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Friday, January 30, 2009

Just a regular weekday for me; feed the cat, the dog, make breakfast for hubby and me, start the laundry. Working from home I take care of the office work and today was payroll day and I had just completed that with a morning run in the plans.
Phone rings, it’s my husband, he had just received a text; Linda’s mom. Oh no, no I am barely able to say with the lump in my throat increasing with each word. I had just the day before received an email including the information on the upcoming Race For Life. Impeccable timing I realized.
Memories of my own mother washed over me and tears flooded my eyes. I sobbed with the thoughts from her battle with Cancer and her unfortunate passing 19 years ago. I phoned Linda and her sobs pierced my heart. “I’m so so so so sorry” was my feeble attempt to express my shared grief at her loss. Words were minimal as she needed to get off the phone to take care of arrangements with her sisters and Dad.
Again I cried; for the years I have been motherless, for the life events I have been unable to share with the woman who gave me life, for my children and now grandchildren who either were cut short their relationship with her, or who never got the chance to be touched by her life.
What can I do to bring honour to these women? What can I say to a wonderful friend and fellow runner who now knows the pain and heartbreak of loosing her mother to a relentless killer? How can I celebrate their life with my life?....... I can run!
I can give my time today and celebrate their accomplishments with my own. I can feel the wind on my face, the rain on my jacket, the puddles dancing with my foot strikes. I can push myself a bit harder as I climb up the hills and feel the freedom of almost freefalling down the hills. I can realize the discomfort of regaining my fitness after a month off from illness is nothing compared to what so many are dealing with. I can rejoice in the knowing that my life is rich in so many ways that don’t include the monetary.
With resolve, I changed to my running clothes, I tackled the hills, I coasted the declines, sweat mixed with tears, I melted into the moment, I ran. For you see, there was nothing else at that point in time I could do…so, I ran.

  
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RHYNIC 2/4/2009 7:53AM

    wow Mary, I haven't seen you in a while. I am so happy our news showed pictures of snow in England, it reminded me of you. You wrote a beautiful blog. I will subscribe to your blogs so that I don' t lose touch again. gail

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MISSJCISRUNNING 1/30/2009 7:27AM

    We run for all those who can't!!! I will run a mile during my 1/2 marathon on Sunday in honor of Linda's mother and OUR lovely moms who are there to meet her as she takes her final lap!!! Not only are we WARRIORS on the road but we are WARRIORS in every aspect of our lives!!! Stay strong my friend!!! Love you!!! Jackie!!! emoticon

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New ME!!!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Yes, I'm doing the new ME bootcamp challenge and it's been a bit of hit and miss. BUT I'm not letting that stop me. I sometimes think it's gotta be 100% or just forget a bout it! Nope, I'm doing the videos and finding them great. I have missed half (only 4 days gone by) but 50% is better than 40%!!

Every bit will help and that is progress...It's a foggy day in NW England right now so cardio will be something inside.. Hmm maybe another video???Going up and down the stairs, jogging in place...lots of options!!

That is how to look at things, find the positive, the options that work and then work em!! Steppin and smiling along the way!

  
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JILLWILSON2102 1/8/2009 11:02AM

    Mary you always set such a wonderful example for the rest of us. Have a wonderful day steppin'.

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TLB513 1/7/2009 12:22PM

    I, too, am at 50% of the Bootcamp challenge, and glad that I have been able to do that! I'm having some issues with my right knee and foot...and the 5 hours at the 2nd job seemed to have aggravated it. So... not sure what, if anything, I'll get done this evening...
The most important thing...I'm still trying, and I have NOT given up!!
XOXOXO
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T

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It's a new day, it's a new year, and..

Monday, January 05, 2009

..I'm determined!
Ahh.. yeah I know the lyrics don't go quite like that, but I'm singing MY song today.
The new year is almost a week old and I'm finally getting to blog about it. It's been that kind of week already.
The flu bug got me just a few days before Christmas and I'm still fighting it and trying to keep from a reoccurance. Cough is getting less and that is a big plus.

I'm not going to stare back at 2008 and say things like, "why didn't I" I wish I had", "I SHOULD have." None of that will help meand will only serve to make me feel bad about me. It's best to turn around and face 2009 head on! I can see the blank days ahead that way and am able to color them as they approach.

There is only page in front of me, and it's labeled..TODAY. I have my pallet of colors and my brush in my hand. I'm taking time to fill the canvas with as radiant a swash of color as I can. I'm determined to make TODAY the best possible.

I've taken time for me by planning my food, making a to-do list and working on through it, setting an appointment time for exercise (going to the gym and boot camp) and also making sure there is time for a bit of fun.

I like having a plan for the day, I like being productive, I like looking at my painted canvas at the close of the day and say..AHHH, now that was great!





  
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JILLWILSON2102 1/5/2009 10:04AM

    Mary - how wonderful you are. I love the idea of painting on a blank canvas. You get to choose exactly how you want the picture to look. Have a wonderful day!!

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In MY hands

Monday, December 08, 2008

The days are shorter, the nights are longer and it's cold, damp and easy to make excuses to let things go until the new year.
With just a short time to go till January and baking and goodie making next week, why not just say.. " Let the food plan slide and pick it up in Jan with a new set of resolve!!"
Oh NO!!! That sounds like brat talk! That is NOT an option for me.

I have worked too hard to see numbers climb up and up on the scale, on my blood pressure monitor, on my measuring tape! NO.. No NO!

Yes the days are shorter, so that means be organized and plan for what I must do each day. Ok the nights are longer and it's a later sunrise, but that doesn't mean I can't get a move on early... and not just piddle around but be pro-active from after breakfast onward!

Yes, of course it is cold...it's December in England so it's gonna be cold!!! I don't live in a warm winter climate so get used to it and move on!
Damp??? Well isn't that typical for England year round for the most part?? Yep, and I know this.. I guess it would be grand to have several days of nice sunny weather for a change... (just wishing...)

So my goal for the next 23 days is to plan my food, exercise at least 3 times a week. Finish my IT work and have a fantastic Christmas holiday (we close the business on the 19th) Drink LOTS of water, watch the extra stuff, and allow myself PLANNED goodies now and then.

These goals are in MY hands...it is up to me what the outcome of these holidays bring. Keeping positive by reading, focused by planning and distressed by realizing I can be the best me by taking care of me..lovingly. These are my responsibilities and everything else will come into place.

  
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TLB513 12/21/2008 8:35AM

    (((Mary))) I really wish I had read this 2 weeks ago, as it would definitely be something good for me to wrap my mind around!!! For some reason, I didn't get a notifier of your post?!?
You are closed now, for the holiday, and I hope you and G enjoy yourselves and feel The Spirit of Christmas!
May you both continue to have love and blessings in the New Year!
XOXOXO
T

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KRISSYMAC 12/9/2008 9:14AM

    Mary, THANK YOU!!! I really needed to hear this today!!!! ((hugs))

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JILLWILSON2102 12/8/2008 10:03AM

    (((Mary))) Yes. What a wonderful plan. It is in our own hands to control what we do. Have a wonderful day.

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December Decisions

Monday, December 01, 2008

Yep, It's another first day of another month.
But not just ANY month, the last month of 2008!
That should account for something....the last chance to be great in 2008!
Decisions, resolving, and what ever other word to use to bring me to grips to not let health issues slide.

Being allowed to go off my high blood pressure medicine has added about 5 pounds to me in a short amount of time. Most likely water from the diuretic type medication I was on. My marathon completed has left me for the moment with out a goal race in front of me to work for.

Time to change these things. Time to decide that December will go out with a bang! I have decided to find a half marathon in the early part of next year to work for...to also keep better track of my food intake and how I can continue to make it even healthier.

I've also let some responsibilities slip and thus have two major projects I have set a goal to complete in December. Course work and CHAS renewal paperwork. One is job specific and the other will allow me to focus in January on the new course work that will be awaiting me.

I feel a bit stronger with these written down and even more focused. These goals are medium range and how I will achieve them is in the day to day. It is in those moments of looking at what lies ahead of me and picking that which will get me to my goals. It is MY decision to be whatever I want and to do what I want from day to day. Here's to making healthy decisions!

  
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BUFFEDSTUFF 12/2/2008 11:51PM

  Keep making the right decisions for you emoticon

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