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Another year ending...New beginnings await

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 is just about to fade away and a new 2012 is coming into focus.
Looking back this year has seen some major achievements for me.

I took up boxing and love it. I have been going consistently twice a week for most of the year.
I ran Marathon 9 and 10!
Edinburgh in May was a new personal best in terrible windy conditions.
Liverpool in October was my goal of 10 marathons before I turned 60. Goal achieved even if it wasn't a better time then in Edinburgh.
Half Marathons: worked hard and set a personal best time and then did that one ever better!!

This is a never ending work for me. I have fluctuated between the same 10 pounds this year and am ending it about 5 pounds higher than last year. Even though at times I feel like what is the use, I know that it is. I still remind myself that food is what I want to go to when life gets upsetting, or happy, or whatever... Being more aware of that helps me to NOT reach for it or if I have to stop myself before damage gets out of control.
I eat clean and now more focus on the portions is needed.

In general life is good. I have my health and to me that is everything. I keep active, eat right, work on the spiritual part of me as well. I assist at a "Messy Church" at the small village church and find great joy in that. Our dogs and my Magnificent Millicent (cat) are wonderful. Hubs is always there to support and encourage me. I'm thankful for that as sometimes I am my own worst critic.
No trip to visit family this year and of course I missed that and them. So glad there is internet and phone calls.

SO where does this lead for the upcoming year...2012.
More marathons, even better nutrition....consistent exercise....family, friends, furry critters.....details to follow in another blog.

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PKCTTS 1/1/2012 8:27PM

    Isn't it great to look back on a year well lived.

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2BERUNNING 12/31/2011 12:33PM

    You did awesome! I ended up with a 10 pounds gain at the end of the year, but I try and look at it in a positive light...if I didn't correct it in the last two months, it would of been much worse.

We are going to met and exceed all our goals in 2012 AB!!! Love ya! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 12/30/2011 1:16PM

    Oh wow - I just read your blog and I MUST be your SparkFriend (just 'friended' you!) When I read that '10 marathons before I'm 60' I knew we must be soul mates - I ran my marathons while in my 30's and 40's but I so want to get back to running again! I quit 13 years ago (long story that ends with knee problems) and for years every time I tried running my knees acted up but thank God I've tried it a few times in recent months with no knee problems. NOW the problem is a pinched nerve in my back which sometimes bothers me after a run and sometimes doesn't but I'm determined to get back to it!! And reading blogs like yours just strengthens my resolve!! One of my resolutions is to see a chiropractor and see if I can get that little problem fixed. Happy New Year emoticon may 2012 be your BEST year to date!!

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AFRESHSTART2 12/30/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon on the successes met and the milestones reached in 2011. By just reading the blog I can feel the positive vibes coming from you. With the kind of attitude you portray, I have no doubt that 2012 will be a great year for you.
All the best!

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My SAC Weekend Challenge

Friday, December 16, 2011

Create a to-do list for the weekend by no later than noon on Friday. Include goals that you want to accomplish (fitness, nutrition, etc.) or simply things that need to get done. The list should have at least 20 items on it (5 for each day). At the end of the weekend, post the number of goals that you accomplished. Note: Each goal must take more than 15 minutes to complete for it to count in this challenge.

1-Finish Isabella's Christmas ornament
2-Find last gift for son/DIL on line
3-Clean downstairs
4-Bake cookies for gifts
5-Send youngest his request
6-Log food this weekend
7-Log Exercise this weekend
8-Plan Christmas/Christmas Eve meal
9-Keep on top of laundry and iron!
10-Make dental appt for dog
11-Do my nails
12-Wrap all gifts
13-Wrap up food gifts
14-Read devotional each day
15-Grocery shop
16-Clean out one drawer/cabinet in 3 rooms
17-Plan next weeks grocery list
18-Send Christmas e-cards
19-Call youngest and oldest
20-Get a good outline for my presentation for Christmas Eve

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 12/19/2011 1:50AM

    great list-how are you liking SAC?

Boy do I wish I was part of it-sigh.

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2BERUNNING 12/18/2011 3:37PM

    Nice To-Do List :) But what is SAC?

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PKCTTS 12/16/2011 1:58PM

    Geez, it looks a whole lot like mine! Certainly not a issue to find 20 things that need doing this time of year is it? Enjoy your holidays.

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Countdown...THE taper week

Sunday, October 02, 2011

One week, and Liverpool will be a memory. I pray a good memory of course.
I've crossed over to the final taper week of this marathon training. I've done this nine times before, and each time I have the same feelings.

These feelings of queasy stomach begin. I re trace in my mind a virtual Marathon Montague of where I've been before and all those emotions come back. I can sense the self doubt, the concern of what I have put myself forward to do AGAIN!

I will say that EVERY marathon I have run has brought pain to my body. I'm not sugar coating what running 26.2 miles does to my feet, my legs, or my mind. It HURTS. Yes, it is painful. Yes, I have lost toenails. Yes, I have had blisters. Yes, I have ached, gotten chaffing, sunburned, rained on, hailed on, and felt like curling up on the side of the road in the later miles.

Somehow though, through all the pain, the drive and determination to make it to that finish line in a faster time than I have previously draws me in. Somehow I lace my shoes up, I carry my kit bag to the transfer trucks, and I head to the start line. I await my turn to cross the starter mat and I breath in the atmosphere around me. I mentally prepare for what I have spent 16 weeks and 500+ miles physically preparing for. Then like a ribbon in motion, I'm pulled along with those around me as we move and flow through the streets of the particular city/course we are running through.

On 9/10/11 (9 October 2011) I will run my 10th marathon. I set a goal two years back to complete ten marathons by my 60th birthday (26/Nov). I ran my first marathon in 2006 to celebrate 2 years of running, now I will run my 10th to celebrate 60 years of living! I think it is a very fitting present!

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LOPEYP 10/4/2011 6:39AM

    A great accomplishment!

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KELLEEH 10/3/2011 8:44PM

    10 marathons - that's amazing. I've done 1/2's, and I just can't imagine doing an entire marathon. Hats off to you! what a great present to yourself!

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TAMIK1964 10/2/2011 8:14PM

    I can not even begin to imagine the journey which has brought you to this place in your life. You are such a remarkable woman and an inspiration to us all. Good luck with the race next weekend. I can't wait to hear about it!

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CHARLIE215 10/2/2011 7:56PM

    Good luck Mary emoticon

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2BERUNNING 10/2/2011 6:36PM

    Mary I am so excited for you; you will do wonderful for your big 10 :o)

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LYNNANN43 10/2/2011 6:24PM

    Holy... Cow.... You & your body dumbfound me.

Enjoy the taper, but more importantly try to ENJOY your marathon! emoticon

(And especially the new BLING!)

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TRILLIUM22 10/2/2011 4:35PM

    Good luck. 10 marathons in 6 years, quite an accomplishment. I'm sure you will survive the taper demons and do great at your race. emoticon emoticon

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Under Pressure

Thursday, September 29, 2011


By way of that introduction video I ask a pondering question; what happens when something is squeezed?......

....It changes, it contorts, it stretches and sometimes, it shatters. Reaching its breaking point it succumbs to the added strain and pressure put upon it and breaks! (much like one of the objects in the video)

When someONE is put under pressure a similar result can happen. What is inside of them is revealed. What happens to you when you are pressured, stressed, frazzled and overwhelmed? Do you just totally lose it at the person nearest to you? Do you say things that are reserved to your mind? Do you just splatter yourself all over those closest to you?

When life gets like a pressure cooker and steams, simmers and boils us how do we handle it? Just like the closing words in the video.. "Why can't we give love give love give love give love give love give love give love
'Cause love's such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure"
Think about what you say, how you act, what you do then next time life puts the squeeze on you. Take time to show what you are really made of....and if you don't like what you see... then only you can change that.

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    Thanks for talking to me today. I am lucky - I tend to lose it with me in the car out loud yelling to someone else who isn't around.

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TAMIK1964 9/29/2011 9:15PM

    I've always been one to hold everything inside. Sometimes I think it would be better if I did have an outlet of some sort. I think the running is starting to give me that outlet!!!

Thanks for the great blog!

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LOPEYP 9/29/2011 8:43PM

    That's a tough one but worth trying.

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2BERUNNING 9/29/2011 8:34PM

    Great blog :o) I have always loved this song.

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LYNNANN43 9/29/2011 7:57PM

    Yes, I lash out at whoever is there at the time. If no one is there, just WATCH OUT if you are the first one back!

That being said, I have tried very, very hard to tap into my inner Type B personality. I was always the poster child of Type A all my life until my MS diagnosis. Stress is one of my worst enemies. I am a far kinder, gentler me now, but it's something that I need to continuously work on every day.

P.S. I LOVE this song! I am now going to download it and add it to my running songs! I can't figure out why I haven't before!!!

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Every picture tells a story...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

and a picture is worth a thousand words.
A very very proud and happy hub with his 6 hour-old first grandchild...Isabella!

Here's a bonus pic of me with her...at 30 hours.

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    Great pictures - Congrats to the entire family

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ALLDAY 8/25/2011 8:03PM

    Awwwww....love these pics. Soooo precious! Babies are perfection!

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2BERUNNING 8/25/2011 5:52PM

    Ok, going to have to re-comment on this blog again.

Mary you are so beautiful! Thank you for posting a picture of you with her too.

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ANNERBEES 8/25/2011 5:42PM

    What a beautiful pic of the two of you Mary!

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TERJEGOLD 8/25/2011 5:34PM

    That's fantastic!!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/25/2011 3:25PM

    That is true joy!

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CEEBEE200 8/25/2011 4:42AM

    Congratulations to all of you!!!! emoticon

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DLEDBETTER11 8/24/2011 12:38PM

    Great picture...a moment to treasure! Tear!

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CHELLES_BELLS 8/24/2011 11:05AM

    AWWWW Congrats!

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LYNNANN43 8/24/2011 10:47AM

    I just got goosebumps and a tear!

I found out a couple of weeks ago that I'm going to be a grandma for the first time:-)

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THEHEALTHYCHEF 8/24/2011 10:24AM

    He looks very proud. Awesome picture!

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TRILLIUM22 8/24/2011 10:22AM

    What a great picture. emoticon

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ANNERBEES 8/24/2011 9:39AM

    Precious!! emoticon

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2BERUNNING 8/24/2011 9:35AM

    Aw Mary, what a great picture. Congrats again emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 8/24/2011 7:56AM

This gives me teary smiles. What a beautiful, special time in life. Enjoy!!

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