and then again during a fancy dress encouraged fell run on Boxing Day.

Yes, its a balance act and I am going to focus on the less stress mind set. This is such a special time and I'll soak it all up.

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FITLIKENIC 12/22/2007 10:35PM

    Love all your plans, enjoy! Be safe out there on the ice, and have fun!

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