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Friday, April 08, 2011

For the past few days, the weather report for my first sprint triathlon on Sunday has been looking bad. It was at 30% chance of t-storms. Yesterday, it went up to a 40% chance AND "Windy!" I am not prepared to compete in a thunderstorm. I would (and have) run in the rain, but I'm not that confident on my bike yet. So, I was contemplating skipping it...

Until this morning! The weather report now shows only a 10% chance of scattered thunderstorms! But, it is still WINDY! 20-25 mph. (Does that mean sustained winds?)

So, I'll be doing it! (Whew!) And, because of the wind, I'll not even worry about my times. (Another, whew!) I know I shouldn't, anyway, since it is my first... but I had certain times I wanted to hit and felt I could/should. But, the pressure is off! I'm going to have FUN and LEARN during my first tri!

I hope you all have a great weekend, too!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/10/2011 11:35PM

    Good is not Sunday night so I'm a bit late I guess. Hope it was great, can't wait to hear your report! :)

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TURNINGJ 4/9/2011 7:28AM

    Good luck - I'm sure you are going to be a rock star!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/8/2011 1:09PM

    WooHoo! Can't wait to hear all about it! You will do great. I know this because you will start and finish!

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COURTNEYLEA08 4/8/2011 12:33PM

    Good Luck!!!!

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AMOHAME2 4/8/2011 12:19PM

    It's funny how the weather report can totally change your excitement about a race!!! I'm glad it looks like it's going to be nice for your FIRST TRI!!! how exciting!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 4/8/2011 10:52AM

    You are doing it! I had a cheapie rain poncho that I packed in my bag just in case, but wonderfully the pouring rain stopped about 2 hours before my first.

You'll have a blast I'm sure!

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FUNFROG79 4/8/2011 10:27AM

    Good luck!!!! emoticon

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KARVY09 4/8/2011 9:09AM

    Hehe, try not to stress the weather! It always changes up until the minute of the race! And if it's too dangerous to swim, the organizers will postpone it.

I'm excited for you! Best of luck!

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Prayers, Please (Passing of My Friend/DD's friend's mom)

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I got an email this morning saying one of my friends has passed away. She is now in heaven praising God. But, she left behind her husband, 5 children, family and friends. We are heartsick.

The hard part for us is she was the mom of one of my daughter's best friends. They were in a homeschool co-op together about 4 years ago. After we left co-op (about 3 years ago), we didn't see this family again until this year at AHG (American Heritage Girls - like Girl Scouts). They quickly renewed their friendship and were best buddies at AHG. We went skating once a month with them. I remember having several conversations in the parking lot with the mom (the dad took the kids skating as she has little ones). She was full of life and joy and love for Her Savior.

Her death was sudden. She had an emergency appendectomy on Thursday. She went home only to be re-hospitalized on Tuesday. Several members of her family (including my daughter's friend) had strep that week and she ended up getting a strep infection in her organs. She passed away yesterday afternoon.

To make this harder on my family, one of my daughter's other best friend's mom (this time from co-op) passed away in November. There were 3 little girls that were like the 3 amigos twice a week when we met. Her mom died during her 3rd battle with cancer. This family, the dad and 2 daughters (the other daughter was one of my students), moved away in March to be closer to family.

My daughter, age 10, is still asleep. I pray that she understands that God IS good! And, that even in our grief over the 2nd mom's death, that there is little chance that I will die. Can you imagine if 2 of your best friends lost their moms while you were 10? Can you imagine how you'd wonder about your own mom? Please pray for her, and me, and this precious family as they grieve.

We praise God that we do not grieve in vain! My friend is with her Savior and we will see her again! Praise God!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 4/12/2011 1:06PM

    Sorry for your loss and I'll keep your friend's family in my prayers.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/10/2011 11:44PM

    So sorry. Will keep your family and your friend's family in our prayers. Losing one so young is very sad. Children are overflowing with faith...I believe that you will be guided in how to help her hold fast during this trying time. Hugs and prayers.

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TURNINGJ 4/9/2011 7:26AM

    I hope your daughter is not scared...but instead learns to truly appreciate every moment of your relationship together. We all need to live life to the fullest and make sure we regularly tell our loved ones just how much they mean to us... because life can turn around in a minute. I remember last year one of the mom's of my daughter's classmate (she was 8 at the time) died one day before they made their first Holy Communion. There was not a dry eye in the church as we all pulled our kids a little closer to us expressing our own silent thankfulness for being able to witness this special day in their lives.....
sending you hugs....

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/7/2011 8:09PM

    So sorry for such a tragic loss! My prayers are with you and the family...

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RHONDALYN10 4/7/2011 3:07PM

    So sorry. Praying for God's wisdom as you deal with your daughters emotions in all of this. Also praying for the family. So very sad. God's timing is ALWAYS perfect - even in this. Hugs!

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GODDESSELLIE07 4/7/2011 11:35AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that your daughter will be okay and will not live in fear of losing you after seeing her two friends lose their mom.

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SUNNYBR 4/7/2011 10:30AM

    Your family is in my prayers, so very sorry for this loss. It is difficult to see that any good can come of such a terrific unexpected loss like this; your faith will be the guiding light for your daughter.

I will always remember my grandpa telling me at a time of deep grief in the loss of my daughter that God has a master plan for us, and we are just too close to be able to see that that may be. It gave me some hope and comfort back in those dark days, and still does today 18 years later.

God bless you.

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ERINBEAR1876 4/7/2011 10:29AM

    I am so so sorry....*hugs* I am sending prayers for that family and for you and your daughter.

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    I'm so sorry for your losses. That is lots for an adult to deal with - let alone a 10 yo. I am sure you will help her and all the families through this time.

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TEDDYBABE 4/7/2011 9:43AM

    Big hug for your daughter and her friends family. So sad.

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AMOHAME2 4/7/2011 9:41AM

    Lots of hugs and prayers!!

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RASMUSSEN5 4/7/2011 9:15AM

    So sorry to hear that. Praying that God is with you and those families emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 4/7/2011 9:02AM

    Beautifully written blog.

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I should add, I wish I had advise to give you about your daughter. I can see how this would be very challenging.

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TRILLIUM22 4/7/2011 8:55AM

    So sad. emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 4/7/2011 8:48AM

    So sorry and such a great challenge for your daughter. You are a great mom and I know will help her come to a healthy understanding of these tragedies in life.

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MFOLAND1 4/7/2011 8:34AM

    My Prayers are with you, your daughter, and her friend's family. Very sorry for your loss!

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PETZ62004 4/7/2011 8:33AM

    As long as your daughter see's the strength you have in God, it will help her in dealing with one of the most difficult of life's challenges.
Dealing with death and having God in her life will help her to help someone else as long as she understands that God gave us life to experience all that it entales. To be able to feel every emotion he gave us as that enables us to help someone else.

Prayers out to the ones left behind to give them strength and courage.

God Bless,

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AHMARROSE 4/7/2011 8:28AM

  soo sorry to hear that , God with her husband and her kids.
speak with your daughter and let her cry if she want

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FUNFROG79 4/7/2011 8:28AM

    Sorry for your sudden loss, so tough.

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PARTICLEGIRL22 4/7/2011 8:27AM

    How terrible. I am praying for her family, you and your daughter. My God be with all of you during this sad time.

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Finding Balance

Sunday, April 03, 2011

My schedule has just turned crazy... again. I now have my first triathlon NEXT SUNDAY! Then, my 2nd triathon (with 2x the swim... in a lake, not pool) 4 weeks later. Then, my 2nd half marathon 4 weeks after that!

So, now I need to figure out how to schedule my workouts. I have to train for these triathlons (well, this week is pretty much taper week), while also training for my half marathon.

Today I did a 5 mile run. It was the first long run in a couple of weeks. It was TOUGH! I actually did it as part of a brick workout. I rode 4 FAST miles (fast for me) and then did a 5 mile run. My usual pace is around 12:00 or 12:30. Well, at times I was running 14 and even 15 minute miles! And it was all I could do at the time! I wanted to QUIT. I was thinking "I can't DO this!" I'll never run fast. I'll never be able to do 13.1 miles again. I can't train for two triathlons and a half marathon!

But, I kept going. I walked some. I told myself to run for just 10 minutes at a time. Well, the 10 minutes kept stretching...I was slow, but I was moving. And, as I hit about 2.5 miles, I felt better. I started picking up some speed. Not a lot, but some.

I ended up running the 5 miles at a 13:10 pace, which isn't really that bad for me. I would love to do my half at a 12:30 pace... actually I was dreaming of a 11:30 pace! But, if it doesn't happen, that is OK! There will be more Half Marathons! And, I'm still burning calories and getting fit. I have changed so much in the past 10 months!

Yes, there are 'bad' runs... but that doesn't meant I'm not a runner! Even when my run looks like a walk, I'm a runner! I'm getting out there and doing the miles. And, I coulnd't have done this 7 months ago!

So, keep pushing. Keep setting goals and reaching for them. As long as we don't give up, we will get better! Let's do this!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/5/2011 3:24PM

    You are doing a fantastic job!!

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AMOHAME2 4/4/2011 5:53PM

    You're doing so great! I can't wait to hear all about your events in the coming weeks!!! Especially your first tri, that's going to be AWESOME!!

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FUNFROG79 4/4/2011 9:36AM

    So impressive with your determination! You are going to rock that TRI next weekend!!!

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KELLI_A 4/3/2011 11:53PM

    Sometimes those hard runs make me feel like even more of a runner!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/3/2011 10:18PM

    Good for me to read too!! Sometimes I don't feel much like a "runner". Thanks for the re-affirmation.

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TEDDYBABE 4/3/2011 9:52PM

    Oh this was good for me to read. You inspire me! Thanks! You are doing so great!

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This is gonna make you STRONGER!

Friday, April 01, 2011

I heard a new song on my Christian radio station this week. It is talking about the problems of life, but it seemed so appropriate as I train for my first triathlon and the fears I have about the Open Water Swim. Here's the chorus:

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you ...

Those words just really spoke to me!

And, here's one of the verses:

Try and do the best you can
Hold on and let Him hold your hand
And go on and fall into the arms of Jesus
Oh, lift your head it's gonna end
God's right there
Even when you just can't feel Him
I promise you that He still cares

Love it!!! This is definitely going on my iPod and is now my "Theme Song". emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 4/3/2011 1:43PM

    Oh how wonderful for you. I need the music. Isn't that amazing the power of music. Thanks for sharing friend! You are going to do so great! You have prepared yourself for this. We're excited for you!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/3/2011 12:54PM

    Great song!! I love it too, when a song comes on that speaks straight to what you are experiencing. Thanks for sharing the lyrics, they are very powerful! My mud run posted the course map and it has pipes-my biggest fear!! I'm mildly claustrophobic and am afraid of my big hips getting stuck-lol! But, I won't let the pipes keep me from doing the race, I'll cross that bridge when I get there :). I'll try to remember these lyrics when I do :).

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PSALM34V7 4/3/2011 11:51AM

    Sweet! I just love it when music speaks to me like that.

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ANNEKATHLEEN 4/2/2011 11:02AM

    Awesome song! Thanks for sharing!

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ANNE7X7 4/2/2011 10:02AM

    Love the lyrics! SO awesome!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/2/2011 7:13AM

    Wow, I can really relate to this as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

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UMUCGRAD 4/1/2011 8:44PM

    Yes, a lovely song with a lovely message. Thank you.

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SLUDERCATS 4/1/2011 7:33PM

    What a beautiful song. Thanks for shaing it with us.

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A Size 8 Wearing Size 16...Me! (photo from today... 30 lbs GONE!)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Today I weigh 133. At my highest, about 3 years ago, I weighed 163. It was my highest weight ever. I had to buy my first pairs of 16s to go on a trip.

I have since given away all of my 16s in favor of my newly fitting size 8s! But, to celebrate today's achievement, I went to the store and tried on some 16s. They were falling off of me! I got the giggles. I can't believe these used to fit!!! (What got me even more than the waist is the size of the pant legs... they're huge on me!)

To all of you out there, we CAN lose the weight! And, we CAN keep it off! Just eat well and MOVE! Find something you love, and, as Nike says, JUST DO IT!!! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/31/2011 2:30PM

    Totally awesome!!!

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KIMPOSSIBLE41 3/31/2011 1:49PM

    That had to feel amazing! Great job! :)

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    great idea for a picture! congrats on 30#s gone..for ever!!!! Did you buy yourself a new pair of 'skinny' jeans???

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IRUNHIKECAMP 3/31/2011 9:08AM

    Awesome way to show yourself all that you have accomplished and how well you are taking care of you! :)

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RHONDALYN10 3/31/2011 9:00AM

    What a great feeling that is! It reiterates why we do all the hard work! What a great idea and great for motivation!

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FUNFROG79 3/31/2011 8:30AM

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WOMANCHEF 3/31/2011 7:28AM

    Great job! Congratulations!

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AMOHAME2 3/31/2011 7:27AM

    This is so awesome!!! I can't even imagine you fitting into those jeans!

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SUZIB123 3/31/2011 7:24AM

    Reverse what most of us would do.....GREAT!!!!

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WILDFLOWERR_ 3/31/2011 1:45AM

    That's a refreshing idea! emoticonI might have to try it! emoticon
Congrats on all your accomplishments! emoticon

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PSALM34V7 3/31/2011 12:36AM

    So well said. Movement really does make all the difference (once you have the nutrition in check).

You look stunning! What a great job you've done.

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TERESANSHAW 3/30/2011 10:57PM

  That's great! Keep up the good work - you're worth it!

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CLAYARTIST 3/30/2011 10:42PM

  you go girl...

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PVILLAGO 3/30/2011 10:35PM

  Those pants are huge.. I bet you can't believe you ever wore them. I know I look at the 24's and wonder how did it get to this. I am now wearing 16's and they are getting loose i have two new pair of 14's and they are starting to fit a little better. Maybe 20lbs more and I'll be in 14s and the 16's will be gone.
Good Luck and Congratulations... We Can Do It...

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FORNEYFRAU 3/30/2011 10:33PM

    Super job! I know it feels great! emoticon

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CDGOLDILOCKS 3/30/2011 10:32PM

    Fantastic! Good job staying focused and "Doing it"!

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