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I'm an addict

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Ok.. there I said it.. I admit it.. I'm an addict...
I'm addicted to the London 2012 Olympics!!

What is the first thing I do when I go downstairs after putting the dogs out at 06:00?? Hmm.. Turn on the BBC Breakfast show and use it as background to get caught up on what will be happening in all the venues for the day.
I want to know what has happened overnight while I was sleeping!!!

I leave the TV on so long that it goes into sleep mode and I have to restart it to keep watching.

I plan my run so that I can be back in time to watch people like the Brownlee Brothers in the Triathlon! Make sure the dog walk fits in between the cycling kerin races so I see Team GB win! Leave the TV on while I am doing office work so I can run down stairs when the rowers are nearing the finish line.!!

I have watched sports that I didn't think I would find interesting! Judo, water polo, badminton, field hockey, and sports that I know a little about I have learned the ins and outs of the competition. I realized that I have done many of the sports/events growing up that are included in the Olympics.

I am staying up late to see how the day concludes. I am eagerly switching from one BBC channel to another to see what event is being shown in its entirety without commentary! I schedule my day around the most important events so I don't miss them. I study the boxing stance of the competitors, I watch the running style of the sprinters, I notice the rowing form of the double skullers!!

Like I said in the beginning of this blog.. I'm addicted! My one concern is what am I going to do when the closing ceremonies bring this amazing and wonderful London games to an end????!!! Will I suffer withdrawal?? What will I do to replace the void from all the athletic stimulus??
Ponder all this I will...and carry it forward into my own personal goals!

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 8:17AM

    I got a bit addicted too, GB did so well!! At least you've got the paralympic games.

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JAZZID 8/15/2012 11:22PM

    ... hey, there are far worse things to be addicted to!!!!!! Enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/7/2012 11:29PM

    This olympic I have not watched anything at all - but I completely do understand the addiction because I have been there done that somewhere back in the 1990th... and when it was over it was over and it was ok.

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2BERUNNING 8/7/2012 12:02PM

    Well if you are going to be an addict, that's not a horrible thing to be addicted too LOL Enjoy your time and to fill that void you could try a new sport emoticon

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    I am with you on certain events.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/7/2012 9:56AM

    hahaha-you will totally have olympic withdraw. I love your dedication. The Olympics are addictive. You got it, dig deep and muster up some amazing goals after being inspired by all these awesome athletes. Happy watching today:)

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MONTREAL12 8/7/2012 9:39AM

  Lovely personalization of a great event! emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Can't believe we are in month 8 of 2012.
I am not looking back but forward to the next 31 days:
My goals are simple and reflective of my previous blog.

2. PLAN my food and log it. I always keep a paper plan but have been slipping a bit in doing it ahead of time. It helps me to stay focused when it's planned in advance. I like the relief it gives my brain to know what I only need to do and not think about it at the last minute.
3. TRAINING: I am in week 6 of my marathon plan and it's going well. I will keep to what is already on paper. I have long runs this month that go up to 16 and then 18 miles. I struggle sometimes with not getting out early enough thus making a long day. My goal is to improve this and not put me towards the end of the day. Watch my empty time and not waste it
4. REST: biggest issue for me. I stay up too late for the daily early rise. Setting a sleep time and sticking to it is a major goal for me this month. I know in order to perform my best in training I need to be rested up for it. I'm setting the goal of a sleep streak of a 7 hour minimum each day. That means better planning on my part.
5. SOMETHING NEW: I WILL go to a Zumba class (DONE)

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PDQ1203 8/2/2012 7:15AM


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AMARILYNH 8/1/2012 2:49PM

    Great goals!! emoticon

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PKCTTS 8/1/2012 11:39AM

    Great plan-no wasted time and the getting to bed on time are big issues for me too. And, I know that it makes such a difference if I'll get into bed on time. (Much of that "night time/wasted time" is spent here on Spark. - LOL)

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2BERUNNING 8/1/2012 10:48AM

    Ohhhh Zumba - I so wanna hear how this goes. emoticon

Great goals AB! You can do it, I believe in you emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/1/2012 8:11AM

    I think you can reach all of these! Our goals are VERY similar except I am training for a HM-my 1st. Keep us all posted as to how you are doing with these. I am cheering you on. Go Mary Go...Go Mary Go!
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AMANDAETR 8/1/2012 3:49AM

    emoticon Going to bed on time is hard for me too. I'm more of a night person, so going to bed early and waking up early is not easy for me!

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Summer Plan between BLC rounds

Monday, July 16, 2012

Assisgnment: to write about my plan to stay on track during the Biggest Loser Challenge break. To not over complicate things I put my plan in an outline form to keep me focused.
a. read- currently reading Live Fit and Be Well
b. podcasts- No Excuses Workouts, Marathon Traning Academy, Jillian Michaels
c. friends- share experiences, catch up,
d. Olympics/other sporting events
a. log onto CAMO chat thread daily
b. participate in a summer challenge
c. read positive blogs/posts each day
3. TRAINING (in the midst of training for marathons # 11& 12)
a. plan and log food
b. exercise according to plan (long runs/speed runs) cross training
c. keep an open/flexible mind
a. get to bed at set time to have at least 7 hours sleep a night
b. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week
c. practice relaxing trechniques (breathing, yoga, extra rest)
a. Zumba class
b. Spin class
c. videos
d. food/recipes

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JANICEMC 7/17/2012 4:25PM

    Love the plan and the outline! I'll be seeing you on CAMO. Enjoy your break.

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ANNERBEES 7/17/2012 11:59AM

    Well thought out plans! I love it! emoticon

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2BERUNNING 7/16/2012 7:08PM

    Awesome plan AB! Together we are going to rock the break :)

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LOPEYP 7/16/2012 3:59PM

    I think you'll be very busy during your break doing lots of good things! Enjoy!!

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ZORAHGAIL 7/16/2012 3:44PM

    I like this a lot. Awesome plan Mary!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 7/16/2012 2:40PM

    emoticon plan!

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    Awesome Plan.

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/16/2012 6:21AM

    Great plan! I might steal some of your points to work on myself, particularly the set time for going to bed.

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Happy 4th of July and fond memories

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Today is a fun filled holiday in the USA! Flags waving, picnics, watermelon, hot weather.....etc...
Those are my memories growing up on how we celebrated the best summer holiday ever! It was also my dad's birthday which made it even more special.

For many years to celebrate the day we would meet up at the extended family house on Lake Hopatcong in NJ for a crab feast. Some of my uncles, (my mom's brothers) would get crabs from Maryland and have them sitting in wooden baskets at the back door of the family style house on the lake. It was a large wooden house with a garage and a stone tree lined drive leading up to it.

It was the once a year meeting with my cousins, aunts and uncles that just about everyone was there for. All the picnic tables were pushed together and covered with newspapers to protect them from the soon to be piles of crab shells. This is where I developed my love of seafood, especially crab.

Pitchers of beer and glasses of soda (for us kids) lined the tables and the conversations were loud and joyous. It was a great time and we kids couldn't wait until it would start to get dark so we could see the fireworks and have our very own sparkler to hold.

The boats would start to dot the lake and the lights of sparklers started to appear. That signaled to us that it was time for us to join in. One of my uncles would hand out the silver rods and give us careful instructions on how to hold them. For a few minutes we were like owners of shooting stars with steams of light from our hands. I loved waving it around and even writing my name in the air. It all ended too soon as the light faded.

As was the custom, a birthday cake in the shape of an American Flag was brought out for my Dad and candles lit the night darkness. We all enjoyed the celebration and it's amazing that after all these years I can see it all in my mind's eye.

Today my Dad would have been 95. It's been 21 years since his passing He died on 5 July 1991....today I run in his memory and will wear my Stars and Stripes.

May you all make bold and strong memories so that twenty one years from now, someone can paint a verbal picture of them!

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    You are making me hungry talking about crabs, mmm yum.

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2BERUNNING 7/5/2012 12:45PM

    emoticon Hope you enjoyed your run for your dad. He was lucky to have such as sweet girl! Love your memories and thanks for sharing them.

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LYNNANN43 7/4/2012 11:10PM

    One word... SPARKLERS!!!!! emoticon

All joking aside, you brought back my memories of Ocean City, NJ and my family on the 4th of July's! emoticon

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    It is a great day to celebrate his memory with new generations.

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BD3269PM 7/4/2012 8:25AM

    Loved your blog. It brought back great memories of celebrating the 4th when I was younger. Enjoy today---it is raining here but I am hopeful that it will clear. emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 7/4/2012 8:22AM

    nice blog! good luck with your race!

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What is YOUR deepest fear?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

How's that for a question?? Something to ponder and be honest about. The following is a great quote and a challenge to reach beyond, dig deeper and come forth from what IS to what CAN/WILL be! Time to face any fear and release the freedom!

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our
deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not
serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure
around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were
born to make manifest the glory of God that is within
us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same. As
we're liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others."

- Marianne Williamson

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2BERUNNING 6/30/2012 9:56PM

    Wow, did you write that blog at me??? That is a deep deep question and a great one.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 6/30/2012 10:13AM

    That is great. It is why I always say If you dream it you can do it.

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