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Golden Birthday

Tuesday, November 30, 2010




So today is supposed to be my Golden Birthday... because I turn 30 on the 30th... Therefore, it is supposed to be a lucky day, which means I guess nobody can have an extra special birthday after 31! (31 on the 31st)

My name on SparkPeople is KARVY09 because 2009 was the year I finally pledged to get healthier and KARVY was too short (LOL). In 2009, I made that commitment and shed a lot of weight (68 lbs to be exact!). 2010 was more about making my fitness goals and becoming a better runner and I'll probably only have a net loss of around 40-45 lbs this year. But any way you slice it, I'm going into a new decade healthier, fitter and happier. I've done so many things in the last year and a half that I could have never dreamed I was capable of doing before: yoga, ice skating, skiing, surfing, biking, and of course, running.





And although I've hit a rough patch lately, this feeling is the best birthday present I could have given myself. Well, that and accomplishing most of the items on my 30 Before 30 List:

30 BEFORE 30 LIST:
1. Take a ski lesson and go skiing [X] (Going in two weeks!)
2. Kayak on the Charles River [X]
3. Go whitewater rafting in autumn [] (didn't do... next year)
4. Weekend trip to NYC [X]
5. Organize all of my files (and keep them that way!) [X]
6. Attend Spanish conversation classes or meetups [] (didn't do... next year!)
7. Run a 10K [X]
8. Run a half marathon [X]
9. Complete a duathlon [X]
10. Get my MA real estate broker's license [X]
11. Take a yoga class [X] (going this weekend... already signed up!)
12. Save $1000 for new clothes once I make my goal weight [X]
13. See a play/musical [X]
14. Learn to scuba dive [] (Put on back burner. Too much going on...)
15. Host a wine tasting [X]
16. Finally put together a wedding album and frame our portrait [X]
17. Have diplomas, certifications framed [] (didn't do...)
18. Write our wills [X]
19. Read at least 30 books for pleasure [X]
20. Make my own creme brulee [X] (Doing this for Christmas! I just got the torch!)
21. Have breakfast in bed [X]
22. Wear heels out on the town [X]
23. Find 30 new recipes I love [X]
24. Grow nails long enough to get a manicure [X]
25. Spend a whole day in my bathrobe [X]
26. Wear a pair of shorts out in public [X]
27. Make my own mojito [X]
28. Buy the dress of my dreams... in a size 12 or less! [X]
29. Either build my business or find a perm job [X]
30. Go to Vegas to celebrate my 30th with friends!!! [X]




Just because I'll never have another "golden birthday" doesn't mean my life is downhill from there. As I reflect back on my 20s, there was a whole lot of transitioning... college, law school, long term boyfriend #1, long term boyfriend #2, weight gain, weight loss, marriage, moving, job changes, travelling. Now I'm happily married, more comfortable in my own skin, and ready for a decade where I'm secure in where I am, where I'm going, and who I am.

27th Birthday Party:




30th Birthday Party:




Don't just dream it. Live it. Make the rest of your life great!

  
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STORMTMB 12/3/2010 12:00AM

    Happy Belated Birthday. I was out of town, so just now catching up. I love your 30 by 30 list and yes, your 30's will be amazing - I promise!!!

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SUGIRL06 12/2/2010 7:49AM

    Oh happy belated birthday!!! I missed it :( But you did amazing on your goals for the year! You are amazing girl!
~Ang
PS. I turned 13 on *Friday the 13th*. That was fun! Haha

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SLFRISBEY 12/1/2010 5:22PM

    Happy Birthday!!! The 30's are the best years (at least in my 2 years here! lol)! Enjoy!!!

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KITHKINCAID 12/1/2010 5:11PM

    Beautiful. Love the pictures - love your goals. I'm coming up on 30 in 22 days! Here's to a decade of health and happiness for both of us!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 12/1/2010 3:20PM

    You didn't, you are, YOU WILL!

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NANASAMM 12/1/2010 11:35AM

    Happy 30th Birthday!!! emoticon And congratulations on checking off most of the items on your 30 by 30 list.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/1/2010 11:18AM

    emoticon Happy Golden Birthday to You!!! emoticon

Welcome to the thirties club! Cheers emoticon to another happy and healthy decade of your life!

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LOOKY-LOU 12/1/2010 10:39AM

    Happy 30th!

You are such an inspiration for such a young chick! emoticon

Enjoy!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 12/1/2010 8:18AM

    Happy slightly belated birthday!!!!! (Of course, I also believe in celebrating for a week, so there you go....:D) I'm so proud of you and how far you've come, and I can't wait to see what the 30s bring you!!!! :)

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PUNZIE73 12/1/2010 6:52AM

   
"Happy, birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy Birthday fit, fun, fearless, fantastic, fabulously healthy Kristinaaaaaaa, Happy Birthday to you! Congrats!!! Trust me. 30 is the new 20!

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KOOKERBEE 12/1/2010 1:29AM

    Happy, happy 30th! You are entering this decade of your life with so many amazing gifts. There is so much in store for you now... :)

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TIPTOPWANNABE 12/1/2010 12:58AM

    You are too beautiful! Happy Golden Birthday! You are a Rock Star! emoticon

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 12/1/2010 12:34AM

    Look at those collar bones!!! Happy Birthday to you! You're coming into your own now! emoticon

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CAROLINACHICA 11/30/2010 11:47PM

    Happy Birthday!! My Golden Birthday is next November (27 on the 27th)!

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AHEALTHIERME9 11/30/2010 10:44PM

    Beautifully said... and now you've got me all teary-eyed!!!

Happy birthday, Kristina... and thank you for reminding me today of all days how important it is to live it and do it, not just dream it....

HUGS!

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PAPPHEM 11/30/2010 10:25PM

    Happy Birthday emoticon

And great job on completing most of the things on your list, it's a great list!

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NEKOPIE76 11/30/2010 8:10PM

    I did a 30 new things when I turned 30. It was so much fun. I should do it again next year for my 35th birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/30/2010 7:39PM

    KOUKLA EISAI!!! I hope you have a GRRRRRREEEEEAAAAAAAAAT birthday! YOU DESERVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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BELIEVER104 11/30/2010 7:08PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! And many congrats for the success you've had so far. From the looks of your 30 before 30 list, it looks like you've had a fantastic year! Cheers to many more fabulous years to come :)

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MBSHAZZER 11/30/2010 6:50PM

    Happy Birthday! The 30's are the BEST DECADE EVER! Enjoy it!

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MBSHAZZER 11/30/2010 6:49PM

    Happy Birthday!!! The 30's are the BEST DECADE EVER! Enjoy it!

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CARILOUIE 11/30/2010 6:37PM

    My golden birthday was when I was 4... I'm sure I could make up for it at some point, though.

You are so totally awesome. You are unstoppable!!!!!

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BECKYLYNNE77 11/30/2010 5:37PM

    Happy birthday what a great blog emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 11/30/2010 5:35PM

    Happy Birthday! Congratulations on accomplishing so many of your goals. They all look really intersting to me and some I would like to try (except maybe putting my files in order and keeping them that way. Think it's a hopeless case for me LOL)
I'm 55 and my best years have been in the past 10 or so, and especially the last year. So don't ever think that it goes downhill from the 30th. We are only as old as we choose to feel, in large part. I've worked with a lot of amazing people from 50 to upper 90's over the past 15 years and believe me, there are a lot of great years ahead of you!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/30/2010 4:59PM

    My golden birthday was when I was five. I remember it vividly. I hope yours is as wonderful, but if Ronnie R. shows up, keep an eye on him. I swear he cheats at the party games!

I hope your day is lovely!

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ANNIE7205 11/30/2010 4:30PM

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on all the progress you've made. Welcome to the 30s. It's a great place to be, much more secure than 20s. I may have had fun in my 20s (way too much fun in college...) but this is so much better.

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WEEZIETEE 11/30/2010 4:19PM

    WOOHOO!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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CLALIZ 11/30/2010 4:13PM

    That is a GREAT list! You accomplished sooo much and you are such an inspiration. I am sooo happy for you that you had a blast on your birthday!
Does your 60 on 30 count as Platinum? emoticon
*hugs*

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ABETTERBECKY 11/30/2010 4:11PM

    So proud of you for setting out for this goal in 2009 and sticking to your guns. You are so strong Kristina! Happiest of days!

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GRACEISENUF 11/30/2010 3:57PM

    Such a fun, upbeat and motivating blog...once again Happy Birthday Kristina. I am so glad you are my spark friend and I am so proud of all of you've accomplished.

p.s./my thirties were much better than my twenties (seriously)

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/30/2010 3:47PM

    Awesome blog. Congratulations and Happy Birthday! I am so happy for you.

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PIP103 11/30/2010 3:41PM

    Happy birthday! And congratulations!!!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 11/30/2010 3:41PM

    Wow, look at you! What a difference in those pictures! Congrats and have a wonderful birthday.
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FOXXYROXXYD 11/30/2010 3:31PM

    I am so proud of you and happy for you! Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration!
Hope you are having a FANTASTICDay!
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67STANG 11/30/2010 3:30PM

    AWESOME!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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ALCONSTANT 11/30/2010 3:24PM

    Happy Birthday emoticon Enjoy your day!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!

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LISAW/3 11/30/2010 3:17PM

    Happy birthday! Here's to another great year!
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LISAW/3 11/30/2010 3:17PM

    Happy birthday! Here's to another great year!
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IBSHAUN 11/30/2010 3:11PM

    Happy Birthday to you! I love your blog(s)! You are so motivating and encouraging! Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your accomplishments - I'm sure you will find more to add to your list and keep on going. In my house we always seem to end up with a Birthday Week - so here's to a great week, month and years to follow!


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SARAHJ19 11/30/2010 3:10PM

    Happy Birthday! Congrats on your success, have a great birthday!
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STARLIGHT615 11/30/2010 3:02PM

    WOW what a differnce!! You look amazing! and completed alot of what is on ur list!! Awesome job!! Happy Birthday!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/30/2010 2:58PM

    Congrats and Happy Birthday... in RE to #17 on your list, you can do this yourself, super easily and save a lot of money (at least I did). I used a website called http://www.framingsuccess.com and I was actually able to purchase a frame with my school's logo on it and it came with awesome instructions how to get the diploma in there and it looks really professional.

Anyway, I don't work for that site or anything, but I just thought that you might be able to do it that way. We all pay so much for our education it's nice to have everything framed and on display!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 11/30/2010 2:56PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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KEEPGOING87 11/30/2010 2:51PM

    WHAT AN AWESOME BLOG!
HAPPY 30TH YOUR A ROCKSTAR

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    emoticonHappy Birthday!!! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/30/2010 2:44PM

    Happy birthday! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/30/2010 2:41PM

    HOT STUFF right there! 30 isn't going to know what hit it! You are awesome and I hope your day is even a fraction as awesome as you!!!!!!

Can't wait to celebrate another year with ya! Loves ya much girl!!!!

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Get Out Before You Gobble

Monday, November 22, 2010

OK, this is my Thanksgiving Day challenge to you guys...

I tend to make these holiday challenges fairly simple (remember the "no 17 Kit Kat" challenge?)

emoticon emoticonGet out before you gobble. emoticon emoticon

Do something before you feast on Thanksgiving. Go for a walk, run, bike ride, hike, touch football game, kickball game, ANYTHING. Just do something. Go for as long as you can and if it's just 30 minutes, that's OK.

Seriously, I just read the 500-calorie Thanksgiving SP article and laughed again. Last year I did the same thing. Seriously, 500 calories on Thanksgiving? I'm not saying you should gorge yourself, but, uh? 500 calories? On Thanksgiving?

Getting out and doing something will...

emoticon Get you out of the kitchen for awhile

emoticon Allow you to breathe the fresh air

emoticon Exercise your mind, body and spirit

emoticon Put you in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day

emoticon Give you some "me" time before the family demands your attention

emoticon Be a great healthy start to the day that will hopefully spark awesome choices for the rest of the day

emoticon Burn some calories that will be put back on in due course

And seriously, turkey is an awesome lean source of protein and sweet potatoes and other veg side dishes are terrific for you too. So if you focus on those and then dip into a little stuffing, mashed potatoes and dessert, then you'll be in terrific shape. Remember, the holidays will not break you!

Enjoy! He sure won't...
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TINKAGAIN 12/1/2010 7:59AM

    I went to the gym as soon as I woke up. After kitchen was cleaned and everyone went home I decided to take a brisk 3 mile walk. I felt so acomplished.

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OBURRELL 11/26/2010 4:52PM

    I did your challenge and it was great! I did a workout DVD first thing in the morning and then right before dinner I walked/jogged with the dog for 30 minutes. I ate before dinner so I wasn't hungry so I couldn't eat too much and couldn't go back for seconds. I must say, I did much better that I thought I would have!

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ANDREWRACE24111 11/26/2010 5:58AM

  Great advice, think i'll do that challange for every big meal or celebration !!

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CHARITYCYCLIST 11/26/2010 4:12AM

    I read the SP article too & just in time as I'm sharing Thanksgiving dinner with friends on Sunday...Need to read that article again between now & Sunday....

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TAMNTN 11/25/2010 10:30PM

    Great blog! My meal was 479 calories...and then we took a walk. My dessert was 320 calories....and then we took an evening walk. I am happy with that. No overstuffed, uggghhhhh feeling this year....Yipppeeee!!!!

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WISLNDR 11/25/2010 2:58PM

    I didn't go out, it was too ugly outside today. Instead, I stayed indoors and played Zumba Fitness for the Wii (just released this week.) It was fun and I was sweating!

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Hope you had a great day!!

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MAIRESAURUS 11/25/2010 12:22PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! I went out myself for a jog/walk, and it stared to snow! It was so lovely to be out, moving, experiencing the delightful nippyness of autumn, and to see the first flurries! Wasn't prepared clothes-wise (lol) but it did make me feel great.

Hope all my American sparkers have a lovely holiday/holiday weekend!

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IBSHAUN 11/25/2010 11:41AM

    Thanks for the challenge! Just did 2 miles on the treadmill (too cold and windy out for my lungs (and ears!) and I feel great!!! Thanks for keeping me on course! Happy Thanksgiving!

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NYARAMULA 11/25/2010 1:38AM

    Thanks for the advice. I am up for the challenge

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 11/25/2010 12:28AM

    Great advice! I am going to do a workout DVD before I start cooking and my family arrives.

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TRABOLD8567 11/25/2010 12:27AM

  OK!

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LUBAML 11/24/2010 11:45PM

    Thanks for the great idea! I will try my new DVD -TAI-CHI for beginners after my 60 min. YOGA. Then if it is not raining will go for a walk.
Happy Thanksgiving!!! emoticonLuba

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LOISINOLA 11/24/2010 11:29PM

  I will be good tomorrow, it's the next day and the leftovers that I'm worried about. I try to send alot of the leftovers home with my guest.

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BLESSEDMAZARS 11/24/2010 11:26PM

    The alarm is set extra early, so while the food is in the oven, my daughter and I will get our workout first thing. THEN if it doesn't rain, we plan on taking a walk on the trail that's down the road. :) Have a great Thanksgiving!

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AGCUNNIN 11/24/2010 11:06PM

    Fine. I'll get up earlier and go to the gym before my guests arrive. Thanks, karvey!

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LONGWINDINRD 11/24/2010 10:54PM

  Love your ideas. This year, at least 4 of my co-workers, three of our significant others, and two friends of my husbands are going for a six mile walk at 6:30 Am. We'll all be done well before we have to do anything about our holiday dinners. I'm very excited to know that around the country other sparkpeople will be trotting along on their very own Thanksgiving exercise activities! WE ROCK!!

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ANGIESDIET2 11/24/2010 10:48PM

  I plan to do the same workouts and bike ride that usually do, no excuses! I wish everyone the best on this Thankgiving Holiday and don't over eat!

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SHEPIL 11/24/2010 8:57PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I planned on doing my regular cardio before driving over an hour away to my folks to celebrate.

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LINDABENEDICT 11/24/2010 8:46PM

    Great idea !! Will do !!!

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LUNADRAGON 11/24/2010 6:23PM

    Great ideas! Thank you. I will do my morning PT for sure.

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CATHEITE 11/24/2010 6:06PM

    What a great blog! My plan is to do my usual workout tomorrow morning for 50 minutes before heading out for Thanksgiving dinner w/ family. And possibly a walk afterwards too.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! emoticon

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BTRFLY08 11/24/2010 5:49PM

    Thanks for the blog! I'm going to go out for a walk before we go to my parent's house!

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REDBONNIEANN 11/24/2010 5:38PM

    We are going to a movie in the morning and we don't have a traditional thanksgiving meal. Its chicken or us with sweet potatoes, string beans, a veggie and fruit platter to munch on before dinner. For dessert I did the no bake pumpkin pie from sparkspeople recipes. I will sneak in a bike ride after the movie though for my daily exercise. Happy Thanksgiving and love the challenge.

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CANARYKARI 11/24/2010 2:03PM

    Yep planning on a serious cardio and then core workout Thanksgiving morning!!! Can't wait to outsmart myself!!!! emoticon

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SARA0246 11/24/2010 1:26PM

    I've already got my bid ready for the 10K at 7am. Thanks for the awesome challenge idea!

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RUSSELLORAMA 11/24/2010 1:10PM

    Out then gobble. Got it!!

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/24/2010 12:52PM

    I've been thinking about this all week. You're so great at thinking of reasonable challenges! I'm gonna run tomorrow morning! :D

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CALLIKIA 11/24/2010 12:43PM

    I will get out before I gobble.
I will get out before I gobble.
I will get out before I gobble.

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MOTOGIRL2 11/24/2010 12:34PM

    I love this blog. My gym is doing early morning Zumba thursday, so I will be going to that. I also have a huge family so we have Thanksgiving at the community center. Once everything is cleaned up we play basketball.
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MYOWNHERO 11/24/2010 11:44AM

    Yes Ma'am! I love your challenges. I'm going to expand this to say get out today too (cooking day) and the next day (leftovers!).

Happy day!

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JCWATL 11/24/2010 11:41AM

    I have your 17 kit-kat challenge in mind. I am only going to eat the good stuff. I don't want any turkey, I don't like pumpkin pie all that much, I have mashed potatoes all the time. However, I will be eating the struessel topped sweet potatoes, my new chocolate pie with oreo crust and stuffing with gravy. Worth it!

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DELGADITA69 11/24/2010 11:23AM

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SLEEPYDEAN 11/24/2010 10:56AM

    I usually do a 5K Turkey Trot in the morning, but this year, I plan to strike out for a run of my own to burn some serious calories. (300 calories for a 5K just ain't gonna cut it.)

I don't really care too much for most Thanksgiving foods, but my vice is appetizers, so I've challenged myself to cool it on those puppies!

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DAWNF1473 11/24/2010 10:32AM

  Love this challenge!!!! I think minimum the dog is going to need a walk right before dinner!!!

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1FABULOUSMOM1 11/24/2010 10:19AM

  great advise. Stick with the turkey and veggies. But man my moms 4layer desert sure is good.

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BETHIE_BOO 11/24/2010 9:57AM

    your holiday challenges are adorable! Keep it up!

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CRYSBROWN1 11/24/2010 9:22AM

    Well noted plan...thanks! & have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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ASHARON 11/24/2010 9:10AM

    Well do!
Happy thanksgiving!

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DBFBILLY 11/24/2010 8:54AM

    LOVE IT and I will do it!! emoticon

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FLFITBEE 11/24/2010 8:34AM

    Love the artwork! And thanks for the reminder!

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HEIDE69 11/24/2010 8:08AM

    Plan to hit the gym after I throw the turkey in!!!!!! emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 11/24/2010 7:47AM

    Thank you for this post! I was just putting my recipes into the "RECIPE CALCULATOR" and kind of feeling 'blah' because of HOW many calories and fat are in our traditional recipes. Your post helped me put things in perspective! I think my plan is to make myself a sweet potato [sprinkle some cinnamon and stevia on for a 'special' treat] since I could eat these EVERY day and feel like it's a splurge! emoticon , but beyond that I'm going to just enjoy SMALL portions of my favorites and go for my 5 mile walk before we eat. It's all about portion control and moderate eating anyway! So I plan to do just that! Thank you for encouraging all of us!!!!!

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SMYGIRL 11/24/2010 7:32AM

    Great post!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 11/24/2010 7:29AM

    Haha....love it! :)

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BIONICMONARCH 11/24/2010 5:51AM

    awesome reminder!

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GEOCOSTA 11/24/2010 5:01AM

    Excellent ideas! thanks.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Monday, November 22, 2010

A trip to my therapist. The track.

Concentric circles proved that while I might be running loopy, my sanity is preserved.

As trying as November has been, I've got a little over a week to make it the best end to my 30s I possibly can. I'm not going to wait until December to make a fresh start. I'm going to do what I can on this... the week of Thanksgiving... the week of 12-hour days at work...

Breathe.

I'm going to make healthier choices. I'm going to exercise a little bit everyday. I'm going to do my best in the Turkey Trot on Thursday. I'm going to take Sunday to celebrate ME and do whatever it is that I want to do.

I'm not waiting til December. I've got this.

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/23/2010 5:15PM

    You so got it!!!!!!

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ASIAMORA 11/23/2010 2:55PM

    You can do it!!!

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SACGIRL 11/22/2010 6:50PM

    Good Luck to you on your Turkey Trot and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! Thank you so much for the sparkgoodie! And thank you for the motivating blog on getting out before gobbling! I plan to run 4 miles before feasting :)

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SEEHOLZ 11/22/2010 5:10PM

    I love the track therapy-LOL!

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KEAL48 11/22/2010 4:37PM

  Never put off til tomorrow what you could do today!!! So good job on getting a fresh start today rather than waiting til december. :o)

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/22/2010 4:11PM

    I'm HERE FOR YOU GIRL!!!!!!!!!! We are going to keep our heads up and deep breathe, run, and feel good about ourselves. :D

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FITGRL124 11/22/2010 4:01PM

    Sending my thoughts to you for a good week! emoticon

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JESSSPARK 11/22/2010 3:51PM

    You HAVE got it, in spades :)

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CHICAT63 11/22/2010 3:38PM

    We are all here for you !!! You can do this, bisous. Josée emoticon

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AMANDAAQ 11/22/2010 3:30PM

    That is the best spirit! There is no need to put off until tomorrow what you deserve to do today!

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KEAMOM1510 11/22/2010 2:43PM

    You go girl!!! emoticon

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MARIAND123 11/22/2010 2:13PM

    Great job on getting out to the track. I pray you have a great week.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 11/22/2010 1:52PM

    We don't have any tracks open to the public, but we do have a park with a great looping sidewalk. There is something soothing about running in circles sometimes...other times it is just boring, but sometimes it is therapeutic to just run the same loop over and over...maybe it is that sense that even though some things might be chaotic, this one piece of life, for this moment is totally and completely unchanging-lol!! Good luck on your Turkey Trot...we will be running it with you virtually. Kristen and I are doing our own Turkey Trot and will be with you in spirit on this race!! Happy Turkey Week!! :)

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RUNNER4LIFE08 11/22/2010 1:20PM

    Yes, you got this.... and you have us behind you!

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CINCYDORA 11/22/2010 1:10PM

    You can do it! You've got the right attitude. It's always best to start back on track right now rather than wait for tomorrow or next week or next month. The sooner you get back to healthy habits, the sooner you will feel better.

Keep hanging in there!

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THREADBENDER 11/22/2010 12:53PM

    Good for you!! A bit of self care goes a long way!
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KITHKINCAID 11/22/2010 12:50PM

    We're all behind you. You got this babe!

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That's me telling you you're a rock star. :) You've got this like nothing else!

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JENN26POINT2 11/22/2010 12:46PM

    November is almost over. One last week for it to redeem itself. Sorry you have to work so much! I hope you survive on top and enjoy your birthday. :)

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 11/22/2010 12:16PM

  You do the trot, I'll make the turkey!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/22/2010 12:15PM

    Running really is therapy. Even if it's in circles on a track, it does wonders for helping to find our equilibrium again. More than anything else, have FUN in the Turkey Trot, and make time for yourself on Sunday. You're going to make it, and you have a lot to look forward to!

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MPALMER15 11/22/2010 12:05PM

    Yep, you've got this!

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TIGERJANE 11/22/2010 11:31AM

    OK, when you posted that status about the track being your therapist, I thought you meant race track - as in horse races. Seriously. So relieved to find out you meant you, yourself, running around a track. LOL! I don't know why I thought horse races, and placing bets, but I did. not sure what that says about me . . . . .
Glad you're making time for yourself and holding onto your goals. Sounds like you've got a challenging week ahead, but I hope you have a great birthday!

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SEATTLESIMS 11/22/2010 11:27AM

    Good for you! hope you had a wonderful run and a more pleasant week ahead!

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SRVFREAK176 11/22/2010 11:14AM

    you are amazing!! THAT IS WHY I COME VISIT YOUR PAGE ALL THE TIME!! YOU are on the right track! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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BROADWAYDREAMER 11/22/2010 10:44AM

  great attitude, you've definitely got this!



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PINKCOCONUT 11/22/2010 10:35AM

    Damn straight you've got this!

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NATPLUMMER 11/22/2010 10:33AM

    You totally have it!!
Have fun in the Turkey Trot...I'll be running at home with you.

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MANDA_MICHELLE 11/22/2010 10:20AM

  you've GOT this!

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HOSTALADY 11/22/2010 10:09AM

    A fabulous last week of November planned for you. AWESOME!

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FOXXYROXXYD 11/22/2010 9:55AM

    Right on Kristina! You definitely got this! Have a fantastic week gorgeous!
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MBSHAZZER 11/22/2010 9:53AM

    Remember, no matter where you go, there you are! Today is a great day to get back on track. Beats tomorrow anytime!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/22/2010 9:49AM

    You've more than got this babydoll! The road ahead may look a little hectic but I trust you will fit in what you can, when you can and kick boo-tay!
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ANNE7X7 11/22/2010 9:36AM

    You can do it, girl! You've been going through some tough stuff, but through it all, you're coming out victorious!

Remember that blog about 30 minutes per day?? You can spend 2% of your busy, stressful day doing something for you, right? Cause you know that the 2% will make the other 98% easier to deal with!! You are a strong woman, and you will get through this!! emoticon

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EMLG11 11/22/2010 9:34AM

    You there!! Great thoughts and great plan.

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WISLNDR 11/22/2010 9:26AM

    It's going to be a great week!!

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FREES1 11/22/2010 9:25AM

    breathing can't be overrated!! Its good you are getting yourself centered again - just do what you can - that's all you can do!!! hang in there and enjoy!

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FUNFROG79 11/22/2010 9:24AM

    I competely believe you can do this! Hang in there, you will pull through stronger than ever! emoticon

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 11/22/2010 9:23AM

    you've got this! so glad you went to your therapist. sometimes those endorphins and a little time w/ just YOU are the best remedy.

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Does Standing Up for Over an Hour on a Train and Almost Getting Puked on Count as Exercise?

Friday, November 19, 2010

For those of you who love my tales of the indignities of public transportation...

I finally was excited to get back to the gym. I'd brought the same bag full of gym clothes every day but somehow found a reason to skip (needed to look after my grandmother, stomach pains, etc) but kickboxing was different. I needed this class.

I left work at 5:30 to get to my kickboxing class at 6:15, which shouldn't be a problem as it is usually a 15-minute train ride and a 5-minute walk to the gym.

I was stuck standing on that subway car for an hour and 15 minutes. Police action... which apparently justified the car being held between stations for that long. I got on the train at 5:40 and got off the train at 6:55.

I got to hear everybody's angry/bitchy cell phone convos, people screaming, and of course, the drunk guy in front of me decided to start retching and I narrowly avoided getting hit with it. He did, however, get a little on my gym bag. Lovely.

Not only did I miss class, but literally the universe decided to puke on my attempts to exercise.

I went home because I had to make my husband cupcakes for this Thanksgiving potluck at work and I was just exhausted from all the standing and the drama. I know I could have done the elliptical or something else, but that would have forced me to watch the people rock out the last 5-10 minutes of the class I missed and I was in NO MOOD.

November has sucked, y'all. I mean really. I'm so glad I actually celebrated my birthday last month even though it's on the 30th, because this has been the worst November I can remember. I hope this isn't indicative of how my 30s are going to turn out, because dayum.

I mentioned on my feed that I was told I wasn't needed anymore at my temp job after I took two days off for the wake and funeral. I actually managed to start something new on Wednesday, but this means I have to squeeze a full week's worth of hours into 3 days if I want to get a decent paycheck.

As for eating, I haven't tracked in awhile and I haven't been doing so badly, but not great either. I'm bouncing again between 178-181. I have a Turkey Trot next week so I'm going to try to get a nice long run in tomorrow to clear my mind and ease my nerves.

That's about it. I wish I had a better update, but that's what's going down.

  
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BETHIE_BOO 11/22/2010 9:51AM

    my MIL lives in DC, and uses public transportation 90% of the time. She likes to be very organized, so the unpredictable nature of the Metro was not easy to get used to. I can't imagine using it daily, so props to you! Although there is nothing any Sparklers can say to make the dude barfing any better emoticon

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TEACHDIANN78 11/22/2010 9:33AM

    My goodness! What an adventure. BUT, no one ever said you can't kick the universe's butt! Maybe it needs a good, firm, talking to!! emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 11/22/2010 9:31AM

    I think it counts as exercise! You know the old saying "this too shall pass" I sometimes like it when things don't go the way I want them to. It makes me appreciate all that I've been blessed with all the more. Hang in there and life will get better. emoticon
Wish you a blessed Thanksgiving!

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ANNE7X7 11/22/2010 9:04AM

    Just seems like you can't catch a break!! I hope that this week is better for you!! Sending you tones of positive vibes! Your 30s are going to be AMAZING, because you are going to make them so!! emoticon

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 11/21/2010 1:46PM

    emoticon Like I said, STUPID NORTH STATION! ha

It always gets better. Just keep on keeping on. You're never given more than you can actually handle, even if it feels like the world just emptied its litterbox on your head. We've got your back, as do your family and non-Spark friends. :)

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DETERMINED_SOUL 11/21/2010 11:12AM

    Sounds like you had an interesting day. I hope you were able to recuperrate and get back on track. Remember that sometimes things come up and it is okay to make new plans.

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DAVEW175 11/21/2010 8:07AM

    What a morning! The good news is that November is almost over.

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NANASAMM 11/20/2010 5:10PM

    Sorry about your horrible November. It's almost over then you can get on with an exciting month of December. As far as the puking guy...I had a narrow miss myself on a cross country bus ride. Not fun. emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/20/2010 4:15PM

    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRR. UGH im sorry girl. I hate those times. They happen rarely.... but suck so bad when they do.

I miss you! I hope December goes better. LETS DO THISSSSSSSSSS ring in NYD with a smile. emoticon

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CALLIKIA 11/20/2010 8:52AM

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This has been a stressful month for you and I'm glad to hear you're trying to find your resolve again. Just remember that Thanksgiving is upon us and there are still things to be thankful for. I adore you, and I hope December makes up in spades what November tried to steal from you.

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FAEMOM 11/19/2010 11:00PM

  Wow! Darlin'. You are having a tough time but I know you can pull this off. What a good attitude you seem to have. :) Hang in!

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JENN26POINT2 11/19/2010 9:01PM

    Oh my, you have had a horrible month. I hope things get better for the last two weeks of the month and that December is even better.

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LIPSTICKMESSIAH 11/19/2010 9:00PM

    Yikes! That was a terrible story. Well, it can only go up from here, right? Stiff upper lip and all that. =)

Sending "Better November" vibes your way,

-L.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 11/19/2010 8:37PM

    peaks and valleys... valleys and peaks.. persevere through the valley and you get the view from the peak. hang in there... and thanks for being real on your blog..

Annie

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IBSHAUN 11/19/2010 7:41PM

    Uh, wow - that's quite an adventure! I certainly think you have had your share. December has to be better! :) Keep looking forward!

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KITHKINCAID 11/19/2010 6:04PM

    Sorry your first month of being 30 has been stupid and yucky! Things are only bound to get better from here though. I have also been the victim of a train puking splatter...So Not Funny. Ugh.

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LAURIETAIT 11/19/2010 5:24PM

    You've had more than your fair share of crummy days lately. I'll look forward to better news in your next blog. The good news for now is you`re coping not collapsing. We`re all cheering for you.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/19/2010 4:28PM

    I don't know what you call it in America but in Australia this time of year is called "THE SILLY SEASON" emoticon emoticon And from reading quite a few blogs lately it looks like it might be an end of year phenomenon all over the place!

Hope things improve for you in December. emoticon

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LILIVW 11/19/2010 4:13PM

    Sorry your November has been awful - I hope your December will ROCK!

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KEAMOM1510 11/19/2010 4:10PM

    Whew, girl, you need a vacation.

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CLALIZ 11/19/2010 3:43PM

    Sorry November is not going so great BUT I am sure it will get better from here on, I mean there aren't very many days left, Thanksgiving day AND Turkey Trot and to end it AWESOMELY your birthday!!!
*hugs*
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ELISEL 11/19/2010 3:02PM

    I totally hear you! Last night I actually left work at 5:00 with every intention of going to the gym. I got on the commuter rail and half way to the station it stopped and didn't move for 20 minutes. Then I finally get on 95 and I hear on the radio that there is a crash right at the exit where my gym is at. I decided to take my regular exit and go through town, but traffic ended up being backed up so bad because of the accident I gave up and just went home when I finally got off the road.

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REDRUNNER82 11/19/2010 2:38PM

    UGH. I've been stuck on a subway for almost an hour before, and almost been puked on on a Greyhound bus, but not the two together! Maybe you're getting alllllll of your bad stuff for the coming year out of the way in one month. I sure hope so! Keep that chin up as far as you can get it, given the circumstances. We're all sending you happy thoughtwaves.

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KYMMC3 11/19/2010 2:31PM

    You've had a really rough couple of weeks. Your STILL getting out there though and you MADE the attempt.Your still running the trot next week, and if you decide to not do that, then I'll start to worry, in the meantime, I am sending you hugs and good vibes.

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/19/2010 2:17PM

    I always say "bad beginning = good ending" so your 30's will ROCK!!!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 11/19/2010 1:33PM

    I'm thinking life is just getting the crap out of the way so you will be free to rock your thirties in style. I'd written some other supportive type stuff, but I erased it and am going to replace it with sorry life has not been treating such an awesome person the way she deserves to be treated. Hugs from The opposite side of the country...ain't technology wonderful!! I can send you a hug from the west coast to the east coast in a matter of seconds :)!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/19/2010 1:30PM

    Wow, that is about as lousy as it gets--sorry it has been such a rough, rough month. Hang in there; it will get better!

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CARPENSM 11/19/2010 1:22PM

    Sounds like I'm not the only one having a chaotic fall. Glad to hear that you're more or less staying on track though. That sounds like a crapy day for sure!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 11/19/2010 1:15PM

    Time will heal, it's true. It is just amazing how slowly it passes though. Just write off November and concentrate on starting December off right. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/19/2010 12:55PM

    Hugs girl! Totally not indicative of how your 30's are going to be because you aren't actually in them yet! These are still your twenties girl!!! I have a feeling that next week, next month, next year will all be better! You've been through a lot this month, cut yourself some much needed slack and get ready for 2011 because it is going to be AWESOME! :-)

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CHICAT63 11/19/2010 12:33PM

    Yep, totally agree November sucks big time ! Your public system is full of surprises isn't it, yuck for your gym bag hopefully you can wash it. Hmmm, your birthday is November 30 and you are turning 30 it is supposed be to your lucky.

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BTINTERNET 11/19/2010 12:22PM

    There's no other way to say it but that sucks. If it's any consolation, no matter how badly they start out, the 30's rock (for the most part). Just keep takin' it in stride, one day at a time. Good luck with the hours - I wish you were out here, we have more work than we can handle! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 11/19/2010 11:54AM

    Wow. You have a gem of a train system, don't you!?

Hon, you're still in your twenties! This is NOT indicitive of your thirties at all! The universe is just trying to get the crappy stuff out of the way to make room for your AWESOME thirties!

Hang in there girl, you'll get through this!

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MANDA_MICHELLE 11/19/2010 11:51AM

  oh girl. that is one stinky train ride. so sorry about how november has turned out. but ya know, i think its getting it out of the way for you! so december will be awesome compared to november!!!
is that even legal of your job to fire you like that? seems very illegal or at least unethical to me.
at least its friday!

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FUNFROG79 11/19/2010 11:47AM

    Sorry things are crappy now. Hang in there and try and stay strong and positive. We are there for ya! emoticon

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HOSTALADY 11/19/2010 11:45AM

    Yes I am sorry you are experiencing these things. Not sure how to comment on the train ride other than Oh I'm so sorry that is really bad. The things that are stopping you are happening for a reason. Although the puck incident is a bit much to say the least.
The work will help your mind although taxing as it maybe. You have been through so much and it really does take time. Don't be hard on yourself as sometimes you just need to work through it all. The light is at the end of the tunnel ~ it just takes time to get there. Patients really is golden right now.

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SEATTLESIMS 11/19/2010 11:40AM

    ugh, that does sound like the universe was against you last night..
May you finish up your Friday with ease and find the exercise you need and have a wonderful weekend after such a tough week..
November is almost over ;)

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MBSHAZZER 11/19/2010 11:32AM

    Kristina... I think you were totally justified in skipping the gym that night! Sheesh!

As for November being sucky... it sure does sound like it. However, despite the stress, the death of your grandfather, work drama, etc, etc.... it actually sounds like November was a success! You know why? You coped with everything and took it in stride without resorting to overeating, over drinking or any other negativity! You're a success in my book!

Side note about public transport... one winterevening in college, I was on the bus between campuses. There was this really really drunk guy that kept asking the driver to let him off. She kept saying she wasn't allowe to stop the bus between stops. So, he threw up. All over me. The driver stopped (between stops!) and threw us BOTH off! I had to walk home, in the freezing cold, covered in someone else's vomit! YECH!

On that note, have a great weekend!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/19/2010 11:25AM

    Oh that is a sucky NIGHT! I had my work out attempts for the past week get post poned. It was to make money, and that's important right? Right. November just bites for me. Too cold and too damp and I find I turn into a slug. bah

So gross you got puke on your bag. And yes that has to count as core exercise!

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CREATINGAMANDA 11/19/2010 11:21AM

    Yes it does. *goes back to read blog

Your November has sucked. I'm sorry about your temp job too, that's brutal and NOT COOL of them.

I had a long commute yesterday night too. Thankfully nobody puked (that I know of) but I was stuck inside a subway car for about 40 minutes ... the subway's loud speaker said "passenger assistance alarm activated ahead" but the train's speaker said "signal problems" so who knows. Commuting sucks.

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TICKLEBEE 11/19/2010 11:19AM

    this is wrong is so many ways!!!! i share ur pain....i'm lucky that i live in a non-existent town, and we have minimal need for mass trans...but the puke was the 'over the top' moment!!

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TICKLEBEE 11/19/2010 11:19AM

    this is wrong is so many ways!!!! i share ur pain....i'm lucky that i live in a non-existent town, and we have minimal need for mass trans...but the puke was the 'over the top' moment!!

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FREES1 11/19/2010 11:13AM

    ah yes, the good ol' MBTA!! Did Charlie ever return? - he's been riding since it was the MTA!

I would think all that standing, especially the short time the train was moving, would count as exercise - your leg muscles had to compensate for all the curves, stops and starts. And then of course was the leap of escape which could even add cardio!

Look at your birthday as the start of a new month, a new year! My 30s were better than my 20s, although not as good as the 40s and then 50s! The best is yet to come! emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/19/2010 11:12AM

    I say the puke counts as exercise. Your heart rate probably went up at the sight of it. I once had a guy on the El throw up on my shoe. Ewww...December can't go anywhere but up from your November. Hang in there. emoticon

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TAMMIELAND 11/19/2010 11:07AM

  Public transportation in my area consist of two people riding on one horse LOL

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SIMPLY-EVA 11/19/2010 11:05AM

  I would say it does count as exercise if you jumped out of the way of the puke. Thats got to be cardio right there! I hope your weekend is better. Look at how far you've come and not at the 178-181 on the scale right now.

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CJBIRDJO 11/19/2010 11:04AM

    Sounds like your public transport works about as well as mine. I ride a city bus to work (smaller town), and have stories just about daily. Hang in there though. Try to keep your head up and stay positive. Things will start looking up.

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I'm OK

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thanks everyone for your messages and prayers during this tough time. You are all such fabulous friends. Yesterday was the funeral and I kinda lost it, but today is better and hopefully every day will be a little easier. I did pull it together to deliver the family's eulogy at the meal afterwards.

I've decided not to run my half marathon tomorrow. I haven't prepared for it adequately and my heart really isn't into the racing and competition thing right now. I feel emotionally and physically spent. I don't want to drive up to the seacoast alone and put myself through that, even though the weather is supposed to be fantastic. I think there was a reason I was compelled to run the earlier HM in October... I think this is it. I am going to run tomorrow. But it will be a shorter, leisurely run.

Best of luck to 4EVERADONEGIRL, ITSHOWYOULIVE, DREAMRUNR, SLEEPYDEAN, CAROLYN1213, and everyone else doing a HM or marathon this week that I've forgotten. Rock it out, girls.

  
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NARA87 11/22/2010 5:10AM

    I just saw this, I'm so sorry for your loss. Na ziseis na ton thumasai.

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JLITT62 11/19/2010 8:24AM

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 11/18/2010 1:50PM

    So sorry about your Grampa. Losing grandparents is so, so sad. Take care of you. emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 11/18/2010 9:21AM

    Take time to heal yourself. I'm still praying for you.

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ADKONKLE 11/17/2010 5:48PM

    Kristina,

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

There is always another half to run, but such a short time we are given to grieve.

Take care of yourself.



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JENELOPE 11/17/2010 12:56PM

    Kristina, I'm so sorry for your loss. I missed this blog due to my own absence from SP. Huge, huge hugs.

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TEAM-SARAH 11/17/2010 12:10PM

    I think that is wise you skipped out on the race this weekend, I would have done the same. So sorry for your loss. I hope the time around family did some good in the healing process.

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KOOKERBEE 11/15/2010 3:24PM

    Much peace and strength to you. I'm glad you're taking good care of yourself right now.
Laura

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NICOLE12-01 11/15/2010 1:19PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I will pray for you to have strength and peace. Remember to take care of yourself.
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KIMMAS82 11/15/2010 1:14PM

    So sorry for your loss. I too had a funeral on Friday, my great grandmother. I couldn't imagine trying to do a HM over the weekend.

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NIELSENSLADY 11/15/2010 1:05PM

    I agree with your plan! Taking a run just for you will be much better therapy! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 11/15/2010 1:05PM

    My prayers are with you & your family!

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CREATINGAMANDA 11/15/2010 12:54PM

    I've been thinking about you! There will always be other races to do and that's not something you need to be worrying about right now. I hope you're doing ok.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/15/2010 12:47PM

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MEGSFITNESS 11/15/2010 9:56AM

    *hugs*

it'll be alright. eventually, it will.

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MANDA_MICHELLE 11/15/2010 9:56AM

  so sorry to hear about your grandfather. my thoughts are with you, in this sad time. take care.
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SIMPLY-EVA 11/15/2010 9:12AM

  Hugs to you during this tough time. I totally agree with EMLG11. It does take time but soon happier memories will come. Remember all of the nice times you had together and that will help you get through the toughest days.

Eva

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 11/15/2010 1:06AM

    Sorry to hear about your Grandpa. I think it was meant to be that you run that earlier race! It just fell into place to perfectly. Sorry you didn't run with us today, but we still felt you in spirit. You've been there with us all along. Take care of yourself, things will settle into a normal-ish pattern again before too long. Prayers to all in your family.

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TEAWONDERFUL 11/14/2010 11:07PM

    Sorry to hear you are having a tough time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you find peace in your time of sorrow. Stay strong.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/14/2010 7:52PM

    Stay strong. Sending you thoughts and prayers.

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MARIAND123 11/14/2010 6:20PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will be praying that God will comfront you at this time.

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CRYSBROWN1 11/14/2010 5:28PM

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your grandpa. You are absolutely right that putting yourself through a silly race right now with so much on your mind would not be best. My prayers for you & your family during this difficult time.

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SASXONTHEMOVE 11/14/2010 3:16PM

    Oh, hon. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

This is not a time to worry about being there for the races. there will always be another one. It time to heal and love and be with those that care about you and for you.

Take care of yourself.
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FREES1 11/14/2010 9:17AM

    Peace to you in this your time of sorrow. I am so sorry for your loss - I know your grandfather was very special to you. Its good that you didn't put yourself through the marathon - someday, when the time is right, you'll do it and maybe even in his honor. Be good to yourself - take care and be well.

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EMLG11 11/14/2010 8:40AM

    Be easy on yourself. Give yourself time. It does get easier over time. I always say you never stop missing them, but the good memories start replacing the sadness at some point. You will find little things that remind you of him in places you wouldn't expect. It is ok to be sad and everyone goes at a different pace.

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HOSTALADY 11/14/2010 2:07AM

    With much love, prayers and thoughts sent your way.

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YINYANGSJM 11/14/2010 1:32AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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LAURIETAIT 11/14/2010 12:11AM

    Take a nice long run in a quiet place. I bet your grandfather joins you. Take care. emoticon

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LILIVW 11/13/2010 9:25PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa. I lost my Dad 1.5 years ago to cancer and will always miss him. It is very difficult to lose someone you love so much.

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/13/2010 9:22PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. It is great that you have been able to know your grandfather so well. I was just 15 when my last grandparent died. I have great memories of him, but, of course, I wish I had had the chance to have many more.

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_TRIXIE_ 11/13/2010 8:48PM

    Oh sweetie, I've been thinking about you this week. I knew your HM was Sat and I was wondering how you were going to make it all happen.

I'm glad you're listening to your heart and skipping the HM tomorrow. There will be others. For now, focus on your heart, finding ways to lift your spirits, and remember all the great times with your papou. I can imagine how difficult the past week has been. I hope you find peace this weekend.

love you.

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PAPPHEM 11/13/2010 8:13PM

    emoticon I'm so sorry! I've been dealing with something simiiar this week. My grandfather has lung cancer and took a turn for the worse and I had to hop a plane back to Kansas to be with him. Luckily, he's recovering but eventually...

Anyway, I'm glad you did the earlier HM so you won't feel guilty about missing this one. You've got a lot to deal with already. Take care of yourself.

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CINCYDORA 11/13/2010 6:39PM

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LIBBYFITZ 11/13/2010 6:28PM

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LINDAKAY228 11/13/2010 4:56PM

    So sorry for what you're going through. It sounds like you are not in your best shape to run the hm and a long relaxing run by yourself may help you get your thoughts and feelings sorted out a little. Sometimes the time alone is what is needed along with the joy of running. There will be other races. You're probably right about why you were compelled to do the other one. Take care of yourself during this time of grieving. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

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CATHERINEL66 11/13/2010 4:36PM

    I'm sorry. In the last couple years I've lost my grandmother and grandfather too. My grandmother passed away in March this year. It's a different world without them in it.

Please accept my condolences to you and your family.

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WEEZIETEE 11/13/2010 4:14PM

    So sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself, lady... there will always be other half marathons :-)
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SEAWAVE 11/13/2010 4:06PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I think you are doing well to listen to yourself and act accordingly. It's difficult enough to lose a loved one without berating yourself for missing something like an HM. There will be others!

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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WISLNDR 11/13/2010 4:05PM

    Find some time for you now. I would have skipped the HM too; there's always next year, right?

Enjoy the autumn days, they are fleeting (or fleeing?? Winter storm warning in Minneapolis today. That's not too far from here!!)

Have a restful weekend, friend.

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PINKCOCONUT 11/13/2010 3:32PM

    Take care of yourself hon. There'll always be half marathons to do!

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MBSHAZZER 11/13/2010 3:15PM

    Kristina, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I must have missed your update the other day. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

I think your decision not to run the HM is the right one. If you are distracted, you will not enjoy it. Take time to do what YOU want and need to do for yourself.

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DRB13_1 11/13/2010 1:49PM

    So sorry for your loss. You are wise to not push yourself this weekend...take time for you and know your SP Friends are thinking of you. emoticon

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