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Windy Wednesday

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The rain is pelting down, the wind is whipping through the trees and across the fields as the remains of Hurricane Bill pass over the North West countryside.

I do have a run planned for today and it looks like it will be put off till this afternoon when I hope to be able to run without being slammed with pin prick sharp rain drops. I also hope to not be forced to run mainly through a head wind.

All this hoping and wishing brings to mind how it is so much easier to run in the fine, dry weather. Oh I don't mind the bit of light misty rain with a coolish feel as I put down the miles. But isn't it so much easier to deal with the nice-ities of things.

Brings to mind that is how it can be about dealing with life in general. Oh how much easier to cope with things in the sunshine of happiness, pleasent times, job security, white picket fence feelings and all that "good stuff". But what happens when the wind kicks up, the rain clouds form and then the Hurricane hits? Has the attitude shifted to doom and gloom?

I have the hope, the optomistic attitude, the glass half full mind set that somehow the storm WILL pass, the sunshine WILL come back out and the pieces left by the storm can be picked up and gathered. It's only because I have seen quite a few storms in my life both literally and figuratively that I believe this. Somehow, things DO have a way of working out.

So as I look out my raindrop splattered window to the misty covered hills beyond framed by wind battered trees and the sound of the churning northwest wind I know that calmer times will emerge. Also, no matter what I am facing today, or you are dealing with right now, it will pass. Things WILL improve. For to loose hope is to loose everything. Keep believing!

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LIATRIS 8/27/2009 2:52PM

  Absolutely beautiful...thank you.

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JILLWILSON2102 8/26/2009 3:18PM

    Mary, awesome words my friend!!

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NANCY-GIRL 8/26/2009 11:26AM

    Wow. Wonderful blog, written so beautifully!

The cool thing about storms is that they end. The sun does come out, the bird do sing again (I'm hearing one now, in fact), there will be warmth on our faces when we look up into the sky.

We bought some new rain gear before we went to the Rockies. We used it ... a lot (more than I wanted to need to). It was wonderful, allowing us to hike & explore in relative comfort and ease. It was actually quite fun being able to not allow the squalls to limit our activity (only our mountain vistas).

Perhaps we could benefit from some metaphorical rain gear for the metaphorical storms in our lives...

Thanks for a great, thought-provoking, beautifully-written blog!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/26/2009 6:01AM

    emoticon blog hun.

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3 Year Anniversary

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Three years ago today I stumbled upon this website. I had seen it mentioned in a running web forum on another site. Curious about Spark people, I logged in and joined. A bit overwhelmed with all that I read I did nothing for about 3 months.

Curiosity, frustration and desperation brought be back again. This time I arrived with a new grit and started exploring this amazing website. I joined teams, I put forth a plan, I moved through the suggested steps and something started to happen.

Weight did begin to move, but more importantly I started to feel better. I had a new enthusiasm, drive, enjoyment about things in general. I was preparing for my second marathon and found encouragement and support from hundreds of faceless people that became a cheering squad. I printed out their encouragements and took them with me when we traveled to Dublin for the marathon and read over the well wishes the night before the race.

I'm thankful to all of you through these past three years who have been there for me. Some are no longer a part of spark people, but their words and messages linger in my memory and I am still encouraged by their presence in my life.

What I have gotten out of SP cannot be measured as it is like water poured over a large surface. It just keeps moving and spreading and touching and soaking that which it comes in contact with. Each of you have touched and in your own way motivated and moved me. I am a better person for having encountered you. Our lives may have only brushed each others but somehow it has mattered.

I have learned more about myself and how to improve on what I have been so richly given. My health is essential to me. I strive to be even better today than I was yesterday. I am fortunate to have the ability to run and run for long distances. Something I thought I would never ever enjoy. Here I am less than 4 weeks away from marathon 6! Berlin Bound!!

To celebrate my 3 years here on Spark people I am:
1. running 6 miles as per marathon training
2. eat to my plan so to feel strong and healthy
3. phone my youngest child
4. go wild blackberry picking with our 6 yr old poodle Jessie
5. get to bed early so I can alert to begin the first day of my 4th year with SP

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/25/2009 9:35AM

    Congratulations on your Sparkiversary!!! I know that when I first started in December 2007, I was also a little overwhelmed and a little slow out of the gate. It took several months for me to set up a spark page and start posting messages.

I share your great love for this site. It truly is phenomenal. I recently saw a blog where the person announced she was leaving Sparkpeople because it "wasn't working" and was going to try something else. While I admire her for saying goodbye (I am always a little upset when people disappear without any sort of warning or notice, especially if they have been active), I just can't imagine a site that will provide better help.

Here's to your fourth year!!!


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BARBIET65 8/25/2009 6:56AM

    Hey Sweetie!!
Happy Anniversary here!!! Heres to your good health!! Sure do miss you!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/25/2009 3:42AM

    emoticon on your Sparkversary emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Just thirty

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It's down to 30. Thirty days. Just a month away. Where did the time go? What happened to all the planning? The air has turned from warm breeze to crispness. The days are getting shorter and seem to be closing in from both sides. Later mornings and earlier evenings. Sure sign that the summer is ebbing away.

I'm not talking of the seasons per say, I'm speaking of what is left time wise before I hit the streets in Berlin! My stomach does a flip when I think about it. My training got kicked to the curb when I fell in April. Sprained ankle that still reminds me of that walk on the hill with the dogs.

My blue "magic tape" in place and I've been hitting the miles, resting when I need to. This marathon won't be a race like the others, it will have to be a run. A run to the best of my ability. A run to enjoy the sites of a city I have yet to see. A run of 26.2 miles of memories in the making.

Run on friends, no matter what. Go forward to the best of your ability.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/22/2009 4:16AM

    Gosh it is coming around fast.
Good luck with your training

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Don't Give up before the Miracle Happens!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Can you imagine...it's waiting, just a few more steps around the corner, or over that distant hill. It's there, what you have been looking for. It's waiting to hug you, embrace you, shout your name. It's so excited because it knows just a couple more steps and you will arrive, be there, accomplished what you set out your mind, heart and spirit to attain. It's urging you on, one more step, just take another one, nearly there. It's holding it's breath, its leaning in anticipation of your approaching.

Then...it happens! You stop. Not only do you stop, you turn around, you start walking the other way. You've given up. You've traveled for so long that you are just so tired of walking and walking that you've had enough. No more forward walking no more looking and hoping and giving it that one more try.

No! No! NO! You've had enough and going forward just takes too much effort, too much time, too much of every bit of energy you have. So you give up.

By giving up you had no idea that what you were searching so long for was just a couple of footsteps ahead. It was a fingertip distance from your hands. Just a little further and you could have not only seen it, but it would have been embracing you.

So what to do? Keep walking in the opposite direction? or do you again, turn around and walk back along the well worn bit of path you have traveled before until you reach where you are going? Oh yes, there are parts on that path that you will arrive at that are not pressed down with your previous foot strikes, but that is the adventure of it all. To be somewhere you have never been. To see life with new and fresh eyes. To have energy, enthusiasm for life, friends, family.

Look a little closer down that path and beyond. There are rows and rows of supporters urging you on as well. They know that the miracle is waiting for you. Just keep going, keep believing as well. You will get there and beyond to even greater miracles awaiting!

It's time. That miracle is waiting, and you and I are going forward to its embrace!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 8/14/2009 4:55PM

    Great blog! Thanks for posting this.....so very true and we all must keep it in mind when we are struggling with our goals.

Have a fantastic weekend!!


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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/12/2009 7:05PM

    I love your blog. I believe that set backs and detours can bring joy too. When you learn from them.
Great blog.

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ROSEWAND 8/12/2009 1:54PM

    Thank you for these words. We, each, reach
moments where turning back feels easier than going
forward into uncharted territories. Your words are a
torchlight guiding, encouraging us to keep going
towards our success.

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SONGS415 8/12/2009 7:57AM


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    Awesome Mary!!! Just what I needed today!!! Thanks for always inspiring me!!! Hugs!!! MissyJ!!!

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/11/2009 3:48PM

    Lovely blog! Thank you for the reminder!

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FITLIKENIC 8/11/2009 12:45PM

    Wow! Awesome blog, I will keep moving forward.

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MOWBRAY1 8/11/2009 12:43PM

  i agree with all of the above, i have had a bit of a low moment the past couple of days and this blog has really lifted me, thank you so much. i'm going to turn back around now and try again emoticon

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SHELLEY81 8/11/2009 10:22AM

    I just wrote a blog about how I seem to keep turning away from my goals when I've been making so much progress in the right direction. Thanks for this bog, it was really motivational in a time that I need it!

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SHELLEY81 8/11/2009 10:21AM

    I just wrote a blog about how I seem to keep turning away from my goals when I've been making so much progress in the right direction. Thanks for this bog, it was really motivational in a time that I need it!

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SHELLEY81 8/11/2009 10:21AM

    I just wrote a blog about how I seem to keep turning away from my goals when I've been making so much progress in the right direction. Thanks for this bog, it was really motivational in a time that I need it!

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SALLYMON40 8/11/2009 9:52AM

    What a great blog, so motivational and uplifting. How often do we turn from the miracles that are offered us. God is waiting to embrace us with his loving arms. Thank you so very much for sharing. emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/11/2009 7:24AM

    What a wonderful uplifting and motivating blog.

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Just DANCE!!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Weeks, no months, have gone by since I last put a blog on here.
Life has gotten in the way and I've been a bit up and down with my reactions to all that is going on.
It's so easy to just get swept away with "other things" and forget that simple act of smiling. Of bringing forward the joy that is deep inside and needs to be more on the surface.
I was reminded last week while having dinner at my husbands relatives just how important it is to enjoy this life. The future daugther in law of my husband's cousin's son lives over in the US and the wedding will take place there. She has been busy sending wedding plans via emails and various sites to her future family in law over here in England. One of the things she sent for giggles was this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0&

WOW! How I loved it and have now watched it over and over. (As I am sure many of you have as well) It's a great way to start a marriage and just every day. Dance into it! Smile your way through and surround yourself with people you enjoy being with and can dance along with you in this crazy life.

May you just dance today, and every day. May your life be lightened by the music that fills your day. Smile and for a moment let the weight of the world off your shoulders.

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SONGS415 8/12/2009 8:42AM

    LOVED IT!!!!

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SONGS415 8/12/2009 8:39AM

    LOVED IT!!!!

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JILLWILSON2102 8/6/2009 3:29PM

    As both my daughters are to be married in the next two months several friends have sent that video to me. I think its great and have dropped several hints that it would be well received. Neither of my daughters' weddings are traditional so that probably won't happen, but one never knows emoticon I love the video though. It certainly shows the creative side of things.

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/6/2009 11:33AM

    Most recently I have been reminded about the joy in my life. My joy runneth over and I feel absolutly totally blessed by it.

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VEEJAY3 8/6/2009 11:06AM

    My daughter, who's 21, sent the link to me with the note "I'm DEFINITELY doing this! ... Just as soon as I find a groom who can shake it."

I love it every time I see it.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/6/2009 7:47AM

    Hi hun, nice to see you back blogging
Over here in England that video was actually on the 10 oclock news because of the number of hits it's had.
I watched it and smiled AND cried. What a joyous way to celebrate and start the day- AMAZING.

Thank you for reminding me to enjoy life- we're only here once so make the most of it eh?

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AMAANDAUD 8/6/2009 7:19AM

    That video is just amazing! It brings so much feelings and joy! I love it!

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MAMATATER 8/6/2009 6:23AM

    Oh what fun that would have been!

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HOPE2BE 8/6/2009 5:52AM

    I've been hearing a lot about this wedding. what a way to start a marriage. My niece said if she knew she could have danced down her wedding aisle she would have. Her mother-in-law said well you could have done that. Oh well she missed out. How funny. It must have been really funny. You're blessed as the couplel is.

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    Another lesson of "Life is not about surviving the storm - it is about learning to DANCE in the rain!"

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