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Jurassic Classic Mud Run 2011 (long with a few pics)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I did it!! I ran a mud run!! It's been on my "to do" since last year and I finally did it. And, boy was it ever FUN!!

Got up nice and early and got ready in my oldest gear :). No point in ruining anything I like :). Turned out to be a cloudy and chilly morning, I was glad for that because I didn't want to wear a hat or visor.

Got to check-in and picked up my goodie bag, number and shirt. Let my son wear the shirt since he forgot his jacket :).

Goodie bag had some fun stuff in it, a small towel (that was cool), a water bottle (not a bottle of water, a water bottle-the plastic kind with a sport top spout (cheap-o but cute)), some little give-aways from some of the sponsors-a bitty football, a key chain, best thing in there was a coupon for $15 of my next purchase of a pair of shoes at the store where I got my pair that are starting to show their age!! Woot! $15 off is pretty good!!

After that we headed back over to the nice bathrooms before the lines started. This race was at a local baseball/soccer field and there are regular bathrooms over by the soccer fields so we went over there instead of using the portas (which there were plenty of by the way).

I still haven't opened my envelope with my number in it so I finally opened it and the bib itself was the most basic ever...white with red numbers no logo or anything...timing chip attached to the back though so that was interesting. My number was awesome...here is a pic of me with my number before pinning it on...

We hung around for awhile, found my mom and it was pretty much time to start. I was in the first wave and got to the start just in time...it wasn't very clear how to get to the start-lol!!

Got through the first of the mud pits (going down on a knee in both of them-lol-I'm such a klutz-lol). Then through the pipes. Remember, I was afraid about the pipes? They were so HUGE all I had to do was stoop over and walk through :). Not a problem at all. Wouldn't I have felt REALLY stupid if I had let that fear hold me back? Then over the cargo net. That was fun too. I did a pretty good job getting over :). Oh, before I forget, spectators could watch at the pipes and cargo net so my family is there cheering me on. As I run up to the net I say "how do I do this?" My sweetie 4 year old says "You just have to climb really good Mommy." Awwww...so I did, I just climbed really good :). Then it was off into the hills....lots of hills-lol.

Run through some tires, climb over some huge tires, down a HUGE hill, dodge some baby frogs (that was not a scheduled event-lol), up some HUGE hills, through some more mud, over some hay bales (that was easy), down a steep hill, through a sand crawl (where I tweaked my knee a bit, but it worked itself out), up a steep hill where there was a girl with a hose making the hill muddy (she was having a blast!!), down a hill and over the wall-the ONLY challenge I couldn't meet was the wall and I'm okay with that...I will be working on upper body strength before next year. Just before the finish was one last mud pit . (All that stuff in the middle is probably out of order-I was just trying to get to the end-lol.)

The bars kept getting shorter, forcing you into the mud, at the end I didn't feel like doing the limbo so I just dropped and crawled through the mud :)



Then to the finish, where there were dog tag style finisher's medals...I wasn't expecting that :).

It was a great race, I had a blast and finished!! Don't know my time due to a timing chip malfunction that had me coming in at 1:41:something....except I started at 9:00 and finished around 10:00 so I'm calling it an hour even :). My mom even ran it and finished. Most of the pics are "too large" to load so I'll try a little photo editing and see if I can get them loaded.

It was fun, I got dirty, and my clothes are all glittery from the mica in our dirt-lol!! Hope everyone else has/had a great day. :)


  
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CHRISTMASRAIN 5/17/2011 4:54PM

    Yay!!!
This blog got me excited for my Mud Run on the 21st!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/17/2011 12:45PM

    So proud of you guys!! WAY TO GO!!!! But I want to see MORE mud on you!!!

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TEDDYBABE 5/16/2011 9:09PM

    You did so great and had SO MUCH FUN! Way to go!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/16/2011 6:23PM

    Well now, I'm gonna have to look into a mud run around here - you made it sound like lots of fun. Congrats!

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ENDUROVET 5/16/2011 5:30PM

    That's great - & my mind's made up now - I'm going to rope my friend into doing that Muddy Buddy bike/run w/me this year!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 5/16/2011 11:38AM

    How fun!! I'm glad you were able to climb real good! ;-)

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LUNATIFF 5/15/2011 10:12PM

    Oh that sounds so fun! I want to do one so bad. I'm a little intimidated though so it's really awesome that you did it!!

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MAGGIE805 5/15/2011 9:58PM

    I want to do a muddy so bad. Looks like you had a great time. Great finish and congratulations. :)

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ESBELL 5/15/2011 4:28PM

    I'm jealous!! I'm gonna miss our local mud run due to conflict with Girl Scout thingie.

It sounds like you had a most awesome time. I'm so proud of you for mushing on through even with your fear of the pipes. You did a great job!!

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A-M-CARDIOCAT 5/15/2011 3:05PM

    I AM SO JEALOUS and MORE determined than ever to do the mud run!!! It just seems like a total blast of fun!!! I can hardly wait till I get to do one!!! Was it a 5k? Just curious.

CONGRATS!!!!

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DARINGR8LY 5/15/2011 11:07AM

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Glad you had fun.

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IMSMILEY88 5/14/2011 10:54PM

    Great job!!! I will do this one day. I'm glad you had fun & I enjoyed the pics!

By the way, I just learned to compress photos, instead of cropping, to post. What a difference! You might look into that if you aren't already doing it. I used to get so frustrated trying to post photos!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/14/2011 7:21PM

    LOVE IT!!!!! I am glad you did it and had fun doing it.

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VERGE_OF_ME 5/14/2011 7:02PM

    I am so proud of and totally inspired by you Heather!!! Not only did you do it and kick arse doing so...but you looked awesome doing it...your hair is SO gorgeous! They have never done mud runs around here before this year and the one I was considering is next weekend...I think I'm done considering. So what if I can't make it over a climbing wall, I am going to try and give it my best effort...that is all that matters. I will be carrying these words with me for a long, long time :
"Wouldn't I have felt REALLY stupid if I had let that fear hold me back?"
You did a great job and you had fun too!! You ROCK! Thank you for sharing this!
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FITWITHIN 5/14/2011 6:51PM

    OMG! I was thinking about doing one of these it looks like so much fun.

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2011 6:41PM

    emoticonHeather! looks like a lot of fun

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LEN_VERSION32 5/14/2011 6:09PM

    looks fun!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 5/14/2011 6:07PM

    What a neat event. It sounds like so much fun! It is so awesome that you and your Mom did it! Way to go ladies!

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YOURJONES 5/14/2011 5:57PM

    That's so cool! So glad you had fun!
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KKINNEA 5/14/2011 5:48PM

    Hilarious- sounds like you had great fun!!

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MOCOHOLO 5/14/2011 5:41PM

    Awesome!! You got the 4-1-1! I'm so inspired by you and the pics are great!!

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I'll be posting dirty pictures later...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nope, has nothing to do with the latest hoo-hah on SP...today is MUD RUN day!! I've done my best to prep. I've done my runs this week. I've been doing my strength training. I've tried to psych myself up.

Honestly, there are probably obstacles I won't complete. A little sad, but okay with that. It's my first mud run and I still have A LOT of weight to lose. This is a trial run so that next year I can run this same race again (hopefully they will do it again) and conquer it with style next time. If I get myself through the pipes and the sand crawl I'll be happy with myself. You know, that fear of really tight spaces thing.

So, I'm trying to keep the nerves under control. I'm wearing my black running pants that won't show any mud stains. I'm wearing my old sports bra, not my newish Fiona. I'm wearing a really old shirt (not even technical fabric) because it's old and I won't care if it is ruined after today. It even has a small hole in the side-lol!! I'm wearing shoes I saved specifically for this purpose. I took off my wedding rings, because since they are loose enough to twist around I'm afraid they'll be loose enough to fall off in the mud. In fact, I'm completely jewelry free. I'll be running blind because I refuse to wear any pair of my glasses at this thing. That's okay I'm not that blind, everything will be a tad blurry, but I'll be able to find my way-lol!

Hubs is taking the camera, so I'll be posting dirty pictures later :). Have a great day all!!

Oh, and I lost 3 pounds this week...WOOT!!

  
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41SUSAN14 5/15/2011 3:04AM

    Mmmm Dirty Pictures!

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MPGYPSIE 5/14/2011 8:06PM

    GO FOR IT, GIRL!! ENJOY IT AT YOUR MUDDIEST!! emoticon emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/14/2011 8:05PM

    How FUN! I can't wait to hear and see more about it!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 5/14/2011 7:39PM

    Good luck. Congratulations on the 3 pounds. There are all kinds of styles and you are clearly finishing this with style today. Be brave and enjoy the race. emoticon emoticon

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 5/14/2011 5:53PM

    Can't wait to see them and help you celebrate your success!

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WONDERJUL 5/14/2011 4:23PM

    I hope it was a great event and that you completely enjoyed it!
3 lbs!! Awesome!

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MIKAEELA 5/14/2011 4:21PM

    Well done! Nice weightloss!!! Hope your run was fun and success!!!

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IMSMILEY88 5/14/2011 4:10PM

    3 pounds...yes! And, I hope you had the muddiest, happiest day! I can't wait to do a mud run someday. You go, girl!

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MSPRIS3 5/14/2011 4:08PM

    Sounds like a great time! Woo hoo on the 3 #'s lost too!!

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GRAMVICKI 5/14/2011 3:35PM

    You are braver than I would be. Hope you have fun and that you have some fun "dirty" pictures to show.



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CICI510 5/14/2011 3:05PM

    That sounds like so much fun!! Enjoy it and I can't wait to see pics!!!

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MOCOHOLO 5/14/2011 1:48PM

    Good luck!!! I can't wait to see the photos! And congrats on the 3 pound loss!!

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LUCKY-13 5/14/2011 1:15PM

    Good luck on your mud run! Sounds like a blast!!! And WOO-HOO on your three pounds lost!!! That's EXCELLENT!!!!
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DARINGR8LY 5/14/2011 12:19PM

    emoticon on the three pounds. The hard work is paying off.

Can't wait to get to see the dirt!

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TEDDYBABE 5/14/2011 12:12PM

    Oh you go girl! Can't wait to see the pics!!!! AND 3 pounds... Woo Hoo!!! Way to go... have fun!

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2011 11:57AM

    Have a fantastic time Heather- knock em dead hun.
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4EVERFIT011 5/14/2011 11:55AM

    Have a great run! Looking forward to the pictures!

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MOMONTHERUN1 5/14/2011 11:50AM

    Can't wait to see those dirty pictures!!!

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PHDMAMA06 5/14/2011 11:46AM

    Have fun today! Can't wait to hear how it goes and see all the dirty pictures haha!!



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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/14/2011 11:45AM

    Way to go on the loss. I still haven't summoned the nerve to do a mud run, but I hope soon.....

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PHOENIX43 5/14/2011 11:36AM

    I'm so jealous! That sounds like an absolute blast - best of luck and I can't wait to see your pics! emoticon

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BOLEBRON 5/14/2011 11:34AM

    I was just thinking that I couldn't wait when I realized that you weren't talking about what my dirty mind was thinking about....lol.

Good luck! It looks that you have everything cover so it should be fun. Did you do anything to protect your hair or is that part of the fun? I want to see the picture because I am curious. Let us know when you post them. Have a dirty run!

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RAIN_SIS 5/14/2011 11:32AM

    3 pounds!
Excellent!
Have fun gettn'squishy

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MNGIRLIE 5/14/2011 11:22AM

    Have an amazing time! I can't wait to see pictures!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 5/14/2011 10:55AM

    That sounds like a lot of fun! I can hardly wait to see your dirty pictures!

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JUSTBIRDY 5/14/2011 10:46AM

    Dang! You had me there! When I saw the "dirty pictures" title, my mind went immediately to my garden (yes, it might rain today!!!). I was imagining you showing off your 10-inch zucchini, so early in the season no less. I'd be so envious.
Happy Gardening!

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SUSANMOMOF6 5/14/2011 10:32AM

    Wow, sounds like every kids dream run. Hope you have a wonderful time,and those are some dirty pictures I will actually look forward to seeing! emoticon

Blessings and emoticonSue

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HANKENSTEIN 5/14/2011 10:23AM

    Hilarious title, and inspiring blog! Have a blast!

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Successes and Challenges

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sorry, I've had a busy week :).

Successes this week-still no meat (except fish), that is amazing to me!! Tonight will continue the streak...hamburgers for the fam, nature burger for me. Also, ran twice already this week, and have exercised everyday except Sunday :).

Challenges-yesterday was a bad eating day...I didn't pay close attention and ate some stupid stuff and too much stupid stuff...back on track today though.

Also, yesterday I somehow managed to slice the end of my big toe. Have ABSOLUTELY no clue how I did it. We were rushing around getting ready to go to soccer practice, I put my shoes on as I ran out the door. When we get there I get out of the car, start walking and my toe hurts. WTH? So, I walk over to wall, take my shoe off and my toe is all bloody. I look more closely and there is a nice little gash right along the end of my toe. I check my shoe and there is nothing in my shoe. WEIRD!! The only thing I can think of is that in the rush I bumped my toe against one of the floor vents or something similar and didn't even realize that I'd hurt myself. Anyways, it hurt during today's run, but not enough to keep me from running. So that is good anyways.

So...this week, so far, has had its ups and downs. It is Thursday, we are almost to the end of the week so the theme for today is FINISH STRONG. I've got today, Friday and Saturday to make it great!! Saturday is the mud run, but also a friend's party (catered bbq). Not sure how the bbq is going to go. It might be the end of the meat free streak. I'm going to have to think and choose VERY carefully at the bbq though because on Sunday it is off to my aunt's house for a mini-family reunion/special event. My aunt is an Atkins fan so the chances of there being ANYTHING healthy at her house is slim. I'm hoping, fingers crossed, that she'll prepare the old family recipe for tostadas. If she does then I can skip the meat, and have a tostada salad with some refried beans. Have no clue if that will be the case though. Fingers crossed I make it through the weekend without making a hundred bad choices. I'm allowing myself two bad choices (one each day) and hoping I'll use those on dessert-lol!!

Here is to 4 upcoming days of success :)!!

  
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TEDDYBABE 5/13/2011 7:18AM

    Great job on the no meat. I have been considering that. Sorry to hear about the toe. Hopefully will heal quickly for you! Good luck with the tostadas!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/13/2011 2:31AM

    Great job staying meat free. I can imagine it isn't easy, especially when you have to make 2 separate meals.

You've definitely got some lots to be excited for this weekend. I'm sure you'll have a blast at the mud run.



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SHARKYSGIRL 5/12/2011 10:29PM

  Finish strong! Yeah, that's what I'll do! The rest of the week has pretty much been a train wreck, but I like that idea ... Thanks! emoticon

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DARINGR8LY 5/12/2011 7:31PM

    Sorry to read about the toe. Hope its better now.

Sounds like you have a lot of fun things coming up and an opportunity to be creative. It will be fun to read what you do.

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ESBELL 5/12/2011 6:09PM

    Ouch on the toe! Hope it heals up quick!

Congrats on staying meat free...... idea for cookouts - maybe take some veggie skewers so you can be sure to have some choices?

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 5/12/2011 5:49PM

    Congrats on your success this week and go ahead, FINISH STRONG.
aLSO, I started eating vegetarian 3 weeks ago. I only had fish on Mother's day other then that I've nothad any type of meat or fish. I am stll having dairy products though. Cotinue those goals and good luck.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/12/2011 4:56PM

    Hey my entire week might have been a disaster...but I'm going to take your advice and Finish Strong!!!! WooHoo!!!

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NEW-CAZ 5/12/2011 2:58PM

    OUCH! your poor toe!
emoticon on getting so much done Heather, have a great weekend, good luck!

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VERGE_OF_ME 5/12/2011 1:51PM

    WOO HOO for a strong finish, bring it on home sistah!! Great job on your workouts this week...not even a partially missing toe can hold you back : D Okay...I gotta know...nature burger? Yum or not so much?

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ZURDTA- 5/12/2011 1:46PM

    Good stuff...

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IMSMILEY88 5/12/2011 1:01PM

    Finish strong, indeed! And, my week has had its ups & downs, too. But, I plan on finishing strong, too!

Best wishes this weekend...with the mud event & the outings!

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TWNOMWE 5/12/2011 12:49PM

    emoticon on your running, make sure you do not that toe infected.
My, you are doing great with Vegetarian diet. I do love legumes and eat them any chance I get.
About that catered BBQ, if you tell your friend can't she put in a special dish for you?
As for your aunt's get together , you could take a dish that you are to eat as a contribution to party.
Good luck with vegetarian journey and You can do it without a hitch and if you stumble along the way, you can always get up.
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RAIN_SIS 5/12/2011 11:56AM

    In this months Vegetarian Times they have an article kicking off a 28 day Veg bootcamp. They are offering 28 days of mix and match menus and supporting the challenge on their website: Vegetariantimes.com.
The boot camp starts May 15th. I thought you might be interested. Even if you are not you should check out their website. It is a good source of recipes and you don't have to be a magazine subscriber to use it.

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/12/2011 11:52AM

    OUCH, sorry about the toe! You CAN finish this week strong! Congrats on getting so many of your goals accomplished!

Krista

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JESS0107 5/12/2011 11:46AM

    I love your attitude about your toe is not keeping you from running! That is awesome! I also hope you have wonderful weekend and fingers are crossed for Sunday!!

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Spiral of Success...

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I LOVE that phrase...I can't take credit for it though. Got it from this awesome blog... zenhabits.net/weight/

Read the blog if you have the time...it is really good...if you don't have time stay here, I'll summarize it :). Essentially the blog talks about something most of us here at Spark have already realized...in order to gain better health you have to start with making one healthy choice. We all started somewhere, we all had a moment of realization where we knew something had to change and we all knew that we had to make a decision that would lead us to a healthier lifestyle and the one thing we ALL have in common is that our decision to do something led us to Sparkpeople.

We all, in one way or another, found our way here and have been striving to make those healthy decisions day after day. The decisions we make though are as varied as the people on Spark. Some of us run, some walk, some work out to videos at home and some at the gym. Some simply try to eat a variety of healthy foods, some are vegetarian, some vegan, some are pescetarian (lol). Some have "only" 20 or so pounds to lose, some need to lose well over 100 pounds. There are women and men. Multiple countries are represented and probably almost every ethnicity. The one thing we all have in common is making the choice to change something and become healthier through those changes.

Back to the spiral of success...I went off on a bit of a tangent there...the blog talks about how making that one choice can lead to a spiral of success. It's that spiral of success that draws us to certain sparkers who motivate us and keep us moving forward through their own success. They are examples to the rest of us of how the spiral works. Some of us struggle to find the spiral!! The blog makes it sound so easy, but I think there are many of us who struggle and might be wondering just where that spiral is. Take the time to really get to know those who we look to as examples and you will see that they, too, have days when the spiral seems to be hiding, the real trick is to hang in there long enough to find it again.

Let me share an analogy with you...where we live has long been a location sought out by gliders for our strong and steady air currents. Not hang gliders mind you, but airplane gliders. These gliders are towed up into the airstream by a plane powered by an engine and once in the airstream they are cut loose from the anchor and left to glide on their own. If the pilot loses the airstream disaster could strike and the glider could crash. As long as the pilot makes wise decisions and stays in the airstream though it is a beautiful ride, the glider staying airborne and flying free, defying the pull of the earth that wills it to come back down.

This is the spiral of success...when we KEEP making wise choices we stay in the airstream, able to resist the pull of gravity, able to fly and be free of the tethers that are trying to bind us to the earth. One wise choice leads to other wise choices. The trick is to stay in the airstream, to stay inside the spiral of success and not fall out of it. Sometimes, you will see a plane go up and it takes awhile for the glider to find the air stream. The tow plane will fly around for quite awhile trying to find it before cutting loose their glider. Sometimes I feel like my tow plane can't find the airstream. Other days it is the easiest and most natural thing in the world. Almost like the airstream comes down to meet me while still on the ground. Other times I get airborne and then the airstream cuts out from under me...in those cases you just have to hang on and work hard to find it again.

One wise choice everyday is all it takes on most days. Then there are those days that come along that will try your resolve time after time after time, but those are the days that reinforce our faith in ourselves.

Just one choice. How am I going to live today? What am I going to do that is a healthy choice? How will I handle "losing my airstream"? Will I follow my plan for the day? Will I let myself fall back to earth or will I keep climbing? Will I work out today? Will I fly free of tethers today?

Answer just one of those questions or one of your own each day and you will be making that one decision that needs to be made to keep you in your airstream and keep you in the spiral of success. I'm not saying that there won't be days were you won't have to answer every single one of those questions and then some, but by starting with just one, you are on the right track, you are staying in the airstream. Start with just one and the others will come, some sooner, some later, but your flight plan will become more clear the more you stay inside the spiral. It is a different journey for every single one of us. Out of all the many members here on Sparkpeople, no two will ever have exactly the same journey and that is actually pretty darn awesome. But, it also means each of us has to make our own decisions on a regular basis. The spiral is always there, waiting for us we just have to start with that one decision.

What is your decision for today that will put you on the spiral of success?

  
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MAPLELEAFMOM 5/10/2011 2:20PM

    LOVE IT !!! Thanks so much for posting this, it will help me a lot in the days to come! emoticon

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LISAW/3 5/10/2011 1:01PM

    Great blog! We are all so familiar with the downward spiral, it is a great way to think of a spiral in a positive way!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/10/2011 12:52PM

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a great analogy!!!

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ESBELL 5/7/2011 9:47PM

    One of my favorite quotes is:

You only have to make one right choice - the next one.

And really that's all it amounts to. Picking correctly for your situation in this very moment. If you can keep your focus you can fly!

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TEDDYBABE 5/7/2011 12:14PM

    Oh I remember the gliders and the analogy is perfect. Thank you for the mental image!!

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DARINGR8LY 5/7/2011 9:41AM

    Very nice! emoticon

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ROSEMAID 5/7/2011 9:18AM

    Great analogy you used. I live near an airport that caters to gliding so I understand what you're saying.

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ZURDTA- 5/7/2011 4:35AM

    Really interesting... thanks.

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NEW-CAZ 5/7/2011 3:14AM

    Great blog Heather! emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 5/7/2011 2:52AM

    Great blog!

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WEEZYB7881 5/7/2011 1:50AM

    great blog -- thanks so much for sharing

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MOCOHOLO 5/7/2011 1:36AM

    Fantastic blog!!! Thanks so much for writing this!

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One week meat free, how to make cottage cheese patties and another busy day....

Friday, May 06, 2011

Gotta be quick today...sooooo much to do and so little time to do it in!!

First, the tuna melts did not happen last night as planned. The boy who comes over after school had to stay later than usual and we had baseball (he ended up going to the game with us) so the kids ended up getting something at the snack bar and I had hummus and pita chips when we got home. So that makes it official...I went one week without consuming any meat (except for the hamburger cooties clinging to my daughter's pineapple slice that I snagged-and I'm not really considering that as meat consumption-my VERY vegan cousin would disagree, but hey...I'm allowing myself some leeway since I'm not vegan and just dipping my toes into the waters here-lol). How does it feel having gone one week without meat? Pretty darn good. I know that there will still be meat in my future, but I am enjoying the vegetarian eating. I've done far better in all areas this week than normal and my food has been filling and delicious. Gonna keep it up as much as possible...oh and BTW....another perfect day on Calories, Carbs, Fat AND Protein!! Woot!!

Quickly...how to make cottage cheese patties...this is a recipe of allrecipes.com I'm giving it to you as they have it, but I am in the process of changing it up and trying to eliminate SOME of the sodium :).

3 eggs (or equivalent egg type product-anything that is going to act as a binder will work)
1.5 cups of cottage cheese (I don't drain it, but will in the future, patties turn out a tad too liquidy if not drained)
1.5 cups quick rolled oats
3 tablespoons wheat germ
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion mix (if you are vegan or very strict vegetarian watch out for this ingredient...many have beef broth in them even if not listed in the title...this is the ingredient I'm trying to eliminate next time I make these)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 T vegetable oil (for frying)
1 (10 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup (totally eliminated this when I made them on Wednesday).
I add as an ingredient dry bread crumbs (seasoned)

Everything except the oil and soup gets mixed together in a bowl. Shape into 8 patties and if using bread crumbs roll in the crumbs then brown in the oil...this also works just fine if you spray a pan with cooking spray and brown them. If you are making it with the soup you can also completely skip the browning step and put them in a pan and bake them in an oven until browned. After browning I stop here and then add my own sauce or whatever...however, the recipe then has you put them in a pan and add the soup diluted with half a can of milk or water. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes (this way was good too, but REALLY packed with sodium). I made "sweet and sour" sauce...for enough for the entire recipe combine 1/2 cup catsup, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons up to 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard and heat to low boil in a pan. That makes more than enough and I drizzle just about a tablespoon or so over each patty (more or less sauce depending on each person's tastes so I always make plenty).

There you have it cottage cheese patties complete with what I do differently...here is a link if you want the full recipe and comments (which I always find helpful for additional ideas)- allrecipes.com/Recipe/Vegetarian-Cot
tage-Cheese-Patties/Detail.aspx


Okay, so off I go...I have a Mother's Day Tea at my daughter's class later and then a Mother-Son dance at the school this evening and I have no idea what I am making for dinner tonight since I only planned out one week and never got back to the menu-lol!! Maybe the tuna melts will come out tonight :). Happy Friday all.

  
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FUNFROG79 5/7/2011 7:39AM

    Thanks for the update! You are doing so well, keep up the hard work! Happy Mother's Day to you!

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/6/2011 6:01PM

    It sounds great! Thanks for posting the recipe. I don't know if my family will eat it but I would! Have fun with all your Mother's day activities!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/6/2011 5:34PM

    Good job at accomplishing your goal for the week to be meat free! You know, there's another form of "tarian" and I can't think what it is but basically the difference is you can eat fish products in that version of vegetarian. Okay - I googled it because it was driving me batty! LOL it is called pescetarian: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pescet
arianism So perhaps the tuna melts could still be part of your diet if you went pescetarian! :-)

Have fun at your events today! See you tomorrow at The Beast!!!

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AUBURNSELKIE 5/6/2011 5:16PM

    What a cool recipe! I am totally trying this. I started working part time at a vegetarian (and vegan friendly) cafe a couple of months ago, and it's completely opened my eyes to a different way of eating. Not that I intend to go vegan at this point, but I've encountered new grains and new ways of doing things that I'm incorporating into our lives. And hummus was ALREADY one of my favorite things in the world. I wonder if instead of the onion soup mix you could use a vegan miso mix instead for the savory? Anyway, thanks again, and have a great Friday!

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MOCOHOLO 5/6/2011 4:41PM

    I had a vegetarian lunch today because you inspired me. A half roasted red pepper sandwich with cheese and other veggies on multigrain bread and some fruit salad. Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the cottage cheese patties too, they sound interesting.

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ESBELL 5/6/2011 4:27PM

    You found some great vegetarian resources! I will be trying a week or two once my son leaves for his summer job (he's my uber-picky eater at home - if I try now he would live on hot dogs or taco bell) I'm glad to hear you lived through the challenge, and that your family didn't rebel and toss you to the curb!


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YOURJONES 5/6/2011 1:15PM

    Congrats with your meat free week! I find if I don't tell myself that I'll "never" have meat again I naturally eat more vegan and then occasionally, I'll have chicken or cheese or whatever but I don't have the guilt and feelings that I've committed some sort of crime. If I start thinking about slaughterhouses while I'm eating then I feel terrible. That thought almost always creeps in too. emoticon Your cottage cheese patties sound really good! I grew up in a vegetarian community via the religion I was brought up in and there's an infamous loaf all SDA's know about... Cottage Cheese Loaf! LOL!
Have fun today and the rest of the weekend!

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DARINGR8LY 5/6/2011 1:12PM

    Kudos to you for achieving your meatless goal. You can do anything you set your heart to. emoticon

Your day seems like it will be a blast. Enjoy!


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NEW-CAZ 5/6/2011 1:05PM

    thanks for the recipe Heather!
Enjoy your celebrations- you so deserve to have your hard work as a mum recognised- you do an amazing job emoticon

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JESS0107 5/6/2011 1:04PM

    Neat recipe!!! I just might try it!!! Way to go on the meatless meals. So far, I have gone almost 2 months and I feel a lot better than I did if I ate meat. Have a good Mother's Day!!!

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TWNOMWE 5/6/2011 12:22PM

    emoticon
I do well if I can have 3 meals /week without meat.


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IMNAHA 5/6/2011 12:20PM

    thankyou for the reipie think I will try it tonight.

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