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What the Boston Marathon Means to Me

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

As I walk around Boston today, law enforcement is making its presence known: SWAT teams, K9, National Guard, BPD, State Police - they are all out and about.

So are the blue and yellow BAA jackets. The uniform of the runners. Some who didn't get to finish and make the goal that they trained and worked so hard for. And some who did finish, but whose experience was marred by bloodshed and cowardice.

I'm angry. I'm so angry that I find this hard to write.

I didn't run Boston this year and I haven't in the past. I'm sure there are others here who can talk about the sweat and agony of Heartbreak Hill and working through the blisters and chafing on Mile 20 and how it feels to turn the bend and see the Citgo sign peeking out from Fenway and knowing that they're almost there. I don't have that experience, but I have the experience of feeling the joy that comes with sharing my city with thousands of runners on a holiday that the Commonwealth celebrates, but rest of the nation does not: Patriots Day.

I hate that one person's (or one group's) cowardly violent act will define this day for so many. I hate that the winners' names are halfway down the page of the newspaper today, their acheivements scuttled by shrapnel.

I hate that it is mostly the slower runners who made huge fundraising commitments to run for charity are the ones who had their marathon dream deferred yesterday. And that many of their supporters paid a huge price for standing on the sidelines.

I hate that the victims are my neighbors, one as young as 8 years old; one who lives blocks away from me.

But I have to say, my love for this city, my love for the runners I share it with each Patriots Day will drown out all of my anger eventually. Someday, I will run Boston. I will know the joy of running a marathon and sharing the pain and frustration and elation and amazement with my fellow runners. I will know I did it in the city that I love with all my heart. When the bombs went off, people ran toward the blasts: to help and to console the victims. I love that for even though Bostonians and Massachusettians get a bum rap for having a hard edge, so many reached out yesterday to those in need.

Boston, you're my home. And running, you're my peace.

  
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MONTREAL12 9/9/2013 1:30PM

  Thanks for stating it like it is! emoticon emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/4/2013 1:43AM

    I was terrified when I heard about it. It's great that you love your city so much, and I'm glad people were helping each other out.

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ADAPTINGANNIE 7/28/2013 8:37AM

    Still so sad. Thank you for posting. So hurtful to so many not just in Boston but across the nation. Must be excruciatingly painful to those who reside there and/or participated in this wonderful event. I have always loved your city, but never more so than now when your strength and courage shines so brightly.
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CFMOSS 5/17/2013 7:17AM

    Reading emails a lot later - almost a month has passed and somehow it just seems sadder. Thanks for putting your thoughts together - that's how we keep on going.

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ENG_TV 5/12/2013 7:37PM

    Well said.

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WALKINGCHICK 5/12/2013 10:02AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts - those of us on the other side of the Atlantic share some of the anger you have expressed - it was a mindless act.

Take care of yourself and of your city. Be proud of how you have all come out of this horrible act. emoticon

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GEORGE815 5/7/2013 6:12PM

    Our President is sorry this event occurred. This cowardly act was perpetrated by terrorists. Why do we continue to sugar coat this?

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MAW_OH 5/6/2013 1:50PM

    Boston Strong. emoticon

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JESPAH 4/24/2013 11:25AM

    Yep.

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MAGGIEMAGGIE5 4/24/2013 8:53AM

    M heart is with you and the people of Boston... Bless you, and thank you for sharing!
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HEATHER3477 4/23/2013 10:20AM

    Well put. My heart goes out to all. emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 4/23/2013 6:01AM

  Amen.

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SUSIE4LYF 4/22/2013 2:20PM

    I have been reading many many news articles over this and I have to say no words reported or being reported will touch me more profoundly than these. We are all praying for your city and it's people. Sending much love and prayers to Boston and all those living in and around that area. We pray for the families and the victims always. Thank you for sharing.

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SUNSHINE65 4/22/2013 3:23AM

    Loving thoughts to all you Bostonians and amazement at your awesome police!

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LUNADRAGON 4/21/2013 5:28PM

    emoticon Handling it with lots of prayer.

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RRTSMOM 4/21/2013 10:49AM

    prayers for your beloved city, Im angry..and sad...I hope they can question the surviving murderer...and answer some of everyone's questions.....prayers and emoticon hugs sent from the water logged midwest!

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L1ZB3TH354 4/20/2013 10:01PM

    God bless Boston. God bless America. emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/20/2013 9:54PM

    Beautiful and powerful post.


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JOYCRN 4/20/2013 9:34AM

    I went to college in Boston and was there Monday for the first time in 35 years to see my son run the marathon. Thanks for putting some of our emotions into words. emoticon

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God Bless America!

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NANINOTTAWA 4/20/2013 12:50AM

    Hi, There is now only the questions to ask the surviving terrorist to determine what or who is behind this cowardly act of violence. I am so sorry for your loss of faith. I am so sorry that this tragedy too so much from so many. I am so sorry that you are hurting now. I am very very sorry for all that Boston and Bostonians and Americans in general have experienced. I hope you will not let this stop you from your goals. It is okay to be angry (believe me I don't live in America nor do I live in Boston, but I am angry... oh yes!) but do not let it ever consume you. Have faith that the culprits and associates (if any) will be dealt with and have been caught (one caught, one dead). My empathy for your situation. Hugs, Nan

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VUKELK 4/19/2013 10:01PM

    I am so saddened by this terrible, unnecessary act of violence. I don't understand why these awful incidents keep happening. I truly wish we could live in a world where we all respected one another and supported one another. I am so sorry you are going through this. We are all affected in some way but I can't imagine viewing everything up close. Take care.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/19/2013 9:34PM

    I'm thinking of you. It's so very difficult to contemplate such a beautiful and historic city and such an idealistic race undergoing this outrage.

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CAMSEDGE 4/19/2013 5:27PM

    This again shows the ephemeral nature of life...and how each minute counts. I believe someday you will follow your written committments and experience the joy of triumph over tragedy. emoticon

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KALEWINE 4/19/2013 3:32PM

    My heart goes out to Boston! Know that you guys are in my prayers.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 4/19/2013 3:31PM

    I just heard about this yesterday upon returning from Ghana - shock and horror. Much love to you and your city.

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JOHNSJ1 4/19/2013 12:57PM

    Praying for all those who have been effected by this event. God heals in ways we do not even understand. So to the victory of what Good will come from such evil. God Bless

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/19/2013 11:47AM

    What a beautiful and powerful post

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MBEHNKEN 4/19/2013 10:06AM

    Very nice.

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KRICKET57 4/19/2013 9:38AM

    Boston will always have a special place and the happenings of week will not change that. So nmany look forwad to the run each year. I was talking to a friend who has run in the past there and he described the feeling on closing in on the finish with the joy and suport the people of Boston have always shown. That will not be changed by the actions of a few cowards. Boston will come out of this ahead.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and I look forward to watching the run next year.

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LEANMEAN2 4/19/2013 7:06AM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly.

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M_BRUNER 4/19/2013 1:02AM

    Powerfully written. Your voice speaks for all of us. emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/19/2013 12:25AM

    Beautifully expressed. Thank you for sharing these thoughts; I'm not Bostonian and not directly affected by this tragedy, but I have been upset like everyone else by the whole thing and found your blog very cathartic to read. Thank you, and take care of yourself!


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FUSCHIA6 4/19/2013 12:15AM

    The world stands with you!
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LIVELYGIRL2 4/19/2013 12:05AM

  Very moving... what you said. Although I live on the other coast... it affects all Americans, and let's try and let love win.

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BLNBIKERIN1 4/18/2013 11:28PM

  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for putting it so blunt and to the point.
Thank you for the inside scoop, unedited by any media.
My tears and prayers go out to you and your city.

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MAVERICK59 4/18/2013 10:31PM

    You speak for so many.
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LIVINGDEAD_GIRL 4/18/2013 9:42PM

    It breaks my heart what happened to my beloved city. I wish I was there to help in some way. I may be in Florida now, I may have grown up not in the city but in a town less than 30 miles away but to me Boston will always be home. So many numerous times I have taken the T in, gone with my parents as a child to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, as a teen to the Prudential and Copley Plaza, as an adult hanging out at the Boston Commons. But one thing I do know is who ever did this most horrific act, messed with the wrong city!

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KKAZEBEER 4/18/2013 9:33PM

    Great post! My heart continues to break for the families who lost loved ones and for all the individuals who are scarred by this tragedy. Yet in all the terror there was an overwhelming response by supporters, runners and public servants to head back toward the danger to rescue and protect others... it's proof that good ALWAYS wins!
Thank you for sharing!!

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CHEEKYGEEK 4/18/2013 9:30PM

    Well said.

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CREATINGAMANDA 4/18/2013 6:58PM

    Beautiful.

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Day 17: Feeling Official

Friday, April 05, 2013

Coming to the realization that I will actually have two jobs starting on Monday. Since I decided to do consultations only on evenings and weekends, I actually booked three consultations for Saturday morning. People are finding me through my articles online. Yesterday I filed some motions in court. Whenever I do that, I feel all official and stuff. I don't get to court much, so when I do it's a little nerve-wracking.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day! I did a lot of walking yesterday. Walked to work, walked to the bank and the post office, took the stairs a lot. Made a trip to Trader Joe's and managed not to buy chocolate or junk food (other than a pack of gummy bears - I ate a few and gave the rest to Jon), which is absolutely amazing for me.

The FitBit has been very motivating to move around more. Even though I didn't officially "exercise" yesterday, I earned an extra 200 calories, which I didn't even use. So far, so good!

  
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CHICAT63 4/13/2013 6:51AM

    Awesome !

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ALOFA0509 4/11/2013 12:28AM

    emoticon Doin good mama!!!!

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GRACEISENUF 4/6/2013 1:34PM

    I rarely share candy so that would be a major hurdle for me. :)

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PAMAZON 4/5/2013 4:57PM

    You're so official all you need is a whistle! I love quoting a Lil' Wayne rap whenever I can. ;)

Way to go on the Trader Joes trip. That is always a MAJOR accomplishment to get out of there without decadence in my grocery bags.

Keep it rockin' on your weekend away!

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WISLNDR 4/5/2013 3:33PM

    It won't take long and going to court will just be another part of the day. (I know this to be true!) emoticon

Enjoy the weekend!!



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JENN26POINT2 4/5/2013 3:08PM

    Congratulations on feeling all official and stuff. I have a Body Media Fit Link (armband like a bodybugg) and I love it. It makes me move. Fitocracy.com also has me moving and doing more b/c I love wracking up the points and "leveling up". Have a nice weekend and don't work too hard! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 4/5/2013 1:27PM

    Congrats and good luck! I've been working 6 jobs (seriously not joking) since January. I'm done 2 of them this weekend and couldn't be happier. But since you have a baby, that's like 10 jobs right there!

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TADTURC 4/5/2013 11:53AM

    I love when I feel all official and stuff too for my job! good for you, keep up on the FIBIT, Ill be watching, lol

Stephanie

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/5/2013 11:28AM

    So proud of you girlie! You are just crazy rocking it out right now!

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ON2VICTORY 4/5/2013 11:24AM

    RAWK it my friend. :)

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/5/2013 11:13AM

    You sound HAPPY!! emoticon

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FREES1 4/5/2013 11:05AM

    not using the extra 200 calories is a good thing - that will lead to that deficit that makes for loss! and congrats on getting back into court.. seems to me that walking and stairs counts as exercise... congrats on the officialdom!

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IBSHAUN 4/5/2013 10:38AM

    I like your description of feeling all official -- made me smile. I am glad to hear you are enjoying your FitBit. I think I'm going to get one - I'll make it my Mother's Day gift to myself. :)

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SEEHOLZ 4/5/2013 10:14AM

    Nice going - the weather makes a huge difference in my motivation - plus I LOVE being outside!!!

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MBSHAZZER 4/5/2013 10:05AM

    Awesome!!! Sounds like the FitBit is really motivating!

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BROWREN 4/5/2013 9:54AM

    I'm interested in hearing how you are enjoying the FitBit. My motivation has been deteriorating and I have been struggling to find some new way to keep focused. So, I am wondering if it would be another good motivational tool for me. I had a look at my SparkPage and there is a challenge photo from Spring 2011 with a weight of 152, 5 lbs less than what I am now. That was less motivating. I have made absolutely no progress in the last two years.

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CAALAN23 4/5/2013 9:43AM

    Sounding very productive!

I'll have to google map the things I could walk to. Love to walk when it's nice outside.

Have a happy healthy weekend!
Tina

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PRETTYPITHY 4/5/2013 9:38AM

    Good news all around!

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Day 16: Rediscovering the Smoothie

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I made a very simple smoothie yesterday for lunch: fresh strawberries, crushed ice, coconut almond milk, and a scoop of french vanilla protein powder. It made a huge portion and it was only 200 calories and 20 grams of protein. Kept me full til dinner. Funny how we forget about these things when we slip back into bad habits.

So we booked a hotel for Mohegan Sun for next weekend. I'm excited to get away and it will a good way to celebrate the first week of my new job. We actually get a three-day weekend here in MA (as FMREES noted yesterday) because of Patriots Day. So we'll leave Saturday afternoon and come back Sunday afternoon and still have a whole day off!

We are planning to use our tax refund to get bikes this weekend too (and a little trailer for the Kbomb)!

  
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ELEPHANTGIRL75 4/19/2013 7:49PM

    Smoothies are great! Glad to hear about the bikes. We started biking as a family last year regularly and can't wait for the weather to finally improve so we can start up again! It's such a fun way to be close as a family while keeping fit and my kids really enjoy it (they even write stories about it in school as part of their writing assignments so I know it means something to them). Hope you enjoy your family bike rides together as much as we do.

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FIRECOM 4/18/2013 11:09AM

    I, too, just "discovered" the smoothie. Make one a day with protein powder for my wife and I . Delicious.

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MAMADELIGHT 4/13/2013 7:38AM

    We've got some rail trails around here. Soph and I will tag along.

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2BEEFIT 4/5/2013 11:56AM

    I made a smoothie today with frozen peaches, some skim milk, and EAS lean vanilla protein powder...delish!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/5/2013 11:28AM

    Oh I am so excited for you guys!!! Have an awesome time!

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WISLNDR 4/5/2013 6:22AM

    Have a great weekend filled with fun!! (And I'm looking forward to reading about all your biking adventures!!)

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ROCKMAN6797 4/5/2013 3:27AM

    Enjoy your weekend!

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LAURIETAIT 4/5/2013 12:13AM

    Smoothies are more than filling low cal meals. My H has been religiously having everything and the kitchen sink veggie/fruit smoothies and he's seeing a difference in his skin, joints and in his weight. He even thinks it's responsible for silencing a persistent cough he's had for years. Even with the evidence right in front of me I don't drink them as often as I should.
Have a wonderful getaway and a fun time choosing a new bike.


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IBSHAUN 4/4/2013 11:47PM

    Sounds so yummy!! It is funny how we forget our little tricks and tasty treats when we slip. Glad you have rediscovered a little treasure!

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GRACEISENUF 4/4/2013 8:04PM

    I too have re discovered the smoothie with my Vitamix. I made mine with strawberries too that I froze after the harvest last year.

Hope your weekend getaway is super fun for all of you.


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BOOTS1221 4/4/2013 7:37PM

    Hooray for smoothies, bikes, and Mohegan!!! I hope you guys have a great time away, you so deserve it! I'm actually going to Foxwoods overnight with my mom next Thursday. Maybe we'll all win BIG!!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/4/2013 11:54AM

    Sounds awesome.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/4/2013 11:38AM

    I guess smoothies must have felt like a seasonal thing, because I too have just got the stuff to make them again...LOL

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/4/2013 11:35AM

    so nice to see you back here now that im coming back too its lovely and woohoo on yukmy smoothies!!!!

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/4/2013 11:26AM

    Have a good time.

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FROGGERHKC 4/4/2013 10:34AM

    Yummy smoothie! I am going to start making smoothies again too, gotta dig out my recipes! :)

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SUGIRL06 4/4/2013 10:33AM

    I can't wait for it to be nice enough to ride bikes again. Its one of my favorite things to do with my husband! Sounds like a great plan!
~Ang

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LALAFLOWERS 4/4/2013 10:22AM

    Can't wait to hear all about the new job! And, congrats on re-discovering what works for you.

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PRETTYPITHY 4/4/2013 10:19AM

    Yum! Sounds like you have a great weekend ahead!

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MBSHAZZER 4/4/2013 10:18AM

    Mmmm, that sounds delish!!

Enjoy the weekend away!

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FREES1 4/4/2013 10:17AM

    enjoy enjoy!!
love the Kbomb!

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Days 14-15

Wednesday, April 03, 2013



My first day back to running was good. I usually don't have a problem with Week 1 of C25K. It's everything after that that's tough! I was on the treadmill, but hope to run outside this weekend. I'm enjoying the FitBit too, and finding it nice to see the difference between an "active" and a "lazy" day. I have been tired a lot too, because Keira has been having some trouble at night recently.

I've lost 4.2 lbs since starting the DietBet (though a lot of that was TOM bloat). So I'm happy about that!

The office has been busy too, which is kinda sad since I'm scaling it back to a part-time operation. But for every client that I enjoy working with, there are like a dozen others either trying to scam the system or don't understand that I need to get paid to help them. It will nice to accept only the cases that I want to take, and if immigration reform happens, at least I will have everything in place to help people (though of course it will be a lot more work!). I start my new job on Monday and I've been told that after the initial training and getting the hang of things, it will be a pretty easygoing job, which I think is what I need now.

  
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ROCKMAN6797 4/4/2013 12:05AM

    Beautiful smiles!
Congratulations on the weight loss and happy to read that you are enjoying your FitBit. It can be a great motivator.

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MAMADELIGHT 4/3/2013 7:53PM

    You've got this. I miss your smile.

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GRACEISENUF 4/3/2013 3:29PM

    emoticon on the 4.2 lbs.....hope things settle down for you and Keira sleeps through the night.

The pic is so great!

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KITHKINCAID 4/3/2013 1:39PM

    Look at that cutie! And I mean both of you :) Definitely got my butt back out there and ran last night too. Felt great!

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MBSHAZZER 4/3/2013 12:21PM

    Love the pic, you guys look GREAT!

an easygoing job would be music to my ears right now! Glad to hear you've got that in your future!

And congrats on starting C25K !

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HEALTHY-SPARK 4/3/2013 12:14PM

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Have a good week!

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PAMAZON 4/3/2013 12:01PM

    Gorgeous Mommy and Daughter!!

I'm happy for you about getting back to running. I was amazed how much easier c25k was for me last summer when I did it (for the 5th time). It was over so quick and I was off! Now I'm coming back from 4 weeks off after taking those scary antibiotics that make you rupture your achilles tendon while taking it. I had my first run on Easter and it was tough but felt good. I'm pretty sore, so I decided to just try two runs this first week back!

Keep up the good work lady! I hope that little cutie gets her sleep together soon. I hated those phases we'd get into with night waking. *shudder as I remember those days*
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/3/2013 10:48AM

    You are doing great - For week 2's C25K runs - dedicate each run time to someone who you want to motivate to do more in their lives or to someone who motivates you to do more in your life. Just concentrate on that person. It will be easier

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IBSHAUN 4/3/2013 10:25AM

    Good job on getting back to running! Which FitBit did you get? I've been thinking about getting one and I'm not sure which one, or if I want to wait for the one coming out next month. I would be curious about your feedback. :)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/3/2013 10:23AM

    Love the picture of you and your beautiful girl!! So glad that it sounds like the new job will be a perfect fit for you and where you are at right now...and so happy you'll be able to keep your private practice running on the side because I know how awesome it must feel to help your clients navigate a tricky immigration AND legal system. Can't even imagine the red tape involved there...WHEW!

Way to go on day 1 of C25k! You're back at it, girl!!! WOOHOO!!

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FREES1 4/3/2013 10:15AM

    wonderful photo! Keira is getting so big!
Enjoy being able to pick and choose your clients..
and its great that you'll have a holiday right after you start your new job!! Yeah Patriots!


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Days 11-13: Feeling the Sun

Monday, April 01, 2013

Saturday was a great day. We went for a long walk and of course ruined the exercise with ice cream, but it was worth it.

Saturday night was rough, lots of night waking from Keira and Sunday morning was just as bad. Surprisingly, she decided to straighten up for Easter dinner and we had a pretty good afternoon. Of course, she woke us all up at 4:30 this morning...

No tracking this weekend but did well. Restarting running today! Wish me luck!

  
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WISLNDR 4/2/2013 5:41AM

    I hope you had a great time running yesterday!

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    Hope you had a great run.
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MANLEYSANDY 4/1/2013 12:29PM

    Good luck!

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KITHKINCAID 4/1/2013 12:20PM

    I have come to the conclusion that running is the ONLY thing that will take the weight off for me. Good luck at your restart! I'm right there with you.

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MBSHAZZER 4/1/2013 11:49AM

    WHOOHOOO!!! Running makes it all better!

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FREES1 4/1/2013 11:32AM

    good luck!!
you go girl!!!

and as I told a co-worker with a sleepless baby - brandy works wonders! hopefully soon she will grow out of the waking! good luck there too

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_TRIXIE_ 4/1/2013 11:31AM

    Good luck re-starting the running program! I've been thinking about you! (Not in the creepy way that that sounds like, though...)

:)

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PRETTYPITHY 4/1/2013 11:14AM

    Awesome! Good luck!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/1/2013 11:12AM

    Good luck on your run today!!!! Just think about how good you will feel when you are DONE with it!! :-)

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